Trillanes’ amnesty documents subject to authentication — DND
admin • September 6, 2018 • 5344
Senator Antonio Trillanes
Senator Antonio Trillanes presented before the media, documents that he said will support his claim of filing an application for amnesty.
He allegedly obtained the documents through friends in the Department of National Defense (DND).
It should be recalled that one of the reasons cited for the nullification of his amnesty was Trillanes’ failure to submit a formal application under oath.
DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said they will examine the authenticity of the documents should the senator decide to submit them to the department.
“Per records of the DND and AFP the application is not available at the moment at hinahanap pa (we are still looking for it). But if the senator decides to present that as part of his defense, we are more than welcome to see. It will be a subject for authentication,” he said.
Andolong also argued that they should not be blamed for the missing application.
“As to why they are missing, we cannot answer that. We are not a part of that process and were not here at that time,” he said. — Lea Ylagan
The number of confirmed deaths in the wake of the magnitude 6.6 and 6.5 quakes that struck Mindanao in the past weeks has reached 21.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), most number of fatalities was recorded in Cotabato with nine deaths caused by the magnitude 6.6 tremor and another nine in the magnitude 6.5 quake.
Davao del Sur, on the other hand, registered three deaths caused by the 6.6 quake.
The NDRRMC data also showed 432 individuals sustaining injuries due to the tremor; 301 of which are in Region XII, 117 in Region XI, 14 in Region X, and 1 in BARMM.
The council also confirmed that the temblor that hit the southern part of Mindanao had affected around 35,000 families or around 178,000 individuals in 200 barangays.
Several groups from the public and private sectors, including the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Task Force Tabang Mindanao and the Coast Guard District South Eastern Mindanao, had extended assistance to the affected families.
Meanwhile, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Saturday (November 2) directed the Department of National Defense (DND) to lead all relief efforts and to ensure safety and security of the public in the earthquake stricken areas of Mindanao.
Medialdea also advised the public “to coordinate directly with the DND and/or the NDRRMC to ensure the efficient conduct of relief efforts, including the distribution of relief goods and rescue operations.” (with details from Rosalie Coz and Davao Correspondent Janice Ingente) /mbmf
The Department of National Defense (DND) on Sunday (November 3) downplayed reports in certain news outlets that a commercial vessel with Filipino crew aboard, the “Green Aura”, was repeatedly challenged by Chinese Coast Guard vessels near Bajo de Masinloc on September 30, 2019.
In a statement, the DND said, “Since the Green Aura, a Liberian ship, was able to safely reach its intended port of destination unimpeded, we believe that what happened should not be blown out of proportion or sensationalized.”
The defense department further said that an official report of the incident has been forwarded to the National Task Force on the West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) for its appropriate action.
The DND has also reiterated its call “for all countries to exercise prudence and respect freedom of navigation and passage in the WPS.”
It stressed that Bajo de Masinloc is well within the Philippine EEZ and that the 2016 arbitral ruling declared it as a common fishing area.
The DND also called on the Chinese government to “respect international maritime laws if it wants to earn the respect of the international community.” (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense (DND) will appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to exempt the agency from the Chief Executive’s suspension of any financial assistance from 18 countries that support the call for a probe into drug-related killings under the administration’s war on drugs.
During the Senate deliberation on the DND’s proposed budget for 2020, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon opened up the said request by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
Lorenzana discussed the matter with several senators, specifically the ongoing negotiation with the government of Australia regarding the procurement of patrol vessels for the Philippine Navy amounting to P30-B.
“We are currently in talks with the Australian government for them to build our six offshore patrol vessels and they are willing to finance it first,” he said.
The Defense Secretary said they are planning to send a formal appeal to the President about the matter citing such suspension of loans, aids and grants will hugely affect the ongoing modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Palace Spokesperson Salvador Panelo earlier said that the President is keen on reviewing the said request of the DND.
Panelo hinted that President Duterte might hear out and approve the request especially as it concerns the country’s national security. – MNP (with details from April Cenedoza)
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