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Albayalde orders tracking of AWOL cops in Cebu

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: Arrival of erring policemen who were reassigned to Basilan


CEBU CITY, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde has ordered Police Regional Office 7 to track the activities of cops who went on “absent without leave” (AWOL) from their duties in Mindanao.

The directive was prompted by reports that some errant Cebu cops have gone AWOL and returned to Cebu in defiance to their transfer order to Mindanao.

Albayalde wants to confirm if the said policemen have left or returned to their illegal activities.

“Well, our officers in the region ay hindi naman tumitigil nang pag monitor at pag-usisa sa lahat ng mga pulis na iyan na nag-AWOL. Ma-check sila kung nakabalik na dito, kung nakasuhan na o kung wala ay kasuhan na sila ng administratibo kung AWOL nga sila,” explained PSupt. Reyman Tolentin in a local dialect.

(Well, our officers in the region continue to monitor and investigate police who are on AWOL. We will find out if they have already returned to Cebu and if a case has already been filed against them. An administrative case will be filed against them if they really went on AWOL.)

Though Tolentin cannot reveal the exact number of involved policemen, the officer assured that they are under strict surveillance.

The said cops were transferred to Mindanao as a sanction for their involvement in illegal drugs.

Tolentin warned his men not to get involved in illegal activities especially in illegal drugs to avoid administrative sanctions. – Gladys Toabi / Marje Pelayo

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PNP to distribute new service firearms, vehicles to ground units

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018


8,170 units 5.56mm Basic Assault Rifle (Galil ACE 22N)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to distribute to its ground units the newly procured firearms and motorcycles worth P2.1 billion.

The procurement includes:

  • 8,170 units of Galil assault rifle;
  • 4,933 units of Emtan assault rifle;
  • 1,920 units of 9mm Masada pistol;
  • 10,000 units of 9mm Canik pistol;
  • 231 units of 7.62mm Negev light machine gun;
  • 320 units of 5.56 Negev light machine gun;
  • and 310 units of 650cc Kawasaki Versys motorcycle.

The basic assault rifles and light machine guns will be distributed to police mobile forces and the maritime group.

Meanwhile, the 9mm pistols will be given to new police recruits and members of the PNP Special Action Force.

The newly acquired motorcycles will be issued to the PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and the Police Security Protection Group (PSPG) for enhanced operational readiness and police visibility.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde believes that the new service weapons and vehicles will be of big help in the agency’s anti-criminality campaign especially that –Ber months are approaching when outlaws operate the most. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Albayalde checks on flooded areas; deploys cops to relief ops

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

(L-R) PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde and NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar conducts aerial survey of damage caused by monsoon rains over the weekend. | Photo courtesy of PCSUPT. Guillermo Eleazar


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Thousands of families evacuated over the weekend due to massive flooding brought about by the southwest monsoon or habagat.

This prompted Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde and National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Guillermo Eleazar to fly over calamity-hit areas on Monday (August 13) following days of non-stop rains.

The two officials, on board the newly-purchased PNP helicopter, conducted aerial inspection over Marikina City where most barangays were affected by the burst in Marikina River.

Albayalde also checked on evacuees in temporary shelters in Marikina City and talked to local officials about other services the PNP may provide for the affected residents.

Hundreds of families remain in evacuation centers although floodwater has started to subside.

The PNP Chief has ordered high alert status and the deployment of police personnel in calamity-affected areas to help in evacuation, rescue and relief efforts. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

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PNP to ‘recalibrate’ war on drugs

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — More than two years after its launching, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will recalibrate its campaign against illegal drugs.

This is following President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise in his third state of the nation address (SONA) to further intensify the operation amid allegations of human rights abuses and political killings.

PNP Chief Police Director General Oscar Albayalde said the recalibration will focus on two fronts: the performance of all police commanders and the accounting of all drug users and pushers across the country, including those who have surrendered in the past.

“Wala naman tayong bagong guidelines dito. Kumbaga sa sasakyan parang itu-tune up mo. So iyong mga police diyan, if they do not act, then they will be relieved from their posts,” he said.

Albayalde said police commanders will face dismissal if they are found to have low achievements under the anti-drug campaign.

“Kung talagang low performance siya over the past few years, kung matagal na siyang nakaupo, then if we have to relieve these commanders,  we will do so. That is part of the recalibration,” the PNP Chief emphasized.

Albayalde, however, is quick to clarify that their intention in conducting a re-calibrated Oplan Tokhang is to safeguard the safety of the majority of Filipinos and that the drug war will only be chilling for those engaged in illegal acts.

 “We are doing our best naman dito at nakita naman natin ang ginawa natin at palaging binabantayan ito ng ating counter intelligence at internal cleansing (unit) to avoid abuse ng iba pa sa aming hanay,” said Albayalde.

The general also appealed to the critics and local government officials to help in the rehabilitation of more than one million drug surrenderers instead of lambasting the government’s war on drugs.

Data from the PNP showed that over 140,000 drug personalities were arrested under the campaign and more than 4,000 were killed in anti-drug operations.

Meanwhile, more than 1,600  drug personalities remain in the PNP watchlist, including 900 high-value targets. — Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

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