NAPOLCOM favors third party investigation on 2013 ‘Agaw-Bato’ incident

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 10, 2019   •   80

FILE PHOTO: An operative from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) puts back methamphetamine inside a plastic bag during a presentation of seized drugs at the NBI headquarters in Manila, Philippines. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) is in favor of having third party investigation on the 2013 ‘Agaw Bato’ incident in Pampanga.

Mas maganda kung may third party investigating para mawalan ng suspetsa na nagpapabaya o may nagtatakipan (It is better to have a third party investigating [the case] to remove suspicion of neglect or bias),” according to NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman Atty. Rogelio Casurao.

However, Casurao said they will wait for the results of the Senate hearing on the illegal drug recycling issue before releasing their recommendation.

“The timeline is for us to put the investigation in place immediately so that by the time, the matter of investigation of the Senate done, mayroon na rin siguro kaming [resulta] (we would also have our results),” he said.

NAPOLCOM also said they are prepared to accept new administrative cases against 13 alleged ‘ninja cops’ for recycling confiscated illegal drugs in 2013.

President Rodrigo Duterte previously ordered NAPOLCOM Chairman, and incumbent Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año to investigate the ‘Agaw Bato’ incident.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

NAPOLCOM recommends three names for next PNP chief

Marje Pelayo   •   October 18, 2019

(L-R) Police Lt.Gen Archie Gamboa, Deputy Chief for Operations Police Lt.Gen Camilo Cascolan and Directorial Staff Chief Police Major Gen Guillermo Eleazar

MANILA, Philippines — The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) has recommended three high ranking police officers to be the next Philippine National Police (PNP) chief.

Among the three is PNP officer-in-charge Police Lt.Gen Archie Gamboa who took over the PNP following the resignation of Police Gen. Oscar Albayalde.

Aside from Gamboa, Deputy Chief for Operations Police Lt.Gen Camilo Cascolan and Directorial Staff Chief Police Major Gen Guillermo Eleazar are also among NAPOLCOM’s top picks to become the next chief of the PNP.

NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao clarified that the NAPOLCOM’s shortlist is just a recommendation.

The decision still rests with President Rodrigo Duterte as he may also choose someone who is not on NAPOLCOM’s list.

“Moral ascendancy, decency, integrity…these are the things that our system is longing for — iyong tatagal talaga sa trabaho (One who would last long in office) because people are feeling their trust and respect for their leader,” Casurao concluded.

Albayalde’s recommendation for next PNP chief to go thru Napolcom first

Maris Federez   •   October 8, 2019

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde speaks during a gun exhibition in Mandaluyong City, east of Manila, Philippines, 12 July 2018. EPA-EFE/EUGENIO LORETO

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PGen. Oscar ALbayalde is yet to receive a request from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the National Police Commission (Napolcom), or even the Malacañang for a list of possible choices for President Rodrigo Duterte for the next head of the national police force.

PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said they are awaiting the request before submitting the list to Napolcom which will, in turn, forward the same to the Office of the President.

Albayalde’s recommendation for chief includes the names of his possible successor, their present position and accomplishments.

Banac added that Napolcom may still add to the list its own bets for the PNP post.

“Maaari din namang humingi mismo ang Pangulo diretso na from the Chief PNP. Nasa kapangyarihan niya yun,” the official said.

Banac assured that the PNP chief had included in his list the heads of command groups and national support units, as well as, the regional directors.

The police spokesman, however, said there were instances when the President had not picked from the recommendations of previous PNP chiefs but based his decision on which official had earned his trust the most.

“Wala namang limitasyon kung ilan ang maaaring isumite.  Lahat ng one star rank pataas ay qualified mamuno ng Philippine National Police,” said Banac.

Among the names that have floated as Albayalde’s possible successor are: Deputy Chief for Operations PLtGen. Archie Gamboa, the Chief Directorial Staff PLtGen. Camilo Cascolan, NCRPO Director PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar, Manila Police District Director Vicente Danao Jr., and Firearms and Explosives Office Director PBGen. Val De Leon. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

Napolcom approves PNP recruitment of 10,000 cops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 27, 2019

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) on Thursday (September 26) authorized the recruitment of 10,000 police officers.

Resolution No. 2019-707 dated September 13 states that the approval of police recruitment is “to address insurgency problems and support personnel build-up programs.”

According to Napolcom Vice-Chairman Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao, the PNP will recruit 7,895 new police officers to the PNP Mobile Forces under the 17 Police Regional Offices nationwide while the 2,105 recruits will be allocated to selected National Support Units (NSUs) and other PNP Offices.

“The PNP CY 2019 Regular Recruitment Program distribution is based on police to population ratio, peace and order condition, and actual demands of the functional area,” he said.

The 7,895 regular quota is distributed per region, as follows:

PRO1- 450; PRO2- 350; PRO3- 300; PRO4A- 295; PRO4B- 600; PRO5- 750; PRO6- 400; PRO7- 300; PRO8- 450; PRO9- 350; PRO10- 700; PRO11- 400; PRO12- 350; PRO13- 500; PRO COR- 600; PRO ARMM- 800; NCRPO- 300.

The 2,105 quota is distributed to selected NSUs and other offices, as follows:

Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG)- 100; Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG)- 50; Aviation Security Group (AVSEGROUP)- 200; Communications and Electronics Service (CES)- 50; Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)- 300; Crime Laboratory (CL)- 250; Drug Enforcement Group (DEG)- 200; Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management/ Women and Children’s Protection Center (DIDM/WCPC)- 80; Explosive Ordnance Disposal/K9 Group (EOD/K9)- 75; Health Service (HS)- 100; Headquarters Support Service (HSS)/PNP BAND- 200; Intelligence Group (IG)- 100; Information Technology Management Service (ITMS)- 50; Logistics Support Service (LSS)- 50; Maritime Group (MG)- 75; Training Service (TS)- 100; Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG)- 75; and Police Retirement Benefits Service (PRBS)- 50.

Casurao has warned that chiefs of PNP offices/units and members of the various Screening and Selection Committees will be subjected to administrative sanctions if they do not ensure strict compliance to the recruitment procedures.—AAC


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