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AFP Chief lauds AFP-PNP troops in Region 8 for successful internal security operations

AFP Chief General Andres Centino commended the operating troops of the 8th Infantry Division (8ID) and policemen of Police Regional Office 8 for successful operations that led to the neutralization of a Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT)......»»

Category: newsSource: samarnews samarnewsJun 26th, 2022

Ilang terorista nasawi sa magkakasunod na Samar security ops

Manila, Philippines – Sunod-sunod ang nasawi sa grupo ng mga komunista sa isinagawang tatlong araw na internal security operations ng Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) sa Samar. Batay kay PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas, nasawi ang kinilalang bagong recruit na New People’s Army (NPA) fighter na si Alger Morillo sa sagupaan noong Jan. 10. […] The post Ilang terorista nasawi sa magkakasunod na Samar security ops appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJan 15th, 2021

NDRRMC says typhoon response adequate

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Thursday that it has not been negligent in issuing timely and adequate warnings and advisories related to the strength of typhoon “Ulysses” even if many residents in Metro Manila and nearby provinces seemed to be caught by surprise with the sudden flooding in their areas. (MANILA BULLETIN) Requests from people asking to be rescued from the roof or second floors of their houses, specifically in Marikina City, Pasig City, and Rizal, due to the overflow of the Marikina River have flooded social media and the NDRRMC Operations Center, according to Assistant Secretary Casiano Monilla, Office of Civil Defense deputy director for operations. “Patuloy ang paglilikas natin but since yesterday or even the other day, inililikas na ang ating mga kababayan especially doon sa traditionally naaapektuhan ng bagyo. We were not caught flat-footed dito sa event na ito. Kung minsan lang kasi, kapag nag-ikot ang local officials ay hindi kaagad sumusunod ang mga kababayan. Mas nagrerely tayo kung ano ang ating nararamdaman, kung ano ang prevailing na situation na nararamdaman other than the advise na binibigay ng PAGASA,” he said in a virtual media forum. (We are still conducting rescue operations but since [Wednesday] or even [Tuesday], we have already conducted pre-emptive evacuation of our countrymen especially in areas that are traditionally affected by typhoons. We were not caught flat-footed by this event. Sometimes, the residents don’t listen to local officials even if they are already warned. They usually rely on what they are feeling or the prevailing situation rather than the advise given by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration)The NDRRMC has yet to provide data on the extent of damage of  Ulysses and how many people were affected. But NDRRMC chairman and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in a separate interview, said the damage has been “huge.” “[There was] huge damage. [There were] totally flooded villages and low-lying areas were flooded,” Lorenzana said when asked to describe the extent of Ulysses’ effects. Lorenzana said he has briefed President Duterte about the deployment of troops to save some residents in Marikina who were asking to be rescued due to the overflow of the Marikina River. “I just came from the Palace. I briefed him what our troops are doing in Marikina to save people from their rooftops,” he said. Social media users were quick to point out the similarity in the devastation of Ulysses to typhoon “Ondoy” in 2009 which inundated a vast portion of Metro Manila after hours of intense rains. Ondoy left 747 people dead and billions of damages in agriculture and infrasture. In Marikina, Mayor Marcelino Teordoro said Ulysses brought the water level of Marikina River to 22 meters as of 11 a.m. Thursday, which was higher than the 21.5-meter level reached during typhoon Ondoy. Monilla said local government units (LGUs) have the responsibility to conduct search and rescue operations on their affected residents but he noted that the NDRRMC is behind the LGUs to augment their capabilities. “Ondoy really served as a lesson especially sa area ng Marikina at Pasig sa NCR. Nagkaroon na sila even the early warning signals. Sa amin naman, ang pagdirect ng operations ay aming nirerely sa LGUs at kami lang ay tumutulong sa local governments in harnessing the response units para madagdagan ang units na nagre-rescue sa ating mga kababayan (Ondoy really served as a lesson especially in Marikina and Pasig in the National Capital Region. They established early warning signals. On our part, the direction of [rescue] operations rely on the local government units and we just help them in harnessing the response units which will rescue our countrymen),” he said.  “Because highly populated ang lugar it could be a challenge relocating them. Ang Provident [Village] nga which serves as a lesson in Ondoy ay affected din sa ngayon. Highly urbanized kasi ang Metro Manila that’s why it’s really a challenge paano i-relocate ang mga tao na laging affected ng ganito,” he added. Meanwhile, the NDRRMC has also tapped the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and several private companies to deploy their manpower and assets for search and rescue operations. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, AFP chief, said the Joint Task Force NCR has been leading the rescue efforts in Metro Manila. They were aigmented by two disaster response units from the 7th Civil Relations Group, 101stSearch and Rescue volunteers, and private group REACT PH. Another search and rescue unit from Bantay Bayan volunteers were deployed in areas on Tullahan River and Caloocan City to conduct search and rescue operations. The Joint Task Force Bicolandia, Northern Luzon Command (NolCom), and Southern Luzon Command (SolCom) also deployed thousands of soldiers to coordinate the search and rescue operations in Bicol region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos (Region 1), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), Central Luzon (Region 3), Calabarzon (Region 4A), and Mimaropa (Region 4B). Monilla said they have received reports that major dams in Luzon have been releasing excess water which may inundate Central Luzon and parts of Metro Manila. “Ang Angat, Ipo, La Mesa, at Wawa dams nagpapakawala ng tubig dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng tubig dulot ng ulan na hatid ni Ulysses so baka abutin pa hanggang mamayang hapon o gabi (Angat, Ipo, La Mesa, and Wawa dams were releasing water because of the continuous rain brought about by Ulysses so the [flooding] may persist until afternoon or evening),” he said. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

