Police cadet dies during training exercise in Cavite

Marje Pelayo   •   May 16, 2019   •   2561

Al Rasheed Pendatun Macadato

MANILA, Philippines – Cadet fourth class Al Rasheed Pendatun Macadato collapsed during a run on Tuesday afternoon (May 14) at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite.

The 21-year-old was taking part in the new cadet summer training program of the Philippine National Police Academy.

“Nagkaroon sila ng exercise at road run. Pagkatapos ng road run nila ng ala-singko ng hapon habang nagwa-warm down at stretching ay nakaramdam ng pagkahilo,” explained PNP Spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac.

(They had an exercise and a road run. After the road run around 5:00 p.m. during their warm down and stretching exercises, he [Macadato] felt dizzy.)

According to the PNPA, he was rushed to the Camp’s health dispensary and later to Qualimed Hospital in Sta. Rosa, Laguna where he was admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU).

But Macadato passed away on Wednesday (May 15).

Banac said the attending physician ruled out hazing as the cause of Macadato’s death.

Macadato died of heat stroke, according to the PNPA, as they were required to do some pull ups and running when he collapsed.

The PNPA said the hot weather may have affected the cadets’ training exercises and promised to look into the possible lapses in the training program.

“Patuloy itong iniimbestigahan ng pamunuan ng PNP…inaalam nila ang kaniyang medical records kung meron mang indikasyon o prone o maaaring naka-apekto, nakatulong at nakapagdulot ng kanyang pagkahilo,” the official said.

(The PNP leadership are investigating the case…they are looking into his medical records to see if there are existing conditions that may have contributed to his dizziness.)

Macadato was one of the 285 Fourth Class Cadets accepted in May 1, 2019 by the PNPA. Their batch was on their 10th training day when the incident happened. – (with details from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

PNP denies pressures from former generals pushed PGen Albayalde to resign

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has denied that there had been a group of former generals who pressured PGen Oscar Albayalde to step down from his post as chief of the national police.

Albayalde announced his resignation on Monday (Oct. 14) amid the controversial drug raid in Pampanga in 2013 while he was still the provincial director.

Senator Richard Gordon mentioned the possibility that pressures from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) pushed Albayalde to resign.

“Ang naging dahilan ni Albayalde ay serye ng pagdinig at pressure doon sa issue (Albayalde’s reasons for his resignation were the series of hearings and on the issue itself),” PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said.

The PNP, however, admitted that Albayalde’s decision to go on a terminal leave had affected the morale of the police.

Banac said the PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986, where Albayalde belongs, is in full support of the former police chief’s decision.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is still in the process of choosing the next PNP chief.

Three senior police officers are already in the shortlist of the president. These are:

  • PNP OIC PLtGen. ARCHIE GAMBOA
  • Deputy Chief PNP for Operations PLtGen. Camilo Cascolan
  • Chief of Directorial Staff PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar

The President, however, has the prerogative to choose anyone of the generals in the PNP. —(from the report of April Cenedoza) /mbmf

Lawmakers say Albayalde not yet off-the-hook in ‘ninja cops’ issue despite early exit

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2019

Former PNP Chief General Oscar Albayale

MANILA, Philippines – Some lawmakers believe that Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde is not yet off the hook over allegations for his supposed role in the alleged drug recycling scheme involving some rouge policemen despite his early exit.

In a statement on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Albayalde’s decision to relinquish his post ahead of his mandatory retirement “will not in any way clear him from his liability.”

“His continued stay as PNP chief has become untenable. His resignation ahead of his mandatory retirement, however, will not in any way clear him from his liability, both administratively or criminally, in connection with the Pampanga ninja cops issue,” Drilon said.

Earlier in the day, Albayalde said he is stepping down from his post and go on non-duty status.

The embattled PNP chief made the announcement weeks before his mandatory retirement on November 8.

READ: Albayalde quits early as PNP chief

Albayalde has denied allegations he was involved in the controversial 2013 anti-drug operation carried out by his former men when he was the head of Pampanga police provincial office.

He also maintained he did not intervene in their case when the cops were only demoted in 2017 instead of dismissed as ordered in 2014.

Although he initially said he will finish his term, Albayalde said he decided to leave his post after “careful thought and deliberation.”

He said this would pave the way for the appointment of his replacement should the President so desire.

But according to Kabataan Party-list Representative Sarah Elago, Albayalde’s early exit does not put an end to the issue.

“This won’t appease the youth’s call for truth and liability over the PNP chief’s alleged involvement in the recycling of seized illegal drugs,” Elago said in a statement.

