Eleazar orders intensified ops vs private armed groups, loose firearms ahead of election season
MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Guillermo Eleazar said the national police will intensify its operations against private armed groups (PAG) and loose firearms ahead of election season.
Eleazar added that he has ordered all police offices and units nationwide to intensify operations especially when there are politicians who use private armed groups and will try to win the candidacy through violence. Eleazar said the PNP wants to ensure credible, orderly and peaceful elections in 2022.
“Papalapit na ang eleksyon at alam naman natin na may ilang pulitiko na gumagamit ng private armed groups para sa pansarili nilang mga interes, partikular ang maipanalo ang kanilang kandidatura gamit ang dahas. We will not allow that,” he said.
(The election is drawing near and we know there are several politicians who use private armed groups for their own interest, particularly to win the candidacy using violence.)
The PNP Chief also directed the local police to intensify intelligence gathering efforts to monitor PAGs as well as syndicates involved in gun-running activities.
According to the National Task Force on the Disbandment of PAGs (NTF-DPAGs), over 130 armed groups are being monitored in Mindanao alone.
“Dapat tiyakin ng PNP na walang magaganap na aberya o kaguluhan sa bawat bahagi ng halalan, mula sa filing ng candidacy hanggang sa deklarasyon ng mga nanalong kandidato,” Eleazar said.
(The PNP should ensure there will be no disorder during elections, from the filing of candidacy to the declarations of winners) AAC
PNP to closely monitor cemeteries, columbaria ahead of Undas – Eleazar
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it will closely monitor cemeteries nationwide ahead of the observance of the Catholic community’s Undas.
In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has directed police personnel to be prepared for the arrival of people in cemeteries, memorial parks, or columbaria during Undas on November 1 and 2.
Eleazar said they are expecting people to visit these areas before November to avoid crowds.
“Inaasahan natin ang maagang pagbisita ng ating mga kababayan sa kanilang mga pumanaw na mahal sa buhay. Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na maging alerto at siguraduhing nasusunod ang ating minimum health standards,” he said.
“Dapat matiyak na walang mangyayaring super spreader event sa mga sementeryo,” he added.
The PNP chief’s directive comes after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases ordered for the closure of cemeteries from October 29 to November 2.
Eleazar also reminded the public to strictly abide by health and safety protocols to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.
DOJ vows to review more drug war cases before end of Duterte’s term
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) said it will try to review more drug war cases before the end of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said they are coordinating with Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police-General Guillermo Eleazar for the turnover of documents relative to the cases for their review.
Guevarra, however, said the review will depend on their manpower and on whether the case file folders from the different PNP regional offices in the country are already available and complete.
The DOJ is also considering conducting random reviews of the cases coming from the regions.
Meanwhile, Guevarra stressed that they will not allow the investigation that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is planning to launch on the government’s drug war to affect their review.
“Sa aking huling nabasa tungkol sa isyu diyan ng ICC mukhang tuloy-tuloy naman sila. Sabi nga ng kanilang bagong prosecutor I understand that they will continue with the investigation. So sa amin, kami rin naman dito sa DOJ tuloy-tuloy lang din yung trabaho namin dito. Kung ano man ang naibigay sa amin irereview namin with proper recommendations,” Guevarra said.- —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)
Narco politicians, muling binalaan ng PNP kasunod ng pag-aresto sa isang kandidato sa Cotabato
MANILA, Philippines — Muling nagbabala ang pamunuan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) sa mga pulitiko na nakikipagsabwatan sa mga sindikato ng iligal na droga sa bansa.
Ito’y kasunod ng pagkakaaresto sa mayoral candidate na si Tom Nandang, alyas Datukon Nandang, na tumatakbong alkalde sa Kabuntalan, Maguindanao.
Nakuha kay Nandang ang nasa 5-milyong pisong halaga ng shabu at isang .45 caliber pistol.
Si Nandang ay kasalukuyang nasa kustodiya ng Philippne Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) habang inihahanda ang kasong isasampa laban sa kanya.
Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar, hindi titigil ang pulisya sa pagtugis sa mga politiko na may kaugnayan sa iligal na droga.
“I am reiterating my warning against political aspirants with connections to criminal groups, you will be arrested. The PNP will stop you from using your guns and goons to try to steal the elections from our kababayan,” ani Eleazar. —/mbmf