President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s choice as incoming PNP Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa said that he will continue to implement Oplan Lambat Sibat, a brainchild of former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and the same operation discredited by Duterte’s camp during the election. Dela Rosa said he will follow the operation as he will also implement Oplan Tukhang, which he used during his time as Davao City’s Chief of Police.
Dela Rosa: ‘Yung Oplan Lambat-Sibat, ipagpapatuloy namin ‘yun. Very effective ‘yun.
— GMA News Breaking (@gmanewsbreaking) June 2, 2016
During the campaign period, one of the hotly debated topics was crime and drug abuse prevention, especially since now-President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s most popular campaign promise was to eradicate, and later, suppress crime, drugs and corruption in 3 to 6 months.
When then-presidential candidate Roxas criticized Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs in Davao City, Duterte lashed out and branded Roxas a “failed politician.”
“He can never do it. Give him 20 years and he still won’t be able to hack it,” Duterte said of Roxas.
Peter Laviña, Duterte’s campaign spokesman, also added, “What has he done as secretary of DILG and as chairman of the National Police Commission to fight drug abuse?”
According to the Philippine National Police, Oplan: Lambat Sibat has helped reduce the crime rate in Metro Manila by 60% since it was implemented in June 2014. According to the PNP, the campaign has reduced the cases in the country’s capital from 900 cases per week to 300 cases a week, as reported by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on August 24, 2015.
In the same Inquirer report, the PNP announced the success of the campaign in arresting 146 of the 440 listed as the most-wanted drug suspects by the National Capital Region Police Office in just six weeks, from early July to early August in 2015.
Even the Southern Mindanao police started implementing Oplan: Lambat Sibat in the latter part of 2015, seeing how effective it was in Metro Manila and neighboring areas.
According to the Southern Mindanao’s regional police director Chief Superintendent Wendy Rosario, this anti-crime campaign is designed to identify crime patterns and hotspots through regular auditing of crime incident reports at the police station. He said the campaign requires intensified police intervention such as setting up checkpoints, deployment of mobile and foot patrols, and intelligence-driven operations against criminal groups and most wanted persons.
You can also listen to Roxas talk about it here:
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Given Oplan: Lambat Sibat’s results in Metro Manila and the faith of the police force in other regions in the country in how the anti-crime campaign works, it’s no wonder dela Rosa also deemed it effective.
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Pimentel sees dismissal of ICC complaint versus Duterte
Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said on Friday that the charges against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) will likely be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
“I believe that simply is the procedure in the ICC – they give every complainant an initial chance to survive (sic),” Pimentel said in a message sent to reporters last Friday.
He added that he believes that after the initial interview, the complaint will be dismissed in just a matter of time. He says that it will be dismissed because of lack of jurisdiction.
The ICC has informed the Philippine government that it will be conducting a preliminary examination on the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte administration to see if there is a basis to conduct a formal investigation into alleged crimes against humanity that the president allegedly committed.
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that the preliminary examination that will be conducted will analyze the crimes allegedly committed in the Philippines in the context of the anti-drug campaign of the government from July 1, 2016.
She also clarified that a preliminary examination is not an investigation but a process to examine the information available and determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation in accordance to the criteria established by the Rome Statute.
The Rome Statute is the treaty that established the ICC. It was signed by 123 states, including the Philippines.
The ICC has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
Pimentel, a Duterte ally, doubted that what happened in the Philippines under the president’s war on drugs falls under serious and grave crimes.
“Look at the crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction. Do you honestly believe what has happened here in the Philippines falls under any of those very serious and grave crimes? Honestly?” he asked.
Watch how artists’ group teaches Filipinos about their rights during TokHang
Resbak, an alliance of artists, posted an almost six-minute video on their Facebook page about what you should do when you are dealing with the police during Operation TokHang. With over 7,000 deaths, the group wanted to educate the Filipinos about what to do when they suddenly find themselves the subject of TokHang. They easily abbreviates these eight fundamental rights into M.A.T.A.P.A.N.G.
- M for Manahimik. You can choose to keep quiet and not answer the cops’ questions during interrogations.
- A for Ayoko. You don’t really need to grant the cops entry into your home if they say they want to search your home for illegal drugs.
- T for Tumawag. You can call your lawyer and avail of his services even if you don’t have money to pay for it.
- A for Alis. You can leave if the cops cannot provide enough basis to keep you in the police station.
- P for Pribado. You should only be frisked for illegal items in a private place and only cops of the same sex should do it.
- A for Alamin. You have the right to know the name and rank of the cop in charge of the operation.
- N for Numero. You can call Resbak at 0956 874 2385 if you or someone’s rights got violated under TokHang.
- G for Go. You go and follow the rules indicated above.
You can watch the video below, which was done as a spoof of the recently concluded Miss Universe 2017.
Are you in DCW’s list? Here are tips on how to remove your name from that list and more
If you find your name in Duterte Cyber Warrior’s “Wall of Shame,” which may make you a target of cyber threats, such as identity theft and other kinds of attacks, you can do something about it.
Facebook user Khary Woulfe posted some tips on how you can hit back at the group’s threats.
He also referred netizens to a safer version of the list, similar to the one posted by the Superficial Gazette. You can access it here.
As for taking your name, Woulfe suggested these tips:
- Verify your Facebook with your phone number. This is required to change your FB username.
- Change your username everyday (or more frequent than that.) The Messenger change username option is the fastest way to do so. (Otherwise, go to https://facebook.com/username if you’re on computer or on web version of Facebook.)
This way, your old Facebook address included on their lists will point instead to a 404 (Page Not Found) page.
“However, if you haven’t provided your username beforehand and your link has been listed as https://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000xxxx, the link would still point to your profile right after changing your username. If this is your case, it is better to deactivate your account for the mean time,” he added.
Woulfe also gave tips on how to take down the website hosting DCW’s list.
Here are the steps:
- Go to https://www.cloudflare.com/abuse/form and select Violent Threats.
- Fill in Full name with any name that isn’t your true name.
- Fill in your email address.
- Fill in Evidence URL with https://profile.du30cw.org/wos.
- Fill in Logs with:
The link provided points to a website hosted on CloudFlare. The “Wall of Shame” is actually a list of Facebook profiles with links pointing to profiles that they are going to steal infos and photos. They also send death threats and other forms of black mails. I believe such kind of activity is illegal. My family and friends are included in the list. Please don’t allow your services to be instrumental to such kind of illegal activites. Thank you.
- Click Submit.
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