PAL offers 20% discount to military, other uniformed personnel booking until Dec. 31

Marje Pelayo   •   December 31, 2020   •   605

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Airlines (PAL) is giving military and other uniformed personnel a special treat this holiday season. 

In an advisory, the country’s flag carrier announced a 20% discount on select fare brands for the men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

The discount privilege will be applied on the base fare of Economy Saver and select Supersaver Fare brands of PAL domestic flights, the company said.

AFP, PNP, PCG and BJMP personnel have until December 31, 2020 to buy their domestic tickets and avail of the 20% discount.

Travel period is until June 30, 2021. 

PAL said flights may be booked through Philippine-based PAL ticket offices,  PAL partner travel agents or Reservations hotline (02) 8855 8888. 

To avail of the discount, travelers must present his/her AFP/PNP/PCG identification. This special offer applies to active AFP, PNP, and PCG Filipino personnel.

ARTA urges uniformed personnel to report delays in processing of benefits claims

Marje Pelayo   •   May 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) reiterates its reminder to uniformed personnel who have existing benefit claims to report to the agency any delays in their applications.

ARTA Undersecretary Carlos Quita said they have provided an email account that is exclusive only to the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP)

All other individuals with problems in their benefit claims and other matters may forward their concerns through ARTA.gov.ph.

In addition, the agency signed a joint circular creating a task force that will manage the streamlining of the processes to assist military and police personnel in their benefit claims.

Quita said the very purpose of this is to improve existing systems and integrate them into one streamlined system that can be managed both at the local and national level. It will also allow claimants to access the system online.

The joint circular was signed by representatives from ARTA, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Police Commission (NPC), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), AFP, PNP, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

Duterte not bothered by military coup rumors — Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is not bothered by recent reports that some military officials are withdrawing their support for the administration over his supposed silence on the West Philippine Sea issue, Malacañang said Monday.

In an online briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque dismissed rumors on the supposed looming military uprising as “kwentong kutsero” (hearsay).

“Hindi po nababahala ang presidente, alam po ng presidente, tapat siya sa Saligang Batas, at alam po niya na nirerespeto rin ng ating mga kasundaluhan ang ating Saligang Batas,” Roque said.

He also reiterated Duterte’s earlier remark that soldiers can always remove him if the military thinks he is useless.

“Kung gugustuhin ng military, kahit sino pwedeng ipatanggal ng militar,” he said.

“Kampante po siya na walang dahilan para naman umakto ng ganyan ang ating mga kasundalohan,” he added.

Roque issued the statement a day after the Department of National Defense (DND) denied reports that some retired and active military officials are planning to withdraw their support for Duterte over his stance against China and its incursions in the West Philippine Sea.

The Palace official also believes that there is no need for a loyalty check among the military generals and that they can always choose a new leader with the upcoming election year. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Senate panel to begin probe on alleged ‘red-tagging’ activities of military officials

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 30, 2020

The Senate panel will begin its inquiry next week (November 3) on the alleged ‘red-tagging’ activities of military officials.

Senator Panfilo Lacson filed Senate Resolution No. 559 and will summon Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr.

Parlade drew the ire of netizens after he warned actress Liza Soberano and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, against associating with the Gabriela Women’s Party-list, which he accused of having links with the New People’s Army.

Lacson said the resolution aims to resolve issues as well as draft guidelines to avoid misunderstandings between the military and the public.

The Senator will be inviting other officials from the Department of National Defense and the AFP.  

He added that the Gabriela Women’s Party-list and other militant groups will also be invited to the inquiry.

“We will also invite Gabriela and other militant groups para maliwanagan natin saan ba nag-uugat iyong misunderstanding at saka iyong conflict pagdating sa red-tagging, red-baiting, (to shed light on the root of the misunderstanding and the conflict when it comes to red-tagging, red-baiting)” he said. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado).

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