PNP, nagbabala sa mga tauhan na makikitang sasali sa mga kilos protesta

admin   •   February 23, 2015   •   4376

FILE PHOTO: Ang kilos-protesta noong SONA 2014 na humihiling rin ng pagbibitaw sa pwesto ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III. (Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang liderato ng Philippine National Police sa mga tauhan nito na lalahok sa anomang uri ng rally, maging ito man ay pro o anti-government.

Kasunod ito ng sunod-sunod na mga kilos protesta hanggang sa araw ng selebrasyon ng EDSA People Power sa Pebrero 25 mula sa mga grupong nais nang pababain sa pwesto si Pangulong Aquino na balitang sasamahan ng ilang pulis na mababa na ang morale.

Ayon kay PNP PIO chief, Police Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo, non-partisan ang mga tauhan ng PNP kaya’t bawal sa mga ito na sumama sa anomang rally.

“Sa parte po ng PNP ay hindi po pwedeng gawin yan, hindi sila pwedeng mag-join ng mga anti government rallies,” ani Cerbo.

Sinabi pa ng heneral na mataas ang morale ng mga pulis sa kabila ng nangyari sa SAF44.

Nilinaw nitong nakikita lamang ang mga pulis sa mga rally upang magbantay sa seguridad bilang bahagi ng kanilang trabaho subalit hindi upang lumahok sa mga programa ng iba’t ibang grupo.

“Wala kaming nararamdaman na ganon, bagkus yung organisayon ay lalong lumalakas at lalong naging mas matibay,” pahayag pa ni Cerbo.

Samantala, pinaalalahanan din ni Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ang mga nagsasagawa ng pagkilos laban sa administrasyon.

Sa pagdalaw ng kalihim sa Camp Crame, sinabi nito na iginagalang ng pamahalaan ang karapatan ng bawat isa sa pagpapahayag ng kanilang damdamin subalit ibang usapan na aniya kung ito ay isang coup d’état.

Iginiit ng kalihim na sa simpleng panghihikayat ng iba’t-ibang grupo para sa pagpapatalsik sa pwesto sa Pangulo ay maaari nang makasuhan ng rebelyon at sedisyon.

“There are provisions of criminal laws just a mere conspiracy to commit coup d’état to commit rebellion is already punishable,” saad nito. (Lea Ylagan / UNTV News)

Duterte to appoint PNP OIC Gamboa as next chief

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2020

PNP Officer-In-Charge, Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa arrives at Police Regional Office 4A and gives reminders and guidance to deployable PNP personnel involved in the evacuation, relief, and rescue operations in Taal eruption-hit areas.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he will appoint Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa as the next police chief.

Duterte made the announcement during a speech in Davao City.

The president said he would formally designate Gamboa as the next PNP chief after they meet with Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año.  

Duterte earlier asked Año to supervise the police force until he has chosen its next chief.

“We have the PNP chief. I’m going to appoint you as the regular PNP [chief]. But […] you and Secretary Año and I will have a long, long talk first,” he said addressing Gamboa in his speech.

“Pinakita mo sa akin ‘yung sincerity mo and I’d like you to leave something that you will be remembered by the country,” he added

Gamboa, who was in the event, acknowledged Duterte’s remarks by standing up and giving a salute.

Gamboa was designated as PNP OIC after former chief Oscar Albayalde stepped down in October over allegations that he protected some police officers tagged as ‘ninja cops’ for their involvement in the selling or recycling of illegal drugs seized from an operation in Pampanga in 2013.

Albayalde was the chief of Pampanga police when the operation was conducted.

In a statement, the PNP welcomed Duterte’s pronouncement of Gamboa’s appointment.

“The PNP welcomes the pronouncement of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte to appoint PNP OIC PLTGEN. Archie Francisco Gamboa as the regular PNP Chief,” the statement read.

