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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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    PNP finalizes report to clarify issues of alleged extrajudicial killings in the country

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017

    FILE PHOTO: National Headquarters of the Philippine National Police

    MANILA, Philippines — For the last time, the Philippine National Police (PNP) sought to clarify anew the issue of the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.

    To do this, the PNP is completing now a report that would clarify the reasons behind the deaths of more than 10,000 drug suspects in various parts of the country, which critics claim, are state-sponsored killings.

    The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has initially sought to conduct a similar probe, but President Rodrigo Duterte himself prohibited the plan.

    “How do we now know ngayon kung ano yung sinasabi nilang EJK? Kasi ang sa atin po ay ano yung krimen na naganap, pag may krimen na naganap sino ang perpetrator? State or non state? Ngayon isa pa, iniimbistigahan ba yan o hindi?”  said PNP PIO chief PCSupt. Dionardo Carlos.

    (How do we  know now what this EJK is that they are talking about? Because for us, it’s about the crime committed, and if it was committed, who was the perpetrator?State or non-state? Another one is, are these being investigated or not)

    According to the PNP, the thousands of deaths cannot be considered as extrajudicial killings or EJK since the cases are still under investigation.

    If a cop is proven involved in a killing, the PNP explained that it will fall under the category of murder and not EJK.

    For now, authorities have already resolved more than 6,000 cases of deaths, meaning these are already in courts, and the suspects are now facing charges.

    Through the said report, the public can know what happened behind the anti-illegal drugs operations of the PNP.

    “What we do is analyze what is happening and report, give out strategies give out this report to the public. We see no plot to cover up,” said the police.

    Meanwhile, the PNP will turn over death cases involving illegal drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

     

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    Critics changed definition of “extrajudicial killings” to destroy Duterte admin – PNP Chief

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 9th, 2017

    PNP Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa

    PNP Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa

    MANILA, Philippines – PNP Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa is wondering why the definition of extrajudicial killings (EJK) has changed while all the killings before were labeled as murder or homicide

    Dela Rosa said, there is zero case of extrajudicial killings in the country because there are no state-sponsored killings

    Dela Rosa added that the critics of the President are using the term EJK to bring down the campaign of the administration against illegal drugs

    It is also possible that these critics are affected directly by the war on drugs of the government

    “There’s no EJK, that is true if we will base it on the definition of EJK. The problem with these critics, they created the definition of EJK, but now that they’re not in power anymore, they want to change its meaning?” Dela Rosa said.

    He added they are not hiding results of police operations especially now that the PNP is freely giving evidence and information to the media and the public who wants to access police reports, to prove that there is no EJK in the country

    In fact, the PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS) has given directive to conduct special inspection on homicide cases and this includes auditing of police officials performance

    In an interview with PNP-IAS Chief Atty. Alfegar Triambulo, all PNP officials who will be inefficient and ineffective in their investigation will be relieved from service

    “So if we find out that tour commanders are ineffective and inefficient, we will recommend to the Chief PNP that they be relieved from service,” Triambulo said.

    The PNP respects the latest survey regarding the trust rating of the President.

    In fact, the PNP asked for understanding if the public is not satisfied with the service of the police.

    Dela Rosa said that they are just doing their job and that they cannot please everybody while doing their duty that is mandated by the law. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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    LP senators deny hand on alleged ouster plot vs. PRRD

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — Senators allied with the Liberal Party (LP) have once again denied having plans to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

    According to LP President Sen. Francis Pangilinan, the president just wants to divert the public’s attention away from the issues he is facing.

    “Ang concern natin dito ay ang conspiracy na nauwi sa pagpapalusot ng P6.5 billion na shabu sa BOC kasabwat ang mga drug syndicate. Ang conspiracy na iyon ang dapat ipinapaliwanag ng gobyerno,” said Pangilinan.

    (Our concern is the conspiracy that resulted in the entry of the P6.5 billion worth of shabu at the BOC in conspiracy with drug syndicates. And that conspiracy must be explained by the government.)

    For Sen. Bam Aquino, Liberal Party members have nothing to do with any effort to oust the president, adding that Duterte may just be making up the ouster plot issue.

    “Gaya ng kaniyang mga paratang sa bank account ni Senator Trillanes, he probably also made that up. Gawa-gawa lang po iyan. Hindi po totoo (Just like with the bank account of Senator Trillanes, he probably also made that up.  It’s just made up. These are not true.),” he said.

    Aquino also noted that criticisms against members of the opposition are not a good sign.

    “Secretary Aguirre has even created a group against what he calls the enemies of the state, including what he calls the ‘yellowtards’. This is already a political persecution,” said the senator.

    Meanwhile, according to the former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and now senator, Panfilo Lacson, any plot to oust the president is impossible to succeed.

    “Pwedeng may nag-iisip, pero will they succeed? Ang 82% na approval at trust rating ng Pangulo, mukhang mahirap mangyari ang ma-oust siya through either people power or… military naman, unlikely because he’s so close with the military,” said Lacson.

    (It’s possible that someone is thinking about it, but will they succeed? With the 82% approval and trust rating of the president, it would be difficult to oust him through people power or…military is unlikely to do that because he’s so close to the military.)

    Solicitor General Jose Calida initially divulged that some groups and personalities are colluding to destabilize the president. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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