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THREAT IN DAVAO: AFP VERIFYING REPORTS OF ISIS TERROR THREAT IN DAVAO CITY [RELATED: IS threat in Davao? 'If I die, babay na lang']
[RELATED(2): Police says no ISIS presence in Davao City]


JULY 7 -The Armed Forces of the Philippines is verifying the reports of a supposed terror threat in Davao City from the Islamic State (ISIS) cited by Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte. “I haven’t received any similar report but as always, terrorist threats are part of our intelligence units monitoring efforts,” said AFP chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya on Thursday. ISIS is tagged in various terror attacks worldwide that have left hundreds killed. The local Abu Sayyaf group claims to support the terror group. Visaya maintained that there is no presence of the ISIS and they are not capable to sow terror in the country.Paolo said he has received reports of ISIS threats in the city. He is currently the acting mayor while Mayor Sara Duterte is on leave. READ: Davao City facing threats from ISIS — Vice Mayor Duterte In Davao City, AFP Eastern Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Leonardo Guerrero said they have not received any information about a direct threat from the ISIS in Davao City. “’Yung threat directly coming from ISIS, wala kaming information kaya vine-verify namin (We don’t have information on the threat coming directly from ISIS so we’re verifying it),” he said. Guerrero said he will call the Davao City vice mayor to ask for the specific report. JE THE FULL REPORT. RELATED, IS threat in Davao? If I die, babay na lang... RELATED(2) Police says no ISIS presence in Davao City...

ALSO: Duterte takes commercial flight to Davao to attend Hariraya fest
[RELATED: Duterte govt eyes island prison for top drug lords]


JULY 8 -No VIP treatment.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night flew to Davao City onboard a commercial flight. Duterte took a premium economy seat onboard Philippine Airlines Flight PR 1825, which departed Manila at 9 p.m. Photos from the Twitter account of the Presidential Communications office showed Duterte had undergone security checks like a regular passenger. The President was also seen greeting passengers at the Naia Terminal 3. READ: Probe ‘scandalous’ bonuses, perks of gov’t execs, Duterte asked Duterte is expexted to attend the Hariraya event at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City. He has earlier said the he does not want ro be given a priority treatment at the airport so as not to cause inconvenience to regular passengers. He also said he would take commercial flights going back and forth from Davao City. CDG READ: Breach of protocol? No, it’s just Duterte’s sartorial taste FULL REPORT, MORE PHOTOS. RELATED, Duterte govt eyes island prison for top drug lords...

ALSO: No sacred cows; Local officials next; Roxas denies links to 5 generals
[RELATED: 100 cops in Central Luzon into drugs]


JULY 8 -There will be no sacred cows in President Duterte’s war on illegal drugs, including his own children should they be found to be linked to the menace.
Director General Ronald dela Rosa, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, stressed this yesterday as he recalled Duterte telling Davao City policemen when he was still the mayor to shoot to death any of his children if they are caught engaged in illegal drugs activities. Dela Rosa also said that Duterte’s public announcement of the five police generals suspected of having links to illegal drugs has sent a strong message that he is taking his campaign promise of declaration of all-out war on illegal drugs seriously. “This is a strong message on his statement before that there will be no sacred cow, and that he will fearlessly run after anybody who will be involved in the illegal drugs activities,” he added. The announcement has also boosted the morale of the PNP. “This is a morale booster not only to the PNP but also to the whole nation,” Dela Rosa told the Manila Bulletin when asked of the negative or positive implication of what some sectors describe as shaming of the five generals. Last Monday, Duterte publicly implicated retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo and Chief SuperintendentVicente Loot, as well as active police officers Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Superintendents Edgardo Tinio and Bernardo Diaz in illegal drugs activities. READ MORE...RELATED, 100 cops in Central Luzon into drugs...RELATED(2), DU30 bares narco gov’t under Noy...

ALSO: COMMENTARY - FLAG hits ‘nuclear explosion of violence’ by top PH human rights lawyer


JULY 8 -President Duterte’s war on crime has spawned “a nuclear explosion of violence that is spiraling out of control and creating a nation without judges, without law and without reason,” according to a top human rights lawyer. Philstar.com / AJ Bolando
 President Duterte’s war on crime has spawned “a nuclear explosion of violence that is spiraling out of control and creating a nation without judges, without law and without reason,” according to a top human rights lawyer. Jose Manuel Diokno, chairman of the Free Legal Assistance Group and founding dean of the De La Salle University College of Law, noted that the President has created ”a bandwagon of hate.” “It’s a mob mentality that not only condones but encourages the taking of lives. Yes, drug pushers destroy lives. Yes, criminals behave like animals. But are those who kill them any better? And will the killing stop there?” Diokno said. He stressed that the country might as well disband courts, dissolve the Department of Justice and abolish Congress when the gun and not the law dispenses justice. “Do we really want to give the man with the gun the power to judge who are criminals and to kill them? To decide who is bad and who is good, who deserves to live and who deserves to die?” He said a mob mentality does not only condone but encourages killing “because criminals deserve it. “ READ MORE, RELATED,
Five points vs. ‘the dark side’...

ALSO: 'Strong evidence versus generals' - Palace widens crackdown on drug-linked officials [RELATED: DU30 pooh-poohs security threats from IS, drug lords]


JULY 7 -PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa (2nd from left) confronts three of five police generals whom President Duterte has accused of protecting drug lords during a meeting at Camp Crame. The three óJoel Pagdilao, Bernardo Diaz and Edgardo Tinio promised to cooperate in a full-dress investigation being conducted by two teams of probers.
MALACAÑANG on Wednesday said it has the necessary evidence to implicate five police generals that President Rodrigo Duterte said were protecting drug lords. “The evidence [documentary or testimonial] against the named generals should not be released yet as it may prejudice the administrative and criminal investigations and cases 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. The Interior Department, which has supervision all over the police and local governments, said it is ready to validate the evidence collated by President Duterte against the police officials, who all denied the accusations against them. “We have to back him [Duterte] up. We really have to support him. He won’t say anything like that if there is no strong evidence to link them,” Interior Secretary Mike Sueno said. He added that the public should expect a wider crackdown on government officials and politicians involved in the illegal drug trade. On Tuesday, Duterte named the 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. The two other officials named were retired. Sueno said two teams have already been formed to look into the allegations against the police generals. “We have to give them due process,” Sueno said. The Interior Department held an emergency meeting with the National Police Commission on Wednesday to establish the results of the ongoing probe against the five officials involved and “other possible names linked to the illegal drug trade, particularly politicians and other government officials.”  READ MORE...RELATED, DU30 pooh-poohs security threats from IS, drug lords...


