Relieved Caloocan cops undergo retraining and reorientation

admin   •   October 2, 2017   •   3530

MANILA, Philippines — PNP Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa does not deny that there are still a few erring cops in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“Nilulunok ko yung pride ko every time magkakamali tayo. Hindi ako mahiya na umiyak sa harap ng tao kung ako ay nasasaktan(I swallow my pride every time we make a mistake. I am not embarrassed to cry in public when I am hurting),” said the PNP chief.

But he also could not contain his dismay over what he calls “biased” reporting by media that creates an unfavorable image of the police.

“Yung pulis ko na sinaksak, may police Caloocan pa ako na nabaril sa ulo nung inaresto yung adik na wanted, patay diretso. Hindi naman pinabalik-balik ninyo, hindi niyo pinabalik-balik para naman sana bigyang hustisya yung pagkamatay ng pulis ko. Eh bakit itong kina Kian, Carl halos buong programa yun na lang lumalabas? Paulit-ulit,” said Dela Rosa.

(What about the cop who was stabbed, and another Caloocan police who was shot  dead in the head by a wanted drug addict? You did not even cover their stories long enough to bring justice to my officer’s death. But with Kian and Carl the whole program is almost all about them; repeatedly.)

Despite the controversies, Dela Rosa remains confident in the performance of the Caloocan police in response to the government’s war on drugs.

“I’m still very proud of my men of what they have done to Caloocan. Kahit pa na sabihin ninyo na yung mga tao ko ay tarantado, sabihin niyo yan, (Even if you say that my men are bastards) but I’m still very proud of them,” said the chief.

A total of 1,000 Caloocan cops have been relieved from their post over alleged corruption and controversies facing their ranks including the death of minors Kian delos Santos, Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Reynaldo de Guzman.

Monday marked the beginning of their one-month retraining and reorientation program which will center on ethics building and discipline.

Dela Rosa has made it clear that the retraining does not mean a punishment but a move to further boost the morale of the relieved cops and make them better persons.

“Ang purpose ng training na ito ay para gawin kayong mas maka-Dios, mas makabansa at mas makatao (The purpose of this training is to make you more God-fearing, nationalistic and humane)” said Dela Rosa addressing the dismissed Caloocan policemen. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

Robredo meets with UN officials to push for health-based anti-drug campaign

Marje Pelayo   •   November 12, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo is pushing for a stronger, community-based drug rehabilitation program as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Drugs (ICAD).

Robredo believes that the community has an important role to play in solving the illegal drug menace in the country.

The meeting identified all existing and effective anti-drug programs that other countries have been implementing which can be applied also in the Philippines.

“One of the key learnings of the experiences of other countries is the emphasis on the public health approach and how that can be given equal importance together with the law enforcement approach,” explained USec. Philip Dy of the Office of the Vice President.

Prior to this, Robredo convened the core members of the Community Based Drug Rehab Alliance (COBRA) in an initial attempt to involve the private sector in the government’s war against illegal drugs.

Based on data, 90 percent of drug dependents across the country can be considered ‘occasional users’ who need help from the community.

Robredo is expected to meet again with member agencies of ICAD for follow-ups in the coming days. – MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

Lacson advises Robredo not to join anti-drug ops; focus on cutting drug supply

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson has advised Vice President Leni Robredo to focus more on reducing the supply of illegal drugs in the country instead of joining an anti-drug operation.

Lacson gave the advice after he met with Robredo on Friday to discuss what she could do in her new role as the co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD), which President Rodrigo Duterte handed to her last week.

The senator said Robredo’s presence in drug stings might compromise the operation due to security protocols as the country’s second-highest official.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency director-general Aaron Aquino earlier challenged Robredo to join one of the anti-drug operations, to which she accepted.

READ: NCRPO chief prepared to let VP Leni join drug busts

“Sa security pa lang, nakakalat na security niya, mate-telegraph ang operation. But they could make some arrangements paano isasagawa yan,” he told UNTV News in a phone interview.

“Pero from briefing sa jumpoff tapos sa mismong operation, di pwedeng pabayaan mo Bise Presidente ng bansa. Pangalawang pinakamataas na opisyal ng bansa natin, ilalagay mo ang buhay sa alanganin dahil susugod siya roon,” he added.

Lacson, a former chief of the Philippine National Police, said the focus of the drug war has been on the demand side which mostly targets drug users and peddlers on the street.

He pointed out that cutting the supply would make the street value of drugs prohibitive and take down big-time dealers.

“Kapag supply yung focus mo, concentrate mo, unang una magiging prohibitive ang presyo, Pangalawa, siyempre mga big-time drug dealers ang mga mahi-hit mo,” he said.

Lacson also said that further strengthening the process of intelligence gathering against those involved in the narcotics trade would also help in the anti-drug campaign.

He added that during his stint as PNP chief, he maintained close coordination with his foreign counterparts and drug enforcement units in the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, and Macau.

Lacson also said that he gave names of some people who could help Robredo with the law enforcement part of the job but did not elaborate on who these are. – RRD (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

PNP eyes to complete procurement of body cams before the year-end

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is eyeing to complete the procurement of body-worn cameras to be used during anti-illegal drug operations.

PNP Officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa on Monday said a post-qualification process is being conducted to six bidders to meet all the requirements.

The body cameras are expected to be delivered in the second or third quarter of 2020.

Initially promised to be rolled out in 2018, Gamboa said the procurement of the P334 million worth of body cameras was delayed for over a year due to an alleged extortion case involving three police officers.

“The funds were released 2018. Nagkaroon ng bidding, may eight proponents but in the middle of the post-qualification, I found out that three of my men in the technical working group were asking money from the proponents,” Gamboa told reporters in a briefing.

He said the anomaly was exposed after one of the losing bidders in the project complained to him as the then chairman of the PNP Bids and Awards Committee.

Gamboa identified the three policemen as Major Emerson Sales, Major Rholly Caraggayan, who are now both AWOL (absent without leave), and Major Angel Beros, who is still in active service.

“Nung na-disqualify, nag-complain sa’kin ‘yung proponent, and then, from then on, I caused the investigation,” he said.

Gamboa said the involved police officers will face criminal and administrative raps and will be dismissed from service.

“Honestly, it’s a setback on the part of the Bids and Awards Committee because I was believing myself na malinis kami,” he said.

“But of course, very isolated naman ‘yung case na ‘yun,” he added.

Vice President Leni Robredo, the newly-installed co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, earlier reiterated the need for law enforcers to wear body cameras during operations to protect the agents and the operation’s integrity.

Despite the delay, Gamboa said the re-bidding process has already resumed for the project.

The acting top police official stressed the procurement process must be done before the year ends as the 2019 budget is going to expire by December 31. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

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