PNP chief Gamboa in stable condition after Laguna chopper crash

Robie de Guzman   •   March 5, 2020   •   2647

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Archie Gamboa is in stable condition as he recuperates from minor injuries that he sustained from the helicopter crash in Laguna on Thursday morning.

The PNP Public Information Office (PIO) said Gamboa has been transferred to St. Luke’s Hospital in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig around 10:15 a.m. from West Lake Medical Center in San Pedro, Laguna where he was first taken after the incident.

Gamboa and other PNP officials were in Laguna to inspect a compound of impounded vehicles of the Highway Patrol Group. The chopper was supposed to ferry them to Camp Vicente Lim in neighboring Calamba town when the crash occurred around 8 a.m.

Gamboa was on the 2-year old Bell 429 chopper with Directorate for Comptrollership Major General Jovic Ramos, Directorate for Intelligence Major General Mariel Magaway, and PNP Spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac. Two pilots, an aide, and a technician were also on board the helicopter.

Initial investigation showed that the chopper got entangled with power lines shortly after lift-off in San Pedro town.

The take-off site was sandy and the aircraft’s propellers fanned a thick dust which caused poor visibility. The chopper caught fire later on.

Gamboa, Banac and four others only sustained minor injuries, but Ramos and Magaway are in critical condition and are being treated in Unihealth Southwoods Hospital in Biñan, Laguna.

Banac and four others have also been brought to the St. Lukes Hospital in Taguig.

Meanwhile, former PNP chief and now Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa posted a photo of him and a smiling Gamboa while lying on his hospital bed.

“Please pray for the fast recovery of my mistahs: Gen. Gamboa, Gen. Ramos, Gen. Magaway; PNP-PIO Gen. Banac and the rest of the passengers and flight crew of the PNP helicopter that crashed at San Pedro, Laguna this morning,” dela Rosa said in his Facebook post. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

New PNP Chief assures no shaming, exercise for health protocol violators

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 10, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — New Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PGen. Guillermo Eleazar has assured that health protocol violators will not be shamed or be forced to exercise.

Eleazar clarified that individuals who are not wearing face masks or are not wearing face masks properly will be accosted but will be sent home after proper documentation and process. Violators will be taken to the nearest police station and will be investigated before receiving proper sanctions.

Walang makukulong dahil sa hindi pagsusuot lamang ng mask. Walang masasaktan. Walang mag- eexercise. Walang ipahihiya (No one will be imprisoned just because of not wearing masks. No one will be hurt. There will be no exercise. There will be no shaming),” he said.

If violators will be fined, Eleazar said, they will be given a ticket. If they will do community service, it will be scheduled. Violators will not be charged unless necessary.

Eleazar said the PNP will coordinate with the local government to make sure the city has holding facilities so as not to crowd police stations.

Ang bilin ko sa inyo, ang bilin ni Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año bago kayo mag-arestuhan tingnan nyo muna kung may paglalagyan kayo sa inyong opisina. Dahil ang ayaw naman natin kapag inaresto niyo iyan ay kumpol kumpol pa doon. So coordinate with your local government unit at barangay (My directive, as well as the directive of DILG Secretary Eduardo Año is, before any arrest, make sure there is a place in your office where you can put them. We don’t want them to cramp in one area once arrested. So, coordinate with your local government unit and the barangay), he said. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP chief Eleazar orders preparation of detention areas for face mask policy violators

Robie de Guzman   •   May 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar has directed police commanders to coordinate with local authorities for the preparation of facilities that will be used as detention areas for those apprehended for improper wearing of face masks in public places.

During his first command conference on Saturday, Eleazar said police commanders should work closely with local officials in identifying detention facilities in each community.

The newly-installed PNP chief issued the directive in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent order to apprehend and investigate persons improperly wearing face masks while in public.

“One of the concerns that needs to be addressed is the availability of our detention cells. Alam naman natin na bago pa ang direktibang ito ng ating Pangulo, may mga pagkakataong kinukulang na talaga ang ating mga pasilidad kung kaya’t dapat natin itong paghandaan,” he said in a statement released Sunday.

“Makipagtulungan tayo sa mga lokal na opisyal, kasama ang barangay, para malaman natin kung aling mga lugar sa bawat komunidad ang maaari nating gamiting detention facilities para sa mga sadyang pasaway,” he added.

Eleazar also stressed that physical distancing must still be observed in detention areas to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease.

