ROXAS DECLARES ZERO CASUALTY FROM 'LUIS' BUT CAGAYAN REPORTS ONE DEATH 

SEPT 16 --Typhoon “Luis” (international name “Kalmaegi”) left the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) yesterday, without any casualty but plunging some provinces in darkness and rendering several major roads and bridges impassable, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas (photo) declared yesterday. “I think na ang pinakamahalaga ay dun po sa casualties. As of this (Monday) morning ay wala pong casualty (I think that the most important thing is that as of this morning there is no casualty),” said Roxas during a briefing at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. ONE DEAD IN CAGAYAN ---But while Roxas, the NDRRMC vice chairman, declared a zero casualty, the Cagayan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) reported one fatality in Piat town. Bonifacio Cuarteros, head of the PDRRMO, said a month-old baby was killed when a fallen tree hit their house at the height of the typhoon. Cuarteros said the incident occurred around 9 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Sto. Domingo, Piat town.

The PDRRMO head also said that 772 persons who either preemptively evacuated or rescued amid strong rains on Sunday night have already returned to their homes. NDRRMC data showed a total of 1,723 families or 7,801 people in regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, Cordilleras, and Metro Manila affected by the typhoon have sought temporary shelter in 36 evacuation centers. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, for his part, said early preparation and coordination of concerned government agencies helped mitigate the impact of the typhoon. As of 10 a.m. yesterday, the eye of the typhoon was at 296 kilometers (km) west of Laoag City or over the West Philippine Sea. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 150 kph. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Deaths from ferry sinking rise to 6   

SEPT 15 --PHOTO: Waves lap at a small ferry that sank at the height of Typhoon Luis in Manila Bay on Monday. Luis slammed into the northern Philippines on Sunday, bringing flash floods and heavy rains. PHOTO BY RENE DILAN --THE Philippine Navy has recovered three more bodies believed to have come from the sunken MV Maharlika 2, bringing to six the total number of fatalities from the incident that was caused by Typhoon Luis. Navy Public Affairs Office chief Lt. Cmdr. Marineth Domingo on Monday said the three bodies, one male and two female, were recovered by Philippine Navy vessels during their search and rescue operations off the coast of Southern Leyte.

MV Maharlika 2 went down after being battered by huge waves churned by the typhoon as it bore down on Northern Luzon late on Saturday. Another ferry went down off Manila Bay on Sunday night. Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said the ferry’s 15 crew were rescued. The ferry took shelter at Manila Bay at the height of the typhoon but it sank after being battered by strong winds and waves. *READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Luis’ sinks ferry, 3 dead  

SEPT 15--PHOTO: Fishermen in Baseco, Tondo, Manila, move their boat to higher ground and away from waves that will be whipped up by Typhoon Luis. PHOTO BY EDWIN MULI --HUGE waves whipped up by Typhoon Luis sank a passenger and cargo ferry off the coast of Southern Leyte late on Saturday. Government officials said three persons died and three went missing when MV Maharlika 2 capsized six nautical miles northwest of Binit Point, Panaoan Island. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 110 people were rescued. Lt. Cmdr. Marineth R. Domingo, acting director of the Naval Public Affairs Office, on Sunday said the ferry was en route to Liloan Port, Southern Leyte.

A survivor recounted to a Philippine Navy crew that the ship started to go down when the lashing of vehicles and other cargoes onboard snapped, causing the ship to list to starboard until it sank. Domingo said three civilian vessels and Navy ships BRP Alberto Navarette and BRP Rafael Pargas responded to a distress call sent by the ferry.
Southern Leyte Gov. Roger Mercado said the ship, which left Lipata terminal in Surigao del Sur at 2 p.m., was carrying 104 people but the passenger manifest only declared 84 passengers. A report from the NDRRMC indicated that some of the people on board were not on the ship’s manifest. The ferry was also carrying a PhilTranco bus loaded with passengers. Mercado said the Philippine Coast Guard received the distress call from the ferry between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The ship took on water and went down as Coast Guard and private vessels rushed to pick up the survivors. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy vows to send rogue cops to prison  

SEPT 19 --PHOTO: President Aquino passes on to new PNP chief Deputy Director General Alan Purisima the Transformation Torch after it was turned over by outgoing PNP chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome during the change of command ceremony at Camp Crame yesterday. WILLY PEREZ MANILA, Philippines - Your days are numbered. This was President Aquino’s unequivocal message to rogue members of the Philippine National Police at the turnover ceremonies for new PNP chief Alan Purisima at Camp Crame yesterday. Aquino is hoping the PNP under Purisima’s leadership will get rid of the bad eggs in its ranks.

