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

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

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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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Japan agency to grant P1-B for Marawi rehab

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2018

FILE IMAGE: UNTV Drone shot of the ruins of a part of the Marawi City

MANILA, Philippines —The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide P1- billion worth of grant for the rehabilitation of Marawi City.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said that this will be part of the P11-billion worth of budget needed for the building of infrastructures in Marawi City.

In May 2018, the government will hold the groundbreaking ceremony for the rehabilitation efforts in ground zero or the most affected areas in Marawi City.

“We have done so much coordination with JICA and JICA pledges around P1- billion as a grant component. In fact, this coming Monday, we’ll be hearing some discussions again,” said DPWH Usec. Emil Sadain. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Maute recruitment continues in Lanao del Sur – TF Ranao

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., the spokesman of the Joint Task Force Ranao, revealed that the Maute group already has an estimated of around 100 new recruits in the province of Lanao del Sur.

MANILA, Philippines — Task Force Ranao Deputy commander Col. Romeo Brawner Jr. admitted that the Maute terror group continues to recruit more members.

According to Col. Brawner, those who were able to escape during the first pursuit operations in Marawi City are now leading the recruitment of new members.

He said that based on the information they received, the Maute members are offering money, firearms, and jewelry which they stole from the homes and banks they have broken into in Marawi City.

“They are still continuing to recruit dahil nga doon sa sunod-sunod na dagok, dahil yung mga taong bayan mismo nagtuturo kung saan yung mga miyembro ng Maute-ISIS. That’s why we were able to hit them,” said the deputy commander.

(They are still continuing to recruit because of the series of setbacks they experienced, as the public is providing information on their whereabouts. That’s why we were able to hit them.)

To date, the Maute group has around 150 new recruits.

With this, authorities continue to intensify their intelligence gathering aside from the regular patrols they conduct.

The military believes the arrest of the wife of Marwan, Juromee Dongon, is a huge setback to the terrorist group.

“We have stopped the connection to the international somehow you know na control natin ung connection na ‘yun dahil naniniwala tayo na ung asawa ni Marwan naging link nila in terms of logistics na papasok dito sa ating bansa,” said Brawner.

(We have stopped the connection to the international, somehow you know that we control that connection because we believe that the wife of Marwan is their link in terms of logistics that will enter our country.)

Authorities are monitoring the possible entry of the men of Marwan’s wife who know how to create bombs.  — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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India interested in becoming 3rd telco player – Pres. Duterte

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with the newly-inducted Board of Directors of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (Phil.), Inc. at the Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2018. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has set the deadline for identifying the third telecommunications industry that will end the duopoly of two giant telecommunications in the country to March.

The president himself invited Indian businessmen to invest in the Philippines as the third telecommunication industry when he went to India last month to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India Commemorative Summit.

“India is also interested to enter into the telecom industry and we are considering,” said the president.

Department of Communications and Information Technology (DICT) officer-in-charge Undersecretary Eliseo Rio said that India has not yet submitted its offer on this.

However, the official said that it is better to have many options for the third telco player.

“The more, the better. It would be good for us. Yung selection process must be effective enough so that yung pinakamahusay dito sa mag-offer or who wants to be contenders, ma-select natin yung pinakamahusay,” said Rio.

(The more, the better. It would be good for us. The selection process must be effective enough so that we can select the best among the contenders.)

The DICT has issued an initial draft of the joint memorandum circular for the selection process of the new telco player.

The selection team is composed of Department of Finance (DOF), DICT, National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and National Security Council (NSC). — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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