Duterte orders dismissal of 3 PNPA cadets in sexual harassment scandal
Marje Pelayo • November 2, 2018 • 4480
FILE PHOTO: PNPA cadets marching in formation
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte warned all members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in relation to the sexual harassment scandal among cadets in the police academy.
On Thursday (November 1) the President ordered the expulsion of the three upperclassmen involved in the sexual assault of two plebes and stressed that there is no room for such embarrassing acts in both the military and the police institutions.
“They will be dismissed. I will dismiss them. I have no place for people… You know, you give me a soldier from the PMA or from the PNPA, nandoon tapos you rob them of his dignity. You dehumanize him and he goes out feeling tapos maging official ‘yan maging general tapos gawain mo ng ganoon na pakainin mo ng…,” the President said.
President Duterte emphasized that he will never allow such humiliating acts under his administration which according to him is a clear disrespect of an individual’s dignity.
“I don’t need that kind of policemen. Not for me, during my time, in my generation, for the next generation of Filipinos. You do not train a soldier or a policeman who goes out of the academy with a trauma. It’s a deep psychological insult ‘yan and it stays in the head,” he said further.
On October 25, PNPA Director PCSupt. Joseph Adnol confirmed that those involved in the scandal have notable connections.
“One of the victims is a son of a jail officer and the respondent is a son of an officer of the Philippine National Police,” he said.
The three were put in isolation while waiting for the result of the investigation while the victims were placed under counseling. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
President Rodrigo Duterte will make his final decision on Thursday (September 17) regarding the reduction of physical distancing in public transportation.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said doctors have opposing opinions on the matter and added that last meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Against COVID-19 even took six hours discussing the issue.
“Ang mga doctor iba-iba rin po ang mga pananaw. Wala pong isang opinyon pagdating dito sa pagbawas ng isang dangkal lang naman na social distancing sa pampublikong mga transportation(Our doctors have varying opinions. There is no unified opinion when it comes to social distancing in public transportation),” he said on Wednesday (September 16) during a press briefing.
Roque also said the IATF based their recommendation to reduce physical distancing on research and advice from doctors.
“Ang rekomendasyon po ay isusumite kay Preisdente. Si Presidente na po ang magde-decide (The recommendation has been submitted to the President and he will be the one to decide),“ Roque said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the filing of charges against former Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) CEO Ricardo Morales and other officials allegedly involved in the ‘mass corruption’ inside the agency.
“The issue of PhilHealth corruption was really an important issue to the Filipinos and to everybody. And everybody again is also placed in jeopardy by the actions of the officials,” the President said.
“I’m sorry for them but you have to undergo trial. Although they can always prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt. The presumption of innocence still attaches but the report of another agency says otherwise. So ganun ang nangyari sa PhilHealth. Halos lahat sa board,” he added.
Based on the investigation of Task Force PhilHealth, several officials have violations of withholding taxes regarding the interim reimbursement mechanism, graft, and malversion. They will also be facing charges for dishonesty, grave misconduct, disloyalty, gross neglect of duty, inefficiency and incompetence, as well as falsification of public documents.
The officials who will be facing the said charges aside from Morales are Senior Vice President Renato Limsiaco Jr., Senior Vice President Jovita Aragona, Officer-in-Charge Calixto Gabuya Jr., Senior Vice President Israel Pargas, Executive Vice President and COO Arnel De Jesus, and Division Chief Bobby Crisostomo.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra, who is also leading the Task Force PhilHealth, said they are still continuing their investigation.
“Our composite teams will continue their ongoing investigations and special audits and file legal actions as they finish one case after another,” he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, PhilHealth released a statement saying the involved officials are prepared to follow the President’s mandate and will cooperate in the process. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines will purchase the cheapest vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
During his public address Monday evening (September 7), the President said he is optimistic that a vaccine will be available this September.
“I think it’s Moderna. It’s a US company. I think they are ready by September,” he said.
Aside from China, Russia also offered their COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines.
The President added that the government will choose the company that will offer the cheapest vaccine since the country has limited funds.
“Pare-pareho lang naman iyan. Parehong germs iyan. Kung sino lang ang nauna magbigay sa’tin na mura, doon tayo pupunta, kasi they know that we do not have enough money. Kung mahal masyado, we will go for the less expensive ones,” Duterte said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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