No reports of threats from suspected ‘lone wolf terrorist’ – PNP

Marje Pelayo   •   July 26, 2019   •   1000

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed that seven foreign terrorists of diverse nationalities – Egyptian, Malaysian, Indonesian and Singapore – have already entered the country.

Lorenzana has already warned local security forces to intensify their guard on the possibilities of a ‘lone wolf terrorist attack’ in major cities in the country like Metro Manila, Cebu and other big cities in the part of Mindanao.

But according to Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesperson Police BGen. Bernard Banac they have not monitored any threat to the country’s security or any reason for the public to panic.

“Sa mga oras na ito ay wala naman tayong natatanggap na ano mang banta sa seguridad at tayo naman ay nagiging alerto at vigilant at ang peace and order sa bansa ay under control (At this time, we have not monitored any threat in security and we are always alert and vigilant. The country’s peace and order is under control),” the official said.

The official added that police operatives are strengthening their monitoring to prevent the terrorists from sowing violence in the country.

The PNP also called on the public to immediately report to the nearest station any suspicious individual or activity in their area.

BGen. Banac assured that regular checkpoints are in place and that the PNP has intensified police visibility across the country to thwart any terror attempt despite their normal alert status. – with reports from Lea Ylagan

Gamboa officially assumes PNP chief post; to implement reshuffling in PNP

Maris Federez   •   January 20, 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the Oath Taking and Donning of Ranks Ceremony of Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa in Sto. Tomas, Batangas (Philippine National Police)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has formally appointed the Philippine National Police (PNP) leadership to PGen. Archie Gamboa.

As the 23rd chief of the national police force, Gamboa said he will still prioritize the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs and the internal cleansing of the PNP.

“These are two programs which I started when I was still the oversight committee chairman. When I was deputy chief for operations and then when I assumed as OIC and now as chief PNP, this will be my priority,” Gamboa said.

He also said he will put a stop on the kidnapping of Chinese nationals being carried out by their fellow citizens.

“We will be establishing probably Chinese desk and cross training of the language and culture so that mas maintindihan natin, why they are doing this and how they are going to do it,” he added.

Gamboa also said he will be reshuffling the officials in the police force as evaluation of their performance is being conducted.

“Ito namang evaluation na ito, it did not just come from thin air. Alam na ito ng lahat na dapat na na-evaluate since October […] just our January 7 command conference, it was also publicly announced on the ratings of the different commanders in the field,” Gamboa said.

One of the vacant positions in the organization is the Chief Directorial Staff, the 4th highest position, which was formerly held by PLtGen. Guillermo Eleazar.

Following Gamboa’s appointment as the new PNP Chief, Eleazar elevated as the Number 3 of the PNP or the Deputy Chief for Operations.

PLtGen. Camilo Cascolan, on the other hand, became the number 2 man of the PNP as the Deputy Chief for Administration.

Gamboa was appointed as the officer in charge of the PNP on October 14, 2019, after the early retirement of former PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde due to his alleged involvement on the Ninja Cops issue.

Like his predecessors former chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and Albalyalde, Gamboa was also a member of PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986.

Gamboa is set to retire on September 2, when he reaches the PNP mandatory age of retirement of 56. — (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

Duterte to appoint PNP OIC Gamboa as next chief

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2020

PNP Officer-In-Charge, Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa arrives at Police Regional Office 4A and gives reminders and guidance to deployable PNP personnel involved in the evacuation, relief, and rescue operations in Taal eruption-hit areas.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he will appoint Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa as the next police chief.

Duterte made the announcement during a speech in Davao City.

The president said he would formally designate Gamboa as the next PNP chief after they meet with Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año.  

Duterte earlier asked Año to supervise the police force until he has chosen its next chief.

“We have the PNP chief. I’m going to appoint you as the regular PNP [chief]. But […] you and Secretary Año and I will have a long, long talk first,” he said addressing Gamboa in his speech.

