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MILITARY FOILS ABU SAYYAF PLOT TO BOMB SULU CEMETERY


Military foils Sayyaf plot to bomb Sulu cemetery
Government troops may have foiled a bombing attack in Jolo, Sulu with the discovery of an improvised explosive device at a local cemetery where hundreds are expected to gather today and tomorrow for the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. The discovery followed an intelligence report on an alleged Abu Sayyaf plot to launch terror activities in areas where there would likely be high concentration of civilians. The discovery of the alleged terror plot also came after Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ricardo Marquez ordered inspection of all cemeteries, airports, seaports, and other public places to ensure a peaceful observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day. Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task Group Sulu, said elements of the K9 unit and explosive ordnance of the 2nd Marine Brigade found the improvised explosive device at 7 a.m. yesterday at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. He said the ordnance team found the bomb inside a bag. The IED consisted of a 10-liter container with ammonium nitrate. A cellular phone served as detonator. He said the IED – after being disassembled – was brought to headquarters for further examination. Last minute check Marquez, meanwhile, personally led yesterday a last minute check on cemeteries, bus terminals, seaports and airports as thousands began their trip to the provinces or to cemeteries. READ MORE...RELATED, Abu Sayyaf's Korean hostage found dead in Sulu...

ALSO: 15 killed, 13 injured in Zambo market fire


Residents try to salvage some used clothing or 'ukay-ukay' among the debris and twisted metal sheets after fire hits Saturday dawn a section of the old public market in Zamboanga City. Philstar.com/Roel Pareño
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – At least 15 people, including six children, were killed and 13 others were injured when a fire broke out at the old public market along Magay street here at dawn yesterday.
Authorities said the fire razed the “ukay-ukay” (used clothing) section of the market and spread to vegetable stalls and an adjacent commercial building. Police Officer 3 Rafael Salcedo said the blaze started at 2:45 a.m. at the used clothing section after electrical lines sparked when power resumed following a blackout in the area. The fire reached the third alarm before it was put out two hours later. More than 300 stalls were destroyed by the fire, according to city fire marshal Dominador Zabala Jr. Zabala said the fire trucks had difficulty in entering the site due to narrow alleys. He said rescuers recovered some of the bodies in makeshift stalls built above a creek. The fatalities were identified as Musal Hasiddin, 45, his wife Radzhata, 28, their five children aged one to 10, and grandmother Kyulan Hasiddin, 58; Rubilyn Hamis, 26, and her one-year-old son Jasper; Abei, 40; Nurul, 39; Algabid, 20; Marilyn, 32, and Binas, 20, all surnamed Salahuddin. Zamboanga police spokesman Chief Inspector Joel Tuttuh said most of the fatalities were vendors, who had been staying in their stalls with their families. Injured were Alvin Bete, 14; Annang Erilis, 45; Yasser Jamiri, 29; Nurmina Jamiri, 18; couple Abdurahman and Almudzra Hamis, their children Nasriya, 5, Midzfar, 7, and Farhana, 9; Nasmiya Hamis, 9; Bennaser Hamis; Albini Jaani, 32, and Alfredo Mana. Some of the victims were taken to the Brent Hospital and the others were brought to the Zamboanga City Medical Center for treatment. City disaster risk reduction management officer Elmeir Apolinario said the injured victims survived by passing through the sewerage. Damage to property was placed at P8 million. Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar ordered the police and fire bureau to investigate the cause of the blaze. The local government extended assistance to the victims. -With Cecille Suerte Felipe THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Japanese, OFW arrested at NAIA for bullets in bag


