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Manila police rolls off mobile library with teacher-cops for street children

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Members of the Philippine National Police teaching the street children in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Cops in Manila have taken turns gathering street children along Roxas Boulevard not to arrest them but to give them books to read.

Street children are prone to street crimes and their vulnerability are being corrupted at an early age if without proper guidance.

They spend most of their time loitering in parks or along the roads begging for alms.

Nineteen-year-old Lhera recalled how she became accustomed to doing things which she shouldn’t have been doing at a young age.

Due to lack of proper guidance, they just did what they thought was good but was in fact doing things that are against the law.

“Dati po nagnanakaw, nagso-solvent. Nanghahablot po kapag hindi kami binigyan. Pero dahil po sa mga guro naming pulis, nagbago po kami,” Lhera said.

That’s why personnel from the Manila Police District (MPD) launched the mobile library project dubbed as “Pulis na, Teacher pa” program to help street children and out-of-school-youth like Lhera to learn basic academic lessons, good manners and right conduct as well as personal hygiene.

The mobile library regularly parks along Roxas Boulevard every Wednesdays and Fridays.

It is equipped with a wide variety of books collected from private donations. It has audio-visual aids which are effective tools to catch the interests of children.

“Ang magiging subject for the day namin ngayon ay ipapakita ng volunteer teacher namin kung sino ang mga bayani natin. Basic at ang parts of the body at ang mga kinds of job na gusto nilang marating balang araw,” explained one of teacher-cops SPO1 Dennis Bendo.

This gesture by policemen is very much appreciated by the parents of street children in the area because they see how their children learn good things and moral values through the project.

“Malaking tulong po kasi nakakalimutan nila ang mga bisyo nila. Kadalasan kasi ang mga bata ay nagbibisyo sila. Hawa-hawa katulad ng pagso-solvent, nagpupuyat sa gabi. Hindi katulad ngayon maaga pa lang naghihintay na sila,” said Jocelyn, one of the parents.

According to the proponent of the project District Mobile Force Battalion Chief PSupt. Rex Arvin Malimban, their mobile library has just debuted on October 24 and he wishes it to be part of a regular program of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in order to save the street children from becoming liabilities in the society.

“Nag-ugat po ito doon sa mga issue ng mga kabataan na nagba-viral. Umaakyat sa jeep, nang-i- snatch. Kapag nakukuha natin ang mga kabataan, majority are minors so syempre isinu-surrender natin sa DWSD. After ilang (araw) minsan within a day, ibabalik sa pamilya nila o sa barangay nila. So paulit ulit lang ang process. So nag-isip kami ng paraan kung paano kami makaka interact sa kanila,” Malimban explained.

The PNP leadership, meanwhile, is in support of the project. In fact, PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is keen on launching mobile libraries and teacher-cops in different parts of the country.

“Puwedeng gayahin ng iba iyan. That’s one good practice para makatulong diyan sa mga batang nasa streets lang at wala silang kakayahan o their parents na papuntahin sa mga schools, At least, para makatulong man lang tayo sa mga kabataan. Kung pwede natin magawa iyan sa Mindanao ay gagawin natin,” Albayalde concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

A PNP patrol car turned into a mini library

 

 

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Notorious drug pusher, 3 others arrested in Manila drug bust

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Four men were arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by the Manila Police District in Paras Street, Pandacan, Manila around 9pm Wednesday.

Target of the operation was 18-year old Reynaldo Punzalan, a suspected drug pusher and resident of the area.

According to Police Senior Inspector Pidencio Saballo,Jr., a neighbor tipped the Pandacan Police Station that Punzalan was selling shabu in their area.

“Notorious na tulak daw po ito kasi ang tatay, ang nanay nito, kasalukuyang nakakulong at siya ay inirereklamo palagi ‘nung mga kapitbahay niya. So, siguro, itong kaptibahay niya, hindi na nakatiis. Nagsumbong na sa atin through text message,” PSInsp. Saballo said

(He is a notorious pusher whose parents are both in jail. His neighbors are always complaining about him. Maybe they got fed up and decided to text us.)

Authorities immediately arrested Punzalan after a poseur-buyer was able to purchase shabu from the suspect, .

Three other men who are believed to be customers of the suspect were also arrested.

Twelve sachets of suspected shabu were seized from the suspects.

Punzalan admitted to selling shabu which he said he sources from an alias Obet and alias Orlan — both residents of Mandaluyong City.

