More cops sent out as police commanders told to recalibrate security, health measures

Although speaking of the recalibration of its security and health safety measures, the JTF CV Shield in its statement relied on much of the same, directing police commanders to look into "beefing up police visibility in business districts and in other areas frequented by the people.".....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarOct 18th, 2020

Mandaue City cops: Measures in place for ‘ber’ months

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) is now ready for the upcoming activities this “ber” months and have laid out security plans to counter possible crimes such as robbery. Police Colonel Jonathan Abella, told CDN Digital in a phone interview this afternoon, September 19, 2020 that aside from their consistent recorrida […] The post Mandaue City cops: Measures in place for ‘ber’ months appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2020

Police commanders told: Maximize security measures for COVID-19

“With happened in Jolo, your JTF COVID Shield has also the responsibility to shield the people not only from the threat of the COVID but also from criminal elements and terror groups using the manpower and resources that we have,” said PLt. Gen. Eleazar......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 26th, 2020

Davao City Police adds three stations, 160 personnel for security and health monitoring

Davao City will install three new police stations and 160 additional police personnel to add to the city’s security and safety measures, local officials said......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsOct 20th, 2020

Cops told to coordinate drills

The Philippine National Police yesterday ordered its police commanders to coordinate simulation exercises that they will conduct to avoid confusion and panic in their areas of jurisdiction......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

UST: We do not tolerate violation of gov t regulation

University of Sto. Tomas has broken its silence about issues involving its Growling Tigers. The Espana-based has school confirmed that it is, indeed, already looking into its men's basketball team's so-called "Bicol Bubble" overseen by head coach Aldin Ayo. "We heard the news about the alleged breach of quarantine protocols by the UST Basketball Team in Sorsogon," its statement on Sunday said. "Accordingly, we created a committee to investigate and to inquire in this matter." — University of Santo Tomas (@UST1611official) August 22, 2020 Yesterday, the UAAP met with the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) and there, Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag assured Chairman Abraham Mitra that actions have already been taken. The meeting was in response to recent reports that the Growling Tigers have been in Sorsogon since June, or in the midst of the continuing COVID-19 crisis. According to ABS-CBN News' Camille Naredo, as of late, CJ Cansino, doing his duty as team captain, told coaches and management about "their desire to go home." The report went on to say that what he did "was not taken well by Ayo." Not long after, Cansino was kicked off the team and is now set to transfer to the University of the Philippines. That sudden exit and the reasons surrounding it has apparently opened a can of worms that now involved government agencies. Finally reacting to all the developments, UST said that anything and everything done right now should be in accordance to safety and security measures enforced by the government. "While we adhere to the belief that physical activity can have a profoundly positive impact on physical and mental health, we believe that it should be done in compliance with guidelines issued by the government," the statement said. It then continued, "We wish to assure you that the University does not tolerate any form of violation of government regulation and it responds promptly by taking appropriate action." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2020

Public told to report neighbors with COVID-19 as cops prepare to go house-to-house

“Now that the government is easing quarantine restrictions to balance public health with the need to reopen the economy, we must institute measures to promote discipline and individual responsibility among our people through local legislation,” he said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 14th, 2020

Task group on Yape slay checks on CCTV footage, digs deeper on ex-PIB chief’s cases on cops, pols

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) for the slay of Police Lieutenant Colonel Joie Yape, have acquired footage of two security cameras from the establishments near the crime scene. Police Colonel Geovanie Maines, officer-in-charge of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) and the commander of the SITG for Yape slay, told reporters […] The post Task group on Yape slay checks on CCTV footage, digs deeper on ex-PIB chief’s cases on cops, pols appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2019

‘Remain vigilant’ cops told

By: Glazyl Y. Masculino BACOLOD City – Maintain your guards. Police Colonel Romeo Baleros, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) issued the order to policemen during the accounting of security forces deployed for the elections at the Nocppo headquarters here on Wednesday. Baleros told the security personnel to remain vigilant to prevent possible […] The post ‘Remain vigilant’ cops told appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

