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    PNP Chief insists PNP’s “palit-ulo” operation is different from what VP Robredo claims it to be

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

    Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has admitted that a so-called ‘palit-ulo’ or head swapping scheme does occur in some of PNP’s anti illegal drugs operations.

    However, Bato said PNP’s scheme is not what Vice President Leni Robredo claims it to be.

    “Yung palit ulo na bersyon na sinasabi ni vice president ay dini-deny ko po ‘yan (I deny the vice president’s version of the head-swapping scheme).  Kung meron mang kaso na nangyari yun (If there is a case of it happening), I have yet to receive a complaint about that,” said the PNP Chief.

    PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa has denied the allegations of Vice President Leni Robredo that it has been the scheme of policemen to arrest the relatives of drug suspects to force them to surrender to authorities.

    However, Dela Rosa said the so-called palit ulo or head swapping does happen in some big drug operations of the PNP but it is a far cry from the claims of the Vice President.

    “Yung palit ulo scheme na na ginagawa ng pulis ay yung… kunyari nahuli kita drug pusher ka, palit ulo ilaglag mo kung sino ang supplier mo o drug lord mo na nasa taas, di naman palalayain kundi lesser offense, sa halip na ang kaso ko ay sec. 5 selling at magiging kaso mo at sec.11 na lang possession, lighter offense ang ikakaso sayo basta sabihin mo sino source mo, yan ang palit ulo,” Dela Rosa explained.
    (The palit ulo scheme being done by cops is like this… for example, you’re a drug pusher, you will name your supplier or drug lord. You will not be released if you’ve not committed a lesser offense. Instead of filing a case for violating the section 5 of the law, or the selling of illegal drugs, you will face possession only or a lighter offense as long as you name your source. That’s the head swapping scheme.)

    READ: VP Robredo’s criticisms vs President Duterte’s anti-drug war is pathetic state of affairs for her – Malacañang

    Dela Rosa also clarified that he has yet to receive any letter from the Vice President.

    “Wala ako natanggap na sulat honestly…kahit na ordinaryong tao kahit di vice president na magreklamo sa akin ay aaksyunan ko talaga yan lalo na we are deep into our internal cleansing program, ayaw na ayaw natin mangyari yan (I have never received any letter. Honestly, not even from ordinary individuals.  Even though it’s not the vice president, i will really act on the complaint. We are deep into our internal cleansing program, we really don’t want that to happen.) ,” said Dela Rosa.

    Meanwhile, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) has asked the vice president to publicly apologize for the statements she has made on her youtube video.

    “We will ask her officially to make a public apology,” said VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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    VP Robredo calls for lifting of martial law declaration in Mindanao

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo said she is not against the proclamation of martial law in Mindanao, especially since it was the Supreme Court itself that declared it constitutional.

    However, the Vice President believes the administration should lift the declaration of military rule in Mindanao, and immediately begin the rehabilitation of strife-torn Marawi City.

    “Nung sinusulong ito ang sabi niya necessary lang. Sana sa lalong madaling panahon ma-lift na ito kasi marami din yung nagrereklamo na naaapektuhan ang turismo, hanap buhay at maraming umaasa ditong hanap buhay, (When he [Duterte] was pushing for this, he said it was necessary. I hope that he could lift it at the soonest possible time because many are complaining that their tourism, their livelihood are affected. Many livelihoods are depending it)” said the vice president.

    According to Robredo, the Office of the Vice President will help in the conduct of rehabilitation in the heavily damaged area.

    She noted many of their Angat Buhay partners have already expressed readiness to build infrastructures for the affected residents.

    “Marami na kaming kausap na partners na willing to help magbigay ng ng school buildings gamit sa paaralan yung shelter kits para sa mga nawalan ng bahay. Marami na nag-pledge. Lahat lang naghihintay para magkaron na ng clearance (We are in talks with many partners who are willing to help build school buildings, provide school supplies, shelter kits for those who were displaced. Many have pledged. They are waiting for clearance)”, said Robredo.

    However, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla believes a consultation will take place first before the government releases a decision on the lifting of martial law in the entire Mindanao.

    Although the matter is a political concern, Padilla said the AFP will create recommendations regarding the lifting of the military rule in the region.

    Padilla also assured the public that the situation in every part of Mindanao will soon return to normal.

    “But there is a greater threat here that needs to be addressed and the need for the maintenance of martial law in some parts is really important because of the network, the existence of the network of all these terrorist groups,” said Padilla. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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    President Duterte still the most trusted government official — Pulse Asia survey

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 13th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — Based on the latest Pulse Asia survey, the approval and trust rating of President Rodrigo Duterte is the highest among the top government officials.

    He got 80%  in both his approval and trust ratings.

    Vice President Leni Robredo obtained 57 % approval and 55% trust rating while Senate President Aquilino Pimentel has 55 % approval and 52% trust rating.

    House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno have the lowest ratings.

    Malacañang said the public is confident with the leadership of the president though the survey was taken during the time when there was so much political noise.

    “Despite the multi-faceted political noise, President Duterte is still the most approved and the most trusted government official in the Philippines today the survey conducted last September 24-30 at the height of the demolition job against the president even implicating some members of the president’s family,” said Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella.

    The official also said the Pulse Asia survey will be an inspiration for the Duterte administration to work harder in giving Filipinos a comfortable life and in resolving criminality and illegal drugs in the country.

    Malacañang said the public support for President Duterte is stronger than some sector’s disapproval of him.

    “For all its worth, there is an attempt to shake the foundations but apparently as the Pulse Asia rating has shown, there seems to be an enormous appreciation for the president not just from a particular isolated report,” said Abella. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and 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


    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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