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Some personalities on Duterte’s ‘narco-list’ deny allegations

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019 04:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reads out the names of alleged narco-politicians

MANILA, Philippines – Several personalities whose names were mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (March 14) as among those listed on his narco-list have spoken up to clear their names.

El Nido, Palawan Mayor Nieves Rosento questioned the government’s claim that the allegations against them have been validated.

“Sinasabi po nila na they validated all of these. Saan po talaga actual na nakukuha yung mga information? Will it be sa mga taong kumakalaban sa atin o yung mga nasagasaan natin ng pagi-implement natin ng batas? (They were saying that they have validated all of these. Where did they get the actual information? Was it from our rivals in the election or was it from those offended by our implementation of the law?),” she said.

Pangasinan 1st District Rep. Jesus Celeste maintained his clean conscience on the matter ever since his name was implicated in illegal drugs two years ago.

“Sa unang una pa lamang noong 2016, nagrequest na ako na imbestigahan ako. Binuksan ko ang pamamahay ko na imbestigahan lahat. Meron namang resulta na. Negative lahat ang result, (Even before in 2016, I requested to investigate myself. I opened my house doors for investigation. And the results were negative,)” Celeste argued.

Los Baños Laguna Mayor Ceazar Perez, for his part, asserted his innocence ever since his name was dragged into the controversy.

“2017 pa lang kumakalat na iyang involved ako sa drugs. Binabalewala ko lang kasi walang katotohanan yung bagay na yun, (These drug allegations against me has been going around since 2017. I just ignore it because there is no truth to that matter,)” he said.

On Thursday (March 15), President Rodrigo Duterte surprised the public by naming the alleged drug personalities on his narco-list.

The list involved 35 mayors, seven vice mayors, one provincial board member and three congressmen.

They are from Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, MIMAROPA, Caraga Region, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Central Luzon, SOCCSKARGEN, Northern Mindanao and Western Visayas.

 “There can never be a valid argument to deny the public, the people of the Philippines at large, to know who are the officials who should not be there in their office and in these particular case now, those who are involve  in the deadly name of drug trafficking,” the President said.

According to DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, they released the narco-list as part of their mandate adding that such a move has nothing to do with the upcoming election.

“I would like to assure na ang ating mga kababayan, even yung mga nagsasabi ng negative campaigning na wala po kaming instensyong ganun. (I would like to assure the public, even those who accused us of negative campaigning, that we have no such intention.)  This is just incidental na panahon ng eleksyon ngayon (that election period is on,)” explained Malaya.

The official said the narco-list was carefully screened by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the lead agency in the Inter-Agency Committee On Anti-Illegal Drugs with the help of other law enforcement agencies to nclude the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces Of The Philippines (AFP), and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.

“So itong apat na ahensyang ito, nagtulungan para mabuo itong listahan na ito,(These four agencies worked together to come up with this list.) So we are very confident. Mabigat yung ating mga ebidensya at sana panigan tayo ng Ombudsman, (We have strong evidence and we hope the Ombudsman will rule in our favor,)” Malaya concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

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Duterte denies Bacolod mayor’s involvement in illegal drugs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 22 March 2019 12:33 PM

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia | Photo from Mayor Leonardia’s Facebook page

President Rodrigo Duterte denies the involvement of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia in illegal drugs.

A video was posted on the president’s Facebook page, where he reiterated his support for Leonardia and his candidacy.

He also called out former Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella to stop splicing videos just to discredit Leonardia.

“But I want to tell mga taga Bacolod, wala akong sinabi about diyan. But kung tanuning ninyo kung sino para sa akin, I do not want a guy na making a fraud sa lahat ng sinasabi ko, (I did not say anything about the matter. But if you are going to ask me, I do not want a guy making a fraud out of everything I say.)” the president said.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Laguna and Batangas ‘narcolist’ mayors deny drug links

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 11:25 AM

File photo: President Rodrigo Duterte presenting the so-called ‘narcolist’

MANILA, Philippines — Several mayors in Laguna and Batangas are denying involvement in illegal drugs after President Rodrigo Duterte released a narcolist tagging their names.

Los Baños, Laguna mayor, Caesar Perez calls on the president not to believe reports against him.

“Sa mahal nating pangulo, ang masasabi ko lang, hindi po totoo ito. Gawa gawa lamang, (To our beloved president, all I can say is, the reports are not true)” he said.

Bay, Laguna Mayor Bruno Ramos was among the officials who lost their police power after his name was included on the 2017 narcolist.

His name was again included on the recent narcolist and he wishes his name to be removed even if he is no longer running this election.

“Unang-una, ako 76 years old na at ako po ay naatake pa sa puso. Ako’y nawalan na ng sigla na manungkulan sa bayan dahil nga po sa paratang sa akin na ako’y protektor ng droga, (First of all, I am already 76 years old and I already had a heart attack. I lost the drive to serve in office because of the accusations that I am a drug protector)” he said.

San Pablo city mayor Loreto Amante is waiting for his case to be filed in order for him to answer the accusations in the proper forum.

“Ako po taas noong humaharap sa inyo mata sa mata na kailanman hindi po natin ginawa iyan (I am facing all of you to say that I did not do such things),” Amante said.

His father, former San Pablo mayor Vicente Amante and current city administrator, was also included on the narcolist of the president in 2017.

Lemery, Batangas mayor Eulalio Alilio also denies his involvement in illegal drugs.

“Awardee ako nitong National Anti-drug Abuse Council sa performance award 95 percent tapos ang aming barangay anti-drug abuse council almost finish na kami sa drug clearing kami at may certification ang PDEA, [I am an awardee of National Anti-drug Abuse Council in performance award. Our barangay is 95% finished in drug clearing and there is a certification from PDEA]” according to Alilio.

He also said his city has reported zero crimes for more than four months.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Duterte signs Philippine Occupational Therapy Law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 07:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11241 or Philippine Occupational Therapy Law which will regulate the practice of occupational therapy in the country.

Duterte signed it on March 11 and was released to the media on Tuesday.

Under the said law, there will be a Board of Occupational Therapy under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

This board will supervise and regulate the registration, license and practice of occupational therapy in the country.

“It shall develop and nurture competent, virtuous, productive and well-rounded occupational therapists whose standards of practice shall be excellent, world class and globally competitive through inviolable, honest, effective and credible licensure examinations and through regulatory measures, programs and activities that foster their continuing professional growth,” the law states.

There will also be a license examination which will be open to Filipino and foreign occupational therapists. Passers will have to meet the requirement of 75% general average with no grade lower than 60% in any subject.

Occupational therapists treat patients patients that have physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. They help develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.—Aileen Cerrudo

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