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DND verifies presence of foreign terrorists in the Philippines

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of National Defense (DND) has received a report from the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia that foreign terrorists have entered through the country’s backdoor.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that DND and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are continuously conducting their intelligence gathering to confirm the veracity of the report.

“It is ongoing. We are intensifying our monitoring on the south and as of now we cannot confirm the presence of foreign terrorist but there are homegrown terrorists there in the south we are sure of that,” said Lorenzana.

The AFP for its part said that they are focusing on relatives of neutralized Maute fighters who may be supporting existing terror groups.

“In terms of skills and confidence, we have already diminished them but we are looking on another angle. It’s more on radicalization of the other youth members and supporters of ISIS-Maute,” said Philippine Army chief LtGen. Rolando Joselito Bautista

Secretary Lorenzana noted that these homegrown terrorists are among the reasons why they recommended a one-year extension of martial law declaration in Mindanao.

“We requested for the extension of martial law because we believe that there is still rebellion there brought about our homegrown terrorists, the Maute group, assisted by some foreigners,” said the defense secretary.

The AFP chief said that the extension of martial law is a huge help for the military to move against the terrorist group.

“It does not mean that you will reduce or diminish the threat but we have a lever and call it as manageable risk,” said Bautista. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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AFP, Senate keep lead; PhilHealth notches 2nd win at UNTV Cup 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

PhilHealth Plus’ team and fans celebrate as the awarded Best Player of the Game Kenneth Emata sink the game-winning buzzer beater 3-point shot to lift their team to another victory, 2-2. (MAIA GARCIANO / Photoville International)

 

Games on Sunday, October 21

2:00PM – GSIS vs PITC
3:30PM – Agriculture vs Judiciary
5:00PM – PNP vs Senate

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

 

UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders and the Armed Forces of the Philippines kept their share of the Group-A lead after defeating their respective opponents in the seventh edition of the UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

The Senate defeated the Department of Justice Boosters, 87-72 after blocking the latter’s fast transition offense plays to chop down their early edge in the ball game.

Jeffry Sanders lifted the Defenders with his 23-point finish, 20 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks that earned him the best player of the game title.

“Half time, sinabi namin ‘We have to stop their transition offense.’  In doing that, we should be stopping the ball all the time,” Senate Defenders Coach Mike Fermin said.

(During the half time break, we said ‘We have to stop their transition offense.’ In doing that, we should be stopping the ball all the time.)

“Noong later part na, out of frustration na yung mga galaw eh… yun lang ibang players napu-frustrate na, doon kami nagkagulo, medyo nawala sa focus,” DOJ Assistant Coach Jessie Montivirgen said.

(At the later part of the game, our plays were out of frustrations… some of our players were frustrated then. That’s when our game broke down, we lost our focus.)

The AFP Cavaliers also scored their third straight win after clobbering the rookie PITC Global Traders, 78-68.

Jerry Lumongsod led the Cavaliers by bucketing 19 points, including five from the three-point area, 5 assists, four rebounds and steals and a block, earning him the best player of the game award.

“Medyo mataas yung morale ng team, since the start ng league… we will take one game at a time,” AFP Cavaliers Head Coach CPL Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III.

(Team’s morale is quite high since the start of the league… we will take once game at a time.)

The PhilHealth Plus, meanwhile, gains their second victory after upsetting the Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 90-87.

Kenneth Emata’s buzzer-beater three-point shot served as the key to defeating the Malacañang-PSC after both teams scored 87-all in the last part of the game. His 9-point finish with Jonathan Aldave’s 36 points earned them the game’s best players title.

PhilHealth now holds 2-2 win loss record while this is Malacañang-PSC’s first loss of the season.

“Nagkulang kami sa Defense namin, ball rotation din namin kulang, so kailangan din namin I work out yun,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Coach Raffy Gutierez said.

“As promised kahit kulang kami ng players, kahit maraming challenges, injury it will not stop us. Dahil dito po sa laro ng UNTV Cup, puso talaga ilalaban namin para sa beneficiaries namin at kami po ay nakikiisa sa magandang adhikain ni Bro. Eli at Kuya Daniel na gamitin namin ang aming talento sa basketball para manalo para sa aming chosen beneficiary,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron II said.

(As promised, even though we don’t have enough players, despite the challenges and injury, it will not stop us. Because in this game of UNTV Cup, we will fight with our hearts for our beneficiaries. We are one with the noble advocacy of Bro. Eli Soriano and Brother Daniel Razon of using our talent in basketball to help our chosen beneficiaries.) — BERNARD DADIS / UNTV News & Rescue

 

THE SCORES: 

GAME 1: Senate defeats DOJ, 87-72.

