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DU30 NAMES 5 'NARCO-GENERALS': WARNS OF BLOODY ANTI-DRUG DRIVE
[RELATED: Duterte wants year-round lifestyle check of govt execs]


JULY 6 -PHOTO FROM PHILSTAR: President Duterte reviews honor guards at Air Force City in Clark Field, Pampanga during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force yesterday. PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday named five police generals that he said were protecting drug lords, relieved three of them and ordered them to report to Philippine National Police chief Director-General Ronald dela Rosa. “I would like to name publicly: Gen. Marcelo Garbo, he is protector of syndicates in the country; [former] Gen. Vicente Loot, a municipal mayor of Cebu; Gen. Bernardo Diaz, former regional director of Region 11; Gen. [Joel] Pagdilao, director of NCRPO (the National Capital Region Police Office); and Gen. [Edgardo] Tinio, former district director of the Quezon City Police District,” Duterte said. RETIRED GEN. MARCELO GARBO The police generals denied Duterte’s accusations, and one of them decried the lack of due process. But Dela Rosa said he would give them the opportunity to clear their names. “I will talk to them and I will listen to their explanation. Those who are already retired I cannot compel them to talk with me because they are no longer under my jurisdiction. They are no longer under my command,” he said. He also revealed that the three generals who are still in active service—Diaz, Pagdilao and Tinio—were already relieved on July 1. Discarding a prepared speech during the celebration of the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force at Clark Air Base, Pampanga, the President spoke extemporaneously on the worsening drug problem. GEN. BERNARDO DIAZ “I am compelled by my sense of duty to say to all of you those who are involved in the illegal drug trade one way or another that contributed to deterioration of law and order of this country,” he said. “It has deteriorated with advent of drugs because of the corrosive effects of money,” he added. Two of the five police generals that were named are already retiredMarcelo Garbo Jr. and Vicente Loot.
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ALSO: Three of 5 drug generals report to PNP chief
[RELATED: Malacañang won’t prematurely release evidence vs top cops linked with drugs]

[RELATED(2): Lacson has no doubt on Duterte’s info on 5 generals]


JULY 7 -Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald de la Rosa meets with Chief Supt. Edgar Tinio, Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz at his office in Camp Crame yesterday.
A day after being publicly accused by President Duterte of protecting drug syndicates, three ranking police officers reported yesterday to national police chief Director General Ronald de la Rosa to profess their innocence and seek due process. Former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Joel Pagdilao, former Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Edgar Tinio and former Western Visayas regional director Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz arrived one after the other at De la Rosa’s office at Camp Crame yesterday morning. The two other officers tagged by Duterte were already retired and did not report to De la Rosa. They were former deputy director-general Marcelo Garbo Jr. and former chief superintendent Vicente Loot, now a town mayor in Cebu. “They were very sad. I want to cry with them,” De la Rosa said of the three officers. “My advice to them is face the music.” He declined to give details of his meeting with Pagdilao, Tinio and Diaz. “What we talked about was purely intimate and personal. I cannot discuss it in public,” he said. “They wanted to explain their side. I listened to their side. We all agreed that (we have no control of the situation); the information is coming from the President,” he added. But De la Rosa defended Duterte’s accusing the five police generals on live television. “The President is a good lawyer and he has been a prosecutor for a very long time. He would not have talked if he had no basis. I’m sure he has basis,” he said.
“We have no power to confront him or compel him to reveal his sources of information. He’s the President and you can’t confront him at my level,” De la Rosa stressed. He said he has referred the case of the three active officers to the National Police Commission (Napolcom) “since the instruction from President was to report to me and to have Napolcom do their thing – meaning to make a proper investigation,” he added. READ MORE...RELATED, Malacañang won’t prematurely release evidence vs top cops linked with drugs...RELATED(2), Lacson has no doubt on Duterte’s info on 5 generals...

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DU30 Government brings fight vs illegal drugs to schools
[RELATED: Druggies, pushers join Mandaluyong city 'Zumba for addicts']


JULY 7 -Education Secretary Leonor Briones noted that while lessons on the dangers of using illegal drugs are part of the syllabus in the elementary level, the lessons are generally limited to the scientific point of view. There is a need to incorporate practical aspects such as information on where the students can report to if someone offers them illegal drugs. Facebook.com/leonor.magtolisbriones
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) will look into updating the curriculum to ensure that children will not be lured into using illegal drugs, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.
Briones made the announcement during the formal turnover of leadership at the DepEd last Monday. “We want to strengthen the curriculum in that area,” she said. Briones noted that while lessons on the dangers of using illegal drugs are part of the syllabus in the elementary level, the lessons are generally limited to the scientific point of view. There is a need to incorporate practical aspects such as information on where the students can report to if someone offers them illegal drugs. READ MORE...RELATED, Druggies, pushers join Mandaluyong city 'Zumba addicts'...

