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NCRPO to deploy over 11,000 cops during Lenten season

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will deploy more than 11,000 policemen to secure peace and order this coming Lenten season, according to NCRPO Chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar.

The cops will be deployed in transportation terminals where the public is expected to flock as they travel to their respective provinces during the season.

Eleazar added that residential areas will also be monitored to prevent any robbery and burglary cases which are prevalent during this week, based on previous reports.

Metro Manila cops will also be placed on full alert, although Eleazar assured that there are no direct threats being monitored at the present. – Robie de Guzman

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Mayor Isko warns parents of street children in Manila: I will hold you responsible

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has warned the parents of street children in the nation’s capital that they will be held responsible for neglecting their children.

“Sa lahat ng mga magulang ng mga menor de edad na sinosoga ninyo, yung anak ninyo sa kalye, hinahayaan ninyo — nagso-solvent, humihilata sa avenida, Taft Avenue — e, baka akala ninyo hindi ko napapansin. One way or another, I will find a way kung paano ko kayo pananagutin sa inyong kapabayaan sa mga anak ninyo na menor de edad [To all parents of minors who let their children loiter the streets, sniffing solvent, lying down on the Rizal Avenue, Taft Avenue – you might be thinking that I never notice them. One way or another, I will find a way to hold you responsible for neglecting your children],” Domagoso said in a recent media briefing.

Mayor Domagoso made the statement after he was asked what happened to the so-called “solvent boys” seen in the streets of Manila, particularly on Rizal Avenue and Taft Avenue.

“Meron pa rin, panaka-naka [There are still a few of them there],” said the mayor.

He stressed that there should be ways to help these children.

“One of the main issues that I raised before the MDSWD (Municipal Department of Social Welfare and Development) and to our policemen is to kunin yung lahat ng solvent boy sa avenida, Rizal Avenue, mga parks, and so on and so forth, tapos dalhin sa MDSWD tapos dalhin Boys Town [is to round up all the solvent boys in the streets, Rizal Avenue, in parks and so on and so forth and then bring them to the MDSWD and then to Boys Town],” he said.

Mayor Isko, however, said that he is willing to talk to the parents of these children.

“Alam ko na challenging magpalaki ng anak. Totoo yan. Lahat naman tayo nakararanas niyan. Pero yung isoga mo nang isoga yung anak mo sa kalye, tapos yung parang balewala na lang lang sa iyo, na bahala na, e tingin ko naman wala namang masama na kung yung mga magulang ng mga batang ito makausap ko ng masinsinan [I know raising children is challenging. That’s true. We all experience that. But letting your child loiter the street, like you just don’t care, I think there’s nothing wrong if I talked to these parents in a serious manner],” he said.  

The mayor added that he is bent on breaking the “vicious cycle” of children living on the streets by making their parents step up and become more responsible.

In the same media briefing, Metro Manila police chief, Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said they back Domagogo’s drive to clean up Manila.

“Being the regional director of NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office), I’m really impressed sa kanyang ginagawa dun sa initial weeks pa lang ng kanyang panunungkulan. Lahat tayo’y gusto natin ang kanyang ginagawa [with what he is doing in the initial weeks of his administration. We all like what he is doing],” he said.

“Aside from the MPD (Manila Police District) which is fully supportive of the efforts of the mayor, I am committing the whole NCRPO to support this just like I am committed to support yung NCRPO outside of Metro Manila, lalo na yung nasa regional headquarters, to support hindi lang Metro Manila but lahat ng mga LGUs (local government units) na nangangailangan ng suporta namin [especially those in the regional headquarters, to support not just Metro Manila but all the LGUs that need our support],” he added. /mbmf

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House closely working with intel units for Duterte’s 4th SONA security

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 17th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018.
(Image courtesy of PCOO/KARL NORMAN ALONZO)

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives on Thursday said it is closely working with government intelligence agencies for the security of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22.

House Sergeant-at-Arms Retired Major General Romeo Prestoza said they are directly coordinating with relevant intelligence units to evaluate any risks to the House or President Duterte during the SONA.

He said the increased security follows the recent bombings that rocked Sulu in Mindanao.

“Well part of it kasi, sa experience ko kasi I’ve been an intelligence officer for 27 years, those things talagang kinoconsider namin. Hindi namin pinapabayaan, tinitingnan namin,” Prestoza said in a press briefing about the SONA 2019 preparations.

“That’s why we initiate ‘yung direct na contact with the NICA (National Intelligence Coordinating Agency), ISAFP (Intelligence Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines) and other intelligence units to see kung meron talagang connection or possibility na umabot dito,” he added.

However, Prestoza assured they have yet to see substantial security threats to the upcoming SONA, which Duterte will deliver at the Batasang Pambansa.

“When it comes to security threats, wala pa namang substantial, meaning talagang wala pang nakarating na actual na threat,” he said.

He also emphasized that the House security is prepared and well-equipped to handle security issues.

“We have extensive training and seminars to include simulation exercises and tabletop exercises para in case na meron nga, we would be prepared. Even ‘yung protocols, when it comes to emergencies ginagawa din namin,” Prestoza said.

When it comes to directing signal jammers on SONA day, Prestoza said the Presidential Security Group (PSG) shall be responsible for it based on their assessment of the proceedings.

“Kung kailangan nila or they feel they need to initiate na the jamming procedure, sila makakapag-dictate noon. I cannot dictate it,” he said.

In the same press briefing, House Acting Secretary General Dante Roberto Maling said that preparation activities for SONA remain on track and are the same as in previous years.

“Basically, the preparation has been the same through the years except siguro for very minor details, mga maliliit na arrangements lang. It doesn’t really deviate from what has been happening from the past years,” Maling said.

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Authorities seize P7.1-M suspected shabu in Caloocan buy-bust ops

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Courtesy : NCRPO

About one kilogram of suspected shabu (cystal meth) with an estimated value of P7.1 million was seized by the police from a teen suspect in a buy-bust operation conducted in Caloocan City on Wednesday morning.

Authorities identified the suspect as 18-year old Jaymark Mercene, alias Mac-Mac/Kapre.

Operatives from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Caloocan City Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted the operation around 1 a.m. at a motel in Rizal Avenue in Caloocan.

NCRPO Regional Director Major General Guillermo Eleazar said they launched the operation after receiving confirmation that Mercene was inside the motel.

The buy-bust in Caloocan was a follow-up of a previous anti-drug operation conducted in Parañaque last week.

Eleazar said Mercene was allegedly a trusted accomplice of Edgardo Mongado Jr., who is said to be the head of a criminal gang operating in Metro Manila and nearby towns.

Recovered from Mercene were marked money and bags of shabu wrapped in Chinese tea bags, similar to those seized by authorities in previous anti-drug operations.

“Kami’y naniniwala na kasama ito doon sa batch na ipinasok doon na ngayon ay ating nakukuha. But you can just imagine kung ito ay napakarami na kumalat na sa iba’t ibang lugar natin,” Eleazar said.

The police official said they are now conducting a follow-up operation to trace the connections of the criminal gang.

Mercene will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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