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Alleged destab plot came from hacked email account of an LP senator’s staff – Sen. Aquino

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Liberal Party senators revealed that several email accounts of their staff have been hacked.

They were, in particular, the staff of LP president Kiko Pangilinan and Senator Bam Aquino.

According to Senator Aquino, four hacking incidents happened when their email address was used to send falsified information on destabilization plot against President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We were able to uncover that some of our Senate staff had been hacked, that some emails purportedly from their accounts have been used to send falsified emails to other individuals,” said Aquino.

Some of the emails are regarding the alleged investigation on DDS and LP media plan to destroy President Duterte.

It also suggested that Vice President Leni Robredo and former President Benigno Aquino III were involved in the said planning.

Senator Aquino said this means there are groups who want to pin the opposition bloc on the alleged destabilization plot.

“I hope the administration is not behind this, but clearly meron pong grupo na gusto pong magkagulo po tayo  sa ating bansa (there are groups who want to create chaos in the country) because they are pertaining to destabilization plots. They are pertaining to things na wala naman pong kinalaman ang (that are not related to the) Liberal Party,” said Aquino.

The LP senator believes these may be the sources of the reported destabilization where the LP is said to be involved.

The LP senators sought already the assistance of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on the hacking incidents. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue








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Pres. Duterte denies involvement in Janet Napoles’ allegations vs. Sen. Franklin Drilon

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 25th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has dared Senator Franklin Drilon to expose a person who can prove allegations that he implicated the senator in the pork barrel scam.

This was after PDAF scam queen Janet Lim Napoles revealed that the senator received a P5-million donation from her for the lawmaker’s campaign funds in the 2010 elections.

The President added he is willing to resign if this will be proven.

“Senator Drilon, if I talked to somebody urging a case against you sa (on) PDAF, bring that person in my presence and I will resign because you are my friend,” Duterte said.

The Liberal Party claims the Duterte Administration is trying to divert the attention of the public away from issues such as inflation and the alleged favor given to China by the government regarding the West Philippine Sea and Philippine Rise — same reasons they said why the government wants Drilon to be investigated on PDAF scam.

“If you look at the timing after the minority submitted a resolution to investigate the Navy frigate issue, suddenly there is a convict to speak against the opposition,” Sen. Bam Aquino said.

Meanwhile, the President once again warned those who are using the hangar at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport but are not paying due charges.

“To the rich, you better be prepared. Even a clerk of the airport would say that it’s about time that we use that goddam space there. I will bulldoze all of you, I don’t care,” said Duterte.

Last year, the Philippine Airlines paid around P6-billion worth of backlog fee after President Duterte warned of shutting down NAIA Terminal 2 if the company will not pay its obligation to the government. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Senate targets to approve bill that seeks to expand internet industry competition in Q1 of 2018

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate is now finalizing its version of the Open Access in Data Transmission Bill.

This, after its counterpart bill, was approved at the Lower House in November.

The primary objective of the bill is to level the playing field in the data transmission industry where players can easily enter the industry as internet service providers without too many restrictions.

“Nakikita po natin na mataas yung presyo ng data sa Pilipinas na mabagal po at hindi maganda ang kalidad dahil kakaunti lang po yung market players po nito. Kapag naituloy po natin ang open access, maibubukas po natin yung buong merkado,” said Senate Committee on Science & Technology Chairperson Bam Aquino.

(We see that the price of data in the Philippines is high while quality is low. This is because there are few market players. When open access pushes through, it will allow us to open the market.)

Once enacted, the processes of permits will become easier for foreign and local companies who would want to enter the competition.

“Hindi siya bukas ngayon, dahil marami masyadong permits ang kinakailangan. Kailangan mo ng congressional franchise. Kailangan mo ng permits na taun-taon ang pagkuha. Kahit may interesado pong pumasok sa bansa na kumpanya, bago naman sila mabigyan ng chance na mag-operate limang taon,” said Sen. Aquino.

(It’s not open at the moment due to excessive required permits. You need a congressional franchise. You need to acquire permits every year.  There may be companies who are interested in entering the Philippine market, but it would take them at least five years to be given a chance to operate.)

Under the approved House version of the bill, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), as the lead agency, will give authorization to companies in joining the data transmission industry.

The bill also provides a set of standards for the participants.

For example, there will be a minimum internet speed that the provider should give to its customer.

The NTC will monitor the set of standards and may penalize companies that will violate this provision.

Senator Aquino added that they may possibly adopt most of the provisions in the House version.

The senator projects the deliberation of the bill in the Senate plenary by February next year. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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First phase of a new terminal at Clark Int’l Airport to begin next month

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017

PAMPANGA, Philippines — Airport officials believe there is a need to construct new airport terminals in Clark, Pampanga due to the increasing number of passengers at the Clark International Airport.

According to the figures of the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC), the said airport has 1.4 million passengers this year, bigger than last year, which was at 1.3 million passengers.

Due to the increase, officials of CIAC believe there is a need to build another airport terminal.

“We are at the first phase. What does the first phase contain? The first phase contains a new terminal project. This means we will build a new terminal, new passenger terminal building,” CIAC CEO Mr. Alexander Cauguiran said.

“Aside from this building, we will construct as well a secondary road network that would connect the terminal to the SCTEX so that passengers will no longer have to pass through the middle of the zone. And then of course the transportation hub and the horizontal project. These five components are incorporated in the first phase,”  he added.

The said project will begin in December of this year and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

“The government, President Duterte, and DOTR want the BCDA to finish it by the first quarter of 2020. From there, once the market becomes vibrant, we can see its results. It will take years before we can implement the second phase,” Cauguiran said.

The soon to be constructed terminal is expected to accommodate up to 8 million passengers.

With a second terminal, the Clark Airport can accommodate a total of more than 12 million passengers.

The construction of the new terminal is expected to cost the government P12 to P15 billion. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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