New NCRPO chief Danao to intensify police visibility in Metro Manila streets

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2020   •   425

MANILA, Philippines – Police Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr. on Wednesday vowed to intensify police visibility by flooding Metro Manila streets with policemen as he formally takes over as head of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

During the turnover ceremony held at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig, Danao said he would focus more on maintaining peace and order in Metro Manila.

“Pano natin gagawin yan? More police visibility in the streets… Let us flood the streets of Metro Manila with policemen in order to ensure the safety and security of our constituents,” Danao said in his assumption speech.

The newly-installed NCRPO chief acknowledged that guarding every corner of Metro Manila has always been a challenge due to its large population.

However, he said that he would employ the strategic deployment of his men as part of police efforts against criminality.

Danao also vowed to aggressively go after errant cops as part of the internal cleansing program. He will also intensify the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“Nakikiusap ako sa inyo mga kapatid, let us put a stop especially on the anti-illegal drugs. Kung meron man paisa-isa pa sa inyo na medyo nawawalay ng landas, ngayon pa lang sinasabihan ko na kayo na door is always open for you to leave,” he said.

Danao was appointed to NCRPO’s top post, replacing General Debold Sinas who is now the 25th Philippine National Police (PNP) chief.

Prior to his designation as NCRPO head, he served as CALABARZON Police chief.

Danao is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Sambisig Class of 1991. He will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on August 10, 2023. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

NCRPO in favor of placing Metro Manila under MGCQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said it is in favor of relaxing the quarantine classification in Metro Manila from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

According to NCRPO Director PMGen. Vicente Danao Jr., this is to ease the load of police officers who have been monitoring quarantine controlled points for almost one year.

It could be a very very welcome development for all of us at least. Siguro nakikita ng taas na nako-kontrol na natin ang virus. Hopefully, as long as hindi po natin maba-violate ang basic health protocols (Maybe the higher-ups are seeing we are controlling the virus. Hopefully, as long as we do not violate the basic health protocols),” he said.

Aside from this, easing the quarantine classification can also help them in focusing more on their anti-illegal drugs, anti-criminality, and anti-terrorism campaign.

Meanwhile, Danao also reiterated that the public should still follow the minimum health and safety protocols.

“Let us be responsible enough to really, follow the basic like wearing a facemask, face shield, social distancing,” he said. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Police to present additional evidence in Dacera case hearing on Jan. 27 – NCRPO

Robie de Guzman   •   January 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Police investigators will submit additional pieces of evidence before the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office as it resumes Wednesday the preliminary investigation into the death of Christine Dacera, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Tuesday.

“Tomorrow is 27. We will be submitting all available evidence. Sana lang ma-appreciate ng fiscal for finally filing the information against the suspects. Kung wala naman eh definitely, the case will be dismissed,” NCRPO chief Major General Vicent Danao Jr. said.

Danao, however, refused to provide details on the matter.

The NCRPO chief also did not specify whether he has implemented the directive of PNP chief General Debold Sinas to relieve the head of the Makati Police and other police officers due to possible liability in the handling of Dacera’s case.

The PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) earlier recommended the relief of Makati Police chief Harold Depositar, two investigators of the case, and a medico-legal officer pending the investigation on their possible negligence and lapses in handling the case.

The preliminary investigation of Dacera’s case initially began on Jan. 13 but it was moved to Jan. 27 at the PNP’s request as it still awaits the results of forensic tests conducted on Dacera’s remains.

Seven of the 11 respondents to the case attended the initial preliminary investigation.

Dacera was found unconscious in the bathtub of a room in Makati hotel on January 1 after a night of partying with some friends. She was rushed to a hospital where she was declared dead.

Initial autopsy stated that Dacera’s cause of death was ruptured aortic aneurysm. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

NCRPO denies torture claim of two respondents in Dacera case

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 14, 2021

Respondents in the Christine Dacera Case

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has denied the torture claims of two respondents in the Dacera case.

NCRPO Director PBGen. Vicente Danao Jr. defended the Makati Police against allegations that police officers tortured two of the respondents.

The respondents reported that they were tortured to say there were illegal drugs present during the New Year’s Eve party or the night before the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera.

Danao said no police authorities abused or forced the respondents to influence their statements regarding the case. He also questioned the two on the sudden retraction of their statements.

“They’ve been coming out sa different social media and the same story ang sinasabi nila during their interviews at iyong mga info na inilabas nila sa kanilang Facebook page mismo. Wala naman silang sinabi na nabugbog sila, bakit ngayon biglang nagkaroon ng bugbugan (They’ve been telling the same story during the interviews and from the stories they released in their Facebook page. No one said something about getting tortured, then all of a sudden, there was tortured involved?),” he said.

On Wednesday (January 13), respondents JP dela Serna and Rommel Galido alleged that they were abused by police authorities mentally and physically to force them to provide false information.

“I retracted it because they were the ones who put words into my mouth na magturo ako ng tao sa nangyari (to pin the incident on someone) […] tutulungan nila kaming makalabas if ever magsasabi kami kung sino iyong tao (they said they will help us get released if we give them a name),” Dela Serna said.

Galido, previously said Christine told him about a certain Mark who allegedly put something in her drink. Galido clarified that Christine just told him she had drunk too much.

“Fino-force kami na dapat magsabi, magturo kami ng someone kapalit ng kalayaan namin. Siyempre, wala akong alam kung anong dapat gawin. Gulong gulo iyong isip ko.. Any options i-grab [ko] para matapos na ito. Sabi ko doon, si Mark. Si Mark iyong nasabi ko which is hindi naman dapat talaga kasi wala namang sinabi si Christine na Mark (They forced us to put the blame on someone in exchange for our freedom. Of course, I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to grab any option just to end this. I told them it’s Mark which is not true because Christine never mentioned someone named Mark),” Galido said.

Meanwhile, the NCRPO released photos proving no torture was done against the respondents. Danao added that the respondents could face raps for retracting their statements regarding the case.

“Pwede silang file-an ng perjury kasi under oath iyon na sinabi nila, (They could be charged with perjury because they said those statements under oath),” he said.

Danao also said they added more names to the list of respondents. The NCRPO hopes that the involved individuals would cooperate to shed more light on the case. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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