Netizens react to Duterte’s policy of crushing smuggled cars

Marje Pelayo   •   August 2, 2018   •   5175

 

A backhoe crushes smuggled luxury cars during the condemnation of the contraband vehicles at Port Irene, Sta. Ana in Cagayan.

 

PANGASINAN, Philippines – A video of the condemnation of smuggled luxury cars in Port Irene, Sta. Ana in Cagayan last Monday (July 30) gained hundreds of thousands of views online.

President Rodrigo Duterte personally witnessed the destruction which included high-end vehicles such as Mercedes-Benzes, Porsches, a Jaguar St, Ford Mustangs and a Lamborghini Gallardo.

The policy, however, drew flak from netizens across the globe, with many posting their reactions.

One netizen slammed the policy, calling it the dumbest decision ever since the money worth of millions can be used instead to finance the government or police personnel.

A commenter questioned Duterte’s intelligence for not considering  selling the vehicles and using the money for the poor and for the country.

Despite criticisms, some support this action and said that auctioning these vehicles off would only encourage corruption.

 

 

In response, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the destruction of the smuggled vehicles just shows the determination of the President to prevent smugglers from further doing criminal acts.

“That’s the decision of the president to send the message that we will never let smugglers profit from their criminal acts. We know that the alternative to destruction, they will always find a way to benefit from it, and that’s why by destroying it, there’s absolutely no likelihood that they will benefit from their criminal acts,” Roque said.

The seized contrabands in Cagayan also include humvees but Duterte ordered these spared for the police and military use.

A lawmaker, meanwhile, said a law should be created on how the government should utilize the confiscated items.

“Dapat i-define na kapag confiscated in favor of the government, pakinabangan na ng gobyerno. Ito’y i-auction o kaya ipagamit na lamang sa mga taong gobyerno para di na nagpo-procure o bumibili ng sasakyan ang gobyerno,” reacted Senator Panfilo Lacson. – Rosalie Coz / UNTV News & Rescue

NCRPO records low crime rate in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2019

Newly promoted policemen stand in formation during a mass promotion ceremony at the police headquarters in Taguig City, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 March 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has recorded a low crime rate in Metro Manila from July 2016 to September 2019.

According to NCRPO Director PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar there were 49,835 crime incidents recorded from July 2016 to September 2019 which is 62 percent lower compared to the 131,839 crime incidents recorded from April 2013 to June 2016.

However, based on the NCRPO records, murder cases increased by 60 percent. From July 2016 to September 2019, murder cases increased by 4,295 compared with the 2,682 cases recorded from April 2013 to June 2016.

Eleazar said the increase in the murder cases is due to the illegal drug campaign of the government.

“Dahil sa ating campaign against illegal drugs. Ito’y mga sindikatong nagpapatayan dahil they want to silence ang mga members ng syndicates (It is because of our campaign against illegal drugs. There are syndicates who are killing each other because they want to silence syndicate members),” he said.

Meanwhile, the number of cases in homicide, physical injury, rape, theft, and robbery decreased.

Eleazar is confident crime rate will continue to decline.

“Kasi sa city ordinances naiiwasan natin iyong mga petty crimes. At kapag naiwasan iyan ay maiiwasan din natin ang mga serious crimes to happen— nagiging effective ang ating crime prevention, (Because in city ordinances, petty crimes are prevented. And once it is prevented, we can also prevent serious crimes to happen)” he said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Duterte to speak at Valdai forum during 2nd state visit in Russia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 27, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte will speak in Valdai business forum in Sochi, Russia as part of his second state visit in Russia from October 1 to 5.

This will be the first time a Philippine leader will speak in the said forum where other world leaders and top Russian officials are also invited. The theme of the business forum is about “The World Order Seen from the East.”

Chief Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant of Foreign Affairs Robert Borje said the President will talk about his perspective of the world order and its relation to Philippine foreign policy.

“He is expected to give his perspective or vision of the world order as it is emerging right now and how this relates to Philippine foreign policy. Of course, we can surmise that the President will include in his statement an explanation of his independent foreign policy,” he said.

President Duterte will visit Russia for the second time to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss several bilateral agreements between the two countries.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) European Affairs Asec. Maria Amelit Aquino the visit aims to bolster the 40-year tie between the Philippines and Russia.

“The relations are really being intensified and we have formal platforms, relations have really improved compared to the last 40 years,” she said.

The president will also speak at the Moscow Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), a leading institution for diplomats in Russia as well as meet the Filipino community in the country.

Around 7,000 Filipinos are currently working in Russia and most of them are in the household service and energy industry.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte to ninja cops: Everybody dies, but go first

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 26, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte has warned ‘ninja cops’ that they will face consequences if they continue their involvement in illegal drugs.

During his speech at a corporate launch on Wednesday (September 25) in Parañaque, the president expressed disappointment over policemen who continue to do illegal activities.

“There are some people, like policemen, you have to beg, then they are at it again, and they sell drugs and they go scot-free and they think that they are the lords of this country,” he said.

“Well, I’m sorry to tell you, everybody dies in this world but you will go ahead first. Remember that,” he added.

Duterte is also willing to identify the cops involved in illegal drug recycling, according to Senator Christoper Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go.

The Senate has also authorized to disclose to the public the information regarding the said ninja cops.

READ: Albayalde: 7 ‘ninja cops’ mentioned by PDEA under PNP watch list

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong who was a former chief of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has revealed last week that there are several policemen who are allegedly involved in recycling illegal drugs.—AAC

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