No ‘planted beneficiaries’ in police ‘barangayanihan’ — PNP

Marje Pelayo   •   April 28, 2021   •   734

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has refuted reports of alleged ‘planted beneficiaries’ in its community pantries in different regions.

The issue stemmed from an alleged memorandum from Police Regional Office 10 Director PBGen. Rolando Anduyan ordering cops to take selfies with so-called ‘planted beneficiaries’ and post them on social media.

PNP Chief General Debold Sinas said, there is no such order coming from him.

Anduyan also denied issuing the said memorandum. He, however, confirmed that they coordinated with local barangay officials for such community pantries.

“We seek help doon sa barangay kasi sila ang nakakakilala doon sa mga tao na really needs help,” Anduyan said.

PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Ronaldo Olay, meanwhile, said that those police officers who took selfies of their activities did so for the documentation of what they have done throughout the day.

“Kasi every activity merong after-activity report ang mga units natin. Halimbawa isang police station nag conduct ng barangayanihan, they have to submit after-activity report and what is the best proof na talagang nag-conduct sila? So in the form of pictures,” Olay said.

The official added that ‘barangayanihan’ is not new to the police force because the PNP has been doing such charity work since 2015 under the Office of the Directorate for Police Community Relation.

Sinas, in the meantime, ordered an investigation to identify the persons behind the malicious post against the police in relation to the community pantry.

“It is not within the PNP to make such allegations na mga ganun. So we will have the CIDG and the Cybercrime to investigate those so-called posts,“ he said.

Sinas stressed that their efforts are for those who are in need of food and they are not favoring anyone for that matter. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Eleazar orders deeper probe into killing of lawyer in South Cotabato

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday ordered a deeper investigation into the killing of a lawyer in South Cotabato.

In a statement, Eleazar wants police investigators to determine the motive and identify in the soonest possible time the perpetrators of the crime.

A report from the South Cotabato Provincial Police Office stated that Atty. Juan Gammad Macababbad, 68, was shot dead by three unidentified gunmen in front of his house in Surallah on Wednesday afternoon.

He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

“The Philippine National Police joins the legal community and the Filipino people in condemning the killing of a lawyer in South Cotabato,” Eleazar said.

“Kasabay ng pagkondena dito ay ang aking kautusan sa RD, PRO12 na tutukan ang kasong ito upang mapanagot ang mga taong nasa likod nito at maibigay ang nararapat na hustisya kay Atty. Macababbad at sa kanyang pamilya,” he added.

Eleazar said he also ordered the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management to check on the status of other cases of lawyer killings in the last five years and to expedite the investigation of those that are still unresolved.


Public urged to cooperate as NCR shifts to quarantine alert levels system

Robie de Guzman   •   September 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has called for public cooperation as the pilot implementation of granular lockdowns and quarantine alert levels system in the National Capital Region (NCR) begins Thursday.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the public can help ensure the success of the test by strictly adhering to protocols and being mindful of their own protection from the dreaded COVID-19.

“Sa pag-umpisa ng Alert Level 4 at granular lockdown sa Metro Manila ngayong araw, muling nakikiusap ang inyong PNP sa ating mga kababayan na makiisa at isapuso ang mga alintuntuning ipinapatupad para sa kaligtasan ng lahat,” he said.

Authorities on Thursday began the pilot implementation of the new alert levels system in Metro Manila that seek to curb COVID-19 cases and allow some industries to resume operations.

Metro Manila has been placed under alert level 4 due to high case counts and healthcare utilization rate.

Under the second highest alert level, certain restrictions will be imposed on establishments and activities that are classified as 3 Cs – closed spaces, crowded areas, and activities that promote close contact.

The policy allows certain indoor activities under specific seating capacity for fully vaccinated individuals. Granular lockdowns will also be implemented in particular barangays, buildings and other areas with high infection rate.

In the duration of the said system, curfew hours will be shortened to 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Eleazar said police personnel will also continue to implement quarantine and public health protocols.

“Naniniwala ang inyong PNP na ang patuloy na pagsuway ng ilan nating kababayan ay isa sa mga dahilan ng pagtaas ng kaso. Kaya hinihikayat natin ang ating mga kababayan na isa-puso ang mga alintuntuning ito kasama ang pagrespeto sa mas maraming bilang ng mga Pilipino na sumusunod sa mga patarakan at ang pagbibigay ng malasakit sa ating mga healthcare workers na bugbog na sa patuloy na pagdami ng mga kaso ng COVID,” he said.

Data from the PNP showed that a total of 224,626 violators were accosted in Metro Manila alone for violation of the minimum public health safety from August 21 to September 15 when the National Capital Region is under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.

A total of 87,729 were accosted for curfew violation and another 15,296 for violation of the ban on unnecessary travel for non-Authorized Persons Outside Residence.

In the nearby provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, a total of 1,153,833 violators were accosted for violating of public health protocols, curfew and prohibition on unnecessary travels from August 21 to September 15, the PNP said.

4 alleged communist rebels killed, 2 hurt in Negros Occidental clash – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   September 15, 2021

Four suspected communist rebels said to be operating in Western Visayas were killed, while two others were injured in an encounter with state troops in Negros Occidental, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the clash occurred around 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday in Barangay Tabo in Ilog town. The firefight between the undetermined number of rebels and Special Action Force troopers and military operatives lasted for about an hour.

The firefight occurred while state troops were conducting an operation in response to intelligence reports on the presence of the communist rebels in the area.

“The gun battle lasted for one hour and 10 minutes that resulted in the death of the four terrorists. No casualties were reported on the government side. The PNP troops also recovered four long firearms,” Eleazar said in a statement.

One of the injured individuals was identified as Nilda Bertulano, allegedly the group’s southwest secretary.

The PNP said Bertulano is the subject of a Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon. Renato Muñez, Executive Judge of RTC Branch 60 of Cadiz City for the crime of murder.

“The wounded CPP-NPA terrorists will be given appropriate medical treatment until they can fully recover to face investigation and prosecution,” Eleazar said.

Police and military troops still at the encounter area are conducting mopping-up operations while other PNP combat troops established blocking positions at the possible exit routes of the fleeing terrorists, the PNP said.


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