THE long weekend triggered by the traditional observance of ‘All Saints’ Day’ and ‘All Souls’ Day’ was generally peaceful and orderly nationwide, Philippine National Police chief, General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. said on Wednesday.
The top cop said that no significant incidents were reported in Metro Manila and other parts of the country during the period except for the electrocution of a man inside the Eternal Peace Memorial Park in Mabalacat City in Pampanga and the arrest of seven men and the confiscation of three illegal firearms in Metro Manila.
“Undas 2022, as the national observance of All Saints’ Day this year, was generally peaceful and orderly. The PNP Command Center, from the start of long weekend up until this moment, is continuously monitoring all law enforcement and public safety operations by PNP Units across the country, particularly the situation in cemeteries, memorial parks and other places of convergence where people flocked for the traditional day of reverence for the dead,” Gen. Azurin said.
According to the PNP chief, alert policemen arrested one Mowwamar Mama
Kasan for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition inside the Palanyag Cemetery Parañaque City public cemetery. The suspect is now facing charges for violation of Republic Ac 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.
Gen. Azurin said that appropriate number of police personnel were deployed in 6,047 Public Assistance Desks in cemeteries and memorial parks, and Public Assistance Centers in land, sea and air transportation hubs for the expected surge of travelers returning to urban centers from the long holiday.
“These police units will remain in their posts until public activity has returned to normal,” said the PNP chief as he thanked all PNP units and their partner agencies, local government units and volunteers for helping the government ensure a generally peaceful ‘Undas.’
“These best practices shall henceforth be our template in similar public safety operations for upcoming major public events,” he added.
Gen. Azurin likewise said that PNP units have been instructed to provide necessary security and assistance to government health, aid, and public works personnel in preparation for Typhoon Queenie.
“ We are confident that with the early preparations in coordination with Local Governments Units, national agencies, and private organizations, we will be able to save lives and minimize the effect of the calamity,” he said.
NCRPO ARREST 6, SEIZE 3 GUNS
National Capital Region Police Office director, Brigadier Gen. Jonnel C. Estomo said his men arrested six suspects and seized three illegal firearms as a result of their strict security inside and outside public cemeteries and memorial parks during the long weekend.
The official said that Kasan was arrested 1:40 p.m. Monday when his bag was found containing a cal. .22 revolver with two live ammunition while undergoing routine inspection at the Palanyag Cemetery.
Brig. Gen. Estomo said that four men were also apprehended by his men for drinking liquor inside the Manila Memorial Park in Bgy. BF Homes, Parañaque City on the same day.
He identified the four as Danilo Conot, 56; Leoniee Carpio,29; Gregorio Donor III, 30; and John Kennedy Ibañez, 22. The four were arrested following a tip that a group of persons drinking liquor on the law of the Manila Memorial Park allegedly fired a gun.
The NCRPO chief said that local policemen initially arrested Conot after he yielded a cal. .38 revolver with five bullet. However, during the course of the arrest, Conot’s drinking buddies resisted and rudely insulted the responding officers.
After they uttered unsavory words at the lawmen, the four were also placed under arrest.
The five are now facing complaints for violation of RA 10591, alarm and scandal and resistance and disobedience to a person of authority and their agents under the Revised Penal Code before a local prosecutor’s office, said Southern Police District director, Brig. Gen. Kirby John B. Kraft.
Brig. Gen. Estomo said that police also arrested one Cesar Joveda,40, while in possession of a cal. .38 revolver with five live ammunition in Pateros City 8:30 a.m. last Monday
The arrest of the accused came shortly after officers received a complaint about a gun-toting incident along FC Cruz Street in Bgy. Magtanggol which involved a man driving a blue Toyota Avanza.
Policemen who flagged down the suspect’s van at the Pateros Bridge in Bgy. Poblacion placed him under arrest when he yielded the firearm. The suspect is now facing charges for violation of RA 10591, grave threats, physical injuries and violation of the anti-child abuse law.
“Hindi natin alam ang mga pinaplano nila ngunit sigurado tayo na ang mga baril na ito ay paulit ulit nating ipinalala na bawal dalhin sa loob ng ating mga sementeryo. Makikita natin na sa pagiging alerto, mabilis at mahusay ng ating mga kapulisan ay naagapan natin at napigilan ang anumang masamang intensyon ng mga suspek sa pagdadala ng mga baril na ito,”Brig. Gen. Estomo said.