Cayetano: Amid challenges, PH all set for SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 16, 2019   •   266

Amid challenges, House of Representatives (HOR) Speaker Alan Cayetano said the country is all set for the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) which will be held from November 30 to December 11.

“Overall, we are hundred percent ready. Now ang challenges natin ang day to day (Now, the challenges will be the day-to-day [activities]),” he said during a press conference on Wednesday (October 16) at New Clark City in Tarlac.

Cayetano along with other lawmakers, including Senator Bong Go and HOR’s Committee on Youth and Sports, conducted an inspection of the facility.

However, Cayetano admitted they will still encounter problems because of the budget cut from P7.5 billion to P5 billion this year.

The House Speaker said they can still make ends meet through volunteers and sponsors.

“Pinupunuan ng volunteers iyong pagkukulang natin sa mga paid workers (Volunteers are filling in for our shortcomings to the paid workers),” Cayetano said.

The SEA Games will feature 56 sports or around 500 events. Sixty percent of these events will be held at the New Clark City.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

PH bags 4 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze medals at 2019 World Para Bowling Tour

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 22, 2019

The Philippines won 4 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze at the recent 2019 World Para Bowling Tour held in Manila from November 14 to 20.

The Philippines has bagged a total of 10 medals, placing second to Malaysia that has a total of 26 medals.—AAC

PH ranks 9th among countries most impacted by terrorism in the world

Marje Pelayo   •   November 21, 2019

MANILA, Philippines  —  The Philippines ranked 9th among 163 countries in the world most impacted by terrorism, based on the 2019 Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The country moved up one spot from last year despite a slight drop in the number of terrorist activities.

According to the report, terror-related deaths in the country declined by nine percent with only 297 deaths recorded in 2018.

Likewise, terror-related incidents also reduced by 13% from 486 in 2017 to 424 in 2018.

Despite these improvements, the Philippines remains the only Southeast Asian country to be included in the top 10 list most impacted by terrorism.

The top 10 countries are as follows with their scores (10 being the highest)

  1. Afghanistan        9.603
  2. Iraq                        9.241
  3. Nigeria                 8.597
  4. Syria                      8.006
  5. Pakistan               7.889
  6. Somalia                 7.8
  7. India                      7.518
  8. Yemen                 7.259
  9. Philippines          7.137
  10. The Democratic Republic of the Congo 7.039

The GTI noted the New People’s Army (NPA) as the terror group responsible for over 36% of the deaths (107 in total) and 39% of the terror-related incidents (179 in total) recorded.

The NPA is engaged in insurgency with the government for five decades already causing the deaths of 2,387 people since the 1970s, making it the Philippines’ deadliest terror group.

The second deadliest group, the GTI noted, was the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) whose attacks increased by 115% between 2017 to 2018.  

The third deadliest group was the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) which sparked terror in Mindanao with its affiliate groups BIFM, Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and the Maute Group.

They orchestrated three suicide bombing attacks in 2018 killing a total of 18 people.

According to the GTI, attacks on government targets increased by 45% between 2017 and 2018, resulting in 139 deaths.

However, attacks on civilians slightly dropped from 103 in 2017 to 92 in 2018.

Meanwhile, attacks on police and military targets also declined significantly by 41%.

Published by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics & Peace, the Global Terrorism Index notes terrorism as “the threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation.”

Clinic for athletes now open in New Clark City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2019

The Philippine General Hospital Satellite for Sports Medicine and Wellness for the athletes competing in the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games opened on Tuesday (November 19) and will be operational starting Wednesday.

“Today I believe we are sending doctors and nurses to take care of our athletes and I know that you have the capability because we are dealing with the best,” Vice President for Business Development of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) Arrey Perez said.

In the upcoming SEA Games, the polyclinic will take care of and assist the athletes.

According to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Director, Dr. Gerardo D. Legaspi said round 300 doctors, nurses, and technicians from PGH will be on duty in the polyclinic. He also said that around 20 doctors will be on duty every day.

“We will be equipped to handle most emergencies that will not require hospitalization,” Legaspi said.

The polyclinic will have a 24-hour emergency room, primary care and sports medicine, and other facilities.

After SEA Games, the facility can be used by future residents of the New Clark City and other nearby areas.—AAC (with reports from Leslie Huidem)

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