PNP inspects crowded areas to ensure public safety and security this holiday season

admin   •   December 22, 2017   •   5797

Police Director Oscar Albayalde together with his men in NCRPO inspected the public places and malls to ensure the safety of the public.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) wants to ensure the safety and security of the public this holiday season.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Oscar Albayalde made rounds in crowded areas in Metro Manila, Thursday, to also ensure the sufficient number of deployed policemen.

The NCRPO deployed 9,500 policemen across Metro Manila.

The training of 200 Police Officers 1 has been temporarily suspended to augment to the number of policemen deployed in crowded areas.

They will man Metro Manila to prevent individuals from firing their guns during the New Year revelry and arrest those who would do so.

Even cops on floating status will also be deployed.

“Habang kami nagtatrabaho, sila ang sarap ng buhay nila kung nandoon lang sila sa headquarters. So we might as well use them, kasi agrabyado ang gobyerno na sila sumusweldo at nandoon lang sila sa headquarters,” said Albayalde.

(While we are working, they are resting at the headquarters. We might as well use them because the government is at a disadvantage if they are getting their salaries but they are just at the headquarters.)

The PNP wants to ensure the proper implementation of security measures this holiday season, the time of the year when people are crowding into malls and markets.

According to Albayalde, the PNP is on a full alert 24/hours a day to man the public places.

The police have not monitored any threats to the security of the public from terrorists or rebel groups.

People are expected to flock to public markets tomorrow. In Divisoria, police are on full guard.

“Yung pupunta po dito yung mga mamimili tsaka mamamasyal, pinapayuhan po namin na as much as possible not to wear any valuables na. Itago nila yung mamahaling mga alahas nila mga relo mga bag at kung ano mang gamit including mga cellphones,” said MPD Director PCSupt. Joel Coronel.

“Huwag natin bigyan ng pagkakataon ang masasamang loob na mga shop lifters, pick pockets at tsaka mga snatchers na they will become prey or victims to them,” he added.

(Consumers who will come here, we advise you not wear any valuables as much as possible. Keep your expensive pieces of jewelry, such as watches, and even their bags, and cell phones, out of sight. Let’s not give thieves the chance to commit crimes. Do not fall prey or become their victims.)

The Manila Police District (MPD) has recorded 14 cases of petty crimes in Divisoria since December 1.  All the suspects have been arrested.

The PNP also deployed more cops to the bus terminal for the security of passengers.

Albayalde reminded policemen to properly perform their duties. He also warns cops who are just texting and chatting with each other while on duty. According to the NCRPO chief, he will not hesitate to fire cops who will not properly perform their tasks.

— Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

Makati City Prosecutor’s Office begins prelim probe on Christine Dacera case

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Makati City Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday started its preliminary investigation into the complaint lodged against 11 individuals over the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera.

The respondents are facing a complaint for rape with homicide. They were identified as among the individuals who were with Dacera hours before she died on January 1, following a night of partying with friends.

In a press statement, the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office said 7 out of 11 respondents and their legal counsels attended Wednesday’s hearing.

Five of them submitted their counter-affidavit.

The office also said that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has submitted a supplemental complaint but manifested that it is still awaiting results of the DNA analysis, histopath examination, and laboratory results from Makati Medical Center

“Hence, they moved for the resetting of the preliminary investigation,” it said.

Dacera was found in the bathtub of a hotel room in Makati where she attended a party with some friends on December 31, 2020.

Three of the respondents were detained by police but was ordered released by the City Prosecutor’s Office after it referred the case for further investigation to allow both the complainant and the respondents to submit more evidence.

The next hearing is scheduled on January 27.

Zamboanga drug enforcement chief faces raps over positive drug test

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The drug enforcement chief of Zamboanga City Police Office has been relieved from his post after testing positive for narcotics.

PNP Chief Police General Debold Sinas in a statement said that Police Major Jivertson Pelovello has been reassigned to the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Section of Police Regional Office 9 while undergoing pre-charge investigation and summary dismissal proceedings.

Western Mindanao PNP Regional Director, Police Brigadier General Ronaldo Genaro Ylagan reported that Pelovello has been disarmed of his issued firearms and slapped with corresponding administrative charges.

The PNP Chief reiterated that members of the national police who are using illegal drugs do not deserve to stay in service and should immediately be dismissed.

Pelovello is among the 60 police personnel in Zamboanga City that tested positive for illegal drugs.

DOJ issues hold departure order vs nine cops in Jolo shooting

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a hold departure order against the nine policemen involved in the shooting of four army personnel in Jolo, Sulu.

In a statement, DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered prosecutors to file a motion in the court for a hold departure order against the policemen accused of killing the four army personnel in Jolo, Sulu last June 2020.

The order was issued after the Philippine National Police (PNP) released the said cops after being dismissed from service.

“The DOJ prosecutors filed the criminal information against the 9 police officers last January 4. The court was supposed to issue the warrants of arrest thereafter, but apparently failed to do so because of the current lockdown in Sulu,” he said.

Guevarra, meanwhile, hopes the accused would voluntarily turn themselves in once the warrants are issued.

“We hope that the 9 accused will voluntarily turn themselves in when such warrants are eventually released by the court. Otherwise, law enforcement agents will look for them and take them into custody,” Guevarra said. -AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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