Pag-amyenda sa isang probisyon ng Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act, malaking tulong sa mga otoridad laban sa illegal drugs

admin   •   August 6, 2014   •   11717

Naniniwala ang Philippine National Police Anti-illegal Drugs Special Task Force na malaki ang maitutulong ng Ammended Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act upang magkaroon ng mataas na conviction rate sa mga kaso ng ilegal na droga (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Malaki ang maitutulong ng pag-amyenda sa Section 21 ng Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 sa mga operasyon ng Philippine National Police – Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force (PNP-AIDSOTF).

Ayon kay PNP- AIDSOTF Legal and Investigation Chief P/CInsp. Roque Merdegia, sa ilalim ng bagong sistema, maiiwasan na ang pagkaka-dismiss ng kaso dahil sa ilang teknikalidad.

Base sa nakasaad sa bagong batas, maaari nang hindi i-imbentaryo sa site ang mga nakumpiskang droga at sa halip ay dalhin na agad ito sa pinakamalapit na police station.

“Sa old law, sa Section 21 sa 9165, ang mga pulis, PDEA o NBI na nanghuli sa buy bust operations ay mina-mandate ng batas na doon i-conduct ang imbentaryo, picture picture o pagkuha ng larawan at ung tatlong witnesses kailangan may elected public officials, merong prosecutor at merong media,” ani Merdegia.

Ito ang dahilan kaya’t nagtatagal ang imbestigasyon ng mga pulis dahil kailangan sundin ang nakasaad sa batas upang makaiwas sa problema.

Sinabi pa ni Merdegia na nasa 30-porsyento ng drug case noong 2002-2007 ang na-dismiss dahil sa teknikalidad.

“Nagpapasalamat din yung PDEA at kami na pinirmahan ni Presidente yung ammended law upang mapagaan at tumaas ang conviction rate at hindi na maging dahilan ng acquittal ng case yung Section 21″.

Kabilang din sa dahilan ng pagkakabale-wala ng kaso ay ang paglabag ng ilang apprehending officer sa chain of custody na hindi dapat hinahawakan ng di otorisadong opisyal ang mga iligal na droga.

Karaniwan itong nangyayari sa mga press conferences kung saan, hinahawakan ng isang police official, kalihim at agency head ang nasamsam na drug evidence upang ipresinta sa media.

Ani Merdegia, “Sa buy-bust operations ang pwede lang humawak ay ang poseur buyer, imbestigador, investigator on case at forensic expert ng crime lab at court, pag may lumabas dyan ay questionable na yun.”

Isa sa tinukoy na halimbawa ng AIDSOTF ay ang pagkaka-acquit ng mga tinaguriang “alabang boys” sa drug case dahil sa simpleng paghawak ng dating hepe ng PDEA sa nasamsam na droga upang ipakita sa media.

Ang pag-amyenda sa Section 21 ng RA 9165 ay panukala ni Sen. Grace Poe na pinirmahan naman ni Pang. Aquino noong nakaraang linggo.

Idinagdag pa ng AIDSOTF na sa ammended RA 9165, mas mapapadali ang imbestigasyon na ginagawa ng mga pulis at upang hindi naman ma-acquit ang akusado o ma-dismiss ang kaso, nakiusap din ang mga ito sa media na huwag ng himukin ang isang opisyal na hawakan ang mga nakumpiskang droga para sa photo opportunity. (Lea Ylagan / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

PNP renders immediate help; AFP ready to assist earthquake victims in regions 11, 12

Maris Federez   •   October 17, 2019

Mlang Police Station personnel together with Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) personnel, Mlang local government employees conduct post-earthquake damage inspection of buildings in Cotobato, Mindanao on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 and 12 have deployed their personnel to the areas affected by the earthquake that hit several towns and cities on Wednesday night (Oct. 17).

They were sent to render assistance to the local government units in maintaining peace and order, and ensure that traffic will run smoothly to avoid delay in the supply of relief goods.

According to PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, police are also helping in the clearing operation in the affected buildings.

Banac added that the situation in the affected areas is still under control and there is still no need to send support units from the national headquarters.

“Ang kapulisan natin ay lumabas kaagad at nagbigay ng police presence para magbigay ng order, para maassure ang public na nandyan ang ating pamahalaan. Lahat ng available manpower. Yung iba ay umalalay sa local government units para mag rescue sa mga nasaktan na biktima,” Banac said.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), meanwhile, said it is ready to deploy its personnel from the Engineering Brigade should the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) requests for it.

“Lahat naman ng ating AFP units within the area are on ready standby and with the close collaboration with the NDRRMC ready to be deployed at short notice naman, so far according to the NDRRMC ay capable pa naman yung LGU’s natin in responding to any requirements,” AFP Public Affairs Office chief, Capt. Jonathan Zata said.

Wednesday night’s tremor left 29 structures in Regions 11 and 12 with significant damage.

These malls include SM, Veranza Mall and Gaisano Mall in General Santos City, and the KCC Mall in Koronadal City.

Other structures that sustained damage were:

  • the Municipal Hall of Magsaysay in Davao Del Sur
  • the Sangguniang Bayan Building in M’Lang, Cotabato
  • the Roldan Hospital in M’Lang, Cotabato
  • the Fire Station in Makilala, Cotabato
  • and the Municipal Hospital in Carmen, Cotabato

(with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

PNP firearms head De Leon is new PRO-7 chief

Robie de Guzman   •   October 16, 2019

Police Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon

MANILA, Philippines – Police Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon is the new chief of Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac said De Leon will formally assume the post on Thursday, Oct. 17.

A turnover ceremony, to be witnessed by PNP Officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, will be held in Cebu City.

De Leon will replace Brigadier General Debold Sinas who has been designated as the new director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

He is the current head of the PNP Firearms Explosives Office (FEO) and a member of the Philippine Military Academy Makatao Class of 1989.

PNP-FEO’s deputy commander Col. Westrimundo Obinque will take over De Leon’s post until the PNP has appointed the unit’s next chief. – RRD (with details from Lea Ylagan)

PNP denies pressures from former generals pushed PGen Albayalde to resign

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has denied that there had been a group of former generals who pressured PGen Oscar Albayalde to step down from his post as chief of the national police.

Albayalde announced his resignation on Monday (Oct. 14) amid the controversial drug raid in Pampanga in 2013 while he was still the provincial director.

Senator Richard Gordon mentioned the possibility that pressures from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) pushed Albayalde to resign.

“Ang naging dahilan ni Albayalde ay serye ng pagdinig at pressure doon sa issue (Albayalde’s reasons for his resignation were the series of hearings and on the issue itself),” PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said.

The PNP, however, admitted that Albayalde’s decision to go on a terminal leave had affected the morale of the police.

Banac said the PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986, where Albayalde belongs, is in full support of the former police chief’s decision.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is still in the process of choosing the next PNP chief.

Three senior police officers are already in the shortlist of the president. These are:

  • PNP OIC PLtGen. ARCHIE GAMBOA
  • Deputy Chief PNP for Operations PLtGen. Camilo Cascolan
  • Chief of Directorial Staff PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar

The President, however, has the prerogative to choose anyone of the generals in the PNP. —(from the report of April Cenedoza) /mbmf

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