PNP Chief wants upgrade of cops’ intel skills after CamSur ambush
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018
Crime scene of the ambush against police personnel in Lupi, Camarines Sur on October 18, 2018
CAMARINES SUR, Philippines – Following the gruesome ambush against police personnel in Lupi, Camarines Sur on Thursday (October 18), Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde wants a level up of skills in intelligence gathering among policemen.
Albayalde admitted to have noticed some loopholes in police operation procedure during the ambush specifically in critical areas such as that in Lupi.
“Marami tayong nakitang kailangan i-improve…Unang-una iyong sa information gathering, intelligence gathering natin. Pangalawa, iyong will to fight ng ating mga kapulisan kailangan natin iyong skills, iyong instinct ng ating mga pulis. So marami pa po tayong nakikita rito. Iyong manner of investigation…These incidents, hindi na po natin [hahayaan na] mangyari ang similar incident na ganito,” Albayalde said,
Albayalde was in Canaman, Camarines Sur on Friday (October 19) to award the posthumous promotion to three police escorts killed in the attack.
They were SPO1 Percival Rafael, PO3 Carlito Navarroza and PO1 Ralph Jason Vida.
“The whole Philippine National Police, kami po’y nakikiramay sa mga pamilya ng mga biktima and we want to assure the family that we will give justice to the victims,” Albayalde assured the slain cops’ kin.
After the ceremony, the PNP Chief proceeded to a hospital in Naga City where the rest of the wounded cops are confined.
The relatives of those killed in action and the wounded policemen also received cash assistance from the PNP.
Meanwhile, the remains of the cops killed in action have already been delivered to their respective hometowns. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Allan Manansala)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2019
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Former President Fidel V. Ramos skipped the commemoration of the 33rd EDSA People Power Anniversary held at the EDSA People Power Monument on Monday.
The EDSA People Power Commission said that Ramos was supposed to attend this year’s rites but had to beg off due to health reasons.
“We are sad that because of the conditions of his body, he was not able to attend and even his book launching last time in Club Filipino, he was not there as well,” Commission member, Pastor Boy Saycon told media at the sidelines of the ceremony.
“We only ask that everyone must pray for him and we hope he will be here in the future EDSA anniversaries,” he added.
Ramos, one of the key personalities of the bloodless uprising, usually leads the ‘Salubungan’, the traditional reenactment of the 1986 historic meeting of government forces and civilians on EDSA, together with then-Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile.
Ramos was the Philippine Constabulary chief during the regime of late President Ferdinand Marcos. His actions, together with Enrile, led to the ouster of the late strongman and propelled Corazon Aquino into presidency in 1986.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde also skipped the event and was instead represented by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar.
Eleazar offered no reason for Albayalde’s absence but said that representing the country’s top cop in events like this is no longer new for him.
“Nangyayari naman talaga iyan na may pagkakataon na for several times o dahil sa dami rin ng schedule ng ating Chief PNP ay ako’y inaatasan na mag-represent sa kaniya,” he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte also snubbed this year’s EDSA rites as he has in the past three years. But Malacanang clarified that this has nothing to do with his closeness to the Marcoses, who were ousted by the revolution.
Philippine National Artist Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, meanwhile, lamented the diminishing number of attendees in the annual EDSA People Power Anniversary commemoration.
“Sa palagay ko, dahil maraming masalimuot na suliranin sa ating bansa, lalo na ngayong election time, kaya siguro walang panahon sa ngayon,” she said in her speech when she received the Freedom Award given to select personalities in recognition of their contributions during the peaceful uprising.
“Nguni’t naniniwala ako, hindi maaaring iwaksi sa ating kamalayan ang napakaningning na kaganapan sa buong mundo, na [naging] halimbawa ang Pilipinas sa mapayapang pagtatakuwil ng diktaturya, sa pagbabalik ng demokrasya at hanggang ngayon. Meron mang suliranin at karahasan, tayo ay nakikilaban, patuloy iyan,” she added.
Education Undersecretary Lorno Dig-dino also stressed in her speech the importance of including the lessons of the peaceful revolution in today’s curriculum for the younger generation of learners.
Dig-dino represented Education Secretary Leonor Briones who was invited as the event’s guest of honor.
“The lessons that we learned 30 years ago are lessons that are still very valuable today. Iyong lessons of peace, iyong united effort. Iyong lessons na po iyan ay para sa akin po ay classic lessons, so kahit kalian, kailangan po buhay na buhay ang selebrasyon para buhay na buhay po sa ating lahat at sa mga susunod na henerasyon, matutunan din ang lessons na iyan,” Dig-dino urged. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
On December 29, the family of Melvin Gonzales was having dinner when they heard a roaring sound amid the heavy downpour.
