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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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Prosecution amends another charge against Senator Leila de Lima

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — In what seems to be an effort to bolster the case against Senator Leila de Lima, the prosecution is now seeking to amend all the three illegal drug trading charges.

The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 on Friday, heard the motion of the prosecution to modify the cases from illegal drug trading to conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading.

Similar motions were already filed with the two other branches hearing De Lima’s cases.

A member of the prosecution team explained that the accusations and evidence would remain the same.

“Only to be more precise and to conform with the evidence, the allegations in the complaint. It will not in anyway prejudice the substantial rights of the accused,” said Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Ramoncito Ocampo, Jr.

But a lawyer for De Lima said the prosecution is only making up for the weakness in their case.

 

“Those are two different cases talaga na tingin namin ay ginawa nila ito para maiwasan ang fatal defect sa original information which is the absence of the actual drugs allegedly traded (Those are really two different cases. We think they did it to elude the fatal defect in the original information which is the absence of the actual drugs allegedly traded),” said Atty. Boni Tacardon, legal counsel of Sen. Leila de Lima.

For one, the prosecution has now alleged that inmates of the New Bilibid Prison were used to sell and trade illegal drugs.

This is a new accusation which is absent in the original case being handled by Judge Patria Manalastas de Leon and was never mentioned in the two other cases.

“Pag-aaralan nang husto ito para tingnan namin kung ano ang epekto nito sa kaso (We will study this thoroughly to determine its effects on the case),” said Atty. Tacardon.

This prompted Judge de Leon to cancel Friday’s arraignment of Senator De Lima.

Her lawyers were given 15 days to submit their comment or opposition to the amendment.

The prosecution was also given the same period to oppose De Lima’s motion praying with the court to reconsider its arrest order.

Judging by these developments, a prosecutor said that the arraignment will have to wait until early next year. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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President Duterte hints on a new chief of the Philippine National Police

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_120617_Bato Dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa is set to retire on 21st of January in 2018 when he reaches the mandatory age of retirement of 56 years old.

During a command conference at Malacañang on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte named PNP Deputy Chief for Administration General Ramon Apolinario as the second highest police official who will replace PNP chief Ronald Bato dela Rosa.

However, PNP Public Information Office chief PCSupt. Dionardo Carlos clarified such an announcement is just an impromptu introduction at an event in Cebu where the guest of honor was PDDG. Ramon Apolinario.

“Normally who replaces number one? Let us not make a big issue out of it. It was an impromptu introduction spiel during the program,” said Carlos.

All police star generals are candidates in the position for the highest post in the police institution as long as they are serving in the PNP for at least one year.

If the PNP hierarchy will be followed, Apolinario is next in line to replace General dela Rosa except when the president wants to designate another police official.

In a text message, Gen. Apolinario said that the announcement is not officials and that he would focus first on his duty.

“Hindi pa naman official ‘yun (It’s not official yet). We are waiting for the official announcement so no comment muna ako (yet). Ako’y magfo-focus  pa rin sa trabaho ko (I will continue to focus on my job) as Deputy Chief for administration ni (of) Police Chief Director General ‘Bato’ dela Rosa. Kasi marami rin akong mga committees tsaka conferences na-aattendnan (I have many committees and conferences to attend to),” he said. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP chief cautions OFWs against fake news on PH war on drugs

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_120617_DELA ROSA IN NEW YORK

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

 

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