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WORLD APOSTOLIC CONGRESS DELEGATES ALARMED BY EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS
[RELATED: Congress of Mercy - ‘Amid killings, don’t allow fears to reign’]
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JANUARY 17 -Organizers of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM 4) have assured more than 700 foreign delegates that despite concerns over the reported extrajudicial killings, they would be safe during the event to be held in Manila and various parts of Luzon this month. WACOM 4 chief executive officer Fr. Prospero Tenorio said stories of alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the country were reportedly a cause of concern for the 703 foreign delegates to the five-day event from Jan. 16 to 20. Some 2,296 local delegates would also join the congress. Related Stories Do not kill the BBL Income inequality and the next government The WACOM 4 delegates would be coming from 40 countries and 60 local dioceses and archdioceses. READ MORE..RELATED, Congress of Mercy - ‘Amid killings, don’t allow fears to reign’
ALSO: Drug war victims’ kin want gov't-NDF panel to probe deaths
[RELATED: Government panel chairman Bello III leaves for Rome for peace talks]
JANUARY 17 -In this Sept. 6, 2016 photo, police inspect one of two unidentified drug suspects after being shot by police as they tried to evade a checkpoint in Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. Bodies had begun turning up in cities all over the Philippines ever since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a controversial war on drugs this year. Drug dealers and drug addicts, were being shot by police or slain by unidentified gunmen in mysterious, gangland-style murders that were taking place at night. AP/Aaron Favila Families of victims of drug-related killings on Tuesday submitted human rights violation cases against the Philippine government for review by a joint panel of the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. The network of victims, families and victims of drug-related killings, Rise Up for Life and for Right, submitted cases of alleged human rights violations in drug-related killings that they have documented, to the GRP-NDFP Joint Monitoring Committee of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) for investigation. READ MORE...RELATED, Government panel chairman Bello III leaves for Rome for peace talks...
ALSO: NCRPO gets high satisfaction rating from Metro Manila residents[RELATED: PNP to Duterte: We did our job well in 2016]
JANUARY 14 -METRO Manila residents have given the National Capital Region Police Office a high satisfaction rating owing to its aggressive anti-criminality operations particularly against illegal drug trafficking and abuse last year which helped reduce crime in the metropolis, a National Police Commission survey showed. The survey conducted last November 8, 11 and 14 showed that the NCRPO headed by Director Oscar D. Albayalde has gotten a high public perception rating with the public trust and respect to NCRPO officers and men having increased by 1.22 percent from the previous 50.78 percent to 52 percent. The level of public safety awareness survey also showed that the NCRPO’s rating increased by 13.4 percent or from 29.3 percent to 42.7 percent while crime reporting by public increased by 19.8 percent or from 24.1 percent in 2014 to 43.9 percent during the November poll.READ MORE, RELATED, NP to Duterte: We did our job well in 2016...
ALSO: Cagayan De Oro residents along rivers evacuated due to floods [RELATED: Cagayan de Oro under state of calamity due to floods; Forced evacuation implemented as nonstop rains drench and inundate much of Visayas and Mindanao]
JANUARY 16 -FLOOD (AP FILE PHOTO) CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Preventive evacuation has been ordered on all residents living near rivers here as floodwater continued to rise on Monday night. The order came hours after streets were flooded following heavy rains that started mid-afternoon. As of Monday night, thousands of residents, including university students, were still stranded in public places due to the floods. The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said the Iponan and Cagayan de Oro Rivers have been rising to their critical levels, and that residents should evacuate to safer and higher ground. SFM THE FULL REPORT...RELATED, Cagayan de Oro under state of calamity due to floods Forced evacuation being implemented as nonstop rains drench and inundate much of Visayas and Mindanao...
ALSO: Floods, landslides kill 5 in Mindanao
[RELATED: Heavy rain causes flash floods in CDO, Misamis Oriental]
JANUARY 18 -Soldiers push a military truck to higher ground after heavy flooding caused it to stall while rescuing stranded teachers and students at Mindanao University of Science and Technology in Cagayan de Oro City the other night. GERRY LEE GORIT Incessant torrential rains over Northern Mindanao for the past several days have spawned widespread flooding and landslides, leaving at least five people dead, one missing and around 30 others injured, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said yesterday. NDRRMC executive director and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) chief Ricardo Jalad said the fatalities were mainly due to drowning and landslides. He said another civilian has been reported missing in the severe flooding that hit Cagayan de Oro City the other day – the worst since Typhoon Sendong in 2011. Officials said over 4,000 people were displaced from their homes following the torrential rains that flooded Cagayan de Oro and nearby areas starting Monday. READ MORE...RELATED, Heavy rain causes flash floods in CDO, Misamis Oriental...
ALSO: Self-rated poverty on downswing — SWS
[RELATED: Health chief faces rough sailing in CA over condoms]
JANUARY 17 -COURTESY OF ABS-CBN: A woman collects rocks from a road construction for use in her home. ABS-CBN News Self-rated poverty steady, declining for 9 consecutive quarters - SWS Poverty, or the public’s perception of it, is on a downtrend, as self-rated poverty remained at 44 percent, the second lowest since 1983, last December after the record low 42 percent in the September survey, which are both under the Duterte administration, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed. The self-rated poverty rate the past two quarters surpassed the previous record of 47 percent registered in 1987.If applied on the population, the survey result reflect an estimated 10 million considering themselves poor. Malacañang welcomed the survey results saying Filipinos have started to feel the change promised by Mr. Duterte. “Change has indeed come, and it is being felt by our people,” Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said in a press statement.READ MORE...RELATED, Health chief faces rough sailing in CA over condoms...
