Cascolan named as next PNP chief

Robie de Guzman   •   September 2, 2020   •   276

MANILA, Philippines – Police Lieutenant General Camilo Cascolan has been chosen as the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Interior Secretary Eduardo Año confirmed to UNTV on Tuesday.

In a phone interview, Año said President Rodrigo Duterte signed Cascolan’s appointment papers on Tuesday afternoon.

“Wala pa akong kopya (appointment paper) pero 100% sure na ‘yun,” he said.

Cascolan will be replacing outgoing PNP chief General Archie Gamboa when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 on Wednesday.

Prior to his designation to the PNP’s top post, Cascolan had been the second-in-command as the deputy chief for administration.

He also served as temporary caretaker of the police force after Gamboa was injured in a helicopter crash.

Cascolan was co-author of PNP’s flagship program, Oplan Double Barrel, under the government’s war against drugs.

Cascolan will only have a short stint as PNP chief as he is set to retire in November. The president, however, has the prerogative to extend Cascolan’s term.

Duterte wants more mobile police to deter street crimes

Marje Pelayo   •   October 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte wants to improve the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) mobile capacity to enhance their capability to fight criminality, specifically street crimes. 

In his public address on Wednesday (October 14), the President expressed concern over the increasing rate of street crimes with the reopening of the country’s economy even amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Chief Executive expressed the need to further train cops, procure more motorbikes and improve police visibility to deter motorcycle-riding suspects.

“We have seen an upsurge of hold ups, street crimes because of the liberality offered by the opening of the economy and of course, people are now allowed to go freely and travel,” he said.

“The only way to counter anonymity of the criminals is also to fight the criminal on the ground,” he added.

READ: PH crime rate dropped by 47% during community quarantine period — JTF COVID Shield

In September, the PNP reported that crime rate or incidents of eight focused crimes in the country dropped by 47 percent during the six months of community quarantine from March 16 to September 15, 2020.

However, the PNP still recognize the need to continuously maintain police visibility, beat patrol and coordination among barangay officials to back the existing peace and order measures amid the current pandemic. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Six miners trapped in collapsed underground tunnel in Surigao del Sur

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2020

Rescue operations continue after six miners were trapped in an underground tunnel in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur which collapsed on Monday (October 12).

Based on the initial reports of the Police Regional Office 13, the miners were allegedly conducting treasure hunting in the vicinity. Authorities from the Philippine National Police (PNP) said the miners did not have the necessary permit to conduct excavation in the area.

The miners were identified as Eduardo Ubas, Jerome Lucaberte, Menard de Jesus, Jonathan Ocson, Angelito Sicup, Leo Reyes. One of the group’s companions has already been rescued according to reports.

The PNP is set to investigate the treasure hunting activity in the area in relation to the incident. AAC (with reports from Raymond Octobre)

PNP dismisses over 4,000 cops as part of internal cleansing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 13, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has dismissed 4,591 cops as part of its internal cleansing.

The PNP confirmed that the said cops are guilty of administrative offenses where several of them are allegedly involved in illegal drugs. Others were charged with grave misconduct, serious neglect of duty, serious irregularity, malversation, dishonesty, and graft and corruption.

PNP Chief PGen. Camilo Cascolan reported that 7,888 cops are suspended while 846 cops are demoted.

“We will not tolerate any wrongdoings of our people. As what I’ve said, we will have to arrest you, file cases against you, put you in jail,” he said.

Cascolan said the PNP will continue its internal cleansing and non-tolerance for illegal and immoral activities among police officers.

“Internal Cleansing Program doesn’t stop there, rather it will continue to be implemented with greater zeal and commitment in the best interest of transparency and accountability in public service,” he said. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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