PNP gives evacuees chance to check homes; patrols Taal Lake to bar anyone from fishing

Maris Federez   •   January 16, 2020   •   1104

Local resident Erwin Apilo walks near a damaged house in Agoncillo, Batangas, Philippines, 16 January 2020. EFE/EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is implementing maximum tolerance and permitted the evacuees who had been insisting to go back and check their homes despite the lockdown being implemented in several towns due to Taal Volcano’s continuous activities.

The five towns that had been locked down were Lemery, Agoncillo, Talisay, Laurel and Balete.

More than 2,000 police are stationed at the five towns’ entry and exit points.

PNP Calabarzon director PBGen. Vicente Danao, Jr. clarified that they only allowed those who have very important things to get back to in their homes, and only for a limited time.

“May limited time lang kaming ibinigay kasi sabi namin sa kanila hindi namin kayo dyan pwedeng payagan forever.  What is the use of evacuation kung lahat naman babalik? So, the same people naman na hahakutin na naman natin lahat e dapat siguro in every family isa, dalawa lang. Hindi yung buong pamilya ang babalik,” Danao said.

Army BGen. Marceliano Teofilo said it will create bigger problems for them if they will allow all residents to go back to their houses.

“Ang iba kasi nagbabalikan. Yun ang challenge na tinitake natin. Kaya yung mga pulis ay nag establish ng checkpoint para ma-avoid na nila ang pagpunta doon. Kasi ang inaavoid natin pag may pumasok. That would be another problem lalo na pag pumutok na, mahihirapan yung mga rescuer na pumasok din,” Teofilo said.

To date, around 1,000 military personnel and 99 vehicles are being used in the rescue operations.

The PNP-Maritime group is closely patrolling and strictly monitoring the Taal Lake for those who will try to fish.

“May patrol craft kami don na umiikot sa Taal Lake to make sure na walang bangka na lalaot towards the volcano at any civilian along the coastline. Wala dapat makikitang civilian along the coastline,” said PNP-Maritime director PBGen. Rwin Pagkalinawan.

They are also conducting rescue operations on animals that were left behind by their owners.

“In order to appease those owners, sige ikarga natin sa barges yung inyong mga kabayo, aso at baka para lamang umalis kayo dyan,” Pagkalinawan added.

In total, around 29 horses and 3 cows were rescued since Wednesday (Jan. 15).

Authorities appeal to the public to cooperate on the rules that they are implementing to avoid dangers and untoward incidents. — (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

Sinas tells police personnel to fully support incoming PNP chief Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   May 6, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas on Thursday called on the 200,000-strong police force to fully support Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar who was named as the next top cop.

“I urge you to give my classmate, Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, the same 100 percent support you gave during the past six months under my watch,” Sinas said in a statement.

“Every Chief PNP appointed to the post carries with him the full trust and confidence of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, therefore, he deserves the unqualified support of all the officers and personnel under his command,” he added.

Sinas is set to retire on May 8 when he reaches the mandatory age of 56. He will formally relinquish the top PNP post to Eleazar in a change of command ceremony in Camp Crame on Friday, May 7.

Sinas stressed the importance of the continuity of command to “sustain the momentum to carry out institutional programs and policies.”

“It has been probably the longest six months tour of duty we have served together to accomplish our mission for the Filipino people,” he said.

“And I honestly believe we have been able to deliver more than what we promised to the President and the Filipino people, because everyone stood by me, from the ranking officers in the headquarters to the last beat patroller in the streets,” he added.

Both Sinas and Eleazar belong to the PMA “Hinirang” Class of 1987.

Eleazar graduated Cum Laude as Top 4 in the order of merit of PMA Class 1987.

He then went on to hold key positions while serving as field-grade officer. He served as chief of police of San Pedro, Laguna; provincial officer of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Batangas and Laguna; and chief investigator of the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (PACER).

He was also designated as the CIDG regional chief in Central Luzon and Central Visayas, where he “waged a relentless campaign against organized crime groups and other threat groups in these regions.”

He also held various administrative positions in the Directorate for Logistics and Directorate for Comptrollership and later led the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group and the PNP’s campaign against online sexual exploitation of children, and internet-based fraud and criminal activity.

In 2016, he took the helm of the Quezon City Police District where he launched anti-crime and anti-illegal drug operations that led to the arrest of notorious street criminals and neutralization of drug targets including rogue cops involved in crime.

He also served as PNP Regional Director for CALABARZON and Metro Manila and headed the Joint Task Force COVID Shield as the law enforcement and public safety arm of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Prior to his appointment as PNP chief, he also served as deputy chief for Administration and PNP’s second in command.

 

Face mask violators, iimbestigahan muna bago papatawan ng parusa – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   May 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Tiniyak ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na mas hihigpitan nila ang pagpapatupad ng minimum health protocols alinsunod sa utos ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na hulihin ang mga hindi sumusunod sa patakaran ng pagsusuot ng face mask sa gitna ng pandemya.

Noong Miyerkules ng gabi, sinabi ng pangulo na ang pag-aresto sa mga lumalabag sa health protocols ang nakikita niyang paraan upang sumunod ang publiko sa mga polisiya upang maiwasan ang lalo pang pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Ayon kay PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Ronaldo Olay, magiging maingat sila sa panghuhuli ng face mask violator bunsod na rin ng mga nagdaang insidente kung saan may nasawing protocol violator.

Aniya, ang mga aarestuhing indibiduwal ay kailangang dalhin sa istasyon ng pulisya at i-record ang naging paglabag nito upang malaman ang parusang ipapataw batay sa ordinansa ng nakasasakop na lokal na pamahalaan.

“May mga graduated punishment yan, unang pagkakasita puwedeng warning. Pangalawa ay fine merong panikit ang LGU, titiketan ka at magbabayad ka ng multa at pwede din yung pangatlo yung community service. Halimbawa maglinis ka, magwalis o magtapon ng basura,” ang wika ni Olay.

Iimbestigahan rin ang mga violator upang malaman kung may iba pa silang kinakaharap na kaso.

“Kung yung taong nasita ay may pending warrant ay ide-detain siya. Kung may violation naman na kailangang i-inquest ay i-inquest siya kagaya ng disobedience to person in authority o direct assault,” ani Olay.

Dati nang ipinag-utos ni outgoing PNP chief Police General Debold Sinas sa mga pulis na bigyan lamang ng babala at huwag nang arestuhin ang mga lumalabag sa health protocols kasunod ng pagkamatay ng isang indibidwal matapos umanong parusahan sa pamamagitan ng exercise dahil sa paglabag sa curfew. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Protocols on use of police body cams still being finalized – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   May 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The protocols on the use of body cameras in police operations are yet to be finalized, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

In a report by UNTV’s CNEWS correspondent Lea Ylagan, PNP Directorate for Logistics director Major General Angelito Casimiro said that body cameras have already been distributed to major police stations in Metro Manila and police officers have undergone training on its proper use.

He said the PNP initially planned to use the body cameras in April but was delayed as they are still looking into matters such as privacy issues when presenting the videos captured as evidence in court.

“Yun po ang challenge namin ngayon especially sa privacy kung paano gagamitin po kasi baka we might be violating some privacy nung mga tao kapag ipiprisent sa korte,” Casimiro said.

The police official added that they plan to request additional funds for the body cameras of police stations in other regions.

“We will be appealing for some funds para mabigyan lahat ng police stations dahil naka-concentrate lang po ito on major cities, mga city police offices and city police stations and dito sa Metro Manila,” he said.

Casimiro added that the use of body cameras will help promote transparency in police operations and eliminate allegations of evidence planting and summary executions.  RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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