OCTOBER 28 -Kazunobu Sakamoto, 33, of Tokyo, was on his way back to Japan when he was detained by members of the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP) after personnel of the Office of Transportation Security (OTS) claimed an X-ray of his luggage showed images of bullets for a 9mm pistol. Philstar.com/File
A Japanese tourist and a Hong Kong-bound domestic helper reportedly became the latest victims of members of the “laglag-bala” extortion scheme at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Sunday.
Kazunobu Sakamoto, 33, of Tokyo, was on his way back to Japan when he was detained by members of the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP) after personnel of the Office of Transportation Security (OTS) claimed an X-ray of his luggage showed images of bullets for a 9mm pistol. Sakamoto’s baggage was subjected to manual inspection by OTS personnel, who allegedly found two bullets in the right side pocket of his luggage. The bullets were reportedly concealed under a long-sleeved shirt. Sakamoto was charged with illegal possession of ammunition before the Pasay prosecutor’s office on Monday. He posted P80,000 bail. Also on Sunday, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) was prevented from leaving for Hong Kong after a bullet for a carbine rifle was allegedly found in her hand-carried bag. Gloria Ortinez, 56, who planed in from Laoag, Ilocos Norte, was also arrested after OTS personnel claimed she had a bullet in her bag. Ortinez said she has been an OFW for over 20 years and had never seen a bullet for a carbine rifle. “God knows I am a victim of ‘tanim-bala’ modus in the airport by these unscrupulous OTS personnel who only wanted to earn easy money,” Ortinez said. PNP-AVSEGROUP director Pablo Francisco Balagtas said the bullet was wrapped in a red cloth and commonly used as an amulet or good-luck charm. Ortinez was detained after failing to pay P80,000 bail on charges of illegal possession of ammunition filed before the Pasay prosecutor’s office. Overseas workers alarmed John Leonard Monterona, Migrante Middle East regional coordinator, said OFWs fear they may become victims of the syndicate when they return home for a vacation. He said airport officials should take appropriate measures to stop the extortion racket, noting that OFWs would start arriving in the Philippines next month to spend the holidays here. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte furious at ‘laglag-bala,’ extortionists going scot-free; 'I will them eat their bullets"...

ALSO:
PNoy stepped into NAIA ‘tanim-bala’ as scandal has spread down south
[Stop ‘assassinating’ travelers, Chiz urges airport security men]


NOVEMBER 1 -AT NAIA Aquino gave the order following netizens’ uproar against the bullet-planting mess, which has victimized local and foreign tourists and puts to shame the Philippines’ main gateway.
President Aquino has directed Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya to look into complaints of “tanim-bala” (bullet-planting) incidents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals as he assured that the government will go after the culprits behind the scandal. He gave the order following netizens’ uproar against the bullet-planting mess, which has victimized local and foreign tourists and puts to shame the Philippines’ main gateway. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the government is already putting in place measures to prevent passengers from being victimized by the “tanim-bala” scam, noting that Abaya has already assured that additional CCTV cameras will be installed in strategic areas of the airport. “Government is there to make sure everything will be in order. Whatever is happening there, we’ll look into it. We assure the public that we will go after whoever the culprit is. If there’s a syndicate operating there, Secretary Abaya will look into it,” Lacierda said. ENSURING SAFETY “We’re looking at the process. We’re looking at how that happened. We’re looking at the personnel involved. We want to take away that fear from them. We will ensure the safety of each and every passenger who uses our terminals. So we are taking a hard look on that,” he said. As President Aquino stepped into the NAIA bullet mess, the scandal appears to have spread down south. Yesterday, the Davao City police reported that the Aviation Security Unit (AVSEU) at Davao International Airport (DIA) arrested and detained a project engineer of a construction firm after two pieces of 9mm bullets were found in one of the pockets of his traveling bag. Augusto Dorde Dagan was arrested Thursday for violation of Presidential Decree 1866, as amended by Republic Act 8294. Dagan, 60, married and a resident of 1980 Damacara St., Quezon City, was among the outbound passengers of Philippines Airlines (PAL) flight PR 1814 for Manila when he was arrested at 9:40 a.m. Thursday. He was released after posting P120,000 bail. He reportedly denied owning the bullets, suspecting the bullets could have been “planted” while at the NAIA terminal. READ MORE...

