PNP: Warrantless arrest against street idlers is legal
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
Police arrest a number of men for going around shirtless in public.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) defended its move to arrest loiterers or “tambays” who violate city ordinances despite the criticisms the agency has drawn from various sectors over its crackdown on street idlers.
PNP Spokesperson PSSupt. Benigno Durana said the law allows the arrest of loiterers without warrant citing Section 3, Rule 113 of the Rules of Court.
“Number 1 when in the presence of police officer a crime or a violation has been committed, or the person to be arrested has committed or attempting to commit a violation or a crime. Number 2 when a police officer has personal knowledge that the crime has been committed, at pangatlo when the person to be arrested ay isang escapee, nakatakas po siya sa mga kulungan, “ said Durana.
He noted the PNP is mandated to maintain peace and order so they are bound to implement laws like arresting those who violate local policies.
“This is not just cutting crimes but improving the sense of public safety and security of the people. Iyong mapabuti natin ang pakiramdam ng taumbayan sa kanilang kaligtasan at seguridad,” he added.
Durana clarified that a person may refuse an invitation to the police precinct but implores the public to familiarize themselves with the ordinances in their respective areas.
While Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Spokesperson Atty. Jackie De Guia said in a message that the agency understands the administration’s objective to ensure peace and order and public safety, it asserts that warrantless arrest is unconstitutional.
“Nauunawaan namin ang intensyon ng administrasyon na tiyakin ang katahimikan sa mga kalsada at siguruhin ang kaligtasan ng publiko. Subalit, ang paghuli ng sinuman ng walang warrant of arrest ay labag sa ating Saligang Batas,” she said.
De Guia added that a person should not be arrested without probable cause and due process and that police should not discriminate nor stereotype street loiterers as troublemakers.
“Hindi rin tama na lahatin bilang kriminal ang mga itinuturing na “tambay sa kalye.” Ito ay isang uri ng diskriminasyon na nagdudulot ng stigma,” she added.
In response, the PNP assured strict implementation of police operational procedure and warns dismissal against violators. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo
by Maris Federez | Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has joined the hunt for alias Bikoy and the other personalities behind the “Totoong Narco List” [real narco list] videos.
The said videos implicated Presidential son Paolo Duterte, President Rodrigo Duterte’s common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña, and former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, in illegal drug trade.
DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra had also ordered the department’s fact-finding team to conduct an investigation on the identity of the people behind the series of videos and to file possible criminal cases against them.
Guevarra said, “I have given instructions to the DOJ Office of Cybercrime to coordinate with the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) cybercrime unit and find out the source of these videos.”
The justice secretary further stated that the criminal charges will depend on the acts committed, such as cyber libel or similar offense.
Aside from the DOJ-initiated investigation, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is also conducting a separate probe on the said videos. – Maris Federez
by Maris Federez | Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now on full alert status in Metro Manila and other key tourist destinations until the end of the Lenten season.
Although authorities have not received threats in the country’s peace and order, around 91,000 police personnel are now deployed nationwide.
Police General Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar and several PNP personnel on Wednesday (April 17) led the inspection at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao and Victory Liner bus terminal in Pasay City.
The PNP officials personally checked the security plans of these terminals in accommodating passengers during the Lenten season. –Maris Federez
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson has renewed his appeal to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to impose stricter gun control measures, including the limited issuance of Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residences (PTCFOR).
Lacson made the call following the killing of a policeman along EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Avenue) in San Juan City.
Police Senior Master Sgt. Solomon Cugay was shot dead on Tuesday (March 26) by motorcycle-riding gunmen along EDSA-Connecticut southbound lane.
The PNP said Cugay was among the personalities included on the narcotics list released by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.
Cugay had previous records of coddling and recycling illegal drugs, according to PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde, but the former was able to clear his name and was absolved from the case some two years ago.
Lacson said the PNP should limit the issuance of PTCFOR to ensure that only uniformed military and police personnel on duty can bring firearms outside their homes.
He said anyone carrying firearms in public places should be assumed to have criminal intent and apprehended on the spot.
“Firearms are for self-defense and protection of properties from intruders and not for offensive action by the possessor,” he said.
The Lawmaker also challenged the PNP to prove that they are capable of carrying out their mandate to protect the public from criminals.
He also pushed for stronger law on gun control to prevent mass shooting incidents similar to other countries.
Last year, Lacson had urged the PNP to implement stricter firearms control following the spate of killings of local officials, including Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Anthony Halili and Ako-Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe. – Robie de Guzman
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