60,000 personnel to provide security for 31st ASEAN Summit
admin • November 6, 2017 • 4757
MANILA, Philippines — Authorities have deployed 60,000 security personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and several other government agencies to ensure the safety and security of the delegates of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.
The security forces will have 400 patrol cars, 200 motorcycles, and 22 armored cars.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy said the assigned security personnel are ready to face and address any physical and even cyber threats.
It can be noted that Cuy also serves as the chairman of the ASEAN committee on security, peace and order, emergency preparedness and response.
Meanwhile, PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa has belied circulating reports that four women in Basilan are now in Metro Manila to bomb areas near the venue of the ASEAN Summit.
According to the PNP chief, the said news report is a hoax and that the public should not believe it.
“It’s just a hoax. We already expect such a propaganda. During this season, when there is a huge event, there are a lot of influence peddlers, selling information, scaring the public to maintain their relevance. But it’s all hoax. Listen instead to the advisory coming from the government security forces,” said the PNP chief.
Dela Rosa also assured the public that the PNP will remain on alert for any threats to the country’s security.
The PNP chief also advised the public to refrain going to areas near the venue of the ASEAN Summit to avoid inconvenience.
He called on the everyone to follow the guidelines coming from the PNP to maintain the orderliness of the conduct of the ASEAN Summit. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
The Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) has launched the Anti-Illegal Drugs Information System (AIDIS) for the administration’s illegal drug campaign.
The Anti-Illegal Drugs Information System (AIDIS) is a web-based centralized information system that will store relevant information and figures on the illegal drugs problem from the different drug agencies.
The DILG said AIDIS contains graphs, charts, and other visual representations on other aspects of the anti-drug campaign, in the form of 6 dashboards: drug affectation, juvenile, offenders, operations, rehabilitation, and surrenderers.
In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said the AIDIS generate reliable data that we can use to map out our strategies and plans to further boost our anti-illegal drugs drive.
“AIDIS will help us tell the real story on how the government through its different drug enforcement agencies is really faring in the anti-illegal drugs drive,” he said.
Año said the system will only be accessible to authorized users from the various agencies involved in the anti-illegal drugs campaign, which includes the DILG, Department of Health (DOH), Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it has received a patrol boat and an x-ray inspection machine from the Embassy of Japan.
A ceremony for the turnover of the 15-meter patrol boat and x-ray inspection machine was held at the PCG Headquarters on Monday at the Port Area in Manila.
PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Joel Garcia said the equipment will help further enhance the country’s maritime safety, security and law enforcement, as well as marine environmental protection and maritime search and rescue.
Garcia added the 15-meter patrol boat, which runs at 29 knots with up to 14-passenger capacity, is suitable for quick response operations and retrieval operations. It isalso capable to accosting alleged terrorists, intruders, and poachers within the Philippine territory.
The x-ray inspection machine, on the other hand, is a compact and battery-operated equipment suitable for inspection in high or narrow places. It is controlled using a remote with a distance of up to 20 meters and provides real-time inspection images.
According to Garcia, the donation is part of the Japanese government’s promise to President Rodrigo Duterte that they would help strengthen the country’s efforts against terrorism and piracy in its domain.
“Our strong cooperation with Japan aids our efforts in preventing terror attacks, specifically kidnap for ransom within Philippine waters which, not only enhances maritime security, but also increases the number of economic undertakings in the region,” he said.
Meanwhile, Minister Masahiro Nakata of the embassy’s Ministry of Economic Affairs said that Japan is looking forward to boost its strategic relations with the Philippines on evolving challenges in the future, specifically in protecting its territorial waters and marine resources.
“Our commitment to the Philippines is far from over. Rest assured that we will further support the operations of the PCG by providing high-quality assets and by instilling the latest maritime know-hows to its technical personnel,” Nakata said.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is eyeing to complete the procurement of body-worn cameras to be used during anti-illegal drug operations.
PNP Officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa on Monday said a post-qualification process is being conducted to six bidders to meet all the requirements.
The body cameras are expected to be delivered in the second or third quarter of 2020.
Initially promised to be rolled out in 2018, Gamboa said the procurement of the P334 million worth of body cameras was delayed for over a year due to an alleged extortion case involving three police officers.
“The funds were released 2018. Nagkaroon ng bidding, may eight proponents but in the middle of the post-qualification, I found out that three of my men in the technical working group were asking money from the proponents,” Gamboa told reporters in a briefing.
He said the anomaly was exposed after one of the losing bidders in the project complained to him as the then chairman of the PNP Bids and Awards Committee.
Gamboa identified the three policemen as Major Emerson Sales, Major Rholly Caraggayan, who are now both AWOL (absent without leave), and Major Angel Beros, who is still in active service.
“Nung na-disqualify, nag-complain sa’kin ‘yung proponent, and then, from then on, I caused the investigation,” he said.
Gamboa said the involved police officers will face criminal and administrative raps and will be dismissed from service.
“Honestly, it’s a setback on the part of the Bids and Awards Committee because I was believing myself na malinis kami,” he said.
“But of course, very isolated naman ‘yung case na ‘yun,” he added.
Vice President Leni Robredo, the newly-installed co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, earlier reiterated the need for law enforcers to wear body cameras during operations to protect the agents and the operation’s integrity.
Despite the delay, Gamboa said the re-bidding process has already resumed for the project.
The acting top police official stressed the procurement process must be done before the year ends as the 2019 budget is going to expire by December 31. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)
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