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PNP relaunches operation vs illegal drugs with the creation of P-DEG

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

PHILIPPINES — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will resume conducting operations against illegal drugs after the creation of the PNP Drug Enforcement Agency (P-DEG) which replaces the now defunct Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG).

The new police unit applies not only on the national level, but also on the regional, provincial and municipal levels.

Knocking on doors of suspected drug personalities under the Project Tokhang of the Oplan Double Barrel Alpha Reloaded will also resume under the new campaign.

However, PNP Chief PDG Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said the chief of police, as well as territorial heads like barangay chairmen and religious leaders will participate during the door-to-door knockings.

He added that this would help avoid violence during Oplan Tokhang operations.

“Para lalabas na mas credible itong ating kampanya, makikiusap tayo sa ating kaparian ba tulungan tayo (To make our campaign more credible, we will be asking priests to help us,” said PNP Chief Dela Rosa.

“Ikaw ba naman na drug personality pag kinatok ang bahay mo at pagsilip mo ay andoon ang cop, kapitan at pari siguro lalambot ang puso mo na magbago ka na o magpa rehab ka,” he added.

(If you were the drug personality, somebody knocks on your door and you see a cop, a barangay chief and a priest, it will probably move you to consider turning over a new leaf and going to rehab.)

The police chief also assures that they have thoroughly chosen those who will be part of P-DEG, which will be led by PSSupt. Graciano Mijares, the former deputy regional director for administration of Central Luzon.

“He’s from Mindanao. He’s focused on anti-organized crime. So he’s a veteran in the war against kidnappers and druglords in Mindanao. He had been shot several times, so he’s no longer afraid to die,” said Dela Rosa.

With the re-launch of the PNP’s fight against illegal drugs, the agency is optimistic about succeeding in the new anti-drug operation as there are now available rehabilitation centers for drug surrenderers.

Local government units also vow to help surrenders with non-serious conditions by having them undergo various activities. While those with serious drug addiction will be confined in a drug rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija.

“This time after 8 months almost all local units have already established their rehab programs that will cater those who are willing to undergo rehab. Those with serious drug addiction we can refer them to Nueva Ecija. In other places where the LGU is weak, the PNP will shoulder the said program,” explained the PNP Chief.

In the 1.2 million recorded drug users across the country within 8 months, 90% of them do not have serious drug addiction, and thus, can be treated through community-based rehabilitation programs. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News and Rescue

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Authorities rescues 19 women, minors in a restobar in Caloocan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Operatives of the Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center raided a restobar along 8th Avenue in Caloocan City, Monday night.

The operation targeted 2 suspected procurers identified as Teody Gutierrez alias Agatha and an unidentified woman who allegedly pimped girls.

During the raid at the restobar, operatives rescued 19 women including 11 minors who were supposed to be pimped to male customers that night.

Some of them were tearful during the rescue.

Authorities arrested alias Agatha who failed to escape after she was cornered. However the other suspect managed to flee.

According to Police Senior Supt. Villamor Tuliao, the Chief of the PNP Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, the restobar had long been under surveillance after receiving complaints about the illegal activities by the suspects.

“Usually, they would offer via Facebook or other platforms on social media while others are through personal contacts that they have these women and these are the ages ranging from… actually the youngest we rescued is aged 14-yrs old,” WCPC Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division chief, PS/Supt. Villamor Tuliao said.

He added that the meeting for the trafficking of the women was supposed to take place at a diner, but the underage girls were being brought to hotels for sex.

The clients pay P4,000 to P5,000 for the services of the minors.

Tuliao reminded parents, “Warning to parents: properly monitor your children.”

The rescued women will be brought to Camp Crame for documentation. Afterwards, they will be turned over to the social workers of the Department Social Welfare and Development.

Alias Agatha, meanwhile, will face charges for violating the Anti- Trafficking in Person Act. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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PSSupt. Ferro calls on public to give PNP Drug Enforcement Group another chance

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Police Senior Superintendent Albert Ferro said he did not anticipate his designation as the chief of the anti-drug unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

It can be recalled that then PNP anti-illegal drugs group was abolished after the abduction and killing of Korean national Jee Ick Joo, which involved some of Ferro’s men.

The new PNP anti-drug unit head thanked the leadership of the PNP for trusting him anew.

He vowed to fix their system so that scalawag policemen can no longer infiltrate the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG).

“I do subscribe to what we call 6WS what went well, what went wrong. We have to examine and come up with a good safeguard. Come up with a good reform. Or come up with a good inventory of our good practices, tactics. I will anchor it with the two types of principles,” said the PNP-DEG director.

Ferro called on the public to give them another chance to prove their dedication to their job.

According to the police official, one proof of their sincerity in their effort to resolve the Jee Ick Joo case, where PSupt. Rafael Dumlao was allegedly involved.

“I want to inform you that I was part of the efforts to resolve that case. We did not hide the truth because the President ordered to tell the truth,” said Ferro.

Ferro also urged the public to help the PNP fight illegal drugs.

“We will raise our standards with most caution to everything we will do. This is a fight of not just cops, but of all Filipinos,” said the director.

The new head of the PNP-DEG warned anew the police unit’s personnel planning to commit anomalies.

Ferro also noted that his men will use body cameras in all their operations to provide transparency to the public.

The PNP-DEG concentrates on neutralizing high-value targets and in reducing the supply of illegal drugs. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte requests Congress to extend on-going martial law for one more year

by Joniel Monton   |   Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Anti-Corruption Summit 2017: ‘Breaking Chains of Corruption 2017’ at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 28, 2017. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) submitted last week a recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the martial law in Mindanao.

Both agencies favor the extension of martial law in the region instead of lifting it on its scheduled term before the end of the year.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will request the Congress to extend the on-going martial law for one more year.

Based on the text message of Sec. Medialdea, the letter has already been signed by the Chief Executive pending submission to Congress.

The AFP initially stated that there is still a need for martial law in Mindanao because of reports regarding remaining Maute members, Abu Sayyaf and other terrorist groups merging together.

“Those who survived that siege still remain at large and are attempting to recover by recruiting other members of the society,” said AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla.

Another reason cited for the extension is the on-going violent attacks by members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

“There was a 2,000% increase in the amount on the effect of the violent incidents on business alone,” said Padilla.

The opposition of the administration expressed their disapproval and said that the martial rule extension would only hinder the Marawi residents from returning to their homes. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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