De Lima now in stable condition, discharged from hospital

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 27, 2021   •   455

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Leila M. de Lima is now in stable condition and has been discharged from the hospital, according to her personal physicians.

In a statement, Dr. Dante Morales and Dr. Errol Rhett Santelices said the result of De Lima’s tests showed no evidence of stroke.

“The medical team who attended her case said De Lima experienced episodes of migraine headaches triggered by the hot environment, poor ventilation, and noise. This was associated with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and reactive hypertension,” the statement reads.

Her personal physicians have recommended increasing ventilation in her detention quarters which is poorly ventilated and absorbs the summer heat.

It was also recommended that the senator undergo more tests should the symptoms recur.

The medical team also stressed that De Lima’s blood pressure and sugar level be regularly monitored. She was also advised to avoid stress.

De Lima was confined at the Manila Doctors Hospital for three days, from April 24-27, to undergo a medical examination.

De Lima thanked everyone who showed support, sent messages, and offered prayers for her recovery. AAC

PNP welcomes DOJ move to release parts of review on anti-drug campaign

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomed the decision of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to make public the summaries of the 52 cases it reviewed in connection with deaths related to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the DOJ’s move is “consistent with the PNP stand for transparency and accountability in the police organization.”

“We welcome the decision of Department of Justice to release these documents to the public,” he said.

“Simula pa lang ay lubos na ang ating kooperasyon sa DOJ sa pamumuno ni Secretary Menardo Guevarra sa pamamagitan ng ating SILG Eduardo Año, at ipinaubaya na natin sa kanila ang desisyon tungkol sa mga kasong ito in the interest of truth, transparency and justice,” he added.

According to the DOJ, the summaries that will be released will include docket numbers, names of deceased suspects, places and dates of the incidents, and the review panel’s summary of observations on the cases.

The National Bureau of Investigation is set to conduct case buildup for the possible filing of criminal charges against erring police officers.

Eleazar urged the victims’ families to cooperate in holding policemen who committed abuses accountable for their action.

“Ito rin ang pagkakataon para sa mga pamilya ng nasawi sa police anti-illegal drugs operations para sila’y makapagsumite ng complaint-affidavit o kaya’y magharap ng testigo upang maisampa ang kaukulang kasong kriminal sa korte,” he said.

“Tinitiyak ko ang buong pakikipagtulungan ng PNP sa NBI. Walang mangyayaring takipan at ating pananagutin ang may dapat panagutan,” he added.

He also reminded PNP personnel to strictly follow the Police Operational Procedures to avoid problems in performing their mandate.

“Let this serve as a lesson to all our personnel that as police officers, we are law enforcers who are duty-bound to uphold the law. Tagapagpatupad tayo ng batas, hindi tayo ang batas,” Eleazar said.

“Always remember that the true courage of a police officer is measured by how he keeps his integrity and moral values intact amid the temptation and the pressure to commit abuses and disregard the rule of law,” he added.

Eleazar also stressed the sacrifices of policemen on the ground and the accomplishments of the campaign against illegal drugs.

These include the confiscation of multi-billion peso worth of illegal drugs, the neutralization of key players in the illegal drugs trade in the country and the dismantling of shabu laboratories in the country.

 

Parusa sa mga pulis na sangkot sa illegal drugs, masiyadong mababa — DOJ report

Maris Federez   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Inilabas na ng Department of Justice (DOJ) ang resulta ng kanilang ginawang review sa 52 kaso mula sa Philippine National Police (PNP) na may kaugnayan sa war on drugs ng pamahalaan.

Batay sa impormasyon na inilabas ng DOJ sa limampu’t limang case files mula sa PNP- Internal Affairs Service (IAS), mayroong mga paglabag o lapses na nangyari sa operasyon kontra iligal na droga, ngunit mababa lamang ang ipinataw na parusa sa karamihan sa mga sangkot na pulis.

Tatlumpu’t lima sa mga kaso ang pinatawan ng suspension ang mga sangkot na pulis, habang 12 kaso ang nagkaroon ng parusang demotion o pagbaba ng ranggo, at anim na kaso ang may parusang dismissal from service o pagkakatanggal sa serbisyo.

Samantala, sa kaso ng pagkamatay ni Ryan Robosa alyas Spike noong December 2016 sa Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, pinagsabihan lamang o reprimand ang ibinigay na aksyon sa mga respondent.

Ito ay sa kabila ng kinakitaan ng matinding iregularidad sa pagganap ng kanilang trabaho ang mga sangkot na pulis.

Ayon sa DOJ, hindi nabanggit sa death certificate ang sanhi ng pagkamatay, walang pre-operation report, walang koordinasyon at walang ballistic o paraffin at autopsy records ang pagkamatay ni Robosa.

Ilang kasong administratibo din laban sa mga respondent ang pinawalang bisa ng PNP-IAS.

Nasa 20 kaso ang natuklasan ng DOJ na nagkaroon ng multiple gunshot wounds ang mga suspect, at mahigit 20 kaso rin ang walang detalye.

Ayon pa sa DOJ, may ilan ding suspek ang binaril nang malapitan at may mga sinasabing nanlaban subalit negatibo sa gunpowder nitrates sa resulta ng paraffin test.

Samantala, ayon kay National Union of Peoples Lawyers (NUPL) chairman Atty. Neri Colmnenares, ang inilabas na ulat ng DOJ hinggil sa war on drugs ay ‘tip of the iceberg’ o maliit na bahagi lamang.

Marami pa aniyang  insidente na kailangan ng mas malalim na imbestigasyon para makapagsampa ng kaso sa korte.

Subalit, binigyang diin din ng dating mambabatas na ang impormasyon na inilabas ng DOJ ay kumpimasyon lamang ng pag-abuso ng PNP sa pagsasagawa ng operasyon kaugnay ng laban sa iligal na droga at nagpapakita na hindi tagumpay ang drug war gaya ng pinapalitaw ng Duterte administration.

Sinabi naman ng grupong Karapatan hindi lang dapat hanggang pagsasampa ng kaso ang gawing hakbang laban sa nagkasalang police officers.

Kailangan anila ng malinaw na sagot ng pamilya ng mga biktima hinggil sa pattern ng nangayaring pagpatay, sino ang mga perpetrator.

Samantala, welcome naman sa Commission on Human Rights (CHR) ang desisyon ng DOJ na ilabas ang impormasyon hinggil sa mga kaso ng war on drus na kanilang ni-review.

Umaasa ang CHR na makatutulong ito para sa mga pamilya ng biktima na malaman kung ano na ang status ng imbesgtigasyon at makahikayat ng mga saksi na lumitaw para sa ikalulutas ng mga kaso. —/mbmf (mula sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

De Lima seeks reelection in 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   October 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila De Lima has filed her certificate of candidacy (COC), through an authorized representative, for her reelection bid in the 2022 elections.

De Lima’s spokesperson, Atty. Dino de Leon, filed her COC on Friday on her behalf.

In seeking reelection, De Lima said she wants to restore justice in the next administration and vowed to demand an accounting of President Rodrigo Duterte’s unfulfilled campaign promises.

De Lima, a staunch critic of the Duterte administration, has been in detention since 2017 at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center at Camp Crame for her alleged involvement in the narcotics trade.

She has repeatedly denied the drug-related charges against her.

Prior to being elected as senator in 2016, she served as chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights and secretary of the Department of Justice.

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