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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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17 people nabbed in an anti-illegal drug op in QC

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — Seventeen individuals were caught in the act of using and selling illegal drugs at a drug den in Barangay Old Balara, Quezon City on January 31, 2 a.m.

One of those arrested by the Quezon City Police District Station 6 was Rhea Salenga, an allegedly notorious illegal drug peddler in the area.

“For almost two weeks na pagsusurveillance natin, nakita natin na marami siyang pinapasahan,” said QCPD Station 7 drug enforcement unit chief PCI. Sandie Caparroso.

(For almost two weeks of surveillance, we saw that she had been selling illegal drugs to many.)

“Mayroon ding maliit na pwesto pagdating sa 2nd floor. Mayroon din siyang kwarto doon na kung saan doon din gumagamit yung mga parokyano niya,” said the official.

(She has a small space on the 2nd floor. She has a room there where her clients use illegal drugs.)

The suspect refused to comment on the accusation.

The police also arrested retired policeman PO2 Rodolfo Aspril from the said drug den.

Aspril denied using illegal drugs, claiming he had just dropped by at the room of Salenga when the police conducted the operation.

“Tumigil na ako. Kung gumamit man ako wala naman tayong pambili, said Aspril.

(I stopped it. I don’t even have the money to buy illegal drugs.)

“Nakuhaan din siya ng tropa natin ng isang sachet ng hinihinalang shabu,” said Caparroso.

(We seized from him a sachet of suspected shabu.)

Meanwhile, the Manila police nabbed five drug suspects in a buy-bust operation at a drug den in Tondo Manila at nine in the evening of January 30.

The operation targeted a certain Franky Reyes, a known shabu peddler in the area.

Before his arrest, Reyes was able to escape authorities by jumping to a river after noticing that he was transacting with police operatives.

Aside from Reyes, four individuals caught using illegal drugs were also arrested.

The Manila police said that the drug suspects surrendered under the previous Oplan Tokhang, but did not stop their vice.

Authorities also seized three sachets of suspected shabu from them.

They will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Victor Cosare | UNTV News and Rescue

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PNP should copy PDEA’s war on drugs — CHR

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is in favor of the new form of the Oplan Tokhang.

Nevertheless, the commission said that they will continue to monitor the revised Oplan Tokhang of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to CHR Spokesperson Atty. Jackie de Guia, the commission is hoping that PNP war on drugs will remain to be in order and peaceful.

She said that PNP should also be like Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in eliminating illegal drugs in the country.

“Yung gawa ng PDEA noong nakaraang mga buwan, ang kampanya laban sa droga, nang hindi naman kasama ang CHR at naging maayos at mapayapa yung pagsasagawa nila,” said the CHR spokersperson.

(PDEA’s anti-drug campaign in the previous months had been peaceful and orderly even without the CHR.)

But according to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief police Director Oscar Albayalde, the job of the PNP should not be compared to that of the PDEA in its war on drugs campaign.

“Yung nakikita natin dito sa baba are addicts at iba ang pag-iisip.  At siguro kung ang PDEA ay ma-involve din sa mga street pushers, baka hindi rin maging ganun ang operations nila,” said Albayalde.

(The ones we see on the ground are addicts who are no longer in their right minds. If PDEA were to be involved with street pushers, their operations may have been different.)

The NCRPO chief stressed that they are not violating human rights and that they punish police personnel who are found guilty of any corruption practices.

“Yung masasamang pulis karamihan sa kanila, they are now languishing in jail, facing charges. Yung iba nandun na sa Basilan, Marawi. At least, nabawas bawasan yung ating problema.

(Most of the corruption policemen… some are in Basilan. At least our problems have lessened.)— Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Cops assigned in the Oplan Tokhang will be armed – PNP chief

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) relaunches its anti-illegal drug operations or Oplan Tokhang yesterday.

According to PNP chief Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, cops will visit drug personalities only once under the new arrangement of Oplan Tokhang.

Should the suspected drug personalities refuse to open their doors to the so-called tokhangers, the police or the barangay personnel will give their names to designated drug enforcement units that would be in charge of investigating them and conducting a case build-up.

If the drug personalities can prove that they have changed their behavior, they will be removed from the lists of drug suspects, but will still be monitored by authorities.

Bato called on drug personalities to never resist arrest so that blood will no longer be shed during Oplan Tokhang operations.

All tokhangers will bring short and long firearms to protect themselves.

“I am willing to give up my posts, kung may tao diyan na pwedeng “o maging successful tayo sa anti-drug na walang mamamatay. That’s baloney. That’s impossible,” said Dela Rosa.

(I am willing to give up my post if anyone can carry out a successful, bloodless anti-drug war. That’s baloney. That’s impossible.)

Dela Rosa, meanwhile, reminded his men to take caution and not to repeat the mistakes of the cops who conducted the previous Oplan Tokhang.

“Please kung mahal niyo yung PNP, tulungan natin na hindi na masira ang ating imahe by being vigilant doon sa ating mga kasamahan na posibleng gumawa ng mga kalokohan. Bantayan natin sila at ingatan natin ang ating trabaho para hindi tayo masisira,” said the PNP chief.

(Please, if you love the PNP, let’s help protect its image by being vigilant on our colleagues who might commit corruption. Let’s monitor them and take care of our jobs so that our image won’t be destroyed,” said the chief.) — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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