PNP takes full control of training police recruits

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 2019   •   1249

Newly promoted policemen stand in formation during a mass promotion ceremony at the police headquarters in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 March 2019.  EPA-EFE / FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has taken full supervision of the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) and the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in a formal turn over on Monday (October 7) at Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna.

The transfer of supervision was in accordance with Republic Act 11279 which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in May this year.

“The Philippine National Police shall have administrative and operational supervision and control over the Philippine National Police Academy. and the National Police Training Institute,”

RA 11279 states that the transfer of administration is “to better achieve the goals of a highly efficient and competent police force.”

It is also in line with the PNP’s program of internal cleansing among its rank of ‘sloppy’ and ‘scalawag’ policemen.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is confident that by directly managing the police training institutions, the PNP will be able to achieve its targets of 10,000 police recruits who will be honed in lieu of the retiring police officers.

“The PNP is now solely responsible for the making of a complete police officer, from recruitment to retirement,” Albayalde said.

“Thus, we only have ourselves to blame if any PNP member will go astray because of poor training and orientation,” he concluded. MNP (with reports from April Cenedoza)

Paniqui shooting an isolated incident, not sin of entire PNP — DILG

Marje Pelayo   •   December 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año confirmed on Monday (December 21) that administrative and criminal cases will be filed against the policeman who shot dead a mother and her son, after an altercation in Paniqui, Tarlac.

According to Año, the formal investigation has begun and DILG assures that, “the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Police Commission (NPC) will conduct a thorough, impartial, and swift investigation.”

“We do not and will never tolerate such acts and we will make sure that he will account for his crimes. I have likewise directed PNP Chief Police General Debold Sinas to extend assistance to the family of the victims at this time of bereavement,” Año said.

The suspect of the incident, Police Senior Master Sergeant Joniel Nuezca, has been disarmed and is already in the custody of the Tarlac Provincial Police Office.

“This is an unfortunate but isolated incident. While there are unfortunate incidents like this, the vast majority of our PNP personnel perform their sworn duties everyday with honor and integrity to protect and serve the people,” the Secretary added.

“The sin of Nuezca is not the sin of the entire Philippine National Police. As we have seen during this pandemic, they place their very lives on the line as frontliners in our COVID response,” Año stressed.

He also reminded all police officers to, “remain calm at all times, to control their emotions, and to conduct themselves in a manner befitting their position as agents of the law.”

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said his agency will closely monitor the investigation on the matter to make sure justice is served to the victims.

“I am disturbed that altercations like that in the subject incident could suddenly lead to deaths of persons,” he said in a statement.

“As soon as the local police has filed the appropriate charges, the prosecutor’s office will conduct a preliminary investigation to determine probable cause,” he added. MNP (with inputs from Raymund David / Dante Amento)

PNP launches manhunt vs. loggers who assaulted police in Cagayan

Maris Federez   •   November 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has launched a manhunt against several suspects who assaulted a police team that was conducting operations against illegal logging activities in Cagayan province.

Police General Debold M Sinas has ordered pursuit operations against the suspects who fired at the police team wounding a police lieutenant, according to a PNP Public Information Office (PIO) press release dated November 28.

“More aggressive police operations will continue against illegal logging activities on orders of President Rodrigo R Duterte despite this temporary setback,” the PNP chief said.

Follow-up operations are underway to recover the firearms used in the attack, Sinas added.

The PNP chief issued the order after receiving reports submitted by PBGen. Crizaldo Nieves, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 2 regarding the shooting incident that wounded PLT Randy Baccay, Deputy Chief of Police of Pañablanca Police Station.

Sinas instructed Nieves to extend P50,000.00 financial assistance for the medical expenses of Baccay, the news release said. 

The operation was part of Cagayan’s rebuilding efforts following the aftermath of massive flooding only two weeks ago.

Nieves said Baccay and his team were responding to reports of the presence of illegally-cut timber stockpiled in Sitio Dalayat, Minanga, Lagum Peñablanca, Cagayan on Thursday evening.

Armed suspects opened fire during the operation, hitting Baccay while the rest of the team launched counter action. Baccay was immediately evacuated to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The team, on the other hand, promptly arrested and took Ernest Sibbaluca, identified as among the attackers, to the Peñablanca Police Station for investigation.

Sibbaluca is facing criminal charges for direct assault upon an agent of authority and frustrated murder, Asalan said. —/mbmf

PNP to require normal BMI for police recruits

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will strictly require normal body mass index (BMI) for police recruits.

The PNP said the National Police Training Institute will ensure that all police recruits will maintain their normal BMI before completing their basic training.

BMI is a person’s body fat based on height and weight. It is computed by dividing the person’s weight in kilogram with their height in meters squared.

A police recruit is underweight if their BMI is under 18.5 and they are overweight if their BMI is over 25 to 29.9.

Police recruits should maintain a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 if they want to join the police force, according to PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac.

“Napakahalaga na lalo’t sila ay nagpapatrolya at nakahandang tumugon sa mga physical requirements katulad ng pagtugis ng mga mandurukot, mga snatcher kaya nilang habulin at gawin ang pagaresto, (It is important especially because they need to patrol and be prepared in responding to physical requirements like chasing robbers, and other kinds of arrest)” he said.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

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