Police Linkage 2 ranking PNP officers riding-in-tandem assassinate anti-crime crusader Zenaida Luz

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  1. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

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    Zenaida Luz​

    2 cops kill anticrime crusader in Mindoro

    14 October 2016


    Hours before anticrime crusader Zenaida Luz was shot and killed by two policemen on a motorcycle, one wearing a wig and another a ski mask, she received text messages from a supposed drug pusher seeking protection. The sender, who did not give his name, claimed involvement in killings reported in nearby Bongabong town and asked the 51-year-old Luz, regional head of the Citizens Crime Watch (CCW), for help in protecting his wife and child.

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    A motorcycle drove by and one of its riders shot Luz. The gunmen also shot her phone that fell on the ground.


    Senior Supt. Christopher Birung, Oriental Mindoro police director, said several witnesses alerted the Gloria police about the killing, prompting a chase. Pursuing policemen cornered the gunmen in Barangay Quinabigan in Pinamalayan town, about 3 kilometers away, triggering a shootout in which the suspected assassins were wounded. “When they fell to the ground, they began screaming, ‘Tropa, tropa (troops, troops),’” Birung said.


    It turned out that the gunmen were ranking police officers—Senior Insp. Magdaleno Pimentel Jr. and Insp. Markson Almeranez. Pimentel was relieved of his position at the Oriental Mindoro Police Public Safety Company, while Almeranez was removed as police chief of Socorro town following the attack. Last month, Almeranez was honored as an outstanding police commissioned officer by no less than Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa during a ceremony in Calapan.


    Investigation showed Pimentel, who wore a ski mask, drove the motorcycle, while Almeranez disguised himself by wearing a wig.

    Read the entire story at: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/825201/2-cops-kill-anticrime-crusader-in-mindoro
     
  2. Diablo

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    PNP officials face murder raps for slay of crime watch leader

    13 October 2016


    A case of murder has been filed against the riding-in-tandem perpetrators, who turned out to be junior police officials, behind the killing of a 51-year-old crime watch group leader in Gloria municipality, Oriental Mindoro over the weekend. The Oriental Mindoro police filed the criminal complaint against Senior Insp. Magdaleno Pimentel Jr. and Insp. Markson Almeranez, both graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), for the death of Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) regional chairperson, Zenaida Luz last Sunday.


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    Almeranez is the chief of Socorro police in the same province and was among the top 10 graduates of the PNPA “Tagapamagitan” class of 2013. Last September, PNP chief Dir. Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa awaded Almeranez as outstanding police commissioned officer in a ceremony in Calapan City.


    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/824825/pnp-officials-face-murder-raps-for-slay-of-crime-watch-leader
     
  3. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    Two PNP officials charged for alleged murder of crime watchdog regional chair

    13 October 2016


    Murder charges have been filed against two police officials in Mindoro for alleged involvement in the death of a regional chairperson of a crime watch group. Senior Supt. Chris Birung, Oriental Mindoro police provincial director, said suspects Insp. Markson Almeranez, chief of police of Socorro town, and Senior Insp. Magdaleno Pimentel Jr. of the First Maneuver Platoon of Oriental Mindoro Police Public Safety Company (PPSC), were charged before the Pinamalayan Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday.

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/stor...leged-murder-of-crime-watchdog-regional-chair
     
  4. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    Oriental Mindoro cops face murder raps over ‘riding-in-tandem’ case: One of the police officers was recently awarded by the PNP chief

    13 October 2016


    Two young police commissioned officers, both graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), face murder and direct assault charges for allegedly gunning down a leader of a local watchdog. According to a Manila Bulletin report, Senior Inspector Magdalino G. Pimentel, Jr. and Inspector Markson S. Almeranez face charges for supposedly killing Zenaida Luz, Citizens Crime Watch regional chairperson.


    Pimentel, a member of the PNPA class of 2009, is from the Oriental Mindoro Police Public Safety Company while Almeranez, who ranked fifth in the PNPA class of 2013, is chief of the Socorro town police office. Almeranez was recently awarded by PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa himself during a recent visit to Calapan City.

    http://www.rappler.com/nation/149058-oriental-mindoro-cops-face-murder-raps-riding-in-tandem
     
  5. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    Cop in slay of anticrime crusader facing drug raps

    17 October 2016


    One of two police officers tagged in the murder of an anticrime crusader in Oriental Mindoro province is facing a complaint over a 2015 shootout in Calapan City that left two illegal drug suspects and a policeman dead. Senior Insp. Magdalino Pimentel Jr. is facing a case of grave misconduct and serious irregularity in the performance of duty, said Supt. Rolando Vasquez, chief investigator of the police’s Internal Affairs Service (IAS) in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) region.

    Pimentel and Insp. Markson Almeranez, who was relieved as police chief of Socorro town, are the main suspects in the murder of Zenaida Luz, regional head of the Citizens Crime Watch, on Oct. 9. Reports said the policemen, who were aboard a motorcycle, were not in their uniforms and were wearing ski masks and a wig during the attack.

