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PRRD signs law that gives subpoena powers to PNP chief and CIDG

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2018

 

FILE PHOTO: (Left-Right) PNP Chief General Ronald Dela Rosa and President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act No. 10973  or the law that gives the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director and deputy director for administration the power to issue a subpoena.

With this, anyone who will receive a subpoena from the PNP or CIDG can no longer disregard the invitation.

Those who will not comply with the subpoena will face charges.

“It can be considered as contempt of higher court meaning RTC. That is not only a contemptuous act of the MTC meaning you can be incarcerated in 30 days,” said CIDG legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos.

The subpoena powers also cover the documents being requested by the PNP.

According to CIDG director Roel Obusan, the new law will help them their investigation.

“Walang masyadong nasasaktan. Maiiwasan din yung bulong bulungan na kapag nag-raid ay kung ano-ano ang kinukuha ng raiding party, kahit na hindi subject ng search warrant so mas magiging mas democratic, legit at mas mabilis,” said Obusan.

(There will be lesser harm. Rumors of lost properties during raids will be gone, although they are not subject to search warrants. The process will become more democratic, legitimate and faster.)

Previously, only the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) have the power to issue a subpoena. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Police accused by Sagay massacre survivors of compelling to testify vs. NPA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

 

Survivors of Sagay massacre

MANILA, Philippines — Covering themselves with a malong and wearing a face mask are mother and son who survived the Sagay massacre where 9 farmers, four women, and two minors were killed by armed men at Hacienda Nene, Purok Pine Tree, Brgy. Bulanon, Sagay City on October 20.

The mother who survived the massacre is accusing authorities of compelling her son, Lester, to testify against the New People’s Army (NPA) and prove that the group was behind the Sagay massacre.

Lester’s mom fears that police will use his son to pinpoint innocent individuals.

“Kahit military nagsasabi rin na, the child can pinpoint na NPA daw ang gumawa nung massacre,” said Atty. Kathy Panguban, legal counsel of the survivors.

“Kaya lumayo iyong mag-ina sa Negros at nag-seek talaga sila ng sanctuary dahil patuloy silang hinahabol ng mga pulis, pinipilit na gawing star witness sa Sagay massacre,” she said.

The Sagay Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and two of his personnel are facing violation of Republic Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law, an allegation denied by the Sagay police.

“Wala kaming ginawang ganoon, ‘yung pinipilit. Wala kaming pinipilit na tao. ‘Yung allegation na iyan is actually fabricated iyan. Bakit naman namin pipilitin iyong bata? Tapos iyong bata po noong ininterview, pagsubscribe sa affidavit, nandoon iyong mismong prosecutor. Nandoon iyong ama at saka iyong DSWD na nagpasubscribe ng statement niya. Doon pa lang mismo malalaman na namin. May video kami niyan,” said Sagay City police chief PCI Robert Mansueto via phonepatch.

“Yung statement na NPA ang gumawa ng Sagay massacre, that came from the army infantry brigade,” said Panguban.

Lester’s biological father meantime is facing charges of violation of Republic Act 9262 or Violence Against Women and Children over the alleged abuse and harassment against his child and for forcing them to cooperate with the police.

“Nagpapatuloy iyong pananakot niya sa kliyente namin sa kanilang ina at pinipilit niyang makuha iyong anak; mabawi iyong anak at tinakot din niya na kakasuhan din daw niya pati iyong nanay ni Lester,” said Panguban.

As of now, the survivors are in a safe place.

The victims in the massacre were members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NSFW) who were participating in a campaign to occupy the idle lands which are not yet distributed to the beneficiaries. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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Age, health of Imelda Marcos to be considered in her arrest — PNP

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018

 

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FILE PHOTO: Imelda Marcos

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center is prepared in case the court decides to place former first lady Imelda Marcos under PNP’s custody.

However, PNP chief PDG Oscar Albayalde said they have not been notified yet for advance coordination with the court regarding the release of the arrest warrant against Marcos.

Albayalde added that in consideration of Marcos’ age and health condition, they have not ordered personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to wait at the gates of Congress like in the case of Senator Antonio Trillanes.

Nevertheless, the PNP Chief has directed the CIDG director to lead the arrest upon release of the warrant.

At present, Marcos is facing minimum of 6 years in prison and perpetual disqualification from holding public office after the Sandiganbayan found her guilty on seven counts of graft.

However, the former first lady may still post bail for her provisional liberty as graft is a bailable case. — Lea Ylagan

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No new permits for firecracker manufacturers — PNP

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2018

 

 

FILE PHOTO: Manufacture of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will closely monitor the manufacture, sale, and distribution of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices ahead of the holiday season.

PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde said they will no longer issue new permits for makers and sellers of firecrackers as mandated in the Memorandum Order 31 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte’s memorandum also orders the PNP and other concerned agencies to inspect and ensure that manufacturers, distributors, sellers and users of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices comply with the government’s safety requirements.

Licenses and permits of those found in violation of existing laws, rules and regulations will be cancelled or revoked.

Republic Act 7183 authorizes the PNP to process applications for the issuance of licenses or permits.

Under his memorandum, Duterte also ordered the PNP to confiscate and destroy prohibited firecrackers and strictly prohibit the import of such devices.

Memorandum 31 is similar to Executive Order 28 that Duterte issued in June 2017, regulating the use of firecrackers and fireworks due to “firecracker-related injuries and deaths.”

General Albayalde said that controlling the number of firecracker manufacturers is an initial step to possibly implementing a total firecracker ban in the future. — Lea Ylagan

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