“There is no option. I will see to it that you turn over your badge and uniform. I will change it into an orange t-shirt with a big letter P printed at the back,” Aquino said, referring to the orange shirts worn by prisoners. Aquino issued the warning as he congratulated Purisima and outgoing PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome. He noted Bartolome retired three months ahead in light of next year’s appointments ban to ensure the May 2013 polls would be peaceful. Aquino wanted to put an end to the reign of abusive cops. Purisima vowed to sustain the drive against corrupt police officials and promote professionalism in the organization. Purisima said he would prioritize efforts to cleanse the police organization by identifying and removing corrupt police officials and employees from the service. “My message is clear: If you are still involved in corrupt and illegal activities, you should get out now,” Purisima said. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Team formed for PNP lifestyle checks   

SEPT 18 --The Department of the Interior and Local Government will form a task group that will conduct lifestyle checks on police officials involved in corruption and other illegal activities, DILG Secretary Manuel Roxas II said yesterday. Roxas said he has been coordinating with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in the campaign to weed out corrupt members of the Philippine National Police (PNP). “We will be having a Technical Working Group to craft policies in doing the lifestyle check. I have consulted BIR Commissioner Kim Henares on the matter,” he said.

Roxas said the task group will be using the statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) filed by the police officials with the BIR. Malacañang earlier expressed support for the DILG’s plan to conduct lifestyle checks on PNP officials amid the spate of criminal incidents involving law enforcers, including a robbery along EDSA in Mandaluyong perpetrated by 12 policemen early this month. Roxas said he also sought the help of the Office of the Ombudsman in going after corrupt PNP members. The DILG chief said he would be personally supervising the lifestyle checks, which would be done on a regular basis. * READ  MORE...

(ALSO) Mar Roxas: Lifestyle check to include Purisima   

SEPT 18 --PHOTO: THAT’S JUST SUPER These days when the Quezon City Police District is finding a few “villains” within its own ranks, an old tarpaulin streamer from last year’s QCPD’s anniversary celebration seems to remind people at Camp Caringal that they have no shortage of “superheroes,” with Interior Secretary Mar Roxas donning a red cape and PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima picking up a shield. Can you recognize the other characters? LYN RILLON

Is it wrong for a policeman to be a millionaire? Not really, except if his monthly pay as a law enforcer could not explain his riches, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said Wednesday as he disclosed that his department had begun finalizing a policy requiring all members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to undergo a lifestyle check. Talk of putting law enforcers under such scrutiny has resurfaced after a spate of high profile crimes saw the PNP investigating its own members as suspects, including a Quezon City policeman tagged as the mastermind of the Sept. 1 Edsa robbery-abduction.

Senior Insp. Oliver Villanueva, who remained at large, was later revealed to have declared a net worth of P6.1 million and assets worth P8 million last year despite earning only P605,133 as policeman the year before.
Roxas said he had met with Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares to discuss the guidelines that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National Police Commission (Napolcom) would adopt in carrying out the anticorruption
measure.

“Under the law, all riches which are not commensurate to a person’s legal earnings are deemed illegally obtained,” Roxas said in a news briefing at Camp Crame. “We will come up with a protocol regarding the conduct of lifestyle check (for policemen). This will be an objective policy for all police personnel.” *READ MORE...

