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PNP chief denies political influence in De Lima cases

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

FILE PHOTO: PNP Chief PDG Ronald Dela Rosa

PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa has denied using political influence on cases filed against Senator Leila de Lima.

He said he  strongly believes that the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court has sufficient basis for ordering the arrest and detention of Senator De Lima.

Dela Rosa added that among the court’s basis for the case is the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prisons.

This has been the response of the police chief to a resolution recently released by a European Parliament.

In its resolution, the EU recommended, among other things, the release of De Lima; the dropping of what it claims as politically motivated charges against the senator; and to ensure the security of De Lima inside her detention cell.

READ: SolGen: De Lima ‘falsified’ SC petition

“Yung nag-issue ng warrant I don’t think ganun ka sensational na kaso at ganun kataas na personality eh basta basta na lang magi-issue ang korte ng warrant ng walang basehan hindi pwede yun (On the issuance of the warrant, I don’t think a case this sensational and with such a high-profile personality, the court will just easily issue a warrant without basis. It doesn’t work that way),” Dela Rosa said.

The police chief also noted that the Philippine National Police (PNP) should not be reminded to ensure the security of the senator since it is what they have already been doing.

“Responsibilidad po namin si Senator De Lima talagang binabantayan namin siya (Senator De Lima is our responsibility. We are certainly guarding her),” said PDG Dela Rosa.

For her part, Senator Leila de Lima has previously expressed gratitude for the concern given to her by the international human rights organization.

Dela Rosa, meanwhile, has this to say on the EU recommendation for the United Nation Human Rights Council to investigate alleged cases of extra judicial killings in the Philippines: “Sila mismo makikialam dito sa atin? bahala sila wala man ako pakialam sa kanila, bahala sila.” (They will  interfere in our affairs? Whatever, I don’t care about them anyway).  — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

READ: Duterte lashes out anew at EU, top critics

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Dela Rosa retires; Albayalde takes over

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, newly-installed Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde and outgoing PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa strike President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s signature pose on the sidelines of the PNP Change of Command Ceremony at Camp BGen. Rafael Crame in Quezon City on April 19, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa formally passed his post to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Thursday.

The two police officers came from Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala Class of 1986.

Albayalde was chosen by President Rodrigo Duterte to be the next PNP chief after the end of Dela Rosa’s three-month term extension on Saturday.

The turnover ceremony was led by President Rodrigo Duterte and strict security was observed in Camp Aguinaldo.

The EDSA gate was closed and Task Force Disiplina police officers were deployed for security measures. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Trillanes, De Lima file new motion to intervene in quo warranto petition vs. Sereno

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTOS: Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima

MANILA, Philippines — Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima have filed a new motion to intervene in the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

This is the fourth motion to counter the ouster of the chief magistrate thru the litigation of Supreme Court justices.

In the 26-page motion of the senators, they said it is still in Senate’s hands where an impeachable official can be removed.

They added that under the Constitution, a chief justice may only be removed through impeachment.

— Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP chief vows no escape for drug suspects

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa has once again expressed his dismay over the dismissal of drug charges against several drug suspects.

Dela Rosa considers the dismissal of the charges against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and alleged drug suspect Peter Lim and others as a lesson to the whole PNP unit.

The PNP chief also vowed not to allow any more drug suspects to escape the law.

“Sino bang masaya? Malungkot tayo. Malungkot nga yung ordinaryong tao na nanonood lang sa TV na inaamin ni Kerwin Espinosa na siya’y druglord. Si Peter Lim ay druglord. Kami pa kaya na nagtatrabaho diyan,” said the PNP chief.

(Who would be happy about it? We feel sad. Even ordinary people who have witnessed the confession of Kerwin Espinosa that he’s a drug lord; that Peter Lim is a drug lord, are sad about it, even more so for us who worked on the case.)

Dela Rosa explained that he is frustrated with the decision of the panel of prosecutors of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that handled the case.

Dela Rosa also said he felt sorry for the policemen who sacrificed their lives for the campaign against illegal drugs.

The police chief also gave a warning to Kerwin Espinosa.

“Naisahan talaga kami pero kwidaw (We really were fooled, but beware). Ikaw, Kerwin, naisahan mo kami ngayon (You, Kerwin, was able to pull a fast one this time) but you cannot “one” us all the time. Mark my word, Mr. Kerwin Espinosa. You cannot “one” us all the time,” said Dela Rosa.)

Several prosecutors of the DOJ dismissed the case against the drug suspects for insufficient evidence. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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