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NOY EYES VFA WITH JAPAN AS REGIONAL TENSIONS WITH CHINA GROW


TOKYO ---The Philippines and Japan have agreed to start negotiations on allowing Japanese military aircraft and naval vessels to use bases in country for refueling and picking up supplies in order to allow them to extend their range of operation in the disputed South China Sea, President Aquino yesterday said.
“The Philippines does welcome this development and we will be initiating all the diplomatic requirements to come up with a Visiting Forces Agreement… It does not behoove a good partnership if you’re not able to work at interoperability with the other,” he added. “We will be starting discussion on this,” Aquino said at a news conference in Tokyo during a state visit to Japan. The agreement will ensure “interoperability” and “cooperation” between Filipino and Japanese military forces, Aquino stressed. But the President said the planned Philippine-Japan VFA “will have to be passed and approved by the Senate.” Aquino also welcomed Japan’s growing security engagement, as regional tensions with China grow, the day after signing a deal to buy 10 ships to bolster his coast guard. Closing out a four-day visit to Japan that has highlighted the warm relationship between Manila and Tokyo, Aquino said no one need fear moves by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to beef up the role of the Japanese military. “The Philippines follows with interest Japan’s ongoing review of its security policy and legislation with a view to allowing Japan to play a more proactive role in peace and security in our region and the world,” he told reporters in Tokyo. “Countries of goodwill can only benefit if the Japanese government is... allowed to come to aid of those in need, especially in the area of collective self-defense.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy back with P13.5-B investment pledges


President Aquino looks at a photo of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino, at the guest room of Nippon Press Center Building in Tokyo. President Aquino returned from a four-day state visit to Japan with a lot of good news for his bosses, the people: about P13.5 billion in additional investments. Some P136.9 billion in concessional loans for infrastructure projects and 11 letters of intent from various businesses to either open or expand operations would mean 30,761 more jobs for Filipinos. Aquino said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told him during their meeting in Tokyo on Thursday that the concessional loan would fund three big infrastructure projects with low interest and which only a “friend could give to a fellow friend.” “This shows the true willingness to be of help rather than be a burden. They are ready to lend us P136.9 billion,” the President said in his arrival statement delivered at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2. READ MORE...

ALSO: Chinese envoy says Chinese people are hurting by Aquino's ‘Nazi’ remark; "We do have differences and problems but you do not use those sensational and evil words to describe a country" --Zhao
 

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The Chinese are hurting from President Aquino’s comparing their country to Nazi Germany, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said yesterday. “The remark is utterly unacceptable and irresponsible,” he told a select group of journalists at his official residence in Makati City. “It seriously hurt the feelings of 1.3 billion people. I think anyone including those people who remember the atrocities of the Japanese in the Philippines, must have been hurt.”  Aquino made the comparison in a speech before business leaders in Japan during his state visit. The first time he likened present-day China to pre-World War II Nazi Germany was in an interview with the New York Times last year. Zhao was echoing the “outrage and shock” expressed by Beijing after President Aquino made the comparison. The ambassador also warned that forming military alliances in the region would be counterproductive. “Military alliances and military blocs will not be conducive to peaceful development in the region and to the peaceful solution to the differences we have,” he said. “There are two words in English, action and reaction. There is one word that is interaction. If you choose the action, you choose the consequences of the action. China will certainly defend our rights, sovereign rights and sovereignty. We have been doing this ever since the PRC (People’s Republic of China) was founded,” he said. “We do have our problems, difficulties and differences, you don’t use those sensational and evil words to describe a country, a country who fought together with the Philippines, with the United States against Japanese aggression,” Zhao said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Marcos publicly rejected Palace version of BBL; Drilon instantly backed Bongbong; Palace yields to Bongbong


BONGBONG MARCOS
Two days after Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. publicly rejected the Palace version of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a spokesman said on Friday they will welcome any changes that would be introduced to the proposal as long as these do not dilute the spirit of the measure. Malacañang deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said President Benigno Aquino 3rd had been informed about developments at the Senate, particularly Marcos’ decision to introduce an alternate bill in lieu of the original BBL. Marcos is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, which had reviewed the draft BBL that was submitted for legislation by Malacañang. “We give the President updates about what’s going on here although he is still in Japan. He heard about it. But the specific provisions that [Marcos] wants substituted are still unknown to us,” Valte said. “We are open to changes provided that they do not dilute the true spirit of autonomy that we want the region to have,” she added. The Palace official said they will continue to work with Congress on the matter and that they are monitoring the developments. “As far as the executive is concerned, we also continue to work with our fellows in Congress and in the Senate by participating in their hearings and participating in consultations regarding several provisions that may be of concern to our legislators. So by that participation, we also ensure that our legislators get the correct information or the correct data on a particular provision that is of concern to them,” Valte explained. According to her, even the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is doing its own monitoring over concerns that the BBL may be diluted. When asked if the Palace still expects the odds to turn in its favor, she replied, “We remain optimistic on that matter.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Suspension over, Purisima back at PNP as ordinary cop


