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96 local execs to face anti-drug charges  – DILG

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018

DILG officials

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) revealed on Monday (November 12) that a total of 96 local government officials are likely to face charges involvement in illegal drugs trade.

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, the agency is determined to recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte the publication of his watch list of drug personalities especially since the midterm polls are about three months away.

The DILG together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is continuously verifying the said list of so called narco-politcians.

In fact, Año said some of the personalities in the list can already be charged based on evidence acquired by the agency.

The Secretary confirmed it involves some active congressmen.

“Iba ibang level iyan, mayroong cuddling, merong nagto-tolerate, merong mismong involved,” Año said.

“Ang sabi ko nga, PDEA ang maglalabas niyan. Sa akin, we’ll recommend na ilabas natin,” he added.

Meanwhile, Senator Francis Escudero dared the agency to just release the list in the spirit of fairness.

“Kung talagang tiwala sila, kumpyansa sila na may basehan ang listahan na iyon, bakit di nila ilabas para hindi lahat ng local na opisyal, hindi lahat ng congressman ay pagdududahan na nasa listahan o baka nasa listahan. Oportunidad na rin iyon sa sinuman na mapapangalagaan na linisin ang pangalan niya at kasuhan ang sinumang PDEA o DILG na maglalagay ng pangalan doon na walang basehan,” Escudero argued.

The Senator said it is up to the people to decide if an election aspirant is credible enough to be voted for a government position. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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DILG warns candidates paying campaign fees to rebels

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will file charges against candidates proven to be paying campaign fees to communist rebels.

According to DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya these candidates will be liable if they have enough evidence to prove that these candidates are paying extortion money to communist rebels.

“They will be held liable even after the elections if we are able to gather evidence that they are aiding, financing, supporting or conniving with these communist terrorist groups and their allies who are out to trample our democracy and oust our duly constituted authorities,” he said during a press briefing on Thursday (May 2).

DILG said the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) were able to collect over P100 million from various extortion activities nationwide from 2016-2018.

Election candidates will pay a certain amount of money to communist rebels in order allow them to campaign in their area.

Meanwhile, Malaya said there is already a decline in the number of local candidates paying extortion money to communist rebels for this election compared in 2016.

However, for those candidates who continue to pay rebels for a campaign permit, they will be in violation of Republic Act no. 10168 or the Financing of Terrorism, Disloyalty and Co-conspirator in Crime of Rebellion.

According to Malaya they received reports about negotiations with the rebel groups in parts of Cordillera, Quezon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Eastern Mindanao. (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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Duterte orders speedy process of P50-M monthly support to war veterans

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Filipino war veterans | Courtesy : PCOO/RTVM

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, announced on Tuesday (April 9) that President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a directive for the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) to speed up the processing of monthly pensions of veterans.

Secretary Año represented the President at the 77th commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan or the Day of Valor at the Mount Samat National Shrine in Bataan.

Año announced that a P50-million monthly support will be given to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center and the pension increase from P5,000 to P20,000 has been set.

Vice President Leni Robredo addressed some 4,000 people, including surviving war veterans and their relatives, during the commemoration.

President Duterte led the commemoration of the Day of Valor at Camp General Teodulfo Bautista Headquarters in Barangay Busbus in Jolo, Sulu.

In his speech during the commemoration, the President said that, while the country remembers the gallantry of thousands of Filipino soldiers who defended Bataan in 1942, the administration honors and acknowledges the Filipino soldiers of today for their relentless efforts to fight lawless elements that threaten the country’s security.

“I salute you and give you honor…to the valiant soldiers who were injured or who gave their lives during the recent military operations here in Sulu. Let me assure you that you have — the government [will] continue to prioritize your welfare and that of your families,” the President said.

Last year, the President also failed to attend the rites in Bataan due to a business forum in China. – Maris Federez

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PH gov’t tells metro LGUs: Impose strict guidelines on estero clean-up

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019

Estero de San Miguel

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday (March 18) told local officials in Metro Manila to implement strict guidelines on cleaning up all bodies of water draining into the Manila Bay.

This is part of the government’s ongoing efforts to rehabilitate Manila Bay and deal with the sources of its pollution.

In a meeting together with concerned government agencies, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu challenged village chiefs to impose guidelines that would help in totally eliminating wastes in esteros and hasten Manila Bay’s rehabilitation.

This is ahead of DENR’s plan to simultaneously clean up more than 200 esteros in Metro Manila on March 31 in a bid to achieve the goal of bringing down the coliform level in all esteros to 100 most probable number (MPN) per 100 milliliters (mL).

The clean-up drive will cover Manila Bay tributaries traversing Quezon City, Valenzuela, Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas in Metro Manila.

Cimatu also reminded local government units (LGU) and villages surrounding the bay of their responsibilities in ensuring that wastes are properly collected and segregated, as well as the improvement of water quality within their jurisdictions, as stated in DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-09 released on January 24, 2019.

“Hindi lang basta-basta pabayaan mo na lang iyong garbage truck, kukuha iyong garbage, aalis din. Kailangang ma-implement din natin na wala nang maiiwan. Otherwise ‘pag naalis iyon, nagkalat-kalat, dumarating sa esteros iyong mga garbage,” Cimatu said.

The reminder follows a report that only 30 percent of the total number of concerned villages complied with the order and existing Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

“From now on, manghuli kayo ng nagtatapon ng basura sa kanal, estero, ilog, dalampasigan. Obligasyon ng barangay iyan. Obligasyon ng barangay na linisin ang kani-kanilang pamayanan,” DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño urged.

In its circular, the DILG directed 178 LGUs and 5,714 villages inside the Manila Bay Watershed Area to “fulfill their roles and responsibilities pursuant to environmental laws that contribute to the rehabilitation of Manila Bay.”

The agency cited in the memorandum Section 20 of the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004, which provides that LGUs shall share the responsibility in the management and improvement of water quality within their jurisdictions.

Similarly, the Local Government Code states that villages are required to do basic services, which include, but not limited to services and facilities related to hygiene and sanitation, beautification and solid waste collection.

The DILG also said in the same memorandum that LGUs and villages must organize clean up drives in their localities, including coastal areas and inland water systems, while encouraging participation from different stakeholders.

In a separate Memorandum 2019-07, LGUs and villages are also expected to partake in the drive to renew Manila Bay by conducting weekly clean-up drives in their communities and leading the eco-waste management in their respective areas.

The agency warned that failure to comply with the order may mete out administrative charges and suspension or dismissal from government service.

“Bakit hindi sila nag-conduct ng clean up sa utos ni (DILG) Sec. (Eduardo) Año or else magpa-file kami ng kaso sa Ombudsman laban sa kanila,” Diño said.

The government kicked off the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program last January 27, 2019, which also includes the reforestation of mangrove areas in the Las Piñas-Parañaque critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Mai Bermudez)

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