5 San Juan cops who allegedly snubbed Baguio health protocols relieved from post – NCRPO
Robie de Guzman • June 8, 2020 • 563
MANILA, Philippines – Five policemen from San Juan City who allegedly disregarded the health and safety protocols in Baguio City amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have been ordered relieved from their posts, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said on Monday.
NCRPO chief Police Major General Debold Sinas said the five policemen will temporarily stay at the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit in Camp Bagong Diwa pending investigation into the incident.
Sinas said the cops have been ordered to submit their explanation about the incident in the probe that will be conducted by the regional Internal Affairs Service.
The five cops were part of the entourage of San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora who allegedly snubbed a checkpoint and violated the regulatory mechanism of quarantine check and triage examination at the Naguilian facility last Friday.
Zamora’s convoy also allegedly failed to present a medical health clearance when asked at the Baguio Country Club.
In a separate press briefing, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa said they are also probing whether the said cops violated the protocols in securing an authorization to escort a VIP as only two police officers are allowed to be assigned as permanent VIP security.
“National kami in nature and there are certain protocols in securing individuals, yung sa PSPG is more on permanent security yun. But for case to case basis, a letter order could suffice to secure VIP travel, proper authority should be issued,” Gamboa explained.
The PNP chief also said he has yet to decide on whether San Juan City Police chief Jaime Santos will also be ordered relieved regarding the incident.
“Hindi naman kasama si chief of police sa convoy… I will not give my decision because I have to hear kung ano ang ginawa niya after that. In the course of investigation, ano yung degree ng liability niya,” he said.
The PNP chief added that he already talked to Magalong and apologized over the actions of policemen involved.
He said all police personnel have been told to always abide by local quarantine protocols. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) announced that it would assist the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in going after unregulated sale and distribution of ivermectin drugs.
Amid the reports on the use of the anti-parasite drug to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) without the approval of the FDA, the PNP-CIDG said it would strictly monitor the distribution and use of Ivermectin across the country. It would also conduct an investigation and intensified police operations against any violations of RA 9711 and of the FDA’s Compassionate Special Permit (CSP).
“The CIDG will assist the FDA in suppressing or deterring lawless elements in their criminal acts of endangering the well-being of the community,” the PNP said in a statement.
CIDG Director, PMGen. Albert Ferro said that they will go after those who will violate the said provisions specifically on fake, unregistered/ unlicensed, and no permit on the sales and distribution of the said drugs.
“We strongly advise the public to seek professional help and opinion before using the said drug and buy only from authorized sources. We also encourage them to report any illegal dispense and use of the said medicine,” he said. AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The police chief of General Trias in Cavite has been relieved from his post over the death of a man who was made to do an intensive physical exercise for allegedly violating the curfew policy, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.
PNP Spokesperson Ildebrandi Usana said General Trias Police chief Lieutenant Colonel Marlo Solero and two other officers involved, Police Corporal Jerome Vibar and Police Corporal Kenneth Mercene have been placed under the supervision of Cavite Police provincial director Police Colonel Marlon Santos while the investigation is underway.
“This is to ensure that the PNP does not tolerate any act that is inimical to the best interest of our people, particularly the aggrieved parties in the Peñaredondo case,” Usana said, referring to Darren Peñaredondo who reportedly died after being forced to do excessive physical exercise for violating curfew.
Peñaredondo was only about to buy water on Thursday, April 1 when he was apprehended by village watchmen for supposedly violating curfew hours.
Solero and the two cops earlier denied that they subjected the curfew violators to do knee bender exercise as a punishment but the sworn affidavits executed by two other violators stated otherwise, the PNP said.
The PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS) said it has started its investigation into the incident, which is said to have involved seven police officers but only three were identified.
Cops tagged in the incident have been given a week to submit their response about the investigation.
“Isa naman yan sa aming moto propio investigation, yung mga nasa custody ng police kung merong human rights violation ay kami ay nag iimbestiga,” PNP-IAS Inspector General Atty. Alfegar Triambulo said.
They may face suspension or dismissal from service should they be found liable.
“Six months suspension to dismissal from the service ang range ng penalty ng serious na kapabayaan na nagresulta ng pagkamatay ng isang tao,” Triambulo said.
Usana earlier said that PNP chief General Debold Sinas do not approve of arresting quarantine violators, and prefers the imposition of warning or fines based on local ordinances.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday proposed to impose community service instead of jail time as penalty for those who violate quarantine protocols against COVID-19. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
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