Police, protesters clash in Barcelona as tens of thousands take to the streets

Jeck Deocampo   •   October 17, 2019   •   179

Riot police form a line at the Via Laietana during a protest against the sentence ruled by Supreme Court on ‘proces’ trial’ in Barcelona, Spain, 14 October 2019.   EPA-EFE/ENRIC FONTCUBERTA

Catalan pro-independence demonstrators clashed with riot police in the center of Barcelona on Tuesday (October 15) in the second day of protests over Monday’s (October 14) jailing of nine separatists by the Supreme Court over their role in a failed secession bid.

Police charged on protesters when they tried to kick down security fences around Spanish government buildings in the region and hurled cans and flares at the police. Some were seen tackled to the ground.

Large fires filled central streets of the Catalan capital with smoke after protesters knocked over rubbish containers, setting the contents alight.

Barcelona’s urban police estimated 40,000 people joined the demonstration, Spanish broadcast TVE reported. (REUTERS)

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Spain exhumes former President Franco’s remains

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2019

Cries of “long live Franco!” accompanied the coffin of Francisco Franco on Thursday (October 24) as Spain removed the remains of its former dictator from the state mausoleum where he was buried in 1975.

His exhumation and reburial is the most significant move in years by Spanish authorities to lay the ghost of the general whose legacy still divides the country he dominated for nearly four decades.

The ruling Socialist Party, which faces a national election next month, has long sought to move Franco’s remains from the huge monument, built on his orders and containing the remains of combatants from both sides of the 1936-39 civil war.

As crowds of media and onlookers gathered outside, Franco’s coffin was extracted from its tomb in the Valley of the Fallen in a ceremony witnessed only by relatives and a small group of officials.

The coffin was carried to a waiting hearse and then transferred to a helicopter for the short fight to a private family vault in the Mingorrubio cemetery north of Madrid, where Franco will be reburied next to his wife. (Reuters)

2 Chinese nationals arrested for allegedly bribing Makati cops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2019

The Makati Police have arrested two Chinese nationals for allegedly offering P1.7 million for the release of Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) workers arrested during a prostitution den raid.

READ: Police raid prostitution den in Makati; rescued 35 sex workers

Authorities identified them as Zhang Xiuqiang and Fan Jianping.

Chief of Station Investigation and Detective Management Section (SIDMS) of Makati CPS PMaj. Gideon Ines Jr. said two Chinese nationals reportedly bribed the Makati Police on Tuesday (October 8) in exchange for the release of six fellow Chinese nationals arrested during an entrapment and rescue operation on Monday (October 7).

“Sabi niya, (He said) this is for you, please let my friends free from the station. Do not file case against them,” he said.

The two Chinese nationals, meanwhile, denied the said claims.

“No. I didn’t do that. I didn’t do that. I just stay outside then the police asked me to come in. Drop by here because my friend said there are some people in here so I want to ask what happened with them,” according to Zhang Xiuquang.

Meanwhile, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar will meet with the new Chinese Police Attaché to discuss the cases involving Chinese nationals.

He also urged police officers to carefully monitor Chinese nationals committing illegal activities in the country.

“Mas maganda na mas husayan pa ng ating mga pulis na pagmo-monitor sa kanila at magkaroon tayo ng mas magandang coordination with our Chinese counterparts (It is better if our policemen would do better in monitoring them, and we should also have good coordination with our Chinese coutnerparts),”—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Napolcom approves PNP recruitment of 10,000 cops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 27, 2019

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) on Thursday (September 26) authorized the recruitment of 10,000 police officers.

Resolution No. 2019-707 dated September 13 states that the approval of police recruitment is “to address insurgency problems and support personnel build-up programs.”

According to Napolcom Vice-Chairman Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao, the PNP will recruit 7,895 new police officers to the PNP Mobile Forces under the 17 Police Regional Offices nationwide while the 2,105 recruits will be allocated to selected National Support Units (NSUs) and other PNP Offices.

“The PNP CY 2019 Regular Recruitment Program distribution is based on police to population ratio, peace and order condition, and actual demands of the functional area,” he said.

The 7,895 regular quota is distributed per region, as follows:

PRO1- 450; PRO2- 350; PRO3- 300; PRO4A- 295; PRO4B- 600; PRO5- 750; PRO6- 400; PRO7- 300; PRO8- 450; PRO9- 350; PRO10- 700; PRO11- 400; PRO12- 350; PRO13- 500; PRO COR- 600; PRO ARMM- 800; NCRPO- 300.

The 2,105 quota is distributed to selected NSUs and other offices, as follows:

Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG)- 100; Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG)- 50; Aviation Security Group (AVSEGROUP)- 200; Communications and Electronics Service (CES)- 50; Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)- 300; Crime Laboratory (CL)- 250; Drug Enforcement Group (DEG)- 200; Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management/ Women and Children’s Protection Center (DIDM/WCPC)- 80; Explosive Ordnance Disposal/K9 Group (EOD/K9)- 75; Health Service (HS)- 100; Headquarters Support Service (HSS)/PNP BAND- 200; Intelligence Group (IG)- 100; Information Technology Management Service (ITMS)- 50; Logistics Support Service (LSS)- 50; Maritime Group (MG)- 75; Training Service (TS)- 100; Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG)- 75; and Police Retirement Benefits Service (PRBS)- 50.

Casurao has warned that chiefs of PNP offices/units and members of the various Screening and Selection Committees will be subjected to administrative sanctions if they do not ensure strict compliance to the recruitment procedures.—AAC

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