Eleazar to impose ‘Cleanliness Policy’ as he formally assumes PNP chief post

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2021   •   694

MANILA, Philippines — Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar on Friday formally assumed the post as the 26th chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año led the change of command ceremony, on behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte, in Camp Crame.

During the ceremony, retiring Police General Debold Sinas relinquished the command of the PNP to Eleazar.

Sinas will bow out of police service on May 8 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.

In his assumption speech, Eleazar vowed continuity of reform programs in the police force by implementing his 3-pronged intensified cleanliness policy (ICP).

Eleazar said his leadership of the PNP will anchor on this policy “encompassing physical cleanliness in police offices and camps, cleanliness and integrity among the ranks of police personnel and units, and cleanliness in the community on peace and order concerns.”

He explained that the Intensified Cleanliness Policy is based on the broken window theory, which basically means that small problems must be fixed immediately before they get worse.

“Our PCP or our Police Station is considered as the window to the soul of the Philippine National Police. It is where the lasting first impressions of the people are built. It is where the respect of community is established, and it is where the trust and confidence of the people are founded,” said Eleazar.

“Hindi sa Camp Crame, hindi sa Regional Police Headquarters at hindi sa Provincial Police Headquarters kung hindi sa Police Community Precincts at sa mga Police Stations pumupunta ang ating mga kababayan upang humingi ng tulong sa kapulisan. Kung sa bukana pa lang ng police station ay makikita na ang nagkalat na upos ng sigarilyo at basurang nagkalat, at kung sa bukana pa lang ay mapanghi na ang simoy ng hangin, mahihirapan tayong makuha ang respeto at tiwala ng ating mga kababayan na ating pinagsisilbihan,” he added.

He said the ICP will be institutionalized in all aspects, personnel and administrative management in the PNP beginning with a thorough cleansing and introduction of the QR Code System in the PNP recruitment process.

“Sa QR Code or Quick Response Code, walang pangalan, walang mukha, only theirqualifications would be the basis of their evaluation,” he said.

Under the ICP, he said, effective supervision ensures good leadership by example down to the lowest units.

“Even if we have qualified new PNP personnel with the proper training, kung ang madadatnan naman nitong mga bagitong pulis ay mga kasamahang bad influence na magtuturo sa kanila ng mga maling sistema ng pangongotong, pagiging tamad, abusado at gahaman sa pera, wala ring mangyayari,” he added.

The third prong of the ICP focuses on peace and order problems in the community with an Improved Complaint Referral and Monitoring System to address perennial concerns on Street Crime, Illegal Drugs, Communist Insurgency and Terrorism, Cybercrime, and COVID-19.

“I assure our kababayans that once you report your concerns, it is considered as a direct order from me as the Chief of the Philippine National Police to all police stations and units to respond and give immediate actions. Sumbong mo, aksyon ko,” he said.

Both Sinas and Eleazar belong to the PMA “Hinirang” Class of 1987.

Eleazar graduated Cum Laude as Top 4 in the order of merit of PMA Class 1987.

He then went on to hold key positions while serving as a field-grade officer. He served as chief of police of San Pedro, Laguna; provincial officer of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Batangas and Laguna; and chief investigator of the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (PACER).

He was also designated as the CIDG regional chief in Central Luzon and Central Visayas, where he “waged a relentless campaign against organized crime groups and other threat groups in these regions.”

He also held various administrative positions in the Directorate for Logistics and Directorate for Comptrollership and later led the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group and the PNP’s campaign against online sexual exploitation of children, and internet-based fraud and criminal activity.

In 2016, he took the helm of the Quezon City Police District where he launched anti-crime and anti-illegal drug operations that led to the arrest of notorious street criminals and neutralization of drug targets including rogue cops involved in crime.

He also served as PNP Regional Director for CALABARZON and Metro Manila and headed the Joint Task Force COVID Shield as the law enforcement and public safety arm of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Prior to his appointment as PNP chief, he also served as deputy chief for Administration and PNP’s second in command.

Eleazar will serve as PNP chief for about six months before he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 on Nov. 13.

PNP begins probe on death of ex-mayor Sabal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP) has begun its investigation on the death of Montasser Sabal, former mayor of Talitay town in Maguindanao.

“This operation which resulted in a death of a suspect, the Internal Affairs Service through their motu propio investigation will be conducting an investigation so we provided directive or guidance to the IAS just like any other operation that resulted in the death of the suspect,” according to PNP Chief P.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.

