Roxas, ipinaliwanag ang pagsusulong ng term extension ni Pang. Aquino

admin   •   August 19, 2014   •   2152

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Ipinaliwanag ni Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas kung bakit nais niyang mabigyan ng ikalawang termino si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III.

Ayon kay Roxas, ito lamang ang paraan upang masigurong maipagpapatuloy ang magagandang proyektong nasimulan ng pangulo.

“Marami ang nagsasabi na para masiguro ang daang matuwid wala nang mas mabuti kundi ipagpatuloy ni PNoy yung kanyang pamumuno at mangyayari lamang ito kung magkakaroon ng second term.”

Sinabi pa ng kalihim na hindi lamang siya kundi marami naman ang nagpapahayag ng suporta para sa term extension ni Pangulong Aquino.

“Sa iba’t ibang media outlets sa kanilang polls at sa mga call in ay ganon din ang nangyayari.”

Iginiit pa ni Roxas na sariling niyang inisyatibo ang pagsusulong sa ikalawang termino ni Pangulong Aquino at hindi nya kinonsulta ang kanyang mga kapartido.

Hati naman ang pananaw ng ilang mamamayan sa nais ni Roxas.

Ayon kay Alden Monzon, “Hindi ako pabor sa term extension ni Pres. Aquino. Maybe because there are others naman who is equally as good or even better than him, and I think we should give other a chance to lead the country.”

Dumistansya naman ang pamunuan ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) sa naturang isyu.

Ayon kay AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, “We remain apolitical and non-partisan.”

Upang mabigyan ng term extension o ikalawang termino ang pangulo, kailangan munang amyendahan ang saligang batas at ito ay sa pamamagitan ng Charter Change na isinusulong ng mga kaalyado ng pangulo. (Lea Ylagan / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

US, PH military forces conclude 36th Balikatan Exercise

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

 MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine military and the United States Armed Forces have concluded the 36th Balikatan Exercise on Friday with a ceremony held at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) general headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

“The successful conduct of this year’s Balikatan Exercise 36-2021 has definitely brought us a step closer towards our goal of capacitating our forces, and as such, will consequently contribute to the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific Region,” said AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana.

The AFP said soldiers participating in the joint exercise were able to achieve the activity’s objectives in strengthening both militaries’ capability and experience.

“Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, both Filipino and American forces were able to achieve the objectives of this year’s Balikatan Exercise – to train together on defense and security efforts, leveraging on the capability, experience, and strength of both militaries’ longstanding friendship,” said Major General Edgard Arevalo, Commander of the AFP Education Training and Doctrine Command and this year’s Exercise Director.

Due to the global health crisis, the AFP said the magnitude of Balikatan 2021 was scaled down both in numbers of events and participants. Approximately 225 U.S. military personnel and 415 AFP personnel participated.

Major Balikatan 2021 events were held in Colonel Ernesto Ravina Airbase in Tarlac, where combined Air Force and Special Operations forces conducted close air support training, increasing interoperability across the joint forces.

AFP Northern Luzon Command Battle Staff and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command representatives conducted a bilateral staff exercise in Clark, Pampanga, while Philippine and U.S. Special Operations forces conducted a Bilateral Staff Academic Seminar in Taguig City.

Academic discussions and subject matter expert exchanges were held virtually to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The Philippine Air Force and U.S. Pacific Air Forces conducted a virtual Global Health Engagement and other virtual training on various air operations and capabilities.

The Exercise also included Humanitarian and Civic Assistance activities, which began on March 26, prior to the opening of the exercises. Philippine and U.S. service members completed the construction of two classrooms and a daycare center in Plaridel, a classroom in Atimonan, and a health clinic in Mauban, all of Quezon Province.

The AFP assured that health and safety protocols were strictly followed during the conduct of the exercise.

“The 36th Balikatan Exercise brought together AFP and U.S. Armed Forces amidst the challenge of a never-before-experienced health emergency. Our participants greatly benefitted from trainings, exchange of knowledge, and cooperative activities aimed at better enhancing our capabilities,” Arevalo said.