ALSO: Ret. Gen. Loot explains how he got rich; Diaz’ colleagues shocked[RELATED: Naming generals akin to killing them—running priest]


JULY 6 -Retired Police General Vicente Loot cast his vote to VCM at Daan Central school these election 2016..(CDN PHOTO/Lito Tecson) CEBU CITY – Retired Chief Supt. Vicente Loot was one of the richest police officers in the Philippine National Police (PNP) with a net worth of more than P100 million. But Loot, who is now Daanbantayan mayor in northern Cebu, explained that his pieces of property were acquired through bank loans and other “legal means.” Aside from his house in Daanbantayan, his family also owned 18 houses mostly in Mandaue City, Cebu, which he had rented out, a cockpit arena and five luxury vehicles. Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz, on the other hand, kept a low-key lifestyle when he was director of the Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO-6) for almost a year. Several police officials were surprised that Diaz was implicated in illegal drugs because the police general was vocal against his anger against illegal drugs which he said had victimized his family members. Diaz and Loot were among the five active and retired PNP generals who were tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as being drug protectors. Loot wants to meet Duterte Loot said he was still trying to get an appointment to see the President and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa so he could explain his side. He sought the help of Rep. Benhur Salimbangon of Cebu’s 4th district and other officials of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), the party of Mr. Duterte, to reach the President. Although the damage had been done, he added he still wanted the President and Dela Rosa to hear his explanation. Loot said he was willing to be investigated, undergo a lie detector test in front of the President and even waived his right to the bank secrecy law so all his bank accounts would be examined. He said they were being subjected to lifestyle check by NBI last 2009 and the case at the Ombudsman was dismissed because they were able to explain the source of their wealth. Despite the controversy, Loot has no plans of stepping down since he was elected by the people of Daanbantayan to be their chief executive. READ MORE...RELATED, Naming generals akin to killing them—running priest...

ALSO: Probability of Duterte wrong on 'narco generals' less than .00% -Panelo [ALSO: The ‘Fiscalizer’ to the ‘Punisher’: I’m watching you]


JULY 7 -President Duterte reviews honor guards at Air Force City in Clark Field, Pampanga during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force. File photo
So what’s the probability that President Rodrigo Duterte was given wrong information about the five active and retired police officers allegedly involved in illegal drugs?
For Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, the probability is “less than .00 percent” because the president has access to all information and has tipsters who can give him reliable reports. “I think it (probability of the president receiving wrong information) is less than .00 percent. You are the president and you have access (to information). These have been studied and validated,” Panelo told reporters in an interview Friday. “If you notice, he knows a lot of things. Many trust Mayor Duterte when he was mayor (of Davao City). He gets a lot of information and these are validated all the time,” he added. “Malabo yan (It is highly unlikely).” RELATED: Who's who: 5 cops tagged in illegal drug trade Panelo assured the public that Duterte would not tolerate anyone who deliberately feeds him with wrong information. “If it is true according to them that the president was fed with wrong information, it would come out,” he said. When asked if Duterte would apologize in case it is proven that the information he got was wrong, Panelo said: “Well, I think anyone who commits a mistake should accept it. But in this particular thing, I think he will not name any person if he has no valid basis.”  READ MORE...ALSO, De Lima, the ‘Fiscalizer’ to the DU30, ‘Punisher’: I’m watching you...


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Duterte names 5 ‘narco-generals’ Warns of bloody fight in anti-drug drive


PHOTO FROM PHILSTAR: President Duterte reviews honor guards at Air Force City in Clark Field, Pampanga during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force yesterday. Duterte: It’s treason

CLARK FIELD, JULY 11, 2016 (MANILA STANDARD) posted July 06, 2016 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito - PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday named five police generals that he said were protecting drug lords, relieved three of them and ordered them to report to Philippine National Police chief Director-General Ronald dela Rosa.

“I would like to name publicly: Gen. Marcelo Garbo, he is protector of syndicates in the country; [former] Gen. Vicente Loot, a municipal mayor of Cebu; Gen. Bernardo Diaz, former regional director of Region 11; Gen. [Joel] Pagdilao, director of NCRPO (the National Capital Region Police Office); and Gen. [Edgardo] Tinio, former district director of the Quezon City Police District,” Duterte said.

RETIRED GEN. MARCELO GARBO

The police generals denied Duterte’s accusations, and one of them decried the lack of due process.

But Dela Rosa said he would give them the opportunity to clear their names.

“I will talk to them and I will listen to their explanation. Those who are already retired I cannot compel them to talk with me because they are no longer under my jurisdiction. They are no longer under my command,” he said.

He also revealed that the three generals who are still in active service—Diaz, Pagdilao and Tinio—were already relieved on July 1.

Discarding a prepared speech during the celebration of the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force at Clark Air Base, Pampanga, the President spoke extemporaneously on the worsening drug problem.

GEN. BERNARDO DIAZ

“I am compelled by my sense of duty to say to all of you those who are involved in the illegal drug trade one way or another that contributed to deterioration of law and order of this country,” he said.

“It has deteriorated with advent of drugs because of the corrosive effects of money,” he added.

Two of the five police generals that were named are already retired Marcelo Garbo Jr. and Vicente Loot.

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Garbo, a former PNP deputy director-general and a graduate from the Philippine Military Academy batch 1981 is a close ally of losing presidential candidate and former Interior secretary Manuel Roxas II.

He was one of the so-called Novotel Generals seen meeting at the Novotel Araneta Center owned by Roxas’ family.

RETIRED GEN. VICENTE LOOT

Loot is the newly elected mayor of Daanbantayan town in Cebu province.

Duterte said the involvement of the five police generals in the drug trade had been validated many times.

“Even when I was mayor of Davao, their names were being mentioned,” he said in Filipino.

He also said he was disappointed that police officers who trained and studied at the people’s expense later turned to the illicit drug trade.

“It’s saddening because the state funded their education, you gave them uniform, socks, and spent [money]. By any language it is really treason,” he added.

Duterte acknowledged that it would take longer than his promised six months to wipe out crime, but said the campaign against drugs would continue.

