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Pres. Duterte promises to look into cases of extra judicial killings

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2016

File photo: President Rodrigo Duterte.

File photo: President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

President Rodrigo Duterte promised to face the problems related to alleged cases of extra judicial killings in the country.

However, according to the chief executive, this does not mean that the government will stop its anti-illegal drugs campaign.

“Dito sa drugs…patawarin na po na ako ninyo talagang…hindi ako pwedeng mawalaan ng momentum dito. We will, I will address the problems of extrajudicial killing. It is not our job. Maniwala kayo. Even before the elections. Please look back in the hands of time and you would notice that marami ng nagpatay-patayan,” said Duterte.

(As for drugs…forgive me I cannot lose the momentum on this. We will, I will address the problems of extra judicial killing. It is not our job. Believe me. Even before the elections. Please look back in the hands of time, and you would notice that many pretend to be dead.)

The government’s anti-drug war has earned negative reactions from human rights groups because of the increasing number of victims of extra judicial killings in the country.

Based on the PNP’s records, over 1,700 drug personalities have been killed in legitimate police operations. — UNTV News and Rescue

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Comelec fund for barangay election preps down to P5-B

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Commission on Elections (Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency now has only five billion pesos budget for the upcoming May 2018 village polls.

MANILA, Philippines — Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson James Jimenez admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency now has only five billion pesos budget for the upcoming May 2018 village polls.

The amount was originally seven billion pesos but the agency already used five billion pesos for the printing of ballots.

But Jimenez assured that the said spending will not go to waste.

“Ang maganda diyan Kuya Daniel, yung karamihan doon sa ginastos namin noon magagamit pa natin ngayon. Ang bulto talaga niyan ay yung balota. So magagamit natin yan,” said Jimenez.

(What’s good about it Kuya Daniel is that most of the things we spent on can still be used today. The bulk of which were the ballots. We can still use those.)

However, the official said the amount paid as salary for their additional personnel remains irrecoverable.

Still, several lawmakers are pushing for the postponement of the barangay election in May but Comelec insists that they will continue to prepare for the polls.

In fact, Jimenez said that the agency is now 85% prepared and will start the printing of 18 million ballots mid-February.

Jimenez argued that another postponement of the election would definitely affect democracy in the country specifically the public’s rights to select the leaders of the land.

On top of the problems considered by the Comelec is vote buying.

When host, Daniel Razon, asked Jimenez why no vote buyer has ever been jailed by the commission, the latter said, “Medyo mahirap mapatunayan ang vote buying (Vote buying is difficult to prove).”

Another issue the agency wants to resolve is the implementation of election gun ban since they still have not received any written notice from the palace regarding the ban.

“Nawi-weaken yung institusyon, nawi-weaken yung process kasi hindi ka sure (It weakens the institution and the process because you’re not sure). Yun ang (That is the) lasting damage,” said Jimenez.

Even the Philippine National Police (PNP) said they are just waiting for the Comelec to issue its guidelines for the gun ban.

“Expected na magkakaroon ng gun ban (Implementation of a gun ban is expected),” said PNP PIO PCSupt. John Bulalacao. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP assures tight security in Albay danger zone chokepoints

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018


Legazpi, ALBAY — Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 5 reiterated that only residents whose houses are outside the 8-km permanent danger zone can go back to their homes.

“Mayroong mga police assistance desk na nakatalaga doon, kasi ‘yung ibang mga evacuation areas na ‘yung ibang mga tao pabalik-balik so doon natin ini-stop sila na umakyat ulit (We have police assistance desks designated there because others are in evacuation areas. We are stopping some people to come back and climb again),” said PNP PIO Maria Louisa Calubaquib.

Thus, police are imposing tight security in the designated chokepoints or areas monitored by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Meantime, in the municipality of Camalig which has six barangays inside the 8-km danger zone, the local government strongly encourages residents to stay in evacuation centers.

“Unang-una,  ‘yung food supply, dapat every day may makakain kasi kung walang makakain, babalik at babalik na ‘yan. Then may entertainment na binibigay. Then may mga cash for work din naman ‘yung DSWD,” said Camalig Vice Mayor Caloy Baldo.

(First and foremost, the food supply. Every day there has to be food because if there’s nothing to eat, they will go back. Then there’s also entertainment being provided. The DSWD also offers cash for work.)

Meanwhile, the AFP and PNP continued the psychosocial activities for residents inside evacuation centers.

The local government gives free face masks, food and water were given in Bariw National High school aside from games and amusement delivered to residents. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News and Rescue

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Over 700 SAF members who joined operations in Marawi City get special promotion

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, February 5th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PDG. Ronald Bato dela Rosa could not hold his tears when he saw a video of Special Action Force (SAF) troopers battling in Marawi City.

General Dela Rosa said that the five-month battle of the SAF members against the terrorists who attempted to conquer the city was not a piece of cake.

“Tumatayo ang balahibo ko. I can feel for them yung mga naghirap talaga doon sa frontline. Makita talaga yung mga dugo na dumanak, yung mga pagsabog left and right, mga putukan. Kahit gaano ka katapang at katibay pag ganoong sitwasyon wala kang ibang mapupuntahan kundi si Lord,” said Dela Rosa.

With this, the PNP chief did not hesitate to give special promotion to the 745 Special Action Force members who fought in Marawi City.

Even Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista salutes the gallantry of the SAF members.

“I have seen how this men and women work side by side with the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to crush and defeat the lawless elements who spread terror in the city of Marawi,” said the commanding general.

The PNP chief takes pride of the expertise of the SAF members when it comes to urban warfare, hence the successful mission of liberating Marawi City from the hands of ISIS-inspired terrorists.

General Dela Rosa also recommended the promotion of third level officers, which is under the jurisdiction of President Rodrigo Duterte himself, and not of the PNP chief’s.

“They did they share in Marawi especially that they were the commanders. They keep on inspiring their people, their men, to fight. And indeed what they did is very commendable, very laudable,” said the chief.

Meanwhile, eight other policemen were promoted after fighting against 200 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who made an attack on Binuangan Municipal Station in Misamis Oriental in December 2017. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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