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PNP identifies negligence of security personnel in Resorts World Manila attack

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_060617_Jose Espino

MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has ruled that Resorts World Manila has no emergency response team that’s why the lone-gunman in Friday’s attack was able to enter the hotel premises.

PNP-Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA) has explained that because Resorts World has no such team, the guards who first encountered the gunman were obviously clueless of what to do during the incident.

PNP-SOSIA Chief PCSupt. Jose Espino added that the hotel also did not adhere to the standard security protocol.

They assigned only a few guards on graveyard shift of 12 midnight to 7 in the morning.

The hotel does not implement a buddy system and it doesn’t have command and control as well as a crisis management team,

Their security personnel also lack training and are not in proper uniform.

For this reasons, PNP-SOSIA has decided to conduct regular review and training sessions to all security providers to ensure that their personnel adhere with the standards.

“We again reminded the security managers of the standard procedures protocol. Okay security at nakita dun (it showed) what is lacking really are the drills and rehearsal ng kanilang (of their) security plan,” Espino said. –  Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue

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PNP chief defends procurement of bomb-sniffing dogs instead of body cameras

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 2nd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Congress chose to allocate budget for bomb-sniffing dogs instead of body cameras.

This has been the response of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa to criticisms of Senator Ralph Recto.

It can be recalled Recto questioned why the PNP chose to procure first K-9 dogs instead of body cameras that police are supposed to wear during sting operations.

Dela Rosa explained there has been a fund for the procurement of bomb-sniffing dogs under the 2016 to 2017 budget while the purchase of body cameras is under the 2018 budget.

The PNP chief said the issue on the use of body cameras made headlines only following after several police operations led to the deaths of civilians, including teenagers Kian delos Santos and Angelo Carl Arnaiz.

Dela Rosa noted that having bomb-sniffing dogs became their priority due to threats of terrorist groups like the Islamic State (ISIS).

For the PNP Chief, critics are just trying to find a loophole in PNP’s procurement by questioning its purchase of K-9 dogs worth P 545,000 each.

“Can you prevent a bomb or an IED exploding with the body-worn camera? No! But you can prevent that with the bomb-sniffing dogs,” said the PNP chief.

In fact, Dela Rosa said the PNP is still short of 208 bomb-sniffing dogs as it needs a total of 620.

He noted that a K-9 dog has a lifespan of 15 years that’s why the PNP can use them for a long period with the care of its explosive and ordnance division.

Meanwhile, Gen. Dela Rosa revealed that the drug enforcement unit of the PNP will have its body cameras by June of this year.

“We can say that there will be a system where it has a live feed feature in our operation center, while they are there operating. The commander is monitoring them at their station,” said Dela Rosa.

Earlier, the new equipment worth P6.4-billion purchased by the PNP has arrived, Thursday.

These include brand new light transport vehicle, light machine guns, anti-riot shields, helmet, body armors and undershirt vest which will be distributed to various units and police stations across the country.

The Marawi City police station will receive personnel carriers, motorcycles, SOCO vans, light transport vehicles and pick-up 4×4 trucks.

Three helicopters purchased by the PNP will arrive this year while two other will arrive in 2019. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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EastMinCom to augment force in fight against terrorist group CPP-NPA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 25th, 2018

MANLA, Philippines — Destroy the enemies of the state.

This is the clear order of President Rodrigo Duterte to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) during a command conference in Mawab, Compostella Valley last Monday.

The President announced he wants to eradicate all the terrorists in the country.

“He mentioned that in equivocal terms to destroy the enemy of the state. For the part of the PNP it’s the defeat or destruction of drug syndicates primarily with us the supporting role. But the destruction of CPP-NPA that is our primary task,” 1003rd Infantry Battalion Commander Col. Ernesto Torres said.

With this, the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) of the AFP will deploy another battalion of soldiers to help in defeating the members of the Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army or the CPP-NPA.

Three battalions of soldiers have already been deployed at the 1003rd infantry brigade

The military said the Chief Executive also vows to provide funds for the rebels who would surrender to the government.

“He said let us offer something to them, meaning the active rebels, something that is more than what the communist are offering. He made mention of land, houses, and jobs. He said he will find funds for this program that we would be proposing,” Torres said.

Among the counter insurgency measures the government wants to implement is the improvement of the reward system of the AFP and its programs for the indigenous people or Lumads in the region. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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LGUs designate firecracker zones in Metro Manila

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 28th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines – Local government units (LGUs) of Metro Manila have designated firecrackers and fireworks display areas for the year-end festivities.

Local officials have identified 33  fireworks display areas in Manila; 8 in Valenzuela City; 7 in Mandaluyong City; 2 in Marikina City and 1 in San Juan City.

 

In several cities like Pasig, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, and Taguig, there is a total ban on firecrackers.

“If before, we did it by grams, now the Executive Order 28 has already specified the prohibited firecrackers. It’s a security and safety for all. This would help us easily modify because it will be done in a controlled area. We can easily identify. Mostly it’s the LGU who will designate the place,” PNP Deputy Spokesperson Supt. Vimelle Madrid said.

Based on Executive Order no. 28, each local government units should place on standby emergency and medical staff members, and firefighting equipment in areas designated as community fireworks display zones.

The designated zones should also be far from the school campuses, residential areas, communication, electrical facilities and gasoline stations.

With this, the Philippine National Police (PNP) warns to arrest anyone who would violate the said Executive Order.

“They really have liability and they will be arrested for violating that EO 28,” Madrid said.

Meanwhile, authorities have arrested 12 individuals for selling prohibited firecrackers.

Nine or majority of the arrests came from Region 7, while the one individual was caught selling prohibited fireworks in the National Capital Region (NCR), Regions 1 as well as in ARMM.

The police also recorded 8 fire-cracker related injuries.

Four of the injuries are from NCR.  One was recorded in Regions 1, 6, 8 and Cordillera. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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