PNP-IAS clears 10 cops in death of minor in Laguna drug ops
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) has cleared 10 policemen of wrongdoing in the anti-drug operation that resulted in the death of a minor in Laguna.
According to PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar, the investigation belies allegations that the incident was a case of human rights abuse and extra-judicial killing.
“Sa paglabas ng imbestigasyon na ito ng IAS, muling napatunayan na walang katotohanan ang mga paratang na may drug-related operations ang PNP na may bahid ng pang-aabuso gaya ng gustong palabasin ng iba (With the release of the IAS’s investigation, it again proves that there is no truth in the allegations that some of PNP’s drug-related operations have traces of abuse as what others would like to imply),” he said.
Last June 16, operatives of the Laguna Police Intelligence Unit conducted an anti-illegal drug operation against notorious drug suspect, Antonio Dalit in Biñan City. Dalit and his 16-year-old companion, Jhondy Maglinte Helis engaged police operatives and were killed in a shootout.
Helis’ family claimed that Dalit and the teenager were executed by the PNP operatives. However, based on the IAS investigation, there is no indication that the two suspects were killed in cold blood and no witness surfaced to attest to the alleged execution. Helis’ family also refused to cooperate with the IAS investigation.
Eleazar assured that as chief of the national police, he would remain fair in handling cases involving PNP personnel. AAC
PNP to closely monitor cemeteries, columbaria ahead of Undas – Eleazar
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it will closely monitor cemeteries nationwide ahead of the observance of the Catholic community’s Undas.
In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has directed police personnel to be prepared for the arrival of people in cemeteries, memorial parks, or columbaria during Undas on November 1 and 2.
Eleazar said they are expecting people to visit these areas before November to avoid crowds.
“Inaasahan natin ang maagang pagbisita ng ating mga kababayan sa kanilang mga pumanaw na mahal sa buhay. Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na maging alerto at siguraduhing nasusunod ang ating minimum health standards,” he said.
“Dapat matiyak na walang mangyayaring super spreader event sa mga sementeryo,” he added.
The PNP chief’s directive comes after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases ordered for the closure of cemeteries from October 29 to November 2.
Eleazar also reminded the public to strictly abide by health and safety protocols to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.
DOJ vows to review more drug war cases before end of Duterte’s term
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) said it will try to review more drug war cases before the end of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said they are coordinating with Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police-General Guillermo Eleazar for the turnover of documents relative to the cases for their review.
Guevarra, however, said the review will depend on their manpower and on whether the case file folders from the different PNP regional offices in the country are already available and complete.
The DOJ is also considering conducting random reviews of the cases coming from the regions.
Meanwhile, Guevarra stressed that they will not allow the investigation that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is planning to launch on the government’s drug war to affect their review.
“Sa aking huling nabasa tungkol sa isyu diyan ng ICC mukhang tuloy-tuloy naman sila. Sabi nga ng kanilang bagong prosecutor I understand that they will continue with the investigation. So sa amin, kami rin naman dito sa DOJ tuloy-tuloy lang din yung trabaho namin dito. Kung ano man ang naibigay sa amin irereview namin with proper recommendations,” Guevarra said.- —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)
Narco politicians, muling binalaan ng PNP kasunod ng pag-aresto sa isang kandidato sa Cotabato
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