DILG commends PNP, LGUs for ‘safest SEA Games ever’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 13, 2019   •   1171

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government units (LGUs) for the “safest Southeast Asian (SEA) Games” in history.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said there were no serious or major untoward incidents reported that marred the SEA Games.

“Naipakita natin ang ‘Filipino hospitality’ at ang bayanihan ng pulisya, nasyunal at lokal na mga pamahalaan, private sector at media (We have shown the ‘Filipino hospitality’ and the cooperation of the national police and the local government, private sector and media). This will go down in history as the best and safest ever,” he said.

There were 27,440 police officers deployed to site task groups during the whole duration of the SEA Games.

In Metro Manila alone, there were 18,105 officers securing the competitions; 6,554 in Central Luzon; 1,865 in Southern Luzon; and 916 in La Union.

“We will not rest until all the foreign athletes, coaches and staff have left the country. We are committed 100% to their safety and well-being. Congrats to the PNP for a job well done!,” Año addded.—AAC

PNP, ginunita ang kabayanihan ng SAF44 sa ika-7 taon ng Mamasapano clash

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Ginunita ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ang kabayanihan ng 44 miyembro ng Special Action Force (SAF) na nagbuwis ng kanilang buhay sa Mamasapano clash noong 2015.

Sa ika-pitong anibersaryo ng insidente ngayong Enero 25, muling sinariwa ng PNP ang sakripisyo ng SAF 44 para sa kapakanan ng mas nakararami.

“Exactly seven years ago, these modern-day heroes, donned with their fighting gears, reinforced with their commitment to bring lasting peace to the nation and most of all embraced with their faith to God, they partook in a one-way road towards ensuring peace and order in the country which is exactly the same road to led to the gate of heavens,” ang wika ni Polic Brigadier General Felipe Natividad, ang director ng PNP-SAF.

Ayon kay Natividad, buong tapang na hinarap ng mga nasawing SAF troopers ang bakbakan kaya dapat lang na mapahalagahan ang kapayapaang tinatamasa ngayon.

“’Ihandog ang iisang buhay,’ from the last phrase of the PNP Hymn, PNP Lingkod ng Bayan. This is the very phrase that our Gallant SAF 44 to whom we offer our tribute today, held in their hearts and placed the greatest possible meaning to it. With courage & commitment, they accomplished their mission even though it costed their very lives,” ang pahayag ng opisyal.

Para naman kay Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, mahal ang naging kabayaran para magkaroon ng kapayapaan at mamuhay ng walang takot ang pangamba ang mga kababayan natin lalo na sa bahagi ng Mindanao.

Masusuklian lamang aniya ang sakripisyong ito kung hindi gagawa ng anumang labag sa batas ang mga Pilipino, lalo na ang mga pulis.

“They paid the highest cost for the prizes that we enjoy today the gift of living in peace and liberty, part far from harm and free from fear. We repay them and honor their ultimate sacrifice by following their example enforcing the law those who do wrong and ensuring that we ourselves do no wrong,” ani Guevarra.

Sinabi rin ng DOJ chief na naisampa na ang mga kasong direct assault with murder laban sa 88 akusado sa pagpatay sa 44 SAF troopers.

“These cases have been filed not only for exact punishment for the wrongs committed against the 44 whose heroism we remember today, more than exact punishment these cases manifest our trust in the supremacy of our laws,” ani Guevarra.

Magugunitang noong Enero 25, 2015, sinalakay ng SAF ang ilang barangay sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao kung saan nagtatago ang mga wanted na terorista. Isa sa mga subject ng operasyon na si Zulkifli Binhir alyas Marwan ang napatay pero hindi na nakalabas ng buhay ang SAF troopers nang tambangan sila ng umano’y mga miyembro ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters at private armed groups sa lugar.

Si Marwan ay sinasabing Indonesian terrorist at bomb maker na wanted rin sa ibang bansa.

Maliban sa SAF44, 17 miyembro ng MILF rin ang nasawi, tatlo ang sibilyan at hindi natukoy na bilang ng Muslim rebels.

