DOJ issues hold departure order vs nine cops in Jolo shooting

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 12, 2021   •   433

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a hold departure order against the nine policemen involved in the shooting of four army personnel in Jolo, Sulu.

In a statement, DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered prosecutors to file a motion in the court for a hold departure order against the policemen accused of killing the four army personnel in Jolo, Sulu last June 2020.

The order was issued after the Philippine National Police (PNP) released the said cops after being dismissed from service.

“The DOJ prosecutors filed the criminal information against the 9 police officers last January 4. The court was supposed to issue the warrants of arrest thereafter, but apparently failed to do so because of the current lockdown in Sulu,” he said.

Guevarra, meanwhile, hopes the accused would voluntarily turn themselves in once the warrants are issued.

“We hope that the 9 accused will voluntarily turn themselves in when such warrants are eventually released by the court. Otherwise, law enforcement agents will look for them and take them into custody,” Guevarra said. -AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

PNP launches system to address public complaints

Robie de Guzman   •   May 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP), on Monday, launched an enhanced complaint referral and monitoring system that aims to quickly address citizens’ complaints and concerns.

During the formal launching of the program at Camp Crame, PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar said complaints received in the system will be considered urgent and will immediately be acted upon.

“Dito sa ating improved complaint referral system, bawat matatanggap na reklamo o hinaing ay ituturing na urgent. Dapat laging isaisip ng mga pulis na time is of the essence tuwing makatatanggap ng tawag o text mula sa ating mga kababayan,” Eleazar said.

“Once they received these concerns, they should immediately act and resolve the complaints. Kung dati may mga reklamong hindi napapansin, ngayon eh hindi na puwede iyon,” he added.

The public may file reports, complaints, or concerns that need immediate action with the PNP through its official hotlines at 0917 847 5757 (Globe) / 0919 160 1752 (Smart), email at, and social media accounts.

Through the enhanced complaint referral and monitoring system, Eleazar hopes to regain the community’s trust and confidence in the PNP by showing that its personnel can be fully depended on to serve and protect.

“Layunin nito na patatagin ang ugnayan ng publiko sa ating kapulisan. Kung makikita ng ating mga kababayan na kaagad nabibigyang-pansin at naaaksyunan ang kanilang mga reklamo, nasisiguro kong maibabalik ang kanilang kumpiyansa sa buong PNP,” he said.

“Kung mabilis ang pagresolba sa mga reklamo o kaso, natitiyak ko rin na mas magiging mapayapa at maayos ang ating mga komunidad,” he added.

The project is one of Eleazar’s priority programs when he assumed the post of Chief PNP last May 7.

PNP chief Eleazar reminds police units to closely watch reopening of some tourist sites

Robie de Guzman   •   May 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar on Monday directed all police units to closely monitor the reopening of some tourist sites and other leisure spots in Metro Manila and the provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, and Laguna.

The said areas have been placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions from May 15 to 31.

Eleazar noted that over the weekend, some people have started visiting outdoor tourist attractions in GCQ areas, which were allowed to operate at 30 percent capacity.

Some areas in Intramuros, Manila, such as the Fort Santiago and the Baluarte de San Diego, have also opened their doors to visitors on Monday.

While Eleazar understands the excitement of most Filipinos over being able to finally go outdoors for leisure, he stressed the need to still take the necessary precautions against COVID-19 to prevent transmission.

“Inaasahan na namin ang pagdami ng mga taong magsisilabasan dahil nga nagkaroon ng adjustments sa allowed capacity rates ng ating business establishments at leisure areas. Ito ay amin nang napaghandaan at mahigpit na babantayan,” he said in a statement.

“Bagamat naiintindihan po namin na sabik na lumabas ng kani-kanilang mga bahay ang ating mga kababayan, gusto lang po naming magbigay ng paalala na posibleng mas tumagal pa tayo sa ganitong sitwasyon kung tayo ay lalabag sa IATF guidelines at hindi susunod sa minimum health safety protocols,” he added.

The PNP chief reminded police units to be on the lookout for violations of minimum public health safety protocols and to coordinate closely with local government units in securing tourist attractions and leisure spots.

He also urged the public to limit their movement to essential travels.

“We ask our kababayan within the NCR Plus to restrict their travel within the Bubble. At para naman doon sa mga nasa labas ng Bubble, huwag na po nating pilitin na pumasok pa unless essential travel po ang inyong lakad,” he said.

“Kung hindi po talaga natin maiiwasan ang paglabas, remember to always wear your face masks and face shields and observe physical distancing.”

He also reminded the management of businesses allowed to operate, including tourist spots and leisure areas, to strictly abide by the IATF guidelines on capacity rates and impose minimum health safety protocols on their patrons.

PNP, PDEA draw-up guidelines to improve coordination in conduct of anti-drug ops

Robie de Guzman   •   May 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are crafting guidelines on law enforcement operation to avoid miscommunication, the police Public Information Office (PIO) said Monday.

The PNP-PIO said Police chief General Guillermo Eleazar and PDEA director general Wilkins Villanueva met on Saturday to discuss ways on how to improve coordination, collaboration and cooperation of PNP and PDEA operating units to avoid previous incidents of misencounter during illegal drug operations.

Other ranking officials of the PNP and PDEA also attended the meeting.

The PNP-PIO said that among the salient points discussed in the meeting was the crafting of a unified operational guidelines and protocols that shall be observed by PNP and PDEA units when conducting anti-illegal drugs operations.

These include more rigid coordination procedures that must clearly indicate the specific areas of operation at the Station Level in big cities.

Eleazar earlier noted that “illegal drug syndicates are taking advantage of the weaknesses or gaps in the rules of procedure on coordination and inter-operations between the PNP and the PDEA.”

“Kasama ang PDEA, ito ang tututukan natin ngayon para maiwasan na maulit pa ang anumang pagkukulang sa koordinasyon at komunikasyon,” he said.

The move comes after members of PDEA and Quezon City Police nearly figured in a misencounter in the middle of an anti-illegal drug operation at a mall.

Last February, elements of Quezon City police and PDEA agents figured in a shootout along Commonwealth Avenue during a supposed anti-drug operation.


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