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Duterte says PNP might handle the ‘war on drugs’ again

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the launching of the Department of Agriculture’s partnership with Ayala Malls at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on November 18, 2017, cites how farmers and fisherfolks could benefit from a government that is compassionate and free from corruption. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte will speak with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to ask for updates of its operation against illegal drugs.

The President wants to know if the country’s problem with illegal drugs has gotten worse or not.

It can be recalled that President Duterte gave an order last October that PDEA will be the only government agency that will handle the drug war because of the numerous criticisms against the Philippine National Police (PNP) who initially handled the said problem.

But during his speech in Davao City last Saturday, he brought up the possibility of letting PNP handle the war on drugs again.

“The drug problem, if it becomes worse again, the police has to enter the picture. I want it eradicated if possible. I do not tolerate it. It’s an organized crime. Shabu is… drugs is an organized crime,” Duterte said.

He again responded to those who questioned why only the poor is the frequent victim of the government’s drug war.  According to the Chief Executive, the poor are victims of shabu.

“They are saying, ‘Why Duterte, there are a lot of poor people dying, no rich?’ There are no rich [ getting killed] because, those people, they do not use shabu because they know it would drive their mind to insanity forever. It’s a chemical,” he said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte eyes new agency on disaster resiliency

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte wants the passage of Disaster Agency Bill before the end of the year.

Under the proposal, the government will establish a new agency which will be called Department of Disaster Resiliency which will replace the current National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The bill is currently being drafted although there are other proposals in disaster management that are still pending in Congress.

It can be recalled that in the previous State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the President, he recommended the creation of an Enhance Disaster Resiliency and Response Department. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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Duterte Cabinet approves P3.757-T 2019 proposed nat’l budget

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

 

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will submit to Congress on July 23 the proposed 2019 cash-based national budget to coincide with his third State of the Nation Address (SONA).

According to Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, the President approved the proposed budget during the 27th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on Monday night (July 9).

The proposed budget for next year is 3.757 trillion pesos which is 10 billion pesos lower than last year’s budget.

Under cash-based appropriations, agencies will be forced to spend their respective budgets within the fiscal year or else would lose them.

In the past, the obligations-based budget allowed distributions within a two-year period.

Agencies will also no longer submit projects to the department of budget and management that are not yet implementation-ready.

The biggest proposed allocations are for personnel services, maintenance expenditures, capital outlays and allotments for local government units.

Meanwhile, there are no details yet if the proposal already includes the fund for the plebiscite on the shift to the federal government next year.

However, the government is confident that the Congress can allot supplemental budget for this, if necessary.

“What we expect, the referendum will coincide with the 2019 national elections so it will be included in the budget of 2019 national elections if it will really push through,” Roque said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP holds reenactment of Mayor Halili’s assassination

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018

 

At exactly 8:10 a.m. on Monday, July 2, Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was shot dead in the early Monday flag ceremony at the Tanuan City Hall grounds.

The Special Investigation Task Group Halili conducted on Thursday, July 5 the reenactment of the assassination.

This aims to eliminate speculations and  establish the position of the gunman.

In the reenactment, a mannequin wearing a suit was placed at the spot where  Mayor Halili  was standing along with other individuals during the incident.

After the reenactment, Region 4-A Director Edward Carranza confirmed that the position of the gunman was the sniper hole which they mentioned before.

The crime laboratory said that the killer had an estimated distance of 76.8 meters from the position of the mayor.

The suspect was also elevated 4.1 meters from the ground which enabled him to hit the mayor despite any movement in his place.

Carranza said that it is possible that the gunman is not a sniper who commonly aims for a head shot.

At a distance of 76.8 meters, he said that civilians who are highly-skilled in firearms can also execute a kill shot comparable to a marksman’s .

Currently, there are still three persons of interest who are under investigation.

Meanwhile, at around 9:30 pm in the morning, the crime laboratory has found a bullet in the sniper hole.

It will undergo a ballistic examination to cross-match with the 5.56mm bullet found in the body of the mayor in an autopsy.

Through this, it is possible to identify the owner of the firearm which was used in the killing of Halili. — Sherwin Culubong | UNTV News & Rescue

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