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TAGUIG CITY – Following its successful kickoff in Singapore last month, the Department of Energy (DOE) gears up to continue its 2019 Philippine Conventional Energy Contracting Program (PCECP) International Road Show at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) in San Antonio, Texas, USA on 19 to 22 May 2019. This will be followed by road shows in North America, South America, and the Middle East.

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said, “As we support and strengthen the effort of President Duterte’s administration to explore and discover indigenous petroleum resources, the DOE remains committed in establishing the ‛Explore, Explore, Explore!’ program that will elevate energy independence, security and sustainability through effective and reasonable development of all indigenous energy resources in the Philippines.”

The AAPG ACE is one of the most prestigious events for the geosciences community and one of the largest global gatherings for oil and gas industry professionals and investors, with an estimated 7,500 professionals from more than 72 countries participating this year.

The DOE delegation to be headed by Undersecretary Donato D. Marcos will be presenting at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and conduct one-on-one meetings with various petroleum exploration companies at the booth located in the International Pavilion.

To date, 17 requests for the issuance of Area Clearance for various areas in the Sulu Sea, Recto Bank, Palawan, Quezon, Albay, and Mindoro have been received by the DOE from nine local and foreign companies. Three companies have successfully acquired Area Clearances and have submitted their respective Letters of Intent (LOIs) to formalize their Area Nominations for approval by the DOE.

Furthermore, six companies have viewed and four companies have purchased technical data sets that include seismic lines and well listings. Sixteen companies have so far conducted courtesy visits to the DOE for one-on-one meetings regarding the details of the PCECP.

Evaluation of applications is made by the DOE Centralized Review and Evaluation Committee based on the criteria pursuant to Department Circular No. DC2017-12-0017 and existing PCECP guidelines. Interested parties must comply with the legal, financial and technical requirements, which include the proposed work program and economic development plan for the contract area.

At present, there are 22 active petroleum service contracts in the Philippines with Shell Philippines Exploration, Total E&P, PNOC-EC, Nido Petroleum, Philodrill, PXP Energy, and Galoc Production Company, to name a few of DOE operator-partners. The Philippines is home to the Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power Project, the largest and most successful natural gas industrial project in Philippine history.

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Philippine Government / How to Apply as a PMA Cadet
« on: May 22, 2019, 05:00:40 AM »
PMA Entrance Exam 2019 Date, Requirements, Coverage and Application Guide

For those who would want to become part of the Cadet Corps Armed Forces of the Philippines and later on serve as one of the leaders of the AFP, he/she may take the Philippine Military Academy entrance examination (PMAEE). The PMAEE is the first step in the selection process to become a cadet in the most prestigious leadership school in the country today. If you think you have all the qualifications below to become an officer of the armed forces, then this post is for you. Please read on.

PMA Entrance Exam 2019 Schedule

The PMA conducts the PMA Entrance Examination on August or September every year in more than 40 testing centers nationwide. They usually announce the start of the application process on the first or second week of April. Please stay tuned for more information.

PMA Entrance Exam Requirements

Here are the qualifications and requirements to become a cadet in the PMA:

Natural Born Filipino Citizen.
Physically fit and of good moral character.
Single and has never been married.
Must pass the PMA Entrance Examination.
No Administrative / Criminal Case.
At least High School Graduate with at least 85% GPA
Height Requirement for both Male and Female is 5 feet (not to exceed 6’4″ for both).
At least 17 years old but not a day older than 22 years on the reporting date (01 June 2020).

Applicants who are currently in Grade 11 are not qualified to take the exam while those who are currently in Grade 12 are qualified to take if they will graduate before June 1, 2020. Those who have GPA lower than 85 may still apply as walk-in applicants. However, they will be placed on a secondary list of walk-in applicants and will be given a chance to take the exam depending on the slots available.

Medical Disqualifications

Any communicable disease
Physical deformities
Other medical conditions as determined by AFP Medical Board
How to Apply

Those who are interested and qualified are advised to submit by mail a fully- accomplished application form with a copy of Birth Certificate in security paper issued by PSA and a certified true copy of High School Form 137 or 138. Mail it or hand carry to this address:

Office of Cadet Admission
Philippine Military Academy
Fort del Pilar, Baguio City

PMAEE Venues

Here are the official PMA Entrance Examination centers where the PMA will conduct the 2019 PMAEE simultaneously. Please be reminded that this list may change without prior notice.

