DSWD ADMITS P2.8M WORTH OF RELIEF GOODS FOR 'YOLANDA' SURVIVORS SPOILED 

SEPT 9 --PHOTO: DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman. FILE PHOTO. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman confirmed Tuesday the findings of a Commission on Audit (COA) report stating that 7,527 Family Food Packs with an approximate cost of P2,784,900.00 meant for survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) were lost to spoilage “due to improper handling.” In an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990 AM, Soliman said that the food packs got wet because the goods were not covered while in transit from Cebu City to Tacloban City. The COA report on “Yolanda” relief operations, which was posted on its website, revealed that 19,172 canned goods, 81 packs of noodles, and 21 sacks of rice went to waste. Apart from spoiled food items, COA noted that bottled water procured in Manila worth P69,296,400.00 were not distributed in Tacloban City “due to lack of transport facilities”. ’90 percent of cash aid already utilized’ *READ MORE...

ALSO: COA blames patronage politics  

SEPT 9 --Soldiers unload sacks of rice and other necessities at an evacuation center in Legazpi City, Albay, in anticipation of typhoon Rammasun on July 15, 2014. According to the Commission on Audit, in the DILG’s 2013 preparedness assessment report, “it was evident that coordination between and among LGUs, national government agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector left much to be desired.” AP The Commission on Audit (COA) has blamed “patronage politics” for the government’s failure to provide protection and relief from disasters to poor Filipinos in the country’s high-risk zones. In its 2014 report “Assessment of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management at the Local Level,” the COA said patronage system continued to be the bedrock of the socio-cultural foundation of disaster management in the country despite the enactment of “The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.” “As a result of patronage, decisions are based on electoral considerations rather than on evidence of technical assessments. This results in underinvestment in vital national level infrastructure projects and the concurrent sourcing of micro-level projects,” the COA said. *READ MORE...

ALSO Earlier report: Rotten relief items dumped, Leyte town officials admit 

MARCH 17, 2014 --PHOTO: The social arm of the Archdiocese of Manila on Monday appealed to the public to check the expiry date on relief goods they donate for Super Typhoon Yolanda victims or these may just end up in the dump. A 41-year-old farmer went to the dump in Barangay (village) San Jose, 8 kilometers from the town proper, following reports that relief items were being dumped there. He found several packs of biscuits. “I brought the biscuits to our house, which my kids ate,”ť said the father of five children, who declined to give his name for fear of being scolded by municipal officials. He said the biscuits still tasted good. Municipal and social welfare officials admitted that relief items and used clothing were thrown into the dump last week but claimed that these were spoiled and damaged.
“We will not distribute them if they are no longer fit for (human) consumption or if these used clothing have molds already. If we do this, our people might get sick,”ť said Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla, mother of Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla.

Palo is one of the areas badly hit by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in November last year. More than 18,000 families were displaced after their houses were destroyed by the supertyphoon. The families have been receiving assistance not only from the national government but also from international and national humanitarian groups. The relief items were stored on the ground floor of the municipal hall, which was also damaged by Yolanda. Mayor Petilla said she ordered the dumping of several relief packs and used clothing on March 7 because these were either spoiled or damaged. These included four sacks of rice, four sacks of assorted biscuits, one-fourth sack of canned goods, three sacks and two boxes of used clothing, three sacks of used shoes and 10 pieces of instant noodles. Petilla said she had been informed by Dr. Ofelia Soliva, municipal health officer, that the food items were no longer fit for consumption.*READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace says PNoy won’t fire Soliman over spoiled relief goods  

SEPT 12 --PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will not fire Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman over a Commission on Audit report saying close to P2.8 million worth of relief for the survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” had been lost to spoilage. “The President continues to trust Secretary Soliman because of her dedication and work ethics,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.He made his statement even as a party-list lawmaker on Thursday filed a resolution calling for a probe to make the Department of Social Welfare and Development account for P69.2 million worth of bottled water and P58 million worth of relief for Yolanda victims that were reported missing. Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon ordered the House committee on social services to review the relief distribution undertaken by the national government at the height of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda on Nov. 8 last year. This was following the release of a Commission on Audit report saying millions of pesos worth of relief was wasted and not distributed to the typhoon victims.

Coloma appealed for understanding amid the complaints from some Yolanda survivors that they had yet to receive aid from the government almost 10 months after the disaster struck. “Please understand that thousands of people were effected. If there were some who have expressed discontentment on the service of the government, we understand their concerns,” Coloma said. “The Aquino administration has never pretended that we have solved the problem a hundred percent.” Yolanda, the strongest typhoon to hit land in history, killed almost 10,000 people, left millions homeless and damaged billions of pesos worth of homes and infrastructure in Eastern Visayas. Yolanda’s survivors have been calling for Soliman’s resignation over the wastage of the relief intended for them. Earlier this week, the COA released a report saying millions worth of food packs, canned goods, noodles and rice meant for Yolanda’s survivors went to waste due to improper handling. The rotten relief aside, the COA also reported that some P700 million in donations from local sources and $15 million, or about P699 million remained unspent by the end of 2013. Soliman said some of the food packs were found unfit for human consumption after they got “wet while in transit at sea.” She also vowed to hold accountable those who responsible for the spoilage but did not offer to resign.*READ MORE...

ALSO: DFA chief del Rosario meets with Pope Francis  

SEPT 10 --Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has met with Pope Francis as part of preparations for the papal visit to the Philippines in January next year. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Del Rosario was in the Vatican from Sept. 1 to 3. He discussed details for the pope’s visit with the Vatican Foreign Minister, Archbishop Dominique Memberti. The DFA said the meeting was also initiated to further enhance relations between the Catholic Church and the Philippine government. Pope Francis will visit the country from Jan. 15 to 19 after his visit to Sri Lanka. He is expected to meet with Typhoon Yolanda survivors and victims of the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that devastated Bohol.

Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso said the pope would share a meal with the typhoon victims when he visits Palo, Leyte. Meanwhile, the Catholic Church-run Radio Veritas has started distributing life-size standees of Pope Francis in parishes and schools as part of the promotional campaign for his visit next year. Fr. Anton Pascual, president of Radio Veritas, said the distribution started last week in various churches in Metro Manila. In Manila, the standees were put up at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros, Caritas Manila in Pandacan and Sto. Nino Parish in Tondo. Standees of Pope Francis were also distributed at the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Diliman and Christ the King Church along E. Rodriguez in Quezon City. In Makati City, the standees were displayed at the national shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park and Greenbelt chapel. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Canadian preacher linked to terrorists held in Davao 

SPET 12 --A Canadian Islamic preacher banned from several countries due to his views has been detained in Davao City, where authorities deemed him a potential threat to national security, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) yesterday said. Jamaican-born Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, who grew up in Canada, was arrested last Sunday shortly after his arrival in Davao and would now be deported. “Philippine government agencies asked us to deport him because he could be a potential threat to national security,” BI spokesman Elaine Tan told Agence France Presse. Tan said the bureau was aware Philips, described by Filipino police as being 68, had been blacklisted by a number of other countries. The Canadian Embassy said it was unable to comment due to privacy laws. *READ MORE...

ALSO Manila Times Opinion: Zamboangeńos now believe PNoy is more talk 

SEPT 11 --A year after the Zamboanga siege took place, parts of the city remain devastated while tbousands still do not have jobs. They and their families continue to live in bunkhouses provided by the government days after the war as temporary shelter. September 9, 2013 saw the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) seizing several barangays of Zamboanga City trying to declare a Bangsamoro republic. The MNLF, under Nur Misuari was enraged because their group was not included in the Bangsamoro Peace Agreement.

The fighting lasted 21 days between the rebels and government forces, and ended only after the MNLF ground commanders were either killed or captured. Thousands were displaced during the war and are still homeless and without work to this day. President Aquino immediately promised aid to the victims such as food, livelihood and permanent housing. Of the several assistance packages promised by PNoy to the Zamboangeńos affected by the war last year, jobs and housing have yet to come. One elderly woman in Zamboanga, who was a victim of the war, impatiently puts it, “ayaw na namin ng tuwid na daan. Gusto naman namin ng totoong tirahan.” They blame PNoy for their current predicament saying the President surely is just full of talk. How many times have I told you that the President is just full of lip service??? * * *Zamboanga siege a bigtime failure in intelligence --Some 200 heavily armed men belonging to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) took control of four barangays in Zamboanga City on September 9, 2013.

A heavy firefight between the rebel group and the authorities ensued that lasted for 21days and claimed more than 200 lives and some P200 million worth of property went up in smoke. The MNLF fighters, under Nur Misuari, wanted to establish a Moro republic in Zamboanga after their group was not included in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) Bangsamoro Peace Agreement with the government that year. Misuari men’s suicide mission was not a top secret operation. They had been warning the public for days through the media of an impending war with the government.*READ MORE...


