PNP chief Eleazar wants immediate destruction of P1 billion worth of shabu seized in buy-busts

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2021   •   390

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will seek court approval for the immediate destruction of more than P1 billion worth of shabu that was confiscated in separate operations in Cavite and Parañaque City on June 13.

PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar said he has ordered the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) to coordinate with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in obtaining the court approval.

“We will be coordinating with the PDEA in convincing the courts that will handle the cases that we filed in connection with these two operations to destroy these confiscated illegal drugs in the soonest possible time,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Ito naman ay naayon sa kautusan ng ating Pangulo na dapat ay sirain na kaagad ang mga nakukumpiskang iligal na droga sa loob ng isang linggo after the operation. At dapat lang namang gawin ito upang maalis na ang mga pagdududa tungkol sa nakukumpiskang iligal na droga,” he added.

Eleazar said they want to take advantage of the Supreme Court circular issued in July last year that reminds all Regional Trial Courts to “strictly comply” with the requirements of Section 21 (4) of Republic Act (RA) 9165 on the immediate destruction of illegal drugs confiscated during police operations.

RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, states that ‘after the filing of the criminal case, the Court shall, within 72 hours, conduct an ocular inspection” of the confiscated, seized illegal drugs or precursor chemicals and ‘through the PDEA shall within 24 hours thereafter proceed with the destruction or burning of the same’, provided, that a representative sample, duly weighed and recorded is retained.

But since the law was passed, the PNP chief said the provision of the law was not properly observed since it usually takes months and even years before illegal drugs are destroyed. This triggered speculations of drug recycling in the past.

The joint buy-bust operations resulted in the confiscation of 155 kilograms of shabu worth P1.054 billion and the arrest of two Chinese nationals, Zhuzun Chen and Man Kuok Wong.

Chen was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Baclaran, Parañaque City while Wong was nabbed along the Aguinaldo Highway in Imus, Cavite. Aside from the large volume of illegal drugs which were placed inside tea packages, cellular phones and vehicles were seized from the two suspects.

The seized 155 kilograms of shabu are currently under the custody of the PDEA. On the other hand, in the cases of police operations, confiscated illegal drugs are placed under the custody of the PNP-Crime Laboratory.

Mga pulitikong sasabak sa 2022 elections, aalisan ng protective security – PSPG

Robie de Guzman   •   October 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Babawiin ng Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG) ang protective security detail ng mga pulitiko at pribadong indibidwal na tatakbo sa 2022 elections.

Ayon kay PSPG spokesperson Police Major General Jackson Cases, layunin nito na maiiwas sa pulitika ang mga pulis na nakabantay sa mga pulitiko at ilang personalidad.

Alinsunod rin aniya ito sa nais ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na manatiling apolitical o walang pinapanigang pulitko o kandidato ang kanilang mga tauhan.

Ngunit sakaling may kinakaharap silang seryosing banta sa buhay ay maaari naman silang mag-request sa Commission on Elections (COMELEC) na panatilihin ang security detail.

“Tatanggalan po sila, ngayon po mag-a-apply po sila sa COMELEC para po sila ay mabigyan. Parang katulad po yan ng gun ban exemption, ia-apply po nila yung exemption ng kanilang security para po sila ay maprovide-dan ng PSPG ng kaukulang protective security personnel,” ani Cases.

Paalala naman ng PNP na mahigpit na ipinagbabawal sa mga pulis ang pangangampanya o pagbitbit ng mga election paraphernalia.

“Ang pulis po na naka-detail sa isang pulitiko, ang concentration po nIya ay mag-provide lang ng protective security. Hindi po sya pwedeng gamitin na driver, hindi sIya pwedeng gamitin sa pangangampanya, violation po yan ng ating circular,” ani Cases.

“Hindi po sila puwedeng magbitbit o mag-distribute ng campaign materials maaari po silang imbestigahan at ‘pag napatunayan ay magkakaroon po sila ng administrative case po,” dagdag pa niya.

Ang isang indibidwal ay pinapayagan lamang na magkaroon ng hanggang dalawang protective security kung mapatutunayang mayroon silang banta sa buhay. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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.

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