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PNP launches election monitoring action center

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has leveraged modern communication technology to monitor the actual or real-time situation in various parts of the country on the day of the May 13 elections.

On Tuesday (May 7), PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde initiated the launch of the PNP National Election Monitoring Action Center located at the Police Headquarters in Camp Crame.

The center will be manned by 60 police personnel and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.

“May video iyan at ise-send nila dito and we will be able to see the situation kung ano (ang) nangyayari on the ground,” Albayalde explained.

(There will be video [monitors] where the video will be sent and we will be able to see what is happening on the ground.)

The entire police force is now on full alert status days before the midterm polls on May 13.

Over 140,000 cops have already been deployed to different parts of the country including the new recruits and newly graduate cadets of the PNP Academy.

So far, Albayalde said they have not received any report of possible terror plots that might hamper or distract the election process.

He assures, however, that the PNP will remain on guard especially in all 946 areas of concern across the country, majority of which are in the Mindanao region.

Meanwhile, Albayalde clarified that the PNP only provided security details to personalities that are approved by Comelec.

The Police Chief asks political rivals to refrain from any act of violence.

“Kahit na siguro intense ang rivalry pero huwag lang magsakitan,” he appealed.

(No matter how intense the rivalry is, there shouldn’t be violence.)

Likewise, he advised his men in the PNP not to meddle with the election process and let the personnel from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) handle any election-related concerns.

“Wala pa kaming naging experience na binigyan kami ng authority ng COMELEC para makialam doon sa mga ballot boxes except ang mga naka-assign as EBs,” he concluded.

(Except for those assigned as EBs [Election Boards], Comelec has never given us authority to intervene with the handling of ballot boxes.) )– (with reports from Rey Pelayo) Marje Pelayo

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Videos of failed police operations, to be featured in police training sessions

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

Courtesy: PNP

Police officers undergoing training will be able to review past operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP) that had gone wrong.

This follows the directive of PNP chief, PGen. Oscar Albayalde to the PNP Training Service which aimed at involving the police officers in evaluating and analyzing the situations in past operations.

“Isama lahat yan sa mga ibat ibang trainings, ng mga different levels of trainings na inaattendan ng mga ibat ibang police officers whether they are noncommissioned officer, so that this will all serve as lessons learned para sa amin [All (videos) must be featured in the training sessions of the different levels being attended by police officers, whether they are non-commissioned officers, so this will all serve as lessons learned for all of us],” Albayalde said.

The PNP chief also stressed the importance of showing the videos to the police so that there will not be any repeat of the blunders committed in police operations.

“Hindi lang itong insidente na ito ang pina- consolidate namin [This is not the only incident that we are consolidating. We are] including the incidents years, years back. These will all be shown in the different schools that we have nationwide, para sa mga schooling esp. sa mga commanders on the ground [especially for commanders on the ground],” he added.

Among the videos to be shown to police on training are the Quirino Grandstand hostage-taking that happened in August 2010; the hostage-taking of a child in a bus terminal in Pasay City on May 31 wherein the child was accidentally shot by the responding police officer; and the drug operation in Rodriguez, Rizal where 3-year old Kateleen Mica Ulpina was also shot dead while police officers were pursuing her father who is a suspected drug pusher. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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Gabriela Partylist questions PNP’s random inspection of protesters during SONA

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

Gabriela Partylist questions the random inspection to be implemented by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on protesters during President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The party-list said the said measure violates the constitutional right to privacy.

According to their statement, the random inspection might probably lead to harassment or arrest of protesters without a proper warrant.

“Such security overkill dangerously sets up a pretext for intimidation, harassment and even warrantless arrest of activists based on planted evidence,” they said in their statement.

An estimate of over 40,000 protesters will join the anti-Duterte administration rally on Monday (July 22).

The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Thursday (July 18) that they will ‘most likely’ conduct random inspections on protesters as part of their strict implementation of security measures.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)

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LP: Sedition raps vs Leni, others ‘harassment, persecution’

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo

The Liberal Party (LP) has branded the filing of sedition charges against Vice President Leni Robredo, bishops, and the opposition as a form of “harassment” and “persecution”.

Opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan said the charges are false and lack basis.

“Political harassment at persecution ang ginawang pagsampa ng kaso ng sedition, inciting to sedition, at kung anu-ano pa kina Vice President Leni Robredo at sa ating mga kaalyado sa Senado at sa mga kandidato natin sa Otso Diretso, at maging sa mga sumuporta sa ating mga taong-simbahan, (The sedition charges, inciting to sedition, and other cases filed against Vice President Leni Robredo and our allies in the senate, as well as the Otso Diretso candidates and bishops is a form of political harassment and persecution)” he said in a statement.

Pangilinan added the ‘enemies of democracy’ are using the charges against VP Leni because she is the only one stopping them from continuing “extrajudicial killings”, and selling the Philippines to China.—AAC

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