DOJ denies coercing Marcelino to testify against De Lima

admin   •   September 23, 2016   •   3038



The Department of Justice denies pressuring Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino to testify against Senator Leila De Lima by reinstating his drugs case.

In a resolution issued on September 15, DOJ reversed its previous resolution and ordered the filing of charges against Marcelino for posession of illegal drugs.

According to undersecretary Erickson Balmes, the office of Justice Seretary Vitaliano Aguirre has nothing to do with it.

Ni hindi nga po namin nababasa ‘yang resolusyon na yan. ‘Yan po ay nilabas na wala pong knowledge ang (DOJ) kasi, procedurally, hindi naman po sa level ni Secretary Aguirre pa iyan kaya yung sinasabi na panggigipit na anggulo ay wala pong katotohanan,” Usec. Balmes said in a phone interview.

(We haven’t even read that resolution. That was released without the knowledge of (DOJ) because, procedurally, it is not within the level of Sec. Aguirre. That’s why what they are saying is not true regarding the angle of pressuring.)

He says De Lima’s allegation that Marcelino is being coerced is a result if a wild imagination.

He points out that Aguirre already said Marcelino’s case should be reviewed long before witnesses implicated De Lima in illegal drugs trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.

“Ang sabi lang po niya, ‘it is worth revisiting.’ Pero kung matitingnan po ninyo noong mga panahong ‘yun, wala pa naman pong mga ganitong inquiry,” Balmes said.

(He only said, ‘it’s worth revisiting.’ But if you’ll look into it, during that time, there were still no inquiries like that.)

Balmes adds that Marcelino can still appeal his case before the Office of the Secretary.

Marcelino was charged after he was arrested inside a townhouse in Sta Cruz, Manila last January.

Authorities recovered more than 70 kilos of shabu from the house which is allegedly being used as a clandestine shabu laboratory. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

Palace welcomes Duterte’s latest satisfaction rating

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Friday welcomed the result of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing President Rodrigo Dutertet’s net satisfaction rating of 62 percent.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte’s latest rating remains way ahead of his predecessors during the same period.

“We consider this high satisfaction rating unprecedented as comparable data from previous presidents indicate this is the highest net satisfaction rating of the beginning of a Chief Executive’s final year in office,” he said.

Roque noted that the late former President Benigno Aquino III scored 30 percent satisfaction rating a year before he finished his term in June 2015, while President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had -31 percent a year before she stepped down in June 2009.

He also said that President Fidel Ramos got 49 percent while President Corazon Aquino’s rating only reached 24 percent in April 1991.

“Rest assured that President Duterte will continue to exercise decisive and compassionate leadership until the remainder of his term to serve and protect the interest and welfare of all Filipinos,” Roque said.

According to the SWS, Duterte’s satisfaction rating was the highest in November 2020 with 79 percent but dipped to 65 percent in May 2021 and then to 62 percent in June 2021 amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Duterte’s net satisfaction rating dips to 62% based on recent SWS survey

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The recent net satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo Duterte dropped to +62, based on the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Results of the June 2021 survey showed that the president’s rating dropped to +62, which is a 17-point drop from a peak of +79 in the November 2020 survey.

In the May 2021 poll, Duterte got a net satisfaction rate of +65. The SWS released the three results on Thursday (September 23).

The June 2021 survey showed that 75% of the respondents said they were“very/somewhat satisfied” with the president’s performance, 13% indicated that they were “very/somewhat dissatisfied”, while 12% are undecided.

In the May 2021 survey, meanwhile, Duterte received a net satisfaction rate of +65, where 75% of the respondents were “very/somewhat satisfied”, 10% were “very/somewhat dissatisfied”, and 15% were undecided on the matter.

The president got a high rating in November 2020 with +79 rating,  51% of the respondents said they were “very satisfied,” 33% were “somewhat satisfied,” while 9% were “undecided,” 4% were “somewhat dissatisfied,” and 2% were “very dissatisfied.”

Despite the dip in rating, SWS fellow Geoffrey Ducanes said respondents in the recent survey were satisfied with the government’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Most people don’t think the government mismanaged the pandemic. They actually gave the government relatively high rating in terms of taking care of those who got COVID-19 and also relatively high rating in terms of vaccination,” he said.

Meanwhile, the delay in the results release, according to Ducanes was due to the COVID-19 pandemic where the agency had to conduct phone interviews. AAC (with reports from Lucille Lloren) 


Duterte asks PNP, AFP to deploy medical personnel to hospitals needing more staff

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to prepare for the deployment of their medical personnel to hospitals that are in need of additional manpower.

“Kung wala nang iba, ‘yung mga nurses sa pulis marami yan, pati sa medical corps ng army. I have to use a little of my influence sa kanila to convince them,” Duterte said in a taped public address aired late Wednesday.

“Please place your human resources on ready, on deck because talagang alam mo yun lang madali kong maasahan,” he added.

Duterte issued the statement after receiving reports that a lot of medical personnel, particularly in St. Luke’s Medical Center were unable to go on duty due to COVID-19 infection.

The AFP said it has started deploying a number of its personnel to some hospitals in Metro Manila as it continues look for more nurses from its ranks.

The PNP, for its part, said it is currently accounting the number of its medical teams that could be deployed to assist medical workers amid rising cases of COVID-19.


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