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AFP verifying reports of ISIS terror threat in Davao City


The Armed Forces of the Philippines is verifying the reports of a supposed terror threat in Davao City from the Islamic State (ISIS) cited by Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

MANILA, JULY 11, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Frances Mangosing @FMangosingINQ July 7th, 201 - “I haven’t received any similar report but as always, terrorist threats are part of our intelligence units monitoring efforts,” said AFP chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya on Thursday.

ISIS is tagged in various terror attacks worldwide that have left hundreds killed. The local Abu Sayyaf group claims to support the terror group.

Visaya maintained that there is no presence of the ISIS and they are not capable to sow terror in the country.

Paolo said he has received reports of ISIS threats in the city. He is currently the acting mayor while Mayor Sara Duterte is on leave.

READ: Davao City facing threats from ISIS — Vice Mayor Duterte

In Davao City, AFP Eastern Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Leonardo Guerrero said they have not received any information about a direct threat from the ISIS in Davao City.

“’Yung threat directly coming from ISIS, wala kaming information kaya vine-verify namin (We don’t have information on the threat coming directly from ISIS so we’re verifying it),” he said.

Guerrero said he will call the Davao City vice mayor to ask for the specific report.
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IS threat in Davao? If I die, babay na lang (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 8, 2016 - 12:00am 1 3 googleplus0 0


President Duterte said he is aware of reports that some illegal drug personalities are raising more than P1 billion to have him assassinated. AP/Bullit Marquez, File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Fatalistic about his safety, President Duterte brushed aside yesterday reported death threats and said the Vice President would continue the fight against illegal drugs if he is killed.

“I’m confident God will decide everything. If God does not want me to die, I will not die. If God wants me out of the scene, I will be gone. So babay na lang (that’s a goodbye),” Duterte said when asked on state-run PTV 4 from Malacañang to comment on reports about the Islamic State (IS) planning an attack in his home city of Davao. He was to leave last night for Davao City.

Duterte said he is aware of reports that some illegal drug personalities are raising more than P1 billion to have him assassinated.

“You have your Vice President…that is why we have a vice president. There is always this rule of succession,” Duterte said.

Duterte expressed confidence that even if he will be out of the picture, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police will not take the issue on illegal drugs “sitting down.”

“Even if I’m gone, they will not allow these animals… Leni Robredo becomes president (and she) will also be harsh (because) we’re talking about the welfare of the country,” he said.

He said those involved in kidnap-for-ransom syndicates have shifted to the illegal drug trade because it is easier to do and less risky.

Duterte again called for the reimposition of the death penalty in the country, saying the criminals can always choose to shift from one operation to another without threat of capital punishment.

He believes the lack of the death penalty is the “meat of the problem.”

Duterte was reacting to a question on his security, particularly on his going home to Davao City in the wake of threats of Islamic State (IS) militants.

His son, Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte yesterday revealed the city is facing threats from the IS.

Duterte, the presidential son who is now the acting city mayor, said he has already ordered the police and military to beef up security and intensify intelligence gathering to avert possible attacks.

The younger Duterte said he has some information about the whereabouts of the group linked with the IS but refused to give specific details.

“We are intensifying the gathering of information. We cannot disclose details or confirm anything as yet,” he said.

The vice mayor said that he has coordinated with the city’s anti-terrorism group, Task Force Davao, the Davao City Police Office and the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) to get more information about the threat.

Davao City police chief Senior Supt. Michael Dubria said they would look further into the intelligence report and make sure the necessary security measures are in place.

Dubria said the city has also been on heightened alert since it is the hometown of President Duterte, who goes home every weekend.

“We also factor it in, that since the President is also from Davao City. That is why there is also that threat,” Dubria said.

He said authorities are now validating the reports.

Eastmincom commander Lt. Gen. Leonardo Ray Guerrero said the military is coordinating with police counterparts to verify the threats.

Guerrero said they have no information that would confirm the supposed presence of IS terrorists in the city.

But just the same, Eastmincom has raised and intensified its security monitoring in the city, he said.

“Being a progressive city and the place of residence of the President, we expect the level of threats will also go higher. Also, the city is celebrating the yearly Kadayawan Festival next month,” Guerrero said.

“As far as we are concerned, we don’t have any information on any direct threat coming from IS in the city,” he added. – Giovanni Nilles, Edith Regalado, Jaime Laude

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Police says no ISIS presence in Davao City By Christine C. Cudis (philstar.com) | Updated July 7, 2016 - 6:52pm 10 1428 googleplus0 0


The Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is verifying reports that Davao City is under the threat of Islamic State terrorists. AP/Philstar.com/File

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (First published 4:35 p.m.) — Davao Police denied existence of the so-called Islamic State terror organization in the region and even in Mindanao.

At 3 p.m. today, the city's police director Chief Superintendent Michael John Dubria called a sudden press conference to clarify reports spreading that the city received threats from the international terror group.

"The information is unconfirmed. There is no presence of ISIS here in the region and in Mindanao, not even ISIS affiliated groups," Dubria said.

Earlier today, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte said he has ordered the police and the military to intensify intelligence monitoring to avoid possible attacks from the international terror group.

"We are intensifying the gathering of information. We cannot disclose details or confirm anything as of yet," Duterte said.

Dubria, however, tried to assuage fears of those who were alarmed of the pronouncement of the vice mayor, saying the threats are not new to Davao City as terror groups have always been interested in disrupting peace and order here.

"The city as well as the region's police always had a good coordination with the army and the marines, we are always prepared," he added.

In previous reports, the Davao Police released the identities of terrorists who are operating in Mindanao as they also received information that they are going to attack during the One Love: One Nation Thanksgivng Party last June 4 at the Crocodile Park in Brgy. Maa, Diversion Road, Davao City.

"We were able to secure everyone's safety back then and thankfully, nothing bad happened," Dubria said after he admitted that they received the same kind of threats on June 4 and on Thursday.

"Sa amin naman kasi, walang not serious or serious threat, they are all threats to us and we (police) are always prepared," he said.

Duterte, who is acting-mayor of the city until his sister Sara reports back for work on July 22, said that the city is facing threats from ISIS.

Dubria said that the Duterte was approached by a person who relayed the information of a possible attack coming.

"Nevertheless, the police is doing their best to protect the people. The residents have nothing to worry about. They have to be calm but not unaware. Be vigilant, still," Dubria ended. — Patricia Lourdes Viray reported from Manila.


INQUIRER

No VIP treatment: Duterte takes commercial flight to Davao By: Nestor Corrales @NCorralesINQ
INQUIRER.net 11:15 AM July 8th, 2016


No VIP treatment.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night flew to Davao City onboard a commercial flight.