001 Northwestern University, Laoag City
002 Cagayan State University, Tuguegarao City
003 Mt. Prov. State Polytechnic College, Bontoc, Mountain Province
004 St. Mary University, Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya
005 PMA, Baguio City
006 Narciso Ramos Sports Complex, Lingayen, Pangasinan
007 Araullo University, Cabanatuan City
008 Tarlac State University, Tarlac City
009 Clark Air Base Gym, Mabalacat City, Pampanga
010 San Andres Sports Complex, Manila
011 Ramon Magsaysay High School, Cubao, Quezon City
012 Jose Rizal University, Mandaluyong City
013 UP Losa Banos, Laguna
014 AETDC, Lipa City
015 Southern Luzon State University, Lucena City
016 University of Nueva Caceres, Naga City
017 Bicol University, Legaspi City, Albay
018 Palawan National High School, Puerto Princesa City
019 Dasmariñas National High School, Dasmariñas City, Cavite
101 Northwestern Visayan College, Kalibo, Aklan
102 University of Iloilo, Iloilo City

103 STI West Negros University, Bacolod City
104 Negros Oriental State University, Dumaguete City
105 Univ. of Southern Philippines Foundation, Cebu City
106 Samar State University-Main Campus, Catbalogan City
107 Eastern Visayas State University, Tacloban City
108 Holy Name University, Tagbilaran City
201 CARAGA State University, Butuan City
202 Camp Evangelista Gym, 41D, PA, Cagayan De Oro City
203 Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan City
204 University of Mindanao, Davao City
206 Provincial Gymnasium, Kidapawan City
207 Lagao Gymnasium, General Santos City
208 Misamis University, Ozamis City
209 Notre Dame University Gym, Cotabato City
210 Tacurong Gymnasium, Tacurong City
212 Western Mindanao Command, Zamboanga City
214 DMC College Foundation, Dipolog City
215 St Mary’s College of Tagum, Davao del Norte
216 Pagadian City Gymnasium, Pagadian City

PMA Entrance Exam 2019 Coverage

Like the past examinations, this year’s PMAEE will also cover the following subject areas:

Algebra and Geometry
Reading and Comprehension
Verbal Reasoning
Numerical Reasoning
Pattern Analysis.

You may start to review at least 3 months before the scheduled examination date. Gather as much review materials as you can or look for free PMA Entrance Exam reviewers. They will help you hurdle this first step of your PMA career.

What to do if I passed the PMAEE?

Applicants who passed the PMAEE will be notified by the Office of Cadet Admission (OCA) through the mail, newspapers and website announcement. The OCA will also inform the applicant of the date of his/her physical examination.

Report to AFP Medical Center (formerly V. Luna) for medical, dental, and neuropsychiatric examination. They will also give further instructions on the next step of the application process.

Benefits of Being a Cadet

Successful applicants will be granted a free 4-year college education with a well-rounded curriculum, receive a stipend while studying, and a progressive career as an officer of the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy or Philippine Air Force.

For more information and inquiries, please contact the following:

Office of Admission
Philippine Military Academy
Fort del Pilar, Baguio City
Tel Nos. (074)446-8002 / 447-3690 / 447-3292 / 447-3686 local: 6551 or 6545
Telefax. (074) 447-2825
Mobile Phone Nos. 09065466989 / 09284325578

Public Information Office
Philippine Military Academy
Fort del Pilar, Baguio City
Email Address: /
Website:Philippine Military Academy

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Travel and Tours / Unlicensed Software
« on: May 21, 2019, 07:01:02 AM »
MANILA -- The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) on Friday urged government agencies to use licensed software to prevent copyright infringement in the country.

"I see the need for the Intellectual Property Office to meet with relevant government agencies and departments to be able to discuss how to address this issue and be able to solve this," IPOPHL Director General Josephine Santiago said in an interview with reporters on the sidelines of the 2019 Intellectual Property Convergence forum in Makati City.