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DSWD admits P2.8M worth of relief goods for ‘Yolanda’ survivors spoiled

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Aries Joseph Hegina


DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman confirmed Tuesday the findings of a Commission on Audit (COA) report stating that 7,527 Family Food Packs with an approximate cost of P2,784,900.00 meant for survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) were lost to spoilage “due to improper handling.”

In an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990 AM, Soliman said that the food packs got wet because the goods were not covered while in transit from Cebu City to Tacloban City.

The COA report on “Yolanda” relief operations, which was posted on its website, revealed that 19,172 canned goods, 81 packs of noodles, and 21 sacks of rice went to waste.

Apart from spoiled food items, COA noted that bottled water procured in Manila worth P69,296,400.00 were not distributed in Tacloban City “due to lack of transport facilities”.

’90 percent of cash aid already utilized’

* Soliman, said that as of August 28, the DSWD has already utilized 90 percent of total P1,121,890,457 worth of foreign and local cash donations.

“Ito pong [COA] audit na ito ay tiningnan noong November to December 2013. Hindi nila na-examine ‘yung [relief operations] ngayong 2014. As of August 28, ang atin na pong natanggap na foreign and local donations ay P1,121,890,457. At 90 percent po niyan ay amin nang na-utilize, kasama na doon ‘yung nakita nila na P780 million plus na hindi raw na-utilize,” Soliman said.

(The report only covered November to December 2013. It did not examine the relief operations this 2014. As of August 28, we have received P1,121,890,457 in foreign and local donation, 90 percent of which was already utilized, including the P780 million plus it said that we failed to utilize.)

The statement was issued by Soliman following findings of a COA report on Typhoon “Yolanda” relief operations which revealed that the department failed to utilize P782,012,090.71 worth of foreign and local cash donations.

Citing the reason for the underutilization of foreign donations, Soliman said that DSWD used government funds to finance its rehabilitation efforts during the aftermath of “Yolanda.”

Soliman also said that the department used its cash donations to finance its “Cash for Work” program, livelihood projects, emergency shelter assistance, and procurement of non-food items such as hygiene kits.

COA blames patronage politics  By Gil C. Cabacungan |Philippine Daily Inquirer1:50 am | Tuesday, September 9th, 2014


Soldiers unload sacks of rice and other necessities at an evacuation center in Legazpi City, Albay, in anticipation of typhoon Rammasun on July 15, 2014. According to the Commission on Audit, in the DILG’s 2013 preparedness assessment report, “it was evident that coordination between and among LGUs, national government agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector left much to be desired.” AP

MANILA, Philippines–The Commission on Audit (COA) has blamed “patronage politics” for the government’s failure to provide protection and relief from disasters to poor Filipinos in the country’s high-risk zones.

In its 2014 report “Assessment of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management at the Local Level,” the COA said patronage system continued to be the bedrock of the socio-cultural foundation of disaster management in the country despite the enactment of “The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.”

“As a result of patronage, decisions are based on electoral considerations rather than on evidence of technical assessments. This results in underinvestment in vital national level infrastructure projects and the concurrent sourcing of micro-level projects,” the COA said.

* While the local government units (LGUs) were tasked to take the lead in preparing for disasters, the COA noted that the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) did not give them the resources and the training on how to handle emergencies.

“In the DILG’s 2013 preparedness assessment report, it was evident that coordination between and among LGUs, national government agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector left much to be desired,” the COA said.

The COA cited its audit of the DILG, the main conduit between the national and local governments, which showed that 96 percent of the donated funds remained unutilized as of end-December 2012.

“This deprived the intended beneficiaries of the much-needed immediate assistance,” the COA said.

This was the same story last year when the government used only P3.8 million, or less than 1 percent of the total donations received from local and foreign sources as of end-December last year.

Another factor cited by the COA for the ills in the government’s disaster risk management was the imbalance between a town’s budget level and vulnerability to typhoons and earthquakes.

“LGUs with higher vulnerability to disasters are also those which belong to the low-income class. While the law encourages LGUs to invest in disaster risk management, the current system, however, puts LGUs in poorer and island provinces, for example, at a disadvantage as they have lower revenues and thus less available resources for their calamity fund,” the COA said.

