Probe ordered into clash between cop, foreigner in Makati village – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   April 27, 2020   •   1394

A screenshot of the recorded altercation between a police and a foreigner over a quarantine violation

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it has ordered an investigation into the clash between a police officer and a foreign national living in a village in Makati City that took place over the weekend.

In a statement, PNP spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac said Police chief General Archie Gamboa has directed the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) to look into the incident.

The cop, identified as Police Senior Master Sergeant Roland Von Madrona, was recorded in a video arguing with a foreigner named Javier Parra outside his residence in Dasmariñas Village.

Madrona was conducting a patrol in the village, together with Bantay Bayan personnel Esteban Gaan on the afternoon of April 26 when he noticed Parra’s house helper, Cherilyn Escalante, watering the plants outside without wearing a face mask.

The Makati Police said the patrol was conducted as per request of Barangay Dasmariñas chairperson Rosana Hwang.

Madrona claimed he politely approached and advised the maid to wear a face mask for her safety.

The helper then went inside the house, but minutes later, Parra and his wife, Abegail Salvador went out of their residence and confronted the police officer.

In the video, Parra can be seen and heard throwing foul words at the cop, and supposedly lectured him on how to implement the quarantine protocols.

The foreigner also allegedly shouted at Madrona to get off his property.

The cop tried to arrest the furious foreigner, but Parra evaded and went inside his house.

Gamboa defended the cop involved in the incident, saying he was only enforcing quarantine protocols set by the government.

“It is in the best interest of public health, order and safety that the PNP is enforcing ECQ rules and local ordinances to contain the spread of COVID-19,” he said in a statement.

The Makati City Police are set to file charges against Parra for his alleged violation of the Revised Penal Code, Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, and a local ordinance which mandates the wearing of a face mask in public, as well as verbal assault.

The Barangay Dasmariñas also said it is preparing to file similar complaints against the foreigner.

“This resident was on the street and sidewalk which belongs to DVA common area, therefore a public place. He was committing a crime in the presence of the officer and could be arrested even if he retreated to his property,” it said in a separate statement. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP Maritime Group nagtayo ng istasyon sa Pag-asa Island

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2021

Nagsimula na ang deployment ng mga tauhan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group sa Pag-asa Island na sakop ng West Philippine Sea.

Ayon kay PNP Maritime Unit-National Capital Region (NCR) chief Police Colonel Oliver Tanseco, walong tauhan na pinamumunuan ng isang opisyal na may ranggong Police Major ang unang batch na ipinadala sa lugar.

Aniya, tungkulin ng grupo na bantayan ang buong munisipalidad ng Kalayaan at pangalagaan ang seguridad ng mga Pilipinong mangingisda laban sa mga dayuhang sasakyang pangisda.

“Ang primary responsibility po natin, unang-una, magbigay-suporta at tulungan yung ating pamahalaan sa pagpapatupad ng batas natin doon sa Pag-asa Island,” ani Tanseco.

“Siyempre doon sa ating exclusive economic zone, ang ating sovereign right, at doon sa mga area na pasok sa territorial sea, ang ating sovereignty,” dagdag pa niya.

Lakip rin ng kanilang tungkulin ang pangangalaga sa kapakanan ng mga Pilipinong mangingisda na makararanas ng panggugulo mula sa mga dayuhang sasakyang pandagat.

“Sa Pag-asa Island po ang ating mga police are trained police investigators po para kung kinakailangan po ay magkakaroon tayo ng pag- arrest po ng mga barko na pumapasok, nagi-intrude, nagpo-poaching sa ating waters. Ang ating pulis po ang magko-conduct ng investigation and for filing of cases in court,” ani Tanseco.

Bukod sa mga maritime police sa Pag-asa Island, mayroon ding walong tauhan ang mga ito na nakasakay sa BRP Dagupan City na tumutulong naman sa Philippine Navy sa pagpapatrolya sa West Philippine Sea.

Ang Pagasa Island ang pangalawa sa pinakamalaking natural island sa West Philippine Sea at matatagpuan 480 kilometers kanluran ng Puerto Princesa sa Palawan.

Increased police visibility ordered in NCR public areas

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday said he has ordered all unit commanders in the National Capital Region (NCR) to increase police visibility in public areas following the downgrading of the COVID-19 Alert Level in the region.

In a statement, Eleazar said the directive was in response to the Department of Health’s (DOH) appeal for the continued implementation of the public health protocols after a number of people flocked to malls, churches, and other areas during the first weekend of placing NCR under Alert Level 3.

It was also in compliance with the order of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año on the matter, he added.

“Nauunawaan namin ang pagkabahala ng ating mga kasamahan sa Department of Health at sa medical community patungkol sa mga report na ipinakita kung saan nagdagsaan ang mga tao sa mga pasyalan, malls at iba pang mga lugar noong nakaraang weekend,” Eleazar said.

DOH officials and some health experts earlier expressed concerns over what they describe was an apparent complacency on the part of the public when they go out of their homes to take advantage of the easing of restrictions in the metropolis.

In some parks and churches, it was apparent that some people failed to observe the protocols for their safety despite repeated appeals from the marshals.

“Kasama sa aking kautusan ang coordination sa ating mga LGUs sa Metro Manila upang maayos na maipatupad ang minimum public health safety protocols at ibang pang mga restriction na ipapatupad sa NCR,” Eleazar said.

While he welcomed the easing of restrictions in the capital region, the PNP chief said the public should remain vigilant and compliant to the health and safety protocols set by the government against COVID-19.

“Natutuwa kami sa PNP na kahit paano ay bumabalik na sa normal ang sitwasyon sa ating bansa subalit hindi dapat maging dahilan ito para tayo ay maging kampante at balewalain ang health safety protocols dahil kung hindi, ang panandaliang kaligayahan na ating nararamdaman ngayon ay mauuwi na naman sa matagal na lockdown,” he added.

The NCR will be under Alert Level 3 until October 31.

The national government has also expanded the implementation of the COVID-19 Alert Level System to some areas in the country beginning Oct. 20.

PNP welcomes indictment of Julian Ongpin over drug complaint

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday welcomed the indictment of Julian Ongpin for possession of dangerous drugs.

Ongpin, son of businessman Roberto Ongpin, is a person of interest in the death of artist Bree Jonson.

The PNP said Ongpin is facing a criminal complaint after some 12 grams of cocaine were found in their room in La Union resort where Jonson was found motionless last September.

Ongpin was initially arrested for alleged violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 but ordered released based on the order of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of La Union.

“We welcome this significant development in the criminal complaint filed against Ongpin. This shows that the justice system in the Philippines is working and that the rule of law applies to all. Lahat ay pantay-pantay sa ilalim ng batas kahit pa ang akusado ay mula sa maimpluwensyang pamilya,” PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said in a statement.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) said the criminal complaint against Ongpin, which is non-bailable, would be filed again before the Regional Trial Court in San Fernando, La Union.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the death of Johnson of the National Bureau of Investigation is still on-going.

Eleazar reiterated that the organization will extend any form of assistance in the investigation of Jonson’s death.

“Kagaya ng NBI at ng naiwang pamilya ni Jonson, hangad din naming malaman ang katotohanan sa insidente kaya’t handa kaming tumulong sa imbestigasyon sa kasong ito,” he said.

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