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    More than 200 drug surrenderers graduate from PNP’s rehab program

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 25th, 2017

    BATANGAS, Philippines — More 200 drug surrenderers who graduated from the SIPAG program of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have marched in Tanauan, Batangas.

    At least 204 individuals from the three barangays of Tanauan City, Batangas who were former drug dependents are now looking forward to a new life.

    They are among the first batch of surrenderers who have completed the three-month rehabilitation and reformation program in the province.

    The moral recovery and spiritual renewal, in particular, have been the focus of the program for their continuous reformation.

    Alongside this, they were also given a certificate of clearance so that they can be removed from the drug list of the PNP.

    TESDA is also willing to provide them training so that they can find jobs and be useful citizens of the community. — 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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    PRRD assigns PDEA as sole agency to conduct anti-drug ops

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

    Memorandum order signed by the president

    MANILA, Philippines — Based on the memorandum order signed by the president on October 10, all law enforcement agencies like the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Customs (BOC) and even the ad hoc task force will leave to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) the conduct of all anti-illegal drugs operations in the country.

    This means that only PDEA will handle the herculean task of executing the government’s anti-drug operations.

    The PNP meanwhile, said it is ready to follow the orders of the chief executive.

    PNP Spokesperson Police Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos said that the police will now focus on the eradication of crimes and internal cleansing among their ranks.

    Despite this, Carlos noted that they are still ready to provide assistance to PDEA when needed.

    Meanwhile, PDEA admitted that the directive might have a negative implication on existing drug operations the agency is conducting with the PNP.

    “Well because combined forces with the PNP on the conduct of illegal drugs would result in bigger accomplishments. The number of operations being conducted is twice as many, but of course, if we’re the only ones conducting it, it will decrease in terms of figures, the number of operations conducted,” said PDEA Gen. Aaron Aquino.

    Aquino has said in an interview on the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, that PDEA lacks manpower and that they only have more than 1,000 agents.

    He added that in a successful drug operation, 60% was the work of the PNP while the 40% was because of PDEA.

    The PDEA chief also admitted that until now, the agency could still not stand alone on itself.

    “So as of the moment DG, you still can’t perform your mandate that you should be the lead agency when it comes to the war on illegal drugs? You can’t take over it?” asked host, Daniel Razon.

    “We admit we still can’t,” said Aquino.

    “So you will just let the PNP now lead the young war against drugs. Is that it?” asked Razon.

    “We will lead the war on illegal drugs but our support is needed by the PNP and all other law enforcement agencies. PDEA alone, we can’t to it,” said Aquino.

    Although the task is difficult, PDEA assured that it will follow the directives of the president and promises to do all it can to fight against illegal drugs.

    The agency is just hoping to receive additional fund allocation so they could hire more agents and new equipment in order for them to intensify their operations. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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    19,000 cops to form security force in ASEAN leaders’ summit

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

    MANILA, Philippines — The Department of foreign affairs (DFA) considers the Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) leader’s summit as the biggest meeting to be hosted by the Philippines, this year’s ASEAN chairman.

    The summit will run from the 13th to the 15th of November.

    According to the DFA, one of the topics that would be discussed in the meeting is the creation of a code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea to the east the tension among the countries claiming sovereignty over the said body of water.

    “Of course when there is tension, our fishermen are also affected. When the tension is too high, we could not talk well. We could not cooperate well on the matters that we should address,” said the DFA spokesperson.

    Malacañang also confirmed that United States President Donald Trump will also attend the meeting.

    The prime ministers of Japan, Australia, and Canada will also attend as well as the foreign minister of China.

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is also expected to participate in the summit to discuss the role of the regional bloc in the global fight against terrorism.

    The Philippine National Police (PNP) continues to prepare for the meeting in November.

    About 9,000 policemen are to be deployed in metro manila and other areas across Luzon.

    The biggest number of cops will be assigned to the civil disturbance management unit as to prepare for possible protests.

    “We expect some protesters here although we are not expecting many but we have monitored that some groups want to hold a protest,” said NCRPO chief PDir. Oscar Albayalde.

    Authorities will also monitor the Clark City in Pampanga as the delegates are expected to land there.

    The world leaders who will attend the summit are expected to start arriving in the Philippines on the eight of November.

    Authorities will also conduct a series of dry runs on areas the convoy of delegates will pass through like SCTEX, NLEX, EDSA and Roxas Boulevard.

    They will also implement a stop and go scheme every time a delegate will pass by.

    The public is advised to expect more convoy dry runs in the coming days. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

     

     

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