1 dead, at least 3 others wounded in Bukidnon ambush

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 29, 2020   •   503

A policeman was killed, while at least three others were wounded in an ambush in Talakag, Bukidnon on Monday morning (January 29).

Armed men ambushed the convoy of deputy director of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operation in Eastern Mindanao Brig. Gen. Joselito Salido in Barangay Tikalaan and Dominorog in Talakag, Bukidnon.

Authorities identified the slain policeman as Corporal Ro Sumaylo.

According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, Salido and his men were on their way back to camp when they were ambushed by suspected NPA rebels.

“Kasalukuyan ay nagsasagawa sila ng manhunt at hot pursuit operation laban doon sa mga suspects na nagsagawa ng mga pananambang kaninang umaga, (They are currently conducting manhunt and hot pursuit operation against the suspects who conducted the ambush early this morning),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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PNP to implement 50-50 work scheme due to COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will implement a 50-50 work scheme among personnel who are based at the national headquarters in Camp Crame.

This is due to the rising number of PNP personnel who have become patients under investigation (PUI) and persons under monitoring (PUM) of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.

The 50-50 work scheme would use 50 percent or the first batch of personnel to go on duty at the administrative office until April 19 while the second batch will go on duty from April 20 to May 3.

According to a memorandum issued on April 4, the heads of offices/units with essential functions shall determine the work scheme applicable to the personnel, as long as they should observe a 14-day self-quarantine/isolation as part of the PNP’s health protocol.

“Maaaring magpatupad sila ng kani-kanilang scheduling para hindi naman maapektuhan ang ating normal functions,” said PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac.

Meanwhile, police personnel who are aged 45 years old and above will have to be pulled out from the checkpoint areas.

“Mas vulnerable sila sa COVID-19 (They are more vulnerable to COVID-19),” Banac said.

The PNP will also launch Admin Support to COVID-19 Task Force (ASCoTF) to ensure an organized and speedy logistics, response, and development of frontliners.

The PNP has already recorded 19 police personnel that tested positive for COVID-19 with two deaths.

The total number of persons under monitoring (PUMs) in the PNP has already reached more than 1,300. — AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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PNP-ACG nabs fake doctor for selling overpriced, unregistered medical equipment

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) has arrested a fake doctor and her live-in partner for selling overpriced and unregistered medical equipment.

In a statement, the Regional ACG 4A arrested Tristan Joy Banaag Calip on Sunday (April 5) and her partner Jefferson Abundo Castillo for selling 20 boxes of China-made infrared thermometers for P4,500 a piece and 21 boxes of surgical masks for P1,500 per box.

The said medical equipment were found to be unregistered due to the lack of Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers.

“Aside from profiteering off heightened demand for medical equipment, Calip was found to be falsely representing herself as a medical doctor,” the PNP statement said.

The two will face charges for violation of The Price Act, The Consumer Act and Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. — AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

DICT, PNP to launch ‘Kontra Peke’ to combat fake news on COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are set to create Task Force COVID Kontra Peke” to prevent the spread of fake news on coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Task Force COVID Kontra Peke is a group tasked with preventing and reporting fake news.

According to DICT Assistant Secretary for Digital Philippines, Emmanuel Rey R. Caintic, the department is willing to lend their expertise to the PNP.

“We cannot take fake news lightly, as it threatens peace and order as well as safety of our society, especially during this time of national emergency,” he said.

The DICT’s Cybersecurity Bureau (CSB) through the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-PH) is charged with technical assistance on information sharing and analysis for the PNP and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

PNP Deputy Chief Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar previously lamented the spread of fake news amid the COVID-19 threat in the country. He called on the public to refrain from proliferating misinformation and fake news on social media and other online platforms. AAC

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