GEN. EDGARDO TINIO

“Many more will die.... It’s going to be a dirty fight, it’s going to be a bloody fight. I’m not apologizing for it… I have been warning everybody. At the end of my speeches, when I was campaigning for the presidency, I always end by saying “Do not destroy my country because I will kill you. Do not destroy the young people of this country because I will kill you,” he said.

In the same speech, Duterte defended his plan to reintroduce the death penalty, saying that this will not deter criminality but was a form of retribution.

Duterte also vowed to protect law enforcement officers who are dedicated to their duty.

The President also said he would reveal the names of other government officials who were involved in the illegal drug trade, but said he was still validating the information he received.

Tinio, one of the retired police generals named by Duterte, said he would use his remaining months in service by proving that he was not “a plague on society.”

“I still have one year and six months in service. I plan to clear my name,” he told radio dzBB.

In a separate interview with GMA News, he said being named a protector of the drug trade was unfair because he was not given due process.

GEN. JOEL PAGDILAO

“I was caught unaware, flatfooted. “It’s sad that the President has been given the wrong information,” he added.

Diaz told radio dzMM that he might have been the victim of mistaken identity.

He said he hated illegal drugs because a close relative of his was once lured into the drug trade.

Loot said he was “a victim of propaganda” because of his family’s involvement in politics.

Also on Tuesday, a spokesman for the National Bureau of Investigation said all agents and employees would be subject to surprise random drug testing.

Ferdinand Lavin, director 1 of Negros Island Region and newly-designated NBI spokesman, said he could offer no further details of the testing at the moment. With Sandy Araneta, AFP

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Duterte wants year-round lifestyle check of govt execs July 5, 2016 11:26 pm


President Rodrigo Duterte delivering his speech at the 69th Anniversary of Philippine Air Force in Clark, Pampanga. Presidential Broadcast Staff/Released

To stop corruption, government officials and personnel will undergo lifestyle checks year-round, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday.

In a speech during the 69th Philippine Air Force anniversary, Duterte warned officials used to getting payolas or extra money in exchange for favors that “this is the time for landing softly.”

“Kayong nabubuhay diyan with the extra frills, ang sweldo mo per diem mo lang ‘yan kasi meron kang kinikita. Well, this time, we have to learn how to live frugally,” the President said.

He warned that he will find out who is defying his order.

“Tone down if you are used to buying cars for everybody in the family. Well, I’m sorry. Do not do that because I will — the lifestyle checks would be all the year round. And I would know from your garage, kung tingnan ko, kung ilan ang kotse mo,” he said.

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Duterte reiterated that the “decades of corruption in government has to stop.”

“Stop! You place yourself in jeopardy of going to prison,” he warned as he directed Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon and Internal Revenue Commissioner Billy Dulay to stop corruption in their turfs.

“Lahat ‘yang mga fixer fixer, stop! I hope Faeldon would do his thing. Stop corruption sa Customs. At si Billy Dulay, I know him. He’s very good, he’s honest, I hope he can deliver,” Duterte said. “Kayong mga BIR, stop because I will make a trail out of you. Lahat ngayon binabantayan,” he added.
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Three of 5 drug generals report to PNP (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 7, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald de la Rosa meets with Chief Supt. Edgar Tinio, Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz at his office in Camp Crame yesterday.

MANILA, Philippines – A day after being publicly accused by President Duterte of protecting drug syndicates, three ranking police officers reported yesterday to national police chief Director General Ronald de la Rosa to profess their innocence and seek due process.

Former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Joel Pagdilao, former Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Edgar Tinio and former Western Visayas regional director Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz arrived one after the other at De la Rosa’s office at Camp Crame yesterday morning.

The two other officers tagged by Duterte were already retired and did not report to De la Rosa. They were former deputy director-general Marcelo Garbo Jr. and former chief superintendent Vicente Loot, now a town mayor in Cebu.

“They were very sad. I want to cry with them,” De la Rosa said of the three officers. “My advice to them is face the music.” He declined to give details of his meeting with Pagdilao, Tinio and Diaz.

“What we talked about was purely intimate and personal. I cannot discuss it in public,” he said.

“They wanted to explain their side. I listened to their side. We all agreed that (we have no control of the situation); the information is coming from the President,” he added.

But De la Rosa defended Duterte’s accusing the five police generals on live television.

“The President is a good lawyer and he has been a prosecutor for a very long time. He would not have talked if he had no basis. I’m sure he has basis,” he said.

“We have no power to confront him or compel him to reveal his sources of information. He’s the President and you can’t confront him at my level,” De la Rosa stressed.

He said he has referred the case of the three active officers to the National Police Commission (Napolcom) “since the instruction from President was to report to me and to have Napolcom do their thing – meaning to make a proper investigation,” he added.

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He said Diaz was the first to show up at 8:30 a.m. Pagdilao and Tinio would follow later.

Dela Rosa said the three generals vowed to fully cooperate with Napolcom in its investigation. “They assured me that they will give their 100-percent cooperation to the investigation,” he pointed out.

When he faced the media, the Philippine National Police chief was with members of the PNP Command group and directorial staff to show the institution’s solidarity in the face of these challenges.

“They are here because this concerns the PNP. We have to be one,” he said.

Despite the “turmoil” in the organization, De la Rosa said his men’s morale is “very high.”

He said the developments unfolding were “part and parcel” of efforts to improve the image of the PNP.

“We’ll take it positively and we’re still on high morale,” he added.