Sabal was killed on Thursday after allegedly grabbing the service firearm of a police escort during his transport to Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Authorities were escorting Sabal towards the National Capital Region Field Unit of the CIDG at Camp Crame when he grabbed his police escort’s firearm.

Police heavily wounded Sabal and he was rushed to San Juan Medical Center. He was declared dead Thursday morning.

To remove any suspicion, Eleazar directed the motu propio investigation. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Former Maguindanao mayor on ‘narcolist’ killed after grabbing police escort’s gun

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Former Talitay, Maguindanao mayor, Montasser Sabal, was killed during the operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday after allegedly grabbing the service firearm of a police escort during his transport to Camp Crame in Quezon City.

PNP Chief P.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said Sabal is one of the high-value targets.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested Sabal on Wednesday (June 16) at the Batangas Port in Batangas City.

The PNP said he was wanted for drug and illegal possession of firearms charges. Eleazar also said that Sabal is included in the ‘narcolist’.

“Isa siya sa kino-consider natin na high value target (We consider him a high-value target) considering he was a former police officer, recruited and trained by special action force on explosive ordnance disposal and sniper course,” he said.

During Sabal’s arrest, authorities recovered six high-caliber firearms, 400 grams of suspected illegal drugs, and P200,000 cash.

Authorities were escorting Sabal towards the National Capital Region Field Unit of the CIDG at Camp Crame when he grabbed his police escort’s firearm while onboard the vehicle which resulted in a scuffle.

Sabal was able to shoot the police officer beside him which prompted the accompanying police officer to use reasonable force.

“Sabal tried to escape by grabbing the firearm of his police escort the scuffle between the suspect and the police escort resulted in the latter to hit and fatally wounded Sabal, the suspect was rushed at San Juan Medical Center but declared dead at around 6:13 in the morning,” Eleazar said.

The PNP Chief also added that the confiscated firearms from Sabal might probably be used during the 2022 national elections.

“Another possible attempt by a partisan armed group to beef up armaments as they prepared for the coming 2022 election,” according to Eleazar.

Sabal was charged by the Office of the Ombudsman and eventually suspended for failure to disclose his properties and business interests in his SALN from 2011 to 2015.

Meanwhile, Sabal’s cohorts will undergo an investigation to determine appropriate cases to be filed against them.

PNP nabs alleged big-time gun runner in Cavite

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2021

 MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Police authorities have arrested an individual allegedly involved in the illegal sale of firearms online, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar identified the alleged gun runner as John Christian Bautista, 33, and a resident of Barangay Bucandala IV, Imus, Cavite

Eleazar said Bautista was arrested after the Northern Police District (NPD) Special Operations Unit received information about a transaction for the sale of loose firearms in a Facebook chat group.

Upon validation of the information, police operatives then arranged a meeting with the seller for the purchase of guns at the Metropolitan Petron Gas Station along Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City at around 11:00 AM of June 15, 2021.

The entrapment operation resulted in the arrest of Bautista and the confiscation of the following firearms:

  • Thompson submachine gun cal .45 M1 SN 175291 with one magazine
  • MGV 176 Cal .22 LR SN 3037
  • STI 9mm with SN# KF 11205
  • Cobra Special Cal .38-no serial no.
  • Cal .40 Smith and Wesson with SN NEH 8367
  • Cal .45 COLT 38720

Follow-up operations by the NPD at the suspect’s residence resulted in the voluntary surrender of Bautista’s wife and the confiscation of more loose firearms:

  • Assault Riffle FMK F/A (Tactical) Infant
  • One Shotgun Mossberg T 851464
  • One AK SN-A 502975
  • One MA Carbine Cal. 5.56 MM SN 123561
  • One US Carbine Defaced SN
  • One .22 TCM SN TR008777
  • One Sniper Riffle SN Defaced
  • One Performance STR SW-SN Defaced
  • One Taurus SN NDX 91540
  • Assorted Box of Ammunition; Assorted Ammunition; Assorted Magazine

Eleazar said Bautista’s arrest would “reduce the proliferation of loose firearms and incidents of gun-related violence in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, and nearby provinces.”

He also commended the efforts of local police and the public’s help in the operation.

“Malaking bagay ang tulong ng publiko upang mapanatili ng ating mga kapulisan ang kaayusan sa ating mga komunidad,” Eleazar said.

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