President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the closing ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte again lambasted the leftist groups especially the New People’s Army (NPA) because of their continued acts of violence, recently.
Including the involvement of a four-month-old infant in an NPA ambush in Bukidnon last November 9.
According to the chief executive, he wants to formalize or announce NPA’s category as a terrorist group and not a rebel group. He also wants to file cases against all group members involved in spreading violence like murder and arson.
“Before, we recognized them as legitimate rebels. But with their continued depredations and killing of innocent people, I’ll be issuing a proclamation. I will remove them from the category of a legal entity or at least a semi-movement which would merit our attention, placing them as, the same with America, — terrorist,” President Duterte said.
Since 2002, the United States has considered CPP-NPA as foreign terrorist organization.
President Duterte also blamed the rebel group for the price hike in common goods.
“Because NPA extorts. Even the farmers pay. It is an added cost to the price. All the businessmen here burned the — but it’s providing work for the countryside and yet they are destroying the very essence of the industry. That is the reason for the increase, they extort,” he added.
With regards to the peace talks, he also questioned the group: why would they talk to him if they consider him a fascist and an anomalous leader.
In the end, the Chief Executive warned that he will strengthen military offensives against the NPA and the groups supporting [these rebels] will also be held accountable.
“Now it’s a great conspiracy between Bayan even the—they are in conspiracy with the rebellion going on. We will study and maybe we will have a crackdown there somewhere. So all of those, pretending to be the — speaking for the people, those quasi-stuff you are talking about, you say it is legitimate and yet you are — I said continuing the depredations, putting industries down and making it hard for the people to make a living,” Duterte said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
76 new PNPA cadets to join police force
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the graduates from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) ‘Maragtas’ Class of 2018 as they march during the pass-in review during the 39th PNPA Commencement Exercises at Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on March 21, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines — A total of 106 cadets graduated from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Academy on Wednesday with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Safety.
Seventy-six of them prefer to join the Philippine National Police; 13 are joining the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) while 17 are joining the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
Twenty-four-year-old cadet Fritz John Napalinga Vallador from Negros Occidental was hailed as class valedictorian.
“We shall not only be indebted forever to the Filipino people but we will always be committed to serve the people at all times,” said Vallador.
Aside from the Presidential Kampilan Award and other awards, he received a house and lot located in Bacolod.
The PNP also assigned service pistols to the top 10 graduates of the PNPA.
For Fritz’ guardian, Nelia Deocares, no words can describe how thankful she is to see him accomplish his plebehood in the academy.
Nelia raised Fritz and treated him as her own in support of Fritz’s mother who works as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Spain.
“Salamat. You make us proud of you at nandiyan ka na,” said Deocares.
(Thank you. You make us proud that you have finally made it.)
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte gave his advice to the newly added batch of uniformed personnel to the government’s police force.
“Just perform your duty. For as long as you are in the performance of duty, do not be afraid. Just do it. If you have to kill, I will take care of you,” said the president.
The chief executive also expressed his wish to see cadets coming from the Moros and other indigenous groups in the country to join the PNPA and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
Pres. Duterte opposes divorce legalization in the Philippines
FILE PHOTO: Pres. Rodrigo Duterte (RTVM)
MANILA, Philippines — When asked about President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand on the divorce bill being pushed in Congress, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said: “Ang Presidente po ay tutol sa divorce. Ang sabi niya kawawa ang mga anak. At kung magkakaroon ng divorce, mawawalan ng karapatang magsampa ng kaso yung mga asawa na pinabayaan ng mga asawa nila matapos silang mag divorce.”
(The President is against divorce. He said children wouls suffer the most. Also, if there is divorce, it will deprive abandoned spouses the right to file charges after they’ve been divorced.)
Roque explained that the President still sees the possible effects of the bill on children with separated parents, despite being separated himself from his first wife.
Last week, the Lower House approved on second reading the proposed divorce law. The Lower House plans to pass it on third reading on Tuesday.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez joined the bill’s proponent Albay Representative Edcel Lagman in pushing the bill.
Meanwhile, no one among the senators has filed a counterpart bill as of Monday.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Tito Sotto previously said that such bill is likely to fail in the Senate.
Under the proposed bill, the process of divorce is made faster and cheaper.
The Philippines allows annulment of marriage but the process is expensive and usually takes years.
Currently, the Philippines and Vatican City are the two states left in the world that oppose legalization of divorce. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue
Duterte distances self from Napoles witness protection issue
FILE PHOTOS: President Rodrigo Duterte and Janet Lim Napoles
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte refused to comment on the decision of the justice department to place pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles under the witness protection program.
The chief executive said the government follows a certain process and that he is leaving the decision on the case of Napoles to the prosecution panel of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque explained that the protection offered to Napoles is just a provisional admission and can still be changed depending on the result of the investigation of the justice department on pork barrel cases.
Amid the dismissal of the drug cases against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and alleged drug dealer Peter Lim, as well as the placing of Napoles under the witness protection program, Roque noted that the President’s trust in DOJ Secretary Vitallano Aguirre II remains. — UNTV News & Rescue