Floating status Pagdilao, Tinio and Diaz have been on floating status since July 1 when De la Rosa began a revamp in the PNP.

“In fairness to them, they’ve been fighting since Day 1 when they were still 2nd Lieutenant,” and thus are still entitled to salaries and allowances.

“They worked hard to get their ranks. So even if they are floating, they deserve to receive their salaries,” he added.

A police director receives P153,372 monthly salary while a chief superintendent gets P143,453, including allowances.

Malacañang, for its part, said there is no need for President Duterte at the moment to present evidence against the five active and retired police officers he had tagged as protectors of drug syndicates, out of respect for their right to due process.


ANDANAR

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar made the clarification in a text message yesterday as the police officers demanded due process, saying the accusation was black propaganda.

“The evidence (documentary or testimonial) against the named generals should not be released yet as it may prejudice the administrative and criminal investigation/s & case/s against them,” Andanar said.

“A premature release through the media may also violate the constitutional right to due process of those involved,” he added.

Holding off the release of evidence, he added, would avoid jeopardizing ongoing police investigation into the alleged involvement of the five in drug trafficking.

Duterte named the five police officers in a televised speech at the commemoration of the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force in Clark Field, Pampanga last Tuesday.

The President also said his fight against drug syndicates would be dirty. “It’s going to be a bloody fight. I am not apologizing for it,” he said.

He stressed he was taking full responsibility for the deaths of drug traffickers and peddlers at the hands of law enforcers.

“Mine and mine alone. I assume full legal responsibility for it,” Duterte said in his speech. He also directed the Napolcom to make sure its investigation of the five officers would not turn into a zarzuela.

Also yesterday, Napolcom vice chairman Rogelio Casurao admitted the case would be a big challenge to the commission, but vowed to complete its investigation in seven days.

The commission, he said, has begun validating pieces of evidence to establish probable cause that would justify the filing of criminal charges against the active officers.

“The task of Napolcom is to validate the pieces of evidence to establish probable cause,” Casurao said. “We assure the public that the investigation will not drag on. The directive to us is to complete the investigation within seven days.


National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM)

“This case is a big challenge to us. Full force of the law will be applied without sacrificing due process,” he added.

“We will limit our investigation to the three police officers who are still in active service,” Casurao said.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno earlier formed two teams – from the department and Napolcom – to investigate the PNP generals.

“This early, all Napolcom will rely on will be intelligence reports. This passes through a lot of stages, validation,” he added.

He admitted the Napolcom has no intelligence database.

He stressed the “worst penalty” the Napolcom could impose on the police generals if they were proven guilty would be dismissal from the service. He revealed it would be the first time for Napolcom to investigate police generals.

At the same time, Sueno said the DILG would deal with the allegations against Loot since the latter is now a town mayor.

In Quezon province, four policemen with the rank of PO1 have been dismissed over allegations of drug peddling.

But the four, whose names have been withheld, claimed their officers had forced them to sell seized drugs.

They were assigned at the Patnanungan police station.

Senior Supt. Eugenio Paguirigan, Quezon police director, said the four have been disarmed and moved to the Provincial Holding Service while under investigation.

The four, who tested negative for drugs, are facing both criminal and administrative charges.

SENATORS

Meanwhile, Sens. Sherwin Gatchalian and Gregorio Honasan said they don’t expect the PNP to become unstable with Duterte’s accusing its ranking officers of being “narco-generals.”

Gatchalian said it was expected the alleged drug protectors in the PNP would deny Duterte’s accusations.

“I don’t think the institution will be destabilized. This is part of the purging process of ridding the PNP of unwanted employees,” Gatchalian said.

Honasan said personalities are not an issue as long as due process and rule of law are observed. He reiterated that those named should not be subjected to trial by publicity. – Cecille Suerte Felipe, Christina Mendez, Paolo Romero, Ed Amoroso

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Malacañang won’t release evidence vs top cops linked with drugs By: Nestor Corrales
@NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net 11:54 AM July 6th, 2016

Malacanang on Wednesday refused to disclose the evidence against the five high-ranking police officials tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte who are involved in the illegal drugs trade.

“The evidence (documentary or testimonial) against the named generals should not be released yet as it may prejudice the administrative and criminal investigation/s and case/s against them,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar told reporters in a text message.

“A premature release of evidence through the media may also violate the constitutional right to due process of those involved,” Andanar added.

On Tuesday, Duterte tagged five police generals who were involved in the illegal drugs trade or protection of drug syndicates.

The chief executive named former Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy director Gen. Marcelo Garbo Jr., Gen. Vicente Loot, Gen. Bernardo Diaz of Police Regional Office 6, former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Joel Pagdilao, and former Quezon City Police District (QCPD) chief Edgardo Tinio.

The President said the police officials supposedly involved in illegal drugs or protection of drug syndicates committed treason because they destroy people’s lives, citing the government funded their education through taxpayers’ money.

He ordered the involved police officials to report to PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. He also directed the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to investigate.

Andanar said Napolcom has general supervision over the PNP.

“Only administrative cases will be filed there. Ultimate penalty they can give is dismissal from service,” he said.

Asked if the President would apologize if his allegations were proven wrong Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said, “Let us wait for developments.” CDG

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Lacson has no doubt on Duterte’s info on 5 generals By: Christine O. Avendaño @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer 06:57 PM July 5th, 2016

RETURNING Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday said he had no doubt on the validity of the information of President Duterte in naming five police generals allegedly involved in illegal drug operations, especially when he had heard the same information on two names there.

