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‘Fat salary, desire to serve and protect’ lure hundreds of youths in Region 12 to join police force

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 03 August) – At least 700 young men and women in Region 12 are aspiring to enter the Philippine National Police (PNP), lured by fat starting salary apart from their desire to serve and protect the citizenry, officials from the regional National Police Commission (Napolcom) said. The police aspirants took the […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsAug 6th, 2021

1,381 police officers in Ilocos region promoted

PANGASINAN – A total of 1,381 police officers in the Ilocos region were promoted to the next rank on Friday, January 15, in recognition of their sacrifices, merits, and accomplishments, according to Police Regional Office 1 (PRO-1) Director Brig. Gen. Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. A total of 1,381 police officers took oath following their promotion, in a Simultaneous Oath taking and Donning and Pinning of Ranks administered by Police Brigadier General Azurin, Jr at PRO1 Grandstand, San Fernando, La Union. (PHOTO VIA LIEZLE INIGO/ MANILA BULLETIN) A simultaneous oath taking, and donning and pinning of ranks was held at the PRO-1 Grandstand in San Fernando, La Union. Among those who were promoted were police officers from the Regional Headquarters, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 1 (RMFB1), La Union Police Provincial Office (LUPPO), and Camp-based Regional Support Units (RSUs) physically attended the said ceremony while the rest virtually joined via zoom. Azurin stressed that their promotion came after their sacrifices, and the accomplishments they made while serving and protecting the people of Ilocos region. “Aside from responsibilities, your promotion also adds to you power and authority. Use all these for the benefit of many. Use your position to help, to serve, and to protect and never ever misuse and abuse your power and authority. I want you to cherish this gift and be grateful by doing your jobs better and by constantly seeking what is best for our organization. Show us, show the community that you deserve this,” Azurin said. Of the 1,381 newly promoted personnel, 57 were promoted to the rank of major, 11 to captain and four to lieutenant. For non-commissioned officers (NCOs), 306 were promoted to the rank of executive master sergeant, 97 to chief master sergeant, 344 to senior master sergeant, 50 to master sergeant, 176 to staff sergeant, and 336 to corporal. And of those promoted, 517 were from the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPO), 199 from the La Union PPO, 242 from Ilocos Sur PPO, 172 from Ilocos Norte PPO, 125 from RMFB1 and 126 from the RHQ......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

Clashes in Barcelona over virus restrictions

Protesters clashed with police in central Barcelona on Friday after hundreds gathered to demonstrate against new coronavirus restrictions, including a curfew and a ban on leaving the city over the holiday weekend.  A protester throws crowd control barriers towards members of the Catalan regional police force Mossos d’Esquadra as clashes erupt during a demonstration against new coronavirus restrictions in Barcelona on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) A spokesman for the Mossos d’Esquadra regional police told AFP up to 700 protesters attended the rally which later turned violent when a group of some 50 people “began throwing dangerous objects” at police, prompting them to try and break up the crowd.  An AFPTV correspondent in the central Plaza Sant Jaume saw scores of demonstrators wearing face masks, many chanting “freedom”, hurling rocks and crowd control barriers at police in full riot gear as the surrounding streets filled with smoke from burning barricades. Sirens wailed throughout the city centre as police sought to disperse the protesters with batons and firefighters hosed down fires in several large wheelie bins. Twenty police officers were injured in the clashes and twelve people were arrested, the regional police said on Twitter.  At least two establishments were looted and several police vehicles damaged, it added. A protest in the northern Spanish city of Burgos also turned violent when several dozen young protestors began throwing bottles and stones at police and torching rubbish bins, the Diario de Burgos news website reported.  “What’s happening in Burgos tonight only brings more pain and destruction. Anger won’t get us out of here,” tweeted Francisco Igea, number two in the Castilla y Leon region.  Despite the many restrictions imposed in Spain since July, when the number of cases began rising again, infections have spiralled with the virus claiming more than 35,000 lives and infecting more than 1.1 million people.  Almost all of Spain’s regions have imposed border closures in the hope of avoiding a new lockdown, but in Catalonia, where bars and restaurants have been closed since mid-October, the authorities have imposed extra restrictions.  Residents have been barred from leaving towns and cities over the weekend with police on Friday checking drivers on the main roads leading out of Barcelona......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

