April 18, 2015

Curfew plano’ng ipatuman

CEBU, Philippines - Estoryahan una sa kapolisan ug mga opisyal sa dakbayan sa Sugbo ang pagpatuman sa curfew.

Kini ang gipadayag ni Chief Supt. Prudencio “Tom” Bañas, direktor sa Police Regional Office-7 human ang hepe sa Cebu City Office on Substance Abuse Prevention, Dr. Alice Utlang, pabor sa pagpatuman sa curfew.

Matud ni Utlang nga nalatid sa memorandum circular sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) ang pagpatuman og checkpoint, seminar sa mga barangay bahin sa epekto sa drugas ug ang pagpatuman sa curfew.

Si Bañas niingon nga angayan magtigum ang kapolisan ug ang mga opisyal sa lokal nga kagamhanan aron mapatuman nga sakto ang katuyoan.

Gipasabot ni Bañas nga kung ipatuman ang curfew, ang mga polis na sab ang magsige og dakop sa mga batan-on ug mabiyaan ang ubang trabaho.

Wala pa’y nasabutan kung kanus-a magtagbo ang kapolisan ug ang mga opisyal sa kagamhanang lokal alang sa plano’ng pagpatuman og balik sa curfew. Matud ni Utlang nga usa lang ang ila’ng tumong nga maprotektahan ang mga batan-on ilabina ang mga minor de edad.

“Ang atong tumong diri ang pag-protect ra gyud sa mga bata kay makita gyud nato karon ang problema sa drugs ug uban nga ilegal apil na gyud ang mga bata,” matud ni Utlang. (Jojo C. Ugdol/GMR)(BANAT NEWS)

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 by Ridgid Sparrow · 0

Bongbong slams MILF's refusal to surrender men - ABS CBN News

MANILA -- Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. warned that public trust for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would totally collapse if it will not surrender its troops allegedly involved in the January 25 Mamasapano clash.

In a statement issued Saturday, Marcos said the statement of MILF first vice chairman Ghadzali Jaafar that the group would not surrender its men involved in the clash is not helping it regain the public trust it lost in the wake of the carnage.

"Vice Chairman Jaafar's statement clearly shows no respect for the rule of law and a blatant disregard to the feeling of the people crying out for justice for the SAF killed by the MILF fighters in Mamasapano. This will not help in regaining the people's trust in them," he said in a statement Saturday.

Marcos is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, which is conducting public hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a measure that will create a Bangsamoro political entity to replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

He said the government, through the peace panel, should take a clear stand and state categorically that under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the framework agreement recognized by the government and the MILF as legally binding for both parties, the state can arrest MILF members charged with criminal offense under the existing laws of the land.

"The MILF's non-cooperation will bring into question the wisdom of continuing with the BBL hearings," said Marcos.

The Department of Justice earlier said 90 individuals from the MILF, its splinter group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), and private armed groups (PAGs) have been recommended to be criminally charged in connection with the death of 35 troopers of the 55th Special Action Company (SAC) of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF).

The DOJ-National Bureau of Investigation team was given another two months to further investigate the death of 9 other SAF troopers, this time from the 84th SAC, who died in an encounter in Barangay Pinsandawan. The 84th SAC neutralized international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias "Marwan," while the 55th SAC served as a blocking force.

Jaafar earlier said in a radio interview that the MILF men should not surrender because they merely acted in self-defense.

"If the MILF leadership will not surrender their members, then the belief that they are protecting wanted criminals and terrorists will be reinforced," Marcos said.


Meanwhile, the Palace said the DOJ was only doing its job when it recommended the filing of criminal charges against the 90 individuals.

Asked to comment on Jaafar's recent statement, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said: "Mayroon pong tamang lugar para ilabas yung mga ganitong depensa, at lalo kung kaso naman po ang kakaharapin, ay doon na lang po din pwedeng maipaliwanag yung ganyang depensa."

"Of course, the DOJ is only doing its job of initiating prosecution against persons who may be guilty of some criminal acts under our law, so hayaan po nating gumulong yung prosesong ito," she added.

She said the peace process should not be affected by any criminal proceeding in connection with the Mamasapano incident.

"It should be separate, really, because the peace process is proceeding on its own track. So it really should not... It really should be a separate discussion," she said.

According to Valte, the Palace remains optimistic that discussions on the BBL, the passage of which has been put in peril following the bloody encounter, will move forward.

"What we want to address really is for government to be able to reach some of these areas in Mindanao that have been in conflict for so long and to address poverty issues, health issues, and other social welfare issues that have been prevalent and have been connected to the conflict."

"So kahit po mainit pa yung mga emosyon, kahit marami hong tumututol, ipagpapatuloy lang po natin yung pagpapaliwang kung bakit naniniwala po tayong ang pagpasa ng BBL ay isang mahalagang hakbang para makamit yung kapayapaang ginugusto natin para diyan," Valte said.

Source: Top Stories - Google News

Saturday, April 18, 2015 by Ridgid Sparrow · 0

PH embassy in Tripoli evacuates 181 Pinoys out of Libya; more OFWs arrive - InterAksyon


The online news portal of TV5

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs disclosed on Saturday that the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli safely evacuated 181 Filipinos out of Libya into Tunisia on April 15 and 16.

Embassy representatives evacuated 47 Filipinos based in eastern Libya on April 15, and 134 more who were based in western and central Libya on April 16.

The Embassy team brought the repatriates to the Tunis International Airport and arranged for their return flights to the Philippines.

The repatriates are scheduled to arrive in Manila within a week in several batches.

Some 47 of them arrived safely on Friday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) with 76 more on Saturday afternoon on board EK332 and QR932.

Another group composed of 58 Filipinos will arrive on Sunday, at 4:00 p.m. via flights QR932 and EK332.

Representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration were on hand at the airport to receive them and provide information on the reintegration, employment and other forms of assistance.

These arrivals will bring the total number of repatriated Filipinos from Libya to 4,812.

The Embassy team in Tripoli, led by Charge d'Affaires Adelio Cruz, continues to reach out to remaining Filipinos throughout Libya to convince them to avail of the Philippine Government’s mandatory repatriation offer.

Those who wish to register for repatriation are advised to contact the following numbers: +218 927 471 949, +218 916 155 264, and +218 916 656 134.

Meanwhile, 20 Filipino evacuees from Yemen arrived Saturday at 3:40 p.m. on board 5J741. This brings the total number of OFWs repatriated from Yemen to 468.

The Crisis Management Team (CMT) led by Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago is currently deployed in Yemen to conduct evacuation operations.

The CMT urges all remaining Filipinos to register for repatriation by contacting them through telephone numbers: +967 730 194 165, +967 737 426 292, +967 733 844 958, and +967 738 451 828 and via e-mail to cmt-sanaa@riyadhpe.com.

Source: Top Stories - Google News

Saturday, April 18, 2015 by Ridgid Sparrow · 0