In text messages, Lacson said during the campaign period he heard from former subordinates in the defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force, who at the time were seriously involved in anti-drug operations in their areas, the names of the two police generals.

He declined to identify the two police generals as he had not validated the information.

” All I’m saying is, since the President himself mentioned those two names among the five, he must have good basis in what he divulged, especially if he had a different source of that information,” Lacson said.

He insisted that “the commander-in-chief, more than anybody in this country, is in the best position to have access to all these vital and sensitive information and I have no reason to doubt or question its validity.”

Other senators did not comment on the five identified police generals.

Sen. Gregorio Honasan said “names are immaterial” as he underscored the importance for authorities to observe due process and the rule of law.

“And while there is no final verdict yesterday, they should not be subjected to trial by publicity because the children and family who are not involved here are affected,” Honasan said.

Incoming Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III lauded the presidential move.

“Wow. Great job by the President,” Pimentel said.

Incoming Sen. Vicente Sotto III said President Duterte’s intelligence information “must be A-1 for him to have done that.”


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Government brings fight vs illegal drugs to schools By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 7, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Education Secretary Leonor Briones noted that while lessons on the dangers of using illegal drugs are part of the syllabus in the elementary level, the lessons are generally limited to the scientific point of view. There is a need to incorporate practical aspects such as information on where the students can report to if someone offers them illegal drugs. Facebook.com/leonor.magtolisbriones

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) will look into updating the curriculum to ensure that children will not be lured into using illegal drugs, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.

Briones made the announcement during the formal turnover of leadership at the DepEd last Monday.

“We want to strengthen the curriculum in that area,” she said.

Briones noted that while lessons on the dangers of using illegal drugs are part of the syllabus in the elementary level, the lessons are generally limited to the scientific point of view. There is a need to incorporate practical aspects such as information on where the students can report to if someone offers them illegal drugs.

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Philippine National Police Director General Ronald de la Rosa, who attended the turnover, expressed support for the DepEd’s proposal to include drug literacy in its curriculum.

“They can invite us as resource persons,” he said.

De la Rosa, whom President Duterte tapped to address criminality in the country, said there are minors, some of whom are still at elementary level, who are already using illegal drugs.

“Our youth will no longer be the nation’s hope, they will be the country’s problem,” he added.

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Druggies, pushers join Zumba addicts By: Jodee A. Agoncillo, Maricar Cinco @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Southern Luzon, Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:39 AM July 7th, 2016


ZUMBA FOR JUNKIES Drug users and pushers in Mandaluyong City, who vowed to mend their ways, will be required to attend Zumba sessions at 7 a.m. every Sunday with the regular Zumba “addicts’’ of the city. RITZCHELLE BELENZO/CONTRIBUTOR

Change is more fun for surrendering drug dependents in Mandaluyong City, who will be required to join other fitness participants in the 7 a.m. Zumba session every Sunday.

On Wednesday, most of the 93 drug pushers and users in Barangay Mabini-J Rizal in Mandaluyong City joined the village’s Zumba session after their surrender to the barangay chair, Angelina Tablan; Eastern Police District chief, Senior Supt. Romulo Sapitula; and the Mandaluyong City police chief, Senior Supt. Joaquin Alva.

“It was fun. I enjoyed it. I have lost hope, but when I danced, I realized there are things that can still be fun,” said Rodolfo Zamora, a drug user since 2008.

“I want to change. I hope this is really the start,” said the 48-year-old construction worker as he joined the session led by the National Capital Region Police (NCRPO) fitness team leader, PO1 Neil Dennis Zuniega.

Lifestyle change

Zuniega said with Zumba and regular exercise, drug dependents would be encouraged to change their lifestyle, eat right and eventually set aside drugs by learning a new and productive hobby.

The toxins inside their body, he added, will be released. “It’s a total lifestyle change and not just abstinence from illegal drugs.”


JULY 5 PHOTO -MORE THAN a hundred drug offenders are expected to surrender Tuesday at the Manila Police District, according to Radyo Inquirer 990AM. The report cited as its source Chief Inspector John Guiagi, commander of the Plaza Miranda Police Community Precinct. -Billions of pesos worth of shabu have been seized by policemen year in and year out. But this is the first time that hundreds of suspected drug pushers and users are surrendering en masse in many parts of the country. Many perceive this to be an effect of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘kill’ orders against suspects who would resist arrest. FILE PHOTO FROM RADYO INQUIRER

Tablan, a Zumba fanatic, said the dance fitness sessions “will also force drug dependents to wake up in the morning and be productive.”

Sapitula, who said Zumba would help speed up the recovery of drug dependents by making them perspire more, announced on Wednesday the July 30 deadline for drug users in the Eastern Police District.

“It’s either they end their drug habit, or we’ll end them,” he said.

‘Cage of change’

In Rosario, Cavite province, a “cage of change” has been stirring up several changes in this coastal town.

The prospect of being held in a steel cage measuring 6 x 3 x 1.5 meters, and being displayed and paraded publicly with 15 to 20 other suspected drug pushers, has prompted some 500 to 800 drug users, as of Wednesday, to submit their names to community officials for rehabilitation.

The group, most of them male and some of them minors, heeded the July 9 deadline set by the Rosario local government for them to register for rehab as an intensified crackdown on illegal drugs was in the offing.

Unorthodox

Rosario Vice Mayor Jose Ricafrente Jr. said he thought of the unorthodox way of fighting drugs upon hearing the woes expressed by parents over their children’s drug habit.

