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

Robie de Guzman   •   July 27, 2021   •   263

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.

PNP chief orders cops to ensure orderly voter’s registration as deadline nears

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Friday directed police personnel to ensure the implementation of peace and order, and public health protocols in various sites as the deadline for the voter’s registration nears.

Eleazar issued the directive following reports of crowding and long lines in registration sites with only one week left before the registration closes.

He said police commanders should deploy enough number of personnel in various COMELEC registration sites to ensure the peaceful conduct of registration amid the threat of COVID-19.

Local police offices and units should also coordinate with local government units for the assistance they could provide once deployed in various registration sites.

The voter’s registration for the 2022 national and local elections is set to end on Sept. 30.

There have been calls and bills filed before the Congress to extend it until October, but the Comelec has yet to decide on the matter.

Duterte asks PNP, AFP to deploy medical personnel to hospitals needing more staff

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to prepare for the deployment of their medical personnel to hospitals that are in need of additional manpower.

“Kung wala nang iba, ‘yung mga nurses sa pulis marami yan, pati sa medical corps ng army. I have to use a little of my influence sa kanila to convince them,” Duterte said in a taped public address aired late Wednesday.

“Please place your human resources on ready, on deck because talagang alam mo yun lang madali kong maasahan,” he added.

Duterte issued the statement after receiving reports that a lot of medical personnel, particularly in St. Luke’s Medical Center were unable to go on duty due to COVID-19 infection.

The AFP said it has started deploying a number of its personnel to some hospitals in Metro Manila as it continues look for more nurses from its ranks.

The PNP, for its part, said it is currently accounting the number of its medical teams that could be deployed to assist medical workers amid rising cases of COVID-19.

PH police receive anti-terrorism equipment, vehicles from US

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The United States Embassy has turned over various police equipment to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The PNP said it has received the donated equipment and vehicles which are aimed at providing further assistance in combatting terrorism and improve the security in the country.

The donations, through the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance led by Regional Security Officer of US Embassy Stephen Lesniak, were turned over to the PNP at its headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Thursday.

The donated items include 18 sets of Cellebrite and 57 units of laptop computers, which were given to the PNP Anti-Cyber Crime Group (ACG); and four units of Ford Ranger, six units of Bomb Suit, 5 units Logo scanner and veterinary equipment/aircon/ clinic renovation were given to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal K9 Group EOD/K9.

The US also turned over one unit of Ford Ranger, six units of Harris radio, tactical medicine kits, crisis response team equipment, advance crisis response team equipment and first response to medical stabilization kits to the Special Action Force.

“On behalf of the chief of the Philippine National Police, PGen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, I would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the United States for yet another gesture of generosity and for unwavering support to the PNP. These police equipment will surely beef-up the counter-terrorism capabilities of the PNP,” PNP Logistics Director Police Major General Angelito Casimiro said in a statement.

“While the security and welfare of the people rely in the number of police officers in the field, we are also putting more teeth to better deliver efficient and effective police service across the country with the help of our stakeholders and partners like the US Embassy. Thus, this kind of gesture strengthens the capacity of every police officer by upgrading their equipment for effective police operations,” he added.

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