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Dela Rosa wants 24 BuCor employees on Duterte’s narcolist out

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

BuCor Chief Ronald dela Rosa


MUNTINLUPA CITY, Philippines – Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Chief Ronald dela Rosa is determined to cleanse the agency of illegal drug transactions.

Dela Rosa said it is unbecoming for an agency in charge of corrections and reformations to be penetrated with officers and personnel involved in illegal drugs.

“Kung user ka tapos nag-gu-guwardiya ka sa loob, ano pa? Hindi ka makikipagsabwatan doon sa mga gumagamit sa loob? Yung nga nagne negosyo sa loob…It’s very unbecoming of yourself to be a correction officer and at the same time a drug user very unbecoming iyan,” Dela Rosa said.

(If you’re a user and you’re a guard, are you sure you will never connive with the users and traders inside? It’s very unbecoming to be a correction officer and at the same time a drug user.)

In line with this, Dela Rosa already ordered accounting on 24 BuCor employees who are included in the drugs watch list of President Rodrigo Duterte. He wants to make sure that proper charges have already been filed against them.

“Ang ginawa sa kanila pala, binigyan sila ng chance na magpa rehab,” he said.

(What happened was, they were given a chance to go to rehab.)

Dela Rosa vowed to strictly impose internal cleansing within the agency same way he did in the Philippine National Police (PNP) during his term as PNP chief.

“Iba sa policy namin sa PNP noon na walang rehab rehab. Sa PNP na pag positive ka, dismiss ka. Ganon dapat ka istrikto ang implementation sa internal cleansing program,” Dela Rosa concluded.

(Unlike our policy in the PNP, there’s no chance for rehab. Once you test positive, you’re dismissed. That’s how strict the implementation of internal cleansing should be.) – Lea Ylagan

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Ronald Dela Rosa to go after smugglers

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Director of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Ronald Dela Rosa


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Former Police Chief now Director of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Ronald Dela Rosa has an additional task after being chosen as president of the newly formed Anti-Crime Council of the Philippines (ACCP.)

A multi-sectoral council composed of law enforcement agencies, businessmen and other non-governmental organizations, ACCP aims to fight crimes and illicit trades particularly smuggling which is highly rampant in the country.

Dela Rosa said they are considering the adoption of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Oplan Tokhang in pursuing smugglers in the country.

“Kung ano iyong pinaka objective ng organisasyon which is to fight illicit trade iyon ang ating tutukan ngayon how to help the government fight illicit trade to particularly iyon smuggling,” said Dela Rosa.

Reports show that the government is losing P200 billion in revenue annually due to smuggling. Jess Arranza, the president of the Federation of Philippine Industries said one factor that contributes to the proliferation of smuggling activities in the country is the implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. He cited as an example the rampant smuggling of cigarettes which is being blamed on the high excise tax imposed on tobacco products.

“Ikaw ba kapag bagsak ang presyo sa isang country pupunta ka? Ikaw smuggler ka, hindi ka pupunta sayang lang ang pagod mo, tutubuin mo centavo ang hinahanap nilang tutubuin piso, limang piso, sampung piso, dollar pa,” Arranza said.

(If you were a smuggler, would you go to a country where prices of goods are low? You’d be wasting your efforts earning a few centavos. Smugglers look to earn one peso, five pesos, 10 pesos, even in dollars.)

Meanwhile, the PNP expressed its support to Dela Rosa and vowed to join the agency in the conduct of Oplan Tokhang to smugglers.

“Probably ang suporta natin dito ay sa security side kung talagang mangangailangan sila ng security or enforcement coming from the Philippine National Police,” said PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.

The agency encourages businessmen to report to them incidents of smuggling and ACCP will call the attention of police to launch Oplan Tokhang. ACCP vows to file appropriate charges against personalities who are involved in such illegal activity – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo

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Dela Rosa takes oath as BuCor Chief

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, May 11th, 2018


Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa takes his oath of office before newly-installed Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

MANILA, Philippines – Former Police Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa was officially sworn into office Friday, May 11, as the new head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor.)

As he accepts his new job, Dela Rosa is confident that he can accomplish what is expected of him specifically in clearing the country’s penitentiaries of traces of illegal drugs.

Sige lang. Bigyan ninyo lang ako ng time. I will institute immediate reforms without cost to the government. Hanapan ko ng paraan iyan. Diskarte ko na iyan…ang importante mapahinto talaga ang drug transaction sa loob,” the new BuCor chief said.

(Just give me time. I will institute immediate reforms without cost to the government. I will find a way. The important thing is to stop drug transactions inside.)

Dela Rosa said it would be easier to discipline the drug lords inside detention cells as they have nowhere else to go, a task which he said is far more different than when he was still the PNP chief.

“Sa PNP ang kalaban hinahanap pa namin, ibang criminal. Hindi pa namin kilala nasa labas. Ito ngayon sa BuCor ang kalaban ko ang kriminal nasa loob mismo,” he said.

(In the PNP, we had to hunt down our enemies.  But in the BuCor, my criminal enemies are all inside.)

Bato plans to assign separate detention cells for foreign and Filipino drug lords inside the penitentiary to further prevent drug transactions in BuCor.

“So kung i-segregate mo iyong supply side, iyong mga Chinese, hindi sila makipag-communicate dito sa mga Pilipino na drug distributor hanggang supply lang sila. Ito namang sa side ng Filipino drug lords, kapag walang supply na makarating, kahit na anong demand sa labas, gaano kalakas ang demand, wala silang supply,” Dela Rosa explained.

(So if you segregate the supply side, the Chinese, they won’t be able to communicate with the Filipino distributors, they’re stuck with the supply. When it comes to the Filipino drug lords, if there’s no supply reaching them , regardless of the demand outside, they have nothing to give.)

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) as BuCor’s supervising agency expressed full support to the plans and advocacies of the new BuCor head.

“We’ll make sure that the Bucor will have the substantial adjustment for increase in its budgetary allocation,” said Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra. – Mai Bermudez  | UNTV News & Rescue

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BuCor Chief inspects military detention, warns high-profile inmates

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

BuCor Chief Ronald Dela Rosa during a surprise inspection of the detention facility inside Camp Aguinaldo.


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Ronald Dela Rosa made a surprise visit to the detention facility of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) inside Camp Aguinaldo, Wednesday, May 9.

Bato said he wants to check on the situation of high-profile inmates detained in ISAFP and to make sure that they are prevented from transacting illegal drugs.

Dela Rosa said he is satisfied with the security being imposed in the facility.

“Mahihirapan silang mag connive. Papayag ba ang AFP na magkakaroon ng drug trading, drug transaction within their compound ng Camp Aguinaldo? Hindi papayag iyan,” Bato said.

(They will find it difficult to connive. Do you think AFP will allow drug trading, drug transaction within their compound in Camp Aguinaldo? The will no allow it.)

During the inspection, the BuCor chief made a short talk with the eight high-profile inmates in the facility and encourages them to refrain from any wrong doing to be of help to the government in pursuing their former colleagues and stop illegal drug trade in the country.

“I talked to them sabi ko kahit na kayo ay mga state witness, pwede kayong mga dying witness kung kayo ay magpapatuloy sa kalakalan sa droga,” he said.

(I talked to them and told them that even though they are state witnesses, they can turn into “dying witnesses” if they continue dealing drugs.)

 The eight inmates – Herbert Colangco, Robert Durano, Jerry Pipino, Noel Martinez, German Agojo, Jaime Patio, Thomas Donina and Rodolfo Magleo – were transferred to the ISAFP facility from the New Bilibid Prisons after they turned into state witnesses against detained Senator Leila De Lima. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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