PNP will launch massive recruitment drive

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is eyeing a visit in every college and university across the country—not to discourage students from joining rallies but to recruit them to join the police service.PNP chief Gen. Camilo Pancratius Cascolan said the move is part of the effort to recruit the best and the brightest among the next breed of policemen in the country, citing that the salaries of policemen are now competitive with private companies.“We are going to colleges and universities talking to them so that we will come up with recruits that are best for the PNP,” said Cascolan.Over the years, the PNP has been re-strategizing the recruitment of its personnel amid the perennial problem of the involvement of rookie policemen to illegal activities that include extortion and various crimes.During the time of PNP chief Raul Bacalzo, the recruitment was shifted from the ‘muscle to brains’ in a bid to encourage more smart students to join the police force.By muscle, then PNP chief Bacalzo said they would avail more slots for academic achievers rather than those who are entering the police service because of easily hurdling past the physical examinations.The move, however, failed as smart students would prefer working in private companies due to low monthly salary and perks being offered for policemen.Former PNP chief Alan Purisima had expressed strong preference for recruits who graduated with an education degree rather than criminology, as he noted that the PNP needs more recruits who have a strong foundation on character and the ability to teach good manners and right conduct. But with the competitive salary and benefits for the PNP, Cascolan expressed confidence that they would be able to recruit academically prepared college graduates......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

CHR to investigate killing of teen who accused Ilocos Sur cops of rape

"We hold on to our police force’s commitment to 'serve and protect' our rights and, if needed, ensure accountability for the indignities committed even if the perpetrators are among their ranks," De Guia said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2020

Bolivia security forces committed ‘massacres’ — probers

The police and armed forces, separately and in joint operations, used excessive and disproportionate force, and did not adequately protect citizens from acts of violence......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Medical reserve ng PNP, naka-standby para sa bakunahan sa ECQ

ni Vic Tahud   NAKA-STANDBY ang Medical Reserve Force (MRF) ng Philippine National Police (PNP) para sa gagawing vaccination sa panahon ng muling pagpapairal ng Enhanced Community Quarantine sa National Capital Region sa gitna ng banta ng Delta variant.   Ito ay ayon kay PNP Police Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar  kung saan sinabi nito na […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  pinasglobalRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Confiscation, surrender of loose firearms seen to help minimize crime rate

CEBU CITY, Philippines —  Police Regional Office Central Visayas (PRO-7) director Police Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo believes the seizure of loose firearms will be a huge help in minimizing criminality in the region, especially as the 2022 election draws near. This after personnel from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) accounted at least 130 unlicensed […] The post Confiscation, surrender of loose firearms seen to help minimize crime rate appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2021

EDITORIAL - Creating monsters

With the government unable to keep murderous psychos out of the Philippine National Police, you have to be desperate to consider allowing armed civilians to serve as PNP “force multipliers” against criminality......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 29th, 2021

2 peasant organizers arrested in Laguna

According to initial reports received by the group, elements of the Philippine National Police Regional Mobile Force Battalion – Region 4A, PNP San Pablo, and the military arrived at Marcellana and Relao’s house approximately 1 a.m. and arrested the two individuals. No warrants were issued for the two, but they were charged with kidnapping, murder, rebellion and illegal possession of firearms. The post 2 peasant organizers arrested in Laguna appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJun 25th, 2021

Belgian youths defy virus ban to party in park

Hundreds of mainly young Belgian party-goers gathered in a Brussels park on Saturday in defiance of coronavirus restrictions and police orders......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2021

Rights group calls on high court to protect rights defenders

In its second manifestation, the group stressed that the SC should revisit the CA ruling as their leaders and members continue to experience judicial harassment, threats, and red-tagging by military and police authorities, including those perpetrated by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) spokesperson and Southern Luzon Command chief Antonio Parlade Jr. The post Rights group calls on high court to protect rights defenders appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsApr 29th, 2021

DOJ-led task force on extrajudicial killings to investigate Bloody Sunday raids

The Department of Justice’s task force investigating politically-motivated killings will look into the deaths of at least five activists in a series of police raids in the Southern Tagalog region on Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 8th, 2021

NCRPO, Lalamove join forces vs crime, drugs

The National Capital Region Police Office has joined forces with delivery firm Lalamove, in a bid to curb crime and prevent the delivery of contraband such as illegal drugs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2021

JTF Bicolandia backs Sec. Lorenzana s move to abrogate DND-UP Accord

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur (Jan.25 ) - Driven by its desire to protect the youth, the Joint Task Force (JTF) Bicolandia expressed its all-out support to the abrogation of DND-UP accord.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 25th, 2021

