Timing of ICC complaint vs Duterte is dubious – Malacañang
admin • April 25, 2017 • 3658
MANILA – The plan of Edgar Matobato’s camp will not succeed, according to Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella.
This was after Atty. Jude Sabio, the legal counsel of self-confessed hitman Matobato, filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.
The official said the timing of the filing of the complaint, which coincides with the leadership of the Philippines at the ASEAN Summit this week, is dubious.
Abella added that, as stated in the regulations, the ICC is the last option after all legal remedies have been made in the Philippines. This is contrary to what Matobato’s camp have done.
Abella said, Matobato’s accusations have been through Senate probe so it cannot be said that the government has no intentions of investigating complaints against President Duterte.
Malacañang also defended the Philippine National Police (PNP) saying any police officer found violating the law is not tolerated.
Meanwhile, President Duterte’s supporters need not be concerned by the complaint filed at the ICC.
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Atty. Salvador Panelo said the move of Matobato’s camp is merely black propaganda which targets to destroy President Duterte’s reputation worldwide.
“Apparently, the intention is to black propaganda the president hoping that media worldwide would catch on it, and paint against the president a murderer when in fact, he’s only doing his constitutional duty to protect and preserve his country,” Atty. Panelo said.
The official added that the complaint will not move forward in the ICC because it is baseless. Also, it cannot be said that there is crime against humanity happening in the Philippines since there has been no attack against a particular class of citizens in the country.
“It’s baseless and not only that. I don’t think the criminal court will have jurisdiction over it because if the crime charged, the crime against humanity, the war against drugs as well as the criminals behind it would fall under crime against humanity, in the first place, it is not state sponsored,” Atty. Panelo added. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The unified guidelines for the operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will include penalties for police officers and agents who will fail to comply, police chief General Guillermo Eleazar said.
In a statement, Eleazar said the uniform operational guidelines, which are nearly finished, may be issued this month.
“I would like to stress that those who will not follow the unified rules will face sanctions. May kaakibat po na penalties ang guidelines para sa PDEA agents at PNP personnel na mapapatunayang sumuway sa uniform rules,” Eleazar said in a statement.
The PNP-PDEA uniform guidelines were created following the February 24 fatal shootout between the operatives at a mall along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. An almost misencounter also transpired in Fairview in May, which highlighted the need for the two agencies’ leadership to finally address the issue.
“Kaya po natin ginawa ang guidelines na ito ay para maiwasan ang pagkakaroon ng misencounter o miscoordination sa pagitan ng PNP at PDEA. Mahigpit din po nating ipatutupad ang guidelines na ito dahil gusto natin na maging maayos at pulido ang koordinasyon ng ating mga anti-illegal drug operatives sa PDEA at PNP,” Eleazar said.
“Gaya ng nabanggit ni PDEA DG (director-general) Wilkins Villanueva, pipilitin ng PNP at PDEA na mailabas ang unified rules na ito bago matapos ang buwan. We will immediately disseminate these for the immediate compliance of our operating units,” he added.
The PNP chief directed police commanders to ensure that all their personnel are well briefed on the guidelines as he underscored the need for effective supervision to guarantee compliance.
“Once these unified operating guidelines are finalized and released to our men on the ground, I need the efficient supervision by our ground commanders to ensure that the rules are strictly followed by our operatives,” he said.
“This way, our law enforcement agencies would be more effective and efficient in carrying out their operations toward the eventual eradication of the country’s illegal drug trade,” he added.
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP) has begun its investigation on the death of Montasser Sabal, former mayor of Talitay town in Maguindanao.
“This operation which resulted in a death of a suspect, the Internal Affairs Service through their motu propio investigation will be conducting an investigation so we provided directive or guidance to the IAS just like any other operation that resulted in the death of the suspect,” according to PNP Chief P.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.
Sabal was killed on Thursday after allegedly grabbing the service firearm of a police escort during his transport to Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Authorities were escorting Sabal towards the National Capital Region Field Unit of the CIDG at Camp Crame when he grabbed his police escort’s firearm.
Police heavily wounded Sabal and he was rushed to San Juan Medical Center. He was declared dead Thursday morning.
To remove any suspicion, Eleazar directed the motu propio investigation. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines — Former Talitay, Maguindanao mayor, Montasser Sabal, was killed during the operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday after allegedly grabbing the service firearm of a police escort during his transport to Camp Crame in Quezon City.
PNP Chief P.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said Sabal is one of the high-value targets.
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested Sabal on Wednesday (June 16) at the Batangas Port in Batangas City.
The PNP said he was wanted for drug and illegal possession of firearms charges. Eleazar also said that Sabal is included in the ‘narcolist’.
“Isa siya sa kino-consider natin na high value target (We consider him a high-value target) considering he was a former police officer, recruited and trained by special action force on explosive ordnance disposal and sniper course,” he said.
During Sabal’s arrest, authorities recovered six high-caliber firearms, 400 grams of suspected illegal drugs, and P200,000 cash.
Authorities were escorting Sabal towards the National Capital Region Field Unit of the CIDG at Camp Crame when he grabbed his police escort’s firearm while onboard the vehicle which resulted in a scuffle.
Sabal was able to shoot the police officer beside him which prompted the accompanying police officer to use reasonable force.
“Sabal tried to escape by grabbing the firearm of his police escort the scuffle between the suspect and the police escort resulted in the latter to hit and fatally wounded Sabal, the suspect was rushed at San Juan Medical Center but declared dead at around 6:13 in the morning,” Eleazar said.
The PNP Chief also added that the confiscated firearms from Sabal might probably be used during the 2022 national elections.
“Another possible attempt by a partisan armed group to beef up armaments as they prepared for the coming 2022 election,” according to Eleazar.
Sabal was charged by the Office of the Ombudsman and eventually suspended for failure to disclose his properties and business interests in his SALN from 2011 to 2015.
Meanwhile, Sabal’s cohorts will undergo an investigation to determine appropriate cases to be filed against them.
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