Eleazar orders Northern Luzon police units to be on alert for Typhoon Kiko

Robie de Guzman   •   September 9, 2021   •   332

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday directed local police units in Northern Luzon to gear up for Typhoon Kiko, which is expected to bring heavy rains beginning Friday.

The state weather agency earlier said there is a moderate to a high likelihood that tropical cyclone wind signals would be raised over several provinces in Northern Luzon, with higher wind signal levels possible over extreme Northern Luzon due to ‘Kiko’.

In a statement, Eleazar ordered police units in Northern Luzon to brace and assist in disaster response efforts of local government units in areas that will be affected by ‘Kiko’.

Police assets, including trucks and other vehicles, should also be placed on standby for preemptive evacuation, along with enough policemen to assist the local officials, the PNP chief said.

Eleazar also urged the public to remain vigilant and heed the advice of local officials in preparation for the typhoon.

“Sa muling pagkakaroon ng banta ng masamang panahon, nanawagan muli tayo sa ating mga kababayan na makinig at sumunod sa mga alituntunin ng ating lokal na pamahalaan dahil ito naman ay para sa kaligtasan ninyo at ng inyong mga mahal sa buhay,” he said.

The PNP chief also directed police personnel to help in local relief efforts for those affected by the recent Tropical Storm Jolina.

Thousands of residents in Eastern Visayas, Bicol Region, CALABARZON, and other areas were forced to flee their homes as a result of the heavy flooding brought by ‘Jolina’.

“Inaasahan ko rin ang report ng ating mga chiefs of police sa mga PNP personnel na naapektuhan ng bagyong Jolina para magpa-abot tayo ng tulong sa kanila, pati na rin ang damage assessment sa mga police station at iba pang PNP infrastructures upang agad na maipaayos ito,” Eleazar said.

Ombudsman junks CIDG petition vs Abayalde anew

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has rejected anew the motion filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) seeking the reversal of the decision to acquit former PNP chief Police General Oscar Abayalde of graft charges filed against him.

In its resolution, the Ombudsman said the CIDG’s motion still lack sufficient evidence that will pin down Abayalde to the case.

The resolution added that the CIDG did not submit new arguments that will prove the involvement of the retired general in the case.

The CIDG filed graft charges against Abayalde for his alleged involvement in the anomalous drug operation of police authorities in Pampanga in 2013. —/mbmf

NTC, makikipag-ugnayan sa PNP at NBI para matunton ang nasa likod ng text scams

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Makikipag-ugnayan ang National Telecommunications (NTC) sa pulisya at sa National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) para imbestigahan ang mga nasa likod ng text scams.

Ito ay kasunod na rin ng mga reklamo ng ilang mobile subscribers ukol sa natatanggap nilang mga text messages mula sa mga ‘di kilalang phone numbers na nag-aalok ng trabaho, o kaya ay pautang.

Ayon sa NTC, maraming paraan para makuha ang phone number ng isang indibiduwal na pinapadalhan ng spam texts.

Kabilang na dito ang listahan ng mga number na nagpapaload sa mga tindahan at sa contact tracing system ng mga establisimyento.

Pero giit ni NTC deputy commissioner Edgardo Cabarios, ipinagbabawal ang pagbibigay ng impormasyong ito sa ibang tao at paggamit rito para sa text scams.

“We can coordinate perhaps with NBI at police para surveillance, ano, ma-determine sino yung mga yan—grupo ba sila or individual, et cetera, et cetera,” ani Cabarios.

Payo ng NTC sa publiko, huwag magbigay ng personal na impormasyon kung makakatanggap ng mga ganitong mensahe.

Maaari namang i-block ng NTC ang phone number ng mga gumagawa ng ganitong aktibidad kung hihilingin ng mga magrereklamo.

Kung makakatanggap ng text scams, maaari itong ireport sa NTC Central Office Consumer Welfare and Protection Division sa mga numerong (+63) (02) 8920-4464; (+63) (02) 8926-7722; at (+63) (02) 8921-3251.

Maaari ding magpadala ng mensahe sa e-mail address ng NTC na consumer@ntc.gov.ph. (Mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Eleazar orders nighttime patrols for holiday carolers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday directed police personnel to begin nighttime patrols after the government approved the conduct of street caroling this holiday season.

In a statement, Eleazar said the patrols should be conducted to ensure the security and safety of carolers.

“Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na mag-umpisang magsagawa ng mga patrolya tuwing gabi para sa seguridad ng mga nangangaroling at para na rin siguraduhing sumusunod sila sa health protocols,” he said.

Eleazar also urged the public to continue observing health protocols and to not be complacent amid declining COVID-19 cases in the country.

“Kahit pa bumababa ang kaso ng COVID-19, hindi ito dahilan upang maging kampante at magpabaya sa pagsunod sa minimum public health standards,” he said.

The Department of Health earlier said that carolers must wear face mask and face shield as individuals expel more respiratory particles when singing, posing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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