PNP intensifies drive vs KFR groups

Director General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has instructed police commanders to intensify intelligence-gathering and other security measures to prevent criminal groups from shifting back to kidnapping-for-ransom (KFR) .....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 9th, 2016

3 additional police stations to open in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Oct) – The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) is set to open three new police stations on Friday to beef up safety and security measures by increasing visibility of law enforcers, Mayor Sara Duterte said. During her program over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) on Monday, the mayor said […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 20th, 2020

Rights groups slam MMDA spox for ‘drama serye’ remark on detained activist

Human rights groups slammed Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Spokesperson Celine Pialago following her “drama serye” remarks at detained activist Reina Mae Nasino who recently buried her three-month-old daughter River.  Kapatid, a support group for families and friends of political prisoners, said those who downgrade what happened to the political prisoner are only trying to “cover the government’s gross violation of human rights.”  “The story of Reina Mae Nasino and her 3-month-old child who died last week is not ‘drama-serye.’ It is a real story that exposed the countless injustices committed by the government,” it said in a statement released on Sunday.  “MMDA Chair Danny Lim, a former political prisoner himself, should have long shown the door to his spokesperson. It should be obvious by now that sensitivity cannot be taught nor proper manners and right conduct if one is empty-headed,” it added. Meanwhile, National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) President Edre Olalia was more restrained, saying they would “do the same thing if she was in Ina’s position and circumstance. “To start with, we will never ever wish this horrible tragedy and injustice to visit the Asec, her mother, her daughters, her sisters and her aunts,” he said in a Facebook post. Despite having nothing to do with traffic, Pialago felt the need to “use her voice as a Filipino” to share her two cents on Nasino’s case. “Hindi lahat ng inang nakakulong ay nakapunta sa libing ng kanyang anak. Kaya yung mga sumisimpatya kay Reina Mae Nasino, pag aralan niyo mabuti ang dahilan bakit siya nakulong at kilalanin niyong mabuti kung sino siya sa lipunan (Not all jailed mothers get to visit their children’s funeral. So all of those who sympathize with Reina Mae Nasino, study well why she was imprisoned and know who she is and what her role is in society),” she said in a Facebook post on Sunday morning. “Masyado ninyong ginagawang pang drama serye sa hapon ang paghihinagpis niya. Tigilan niyo (You are trying to make her grief like an afternoon drama serye. Stop it)!” she added. Nasino was five months pregnant with River when she was arrested in November 2019 for allegedly being found with firearms and explosives at the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Manila Office in Tondo, Manila. Her lawyers have insisted that the pieces of evidence were planted and that the charges filed against her are trumped-up. She gave birth to River on July 1 at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Medical Hospital on July 1. She and her baby were returned to the Manila City Jail 48 hours later. Before this, she filed a motion before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) to allow her to breastfeed her daughter for a year at the hospital or a prison nursery.  But Manila RTC Branch 20 Judge Marivic Balisi-Umali denied this, saying that the jail has “very limited resources” for the care of her child.  Nasino was also among 22 elderly and medically-compromised detainees who filed a motion for their compassionate release amid the pandemic on April 8 before the Supreme Court. But months later, the High Court ruled that the trial courts will be the ones to decide on their temporary release. On August 13, the activist-mother was ordered to turn her child over to her relatives.  River was admitted at the Philippine General Hospital for fever and diarrhea on September 24. She was placed in the intensive care unit on October 9 where she died a few hours later.  A few hours before her daughter died, Nasino filed a very urgent motion for furlough so she can be with her child in her dying moments. On October 13, Manila RTC Branch 47 Judge Paulino Gallegos granted her three full days from October 14 to 16 to be by her daughter’s side during the wake and burial.  But the next day, he cut Nasino’ furlough down to only six hours from 1 to 4 p.m. on October 14 and 16 after receiving opposition from the Manila City Jail. The Manila City Jail cited lack of personnel, health concerns, and a guideline stating that detainees can only be at their loved ones’ burial and wake for a maximum of three hours. For both the wake and the funeral, Nasino was clad in a full set of personal protective equipment, handcuffed, and flanked by numerous uniformed personnel.  Tensions rose during the wake after her escorts tried to pull her away twice before her time was up, eventually escorting her out with 20 minutes to spare before 4 p.m. On October 16, Marites Asis, Nasino’s mother, had to kneel and beg in front of the police to allow them to hold funeral at 11:30 a.m. The cops wanted to delay it until 1 p.m. Police also sped off with River’s hearse to the Manila North Cemetery, leaving her family behind and thwarting activists’ plan to conduct a caravan around the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals before burying her at the cemetery. Nasino’s counsels at NUPL earlier said that they will file charges against those involved in the activist’s treatment during her daughter’s wake and burial. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