    Records from the IAS showed Pimentel, former deputy chief of the Calapan City police intelligence unit, led a team of operatives to carry out a buy-bust operation in Barangay Suqui on Sept. 11, 2015. During the operation, a shootout ensued and resulted in the death of drug suspects Marlon Manalaysay, a resident of Naujan town, and Maximo de Gala of Batangas City in Batangas province. Also killed was SPO1 Francis Noel Abutar, while PO1 Philip Digno was wounded. “There were allegations of abuse and excessive force [during the operation],” said a source from the police, who asked not to be ...

    The source said IAS is coming out with a resolution on the case this month. De Gala’s family also filed a separate criminal case relating to the drug bust against Pimentel in the Office of the Ombudsman. The IAS also investigated two buy-bust operations involving Almeranez in Socorro town in July 2016 that left two suspects dead. “But [the IAS] already ruled that these were legitimate operations and found no probable cause [to charge Almeranez,” the source added. Pimentel and Almeranez were graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy. In an earlier telephone interview, Senior Supt. Christopher Birung, Oriental Mindoro ...


    Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/826264/cop-in-slay-of-anticrime-crusader-facing-drug-raps
     
  6. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    ‘Pussyfooting on Zenaida Luz murder case’

    23 October 2016


    The Internal Affairs Service (IAS) of the Philippine National Police is dragging its feet in addressing the brazen murder recently of an official of the non-government organization Citizens Crime Watch in Gloria, Oriental Mindoro probably because the suspected perpetrators of the crime are two of their own. The victim, identified as Zenaida Luz, was gunned down by heavily disguised assassins who were riding in-tandem on a motorcycle at about 9:40 p.m. on October 9th right in front of her residence. However, the Camp Crame gods for reasons of their own appear to be engaged in some pussyfooting in getting to the bottom of the case — in spite of the serious implications.

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    Here are their names: Senior Insp. Magdaleno Pimentel Jr. of the Oriental Mindoro Public Safety Company and Inspector Markson Almeranez, chief of police of Socorro town.
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    Almeranez — who is from Sta. Mesa, Manila — was among the Top 5 graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Class of 2013. Only recently, reports said, he had received a medal from PNP chief Ronald de la Rosa as one of the outstanding policemen in Calapan City.

    On the other hand, DZMM said that Pimentel, who is also a PNPA graduate, had already been dismissed from the service for some misdemeanor, but he was able to get himself reinstated upon the lobbying of some unidentified PNP official, checkered track record notwithstanding. Pimentel, according to published reports, is also facing cases of grave misconduct and serious irregularity in the performance of duty arising from a bloody shootout in 2015 which resulted in the deaths of SPO1 Francis Noel Abutar as well as illegal drugs dealers Marlon Manalaysay and Maximo de Gala.

    http://www.tribune.net.ph/commentary/pussyfooting-on-zenaida-luz-murder-case
     
  7. Diablo

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    Cops in crime fighter’s slay seek CIDG jail

    14 November 2016


    The two police officers tagged as the killers of anticrime crusader Zenaida Luz are asking a court to transfer their detention from a regular jail to a facility run by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Oriental Mindoro province. In a phone interview on Sunday, Insp. Ruel Lito Fronda, police chief of Gloria town, said Senior Insp. Magdaleno Pimentel Jr. and Insp. Markson Almeranez, main suspects in the killing of Luz, filed a motion on court on Nov. 11 requesting that they be detained at the CIDG facility in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. The two said they are ...


    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/843913/cops-in-crime-fighters-slay-seek-cidg-jail
     
  8. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    In Philippines, the line blurs between vigilantes, the law under Duterte

    8 December 2016


    But a murder on the island of Mindoro offers the most compelling evidence in years of what many have long believed: Some "vigilante killings" are coordinated hits with links to the police. In October, a 51-year-old anti-crime activist named Zenaida Luz stepped out of her home and was shot to death by two men on a motorbike.

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    As a rare instance in which "riding in tandem" shooters were actually caught, and suspects actually charged, Luz's case adds to a body of evidence that stretches back two decades to Duterte's time as a city mayor. Then, as now, there was talk of state-linked "death squads" targeting crime suspects and taking out foes. Then, as now, this type of killing was dismissed as drug-world violence, giving would-be assassins license to shoot.

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    It is not evident why Luz was murdered, but her killing was clearly supposed to look like it was linked to the drug trade. From the approach on motorbikes to the costumes, every step was standard operating procedure for the would-be "vigilantes" of the day. The killers came at night, as they often do. Luz received a text message from a man who said he needed help - not unusual for an activist who took on local oligarchs and law enforcement. About 11:40 p.m. on Oct. 9, she stepped into the humid island air and was ambushed, shot in the back, the stomach and the leg, according to the police report.


    When Luz's son Edward saw her on the pavement, he feared she had been framed. "If they weren't caught," he said, "everyone would have connected my mom to drugs."

    http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/...en-vigilantes-the-law-under-duterte-1.4092589
     
  9. Diablo

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    Cops linked to murder of crime watch leader transferred to regular jails

    9 December 2016


    The two policemen charged with the murder of anticrime crusader Zenaida Luz were transferred to regular jails in Oriental Mindoro province after spending two months in a hospital here. Each guarded by five policemen, Senior Insp. Magdaleno Pimentel Jr. and Insp. Markson Almeranez were taken out of Medical Mission Group Hospital on Wednesday night and taken to the police station in Gloria town.