“Under the able leadership of PLtGen Gamboa, we assure the public that the PNP remains committed to intensify the campaign against criminality, illegal drugs and corruption, following the rule of law and with utmost respect for human rights, and vigorously pursue internal cleansing to weed the ranks of rogue cops, all towards winning back the trust and confidence of the people,” it added.

In a separate statement, Año also welcomed Gamboa’s designation as the next PNP chief.

“He is very qualified for the job. I expect that he will work harder now that he is the permanent Chief PNP and lead the organization in its intensified fight against illegal drugs, criminalities, communist terrorist groups and extremists,” Año said.

“I also expect that he would continue to cleanse the PNP ranks of scalawags,” he added.

He also called on the entire police force to support Gamboa, enforce the law and fulfill their mandate “to serve and protect the people.”

PNP looking into persons of interest in grisly killing of ex-Batangas solon

Robie de Guzman   •   January 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it is now looking into persons of interest in the gruesome killing of former Batangas Representative Edgar Mendoza.

According to PNP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, a special task force has been formed to probe the murder case.

“Nagtatag na ng Special Investigation Task Group ang pamunuan ng Regional 4A sa pangunguna ni BGen. Vic Danao. At kasalukuyan ay may tinitingnan silang possible persons of interest para sa agarang ikalulutas ng krimen,” he said.

On Thursday, three charred remains beyond recognition were found inside a burnt vehicle in a desolated bridge in Tiaong, Quezon.

Initial investigation revealed that the victims, believed to be Mendoza, his driver Ruel Ruiz, and bodyguard Nicanor Mendoza, were most likely dead when the car was brought and torched on the bridge.

The remains of the victims were found piled on top of each other at the back seat of the car, police said.

The identities of the victims have yet to be determined through DNA testing although Mendoza’s family has already issued a statement confirming that among the victims was the former lawmaker.

“Usually ay tumatagal ito ng hanggang tatlong araw, hanggang isang linggo. Kukuha pa tayo ng samples na pagkukumparahan. So, maaari ay magiimbita tayo ng isang miyembro ng pamilya para magbigay ng sample,” Banac said.

He added investigators are now tracing Mendoza’s activities after learning he was supposed to meet someone in Calamba, Laguna on the day he died. Mendoza was last seen with his driver and aide on Wednesday, January 8 in Lipa, Batangas.

Police said they received a call early Thursday morning, informing them about a burning car in Tiaong. When firefighters put out the fire, they found the three charred bodies inside the vehicle.

They also recovered identification cards and documents belonging to Mendoza.

Mendoza served as former House Representative of Batangas 2nd District.

A lawyer by profession, Mendoza handled cases related to real estate and properties after his stint in Congress.

Police earlier said it is now investigating the possible motive for the incident and if Mendoza’s murder is related to the cases he handled as a private lawyer. – RRD (with details from Correspondents Lea Ylagan & Japhet Cablaida)

Palace defends PNP’s security measures for Traslacion 2020

Robie de Guzman   •   January 9, 2020

Filipino policemen try to control a crowd of devotees during the Black Nazarene to mark its feast day in Manila, Philippines, 09 January 2020.  EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday defended the strict security measures imposed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) for this year’s Traslacion in Manila.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the stringent measures were enforced to ensure the safety and security of Catholic devotees participating in the annual event.

“The PNP has to undertake measures that will provide for the safety of those devotees, it may be strict but the goal is protect them from any harm,” he said in a Palace briefing.

Panelo made the statement in reaction to criticisms and frustrations expressed by some devotees and netizens over the increased police deployment during the procession.   

During the procession, policemen formed a so-called “Andas wall,” which consists of hundreds of cops guarding the andas (carriage) from devotees.

Police’s move to set up barbed wires of the beams of the Ayala bridge, and the placement of container vans along some parts of the Traslacion route also drew mixed reactions.

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) earlier explained the installation of barbed wires on the bridge’s beams is to prevent devotees from scaling its frames.

This year’s Traslacion took a shorter and slightly different route through the Ayala bridge instead of Jones bridge which has been used for years.

More than 13,000 policemen were deployed to secure the event. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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