Duterte orders ‘a fair and thorough investigation’ on killing of Richard Red Santillan
Marje Pelayo • January 2, 2019 • 10567
Richard Red Santillan. | Courtesy: Glen Chong FB account
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered ‘a fair and thorough investigation’ on the killing of Richard Red Santillan, the aide of election lawyer and election fraud accuser Atty. Glen Chong.
“The Palace strongly denounces the brutal and brazen incident which led to the death of Mr. Richard Red Santillan. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ordered a fair and thorough investigation of the case until the killers, including the mastermind, are put behind bars.,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement on Monday (December 31).
Panelo noted , however, that the Palace will not intervene in the investigation but he assures the administration’s commitment of getting justice done for Santillan’s kin.
Santillan was killed in an alleged shootout in Barangay San Andres in Cainta, Rizal on December 10, 2018.
In a statement released by Police Region 4A Director PCSupt. Edward Carranza three days after the incident, 18 police personnel were implicated in the case – two from the Rizal Provincial Highway Patrol Team; seven from Cainta Municipal Police Station; and nine from the Regional Special Operations Unit of the Regional Intelligence Division of the CALABARZON Regional Police.
Atty. Glenn Chong accused the said policemen of torturing his aide.
“Serious accusations have been made against some members of the CALABARZON Police. Let the chips fall as they may,” Panelo said.
“As we know by now, President Duterte does not condone erring men in uniform who grossly violate the law,” he added. – Marje Pelayo
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is letting Atty. Persida Acosta to decide on whether or not to resign as Chief of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) following complaints of corruption.
PAO lawyers filed the complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman accusing the PAO Chief and forensics chief Erwin Erfe of corrupt practices in relation to the disbursements and allocation of the PAO budget.
Acosta and Erfe allegedly committed a ‘systematic scheme’ in diverting P13 million of the agency’s budget for office supplies for drafting Dengvaxia-related cases.
Presidential Spokesman Secretary Salvador Panelo, meanwhile, said that knowing President Rodrigo Duterte, his trust in his officials remains unless reports of irregularities are proven.
“Si President, hangga’t walang findings of probable cause, palaging andun ang trust (President (Duterte’s) trust on a person remains unless there is no finding of a probable cause),” Panelo said.
“Pero kung may probable cause na, ibang usapan iyon, then there will be suspension galing sa Ombudsman. Hindi naman teritoryo ni president iyon (But once a probable cause is established, that’s a different story. There will be suspension coming from the Ombudsman. It is no longer the President’s territory),” the Palace Spokesman concluded. – MNP (with details from Mai Bermudez)
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang wants Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jinhua to explain the unauthorized passage of Chinese warships in Sibutu Strait in Tawi-Tawi which the Philippine government considers as “offending”.
The Philippine military couldn’t consider it an ‘innocent passage’ because the vessel maneuvered and the crew turned off the vessel’s automatic identification systems (AIS) perhaps to avoid being noticed.
Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo said he will definitely raise the matter to Ambassador Zhao.
“We will call their attention,” he said.
“The Chinese ambassador invited me for a dinner one of these days and maybe I will raise that to him,” he added.
The Palace stressed such unauthorized move was a clear violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
“Violation ng UNCLOS iyan kung dumaraan sa ating EEZ (That’s violation of the UNCLOS if they pass/enter our EEZ),” Panelo said.
“I’m sure the DFA Secretary will do something about that,” he added.
President Rodrigo Duterte is set to travel to China later this month and according to Panelo, President Duterte maintains he will insist The Hague’s arbitral ruling with Chinese President Xi Jinping even if China is not accepting the decision. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
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