PNP chief Gamboa in stable condition after Laguna chopper crash

Robie de Guzman   •   March 5, 2020   •   1247

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Archie Gamboa is in stable condition as he recuperates from minor injuries that he sustained from the helicopter crash in Laguna on Thursday morning.

The PNP Public Information Office (PIO) said Gamboa has been transferred to St. Luke’s Hospital in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig around 10:15 a.m. from West Lake Medical Center in San Pedro, Laguna where he was first taken after the incident.

Gamboa and other PNP officials were in Laguna to inspect a compound of impounded vehicles of the Highway Patrol Group. The chopper was supposed to ferry them to Camp Vicente Lim in neighboring Calamba town when the crash occurred around 8 a.m.

Gamboa was on the 2-year old Bell 429 chopper with Directorate for Comptrollership Major General Jovic Ramos, Directorate for Intelligence Major General Mariel Magaway, and PNP Spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac. Two pilots, an aide, and a technician were also on board the helicopter.

Initial investigation showed that the chopper got entangled with power lines shortly after lift-off in San Pedro town.

The take-off site was sandy and the aircraft’s propellers fanned a thick dust which caused poor visibility. The chopper caught fire later on.

Gamboa, Banac and four others only sustained minor injuries, but Ramos and Magaway are in critical condition and are being treated in Unihealth Southwoods Hospital in Biñan, Laguna.

Banac and four others have also been brought to the St. Lukes Hospital in Taguig.

Meanwhile, former PNP chief and now Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa posted a photo of him and a smiling Gamboa while lying on his hospital bed.

“Please pray for the fast recovery of my mistahs: Gen. Gamboa, Gen. Ramos, Gen. Magaway; PNP-PIO Gen. Banac and the rest of the passengers and flight crew of the PNP helicopter that crashed at San Pedro, Laguna this morning,” dela Rosa said in his Facebook post. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP mulls reopening of Custodial Center to visitors amid COVID-19 crisis

Robie de Guzman   •   May 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it will assess whether its Custodial Center can be reopened to visitors amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa said they need to thoroughly study the possibility of reopening the facility because of its proximity to quarantine facilities housing police personnel infected with COVID-19 and the PNP RT-PCR test laboratory.

At present, the visitation of inmates at the PNP Custodial Center is prohibited in compliance with the safety and health protocols set by the government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gamboa said they are only following the measure implemented by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the detention facilities in the country.

“Standard naman ‘yung sinusunod natin, together with the BuCor and BJMP. We need to reassess whether to open up sa visitors yung Custodial Center,” he said.

Gamboa’s statement comes after opposition senators questioned the PNP’s move to bar Senator Leila de Lima from accepting visitors and holding physical meetings with anyone.

The PNP chief, however, assured that De Lima is allowed to make phone calls. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Helpline para sa mga katanungan hinggil sa COVID-19 community quarantine, inilunsad ng PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   May 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Inilunsad ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ngayong Miyerkules, Mayo 27 ang Helpline 16677, isang public hotline para sa anumang katanungan o isyu hinggil sa ipinatutupad na community quarantine sa gitna ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Francisco Gamboa, layon ng proyekto na matiyak ang agarang pagtugon ng pulisya sa anumang reklamo o katanungan na hinggil sa mga panuntunan sa enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) at general community quarantine (GCQ).

“We want a quick response system that will immediately address and respond to the public’s concerns in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The timely release of information and assistance is urgently needed by our people and the PNP’s helpline will provide just that,” ani Gamboa sa isang pahayag sa media.

Ang PNP Directorate for Operations-PNP Command Center ang magsisilbing communication hub para sa lahat ng ECQ at GCQ concerns. Bukod pa ito sa ginagawa nilang monitoring ng police operations at pag-uulat hinggil sa law enforcement activities ng PNP.

Ayon kay Gamboa, inilunsad ang proyekto sa pakikipag-tulungan ng PLDT Inc. na nagbigay ng 52 units ng mobile phones, 30 units ng pocket Wi-Fi, mga prepaid cards at ilang SMS Messaging suite.

Pagtitiyak ng PNP chief, bukas 24/7 ang PNP Helpline 16677 sa publiko. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

5 arrested, P40-M worth of suspected shabu seized in Bohol drug ops – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   May 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Six kilograms of suspected shabu (crystal meth), worth P40 million, were seized during two separate illegal drug operations in Bohol province on Monday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday.

A report from Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro, chief of Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), said that a buy-bust operation was launched on Monday afternoon in Talibon town which yielded the arrest of drug suspect, Jaime Dajao, 44.

Arresting officers confiscated from Dajao four kilograms of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P27 million.

In a follow-up operation conducted in Tagbilaran City, police arrested four drug suspects, identified as Lelit Dajao Sinugbojan, 44; Chellomao Pescura Curayag, 33; Junalyn Abelgas Matura, 32; and Humprey Millana Cenabre, 34.

Two kilograms of suspected shabu, worth P13 million, were seized from the suspects, as well as the buy-bust money.

PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa assured that intensified anti-illegal drug operations will continue despite the police’s task in the government’s COVID-19 response.

“Even with the ongoing health crisis, police anti-illegal drugs operations will continue without let-up and will be unrelenting as ever,” Gamboa said.

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