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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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Ronald Dela Rosa to go after smugglers

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Director of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Ronald Dela Rosa

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Former Police Chief now Director of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Ronald Dela Rosa has an additional task after being chosen as president of the newly formed Anti-Crime Council of the Philippines (ACCP.)

A multi-sectoral council composed of law enforcement agencies, businessmen and other non-governmental organizations, ACCP aims to fight crimes and illicit trades particularly smuggling which is highly rampant in the country.

Dela Rosa said they are considering the adoption of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Oplan Tokhang in pursuing smugglers in the country.

“Kung ano iyong pinaka objective ng organisasyon which is to fight illicit trade iyon ang ating tutukan ngayon how to help the government fight illicit trade to particularly iyon smuggling,” said Dela Rosa.

Reports show that the government is losing P200 billion in revenue annually due to smuggling. Jess Arranza, the president of the Federation of Philippine Industries said one factor that contributes to the proliferation of smuggling activities in the country is the implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. He cited as an example the rampant smuggling of cigarettes which is being blamed on the high excise tax imposed on tobacco products.

“Ikaw ba kapag bagsak ang presyo sa isang country pupunta ka? Ikaw smuggler ka, hindi ka pupunta sayang lang ang pagod mo, tutubuin mo centavo ang hinahanap nilang tutubuin piso, limang piso, sampung piso, dollar pa,” Arranza said.

(If you were a smuggler, would you go to a country where prices of goods are low? You’d be wasting your efforts earning a few centavos. Smugglers look to earn one peso, five pesos, 10 pesos, even in dollars.)

Meanwhile, the PNP expressed its support to Dela Rosa and vowed to join the agency in the conduct of Oplan Tokhang to smugglers.

“Probably ang suporta natin dito ay sa security side kung talagang mangangailangan sila ng security or enforcement coming from the Philippine National Police,” said PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.

The agency encourages businessmen to report to them incidents of smuggling and ACCP will call the attention of police to launch Oplan Tokhang. ACCP vows to file appropriate charges against personalities who are involved in such illegal activity – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo

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Marcos urge PET to maintain 50% vote threshold

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, May 28th, 2018

former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr.

 

Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to maintain the 50% threshold in validating shaded ballots in the ongoing recount of the 2016 vice presidential polls.

He personally filed before the tribunal, a 13-page comment/opposition to the motion filed by Vice President Leni Robredo seeking the consideration of the 25% threshold.

In the comment he submitted, Marcos refuted the existence of any Comelec resolution that allows the 25% threshold.

He also noted that there is “no categorical declaration in the Comelec Resolution No. 16-0600 that the 25% shading threshold was adopted by the Comelec En Banc in determining the valid votes during the judicial recount and revision of ballots in an election protest.”

“Si Aquino nanalo 50% ang ginamit na shading, Jojo Binay nanalo 50% ang ginamit na shading, Si Duterte 50% shading ang ginamit sa kaniyang pagpanalo. Lahat ng congressman, lahat ng governor, lahat ng vice governor, lahat ng vice mayor, lahat ng konsehal, lahat ng (inaudible) mula nang magsimula ang AES ay nanalo ginamit ang 50% shading,” Marcos said.

(Aquino, Binay and Duterte won using the 50% shading threshold. Since the implementation of the Automated Election System (AES), all congressmen, governors, vice-governors, vice mayors and councilors won using 50% shading.)

He said that Robredo “wants to change the rules and have a special situation only for her.”

It can be recalled that in the vice president’s appeal, she asked the tribunal to “immediately direct the Head Revisors to use the 25-percent threshold percentage used by the Commission on Elections for the 09 May 2016 National and Local Elections in lieu of the 50 percent used in the 10 May 2010 National and Local Elections.”

Meanwhile, Robredo’s lead counsel, Atty. Romulo Macalintal, refuted claims that Comelec set a 50% threshold for the 2016 national and local elections.

He cited the September 6, 2016 Comelec En Banc Resolution that adopted the recommendation of Commissioner Luie Guia to set the threshold to 25%.

Macalintal also said that Marcos’ attempt at “changing the rules of the game” disregards the “voice of the innocent voters whose constitutional right of suffrage would be affected.” — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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Dela Rosa wants 24 BuCor employees on Duterte’s narcolist out

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

BuCor Chief Ronald dela Rosa

 

MUNTINLUPA CITY, Philippines – Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Chief Ronald dela Rosa is determined to cleanse the agency of illegal drug transactions.

Dela Rosa said it is unbecoming for an agency in charge of corrections and reformations to be penetrated with officers and personnel involved in illegal drugs.

“Kung user ka tapos nag-gu-guwardiya ka sa loob, ano pa? Hindi ka makikipagsabwatan doon sa mga gumagamit sa loob? Yung nga nagne negosyo sa loob…It’s very unbecoming of yourself to be a correction officer and at the same time a drug user very unbecoming iyan,” Dela Rosa said.

(If you’re a user and you’re a guard, are you sure you will never connive with the users and traders inside? It’s very unbecoming to be a correction officer and at the same time a drug user.)

In line with this, Dela Rosa already ordered accounting on 24 BuCor employees who are included in the drugs watch list of President Rodrigo Duterte. He wants to make sure that proper charges have already been filed against them.

“Ang ginawa sa kanila pala, binigyan sila ng chance na magpa rehab,” he said.

(What happened was, they were given a chance to go to rehab.)

Dela Rosa vowed to strictly impose internal cleansing within the agency same way he did in the Philippine National Police (PNP) during his term as PNP chief.

“Iba sa policy namin sa PNP noon na walang rehab rehab. Sa PNP na pag positive ka, dismiss ka. Ganon dapat ka istrikto ang implementation sa internal cleansing program,” Dela Rosa concluded.

(Unlike our policy in the PNP, there’s no chance for rehab. Once you test positive, you’re dismissed. That’s how strict the implementation of internal cleansing should be.) – Lea Ylagan

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