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PNP denies militarization with new police rank classification

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) assured that the new police rank classification does not signal the militarization of its forces.

PNP Spokesperson Pssupt. Bernardo Banac said only the names of the rank changed and not their duties.He said the PNP will remain “civilian in nature” as stated in the local government code.

“Walang militarisasyon dahil walang pagbabago sa mandato at misyon ng Philippine National Police. Ganoon pa rin, to enforce the law, prevent and control crime, maintain peace and order, ensure public safety so walang magbabago,” according to Banac.

(There is no militarization because there is no change in the mandate and mission of the Philippine National Police. They will still enforce the law, prevent and control crime, maintain peace and order and ensure public safety. So, there is no change.)

Republic Act 11200 or the rank classification in PNP, was signed by
President Rodrigo Duterte on February 8.

Banac said the law only brought back the previous ranks of the police including general, colonel, major, captain, inspector, lieutenant, sergeant, corporal and patrolman.

“Ang kagandahan pa nito ay iyong koordinasyon sa Armed Forces of the Philippines at iba nating counterparts sa ibang bansa, dahil alam natin sa isa’t isa kung ano iyong counterpart ng ranggo, halimbawa ang police chief inspector, ang katapat pala noon sa AFP at sa ibang bansa ay major,” said Banac.

(The good thing about this is the coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and our other counterparts in other countries. Because we, ourselves, know the rank counterparts. For example the police chief inspector is the same rank with a major in AFP and other countries.)

Several PNP officials, meanwhile, agrees with bringing back the old rank classification.

“Mas maganda para sa akin na nabalik sa dating ranggo na police lieutenant, police captain so parang wala nang confusion. Kasi minsan superintendent, hindi mo alam kung school superintendent o division superintendent ng DepEd (Department of Education). Usually ang tawag naman ng mga kakilala at kaibigan natin ay colonel, hindi naman police senior superintendent,” according to Pssupt. Romeo Caramat, commander of Counter-intelligence Task Force (CITF).

Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR) executive assistant Police Chief Inspector Josef Angeles said, “We gladly welcome the changes in the rank classification ng Philippine National Police.”

“In the past na-observe ko rin kasi na pag sinabi mo yung ranggo mo na police chief inspector, ano’ng equivalent noon sa AFP? Sasabihin mo pa na major. Ngayong same na halos ang classification sa AFP ay naiiwasan natin na mag-create ng confusion sa public,” Angeles added.

(In the past, I have observed that whenever you say police chief inspector, they will ask its equivalent in the AFP. You will have to say major. Now, that our classification is the same with the AFP , we can avoid confusion from the public.)

The secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Eduardo Año said they aim to immediately implement the new rank classification through a donning ceremony — Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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27 alleged narco-politicians triumphed in last election – PNP

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is currently doing a case build up against 27 alleged narco-politicians who won in the recently concluded midterm elections.

According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, from a total of 47 names in the drugs watchlist of politicians, 37 filed their candidacy but only 27 succeeded in the election.

The winning list include several mayors and governors in Luzon.

Albayalde said he is leaving the case to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Sa Luzon meron. Dito lang sa Region 3 meron (at) sa Region4. Kilala ko ang mga nasa listahan. Alam ko ang mga pangalan nila. Alam ko nanalo ang mga iyon,” Albayalde said.

(There are some in Luzon, in Regions 3 and 4. I know those who are on the list. I know their names. I know they won.)

In case they have proven links to illegal drugs, appropriate charges will be filed against them.

“Continuous naman ang pag-iimbestiga sa kanila and as the SILG have said, kapag merong nakitang ebidensya laban sa kanila, we will file cases both criminal and administrative,” the PNP Chief added.

(Investigation is now ongoing and as the SILG have said, if there are evidence against them, we will file cases both criminal and administrative.)

Rampant vote buying

Albayalde, meanwhile, noted that aside from the P12 million cash authorities seized in anti vote-buying operations, candidates and supporters also distributed rice and eggs to lure voters.

READ: Over P12M seized from vote buying – PNP

The PNP chief said they were able to confiscate a total of 62 sacks of rice and 22 trays of eggs in different areas in Mindanao and Calabarzon Region.

“Wala sa kanilang umaamin kung saan nanggagaling, but we got election campaign material na doon sa specific candidates na iyon,” he said.

(No one would admit as to where the items came from but we got election campaign materials from that specific candidate.)

“But they deny na nanggaling doon sa mga kandidato na iyon at walang gustong magsabi whether the buyer or the seller kung sino or saan galing ang pera,” he added.

(But they deny that the items were from those [specific] candidates. No one, not the buyer nor the seller, wanted to admit where the items or cash came from.) – (with reports from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

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24 individuals arrested for vote buying—PNP

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

Authorities confiscated brown envelopes containing money allegedly used to buy votes.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded 24 individuals arrested for vote buying since January 12, 2019.

In a press briefing, PNP Director for Operations Major General Mao Aplasca revealed that the individuals arrested are from Region 4, CALABARZON, and Cordillera Region.

Also included in the list are the 10 supporters of Cavite gubernatorial candidate Jonvic Remulla.

They will face charges in violation of Omnibus Election Code.

Meanwhile, last Wednesday (May 8), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) launched ‘Task Force Kontra Bigay’ in partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

This aims to investigate and prosecute vote buying cases.

The PNP calls on the public to call PNP National Election Monitoring Action Center (NEMAC) numbers: 0916 330 9158 and 0947 520 7864 for vote buying complaints.—(with reports from April Cenedoza)

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PNP: Liquor ban for May 13 polls to start on Sunday

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

A 48-hour liquor ban will be imposed from May 12 to 13 in time for the Midterm National and Local Elections on Monday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

The PNP said the liquor ban would take effect from 12:01 a.m. of May 12 until 12 midnight of May 13.

The ban includes drinking and selling of alcohol in stores.

“Ito ay bahagi ng ating security preparation na ipinatutupad para magkaroon tayo ng mapayapa at maayos na halalan sa Lunes,” PNP spokesperson Col. Bernard Banac said in a press briefing on Thursday.

Aside from the liquor ban, the PNP has been enforcing a gun ban, prohibiting the transportation or bearing of firearms and other deadly weapons during the election period from January 13 to June 12.

As of May 8, a total of 5,316 individuals have been arrested for violating the election gun ban, and more than 4,000 firearms and 42,000 other deadly weapons were confiscated.

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