Kidnapping incidents in the country decline – PNP
MANILA, Philippines — Teresita Ang See, chairperson of Movement for the Restoration of Peace and Order (MRPO) revealed that they have not recorded any incidents of kidnapping in the last two months.
The group concludes that incidents of kidnapping in the country indeed have declined under the Duterte administration.
This record is a big improvement as compared to previous years wherein the number of kidnapping cases is high.
In the past, they have recorded at least two kidnapping cases in a span of one week.
“It is not common that we have zero kidnapping case in two months. So far, we have zero this past two months. We don’t have any cases currently,” said Ang-See.
The PNP-Anti Kidnapping group have also recorded a reduction in kidnap for ransom cases.
The police unit said, they have recorded nine (9) kidnap for ransom cases from January this year up to the present.
PNP- Anti Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) spokesperson PSupt. Abelardo Borromeo said, “We have not recorded any case of kidnap for ransom by terrorist threat groups and by organized crime groups and criminal gangs.”
In 2016, there were 29 cases; 38 in 2015; 49 in 2014; 52 in 2013; and 26 in 2012.
The decline in number is due to the intensified campaign of the PNP and the public to fight kidnapping in the country. This includes a number of free seminars to educate the public on safety measures against kidnapping. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
Duterte to virtually attend ASEAN Summit meetings
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the 38th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit virtually, Malacañang said on Monday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. confirmed that Duterte will attend the summit which will be held between October 26 and 28 in Bandar Seri Begawan, capital of Brunei.
“Dadalo po ang ating Presidente (Our President will take part in the Summit) via Zoom or computer hook-up from October 26 to 28,” Roque said.
The meeting will center on the pandemic response, security, and economic issues in Asia. AAC
Duterte urges public not to be choosy with COVID-19 vaccine brands
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte urged the public anew not to be choosy with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine brands.
During his Talk to the People on Tuesday night (October 19), Duterte expressed optimism over developments in the country’s vaccine supply as the government moves to build herd immunity.
However, he reminded the public to remain vigilant by continuing to follow health protocols; get vaccinated and avoid being choosy with vaccine brands.
“Do you know, if these vaccines that we have been giving to the population are not really effective and right, marami nang patay ngayon (many people would’ve been dead by now),” he said.
The president reiterated that the national government is trying hard to fight against the pandemic, and expressed his gratitude to other nations that provided aid to the Philippines.
“We’ve been trying hard, really hard to fight. [This] COVID program nakatutok kami lahat dito (we are all focused on this). I’d like to thank everybody who have really contributed to what we are now seeing,” he said. AAC
Duterte takes blame for lack of vaccine supply in early 2021
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has taken the blame for the Philippines’ vaccine shortage in the early months of 2021.
During his weekly public address on Monday evening (October 11), Duterte lamented that it was difficult to get vaccines back then especially when the country has no vaccine manufacturing company. He said that the country had to fight with other nations just to get supplies.
Duterte added that he deserves the blame since he is the one seated in office.
“Iyan ang nakabigay ng problema sa akin at kung mayroon man nagkasala diyan, aminin ko na lang. Kasi wala rin ako magawa, gusto ko bumili, wala naman ako mabilihan,” he said.
However, the chief executive said the vaccine supply in the country has improved which helped bring down the number of cases.
He reported that the weekly average of new COVID-19 cases has dropped to less than 10,000 while the current reproduction rate of the virus has gone down to .77 percent.
“If we continue to ramp up the vaccination of our people, along with our consistent practice of mask and there is gradual resumption of our economic activities, then we can hope for a better and truly merry Christmas,” he said. AAC