PNP, may 2 buwang palugit sa pagpaparehistro ng expired na lisensya ng baril

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2020   •   747

MANILA, Philippines – Posibleng magbigay ng dalawang buwang palugit ang Philippine National Police (PNP) para sa pagpaparehistro ng mga lisensya ng baril na nag-expire mula March 17 hanggang May 31 dahil sa community quarantine kaugnay ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ayon kay PNP chief General Archie Gamboa, wala ring ipapataw na penalty sa mga nag-expire na firearm licenses sa mga nabanggit na buwan.

“A month or two, we will recalibrate how fast also we can process kasi baka matambakan kami, sabihin namin mag renew kayo dapat within one month e hindi naman namin kaya ang workload so we have to revisit how many licenses have actually expired and what will be our rate in processing per day,” ani Gamboa.

Ayon sa hepe ng pambansang pulisya, sa June 4 na sisimulan ang processing ng aplikasyon at registration para sa lisensya ng baril kasabay ng muling pagbubukas ng frontline administrative functions at regulatory services ng PNP.

Maaaring iproseso ang aplikasyon para rito sa Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO), Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA), One-Stop-Shop Office (OSS) and Regional Civil Security Units (RCSU) ng PNP.

Ngunit paalala ni Gamboa, by appointment ang gagawin upang malimitahan ang bilang ng aplikasyon kada araw.

“We will devise scheduling so that we can control the population in any of the different offices of the PNP… Kasi hindi naman kami exempted. We have to observe yung social distancing at mass gathering under GCQ (general community quarantine),” ani Gamboa.

Sa gate pa lang ng Camp Crame, kailangang mag-fill out ang aplikante ng contact tracing form na papipirmahan sa nakausap na tauhan ng PNP.

Iiwanan ito sa gate bago lumabas ng kampo.

Paliwanag ni Gamboa, layunin nito ang mapabilis ang contact tracing sakaling may magpositibo sa COVID-19. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Duterte designates NBI as sole body to probe PNP-PDEA ‘misencounter’

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has designated the National Bureau of Investigation to be the sole agency to investigate the alleged misencounter between cops and operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Malacañang said Friday.

“Nagdesisyon po ang ating president na tanging NBI lang po ang mag-iimbestiga duon sa putukan na nangyari sa panig ng mga kapulisan at PDEA diyan po sa Quezon City,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

The shooting incident involving policemen and PDEA operatives occurred on Wednesday afternoon near a mall along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. Four individuals – two cops, a PDEA agent and an informant – were killed in the gun battle.

The PNP and PDEA earlier said that a joint Board of Inquiry has been created to look into the incident.

But due to Duterte’s order, the joint probe will have to be discontinued.

“’Yung mga binuong joint panel para imbestigahan yan, na binuo po ng PNP at PDEA ay di na po magtutuloy sa kanilang imbestigahan,” Roque said.

Both PNP and PDEA assured to work with the NBI in compliance with Duterte’s directive. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

P7.9-M worth of marijuana seized in Cordillera police ops

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines Thousands of dried marijuana plants and seeds were confiscated in a series of raids conducted by police operatives in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday.

In a statement, PNP chief General Debold Sinas said the Cordillera police launched the operations on five clandestine marijuana farms in Kalinga from Thursday until Friday, as part of PNP’s “summer offensive” against cultivation of prohibited plants.

The police raid on the five plantation sites, with a total land area of 2,550 square meters, stemmed from a buy-bust operation conducted by joint elements of Special Operations Unit 2, led by PNP Drug Enforcement Group with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Isabela, the Isabela PIU, the SAF Kalinga and the 2nd Coy KPMFC on February 18, 2021, that resulted in the arrest of two persons.

The PNP said the operation yielded the arrest of two persons who told authorities about the illegal cultivation of marijuana in the mountainous area of Barangay Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga.

This information led to the clearing operations and destruction of marijuana plants in coordination with the PDEA, the PNP said.

Police said a total of 21,600 fully-grown marijuana plants were destroyed in the clandestine farms, including some 30 kilograms of dried marijuana stalks and one kilogram of marijuana seeds, all estimated to be worth P7,945,000 based on standard drug price used by the Dangerous Drugs Board.

“Let me reiterate that police operation against the cultivation, production, and trafficking of Marijuana will continue without let-up because under Philippine laws, Cannabis in the form of plants, products, and its derivatives is still a dangerous drug as defined under Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” Sinas said.

DOJ orders NBI to probe PNP-PDEA ‘misencounter’

Robie de Guzman   •   February 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct its own probe into the shooting incident that transpired between members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday night.

The shooting incident between operatives of the PNP and PDEA occurred near a mall along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

“This is separate and distinct from the probe to be conducted by an ad hoc joint PNP-PDEA board of inquiry earlier announced by PNP chief Debold Sinas,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said in a message to reporters.

“I gave them (NBI) 10 days to submit a report,” he added.

Sinas earlier said that a joint PNP-PDEA Board of Inquiry has been created to determine what transpired and who should be held liable for the incident.

The PNP chief appointed the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) as the lead investigating body, while the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has been designated “to speak on any updates from the PNP in order to keep the public updated with accurate and relevant information.” – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

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