DILG targets release of probe results on generals alleged as protectors of illegal drugs ops
admin • July 9, 2016 • 2223
PNP Chief Ronald Dela in talks with 3 generals allegedly involved in illegal drugs operations.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government aims to come up with an immediately result in its investigation on the generals dubbed as protectors of illegal drug operations in the country.
In an interview with the program “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon” this morning, Interior secretary, Mike Sueno said his department is targeting to finish its investigation and release the result by the end of July.
“Our is just administrative. The rest, criminal cases will be decided by the court,” Sec. sueno said.
In case proven guilty, the said officials may be dismissed from active service and be removed of any service benefits.
The agency is also finalizing the list of names of local government officials who are allegedly involved in illegal drugs operations in the country.
Sueno said, they are planning to complet the list on July 20. Then, it will be compared to the list that is in the possession of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“He has his own list. We also have our list in the DILG,” he clarified.
Sueno said, the President has a wide intelligence network and he has a lot of sources so he [the President] is sure of his evidence against the accused.
Meanwhile, Sueno said they are planning to meet with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF to discuss the measures to combat illegal drugs among the Muslim communities.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte maintained that he will raise the arbitral ruling that favors the Philippines in the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea when he visits China next week.
Duterte is scheduled to fly to China for a working visit from August 28 to September 3.
He will meet Chinese president Xi Jinping and talk about the Hague ruling, the code of conduct, as well as the proposed joint oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea.
“So whether you like it or not, would it make you happy or not, angry or otherwise. Sorry, but we have to talk the arbitral ruling, then what we get, if there is a start of the exploration and extraction of whatever there is in the bowels of the earth,” the President said during the inauguration of the 7.5 megawatt peak solar power project in the municipality of Odiongan, Tablas Island in Romblon on Wednesday (August 21).
“The proposal of 60-40 in our favor, would be a good start. I hope it would graduate to something like towards how do we solve the arbitral ruling peacefully,” he added.
The event was the President’s first public engagement after being out of the public eye for more than a week. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to require foreign vessels to first secure a clearance from the government before entering the Philippine waters.
“That is a very good development. At least now we have some authority to enforce our laws within our territorial waters,” Lorenzana said Tuesday.
Earlier, Duterte, through spokesman Salvador Panelo, issued a directive for all foreign vessels to provide notification and get clearance from proper government authority in advance of the actual passage. He also warned foreign vessels that Manila will either get compliance in a friendly manner or enforce it in an unfriendly manner.
When asked to elaborate, Panelo explained that by saying ‘unfriendly,’ it means blocking entry to any foreign vessels intruding in the Philippine territory.
He, however, clarified that the President’s order didn’t mean an automatic use of force against intruders.
“By that it means that we will ask them to move out of the place, that’s unfriendly, because before we never said anything, we just allow them, we just make protest, but this time, we will tell them, please get out of our territorial waters,” Panelo said.
Lorenzana, for his part, could not say yet the “unfriendly option” the Philippine Military could use to ward of intruders into the country’s waters. The Defense chief said he will defer the matter to the Philippine Navy. (RRD with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)
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