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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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Several lawmakers consider elevating the issue of martial law extension to the Supreme Court

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

The House of Representatives’ Makabayan Bloc

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives’ Makabayan Bloc has expressed grave concern over the decision of Congress to extend for another year the military rule in Mindanao.

With this, the opposition group wants to bring the matter to the Supreme Court (SC).

“We will question this in courts. We will question and we will resist this on streets,” Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Ariel Casilao said.

“Like the mentored resource person, this is a psychological war against the public. This is not a matter of public safety. They want to impose a state of fear. To fear the public so they won’t fight. But this is a huge mistake,” Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate

This is also what the Senate’s minority bloc plans to do.

“Bring the issue to the Supreme Court, raise the factual basis for the extension of martial law because there is no actual uprising, nor armed conflict that will justify the extension, the imposition of martial law,” Senate minority leader Senator Franklin Drilon said.

However, some senators believe the public has nothing to worry about in the decision of Congress to approve the request of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Especially since, the Senators said, there have been no reported human rights violations in Mindanao during the existing military rule.

“In a way it’s a blessing in disguise because the consciousness, the awareness of the people that there is a martial law allows us to focus our attention on the security forces. It might even be a deterrent against possible abuses,” Sen. Panfilo Lacson said.

“Where have been the abuses? Where have been the confirmed abuses? We asked for a briefing from the CHR (Commission on Human Rights), there have been no confirmed abuses,” Senate President Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said.

According to Pimentel, the Congress will not allow the Executive Department to abuse the rights lawmakers and senators gave them.

“If there is no justification then you can expect, Congress or the Senate to oppose the imposition of martial law,” Pimentel said.

National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon also allayed fears over the alleged possibility of declaring military rule in the entire country.

“Because here in Visayas and Luzon, many of people here can commit insurgency. They can do small deployments,” Esperon said.

Esperon also emphasized that the decision of Congress i a huge help to them in achieving long lasting peace in the region of Mindanao. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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President Duterte seeks truth on Dengvaxia issue

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed support for the independent investigation on Dengvaxia controversy.

He encouraged those who are involved to speak the truth as soon as possible though he believes that the officials of the past administration who procured the dengue vaccination acted in good faith.

“Kaya nga binili natin yun. Alam mo it’s good faith. If you really think, in good faith, you are doing the right thing, nobody but nobody could question you except your conscience (That’s why the government bought that. You know, it’ s good faith. If you really think, in good faith, you are doing the right thing, nobody but nobody could question you except your conscience),” Pres. Duterte said.

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Authorities rescues 19 women, minors in a restobar in Caloocan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines – Operatives of the Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center raided a restobar along 8th Avenue in Caloocan City, Monday night.

The operation targeted 2 suspected procurers identified as Teody Gutierrez alias Agatha and an unidentified woman who allegedly pimped girls.

During the raid at the restobar, operatives rescued 19 women including 11 minors who were supposed to be pimped to male customers that night.

Some of them were tearful during the rescue.

Authorities arrested alias Agatha who failed to escape after she was cornered. However the other suspect managed to flee.

According to Police Senior Supt. Villamor Tuliao, the Chief of the PNP Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, the restobar had long been under surveillance after receiving complaints about the illegal activities by the suspects.

“Usually, they would offer via Facebook or other platforms on social media while others are through personal contacts that they have these women and these are the ages ranging from… actually the youngest we rescued is aged 14-yrs old,” WCPC Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division chief, PS/Supt. Villamor Tuliao said.

He added that the meeting for the trafficking of the women was supposed to take place at a diner, but the underage girls were being brought to hotels for sex.

The clients pay P4,000 to P5,000 for the services of the minors.

Tuliao reminded parents, “Warning to parents: properly monitor your children.”

The rescued women will be brought to Camp Crame for documentation. Afterwards, they will be turned over to the social workers of the Department Social Welfare and Development.

Alias Agatha, meanwhile, will face charges for violating the Anti- Trafficking in Person Act. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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