Sinasabing ang kawalan ng koordinasyon kaugnay ng operasyon, alinsunod sa kasunduan ng MILF at ng pamahalaan, ang naging dahilan umano ng pagkakaroon ng engkwentro.

Kinuwestyon noon ang sinseridad ng MILF sa pakikipagkasundo sa pamahalaan dahil sa presensiya ng mga terorista sa mga lugar na sakop ng grupo.

 

AFP, PNP: Mandatory military training makatutulong sa depensa ng bansa

Robie de Guzman   •   January 22, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Pabor ang Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at ang Philippine National Police (PNP) sa pagpapatupad ng military training para sa mga Pilipinong may edad 18 taong gulang.

Ayon sa PNP, suportado nila ang panukala dahil malaki ang maitutulong nito upang mabawasan ang krimen at maging disiplinado ang mga kabataan. Makakatulong rin ang mga kabataan sa pamahalaan sa panahon ng kalamidad.

“It is ideal for our country to have its citizens ready to be mobilizes for contingencies and emergencies, they can act as military reserve corps na puwede nating i-tap para mapaigting ang ating depensa against lawlessness,” ang pahayag ni PNP spokeperson Police Colonel Rhoderick Augustus Alba.

“Matuturuan din po sila ng practical life-saving skills para maipagtanggol ang mga sarili especially sa mga panahon ng tragedy,” dagdag pa niya.

Sang-ayon rin ang AFP sa pagsasailalim sa mga 18-anyos na Pilipino sa mandatory military training upang makatulong sila sa pagpapatatag sa bansa.

“We welcome the proposal as this is attuned to the times while government is faced with adversities and challenges, aligned with our aspirations for the citizenry to contribute to nation building,” ang wika ni Col. Ramon Zagala, ang tagapagsalita ng AFP.

“Rendering mandatory military service will only help us to establish base for a strong armed forces, and therefore a strong nation,” dagdag pa niya.

Sa pananaw naman ni Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, maganda ang hangarin ng mandatory military training gaya ng pagkakaroon ng disiplina at pagmamahal sa bansa ng mga kabataan.

“We in the DND support the mandatory military service of 18-year-old Filipinos. There are several advantages: First, the military will have a ready and steady trained pool of reservists to defend the country and do HADR work; second, the training and discipline that they will acquire will make them better citizens; third, service to the country will be inculcated in them,” ani Lorenzana.

Gayunman, marami aniya siyang nakikitang balakid sa pagpapatupad ng programa gaya ng kakulangan sa pondo at resources, pati na ang kakulangan sa malalaking kampo sa bansa para sa milyong kabataang sasali sa training bawat taon.

Hindi rin aniya naghahanda ang bansa para sa isang giyera kayat hindi kailangan ng maraming military personnel.

“There are huge hurdles in  implementing this: First, are the funds and resources. Training camps would need to be established all over the land, and manpower and funds must be allocated to accommodate the millions who will reach the age of 18 every year,” ang wika ni Lorenzana.

 “Second, are the anticipated objections of those who are not inclined to serve in the military. Third, we are not on war footing and there will be little need of a general mobilization,” dagdag pa niya.

Mas mainam aniya kung ibabalik ang Mandatory Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) para sa mga pampubliko at pribadong eswelahan dahil sapat na ang training na ito para makatulong ang mga kabataan sa panahon ng kalamidad.

“The implementation of mandatory ROTC in private and public schools is the better alternative. We are already starting to implement this in the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs). This program, which targets the K11-K12 levels, will produce a  huge number of youths who will form part of our reservists,” ani Lorenzana.

Taong 2002 nang i-abolish ang mandatory ROTC kasunod ng pagkamatay ng UST student na si Mark Chua nang ilantad ang umano’y ilang anomalya sa training corps.

Sa ngayon voluntary na lamang ito kasama ng dalawa pang component ng National Service Training Program (NSTP) na Civic Welfare Training Service at Literacy Training Service.

Una nang sinabi ni Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte sa isang virtual caravan na isusulong nya ang pagkakaroon ng mandatory military training sa lahat ng 18 taong gulang na pilipino babae man o lalaki. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

 

 

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.

 

 

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