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PNP chief confirms failed assassination plot by Maute Group is drug-related

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa believes that the Maute terror group wants him dead because of his job.

“This Maute group is being fed by drug money then maybe they are hurt by the drug war. That’s my own opinion only,” he said.

This was after the PNP chief discovered an assassination plot against him following the arrest of a suspected member of the Maute group identified as Eyemen Alonte.

The information allegedly came from the one of the suspects involved in a carnapping who managed to survive, and the one authorities interrogated.

The foiled assassination happened on January 25 in Marawi City when he was the guest speaker at an event in his alma mater, the Mindanao State University (MSU).

Dela Rosa claims the group had planned to shoot him down or bomb his car. He said an IED was recovered inside the MSU campus the following day.

“There was one who was supposed to shoot me. That operation was supervised by one of the Maute groups who was there at the venue where I was supposed to go,” Said Dela Rosa.

He is thankful that the assassination plot failed and stresses that the incident will not stop him from fighting illegal drugs and terrorists.

“I am not afraid to die. Anytime I can die anytime. This is just work. They cannot deter me from doing my job,” he added. “I know the lord won’t leave me. God is always with me wherever I go.” — Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue

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Veteran senators to guide new colleagues in Senate

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III said on Wednesday (May 15) that veteran senators are willing to guide their new colleagues once they assume office.

Sotto added that the Senate Secretariat is always ready to assist the new senators.

“Anytime upon request or instruction, as they always do every time there is a new member of the Senate,” the Senate president said.

This came after former PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa, one of the leading senatorial candidates in the ongoing canvassing of the 2019 midterm polls, admitted in an interview that he needs a training or a crash course in lawmaking.

“Mayroon bang seminar diyan o ano bang training diyan para matutunan ko kung paano gawin ang batas? Ano ba ang mga trabaho namin diyan sa Senado? Kung mayroong ganun, I will take that opportunity para matuto ako,” Dela Rosa said on Tuesday.

(Is there a seminar or a training where I can learn how to craft laws? What does our job in the Senate involve? If there are [seminars] I will take the opportunity to learn.)

In reaction to Dela Rosa’s statement, Senator Panfilo Lacson said the incoming senator need not worry as his veteran colleagues are willing to give them pieces of advice on how to do their work in the Upper House.

Lacson, also a former PNP Chief, was Dela Rosa’s upperclassman in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

Lacson is a member of the PMA Class of 1971 while Dela Rosa belongs to PMA Class of 1986. – Marje Pelayo

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Incoming senator Dela Rosa eyes training on lawmaking

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Former Philippine National Police chief and incoming senator, General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, speaks before his supporters during the campaign period. (Photo: Bato Dela Rosa Facebook)

MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is planning to attend seminars on crafting laws should he win a seat in the Senate.

First time candidate Dela Rosa is poised to become a senator with more than 18 million votes in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) partial, unofficial results of the 2019 midterm elections.

In an interview with CNN Philippines, Dela Rosa said he is seeking to attend seminars on lawmaking as this is the very essence of his work as a legislator.

“Ewan ko kung meron bang seminar diyan, or ano bang training dyan para matutuhan ko kung paano gawin ‘yung ng batas, kung paano gawin ‘yung trabaho sa Senado. Kung merong ganon I’ll take that opportunity para matuto ako,” he said in an interview on Tuesday.

(Is there a seminar for that or training where I could learn how to craft laws or about our work in the Senate? If there’s any, I’ll take that opportunity so I could learn.)

But he added that he will not attend the training if these will be held in the University of the Philippines because it was “anti-police” and “anti-military.”

Dela Rosa also said that he plans to consult reelectionist Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel and JV Ejercito on the things that he needs to do to prepare for the job.

“Magtawag tawag ako kina Koko Pimentel, JV Ejercito kung ano ba talaga ang trabaho ng senador. What do I need to prepare para pagpasok ko, hindi na ito katawa-tawa,” he said.

(I will call Koko Pimentel and JV Ejercito to ask about the job of a senator, what I need to prepare so I won’t look ridiculous when I enter the Senate.)

Dela Rosa is currently ranking fifth in the top-12 winning circle with 18,339,919 votes based on partial, unofficial results from Comelec as of 5:10 a.m. Wednesday.

Pimentel is currently at 11th spot with 14,255,261 votes while Ejercito is outside the winning circle at the 13th place with 13,897,153 votes.

“Kaya nga malungkot ako. Magdasal na lang. Sana si JV makaakyat, si Koko ‘wag nang bumaba,” Dela Rosa said.

(That’s why I am sad. I’ll just pray. I hope JV’s ranking would go up and Koko’s wouldn’t go down.)

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IBP: ‘Bikoy’ not under our custody

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Tuesday belied rumors that Peter Joemel Advincula, the man claiming to be ‘Bikoy’ in the video series called “Ang Totoong Narco List,” is under their custody following his press conference at its headquarters in Ortigas.

On Monday, Advincula went to IBP to seek legal assistance to file charges against presidential son Paolo Duterte; Lawyer Manases Carpio, the husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte; and Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, former aide of President Rodrigo Duterte.

READ: Man claiming to be Bikoy asks help from IBP

He claimed he was the hooded figure in the video series implicating some members of the Duterte family and their close allies to the narcotics trade.

“We would like to dispel rumors that Mr. Peter Joemel Advincula is in the custody and care of the IBP. The IBP leadership is unaware of his current whereabouts,” the IBP said in a statement released late Tuesday.

The IBP issued the statement following speculations that Advincula is under its care.

It also maintained that it did not organize Advincula’s press briefing, and it has nothing to do with the statement that he read before the media.

“The presence of media outfits was not upon the invitation nor direction of the IBP, ” it said.

“IBP did not craft Mr. Advincula’s statement, and/or sworn statement,” it added.

The IBP also reiterated that Advincula was received at their office on Monday like any other applicant seeking legal assistance from its National Center for Legal Aid.

“Right now, his application for legal aid is still under the evaluation by the NCLA,” the group said.

The IBP reiterated it continues to the sentinel of the rule of law in the country, which has a “mandate to maintain independence and credibility as the umbrella organization of all lawyers in the Philippines.”

In response to Advincula’s appearance at the IBP and drug allegations against the Duterte family and their close allies, Senator Panfilo Lacson said his committee has invited the former to attend its hearing on Friday.

Lacson said the formal invitation to Advincula will be sent out through the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) since it was the last place where he was seen.

READ: Senate to probe ‘Bikoy’ claims this week

Malacañang, meanwhile, expressed doubt on Advincula’s credibility, noting that he is currently facing multiple criminal cases.

READ: NBI to summon man claiming to be ‘Bikoy’

The National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police earlier said they will summon Advincula to answer questions pertaining to his identity and his allegations against the Dutertes.

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