PNP gives evacuees chance to check homes; patrols Taal Lake to bar anyone from fishing

Maris Federez   •   January 16, 2020   •   1233

Local resident Erwin Apilo walks near a damaged house in Agoncillo, Batangas, Philippines, 16 January 2020. EFE/EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is implementing maximum tolerance and permitted the evacuees who had been insisting to go back and check their homes despite the lockdown being implemented in several towns due to Taal Volcano’s continuous activities.

The five towns that had been locked down were Lemery, Agoncillo, Talisay, Laurel and Balete.

More than 2,000 police are stationed at the five towns’ entry and exit points.

PNP Calabarzon director PBGen. Vicente Danao, Jr. clarified that they only allowed those who have very important things to get back to in their homes, and only for a limited time.

“May limited time lang kaming ibinigay kasi sabi namin sa kanila hindi namin kayo dyan pwedeng payagan forever.  What is the use of evacuation kung lahat naman babalik? So, the same people naman na hahakutin na naman natin lahat e dapat siguro in every family isa, dalawa lang. Hindi yung buong pamilya ang babalik,” Danao said.

Army BGen. Marceliano Teofilo said it will create bigger problems for them if they will allow all residents to go back to their houses.

“Ang iba kasi nagbabalikan. Yun ang challenge na tinitake natin. Kaya yung mga pulis ay nag establish ng checkpoint para ma-avoid na nila ang pagpunta doon. Kasi ang inaavoid natin pag may pumasok. That would be another problem lalo na pag pumutok na, mahihirapan yung mga rescuer na pumasok din,” Teofilo said.

To date, around 1,000 military personnel and 99 vehicles are being used in the rescue operations.

The PNP-Maritime group is closely patrolling and strictly monitoring the Taal Lake for those who will try to fish.

“May patrol craft kami don na umiikot sa Taal Lake to make sure na walang bangka na lalaot towards the volcano at any civilian along the coastline. Wala dapat makikitang civilian along the coastline,” said PNP-Maritime director PBGen. Rwin Pagkalinawan.

They are also conducting rescue operations on animals that were left behind by their owners.

“In order to appease those owners, sige ikarga natin sa barges yung inyong mga kabayo, aso at baka para lamang umalis kayo dyan,” Pagkalinawan added.

In total, around 29 horses and 3 cows were rescued since Wednesday (Jan. 15).

Authorities appeal to the public to cooperate on the rules that they are implementing to avoid dangers and untoward incidents. — (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

Narco politicians, muling binalaan ng PNP kasunod ng pag-aresto sa  isang kandidato sa Cotabato

Maris Federez   •   October 22, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Muling nagbabala ang pamunuan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) sa mga pulitiko na nakikipagsabwatan sa mga sindikato ng iligal na droga sa bansa.

Ito’y kasunod ng pagkakaaresto sa mayoral candidate na si Tom Nandang, alyas Datukon Nandang, na tumatakbong alkalde sa Kabuntalan, Maguindanao.

Nakuha kay Nandang ang nasa 5-milyong pisong halaga ng shabu at isang .45 caliber pistol.

Si Nandang ay kasalukuyang nasa kustodiya ng Philippne Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) habang inihahanda ang kasong isasampa laban sa kanya.

Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar, hindi titigil ang pulisya sa pagtugis sa mga politiko na may kaugnayan sa iligal na droga.

“I am reiterating my warning against political aspirants with connections to criminal groups, you will be arrested. The PNP will stop you from using your guns and goons to try to steal the elections from our kababayan,” ani Eleazar. —/mbmf

Publiko, binalaan vs investment scheme sa social media

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Pinag-iingat ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ang publiko laban sa investment schemes na kumakalat ngayon sa social media.

Sa panayam sa programang Get it Straight with Daniel, sinabi ni PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) spokesperson Police Captain Mark Nobre may mga natatanggap silang reklamo ukol sa online investment scam at marami sa mga nabibiktima nito ay overseas Filipinos workers.

Ngayong taon, umaabot na sa 1,544 ang kaso ng online scams na kanilang naitala.

Pakiusap ng PNP-ACG sa publiko na agad isumbong sa kanilang tanggapan ang anumang uri ng investment schemes na nakikita nila sa social media sa pamamagitan ng pagpapadala ng mensahe sa kanilang Facebook page.

“Karamihan din po ng mga kababayan natin, mayroon din po kaming actually natatanggap na information pagdating sa ganiyan, and nakatutulong po ito sa aming mga investigation and sa case build up,” ani Nobre.

“Malaking tulong po yun na kahit ayaw ninyo pong mag-complaint, malaking tulong pong magsend po kayo ng message sa inbox namin and magbigay po kayo ng information dun,” dagdag pa niya.

Kung nabiktima naman ng online scams o cybercrimes, maaaring magreklamo sa pamamagitan ng email e-sumbong@pnp.gov.ph o cellphone number 0916-829-8083.

Kailangang magsadya sa tanggapan ng PNP-ACG upang ismute ang mga ebidensya tulad ng resibo o patunay na nagbigay ng pera gayundin ang sinumpaang salaysay. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

PNP to run after political aspirants with links to crime groups

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday vowed to run after political aspirants who are involved in illegal activities.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar issued the statement following the arrest of a mayoral candidate in a Maguindanao town for drug-related charges.

“I am reiterating my warning against political aspirants with connections to criminal groups, you will be arrested. The PNP will stop you from using your guns and goons to try to steal the elections from our kababayan,” Eleazar said in a statement.

Operatives from the police, the military and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency nabbed 52-year-old Tom Nandang, also known as Datukon Nandang, who is running for mayor of Northern Kabuntalan town in Maguindanao.

Authorities were able to recover around P5 million worth of suspected shabu from the suspect and a cal. 45 pistol.

The suspect is under the custody of PDEA while drug-related charges are being readied against him.

Eleazar said that Nandang’s arrest is proof of the PNP’s commitment to run after lawless elements, including persons aspiring for elective posts, who will act as peace spoilers during the election period.

“I commend our operatives who carried out this operation for heeding to my call to monitor the illegal drugs activities of some erring candidates in order to ensure that drug money will not be used to fund their bid for the 2022 local and national elections,” he said.

Eleazar tasked the local police to conduct further probe on Nandang’s illegal activities to identify his possible cohorts and establish the scope of his drug operations.

He also assured the public that the PNP will go after so-called narco-politicians who may use their connections to win their desired posts in the upcoming elections.

“Hindi titigil ang inyong PNP sa pagtugis sa mga narco-politicians at iba pang mga pulitiko na may kinalaman sa mga criminal groups. We will not allow them to use their illegal connections to undermine our democratic process,” he said.

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