Random check on cargoes to continue at quarantine control points – PNP
Robie de Guzman • March 23, 2020 • 1345
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday, March 23 said it has made adjustments at checkpoints for the special lane allocated for goods, agricultural products, and cargoes.
In an interview with UNTV’s Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa said cargoes will still undergo random checking at quarantine control points to ensure that procedures and policies on community quarantine are observed.
“We will not even be looking for any document except na kapag cargo siya, talagang unhampered. However from time to time pwede ring mag-inspect ang PNP because, you know, other people might take advance sa ganitong sitwasyon,” Gamboa said.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) earlier ordered for an unhampered movement of all food and non-food cargoes at quarantine checkpoints despite the implementation of enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.
The order was issued following reports that some trucks had difficulty delivering agricultural products and other services to Metro Manila and other areas due to traffic congestion at police checkpoints.
Gamboa also reminded that cargo trucks should only carry maximum of three individuals, including the driver, to follow rules on social distancing,
“Meron din tayong obligasyon to check on the conditions of the people inside the cargo trucks. Social distancing at wala silang symptoms. Dapat yung kanilang temperature is within the allowable limit provided by the Department of Health,” he added.
The PNP chief also said that checkpoints set up by local government units outside Metro Manila should be coordinated with the local police units and that the collection of fees is not allowed, as ordered earlier by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“Very clear yung guidance ni Secretary Año, the SILG, na ‘pag merong mga ganung checkpoint, nobody is authorized to collect fees for the purpose kasi meron ngang iba nag-iisyu pa ng resibo eh,” he said.
The implementation of stringent measures at police checkpoints is in line with the government’s enhanced community quarantine to stop the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
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
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.
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.
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