The sound marked the rock slide at the upper part of their house.
“Iyong paglingon ko, ang bahay namin bigla na lang pumutok. Tinulak na kami ng lupa,” Melvin recalled.
Melvin, his wife and 5 children managed to run out of danger.
However, his three children where buried alive in the landslide.
Meanwhile, all 8 children of Jose Ferno also died in the incident.
Authorities are still in search of his wife and youngest child.
“Hindi ko alam na ang ulan pala dito malakas sa Legazpi. Hindi naman masyado dito pala yung ulan bumagsak kaya namanatag ako doon,” said Ferno.
Based on the record of the local government ng Sagñay, Camarines Sur, the number of fatalities in the landslide in Brgy. Patitinan has reached 30.
Sagñay officials said they did not lack on reminding the residents in landslide-prone areas to evacuate.
However, Mayor Evelyn Fuentebella admitted that they did not enforce a mandatory evacuation.
“Just to inform them na it;s delikado kasi actually hindi namin ini-expect ito. Sino ba naman na gusto itong mangyari ‘di ba? Hindi kami nagmandatory. ‘Yun lang siguro pero they we’re warned,” said the local chief executive.
On Wednesday morning (January 2), rescue teams of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have arrived to help in the search of 16 missing individuals in Sitio Igot and Sitio Garang of Brgy. Patitinan.
“Meron daw doon kung saan nag-evacuate ang mga victims. Iyong chapel yata so ang balita mula ngayon hindi pa nila napapasok iyon. So iyon ang pagpunta namin ang isu-survey namin. Iyon ang magiging concentration namin,” said Philippine Army DRU officer LTC Joel Sobrera.
“Sana makuha natin pero gagawin naman namin lahat ng magagawa namin para mahanap natin lahat,” said MMDA Public Safety Officer Allan Nicart Longcop.
Vice President Leni Robredo also arrived in Brgy. Patitinan to personally visit the situation of the residents in the area.
The vice president provided aid to the landslide-affected residents.
Robredo has recommended to the local government of Sagñay the forced relocation of the residents in landslide-prone areas.
“Identify alin ba mga lugar yung hindi na talaga pwedeng patirhan at talagang pwersahin yung mga taong huwag nang bumalik,” said the vice president.
“Meron na akong resettlement area sa Brgy. Del Carmen. Inooffer ko sa kanila pero alam naman ang mga tao they don’t want change parang ito ano lang ito yung nangyari lang yung ganun pero hindi nila iniexpect na mangyayari ulit but we are trying our best na umalis sila dito,” said Mayor Fuentebella.
The mass burial of the victims of the landslide is set on Thursday (January 3). – Allan Manansala / UNTV News and Rescue
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2018
(L-R) Iloilo 1st District Rep. Richard Garin and incumbent Mayor Oscar Garin of Guimbal, Iloilo | Photo via Richard Garin Facebook page
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde on Thursday (December 27) ordered the cancellation of all gun permits and licenses issued to Iloilo 1st District Rep. Richard Garin and incumbent Mayor Oscar Garin of Guimbal, Iloilo.
In a statement, Albayalde said the order is ‘an administrative action to their involvement in a criminal case involving the use of firearms.’
“Rep. Richard Garin and his father Mayor Oscar Garin are respondents in a criminal complaint to be filed by PO3 Federico Macaya Jr. of Guimbal Police Station for Physical Injuries, Assault Upon a Person in Authority, Alarm and Scandal, Grave Coercion and Grave Threats,” he said.
The charges stemmed when the two officials “handcuffed, manhandled, slapped and spat upon” Macaya on his face and “threatened at gunpoint” on Wednesday (December 26) outside the Municipal Hall of Guimbal, Iloilo.
This prompted the PNP Chief to order the cancellation of the two officials’ Permits to Carry Firearms outside of Residence (PTCFOR) and License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) which takes effect immediately.
Albayalde added that with the administrative sanction, the two officials’ privilege to own and possess firearms are now revoked pursuant to Republic Act 10591 therefore they “will be commanded to immediately turn-in all their registered firearms to the PNP” upon notification.
The PNP Chief revealed that based on the PNP’s firearms information database, Cong. Garin owns 11 firearms, three of which have expired licenses.
Meanwhile, his father Mayor Garin owns eight firearms including five with expired licenses.
“All these firearms are now subject to confiscation upon revocation of their License to Own and Possess Firearms, effectively making them ineligible to own and possess guns,” the PNP Chief said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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