Duterte took a premium economy seat onboard Philippine Airlines Flight PR 1825, which departed Manila at 9 p.m.

Photos from the Twitter account of the Presidential Communications office showed Duterte had undergone security checks like a regular passenger.

The President was also seen greeting passengers at the Naia Terminal 3.

READ: Probe ‘scandalous’ bonuses, perks of gov’t execs, Duterte asked


President Rodrigo Duterte greets supporters at the airport before taking a commercial flight to Davao City. PHOTO FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING OFFICE’S TWITTER PAGE

Duterte is expexted to attend the Hariraya event at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City.

He has earlier said the he does not want ro be given a priority treatment at the airport so as not to cause inconvenience to regular passengers. He also said he would take commercial flights going back and forth from Davao City. CDG

READ: Breach of protocol? No, it’s just Duterte’s sartorial taste


President Rodrigo Duterte takes a commercial flight to Davao City. PHOTO FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING OFFICE’S TWITTER PAGE

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Duterte govt eyes proposed island prison for top drug lords July 8, 2016 9:57 pm
by CATHERINE S. VALENTE REPORTER


DOJ SEC AGUIRRE II

WITH 75 percent of drug transactions reportedly conducted from the national penitentiary, the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is “seriously considering” shipping two convicted drug traders to an island prison where it would be impossible for them to continue drug trafficking operations in the country.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd bared this proposal after Duterte disclosed the names of the three top drug lords in Malacañang on Thursday.

Duterte said Wu Tuan alias Peter Co and Herbert Colangco alias Ampang had been directing the operations of their respective drug syndicates from the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila).

A third alleged drug trader, Peter Lim, is out of the country, and was warned by the President not to come back or be killed.

The President on Thursday revealed that Co, an alleged drug triad member operating in Luzon and Metro Manila, and Colangco, who reportedly has links to the Parojinog drug syndicate and Kuratong Baleleng gang, received protection from retired police general Marcelo Garbo Jr.

Garbo was among the five police generals named by the President on Tuesday as protectors of drug syndicates. He has denied the allegation.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday night, Aguirre said the government would step up measures to prevent jailed drug lords from conducting business.

He noted that 75 percent of illegal drug trading all over the country were being hatched or transacted inside the New Bilibid Prisons.

Aguirre said the government was considering moving Co and Colangco to an island prison where there are no cellular phone signals.

“In the long run, we are also contemplating even transferring them to Caballo island or to an island in Palawan, where there are no cellphone signals,” he added.

Caballo island, an island beside Corregidor, was where Filipino UN peacekeepers were quarantined for almost a month in 2014 because of fears of an Ebola epidemic.

Because the planned island prison will take a while to build, Aguirre said the government was considering moving the top drug lords to nearby prisons, including one in Tanay and the detention facility of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Aguirre reiterated the government’s plan to replace prison guards with members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF), a proposal he had already discussed with PNP chief Ronaldo “Bato” dela Rosa.

“General Bato dela Rosa is 100 percent behind us. As a matter of fact, he has already made arrangements with the SAF who will be the ones taking over the prison guards [and] employees so that the old guards and the employees could be taken out for retraining and reeducation,” he said.
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5 Responses to Duterte govt eyes island prison for top drug lords
APO3KR says:
July 9, 2016 at 10:26 am
There is no need to use taxpayer’s money to build an Alcatras at Carvallo island. Just like what Pres. Duterte said of Peter Lim ” Don’t come back or you will surely die “. Just put these drug lords, who destroys our youth and country, in a drum with concrete up to their waist and drop them alive in the middle of Manila Bay. They could no longer operate their trade under the ocean as there is no signal. Di ba CHEAPER SDOJ Aguirre?
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Ron Rognlie says:
July 9, 2016 at 9:02 am
Let the “Drug Lords” keep communicating with their dealers, thereby catching them as well. Seems simplistic, but what does an ordinary citizen know?
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fyi says:
July 9, 2016 at 1:06 am
Send the Pork and DAP fund thieves to the island.
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Anton says:
July 8, 2016 at 10:15 pm
I say let them stay in bilibid prison its. More confined and secure there. Wait for the death penalty to pass then execute them.
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joros says:
July 9, 2016 at 11:55 am
I think the convicted druglord/pushers serving in Munti are not covered by the new death penalty law if congress pass it within a year. Just kill them anyway and pretend it’s just a gang war.


MANILA BULLETIN

No sacred cows Local officials next in shame campaign; Roxas denies links to 5 ‘drug generals’ by Aaron B. Recuenco and Genalyn D. Kabiling July 8, 2016 Share3 Tweet1 Share0 Email0 Share884

There will be no sacred cows in President Duterte’s war on illegal drugs, including his own children should they be found to be linked to the menace.

Director General Ronald dela Rosa, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, stressed this yesterday as he recalled Duterte telling Davao City policemen when he was still the mayor to shoot to death any of his children if they are caught engaged in illegal drugs activities.

Dela Rosa also said that Duterte’s public announcement of the five police generals suspected of having links to illegal drugs has sent a strong message that he is taking his campaign promise of declaration of all-out war on illegal drugs seriously.


GENERAL-PROBLEMS — Still snappy in their uniforms, police generals (from foreground) Joel Pagdilao, Bernardo Diaz, and Edgardo Tinio walk out of the conference room at the Department of Interior and Local Government-National Police Commission (DILG-Napolcom) Center in Quezon City, after submitting themselves for investigation.

“This is a strong message on his statement before that there will be no sacred cow, and that he will fearlessly run after anybody who will be involved in the illegal drugs activities,” he added.

The announcement has also boosted the morale of the PNP.

“This is a morale booster not only to the PNP but also to the whole nation,” Dela Rosa told the Manila Bulletin when asked of the negative or positive implication of what some sectors describe as shaming of the five generals.

Last Monday, Duterte publicly implicated retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo and Chief SuperintendentVicente Loot, as well as active police officers Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Superintendents Edgardo Tinio and Bernardo Diaz in illegal drugs activities.

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Dela Rosa revealed that Duterte’s statement against the five generals is just actually the first wave of revelations of people in the government who are either connected to the recycling of illegal drugs or drug protection racket.

LOCAL EXECS NEXT IN LINE

Aside from the police officials, Duterte will reportedly name local government officials who are behind the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.

The five police generals have already denied any links to illegal drugs.

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said the President has sufficient basis in implicating the five police generals to illegal drugs, but Duterte won’t hesitate to apologize if his allegations are proven wrong.

“Palagay ko naman kahit sino, pag mali ka tatanggapin mo pero in this particular thing, I think he will not name any person if he does not have valid basis. May ebidensya,” Panelo said in a media interview at the Palace.

