Pardon unlikely for convicted cops in Kian Delos Santos case — Malacañang

Marje Pelayo   •   November 29, 2018   •   3400

 

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MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) considered it a welcome development that the Caloocan Regional Trial Court convicted the three cops involved in the killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos.

CHR Commissioner Chito Gascon thanked “all those who assisted in securing justice” in the case “particularly the courageous eye witnesses, the church workers, and human rights defenders who offered sanctuary, and the investigators and prosecutors who performed their duty.”

Malacañang, for its part, commended the efforts for the speedy resolution of the case.

Presidential Spokesman Secretary Salvador Panelo said the conviction of the three Caloocan cops is the proof that judicial system in still in effect in the country.

“It is a triumph of justice. It shows that this country has a robust judicial system. It also shows, that in the SONA speech of the president, the first time he said, when he declared war on drugs, those who will abuse their authority will have hell to pay,” Panelo said.

Malacañang strongly believes that the President will in no way grant pardon to the three cops because, as Panelo claims, their crime is not covered by President Duterte’s vow that he would take full responsibility for every loss of life in legitimate police operations.

 “The President will never tolerate policemen who intentionally kills, who have done it not in accordance with the performance of their duties. Obviously if the conviction is murder, which is intentional, then I don’t think the president will pardon,” the Presidential Spokesperson said,

Meanwhile, Gascon calls on the government “to step up their efforts in delivering justice for all victims of EJKs by ensuring that all perpetrators are apprehended and charged.” – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Gov’t seeks single facility for COVID-19 patients

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 17, 2020

The government is looking for a single facility to house confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients to prevent overcrowding in hospitals.

On Monday (March 16), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the recommendation will be discussed in a meeting with the members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

“We are recommending that there should be only one place where we can put all those confirmed cases,” he said.

Panelo said this would lessen the risk of occupational transmission of the virus. He said placing patients in one or two facilities may help in controlling the spread of the disease.

“Baka maubusan tayo ng ospital na paglalagayan (We might run out of hospitals for the patients); and not only that, we are exposing our health workers to the same infection,” he said. — AAC

Duterte, Panelo one-on-one interview deferred anew

Robie de Guzman   •   January 28, 2020

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo and President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – The scheduled televised one-on-one interview of President Rodrigo Duterte with his spokesperson Salvador Panelo has been postponed anew.

In a televised advisory, Panelo said the interview with Duterte, which was supposed to be held Tuesday, will be moved to a later date because the president is feeling “under the weather.”

Panelo said it may be rescheduled next week.

The said interview was initially set on January 22 but was postponed due to “pressing matters.”

The president conducted his first televised interview with Panelo in September 2018 where they discussed wide-ranging topics on martial law in Mindanao, reopening of Boracay Island, increasing rice prices, his critic former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, among others. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte to sign 2020 nat’l budget on January 6, Palace confirms

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 3, 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during his visit to the earthquake victims at the M’lang National High School in Cotabato on December 30, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang has confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will sign the P4.1 trillion 2020 national budget on Monday (January 6).

Presidential Legislative Liason Office Secretary Adelino Sitoy said there will be a presidential ceremonial signing at the Malacañang Palace on Monday.

However, Sitoy did not confirm if the president will veto provisions in the said budget.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the president did not mention about a possible veto.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has finished the review of the General Appropriations Bill last week.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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