Santiago was reacting to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) statement, urging the Philippines to implement effective policies to ensure that government agencies do not use unlicensed software.

She said government agencies must allocate a budget for the procurement of licensed software that may be used by their offices, noting that the use of unlicensed software may compromise the security of data being handled by the government.

"It is very risky especially when it is government having all the information that we have. The security is at the lowest; so you can say that IPOPHL really would like to promote the use of licensed software by all sectors of society," Santiago said.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Philippines remains outside of the 2019 Special 301 Watchlist of the USTR due to the country's creation of an IP Academy to develop IP education incorporating international aspects, the adoption of a multidisciplinary approach to addressing IP issues and its strong anti-camcording legislation.

The USTR noted, however, that the Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam, do not have in place effective policies and procedures to ensure their own government agencies do not use unlicensed software.

"It is important for governments to legitimize their own activities in order to set an example of respecting IP for private enterprises," the US government agency's report read.

The USTR's Special 301 Report aims to push countries to better adhere to intellectual property rights standards, by identifying US trading partners which it considers to have weak IP protection and enforcement system.

A recent study from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) showed that the rate of unlicensed software installations in the Philippines has declined by 6 percent from 70 percent in 2011 to 64 percent in 2017.

The rate was still higher than the average of 57 percent in the Asia Pacific region and the worldwide average of 37 percent. (PNA)

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Travel and Tours / Manila Airport Text Message
« on: May 20, 2019, 03:37:27 PM »
To all passengers, please divest all metal objects, cell phones, lap tops and other electronic devices and place them in the tray for X-ray screening Check Points (FSCPs) located after the departure immigration area.

Likewise, please drop liquid, Aerosol and Gels (LAGs) at the trash bin at the side of FSCPs.

We request your cooperation on the Security screening procedures for our safety and security.

Thank you!

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Philippine Provinces / Elavil Bus Accident
« on: May 18, 2019, 10:03:30 AM »
MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued a preventive suspension order against bus firm Elavil Tours Phils, Inc. after one of its buses was involved in a road accident in Quezon province.

The Board also directed the bus company to explain why its certificate of public convenience must not be suspended or revoked after an Elavil bus bound for Manila crashed into the roadside metal railing along a highway in Tagkawayan, Quezon at about 12:30 a.m. Friday, leaving 20 passengers injured.

“The agency will await (a) written answer from Elavil Tours Phils, Inc. to explain why its certificate of public convenience should not be suspended, cancelled and/or revoked for violation of the terms and conditions of its franchise,” the LTFRB said in a statement.

The Board likewise ordered Elavil to surrender to its legal division by May 24 all the “For Hire” plates of 10 Elavil buses, as well as their GPS recordings, the video clips from their dashcams, and CCTVs.

“All authorized traffic enforcement agencies are ordered to apprehend and impound vehicles of Elavil Tours Phils, Inc. under the said case number (2007-1991ST), if found operating,” the LTFRB said.

The operator and driver of the bus involved in the accident have been summoned to appear in a hearing set at the LTFRB central office in Quezon City on May 29.

A report from the Quezon provincial police stated that an Elavil bus with 70 passengers, driven by a certain Allan Robles, crashed into the railings while traversing a descending curved section of the highway.

The overloaded bus was allegedly speeding. The bus driver escaped after the incident.

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Philippine Provinces / Kalinga Governor Election
« on: May 17, 2019, 07:26:04 PM »
TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- An election protest is reportedly in the offing in Kalinga province after a neck and neck match between two gubernatorial bets that boiled down to a 10-vote difference in favor of Tabuk Mayor Ferdinand Tubban, who has since been proclaimed governor-elect.

His primary opponent, Kalinga Vice Governor James Edduba, was said to be leading earlier on but was narrowly overtaken by Tubban. The transmittal of election results from certain towns were also delayed, according to reports.

In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Thursday evening, Edduba confirmed that his camp is preparing to file an election protest that would demand a recount in some areas.