ALSO: Yolanda’ survivors still lament lack of permanent shelter, calls DSWD chief a liar


SO SAD: MEASLEY 20, A TOTAL of 20 bunkhouses are being built by the Department of Public Works and Highways for quake survivors in Bohol province. The department is targeting a total of 100 bunkhouses. CARMEL MATUS/INQUIRER VISAYAS NQUIRER VISAYAS FILE PHOTO
An alliance of survivors of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) on Sunday lamented the lack of permanent shelters and the presence of “small and cramped” bunkhouses almost two years after the disaster pummeled the Visayas.
The group People Surge called Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman a liar for supposedly promising that there would no longer be bunkhouses in Tacloban City by the end of October this year. “On the last day of October, People Surge visited the IPI bunkhouse at Caibaan, one of the bunkhouses in Tacloban. What we witnessed were more or less 400 families still living in bunkhouses. Dinky Soliman broke another promise to the hundreds of families who have long been waiting for permanent shelter more than they could tolerate,” said Marissa Cabaljao, People Surge Secretary-General. “Since January 2014, the residents were promised that it would only take six months for the permanent shelter to be completed. Six months passed and another six months came to pass. Two years since Yolanda, what they got were only empty promises and false hopes,” she added. READ MORE....


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Military foils Sayyaf plot to bomb Sulu cemetery


 Military foils Sayyaf plot to bomb Sulu cemetery

MANILA, NOVEMBER 2, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  By Cecille Suerte Felipe November 1, 2015 - 12:00am-Government troops may have foiled a bombing attack in Jolo, Sulu with the discovery of an improvised explosive device at a local cemetery where hundreds are expected to gather today and tomorrow for the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

The discovery followed an intelligence report on an alleged Abu Sayyaf plot to launch terror activities in areas where there would likely be high concentration of civilians. The discovery of the alleged terror plot also came after Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ricardo Marquez ordered inspection of all cemeteries, airports, seaports, and other public places to ensure a peaceful observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day.

Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task Group Sulu, said elements of the K9 unit and explosive ordnance of the 2nd Marine Brigade found the improvised explosive device at 7 a.m. yesterday at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

He said the ordnance team found the bomb inside a bag. The IED consisted of a 10-liter container with ammonium nitrate. A cellular phone served as detonator.

He said the IED – after being disassembled – was brought to headquarters for further examination.

Last minute check Marquez, meanwhile, personally led yesterday a last minute check on cemeteries, bus terminals, seaports and airports as thousands began their trip to the provinces or to cemeteries.

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Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento also conducted surprise inspection at some cemeteries to check the preparedness of the PNP, the Bureau of Fire Protection, and local government units over which his department has jurisdiction.

The DILG chief said he was satisfied with the security measures set in place by concerned government units.

High on Marquez’s list of places to inspect yesterday were Araneta Bus Terminal in Cubao in Quezon City, Manila South Cemetery, Ayala MRT Station, Victory Liner Bus Terminal, Manila North Harbor Passenger Terminal, and the NAIA Terminal 3, PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor said. He began his rounds at 3 p.m.

“Heightened (alert status) will be declared towards the end of the week,” Mayor said, adding that unit commanders would be given “flexibility to elevate further the alert level” if necessary.

The entire National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) was also placed on full alert status starting Thursday as part of security preparation for All Saints’ Day today.

NCRPO chief Director Joel Pagdilao has ordered district chiefs to review and update their security and traffic plans.

NCRPO spokesman Chief Inspector Kimberly Molitas said “all policemen will be on duty and all leaves are cancelled to give our full force for the security of the general public during All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day.”

Molitas said the security measures cover 98 cemeteries, 150 bus terminals, seven piers and two ports.

She reminded the public that bringing of bladed instruments to cemeteries – even for clearing shrubs around tombs – would no longer be allowed.

