Tangkang pambobomba sa NAIA 3, hindi terrorist act at walang kinalaman sa destabilisasyon – AFP Chief

admin   •   September 4, 2014   •   2420

AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Naniniwala si Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. na hindi terrorist act ang nabigong plano na bombahin ang Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 noong Lunes.

Ayon kay Catapang, maituturing lamang ito na gawa ng isang tao na nais mabigyan ng atensyon ng publiko.

Gayunpaman, ipinauubaya na ito ng AFP sa National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Nasa Department of Justice (DOJ) na rin ang hakbang ng pagsasampa ng kaso sa mga nahuling suspek.

“This is not a terrorist act kasi it was done by somebody whom we know more or less like a prankster who want to get attention of a public.”

Nagsalita na ang natalong presidential candidate na si Ely Pamatong at inaming tauhan niya ang itinuturong nasa likod ng mga nasabat na pampasabog sa open parking ng NAIA Terminal 3.

Ngunit wala raw silang kinalaman sa anumang tangkang pagpapasabog, at inaakusahan ang grupong Magdalo ni Senador Antonio Trillanes IV.

Samantala, walang nakikita ang AFP ng destabilization acts kaya hindi na nagtaaas ng alerto.

Nilinaw ni Catapang ang ilang report na mayroon rin umanong failed attempt na bombahin ang ilang kampo ng AFP.

“Di kami nag alert, we are not bothered at all.”

“We didn’t want to put more parang bigyan sila ng importansya because they are just to us a prankster,” saad pa ng heneral. (Bryan De Paz / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

DOJ reiterates law enforcers should not interfere with community pantries

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reiterated that law enforcement agents should not interfere with anyone doing good deeds which include setting up community pantries.

In a statement, DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said a law enforcer should also not question individuals involved in community pantries unless they are violating laws.

“Suffice it to say that a person voluntarily doing an act of kindness and compassion toward his neighbor should be left alone,” he said.

“It is not proper for law enforcement agents to interrogate him unless there is reason to believe that he is violating any law, ordinance, rule, or regulation for the good or welfare of the community,” he added.

However, Guevarra refused to comment if police authorities violated the privacy act in gathering information about the organizers of community pantries. He also clarified that organizers are not required to fill out forms.

“Organizers of community pantries have no legal duty or are under any compulsion to fill out any forms, as these are not considered business, much less illegal activities,” he said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Duterte not bothered by military coup rumors — Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is not bothered by recent reports that some military officials are withdrawing their support for the administration over his supposed silence on the West Philippine Sea issue, Malacañang said Monday.

In an online briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque dismissed rumors on the supposed looming military uprising as “kwentong kutsero” (hearsay).

“Hindi po nababahala ang presidente, alam po ng presidente, tapat siya sa Saligang Batas, at alam po niya na nirerespeto rin ng ating mga kasundaluhan ang ating Saligang Batas,” Roque said.

He also reiterated Duterte’s earlier remark that soldiers can always remove him if the military thinks he is useless.

“Kung gugustuhin ng military, kahit sino pwedeng ipatanggal ng militar,” he said.

“Kampante po siya na walang dahilan para naman umakto ng ganyan ang ating mga kasundalohan,” he added.

Roque issued the statement a day after the Department of National Defense (DND) denied reports that some retired and active military officials are planning to withdraw their support for Duterte over his stance against China and its incursions in the West Philippine Sea.

The Palace official also believes that there is no need for a loyalty check among the military generals and that they can always choose a new leader with the upcoming election year. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

AFP WestMinCom acquires 8 new mobility assets for technical ops, logistics

Robie de Guzman   •   April 16, 2021

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