PNP denies ‘overkill’ security for Nasino during baby’s funeral

The Philippine National Police (PNP) denied criticisms of an overkill in the security measures it implemented during the burial of the baby of jailed activist Reina Mae Nasino in Manila on Friday. In a statement, PNP spokesman Col. Ysmael Yu said that the security measures implemented were intended for Nasino who is under government custody after her arrest and subsequent filing of a criminal case for allegedly yielding a grenade during a raid inside the office of an urban poor group in Manila. “It is the subject (Nasino) who we were protecting,” said Yu. Netizens and other groups and personalities criticized the PNP and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology for what they described as disrespecting Filipino funeral rites. A video that went viral showed the police allegedly speeding off in a vehicle carrying the coffin of Nasino’s baby, which prompted the grandmother and other relatives to chase the vehicle. The funeral parlor and the cemetery were heavily-guarded. Nasino, who was handcuffed, arrived at the cemetery wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gown and face mask and shield, with BJMP personnel heavily guarding her. The image of Nasino in a PPE gown, handcuffed and surrounded by BJMP personnel while grieving in front of her baby’s coffin triggered sympathy and anger from netizens who criticized the government for the treatment of a grieving mother. “That execution on security is appropriate, considering crowd control,” he added. Nasino was arrested in November last year in Manila during a raid at the office of urban poor group Kadamay. She and two others were charged with illegal possession of explosives, which they claimed had been planted by the police. She gave birth on July 1 but on Aug. 13 had to entrust the baby to the grandmother after the court handling the case denied her lawyers appeal to give Baby River more time with her mother either at the hospital or inside a detention facility where Nasino is jailed. During that time, Baby River was reportedly frail and underweight. The baby died last week at only three months old due to acute respiratory distress syndrome......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Russia reports record virus cases but shuns new restrictions

