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BuCor Chief Bato faces alleged drug lords

BuCor Chief Bato faces alleged drug lords.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepMay 7th, 2018

Bato eyes Prison ‘segregation’ to isolate Chinese drug lords

It's just like separating two rival gangs in a deadly prison riot.   For newly appointed Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, segregating convicted Chinese drug lords from their Filipino cohorts inside New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City may just do the trick to finally rid the state penitentiary of illegal drugs.   Dela Rosa, the former Philippine National Police chief who on Friday took his oath of office as BuCor head before Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, said budgetary requirements would also be a key to complying with President Duterte's directive to stop the narcotics trade in the NBP.   "The Chinese drug lor...Keep on reading: Bato eyes Prison ‘segregation’ to isolate Chinese drug lords.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

Bato to NBP drug lords: I’m the boss

On his first day as Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief, Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa talked tough, telling New Bilibid Prison (NBP) that he was the boss. "I'm the tough guy here, not you. My rules, not yours, will be followed here," he said on Monday during his "man-to-man" talk with convicted drug lords detained at Building 14 of the maximum security compound. You can't threaten me "Don't think that just because you are rich, you have the money, that you can threaten me. Never in your wildest imagination will that happen," Dela Rosa added. Earlier, Dela Rosa, who traded the navy blue Philippine National Police uniform for BuCor's dark brown, presided over the flag-raising ce...Keep on reading: Bato to NBP drug lords: I’m the boss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

‘Bilibid is your cathedral no more,’ Bato tells convicted drug lords

    With his appointment as the new head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) made officialon Thursday, former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa vowed to take back the New Bilibid Prison from the control of convicted drug lords.   Dela Rosa, who retired on April 19 from the police service, said in a text message to the Inquireron Thursday, "To the convicted drug lords: Bilibid is your cathedral no more."   He explained in a succeeding text message that he was referring to the Colombian prison facility under the control of the late drug lord Pablo Escobar which was referred to as the "Cathedral."   In his last pres...Keep on reading: ‘Bilibid is your cathedral no more,’ Bato tells convicted drug lords.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2018

Incoming BuCor Chief Bato warns Bilibid drug lords

Incoming BuCor Chief Bato warns Bilibid drug lords.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Bato dela Rosa eyes segregating Chinese, Filipino drug lords in Bilibid

To cut the supply of and demand for illegal drugs like shabu or crystal meth in the country, Chinese and Filipino drug lords incarcerated in the New Bilibid Prison need to be segregated, Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

Bato meets with more alleged drug lords

Bato meets with more alleged drug lords.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

DOJ’s marching order to Bato: Destroy the drug machinery inside PH jails

Destroy the drug machinery inside penitentiaries. This was the marching order of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa as he takes the helm of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). Guevarra said Dela Rosa was mandated to crack down on the illegal drug trade in the country's penitentiaries, including the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City. "There will be only one marching order for Chief Dela Rosa: Destroythe drug machinery inside the penitentiary," Guevara said in a textmessage sent to reporters. The Justice chief said he was set to meet Dela Rosa onFriday (May 11) to discuss their plans for BuCor, am...Keep on reading: DOJ’s marching order to Bato: Destroy the drug machinery inside PH jails.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Human rights advocates want de la Rosa to answer for 12,000 deaths in drug war

OUTGOING Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa should answer for the alleged 12,000 fatalities in the government’s war on drugs under his watch, says international non-profit organization Human Rights Watch (HRW). “As police chief, de la Rosa deployed the forces that have waged President Rodrigo Duterte’s murderous “war on drugs.” That campaign [...] The post Human rights advocates want de la Rosa to answer for 12,000 deaths in drug war appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Aguirre: Drug case vs alleged drug lords not ‘back to zero’

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said on Tuesday that he has issued an order "vacating the dismissal" of the drug case against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and several others.   "The case is now wide open for the submission of evidence by both parties,' Aguirre said in a Palace briefing.   The DOJ chief said he has created a new panel that would review the resolution dismissing the drug cases against Espinosa, Lim and their cohorts.   READ: Aguirre forms panel to review dismissed drug cases vs Lim, Kerwin   According to Aguirre, the panel would handle the motion for reconsideration filed by the police last month. &nb...Keep on reading: Aguirre: Drug case vs alleged drug lords not ‘back to zero’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

Bato mulls strategy in dealing with imprisoned drug lords

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa vowed to adopt stronger measures in dealing with illega.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017

Kerwin, Espenido face off at court hearing

ALLEGED druglord Kerwin Espinosa and his nemesis, Ozamiz City police head Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido, faced off at the Manila Regional Trial Court yesterday during the hearing of illegal drug trading and possession of illegal firearms cases which Espinosa currently faces. Espenido, then Albuera, Leyte police chief, was accused by….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Court orders arrest of ex-BuCor chief, three others in De Lima case

