PNP raises full alert status in several SEA Games venue; HPG deploys personnel as security for convoys

Maris Federez   •   November 25, 2019   •   342

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police has raised the full alert status in several venues of the Southeast Asian Games.

The full alert status that starts Monday morning and will end on December 14 covers regions 1, 3, 4-A, and the National Capital Region where the games are going to take place.

PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said around 27,000 police personnel were deployed in these regions to ensure security for the whole duration of the event.

“Other police regional offices and national administrative support unit will remain heightened alert the entire duration of the 30th SEA Games,” Banac said.

He added that even the PNP-Highway Patrol Group (HPG) has deployed 101 motorcycles, 29 mobile patrol units, and 175 personnel to secure the convoy of the SEA Games delegates.

“Prepared to response contingency scenarios such as road crashes, medical emergencies, bis breakdown at CPR emergencies at the NLEX and other crowded roads,” he said.

This number is aside from the motorcycle units that will be deployed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The PNP-Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG) will also provide 519 personnel to give security to the delegates from the billeting areas to the designated venues. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

New PNP Chief Gamboa eyes ‘no-take policy’, faster administrative case hearing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 21, 2020

The new Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa eyes a ‘no-take policy’ among the PNP personnel.

As the new PNP chief, Gamboa said he will not tolerate erring policemen, such as those accepting bribes and engaging in illegal drugs. He said he will also heighten internal cleansing among the police ranks.

“I stand before you today not just the ‘chief’ but a father who will stand and support you till the end if you are doing your job the right way,” he said.

“However, for those erring PNP personnel, you will be reprimanded, castigated or be dismissed in the service if necessary,” added Gamboa.

He also reminded police officers to respect their senior officers and always wear proper attire.

READ: Gamboa officially assumes PNP chief post; to implement reshuffling in PNP

The new PNP chief wants to expedite administrative case hearings from 60 days to 15 days.

“Work simplification is the conscious seeking of the simplest, easiest and quickest method of doing work. We should accomplish more tasks within a given amount of time, so watch for my deadlines,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gamboa warned drug personalities and other individuals involved in illegal drugs.

“Heed my words, with the guidance of our President, we won’t stop until you’ve been destroyed and neutralized,” he said. — AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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)

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