PNP probes slay of QC salon owner

Robie de Guzman   •   August 18, 2021   •   398

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday said he has ordered a thorough investigation into the killing of a business owner in Quezon City.

In a statement, Eleazar said he has tasked the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) to delve into the case and determine the true motive in the fatal shooting of salon owner and former journalist Gwen Salamida.

“Lahat ng anggulo ay ating titingnan upang malaman ang tunay na motibo sa krimen at madakip ang salarin,” he said.

Salamida was shot dead by a gunman inside her beauty salon in Quezon City. Her companion was also shot and is in critical condition.

Police investigators are initially eyeing robbery as the motive behind the killing, the PNP said.

Eleazar has expressed sympathy to the family of the victim and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“I am also directing all police offices and units to sustain anti-criminality operations and to be on alert for criminals who would take advantage of the pandemic,” he said.

“We need to ensure that the public is not only safe from coronavirus infection but also safe from lawless elements,” he added.

PNP Maritime Group nagtayo ng istasyon sa Pag-asa Island

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2021

Nagsimula na ang deployment ng mga tauhan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group sa Pag-asa Island na sakop ng West Philippine Sea.

Ayon kay PNP Maritime Unit-National Capital Region (NCR) chief Police Colonel Oliver Tanseco, walong tauhan na pinamumunuan ng isang opisyal na may ranggong Police Major ang unang batch na ipinadala sa lugar.

Aniya, tungkulin ng grupo na bantayan ang buong munisipalidad ng Kalayaan at pangalagaan ang seguridad ng mga Pilipinong mangingisda laban sa mga dayuhang sasakyang pangisda.

“Ang primary responsibility po natin, unang-una, magbigay-suporta at tulungan yung ating pamahalaan sa pagpapatupad ng batas natin doon sa Pag-asa Island,” ani Tanseco.

“Siyempre doon sa ating exclusive economic zone, ang ating sovereign right, at doon sa mga area na pasok sa territorial sea, ang ating sovereignty,” dagdag pa niya.

Lakip rin ng kanilang tungkulin ang pangangalaga sa kapakanan ng mga Pilipinong mangingisda na makararanas ng panggugulo mula sa mga dayuhang sasakyang pandagat.

“Sa Pag-asa Island po ang ating mga police are trained police investigators po para kung kinakailangan po ay magkakaroon tayo ng pag- arrest po ng mga barko na pumapasok, nagi-intrude, nagpo-poaching sa ating waters. Ang ating pulis po ang magko-conduct ng investigation and for filing of cases in court,” ani Tanseco.

Bukod sa mga maritime police sa Pag-asa Island, mayroon ding walong tauhan ang mga ito na nakasakay sa BRP Dagupan City na tumutulong naman sa Philippine Navy sa pagpapatrolya sa West Philippine Sea.

Ang Pagasa Island ang pangalawa sa pinakamalaking natural island sa West Philippine Sea at matatagpuan 480 kilometers kanluran ng Puerto Princesa sa Palawan.

Backyard piggeries, poultry farms now banned in Quezon City

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2021

The Quezon City government on Tuesday announced that pig and poultry raising will now be prohibited in the city.

In a statement, the city government said the policy is contained under City Ordinance 2990-2020, which was passed in a bid to protect residents from various public health issues.

The ordinance, authored by Councilors Franz Pumaren, Diorella Maria Sotto-Antonio, and Eric Medina, stated that no piggery or poultry farm for the purposes of food or meat production should be allowed within the territorial jurisdiction of the city.

City Veterinary Department head Dr. Ana Marie Cabel said that aside from operating in an urban area, backyard piggeries also violate various environmental and sanitation guidelines.

Backyard poultry and piggeries also tend to pollute tributaries because such businesses often allow waste to flow into riverways, she added.

The Quezon City Zoning Ordinance also prohibits piggeries and poultries as the city doesn’t have any agricultural or rural zones that allow pig or poultry raising.

The city government noted that 14 out of 17 barangays that previously had backyard farms and piggeries have phased these out, citing data from City Veterinary Department.

“As of today, there are only three barangays (Payatas, Sta. Lucia and Old Balara) with 26 piggeries. They vowed to close these down by November 2021,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said in the same statement.

“Bago sila magsara, sisiguraduhin natin na mababawi nila ‘yung dapat nilang kita at bibigyan sila ng alternative na pangkabuhayan para magkaroon sila ng iba pang source of income para sa kanilang pamilya,” she added.

The city government assured to provide livelihood options for poultry and hog raisers who will be affected by the local policy through its Small Business Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office.

Increased police visibility ordered in NCR public areas

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday said he has ordered all unit commanders in the National Capital Region (NCR) to increase police visibility in public areas following the downgrading of the COVID-19 Alert Level in the region.

In a statement, Eleazar said the directive was in response to the Department of Health’s (DOH) appeal for the continued implementation of the public health protocols after a number of people flocked to malls, churches, and other areas during the first weekend of placing NCR under Alert Level 3.

It was also in compliance with the order of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año on the matter, he added.

“Nauunawaan namin ang pagkabahala ng ating mga kasamahan sa Department of Health at sa medical community patungkol sa mga report na ipinakita kung saan nagdagsaan ang mga tao sa mga pasyalan, malls at iba pang mga lugar noong nakaraang weekend,” Eleazar said.

DOH officials and some health experts earlier expressed concerns over what they describe was an apparent complacency on the part of the public when they go out of their homes to take advantage of the easing of restrictions in the metropolis.

In some parks and churches, it was apparent that some people failed to observe the protocols for their safety despite repeated appeals from the marshals.

“Kasama sa aking kautusan ang coordination sa ating mga LGUs sa Metro Manila upang maayos na maipatupad ang minimum public health safety protocols at ibang pang mga restriction na ipapatupad sa NCR,” Eleazar said.

While he welcomed the easing of restrictions in the capital region, the PNP chief said the public should remain vigilant and compliant to the health and safety protocols set by the government against COVID-19.

“Natutuwa kami sa PNP na kahit paano ay bumabalik na sa normal ang sitwasyon sa ating bansa subalit hindi dapat maging dahilan ito para tayo ay maging kampante at balewalain ang health safety protocols dahil kung hindi, ang panandaliang kaligayahan na ating nararamdaman ngayon ay mauuwi na naman sa matagal na lockdown,” he added.

The NCR will be under Alert Level 3 until October 31.

The national government has also expanded the implementation of the COVID-19 Alert Level System to some areas in the country beginning Oct. 20.

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