SUSPENDED PNP CHIEF PURISIMA
Except for Director General Alan Purisima, at least eight other officers who were suspended with him over the controversial gun license delivery anomaly may still be given new posts when they report back for duty after completing the six-month suspension imposed on them by the Office of the Ombudsman. Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, PNP officer-in-charge, said the looming major reshuffle in the PNP brought about by the retirement of several senior officials may open the door for the suspended police officials to get new posts. “Some of them are generals. And I think there will be a lot of senior officers who will retire so we really have to plug it out who among them are qualified,” said Espina. Those who are expected to return to the police service after the preventive suspension are Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta; Senior Supts. Allan Parreno, Eduardo Acierto and Melchor Reyes; Supt. Lenbell Fabia, Chief Inspectors Sonia Calixto, Nelson Bautista, and Ricardo Zapata. Two other suspended officials, Director Gil Meneses and Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles, have since retired from the service. The six-month suspension is aimed at preventing officials from influencing the course of the investigation being conducted by the Office of the Ombudsman over allegations of anomaly when the PNP signed a contract with Werfast Documentary Agency for the delivery of gun licenses. READ MORE...

ALSO Romualdez : Honor at stake on Wang Bo payola issue


REP RUFUS RODRIGUEZ  THE honor and integrity of the House of Representatives will be at stake if congressmen refuse to investigate allegations that officials extorted money from an alleged Chinese crime lord to bribe lawmakers into passing the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law. “The reputations of our colleagues will again be in question if we won’t look into the Wang Bo case immediately,” Romualdez said, adding that disrepute will befall the entire House and all congressmen if they do not conduct a fair and transparent investigation. “That will be nothing less than grossly unfair to the innocent and to our institution,” Romualdez said. Even Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. expressed concern over the allegation, especially after Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali, a leader of the ruling Liberal Party, admitted that there was some irregularity in the case of Wang Bo, who is detained at the immigration bureau at the behest of China. “These unproven and baseless allegations have raised serious questions on the integrity of the immigration and deportation processes and procedures in the country and have cast doubt on the integrity of the House of Representatives as an institution,” Belmonte said. READ MORE...

ALSO TRIBUNE EDITORIAL:
LP design unravels


It is always overseas when Noynoy seems to speak his heart out, apparently believing it is outside the earshot of most of his critics or that his political handlers are not around to cut him off. Noynoy told reporters during his recent state visit to Japan about considering non-consecutive terms for a Philippine president, which would entail a revision of the Constitution or charter change (cha-cha) which is now vigorously being pushed in both chambers of Congress. Noynoy and the Liberal Party (LP) had abandoned what was earlier floated as a second consecutive term for a president that met wide public rebuke.
The LP now, it seems would be a rotating presidency between Mar and Noynoy through the proposed non-consecutive presidential terms. Noynoy earlier raised the possibility of seeking a lower post to supposedly help assure investors on the continuity of government reforms. The LP agenda would likely have Noynoy seeking the vice presidency to set him up for the possibility of a cha-cha that would allow a second crack at the presidency after six years of what it hopes would be an LP presidency. Noynoy indicated that the charters of South American countries, who also went through a similar period (of military rules), a sitting president has to step down, but can run again after the intervention of a different administration. The cha-cha move in Congress which is being spearheaded by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, who is also an LP stalwart, is being billed as involving only the revision of the economic provisions in the Charter but legislators had admitted that once the Constitution has been laid open for amendments, any proposal is possible. The push for cha-cha is also considered related to the Palace efforts to hand over a Bangsamoro substate to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which the Constitution does not allow. The LP is working to become a political monolith in which its members would alternate in ruling the country which is frustrated only by the provision in the Constitution that limits the President to a single term of six years.
With the LP packed with trapos or traditional politicians who change political affiliations based on who sits in the Palace, it suffers a dearth of politicians palatable to voters.

 


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Noy eyes VFA with Japan as regional tensions with China grow

MANILA, JUNE 8, 2015 (TRIBUNE) Written by Joshua L. Labonera Saturday, 06 June 2015 - The Philippines and Japan have agreed to start negotiations on allowing Japanese military aircraft and naval vessels to use bases in country for refueling and picking up supplies in order to allow them to extend their range of operation in the disputed South China Sea, President Aquino yesterday said.

