Ex-Pres. Ramos, PNP Chief Albayalde skip 33rd EDSA People Power rites

Robie de Guzman   •   February 25, 2019   •   1504

(L-R) Former President Fidel V. Ramos and PNP Chief Police Director General Oscar Albayalde

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Former President Fidel V. Ramos skipped the commemoration of the 33rd EDSA People Power Anniversary held at the EDSA People Power Monument on Monday.

The EDSA People Power Commission said that Ramos was supposed to attend this year’s rites but had to beg off due to health reasons.

“We are sad that because of the conditions of his body, he was not able to attend and even his book launching last time in Club Filipino, he was not there as well,” Commission member, Pastor Boy Saycon told media at the sidelines of the ceremony.

“We only ask that everyone must pray for him and we hope he will be here in the future EDSA anniversaries,” he added.

Ramos, one of the key personalities of the bloodless uprising, usually leads the ‘Salubungan’, the traditional reenactment of the 1986 historic meeting of government forces and civilians on EDSA, together with then-Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile.

Ramos was the Philippine Constabulary chief during the regime of late President Ferdinand Marcos. His actions, together with Enrile, led to the ouster of the late strongman and propelled Corazon Aquino into presidency in 1986.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde also skipped the event and was instead represented by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar.

Eleazar offered no reason for Albayalde’s absence but said that representing the country’s top cop in events like this is no longer new for him.

“Nangyayari naman talaga iyan na may pagkakataon na for several times o dahil sa dami rin ng schedule ng ating Chief PNP ay ako’y inaatasan na mag-represent sa kaniya,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte also snubbed this year’s EDSA rites as he has in the past three years. But Malacanang clarified that this has nothing to do with his closeness to the Marcoses, who were ousted by the revolution.

Philippine National Artist Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, meanwhile, lamented the diminishing number of attendees in the annual EDSA People Power Anniversary commemoration.

“Sa palagay ko, dahil maraming masalimuot na suliranin sa ating bansa, lalo na ngayong election time, kaya siguro walang panahon sa ngayon,” she said in her speech when she received the Freedom Award given to select personalities in recognition of their contributions during the peaceful uprising.

“Nguni’t naniniwala ako, hindi maaaring iwaksi sa ating kamalayan ang napakaningning na kaganapan sa buong mundo, na [naging] halimbawa ang Pilipinas sa mapayapang pagtatakuwil ng diktaturya, sa pagbabalik ng demokrasya at hanggang ngayon. Meron mang suliranin at karahasan, tayo ay nakikilaban, patuloy iyan,” she added.

Education Undersecretary Lorno Dig-dino also stressed in her speech the importance of including the lessons of the peaceful revolution in today’s curriculum for the younger generation of learners.

Dig-dino represented Education Secretary Leonor Briones who was invited as the event’s guest of honor.

“The lessons that we learned 30 years ago are lessons that are still very valuable today. Iyong lessons of peace, iyong united effort. Iyong lessons na po iyan ay para sa akin po ay classic lessons, so kahit kalian, kailangan po buhay na buhay ang selebrasyon para buhay na buhay po sa ating lahat at sa mga susunod na henerasyon, matutunan din ang lessons na iyan,” Dig-dino urged. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Duterte to snub 33rd commemoration of EDSA People Power Revolution

admin   •   February 20, 2019

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to once again be a no-show at the commemoration of the EDSA People Power Revolution on February 25.

Malacañang said the President is swamped with work that is why there is no chance for him to include the said celebration in his calendar of activities.

This will be the third time that the Chief Executive is not attending the EDSA anniversary rites since he assumed the presidency.

The Palace stressed that the President does not discount the essence of the EDSA People Power, and that his friendship with the Marcos Family has nothing to do with his non-attendance in the event. — Maris Federez (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Albayalde cancels firearms licenses of Cong. Richard, Mayor Oscar Garin

Marje Pelayo   •   December 27, 2018


(L-R) Iloilo 1st District Rep. Richard Garin and incumbent Mayor Oscar Garin of Guimbal, Iloilo | Photo via Richard Garin Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde on Thursday (December 27) ordered the cancellation of all gun permits and licenses issued to Iloilo 1st District Rep. Richard Garin and incumbent Mayor Oscar Garin of Guimbal, Iloilo.

In a statement, Albayalde said the order is ‘an administrative action to their involvement in a criminal case involving the use of firearms.’

“Rep. Richard Garin and his father Mayor Oscar Garin are respondents in a criminal complaint to be filed by PO3 Federico Macaya Jr. of Guimbal Police Station for Physical Injuries, Assault Upon a Person in Authority, Alarm and Scandal, Grave Coercion and Grave Threats,” he said.

The charges stemmed when the two officials “handcuffed, manhandled, slapped and spat upon” Macaya on his face and “threatened at gunpoint” on Wednesday (December 26) outside the Municipal Hall of Guimbal, Iloilo.

This prompted the PNP Chief to order the cancellation of the two officials’ Permits to Carry Firearms outside of Residence (PTCFOR) and License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) which takes effect immediately.

Albayalde added that with the administrative sanction, the two officials’ privilege to own and possess firearms are now revoked pursuant to Republic Act 10591 therefore they “will be commanded to immediately turn-in all their registered firearms to the PNP” upon notification.

The PNP Chief revealed that based on the PNP’s firearms information database, Cong. Garin owns 11 firearms, three of which have expired licenses.

Meanwhile, his father Mayor Garin owns eight firearms including five with expired licenses.

“All these firearms are now subject to confiscation upon revocation of their License to Own and Possess Firearms, effectively making them ineligible to own and possess guns,” the PNP Chief said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP tells public to be vigilant in open markets this holiday rush

Marje Pelayo   •   December 20, 2018


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Malls are not the most crowded places at this time of the year as consumers tend to be more practical so they go to flea markets where they can haggle for a much lower price of gift items.

Meanwhile, several shoppers turn to online stores to avoid inconveniences.

But authorities remind shoppers to be aware of their belongings when rushing into the crowd in open markets as pick pockets, snatchers, hold uppers, and thieves are most active this season.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde reminds consumers not to bring large sum of money to open markets.

“Huwag magdala ng sobrang laking halaga kung hindi lang din naman natin kailangan at (huwag) magsuot ng mamahaling alahas lalong lalo na kung pumupunta sa mga open markets para maiwasan po natin ang manakawan tayo ng mga personal belongings natin,” Albalyalde said.

To those who prefer shopping online, the PNP Chief advises consumers to transact with legitimate online sellers to avoid scammers.

“Tayo po ay mag-ingat doon sa manloloko lalo na sa Internet. Marami tayong na-experience na mga pagnanakaw through the Internet.Dapat highly reputable itong pinagkukunan natin ng goods o item sa internet. Huwag tayong magpaloko,” Albayalde said.

For any untoward incidents especially involving scammers and thieves, consumers may report to the nearest police station for immediate action. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


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