SC eyes releasing body cam guidelines by July

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 12, 2021   •   211

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court (SC) is eyeing to release the guidelines on the use of body cameras in police operations by July.

SC Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo said the high tribunal will tackle the matter starting June 15.

“The proposed rule is to be taken up as soon we resume session on June 15. And our colleagues have submitted their respective inputs. Hopefully and I’m optimistic that maybe after 2 or 3 deliberations we will come up with the final version,” he said.

“Our judges know the responsibility that they have to comply with what the Constitution and the Rules of Court should provide. So, we hope that with the issuance of these rules on body-worn cameras, these issues will be addressed specifically. It’s in the works. By July perhaps, we will have the final version and we’ll approve it for implementation immediately,” he added.

The proposed body-worn cameras was recommended after reports of corruption and abuse by authorities. Based on the record of the Philippine National Police (PNP), there are over 7,000 cases related to suspects getting killed during the government’s anti-drug campaign.

PNP Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has previously ordered the use of body-cameras during operations in the NCR. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

PNP warns anti-COVID vaxxers against holding mass protest amid Delta variant threat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has warned groups that do not believe in COVID-19 vaccination to drop their plan to hold a mass protest amid the threat of the Delta variant.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar has received reports from concerned citizens about the social media mobilization of some people who do not believe in COVID-19.

Reports said these people are planning to conduct a rally to protest the ongoing vaccination of the national government.

“While we respect the right of the people to freedom of expression and even the decision of some people to refuse vaccination, encouraging our kababayan to do something that would compromise public health is a different matter,” he said.

Eleazar said the right to hold protest ends “when the right of the most number of our kababayan to be safe from COVID-19 starts.”

He stressed that the plan to stage a mass protest by anti-vaccine people will endanger public health amid the threat of the Delta variant which triggered serious public health problems in India and some parts of the world. AAC

PNP to probe possible hoarding of oxygen tanks, other medical supplies amid threat of COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   August 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday said he has ordered an investigation into the possible hoarding of oxygen tanks and other medical supplies amid the continuing threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, Eleazar said he issued the order after Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama called on the police and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to look into the supposed hoarding of oxygen tanks.

“Makikipagugnayan at tulungan ang PNP sa DTI para silipin ang sinasabing hoarding ng oxygen tanks, lalo na sa Cebu City,” he said.

“I have directed the Cebu City Police and the Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to closely coordinate with the DTI office in the area and look into this report of hoarding,” he added.

Eleazar said the PNP would also check if there are incidents of hoarding of oxygen tanks and other medical supplies in the National Capital Region and other parts of the country.

“Pati rito sa Metro Manila ay aalamin din natin kung may mga ganitong insidente. Ngayon natin mas kailangan ng sapat na suplay ng oxygen tanks dahil sa tumataas na bilang ng COVID-19 cases dahil na rin sa mas nakahahawang Delta variant,” Eleazar said.

He also urged the public to avoid hoarding oxygen tanks and other medical supplies.

“Hindi biro ang sitwasyon natin ngayon. Mga buhay ang nakasalalay sa sapat na suplay ng oxygen tanks. Mas kailangan natin ngayon ang pagkakaisa para pagtulungang mapigilan ang pagdami pa ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa,” he said.

Mga mahuhuling lumabag sa curfew, bawal saktan o ipahiya – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Muling pinaalalahanan ng pamunuan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ang mga tauhan nito na hindi dapat saktan o ipahiya ang mga mahuhuling lumalabag sa curfew hours.

Ginawa ng PNP ang paalala ilang araw bago isailalim sa enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) ang Metro Manila upang mapigilan ang lubha pang pagdami ng mga kaso ng COVID-19.

Ang ECQ sa Metro Manila ay magsisimula sa Agosto 6 hanggang Agosto 20.

Sa panahong ito, tanging essential o mahahalagang biyahe at serbisyo lang ang papayagan. Pawang authorized persons outside of residence lang din ang maaaring makalusot sa border checkpoints.

Mas mahaba rin ang curfew sa ilalim ng ECQ dahil gagawin na itong alas-8 ng gabi hanggang alas-4 ng madaling araw mula sa dating alas-12 ng hatinggabi hanggang alas-4 ng madaling araw.

Ayon kay Lt. Gen. Israel Ephraim Dickson, ang commander ng Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield, dapat pagsasabihan lang sa unang paglabag ang mga mahuhuli ng mga otoridad.

“Sila po initially ay pagsasabihan at base sa instruction ni Chief PNP ay we will treat them humanely,“ ani Dickson.

“Kung pasaway pa rin sila ay dadalhin po sila sa mga dedicated areas na safe naman ang spaces na hindi nakakahawa or hindi rin sila mahahawa para maimbestigahan,” dagdag pa niya.

Samantala, nilinaw naman ni PNP Spokesperson BGen. Ronaldo Olay na nakabase sa umiiral na ordinansa ng mga lokal na pamahalaan ang magiging multa sa mga paulit-ulit nang lumalabag sa curfew hours.

“Respect human rights, be courteous… Huwag silang parusahan, ‘wag silang pahiyain. Kung meron silang minor infractions bagkus ay pwede silang bigyan ng warning sa mga first time violators,” ani Olay.

“Sa mga second tine violators ay bigyan sila ng fine o multa, at yung pangatlo ay pwede community service at depende yan sa umiiral na ordinansa sa mga jurisdiction,” dagdag pa niya.

Una nang humingi ng kooperasyon sa publiko si PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar sa pagpapatupad ng curfew hours sa Metro Manila dahil isa sa layunin nito na mapigilan ang mass gathering sa mga komunidad at mapigil ang lalo pang pagtaas ng mga kaso ng COVID-19.

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