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

Robie de Guzman   •   April 27, 2020   •   1007

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 seizes P30-M worth of fake cigarettes in Bataan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Around P30 million worth of fake cigarettes were seized in two warehouses in Bataan, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PNP Chief PGen. Debold Sinas reported that the Police Regional Office 3, with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and other local authorities, raided Crisostomo Rice Mill Warehouse in Barangay Sto. Domingo, Orion, Bataan.

They discovered units of cigarette-making machines and raw materials worth around P20 million.

A Follow-up operation was conducted where authorities seized an undetermined quantity of imported sacks of rice and master cases of counterfeit different brands of cigarettes. The seized items have an estimated value of P10 million.

“I commend our police units and other pillars of the criminal justice system for their support in the fight against criminality. The successful raid today is just a manifestation of our long-lasting cooperation to better serve and protect the community from all kinds of lawlessness,” Sinas said. –AAC

Manhunt launched for 2 suspects in killing of Zambo, Sibugay vice mayor

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP) has identified two suspects in the killing of Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay Vice Mayor Restituto Calonge.

A regionwide manhunt operations are underway, according to PNP. Authorities identified the suspects as Er Mangod and Jomar Taiting, who are alleged members of the Anwar Ansang gang.

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The two were tagged for shooting Calonge and Engineer Edgar Pampanga on Friday (February 26). They are also involved in gun for hire, piracy, and illegal drug activities in the region. AAC

800 police frontliners on PNP’s vaccine priority list

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP) said 800 police frontliners are on the list of priority groups to receive the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine.

PNP Chief PGen. Debold Sinas said that the agency plans to vaccinate 200 personnel per day for four days.

Among the 800 PNP frontliners on the list are doctors, nurses, and staff at the PNP General Hospital, as well as police personnel manning PNP’s molecular laboratory and quarantine facilities. PNP Health Service PBGen. Luisito Magnaye and his command group are also included in the list.

Meanwhile, vaccine recipients will have to undergo five steps under the vaccination program. First step is registration, followed by pre-vaccination counselling, screening process to asses if they are qualified to be vaccinated, then the vaccination.

After receiving the shot, vaccinees need to stay at the monitoring area for one hour to check if there are experiencing bad effects from the vaccine.

Sinas also assured that doctors and ambulance are on standby to bring personnel who may experience adverse effects, to the PNP General Hospital. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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