Albayalde wants ‘fake news spreaders’ traced, charged

Marje Pelayo   •   June 8, 2018   •   4537

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director Oscar Albayalde

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde has ordered the hunting down of “bashers” spreading fake news against the organization.

Albayalde cited a false report circulating on social media highlighting the country’s high crime rate as a factor for the Philippines to be ranked second among the most dangerous cities in the global survey.

The PNP Chief disproved such claim saying crime rate in the country has actually dropped by 18.42 percent in the first quarter of the year.

Albayalde said they are determined to file appropriate charges against the culprits.

“That is work upon by our ACG actually. Kapag na-identify natin iyan, we will file appropriate charges,” Albayalde assured.

Albayalde also suspects that some disgruntled cops are behind the scheme to damage the reputation of the institution.

“Puwede ding ang mga disgruntled o mga natanggal sa aming hanay ang mga nagkakalat ng mga ganito. It’s because sila ang may idea kung paano sirain ang image o palabasin na we have very bad peace and order situation in our country,” Albayalde said.

The Police Chief also announced his invitation to foreign critics to see for themselves the real peace and order situation in the country. As proof that the country is safe, Albayalde noted the annual increase in the country’s tourism arrivals.

“You cannot judge a country by just mere perception or reports or by just mere tsismis coming from everybody or by the news that you see every day. Hindi ito pwedeng basehan…It’s really unfair that they are judging us as the second most dangerous country on earth,” he concluded. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

Bato apologizes for ‘shit happens’ remark

Maris Federez   •   July 8, 2019

Senator Ronald dela Rosa

Senator Ronald dela Rosa has issued a public apology for his “shit happens” remark last week.

The senator’s statement stemmed from the death of a three-year-old girl during an anti-illegal drugs operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Rodriguez, Rizal last June 29.

Dela Rosa admitted using wrong choice of words in detailing the said incident.

“Klaruhin ko na lang, hindi maganda ang dating doon sa parents ng bata na namatay. I would like to apologize to the family yung aking wrong use of term. Dapat ang sinabi ko doon instead na ‘shit happens’, dapat unfortunate [I would like to clear, it didn’t sit well with the parents of the dead child. I would like to apologize to the family for my wrong use of term. I shouldn’t have said “shit happens” but, rather, unfortunate],” Dela Rosa said.

The newbie senator promised to be very careful with his choice of words now that he is already a lawmaker. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

PNP reshuffles officers in 3 key positions

Marje Pelayo   •   June 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has reshuffled officers in several key positions effective June 25.

Police Colonel Domingo Cabillan is now the acting deputy regional director for administration of the Police Regional Office 11 or Davao region.

Meanwhile, Police Colonel Florendo Quibuyen is now the acting executive officer of the Directorate for Research and Development from his former post as officer-in-charge of the Eastern Police District.

Police Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan will take over as the director of the Eastern Police District replacing PBGen. Christopher Tambungan who was relieved for spanking a lady cop.

According to PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management Director PMGen. Lyndon Cubos, the newly assigned officers were recommended by the Senior Officers Promotion and Placement Board following assessment of their merits and performances on duty. – (with details from Lea Ylagan)

PNP returns to normal operations as election period ends

Maris Federez   •   June 13, 2019

The Philippine National Police has lowered its alert status as the election period comes to an end.

PNP spokesperson PCol. Bernard Banac said only a few areas that have reports of the presence of threat groups such as the Abu Sayyaf, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and communist groups, are still on full alert.

These include Police Regional Office 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Banac, however, stressed that these areas are not under security threat.

“Wala namang security threat sa naturang mga lugar, nakafull alert pa din ang mga lugar na yun dahil martial law,” Banac said.

Banac added the past election period has been generally peaceful and validated election-related incidents had been low as compared with the 2016 Presidential Elections. (with reports from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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