Duterte warns ninja cops: ‘I can be evil like you’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2019   •   235

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes a bow before the guests as he takes center stage during the 45th Philippine Business Conference and Expo at The Manila Hotel on October 17, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday once again warned so-called ninja cops who are involved in the recycling of seized illegal drugs.

Duterte believes criminals like drug pushers, holdappers, and ninja cops have the ‘monopoly of evil in this country’.

“Well, I think you are—that’s a very stupid paradigm because I can be evil like you, and more than, if I want to be,” he said during the 45th Business Conference and Expo in Manila on Thursday (October 17).

Malacañang also confirmed the President’s disappointment over the involvement of policemen in recycling seized illegal drugs

According to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the President laments that despite the salary increase there are still anomalies being committed by some members of the PNP.

READ: Lawmakers say Albayalde not yet off-the-hook in ‘ninja cops’ issue despite early exit

“He expressed disappointment over certain—[the] incident on the ninja cops. Sabi niya, dinagdagan na niya ang sweldo, dinoble na, pero parang hindi pa rin. Ayun, nangyari pa rin iyon, (He said he already increased their salary, even doubled it but it was not enough. There are still [anomalies] happening)” Panelo said during a press briefing on Thursday.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte grants P10,000 service recognition incentives for some gov’t workers

Robie de Guzman   •   December 5, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has authorized the granting of a service recognition incentive (SRI) of up to P10,000 each for qualified employees of the national government.

In Administrative Order no. 19, signed on Dec. 2, Duterte said the incentive will be given to deserving government employees to recognize their “collective and unceasing participation in and invaluable contribution to the administration’s continuing efforts toward the establishment of streamlined government processes and more responsive delivery of public services.”

Those qualified for the incentives include civilian personnel in national government agencies, including those in state universities and colleges, and government-owned or -controlled corporations, occupying regular, contractual or casual positions, and military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines under the Department of National Defense.

Also qualified to receive the incentive are uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology under the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Bureau of Corrections under the Department of Justice, the Philippine Coast Guard under the Department of Transportation, and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The grant of the incentive shall be subject to following conditions: civilian personnel occupying regular, contractual, or casual positions; personnel still in the government service as of Nov. 30, and personnel who have rendered at least four months of service as of Nov. 30.

The order also stated that employees who have rendered less than four months of service as of Nov. 30 are entitled to a pro-rated share of the SRI; and employees who have not received any additional year-end benefit in Fiscal Year 2019 over and above the benefit authorized under Republic Act No. 6686, are also entitled to receive the SRI.

The incentive is on top of the P60,000 bonus that Duterte announced earlier for the employees of the Office of the President.

Duterte wants ‘honest cop’ for next PNP chief

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants an honest cop to lead the Philippine National Police (PNP), according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Duterte had previously said they conducted thorough background checks on the candidates for the next PNP official.

On Monday (December 2), Panelo said the president wants a better “deal” for the position.

“What he is saying is that he wants an honest cop, he doesn’t want any cop that has been charged with any irregularity, any infraction whether administrative or criminal,” he said.

The Palace official also reiterated Duterte’s statements that he will take over the PNP chief post.

READ: No PNP Chief yet? Duterte threatens to take over

“He said if he cannot choose then he will just take over temporarily as the head,” Panelo said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte clears Cayetano of corruption amid SEA Games mess

Marje Pelayo   •   November 29, 2019

(R-L) President Rodrigo Duterte, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the President is determined to probe the alleged corruptions, irregularities and negligence in the country’s hosting of the 30th South East Asian Games.

President Rodrigo Duterte himself announced such plan which will commence right after the regional event is completed.

The Chief Executive, however, cleared House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano from corruption allegations being the chairman of the Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC).

“He has to answer but I do not think that corruption is the — I am sure Cayetano is not involved in corruption ,” the President said.

The President also hinted on giving the logistical aspect of the games to the military next time the Philippines hosts a multisport-event.

He said the military are better organizers and structural as he expressed dismay over the multiple glitches and mishaps that happened prior to the formal opening of the games.

The President said he expected better than what was reported to him given the huge amount of budget allotted to the preparations of the SEA Games.

Thus, he is determined to push through with the investigation to find out what happened to the funds.

“To me, personally, there was a lot of money poured into this activity now and I suppose that with that kind of money you can run things smoothly. Apparently, may mga palpak (there were lapses),” Duterte said.

“If that is the money there, what happened to the money?” he added.

Given the reported snafus in the preparations, Duterte believes there could have been improper disbursement of the budget that’s why he wants an investigation.

“I am not investigating Cayetano and the rest. I’m just trying to find out because I think — I said the money must not have been properly disbursed,” the President said.

“I know that Cayetano cannot handle everything,” he added.

But for now, the President calls on everybody to focus on supporting the Philippine teams as they compete to bring honor to the country. — MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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