No ‘planted beneficiaries’ in police ‘barangayanihan’ — PNP

Marje Pelayo   •   April 28, 2021   •   845

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has refuted reports of alleged ‘planted beneficiaries’ in its community pantries in different regions.

The issue stemmed from an alleged memorandum from Police Regional Office 10 Director PBGen. Rolando Anduyan ordering cops to take selfies with so-called ‘planted beneficiaries’ and post them on social media.

PNP Chief General Debold Sinas said, there is no such order coming from him.

Anduyan also denied issuing the said memorandum. He, however, confirmed that they coordinated with local barangay officials for such community pantries.

“We seek help doon sa barangay kasi sila ang nakakakilala doon sa mga tao na really needs help,” Anduyan said.

PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Ronaldo Olay, meanwhile, said that those police officers who took selfies of their activities did so for the documentation of what they have done throughout the day.

“Kasi every activity merong after-activity report ang mga units natin. Halimbawa isang police station nag conduct ng barangayanihan, they have to submit after-activity report and what is the best proof na talagang nag-conduct sila? So in the form of pictures,” Olay said.

The official added that ‘barangayanihan’ is not new to the police force because the PNP has been doing such charity work since 2015 under the Office of the Directorate for Police Community Relation.

Sinas, in the meantime, ordered an investigation to identify the persons behind the malicious post against the police in relation to the community pantry.

“It is not within the PNP to make such allegations na mga ganun. So we will have the CIDG and the Cybercrime to investigate those so-called posts,“ he said.

Sinas stressed that their efforts are for those who are in need of food and they are not favoring anyone for that matter. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP chief Eleazar orders probe into Maguindanao blast

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2021

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Monday said he has directed the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to conduct a deeper probe into a grenade blast that occurred in Maguindanao last Saturday, Oct. 23.

In a statement, Eleazar said police investigators should look into the possible motive and perpetrators of the incident, which is said to be targeting Maguindanao Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu.

“Our police investigators should not leave any stone unturned in determining the motive and identifying the perpetrator of the grenade blast. Lahat ng anggulo ay ating titingnan sa insidenteng ito,” he said.

The PNP said the blast transpired just as a convoy of some 20 to 30 vehicles of Mangudadatu and his group were passing near a Philippine Army detachment in Guindulungan, Maguindanao.

Initial information stated that a hand grenade was thrown towards the direction of the military detachment, which then exploded.

“Isa lang sa maraming posibleng motibo sa insidente ang sinasabing pagtarget kay Maguindanao Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu ng pagpapasabog. Maaari rin kasing nagkataon lang na dumaan ang convoy ni Rep. Mangudadatu nang naganap ang insidente,” Eleazar said.

“Pero agad makikipag-ugnayan ang ating mga imbestigador sa kongresista pati na rin sa mga sundalong nakatalaga sa Army detachment para kumuha pa ng ibang detalye,” he added.

Mangudadatu is eyeing the gubernatorial post of the province in the 2022 national and local elections.

Meanwhile, Eleazar ordered all police units and offices in the region to remain vigilant and to work with the military to prevent any attacks from lawless elements, especially during this election season.

 

PNP to closely monitor cemeteries, columbaria ahead of Undas – Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   October 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it will closely monitor cemeteries nationwide ahead of the observance of the Catholic community’s Undas.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has directed police personnel to be prepared for the arrival of people in cemeteries, memorial parks, or columbaria during Undas on November 1 and 2.

Eleazar said they are expecting people to visit these areas before November to avoid crowds.

“Inaasahan natin ang maagang pagbisita ng ating mga kababayan sa kanilang mga pumanaw na mahal sa buhay. Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na maging alerto at siguraduhing nasusunod ang ating minimum health standards,” he said.

“Dapat matiyak na walang mangyayaring super spreader event sa mga sementeryo,” he added.

The PNP chief’s directive comes after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases ordered for the closure of cemeteries from October 29 to November 2.

Eleazar also reminded the public to strictly abide by health and safety protocols to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

Narco politicians, muling binalaan ng PNP kasunod ng pag-aresto sa  isang kandidato sa Cotabato

Maris Federez   •   October 22, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Muling nagbabala ang pamunuan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) sa mga pulitiko na nakikipagsabwatan sa mga sindikato ng iligal na droga sa bansa.

Ito’y kasunod ng pagkakaaresto sa mayoral candidate na si Tom Nandang, alyas Datukon Nandang, na tumatakbong alkalde sa Kabuntalan, Maguindanao.

Nakuha kay Nandang ang nasa 5-milyong pisong halaga ng shabu at isang .45 caliber pistol.

Si Nandang ay kasalukuyang nasa kustodiya ng Philippne Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) habang inihahanda ang kasong isasampa laban sa kanya.

Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar, hindi titigil ang pulisya sa pagtugis sa mga politiko na may kaugnayan sa iligal na droga.

“I am reiterating my warning against political aspirants with connections to criminal groups, you will be arrested. The PNP will stop you from using your guns and goons to try to steal the elections from our kababayan,” ani Eleazar. —/mbmf

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