Category Archives: Government

PH monitors NoKor’s missiles

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
THE Department of National Defense (DND) in Manila said it is closely monitoring the situation after North Korea has threatened to launch four intermediate-range missiles off Guam’s waters by mid-August.
“While we believe that the threat of a missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is not directed at the Philippine archipelago, the Department of National Defense is closely monitoring the situation in the region,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement Saturday.
Lorenzana said the DND is treating the event as a civil defense rather than a military issue.

Treaty prohibits US airstrikes in PH

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
UNITED States military assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is limited to technical assistance, information sharing and training while PH-US military alliance remains solid and robust,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
Abella issued the statement after the People’s Palace (Malacañang) on Tuesday said any direct participation in combat operations by US troops, including airstrikes, is prohibited under the Philippine Constitution and the mutual defense treaty between the two countries.
He further clarified that under the Mutual Defense Board-Security Engagement Board with the US under the purview of the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951, standing protocols have been put in place that, even to this day, is being followed.
“It does not involve any boots on the ground nor any direct participation in combat operations, such as the air strikes reportedly being planned against Islamic State-inspired groups in the Philippines. This is a matter prohibited by our law and Constitution,” Abella stressed.

PH senator to the rescue of IDPs

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
PHILIPPINE Senator Grace Poe urged the government to focus on the welfare of thousands of locals displaced by the conflict in restive Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, as she pushed for legislation that seeks to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Poe filed Senate Bill No. 1513 or the proposed Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Act to ensure that IDPs are accorded the human dignity they deserve.
The senator said more than 300,000 people either continue to live in crowded evacuation centers that lack basic facilities or with relatives or friends.

PH monitors NoKor’s missiles

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
THE Department of National Defense (DND) in Manila said it is closely monitoring the situation after North Korea has threatened to launch four intermediate-range missiles off Guam’s waters by mid-August.
“While we believe that the threat of a missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is not directed at the Philippine archipelago, the Department of National Defense is closely monitoring the situation in the region,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement Saturday.
Lorenzana said the DND is treating the event as a civil defense rather than a military issue.

PH senator speaks of P6.4B drug import

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
“I got to know Mr. Kenneth Dong when a friend introduced him to me several years ago. I was told that he is a legitimate businessman and an importer of Asuki industrial weighing scales. I consider him a friend but I do not know what his dealings and businesses are except for his ownership of Asuki.”
This was the statement Wednesday of Sen. Juan Miguel F. Zubiri on the alleged involvement of Mr. Kenneth Dong on the P6.4 billion drug importation seized in Valenzuela City.
Zubiri said Dong made him “Ninong” (godfather) at his wedding and he was only one of many senators, politicians and celebrities who were asked to be principal sponsor.

Treaty prohibits US airstrikes in PH

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
UNITED States military assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is limited to technical assistance, information sharing and training while PH-US military alliance remains solid and robust,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
Abella issued the statement after the People’s Palace (Malacañang) on Tuesday said any direct participation in combat operations by US troops, including airstrikes, is prohibited under the Philippine Constitution and the mutual defense treaty between the two countries.

PH city to survey quake zones

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
THE city government of Makati in Metro Manila has started the retagging of properties and survey of households located within the five-meter buffer zone on either side of the West Valley Fault (WVF).
The WVF traverses four barangays in the city and is expected to generate a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Metro Manila anytime soon, Makati City Mayor Abby Binay said Tuesday.
Binay said she has ordered the retagging to update the current list of affected properties in preparation for the implementation of the WVF marker installation project in the four barangays. She has also asked for a survey of households located in lots within the buffer zones to determine the number of target beneficiaries for the city’s relocation assistance program.

P1M each for 5 troops killed in Marawi

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
THIS is a true act of charity.
The families of five soldiers killed in the ongoing fighting in Marawi City against Maute Group remnants, have received PHP1 million each, from an anonymous philantropist, Wednesday.
The donation is part of the PHP98 million the latter earmarked for military troops killed in the fighting.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said the five families were formally handed the money by AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo Año during short ceremonies at the General Headquarters Conference Room in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

PH lawmakers: Impeach chief justice!

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
THE impeachment case filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is now at the House of Representatives and the People’s Palace (Malacañang) on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte respects the separation of powers of the three branches of government.
At a Palace briefing, Presidential Communications Office Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag assured that Duterte would not meddle in the impeachment case as he respects the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court of the Philippines, or any other co-equal branch of government for that matter.
“The President was always clear about saying that if and when the House of Representatives or any other co-equal branch would do so, then that is up to them,” Banaag said.

PH to US: Observe due process on drug probe

By: Omer Almenario
THE People’s Palace (Malacañang) on Thursday said it expects “due process” to be observed in the conduct of an investigation by a human rights panel of the United States House of Representatives into Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bi-partisan caucus in the US House of Representatives, will investigate the “human rights consequences” of the Philippines’ war against illegal drugs Thursday.
According to the Commission, lawmakers will study how the anti-narcotics campaign is being implemented in the country and then issue recommendations on ways to address drug-related problems.
They will also recommend policies that would “ensure” accountability on alleged human rights violations by security personnel.