Solicitor General Jose Calida (L) and Sen. Leila de Lima (R).
A top government lawyer said he can’t accept Senator Leila de Lima’s tirades against President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
Solicitor General Jose Calida called on the people to unite against Sen. De Lima whom he tagged as the country’s top enemy.
“[Illegal] drugs is our enemy. And who is espousing the proliferation of drugs? wasn’t it former SOJ De Lima? And therefore she is Public Enemy No.1,” the solicitor general said.
Calida said they will utilize the resources of his office against De Lima.
The Office of the Solicitor General usually represents the government in litigation but this time, Calida said, they can help the complainants pursue the cases against De Lima since public welfare is already at stake.
‘As the people’s tribune, the OSG offers its legal services to the complainants who sued Sen. De Lima in the DOJ, Ombudsman and other venues for her criminal participation and complicity in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the national penitentiary,’ said Calida.
He, however, clarified that they are not persecuting the senator but only upholding the rule of law. This is the first time that the OSG will be directly involved in the prosecution a criminal case.
“She’s a very powerful person. Our complainants are just private citizens. In order to strengthen their resolve, I will lend the prestige and gravitas of my office to defend them and help them in their cases against Sen. De Lima,” Calida added .
Civil society groups led by Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) formed a coalition against illegal drugs to guard the cases against De Lima.
“Some groups formed this coalition out of concern that we are diverting from the real issues of the country which is illegal drug trading,’ said VACC founding chair Dante Jimenez.
In a statement, De Lima said she will not dignify yet another act of lunacy. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue
Malacañang to release detailed report on drug-related killings
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
Malacañang is planning to disclose next week a detailed report on drug-related killings in legitimate operations held by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
This is in response to calls from the international community critical of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs campaign.
“In a few months, I will have a file each for every killing reported by the PNP indicating that there was no excessive use of force,” Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque said.
Roque added that “if there’s reason to file charges against the killers,” he will encourage such move to clear accusations that the government is not acting on the issues of drug-related killings in the country. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
Palace: Trump’s support on Duterte’s war on drugs, more important vs. reports
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has refused to pay attention to the latest report of US State Department that expresses alarm over President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”.
Based on the report, the cases of extrajudicial killings are the “chief human rights concern” in the Philippines which shows “a sharp rise with the onset of the anti-drug campaign in 2016”.
But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the report directly contradicts US President Donald Trump’s statements which support the anti-drug war.
“Given what we heard from President Trump, let’s just say it exists but we prefer to hold on to the words of President Trump. He is, after all, the president,” Roque said. — UNTV News & Rescue
Duterte wants pursuit of ‘labor-only contracting’ firms
FILE PHOTO: PHL President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (Cerilo Ebrano / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has directed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to submit a report on companies engaged in labor-only contracting.
These are companies that implement repeated short-term employment contracts better known as “cabo” and 5-5-5 schemes.
The president gave the labor department 30 days to submit the report to the Office of the President.
The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) was also ordered to coordinate with the labor secretary in relation to the order.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, this is still part of the president’s promise.
“To crack down on them because the promise was to end 555 — end. Ang promise ng Pangulo, habang ganiyan ang depinisyon ng contractualization na hindi lahat ay bawal, kung hindi iyong mga cabo lamang, sisiguraduhin ni Presidente wala talagang 555 at wala talagang cabo,” said the presidential spokesperson.
(To crack down on them because the promise was to end 555 — end. The president promised, while the definition of contractualization says not everything is prohibited but only “cabo”, the president will ensure that there will be no more 555 and cabo schemes.)
On Thursday, Malacañang said the president will no longer sign an executive order banning contractualization of workers.
Roque said it is the duty of the Congress to enact laws that will ban all types of contract labor in the country.
Duterte, however, will possibly certify the proposed bill as urgent to speed up its progress in Congress. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue