PNP warns arrest vs. PUV drivers still operating during enhanced quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   March 17, 2020   •   437

Droves of taxi units line the length of EDSA after being arrested for violating the public transportation ban under the enhanced community quarantine.

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday warned that public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers who still continue to operate amid the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon will be arrested.

Highway Patrol Group (HPG) director Police Brigadier General Eliseo Cruz said that PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa has given the order for cops manning border checkpoints to apprehend those who will disobey the suspension order for mass public transport.

“Ipinag-utos natin sa lahat ng Regional Highway patrol group unit na ipatupad na ito, hulihin na lahat ang public utility vehicles yung bus, jeep sa kamaynilaan, yung taxi,” Cruz said.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night placed Luzon region under enhanced quarantine period in an effort to arrest the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Under the enhanced quarantine period, operations of mass public transportation, including buses, jeepneys, taxis, Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS), UV Express, Point-to-Point Buses, and motorcycle taxis are suspended.

The suspension is effective from March 17 to April 13, the Department of Transportation said.

During day one of the measure, 600 taxis plying the stretch of south and north bounds of EDSA Santolan were blocked by authorities.

“Makikita niyo puro taxi na ang nahuhuli natin dahil wala na talaga yung mga bus. Ipinatupad na ng kanilang company na hindi na sila bibiyahe, itong mga taxi ang mga dahilan ay hindi daw hindi alam,” Cruz said.

He said the license of the said taxi drivers were initially collected but were later released as they opted to just take a photo of their license cards, and get the taxi operators’ contact details to warn them against continuing operation.

“The HPG will submit a report to LTFRB o LTO for their appropriate action. Sa ngayon ire-release natin sila pero tuloy-tuloy ang panghuhuli namin sa mga susunod na araw,” he said.

Authorities earlier said that arrests will only be made during the enhanced quarantine period if people show blatant disrespect or disobedience to authorities.

Under this enhanced community quarantine period, strict home quarantine is also imposed and heightened forces deployed to control points will be implemented. – RRD (with details from 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.

Operasyon ng PNP COVID-19 testing facility, simula na ngayong linggo

Robie de Guzman   •   May 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Magsisimula na ngayong linggo ang operasyon ng sariling testing facility para sa novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ng Philippine National Police (PNP).

Ayon kay PNP Spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac, binigyan na ito ng license to operate ng Department of Health (DOH) noon pang May 22.

Una nang sinabi ng PNP na ang Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) facility nito ay sinertipikahan ng Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) ng DOH bilang isang independent testing center.

Pansamantala itong ipu-puwesto sa PNP Crime Laboratory sa Camp Crame habang hindi pa tapos ang 84-square meter na pasilidad sa likod ng PNP Health Service.

Ayon kay Banac, prayoridad sa testing ang pulis na dumu-duty sa quarantine checkpoints at nagpapatupad ng seguridad sa Metro Manila.

Sa huling tala ng PNP Health Service, umabot na sa 263 ang bilang ng mga pulis na nag-positibo sa coronavirus disease.

Nasa 777 probable at 575 suspect cases naman ang binabantayan sa ngayon. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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