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MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP)chief General Archie Gamboa reminded policemen to exercise “proper judgmentcalls” when confronted by challenging situations in enforcing quarantine laws. Gamboa’s reminders came after the deathof a retired soldier who was shot dead by policemen manning a checkpoint inQuezon City Tuesday afternoon. According to Gamboa in an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source, Police Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo was forced to fire on retired soldier Winston Ragos when the latter allegedly drew a gun following a heated argument. “According sa report, he tried to draw his firearm. That’s why it resorted to the decision, which was really a judgment call on the part of Florendo on what to do at that very moment,” Gamboa said. In another interview, Gamboa said due to previous incidents in which policemen were confronted with armed suspects, he had instructed the police not to give suspects a chance to hurt them in any way. “When you are confronted with a person armed with a pistol, it’s equivalent is also a pistol,” Gamboa said in an interview with ABS CBN News Channel. “Marami na rin kasing namatay na pulis ang instruction ko talaga ay huwag kayong magpauna.” “Nasa tao talaga ang pag-decide. Mabuti sana kung wala kaming experience na we’re confronted with an armed [suspect] tapos palagi kaming nanalo… there are a lot of circumstances kasi na talagang pag hindi mo inunahan, talagang madadali ka,” he added. On April 21, police said Florendo and some police trainees from the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group were manning a control point in Maligaya Drive when Ragos arrived and shouted at them. The policemen advised Ragos to go home but the latter refused. Despite repeated warnings, the suspectsupposedly tried to draw his weapon, prompting Florendo to shoot him.The incident sparked rage on social media as Ragos was said to have sufferedfrom post-traumatic disorder after completing his tour of duty during theMarawi siege in 2017.Gamboa, however, said that he will leave it up to officials to conduct a “thorough”investigation on the facts of the case as an administrative probe on Florendois already underway, reiterating that complaints will be filed shouldauthorities find loopholes./PN
More than 40 Florida Highway Patrol employees are self-isolating because of exposure to the coronavirus, including three state troopers who have tested positive for COVID-19, FHP spokesman Aaron Keller confirmed on Thursday.Some of the employees decided to self-isolate after coming into close contact with people who tested positive for the virus, while others had traveled to “virus hotspots” or were exposed to people who had traveled to those places.Keller adds that the troopers who tested positive are part of Troop E in Miami, Troop L in Lake Worth and Troop I in Panama City.“In each case, the Florida Highway Patrol immediately engaged with local health officials and followed self-isolation guidelines. The health and safety of the public and our employees remains our top priority, and the Florida Highway Patrol is following current CDC guidance for law enforcement,” Keller’s statement emphasizes.Those guidelines explain that employees should wash their hands, maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people when possible, have trained emergency-medical service workers assess transportation to health-care facilities of anyone who may have the virus, and also to ensure that only trained employees with appropriate protective gear come into contact with people who may have the virus.Additionally, federal guidelines recommend that officers clean and disinfect their uniforms.The Florida Highway Patrol has more than 2,000 employees.During the coronavirus outbreak, troopers have helped check motorists who are entering the state from Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York, which are all states that have seen large numbers of cases.In an executive order issued last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mandated that all visitors from those hotspots isolate for 14 days upon entry to the state or for the duration of their visits, whichever time period is shorter.
The Premier League is considering making some behind-closed-doors fixtures available free-to-air when the season restarts, the culture secretary has said.Oliver Dowden has said he had been having “productive talks” with governing bodies from across British sport on restarting following the coronavirus shutdown.He said the resumption hinged on passing the government’s five tests as well as meeting social distancing guidelines.Dowden said it was also important to send out a message that was “consistent” with that being given to the public.Football is suspended indefinitely across most of Europe because of the continued spread of Covid-19.Discussing how sports would be broadcast if held behind closed doors, as is expected to be the case initially, he told the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee:“I have said to the Premier League it wouldn’t send the best signal if they were one of the first major sports to resume behind closed doors and the public at large couldn’t have access to it.”He acknowledged that sports were “reliant on the revenue they derive” from broadcasting deals.But he said that there were ways sport could have “elements of protecting revenue from broadcasting but also looking at ways of increasing access”.The Premier League was “considering” the issue, he said. Source: BBC