Police Chief admits accepting ‘lechon’ on special occasions

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2019   •   210

MANILA, Philippines – Police General Oscar Albayalde admitted to accepting ‘lechon’ during special occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays.

Yes, of course during anniversaries we all accept food, lechon Albayalde told reporters.

“I don’t want to be a hypocrite. Kumain din ako ng lechon (I also ate lechon),” he added.

On Monday, his predecessor, former Police Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa admitted to receiving Lacoste T-shirts among others during his term in the PNP.

Albayalde, however, did not directly answer when asked if he too received branded shirts.

“Well, out of gratitude kung minsan talagang may nagbibigay ng ganyan, (sometimes there are people who give such gifts),” the PNP Chief said.

Kung yung brand na sinasabi mo, I don’t think sobrang mahal na iyon not unless iyong ibang brand na hindi mo na mabili na kulang yung tatlong buwan mo na sweldo (If it’s the brand that you were referring to [Lacoste], I don’t think it’s that expensive, unless it’s another brand that is so pricey your three month’s worth of salary is not enough to cover it),” he added.

The PNP Chief, in defense, said there is nothing wrong with accepting gifts that are of “insignificant value” as long as it was not given to curry favor.

Kahit na ito ay insignificant in value kung meron itong kapalit then that is still a form of corruption ( (Even if it is of insignificant value but was made in exchange for a favor, then that is still a form of corruption ),” Albayalde argued.

Kung ang pagkain naman ay ipinapadala sa iyo araw araw tapos meron siyang hinihinging kapalit (If food is being sent to you every day, then, you are asked for something in exchange) like position or promotion or even a product that can assure him of winning in the bids and awards committee, then that’s a form of corruption. Hindi puwede sa amin iyon (We do not allow that),” he explained further, emphasizing that the same goes with extravagant gifts like a car or a house and lot.

In a statement, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said any cop or employee of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) who would solicit, directly or indirectly from people, may face both administrative and criminal charges as stated in the National Police Commission Memorandum Circular 2016-002.

The PNP Chief, meanwhile, said they have already charged several policemen for extortion and the PNP has a special unit for this.

“In our own effort inabolish namin yung (we abolished the) counter-intelligence task force at pinalitan namin ng (and changed it to) integrity monitoring and enforcement group – a national operating support unit, to go after this corrupt personnel in our ranks,“ Albayalde explained.

Still, Chief Albayalde maintains that there is no need for the public to give gifts to policemen because public service is part of their job. – with details from Lea Ylagan

PNP says POGO hubs near police, military camps pose no threat to nat’l security

Robie de Guzman   •   August 23, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Oscar Albayalde on Friday said that Chinese-dominated Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) hubs near police and military installations so far do not pose threat to the country’s security.

Albayalde told reporters in an interview at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City that foreign businesses usually consider setting up office near a police or military camp for security purposes.

“Ang pinaka-common action ng mga ‘yan ay to find a place nearest to a police station o nearest to a police camp for security reason sa kanila din,” he said.

Albayalde made the remark following concerns raised by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana over the growing presence of Chinese-staffed online gaming hubs and the risks its proximity poses to military and police installations.

Some POGO hubs are located near the headquarters of the Philippine Army in Taguig, the Philippine Air force in Pasay and the Philippine Navy in Manila. Other online gaming hubs are located near the headquarters of the PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines in Quezon City.

“Kung ikaw ay negosyante, kung ikaw ay merong pwesto or facility na malapit doon sa police station o sa kampo you are already safe,” he said.

Malacañang earlier said it sees nothing wrong with the location of POGO hubs if this means foreign workers’ rights will be better protected.

“Military camps? Eh di lalong magaling kung military camps dahil binabantayan sila ng military for their protection,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

However, the PNP chief earlier pointed out that too many POGO hubs near police and military offices might be detrimental to the national security. (RRD with details from correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP admits security problems in Sulu following twin blasts

Marje Pelayo   •   August 13, 2019

The scene outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu after twin explosions ripped through it on January 27, 2019. | Courtesy of WestMinCom

SULU, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Oscar Albayalde admits there are security concerns in Sulu after the recent twin blasts in Patikul, Sulu.

Albayalde said that though the military and police are on high alert in the area, they still need the cooperation of the members of the community to combat terrorism.

“Talagang may problema tayo dyan sa lugar na yan and talagang merong nakakasingit sa mga ganyang insidente especially so kung talagang determined yung enemies of the state kung tawagin natin kaya talagang we have to be vigilant (We really have problems in that area and there really are such incidents. So if the enemies of the state are really determined, we have to be vigilant),” Albayalde said.

“We have to be alert always. Very important po ang participation ng community dito. Napaka importante ng impormasyon na ibibigay ng community dito para maubos at matigil na ang insidente na ito sa ating bayan (The information that we get from the community is very important to eliminate and curb [terrorism] in our country),” he added.

One soldier was wounded in the twin explosion that took place in Patikul, Sulu on Tuesday (August 13). – with details from Lea Ylagan

Palace: Gifts to cops for a ‘job well done’ not bribery

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang maintains stand that giving gifts to cops for their honest performance on duty is not a form of bribery nor against the law.

“Unsolicited gifts of nominal or insignificant value not given in anticipation of, or in exchange for, a favor from a public official or employee is likewise an exemption under Republic Act No. 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned on August 10, 2019 that it wouldn’t be wrong if police officers would accept gifts from people who gave it out of gratitude.

“Well, basta kung bigyan kayo, tanggapin ninyo. It is not bribery because — it cannot be bribery because it is allowed by law. What I mean, if there is generosity in them,” the President said.

“Sabi ng anti-graft [law] you cannot accept gifts? Kalokohan iyan (That’s foolish). I know that, especially the police, if you are able to solve a crime and the family would like to be generous to you or would nurture a feeling of gratitude for what you’ve accomplished, then by all means, accept it,” he added.

Gift giving, Panelo said, is simply an appreciation for something good that has been done by a law enforcer especially for risking his life to maintain peace and order in a community.

“The giving of the gift is simply an appreciation by a thankful community for a job well done performed by the law enforcers whose lives flirt with death every time they step out of their homes,” Panelo said.

Such gesture, likewise, will add inspiration to other policemen to also perform well in their jobs and to improve in their work.

Panelo stressed that the President, being a lawyer himself, knows fully what is lawful and what it against the law. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)


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