PNP to conduct tracing of individuals who had direct contact with COVID-19 patients

Maris Federez   •   July 16, 2020   •   259

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has belied reports that they will be searching for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive patients as if they are running after fugitives.

In a phone interview, PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac clarified that they are not the ones heading the house-to-house search for individuals infected with the virus but the barangay or city health workers.

Banac added that their role in the contact tracing is to provide escort to the infected individuals who will be advised to go to COVID-19 facilities.

“Mangunguna pa rin talaga ang mga local health workers natin at ang pagbabasehan n’yan ay of course ‘yung mga listahan nila ng mga positive cases, so sila talaga ang nakakaalam n’yan,” Banac said.

Banac, however, added that they will be conducting a thorough search of individuals who had direct contact with those who have tested positive for COVID-19 to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus.

“Ang pinatutungkulan ni PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa ay yung pamamaraan ng contact tracing kung saan ito ay pinangunahan ni Mayor Benjie Magalong. ‘Yung sistema ng paghahanap ng mga possible na mga exposure sa Covid-19, hindi ito ‘yung tungkol doon sa pagsundo ng mga positive cases na,” he said.

Joint Task Force Coronavirus (JTF CV) Shield Commander PLtGen. Guillermo Eleazar also reiterated that the role of the police is just to provide escort to the barangay or city health workers in locating and picking up those who are positive for COVID-19.

“Ang role ng ating PNP ay para tumulong sa ating LGU through their health officers or workers kasi sila ang nakakaalam kung sino ‘yung mga pasyente na positive na para dalhin sa mga isolation facilities,” Eleazar said. — (with inputs from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

Duterte wants more mobile police to deter street crimes

Marje Pelayo   •   October 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte wants to improve the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) mobile capacity to enhance their capability to fight criminality, specifically street crimes. 

In his public address on Wednesday (October 14), the President expressed concern over the increasing rate of street crimes with the reopening of the country’s economy even amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Chief Executive expressed the need to further train cops, procure more motorbikes and improve police visibility to deter motorcycle-riding suspects.

“We have seen an upsurge of hold ups, street crimes because of the liberality offered by the opening of the economy and of course, people are now allowed to go freely and travel,” he said.

“The only way to counter anonymity of the criminals is also to fight the criminal on the ground,” he added.

READ: PH crime rate dropped by 47% during community quarantine period — JTF COVID Shield

In September, the PNP reported that crime rate or incidents of eight focused crimes in the country dropped by 47 percent during the six months of community quarantine from March 16 to September 15, 2020.

However, the PNP still recognize the need to continuously maintain police visibility, beat patrol and coordination among barangay officials to back the existing peace and order measures amid the current pandemic. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Six miners trapped in collapsed underground tunnel in Surigao del Sur

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2020

Rescue operations continue after six miners were trapped in an underground tunnel in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur which collapsed on Monday (October 12).

Based on the initial reports of the Police Regional Office 13, the miners were allegedly conducting treasure hunting in the vicinity. Authorities from the Philippine National Police (PNP) said the miners did not have the necessary permit to conduct excavation in the area.

The miners were identified as Eduardo Ubas, Jerome Lucaberte, Menard de Jesus, Jonathan Ocson, Angelito Sicup, Leo Reyes. One of the group’s companions has already been rescued according to reports.

The PNP is set to investigate the treasure hunting activity in the area in relation to the incident. AAC (with reports from Raymond Octobre)

PNP dismisses over 4,000 cops as part of internal cleansing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 13, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has dismissed 4,591 cops as part of its internal cleansing.

The PNP confirmed that the said cops are guilty of administrative offenses where several of them are allegedly involved in illegal drugs. Others were charged with grave misconduct, serious neglect of duty, serious irregularity, malversation, dishonesty, and graft and corruption.

PNP Chief PGen. Camilo Cascolan reported that 7,888 cops are suspended while 846 cops are demoted.

“We will not tolerate any wrongdoings of our people. As what I’ve said, we will have to arrest you, file cases against you, put you in jail,” he said.

Cascolan said the PNP will continue its internal cleansing and non-tolerance for illegal and immoral activities among police officers.

“Internal Cleansing Program doesn’t stop there, rather it will continue to be implemented with greater zeal and commitment in the best interest of transparency and accountability in public service,” he said. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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