PROBE chief defends personnel caught in video apprehending ambulant fruit vendor

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Racquel Arce, the head of the Prevention Restoration, Order, Beautification, and Enhancement (PROBE) Team, defended the actions of her personnel who were caught in a video footage apprehending an ambulant fruit vendor outside the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT).  On Monday, September 21, 2020, a video went viral on social media […] The post PROBE chief defends personnel caught in video apprehending ambulant fruit vendor appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerSep 22nd, 2020

PROBE chief apologizes for viral video of street vendor apprehension

CEBU CITY, Philippine — A video of a street vendor apprehended by personnel of the Cebu City Prevention, Restoration, Beautiful, and Enhancement (Probe) angered many netizens who described the act as “inhuman” and “unfair.” The incident happened on Thursday afternoon, November 21, along A. Soriano Avenue in Barangay Mabolo.  The video, which was posted by […] The post PROBE chief apologizes for viral video of street vendor apprehension appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2019

CLO begins investigation on vendor-PROBE incident

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Legal Office (CLO) has formed a committee of three to begin the investigation on the viral video showing a seemingly violent apprehension by a member of the Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification, and Enhancement (PROBE) of an ambulant vendor selling fruits. The CLO was ordered by Mayor Edgardo Labella to […] The post CLO begins investigation on vendor-PROBE incident appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2020

PNP to probe beating of quarantine violator

PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa has ordered the Manila Police District to probe Lt. Col. Reynaldo Magdaluyo, commmander of the Sta. Cruz police station, after he was caught on video beating a resident of the Golden Mosque compound with a stick while shouting expletives, according to Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, PNP deputy chief for operations......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 28th, 2020

Labella: Probe men involved in ‘maltreatment’ of vendor may be fired

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has ordered an investigation into the three personnel of the Prevention, Order, Beautification, and Enhancement (Probe) team who were involved in alleged maltreatment of an ambulant vendor along A. Soriano Street on November 21, 2019. In a phone interview with CDN Digital on Friday, November 22, […] The post Labella: Probe men involved in ‘maltreatment’ of vendor may be fired appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2019

Año orders probe of alleged BJMP violations during Nasino’s furlough

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said on Monday, Oct. 19, he has ordered an investigation over allegations that the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) committed violations in escorting political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino to the wake and burial of her dead baby River. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Pinatitingnan ko rin kung meron silang violations diyan sa behavior nila para we will also apply appropriate sanctions (I have ordered a look into their behavior so we can apply the appropriate sanctions),” he said during an interview over CNN Philippines. “I already instructed the chief BJMP Director Allan Iral to look into the matter and to see if there (were) lapses committed by the BJMP officers,” added Año. On the other hand, Año expressed support to the personal statement made by Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago who said that the alleged cruelty committed against Nasino during her visit to the wake and burial should not be sensationalized anymore considering that not all persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) are granted furlough. “Tama yun. Hindi lahat pinapayagan (She’s right. Not all PDLs are granted furlough),” Ano said. “So that’s one big privilege talaga sa PDL, hindi lahat napagbibigyan ng ganyan (Furlough is one big privilege to PDL, not all PDLs are granted that),” he pointed out. The secretary explained that being a PDL “hanggang hindi natatapos ang kaso mo deprived of liberty ka kasama na ang ibang karapatan mo diyan sapagkat nahaharap ka sa kaso (until all you cases are done, you are deprived of liberty as well as you other rights because you are facing charges). He said that Nasino has been ordered detained by a Manila court due to non-bailable charges of illegal possession of explosives and firearms. With this, Año believes that BJMP officers and personnel who escorted Nasino to wake and burial of her baby were just doing their job. “Just the same we regret what happened but I will stand by my people, the BJMP. They are professional people. They don’t have personal or vested interests. They are just doing their job professionally,” he stated. He reminded that the BJMP was only ensuring that the court’s order was being followed, which included not allowing the PDL to escape, that she will not be harmed, and she is safely returned to detention. Año defended the decision of the BJMP to keep Nasino surrounded with security personnel and keep her handcuffed during the wake and burial. “Yan talaga kasi yung standard (That’s the standard),” he stressed. If Nasino had managed to escape because the security detail assigned to her did not follow regulations, Año said these BJMP officers would face sanctions. “It was supposed to be a solemn occasion and you know we also sympathize and condole with the family of Nasino. Pero hindi siya naging solemn kasi dinumog ng tao, dinumog ng media (But it did not become solemn because of the crowds and media),” lamented Año who noted that the BJMP officers were outnumbered by the number of people at the wake and burial. Año observed that the BJMP officers “assigned to escort Nasino were insulted, harassed and verbally abused by these leftist groups aligned with Ms. Nasino.” The secretary explained that BJMP officers were also doing their job in preventing Nasino from being interviewed by the media since this is part of the regulations. “Yung interview hindi siya pwede sa mga PDL (PDL interviews are not allowed). It’s a big, big violation of the regulations,” he stressed......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Village chief probed for sex during Zoom meeting

A village chief in Dasmariñas town in Cavite will be investigated and may even be removed from office after being caught on video engaging in a sexual act via Zoom, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Thursday, August 27, 2020. The village chief of Fatima Dos, identified only as “Estil” […] The post Village chief probed for sex during Zoom meeting appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 28th, 2020

Lapu-Lapu police to probe ‘Sunday crowd’ under Marcelo-Fernan bridge

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Police Colonel Clarito Baja, Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) chief, has ordered an investigation about people flocking in a portion under the Marcelo-Fernan Bridge, in Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City. This, after a video this Sunday, August 23, 2020, made rounds online showing a lot of people gathering in the area of […] The post Lapu-Lapu police to probe ‘Sunday crowd’ under Marcelo-Fernan bridge appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2020

What happened to the probe?

Sometime last June, videos of mishandling of packages being handled by J&T Express went viral on social media. The videos showed personnel of the courier carelessly throwing parcels as they load them into a van, not minding if they get broken or damaged. One video even showed a J&T Express van moving along a busy street with a parcel left on top of the truck......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 17th, 2020

House panel to probe PhilHealth anomalies Wednesday

The House Committee on Public Accounts is investigating the alleged irregularities and “systemic” corruption in the State-owned Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Wednesday. (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Anakalusugan partylist Rep. MIchael “Mike” Defensor, chairman of the panel, said the investigation was initially scheduled on Monday but they decided to reschedule it to Wednesday to ensure that invitations have been sent out to resource persons. “Sa Wednesday tayo (We will conduct the hearing on Wednesday), kasi dapat nga bukas talaga itong hearing (the hearing was initially scheduled tomorrow) pero (but) nakiusap sila (they appealed) na Wednesday na isagawa (that it be conducted on Wednesday) dahil sa kailangan ng oras sa imbitasyon (because more time is needed to send out invitations),” Defensor said. He said among those who are expected to attend the hearing are PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales and former PhilHealth anti-fraud legal officer Thorrsson Keith who claimed that top agency officials are involved in the corruption. In a statement, Defensor said they are expecting Keith to shed light more on his allegations that millions of overseas Filipino workers should not be burdened to pay for the “spillages” of the agency as stated in his resignation letter. “Mr. Keith should explain what these spillages are, what are the instances of corruption in the State health insurance firm, and who are the officials and personnel involved,” he said. Keith’s resignation letter was circulated on social media. In that letter, he stated that his salary has not been given on time since he started investigating PhilHealth officers allegedly involved in the corruption. “It should be noted that the PhilHealth has had its share of corruption issues in the past,” Defensor said He recalled that in June this year, Malacañang called out the PhilHealth for its supposed inaction to look into the missing P154-billion funds within the agency through “fraudulent schemes.” The House leader cited that in August 2019, the Commission on Audit (CoA) also called out PhilHealth for the surge in the number of cases and reimbursement claims of members, particularly those from Rizal and Metro Manila for pneumonia, urinary tract infection, acute gastroenteritis, sepsis, and other diseases. He attributed that tens of billion in “overpayments” to the prevailing all-case rates (ACR) payment mechanism. “The case-rate system, under which there is a fixed cost for the treatment of certain diseases and for procedures, is really a loophole that is resulting in billions of losses on the part of PhilHealth. It is not surprising that it maybe a source of corruption,” he said. According to him, under the ACR payment mechanism, PhilHealth pays the hospital the “case rate even if the cost incurred by a member is much, much less.” “For instance, the case package for mild pneumonia is about P44,000. A hospital could declare that it treated a PhilHealth member for pneumonia even if he had only colds and fever,” he said. He laments that in some instances, a simple eye procedure was claimed as a cataract operation. Defensor said the PhilHealth should bill the actual cost of treatment or procedure, and that the case rates be declared as cost limits. He asked the PhilHealth officials to look into numerous claims for payment or reimbursement for the same or similar diseases or procedures, and involving the same doctors, clinics, or hospitals. “This has happened with pneumonia, eye problems, and dialysis and kidney ailments. They should have learned their lesson. It cannot continue to happen, unless some officials and personnel are involved in corruption,” he said. Defensor had filed House Resolution No. 1069 seeking motu proprio investigation on the corruption issues hounding PhilHealth that led to the resignation of several personalities. “When there seems to be a pattern of alleged abuses where loopholes can be taken advantage of by the unscrupulous, a systemic change needs to be done to overhaul the present set up,” he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Initiate probe vs erring execs, PhilHealth chief told

