Police general injured in chopper crash passes away – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2020   •   404

MANILA, Philippines – A police general who was among the officials involved in a helicopter crash in March has passed away, a police official said Tuesday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Colonel Ysmael Yu confirmed that Police Major General Jose Ma. Victor “Jovic” Ramos has died after more than seven months of fighting for his life.

Ramos, who served as PNP Directorate for Comptrollership, had been in critical condition since the chopper crash in Laguna. He sustained the most serious injuries among the seven people on board the helicopter, including then PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.

“The PNP is saddened by this news, in behalf of the CPNP PGen Cascolan, the Philippine National Police extends its condolences to the family and to PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986,” Yu said in a statement.

According to PNP chief General Camilo Cascolan, Ramos passed away around 12:07 a.m.

“I join the officers and personnel of the Philippine National Police in prayer and mourning over the passing of Police Major General Jose Victor Ramos at 12:07AM today after a long hard battle due to serious injuries he sustained during that fateful helicopter accident in San Pedro, Laguna on March 5, 2020,” he said in a separate statement.

Cascolan revealed that Ramos’ remains were cremated and brought to the Eternal Gardens in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

“He will be accorded full honors befitting a police general,” the PNP chief said.

Other police officials involved in the chopper crash were then Police spokesperson Lt. Col. Bernard Banac, Intelligence Director Maj. Gen. Mariel Magaway, pilots PLt. Col. Ruel Zalatar and PLt. Col. Rico Macawili, crew member PSMSgt. Louie Estona and Gamboa’s aide de camp PCapt. Kevent Gayramara.

Magaway also suffered serious injuries but recovered and was discharged in May.

Zalatar, Macawili and Estona are currently facing investigation related to the crash. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP, may bagong listahan ng narco-cops – Sinas

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2020

Philippine National Police chief General Debold Sinas

MANILA, Philippines – Kinumpirma ni Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas na may hawak silang bagong listahan ng mga pulis na umano’y sangkot sa operasyon ng iligal na droga sa bansa.

Sa ekslusibong ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Lea Ylagan, sinabi ni Sinas na may  ranggo ang mga pulis na nakasama sa listahan ngunit tumanggi siyang tukuyin ang mga ito, kung saan naka-assign pati na ang pangalan ng mga tinaguriang narco-cops.

“Halo na po yan. Kaunti na lang yan pero hindi na muna namin pangalanan at sabihiin ang ranggo kasi baka magtanungan eh,” ang pahayag ng hepe ng pambansang pulisya.

Ayon kay Sinas, ang listahan ay batay sa nakalap na intelligence report patuloy pa itong isinasailalim sa validation process.

Isasalang din aniya ito sa adjudication process gaya ng ginawa sa termino ng nag-retiro nang si PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.

Sa panahon ni Gamboa, aabot sa 357 pulis ang napabilang sa sinasabing narco-list.

“Ito lang naman ay more on intelligence report, bina-validate, evaluated, confirmed, re-confirmed… Ganoon po ang proseso natin. Pagdating sa DI ay ina-adjudicate kung totoo nga o hindi para finally remain them in the list or to remove them,” ang wika ni Sinas.

Sakaling makumpirmang sangkot nga sa operasyon ng iligal na droga ang mga nasa listahan at may sapat na ebidensiya at testigo ay sasampahan ang mga ito ng kaukulang kaso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Mga pulis, obligadong mag-ehersisyo 2 beses sa isang araw – PNP chief

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Obligado na ngayong maglaan ng oras para sa ehersisyo ang mga pulis kahit nasa loob lang ng kani-kanilang mga opisina.

Ayon kay Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas, kailangang maglaan ng apat na minutong exercise, dalawang beses sa isang araw, ang mga pulis upang manatiling malusog ang pangangatawan.

“10 o’clock in the morning habit, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon habit. ‘Yun ‘yung 4-minute exercise, inumpisahan na namin ipatupad doon sa headquarters…. Simple lang naman yun, nasa opisina ka nakaupo gawin mo yun. Mapapansin mo at mararamdaman mo yung effect,” ang wika ng hepe ng PNP.

Aniya, kapag tumugtog na ang awiting Voltes V ay kailangang huminto ang mga pulis sa kanilang ginagawa para mag-ehersisyo, nakaupo man o nakatayo.

Ayon kay Sinas, maging siya ay ginagawa ito para sa pagsisikap niyang maging physically fit, dagdag pa ang mahigpit na monitoring sa kaniyang diet.

Katunayan aniya ay nabawasan na ang kanyang timbang – mula sa 300 pounds ay nasa 255 pounds na siya ngayon.

“Ang ideal weight ko is 210 pero payat na payat nako nun baka sabihin mo gumagamit na ako… I’m happy to have 230 – 240 para medyo may laman naman,” ang pahayag ni Sinas.

Maliban sa ehersisyo, pinababantayan rin ni Sinas ang body mass index (BMI) ng kanyang mga tauhan upang makaiwas sa sakit.

Ang body mass index ng isang tao ay dapat nakabatay sa height nito.

Ayon kay Sinas, ang mga pulis na nasa obese category ay hindi papayagang sumailalim sa mandatory schooling na maaaring maka-apekto sa proseso ng kanilang promosyon. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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Sinas extends working days for PNP frontline services

Robie de Guzman   •   November 25, 2020

Philippine National Police chief General Debold Sinas

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas on Wednesday said he has directed the Civil Security Group (CSG) to extend the working days of its personnel involved in frontline services to accommodate more clients.

Sinas said he has issued instructions to CSG director Police Brigadier General Rolando Hinanay to operate the One-Stop-Shop beyond the regular working days to decrease the number of applicants for License to Exercise Security Profession (LESP) for private security, and the License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) during weekdays.

This means that the CSG will accommodate LESP and LTOPF applicants even on weekends and holidays starting Nov. 28 to Dec. 13. During Saturdays, the One-Stop-Shop services will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays or Holidays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The scheduling scheme for clients will be based on an online queuing system to control and streamline the number of visitors in Camp Crame.

“We see to it that we control the customer flow in the National Headquarters to contain the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of everyone. On a daily average, the CSG-OSS has 700 to 800 clients,” Sinas said.

The PNP chief also ordered the CSG to open a One-Stop-Shop annex at the Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence Office for the processing of DI clearances needed in applying for LESP, neuro-psycho test and drug test for LTOPF applicants.

He is likewise eyeing to open a CSG Extension Offices in Eastern Police District, Northern Police District, and Southern Police District.

“Aside from this development for CSG services, we are working on the possible opening of LTOFP booths in shopping malls in Metro Manila, and printing hubs of LESP and LTOFP cards to be placed in all Police Regional Offices nationwide,” Sinas said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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