“Pinakita mo sa akin ‘yung sincerity mo and I’d like you to leave something that you will be remembered by the country,” he added

Gamboa, who was in the event, acknowledged Duterte’s remarks by standing up and giving a salute.

Gamboa was designated as PNP OIC after former chief Oscar Albayalde stepped down in October over allegations that he protected some police officers tagged as ‘ninja cops’ for their involvement in the selling or recycling of illegal drugs seized from an operation in Pampanga in 2013.

Albayalde was the chief of Pampanga police when the operation was conducted.

In a statement, the PNP welcomed Duterte’s pronouncement of Gamboa’s appointment.

“The PNP welcomes the pronouncement of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte to appoint PNP OIC PLTGEN. Archie Francisco Gamboa as the regular PNP Chief,” the statement read.

“Under the able leadership of PLtGen Gamboa, we assure the public that the PNP remains committed to intensify the campaign against criminality, illegal drugs and corruption, following the rule of law and with utmost respect for human rights, and vigorously pursue internal cleansing to weed the ranks of rogue cops, all towards winning back the trust and confidence of the people,” it added.

In a separate statement, Año also welcomed Gamboa’s designation as the next PNP chief.

“He is very qualified for the job. I expect that he will work harder now that he is the permanent Chief PNP and lead the organization in its intensified fight against illegal drugs, criminalities, communist terrorist groups and extremists,” Año said.

“I also expect that he would continue to cleanse the PNP ranks of scalawags,” he added.

He also called on the entire police force to support Gamboa, enforce the law and fulfill their mandate “to serve and protect the people.”

PNP gives evacuees chance to check homes; patrols Taal Lake to bar anyone from fishing

Maris Federez   •   January 16, 2020

Local resident Erwin Apilo walks near a damaged house in Agoncillo, Batangas, Philippines, 16 January 2020. EFE/EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is implementing maximum tolerance and permitted the evacuees who had been insisting to go back and check their homes despite the lockdown being implemented in several towns due to Taal Volcano’s continuous activities.

The five towns that had been locked down were Lemery, Agoncillo, Talisay, Laurel and Balete.

More than 2,000 police are stationed at the five towns’ entry and exit points.

PNP Calabarzon director PBGen. Vicente Danao, Jr. clarified that they only allowed those who have very important things to get back to in their homes, and only for a limited time.

“May limited time lang kaming ibinigay kasi sabi namin sa kanila hindi namin kayo dyan pwedeng payagan forever.  What is the use of evacuation kung lahat naman babalik? So, the same people naman na hahakutin na naman natin lahat e dapat siguro in every family isa, dalawa lang. Hindi yung buong pamilya ang babalik,” Danao said.

Army BGen. Marceliano Teofilo said it will create bigger problems for them if they will allow all residents to go back to their houses.

“Ang iba kasi nagbabalikan. Yun ang challenge na tinitake natin. Kaya yung mga pulis ay nag establish ng checkpoint para ma-avoid na nila ang pagpunta doon. Kasi ang inaavoid natin pag may pumasok. That would be another problem lalo na pag pumutok na, mahihirapan yung mga rescuer na pumasok din,” Teofilo said.

To date, around 1,000 military personnel and 99 vehicles are being used in the rescue operations.

The PNP-Maritime group is closely patrolling and strictly monitoring the Taal Lake for those who will try to fish.

“May patrol craft kami don na umiikot sa Taal Lake to make sure na walang bangka na lalaot towards the volcano at any civilian along the coastline. Wala dapat makikitang civilian along the coastline,” said PNP-Maritime director PBGen. Rwin Pagkalinawan.

They are also conducting rescue operations on animals that were left behind by their owners.

“In order to appease those owners, sige ikarga natin sa barges yung inyong mga kabayo, aso at baka para lamang umalis kayo dyan,” Pagkalinawan added.

In total, around 29 horses and 3 cows were rescued since Wednesday (Jan. 15).

Authorities appeal to the public to cooperate on the rules that they are implementing to avoid dangers and untoward incidents. — (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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