PRA to review policy on retirees’ age requirement

The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA), an attached agency of the Department of Tourism (DOT), is set to reassess the age requirement for foreign nationals seeking retirement in the country after senators raised concerns over national security on Monday. The issue stemmed during the Senate budget hearing for the DOT when the senators were caught by surprise after PRA general manager Atty. Bienvenido Chy revealed that the agency has been accepting foreign immigrants as retirees who are as young as 35 years old. Sen. Richard Gordon and Sen. Nancy Binay were alarmed as Chinese topped the list of foreign retirees, at a time when the country faces the threat of the growing number of illegal Chinese workers from the Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGOs). But Chy cited that he had already inherited the policy and did not attempt to change it, to which Gordon expressed dismay. In a message to reporters, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, who also chairs the agency, said the Board of Trustees will meet to reassess the policy, stressing that they will move for its immediate repeal.  “I have directed GM Bienvenido Chy of the PRA to review and change this long-standing policy,” she said.  Based on the Cumulative Gross Enrollment of foreign retirees in the Philippines as of Dec. 31, 2019, there are 26, 969 Chinese nationals from China who decided to retire in the country, followed by Korea (13, 912), India (5,971), Taiwan (4, 801), Japan (3, 950), United States of America (3, 615), Hong Kong (1, 836), Great Britain (1, 571), Germany (778), and Australia (743). An additional 4, 069 foreign nationals also chose to enroll as retirees in the Philippines.  According to PRA, the Cumulative Gross Enrollment also includes all active retirees or active Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) holders. These are retirees who continue to keep their retirement visa as their status of stay in the Philippines. Aside from the principal retiree, SRRV holders were also joined by their spouses and dependents to stay in the Philippines.  The PRA data also revealed that Chinese top the list of foreign principal retirees belonging to the 35 to 49 years old age bracket, which prodded the senators to grill the PRA chief for job sufficiency issue. The data said that the greater majority of foreign retirees reside in the National Capital Region with 36,862 immigrants or 52.63 percent. Others were scattered in Region 1, Cordillera Administrative Region, Region 2, among others. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