Biden to sign executive orders on Day 1, amid high alert for inauguration

Joe Biden’s top aide said Saturday the incoming president would sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day in office, as police fearing violence from Trump supporters staged a nationwide security operation ahead of the inauguration. Authorities in Washington, where Wednesday’s inauguration will take place, said they arrested a man with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition at a security checkpoint, underscoring the tension in the US capital which is resembling a war zone. However, the man’s family told US media he was a security guard, rejecting the idea he was intent on causing harm. Incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain said in a memo to new White House senior staff that the executive orders would address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change and racial injustice in America. “All of these crises demand urgent action,” Klain said in the memo. “In his first ten days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America’s place in the world,” Klain added. As he inherits the White House from Donald Trump, Biden’s plate is overflowing with acute challenges. The US is fast approaching 400,000 dead from the Covid-19 crisis and logging well over a million new cases a week as the coronavirus spreads out of control. The economy is ailing, with 10 million fewer jobs available compared to the start of the pandemic. Biden this week unveiled plans to seek $1.9 trillion to revive the economy through new stimulus payments and other aid, and plans a blitz to accelerate America’s stumbling Covid vaccine rollout effort. On Inauguration Day Biden, as previously promised, will sign orders including ones for the US to rejoin the Paris climate accord and reverse Trump’s ban on entry of people from certain Muslim majority countries, Klain said. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward,” Klain said. – 500 rounds of ammunition – Meanwhile, Washington was under a state of high alert after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6. The assault left five people dead, including a police officer. Security officials have warned that armed pro-Trump extremists, possibly carrying explosives, pose a threat to Washington as well as state capitals over the coming week. Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed in Washington and streets have been blocked off downtown with concrete barriers. On Friday night, police arrested a Virginia man at a security checkpoint where he tried to use an “unauthorized” credential to access the restricted area where Biden will be inaugurated. As officers checked the credential against the authorized access list, one noticed decals on the back of Wesley Beeler’s pick-up truck that said “Assault Life,” with an image of a rifle, and another with the message: “If they come for your guns, give ’em your bullets first,” according to a document filed in Washington, DC Superior Court. Under questioning, Beeler told officers he had a Glock handgun in the vehicle. A search uncovered a loaded handgun, more than 500 rounds of ammunition, shotgun shells and a magazine for the gun, the court document said. Beeler was arrested on charges including possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. But Beeler’s father Paul told The New York Times his son had been working as a security guard on the Capitol grounds. Asked if the younger Beeler supported a peaceful transition of power, Paul Beeler told the newspaper, “That’s the reason he’s there.” In addition to the heavy security presence in Washington, law enforcement was out in force in state capitals around the country to ward off potential political violence. Mass protests that had been planned for the weekend did not materialize on Saturday, with security far outnumbering Trump supporters at several fortified statehouses, US media reported. In St Paul, Minnesota, for example, hundreds of law enforcement officers, some armed with long guns, ringed the Capitol with National Guard troops providing backup.  The number of protesters totaled about 50......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

More judicious choice for Napolcom commissioner sought following Aguirre’s appointment

Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday said President Rodrigo Duterte could have chosen someone better than his former law school classmate and frat member to serve as a commissioner for an agency with the power to probe irregularities and dismiss erring members of the national police force......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2021

Ex-rebel says parents influenced him to join NPA

NEW LIFE. Former New People’s Army combatant Christian Montenegro Arreza, 20, recounts his ordeal while with the communist rebels during a virtual presser hosted by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 19, 2020). Arreza, a Surigao del Sur resident, says he wants to become a police officer […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Farmer attacked, killed inside his home by terrorists

CAGAYAN — A band of terrorists killed a farmer inside his residence in  Barangay Isca, Gonzaga here on Wednesday. PHOTO VIA LIEZLE BASA INIGO/ MANILA BULLETIN The victim was identified as  Freddie Pahicniyon, 34, a native of Banaue, Ifugao and resident of Purok 7, Barangay Isca, Gonzaga, Cagayan. Investigators said that at about 5:15 a.m. on  Wednesday, at least 10 unidentified terrorists in camouflage  uniforms barged into the house of the victim and shot him several times causing his instantaneous death. The suspects fled towards Sitio Tagcar of Brgy. Isca, Gonzaga, Cagayan. Police Regional Office 2 (PRO2) Regional Director Police Brigadier General Crizaldo O Nieves said the murderous act of the Communist Terrorist Group is proof of their criminal nature and total disregard for the life and rights of other people.  “I urge the public to deny support to these lawless groups and to immediately report to the authorities their presence in the community to prevent them from disturbing the peace and order in the region,” he added. Nieves assured the family of the slain farmer that they will hunt down the perpetrators and have them face the full force of the law. He directed Cagayan Philippine National Police Provincial Director Col. Ariel N Quilang to conduct a thorough investigation and manhunt operation for the identification and immediate arrest of the perpetrators. “They are no different from ordinary criminals. Hence, treat them as such,” Nieves said......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 29th, 2020

