AFP, kinondena ang pamemeke ng ATM ng isang miyembro ng PSG

admin   •   February 28, 2014   •   3262

“Kung meron tayong mga miyembro na lumalabag sa umiiral na batas ay sila ay dapat managot sa kanilang actions, ang ginawa ni Marcial  (LTJG Rapahel Marcial) ay wala sa standard na pinaiiral ng Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas."  — AFP PIO Chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala

“Kung meron tayong mga miyembro na lumalabag sa umiiral na batas ay sila ay dapat managot sa kanilang actions, ang ginawa ni Marcial (LTJG Raphael Marcial) ay wala sa standard na pinaiiral ng Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas.” — AFP PIO Chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala

MANILA, Philippines – Kinondena ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ang ginawa ni Lieutenant Junior Grade Raphael Marcial na miyembro ng Presidential Security Group (PSG) kaugnay sa pamemeke ng Automated Teller’s Machine card (ATM).

Ayon kay AFP PIO Chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, mahaharap si Marcial sa summary dismissal at masasampahan ng paglabag sa prejudicial to good order and conduct unbecoming officer and gentleman.

Bukod  pa  ito sa paglabag sa Republic Act 8484 o E-Commerce Law.

Sa ngayon ay nakakulong sa PSG Headquarters si Marcial at agad na iti-turn over sa Philippine Navy pagkatapos ng imbestigasyon.

“Kung meron tayong mga miyembro na lumalabag sa umiiral na batas ay sila ay dapat managot sa kanilang actions, ang ginawa ni Marcial (LTJG Raphael Marcial) ay wala sa standard na pinaiiral ng Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas,” pahayag ni Zagala.

Dagdag pa nito,” Hindi tino-tolerate ng AFP, nagkasala siya as a person at kailangan niyang pagbayaran yun.”

Bagama’t nakapag-piyansa si Marcial ay maaari naman itong matanggal sa serbisyo kung mapatutunayang nagkasala. (Lea Ylagan / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Navy confirms BRP Ramon Alcaraz fire

Maris Federez   •   May 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines— The Philippine Navy has confirmed the fire incident that took place onboard BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS16) on Thursday night (May 7) just a few hours after it departed Port of Cochin, India bound for Manila.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Navy said the vessel was in convoy with BRP Davao del Sur (LD602).

Naval Public Affairs Office Acting Director, LCdr. Maria Christina Roxas, said initial investigation showed that the fire that broke at the main engine room was put out in 10 minutes but injured two personnel with second degree burns and caused minor damage in some equipment.

“This unfortunate incident could have been worse if not for the promptness of our PN personnel in responding to the fire incident. We recognize the gallant efforts of our personnel in responding to the emergency situation in spite of the dangers involved. Rest assured that the safety and welfare of our personnel is of paramount importance,” Roxas added.

One of the two sailors who were injured in the fire is now receiving treatment in an Indian medical facility, while the other is in sickbay aboard the vessel.

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, in a statement released on Saturday, said the vessel has returned to Cochin, India, reaching the port under its own power and unassisted as it only sustained minor damage.

He added that the US Navy’s Naval Systems Command (NAVSEA) will assist in the repair of the BRP Alcaraz since the vessel was acquired from the US.

“We will also use existing diplomatic mechanisms and our defense cooperation agreement with India to facilitate and expedite work on the ship so that it can return to the country in the shortest time possible,” Lorenzana concluded. —/mbmf

PSG now requiring COVID-19 rapid testing before meeting with Duterte

Robie de Guzman   •   April 16, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – The Presidential Security Group (PSG) is now requiring everyone who goes near President Rodrigo Duterte to undergo a rapid testing to detect novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as part of its security measures.

In a statement issued Wednesday, PSG Commander Col. Jesus Durante said the COVID-19 rapid testing is part of its regular screening procedures being required for anyone who seeks to meet with Duterte.

“The procedure exempts nobody and is even administered to high-ranking government officials, PSG troopers, and close-in personnel who always accompany the president,” Durante said.

“This is in addition to existing medical assessments and stringent measures being enforced by PSG in order to ensure the safety and good health of the President,” he added.

Durante said the rapid tests are administered by PSG Task Force COVID-19 medical team, and is different from the Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test kits administered by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and its affiliates.

“Those found positive during the rapid tests will not be allowed to enter the facility. Much more if the concerned party manifests fever and other symptoms related to COVID-19,” he said.

The PSG chief, however, said that the COVID-19 rapid test results are not definite, and are still subject for confirmation.

“PSG does not claim that the results of the rapid tests are definite and absolute. It is still subject for confirmation thru RT-PCR tests administered by RITM,” he said.

The rapid testing requirement is the latest security measure imposed by the PSG following its enforcement of “no touch policy” on President Duterte.

It previously required all visitors to Malacañang to fill-out a form declaring some personal and health information before they are allowed entry into the Palace grounds. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

PH Navy distributes sacks of rice to residents of Baseco Compound

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 15, 2020

The Philippine Navy (PN) ensures its commitment to support the government’s efforts in addressing the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19) crisis.

The Navy said it distributed sacks of rice to residents of Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila on Sunday (April 12).

“The PNs special operators utilized four inflatable boats to thread the Pasig River and distribute sacks of rice to 260 families settling in the area using 10-foot pole hooks to extend their reach,” the Philippine Navy said in a statement.

Fleet commander Rear Adm. Loumer Bernabe said the Philippine Navy will continue to support the government in its effort to aid citizens affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“The whole PN assets are readily available to help aid the government in its effort to address the impact of this COVID19 in the country. We will continue to fight this unseen enemy and serve our kababayans in this crisis,” he said. AAC

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