A NO-NONSENSE background check on arrested lawbreakers and wanted persons.
This is what new Philippine National Police chief, General Debold M. Sinas wants his men to do to ensure that they would be not making life easy for law offenders already under their custody amid the possibility they could also be wanted for other criminal offenses.
The erstwhile Metro Manila police director cited the ‘best practice’ of the National Capital Region Police Office Regional Mobile Force Battalion headed by Colonel Randy Glenn Silvio which has led to the discovery of additional standing warrants of arrest issued against felons they have arrested.
Sinas said the practice to conduct a thorough research of the criminal records of a person under protective custody or PUPC or any person jailed on the strength of a warrant of arrest should be always done with the help of the Philippine National Police Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management and the National Bureau of Investigation.
“This should be the norm, the standard practice of all our units in order to find out if a suspected criminal offender is the subject of unserved warrants of arrest,” said the former Metro Manila police director-turned 25th PNP chief after he got the nod of President Rodrigo Duterte to replace Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan who retires today at the age of 56.
A member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987, Gen. Sinas is expected to apply what he has done in Metro Manila and the Central Visayas police force to the entire 220,000-strong police force specifically when it comes to operational and administrative reforms.
“I really want all of us to really walk the talk, an honest-to-goodness walk the talk,” he told the Journal Group.
The official cited the case of Gino Carlo Juachon alias ‘Gino Baliw,’ the 2nd most wanted person in La Loma, Quezon City, who was arrested by members of the NCRPO-RMFB and the NCRPO Regional Special Operations Group last September 23 on the basis of a warrant of arrest for carnapping with a P300,000 bail recommended by a Caloocan City court.
However, a record check conducted by the NCRPO-RMFB showed that Juachon is also the subject of five different standing warrants of arrest issued by different Regional Trial Courts in the country, hence his further detention at the NCRPO-RSOG lock-up facility in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.
Sinas said the 33-year old Juachon, a delivery boy from Sta. Maria, San Miguel, Bulacan was arrested by NCRPO-RMFB officers on the strength of a warrant of arrest for carnapping issued by Judge Rosalia Bunagan of the Caloocan City RTC Branch 232 on January 19, 2018.
A P300,000 bail was recommended for the temporary liberty of the accused who was arrested by NCRPO-RMFB officers led by Major Merben Bryan Lago under the supervision of Silvio.
A record check showed the suspect is also the subject of a warrant of arrest for robbery issued by Judge Elena Amigo-Amano of the Valenzuela City RTC Branch 282 on November 29, 2016 with a P100,000 recommended bail; a warrant of arrest for consented abduction issued by Judge Ma. Lourdes Giron of the Q.C. RTC Branch 102 on September 22, 2018 with a P100,000 recommended bail; a warrant of arrest for robbery issued by Judge Thelma Canlas Aguirre of the Q.C. RTC Branch 102 on June 30, 2017 with a P10,000 bail set for his release; and a warrant for attempted homicide issued by Judge Victoria Paredes of the Caloocan RTC Branch 124 on December 18, 2015 with an P80,000 bail recommended.