PNP chief Dela Rosa open to new gov’t assignments even after retirement

admin   •   November 29, 2017   •   6977

PNP Chief Ronald Bato dela Rosa on Get It Straight with Daniel Razon

MANILA, Philippines — Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is determined to finish his job as the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in his remaining months in office.

Dela Rosa is set to retire in January 21, 2018.

Still, he said he is open to accept any assignment President Rodrigo Duterte will give him even after he retires.

If he will be given the opportunity to choose, he wants to be with the Bureau of Corrections in order to solve the problems of illegal drugs in the national penitentiary.

“Okay lang kung mapunta ako doon as director. Hindi yung nakakulong ha?” said the PNP chief.

(It’s okay with me to be assigned as [BuCor] director — not as inmate, okay?)

Dela Rosa said he is not closing his doors to an opportunity in the Senate but he doesn’t want to confirm or declare anything at this point in time.

“Pag sinabi ko kasi categorically na, ‘Yes tatakbo ako,’ wala, patay na. Bog! Bog! Bog! Bog! Bubugbugin ka eto na: ‘Si Bato tumatakbo na,’ bugbugin ka niyan,” said the PNP chief referring to how critics might react to an early announcement of his supposed candidacy.

(If I say categorically that, “Yes, I will run,” I’m dead meat. Bog! Bog! Bog! Bog! The bashing will begin: “Bato is running,” then I will be clobbered.)

He also denied that his mascot was intended for his Senate candidacy.

He explained that the concept is to help regain the image of the national police and bring it closer again to the public.

“In fact hindi nga humingi ng approval sa akin basta gumawa lang ng ganun. Tapos pinalabas niya nagulat nalang ako, then nagustuhan ko rin naman. Nung ipapalabas naming sa mga mall, yung mga bata nagkakagulo patok na patok nag-hit sa mga bata, then sabi ko this is a good sign,” said Dela Rosa.

(In fact, I was not even asked for my approval, they just proceeded to create one. I was surprised when it was presented, but it later grew on me. When we do mall tours, it was a hit among the kids, so I thought, “This is a good sign.”)

Even after his retirement, Dela Rosa still hopes that the drug problem in the country will be solved during the term of President Rodrigo Duterte. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

WATCH: Recent FULL INTERVIEW of PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Get It Straight with Daniel Razon

 

Duterte to announce final decision on reduced physical distancing in public transport

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 16, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte will make his final decision on Thursday (September 17) regarding the reduction of physical distancing in public transportation.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said doctors have opposing opinions on the matter and added that last meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Against COVID-19 even took six hours discussing the issue.

“Ang mga doctor iba-iba rin po ang mga pananaw. Wala pong isang opinyon pagdating dito sa pagbawas ng isang dangkal lang naman na social distancing sa pampublikong mga transportation (Our doctors have varying opinions. There is no unified opinion when it comes to social distancing in public transportation),” he said on Wednesday (September 16) during a press briefing.

Roque also said the IATF based their recommendation to reduce physical distancing on research and advice from doctors.

“Ang rekomendasyon po ay isusumite kay Preisdente. Si Presidente na po ang magde-decide (The recommendation has been submitted to the President and he will be the one to decide), Roque said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

BuCor issues release order for Pemberton

Robie de Guzman   •   September 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Thursday issued the release order for convicted killer US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton following President Rodrigo Duterte’s grant of absolute pardon.

The release order signed by BuCor chief Gerald Bantag was then transmitted to the compound of the Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) inside the Camp Aguinaldo where Pemberton is being detained pursuant to the Philippines-US Visiting Forces Agreement.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Pemberton will be turned over to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for the process of his deportation.

The BI earlier said the deportation order was issued against Pemberton in 2015 for being an undesirable alien when he was sentenced for the 2014 murder of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude.

Pemberton was convicted of homicide for killing Laude at a motel in Olongapo City in 2014. He was sentenced to serve six to ten years in prison.

Prior to Duterte’s pardon, an Olongapo court had ordered BuCor to recompute the time that Pemberton served and to determine if he is eligible to avail the good conduct time allowance rule.

Foreign nationals who are up for deportation are required to submit clearances from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and regional trial court as proof that they have no more pending criminal or civil cases.

Once these requirements are submitted, the deportee’s flight will then be arranged and scheduled by the BI.

“Depende po yan kung maibibigay kaagad ang NBI clearance, may ticket, sa atin pag mayroo na lahat niyan automatic madali na po yan kasi implementation na lang po mayroon nang departure order. Eh mayroon ng deportation order,” BI acting spokesperson Melvin Mabulac said.

According to Guevarra, the deportation proceedings can be completed by the weekend but Pemberton’s actual date of exit from the country depends on his flight arrangements as he is a military personnel of the US. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

No special treatment for Pemberton release, BuCor says

Robie de Guzman   •   September 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Tuesday assured that no special treatment will be given to convicted US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton as they prepare for his release from detention.

Pemberton is set to walk free after President Rodrigo Duterte granted him an absolute pardon on Monday.

BuCor Spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag said they have started the preparations for Pemberton’s release although they have yet to receive a copy of the pardon.

Chaclag assured that the case will be treated as an ordinary release of an inmate and its process, which could take days, will be followed.

“At sa ngayon ay tini-treat natin na ordinary release ito ibig sabihin ay susundin po natin lahat yung mga process at hindi po tayo mag-i-skip,” he said.

“[Ang] gagawin siguro natin ay i-expedite lang po natin para matapos na rin po yung usapin,” he added.

The ordinary process for the release of inmates takes about four days to two weeks, the bureau said.

Chaclag further said that they will also await the directive from the Department of Justice before turning Pemberton over to the Bureau of Immigration

“Kukuha po tayo ng advice o directive sa DOJ kasi iba po ito sa ordinary pong foreigner ay itinuturnover po natin sa Bureau of Immigration,” he explained.

“Dahil may special case itong si PDL Pemberton, isasangguni po natin yan sa DOJ at kung sabihin nila na sa Immigration ay doon po handa po tayong mag turn over sa kanila,” he added.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the president’s granting of absolute pardon is enough to spur the BuCor to process Pemberton’s release from detention.

He will also direct the Bureau of Immigration to revoke the hold departure order issued against the American soldier, adding that he will not be treated like a deportee.

Pemberton was convicted of homicide for killing Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude in Olongapo City in 2014. He was sentenced to serve six to ten years in prison.

He has been detained in a facility at Camp Aguinaldo pursuant to the Philippines-US Visiting Forces Agreement.

Prior to Duterte’s pardon, an Olongapo court had ordered BuCor to recompute the time that Pemberton served and to determine if he is eligible to avail of the good conduct time allowance rule.

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