De Lima welcome at Camp Crame, AFP aims to break enemy's will + other non-violent weekend news
PNP Chief offers De Lima safe custody at Camp Crame.
While drug charges were filed against Senator Leila De Lima on February 17 by the Department of Justice, there have been no further updates on her possible arrest. However, the dismissal of charges against five Bilibid inmates who will testify at her trial may be a sign that the Senator’s arrest is impending. PNP Chief Dela Rosa stated that, if arrested, she could be safely detained at Camp Crame’s Custodial Center. The facility, the safest of its kind according to Dela Rosa, is also where South Korean business Jee Ick Joo was held hostage and killed by police officers.
AFP aims for victory against terrorists in four months.
Citing an increased operational budget and the placement of competent officers in strategic areas as key factors to success, the Armed Forces of the Philippines stated that good progress had been made in the two-month-old war against terror groups such as Islamic State in Mindanao, Abu Sayyaf and Maute. Even so, the AFP may receive further assistance via the deployment of delinquent police officers to Basilan, where they could help free up AFP forces by taking over duties such as guarding town centers and checkpoints. AFP Chief General Eduardo Año believes a “strategic victory” would be achievable in four months or less, characterizing victory as the terrorists losing “their will to fight."
Catholics march in protest against drug-related killings.
On Saturday, 10,000 Catholics gathered at Quirino Grandstand in Manila to protest against a host of issues they believe negatively impact the country: a drug war resulting in the killing of thousands of dealers and users, a resultant debate to bring back the death penalty, widespread corruption as well as abortion, an ongoing issue for the Catholic Church. During the ‘Walk for Life,’ church leaders addressed the crowd with calls to engage in non-violent action and promised further actions going forward.
Trump cites fake Swedish terror attack.
After previously referring to a non-existent massacre in Bowling Green when discussing underreported terrorist attacks, President Trump again found himself subjected to criticism and ridicule after a comment he made at a Saturday campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida. In his speech, Trump said “look at what’s happening last night in Sweden”, in reference to recent terrorist attacks in Europe, when no terrorist attack actually took place in the Scandinavian country. Trump later tweeted that his comment was in response to the previous evening's Fox News program discussing refugees and crime in Sweden.