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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 chief cautions OFWs against fake news on PH war on drugs

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa believes the problems in illegal drugs in the country should stop, hopefully under the current administration. Otherwise, the Philippines will remain under the grip of such social menace.

In his official business trip to the United States, the PNP chief has advised Filipino community to be wary against fake news circulating on social media about the government’s war on drugs.

“Kawawa ang Pilipinas talaga. Alam ko kayo dito, hindi kayo mapapalagay habang nandito kayo, mga mahal niyo sa buhay nandoon sa Pilipinas. Kaya sana magtulungan tayo. Huwag kayong masyadong magpadala sa mga fake news na nakakarating dito, mga paninira,” said the chief.

(The Philippines is really pitiful. I know that you are uneasy living here while your loved ones are back in the Philippines. That’s why we should help each other. Do not get carried away by damaging fake news that reaches you.)

Dela Rosa assured the Filipino community in the US that the PNP will be more cautious in its operations now that it is reinstated as a support group to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in executing anti-illegal drugs operations.

This has prompted the PNP to call for support in order to acquire the needed body cameras for their operations.

Meanwhile, the PNP chief guarantees the police’s support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its pursuit of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Dela Rosa warned organizations supportive of the NPA which is now officially declared a terrorist group by the Philippine government.

“Well, pagbasehan natin ‘yung Constitution at tsaka ‘yung Revised Penal Code. Kung meron silang nagawa dun na labag dun then, they are punishable by their crimes. At kami naman sa pulis palagi kaming actively supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it comes to internal security operations. So pagtutulong-tulungan namin yan sa AFP yung laban natin na against sa NPA,” said Dela Rosa

(Well, let’s base it on the Constitution and the Revised Penal Code. If they have committed violations of these, then they are punishable by their crimes. We at the PNP are actively supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it comes to internal security operations. So we will be working together with AFP against the NPA.) — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue


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PNP to be more cautious once cops return to war on drugs

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Sure and careful movement — This is what Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald Bato dela Rosa wants once they return to the war on drugs.

The PNP chief compared their return to the drug war to driving, saying it should be a full speed with extreme caution and that they will not tolerate anyone including high-ranking government officials.

“Ako being the driver at full speed, dapat defensive driver to avoid disgrasya. Iwasan ang mga humps, lubak, barricade para yung sasakyan ay walang gasgas at ang mga pasahero ay safe na makakarating sa destinasyon,”said the PNP chief.

(Translation: I, being the driver at full speed, should be a defensive driver to avoid accidents. Avoid humps, potholes, and barricades to protect the car from scratches so that passengers can arrive safely at the destination.)

He also said that all operations should be perfect and that no civilians should be affected.

Bato warned police scalawags anew particularly ninja cops of bringing them with him in his retirement.

“Sabihan nyo ang mga scalawag dyan na nagkukumahog na ngayon at dahan-dahan nang masaya dahil pa retire na ko next year, na isasama ko kayo sa retirement ko, pag kayo gumawa ng kalokohan (Tell the scalawags who couldn’t wait and are eager for me to retire next year, that I will take them with me when I retire if they do something foolish)….and you will be retiring inside the prison jail. If not, you will be retiring six feet below the ground,” said the director general.

Should the rogue cops return to illegal drug scene once he retires, the PNP chief said he will still hunt them down.

“Hindi ko kayo aatrasan mga scalawags na pulis, kahit na ako’y retired na baka dyan pa kayo makakita ng retired four-star general na magli-lead ng vigilante against sa mga loko-lokong pulis (I will not back down against scalawag policemen even after I retire. You might even witness a four-star general leading a vigilante against corrupt policemen) ,” said the PNP chief. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue


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Duterte says PNP might handle the ‘war on drugs’ again

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the launching of the Department of Agriculture’s partnership with Ayala Malls at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on November 18, 2017, cites how farmers and fisherfolks could benefit from a government that is compassionate and free from corruption. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte will speak with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to ask for updates of its operation against illegal drugs.

The President wants to know if the country’s problem with illegal drugs has gotten worse or not.

It can be recalled that President Duterte gave an order last October that PDEA will be the only government agency that will handle the drug war because of the numerous criticisms against the Philippine National Police (PNP) who initially handled the said problem.

But during his speech in Davao City last Saturday, he brought up the possibility of letting PNP handle the war on drugs again.

“The drug problem, if it becomes worse again, the police has to enter the picture. I want it eradicated if possible. I do not tolerate it. It’s an organized crime. Shabu is… drugs is an organized crime,” Duterte said.

He again responded to those who questioned why only the poor is the frequent victim of the government’s drug war.  According to the Chief Executive, the poor are victims of shabu.

“They are saying, ‘Why Duterte, there are a lot of poor people dying, no rich?’ There are no rich [ getting killed] because, those people, they do not use shabu because they know it would drive their mind to insanity forever. It’s a chemical,” he said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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