MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa believes the problems in illegal drugs in the country should stop, hopefully under the current administration. Otherwise, the Philippines will remain under the grip of such social menace.
In his official business trip to the United States, the PNP chief has advised Filipino community to be wary against fake news circulating on social media about the government’s war on drugs.
“Kawawa ang Pilipinas talaga. Alam ko kayo dito, hindi kayo mapapalagay habang nandito kayo, mga mahal niyo sa buhay nandoon sa Pilipinas. Kaya sana magtulungan tayo. Huwag kayong masyadong magpadala sa mga fake news na nakakarating dito, mga paninira,” said the chief.
(The Philippines is really pitiful. I know that you are uneasy living here while your loved ones are back in the Philippines. That’s why we should help each other. Do not get carried away by damaging fake news that reaches you.)
Dela Rosa assured the Filipino community in the US that the PNP will be more cautious in its operations now that it is reinstated as a support group to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in executing anti-illegal drugs operations.
This has prompted the PNP to call for support in order to acquire the needed body cameras for their operations.
Meanwhile, the PNP chief guarantees the police’s support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its pursuit of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Dela Rosa warned organizations supportive of the NPA which is now officially declared a terrorist group by the Philippine government.
“Well, pagbasehan natin ‘yung Constitution at tsaka ‘yung Revised Penal Code. Kung meron silang nagawa dun na labag dun then, they are punishable by their crimes. At kami naman sa pulis palagi kaming actively supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it comes to internal security operations. So pagtutulong-tulungan namin yan sa AFP yung laban natin na against sa NPA,” said Dela Rosa
(Well, let’s base it on the Constitution and the Revised Penal Code. If they have committed violations of these, then they are punishable by their crimes. We at the PNP are actively supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it comes to internal security operations. So we will be working together with AFP against the NPA.) — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
8 out of 10 Filipinos satisfied with Duterte’s drug war — SWS
MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte administration’s war on drugs campaign remains popular among Filipinos according to the latest survey released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Sunday.
The anti-drug initiative received a “very good” net satisfaction rating of +65; a one-point increase from the +64 rating in March.
The survey, conducted on June 27 to 30 among 1,250 respondents, shows that 8 out of 10 Filipinos are satisfied with the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug war.
The highest net satisfaction rating came from the Mindanao region with +84, while Visayas recorded the lowest with a +57 rating.
Seventy-three percent (73%) of respondents who are contented with the anti-drug war are also satisfied the performance of President Duterte.
Meanwhile, 3 out of 5 Filipinos believe that the arrest of loiterers on the streets violates human rights.
This is also based on the SWS survey released yesterday, September 23.
In June, Duterte ordered the police to strictly implement city ordinances against loiterers whom he considers potential threats to the public.
The survey also revealed that 68 percent of Filipinos worry that they or someone they know will get arrested for loitering in public places. — Asher Cadapan Jr.
Alleged NPA rebels attack PNP station in Butuan
Forces of the Philippine National Police clashed anew with suspected members of the New People’s Army in San Mateo, Butuan City at past 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 18.
The alleged rebels attacked Station 5 of Butuan PNP prompting a 10-minute exchange of gunfire.
The Butuan City Mobile Force Battalion quickly sent reinforcement but the rebel forces retreated rapidly.
The PNP only suffered one casualty identified as PO1 Ritchel Golandrina, who was shot in the right leg.
Meanwhile, police will be combing through hospitals and clinics in the city in search of wounded NPA rebels who may have sought treatment after the clash.
Police Regional Office 13 Director Chief Superintendent Gilberto DC Cruz has directed all station commanders in Caraga region to strengthen checkpoints together with the Philippine Army. — Raymond Octobre
Gov’t troops corner NPA rebels in Oriental Mindoro
FILE PHOTO: New People’s Army
Government forces encountered members of the New People’s Army terrorist group while conducting combat operations in Barangay Panaytayan, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro at 6:50 a.m. Monday, September 10.
The troops of 4th Infantry Battalion (41B)engaged the rebels in a 45-minute gunfight that left many casualties on the Communist group’s side based on the heavy bloodstains at the encounter site and on the withdrawal route of the rebels.
The government troopers also suffered a casualty, name of which is withheld pending information of the next of kin. Major General Rhoderick Parayno, commander of 21D, extended his condolences to the family of the slain soldier.
“Rest assured that his bravery and sacrifices will not be futile. We will continue to conduct comabt operations to destroy and end this terrorist group the soonest possible time,” he said.
The encounter was prompted by reports from concerned citizens that a group of NPA members were extorting money and food from residents in the area.
The military recovered the following materials and equipment from group:
- 1 improvised explosive device
- 1 Apple laptop
- 1 computer hard drive
- 5 cellular phones
- 2 backpacks
- Medical supplies and voluminous subversive documents
Pursuit operations against the communist terrorists are underway.
“The troops will pursue the retreating enemies. We will help them if they surrender. We will treat their wounded,” said MGen. Parayno. “If they do not want to lay down their arms we do not have other options but to run after them.”