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PNP to distribute new service firearms, vehicles to ground units

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

 

8,170 units 5.56mm Basic Assault Rifle (Galil ACE 22N)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to distribute to its ground units the newly procured firearms and motorcycles worth P2.1 billion.

The procurement includes:

  • 8,170 units of Galil assault rifle;
  • 4,933 units of Emtan assault rifle;
  • 1,920 units of 9mm Masada pistol;
  • 10,000 units of 9mm Canik pistol;
  • 231 units of 7.62mm Negev light machine gun;
  • 320 units of 5.56 Negev light machine gun;
  • and 310 units of 650cc Kawasaki Versys motorcycle.

The basic assault rifles and light machine guns will be distributed to police mobile forces and the maritime group.

Meanwhile, the 9mm pistols will be given to new police recruits and members of the PNP Special Action Force.

The newly acquired motorcycles will be issued to the PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and the Police Security Protection Group (PSPG) for enhanced operational readiness and police visibility.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde believes that the new service weapons and vehicles will be of big help in the agency’s anti-criminality campaign especially that –Ber months are approaching when outlaws operate the most. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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PNP conducts inspection in provincial bus terminals

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now on full alert status in Metro Manila and other key tourist destinations until the end of the Lenten season.

Although authorities have not received threats in the country’s peace and order, around 91,000 police personnel are now deployed nationwide.

Police General Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar and several PNP personnel on Wednesday (April 17) led the inspection at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao and Victory Liner bus terminal in Pasay City.

The PNP officials personally checked the security plans of these terminals in accommodating passengers during the Lenten season. –Maris Federez

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Lacson renews call for stricter gun control after EDSA cop slay

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson has renewed his appeal to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to impose stricter gun control measures, including the limited issuance of Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residences (PTCFOR).

Lacson made the call following the killing of a policeman along EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Avenue) in San Juan City.

Police Senior Master Sgt. Solomon Cugay was shot dead on Tuesday (March 26) by motorcycle-riding gunmen along EDSA-Connecticut southbound lane.

The PNP said Cugay was among the personalities included on the narcotics list released by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.

Cugay had previous records of coddling and recycling illegal drugs, according to PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde, but the former was able to clear his name and was absolved from the case some two years ago.

READ: Albayalde: Cop in EDSA shooting formerly on Duterte’s narcolist

Lacson said the PNP should limit the issuance of PTCFOR to ensure that only uniformed military and police personnel on duty can bring firearms outside their homes.

He said anyone carrying firearms in public places should be assumed to have criminal intent and apprehended on the spot.

“Firearms are for self-defense and protection of properties from intruders and not for offensive action by the possessor,” he said.

The Lawmaker also challenged the PNP to prove that they are capable of carrying out their mandate to protect the public from criminals.

He also pushed for stronger law on gun control to prevent mass shooting incidents similar to other countries.

Last year, Lacson had urged the PNP to implement stricter firearms control following the spate of killings of local officials, including Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Anthony Halili and Ako-Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe. – Robie de Guzman

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Albayalde: Cop in EDSA shooting formerly on Duterte’s narcolist

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Photo by PNP

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Oscar Albayalde confirmed that Police Master Sergeant Solomon Cugay was formerly included on President Rodrigo Duterte’s narcolist.

Cugay was the cop killed in a shooting incident at EDSA Connecticut on Tuesday (March 26).

Cugay had previous records of coddling and recycling illegal drugs, according to Albayalde, but the PNP Chief clarified that the former was able to clear his name and was absolved from the case some two years ago.

 “Accordingly, nasa PRRD list siya before. But according to Regional Director Gen. Eleazar pero ito ay na adjudicate na at na clear na sya. Basically, walang nakitang illegal activity niya, (Accordingly he was in PRRD’s list before. But according to Regional Director Gen. Eleazar, he was adjudicated and cleared. Basically, he has no illegal activity,)” Albayalde said.

The PNP Chief assured that the killing of Cugay is now being investigated to reveal the motive of the crime.

Albayalde noted, however, that the incident can be a case of ‘bounty hunting’ where cops kill suspected police scalawags to receive the reward money as many narco-cops in the past had been killed after leaving the gates of the Police Headquarters at Camp Crame.

“Ang motive ng pagbaril sa kanya ay wala pang maliwanag it’s still being investigated di natin alam kung ito ay drugs-related o hindi, (The motive of the shooting is still unclear. It’s still being investigated. We cannot tell yet if it’s drug related or not,)” the PNP Chief noted.

General Albayalde also ordered an investigation as to why a mobile patrol was nowhere near the site of the incident when the crime happened. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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