“White wash” sa resulta ng imbestigasyon ng BOI sa Mamasapano clash, pinabulaanan ng Malacañang

UNTV News   •   March 10, 2015   •   2032

Secretary Herminio ‘Sonny’ Coloma Jr., Presidential Communications Operations Office (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – “Ngayon, siguro ‘yung pinaka-generous way of looking at it, maraming wishful thinking si Napeñas as opposed to reality. Pero maliwanag sa akin, binola niya ako. Ngayon, ano ho ang responsibilidad ko at this point in time? May kasabihan ho eh: ‘Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.’ At wala akong balak na ma-‘fool me twice.”

Hindi nagtuturo si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa kanyang pagsasalita sa prayer rally sa Malacañang ground nitong Lunes kaugnay ng posibleng pananagutan ni dating PNP-SAF Director Getulio Napeñas dahil sa naging problema sa koordinasyon sa Oplan Exodus noong Enero 25 sa Mamasapano.

Ayon kay Presidential Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Junior, hindi naman umiiwas si Pangulong Aquino sa mga pananagutan kagaya sa mga nauna na nitong mga pahayag.

“Sa ginawang paliwanag ng Pangulo kahapon (Lunes) , hindi naman ang pangunahing layunin na pagbunton ng sisi sa kaninoman,” saad ni Coloma.

Pinabulaanan rin ng kalihim na may ginagawang “whitewash” o cover-up si Pangulong Aquino sa isyu sa Mamasapano.

Aniya, “Wala pong cover-up at wala namang so called white wash o yellow wash at para namang napakahirap lumugar sa pagitan ng dalawang pananaw na nagsasabi sa isang banda meron daw coverup.”

“Ang nais lang naman natin dito ay malaman ng ating mga mamamayan yung katotohanan at buong kaganapan,” saad pa nito.

Una nang humingi ng tatlong araw na extension ang BOI bago ilabas ang resulta ng imbestigasyon nito sa Mamasapano clash. (Nel Maribojoc /UNTV News)

Opposition senatorial bets cast vote on election day

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2019

Senatorial aspirant and Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano (left), Muslim candidate Samira Gutoc (upper photo center), re-electionist Senator Bam Aquino (lower photo center), former solicitor general, Pilo Hilbay (right)

MANILA, Philippines – Some of the candidates of opposition slate ‘Otso Diretso’ went to their respective hometowns to cast their votes for the 2019 National and local elections on Monday morning.

Senatorial aspirant and Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano voted in his hometown in Negros Occidental.

The former soldier cast his ballot at precinct 0012A in Barangay 3 in Sipalay town.

Alejano believes the midterm polls will be a test to the relevance of the Magdalo party.

“Puwede naming sabihin na relevant kami, pero sabihin ng tao na you’re done. Then we will just die a natural death. Iyun din ang usapan namin sa kulungan, tumakbo si Trillanes,” he said. 

“Pag tumakbo ka, ‘pag natalo ka, e di pahinga na. Ganoon din kami, tumatakbo kami, ito ang aming tayo, kung ayaw nila sa amin, so be it,” the lawmaker said. 

In the last Pulse Asia pre-election survey conducted from May 3 to 5, Alejano placed 21st to 32nd.

Meanwhile, Otso Diretso’s lone female and Muslim candidate Samira Gutoc went back to her hometown in Marawi City to cast her ballot.

She voted in Precinct No. 0019A at the Cauayan Elementary School in Lanao del Sur.

Gutoc ranked 21st to 32nd in the latest pre-election survey of Pulse Asia.

Former Solicitor General Pilo Hilbay, on the other hand, voted at Jose Corazon De Jesus Elementary School in Tondo, Manila on Monday morning.

While Mar Roxas cast his ballot in Conrado Barrios Memorial Elementary School in Baybay, Roxas City a few minutes past 6 a.m., making him among the early birds.

Roxas, who served as Interior and Local Government Secretary under the administration of Former President Benigno Aquino III, is seeking to return to the Senate.

Roxas placed 16th to 17th in the latest Pulse Asia survey.

READ: Escudero, Pimentel, Roxas among first voters on Election day

Meanwhile, re-electionist Senator Bam Aquino voted at the South Central Elementary School in Concepcion, Tarlac at past 7 a.m., Monday.

