Over 40,000 violators apprehended in NCR in first week of ECQ – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   August 13, 2021   •   513

MANILA, Philippines – More than 40,000 individuals who violated protocols were accosted during the first week of the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said that from August 6 to 12, a total of 40,314 individuals were apprehended, fined, and warned for various violations of public health safety protocols and quarantine guidelines in 34 Quarantine Control Points in Metro Manila.

“Since the start of the ECQ implementation in Metro Manila on August 6, your PNP has been accosting an average of 5,759 violators per day,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“At mas mataas pa kung isasama natin ang mga violators naman sa apat na katabing probinsya ng National Capital Region,” he added.

Eleazar said the total number of violators is 134,606 if the accosted violators in the four nearby provinces of Metro Manila would be included. The daily average of accosted violators in NCR Plus was 19,229.

Meanwhile, the PNP tallied 2,398 non-authorized persons outside of residence (APORs) violators in Metro Manila, averaging to 343 per day, while 3,228 non-APOR violators were sanctioned in NCR Plus averaging from 539 per day.

Aside from NCR Plus, Eleazar said other provinces in the country also stepped up in the implementation of a stricter quarantine due to the threat of the Delta COVID-19 variant.

Nationwide, a total of 231,856 violators were apprehended in 1,243 quarantine control points manned by 10,986 detailed police.

A total of 12,272 non-APOR violators were also recorded—averaging 1,733 per day, the PNP said.

COMELEC formally deputizes PNP, AFP for conduct of 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has formally deputized the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the conduct of “free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible” May 9, 2022 national and local elections.

Under Resolution No. 10755 promulgated on Wednesday, January 19, the COMELEC listed the following duties and functions to be performed by AFP and PNP personnel as its deputized agents:

  • Provide security to polling places, polling centers/voting centers, canvassing centers, and such other places or buildings, including election paraphernalia, equipment, forms, and supplies, that will be used in connection with the elections;
  • Provide security to the personnel of the Commission, its deputies, and other persons performing election-related functions;
  • Deploy, at the least time possible, troops for election duty in coordination with the concerned Regional Election Director, Provincial Election Supervisor, and Election Officer;
  • Make available, at the least time possible, land, air, and watercraft assets, communication systems, and other equipment, in connection with the conduct of the elections;
  • Look into the existence of any armed group organized to commit, or which is committing or attempting to commit, acts of terrorism, or threats to intimidate or coerce any person to vote for or against a candidate, and to suppress or prevent said acts of terrorism or threats;
  • Assist the Commission in implementing more effectively election laws and/ or rules and regulations, particularly the laws governing prohibition against military, policemen and provincial guards acting as bodyguards or security guards for the candidates, the use of armored vehicles and air or watercraft, and the prohibition on bearing, carrying or transporting firearms and other deadly weapons in public places;
  • Provide security escorts to candidates, subject to the conditions and restrictions on the Resolution imposing the ban on the carrying of firearms and other deadly weapons and the ban on the use of security personnel or bodyguards; provided that, the AFP can provide security escorts only in the absence of personnel of the PNP and other law enforcement agencies;
  • Conduct a periodic assessment of the peace and order conditions in critical areas and recommend measures which may be adopted by the Commission in the interest of free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections;
  • Comply with and/ or implement directives or resolutions of the Commission, which shall take precedence over and above the orders and directives issued by any other office or agency of the Government, except the Supreme Court and those issued in habeas corpus cases;
  • Render periodic reports on action taken in accordance with this Resolution

The poll body reminded that despite being deputized, soldiers shall continue with the conduct of all Internal Security Operations or its own functions and responsibilities and that no changes in the assignments of police personnel can be effected except upon prior written permission of the commission.

The resolution shall take effect after its publication in two daily newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines, the COMELEC said.

 

 

‘No vax, no ride’ policy may legal na basehan pero limitado ang pagpapatupad – DOJ

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – May legal na basehan ang pagpapatupad ng “no vaccination, no ride” policy sa mga pampublikong sasakyan sa Metro Manila, ayon sa Department of Justice (DOJ).

Ang pagtatanggol sa polisiya ay ginawa ni DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra sa gitna ng mga pagtutol sa panuntunan ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na nagbabawal sa mga hindi bakunado laban sa COVID-19 na sumakay sa mga pampublikong sasakyan kung walang maipapakitang dokumento o katunayan ng exemption.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ni Guevarra na ang “no vaccination, no ride” policy ng DOTr ay alinsunod sa Administrative Code (EO292) at batay sa Republic Act 11332 o ang batas na nag-oobliga sa pag-uulat ng notifiable diseases.

Aniya, sa ilalim ng batas ay may kapangyarihan ang pamahalaan na limitahan ang galaw ng mga hindi pa bakunado kung para ito sa interes at kaligtasan ng publiko.

