Ecogroup urges poll bets to prevent campaign trash

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 30, 2019   •   1757

Disposed campaign materials and sample ballots carpet the entrance of a polling precinct in Pasig City during the 2016 elections.| Photo by Marlon Bonajos/PVI

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Waste and pollution watchdog, EcoWaste Coalition dared all candidates to show their respect for the environment in words and in deeds.

“We need dedicated public servants who will help in enforcing laws and regulations that have been or have to be enacted to protect the public health and environment,” according to Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition.

The group suggested reusing, repurposing, or recycling campaign materials. They also call on candidates to avoid using styrofoam, plastic bags and other single-use containers for meals and drinks.

“We need leaders who will champion pollution prevention policies and programs to halt the continued degradation of the environment due to wastes and pollutants coming from factories, farms, markets and even from our homes, schools and offices,” Lucero said.—Aileen Cerrudo

Eleazar orders intensified ops vs private armed groups, loose firearms ahead of election season

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 1, 2021


MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Guillermo Eleazar said the national police will intensify its operations against private armed groups (PAG) and loose firearms ahead of election season.

Eleazar added that he has ordered all police offices and units nationwide to intensify operations especially when there are politicians who use private armed groups and will try to win the candidacy through violence. Eleazar said the PNP wants to ensure credible, orderly and peaceful elections in 2022.

“Papalapit na ang eleksyon at alam naman natin na may ilang pulitiko na gumagamit ng private armed groups para sa pansarili nilang mga interes, partikular ang maipanalo ang kanilang kandidatura gamit ang dahas. We will not allow that,” he said.

(The election is drawing near and we know there are several politicians who use private armed groups for their own interest, particularly to win the candidacy using violence.)

The PNP Chief also directed the local police to intensify intelligence gathering efforts to monitor PAGs as well as syndicates involved in gun-running activities.

According to the National Task Force on the Disbandment of PAGs (NTF-DPAGs), over 130 armed groups are being monitored in Mindanao alone.

“Dapat tiyakin ng PNP na walang magaganap na aberya o kaguluhan sa bawat bahagi ng halalan, mula sa filing ng candidacy hanggang sa deklarasyon ng mga nanalong kandidato,” Eleazar said.

(The PNP should ensure there will be no disorder during elections, from the filing of candidacy to the declarations of winners) AAC

Trump acknowledges election defeat, prepares transition for new admin

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 8, 2021

Outgoing United States President Donald Trump has acknowledged his election defeat after the US Congress formally certified the victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the 2020 November elections.

“A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th, my focus now turns into ensuring a smooth and orderly transition of power, this moment calls for healing ang reconciliation,” he said.

He also condemned the violence that occurred after several pro-Trump protesters breached the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

“Demonstrators who infiltrated the capital had defiled the seat of the democracy, to those who engage in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country, and to those who broke the law, you will pay,” he said.

Meanwhile, Facebook and Instagram imposed an indefinite suspension on Trump’s social media accounts. The ban will remain in place for at least two weeks or after the inauguration of Biden.

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.

DENR urged public to report poachers, collectors of illegal wildlife plants

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2020

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has urged the public to report illegal poachers and collectors of wildlife amid reports of rampant illegal trade amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Paquito Melicor said cutting, collecting and gathering wild plants in the forest is a violation of Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

“We want to remind everyone that collection and trade of threatened species are prohibited unless such acts are covered by a permit issued by the DENR, please help us protect our wildlife by not patronizing and reporting these illegal activities,” he said.

To report wildlife related crimes, please contact the DENR- Community Environment Offices nearest you through the following numbers:

CENRO Cebu City – 254-2565
CENRO Argao – 367-7387
CENRO Tagbilaran City – (038) 412-1026
CENRO Talibon – (038) 416-0156
CENRO Dumaguete City – (035) 422-4367
CENRO Ayungon – (038) 404-0829

Melicor said the effects of the pandemic might have led to community in rural areas to resort to poaching of wild plants as alternative source of income.

“For hunting and trading, the penalty ranges from two to four years of imprisonment and/or fine of P30,000 to P300,000 for hunting and P5,000 to P300,000 for trading of wildlife. For the mere transport of wildlife, the penalty is six months to one-year imprisonment and/or P50,000 to P100,000 fine,” the DENR said. AAC


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