“Balikatan showcases the strength and resolve of the Philippine-U.S. alliance. These exercises demonstrate and improve our ability to jointly respond to crises. But training is never over. We will continue to advance our military-to-military partnership in pursuit of our shared commitment to mutual defense in a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law, who was also present during the closing ceremony.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, on the other hand, recognized the continuous commitment to the longstanding alliance of the Philippines and the U.S. government.

“Allow me to convey my gratitude to the U.S. Government, represented here by Mr. John Law, for its unwavering support to this annual exercise. I am likewise grateful for your constant and continued assurance of the ironclad commitment to our Mutual Defense Treaty,” he said.

Balikatan, which means “shoulder-to-shoulder” in Filipino, embodies the alliance and friendship between the Philippines and the United States.

The exercise officially opened on April 12 and was conducted in Northern and Southern Luzon for two weeks.

4 improvised explosive devices recovered in Basilan town – military

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021

Government troops on Thursday found four improvised explosive devices (IED) and other components allegedly assembled by the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan, a military official said.

In a statement, Lt. Gen.Corleto Vinluan Jr., chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WesMinCom), said the IEDs were recovered while troops were conducting a special operation in Barangay Campug, Al-Barka, Basilan around 10 a.m. Thursday.

“Troops of the 101st Infantry Brigade, 68th Infantry Battalion, 18th Infantry Battalion, 39th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, 4th K9 Company, Naval Special Operations Unit-6, and the intelligence operatives conducted a special operation which resulted in the recovery of four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other components,” Vinluan said.

According to Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway, Commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan, the recovered items include the following:

  • Two IEDs, filled with Ammonium Nitrate/Fuel Oil (ANFO) placed in two 1kg can containers
  • One IED filled with ANFO placed in a 900 grams container
  • One IED filled with ANFO placed in 500 grams container
  • One 9-volt battery
  • One pressure-type switch
  • One improvised blasting cap
  • 20 pieces projectiles
  • 3-feet detonating cords
  • One 40mm High Explosive cartridge
  • One 40mm practice grenade round

“Said IEDs were made by the ASG members under Furuji Indama and were recovered through our intensified intelligence monitoring,” Gobway said.

Recovered devices were subsequently transported to Barangay Calugusan, Lamitan City for the conduct of Render Safe Procedure (RSP) and were placed under the custody of the 39th EOD Team for proper disposition, the AFP-WesMinCom said.

Vinluan called on the people of Basilan to “remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious person or things in your locality.”

AFP urges community pantries to help without “personal greed or divisive agenda”

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has urged organizers of community pantries to help without any “personal greed or divisive agenda”.

AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana reiterated they are not against community pantries and have no measures planned to stop organizers to conduct their own community pantries.

However, Sobejana said they are concerned about reports where some community pantries also distribute pamphlets that attack the government.

The AFP Chief said they are still validating these reports.

Ini-evaluate natin kung bakit nagkaroon ng ganoong klaseng pamphlets samantalang ang activity naman at pakay ay ang pagtulong sa ating mga kababayan na nangangailangan. So sana kapag gumawa tayo ng humanitarian effort ay huwag na nating haluan ng personal greed or divisive agenda (We are evaluating why there are such pamphlets while the activity and the goal is to help fellowmen. I hope when they conduct humanitarian efforts, there is no personal greed or divisive agenda),” he said.

The AFP will also join in the efforts to help fellow Filipinos and support community pantries across the country. Sobejana said AFP personnel are willing to use their subsistence allowance to buy food and donate to community pantries.

Itong gesture ng pagpapakain sa ating mga kapatid na less fortunate ay isang humanitarian action which your armed forces being the protector of the people ay sumusuporta dito (This gesture of feeding our less fortunate brethren is a humanitarian action which our armed forces, being the protector of the people, supports),” Sobejana said.

Meanwhile, Sobejana refused to comment on the statement of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Lt.Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. on several organizers of community pantries.

Parlade was slammed after his statement referring to a biblical figure and likening it to one of the community pantry organizers, Ana Patricia Non. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


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