Earlier, the PNP warned the public against seeking the service of fake priests at cemeteries.

Superintendent Lucio Rosaroso Jr. of the PNP Chaplain Service advised the public to just offer masses for their dead loved ones at their respective parish churches. With Roel Pareño, Jaime Laude

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Abu Sayyaf's Korean hostage found dead in Sulu By Roel Pareño (philstar.com) | Updated November 1, 2015 - 10:57am 8 293 googleplus0 0


The Indanan-based arm of the Abu Sayyaf forcibly took Korean national Nwi Seong Hong in January. Hong was found dead Saturday due to a suspected illness. Philstar.com/Google Maps

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — A Korean national who was held in captvity by the Abu Sayyaf group for more than 9 months died in Indanan town, Sulu, a security official said on Sunday.

Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task Group Sulu, said the remains of Nwi Seong Hong was discovered abandoned at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday by civilians at the vicinity of the Sulu State College in Capitol Complex, Barangay Bangkal, Patikul town.

Arrojado said civilians immediately informed authorities and recovered the cadaver which was brought to the Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Barangay Busbus, Jolo town, for post-mortem examination and identity verification.

Arrojado said the police Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) that the remains belonged to the 40-year-old Hong.

He said investigation revealed that the Abu Sayyaf brought the remains of Hong to the area after he died due to severe illness while in being held in the hinterland of the municipality of Indanan.

In the post-mortem examination, the SOCO personnel found no gunshot wound and the cause of death was undetermined.

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"Based on the police intelligence reports... [the death] could be due to illness because they monitored last week the group of the abductors reportedly ordering to buy some medicines," Arrojado said.

Arrojado said the remains of the victim will be soon be transported to Manila while coordinating with the Korean embassy.

The Korean national was forcibly taken by unidentified armed men at vicinity of Barangay Poblacion in RT Lim town, Zamboanga Sibugay province on January 24 after having dinner with his son.

The victim's son was able to escape during the abduction after he fought back.

The Joint Task Group Sulu said the kidnappers of Hong were identified as the Indanan-based Abu Sayyaf group led by sub-leader Idang Susukan, Anga Adji and others.


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15 killed, 13 injured in Zambo market fire By Roel Pareño (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 1, 2015 - 12:01am 5 17 googleplus0 1


Residents try to salvage some used clothing or 'ukay-ukay' among the debris and twisted metal sheets after fire hits Saturday dawn a section of the old public market in Zamboanga City. Philstar.com/Roel Pareño

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – At least 15 people, including six children, were killed and 13 others were injured when a fire broke out at the old public market along Magay street here at dawn yesterday.

Authorities said the fire razed the “ukay-ukay” (used clothing) section of the market and spread to vegetable stalls and an adjacent commercial building.

Police Officer 3 Rafael Salcedo said the blaze started at 2:45 a.m. at the used clothing section after electrical lines sparked when power resumed following a blackout in the area.

The fire reached the third alarm before it was put out two hours later.

More than 300 stalls were destroyed by the fire, according to city fire marshal Dominador Zabala Jr.

Zabala said the fire trucks had difficulty in entering the site due to narrow alleys.

He said rescuers recovered some of the bodies in makeshift stalls built above a creek.

The fatalities were identified as Musal Hasiddin, 45, his wife Radzhata, 28, their five children aged one to 10, and grandmother Kyulan Hasiddin, 58; Rubilyn Hamis, 26, and her one-year-old son Jasper; Abei, 40; Nurul, 39; Algabid, 20; Marilyn, 32, and Binas, 20, all surnamed Salahuddin.

Zamboanga police spokesman Chief Inspector Joel Tuttuh said most of the fatalities were vendors, who had been staying in their stalls with their families.

Injured were Alvin Bete, 14; Annang Erilis, 45; Yasser Jamiri, 29; Nurmina Jamiri, 18; couple Abdurahman and Almudzra Hamis, their children Nasriya, 5, Midzfar, 7, and Farhana, 9; Nasmiya Hamis, 9; Bennaser Hamis; Albini Jaani, 32, and Alfredo Mana.

