Duterte to consider recommended Sulu-wide martial law —Palace

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 26, 2020   •   609

President Rodrigo Duterte is considering the recommendation of the Philippine Army to put Sulu under martial law after the recent twin blasts in Jolo, Malacañang said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President is awaiting the official report and request of the police and military.

Aside from the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police (PNP) also supports the idea of putting the province under martial law.

However, Roque said the decision to reimpose martial law in Sulu needs further study and the approval of both the legislative and judicial branches of government before it can be implemented.

“Iyan naman po ay kinukunsidera ng ating Presidente, subject siyempre doon sa legal and factual basis. So, kapag ang report naman ay nagtugma na sapat na dahilan ito sa martial law, ikukunsidera naman po iyan ng Preisdente, (That is what the President is taking into consideration, of course it will be subject to legal and factual basis. So if the report is verified and there is a reason to declare martial law, it will be considered by the President),” he said.

The twin explosions in Jolo on Monday (August 24) left at least 15 people dead with 77 injured. Among those killed were seven soldiers and a police officer. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte to deliver public address on April 12, Roque says

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his public address on Monday (April 12), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. confirmed.

In a text message to reporters on Saturday (April 10), the Palace official said the President will push through with his weekly public address on Monday.

Duterte skipped his public address last week after several members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) tested positive for the COVID-19. Due to his several days of absence, speculations have surfaced questioning the state of the President’s health.

However, several officials, already assured that Duterte is of good health and will deliver his public address on Monday.

Meanwhile, Roque said he was admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment. AAC

Roque in hospital for COVID-19 treatment

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 10, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines—Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. on Saturday (April 10) announced he is currently admitted in a hospital for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment.

“This is to say that COVID-19 is more transmissible now so we have to do extra precaution,” he said.

Roque, meanwhile, also reiterated he will announce the risk classification of the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus Bubble on Saturday after the discussion with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

He also said  that President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his public address on Monday (April 12).

The Palace official requested prayers for all COVID-19 patients in the country. AAC

Over P20-M worth of illegal drugs seized in Sulu buy-bust ops

Robie de Guzman   •   March 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Some P20.4 million worth of suspected shabu were confiscated in a buy-bust operation conducted in Jolo town of Sulu province, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday.

Citing a report from the Police Regional Office Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR), PNP officer-in-charge PLt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the illegal drugs were seized in an operation conducted on Sunday at Barangay Walled City.

Police said the buy-bust operation was jointly launched by intel operatives from Jolo MPS, Indanan MPS, 11th and 35th Mobile Intelligence Battalion, in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the Bangsamoro region.

Operatives also arrested a drug suspect, identified as Ejek Ali Abduhalim, 44, during the operation.

“Seized from the suspect were one paper bag with more or less three kilograms of suspected shabu with a street value of P20.4 million and two mobile phones,” Eleazar said.

The suspect is now facing criminal charges violating Sections 5 and 11 of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

“The PNP is working double-time to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs in every region across the country, as we continue to intensify our anti-illegal drugs operations,”  Eleazar said.

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