Police arrest Daulah Islamiyah member in Quezon City

Maris Federez   •   January 2, 2020   •   1620

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Police authorities on Wednesday (Jan. 1) arrested an alleged member of the terrorist group Daulah Islamiyah in North Fairview, Quezon City.

The suspect, Datu Omar Palte, Jr., alias, Allan Palte is said to be a former member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

PNP officer-in-charge PLtGen. Archie Gamboa said Palte acts as the point man of the terrorist group in Metro Manila to gather and send information to Sulu and Basilan.

Palte was said to be involved in the attacks in a military camp in Midsayap, Cotabato, and the killing of a security guard in Pampanga.

The PNP, however, ensures that they have not monitored any threats in the security in Metro Manila. —(with details from Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

PNP personnel nabbed for alleged extortion of police applicants ordered dismissed

Robie de Guzman   •   June 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday said he has ordered the dismissal from service of a police officer who was accused of fixing entry of police applicants.

In a statement, Eleazar said the dismissal of Police Staff Sergeant Joel Zalun Bunagan took effect on Monday, June 14.

Bunagan, who served as an ambulance driver of the PNP Health Service, was dismissed from service for allegedly committing grave misconduct in extorting money from police applicants.

Eleazar said operatives of the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) arrested Bunagan in an entrapment operation in Barangay 175 Camarin, Caloocan City last May 31 after supposedly demanding P100,000 from a police applicant in exchange for facilitating his entry into the PNP.

The PNP chief said that records show that Bunagan was previously arrested for the same offense in April last year.

Bunagan was out on bail at the time of the arrest in May.

“Tuluyan na nating tinanggal sa serbisyo itong si Bunagan. Sinabi ko naman sa inyo na walang puwang sa PNP ang mga pulis na sangkot sa iligal na gawain,” Eleazar said.

Bunagan is facing several criminal charges in court including violation of Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Act of 2018 and of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The PNP Chief warned Bunagan’s cohorts and other police personnel involved in this kind of illegal activity that he will not stop until they are all removed from the organization.

PNP warns against digital vote buying in 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   June 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar has warned the public against the possibility of digital or cashless vote buying activities in line with the 2022 national elections.

“Hindi po malabong mangyari ito dahil nakagawian na rin po ang cashless transactions lalo ngayong may pandemya. Talagang maiisip ito ng mga taong nagpaplanong manghikayat sa publiko na ibenta ang kanilang boto,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Monitoring vote-buying activities in the 2022 elections will really be a great challenge to us but I assure the voting public that we will put in place safeguards against this practice,” he added.

Eleazar said the PNP will consult with concerned agencies, including the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), to create mechanisms to counter vote-buying via electronic money transfer services.

“Bubuo po tayo ng mekanismo hinggil dito. Pero magiging malaking tulong po kung tayo mismo ang magsumbong sa mga otoridad ng mga ganitong gawain,” he said.

The PNP chief urged voters not to engage in this kind of activity and immediately report to authorities any information about individuals using this form of electoral fraud.

Vote-buying and vote-selling are violations under Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code, he said.

“I urge the public to be vigilant and report to authorities if they have information on vote-buying done through online platforms,” he said.

“Tulungan ninyo kaming mapanatiling malinis at maayos ang gagawing halalan,” he added.

Filipino voters will elect a new president and vice president, along with lawmakers and local government officials, in the upcoming polls set to be held on May 9, 2022.

SC eyes releasing body cam guidelines by July

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court (SC) is eyeing to release the guidelines on the use of body cameras in police operations by July.

SC Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo said the high tribunal will tackle the matter starting June 15.

“The proposed rule is to be taken up as soon we resume session on June 15. And our colleagues have submitted their respective inputs. Hopefully and I’m optimistic that maybe after 2 or 3 deliberations we will come up with the final version,” he said.

“Our judges know the responsibility that they have to comply with what the Constitution and the Rules of Court should provide. So, we hope that with the issuance of these rules on body-worn cameras, these issues will be addressed specifically. It’s in the works. By July perhaps, we will have the final version and we’ll approve it for implementation immediately,” he added.

The proposed body-worn cameras was recommended after reports of corruption and abuse by authorities. Based on the record of the Philippine National Police (PNP), there are over 7,000 cases related to suspects getting killed during the government’s anti-drug campaign.

PNP Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has previously ordered the use of body-cameras during operations in the NCR. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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