NO VIOLATION

Panelo added that Duterte neither violated due process nor fomented trial by publicity when he publicly named the five police generals.

“No law nor due process has been violated… There is no trial by publicity,” Panelo said in a chance interview with reporters in Malacañang. “When the President named them, he was in fact giving them the opportunity to explain their side and that is what they are doing now,” he said.

Panelo likewise dispelled speculations that the police generals have become victims of trial by publicity as alleged by some groups. He pointed out that after being named in public, the police generals went to the media and expressed their innocence.

“Walang trial by publicity. Hindi one-sided. It’s a two-sided affair,” he said.


They were named – along with retired police general and now Daanbantayan, Cebu, Mayor Vicente Loot – by President Duterte as being involved in the drug trade. (Federico Cruz and Avito Dalan / PNA/ mb.com.ph)

Earlier, the PNP leadership declared that the victory of Duterte inspired the police organization to conduct more aggressive illegal drugs operations around the country.

DRUG DEATHS RISING

Based on police records, the death toll in the campaign against illegal drugs have already ballooned to 103 from May 10 to July 3, which is noticeably higher compared to the fatalities recorded from January to May 9 with only 30 deaths.

Asked to comment on the death toll on illegal drugs, he said: “Excellent!”

Dela Rosa said he is satisfied with how the operations are being carried out. He said the strong message given by Duterte against illegal drugs has even compelled both small-time drug pushers and users to surrender in the past weeks.

Thousands of drug dependents and small-time pushers have yielded to the local police around the country. Those who have arrest warrants were immediately jailed while those who still have clean police records are being sent home after pledging that they would reform themselves.

Dela Rosa earlier vowed to finish the illegal drugs problem in the country in six months. His first order to the new police commanders is to reduce illegal drugs problems in their respective areas by 50 percent in three months.

He vowed to sack from their posts commanders who would not be able to deliver.

MAR DENIAL

Meanwhile defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas denied connection with any of the five police generals named by President Rodrigo Duterte to have links with the illegal drugs.

What forced Roxas to issue a statement is the “Roxas Generals” branding of some of the social media users and even some of those in the tri-media.

“Despite lacking any basis, the insinuation is that these individuals campaigned for me in the last elections,” said Roxas.

Roxas stressed that not a single person from the five generals named by Duterte had been part of his campaign and the Liberal Party, adding his relationship with the five ended when he quit the post of the Department of the Interior and Local Government in 2015.

In some social media posts, Garbo was named as the person who led the meeting of the so-called Novotel generals with the staff of Roxas at the Novotel Hotel in Cubao, Quezon City, in April.

The alleged meeting was reportedly attended by Diaz, Pagdilao, Tinio, Loot.

But Roxas urged the public to be critical of the website circulating political rumors involving the five active and retired generals.

He said that one of the indicators of the propaganda being spread in the bogus news websites is that it failed to mention that Garbo and Loot were already retired from the service.

And in terms of political twist on the issue, Roxas said one of the generals being implicated supported Duterte when he ran for mayor in the recent elections.

Roxas was apparently referring to Loot who is now the mayor of Daanbatayan town in Cebu. Loot’s wife is a politician in the area.

“One thing is certain: There are still those who attempt to smear my name and reputation long after the campaign is done,” said Roxas.

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100 cops in Central Luzon into drugs by Francis T. Wakefield July 8, 2016 Share1 Tweet1 Share0 Email0 Share10


Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Dir. General Ronald Dela Rosa (MB Photo-Mark Balmores) mb.com.ph

One-hundred policemen in Central Luzon (Region 3) are allegedly involved in the illegal drugs activities.

Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Central Luzon regional police director said that 100 policemen are either protectors of drug pushers or pushers themselves.

He said that based on their intelligence reports, the 100 policemen have civilian cohorts working with them.

“Yes, they are many,” he said.

Aquino added that most of the policemen are assigned in Bulacan and Pampanga.

“Pinakamarami sa parte ng Bulacan at Pampanga (Most of those involved are from Bulacan and Pampanga),” Aquino said.

Region 3 covers the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and Aurora.

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DU30 bares narco gov’t under Noy Written by Ted Tuvera Friday, 08 July 2016 00:00


PNoy

NAMES 3 DRUG LORDS, PINS GARBO AS TRIAD LINK

Narco politics existed under the administration of President Aquino, with several “members” of the executive branch in cahoots with police generals running a drugs syndicate within the government in partnership with the notorious Triad, the main drugs cartel in the Asian region, and another Chinese drug cartel, President Duterte said in a televised address in the government channel.

Duterte convened the Cabinet security cluster meeting in which Philippine National Police (PNP) officials presented intelligence reports that supposedly went deep into the operations of major Chinese drug cartels in the country.

In the PNP disclosure, retired PNP Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo was tagged as the chief associate of the notorious Triad Group from Mainland China.


RETIRED GEN. MARCELO GARBO


Duterte identified a certain Wu Tan alias Peter Co, who is a member of the Triad, as being on top of the narcotics syndicate in Luzon and the National Capital Region; a certain Peter Lim alias Jaguar as the head of the syndicate in Visayas and a certain Herbert Colangco running the drugs trade in Mindanao.

Duterte said that he is recommending that the three Chinese drug lords and their cohorts commit suicide as he vows not to allow “those idiots to ruin this country.”

Co and Colangco are currently detained at Bilibid while Lim or Jaguar is outside the country, Duterte said.
Solicitor General Jose Calida said Jaguar is the top associate of Garbo and is not the same person killed during a drug bust in Cebu.

Malacañang aides also hinted that members of the executive branch from the previous administration being either negligent or were associates in the narcotics trade.

In a press briefing prior to Duterte’s address, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said there were big government officials, without naming names, who benefitted from the drugs trade.

“It was not mentioned in the meeting but it is not far fetched. This is known by some high officials of government,” Aguirre told reporters.

“If any evidence to that effect will be presented, they could be in conspiracy with these people. Many officials in government received monetary consideration because of protection or partial treatment to these drug lords,” he added.

Garbo is often associated with the defeated Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate and former Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas.

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President Duterte identified the group Triad and its operations in the Philippines explaining that it originated from Mainland China, Calida said.

“There are five levels depending on the capability of the drug pusher to sell and these are categorized either in grams or kilograms. So the level five is the top tier of the drug hierarchy,” Calida told reporters.

Calida also emphasized that the President is ready to kill the identified drug lords.

President Duterte warned Lim or Jaguar that if he returns and steps into the NAIA airport, he will be killed.

Colangco alias Ampang is an inmate at the National Penitentiary and aside from dealing with narcotics is also into kidnap for ransom, bank robbery in alliance with Parojinog Drug Syndicate and Kuratong Baleleng.

