MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday (February 11) ordered a ban on all forms of gambling in Metro Manila, even during wakes and fiesta celebrations.
“Nag-issue ako ng directive na maski sa patay bawal,” NCRPO director Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas told reporters at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
The NCRPO Chief added that his directive was already cascaded to local chief executives across the metropolis.
These include any form of numbers game like color games, video karera and ‘sakla’ which gamblers usually set up in wakes.
Sinas added that they received reports that funeral shops allegedly sell or rent out cadavers for fake wakes to set up betting games.
“Ang guidance ko pakiusapan muna at pag ayaw ay saka i-raid para hindi nila masabi na wala din kami konsiderasyon (My guidance to the police is to talk to the organizers and if they refuse, they may raid the location so they may not accuse us of being inconsiderate),” Sinas explained.
The NCRPO chief warned to automatically relieve police official in charge once he received reports of gambling in his area of duty.
“Lantarang saklaan, sabungan, number games, VK pag andyan yan ibig sabihin meron talaga kayong proteksyon (If sakla or card games, derby, number games, video karera is still in practice in your area, that would mean you are a protector),” Sinas warned members of the police.
Such effort by the NCRPO is in support of Philippine National Police Chief DG Archie Gamboa’s ‘no-take policy’ in order to curb illegal gambling in the country.
Other police officials, meanwhile, also expressed similar support to the program.
“On behalf of the MPD, I would like to pledge to our chief PNP and our regional director to support all their focus program and program trust the “NO TAKE POLICY” and to go against all forms of illegal activities,” assured Manila Police Director PBGen. Bernabe Balba.
“Ang buong SPD under my leadership are fully abide with the full commitment of following the no-take policy of our Chief PNP,” added Southern Police District Acting Director PCol. Emmanuel Peralta.
Sinas, likewise, encouraged the public to capture a video or a photo of any gambling activities in Metro Manila and immediately report the incident to the nearest police authority. MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has recorded one of the biggest amounts of methamphetamine hydrochloride, commonly known as “shabu”, confiscated by local police during an anti-illegal drug operation on Friday night, May 22, along C6 Road in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.
The combined anti-illegal drug efforts of the Regional Intelligence Division/Regional Special Operations Unit- NCRPO, Regional Drug Enforcement Agency, District Intelligence Division- Southern Police District and Taguig City Police Station together with Philippine National Police- Drug Enforcement Group Special Operations Unit 4, all under the leadership of PMGen. Debold Sinas resulted in an armed encounter against the two (2) armed suspects.
The NCRPO chief identified the suspects as Ryan Labandaria and Ervyn Querubin.
The arrest was made through a buy-bust operation wherein a police operative acted as a poseur buyer.
The suspects, however, noticed that they were dealing with the police and a scuffle ensued. The suspects then fled the scene on board a black Nissan Navarra with the police on their tail.
The police said the suspects were subsequently apprehended and the operatives yielded twelve (12) large packs of dangerous drugs wrapped in Chinese Tea Bag packaging with an estimated weight of more or less 12 Kilograms of suspected shabu, and with an estimated DDB Value of Php 81.6-million.
Aside from the drugs, the police were also able to confiscate the following:
one .45 caliber pistol with one magazine loaded with six (6) live ammunitions;
one KG9 sub machine gun with one live ammunition for chamber load inserted with banana type magazine loaded with nine (9) live ammunitions; and,
one extra banana type magazine loaded with nine (9) live ammunitions
Police said an ambulance was called to bring the wounded suspects to hospital for medical treatment.
All evidence had also been brought to the RSOG-NCRPO for safekeeping, while the illegal drugs will be submitted to the Crime lab for examination.
Sinas, meanwhile, commended the operating teams for what the chief called a remarkable accomplishment of Team NCRPO’s war against illegal drugs.
“This accomplishment is reflective of Team NCRPO’s dedication and unwavering support of the marching order of the President and the Chief, PNP to cleanse the Metro from proliferation of illegal drugs,” Sinas said.
