PNP welcomes NBI findings on QC ‘misencounter’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 7, 2021   •   283

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it welcomes the findings of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) regarding the so-called “misencounter” between the national police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The PNP assured that all its personnel involved are fully accounted for and would be made available should the Department of Justice require their participation in the conduct of its own review with regard to the findings submitted by the NBI.

On Monday (September 7), the NBI has recommended filing charges against 12 Quezon City policemen for their involvement in the “misencounter” during an illegal drugs operation last February 24 in Quezon City.

The national police, in a statement, also said that the incident has paved the way in clearing the gray areas in the coordination protocol and in outlining improvements and institutionalization of measures to prevent the repeat of the incident.

The Memorandum Circular, entitled Unified Coordination Guidelines in the Conduct of Anti-Illegal Drugs Operation was signed by the PNP chief and the PDEA Director General last July.

“The Philippine National Police commits to honoring and institutionalizing the PDEA-PNP Memorandum Circular as both law enforcement agencies aspire to put an end to the illegal drugs menace in the country,” the statement read. AAC

PNP seizes P3.4 million worth of shabu in Caloocan City

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2021

Some P3.4 million worth of suspected shabu were confiscated by police authorities in an operation in Caloocan City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the illegal drugs were confiscated during an operation jointly conducted by the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Oct. 23 in Barangay 84.

A drug suspect, identified as Arturo dela Cruz Jr., aged 38 and works as a delivery rider, was arrested during the operation.

The PNP said police authorities were able to confiscate 500 grams of suspected shabu from the suspect, as well as a P1,000 bill used as buy-bust money and some boodle money.

“I commend the joint operatives of the PNP and PDEA for this successful operation. Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na imbestigahan pa ang insidente upang malaman ang operasyon ng suspek. Bilang isang delivery rider, marahil nagagamit ang kanyang trabaho sa pagdadala ng droga,” Eleazar said.

“Aalamin din natin kung sino ang supplier o grupong kinabibilangan ng suspek at saan dadalhin itong malaking halaga ng shabu. Posibleng isa siya sa pinagmumulan ng supply ng droga sa Kamaynilaan,” he added.

The suspect is currently under PDEA III custody while the complaint of violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against him is being readied.

Following Dela Cruz’s arrest, the PNP Chief reminded delivery and courier service firms to carefully scrutinize persons they employ as delivery riders.

“Paalala rin ng PNP sa kanila na maging alerto sa mga maaaring gumamit sa kanilang serbisyo para magpa-deliver ng kontrabando, kasama na dito ang iligal na droga,” he said.

“Agad nilang ipagbigay-alam sa mga awtoridad sakaling may matunugan silang ganitong modus upang agad naming maaksyunan,” he added.

PNP to deploy more cops at Manila dolomite beach

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2021

 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it will deploy more personnel at the dolomite beach in Manila after thousands of people flocked to the area over the weekend.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has tasked the Manila Police District (MPD) to closely coordinate with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), dolomite beach administrators, and the local government unit on the possibility of establishing restrictions on the number of visitors and their length of stay.

He also directed the MPD to make sure that no super spreader event will occur in the area.

“Inatasan ko na ang Director, MPD na magdagdag ng pulis sa dolomite area ng Manila Bay upang tiyakin na nasusunod ang minimum public health safety protocols. Kasama sa aking utos ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa lokal na pamahalaan upang magkaroon ng maayos na sistema, lalo na sa pagdadala ng mga bata na nakita natin sa video at sa mga litrato na kumalat sa social media,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Nauunawaan natin ang kasabikan ng ilan nating mga kababayan na lumabas dahil sa mahabang lockdown subalit hindi dahilan ito upang ipagsawalang-bahala ang kaligtasan ng bawat isa, lalo na ang mga batang isinama nila gayong malinaw sa patakaran na hindi pa puwede silang lumabas under the COVID Alert Level 3 status,” he added.

Last Sunday, the PNP said authorities temporarily stopped the entry of visitors when the crowd reached 4,000.

Video taken via UNTV drone also showed clusters of people visiting the dolomite beach, with some even violating the protocol on social distancing and wearing of face masks.

Eleazar reminded the public to strictly adhere to the health protocols against COVID-19 when visiting public areas to prevent the further spread of the disease.

The DENR earlier said it is eyeing the possibility of limiting to only 15 minutes the length of stay and the number of visitors to the area.

PNP chief Eleazar orders probe into Maguindanao blast

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2021

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Monday said he has directed the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to conduct a deeper probe into a grenade blast that occurred in Maguindanao last Saturday, Oct. 23.

In a statement, Eleazar said police investigators should look into the possible motive and perpetrators of the incident, which is said to be targeting Maguindanao Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu.

“Our police investigators should not leave any stone unturned in determining the motive and identifying the perpetrator of the grenade blast. Lahat ng anggulo ay ating titingnan sa insidenteng ito,” he said.

The PNP said the blast transpired just as a convoy of some 20 to 30 vehicles of Mangudadatu and his group were passing near a Philippine Army detachment in Guindulungan, Maguindanao.

Initial information stated that a hand grenade was thrown towards the direction of the military detachment, which then exploded.

“Isa lang sa maraming posibleng motibo sa insidente ang sinasabing pagtarget kay Maguindanao Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu ng pagpapasabog. Maaari rin kasing nagkataon lang na dumaan ang convoy ni Rep. Mangudadatu nang naganap ang insidente,” Eleazar said.

“Pero agad makikipag-ugnayan ang ating mga imbestigador sa kongresista pati na rin sa mga sundalong nakatalaga sa Army detachment para kumuha pa ng ibang detalye,” he added.

Mangudadatu is eyeing the gubernatorial post of the province in the 2022 national and local elections.

Meanwhile, Eleazar ordered all police units and offices in the region to remain vigilant and to work with the military to prevent any attacks from lawless elements, especially during this election season.

 

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