DILG orders PNP to continue apprehending curfew violators amid ECQ

Robie de Guzman   •   March 31, 2020   •   1194

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to continue its arrest of curfew violators amid the enforcement of Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The order follows the activation of the online inquest proceedings of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said he has discussed the matter with PNP chief General Archie Gamboa, who instructed the Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield to continue apprehending those disobeying community quarantine protocols imposed by the government.

The JTF COVID Shield is the enforcement arm of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

It is composed of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Coast Guard, and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

“To be lenient now on curfew violators will go against the very purpose of the ECQ which is to stop the movement of people and only allow essential personnel to break curfew,” Año said.

“Marami pa rin tayong pasaway na mga kababayan. The only way they will follow the law is if we make arrests,” he added.

The DILG said a total of 42,826 curfew violators were apprehended in the first 11 days of the enhanced community quarantine, from March 17 up to March 27. Of this number, 12,094 of them were from Metro Manila.

Año said all the apprehended violators will be taken to the nearest police stations for investigation, and filing of cases using DOJ’s e-inquest project.

The DOJ earlier said that the virtual inquest proceedings may be done using any online platform for video calls and conferences and all available electronic communications.

General rules on procedures for its conduct has been issued to the government prosecutors across the country.

In the absence of Internet connections or online facilities in the police stations, regular direct filing will be accomplished by police investigators.

“If no inquest is done within 12 hours, all arrested violators must be released immediately,” Año said, adding that cases can still be filed against them after the COVID crisis is over.

Police to file raps vs BIFF over Datu Piang attack

Robie de Guzman   •   December 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to file criminal charges against two leaders and several members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) following the attack in Datu Piang town in Maguindanao on Thursday night.

The PNP on Friday said charges for attempted murder, arson (damage to government property), indiscriminate firing, damage to property, and grave threats and intimidation are being prepared against the suspects.

Police identified Salahudin Hasan alias Salah, and Muhiden Animbang Indong alias Commander Karialan as leaders of the group of 50 individuals who attacked the town around 9:25 p.m. on Thursday.

No casualty was reported but the suspects allegedly set a police vehicle on fire.

Authorities said the incident is currently being jointly investigated by the police and military.

Police said nearby municipal police stations have been alerted in case the BIFF launches another harassment.

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Alleged Cotabato mall bomber killed in clash with police

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2020

The alleged mastermind of the mall bombing in Cotabato in 2018 died in an encounter with the police on Tuesday (December 1).

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has confirmed that Abraham Abad Abdulrahman alias Abu Suffian died in a gun battle with a composite police team implementing a Search Warrant in Barangay Bagua 2, Cotabato City.

During the operation, Abu Suffian resisted during the lawful search and engaged the police team in a firefight.

Six minor children were rescued from the area of encounter. The raiding team recovered a 60mm high-explosive mortar projectile, IED components, and a motorcycle.

PNP Chief, Police General Debold Sinas urged other PNP units to intensify efforts against terrorist personalities belonging to domestic and transnational threat groups. AAC

LGU ordinance, kailangan sa pagpasok ng mga menor de edad sa mall – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Hinimok ni Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na maglabas ng ordinansa para payagan ang mga menor de edad sa loob ng mga mall sa general community quarantine (GCQ) areas.

Ginawa ni Año ang pahayag kasunod ng rekomendasyon na payagan nang lumabas ang mga menor de edad sa gitna ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Una nang sinabi ng DILG chief na maaaring pumasok sa loob ng mga mall sa GCQ areas ang mga menor de edad na 15 anyos pababa basta’t kasama ang kanilang mga magulang.

Ngunit kailangan aniya itong pagtibayan ng ordinansa, lalo na ng bawat lungsod sa Metro Manila.

“Ito po ay pagtitibayin sa mga ordinansa ng ating mga NCR (National Capital Regions) mayors sa lugar po ng GCQ (General Community Quarantine)” ang wika ni Año.

Paglilinaw naman ni Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, limitado lamang ang aktibidad na maaaring gawin ng mga menor de edad sa loob ng mall gaya ng pagbili ng pagkain at iba pang mahahalagang bagay.

Ayon kay Lopez, ito ay bahagi ng mga hakbang ng pamahalaan upang muling pasiglahin ang ekonomiya na nalugmok sa gitna ng pandemya.

Samantala, sinabi naman ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na hihintayin nila ang ilalabas na ordinansa ng mga lokal na pamahalaan bago nila payagan ang mga menor de edad na makapasok sa loob ng mga mall.

“Kailangan pagtibayin yan ng isang ordinansa. Sa meeting namin ng JTF COVID Shield, pinaghandaan po namin itong recommendation ng mayors sa Metro Manila at kaugnayan din natin si NCRPO director para nga sa pagpapatupad nitong nirecommend nila na tinanggap naman ng IATF at inannounce na nga kagabi,” ang wika ni Lieutenant General Cesar Hawthorne Binag, ang commander ng Joint Task Force COVID Shield.

Hinimok rin ng pulisya ang mga magulang na kung maaari ay huwag nang dalhin sa mall ang mga bata hangga’t nananatili ang banta ng COVID-19.

“Nakikiusap kami na hangga’t kaya dahil wala pa po tayong vaccination e umiwas na lang po muna sana. This is to protect and prevent the disease from spreading further. Siguro kung medyo naturukan na tayo ng vaccine ay that’s the time na pwede na lumabas,” ang pahayag ni National Capital Region Police Office director Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr.

Sinabi rin ni PNP chief General Debold Sinas na pauuwiin nila ang mga batang magtutungo sa mall habang wala pang inilalabas na ordinansa.

“Hindi namin hulihin at alamin muna ng pulis ang dahilan kung bakit nasa mall na sila at pauwiin natin sila,” ang wika ni Sinas. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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