Quarter Scores: 20-21, 44-23, 67-60, 87-72

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 87
J. Sanders 23, G. Sevilla 15, E. Villanueva 10, M. Omega 10, R. Balboa 8, H. Ng 7, J. Angara 5, J. Mangaran 5, J. Flaminiano 3, R. Malaga 1

DOJ Justice Boosters
Box Scores: 72
D. Rayos 16, C. Cruz 11, J. Lopez 10, E. Mabazza 10, C. Borile 7, J. Villegas 7, R. Viterbo 4, L. Lagunzad 4, M. San Juan 3

BEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jeffry Sanders (23 points, 20 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks)

GAME 2: PhilHealth defeats Malacañang-PSC, 90-87.

Quarter Scores: 21-26, 45-48, 68-73, 90-87

PhilHealth Plus
Box Scores: 90
J. Aldave 36, M. Pedroso 19, I. Mazo 13, E. Pacheco 10, K. Emata 9, J. Hierro 3

Malacañang-PSC
Box Scores: 87
V. Javier 20, M. Antonio 17, E. Dela Cuesta 17, J. Jimenez 8, J. Gadong 7, N. Javier 6, R. Abalos 4, J. Besa 4, I. Garrido 2, A. Catipon 2

BEST PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Kenneth Emata (9 points, 2 rebound and 1 assist) and Jonathan Aldave (36 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block)

GAME 3: AFP defeats PITC, 78-68.

Quarter Scores: 25-17, 43-27, 66-48, 78-68

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 78
J. Lumongsod 19, D. Cordero 17, W. Casulla 11, B. Bautista 10, J. Quiambao 6, E. Rosopa 4, P. Fernandez 3, E. Tan 3, R. Araneta 3, R. Almerol 2

PITC Global Traders
Box Scores: 68
H. Porto 23, R. Vasallo 18, M. Gecale 5, A. Taplah 4, J. Melaño 4, M. Juan 4, L. Lopez 4, D. Almarinez 2, R. Regalado 2, M. Macabasco 2

BEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jerry Lumongsod (19 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block)

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PH Embassy clarifies only 1 Filipino in death row in Indonesia

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Ambassador Lee Hiong Wee | Screengrab via PTV

 

MANILA, Philippines – “There is no Filipino who has been sentenced to death in Semarang, Indonesia.”

This was the clarification of the Philippine Embassy in Indonesia after Ambassador Lee Hiong Wee mentioned to the members the press on Wednesday (October 9) that another Filipino was sentenced to death in the said country.

On Thursday (October 10), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) citing the Philippine Embassy in Indonesia, said “the only Filipino sentenced to death in Indonesia is Mary Jane Veloso, who is presently detained in Yogyakarta, and not in Semarang.”

The DFA added that just last month, Embassy officials assisted Veloso’s family to visit her in detention at Wirogunan prison in Yogyakarta.

The DFA further noted that “through the Embassy and its legal counsel, (the government) will continue to assist Veloso and her family in accordance with Philippine and Indonesian law.”

The embassy also clarified in a separate statement that there is indeed another Filipina detained in Indonesia, perhaps she was the one referred to by Ambassador Wee.

She is detained in Semarang, north of Java, but sentence only to life imprisonment and not death.

“The Filipino in Semarang was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2011. The embassy has been assisting to reduce her sentence to fixed-term imprisonment,” the embassy’s previous statement said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)

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President Duterte arrives in Bali for ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from a Philippine Airlines chartered flight. (PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Bali, Indonesia Wednesday (October 10) night to attend the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering upon the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

The ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering is a special meeting of ASEAN member states including multilateral and international organizations.

President Duterte was accompanied by some of his Cabinet members namely, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.

The President is set to deliver a speech at the said event to underscore the importance of strong regional and global cooperation and maintaining security and stability in order to achieve sustainable development goals.

He will be meeting with other ASEAN leaders on the sidelines of the event to discuss bilateral issues.

Duterte is also expected meet with President Widodo to talk about strengthening trade and investment and fighting terrorism through maritime defense and security.

Meanwhile, the Philippines has extended humanitarian assistance to Indonesia after the region’s Sulawesi Island was hit by an earthquake and Tsunami.

“I learned that our C-130 plane has flown out of the Philippines to bring all assistance to Palu. We are also placed to give USD300,000 for humanitarian assistance; and part of what we are donating are generators, waters and medical kits as the need arises,” said Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Leehiong Wee.

The President is due to return home on Thursday (October 11) night after the conclusion of the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering. – Rosalie Coz

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