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PNP Chief relieves Negros Oriental top cops over farmers’ killing

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Remains of two of the 14 farmers who were killed in a police operation on March 30, 2019 in Negros Oriental

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Oscar Albayalde has ordered the relief of Negros Oriental’s top policeman as well as police chiefs of three towns over the death of 14 local farmers during a string of operations.

The incident occurred at dawn last Saturday after authorities served arrest warrants to suspected criminals who allegedly fought back.

Ordered to be relieved from their posts were Negros Oriental police chief Col. Raul Taraca, Canlaon City police chief Lt. Col. Patricio Degay, Manjuyod police chief Lt. Kevin Mamaradlo and Sta. Catalina police chief Capt. Michael Rubia.

The relief order was issued to give way to the investigation in connection with the bloody operation.

“Yes, we are expecting it. We are open for further investigation, however, we have also directed our Regional IAS (Internal Affairs Service) to conduct their own investigation for that incident,” said Police Regional Office 7 Regional Director BGen. Debold Sinas.

Makabayan Solons and Human rights advocate earlier tagged the incident as a massacre. They also called for an investigation into the incident, noting that claims of resisting arrest “need to be tried before courts to ensure that there are no lapses and ascertain if the circumstances really warrant the offense from the police.”

Malacañang on Monday insisted that the operation conducted by police against loose firearm and suspected hitmen and supporters of the New People’s Army was legitimate.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, meanwhile, believes police should be given the chance to prove the claim that the police operation was indeed legal.

“Huwag tayong madala doon sa mga propaganda because you may have noticed ‘yung mga maiingay ’yung mga tinatawag nating front organizations,” he said. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Ryan Mallari)

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Gabriela Partylist questions PNP’s random inspection of protesters during SONA

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

Gabriela Partylist questions the random inspection to be implemented by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on protesters during President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The party-list said the said measure violates the constitutional right to privacy.

According to their statement, the random inspection might probably lead to harassment or arrest of protesters without a proper warrant.

“Such security overkill dangerously sets up a pretext for intimidation, harassment and even warrantless arrest of activists based on planted evidence,” they said in their statement.

An estimate of over 40,000 protesters will join the anti-Duterte administration rally on Monday (July 22).

The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Thursday (July 18) that they will ‘most likely’ conduct random inspections on protesters as part of their strict implementation of security measures.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)

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Police, military hospitals on standby amid national dengue alert

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has tapped the service of military hospitals amid following the declaration of national dengue alert.

According to DOH Spokesperson Eric Domingo, they have asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to be on standby in case the number of dengue cases increases beyond government hospitals’ capacity.

“Ang PNP at ang AFP natin may mga hospitals din naman sila and we have to network with them in case na talagang dumami ang pasyente (The PNP and the AFP also have hospitals and we have to network with them in case the number of patients increases),” Domingo said.

“Halimbawa may mga lugar na malayo sa amin tapos sila may hospital maari kaming makipagtulungan para ma- admit din ang mga pasyente sa mga hospitals nila (There are certain areas beyond our reach where military hospitals are located. We can ask for help to admit the patients there in their hospitals),” he added.

On Wednesday (July 17), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III met with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Health Cluster to discuss measures to curb the sudden rise of dengue infections in the country.

The DOH is in cooperation with other agencies like the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in implementing actions in schools to prevent dengue, in educating the public on the dangers of dengue infection, and in coordinating with the local government units in destroying potential breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in different areas in the country.

“Kailangan talaga sa schools maglinis tayo, ma- educate natin iyong children at iyong parents kung paano iyong dapat natin gawin to prevent itong dengue at tsaka meron tayong changes sa mga patakaran sa school, (We need to have regularly clean up drive in schools and we need to educate the children and the parents on what to do to prevent dengue. Also, we have changes in school regulations,)” the DOH Spokesperson said.

Likewise, among the agencies’ action plans include designation of additional hospital rooms for dengue patients through Philippine Red Cross and the construction of extra hospital tents which can be used for emergency.

Domingo stressed the need to always be alert in providing the medical needs of dengue patients in order to prevent further deaths caused by dengue infection this year.

The DOH advises households to dispose stagnant water and dirty containers where dengue mosquitoes may breed.

Install protections such as window and door screens.

Likewise, do not let your child play or come near areas where mosquitoes are breeding.

Maganda pa rin talaga naka- pantalon at long sleeves ang mga bata para hindi siya makakagat ng lamok (It is better to have your child wear long pants and long sleeves to prevent mosquito bites),” Domingo advised.

The DOH, as always, reminds the public to immediately bring the patient to the nearest hospital if symptoms of dengue manifest.

The agency can be reached through the DOH hotline numbers 711-1001 and 711-1002 for inquiry about dengue. — with reports from Aiko Miguel

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PNP to deploy over 100 motorcycle cops, mobile cars for SONA convoy

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Courtesy: PNP Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) is set to deploy a total of 72 motorcycle cops and 36 mobile cars for the security of convoy of high-profile personalities who will attend President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Police Brigadier General Roberto Fajardo said a total of 171 personnel from the PNP-HPG will be deployed to ensure the security for SONA on July 22.

Fajardo the said the HPG unit is tasked to escort congressmen and other important visitors of the annual event.   

“We will see to it that ‘yung highway natin is clear at the same time yung VIP natin ay makarating at makabalik don sa kanilang mga dapat puntahan,” he told reporters at the send-off ceremony of the HPG contingent for SONA 2019 in Camp Crame on Wednesday.

“We’ll see to it that the convoy of our VIPs, our leaders are properly undertaken and secured,” he stressed.

Fajardo assured the HPG personnel participating in SONA security preparations had undergone training and shooting simulation.

He also said that so far, police have yet to monitor any threat for the upcoming event.

READ: PNP to deploy 14,000 cops for SONA

The PNP earlier said it will deploy over 14,000 cops in Metro Manila to monitor the peace and order situation during President Duterte’s SONA on Monday afternoon.

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