PNP to run after political aspirants with links to crime groups

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2021   •   207

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday vowed to run after political aspirants who are involved in illegal activities.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar issued the statement following the arrest of a mayoral candidate in a Maguindanao town for drug-related charges.

“I am reiterating my warning against political aspirants with connections to criminal groups, you will be arrested. The PNP will stop you from using your guns and goons to try to steal the elections from our kababayan,” Eleazar said in a statement.

Operatives from the police, the military and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency nabbed 52-year-old Tom Nandang, also known as Datukon Nandang, who is running for mayor of Northern Kabuntalan town in Maguindanao.

Authorities were able to recover around P5 million worth of suspected shabu from the suspect and a cal. 45 pistol.

The suspect is under the custody of PDEA while drug-related charges are being readied against him.

Eleazar said that Nandang’s arrest is proof of the PNP’s commitment to run after lawless elements, including persons aspiring for elective posts, who will act as peace spoilers during the election period.

“I commend our operatives who carried out this operation for heeding to my call to monitor the illegal drugs activities of some erring candidates in order to ensure that drug money will not be used to fund their bid for the 2022 local and national elections,” he said.

Eleazar tasked the local police to conduct further probe on Nandang’s illegal activities to identify his possible cohorts and establish the scope of his drug operations.

He also assured the public that the PNP will go after so-called narco-politicians who may use their connections to win their desired posts in the upcoming elections.

“Hindi titigil ang inyong PNP sa pagtugis sa mga narco-politicians at iba pang mga pulitiko na may kinalaman sa mga criminal groups. We will not allow them to use their illegal connections to undermine our democratic process,” he said.

1-year old child hit by stray bullet in Negros

Robie de Guzman   •   December 9, 2021

A one-year old baby girl died after she was hit by a stray bullet while playing inside their house in Negros Occidental, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

In a statement, the PNP said the victim was inside their house with her grandparents and other kin when she was hit by a stray bullet in the afternoon of December 5.

Police report stated that the baby’s family said they heard two gunshots followed by a loud sound from the galvanized iron corrugated wall. The next thing they saw, the baby was already lying on the floor with her head bleeding.

The baby was rushed to the hospital in Manapla town and transferred to another medical facility in Bacolod City. The victim died past 11 p.m. on December 6, 2021.

The PNP said Nomar Ayan Bero, 46, turned himself in to the authorities on December 7 after confessing that he was the one who fired the caliber .38 revolver in the area.

Bero is now under police custodial investigation following his surrender to authorities, it added.

“As we dig deeper into this, we would like to check on the documents of the suspects for carrying such firearm. Our investigators are already preparing all material and testimonial evidence to support the case,” PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos said.

“Bero will be charged accordingly, based on the appreciation of the prosecutor of the evidence presented by police investigators,” he added.

Carlos also directed Western Visayas PNP Regional Director, PBGEN Flynn Dongbo, to “closely monitor the progress of investigation to establish an airtight case leading to a successful prosecution.”

PNP personnel may work near home this holiday season – Carlos

Robie de Guzman   •   December 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel will be allowed to work near their homes this holiday season, police chief General Dionardo Carlos said.

In a statement, Carlos said he is giving police personnel the opportunity to be deployed near their residences to spend more time with the family.

“I am asking the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management to find a way for commissioned and non-commissioned officers to perform their duties away from their original assignments if needed,” Carlos said.

Under the scheme, police officers will be deployed to police stations which are nearest to their homes.

They can also serve as an augmentation force if there will be emergencies that will require their assistance.

The PNP chief noted that this work arrangement is not new since it was first implemented during the time of former PNP chief and now Senator Ronald Dela Rosa. The policy aims to boost the morale of police officers and put an end to the scene where children wait for their parents to come home during the holiday revelry.

“The policy of cancelled holiday vacation for police personnel will be sustained but at least they will have the opportunity to still spend Christmas with their families,” Carlos said.

PNP backs DOH’s recommendation to keep PH under COVID-19 Alert Level 2

Robie de Guzman   •   December 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has expressed support to the recommendation of the Department of Health (DOH) to keep the country under Alert Level 2 amid the declining cases of coronavirus infection.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos said the existing alert status in the country should not be downgraded yet due to the looming threat of the newly discovered Omicron COVID-19 variant.

“The time isn’t ripe yet since it’s the holiday season and we have observed more people becoming complacent to go outdoors, disregarding health protocol, and unmindful of the risks,” he said.

He also believes that a shift to a more relaxed quarantine level will affect the compliance of the public to minimum health standards.

Carlos, however, said that the PNP will abide by decision that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on the implementation of COVID-19 alert levels system.

“The local government units are vested the authority to issue Executive Orders that police personnel are duty bound to enforce,” he said.

Metro Manila is under Alert Level 2 until December 15. Other areas in the country have also been placed under the same level.

The DOH earlier said that the IATF is still discussing whether or not to lower the alert level in the capital region.

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