Alleged “ninja cop” Police Major Rodney Baloyo is set to be transferred to the San Fernando City Jail within the week from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City, said Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag on Wednesday (Oct. 28).

BI to transfer ‘ninja cop’ to Pampanga jail

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Alleged “ninja cop” Police Major Rodney Baloyo is set to be transferred to the San Fernando City Jail within the week from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City, said Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag on Wednesday (Oct. 28).

Chaclag told reporters that “the actual transfer may happen by Thursday or Friday.”

The spokesperson noted that the “documentary processes are almost done” and “coordination with BJMP and the court are complied with.”

“The San Fernando City Jail requested that Subject PDL (person deprived of liberty) undergo RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) testing before the transfer and BuCor Health Services scheduled the test on Thursday (29 October 2020),” Chaclag said.

“Security arrangements are also being reviewed and finalised as of this day,” he added.

Chaclag said the BuCor received on Tuesday (Oct. 27) the release order from the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights and Accountability.

Baloyo got detained in Bilibid after being cited in contempt by the Senate committee last year for allegedly lying on the details of his involvement in the November 2013 narcotics operation in Pampanga.

Baloyo is currently facing charges before the San Fernando regional trial court (RTC) over his involvement in the questionable 2013 drug operations when foreign drug trader Johnson Lee was allegedly let go.

He and his co-defendants are accused of misappropriation of dangerous drugs, planting of evidence, delay and bungling of in prosecution of cases and qualified bribery.

Under the charges, the “ninja cops” allegedly misappropriated 200 kilos of shabu, P10 million and a Toyota Fortuner seized from the operation and only declared to have seized 36 kilos of shabu and P300,000.

The defendants also allegedly illegally arrested Chinese national Ding Wenkun instead of Lee and made false charges against him.

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Holiday na nagka-pasok pa! Netizens fume as Duterte declares Nov 2, Dec 24, Dec 31 2021 as working days

Netizens expressed dismay with President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to lessen the number of non-working days in 2021 in a bid to spur economic growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duterte on Friday (February 26) signed Proclamation No. 1107, which categorized three days that had been declared special holidays as special working days. These are Nov. 2 (All Souls’ Day), Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), and Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve).

“For the country to recover from the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need to encourage economic productivity by, among others, minimizing work disruption and commemorating some special holidays as special (working) days instead,” Duterte’s proclamation read.

Writer @JerryGracio tweeted: “Hindi na special non-working holiday ang All Souls Day. Wala kasing kaluluwa si Duterte.”

Journalist @prinzmagtulis said: “Duterte government’s strategy to revive the economy: Ease monetary policy || Reject additional fiscal stimulus || Lessen holidays.”

Twitter user @Punongbayan_ asked: “Payag ka rito pero si Duterte, 365 days ang non-working holidays?”

Netizen @nicoquejano tweeted: “Okay. Sa mga nagsasabi na pumapasok naman talaga sila pag December 24 at December 31. Mga teh, Duterte just took away the holiday premium you get for working on a holiday! Suck on that, mga DDS. Puñeta.”

Twitter user @Nicocoleeta said: “Sana di na magkaroon ng masarap na ulam ever si Duterte at pamilya nya. pwede naman kasi tanggalin yung Nov. 30, Day of Valor, or Chinese New Year as holidays eh, pero nope yung mga holidays na in a way ‘need’ para macelebrate yung occassion with families.”

Markahan na kalendaryo! Here are the important dates for May 2022 elections

The election fever is expected to rise in the coming months as the May 2022 polls near.

While a number of politikos are still coy about their political plans, they are for sure laying down the groundwork for next year to meet the key dates set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Resolution No. 10695 issued by the Comelec on February 10, 2021 detailed the calendar of activities in the run-up to the 2022 elections.

Among the important poll-related dates and activities listed in the resolution are:

May 31, 2021: Last day for filing of petitions for registration of coalition of political parties

October 1, 2021 to October 8, 2021: Period for filing certificates of candidacy and certificates of nomination for all elective positions

November 15, 2021: Last day for the substitute of an official candidate of a political party or coalition who withdrew, died, or was disqualified by final judgment to file certificate of candidacy in order to reflect the name of the substitute on the official ballot.

February 8, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for president, vice president, senator and party-list groups.

March 25, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for members of the House of Representatives and other local positions.

DOJ assures review of gov’t drug-related ops will continue

The government will continue to review anti-illegal drugs operations where deaths have occurred, Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Adrian Sugay assured on Friday (Feb. 26).

“What we have thus far is an initial report,” Sugay pointed out.

“And we intend to continue the review of cases involving anti-illegal drug operations where deaths occurred,” he assured.

“We intend to come out with further findings and recommendations,” he added.

Last Wednesday (Feb. 24) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra reported there were irregularities in the police drug operations during the review conducted by the DOJ-led inter-agency panel.

“Any and all possible administrative/criminal liability against those involved in these anti-illegal drug operations where deaths occurred may be pursued depending on any further findings/recommendations,” Sugay also assured.

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