CARACAS – The presidents of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and Russia, Vladimir Putin, spoke on Friday by phone about the elections in their countries and the World Cup, with the interest of “strengthening bilateral relations,” according to a Caracas statement. The document released by the Venezuelan government stated that Maduro expressed his joy and admiration for the extraordinary triumph obtained by President Vladimir Putin and the people in the voting last Sunday in Russia, “highlighting the exemplary character of the event”. Putin, on his part, “raised votes of success for the coming electoral process of the 20 of May” in the petroleum country, in which the Venezuelan governor will look for to be reelected until 2025.
This Friday the United States approved almost US $ 400 million dollars to support the country in the fight against narcotics and the implementation of peace agreements throughout this 2018. In an interview with EL TIEMPO, the Colombian ambassador to the White House, Camilo Reyes, explained the important development and what follows in the process to ensure this support in 2019.
Barely a week before the Holy Week break, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa made a surprise inspection and ordered a random drug test Friday on personnel of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) headquarters in Camp Karingal. Dela Rosa said the suprise inspection was to ensure that all QCPD personnel are accounted for. The Chief PNP also called the attention of those policemen who had no firearm, citing the importance of the use of firearms especially when confronted by criminals. “Whether you like it or not, you are a policeman 24/7. You are policemen every minute of the day and every hour of the day. So you should not be lazy in carrying a firearm. You must be ready to respond to any emergency,” he added. A total of 668 underwent the random drug test facilitated by the QCPD Crime Laboratory. The District Personnel and Human Resource Development Division (DPHRDD) said that out of the 5,157 uniformed and non-uniformed personnel, 4, 829 personnel attended the accounting; and 285 are on leave, undergoing schooling, suspended/sick, AWOL, detained and detailed to other PNP units.