PFC Joseph Scott Pemberton, pansamantalang naka-detain sa Camp Aguinaldo

admin   •   October 22, 2014   •   3146

Ang pagdating sa Camp Aguinaldo ni U.S. Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton upang mai-detena habang dinidinig ang kaso nito kaugnay ng pagkamatay ng Filipino transgender na si Jennifer Laude. (IMAGE CREDITS: Armed Forces of the Philippines)

MANILA, Philippines – Dinala na sa Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Headquarters sa Camp Aguinaldo nitong umaga ng Miyerkules ang suspek sa pagpatay sa transgender na si Jennifer Laude na si U.S. Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton.

Mula sa Olongapo, kasama niyang dumating sa kampo sakay ng helicopter ang ilang kapwa Amerikanong sundalo.

Sinalubong sila ng AFP officials at saka inilagak sa isang 20-foot container van sa loob ng kampo na lalagyan ng mga rehas o iron bars.

“He will be detained at the Mutual Defense Board Security Engagement Facility inside the camp while the preliminary investigation is ongoing,” pahayag ni AFP Chief of Staff, Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang.

“He will be sleeping in a military-type camp bed with an air-conditioned system,” dagdag pa nito.

Magkatuwang namang babantayan si Pemberton ng mga Amerikano at Pilipinong sundalo.

Ayon kay Catapang, ang desisyon na maditene sa Camp Aguinaldo si Pemberton ay napagkasunduan ng Pilipinas at Amerika.

“Technically, he is in our camp, he is being guarded by our soldiers…”

Binanggit din nito na kapwa mga sundalong Amerikano at Pilipino ang nagbabantay sa nakaditeneng U.S. marine.

“Ang mangyayari kasi inside the container van, there will be one US soldier and then, otuside the container van, there will be another US soldier and then…rolling gate put aide there will be two rolling MP (military police)…”

Mananatili si Pemberton sa Camp Aguinaldo hanggang sa isinasagawa ang preliminary investigation sa kanyang kaso.

“I think while undergoing the preliminary investigation, he will be hold here,” saad pa ni Catapang.

Ngunit oras na maisampa na ang kaso ay ipauubaya na ng AFP sa korte kung ililipat ng detention facility ang nasabing US marine.

Tiniyak naman ni Pangulong Aquino na hindi mabibigyan ng special treatment si Pemberton, at magiging patas ang pagtrato sa kanya habang nasa pangangalaga ng AFP. (Rosalie Coz / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Duterte asks PNP, AFP to deploy medical personnel to hospitals needing more staff

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to prepare for the deployment of their medical personnel to hospitals that are in need of additional manpower.

“Kung wala nang iba, ‘yung mga nurses sa pulis marami yan, pati sa medical corps ng army. I have to use a little of my influence sa kanila to convince them,” Duterte said in a taped public address aired late Wednesday.

“Please place your human resources on ready, on deck because talagang alam mo yun lang madali kong maasahan,” he added.

Duterte issued the statement after receiving reports that a lot of medical personnel, particularly in St. Luke’s Medical Center were unable to go on duty due to COVID-19 infection.

The AFP said it has started deploying a number of its personnel to some hospitals in Metro Manila as it continues look for more nurses from its ranks.

The PNP, for its part, said it is currently accounting the number of its medical teams that could be deployed to assist medical workers amid rising cases of COVID-19.

AFP, PNP: No terror threat in PH despite Japan warning

Robie de Guzman   •   September 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Police and military authorities on Tuesday said they have not monitored any possible terrorist threat in the country despite the warning reportedly issued by the Japanese government.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said they have not received any report of possible terror attacks but assured that they continue to be on alert  regarding this matter.

They are also working closely with their foreign counterparts on information sharing against terrorism.

“Noon pa man ay patuloy ang aming intelligence monitoring especially after the 9/11 attack in the US and the Marawi City incident. Nananatiling maigting ang ating pakikipag-ugnayan sa ibat ibang bansa laban sa terorismo through information sharing and strategic partnership in dealing with terror groups” Eleazar said.

“Kasama dito ang pagpapalakas ng ugnayan ng inyong kapulisan sa ibat ibang komunidad at stake holders upang matiyak na hindi tayo malulusutan sa ano mang plano ng mga teroristang grupo sa ano mang lugar sa ating bansa,” he added.

Foreign media reports stated that the Foreign Ministry of Japan has issued a warning for its citizens regarding a possible terror attack in six Southeast Asian nations, including the Philippines.

The Japanese ministry advised its citizens to avoid religious facilities and crowded areas in the said countries.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), for its part, said the country’s threat level remains at “moderate” based on its last review.

The military assured it is constantly validating reports relating to national security matters.

“As of now, we have not received any report. We constantly validate all reports on security matters and it is a continuous process,” AFP spokesperson Col. Ramon Zagala said in a statement.

Aside from the Philippines, the warning issued by the Japanese government also covers Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Malaysia.

Black hawk chopper crash in Tarlac caused by thunderstorm, pilot’s vertigo – AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   September 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The fatal crash of the S-70i Black Hawk helicopter during a night flight training in Tarlac in June was caused by a confluence of events, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Thursday.

Citing the result of the investigation conducted by the Philippine Air Force Accident Investigation Board, the AFP said the helicopter entered a thurderstorm that may have caused the possible disorientation of the pilot.

“Investigators found out that the chopper inadvertently entered a thunderstorm and was compounded by spatial disorientation or vertigo by the pilot, as the cause of the accident,” the military said.

The chopper crash, which occurred on June 24, killed six people, namely:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Rexzon Pasco (instructor pilot)
  • Major Eraño Belen (student pilot)
  • Major Jayrold Constantino (student pilot)
  • Master Sergeant Ronnie Reducto (instructor scanner)
  • Sergeant Leonardo Tandingan (student scanner)
  • Sergeant Maricar Laygo (student scanner)

The AFP said the results of the investigation will help the military avoid similar incidents in the future by implementing additional safety protocols and instituting training interventions for personnel.

“The goal of the investigation, based on international practice on handling crashed aircraft, was to determine the cause of the accident rather than apportion blame,” it added.

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