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60,000 personnel to provide security for 31st ASEAN Summit

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, November 6th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Authorities have deployed 60,000 security personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and several other government agencies to ensure the safety and security of the delegates of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

The security forces will have 400 patrol cars, 200 motorcycles, and 22 armored cars.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy said the assigned security personnel are ready to face and address any physical and even cyber threats.

It can be noted that Cuy also serves as the chairman of the ASEAN committee on security, peace and order, emergency preparedness and response.

Meanwhile, PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa has belied circulating reports that four women in Basilan are now in Metro Manila to bomb areas near the venue of the ASEAN Summit.

According to the PNP chief, the said news report is a hoax and that the public should not believe it.

“It’s just a hoax. We already expect such a propaganda. During this season, when there is a huge event, there are a lot of influence peddlers, selling information, scaring the public to maintain their relevance. But it’s all hoax. Listen instead to the advisory coming from the government security forces,” said the PNP chief.

Dela Rosa also assured the public that the PNP will remain on alert for any threats to the country’s security.

The PNP chief also advised the public to refrain going to areas near the venue of the ASEAN Summit to avoid inconvenience.

He called on the everyone to follow the guidelines coming from the PNP to maintain the orderliness of the conduct of the ASEAN Summit. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte says PNP might handle the ‘war on drugs’ again

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the launching of the Department of Agriculture’s partnership with Ayala Malls at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on November 18, 2017, cites how farmers and fisherfolks could benefit from a government that is compassionate and free from corruption. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte will speak with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to ask for updates of its operation against illegal drugs.

The President wants to know if the country’s problem with illegal drugs has gotten worse or not.

It can be recalled that President Duterte gave an order last October that PDEA will be the only government agency that will handle the drug war because of the numerous criticisms against the Philippine National Police (PNP) who initially handled the said problem.

But during his speech in Davao City last Saturday, he brought up the possibility of letting PNP handle the war on drugs again.

“The drug problem, if it becomes worse again, the police has to enter the picture. I want it eradicated if possible. I do not tolerate it. It’s an organized crime. Shabu is… drugs is an organized crime,” Duterte said.

He again responded to those who questioned why only the poor is the frequent victim of the government’s drug war.  According to the Chief Executive, the poor are victims of shabu.

“They are saying, ‘Why Duterte, there are a lot of poor people dying, no rich?’ There are no rich [ getting killed] because, those people, they do not use shabu because they know it would drive their mind to insanity forever. It’s a chemical,” he said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte to base martial law extension on recommendation of military, police

by Joniel Monton   |   Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the troops of the Eastern Mindanao Command during the President’s visit at Camp Panacan Station Hospital in Davao City on November 18, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines —  December 31, 2017 is the deadline of the martial law that was declared in Mindanao to eradicate security threats such as terrorism and insurgency.

President Rodrigo Duterte said, he will decide whether to extend or lift martial law in the whole Mindanao based on the recommendation he will receive from the military and police.

“Whatever the decision of the armed forces and the police since they are the ones also who would be totally engaged in if there is really if there’s an offing of trouble there, we should give credence to it actually,” he said.

It was initially said by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that they are hunting down in full force local networks of terrorists especially in areas of Maguindanao, Zamboanga, Basilan Sulu and Tawi-Tawi where there are Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Abu Sayyaf group and others.

According to a statement released by AFP spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla Jr. they aim to weaken or fully eradicate terrorists until they can are no longer become threats to the country’s security.

Before the year ends, they will give an assessment if there is a need to lift of extending martial law in Mindanao to resolve the remaining security threat.

Meanwhile, President Duterte defended the military personnel accused of looting during the height of the crisis in Marawi City and other violations of human rights.

“How will they steal those? I was there.  And they were billeted in houses. And they were using the amenities of that house. The refrigerator. There was power. The electric fans are used. When they say borrowed, it’s only right. Those are very large things that you cannot hide in your pocket.  And I do not believe that soldiers will steal those.” the President said.  — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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BFP battles COA; hopes to continue winning streak at UNTV Cup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, November 18th, 2017

BFP Firefighter’s playing coach Gilbert Malabanan drives strong to the hoops during the game against the DOH Health Achievers (James Espiritu / Photoville International)

The end of the first-round elimination in the League of Public Servants is just around the corner.

Thus the Bureau of Fire Protection or BFP Fire Firefighters is doubling efforts to move up in the group A ranking.

Their next step is to topple the COA Enablers, who has not won any of its four games as a rookie team, on Sunday, 2:00 pm at the Pasig City Sports Center.

The Firefighters have just emerged from a win over the AFP Cavaliers last Sunday, 104-97, by dominating all quarters and not letting the soldiers even come neck-on-neck.

BFP playing coach Gilbert Malabanan said, “Sinabi ko sa mga players ko hindi namin kakayanin yan kung magpa-practice lang kami, kailangan naming mag-extra effort talaga, mag-practice sila ng individual pagka wala kami practice(I told my players we won’t make it with practice alone. We need extra effort. They should practice individually if we don’t have group practice).”

Coach Malabanan also revealed some keys to the impressive win.

“Unang una ng sikreto namin siguro yung depensa namin at saka yung pagiging play as a team namin at saka nakita naman natin yung share ng ball namin, alam namin yung role namin, kung sino yung shooter, sino yung libre,” he said.

(Translation: Our top secret is probably our defense and our ‘play as a team’ approach. And you have seen how we shared the ball. We know our roles. We know who the shooter is and who is free.)

The second game at 3:30 pm on Sunday awaits the face-off between the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Drug Busters and the Ombudsman Graft Busters.

And in the third game at 5:00 pm, Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Kamao will attempt to maintain its clean record against another two-time champion Judiciary Magis.

Kamao head Coach Luie Gonzales admits his side’s error of starting slow.

“Siguro, as a coach, sa akin magsisimula yun eh. I need to start siguro ibahin ko muna ang approach sa practice plan. Nandito na tayo sa middle ng season going to the next round medyo malalakas na yung kalaban. Hindi pupwede na mag slow start kami. I need to address that problem,” said Coach Luie Gonzales .

(Translation: Maybe as a coach, it should start with me. Maybe I need to start changing my approach on the practice plan. We are already in the middle of the season going to the next round, competition is getting tougher. We can’t afford a slow start.)

Watch Sunday’s triple-header live at the Pasig City Sports Center with live streaming via untvweb.com.



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