Category Archives: Humanitarian

Killer fratman leaves PH

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) in Manila confirmed on Thursday that one of the suspects in the death of University of Santo Tomas law freshman Horacio Castillo III due to alleged hazing has left the country for Taipei, Taiwan.
“A certain Ralph Caballes Trangia (DOB 10 Nov 95) departed 19 Sept. 2017 on board Eva Air flight BR262 bound for Taipei,” said BI Spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang.
Trangia, along with 15 other members of the Aegis Juris fraternity, was included in the immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday.

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 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.

2016 PH poll results ‘questionable’

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
PHILIPPINE Senator Grace Poe on Monday said the results of the 2016 national elections are “questionable” after allegations of ill-gotten wealth against Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair Andres Bautista.
Poe, a presidential candidate in last year’s polls, made this remark following reports that Bautista failed to declare hundreds of millions of wealth in his 2016 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).
Poe, however, clarified that she had no doubts that President Rodrigo Duterte won the presidential elections via landslide victory.

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.

SSS tops agencies with highest 8888 resolution rate

The Social Security System (SSS) has achieved the highest feedback resolution rate of 91.33 percent based on the 1st Quarter 2017 Citizen Hotline 8888 Report by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said the pension fund resolved 1,170 queries, complaints, and requests out of 1,281 calls endorsed by Hotline 8888.
“Although SSS got the most number of feedback, our team from the Member Communications and Assistance Department were able to resolve them immediately,” Dooc said.

PH leader: Criminals have no humanity

By: Oscar Omer Almenario
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said criminals have no humanity.
The President made the statement during an interview in Cebu City in response to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) which said drug-related killings may be considered crimes against humanity.
“If you kill criminals, it is not a crime against humanity. The criminals have no humanity,” Duterte said after the groundbreaking ceremony for the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway.
He likewise said those who were killed in legitimate government operations were the ones who fought back against law enforcers.