PRO-6, PDEA back death penalty revival

first_imgILOILO City – The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Western Visayas support the proposed re-imposition of the death penalty. In December 2016 a bill to revive capital punishment for certain heinous offenses swiftly passed in the committee level in the House of Representatives; it passed the full House of Representatives in February 2017. Tougher penalties will send a clear message and force drug traffickers to have second thoughts about peddling illegal drugs, stressed Villanueva. But he stressed heinous crimes and illegal drugs destroy lives and society in general, thus these must be stopped, and the death penalty is a deterrent. Foreign and local drug offenders, including drug protectors found guilty of manufacturing, trafficking, and pushing dangerous drug, warrant capital punishment, according to the PDEA chief. “The PRO-6 will always be committed to implement laws, most especially those that protect life, property and ensure peace and order,” said Gorero. PDEA Region 6 director Edgar Apalla said his office, too, supports the revival of the death penalty and echoed the position of PDEA director general Wilkins Villanueva that capital punishment on drug traffickers should depend on the volume of illegal drugs traded and the subjects’ role in the drug trafficking chain. The absence of capital punishment is favorable to drug peddlers who continue their nefarious activities despite being in detention, he lamented. The last convict to have been executed by lethal injection – during the administration of President Joseph Estrada – was Leo Echegaray, a rapist. After the fall of Marcos in 1986 there was a moratorium on capital punishment from 1987 to 1999, followed by a resumption in executions from 1999 to 2006 that was followed by a law ending the practice.center_img Capital punishment in the Philippines was legal after independence in 1946 and increased in use under the Ferdinand Marcos regime. Gorero assured Western Visayans that policemen respect human rights, especially the right to life and constitutional freedoms. “We have intercepted drug transactions perpetrated by convicted high-profile inmates while inside the national penitentiary. They have found ways to communicate with the outside world and give orders to their people,” he revealed. President Rodrigo Duterte urged Congress during his State of the Nation Address on Monday to revive capital punishment via lethal injection with the goal of stopping drug trafficking and heinous crimes caused by illegal drugs. During the 2016 election campaign, then presidential candidate and frontrunner Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte campaigned to restore the death penalty. “Execution by lethal injection is for big-time drug traffickers and not for the street-level pushers. I strongly suggest that seized drugs weighing one kilogram or more should be the threshold volume,” Villanueva said. Despite the police’s campaign, illegal drugs remain rampant in Western Visayas and some people still venture into drug trafficking, said PRO-6 spokesperson Police Colonel Gilbert Gorero. However, the proposed measure stalled in the Senate in April 2017 where it did not have enough votes to pass./PNlast_img read more

Hibbert signs new Everton deal

first_imgEverton defender Tony Hibbert has signed a new two-year contract with the club after his existing deal expired. The 33-year-old managed just six appearances last season due to the form of right-back Seamus Coleman and niggling injuries which kept him sidelined for long periods. However, manager Roberto Martinez is keen to retain a degree of experience in his dressing room and as a result Hibbert – a product of Everton’s youth academy – will stay on for another couple of years. “Tony Hibbert has today signed a new two-year contract with the club,” said a statement on “The defender, 33, had come to the end of his existing deal but will now remain at Goodison Park until at least the summer of 2016.” Martinez is also looking after the future of the club, however, and has handed reserves striker Conor McAleny a new three-year deal. The 21-year-old striker, an academy graduate, broke his leg while on loan at Brentford last August and missed much of last season. After speaking to the manager McAleny is keen to break into the senior side now he has returned to full fitness. “He called me up a few weeks ago and we had a good chat. That was massive for me,” McAleny, who made two first-team appearances as a substitute in 2011-12, told evertontv. “He told me I was going to be in his plans and that was a big part of why I have signed. “I want to get as close as I can to the first team, make some appearances and hopefully chip in with a few goals if possible.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Black Stars players will never respect any local coach: Langabel

first_imgLong time entertainer of the national football team Black Stars,Joseph Langabel says the players of the team have no respect for local coaches who have coached the team and believes the trend will continue if a local coach is given the job.Kwesi Appiah recently parted ways with the team after an unsuccessful World Cup campaign littered with bickering. The former coach also revealed at the hearing of the Dzamefe Commission that he had run ins with German born midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng.According to Langabel who has been with the national team since the late 1980’s local coaches will continue to struggle at the helm of the national team.”The blacks stars players don’t respect the black .Our black coaches have a fair attitude towards the players and that relationship has led to the players taking them for granted.A white coach will deal with them if they misbehave” he told Hello FM in Kumasi”Kwesi appiah is a gentleman but the players do not like that just like Ghanaians do not like easy things. When Ghana was ran by military men look at how we behaved,everybody was at their most respectful,it is the same with the white coaches”.Langabel,who is also an ardent fan of Accra Great Olympics recalled the situation that led to Sulley Muntari almost getting kicked out of the World Cup in 2010. “In 2010 an incident happened between Sulley and Milo.As soon as that happened Milo drove him out with no hesitation .I went to tell Randy Abbey,Fred Pappoe and the rest of the management team. They were helpless and they came together as a team including Inkoom and some players  to kneel and beg for mercy before Muntari was restored to the team.Our local coaches have too much sympathy for our players because in Ghana everybody knows everybody.”last_img read more