“With the largest amount of shabu busted by Team NCRPO so far this year, we have also minimized its possibility of destroying the lives and future of our fellowmen,” he added. — /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Friday appealed to some social media users to stop sowing hatred towards Metro Manila’s police chief who was embroiled in controversy after allegedly violating quarantine protocols during a “mañanita” held for his birthday last week.
Lacson said National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Major General Debold Sinas has already “apologized and regretted his indiscretion,” and that he has been “bashed, criticized and pilloried both on social media and mainstream media” for the incident.
“Whichever way one looks at it, NCRPO chief Police Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas set a bad example in committing what he did during his birthday ‘mañanita’ or whatever he wants to call it,” he said in a statement.
“Certainly, he should get the punishment he deserves even as the appropriate authorities are already investigating him,” he added.
“However, we may also want to take into consideration his long law-enforcement service to the country and the Filipino people, and his present efforts in supervising the checkpoints all over Metro Manila to make us safe from the coronavirus threat,” he further stated.
But Lacson clarified that his statement is “not to suggest forgiveness or absolution” for Sinas.
“Rather, it is an appeal to concerned netizens not to rub salt to injury by going to the extent of posting out-of-date photos to sow more hatred towards Sinas by exploiting the naïveté of certain individuals to join the bandwagon of hate towards the police officer,” he said.
Sinas earlier apologized for what transpired during his birthday, saying he did not intend to disobey protocols related to the implementation of the ECQ to contain the spread of COVID-19.
He also said that some of the photos circulating online were “edited and grabbed from old posts” and do not define the totality of what really happened.
The photos, earlier posted on the NCRPO Facebook page, showed Sinas handing cakes and roses during the event. A photo also showed Sinas sitting at a table with guests.
The photos were said to be taken during a party held for Sinas to celebrate his birthday. Police officers gave him a mañanita, a traditional early morning serenade, where they dine together.
The said event was met with criticism for allegedly breaking quarantine rules.
Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa said he already ordered a probe into the incident.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año also said that Sinas, as a police official, should serve as an example in following protocols especially those related to the containment of COVID-19.
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) has identified violations of quarantine protocols by some police officers and staff of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) during the controversial birthday celebration of MGen. Debold Sinas on May 8.
According to IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo, the 19 NCRPO officers and staff include one major general, six brigadier generals, seven colonels, one lieutenant colonel, two police majors and two police corporals.
“Violations na nakita ninyo rin — social gathering, walang face masks, (social) distancing [The same violations that you identified — social gathering, non wearing of face masks, social distancing],” said Triambulo.
“Pictures speak a thousand words,” he added.
The IAS Chief said all concerned may face multiple administrative and criminal charges for the said violations.
“Iyong ordinansa ng Taguig na non-wearing of face mask. Sa admin, iyong EO 112 ni PRRD na in-adopt yung sa resolution ng Task Force. Tapos iyong NAPOLCOM circular, iyong mga willful violation na hindi pagsunod, mga neglect [A charge for violation of the Taguig ordinance on non-wearing of face mask, an administrative charge for violation of PRRD’s EO 112 that was adopted in the Task Force’s resolution, then the willful violation of the NAPOLCOM circular, disobedience and neglect],” Triambulo added.
Atty. Triambulo confirmed, however, that the picture which showed beer bottles on the table was an old one.
Meanwhile, PNP Spokesperson PBgen. Bernard Banac clarified that as of press time, Sinas remains as the NCRPO Chief contrary to earlier reports on social media that the NCRPO has appointed a new director.
“Sa ngayon ay walang movement sa mga top officials ng NCRPO [For now, there is no movement among top officials of the NCRPO],” Banac said.
Several pictures went viral on social media which showed officers and staff of NCRPO in a social gathering in what was confirmed as a surprise birthday party for MGen. Sinas.
The pictures drew mounting criticisms from netizens citing the groups’ violation against government protocols on social distancing which have been strictly imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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