Cascolan orders major revamp in PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   September 8, 2020   •   374

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Camilo Cascolan on Tuesday designated a new spokesman and ordered a reshuffle among officials in key positions of the police organization.

Cascolan named Police Colonel Ysmael Yu, previously PNP deputy regional director for operations in Police Regional Office 1, as acting chief of the PNP Public Information Office (PIO).

Yu will take over the post from Police Brigadier Bernard Banac who will be the new director of the PNP Training Service after serving the PNP-PIO for 20 years.

Police Major General Marni Marcos Jr. was designated as the new director for Investigation and Detective Management, while Police Major General Celso Pestano is set to take the helm of the Directorate for Information and Communications Technology Management.

The PNP Chief also named Police Brigadier General Pascual Munoz Jr. as the Regional Director of Police Regional Office MIMAROPA and Police Brigadier General Jonnel Estomo as the Regional Director of Police Regional Office 7.

Other senior officials moved to new posts were:

•           Police Brigadier General Benjamin Acorda Jr. – Deputy Director for Intelligence

•           Police Brigadier General Edgar Monsalve – Director, Intelligence Group

•           Police Brigadier General Joseph Ulysses Gohel – Director, PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group

•           Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro – Acting Director for Integrated Police Operations, Southern Luzon

•           Police Brigadier General Danilo Macerin – Executive Officer, Directorate for Operation

•           Police Brigadier General Sterling Raymund Blanco – Deputy Director for Administration, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

•           Police Brigadier General Rhoderick Armamento – Director, Center for Police Strategy Management 

•           Police Brigadier General Alex Sintin – Acting Director, National Police Training Institute

•           Police Brigadier General Jimili Macaraeg – Director, Logistic Support Service

•           Police Brigadier General Nicerio Obaob – OCPNP

•           Police Colonel Roel Acidre – Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, Police Regional Office CARAGA

•           Police Colonel Celso Bael – Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Intelligence

•           Police Colonel Franco Simborio – Acting Chief, PNP Command Center

•           Police Colonel Leo Francisco – Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, Police Regional Office 3

Their new designations will take effect on Wednesday, September 9. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Facebook removes fake accounts allegedly linked to PH military, police

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2020

Facebook has removed over hundreds of fake accounts for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior.”

In a statement, the social media giant said it removed 155 accounts; 11 Pages; 9 Groups and 6 Instagram accounts. These networks reportedly originated in China. It also removed 57 Facebook accounts; 31 Pages and 20 Instagram accounts where its networks originated in the Philippines and focused on domestic audiences.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of security policy, said these accounts and pages posted about local news and events including domestic politics, military activities against terrorism, pending anti-terrorism bill, criticism of communism, youth activists and opposition, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)and its military wing the New People’s Army (NPA), and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). 

“Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found links to Philippine military and Philippine police,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday (September 23) clarified that none of their maintained accounts were shutdown but is still looking into Facebook’s report.

“There are no accounts that the AFP maintain that were shutdown or removed by Facebook. All of them are up and running. The AFP upholds truth and accountability of network and SocMed account managers as to the contents of postings in our websites, pages, and accounts,” their statement reads. AAC

PNP conducts surprise inspection against cops using recovered, carnapped vehicles

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 22, 2020

Following the directive of PNP Chief PGen. Camilo Cascolan, the Philippine National Police (PNP) conducted a surprise inspection at Camp Crame on Tuesday morning (September 22) to pursue cops who use unregistered, impounded, recovered, and carnapped cars.

The PNP-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) conducted the inspection as part of PNP’s internal cleansing program. PNP-HPG Director Police Brigadier General Eliseo Cruz said they inspect the vehicle’s certificate of registration and its engine and chassis number.

“Siguraduhin na walang sino man sa kapulisan ang gumagamit ng mga recovered, alarmed or stolen vehicle at ito’y isang paraan na sitahin sila habang nandito sa loob ng kampo, (We will make sure no cop will use recovered, alarmed or stolen vehicle and this is a way to apprehend them while they’re still inside the camp),” he said.

Cruz also reiterated that all carnapped vehicles recovered during operations should be turned over to the PNP-HPG within 24 hours as part of the standard operating procedure (SOP).

Meanwhile, the camp lockdown will also be implemented in all PNP camps nationwide. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Police units join pursuit against Maguindanao bombers

Maris Federez   •   September 19, 2020

Map of Maguindanao

MANILA, Philippines — Police special fighters backed by light armor units have joined the pursuit operations against the suspects behind a roadside bombing in Maguindanao on Friday night (September 18).

According to a statement sent by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to the media on Saturday, the bombing resulted in the death of a Marine personnel and the wounding of four other military men.

The report said that personnel of the Maguindanao Police Provincial Office, the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company, the 404th Special Action Company, and the Light Armor Unit of the PNP-SAF were first to respond to the scene of explosion at 7:50 PM on Friday along the provincial road near the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Shariff Aguak.

Police post-blast investigators have likewise sifted through the debris around the seat of explosion of the suspected improvised explosive device (IED).

The report also said that PNP Chief, PGen. Camilo Pancratrius P Cascolan, was informed of the incident thru the PNP Command Center.

Cascolan then immediately alerted newly-installed PRO-BAR Regional Director, PBGen. Samuel Rodriguez to mobilize maneuver units for tactical operations against the suspects.

The personnel of the Philippine Marines on board a troop carrier were reportedly coming from a military operation against BIFF elements in Barangay Salman when the bombing happened.

They were immediately rushed to the nearby IPHO by the responding PNP personnel. — /mbmf

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