PNP-CIDG to assist FDA in going after unregulated distribution of ivermectin

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 11, 2021   •   383

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) announced that it would assist the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in going after unregulated sale and distribution of ivermectin drugs.

Amid the reports on the use of the anti-parasite drug to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) without the approval of the FDA, the PNP-CIDG said it would strictly monitor the distribution and use of Ivermectin across the country. It would also conduct an investigation and intensified police operations against any violations of RA 9711 and of the FDA’s Compassionate Special Permit (CSP).

“The CIDG will assist the FDA in suppressing or deterring lawless elements in their criminal acts of endangering the well-being of the community,” the PNP said in a statement.

CIDG Director, PMGen. Albert Ferro said that they will go after those who will violate the said provisions specifically on fake, unregistered/ unlicensed, and no permit on the sales and distribution of the said drugs.

“We strongly advise the public to seek professional help and opinion before using the said drug and buy only from authorized sources. We also encourage them to report any illegal dispense and use of the said medicine,” he said. AAC

Sinas tells police personnel to fully support incoming PNP chief Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   May 6, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas on Thursday called on the 200,000-strong police force to fully support Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar who was named as the next top cop.

“I urge you to give my classmate, Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, the same 100 percent support you gave during the past six months under my watch,” Sinas said in a statement.

“Every Chief PNP appointed to the post carries with him the full trust and confidence of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, therefore, he deserves the unqualified support of all the officers and personnel under his command,” he added.

Sinas is set to retire on May 8 when he reaches the mandatory age of 56. He will formally relinquish the top PNP post to Eleazar in a change of command ceremony in Camp Crame on Friday, May 7.

Sinas stressed the importance of the continuity of command to “sustain the momentum to carry out institutional programs and policies.”

“It has been probably the longest six months tour of duty we have served together to accomplish our mission for the Filipino people,” he said.

“And I honestly believe we have been able to deliver more than what we promised to the President and the Filipino people, because everyone stood by me, from the ranking officers in the headquarters to the last beat patroller in the streets,” he added.

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 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.

 

Face mask violators, iimbestigahan muna bago papatawan ng parusa – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   May 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Tiniyak ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na mas hihigpitan nila ang pagpapatupad ng minimum health protocols alinsunod sa utos ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na hulihin ang mga hindi sumusunod sa patakaran ng pagsusuot ng face mask sa gitna ng pandemya.

Noong Miyerkules ng gabi, sinabi ng pangulo na ang pag-aresto sa mga lumalabag sa health protocols ang nakikita niyang paraan upang sumunod ang publiko sa mga polisiya upang maiwasan ang lalo pang pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Ayon kay PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Ronaldo Olay, magiging maingat sila sa panghuhuli ng face mask violator bunsod na rin ng mga nagdaang insidente kung saan may nasawing protocol violator.

Aniya, ang mga aarestuhing indibiduwal ay kailangang dalhin sa istasyon ng pulisya at i-record ang naging paglabag nito upang malaman ang parusang ipapataw batay sa ordinansa ng nakasasakop na lokal na pamahalaan.

“May mga graduated punishment yan, unang pagkakasita puwedeng warning. Pangalawa ay fine merong panikit ang LGU, titiketan ka at magbabayad ka ng multa at pwede din yung pangatlo yung community service. Halimbawa maglinis ka, magwalis o magtapon ng basura,” ang wika ni Olay.

Iimbestigahan rin ang mga violator upang malaman kung may iba pa silang kinakaharap na kaso.

“Kung yung taong nasita ay may pending warrant ay ide-detain siya. Kung may violation naman na kailangang i-inquest ay i-inquest siya kagaya ng disobedience to person in authority o direct assault,” ani Olay.

Dati nang ipinag-utos ni outgoing PNP chief Police General Debold Sinas sa mga pulis na bigyan lamang ng babala at huwag nang arestuhin ang mga lumalabag sa health protocols kasunod ng pagkamatay ng isang indibidwal matapos umanong parusahan sa pamamagitan ng exercise dahil sa paglabag sa curfew. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Eleazar is next chief of Philippine National Police — Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   May 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar has been designated as the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Malacañang said Wednesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Eleazar’s appointment as the next top cop.

He will replace Police General Debold Sinas who will retire on May 8.

“Gen. Eleazar’s track record of professionalism, dedication, and integrity speaks for itself,” Roque said.

“We are therefore confident that he will continue the reform initiatives of his predecessors and lead the police organization to greater heights,” he added.

In a separate statement, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año welcomed the appointment of Eleazar, whom he said is “very qualified for the job.”

Año, who chairs the National Police Commission, earlier said he only recommended one name to replace Sinas.

“Through a NAPOLCOM resolution, Eleazar was recommended to be the next Chief PNP based on seniority, merit, service reputation, and competence to lead the Police Force,” he said.

“I expect PLt Gen Eleazar to lead the PNP Organization to greater heights amidst the pandemic during these challenging times,” he added.

Eleazar thanked Duterte for choosing him as the next leader of the PNP.

“To be appointed as the Chief PNP is a rare opportunity, but come with the challenges of good leadership and meeting the high expectations of the Filipino people. I accept these challenges,” he said.

“I express my sincerest gratitude to our Commander-In-Chief, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, for choosing me to be among the instruments of his genuine intention of a having a well-disciplined and professional police force that could always be banked on in enforcing the law and in serving and protecting the Filipino people,” he added.

He also expressed gratitude to Año for “always believing in my capability to lead the more than 220,000-strong” police force.

“At higit sa lahat ay nagpapasalamat ako sa Poong Maykapal sa pambihirang pagkakataon na ibinigay niya sa akin upang pagsilbihan ang aking kapwa Pilipino,” he added.

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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