    Commitment order: On Thursday, Judge Harry Jaminola of the Regional Trial Court Branch 42 in Pinamalayan town issued a commitment order that Pimentel be detained at the Pinamalayan jail and Almeranez to a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facility in Bansud town. Pimentel and Almeranez were suspects in the murder of Luz, the regional head of the civic group Citizens Crime Watch (CCW), who was gunned down in Barangay Maligaya in Gloria on Oct. 9. Responding Gloria policemen chased motorcycle-riding gunmen and engaged them in a shootout when they reached the next town of Pinamalayan. The gunmen turned out ...


    CIDG custody: Insp. Ruel Lito Fronda, Gloria police chief, said the hospital, early last month, had issued a discharge clearance for the two policemen but their transfer was delayed because the court had not issued a commitment order until Thursday. Pimentel and Almeranez earlier filed a motion in court that they be placed, instead, under the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s (CIDG) custody, citing congestion in regular jails and risks to their security. “Wherever they (police) put them, we would not mind as long as they don’t go to the CIDG,” said Luz’s sister, Perlita Alvarez, on Thursday. She said ...


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  10. Diablo

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    Zenaida Luz case: ‘I lost my own defender’

    11 December 2016


    Anticrime crusader Zenaida Luz not only defended the poor and the weak in her community, but first and foremost, also protected her family. When they were young, Luz’s parents often fought and ended up hurting each other. Being the eldest in a brood of 13, Luz grew up sheltering her siblings from her family’s woes. “To protect us against the fighting at home, Ate would take us all to the farm and make us hide behind coconut trees,” recalled Perlita Alvarez, 48, Luz’s sister. “She would always tell us: don’t worry, I’ll find us a way out of poverty.” Their ...


    Extrajudicial killing: They turned out to be Senior Insp. Magdaleno Pimentel Jr., then with the police’s Provincial Public Safety Company, and Insp. Markson Almeranez, then police chief of Socorro town. Police reports said Pimentel wore a ski mask, while Almeranez wore a woman’s wig. CCW founder and lawyer Jose Malvar Villegas Jr. said the case of Luz was the “first concrete incident of extrajudicial killing” under President Duterte’s watch. That the gunmen turned out to be ranking police officers also caught the attention of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Luz, a widow, left three adult children, the ...


    Soft inside: “[Luz] was very vocal, especially when she believed she was right about something. I think she must have learned to become strong early in life,” Alvarez said. But to Luz’s live-in-partner of five years and fellow CCW member, Richard Albert, Luz “was strong outside but very soft inside.” On the night of the murder, Albert said Luz had been receiving text messages from someone claiming to be a drug pusher. The person said he needed CCW’s help to protect his wife and child. Despite Albert’s warning not to trust the person, Luz stepped out of their house to ...


    Blow to PNP: The involvement of the two police officials was a blow to the Philippine National Police. Pimentel and Almeranez were both graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy. In September, Almeranez was awarded as outstanding police officer by PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa in a ceremony held here. “[They were] among the best operators [in Mimaropa],” said Senior Supt. Christopher Birung, Oriental Mindoro police chief, citing successful police operations led by the two officers.


    But records from the police Regional Internal Affairs Office showed that Pimentel was charged with “grave misconduct and serious irregularity in the performance of duty” in relation to a 2015 antidrug operation here. There were allegations of “excessive force” during a drug bust that left two suspects and one policeman dead.

    A police source, who requested anonymity, believed Luz was a “contract kill” and Pimentel took the job “because he needed the money to settle the [2015] case.” And whoever ordered the hit may have been someone that Almeranez could not refuse, the source said.

    Ready to die: Alvarez said Luz seemed to be ready to face death anytime. “Ate always said: If it is your time, it’s your time,” she said. In 2013, gunmen fired at Luz’s previous house in Bansud town. This happened again last year in Luz’s house in Gloria. Alvarez said they did not know if the attacks were related. The family, represented by Juan Tria of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, and Villegas of the CCW, filed a case of murder against Pimentel and Almeranez at the Regional Trial Court Branch 42 in Pinamalayan on Oct. 28. A separate ...


    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/852528/zenaida-luz-case-i-lost-my-own-defender
     
  11. Diablo

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    Cops in crime watchdog exec’s slay jailed

    12 December 2016


    Two police officers tagged in the killing of a chief of the Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) in Gloria, Oriental Mindoro have been transferred to separate jails. Senior Inspector Magdalino Pimentel Jr. of the Oriental Mindoro Police Public Safety Company, and Inspector Markson Almeranez, chief of the Socorro town police, are facing charges for the killing of Zenaida Luz, according to provincial police director Senior Superintendent Cris Birung. “Pimentel will be detained at the Pinamalayan provincial jail and Almeranez to the Bansud municipal jail,” Birung said in a text message to The STAR. Birung said the commitment order was issued by ...


    http://www.philstar.com/nation/2016/12/12/1652496/cops-crime-watchdog-execs-slay-jailed
     

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