5 rebels yield to AFP-PNP forces in Quezon Province, Laguna, Rizal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 29, 2021   •   882

MANILA, Philippines — Five rebels have surrendered to the forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Polillo, Quezon Province.

Based on reports,  alias Gio and alias Patrick who were members of the New People’s Army (NPA), surrendered to the government forces on March 25 in Barangay Salipsip, Polilio, Quezon. They also turned in their firearms and ammunitions.

Another member of the NPA, identified as alias JM, also yielded in Sta Maria, Laguna on the same day. Meanwhile, alias Dexter and alias Joan, also remnants of NPA group in the boundaries of Rizal and Laguna, voluntarily surrendered to the AFP-PNP.

Alias JM, in an interview, said that the hardships they endured as rebels and the complete disregard for their welfare pushed them to abandon the armed struggle.

Acting Commander of 2nd Infantry Division B.Gen. Rommel Tello welcomed the rebels’ move and assured the group that the government will provide assistance to them and their families.

“Your wise decision to abandon armed struggle marks a new beginning for you and your loved ones. With your help, we shall build a better and safer country for our families and fellowmen while we ensure that you are secured from any terrorist acts of retaliation,” he said addressing the former rebels.

The 2ID already made necessary steps for the surrenderers including debriefing and medical check up with health professionals prior their subsequent enrollment to government’s program wherein they can receive up to Php700,000 in grants and benefits to help them and their families start their lives anew.

Mga pulis na ayaw magpabakuna, ililipat ng assignment – PNP chief Carlos

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Papayagan pa ring magtrabaho ang mga pulis na hindi pa bakunado laban sa COVID-19, ayon sa Philippine National Police (PNP).

Ito ang nilinaw ni PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos kasunod ng pahayag ukol sa pagpapatupad ng “no vaccine, no work” policy sa mga tauhan ng pambansang pulisya.

Unang sinabi ng PNP na hindi papayagang pumasok sa trabaho ang mga ‘di bakunadong pulis na walang maipapakitang negatibong resulta ng RT-PCR test kada dalawang linggo.

Sagot rin ng mga nasabing tauhan ang bayad sa COVID-19 testing.

“However kapag sinabi natin they will not go to work it does not mean that they will not be working. They will still deliver the police services needed,“ ang wika ng PNP chief.

Pero sa halip na field work ay ililipat na lang ng assignment ang mga pulis na hindi pa nagpapabakuna upang makaiwas silang mahawa sa COVID-19.

“We will not allow them to be exposed. At the same time kasi kapag unvaccinated sila, ilagay namin sila sa QCP medyo delikado. So we will put them in a place probably take an admin role so they can still do the job for us,” ani Carlos.

Ayon sa hepe ng PNP, hindi maaaring lumiban ang mga hindi pa bakunadong pulis dahil maraming mabinbinbing trabaho.

“So ganun yung aming sistema kasi lugi naman ho ang gobyerno, ang taumbayan kung because it is their choice not to be vaccinated and yet they are not delivering services,” ani Carlos.

Unang sinabi ng PNP na mamarkahan ng absent na ibabawas sa leave credits ang mga tauhan na hindi magsusumite ng RT-PCR test.

Sakali naman naubos na ang kanilang leave credits ay ipatutupad na ng PNP ang “no work, no pay” rule sa mga pulis.

Giit ng PNP, ang pagpapatupad ng “no vaccine, no work” rule ay alinsunod aniya ito sa mga patakarang ipinatutupad ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Layunin rin nitong mahikayat ang iba pang tauhan na magpabakuna bilang dagdag proteksyon kontra coronavirus disease.
Base sa datos ng PNP Health Service, nasa 1,808 pang tauhan ang hindi nagpapabakuna laban sa COVID-19.

Sa nasabing bilang, 299 ang nagbigay ng medical reason, 194 ang nagsabing may allergy, 393 ang buntis, 63 ang lactating mother o nagpapasuso, 69 ang nagsabing labag ang pagpapabakuna sa kanilang religious beliefs, siyam ang under quarantine habang ang nalalabing bilang ay walang ibinigay na dahilan. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

‘No vaccine, no work’ rule sa mga pulis, ipatutupad ng PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Magpapatupad na rin ng “no vaccination, no work’ rule ang Philippine National Police (PNP) para sa mga tauhan nito sa gitna ng nagpapatuloy pa ring banta ng COVID-19.

Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos, layunin nitong mahikayat ang iba pang tauhan na magpabakuna bilang dagdag proteksyon kontra coronavirus disease.

Alinsunod aniya ito sa mga patakarang ipinatutupad ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Sa tala ng PNP, 1% na lang sa kabuuang 222,000 sa kanilang hanay ang hindi pa nababakunahan.

Kabilang na dito ang 965 o 0.43% na walang maibigay na balidong dahilan kung bakit ayaw magpabakuna. Nasa 865 naman ang nagsasabing may allergy o medical condition kaya hindi pa nagpapabakuna.

Ayon kay Carlos, hindi papayagang pumasok sa trabaho ang mga pulis na hindi pa bakunado laban sa COVID-19 maliban na lamang kung may maipapakita silang negatibong resulta ng RT-PCR test tuwing ikalawang linggo.

Sagot ng mga nasabing tauhan ang bayad sa COVID-19 testing.

Gayundin ang magiging patakaran sa mga hindi pa nakakakumpleto ng bakuna o first dose pa lang ang natatanggap.

Babala ng PNP chief, mamarkahan ng absent na ibabawas sa leave credits ang mga tauhan na hindi magsusumite ng RT-PCR test.

Sakali naman naubos na ang kanilang mga leave credits… ipatutupad na ng PNP ang “no work, no pay” rule sa mga pulis.

Giit ni Carlos, mahalagang bakunado ang lahat ng tauhan ng PNP dahil kabilang sila sa mga frontliners at upang magkaroon sila ng dagdag na proteksyon laban sa virus.

Dapat din aniyang maging halimbawa ang PNP sa pagsunod sa mga patakaran ng IATF bilang tagapagpatupad nito. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PH Air Force receives last batch of S-70i Black Hawk helicopters – AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Air Force has completed its fleet of S-70i Black Hawk helicopters, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

In a statement, the AFP said the third and final batch of choppers have been delivered and turned over to the Philippine Air Force.

The formal acceptance and turnover of five additional helicopters was held at the Clark Air Base on Friday, December 3.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP chief of staff Lieutenant General Andres Centino led the ceremony, which was also witnessed by other military and government officials.

The AFP said the five helicopters were part of the total 16 units ordered by the military.

The first batch of six was delivered in November 2020 while the other five received in October this year, it added.

The S-70i Black Hawk helicopters are being used in transporting COVID-19 vaccine supplies to far-flung and hard to reach areas in the country.

These units are also being used to support various military missions, including quick response for humanitarian aid.

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