PNP agrees with PDEA not to give Robredo list of high-value drug targets

Maris Federez   •   November 18, 2019   •   863

PNP Officer-in-Charge PLtGen. Archie Gamboa

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will conform with whatever decision the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will come up with on furnishing Vice President Leni Robredo a copy of their list of high-value targets, in her capacity as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

This after PDEA Director-General Aaron Aquino said that he is ready to present the said list to Robredo but only on closed-door meeting in the presence of personnel with security clearance.

Aquino has earlier refused to have the vice president furnished with the copy as it may compromise their operation, saying “the list is considered classified information that is why not everybody must have a copy of it.”
 
He added that if the list is given to the vice president, they will not have a way of knowing who else might see and learn of its content.

“Sa pinaka simpleng explanation — kapag binigay namin ang listahan kay VP Robredo hindi na namin alam kung sino sino ang magkakaroon ng access sa listahan. That will compromise our negation operations,” Aquino said.

Aquino also cited the “need to know rule” in law enforcement where not everybody is given access to sensitive and classified information.

Meanwhile, PNP Officer-in-Charge PLtGen. Archie Gamboa said Robredo’s request may already be immaterial as the ICAD decides as a collegial body.

“Fine, if you want to review the law enforcement campaign. But would it really matter if you know who are on the list? So yes, I adhere to what PDEA Director General says,” Gamboa said.

The PNP chief once again advised VP Robredo to focus on the advocacy and the rehabilitation aspect of the campaign against illegal drugs.

Gamboa said the vice president must entrust the aspect of law enforcement to the agencies that have full know-how on the matter.

“Why would the VP not take the advocacy and the rehabilitation? Law enforcement and prosecution or on the justice could be best left to those who know it.” (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

Police nab 1 of 13 Caloocan jail escapees

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2020

Police authorities caught one of the 13 detainees that escaped from Caloocan Custodial Facility Unit Extension on Thursday (October 22).

The detainee, identified as Aries Dunacao, was caught in his home Thursday morning.

Caloocan Chief of Police PCol. Dario Menor said they still continue their manhunt operation for the other 12 whose crimes involve illegal drugs, illegal possession of firearms, and robbery.

Menor said the 13 detainees were under quarantine for 51 days and were supposed to get transferred to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Facility which might have pushed them to escape.

Alam kasi nila na ililipat sila sa BJMP, kasi natapos na po sila ng quarantine ng 51 days, mayroon kasi kami na ginawa na rapid test noon (They know they will be transferred to the BJMP because their 51-day quarantine has been finished. We conducted a rapid test there),” he said.

Based on the rapid test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), two of the 13 escaped detainees are positive for COVID-19, however they tested negative on the confirmatory or swab test.

Meanwhile, two police officers assigned to the Caloocan custodial facility were removed from their posts.

“They will be facing an investigation. In fact, we are now conducting the investigation,” according to Menor. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

No parties for PNP, AFP in areas under GCQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will not be holding office parties during the holiday season in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

PNP Chief PGen. Camilo Cascolan said the guidelines provided by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) states that mass gathering is prohibited in areas under GCQ.

Cascolan also said rather than spending for parties for the holiday season, said the money will be allotted to the government’s COVID-19 fund.

The funds can also be used for the agency’s food bank.

“No Christmas party for the Philippine National Police, they will understand that, instead of using the funds for the Christmas party. We will giving it out for COVID-19 patients or maybe for the COVID fund,” he said.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, in a statement, also said Metro Manila mayors also agreed to the protocol.

“Under GCQ bawal pa ang parties. Ang ating NCR nagkasundo ang mga Metro Mayors na GCQ muna tayo (Under GCQ, parties are prohibited. Our Metro Manila mayors agreed we are still under GCQ),” Año said.

Cascolan also reminded PNP ground commanders to increase police visibility especially in crowded places especially during the holidays.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has also announced that all its units will not be holding holiday parties this year.

In a statement released Tuesday, the AFP said the amount that would have been spent for the said Yuletide revelries will be merged with the mass of funds to address COVID-19 requirements of their personnel.

“Defer Christmas parties and similar celebrations as an austerity measure and as a gesture of sensitivity to our countrymen. Fellow Filipinos here and abroad have been suffering. And this is the least we can do to commiserate with the people we have sworn to secure and serve especially in this time of crisis”, AFP Chief of Staff General Gilbert Gapay.

The statement added that the ban on all festivities during the holidays also conforms with the health protocols that proscribes mass gatherings which the AFP strictly enforces and observes. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Police general injured in chopper crash passes away – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A police general who was among the officials involved in a helicopter crash in March has passed away, a police official said Tuesday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Colonel Ysmael Yu confirmed that Police Major General Jose Ma. Victor “Jovic” Ramos has died after more than seven months of fighting for his life.

Ramos, who served as PNP Directorate for Comptrollership, had been in critical condition since the chopper crash in Laguna. He sustained the most serious injuries among the seven people on board the helicopter, including then PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.

“The PNP is saddened by this news, in behalf of the CPNP PGen Cascolan, the Philippine National Police extends its condolences to the family and to PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986,” Yu said in a statement.

According to PNP chief General Camilo Cascolan, Ramos passed away around 12:07 a.m.

“I join the officers and personnel of the Philippine National Police in prayer and mourning over the passing of Police Major General Jose Victor Ramos at 12:07AM today after a long hard battle due to serious injuries he sustained during that fateful helicopter accident in San Pedro, Laguna on March 5, 2020,” he said in a separate statement.

Cascolan revealed that Ramos’ remains were cremated and brought to the Eternal Gardens in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

“He will be accorded full honors befitting a police general,” the PNP chief said.

Other police officials involved in the chopper crash were then Police spokesperson Lt. Col. Bernard Banac, Intelligence Director Maj. Gen. Mariel Magaway, pilots PLt. Col. Ruel Zalatar and PLt. Col. Rico Macawili, crew member PSMSgt. Louie Estona and Gamboa’s aide de camp PCapt. Kevent Gayramara.

Magaway also suffered serious injuries but recovered and was discharged in May.

Zalatar, Macawili and Estona are currently facing investigation related to the crash. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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