ALSO Manila Times Editorial: Pray for the conversion of DILG’s Sec. Roxas 

SEPT 19 --MANY have called for the resignation of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel
“Mar” Roxas because he has proved to be as inept at his job as his boss, the President.
Rogue cops—not only the usual ones who extort money from innocent people but also high-ranking officers—have been seen to be kidnappers, enforcers and protectors of criminal gangs and drug lords, and producers of false statistics to show crime has decreased instead of surged. This did not happen overnight. The increased crime rate has been going on during the past four years of the Aquino administration.

When Secretary Roxas was appointed DILG Secretary going after rogue officers of the Philippine National Police should have been his first priority. He should have at least prevented the promotion of the bad eggs to the high positions attained by those who have been caught kidnapping victims, robbing motorists these last three weeks and perpetrating murderous, planned massacres as in Atimonan, where fellow policemen were killed. These cases that have made the headlines, we are sure, are only (to use a cliché climatically very alien to Filipinos) the tip of the iceberg. If only Mr. Roxas had worked to make the wrong kind of esprit de corps evaporate at the PNP, which is under his supervision, more criminals in PNP uniform would be apprehended. But we, the Philippine citizenry, have no such luck. Mr. Roxas, together with the President, Secretary Florencio Abad, etcetera, are so busy making sure that their Liberal Party will have all the advantages — financial through the renamed DAP and PDAF and in other tactical ways — to win in the 2016 elections.

The political supporters of the Aquino regime are echoing the President’s praises of Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima for having begun the reforms in the PNP with the arrest of “scalawags” in the force. But we think that praise is undeserved. Why are the arrests only happening now? Why be nice to them by calling them “scalawags” when they are really “rogue cops and criminals”? These people, have demonstrated their evil bent–they have been in trouble before but for some reason their PNP superiors overlooked their earlier infractions. This is why we say that Sec. Roxas allowed the problem to grow under his watch. He allowed these rogues to get promoted to higher PNP positions. (See today’s Tea Time column on P5 where Columnist Tita Valderame details more cases of victims of rogue cops whose complaints have not been attended to by the Napolcom and Sec. Mar Roxas.)

Since he is not resigning the DILG post, which is the best thing he can do, what should Roxas do at this point? He is the chairman of the very powerful National Police Commission (Napolcom), a power that goes with being head of the Interior and Local Governments department.*READ MORE...
 


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Roxas declares zero casualty from ‘Luis,’ but Cagayan reports one death

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 (MANILA BULLETIN)  by Elena L. Aben and Ellalyn B. De Vera September 16, 2014 Share this:

Typhoon “Luis” (international name “Kalmaegi”) left the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) yesterday, without any casualty but plunging some provinces in darkness and rendering several major roads and bridges impassable, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas declared yesterday.

“I think na ang pinakamahalaga ay dun po sa casualties. As of this (Monday) morning ay wala pong casualty (I think that the most important thing is that as of this morning there is no casualty),” said Roxas during a briefing at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo.

ONE DEAD IN CAGAYAN

But while Roxas, the NDRRMC vice chairman, declared a zero casualty, the Cagayan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) reported one fatality in Piat town.

Bonifacio Cuarteros, head of the PDRRMO, said a month-old baby was killed when a fallen tree hit their house at the height of the typhoon.

Cuarteros said the incident occurred around 9 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Sto. Domingo, Piat town.

The PDRRMO head also said that 772 persons who either preemptively evacuated or rescued amid strong rains on Sunday night have already returned to their homes.

NDRRMC data showed a total of 1,723 families or 7,801 people in regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, Cordilleras, and Metro Manila affected by the typhoon have sought temporary shelter in 36 evacuation centers.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, for his part, said early preparation and coordination of concerned government agencies helped mitigate the impact of the typhoon.

As of 10 a.m. yesterday, the eye of the typhoon was at 296 kilometers (km) west of Laoag City or over the West Philippine Sea. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

* It is forecast to move west-northwest at 30 kph.

STORM SIGNALS STILL UP

Although “Luis” had already left PAR, signal No. 1 remains over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Abra, and Pangasinan, while public storm warning signals elsewhere were lowered yesterday morning.

