Vice President’s camp hits SolGen for ‘singling out’ sedition raps vs Robredo

Robie de Guzman   •   July 25, 2019   •   919

Vice President Leni Robredo (L) and Solicitor General Jose Calida (R)

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday hit the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) for allegedly singling out the charges filed against Robredo and other known opposition members.

Robredo’s spokesperson, Atty. Barry Gutierrez, said the OSG should come up with a satisfactory explanation on its move to assist in the drafting of the raps filed against the vice president.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) last week filed charges of sedition, cyber libel and obstruction of justice against Robredo and other opposition members based on the affidavit of Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed to be the hooded figure ‘Bikoy’ in a series of videos dubbed as “Ang Totoong Narcolist.”

Last May, Advincula accused Robredo and other opposition members of orchestrating the videos as part of an alleged ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Prior to his allegations against Robredo, Advincula accused Duterte and members of his family of having links to the narcotics trade.

PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde earlier said they consulted the OSG prior to the filing of the complaint.

The OSG also confirmed its assistance in the drafting of the charges, insisting that part of its duty is to serve its clients when they seek legal advice. It also clarified that their client was the PNP-CIDG and not ‘Bikoy’.

“Even if they say legally pwede naman i-allow ito dahil walang express prohibition, I think they still have to explain if it is true na talagang sila nga ang nag-draft, why in this particular case they chose to participate and make single it out from other cases?” Gutierrez said.

He added that OSG’s alleged involvement in the case shows that the complaint against Robredo is “politically-motivated,” and was only filed in an aim to impeach the vice president.

“We are very, very bothered by these statements na impeachment pala talaga ang patutunguhan nito mukhang mayroong hand ang OSG dito kasi in all of that taken together which seem to indicate na this is not an ordinary criminal proceeding but this is really politically motivated to harass the Vice President,” Gutierrez said.

Atty. Larry Gadon, the lawyer of Advincula, earlier said he would file an impeachment against Robredo if she is indicted for sedition and inciting to sedition charges.

Gutierrez said Robredo and her legal team are now preparing to face the accusers in court.

“The Vice president is ready to face whatever trumped-up charges will be brought against her,” he said. (with details from Grace Casin)

Operasyon ng PNP COVID-19 testing facility, simula na ngayong linggo

Robie de Guzman   •   May 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Magsisimula na ngayong linggo ang operasyon ng sariling testing facility para sa novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ng Philippine National Police (PNP).

Ayon kay PNP Spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac, binigyan na ito ng license to operate ng Department of Health (DOH) noon pang May 22.

Una nang sinabi ng PNP na ang Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) facility nito ay sinertipikahan ng Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) ng DOH bilang isang independent testing center.

Pansamantala itong ipu-puwesto sa PNP Crime Laboratory sa Camp Crame habang hindi pa tapos ang 84-square meter na pasilidad sa likod ng PNP Health Service.

Ayon kay Banac, prayoridad sa testing ang pulis na dumu-duty sa quarantine checkpoints at nagpapatupad ng seguridad sa Metro Manila.

Sa huling tala ng PNP Health Service, umabot na sa 263 ang bilang ng mga pulis na nag-positibo sa coronavirus disease.

Nasa 777 probable at 575 suspect cases naman ang binabantayan sa ngayon. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP implements ‘modified checkpoints’ in EDSA to ease traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 20, 2020

The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has implemented ‘modified checkpoints’ along EDSA to ease traffic amid the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

According to HPG-National Capital Region (NCR) Chief PCol. Wilson Doromal, they had to remove the checkpoints along EDSA to make way for the Authorized Person Outside Residence (APOR) that will flock reopened establishments.

“Baka kami ang maging cause ng traffic kung maglalagay tayo ng checkpoint dito along EDSA (We might become the cause of traffic if we installed checkpoints along EDSA),” he said.

He also said that the PNP-HPG has mobile checkpoints or 40 motorcycle drivers that are randomly deployed to monitor motorists. This is part of their ‘Oplan Habol’ to check if motorists follow quarantine protocols.

“Oplan Habol, ibig sabihin pag nai-spottan natin ang sasakyan, halimbawa iyong sasakyan overloading, hahabulin ng mga motorcycle iyan sa EDSA (Oplan Habol, meaning once authorities spotted an overloading vehicle, the motorcycles would run after them along EDSA),” Doromal said.

Violators will be issued with a temporary operator’s permit and will have their license confiscated.

Meanwhile, authorities in EDSA checkpoints will be moved to streets around Metro Manila including Commonwealth, Katipunan, Quezon Avenue, C-5 Quirino, Marcos Highway, and Roxas Boulevard,

The said authorities would man the checkpoints for 2 to 4 hours before moving to another location. –AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP to require medical certificate from personnel, civilians prior to entering Camp Crame

Robie de Guzman   •   May 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said it has stepped up the implementation of health and safety protocols in its headquarters in Camp Crame amid the continuing threat of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a Memorandum Order dated May 14, the PNP Headquarters Support Service (HSS) said that starting May 18, stricter measures will be implemented in all pedestrian and sentry gates in Camp Crame to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease.

The PNP HSS said that each personnel are given a QR Code, which identifies whether an individual has tested positive or negative for COVID-19 after undergoing a rapid test.

If a personnel does not have a QR code, a medical certificate or fit to work clearance issued by the Health Service may be presented prior to entering the PNP headquarters.

Meanwhile, civilians will be required to present a medical certificate which states that they are free from coronavirus infection.

In a separate directive issued by the PNP HSS on May 18, those who are not yet tested for COVID-19 will be required to present government-issued ID, quarantine pass and authorizes person outside residence (APOR) ID.

Without a medical certificate, civilians will be advised to proceed to the holding area and accomplish forms for health assessment and possible contact tracing.

PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac said these protocols are part of the biosafety measures being implemented under the modified enhanced community quarantine.

“Upang mapadali natin ang contact tracing pagkatapos ng kanilang pagpasok sa Kampo Crame at ito ay may form na yan ay ibibigay nila din sa mga tauhan natin sa gate,” Banac said.

Its implementation follows the imposition of a three-day lockdown on Camp Caringal, the headquarters of Quezon City Police District, and Eastern Police District headquarters last week after 37 of its personnel were infected with COVID-19.

Camp Crame was not among those placed on lockdown but it imposed more stringent measures to prevent the spread of the virus within its premises.

Banac, however, clarified that the ramped up implementation of health protocols is only applicable to those who are working inside the camp.

He also stressed that the camp remains closed to visitors.

“Ito po ay para lamang sa mga ng nagta-trabaho sa loob ng Kampo Crame at hindi po para sa general public,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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