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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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    Senator Leila de Lima to file motion for reconsideration

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017


    MANILA, Philippines — In a statement, Senator Leila de Lima said she was dismayed and saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court on the two petitions she filed.

    The senator said that she will continue the fight, further maintaining her innocence in the accusations against her.

    De Lima’s camp is set to file a motion for reconsideration regarding the Supreme Court’s decision.

    Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano, meanwhile, believes the SC’s decision on De Lima’s case is a form of revenge.

    “What is happening is, the law is being forced to agree to the policies of the administration. That’s right. It will further encourage authorities that even without evidence… because imagine a case which is drug trading. How could you be involved in drug trading when they have not recovered any illegal drugs in your possession,” said Alejano.

    In a vote of 9-6 yesterday, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition of De Lima to nullify the arrest against her and to transfer her illegal drug trading charges before the Office of the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan.

    The high tribunal explained that her arrest has a basis and that the anti-graft court has no jurisdiction over cases involving illegal drugs.

    Attorney Marwil Nacor Llasos, a law reform specialist from the University of the Philippines College of Law, is worried over the decision of the country’s high tribunal, noting it seems to show a pattern that one can easily predict.

    Llasos cited as examples the SC’s decision to allow the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the implementation of martial in the entire Mindanao, and lastly, the arrest and detention of the government’s staunch critic, Senator Leila De Lima.

    “The Supreme Court has been so polarized already and I doubt it if it still already based on the hard facts of the law and the facts of the case or there are political realities involved,” said Llasos.

    “In terms of the case of De Lima, the government achieved its purpose which is to silence her, to put her behind bars so none will criticize the actions of the administration.

    However, for House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez, the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of De Lima is appropriate.

    “I’ve seen the menace of drug problem and for 6 years, she should have been at the front against it. But she was the one who was supporting it, so why would you let it escape?” said Suarez.

    Malacañang, on the other hand, refused to comment on the issue. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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    PNP chief tags critics of admin’s war on drugs as “ingrates”

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — After expressing dismay before members of the media on Monday, PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa responded to critics of the government’s war on drugs.

    “Yung pulis ko na sinaksak. May Police Caloocan pa ako na nabaril sa ulo nung inaresto yung adik na wanted, patay diretso. Hindi niyo pinabalik-balik para naman sana bigyang hustisya yung pagkamatay ng pulis ko,” said Dela Rosa.

    (There was a cop who was stabbed. There was a Caloocan policeman who was shot in the head by a drug addict. The cop died on the spot. You did not report it in the news repeatedly so we could attain justice for the deaths of my cops.)

    “You can criticize us to high heavens, but I can tell you straight sa mata: Ingrato kayo. Nakinabang din kayo sa peace and order na dinulot ng war on drugs. You can criticize us… Ingrato kayo. Mga anak mo, pumapasok na walang kaba, walang takot dahil bihira na ang krimen sa kalsada,”  he added.

    (You can criticize us to high heavens, but I can tell you straight in the eye: You are ingrates. You benefit as well to the peace and order that this war on drugs bring. You can criticize us. You’re all ingrates. Your children are going to school without worries, and without fear, because crimes now seldom happen in the streets.)

    According to Dela Rosa, he is not pointing at a particular person but to all critics of the police’s campaign against illegal drugs.

    The PNP chief also believes in the truthfulness of the result of the survey conducted by the Social Weather Station or SWS.

    The SWS surveyed the public on the quote –the rich drug pushers are not being killed, but only the poor ones – end of quote.

    “Totoo yun, ilan yung mayaman na involved sa street pushing so kapag mag conduct ang police ng buy bust operation so most likely yung mahirap na nag push ng droga ang makuha. We are talking about numbers mas maraming mahirap involved sa drug pushing,”said the chief.

    (It’s true. Some wealthy people are involved in street pushing so if the police conduct a buy-bust operation so most likely the poor ones were the usual targets. We are talking about numbers, there are poorer involved in drug pushing.)

    Dela Rosa also responded to issues that the police do not kill wealth drug pushers.

    “Mahirap ba si Parojinog? Mahirap ba si mayor ng Albuera Leyte? si Espinosa, mahirap ba yan? Hindi naman, kaya nga, criticize ng criticize hindi naman ina-analyze yung data,” he said.

    (Were the Parojinogs poor? Was Albuera Leyte mayor poor? Was Espinosa poor? They were not. That’s why those who always criticize do not analyze the data.)

    Dela Rosa has once again argued that deaths in their operations could not be avoided as the police are not in control of the situation, whether it is the drug suspect resisting arrest or the police who is being fought back by the drug suspect. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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    Relieved Caloocan cops undergo retraining and reorientation

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, October 2nd, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — PNP Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa does not deny that there are still a few erring cops in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

    “Nilulunok ko yung pride ko every time magkakamali tayo. Hindi ako mahiya na umiyak sa harap ng tao kung ako ay nasasaktan(I swallow my pride every time we make a mistake. I am not embarrassed to cry in public when I am hurting),” said the PNP chief.

    But he also could not contain his dismay over what he calls “biased” reporting by media that creates an unfavorable image of the police.

    “Yung pulis ko na sinaksak, may police Caloocan pa ako na nabaril sa ulo nung inaresto yung adik na wanted, patay diretso. Hindi naman pinabalik-balik ninyo, hindi niyo pinabalik-balik para naman sana bigyang hustisya yung pagkamatay ng pulis ko. Eh bakit itong kina Kian, Carl halos buong programa yun na lang lumalabas? Paulit-ulit,” said Dela Rosa.

    (What about the cop who was stabbed, and another Caloocan police who was shot  dead in the head by a wanted drug addict? You did not even cover their stories long enough to bring justice to my officer’s death. But with Kian and Carl the whole program is almost all about them; repeatedly.)

    Despite the controversies, Dela Rosa remains confident in the performance of the Caloocan police in response to the government’s war on drugs.

    “I’m still very proud of my men of what they have done to Caloocan. Kahit pa na sabihin ninyo na yung mga tao ko ay tarantado, sabihin niyo yan, (Even if you say that my men are bastards) but I’m still very proud of them,” said the chief.

    A total of 1,000 Caloocan cops have been relieved from their post over alleged corruption and controversies facing their ranks including the death of minors Kian delos Santos, Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Reynaldo de Guzman.

    Monday marked the beginning of their one-month retraining and reorientation program which will center on ethics building and discipline.

    Dela Rosa has made it clear that the retraining does not mean a punishment but a move to further boost the morale of the relieved cops and make them better persons.

    “Ang purpose ng training na ito ay para gawin kayong mas maka-Dios, mas makabansa at mas makatao (The purpose of this training is to make you more God-fearing, nationalistic and humane)” said Dela Rosa addressing the dismissed Caloocan policemen. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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