Eleazar orders intensified ops vs private armed groups, loose firearms ahead of election season

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 1, 2021   •   649

 

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Guillermo Eleazar said the national police will intensify its operations against private armed groups (PAG) and loose firearms ahead of election season.

Eleazar added that he has ordered all police offices and units nationwide to intensify operations especially when there are politicians who use private armed groups and will try to win the candidacy through violence. Eleazar said the PNP wants to ensure credible, orderly and peaceful elections in 2022.

“Papalapit na ang eleksyon at alam naman natin na may ilang pulitiko na gumagamit ng private armed groups para sa pansarili nilang mga interes, partikular ang maipanalo ang kanilang kandidatura gamit ang dahas. We will not allow that,” he said.

(The election is drawing near and we know there are several politicians who use private armed groups for their own interest, particularly to win the candidacy using violence.)

The PNP Chief also directed the local police to intensify intelligence gathering efforts to monitor PAGs as well as syndicates involved in gun-running activities.

According to the National Task Force on the Disbandment of PAGs (NTF-DPAGs), over 130 armed groups are being monitored in Mindanao alone.

“Dapat tiyakin ng PNP na walang magaganap na aberya o kaguluhan sa bawat bahagi ng halalan, mula sa filing ng candidacy hanggang sa deklarasyon ng mga nanalong kandidato,” Eleazar said.

(The PNP should ensure there will be no disorder during elections, from the filing of candidacy to the declarations of winners) AAC

Ombudsman junks CIDG petition vs Abayalde anew

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has rejected anew the motion filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) seeking the reversal of the decision to acquit former PNP chief Police General Oscar Abayalde of graft charges filed against him.

In its resolution, the Ombudsman said the CIDG’s motion still lack sufficient evidence that will pin down Abayalde to the case.

The resolution added that the CIDG did not submit new arguments that will prove the involvement of the retired general in the case.

The CIDG filed graft charges against Abayalde for his alleged involvement in the anomalous drug operation of police authorities in Pampanga in 2013. —/mbmf

NTC, makikipag-ugnayan sa PNP at NBI para matunton ang nasa likod ng text scams

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Makikipag-ugnayan ang National Telecommunications (NTC) sa pulisya at sa National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) para imbestigahan ang mga nasa likod ng text scams.

Ito ay kasunod na rin ng mga reklamo ng ilang mobile subscribers ukol sa natatanggap nilang mga text messages mula sa mga ‘di kilalang phone numbers na nag-aalok ng trabaho, o kaya ay pautang.

Ayon sa NTC, maraming paraan para makuha ang phone number ng isang indibiduwal na pinapadalhan ng spam texts.

Kabilang na dito ang listahan ng mga number na nagpapaload sa mga tindahan at sa contact tracing system ng mga establisimyento.

Pero giit ni NTC deputy commissioner Edgardo Cabarios, ipinagbabawal ang pagbibigay ng impormasyong ito sa ibang tao at paggamit rito para sa text scams.

“We can coordinate perhaps with NBI at police para surveillance, ano, ma-determine sino yung mga yan—grupo ba sila or individual, et cetera, et cetera,” ani Cabarios.

Payo ng NTC sa publiko, huwag magbigay ng personal na impormasyon kung makakatanggap ng mga ganitong mensahe.

Maaari namang i-block ng NTC ang phone number ng mga gumagawa ng ganitong aktibidad kung hihilingin ng mga magrereklamo.

Kung makakatanggap ng text scams, maaari itong ireport sa NTC Central Office Consumer Welfare and Protection Division sa mga numerong (+63) (02) 8920-4464; (+63) (02) 8926-7722; at (+63) (02) 8921-3251.

Maaari ding magpadala ng mensahe sa e-mail address ng NTC na consumer@ntc.gov.ph. (Mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Eleazar to join Lacson-Sotto senatorial slate

Maris Federez   •   November 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Former Philippine National Police chief Guillermo Eleazar is setting his eyes on a seat in the Senate under Partido Reporma.

Partido Reporma’s presidential bet, Senator Panfilo Lacson, confirmed this development through a text message to reporters Saturday morning.

Eleazar will replace Paolo Capino who withdrew his candidacy. Capino, a person with disability, would have been the representative of the differently-abled sector in the Senate.

“Yes, I confirm that he will run under Partido Reporma to substitute for Paolo Capino who has announced his intention to withdraw from the senatorial race yesterday,” Lacson said.

Eleazar officially retired from the police force Saturday (November 13) upon reaching the mandatory age of retirement of 56, serving as police chief for only six months. —/mbmf

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