PNP goes full alert as CPP-NPA-NDF ends ceasefire amid COVID-19 crisis
Maris Federez • May 3, 2020 • 340
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday (May 2) announced that it has gone on full alert upon the instruction of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año.
A news alert released by the office of PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said the DILG chief “condemns the CPP-NPA-NDF for ending the ceasefire with the Philippine government at the height of the nation’s fight against COVID-19.”
It added that in response to Año’s directive, “the 205,000 strong PNP under the command of Police General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa is now on full alert and is ready and able to defend the country against any atrocities of this communist terrorist group.”
The PNP Chief also condemns this act by the CPP-NPA-NDF as it endangers government response to overcome the pandemic.
“On top of our duty to implement strict quarantine measures to stop the spread of this pandemic, the PNP assures Filipinos that your police and military are united behind our Commander-in-Chief President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to enforce our mandate to uphold public safety against this communist terrorist group,” said Banac.
It can be recalled that the rebel group declared ceasefire last March 26, 2020 after the United Nations called for peace amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The national government made an earlier declaration of a ceasefire on March 19, 2020.
“As government condemns this rebellion by the CPP-NPA-NDF as a threat to public safety amid the pandemic; we will continue to uphold the imposition of ECQ in high-risk areas and GCQ in the rest of the country from May 1 to May 15, 2020 based on government guidelines,” Banac concluded. —/mbmf
MANILA, Philippines — Police special fighters backed by light armor units have joined the pursuit operations against the suspects behind a roadside bombing in Maguindanao on Friday night (September 18).
According to a statement sent by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to the media on Saturday, the bombing resulted in the death of a Marine personnel and the wounding of four other military men.
The report said that personnel of the Maguindanao Police Provincial Office, the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company, the 404th Special Action Company, and the Light Armor Unit of the PNP-SAF were first to respond to the scene of explosion at 7:50 PM on Friday along the provincial road near the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Shariff Aguak.
Police post-blast investigators have likewise sifted through the debris around the seat of explosion of the suspected improvised explosive device (IED).
The report also said that PNP Chief, PGen. Camilo Pancratrius P Cascolan, was informed of the incident thru the PNP Command Center.
Cascolan then immediately alerted newly-installed PRO-BAR Regional Director, PBGen. Samuel Rodriguez to mobilize maneuver units for tactical operations against the suspects.
The personnel of the Philippine Marines on board a troop carrier were reportedly coming from a military operation against BIFF elements in Barangay Salman when the bombing happened.
They were immediately rushed to the nearby IPHO by the responding PNP personnel. — /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Camilo Cascolan on Wednesday said he is considering Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr to be the next head of the Metro Manila police.
In a TV interview, Cascolan said Danao is competent and suited to lead the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
“Well, whether NCRPO or CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) is good but I would rather choose him for NCRPO because he is much better in the NCRPO,” he said.
Danao is the current chief of the Police Regional Office 4A and served as former head of the Manila Police District.
In response to Cascolan’s remark, Danao said he is ready to serve and do his best in whatever capacity.
“Rest assured that in whatever capacity I will be in, this representation, will always do its best to enforce the law without fear and favor, maintain peace & order, prevent and control crimes, and ensure public safety & internal security with the active support of the Community,” he said in a message to UNTV News.
Meanwhile, Cascolan said he is still evaluating the performance of current NCRPO director Major General Debold Sinas, adding that he could possibly be promoted to a higher position.
“Of course, the guy deserves also an evaluation and of course a promotion too. He has done good things and that’s all I can really say,” he said.
The PNP chief Sinas could be designated as directorial staff where he can put to use his expertise in training and recruitment of police personnel.
“I think he needs to be up to the directorial staff or in a certain position that is fit mostespecially for it. I believe he is an expert most especially with regard to training to personnel and training of recruits,” he said. “Debold is also a seasoned officer wherein he experienced a lot of things.”
Cascolan also revealed that he canceled the ‘midnight’ appointment of several PNP officials, which he said were made by former PNP chief Archie Gamboa a few days before his mandatory retirement.
He, however, refused to provide any details about the concerned officials and their positions. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday commended the move of police Joint Task Force Coronavirus (JTF COVID) Shield to monitor and urge the public to report violations of quarantine protocols through its social media accounts.
In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the move “encourages citizen through social medial platforms” and “appeals to all civic-minded young people who are concerned about the health and welfare of all Filipinos.”
“Now that we have flattened the COVID-19 curve, all the more should we be more careful and vigilant so as to contain and further reduce the active cases. Habang hinihintay natin ang pagdating ng bakuna, mas lalo nating pag-ibayuhin ang pag-iingat and enforcement of minimum health standards,” Año said.
The PNP’s JTF COVID Shield earlier ordered all police stations and units to monitor social media platforms for possible quarantine violations.
JTF COVID Shield Commander Gen. Guillermo Eleazar also called on the public to tag the task force’s Facebook page when they see photos and reports online of quarantine violations.
Among the most common quarantine violations flaunted on social media are mass gathering and celebrations, drinking session, non-observance of physical distancing, non-wearing of face masks, and pillion riding on motorcycles of unauthorized individuals.
Some groups have claimed that the measure will violate the right to privacy of people but the DILG belied this, stressing that there is no violation when it is the individual himself that posted it online.
“We cannot afford protection to persons if they themselves did nothing to place the matter within the confines of their private zone,” DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said.
Citing the Supreme Court ruling in Vivares vs St Theresa’s College wherein some students who posted nearly nude photos on social media were not allowed to join their batch’s graduation ceremony, Malaya said that there is no violation of the right to privacy when it is the person himself who posted the material online.
“However, there is a big difference between spying or hacking the social media of persons to build a case against him or her as against using his/her social media posts as evidence when s/he has already committed a violation. May violation ka na nga, pinangalandakan mo pa sa social media,” he added.
Malaya advised netizens to be cautious, maintain their privacy, and to exercise sound discretion regarding how much personal information they are willing to show on their social media pages.
“Netizens ought to be aware that, by entering or uploading any kind of data or information online, they are automatically and inevitably making it permanently available online, the perpetuation of which is outside the ambit of their control,” he said.
“Since these are public posts, the PNP has every right to make social media posts as a basis to begin an investigation if warranted,” he added.
Malaya also emphasized hat unscrupulous and ill-intentioned hackers may infiltrate their pages and steal information that they might use in any way they want.
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