Planong pag-imbita kay Pres. Aquino sa Mamasapano probe, pinagtalunan ng mga kongresista

admin   •   April 7, 2015   •   1924

FILE PHOTO: President Benigno Aquino III (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines — Dumating ang mga police at military officials na inimbitahan sa house hearing ngayong araw ng Martes.

Dumalo rin sina DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin at mga government peace negotiator.

Gayunman, wala ni isang dumating mula sa panig ng MILF na labis na ikinadismaya ng komite.

Naki-usap naman ang chairman ng Committee on Public Order and Safety sa mga kapwa niya mambabatas na gawin itong maayos ang pagdinig.

Pahayag ni Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer, “Your Chair, I personally appeals for your cooperation in order to change the negative impression of this institution as created in the minds of the public.

Ngunit bago pa nagsimula ang pagtatanong sa mga resource person, dalawang oras na pinagtalunan ng mga kongresista ang planong pag-imbita kay Pres. Aquino.

Ani Rep. Neri Colmenares, Bayan Muna party-list, “I move that the committee decide to send this questions to the President.”

Salaysay naman ni Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, “Kasi po ang Presidente mag-isa po yan eh kaya while in office, he cannot be suit. Maski husgado po hindi pwedeng padalhan siya ng subpoena, hindi nga pwedeng kahit idemanda eh… kung mananagot po ang Pangulo sa bawat reklamo ng isang mamamayan hindi na sya makakpagtrabaho.”

Upang matapos ang isyu, nagpasya ang komiite na pagbotohan ang mosyon na isinampa ni Colmenares upang pasagutin na lang sa pamamagitan ng sulat ang Pangulo.

Sa botohan 3, ang pumabor sa mosyon habang 14 ang tumutol dahilan upang i reject ng kumite ang mosyon.

Samantala, muli namang iginiit ni resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima na hindi siya naki-alam sa operasyon na ikinasawi ng 44 miyembro ng PNP-SAF.

“Hindi po ako inatasan ng Pangulo na mamahala sa Mamasapno operation. Ako po ay nagre-relay lamang ng mga information during that day,” ani Purisima.

Sa pagtatanong naman ng mga kongresista pagdinig, sumang-ayon si relieved PNP-SAF Dir. Getulio Napeñas sa massacre ang nangyari sa kanyang mga kasamahan gaya ng lumabas sa imbestigasyon ng Senado.

Ani Napeñas, “Massacre po yun dahil binaril ng malapitan at buhay pa at pinatay pa.”Kulang 10 pamilya ang pinayagan ng kumite na makapasok dito sa loob ng conference room.

Subalit hindi sila pinayagang magsalita o magbigay ng kanilang sa loobin kundi upang mag-observe lamang sa pagdinig. (GRACE CASIN / UNTV News)

Sandiganbayan junks raps vs Purisima, Napeñas over Mamasapano clash

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020

The Sandiganbayan has dismissed the charges against former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima and ex-PNP Special Action Force chief Getulio Napeñas over the Mamasapano clash in 2015.

The dismissal of the charges against the two former police officers was due to the lack of probable cause to charge them of graft and usurpation of official functions complaints for their involvement in the anti-terrorist operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in 2015.

The said operation led to the deaths of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.

Purisima was charged for still leading the operation to kill terrorists Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan and Abdul Basit Usman, under Oplan Exodus, despite being suspended as the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief.

Napeñas, on the other hand, was also charged for allegedly conspiring with Purisima.

Based on the resolution, Purisima and Napeñas cannot be charged due to the lack of sufficient evidence.

“There is no mention in the information, nor any evidence on record, that accused Napeñas received or expected to receive any material remuneration or consideration therefor,” the resolution states. “It could not be said that Purisima was under the pretense of being a PNP chief because he was ordered by his president and commander-in-chief to perform such supervision and monitoring.”

Purisima and Napeñas were charged with violating Section 3(a) of the anti-graft law which punishes “persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations.”

Meanwhile, the Sandiganbayan said the dismissal of the criminal complaints did not mean that the two accused had no liability over the Mamasapano clash and appropriate charges can still be filed against them.