MUNTINLUPA Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 206 Judge Patria Manalastas de Leon ordered the arrest of former Bureau of Correction (Bucor) Director Franklin Bucayu and three others, including the alleged bagmen and love interest of detained Sen. Leila De Lima, in connection with the alleged illegal drug trade at the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

JUSTICE! Eight years after ‘Maguindanao massacre,’ justice still elusive for families of victims

COTABATO CITY – Families of 58 people brutally killed in Maguindanao province continue to cry for justice eight years after 200 gunmen, believed to be followers of the Ampatuan clan, massacred the victims, 32 of them media workers.  The massacre occurred in the village of Salman in Ampatuan town on November 23, 2009 while supporters and family members of Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu were heading to the office of the Commission on Elections to file his candidacy for governor of Maguindanao and challenging Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. who was the patriarch of a clan that long held power in the province.  Mangudadatu invited journalists to cover the event and also to protect his group against alleged threats by the Ampatuans. Mangudadatu himself did not go with the convoy for fear that he would be ambushed and instead sent his wife and sisters and supporters to represent him.  True enough, a large group of armed men, many of them militias and policemen, taking orders from the alleged mastermind, Andal, flagged down the convoy on the highway of Shariff Aguak town, the clan’s stronghold, and held all in the group at gunpoint and brought the victims to a remote location in Ampatuan town and raked them all with automatic weapons. Andal’s son and namesake, Andal, Jr., then mayor of Datu Unsay town, and another son, Zaldy Ampatuan, then the regional governor, and several other clan members along with dozens more are now in jail after being implicated in the massacre. The accused have all denied the charges against them. And many witnesses to the gruesome crime had been killed while others were allegedly bribed to prevent them from testifying. The slow progress of the cases is also putting a stress – both psychologically and spiritually – to the families of those who perished in the massacre.  Murders Media watchdog National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said justice remains as elusive as it was 8 years ago and that journalists continue to be murdered with impunity with 178 murdered since 1986 – the last five killed in the year and a half since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.  It said of the 198 massacre suspects, only 115 have been arrested and 112 have been arraigned and that four had died in the course of the proceedings, including primary suspect Andal Sr.  Out of the 112, NUJP said 70 were allowed by the court to post bail, including Andal Sr.’s youngest son, Sajid Islam, who was freed in 2015 after posting P11.6-million bail. This number also included 17 police officers who were allowed by the court to post bail because of weak evidence.  As of July 11, 2017, it said 102 of the accused remain in detention, including main suspects Andal Jr.; Zaldy and also Chief Inspector Sukarno Dicay, then the police chief of the 15th Regional Mobile Group that was conducting the checkpoint when the convoy was stopped by gunmen.  “We have been informed that with only three more principal accused in the massacre trial still to present their witnesses, it would be reasonable to hope for a resolution by next year. We do hope so and pray it will be a triumph for justice. However, the numbers do not offer too much reason for optimism.”  “But as we have pointed out before, notwithstanding its shocking magnitude, the Ampatuan massacre was not an aberration but an inevitable result of the rotten system of governance that afflicts our country. It is a governance of expediency by which all presidents, bar none, court the loyalty of the warlords, crime lords and corrupt clans who infest Philippine politics and rule their bailiwicks like fiefdoms, because this is the only way they can rule effectively,” NUJP said.  Impunity Lawyer Jose Begil Jr, of the Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao, said the massacre could potentially go down in history as one of the most long-drawn high profile cases, despite the Justice Department’s declaration that the case is now on its tail end.  He recalled that the late Senator Joker Arroyo had predicted that the trial could take 200 years with nearly 200 defendants and 300 witnesses. “Additionally, prosecution witnesses have either been killed under questionable circumstances, are missing, or were intimidated,” Begil said. “Eight years have passed, justice is nowhere in sight,” Begil said, adding, the culture of impunity, still pervades the Duterte government.  “The Arroyo government was responsible for this impunity against journalists, lawyers, and other human rights defenders. The Aquino government failed to deliver on its promise to attain justice for the victims. And now, the Duterte government has simply expanded this culture of impunity, this time not only against journalists but to drug offenders, and more viciously against human rights activists,” Begil said.  Letter to Pope In 2014, family members of journalists who perished in the massacre had written a letter addressed to Pope Francis and read by Grace Morales during the 5th commemoration of the killings in Ampatuan town.  Grace is the widow of Rosell Morales and sister of Marites Cablitas, circulation manager and publisher of News Focus, who was among those killed.  The letter reads: “Kami ay mga asawa, anak, magulang at kapatid ng mga pinaslang sa bayan ng Ampatuan, Maguindanao noong ika -23 ng Nobyembre 2009. Ang aming mga mahal sa buhay ay kasama sa masaker kung saan 58 ang nasawi kabilang ang 32 mamahayag.  Taun-taon ay bumabalik kami rito sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

