Año formally assumes DILG-OIC post

UNTV News   •   January 9, 2018   •   5401

MANILA, Philippines – Former AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año takes on a new role as the officer-in-charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Of course identifying terrorists and continue the program of the government to defeat the terrorists, but aside from that we have so many interventions together with other departments like a dialogue with ulamas, getting the preparations of the local government units particularly the local executives,” Año said.

Also among the priorities of the new leadership is strengthening the campaign of the government against illegal drugs and supporting the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

But amid the controversies of the police under the DILG—Año said the National Police still have accomplishments.

“Those what we call national troops are being sensationalized but those ordinary policemen who serve warrants for index and non-index crimes–they reached thousands,” Año said.

But Año can’t be appointed as the secretary of the agency yet after his retirement last October 26, 2017.

Under the Republic Act 6975 or the Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990, no retired or resigned military or police officer may be appointed as secretary within 1 year from the date of his retirement or resignation.

For the meantime—former OIC Cataliño Cuy whom Año replaced will take over the position of former Dangerous Drugs Board Chair Dionisio Santiago.

Meanwhile, President Duterte has designated Martin Diño as undersecretary of DILG.

“I hope this time gagalaw ang lahat ng barangay kapitan at saka mga kagawad sa buong Pilipinas. Five billion kami. Iyan ang dami ng barangay governments,” Diño said.

(I hope this time all barangay captains and councilors across the Philippines will start working. We are five billion. That is the number of barangay governments.)

Diño is the former chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority or SBMA but the President designated Atty. Wilma Eisma in his place. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

PNP welcomes DOJ move to release parts of review on anti-drug campaign

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomed the decision of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to make public the summaries of the 52 cases it reviewed in connection with deaths related to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the DOJ’s move is “consistent with the PNP stand for transparency and accountability in the police organization.”

“We welcome the decision of Department of Justice to release these documents to the public,” he said.

“Simula pa lang ay lubos na ang ating kooperasyon sa DOJ sa pamumuno ni Secretary Menardo Guevarra sa pamamagitan ng ating SILG Eduardo Año, at ipinaubaya na natin sa kanila ang desisyon tungkol sa mga kasong ito in the interest of truth, transparency and justice,” he added.

According to the DOJ, the summaries that will be released will include docket numbers, names of deceased suspects, places and dates of the incidents, and the review panel’s summary of observations on the cases.

The National Bureau of Investigation is set to conduct case buildup for the possible filing of criminal charges against erring police officers.

Eleazar urged the victims’ families to cooperate in holding policemen who committed abuses accountable for their action.

“Ito rin ang pagkakataon para sa mga pamilya ng nasawi sa police anti-illegal drugs operations para sila’y makapagsumite ng complaint-affidavit o kaya’y magharap ng testigo upang maisampa ang kaukulang kasong kriminal sa korte,” he said.

“Tinitiyak ko ang buong pakikipagtulungan ng PNP sa NBI. Walang mangyayaring takipan at ating pananagutin ang may dapat panagutan,” he added.

He also reminded PNP personnel to strictly follow the Police Operational Procedures to avoid problems in performing their mandate.

“Let this serve as a lesson to all our personnel that as police officers, we are law enforcers who are duty-bound to uphold the law. Tagapagpatupad tayo ng batas, hindi tayo ang batas,” Eleazar said.

“Always remember that the true courage of a police officer is measured by how he keeps his integrity and moral values intact amid the temptation and the pressure to commit abuses and disregard the rule of law,” he added.

Eleazar also stressed the sacrifices of policemen on the ground and the accomplishments of the campaign against illegal drugs.

These include the confiscation of multi-billion peso worth of illegal drugs, the neutralization of key players in the illegal drugs trade in the country and the dismantling of shabu laboratories in the country.

 

PNP prepares for implementation of expanded COVID-19 Alert Levels System

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said it has directed all provincial police offices across the country to prepare for the implementation of the COVID-19 Alert Levels System in other regions.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said provincial police offices should ascertain that its personnel on the ground are well-informed of the regulations under each alert levels.

This is to ensure the orderly imposition of protocols and to avoid confusion among the public.

“Kasama ang inyong Philippine National Police sa natutuwa sa unti-unting pagbabalik sa normal ng sitwasyon sa ating bansa,” Eleazar said.

“But this will not be the reason for us to lower our guard because as the national government plans to expand the easing of restrictions beyond Metro Manila, I have already issued instructions to all our unit commanders to fully prepare for this in their respective areas of responsibility in order to ensure that this will not result in super spreader events,” he added.

The national government earlier announced that the COVID-19 Alert Level System being piloted in Metro Manila will be expanded outside the region from October 20 to October 31.

This came as protocols in Metro Manila were somehow eased and more establishments have been allowed to operate due to declining number of infections across the metro.

As announced by Malacañang, Negros Oriental and Davao Occidental will be under Alert Level 4 while those under Alert Level 3 include Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Siquijor, Davao City and Davao del Norte.

Areas under Alert Level 2 are Batangas, Quezon, Lucena City, Bohol, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Cebu, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.

Eleazar appealed to the public to cooperate and comply with the rules being implemented to ensure their safety amid the continuing threat of COVID-19.

“Inaasahan din namin sa PNP na magkakaroon ng disiplina ang ating mga kababayan upang manatiling alerto upang matiyak ang kanilang kaligtasan dahil nananatiling banta ang COVID-19 lalo na kung hindi tayo mag-iingat at ipagsasawalang-bahala ang mga sakrispisyong ating nagawa sa mahigit isang taon ng pandemya,” he said.

PNP Maritime Group nagtayo ng istasyon sa Pag-asa Island

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2021

Nagsimula na ang deployment ng mga tauhan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group sa Pag-asa Island na sakop ng West Philippine Sea.

Ayon kay PNP Maritime Unit-National Capital Region (NCR) chief Police Colonel Oliver Tanseco, walong tauhan na pinamumunuan ng isang opisyal na may ranggong Police Major ang unang batch na ipinadala sa lugar.

Aniya, tungkulin ng grupo na bantayan ang buong munisipalidad ng Kalayaan at pangalagaan ang seguridad ng mga Pilipinong mangingisda laban sa mga dayuhang sasakyang pangisda.

“Ang primary responsibility po natin, unang-una, magbigay-suporta at tulungan yung ating pamahalaan sa pagpapatupad ng batas natin doon sa Pag-asa Island,” ani Tanseco.

“Siyempre doon sa ating exclusive economic zone, ang ating sovereign right, at doon sa mga area na pasok sa territorial sea, ang ating sovereignty,” dagdag pa niya.

Lakip rin ng kanilang tungkulin ang pangangalaga sa kapakanan ng mga Pilipinong mangingisda na makararanas ng panggugulo mula sa mga dayuhang sasakyang pandagat.

“Sa Pag-asa Island po ang ating mga police are trained police investigators po para kung kinakailangan po ay magkakaroon tayo ng pag- arrest po ng mga barko na pumapasok, nagi-intrude, nagpo-poaching sa ating waters. Ang ating pulis po ang magko-conduct ng investigation and for filing of cases in court,” ani Tanseco.

Bukod sa mga maritime police sa Pag-asa Island, mayroon ding walong tauhan ang mga ito na nakasakay sa BRP Dagupan City na tumutulong naman sa Philippine Navy sa pagpapatrolya sa West Philippine Sea.

Ang Pagasa Island ang pangalawa sa pinakamalaking natural island sa West Philippine Sea at matatagpuan 480 kilometers kanluran ng Puerto Princesa sa Palawan.

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