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Dela Rosa to media joining anti-drug ops: “Join at your own risk.”

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines —There is no problem with the Philippine National Police (PNP) if members of the media will join their anti-illegal drugs operation.

This, after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the PNP to bring members of media during operations against illegal drugs.

“Now, this is an order, bring the media so that they can get the story from the beginning to the end. Because if they will arrive late they will just say that the guns and evidence are planted,” Duterte said.

PNP Chief PDG Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said they will abide by the order of the President but they cannot assure the safety of media personnel who will cover the operations.

“We are open to that idea, you join us at your own risk. Since we don’t have the complete control of the situation, we cannot also assure your safety. You might get hit and then they will say it’s our fault,” Dela Rosa said.

The PNP believes the presence of media people will prove that the operations are legal and will eventually erase the bad image that the public perceives in them.

The PNP will also assure that abusive police officials will be held accountable.

“The media can confirm if our operation is legal or illegal, because they always accused us of human rights violation, extra judicial killings, so the truth will come out,” Dela Rosa added. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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President Duterte dares online news sites to prove allegations against government

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 18th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

 

President Rodrigo Duterte has defended himself against accusations that his administration is restricting the freedom of the press after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) decided to revoke the registration of the online news site, Rappler.

“Wala akong pakialam diyan. I mean, you have been throwing trash and s*** all along but pinabayaan ko. Pag nasilip kayo na meron pala kayong…but of the matter is, sabihin naman ninyong harassment. Kalokohan. Kung kami ang magmura, masama. Kung kayo ang gumawa ng kalokohan ninyo, okay kayo,” he said.

(I don’t care about that. I mean, you have been throwing trash and s*** all along but I let it go. When you are investigated and they find something…but of the matter is, you then start calling it harassment. That’s foolishness. When we cuss, we’re the bad guys. But when it’s you who’s misbehaving, it’s fine.)

The Chief Executive insisted that he had no hand in the decision of the SEC, noting that many of those who participated in the voting of the ruling are not his appointees.

The President also slammed media organizations that oligarchs and elites allegedly use to destroy the image of the government.

President Duterte also named Rappler and the broadsheet Inquirer in his speech.

He also warned of filing charges against owners of media outlets whom he accused of violating the Constitution.

“So it’s not a question of press freedom. It’s a question of abuse and protection by the elite of this country who hold the power. It’s about time that kayong mga mayaman, p***** i** huminto kayo kaka-abuso ninyo. Ginagamit ninyo ang media. Tingnan ninyo, one of these days, I’ll file a plunder case. ‘Pag finile ko plunder case, you will go to jail without a bail. Yung inyong mga reporter, they will be allowed to criticize us. But you go to jail for your crime or crimes,” Duterte said.

(So it’s not a question of press freedom. It’s a question of abuse and protection by the elite of this country who hold the power. It’s about time that the rich elites, **** stop your abuse. You are using the media…one of these days, I’ll file a plunder case. When I file the plunder case, you will go to jail without a bail. . . your reporters, they will be allowed to criticize us. But you go to jail for your crime or crimes.)

He also challenged Rappler to prove the allegations in one of its reports about Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.

In the said news item, Rappler reported that Go meddled in the acquisition of two warships of the Philippine Navy worth P15.5 billion.

The Chief Executive defended his assistant secretary and called Rappler a fake news outlet.

“Alam mo, hindi ako mag-yabang pero bilyonaryo ‘to [Go], sa totoo lang. Punta kayong Davao, tanungin niyo kung sino ‘yan. Itong mga ganito…it seems to appear na intervening because of what? Money? The things that you are telling here never happened,” said Duterte addressing Rappler.

(I will not boast, but this one [Go] is a billionaire. Go to Davao City and ask who he is. It seems to appear that he was intervening. Because of what? Money? The things that you are telling here never happened.)

The President promised to fire Go if Rappler can prove his purported meddling.

“Let me know tomorrow and I will fire him if he did intervene, even for one word,” Duterte said.

In a statement, Go also denied the allegations reported by the online news site. – Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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President Duterte signs E.O. on travel ban vs gov’t officials, employees

by UNTV NEWS   |   Posted on Monday, January 15th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with House Speaker Pantalon Alvarez as the latter celebrated his birthday at the New Tagum City Hall in Davao del Norte on January 12, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Though no official document has been released yet, President Rodrigo Duterte stated that he already signed an executive order which prohibits the personnel and government officials to travel into a foreign country except if they can submit corresponding documents before the scheduled travel.

The chief executive is referring to those under his authority in the executive branch down to the local government units.

“I just signed an executive order banning travel. You let me know first and I will read. I need to know what you are going for,” said President Duterte.

He made the statement when he attended the 60th birthday celebration of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Friday night in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

He again lambasted government officials who allegedly have no shame in using government funds and are using conferences abroad as an excuse to travel.

The President has already fired some officials who allegedly traveled abroad more than 12 times.

“They go out every convocation, convention, powwow, seminar — labas ng labas (always out). And for those who have traveled more than 12, you have to go. Hindi na ako bilib diyan sa most of the time nag-ibang bansa (I’m not impressed with officials who go abroad most of the time),” said Duterte. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP to resume Oplan Tokhang this month

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — PNP chief PDG. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has ordered his ground commanders to resume this month the police anti-drug operation or Oplan Tokhang.

“Siniguro namin at patuloy na sisiguruhin na yung totoong tokhang ang gagawin hindi yung pasukin ng kalokohan ng mga pulis na nag i-implement nyan. As I’ve said dati, may listahan at kinokotongan yung pusher na nasa listahan: ‘Para matanggal ka sa listahan ay bigyan mo kami pera’,” said the chief.

(Translation: We will make sure that it will be a real tokhang and not a corrupted one being implemented by erring policemen.  As I’ve said before, they have a list of pushers whom they extort money from saying, “To be taken off the list, give us money.”)

General Bato advised them to be more careful and assure bloodless operations this time around.

The PNP chief added that there is no room for irregularities this time especially among police officers one or po1 who have just been given a 100% salary increase.

He expects that these policemen will render good service.

“Kahit ang basehan natin yung lumang sweldo pa, wala pa rin rason para gumawa ng katiwalian, mas lalo ngayon na tumaas ang sweldo, doble ang sweldo (Even when we were still receiving the old salary, there was no reason to engage in corrupt practices. More so now that the salaries have been doubled) ,” said Dela Rosa.

Aside from the pay hike, Bato added that they also received allowances and logistical support from local government units.

He cited the Valenzuela LGU which donated 60 new mobile patrol units and K-9s that they can utilize in police operations.

Bato further warned of possible dismissal against cops who will get involved in illegal activities.

“That is my promise. I will dismiss policemen especially the PO1s who will be involved in illegal activities,” said the chief. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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