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Makabayan congressmen likely to withdraw support for administration

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 8th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Following the Commission on Appointment’s (CA) rejection of former Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Sec. Rafael Mariano and former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) secretary Judy Taguiwalo, the Makabayan congressmen are now mulling over the thought of severing their alliance with the administration.

The seven Makabayan congressmen are current members of the majority coalition.

The group calls for an emergency national executive meeting to finalize their position.

“On the rejection of two progressive Cabinet Secretary we saw that the support from the President has lost … We are inclined we are personally inclined to already recommend and not to review only but to leave the alliance,” Bayan Muna Party list Rep. Carlos Zarate said.

Among the issues raised by the group that inclined them to leave, are the counter insurgency, the suspension of the peace talks, the increasing number of death in the anti-illegal drugs operation of the PNP and the President’s move to favor the Marcoses.

“There are no basis now to continue the alliance but we have process,” Act Teachers Party list Rep. Antonio Tinio said.

Malacañang , on the other hand, respects the position of the Makabayan bloc.

“Whatever parties are out there, they may express their own belief, disbelief or participation, non-participation, support and non-support. We are… We live in a democracy,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said. – Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue

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PNP denies death of QC cop linked to Dengvaxia

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2018

PNP Health Service acting director PSSupt. Ma. Antonietta Langcauon answers question from the media regarding the death of a police allegedly vaccinated with Dengvaxia

MANILA, Philippines —According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), the cop who reportedly died of Dengvaxia did not receive the controversial dengue vaccine.

PNP Health Service acting director PSSupt. Ma. Antonietta Langcauon said that SP02 Vicente Arugay of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 6 was not on the list of Dengvaxia vaccinees.

“We have the lists in Camp Karingal. His name is not there,” said the police officer.

She noted that Arugay was already 50 years old. He is not included in the 9 to 45 years old required age to receive Dengvaxia vaccine.

The doctors of the PNP  said the cause of Arugay’s death was leptospirosis based on the symptoms he showed which include fever, a decrease in sodium and jaundice, which was why he could not talk.

He also suffered bleeding.

“Di tayo pwede mga imbento o gumawa ng istorya to cover up. Wala po kami mapapala dyan,” said the PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.

(We’re not allowed to invent or create a story to cover up. We will not benefit from it.)

Of the 1,548 individuals injected with Dengvaxia inside Camp Crame, none are staying at the PNP General Hospital since March 16.

A utility worker of the PNP GH reportedly died due to Dengvaxia vaccine but the PNP Health Service said the worker died of pneumonia. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue 


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CIDG to submit new evidence vs. Espinosa, et al.

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

FILE IMAGE: Kerwin Espinosa on a Senate hearing

MANILA, Philippines —  Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has announced that the decision to dismiss the drug charges against big time drug lords Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim and others is void.

For this reason, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) is set to submit additional evidence against the said drug personalities.

CIDG legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos said that although they believe they have a strong case, they will still submit the transcript of the statement of Espinosa during a Senate inquiry where he admitted being a drug dealer and his extrajudicial confession to the PNP-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG).

“As far as we are concerned, we have already shown that what is stated there is uncontested,” said Orsos.

The extrajudicial confession of Kerwin to the AIDG states that he was distributing illegal drugs while in detention through his men.

He also said he was introduced to other drug lords like Peter Co, Tony Co, and Peter Lim while in detention.

In line with this, the CIDG is confident that the police unit can win against the said drug lords.

“If you will read the resolution, if you scrutinize it, it’s really reversible,” said the legal chief.

However, Orsos said the fiscal have to explain why they have a contradictory decision regarding the case against Sen. De Lima. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP’s subpoena power may pose threat – Makabayan bloc

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

(L-R) ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio and PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc of the lower house of Congress believes the number of human rights violations in the country may rise due to the subpoena powers given to the Philippine National Police.

“Our primary concern is that it will result into the abuse of human rights and civil liberties of the people,” ACTS Teachers Party List Representative Antonio Tinio said.

A group of lawyers, the National Union of People’s Lawyer (NUPL), shares the same view on the matter.

“It will open the opportunity to unlawful and illegal search, arrest and seizure of properties,” said NUPL president, Atty. Edre Olalia.

Tinio also raised alarm that the government might also soon give similar powers to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The Makabayan bloc said it is open to question the new law, but noted it will study first its possible violations of the Constitution.

On the other hand, PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa vowed that the police will not abuse the use of such powers.

He added that the subpoena powers will greatly help the PNP in investigating cases as it will speed up the release of required documents or persons.

PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos, initially revealed that anyone who ignores the subpoena of the PNP can be detained.

“It can be considered as contempt of higher court, meaning RTC (Regional Trial Court). It’s not only a contemptuous act against the MTC (Municipal/Metropolitan Trial Court), meaning you can be incarcerated for up to 30 days,” said Orsos. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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