Roque to Congress: Consult Palace on increasing budget for vaccines

Any congressional move to raise the proposed 2021 budget for the coronavirus vaccine should at least be done in consultation with the Executive branch, according to a Palace official.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (RESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said while they respect Congress’ wisdom to hike the vaccine budget for the next year, the issue on its funding source must also be addressed. “The power of purse is vested in Congress. We will bow to the wisdom of Congress should they deem it fit to increase the budget for the vaccine, and of course, may pagkukuhanan po iyan (there will be a funding source for that),” he said during a Palace press briefing Thursday. “So we hope that Congress will at least confer with the Executive kung saan nila kukunin iyong pondo para itaas ang budget for the vaccine (on where the funds will be obtained to raise the budget for the vaccine),” he added. Nonetheless, Roque affirmed the administration’s resolve to ensure the country has adequate funds for the vaccine procurement once the life-saving drug becomes available.“We join Congress in our desire that we should have sufficient funds to pay for the vaccine, which according po to (Philippine) Ambassador (to China) Chito (Sta. Romana) is really forthcoming in the near future,” he said.The House of Representatives has reportedly introduced several amendments to its approved 2021 national budget, including a higher budget for the purchase of COVID vaccines to P8 billion.  In the original Palace-backed P4.5 trillion national budget proposal, at least P2.5 billion has been allocated for the COVID-19 vaccination program under the Department of Health’s budget. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, who leads a small group in charge of amendments to the budget bill, said the additional P5.5 billion to augment the vaccine budget aims to ensure safe and effective vaccine will be available to Filipinos. “This is to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s program to strengthen the country’s health care system. We believe that vaccines play a very crucial role in keeping the population safe and healthy from the pandemic,” the Leyte lawmaker said.  On the part of the Senate, Senator Panfilo Lacson disclosed plans to increase funding for the coronavirus vaccine under the proposed 2021 national budget. Last week, the President said the government has the funds to buy the coronavirus vaccine once it is available but would need more money to vaccinate all Filipinos. Duterte earlier vowed to give priority to the poor, the police and military personnel in the distribution of free vaccines.  He said the country will buy the most affordable vaccine to be sold in the market given the government’s limited resources. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Believe it or not: Rival gangs vow to maintain peace inside Bilibid

Leaders of rival gang Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Sigue Sigue Commando vowed to end their squabble and maintain peace among their members. (BuCor / MANILA BULLETIN) They made the assurance through a conversation with Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gerald Bantag on Monday during a joint search operation or Oplan Galugad at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City. BuCor said that both parties gave their assurance that the brawl will never happen again. Members of BuCor NBP, Muntinlupa City Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine National Police – Special Action Force, and National Capital Region Regional Mobile Force Battalion conducted the search operation NBP Quadrant 4 (Quadrant East – Bldg. 5) and Quadrant 3 (Quadrant South – Bldg. 8). BuCor said that the search operation sustains the preventive and preemptive efforts to halt the violence among the Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) inside the NBP. It added that Building 5 and Building 8 including its surrounding areas were targeted as persistent intelligence reports continue to come in that bladed weapons are being strategically stored in these areas to be used as weapons by members of the two rival groups. More than 400 confiscated prohibited items of bladed weapons and blunt instruments were discovered in various corners and compartments of PDLs’ cells, temporary shelters and even those hidden or buried in the ground. “This search operation is a strong message delivered to these two groups creating violations and distraction inside the prison camp that such criminal behaviors and activities need to be stopped at all cost,” BuCor said. “This search operation will be sustained until such violent behaviors subside and normalcy return to the prison camp,” it added. BuCor expressed gratitude to the PNP especially for the support from NCRPO Regional Director Debold Sinas. They lent anti ballistics shields and Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) shields to the BuCor that tremendously boosted the confidence of its personnel in accomplishing their mission. The PNP-SAF elements also provided perimeter security and standby force during the entire search operation......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020