NCRPO beefs up security ahead of Maguindanao massacre case promulgation

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2019   •   871

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Friday said it has beefed up the security in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City ahead of the expected promulgation of the decade-old Maguindanao massacre case.

NCRPO acting director Brigadier General Debold Sinas said they have tightened security in the vicinity of their headquarters, and that the ingress and egress from the camp will be controlled to prevent any untoward incidents related to the case promulgation.

Presiding Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 earlier issued an order announcing that the ruling for the multiple murder charges against over 100 suspects – including members of the Ampatuan clan – will be released on Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Quezon City Jail Annex in Camp Bagong Diwa.

Sinas said that at least 240 members of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion in full battle gear were deployed in the camp to monitor the entrance and exit points.

“Sila yung mag-secure ng whole of Camp Bicutan starting ngayon kasi ngayon pa lang nag ready na kami, iniikutan na yung mga barangays sa tabi, lalo na yung mga bahay sa tabi ng gates,” he said.

The NCRPO chief said the camp will be on lockdown, especially in the detention facility, a few days before the promulgation.  

Police civil disturbance unit has also been placed on alert for possible protest actions that may be staged during the event.

“Meron na kaming inilagay na CCTV sa mga gates para malaman kung sino ‘yan at pinapatanggal ang sumbrero kung mag-register para makuha yung mukha,” Sinas said.

The NCRPO chief also said the Quezon City Police District has already ensured the security of Judge Solis-Reyes, as well as the prosecutors and lawyers handling the case.

The Maguindanao massacre is considered the worst election-related violence and attack on press freedom in the Philippines.

The gruesome incident that occurred on Nov. 23, 2009, left 58 people dead, including 32 media personnel, some members of the Mangudadatu family and several civilians.

The ambush happened when they were on their way to a local Commission on Elections office to cover the filing of then gubernatorial bet Esmael Mangudadatu – a political rival of the Ampatuans.

Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr. and his brother Zaldy Ampatuan are the primary accused in the case.

Of the 197 original suspects facing multiple murder charges, 101 were put on trial and could face sentencing soon. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Over P2.7M worth of illegal drugs seized in Brgy. Baclaran, Parañaque City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reported on Thursday (September 23) that over P2.7-million worth of illegal drugs were seized in an operation held on September 21 in Barangay Baclaran, Parañaque City.

According to a report submitted to NCRPO Chief Pmgen Vicente Danao Jr, police elements were able to intercept and arrest the suspect identified as Joey S. De Leon, from Dimasalang St, Pasay City.

He was caught engaging in illegal drug trade in front of The Original Seafood Building along Market Roxas Boulevard, Service Road North Bound, in Barangay Baclaran.

Recovered from the suspect were the following pieces of evidence:

-a piece medium tied transparent plastic containing white crystalline substance of suspected shabu which was the subject of sale;
-two medium tied transparent plastic containing white crystaline substance of suspected shabu;
-seven pieces heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet each containing white crystalline substance of suspected shabu weighing a total weight of more or less 379 grams with a total street value of P2,577,200;
-a piece of genuine P1,000 bill on top of three pieces of buy-bust money;
a piece coin purse color brown; and
-a shoe box.

The seized illegal drug items were turned over to the Southern Police District Crime Laboratory for chemical analysis while a case for violation of RA 9165 of the The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 is being prepared against the arrested suspect.

NCR police to assist LGUs in pilot implementation of new quarantine alert levels system — Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   September 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Police commanders in the National Capital Region (NCR) will assist in the pilot implementation of the quarantine alert levels system that is set to start on Sept. 16, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said Tuesday.

In a statement, Eleazar said the NCR police will particularly help in the information dissemination on the new guidelines on quarantine alert levels system and in coming up with strategic enforcement and deployment in coordination with the local government units.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Monday night released the guidelines for the system, which aims to prevent the further spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) amid the continuous rise in cases.

“Sa paglabas ng mga alituntunin ng quarantine alert level system, inatasan ko na ang ating mga police commanders sa Metro Manila na pag-aralang mabuti at patuloy na makipag-ugnayan sa mga LGUs para sa strategic deployment at enforcement para sa maayos na pagpapatupad ng mga ito,” Eleazar said.

The PNP chief said police commanders should prevent confusion in the implementation of the rules, which sometimes lead to unnecessary arguments and confrontations with the public.

Under the guidelines, the alert levels system will cover cities or municipalities, which will be classified under Alert Level 1 to Level 5. The alert levels per area will be determined by the Department of Health depending on the COVID-19 incidence rate.

The granular lockdowns, on the other hand, are the critical zones that will be declared by the local government unit.

“Aktibong makikibahagi ang inyong PNP sa enforcement at information dissemination sa guidelines na ito, na ang ibig sabihin din ay kailangang sumunod din ang kapulisan sa mga alituntuning ito,” Eleazar said.

He reminded police officers to observe maximum tolerance, impose only what is only stated in the guidelines, and never punish violators.

Eleazar also reiterated his appeal to the public to cooperate with authorities and to follow the guidelines.

“Hinihikayat natin ang ating mga kababayan sa Metro Manila na alamin ang mga patakarang ito dahil ang pagsasa-puso sa pagsunod ng mga alituntuning ito ay isang mabisang sandata hindi lamang para proteksyunan ang inyong sarili kundi pati na rin sa patuloy na pagkalat ng COVID-19,” Eleazar said.

Eleazar orders cops to ensure NCR cash aid distribution won’t turn into super spreader events

Robie de Guzman   •   August 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday directed the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to ensure that cash distribution activities in Metro Manila will not become a super spreader event amid the continuing threat of COVID-19.

Local government units in Metro Manila, which is under enhanced community quarantine, started the distribution of cash assistance to low-income families on Wednesday, August 11.

“Ang pangunahing bilin natin sa ating mga pulis ay siguraduhing hindi maging super spreader events itong pamamahagi ng ayuda sa ating mga kababayan. Alam naman natin na kailangan ng mga residente ang tulong ngayong ECQ kaya’t hindi malayong dagsain talaga ito,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Dito papasok ang ating kapulisan para siguraduhing nasusunod ang minimum public health safety standards at quarantine protocols lalo na ang social distancing at ang pagsusuot ng face masks at face shields,” he added.

He recalled the incident last week wherein the vaccination processes in some parts of Metro Manila needed to be cancelled because of overcrowding.

“Hindi dapat mangyari sa cash aid distribution ang nangyari nitong nakaraang linggo sa iba’t-ibang vaccination centers kung saan dinumog ng mga tao,” he said.

Eleazar said police personnel should be aware of the schedule and system of cash aid distribution in their areas of responsibility.

“Nakikipagugnayan din tayo sa mga LGU officials dahil sila ang mangunguna sa pagbibigay ng ayuda. Ang magiging papel ng kapulisan sa cash aid distribution ay ang magbigay ng seguridad at tiyaking maayos ang proseso ng bigayan ng ayuda,” he said.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier said that most of the LGUs will release the funds through various distribution system and points, including the posting of the list of beneficiaries and their schedule for claiming the cash assistance.

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