PAGASA said the rest of Luzon will have monsoon rains with moderate to strong southwesterly surface wind flow due to the southwest monsoon or habagat “Luis” slammed the doundary of Isabela and Cagayan late Sunday afternoon before moving out of the country’s area of responsibility more than 12 hours later.

POWER OUTAGES

The NDRRMC said the strong winds and heavy rains brought by “Luis” toppled electric posts, plunging the provinces of Cagayan, Apayao, and Kalinga into darkness.

Power outage was also experienced in Adams, Bangui, Dumalneg, and Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte; Aringay, Sto. Tomas, Agoo, Rosario, and Sison in La Union; and parts of of Isabela.

Flash floods and floodings were experienced in San Miguel, Bulacan; Paluan and Calintaan in Occidental Mindoro; Cullion in Palawan; Sta Cruz in Occidental Mindoro, San Clemente in Tarlac, and in Panaoan, Southern Leyte.

A landslide was also monitored in Palawan.

SOME ROADS, BRIDGES IMPASSABLE

The NDRRMC said at least 11 roads and three bridges were rendered impassable the Cordilleras, La Union, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, and Catanduanes were also rendered impassable due to landslide, erosion, or flooding.

The Bureau of Maintenance of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)

said the Calacaban Section of Mountain Province-Ilocos Sur Road via Tue (KM389+100) in Mountain Province is closed to traffic due to landslide.

DPWH said the Cabagan Overflow Bridge in Sta. Maria, Isabela and Cabatangan River Section of Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road in Aurora are also impassable because these are covered by floodwaters.

In Nueva Ecija, strong current of floodwaters washed out and rendered closed to traffic the detour road at KM173+500 in Barangay Sabit, Cuyapo.

Traffic has slowed down at KM303+400 in Mabini-Caranglaan Section of Pangasinan-Zambales Road in Pangasinan due to floodwaters.

The KM578+000 in Paraiso Ni Juan, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and KM396+500 of Pangasinan-La Union Road are both one lane passable following landslides.

Slides also occurred at intermittent section along Ilocos Sur-Abra Road and Tagudin-Cervantes Road in Ilocos Sur but open to all types of vehicles, the DPWH said.

Superintendent Julius Suriben, chief of police of San Fernando City in La Union, reported that a landslide along the Pacoy Ortega Highway in Barangay Pias left a portion of the road precariously hanging and is in danger of caving in should there be continues rains. (With reports from Raymund F. Antonio, Made Sabater Namit, Erwin G. Beleo, Rizal Comanda, Freddie G. Lazaro, and Franco G. Regala)

FROM THE MANILA TIMES

Deaths from ferry sinking rise to 6  September 15, 2014 10:10 pm  by WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL REPORTER


Waves lap at a small ferry that sank at the height of Typhoon Luis in Manila Bay on Monday. Luis slammed into the northern Philippines on Sunday, bringing flash floods and heavy rains. PHOTO BY RENE DILAN

THE Philippine Navy has recovered three more bodies believed to have come from the sunken MV Maharlika 2, bringing to six the total number of fatalities from the incident that was caused by Typhoon Luis.

Navy Public Affairs Office chief Lt. Cmdr. Marineth Domingo on Monday said the three bodies, one male and two female, were recovered by Philippine Navy vessels during their search and rescue operations off the coast of Southern Leyte.

MV Maharlika 2 went down after being battered by huge waves churned by the typhoon as it bore down on Northern Luzon late on Saturday.

Another ferry went down off Manila Bay on Sunday night.

Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said the ferry’s 15 crew were rescued.

The ferry took shelter at Manila Bay at the height of the typhoon but it sank after being battered by strong winds and waves.

* Also on Monday, Malacañang suspended classes in all levels in public and private schools in Metro Manila and several provinces lashed by Typhoon Luis.

These provinces include Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), Mindoro provinces and Calamian group of islands.

The typhoon blew out of the country also on Monday but the weather bureau said some areas will continue to have rains because the southwest monsoon will affect the western section of Luzon.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it opened 36 evacuation centers in four regions in Luzon to serve the families affected by the typhoon.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman said the evacuation centers are in the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila), Region I (Ilocos), Region II (Cagayan Valley), and Region IV-A or Calabarzon.

