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PNP begins intensified actions against riding-in-tandem criminals

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, November 10th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa led the 116th Police Service Anniversary in Zamboanga City on Thursday.

In his speech, PNP chief Dela Rosa gave an order to the policemen about their new mission to go after riding in tandem criminals.

 “Let’s focus on riding-in-tandem criminals. We are no longer in the drugs war. Let’s find these riding-in-tandem criminals and finish them off. These fools are the ones destroying us,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dela Rosa refused to comment on the status of the anti-drug campaign of the government under the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

During the event, the PNP proudly announced that beginning next year, cops will receive salary raise and new equipment like police patrol vehicles.

Dela Rosa said that the conduct of internal cleansing among the ranks of the police will remain so the public’s trust to the PNP will return.

“Let us continue to prove to our countrymen that the PNP is composed of more good men and women than scalawags. Let’s not allow the total destruction of the name of the organization just because of the corruption of some cops,” said the chief.

Also, during the ceremony, the PNP gave recognition to several deserving cops, police units, non-uniformed personnel and it also gave special awards to the representatives of the Police Regional Office 9. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP to resume Oplan Tokhang this month

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — PNP chief PDG. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has ordered his ground commanders to resume this month the police anti-drug operation or Oplan Tokhang.

“Siniguro namin at patuloy na sisiguruhin na yung totoong tokhang ang gagawin hindi yung pasukin ng kalokohan ng mga pulis na nag i-implement nyan. As I’ve said dati, may listahan at kinokotongan yung pusher na nasa listahan: ‘Para matanggal ka sa listahan ay bigyan mo kami pera’,” said the chief.

(Translation: We will make sure that it will be a real tokhang and not a corrupted one being implemented by erring policemen.  As I’ve said before, they have a list of pushers whom they extort money from saying, “To be taken off the list, give us money.”)

General Bato advised them to be more careful and assure bloodless operations this time around.

The PNP chief added that there is no room for irregularities this time especially among police officers one or po1 who have just been given a 100% salary increase.

He expects that these policemen will render good service.

“Kahit ang basehan natin yung lumang sweldo pa, wala pa rin rason para gumawa ng katiwalian, mas lalo ngayon na tumaas ang sweldo, doble ang sweldo (Even when we were still receiving the old salary, there was no reason to engage in corrupt practices. More so now that the salaries have been doubled) ,” said Dela Rosa.

Aside from the pay hike, Bato added that they also received allowances and logistical support from local government units.

He cited the Valenzuela LGU which donated 60 new mobile patrol units and K-9s that they can utilize in police operations.

Bato further warned of possible dismissal against cops who will get involved in illegal activities.

“That is my promise. I will dismiss policemen especially the PO1s who will be involved in illegal activities,” said the chief. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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NCRPO vows to level up efforts against illegal drugs this year

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The number of illegal drug users ballooned during the period when the Philippine National Police (PNP) was not part of the war on drugs campaign of the government.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Police Director Oscar Albayalde said illegal users had more courage to return to their vice within the two months the PNP has no anti-drug operations.

“Maraming barangay officials na nagsabi na harap-harapan pa sa kanila nagtatarya sila at tapos sasabihin nila, hindi naman kami pwedeng hulihin ng pulis ngayon,” said Albayalde.

(Many barangay officials say illegal drug would conduct a pot session in front of them saying they could not be arrested by policemen.)

Now that the PNP is back to the war on drugs scene, Albayalde vowed to intensify the NCRPO’s anti-illegal drug campaign this year.

According to the general, the Oplan Tokhang and the Oplan Double Barrel of the PNP are effective in resolving the problem in illegal drug use and trading.

“Those millions of people would not have surrendered, and those thousands more would not have been arrested if this campaign is not effective,” said the NCRPO chief.

Proof of this, said the chief of the Metro Manila police, is the lower number of crimes related to illicit drugs in 2017.

He said that illegal drug-related crimes were lower by 18 percent in 2017 compared to the recorded number in 2016.

“The continuous decrease of these eight focused crimes is attributed to the NCRPO’s intensified implementation of Project Double Barrel Alpha, Project Double Barrel Reloaded and the intensified implementation of our enhanced managing police operations,” said the police chief.

Albayalde said the NCRPO will conduct more anti-drug operations this year.

He noted that the police will visit individuals, whose names are on the drug watch list, and will ask them to stop their illegal activity.

The NCRPO chief clarified that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will still focus on high-value targets, while the PNP will go after drug suspects in communities.

The NCRPO has yet to set a date on when its campaign against illegal drugs will begin. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Cops to receive pay hike this month

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — Personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will start to receive this month’s higher salaries, based on the Joint Resolution No. 1 that authorizes the increase of base pay of military and other uniformed personnel.

Under the new monthly base pay, 75,550 policemen with a rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1) will receive 30,000 pesos in salary from the previous P15,000 —  a 100 percent increase.

“This salary increase is a huge help for the PO1s. It could help our families and in our livelihoods,” said Police Community Relations Group PO1 Rey Boy Abrea.

With this, the PNP officials are hoping that cops with lower ranks will no longer be involved in illegal acts, especially the police officers one who will receive the biggest salary raise.

“We can say that we have the security of tenure, we’ll be assured that we have a job to 56 years old. As long as you will not commit crimes, you will stay in your post,” said PCSupt. Joselito Vera Cruz, Executive Officer of Directorate for Comptrollership.

Cops with ranks of Police Director General or Chief PNP will receive P121,000 from the previous P67,500 — a 79 percent increase in salary.

However, despite the higher salary, cops will no longer receive the officer and provisional allowances.

It can be noted that police officers one receive an allowance of P1,071  while police director generals or four-star generals receive P88,977.

The said amount is bigger than the  P53,643 salary raise ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte for the chief of the PNP.

But according to CSupt. Vera Cruz, what is important is that the base pay of cops with the lowest rank has been increased by 100 percent.

He explained that this means an increase in their pension upon their retirement.   — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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