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World Apostolic Congress delegates alarmed by extrajudicial killings
MANILA, JANUARY 23, 2016 (PHILSTAR) Evelyn Macairan January 17, 2017 - Organizers of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM 4) have assured more than 700 foreign delegates that despite concerns over the reported extrajudicial killings, they would be safe during the event to be held in Manila and various parts of Luzon this month.
WACOM 4 chief executive officer Fr. Prospero Tenorio said stories of alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the country were reportedly a cause of concern for the 703 foreign delegates to the five-day event from Jan. 16 to 20. Some 2,296 local delegates would also join the congress.
The WACOM 4 delegates would be coming from 40 countries and 60 local dioceses and archdioceses.
Tenorio said that during the start of preparations for the congress, he got reports that some of the foreign delegates have heard about the EJK incidents in the country and have expressed concern.
“At first there were concerns that there were killings or something like that, that there was no peace. But we said that this is a very important situation that because of our faith, we should not allow fear to rule over us,” said Tenorio.
He added that those who have become lost must feel the presence of God’s love in their lives. They should be given the opportunity to see the beauty in living.
“We must be able to show the importance of life,” the WACOM official said.
Press Conference on WACOM4 at the Arzobispado de Manila, Intramuros, Manila with Most Rev. Ruperto Santos, Bishop of Balanga; Rev. Msgr. Bartolome, Vicar General of the Diocese of Malolos; Rev. Fr. Prospero Tenorio, WACOM Philippines Secretary-General; Rev. Fr. Joselin Gonda, Rector of the National Shrine of Padre Pio, Archdiocese of Lipa. COURTESY OF INTREAKSYON
He said that even if there is no terrorist threat against the WACOM 4, the organizers assured the foreign delegates that they have good coordination for security.
In fact, the Philippine National Police (PNP) would be deploying 300 to 500 of their personnel at every venue.
There would be a different venue on each day of the WACOM.
The delegates were welcomed at the Manila Cathedral yesterday.
The delegates would be hosted by the University of Santo Tomas today, then go to Batangas on Wednesday, Bulacan on Thursday and finally visit Bataan on Friday.
In his homily during the first day of the WACOM 4 at the Manila Cathedral, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle yesterday asked the Catholic faithful to show mercy to parents who have lost their children to violence and vices such as human trafficking.
Tagle said that the faithful should follow the example of Jesus who, when He was nailed to the cross, told his Mother Mary and his disciple John, “Woman behold your son, son behold your mother.”
At that crisis moment when Mary was about to lose her son, Jesus told her to accept John as her son because He did not want his mother to be alone.
In today’s society there are parents who have lost their children to acts of violence, criminal syndicates and vices. The mothers and fathers, in their time of need, at times seldom have people to go to, to comfort them. – With Louella Desiderio
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‘Amid killings, don’t allow fears to reign’ BY WILLIAM DEPASUPIL, TMT ON JANUARY 17, 2017 TODAY'S HEADLINE PHOTOS, TOP STORIES
CONGRESS OF MERCY Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto (above, left), apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, listens as Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (above, right) delivers his homily during the Holy Mass for the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy on Monday at the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica in Intramuros, Manila. PNA PHOTOS
THE five-day World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (Wacom) opened on Monday, with more than 5,000 foreign and local delegates reflecting on the themes of mercy, compassion and the importance of human life against the backdrop of the government’s bloody war on illegal drugs that has claimed more than 6,000 lives.
“Basically there are killings, something like the absence of peace but what we are saying is that this is a very important situation wherein through our faith, we should not allow fears to reign but rather our love and devotion to God,” said Fr. Prospero Tenorio, Wacom Asia secretary general, in Filipino.
“This is an opportune time to show our love to the least of our brothers, to the poor who are in need, and to those who took the wrong path, that they be given the opportunity to show the beauty of life,” Tenorio added.
More than 5,000 foreign and local delegates from 40 countries arrived Monday for the opening Mass at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila.
The first Wacom was held in Rome, Italy in 2008, followed by Poland in 2011 and Bogota, Columbia in 2014.
The Philippines has surpassed the attendance of the last three conferences, with more than 5,000 delegates, compared with Italy and Poland that had 3,000 participants each and Colombia that had around 2,000, Tenorio said.
“Right now, based on the figures, we might reach the 6,000 mark,” the priest said.
The total 700 foreign delegates came from 40 countries, including the US, Malaysia, Singapore, Italy, France and Indonesia.
As for local archdioceses and dioceses, Davao topped the list, followed by Bacolod City and Bulacan.
Tenorio attributed the large number of Filipino participants to the well-organized structures of the 300 local dioceses, especially in the Visayas and Mindanao.
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World Apostolic Congress delegates to visit 15 ‘Places of Mercy’ in Bulacan 93 SHARES Share it! Published January 16, 2017, 7:05 PM By Philippine News Agency
At least 3,484 local Catholic lay devotees and some 753 foreign delegates will visit 15 “Places of Mercy” in this province as part of the “4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy” (WACOM) that will take place in the country from January 16 to 20.
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Fr. Nick F. Lalog, chairman of the Diocesan Commission on Social Communication of the Diocese of Malolos, said that both local and foreign participants will visit the designated “Places of Mercy” like the Ephesus House, Tahanan ni Mother Rita, Sto. Nino Bethany House, Bahay Pangarap, all in Guiguinto town; Nazareth Home for Street Children (Bustos, Bulacan), Bahay ni San Martin (Bustos), Nazareth Home for Street Children (Bustos); Emmaus House of Apostolate (Malolos City), Tahanang Mapagpala (Malolos City); Bethlehem House of Bread (Baliwag); Bahay Kalinga (Sta. Maria); Lingap Bata Center (Sta. Maria); Hospicio San Juan de Dios for Men (Bocaue), Galilee Homes (Dona Remedios Trinidad) and the Dumagats tribesmen also in Dona Remedios Trinidad on Thursday, January 19.
