PNP reminds SEA Games athletes of vaping ban in public places
Marje Pelayo • November 26, 2019 • 237
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has already launched over 3,000 operations since President Rodridgo Duterte announced a vaping ban in public places across the country.
A total of 243 individuals were arrested while at least 318 vape gadgets and 666 vape juices were confiscated since the operations started.
According to PNP Spokesman P/BGen. Bernard Banac, most violations were recorded in Central Visayas where a total of 195 vapers were apprehended.
Ten violators, meanwhile, were arrested in Metro Manila.
“So far wala namang nag resist doon sa ating pag apprehend sa kanila at everybody cooperated naman (So far no one resisted apprehension and everybody cooperated),” Banac said.
“Kasi alam nila ang kanilang ginagawa ay nagbubuga sila ng usok sa kapaligiran at hindi sa tamang lugar kaya peacefully ay sumunod naman sila sa kapulisan,” the official added.
(They are aware that they are emitting harmful smoke to the environment instead of limiting it within designated areas only. So vapers peacefully yielded to authorities.)
Banac said the violators were later on released after blotter reports were filed.
He also warned athletes joining the South East Asian (SEA) Games of the existing regulations against the use of vapes.
“Ang lahat na mahuhuli ng pulis na manlalaro ay dadalhin din sa presinto so sila po ay maaabala at maaaring maantala ang kanilang participation sa SEA Games (All athletes who will be arrested by police will be confined in precincts which may delay their participation the SEA Games),” Banac noted.
The PNP advise owners of vape stores to remind their clients not to use the gadget in public places to help in the enforcement of the President’s directive. – MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday reminded those who are interested to watch the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games events to follow security protocols implemented in sporting venues.
The SEA Games being hosted in the country will formally open on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. It will run until Dec. 11, with closing ceremonies to be held at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.
Participating in the biennial meet are more than 12,000 athletes and coaches, international media members and volunteers from 11 countries in the Southeast Asian region.
Thousands of spectators are expected to flock to various SEA Games venues across the country to rally behind their athletes competing in various sporting events.
The PNP reminded those who will visit the venues to watch the games to follow security procedures, and refrain from bringing the following prohibited items as listed in the 2019 SEA Games official Facebook page:
Bottles, cups, and cans of beverages (including glass, tetra pack, PET or any container using hard material)
Large bulky objects (ladder, stools, folding chairs, boxes, and paperboard containers, coolers)
Video camera or any audio-visual recording device for non-personal use
Camera extenders such as selfie stick, tripod and bipod
Animals (pet and non-pet)
Outside food and beverages
Pyrotechnic materials including fireworks, flares, canisters, matches, lighters and cigarettes and vapes
Large banners including flags exceeding 3 feet x 5 feet
Flag poles exceeding one meter
Propaganda materials containing racist, xenophobic, charity and ideological causes
Flammable objects including spray gas cans, corrosive material
Bringing of backpacks, tinted plastics, fanny packs as well as purse, suitcase, camera case, duffle bag, and printed bag are also prohibited.
Organizers also said that it is enforcing a clear bag policy and only small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” with or without strap and storage bags (Ziploc) are allowed.
PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac said spectators and vehicles going to sporting venues will be subjected to strict inspection.
The PNP also set up a tactical operations center at the Clark Freeport Zone to monitor the arrival and security of delegates.
Police forces will also be deployed to monitor assemblies that may be mounted by different groups to ensure safety and zero untoward incident.
The PNP likewise assured it has prepared contingency plan for the possible effects of Typhoon Kammuri as it creeps closer to the country.
The state weather bureau earlier reported that Kammuri is likely to enter the Philippine area of responsibility between Saturday and Sunday and will be named “Tisoy.”
“Sila ang gagamitin natin kung saka sakaling may pangangailangan at makatoon ng immediate deployment at maraming bilang, ito usually ay magagamit natin kung sakaling magkaroon ng natural disaster,” Banac said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Leslie Huidem)
The Philippine National Police (PNP) lauds Police Staff Sergeant Godwhin Lladones for assisting a woman who gave birth inside a tricycle in Barangay Cabid-an, Sorsogon City.
According to Dhen Senodall on her Facebook post, Jocelyn Bandala was on her way to the hospital but was not able to make it.
“May isang ginang nagbiyahe sakay ng tricycle mula sa Casiguran, Sorsogon papuntang provincial hospital para doon manganak pero hindi na nakaabot sa hospital at nanganak sa harap ng police station, (A woman was on board a tricycle from Casiguran, Sorsogon en route to the provincial hospital to give birth but she was not able to make it to the hospital and had to give birth at a police station),” she said.
PNP Officer-In-Charge, Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa commends Lladones for assisting in the delivery of the baby. The PNP said Lladones was a former medical practitioner.
“Mrs. Baranda and her baby were safe and now at Fernando B. Duran Sr. Memorial Hospital for proper medical attention,” according to the PNP.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it will confer a posthumous award to the police officer who died while shielding others from a grenade blast in a school in Misamis Oriental.
PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac commended the brave act of S/Mst. Sgt. James Magno who died on Thursday after he and his partner, S/Mst. Sgt. Alice Balido, responded to complaints of a man causing trouble inside a school in Initao town.
The man, identified as 65-year old Ebrahim Ampaso Basher, was carrying a hand grenade while walking around the school.
Basher threw the grenade when he was confronted by police officers.
Magno then dropped down and covered the grenade with his own body to save innocent civilians around, while his partner, shot the suspect resulting in his death.
The explosion also injured Balido and some 10 students in the area. Police said the wounded persons are in stable condition.
Banac said Magno’s surviving kin will receive various benefits from the government, including P250,000 from the Presidential Social Fund, P50,000 worth of burial benefits, P200,000 gratuity fund from the National Police Commission (Napolcom).
“As a member of the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund, his family may also be entitled to death insurance. These benefits are on top of the estimated P15,000 monthly lifetime pension from the PNP, and roughly the same amount of pension for five years from the Napolcom,” he added.
“Matapos lamang ‘yung opening ng Southeast Asian Games, maaaring mag-schedule po ng pagdalaw ang ating officer-in-charge, si Gen. Gamboa, doon sa namatay nating bayaning pulis at bibigyang suporta ang kanyang pamilya,” he further stated.
Banac said the PNP officer-in-charge also offered his condolences to the bereaved family of Magno.
“We give our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family of Police Senior Master Sergeant James Magno of Initao Police Station in Misamis Oriental. Police Senior Master Sergeant Magno made a supreme sacrifice by covering the grenade with his own body to save innocent civilian lives,” he relayed.
“It truly lives up to his sworn duty to serve and protect even if it costs his life. Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa expresses his condolences to the family of Sergeant Magno, and assures them that they will get full support on financial assistance and benefits, as well as for female police officer, Police Senior Master Sergeant Alice Balido, although wounded, managed to respond courageously and singled-handedly contained the threat by shooting the suspect,” he added.
Initial police investigation showed that prior to the explosion, Basher had a heated argument over a personal problem with a local government employee.
Concerned students and individuals tried to pacify the man but he threatened to detonate the grenade he was carrying. This prompted the students to call the police.
Police said investigation is still ongoing on the case.
The local government of Intao, meanwhile, has expressed its condolences to Magno’s family.
“We lost a hero today (Thursday). May his soul rest in peace,” it said on a Facebook post. — RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)
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