DILG’s Año defends cop in clash with foreigner in Makati village

Robie de Guzman   •   April 29, 2020   •   698

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has defended the police officer involved in a clash with a foreigner in Dasmariñas Village in Makati City, saying the cop acted according to established police protocols.

“Amid all the buzz and trial by publicity going around this incident, we stand with Police Senior Master Sergeant Roland Madrona since he did his job properly. The incident was handled in accordance with established police protocols. He was just doing his job,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Año also said Madrona “acted by the book” when he made the arrest and should not be judged solely by the video circulating online “as there were a lot more going on prior to the shooting of the video.”

“In the case of our police officer, Police Senior Master Sergeant Mardona, he did his job well and ipaglalaban ko ‘yan kahit mababang ranggo ng pulis, paglalaban natin ‘yan,” he said in a media interview.

“They were on the street, and he [Madrona] was already doing the arrest that led in front of the house. It’s allowed by the law, it’s called hot pursuit, even if the guy went inside the house, if you’re arresting somebody, you’re allowed by law,” he added.

Madrona was conducting a patrol in the village, together with Bantay Bayan personnel Esteban Gaan when he noticed Parra’s house helper, Cherilyn Escalante, watering the plants outside without wearing a face mask.

Madrona claimed he politely approached and advised the maid to wear a face mask for her safety.

The helper then went inside the house, but minutes later, Parra and his wife, Abegail Salvador went out of their residence and confronted the police officer.

In the now viral video, Parra can be seen and heard throwing foul words at the cop, and supposedly lectured him on how to implement the quarantine protocols.

The foreigner also allegedly shouted at Madrona to get off his property.

The cop tried to arrest the furious foreigner, but Parra evaded and went inside his house.

Madrona and the Makati City Police have already filed complaints against Parra on Tuesday.

Año said that in incidents like this “it is always the easiest to judge a certain situation by referencing a video, but we cannot pass a verdict na iyon lamang ang ating pinagbabasehan. Full investigation must ensue so that we can consider all the other evidences and eyewitness accounts.”

The Philippine National Police has ordered an investigation into the matter.

Año assured that the probe will be done with complete impartiality and due process.

“I am the chairman of the National Police Commission and I dismissed more than 2,000 police officers for various offenses and abuses of authority. I won’t let any policeman abuse and use his position to hurt others,” he said.

Meanwhile, Año reminded the public that during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), enforcement of the law is stricter as a public health measure to contain the transmission of COVID-19, even the simplest wearing of mask must be adhered to.

DILG extends deadline of road clearing ops to Jan. 22

Robie de Guzman   •   January 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday said it has granted a one-week extension on the deadline for the road clearing operations following requests by local government units (LGU) to give them more time to clear roads of obstructions.

The DILG said that instead of January 15, LGUs have been given until January 22 to complete their road clearing efforts.

“We extended the deadline for road clearing operations 2.0 because these are extraordinary times; we are in a pandemic and LGUs have a lot on their plate. We understand the request so the Department granted it,” DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.

The DILG announced in November last year the resumption of nationwide road clearing operations, giving the LGUs 60 days to comply with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to rid streets of illegal obstructions.

“This is, in a way, a little help to the LGUs so that they have more time to comply with the President’s directive,” Malaya said.

The validation period will be on January 25 to February 5, he added.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año previously said that the road clearing operations now are different due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said full implementation of the road clearing operations is enforced in areas under modified general community quarantine. Partial implementation is executed in areas under general community quarantine while road clearing operations in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine and enhanced community quarantine are suspended.

Malaya said that prior to the start of the validation period, the DILG will create validation teams in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), for each province, city and municipality.

“This time around mayroon tayong validation teams na established at cross-posted, meaning, kung taga-Quezon City sila hindi sila puwede mag-validate sa QC, dapat nasa Taguig City sila o alin mang ibang lungsod,” he said.

