UNTV conducts leadership enhancement seminar for PNP officers

admin   •   February 7, 2017   •   4311

PHILIPPINES — PNP Training Service Director Police Chief Superintendent John Sosito is delighted with the all-out support of Kuya Daniel Razon to the advocacies of Chief PNP Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.

UNTV has partnered with the Philippine National Police in holding a two-day enhancement seminar in Morong Star Beach Resort and Hotel in Bataan.

The event aims at improving the leadership skills of the police officers for better public service.

“Ito’y sponsor ng UNTV kaya kami nagpapasalamat. This is in consonance with the project of our chief PNP, the PNP leadership to go back to the basic regarding leadership of their law enforcers, plus the review on police operational procedures,” PNPTS Director PCSupt. John Q. Sosito said.

(UNTV sponsored our food and accommodation that’s why we are thankful. This is in consonance with the project of our chief PNP, the PNP leadership to go back to the basic regarding leadership of their law enforcers, plus the review on police operational procedures.)

Police Senior Inspector Juneil Perez from Cagayan Valley is one of the 50 police officers from Region 1, 2 and 3 who participated in the training. He says he has learned much from the event making his 14-hour travel to the venue worth it.

“Gagamitin din namin ito sa pag-uwi namin sa aming probinsya. Irere-echo din namin sa aming mga tao para sa ganon continuous yung learning natin.”

(We will also use this when we return to our province. We will teach what we have learned to our personnel so that there will be continuous learning.)

Atty. Emilie Delos Santos, a city prosecutor, explains the importance of the role of the police. She says how law enforcement and prosecution go hand in hand to attain justice.

“Kung anung ebidensya ang ipapasok ng pulis sa isang kaso na criminal case, yun ang gagamitin naming sa pagsasampa ng habla sa husgado at kung gaano kaganda ang ebidensya, makakuha kami ng conviction kung mahina ang ebidensiya, sa amin pa lang sasabihin namin walang probable cause.”

(Whatever evidence the police presents in a criminal case, that is what we will use in pressing charges before the court and however good the evidence is. We can get conviction if the evidence is weak. On our part, we can say whether there is no probable cause.)

For General Sosito, moral enhancement is important for the police to stay focused on their sworn duties to the nation.

“Sa law enforcers, ang isa sa pinaka-biblia namin ay ang law on criminal procedures plus rules on evidence so we really want to get a lecturer that is really well-verse of the subject matter base from the experience para matuto at magkapaliwanagan to strengthen, lalong maging magaling kapulisan natin.”

(Among the bibles of the law enforcers are the law on criminal procedures plus rules on evidence so we really want to get a lecturer that is really well-versed in the subject matter based from the experience so our police will learn and be enlightened, strengthened and improved.)

UNTV will continue to support the PNP to conduct this kind of enhancement seminar in the provinces of Aklan, Cebu, and General Santos City. — Bryan Evangelista | UNTV News & Rescue

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)

No basis to file administrative raps vs Albayalde over ‘ninja cops’ issue – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   November 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday said it has found no substantial evidence to file an administrative complaint against former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Oscar Albayalde.

This is in relation to the alleged anomalies in a 2013 drug raid conducted by 13 Pampanga police officers, tagged as “ninja cops” for allegedly pilfering and recycling part of the illegal drugs they confiscated during the operation.

Albayalde was the provincial police head when the controversial operation occurred.

“Albayalde is liable for command responsibility; that is why he was relieved as Pampanga Provincial Director in 2014,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement.

“However, since he already relinquished his post as chief of PNP, he can no longer be relieved of his position at this time,” he added.

Albayalde relinquished his post and went on a non-duty status on Oct. 14 following allegations of his involvement in the anomalous raid.

He is set to retire from police service on Friday, Nov. 8.

The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group included Albayalde as among the respondents in its amended referral complaint about the “ninja cops” issue.

Año said the cases against Albayalde will be up to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of the Ombudsman.

As to the 13 “ninja cops,” the DILG chief said new administrative charges will be filed in light of the new evidence gathered against them.

“The filing of new administrative charges against these Ninja cops is in light of new evidence gathered by the Joint DILG-Napolcom Review Committee as well as those that came out during the Senate Investigation,” Año said.

“The President has given his guidance to the DILG to pursue the administrative cases against the 13 Ninja cops which we have already started,” he added.

The DILG said the charges being pursued against these cops include serious irregularity in the performance of duty, dishonesty and grave misconduct.

These cops are also facing criminal charges before the DOJ.

“The charges to be filed against them will not be for the same offenses for which they were charged in the past. Moreover, the complaining witness this time will be the Napolcom which is vested with competent jurisdiction on the matter, hence, res judicata will not apply,” DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.

Malaya said that the Joint Review Committee subpoenaed 21 persons composed of personalities who testified at the Senate.

The committee also reviewed documentary evidence consisting of the transcript of stenographic notes from the Senate hearings, as well as pertinent documents related to the 2013 Lakeshore incident.

Año also said that the National Police Commission has convened a Summary Hearing board to hear the charges against the alleged ninja cops.

He added that the summary dismissal proceedings against the respondents can be completed within 45 calendar days “without violating their right to due process.”

“Pending the resolution of their cases, the respondents will be placed under restrictive custody at Camp Crame,” he said.

Albayalde asks DOJ to dismiss charges against him

Maris Federez   •   November 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PGen Oscar Albayalde appealed to the Department of Justice to dismiss the complaints filed against him on the alleged anomalous operation of the so-called ninja cops in Mexico, Pampanga in 2013.

Albayalde said the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (CIDG) failed to present solid evidence against him in filing the charges, which stemmed from the allegation that the drugs seized in the drug raid in Pampanga with a street value of P648-million were recycled by the ninja cops.

The former police chief made the appeal during the DOJ’s investigation on the activities of the said ninja cops, in which he is facing a violation of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Acts of 2002 for the alleged wrongful storage of the confiscated illegal drugs.

In his counter-affidavit, Albayalde insisted that the accusation against him by the CIDG has no basis and that the DOJ has no jurisdiction to reopen the case.

Albayalde is also facing corruption charges for allegedly impeding the dismissal order against the said ninja cops.

The PNP-CIDG, on the other hand, is confident that the DOJ will indict Albayalde and the 13 ninja cops.

“Sa tingin ko mga 70 to 80 percent, I believe so. He is liable and probable cause lang naman hinahanap natin ditto,” said Police Lt. Col Joseph Orsos, Chief of the PNP CIDG Legal Division.

The DOJ will resume its investigation on Monday (November 11). (from the report of Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

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