“They came to me crying, saying their sons have become uncontrollable,” the official said in a phone interview on Wednesday.

Ricafrente, who ran and won as vice mayor after three terms as Rosario mayor, said he thought of a cage similar to those holding stray dogs that would be drawn by an orange multicab and paraded around town.

“It is not our intention to humiliate anyone, but to serve public interest,” said Ricafrente, a lawyer who said he believed using the “cage of change” did not violate any law.

But Human Rights Commissioner Gwen Pimentel Gana, in a text message, said this method was no different from public shaming.

No due process

“The act strips the person of his or her dignity as a human being… and takes the form of cruel and unusual punishment. Presumption of innocence is set aside as (suspects) are already presumed guilty. There is no due process,” Gana said.

The Commission on Human Rights earlier called the attention of Tanauan officials in Batangas province for its “walk of shame,” which had suspects paraded around the city while wearing placards corresponding to their offense.

But the Rosario police chief, Chief Insp. Mark Joseph Laygo, described “(the idea of a cage) as really having an effect. We are expecting a mass surrender (of drug users).”

The municipal government has allotted P39,000 for each person it would commit to the Central Luzon Drug Rehabilitation Center in Pampanga province for the 10-month rehab program. With a report from Juan Escandor Jr., Inquirer Southern Luzon


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Loot explains how he got rich; Diaz’ colleagues shocked By: Jhunnex Napallacan and Nestor P. Burgos Jr. @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Visayas 07:04 PM July 6th, 2016


Retired Police General Vicente Loot cast his vote to VCM at Daan Central school these election 2016..(CDN PHOTO/Lito Tecson)

CEBU CITY – Retired Chief Supt. Vicente Loot was one of the richest police officers in the Philippine National Police (PNP) with a net worth of more than P100 million.

But Loot, who is now Daanbantayan mayor in northern Cebu, explained that his pieces of property were acquired through bank loans and other “legal means.”

Aside from his house in Daanbantayan, his family also owned 18 houses mostly in Mandaue City, Cebu, which he had rented out, a cockpit arena and five luxury vehicles.

Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz, on the other hand, kept a low-key lifestyle when he was director of the Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO-6) for almost a year.

Several police officials were surprised that Diaz was implicated in illegal drugs because the police general was vocal against his anger against illegal drugs which he said had victimized his family members.

Diaz and Loot were among the five active and retired PNP generals who were tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as being drug protectors.

Loot wants to meet Duterte

Loot said he was still trying to get an appointment to see the President and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa so he could explain his side.

He sought the help of Rep. Benhur Salimbangon of Cebu’s 4th district and other officials of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), the party of Mr. Duterte, to reach the President.

Although the damage had been done, he added he still wanted the President and Dela Rosa to hear his explanation.

Loot said he was willing to be investigated, undergo a lie detector test in front of the President and even waived his right to the bank secrecy law so all his bank accounts would be examined.

He said they were being subjected to lifestyle check by NBI last 2009 and the case at the Ombudsman was dismissed because they were able to explain the source of their wealth.

Despite the controversy, Loot has no plans of stepping down since he was elected by the people of Daanbantayan to be their chief executive.

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“If the allegations raised against me were related to my present post, I would resign,” he said. “But these charges are not related to my job now which is to protect the people who are oppressed and abused.”

Appeal

Loot asked the Cebuanos not to be haste in judging him because he left the police service after 37 years with his name and reputation intact.

“We will survive in every challenge that we are going to face all throughout their journey,” he said.

Loot reiterated that the accusations could be part of a black propaganda, especially that his family was in politics.

His wife, Maria Luisa, was mayor of Daanbantayan while stepson, Sun Shimura, is provincial board member.

Loot also claimed that his name had been used by people involved in illegal drugs without his knowledge.

He recalled that while serving as deputy regional director for administration at Police Regional Office-Eastern Visayas based in Leyte, a suspected drug lord in the province was arrested in 2012.

Kerwin Espinosa was arrested following a shootout with policemen in Leyte who were serving an arrest warrant issued by a court in Cebu City. Espinosa was reportedly a relative of suspected drug lord Jeffrey Diaz alias Jaguar who was killed recently in Las Piñas.

Espinosa reportedly made it appear that he was Loot’s underling since he bought his fighting cocks from the police general.

But Loot said the accusation was illogical because he was the one who ordered to implement the warrant against Espinosa.

“My name is very vulnerable especially that I run a cockpit arena which is sometimes patronized by drug pushers,” he said in Cebuano.

Loot admitted that the profits he garnered from his cockpit arena enabled him to acquire other properties.

His wife, he added, acquired lots in Mandaue City even before they got married in 1990 at P200 per square meter. Now the value of the property ballooned to P10,000 per square meters.

They eventually built houses on these lots through bank loans which they were being rented out.

Loot also credited his wife, whom he described as a good businesswoman who was also engaged in sale of pieces of jewelry.

He admitted that there was a time when he was declared the richest police official in the PNP while Maria Luisa was tagged as Cebu’s richest town mayor since their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) was joint.

In 2009, Loot declared a net worth of P106.7 million in his SALN.

His declared assets included P101.3 million from real property or parcels of lands; P8.3 million, vehicles; P6 million, jewelry; P2 million, furniture; and P900,000, investments in insurance and stocks.

Loot’s liabilities amounted to P11.8 million, mostly loans.

Loot had also stated in his SALN four companies which the family owns: Eigado Real Estate, Eigado

Lending, Gallera De Mandaue Cockpit, and Sabungan Canteen, all located in Mandaue City.