The agency warned that such inequality could “impinge” on how the government would react to more hard-prone areas in the country.

EARLIER REPORT

Rotten relief items dumped, Leyte town officials admit  By Joey A. Gabieta |Inquirer Visayas12:01 am | Monday, March 17th, 2014


The social arm of the Archdiocese of Manila on Monday appealed to the public to check the expiry date on relief goods they donate for Super Typhoon Yolanda victims or these may just end up in the dump. AP FILE PHOTO

PALO, LEYTE—A 41-year-old farmer went to the dump in Barangay (village) San Jose, 8 kilometers from the town proper, following reports that relief items were being dumped there.

He found several packs of biscuits.

“I brought the biscuits to our house, which my kids ate,”ť said the father of five children, who declined to give his name for fear of being scolded by municipal officials.

He said the biscuits still tasted good.

Municipal and social welfare officials admitted that relief items and used clothing were thrown into the dump last week but claimed that these were spoiled and damaged.

“We will not distribute them if they are no longer fit for (human) consumption or if these used clothing have molds already. If we do this, our people might get sick,”ť said Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla, mother of Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla.

Palo is one of the areas badly hit by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in November last year. More than 18,000 families were displaced after their houses were destroyed by the supertyphoon.

The families have been receiving assistance not only from the national government but also from international and national humanitarian groups.

The relief items were stored on the ground floor of the municipal hall, which was also damaged by Yolanda.

Mayor Petilla said she ordered the dumping of several relief packs and used clothing on March 7 because these were either spoiled or damaged.

These included four sacks of rice, four sacks of assorted biscuits, one-fourth sack of canned goods, three sacks and two boxes of used clothing, three sacks of used shoes and 10 pieces of instant noodles.

Petilla said she had been informed by Dr. Ofelia Soliva, municipal health officer, that the food items were no longer fit for consumption.

* Mayor Petilla said her son, Secretary Petilla, called her attention on the reported dumping of relief items in the dump.

The secretary was informed by Social Welfare Secretary Corazonť Soliman about the allegation against his mother.

Mayor Petilla branded the charges as “baseless, unfair and malicious.” Her claim was supported by the municipal social welfare officer, Rosalina Balderas, in a one-page report dated March 12.

“These goods were found to be damaged at the time of delivery and during the repacking, were set aside so as not to be included in the relief distribution,” Balderas reported.

She said the garbage truck owned by the municipal government was used to bring the “spoiled” items to the dump.

Mayor Petilla said among those thrown away was rice donated to the municipal government by the national government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

“The four sacks of rice that were seen at the dump were just part of the (thousands of) rice donated to us. These rice were either wet when we received them or already smelled,” she said.

“We separated the good rice from the spoiled ones and we were able to collect four sacks of rice in the process. No, I cannot afford to order to throw them if these are still fit for consumption,”ť she added.

FROM THE MANILA STANDARD

Palace won’t fire Soliman over spoiled relief goods By Joyce Pangco Panares, Christine F. Herrera | Sep. 12, 2014 at 12:01am


Soliman

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will not fire Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman over a Commission on Audit report saying close to P2.8 million worth of relief for the survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” had been lost to spoilage.

“The President continues to trust Secretary Soliman because of her dedication and work ethics,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

He made his statement even as a party-list lawmaker on Thursday filed a resolution calling for a probe to make the Department of Social Welfare and Development account for P69.2 million worth of bottled water and P58 million worth of relief for Yolanda victims that were reported missing.

Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon ordered the House committee on social services to review the relief distribution undertaken by the national government at the height of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda on Nov. 8 last year. This was following the release of a Commission on Audit report saying millions of pesos worth of relief was wasted and not distributed to the typhoon victims.

Coloma appealed for understanding amid the complaints from some Yolanda survivors that they had yet to receive aid from the government almost 10 months after the disaster struck.

“Please understand that thousands of people were effected. If there were some who have expressed discontentment on the service of the government, we understand their concerns,” Coloma said.

“The Aquino administration has never pretended that we have solved the problem a hundred percent.”

Yolanda, the strongest typhoon to hit land in history, killed almost 10,000 people, left millions homeless and damaged billions of pesos worth of homes and infrastructure in Eastern Visayas.

Yolanda’s survivors have been calling for Soliman’s resignation over the wastage of the relief intended for them.

Earlier this week, the COA released a report saying millions worth of food packs, canned goods, noodles and rice meant for Yolanda’s survivors went to waste due to improper handling.