The chief of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. should still initiate administrative investigation of officials and personnel linked to corruption even if there are pending cases against them with the Office of the Ombudsman or with the courts, presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 18th, 2020

PNP to probe victim-blaming social media posts among its ranks

"The Police Chief of Lucban Municipal Police Station and all personnel who may be involved will be made to explain why they allowed posting of such statements in their social media account that elicited negative reactions from the public for implied victim-blaming.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2020

Quezon City enforcer suspended for beating up vendor

A member of the Quezon City task force implementing lockdown measures has been suspended after he was caught on video beating up a fish vendor with a yantok or rattan stick and dragging him to the ground after allegedly resisting arrest for violating guidelines of the enhanced community quarantine......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 29th, 2020

CCPO chief orders probe on cops involved in Monares incident

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director, Police Colonel Hector Grijaldo Jr., has ordered policemen assigned in Station 2 to be investigated for their failure to blotter an incident on Sunday night involving a barangay captain and his friends who were caught violating the city’s curfew and liquor ban ordinances. In a […] The post CCPO chief orders probe on cops involved in Monares incident appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2020

Cebu City mayor orders probe into manhandling of street vendor

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella ordered a probe into the manhandling of a street vendor that was seen in viral video on Facebook The video showed 3 members of the city’s PROBE (Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification, and Enhancement) team physically restraining and pushing a street vendor near ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2019

CV cops arresting vapers

CEBU CITY – Police in Central Visayas will start apprehending persons who will be caught using electronic cigarettes in public places. Police Brig. Gen. Valeriano de Leon, chief of the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas, instructed his men to strictly implement President Duterte’s order banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places. “I am ordering my […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 20th, 2019

Justice chief rules out showing of sex video

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd will no longer present the alleged sex video of Sen. Leila de Lima to the House committee on justice when it resumes its probe on the drug trade in the New Bilibid Prisons Thursday. Aguirre announced his change of h.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 4th, 2016

Solon defends DOJ chief s role in Bilibid probe

MANILA, Philippines — House justice committee chairperson Reynaldo Umali defended the move to have Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II ask witnesses quest.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2016

Arce: Lack of Qpasses still top quarantine violation in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Going out of their homes without having to carry the required quarantine passes (Qpasses) continues to top the list of quarantine violations in Cebu City. Raquel Arce, chief of the Prevention Restoration Order Beautification Enhancement (PROBE) Team, said that her office logged more violations of this nature after Mayor Edgardo Labella […] The post Arce: Lack of Qpasses still top quarantine violation in Cebu City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

UN chief calls for Ethiopia ‘humanitarian corridors’

UN chief Antonio Guterres called Friday for the opening of humanitarian corridors to assist civilians caught in fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region, noting that authorities had so far rejected attempts at mediation......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 20th, 2020

Over 700 cops affected by ‘Ulysses’ get cash aid

  BY AARON RECUENCO     The Philippine National Police will extend P5,000 financial assistance to all its personnel whose houses were damaged or submerged in floodwaters during the onslaught of typhoon “Ulysses.” PNP chief Police Gen. Debold Sinas said an initial 746 PNP personnel were severely affected by the typhoon, especially in Bicol, Southern […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 16th, 2020