“I was telling them (supporters and volunteers) to just let go as I am already very tired but the volunteers are insisting because they also want to know what happened,” he said.
Edduba noted that the volunteers demand an explanation about 25 missing ballots and the delayed transmittal of results from Sucbot in Pinukpuk, which supposedly changed the outcome of the elections.

“The lawyers are the ones in charge. They are doing what needs to be done,” he said.

Kalinga provincial election officer, lawyer Ricardo Lampac, in a separate interview told PNA that the delay of the result and the transmission from Sucbot was due to problems related to the vote counting machine (VCM), prompting the change to a substitute machine.

He said they initially thought that it was merely a problem with the memory card but it turned out to be a defect in the VCM itself. (PNA)

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Philippine Provinces / PNPA cadet dies of heat stroke
« on: May 16, 2019, 01:54:13 PM »
MANILA -- A cadet of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) died while undergoing summer training program within the school's vicinity in Silang, Cavite due to heatstroke.

Lt. Col. Byron Allatog, PNPA spokesperson, identified on Thursday the victim as Cadet 4th Class Al Rasheed Pendatun Macadato, 21, a native of Kalilangan, Bukidnon.

Macadato was doing a road run when he collapsed around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. He was immediately picked up by an ambulance and was rushed to PNPA Medical Dispensary.

He was later transferred to the Qualimed Hospital in Sta. Rosa Laguna and was declared dead around 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

Allatog said Macadato has been undergoing training for the past 10 days.

For his part, PNPA director Brig. Gen. Chiquito Malayo said the attending physicians had already ruled out possible hazing against Macadato, which could have caused his death.

“The New Cadet Summer Training Package being used is the same of the previous years following a progressive or increasing timeline in runs, push-ups and pull ups,” he explained.

“The other factor affecting the training packet now is the hot weather thus, new cadets are required by their squad leaders to drink 12-14 glasses or more per day,” he added.

Malayo, however, assured the family of due assistance and a thorough investigation will be conducted in order to determine the extent of the whole training schedule and if lapses are evident. (PNA)

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Kaliwat Bol-anon / Tabalong clan in Bohol
« on: May 11, 2019, 06:59:39 AM »
Tabalong is not only a name of a barangay in Dauis, Bohol. It was once a prominent clan in Bohol. A Tabalong family name may be hard to find these days.

Kaliwat Bol-anon / Acas clan in Bohol
« on: May 11, 2019, 06:56:52 AM »
Where do the Acas live in Bohol?

MMDA traffic experiment on EDSA-Shaw Boulevard not successful

       MANILA, Sep. 2 2002 (PNA) -- The week-long traffic experiment by
the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in the EDSA-Shaw
Boulevard area was declared unsuccessful.

       MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando said the experiment which
disallowed the use of service roads in the area for public utility
buses was not effective.

       "It was not successful," Fernando admitted.

       "We have to use another scheme to address the traffic problem
in said area," he added.

       Fernando said they have stopped the experiment since the
commuters were burdened by walking about 500 meters from Shaw
Boulevard to the loading and unloading area at the both end of the
vehicular underpass along EDSA.

       MMDA started pilot testing the system which disallowed PUBs
from using the northbound service road in the area last Monday.

       It lasted for a week, which proved to be a drag for the public
since the traffic congestion in the area was not  solved.

       Fernando, however, said the other traffic problem solutions
they tested which included the breaking and putting away of the
railling in-front of the SM Megamall  Building A, was a success.

       He said traffic in the area decreased because buses were given
a chance to load and unload passengers for a longer time space than

       Closing of the exit gates of parking space, exiting directly
to EDSA from the same mall has also hepled in easing the traffic in
the area, he noted.

       Fernando said they will not stop looking for practical
solutions to the problem of traffic along the EDSA stretch. (PNA)

Pasig squatters stage noise barrange before MMDA office

       MANILA, Sept. 2 2002 (PNA) -- Around 50 squatters living on the
banks of the Pasig River whose homes the Metropolitan Manila
Development Authority (MMDA) has threayened to demolish, staged a
noise barrage for one and a half hour in front of the MMDA main
office in Makati City Monday.