The rotten relief aside, the COA also reported that some P700 million in donations from local sources and $15 million, or about P699 million remained unspent by the end of 2013.

Soliman said some of the food packs were found unfit for human consumption after they got “wet while in transit at sea.”

She also vowed to hold accountable those who responsible for the spoilage but did not offer to resign.

* Soliman, however, maintained that as of Aug. 28, her department had already used90 percent of the P1.12 billion worth of foreign and local cash donations.

“The COA report only covered November to December 2013. It did not examine the relief operations this 2014,” Soliman said.

As of August 28, we have received P1,121,890,457 in foreign and local donation, 90 percent of which was already utilized including the P780 million plus it said that we failed to utilize.”

In House Resolution 1492, Ridon expressed concern over the recent COA report that said Social Welfare failed to distribute some 128,000 cans of sardines and P69.2 million worth of bottled water.

He said the COA also noted that P58 million worth of supplies were wasted due to irresponsible storage, and those included 7,527 family food packs valued at P2.7 million.

He said the COA also noted that the cash donations from local and foreign donors remain concentrated in the account of Social Welfare.

“According to the audit team, out of the P740.17 million the DSWD received only P3.88 million was disbursed, leaving a huge balance of almost P737 million in undisbursed amounts,” Ridon said.

“Any reasonable person will be enraged by the fact that our countrymen in Eastern Visayas are going hungry while millions worth of relief goods just rot in DSWD’s storehouses.

“While many typhoon victims have yet to recover from the disaster, now we find out that the DSWD is withholding even the release of cash donations from domestic and international sources.”

Ridon called on Social Welfare to account for 135,540 items in assorted supplies, including 1,000 sacks of rice that went unaccounted for as revealed by the COA.

“It is time to assess the national government’s overall response to the disaster,” Ridon said.

“Full accounting of all funds allotted for relief and rehabilitation must be made. Those who committed gross inefficiency and criminal neglect must be held accountable.”

FROM PHILSTAR

DFA chief meets with Pope Francis By Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 10, 2014 - 12:00am 4 40 googleplus0 2


Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is welcomed by Pope Francis during a visit to the Vatican last Sept. 3. Del Rosario met with the Vatican foreign minister, Archbishop Dominique Memberti, as part of preparations for the papal visit to the Philippines next year.

MANILA, Philippines - Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has met with Pope Francis as part of preparations for the papal visit to the Philippines in January next year.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Del Rosario was in the Vatican from Sept. 1 to 3.

He discussed details for the pope’s visit with the Vatican Foreign Minister, Archbishop Dominique Memberti.

The DFA said the meeting was also initiated to further enhance relations between the Catholic Church and the Philippine government.

Pope Francis will visit the country from Jan. 15 to 19 after his visit to Sri Lanka.

He is expected to meet with Typhoon Yolanda survivors and victims of the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that devastated Bohol.

Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso said the pope would share a meal with the typhoon victims when he visits Palo, Leyte.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Church-run Radio Veritas has started distributing life-size standees of Pope Francis in parishes and schools as part of the promotional campaign for his visit next year.

Fr. Anton Pascual, president of Radio Veritas, said the distribution started last week in various churches in Metro Manila.

In Manila, the standees were put up at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros, Caritas Manila in Pandacan and Sto. Nino Parish in Tondo.

Standees of Pope Francis were also distributed at the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Diliman and Christ the King Church along E. Rodriguez in Quezon City.

In Makati City, the standees were displayed at the national shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park and Greenbelt chapel.

* The standees were put up at SM Megamall, dioceses of Antipolo and Pasig and Assumption in Antipolo.

“We are planning to print more so we can distribute it to as many churches, organizations and selected schools,” the priest said.

Pascual said the standees are expected to attract the faithful, especially those who want to take their “selfie” with the pontiff.

The Mary and the Popes exhibit at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, which runs until Sept. 28, is also part of the papal awareness campaign of Radio Veritas.

