Cop in Paniqui twin slay to face admin, criminal raps – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   December 21, 2020   •   823

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday denounced the killing of a mother and her son by a police officer in Paniqui, Tarlac.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año assured that justice will be given to the family of the victims and that the cop involved in the shooting incident will face administrative and criminal charges.

The cop, identified as Police Senior Master Sergeant Joniel Nuezca, has been disarmed and is now under the custody of the Tarlac Provincial Police Office, he added.

The DILG oversees the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“The formal investigation into the incident has commenced and we assure the family and the public that the PNP and the National Police Commission will conduct a thorough, impartial, and swift investigation,” Año said.

On Sunday, Nuezca shot mother and son, identified as 52-year old Sonya Gregorio and 25-year old Frank Anthony, during an argument that started over an improvised canon.

In the now-viral video, the shooting incident happened after the young daughter of the policeman, who shouted “my father is a policeman,” was mocked by Sonya. This appeared to have triggered the cop to pull his gun and shot the two victims.

Nuezca, assigned at the Paranaque City Police Station but went home to Paniqui, Tarlac, was off-duty when the incident occurred. He initially fled the scene but later surrendered to authorities.

Año vowed to make the cop accountable for his crime.

“We do not and will never tolerate such acts and we will make sure that he will account for his crimes,” he said.

Año said the incident is “unfortunate but isolated,” as he stressed that Nuezca’s crime is not the sin of the entire Philippine National Police.

“While there are unfortunate incidents like this, the vast majority of our PNP personnel perform their sworn duties everyday with honor and integrity to protect and serve the people,” he said.

“The sin of Nuezca is not the sin of the entire Philippine National Police. As we have seen during this pandemic, they place their very lives on the line as frontliners in our COVID response,” he added.

The DILG chief also reminded police officers to “remain calm at all times, to control their emotions, and to conduct themselves in a manner befitting their position as agents of the law.”

Año said he has directed PNP Chief P/Gen Debold Sinas to extend assistance to the family of the victims at this time of bereavement.

DILG calls on CPP-NPA to turn over members responsible for Masbate mine blast

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has called on the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) to turn over members involved in the Masbate mine blast.

After the CPP-NPA took responsibility for the incident, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the group should be held accountable for the death of football player Kieth Absalon and his cousin Novlen Absalon.

“Now that the CPP-NPA has accepted full responsibility for the senseless murder, it now becomes their duty to turn over the terrorists responsible for the deaths so that justice maybe served to their families and loved ones,” he said in a statement. Año also assured the safety of the suspects while undergoing trial.

“The ends of justice require that those responsible must be held accountable for their crimes against the people under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines,” he said.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are prepared to file criminal charges against the CPP-NPA members involved in the incident. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Several establishments in Valenzuela City receive Safety Seal Certification

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Three business establishments in Valenzuela City received Safety Seal Certification by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said the Safety Seal Certification Program will verify that an establishment is fully compliant with health and safety protocols. This will also boost consumer confidence and will encourage other establishments to abide by protocols.

“We are really launching itong safety seal para po talagang mabigyan ng gabay ang mga consumers na ang lugar na may safety seal ay following minimum health protocol standards. Ito po ay isang paraan para ma-encourage at tumaas naman ang business at consumer confidence na ang lugar na pupuntahan nila ay safe,” he said.

(We are launching the safety seal to guide consumers that bearing it would mean that the establishment is following minimum health protocols standards. This is a way to encourage and boost business and consumer confidence.)

For establishments to be eligible for a Safety Seal Certification, must abide by the minimum protocols and should have a digital contact tracing app available.

Lopez, however, clarified that the certificate is not a requirement but it would be helpful.

“Seal iyan na it can attract more customers dahil safe sa lugar nila. Sa mga hindi pa na-inspect they can operate pero eventually dahil kailangan silang mag-apply at magpa-inspect para malagyan din ng safety seal,” Lopez said.

(It is a seal that can attract more customers because their establishment is safe. To those who have not undergone inspection, they can still operate but, eventually, they will have to apply for the safety seal)

The validity of the seal will be from six months to one year. However, the seal can still be revoked if the establishment is proven to have violated minimum health protocols.

DILG Usec. Jonathan Malaya said the local government units (LGUs) will conduct surprise inspections to make sure that establishments continue to follow the protocols.

“Within six months people may complain at pwede pong ma-revoke ang safety seal and then mayroon pong proseso for reinstatement. Kung hindi po magku-comply ang negosyo pwede pong isuspend ang business permit ng local government unit,” he said.

(Within six months people may complain and the safety seal can be revoked, and then there is a process for reinstatement. And if the establishment will not comply, the local government unit can suspend its business permit.)

The DILG and the DTI are hoping that there will be more establishments that would apply for a Safety Seal Certification. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)



LGUs declare CPP-NPA-NDF as persona non grata — DILG

Maris Federez   •   May 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — More than 80 percent or 1,436 of the total local government units in the country have condemned and declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) as persona non grata (PNG), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.

DILG Usec. Jonathan Malaya said there has been an increasing number of LGUs that have condemned and banned CPP-NPA-NDF members and activities in their areas.

“Iyong message na ito ay napaka-klarado. Ang ibig pong sabihin nito, in 10 LGU’s, walo na mga LGUs na yun have taken a firm stand to condemn and denounce that communist terrorist group, and I hope the remaining 2 or 1 LGU also do the same,” Malaya said.

He added that the declaration of the LGUs extends to other terrorist groups and their sympathizers.

“I would think that the front organizations, who are proven to be front organizations, are also covered by the PNG declaration by the local government unit. Bakit po? Because these front organizations also advocate for armed struggle. Hindi lamang sila hayagan,” Malaya said.

Of the country’s 17 regions, six have issued a resolution giving their 100 percent declaration of PNG against the CPP-NPA-NDF. These include Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Soccssargen and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año had earlier said that the local government units’ declaration will serve as a strong message of unity against the rebel group.  (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf


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