60,000 personnel to provide security for 31st ASEAN Summit
by UNTV News | Posted on Monday, November 6th, 2017
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
by UNTV News | Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018
FILE PHOTO: Imelda Marcos
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center is prepared in case the court decides to place former first lady Imelda Marcos under PNP’s custody.
However, PNP chief PDG Oscar Albayalde said they have not been notified yet for advance coordination with the court regarding the release of the arrest warrant against Marcos.
Albayalde added that in consideration of Marcos’ age and health condition, they have not ordered personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to wait at the gates of Congress like in the case of Senator Antonio Trillanes.
Nevertheless, the PNP Chief has directed the CIDG director to lead the arrest upon release of the warrant.
At present, Marcos is facing minimum of 6 years in prison and perpetual disqualification from holding public office after the Sandiganbayan found her guilty on seven counts of graft.
However, the former first lady may still post bail for her provisional liberty as graft is a bailable case. — Lea Ylagan
by UNTV News | Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2018
FILE PHOTO: Manufacture of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will closely monitor the manufacture, sale, and distribution of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices ahead of the holiday season.
PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde said they will no longer issue new permits for makers and sellers of firecrackers as mandated in the Memorandum Order 31 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte’s memorandum also orders the PNP and other concerned agencies to inspect and ensure that manufacturers, distributors, sellers and users of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices comply with the government’s safety requirements.
Licenses and permits of those found in violation of existing laws, rules and regulations will be cancelled or revoked.
Republic Act 7183 authorizes the PNP to process applications for the issuance of licenses or permits.
Under his memorandum, Duterte also ordered the PNP to confiscate and destroy prohibited firecrackers and strictly prohibit the import of such devices.
Memorandum 31 is similar to Executive Order 28 that Duterte issued in June 2017, regulating the use of firecrackers and fireworks due to “firecracker-related injuries and deaths.”
General Albayalde said that controlling the number of firecracker manufacturers is an initial step to possibly implementing a total firecracker ban in the future. — Lea Ylagan
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