All involved in Oplan Exodus must be held accountable – PNP Chief Dela Rosa

admin   •   January 25, 2017   •   5866

FILE PHOTOS: (L-R) Former PNP Chief Alan Purisima, former President Benigno Aquino III and former PNP-Special Action Force commander Director Getulio Napeñas Jr.

Former Mamasapano Board of Inquiry member now PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa said, he hopes that all those involved in Oplan Exodus must be held liable, even if they are former high ranking government officials.

He added that the Philippine National Police is ready to arrest all suspects in the bloody Mamasapano operations should a warrant of arrest is issued.

Dela Rosa also said that based on the report of the board, aside from former PNP Chief Alan Purisima and Police Director General Getulio Napeñas, former president, Benigno Aquino III should also be held liable for the encounter.

WATCH: Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales assures to finish Mamasapano probe before her term ends in 2018 

Now that President Duterte intends to reopen the case, Dela Rosa is hoping that no one will be spared.

Oplan Exodus, which was also called time on target operation, was launched on January 25, 2015 against international terrorist Zulkifli Binhir alias Marwan. It was where 44 members of the Special Action Force were killed. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News and Rescue

Senate, House ratify bill lowering height limit for uniformed personnel

Robie de Guzman   •   March 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate and the House of Representatives have ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the proposal seeking to lower the minimum height requirement for applicants of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

During a session on Monday, both chambers adopted Senate Bill 1563 and House Bill 8261 or the proposed PNP, BFP, BJMP, BuCor Height Equality Act.

The reconciled bill provides that the minimum height limit for males to be appointed as officers or members of the PNP, BFP, BJMP, and BuCor shall be 1.57 meters or 5 feet 2 inches and 1.52 meters or 5 feet for females.

Currently, in order to be appointed as uniformed personnel of the PNP, BFP, BJMP, and BuCor, a male person must be at least 5 feet 4 inches, and a female person must be at least 5 feet 2 inches.

“Gaya po ng aking naunang deklarasyon, hindi po natin binababa ang standard na kailangan para makapagsilbi bilang pulis, firefighter, jail at correction officers. Ninanais po natin mabigyan ng pagkakataon makapagsilbi ang mga hindi nabiyayaan ng katangkaran,” said Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, who authored and principally sponsored the Senate bill.

Dela Rosa, a former PNP chief, said the reconciled bill adopted the retention of the automatic waiver for members of the cultural minorities and Indigenous Peoples, as provided for in the Senate version. It also adopted the higher chamber’s provision lowering the height requirement for PNPA cadets.

“We retained the uniform height requirement for the PNP applicants including PNPA Cadets as stated in the Senate version of the bill,” Dela Rosa said.

“This chamber (Senate) can be a vehicle to limit or prohibit many things. But today, we have chosen to become a key in opening the gates of public service. We welcome those who may be less in height but possess the biggest of hearts for the service of the country,” he added.

Dela Rosa tells PNP to sue cops involved in alleged mishandling of Dacera case

Robie de Guzman   •   January 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Tuesday urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to file charges against police officers who have allegedly committed lapses in handling the autopsy on Christine Dacera’s remains.

During a hearing of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs on the bills seeking to modernize the PNP, Dela Rosa expressed his disappointment over the police’s alleged gaffe.

Dela Rosa, a former police chief, particularly questioned why the police opted to embalm Dacera’s body before conducting an initial autopsy.

“Dapat lang kasuhan ninyo ‘yung mga involved doon, nakakahiya. We are trying to professionalize the PNP,” he said.

The PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management said the medico legal officer who embalmed the flight attendant’s remains reasoned out that he just followed the new protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

But for Dela Rosa, the embalming process should have been done after the autopsy so as not to contaminate the body.

“Kahit na mayroon kang sinusunod na guidelines, ginawa mo na lang panangga iyon, ginawa mo na lang depensa ‘yung guidelines na ‘yun. But still, logic will tell you na mali yung ginawa mo. Kahit na anong gawin mong depensa doon, mali talaga ‘yun,” he said.

The medico legal officer, Police major Michael Nick Sarmiento, is facing an administrative complaint filed by Dacera’s family for embalming the body of Christine before the examination without their consent.

The second autopsy conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation on Dacera’s remains was said to have yielded bodily fluids.

Dacera was found unresponsive in the bathtub of a Makati hotel room after a night of partying with some friends.

Initial autopsy stated that her cause of death was rupture aortic aneurysm but her family believes she was drugged and sexually abused.

Eleven individuals, who were with Dacera before she died, are facing complaint for rape with homicide before the Makati Prosecutor’s Office over the incident.

The preliminary investigation on the case will resume on Wednesday, January 27. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Senators give mixed reactions on Sinas’ appointment as new PNP chief

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2020

Police Major General Debold Sinas

MANILA, Philippines – Senators on Monday gave varied reactions to the appointment of Police Major General Debold Sinas as the new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Earlier in the day, Malacañang announced that Sinas has been designated by President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the country’s police force.

For Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former PNP chief, Sinas is a “good choice” for the top PNP post.

“Barring any controversy that Police Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas got entangled with in the past, he is a good choice for the top Philippine National Police post,” Lacson said in a post.

“I’ve known him as a performer, always mission-oriented and undoubtedly will lead the police institution the way it should be led,” he added.

Sinas faced criticisms earlier this year for holding a “mañanita” or a pre-dawn birthday serenade in May that allegedly violated quarantine restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The incoming PNP chief has since apologized for the incident.

“That said, the birthday mañanita event was a hard lesson that I hope he has learned from, and which he will surely remember whenever he will be confronted in making decisions affecting the PNP as well as his personal reputation,” Lacson said.

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, also a former PNP chief, congratulated Sinas for his appointment, he is a “good choice,” and has a “proven track record.”

Meanwhile, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian advised Sinas to take this opportunity to prove that he is the best man for the job.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III also urged Sinas to reorient cops, especially those belonging to the anti-carnapping group, of the police protocols in dealing with suspects.

On the other hand, Senator Francis Pangilinan said Duterte’s choice of next PNP chief was not surprising at all.

“With all due respect, hindi na sorpresa na ang mga kakampi o kaalyado na nasasangkot sa mga kaso o katiwalian ay hindi pinaparusahan, kinokonsinti o di kaya ay promoted pa,” he said in a statement, referring to the alleged treatment by the president to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and former Customs Commissioners Nicanor Faeldon and Isidro Lapeña who were linked to various issues.

Senator Risa Hontiveros also hit Duterte’s decision on Sinas’ appointment, saying the president “could have made a more meritorious choice for Philippine National Police Chief.”

“While Debold Sinas was my late husband’s underclassman and an old friend, unfortunately, the poor manner in which the PNP has acted on the waves of violence as well as minimized the risks of the coronavirus pandemic under his previous commands betrays his level of competence for this new role,” she said.

Sinas will be replacing PNP chief General Camilo Cascolan who is set to leave the police service on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Malacañang earlier assured that Sinas is not yet off the hook over the mañanita mess despite his installment as PNP’s top cop.

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