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Ombudsman urged to probe Aquino admin’s procurement of overpriced fighter trainer jets

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 19th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The anti-corruption group Anti Trapo Movement (ATM) sent a letter to the Office of the Ombudsman, asking for the investigation of alleged anomalous purchase of expensive FA-50 or trainer jets by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Department of National Defense (DND) during the term of the Aquino administration.

The group claims the procured aircraft were overpriced.

ATM chairman, Leon Peralta said, “Alam namin na ito ay allegedly overpriced kasi merong nag o-offer ng 20 million dollars lang na mas sophisticated dito sa FA-50 na mahal mahal ng presyo pero ang capacity nya ay hindi katumbas ng presyo ng pagkakabili.”

(We know that these are allegedly overpriced because someone is offering for only 20 million dollars and is more sophisticated than this FA-50 which is very expensive but its capacity is not commensurate to its price.)

ATM said the price of one FA-50 already amounts to the combined price of three trainer jets.

One unit of FA-50 is USD 35-million.

The group claims the 12 trainer jets bought by the DND and AFP amounts to a total of P18.9 billion.

The government purchased the units from Korea Aerospace Industries in South Korea.

The group noted that a huge amount of money was wasted as the said FA-50s are only used for ceremonies and not for battle.

ATM also alleged that the individuals who negotiated for the trainer jets have links to the Israel Aerospace Industries that is purportedly facing corruption scandal in Israel.

“Yung nag re-representa sa kanila dito ngayon are allegedly well placed, well connected at maraming tao sa AFP at DND. Eh naibenta nga nila yung napakamahal na FA-50,” Peralta said.

(Those that represent them now are allegedly well placed, well connected with many people in the AFP and DND. Well, they were able to sell the expensive FA-50.)

In the coming days, the group will formally file a complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman against individuals, they say, are involved in the allegedly anomalous transaction.

On the other hand, the DND and AFP, said they are not against the filing of complaint.

If an investigation pushes through, the two defense establishments vow to cooperate so the truth will come out. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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PDEA completes the 2nd round elimination cast of UNTV Cup 6

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

FILE PHOTO: PDEA Drug Busters is the only rookie team to advance to the 2nd round elimination of the UNTV Cup Season 6. (Marlon Bonajos / Photoville International)

Rookie team PDEA Drug Busters eases to the second round eliminations of the league of public servants, UNTV Cup.

This, as the DOJ Justice Boosters toppled the Ombudsman Graft Busters, 95-73 on Sunday’s triple header.

Based on the league’s point system, the DOJ, Ombudsman and DA Food Masters get eliminated from the league this season, while PDEA reaches the next round.

Meanwhile, Group A’s DOH Health Achievers, COA Enablers and BFP Firefighters also exit the games.

In the AFP-DOH hard court battle, the AFP Cavaliers defeated the DOH Health Achievers 92-71.

With this, the soldiers share the 5-1 win-loss standing with the Senate Defenders in Group A.

And in the GSIS-PNP match, the UNTV Cup crowd saw an impressive win by the GSIS Furies over defending champion PNP Responders 76-68.

GSIS Furies Head Coach Myk Saguiguit said, “Ang will nila, talagang trinabaho nila nang husto. Kasi hindi namin inisip na we’re in sa second round. Sabi ko i-solidify pa natin, maka-tsamba tayo against defending champion PNP.”

(They willed it. They really worked hard for it. We didn’t think that we’re going to the second round. I said to them, “We must solidify ][our performnace]. Who knows, we may actually beat the defending champion, PNP.)

This win catapults the Furies to the third spot in Group A with four games won and two games lost, surpassing the Responders which now has a 3-3 win-loss standing.

PNP Responders Head Coach Erik Samson, “Nahirapan kami. Especially hindi kami gaanong nakadepensa nang maayos doon sa mga one-on-one nila, sa atake nila, at maaga kami nag-penalty.”

(We had a hard time beating them. Especially when we failed to guard them closely on their one-on-one plays, attack plays. And we got into penalty situation early in the game.)

Rene Boy Banzali and James Patrick Abugan were hailed as the best players of the game after bucketing 54 combined points.

The second round elimination of the UNTV Cup Season 6 kicks off on Thursday, December 14th. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

THE SCORES

GAME 1: DOJ Justice Boosters defeat Ombudsman Graft Busters, 95-73.

