Friday, November 27, 2020

Albayalde’s Resignation Draws Mixed Reactions From Solons

Albayalde’s Resignation Draws Mixed Reactions From Solons

Spotlight

DOTr Sec. Tugade Urges Drivers Of PUV To Participate In Gov’t’s Service Contract Program

Sa ilalim ng Service Contracting Program ng LTFRB, maaaring makatanggap ng karagdagang kita ang mga drayber na lubos na naapektuhan ang pangkabuhayan dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic.

Save The Children Philippines Launches “E-Regalo Sa Mga Bata”

For every Php 10,000 raised through E-Regalo sa mga Bata, Save the Children will provide learning kits and life-saving essentials to 20 children.

ECHO, OXFAM, World Vision, And ADRA Partner To Support Goni-Displaced Families In Bicol

World Vision, along with several of its partners, vows to provide immediate aid to the most affected communities in the hard-hit areas of the Bicol region.

Concerns And Recommendations On Education Amid The Pandemic

READ: First-hand experience of a student amid the pandemic.

Members of the House of Representatives gave mixed reactions on the decision of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde to step down before his mandatory November 8 retirement amid allegations of his involvement in the ‘ninja cops’ controversy.

Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffy Biazon welcomed Albayalde’s resignation as it will help preserve the integrity of the PNP and protect the institution from being mired in further controversy.

“He can best defend his innocence from the allegations now because he will no longer be hampered by the responsibility of leading the PNP with a serious allegation related to his duty being thrown at him,” Biazon said.

“I cannot make a conclusion regarding the issues hounding him, but I think he’s done the right thing for the PNP,” he added.

Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas, meanwhile, highlighted that the oversight function of Congress is crucial in keeping the trust of the Filipinos in government.

Vargas stressed the need to pass new pieces of legislation to protect whistleblowers, further strengthen the National Police Commission and Peoples Law Enforcement Boards, and put in place audit systems within the PNP and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

“There are at least eight whistleblower bills in the House and seven of those are pending before the House committee on justice,” Vargas noted.

“There are also pending bills meant to put in place a new Code on Crimes and update the ways law enforcement agencies conduct criminal investigations. These are important bills providing systemic solutions to the ailments of the PNP and the rest of the criminal justice system,” he said.

AKO BICOL Party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin said the National Police Commission should have a stringent vetting process at each stage of the promotions process for every police officer vying for any command post, from the local chief of police and upwards the career ladder.

“Sa ngayon kasi, hindi na nga subject sa CA (Commission of Appointments) confirmation ang mga pulis, wala pang vetting process (Currently, the police are not subjected to the CA confirmation and there is no vetting process),” Garbin said.

“The DILG Act of 1990 (RA 6975) does not expressly provide for a vetting process, but there are examinations given by Napolcom and the Civil Service Commission,” he added.

Garbin noted that in RA 6975, Napolcom was given broad powers of administrative supervision and performance evaluation and there is also the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB), but there is no vetting process to investigate and weed out PNP officers with links to organized crime, rogue cops, unethical practices, and conflicts of interest.

He suggested that “the Napolcom and PLEBs should be empowered to vet officers for promotion prior to the recommendation phase to the President.”

He said the Civil Service Commission, Ombudsman, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Anti-Money Laundering Council, and Professional Regulatory Commission could coordinate with the Napolcom in conducting thorough lifestyle checks on police generals, as well as colonels, majors, captains, including police chiefs of cities, towns, and provinces.

“This can be done under a joint memorandum among those government offices or through presidential executive order,” he said. (PNA)

Latest News

MNL48 Premieres “River” Music Video This Friday

Watch out for MNL48’s newest music video for their sixth single, “River,” which premieres this Friday on MNL48's YouTube Channel.

DOTr Sec. Tugade Urges Drivers Of PUV To Participate In Gov’t’s Service Contract Program

Sa ilalim ng Service Contracting Program ng LTFRB, maaaring makatanggap ng karagdagang kita ang mga drayber na lubos na naapektuhan ang pangkabuhayan dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic.

Save The Children Philippines Launches “E-Regalo Sa Mga Bata”

For every Php 10,000 raised through E-Regalo sa mga Bata, Save the Children will provide learning kits and life-saving essentials to 20 children.

ECHO, OXFAM, World Vision, And ADRA Partner To Support Goni-Displaced Families In Bicol

World Vision, along with several of its partners, vows to provide immediate aid to the most affected communities in the hard-hit areas of the Bicol region.

Concerns And Recommendations On Education Amid The Pandemic

READ: First-hand experience of a student amid the pandemic.

Great Deals On Mobile And Broadband Await At The Gift Love, On The Globe myBusiness Shop

As a way to help SMEs rebuild in time for the holiday season, Globe myBusiness is currently holding the Gift Love, Gift Local Online sale until November 30, 2020.

Lenovo Legion Drops New Normal Holiday Gaming Gift Guide

Looking for a gaming laptop? Check out Lenovo Legion's top gaming device picks below!

PH Manages Covid-19 ‘Very Well’ With Low Mortality Rate: Palace

“Pinaninindigan po natin that we have managed COVID-19 very well in this country.” says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

DOLE Orders Release Of Deferred Holiday Pay For Private Workers

May holiday pay ka pa bang hindi pa binibigay?

Beauty Queens Turn Over Donations For ‘Ulysses’ Victims To AFP

Miss Chinatown beauties and candidates from Mrs. Universe Philippines turned over their donations for the victims of Typhoon Ulysses during their visit to the AFP general headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo.