Senior Supt. Ronald Lee, Pangasinan PNP officer-in-charge, talks with reporters regarding Ronnie Dayan last November 25 at the Pangasinan PNP provincial office in Lingayen. Lee said that Dayan is now in a safe house.CESAR RAMIREZ
DAYAN’S SAFETY. Pangasinan second district congressman Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District) appeals to national police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa to take custody of Senator Leila de Lima’s arrested former driver and bodyguard who told a congressional hearing that he (Dayan) had personal knowledge about the eight million pesos given by dangerous drug lord Kerwin Espinosa to de Lima. Photograb from tv: MORTZ C.ORTIGOZA
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas(right) joins the participants in a prayer-rally We Do Not Forget!We Will Never Forget! at the St.John the Evangelist Cathedral in Dagupan City late afternoon last November 23.CESAR RAMIREZ
Illegal drugs, corruption, all forms of criminal activities and illegal gambling- these are what President Rodrigo Duterte promised to eradicate towards the “change and reforms” in our government system. It’s a gargantuan task, so to speak, that needs a total overhauling of the government’s institutions anchored on transparency and good governance.
Barely five months in office, President Duterte has gained much on his war against illegal drugs despite the questions posed by international media on alleged extra judicial killings (EJK) as well as the United Nations European Union and the United States of America (USA). Duterte is even questioned on human rights violations not considering that what he had laid down was a total war against illegal drugs.
In war it is expected that there will be casualties but not as a shield if there are violations committed on the rights of the people. Duterte was firm on his order to the leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP)- kill if you must if your lives are at stake against the drug lords, pushers and users. Indeed, in the PNP operations many lives have been taken aside from those perpetrated by unscrupulous persons- vigilantes or drug lords.
The results of the war against illegal drugs are highly commendable. GMA News reported that data from police regional offices as of November 24, revealed that a total of 4,041,333 houses have been visited under “Project Tokhang” where police officers go to houses of drug suspects to convince them to mend their ways.
This activity resulted in the surrender of 804,589 drug suspects, of which 746,534 were users and 58,055 were pushers. The PNP also conducted 36,445 anti illegal drug operations which resulted in the deaths of 1,948 drug suspects and arrest of 37,230 others.
The PNP is looking at having the estimated 1.8 million drug suspects in the country surrender to authorities in the first six months of the administration in compliance with the campaign promise of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The war on drugs is not a simple thing that even President Duterte admitted that he was short on its magnitude. He said it has already reached the level that Philippines is already a country ruled by “narco-politicians” and being backed up by “narco-cops” and even village officials. He once revealed the names of politicians, police generals, policemen, judges, etc. who are involved in the illegal drugs but refused to publish the names of those listed in ” a thick pads of papers”, which he said will make the people cry. That names of those in the list should have been revealed in order for those involved to clear their names and if not they should have been the targets of “Operation HVTs.” As long as those names will not be revealed, they will enjoy the comfort of innocence and still continue with their drug operations to the detriment of the planned total war against illegal drugs. (more…)
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ALAMINOS- Village heads of this city underwent a whole day seminar on Personal Safety for Elected Government Officials last November 22 as a response to the brutal killing of the city’s Liga ng mga Barangay President Salvador “Badong” Camba.
The seminar, sponsored jointly by the Liga, Philippine National Police (PNP) and the city government, ensured that local officials of the city will not be taking their personal security lightly.
Liga President Raul Bacay, who succeeded Camba, said the seminar will make them worry-free from the attacks of criminals.
“It made us worry about our personal security. It became a serious concern especially that we are vulnerable to possible attacks while performing our duties and responsibilities as village officials,” Bacay said.
Bacay, the incumbent village head of Lucap, acknowledged that there’s always the possibility of someone may cause harm to the elected officials wherever they are out of anger, personal reasons and bad motives.
“We have to protect ourselves. We are very grateful to Mayor Arthur F. Celeste and P/Supt. Benjamin Ariola for helping us spearhead this very timely and worthy endeavor for all of us barangay officials,” Bacay said. (more…)