PNP Task force begins probe on Laguna chopper crash

Robie de Guzman   •   March 6, 2020   •   389

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MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy chief for operations Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar on Friday visited the site where the ill-fated police chopper crashed in San Pedro, Laguna.

Eleazar leads the PNP Special Investigation Task Force created to look into the circumstances surrounding the 2-year old Bell 429 chopper crash incident which left PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa and seven others injured.

Speaking to reporters, Eleazar said they are now collecting pieces of evidence, including statements of witnesses, passengers and first responders, in investigating the incident.

He also revealed that they have yet to find the chopper’s flight radar and black box.

“Mayroon kasing sinasabi na may flight radar and black box pero we have yet to find out. But according to the provincial director of Laguna, who happens to be a pilot, itong Bell 429 ay wala siyang black box,” he said.

Eleazar said they are considering at least three possible angles in the helicopter crash – pilot error, the chopper’s condition and the take-off site preparation.

The PNP official added they will also look into the report on the crash submitted by local investigators.  

Initial investigation showed that the chopper got entangled with power lines shortly after lift-off in San Pedro town.

The take-off site was sandy and the aircraft’s propellers fanned a thick dust which caused poor visibility. The chopper caught fire later on.

Eleazar said the standard operating procedures (SOP) in utilizing PNP air assets will also be reviewed to prevent any similar incidents in the future.

“Itong ating mga air asset, isipin mo puro bago lahat yan. First time na nagkaroon tayo ng ganyan,” he said.

“Kailangan ma-review nating maigi ‘yan, pati yung based on the result of this investigation, ma-review at ma-improve ‘yung mga SOP para bumalik ating tiwala ng ating mga senior officers and other members of the PNP that will utilize our air assets,” he added.

He added that they have tapped the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to help in the investigation.

Currently, the entire fleet of the PNP is temporarily grounded pending the investigation. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Sherwin Culubong)

Checkpoints at curfew, hindi aalisin kahit ilagay sa GCQ ang Metro Manila at iba pang lugar sa bansa – Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   May 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Tuloy pa rin ang pagpapatupad ng quarantine control points ng Philippine National Police kahit pa ilagay na sa general community quarantine (GCQ) ang mga lugar na kasalukuyang nasa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Ayon kay Joint Task Force Coronavirus (JTF CV) Shield Commander Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, dapat pa ngang paigtingin ang pagsasagawa ng checkpoint dahil tiyak na dadagsa ang mga tao sa lansangan kapag niluwagan na ang quarantine restrictions.

Ani Eleazar, nasa diskresyon ng mga hepe ng local police kung ililipat nila ang checkpoint o kaya ay magpatupad na lamang ng random checkpoint sa matataong lugar.

“Hindi natin kayang i-inspect lahat ng mga sasakyan sa kalsada kagaya ng ginawa natin during ECQ… It will create a monstrous traffic kung lahat ng sasakyan ay ating i-che-check,” ani ng opisyal.

“Kaya nga through modified checkpoint, random ang gagawin natin d’yan, depende sa discretion at peculiarity ng mga lugar kung saan nagsasagawa ng checkpoint,” dagdag pa niya.

Paliwanag ni Eleazar, bahagi ng PNP anti-criminality campaign ang checkpoint kaya hindi ito maaaring alisin.

Isa ang Metro Manila sa mga lugar na isinailalim sa MECQ hanggang Mayo 31.

Una nang napaulat na inirerekomenda na ng Metro Manila mayors na ilagay na sa GCQ ang Metro Manila simula sa Hunyo.

Ang Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases naman ay isinusulong ang pagpapatupad ng localized lockdown o quarantine sa mga barangay o bayan lang na may mataas na kaso ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

dahil sa posibleng pagluluwag ng quarantine restrictions, sinabi ni Eleazar na mas hihigpitan nila ang pagsasagawa ng inspeksyon sa mga establisimiyento upang masigurong naipatutupad ng maayos ang minimum health protocols na inilatag ng Department of Health.

“Dapat nga na magsagawa ng maraming inspection kasi doon natin makikita ngayon kung andon ba yung pagsunod sa mga protocols set by DOH,” sabi ng opisyal.

“Sa pakikipag-ugnayan at sa tulong nitong mga mall management and security officers nila ay makapagsasagawa tayo ng tamang implementasyon ng mga guidelines na ito,” dagdag pa niya.

Palalakasin din nila ang mobile checkpoint na isinasagawa ng mga tauhan ng PNP Highway Patrol Group.

“Ito ang magsasagawa ng Oplan Sita at Oplan Habol at magsasagawa ng mga spot inspection,” ani Eleazar.

Sinabi rin ng opisyal na tuloy pa rin ang pagpapatupad ng curfew sa ilalim ng GCQ ngunit hindi na hahanapan ng quarantine pass ang mga lumalabas ng kanilang tahanan.

“Mandated sa lahat ng mga quarantine status na meron pa rin tayong curfew sa mga non-workers sa gabi,” paliwanag niya.

Sa halip, mas hihigpitan ng pulisya ang pagbabantay sa pagsusuot ng face mask at pagpapatupad ng physical distancing measures kontra COVID-19. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Helpline para sa mga katanungan hinggil sa COVID-19 community quarantine, inilunsad ng PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   May 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Inilunsad ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ngayong Miyerkules, Mayo 27 ang Helpline 16677, isang public hotline para sa anumang katanungan o isyu hinggil sa ipinatutupad na community quarantine sa gitna ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Francisco Gamboa, layon ng proyekto na matiyak ang agarang pagtugon ng pulisya sa anumang reklamo o katanungan na hinggil sa mga panuntunan sa enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) at general community quarantine (GCQ).

“We want a quick response system that will immediately address and respond to the public’s concerns in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The timely release of information and assistance is urgently needed by our people and the PNP’s helpline will provide just that,” ani Gamboa sa isang pahayag sa media.

Ang PNP Directorate for Operations-PNP Command Center ang magsisilbing communication hub para sa lahat ng ECQ at GCQ concerns. Bukod pa ito sa ginagawa nilang monitoring ng police operations at pag-uulat hinggil sa law enforcement activities ng PNP.

Ayon kay Gamboa, inilunsad ang proyekto sa pakikipag-tulungan ng PLDT Inc. na nagbigay ng 52 units ng mobile phones, 30 units ng pocket Wi-Fi, mga prepaid cards at ilang SMS Messaging suite.

Pagtitiyak ng PNP chief, bukas 24/7 ang PNP Helpline 16677 sa publiko. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

5 arrested, P40-M worth of suspected shabu seized in Bohol drug ops – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   May 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Six kilograms of suspected shabu (crystal meth), worth P40 million, were seized during two separate illegal drug operations in Bohol province on Monday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday.

A report from Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro, chief of Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), said that a buy-bust operation was launched on Monday afternoon in Talibon town which yielded the arrest of drug suspect, Jaime Dajao, 44.

Arresting officers confiscated from Dajao four kilograms of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P27 million.

In a follow-up operation conducted in Tagbilaran City, police arrested four drug suspects, identified as Lelit Dajao Sinugbojan, 44; Chellomao Pescura Curayag, 33; Junalyn Abelgas Matura, 32; and Humprey Millana Cenabre, 34.

Two kilograms of suspected shabu, worth P13 million, were seized from the suspects, as well as the buy-bust money.

PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa assured that intensified anti-illegal drug operations will continue despite the police’s task in the government’s COVID-19 response.

“Even with the ongoing health crisis, police anti-illegal drugs operations will continue without let-up and will be unrelenting as ever,” Gamboa said.

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