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Senator Trillanes files criminal and administrative complaints vs. PCOO Asec. Uson

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, September 22nd, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has charged Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux Justiniano Uson or popularly known as Mocha Uson  six counts of criminal complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman.

The complaints stemmed from the alleged fake news Uson posted on her social media account about the alleged bank account numbers and hidden wealth of Trillanes outside of the country.

“Three of these are for the cybercrime offense of libel. One is for her violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act for using her position to cause undue tom for another party,” said Trillanes.

The senator filed the complaints three days after he went to Singapore to personally prove that he has no offshore or hidden account in the said country.

Trillanes said he will use as evidence the information he got from DBS Bank that states the bank account number posted by Uson on her social media is non-existent.

“What Mr. Duterte said, that he just made it up, and what he said as the real account. The two are all made up. That’s the evidence I will use against them,” said the complainant.

“The era of fake news is over. Those who spread fake news will be held liable under the law,” said Trillanes.

Aside from this, the senator also filed an administrative complaint against the former starlet.

He also asked the ombudsman to oust Uson from her post for committing grave misconduct following her violation of the code of conduct and ethical standards of public officials and employees.

On the other hand, Malacañang through Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said, “He is free to do so.”

Trillanes is also studying the possibility of filing complaints against other personalities, he claims, are also involved in the issue. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP chief cautions OFWs against fake news on PH war on drugs

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

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_120617_DELA ROSA IN NEW YORK

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa believes the problems in illegal drugs in the country should stop, hopefully under the current administration. Otherwise, the Philippines will remain under the grip of such social menace.

In his official business trip to the United States, the PNP chief has advised Filipino community to be wary against fake news circulating on social media about the government’s war on drugs.

“Kawawa ang Pilipinas talaga. Alam ko kayo dito, hindi kayo mapapalagay habang nandito kayo, mga mahal niyo sa buhay nandoon sa Pilipinas. Kaya sana magtulungan tayo. Huwag kayong masyadong magpadala sa mga fake news na nakakarating dito, mga paninira,” said the chief.

(The Philippines is really pitiful. I know that you are uneasy living here while your loved ones are back in the Philippines. That’s why we should help each other. Do not get carried away by damaging fake news that reaches you.)

Dela Rosa assured the Filipino community in the US that the PNP will be more cautious in its operations now that it is reinstated as a support group to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in executing anti-illegal drugs operations.

This has prompted the PNP to call for support in order to acquire the needed body cameras for their operations.

Meanwhile, the PNP chief guarantees the police’s support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its pursuit of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Dela Rosa warned organizations supportive of the NPA which is now officially declared a terrorist group by the Philippine government.

“Well, pagbasehan natin ‘yung Constitution at tsaka ‘yung Revised Penal Code. Kung meron silang nagawa dun na labag dun then, they are punishable by their crimes. At kami naman sa pulis palagi kaming actively supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it comes to internal security operations. So pagtutulong-tulungan namin yan sa AFP yung laban natin na against sa NPA,” said Dela Rosa

(Well, let’s base it on the Constitution and the Revised Penal Code. If they have committed violations of these, then they are punishable by their crimes. We at the PNP are actively supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it comes to internal security operations. So we will be working together with AFP against the NPA.) — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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President Duterte designates ex-spokesperson as Foreign Affairs undersecretary

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 24th, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte has designated his former presidential spokesperson, Ernesto Abella as undersecretary for strategic communications of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Abella served as the presidential spokesperson for more than a year before being replaced by former Kabayan Partylist representative Atty. Harry Roque.

President Duterte did not explain his reason for Abella’s transfer aside from saying it is his personal decision.

Meanwhile, Secretary Roque has been designated as the presidential adviser on human rights in addition to his role as the presidential spokesperson. – UNTV News & Rescue

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Nations commend the AFP for ending Marawi siege in a short period of time

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Other countries like Australia salute the capability of the Philippine military and police for successfully winning the battle in Marawi City.

They said the government forces were able to neutralize the Maute terror group despite having few number of troops.

According to Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) chief Col. Edgard Arevalo, representatives of the Australian government held a briefing with the Philippine military to determine how the Filipino troops were able to win the war.

In fact, Arevalo noted that Australia also requested for a counter-terrorism drill last week between the Australian defense force and soldiers of the AFP.

“We are glad because this only shows that our success is being recognized — our counter-terrorism operations in Marawi City,” said Arevalo.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed that other countries are seeking to observe and participate in the shoulder to shoulder exercises of the Philippines and the United States.

“We now have England observing that. Singapore also would like to participate that will have to sit down our table and craft the necessary document to allow their troops to stay in the Philippines,” said the defense secretary.

In line with this, the defense chief expressed gratitude to countries that commend the capability of Filipino soldiers and policemen.

“It’s heart-warming. It boosts the morale of our troops. That will drive our military and police to do more good for the country,” said Lorenzana.

The Marawi City siege lasted for 154 days. The battle ended faster than the war in Iraq which lasted for several years. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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