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#COVID-19 Regional Updates (04/01/20)

THE Kiangan Billeting Center inside the police national headquarters has been temporarily converted as a quarantine facility for officers who are considered patients under investigation (PUI) and persons under monitoring (PUM) for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte signed into law on Tuesday Republic Act No. 11469, or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act,” which gives him emergency powers in managing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country.

Philippine police probe chopper crash that almost killed their chief

PHILIPPINE police formed a team that will probe the helicopter crash that almost killed their chief and injured seven other officers in San Pedro, Laguna province on Thursday.

Drug links of offshore gaming being probed

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is keeping tabs on offshore gaming operators in the country for possible involvement in the illegal drug trade, the agency said.

Police rescue four Malaysian kidnap victims in Laguna

POLICE rescued four Malaysian kidnap victims at the weekend and arrested seven of their captors working for an offshore gaming company in San Pedro, Laguna province, according to the police’s Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG).

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A SWEDISH national whose name is included in an international list of suspected terrorists was denied entry into the country, the Bureau of Immigration reported on Thursday.

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MALACAÑANG will “validate the veracity” of reports that Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido, the controversial police officer who led a bloody operation against members of an influential family allegedly involved in the narcotics trade, is among the 357 police officers who are under investigation for illegal drugs.

6 passengers with coronavirus-infected couple show symptoms

SIX FILIPINO passengers who were on the two domestic flights taken by the Chinese couple who tested positive for the novel coronavirus have shown symptoms of the infection, according to the police unit assisting in the contact tracing.

Uncooperative folks in anti-virus drive warned by DILG

CITIZENS and foreigners showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus and who refuse to be examined by a doctor will be taken from their homes and brought to a public hospital by police, the Interior and Local Government department said on Monday.

Lawyer, driver killed in Pampanga shooting

A LAWYER and his driver were killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Sta. Rita, Pampanga on Tuesday, the police reported. Witnesses said three men armed with handguns opened fire at lawyer Anselmo Carlos and his driver, Marcial Mendoza, as their vehicle stopped in front of the San Vicente Parish Church at around 9:30 in the morning.

Taal residents return home after alert status lowered

RESIDENTS from several towns around Taal Volcano in Batangas province were allowed to return home on Sunday after the state seismologist lowered the alert status, citing a “decreased tendency toward a hazardous eruption.”

Residents near volcano allowed to save belongings

PHILIPPINE authorities allowed residents near Taal Volcano, whose eruption since Sunday forced thousands of people to evacuate, to return home to save their livestock and belongings.

More cops sent to Taal as residents try to return

MORE policemen will be deployed in Batangas province to maintain order, as some residents reportedly tried to return to their houses to save their livestock amid Taal Volcano’s continued restlessness, the country’s local government chief said on Tuesday.

Residents flee as Taal Volcano spews ash column

RESIDENTS near Taal Volcano in Batangas province were being evacuated to safer ground after one of the world’s smallest volcanoes erupted on Sunday.

Ampatuan massacre principal suspect arrested in Maguindanao

ONE OF the principal suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, also among the 80 who have evaded arrest for a over a decade, was arrested on Monday in Maguindanao, the police reported.

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POLICE officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco F. Gamboa has ordered overweight cops to shape up or lose opportunities for career advancement trainings and promotion.

Chinese kidnap victim rescued in Batangas

A CHINESE kidnap victim was rescued after his captors left him in Lobo, Batangas on Saturday, police said.

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JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra said the department will welcome legal questions against the implementation of the revised rules on early release of convicts based on good conduct, following the dismissal of petitions before the Supreme Court (SC).

NCR point person of local terrorist group arrested

THE SUSPECTED gunrunner arrested in Quezon City on January 1 is the point person of the Dawlah Islamiya terrorist group in Metro Manila, according to the police chief.

2019 Christmas season safest in years — police

POLICE on Wednesday reported more than 300 holiday-related incidents at the year-end, 59% lower than a year earlier.

Typhoon Phanfone kills 24 in central Philippines

AT LEAST 24 people died and almost a hundred were injured after Typhoon Phanfone battered central Philippines on Christmas Day, police said on Thursday.

Chinese-run group tagged in P800-M drug stash

THE Chinese-run Golden Triangle syndicate might be behind the P802.4 million worth of crystal meth or shabu seized at a townhouse in Quezon City on Tuesday, the government’s chief anti-narcotics officer said on Wednesday.

Police search for 80 more massacre suspects

PHILIPPINE police on Sunday sought the public’s help in the manhunt for at least 80 suspects in the massacre of more than 50 people, including 32 journalists in Maguindanao province a decade ago.

2-week ceasefire announced as gov’t, communist group prepare to resume peace...

THE GOVERNMENT and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the lead communist group in the country, have announced a ceasefire from December 23 to January 7 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays, and pave the way for the resumption of peace talks.

2 cops dismissed daily for corruption

TWO policemen are dismissed daily on the average for corruption and other illegal activities, Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa said on Thursday.

Drug suspect killed after resisting arrest

POLICEMEN shot and killed a suspected drug pusher in San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan province on Monday night after he allegedly resisted arrest, according to a police report.

DILG chief holds Sison responsible for NPA attack in Borongan

DEPARTMENT OF Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año condemned the attack perpetrated by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Borongan City, Eastern Samar on Friday, which left a police officer and a civilian dead, and 24 others wounded.

Charter Change body wants economic restrictions lifted

A TASK force created to propose changes to the 1987 Constitution wants to remove economic restrictions in the Charter, including the ban on foreign investment in some industries.

Charter change gets support of citizens and 256 local officials

AT LEAST 256 local chief executives have expressed their support for President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s push to change the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the Interior and Local Government department said on Tuesday.

At least a dozen people killed as Typhoon Kammuri leaves

AT least 12 people died after Typhoon Kammuri battered several provinces south of the Philippine capital this week, police said yesterday as the storm left the country.

Tisoy leaves trail of destruction

TYPHOON Kammuri, locally named Tisoy, left a trail of destruction as strong winds and heavy rain battered the Bicol region in central Philippines on Tuesday, leaving at least two people dead.

Police seize P600,000 worth of drugs from suspects

POLICE arrested 25 people and seized P642,400 worth of illegal drugs in separate operations in the metro in the past two days.

Chinese busted with P2.5B worth of shabu

AT LEAST P2.5 billion worth of the illegal drug locally known as shabu (methamphetamine) were seized from a Chinese national in Makati City on Tuesday night, the biggest haul of prohibited narcotics so far this year, the police reported.

Police: Vice President didn’t commit missteps

VICE President Maria Leonor G. Robredo did not commit “missteps” as President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s drug czar, Philippine police said yesterday, contradicting the presidential palace.

VP meets with US officials on drug war

VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo yesterday met with United States Embassy officials to talk about how the US could help the country’s anti-illegal drug campaign, she said in a statement.

Drug agency seizes P3.4M of crystal meth

AGENTS of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a suspected drug pusher in Quezon City yesterday and seized P3.4 million worth of crystal meth, it said in a statement.

Drug suspects arrested in Quezon City

POLICE arrested eight drug suspects and seized P68,000 worth of crystal meth in separate raids in Quezon City in the past two days.

Former chief justice getting death threats

FORMER Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin has been receiving threats since he retired last month, according to police.

Cops face summary dismissal proceedings

THE National Police Commission has started summary dismissal proceedings against 13 rogue cops accused of recycling illegal drugs from a raid in Pampanga province in 2013.

7 Chinese face kidnapping charges

SEVEN CHINESE have been charged for the kidnapping last Friday of a fellow Chinese and their co-worker at an online gambling company based in Zambales, the police Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) said yesterday.

VP Robredo named co-chair of drug committee

VICE PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo has been appointed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as co-chair of the inter-agency committee handling his drug war.

11 drug suspects fall in separate Quezon City raids

POLICE caught 11 people including a 17-year-old boy and seized P500,000 worth of crystal meth in separate raids in Quezon City at the weekend.

PNP agrees to reorganize Internal Affairs

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) has agreed to reorganize its Internal Affairs Service (IAS) to strengthen its capabilities, IAS Inspector General Manager Alfegar Triambulo said.

Over 35,000 cops deployed for Undas

THE PHILIPPINE National Police goes on full alert Monday as part of security preparations for the Nov. 1 All Saints’ Day holiday, locally known as Undas, a peak season for domestic travel.

Police recall forces from national jail

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) has pulled out its men from the national jail in Muntinlupa City after several cops were accused of smuggling contraband into the penitentiary.