PSInsp. Saballo explained, “Ang area nila, dito sa Kahilong sa Pandacan. Marami silang parokyano. Malakas din silang makaubos ng shabu sa isang araw. Minsan, nakaka-order siya sa kinukuhanan niya ng dalawang beses sa isang araw.”

(Their area is in Kahilong, Pandacan where they have lots of customers. They can finish selling everything in one day. At times, they have to order from their supplier twice in one day.)

A follow-up operation is now being conducted by the authorities to pursue other contacts of Punzalan in the operation.

The arrested suspects are currently in the custody of MPD Station 10 and will face charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — Asher Cadapan, Jr.

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‘Oplan Bakal’ nabs Manila City Hall employee

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018

 

MANILA, Philippines – Personnel of Manila Police District arrested a city hall employee for showing off his gun at a resto-bar in Tondo on Thursday night, June 14.

The man identified as Rodelio Reyes, 51, is currently employed as a clerk at Manila City Hall.

Police said a concerned citizen reported Reyes making a scene with his gun while on a drinking spree inside the bar. Authorities immediately launched “Oplan Bakal” (surprise anti-contraband campaign) to arrest Reyes.

“Nag-conduct kami doon sa area ng resto-bar ng Oplan Bakal kasi hindi naman alam kung sino iyong subject. So pagpunta namin doon, naaktuhan naman namin na nilalaro niya talaga iyong baril,” said PSInsp. Edwin Fuggan.

(We conducted Oplan Bakal at the resto-bar because we didn’t know who the subject was. When we got there, we caught him playing with his gun.)

Authorities confiscated Reyes’ 9mm pistol and its license. Reyes admitted being intoxicated and pulling out a gun. He will face charges for alarm and scandal, violation of the Comprehensive Law of Firearms and Ammunition, and likely an administrative case for being a government employee. – Asher Cadapan Jr.

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PNP inspects crowded areas to ensure public safety and security this holiday season

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Police Director Oscar Albayalde together with his men in NCRPO inspected the public places and malls to ensure the safety of the public.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) wants to ensure the safety and security of the public this holiday season.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Oscar Albayalde made rounds in crowded areas in Metro Manila, Thursday, to also ensure the sufficient number of deployed policemen.

The NCRPO deployed 9,500 policemen across Metro Manila.

The training of 200 Police Officers 1 has been temporarily suspended to augment to the number of policemen deployed in crowded areas.

They will man Metro Manila to prevent individuals from firing their guns during the New Year revelry and arrest those who would do so.

Even cops on floating status will also be deployed.

“Habang kami nagtatrabaho, sila ang sarap ng buhay nila kung nandoon lang sila sa headquarters. So we might as well use them, kasi agrabyado ang gobyerno na sila sumusweldo at nandoon lang sila sa headquarters,” said Albayalde.

(While we are working, they are resting at the headquarters. We might as well use them because the government is at a disadvantage if they are getting their salaries but they are just at the headquarters.)

The PNP wants to ensure the proper implementation of security measures this holiday season, the time of the year when people are crowding into malls and markets.

According to Albayalde, the PNP is on a full alert 24/hours a day to man the public places.

The police have not monitored any threats to the security of the public from terrorists or rebel groups.

People are expected to flock to public markets tomorrow. In Divisoria, police are on full guard.

“Yung pupunta po dito yung mga mamimili tsaka mamamasyal, pinapayuhan po namin na as much as possible not to wear any valuables na. Itago nila yung mamahaling mga alahas nila mga relo mga bag at kung ano mang gamit including mga cellphones,” said MPD Director PCSupt. Joel Coronel.

“Huwag natin bigyan ng pagkakataon ang masasamang loob na mga shop lifters, pick pockets at tsaka mga snatchers na they will become prey or victims to them,” he added.

(Consumers who will come here, we advise you not wear any valuables as much as possible. Keep your expensive pieces of jewelry, such as watches, and even their bags, and cell phones, out of sight. Let’s not give thieves the chance to commit crimes. Do not fall prey or become their victims.)

The Manila Police District (MPD) has recorded 14 cases of petty crimes in Divisoria since December 1.  All the suspects have been arrested.

The PNP also deployed more cops to the bus terminal for the security of passengers.

Albayalde reminded policemen to properly perform their duties. He also warns cops who are just texting and chatting with each other while on duty. According to the NCRPO chief, he will not hesitate to fire cops who will not properly perform their tasks.

— Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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