Lalog said the participants, together with Church dignitaries headed by Papal Nuncio Most Rev. Guiseppe Pinto, H. E. Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (Archbishop of Manila), Most Rev. Socrates Villegas (Archbishop of Lingayen and president of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines); Most Rev. Ramon Arguelles (Archbishop of Lipa); Most Rev. Ruperto Santos (Bishop of Balanga and WACOM-Asia Episcopal Coordinator); Most Rev. Jose Oliveros (Bishop of Malolos and WACOM National Episcopal Coordinator); Rev. Patrice Chocholski (WACOM Secretary General); and Rev. Fr. Prospero Tenorio (WACOM-Asia Secretary General), will arrive and assemble on Monday morning at the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral in Manila.
On the second day, the participants will witness the enthronement of the images of the Divine Mercy, Our Lady of Mercy, Saints Faustina, John Paul II, Padre Pio and Mother Teresa with morning prayers at the Royal and Pontifical University of Sto. Tomas in Manila.
STO. TOMAS, BATANGAS
On the third day, they will depart for the National Shrine and Parish of Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The pilgrimage will culminate on Friday at the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Balanga, Bataan.
Seeing Divine Mercy as object of the Church’s missionary proclamation, Lalog said the saintly Pope John Paul II has stated that “The Church, professing mercy and remaining always faithful to it, has the right and the duty to call upon the mercy of God, imploring it in the face of all the manifestations of physical and moral evil, before all threats that cloud the whole horizon of the life of humanity today.”
Lalog said that WACOM was introduced by the Vatican on April 2-6, 2008 in Rome, Italy.
He said that the first WACOM coincided with the third death anniversary of St. Pope John Paul II.
“From then on, mercy congress have been sustained on a regular basis so that every world congress was followed by a continental congress and on the following year by a national congress then back to another world congress,” he said.
Lalog also disclosed that on July 18, 2015, Bishop Oliveros of the Archdiocese of Malolos wrote to all the bishops requesting them to delegate an archdiocesan spiritual director who shall guide and direct lay devotees to actively involve themselves for WACOM 2017.
He said that this year theme is “Communion in Mercy, Mission for Mercy.”
Drug war victims’ kin want gov't-NDF panel to probe deaths 11 SHARES 0 0 0 Rosette Adel (philstar.com) - January 17, 2017 - 5:17pm
In this Sept. 6, 2016 photo, police inspect one of two unidentified drug suspects after being shot by police as they tried to evade a checkpoint in Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. Bodies had begun turning up in cities all over the Philippines ever since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a controversial war on drugs this year. Drug dealers and drug addicts, were being shot by police or slain by unidentified gunmen in mysterious, gangland-style murders that were taking place at night. AP/Aaron Favila
MANILA, Philippines – Families of victims of drug-related killings on Tuesday submitted human rights violation cases against the Philippine government for review by a joint panel of the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
The network of victims, families and victims of drug-related killings, Rise Up for Life and for Right, submitted cases of alleged human rights violations in drug-related killings that they have documented, to the GRP-NDFP Joint Monitoring Committee of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) for investigation.
These relatives of the victims covered their faces with black cloth to protect their identities.
The filing of human rights cases against the government came as panels prepare fro a third round of peace negotiations. They were set to leave for Rome for the peace talks later Tuesday.
The government peace panel is seeking to come up with a political settlement with the NDF and end the decades-long communist insurgency.
Rise Up said the network also submitted an Open Letter of Urgent Concern to both parties to include drug-related killings and human rights violations in their upcoming peace talks.
Since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed the presidency on June 30, there has been a spate of killings that critics have linked to his anti-drug campaign.
More than 6,000 people with suspected drug links have been killed. According to Jan. 16, 2017 data from the Philippine National Police, 2,250 of that number were killed in legitimate police operations.
The PNP has also conducted 41,841 anti-illegal drug operation, which resulted in the arrests of 45,464 drug suspects.
The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights also conducted an inquiry regarding the spate of drug killings.
Late December, Duterte apologized the to the nation for the unintended killings in his drug war. He said innocents including children were killed in the crossfire and could be considered collateral damage.
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President Duterte gives one of several interviews at Malacañang yesterday. ‘Sorry for unintended killings in drug war’ PHILSTAR PHOTO
Political prisoners, reforms to be discussed
The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front has resumed peace talks with the government after negotiations stalled during the Aquino administration over the release of NDF peace consultants whom the government considered suspects in crimes like murder.
Duterte, who has said he wants to end conflict with the CPP-NPA-NDF and with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Moro National Liberation Front, has appointed progressives affiliated with Bagong Alyansang Makabayan to his Cabinet. Bayan-affililiated party-lists are also in the majority bloc of the House of Representatives.
Some NDF consultants, including alleged top CPP-NPA leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, were released from jail for the talks but the Duterte administration has also earned criticism for failing to release hundreds of other political prisoners.
Duterte has said he will release the prisoners immediately once a bilateral ceasefire is signed.
Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, in a statement to media Tuesday, said the panels hope to "tackle the still unfinished discussions on the proposed bilateral ceasefire vis-a-vis the issues on the releases of prisoners." He added panels might also discuss socio-economic, constitutional and political reforms as well as an end to hostilities.
"These issues, although difficult, are surmountable with both sides sharing common aspirations for peace," Dureza said. -- with Jonathan de Santos
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Government panel chairman Bello III leaves for Rome for peace talks By Jose Rodel Clapano (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 17, 2017 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0
Government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III
MANILA, Philippines - Armed with proposals tackling socioeconomic and political reforms and ways of ending Asia’s oldest rebellion, the government panel leaves for Rome today, ready for the third round of peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front (NDF).
