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ILOILO CITY — Thirty-two custodial jail guards in Iloilo District Jail in Barangay Nanga, Pototan town were relieved from their posts for failure to submit a written statement that they are not involved in the alleged trade of illegal drugs inside the jail.
Last month, police forces, through buy bust operations, seized about P2.6 million worth of illegal drugs from three arrested women drug pushers in the city and Iloilo province. Based on the allegations of the three arrested women, the illegal drugs were sourced from the district jail.
Senior Supt. Rex Delarmente, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Region VI director, said on Tuesday that the relief of the 32 jail guards took effect May 22.
The 32 jail guards were transferred to nearby jail facilities to avoid influence on the ongoing investigation.
Delarmente said they also have sent a recommendation letter to the Department of Interior and Local Government central office to also relieve the jail warden of the facility — Senior Insp. Abner Zamora and his assistant jail warden, Inspector Henry Harder.
He added they have requested from their central office for the conduct of independent and impartial investigation on the custodial jail personnel of the district jail.
“We requested our national office to conduct investigation here so that they will know the sentiments in the field of the personnel, inmates and those who were arrested by the police,” he said.
Four other jail guards were also relieved last May 9 due to a similar incident.                      

Implementation of ADDA suspended says LTFRB

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00 Published in Metro

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) has suspended the implementation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA) that prohibits motorists from using mobile devices and electronic gadgets, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board  board member and spokesman Aileen Lizada said yesterday.
Lizada said in the meantime the DoTr will conduct an information campaign.
No definite date has been set for the reimplementation of the ADDA.
The move comes after various sectors, such as members of Congress and transport groups and some drivers of public and private vehicles, called for its suspension due to confusion in its implementing rules and regulations.
Among the concerns raised are the banning of rosaries, figurines and other accessories on dashboards that distract the view of drivers, as well as the use of navigational apps, such as Waze, while driving.
Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act prohibits motorists from making or receiving calls, writing, sending or reading text-based communications, playing online games, watching movies, surfing or browsing the Internet, among other things, while vehicles are in motion or temporarily stopped on a traffic light or at intersection.
Drivers are, however, allowed to apply hands-free functions or applications in using such devices or gadgets, so long as these do not obstruct their line of sight.
Violators will be fined P5,000 for the first offense, P10,000 for the second offense and P15,000 for the third offense with a three-month suspension of driver’s license.
Violations incurred beyond the third offense shall be penalized with the revocation of the driver’s license and a fine of P20,000.
Owners and operators of public utility vehicles and commercial vehicles found in violation of the act shall both be held liable.

House panel formally drops Duterte impeachment

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:00 Published in Headlines

The House of Representatives’ justice committee yesterday unanimously approved its report on the dismissal of the impeachment complaint against President Duterte.
A total of 17 lawmakers present during the hearing voted to approve the 15-page report, which found the complaint filed by Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano sufficient in form but insufficient in substance.
House justice committee chairman Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali said this “formality” will effectively start the one-year ban on any move to oust the President.
“By unanimous vote, the committee report on resolution dismissing the verified complaint for impeachment and supplemental complaint affidavit filed by Rep. Gary Alejano against President Rodrigo Duterte, effectively putting a one-year ban on any and all impeachment complaints that may be filed against the President, is hereby approved unanimously,” he stressed.
According to the committee report, the complaint was insufficient in substance because the recital of facts was “all mere hearsay” after Alejano admitted that he had no personal knowledge of the allegations he made in his complaint.

The committee report will be forwarded to the House plenary for approval.
The House justice committee last Monday voted to reject the impeachment complaint lodged against Mr. Duterte for insufficiency in substance with a total of 42 votes.
Alejano sought the ouster of Mr. Duterte for his state policy on illegal drugs which resulted in a spate of summary executions and extrajudicial killings; his alleged links in the vigilante killings by the Davao Death Squad (DDS); and his alleged P2.2-billion hidden wealth.
Alejano also filed a supplemental complaint on the Chief Executive’s alleged failure to assert the country’s sovereign and maritime rights over disputed territories with China including Benham Rise, Panatag Shoal and the rest of the West Philippine Sea.
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas raised the issue of verification in Alejano’s complaint, which reads: “I/We hereby confirm and affirm that the material allegations made therein are true and correct of my/our own personal knowledge and as culled from authentic records.”
Fariñas asked Alejano if he has personal knowledge over Duterte’s alleged hand in the extrajudicial killings and summary executions of more than 8,000 drug suspects as a result of the administration’s anti-drug campaign, as well as the 1,400 vigilante killings executed by the DDS.
Alejano admitted that he has not witnessed the killings, but insisted that he has personal knowledge based on authentic records from open sources, policy statements and media pronouncements of the President.
“I have personal knowledge based on the testimonies and affidavits of witnesses,” he said.
Fariñas said Alejano “clearly has no personal knowledge” on the material allegations he made in his complaint, noting that it is riddled with “complicated quadruple hearsay.”
“The material allegations, if these are hearsays, then you are just wasting our time” the veteran lawmaker stressed.
The majority leader warned that Alejano might face an ethics complaint and a perjury case because of his hearsay allegations.
“You are producing statements under oath which are not your own, This is unlawful,” Fariñas said.
“You are now coming to us and in fact I am warning you, you may be subjected to ethics case here,” he added.
The justice panel, meanwhile, recommended the Rules of Procedure in Impeachment Proceedings be amended to “explicitly allow” the dismissal of impeachment complaint based on insufficiency in form.
“Finally, the Committee on Justice recommends that the Rules of Procedure in Impeachment Proceedings of the House of Representatives be amended to explicitly allow the dismissal of impeachment complaints based on insufficiency in form,” said the report.

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