A total of 827 families or 4,493 persons are in the evacuation centers.

Soliman said they created hubs to avoid food spoilage like what happened in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda that hit the country in November 2013. WITH ROBERTZON F. RAMIREZ AND AILEEN R. ALEJO

‘Luis’ sinks ferry, 3 dead September 14, 2014 11:54 pm by WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL REPORTER AND JEFRY TUPAS CORRESPONDENT WITH CATHERINE S. VALENTE, AILEEN ALEJO AND BENJIE L. VERGARA AND AFP


Fishermen in Baseco, Tondo, Manila, move their boat to higher ground and away from waves that will be whipped up by Typhoon Luis. PHOTO BY EDWIN MULI

HUGE waves whipped up by Typhoon Luis sank a passenger and cargo ferry off the coast of Southern Leyte late on Saturday.

Government officials said three persons died and three went missing when MV Maharlika 2 capsized six nautical miles northwest of Binit Point, Panaoan Island.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 110 people were rescued.

Lt. Cmdr. Marineth R. Domingo, acting director of the Naval Public Affairs Office, on Sunday said the ferry was en route to Liloan Port, Southern Leyte.

A survivor recounted to a Philippine Navy crew that the ship started to go down when the lashing of vehicles and other cargoes onboard snapped, causing the ship to list to starboard until it sank.

Domingo said three civilian vessels and Navy ships BRP Alberto Navarette and BRP Rafael Pargas responded to a distress call sent by the ferry.

Southern Leyte Gov. Roger Mercado said the ship, which left Lipata terminal in Surigao del Sur at 2 p.m., was carrying 104 people but the passenger manifest only declared 84 passengers.

A report from the NDRRMC indicated that some of the people on board were not on the ship’s manifest.

The ferry was also carrying a PhilTranco bus loaded with passengers.

Mercado said the Philippine Coast Guard received the distress call from the ferry between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The ship took on water and went down as Coast Guard and private vessels rushed to pick up the survivors.

* MV Maharlika 2 is owned by Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corp., the company that owned another ferry that ran aground near Liloan in Southern Leyte on January 3, 2011. All 170 passengers were rescued.

The NDRRMC identified the fatalities in the MV Maharlika 2 sinking as Ruth Ebol, 36, from Marihatag, Surigao del Sur; Peter John Santos, 24, of Capiz; and Jerson Sabrini, 16, of Surigao City.

Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte admitted that there had been some confusion over the number of people aboard the vessel when it went down.

“They are trying to get a more precise number of the people who were on the vessel,” Valte said in a radio interview.
She added that the captain had told the Philippine Coast Guard there were 116 people on board.

The Palace official said President Benigno Aquino 3rd, who left on Saturday night for a four-nation European visit, ordered all agencies involved in disaster management to minimize the casualties from Luis.

Powerful typhoon

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), Typhoon Luis had maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph as it roared toward Northern Luzon on Saturday morning.

It hit land last night.

Public storm signal No. 3 was raised in the provinces of Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Kalinga, Isabela, Mountain Province, Ilocos Sur, Ifugao, Northern Aurora, Quirino, Cagayan and the Babuyan and Calayan islands.

Signal No. 2 was hoisted over Batanes, Benguet, La Union, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and the rest of Aurora; and Signal No. 1 in Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Northern Quezon and Polillo Island.

Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals were alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides while those in coastal areas were told to be vigilant against storm surges of up to two meters.

The NDRRMC mobilized its local councils in the provinces affected by the typhoon while the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said relief goods are ready for distribution to Luis victims.

It said at least three towns in the direct path of the storm have initiated “pre-emptive evacuation.”

“I am calling on our countrymen . . . take proper precautions for your situation and listen to the warnings of your village leaders. Do not wait for the storm to hit you,” the council’s head Alexander Pama said in a live television broadcast.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman said food items worth P24,509,631.75 and non-food items worth P34,605,518.84 are ready in their field offices.

