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

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 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

Why does Diego Costa play for Spain, and has he ever played for Brazil?

first_img The Atleti frontman has been lethal in Russia Getty 2 Diego Costa didn’t take long to make his mark on the 2018 World Cup.The Atletico Madrid frontman was in on the act from the first game, netting twice against Portugal and is hoping to fire Spain to their first final since winning the trophy in 2010. Granted Spanish citizenship in 2013, the SFA moved fast to try and switch the Brazilian’s allegiance.Costa wrote a letter in which he expressed a desire to play for Spain – which was received badly by then-Brazil boss Luis Scholari.He said: “A Brazilian player who refuses to wear the shirt of the Brazilian national team and compete in a World Cup in your country is automatically withdrawn.“He is turning his back on a dream of millions, to represent our national team, the five-time champions in a World Cup in Brazil.”As a result of his appeal, Costa’s application was accepted and he made his debut for Spain on March 5, 2014.Has he ever played for Brazil?Yes, Costa has two caps for Brazil.He picked up the two appearances in 2013 against Italy and Russia, but failed to score.Both of these games were friendlies, so he was able to switch his allegiance under Fifa rules.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Why does Diego Costa play for Spain?Costa was born in Logarto, Brazil in 1988.He tried a number of local clubs but was unsuccessful at trials – before being spotted by super-agent Jorge Mendes.That chance meeting resulted in a move to Europe, where Costa joined Portuguese side Braga.The forward moved around clubs in Portugal and then Spain, before bursting onto the scene at Atletico Madrid – which led to his eventual Premier League stint with Chelsea. 2 Getty Costa made his debut for Spain in 2014 last_img read more