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Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Cebu naval base ideal for frigates, large ships


ONCE OPERATIONAL and with all the proposed improvements done, Naval Base Rafael Ramos in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu would be an ideal and strategic location for the Philippine Navy (PN) as it could quickly deploy south or north easily. “Maganda kasi strategic ang location since ang Cebu nasa gitna siya ng Pilipinas.

Within one day pag galing ng Cebu makakapunta siya sa Norte, makapunta sa South tapos medyo tago pa siya. It's a very strategic location,” PN spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata said.

The naval base is the projected home of the PN's present and future frigates once upgrades consisting of dredging, primary and secondary roads, drainage systems, proposed slope protections, a 152-meter by 12-meter wharf, a 105-meter by 165-meter beaching ramp, and 225-meter by 20-meter berthing area among others, are completed.

Zata admitted that the improvements are intended to address the basing needs of the Navy's two 2,500 gross-ton missile-firing frigates, now undergoing construction in South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries, and expected to be delivered in 2020 and 2021.

These ships are expected to augment the three 3,200 gross-ton Del Pilar-class frigates, formerly the US Hamilton-class cutters now in PN service. Other large ships in the PN inventory are the two strategic sealift vessels, the 7,000-gross ton BRP Tarlac and BRP Davao Del Sur.

Dredging is needed as the waters in the facility are quite shallow for vessels with large drafts. The improvements have a budget of P1 billion. Zata said there is a pressing need for the PN to upgrade the Cebu naval base as its frigates and other large ships in the fleet have no home port to speak of.

At present, these large Navy ships are anchoring off Subic Bay and Pier 13, Manila South Harbor. And once these upgrades are completed, the base will be the first-ever facility capable of handling large vessels. (Priam Nepomuceno)

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Biyaya ng Pagbabago’ brings Duterte admin closer to grassroots


CEBU CITY - The “Biyaya ng Pagbabago” rollouts have been keeping the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte closer to the grassroots in the Visayas, said Doris Mongaya, its Visayas convenor.

She said several millions of pesos have already been shelled out for the benefit of the grassroots in the region. It began in Cebu City on April 21 and was followed in Talibon in Bohol and Iloilo City, and recently in Tacloban.

The Tacloban rollout included the distribution of housing awards. It was the fourth in the Visayas under the Biyaya ng Pagbabago. The rollouts at the Eastern Visayas State University in Tacloban also included the awarding of a P200,000 peanut butter processing facility to a farmers group, and a P200,000 eco-septic technology to the Rural Health Unit of Hilongos by the Department of Science and Technology.

Mongaya said 48 checks of P3,000 each were also awarded to the Special Program for the Employment of Students beneficiaries and 61 checks of P2,500 each had been given to the beneficiaries of the Government Internment Program of the Department of Labor and Employment.

In addition, 20 pedicabs were also distributed to deserving members of the grassroots communities in Eastern Visayas. The Department of Agrarian Reform likewise awarded 100 certificates of land ownership under the government’s agrarian reform program and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources gave out 10 fiberglass boats.

The Tacloban City Hall distributed 399 certificates of housing awards while the National Housing Authority gave out 50 certificates. The Biyaya ng Pagbabago is an anti-poverty program under the auspices of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary headed by Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. and the Office for Participatory Governance (OPG) headed by Undersecretary Joselito Libres, who also led the Tacloban rollout.

“Crucial to this grassroots program is the participation of pro-Duterte movement Kilusang Pagbabago that empowers grassroots groups to claim projects and programs of government agencies for their own benefit,” Mongaya said. “You will notice that we are not just pushing for job creation. We are for spawning entrepreneurship down to the poorest sectors.” (Luel Galarpe)

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Police ready to beef up security in churches


POLICE SAID it is ready to deploy more uniformed personnel and intensify security patrol in areas near churches or places of worships after a man armed with a gun and a knife was shot dead while trying to enter the Archbishop’s Palace in Cebu last week.

Police Director General Oscar Albayalde although church leaders have not asked for security, it is better to be ready to deploy policemen in those areas to ensure safety at all times. But police said many priest and pastors, and even lay leaders have applied for gun permits following the recent killings of two Catholic priests.

“Una wala naman silang request sa atin, but then again, kung kinakailangan bigyan and if we see na mayroong threat doon sa mga kaparian doon sa loob then we will provide additional security or intensify patrols in the vicinity ng mga churches or kung saan sila nakatira,” Albayalde said.

Police said Jeffrey Cañedo, 41, was killed after he allegedly opened fire at the lawmen who responded to his presence at the Archbishop’s Palace.

Archbishop Jose Palma was not in Cebu at that time and went to Manila for the 117th Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Church security personnel called police to apprehend the man who had run away as they tried to stop him from entering the gate. Cañedo reportedly wanted to talk to Palma about his problem with his wife. (Benjamin Pulta)

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Poll body prepares for 2019 mid-term elections


THE COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS said it is now focusing on the preparations for the May 2019 mid-term polls amid calls for its postponement.

