MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PDG. Ronald Bato dela Rosa could not hold his tears when he saw a video of Special Action Force (SAF) troopers battling in Marawi City.
General Dela Rosa said that the five-month battle of the SAF members against the terrorists who attempted to conquer the city was not a piece of cake.
“Tumatayo ang balahibo ko. I can feel for them yung mga naghirap talaga doon sa frontline. Makita talaga yung mga dugo na dumanak, yung mga pagsabog left and right, mga putukan. Kahit gaano ka katapang at katibay pag ganoong sitwasyon wala kang ibang mapupuntahan kundi si Lord,” said Dela Rosa.
With this, the PNP chief did not hesitate to give special promotion to the 745 Special Action Force members who fought in Marawi City.
Even Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista salutes the gallantry of the SAF members.
“I have seen how this men and women work side by side with the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to crush and defeat the lawless elements who spread terror in the city of Marawi,” said the commanding general.
The PNP chief takes pride of the expertise of the SAF members when it comes to urban warfare, hence the successful mission of liberating Marawi City from the hands of ISIS-inspired terrorists.
General Dela Rosa also recommended the promotion of third level officers, which is under the jurisdiction of President Rodrigo Duterte himself, and not of the PNP chief’s.
“They did they share in Marawi especially that they were the commanders. They keep on inspiring their people, their men, to fight. And indeed what they did is very commendable, very laudable,” said the chief.
Meanwhile, eight other policemen were promoted after fighting against 200 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who made an attack on Binuangan Municipal Station in Misamis Oriental in December 2017. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
PNP launches newest mobile app for public security
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) entered into a memorandum of agreement with a local mobile company in launching a new mobile application that would assist the public in times of emergencies.
“Samsung 321” is a mobile service application that provides users with a database of government institutions and facilities that can be contacted. The application uses global positioning system (GPS) to show the specific location of the target institution along with nearby landmarks and establishments on Google map.
The mobile app also provides contact information of the institution as well as national disaster hotlines. It covers 84 locations nationwide with Batangas, Ilocos Norte, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Occidental Mindoro, Albay, Palawan and the National Capital Region among others.
According to Director Napoleon Taas of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT,) the mobile application can also be used to report crimes. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
25 drug reformists graduate from Bahay Pagbabago
Bahay Pagbabago drug reformists
BULACAN, Philippines – A total of 25 drug surrenderers have successfully completed the three-month reformation program of the government at Bahay Pagbabago in the town of Baliuag, Bulacan.
During the three-month period, they were trained to do house chores, vegetable farming, solar lamp manufacturing and some livelihood programs facilitated by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Each of the reformists received a training certificate from TESDA and relief packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as gifts for their waiting relatives.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) advised the reformists to totally refrain from using illegal drugs and join the authorities in monitoring other drug surrenderers who are still under rehabilitation towards full recovery.
“Paulit-ulit naming inire-remind na sana tuloy tuloy na ang pagbabago natin. Alam ninyo ba na may mga mangilan-ngilan lang naman na naka-graduate na sa Bahay Pagbabago sa Region 3 na nahuli pa rin. Iyong iba nanlaban pa. Kaya sa amin lang tuloy-tuloy ang pagbabago at huwag tayong tumulad sa kanila,” said PSupt. Froilan Uy, Chief of Baliuag Police. –
(We remind them time and again to follow through with the reform. Did you know that some Bahay Pagbabago graduates in Region 3 resumed the habit and got arrested? Some even resisted arrest. Do not end up like them. We encourage graduates to continue to change for the better.) Gerry Galicia | UNTV News & Rescue
Duterte eyes land reform in Mindanao, promises to return Marawi to its people
Marawi City ruins
MARAWI CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte directed Special Assistant to the President Bong Go to ensure a comprehensive land survey in Marawi City.
This was after President Duterte promised to return Marawi City to its native settlers, the Maranaos.
“We are rebuilding Marawi, the money is slowly coming in. It’s not overnight. If it had been cleared already, leveled to the ground, we will return it to you,” President Duterte said Friday, May 11,
Aside from this, the President also directed Presidential Adviser on OFWs and Muslim concerns Secretary Abdullah Mama-o to negotiate with the Maute militant group after a number of Maute members surrendered to authorities last week. The surrenderers said some of their colleagues signified their intention to surrender as well.
The President tasked Mama-o to assess if it is possible to open an amnesty program for potential Maute surrenderers.
However, President Duterte warned the Maute militants not to enter into an alliance with the New People’s Army (NPA). Should they decide to surrender, they would be among the recipients of the land reform once it pushes through in Mindanao.
The land reform eyes clear designation of land to Maranaos and other tribal communities. The president said he is willing to provide equipment such as tractors for the locals to cultivate the land and turn the into plantation of rubber trees and palm for palm oil production.
The president also plans to send Maute surrenderers to Malaysia and Indonesia in order to acquire knowledge on palm plantation and palm oil production. — Weng Fernandez | UNTV News & Rescue