Military retirees seek P18-billion unpaid pension claims

admin   •   October 15, 2015   •   5096

FILE PHOTO: Members of Armed Forces of the Philippines on parade. (Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: Members of Armed Forces of the Philippines on parade. (Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — On the talk show Get It Straight With Daniel Razon a group of retired soldiers from the Conference Assembly For Unity And Solidarity Associations In The Armed Forces & Police Retirees, Veterance Pensioners, Inc. (CAUSA-AFPRVPI), called the attention of the government to clear the backlog of their unpaid pension which has already reached more than P18-billion.

“In behalf of 123,000 AFP pensioners worldwide, sana naman po ang iyong puso ay lumambot at wag na pong patagalin,” appealed Ret. Lt. Col. Buenaventura Aguilar, Jr., secretary general of CAUSA-AFPRVPI.

(In behalf of 123,000 AFP pensioners worldwide, we hope you can find it in your heart not to drag this out any longer.)

The group said, these arrearages from their pension have accumulated from year 2000 to 2012.

The retired soldiers cited, Section 17 of the Presidential Decree 1638 which states that when the basic pay of the active personnel increases, so do the benefits of the retirees.

Stated in the April 6, 2015 ruling of the Commission on Audit or COA, the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines should produce the alpha list o master list of the AFP retirees, pensioners and beneficiaries.

The agency said the whole amount should be included in the budget proposal for next year in order to distribute it to the retirees. But after 6 months, there’s still no clear direction on COA’s decision.

More than 120 thousand pensioners will benefit from this pension claims. They are asking government to fast track the process because most of them need medical attention and have dependents.

“Sixty [retirees] ang namamatay every month sa libingan ng bayani lang yan,” said Ret. Ltcol. Aguilar in response to host Daniel Razon’s comment that some retirees have already died waiting for their pending pensions. (Sixty [retirees] die every month at the Heroes’ Cemetery alone.)

UNTV news is still waiting for the concerned agencies’ side of the story regarding this issue. (UNTV News)

Facebook removes fake accounts allegedly linked to PH military, police

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2020

Facebook has removed over hundreds of fake accounts for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior.”

In a statement, the social media giant said it removed 155 accounts; 11 Pages; 9 Groups and 6 Instagram accounts. These networks reportedly originated in China. It also removed 57 Facebook accounts; 31 Pages and 20 Instagram accounts where its networks originated in the Philippines and focused on domestic audiences.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of security policy, said these accounts and pages posted about local news and events including domestic politics, military activities against terrorism, pending anti-terrorism bill, criticism of communism, youth activists and opposition, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)and its military wing the New People’s Army (NPA), and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). 

“Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found links to Philippine military and Philippine police,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday (September 23) clarified that none of their maintained accounts were shutdown but is still looking into Facebook’s report.

“There are no accounts that the AFP maintain that were shutdown or removed by Facebook. All of them are up and running. The AFP upholds truth and accountability of network and SocMed account managers as to the contents of postings in our websites, pages, and accounts,” their statement reads. AAC

5 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed, 2 soldiers hurt in Zamboanga Sibugay clash

Robie de Guzman   •   September 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Five suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed and two soldiers were injured in an encounter between the government troops and the terrorist group in Zamboanga Sibugay on Wednesday (September 9).

Lieutenant Colonel Don Templonuevo, commander of the 44th Infantry Batallion said the clash happened during a joint military and police pursuit operations in Barangay Pres. Roxas, RT Lim in Zamboanga Sibugay around 2 a.m.

Templonuevo said the encounter was the result of their pursuit operations against armed elements of Abral Abdusalam and Sahibad group led by Furuji Indama, an ASG leader based in Basilan.

The clash follows an earlier gun battle between the military and the local terrorist group in Barangay La Paz, Alicia in Zamboanga Sibugay on Sept. 6, he added.

The military said government troops were also able to recover four high-powered firearms after the 30-minute clash against the 10 Abu Sayyaf Group member.

Pursuit operation against the ASG is still on-going.

Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, Commander, 102nd Infantry Brigade, said the group was supposedly planning to conduct kidnapping activities in the region based on information they received from a reliable source.

“The unit would also like to thank the locals who tipped-off the authorities of the presence of these terrorist groups which resulted to the timely response of our troops,” Nicolas said.

Meanwhile, the two wounded soldiers, whose identities are yet to be disclosed, were airlifted to Camp Navarro General Hospital, Zamboanga City for proper medical attention.

Both soldiers are now in stable condition, the military reported.

AFP to monitor social media to prevent recruitment of young suicide bombers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 4, 2020

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is eyeing to monitor social media, evacuation centers, schools, and orphanages to help prevent terrorists to recruit the youth and train them as suicide bombers.

In an interview on ‘Get it Straight with Daniel Razon’, AFP Spokesperson MGen. Edgard Arevalo said there is a risk that the youth would be easier to be persuaded by the radicalized ideas of terrorist groups.

Nakikipagtulungan tayo sa mga local government officials upang ito ay maagapan natin na hindi makapasok na maaring mag-recruit at lumason sa kanilang isipan (We are coordinating with local government officials to prevent terrorists from recruiting and poisoning the youth’s minds),” he said.

The AFP also advised parents to also monitor their children and be aware of their activities.

Meanwhile, Arevalo expressed his gratitude to several LGUs in Sulu that declared the Abu Sayyaf Group as persona non grata.

From 1991 to June 2020, around 100 suicide bombing incidents were recorded in Sulu. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


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