MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) admitted that vote buying was rampant in the recently concluded midterm polls.
As proof, authorities were able to seize more than P12 million from a total of 449 violators over the course of the election.
“Lahat ng nakumpiskang pera ay magsisilbing ebidensya laban sa mga na-apprehend natin na violators,” said PNP Spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac.
(All cash confiscated will serve as evidence against the apprehended violators.)
The highest amount seized was in Caraga region amounting to almost P8 million.
Other areas with the most number of vote buying incidents were Northern Mindanao with more than P1 million seized followed by Cagayan Valley (P561,000); Metro Manila (P541,100); and Bicol Region (P449,080).
From the 449 violators, a total of 356 were arrested, 85 persons evaded arrest while eight minors were rescued.
Most of the violators were from Metro Manila, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM); and from Regions 4a and 6.
“Wala pa tayong na-apprehend ngayon na nakakulong na sa vote buying dahil ang mga suspects at violators ay na-release for further investigation,” Banac said.
(None of those apprehended for vote buying were detailed because the suspects or violators were later released for further investigation.)
Appropriate charges were filed against the suspects for violation of the Omnibus Election Code.
If proven guilty, they will serve one up to six years jail term and in case of election candidates, they will be disqualified from holding public office.
The PNP is also looking into the possibility of using drug money in vote buying. – (with details from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo
MANILA, Philippines – Posibleng magbigay ng dalawang buwang palugit ang Philippine National Police (PNP) para sa pagpaparehistro ng mga lisensya ng baril na nag-expire mula March 17 hanggang May 31 dahil sa community quarantine kaugnay ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Ayon kay PNP chief General Archie Gamboa, wala ring ipapataw na penalty sa mga nag-expire na firearm licenses sa mga nabanggit na buwan.
“A month or two, we will recalibrate how fast also we can process kasi baka matambakan kami, sabihin namin mag renew kayo dapat within one month e hindi naman namin kaya ang workload so we have to revisit how many licenses have actually expired and what will be our rate in processing per day,” ani Gamboa.
Ayon sa hepe ng pambansang pulisya, sa June 4 na sisimulan ang processing ng aplikasyon at registration para sa lisensya ng baril kasabay ng muling pagbubukas ng frontline administrative functions at regulatory services ng PNP.
Maaaring iproseso ang aplikasyon para rito sa Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO), Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA), One-Stop-Shop Office (OSS) and Regional Civil Security Units (RCSU) ng PNP.
Ngunit paalala ni Gamboa, by appointment ang gagawin upang malimitahan ang bilang ng aplikasyon kada araw.
“We will devise scheduling so that we can control the population in any of the different offices of the PNP… Kasi hindi naman kami exempted. We have to observe yung social distancing at mass gathering under GCQ (general community quarantine),” ani Gamboa.
Sa gate pa lang ng Camp Crame, kailangang mag-fill out ang aplikante ng contact tracing form na papipirmahan sa nakausap na tauhan ng PNP.
Iiwanan ito sa gate bago lumabas ng kampo.
Paliwanag ni Gamboa, layunin nito ang mapabilis ang contact tracing sakaling may magpositibo sa COVID-19. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – Magsisimula na ngayong linggo ang operasyon ng sariling testing facility para sa novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ng Philippine National Police (PNP).
Ayon kay PNP Spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac, binigyan na ito ng license to operate ng Department of Health (DOH) noon pang May 22.
Una nang sinabi ng PNP na ang Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) facility nito ay sinertipikahan ng Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) ng DOH bilang isang independent testing center.
Pansamantala itong ipu-puwesto sa PNP Crime Laboratory sa Camp Crame habang hindi pa tapos ang 84-square meter na pasilidad sa likod ng PNP Health Service.
Ayon kay Banac, prayoridad sa testing ang pulis na dumu-duty sa quarantine checkpoints at nagpapatupad ng seguridad sa Metro Manila.
Sa huling tala ng PNP Health Service, umabot na sa 263 ang bilang ng mga pulis na nag-positibo sa coronavirus disease.
Nasa 777 probable at 575 suspect cases naman ang binabantayan sa ngayon. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has implemented ‘modified checkpoints’ along EDSA to ease traffic amid the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).
According to HPG-National Capital Region (NCR) Chief PCol. Wilson Doromal, they had to remove the checkpoints along EDSA to make way for the Authorized Person Outside Residence (APOR) that will flock reopened establishments.
“Baka kami ang maging cause ng traffic kung maglalagay tayo ng checkpoint dito along EDSA (We might become the cause of traffic if we installed checkpoints along EDSA),” he said.
He also said that the PNP-HPG has mobile checkpoints or 40 motorcycle drivers that are randomly deployed to monitor motorists. This is part of their ‘Oplan Habol’ to check if motorists follow quarantine protocols.
“Oplan Habol, ibig sabihin pag nai-spottan natin ang sasakyan, halimbawa iyong sasakyan overloading, hahabulin ng mga motorcycle iyan sa EDSA (Oplan Habol, meaning once authorities spotted an overloading vehicle, the motorcycles would run after them along EDSA),” Doromal said.
Violators will be issued with a temporary operator’s permit and will have their license confiscated.
Meanwhile, authorities in EDSA checkpoints will be moved to streets around Metro Manila including Commonwealth, Katipunan, Quezon Avenue, C-5 Quirino, Marcos Highway, and Roxas Boulevard,
The said authorities would man the checkpoints for 2 to 4 hours before moving to another location. –AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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