27,000 police to be deployed in coming SEA Games

Maris Federez   •   November 14, 2019   •   336

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has laid the security measures it will implement in the coming Southeast Asian Games.

PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said 27,000 police personnel will be deployed in ensuring peace and order in the event, to be assigned in the game venues, in convoys, and in hotels where delegates and heads of states will be billeted.

“Ang mabibigay nating assurance sa ating mga kababayan ang lahat ng mga delegado, atleta lalo na ang mga dayuhan ay may kaukulang security coverage at tinitiyak natin ang seguridad para sa lahat,” Banac said.

Of the 27,000 police officers, 18,000 will be coming from Metro Manila, while the rest will be coming from Central Luzon (Region3), Ilocos Region (Region 1), and in Calabarzon (Region 4-A).

They will be composed of personnel from the Quick Reaction Team and the Explosive and Ordnance Division.

K9 sniffing dogs will also be deployed in the venues.

The Police Security and Protection Group will be assigned to the security of the VIPs and delegates, while the PNP-Highway Patrol group will take care of the convoy and route security.

“Kabibilangan din ito ng presidential security group dahil may mga head of states na darating at dadalo sa opening,” Banac said.

Banac also assured that police visibility in other parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces will not be affected in assigning some of their personnel in the SEA Games.

“Sa ngayon ay wala tayong natatanggap na ano mang banta sa ating seguridad ngunit nananatili tayong nakaalerto at mapagmatyag sa ano mang magiging kaganapan at tinitiyak natin sa ating mga kababayan na handa ang pnp na tumugon kung ano man ang pangangailangan o emergency sa panahong ito,” he added.

Pre events for the SEA Games will start on November 23, with the formal opening to happen on November 30 in Bulacan. The Southeast Asian event will end on December 11. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

Confirmed COVID-19 cases among PNP reaches 22

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2020

There are now 22 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said additional three police officers assigned in Metro Manila were added to the list.

Out of the total number, two have died while two others have recovered from the virus.

There are 299 PNP members who are considered persons under investigation (PUI) while 1,374 are under monitoring.

Meanwhile, PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa will again undergo self-quarantine for 14 days after being exposed to three individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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)

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