Solon dares Inter-Parliamentary Union to look into deaths in Syria

admin   •   April 8, 2017   •   3826

MANILA — Sen. Leila de Lima welcomes the intention of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to visit her while in detention and examine the drug cases filed against her by the Duterte administration.

The IPU expressed concern over the arrest and detention of Senator Leila de Lima.

The group is not convinced that the senator was imprisoned after fighting drug trafficking in New Bilibid Prison.

The IPU mentioned that it would send an observer to the criminal proceedings of De Lima’s cases to make sure that these are being handled fairly.

In a statement, De Lima thanked the IPU and said she hopes our government can allow the visit.

She said she trusts that the IPU can come up with an objective and fair assessment on her cases, as well as on the alleged cases of human rights violations committed by the Duterte administration.

Some senators welcome the intentions of IPU; one of them is majority floor leader Sen. Vicente Sotto III.

“So that they can see for themselves. They can find out what is really happening here, instead of just interfering. We don’t interfere with their affairs,” he said.

Sotto has also challenged the IPU to also look into the cases of deaths in Syria instead of just focusing on De Lima’s cases.

“Why don’t they look into Syria? Many have died since yesterday. Why are we not hearing anything about it? Three days ago, there was a case of a pregnant woman who was stabbed, why are we not hearing anything about it?” he added.

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BuCor chief relieves 2 officers over Bilibid prison break

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Two uniformed personnel assigned in the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) have been relieved from their posts following the prison break last January 17, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said.

In a statement, the BuCor said bureau Director-General Gerald Bantag ordered the relief of Superintendent Arnold Guzman and CSinsp Israel Basi over the escape of four persons deprived of liberty (PDL).

“They were relieved of their position and are now under the Directorate for Administration while the investigation is still ongoing regarding the escape incident aforementioned,” the bureau said.

“The new acting NBP maximum security compound superintendent is CSupt. Roy Villasi and the new Commander of the Guards is CSInsp Reynaldo Tuguinay,” it added.

The BuCor earlier reported that four inmates bolted from the national penitentiary on Monday morning. Two of them were killed during the manhunt operations while two others remain at large.

The escapees were identified as Chris Ablas, who was convicted for robbery with homicide and sentenced to reclusion perpetua w/o parole; and Drakilou Falcon, who was convicted for robbery with homicide and illegal possession of firearms.

Duterte names new chiefs for AFP Western, Northern Luzon commands

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has designated new chiefs for the Northern Luzon and Western Commands of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Malacañang said Wednesday.

In a statement, the Palace said Duterte has approved the appointment of Rear Admiral Alberto Carlos, the current commander of the Philippine Navy, as the new chief of the AFP Western Command.

He will replace Rear Admiral Roberto Enriquez starting January 24.

Duterte also appointed Major General Ernesto Torres Jr., the current commander of the Philippine Army 10th Infantry Division, as the new chief of the AFP Northern Luzon Command.

He will replace Lieutenant General Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. effective January 7.

“We wish both officers all the best in their new tours of duty, and we are confident that they will continue to perform their mandate to serve our people and to secure our nation with professionalism, integrity, and dedicated service,” the Palace said.

In a separate statement, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana welcomed the appointment of the new officers to the two commands of the AFP “tasked with protecting the country’s northern and western frontiers.”

Lorenzana also confirmed the assumption of Major General Nestor Herico as the new commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps effective February 21. He will replace retiring Major General Ariel Caculitan.

“As these gentlemen assume their new roles in the organization, I am confident that they will rise to the occasion and effectively lead our troops in securing our nation and our people,” the DND chief said.

BuCor says 1 more PDL escaped from Bilibid

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Tuesday updated the number of inmates who escaped from the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Monday.

In a statement, the BuCor said the count of escapees was increased to four after one person deprived of liberty (PDL) was reported missing.

“Please be informed that one more PDL identified as PDL CHRIS Candas ABLAS N217P-4392 of Dorm 8C-2, was reported missing up to present with possibility as the 4th escapee who was involved in the prison escape incident yesterday on 17 Jan 2022,” the bureau said.

This means that there are two unaccounted PDL escapees who are still at large, namely, Ablas and Drakilou Falcon.

Ablas was convicted for robbery with homicide and sentenced to reclusion perpetua without parole; while Falcon was convicted for robbery with homicide and illegal possession of firearms.

The BuCor earlier offered a P100,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of Falcon.

The other two escapees, identified as Pacifico Adlawan and Arwin Bio, were killed during the manhunt operations after they allegedly resisted arresting authorities.

“Maximum Security Compound is still placed on lockdown status as of this time while recovery efforts are still on going,” BuCor said.

 

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