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AFP submits recommendation to Pres. Duterte in line with the implementation of martial law in Mindanao

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The existing martial law in Mindanao is set to end on the 31st of December.

With this, various groups opposing the military rule call on the government to no longer extend the proclamation.

They said martial law violates human rights particularly in the communities of Moros and Lumads.

The groups claim this is the reason why they want the military rule to end.

President Rodrigo Duterte initially said he will base his decision on the matter on the recommendations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, they based their recommendation on the current security situation of the country.

“Our recommendation is based on assessment not only covering the NPA’s, the assessment covers all threats. But of course you yourself, members of the media, have extensively reported about these atrocities by the NPA. So your coverage will speak for itself. We really have seen that there is an intensified action on the part of the NPA,” said Guerrero.

The AFP Chief of Staff, however, refused to reveal the contents of their recommendation, saying it will be the President himself who will decide on whether to extend the military rule or not.

However, when Guerrero was asked about the possibility of a nationwide martial law declaration, he has this to say…

“It’s always a possibility, everything is possible,” Guerrero added. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP braces for possible NPA attacks

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

PNP Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa

FILE PHOTO: PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has ordered cops to prepare for possible attacks by the New People’s Army (NPA).

Dela Rosa particularly directed cops to take caution against the Special Partisan Armed Revolutionary Unit (SPARU) of the NPA that carries out ambush attacks against members of the police and military.

Since January 2017 until March 22, 2018, there have been 65 recorded incidents of attacks by the SPARU unit of the NPA.

The PNP chief said President Rodrigo Duterte hired the services of retired cops to teach active policemen how to counter the tactics of SPARU.

“We have retired police officers commissioned by the president to orient young officers that lack exposure against insurgency. They should share their knowledge so these cops would be aware of the modus operandi of the SPARU. — UNTV News & Rescue

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76 new PNPA cadets to join police force

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the graduates from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) ‘Maragtas’ Class of 2018 as they march during the pass-in review during the 39th PNPA Commencement Exercises at Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on March 21, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 106 cadets graduated from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Academy on Wednesday with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Safety.

Seventy-six of them prefer to join the Philippine National Police; 13 are joining the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) while 17 are joining the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Twenty-four-year-old cadet Fritz John Napalinga Vallador from Negros Occidental was hailed as class valedictorian.

“We shall not only be indebted forever to the Filipino people but we will always be committed to serve the people at all times,” said Vallador.

Aside from the Presidential Kampilan Award and other awards, he received a house and lot located in Bacolod.

The PNP also assigned service pistols to the top 10 graduates of the PNPA.

For Fritz’ guardian, Nelia Deocares, no words can describe how thankful she is to see him accomplish his plebehood in the academy.

Nelia raised Fritz and treated him as her own in support of Fritz’s mother who works as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Spain.

“Salamat. You make us proud of you at nandiyan ka na,” said Deocares.

(Thank you. You make us proud that you have finally made it.)

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte gave his advice to the newly added batch of uniformed personnel to the government’s police force.

“Just perform your duty. For as long as you are in the performance of duty, do not be afraid. Just do it. If you have to kill, I will take care of you,” said the president.

The chief executive also expressed his wish to see cadets coming from the Moros and other indigenous groups in the country to join the PNPA and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Aguirre discards panel’s dismissal of drug charges vs Espinosa,  et al.

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre

FILE PHOTO: Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has scrapped the dismissal of drug charges against self-confessed drug dealer Kerwin Espinosa and other alleged drug lords such as Peter Lim, Peter Co, and others.

For now, the justice department is giving the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the accused, enough time to submit new sets of evidence.

Among those that can be submitted to the DOJ are the transcript of Espinosa’s travel records and his admission before the Senate hearing that he is a drug dealer.

“The motion for reconsideration pending before I assumed the power of automatic review is now deemed moot and academic,” Aguirre said.

The official added that he will have a lawyer that will focus on the gathering of evidence and the investigation of the PNP on the cases.

PNP said they are preparing the evidence that will pin down Espinosa on his involvement in illegal drug operations.

PNP Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) Director PCSupt. Albert Ferro said that the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has already obtained a copy of the extrajudicial confession or the evidence of Espinosa’s admission in November 2016 that he is involved in the illegal drug operations.

“The Senate transcript is actually same with the extrajudicial confession of Kerwin because when it was presented, Kerwin had no prepared speech so his judicial affidavit was presented,” said PNP-DEG Legal and Investigation Division chief PSupt. Enrico Rigor.

Meanwhile, Aguirre admitted that some prosecutors were unhappy about his order to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a probe on those who are involved in the case dismissal.

Despite this, the official said that he will not stop the investigations.

“Naiintindihan ko iyong (I understand) where they are coming from. But they should also understand that because of the backlash caused by some people with ill-motives coupled with politics, nagkaroon po ng hindi magandang perception ang public dito sa isyung ito (the public had a negative perception on this issue),” Aguirre said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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