DND defends SAP Bong Go on the issue of Philippine Navy’s frigate acquisition project

UNTV News   •   January 19, 2018   •   5856

FILE PHOTO: DND Sec. Delfin Lorenzana (left) and SAP Bong Go (right) seen beside Pres. Duterte during the declaration of the liberation of Marawi City from terrorists (Presidential Photo)

Department of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has denied that Special Assistant to the President Bong Go intervened in the acquisition of frigates by the Philippine Navy.

The Defense Chief claims the DND did not receive any guidance or hint from Malacañang or from Secretary Go himself to manipulate the frigate acquisition.

Lorenzana noted the frigate acquisition project has a contract and that the Philippine Navy is strictly implementing the conditions under the said agreement.

“Nakalagay sa document (note on the document says) ‘Given to me by Bong Go’, I assumed galing ito sa kanya (I assumed it came from him). Hindi naman sa kanya galing (It did not come from him) personally but it came to me while I was in Malacañang,” Lorenzana said.

“According to some people in my office, kasama ito sa (it was included in a)brochure actually submitted to the Defense Acquisition Office. I don’t know how it happened, how it got itself dito sa (into) Malacañang. – UNTV News & Rescue

DND welcomes Senate assurance to pass stiffer anti-terrorism law

Robie de Guzman   •   December 12, 2019

Filipino soldiers on top of a military truck celebrate in the ruined city of Marawi, southern Philippines, 17 October 2017.  EPA-EFE/JOEFREY MAITEM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday welcomed the Senate’s assurance to pass tougher anti-terrorism law.

In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana expressed gratitude to the Senate for heeding their call to amend the provisions of the Human Security Act in an aim to better capacitate and empower government troops to counter-terrorism.

“We at the DND are happy with the reassuring pronouncement of Senate President Vicente Sotto III that they will pass the bill into a law expanding the definition of terrorism among other amendments,” Lorenzana said.

The Defense chief has been pushing for the amendment of the Human Security Act of 2007 to ease restrictions on surveillance and extend the lawful detention period of suspected terrorists to 30 days from the current three days.

Under the proposed measure, the Senate wants to prolong the detention period to 14 days for terror suspects.

“While we are batting for a 30-day period of detention for suspected terrorists to allow the government to build its case, the period of 14 days in the Senate’s proposed amendment is far better than the maximum 3 days under the present Human Security Act,” Lorenzana said.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also lauded Senate’s commitment to passing stiffer anti-terrorism law.

“We thank the Senate for taking concrete steps toward amending the Human Security Act to better capacitate and empower government security forces to combat terrorism,” AFP Spokesperson, Marine Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said.

“The Filipino people stand to benefit from the passage of this new law that shall address the myriad, complex, and global threat of terrorism— not only in Mindanao where Martial Law terminates on 31 Dec 2019 – but the rest of the country,” he added.

Sotto on Tuesday assured the passage of the bill seeking to strengthen the country’s anti-terrorism law to prevent future attacks.

Senate Bill 1083, sponsored by Senate committee defense chairman Senator Panfilo Lacson, is currently being discussed in plenary at the period of interpellation.

PH Navy launches app to promote procurement transparency

Robie de Guzman   •   December 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy on Wednesday launched a web application in an effort to promote transparency and prevent corruption in its procurement process.

The app, called Procurement Information System (PrISM), was designed for efficient monitoring of the navy’s projects by integrating project status updates from procurement stakeholders.

Suppliers, contractors, and the public could visit the website and check real-time information on projects which would be supplied by the Philippine Navy’s bids and awards committee and other relevant units.

“I would like to emphasize that prism is more than just a service which connects interested service and product proponents to the Philippine Navy – it is the testament of the navy to institutionalize a corruption-free procurement system in line with the mandate of the president to rid of corruption in all levels of the government,” Philippine Navy vice commander, Major General Dante Hidalgo said.

The navy said the application was developed at the Naval Information and Communications Technology Center (NICTC), which is committed to providing a convenient procurement system while promoting transparency, competitiveness, and accountability of its procurement process.

Its launch was part of the navy’s initiatives to strengthen systems and procedures to ensure check and balance and transparency in the procurement system.

IBF world champ Jerwin Ancajas receives hero’s welcome from PHL Navy

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2019

IBF World super flyweight champion and Navy reservist, Jerwin ‘Pretty Boy’ Ancajas received a hero’s welcome from the Philippine Navy after defending his title.

Ancajas was welcomed by the officers and enlisted personnel of the Naval Reserve Command during his arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Terminal 1 on (Wednesday) December 11.

He successfully defended his IBF World super flyweight title for the 8th time after defeating Chilean challenger Miguel Gonzales via TKO after a six-round demolition at Auditorio GNP Seguros, Puebla City, Mexico last December 8.

“SCPO Jerwin J Ancajas PN(Res) brought pride, honor and glory not only to the Philippine Navy but to the entire nation in general,” according to the post of the Philippine Navy.—AAC

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