“Mababalewala ang paghuli sa kanila kung walang social distancing sa ating mga detention areas,” he said.

He likewise reminded police officials that persons arrested for violation of minimum public health safety standards can only be held for a maximum of 12 hours unless charges are filed against them.

The Department of Justice earlier said that the guidelines, which will include the process of booking, detention, and investigation to avoid overcrowding, is currently being crafted.

Eleazar further reminded police officers to observe maximum tolerance in arresting violators and warned them against abusive behavior.

 

Eleazar to impose ‘Cleanliness Policy’ as he formally assumes PNP chief post

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar on Friday formally assumed the post as the 26th chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año led the change of command ceremony, on behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte, in Camp Crame.

During the ceremony, retiring Police General Debold Sinas relinquished the command of the PNP to Eleazar.

Sinas will bow out of police service on May 8 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.

In his assumption speech, Eleazar vowed continuity of reform programs in the police force by implementing his 3-pronged intensified cleanliness policy (ICP).

Eleazar said his leadership of the PNP will anchor on this policy “encompassing physical cleanliness in police offices and camps, cleanliness and integrity among the ranks of police personnel and units, and cleanliness in the community on peace and order concerns.”

He explained that the Intensified Cleanliness Policy is based on the broken window theory, which basically means that small problems must be fixed immediately before they get worse.

“Our PCP or our Police Station is considered as the window to the soul of the Philippine National Police. It is where the lasting first impressions of the people are built. It is where the respect of community is established, and it is where the trust and confidence of the people are founded,” said Eleazar.

“Hindi sa Camp Crame, hindi sa Regional Police Headquarters at hindi sa Provincial Police Headquarters kung hindi sa Police Community Precincts at sa mga Police Stations pumupunta ang ating mga kababayan upang humingi ng tulong sa kapulisan. Kung sa bukana pa lang ng police station ay makikita na ang nagkalat na upos ng sigarilyo at basurang nagkalat, at kung sa bukana pa lang ay mapanghi na ang simoy ng hangin, mahihirapan tayong makuha ang respeto at tiwala ng ating mga kababayan na ating pinagsisilbihan,” he added.

He said the ICP will be institutionalized in all aspects, personnel and administrative management in the PNP beginning with a thorough cleansing and introduction of the QR Code System in the PNP recruitment process.

“Sa QR Code or Quick Response Code, walang pangalan, walang mukha, only theirqualifications would be the basis of their evaluation,” he said.

Under the ICP, he said, effective supervision ensures good leadership by example down to the lowest units.

“Even if we have qualified new PNP personnel with the proper training, kung ang madadatnan naman nitong mga bagitong pulis ay mga kasamahang bad influence na magtuturo sa kanila ng mga maling sistema ng pangongotong, pagiging tamad, abusado at gahaman sa pera, wala ring mangyayari,” he added.

The third prong of the ICP focuses on peace and order problems in the community with an Improved Complaint Referral and Monitoring System to address perennial concerns on Street Crime, Illegal Drugs, Communist Insurgency and Terrorism, Cybercrime, and COVID-19.

“I assure our kababayans that once you report your concerns, it is considered as a direct order from me as the Chief of the Philippine National Police to all police stations and units to respond and give immediate actions. Sumbong mo, aksyon ko,” he said.

Both Sinas and Eleazar belong to the PMA “Hinirang” Class of 1987.

Eleazar graduated Cum Laude as Top 4 in the order of merit of PMA Class 1987.

He then went on to hold key positions while serving as a field-grade officer. He served as chief of police of San Pedro, Laguna; provincial officer of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Batangas and Laguna; and chief investigator of the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (PACER).

He was also designated as the CIDG regional chief in Central Luzon and Central Visayas, where he “waged a relentless campaign against organized crime groups and other threat groups in these regions.”

He also held various administrative positions in the Directorate for Logistics and Directorate for Comptrollership and later led the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group and the PNP’s campaign against online sexual exploitation of children, and internet-based fraud and criminal activity.

In 2016, he took the helm of the Quezon City Police District where he launched anti-crime and anti-illegal drug operations that led to the arrest of notorious street criminals and neutralization of drug targets including rogue cops involved in crime.

He also served as PNP Regional Director for CALABARZON and Metro Manila and headed the Joint Task Force COVID Shield as the law enforcement and public safety arm of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Prior to his appointment as PNP chief, he also served as deputy chief for Administration and PNP’s second in command.

Eleazar will serve as PNP chief for about six months before he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 on Nov. 13.

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