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PNP dissolves all drug enforcement units, retains PDEG

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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MANILA, Philippines – In line with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to transfer the conduct of all anti-drug operations to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Philippine National Police (PNP) has dissolved all of its drug enforcement units at all police stations across the country.

Some personnel of the drug enforcement units will now become detectives or police intelligence officers in their respective areas of jurisdiction to help in further preventing the spread of crimes.

However, the PNP said it will not dismantle its drug enforcement group (PDEG), but its functions will now be limited to drug-related intelligence gathering.

PDEG will transfer to PDEA the pending drug related cases it handles.

“All units are now directed to focus all operations on number 1 anti-criminality, internal security operations, anti-terrorism through our provisions and strategy in our enhanced managing police operations,” PNP PIO P/CSupt. Dionardo Carlos said.

The PNP also suspends all Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Double Barrel Operations.

Based on a memorandum order, the PNP is prohibited from conducting any operation plan related to illegal drugs.

However, the PNP insists it can still provide assistance in the government’s war on drugs.

All police stations will still receive complaints or information regarding illegal drug dens, pot sessions, and locations of shabu laboratories.

Cops can also participate in the operations of PDEA.

Based on the latest figures of the PNP, the police had conducted almost 80,000 drug-related operations from 1st of July in 2016 to August 29 of this year.

It has also arrested more than 100,000 drug personalities and killed almost 4,000 suspects in its anti-drug operations. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte on fish taking incident in Panatag Shoal: ‘It was barter’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Fishermen sort their nets in the coastal town of Masinloc, Zambales, about 130 nautical miles from disputed Scarborough Shoal, in northern Philippines April 22, 2015.
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PASAY CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte, for the first time, has spoken on reports that Chinese Coast Guard personnel allegedly filched the fish catch of Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal.

In a speech during the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday, June 18, the Chief Executive described the incident as a form of barter and not an outright seizure.

“It was a barter in exchange for the isda (fish). Ang problema iyong valuation. Hindi tayo nagkakaintindihan dito (The problem is valuation. We don’t understand each other). It was not an outright seizure,” explained the President.

Senator Risa Hontiveros slammed this statement of the President, saying he only seems brave when arresting poor, nighttime idlers but would not even do anything with Chinese vessels loitering in the Panatag Shoal.

Duterte, meanwhile, insisted his administration has a policy when it comes to addressing the maritime dispute. He reiterated that the Philippines has already filed a protest against China.

“If I threatened them or file a thousand protests which we did. Hindi lang natin ipinapublish iyong protesta natin (We just don’t publish our protests),” said the President.

The Chief Executive also clarified that the Woody Island is not among the territories being claimed by the Philippines where Chinese bombers were reportedly deployed.

“Woody island, it’s really somewhere, you know that. It’s too far away, it’s not even part of the islands that are claimed by the Philippines. It’s an island so far it’s not part of our territorial or economic zones,” Duterte explained.

Malacañang maintained that this is the stand of the President and it is not being influenced by any foreign leader.

“Sa tingin ko naman sa pananalita ng presidente, no one can say na merong nagpapatahimik sa presidente (The way the President speaks, no one can say that somebody is trying to keep him quiet), ” said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque. – Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte orders PNP to keep Kadamay out of gov’t housing in Rodriguez, Rizal

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to make sure that the members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) will not occupy the vacant housing units of the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Rodriguez, Rizal.

The President also ordered the NHA to explain why the said housing units are still unoccupied by soldiers and police and when will beneficiaries transfer to the units.

Yesterday, Kadamay members stormed the government housing units in San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said if Kadamay members will insist on the illegal occupation of government housing units, they will definitely face charges under the law.

“They will have to deal with the full extent of the law. The rule of the president is to implement the law, he will implement the law,” Roque said, — Rosalie Coz

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Duterte raises loan budget for vendors, small businessmen to curb “5-6”

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte at a press briefing in Cebu after his arrival from his official visit to Korea.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an increase in the loan budget for vendors and small businessmen, according to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

Piñol said the President made the directive on Monday, June 11, during their regular Cabinet meeting.

Secretary Piñol cited Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez as saying that vendors and retailers resorting to “5-6” lending scheme are forced to increase the prices of their products. Such lending scheme collects up to 20% interest.

“So the tindera will have to come up with a margin of profit that will cover the 20% interest that she has to pay to the usurer on a daily basis and the mark up for her profit,” Piñol explained.

Based on DTI’s study, “5-6” lenders already have more than P30 billion collectible amount scattered across the country.

“So iyon ang kailangang tapatan ng gobyerno because unless we do that, it will be the consumers who will be at a great loss. Because they are actually the ones paying the interest of the 5-6 utang of the tinderas,” explained Secretary Piñol.

DTI’s budget for the loan program is currently P1 billion. It will be raised to P5 billion as ordered by the President.

Piñol added that at present, the government has existing loan programs for food producers such as farmers and fishermen to aid in their expenses. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

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