600 arrested in Parañaque’s 3-day police operation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 3, 2019   •   838

Around 600 individuals have been arrested during the three-day police operation of the Parañaque Police and Southern Police District.

Authorities arrested 25 personalities allegedly involved in illegal drugs while 554 were arrested for violating various city ordinances including traffic violations, loitering, and smoking in public places.

According to Parañaque City Police Station Chief PCol. Robin Sarmiento, they were also able to rescue 76 minors.

“In order to control iyong pagdami ng insidente sa physical injuries (This [police operation] is to control the increase of physical injury incidents),” he said.

The arrested individuals are now in police custody while the 76 minors are in the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).—AAC (with reports from Benedict Samson)

Zamboanga drug enforcement chief faces raps over positive drug test

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The drug enforcement chief of Zamboanga City Police Office has been relieved from his post after testing positive for narcotics.

PNP Chief Police General Debold Sinas in a statement said that Police Major Jivertson Pelovello has been reassigned to the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Section of Police Regional Office 9 while undergoing pre-charge investigation and summary dismissal proceedings.

Western Mindanao PNP Regional Director, Police Brigadier General Ronaldo Genaro Ylagan reported that Pelovello has been disarmed of his issued firearms and slapped with corresponding administrative charges.

The PNP Chief reiterated that members of the national police who are using illegal drugs do not deserve to stay in service and should immediately be dismissed.

Pelovello is among the 60 police personnel in Zamboanga City that tested positive for illegal drugs.

QC gov’t prohibits minors in public places amid COVID-19 pandemic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government has issued an ordinance prohibiting minors from being in public places amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Mayor Joy Belmonte approved Ordinance No. SP-2985, S-2020 directing minors, aged below 18 years old, to stay at home. They will not be allowed to roam around public places even if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“Ang ordinansang ito ay batay sa rekomendasyon ng mga dalubhasa sa Philippine Pediatric Society na kailangang manatili ang mga menor-de-edad sa mga tahanan dahil malaki ang tsansa na sila’y mahawa (This ordinance is based on the recommendation of experts at the Philippine Pediatric Society that minors need to stay at home because they are at higher risk of getting infected),” she said.

Based on the ordinance, public places include streets, sidewalks, vacant lots, and the common areas in and about churches, apartment, buildings, office buildings, hospitals, schools, malls, and other commercial establishments.

Exceptions include minors who are in need of medical attention or those engaged in an authorized employment activity requiring physical presence, provided that they are accompanied by parent or guardian.

Minors who violate the said ordinance will be turned over to the Barangay Council for the protection of Children (BCPC) of the barangay where they are apprehended. They will also be required to undergo counseling before they are turned over to their parent or guardian.

Meanwhile, owners, proprietors and managers of malls and other commercial establishments violate the Ordinance will face a fine of P500 for every violation for the first offense. AAC

P2.4-million worth of illegal drugs seized at Davao checkpoint

Robie de Guzman   •   October 16, 2020

Some P2.4-million worth of illegal drugs were seized by authorities at the Sirawan checkpoint in Toril, the Davao City government said.

In a news release, the city government said the dangerous drugs were confiscated by membes of the Task Force Davao on Monday from a vehicle traveling from Cotabato City.

Task Force Davao Commander Col. Consolito Yecla said one of the two suspects aboard the vehicle was also arrested. He was identified as Ronnie Martinez Jr., a resident of Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

“The suspect was checked at the light vehicle inspection area and requested to open his small sling bag. The duty inspector requested the driver to park at the side, but he drove away from the checkpoint leaving behind his small sling bag at the inspection area,” he said.

Martinez yielded three jumbo size heat-sealed, transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated weight of 150.43 grams valued at P2,406,880.

According to Yecla, the suspects drove away when asked to get off from the vehicle for inspection. The vehicle was later found abandoned in front of Gaisano Grand Mall in Toril.

One of the suspects reportedly rode a tricycle while the other ran towards Barangay Marapangi, he said.

One of them was later caught with the help of some residents who found him drenched after crossing a river. The other suspect appeared to have gotten away but left behind his wallet, which was turned over by the tricycle driver who gave him a ride.

Yecla expressed gratitude to those who helped in the apprehension of the suspect.

“We would like to give thanks and attribute this successful apprehension of the suspect to the tanods and residents of Brgy Marapangi. Indeed, they participated in our anti-terror campaign “May Nakita? Dapat Magsalita,” Yecla said, referring to the city’s public campaign against terrorism.

“We accomplished this without a fatality, and zero human rights violation,” he added.

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