Mindanao Times » Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum http://mindanaotimes.net Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:00:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Charged for arson http://mindanaotimes.net/charged-for-arson/ http://mindanaotimes.net/charged-for-arson/#comments Sun, 15 Apr 2018 14:04:25 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=56749 Read more ›]]> • NPA commander, several others sued for Black Saturday attack

Criminal charges have been filed against a commander of the New People’s Army (NPA) and several other subordinates in connection with the Black Saturday attacks where armed men burned 10 heavy duty vehicles in three hinterland barangays in the city.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said cases of arson and grave threat have already been filed against the NPA members before the City Prosecutor’s Office.

Tagum identified the NPA commander as Kumander Bungot who is also known as Ka Roy.

Other NPA members charged were identified as Ka Larry, Omer Pagatpat, Samuel Rojas, Potot Entera, and Samuel Rojas. Several John Does were also included as respondents.

Further information about the suspects was not revealed.

Tagum told TIMES yesterday that arson case, under Investigation Sheet No. XI-02-INV-18-D-1003, was filed on Thursday against Kumander Bungot, Ka Larry, Pagatpat, Samuel Rojas and several other unidentified rebels.

Tagum said a case of grave threat, docketed as IS No. XI-02-INV-18-D-1008, was also filed on Saturday against Kumander Bungot), Ka Larry, Entera, Rojas, Pagatpat and several others in connection with the case.

On Black Saturday, alleged NPA members burned backhoes, dump trucks, and bulldozer in the city’s three hinterland barangays – Barangay Callawa in Buhangin District, Barangay Fatima in Paquibato District, and Barangay Dalagdag in Calinan District.

In the Davao del Norte attack, the police already filed an arson case against the suspected NPA members.

Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO) XI, said that the arson case was filed on Tuesday against Joe Almendras, Dalagis Balite, Enting Mansumiat, Lugib Tausan, Enting Tumbasay, Rommel Tausan and Laro Manlologpis, all residents of Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

They were charged for burning a backhoe in Sitio Banualay, Barangay Palma Gil, Talaingod around 10 a.m. on April 3, a Thursday.

Speaking in the recent AFP-PNP press conference, Driz said the case was filed before the Provincial Prosecution Office in Tagum City

City Mayor Sara Duterte condemned the attacks, which she described as “downright cowardly.”

The construction of roads in Barangay Callawa, Barangay Fatima, and Barangay Dalagdag are now temporarily stalled because of the attacks, she said.

“The road projects could make the delivery of other basic services to the people faster — including health, education, agricultural development and livelihood,” the mayor said. “The said projects could change the lives of the people for the better.”

“The fresh atrocities reveal that the terrorist group only truly intends for people to continue living in a condition of poverty, which they could use as a capital in their propaganda against the government and to justify their presence in the communities where their influence and significance are waning,” the mayor added.

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Top 10 most wanted arrested in DCPO raid http://mindanaotimes.net/top-10-most-wanted-arrested-in-dcpo-raid/ http://mindanaotimes.net/top-10-most-wanted-arrested-in-dcpo-raid/#comments Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:05:58 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=54877 Read more ›]]> The Davao City Police Office’s top 10 most wanted man was arrested in an operation near Aeon Towers, along J.P. Laurel, Bajada around 3 p.m. of Feb. 24.

City police director, Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum, identified the suspect as 30-year-old Vincent Roxas, listed as No. 10 in the most wanted list of the office, resident of Purok Pine Tree, Buhangin.
He has a pending arrest warrant with criminal case no. R-DVO-17-02419-CR for violation of attempted murder issued by Regional Trial Court XI Branch 10 Judge Retrina E. Fuentes, with corresponding bail bond of P 120,000.
The joint task force conducted the operation under the overall supervision of station commander, Chief Insp. Jack Leon Tilcag, together with the Regional Investigation and Detection Management Division (RIDMD), personnel SP02 Ramil Maxey and Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RFMB) led by Supt. Arnold Palomo, Chief Insp. Mark Kim Aquino, Chief Insp. Michael John Peria, SP01 Alvic Bantilan, P02 Jun Lennon G. Baldago and P01 Sardony V. Jayson.
The suspect is now under the custody of the Buhangin Police Precinct.