       The protestors, who are members of the Ugnayang Lakas ng mga
Nakatira sa Tabing Ilog Pasig (ULAP), said they are asking MMDA
Chairman Bayani Fernando to reconsider his plan to demolition their
houses to address the flood problem of the metropolis.

       Vener Alpapara, ULAP president said they think the MMDA
chairman is not pro-poor.

      "We are totally disgruntled by Fernando who does not recognize
the rights of the poor including the 10,000 families he sets to
evict," he said.

      Fernando noted, however, that even before President Arroyo
became president of the country, around 4,000 illegal Pasig River
squatter shanties have been demolished.

      He said he would not grant the negotiation asked by the
protestors because they will only exploit it to extend their stay in
the area instead of looking for another  place where they could stay

      "Negotiation would not help because it will not result to any
better solution," he said.

      Fernando said the protesters must go to the National Housing
Authority (NHA) regarding their housing problem because the
government has plans readied for them.

      "NHA has plans for them regarding their relocation," he said.

      "We have to continue implementing our plan because the whole
Metro Manila will benefit from it," he said.

      Meanwhile, MMDA vice chairman Cesar Lacuna said the protetors'
claims that they would be demolished because of the cancellation of
the P8.9 billion Pasig River loan intended for housing and river
rehabilitation is not true.

      "What they are saying is not true," he said.

      "Demolition of their houses will push through even if Asian
Development Bank did not cancel the loan," he said.

      Lacuna said demolition of the houses on the banks of the Pasig
River has been the government's plan even in the past.

      Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) Executive Director
Binjie Gutierrez, said, "clearing of the riverbanks and relocation is
the priority activity to be undertaken immediately." (PNA)

DAR to put up mini-coconut processing plants in every ARC

      MANILA, Sept. 2 2002(PNA) --  In a move to revitalize the coconut
industry, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)vowed to construct
mini-coconut processing plants in every agrarian reform
community(ARC) in the country.

     This came to light as DAR inaugurated the Lawa Integrated
Coconut Processing Plant, a joint project of the DAR and the United
Nations Development Programme-Support Asset Reform thru the CARP for
the Development of Indigenous Community (UNDP-SARDIC).

     DAR Undersecretary for Field Operations Efren Moncupa said that
with the processing plant, farmers would be less dependent to a chain
of middlemen who normally dictate the farmgate price of copra, which
has remained stagnant through the years, leading some coconut farmers
 to shift to more profitable crops.

     The processing plant was a result of a 15-year research
spearheaded by former University of the Philippines-Los Banos (UPLB)
prof. Ernesto Lozada.

     His pet project made it to the 2 Lawa ARC through the effort of
development facilitator Edgar Silos, who learned about it after
attending one of Lozada's lecture in a seminar organized by the

     Moncupa said he would recommend to DAR Secretary Hernani
Braganza the replication of the project in other coconut-producing
ARCs to hasten the rehabilitation of the industry and free the
farmers from the clutches of middlemen.

     He said a mini-coconut processing plant in every
coconut-producing ARC would encourage farmers to give coconut farming
another try because of a promising future that goes with it since it
would be they, themselves, would direct the course of their own farm

      Earlier, the Export Development Council (EDC), the country's
export planning and program overseer, reported that coconut
production in the Philippines declined from 11.8  million metric tons
in 1996 to 5.7 million in 2000 because farmers found coconut farming
less attractive due to low prices of copra.

     "Unless appropriate package of measures is taken to arrest its
decline, the demise of the coconut industry will result to a huge
displacement of over 40,000 farmer, traders and coco-based chemical
companies-- something the country can ill-afford," the EDC said.


Philippine Archive / Sabah Issue
« on: May 08, 2019, 09:13:34 AM »
Palace to brief senators on Sabah issue

       MANILA, Sep. 2, 2002 (PNA) -- Malacanag has invited administration
and opposition legislators to a Palace briefing on the Sabah claim
issue and the alleged abuse of

Filipino deportees by Malaysian authorities on Friday September 6.

       Senate President Franklin Drilon said the invitation was
extended to all senators including the foreign affairs committee of
the House of Representatives.