She added that 108,032 family food packs have been prepositioned in the National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Cordillera Administrative Region and Regions 1,2,3 and 5.

Typhoon Luis, which is moving northwest at 20 kph, is expected to pass Luzon by Monday.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 storms or typhoons each year.

Typhoon Glenda (international codename: Rammasun) killed 98 people and left five others missing in provinces around Manila in July.

Typhoon Luis also left hundreds of passengers stranded in various ports and canceled flights to Tuguegarao, Caticlan, Busuanga, Legazpi, Masbate, Laoag, Cebu and Virac.

Concerned airlines said passengers affected by the flight cancelations will be accommodated in the soonest available flights, or have the option to rebook on regular flights.

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Noy vows to send rogue cops to prison By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 19, 2012 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


President Aquino passes on to new PNP chief Deputy Director General Alan Purisima the Transformation Torch after it was turned over by outgoing PNP chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome during the change of command ceremony at Camp Crame yesterday. WILLY PEREZ

MANILA, Philippines - Your days are numbered.

This was President Aquino’s unequivocal message to rogue members of the Philippine National Police at the turnover ceremonies for new PNP chief Alan Purisima at Camp Crame yesterday.

Aquino is hoping the PNP under Purisima’s leadership will get rid of the bad eggs in its ranks.

“There is no option. I will see to it that you turn over your badge and uniform. I will change it into an orange t-shirt with a big letter P printed at the back,” Aquino said, referring to the orange shirts worn by prisoners.

Aquino issued the warning as he congratulated Purisima and outgoing PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome.

He noted Bartolome retired three months ahead in light of next year’s appointments ban to ensure the May 2013 polls would be peaceful.

Aquino wanted to put an end to the reign of abusive cops.

Purisima vowed to sustain the drive against corrupt police officials and promote professionalism in the organization.

Purisima said he would prioritize efforts to cleanse the police organization by identifying and removing corrupt police officials and employees from the service.

“My message is clear: If you are still involved in corrupt and illegal activities, you should get out now,” Purisima said.

* Purisima said he would check on all the processes in the PNP to speed up the delivery of public service.

He said he is open to good suggestions and ideas to better improve the organization.

Purisima said he also encouraged every police officer to be team player.

“We want to be a police organization that shares one vision and common objectives; professional police officers who are resolutely bonded by the PNP core values and principles,” he said.

He reminded all policemen in the regions, provinces, stations, and support services that they are part of only one police organization with one goal – “to better serve our communities, to solve more crimes, to arrest more criminals, and to put them behind bars.”

‘Dream of a lifetime’

Purisima said he had been dreaming to become a soldier since he was a boy, like every policeman wanted to be a top cop.

“And with the help of prayers we could still attain our goals,” he said.

After spending about a quarter of his speech giving thanks, Purisima remarked he is celebrating the moment and “dream of a lifetime.”

“But as I bask in glory, I am well aware that this is but a moment and the hard work is about to begin,” he said.

Purisima said he would come up with programs that would enhance every policeman’s capability, promote excellence, and institute professionalism in the police force.

The first thing to do, Purisima said, is to identify specific work for every specific police officer to be able to know the specific task. “No job will be left undone, thus promoting accountability.”

“We will make sure (to put) round pegs in round holes,” he said.

He said policemen tasked in certain cases should ensure that the assigned work is done.

“We will make sure we put the right resources to where they are necessary.”

Apparently defending the recorded increase in crime rate during his term as chief of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO), Purisima said he was being truthful and did not manipulate the records.

“Our audit showed that the crime volume was indeed higher. We need to see the true crime picture in every locality for us to determine the appropriate solutions to this problem. False statistics result in costly, ineffective and useless deployment of resources,” he said.

Purisima said his administration in the NCRPO initiated changes in this aspect, conducted specialized training, audited and validated true crime reporting, which were replicated nationwide.

He urged local officials to continue supporting the PNP in executing their mandated task of serving and protecting the people.

San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito congratulated Purisima on his assumption as new PNP chief.

