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
Debt-ridden soldiers to undergo financial management seminar — AFP
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will conduct a financial management training for its members to prevent them from falling into debt traps.
AFP spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo said, an official directive was issued by AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr. instructing that take-home pays of soldiers should not be lower than P15,000.
Arevalo explained that P15,000 is the minimum amount that will enable a soldier to lead a decent life. He also said that debt deductions from salaries will not be allowed if the soldier’s remaining take-home pay will amount to less than P15,000 after deduction.
Aside from limiting loan amortization deductions, the AFP will also train soldiers how to handle finances so that they will not get into the habit of borrowing money and drowning in debt.
According to Arevalo, the AFP is going for the holistic approach to ensure that the salary raise given to soldiers will be put to good use and not end up as payment for endless debts.
The directive comes on the heels of a report exposing the money problems of a number of policemen who are almost left with nothing during paydays due to numerous loan deductions.
Arevalo emphasized that soldiers must learn how to manage their income to and prevent them from mindlessly borrowing money without understanding their capacity to pay.
— Lea Ylangan | UNTV News & Rescue
DOJ looks to snap PNP win streak at UNTV Cup Executive Face-off
Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Commissioner Reynold S. Munsayac in action during the game between DOJ Justice Boosters and Ombudsman Graft Busters on June 3, 2018, at the Pasig City Sports Center for the elimination round of the #UNTVCupOffSeason Executive Faceoff.
Games on Sunday, June 10
2pm: Ombudsman vs Senate
3:30pm: Malacañang-PSC vs GSIS
5pm: PNP vs DOJ
Venue: Pasig City Sports Center
DOJ Justice Boosters ramp up their endurance practices as they are set to go against the leading PNP Responders in the main game at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.
“May twice a week kami na practice para makasabay kami sa ibang team,” Coach John Agbayani Jr. said.
(We now have a twice a week practice to compete with other teams.)
PNP, meanwhile, is eyeing to keep the top spot in all seven elimination games to snag this year’s off season title by beefing up their offense and defense plays.
Coach SPO2 Alfred Cuarez expressed, “One game at a time pero kung pwede mas gusto namin hanggang doon sa pinakadulo walang talo.”
(One game at a time but as much as possible, we want to win until the end.)
In the other games, Malacañang-PSC Kamao and GSIS Thunder Furies are now both in a must-win situation after absorbing successive defeats in the ongoing elimination rounds in the UNTV Cup off Season Executive Face-off.
Malacañang-PSC and GSIS Thunder Furies will clash at this Sunday’s second game, 3:30 pm at the Pasig City Sports Center.
Thunder Furies hope to defeat Kamao to end their losing streak and claim more victory in their remaining four matches.
“Nandoon ang tira namin pero ang dumipensa sa kanila yung pagod,” Coach Banzali said.
(We tried scoring but fatigue caught up with my players)
For now, GSIS, Malacañang-PSC and off season defending champion AFP Cavaliers are at the bottom of the score ladder. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
125,000 jobs available in nationwide job fairs on Independence Day — DOLE
Nearly 125,000 job openings await Filipinos in job fairs across the country on June 12 in celebration of the nation’s 120th Independence Day.
Over 60,000 jobs are being offered for local employment. Top job vacancies include production machine operators, construction workers, company drivers, service crews, customer service representatives, factory workers and sales agents.
There are 7,000 vacant positions for officers and enlisted personnel in the AFP, PNP, Philippine Navy and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
Over 53,000 jobs overseas are open for service workers, nurses, engineers, labor workers, sales personnel, and carpenters.
Foreign countries with job openings include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Japan, Oman and New Zealand.
DOLE assured that all participating companies in the jobs and business fair will not offer contractual jobs in line with the government’s directive to regularize all workers and end illegal contractualization in the country.
“We saw to it that nothing like that is included. All these employers are legitimate,” said DOLE Undersecretary Jing Paras. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue