MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) reported that there are Facebook (FB) users who are already subject to arrest by authorities because of Cyber Sedition.
“We are involved, confidential, may huhulihin na (there will be arrests for) cyber sedition. We are not going to name the persons, we were able to track about more than one last night,” DICT Sec. Rodolfo Salalima said.
It can be recalled that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has requested Facebook to take down more than 60 FB accounts of jihadists and their supporters.
Meanwhile, Malacañang also revealed that the government and the military actually had information of the planned siege by the terrorist group, led by Isnilon Hapilon, prior to the attack in Marawi City.
This information was used by the government for the military to take action immediately and in order to prevent the terrorists’ much bigger plan to capture the entire city.
“The early action of the military and the government has actually pre-empted their plans to be able to capture the city so we need to accredit that. So, yes, there were intel but it was something that had to be vetted and authorized properly,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.
He added, had the military acted otherwise, the situation in Marawi could have been worse.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte has also spent his private time on Tuesday without engaging in any public activity.
Malacañang ensures the President is in good health.
“He is actually in excellent health except for the fact that his schedule has been brutal. I think we need to allow him a few rest, he was actually on top of the situation, however he also need rest,” Abella said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
Duterte wants 3rd telco named by October or November
President Rodrigo Duterte gave another ultimatum on the selection of the third telecommunication player in the country.
During his tête-à-tête in Malacañang with chief presidential legal counsel Atty. Salvador Panelo on Tuesday, the Chief Executive warned that no provider is chosen by October or November; he will choose the third telco player himself.
“Early November, ‘pag wala pa, I’ll take over, ilagay ko yan sa Office of the President and I will invite all dito negosyante and I will decide in front of them kung sino. Dito give me your position papers, give me about 30 minutes and tell them and I will decide, yun na at ibigay na ang linya” Duterte said.
Reports say that the Department of Information and Communications Technology is targeting to select the third telco in December this year. — Rosalie Coz
Authorities intensify security in Marawi City for Barangay and SK polls – Comelec
File Photo: AFP checkpoint
MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have intensified the security in Marawi City especially after the bombing incident in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
According to Comelec, they will finalize the security plan on September 12 in preparation for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections in Marawi City on September 22, 2018.
They will assign additional security personnel in each clustered precinct in preparation for possible security threats.
“Just in the case may mga security issues or concern tayo on election day that will tantamount for teachers not to report on election day. Mayroon na tayong contingency plan. We train already PNP personnel allowed sa ESRA law para mai-deploy natin on election day. Kung ang iyong other security measures, perimeter security, intensify multiple checkpoints and other security operations, mafa- finalize by 12,” said Dir. Teopisto Elnas Jr. of the Comelec Election and Barangay Affairs Department.
There are 24 barangays in Marawi City inside ground zero which Comelec relocated for the conduct of elections
According to Dir. James Jimenez, they are confident that there will be no failure of elections in Marawi City even if there is a high-security risk in the said city
“Mayroon tayong 193 total ng candidates for SK members, 162 for SK Chairman, 862 for barangay kagawad and 234 for punong barangay,” he said.
Meanwhile, the National Printing Office already finished printing the more than 76,000 official ballots which will be used in Marawi City
After printing, the verification committee will check the serial code printed in the official ballots
The shipment of these ballots will be made next week. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
Filing of COC begins in Marawi City for special elections
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Election (Comelec) has begun accepting on Thursday (August 23) certificates of candidacy (COC) in Marawi City for the special conduct of the Barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan Elections (BKSE).
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said the agency will set up alternative voting centers for residents in barangays worst affected by the siege.
The election period in the war-torn city began on August 17 and will run until September 29.
The campaign period will start on September 12 while election day is on September 22, 2018. – UNTV News & Rescue