MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it has yet to monitor any threat hours before President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).
On Monday morning, PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde arrived at the Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City to inspect police personnel deployed to the area. He was accompanied by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar.
“As of this time, wala pa tayong nakukuhang threat. But then again, we appeal to the public to remain vigilant,” the PNP chief told reporters.
A total of 14,000 police officers have been deployed in Metro Manila to monitor the peace and order situation during Duterte’s SONA. Around 8,500 of which were assigned to Quezon City.
The police chief said he sees no reason to deploy additional personnel for the major event.
He added that as of this time, no untoward incidents have been reported along Commonwealth Avenue and Batasan Hills but the traffic is heavy along these areas due to the staging of SONA-related protests.
Unlike previous SONAs, there are no barbed wires installed along the Commonwealth area this year but Albayalde assured that the police force is ready in case of security threat.
Albayalde further stated they will not conduct a random check on people carrying bags or backpacks and wearing a jacket unless they have compelling reasons to do so for the safety of the public.
The police chief also advised cops to remain patient and implement maximum tolerance amid SONA-related protests. (with details from Lea Ylagan)
Nine policemen tagged in the shooting of four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu on June 29 are now under restrictive custody at Camp Crame, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The PNP identified the policemen as Police Senior Master Sergeant Abdelzhimar Padjiri; Police Master Sergeant Hanie Baddiri; Police Staff Sergeant Iskandar Susulan; Police Staff Sergeant Ernisar Sappal; Police Corporal Sulki Andaki; Patrolman Moh. Nur Pasani; Police Staff Sergeant Almudzrin Hadjaruddin; Patrolman Alkajal Mandangan and Patrolman Rajiv Putalan.
The policemen were transferred to Camp Crame after the second test result for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) of one of the cops turned out negative. His first COVID-19 rapid test last Friday (July 3) was positive.
According to the PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, the nine non-commissioned police officers will be available for inquiry at Camp Crame while the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) conducts further investigation on the shooting incident.
“Anytime na lumabas ang resulta ng imbestigasyon ng NBI ay kailangan na sumailaim sila sa proseso. So kung ito man ay nangangahulugan ng pagsasampa ng kaso ay nariyan agad sila para sumailalim sa proseso, (Anytime the NBI investigation result is released, they need to undergo the process. So if it means filing of cases, they will be present to go through the process),” he said.
Meanwhile, PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa urges the nine cops to cooperate with the NBI on the investigation.
“We should participate and we should cooperate fully with the NBI kasi kung ang ginawa niyo naman tama then wala kayong worry pero siyempre kapag mali then mananagot talaga kayo, (if you have done the right thing, then there is nothing to worry about but of course, if you are wrong then you will be held accountable),” he said. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
Fifty Chinese nationals were arrested by the Makati City Police on Monday (July 6) for working in an illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) firm.
The Makati City Police conducted an operation in Barangay Pio del Pilar after receiving complaints from residents about an illegal gambling operation.
NCRPO director Police MGen. Debold Sinas said various electronic devices including laptop computers, cellphones, and wifi routers were seized in the operation.
The arrested Chinese nationals will face various charges, such as violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, violation of RA 10176, and violation of article 515 in relation to RA 11332, as well as the city’s general community quarantine guidelines. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
The Philippine National Police-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) on Monday (July 6) arrested two policemen for extorting money from tricycle drivers in Bulacan.
PNP-IMEG Spokesperson PCapt. Mae Ann Cunanan said the agency has been receiving numerous reports since 2019 against two policemen and two civilians extorting from motorists.
Based on reports, the cops would demand payment from motorists in exchange for redeeming their licenses instead of only issuing a citation ticket.
“Kapag hinuhuli nila iyong mga traffic violators, mga tricycle drivers ay hindi nila ini-issue ang ticket. Instead, kinukuha nila iyong pera kapalit nito iyong pagtanggal na sa kanilang violation, (When they apprehend traffic violators and tricycle drivers, they will not issue a ticket. They would take money instead in exchange for removing the violation),” she said.
Cunanan identified the two policemen as PSMgt. Vic Godwin and Pat. Jay Mark Tuazon who are assigned in Malolos City Police Community Precinct 5. The two civilians who served as their middlemen were identified as Wendell Mendoza and Kenneth Villena.
The suspects will be charged with robbery extortion while the two policemen will have additional administrative cases and grave misconduct. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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