PNP renders immediate help; AFP ready to assist earthquake victims in regions 11, 12

Maris Federez   •   October 17, 2019   •   265

Mlang Police Station personnel together with Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) personnel, Mlang local government employees conduct post-earthquake damage inspection of buildings in Cotobato, Mindanao on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 and 12 have deployed their personnel to the areas affected by the earthquake that hit several towns and cities on Wednesday night (Oct. 17).

They were sent to render assistance to the local government units in maintaining peace and order, and ensure that traffic will run smoothly to avoid delay in the supply of relief goods.

According to PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, police are also helping in the clearing operation in the affected buildings.

Banac added that the situation in the affected areas is still under control and there is still no need to send support units from the national headquarters.

“Ang kapulisan natin ay lumabas kaagad at nagbigay ng police presence para magbigay ng order, para maassure ang public na nandyan ang ating pamahalaan. Lahat ng available manpower. Yung iba ay umalalay sa local government units para mag rescue sa mga nasaktan na biktima,” Banac said.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), meanwhile, said it is ready to deploy its personnel from the Engineering Brigade should the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) requests for it.

“Lahat naman ng ating AFP units within the area are on ready standby and with the close collaboration with the NDRRMC ready to be deployed at short notice naman, so far according to the NDRRMC ay capable pa naman yung LGU’s natin in responding to any requirements,” AFP Public Affairs Office chief, Capt. Jonathan Zata said.

Wednesday night’s tremor left 29 structures in Regions 11 and 12 with significant damage.

These malls include SM, Veranza Mall and Gaisano Mall in General Santos City, and the KCC Mall in Koronadal City.

Other structures that sustained damage were:

  • the Municipal Hall of Magsaysay in Davao Del Sur
  • the Sangguniang Bayan Building in M’Lang, Cotabato
  • the Roldan Hospital in M’Lang, Cotabato
  • the Fire Station in Makilala, Cotabato
  • and the Municipal Hospital in Carmen, Cotabato

(with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

PNP to launch manhunt ops for suspects in slay of cop in Cebu City

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said a manhunt operation has been launched for the suspects behind the murder of a police official, who was shot dead in Cebu City on Thursday afternoon.

PNP Officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa said he already directed the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to coordinate with the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) of Police Regional Office 7 as he vowed to “get to the bottom” of the slaying of Police Lieutenant Colonel Joie Yape, Jr.  

“Although there are many possibilities on what could be the motive behind the ambush, we do not want to theorize or make hasty conclusions, rather we will look at all these possibilities and narrow down the investigation based on evidence,” Gamboa said.

Yape, who was assigned at the PNP Internal Affairs Service as Intelligence Officer, was attacked by unidentified gunmen aboard a motorcycle around 5:35 p.m. while traversing Molave Street in Barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City.

He was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival. He sustained a gunshot wound in the head.

“I extend the sincerest condolences of the PNP office corps and rank-and-file to the orphaned family and colleagues of Police Colonel Yape even as we assure them that the ends of justice will be served,” Gamboa said.

Prior to his assignment to the PNP-IAS, Yape served as chief of the Cebu Provincial Intelligence Branch and formerly assigned in Calbayog City Intelligence Unit.

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13 injured, over 500 families in Bukidnon affected in Monday quake – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   November 21, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The number of people who were hurt in the magnitude 5.9 earthquake that hit Bukidnon on Monday night, Nov. 18 has risen to 13, with over 500 families affected, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Thursday.

In its latest report, the NDRRMC said the injured victims were transported to the nearest hospital for further treatment and management.

Most of them were reported to have suffered severe anxiety, and head injury, while another had loss of consciousness.

The agency said the quake affected a total of 501 families or 2,177 persons from 15 barangays in Region 10. Of this number 164 families are taking temporary shelter in one evacuation center.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) earlier reported that the magnitude 5.9 quake struck Bukidnon at 9:22 p.m. on Monday.

The tectonic quake’s epicenter was traced to Kadingilan town with a depth of focus of five kilometers.

A total of 296 houses in the towns of Kadingilan, Dangcagan, Valencia City and Damulog in Bukidnon were damaged due to the tremor.

Around 95 infrastructures, including schools and a health facility in Regions 10, 11 and 12 were also reportedly damaged.

In Don Carlos, a town near Kadingilan, at least 26 patients are still taking shelter in a gymnasium after they were evacuated from a hospital following the quake on Monday.

Most of them also opted to stay in the gymnasium due to aftershocks.

Local authorities said the hospital sustained cracks from the temblor and is still undergoing inspection.

“Prior sa pag-evacuate dito (gymnasium), this has already been designated as an evaluation area. It was already assessed prior sa kanilang paglipat,” Municipal Councilor Keith Anthony Kotico told UNTV News.

Meanwhile, officials from the Bukidnon provincial disaster office said it has started on Thursday the inspection of the structural integrity of affected buildings in Kadingilan town.

The local government of Kadingilan earlier announced it has extended the suspension of classes in all levels in public and private schools until Nov. 22 following the recommendation of disaster officials. – RRD (with reports from Correspondent Weng Fernandez)

PNP targets zero casualties in the upcoming 2019 SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 21, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) targets zero casualties in the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games from November 30 to December 11.

Over 17,000 security personnel from various government agencies will be deployed during the event.

During the send-off ceremony in Camp Bagong Diwa on Thursday (November 21), PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said in a press briefing that they have not monitored any threat for the SEA Games.

“Imminent [threat]? None. But the evaluation continues. We do not stop evaluating,” he said.

The task force created for the SEA Games includes the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Office of the Civil Defense, local government units (LGUs), and other government agencies.

Meanwhile, SEA Games Task Group Commander PBGen. Lyndon Lawas said they are coordinating with the Department Education (DepEd) for the suspension of classes in Metro Manila.

The deployment will begin on November 25 following the implementation of ‘full alert’ status in Metro Manila.

“We would like to minimize the effect of the travel of the delegates to and from the different destinations, from the billet area to the game sites,” he said.

There will be 530 events from 56 sports in the SEA Games where over 9,000 athletes will compete for the gold.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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