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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:33 AM

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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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AFP Cavaliers donate P4-M cash prize for scholarships of fallen soldiers’ kin

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 09:15 PM

All smiles as the UNTV Cup Season 7 Champion was hailed. The AFP Cavaliers together with their chosen beneficiary: AFP Educational Benefit System Office (EBSO) are awarded with their prize after a season of hard-work and sacrifices paid off. With this cash donation won by the soldiers for their fellow soldiers children, new scholarship grants is expected to be made available. (Charlie Miñon / Photoville International)

During the flag ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday, the AFP Cavaliers officially gave their 4 million grand prize to their beneficiary, the AFP Educational Benefits System Office (AFP EBSO).

According to AFP Cavalier team captain Sgt. Alvin Zuñiga, they chose AFP EBSO to help in the education of children of fallen soldiers.

“It is our way of doing it the best that we could para mabigay namin iyong P4-M sa mga beneficiary kasi alam namin na mas maraming matatawid na estudyante na mag-aaral ng EBSO (It is our way of doing it the best we could for us to the P4 million to our beneficiary because we know EBSO can provide a lot of scholarships to students),” he said.

He is also grateful to UNTV for the opportunity it has given to help the scholars of AFP EBSO.

“Sa UNTV lalo na kay Kuya Daniel at kay Bro. Eli in behalf of AFP Cavaliers team at ng buong AFP lubos na nagpapasalamat sa malaking pagkakataon na ibinibigay sa amin. Patuloy niyo pa pong palakasin at pagandahin ang ating tournament alang alang po sa mga beneficiary na matatawid at matutulungan po ng ating programa, maraming maraming salamat po sa inyo(Thank you to UNTV, Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli in behalf of AFP Cavaliers team and the whole AFP. Continue to strengthen our tournament for the beneficiaries that are helping our program. Thank you),” Zuñiga adds.

AFP EBSO chief Col. Antonio Dulnuan said the money they received from the AFP Cavaliers will help 233 students.

“Iyong ating programa covers elementary to college, tuloy tuloy po iyan, basta pumasa and we will support them giving them free tuition fee, allowance at miscellaneous na binibigay sa kanila kahit saang eskwelahan, [Our program covers elementary to college and it will continue as long as they pass the entrance examination, we will support them by giving them free tuition fee]” he said.

Meanwhile, AFP Chief of Staff, Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr is proud of the achievement of the AFP Cavaliers and its contribution to the armed forces.

“What you have achieved is no small feat yet you have consistently manifested utmost excellence, compassion and patriotism that will serve as an inspiration to do more, to gave more and be more,” he said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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60% of AFP forces deployed in Mindanao—AFP

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 04:23 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said 60% of their forces are in Mindanao, assuring there is no need to add more troops for the midterm elections.

This was after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) declared the entire Mindanao Island Group and as election hotspots due to suspected armed threat by rebel groups.

Read: Comelec declares entire Mindanao, other areas as 2019 poll hotspots

According to PAO-AFP chief Col. Noel Detoyato, the AFP is prepared to provide security in the region for the upcoming elections.

“To address the terrorist group, you can never prepare enough but I can dare say, that our troops are prepared and capable, particularly in Mindanao. We have full cooperation of the local government units,” he said.

Detoyato added that they will conduct re-alignment of troops depending on how much would each provinces in Mindanao need.

They will also have additional checkpoints and mobile patrols to stop the movements of armed groups in Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Butuan, General Santos, Marbel and Tacurong.

Combat operations in Jolo, Basilan, Central Mindanao, parts of Davao, and Surigao will also continue.

“Kahit anong changes we truly have enough troops in Mindanao. We will relocate some groups to address kung ano prevailing security needs na makikita ng Comelec, (No matter what changes, we truly have enough troops in Mindanao. We will relocate some groups to address what are their prevailing security needs seen by Comelec)” Detoyato said.

He added that martial law in Mindanao contributes to the deterrence of dastardly acts by armed rebels and terrorists.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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AFP shows evidence linking rights groups to CPP-NPA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 18 March 2019 11:57 PM

File photo: Members of the New People’s Army

After Karapatan said there is no evidence that supports the accusations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the AFP presented documents linking Karapatan and other rights group to the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP- NPA).

Boxes of evidence were presented by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations J7 Bgen. Antonio Parlade.

Several of these documents, which is about the 5th International Assembly in Hong Kong, were signed by CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison. It was also reported that the group Karapatan attended the said assembly.

“Ang ating gobyerno ay hindi nagpa-fabricate ng report, sila ang nagpa-fabricate. By the way hindi si AFP, hindi ako, hindi ang gobyerno ang nag-red tag sa kanila, tingnan niyo ang websites ng Philippine Revolution web central, ILPS, website ng NDF International, makikita niyo doon ang Karapatan, IBON. Andiyan ang ACT, Gabriela, Makabayan bloc andiyan lahat …pirmado ni Joma,(Our government does not fabricate reports, they [rights groups] fabricate reports. By the way, it is not the AFP, me or the government that red-tagged them. Check the websites of the Philippine Revolution web central, ILPS, website of NDF International, you can see that Karapatan, IBON are there. ACT, Gabriela, and Makabayan bloc are also there. It’s signed by Joma)” Parlade said.

Meanwhile, Karapatan is urging Parlade to stop linking their group with the NPA because there is no sufficient evidence to prove it.

IBON Foundation also released a statement denying the said claims and calling it baseless.

“The Duterte administration’s accusations are malicious, baseless, and absurd. It is so insistent on a self-serving fake narrative about the country that is attacking IBON just for speaking the truth” they said.

The AFP has also released several videos and photos of armed students from Salugpongan Schools which is run by non-government organizations.

Parlade also presented books printed by IBON Foundation for Salugpongan Community Learning Centers. He said that one of the members of the editorial board is the wife of the secretary of NPA’s Southern Mindanao Regional Committee.

The books, according to Parlade contained radical information that teaches the youth to oppose the government.

“Pambansang bayani ay si Father Paps. Si Father Te Torio iyong Italyano yung napatay. Bakit nga ba napatay iyon? Kasi kasama niya NPA, mga komunistang bayolente. So ito ang national hero nila, ito itinuturo sa grade 1, ang nakalagay dito ang puppet na Republika ng Pilipinas, [Their national hero is father Paps. Father Te Torio, the Italian who was killed. Why was he killed? Because he was with the NPA, the violent communists. So this is their national hero and it is taught in grade 1. It also says the puppet Republic of the Philippines]” according to Parlade.

He also challenged Karapatan to a debate on national TV to show who is telling the truth. —Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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