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UN human rights chief urges probe on Duterte’s killing claims

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte.


President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent admission that he had killed criminals earned different reactions not just in the Philippines, but even in the international community.

It allegedly happened when he was still mayor of Davao City during legitimate police operations.

“In Davao I used to do it personally. Just to show to the guys [police] that if I can do it why can’t you,” Duterte told business leaders during his speech at the presidential palace.

“And I’d go around in Davao with a motorcycle, with a big bike around, and I would just patrol the streets, looking for trouble also. I was really looking for a confrontation so I could kill.”

“It was really a legit encounter, covered by media. The media of Davao was aware that really this was happening,” added the President.

However, in a statement, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, the President’s acts were violations, not just of the Philippine laws, but also international law.

The official added this may encourage others to do violent acts.

Consequently the U.N. official urged judicial authorities in the Philippines to conduct an investigation in relation to the chief executive’s statement.

Al Hussein has signified support to U.N. Special rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Agnes Callamard.

According to Callamard, the government should withdraw all its conditions on her Philippine visit to conduct investigations into the alleged extrajudicial killings.

President Duterte had previously earned criticisms over the increasing number of killings in the country amid the government’s war on drugs. — Mirasol Abogadil | UNTV News and Rescue

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76 new PNPA cadets to join police force

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the graduates from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) ‘Maragtas’ Class of 2018 as they march during the pass-in review during the 39th PNPA Commencement Exercises at Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on March 21, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 106 cadets graduated from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Academy on Wednesday with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Safety.

Seventy-six of them prefer to join the Philippine National Police; 13 are joining the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) while 17 are joining the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Twenty-four-year-old cadet Fritz John Napalinga Vallador from Negros Occidental was hailed as class valedictorian.

“We shall not only be indebted forever to the Filipino people but we will always be committed to serve the people at all times,” said Vallador.

Aside from the Presidential Kampilan Award and other awards, he received a house and lot located in Bacolod.

The PNP also assigned service pistols to the top 10 graduates of the PNPA.

For Fritz’ guardian, Nelia Deocares, no words can describe how thankful she is to see him accomplish his plebehood in the academy.

Nelia raised Fritz and treated him as her own in support of Fritz’s mother who works as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Spain.

“Salamat. You make us proud of you at nandiyan ka na,” said Deocares.

(Thank you. You make us proud that you have finally made it.)

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte gave his advice to the newly added batch of uniformed personnel to the government’s police force.

“Just perform your duty. For as long as you are in the performance of duty, do not be afraid. Just do it. If you have to kill, I will take care of you,” said the president.

The chief executive also expressed his wish to see cadets coming from the Moros and other indigenous groups in the country to join the PNPA and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Pres. Duterte opposes divorce legalization in the Philippines

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Pres. Rodrigo Duterte (RTVM)

MANILA, Philippines — When asked about President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand on the divorce bill being pushed in Congress, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said: “Ang Presidente po ay tutol sa divorce. Ang sabi niya kawawa ang mga anak. At kung magkakaroon ng divorce, mawawalan ng karapatang magsampa ng kaso yung mga asawa na pinabayaan ng mga asawa nila matapos silang mag divorce.”

(The President is against divorce. He said children wouls suffer the most. Also, if there is divorce, it will deprive abandoned spouses the right to file charges after they’ve been divorced.)

Roque explained that the President still sees the possible effects of the bill on children with separated parents, despite being separated himself from his first wife.

Last week, the Lower House approved on second reading the proposed divorce law. The Lower House plans to pass it on third reading on Tuesday.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez joined the bill’s proponent Albay Representative Edcel Lagman in pushing the bill.

Meanwhile, no one among the senators has filed a counterpart bill as of Monday.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Tito Sotto previously said that such bill is likely to fail in the Senate.

Under the proposed bill, the process of divorce is made faster and cheaper.

The Philippines allows annulment of marriage but the process is expensive and usually takes years.

Currently, the Philippines and Vatican City are the two states left in the world that oppose legalization of divorce. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue














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Duterte distances self from Napoles witness protection issue

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2018

FILE PHOTOS: President Rodrigo Duterte and Janet Lim Napoles

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte refused to comment on the decision of the justice department to place pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles under the witness protection program.

The chief executive said the government follows a certain process and that he is leaving the decision on the case of Napoles to the prosecution panel of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque explained that the protection offered to Napoles is just a provisional admission and can still be changed depending on the result of the investigation of the justice department on pork barrel cases.

Amid the dismissal of the drug cases against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and  alleged drug dealer Peter Lim, as well as the placing of Napoles under the witness protection program, Roque noted that the President’s trust in  DOJ Secretary Vitallano Aguirre II remains. — UNTV News & Rescue

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