Report ranking PH as 4th most dangerous place in the world for civilians, ‘baseless’ – PNP
Marje Pelayo • July 15, 2019 • 2371
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday (July 15) refused to accept the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project ranking the Philippines as the fourth most dangerous place in the world for civilians.
Such report was based on alleged violence and extrajudicial killings in relation to the Duterte government’s war on drugs that the project claimed as rampant in the country .
According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, perhaps Filipinos who are critical of the Duterte administration are working to destroy the image of the Philippines and make it appear to the international community that violence is rampant in the country.
In fact, Albayalde said the Philippines is on top of the list among countries in the world safe to live in and for doing business.
“I don’t know how they were be able to say that what’s their basis for saying that,” the PNP Chief said.
According to the 2019 world’s best countries to invest in or do business by CEOWORLD magazine, the Philippines ranked third after Malaysia (1st) and Poland (2nd), even better than Indonesia (4th), Australia (5th) and Singapore (6th). – with details from Lea Ylagan
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he will appoint Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa as the next police chief.
Duterte made the announcement during a speech in Davao City.
The president said he would formally designate Gamboa as the next PNP chief after they meet with Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año.
Duterte earlier asked Año to supervise the police force until he has chosen its next chief.
“We have the PNP chief. I’m going to appoint you as the regular PNP [chief]. But […] you and Secretary Año and I will have a long, long talk first,” he said addressing Gamboa in his speech.
“Pinakita mo sa akin ‘yung sincerity mo and I’d like you to leave something that you will be remembered by the country,” he added
Gamboa, who was in the event, acknowledged Duterte’s remarks by standing up and giving a salute.
Gamboa was designated as PNP OIC after former chief Oscar Albayalde stepped down in October over allegations that he protected some police officers tagged as ‘ninja cops’ for their involvement in the selling or recycling of illegal drugs seized from an operation in Pampanga in 2013.
Albayalde was the chief of Pampanga police when the operation was conducted.
In a statement, the PNP welcomed Duterte’s pronouncement of Gamboa’s appointment.
“The PNP welcomes the pronouncement of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte to appoint PNP OIC PLTGEN. Archie Francisco Gamboa as the regular PNP Chief,” the statement read.
“Under the able leadership of PLtGen Gamboa, we assure the public that the PNP remains committed to intensify the campaign against criminality, illegal drugs and corruption, following the rule of law and with utmost respect for human rights, and vigorously pursue internal cleansing to weed the ranks of rogue cops, all towards winning back the trust and confidence of the people,” it added.
In a separate statement, Año also welcomed Gamboa’s designation as the next PNP chief.
“He is very qualified for the job. I expect that he will work harder now that he is the permanent Chief PNP and lead the organization in its intensified fight against illegal drugs, criminalities, communist terrorist groups and extremists,” Año said.
“I also expect that he would continue to cleanse the PNP ranks of scalawags,” he added.
He also called on the entire police force to support Gamboa, enforce the law and fulfill their mandate “to serve and protect the people.”
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is implementing maximum tolerance and permitted the evacuees who had been insisting to go back and check their homes despite the lockdown being implemented in several towns due to Taal Volcano’s continuous activities.
The five towns that had been locked down were Lemery, Agoncillo, Talisay, Laurel and Balete.
More than 2,000 police are stationed at the five towns’ entry and exit points.
PNP Calabarzon director PBGen. Vicente Danao, Jr. clarified that they only allowed those who have very important things to get back to in their homes, and only for a limited time.
“May limited time lang kaming ibinigay kasi sabi namin sa kanila hindi namin kayo dyan pwedeng payagan forever. What is the use of evacuation kung lahat naman babalik? So, the same people naman na hahakutin na naman natin lahat e dapat siguro in every family isa, dalawa lang. Hindi yung buong pamilya ang babalik,” Danao said.
Army BGen. Marceliano Teofilo said it will create bigger problems for them if they will allow all residents to go back to their houses.
“Ang iba kasi nagbabalikan. Yun ang challenge na tinitake natin. Kaya yung mga pulis ay nag establish ng checkpoint para ma-avoid na nila ang pagpunta doon. Kasi ang inaavoid natin pag may pumasok. That would be another problem lalo na pag pumutok na, mahihirapan yung mga rescuer na pumasok din,” Teofilo said.
To date, around 1,000 military personnel and 99 vehicles are being used in the rescue operations.
The PNP-Maritime group is closely patrolling and strictly monitoring the Taal Lake for those who will try to fish.
“May patrol craft kami don na umiikot sa Taal Lake to make sure na walang bangka na lalaot towards the volcano at any civilian along the coastline. Wala dapat makikitang civilian along the coastline,” said PNP-Maritime director PBGen. Rwin Pagkalinawan.
They are also conducting rescue operations on animals that were left behind by their owners.
“In order to appease those owners, sige ikarga natin sa barges yung inyong mga kabayo, aso at baka para lamang umalis kayo dyan,” Pagkalinawan added.
In total, around 29 horses and 3 cows were rescued since Wednesday (Jan. 15).
Authorities appeal to the public to cooperate on the rules that they are implementing to avoid dangers and untoward incidents. — (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP)to bar anyone from setting foot on the Taal Volcano island as it continues to spew ash.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año issued the directive following reports about residents attempting to return to the volcano island to check on their homes, retrieve their belongings or rescue their livestock.
According to DILG Spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, Año also appealed to the evacuees to refrain from returning to the island as it is a permanent danger zone and “strictly off limits.”
Since Taal Volcano is still under Alert Level 4, which means that a hazardous explosive eruption is hours or days away, the DILG said that returning to the island is too risky.
“It is simply too dangerous for anyone to go back to the island. Human lives must be our first priority,” he said.
Personnel from the Philippine Coast Guard have been patrolling the lake waters around the Taal Volcano to ensure that no evacuees are attempting to return to the island.
In terms of rescuing animals trapped on the island, the DILG said this may be allowed on a case-to-case basis upon proper coordination with local disaster authorities.
“Secretary Año will allow the rescue of animals in the evacuated areas so long as it’s in the mainland and not in the volcano island and with proper coordination with local disaster authorities,” Malaya said.
“We will treat this on a case-to-case basis and subject to the approval of local authorities depending on the prevailing situation,” he added.
The DILG made the statement in response to the appeal of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organization to rescue animals within the 14-kilometer high-risk area from the Taal main crater in the mainland.
PETA said rescue teams have obtained a telescope to look for surviving animals and will attempt to gain access to areas where animals have been trapped.
Rescuers were also deployed to evacuation areas to provide food, water, and veterinary care to dogs, cats and other animals taken to centers.
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