2 victims of summary executions dumped on streets of San Juan

admin   •   July 14, 2016   •   4332

(L) Male victim on G. Soriano Street; (R) Female victim found on Sioson corner Maclang Street

(L) Male victim on G. Soriano Street;
(R) Female victim found on Sioson corner Maclang Street

SAN JUAN CITY, Philippines — The lifeless bodies of an unidentified man and woman believed to be victims of summary executions were found separately with their hands tied and heads wrapped in plastic, in San Juan City at dawn this morning.

The male victim was discovered on G. Soriano Street without any other means of identification except for the clothes he was wearing.

Based on initial investigation, a tricycle driver came across the body which was dumped on a sidewalk.

According to Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO), eight sachets of suspected shabu were recovered from the victim’s body.

Meanwhile, in Sioson corner Maclang Street, not far from the first incident, police found the remains of the female victim containing several sachets of suspected shabu.

San Juan police is looking into the incidents which they believe were carried out by the same group based on the similarity of the victims’ manner of execution. (BENEDICT GALAZAN/UNTV News)

Duterte OKs grant of one-time P20K aid to employees’ compensation pensioners

Robie de Guzman   •   April 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the grant of one-time financial aid of P20,000 to qualified pensioners under the employees’ compensation (EC) program.

Under Administrative Order (AO) No. 39, which was signed on Monday, Duterte authorized the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) to grant the cash aid to EC pensioners for permanent partial disability, permanent total disability, and survivorship, in the private and public sectors, “subject to the availability of funds and pertinent laws, rules and regulations.”

Duterte directed the ECC, Social Security System (SSS) and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to set aside and release appropriate funding to cover the financial assistance from the Social Insurance Fund under the EC Program.

The ECC, in coordination with the SSS and GSIS, will issue the implementing rules and regulations necessary for the effective implementation of the order.

In signing the AO, Duterte recognized that the “adverse effects of the pandemic on the economy, supplementary health necessities for the battle against the virus, and restrictions imposed on our mobility and social interaction, have increased the financial and health burdens experienced by the EC pensioners.

The one-time cash aid will be granted to around 31,000 pensioners of the SSS and GSIS.

Duterte said AO 39 will take effect following its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.

Statements of ‘alter-egos’ also reflect Duterte’s stand on West PH Sea issue — Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday said there is no need for President Rodrigo Duterte to speak on China’s incursions in the West Philippine Sea, saying the strong statements of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of National Defense (DND) also reflects the president’s stance on the issue.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque issued the statement to dispel notions that Duterte has been silent on the reported number of Chinese vessels still lingering in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

“Doctrine of qualified political doctrine, kapag po hindi dini-dis-own ng president ang mga sinasabi ng kaniyang mga alter-egos, parang siya na po ang nagsasalita, hindi na kailangang siya ang magsalita,” Roque said in an online briefing.

The Palace official was referring to a Constitutional Doctrine which states that “utterances of alter egos are utterances of the President unless the president renounces them.”

Roque also reiterated that Duterte already stressed the importance of the 2016 Hague Ruling on the West Philippine Sea and that the Philippines will not set aside the landmark decision.

The National Task Force-West Philippine Sea earlier reported that at least 240 Chinese vessels were found lingering in various parts of the West Philippine Sea during its latest sovereignty patrols in the area.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier demanded the immediate withdrawal of the remaining Chinese vessels in the Julian Felipe Reef, telling the ships to sail away and for the Chinese to “leave our sovereign territories and abide by the international law.”

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. also repeatedly fired off diplomatic protests and called for the immediate withdrawal of Chinese vessels in the disputed waters.

P2.6M worth of shabu seized, drug suspect nabbed in Bacolod – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   April 19, 2021

Around 396 grams of suspected shabu, estimated to worth around P2.6 million were seized in Bacolod City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

In a statement, PNP chief General Debold Sinas said the illegal drug was confiscated during a buy-bust operation conducted on April 17 by joint elements of Regional Special Operations Group 6, Special Operating Unit 7, PNP Drug Enforcement Group (DEG), NBI Bacolod District Office and Police Station 2, Bacolod City Police Office.

A drug suspect was also arrested during the operation.

Citing reports, Sinas said operatives from the PDEG and NBI launched the operation after monitoring the suspect’s operations. An asset, who posed as a buyer of the illegal drug, was used to arrest the suspect.

Police said it recovered from the suspect around 22 sachets of suspected shabu; three pieces large size knot tied plastic containing suspected shabu with an approximate combined weight of 396 grams; 2 pieces of five-hundred-peso bill as a proceed money; and a weighing scale.

“Anti-illegal drugs operations will continue without let-up despite our present preoccupation with law enforcement and public safety requirements in this pandemic,” Sinas said.

The drug suspect is now under the NBI custody and facing charges for violation of RA 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, the PNP said.

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