       Drilon said the Palace briefing will be held on Friday at 1

       On the Sabah claim, Senate Majority Leader Loren Legarda said
it will be worth to study the historical, social, economic, and
military implications of pressing the Philippine claim to Sabah.

       She advised that the issue be tackled in the most sober and
academic manner and avaoid sabre rattling. She likewise cautioned
against "sweeping the issue under the rug."

       "We must make sure the move is done not to antagonize our
neigbors but to be able to get to historical truths.  We must seek
out historical truths and know the basis of all these claims whether
it is beneficial to us or not, but never to create more trouble than
we already have," she said.

       For his part, Sen. Ramon Magsaysay said he would like to
support President Arroyo's stand that the Sabah claim should not be
put all together at the same time with the issue of our Filipino
deportees because this only complicates the matter.

      Magsaysay, who chairs the senate committee on national defense
and security said the Sabah claim issue per se "should be set aside
momentarily as we resolve the ill treatment of illegal migrant
Filipinos in Malaysia.

      "I am not saying that Sabah is a non-issue, but that can be
taken up at some other time," he said.

      On the other hand, Sen. Manny Villar said the Senate will
continue to conduct its own hearing on the Sabah claim as well as the
issue of the alleged inhuman treatment of Filipino deportees by
Malaysian authorities.

      Villar, chairman of the senate committee on foreign relations
said it is high time the government reviews its foreign relations
with Malaysia.

      In pursuing the Sabah claim, he said "you cannot change
history, either Sabah is ours or not and none of us can change

      The move, he said, "does not mean we want trouble."

      "I am not saying at this point in time, that we have to
immediately pursue this claim.  We are conducting hearings to enable
us to be enlightened on the issue and what course of action to
undertake just in case," he said.  (PNA)


TESDA warns public on unregistered course offered by vocational
schools in CV

    DUMAGUETE CITY, Sept. 2, 2002(PNA) -- The Technical Education and
Skills Development (TESDA) has warned the public on unregistered
course offered in technical institutions in Central Visayas.

     TESDA officials said the technical schools are offering the
caregivers course and seafarers ratings course without proper
authorization from TESDA.

     Authorized technical institutions in Central Visayas offering
caregiving course are Can-Care Caregiver Training and Development
Center, Inc. in Tagbilaran City, Bohol Institute of Technology also
in Tagbilaran City, MBL Development Training Center Corporation in
Cebu City, St. Paul College Foundation, Inc. also in Cebu City.

    Cebu Caregiving Studies and Development Center, Cebu Normal
University, Intercontinental Health Care Consultants, Primacare
Training and Development Center, SICES, INS Human Resource
Development Corporation, all of Cebu City; Fil-Canadian Training and
Development Center, Dumaguete City, Negros Maritime College
Foundation, Sibulan, Negros Oriental. (PNA)


Philippine Daily News / AFP calls out lies, deception in NPA
« on: May 08, 2019, 08:04:29 AM »
By Philippine News Agency

MANILA – Despite being an avowed enemy of democracy, the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, New People's Army (CPP-NPA) and their allies are using the judicial system to get back at the government for exposing the lies, duplicity, and violence they have perpetuated through the years.

Major General Antonio Parlade, Jr., of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC), made this observation on Tuesday noting that communist rebels and their supporters have the temerity to seek redress before the Supreme Court after the government succeeded in blowing the covers of their so-called legal fronts.

"Finally we have a government who openly unrobes and exposes these terrorists of their masks and legal cover. And now everyone (cries) foul by going to the Supreme Court (SC), " he added.

Parlade was referring to the SC's en banc decision on May 3 to hear the Writs of Amparo and Habeas Data petition of the National Union of Peoples' Lawyer (NUPL).

In its petition to the SC last week, NUPL claimed that “their rights to life, liberty and security have been violated and continue to be violated through the persistent threats and harassment and red tagging allegedly done to vilify and intimidate them and prevent them from pursuing their profession as members of the Bar and from practicing their advocacy as peoples’ lawyers serving the poor and the marginalized”.

It also claimed that some NUPL members have died in the line of duty.

