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Palace blocks EU politician’s entry; stresses right to blacklist

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018

Giacomo Filibeck Twitter profile

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang insisted on the government’s right to bar Giacomo Filibeck from entering the Philippines.

Filibeck, a secretary-general of European socialists is a critic of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

The EU political party official was invited by the Akbayan Party-list Congress, but was denied access to the country upon his arrival at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

“We are not obliged to allow anyone into our territory if we do not want them in our territory. Unfortunately, the socialist leader was one of those that we determine as a person that we don’t want to be in our territory. There is no rule under international law that will compel us to admit anyone whom we do not want to admit in our territory. That’s the exercise of sovereignty,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing. — UNTV News & Rescue

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7 drug suspects arrested in back-to-back buy-bust operations in Manila

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2018

The seven drug suspects who were arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Pandacan, Manila

MANILA, Philippines — Only a few weeks since their last brush with authorities, two alleged drug pushers are back in jail after being arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Pandacan, Manila on Wednesday night.

Police have identified the prime suspects as Juan Miguel Bautista (alias Iggy) and his alleged accomplice, Joseph Malicsi (alias Opet).

Bautista was the first to fall in the entrapment that police set at the corner of Nagtahan Street and Jesus Street in Pandacan at 6pm, Wednesday night (December 12).

“Nakahalata siya na pulis ‘yung katransaksyon niya. Sumakay siya sa motor niya at pinaharurot niya ng takbo. So, itong mga back-up operatives natin, hinabol siya mula rito sa Pandacan,dumaan ng Sampaloc, hanggang makarating ng area ng Galas, Quezon City,” said PSInsp. Pidencio Saballo Jr., chief of MPD PS-10Station Drug Enforcement Team.

While fleeing on a motorcycle, Bautista lost his balance and fell to the ground, allowing the police to catch up and arrest him.

Bautista led authorities to his accomplice who was staying at a motel in España, Manila which the suspects used as a drug den.

A follow up operation was immediately conducted which resulted in the arrest of Malicsi and five others who were either runners or users of shabu.

Bautista and Malicsi admitted to selling drugs.

“Mayroon pa pong may source po eh. Hindi ako. Kung baga, may binibilhan rin po kami,” revealed Malicsi.

PSInsp. Saballo said the two prime suspects had been jailed before for drug charges but were able to post bail.

All seven suspects are now under the custody of the Manila Police District and will be charged for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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Palace urges gov’t offices, SUCs to support ‘war on drugs’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has ordered government offices, agencies including government-owned and controlled corporations, state universities and colleges (SUCs) to actively participate in the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government.

As stated in Memorandum Circular No. 53 of the Malacañang, the said offices should utilize their assets to support the campaign against illegal drugs of the Duterte administration based on their own mandate. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Roque pursues Senate dream to revive Miriam Santiago’s legacy

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque speaks after filing his certificate of candidacy on October 17, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque surprised the public as he filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator on Wednesday (October 17), the last day of filing.

His decision came days after he announced that he was considering the advice of President Rodrigo Duterte for him to run for a lower position which he eventually confirmed as a nominee of an environmental party-list group Luntiang Pilinas.

He said his main reason for finally aiming for a seat in  the Senate  is to relive and continue the legacy of one of the most brilliant senators in history, the Iron Lady of Asia, late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

“Ang aking babala ay ‘yung mga korap, mga bobo, mga tiwali sa gobyerno ay mumultuhin na po ni Miriam Defensor-Santiago sa pagkatao ni Harry Roque,” he announced.

Roque said he was grateful that the ruling party Duterte’s Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) offered him to run under its banner though he preferred to run under People’s Reform Party (PRP), the political party of the late Senator Santiago.

Roque claimed it was Mayor Sarah who arranged with PRP for his certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA), a group which he implied is not a breeding ground for “traditional politicians.”

“Ang ating puso ay nasa Senado. Ang importante po talaga ay maisulong ang liderato na binigyang buhay ni dating Senador Miriam Defensor Santiago,” he said.

“Kinakailangan na mamili ang mamamayang Pilipino hindi lang basehan ng kasikatan, kinakailangang suriin ang kwalipikasyon ng mga kandidato…lalong lalo na sa senado. Ang Senado ay deliberative body. Kinakailangan po diyan ay may alam sa batas…bagong anyo ng mga maninilbihan sa senado,” he added.

When asked how his relationship with the President is doing, Roque said: “It’s a very good relationship.”

He stressed that he holds no grudges, “none at all,” against the President even with the sudden replacement of him as the Presidential Spokesperson by Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo.

“Let me make it clear. I did not feel offended at any time during my stint as the presidential spokesperson even if there was at least one instance when I thought I could perhaps do my job better,” he noted. — Marje Pelayo



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