PNP orders relief of Gen. Trias police chief over death of curfew violator

Robie de Guzman   •   April 7, 2021   •   350


MANILA, Philippines — The police chief of General Trias in Cavite has been relieved from his post over the death of a man who was made to do an intensive physical exercise for allegedly violating the curfew policy, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.

PNP Spokesperson Ildebrandi Usana said General Trias Police chief Lieutenant Colonel Marlo Solero and two other officers involved, Police Corporal Jerome Vibar and Police Corporal Kenneth Mercene have been placed under the supervision of Cavite Police provincial director Police Colonel Marlon Santos while the investigation is underway.

“This is to ensure that the PNP does not tolerate any act that is inimical to the best interest of our people, particularly the aggrieved parties in the Peñaredondo case,” Usana said, referring to Darren Peñaredondo who reportedly died after being forced to do excessive physical exercise for violating curfew.

Peñaredondo was only about to buy water on Thursday, April 1 when he was apprehended by village watchmen for supposedly violating curfew hours.

Solero and the two cops earlier denied that they subjected the curfew violators to do knee bender exercise as a punishment but the sworn affidavits executed by two other violators stated otherwise, the PNP said.

The PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS) said it has started its investigation into the incident, which is said to have involved seven police officers but only three were identified.

Cops tagged in the incident have been given a week to submit their response about the investigation.

“Isa naman yan sa aming moto propio investigation, yung mga nasa custody ng police kung merong human rights violation ay kami ay nag iimbestiga,” PNP-IAS Inspector General Atty. Alfegar Triambulo said.

They may face suspension or dismissal from service should they be found liable.

“Six months suspension to dismissal from the service ang range ng penalty ng serious na kapabayaan na nagresulta ng pagkamatay ng isang tao,” Triambulo said.

Usana earlier said that PNP chief General Debold Sinas do not approve of arresting quarantine violators, and prefers the imposition of warning or fines based on local ordinances.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday proposed to impose community service instead of jail time as penalty for those who violate quarantine protocols against COVID-19. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Taguig City launches home service vaccination program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 20, 2021

The Taguig City Government on Monday (April 19) launched its home service vaccination program.

In a statement, the local government said it has expanded its reach to vaccinate residents amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

It announced that it has deployed doctors and nurses for the inoculation of bed-ridden residents for the home service vaccination program.

Residents who want to avail of the home service vaccination for their bedridden family members may call the designated telephone numbers of Taguig Telemedicine in barangay health centers as well as the city’s COVID-19 Hotline.

As of April 18, 2021, Taguig City has already vaccinated a total of 23,146 citizens.

Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano said the local government “must ensure that there are more locations and safer ways for residents, especially the vulnerable sector, to have access to the vaccine.” AAC

DFA reports 19 new COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   April 20, 2021


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has logged 19 new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad, bringing the total tally to 18,160 as of Tuesday (April 20).

Meanwhile, the agency also recorded 13 new recoveries, and 6 new fatalities among overseas Filipinos.

To date, there are 5,877 Filipinos undergoing treatment at home and in various facilities in a total of 91 countries and territories across the globe.



Phl shows good record in vaccination program despite criticisms — Duterte

Maris Federez   •   April 20, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte believes that the government’s vaccination program is doing good despite the criticism thrown at it.

This, after vaccine czar and National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. reported to the president the status of the country’s vaccination program on Monday night’s Talk to the Nation aired over PTV-4.

Galvez said that the Philippines now ranks 3rd among the ASEAN member countries in vaccination, from the former 8th in ranking when the country had just started its vaccination rollout.

The Philippines also ranks 41st among 173 countries and 14th out of 47 Asian countries.

“Sa ngayon po number three po tayo at the same time 41st po tayo out of 173 countries, at number 14 po tayo sa 47 Asian countries. So hindi po tayo nahuhuli, nandoon po tayo sa may bandang per — mga ano, upper 25 percent,” Galvez said.

“Well, maganda ang record natin in spite of unfounded criticism which — anyway, we expect it. But the Philippines is able to get the upper berth, I said, of the countries that are inoculated. Maganda ang record niyan and to think that people were almost in a quandary where to get the next vaccination,” President Duterte said.

“You know, for whatever it is that really work to them, we were able to make a go at least, not everybody at one time, but we have vaccinated a lot of people. I am happy that we have completed the vaccination of the medical people, yung tinatawag nilang frontliner,” he added.

The President said the country is not really left behind as far as vaccination against COVID-19 is concerned.

“So nakita mo naman na hindi pala tayo ‘yong pinakamahina, mataas nga ‘yong atin. It goes to show that we are really working very hard, especially Secretary Galvez, to get the vaccines here in the Philippines on time. Though it is not as fast as people would like to expect, the fact that, I said, we have occupied a certain position, we are number 15 sa ano? Number three?” he said.

“Well, it speaks well of the effort of your office to at least come to a more than an acceptable performance in the matter of — well, the fight against COVID as far as the Philippines is concerned,” the President added.

Galvez has also reported that 965,960 medical frontline workers who belong in A1 category have received the first dose of the vaccination. From this number, 198,534 have already received the 2nd dose.

The vaccine czar added that 132,948 belonging to the A2 category and 180,315 from the A3 category have received the first dose of the vaccine. —/mbmf


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