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Full rehabilitation efforts soon to begin after approval of one-year martial law extension

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City will be fast-tracked, now that the extension of the implementation of martial law has been approved on Wednesday.

Martial law administrator and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said their original recommendation for the extension was six months.

That is why they are delighted now that the one-year extension has been approved for them to put an end to terrorism in Mindanao.

Even AFP Spokesperson Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo vows to perform their mandate to end the rebellion prevailing in the southern part of the country.

The PNP, meanwhile, is ready to support the military in implementing the martial rule in the region, which is extended until the 31st of December 2018.

“We will support the military since it’s martial law, the role of PNP is to support the military in the implementation of martial law,” PNP Chief General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said. — UNTV News

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DDB to prioritize expansion of community-based rehabilitation program — Cuy

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Community-based rehabilitation program

MANILA, Philippines — One of the primary priorities of the new leadership of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is the expansion of community-based rehabilitation program of the government.

DDB chairman Catalino Cuy believes that, through this, the number of individuals who will use illegal drugs will be reduced since the monitoring will be more intensive as the campaign will start from the barangay level.

“As I was saying, we will give importance to drug clearing. We will be also requiring local barangay executives to monitor barangays since clients, the ‘grassroots’ are here,” Cuy said.

The new DDB chairman also supports Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Martin Diño’s proposal to require each barangay in the Philippines to submit a list of drug suspects.

And even though some human rights groups are opposed to the idea, Cuy assured that the government will conduct a thorough validation to assure the identity of those involved in illegal drugs.

“Like the time when there was still Masa-Masid. The program had three objectives—anti-illegal drug, anti-corruption, anti-criminality, anti-violent extremism”

The government will also look into the police operational procedures of each law enforcement agency in the country to protect the drug suspects’ human rights.

Cuy is the 23rd chairman of DDB and replaced Dionisio Santiago following the latter’s resignation in November last year. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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Comelec Region 11 to hold public hearings in line with the barangay and SK elections in May

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, January 4th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — More than one million and 200 regular voters in the entire region of Davao will participate in the village and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in May.

This is if the said polls will push through on the 14th of May of this year.

However, there remains uncertainty regarding the conduct of the elections in Mindanao due to the existing martial law in the region.

Because of this, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Region XI will hold public hearings to determine the sentiment of the public regarding the matter.

“So ngayon baka naiba na sentiments ng publiko. Gusto nila ituloy na despite the declaration of martial law then we will continue with our election this May,” said Comelec Acting Regional Director Atty. Marlon Casquejo.

(So the sentiment of the public may have changed now. They might want to push through with it despite the declaration of martial law, then we will continue with our election this May.)

Although there remains uncertainty if the said elections will push through in May, the poll body is still preparing for it.

“Now we are clustering the precincts. By next month, we’ll be having the board of election of tellers’ composition,” said Casquejo.

It was in October of 2017 when President Rodrigo Duterte approved the second postponement of the SK and village polls.

Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang warns 2 Filipino U.N. envoys against using position to embarrass Duterte admin

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, December 29th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The two United Nations special rapporteurs who are both Filipinos should take prudence in releasing public statements.

This is the reaction of Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque on the press release of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people and Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, UN special rapporteur on internally displaced people (IDPs).

The two UN experts have earlier warned that the ongoing militarization in Mindanao greatly affects the Lumad communities in the area.

They said that with the implementation of martial law, thousands of Lumads have lost their homes and livelihood, and have been suffering human rights abuses.

But Roque said that these special rapporteurs just want to embarrass the Philippine government in the international community.

“I appeal to these two Filipinos who albeit our special rapporteurs not to use their posts for the purpose of embarrassing the Duterte administration,” said the presidential spokesperson.

Roque also alleged the two of being partisan.

“Both special rapporteurs should be more circumspect in their statements given that they were elected to their posts upon the behest of the former administration and that their observations made public as they appeared to be partisan,” said Sec. Roque.

The official dared the UN rapporteurs to present their evidence for the conduct of proper investigation and filing of appropriate charges.

“The special rapporteurs should have documented the cases of alleged targeting of Lumads and brought these cases to the proper authorities, to the police and the prosecutors for preliminary investigation so that proper information could be filed in court,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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