Trial on Senator Trillanes’ inciting to sedition case to proceed

Marje Pelayo   •   May 9, 2019   •   3873

(L-R) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – There is no stopping the trial on the inciting to sedition charges against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Pasay City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 45 on Thursday (May 8) junked Trillanes’ bid to quash the charges against him.

The case stemmed from Trillanes’ privilege speech in the Senate in October 2018 wherein he allegedly called on the military to stage an uprising against President Rodrigo Duterte over his alleged ill-gotten wealth.

The ruling, signed by Judge Remiebel Mondia, dismissed the senator’s petition due to lack of merit saying his arguments are “based on allegations that are purely evidentiary in nature, the truth of which can only be ascertained in a full-blown trial where the parties will be given equal opportunity to present proof that will support their respective claims. – (with details from Mai Bermudez) Marje Pelayo

NCRPO records low crime rate in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2019

Newly promoted policemen stand in formation during a mass promotion ceremony at the police headquarters in Taguig City, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 March 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has recorded a low crime rate in Metro Manila from July 2016 to September 2019.

According to NCRPO Director PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar there were 49,835 crime incidents recorded from July 2016 to September 2019 which is 62 percent lower compared to the 131,839 crime incidents recorded from April 2013 to June 2016.

However, based on the NCRPO records, murder cases increased by 60 percent. From July 2016 to September 2019, murder cases increased by 4,295 compared with the 2,682 cases recorded from April 2013 to June 2016.

Eleazar said the increase in the murder cases is due to the illegal drug campaign of the government.

“Dahil sa ating campaign against illegal drugs. Ito’y mga sindikatong nagpapatayan dahil they want to silence ang mga members ng syndicates (It is because of our campaign against illegal drugs. There are syndicates who are killing each other because they want to silence syndicate members),” he said.

Meanwhile, the number of cases in homicide, physical injury, rape, theft, and robbery decreased.

Eleazar is confident crime rate will continue to decline.

“Kasi sa city ordinances naiiwasan natin iyong mga petty crimes. At kapag naiwasan iyan ay maiiwasan din natin ang mga serious crimes to happen— nagiging effective ang ating crime prevention, (Because in city ordinances, petty crimes are prevented. And once it is prevented, we can also prevent serious crimes to happen)” he said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Duterte to speak at Valdai forum during 2nd state visit in Russia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 27, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte will speak in Valdai business forum in Sochi, Russia as part of his second state visit in Russia from October 1 to 5.

This will be the first time a Philippine leader will speak in the said forum where other world leaders and top Russian officials are also invited. The theme of the business forum is about “The World Order Seen from the East.”

Chief Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant of Foreign Affairs Robert Borje said the President will talk about his perspective of the world order and its relation to Philippine foreign policy.

“He is expected to give his perspective or vision of the world order as it is emerging right now and how this relates to Philippine foreign policy. Of course, we can surmise that the President will include in his statement an explanation of his independent foreign policy,” he said.

President Duterte will visit Russia for the second time to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss several bilateral agreements between the two countries.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) European Affairs Asec. Maria Amelit Aquino the visit aims to bolster the 40-year tie between the Philippines and Russia.

“The relations are really being intensified and we have formal platforms, relations have really improved compared to the last 40 years,” she said.

The president will also speak at the Moscow Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), a leading institution for diplomats in Russia as well as meet the Filipino community in the country.

Around 7,000 Filipinos are currently working in Russia and most of them are in the household service and energy industry.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte to ninja cops: Everybody dies, but go first

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 26, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte has warned ‘ninja cops’ that they will face consequences if they continue their involvement in illegal drugs.

During his speech at a corporate launch on Wednesday (September 25) in Parañaque, the president expressed disappointment over policemen who continue to do illegal activities.

“There are some people, like policemen, you have to beg, then they are at it again, and they sell drugs and they go scot-free and they think that they are the lords of this country,” he said.

“Well, I’m sorry to tell you, everybody dies in this world but you will go ahead first. Remember that,” he added.

Duterte is also willing to identify the cops involved in illegal drug recycling, according to Senator Christoper Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go.

The Senate has also authorized to disclose to the public the information regarding the said ninja cops.

READ: Albayalde: 7 ‘ninja cops’ mentioned by PDEA under PNP watch list

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong who was a former chief of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has revealed last week that there are several policemen who are allegedly involved in recycling illegal drugs.—AAC

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