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DCPO apologizes, assures incident won’t happen again http://mindanaotimes.net/dcpo-apologizes-assures-incident-wont-happen-again/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dcpo-apologizes-assures-incident-wont-happen-again/#comments Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:09:26 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53841 ]]> The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) has issued a public apology after two rookie police officers imposed corporal punishment to minors who were rounded up for curfew violation.

“We apologize for the acts committed by our two personnel and ensure that no similar incident will follow,” a statement coming from the office of DCPO director Alexander Tagum said.

“May this not affect your trust and confidence in us as we will continue to serve you with the full length of recognizing the rule of law and the respect for human rights in all aspects.”
Criminal charges were already filed against PO1s Jeobani Natividad and Jesre Masinading, both crewmembers of the DCPO’s Mobile Patrol Group, before the City Prosecutor’s Office.

Aside from abuse and torture charges that were filed on Wednesday, the two will also likely be facing administrative charges.

The two were caught on closed-circuit television (CCTV) hurting three children right inside the hall of Barangay 19-B, Poblacion District.

In an interview with reporters yesterday, the two police officers also asked for forgiveness.

However, Masinading and Natividad said they only imposed the “discipline” like big brothers to the kids as they were asked by the parents to do so.

“We have no intention of hurting the kids,” Natividad said in vernacular. “We were just concerned with their welfare. They should not be roaming in the street late at night.”

Masinading appealed to the parents to be responsible in guiding their children so they would not roam around the street late at night and prevent them from creating trouble or being involved in crime.

In his statement, Tagum said his “office has frequently reminded our line duty policemen, like personnel of Mobile Patrol Group, of their basic duties and functions to always follow the Police Operational Procedure especially when responding to an incident by not taking it personally nor be swayed by their emotions.”

“I further reminded everyone on the proper arrest and respect to human dignity and human rights especially the rights of Children in Conflict with the Law,” Tagum added.

Tagum said the DCPO is saddened by the mauling incident that involved the two neophyte police officers who were rescuing minors allegedly involved in a riot on Jan. 21, 2018 at Brgy 19-B.

“We would like to inform the public that the Davao City Police Office neither tolerates nor condones any irregularities, abuses, misconduct and inappropriate behavior within our personnel,” he said.

“We are asking all Davaoenos for understanding, let us be open minded regarding this incident as this will not define the totality of the Davao City Police Office’ Officers, Men and Women’s dedication and devotion to God, Country and People,” Tagum said in the statement.

The two police officers are now in restrictive custody as part of the procedure pending the investigation of both criminal and administrative charges.

According to the report, the two police officers responded to a call for police assistance due to a gang riot report at Garcia Heights in Barangay 19-B on Jan. 21, a Sunday, at 1:15 a.m..

When the police officers arrived, the minors were already endorsed at the barangay hall by the responding barangay watchmen.

During the discussions at the Barangay Hall, the parents of the rescued children allegedly asked the barangay officials and the responding police officers to discipline their sons, said to be perennial problem in the barangay.

“Acting against their better judgment, our two personnel acceded to the request by hitting the bare soles of the minors with the use of the rattan batons of the barangay tanods and punching them in the stomach in full view of the CCTV camera of said barangay hall,” the police report said.

The CCTV footage was later leaked to the media and became viral.

The two accused police officers, however, found an ally in Barangay Chair Loreto Nicolas.

Nicolas said what the officers did was justifiable as the children were problems to the barangay.

