DILG’s Año defends cop in clash with foreigner in Makati village

Robie de Guzman   •   April 29, 2020   •   804

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has defended the police officer involved in a clash with a foreigner in Dasmariñas Village in Makati City, saying the cop acted according to established police protocols.

“Amid all the buzz and trial by publicity going around this incident, we stand with Police Senior Master Sergeant Roland Madrona since he did his job properly. The incident was handled in accordance with established police protocols. He was just doing his job,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Año also said Madrona “acted by the book” when he made the arrest and should not be judged solely by the video circulating online “as there were a lot more going on prior to the shooting of the video.”

“In the case of our police officer, Police Senior Master Sergeant Mardona, he did his job well and ipaglalaban ko ‘yan kahit mababang ranggo ng pulis, paglalaban natin ‘yan,” he said in a media interview.

“They were on the street, and he [Madrona] was already doing the arrest that led in front of the house. It’s allowed by the law, it’s called hot pursuit, even if the guy went inside the house, if you’re arresting somebody, you’re allowed by law,” he added.

Madrona was conducting a patrol in the village, together with Bantay Bayan personnel Esteban Gaan when he noticed Parra’s house helper, Cherilyn Escalante, watering the plants outside without wearing a face mask.

Madrona claimed he politely approached and advised the maid to wear a face mask for her safety.

The helper then went inside the house, but minutes later, Parra and his wife, Abegail Salvador went out of their residence and confronted the police officer.

In the now viral video, Parra can be seen and heard throwing foul words at the cop, and supposedly lectured him on how to implement the quarantine protocols.

The foreigner also allegedly shouted at Madrona to get off his property.

The cop tried to arrest the furious foreigner, but Parra evaded and went inside his house.

Madrona and the Makati City Police have already filed complaints against Parra on Tuesday.

Año said that in incidents like this “it is always the easiest to judge a certain situation by referencing a video, but we cannot pass a verdict na iyon lamang ang ating pinagbabasehan. Full investigation must ensue so that we can consider all the other evidences and eyewitness accounts.”

The Philippine National Police has ordered an investigation into the matter.

Año assured that the probe will be done with complete impartiality and due process.

“I am the chairman of the National Police Commission and I dismissed more than 2,000 police officers for various offenses and abuses of authority. I won’t let any policeman abuse and use his position to hurt others,” he said.

Meanwhile, Año reminded the public that during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), enforcement of the law is stricter as a public health measure to contain the transmission of COVID-19, even the simplest wearing of mask must be adhered to.

Hiling na isailalim sa ECQ ang 3 lugar sa Bicol, pinag-aaralan na – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   June 16, 2021

Pumalo sa 2,349 ang bilang ng bagong kaso ng COVID-19 sa Bicol Region sa huling dalawang linggo batay sa ulat ng Department of Health (DOH).

Batay sa tala ng DOH mula Hunyo 15, nangunguna sa may pinakamaraming kaso sa rehiyon ang mga lalawigan ng Albay (696), Camarines Sur (584), Sorsogon (341), Naga City (297), at Masbate (223).

Sa kasalukuyan, tanging ang Naga City ang nasa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) hanggang June 30, 2021.

Samantalang ang malaking bahagi ng Bicol Region ay nasa ilalim ng modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), ang pinakamaluwag na quarantine restriction.

Bunsod nito, hiniling ng Bicol Region medical groups sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) na mapasailalim sa pinakamahigpit na community quarantine ang mga lalawigan ng Albay, Camarines Sur, at Sorsogon pati na ang mga lungsod ng Legazpi, Naga, at Sorsogon.

Anila, nakababahala ang pagtaas ng kaso na iniuugnay sa local transmission bunsod ng maluwag na pagpapatupad ng minimum health standards, hindi pagsunod ng local officials sa Inter-Agency Task Force regulations, mabagal, inaccessible at di sapat na testing at poor contact tracing efforts at iba.

Ayon naman kay DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, pinag-aaralan na ng DILG ang apela ng mga medical frontliner.

“For Bicol, its under study. We are meeting with DOH this afternoon to hear their recommendations,” ani Malaya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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DILG calls on CPP-NPA to turn over members responsible for Masbate mine blast

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has called on the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) to turn over members involved in the Masbate mine blast.

After the CPP-NPA took responsibility for the incident, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the group should be held accountable for the death of football player Kieth Absalon and his cousin Novlen Absalon.

“Now that the CPP-NPA has accepted full responsibility for the senseless murder, it now becomes their duty to turn over the terrorists responsible for the deaths so that justice maybe served to their families and loved ones,” he said in a statement. Año also assured the safety of the suspects while undergoing trial.

“The ends of justice require that those responsible must be held accountable for their crimes against the people under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines,” he said.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are prepared to file criminal charges against the CPP-NPA members involved in the incident. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Several establishments in Valenzuela City receive Safety Seal Certification

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Three business establishments in Valenzuela City received Safety Seal Certification by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said the Safety Seal Certification Program will verify that an establishment is fully compliant with health and safety protocols. This will also boost consumer confidence and will encourage other establishments to abide by protocols.

“We are really launching itong safety seal para po talagang mabigyan ng gabay ang mga consumers na ang lugar na may safety seal ay following minimum health protocol standards. Ito po ay isang paraan para ma-encourage at tumaas naman ang business at consumer confidence na ang lugar na pupuntahan nila ay safe,” he said.

(We are launching the safety seal to guide consumers that bearing it would mean that the establishment is following minimum health protocols standards. This is a way to encourage and boost business and consumer confidence.)

For establishments to be eligible for a Safety Seal Certification, must abide by the minimum protocols and should have a digital contact tracing app available.

Lopez, however, clarified that the certificate is not a requirement but it would be helpful.

“Seal iyan na it can attract more customers dahil safe sa lugar nila. Sa mga hindi pa na-inspect they can operate pero eventually dahil kailangan silang mag-apply at magpa-inspect para malagyan din ng safety seal,” Lopez said.

(It is a seal that can attract more customers because their establishment is safe. To those who have not undergone inspection, they can still operate but, eventually, they will have to apply for the safety seal)

The validity of the seal will be from six months to one year. However, the seal can still be revoked if the establishment is proven to have violated minimum health protocols.

DILG Usec. Jonathan Malaya said the local government units (LGUs) will conduct surprise inspections to make sure that establishments continue to follow the protocols.

“Within six months people may complain at pwede pong ma-revoke ang safety seal and then mayroon pong proseso for reinstatement. Kung hindi po magku-comply ang negosyo pwede pong isuspend ang business permit ng local government unit,” he said.

(Within six months people may complain and the safety seal can be revoked, and then there is a process for reinstatement. And if the establishment will not comply, the local government unit can suspend its business permit.)

The DILG and the DTI are hoping that there will be more establishments that would apply for a Safety Seal Certification. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)




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