Province-wide manhunt launched vs. NPA responsible for Samar cops ambush

Marje Pelayo   •   December 11, 2020   •   530

 MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Debold Sinas on Friday (December 11) has ordered a province-wide manhunt operation against suspected New People’s Army (NPA) combatants responsible for the ambush of a police team in Marabut, Samar.

According to Eastern Visayas PNP Regional Director Ronaldo De Jesus, the policemen were escorting a detainee back to the police station from a court hearing on Friday afternoon when they were ambushed in Brgy. Logero.

The attack killed one of the policemen and wounded the detainee.

Sinas condemned the attack and instructed De Jesus  to mount a “hot pursuit of the murderous group responsible for this affront to peace.”

Tactical and maneuver forces in Eastern Visayas have been mobilized to hunt for the suspects and Sinas vowed “justice for the victims of this atrocity.”

De Jesus identified the fatality as Police Corporal Earl Hembra.

He was accompanied by Patrolman Joseph Ricky Gadores Gacgacao and PCpl. Jerome Distrajo, his fellow members of the Marabut Municipal Police Station, when the attack happened. 

They were escorting a detainee, Nestor Lumagbas Jr. who was wounded in the incident.

“The PNP joins the Filipino civil society in strongest condemnation of this latest manifestation of disregard for human life by the communist New People’s Army with its continued use of internationally-outlawed landmines to further propagate the communist cause to topple government and seize power thru terror and violence,” the PNP Chief noted. MNP / Raymund David

Eleazar to impose ‘Cleanliness Policy’ as he formally assumes PNP chief post

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar on Friday formally assumed the post as the 26th chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año led the change of command ceremony, on behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte, in Camp Crame.

During the ceremony, retiring Police General Debold Sinas relinquished the command of the PNP to Eleazar.

Sinas will bow out of police service on May 8 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.

In his assumption speech, Eleazar vowed continuity of reform programs in the police force by implementing his 3-pronged intensified cleanliness policy (ICP).

Eleazar said his leadership of the PNP will anchor on this policy “encompassing physical cleanliness in police offices and camps, cleanliness and integrity among the ranks of police personnel and units, and cleanliness in the community on peace and order concerns.”

He explained that the Intensified Cleanliness Policy is based on the broken window theory, which basically means that small problems must be fixed immediately before they get worse.

“Our PCP or our Police Station is considered as the window to the soul of the Philippine National Police. It is where the lasting first impressions of the people are built. It is where the respect of community is established, and it is where the trust and confidence of the people are founded,” said Eleazar.

“Hindi sa Camp Crame, hindi sa Regional Police Headquarters at hindi sa Provincial Police Headquarters kung hindi sa Police Community Precincts at sa mga Police Stations pumupunta ang ating mga kababayan upang humingi ng tulong sa kapulisan. Kung sa bukana pa lang ng police station ay makikita na ang nagkalat na upos ng sigarilyo at basurang nagkalat, at kung sa bukana pa lang ay mapanghi na ang simoy ng hangin, mahihirapan tayong makuha ang respeto at tiwala ng ating mga kababayan na ating pinagsisilbihan,” he added.

He said the ICP will be institutionalized in all aspects, personnel and administrative management in the PNP beginning with a thorough cleansing and introduction of the QR Code System in the PNP recruitment process.

“Sa QR Code or Quick Response Code, walang pangalan, walang mukha, only theirqualifications would be the basis of their evaluation,” he said.

Under the ICP, he said, effective supervision ensures good leadership by example down to the lowest units.

“Even if we have qualified new PNP personnel with the proper training, kung ang madadatnan naman nitong mga bagitong pulis ay mga kasamahang bad influence na magtuturo sa kanila ng mga maling sistema ng pangongotong, pagiging tamad, abusado at gahaman sa pera, wala ring mangyayari,” he added.

The third prong of the ICP focuses on peace and order problems in the community with an Improved Complaint Referral and Monitoring System to address perennial concerns on Street Crime, Illegal Drugs, Communist Insurgency and Terrorism, Cybercrime, and COVID-19.

“I assure our kababayans that once you report your concerns, it is considered as a direct order from me as the Chief of the Philippine National Police to all police stations and units to respond and give immediate actions. Sumbong mo, aksyon ko,” he said.

Both Sinas and Eleazar belong to the PMA “Hinirang” Class of 1987.

Eleazar graduated Cum Laude as Top 4 in the order of merit of PMA Class 1987.

He then went on to hold key positions while serving as a field-grade officer. He served as chief of police of San Pedro, Laguna; provincial officer of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Batangas and Laguna; and chief investigator of the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (PACER).

He was also designated as the CIDG regional chief in Central Luzon and Central Visayas, where he “waged a relentless campaign against organized crime groups and other threat groups in these regions.”

He also held various administrative positions in the Directorate for Logistics and Directorate for Comptrollership and later led the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group and the PNP’s campaign against online sexual exploitation of children, and internet-based fraud and criminal activity.

In 2016, he took the helm of the Quezon City Police District where he launched anti-crime and anti-illegal drug operations that led to the arrest of notorious street criminals and neutralization of drug targets including rogue cops involved in crime.

He also served as PNP Regional Director for CALABARZON and Metro Manila and headed the Joint Task Force COVID Shield as the law enforcement and public safety arm of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Prior to his appointment as PNP chief, he also served as deputy chief for Administration and PNP’s second in command.

Eleazar will serve as PNP chief for about six months before he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 on Nov. 13.

Sinas tells police personnel to fully support incoming PNP chief Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   May 6, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas on Thursday called on the 200,000-strong police force to fully support Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar who was named as the next top cop.

“I urge you to give my classmate, Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, the same 100 percent support you gave during the past six months under my watch,” Sinas said in a statement.

“Every Chief PNP appointed to the post carries with him the full trust and confidence of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, therefore, he deserves the unqualified support of all the officers and personnel under his command,” he added.

Sinas is set to retire on May 8 when he reaches the mandatory age of 56. He will formally relinquish the top PNP post to Eleazar in a change of command ceremony in Camp Crame on Friday, May 7.

Sinas stressed the importance of the continuity of command to “sustain the momentum to carry out institutional programs and policies.”

“It has been probably the longest six months tour of duty we have served together to accomplish our mission for the Filipino people,” he said.

“And I honestly believe we have been able to deliver more than what we promised to the President and the Filipino people, because everyone stood by me, from the ranking officers in the headquarters to the last beat patroller in the streets,” he added.

Both Sinas and Eleazar belong to the PMA “Hinirang” Class of 1987.

Eleazar graduated Cum Laude as Top 4 in the order of merit of PMA Class 1987.

He then went on to hold key positions while serving as field-grade officer. He served as chief of police of San Pedro, Laguna; provincial officer of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Batangas and Laguna; and chief investigator of the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (PACER).

He was also designated as the CIDG regional chief in Central Luzon and Central Visayas, where he “waged a relentless campaign against organized crime groups and other threat groups in these regions.”

He also held various administrative positions in the Directorate for Logistics and Directorate for Comptrollership and later led the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group and the PNP’s campaign against online sexual exploitation of children, and internet-based fraud and criminal activity.

In 2016, he took the helm of the Quezon City Police District where he launched anti-crime and anti-illegal drug operations that led to the arrest of notorious street criminals and neutralization of drug targets including rogue cops involved in crime.

He also served as PNP Regional Director for CALABARZON and Metro Manila and headed the Joint Task Force COVID Shield as the law enforcement and public safety arm of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Prior to his appointment as PNP chief, he also served as deputy chief for Administration and PNP’s second in command.

 

Eleazar is next chief of Philippine National Police — Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   May 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar has been designated as the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Malacañang said Wednesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Eleazar’s appointment as the next top cop.

He will replace Police General Debold Sinas who will retire on May 8.

“Gen. Eleazar’s track record of professionalism, dedication, and integrity speaks for itself,” Roque said.

“We are therefore confident that he will continue the reform initiatives of his predecessors and lead the police organization to greater heights,” he added.

In a separate statement, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año welcomed the appointment of Eleazar, whom he said is “very qualified for the job.”

Año, who chairs the National Police Commission, earlier said he only recommended one name to replace Sinas.

“Through a NAPOLCOM resolution, Eleazar was recommended to be the next Chief PNP based on seniority, merit, service reputation, and competence to lead the Police Force,” he said.

“I expect PLt Gen Eleazar to lead the PNP Organization to greater heights amidst the pandemic during these challenging times,” he added.

Eleazar thanked Duterte for choosing him as the next leader of the PNP.

“To be appointed as the Chief PNP is a rare opportunity, but come with the challenges of good leadership and meeting the high expectations of the Filipino people. I accept these challenges,” he said.

“I express my sincerest gratitude to our Commander-In-Chief, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, for choosing me to be among the instruments of his genuine intention of a having a well-disciplined and professional police force that could always be banked on in enforcing the law and in serving and protecting the Filipino people,” he added.

He also expressed gratitude to Año for “always believing in my capability to lead the more than 220,000-strong” police force.

“At higit sa lahat ay nagpapasalamat ako sa Poong Maykapal sa pambihirang pagkakataon na ibinigay niya sa akin upang pagsilbihan ang aking kapwa Pilipino,” he added.

Eleazar will serve as PNP chief for about six months before he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 on Nov. 13.

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