MIAA prepares for operations under MECQ

Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal on Monday, Aug. 3 met with key officers to prepare for operations under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) which will start on August 4 up to August 18 in the National Capital Region, Laguna, Bulacan, Rizal and Cavite. Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal Pursuant to existing IATF Omnibus Guidelines on community quarantine, MIAA will adopt a 50 percent workforce deployment in the office. However, employees performing frontline duties are not included in this directive. Those are the employees who are assigned in flight operations, terminal monitoring, facilities management and maintenance, security, safety and emergency services.  The airport chief said that personnel of janitorial companies that have contracts with MIAA should be on full complement despite the MECQ.  Security guards contracted by MIAA shall likewise remain on full deployment, he said. To ensure continuous work, MIAA will provide shuttle buses for airport workers. The shuttles will be for routes covering Manila, Quezon City and Cavite. The workers will also be provided free meals and hazard pay. In a meeting with the airline companies, Monreal called on local air carriers to inform their passengers on rebooking their flights in view of the temporary suspension of domestic flights in and out of Manila under MECQ......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

DOH OIC visits BARMM, lauds vax program

COTABATO CITY - Department of Health (DOH) Officer in Charge Maria Rosario S. Vergeire assured health officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) of her support for the region's vaccination campaign and other health programs."I told Chief Minister Ebrahim that t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 21st, 2022

P7.8-M hot logs seized in Caraga in H1 2022

BUTUAN CITY - Some 231,292 board feet of illegal lumber worth PHP7.8 million were seized during 230 operations in the region from January to June this year, the Police Regional Office in the Caraga Region (PRO-13) said Tuesday.In a statement, Col. James Goforth, the PRO-13 chief of operatio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 12th, 2022

Beyond enforcement, PRO-11 invests in good community relations

DAVAO CITY - Beyond their mandate to maintain security and safety, the Police Regional Office in Davao Region (PRO-11) has embarked on expanding its community engagement through its Revitalized Pulis sa Barangay (RPSB) Program.Major Rowena Jacosalem PRO-11 chief for regional community affai.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 9th, 2022

NCRPO nets P775-M illegal drugs in Natividad s 1st 100 days

MANILA - The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has confiscated over PHP775 million worth of various suspected illegal drugs in a series of operations in Metro Manila during the first 100 days of NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Felipe Natividad.From March 1 to June 8, Natividad said the NCR.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 12th, 2022

NCRPO nets P775-M illegal drugs in Natividad s 1st 100 days

MANILA - The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has confiscated over PHP775 million worth of various suspected illegal drugs in a series of operations in Metro Manila during the first 100 days of NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Felipe Natividad.From March 1 to June 8, Natividad said the NCR.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 12th, 2022

Biden to sign executive orders on Day 1, amid high alert for inauguration

Joe Biden’s top aide said Saturday the incoming president would sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day in office, as police fearing violence from Trump supporters staged a nationwide security operation ahead of the inauguration. Authorities in Washington, where Wednesday’s inauguration will take place, said they arrested a man with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition at a security checkpoint, underscoring the tension in the US capital which is resembling a war zone. However, the man’s family told US media he was a security guard, rejecting the idea he was intent on causing harm. Incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain said in a memo to new White House senior staff that the executive orders would address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change and racial injustice in America. “All of these crises demand urgent action,” Klain said in the memo. “In his first ten days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America’s place in the world,” Klain added. As he inherits the White House from Donald Trump, Biden’s plate is overflowing with acute challenges. The US is fast approaching 400,000 dead from the Covid-19 crisis and logging well over a million new cases a week as the coronavirus spreads out of control. The economy is ailing, with 10 million fewer jobs available compared to the start of the pandemic. Biden this week unveiled plans to seek $1.9 trillion to revive the economy through new stimulus payments and other aid, and plans a blitz to accelerate America’s stumbling Covid vaccine rollout effort. On Inauguration Day Biden, as previously promised, will sign orders including ones for the US to rejoin the Paris climate accord and reverse Trump’s ban on entry of people from certain Muslim majority countries, Klain said. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward,” Klain said. – 500 rounds of ammunition – Meanwhile, Washington was under a state of high alert after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6. The assault left five people dead, including a police officer. Security officials have warned that armed pro-Trump extremists, possibly carrying explosives, pose a threat to Washington as well as state capitals over the coming week. Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed in Washington and streets have been blocked off downtown with concrete barriers. On Friday night, police arrested a Virginia man at a security checkpoint where he tried to use an “unauthorized” credential to access the restricted area where Biden will be inaugurated. As officers checked the credential against the authorized access list, one noticed decals on the back of Wesley Beeler’s pick-up truck that said “Assault Life,” with an image of a rifle, and another with the message: “If they come for your guns, give ’em your bullets first,” according to a document filed in Washington, DC Superior Court. Under questioning, Beeler told officers he had a Glock handgun in the vehicle. A search uncovered a loaded handgun, more than 500 rounds of ammunition, shotgun shells and a magazine for the gun, the court document said. Beeler was arrested on charges including possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. But Beeler’s father Paul told The New York Times his son had been working as a security guard on the Capitol grounds. Asked if the younger Beeler supported a peaceful transition of power, Paul Beeler told the newspaper, “That’s the reason he’s there.” In addition to the heavy security presence in Washington, law enforcement was out in force in state capitals around the country to ward off potential political violence. Mass protests that had been planned for the weekend did not materialize on Saturday, with security far outnumbering Trump supporters at several fortified statehouses, US media reported. In St Paul, Minnesota, for example, hundreds of law enforcement officers, some armed with long guns, ringed the Capitol with National Guard troops providing backup.  The number of protesters totaled about 50......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

