Bato apologizes for ‘shit happens’ remark

Maris Federez   •   July 8, 2019   •   1011

Senator Ronald dela Rosa

Senator Ronald dela Rosa has issued a public apology for his “shit happens” remark last week.

The senator’s statement stemmed from the death of a three-year-old girl during an anti-illegal drugs operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Rodriguez, Rizal last June 29.

Dela Rosa admitted using wrong choice of words in detailing the said incident.

“Klaruhin ko na lang, hindi maganda ang dating doon sa parents ng bata na namatay. I would like to apologize to the family yung aking wrong use of term. Dapat ang sinabi ko doon instead na ‘shit happens’, dapat unfortunate [I would like to clear, it didn’t sit well with the parents of the dead child. I would like to apologize to the family for my wrong use of term. I shouldn’t have said “shit happens” but, rather, unfortunate],” Dela Rosa said.

The newbie senator promised to be very careful with his choice of words now that he is already a lawmaker. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

Bato confirms his US visa has been canceled

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020

Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa confirmed on Wednesday (January 22) that the United States (US) has cancelled his visa.

Dela Rosa said he was informed about the cancellation of his visa when he made an inquiry about his visa status on Monday (January 20).

“I received their official answer […] informing me that my visa is no longer valid for travel to the United States,” he said in an interview.

The Senator also said the US Embassy did not provide any reason regarding the cancellation of his visa or until when the visa will remain canceled. However, he can still reapply for another visa.

“No reason was stated,” Dela Rosa said. “Should I want to apply for another visa, I may apply.”

A resolution was filed before the upper chamber of the US Congress which allows the US Executive Branch to impose travel restrictions and sanctions against human rights violators including officials involved in the detention of former Senator Leila de Lima.

However, there is still no confirmation if Dela Rosa’s canceled visa is related to the said resolution.—AAC

PNP takes full control of training police recruits

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 2019

Newly promoted policemen stand in formation during a mass promotion ceremony at the police headquarters in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 March 2019.  EPA-EFE / FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has taken full supervision of the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) and the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in a formal turn over on Monday (October 7) at Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna.

The transfer of supervision was in accordance with Republic Act 11279 which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in May this year.

“The Philippine National Police shall have administrative and operational supervision and control over the Philippine National Police Academy. and the National Police Training Institute,”

RA 11279 states that the transfer of administration is “to better achieve the goals of a highly efficient and competent police force.”

It is also in line with the PNP’s program of internal cleansing among its rank of ‘sloppy’ and ‘scalawag’ policemen.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is confident that by directly managing the police training institutions, the PNP will be able to achieve its targets of 10,000 police recruits who will be honed in lieu of the retiring police officers.

“The PNP is now solely responsible for the making of a complete police officer, from recruitment to retirement,” Albayalde said.

“Thus, we only have ourselves to blame if any PNP member will go astray because of poor training and orientation,” he concluded. MNP (with reports from April Cenedoza)

PDEA: 7 active ninja cops recycle illegal drugs; ‘drug queen’ in Manila holds govt position

Maris Federez   •   September 18, 2019

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has confirmed that the practice of recycling illegal drugs recovered from government operations is still prevalent.

The agency said seven ninja cops are involved in such practice.

In her exclusive report, UNTV Correspondent Lea Ylagan was able to obtain a list containing the names of the 13 original ninja cops with ranks ranging from patrolmen to police captains.

When President Rodrigo Duterte started his term in office and launched the extensive campaign against illegal drugs, said ninja cops were sent to Mindanao.

Two of them were ambushed by a riding-in-tandem in Cotabato which resulted in the death of one.

Others had gone AWOL, while some retired early.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino, however, reported that, to this day, seven ninja cops who are still in active service are in the practice of recycling recovered or confiscated illegal drugs, with the help of an alleged Drug Queen who is said to be holding a position in Manila.

“(There) are protectors, somehow helping the drug queen distribute drugs. Sila rin ang nagbebenta ng ilegal na droga. Minsan naman may mga asset din sila na nagbebenta ng ilegal na droga,” Aquino said.

The official added that these ninja cops do not only operate in Metro Manila but also in the provinces.

“Definitely bawat region ay may ninja cops. Merong mga tiwali. Even parts of Mindanao, Visayas, Luzon,” he added.

Aquino further said that the ninja cops would reduce in half the shabu that they confiscate in their anti-illegal drug operations and would pass it on to the said Drug Queen who will take care of the dispatching and selling to their customers.

“She is very powerful with connections with the law enforcement agency, sa mga pulitiko and I think naging politician din sya once. di ko lang alam kung gano katagal, pero naging politician din siya,” Aquino said.

The NBI, AIDSOTF and PDEA had numerously tried to conduct an operation against the said Drug Queen but she may had been given a heads up by the ninja cops, making her elude the arrest.

“About 4-5 buildings ang iki-clear namin e so malaki ang area. That’s the reason why we ask for operational assistant sa PNP at NBI. But unfortunately, there was a leak.  In short, may ahas sa mga operatives naming. I don’t know kung sino, but it turned out to be a negative operation,” Aquino said.

A UNTV source said the original ninja cops come from the then-Western Police District (WPD), which is now called the Manila Police District (MPD).

They were called ninja cops because the vehicles they were using then in conducting drug operations were Kawasaki Ninja motorcycles, which had become their trademark of sort.

The source also said that aside from recycling illegal drugs, these ninja cops are also involved in “tutok-kalawit”, “Hulidap”, and “Bangketa” o the dropping of illegal drug-related cases.

These ninja cops were able to thrive for a long time because they were being coddled by a general and other high-ranking officials of the PNP in the past.

Aquino said his team is in the process of completing their report on the said Drug Queen and the seven ninja cops which they will submit to President Duterte within this week. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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