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PNP denies alleged reward to cops who finish off drug personalities

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 3rd, 2017

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has denied reports of giving out rewards to police officers who are able to finish off drug personalities.

The PNP said there is no such order to its men from the PNP leadership.

“There is no order to finish off drug suspects, how much more the giving of cash rewards to those police officers who were able to kill a drug suspect,” Deputy Spokesperson P/Supt. Vimelle Madrid said.

The police made the statement following the release of survey results conducted by the Social Weather Stations in which 65 percent of Filipinos are not in favor of giving rewards to cops in exchange for killing illegal drug users or traders. – UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte says PNP might handle the ‘war on drugs’ again

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the launching of the Department of Agriculture’s partnership with Ayala Malls at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on November 18, 2017, cites how farmers and fisherfolks could benefit from a government that is compassionate and free from corruption. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte will speak with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to ask for updates of its operation against illegal drugs.

The President wants to know if the country’s problem with illegal drugs has gotten worse or not.

It can be recalled that President Duterte gave an order last October that PDEA will be the only government agency that will handle the drug war because of the numerous criticisms against the Philippine National Police (PNP) who initially handled the said problem.

But during his speech in Davao City last Saturday, he brought up the possibility of letting PNP handle the war on drugs again.

“The drug problem, if it becomes worse again, the police has to enter the picture. I want it eradicated if possible. I do not tolerate it. It’s an organized crime. Shabu is… drugs is an organized crime,” Duterte said.

He again responded to those who questioned why only the poor is the frequent victim of the government’s drug war.  According to the Chief Executive, the poor are victims of shabu.

“They are saying, ‘Why Duterte, there are a lot of poor people dying, no rich?’ There are no rich [ getting killed] because, those people, they do not use shabu because they know it would drive their mind to insanity forever. It’s a chemical,” he said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte to base martial law extension on recommendation of military, police

by Joniel Monton   |   Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the troops of the Eastern Mindanao Command during the President’s visit at Camp Panacan Station Hospital in Davao City on November 18, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines —  December 31, 2017 is the deadline of the martial law that was declared in Mindanao to eradicate security threats such as terrorism and insurgency.

President Rodrigo Duterte said, he will decide whether to extend or lift martial law in the whole Mindanao based on the recommendation he will receive from the military and police.

“Whatever the decision of the armed forces and the police since they are the ones also who would be totally engaged in if there is really if there’s an offing of trouble there, we should give credence to it actually,” he said.

It was initially said by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that they are hunting down in full force local networks of terrorists especially in areas of Maguindanao, Zamboanga, Basilan Sulu and Tawi-Tawi where there are Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Abu Sayyaf group and others.

According to a statement released by AFP spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla Jr. they aim to weaken or fully eradicate terrorists until they can are no longer become threats to the country’s security.

Before the year ends, they will give an assessment if there is a need to lift of extending martial law in Mindanao to resolve the remaining security threat.

Meanwhile, President Duterte defended the military personnel accused of looting during the height of the crisis in Marawi City and other violations of human rights.

“How will they steal those? I was there.  And they were billeted in houses. And they were using the amenities of that house. The refrigerator. There was power. The electric fans are used. When they say borrowed, it’s only right. Those are very large things that you cannot hide in your pocket.  And I do not believe that soldiers will steal those.” the President said.  — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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PNP chief: Failed attack of Abu Sayyaf Group during ASEAN Summit linked to ISIS

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has revealed the arrest of three alleged members of the Abu Sayaf Group (ASG) on November 10 in the village of Culiat, Tandang Sora in Quezon City.

The intelligence group of the PNP has discovered that the said terrorists planned to conduct bombings during the conduct of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

The alleged terrorists were identified as 19-year old Abdulgaffar Jikiri alias Abu Bakar, 19-year old Alim Sabtalim Labing, and 24-year old Sadam Jhofar. The arrested men are from Basilan.

“Obviously, being a member of the Basilan based Abu Sayaff Group, they are connected to ISIS,” said PNP chief PDG Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.

Before the suspects were arrested, the PNP monitored their posts on their social media accounts regarding their planned terror attack in Metro Manila.

The police said suspects posted photos of high powered firearms and improvised explosive devices with captions, saying they would use the firearms to kill kafirs or non-Muslims.

They also posted their alleged possible targets like malls and parks in Manila.

Pictures of armed children are also posted on their social media accounts.

“That’s part of the intelligence gathering on the web on the internet. It’s also part our intelligence gathering. We also get much information thru social media also,” said NCRPO Director Oscar Albayalde.

Authorities confiscated from the suspects firearms, ammunition, grenades, and cellular phones.

The suspects had already undergone inquest proceedings in the Quezon City Prosecutors Office.

They are now facing charges of unlawful possession of firearms, illegal possession of explosives and violation of the existing gun ban.

The PNP said that it still conducts monitoring as there might be other ASG members in Metro Manila.

The police noted that the public has nothing to worry about, saying its personnel remains on a full alert status for the entire holiday season. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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