“There’s no doubt that the new PNP chief, a former chief of directorial staff, has the full trust and confidence of President Aquino. As a young officer, he was tasked to secure the life and safety of the young man who was to become President,” said Ejercito. – Cecille Suerte Felipe, Non Alquitran

Team formed for PNP lifestyle checks By Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 18, 2014 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


ROXAS

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of the Interior and Local Government will form a task group that will conduct lifestyle checks on police officials involved in corruption and other illegal activities, DILG Secretary Manuel Roxas II said yesterday.

Roxas said he has been coordinating with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in the campaign to weed out corrupt members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“We will be having a Technical Working Group to craft policies in doing the lifestyle check. I have consulted BIR Commissioner Kim Henares on the matter,” he said.

Roxas said the task group will be using the statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) filed by the police officials with the BIR.

Malacañang earlier expressed support for the DILG’s plan to conduct lifestyle checks on PNP officials amid the spate of criminal incidents involving law enforcers, including a robbery along EDSA in Mandaluyong perpetrated by 12 policemen early this month.

Roxas said he also sought the help of the Office of the Ombudsman in going after corrupt PNP members.

The DILG chief said he would be personally supervising the lifestyle checks, which would be done on a regular basis.

* Roxas said he is determined to unmask policemen who are having lavish lifestyles and have amassed wealth beyond their means.

“We want to find out how they were able to reach their status in life,” he said.

“If they acquired their wealth through business and other legal means, there is nothing wrong with that. But if their wealth came from illegal activities, then that would be the start of their problem because we will run after them,” Roxas added.

He said the lifestyle check would start with police generals and go down to policemen with the lowest rank.

Roxas ordered the lifestyle check amid allegations that some PNP officials have amassed wealth due to their involvement in illegal activities such as kidnapping, robbery, illegal drugs and protection rackets.

He said the DILG is also planning to put up a hotline where the public can report policemen with lavish lifestyles and suspected ill-gotten wealth.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Mar Roxas: Lifestyle check to include Purisima By Marlon Ramos |Philippine Daily Inquirer7:00 am | Thursday, September 18th, 2014

DILG chief finalizing policy after discussions with BIR, Ombudsman


THAT’S JUST SUPER These days when the Quezon City Police District is finding a few “villains” within its own ranks, an old tarpaulin streamer from last year’s QCPD’s anniversary celebration seems to remind people at Camp Caringal that they have no shortage of “superheroes,” with Interior Secretary Mar Roxas donning a red cape and PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima picking up a shield. Can you recognize the other characters? LYN RILLON

Is it wrong for a policeman to be a millionaire?

Not really, except if his monthly pay as a law enforcer could not explain his riches, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said Wednesday as he disclosed that his department had begun finalizing a policy requiring all members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to undergo a lifestyle check.

Talk of putting law enforcers under such scrutiny has resurfaced after a spate of high profile crimes saw the PNP investigating its own members as suspects, including a Quezon City policeman tagged as the mastermind of the Sept. 1 Edsa robbery-abduction.

Senior Insp. Oliver Villanueva, who remained at large, was later revealed to have declared a net worth of P6.1 million and assets worth P8 million last year despite earning only P605,133 as policeman the year before.

Roxas said he had met with Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares to discuss the guidelines that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National Police Commission (Napolcom) would adopt in carrying out the anticorruption measure.

“Under the law, all riches which are not commensurate to a person’s legal earnings are deemed illegally obtained,” Roxas said in a news briefing at Camp Crame. “We will come up with a protocol regarding the conduct of lifestyle check (for policemen). This will be an objective policy for all police personnel.”

* Asked if he was willing to submit himself to a lifestyle check, “Of course. I will not implement that policy if I’m not willing to be part of it.”

The assets of PNP Director General Alan Purisima and other ranking officials of the 148,000-strong police force would be scrutinized, he said.

The DILG chief said he was also consulting with Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, noting that the government was already implementing the policy at the Bureau of Customs and the BIR.

“If this is being done in the BIR and Customs, why can’t we have it in the PNP?” he said.