“We want to promote his advocacies and make people get to know him more through his biography, quotes, pictures, especially since Radio Veritas will be the official papal radio. Everything you want to know about the pope you’ll hear it there,” Pascual said.– With Edu Punay

FROM THE TRIBUNE

Canadian preacher linked to terrorists held in Davao Written by AFP and Tribune Wires Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00


Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he converted to Islam in 1972. His whole life has been exemplified by his goal of seeking and conveying Islamic knowledge in order to “Change the Muslim Nation through Islamic Education.” In preparation for this goal, he first acquired a B.A. from the College of Islamic Disciplines at the Islamic University of Medina (1979), then an M.A. in Aqeedah (Islamic theology) from King Saud University in Riyadh (1985), and finally a PhD in Islamic Theology from the University of Wales (1994). Interestingly enough, his PhD thesis was on “The Exorcist Tradition in Islam.” After graduation from the University of Medina, Dr. Bilal spent ten years teaching Islamic studies in an Islamic high school in Riyadh, and another ten years lecturing in Arabic and Islamic studies in the American University in Dubai, UAE. SOURCE: http://www.bilalphilips.com/

A Canadian Islamic preacher banned from several countries due to his views has been detained in Davao City, where authorities deemed him a potential threat to national security, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) yesterday said.

Jamaican-born Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, who grew up in Canada, was arrested last Sunday shortly after his arrival in Davao and would now be deported.

“Philippine government agencies asked us to deport him because he could be a potential threat to national security,” BI spokesman Elaine Tan told Agence France Presse.

Tan said the bureau was aware Philips, described by Filipino police as being 68, had been blacklisted by a number of other countries.

The Canadian Embassy said it was unable to comment due to privacy laws.

* Philips was the second Islamic convert preacher to be detained by the government since July, when it also arrested and later deported Robert Edward Cerantonio to Australia.

Cerantonio had used the Internet to urge people to join “jihad” in Iraq and Syria, though they said they had no evidence to show he had managed to recruit any Filipinos.

Supt. Tony Rivera, a regional military spokesman, said Philips was arrested shortly before he was to deliver a lecture in Davao.

He had previously failed to get an official permit to hold a lecture in Zamboanga, another southern Philippine city, Rivera added.

The preacher is to be deported to Canada, Davao immigration officer Eddie Delima told reporters.

MANILA TIMES OPINION

Zamboangeńos now believe PNoy is more talk by ERWIN TULFO
 September 11, 2014 8:56 pm


Erwin Tulfo

A year after the Zamboanga siege took place, parts of the city remain devastated while tbousands still do not have jobs.

They and their families continue to live in bunkhouses provided by the government days after the war as temporary shelter.

September 9, 2013 saw the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) seizing several barangays of Zamboanga City trying to declare a Bangsamoro republic.

The MNLF, under Nur Misuari was enraged because their group was not included in the Bangsamoro Peace Agreement.

The fighting lasted 21 days between the rebels and government forces, and ended only after the MNLF ground commanders were either killed or captured.

Thousands were displaced during the war and are still homeless and without work to this day.

President Aquino immediately promised aid to the victims such as food, livelihood and permanent housing.

Of the several assistance packages promised by PNoy to the Zamboangeńos affected by the war last year, jobs and housing have yet to come.

One elderly woman in Zamboanga, who was a victim of the war, impatiently puts it, “ayaw na namin ng tuwid na daan. Gusto naman namin ng totoong tirahan.”

They blame PNoy for their current predicament saying the President surely is just full of talk.

How many times have I told you that the President is just full of lip service???

* * *

Zamboanga siege a bigtime failure in intelligence

Some 200 heavily armed men belonging to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) took control of four barangays in Zamboanga City on September 9, 2013.

A heavy firefight between the rebel group and the authorities ensued that lasted for 21days and claimed more than 200 lives and some P200 million worth of property went up in smoke.

The MNLF fighters, under Nur Misuari, wanted to establish a Moro republic in Zamboanga after their group was not included in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) Bangsamoro Peace Agreement with the government that year.

Misuari men’s suicide mission was not a top secret operation. They had been warning the public for days through the media of an impending war with the government.

* And on September 9 last year, the MNLF fighters seized Barangays Mariki, Rio Hondo, Santa Barbara and Santa Catalina and made the residents their human shields.

But the question remains to this day as to how the MNLF fighters brought in their weapons, and their huge number landing in Zamboanga without being detected by the local police and the military?

One could not help but wonder, isn’t the purpose of the intelligence fund to buy information crucial to the peace and order of this land?

Is it really being used to buy intelligence information or does it just end up in the pockets of our officials these days?

The intelligence network of the government surely failed in Zamboanga last year, yet no one was held accountable for that blunder.

The war in Zamboaga City in 2013 could happen again, perhaps somewhere else, given the fact that we have a very lousy and poor intelligence network.

What a shame!!!


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