PNP Academy chief relieved from post over alleged hazing death of cadet

Robie de Guzman   •   September 27, 2021   •   149

MANILA, Philippines – The chief of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) has been ordered relieved from post following an alleged hazing incident that led to the death of a cadet.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has approved the designation of Police Major General Alex Sampaga as the new PNPA director.

Sampaga will replace Police Major General Rhoderick Armamento, who will take over his current position at the PNP Directorate for Information and Communication Technology at Camp Crame.

Sampaga’s new designation will take effect on Sept. 29, Eleazar said.

“As a PNPA alumnus himself, I expect PMGen Sampaga to bring in innovative ideas and fresh perspective that would effectively implement the necessary adjustments in further improving the institution for each cadet to live up to its core values of justice, integrity, and service,” he said.

This development follows the death of Cadet Third Class Karl Magsayo last Thursday after he was allegedly punched several times by his upperclassman, Cadet Second Class Steve Caesar Maingat following an altercation.

Magsayo lost consciousness and was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Eleazar said a criminal case will be filed against Maingat in connection with Magsayo’s demise.

“This is separate from the administrative cases that would be filed against him which I assure to be the grounds for his dismissal from the Academy,” he said.

“Let this serve as a stern warning to all the PNPA cadets that the PNP leadership will never tolerate this misbehavior and serious breach of discipline and moral values,” he added.

PNP ready to assist in national rollout of COVID-19 pediatric vaccination – Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it is ready to secure and help in the government’s nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive for all minors, which is set to start next week.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has ordered all police units across the country to start security preparations for the national rollout of the vaccination for children aged 12 to 17 that may start as early as Nov. 3.

“Police commanders nationwide should get in touch with their LGUs to be able to effectively craft security plans with the aim of enforcing minimum public health standards and ensuring the safety of minors and their parents,” Eleazar said.

Police assets are also ready to assist in the national vaccination program in any capacity, including disseminating information and awareness on COVID-19 vaccines.

“The Medical Reserve Force is on standby and is ready for deployment to help facilitate the inoculation process should our LGUs require assistance in their local vaccination programs,” the PNP chief said.

The Philippine government is expecting to vaccinate around 12.7 million children aged 12 to 17.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said the national government is eyeing to complete the vaccination of children within this age group by December.

7,000 kilos of endangered clams, hot lumber seized in Northern Samar

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2021

A total of 7,000 kilograms of endangered fossilized and fresh clams, also known as taclobo, were confiscated in an operation in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday.

In a statement, the PNP said the clams amounting to P490,000 were seized by operations from its maritime group in Barangay Cayhagan last Oct. 26.

The operation also yielded the arrest of two suspects.

In another operation, police officers seized hot lumber worth more than P400,000 at a checkpoint in Allen, Northern Samar.

The PNP said a 10-wheeler reefer van, driven by one Jan Richard Ballosa, contained the lumber.

The police arrested the driver after allegedly failing to show the necessary documents indicating he was authorized to transport more than 400 pieces of lumber.

Criminal charges against the suspects in the two incidents are already being readied, the PNP said.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar reminded the public about existing laws that aim to preserve the environment and the country’s natural resources.

“Kaakibat ng aming mandatong proteksyunan ang ating mga komunidad ang pangangalaga sa ating kalikasan. Malaking bagay ang pagkakasabat ng mga taclobo na kabilang sa endangered species sa ating bansa sa ilalim ng Republic Act 10654. Lalo rin natin paiigtingin ang kampanya kontra ilegal na pagtrotroso,” he said.

Eleazar said he has tasked all police offices to strengthen measures against individuals or even groups engaging in activities that violate environmental laws including poaching of endangered species, illegal quarrying and illegal logging.

Cop nabbed over alleged robbery-extortion – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 27, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — A policeman assigned in Quezon City has been arrested for allegedly engaging in robbery-extortion activities, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.

In a statement, the PNP identified the cop as Police Corporal Myrldon Linga Yagi, who was assigned at Station 14, Holy Spirit, Quezon City Police District.

He was arrested during an entrapment operation launched by the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG).

The PNP said the police officer was caught receiving the marked money worth P2,000 as the supposed payment of a complainant.

The complainant gave the money to Yagi so his fruit stand will not be dismantled and to get back his mobile phone that the policeman allegedly took by force, it added.

According to the IMEG, the complainant reported to them that he was mauled, gun-poked and threatened by Yagi.

Authorities were able to seize the marked money, one unit of Taurus 9mm pistol with serial number TZE 30683; two pieces of magazine with 16 ammunition, a PNP identification card and cash worth P1,635 from the suspect.

Yagi is presently under custody of the PNP-IMEG in Camp Crame while criminal and administrative charges are being readied against him.

Eleazar said he directed a thorough investigation into the incident to also determine the possible cohorts or other cops involved in robbery-extortion in the area.

“Dahil dito ay titiyakin natin na habambuhay na pagsisihan ni Police Corporal Myrldon Yagi ang ginawa niyang pangongotong lalo na kung lumabas sa imbestigasyon na talagang ginawa niya ito,” he said.

The PNP chief also threatened to dismiss police officers who continue to engage in illegal activities.

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