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

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2020   •   219

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)

Mga lumalabag sa curfew at iba pang ordinansa sa gitna ng pandemya, huhulihin ng PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang Philippine National Police (PNP) na huhulihin ang mga lumalabag sa mga lokal na ordinansa kasabay ng pagpapaigting ng anti-criminality campaign nito sa gitna ng coronavirus pandemic.

Sinabi ni PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa na bukod sa pagsawata sa krimen, babantayan rin nila ang mga sumusuway sa mga ordinansa ng bawat lungsod gaya ng curfew hours, pagbabawal sa paninigarilyo, at pag-iinuman sa labas ng bahay, at paglabas ng walang pang-itaas na damit.

Maging ang mga lumalabag sa minimum health protocols gaya ng hindi pagsusuot ng face mask at kawalan ng physical distancing ay huhulihin din.

“Yes we will apprehend and file appropriate case,” ani Gamboa.

Paliwanag ng hepe ng pambansang pulisya, layunin nito na mabawasan ang lalo pang pagkalat ng novel coronavirus disease sa gitna na rin ng dumaraming bilang ng kaso nito sa bansa.

“This is a national concern na dapat tulong-tulong tayo. So, sana huwag na pasaway para wala na kami hulihin,” sabi ni Gamboa.

Umaasa ang PNP chief na paiiralin ng publiko ang disiplina at susundin ang mga ipinatutupad na batas at ordinansa sa bansa sa gitna ng kinakaharap na krisis sa kalusugan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

9 Jolo cops tagged in killing of 4 soldiers to face NBI probe this week

Robie de Guzman   •   July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The nine police officers involved in the killing of four military men in Jolo, Sulu in June will face the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) this week, Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa said Monday.

Gamboa said the policemen will meet with the NBI for three days starting Monday for the investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of the soldiers.

The PNP chief also confirmed reports that only four out of nine cops had fired their guns during the incident that took place on June 29.

The NBI Forensic for Investigation Services earlier said that four of the nine policemen tagged in the killing tested positive for gunpowder nitrates following paraffin tests.

“They are also hoping na matapos din agad ang investigation kasi sabi nila kung walang kasalanan yung iba. Yung iba maiiwan pero yung walang kasalanan sana makabalik na sila sa kanila. But, of course, natural ito dahil may mga pamilya din sila doon sa Jolo na naiwan,” Gamboa said.

Meanwhile, Gamboa said that the Board of Inquiry, whose members consist of police and military officers, is still reviewing the tactics and protocols of the PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines to see if these need to be improved and to prevent the incident from happening again.

“Of course ang magiging adjustment kung coordination ang problema is not only with the PNP. This will be a joint evaluation, joint resolution on how to go about yung coordination… Local coordination really is the secret para hindi na magkaroon ng mga insidente kagaya ng Jolo,” he said,

Last June 29, four soldiers were killed after they were accosted by local police officers.

The Philippine Army said the four men, who were wearing civilian clothes, were on an official mission when they were spotted by police officers on patrol.

When questioned by cops, the four men allegedly introduced themselves as members of the AFP. They were then asked to proceed to the Jolo Municipal Police Station for verification.

But initial police report said the soldiers attempted to escape prompting police to give chase. When the men got off their vehicle, they allegedly pointed their firearms at the police, which prompted the cops to fire at them, resulting in their death.

The NBI earlier said its investigation is ongoing and is already in possession of video footage of the incident. It has also gathered testimonies from witnesses, including two soldiers who served as sweepers when the shooting incident took place.

The caps tagged in the killing have since been placed under restrictive custody following the incident. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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Cops infected with COVID-19 now over 1,000 – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The number of police officers who have tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has climbed to 1,006, figures from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed.

The PNP Health Service said 25 additional infections have been reported but there were no new deaths so the total fatalities remains at nine.

A total of 455 cops have recovered from the viral respiratory disease.

The PNP Health Service said it is also monitoring 651 probable cases and 1,252 suspected cases of COVID-19.

The Philippines has so far recorded a total of 51,745 COVID-19 infections, with 12,813 recovered patients and 1,314 fatalities. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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