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PNP eyes obstruction of justice raps against Metrobank management after Binondo robbery

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) eyes filing obstruction of justice charges against the Metrobank-Binondo branch management after a robbery incident.

This was after the management refused to allow police authorities to enter their branch after it was robbed on Thursday morning (July 11).

“We will check on that because technically, baka pwede kami makapag-file ng obstruction of justice (maybe we can file obstruction of justice),”  according to PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde.

“When something happens in a place, that is considered a crime scene. Kailangan makapasok ng mabilis iyong ating investigators (our investigators should immediately enter the premises),” he added.

According to the Manila Police District (MPD), the policemen were able to enter the branch two hours after the robbery.

Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno questioned the said security protocol of Metrobank. He said that they will hold officers liable if proven to be involved in said crime.

“If there’s abuse on the part of the chief security of the bank, of the branch head, whoever calls the situation in interfering police operation, we will make them liable and we will think they are part of the criminal elements,” Moreno said.—AAC

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PNP support Duterte’s push for death penalty, mandatory ROTC

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said it would fully support the reimposition of death penalty as pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte in his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde said imposing capital punishment for drug-related heinous crime and plunder will add more power to the government’s campaign against war, drugs and corruption.

In response to the SONA of President Duterte, the PNP fully supports the legislative agenda of the national government for effective legislation that will add more teeth to the crusade against crime, drugs and corruption, particularly by imposing capital punishment for drug-related heinous crime and plunder, among others,” he told reporters in a press briefing in Camp Crame on Tuesday.

“I firmly believe that the deterrent effect of the certainty of punishment will be a game changer in our continuing campaign against illegal drugs, heinous crime and corruption, particularly against drug traffickers, smugglers and peddlers of illegal drugs,” he added.

However, the PNP chief maintained his position that the country’s justice system should be fixed first.

“Ang importante dito ay we convict those people na talagang we know that they are guilty. ‘Yan ‘yung stand natin,” he stressed.

(What’s important here is we convict those people who are really guilty. That is the PNP’s stand.)

When it comes to the proposed mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program in Grades 11 and 12, Albayalde believes this will embed “very important” values on the Filipino youth.

Albayalde added that the president might be pushing for the mandatory program in Senior High School as he believes Filipinos are now lacking in love of country.

Aside from instilling values, the PNP chief said the mandatory ROTC will also help in the country’s defense in case of war.

“The very important value there is the sense of nationalism, love of country at patriotism sa Pilipino lalo na sa mga kabataan… of course, napakaliit nating bansa, we have to defend our country in case of war,” he said.

(The very important value there is the sense of nationalism, love of country at patriotism in Filipinos, especially in the youth… our country is small, we have to defend our country in case of war.)

Duterte presented the same argument in his SONA on Monday when he asked Congress to pass measures that will improve the country’s defense system.

Albayalde added that having training in terms of defense will be good for everybody. (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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Manila LGU seeks suspension of Baclaran-Divisoria jeepney route

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

The Manila local government seeks to suspend the Baclaran-Divisoria jeepney route due to numerous complaints of cutting trips.

According to Mayor Isko Moreno, the roads along the area are already cleared so there is no reason for drivers to cut trips.

He also said it is unfair for passengers to pay the full amount but have their trip cut short.

“Pagod na pagod na iyong mga iyan. Biruin niyo kayo magtrabaho otso oras. Ang gusto mo sumakay ng jeep, umuwi nalang, makatulog makasama ang pamilya mo tapos matotolongges ka pa sa kalye, (These [passengers] are already tired. Imagine working for eight hours and you just want to take a jeep and go home to be with your family, but then you will get stranded on the road),” he said.

The local government is already preparing the complaint to be filed before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to suspend the Baclaran-Divisoria jeepney route.

Other routes including MCU-Blumentritt, Cubao-Divisoria, as well as routes in Padre Faura, Pedro Gil and Paco are also at risk of suspension.

The Manila LGU is also receiving complaints of cutting trip against jeepneys operating in Morayta, Far Eastern University, and Philippine School of Business Administration.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB said they will thoroughly review the complaint to be filed by the Manila government.

“We’ll accept whatever complaint the city will file against any and all public utility jeepneys. Kahit na anuman, pwedeng may UV express or may taxi na pupunta rito sa Metro Manila na nagti-trip cutting o kaya’y nag-aabuso sa kanilang prangkisa, (Whether that is a UV Express or taxi that are cutting trips in Metro Manila or if they are abusing their franchise we will accept it)” according to LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III.

Moreno already held a meeting with the officials of the LTFRB and Inter-Agency for Traffic regarding the traffic problem in Manila.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

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No threat monitored for SONA so far – Albayalde

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2019

File Photo: Police General Oscar Albayalde

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it has yet to monitor any threat hours before President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

On Monday morning, PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde arrived at the Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City to inspect police personnel deployed to the area. He was accompanied by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar.

“As of this time, wala pa tayong nakukuhang threat. But then again, we appeal to the public to remain vigilant,” the PNP chief told reporters.

A total of 14,000 police officers have been deployed in Metro Manila to monitor the peace and order situation during Duterte’s SONA. Around 8,500 of which were assigned to Quezon City.

The police chief said he sees no reason to deploy additional personnel for the major event.

He added that as of this time, no untoward incidents have been reported along Commonwealth Avenue and Batasan Hills but the traffic is heavy along these areas due to the staging of SONA-related protests.

Unlike previous SONAs, there are no barbed wires installed along the Commonwealth area this year but Albayalde assured that the police force is ready in case of security threat.

Albayalde further stated they will not conduct a random check on people carrying bags or backpacks and wearing a jacket unless they have compelling reasons to do so for the safety of the public.

The police chief also advised cops to remain patient and implement maximum tolerance amid SONA-related protests. (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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