No security threat in Metro Manila despite arrest of 2 ASG members in Taguig – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 14, 2021   •   498

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday said that no security threat has been monitored in Metro Manila despite the recent arrest of two suspected members of Abu Sayyaf Group in Taguig City.

In a statement, Eleazar said authorities continue to check if the two suspects have cohorts in Metro Manila and if they were planning to commit acts of terror.

“Sa panig ng PNP, wala tayong nakikitang banta ng terorismo dito sa Metro Manila. Patuloy ang imbestigasyon sa pagkakaaresto sa dalawang miyembro umano ng Abu Sayyaf sa Taguig. Inaalam pa ng mga imbestigador kung bakit narito sa NCR ang mga suspek,” he said.

“Magkagayon man, nananatiling alerto ang ating kapulisan para masiguro ang kapayaan at kaayusan dito sa Kamaynilaan,” he added.

The two suspects, identified as Taupik Galbun a.k.a “Pa Wahid,” and Saik Galbun a.k.a “Pa Tanda,” were nabbed during an operation in Sitio Imelda, Upper Bicutan, Taguig City last Saturday, July 10.

Teams from the National Capital Region Police Office, the Southern Police District, the Taguig City Police, and the Joint Task Force NCR conducted the operation.

Reports reaching the Office of the PNP chief said that Taupik Galbun has several arrest warrants against him including six counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom.

He was said to be a member of the ASG directly under the late Isnilon Hapilon and Radulan Sahiron.

Taupik Galbun allegedly took part in the beheading of three persons and the abduction of three teachers in Zamboanga City as well as six members of the Jehovah’s Witness in Patikul, Sulu.

Saik Galbun was also implicated in the kidnapping of the six Jehovah’s Witness members and also has a warrant of arrest for kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom.

The two suspects were placed under the custody the District Special Operations.

Eleazar urged the public to immediately report to authorities if they see anything suspicious or if they have information on the presence of lawless individuals in their areas.

PNP Academy chief relieved from post over alleged hazing death of cadet

Robie de Guzman   •   September 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The chief of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) has been ordered relieved from post following an alleged hazing incident that led to the death of a cadet.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has approved the designation of Police Major General Alex Sampaga as the new PNPA director.

Sampaga will replace Police Major General Rhoderick Armamento, who will take over his current position at the PNP Directorate for Information and Communication Technology at Camp Crame.

Sampaga’s new designation will take effect on Sept. 29, Eleazar said.

“As a PNPA alumnus himself, I expect PMGen Sampaga to bring in innovative ideas and fresh perspective that would effectively implement the necessary adjustments in further improving the institution for each cadet to live up to its core values of justice, integrity, and service,” he said.

This development follows the death of Cadet Third Class Karl Magsayo last Thursday after he was allegedly punched several times by his upperclassman, Cadet Second Class Steve Caesar Maingat following an altercation.

Magsayo lost consciousness and was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Eleazar said a criminal case will be filed against Maingat in connection with Magsayo’s demise.

“This is separate from the administrative cases that would be filed against him which I assure to be the grounds for his dismissal from the Academy,” he said.

“Let this serve as a stern warning to all the PNPA cadets that the PNP leadership will never tolerate this misbehavior and serious breach of discipline and moral values,” he added.

Intel officer shot dead in Albay

Robie de Guzman   •   September 27, 2021

A police officer assigned as an intelligence warrant officer of the Guinobatan Municipal Police Station was killed by still unidentified gunmen, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the police officer, identified as Police Staff Sergeant Allan Madelar, was gunned down in Barangay Peñafrancia where he attended a birthday party on Saturday night.

Eleazar said he has ordered the Police Regional Police Office 5 to immediately resolve Madelar’s killing.

“Inatasan ko na ang RD, PRO5, PBGen Jonnel Estomo na resolbahin kaagad ang kaso ng pagpaslang sa isa naming kasamahan sa Albay na si PSSgt Allan Madelar,” he said in a statement.

“Kasama dito ang pagsasagawa ng imbestigasyon upang matukoy ang motibo na magiging susi sa pagkakakilanlan ng mga taong nasa likod nito,” he added.

Eleazar appealed to those who witnessed the incident to come forward and help authorities in shedding light on the incident.

The PNP chief also expressed his condolences to the family of Madelar as he vowed that all necessary assistance would be provided to Madelar’s bereaved family.

“Nais ko iparating sa mga kaanak ni PSSgt Madelar ang pakikiramay ng buong PNP at tinitiyak ko sa kanila na hindi titigil ang kapulisan hangga’t hindi nadarakip at nasasampahan ng kaso ang mga salarin,” Eleazar said.

IATF amends guidelines in NCR alert level 4 restrictions

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (AITF-MEID) has amended the guidelines for the implementation of the Alert Level 4 in the National Capital Region (NCR), Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the revised guidelines will take effect on October 1 should the pilot implementation of the alert level system be extended next month.

The new strategy is being imposed in virus hotspots in the NCR until September 30.

The amendments recently approved by the IATF include allowing individual outdoor exercises within general area of residence for persons not required to remain in their respective homes.

Authorities earlier allowed outdoor exercises for residents regardless of health and vaccination status, but they shall only be limited to moving within their village or barangay.

Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the cremains of COVID-19 deceased shall be allowed.

Attendance to these services, however, will only be limited to immediate family members, the IATF said.

All contact sports, whether indoor or outdoor, will remain prohibited. Those being conducted under a “bubble-type” setup are exempted.

Personal care establishments and home services are still not allowed. These services include aesthetic and cosmetic services or procedures, make up services, spas, reflexology, wellness, and holistic services and other similar procedures.

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