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Most Filipinos support admin’s anti-drug war despite awareness of EJKs — Pulse Asia

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Eight in every 10 Filipinos interviewed by the Pulse Asia survey nationwide support the anti-drug war of the Duterte administration. Two percent is unsupportive while the remaining percentage is indecisive. The survey was taken from September 24 to 30 2017.

However, though many support the anti-drug war, 73% from all areas and classes believe in extrajudicial killings (EJKs) while the campaign is being implemented.

This percentage increased from the 67% in June 2017.

Many Filipinos are also aware of the case of Kian delos Santos, the 17-year old boy who was killed in a questionable anti-illegal drug operation by some members of the Northern Police District on August 16.

Seventy-six percent also expressed concern about the possibility that the case of Kian might happen to them or their families because of the anti-drug war.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa admitted that there are those who were killed in the anti-drug war but these are not EJKs.

“Critics keep on labeling the casualties as EJKs to the public. EJK, EJK so that is what the people think. Those who die in the drug, we don’t deny that. However [it becomes different because] we don’t share the same meaning when we say EJK,” said Dela Rosa.

President Duterte has been saying he is unfazed by ratings and will continue working to deliver what he promised to the Filipinos.

“Now, the ratings, though I would get zero, I don’t care. I will still work because that is what I promised. If I die or be imprisoned because of that, I’m sorry. What matters is that I’m satisfied after fulfilling what I promised for the Philippines, that is my personal satisfaction,” said the president.  — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue




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Senate expedites passage of proposed 2018 national budget, tax reform package

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate went straight to deliberation of priority bills of the Duterte administration as soon as the session opened on Thursday.

The upper chamber of Congress targets to finish its deliberations on the proposed P3.7 trillion 2018 national budget before the December.

This despite the delay in the opening of session supposedly on November 13 to give way to the conduct of the ASEAN Summit.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III is confident that they will be able to pass the budget bill along with the proposed tax reform package of the administration before December 15.

“The budget amendment will be taken up, 20,21 [November] and possibly 22. If not then 22, 23 or if yes, 22 & 23 [November] will be devoted to the amendments of the train, the tax reform package. The week after that we can devote our time to other bills pending. Those are the two major pieces of legislation that we need to pass before the end of the year,” said Sen. Sotto.

During the opening of the session, the Senate first tackled the budget allocation to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The deliberation pressed on the Senate minority bloc’s questioning of the administration’s anti-illegal drug operation. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP begins intensified actions against riding-in-tandem criminals

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, November 10th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa led the 116th Police Service Anniversary in Zamboanga City on Thursday.

In his speech, PNP chief Dela Rosa gave an order to the policemen about their new mission to go after riding in tandem criminals.

 “Let’s focus on riding-in-tandem criminals. We are no longer in the drugs war. Let’s find these riding-in-tandem criminals and finish them off. These fools are the ones destroying us,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dela Rosa refused to comment on the status of the anti-drug campaign of the government under the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

During the event, the PNP proudly announced that beginning next year, cops will receive salary raise and new equipment like police patrol vehicles.

Dela Rosa said that the conduct of internal cleansing among the ranks of the police will remain so the public’s trust to the PNP will return.

“Let us continue to prove to our countrymen that the PNP is composed of more good men and women than scalawags. Let’s not allow the total destruction of the name of the organization just because of the corruption of some cops,” said the chief.

Also, during the ceremony, the PNP gave recognition to several deserving cops, police units, non-uniformed personnel and it also gave special awards to the representatives of the Police Regional Office 9. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP warns public of modus operandi of crime syndicates during long holidays

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — All offices of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are in full alert status for the long holiday.

This is to ensure the safety of the public, particularly those going on vacation and those going to cemeteries.

The PNP has ordered increased police visibility by patrolling and deployment of road marshals who would assist motorists or passengers visiting their home provinces.

PDG Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said the PNP has also set up assistance hub in cemeteries and other crowded areas, with the help of the personnel of other government agencies who would serve as force multipliers.

Dela Rosa said the force multipliers will help intensify the implementation of security measures during the observance of Undas.

“So far, we have not yet monitored any direct threat during the Undas and the upcoming ASEAN. But we do not neglect that. That’s why the regional director of the NCRPO says they are on red alert, they are on double alert. If necessary, they might produce more personnel to double the number of deployment to ensure the security of the people,”said the PNP chief.

The PNP also reminds the public to take caution against criminal elements like snatchers, Salisi gang, Laslas gang, and other criminal groups during the Undas.

The public is also advised against wearing expensive jewelry and of bringing huge amount of money in crowded areas to avoid falling victims to thieves.

The PNP has also these few reminders to those who would be on vacation for a long period:

First, ensure that the doors and windows of their houses are properly locked so Akyat Bahay gang won’t be able to break in.

The PNP also warns owners of establishments to remain vigilant against the so-called Acetylene gang or the tunnel rats syndicate.

“[We are] reminding you to double your security during Undas don’t forget to coordinate with the police so you could monitor your financial establishments. There might be another tunnel underneath, and you would be surprised that after your long vacation, you will notice a huge hole on your floor, and your vaults are already gone,” Dela Rosa said.

According to PNP Chief Dela Rosa, all policemen are on duty, while 50 percent of the personnel in the national headquarters are also on duty during the observance of Undas. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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