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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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Marawi rehabilitation to kick off before end of October

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Aerial view of Marawi City via UNTV Drone

MARAWI CITY, Philippines — A year since President Rodrigo Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi City from terrorists on October 17, 2017, residents still cannot shake off the fear that a similar incident could descend upon them again.

“Yung takot di naman mawawala yun eh. Kasi ever since hindi nangyari sa amin itong ganito, tapos bigla na lang nangyari. Kaya sa puso namin may takot pa rin kami (The fear never goes away. We’ve never had any incidents until the battle broke out all of a sudden. That is why there is still fear in our hearts),” said Norfaidah Magdara, a businesswoman and resident of Marawi.

College student Salmiah Maca Agir echoed the same apprehensions.

“We feel secure na rin po pero may mga time pa rin po na natatakot ka kasi we never know po na may panahon na magkakaroon ng ganong pangyayari ulit (We feel secure in a way, but there are times that we still feel afraid because you don’t know when a similar incident will strike again),” she said.

Those who are still stuck in evacuation centers lament the long wait for the promised housing units.

“Even though sinasabi nla na liberated na nga pero yung idea na wala ka pa rin sa bahay mo wala ka pa rin sa sinasabi mong home (Even though they say we have been liberated, we still don’t have houses we can call home)” said Agir.

According to Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), debris clearing operations in the most affected area will begin this month.

By the end of October they expect to finally hold the long-awaited ground breaking ceremony of the city’s rehabilitation which will be led by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“In the next few days we will see the deployment of heavy equipment, mga gamit na gagamitin sa (and materials needed for ) debris clearing in sectors 1&2,” TFBM field office manager. Asec. Felix Castro said.

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra said the local government is grateful for all the assistance being given to them; however, they admit feeling frustrated by the slow progress of the rehabilitation efforts.

“Ako’y naiinip but at the same time naintindihan ko ang ating gobyerno. Ako po ay nasa gobyerno at alam ko ang proseso. Even sa local po yung pag iimplement natin ng mga projects dumadaan sa proseso (I am frustrated but at the same time I understand the government’s side. I am part of the government and I’m familiar with the process. Even in the local level, implementations of project go through a process),” he said.

At present, life in Marawi City is slowly returning to normal, particularly in Barangay Basak Malutlut where the battle began in May 2017. — Weng Fernandez

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PNP: Faculty members linked to NPA recruitment in schools will face charges

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Young rallyists during the anniversary of the EDSA People Power on February 25, 2016 | PVI/Kenneth Valladolid

MANILA, Philippines — Following reports that 18 schools in Metro Manila are being infiltrated by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the PNP warned of filing charges against faculty members who will be caught conniving with the communist rebels by feeding students anti-government propaganda and allowing them to be recruited by the New People’s Army (NPA).

“Inciting to sedition at inciting to rebellion ang possible [charges] kung merong ebidensya na makukuha. Pero ang lahat ng ito ay kung may paglabag sa batas, “ said NCRPO Director PDir. Guillermo Eleazar. “Ang ating kapulisan ay andiyan para mag-imbestiga kung meron man silang ginagawang ganun.”

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde expressed readiness to speak with the officials of the institutions, whose students are allegedly being tapped by the CPP-NPA.

Albayalde said there is a need to correct the views of students against the government possibly instilled in them by communist rebels.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) earlier said that rebels are using some schools to indoctrinate students into joining their organization through the screening of films that show the ‘dark years’ of martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos and projecting President Rodrigo Duterte as the new emerging dictator.

The AFP said these films are designed to incite resentment against the government and urge them to join protest rallies.

“Pag meron silang mga doubt especially so yung mga students, pag meron silang kailangang matutunan, meron silang mga question at doubt sa pag-iisip, puwede natin silang mabigyan ng liwanag kung ano talaga ang dapat matutunan ng isang estudyante para ma-develop na rin ang sense of nationalism at love of country,” said the PNP chief.

Albayalde also expressed a sense of loss over the actions of some youth leaders who choose to join left-leaning groups to criticize the government that funded their schooling.

“They’re supposed to be the cream of the crop, the hope of the land and yet ‘di ka pa graduate, you are already going against the same government that gives you free education. So ‘yun lang ang tanong natin: why? ” said Albayalde.

Police said schools are the second home of the youth and molding them into better individuals is among the important roles of teachers who are considered as their second parents. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP: No extrajudicial killings under government’s war on drugs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police

MANILA, Philippines — As far as the Philippine National Police is concerned, there has been no case of extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration.

According to PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde, police officers were not mandated to kill drug suspects under the government’s war on drugs.

“In fairness to the president and even to the former Chief PNP Bato dela Rosa na wala pong binigay sa amin na order whatsoever na para pumatay even mga suspek, even drug dependents or even mga criminals,” he said.

This week, the PNP reported that more than 4,800 drug personalities have been killed in over 100,000 legitimate anti-drug operations from July 1, 2016 to August 31, 2018.

In the said operations, 155,000 drug suspects were arrested.

Albayalde said drug suspects get killed when they resist arrest or retaliate against police operatives. He also assures that policemen who get involved in a killing incident are dealt with accordingly.

“In fact not even the Commission on Human Rights ay may na prove na may EJK during the time of Pres. Duterte, and even since the time of Chief Bato ay walang ring na prove naganyan,” he added.

The PNP chief also defended President Rodrigo Duterte amid criticisms over his latest statement on extrajudicial killings.

Albayalde said the Chief Executive may have only been expressing his frustrations on the matter.

“Alam niyo naman yung political atmosphere ditto sa ating bansa everytime. Pag ikaw ay nakaupo diyan palaging may ibinabatong kung ano ano sayo, since wala nang maibato sa kanya, ito ay paulit ulit at history na ito at inuungkat na lang yung word na EJK,” Albayalde said. — Lea Ylagan

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