SAF 44, to be awarded Medal of Valor

admin   •   January 25, 2017   •   8128

The Gallant 44 (SAF44) of the Oplan Exodus or the popularly known as the Mamasapano encounter on January 25, 2015. (PNP-SAF)

The Gallant 44 (SAF44) of the Oplan Exodus or the popularly known as the Mamasapano encounter on January 25, 2015. (PNP-SAF)

The bereaved relatives of the 44 Special Action Forces (SAF) who died during the bloody Mamasapano incident two years ago have one wish.

They wish to achieve: justice for the deaths of their loved ones; promised benefits which are yet to be given, and assurance that the persons involved in the questionable operation, Oplan Exodus, will be held responsible.

“Sir, President, ikaw po ang pinaniniwalaan naming makatutulong sa amin. Ikaw po ang pinaniniwalaan naming makapagbibigay sa amin ng hustisyang matagal na naming inaasam para sa pagkamatay ng aming mga mahal sa buhay. Sir, tulungan po ninyo kami. Alam ko pong matutulungan po ninyo kami,” pleaded Erica Pabalinas, widow of Senior Inspector Ryan Pabalinas.

“Ang ipinangako pong employment po ng members of families po na until now po, di pa po employed ang iba gaya ko po,” said the widow of PO3 Andres Duque.

WATCH: All involved in Oplan Exodus must be held accountable – PNP Chief Dela Rosa 

However, aside from this, they also want all the SAF 44 be given a medal of valor.

“Bakit, sa SAF 44 troopers, dalawa lamang ang nagawaran ng Medal of Valor? Ano ang pamantayan ng mamatay sa labanan, para ang isa ay magawaran ng medalyang yaon? Paano naman ang iba pang 42 troopers? Hindi ba sila namatay nang lumalaban? O dahil walang makapaglahad ng istorya?” asked John Anniban, father of Senior Inspector Cyrus Anniban.

Under the administration of former president, Noynoy Aquino, only two of the fallen 44 were awarded with medal of valor.

But this time, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to complete within this month, all requirements needed for the granting of valor awards to the rest of the SAF members who died in the botched operation.

WATCH: Ombudsman files case against Purisima, Napeñas over Mamasapano encounter 

“Anyway all the records are there. There is no need for investigations. Look at the records of the Senate and everything. At kung sa tingin mo, bilang isang sundalo, na ang 44 SAF members ay karapat-dapat sa kagitingan, irekomenda mo. At ibibigay ko ito sa lahat na 44. Kasama no’n ang ilang pribilehiyo dahil sa pagkamatay ng kanilang mga mahal sa buhay nang naglilingkod sa bayan,” said the President during his speech.

The medal of valor is the highest recognition that can be achieved by a member of the Philippine National Police.

The child of a medal of valor awardee will receive educational scholarship grants, while a P20,000 lifetime monthly pension will be given to surviving families.

Meanwhile, apart from the recognition, President Duterte spromised another thing.

“Magtatakda ako ng isang araw, at ito ay tatawaging “A Day of Remembrance for the SAF 44,” he said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

PNP prepares to launch manhunt ops for GCTA-freed convicts still at large

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it has formed tracker teams in preparation for the manhunt operations against beneficiaries of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law who will fail to comply with President Rodrigo Duterte’s 15-day deadline.

The PNP said the 121 tracker teams formed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) will be deployed at the end of the 15-day period, which will be on Sept. 19.

There are only six days left before the deadline lapses.

“Nag-organize na agad tayo ng mga teams ng CIDG sa bawat regional offices sa mga provincials at cities,” PNP-CIDG deputy director for administration Police Brigadier General Bernabe Balba told UNTV News in a phone interview.

The president on Sept. 4 ordered convicts who were freed early for good behavior to present themselves within the said period to the nearest police station or to the military.

This is for the investigation and recomputation of their good conduct credits whether they are eligible to avail of the law.

Duterte warned they will be treated as fugitives if they fail to surrender within the given period.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier said it is eyeing to get the help of the International Police (INTERPOL) in arresting heinous crimes convicts freed due to GCTA. This is after they received information that some of the 1,914 released convicts have already left the country.

READ: DILG eyes Interpol, ASEAN police aid in catching GCTA-freed convicts abroad

Balba said that as early as now, tracker teams have started perusing the list of freed heinous criminals who are still at large, as well as their personal information in order to locate their possible whereabouts.

“Even before the deadline ay tumutulong na tayo na malocate at meron din namang namang nagsu-surrender in fact as of today ay nakapagtala na tayo ng 47 surrenderers sa CIDG,” he said.

Data from the PNP showed that as of 6 a.m. Friday, around 353 heinous crimes convicts freed due to GCTA have surrendered to authorities.

Of this number, 115 were convicted for murder while 108 were involved in rape cases.

Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) Regional Police Office has the highest number of surrenderers with 51 followed by Cagayan Valley (Police Regional Office 2) with 35.

The PNP said 234 of the total number of surrendered convicts have been turned over to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP to look into illegal drugs as possible motive for attack on ex-governor Espino

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will look into illegal drugs as possible motive for the ambush on former Pangasinan governor Amado Espino Jr.

The PNP said they are looking into all possible motives for the attack which include Espino’s campaign against illegal drugs during his term.

“Ang lahat ng ito ay tinitingnan ng mga posibleng anggulo. Wala pa naman talagang matukoy kung ano talagang dahilan (We are looking at all possible angles. We still haven’t figure out the real motive),” according to PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac.

“Maaaring may mga sindikato na maaaring naapektuhan ng kanyang kampanya na iyan (There may be crime syndicates that were affected by his campaign),” Banac added.

READ: Former Pangasinan governor Amado Espino hurt in ambush

Espino is already in a stable condition after sustaining bullet wounds on his arm and body.

One of his three wounded bodyguards, on the other hand, remains in critical condition.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

Duterte pitches for gross taxation to address corruption in gov’t

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for the use of gross taxation system over net tax collection in a bid to eliminate corruption in the government.

Duterte floated the idea on Thursday, saying the adoption of gross taxation system would significantly reduce corruption, starting in the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

The president previously made mention of this proposal during a media interview in Malacañang on Tuesday.

“Pag gross, wala na. ‘Yang mga examiner, wala nang trabaho ‘yan. Dito ka sa neto eh kasi may mga ano, bayaran, exemption ganun,” he said.

“Kung sinsero talaga kayo and you are on my side to stop corruption, if media would really help government and the Filipino people, all you have to do — tayong lahat, we agitate Congress, gross na tayo,” he added.

The president, however, did not elaborate on how the suggestion will be implemented.

Gross income tax is a tax assessed against the money somebody earns and is applicable to income from a job, as well as to funds that are set aside in an estate or trust.

While net taxes, are levied on production less subsidies received. It also paid to the government less transfer payments.

Net taxes are a simple version of a checkbook balance for governments as they measure the inflows and outflows of the state’s tax activities.

Duterte said that the need for examiners will be eliminated if the computation system of corporate taxes will be changed.

“I guarantee you, ‘pag pumunta tayo ng gross, wala ng examiner, wala ng deduction then they do not haggle for anything. ‘Pag nandiyan na ‘yung resibo, ‘yan na ‘yun,” he said.

The chief executive said this form of tax is already being used in foreign countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan.

In response to Duterte’s suggestion, the Department of Finance (DOF) said it will look into shifting to gross taxation.

Aside from adopting new system of taxation, the president earlier suggested the removal of brokers in the Bureau of Customs to curb corruption.

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