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Facebook users supporting terrorism will be arrested for “cyber sedition” — DICT

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017


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


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Developers from China, Malaysia express interest to rehabilitate most affected parts of Marawi City — TFBM

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The groundbreaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of the most affected parts of Marawi City is in April.

On Monday, February 12, developers who are interested to participate in the rehabilitation should submit their unsolicited proposals to the government.

Task Force Bangon Marawi said around six have already expressed their interest including groups from China and Malaysia.

“Based on the informal communications relayed to us, foreign companies have signified their intention to participate in the master development of Marawi coming from China and Malaysia,” said Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Task Force Bangon Marawi  Secretary-General Usec. Falconi Millar.

The technical working group of the Task Force Bangon Marawi will study the unsolicited proposals for one week and the bidding process for the rehabilitation project will undergo the Swiss challenge system.

It means, after selecting the best proposal, the government will look for another party which can challenge it and offer it for a lower price but with the same quality.

Meanwhile, the local government of Marawi City welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the extension of martial law in Mindanao for one year.

They believe this is beneficial for the city, especially on its reconstruction and rehabilitation.

“Tayo po ay naniniwala na makakatulong po especially in addressing itong sinasabi nating the possibilities of recruitment of this would be members of ISIS-inspired groups so yan po ay malaking tulong po,” said Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra.

(We believe that this will help us especially in addressing the possibilities of recruitment of this would be members of ISIS-inspired groups. So, it is a big help.) — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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Malacañang thanks PLDT for agreeing to return 3G frequencies for free

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Officer in Charge Secretary Eliseo Rio sees no more hindrance in determining the third telecommunications player in the country by the 1st quarter of the year.

This after the official confirmed that PLDT has already agreed to return to the government, for free, the 3G frequencies which will be used by the incoming 3rd telco player.

“Resolved na ito. Ang PLDT as of yesterday, willingly binigay na yung frequency at no cost at all. So, wala na itong issue na ito,” said the official.

(This is already resolved. PLDT as of yesterday willingly gave the frequencies at no cost at all. So this no longer an issue.)

Malacañang said that all is well.

Yesterday, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte was displeased after reports that the government has to buy back the frequencies that will be provided to the third telco player.

The chief executive also did not want to extend the target he gave in coming up with a third telco player by March.

Malacañang has extended its thanks to PLDT for its immediate action.

“The president said that he is thankful for PLDT’s cooperation dahil naiintindihan naman ng pangulo at malinaw sa pangulo na itong pagkakaroon ng 3rdtelco carrier ay makikinabang ay taumbayan so nagpasalamat po ang pangulo diyan,” said Roque.

(The president said that he is thankful for PLDT’s cooperation because the president understands and it is clear to him that having a third telco carrier will be beneficial to the people. So the president is thankful for that.)

Secretary Rio said that those who are vying to be the third player must at least have 300 billion pesos of committed financial investment for five years, have a good quality of service, wider coverage in the country, but with lower subscription rate for clients.

The private sector is expected to submit its proposal by the end of March. By early April, the government must have already determined the country’s third telco player. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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Over 700 SAF members who joined operations in Marawi City get special promotion

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, February 5th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PDG. Ronald Bato dela Rosa could not hold his tears when he saw a video of Special Action Force (SAF) troopers battling in Marawi City.

General Dela Rosa said that the five-month battle of the SAF members against the terrorists who attempted to conquer the city was not a piece of cake.

“Tumatayo ang balahibo ko. I can feel for them yung mga naghirap talaga doon sa frontline. Makita talaga yung mga dugo na dumanak, yung mga pagsabog left and right, mga putukan. Kahit gaano ka katapang at katibay pag ganoong sitwasyon wala kang ibang mapupuntahan kundi si Lord,” said Dela Rosa.

With this, the PNP chief did not hesitate to give special promotion to the 745 Special Action Force members who fought in Marawi City.

Even Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista salutes the gallantry of the SAF members.

“I have seen how this men and women work side by side with the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to crush and defeat the lawless elements who spread terror in the city of Marawi,” said the commanding general.

The PNP chief takes pride of the expertise of the SAF members when it comes to urban warfare, hence the successful mission of liberating Marawi City from the hands of ISIS-inspired terrorists.

General Dela Rosa also recommended the promotion of third level officers, which is under the jurisdiction of President Rodrigo Duterte himself, and not of the PNP chief’s.

“They did they share in Marawi especially that they were the commanders. They keep on inspiring their people, their men, to fight. And indeed what they did is very commendable, very laudable,” said the chief.

Meanwhile, eight other policemen were promoted after fighting against 200 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who made an attack on Binuangan Municipal Station in Misamis Oriental in December 2017. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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