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10 June 2022 • 5 minutes Read
Robredo visits De Lima; popular campaign, senator case among discussed | INQUIRER.NET – The popular opposition campaign and the development of drug-related cases against him were discussed when Vice President Leni Robredo visited him, Senator Leila de Lima said on Friday. In a written statement sent by his office, De Lima — who is currently being held at the Philippine National Police Detention Center (PNP) in Camp Crame — said he was very pleased with Robredo’s visit. “Very happy with VP Leni’s visit today at the PNP Custodian Center. We had an amazing time sharing stories and insights,” said the outgoing senator. “We talked about the incredibly inspiring people campaign of Team #LeniKiko, Jillian’s graduation and her recent trip to the US with her daughter, and the upcoming launch of the NGO Angat Buhay. We also touched on the recent positive developments in my case,” he added. According to De Lima, there is no sign of any bad feelings within Robredo even as the two failed to secure an elective office in the 2022 national election. De Lima is seeking a second term in the Senate, running under the banner of Robredo and fellow Senator Francis Pangilinan, who each -running for president and vice president, respectively, in recent polls. “Talagang nakatataba in nakagagalak ng puso na makasama in Makasa VP Leni. Walang mababakas na sama ng loob, kundi katatagan at Kapanatagan. Isang kaibigan at kapwa lingkod bayan na kailanman ay hindi nakimot, kasamang nanindigan, at sa kabila ng lahat, sa kahit anumang pagkakataon, walang dalawang-isip na inaalay ang sarili para sa Pilipino at sa Pilipinas,” said De Lima. (It was heartening to speak with VP Leni. There was no trace of any ill feelings, but only strength, determination, and courage. A friend and fellow civil servant who did not forget me, stood by my side, and without a second thought or hesitation -hesitating, offering himself to the Philippines and the Philippines.) “I wish him the best. Muli, greetings maraming (Once again, thank you very much), VP Leni!” he added.
Security guard released but RAV 4 in hit-and-run case missing | INQUIRER.NET – The security guard who was hospitalized after being accidentally hit by a motorbike driver in Mandaluyong City has been released from the hospital, said the Mandaluyong City Police Chief, Friday (10/6). Mandaluyong City Police Chief Colonel Gauvin Mel Unos told reporters after the trial of the case at the Land Transportation Office (LTO), but the police did not know where the security guard was now. “The security guard is currently in better condition, he has been discharged by the hospital, but we don’t know his whereabouts,” said Unos, speaking in Filipino. The owner of the Toyota RAV4 who went viral on social media after a dashboard camera caught the vehicle hitting a security guard and crashing into him has yet to show up at the LTO or the police. It is not clear whether the owner was the one driving the SUV during the hit-and-run case. Unos said the alarm had been raised for the vehicle and the car owner’s license, which would allow authorities to take down the SUV. However, the police still do not want to announce the identity of the owner of the car. “Maybe I can’t talk about that right now because they don’t talk either. Even though, of course, we have mentioned it in detail before,” said Unos when asked for information on who was charged in the hit-and-run case. “We can hold the vehicle, and we can confiscate, hold the vehicle. Actually, we have tried to go to the suspect’s residence but the car is not at his house, “said Unos. It is recalled that the RAV4, with license plate NCO 3781, hit a security guard controlling traffic at the intersection of Doña Julia Vargas Avenue and St. Francis Street. But instead of helping the victim who fell to the ground, the driver bumped into him and sped away. The security guard had multiple fractures and bruises, and had to be monitored in the intensive care unit of a hospital. The driver of the RAV 4 faces charges of frustrated murder and victim neglect. Last Wednesday, Unos said police also filed a lawsuit against the security guard of the subdivision, where the suspect is believed to be staying, after they refused to cooperate in the investigation.
Farmer, activist arrested in Tarlac ‘bungkalan’ to undergo investigation | PHILSTAR.COM – Farmers and farmer supporters arrested in Concepcion, Tarlac on Thursday are expected to undergo interrogation on Friday, the 34th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. Activists, cultural workers and agrarian reform beneficiaries were carrying out ‘bungkalan’—cultivating—on a disputed plot of land at Hacienda Tinang in Concepcion, Tarlac when they were visited by police officers. The police were even accompanied by Rep. Noel Villanueva, the elected mayor of Concepcion, said Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas. Videos posted by a farmers’ advocacy group show PNP personnel pulling the group’s members away. At least 87 farmers and farmer advocates – some of them students from the University of the Philippines – were eventually arrested without a warrant and charged with felony crimes and obstruction of justice. The 87 people were detained at the Concepcion Police Station in Tarlac for the past 18 hours, KMP said, and slept on the cold floor lined with cardboard and plastic bags. Farmers with the local group Makisama-Tinang who represent agrarian reform beneficiaries said that Land Ownership Certificates for the 200 hectares of disputed land had been given to 236 CARP beneficiaries since 1995 but claimed that the latter was hidden from them. “We are the legal beneficiaries of the land. All we wanted was to clear the sugarcane fields so we could grow vegetables for our families to eat. If we don’t plant, we will starve to death because the price of goods in the country is very expensive,” said Felino Cunanan Jr, one of the leaders of Makasama-Tinang who was also arrested. In a statement, the farmer advocacy group National Network of Agrarian Reform Advocates-Youth condemned what it said was the “biggest mass arrest” of farmers and farmer advocates under the Duterte administration.
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