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New Calabarzon police chief: Draw lessons from Atimonan encounter

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Chief Supt. Benito Estipona. PHOTO FROM PNPSPD.ORG

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna— Careful not to comment on the investigation of the Atimonan, Quezon, operation that killed 13 people, the new regional director of the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) police assured the public that he would enforce stricter compliance with proper operational procedures, including the setting up of checkpoints.

“We know that PRO 4A (Police Regional Offices-4A) has been in the limelight for the past two weeks. There is already an ongoing investigation [but] maybe there are also lessons that we can learn from these incidents,” said Chief Supt. Benito Estipona.

Estipona on Monday formally assumed the post vacated by former regional director Chief Supt. James Melad.

Melad and several other police officials from Calabarzon were relieved following the Jan. 6 operation against a suspected illegal gambling syndicate in Atimonan and another operation in San Juan, Batangas, on Jan. 14 that resulted in the death of suspected gun-for-hire member Fernando Morales.

Questions about how the police set up the checkpoint in Atimonan, Quezon, were raised as the operation led to the killing of alleged gambling lord Victor “Vic” Siman and 12 others.

The National Bureau of Investigation, the sole agency tasked by President Aquino with investigating the encounter, ruled out an earlier claim by the police that it was a shootout.

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas ordered a separate investigation on the killing of Morales, an alleged member of a gun-for-hire gang operated by Siman.

“We will ensure that all operations will observe police operational procedures and that everyone will do his job right,” Estipona said.

Estipona was a classmate of  Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima, and newly appointed Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, from the Philippine Military Academy Class ’81.

How to motivate

“Historically, Calabarzon has been known for its hard-working police officials, until recently [because of the controversial operations],” said Estipona, a former director of the Southern Police District and deputy director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

“The challenge is actually how to motivate the remaining policemen, who were demoralized after what happened,” he said in a phone interview while on his way to his first police command conference here.

He said the regional police under his leadership would fully support and cooperate with the investigating body.


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  • Garo Ungaro

    We all know it…SERVICE to the PEOPLE, Trust,Respect,Discipline,Integrity…will bring back some of the lost luster of the PNP…its a long way to go…again for a business as usual…???

  • Erwin Ross V. Dalao

    sana hindi siya mukhang pera.

  • batangpaslit

    well connected eh
    ang hepe ng buong AFP at PNP classmates

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GTVNMZR22PGMS55WQPIJTYB4IY Jaime

    PMA graduate eh di bobo rin pala! Masyado ninyong binibigyan na big deal na graduate kayo sa PMA eh pa-pareho naman kayong mga bobo. PMA should be demolished.

    • pasaway008ako

      Matatalino sila kaya lang ginagamit sa kabubuhan at kawalanghiyaan, at iyan ang totoo. Kaya mas mabuti na iyong bobo at alam mo ng bobo!!!

    • batangsulpok

      Kaya ang AFP at PNP ay walang pagbabago dahil PMAers ang halos may hawak ng matataas na puwesto at pag nag-retire sila ay magtataka ka kung bakit ang yayaman ganoon hirap na hirap bago pumasok sa PMA.

    • Mamang Pulis

      maganda siguro masubukan mo rin pumasok sa serbisyo o di kya mag aral sa akdemiya—para maramdaman mo ng husto yun mga kabugokan na sinasabi mo…..

      • batangsulpok

        10 yrs.. akong nag-serbisyo pero di PMA graduate, Mapua lang, kaya alam ko ang kalakaran sa AFP.  Si Garcia, dati kaming magkasama nang Tinyente pa, akala mo di maku-korap dahil laging by the book siya at laking gulat ko noong mapanood sa TV na hinuli kasi ang daming perang kinurakot. 

