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PNP on RevGov: We adhere to the rule of law

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is prepared to adhere to the rule of law should a revolutionary government be declared in the country.

According to PNP Pcol. Bernard Banac, it is the mandate of the national police to maintain peace and order in the country.

“Sineseryoso ng PNP ang lahat ng banta sa seguridad, at peace and order, base sa aming mandato (Based on our mandate, the PNP is taking all threats seriously, and [maintaining] peace and order). The PNP shall always stand behind the flag and uphold the Constitution. We adhere to the rule of law and obey legal orders of the duly constituted authorities,” he said.

Meanwhile, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the President’s threat about forming a revolutionary government is due to his frustration on what is happening in the country.

“What I know though, is that he is getting exasperated by and frustrated with endless roadblocks to his attempts to protect the people’s interests,” he said in a text message.

He added that the President knows the limitations of his authority.

“As a lawyer the president knows the scope and limitations of his constitutional powers and he will act in accordance therewith,” he said.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also said that the President’s statement on forming a revolutionary government is out of frustration in all of the country’s problems including illegal drugs, corruption, and rebellion of communist groups.

Malacañang also clarified that the President’s warning in declaring a revolutionary government is not against the public but against the government’s enemies.

“It was more of an exasperated expression and I to put on notice against the transgressors that he will not just sit idly, and watch them do their illegal things,” Panelo said.

Meanwhile, the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) President Edre Olalia said the President’s warning has no legal basis and does not follow logic.

“First of all, there is absolutely no legal, constitutional, & factual basis to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus. Secondly, his reaction to the cautionary criticism of the opposition is non-sequitur,” he said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Videos of failed police operations, to be featured in police training sessions

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

Courtesy: PNP

Police officers undergoing training will be able to review past operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP) that had gone wrong.

This follows the directive of PNP chief, PGen. Oscar Albayalde to the PNP Training Service which aimed at involving the police officers in evaluating and analyzing the situations in past operations.

“Isama lahat yan sa mga ibat ibang trainings, ng mga different levels of trainings na inaattendan ng mga ibat ibang police officers whether they are noncommissioned officer, so that this will all serve as lessons learned para sa amin [All (videos) must be featured in the training sessions of the different levels being attended by police officers, whether they are non-commissioned officers, so this will all serve as lessons learned for all of us],” Albayalde said.

The PNP chief also stressed the importance of showing the videos to the police so that there will not be any repeat of the blunders committed in police operations.

“Hindi lang itong insidente na ito ang pina- consolidate namin [This is not the only incident that we are consolidating. We are] including the incidents years, years back. These will all be shown in the different schools that we have nationwide, para sa mga schooling esp. sa mga commanders on the ground [especially for commanders on the ground],” he added.

Among the videos to be shown to police on training are the Quirino Grandstand hostage-taking that happened in August 2010; the hostage-taking of a child in a bus terminal in Pasay City on May 31 wherein the child was accidentally shot by the responding police officer; and the drug operation in Rodriguez, Rizal where 3-year old Kateleen Mica Ulpina was also shot dead while police officers were pursuing her father who is a suspected drug pusher. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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Gabriela Partylist questions PNP’s random inspection of protesters during SONA

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

Gabriela Partylist questions the random inspection to be implemented by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on protesters during President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The party-list said the said measure violates the constitutional right to privacy.

According to their statement, the random inspection might probably lead to harassment or arrest of protesters without a proper warrant.

“Such security overkill dangerously sets up a pretext for intimidation, harassment and even warrantless arrest of activists based on planted evidence,” they said in their statement.

An estimate of over 40,000 protesters will join the anti-Duterte administration rally on Monday (July 22).

The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Thursday (July 18) that they will ‘most likely’ conduct random inspections on protesters as part of their strict implementation of security measures.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)

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LP: Sedition raps vs Leni, others ‘harassment, persecution’

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo

The Liberal Party (LP) has branded the filing of sedition charges against Vice President Leni Robredo, bishops, and the opposition as a form of “harassment” and “persecution”.

Opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan said the charges are false and lack basis.

“Political harassment at persecution ang ginawang pagsampa ng kaso ng sedition, inciting to sedition, at kung anu-ano pa kina Vice President Leni Robredo at sa ating mga kaalyado sa Senado at sa mga kandidato natin sa Otso Diretso, at maging sa mga sumuporta sa ating mga taong-simbahan, (The sedition charges, inciting to sedition, and other cases filed against Vice President Leni Robredo and our allies in the senate, as well as the Otso Diretso candidates and bishops is a form of political harassment and persecution)” he said in a statement.

Pangilinan added the ‘enemies of democracy’ are using the charges against VP Leni because she is the only one stopping them from continuing “extrajudicial killings”, and selling the Philippines to China.—AAC

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