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Unclear

There has been a great deal of discussion about the legal ramifications of the directive issued by President Rodrigo Duterte for nearly 2,000 convicts released under the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law during the last several years.

President Duterte wants a review of the circumstances under which these convicts obtained their freedom in the wake of allegations that corruption was what drove prison officials to issue release orders en masse.

The convicts who have since been given back their liberty were ordered to “surrender” not later than today, September 19, 2019.

Quite a number of convicts have already reported to the nearest police stations in compliance with the directive. Nobody wants to mess around with the President’s order.

But there is a question on the status of convicts who were paroled, which is an entirely different process than getting freed under the GCTA.

In Iloilo, there’s a 79-year old man who was freed from prison two years ago after being paroled. Is he still required to be brought back to a penal colony in Mindoro while officials check his papers?

The PNP is not sure. It’s not their call to make a determination on that, the new Iloilo provincial director, Col. Roland Vilela, said. The PNP wants to be on the safe side and just remit the convicts to the BuCor facility in Mindoro.

Perhaps the Department of Justice should take cognizance of such cases and issue the corresponding clarification. It would be unfair for these individuals who have faithfully served out their minimum sentences to be sent back to jail again.

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Biyaya ba talaga???

Marami na rin ang tumetestigo na malaki ang nakuha nilang tulong galing sa Kapa Community Ministry International, Inc. na ipinundar ni Pastor Joel Apolinario. Pero hindi nila alam na ganyan talaga ang pag-operate ng Ponzi modus sa panloloko sa tao. Sa umpisa, binibigyan ng malalaking interest o guaranteed return on investment upang kumalat ang balita tungkol sa kabutihan ng isang grupo katulad ng Kapa. Dahil diyan, yung mga nakatanggap ng “biyaya” ay sila na rin ang umaakit sa mga kaibigan at mga kamag-anak. Hindi yan bago ang style.

Donation? Investment? The Kapa caper

Kapa Community Ministry insists that it is not running an investment scam. According to a member interviewed by CNN Philippines, what members give are donations to the religious organization. There is no specific amount required, he said. But there is a deed of donation that the members sign. In exchange, Kapa founder Joel Apolinario promised a 30% return every month, according to the government officials. This guy is really shrewd. However, there can be no question that it is a fraudulent activity. The Duterte administration should press on with its investigation and stoppage of its activities.

Duterte continues to enjoy people’s trust

Pulse Asia disclosed just today that President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys the full trust of 87% of the Filipino people.

Pulse Asia survey June 2018

The survey was conducted during the period June 15-21, 2018.

VP Leni Robredo’s trust rating was a far 56%.

Here’s the full report of Pulse Asia (just click on the link below).

http://www.pulseasia.ph/june-2018-nationwide-survey-on-the-performance-and-trust-ratings-of-the-top-national-government-officials-and-the-performance-and-trust-ratings-of-key-government-institutions/

Armed to the teeth

Back when drug lords were still demi-gods in Iloilo City, pictures of goons under their payroll were often posted on social media to boast about their power and closeness to political leaders.

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