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    International network urges PHL government to stop EJKs and human rights violations

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, October 9th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — “Stop the killings” and “Stop silencing dissent.”

    This has been the call of a mission of international parliamentarians and civil society leaders who visited the Philippines to observe the human rights condition of the Philippines.

    The mission includes members of some non-governmental organization (NGOs) from Germany, Sweden, Italy, United States and Australia who condemn the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

    The NGOs insisted that the Philippine government should put a stop to its drug war following the deaths of several minors, further noting the usual victims of such a campaign are the poor.

    However, the deputy of the Party of European Socialist (PES) explained that they are not meddling in the manner Mr. Duterte is leading the Philippines.

    “We do not wish to interfere in the decision-making processes of legitimate democratical government,” said PES Deputy Secretary-General Giacomo Filibeck.

    “The reason why we are here is because we know that is no law that allows killings of thousand of people,” he added.

    The NGOs also condemned what they claim as the Duterte administration’s political persecution of its critics.

    “Democracy lives from contradiction, from the pride of public opinion, does not live of killing, democracy lives thru dissents because dissents are the essence of democracy,” said Solidar Secretary-General Conny Reuter.

    Due to the rising number of alleged human rights violation in the country, the civil society groups are worried the Philippines might lose its special trading deal with the European Union (EU).

    “This GSP plus situation is not being kept up that means our trading relations will suffer in particular agricultural products,” said  S&D MEP Arne Lietz, member of the delegation.

    They also called on the government to allow the UN human rights council to conduct its own investigation into what they describe as unreasonable deaths, and thus, properly resolve the country’s problem on illegal drugs. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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    PNP to retake anti-illegal drug ops if problems on illegal drugs worsens

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2017

    IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_101617_ Dela Rosa at Kamuning Bakery

    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

     

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    VACC doubts capability of PDEA to eliminate illegal drug problems in the country

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 13th, 2017


    MANILA, Philippines — The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) plans to send a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte about his decision to assign the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the sole agency to lead the country’s war on drugs.

    The VACC is worried that PDEA cannot handle such a huge obligation especially since it has only more than a thousand agents across the country.

    “Well, that is only effective in the NCR or Metro Manila. But in terms of the whole of Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, the scope of such is our worry that’s why we want to discuss the matter with him,” said VACC spokesperson Atty. Boy Evangelista.

    But for one of the critics of the government’s drug war, the decision of the president to assign the campaign to PDEA alone is a good one especially since it is the main function of the said agency.

    “There has been a lot of positive statement from different officials of the government that they will address the gaps in terms of logistics and in terms of budget for the PDEA,” said Commission on Human Rights (CHR) spokesperson Atty. Jackie de Guia.

    Meanwhile, PDEA assured the legitimacy of all the anti-drug operations it will conduct.

    “Everything we will open, everything we will hold, the media should be there so no one will complain. And that’s what the president himself said, isn’t it? That all members of the media are invited to go with us. To go with the operation of the PNP and PDEA,” said PDEA chief Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

     

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    AFP ready to provide support in PDEA’s anti-illegal drugs operations

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 13th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expressed full support to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which has been designated as the sole agency in leading the government’s war on drugs.

    According to the AFP, they can provide assistance in terms of the security for PDEA agents who will conduct anti-illegal drug operations.

    The AFP said this is if PDEA will seek help from them.

    According to AFP Public Affairs Office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo, the military can assist PDEA agents during anti-illegal drugs operations especially in areas with presence of organized drug syndicates or rebels.

    “If PDEA itself will ask for assistance, and as them being the lead agency, then we are willing to give our help because we just have a single objective: to neutralize this illegal drug syndicate and illegal drug operations,” said Arevalo.

    Arevalo clarified that the AFP is not mandated to join any drug operations. However, it can assist in the protection of operatives, like in the provinces, of drug operating units such as PDEA, PNP, and NBI.

    “Ever since, ang (the) AFP naman ay hindi nagka conduct ng (does not conduct) anti-illegal drug operations per se as a rule unless ayon sa pangangailangn ng ( according to the needs of) PDEA, PNP at (and) NBI ay kailangang tutulong tayo (we need to help),” said the official. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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