PNP welcomes DOJ review of cases vs cops cleared in drug war deaths

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 22, 2021   •   246

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomes the reinvestigation of cases against police officers involved in anti-illegal drug operations and were  cleared of administrative liability by the PNP Internal Affairs Service.

The Department of Justice is eyeing to review the deaths that resulted in the course of the government’s war on drugs.

PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar assured the  full cooperation of the PNP in the planned case review.

“The PNP is open to any investigation dahil wala kaming itinatago. If the DOJ will push through with the review of the cases of those police officers who were already cleared, I will guarantee full cooperation. Ito naman ang assurance namin sa DOJ sa simula pa lang. Handa ang PNP na gawing available para sa review ng ahensiya ang alinmang case folder na hilingin nito,” he said.

The PNP previously submitted to the DOJ case folders of anti-illegal drug operations, where deaths occurred, for the agency’s review and investigation. AAC

PNP, PCG seize 36 units of firearms in Northern Samar

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 28, 2021

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) have seized 36 units of firearms in Northern Samar.

Based on the initial report, a joint operation was conducted at the Allen Port in Northern Samar after receiving intel information.

Recovered in the operation were 36 M-16 rifles with an undetermined number of magazines and three 45 caliber pistols from four individuals suspected of gun-running.

Four gun-running suspects were arrested.

The firearms were found inside the trunk and on the side doors of the vehicle.

A certain Roger Lumagan or Kamandag Lumagan with driver Wahid Iskak and an unidentified person were onboard Alumina Metallic Toyota Vios bound for Datu Piang, Maguindanao from Taguig City in Metro Manila. AAC

PNP chief orders probe into Albay shooting incident that killed 2 activists

Robie de Guzman   •   July 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday said he has ordered an investigation into a shooting incident in Albay that involved police officers and two activists.

Earlier reports said the two activists were spray-painting protest slogans along Barangay Lower Binogsacan in Guinobatan on Monday morning when the incident occurred.

The group Defend Bicol identified the activists as Jemar Palero, 22, and Marlon Naperi, 38.

The group claims that the two were shot dead by the Albay police personnel, but the official report stated that the activists were allegedly armed and that they fired at the cops, prompting the latter to retaliate.

Eleazar said he has ordered the PNP Internal Affairs Service to probe the incident and to put cops involved in the case under restrictive custody.

“Upang maalis ang mga haka-haka at alegasyon tungkol sa pagkamatay ng dalawa umanong aktibista sa Albay, inatasan ko na ang Internal Affairs Service sa pamumuno ni Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo na tutukan at pabilisin ang isinasagawang imbestigasyon upang bigyan ng linaw kung ano ba talaga ang nangyari dito,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Inatasan ko na din ang Director PRO5, Police Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo na ilagay under restrictive custody ang mga pulis na kasama sa pangyayaring ito habang isinasagawa ang imbestigasyon,” he added.

The PNP Chief also urged the public to let the investigation take its course and refrain from making speculations about the incident.

“Makakaasa ang ating mga kababayan ng patas at malalimang imbestigasyon tungkol sa kasong ito so in the meantime, hayaan nating umusad ang isinasagawang pagsisiyasat sa seryosong alegasyon tungkol dito,” Eleazar said.

Eleazar also called on witnesses to the incident to come forward and help in the investigation of the incident.

“Nananawagan din tayo sa mga nakasaksi o may nalalaman sa insidente na makipagtulungan sa mga imbestigador para mabigyang-linaw ang kasong ito,” he said.

PNP welcomes Duterte push for free legal aid, unified pension system for uniformed personnel

Robie de Guzman   •   July 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s push for free legal assistance for police officers and soldiers who are facing charges related to the performance of their official duties.

In a statement, PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar expressed his gratitude to the president’s move, which he said will be a big help to police personnel.

“Bilang ama ng organisasyon, nagpapasalamat ang PNP kay Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte sa kanyang layunin na mabigyan ng free legal assistance ang ating kapulisan na nahaharap sa kaso dahil sa pagtupad sa tungkulin,” Eleazar said.

“Malaki ang maitutulong nito sa amin lalo na sa mga pulis na walang kakayahang magbayad ng abogado,” he added.

In his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, Duterte urged Congress to pass a law that would provide free legal assistance to the personnel of both the military and police who face complaints from incidents related to their work.

The PNP Chief also thanked Duterte for pushing for the passage of a unified pension system for all uniformed personnel.

“Lubos ang ating pasalamat sa malasakit ng ating mahal na Pangulo na tinitiyak ang sapat at tamang benepisyo para sa mga miyembro ng unipormadong serbisyo,” Eleazar said.

“Malaking bagay ito para sa mga nagsakripisyo at nag-alay ng matagal na panahon sa pagsisilbing tapat sa sinumpaang tungkulin para proteksyunan ang bayan at mamamayan,” he added.

Eleazar assured that the PNP would participate in discussions on these proposed legislations before Congress.

Duterte earlier urged lawmakers to pass a measure providing for a unified system for separation, retirement, and pension of military and uniformed services personnel to address the bloating pension system.

The said system shall only apply to new entrants to the military as funds would not be available to cover all uniformed personnel.

A bill seeking a unified pension scheme is still pending in Congress.

The bill filed at the House of Representatives seeks to remove the automatic indexation system that pegs the amount of pension received by retirees to the current salaries of active personnel.

The bill also includes a provision of cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to ensure that monthly pensions remain on track with changes in prices and the adjustment of pensionable age to 60 years old.

The measure likewise proposes to provide higher risk insurance coverage for wounded, injured, and killed in action (on top of legislated benefits), optional retirement after 20 years but eligible only for non-pension benefits; pension eligibility begins at 60, among others.

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