Malacañang respects SC order to release ‘Oplan Tokhang’ police records

Robie de Guzman   •   April 3, 2019   •   2315

A member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) investigation unit shows confiscated methamphetamine, known locally as Shabu, along with Philippines pesos seized from suspected drug pushers during an operation by the police in Quiapo city, metro Manila, Philippines July 3,… REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Tuesday assured the government will heed the Supreme Court’s order to release the copies of police reports on the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the government will respect the high court’s order for the Solicitor General to submit copies of drug war records to two petitioners who were seeking to declare the anti-narcotics drive as unconstitutional.

“We always follow the rule of law,” Panelo said in a text message sent to reporters on Tuesday.

“The Supreme Court has spoken. Unless it reverses itself upon a motion for reconsideration by the Solicitor General, obedience to its ruling should come as a matter of course,” he added.

The Supreme Court en banc on Tuesday ordered the Solicitor General to furnish copies of the records of the relentless drug war, or locally known as “Oplan Tokhang, to human rights groups and relatives of those who were killed for allegedly resisting arrest during police operations.

Petitioners who will be given copies are the Center for International Law (CenterLaw) representing residents of 26 villages in San Andres Bukid in Manila and the Free Legal Assistance Group (Flag).

“Tokhang” is a combination of two Cebuano words – “toktok” (to knock) and “hangyo” (to plead). It refers to the operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in which cops knock at homes and appeal to residents to stop using or stay away from illegal drugs.

Former PNP chief and now senatorial aspirant Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa headed Duterte’s anti-drug campaign from July 2016 to April 2018.

Dela Rosa said he has nothing to fear from the SC order but warned that the release of drug war documents could subject police to “harassment.”

“Prone ang kapulisan natin sa harassment. Kapag na-harass ‘yung mga pulis d’yan wala nang magtrabaho d’yan. Kapag ikaw nagka-kaso, suspindido ka, wala ka ng suweldo, saan ka kukuha ng pagkain sa pamilya mo?” he told reporters at the sidelines of PDP-Laban’s campaign sortie in Malabon on Tuesday night. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Rosalie Coz)

PNP, hindi magpapatupad ng ‘no vaccine, no entry’ rule sa police camps

Robie de Guzman   •   December 8, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi magpapatupad ang Philippine National Police (PNP) ng “no vaccine, no entry” policy sa mga sibilyan na papasok sa mga kampo ng pulisya para mag-avail ng kanilang frontline services.

Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos, hindi ipinagbabawal ang pagpasok sa kampo ng mga hindi pa bakunadong sibilyan pero paaalalahanan silang palagiang sumunod sa health protocols.

Isasailalim lamang sa screening ang mga bisita at antigen test kung kinakailangan.

“We take their temperature, we do a survey if they have illness or anything that would show that they are infected. So mag-screen kami. After screening, they are okay, we remind them of the minimum health protocol, of the policies inside the camp and then if we need to conduct them antigen, then we screen them with the antigen para lang sigurado po tayo,” ani Carlos.

Kabilang sa frontline services ng PNP ay ang pag-iisyu ng license to own and possess firearms sa FEO, lisensya ng mga security guards at permit ng mga security agency sa SOSIA at clearance ng mga sasakyan sa Highway Patrol Group.

Nauna nang ipinahayag ng PNP ang gagawing pagpapatupad ng no jab, no duty policy sa kanilang mga tauhan. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP issues operational guidelines for enforcement of firecracker ban

Robie de Guzman   •   December 8, 2021

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it has issued the operational guidelines for the regulation of the use of firecrackers during the holiday season.

In a statement, the PNP said the guidelines seek to ensure the safe and peaceful celebration of the season.

This is also in support to the Department of Health’s advocacy for safety during the holiday season.

“The PNP will make sure that the provisions on regulating, manufacturing and distributing firecrackers will be strictly implemented based on Executive Order No. 28 that provides for the Regulation and Control of the Use of Firecrackers and other Pyrotechnic Devices,” PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos said.

The provisions in the EO include confining the use of firecrackers to community fireworks displays that would be supervised by a person licensed by the PNP.

The order also gives the PNP chief the authority to promulgate the criteria on prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnics.

Police personnel will be deployed in every locality to identify and monitor the designated firecracker zones, the PNP said.

These zones shall be carefully inspected in coordination with public safety agencies such as the Bureau of Fire Protection and local DRRMC, it added.

The PNP said it also supports initiatives of the local government to establish community fireworks displays in every barangay to do away with possible firecracker-related incidents.

It likewise urged the public to use safe alternatives in the celebration of the holidays.

“The PNP is serving fair warning to manufacturers and retailers not to engage in the distribution of illegal firecrackers, at the risk of confiscation and arrest,” Carlos said.

PNP chief, may babala vs mga pulis na hindi magtatrabaho para sa seguridad ng 2022 elections

Robie de Guzman   •   December 7, 2021

Manila, Philippines – Binalaan ni Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Dionardo Carlos ang mga pulis na hindi magtatrabaho para sa seguridad ng susunod na halalan sa bansa.

Ayon kay Carlos, patuloy siyang nagsasagawa ng assessment sa trabaho ng field commanders upang malaman kung ginagampanan ng mga ito ang kanilang mga tungkulin.

Kung mapapatunayang hindi nila ginagawa ang kanilang trabaho at hindi produktibo ay maaari silang alisin sa pwesto.

“This is not the time to relax, this is the time to perform. I do not wish to fail on the task ahead,” ani Carlos.

“Pagka nakita namin na laging left behind you’re not doing your job, I might put somebody else who can do the job, kasi kailangan kami lahat sumusunod. Kapag meron d’yan na hindi sumusunod in the desire of the organization for a peaceful election then as early as now I’m continuously assessing the different field commanders so that it will also serve as a warning,” dagdag pa niya.

Binigyang-diin ng hepe ng pambansang pulisya ang kahalagahan ng pakikiisa ng bawat isa para sa pagkakaroon ng mapayapang halalan sa bansa.

“If they do not contribute, they are not distinctly contributing to the mission and function with the goals of the organization I said. I will tell them, ‘get out,'” ani Carlos.

Ginawa ni Carlos ang pahayag sa gitna ng mga ginagawang security preparations para sa 2022 elections.

Kabilang sa mga pinaghahandaan ng pulisya ay ang kampanya laban sa private armed groups (PAGS), paglaganap ng loose firearms at pagbabantay sa mga pulitiko na posibleng gumamit ng serbisyo ng PAGs upang takutin ang kanilang mga kalaban sa pulitika. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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