PNP tags 1,176 police scalawags as ‘armed and dangerous’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 11, 2018   •   6031

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A total of 1,176 police scalawags are included in the watch list of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Counter Intelligence Task Force (CITF.)

They are considered “armed and dangerous,” according to PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, as they still have with them their service firearms.

“These are armed. Talaga kasing may issue na firearms ang mga ito. These are considered armed and dangerous especially so kung sila ay gumagawa ng illegal na activity. May issue na firearms ang lahat ng ito sa PNP pa,” said Albayalde.

(These are armed. They were issued with firearms. These are considered armed and dangerous especially if they are engaged in illegal activities.)

The PNP Chief also noted that it is possible for a repeat of the incident that occurred when PSInsp. Raymond Hortezuela was killed in a CITF operation in Cebu after he resisted arrest by his colleagues. Hortezuela was allegedly the protector of a drug lord known as “Jaguar.”

“We will give them a chance to surrender peacefully kung talagang inaaresto sila (if there’s a warrant for their arrest.),” the PNP Chief said.

Meanwhile, CITF Chief PSSupt. Romeo Caramat assured that they observe police operational procedures during operations. However, they also need protect themselves if in  case the subject resists arrest and open fires.

“We strictly observe police operational procedures but kapag manlaban ang suspek natin (if the suspect resists arrest), we cannot do otherwise but to defend ourselves,” Caramat concluded. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

Bato apologizes for ‘shit happens’ remark

Maris Federez   •   July 8, 2019

Senator Ronald dela Rosa

Senator Ronald dela Rosa has issued a public apology for his “shit happens” remark last week.

The senator’s statement stemmed from the death of a three-year-old girl during an anti-illegal drugs operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Rodriguez, Rizal last June 29.

Dela Rosa admitted using wrong choice of words in detailing the said incident.

“Klaruhin ko na lang, hindi maganda ang dating doon sa parents ng bata na namatay. I would like to apologize to the family yung aking wrong use of term. Dapat ang sinabi ko doon instead na ‘shit happens’, dapat unfortunate [I would like to clear, it didn’t sit well with the parents of the dead child. I would like to apologize to the family for my wrong use of term. I shouldn’t have said “shit happens” but, rather, unfortunate],” Dela Rosa said.

The newbie senator promised to be very careful with his choice of words now that he is already a lawmaker. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

PNP reshuffles officers in 3 key positions

Marje Pelayo   •   June 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has reshuffled officers in several key positions effective June 25.

Police Colonel Domingo Cabillan is now the acting deputy regional director for administration of the Police Regional Office 11 or Davao region.

Meanwhile, Police Colonel Florendo Quibuyen is now the acting executive officer of the Directorate for Research and Development from his former post as officer-in-charge of the Eastern Police District.

Police Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan will take over as the director of the Eastern Police District replacing PBGen. Christopher Tambungan who was relieved for spanking a lady cop.

According to PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management Director PMGen. Lyndon Cubos, the newly assigned officers were recommended by the Senior Officers Promotion and Placement Board following assessment of their merits and performances on duty. – (with details from Lea Ylagan)

PNP returns to normal operations as election period ends

Maris Federez   •   June 13, 2019

The Philippine National Police has lowered its alert status as the election period comes to an end.

PNP spokesperson PCol. Bernard Banac said only a few areas that have reports of the presence of threat groups such as the Abu Sayyaf, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and communist groups, are still on full alert.

These include Police Regional Office 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Banac, however, stressed that these areas are not under security threat.

“Wala namang security threat sa naturang mga lugar, nakafull alert pa din ang mga lugar na yun dahil martial law,” Banac said.

Banac added the past election period has been generally peaceful and validated election-related incidents had been low as compared with the 2016 Presidential Elections. (with reports from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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