ISIS militants, hostages escape Marawi mosque

MARAWI CITY – Dozens of local ISIS militants and their hostages managed to escape undetected from a mosque they used to attack security forces in the besieged city of Marawi.  The daring escape was only discovered after troops managed to advance and eventually recaptured the mosque from militants on Thursday hours before President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Marawi. The military trumpeted the “liberation” of the mosque, but it did not say how ISIS fighters and their captives managed to escape from thousands of troops who surrounded Marawi, and spy planes and drones monitoring the siege since May 23.  The fate of the hostages, including a Catholic priest and church workers, remains unknown.  Duterte, wearing a Kevlar helmet and a bullet-proof vest, inspected troops in the battlefront and spoke to them. “The President also congratulated the troops for defending Marawi from terror elements and for successfully retaking the Islamic Center yesterday, a structure that was maintained as the Daesh-inspired terrorist group's command and control for the longest time before it was retaken,” said Army Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, a spokeswoman for the Western Mindanao Command.  It was his 3rd visit to Marawi since the fighting began when militants occupied the city in an effort to put up an Islamic province in the restive region. Security officials also briefed Duterte on the progress of the military operations against the militants.  In his talk with the soldiers, Duterte assured his full support to the military and police forces fighting ISIS. “I would like to reiterate this, I will never abandon you as long as you are doing the right thing. This would include fighting against the terrorists groups, the drug lords or the common criminals as long as you are doing your sworn duty to enforce the law and protect the republic. Let me emphasize however that you must do your job in accordance with the law,” he said.  Duterte was accompanied by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Defense Undersecretary Cesar Yano, Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Eduardo Ano and Army Chief Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda.  Oust Duterte  His visit to the battlefield came days after disgruntled soldiers and policemen who are members of a shadowy group called Patriotic and Democratic Movement or PADEM called for the ouster of Duterte. They accused Duterte of treating the military and police as his private armies and for betraying and violating public trust and cited 10 reasons to call for his ouster. The group also urged Filipinos to join PADEM in condemning and fighting Duterte and his administration and to stage mass actions and demand the President’s ouster. In a manifesto, Antonio Bonifacio, who claimed to be PADEM’s spokesman, called on members of the military and police to also join the people in demanding Duterte’s resignation and also his administration. It said the group is working for the withdrawal military and police support for Duterte.  “We urge all Filipinos as individuals and as groups in whatever social sector, field, institution or organization to exercise their right of assembly and expression to undertake mass actions demanding the ouster of Duterte and his administration. We call on our fellow officers and members of the AFP and the PNP to join the people in demanding the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration.” “We pledge to work for the withdrawal of military and police support for Duterte and his administration in conjunction with mass mobilization of the Filipino people in millions to manifest their demand for the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration. Upon the change of administration, we pledge to follow the principle of civilian supremacy and support a new civilian administration, in accordance with the 1987 Constitution and the rule of law,” the manifesto, released by Bonifacio – believed to be a nom de guerre – said. PADEM also condemned and holds accountable for gross crimes in betrayal of public trust and in violation of national sovereignty and democratic rights of the Filipino people. It cited the following reasons as alleged crimes of Duterte:   Treating the AFP and the PNP as these were his private armies and practising favoritism and violating professional and service standards in the promotion and assignment of officers; Corrupting the PNP and the AFP with a system of monetary awards for the extrajudicial killing of alleged illegal drug users and of NPA suspects; Condoning and protecting top-level illegal drug lords; Emboldening/inciting police officers to engage in extrajudicial killings of poor suspected illegal drug users and pushers by publicly telling officers to plant evidence and by guaranteeing their pardon and promotion in case of conviction; Aggravating corruption in government and criminality through the collusion of Duterte trustees and crime syndicates; Allowing China to occupy maritime features in the West Philippine Sea and to violate Philippine sovereign rights upheld by decision of the Arbitral Tribunal in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; Bungling the operations in Marawi City and indiscriminately destroying lives and property through aerial bombings, artillery and mortar; Favoring certain Chinese businessmen and Duterte relatives and cronies in the award of projected infrastructure projects using loans from China; Betraying the sovereign rights of the Filipino people by making the Philippines a debt vassal of China and offering to China the oil and gas resources under the West Philippine Sea as collateral for Chinese loans; and Seeking to replace the partnership with the United States in matters [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2017