Silvestre Bello III, government peace panel chairman, submitted the draft comprehensive agreements on socio-economic reforms, political and constitutional reforms, and on end of hostilities and disposition of forces to President Duterte during a courtesy visit in Malacañang yesterday.
The talks with the communist party will be held on Jan. 19 to 25.
“We are all set and ready to engage the NDF in the discussion of all substantive agenda including supplemental agreements needed to proceed and arrive at a peaceful negotiated political settlement to end the armed conflict in the country,” Bello said.
But Anakpawis party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao yesterday said that if the government is really intent on providing reforms, then Congress should pass House Bill 555 or the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) that pushes for free distribution of land and replaces Republic Act 6657 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL), which expired in June 2014.
“Filipino farmers have been fighting for land reform since the Spanish colonialism until martial law and up to present. It is a legitimate and moral aspiration that should be realized in the country. Here in Congress, we urge House members to heed this call as a parallel effort to the ongoing peace talks with the NDFP,” Casilao said in a statement.
MOMENT OF PEACE. A member of the New People’s Army and a police escort shake hands as they meet during the NPAs release of its captured soldiers in San Luis, Agusan del Sur in May 2016. The photo was taken by Ace Morandante and was awarded during the Globe Media Excellence Awards in 2016. (davaotoday.com file photo) DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Newsclip -Ahead of the third round of talks between the Duterte government and the communists this month, 2016 ended with a bumpy but fruitful peace negotiations. Both parties agreed that more have been accomplished in the last six months under the new administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte than in the last decade of the previous Arroyo & Aquino governments. The GRP recognized that the Communist Party of the Philippines(CPP)’s declaration of a ceasefire was “unprecedented and historic.” FROM DAVAO TODAY Jan. 02, 2017 ZEA IO MING C. CAPISTRANO
He also warned against reviving the CARL through bills that will push the extension of land acquisitions and distributions, claiming this would only require “farmers to pay for amortization until he is not able to and be driven away from the lands.”
“Rural development is impossible without genuine land reform, as the rights of farmers are not secured and the lands are not protected from use conversion,” Casilao said, referring to Duterte’s pre-election promises on developing the countryside.
Bello said the government is approaching the talks “in the spirit of true reconciliation and genuine quest for just and lasting peace,” remaining confident that major breakthroughs would be achieved this time.
The government panel, he added, is ready to sign the supplemental comprehensive agreement on respect for human rights and international humanitarian law, which will include an expanded role of the Joint Monitoring Committee.
“And we are challenging the NDF to formalize the unilateral ceasefire with a bilateral ceasefire agreement to give our communities and combatants a more secure environment for the peace process,” Bello said.
Duterte ordered the resumption of peace talks with the NDF last year after more than five years of impasse.
During the first round in August, both panels agreed to reaffirm all previous signed agreements and reconstitution of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees and on the release of NDF leaders and members. – With Ding Cervantes, Elizabeth Marcelo
NCRPO gets high satisfaction rating from Metro Manila residents January 14, 2017
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METRO Manila residents have given the National Capital Region Police Office a high satisfaction rating owing to its aggressive anti-criminality operations particularly against illegal drug trafficking and abuse last year which helped reduce crime in the metropolis, a National Police Commission survey showed.
The survey conducted last November 8, 11 and 14 showed that the NCRPO headed by Director Oscar D. Albayalde has gotten a high public perception rating with the public trust and respect to NCRPO officers and men having increased by 1.22 percent from the previous 50.78 percent to 52 percent.
The level of public safety awareness survey also showed that the NCRPO’s rating increased by 13.4 percent or from 29.3 percent to 42.7 percent while crime reporting by public increased by 19.8 percent or from 24.1 percent in 2014 to 43.9 percent during the November poll.
The Napolcom survey involved 570 respondents from the 16 cities and 1 municipality of Metro Manila. The respondents include students, professionals, religious leaders, barangay officials and employees, business sector representatives, ‘force multipliers’, street workers and household members randomly selected in different barangays of the metropolis.
The respondents also said they fully respect and trust NCRPO personnel.
The Las Piñas City Police Station got the highest rating on public trust and respect with 83.3 percent followed by the Pasay City police with 66.7 percent; Muntinlupa City and San Juan City tied at 3rd place with 65.0 percent followed by Mandaluyong City and Navotas City with 60 percent each.
Malabon City and the municipality of Pateros ranked 5th with 58.3 percent; Caloocan City got 58.0 percent; Pasig City with 56.7 percent; Makati City and Taguig City got 55.0 percent each and the city of Manila got 52.0 percent.
The Valenzuela City police scored 50.0 percent while the Parañaque City Police Office got 45.0 percent. The Quezon City Police District received a 30.0 percent rating.
The survey also showed that there is generally high agreement among respondents that the NCR police are fast to respond to citizen calls for help. The SPD ranked 1st in police response and accessibility followed by the Manila Police District, the Eastern Police District, the Northern Police District and the QCPD.
The Las Piñas City Police Station was ranked 1st in terms of response and accessibility followed by the Mandaluyong City Police Station, Muntinlupa City Police Station, Makati City Police Station and the cities of Manila and Marikina City, Pateros municipality, San Juan City, Valenzuela City, Navotas City, Parañaque City, Taguig City, Pasig City, Malabon City and Q.C.
The survey also showed that the respondents highly agreed that the community enjoy a satisfactory level of safety especially when there are police visible in the area.