“The identities of Chinese nationals, PNP officials, prison officials, local government executives and other persons of interest will be divulged in succeeding press conferences of Duterte,” Calida said.

Aguirre said the police will soon launch a major offensive in the Bilibid prisons through the Special Actions Force (SAF) of the police.

Lacson, De Lima clash


SENATORS DE LIMA AND LACSON

The killing spree of drug personalities by law enforcers is likely to be subjected to an investigation in the Senate immediately after the 17th Congress opens late this month.

Sen. Leila de Lima yesterday bared plans of filing a resolution to call for an inquiry, in aid of legislation, in the upper chamber.

“There are just telltale signs of summary executions in a number of them. Perhaps some of them are legitimate (police operations). So there are telltale signs of summary killing in some of them, in many of them,” she said.

“Some newspapers are citing figures, but what is the correct figure? But one thing is sure, almost daily there are killings and many of them are an offshoot of police operations. So we have to look into the legitimacy of the manner of the method by which these police enforcers are doing their job. So definitely that would be in aid of legislation,” De Lima said.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, the reported incoming chairman of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, expressed reservations in conducting a hearing saying that it will be a futile exercise if no one will come forward to stand as witnesses to the alleged excess of members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

As a senator, Lacson agreed that it is his duty to conduct a probe if a resolution is filed in the Senate.

De Lima said there’s no doubt that the government is really showing determination in its crackdown against drug personalities.

“The ones imposing it, the one who is doing it upon the instruction of the President, must also be conscious of these principles of due process and related principles,” she said.

Remedial measures that could come out of such congressional inquiry could come in the form institutionalizing the current operational procedures of the PNP, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other agencies.

“I have some ideas or certain legislative measures that we can craft based on the results of that inquiry. I will be filing that resolution before the opening, before the SONA (State of the Nation Address), we should be able to file that resolution.

“I think he (Presodent Duterte) would understand also that that is part of my job. He has a mandate, we have a mandate in the legislature,” she said.

While acceding that the campaign of the administration against illegal drugs is very laudable, it cannot be at the expense of human rights and due process, she said.

Otherwise, De Lima said, the country could earn the tag of being a killing fields.

Local officials next

Aside from naming police officers involved in the illegal drug trade, Duterte will soon be identifying local officials and even drug lords included in his list of those protecting illegal drugs in the country.


DE LA ROSA

This was according to Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald dela Rosa who stressed that the President has his own list of personalities suspected to have links with syndicates responsible for the proliferation of illegal drugs.

“The mayor (Duterte) has the list. In due time, not only politicians but also drug lords themselves will be named. He will announce that anytime,” said Dela Rosa during a broadcast interview.

On Wednesday, Dela Rosa said that the President has a long list of PNP personnel, up to the lowest rank of police officer-1 (PO1) , who are believed to be involved in drugs.

The chief PNP also defended the President for publicly tagging three active police generals and two retired as protectors of the illegal drug syndicates.

“He (Duterte) knows what he is doing he can do whatever he wants…especially if it is for the good of everybody. He will do it. He is willing to sacrifice everything to achieve his goal of stopping the drug problem, corruption. He is willing to put everything (on the line),” said Dela Rosa.

In Davao, Dela Rosa said that Duterte always warned drug personalities whenever he gets information against them.

CRITICS

Duterte drew criticisms after naming Director Joel Pagdilao, Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz and Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio, and retired Deputy Director General Marcelo garbo Jr., and former Chief Supt. Vicente Loot, who is now mayor of Daan Bantayan in Cebu.

The five denied any involvement or links to the illegal drug trade and vowed they will clear their names.

Pagdilao, Tinio and Diaz reported to Dela Rosa on Wednesday and vowed full cooperation to the investigation now being conducted against them by the National Police Commission (Napolcom).

Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque scored Duterte for acting as the prosecutor, judge and executioner of the five.

Dela Rosa remained mum as to what was the basis of the President in naming the five but stressed that as Chief Executive ad Commander in Chief, Duterte has the access to all intelligence report from government agencies and even foreign countries.
“We cannot say there is no evidence,” said Dela Rosa.

At the same time, the chief PNP dismissed perception that the naming of the five PNP generals was politically motivated.

‘Whoever says that it’s politics, I can tell him point blank that the President is not playing politics,” said Dela Rosa, adding Duterte was even reluctant to run as president last May.

“That (politically motivated) is very wrong…the President has nothing but the best for all and he only intends to deliver what those who voted for him wants –to address the drug problem, criminality and corruption,” said Dela Rosa.

In an attempt to deny implications of “trial by publicity” and “denial of due process” Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said President Duterte’s bombshell on five PNP generals who are alleged to be guardians of illegal drugs trade in the country is not yet final.

“It is not necessarily a conclusion,” Panelo told reporters yesterday in Malacañang after the President’s tactless accusation that has gained a negative response especially from legislators and other legal observers.

Panelo also reiterated that the President’s statements shoud still be trusted despite an apparent admission that there’s always a room for doubt.


PANELO

The President as “a top notch prosecutor”, Panelo said that Duterte will not be that frank if he is not sure about his claims and that he’s fully aware of legal implications if proven that his information is wrong.

“No law nor due process has been violated. When you say due process, you give the respondent the chance to explain his side whatever accusation anyone has made,” the legal counsel said.

“There is no trial by publicity. That’s why its better that they were named instead of suspending or relieving or dismissing them out of no where,” he added.

The President named as protectors of the drug syndicates in the country - Director President named Director General Marcelo Garbo, Jr.; Police Director Bernardo Diaz; former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Joel Pagdilao; Quezon City Police Director Edgardo Tinio and retired general Vicente Loot, who is now mayor of Daanbantayan town in Cebu.
Media men also linked

Several personalities in media are also linked to illegal drugs.

This was the revelation made by Philippine National Police Chief, dela Rosa, in an interview aired over ABS-CBN’s Morning Show, Umagang KayGanda.

In the interview, Dela Rosa said that there are certain personalities in media who are involved in the drug trade.
They serve as either as a user, dealers or protector of drug lords.

Dela Rosa did not stress though, if the personalities involved are still actively working, or are in the print of broadcast media.
He also did not state if, like that of the police officials, they have a list of the personalities involved.

There’s no violation in sight yet as far as President Rodrigo Duterte is concerned, for publicly accusing five police generals as alleged protectors of drug syndicates, some senators said yesterday.

De Lima, however, expressed reservation to the position of some of her colleagues saying that violation to due process could have been made.

“If you publicly name and shame suspects, that’s wrong. So how can you possibly file a case against the President? He is immune from suit. On the other hand, there is also a violation of due process. There is still the presumption of innocence and therefore, they are entitled to be heard. They should not be put and subjected to trial by publicity,” she said.

