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IAS: over 1,000 errant police recommended for dismissal remain on active duty

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, 13 April 2018 06:13 PM

FILE PHOTO: Some members of the Philippine National Police in formation

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Office (PNP-IAS) claims that a number of errant policemen already recommended for dismissal remains on active service.

PNP IAS Inspector General Atty. Alfegar Triambulo noted that based on record from 2015 to 2017, only 30% or 721 from the total of 2,431 cops recommended for dismissal had been removed from the organization.

Triambulo said it seems that the PNP is being slow in addressing their recommendation.

“Pagkatapos po mapirmahan ng inspector general o regional director ng IAS ay pino-forward po naman sa disciplinary authority. Kung sa Crame ay kay CPNP pero kapag sa region ay sa regional director ng police regional office,” he noted.

(After securing the signature or the inspector general or IAS regional director, it is forwarded to the disciplinary authority. In Crame it would be CPNP [Chief of the Philippine National Police], but in regions it is the regional director of the police regional office.)

With this, the Inspector General said DILG Officer in Charge Eduardo Año already ordered an investigation on the matter to find out the loopholes in the process.

Meanwhle, PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management PCInsp. Gregorio Oscar Tambuli, in defense, said all recommendations needs to go through due processes so they cannot just dismiss anyone from active duty.

“Once na napirmahan ni CPNP ang decision, we have to inform the respondent kaya binibigyan pa natin sila ng 10 days for motion for reconsideration. Iyon po ang nagpapatagal,” Inspector Tambuli explained.

(Once the CPNP signs the decision, we have to inform the respondent so we give them 10 days to file motion for reconsideration. It’s what causes the delay.) — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP nabs over 3,000 poll gun ban violators, including cops

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 March 2019 04:35 PM

Seized firearms from violators

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reported to have arrested more than 3,000 people for violating the election gun ban.

Data from the PNP showed that a total of 3,105 gun ban violators were apprehended from January 13, the start of the election period, to March 20, 2019. Arrested persons include 2,924 civilians, 57 security guards, 44 government officials, 32 cops, five soldiers, two Jail and Management Penology officials and seven other members of law enforcement agencies.

According to PNP Spokesperson Senior Supt. Bernard Banac, the policemen were arrested for carrying unlicensed personal firearms.

“They will face illegal possession of firearms for violating the law, their firearms license will also revoked,” Banac told reporters at a press briefing in Camp Crame.

Also arrested for violating the election gun ban were 23 members of threat groups, six from private armed groups, three foreign nationals and two CAFGU members.

The PNP also seized 2,603 firearms, 64 firearm replicas, 1,038 bladed and pointed weapons and 168 grenades. 356 other types of explosives and over 21,000 rounds of ammunition were also confiscated.

The election period in connection with the May midterm elections will last until June 12, 2019. During this time, only police and military on duty and in complete uniform are allowed to carry firearms.

Under election gun ban, permit to carry firearms outside of residence is cancelled and people are prohibited from bearing, carrying and transporting firearms, explosives and other deadly weapons if they have not secured exemptions from the Commission on Elections (Comelec)

The PNP also called on gun owners with expired licences to surrender their firearms to authorities.“We appeal to the responsible gun owners, if your license has expired, surrender your firearms to the nearest police station for temporary custody and safekeeping until you renew your expired license,” Banac urged. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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NCRPO chief fires 15 cops over robbery- extortion

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 03:26 PM

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines — NCRPO Chief Police Dir. Guillermo Eleazar has fired 15 cops from the the Eastern Police District (EPD) over allegations of involvement in a robbery-extortion incident.

A complaint has been filed against PO2 Marlou Quibete, for allegedly extorting money from a drug suspect that his group arrested in a buy-bust operation in Marikina City, Monday night, March 4.

Quibete and his men were reported to have taken P60,000 cash and a necklace from the suspect and his live-in partner. The cops are also accused of forcing the two to sign a deed of sale for a motorcycle.

The said report prompted the authorities to conduct an entrapment operation against the group on Tuesday night that led to the arrest of Quibete.

The 15 cops will be facing administrative and robbery extortion charges together with EPD district director, Police Brigadier General Bernabe M. Balba, who is allegedly aware of the group’s fraudulent activity based on their exchange of text messages which has been forwarded to the NCRPO Chief. — Freema Salonga (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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Viral Momo: PNP warns parents, guardians to monitor children’s activities online

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 28 February 2019 01:04 PM

The disturbing viral Momo Challenge uses the sculpture of Keisuke Aisawa to be the face of its horrifying character named Momo. | Source: Instagram

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) advise parents and guardians to strictly monitor children activities online amid the spread of an alleged suicide game called the “Momo Challenge” on social media.

The game features a scary-looking doll called Momo who allegedly encourages young users to add a contact on WhatsApp.

Once the invitation is complete, users are urged to do challenges that progress into more violent tasks such as self-harm and suicide.

The app is said to also appear on Facebook and Youtube.

“Sa ating mga magulang, kailangan po siguro nating bantayan ang ating mga anak. Kailangang magabayan ang ating mga anak lalo na kung sila ay nasa schools,” Albayalde said on Wednesday (February 27).

“Sa mga guro din, isa na rin ito na isama nila yung tamang pagtuturo para maiwasan itong mga suicidal thinking ng mga kabataan o ang mga challenges na ginagawa through the internet,” he added.

Albayalde added that those who encourage self-harm can also be held criminally liable.

“Remember this is a crime, lalong lalo na kung ang bata ang ini-enganyo na gumawa nito,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo

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