      • Mamang Pulis

        Mapua lang

        ‘dre magagalit sau mga ihenyero ng Mapua….:))

        galing MAPUA…

        facts of life–

        makikita nya yun iba–‘abah–bakit si ganito meron ako wala–di ata puede–dehado ako!!’…ayan na! sabay ulok ng kabit— love kelan mo ako papattayuan ng bahay?agoy agoy

      • batangsulpok

        Sabagay ay tama ka kasi halos ng military ay may babae o kabit, kung yun ngang Corporal ay meron, di lalo na yun opisyal?  Di naman magagalit ang mga taga-Mapua gaya ko dahil kahit topnotcher ka pa sa board, pag pumasok ka sa AFP ay under ka pa rin ng mga PMAers at na-experience ko yan.

      • Mamang Pulis

        si general bravo–kilala mo? jejeje bagman ni arroyo sa mga kontra…;}} oopps nadulas!

  • Rovingmoron

    Sir, prove to the public that you can stamp out the illegal numbers games in the Calabarzon Area.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chaw-Manganip/100000700871227 Chaw Manganip

    mabuhay ang mga PMAERS kau pagasa ng bayn….jaime kaw ang bobo 

  • kismaytami

    “stricter compliance with proper operational procedures, including the setting up of checkpoints”… The best joke for the day!

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Patay magka kaklase pala ang hepe ng PNP, AFP at ito………magkaka mistah pala sino poproteksiyonan ng mga ito? taong bayan? WEH, DI NGA! sige bigyan ko kayo ng pagkakataon, hulihin niyo unang-una si palparan at lahat ng mga high profile na wanted, tapos itigil ang jueteng sa buong bansa, tanggalin ang mga tiwaling pulis at sundalo unang una na ito si marantan at lahat ng mga hulidap na pulis sa buong pinas! o ayan hindi ba trabaho niyo naman yan? pag nagawa niyo ang mga trabaho niyo bibilib ako sa inyo!

  • bogli_anakdami

    nakupo, mga mistah… PMA – Puro Magnanakaw Akadami…

    inyong bigyan ng pansin ang mga tsekwas doon sa spratleys, hindi ang mga hampas-lupang kubrador…

  • kilabot

    if lessons not enough, create more encounters. 
    susmaryosep, ngayon lang sila mag-aaral. time to abolish pma.

  • Mamang Pulis

    masakit tanggapin pero karamihan ng mga pumapasok sa akademiya ay puro matataas ang idealismo—kapag nakatapos na yan at sinabak sa field–mas madalas nauunang mamatay sa labanan  ang mga tinyente—

    mayroon mga ilan at lagpas sa daliri ng paa at kamay ko–pag naka rating na sa ranggo ng major pataas—nawawal na ang idealismo at nagiging pratikalan na lang…

    nililigawan na yan ng mga pulitko–kino corrupt——bro– halika suportahan mo ako para mabilis ka umangat

    ang masakit pa na katotohanan—ay yun mga nagbabayad para makapasok—sa ARMM PNP, hindi mo maitatago yan—kaya kapag naka pasok na yan at umangat, naturalmente babawiin nya yun ginastos nya.

    marami pa natitira jan sa PMA at PNPA–tahimik lang tumutupad sa tungkulin–

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

      sakto dre, dahil hanggang company grade lang nila bitbit ang idealism pero pag nakaabot na sila ng field grade doon na mag-uumpisa ang sikuhan, talo-talo na kahit classmate pa nila ang masagasaan, iba- box out nila lahat makuha lang ang puesto na magustuhan nila. pero ang mas matindi ay kung meron na silang estrella sa balikat, mas malakihang usapan na yun. pero in fairness naman sa kanila  and in support of what you said, meron pa namang natitirang naiiba.

      • Mamang Pulis

        ‘dre—facts of life–walang pinagkaiba sa corporate world—-mas matindi nga lang ang ‘sikuhan’ sa serbisyo.–kaya ang mga bukod tangi ang namamayani pero mas pinili na lang na tumahimik.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

    ESTIPONA? naku mukhang taga Cagayan ulit to ah…sana maiba naman… sana mula naman sa southern luzon … parteng bicol o kaya mindoro…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Magpakitang gilas ka Gen Estipona, hindi sa “mistah” mo kundi sa taong-bayan na
    pinaglilingkuran mo. Simulan mo na! Now na! Agad-agad!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    13 PATAY KAISA WALA NATIRA! IMPOSIBLE



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