They generally agreed that the police ensure the safety and protection of a citizen who reports a crime, positively affirmed that the NCR police can be trusted to perform their duties within the bounds of law, and unanimously agreed that the police enjoy public support and cooperation as affirmed by their willingness to participate in dialogues with the police. Respondents believed that dialogues with the police provide a good venue to solve peace and order and public safety problems in the community.
On the other hand, the survey also showed that the image of the NCR police in terms of lifestyle, moral and ethics decreased by 11.6 percent from a 44.2 percent rating in 2014 to 32.6 percent last year. However, the respondents generally agreed that the NCR police display good manners and right conduct.
Albayalde expressed his appreciation to the Napolcom for the conduct of the survey and said that he considered the result of the survey as an encouragement to NCRPO personnel who should further improve their public performance.
“The result is flattering however, we must not rest with our gains. Tuluy-tuloy po ang NCRPO sa pagtutupad ng aming tungkulin at pagpapalawig ng reporma at pagpapaigting ng disiplina sa ating mga kapulisan lalung-lalo sa mga bagitong pulis,” the top NCR police official said.
“We will take the result of this survey as one of our basis and guide to further improve our performance, to address the security demands of the public, and to pursue our transformation program,” Albayalde added.
The official earlier said that major crimes particularly robbery, theft, car and motorcycle theft, rape and physical injury have significantly been reduced in Metro Manila in the aftermath of its massive crackdown against drugs and criminality in the metropolis.
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PNP to Duterte: We did our job well in 2016 January 14, 2017 Written by Alfred Dalizon
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'BATO' DE LA ROSA, PNP CHIEF
PRESIDENT Duterte has been briefed on the PNP Oplan: Double Barrel gains in the war on drugs and in response commended the police force for a job well done even as he challenged the 180,000-strong police organization to make true their commitment to fully “serve and protect the Filipino people” by relentlessly going hammer and thongs after drug traffickers and users and be prepared to defend themselves once armed suspects start firing at them.
The briefing on the PNP Oplan: Double Barrel was given by newly-promoted Director Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, the head of the PNP Directorate for Operations while Gen. de la Rosa, Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año and other top police and military officials listened.
Cascolan said that prior to President Duterte’s proclamation, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency records showed that 13,451 barangays or 32 percent of the total 42,036 barangays in the country were considered as “drug-affected.” The PDEA report prior to July 2016 showed that 28,584 or 68 percent of the entire barangays nationwide were “not drug-affected.”
On record, the National Capital Region has the highest rate of drug infestation with 92.44 percent or 1,577 of its total 1,706 barangays “drug-affected” followed by Negros Island Region with 53.32 or 650 of its 1,219 barangays and Calabarzon region with 49.10 percent or 1,458 of its total 4,018 barangays tagged as “drug-affected.”
After six months of implementing the PNP Oplan: Double Barrel from July to December last year, the PNP official said they have noted significant accomplishments in the campaign. During the period, police visited 6,001,584 houses while implementing Oplan: Tokhang leading to the voluntary surrender of 1,143,896 confessed drug personalities, 68,271 of them known drug pushers while the rest are users.
Cascolan said that 47,922 users and pushers were arrested during the period while 2,363 armed suspects were killed in gunfights with arresting officers.
“Police operations relative to Double Barrel would show that there are more surrenderers and arrested individuals that those killed during police operations,” the 2-star general said.
He cited official records which showed that of the 1,194,181 drug personalities identified last year, only 2,363 or 0.20 percent of the total were killed in police operations while 1,143,896 or 95.79 percent voluntarily surrendered and appeared in police stations and headquarters for processing while 47,922 or 4.01 percent were arrested in anti-narcotics operations.
Cascolan said that from July 1 to December 31, 2016, the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Director Oscar D. Albayalde registered the highest number of Oplan: Tokhang surrenderers with 196,304 users and 5,200 pushers.
Second was the PRO4-A in Calabarzon region headed by Chief Supt. Valfrey G. Tabian with 130,777 drug users and 11,458 drug pushers followed by the Police Regional Office 3 in Central Luzon under Chief Supt. Aaron N. Aquino which accounted for 121,122 surrendered drug users and 5,201 drug dealers.
Cascolan told the President that out of the 47,922 drug personalities arrested during the period, 22,886 were users of shabu and marijuana while 25,036 were known drug pushers. The NCRPO has the highest number of users arrested with 10,858 while the PRO4-A registered the biggest number of drug dealers apprehended with 4,875.
The NCRPO accounted for 3,044 drug dealers during the same period while the PRO3 arrested 4,019 dealers and 2,008 users. On the other hand, the PRO4-A arrested 3,869 users during the period.
When it comes to the killing of 2,363 armed suspects broken down into 2,074 pushers and 289 users, the NCRPO accounted for 767 pushers and 148 users; the PRO3 got 401 pushers and 25 users; and the PRO4-A accounted for 235 pushers and 52 users.
Cascolan said that the following are the specific accomplishments of the PNP Double Barrel-Alpha done from October 26 to December 31 when the number of surenderers was seemingly going down.
During the period, police visited 3,325,443 houses prompting the surrender of 389,602 confessed drug personalities composed of 376,173 users and 13,429 pushers. The period also saw the PNP conducting 7,461 operations which led in the arrest of 7,834 users and 7,579 pushers and the killing of 587 armed drug offenders in gunbattles across the country.
It also saw the neutralization of 571 out of the 942 “high-value targets” or HVTs identified by the police although 22 policemen and three soldiers died while 66 PNP members and eight AFP personnel lost their lives while going after heavily-armed drug traffickers.
Cascolan said “focus crimes” like homicide, physical injury, robbery, theft, carnapping and rape remarkably went down during the period although murder cases went up as a result of more than 3,000 “Deaths Under Investigation.” The PNP leadership said all indications and statistics will show that the reduction of the cases can be attributed to the ongoing anti-drug war.
