Duterte defends ‘crackdown’ vs. street idlers

Marje Pelayo   •   June 21, 2018   •   2549

 

Policemen invite a young man to the police station for loitering at night and going shirtless in public.

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said accosting street idlers is necessary to instill discipline and eventually to prevent street crimes.

The Chief Executive also clarified there is nothing to worry about as not a single “tambay” has been arrested.

“Sundin lang ninyo ang utos ko. Wala namang inaaresto. (Just follow my order. No one is being arrested.) I just don’t want you using the streets to loiter,” Duterte said.

Duterte stressed that law abiding citizens should not be alarmed by his directive. Instead, those who are doing unlawful acts are the ones who should be threatened.

He assured that no abuse is being committed in the government’s crackdown on street idlers; only protection of human rights.

“Huwag kang mag-istorbo ng tao. Para iyan sa peace-loving citizens. If you’re a son of a b****, then don’t show your face there. Hindi ako lalampas diyan, hindi rin ako baba — straight lang iyan,” said the President.

(Do not disturb other people. This [directive] is for peace-loving citizens. If you’re a son of a b****, then don’t show your face there. I will not go beyond, nor under deliver — just go straight. )

Meanwhile, Malacañang denied reports that the number of arrested “tambays” has allegedly reached 7,000.

“Ang nangyari po siguro diyan, nasita no less than seven thousand…Kasama na iyan sa seven thousand. Kasi physically may problema na po tayo sa mga kulungan ngayon. Hindi na magkasya,” Roque explained.

(Maybe, the number of tambays that were told off is not less than seven thousand…They are already included in the seven thousand. As it is, we already have a problem with congestion in detention cells.) – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

Duterte on Faeldon: ‘I still believe in him’

Marje Pelayo   •   September 9, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte still believes in former Bureau of Correction (BuCor) Chief Nicanor Faeldon despite his dismissal order.

For one, President Duterte noted Faeldon’s action of informing the President about a warehouse that stored billions of pesos worth of cigarette with fake tax stamps when he was still head of the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

That incident prompted the manufacturer to pay the government P37-B in tax.

This is one reason why despite the controversy that hounded the BuCor including the irregularities in conducting the law on Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA), President Duterte’s trust in Faeldon remains.

“Faeldon is a decent man. I still believe in him. There was a time when a businessman owned three warehouses filled with cigarettes with fake stamps,” the President said last Friday (September 6) at the groundbreaking ceremony and time capsule laying for the Naga permanent housing project.

“It was Faeldon who told me about it,” he added.

Malacañang clarified that it was not due to corruption that Faeldon was fired from office but because of disobeying the President’s order.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo noted, however, that Faeldon is not yet cleared as the Office of the Ombudsman is set to begin its investigations.

The Palace Spokesman added that it is the President who will decide whether or not to reappoint Faeldon to a different government position. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte on GCTA issue: ‘I suspect that corruption was present there’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 4, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte suspected that there might be corruption in the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) regarding the issue on the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

“I suspect that corruption was present there [at the BuCor]. Ibig sabihin, baka iyong iba, baka binili (meaning, some might have offered bribe). That’s why it’s important that we rearrest and re-investigate,” he said during a press briefing on Wednesday (Sept 4).

Duterte called on the released heinous crime convicts to surrender for a recomputation of their GCTA.

“I will give you 15 days liberty provided you make yourself available anytime that you will be called for an investigation to have a recomputation, or if there is an investigation of corruption then you cooperate fully,” he added.

During the Senate hearing on Wednesday, Senate President Senator Vicente Sotto III said there is an intelligence report on a so-called “GCTA for sale” in BuCor.

“Marami raw pera ang umikot, milyones daw (There is a lot of money involved, millions) we have intelligence report. I already shared [it] with Sen. Lacson,” said Sotto.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)

Duterte orders freed heinous crime convicts to surrender

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 4, 2019

Inmates at the Manila City Jail | Courtesy: Photoville International

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the heinous crime convicts who were released through the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law to surrender.

“All of you, released under GCTA, you surrender or have yourself registered under BuCor (Bureau of Corrections),” he said.

During a press conference on Wednesday (Sept 4), the Chief Executive has given them 15 days to surrender. He is also considering a P1 million reward for the re-arrest of each released heinous crime convict who refuses to surrender.

BuCor data shows that 1,914 heinous crime convicts have been released under the GCTA since 2014.

They also include the three convicts in the rape-slay of the Chiong sisters.

According to Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, the PNP will track those who will not surrender to the authorities after the 15 days given by the president.

“They are given 15 days to show up and submit for investigation to recompute the GCTA. After the deadline, the PNP will track and arrest those who will not surrender themselves to authorities,” he said.—AAC

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