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Pres. Duterte challenges UN envoy to a debate

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and United Nations special rapporteur on extra judicial killings, Agnes Callamard (R).

 

President Rodrigo Duterte asserted that he wants to face Dr. Agnes Callamard, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extra Judicial Executions, in a debate.

This, after the U.N. special envoy said in an interview that she cannot face the Chief Executive in a public debate.

According to Dr. Callamard, this is not in accordance with the special conduct of a special rapporteur.

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Instead, Callamard suggested a joint press conference in which the President may throw questions about the result of her investigations.

President Duterte earlier invited the United Nations representative to visit the Philippines to see the real situation in the country as well as the war against illegal drugs operations. — UNTV News and Rescue

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Suspected drug pusher nabbed in Caloocan City

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Through a search warrant, the police raided the home of a drug pusher in Gomez Street, Barangay Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City.

Authorities confiscated a .25 caliber pistol, 12 sachets of suspected shabu worth P60, 000; a sachet of marijuana and several drug paraphernalia in the house of the suspect identified as Kelvin Dilao.

 

PNP-Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Jemar Modequillo said that the suspect had been under surveillance for a long period.

“He was released from prison just recently. His case was frustrated murder. He was facing other charges like shooting,” said Modequillo.

Dilao will also face other charges including illegal possession of firearms and possession of illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, the Lipa City PNP arrested in a buy-bust operation last night a certain Rene Marundan.

Authorities seized from Marundan 10 grams of suspected shabu worth P20,000.

“He was a former prisoner with the same case. He was released from prison last December 12,” said Lipa City chief of police PSupt. Meliton Salvadora.

In follow up operation, Caloocan City police arrested a certain Marvin Brillabrille after he robbed a taxicab driver yesterday.

The taxicab driver was able to immediately report the incident to the police.

The suspect stole the P3,000 earnings of the driver and his taxicab keys.

Brillabrille is a known notorious holdupper in Bagong Barrio.

The suspect denied the allegations.

“It’s just accusations. The CCTV will prove if it was really me,” said the suspect.

“We are appealing to victims of holdup to come forward.  They might be able to identify this man,” said the Caloocan police chief.

Brillabrille is currently detained at the Caloocan City police headquarters and is now facing charges of robbery holdup.

Authorities are also searching for his accomplice identified as alias Chololing. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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NCRPO vows to level up efforts against illegal drugs this year

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The number of illegal drug users ballooned during the period when the Philippine National Police (PNP) was not part of the war on drugs campaign of the government.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Police Director Oscar Albayalde said illegal users had more courage to return to their vice within the two months the PNP has no anti-drug operations.

“Maraming barangay officials na nagsabi na harap-harapan pa sa kanila nagtatarya sila at tapos sasabihin nila, hindi naman kami pwedeng hulihin ng pulis ngayon,” said Albayalde.

(Many barangay officials say illegal drug would conduct a pot session in front of them saying they could not be arrested by policemen.)

Now that the PNP is back to the war on drugs scene, Albayalde vowed to intensify the NCRPO’s anti-illegal drug campaign this year.

According to the general, the Oplan Tokhang and the Oplan Double Barrel of the PNP are effective in resolving the problem in illegal drug use and trading.

“Those millions of people would not have surrendered, and those thousands more would not have been arrested if this campaign is not effective,” said the NCRPO chief.

Proof of this, said the chief of the Metro Manila police, is the lower number of crimes related to illicit drugs in 2017.

He said that illegal drug-related crimes were lower by 18 percent in 2017 compared to the recorded number in 2016.

“The continuous decrease of these eight focused crimes is attributed to the NCRPO’s intensified implementation of Project Double Barrel Alpha, Project Double Barrel Reloaded and the intensified implementation of our enhanced managing police operations,” said the police chief.

Albayalde said the NCRPO will conduct more anti-drug operations this year.

He noted that the police will visit individuals, whose names are on the drug watch list, and will ask them to stop their illegal activity.

The NCRPO chief clarified that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will still focus on high-value targets, while the PNP will go after drug suspects in communities.

The NCRPO has yet to set a date on when its campaign against illegal drugs will begin. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Malacañang to conduct information campaign on TRAIN Law

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, January 5th, 2018

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FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte wants the public to understand everything about the provisions and the purpose of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN Law.

This, following a series of increases in prices of goods and services in the country.

In line with this, the government will conduct an intensified information dissemination about TRAIN.

“I also know that PCOO is working double time to embark on a dissemination campaign on the salient features of TRAIN. Likewise, the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) will not hesitate to prosecute individuals who will take advantage of price hikes invoking TRAIN as a legal basis,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Roque also assured that government agencies like the DTI will not allow businessmen to exploit the system for their own gains.

“Ang excise tax naman po pinapataw hindi dun sa old inventory kundi sa mga bagong inventory. So walang dahilan para tumaas ang presyo on day 1 of the effectivity of the law (The excise tax is imposed not on the old inventory but on the new inventory. Therefore, there is no reason to increase prices on day one of the effectivity of the law),” Roque said.

Meanwhile, the government will improve the cash transfer fund in order to ease the burden of poor families.

“We already have a list of beneficiaries on the conditional cash transfer. It would be the same population that will benefit from this cash mitigation which is a provision of the Tax Reform Act or TRAIN,” the spokesperson added. —  Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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