QCPD Station 3 commander relieved over SONA deployment of COVID-positive cops

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2021   •   288

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police Chief General Guillermo Eleazar relieved  Lt. Col. Christine Tabdi from his post as Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 3 commander.

This, after the controversial deployment of police personnel to the sixth state of the nation address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte pending the results of their RT-PCR tests which later yielded COVID-positive results.

“Inutos ko na ang administrative relief ng station commander ng QCPD station o Talipapa Police Station dahil sa command responsibility,” Eleazar said.

“Iniimbestigahan na natin ang maaaring paglabag sa ipinatutupad naming protocol sa mga PNP personnel habang naghihintay ng resulta ng RT/PCR test,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mayor Joy Belmonte said all cops responsible for the said deployment of infected police will face charges for violating the standard health protocols.

“That is punishable under RA 11332, and however the city government we do not have the disciplinary jurisdiction over the Quezon City Police District, that’s why I believe the Chief PNP Guillermo Eleazar should address being their superior.”

Tabdi earlier explained that none of those cops who tested positive had no contact with other individuals since they were assigned in route security.

However, QCPD Director PBgen. Antonio Yarra confirmed that apart from route security, the said cops were also deployed to the UP Techno Hub on Monday as among the Civil Disturbance Management Team.

“Iyong meron lang engagement doon yung assigned in front of the Techno Hub. Iyong ating mga civil disturbance management personnel na assign dyan, gaya ng sinabi ko 41 of the Station 3,” Yarra said.

Meanwhile, Belmonte explained why the results of the tests were delayed for days.

“The molecular laboratory of the Quezon City can only handle a thousand sample a day so yung mabilis overnight nagagawa namin yan pero since we get four thousand a day already, the rest we have to submit to the Philippine Red Cross and that takes a while,” she said.

Currently, the PNP is focused on the contact tracing and swab testing of those who had close contact with the 51 COVID-positive cops. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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 urges support for next PNP chief Dionardo Carlos

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday urged the police force to rally behind the leadership of his successor, Police Lieutenant General Dionardo Carlos.

Carlos was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to replace Eleazar, who is set to retire on Friday, November 13 as he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.

“The President has decided, now is the perfect time for the PNP to express our unity and solidarity behind the chain of command as we welcome a new leader who will ensure continuity of command in our organization,” Eleazar said in a statement.

Eleazar said Carlos needs all the support to face the challenges and accomplish the mission to eradicate criminality and illegal drugs in the country.

“The mission ahead is as huge as the responsibility that rests on the shoulders of General Carlos. I wish him all the best in the new post even as I offer myself in my humble capacity as a retired PNP Chief in whatever assistance I can provide,” he said.

Carlos is a member of Philippine Military Academy Maringal Class of 1988.

Prior to his appointment as the country’s top cop, he served as PNP spokesperson and chief of the Aviation Security Group. He also headed the PNP Directorial Staff.

He will serve as PNP chief until his retirement on May 8, 2022.

 

Duterte yet to decide on next PNP chief – Año

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to pick the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who will replace outgoing Police General Guillermo Eleazar, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said.

Año said Duterte is having difficulty in deciding on whom to pick among the list as this would be his last appointment before his term ends in 2022.

“Una, ‘yung lahat ng mga kandidato, kilala niya, nagsilbi rin sa kanya. Pangalawa, ito kasi ‘yung pinakahuli na ia-appoint niya bago ‘yung susunod na election kaya kailangan pag-aralan niyang mabuti,” he said.

Año earlier said he submitted five names for Duterte’s selection but did not disclose its content.

The next top cop will succeed Eleazar who is set to retire from service on Nov. 13.

Eleazar, for his part, believes that whomever Duterte will appoint as the country’s next top cop will be “competent enough” to lead the police force.

“Ako’y naniniwala na itong shortlist na isinubmit sa ating pangulo kahit sino ang mapili sa kanila ay competent enough na slang susuportahan ng lahat miyembro ng PNP at hopely ng ating publiko din,” he said.

“Aking ginagawa ang maayos na transition para sa pagsasalin ng pamumuno ng PNP sa kung sino man ang hihirangin ng ating pangulo,” he added.

Eleazar declined to divulge his plans after his stint in the PNP but stressed that his retirement from service will allow him to spend more time with his family.

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