Aquino was accompanied by his wife, Mary Fatima Gomez Aquino, when they voted in precinct no. 0225A, no. 75 clustered precinct.

Aquino was the only opposition candidate who was able to make it to the list of possible winners, ranking 9th to 15th in the survey.

In an interview, Vice President Leni Robredo described the opposition senatorial bets’ bid to win the elections as an uphill battle, but she took solace in the passion of their volunteers and supporters.

“Napaka-uphill ng battle, pero in the last several weeks, nakita namin ‘yung passion ng mga volunteers, ano ‘yun, unrivaled,” she told reporters after casting her vote in Naga, Camarines Sur.

Malacañang urges Ombudsman to ‘resolve with dispatch’ SAF 44 case

admin   •   January 25, 2019

The Gallant 44 (SAF44) of the Oplan Exodus or the popularly known as the Mamasapano encounter on January 25, 2015. (PNP-SAF)

Malacañang on Friday (January 25)urged the Office of the Ombudsman to “resolve with dispatch” the case filed against those who recklessly placed the SAF 44 in mortal peril.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Duterte administration is one with the nation in demanding justice for them as well as the prosecution of those responsible for the botched police operation.

The government also said it will not allow a recurrence of such tragic event and those in authority must learn from the mistakes of the past. — Rosalie Coz

FDA: Sanofi Pasteur did not disclose negative effects of Dengvaxia if administered prior to dengue infection

admin   •   February 27, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A logo is seen in front of the entrance at the headquarters French drugmaker Sanofi in Paris October 30, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) said that the French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi Pasteur did not initially disclose the negative effects of Dengvaxia vaccine on people who have not had dengue infection.

“We visited some of the documents of Singapore recently. With their publication, they already announced that it is not to be used for patients who haven’t had dengue,” said FDA Director General Nel Acharade Puno.

“This means they should have had known about it since December 22, 2015, and they should have told the Philippine government that this anti-dengue vaccine cannot be injected to children without prior dengue infection,” added the official.

This has also been the claim of former President Benigno Aquino III in his first appearance in the inquiry of the Lower House on the controversial anti-dengue vaccine.

Aquino explained that he approved the use of the Dengvaxia due to the information he received from Sanofi that the anti-dengue vaccine was safe and approved by the FDA.

The former chief executive sent his condolences to the families of the children whose deaths are being linked to Dengvaxia.

Nevertheless, Aquino said he and his former officials should not be blamed for the incident.

“Dito may dumating na impormasyon noong November 2017. Baliktad sa hinarap sa aming impormasyon noong kami ay nagdedesisyon ,” said Aquino.

(In this case, an information came in November of 2017. It was opposite of the information presented to us when we decided on its approval.)

Aquino also made insinuations about an unnamed individual who, he said, was pretending to be a health expert while examining the alleged victims of Dengvaxia.

“Lalo na po yung isang maingay na ang certification ay tila isang antas lang ang lamang sa nabibiling diploma sa Recto ,” said the former president.

(Especially this one who is too loud, but whose certification seems to be just one rank above a diploma that can be bought in Recto.)

Although the former president did not give a name, Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta defended her forensic expert Dr. Edwin Erfe.

“Siya po ay forensic and medical evidence analysis forensic examiner. May certificate po siya sa Harvard. Hindi naman po mabibili yan talagang paghihirapan mo po yan,” said Acosta.

(He is a forensic and medical evidence analysis forensic examiner. He has a certificate from Harvard that can’t be bought, you must work hard for it.)

In the House inquiry, Department of Health (DOH) Sec. Janette Garin insisted anew that they allowed the use of the Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine under the Aquino administration due to the rising number of dengue cases in Regions III, IV-A and National Capital Region (NCR).

“Layunin po ng progama na ito na hindi lang pigilan ang mga namamatay at patuloy na namamatay sa dengue kundi pigilan ang pagkakasit ng dengue,” said Garin.

(This program aims not just at preventing deaths due to dengue but also at stopping stopping dengue fever.)

Incumbent Health Sec. Francisco Duque III meantime seeks for the immediate conclusion of the House inquiry, noting it only created fear among the public against other vaccination programs of the agency.

“Are we ready to have outbreaks of measles, of diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis, of HPV? I think we have to be mindful of the implications of a very prolonged investigation,” said Duque. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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