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NBI official accused of harassing couple

/ 09:17 PM August 27, 2012

If the Philippine National Police (PNP) and courts are too slow in punishing cops accused of crimes, vigilantes will do the job for them.

Police Officer 3 Morris Malindog, 37, a Manila policeman, was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men on Friday afternoon.

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Malindog’s live-in partner, who was with the victim at that time, was spared by the gunmen.

Malindog was facing criminal and administrative charges after he was accused of barging into a house in Sta. Ana, Manila, on May 30, tying up its occupants and carting away P3 million worth of valuables.

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Even among his comrades at the Manila Police District, there was talk that Malindog was involved in house robberies.

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Ken Edwards, an Australian, and his Filipino wife, Catherine, are complaining of being harassed by an official of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and his men.

The subject of the complaint is Ricardo Diaz, director of Region 3, who has allegedly issued a liquidation order against the couple.

Edwards has written Justice Secretary Leila de Lima about the threats from Diaz.

The letter was dated July 28.

But the head of the Department of Justice, which has supervision over the NBI, has failed to act on the complaint, apparently because she was busy with her application for the position of chief justice.

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Edwards said Diaz had accused him of human trafficking and prostitution but the latter could not prove the charge as NBI agents who raided his two bars in Angeles City last year didn’t find any evidence.

Two months ago, Diaz’s men allegedly raided Edwards’ house in San Fernando, Pampanga, on the pretext of looking for his wife, the owner of the two raided establishments.

The NBI agents didn’t have a warrant issued by the courts.

Edwards said the raids on the two bars last year took place after his sister-in-law stopped giving weekly protection money to the NBI because of poor business.

If Edwards is telling the truth, no wonder Diaz can’t find fugitive retired Maj. Gen Jovito Palparan because he’s too busy with other things.

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The Armed Forces has 134 newly-commissioned officers to be distributed among the Army, Air Force and Navy.

The new officers are not graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). They finished a one-year training program as candidate officers.

Gentlemen and ladies, welcome to an organization that discriminates against non-PMAyers.

There’s little chance—or no chance at all—that you will someday become chief of the Army, Air Force and Navy, and of course, Chief of Staff.

Those positions are reserved for PMA graduates.

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