Publicity and lies

"Those press releases of yours about the filing of writ of amparo is about publicity to the international community. It is about perpetuating your lies about 'threats' and 'attacks' happening here against your people. It’s about perpetuating those lies to demonize the government," said Parlade, who is also Armed Forces of the Philippines Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations.

He said communist rebels’ efforts to silence the government are aimed at protecting their rich funding source in Europe and foreign non-government organizations to whom they are obtaining millions of Euros that they are using to fund their insurrection against the duly-elected government.

"By exposing you and letting out the truth be known by the people, you call it 'attack' and 'vilification'? By clarifying that it was (CPP founding chair) Jose Maria 'Joma' Sison who identified you as his allied organization, you complain of red-tagging? By quoting your NDF (National Democratic Front) Panay spokesperson Concha (Araneta) who claimed that you are proud to have contributed to the more than 50 casualties in Panay alone, you attribute that to us as red-tagging?" Parlade added.

These claims were made by Araneta on April 24 which incidentally was the 46th anniversary of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“For parroting the NDFP's claim that you are all proud contributors to the ranks of the CPP and NPA, you went to get back at us?” he said.

Parlade also chided the group for getting back at the military and government for quoting their "CPP anniversary statements" on the thousands of NPA members and supporters they have killed and tortured along with the Indigenous Peoples' (IP) and former rebels.

On the claims that using these statements are "dangerous rhetoric", the NTF ELCAC official called these militants "hypocrites" and challenged them to denounce the CPP-NPA for all the atrocities they perpetrated through the years.

"The challenge is so damn simple: denounce the NPA and we are good," he said.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

Abuse of  hard-won freedom

Meanwhile, Parlade also lamented that some members of the media failed to carry the side of AFP regarding the writ of amparo and habeas data filed by the NUPL, and a similar petition filed by Karapatan, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, and Gabriela on May 6.

"On the contrary, they have published fake news which essentially aided the NUPL in their propaganda. These papers are carrying the line of NUPL that the SC acted on its petition when clearly none of the respondents received the writ from the SC. In short, these media are allowing their government to be punched and bullied without giving it an opportunity to air its side, or more appropriately, to express the truth," he added.

An earlier AFP statement, released by military spokesperson Marine Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, said they respect the SC decision but said that the May 3 ruling "is not yet the decision on the merits of the case but the procedures of the writs."

Such actions, Parlade said, are clearly an abuse of the freedom that the country has won after the fall of former president Ferdinand Marcos some 32 years ago.

He added that the abuse can be seen by the way the Filipino society, especially the poor and marginalized, has tolerated violation of laws, regulations, and ordinances.

"That's what happened to Boracay. That's what happened to government easements along highways, rivers, coastlines, and railroads. We allowed squatting because they are poor but at the expense of other's rights," he said.

Another example of such abuse is the way Filipinos have allowed illegal drugs syndicates to proliferate because it allegedly provides livelihood opportunities to the poor, he said.

Parlade also cited the danger of rampant activism in the Philippines such that Filipinos no longer know the difference between what is legal or not.

"So was democracy back, or was it anarchy that we promoted?" he asked.

It is a situation that is very favorable for the CPP-NPA as it has allowed them to advance their national democratic revolution through their dual tactics, or simply duplicity.

"So now we have a biased media who do not want to expose the truth about these front organizations of the CPP. We have lawyers from NUPL who threw away their oath to the Constitution and Republic and proclaim to represent the oppressed terrorists. We have Karapatan, human rights defenders, who mulct the European Union and foreign organizations to rescue NPA terrorists," he said.

Parlade also slammed some people who hide under missionary work but provide support to the terrorist CPP-NPA.

“We have terrorist organizations running and taking advantage of democratic processes thru the party-list system. And all of them hide under the legal cloak of the NDF, while doing illegal acts against the State and the people,” he added. (PNA)

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Philippine Photo Gallery / Bukidnon, Philippines
« on: May 06, 2019, 11:23:37 AM »
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Love Talk / Length of Love
« on: May 05, 2019, 07:03:40 PM »
"Women want love to be a novel, men a short story." - Daphne du Maurier

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Philippine Provinces / PNP Director Reacts to Assassination Plot
« on: May 04, 2019, 05:57:58 PM »
ILOILO CITY -- Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde, said the police ‘assassination plot’ against Iloilo District Representative Richard Garin and Mayor Oscar Garin of Guimbal town is “fake news”.

