PH troops kill notorious Abu Sayyaf leader in Tawi-Tawi

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 22, 2021   •   679

MANILA, Philippines — A notorious Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader was killed during an encounter with the military and police troops in Tawi-Tawi on Saturday (March 20).

Commander of the JTF Tawi-Tawi Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas said the military immediately took action following a report regarding the presence of suspicious fully-armed men in Barangay Kalupag Island.

“We executed prompt military action following the receipt of information. We are anticipating reports from the communities that is why we made sure that our assets are at high readiness,” he said.

Apo Mike was already wounded when government forces captured him. He eventually died due to blood loss. Local authorities managed to rescue ASG’s last captive in Tawi-Tawi , a  15-year-old Indonesian national .AAC

 

Seguridad sa mga mall, pinahihigpitan ng PNP-SOSIA dahil umano sa banta ng terorismo

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Ipinag-utos ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Supervisory Office on Security and Investigation Agency (SOSIA) ang paghihigpit sa inspeksyon sa mga pumapasok sa mall dahil umano sa banta ng terorismo.

Ayon kay PNP-SOSIA Enforcement and Management Division Officer-in-Charge Police Colonel Arnel Ramos, ang kautusan ay kasunod ng natanggap nilang impormasyon hingil sa umano’y planong pag-atake ng mga local terrorist group.

“Pinaaalalahanan natin yung mga security agencies na lagi nilang i-check yung mga tao nila na naka-post dahil nga minsan ay nakakalusot yung mga kasamahan natin na nagpapanggap bilang sibilyan na nagdadala ng mga baril, granada o whatsoever na pwedeng maipasok sa loob para gumawa ng hindi maganda,” ani Ramos.

Simula aniya nang magkaroon ng pandemya ay ang pagsusuot ng face mask, face shield at pagkuha ng body temperature ang binabantayan ng ilang security guards sa mga mall entrances.

Kaya ang payo ng PNP-SOSIA, mas paigtingin ang alerto upang agad mapigilan ang anomang banta sa seguridad.

Binilinan rin ang mga guwardiya na tumawag sa pinakamalapit na istasyon ng pulisya sakaling makasabat ng mga patalim, baril, at kahina-hinalang bagay gaya ng wiring, o sangkap sa paggawa ng bomba.

Ngayong holiday season, mahigpit ding ipagbabawal ng PNP-SOSIA ang pagsusuot ng iba’t ibang costume ng mga security guard.

“Kailangan they should be in complete and prescribed uniform para makilala sila at ma-identify na security guards kasi yung iba rito pwedeng gumawa ng hindi maganda especially mga holdupper or groups of organized crimes ay pwede nilang gayahin ito para maisakatuparan ang kanilang mga gagawin na hindi karapat-dapat,” ani Ramos.

Babala ng PNP-SOSIA, isasailalim sa imbestigasyon at posibleng matanggalan ng lisensiya ang sinomang security guard na mahuhuling lalabag sa polisiya. Maaari ding madamay sa parusa ang security agency nito.

Public urged to be more responsible when visiting leisure areas amid pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reiterated its call on the public to be more responsible when visiting public and leisure areas amid the enforcement of COVID-19 Alert Level 3 in Metro Manila.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar made the appeal following reports of individuals ignoring public health protocols while visiting the Manila Bay Dolomite Beach.

“Paulit-ulit ang ating paalala sa publiko na mahigpit na sumunod sa minimum health standards lalo na kung nasa pampublikong lugar o pasyalan gaya ng Dolomite Beach,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Nauunawaan ko ang kagustuhan ng ating mga kababayan na makalabas ng kanilang mga tahanan, subalit kung hindi tayo mag-iingat ay hindi malabong tumaas na naman ang kaso ng COVID-19 at mapilitan na naman ang gobyerno na maghigpit sa mga protocols,” he added.

The PNP chief said he has tasked concerned police offices and units to deply enough personnel to public areas to help the marshals in implementing safety standards and controlling the crowd.

“Inatasan ko na ang ating unit commanders na siguraduhin na sapat ang bilang ng ating kapulisan sa mga pampublikong lugar upang matiyak ang pagsunod sa minimum public health safety na siya din namang ipinapakiusap sa ating ng Department of Health,” Eleazar said.

He, however, reminded police officers to observe maximum tolerance, especially to those who will be caught violating the protocols.

The national government downgraded Metro Manila’s alert status to Level 3 amid the decrease in COVID-19 infections. This will be in effect until the end of October.

Under Alert Level 3, several establishments are allowed to operate at 30% indoor venue capacity only for fully vaccinated individuals, and 50% outdoor venue capacity, provided that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

PNP welcomes DOJ move to release parts of review on anti-drug campaign

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomed the decision of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to make public the summaries of the 52 cases it reviewed in connection with deaths related to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the DOJ’s move is “consistent with the PNP stand for transparency and accountability in the police organization.”

“We welcome the decision of Department of Justice to release these documents to the public,” he said.

“Simula pa lang ay lubos na ang ating kooperasyon sa DOJ sa pamumuno ni Secretary Menardo Guevarra sa pamamagitan ng ating SILG Eduardo Año, at ipinaubaya na natin sa kanila ang desisyon tungkol sa mga kasong ito in the interest of truth, transparency and justice,” he added.

According to the DOJ, the summaries that will be released will include docket numbers, names of deceased suspects, places and dates of the incidents, and the review panel’s summary of observations on the cases.

The National Bureau of Investigation is set to conduct case buildup for the possible filing of criminal charges against erring police officers.

Eleazar urged the victims’ families to cooperate in holding policemen who committed abuses accountable for their action.

“Ito rin ang pagkakataon para sa mga pamilya ng nasawi sa police anti-illegal drugs operations para sila’y makapagsumite ng complaint-affidavit o kaya’y magharap ng testigo upang maisampa ang kaukulang kasong kriminal sa korte,” he said.

“Tinitiyak ko ang buong pakikipagtulungan ng PNP sa NBI. Walang mangyayaring takipan at ating pananagutin ang may dapat panagutan,” he added.

He also reminded PNP personnel to strictly follow the Police Operational Procedures to avoid problems in performing their mandate.

“Let this serve as a lesson to all our personnel that as police officers, we are law enforcers who are duty-bound to uphold the law. Tagapagpatupad tayo ng batas, hindi tayo ang batas,” Eleazar said.

“Always remember that the true courage of a police officer is measured by how he keeps his integrity and moral values intact amid the temptation and the pressure to commit abuses and disregard the rule of law,” he added.

Eleazar also stressed the sacrifices of policemen on the ground and the accomplishments of the campaign against illegal drugs.

These include the confiscation of multi-billion peso worth of illegal drugs, the neutralization of key players in the illegal drugs trade in the country and the dismantling of shabu laboratories in the country.

 

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