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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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Robredo’s lawyer signs joint motion to pave way for manual recount

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The camps of former Senator Bongbong Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo have been daring each other since last week to withdraw all pending motions before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

This is to pave the way for the manual recount of votes in relation to Marcos’ protest against Robredo’s victory in the 2016 elections.

Marcos signed a proposed joint manifestation yesterday.

But Robredo’s lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal said that he signed a wrong pleading since the tribunal cannot act on mere manifestations.

Macalintal instead prepared a joint motion asking the PET to set aside all pending motions and incidents.

“Let’s file a joint motion where we ask the court to grant us what we are asking the Supreme Court or the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. What Mr. Marcos did was wrong,” said Robredo’s counsel.

Macalintal said that they have no pending motions before the tribunal.

He added that Marcos’s camp who has a pending motion seeking a reversal of the PET resolution which granted Robredo access to ballot images.

“We hope that Mr. Marcos will be true to his challenge to sign a correct motion to withdraw any and all pending incidents which may delay the recount proceedings,” said Macalintal.

In a statement, Marcos lawyer Atty. Vic Rodriguez said that the tribunal has already ruled on the motion being referred to by Macalintal.

He also pointed out that Robredo herself must sign the joint motion since she may disown it later on.

But with or without the joint pleadings, the manual recount will start by next month. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNoy faces complaint over violation of the Omnibus Election Code

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Former President Benigno Aquino III

MANILA, Philippines — The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) has filed a complaint against former President Benigno Aquino III over his alleged violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

The complaint stemmed from the former president’s release of government funds for the purchase of P3.5 billion worth of Dengvaxia vaccines 45 days before the May 2016 polls.

According to the complainants, Aquino’s decision violated the section 261 of the Batas Pambansa 881.

Aside from Aquino, also included in the complaint are former Budget Secretary Butch Abad and former Health Secretary Janette Garin.

The VACC wants the ombudsman to study the complaint and file appropriate charges against the respondents. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Comelec, PET should probe Marcos’ claim of questionable ballot images – Robredo lawyer

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Former Senator Bongbong Marcos’ claim of a massive cheating in the 2016 elections is highly ridiculous, said the legal counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo.

On Monday, Marcos presented ballot images which allegedly prove that he was cheated by Robredo and the Liberal Party.

He claims that the ballot showed votes in his favor were not counted while even spoiled ballots for Robredo were counted.

But Atty. Romulo Macalintal said that Marcos’ camp is only diverting the issue which indicates the weakness of his election protest.

Kahit isang ballot box lang mabuksan sa Camarines Sur, I can already make a declaration that no election cheating, no fraud was committed that benefited the Vice President of the Philippines,” said Macalintal.

(Open just a single ballot box in Camarines Sur, and I can already make a declaration that no election cheating, no fraud was committed that benefited the vice president of the Philippines.)

He said the best that Marcos can do is compare the ballots in his possession with that of the Comelec’s or the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

He added that this should be investigated if indeed there were anomalies in the ballots.

“Kung talagang mayroong pagbabago, dapat sigurong imbestigahan ‘yan. At kung walang pagbabago, ay bahala namang gumawa ng kaukulang parusa ang Comelec o ang PET laban kay Mr. Marcos o kung sinoman ang gumawa ng ganung uri ng ballot images,” said the legal counsel.

(If there are changes, then I think it should be investigated. And if there is none, let Comelec or the PET impose the necessary punishment against Mr. Marcos or whomever those type of ballots came from.)

But a lawyer for Marcos said that the ballot images came from the PET itself and these are concrete evidence of election fraud.

“These are picture images. Meaning, mirror image supposedly of the actual ballot. Why is there a square in the picture image and the ovals disappeared,” said Atty. Vic Rodriguez, legal counsel of Marcos.

“Ang usapin dito, bakit kapag may kwadrado sa pangalan ni Mrs. Robredo. Kahit overvote, dalawa, tatlo ang ibinotong vice president, hindi po nagiging spoiled ang balota bagkus binibilang para kay Mrs. Robredo. Bakit po pagka ang shading ay tama, subalit ang binoto ay si Bongbong Marcos na walang kwadrado sa tabi ng pangalan napupunta po ito sa undervote? ‘Yan po ay malaking hiwaga na kami rin ay hindi namin masagot,” he said.

(The issue here is, why is it that if there is a square before the name of Mrs. Robredo. Even there’s an overvote, two or three vice presidents were voted upon, the ballot is not considered spoiled and instead of being counted in favor of Mrs. Robredo. Why is it that even when the shading is correct, but the vote is for Bongbong Marcos and there is no square before his name, it becomes an undervote? That’s the big mystery that even us don’t know the answer.)

Nonetheless, Marcos’ camp will just let the Comelec probe the issue because for now, they are more concerned about the start of the manual recount. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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