PNP chief Eleazar assures unspent 2020 anti-insurgency fund intact

Robie de Guzman   •   July 15, 2021   •   264

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday assured the public that its unused budget for anti-communist insurgency programs remains intact.

In a statement, Eleazar said there is no anomaly in the PNP’s unspent share of the funding as a member agency of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

He explained that the budget was only released in October 2020 due to constraints brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Hindi kapabayaan at lalong hindi anomalya ang dahilan kung bakit hindi masyadong nagastos ang inilaang NTF-ELCAC Fund para sa PNP noong 2020,” the PNP chief said.

“Dahil sa pandemya, na-i-release lamang ang pondong umaabot sa kabuuang P722.955 million sa PNP noong Oktubre 26, 2020 at hindi pa ito puwedeng gastusin lahat sa natitirang dalawang buwan ng 2020 dahil sa mahigpit na alituntunin ng batas sa paggastos ng pondo ng taumbayan,” he added.

Eleazar issued the statement in response to the report of the Commission on Audit (COA), which called the attention of the PNP for its supposed low disbursement of the budget for anti-communist insurgency projects.

The COA report stated that only P86.57 million was spent for its anti-communist programs, an amount that was very low compared to the P722.955 million fund that was released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in 2020.

Furthermore, only P240.8 million was obligated, leaving a balance of P482.15 million.

Eleazar, however, stressed that the DBM has already advised the PNP that the NTF-ELCAC Fund is considered as a ‘continuing appropriation’, which may be spent until December 31 this year.

“Makakaasa ang ating mga kababayan na sa aking pamumuno, wala ni isang sentimo sa pondong ito ang mawawala sa korapsyon dahil ito ay buwis ng taumbayan na dapat pangalagaan at hindi pag-interesan,” he said.

The PNP chief also noted other matters pointed out by the State auditor in its report, such as the procurement made by the Bicol Police Regional Office, which were supposedly not supported with documents, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Police’s alleged failure to obligate funds due to “non-preparation of project activities.”

“We have acknowledged these findings. We will treat these as lessons learned upang hindi na rin maulit sa mga susunod na budget allocation and utilization,” he said.

“Titingnan natin kung may naging pagkukulang ang ating kapulisan dito,” he added.

Eleazar vowed that the PNP will always observe transparency in the utilization of its budget.

“We want to assure not just the COA but the general public that we are transparent on how funds being allocated to the organization are being utilized and that expenses are well-accounted,” he said.

“Pera ito ng bawat Pilipino kaya’t nararapat lamang na gamitin at i-account ito ng tama,” he added.

PNP seizes P3.4 million worth of shabu in Caloocan City

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2021

Some P3.4 million worth of suspected shabu were confiscated by police authorities in an operation in Caloocan City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the illegal drugs were confiscated during an operation jointly conducted by the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Oct. 23 in Barangay 84.

A drug suspect, identified as Arturo dela Cruz Jr., aged 38 and works as a delivery rider, was arrested during the operation.

The PNP said police authorities were able to confiscate 500 grams of suspected shabu from the suspect, as well as a P1,000 bill used as buy-bust money and some boodle money.

“I commend the joint operatives of the PNP and PDEA for this successful operation. Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na imbestigahan pa ang insidente upang malaman ang operasyon ng suspek. Bilang isang delivery rider, marahil nagagamit ang kanyang trabaho sa pagdadala ng droga,” Eleazar said.

“Aalamin din natin kung sino ang supplier o grupong kinabibilangan ng suspek at saan dadalhin itong malaking halaga ng shabu. Posibleng isa siya sa pinagmumulan ng supply ng droga sa Kamaynilaan,” he added.

The suspect is currently under PDEA III custody while the complaint of violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against him is being readied.

Following Dela Cruz’s arrest, the PNP Chief reminded delivery and courier service firms to carefully scrutinize persons they employ as delivery riders.

“Paalala rin ng PNP sa kanila na maging alerto sa mga maaaring gumamit sa kanilang serbisyo para magpa-deliver ng kontrabando, kasama na dito ang iligal na droga,” he said.

“Agad nilang ipagbigay-alam sa mga awtoridad sakaling may matunugan silang ganitong modus upang agad naming maaksyunan,” he added.

PNP to deploy more cops at Manila dolomite beach

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2021

 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it will deploy more personnel at the dolomite beach in Manila after thousands of people flocked to the area over the weekend.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has tasked the Manila Police District (MPD) to closely coordinate with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), dolomite beach administrators, and the local government unit on the possibility of establishing restrictions on the number of visitors and their length of stay.

He also directed the MPD to make sure that no super spreader event will occur in the area.

“Inatasan ko na ang Director, MPD na magdagdag ng pulis sa dolomite area ng Manila Bay upang tiyakin na nasusunod ang minimum public health safety protocols. Kasama sa aking utos ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa lokal na pamahalaan upang magkaroon ng maayos na sistema, lalo na sa pagdadala ng mga bata na nakita natin sa video at sa mga litrato na kumalat sa social media,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Nauunawaan natin ang kasabikan ng ilan nating mga kababayan na lumabas dahil sa mahabang lockdown subalit hindi dahilan ito upang ipagsawalang-bahala ang kaligtasan ng bawat isa, lalo na ang mga batang isinama nila gayong malinaw sa patakaran na hindi pa puwede silang lumabas under the COVID Alert Level 3 status,” he added.

Last Sunday, the PNP said authorities temporarily stopped the entry of visitors when the crowd reached 4,000.

Video taken via UNTV drone also showed clusters of people visiting the dolomite beach, with some even violating the protocol on social distancing and wearing of face masks.

Eleazar reminded the public to strictly adhere to the health protocols against COVID-19 when visiting public areas to prevent the further spread of the disease.

The DENR earlier said it is eyeing the possibility of limiting to only 15 minutes the length of stay and the number of visitors to the area.

PNP chief Eleazar orders probe into Maguindanao blast

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2021

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Monday said he has directed the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to conduct a deeper probe into a grenade blast that occurred in Maguindanao last Saturday, Oct. 23.

In a statement, Eleazar said police investigators should look into the possible motive and perpetrators of the incident, which is said to be targeting Maguindanao Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu.

“Our police investigators should not leave any stone unturned in determining the motive and identifying the perpetrator of the grenade blast. Lahat ng anggulo ay ating titingnan sa insidenteng ito,” he said.

The PNP said the blast transpired just as a convoy of some 20 to 30 vehicles of Mangudadatu and his group were passing near a Philippine Army detachment in Guindulungan, Maguindanao.

Initial information stated that a hand grenade was thrown towards the direction of the military detachment, which then exploded.

“Isa lang sa maraming posibleng motibo sa insidente ang sinasabing pagtarget kay Maguindanao Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu ng pagpapasabog. Maaari rin kasing nagkataon lang na dumaan ang convoy ni Rep. Mangudadatu nang naganap ang insidente,” Eleazar said.

“Pero agad makikipag-ugnayan ang ating mga imbestigador sa kongresista pati na rin sa mga sundalong nakatalaga sa Army detachment para kumuha pa ng ibang detalye,” he added.

Mangudadatu is eyeing the gubernatorial post of the province in the 2022 national and local elections.

Meanwhile, Eleazar ordered all police units and offices in the region to remain vigilant and to work with the military to prevent any attacks from lawless elements, especially during this election season.

 

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