AFP concludes unilateral joint exercises

With the conclusion of the military joint exercises, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Gilbert Gapay has assured the people of the security force’s readiness to confront internal and external threats facing the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 4th, 2020

PNP orders crackdown on illegal mining, logging in Region 2

MANILA – Philippine National Police Chief, General Debold Sinas, on Wednesday ordered to intensify police operations against illegal mining and logging activities in Cagayan Valley after floods devastated the region due to the onslaught of recent typhoons “Sa kautusan ni Gen. Sinas to ensure yung mga ganyang violations of environmental laws mabigyan pansin. From the level […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

AFP musters troops, braces for RollyPH

CALOOCAN CITY, Nov. 1 (PIA) -- Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff, General Gilbert Gapay, led the mustering of troops of the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region as the military fir.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Peace hopes up in flight disputes  

The South China Sea has long been a major field of contention between the United States and China, with the US actively challenging China’s claim to sovereignty over most of the sea within a nine-dash line, and constantly sending ships and planes into the area asserting freedom of navigation in what it considers international waters. China, however, sees these flights as provocations. The South China Sea is bounded by the Philippines in the east, Vietnam in the west, and Malaysia and Brunei in the south. To the northeast is the East China Sea between China and Japan. Farther north of that is the Yellow Sea between China and North and South Korea. Last month, an international incident in that far-off area came to involve the Philippines — a US surveillance aircraft flying over the Yellow Sea allegedly used codes belonging to Philippine aircraft. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said this is a serious security issue as it could entangle the Philippines in the rising tension between China and US. A report from the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSSPI) said a US RC-1355 reconnaisance aircraft using a code assigned to the Philippines flew over the Yellow Sea between China and Korea. The detected Philippine code could have made China suspicious as the Philippines does not conduct patrol operations over that area. The US pilots may have been trying to test China’s reaction, Esperon said as he expressed his concern. “What could happen is it could implicate or incriminate the Philippine side. We simply have to remind our US counterparts of the implications. The Philippines has sent a communication to the US embassy in Manila. This is something that must be discussed. Nonetheless, we hope this could be settled satisfactorily between the parties,” he said. In a press conference, China’s foreign ministry said, “Since the beginning of this year, US reconaissance aircraft have electronically impersonated civil aircraft of other countries in the South China Sea for more than a hundred times. This threatens the security of China and countries in the region.” The flights over the Yellow Sea near Korea, like the ones over the East China near Japan, and the South China Sea near the Philippines have long been part of US operations around the world as it asserts freedom of navigation and flight over international waters. We hope these two nations will be able to carry on without any incident that may lead to a violent confrontation and we hope they do not unduly involve and endanger any other nation like the Philippines which is friend to both sides......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

PNP intensifies passenger terminals’ security

The police-led Joint Task Force COVID Shield (JTF CV shield) on Tuesday announced the deployment of more uniformed personnel in passenger terminals with the today’s resumption of operations of provincial buses. PLt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, JTF CV Shield commander, said Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PGen. Camilo Pancratius Cascolan has already cascaded the directive to […] The post PNP intensifies passenger terminals’ security appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

