PNP to recommend dismissal of 69 police officers for various offenses

admin   •   January 9, 2018   •   5139


MANILA, Philippines — Sixty-nine police officers will soon be relieved from the service due to various offenses ranging from illegal drugs to neglect of duty.

This was confirmed by Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa. Dela Rosa said that the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) is set to submit their recommendation including the names and the decision on the cases of the involved police to Malacañang.

The 69 policemen are with ranks of police officer 1 to police senior superintendent.

 

General dela Rosa assured that the cases of the police officers in question went through proper police procedures.

The police chief added that internal cleansing within their ranks will continue until the end of his term in April.

“Expect me to be consistent. I will walk the talk. I will do what I say. My number one priority internal cleansing.  CITF will continue their work to run after the police scalawags,” said Dela Rosa.

He also confirmed that Department of Local and Government (DILG) OIC Eduardo Año vowed to help him bring back the good image of the Philippine National Police.

“Initially we already had a discussion, that he will help me improve the image of the PNP,” said the chief. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

 

3 local execs facing charges over quarantine violations – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday said it has filed complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman against three local officials for their alleged violations of the quarantine protocols.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said two administrative complaints have been filed against the mayor and a councilor in Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan for allegedly holding a birthday celebration despite the prevailing ban on mass gathering under the enhanced community quarantine rules.

Año said the gathering violated social distancing and the prevailing curfew.

Meanwhile, the DILG also filed a complaint against the mayor of Buluan, Maguindanao after he allegedly failed to prohibit mass gatherings in his municipality.

The department said it has not received any reply to the show cause order issued to the said mayor hence he has been considered to have waived his right to reply.

“Binusisi po ng maigi ng Kagawaran ang mga natanggap na reklamo at ebidensya laban sa ilang local government officials. Base rin sa kanilang naging sagot sa show cause orders ng DILG ay napag-alamang mayroon silang naging kapabayaan,” Año said.

The DILG chief also said they have sent a letter of admonition and warning to a city mayor from Central Luzon for supposedly holding a mass gathering when distributing Social Amelioration Program (SAP) forms to the transport sector.

The DILG said the mayor has already committed to adopt corrective measures to avoid similar incidents.

A town mayor from Western Visayas was also admonished by the DILG for allegedly refusing to allow an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) to be quarantined within the municipality because the OFW was said to have come from an “infected country” despite obtaining the necessary clearances from appropriate agencies.

Año said there was no showing that the municipal government exerted effort to facilitate the return of the OFW in violation of the President’s directive to welcome all OFWs subject to local health protocols.

“Ngayong panahon ng pandemya lalong higit dapat bantayan ng DILG ang mga pamahalaang lokal sa maayos na pangagasiwa at pagpapatupad ng nasyunal na polisiya at tiyaking natutugunan ang mga daing ng mamamayan laban sa kanilang mga lokal na lider,” he said.

Also, an admonition was also issued to a town mayor from Ilocos Region for unruly behavior towards police officers assigned at a checkpoint and who was alleged to have been intoxicated when it happened.

The DILG vowed to continue handling complaints from the public about the questionable actions of local officials.

“In first issuing the Show Cause Order, we ensure that due process is observed and that the side of the local chief executive is heard before we make our conclusions,” the department said.

112 COVID-19 hotspots nationwide under localized lockdown – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   June 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 112 areas all over the country have been placed under localized lockdown to arrest the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Friday.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año explained that implementing localized lockdown is the “best approach” in containing COVID-19 as it “surgically targets areas where cases, either positive or suspected, are concentrated.”

“Localized lockdown is like hitting COVID-19 at its source which has been proven to be effective especially in the 112 areas where it is currently being implemented. It really works since the hot zones areas are secluded from the rest of the community, hence, stopping the transmission to other communities,” said Año, who also serves as vice-chairman of the National Task Force against COVID-19.

Of the 112 areas, 67 are in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR); 18 in National Capital Region, 19 in Cebu City, 1 each in Cavite, Quezon Province, Leyte, and 5 in Cagayan de Oro City.

These areas have been under localized lockdown as of June 21, according to the DILG.

The National Task Force Against COVID-19 led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana recently issued the Operational Guidelines on the application of the zoning strategy in implementing the National Action Plan against COVID-19.

In the same statement, DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that since the beginning of the general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ, the national government has shifted to the zoning containment strategy as COVID-19 cases being reported now are clustered in several municipalities and communities, “making large scale containment operations and interventions no longer feasible, efficient, and cost-effective.”

“Thus, the NTF saw the need for an LGU-led containment strategy where LGUs could monitor the pandemic more accurately in their respective areas and allow them to adopt a calibrated response that can adapt to emerging conditions in their areas, enabling them to stay ahead of the outbreak trajectory,” he said.

Malaya said that LGUs, with the concurrence of their regional IATF, are encouraged to place areas, may it be a street, purok, barangay or the whole city or municipality under localized lockdown “if the numbers and data point towards that direction.” 

“LGUs must do all necessary precautionary measures for the safety of their constituents including the localized lockdown,” he said.

The DILG also reminded LGUs imposing localized lockdown that they must have organized quick response teams (QRTs) that shall carry out the test-trace-treat strategy against coronavirus in the lockdown areas. 

BFP official relieved over personnel’s breach of quarantine protocols in Boracay

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has ordered the relief of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 6 Director Fire Senior Supt. Roderick P. Aguto after several BFP personnel allegedly breached quarantine protocols in Boracay.

The BFP personnel, dubbed as the ‘Boracay 27’, reportedly visited the island of Boracay from June 12 to 14 for a despedida party. However, one of their members was supposed to be in quarantine while waiting for her COVID-19 test result which later came out positive.

Año said the country is currently facing a pandemic and there is no time for any excuses.

“We will never tolerate any wrongdoing by our BFP personnel or any other DILG personnel for that matter because lives are at stake here. Moreover, as law enforcers, we must set a good example to our people and the breach of quarantine protocols sets a very bad example,” he said.

The DILG also said that the BFP Regional Office is now conducting swabbing and placing under quarantine all its personnel who have had contact with the said individual.

Meanwhile, the BFP will begin further investigation on the matter and is prepared to file a complaint once it is found that the Boracay 27 indeed violated quarantine protocols. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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