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DOJ junks rebellion charges against Najiya Maute

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Mug shot of Najiya Maute (CIDG-ARMM)

MANILA, Philippines —The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed complaints against the wife of one of the leaders of the terror group Maute-ISIS.

Based on the resolution penned by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong, there is no sufficient evidence to file rebellion charges against Najiya Maute, the wife of Mohammad Khayyam Maute.

The DOJ explained that Najiya’s supposed delivery of food to members of the Maute group at a mosque in Marawi City is not a proof that she was involved in the rebellion.

The DOJ initially dismissed the complaints filed against her due to lack of evidence.

The agency gave the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) the chance to submit additional evidence, but they failed to attend the hearing last February. — UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP’s subpoena power may pose threat – Makabayan bloc

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

(L-R) ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio and PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc of the lower house of Congress believes the number of human rights violations in the country may rise due to the subpoena powers given to the Philippine National Police.

“Our primary concern is that it will result into the abuse of human rights and civil liberties of the people,” ACTS Teachers Party List Representative Antonio Tinio said.

A group of lawyers, the National Union of People’s Lawyer (NUPL), shares the same view on the matter.

“It will open the opportunity to unlawful and illegal search, arrest and seizure of properties,” said NUPL president, Atty. Edre Olalia.

Tinio also raised alarm that the government might also soon give similar powers to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The Makabayan bloc said it is open to question the new law, but noted it will study first its possible violations of the Constitution.

On the other hand, PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa vowed that the police will not abuse the use of such powers.

He added that the subpoena powers will greatly help the PNP in investigating cases as it will speed up the release of required documents or persons.

PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos, initially revealed that anyone who ignores the subpoena of the PNP can be detained.

“It can be considered as contempt of higher court, meaning RTC (Regional Trial Court). It’s not only a contemptuous act against the MTC (Municipal/Metropolitan Trial Court), meaning you can be incarcerated for up to 30 days,” said Orsos. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PRRD signs law that gives subpoena powers to PNP chief and CIDG

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: (Left-Right) PNP Chief General Ronald Dela Rosa and President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act No. 10973  or the law that gives the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director and deputy director for administration the power to issue a subpoena.

With this, anyone who will receive a subpoena from the PNP or CIDG can no longer disregard the invitation.

Those who will not comply with the subpoena will face charges.

“It can be considered as contempt of higher court meaning RTC. That is not only a contemptuous act of the MTC meaning you can be incarcerated in 30 days,” said CIDG legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos.

The subpoena powers also cover the documents being requested by the PNP.

According to CIDG director Roel Obusan, the new law will help them their investigation.

“Walang masyadong nasasaktan. Maiiwasan din yung bulong bulungan na kapag nag-raid ay kung ano-ano ang kinukuha ng raiding party, kahit na hindi subject ng search warrant so mas magiging mas democratic, legit at mas mabilis,” said Obusan.

(There will be lesser harm. Rumors of lost properties during raids will be gone, although they are not subject to search warrants. The process will become more democratic, legitimate and faster.)

Previously, only the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) have the power to issue a subpoena. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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NCRPO monitors over 70 Muslim areas in Metro Manila

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A tarpaulin printed with those who were allegedly involved in staging the Marawi rebellion

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is now in talks with Muslim leaders in Culiat, Quezon City, Quiapo in Manila, and the Maharlika Village in Taguig city.

This is in line with the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) search for colleagues of the recently arrested members of the ISIS and Maute terror group in Metro Manila.

It can be recalled that authorities nabbed alleged Islamic State leader identified as Fehmi Lassqued in Ermita, Manila and the sub-leader of the Maute group Abdul Nasser Lomondot and his wife Raisalam in Recto last Saturday.

NCRPO chief Oscar Albayalde said that they will seek the help of  Muslim leaders in monitoring more than 70 Muslim areas in Metro Manila where terrorists possibly hide.

“Hindi naman natin minamasama yung ating mga kapatid na Muslims pero basically, since sila ay galing sa Mindanao talagang it’s apparent and it’s basic na doon sila sa mgaMuslim in place nagtatago,” said Albayalde.

(We have nothing against our Muslim brothers but basically, since they are from Mindanao, it’s really apparent and it’s basic that they might be hiding in Muslim places.)

The NCRPO admitted that terrorists normally recruit members from depressed areas. However, the police have yet to monitor any entry of terrorists in Manila.

“Hindi tayo nagbaba ng full alert status dito sa Metro Manila lang. Ayaw natin na may mangyari na kahit anong insidente of terrorism dito sa Metro Manila.

(We did not lift our full alert status in Metro Manila only. We do not want any acts of terrorism to be committed in Metro Manila.) —  Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue




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