PNP welcomes NBI findings on QC ‘misencounter’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 7, 2021   •   260

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it welcomes the findings of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) regarding the so-called “misencounter” between the national police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The PNP assured that all its personnel involved are fully accounted for and would be made available should the Department of Justice require their participation in the conduct of its own review with regard to the findings submitted by the NBI.

On Monday (September 7), the NBI has recommended filing charges against 12 Quezon City policemen for their involvement in the “misencounter” during an illegal drugs operation last February 24 in Quezon City.

The national police, in a statement, also said that the incident has paved the way in clearing the gray areas in the coordination protocol and in outlining improvements and institutionalization of measures to prevent the repeat of the incident.

The Memorandum Circular, entitled Unified Coordination Guidelines in the Conduct of Anti-Illegal Drugs Operation was signed by the PNP chief and the PDEA Director General last July.

“The Philippine National Police commits to honoring and institutionalizing the PDEA-PNP Memorandum Circular as both law enforcement agencies aspire to put an end to the illegal drugs menace in the country,” the statement read. AAC

Shortlist ng susunod na PNP chief, isusumite kay Pangulong Duterte sa huling linggo ng Oktubre – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Isang buwan na lamang ang nalalabi bago mag-retiro sa serbisyo si Philippine National Police chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, may listahan na ang Malakanyang ng mga pamimilian bilang kapalit ni Eleazar sa puwesto.

Ngunit kung si Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año ang tatanungin, sa huling linggo pa ng Oktubre siya magsusumite ng listahan kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte

“I have not yet submitted my recommended list for the next Chief PNP. I’ll submit the list in the last week of October,” ani Año.

Kung rule of succession ang susundin, isa sa mga mistah ni Eleazar na miyembro ng command group ang posibleng susunod na hepe ng PNP.

Kinabibilangan ito nina Deputy Chief for administration at administrative support on COVID 19 operation task force commander Lt. Gen. Joselito Vera Cruz at si Deputy Chief for operations at joint task force coronavirus shield commander Lt. Gen. Israel Ephraim Dickson.

Kabilang din sa command group si Directorial Staff Chief Lt. Gen. Dionardo Carlos na mula sa PMA Maringal Class of 1988.

Ngunit bukod sa miyembro ng command group, matunog din ang pangalan ng mag mistah na sina Directorate for operations MGen. Rhodel Sermonia, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director MGen. Albert Ferro at si Police Regional Office 3 director BGen. Valeriano de Leon.

Ang mga ito ay mula sa PMA Makatao Class of 1989.

Lumulutang din ang pangalan ng mag mistah mula sa PMA Sambisig Class of 1991 na sina National Capital Region Police Office director MGen. Vicente Danao Jr. at Police Regional Office 11 director BGen. Filmore Escobal.

Batay sa Republic Act 6975, maaaring mamili ang pangulo sa hanay ng mga pulis na may ranggong one star o Brigadier General pataas.

Si Eleazar ay miyembro ng PMA Hinirang Class of 1987. Nakatakda siyang mag-retiro sa serbisyo sa Nobyembre 13.

 

PNP chief Eleazar vows to improve operations after PH’s low ranking in world rule of law index

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Friday vowed to further improve the organization’s commitment to its mandate following the release of a World Justice Project (WJP) 2021 report in which the country ranked low in the world rule of law index.

The Philippines ranked 102 out of 139 countries on compliance with the rule of law, dropping three positions in global rank.

“We in the Philippine National Police take note of the report of the World Justice Project and consider this as a challenge to do more on our mandate of maintaining peace and order,” Eleazar said in a statement.

He said the PNP will also further improve its commitment to serve and protect the people, and to strengthen resolve for the Filipino people to continue to have trust and confidence in the country’s justice system.

The WJP, a global think tank, indicated in its report that the Philippines’ current rank was three places lower than its ranking in 2020. The country’s score also decreased by 2.9 percent in the current index.

The WJP said the Philippines scored an overall 0.46 for rule of law. The body’s highest score is 1 while 0 is the lowest possible score.

The index covers 139 countries and jurisdictions, and is based on national surveys of more than 138,000 households and 4,200 legal practitioners and experts to measure how the rule of law is experience and perceived around the world.

While the WJP data were only collected in three major cities in the Philippines compared to a nationwide scope done in the majority of the countries surveyed, Eleazar said that they still consider the report as “a valuable tool to review, assess and make the necessary adjustments” since Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao are appropriate representations of the peace and order situation of the country.

“Our ultimate goal for every Filipino to feel the true sense of security and justice in the country has been a work in progress, and inputs from various institutions that include the WJP are always factored in to rethink and adjust our policies to attain this objective,” he said.

“We assure our kababayan that your Philippine National Police will continuously strengthen the transparency and accountability in the police organization and tirelessly work and initiate reforms to ensure that every police officer would live up to the high ethical, moral and service standards of the Filipino people,” he added.

 

PNP-AFP ops seize bomb-making materials in Cavite

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2021

Police and military operatives seized a huge cache of bomb-making materials in Cavite on Thursday, October 14.

Two individuals were arrested in a joint the operation carried out by the Philippine National Police (PNP) units led by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Cavite Police Provincial Office in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other PNP support units.

The suspects were identified as Charlito Tenorio, 52 years old, and Jay-ar Suson, 34 years old.

According to PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar , Tenorio was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Bacao 2, General Trias City, Cavite at 12:30 PM; while Suson, the alleged mastermind, was arrested at 5:30 in the afternoon in Tayabas, Quezon.

Confiscated from the suspects were 750 kilograms of ammonium nitrate contained in thirty 25-kilogram sacks, and 1,000 pieces of improvised blasting caps, all loaded in a commuter van. The confiscated explosive components worth P200,000 were being negotiated for sale by the suspects.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar instructed local authorities in Cavite to identify all persons involved in their operations as well as their clients. He said that this type of explosive materials are “commonly used for industrial purposes, but can also be used as components for Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

“With this successful operation, we may have prevented the possibility of these materials being used for criminal activities,” Eleazar said.

The seized explosives reportedly have a blast radius of 1.5 kilometers. AAC

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