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60,000 personnel to provide security for 31st ASEAN Summit

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, November 6th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Authorities have deployed 60,000 security personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and several other government agencies to ensure the safety and security of the delegates of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

The security forces will have 400 patrol cars, 200 motorcycles, and 22 armored cars.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy said the assigned security personnel are ready to face and address any physical and even cyber threats.

It can be noted that Cuy also serves as the chairman of the ASEAN committee on security, peace and order, emergency preparedness and response.

Meanwhile, PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa has belied circulating reports that four women in Basilan are now in Metro Manila to bomb areas near the venue of the ASEAN Summit.

According to the PNP chief, the said news report is a hoax and that the public should not believe it.

“It’s just a hoax. We already expect such a propaganda. During this season, when there is a huge event, there are a lot of influence peddlers, selling information, scaring the public to maintain their relevance. But it’s all hoax. Listen instead to the advisory coming from the government security forces,” said the PNP chief.

Dela Rosa also assured the public that the PNP will remain on alert for any threats to the country’s security.

The PNP chief also advised the public to refrain going to areas near the venue of the ASEAN Summit to avoid inconvenience.

He called on the everyone to follow the guidelines coming from the PNP to maintain the orderliness of the conduct of the ASEAN Summit. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Gabriela Partylist questions PNP’s random inspection of protesters during SONA

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

Gabriela Partylist questions the random inspection to be implemented by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on protesters during President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The party-list said the said measure violates the constitutional right to privacy.

According to their statement, the random inspection might probably lead to harassment or arrest of protesters without a proper warrant.

“Such security overkill dangerously sets up a pretext for intimidation, harassment and even warrantless arrest of activists based on planted evidence,” they said in their statement.

An estimate of over 40,000 protesters will join the anti-Duterte administration rally on Monday (July 22).

The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Thursday (July 18) that they will ‘most likely’ conduct random inspections on protesters as part of their strict implementation of security measures.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)

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Police, military hospitals on standby amid national dengue alert

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has tapped the service of military hospitals amid following the declaration of national dengue alert.

According to DOH Spokesperson Eric Domingo, they have asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to be on standby in case the number of dengue cases increases beyond government hospitals’ capacity.

“Ang PNP at ang AFP natin may mga hospitals din naman sila and we have to network with them in case na talagang dumami ang pasyente (The PNP and the AFP also have hospitals and we have to network with them in case the number of patients increases),” Domingo said.

“Halimbawa may mga lugar na malayo sa amin tapos sila may hospital maari kaming makipagtulungan para ma- admit din ang mga pasyente sa mga hospitals nila (There are certain areas beyond our reach where military hospitals are located. We can ask for help to admit the patients there in their hospitals),” he added.

On Wednesday (July 17), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III met with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Health Cluster to discuss measures to curb the sudden rise of dengue infections in the country.

The DOH is in cooperation with other agencies like the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in implementing actions in schools to prevent dengue, in educating the public on the dangers of dengue infection, and in coordinating with the local government units in destroying potential breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in different areas in the country.

“Kailangan talaga sa schools maglinis tayo, ma- educate natin iyong children at iyong parents kung paano iyong dapat natin gawin to prevent itong dengue at tsaka meron tayong changes sa mga patakaran sa school, (We need to have regularly clean up drive in schools and we need to educate the children and the parents on what to do to prevent dengue. Also, we have changes in school regulations,)” the DOH Spokesperson said.

Likewise, among the agencies’ action plans include designation of additional hospital rooms for dengue patients through Philippine Red Cross and the construction of extra hospital tents which can be used for emergency.

Domingo stressed the need to always be alert in providing the medical needs of dengue patients in order to prevent further deaths caused by dengue infection this year.

The DOH advises households to dispose stagnant water and dirty containers where dengue mosquitoes may breed.

Install protections such as window and door screens.

Likewise, do not let your child play or come near areas where mosquitoes are breeding.

Maganda pa rin talaga naka- pantalon at long sleeves ang mga bata para hindi siya makakagat ng lamok (It is better to have your child wear long pants and long sleeves to prevent mosquito bites),” Domingo advised.

The DOH, as always, reminds the public to immediately bring the patient to the nearest hospital if symptoms of dengue manifest.

The agency can be reached through the DOH hotline numbers 711-1001 and 711-1002 for inquiry about dengue. — with reports from Aiko Miguel

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DILG pushes for random drug testing for newly elected government officials

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Urine drug screening of drug surrenders and local officers in Poblacion,Malita Davao (February 22, 2017) | Courtesy: Cerilo Ebrano / PVI

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will push for random drug testing of newly elected government officials.

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año the random drug test will be conducted regularly to ensure that government officials are following the law.

“Para hindi masayang iyong ibinoto ng mga tao natin, (this is so that our votes are not wasted),” he said.

Based on the data of the DILG, there are over 17,000 newly elected officials during the last May elections.

Among the 17,000, there are 37 of them included in the narcolist. The 27 re-elected will have their deputation for police power revoked and their Ombudsman cases will also push through.

“Iyong mga barangay captains titingnan din namin iyong nasa listahan din. Ito wala namang police deputation pero sasampahan namin ng administrative cases and eventually criminal cases, (We will also look into the barangay captains included in the list. They have no police deputation but we will file administrative cases and eventually criminal cases)” Año said.—AAC (with reports from Marisol Montaño)

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