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    PRRD disapproves CHR request to open PNP case folders related to EJKs

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, September 8th, 2017


    MANILA, Philippines — Acting Interior Secretary Catalino Cuy said President Rodrigo Duterte stands firm on his order that all investigations to be conducted against police and soldiers must have his consent.

    This is in relation to the request of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to open police case folders to which the president disagrees.

    Still, Cuy said they are still open to help the CHR in any way possible.

    “We’ll find other ways to help the CHR in their effort. We’ll continue the meetings, I hope they understand our position,” said Usec Cuy.

    CHR plans to conduct a full review of all the case folders of the PNP that they believe are cases of extrajudicial killings

    The commission wants to check, in particular, if incidents of victims resistance in police operations are true, specifically cases from May 2016 up to present.

    The commission believes that within the said period, the number of deaths related to EJKs has increased.

    Despite the president’s disapproval, the agency is not losing hope.

    Based on the statement of Commissioner Chito Gascon, they will send another request on the matter.

    Meanwhile, DILG plans to review all policies on the manner of recruitment, training, and deployment of policemen.

    DILG is also in favor to return the full control to the PNP of all training involving new policemen.

    Cuy said all of these are ways to maintain the good image of the PNP that critics want to destroy.

    “Despite the effort of good policemen, there are some who wants to destroy our image, and we don’t want them also out of the organization,” said the undersecretary. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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    PNP finalizes report to clarify issues of alleged extrajudicial killings in the country

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017

    FILE PHOTO: National Headquarters of the Philippine National Police

    MANILA, Philippines — For the last time, the Philippine National Police (PNP) sought to clarify anew the issue of the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.

    To do this, the PNP is completing now a report that would clarify the reasons behind the deaths of more than 10,000 drug suspects in various parts of the country, which critics claim, are state-sponsored killings.

    The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has initially sought to conduct a similar probe, but President Rodrigo Duterte himself prohibited the plan.

    “How do we now know ngayon kung ano yung sinasabi nilang EJK? Kasi ang sa atin po ay ano yung krimen na naganap, pag may krimen na naganap sino ang perpetrator? State or non state? Ngayon isa pa, iniimbistigahan ba yan o hindi?”  said PNP PIO chief PCSupt. Dionardo Carlos.

    (How do we  know now what this EJK is that they are talking about? Because for us, it’s about the crime committed, and if it was committed, who was the perpetrator?State or non-state? Another one is, are these being investigated or not)

    According to the PNP, the thousands of deaths cannot be considered as extrajudicial killings or EJK since the cases are still under investigation.

    If a cop is proven involved in a killing, the PNP explained that it will fall under the category of murder and not EJK.

    For now, authorities have already resolved more than 6,000 cases of deaths, meaning these are already in courts, and the suspects are now facing charges.

    Through the said report, the public can know what happened behind the anti-illegal drugs operations of the PNP.

    “What we do is analyze what is happening and report, give out strategies give out this report to the public. We see no plot to cover up,” said the police.

    Meanwhile, the PNP will turn over death cases involving illegal drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

     

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    Marawi City LGU launches clean up drive in barangays

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017

    Marawi City Restoration

    MARAWI CITY, Philippines – Personnel from different barangays in Marawi City came together Thursday morning and started combing through the city streets for the clean-up drive.

    This is in preparation for the homecoming of displaced residents whose houses are situated in the controlled areas or barangays that were not severely affected by the war.

    If all things go well, the project targets to have all the evacuees sent home by the end of October.

    “As soon as possible na kung matapos na sa loob ng limang araw na malinis namin itong walong barangay. So Inshallah babalik na tauhan namin dito sa walong barangay (As soon as possible if we finish clearing these eight barangays within five days. So Inshallah [if Allah wills] residents may return to the eight barangays),” Brgy. Dayawan Chairman Sahrani Batugan Mutin said.

    The barangay chairman also said his constituents are glad that Marawi City is now declared liberated from terrorists.

    “Masaya, nakakaiyak talaga kasi almost 5 months na hindi namin nakita yung iniwanan namin na mga bahay namin sa barangay Dayawan (Happy. It brings tears to the eyes because it has been five months that we have not seen our homes in Barangay Dayawan),” Mutin said.

    Once the evacuees are sent home, the authorities plan to implement an ID (identification) system to ensure that bad elements will not be able to penetrate their community.

    But not all, however, will be able to immediately go home as barangays that happened to be among the main battle areas will take a longer time to be restored.

    To date, the national government is still facilitating the funds that will be used for the rehabilitation of Marawi City.

    “DBM Secretary Diokno said the government will issue bonds in January to finance Marawi rehabilitation. Seceretary of Finance Dominguez says he directed DOF to study the possible issuance of 30 billion in bonds after PRRD earlier committed at least 20 billion to rehabilitate Marawi.  The President has committed ample funds to rebuild Marawi and the January bonds will ensure that his pledge is fulfilled. We hope to tap local and global markets as well as Islamic investors in ASEAN and the Middle East possibly with Islamic securities, ”Presidential Spokesperson Usec. Ernesto Abella said.

    Meanwhile, a city councilor is opposing a proposal that seeks to just build a new community instead of restoring the structures in the main battle area that were demolished.

    “Tulad namin na may bahay kami mas gusto namin makuha namin yun . . . kasi kawawa naman yung may mga bahay na hindi nila makukuha yung mga lot nila (Like for us homeowners, we would like to have our house back…it’s unfair for homeowners to lose their lots),” Marawi City Councilor Farhanah Langco said.

    Langco further appealed for unity to prevent a similar crisis from happening. – Victor Cosare, UNTV News & Rescue

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    PNP-AKG readies new witnesses in Jee Ick Joo kidnap-slay case

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

    Jee Ick Jook

     

    MANILA, Philippines – Some policemen who were part of the group behind the kidnapping of Jee Ick Joo have expressed willingness to testify in the killing of the Korean national.

    According to PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) Director Glenn Dumlao, many should have been punished for the crime, but many of the suspects were able to go scot-free.

    Among them, Dumlao said, are the NBI operatives who are believed to have been involved in the crime.

    “Ginagawan namin ng paraan na mahagip pa yung iba eh kasi tatawa tawa lang yung iba dyan eh kung ano partisipasyon ng mga pnp suspects eh ganun din naman sila (We are trying to capture the others because some of them are sniggering, when in fact, whatever the PNP suspects’ participation was, they’re guilty of the same), he said.

    According to Dumlao, he was able to talk to the wife of Jee Ick Jook. He said the Korean’s wife is dismayed over the slow pace of the case.

    The PNP admitted not having strong evidence yet but noted their new witness could provide a big help in the case.

    The AKG previously filed charges against some policemen and NBI operatives, but the cases were dismissed due to lack of evidence.

    “It is now on our part on how we can gather evidence to give justice. Because I think those who are detained are now thinking, why only them?” PS/Supt. Glenn Dumlao said.

    Currently, the motion to post bail by SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel and P/Supt Rafael Dumlao are still being heard in court. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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