MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PDG. Ronald Bato dela Rosa could not hold his tears when he saw a video of Special Action Force (SAF) troopers battling in Marawi City.
General Dela Rosa said that the five-month battle of the SAF members against the terrorists who attempted to conquer the city was not a piece of cake.
“Tumatayo ang balahibo ko. I can feel for them yung mga naghirap talaga doon sa frontline. Makita talaga yung mga dugo na dumanak, yung mga pagsabog left and right, mga putukan. Kahit gaano ka katapang at katibay pag ganoong sitwasyon wala kang ibang mapupuntahan kundi si Lord,” said Dela Rosa.
With this, the PNP chief did not hesitate to give special promotion to the 745 Special Action Force members who fought in Marawi City.
Even Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista salutes the gallantry of the SAF members.
“I have seen how this men and women work side by side with the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to crush and defeat the lawless elements who spread terror in the city of Marawi,” said the commanding general.
The PNP chief takes pride of the expertise of the SAF members when it comes to urban warfare, hence the successful mission of liberating Marawi City from the hands of ISIS-inspired terrorists.
General Dela Rosa also recommended the promotion of third level officers, which is under the jurisdiction of President Rodrigo Duterte himself, and not of the PNP chief’s.
“They did they share in Marawi especially that they were the commanders. They keep on inspiring their people, their men, to fight. And indeed what they did is very commendable, very laudable,” said the chief.
Meanwhile, eight other policemen were promoted after fighting against 200 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who made an attack on Binuangan Municipal Station in Misamis Oriental in December 2017. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
Age, health of Imelda Marcos to be considered in her arrest — PNP
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
No new permits for firecracker manufacturers — PNP
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
PNP supports martial law extension in Mindanao
Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde reiterated his support for the extension of martial law in Mindanao after it was reported that crime rate in the region has declined.
“If ever the President decides to extend the martial law, we will fully support that kasi (because) what we see here is the improvement in the peace and order,” he said.
The average monthly crime rate of 8.79 percent recorded by PNP from January to September in 2017 went down to 5.92 percent in 2018.
Albayalde said the extension of martial law in Mindanao is important particularly as the May 2019 elections loom closer. — Lea Ylagan