PNP, PDEA to probe possible links between rights groups and drug syndicates

admin   •   March 28, 2018   •   2246

Representatives from PDEA and PNP answer questions on a press conference

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) support the statement of Malacañang about the possibility that human rights organizations are being used by drug lords to undermine the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

The allegation, they said, is plausible enough to warrant a probe into said organizations by PDEA and PNP.

“Of course that is subject to further investigation by all law enforcement agencies. But seeing the trend of how they attack the anti-drug campaign, I guess we can only surmise that it might be unwitting to the human rights groups,” PDEA Spokesperson, Dir. Derrick Arnold Carreon said.

This was echoed by PNP spokesperson, P/CSupt. John Bulalacao.

“Kami naman ay patuloy na iva-validate ito ganitong report na maaaring ginagamit ng drug sydicates itong ating mga human rights groups para i-discredit ang efforts ng ating pamahalaan,” he said.

(We will continue to validate reports of drug syndicates using human rights groups to discredit efforts of the administration.)

The law enforcement officials clarified that the government remains open to criticisms.

Nevertheless, they are not discounting the possibility that drug lords are taking advantage of the negative feedback to stop the anti-drug campaign.

“There might be a possibility na sinasakyan na ito ng mga kalaban natin (that the enemies are riding on these issues), because any damage or attack against the campaign is of course advantageous to the other side,” said Carreon.

However, according to the group Human Rights Watch, the vilification of human rights advocates is a tactical move by the government to stop them from hounding the Duterte administration for its violations on the rule of law and possible involvement in crimes against humanity.

But Malacañang stood firm that some human rights groups are being used by drug lords.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Human Rights Watch should not feel alluded to or politicize the issue just to get media attention. — UNTV News & Rescue

1 dead, at least 3 others wounded in Bukidnon ambush

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 29, 2020

A policeman was killed, while at least three others were wounded in an ambush in Talakag, Bukidnon on Monday morning (January 29).

Armed men ambushed the convoy of deputy director of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operation in Eastern Mindanao Brig. Gen. Joselito Salido in Barangay Tikalaan and Dominorog in Talakag, Bukidnon.

Authorities identified the slain policeman as Corporal Ro Sumaylo.

According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, Salido and his men were on their way back to camp when they were ambushed by suspected NPA rebels.

“Kasalukuyan ay nagsasagawa sila ng manhunt at hot pursuit operation laban doon sa mga suspects na nagsagawa ng mga pananambang kaninang umaga, (They are currently conducting manhunt and hot pursuit operation against the suspects who conducted the ambush early this morning),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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PNP: Parojinog’s medical furlough allowed by court

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 29, 2020

Princess Parojinog

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has announced that the court approved the medical furlough of former Ozamiz City vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog in November 2018.

In a statement, PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said that based on their investigation, the release of Parojinog from detention was not a form of special treatment.

“After thorough examination of documents and official reports, it became clear that the medical furlough of detainee Parojinog on November 12, 2018 had the express permission of the court,” he said.

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 95 approved the medical furlough of Parojinog for her dental x-ray.

This includes December 23, 2019 when she visited her brother Reynaldo Parojinog Jr. at the Metro Manila District Jail in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP: Citizen’s arrest also applies on foreigners violating PH laws

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 29, 2020

A foreign-national tourist was caught on camera seemingly relieving himself in public inside Intramuros, Manila.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said citizen’s arrest can be applied on foreign workers and tourists violating Philippine laws.

“Citizen arrest is enshrined in our laws at maging sino man na may makita na may paglabag sa mga batas natin maging locals o foreigners ay maaaring gawin ng ating mamamayan, (any citizen who witnesses a violation of the law, can make an arrest, whether the violator is a local or a foreigner),” PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said.

Banac reminded the public that arrested individuals should be immediately turned over to authorities for investigation.

He added that safety should still be the priority especially if the violator is armed.

“Isinasaalang alang din natin ang safety ng publiko, ito ay mas makabubuti na isagawa lamang ng mga otoridad, (We are also concerned about the public’s safety, this will be better resolved by authorities),” according to the PNP official.

Banac also warned foreigners to abide and respect the country’s laws.

The PNP made the statement following incidents concerning foreign nationals. These include the foreign tourist who was photographed allegedly defecating in public inside Intramuros, Manila and another four Asian-looking foreigners urinating along Ayala Avenue.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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