De Lima said an independent body, aside from the National Police Commission (Napolcom) should conduct an investigation.
De Lima said that aside from the Napolcom, an independent body should also be made to look into the issue.

For incoming Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel as well as returning Senators Richard Gordon and Panfilo Lacson, they disagreed with the notion of any violation committed by the President.

“The President did not violate due process. It was the duty of the President to have his PNP generals investigated,” said Pimentel, adding that as Commander-in-Chief of the country’s police force, Duterte could have given the order in writing.

“But then that would still be a public document and still can be reported on by media. Instead, he gave a verbal order in a public occasion. It amounts to the same thing. The President was doing his sworn duty to execute the laws and be the head of the Executive branch,” he added.

Gordon, who is a lawyer, said the President could be accused of violating due process if the accused police generals will not be given their day in court.

“They were just accused of violating the dangerous drugs law, that they are coddling and they are high officials in charge in charge of the drug problem and law and order and they are not doing their job,” said Gordon.

While Gordon agreed with De Lima’s contention that appropriate charges should have been filed first, the former said the action taken by the President tends to assuage the public that the government is not helpless against the perception on certain police officers who may be involved in illegal activities.

“When you file a case you go through the motions. A complaint is filed and you have a chance to answer. Sometimes cases would be filed after the revelation. Now, it’s another matter if they don’t file the case. Then they can say it’s libel, that is another course of action,” he said.

Under the law, the Napolcom should immediately conduct an investigation and those accused are entitled to their rights to be heard.

House to probe too

While the most of the lawmakers seem to have assimilated President Duterte’s order for his minions in the House of Representatives not to investigate his campaign against drug syndicates, a lawmaker yesterday, filed a resolution calling for an investigation on the spate of extrajudicial killings or summary executions by police officers of suspected drug criminals.

“The Constitution mandates that no one should be deprived of life without due process of law, and that all accused are presumed innocent,” Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat said.

The killings, which had the trimmings of the so-called Davao Death Squad, started even before President Duterte was formally sworn into office.

“The spate of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug criminals by people we expect to uphold the law hints at a disrespect for the Constitution and the deterioration of the rule of law, and if we don’t stop it or look into its causes, soon enough, people will take the law into their own hands, leading to anarchy and the disintegration of society,” Baguilat added.

In his resolution, Baguilat noted that since the inauguration last June 30 of President Rodrigo Duterte, at least 23 suspected drug criminals have been killed by policemen under vague circumstances.

Additionally, while the Philippine National Police recorded the killing of 68 suspected drug criminals from January 1 to June 15, 25 or almost half that number were killed in a mere five days from June 16 to 20, a “shocking increase in police-perpetrated killings,” according to Baguilat.

Baguilat also noted that no less than the Office of the President, through Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella, expressed alarm over the spate of killings, while cause-oriented groups like the National Union of People’s Lawyers, called for a stop to the killings.

But Duterte had earlier encouraged law enforcers to kill drug pushers.

“There is clearly a clamor from the public and government officials to at least look into these killings or executions, and it falls upon Congress, as an instrument of the rule of law, to scrutinize the circumstances behind these killings,” Baguilat said.

Baguilat did not discount that the killings may be due to lack of equipment or training on the part of the policemen concerned.

“This only adds justification to the investigation I am calling for. If our police need more support to effectively fight the drug war, then proper legislation can guarantee they get the support they need,” Baguilat said.

“All good Filipinos abhor illegal drugs. But the war on drugs cannot be fought at the cost of innocent lives, the very people that the war is trying to protect. For the sake of innocent and law-abiding Filipinos, we must ensure that the law, the Constitution is upheld even in the face of a desperate war against drugs,” Baguilat said.
Angie M. Rosales, Mario J. Mallari, Gerry Baldo


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FLAG hits ‘nuclear explosion of violence’ (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 9, 2016 - 12:00am 2 160 googleplus0 2


President Duterte’s war on crime has spawned “a nuclear explosion of violence that is spiraling out of control and creating a nation without judges, without law and without reason,” according to a top human rights lawyer. Philstar.com / AJ Bolando

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte’s war on crime has spawned “a nuclear explosion of violence that is spiraling out of control and creating a nation without judges, without law and without reason,” according to a top human rights lawyer.

Jose Manuel Diokno, chairman of the Free Legal Assistance Group and founding dean of the De La Salle University College of Law, noted that the President has created ”a bandwagon of hate.”


POSTED MAY 2015 PCIJ.ORG - “Impunity is the dark side of accountability,” says lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno, De La Salle Law School dean and national chairperson of the Free Legal Assistance Group | Photo by Cong B. Corrales

“It’s a mob mentality that not only condones but encourages the taking of lives. Yes, drug pushers destroy lives. Yes, criminals behave like animals. But are those who kill them any better? And will the killing stop there?” Diokno said.

He stressed that the country might as well disband courts, dissolve the Department of Justice and abolish Congress when the gun and not the law dispenses justice.

“Do we really want to give the man with the gun the power to judge who are criminals and to kill them? To decide who is bad and who is good, who deserves to live and who deserves to die?”

He said a mob mentality does not only condone but encourages killing “because criminals deserve it. “

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“Our people have seen what a mob can do in the hands of a tyrant who knows no law but his own. Lest we forget, the first person that Marcos executed was a drug pusher. But did he stop there? By the time he was ousted, he was responsible for killing thousands upon thousands of people whose only fault was their belief in justice, the rule of law and human rights,” Diokno, also a trustee at Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, said.

“President Duterte, do not kill in my name. That is not your mandate, that is not what you were elected for. Yes, go after the drug cartels and criminal syndicates, the corrupt, the criminals among us. But do it as an officer of the law you have sworn to uphold as a lawyer and a President,” he wrote in a message sent to the PCIJ.

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RELATED FROM PCIJ.ORG (FLASHBACK MAY 2015)

NOTE: May 4, 2015 · Posted in: 2016 Elections, Access to Information, Free Expression - Asia, Governance, In the News, Journalist Killings, Maguindanao Massacre, Media, Noynoy Watch, The Judiciary

Five points vs. ‘the dark side’ By Julius D. Mariveles


SCREENGRAB FROM VIDEO POSTED MAY 2015 PCIJ.ORG - “Impunity is the dark side of accountability,” says lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno, De La Salle Law School dean and national chairperson of the Free Legal Assistance Group | Photo by Cong B. Corrales

TO REIN in the culture of impunity, and the relentless rise in the cases of extra-juidicial killing of journalists in the Philippines, the country’s top human rights lawyer, Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno, has proposed five reform measures.

