Pagsasalita ni PNoy sa prayer gathering nitong Lunes, hindi makaaapekto sa BOI report

UNTV News   •   March 10, 2015   •   3489


Bahagi ng naging pagtitipon sa Palasyo ng Malakanyang nitong Lunes, Marso 09, 2015 kung saan sumagot ang Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa mga katanungan ng mga bisita.(Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines – Ipinagtanggol ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ang ginawang pagsasalita ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III nitong Lunes hinggil sa Mamasapano operations.

Ayon kay PNP Public Information Office head Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., hindi ito makaaapekto sa Board of Inquiry report taliwas sa mga lumabas na balita.

Nitong Lunes ay humingi pa ng palugit ang BOI bago ilabas ang report sa Mamasapano encounter na ikinasawi ng 44 SAF commandos sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Sinabi ni Cerbo na may integridad ang pinuno ng BOI na si CIDG chief Police Director Benjamin Magalong na 37 taon ng nasa serbisyo.

“Wala namang nagbago eh even the statements of the President hindi naman yan kahapon lamang sinabi even yung mga earlier pronouncement very consistent naman na ganon ang stand ng President, so I don’t think yung activity kahapon ay makakaapekto sa ginagawa ng BOI,” pahayag ni Cerbo.

Idinepensa rin ng PNP ang naging sentimyento ni Pangulong Aquino kay dating SAF chief Dir. Getulio Napeñas.

“Pag nagpa-operate ka ay ikaw ang nagpaplano, eh perhaps pwede kong i-relay sa immediate superior ko ang gagawin ko, perhaps pwede akong manghingi ng guidance pero at the end of the day responsibility ko yun,” paliwanag pa ni Cerbo.

Iginiit pa ng opisyal na hindi na dapat pang ibigay ang sisi sa mas nakatataas na opisyal lalo na’t nagbigay lamang ito ng guidance sa operasyon.

Itinanggi din ng tagapagsalita ng PNP ang sinabi ng abogado ni Napeñas na may direktiba ang pamunuan ng pambansang pulisya kung saan pinagbawalan itong magpa-interview sa media upang ipagtanggol ang kanyang sarili. (Lea Ylagan / UNTV News)

Sandiganbayan junks raps vs Purisima, Napeñas over Mamasapano clash

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020

The Sandiganbayan has dismissed the charges against former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima and ex-PNP Special Action Force chief Getulio Napeñas over the Mamasapano clash in 2015.

The dismissal of the charges against the two former police officers was due to the lack of probable cause to charge them of graft and usurpation of official functions complaints for their involvement in the anti-terrorist operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in 2015.

The said operation led to the deaths of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.

Purisima was charged for still leading the operation to kill terrorists Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan and Abdul Basit Usman, under Oplan Exodus, despite being suspended as the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief.

Napeñas, on the other hand, was also charged for allegedly conspiring with Purisima.

Based on the resolution, Purisima and Napeñas cannot be charged due to the lack of sufficient evidence.

“There is no mention in the information, nor any evidence on record, that accused Napeñas received or expected to receive any material remuneration or consideration therefor,” the resolution states. “It could not be said that Purisima was under the pretense of being a PNP chief because he was ordered by his president and commander-in-chief to perform such supervision and monitoring.”

Purisima and Napeñas were charged with violating Section 3(a) of the anti-graft law which punishes “persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations.”

Meanwhile, the Sandiganbayan said the dismissal of the criminal complaints did not mean that the two accused had no liability over the Mamasapano clash and appropriate charges can still be filed against them.

“What the court merely ruled is the non-existence of probable cause against Napeñas in both charges and the insufficiency of the allegations in the information filed against Purisima,” the resolution reads.—AAC

Opposition senatorial bets cast vote on election day

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2019

Senatorial aspirant and Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano (left), Muslim candidate Samira Gutoc (upper photo center), re-electionist Senator Bam Aquino (lower photo center), former solicitor general, Pilo Hilbay (right)

MANILA, Philippines – Some of the candidates of opposition slate ‘Otso Diretso’ went to their respective hometowns to cast their votes for the 2019 National and local elections on Monday morning.

Senatorial aspirant and Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano voted in his hometown in Negros Occidental.

The former soldier cast his ballot at precinct 0012A in Barangay 3 in Sipalay town.

Alejano believes the midterm polls will be a test to the relevance of the Magdalo party.

“Puwede naming sabihin na relevant kami, pero sabihin ng tao na you’re done. Then we will just die a natural death. Iyun din ang usapan namin sa kulungan, tumakbo si Trillanes,” he said. 

“Pag tumakbo ka, ‘pag natalo ka, e di pahinga na. Ganoon din kami, tumatakbo kami, ito ang aming tayo, kung ayaw nila sa amin, so be it,” the lawmaker said. 

In the last Pulse Asia pre-election survey conducted from May 3 to 5, Alejano placed 21st to 32nd.

Meanwhile, Otso Diretso’s lone female and Muslim candidate Samira Gutoc went back to her hometown in Marawi City to cast her ballot.

She voted in Precinct No. 0019A at the Cauayan Elementary School in Lanao del Sur.

Gutoc ranked 21st to 32nd in the latest pre-election survey of Pulse Asia.

Former Solicitor General Pilo Hilbay, on the other hand, voted at Jose Corazon De Jesus Elementary School in Tondo, Manila on Monday morning.

While Mar Roxas cast his ballot in Conrado Barrios Memorial Elementary School in Baybay, Roxas City a few minutes past 6 a.m., making him among the early birds.

Roxas, who served as Interior and Local Government Secretary under the administration of Former President Benigno Aquino III, is seeking to return to the Senate.

Roxas placed 16th to 17th in the latest Pulse Asia survey.

READ: Escudero, Pimentel, Roxas among first voters on Election day

Meanwhile, re-electionist Senator Bam Aquino voted at the South Central Elementary School in Concepcion, Tarlac at past 7 a.m., Monday.

Aquino was accompanied by his wife, Mary Fatima Gomez Aquino, when they voted in precinct no. 0225A, no. 75 clustered precinct.

Aquino was the only opposition candidate who was able to make it to the list of possible winners, ranking 9th to 15th in the survey.

In an interview, Vice President Leni Robredo described the opposition senatorial bets’ bid to win the elections as an uphill battle, but she took solace in the passion of their volunteers and supporters.

“Napaka-uphill ng battle, pero in the last several weeks, nakita namin ‘yung passion ng mga volunteers, ano ‘yun, unrivaled,” she told reporters after casting her vote in Naga, Camarines Sur.

Malacañang urges Ombudsman to ‘resolve with dispatch’ SAF 44 case

admin   •   January 25, 2019

The Gallant 44 (SAF44) of the Oplan Exodus or the popularly known as the Mamasapano encounter on January 25, 2015. (PNP-SAF)

Malacañang on Friday (January 25)urged the Office of the Ombudsman to “resolve with dispatch” the case filed against those who recklessly placed the SAF 44 in mortal peril.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Duterte administration is one with the nation in demanding justice for them as well as the prosecution of those responsible for the botched police operation.

The government also said it will not allow a recurrence of such tragic event and those in authority must learn from the mistakes of the past. — Rosalie Coz

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