“What the court merely ruled is the non-existence of probable cause against Napeñas in both charges and the insufficiency of the allegations in the information filed against Purisima,” the resolution reads.—AAC

Gov’t eyes special scholarship program for decommissioned MILF combatants

Robie de Guzman   •   November 7, 2019

Agents of an independent decommissioning body inspect surrendered firearms in the town of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Philippines, 07 September 2019 (issued 08 September 2019). More than six months after the Bangsamoro Organic Law was ratified in a plebiscite, Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) turned over close to a thousand high-powered firearms to an independent decommissioning body, reports said. 

MANILA, Philippines – The government is eyeing to provide a special scholarship or capacity development program for decommissioned members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and their families.

The program is among the key points provided in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

CHED chairman Prospero de Vera III said the MOU, which was signed last Oct. 30, aims to provide assistance and ensure access to quality tertiary education in the BARMM.

The MOU was inked by De Vera, OPAPP Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., and BARMM Technical Education Minister Mohagher Mohammad Iqbal.

“We are assisting the BARMM consistent with the policy of President (Rodrigo) Duterte that all young Filipinos must have access to quality education and that no qualified student is denied access to education on account of poverty,” De Vera said in a statement.

He added that the implementation of initiatives relating to higher education is consistent with Executive Order No. 79 or the Implementing Annex on Normalization Under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Aside from providing special scholarship program, the MOU also seeks to do the following:

  • Determine the areas to extend technical assistance to the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) in relation to BARMM higher education institutions (HEI) and the CHED Registry;
  • Capacitate MBHTE in monitoring the compliance of BARMM HEIs with the standards of quality education;
  • Communicate to DSWD the importance of ensuring the inclusion of underprivileged BARMM students and the children of decommissioned MILF combatants and selected beneficiaries from the Six MILF camps in Listahanan 3.0;
  • Encourage the deputized Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) HEIs in Mindanao to help children of decommissioned MILF combatants and selected beneficiaries from the six MILF camps to complete their undergraduate study;
  • Offer study grants and capacity-building programs to target beneficiaries, subject to existing laws, rules and regulations and procedures
  • Propose professional development programs to faculty and staff of BARMM HEIs through the available CHED and other national government funds;
  • Mobilize leading HEIs to provide technical assistance to BARMM higher education needs identified by MBHTE;
  • Provide MBHTE with necessary assistance in the creation of a tribal university system;
  • Assist MBHTE with the necessary technical assistance in the crafting of the Education Code.

Galvez, for his part, said they are requesting Congress to allocate funds for the implementation of the scholarship program for the decommissioned combatants.

“I hope that through this agreement, we shall be able to reach out to those students residing in the ‘last mile’ areas, the underserved and most especially, the children of decommissioned MILF combatants. We are committed to supporting them until they achieve their full potentials,” he said.

Galvez believes the recipients of this program will eventually become the next leaders of the BARMM and strong advocates of peace and moral governance.

DOLE, OPAPP allot P100M employment fund for ex-Moro fighters

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2019

Agents of an independent decommissioning body inspect surrendered firearms in the town of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Philippines, 07 September 2019 (issued 08 September 2019). More than six months after the Bangsamoro Organic Law was ratified in a plebiscite, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) turned over close to a thousand high-powered firearms to an independent decommissioning body, reports said. EPA-EFE/STR

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday said it has signed an agreement with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) that would create an initial P100-million emergency employment fund to assist returning rebels of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The agreement was signed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr.

DOLE said the agreement will extend its Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Program aimed to assist the socio-economic development and confidence-building of estimated 7,000 decommissioned MILF combatants.

“This partnership is focused on assisting former rebels to transition into civilian lives, and facilitate their transformation and the six MILF camps into peaceful and productive communities through employment facilitation, and sustainable livelihood assistance,” Bello said in a statement.

DOLE said that under the agreement, the department will assist in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) Normalization Program through the provision of emergency employment under its Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displace Workers (TUPAD) program.

TUPAD is an emergency employment program for displaced workers, underemployed, and seasonal workers.

DOLE will also provide employment facilitation programs and services to the former rebels under the Government Internship Program and Special Program for Employment of Students.

The labor chief said this initiative is in support of the Duterte administration’s agenda of achieving just and lasting peace by reaching out to former rebels and provide them with sustainable livelihood and employment opportunities to address the root causes of violent extremism.

Galvez, for his part, expressed hope that this partnership will help in transforming six MILF camps into peaceful and resilient communities.

“We hope that through this collaboration, DOLE will continue to provide support during the succeeding stages of the normalization program and bring us closer to our vision of achieving ensuring peace and sustainable development in Bangsamoro,” Galvez said.

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