Some of the victims were taken to the Brent Hospital and the others were brought to the Zamboanga City Medical Center for treatment.

City disaster risk reduction management officer Elmeir Apolinario said the injured victims survived by passing through the sewerage.

Damage to property was placed at P8 million.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar ordered the police and fire bureau to investigate the cause of the blaze.

The local government extended assistance to the victims. -With Cecille Suerte Felipe


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Japanese, OFW arrested at NAIA for bullets in bag By Rudy Santos (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 28, 2015 - 12:00am 17 2024 googleplus2 1


Kazunobu Sakamoto, 33, of Tokyo, was on his way back to Japan when he was detained by members of the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP) after personnel of the Office of Transportation Security (OTS) claimed an X-ray of his luggage showed images of bullets for a 9mm pistol. Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines - A Japanese tourist and a Hong Kong-bound domestic helper reportedly became the latest victims of members of the “laglag-bala” extortion scheme at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Sunday.

Kazunobu Sakamoto, 33, of Tokyo, was on his way back to Japan when he was detained by members of the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP) after personnel of the Office of Transportation Security (OTS) claimed an X-ray of his luggage showed images of bullets for a 9mm pistol.

Sakamoto’s baggage was subjected to manual inspection by OTS personnel, who allegedly found two bullets in the right side pocket of his luggage. The bullets were reportedly concealed under a long-sleeved shirt.

Sakamoto was charged with illegal possession of ammunition before the Pasay prosecutor’s office on Monday. He posted P80,000 bail.

Also on Sunday, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) was prevented from leaving for Hong Kong after a bullet for a carbine rifle was allegedly found in her hand-carried bag.

Gloria Ortinez, 56, who planed in from Laoag, Ilocos Norte, was also arrested after OTS personnel claimed she had a bullet in her bag.

Ortinez said she has been an OFW for over 20 years and had never seen a bullet for a carbine rifle.

“God knows I am a victim of ‘tanim-bala’ modus in the airport by these unscrupulous OTS personnel who only wanted to earn easy money,” Ortinez said.

PNP-AVSEGROUP director Pablo Francisco Balagtas said the bullet was wrapped in a red cloth and commonly used as an amulet or good-luck charm.

Ortinez was detained after failing to pay P80,000 bail on charges of illegal possession of ammunition filed before the Pasay prosecutor’s office.

Overseas workers alarmed John Leonard Monterona, Migrante Middle East regional coordinator, said OFWs fear they may become victims of the syndicate when they return home for a vacation.

He said airport officials should take appropriate measures to stop the extortion racket, noting that OFWs would start arriving in the Philippines next month to spend the holidays here.

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“This is quite alarming. Airport authorities must step up its policing function at all airports,” Monterona said as he stressed the need to ensure the security of travelers.

OFW advocate and senatorial candidate Susan Ople called on President Aquino to order a thorough investigation of the incidents.

She urged the Department of Justice to withdraw the case against Ortinez.

‘Heads should roll’ Meanwhile, lawmakers want airport officials’ heads to roll.

Reps. Carol Jayne Lopez of the Youth Against Corruption and Poverty party-list and Roy Señeres of the OFW Family party-list, condemned the incident, saying Ortinez was apparently a victim of an extortion racket at the NAIA.

Lopez urged NAIA authorities as well as the officials of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to handle Ortinez’s case with swiftness and sensitivity to protect her family, who depend on her to survive.

There are at least four known victims, including one lawmaker, Tarlac Rep. Noel Villanueva, of the extortion racket.

Señeres reiterated his call for the dismissal of MIAA general manager Jose Angel Honrado over what he described as gross and habitual blunders and incompetence.

He said the MIAA insisted on collecting terminal fees from OFWs, who are exempted under the law.