Russia registered its highest-ever number of new coronavirus infections on Friday after officials warned that tight restrictions could be put back in place if people continued to flout restrictions. New cases in Russia have surged past the record levels seen in May Dimitar DILKOFF AFP/File/ MANILA BULLETIN Restaurants and bars in Moscow were bustling and many residents were ignoring orders to wear masks in public as nationwide infections surged in September, but officials stopped short of imposing new sweeping measures to slow the spread of the virus. European leaders across the continent are scambling to amend virus regulations against the backdrop of a surge in new cases, and even Germany, which was praised for its early handling of the pandemic, has suffered a large increase in new infections. But officials in Russia, which has the world’s fourth-highest caseload after the United States, India and Brazil, have so far dismissed the idea there is a second wave of infections or any need for a new lockdown.   A government tally registered 12,126 new cases on Friday, surpassing the country’s previous record set in May by several hundred cases. “I’m really afraid that things will go back to how they were in the spring, that everyone will be quarantined and we won’t be allowed to go to work,” Vladimir, a teacher in Saint Petersburg who declined to give his last name, told AFP.  – Training dogs to detect virus – As Russia is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, the country’s flagship airline Aeroflot is training sniffer dogs to detect the coronavirus by scent. Aeroflot uses a special jackal-dog hybrid called Shalaika in Russian to detect explosives. Now dog handlers say the Shalaikas — who have a powerful sense of smell — can be taught to sniff out the coronavirus. “The dog is not looking for the virus, the dog is looking for a person with signs of the disease,” Elena Batayeva, head of canine monitoring at Aeroflot, told reporters. Russia imposed one of the most severe nationwide lockdowns at the beginning of the pandemic. Non-essential businesses were shuttered and Moscow residents only permitted to move freely with official digital passes. But most restrictions were lifted ahead of a large WWII military parade in June and a nationwide vote on amendments that paved the way for President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036. Officials in Moscow, which is the epicentre of Russia’s pandemic, have taken only minor steps to slow the spread of cases. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has ordered the elderly and vulnerable to stay at home and told employers to keep at least a third of staff working remotely.  Mask-wearing is compulsory on public transport and inside shops, but some Muscovites are not convinced others are doing enough to stop the spread of infections. “The city is making the necessary decisions. But it won’t work without people responding to these measures, helping themselves and those around them,” Sobyanin said Friday. Tatyana Nemirovskaya, a 30-year-old PR specialist, told AFP that Muscovites are “definitely not” following the government’s guidelines. The head of Russia’s consumer rights watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, which is spearheading the country’s virus response, warned this week of “new measures” if the current rules were not followed. The Kremlin said Friday that if the situation continues to deteriorate it will “require some actions, decisions”. – ‘Without masks, having fun’ – But Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov placed the blame on Russians for the surging caseload, saying it was clear that “many people don’t think it is necessary to take care of providing the safety of their health.”  Standing next to a memorial to medics who have died during the pandemic in Saint Petersburg, Stella, a resident of Russia’s second city, said people had dropped their guard after mass restrictions were lifted. “The rules were slightly eased and people calmly walked around without masks, having fun and everything began again,” she said. Russia announced in August it had registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, named Sputnik V after the Soviet-era satellite and a number of officials have said they volunteered for inoculation, including Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.  Putin this week said “around 50 people” in his inner circle, including staff and family, had been vaccinated. Russia has recorded a total of 22,257 fatalities from the virus, a much lower figure compared to other badly-hit countries. Kremlin critics have suggested the authorities have downplayed the death rate to hide the severity of the outbreak......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 9th, 2020