Cagayan De Oro residents along rivers evacuated due to floods By: Jigger J. Jerusalem - @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Mindanao / 10:27 PM January 16, 2017
FLOOD (AP FILE PHOTO)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Preventive evacuation has been ordered on all residents living near rivers here as floodwater continued to rise on Monday night.
The order came hours after streets were flooded following heavy rains that started mid-afternoon.
As of Monday night, thousands of residents, including university students, were still stranded in public places due to the floods.
The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said the Iponan and Cagayan de Oro Rivers have been rising to their critical levels, and that residents should evacuate to safer and higher ground. SFM
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Cagayan de Oro under state of calamity due to floods Forced evacuation being implemented as nonstop rains drench and inundate much of Visayas and Mindanao 0 SHARES Share it! Published January 17, 2017, 3:32 AM By MB Online
Cagayan de Oro City has been placed under a state of calamity as large parts of the city are inundated amid continuing rains over much of Visayas and Mindanao.
The city’s council made the declaration early Tuesday morning, January 17, upon recommendation of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Flood in Cagayan de Oro City. From DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo’s Facebook page | mb.com.ph Flood in Cagayan de Oro City. From DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo’s Facebook page | mb.com.ph
The declaration will enable the city government to tap into its calamity fund to help affected residents.
The city government earlier placed Cagayan de Oro under Code Red after the Iponan River crested at critical level as an offshoot of the swelling of the Mandulog River in Iligan City, which has reached the critical level of 6 meters.
It has ordered residents in 10 disaster-prone barangays to mandatorily evacuate:
Tumpagon Pigsag-an Lumbia Tuburan Pagalungan San Simon Iponan Bulua Pagatpat Canitoan As of this posting, the city government said 1,131 families or 3,453 individuals have been affected by the bad weather.
Classes up to high school have been suspended for Tuesday, with the same for colleges left upon the discretion of school administrators. The Supreme Court has also cancelled work in the city’s courts.
Electricity, meanwhile, has been cut off by its power distributor, the Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Lights Company.
The nonstop rains since Monday had triggered flash floods and landslides, turning roads into rivers and stranding thousands of residents.
It is the same scenario in nearby areas such as Iligan City, and as far as Leyte and Samar provinces.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) earlier issued heavy rainfall warning alerts over much of the Visayas and Mindanao due to the low pressure area and the tail end of a cold front, with the red rainfall warning hoisted over northern Mindanao.
Floods, landslides kill 5 in Mindanao By Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 18, 2017 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0
Soldiers push a military truck to higher ground after heavy flooding caused it to stall while rescuing stranded teachers and students at Mindanao University of Science and Technology in Cagayan de Oro City the other night. GERRY LEE GORIT
MANILA, Philippines - Incessant torrential rains over Northern Mindanao for the past several days have spawned widespread flooding and landslides, leaving at least five people dead, one missing and around 30 others injured, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said yesterday.
NDRRMC executive director and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) chief Ricardo Jalad said the fatalities were mainly due to drowning and landslides.
He said another civilian has been reported missing in the severe flooding that hit Cagayan de Oro City the other day – the worst since Typhoon Sendong in 2011.
Officials said over 4,000 people were displaced from their homes following the torrential rains that flooded Cagayan de Oro and nearby areas starting Monday.
The NDRRMC has yet to officially receive full reports on the identities of the dead, but said they all came from Northern Mindanao, particularly Misamis Oriental.
Initial reports, however, showed that aside from a certain Renny Boy Cabidno who was buried under a collapsed wall in Cagayan de Oro, the rest of the fatalities came from Gingoog City with two dead and one each in Magsaysay and Opol towns. Another was reported missing in Medina town, all in Misamis Oriental.
There were also initial reports of five people who perished and a child missing in flashfloods that struck the towns of Jose Dalman and Roxas in Zamboanga del Norte.
Jalad said the flooding in Cagayan de Oro has been compounded by drainage problems in the city.
He said the sewerage system failed to drain the floodwaters following heavy rains that hit upper Bukidnon.
Regional disaster officials in Northern Mindanao reported the floods displaced some 1,654 families or 6,827 individuals.
On top of Cagayan de Oro City (Misamis) and Iligan in Lanao, 14 of Misamis Oriental’s 23 towns and Gingoog City were hardest hit by widespread flooding.
The city council declared Cagayan de Oro under a state of calamity yesterday to hasten services to the displaced residents now staying in 19 evacuation centers.
Except for severe flooding in low-lying areas, there was no reported casualty in nearby Iligan City.
In 2011, Cagayan de Oro was also devastated by torrential floods from Typhoon Sendong, leaving at least 1,152 people dead in the city and in neighboring Iligan.
On the other hand, Malacañang declared the government is doing all it can to normalize the situation in Northern Mindanao.
“Government is doing everything to ensure that things go back to normal especially now that the weather is improving and roads are again passable,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.
Abella said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is now providing assistance to affected families in Northern Mindanao, including Cagayan de Oro City, which is now under a state of calamity.
The DSWD said 953 families or a total of 4,378 individuals have been evacuated in affected areas in Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao.
Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said another 1,116 families or 4,879 individuals were affected by the flooding caused by torrential rains brought about by a low-pressure area and the tail-end of a cold front.
Aside from Cagayan de Oro, DSWD also reported evacuation of affected families in various parts of Misamis Oriental and in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte.
A number of residents in Eastern Samar were also evacuated due to the flashfloods.
“Our regional officials are also maintaining constant communication with officials of the local government units,” Taguiwalo said yesterday.
