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Palparan’s security agency faces loss of license over illegal raid in Zamboanga del Sur


ZAMBOANGA City, Philippines—Authorities have started summary proceedings against a security agency owned by the family of retired general Jovito Palparan Jr. for reported violation of the provisions of the Firearms and Explosives, Security Agencies and Guards Supervision, or Fesags, law.

Chief Superintendent Elpidio de Asis, Western Mindanao police chief, said the summary proceedings were in connection with the June 22 raid conducted by personnel of 24 Oras Bantay Security Agency in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur, on the compound of another security agency.

During the raid, 24 Oras guards seized high-powered firearms from personnel of AY76 Security Specialists, owned by retired brigadier general Alexander Yapching.

The security firms were rivals. 24 Oras works for Bayog 9 Metals while AY76 was hired by Lupah Pigegetawan Mining, whose operation had been subsequently declared illegal.

De Asis said the raid was illegal as it did not have any authority from the police and the courts, the Fesags office and the Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (Sosia).

“They (24 Oras guards) should not have done that,” De Asis said.

Inspector Leonard Paredes, Fesags chief for Western Mindanao, said 24 Oras’ license could be revoked.

Paredes said Palparan’s men “committed grave violations.”

“They operated, disarmed another security agency and confiscated the firearms of another security without proper coordination with our office or with the local police in the area and they didn’t inform our office of their plans prior to going to the area,” Paredes said.

He said the action was also usurpation of authority because only the Fesags office and the Sosia were authorized to do it.

“We are now weighing all the offenses committed by 24 Oras and there’s a possibility of revocation of their license. We are hoping to conclude the summary hearing before the end of this month or first week of August,” Paredes said.

Paredes said AY76 was also penalized when the investigating team found out that its men were not wearing proper security guard uniforms.

“Their security guards were wearing or using black uniforms, which is also a violation of the Fesags and Sosia guidelines. It was the first time they committed an offense so the fine was only P50,000,” Paredes said.

As to the AK47s that were found in the possession of the AY76 guards, Paredes said security agencies were “allowed and authorized to use and procure high-powered weapons if they are assigned and deployed within high-risk areas like Bayog.”

Bayog is one of Western Mindanao areas where the communist New People’s Army operates.

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  • shane oy

    hahahahah that is called “legal private armies” (iiling-iling)

  • Anonymous

    Robredo should not condone this kind of martial law era display of power and disregard for the authorities and the courts. palparan the berdugo still thinks he has the impunity to do what he has done during the past. let us see if  the lousy Robredo will again do a Sara Duterte shameless conclusion to this issue.. Robredo has still to show how it is to be at the helm of dilg and not act like a lethargic syano inside and outside. he better resign for being such a useless head of the very powerful post which he glarinly tainted with his nonsense decisions and stupendous pronouncements.

  • Anonymous

    kalokohan. dapat hulihin iyan. isama si palparan. siya ang may akda nito.

  • Anonymous

    Pagkatapos gamitin ni palparan ang army sa kanyang personal na interest (similar raid sa northern luzon sa isang minehan din) ay nagtayo pa talaga ng security agency sa buong bansa itong si palparan…….front lang ito sa pangsarili niya interest na naman……

  • Anonymous

    Utak pulbura rin at uhaw sa kapangyarihan ang security agency na tinayo ng berdugong si Palparan. Dapat isama na rin yan sa kulungan o hukay na paglalagyan kay Pandak Arroyo at mga alipores niya eh. AFP, PNP at DILG dito makikita atcmasusubok ang kakayahan niyong putulin ang teroristang sungay ni Palparan at kampon niya ng kasamaan.

  • Anonymous

    dapat imbestigahan yan, kung saan kumuha ng pondo para sa private army.

  • Anonymous

    Now this was the guy, ANAD supported for the senate? lol.
    Utak pulbura. Ikulong na yan.
    Baka lumampas pa yan kay Andal Ampatuan.

  • Anonymous

     Jovito Palparan, alleged mastermind of extra judicial killings of militants

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