PNP files cybercrime raps vs 80 individuals for allegedly exploiting pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   August 12, 2021   •   1056

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it has lodged criminal complaints against 80 persons allegedly involved in cybercrimes exploiting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the cases involved spreading false information on social media, illegal online sale of medical supplies, and online scams.

Citing PNP data from March 2020 to August 2021, Eleazar said that the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) have filed 87 criminal complaints against 52 persons for proliferating fake news.

Eleazar said they were specifically charged with Unlawful Use of Means of Publication and Unlawful Utterances under Article 154 of the Revised Penal Code as amended to include Online Libel; violation of Republic Act 10175 or the Anti-Cybercrime Law; and violation of Presidential Decree No. 90, which makes rumor-mongering and spreading false information as unlawful.

Based on the reports, Eleazar said there has been an increase in the number of incidents involving the spread of fake news and unverified information about the COVID-19 pandemic on social media.

“We are appealing to the public to be discerning and wary of fake news. This is also a stern warning to all individuals or groups spreading false information on various social media platforms. We will go after you and will not hesitate to put you behind bars,” the PNP chief said in a statement.

The CIDG and the ACG also filed three criminal complaints against two alleged online scammers; and 31 criminal complaints against 26 alleged online profiteers, hoarders, and unauthorized sellers of medical supplies.

Seized from the unauthorized online sellers were: gallons of disinfectant; vitamin C capsules; forehead thermometers; facemasks; and several liters of isopropyl alcohol.

“Binabalaan ko ang mga manloloko at mapagsamantala sa kapwa na tigil-tigilan na ang ganitong gawain,” Eleazar said.

“You will face the full force of the law for your criminal activities,” he added.

PNP personnel may work near home this holiday season – Carlos

Robie de Guzman   •   December 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel will be allowed to work near their homes this holiday season, police chief General Dionardo Carlos said.

In a statement, Carlos said he is giving police personnel the opportunity to be deployed near their residences to spend more time with the family.

“I am asking the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management to find a way for commissioned and non-commissioned officers to perform their duties away from their original assignments if needed,” Carlos said.

Under the scheme, police officers will be deployed to police stations which are nearest to their homes.

They can also serve as an augmentation force if there will be emergencies that will require their assistance.

The PNP chief noted that this work arrangement is not new since it was first implemented during the time of former PNP chief and now Senator Ronald Dela Rosa. The policy aims to boost the morale of police officers and put an end to the scene where children wait for their parents to come home during the holiday revelry.

“The policy of cancelled holiday vacation for police personnel will be sustained but at least they will have the opportunity to still spend Christmas with their families,” Carlos said.

PNP backs DOH’s recommendation to keep PH under COVID-19 Alert Level 2

Robie de Guzman   •   December 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has expressed support to the recommendation of the Department of Health (DOH) to keep the country under Alert Level 2 amid the declining cases of coronavirus infection.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos said the existing alert status in the country should not be downgraded yet due to the looming threat of the newly discovered Omicron COVID-19 variant.

“The time isn’t ripe yet since it’s the holiday season and we have observed more people becoming complacent to go outdoors, disregarding health protocol, and unmindful of the risks,” he said.

He also believes that a shift to a more relaxed quarantine level will affect the compliance of the public to minimum health standards.

Carlos, however, said that the PNP will abide by decision that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on the implementation of COVID-19 alert levels system.

“The local government units are vested the authority to issue Executive Orders that police personnel are duty bound to enforce,” he said.

Metro Manila is under Alert Level 2 until December 15. Other areas in the country have also been placed under the same level.

The DOH earlier said that the IATF is still discussing whether or not to lower the alert level in the capital region.

PNP, hindi magpapatupad ng ‘no vaccine, no entry’ rule sa police camps

Robie de Guzman   •   December 8, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi magpapatupad ang Philippine National Police (PNP) ng “no vaccine, no entry” policy sa mga sibilyan na papasok sa mga kampo ng pulisya para mag-avail ng kanilang frontline services.

Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos, hindi ipinagbabawal ang pagpasok sa kampo ng mga hindi pa bakunadong sibilyan pero paaalalahanan silang palagiang sumunod sa health protocols.

Isasailalim lamang sa screening ang mga bisita at antigen test kung kinakailangan.

“We take their temperature, we do a survey if they have illness or anything that would show that they are infected. So mag-screen kami. After screening, they are okay, we remind them of the minimum health protocol, of the policies inside the camp and then if we need to conduct them antigen, then we screen them with the antigen para lang sigurado po tayo,” ani Carlos.

Kabilang sa frontline services ng PNP ay ang pag-iisyu ng license to own and possess firearms sa FEO, lisensya ng mga security guards at permit ng mga security agency sa SOSIA at clearance ng mga sasakyan sa Highway Patrol Group.

Nauna nang ipinahayag ng PNP ang gagawing pagpapatupad ng no jab, no duty policy sa kanilang mga tauhan. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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