Australian kidnap victim Warren Rodwell, nanumpa ng kanyang salaysay sa DOJ

admin   •   April 2, 2013   •   2331

Ang Australian national na  si Warren Rodwell na naging bihag ng bandidong Abu Sayyaff sa pagpunta nito sa Department of Justice. (UNTV News)

Ang Australian national na si Warren Rodwell na naging bihag ng bandidong Abu Sayyaff sa pagpunta nito sa Department of Justice. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Nagtungo sa Department of Justice (DOJ) nitong Lunes ang Australian national na si Warren Rodwell upang panumpaan ang kanyang salaysay tungkol sa pagkakabihag sa kanya ng mga umano’y miyembro ng Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

Ayon kay State Prosecutor Aristotle Reyes, ito ay bilang pagtupad sa kahilingan ng PNP-Anti-Kidnapping group na panumpaan ni Rodwell ang kanyang mga salaysay sa DOJ.

Gagamitin aniya ito sa case build up ng pulisya laban sa mga bumihag sa Australyano.

“Sinubscribe lang ni Mr. Rodwell yung kanyang statement upon request of PNP-Anti-Kidnapping Group.”

“DOJ will only start investigation in the event the case is referred to us, pero in the meantime wala pa naman,” pahayag ng opisyal.

Magugunitang dinukot si Rodwell ng mga hinihinalang miyembro ng Abu Sayyaf noong Disyembre 2011 sa bahay nito sa Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Makaraan ang isang taon at tatlong buwang pagkakabihag ay pinakawalan si Rodwell nitong Marso 23 sa Pagadian City matapos magbayad ng apat na milyong pisong ransom ang pamilya nito. (Roderic Mendoza & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

DOJ reiterates law enforcers should not interfere with community pantries

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reiterated that law enforcement agents should not interfere with anyone doing good deeds which include setting up community pantries.

In a statement, DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said a law enforcer should also not question individuals involved in community pantries unless they are violating laws.

“Suffice it to say that a person voluntarily doing an act of kindness and compassion toward his neighbor should be left alone,” he said.

“It is not proper for law enforcement agents to interrogate him unless there is reason to believe that he is violating any law, ordinance, rule, or regulation for the good or welfare of the community,” he added.

However, Guevarra refused to comment if police authorities violated the privacy act in gathering information about the organizers of community pantries. He also clarified that organizers are not required to fill out forms.

“Organizers of community pantries have no legal duty or are under any compulsion to fill out any forms, as these are not considered business, much less illegal activities,” he said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

DILG backs proposed community service as penalty for quarantine violators

Robie de Guzman   •   April 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday expressed support for the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposal to impose community service instead of jail time as a penalty for those who violate quarantine protocols against COVID-19.

DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya issued the statement during the Laging Handa public briefing when asked about Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra’s suggestion.

Malaya, however, clarified that quarantine violators are not immediately arrested under the existing policy. He said violators are usually given a warning for the first offense and are asked to pay a fine for the second offense.

The DILG official also said that the local government units are the ones that set their own penalties for quarantine violations through local ordinances.

“Let me first say that our policy is not to go straight to arrests. In fact, most of the time, the first offense only yields a warning, and the second offense is usually a fine” Malaya said in a mix of Filipino and English.

“These penalties are within the scope of ordinances passed by cities and municipalities and signed by mayors. So, these are not controlled by the National Task Force of Inter-Agency Task Force,” he added. “Having said that, we support this initiative, and if our councilors are willing to amend their ordinances, that’s well and good. It might be better to have [violators] do community service instead.”

Guevara, in a Palace press briefing on Monday, said he has recommended to the Inter-Agency Task Force not to arrest or detain those who continue to violate quarantine protocols, and instead impose community service as a punishment.

The DOJ chief said the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act penalizes “non-cooperation” of persons identified as having a notifiable disease and those who are supposed to report it.

He, however, said that the law was not specific when it came to actual violations.

“Yung statutes like Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases, meron doong provision on non-cooperation, but you know medyo hindi siya shoot na shoot eh, hindi sya talagang very exact to the actual violation,” he said.

“I also recommend that in the enforcement, the stricter enforcement of the ordinances, that LGUs consider the possibility of imposing na lamang the penalty of community service for those who will continue to violate our ordinances rather than imprison or rather than putting them in jail or fining them, eh kasi talaga ngang mahirap na ang buhay sa ECQ,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

PH troops kill notorious Abu Sayyaf leader in Tawi-Tawi

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A notorious Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader was killed during an encounter with the military and police troops in Tawi-Tawi on Saturday (March 20).

Commander of the JTF Tawi-Tawi Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas said the military immediately took action following a report regarding the presence of suspicious fully-armed men in Barangay Kalupag Island.

“We executed prompt military action following the receipt of information. We are anticipating reports from the communities that is why we made sure that our assets are at high readiness,” he said.

Apo Mike was already wounded when government forces captured him. He eventually died due to blood loss. Local authorities managed to rescue ASG’s last captive in Tawi-Tawi , a  15-year-old Indonesian national .AAC

 

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