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Duterte orders PNP to keep Kadamay out of gov’t housing in Rodriguez, Rizal

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to make sure that the members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) will not occupy the vacant housing units of the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Rodriguez, Rizal.

The President also ordered the NHA to explain why the said housing units are still unoccupied by soldiers and police and when will beneficiaries transfer to the units.

Yesterday, Kadamay members stormed the government housing units in San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said if Kadamay members will insist on the illegal occupation of government housing units, they will definitely face charges under the law.

“They will have to deal with the full extent of the law. The rule of the president is to implement the law, he will implement the law,” Roque said, — Rosalie Coz

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EXCLUSIVE: Joma says peace talks in Manila ‘will be a big problem,’ denies coming back to PH

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2018

CPP Founder and NDFP Chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison

 

UTRECHT, The Netherlands – Communist leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison said he is amenable to President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer to resume peace talks between the Philippine government (GPH) and his group in pursuit of lasting peace in the country.

However, the founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is adamant that he will not come back to the Philippines for the talks, contrary to reports that he has agreed to return to the country sometime in August this year.

“Kung maaantala ang peace negotiations ng one, two or three months, hindi problema. Pero malaking problema kapag pilitin ni Duterte na sa Manila ang venue,” Sison said in an exclusive interview with UNTV News in Utrecht, The Netherlands on Wednesday, June 20.

Sison insists that peace talks should be done on a neutral ground with the presence of a third party facilitator as stated in The Hague Joint Declaration and the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

He admitted that he is fed up with the peace deal being shuttled back and forth. Still, he said, the communist group tries to understand all the reasons given by  the GPH peace panel for the series of cancellations.

“Kahit na disappointing and frustrating iyong pag kansela, kung postponement lamang ang gusto ng gobyerno ni Duterte at sa neutral venue pa rin gagawin ang peacetalks at ang Royal Norweigan Government pa rin ang third party facilitator, ay walang problema,” he explained.

Sison claims Duterte seems to be unaware of the actions of the government negotiating panel. It would explain, he said, why the President had been flip-flopping on whether or not to resume the peace deal.

“Lalo na ang principal mukhang hindi niya nasusundan ang ginagawa ng mga kinatawan niya. Pero sabi naman ng mga kinatawan niya, wala silang sinasabi at kinikilos na hindi aprubado ng principal nila,” Sison said referring to Duterte and the GPH negotiators.

Despite the uncertainties, the self-exiled leader remains positive that time will come that the two parties will resolve differences and finally end the country’s decade-long communist insurgency. — Cynthia Teruel / Marje Pelayo

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PNP: Warrantless arrest against street idlers is legal

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Police arrest a number of men for going around shirtless in public.

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) defended its move to arrest loiterers or “tambays” who violate city ordinances despite the criticisms the agency has drawn from various sectors over its crackdown on street idlers.

PNP Spokesperson PSSupt. Benigno Durana said the law allows the arrest of loiterers without warrant citing Section 3, Rule 113 of the Rules of Court.

“Number 1 when in the presence of police officer a crime or a violation has been committed, or the person to be arrested has committed or attempting to commit a violation or a crime. Number 2 when a police officer has personal knowledge that the crime has been committed, at pangatlo when the person to be arrested ay isang escapee, nakatakas po siya sa mga kulungan, “ said Durana.

He noted the PNP is mandated to maintain peace and order so they are bound to implement laws like arresting those who violate local policies.

“This is not just cutting crimes but improving the sense of public safety and security of the people. Iyong mapabuti natin ang pakiramdam ng taumbayan sa kanilang kaligtasan at seguridad,” he added.

Durana clarified that a person may refuse an invitation to the police precinct but implores the public to familiarize themselves with the ordinances in their respective areas.

While Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Spokesperson Atty. Jackie De Guia said in a message that the agency understands the administration’s objective to ensure peace and order and public safety, it asserts that warrantless arrest is unconstitutional.

“Nauunawaan namin ang intensyon ng administrasyon na tiyakin ang katahimikan sa mga kalsada at siguruhin ang kaligtasan ng publiko. Subalit, ang paghuli ng sinuman ng walang warrant of arrest ay labag sa ating Saligang Batas,” she said.

De Guia added that a person should not be arrested without probable cause and due process and that police should not discriminate nor stereotype street loiterers as troublemakers.

“Hindi rin tama na lahatin bilang kriminal ang mga itinuturing na “tambay sa kalye.” Ito ay isang uri ng diskriminasyon na nagdudulot ng stigma,” she added.

In response, the PNP assured strict implementation of police operational procedure and warns dismissal against violators. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

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Duterte still on ‘firing mode,’ warns of more dismissals

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte (Courtesy of RTVM)

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte vowed there would be no let-ups in his anti-corruption campaign as he warned of dismissing more corrupt government officials.

In a speech during the 81st anniversary of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) on Tuesday, June 19, the Chief Executive said he doesn’t care if his administration will be criticized for it.

“There will be more dismissals to come. And I don’t care if my whole term would be characterized by a firing and dismissal of people from government. Ayaw ko talaga iyan (I really do not want it). Give the Filipino a respite from corruption,” Duterte said.

Duterte, however, admitted of having difficulty in resolving the deeply rooted corruption in the government.

“Marami talaga diyan (There’s plenty of it) until now. Hindi mo maputol maski sinong president (It will not stop regardless of who is president). Even if I have to just dwell on it only, focused on it only. Kaya (that is why) as fast as they come up, bibirahin mo talaga (you have to nip it in the bud). Wala akong patawad diyan (I am merciless when it comes to corruption). Sabi ko nga sa mga (As I have said) — even a whiff,” he added.

The President has fired at least 20 government officials accused of corruption and excessive travels since he came to power in 2016.

“Tungkol po sa katiwalian, pag proven at pumasok sa korupsyon, talaga namang sisibakin ng pangulo at kung kailangan ay fa-filan po ng charges (Regarding corruption, the president will not hesitate to fire people if proven guilty. Charges will be filed if needed.)” supported Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.

The opposition, however, is questioning Duterte’s sincerity in fulfilling his promise to get rid of corruption in the government after reappointing three of the sacked officials, including Agriculture Under Secretary Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Vina, Housing Deputy Secretary-General Melissa Aradanas and Philippine Coconut Authority Member Manuel Serra. – Victor Cosare / Marje Pelayo

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