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Roxas, Sueno to possibly face plunder and graft cases over Rosenbauer firetruck deals

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017

MANILA – A lawyer for former ABAKADA partylist Congressman Jonathan Dela Cruz bared that they are preparing plunder and graft charges against officials involved in the Rosenbauer fire truck deals.

Among those who are likely to face charges are former DILG Secretaries Mar Roxas and Ismael Sueno.

“We are just gathering some more documents which I have already initiated,” Atty. Leo Romero said.

In June last year, Dela Cruz filed a petition with the supreme court to nullify two supply contracts entered by DILG and BFP with Austrian company Rosenbauer.

The contracts are worth over 3 billion pesos for 152 fire trucks.

The Aquino administration obtained a loan from the Austrian government to finance the deals.

But Dela Cruz claimed the contracts are defective since there was no bidding, and congress did not allocate funds for it.

It is also one of the reasons for the dismissal of Sueno who visited Austria in January.

This is despite the advice of DILG Legal Office not to proceed with the contract while a case is pending before the Supreme Court.

“Precisely, Secretary Sueno was unceremoniously dismissed from his position due to some anomalies which the President validated to be true,” Romero added.

Dela Cruz cited this incident in asking the high court once more to stop the implementation of the deal.

“I hope the Supreme Court will resolve the motion with immediate dispatch considering the magnitude of the issues involved,” said Romero. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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Marawi residents favor martial law extension in Mindanao

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court has confirmed its earlier decision in July favoring the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Ten magistrates voted for the dismissal of three motions for reconsideration of petitioners.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa want to just limit the martial law in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Sulu, while Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio campaigned to implement it just in Marawi City.

Only Associate Justice Marvic Leonen voted for the lifting of the declaration of martial law.

“The court, voting 10-3-1, . . .denied with finality because of mootness and due to lack of merit all the three motions for reconsideration filed by petitioners from the court’s decision dated 4 July 2017,” Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te said.

Meanwhile, Marawi City residents, particularly those from Barangay Basak Malutlut where the war started in May, signified their support in case President Rodrigo Duterte decides to extend the martial law in Mindanao.

They said this will allay their concerns that terrorists will return and sow fear among them.

“Nagkaroon po ako ng trauma noong una na daladala ko hanggang ngayon. Mas nakakatulong kung e-extend pa kung kinakailangan para po sa peace and security ng Marawi City,” School Principal Noraida Aropanti said.

(I still have trauma from before. It will help if [martial law] will be extended for the peace and security of Marawi City.)

The martial law which was declared on May 23 this year will expire at the end of the month. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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Senate to pass proposed joint resolution on pay hike of uniformed personnel before break in December

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 30th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate targets to pass the proposed increase in monthly take-home pay of military and other uniformed personnel before the session breaks in December.

Based on the proposed joint resolution of Senate President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III, beginning January 1, 2018, the base pay of personnel under the Department of National Defense (DND), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and National Mapping and Resource Information will be doubled.

This means that the lowest ranking soldier which is private; Officer 1 in BJMP and BFP; and PO1 in the PNP who receive P14 to P15,000 will soon receive a base pay amounting to P29,668.

This will be a big help especially to the soldiers.

“This is a reflection of how people represented by Senators appreciate the efforts of the AFP, especially in the performance of our duty..,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero said.

According to Senator Panfilo Lacson, the proposed joint resolution may likely be approved before the holiday break this December.

Also according to the senator, there is enough budgets particularly from last year’s under spending to fund the salary hike.

The senator also wants to include the retirees in to benefit from the proposed increase.

“Ang tanong lang is, willing ba ang Malacañang to include the retired sector? Kasi sinasabi na ang mga widows ng nag-retire many years ago, ang pension nila applicable 20 years ago,” Lacson said.

(The question is, would Malacañang be willing to include the retired sector? Because the widows of retirees from many years ago say their pension is applicable 20 years ago.)

Lacson seeks to increase the pension of retired personnel from 20 to 50%. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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Gen. Dela Rosa explains definition of “neutralization” in police operations

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa clarified on the program ‘Get it Straight with Daniel Razon’ that the term “neutralize” does not only mean killing when used to refer to enemies of the law.

This was his response to the petition of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) in the Supreme Court against the PNP’s Oplan Tokhang and Project Double Barrel Campaign, the police conducted during their handling of the government’s anti-drug operations.

Dela Rosa said that in their police operational procedure, the term “neutralize” means preventing an enemy of the law to commit crimes.

“Like for example, you break up a criminal’s organization. His cohorts flee leaving him alone and unable to resume his criminal activities. He is effectively neutralized, his group doesn’t trust him anymore,” explained Dela Rosa.

However, the PNP chief clarified that situations wherein lives of operatives are under imminent threat may result in the death of a suspect.

“It depends on the situation. When I say, “neutralize that,” I mean for the operatives to go and arrest. “Neutralize”  within legal means. Once arrested that means suspect has been neutralized. But if suspect refuses to be arrested and fires back, defend yourself. If the suspect dies in the process, he’s still considered neutralized,” said Dela Rosa.

Dela Rosa, meanwhile, couldn’t assure if there would no longer be deaths should they be reinstated in the war on drugs.

However, the PNP chief vowed that the police will become more careful in its operations.

The PNP is preparing, among others, to use body cameras during police operations to become more transparent and avoid doubts in its efforts. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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