Cascolan wants bad cops jailed like ‘criminals’

Police officers arrested during internal cleansing operations should be treated like civilian criminals and placed behind bars, Philippine National Police chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

New PNP spokesperson installed

By MARTIN A. SADONGDONG The Philippine National Police formally installed Friday Police Col.  Ysmael Salonga Yu as acting spokesperson and acting Public Information Office chief. A member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Tanglaw” Diwa Class of 1992, Yu serves as the official mouthpiece and publicist of the PNP on matters involving internal security, general […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 11th, 2020

MisOr SKs vow to help in fight vs COVID-19

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Sept.3 (PIA) - In a meeting with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and Cabiner Officer for Regional Development and Security for region 10, Secretary Martin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 7th, 2020

DoTr oversees first crew change ops in Bataan’s Capinpin port

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) strengthened its commitment to make the Philippines an international crew change hub when it conducted the first crew change operations outside the National Capital Region on Saturday. Office for Transportation Security (OTS) administrator and OSS head, Undersecretary Raul del Rosario, said it took more than a month to establish the […] The post DoTr oversees first crew change ops in Bataan’s Capinpin port appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 5th, 2020

Pandemic hammers HSBC profits in H1

HONG KONG (AFP) – HSBC on Monday said profits for the first half of 2020 plunged by 69 percent on year as the banking giant was hammered by the coronavirus pandemic and spiralling China-US tensions. The lender reported post-tax profits of $3.1 billion while pre-tax profit was $4.3 billion, a 64 percent drop on the same period last year. Reported revenue was down nine percent at $26.7 billion. Chief executive Noel Quinn described the first six months of the year as ”some of the most challenging in living memory”. ”Our first-half performance was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, falling interest rates, increased geopolitical risk and heightened levels of market volatility,” he said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, Even by the standards of the current economic maelstrom engulfing global banks, HSBC has had a torrid year. Before the coronavirus crisis it was beset by disappointing profit growth, ground down by US-China trade war uncertainties and Britain’s departure from the European Union. The Asia-focused lender embarked on a huge cost-cutting initiative at the start of the year, including plans to slash some 35,000 jobs as well as trimming fat from less profitable divisions, primarily in the United States and Europe. The coronavirus upended some of that cost-cutting drive with banks hammered by market volatility and the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic. But HSBC has a further headache — geopolitical tensions via its status as a major business conduit between China and the West. HSBC makes 90 percent of its profit in Asia, with China and Hong Kong being the major drivers of growth.  Caught in crossfire As a result it has found itself more vulnerable than most to the crossfire caused by the increasingly bellicose relationship between Beijing and Washington. The bank has tried to stay in Beijing’s good graces. It vocally backed a draconian national security law that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong in June to end a year of unrest and pro-democracy protests. The move sparked criticism in Washington and London but analysts saw it as an attempt to protect its access to China, which has a track record of punishing businesses that do not toe Beijing’s line. But that has not shielded it from Beijing’s wrath. Last month the bank was a subject of multiple reports in China’s state-run media claiming that it had helped to provide the evidence that led to the arrest in Canada of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a US arrest warrant. HSBC released a statement on its Chinese Weibo accounts saying it had not ”framed” telecom giant Huawei or ”fabricated evidence” that led to the arrest of Meng. China’s internet censors blocked access to HSBC’s statement within hours of publication, without offering an explanation. Quinn referenced the bank’s growing political vulnerability in Monday’s statement. ”Current tensions between China and the US inevitably create challenging situations for an organization with HSBC’s footprint,” he said. ”However, the need for a bank capable of bridging the economies of East and West is acute, and we are well placed to fulfill this role,” he added. The bank’s Asia operations continued to show ”good resilience”, Quinn said, with profit before tax of $7.4 billion. Earlier this year Quinn put some of the job cuts on hold as the pandemic struck. But in Monday’s statement he vowed to press ahead with the cost-cutting. ”As we seek to accelerate our transformation in the second half of the year, I am mindful of the impact it will have for some of our people, particularly those leaving us,” he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020