Police nab 1 of 13 Caloocan jail escapees

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2020   •   182

Police authorities caught one of the 13 detainees that escaped from Caloocan Custodial Facility Unit Extension on Thursday (October 22).

The detainee, identified as Aries Dunacao, was caught in his home Thursday morning.

Caloocan Chief of Police PCol. Dario Menor said they still continue their manhunt operation for the other 12 whose crimes involve illegal drugs, illegal possession of firearms, and robbery.

Menor said the 13 detainees were under quarantine for 51 days and were supposed to get transferred to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Facility which might have pushed them to escape.

Alam kasi nila na ililipat sila sa BJMP, kasi natapos na po sila ng quarantine ng 51 days, mayroon kasi kami na ginawa na rapid test noon (They know they will be transferred to the BJMP because their 51-day quarantine has been finished. We conducted a rapid test there),” he said.

Based on the rapid test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), two of the 13 escaped detainees are positive for COVID-19, however they tested negative on the confirmatory or swab test.

Meanwhile, two police officers assigned to the Caloocan custodial facility were removed from their posts.

“They will be facing an investigation. In fact, we are now conducting the investigation,” according to Menor. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Sinas extends working days for PNP frontline services

Robie de Guzman   •   November 25, 2020

Philippine National Police chief General Debold Sinas

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas on Wednesday said he has directed the Civil Security Group (CSG) to extend the working days of its personnel involved in frontline services to accommodate more clients.

Sinas said he has issued instructions to CSG director Police Brigadier General Rolando Hinanay to operate the One-Stop-Shop beyond the regular working days to decrease the number of applicants for License to Exercise Security Profession (LESP) for private security, and the License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) during weekdays.

This means that the CSG will accommodate LESP and LTOPF applicants even on weekends and holidays starting Nov. 28 to Dec. 13. During Saturdays, the One-Stop-Shop services will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays or Holidays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The scheduling scheme for clients will be based on an online queuing system to control and streamline the number of visitors in Camp Crame.

“We see to it that we control the customer flow in the National Headquarters to contain the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of everyone. On a daily average, the CSG-OSS has 700 to 800 clients,” Sinas said.

The PNP chief also ordered the CSG to open a One-Stop-Shop annex at the Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence Office for the processing of DI clearances needed in applying for LESP, neuro-psycho test and drug test for LTOPF applicants.

He is likewise eyeing to open a CSG Extension Offices in Eastern Police District, Northern Police District, and Southern Police District.

“Aside from this development for CSG services, we are working on the possible opening of LTOFP booths in shopping malls in Metro Manila, and printing hubs of LESP and LTOFP cards to be placed in all Police Regional Offices nationwide,” Sinas said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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AFP, PNP shift to relief and rehabilitation ops in typhoon-hit areas

Robie de Guzman   •   November 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The military and police on Tuesday announced they have shifted their priority to massive relief distribution and rehabilitation efforts after days of intense search and rescue operations in areas that were severely affected by recent typhoons that barreled through the country.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson MGen. Edgard Arevalo said all available assets have been mobilized for the transport of relief goods.

Heavy engineering equipment and construction materials for families whose houses were destroyed by the storms were also transported.

“The AFP has shifted to massive relief distribution & rehabilitation operations. AFP Chief of Staff Gen Gilbert Gapay mobilized all sea, air, & land assets,”  Arevalo said.

Earlier in the day, the AFP sent off BRP Tarlac for humanitarian assistance and disaster response mission to Catanduanes in the Bicol region which was pummeled by Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses in the previous weeks.

The Philippine National Police (PNP), for its part, said its relief efforts are ongoing for families affected by massive flooding in Cagayan Province.

PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas said they have also mobilized their personnel and several police trucks to send relief items.

“Meron na kaming pinadala doon at least 5-man trucks. Nagpadala po ng 2,500 relief packages doon po sa Cagayan Province,” Sinas said.

The PNP chief also said they have allocated assistance for policemen whose homes were damaged by recent storms. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Sinas eyes removing implementation of alternate work schedule in PNP

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 16, 2020

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Debold Sinas is eyeing to revert back the work schedule of PNP personnel.

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, work schedule of PNP personnel in Camp Crame changed to seven-day straight duty and rest day. However, Sinas said work schedule will go back to normal to increase productivity.

“New normal for the PNP should be doing your usual/daily activities in the furtherance of your accomplishment, your missions, your task with the strict observance of the different DOH protocol,” he said.

The PNP Chief also announced that PNP offices will not implement a lockdown in case one of the personnel tested positive for COVID-19.

Sinas said an internal strategy is needed to still maintain health safety protocols while increasing productivity in PNP.

Tuloy po ang serbisyo. Hindi na tayo pwedeng i-lockdown iyan ng 5 days, 14 days pano naman iyong serbisyo publiko po (Our service continues. We cannot implement lockdown for 5 days or 14 days, how about public service)?” he said.

He also calls on the cooperation of every PNP personnel to continue practicing health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of the virus while performing their duties. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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