3 police applicants disqualified, 54 others under probe for submitting fake COVID-19 test results

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021   •   183

MANILA, Philippines — Three police applicants have been disqualified while 54 others are facing investigation for allegedly submitting fake RT-PCR rest results in the ongoing recruitment in the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR), Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar said.

Eleazar said the applicants who were disqualified for dishonesty will also face criminal charges.

“I have already issued an order to delist the names of all the applicants who deliberately submitted fake RT-PCR tests in PRO-BAR. This order extends to other PROs and PNP units to do the same,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“We will not give a second chance for this year’s recruitment to those who would dare bastardize our recruitment process,” he added.

The PNP chief said the incident came into light when a team from the PNP Recruitment and Selection Service Unit went to the PRO-BAR to oversee the ongoing recruitment system amid previous reports of irregularities in the police recruitment in the area.

The PNP said that some of these applicants admitted they did not undergo swab test but still submitted the fake document. They said they paid P500 for the fake RT-PCR result.

On the other hand, some of the applicants were subjected to swab test but unaware that the RT-PCR results they submitted are fake.

Applicants who were not aware that their test results were fake were advised to undergo another swab test and submit it as soon as possible.

The PNP-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) has been tasked to conduct operation against those who are involved in producing and selling of fake RT-PCR in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

“We are now conducting investigation to identify all those involved in this, including the personnel of the medical facility which issued the fake RT-PCR results and the signatories in the falsified document, and my instruction is to charge and arrest them all para hindi na makapang-loko pa,” Eleazar said.

The PNP chief earlier pushed for a new recruitment system to eliminate the “padrino system” in the organization and to ensure that only the best and most qualified applicants will be accepted.

More than 17,000 policemen will be recruited this year.

PNP nabs alleged big-time gun runner in Cavite

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2021

 MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Police authorities have arrested an individual allegedly involved in the illegal sale of firearms online, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar identified the alleged gun runner as John Christian Bautista, 33, and a resident of Barangay Bucandala IV, Imus, Cavite

Eleazar said Bautista was arrested after the Northern Police District (NPD) Special Operations Unit received information about a transaction for the sale of loose firearms in a Facebook chat group.

Upon validation of the information, police operatives then arranged a meeting with the seller for the purchase of guns at the Metropolitan Petron Gas Station along Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City at around 11:00 AM of June 15, 2021.

The entrapment operation resulted in the arrest of Bautista and the confiscation of the following firearms:

  • Thompson submachine gun cal .45 M1 SN 175291 with one magazine
  • MGV 176 Cal .22 LR SN 3037
  • STI 9mm with SN# KF 11205
  • Cobra Special Cal .38-no serial no.
  • Cal .40 Smith and Wesson with SN NEH 8367
  • Cal .45 COLT 38720

Follow-up operations by the NPD at the suspect’s residence resulted in the voluntary surrender of Bautista’s wife and the confiscation of more loose firearms:

  • Assault Riffle FMK F/A (Tactical) Infant
  • One Shotgun Mossberg T 851464
  • One AK SN-A 502975
  • One MA Carbine Cal. 5.56 MM SN 123561
  • One US Carbine Defaced SN
  • One .22 TCM SN TR008777
  • One Sniper Riffle SN Defaced
  • One Performance STR SW-SN Defaced
  • One Taurus SN NDX 91540
  • Assorted Box of Ammunition; Assorted Ammunition; Assorted Magazine

Eleazar said Bautista’s arrest would “reduce the proliferation of loose firearms and incidents of gun-related violence in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, and nearby provinces.”

He also commended the efforts of local police and the public’s help in the operation.

“Malaking bagay ang tulong ng publiko upang mapanatili ng ating mga kapulisan ang kaayusan sa ating mga komunidad,” Eleazar said.

PNP chief Eleazar wants immediate destruction of P1 billion worth of shabu seized in buy-busts

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will seek court approval for the immediate destruction of more than P1 billion worth of shabu that was confiscated in separate operations in Cavite and Parañaque City on June 13.

PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar said he has ordered the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) to coordinate with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in obtaining the court approval.

“We will be coordinating with the PDEA in convincing the courts that will handle the cases that we filed in connection with these two operations to destroy these confiscated illegal drugs in the soonest possible time,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Ito naman ay naayon sa kautusan ng ating Pangulo na dapat ay sirain na kaagad ang mga nakukumpiskang iligal na droga sa loob ng isang linggo after the operation. At dapat lang namang gawin ito upang maalis na ang mga pagdududa tungkol sa nakukumpiskang iligal na droga,” he added.

Eleazar said they want to take advantage of the Supreme Court circular issued in July last year that reminds all Regional Trial Courts to “strictly comply” with the requirements of Section 21 (4) of Republic Act (RA) 9165 on the immediate destruction of illegal drugs confiscated during police operations.

RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, states that ‘after the filing of the criminal case, the Court shall, within 72 hours, conduct an ocular inspection” of the confiscated, seized illegal drugs or precursor chemicals and ‘through the PDEA shall within 24 hours thereafter proceed with the destruction or burning of the same’, provided, that a representative sample, duly weighed and recorded is retained.

But since the law was passed, the PNP chief said the provision of the law was not properly observed since it usually takes months and even years before illegal drugs are destroyed. This triggered speculations of drug recycling in the past.

The joint buy-bust operations resulted in the confiscation of 155 kilograms of shabu worth P1.054 billion and the arrest of two Chinese nationals, Zhuzun Chen and Man Kuok Wong.

Chen was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Baclaran, Parañaque City while Wong was nabbed along the Aguinaldo Highway in Imus, Cavite. Aside from the large volume of illegal drugs which were placed inside tea packages, cellular phones and vehicles were seized from the two suspects.

The seized 155 kilograms of shabu are currently under the custody of the PDEA. On the other hand, in the cases of police operations, confiscated illegal drugs are placed under the custody of the PNP-Crime Laboratory.

PNP personnel nabbed for alleged extortion of police applicants ordered dismissed

Robie de Guzman   •   June 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday said he has ordered the dismissal from service of a police officer who was accused of fixing entry of police applicants.

In a statement, Eleazar said the dismissal of Police Staff Sergeant Joel Zalun Bunagan took effect on Monday, June 14.

Bunagan, who served as an ambulance driver of the PNP Health Service, was dismissed from service for allegedly committing grave misconduct in extorting money from police applicants.

Eleazar said operatives of the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) arrested Bunagan in an entrapment operation in Barangay 175 Camarin, Caloocan City last May 31 after supposedly demanding P100,000 from a police applicant in exchange for facilitating his entry into the PNP.

The PNP chief said that records show that Bunagan was previously arrested for the same offense in April last year.

Bunagan was out on bail at the time of the arrest in May.

“Tuluyan na nating tinanggal sa serbisyo itong si Bunagan. Sinabi ko naman sa inyo na walang puwang sa PNP ang mga pulis na sangkot sa iligal na gawain,” Eleazar said.

Bunagan is facing several criminal charges in court including violation of Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Act of 2018 and of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The PNP Chief warned Bunagan’s cohorts and other police personnel involved in this kind of illegal activity that he will not stop until they are all removed from the organization.

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