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PNP names Ormoc, Cotabato, Puerto Princesa safest cities in PH

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2018

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Ormoc City was named the safest city in the country based on research conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Research and Analysis Center for the first quarter of 2018.

Ormoc City in Leyte Province recorded only 134 crime incidents followed by Cotabato City in Maguindanao and Puerto Princesa City in Palawan with 220 and 227, respectively.

PSSupt. Noel Sandoval, Chief of the PNP’s Crime Research and Analysis Center, believes one factor that contributes to the low crime rate in the said areas is the active involvement of police and residents within the community.

“Nare-record kase nag-report sa pulis. Pero kung hindi sila nagpunta sa pulis, hindi sila mare-record,” Sandoval said.

(They report [crimes] to the police that’s why it gets recorded. If they don’t go to the police, there would be no record of the crime.)

Meanwhile, Quezon City has the highest number of crimes with 12,252 in the first quarter of the year. Manila followed next with 7,066 and Cebu with 3,703. Sandoval said the higher crime rate is expected in cities with a greater population.

“Mas maraming crime incident na nangyayari sa isang lugar na mas mataas ang population kasi nga maraming tao. Mas malaki ang crime opportunity ng mga criminal,” Sandoval said.

(Incidence of crime is higher in densely populated areas. Criminals have bigger crime opportunities.)

Based on the record, Quezon City has the least number of solved crime cases at only 43.08% followed by Manila at 50.41% and Malabon at 51.05%.

Sandoval said they will send reminders to police officers in areas with the higher crime rate and order them to take actions on the matter. –Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP: Warrantless arrest against street idlers is legal

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Police arrest a number of men for going around shirtless in public.

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) defended its move to arrest loiterers or “tambays” who violate city ordinances despite the criticisms the agency has drawn from various sectors over its crackdown on street idlers.

PNP Spokesperson PSSupt. Benigno Durana said the law allows the arrest of loiterers without warrant citing Section 3, Rule 113 of the Rules of Court.

“Number 1 when in the presence of police officer a crime or a violation has been committed, or the person to be arrested has committed or attempting to commit a violation or a crime. Number 2 when a police officer has personal knowledge that the crime has been committed, at pangatlo when the person to be arrested ay isang escapee, nakatakas po siya sa mga kulungan, “ said Durana.

He noted the PNP is mandated to maintain peace and order so they are bound to implement laws like arresting those who violate local policies.

“This is not just cutting crimes but improving the sense of public safety and security of the people. Iyong mapabuti natin ang pakiramdam ng taumbayan sa kanilang kaligtasan at seguridad,” he added.

Durana clarified that a person may refuse an invitation to the police precinct but implores the public to familiarize themselves with the ordinances in their respective areas.

While Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Spokesperson Atty. Jackie De Guia said in a message that the agency understands the administration’s objective to ensure peace and order and public safety, it asserts that warrantless arrest is unconstitutional.

“Nauunawaan namin ang intensyon ng administrasyon na tiyakin ang katahimikan sa mga kalsada at siguruhin ang kaligtasan ng publiko. Subalit, ang paghuli ng sinuman ng walang warrant of arrest ay labag sa ating Saligang Batas,” she said.

De Guia added that a person should not be arrested without probable cause and due process and that police should not discriminate nor stereotype street loiterers as troublemakers.

“Hindi rin tama na lahatin bilang kriminal ang mga itinuturing na “tambay sa kalye.” Ito ay isang uri ng diskriminasyon na nagdudulot ng stigma,” she added.

In response, the PNP assured strict implementation of police operational procedure and warns dismissal against violators. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

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HPG to make a come back on EDSA

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018

A member of the  Highway Patrol Group

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) is now preparing for their come back on major thoroughfares on EDSA.

According to HPG Director PCSupt. Roberto Fajardo, they are now coordinating with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Chief Edgar Galvante for their return in manning the traffic situation on one of the busiest highways in Metro Manila.

Fajardo noted that the number of vehicles plying the roads of EDSA has now doubled its capacity of 140,000. EDSA is now holding over 360,000 vehicles every day.

According to a study conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA,) the country’s economy is losing up to P2.4 billion a day due to heavy traffic.

This is the reason why Fajardo wants to assist the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in managing traffic situation in EDSA and to help in the strict enforcement of traffic regulations as well as in apprehension of offenders.

“Ang HPG ay may coordination sa LTO sa violations sa mga sasakyan, traffic. I reported to Asec. Galvante, nag-usap kami. Talagang kailangan namin iyong deputization para makatulong kami to ease up the traffic. Pati iyong mga nababangga, we will see to it na parehas naming titiketan yun to serve as a lesson na pag nabangga ka ibig sabihin ay reckless ka,” Fajardo said.

(The HPG has coordination with LTO when it comes to traffic violations. I reported to Asec. Galvante and we had a talk. We really need deputization to help ease up traffic. In car accidents,  we will see to it that both parties get a ticket to serve as a lesson on reckless driving.)

Fajardo added that they will select the most able men to be deployed on EDSA who will undergo training.

“We will conduct first seminar, may exam pa yun. Di basta basta i-issue yung deputization ng LTO. You have to undergo seminar,” said Fajardo.

(We will conduct a seminar first  and then give an exam. We won’t just issue an LTO deputization. You have to undergo seminar.)

Fajardo, meanwhile, warned dismissal against HPG personnel involved in extortion and abuse of motorists. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

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Albayalde confirms arrest of suspect in the Nueva Ecija priest’s slay

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now in custody of the primary suspect in the killing of Nueva Ecija priest, Richmond Nilo.

This was confirmed by PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on the day of the priest’s burial service in Nueva Ecija.

The suspect was identified as Adell Roll Milan who was arrested in Barangay Malapit, San Isidro, nueva Ecija at 6:30 p.m. of Thursday, June 14.

Albayalde added that an altar boy positively identified Milan as the one who shot the priest while facilitating a mass.

Authorities are still uncertain of the motive of the crime, however, they are looking into three possible motives of the suspect:  land dispute; the priest’s active support for victims of sexual abuse; and conflict with another religious group. – UNTV News & Rescue

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