Six miners trapped in collapsed underground tunnel in Surigao del Sur

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2020   •   108

Rescue operations continue after six miners were trapped in an underground tunnel in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur which collapsed on Monday (October 12).

Based on the initial reports of the Police Regional Office 13, the miners were allegedly conducting treasure hunting in the vicinity. Authorities from the Philippine National Police (PNP) said the miners did not have the necessary permit to conduct excavation in the area.

The miners were identified as Eduardo Ubas, Jerome Lucaberte, Menard de Jesus, Jonathan Ocson, Angelito Sicup, Leo Reyes. One of the group’s companions has already been rescued according to reports.

The PNP is set to investigate the treasure hunting activity in the area in relation to the incident. AAC (with reports from Raymond Octobre)

PNP deploys search and rescue teams to Quinta-hit areas

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – More than 1,000 members of police search and rescue teams have been deployed to assist in areas heavily battered by Typhoon Quinta, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday.

PNP chief General Camilo Cascolan said the search and rescue teams will particularly help local government units in the implementation of forced evacuation in regions severely affected by the typhoon, as well as in areas highly susceptible to landslide and floods following heavy rains.

“We also have to re-echo the directive that we should be able to force evacuate those who are in high risk areas, most specially for flooding,” Cascolan said.

The PNP chief also ordered the deployment of additional 200 policemen to monitor residential areas whose homeowners were forced to evacuate due to the storm.

“We have policemen guarding these areas to prevent looting incidents from happening in those residences,” Cascolan said.

He added that more than 6,000 more police officers are on stand by for deployment.

Cascolan said he has also ordered police ground commanders to help in the distribution of food packs to families in evacuation centers through the PNP’s Food Bank program.

Typhoon Quinta caused flooding in some areas and forced thousands of residents to flee their homes.

Around 12 fishermen were also reported missing in Catanduanes.

The state weather bureau said the storm is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday morning. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Police nab 1 of 13 Caloocan jail escapees

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2020

Police authorities caught one of the 13 detainees that escaped from Caloocan Custodial Facility Unit Extension on Thursday (October 22).

The detainee, identified as Aries Dunacao, was caught in his home Thursday morning.

Caloocan Chief of Police PCol. Dario Menor said they still continue their manhunt operation for the other 12 whose crimes involve illegal drugs, illegal possession of firearms, and robbery.

Menor said the 13 detainees were under quarantine for 51 days and were supposed to get transferred to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Facility which might have pushed them to escape.

Alam kasi nila na ililipat sila sa BJMP, kasi natapos na po sila ng quarantine ng 51 days, mayroon kasi kami na ginawa na rapid test noon (They know they will be transferred to the BJMP because their 51-day quarantine has been finished. We conducted a rapid test there),” he said.

Based on the rapid test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), two of the 13 escaped detainees are positive for COVID-19, however they tested negative on the confirmatory or swab test.

Meanwhile, two police officers assigned to the Caloocan custodial facility were removed from their posts.

“They will be facing an investigation. In fact, we are now conducting the investigation,” according to Menor. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

No parties for PNP, AFP in areas under GCQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will not be holding office parties during the holiday season in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

PNP Chief PGen. Camilo Cascolan said the guidelines provided by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) states that mass gathering is prohibited in areas under GCQ.

Cascolan also said rather than spending for parties for the holiday season, said the money will be allotted to the government’s COVID-19 fund.

The funds can also be used for the agency’s food bank.

“No Christmas party for the Philippine National Police, they will understand that, instead of using the funds for the Christmas party. We will giving it out for COVID-19 patients or maybe for the COVID fund,” he said.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, in a statement, also said Metro Manila mayors also agreed to the protocol.

“Under GCQ bawal pa ang parties. Ang ating NCR nagkasundo ang mga Metro Mayors na GCQ muna tayo (Under GCQ, parties are prohibited. Our Metro Manila mayors agreed we are still under GCQ),” Año said.

Cascolan also reminded PNP ground commanders to increase police visibility especially in crowded places especially during the holidays.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has also announced that all its units will not be holding holiday parties this year.

In a statement released Tuesday, the AFP said the amount that would have been spent for the said Yuletide revelries will be merged with the mass of funds to address COVID-19 requirements of their personnel.

“Defer Christmas parties and similar celebrations as an austerity measure and as a gesture of sensitivity to our countrymen. Fellow Filipinos here and abroad have been suffering. And this is the least we can do to commiserate with the people we have sworn to secure and serve especially in this time of crisis”, AFP Chief of Staff General Gilbert Gapay.

The statement added that the ban on all festivities during the holidays also conforms with the health protocols that proscribes mass gatherings which the AFP strictly enforces and observes. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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