News summary June 10, 2022

News Summary June 10, 2022

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Robredo visits De Lima; popular, senator case among discussed | INQUIRER.NETThe opposition campaign and developments in the drug-related cases against her were discussed when Vice President Leni Robredo visited her, Senator Leila de Lima said on Friday. In a handwritten statement sent by her office, De Lima – currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custody Center at Camp Crame – said she was extremely happy about Robredo’s visit. “Extremely delighted with the visit of VP Leni today here at the PNP Custody Center. We had a wonderful time sharing stories and insights,” said the outgoing senator. “We talked about Team #LeniKiko’s very inspiring campaign, Jillian’s graduation and her recent trip to the US with her daughters, and the upcoming NGO release Angat Buhay. We also address recent positive developments in my cases,” she added. According to De Lima, there were no hints of resentment within Robredo, not least because they both failed to get elected office in the 2022 national elections. De Lima sought a second term in the Senate, under the banner of Robredo and fellow senator Francis Pangilinan, who ran for president and vice president, respectively, in recent polls. “Talagang nakatataba and nakagagalak of the power of makasama and makausap si VP Leni. Without wasting too much time, kundi katagan and katagan. A kaibigan and kapwa linkod bayan na kailanman is hindi nakalimot, kasamang nanindigan, and all over the world, on any occasion, without ever saying the satire for Pilipino and the Philippines,” said De Lima. (It is very encouraging to speak with VP Leni. There were no traces of hard 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, offered to for the Filipinos and the Philippines.) “I wish you all the best. Muli, maraming salamat (Once again, thank you very much), VP Leni!” she added.

Security guard dismissed, but RAV 4 in case of hit-and-run missing | INQUIRER.NETA security guard who was hospitalized after being intentionally hit by a driver in Mandaluyong City has been released from hospital, the city’s police chief confirmed Friday (June 10). Mandaluyong City Police Chief Colonel Gauvin Mel Unos told reporters after the Land Transport Office (LTO) hearing of the case, however, that police do not know where the security guard is now. “The security guard is currently in better condition, he has already been released from 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 the security guard and running over him did not appear at the LTO or the police. It was unclear whether the owner was driving the SUV during the hit-and-run case. Unos said an alarm was raised for both the vehicle and the car owner’s license, which would have allowed authorities to flag the SUV. Police, however, are yet to release the identity of the car’s owner. “Maybe I can’t talk about it right now, as they haven’t either. Although, of course, we’ve mentioned details about these things before,” Unos said when asked to identify who was charged in the hit-and-run case. “We can seize the vehicle, and we can seize it, seize the vehicle. In fact, we tried to visit the suspect’s residence, but the car wasn’t actually at his house,” Unos said. Remember that the RAV4, with registration NCO 3781, ran over a security guard controlling traffic at the intersection of Avenida Dona Julia Vargas and Rua São Francisco. But instead of helping the victim who fell to the ground, the driver ran him over and fled. The security guard had several broken bones and abrasions, and had to be monitored in a hospital’s intensive care unit. The driver of RAV 4 is facing charges of thwarted murder and victim abandonment. Last Wednesday, Unos said police also filed obstruction-of-justice complaints against security at the subdivision, where the suspect is believed to reside, after refusing to cooperate with the investigation.

Farmers and activists arrested in Tarlac ‘bungkalan’ must undergo an inquiry process | PHILSTAR.COMFarmers and peasant defenders arrested in Concepción, Tarlac on Thursday must undergo an inquiry process on Friday, the 34th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. Activists, cultural workers and agrarian reform beneficiaries were doing ‘bungkalan’ – farming work – on a disputed piece of land at Hacienda Tinang in Concepcion, Tarlac, when they were visited by police. The police were accompanied by deputy Noel Villanueva, the elected mayor of Concepción, said Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas. Videos posted by peasant advocacy groups show PNP personnel pushing members of the group away. At least 87 farmers and peasant advocates – some of them University of the Philippines students – were eventually arrested without a warrant and charged with malicious intent and obstruction of justice. The 87 have been detained at the Concepcion Police Station in Tarlac for the past 18 hours, KMP said, and slept on cold floors lined with cardboard and plastic bags. Farmers from the Makisama-Tinang local group, which represents land reform beneficiaries, said a Land Ownership Certificate title for the disputed 200-hectare land has already been granted to 236 CARP beneficiaries since 1995, but claimed the last was hidden from them. “We are the legitimate beneficiaries of the land. All we want is to clear the cane fields so we can grow vegetables for our families to eat. If we don’t plant, we will starve to death because of the very high price of goods in the country”, exclaimed Felino Cunanan Jr., one of the Makasama-Tinang leaders who was also arrested. In a statement, the peasant advocacy group National Network of Agrarian Reform-Youth Lawyers condemned what they said was the ‘largest mass arrest’ of farmers and peasant advocates under the Duterte government.

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