“Beyond his resignation, we demand an end to the drug war’s murderous rampage; we demand justice and accountability,” she added.

Bayan Muna party-list Representative Ferdinand Gaite also believes Albayalde’s resignation is only a “smokescreen” to conceal the real corruption in the government’s war on drugs.

“They are trying to minimize the damage that Gen. Albayalde’s involvement had done which is why he was let go earlier. Malacañang officials may have talked to Albayalde over the weekend for him to resign and ‘take one for the team’ as they say,” he said.

“As late as last Friday, Albayalde was adamant that he would not resign but what transpired over the weekend that he changed his mind? Apparently, he became too hot to handle and the Senate investigation has further exposed the bogus character of the drug war of Pres. Duterte,” he added.

Malacañang, however, said it did not pressure Albayalde from leaving his post and that perhaps he has had enough of the accusations.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, meanwhile, expressed mixed feelings on how Albayalde ended his police service.

“I have mixed feelings about the way P/Gen. Oscar Albayalde, now ex-Chief PNP, has abruptly ended his police service more than three weeks before his compulsory retirement,” Lacson said in a statement.

“His statements prior to his formal announcement today to relinquish command of the 190,000-strong police force have somehow diminished the redeeming value of his intent to spare the PNP from the so-called ‘ninja cops’ controversies,” he added.

Lacson said that being a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) himself, he feels sad whenever a fellow PMA-er is involved in a controversy that “hit the very core of the unique and exclusive cadet honor system” which nurtured them “to resist the moral challenges and temptations once we step out of the Academy.”

“The Code simply says: ‘A cadet does not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do.’ While many choose to adhere to the Code albeit not in the same rigid, exacting manner, still, quite a number have opted to fall out of the ‘long grey line’ sooner or later in their career,” he said.

However, Lacson, also a former PNP chief, was quick to clarify that his statement does not mean to cast judgment on Albayalde’s character.

“Rather, it is only to reiterate the sad reality that many PMA graduates have been eaten by the corrupt and corrupting system of law enforcement,” he said.

In light of the controversies surrounding the PNP leadership, Drilon urged for a strict and better vetting procedure for PNP officers.

“We expect a better vetting process should be instituted in the selection of next PNP Chief, and in general, in the assignment of PNP officers,” Drilon said.

“The next PNP chief will have to work doubly hard to regain the credibility of the police community and the government’s drug war,” he added.

The senator also said he will push for amendments to the implementing rules of the Dangerous Drugs Law, particularly with regard to the period of destroying seized contraband to address the issue of drug recycling. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

PhilHealth, GSIS in ‘must-win’ situation at UNTV Cup

UNTV News   •   October 12, 2019

The injury-stricken PhilHealth Plus is expected to lean on to Jonathan Aldave and Kenneth Emata against the Ombudsman Graft Busters

The winless teams, PhilHealth Plus and GSIS Furies must defeat their opponents this coming Sunday as they are on the verge of early elimination being on the bottom two in their respective groups.

In the first game of the triple-header, GSIS Furies would have to breach the tough defense of Malacanang-PSC Kamao head-on.

It’s going to be a big task for the Rene Banzali and Roger Yap-led team to even demoralize their opponent because Coach Raffy Gonzales’ Kamao team has the perfect winning momentum; on the other hand they will come from two-straight sorry loses.

The battle between the President’s men and the government-worker insurers is slated at 2 pm at Pasig City Sports Center.

In the other game, PhilHealth Plus must triumph against the Ombudsman Graft Busters led by its big man tandem of Bernzon Franco and Samuel Ignacio and the reinforcement playing coach of Edsel del Rosario.

The Health Insurers and “Tanod Bayan” face off is scheduled at 3:30 in the afternoon.

And in the main card of UNTV Cup Sunday games, Judiciary Magis and NHA Builders are eager to get the win that will decide their ranking in Group B with both having a 1-1 record.

Judiciary comes from a victorious game against GSIS last September 29.

Coach Joey Yabut said, “Sabi ko sa mga players, kailangan nating manalo kasi kapag nadalawang sunod tayo, mahirap na tayo bumawi kasi tatlong malalakas pa yung kalaban natin.”

NHA Builders Coach Benett Palad says, “Kailangan naming manalo doon para pumasok kami sa taas … yung team ko kasi ngayon nagkakaroon na ng camaraderie at teamwork so mas gumaganda yung takbuhan. Konting konti na lang ang i-aadjust ko na mali nila.” — Bernard Dadis

Aside from NHA, the Magis is slated to face DENR and PNP.

While the NHA Builders are determined to bounce back from a disheartening loss from Malacanang-PSC Kamao two-weeks ago.

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