Among others, he said the Government might do well to get out of its “state of denial” that cases exist, the judiciary might allow prompt perpetuation of testimony by witnesses, and the Ombudsman might be asked to prosecute members of the judiciary who are failing in their duty to rush resolution of the cases.

“Impunity is the dark side of accountability,” Diokno, founding dean of the De La Salle College of Law, said.

With the Philippines still ranked third last year in the 2013 Impunity Index of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, impunity became one of the central issues discussed by journalists, bloggers, diplomats, and press freedom advocates during a forum marking World Press Freedom Day on April 29 in Intramuros, Manila.

“Impunity is the dark side of accountability,” says lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno, De La Salle Law School dean and national chairperson of the Free Legal Assistance Group

Diokno, who is also the national chairperson of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), said the judiciary can make the first step in the fight against impunity by placing it at the top of the judicial agenda.

The Philippine government had been in a “state of denial” about impunity for the past eight years and has always been claiming that extra-judicial killings were being committed by “misguided elements of the military and police” and are only “isolated cases.”

It was only in 2007, he said, when the government did something concrete about EJK cases when then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Administrative Order No. 181 ordering public prosecutors and law-enforcement officials to work together to investigative these cases.


President Gloria Arroyo: STOCK PHOTO ON EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS IN THE PHILIPPINES , DATED 27 March 2007

Diokno also said EJKs and other grave human rights abuses in the country “pose an even greater challenge” because it has a judicial system that is “outmoded, inefficient, highly-congested and extremely slow.”

“Unless given special attention, (human rights) cases tend to get lost in the judicial shuffle; they also tend to take forever.”

 
VIDEO: PCIJ | Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno on Judiciary Reforms | April 2015

Diokno also proposed the following reform measures:

For the government to include human rights organizations in the inter-agency committee created through Administrative Order No.35 that President Benigno S. Aquino III issued in November 2012.

Headed by the Justice Secretary and composed of other cabinet members, the committee has become the centerpiece of the Aquino administration’s efforts to resolve cases of impunity.

It is, however, a purely government body with no representatives from human rights organizations. Diokno recalled that in 1990, during the administration of Aquino’s mother, Corazon, FLAG and the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines were among the members of a similar committee.

“We were able get a lot of things done quickly with cases that need the attention of government,” he said.

Come up with a mechanism to preserve the testimonies of witnesses.

Diokno said based on his experience as a human rights lawyer, the lack of this system is “the biggest obstacle to a successful prosecution of human rights cases.”

With criminal cases lasting between five and 10 years, witnesses often get compromised, lose interest or get killed because of the delay in the trial. He said FLAG had long been pushing for Congress to pass a law and for the Supreme Court to come up with rules that would expand the rules on the admission of testimonies from witnesses.

Fill up vacant positions for judges and prosecutors with qualified and dedicated lawyers.

This alone could hasten the speed by which cases are decided, Diokno said.

He described the vacancy of positions for prosecutors and judges to be “quite alarming,” citing that two out of 10 positions for prosecutors and judges have not been filled up.

In 2007, data from the National Statistical Coordination Board showed the country only had 1,717 judges compared to the 2,182 judges needed at all levels, or a vacancy of 465.

In fact, judges in the lower courts handled an average of 644 cases every year or about three cases to be resolved each day, according to an article of Dr. Jose Ramon G. Albert published on the NSCB website.

Allow the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate and prosecute members of the judiciary.

Diokno, a leading advocate for transparency in the judiciary, said the Constitution provides that all government officials and employees can be investigated by the Ombudsman, the watchdog created after then President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr. was forced out of power in 1986.

However, a ruling of the Supreme Court in the case of Judge Bonifacio Maceda of the Regional Trial Court in Antique on April 22, 1193 practically excluded the High Court from the investigating authority of the Ombudsman.

“It is practically the Supreme Court that took itself out of the equation with that decision,” Diokno said as he called on Congress and the government to restore the investigative power of the Ombudsman over the High Tribunal.

In the end, Diokno said how justice is administered would “determine if a country would follow the path of impunity or the less-traveled road of accountability.”
PCIJ, May 2015


MANILA STANDARD

'Strong evidence versus generals' - Palace widens crackdown on drug-linked officials posted July 07, 2016 at 12:01 am by Vito Barcelo, Francisco Tuyay and Florante S. Solmerin


PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa (2nd from left) confronts three of five police generals whom President Duterte has accused of protecting drug lords during a meeting at Camp Crame. The three óJoel Pagdilao, Bernardo Diaz and Edgardo Tinio promised to cooperate in a full-dress investigation being conducted by two teams of probers.

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday said it has the necessary evidence to implicate five police generals that President Rodrigo Duterte said were protecting drug lords.

“The evidence [documentary or testimonial] against the named generals should not be released yet as it may prejudice the administrative and criminal investigations and cases 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.

The Interior Department, which has supervision all over the police and local governments, said it is ready to validate the evidence collated by President Duterte against the police officials, who all denied the accusations against them.

“We have to back him [Duterte] up. We really have to support him. He won’t say anything like that if there is no strong evidence to link them,” Interior Secretary Mike Sueno said.

He added that the public should expect a wider crackdown on government officials and politicians involved in the illegal drug trade.

On Tuesday, Duterte named the 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. The two other officials named were retired.

Sueno said two teams have already been formed to look into the allegations against the police generals.

“We have to give them due process,” Sueno said.

The Interior Department held an emergency meeting with the National Police Commission on Wednesday to establish the results of the ongoing probe against the five officials involved and “other possible names linked to the illegal drug trade, particularly politicians and other government officials.”

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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.

The Napolcom said it will investigate the cases of the three police generals still in active service—Joel Pagdilao, Bernardo Diaz and Edgardo Tinio. A regular court will handle the case of retired general Marcelo Garbo while the Interior Department will handle the case of Vicente Loon, now a mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu.

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

Pagdilao, Diaz and Tinio met with PNP chief Dela Rosa at his office in Camp Crame Wednesday morning.

Dela Rosa said he told them they would have to face the music if they were guilty of wrongdoing, but declined to offer other details about their meeting.

“What was discussed inside was purely intimate and personal, I cannot discuss it in public,” Dela Rosa told the media after emerging from nearly an hour-long meeting.

Dela Rosa was obviously moved. “I want to cry with them,” he said.

The three police officials denied the accusations and say they would cooperate with an investigation.

“I am ready to face any investigation. Right now, my focus is to clear my name before I retire from the service,” Tinio said.

Tinio, a member of the PMA Class 1985, has still a year and six months before his mandatory retirement. He was not given any assignment during Friday’s massive revamp.

“Once I clear my name, I will go on early retirement,” Tinio said.

