Reinvestigation vs ‘ninja cops’ has begun

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has begun an investigation into so-called ‘ninja cops’ involved in the alleged drug raid in Pampanga in 2013.

“No show” to the DOJ is Police Major Rodney Baloyo, the team leader of the group that allegedly recycles illegal drugs.

Baloyo is currently being detained at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) after being held in contempt of the Senate, for allegedly lying.

His lawyer Atty. Donie Rey Again, Baloyo will not file further evidence and therefore should not attend the hearing.

Of the 200 kilos of shabu they recovered in the drug bust, the group surrendered only 38 kilograms.

It appears that about 160 kilograms of shabu worth P648 million were excluded from Baloyo’s group’s report that he allegedly killed Chinese drug lord Johnson Lee in 2013.

This is at the heart of the Senate’s investigation of ‘ninja cops’ which was revealed by former PNP-CIDG Director Benjamin Magalong.

First of all, with the validity of Department order No. 528 issued by Justice Sec. Menardo Guevarra, the DOJ 3-man panel of prosecutors has begun a re-investigation of the complaint filed by the PNP-CIDG against 13 ‘ninja cops’.

In March 2014, the CIDG indicted Baloyo’s group on four covert charges including violations of Sections 27 (misappropriation), 29 (planting) and 32 (custody and disposition) under the Dangerous Drugs Act.

But in 2017, all cases against the group were dismissed.

The DOJ Panel gave the CIDG five days to file additional evidence and supplemental or amended complaints.

The next hearing will be held on October 21.

VP Leni Robredo’s ‘net satisfaction rating’ surpasses Q3

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the electoral protest, many Filipinos are still enjoying the work of Vice President Leni Robredo, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Wednesday afternoon.

From Robredo’s +28 net satisfaction rating in June 2019, it rose to +33 this September 2019, which is considered “good” by SWS.

“The 5-point increase in Vice-Pres. Robredo’s overall net satisfaction rating is due to its increase everywhere, especially in Mindanao,” according to the English organization.

The study was conducted from 27th to 30th September.

The net satisfaction rating is obtained by subtracting the percentage of the ghost by the percentage of dissatisfaction with a personality.

In the latest study, it appears that 56% of Filipinos are satisfied with the second president’s job compared with 23% dissatisfied.

Robredo’s net satisfaction rating was higher last month despite being more satisfied with Robredo’s work in June (57%) compared to September (56%).

That’s because Robredo’s work was reduced to dissatisfied in September (23%) compared to those who didn’t like his job in June (29%).

Sotto, Cayetano and Beramin

Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente Sotto III was +61 net + rating for Speaker of the House Alan Peter Cayetano and +16 for Chief Justice Bersamin.

For Sotto, it turns out that 72% are happy with her job while 11% are unhappy.

About 64% were satisfied with Cayetano’s work compared with 14% dissatisfied with his performance in September.

Bersamin, who is due to retire on October 18, says 35% of Filipinos are satisfied with his job while only 19% are dissatisfied.

Senate, Chamber and Supreme Court

Both the legislative and judicial functions of the legislature and the judiciary have declined.

According to the SWS, from 74% in June, down to 69% were pleased with the Senate’s work.

The Chamber, up from 62% last June, slipped 57% last month as well.

Still, 14% remain dissatisfied with the Low House’s work.

Just 57% were satisfied with the Supreme Court’s work last month, compared with 66% in June.

The dissatisfaction with the court also went up from 12% to 16%.

LPA east of Aurora intensifies, becoming ‘Perla’ storm

MANILA, Philippines – PAGASA is now monitoring a typhoon 1,120 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora.

Around eight in the morning, the former low-pressure area became a tropical depression and was named “Perla,” according to the weather bureau today at eleven o’clock.

There is a force of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and a typhoon of up to 55 kilometers per hour.

It is said to be moving in a northwest direction at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.

There are no tropical cyclone wind signals in any part of the country at this time, but it is expected to weather in the northern part of the country before the weekend ends.

“[M] can bring ‘bad weather’ to Batanes, Cagayan (along the Babuyan Islands) and Apayao from Friday night to Saturday morning,” said PAGASA.

Sailing is particularly dangerous on small maritime vessels in the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon due to northeasterly surface windflow.

People’s First Group ‘will do everything’ to stop Manila Water’s 780% rate hike

MANILA, Philippines – The People’s First group has hatched Manila Water’s plan to pass water charges after imposing millions in fines for violating environmental laws.

In October, Manila Water threatened a 780% increase if the Supreme Court reversed its decision to impose large fines on non-compliance with the Clean Water Act.

“They violated the law after the lime force passed it on to distressed consumers,” said Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate this Thursday in English.

In a decision issued by the Supreme Court on August 6, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, Manila Water and Maynilad were paid.

MWSS, Manila Water and Maynilad have been required to complete wastewater treatment facilities and connect sewage lines to all establishments, including houses, to a sewerage system within the year following the enactment of the law in 2004.

MWSS, Manila Water and Maynilad jointly pay ₱921,464,184.

According to the court, even if they pay within the required 15 days, they will demand an initial ₱322,102 per day subject to a 10% increase over two years in accordance with Section 28 of the Clean Water Act, until Section 8 is met. of law.

Manila Water sued the court, but the SC insisted it should be paid.

“If the concessionaires compress in five years according to the SC ruling that the 40-year project should be the hundred billion dollars that will result in an increase in subscribers’ water bill, it will cause them to lose money needed for another need to induce high inflation,” Manila Water said in a statement.

It will also cause heavy traffic because hundreds of kilometers of road will need to be excavated.

But the Bayan Muna party-list didn’t buy it.

“[G] we will do everything we can to stop this huge rate hike and hold the water concessionaires accountable for their neglect of nature,” said chairperson Neri Colmenares.

“Many of us today do not yet have a proper sewerage system, so we are just a negro. Concessionaires have to work on it but they haven’t done it for years.

More on the rate hike on Sunday

Manila Water posted a ₱26.70 per cubic meter increase even though they were set to impose a Maynilad surcharge on Sunday.

Maynilad will charge ₱0.02 per cubic meter to consumers while ₱0.178 per cubic meter again at Manila Water beginning October 13th.

SC ok to release recount report on Marcos protest vs Leni

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court yesterday ordered the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to release a committee report on the recount of three pilot provinces protesting by former Sen. Bongbong Marcos in his poll protest against Vice Pres Leni Robredo.

Particularly here are the areas of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

At the same time, PET also ordered both camps to comment and submit a memorandum within 20 days of the third cause of action filed by Marcos, who was the annulment of the 2016 election results in Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao for terrorism, violence, force, threats, intimidation, pre-shading of ballots and vote substitution.

Marcos declared his defeat from Robredo a ‘massive cheating’ in the 2016 elections “by some 260,000 votes” which Robredo denied.

About 13 justices voted in the en banc session on Tuesday.

Two of the PET’s were ordered to release the report by Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

Robredo’s camp then urged the tribunal to abolish the electoral protest and said it had increased 15,000 votes to the vice president when the initial recount ended.

SC Spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka confirmed last month that Caguioa had submitted his revision and recount report to Iloilo, Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental which included 5,417 voting precincts selected by Marcos himself.

Earlier this morning, Father Faura Street was already divided with Marcos and Robredo supporters. Their prayers and appeals were in favor of the SC’s decision.

But both camps still fail to hear from the SC who actually won the 2016 elections.