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Duterte to reward policemen for every neutralized ‘narco-cop’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte. | PCOO/Albert Alcain

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday (November 6) commended members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who were able to neutralize an alleged “ninja-cop” identified as Supt. Santiago Ylanan Rapiz.

Rapiz was a logistics officer in Zamboanga Del Norte Provincial Police. He resisted arrest and was killed when he attempted to escape in a buy-bust operation in Dipolog City on Monday night.

Rapiz was among the personalities in President Duterte’s drug watchlist for being a protector of the slain drug lord Melvin Odicta.

President Duterte said he will reward those who were able to neutralize Rapiz.

Likewise, the President said he is willing to reward any policeman who will able to neutralize the “bosses” operating illegal drugs trade in the country.

“Tama iyon. I am going to reward that policeman, any policeman who will kill a superior because the superior is into drugs, I will give you a price. A trip to Hong Kong or (perhaps) you want to convert it into money,” the Chief Executive said.

The President clarified, however, that he is not withdrawing the P3M reward to whosoever can arrest or neutralize a “ninja-cop” involved in illegal drugs.

President Duterte reiterated his stand that illegal drugs will do no good to the country as it will only corrupt government officials and even policemen.

He considers the illegal drug menace as a national security issue and so he insists his power to call the military in order to extend help to the national police in resolving the matter.

“This is already a national conflagration. the police are there and everybody else pati kayong mga mayor, bantay kayo and also the barangay captains. I will get to you, one way or the other maabutan ko talaga kayo. pag magabot tayo sorry na lang,” the President warned. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Father-and-daughter local execs ambushed in La Union, not in drugs watch list – PNP

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed on Thursday (November 15) that Vice Mayor Alfred Concepcion and his daughter Mayor Aleli Concepcion were not on the police drug watch list.

The father and daughter tandem were ambushed in Balaoan, La Union on Tuesday (November 14).

According to PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde, there was no previous report of the two local executive’s involvement in illegal drugs trade.

“Wala naman so far. I just don’t know in the region,” Albayalde said.

So far, there are no witnesses surfacing to testify on the case while the PNP Region 1 police are doing the investigation.

“The more important thing here is the witness who can give full account or give suspects or persons of interest dito sa mga incidents na ganyan. Napakaimportante kasi na kapag may nakakita, kailangan pong pumunta sa pulisya para makunan ng statement at ma-solve ang crime,” the PNP Chief explained.

Albayalde noted that La Union is considered as among the election hot spots due to intense political rivalry. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Duterte on urgent call for Code of Conduct: ‘My country will be the first to suffer’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries during the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 14, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

SINGAPORE – President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his position that a code of conduct (COC) for South China Sea is urgent as China seemed to be unstoppable in its island and facility-building on the disputed territory.

The President said that being the newly assigned country coordinator for ASEAN-China Summit, he will try his best so that “everybody will know” that such reclamation activities require “radical changes in the laws governing international waters particularly the right of free passage or the right of innocent passage.”

The Chief Executive implied that China’s three-year bargain of negotiating for a COC might bring the friction among nations into something uncontrollable, that’s why a set of rules must be hammered as soon as possible.

“China is there. That’s a reality. America and everybody should realize that they are there. So if you just keep on creating friction, little friction, one day, a bad miscalculation could thorn things, more fierce law. If anything could go wrong, it will go wrong,” the President noted during an interview before proceeding to the first Summit for the day on Thursday (November 15).

By friction, President Duterte means holding military activities that would only trigger a much larger problem.

He said it is pointless to use arms because “China is already in possession” of the disputed territory.

“It’s now in their hands, so why do you have to create frictions, strong military activity that will prompt a response from China?” he said.

President Duterte added that it is not his concern anymore if nations want to rage war against one another. However, he wants to make clear his interest in pushing for an urgent code of conduct.

“I do not mind everybody going to war, except that the Philippines is just beside those islands and if there’s a shooting there, my country will be the first to suffer. That is my only national interest there, nothing else,” the President concluded. – Marje Pelayo

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Duterte in ‘top physical shape,’ gets back to business after ‘power nap’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2018

SINGAPORE – Speculations circulated on the second day of the 33rd ASEAN Summit when the Philippine president was nowhere to be seen in some important meetings of the day.

President Rodrigo Duterte wasn’t able to attend a number of meetings like the ASEAN-Australia Informal Breakfast Summit; the ASEAN-Korea Summit; the Working lunch hosted by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong; and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit “to catch some sleep,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The President was able to attend the ASEAN-China Summit as the new country coordinator for the ASEAN-China dialogue relations in which he delivered the ASEAN Common Statement.

He likewise witnessed the signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) and the ASEAN on Economic Cooperation.

He also had a bilateral meeting with ASEAN host and Singapore Prime Minister Lee over some mutual cooperation beneficial to both countries’ people.

The President also attended important gatherings of the ASEAN members with dialogue partners including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In an interview Thursday morning (November 15), the President seemed displeased about others making a big fuss about his absence.

He assured he is in good shape to attend all engagements for the day.

When asked if he had enough power nap yesterday, the President replied,  “Still not good enough but enough to sustain the endurance for the last day. What’s wrong with my nap?”

According to Panelo, “the President is set to participate in the rest of the summits and a bilateral meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister.”

“We assure the nation that his aforementioned absence has nothing to do with his physical health and well-being,” Panelo said.

“The President’s constantly punishing work schedule is proof that he is in top physical shape,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo

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