PNP chief orders review of complaints filed vs ‘vaccine slot sale’ suspect

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2021   •   266

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday (June 10) ordered a review of the complaint filed by the police against Nina Ellaine Dizon-Cabrera.

Cabrera is an online businesswoman who was tagged in the alleged sale of vaccines and inoculation slots. She complained that she was wrongfully tagged of being involved in the “vaccine/vaccine slot for sale” controversy. She reiterated that she was the one who reported about the said scheme and maintained that she is not involved in the said activity.

In a statement, Eleazar said he will direct the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) to review the complaint after Cabrera aired her side regarding the issue of the sale of vaccination/vaccination slots.

“It is in this regard that I ordered both the directors of the CIDG and the ACG to review the cases that were filed against her before the Mandaluyong Prosecutor’s Office in order to check if there were lapses in the conduct of investigation and in the preparation of the cases,” he said.

Eleazar assured Dizon-Cabera that he will personally monitor the progress of his order and “to correct if there are things that need correcting in the interest of truth and justice regarding this ‘vaccine/vaccine slot for sale’ controversy.”

Mga mahuhuling lumabag sa curfew, bawal saktan o ipahiya – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Muling pinaalalahanan ng pamunuan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ang mga tauhan nito na hindi dapat saktan o ipahiya ang mga mahuhuling lumalabag sa curfew hours.

Ginawa ng PNP ang paalala ilang araw bago isailalim sa enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) ang Metro Manila upang mapigilan ang lubha pang pagdami ng mga kaso ng COVID-19.

Ang ECQ sa Metro Manila ay magsisimula sa Agosto 6 hanggang Agosto 20.

Sa panahong ito, tanging essential o mahahalagang biyahe at serbisyo lang ang papayagan. Pawang authorized persons outside of residence lang din ang maaaring makalusot sa border checkpoints.

Mas mahaba rin ang curfew sa ilalim ng ECQ dahil gagawin na itong alas-8 ng gabi hanggang alas-4 ng madaling araw mula sa dating alas-12 ng hatinggabi hanggang alas-4 ng madaling araw.

Ayon kay Lt. Gen. Israel Ephraim Dickson, ang commander ng Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield, dapat pagsasabihan lang sa unang paglabag ang mga mahuhuli ng mga otoridad.

“Sila po initially ay pagsasabihan at base sa instruction ni Chief PNP ay we will treat them humanely,“ ani Dickson.

“Kung pasaway pa rin sila ay dadalhin po sila sa mga dedicated areas na safe naman ang spaces na hindi nakakahawa or hindi rin sila mahahawa para maimbestigahan,” dagdag pa niya.

Samantala, nilinaw naman ni PNP Spokesperson BGen. Ronaldo Olay na nakabase sa umiiral na ordinansa ng mga lokal na pamahalaan ang magiging multa sa mga paulit-ulit nang lumalabag sa curfew hours.

“Respect human rights, be courteous… Huwag silang parusahan, ‘wag silang pahiyain. Kung meron silang minor infractions bagkus ay pwede silang bigyan ng warning sa mga first time violators,” ani Olay.

“Sa mga second tine violators ay bigyan sila ng fine o multa, at yung pangatlo ay pwede community service at depende yan sa umiiral na ordinansa sa mga jurisdiction,” dagdag pa niya.

Una nang humingi ng kooperasyon sa publiko si PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar sa pagpapatupad ng curfew hours sa Metro Manila dahil isa sa layunin nito na mapigilan ang mass gathering sa mga komunidad at mapigil ang lalo pang pagtaas ng mga kaso ng COVID-19.

Use of body cameras now mandatory in police ops — Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The use of body-worn cameras (BWC) or alternative recording devices in police operations is now mandatory as the Supreme Court’s rules on its use take effect, Philippine National Police chief General Guillermo Eleazar said Tuesday.

In a statement, Eleazar said the PNP Directorate for Operations has already issued on August 2 a memorandum containing general protocols for the use of the BWCs in the execution of search and arrest warrants as well as warrantless arrests.

The memorandum was addressed to all police regional office directors and national operational support unit directors.

“Ngayong epektibo na ang mga alituntunin na inilabas ng ating Korte Suprema tungkol sa paggamit ng body-worn cameras, agad naglabas ng kautusan ang inyong PNP ng Memorandum Order sa lahat ng ating commanders na sumunod sa mga patakarang ito,” Eleazar said.

The PNP chief said that the memorandum specifies that the gadgets should never be turned off at any time while the execution of a search and arrest warrant or a warrantless arrest is going on.

In cases of valid warrantless arrests, Eleazar said the devices will be used as far as it is practicable.

“The memorandum also requires police operatives to, upon return of warrant, submit a copy of the video to the court along with an affidavit attesting to the facts and authenticity of the recording,” he said.

“Nakasaad din dito na kailangang magpaliwanag sa korte ng mga operatiba sakaling hindi nila sundin ang requirement na paggamit ng BWC o ARD sa kanilang operasyon,” he added.

The PNP chief assured that the guidelines on the use of the body-worn cameras will soon be disseminated to all police offices and units so all police personnel will be guided accordingly on the proper utilization of the devices.

“Hindi sapat ang aming body-worn cameras but in the spirit of transparency and accountability, I trust that our commanders will find ways to comply with the Supreme Court’s guidelines on the use of body-worn cameras,” Eleazar said.

Eleazar orders dismissal of 5 cops tagged in kidnap-slay of online seller in Nueva Ecija

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday ordered the dismissal from service of five policemen accused in the kidnap-slay of an online seller in Nueva Ecija.

The PNP identified the following cops who were tagged in the abduction and the killing of Nadia Casar:

  • Police Staff Sergeant Benedict Matias Reyes, assigned at the Sta. Rosa Municipal Police Station in Nueva Ecija
  • Police Staff Sergeant June Malillin of the Palayan City Police Station
  • Police Corporal Julius Alcantara of the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office Drug Enforcement Unit
  • Police Master Sergeant Rowen Martin, assigned at the Cabanatuan City Police Station
  • Police Staff Sergeant Drextemir Esmundo of the Cabiao Municipal Police Station

Two civilians, identified as Franklin Macapagal and Dario Robarios, were also linked to the incident after a witness to the crime identified them.

The PNP said Reyes, Malillin, Alcantara, and Robarios are now in police custody; while Martin, Esmundo, and Macapagal remain at large. They have been charged in the Department of Justice.

Initial police investigation showed that Casar and a Grab driver she hired were kidnapped by at least five men at around 1:45 p.m. on July 20 in Barangay Tagpos, Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija.

Suspects allegedly took the driver’s cellular phone and P4,500 cash and released him around 3 a.m. of July 21.

On August 1, the burnt body of the victim was found buried at Sitio Pinagpala in Palayan City.

Eleazar said he has directed the PNP Internal Affairs Service to immediately initiate summary dismissal proceedings against the five cops.

He also tasked the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group and the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group to conduct manhunt operations against the three suspects who remain at large.

“Mariin nating kinokondena ang pangyayaring ito. Sinisiguro ko sa inyong masisibak sa serbisyo at pananagutin natin sa batas ang lahat ng pulis na sangkot sa pagdukot at pagpatay kay Nadia Casar,” the PNP chief said.

Eleazar expressed his sympathies to the victim’s family as he vowed swift justice for her killing.

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