Low-key lifestyle

In Iloilo City, reports linking Diaz came as a surprise to police officers.

“It’s a big surprise for us, we never saw it coming,” a senior police official, told the INQUIRER. The official asked not to be identified to avoid being dragged in the controversy.

There was no indication that Diaz was involved in illegal drugs during his year-long stint as police director here, according to the official.

“He (Diaz) was very strict on our campaign on illegal drugs. He gave specific targets to the point of micromanaging our operations to ensure these are reached,” the official said.

The official said that during command conferences attended by top police officers in the region, Diaz would narrate how drug addiction had victimized members of his family to stress his personal anger against illegal drugs.

Diaz said in media interviews that his younger brother had been subjected to rehabilitation thrice. He also had a first cousin who died due to drug usage in the 1980s. Another cousin died after she was robbed by a drug addict.

Meetings presided by Diaz would often last long because he was particular about details.

“He was soft-spoken but had a subtle way of pressuring us to deliver our targets,” the police official said.

Diaz was also low-key and resided at his quarters at the police regional headquarters in Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City except when he goes home to Manila.

The Police Regional Office 6 which Diaz headed until July 1 had earlier reported that its operations against illegal drugs from January to May nearly doubled compared to the same period last year.

Operations in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo reached 384, up by 95.92 percent compared to 196 operations conducted in the same period last year, according to the PRO6 report.

In the operations, police arrested 546 persons, more than double the 269 persons arrested in the first half of 2015.

Operatives confiscated 1438.92 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, lesser in volume compared to 1542.8 grams last year.

“We’ve worked together for about a year and I can say that he was very cooperative and supportive in our programs and activities. He was always open in joint undertakings,” said Paul Ledesma, Western Visayas director of the Philippine Enforcement Agency. With Ador Mayor, Inquirer Visayas

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Naming generals akin to killing them—running priest By: Delfin T. Mallari Jr., Estrella Torres
@inquirerdotnet Inquirer Southern Luzon, Philippine Daily Inquirer 05:09 AM July 10th, 2016


Roman Catholic activist priest Father Robert Reyes

LUCENA CITY, Philippines—President Duterte practically “killed” five police generals when he publicly named them as protectors of drug syndicates without any investigation, an activist Catholic priest said on Saturday.

“While the almost daily killings of suspected drug pushers happen without due process, the naming of the five PNP (Philippine National Police) generals as drug protectors was likewise a killing of sorts,” Fr. Robert Reyes, known as the running priest, said in a statement.

Duterte last week named former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Joel Pagdilao, Supt. Bernardo Diaz of Police Regional Office 6 and former Quezon City Police District (QCPD) chief Edgardo Tinio as alleged coddlers of drug syndicates. Retired police officers Deputy Director Gen. Marcelo Garbo Jr. and Chief Supt. Vicente Loot were also named.

All have denied the allegation, except for Garbo, who has so far been silent. The three active officers have also voluntarily appeared for investigation. Loot, now mayor of Daanbantayan in Cebu, has said he was not hiding anything and was willing to be investigated in a civilian court.

“What if some of the five are proven innocent? Will they be able to recover their lost reputation and good name? The killing and taking of lives is final and irreversible,” Reyes said. “Couldn’t we say the same about the killing of the dignity of those accused without trial and conviction?”

Reyes likewise called on the Duterte administration to immediately put an end to the summary execution and public humiliation of suspected drug traffickers. Police have so far confirmed killing at least 103 suspects as they stepped up the war on drugs.

“All killings must stop whether of life or reputation or dignity,” Reyes said.

Malacañang has refused to disclose the evidence against the generals, saying it may affect the outcome of the investigation.

But Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Saturday said the five may be placed in the immigration lookout bulletin order so any travel may be monitored.

“These police generals will be placed under immigration lookout because President Duterte mentioned their names as being behind illegal drugs,” Aguirre told the Inquirer. The five will not be barred from leaving the country, but immigration officials will monitor their movements.

He said a decision was to be made on Monday.


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Panelo: Probability Duterte was wrong on 'narco generals' less than .00% By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated July 7, 2016 - 5:56pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


President Duterte reviews honor guards at Air Force City in Clark Field, Pampanga during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force. File photo

MANILA, Philippines — So what’s the probability that President Rodrigo Duterte was given wrong information about the five active and retired police officers allegedly involved in illegal drugs?

For Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, the probability is “less than .00 percent” because the president has access to all information and has tipsters who can give him reliable reports.

“I think it (probability of the president receiving wrong information) is less than .00 percent. You are the president and you have access (to information). These have been studied and validated,” Panelo told reporters in an interview Friday.

“If you notice, he knows a lot of things. Many trust Mayor Duterte when he was mayor (of Davao City). He gets a lot of information and these are validated all the time,” he added. “Malabo yan (It is highly unlikely).”

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Panelo assured the public that Duterte would not tolerate anyone who deliberately feeds him with wrong information.

“If it is true according to them that the president was fed with wrong information, it would come out,” he said.

When asked if Duterte would apologize in case it is proven that the information he got was wrong, Panelo said: “Well, I think anyone who commits a mistake should accept it. But in this particular thing, I think he will not name any person if he has no valid basis.”

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On Tuesday, Duterte identified five police generals who allegedly have ties with illegal drug syndicates.