In a press conference on Friday afternoon at Camp Martin Delgado in this city, Albayalde said the PNP, particularly the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) “won’t assassinate or do any harm against them (Garins)”.

This came after there were reports of text messages of the “assassination plot” against the Garins for beating up Corporal Federico Macaya Jr. on December 2018.

“The CIDG won’t assassinate or probably do any harm against them (Garins) because we have not seen any retaliatory action coming from the Garins after the incident. In fact, they were silent,” Albayalde said.

He said the assassination plot is a “fake” as he did not receive validated reports coming from the regional office and even from the province.

He also noted that the Garins personally visited him at his office in Camp Crame to apologize after the incident with Macaya.

“They went to my office and they really were apologetic and we accepted their apology,” he said.

Meanwhile, Police Colonel Benliner Capili, Regional Director of CIDG Region 6, said they are never involved in the rumored ‘assassination plot.’

“I vehemently deny the allegations. Maybe they are just trying to discredit the police,” he said in an interview.

He also advised those who are spreading fake news to stop with what they are doing, especially using the name of the PNP.

“We are just doing our job. We do not know any of it (alleged assassination plot),” he said. (PNA)

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Philippine Provinces / Don't over vote
« on: May 04, 2019, 05:55:57 PM »
LAOAG CITY -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Ilocos Norte is reminding registered voters that over voting, or choosing names more than the maximum number of candidates allowed would invalidate their votes.

Atty. Joel Ginez, Provincial Election Supervisor of Ilocos Norte, announced Friday that Comelec is all set for the May polls as he advised voters to prepare a list of their candidates before going out on election day.

“Voters are allowed to have a list of their candidates so that voting will be quick and easy for them. Let me remind our voters not to over vote because our vote counting machines do not have the capacity to eliminate a name or names in case a voter picked more than the maximum number of candidates,” Ginez said.

“Undervote is ok but in case of over voting, our vote for the said position which exceeded the number of candidates will not be counted,” he added.

In Ilocos Norte, the Comelec reported a total of 416, 233 registered voters who are expected to exercise their right of suffrage.

Meanwhile, the Comelec also reiterated that “posting of campaign materials outside of the common poster areas is prohibited.” The common poster areas prescribed by Comelec are often located in village halls and private places, as long as there is a consent from the owner.

Putting posters in government vehicles, patrol cars, including highways, walls of public buildings, electric posts and trees are prohibited.

Like in previous years, the Comelec jointly with personnel of the Philippine Philippine National Police, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Interior and Local Government are conducting “Operation Baklas” or removal of campaign materials at least twice a week in the city. (PNA)

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ILOILO CITY -- A private group of bikers in this city will hold a “Fun Ride for a Cause: Sikad (Cycle) for a Peaceful, Honest and Clean May Elections” on Sunday to entice the public to vote in the May 13 mid-term polls.

The Barbarian Bikers in Action will hold a “Sikad” to show their support to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Commission on Elections (Comelec), and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) for the conduct of clean and honest elections, said Febe Morales, group’s founder.

The bikers’ group will start at Cabugao Sur village, Santa Barbara, and will pass through the villages in Cabatuan town, and will also cover New Lucena town.

“A week after the elections, we are going to encourage our fellow Ilonggos to go out and vote on May 13,” Morales said.

Around 300 bikers coming from this city, and Iloilo and Guimaras provinces are expected to participate.

Morales said members of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 6, Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO), and the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) have expressed their willingness to join the event.

Flyers as information-dissemination materials for the elections will be distributed along the way, he said.

Morales said he expects that this activity will have a positive result, especially in the town of New Lucena, which was placed under Category Yellow or election area of concern.

“We hope that voters in this province will know that their vote is sacred. We hope that they will vote freely and based on what their hearts and minds dictate,” he said. (PNA)

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