Duterte distances self from Napoles witness protection issue
admin • March 19, 2018 • 3231
FILE PHOTOS: President Rodrigo Duterte and Janet Lim Napoles
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte refused to comment on the decision of the justice department to place pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles under the witness protection program.
The chief executive said the government follows a certain process and that he is leaving the decision on the case of Napoles to the prosecution panel of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque explained that the protection offered to Napoles is just a provisional admission and can still be changed depending on the result of the investigation of the justice department on pork barrel cases.
Amid the dismissal of the drug cases against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and alleged drug dealer Peter Lim, as well as the placing of Napoles under the witness protection program, Roque noted that the President’s trust in DOJ Secretary Vitallano Aguirre II remains. — UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has warned the public against online scammers at this time of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The President, in particular, mentioned those who are using social media and other Internet websites to sell face masks.
“Be careful. Lokohan ito ngayon [Scams are rampant nowadays],” he said.
“Huwag kayong bumili ng online-online lalo na magpadala kayo ng pera[Do not buy online when you are asked to send money]. Do not fall for that thing. It has never been perfected and all the scams that man could think of that they can perpetrate on the innocent public, pinag-aaralan nila yan [they plan for it],” he added.
The demand for face masks is high at present as wearing it has become mandatory when going outdoors as protection against COVID-19 infection. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to grant President Rodrigo Duterte ‘flexibility’ to schedule the opening of classes in schools during a state of emergency.
Voting 23-0, senators on Monday unanimously passed Senate Bill 1541, which proposes to amend Section 3 of the Republic Act 7797, a law which sets the opening of school-year as early as the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August.
The measure covers all basic education schools, including foreign or international schools in the country.
Once enacted into law, the bill would authorize the President, upon the recommendation of the Secretary of the Department of Education, to set the opening of classes nationwide or in selected areas at any date during a state of emergency or calamity.
A similar measure has been approved in the committee level in the House of Representatives on Saturday.
The approval of the proposed measure comes amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic which has affected millions of people worldwide. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent a bill that seeks to strengthen the country’s anti-terrorism law.
In a letter to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday, Duterte certified as urgent House Bill No. 6785, which seeks to amend and toughen the Human Security Act of 2007.
In his letter, Duterte said the immediate enactment of the measure is to “address the urgent need to strengthen the law on anti-terrorism in order to adequately and effectively contain the menace of terrorist acts for the preservation of national security and the promotion of general welfare.”
The House Bill reportedly adopted the Senate version which passed on third and final reading in February.
Under the bill, anyone who threatens to commit terrorism, propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism shall mete out a penalty of 12 years of imprisonment.
It also introduces provisions penalizing those who will propose, incite, conspire, participate in the planning, training, preparation and facilitation of a terrorist act; as well as those who will provide material support to terrorists, and recruit members in a terrorist organization.
The measure also includes a new section on foreign terrorist fighters to cover Filipino nationals who commit terrorist offenses abroad.
It also aims to provide law enforcers the much-needed tools to protect the people from terrorism threat and, at the same time, safeguard the rights of those accused of the crime.
Once a bill is certified as urgent, the Senate and the House of Representatives can immediately pass a measure on second and third reading on the same day.
Rights advocates had earlier warned that the bill’s enactment would worsen the human rights situation in the country.
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