Duterte to reveal names of ‘ninja cops’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 26, 2019   •   276

President Rodrigo Duterte wants the identities of the so-called ninja cops revealed, according to Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday (September 24).

Senator Go said the president believes it is the right of the people to know the names of the cops involved in illegal drugs.

“I think he will personally announce to the public kung sino iyong mga sangkot na ito, (who these people are),” Go said.

“Sabi niya, karapatan po ng mga Pilipino malaman kung sino itong mga ninja cops (He said it is the right of the Filipinos to know who these ninja cops are),” the senator added.

Go also said they are still consolidating and cross-checking the list and the reports from different government agencies before taking further actions which include revealing the identities of the said cops.

“Pinapa-cross validation po ni Pangulo ang lahat ng mga iyan (The president wants a cross-validation of all reports),” the senator said.

Go also wants the names of the said ninja cops to be disclosed, although his support for the Philippine National Police (PNP) still remains.

“Malaki ang tiwala ko sa ating mga kapulisan. Majority ay matitino, at maayos naman po sila. Mayroon lang konting bad diyan. Dapat mawala at hindi po mahawa ang iba (I have huge faith in our police force. Majority of them are decent and good. There are only a few erring cops which should be removed for them not to influence others),” according to Senator Go.—AAC

ICAD launches centralized info system for anti-drugs campaign

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 12, 2019

First ICAD meeting with its new co-chair Vice President Leni Robredo

The Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) has launched the Anti-Illegal Drugs Information System (AIDIS) for the administration’s illegal drug campaign.

The Anti-Illegal Drugs Information System (AIDIS) is a web-based centralized information system that will store relevant information and figures on the illegal drugs problem from the different drug agencies.

The DILG said AIDIS contains graphs, charts, and other visual representations on other aspects of the anti-drug campaign, in the form of 6 dashboards: drug affectation, juvenile, offenders, operations, rehabilitation, and surrenderers.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said the AIDIS generate reliable data that we can use to map out our strategies and plans to further boost our anti-illegal drugs drive.

“AIDIS will help us tell the real story on how the government through its different drug enforcement agencies is really faring in the anti-illegal drugs drive,” he said.

Año said the system will only be accessible to authorized users from the various agencies involved in the anti-illegal drugs campaign, which includes the DILG, Department of Health (DOH), Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).—AAC

Palace: Duterte to take a 3-day break

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte will be having a three-day break beginning Tuesday (November 12), according to Malacañang.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday (November 11) clarified that it will not be an official leave since the president will still be doing his paperwork. The president will fly home to Davao Monday night.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will be the officer-in-charge of the Executive branch while Duterte rests, according to Panelo

“Well upon the advice of friends, of colleagues, and the world, it seems. And most likely upon the advice of doctors also to take a respite from his punishing schedule,” he said.

Panelo clarified there are no medical concerns that prompted the three-day break.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte to attend ASEAN-ROK summit in South Korea

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea (ASEAN-ROK) Commemorative Summit in South Korea from November 25 to 27.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed on Sunday (November 10) that the president will be attending the summit in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the dialogue partnership between the regional bloc and South Korea.

“He will push through with the trip,” Panelo said.

President Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-In are also expected to have a bilateral meeting to discuss trade and security issues.

The Philippines and South Korea have recently celebrated its 70th bilateral relations.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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