Shadowy group calls for Duterte’s ouster

MANILA – A shadowy group called Patriotic and Democratic Movement or PADEM, composed of disgruntled military and police officers and members, has called for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte and cited 10 reasons for its action. It accused Duterte of treating the military and police as his private armies and for betraying and violating public trust. It also urged Filipinos to join PADEM in condemning and fighting Duterte and his administration and to stage mass actions and demand the President’s ouster. In a manifesto, Antonio Bonifacio, who claimed to be PADEM’s spokesman, called on members of the military and police to also join the people in demanding Duterte’s resignation and also his administration. It said the group is working for the withdrawal military and police support for Duterte.  “We urge all Filipinos as individuals and as groups in whatever social sector, field, institution or organization to exercise their right of assembly and expression to undertake mass actions demanding the ouster of Duterte and his administration. We call on our fellow officers and members of the AFP and the PNP to join the people in demanding the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration.” “We pledge to work for the withdrawal of military and police support for Duterte and his administration in conjunction with mass mobilization of the Filipino people in millions to manifest their demand for the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration. Upon the change of administration, we pledge to follow the principle of civilian supremacy and support a new civilian administration, in accordance with the 1987 Constitution and the rule of law,” the manifesto, released by Bonifacio &'' believed to be a nom de guerre – said. PADEM also condemned and holds accountable for gross crimes in betrayal of public trust and in violation of national sovereignty and democratic rights of the Filipino people. It cited the following reasons as alleged crimes of Duterte:   Treating the AFP and the PNP as these were his private armies and practising favoritism and violating professional and service standards in the promotion and assignment of officers; Corrupting the PNP and the AFP with a system of monetary awards for the extrajudicial killing of alleged illegal drug users and of NPA suspects; Condoning and protecting top-level illegal drug lords; Emboldening/inciting police officers to engage in extrajudicial killings of poor suspected illegal drug users and pushers by publicly telling officers to plant evidence and by guaranteeing their pardon and promotion in case of conviction; Aggravating corruption in government and criminality through the collusion of Duterte trustees and crime syndicates; Allowing China to occupy maritime features in the West Philippine Sea and to violate Philippine sovereign rights upheld by decision of the Arbitral Tribunal in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; Bungling the operations in Marawi City and indiscriminately destroying lives and property through aerial bombings, artillery and mortar; Favoring certain Chinese businessmen and Duterte relatives and cronies in the award of projected infrastructure projects using loans from China; Betraying the sovereign rights of the Filipino people by making the Philippines a debt vassal of China and offering to China the oil and gas resources under the West Philippine Sea as collateral for Chinese loans; and Seeking to replace the partnership with the United States in matters of national security with an even more lopsided relationship with China and Russia.  Television network GMA reported that the military has reiterated its support for the administration of Duterte and strongly denied PADEM’s allegations. Military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines, along with all the men and women of the uniformed services and all their civilian personnel, stand by the government and support Duterte, their commander-in-chief. Padilla said the accusations and issues cited by the group are unfounded and uncalled for. “Such issues are clearly politically motivated and a matter that the AFP does not and will not subscribe to,” GMA quoted him as saying, adding, they are the constitutionally mandated protectors of the people and will stand by law-abiding citizens whenever and wherever they are needed. “Having affirmed this, the AFP, however, will not hesitate in acting against forces who shall undermine the stability and security of our country and those who wish to destabilize our nation thru unconstitutional means,” he said. Communist rebels had previously said that the Central Intelligence Agency is plotting to oust Duterte alongside the plan to assassinate Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Sison, in a statement he issued in May, said those who continue to support him assert that performance in a year is not enough basis for a final judgment and that there is more than enough time ahead for him to accomplish promises that have most impressed them, such as the eradication of the drug problem, criminality, and corruption. He said Duterte has, in fact, pleaded that he needs three or four more years to bring about the significant changes that he previously thought would be done in six months’ time. His promised campaign against the pork barrel and other forms of corruption of the Aquino regime has not yet materialized. “Where he has been most successful at, projecting himself as a strong leader by calling on the police and the public to kill drug addict-pushers, he has attracted the most severe and sustained condemnation by institutions, the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2017

Bato: Higher power ordered reinstatement of Kerwin s alleged drug protector

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa revealed on Tuesday that a higher official ordered the chief of Cri.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 29th, 2016

Kerwin will be safe in PNP custody, vows Dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa assured the public on Monday of the safety of alleged drug lo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2016

Bato to talk to Odicta children on alleged drug matrix

Director General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said yesterday he will ask the children of the slain Odicta couple about the alleged drug matrix that their parents made before they surrendered to Interior Secretary Mike S.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 1st, 2016

Bato to addicts: Kill drug lords, burn their houses

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa prodded drug addicts “to kill drug lords and burn their houses.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 25th, 2016

WATCH: Dela Rosa meets alleged drug lords in Bilibid

MANILA, Philippines Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa visited high-profile inmates of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Wednesday, July 20, on the sidelines of a trip to the high-security prison as Special Action F.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2016