“The state has the power to regulate the movement of unvaccinated persons if it deems that such regulation is in the interest of public health or public safety and is for the benefit not only of the vaccinated but also of the unvaccinated,” ani Guevarra.

“In short, a person may refuse to get vaccinated for his/her own personal reasons, but he/she is duty-bound to obey reasonable state regulations affecting unvaccinated persons for the benefit of society at-large,” dagdag pa niya.

Sinimulang ipatupad sa mga pampublikong sasakyan sa Metro Manila ang “no vaccination, no ride” policy noong Lunes, Enero 17.

Exempted sa panuntunan ang mga manggagawang papasok sa trabaho, may medical condition kaya hindi makapagpabakuna, mga kukuha o maghahatid ng essential goods at services at mga pasaherong naka-schedule na magpabakuna. Kailangan lamang nilang magpakita ng identification card, medical appointment at iba pang dokumento.

Maraming grupo ang kumukwestiyon sa nasabing polisiya na tinawag nilang “anti-poor” at “discriminatory” sa mga hindi pa bakunado, lalo na sa mga walang sariling sasakyan.

Pero giit ni Guevarra, hindi naman pinagbabawalang bumiyahe ang mga hindi pa bakunado dahil ang polisiya ay epektibo lamang sa public transportation, at may nakasaad ring exemption sa rule na ito.

“The unvaccinated are not absolutely prohibited from availing themselves of public transport, provided that they have passes to show that they are out to obtain essential goods and service, such as food and medicine; or that they have medical certifications showing that they could not be vaccinated for medical or health reasons,” ang paliwanag ng opisyal.

Binigyang-diin rin ng DOJ chief na tatlo sa apat na indibidwal na naoospital o kaya ay namamatay dulot ng COVID-19 ay hindi bakunado.

At bagaman common carrier o pampublikong sasakyan ay bukas sa lahat, may responsibilidad rin aniya ang mga nangangasiwa nito na ihatid ang mga pasahero nang ligas sa kanilang mga patutunguhan.

“Common carriers are indeed open to everyone, but under our existing laws operators of common carriers are bound to carry their passengers safely to their destinations, and ‘safely’ means freedom not only from accidental injury but also from transmissible diseases,” ani Guevarra.

Paalala rin ni Guevarra na time-bound lamang o limitado lang ang panahon ng pagpapatupad ng polisiya at hindi naman ito required sa iba pang lugar na mababa ang bilang ng mga nababakunahan kontra COVID-19.

Una nang sinabi ng DOTr na ang polisiya ay epektibo lamang habang nasa COVID-19 Alert Level 3 o higit pa ang Metro Manila. Batay rin anila ito sa resolusyong ipinasa ng konseho ng mga alkalde sa Metro Manila na naglilimita sa galaw ng mga unvaccinated person.

ALAMIN: Sino ang hindi saklaw ng ‘no vaccination, no ride’ policy ng MRT-3?

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Naglabas ang pamunuan ng Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) ng listahan ng mga pasahero na exempted o hindi sakop ng “no vaccination, no ride” policy ng Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng MRT-3 na ang mga sumusunod na pasahero ay hindi saklaw ng panuntunan:

• mga pasaherong papasok sa trabaho
• mga pasaherong may medical condition kung kaya’t hindi makapagpabakuna
• mga pasaherong kukuha o maghahatid ng essential goods and services, tulad ng pagkain, gamot, tubig, medical devices, public utilities, enerhiya, at medical and dental necessities
• mga pasaherong nakai-schedule magpabakuna

Ayon sa MRT-3 management, papayagan ang mga nabanggit na pasahero na sumakay ng tren kung makakapagpakita sila ng mga sumusunod na dokumento:

• Certificate of Employment
• Company ID
• Medical appointment
• Health pass mula sa barangay
• Vaccination schedule

Ang paglilinaw ay ginawa ng MRT-3 kasunod ng mga kalituhan at batikos mula sa iba’t ibang grupo hinggil sa polisiya na nagbabawal sa mga hindi pa bakunado kontra COVID-19 sa pagsakay sa mga pampublikong sasakyan habang umiiral ang COVID-19 Alert Level 3 o higit pa sa Metro Manila.

Una na ring sinabi ng Department of Labor and Employment na hindi sakop ng polisiya ang mga manggagawang itinuturing na essential workers o nagbibigay ng mahahalagang serbisyo sa publiko.

Sa panig naman ng DOTr, sinabi ng ahensiya na hindi absolute ang pagpapatupad ng “no vaccination, no ride” policy dahil may exemption naman ang pagpapatupad nito.

Iginiit rin ng kagawaran na hindi “anti-poor” and “discriminatory” ang polisiya dahil layunin nitong maprotektahan ang mga publiko, lalo na ang mga hindi pa bakunado laban sa COVID-19. Nakabatay rin anila ito sa resolusyon ng konseho ng mga alcalde sa Metro Manila na naglilimita sa galaw ng mga unvaccinated person.

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