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Duterte: Bato not criminally liable for free Pacquiao trip

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Philippine National Police Chief PDG. Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa

Philippine National Police Chief PDG. Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa

 

The new WBO Welterweight Champion, Senator Manny Pacquiao, paid a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacañang Palace on Monday after a successful fight against American boxer Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas on November 6.

The president congratulated the “pambansang kamao” who gave honor to the country once again.

Pacquiao gave a black and gold shirt to Duterte who in turn commended the boxer for defending PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa regarding the free boxing tickets and all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas that he received from the people’s champ.

“You were right in defending Bato. What you donated [was] your skill. It is a donation…And you can afford to pay the expenses, it is commensurate with your wealth. There is no criminal liability,” Duterte told Pacquiao.  — UNTV News and Rescue

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President Duterte hints on a new chief of the Philippine National Police

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_120617_Bato Dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa is set to retire on 21st of January in 2018 when he reaches the mandatory age of retirement of 56 years old.

During a command conference at Malacañang on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte named PNP Deputy Chief for Administration General Ramon Apolinario as the second highest police official who will replace PNP chief Ronald Bato dela Rosa.

However, PNP Public Information Office chief PCSupt. Dionardo Carlos clarified such an announcement is just an impromptu introduction at an event in Cebu where the guest of honor was PDDG. Ramon Apolinario.

“Normally who replaces number one? Let us not make a big issue out of it. It was an impromptu introduction spiel during the program,” said Carlos.

All police star generals are candidates in the position for the highest post in the police institution as long as they are serving in the PNP for at least one year.

If the PNP hierarchy will be followed, Apolinario is next in line to replace General dela Rosa except when the president wants to designate another police official.

In a text message, Gen. Apolinario said that the announcement is not officials and that he would focus first on his duty.

“Hindi pa naman official ‘yun (It’s not official yet). We are waiting for the official announcement so no comment muna ako (yet). Ako’y magfo-focus  pa rin sa trabaho ko (I will continue to focus on my job) as Deputy Chief for administration ni (of) Police Chief Director General ‘Bato’ dela Rosa. Kasi marami rin akong mga committees tsaka conferences na-aattendnan (I have many committees and conferences to attend to),” he said. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP chief cautions OFWs against fake news on PH war on drugs

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_120617_DELA ROSA IN NEW YORK

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa believes the problems in illegal drugs in the country should stop, hopefully under the current administration. Otherwise, the Philippines will remain under the grip of such social menace.

In his official business trip to the United States, the PNP chief has advised Filipino community to be wary against fake news circulating on social media about the government’s war on drugs.

“Kawawa ang Pilipinas talaga. Alam ko kayo dito, hindi kayo mapapalagay habang nandito kayo, mga mahal niyo sa buhay nandoon sa Pilipinas. Kaya sana magtulungan tayo. Huwag kayong masyadong magpadala sa mga fake news na nakakarating dito, mga paninira,” said the chief.

(The Philippines is really pitiful. I know that you are uneasy living here while your loved ones are back in the Philippines. That’s why we should help each other. Do not get carried away by damaging fake news that reaches you.)

Dela Rosa assured the Filipino community in the US that the PNP will be more cautious in its operations now that it is reinstated as a support group to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in executing anti-illegal drugs operations.

This has prompted the PNP to call for support in order to acquire the needed body cameras for their operations.

Meanwhile, the PNP chief guarantees the police’s support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its pursuit of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Dela Rosa warned organizations supportive of the NPA which is now officially declared a terrorist group by the Philippine government.

“Well, pagbasehan natin ‘yung Constitution at tsaka ‘yung Revised Penal Code. Kung meron silang nagawa dun na labag dun then, they are punishable by their crimes. At kami naman sa pulis palagi kaming actively supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it comes to internal security operations. So pagtutulong-tulungan namin yan sa AFP yung laban natin na against sa NPA,” said Dela Rosa

(Well, let’s base it on the Constitution and the Revised Penal Code. If they have committed violations of these, then they are punishable by their crimes. We at the PNP are actively supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it comes to internal security operations. So we will be working together with AFP against the NPA.) — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Health groups see rise in number of smokers next year if proposed tax increase on cigarettes fail

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Studies conducted by several health groups reveal the Philippines has the cheapest prices of cigarettes in the world.

If to be compared with other countries, a pack of cigarette in the Philippines cost not more than a dollar and can be bought easily.

“In the Philippines, it’s less than a dollar or a dollar 50 pesos. In other countries, Singapore it’s nine dollars, Australia, it’s 15 dollars but people are still smoking. But we protect the poor and the very young who are the ones who cannot afford higher tobacco taxes,” said Department of Health (DOH) former Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean Ubial.

With this, a number of health groups and doctors have expressed concern over the possible rise in the number of Filipino smokers in the country.

They estimated that 200,000 more Filipinos will add to the current number of smokers by 2018.

And within six years, the health experts said it may further rise to a million if the government fails to approve the proposed imposition of more taxes on tobacco products.

Senator Manny Pacquiao’s Senate Bill 1599 or the act raising the excise tax on tobacco products aims to increase the prices of each pack of cigarettes to 60 pesos, while Senator JV Ejercito seeks an increase of 90 pesos per cigarette pack.

The group Action on Smoking Health (ASH) is in favor of the said proposals.

ASH said higher prices of cigarettes may help Filipinos to stop smoking, especially the youth.

“It should be single tax rate. They should apply a single tax rate for all. When the prices of cigarettes are cheap or expensive, the effect is the same. You will get ill or die because of cigarettes,” said Ash Executive Director Dr. Maricar Limpin.

A group of doctors and the former secretary of the Department of Health is also in favor of increasing the tax rates for tobacco products especially since it will help improve the revenue collection of the government.

The health experts said that the government might allocate the additional amount it can collect from the tobacco excise tax to the universal health care program for Filipinos.

“In 2012, they stopped 3 million people from beginning smoking just by signing a bill. They prevented 30, 000 deaths in that span. something the entire medical profession cannot do and so the power of this bill is really very important and we need to realize that enable to push for it hard. The higher the tax, the more lives we save,” said Sin Tax Coalition convenor Dr. Antonio Dans.

The proposed laws seeking to increase the tax rates on tobacco products filed by senators Manny Pacquiao and JV Ejercito are still pending in the Senate.

The senators are hoping that the said proposals will advance in Congress at the soonest possible time. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

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