This came after a failed attempt to exact money from OFWs through payment of customs duties and taxes for the balikbayan boxes and imported items brought in by them. – With Mayen Jaymalin, Jose Rodel Clapano, Paolo Romero

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Duterte furious at ‘laglag-bala,’ extortionists going scot-free By: Karlos Manlupig @inquirerdotnet
Inquirer Mindanao 06:07 PM November 1st, 2015

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said that if he were the president of the country, he would force policemen and airport employees involved in the “laglag bala” racket to swallow the bullets they planted in travellers’ bags.

“I have no ambition for it but if I were president, I would force you to swallow bullets. I do not care if you will die. If it will get stuck in your anus, then I will have you undergo medical operation to enlarge its opening,” Duterte said in his Sunday TV show Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa.

The mayor, who has been egged on by his supporters to run for president, said that he was skeptical about the arrests made in Manila and recently at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City because it has been going on for the past years in the nation’s capital.

“Many were already arrested. But all cases were settled. I do not believe it anymore,” Duterte said.

A 60-year-old engineer who was in the city for a water project, was arrested by airport security in Davao City after they found two live ammunition in his bag.

“I think the bullets were already planted in his cargo in Manila,” Duterte said, adding that the prosecutors in Davao must study the case carefully to ensure justice.

Duterte said the planting of the bullets could happen inside the cargo area, a place not visible to the public, and that only airline employees and policemen have been given access to it.

“So that is really a syndicate. It’s happening inside and it’s also happening outside,” Duterte said.

“I am warning those who are in cahoots with the police. You just pray that it is not true because I do not believe it anymore. Most of those who were arrested are innocent people. It is incredible. Some are missionaries and they have .22 or 9mm bullets? And they do not have firearms?” Duterte added.

“If you are in Davao I will kill you all. If I were president, you will all be exterminated. I will order your execution within 48 hours. I will order the clean policemen and soldiers to do it. If not, I will ask the New People’s Army. Where is the SPARU (Special Partisan Unit)? Let us use that,” Duterte said. SFM


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PNoy acts on NAIA ‘tanim-bala’ scandal: Stop ‘assassinating’ travelers, Chiz urges airport security men by Madel Sabater Namit and Mario B. Casayuran November 1, 2015 Share2 Tweet5 Share0 Email1 Share11


AT NAIA: Aquino gave the order following netizens’ uproar against the bullet-planting mess, which has victimized local and foreign tourists and puts to shame the Philippines’ main gateway.

President Aquino has directed Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya to look into complaints of “tanim-bala” (bullet-planting) incidents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals as he assured that the government will go after the culprits behind the scandal.

He gave the order following netizens’ uproar against the bullet-planting mess, which has victimized local and foreign tourists and puts to shame the Philippines’ main gateway.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the government is already putting in place measures to prevent passengers from being victimized by the “tanim-bala” scam, noting that Abaya has already assured that additional CCTV cameras will be installed in strategic areas of the airport.

“Government is there to make sure everything will be in order. Whatever is happening there, we’ll look into it. We assure the public that we will go after whoever the culprit is. If there’s a syndicate operating there, Secretary Abaya will look into it,” Lacierda said.

ENSURING SAFETY

“We’re looking at the process. We’re looking at how that happened. We’re looking at the personnel involved. We want to take away that fear from them. We will ensure the safety of each and every passenger who uses our terminals. So we are taking a hard look on that,” he said.

As President Aquino stepped into the NAIA bullet mess, the scandal appears to have spread down south.

Yesterday, the Davao City police reported that the Aviation Security Unit (AVSEU) at Davao International Airport (DIA) arrested and detained a project engineer of a construction firm after two pieces of 9mm bullets were found in one of the pockets of his traveling bag.

Augusto Dorde Dagan was arrested Thursday for violation of Presidential Decree 1866, as amended by Republic Act 8294.

