AFP checks weapon stocks for possible theft from military arsenal

Marje Pelayo   •   December 19, 2018   •   3299

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is set to  investigate a possible gun theft from the military arsenal following an alleged gunrunning activity in Valenzuela City.

AFP Spokesperson Col. Noel Detoyato said they will conduct an inventory of their stocks to make sure that the captured firearms were not from their armory.

‘While we can already confirm that the captured firearms are not in our inventory, only a thorough inventory of our ammunition stocks will confirm whether there are losses in our stocks that could have fallen to the hands of these gunrunners,” the military spokesman said.

“Erring AFP personnel will be dealt with accordingly with the full force of our military justice system and that the result of our investigation will be brought out to the public at once,” he added.

Several firearms and thousands of ammunition sealed in boxes bearing the name of the AFP were seized from alleged Abu Sayyaf gun dealers in Valezuela City on Sunday.

The markings on the boxes “RP Government Property AFP” indicate that the weapon could have been taken from the AFP armory.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) considers the incident a matter of concern especially if government weapons are being supplied to the enemies of the state.

“Kasi ang initially na sinabi nung source na nanggagaling doon sa Fort Magsaysay and Fort Magsaysay is the headquarters of 7th ID,” PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde noted.

The Army’s 7th Infantry Division and the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) are set to conduct a joint investigation on the matter with results expected to be made public as soon as the investigation is completed. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Valenzuela City imposes ‘no QR code, no entry policy’ for indoor establishments

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Valenzuela City government has moved the implementation of its ‘no QR code, no entry policy’ to an earlier date as requested by the residents themselves.

Instead of November, the new policy will take effect on October 5, according to Lauro Caiña, head of the Valenzuela City Public Information Office (PIO).

Under the new order, residents, establishment owners and even visitors are required to register with the city’s contact tracing app — the Valenzuela Tracing Application (ValTrace).

The mobile application was launched in accordance with City Ordinance No. 783 in lieu of the physical contract tracing forms that were being filled out in every establishment. 

The city government is confident that this new policy lowers the risk of virus transmission compared with printed forms.

“This is more secure than manually filling out ang form,” Caiña said. 

To register, the public may visit www.valtrace.appcase.net and provide the required information. A username and a password should be created.

The app also has a merchant version which provides establishments with QR code scanner to scan the QR codes of individuals entering their premises.

Meanwhile, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) reminds developers of contact tracing applications to limit the information being requested from users to ensure compliance to the provisions of the Data Privacy Act.

According to Atty. Stephen John Duma of NPC, clients must be assured that their information is protected and will only be utilized for contact tracing purposes.

For its part, the Valenzuela City government assured to keep personal details confidential and that information will only be kept for 30 days. MNP (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

Valenzuela City’s Bagong Kaunlaran to be placed under community lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   July 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Valenzuela announced on Thursday (July 23) that it is placing Bagong Kaunlaran in Barangay Paso de Blas under community lockdown. 

It will take effect from 12:00 AM of July 25 to 11:59 PM of August 9.

According to Mayor Rex Gatchalian, the measure follows the increase in number of residents contracting COVID-19 based on the recent community swab testing where 50 percent of its population yielded positive results.

During the lockdown period, the city government will distribute food rations and hygiene kits to the affected community to be delivered in four rounds:

  • July 25
  • July 30
  • August 4
  • August 9

All residents are not allowed to go out during the lockdown period.

Violations of the lockdown protocol will incur P5,000 fine under the city’s Stay At Home Ordinance and P10,000 plus imprisonment of up to 30 days under the city’s COVID-19 Spread Prevention Ordinance.

Simula 12:00 AM ng Hulyo 25, 2020 hanggang 11:59 PM ng Agosto 9, 2020, ang komunidad ng BAGONG KAUNLARAN sa Barangay…

Posted by REX Gatchalian on Thursday, 23 July 2020

AFP, PNP form Board of Inquiry to revise operational procedures after Jolo shooting

Marje Pelayo   •   July 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) created a Board of Inquiry that will revise their respective operational procedures following the fatal shooting in Jolo, Sulu. 

According to PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa, one of their main focus will be the cooperation and expansion of their interoperability including the various tactical approaches depending on the security situation in the shooting area.

“To determine operational lapses and how we can improve our operational procedures both the AFP and the PNP,“ the PNP Chief.

Meanwhile, all nine cops involved in the incident were supposed to go to Camp Crame but the trip was deferred. 

One of them contracted coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and is now undergoing quarantine in isolation but still has to take the swab test for confirmation. 

But Gamboa assured that they will be sent to the headquarters anytime this week by Police Regional Office – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR) Director PBGen. Manuel Abu.

“Sinabi ko lang sa kanila na: ‘You will go to Crame para ma-diffuse iyong tension and then expect kung ano ang sasabihin ng NBI, hindi ako makikialam.’ So kung meron liable sa inyo, so be it,” Gamboa said. 

[I told them: ‘You will go to Crame to diffuse the tension and expect that whatever the NBI says, I will not intervene.’ If anyone is liable, then so be it.]

“So for the meantime, you will be under the custody ng Philippine National Police” he added.

Gamboa said the President emphatically ordered the PNP to make sure those responsible in the incident will be penalized while the Chief Executive toned down when it came with the Philippine Army. 

Alam nya na may mga sintimiyento lalo na [He knows that there are sentiments especially] on the part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Gamboa said. 

“Sabi pa nga nya, kayo kung ano ang gusto nyong gawin ay pwede nyong gawin but you still have to ponder whether it will do good to the public o to the community [He even said, you just do whatever you want but you still have to ponder whether it will do good to the public or to the community],” he concluded. —MNP (with inputs from Lea Ylagan)

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