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

Beat writers split on outcome of Syracuse’s matchup with Notre Dame on Saturday

first_imgComing off a loss in the first road test of the conference slate, Syracuse (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) hosts Notre Dame (12-3, 2-0 ACC) on Saturday. The Orange fell to the Demon Deacons, as it got out-rebounded for the first time all season and Tyus Battle got into second-half foul trouble. The Fighting Irish, however, are fresh off a dominating win over North Carolina State, despite being without stars Matt Farrell and Bonzie Colson.Here’s what our beat writers think of the matchup.Matthew Gutierrez (13-2)No luck neededNotre Dame 71, Syracuse 63At this point, the ACC slate for Syracuse looks relatively dim. A 12-3 Notre Dame team comes to town after taking care of a quality North Carolina State unit by 30 points. While the Irish won’t have Farrell and Colson, four other players reached double-figures Wednesday against the Wolfpack. The Orange doesn’t have that kind of diverse offense. And overall, SU fans may want to be concerned that the loss to a mediocre Wake Forest team could prove more than a blip. The Orange needs a fourth guy who can step up and score at or near double-digits every game. With no such signs, conference teams as good as Notre Dame will beat Syracuse.Sam Fortier (12-3)Slighting IrishSyracuse 64, Notre Dame 63AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNotre Dame is the latest elite offense to come at the Orange, but the Fighting Irish won’t be close to full strength. The team’s two most significant contributors, point guard Matt Farrell and big man Bonzie Colson, have been ruled out with an ankle injury and broken foot, respectively. Syracuse — a team known for its defense and strength at home — needs to take advantage of a really good team without its two best bucket-getters that’s caught off-balance reshuffling its lineup on the road. Then again, I’m 0-2 in predicting Syracuse’s ACC games, so take this for what it’s worth.Tomer Langer (12-3)The Hobbled IrishSyracuse 69, Notre Dame 64Through its first two ACC games, which is obviously an incredibly small sample size, it seems like Syracuse was following last year’s model through the conference. It surprisingly handily beat Virginia Tech at home, but struggled against a lower-ranked (per Kenpom.com) Wake Forest team on the road in an eventual loss. Syracuse is back home to play against a really strong — ranked 17th overall by Kenpom — Notre Dame team. But as Sam and Matthew already mentioned, UND will be down its two best players. Against Syracuse’s stingy defense at home, I think that’ll be too much to overcome. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 5, 2018 at 12:32 pmlast_img read more

Film festival finds backup location amid government shutdown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Michigan — As they say in show business, the show must go on, and that’s the case for the 2019 Thunder Bay International Film Festival.With the partial government shutdown, the festival needed a backup location to show their films, and they found just the spot.If the partial government shutdown continues into next weekend, films will be show at Alpena Community College. People can watch films at the Granum Theater and adjacent facilities on the campus.The film festival is normally shown at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, but due to the shutdown, no one has access to the facility until the government is reopened. The nonprofit group Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary created a contingency plan as the shutdown continues on.“I’m just thrilled that the community is still going to be able to see these films when they are scheduled,” said Film Festival Coordinator Stephanie Gandulla. “We very likely could not have played them at another time based on the contract we have with the International Ocean Film Festival, so I’m personally super excited that people still have the opportunity to see these amazing films.”Over 50 films from around the world will hit the big screen next week. The film fest goes on the road starting next Wednesday at the Alcona High School Auditorium and then Thursday at the Rogers City Theatre. If the government is still shutdown by the weekend, folks can catch the films at Alpena Community College.For more information you can visit the website www.thunderbayfriends.org. The film fest takes place from January 23-27.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 2019 Thunder Bay International Film Festival, Alcona High School Auditorium, alpena community college, Film Fest, friends of thunder bay national marine sanctuary, Government Shutdown, Granum Theater, GREAT LAKES MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER, Rogers City TheatreContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Monday, January 14Next What’s Trending for January 14thlast_img read more