Among the validation requisites are the actual removal of road obstructions; enactment of an enabling ordinance; conduct of an inventory of road obstructions; crafting and implementation of a displacement plan; rehabilitation of cleared roads; creation of a grievance mechanism; as well as the Tricycle Route Plan, the DILG said.

DILG urges LGUs to resume road clearing to meet January 15 deadline

Robie de Guzman   •   January 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday called on local government units (LGU) to resume the nationwide road-clearing operations in their respective areas and expedite implementation as the 60-day deadline ends on January 15, 2021.

“Now that the holidays are over, we expect all LGUs to pick up where they left off in their road clearing operations. They were supposed to start November 16 last year up to January 15,” DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.

Malaya, however, stressed that while the deadline ends on January 15, the road clearing operation is a year-round activity that requires sustained effort and implementation.

“Balik trabaho na naman po tayo kaya kailangan nating seryosohin ang road clearing para sa mas maluwag na lansangan at para na rin sa kapakanan nating lahat,” he said.

According to the DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2020-145, areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) should fully implement the road-clearing operations by January 15, which means the implementation of all components of road clearing.

The circular also states that full implementation includes the removal of road and sidewalk obstructions, conduct of road inventories, physical removal of road obstructions without prejudice to the property rights of the affected stakeholders, crafting and implementation of displacement plans, rehabilitation, and maintenance of cleared roads, and creation of a grievance mechanism.

LGUs under general community quarantine (GCQ) are expected to do a partial implementation of the road clearing operations which is limited to the actual or physical removal or abatement of road and sidewalk obstructions that are considered hazardous to motorists and pedestrians.

These include unauthorized parked vehicles, illegal structures, nuisances, and any other structures erected along or standing on, made immovable or otherwise, that impede safe and convenient passage through public road or sidewalk.

Meanwhile, road clearing operations are suspended in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

President Rodrigo Duterte retained the GCQ classification of the National Capital Region and Davao City effective January 1 until January 31, 2021, subject to LGUs’ appeals.

Also under GCQ are Isabela, Santiago City, Batangas, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, Lanao del Sur, Iligan City, and Davao del Norte.

All other areas are placed under MGCQ.

Malaya said that validation of provincial, city, and municipal compliance would be conducted from January 18 to 22, 2021.

Included in the items to be validated by the DILG Validation Teams are the Tricycle Route Plans in their respective areas to ensure that alternate routes are provided to tricycles which are prohibited by law from operating on national highways across the country.

“Sa pagpapatuloy po ng serbisyo sa bagong taon ay huwag po nating kalimutan ang pagkakaroon ng disiplina sa pagsusuot ng face mask at face shield, paghuhugas ng kamay at pag-distansya ng isang metro,” Malaya said.

DILG lists allowable ‘pailaw’ for new year revelries

Robie de Guzman   •   December 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has released a list of pyrotechnic devices commonly referred to as ‘pailaw’ to serve as a guide for people buying fireworks for new year revelries.

The DILG said the following are examples of allowable ‘pailaw’ cited by the Philippine National Police (PNP):

  • Butterfly
  • Fountain
  • Jumbo Regular and Special
  • Luces
  • Mabuhay
  • Roman Candle
  • Sparklers
  • Trompillo
  • Whistle Device
  • Other similar types of pailaw

However, the DILG stressed that under the Executive Order No. 28, local government units (LGU) have the authority to promulgate the necessary rules and regulations on firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices within their jurisdiction in conformity with national standards, rules and regulations.

“Therefore, as authorized by their respective ordinances and issuances, LGUs may or may not issue special permits for the sale of consumer pyrotechnics or ‘pailaw’ in their respective jurisdictions,” the department said.

“LGUs may also prohibit community fireworks display outside of malls and other establishments to prevent crowds as a measure against COVID-19,” it added.

Executive Order No. 28 s. 2017 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte mandates the strict regulation on the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics.

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