Probe sought on alleged money-making schemes of erring cops delaying release of detainees

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 6, 2021   •   143

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief has ordered an investigation into the alleged money-making schemes of some policemen involving the release order of detainees.

PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar, in a statement on Monday (September 6), said he received complaints of several policemen deliberately delaying the release of detainees, despite a release order from the courts after posting bail.

Eleazar added that the delay is purportedly a ploy to make money from the detainees.

Nakarating sa akin ang mga reklamo ng ating mga kababayan tungkol sa diumano’y ilegal na aktibidad ng ilang tiwaling mga pulis kung saan sinasadyang patagalin ang pag-release ng mga detainees kahit may court order na upang pagkakitaan sa pamamagitan ng sinisingil na ‘board and lodging fee’, ‘protection fee’ at may ‘visitation fee’ pa, (We received complaints from our fellowmen about alleged illegal activities of several erring policemen wherein they would deliberately delay the release of detainees despite the release order from the court so that they can make money by charging fees for ‘board and lodging’, ‘protection’, and even ‘visitation’),” he said.

The PNP chief said the erring policemen would allegedly reason out that they could not yet release the detainees despite the court order as they still have to check if the subject detainees are facing other cases or wanted for other criminal activities.

Eleazar on the other hand reiterated that the said background check on detainees must be done “right after the arrest.”

He also ordered the immediate release of the detainees in adherence to due process.

“I am also ordering all chiefs of police and other unit commanders to immediately release detainees under their custody if a court order is already issued and if the subject detainees have already complied with all the requirements for their release, except if they have other pending cases and if there are other legal grounds to continue their detention,” he said.

Ombudsman junks CIDG petition vs Abayalde anew

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has rejected anew the motion filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) seeking the reversal of the decision to acquit former PNP chief Police General Oscar Abayalde of graft charges filed against him.

In its resolution, the Ombudsman said the CIDG’s motion still lack sufficient evidence that will pin down Abayalde to the case.

The resolution added that the CIDG did not submit new arguments that will prove the involvement of the retired general in the case.

The CIDG filed graft charges against Abayalde for his alleged involvement in the anomalous drug operation of police authorities in Pampanga in 2013. —/mbmf

Eleazar to join Lacson-Sotto senatorial slate

Maris Federez   •   November 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Former Philippine National Police chief Guillermo Eleazar is setting his eyes on a seat in the Senate under Partido Reporma.

Partido Reporma’s presidential bet, Senator Panfilo Lacson, confirmed this development through a text message to reporters Saturday morning.

Eleazar will replace Paolo Capino who withdrew his candidacy. Capino, a person with disability, would have been the representative of the differently-abled sector in the Senate.

“Yes, I confirm that he will run under Partido Reporma to substitute for Paolo Capino who has announced his intention to withdraw from the senatorial race yesterday,” Lacson said.

Eleazar officially retired from the police force Saturday (November 13) upon reaching the mandatory age of retirement of 56, serving as police chief for only six months. —/mbmf

Eleazar orders nighttime patrols for holiday carolers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday directed police personnel to begin nighttime patrols after the government approved the conduct of street caroling this holiday season.

In a statement, Eleazar said the patrols should be conducted to ensure the security and safety of carolers.

“Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na mag-umpisang magsagawa ng mga patrolya tuwing gabi para sa seguridad ng mga nangangaroling at para na rin siguraduhing sumusunod sila sa health protocols,” he said.

Eleazar also urged the public to continue observing health protocols and to not be complacent amid declining COVID-19 cases in the country.

“Kahit pa bumababa ang kaso ng COVID-19, hindi ito dahilan upang maging kampante at magpabaya sa pagsunod sa minimum public health standards,” he said.

The Department of Health earlier said that carolers must wear face mask and face shield as individuals expel more respiratory particles when singing, posing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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