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PNP’s subpoena power may pose threat – Makabayan bloc

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

(L-R) ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio and PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc of the lower house of Congress believes the number of human rights violations in the country may rise due to the subpoena powers given to the Philippine National Police.

“Our primary concern is that it will result into the abuse of human rights and civil liberties of the people,” ACTS Teachers Party List Representative Antonio Tinio said.

A group of lawyers, the National Union of People’s Lawyer (NUPL), shares the same view on the matter.

“It will open the opportunity to unlawful and illegal search, arrest and seizure of properties,” said NUPL president, Atty. Edre Olalia.

Tinio also raised alarm that the government might also soon give similar powers to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The Makabayan bloc said it is open to question the new law, but noted it will study first its possible violations of the Constitution.

On the other hand, PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa vowed that the police will not abuse the use of such powers.

He added that the subpoena powers will greatly help the PNP in investigating cases as it will speed up the release of required documents or persons.

PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos, initially revealed that anyone who ignores the subpoena of the PNP can be detained.

“It can be considered as contempt of higher court, meaning RTC (Regional Trial Court). It’s not only a contemptuous act against the MTC (Municipal/Metropolitan Trial Court), meaning you can be incarcerated for up to 30 days,” said Orsos. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP: Arrest of loiterers based on local law; no human rights violated

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

PNP chief PDG. Oscar Albayalde

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will release this week guidelines in arresting loiterers who violate city ordinances.

The PNP explained that the guidelines would help iron out its decision to push through with arresting night-time idlers.

PNP chief PDG. Oscar Albayalde noted that the police want to avoid violating the rights of the public.

Albayalde clarified that authorities only arrest individuals who violate ordinances such as smoking and drinking in public; going around shirtless in the streets; catcalling and urinating in public places.

He said that these violations are the usual cause of turmoil and crime in the streets.

“Madalas yan lalo na yung mga naka standby umiinom sa kalsada pag may dumaan kinukursunada nagiging sanhi ng away.  Kung minsan naman binabastos yung babae na dumadaan so yun ang iniiwasan natin. So this is for the safety of everybody,” said the PNP chief.

(Oftentimes, when people who drink on sidewalks get intoxicated, they would pick on random pedestrians or harass passing ladies and end up causing a fight. That’s what we are trying to avoid. So this is for the safety of everybody.)

Since Thursday, almost 3,000 loiterers have already been arrested.

Albayalde also called on the public to report complaints against cops to the nearest police station.

Presidential  Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said that loiterers can also file complaints should they experience harassment from police.

“Institutionalized na po yan. Nandiyan ang bill of rights, kung talagang walang basehan yan. Nandiyan naman po ang ating mga hukuman,” said Roque.

(That’s institutionalized. There is a bill of rights. If the case has no basis, there is the court to judge.)

For some lawmakers, arresting nighttime idlers is not a solution. They urge the government to help improve the lives of loiterers instead by giving them jobs or livelihood.

“Nararapat lang din na ang ating gobyerno ay mag-isip at magsikap doon sa mga pamamaraan, mga proyekto na kung paano ba natin masosolusyunan itong pagkarami-raming mga tambay,” said Kabataan party-list representative Sarah Elago.

(The government should exert effort in finding ways of creating projects that will address this problem with loiterers.)

“Common sense na ang isang napakaraming populasyon na walang trabaho na tumataas na presyo ay magbubunga ng maliit na mga krimen,” said Caloocan Rep. Egay Erice.

(It’s common sense that high unemployment rate leads to rise in petty crimes. ) — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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125,000 jobs available in nationwide job fairs on Independence Day — DOLE

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018

Nearly 125,000 job openings await Filipinos in job fairs across the country on June 12 in celebration of the nation’s 120th Independence Day.

Over 60,000 jobs are being offered for local employment. Top job vacancies include production machine operators, construction workers, company drivers, service crews, customer service representatives, factory workers and sales agents.

There are  7,000 vacant positions for officers and enlisted personnel in the AFP, PNP, Philippine Navy and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

Over 53,000 jobs overseas are open for service workers, nurses, engineers, labor workers, sales personnel, and carpenters.

Foreign countries with job openings include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Japan, Oman and New Zealand.

DOLE assured that all participating companies in the jobs and business fair will not offer contractual jobs in line with the government’s directive to regularize all workers and end illegal contractualization in the country.

“We saw to it that nothing like that is included. All these employers are legitimate,” said DOLE Undersecretary Jing Paras.   – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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108 nabbed in simultaneous anti-criminality operations in Rizal

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2018

Officers of the Rizal Provincial Police Office, headed by Acting Provincial Director PSSupt. Lou Frias Evangelista (left), present suspects arrested in a series of anti-criminality operations (SACO) in Rizal Province.

 

The Philippine National Police have arrested over 108 suspects in a series of anti-criminality operations (SACO) in Rizal Province.

Alleged offenders were arrested for cases of frustrated murder, homicide, physical injury, robbery, theft and car napping.

Thirty-nine of the suspects are on the wanted list; six of whom are among PNP’s most wanted persons; and two were killed in Antipolo City.

PNP Rizal Acting Provincial Director PSSupt. Lou Frias Evangelista said, “Nung nakita po nila yung ating kapulisan na parating na ay pinutukan po sila. Syempre gumanti po yung ating kapulisan. At sa kasamaang palad ay naneutralize po nila yung dalawang tao na tungkol sa search warrant.”

(The suspects open fired when they saw the police approaching. The police retaliated of course and unfortunately killed two of the warrant’s subjects.)

Police confiscated from the arrested personalities seven loose firearms which include hand guns, shotguns and a hand grenade. They also found 237 sachets of suspected shabu and four sachets of suspected marijuana.

The Rizal Crime Laboratory Office is currently processing the evidence for presentation at the Rizal Prosecutors Office. — Jennica Cruz | UNTV News & Rescue

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