Akbayan calls for Sec. Aguirre to quit

admin   •   March 20, 2018   •   2876

FILE PHOTO: Department of Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre

MANILA, Philippines — Several members of the Department of Justice held a protest in front of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday morning.

The group called for the resignation of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre over what they claim as his errors in decision-making.

Akbayan said these include his dismissal of the charges against alleged big-time drug lords Peter Lim, self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and other individuals charged by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).

The protesters also opposed the decision of the DOJ to place pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles under its witness protection program despite being the primary accused in the cases involving the alleged misuse of lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF). — UNTV News & Rescue

COMELEC formally deputizes PNP, AFP for conduct of 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has formally deputized the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the conduct of “free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible” May 9, 2022 national and local elections.

Under Resolution No. 10755 promulgated on Wednesday, January 19, the COMELEC listed the following duties and functions to be performed by AFP and PNP personnel as its deputized agents:

  • Provide security to polling places, polling centers/voting centers, canvassing centers, and such other places or buildings, including election paraphernalia, equipment, forms, and supplies, that will be used in connection with the elections;
  • Provide security to the personnel of the Commission, its deputies, and other persons performing election-related functions;
  • Deploy, at the least time possible, troops for election duty in coordination with the concerned Regional Election Director, Provincial Election Supervisor, and Election Officer;
  • Make available, at the least time possible, land, air, and watercraft assets, communication systems, and other equipment, in connection with the conduct of the elections;
  • Look into the existence of any armed group organized to commit, or which is committing or attempting to commit, acts of terrorism, or threats to intimidate or coerce any person to vote for or against a candidate, and to suppress or prevent said acts of terrorism or threats;
  • Assist the Commission in implementing more effectively election laws and/ or rules and regulations, particularly the laws governing prohibition against military, policemen and provincial guards acting as bodyguards or security guards for the candidates, the use of armored vehicles and air or watercraft, and the prohibition on bearing, carrying or transporting firearms and other deadly weapons in public places;
  • Provide security escorts to candidates, subject to the conditions and restrictions on the Resolution imposing the ban on the carrying of firearms and other deadly weapons and the ban on the use of security personnel or bodyguards; provided that, the AFP can provide security escorts only in the absence of personnel of the PNP and other law enforcement agencies;
  • Conduct a periodic assessment of the peace and order conditions in critical areas and recommend measures which may be adopted by the Commission in the interest of free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections;
  • Comply with and/ or implement directives or resolutions of the Commission, which shall take precedence over and above the orders and directives issued by any other office or agency of the Government, except the Supreme Court and those issued in habeas corpus cases;
  • Render periodic reports on action taken in accordance with this Resolution

The poll body reminded that despite being deputized, soldiers shall continue with the conduct of all Internal Security Operations or its own functions and responsibilities and that no changes in the assignments of police personnel can be effected except upon prior written permission of the commission.

The resolution shall take effect after its publication in two daily newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines, the COMELEC said.

 

 

DOJ wants Kerwin Espinosa transferred to ‘more secure’ detention facility

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) is eyeing to transfer self-confessed drug lord Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa to a more secure detention facility following his alleged attempt to escape the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) facility.

“We believe that Kerwin Espinosa should be transferred to a more secure detention facility in view of the numerous cases that he is currently facing,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said in a message to reporters on Tuesday.

On Monday, the NBI said it thwarted the plan of three detainees led by Espinosa to bolt from its facility through a hole of the exhaust fan at the ceiling.

Guevarra, however, said that Espinosa’s transfer to another facility would need commitment orders from the courts where his cases are being tried.

“Ordinarily, unbailed individuals awaiting completion of their trial are detained in facilities of the BJMP,” he said.

“The courts will determine the appropriate BJMP facility, but we’ll recommend the most secure one. the same arrangement will be recommended for the other detainees who attempted to escape,” he added.

Commuters na hindi bakunado vs COVID-19, hindi aarestuhin – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi magpapatupad ng aresto ang Philippine National Police (PNP) sa mga pasaherong hindi pa bakunado laban sa COVID-19 sa gitna ng ipinaiiral na “no vaccination, no ride” policy sa mga pampublikong sasakyan sa Metro Manila.

Ayon kay PNP spokesperson Police Colonel Roderick Augustus Alba, papayuhan at pauuwiin lang sa kani-kanilang mga bahay ang mga pasagerong hindi papayagang sumakay sa mga pampublikong sasakyan.

“No arrest will be effected except for specific violations of law that authorized lawful arrest of offenders,” ang wika ni Alba.

Ang PNP ay isa sa law enforcement agencies na katuwang ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) sa pagpapatupad ng nasabing polisiya.

“Naging matagumpay po ang unang araw ng ‘no vax. no ride’ policy ng PNP, DOTR at LTFRB sa kalakhang Maynila, hindi natin pinahihintulutang sumakay sa mga pampublikong sasakyan ang mga walang maiprisintang katibayan na sila bakunado,” ani Alba.

Sa ilalim ng polisiya, hindi papayagang sumakay ang mga hindi bakunado laban sa COVID-19 at walang maipakitang katunayan o dokumento.

Hindi naman nito saklaw ang mga may medikal na kondisyon kaya hindi nabakunahan at ang mga lumalabas ng bahay para sa essential goods and services.

“Ang mga hindi nabakunahang pasahero na nameet naman ang criteria for exemption to the policy ay pinapayagang sumakay at bumiyahe,” ani Alba.

Hindi rin sakop ng polisiya ang mga manggagawang itinuturing na essential workers o nagbibigay ng mahahalagang serbisyo sa publiko.

Una nang ipinaalala ng DOTr na dapat may maipakitang kaukulang dokumento gaya ng medical certificate o iba pang katunayan ang isang indibiduwal upang ma-exempt sila sa nasabing polisiya.

Kung may medical check-up o examination, magtatrabaho, bibili ng essential goods, mag-a-apply ng lisensya, passport at iba pa, kailangan lang din na magpakita ng mga pruweba ng pagpunta sa mga kaukulang lugar gaya ng identification card sa mga empleyado, medical o exam appointment, barangay health pass at iba pa.

Kung fully vaccinated na, dapat ay dala ang vaccination card.

Samantala, plano naman ng PNP na magpakalat ng mga tauhang magsisilbing “mystery passenger” sa mga pampublikong sasakyan na magbabantay sa mga tsuper at konduktor na lalabag sa ipinatutupad na health protocols.

Kukunin ng mga ito ang plate number ng sasakyan at ang ruta nito at para sa karampatang aksyon.

Nagbabala naman ang PNP sa mga gumagamit ng pekeng vaccination cards na maaari silang makulong ng hanggang anim na buwan at magmulta ng hanggang P50,000. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

 

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