Tinio said Duterte may have been fed wrong information, and said his performance in the service, especially against illegal drugs, will speak for itself.

Pagdilao said it was preposterous to drag his name into drugs.

“There’s no truth that I am involved in drugs. In fact, I’ve been fighting the illegal drugs menace. In my 32 years in the police service never have I been involved in drugs,’’ Pagdilao said.

Pagdilao said he does not understand why his name was included in the list read by Duterte during a speech at the Air Force’s 69th anniversary.

Diaz also denied links to the illegal drug trade and cited his track record.

He said he had three good reasons to be intolerant of drugs: his cousin died because of drug abuse, his niece was killed by a suspected drug user, and his younger brother became addicted to drugs in the 1980s.

Dela Rosa on Wednesday hinted that a second wave of revelations would be forthcoming.

The PNP chief said he no longer had jurisdiction over Garbo or Loot, who are both retired, but said he was willing to meet them, too.

Napolcom Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao said he has formed an investigating body led by him and Napolcom commissioners.

He said he has given the body seven days to gather evidence against Diaz, Pagdilao, and Tinio.

“The result of their investigation will be given to the ad hoc committee for evaluation of the pieces of evidence they have evaluated which will be then submitted to the Commission en banc for final decision,” Casurao said.

He added the decision will be out within a month.

He said the commission was ordered directly by the President to investigate the case, which it would do without violating due process.

Also on Wednesday, Dela Rosa ordered the transfer of 32 policemen, including seven officials, to three areas in Mindanao, keeping his promise that those implicated in wrongdoing would be sent to the south to battle the Abu Sayyaf bandits.

The first batch of 32 police personnel to be transferred will go to the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, the Zamboanga peninsula and the Caraga region.

Most come from Metro Manila and the Quezon City Police Department.

Dela Rosa vowed to send more errant policemen to Mindanao.


ROXAS

Former Interior secretary and losing presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II on Wednesday denied any links to the generals implicated by Duterte.

“It has come to my attention that some online sites and traditional media outlets have branded certain individuals as ‘Roxas Generals.’ Despite lacking any clear basis, the insinuation is that these individuals campaigned for me in the last election,” Roxas said in a statement to reporters.

“To be clear: there are no Roxas Generals. The persons named were not part of my campaign,” he added.

Two of those named by the President—Diaz and Garbo—were part of the so-called Novotel Generals spotted by journalists in a closed-door meeting with supporters of President Benigno Aquino III at the height of the campaign.

“My professional working relationship with some of these individuals started when I took over the helm of DILG, and ended when I tendered my resignation in 2015,” he said.

“Let me emphasize that I have never supported nor encouraged illegal drugs. It is a plague that afflicts families, rich or poor, and destroys the fabric of family life. During my tenure in the DILG, one of my priorities for the PNP was to escalate the fight against illegal drugs. Billions of pesos worth of illegal drugs were confiscated, and hundreds arrested and charged, in fulfillment of my directives.’’ With Joel E. Zurbano

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DU30 pooh-poohs security threats from IS, drug lords Written by Ted Tuvera Saturday, 09 July 2016 00:00


JULY 8 -HEADLINE NEWS FROM MB (PNA) --Intel report on alleged ISIS threats on Davao City not from AFP, PNP: Intelligence reports claiming that Davao City is under terror threat from the Islamic State (ISIS) did not come from the military or police, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said. “Per verification…the info (regarding alleged ISIS threat against Davao City) did not come from the AFP or the Philippine National Police. It could come from another source that we are not aware of,” Padilla told PNA. (PHOTO Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla (AP/Bullit Marquez/news.com.au)

President Duterte is seemingly not cowed by apparent threats against him coming from international terrorist group Islamic State (IS) and from the narcotics syndicates that’s been the target of his shaming statements throughout this week.

Instead of boarding a supposed chartered and secured flight back to his hometown in Davao City last Thursday night, the President flew through a commercial flight with premium economy accommodation.

It is recalled that the IS, a week before Duterte’s official assumption in Malacañang, issued a threat statement on the new President.

In fact, as per presidential son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, who is the city’s acting chief executive, the President’s hometown is facing threats from the notorious Islamist group which turned out to be a false alarm according to state security forces.

The President himself is admittingly unfazed by his own claims that the detained drug lords inside the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) are raising bounties worth billions to eliminate him and as well as his prototype Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa.

“I heard they are offering billions. You don’t have to worry, you have your Vice President,” Duterte proudly said at a press conference that was limited to state-run People’s Television Network (PTV4).

“I’m confident that God will decide everything. If God does not want me to die, I will not die. But if God wants me out of the scene, I will be gone,” he added.

The President said that he is totally confident that the military and newly established ally Vice President Leni Robredo has his back and that they share his sentiments.

From the looks of it, Duterte wants to make the public believe that he is ready to be assassinated if ever.

“That is just a — that’s the story going around that they’re going to raise funds. You know, the Armed Forces will not take it seating down. The PNP, even if I’m gone, they will not allow these animals to have their day. You can really be sure that one of them, but also be as... And Leni Robredo, if she becomes the President will also be harsh because you are talking about the welfare of the country,” he expounded.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said that intelligence reports claiming that Davao City is under terror threat from the Islamic State (ISIS) did not come from the military or police.

“Per verification...the info (regarding alleged ISIS threat against Davao City) did not come from the AFP or the Philippine National Police. It could come from another source that we are not aware of,” Padilla said.

The local military and police have been alerted to avert the plot, Duterte said. He did not elaborate on the threat which he said is still being validated by authorities.


AFP CHIEF

Earlier, AFP chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya said there are no ISIS groups or cells in the Philippines.

“There are no ISIS here. Only groups like ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) that publicly declared support to the said group are in Mindanao but they are not ISIS,” he said.

“I haven’t received any similar report but as always terrorist threats are part of our intelligence units monitoring efforts,” Visaya said.

He asked the public to be vigilant and report individuals who are acting suspiciously.

But if the Palace aides are to be believed, it’s the President’s men and security who are afraid of anything untoward on his life.
Earlier this week, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said that he is not willing to stay where the President is and as well as the details of his seemingly frequent travels from Manila to Davao and vice versa.

But it was Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go, Duterte’s long-time executive assistant, who spilled the beans when he told reporters that the President actually stays in Bahay Pangarap which is across the Palace by Pasig River at the Presidential Security Group compound.

Supposedly on Thursday morning, reporters assigned in Malacañang were invited to take a sneak peak of the luxurious residence for the President who portrays himself as an ordinary man, a man from a poor family which, if counter checked, is otherwise, but was eventually cancelled for “security reasons” as per Malacañang aides.
With PNA


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