“The Cagayan de Oro local government and its disaster units as well as social welfare office are addressing the immediate needs of affected citizens. Our field office (in the region) is always prepared to provide augmentation support,” she added.
AGAYAN DE ORO. Residents have to wade through flooded streets in Cagayan de Oro City on Monday, January 16, 2017. (Nef Luczon)
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Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, a native of Cagayan de Oro, appealed for more help and assistance for the victims of the massive flooding in the city.
“We need to show the flood victims that they are not alone, and we are ready to stand in solidarity with them in their hour of need,” he said.
Pimentel said his office, with its limited resources, would do its best to help the victims to complement government efforts.
The Office of the Senate President has launched a relief drive, “TabangCDO” to help the flood victims in the city.
Pimentel also gave assurance the help will not be limited to his hometown.
“Let us remember that flood victims are not limited to CDO. We should ensure that we can help everyone to the best of our abilities,” he said.
A month’s volume of rain
The low-pressure area (LPA) which triggered massive flooding in Cagayan de Oro City and other parts of Northern Mindanao last Monday has dissipated.
However, a tail-end of a cold front will continue to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Visayas and the regions of Northern Mindanao and Caraga until today, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday.
“We still expect rains over these areas although not as heavy as last Monday,” PAGASA weather forecaster Benison Estareja said in a television interview.
Estareja continued to warn residents in affected areas, especially those living in low lying and mountainous areas, against possible flashfloods and landslides.
“By Thursday, we expect the tail-end of a cold front to weaken and by then we can expect improved weather condition in Mindanao,” he said.
The two weather systems dumped almost a month’s volume of rain in one day in Misamis Oriental, according to PAGASA.
The PAGASA-El Salvador station recorded 72.4 millimeters of rain in the province over a 24-hour monitoring on Tuesday. The area’s average total rainfall for January is 98.9 mm.
The heavy rains caught residents by surprise, leaving the city at a virtual standstill.
Most residential areas had no light or water supply since the torrential rains began Monday.
Rescue workers had to retrieve several students of Mindanao University of Science and Technology in the city who were trapped in their classrooms because of the floods.
A shopping mall in the city remained open to allow the thousands of stranded to stay inside during the heavy rains and floods. –Alexis Romero, Evelyn Macairan, Janvic Mateo, Gerry Lee-Gorit, Paolo Romero, Helen Flores, Lino de la Cruz, John Unson, Roel Pareño
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Heavy rain causes flash floods in CDO, Misamis Oriental By Alwen Sariling, for CNN Philippines Updated 06:24 AM PHT Tue, January 17, 2017 1.5K131
Cagayan de Oro City (CNN Philippines) — Prolonged heavy rain due to two weather disturbances caused flash floods in various parts of Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental on Monday.
Vergel Lago, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) weather monitoring chief, said a low pressure area and the tail end of the cold front caused downpour that started at 2 p.m. Monday.
Although the rain stopped at 2 a.m. Tuesday, Cagayan de Oro City disaster officials declared a state of calamity following massive flooding in the city.
Authorities carried out forced evacuation, especially those living near the Ipunan River.
According to Allan Porcadilla, the City's Disaster Administrator, more than 1,200 families or close to 5,000 individuals have been evacuated, with 221 families from near the Ipunan River.
Porcadilla also said they are closely monitoring this river system as it has reached the critical level.
Meanwhile, no casualties and injuries have been reported.
Landslides, closed roads
Lago said the CDRRMO hotline has been getting calls from residents asking for rescue after creeks overflowed, with floods reaching waist-high.
In addition, a landslide was reported below the Pryce Plaza Hotel in Mastersons Avenue, Carmen and in Paglaum, Camaman-an.
Radio reports also said there were houses nearly washed out in Barangays Gusa and Agusan, while a tree fell and blocked the road in Macanhan, Carmen, causing heavy traffic in the area.
As of 6 p.m. Monday, flooded and impassable areas include:
JV Serina Street
Gaabucayan to Osmeña
Camaman-an Elementary School
Zone 7 Patag
Balongis to Balulang
Rescue teams and equipment — together with the police, military, the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Red Cross — have been deployed to the affected areas.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration meanwhile issued a yellow rainfall warning for Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur in its 4 a.m. Tuesday advisory.
A yellow warning level means flooding is expected in low-lying areas.
Read: Understanding PAGASA's public storm warning system, rainfall advisories
In addition, the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company Inc. (Cepalco) had shut down electricity lines in highly flooded areas, such as Carmen, Camaman-an, Macanhan and C.M. Recto.
Cepalco spokesperson Marilyn Chavez said power in these areas would be restored immediately once it was safe to do so.
"We are prioritizing the safety of highly flooded areas because live wires may be dangerous during floods," Chavez said. "We are asking for the cooperation of the public to report any observations of loose wiring in their areas so that Cepalco can handle it immediately."
Flood in rest of Misamis Oriental
In Misamis Oriental, intermittent rain also led to floods in Gingoog City after the Gahub River spillway in San Miguel Village overflowed.
As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, the approach to a bridge in Kalanawan, Sungay in Alubijid town was damaged — making the area impassable except to motorcycles.
Flash floods were also reported near the Tingalan, Nangcaon and Awang River in Opol.
CNN Philippines Digital Producer VJ Bacungan and Correspondent Yumi Lugod contributed to this report.
Self-rated poverty on downswing — SWS Written by Gerry Baldo Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00 f
COURTESY OF ABS-CBN: A woman collects rocks from a road construction for use in her home. News Self-rated poverty steady, declining for 9 consecutive quarters - SWS ABS-CBN
Poverty, or the public’s perception of it, is on a downtrend, as self-rated poverty remained at 44 percent, the second lowest since 1983, last December after the record low 42 percent in the September survey, which are both under the Duterte administration, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.
