Lesser crimes according to SWS Survey
MANILA, Philippines — Sarah Jaberina, an employee, believes that the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) intensified police operations in Metro Manila has contributed greatly in lowering crime rate in Metro Manila.
In 2016, her laptop was snatched on her way to work which left her traumatized.
“After I filed a report at the barangay, they immediately took action. And there are policemen roving in the area. I somehow feel secured,” Jaberina said.
Based on the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, the percentage of those who were victimized by property crimes such as robbery, burglar, and car napping has declined to 3.1%.
Families with members who experienced common crimes such as physical violence decreased to 3.7%.
Compared to the figures in March 2017, families saying they fear unsafe streets in Metro Manila are lesser.
However, fear for safety in other areas of the country increased.
With regard to the number of drug addicts in National Capital Region, the rate declined to 11 points.
The survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents nationwide from June 23 to 26.
Malacañang said crimes such as robberies and physical violence become lesser because of the government’s campaign against crimes and illegal drugs.
However, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said though this is a positive result, the government has to do more to make the streets and communities all throughout the country permanently safe. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
PNP’s subpoena power may pose threat – Makabayan bloc
(L-R) ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio and PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa
MANILA, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc of the lower house of Congress believes the number of human rights violations in the country may rise due to the subpoena powers given to the Philippine National Police.
“Our primary concern is that it will result into the abuse of human rights and civil liberties of the people,” ACTS Teachers Party List Representative Antonio Tinio said.
A group of lawyers, the National Union of People’s Lawyer (NUPL), shares the same view on the matter.
“It will open the opportunity to unlawful and illegal search, arrest and seizure of properties,” said NUPL president, Atty. Edre Olalia.
Tinio also raised alarm that the government might also soon give similar powers to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The Makabayan bloc said it is open to question the new law, but noted it will study first its possible violations of the Constitution.
On the other hand, PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa vowed that the police will not abuse the use of such powers.
He added that the subpoena powers will greatly help the PNP in investigating cases as it will speed up the release of required documents or persons.
PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos, initially revealed that anyone who ignores the subpoena of the PNP can be detained.
“It can be considered as contempt of higher court, meaning RTC (Regional Trial Court). It’s not only a contemptuous act against the MTC (Municipal/Metropolitan Trial Court), meaning you can be incarcerated for up to 30 days,” said Orsos. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
DOJ junks rebellion charges against Najiya Maute
Mug shot of Najiya Maute (CIDG-ARMM)
MANILA, Philippines —The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed complaints against the wife of one of the leaders of the terror group Maute-ISIS.
Based on the resolution penned by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong, there is no sufficient evidence to file rebellion charges against Najiya Maute, the wife of Mohammad Khayyam Maute.
The DOJ explained that Najiya’s supposed delivery of food to members of the Maute group at a mosque in Marawi City is not a proof that she was involved in the rebellion.
The DOJ initially dismissed the complaints filed against her due to lack of evidence.
The agency gave the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) the chance to submit additional evidence, but they failed to attend the hearing last February. — UNTV News & Rescue
PRRD signs law that gives subpoena powers to PNP chief and CIDG
FILE PHOTO: (Left-Right) PNP Chief General Ronald Dela Rosa and President Rodrigo Duterte
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act No. 10973 or the law that gives the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director and deputy director for administration the power to issue a subpoena.
With this, anyone who will receive a subpoena from the PNP or CIDG can no longer disregard the invitation.
Those who will not comply with the subpoena will face charges.
“It can be considered as contempt of higher court meaning RTC. That is not only a contemptuous act of the MTC meaning you can be incarcerated in 30 days,” said CIDG legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos.
The subpoena powers also cover the documents being requested by the PNP.
According to CIDG director Roel Obusan, the new law will help them their investigation.
“Walang masyadong nasasaktan. Maiiwasan din yung bulong bulungan na kapag nag-raid ay kung ano-ano ang kinukuha ng raiding party, kahit na hindi subject ng search warrant so mas magiging mas democratic, legit at mas mabilis,” said Obusan.
(There will be lesser harm. Rumors of lost properties during raids will be gone, although they are not subject to search warrants. The process will become more democratic, legitimate and faster.)
Previously, only the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) have the power to issue a subpoena. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue