QCPD Station 3 commander relieved over SONA deployment of COVID-positive cops

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2021   •   243

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police Chief General Guillermo Eleazar relieved  Lt. Col. Christine Tabdi from his post as Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 3 commander.

This, after the controversial deployment of police personnel to the sixth state of the nation address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte pending the results of their RT-PCR tests which later yielded COVID-positive results.

“Inutos ko na ang administrative relief ng station commander ng QCPD station o Talipapa Police Station dahil sa command responsibility,” Eleazar said.

“Iniimbestigahan na natin ang maaaring paglabag sa ipinatutupad naming protocol sa mga PNP personnel habang naghihintay ng resulta ng RT/PCR test,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mayor Joy Belmonte said all cops responsible for the said deployment of infected police will face charges for violating the standard health protocols.

“That is punishable under RA 11332, and however the city government we do not have the disciplinary jurisdiction over the Quezon City Police District, that’s why I believe the Chief PNP Guillermo Eleazar should address being their superior.”

Tabdi earlier explained that none of those cops who tested positive had no contact with other individuals since they were assigned in route security.

However, QCPD Director PBgen. Antonio Yarra confirmed that apart from route security, the said cops were also deployed to the UP Techno Hub on Monday as among the Civil Disturbance Management Team.

“Iyong meron lang engagement doon yung assigned in front of the Techno Hub. Iyong ating mga civil disturbance management personnel na assign dyan, gaya ng sinabi ko 41 of the Station 3,” Yarra said.

Meanwhile, Belmonte explained why the results of the tests were delayed for days.

“The molecular laboratory of the Quezon City can only handle a thousand sample a day so yung mabilis overnight nagagawa namin yan pero since we get four thousand a day already, the rest we have to submit to the Philippine Red Cross and that takes a while,” she said.

Currently, the PNP is focused on the contact tracing and swab testing of those who had close contact with the 51 COVID-positive cops. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Shortlist ng susunod na PNP chief, isusumite kay Pangulong Duterte sa huling linggo ng Oktubre – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Isang buwan na lamang ang nalalabi bago mag-retiro sa serbisyo si Philippine National Police chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, may listahan na ang Malakanyang ng mga pamimilian bilang kapalit ni Eleazar sa puwesto.

Ngunit kung si Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año ang tatanungin, sa huling linggo pa ng Oktubre siya magsusumite ng listahan kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte

“I have not yet submitted my recommended list for the next Chief PNP. I’ll submit the list in the last week of October,” ani Año.

Kung rule of succession ang susundin, isa sa mga mistah ni Eleazar na miyembro ng command group ang posibleng susunod na hepe ng PNP.

Kinabibilangan ito nina Deputy Chief for administration at administrative support on COVID 19 operation task force commander Lt. Gen. Joselito Vera Cruz at si Deputy Chief for operations at joint task force coronavirus shield commander Lt. Gen. Israel Ephraim Dickson.

Kabilang din sa command group si Directorial Staff Chief Lt. Gen. Dionardo Carlos na mula sa PMA Maringal Class of 1988.

Ngunit bukod sa miyembro ng command group, matunog din ang pangalan ng mag mistah na sina Directorate for operations MGen. Rhodel Sermonia, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director MGen. Albert Ferro at si Police Regional Office 3 director BGen. Valeriano de Leon.

Ang mga ito ay mula sa PMA Makatao Class of 1989.

Lumulutang din ang pangalan ng mag mistah mula sa PMA Sambisig Class of 1991 na sina National Capital Region Police Office director MGen. Vicente Danao Jr. at Police Regional Office 11 director BGen. Filmore Escobal.

Batay sa Republic Act 6975, maaaring mamili ang pangulo sa hanay ng mga pulis na may ranggong one star o Brigadier General pataas.

Si Eleazar ay miyembro ng PMA Hinirang Class of 1987. Nakatakda siyang mag-retiro sa serbisyo sa Nobyembre 13.


PNP chief vows to hold Jake Cuenca accountable after police chase

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar vowed to implement disciplinary actions and corrective measures after the car chase incident between the police and actor Jake Cuenca in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, October 10.

The PNP chief said he has ordered the placement of all the personnel involved under restrictive custody while the investigation is being conducted.

Based on initial report, personnel of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit of the Mandaluyong City Police were about to leave an area in Barangay Barangka in Mandaluyong City where they conducted an anti-illegal drug operations when their car was hit by a vehicle driven by Cuenca. The vehicle also rammed a barrier in the area.

The report added that instead of going out of the car, Cuenca sped off which resulted in a car chase. During the incident, the operatives shot the tires of Cuenca’s car in a bid to force the vehicle to stop. The PNP chief called Cuenca’s actions as “reckless” and showed “lack of discipline”.

“We assure the public that disciplinary measures will be imposed on the personnel involved and corrective measures will be implemented in order to prevent the repeat of this incident,” Eleazar said.

“Being an actor and a public figure, he must set a good example for people who idolize him by owning up to his mistake and facing its consequences,” he added.

“Sa iyong ginawa, titiyakin ko na mananagot ka sa pambabastos mo hindi lang sa mga pulis kundi sa batas, at sa kawalan mo ng disiplina sa sarili,” the PNP chief stressed addressing Cuenca.

Eleazar also apologized to the Grab driver who was hit by a stray bullet during the chase, saying that the PNP will respect the driver’s decision if he would take legal action over the incident.

“I would like to apologize to the Grab driver who was hit by a stray bullet in this incident. I would like to assure you and your family that we will take care of all the medical expenses of your hospitalization and we shall also extend financial assistance that will also cover the period of your recovery,” he said. AAC


Eleazar orders probe on Pampanga policeman over rape allegation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday (October 12) vowed that the national police will look into the rape allegation against a Pampanga policeman.

Eleazar said he has already instructed the Internal Affairs Service to expedite the investigation based on the victim’s complaint. The policeman involved has been disarmed and placed under restrictive custody pending the result of the investigation.

Based on a report, Police Staff Sergeant Robin Mangaga flagged down the victim’s motorcycle at a checkpoint in Mabalacat, Pampanga on October 8.

The victim admitted that she forgot to bring her driver’s license, but instead of imposing sanctions, Mangaga allegedly sexually abused her.

Eleazar said he is angered over the fact that despite his warnings there are still police officers abusing their authority.

“But this will not discourage us in pursuing our reform program, in fact, this serves as a motivation to continue our internal cleansing,” he said.

He also assured that if proven guilty, Mangaga will be dismissed from service and appropriate charges will be filed against him.

Meanwhile, the PNP chief urged victims of abuse to come forward and seek the help of authorities.

“Huwag kayong matakot na sampahan ng kaukulang reklamo ang sinumang lumabag sa batas, kabilang ang mga pulis. Nakahanda ang PNP na tumulong sa inyo upang makamit ang hustisya at panagutin sinuman ang maysala,” he said. AAC




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