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PNP: Arrest of loiterers based on local law; no human rights violated

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

PNP chief PDG. Oscar Albayalde


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will release this week guidelines in arresting loiterers who violate city ordinances.

The PNP explained that the guidelines would help iron out its decision to push through with arresting night-time idlers.

PNP chief PDG. Oscar Albayalde noted that the police want to avoid violating the rights of the public.

Albayalde clarified that authorities only arrest individuals who violate ordinances such as smoking and drinking in public; going around shirtless in the streets; catcalling and urinating in public places.

He said that these violations are the usual cause of turmoil and crime in the streets.

“Madalas yan lalo na yung mga naka standby umiinom sa kalsada pag may dumaan kinukursunada nagiging sanhi ng away.  Kung minsan naman binabastos yung babae na dumadaan so yun ang iniiwasan natin. So this is for the safety of everybody,” said the PNP chief.

(Oftentimes, when people who drink on sidewalks get intoxicated, they would pick on random pedestrians or harass passing ladies and end up causing a fight. That’s what we are trying to avoid. So this is for the safety of everybody.)

Since Thursday, almost 3,000 loiterers have already been arrested.

Albayalde also called on the public to report complaints against cops to the nearest police station.

Presidential  Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said that loiterers can also file complaints should they experience harassment from police.

“Institutionalized na po yan. Nandiyan ang bill of rights, kung talagang walang basehan yan. Nandiyan naman po ang ating mga hukuman,” said Roque.

(That’s institutionalized. There is a bill of rights. If the case has no basis, there is the court to judge.)

For some lawmakers, arresting nighttime idlers is not a solution. They urge the government to help improve the lives of loiterers instead by giving them jobs or livelihood.

“Nararapat lang din na ang ating gobyerno ay mag-isip at magsikap doon sa mga pamamaraan, mga proyekto na kung paano ba natin masosolusyunan itong pagkarami-raming mga tambay,” said Kabataan party-list representative Sarah Elago.

(The government should exert effort in finding ways of creating projects that will address this problem with loiterers.)

“Common sense na ang isang napakaraming populasyon na walang trabaho na tumataas na presyo ay magbubunga ng maliit na mga krimen,” said Caloocan Rep. Egay Erice.

(It’s common sense that high unemployment rate leads to rise in petty crimes. ) — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP to probe personalities in ‘ouster plot matrix’

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has announced that they will be conducting an investigation into the personalities included in the ouster plot matrix released by Malacañang last Monday (April 22).

According to PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde, these personalities, which also include journalists, will undergo validation.

“We conduct validation so that anytime na hingan kami ng comment namin o ng information coming from us, we can give them information. At least naka-prepare na kami, hindi iyong hintayin pa namin na utusan kami (We conduct validation so that anytime we are asked to comment or provide information, at least we are prepared. We are not going to wait to be told what to do),” Albayalde said.

The PNP will also not hesitate to file cases against the involved individuals if there is enough evidence to prove the said destabilization plot.

“If evidence warrants cases to be filed against them, always we go for evidence, iyong talagang (real) substantial evidence that will stand in court,” according to Albayalde. — Aileen Cerrudo

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PRO-3 on full alert after 6.1 magnitude earthquake

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde

The Police Regional Office 3 is on full alert after the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked several parts of Luzon.

This is to assist casualties of the earthquake according to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde.

They also activated the Disaster Incident Management Task Group. Albayalde said that some of their troops are already in Porac, Pampanga.

“Iyong kanilang disaster incident management team ay na-activate kaagad iyon and then they provided rescuers doon sa may Porac area, napakarami nating troops ngayon doon hanggang ngayon, (Their Disaster Incident Management Team was immediately activated and then they provided rescuers in Porac area. We currently have a lot of troops there),” Albayalde said.

The national police is also monitoring establishments in the area to prevent individuals from looting. The PNP chief added there are no incidents of looting reported as of yet.

“Hopefully walang mag-take advantage dito, (Hopefully no one will take advantage of this),” said Albayalde. — Aileen Cerrudo

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PNP on full alert for the long holiday

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is on full alert for any incidents and emergencies this long holiday.

This includes the local units, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), the Highway Patrol Group, the Explosives and Ordinance Division, the Maritime Group, and the PNP Aviation Security Group.

PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac said police officers are randomly boarding buses to secure the safety of the passengers.

“Ang kailangan natin dito ay ma-prevent natin at mabigyan ng seguridad ang ating mga kababayan na nakasakay sa mga public transportation. Hindi na natin kailangang hintayin na may mangyaring krimen ang mahalaga ay ma-prevent na natin, (We need to prevent [crimes] provide security to our citizens in public transportation. We don’t have to wait for any crime to happen. We need to prevent it),” he said.

The PNP has called on the public to not hesitate in reporting any suspicious individuals or items around the area.

Meanwhile, the PNP has also prepared two 4×4 trucks and a coaster that can be used to augment vehicles in transport terminals in case there aren’t enough buses to accommodate passengers on their way to the provinces.

According to Banac, they can only provide assistance to passengers in Metro Manila.

He said they will be in close coordination with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to determine if there are stranded passengers in need of assistance.

“Hindi na ito makakalayo pa sa mga lalawigan kukulangin din ang ating mga sasakyan pang emergency lang dito sa Metro Manila (We can no longer go further in the provinces because we don’t even have enough vehicles here in Metro Manila),” Banac said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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