10 armed men arrested for attempting to enter Camp Aguinaldo

admin   •   October 2, 2017   •   4929

The 10 members of Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty

MANILA, Philippines — Ten men who attempted to enter Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City Monday morning, failed to even pass through the gates of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (PNP) national general headquarters.

According to them, they wanted to meet Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to seek accreditation as intel and anti-crime agents.

“Upon verification, they have no prior appointment,” said AFP-PAO chief Col. Edgard Arevalo.

Arevalo said, the men were all wearing black shirts with a printed logo.

“They belong to a group called Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty,” said the AFP spokesperson.

Col. Arevalo added that they were carrying five firearms and ammunition.

“They were asked if they were carrying firearms. Then outright they [the men] said they were. When they were requested to present their authority to present firearms or exemption from Comelec gun ban, they were not able to show any,” said Arevalo.

The 10 armed men, most of whom are from Coronadal, South Cotabato, were arrested and turned over to the Quezon City Police District station to be filed with the necessary charges. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

Barangay tanods not allowed to carry firearms during duty — DILG

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2021

MANLA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday (August 12) stressed that barangay tanods are not allowed under the law to carry firearms in the performance of their official duties.

The announcement came after an incident involving a barangay tanod who fatally shot a person in Tondo, Manila.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año explained in a press release that Republic Act (RA) No. 10591 or The Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act of 2012 revokes the authority of the so-called “police auxiliary units” (PAU), including barangay tanods to carry firearms.

“While we acknowledge that barangay tanods play a complementary role to local authorities in the maintenance of the peace of order in their respective communities, we firmly reiterate that they are not authorized to carry any firearm in the performance of their duties even if they own these firearms,” said Año, adding that only a government official or employee with a permanent plantilla position can be issued with a registered firearm.

Año warned of filing charges for violations as he ordered all local chief executives to direct all barangay tanods within their respective jurisdictions not to carry any firearm while in the performance of their duties and functions.

Under DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2003-42, barangay tanods are only allowed to use the following while on duty:

  • Nightstick with teargas with belt and holster
  • Handcuffs with holster
  • Whistle
  • Flashlight
  • Raincoat
  • Rain boots
  • Small notebooks
  • Ballpens
  • First-aid kits

In the event of any life-threatening situations, Año said barangay tanods can always seek the help of local police or other barangay tanods.

“Hindi sana humantong sa pamamaril at pagkamatay ng curfew violator kung hindi armado ang tanod at kung kumilos siya nang naaayon lamang sa katungkulan niya,” he said.

On Saturday (August 7), barangay tanod Cesar Panlaqui of Barangay 156 in Tondo, allegedly gunned down 59-year old Eduardo Geñoga along Tayuman Street for being loud during curfew hours.

Reports said Geñoga was suffering from a mental illness.

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

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2021

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)

Deployment of SONA cops pending COVID-19 test result a breach of protocol – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The deployment of cops still awaiting results of their COVID-19 test during President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) was a breach of protocol, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday.

“We will say that there was this breach because we have guidelines for that at alam po natin that they should not have been deployed kung hindi pa po natin alam ang resulta,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a virtual press briefing.

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Wednesday reported that 82 of its personnel have contracted COVID-19, 51 of whom were part of the security contingent deployed during the SONA on July 26.

Vergeire stressed that if testing was done for screening purposes, they should have been quarantined first before their deployment.

The DOH is also not dismissing the possibility that the cops who caught COVID-19 could be super spreaders.

Vergeire called on those who may have had contact with the cops, particularly the protesters last Monday, to get in tough with local authorities.

The DOH is also closely monitoring with the Quezon City government for the conduct of active contact tracing.

“Hindi po natin dapat pinagpapabukas ang contact tracing dahil isang araw lang po na hindi natin mahanap iyong taong nakasalamuha o nakapag-interact sa isang positibong kaso, maaari na po nating maikalat ang impeksyon,” Vergeire said.

PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday morning announced he has ordered the relief of QCPD Station 3 commander, Police Lt. Col. Christine Tabdi over the incident. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

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