COMELEC spokesman James Jimenez said they are preparing for the holding of the fourth automated elections. “The institution remains focused on the task at hand: preparing for the 2019 National and Local Elections, scheduled for May 2019,” he said. “I believe the (House) Speaker has not actually or formally initiated any action to postpone the 2019 polls.”

House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said it would be more practical to postpone the 2019 midterm elections to pave the way for the transition to a federal form of government. Some lawmakers have proposed to postpone elections and instead hold it in 2022 to coincide with the shift to federalism and presidential polls.

The National Movement for Free Elections also opposed the postponement of the polls. “We should adhere to periodic and genuine elections,” NAMFREL Secretary General Eric Alvia said, noting that regular elections should be held in the country. (Ferdinand Patinio)


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2500 villagers displaced by war in Lanao Sur fail to return home


COTABATO CITY – Some 2,500 people who were displaced by recent fighting between military forces and pro-ISIS militants in Lanao del Sur province in southern Philippines have failed to return home due to security concerns, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

It said most of those affected by war were staying in Pagayawan town. “These families have been unable to return home due to security concerns,” said Meher Khatcherian, who heads the ICRC office covering this area.

Khatcherian said the ICRC, with the support of the Philippine Red Cross, have already distributed food to the displaced villagers. “Though various government agencies, we have distributed food among the displaced population, there is a need to extend more help. Our aim is to augment the initial support,” he said, adding, the food aid provided to about 500 families is good for two weeks.

He said each family received 25 kilos of rice, one liter of cooking oil, one kilo of sugar, one-half kilo of salt, one liter of soy sauce, 12 cans of sardines, as well as two sleeping mats, a pair of blankets, two mosquito nets, kitchen utensils and hygiene items.

The fighting started in June 17 and affected at least 16 villages in Pagayawan and also in Tubaran where troops clashed with members of the Islamic State-Ranao.

Khatcherian said more than 14,000 people were initially displaced by the battle. While families displaced from Tubaran returned home days after the fighting ended, those from Pagayawan continue to stay with relatives or in evacuation centers.

After the clashes ended, Khatcherian said an ICRC team assessed the humanitarian situation, including the need to strengthen the protection accorded to civilians by international humanitarian law.

“In accordance with our mandate, the ICRC reminds all parties to the conflict to protect civilians, sick and wounded people, and detainees, and to fulfil their obligation to respect international humanitarian law,” he said.

Aside from food aid, the Khatcherian said the ICRC also donated emergency medical supplies to the Pagayawan rural health unit, which serves 14,500 residents. “These items will benefit 1,000 people over the next three months. Just two weeks ago, medicines and medical materials were donated to the Unayan District Hospital in Binidayan town, which provides services to five Lanao del Sur towns, including Pagayawan,” he said.

Sporadic clashes still continue in Lanao del Sur, North Cotabato and Maguindanao with the military claiming to have killed dozens of militants from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, whose leaders also pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. (Mindanao Examiner)

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Friday, July 13, 2018

3 Sayyaf rebels surrender in Sulu


ZAMBOANGA CITY – Three Abu Sayyaf fighters have surrendered to the military in Sulu province in southern Philippines as security forces continue its operation against the ISIS-inspired rebel group.

Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, a spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command, said the trio - Radjuli Hadjijani, 25; Jun-Jun Elah, 45; and Indek Sahimarri, 28, surrendered Thursday afternoon. They also handed over their M1 Garand rifles to the 101st Infantry Brigade under Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo.

Pabayo, in his report, said he ordered the Abu Sayyaf members to undergo medical examination and documentation as part of a routine before military interrogation.

Some 127 Abu Sayyaf fighters had surrendered to the military in the Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, and Zamboanga City since January this year, according to Besana.

Lt. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, chief of the Western Mindanao Command, said security forces have intensified its offensive operation against the notorious group in an effort to neutralize those who continue to fight the government.

“Our joint task forces are committed in intensifying the offensives to neutralize the remaining lawless elements in their area. The series of operational accomplishments are attributed to our stalwart soldiers on the ground who never falter,” he said.

The surrender coincided with fighting between military and Abu Sayyaf forces in Kuppong village in Indanan town where 3 rebels had been killed, but troops only recovered one body.

The slain Abu Sayyaf fighter - identified as Pakam Sappari, a skilled sea navigator involved in the spate of ransom kidnappings - was part of some 60 rebels who fought soldiers for about 2 hours. There was no report of military casualties in the clash, but one soldier died and 10 others wounded in Wednesday fighting in Patikul town.

The Abu Sayyaf is still holding nearly a dozen hostages, mostly foreign sailors kidnapped at sea in the restive region over the past years. (Mindanao Examiner)



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