Quarter Scores: 20-16, 51-35, 70-53, 95-73

DOJ Justice Boosters
Box Scores: 95
J. Lopez 20, C. Cruz 20, J. Polican 14, E. Mabazza 13, C. Borile 11, R. Tomas 7, G. Cole 6, C. Tagle 4

Ombudsman Graft Busters
Box Scores: 73
F. Palacio 13, E. Escudero 9, A. Sanchez 9, A. Lazo 8, C. Lasam 8, Q. Laure 7, F. Baldonado 4, W. Romero 2, A. Francisco 2, E. Elmido 2

GAME 2: GSIS Furies defeat PNP Responders, 76-68.

Quarter Scores: 13-17, 27-41, 49-54, 76-68

GSIS Furies
Box Scores: 76
E. Banzali 32, J. Abugan 22, A. Sunga 8, D. Bunyi 7, M. Nuyana 6, T. Hernandez 1

PNP Responders
Box Scores: 68
R. Abaya 13, A. Tolentino 11, J. Criste 10, O. Omiping 9, J. Misola 6, J. Cabahug 5, A. Yanquiling 5, J. Saracho 3, H. Sta. Cruz 2, C. Cabrera 2, C. Elopre 2

GAME 3: AFP Cavaliers defeat DOH Health Achievers, 92-71.

Quarter Scores: 27-15, 31-25, 58-41, 92-71

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 92
L. Cabayao 21, B. Bautista 14, V. Evidor 11, J. Quiambao 10, P. Fernandez 8, J. Lumongsod 7, R. Araneta 6, R. Almerol 6, M. Mendoza 3, W. Casulla 2, R. Pascual 2, E. Tan 2

DOH Health Achievers
Box Scores: 71
L. Nidoy 21, D. Magat 9, G. Domingo 8, S. Mopera 8, J. Guevarra 8, R. Pingol 6, A. Saculinggan 6, R. Dabu 3, R. Herrera 2

 

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Duterte requests Congress to extend on-going martial law for one more year

by Joniel Monton   |   Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Anti-Corruption Summit 2017: ‘Breaking Chains of Corruption 2017’ at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 28, 2017. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) submitted last week a recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the martial law in Mindanao.

Both agencies favor the extension of martial law in the region instead of lifting it on its scheduled term before the end of the year.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will request the Congress to extend the on-going martial law for one more year.

Based on the text message of Sec. Medialdea, the letter has already been signed by the Chief Executive pending submission to Congress.

The AFP initially stated that there is still a need for martial law in Mindanao because of reports regarding remaining Maute members, Abu Sayyaf and other terrorist groups merging together.

“Those who survived that siege still remain at large and are attempting to recover by recruiting other members of the society,” said AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla.

Another reason cited for the extension is the on-going violent attacks by members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

“There was a 2,000% increase in the amount on the effect of the violent incidents on business alone,” said Padilla.

The opposition of the administration expressed their disapproval and said that the martial rule extension would only hinder the Marawi residents from returning to their homes. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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AFP ready to face CHR probe on the Nasugbu, Batangas encounter

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it is ready to face the investigation of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) into a military encounter with the New People’s Army (NPA) in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Fourteen suspected rebel members were killed, including a 22-year former student, in an operation, the military conducted last November 28.

According to AFP-PAO chief Marine Gen. Edgard Arevalo, they will provide the information needed by the CHR.

“Handa pa po tayong tumulong sa kanila sa gagawing imbestigasyon. Kung meron man po tayong mga tauhan na gusto nilang tanungin ay puwede po tayong magbigay ng kooperasyon para mabigyang daan ang isang malaya at patas na imbestigasyon,” said the official.

(We are very ready to help with the investigation. If they want to question some of our men, we will cooperate to give way to a free and fair investigation.)

Arevalo said the military respects the mandate of the constitutional body, but noted that the CHR must respect the mandate of the AFP in return.

“Which is to perform our role that is to protect the people and to secure the state,” said Arevalo.

The military official reminds parents and teachers to properly guide their children and students to protect them from rebel influence.

“Ikinalulungkot nati sa AFP na kailangan itong magyari subalit kaalinsabay nito ang ating kahilingan sa mga magulang na gabayan nila ang kanilang mga anak,” said Arevalo.

(The AFP is saddened that this happened. Alongside this is our call to parents to guide their children.)

Arevalo said that the military is saddened that there are minors joining the fight of the rebels against the government. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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