The self-rated poverty rate the past two quarters surpassed the previous record of 47 percent registered in 1987.
If applied on the population, the survey result reflect an estimated 10 million considering themselves poor.
Malacañang welcomed the survey results saying Filipinos have started to feel the change promised by Mr. Duterte.
“Change has indeed come, and it is being felt by our people,” Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said in a press statement.
“On the two-point increase in self-rated poverty nationwide, we take note the survey finding that self-rated poverty rose in Balance Luzon,” Andanar said.
“We thus factor in stronger-than usual typhoons that hit Luzon towards the later part of the year which may have affected the perception of our respondents,” he added. Last year, typhoon Karen damaged thousands of hectares of agricultural lands in Ilocos, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Bicol while typhoon Lawin destroyed houses and crops and displaced thousands in the northern part of Luzon.
By Philippine News Agency on January 16, 2017. PCO Secretary Martin Andanar (Pictured) statement on SWS Q4 2016 Self-Rated Poverty
“The Department of Agriculture has been providing assistance to those affected farmers in the wake of two destructive storms last year,” Andanar said.
According to the SWS survey conducted on 1,500 respondents nationwide, the self-rated poverty reading “has been either steady or declining for nine consecutive quarters from 52 percent in December 2014 to 44 percent in December last year.
A more telling result in the survey was 34 percent in December who considered themselves poor in terms of obtaining their daily food needs, which rose from the record-low 30 percent last September.
The second lowest self-rated food poverty figure was in March, 2010 at 31 percent during the term of former President Gloria Arroyo.
44% still high — solon
ACT party-list Rep France Castro said that nonetheless, the survey still showed almost half of the Philippine population is poor and should be lifted out of the poor’s predicament.
“There is no reason to declare Martial Law...the prevailing situation is that almost half of the population is poor. This is what the president should look into,” said Castro.
Castro stressed that the poverty problem is more important than martial law.
“Instead of facing the poverty problem, he (Duterte) is making threats in the disguise of his war on drugs,” Castro added.
Castro noted that among the campaign promises of Duterte was to uplift the lives of the poor.
SWS said the latest survey was conducted from December 3 to 6 last year using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults nationwide who were distributed 600 in Balance Luzon and 300 each in Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.
The survey has sampling error margins of plus and negative three percent.
The area estimates were weighted by National Statistics Office medium-population projections for 2016 to obtain the national estimates, according to SWS.
The survey questions were directed to the household head.
The survey question on self-rated poverty was ”Where would you place your family in this card?”
SWS said its researchers then present a card with the choices not poor, on the line, and poor.
The self-rated poverty threshold is then obtained through a follow-up question “If poor, in your opinion, how much money would your family need for home expenses each month in order not to be called poor anymore? This excludes work-related expenses like transportation.”
For self-rated food poverty, the questioned posed was:”Based on the type of food eaten by your family, where would you place your family on this card?”
A showcard is then produced.
The self-rated food poverty threshold is obtained through a follow-up question: If poor, in your opinion, how much money would your family need for food expenses each month in order not to be called poor anymore in terms of food?”
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Health chief faces rough sailing in CA over condoms By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 17, 2017 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0
Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto said the planned distribution of condoms among high school students is a “wrong approach” to stem the rising incidence of HIV and teenage pregnancy cases. AP
MANILA, Philippines - Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial will face stiff opposition in the Commission on Appointments (CA) if she insists on distributing condoms in public high schools, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said yesterday.
Sotto said the planned distribution of condoms among high school students is a “wrong approach” to stem the rising incidence of HIV and teenage pregnancy cases.
“I assure you the secretary will not pass the CA if they do that,” Sotto said.
He said the Departments of Education (DepEd) and Health (DOH) should undertake values education and information drive if they want to curb the rise of HIV and teenage pregnancy cases.
Sotto, a staunch opponent of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law but supporter of capital punishment, said condom distribution would confuse teenagers on matters of sex.
“Secretary Ubial wants our children and grandchildren to play with fire. Don’t they realize the repercussions of distributing condoms in high schools? Are they saying there is no more crime of statutory rape? Isn’t it a crime to have sex with a minor?” he added.
Sotto also reminded them that the distribution of condoms in schools runs counter to the intention of Republic Act 7610 or the “Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.”
The DOH came up with the idea of distributing condoms in public schools nationwide to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS among Filipino youth.
The DOH said Filipinos are increasingly engaging in sex at a very young age. Its records show that there are 209,000 teen pregnancies in the Philippines, which is equivalent to over 500 pregnancies daily, a situation prevalent since 2011.
The condom distribution will be piloted among students aged 15 to 24 in selected public schools in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon), the regions with the highest number of HIV/AIDS cases.
DOH data show this age group accounted for 4,509 of the 8,514 HIV/AIDS cases recorded from January to November 2016.
Ubial said the DOH is coordinating with DepEd and they “are finalizing the guidelines” for the condom distribution in schools.
Ubial noted that teachers and other school personnel who would be involved in the program would have to undergo training and capacity building on how to carry out the campaign.
The DOH and DepEd also have to make sure that student-beneficiaries have taken sexuality education and primers on responsible parenthood and reproductive health before they can avail themselves of condoms.
“The school system is not prepared for it. And also the Philippine culture and society, to talk about sexuality and sex and the RH in general because it is considered taboo in the country, especially for children. So we really have to prepare the entire system and the entire community for this particular program,” Ubial added.
But Sotto also questioned the insistence of the DOH on the move when it has not been distributing condoms to barangays as mandated by the government’s RH program.
He said he has been asking barangay officials all over the country and the latter have told him the DOH has not provided any condoms to be given to couples. – With Sheila Crisostomo
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