PNP-AIDSOFT, tutol na gawing legal ang marijuana bilang medisina

admin   •   February 13, 2014   •   27653

FILE PHOTO: Medical marijuana is shown in a jar at The Joint Cooperative in Seattle. (Cliff DesPeaux / REUTERS)

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi sang-ayon ang Philippine National Police-Anti Illegal Drugs Operation Task Force (PNP-AIDSOTF) na gawing legal ang marijuana bilang medisina.

Ayon kay PNP-AIDSOTF legal officer Chief Insp. Roque Merdegia Jr., mas lalala ang problema sa marijuana sa bansa kung magiging legal ang paggamit nito kahit bilang medisina lamang.

“We support the stand of drugs board na kailangan pa talagang pag-aralan, kailangan pa talaga ng eksperimento, mga ebidensya doon sa medical use ng marijuana.”

Maging si Philippine College of Physician Vice Pres. Dr. Leandro Leachon ay hindi sang-ayon sa panukala dahil wala pa aniyang konkretong pag-aaral na nakagagaling ito ng sakit, at marami din itong side effects.

“Kasi kung higit yung danger kaysa sa benepisyo, bakit mo naman ibibigay sa tao ito,” pahayag ni Dr. Leachon.

Maging ang mga ordinaryong mamamayan ay hindi sang-ayon na gawing legal ang paggamit ng marijuana kahit sa ano pa mang kadahilanan.

Katwiran nila, tiyak na tataas ang bilang ng krimen kapag ginawang legal ang paggamit nito.

“Hindi po kasi maraming masisirang kabataan,” mariing pagtutol ni Esperanza Gargar.

Ayon naman kay Boy, “Mas lalala po ang krimen.”

Ang panukalang paggamit ng marijuana bilang medisina ni Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III ay umani na ng maraming batikos, hindi pa man ito naihahain sa kongreso. (Lea Ylagan / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

DOJ asks PNP to suspend re-arrest of GCTA-freed heinous crimes convicts

Robie de Guzman   •   September 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested the Philippine National Police (PNP) to temporarily suspend the operation to re-arrest heinous crimes convicts wrongly released under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law after the deadline for them to surrender lapsed.

In a radio interview on Friday, Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said they made the request on Thursday night in order to thoroughly check the list of heinous crime convicts submitted by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

Perete noted the list contains some errors which could pose possible violence and other problems such as mistaken identity during the manhunt operation.

Also included in the list were some names of prisoners released under parole and pardon.

At least 1,950 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) surrendered to authorities as of midnight of Thursday when President Rodrigo Duterte’s 15-day deadline ended.

The number of surrenderers is higher than the 1,914 heinous crime convicts on the original list given by BuCor.

Perete said they already ordered BuCor to immediately release the persons who turned themselves in even if they are not included in the list.

The 1,914 heinous criminals were freed earlier because their sentences were shortened for good behavior under the Republic Act 10592.

Duterte earlier ordered these convicts to surrender within 15 days for the recomputation of their good conduct credits or be treated as fugitives from justice after the deadline.

He also offered P1 million bounty for the capture of each freed heinous crime convicts.

Fire in Liberia school kills at least 27 children

Robie de Guzman   •   September 19, 2019

A fire at an Islamic school in Liberia has killed at least 27 children, police said on Wednesday (September 18).

The police spokesman Moses Carter said the blaze was caused by an electrical issue and the kids were learning the Koran when the fire broke out. He added that further investigations were ongoing.

Carter had originally said 30 children were killed before revising the death toll down to 27. Two survivors were taken to the hospital, he said.

The fire started late on Tuesday (September 17) in the suburbs of the capital Monrovia, President George Weah said in a tweet.

“My prayers go out to the families of the children that died last night in Paynesville City,” Weah said. “This is a tough time for the families of the victims and all of Liberia.”

It is common for buildings to collapse in blazes linked to faulty electrics in Liberia’s big cities, however, these are rarely deadly. (Reuters)

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India becomes latest country to ban sale of e-cigarettes

Robie de Guzman   •   September 19, 2019

India became the latest country after Brazil and Thailand to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in what could potentially be the biggest move against vaping globally over growing health concerns.

The ban, which also covers the production, import and advertising of e-cigarettes, cuts off a huge future market from e-cigarette makers at a time when the number of people smoking worldwide is declining.

“There has been a 77 percent increase in addiction of e-cigarettes among school-going or college-going young adults, teenagers, and children because nicotine addiction is quick and it is harmful as well,” Indian Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Preeti Sudan said.

India has 106 million smokers, second only to China.

The ban could also dash the expansion plans of companies such as Altria, backed Juul Labs, and Philip Morris International into the country.

“$150 billion opportunity, now that’s what is estimated, the nicotine market is going to be, why are we denying our farmers that, why are we denying our citizens a right to a less harmful product, these are questions that I would really like to ask the government,” Praveen Rikhy, Trade Representatives of endsin India said. (Reuters)

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