4 cops nabbed for gambling, drinking in public

Marje Pelayo   •   June 20, 2019   •   14791

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The newly established Philippine National Police (PNP) Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) nabbed four policemen caught in the act of gambling and drinking liquor in public in Barangay Lipunan, Cubao.

The suspects were identified as Police Staff Sergeant Erwin Gobis; Police Senior Master Sergeant Demetrio Laroya; Police Corporal Ariel Pasion, all assigned at the PNP Health Service in Camp Crame and Police Staff Sergeant Gerry Ocampo of the PNP Crime Laboratory.

Aside from the four, other personalities arrested were Leo Ocinar, a non-uniformed personnel; former cop Fidel Agustin; and Teddy Carpio, the owner of the establishment that operates an online derby.

Authorities recovered more than P14,000 gambling money, two television sets, digital video recorder, betting ticket, two digital boxes and 23 bottles of intoxicating liquor.

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde admitted that despite their constant reminder and warning, there are still erring cops who choose to participate in illegal activities.

“Ito ang sinasabi natin sa mga pulis na matitigas ang ulo (This is what we warned hard-headed cops about). As we’ve said, we will not relent on this program and we will show no mercy on this people,” Albayalde said.

The arrested cops are facing charges for violating Presidential Decree 1603 and for drinking alcohol in public.

“We are dead serious in our campaign against scalawags at saka yung pagtaas ng antas ng disiplina ng aming organisasyon, (to upgrade the level of discipline within our organization),” the PNP Chief stressed. (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP reopening of frontline administrative services moved to June 4

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday announced that the resumption of its frontline administrative functions and regulatory services has been moved to June 4, Thursday.

PNP’s frontline administrative services include the processing of license to own and possess firearms, and the issuance of permits and police clearances to the public.

In a statement, the PNP said the postponement is in view of the expected public turnout and the stream of police personnel in Camp Crame as the Metro Manila and other parts of the shift to general community quarantine (GCQ).

“We need to control both foot and vehicular traffic in Camp Crame. While we are ready to attend to the needs of the public, we must also consider the safety of our PNP personnel,” PNP chief General Archie Gamboa said in a statement.

Units under the PNP Civil Security Group that will resume operations and transactions on Thursday are Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO), Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA), One-Stop-Shop Office (OSS) and Regional Civil Security Units (RCSU).

The PNP also announced the postponement of its recruitment processing “until further notice” due to the strict implementation of quarantine protocols in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

The recruitment processing was supposed to resume Monday, June 1.

Meanwhile, Gamboa assured that the 205,000-strong police force remains on a high state of readiness as the country transitions to more relaxed form of quarantine measures amid the continuing threat of COVID-19.

“Our police units are under orders to extend maximum assistance to provide safety and security to all workers who will report back to work tomorrow,” he said.

The PNP chief also emphasized that checkpoints, curfew, travel restrictions, strict enforcement of physical distancing, and minimum health standards will still be implemented across the country in accordance with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Guidelines on General Community Quarantine.

The PNP likewise reiterated that travelers who will cross other regions or provinces need to secure travel authority from local police stations. They are required to present health certificates from their respective barangays in applying for a travel pass.

Travelers within a province or a region need not secure a travel pass but must ready identification and other necessary documents to be presented when they are flagged down for random checking.

Gamboa also said the PNP will strictly implement the full force of the law against cybercrimes and “any form of abuse on our women and children in this new normal”.

He said the PNP is taking appropriate steps to focus on public safety, law enforcement and internal security functions with greater attention to government flagship campaigns against crime, illegal drugs, and corruption amid the health crisis.

As the country transitions into the ‘new normal’ situation, Gamboa also assured the protection of police front-liners who stay committed to their duties, and punishment for those who abuse their authority. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP mulls reopening of Custodial Center to visitors amid COVID-19 crisis

Robie de Guzman   •   May 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it will assess whether its Custodial Center can be reopened to visitors amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa said they need to thoroughly study the possibility of reopening the facility because of its proximity to quarantine facilities housing police personnel infected with COVID-19 and the PNP RT-PCR test laboratory.

At present, the visitation of inmates at the PNP Custodial Center is prohibited in compliance with the safety and health protocols set by the government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gamboa said they are only following the measure implemented by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the detention facilities in the country.

“Standard naman ‘yung sinusunod natin, together with the BuCor and BJMP. We need to reassess whether to open up sa visitors yung Custodial Center,” he said.

Gamboa’s statement comes after opposition senators questioned the PNP’s move to bar Senator Leila de Lima from accepting visitors and holding physical meetings with anyone.

The PNP chief, however, assured that De Lima is allowed to make phone calls. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Helpline para sa mga katanungan hinggil sa COVID-19 community quarantine, inilunsad ng PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   May 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Inilunsad ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ngayong Miyerkules, Mayo 27 ang Helpline 16677, isang public hotline para sa anumang katanungan o isyu hinggil sa ipinatutupad na community quarantine sa gitna ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Francisco Gamboa, layon ng proyekto na matiyak ang agarang pagtugon ng pulisya sa anumang reklamo o katanungan na hinggil sa mga panuntunan sa enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) at general community quarantine (GCQ).

“We want a quick response system that will immediately address and respond to the public’s concerns in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The timely release of information and assistance is urgently needed by our people and the PNP’s helpline will provide just that,” ani Gamboa sa isang pahayag sa media.

Ang PNP Directorate for Operations-PNP Command Center ang magsisilbing communication hub para sa lahat ng ECQ at GCQ concerns. Bukod pa ito sa ginagawa nilang monitoring ng police operations at pag-uulat hinggil sa law enforcement activities ng PNP.

Ayon kay Gamboa, inilunsad ang proyekto sa pakikipag-tulungan ng PLDT Inc. na nagbigay ng 52 units ng mobile phones, 30 units ng pocket Wi-Fi, mga prepaid cards at ilang SMS Messaging suite.

Pagtitiyak ng PNP chief, bukas 24/7 ang PNP Helpline 16677 sa publiko. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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