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Forbes: Duterte among world’s 74 most powerful
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte.
President Rodrigo Duterte is included on the list of 74 most powerful people in the world, according to the prestigious Forbes magazine.
In the 2016 World’s Most Powerful People issue, President Duterte is in the 70th place. The magazine introduces the Chief Executive as Davao City’s former mayor and has an intensified campaign against illegal drugs and crime.
Also mentioned are President Duterte’s controversial statements such as the Philippines’ withdrawal of alliance with the United States.
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it does not want all its efforts in the war on drugs to be put to waste, especially the actions it enforced to address the proliferation of the selling and use of shabu in the streets.
The PNP claims to have given huge contributions to prevent the spread of illegal drugs in the country.
This is why PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa noted that if more cops get involved in illegal drug trade activities, and the number of crime increases, he will personally ask the president to allow the police to return to the drug war.
“If the situation worsens, like when peddling of shabu returns to the streets, and the transactions for such become more open, and no one is intervening anymore, I will go to the president and ask him to allow us to return to the scene. Let’s not neglect the country, and allow the Philippines to become pitiful,” said Dela Rosa.
However, the PNP chief noted that that the loss of lives will remain inevitable if cops are allowed again to conduct illegal drugs operations.
The police general emphasized this would only happen when the lives of his men are put at risk during such anti-drug raids.
“Don’t ask change from us. Ask that from the drug personalities. If you don’t want the war on drugs to be violent, to be bloody, then tell them to stop selling drugs. Stop fighting back against the police,” said the PNP chief.
Dela Rosa, meanwhile, clarified that the PNP is confident of the ability of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to address the illegal drug trade.
This is why the PNP chief said that his men are on standby in case PDEA calls for help.
“If they ask for support, we will give them. If not, then we are hands-off,” said Dela Rosa. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — In a statement, Senator Leila de Lima said she was dismayed and saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court on the two petitions she filed.
The senator said that she will continue the fight, further maintaining her innocence in the accusations against her.
De Lima’s camp is set to file a motion for reconsideration regarding the Supreme Court’s decision.
Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano, meanwhile, believes the SC’s decision on De Lima’s case is a form of revenge.
“What is happening is, the law is being forced to agree to the policies of the administration. That’s right. It will further encourage authorities that even without evidence… because imagine a case which is drug trading. How could you be involved in drug trading when they have not recovered any illegal drugs in your possession,” said Alejano.
In a vote of 9-6 yesterday, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition of De Lima to nullify the arrest against her and to transfer her illegal drug trading charges before the Office of the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan.
The high tribunal explained that her arrest has a basis and that the anti-graft court has no jurisdiction over cases involving illegal drugs.
Attorney Marwil Nacor Llasos, a law reform specialist from the University of the Philippines College of Law, is worried over the decision of the country’s high tribunal, noting it seems to show a pattern that one can easily predict.
Llasos cited as examples the SC’s decision to allow the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the implementation of martial in the entire Mindanao, and lastly, the arrest and detention of the government’s staunch critic, Senator Leila De Lima.
“The Supreme Court has been so polarized already and I doubt it if it still already based on the hard facts of the law and the facts of the case or there are political realities involved,” said Llasos.
“In terms of the case of De Lima, the government achieved its purpose which is to silence her, to put her behind bars so none will criticize the actions of the administration.
However, for House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez, the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of De Lima is appropriate.
“I’ve seen the menace of drug problem and for 6 years, she should have been at the front against it. But she was the one who was supporting it, so why would you let it escape?” said Suarez.
Malacañang, on the other hand, refused to comment on the issue. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is planning to recruit 1,000 operatives a year to augment its existing 2,000 personnel.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said aside from manpower, the agency is also in need of special equipment which he plans to seek support from President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Knowing the president for 22 years, wala pa akong hiniling sa kanya na hindi binigay ng president (There’s not a request I’ve made that he hasn’t given),” he said.
In the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, the PDEA chief also laid down his plan to establish satellite offices in different parts of the country including inside the New Bilibid Prison to address and stop drug transactions among inmates.
It’s costly, its expensive pero kailangan namin yun (but we need it). Otherwise kung hindi namin mapupurchase yun eh talagang hanggang dun na lang kami talagang hindi namin mabibigyan ng solusyon itong problema na ito (if we don’t purchase it, we will never be able to solve this problem),” added Aquino.
He said if these needs are provided, PDEA will be able to curb the problem of illegal drugs in barangays within the period of four years.
Meanwhile, PDEA is now processing the transfer of Maasim, Sarangani Mayor Aniceto Lopez to the provincial jail.
Aquino said he is worried about the risks of having Lopez under the custody of PDEA Region 12 in General Santos City because the mayor is a known supporter of the rebel group and a certain terrorist group.
Lopez was arrested by PDEA after authorities found million-peso-worth of illegal drugs in his house.
The agency is now scrutinizing the “green book” that was recovered from the mayor’s house.
“Makikita mo nga yung narecover naming green book, nakaindicate doon sina Herbert Colangco, sina Mayor Parojinog, Mayor Espinosa, with their corresponding amount of money na nakalagay doon 150-M, may 8-M its all in millions (You will see in the “green book” that we recovered, indicated there are Herbert Colangco, Mayor Parojinog, Mayor Espinosa, with their corresponding amount of money written there, 150-M, 8-M, its all in millions),” the PDEA chief said. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
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