PNP Chief wants upgrade of cops’ intel skills after CamSur ambush
Marje Pelayo • October 19, 2018 • 3804
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)
CAMARINES SUR, Philippines – Police authorities in the municipality of Goa are tracking the source of fake banknotes circulating in the markets there.
This was after several sari-sari stores complained of being victimized by people paying fake P1,000 bills.
Based on initial investigation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Goa, most of the victims were store owners in the upland area.
“Nakarecover kami ng bale apat po na P1,000 pesos na fake na magkapare-pareho ang serial number niya (We have recovered four pieces of fake P1,000 bill with the same serial number),” said PSSgt. Nestor Tuonan.
“Hanggang ngayon nagka-conduct po kami ng investigation para makuha namin kung saan po talaga galling o ang pinaka-source (We are currently conducting an investigation to identify the main source of the fake bills),” he added.
Authorities warn the public to be wary of accepting paper bills as lawless elements are taking advantage of the season to execute their modus operandi.
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), meanwhile, advised the public that there are three ways to distinguish fake banknotes from the genuine ones.
One way is to feel the prints on the paper bill.
“Maliban doon sa pagiging rough niya kapag hinawakan natin ang mga salitang Republika ng Pilipinas itong number words sa baba, ang denomination, ang signature naka emboss ang prints nito,” explained BSP Bank Officer II Florinda Joson.
(Aside from the rough feel when you touch the words ‘Republika ng Pilipinas,’ these number words at the lower portion, the denomination, and the signature are embossed.)
“So kahit wala tayong machine na gagamitin napakaganda ng pakakagawa ng new generations currency. Mahirap siyang gayahin. Kailangan lang malaman ng ating mga kababayan kung ano ang mga dapat tinitingnan sa pera,” Joson said.
(So even without the machine, the features of the new generation currency are very sophisticated. It can’t be easily faked. It’s just that the public needs to know how to scrutinize a genuine paper bill.)
The BSP calls on the public to immediately notify them if they receive information on whoever is spreading such fake banknotes or inform the nearest police authority. – MNP (with details from Allan Manansala)
A Leatherback sea turtle or pawikan was found dead along the shores of Barangay Caraosan in Bula, Camarines Sur on Sunday (July 28).
The 200-kilogram male pawikan was found by Tirso B. Renegado, a local fisherman. He said the creature was entangled with rope when he found it.
Based on the examination of authorities, the cause of death of the pawikan might possibly due to drowning after it was unable to resurface for oxygen.
“It was also believed that there was an attempt to catch the marine turtle but since it weighed heavily, the catchers might have backed off,” according to the post of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol.
The pawikan was buried 200 meters off the shoreline of the said barangay.
“The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V continuously calls on the public to report such incidents and turnover any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release to their natural habitat,” the post adds.—AAC
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)
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