North Korea to defy coronavirus with huge parade

Nuclear-armed North Korea is expected to parade its latest and most advanced weapons through the streets of Pyongyang on Saturday, as the coronavirus-barricaded country celebrates the 75th anniversary of leader Kim Jong Un’s ruling party. Saturday is expected to see thousands of goose-stepping soldiers packed into Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square, named for North Korea’s founder, under the gaze of his grandson Kim Jong Un ED JONES AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN South Korea’s unification minister told parliament on Thursday that a “large-scale parade” was anticipated, and satellite imagery on the respected 38North website has also suggested the cavalcade could be huge. The anniversary comes during a difficult year for North Korea as the coronavirus pandemic and recent storms add pressure to the heavily sanctioned country.  Pyongyang closed its borders eight months ago to try to protect itself from the virus — which first emerged in neighbouring China — and has still to confirm a single case of infection. Last month, troops from the North shot dead a South Korean fisheries official who had drifted into its waters, apparently as a precaution against the disease, prompting fury in Seoul and a rare apology from Kim. Nevertheless, Saturday is expected to see thousands of goose-stepping soldiers packed into Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square, named for North Korea’s founder, under the gaze of his grandson, the third member of the family to rule the country. A procession of progressively larger armoured vehicles and tanks is likely to follow, culminating with whatever missiles Pyongyang wants to put on show. The North is widely believed to have continued to develop its arsenal — which it says it needs to protect itself from a US invasion — throughout nuclear negotiations with Washington, deadlocked since the collapse of a summit in Hanoi in February last year. Now analysts expect a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) or an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the US mainland to appear — maybe even one with multiple re-entry vehicle capabilities that could allow it to evade US defence systems. The anniversary of the Workers’ Party means North Korea “has a political and strategic need to do something bigger”, said Sung-yoon Lee, a Korean studies professor at Tufts University in the United States. Showcasing its most advanced weapons “will signal a big step forward in Pyongyang’s credible threat capabilities”, he said. But unlike on many previous occasions, no international media have been allowed in to watch the parade, and with many foreign embassies in Pyongyang closing their doors in the face of coronavirus restrictions, few outside observers will be present. It is not clear whether state broadcaster KCTV will air the event live — some past parades have not appeared on television until the following day. But the South’s government has detected signs that Kim is to give a speech at the parade, Yonhap News Agency reported Friday citing unnamed sources.  – Masks and missiles? –  At the end of December, Kim threatened to demonstrate a “new strategic weapon”, but analysts say Pyongyang will still tread carefully to avoid jeopardising its chances with Washington ahead of next month’s presidential elections. Showing off its strategic weapons in a military parade “would be consistent with what Kim Jong Un promised”, while “not provoking the US as much as a test-launch of a strategic weapon”, said former US government North Korea analyst Rachel Lee. The messaging of the parade “will be heavily domestic — on party accomplishments, unity around the leader, and improving the economy before the Eighth Party Congress”, she added, referring to a meeting of the Workers’ Party due to take place in January. But Harry Kazianis of the Center for the National Interest warned that with thousands of people involved, it could turn into a “deadly superspreader-like event” unless “extreme precautions” were used. The impoverished nation’s crumbling health system would struggle to cope with a major virus outbreak, and he added that such protective measures seemed “pretty unlikely”. “Clearly masks and missiles don’t mix.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 9th, 2020

Cops have person of interest in Compostela killing 

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Police in Compostela town in northern Cebu have a person of interest (POI) related to the killing of one of the four bodies found buried in a vacant lot in the town on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Police Captain Vincent Zozobrado, commander of Compostela told reporters on Thursday, October 8, that the POI is […] The post Cops have person of interest in Compostela killing  appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2020

Cops, LGUs told: Bar minors from Net shops

The Joint Task Force Covid Shield on Thursday ordered police to coordinate with local officials in reminding computer shop owners to comply with quarantine protocols and to bar minors from entry amid the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2020

Lapu-Lapu cops checking CCTVs, slain dad’s business, work

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Police are turning to security cameras or CCTVs to help them identify the motorcycle-riding gunmen, who killed Barangay Mactan Councilor Zandro Augusto on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Police Major Jose Angelo Acupinpin, commander of the Police Station 3 or the police station beside the Hoops Dome in Barangay Gun-ob, said that […] The post Lapu-Lapu cops checking CCTVs, slain dad’s business, work appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2020

MCPO back to normal operations after sick cops recover

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) is now back in full force after the two remaining ailing policemen have recovered from the virus. This means all the police stations and offices at the police headquarters are back on their normal operations. Police Colonel Jonathan Abella, told CDN Digital that with all […] The post MCPO back to normal operations after sick cops recover appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2020

Police beef up security in business districts

  BY CHITO A. CHAVEZ     Joint Task Force COVID Shield Commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar ordered Monday the police commanders to increase police visibility in business districts in their areas of responsibility (AORs) after the National Task Force on COVID-19 approved the operation of more business establishments starting Tuesday in the midst of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 31st, 2020

Danao cops appeal to public anew: Help us identify teener’s body

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Policemen in Danao City are still hoping that somebody will come forward and help them identify the body of a teenager found dead near a river in Sitio Cogon, Barangay Maslog last August 28. Police Staff Sergeant Allan Virtucio of Danao City Police Station told CDN Digital this Monday, August 31, […] The post Danao cops appeal to public anew: Help us identify teener’s body appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 31st, 2020