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Two cops seen on CCTV footage beating up minors probed http://mindanaotimes.net/two-cops-seen-on-cctv-footage-beating-up-minors-probed/ http://mindanaotimes.net/two-cops-seen-on-cctv-footage-beating-up-minors-probed/#comments Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:27:50 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53706 ]]> Two police officers assigned to the Mobile Patrol Group is now confined to barracks while an investigation is ongoing over their alleged role in the mauling of three minors last Jan. 21.

City police director, Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum, assured that there will be no whitewash in the investigation as the complaint already reached the City Mayor’s Office. They will face administrative and criminal charges if proven guilty.
In a phone conversation with Supt. Alfredo Baluran, the chief of the Mobile Patrol Group, he said the incident occurred inside the barangay hall of Barangay 19-B. The two men, who hold ranks of a Police Officer 1, were caught on CCTV spanking the minors with a wooden stick.
Baluran said they already turned over the police officers for investigation.
Speaking at yesterday’s AFP-PNP press conference held at Royal Mandaya hotel, Sr. Insp. Maria Teresita Gaspan said the incident occurred at around 1:15 a.m. when the two police officers were dispatched by a Central 911 operator to respond to a reported riot in Garcia Heights.
“We are saddened by the incident involving our personnel in the allegation of the mauling incident that transpired last Jan. 20, 2018,” Gaspan said.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, meanwhile, warned the police not to overstep their bounds in the performance of their duties.
“Force should not be used against them unless police authority is ignored or lives are in danger because of the actions of the minors,” the mayor’s statement released by the City Information Office read.
Gaspan said when the police officers arrived, the three minors were already rescued by the village peace officers and brought to the barangay hall.
“The Davao City Police Office will not tolerate, neither condone, any misconduct, abuse of rights or irregularities or inappropriate behavior among its personnel,” she added.
Gaspan declined to name the two police officers pending the results of the investigation by the Investigation and Detective Management Branch of the DCPO.
“At this point, the identified police officers were already placed under restriction,” she said.
The mayor said she already ordered Tagum to conduct an investigation “and mete out the appropriate sanction if the policemen involved are found to have violated rules on apprehension.”
In the statement, it was explained that the mayor only learned of the incident from a fellow lawyer early this week. The report said the children were apprehended around midnight.
“We are confident that Davao City policemen know by heart their obligation to uphold the rights of all people, especially those who have less in life and the most vulnerable,” she said. (with reports from Ma. Cecilia Badian)

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DCPO hopes for four more police stations http://mindanaotimes.net/dcpo-hopes-for-four-more-police-stations/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dcpo-hopes-for-four-more-police-stations/#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:47:21 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53652 ]]> The city police director yesterday said the request for additional 1,700 personnel and the expansion of four police precincts will help them better secure Davao City from terrorists and criminal elements.

Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director, told reporters yesterday that the plan is not easy to implement but they are hoping all the preparations will be in place before 2020.

“This is because of the conduct of special quota recruitment and training, which will take at least more than one year, and the construction of new police precincts, which will take another year,” Tagum said. “So probably within two years, it can be established already.”

“By that time, we can say the DCPO will now be ready for the very fast growth of Davao City,” he added.

Tagum said they are targeting to put up more precincts in densely populated areas like Sta. Ana, San Pedro, Talomo and Buhangin. He cited the fast commercial expansion of these areas in recent years as well as their projected economic growths.

He also thanked the city council for supporting proposals to better secure the city.

“The more police personnel deployed in convergent areas in the city, the more we can respond and cover a certain area,” he added.

On the other hand, Sr. Insp. Maria Teresita Gaspan, DCPO spokesperson, said the 1,700 additional police personnel will be assigned to the DCPO if Camp Crame approves the request.
“The city is (classified as) highly urbanized so we need to enhance our public safety and security measures,” she said.
For now, the DCPO has a total of 1,850 PNP personnel, which brings the ratio of policeman to population at 1:1,000 or below the 1:500 ideal ratio.
Last Friday, Mayor Sara Duterte said she is requesting the leadership of the Police National Police to deploy 2,500 additional police officers in the city to keep up with the growing development of the regional center.

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