PNP honors cop in viral taho-throwing incident

admin   •   February 11, 2019   •   2619

PO1 William Cristobal receiving the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde awarded PO1 William Cristobal with the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’  during the flag raising ceremony at Camp Crame on Monday (February 11).

PO1 Cristobal is the police officer who was splashed with a cup of taho (soy pudding) by Chinese national, Jiale Zhang, after he prohibited the latter from entering MRT Boni Station with the drink.

Cristobal called the attention of Zhang because of the station’s recent policy against bringing in drinks or any liquid following the bombings in Jolo, Sulu and the possible use of liquid bombs.

Albayalde said Cristobal demonstrated exemplary behavior during the incident.

Cristobal admitted feeling belittled after having a drink thrown at him.

The PNP chief called on foreign nationals visiting the country to respect the laws and regulations of the Philippines the same way that Filipinos observe the laws of other countries they visit.

The PNP chief added that the ban on liquids at MRT stations is no different from the ban of the same at airports, which is a part of the security measures against terrorism.

PO1 Cristobal has filed charges against Jiale Zhang including unjust vexation and disobedience of person in authority and direct assault. — Lea Ylagan

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U.S., Phl sign New Regional Counterterrorism Training Center

Maris Federez   •   August 15, 2019

PNP Chief Police General Oscar D. Albayalde (left) and Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law (right)

The United States and the Philippine governments have agreed to establish a new state-of-the-art Regional Counterterrorism Training Center in the Philippines.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Oscar D. Albayalde and Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law on Thursday (August 15) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to construct and operate the center on the grounds of the PNP Academy in Silang, Cavite. 

A press release issued by the U.S. Embassy said this is part of the deepening bilateral counterterrorism partnership of the two countries and other regional partner nations.

The statement further reads that the U.S. Department of State has secured Php 520 million ($10 million) in counterterrorism partnership funds to establish and jointly operate the center with the PNP.

It added that once constructed, the center will provide counterterrorism training for law enforcement units and personnel from the Philippines and regional partner nations. 

This initiative from the U.S. comes in response to a request from the PNP for a state-of-the-art facility to provide enhanced regional counterterrorism training. 

The US Embassy said the establishment of this center reflects the U.S.’ enduring commitment to support Philippine counterterrorism efforts and work together to address threats to peace and security in the region.

The United States and the Philippines governments have agreed to establish a new state-of-the-art Regional Counterterrorism Training Center in the Philippines.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Oscar D. Albayalde and Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law on Thursday (August 15) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to construct and operate the center on the grounds of the PNP Academy in Silang, Cavite. 

A press release issued by the U.S. Embassy said this is part of the deepening bilateral counterterrorism partnership of the two countries and other regional partner nations.

The statement further reads that the U.S. Department of State has secured Php 520 million ($10 million) in counterterrorism partnership funds to establish and jointly operate the center with the PNP.

It added that once constructed, the center will provide counterterrorism training for law enforcement units and personnel from the Philippines and regional partner nations. 

This initiative from the U.S. comes in response to a request from the PNP for a state-of-the-art facility to provide enhanced regional counterterrorism training. 

The US Embassy said the establishment of this center reflects the U.S.’ enduring commitment to support Philippine counterterrorism efforts and work together to address threats to peace and security in the region.

PNP has toilet for LGBTs, to place more across camps

Marje Pelayo   •   August 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) said they acknowledge and respect the rights of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community.

In fact, according to PNP Spokesperson Police BGen. Bernard Banac, they have provided an exclusive toilet for LGBTs located at the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office.

They labeled it: “Gender Sensitivity Comfort Room / LGBT and Guest”

“Iyon po ay inilagay talaga natin bilang pagkilala natin sa karapatan ng bawat isa, ng bawat nilalang,” the PNP Spokesperson said.

BGen. Banac added that to provide such an area prevents discrimination among genders and gives members of the LGBT community convenience when they need to address the ‘call of nature’.

The official said they are also planning to construct such gender sensitive facility in all police camps across the country.

“Noon pa man ang PNP ay nangunguna na sa pagsuporta sa programa at mga batas patungkol sa gender and development sensitivity,” BGen. Banac noted.

“Ang gusto nga nating mangyari dito ay ma-empower at magkaroon ng equitable, sustainable, free from violence, respect for human rights at supportive tayo sa self-determination and actualization ng human potentials ng bawat nilalang,” he added.

Meanwhile, the PNP Spokesperson urges the private sector and all other government agencies to likewise provide or designate gender sensitive comfort rooms in their respective areas to cater to members of the LGBT community. – MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)

PNP continues to monitor proliferation of illegal numbers games

Maris Federez   •   August 12, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday (August 12) announced that it is continuously monitoring the proliferation of illegal numbers games in the country.

PNP Spokesperson BGen. Bernard Banac said they had arrested several personalities that are still operating STL, such as jueteng, in Laguna and in Metro Manila despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to stop such operation.

“May ilan na nahuling STL bettors ang Laguna PPO at NCRPO kamakailan, kahit sarado na ang operations ng STL. [The Laguna PPO and the NCRPO had recently arrested several STL bettors, even though STL operations had been stopped],” Banac said.

The PNP is appealing to the public to report to the authorities in case they hear of Jueteng draws still being done in their respective communities. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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