Dagan, 60, married and a resident of 1980 Damacara St., Quezon City, was among the outbound passengers of Philippines Airlines (PAL) flight PR 1814 for Manila when he was arrested at 9:40 a.m. Thursday. He was released after posting P120,000 bail. He reportedly denied owning the bullets, suspecting the bullets could have been “planted” while at the NAIA terminal.

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STOP NAIA ‘ASSASSINATION’

With the government’s failure to stop the bullet scandal, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero called on airport security personnel to stop “assassinating” Filipinos and travellers going through the country’s premier gateway.

Escudero made the call following a series of “tanim-bala” (bullet-planting) incidents that victimized foreign travellers and Filipinos, particularly the hard-pressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

The purpose of such a scheme is obviously to extort money from the unsuspecting passengers, Escudero said.

“Planting bullets in the baggage of Filipinos and tourists passing through the NAIA is a great disservice to the memories of the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. who died from bullets fired by dishonorable men,” Escudero said.

“The government must seriously act now to stop these figurative assassinations of Filipinos and tourists. We must hold accountable to the fullest extent of the law these dishonorable airport officials and personnel,” said Escuderos, an independent candidate for vice president in the 2016 elections.

Lacierda, meanwhile, advised the public to pack their belongings carefully to avoid becoming victims of tanim-bala syndicates.

He advised passengers to pack their luggages well so that there will be no way that they will be blamed for the bullet. He added that passengers must make sure that their luggage bags contain only their belongings. In case packages are sent through them, these must be inspected, he added.

Passengers have already started putting cling wraps or plastics around their luggage, while some have placed duct tapes on the zipper of their bags and locks to make sure they will not be victimized by the tanim-bala scandal. (With a report from PNA)


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Yolanda’ survivors still lament lack of permanent shelter, calls DSWD chief a liar
By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales @YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net 09:17 PM November 1st, 2015


SO SAD: MEASLEY 20, A TOTAL of 20 bunkhouses are being built by the Department of Public Works and Highways for quake survivors in Bohol province. The department is targeting a total of 100 bunkhouses. CARMEL MATUS/INQUIRER VISAYAS NQUIRER VISAYAS FILE PHOTO

An alliance of survivors of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) on Sunday lamented the lack of permanent shelters and the presence of “small and cramped” bunkhouses almost two years after the disaster pummeled the Visayas.

The group People Surge called Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman a liar for supposedly promising that there would no longer be bunkhouses in Tacloban City by the end of October this year.

“On the last day of October, People Surge visited the IPI bunkhouse at Caibaan, one of the bunkhouses in Tacloban. What we witnessed were more or less 400 families still living in bunkhouses. Dinky Soliman broke another promise to the hundreds of families who have long been waiting for permanent shelter more than they could tolerate,” said Marissa Cabaljao, People Surge Secretary-General.

“Since January 2014, the residents were promised that it would only take six months for the permanent shelter to be completed. Six months passed and another six months came to pass. Two years since Yolanda, what they got were only empty promises and false hopes,” she added.


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Cabaljao said Soliman’s “chronic lie” was aimed at hiding the true state of Yolanda survivors.

“This time, Soliman got the nerve to declare that there will no longer be bunkhouses in Tacloban by the end of October only to find out that this is a chronic lie,” Cabaljao said, recalling that the DSWD chief also supposedly declared last year that there will no longer be tent houses in Tacloban.

“Soliman deliberately wants to cover-up the state of Yolanda survivors by her declaration. As if she could pacify the dissent of Yolanda survivors by the promise of relocation, Yolanda survivors’ actual experiences tell that relocation is snail-paced,” she added.

Citing data from the National Housing Authority, Cabaljao said only 534 out of the 13,801 targeted permanent houses have been built by the government as of September this year.

Slamming the government’s “slow and inefficient” rehabilitation, Cabaljao said Soliman, with her giving of “false hopes,” was insensitive to the true plight of Yolanda survivors, particularly bunkhouse dwellers.


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