by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2019
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is all set for the implementation of security for the May 13 elections.
Two police officers will be deployed per polling precinct in areas with high security threat, according to PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde.
The deployed policemen will be 50 meters away from the polling precinct. They also cannot enter the polling precinct unless it is allowed by the electoral board.
“We already gave instructions to our police officers to coordinate with the different EBs or electoral board especially so in critical areas so that even before the conduct of the actual voting ay iyong mga pulis natin ay makalapit na (our policemen can come closer to the premises) with permission of the EBs,” Albayalde said.
Albayalde also met with the head of different units to monitor election-related violence and the deployment of policemen in training for election duty.
The PNP also aim to prevent vote buying. Albayalde advise voters to vote for the right candidate and not rely on bribes. He also cited the importance of voters education.
“Kung hindi po mabantayan ng pulisya ang vote buying, tanggapin nalang siguro natin ng tanggapin iyong pera, pero iboto parin natin ang nararapat, I think the best thing here is voters education malaman ng mga tao kung sino ang dapat iboto hindi yung kung sino ang nagbigay ng mas malaking pera sa kanila yun ang iboboto nila (If the police cannot monitor vote buying, maybe just accept the money but still vote for the right candidate. I think the best thing here is voters’ education. Vote for the right candidate and not who will give more money),” Albayalde said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday (July 15) refused to accept the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project ranking the Philippines as the fourth most dangerous place in the world for civilians.
Such report was based on alleged violence and extrajudicial killings in relation to the Duterte government’s war on drugs that the project claimed as rampant in the country .
According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, perhaps Filipinos who are critical of the Duterte administration are working to destroy the image of the Philippines and make it appear to the international community that violence is rampant in the country.
In fact, Albayalde said the Philippines is on top of the list among countries in the world safe to live in and for doing business.
“I don’t know how they were be able to say that what’s their basis for saying that,” the PNP Chief said.
According to the 2019 world’s best countries to invest in or do business by CEOWORLD magazine, the Philippines ranked third after Malaysia (1st) and Poland (2nd), even better than Indonesia (4th), Australia (5th) and Singapore (6th). – with details from Lea Ylagan
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019
The Philippine National Police (PNP) eyes filing obstruction of justice charges against the Metrobank-Binondo branch management after a robbery incident.
This was after the management refused to allow police authorities to enter their branch after it was robbed on Thursday morning (July 11).
“We will check on that because technically, baka pwede kami makapag-file ng obstruction of justice (maybe we can file obstruction of justice),” according to PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde.
“When something happens in a place, that is considered a crime scene. Kailangan makapasok ng mabilis iyong ating investigators (our investigators should immediately enter the premises),” he added.
According to the Manila Police District (MPD), the policemen were able to enter the branch two hours after the robbery.
Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno questioned the said security protocol of Metrobank. He said that they will hold officers liable if proven to be involved in said crime.
“If there’s abuse on the part of the chief security of the bank, of the branch head, whoever calls the situation in interfering police operation, we will make them liable and we will think they are part of the criminal elements,” Moreno said.—AAC
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives on Thursday said it is closely working with government intelligence agencies for the security of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22.
House Sergeant-at-Arms Retired Major General Romeo Prestoza said they are directly coordinating with relevant intelligence units to evaluate any risks to the House or President Duterte during the SONA.
He said the increased security follows the recent bombings that rocked Sulu in Mindanao.
“Well part of it kasi, sa experience ko kasi I’ve been an intelligence officer for 27 years, those things talagang kinoconsider namin. Hindi namin pinapabayaan, tinitingnan namin,” Prestoza said in a press briefing about the SONA 2019 preparations.
“That’s why we initiate ‘yung direct na contact with the NICA (National Intelligence Coordinating Agency), ISAFP (Intelligence Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines) and other intelligence units to see kung meron talagang connection or possibility na umabot dito,” he added.
However, Prestoza assured they have yet to see substantial security threats to the upcoming SONA, which Duterte will deliver at the Batasang Pambansa.
“When it comes to security threats, wala pa namang substantial, meaning talagang wala pang nakarating na actual na threat,” he said.
He also emphasized that the House security is prepared and well-equipped to handle security issues.
“We have extensive training and seminars to include simulation exercises and tabletop exercises para in case na meron nga, we would be prepared. Even ‘yung protocols, when it comes to emergencies ginagawa din namin,” Prestoza said.
When it comes to directing signal jammers on SONA day, Prestoza said the Presidential Security Group (PSG) shall be responsible for it based on their assessment of the proceedings.
“Kung kailangan nila or they feel they need to initiate na the jamming procedure, sila makakapag-dictate noon. I cannot dictate it,” he said.
In the same press briefing, House Acting Secretary General Dante Roberto Maling said that preparation activities for SONA remain on track and are the same as in previous years.
“Basically, the preparation has been the same through the years except siguro for very minor details, mga maliliit na arrangements lang. It doesn’t really deviate from what has been happening from the past years,” Maling said.
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