Tagged in the narcotics trade were former Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo, Jr., retired police general and newly elected Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot, former National Capital Region Police Office head Chief Superintendent Joel Pagdilao, former Quezon City Police District director Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio and Western Visayas regional director Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz.

Duterte said he still has other police officers on his list but he is still validating whether they are indeed protectors of illegal drug dealers.

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No violation

The five have denied being protectors of illegal drug syndicates and are hopeful that they would get a fair trial. Some of them even claimed that the president was given “poison information.”

Critics, however, claimed that Duterte violated due process when he revealed the names of the five active and retired police officers.

Panelo, however, said Duterte did not violate any law in making the announcement.

“When you say due process, you give respondent the chance to explain his side whatever accusation anyone has made. If you recall, the president has been asking the people he has named to come out in the open and explain their side or stop whatever they’re doing illegally,” Panelo said.

“He’s been doing that longest of time I think almost the year during the campaign. But nobody came up,” he added.

Panelo said Duterte was even giving those tagged in illegal drugs an opportunity to prepare their defense.

“He (Duterte) was, in fact, giving them the opportunity to explain their side. That is what they’re doing now. They went to the media to explain their innocence,” the president’s chief lawyer said.

Panelo also denied that the five police officers were being subjected to trial by publicity.

“Trial by publicity will come only if the media only relays the side of those making the accusation and not (the) side of the accused,” he said.

“We were witness to the fact that immediately after (they were named), they went to the media and media (aired) their positions.”

Panelo said the evidence against the five would come once formal charges are filed.

Asked to react to claims that the police generals are just victims of black propaganda, Panelo said: “Let’s see…The evidence will have the final say whether it is true or not. Meanwhile, let us wait.”

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The ‘Fiscalizer’ to the ‘Punisher’: I’m watching you By: Tarra Quismundo @TarraINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer 03:13 AM July 10th, 2016


Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Senator-elect Leila de Lima.

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President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila de Lima. CEBU DAILY NEWS AND INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

LOOK out, “Punisher.” Here comes the “Fiscalizer.”

She has long kept a watchful eye on the former Davao City mayor’s campaign against crime, and Sen. Leila de Lima is not about to let her guard down now that she is in the legislature and he has become President Duterte.

De Lima, former justice secretary and human rights chief, on Saturday vowed to remain vigilant as the Duterte administration pursues what is shaping up to be a bloody war against crime and drugs, saying she will be the protector of civil liberties in case of law enforcement excesses.

“I see myself primarily as a fiscalizer when it comes to the anticrime thrust of this administration. I know that this campaign of the administration resonates among a lot of our people as it is truly laudable, but we must be constantly reminded that this should not be done at the expense of our civil liberties,” De Lima told the Inquirer.

She started the ball rolling on Thursday when she called for a congressional inquiry into the spate of drug killings and vigilante-style slayings amid Mr. Duterte’s war on drugs. The death toll has exceeded 100 since the President took office on June 30.

At least two senators—Antonio Trillanes IV and Francis Pangilinan—have expressed their intent to participate in the investigation.

Checks and balances

On Saturday, De Lima emphasized the need for checks and balances among the branches of government, saying this mechanism “assumes a pivotal role in this context, now more than ever.”

“If I see that our Bill of Rights is already being compromised in the course of this campaign, I will not sit idly by and stay silent. Somebody must speak out against any attack on our civil liberties,” De Lima said in a text message.

“We cannot allow any diminution of this constitutional precept because it remains to be the only guarantee against abuse of executive power,” she said.

It was with the same gusto that De Lima pursued an investigation into summary executions attributed to the Davao Death Squad, a vigilante purge team to which Mr. Duterte had been linked.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) was forced to end the investigation in May for lack of corroborating evidence, after the confessed hitman left state witness protection.

Such stance had earned for De Lima Mr. Duterte’s sharp retorts, most notably during the campaign period.

In one instance, the tough-talking Mr. Duterte told her to “shut up,” and threatened to file charges against her for the unabated drug peddling at the national penitentiary—an agency under the DOJ—despite her consecutive raids.

Balancing act

Still unfazed now that she is a senator, De Lima said she would endeavor to “strike a healthy balance” between her support for the administration’s campaign against crime, drugs and corruption, and her fidelity to the Constitution.

“I will always assert the supremacy of the Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights, and the system of checks and balances in our government,” De Lima said. “I will be doing a lot of balancing act both as an anticrime and anticorruption crusader and a human rights advocate and defender.”

De Lima has not seen Mr. Duterte “for years.” She did not respond when asked what she might tell the President when they cross paths again.

But she will be one with her colleagues in the Liberal Party in joining the Senate majority, an alliance forged with Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), Mr. Duterte’s party.

De Lima said she would also support the bid of the President’s key ally, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, for the Senate presidency.

Now in the process of putting together her staff, De Lima is inclined to join, if not lead, the Senate committees on justice and human rights, and electoral reforms.

On-the-job training

In an earlier interview, De Lima said she was “excited” to begin legislative work.

“Like in my previous positions at the Commission on Human Rights and the DOJ, you know, I just have to hit the ground running. It’s an on-the-job training for me always at the start,” she said on Thursday.

“You know, more than the lawmaking itself and the drafting of bills, I have to acquaint myself also with the inner workings here in the Senate, particularly the administrative aspects of things,” she said.

Looking fresh and not a hair out of place, De Lima declared she was “physically fit” to start her Senate stint.

“I was able to rest after the grueling campaign. I’ve been able to get good sleep and I have resumed my regular walking,” De Lima said. TVJ

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