Teams composed of personnel from the PNP Internal Affairs Service and the Napolcom would be deployed to check on policemen who could have acquired ill-gotten wealth, he added.

“Initially, we are planning to conduct a lifestyle check on the senior PNP officials randomly. The lower-ranking officials would come next,” Roxas said.

The interior secretary also sought the help of the public in identifying PNP officials involved in criminal activities and who may have used their authority to enrich themselves through illegal means.

MANILA TIMES EDITORIAL

Pray for the conversion of DILG’s Sec. Roxas September 14, 2014 11:08 pm


EDITORIAL CARTOON COURTESY OF PHILSTAR

MANY have called for the resignation of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas because he has proved to be as inept at his job as his boss, the President.

Rogue cops—not only the usual ones who extort money from innocent people but also high-ranking officers—have been seen to be kidnappers, enforcers and protectors of criminal gangs and drug lords, and producers of false statistics to show crime has decreased instead of surged. This did not happen overnight.

The increased crime rate has been going on during the past four years of the Aquino administration. When Secretary Roxas was appointed DILG Secretary going after rogue officers of the Philippine National Police should have been his first priority. He should have at least prevented the promotion of the bad eggs to the high positions attained by those who have been caught kidnapping victims, robbing motorists these last three weeks and perpetrating murderous, planned massacres as in Atimonan, where fellow policemen were killed.

These cases that have made the headlines, we are sure, are only (to use a cliché climatically very alien to Filipinos) the tip of the iceberg. If only Mr. Roxas had worked to make the wrong kind of esprit de corps evaporate at the PNP, which is under his supervision, more criminals in PNP uniform would be apprehended. But we, the Philippine citizenry, have no such luck. Mr. Roxas, together with the President, Secretary Florencio Abad, etcetera, are so busy making sure that their Liberal Party will have all the advantages — financial through the renamed DAP and PDAF and in other tactical ways — to win in the 2016 elections.

The political supporters of the Aquino regime are echoing the President’s praises of Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima for having begun the reforms in the PNP with the arrest of “scalawags” in the force. But we think that praise is undeserved. Why are the arrests only happening now? Why be nice to them by calling them “scalawags” when they are really “rogue cops and criminals”? These people, have demonstrated their evil bent–they have been in trouble before but for some reason their PNP superiors overlooked their earlier infractions. This is why we say that Sec. Roxas allowed the problem to grow under his watch. He allowed these rogues to get promoted to higher PNP positions. (See today’s Tea Time column on P5 where Columnist Tita Valderame details more cases of victims of rogue cops whose complaints have not been attended to by the Napolcom and Sec. Mar Roxas.)

Since he is not resigning the DILG post, which is the best thing he can do, what should Roxas do at this point? He is the chairman of the very powerful National Police Commission (Napolcom), a power that goes with being head of the Interior and Local Governments department.

* A wrong-headed and optimistic analysis says he must at least make sure that the police force performs its duties and responsibilities of protecting the public against criminals by doing the following:

1.) Ask Congress to pass a law that will mete out severe penalties on policemen who commit crimes or are involved in protecting crime syndicates;

2.) Give more training to policemen on legal matters and procedures, so policemen will learn more acutely to respect the rights of citizens and how to deal with criminals in the legal front;

3.) Make the training of police officers more stringent and comprehensive like what the Philippine Military Academy gives future military officers; and

4.) Make a strict audit of all police officials who head a town, city or regional police office, and make performance the basis for retention, promotion or demotion.

These are things that Mr. Roxas should have done at once when on August 31, 2012, President Aquino appointed him DILG secretary after the late Sec. Jesse Robredo died in a plane crash.

He has not purged the PNP of bad eggs as he vowed to do on assuming the DILG post two years ago. In fact, under his watch illegal jueteng operations have proliferated, undoing the late Sec. Robredo’s success in suppressing it.

We, of course, never cease to pray for miracles. And our prayer pertaining Secretary Roxas is, if he does not resign, for him to be converted to a genuine doer of God’s will, working hard for the common good.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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