PNP chief Eleazar vows to improve operations after PH’s low ranking in world rule of law index

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021   •   388

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Friday vowed to further improve the organization’s commitment to its mandate following the release of a World Justice Project (WJP) 2021 report in which the country ranked low in the world rule of law index.

The Philippines ranked 102 out of 139 countries on compliance with the rule of law, dropping three positions in global rank.

“We in the Philippine National Police take note of the report of the World Justice Project and consider this as a challenge to do more on our mandate of maintaining peace and order,” Eleazar said in a statement.

He said the PNP will also further improve its commitment to serve and protect the people, and to strengthen resolve for the Filipino people to continue to have trust and confidence in the country’s justice system.

The WJP, a global think tank, indicated in its report that the Philippines’ current rank was three places lower than its ranking in 2020. The country’s score also decreased by 2.9 percent in the current index.

The WJP said the Philippines scored an overall 0.46 for rule of law. The body’s highest score is 1 while 0 is the lowest possible score.

The index covers 139 countries and jurisdictions, and is based on national surveys of more than 138,000 households and 4,200 legal practitioners and experts to measure how the rule of law is experience and perceived around the world.

While the WJP data were only collected in three major cities in the Philippines compared to a nationwide scope done in the majority of the countries surveyed, Eleazar said that they still consider the report as “a valuable tool to review, assess and make the necessary adjustments” since Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao are appropriate representations of the peace and order situation of the country.

“Our ultimate goal for every Filipino to feel the true sense of security and justice in the country has been a work in progress, and inputs from various institutions that include the WJP are always factored in to rethink and adjust our policies to attain this objective,” he said.

“We assure our kababayan that your Philippine National Police will continuously strengthen the transparency and accountability in the police organization and tirelessly work and initiate reforms to ensure that every police officer would live up to the high ethical, moral and service standards of the Filipino people,” he added.

 

1-year old child hit by stray bullet in Negros

Robie de Guzman   •   December 9, 2021

A one-year old baby girl died after she was hit by a stray bullet while playing inside their house in Negros Occidental, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

In a statement, the PNP said the victim was inside their house with her grandparents and other kin when she was hit by a stray bullet in the afternoon of December 5.

Police report stated that the baby’s family said they heard two gunshots followed by a loud sound from the galvanized iron corrugated wall. The next thing they saw, the baby was already lying on the floor with her head bleeding.

The baby was rushed to the hospital in Manapla town and transferred to another medical facility in Bacolod City. The victim died past 11 p.m. on December 6, 2021.

The PNP said Nomar Ayan Bero, 46, turned himself in to the authorities on December 7 after confessing that he was the one who fired the caliber .38 revolver in the area.

Bero is now under police custodial investigation following his surrender to authorities, it added.

“As we dig deeper into this, we would like to check on the documents of the suspects for carrying such firearm. Our investigators are already preparing all material and testimonial evidence to support the case,” PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos said.

“Bero will be charged accordingly, based on the appreciation of the prosecutor of the evidence presented by police investigators,” he added.

Carlos also directed Western Visayas PNP Regional Director, PBGEN Flynn Dongbo, to “closely monitor the progress of investigation to establish an airtight case leading to a successful prosecution.”

Still no case of Omicron COVID-19 variant in PH – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   December 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – There is still no case of Omicron COVID-19 variant in the Philippines in the latest whole genome sequencing run, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday.

In a statement, the DOH said that the genome sequencing conducted on Wednesday by the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) on 48 samples did not detect the Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant.

Of the 48 samples sequenced, 38 (79.17%) were Delta (B.1.617.2) variant cases; the rest had non-VOC (variant of concern) lineages or had no lineages detected, the DOH added.

The latest sequencing run was composed of 12 returning overseas Filipinos (ROF) and 36 local cases from areas with high-risk average daily attack rates and case clusters.

“Of the additional 38 Delta variant cases, 31 were local cases and seven were ROFs,” the agency said.

“Two ROFs had travel histories from Turkey and one ROF each from Jordan, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, and Peru,” it added.

The DOH disclosed that of the 31 local cases, six had indicated addresses in Cagayan Valley Region, while five cases were from the Cordillera Administrative Region, three cases each from MIMAROPA, Bicol, Western Visayas, SOCCSKSARGEN, and the National Capital Region, two cases each from Central Luzon and CALABARZON, and one case from Davao Region.

“Based on the case line list, one local case is still active, 27 local and all seven ROF cases have been tagged as recovered, and three local cases are currently being verified as to their outcomes,” it said.

“All other details are being validated by the regional and local health offices,” it added.

The additional cases of Delta variant in the country bring the total tally to 7,886.

The DOH said that additional ROF and local cases from areas with increases or clustering will be prioritized for sequencing once these samples have been received by UP-PGC.

The agency added that it is currently coordinating with COVID-19 testing laboratories to expedite transport of these samples.

The DOH reminded the public that the best defense against COVID-19 and its variants is by adhering to the minimum public health standards.

“Everyone should continue to properly wear a face mask, wash their hands often, observe physical distancing, and ensure proper ventilation. Moreover, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 helps prevent severe disease and death,” it said.

“LGUs are urged to continuously conduct active case finding and immediately investigate clustering of cases to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the communities,” it added.

Over 1 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shots arrive in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   December 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Another batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine procured by the government arrived in the Philippines on Wednesday night.

The shipment, containing  1,082,250 vaccine doses, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at past 8 p.m.

The said vaccine supply is expected to be used in the second round of nationwide vaccination drive set from December 15 to 17.

The government aims to vaccinate up to seven million people during this period.

With the arrival of the latest shipment of vaccines, the Philippines has now received around 150 million doses of various vaccine brands since February.

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