“The Philippines does welcome this development and we will be initiating all the diplomatic requirements to come up with a Visiting Forces Agreement… It does not behoove a good partnership if you’re not able to work at interoperability with the other,” he added.

“We will be starting discussion on this,” Aquino said at a news conference in Tokyo during a state visit to Japan. The agreement will ensure “interoperability” and “cooperation” between Filipino and Japanese military forces, Aquino stressed. But the President said the planned Philippine-Japan VFA “will have to be passed and approved by the Senate.”

Aquino also welcomed Japan’s growing security engagement, as regional tensions with China grow, the day after signing a deal to buy 10 ships to bolster his coast guard. Closing out a four-day visit to Japan that has highlighted the warm relationship between Manila and Tokyo, Aquino said no one need fear moves by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to beef up the role of the Japanese military.

“The Philippines follows with interest Japan’s ongoing review of its security policy and legislation with a view to allowing Japan to play a more proactive role in peace and security in our region and the world,” he told reporters in Tokyo. “Countries of goodwill can only benefit if the Japanese government is... allowed to come to aid of those in need, especially in the area of collective self-defense.”

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Abe is seeking to loosen restrictions that have prevented Japan’s well-funded and well-trained military from operating outside of a very narrowly-defined “self-defense” role. Seoul and Beijing — onetime victims of Japanese imperialism — caution he is trying to remilitarize a country they say does not fully accept its guilt for World War II wrongs.

But leaders of countries in the region that suffered under Japan’s yoke — among whom Aquino is the most vocal — reject that interpretation, and say China is a greater present-day threat to regional stability.

The Philippines is one of several littoral states that have disputes with China over ownership of parts of the South China Sea. Beijing, which claims the body of water almost entirely, has built 800 hectares of artificial islands in the sea, including those with facilities that appear to have a military purpose.

“We are particularly gravely concerned by the land reclamation activities,” Aquino said. “These activities prejudice and undermine arbitration that the Philippines has initiated to settle disputes.”

On Thursday Aquino signed a 12.79 billion yen ($103 million) deal with a Japanese shipbuilder to buy a fleet of 10 patrol vessels. The money is being provided in low interest loans from Tokyo.

The ships will add muscle to the Philippines’ woefully equipped coast guard, the front line in Manila’s pushback against China’s maritime strategy. Earlier in the visit, Aquino had sparked fury in Beijing by comparing its program of reclamation with that of Nazi Germany in the run up to WWII, urging the international community to put its foot down.

Asked Friday whether he was concerned about hurting Chinese feelings with such remarks, he replied: “We are just standing up for our rights. We respect everybody...We think our rights ought to be respected.”

Manila’s willingness to stand up to Beijing is manna to Tokyo, which has its own territorial dispute with China in the East China Sea. AFP


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Noy back with P13.5-B investment pledges By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 6, 2015 - 12:00am


President Aquino looks at a photo of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino, at the guest room of Nippon Press Center Building in Tokyo.

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino returned from a four-day state visit to Japan with a lot of good news for his bosses, the people: about P13.5 billion in additional investments.

Some P136.9 billion in concessional loans for infrastructure projects and 11 letters of intent from various businesses to either open or expand operations would mean 30,761 more jobs for Filipinos.

Aquino said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told him during their meeting in Tokyo on Thursday that the concessional loan would fund three big infrastructure projects with low interest and which only a “friend could give to a fellow friend.”

“This shows the true willingness to be of help rather than be a burden. They are ready to lend us P136.9 billion,” the President said in his arrival statement delivered at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.

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On the other hand, Aquino said the letters of intent were signed during his business meetings on Wednesday and noted that high value chain of industries pledged to invest – from renewable energy with electric tricycles to printers, smart glasses and other digital media products.

He disclosed there were also medical equipment like aortic catheter and invitro diagnostics and hemodialysis treatment devices.

“By bringing in these products to the Philippines, it is now clear that the brilliance and talent of Filipinos are recognized all over the world,” he said.

Aquino added officials of giant Japanese clothing company, Uniqlo, which has 23 existing branches in the Philippines, repeatedly told him that they would definitely expand operations and open up to 200 outlets.

The President said he also encouraged Uniqlo officials to put up manufacturing plants in the country but was told there are processes to follow and allied factories


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Chinese envoy says Chinese people are hurting by Aquino's ‘Nazi’ remark By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 6, 2015 - 12:00am


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MANILA, Philippines - The Chinese are hurting from President Aquino’s comparing their country to Nazi Germany, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said yesterday.

“The remark is utterly unacceptable and irresponsible,” he told a select group of journalists at his official residence in Makati City. “It seriously hurt the feelings of 1.3 billion people. I think anyone including those people who remember the atrocities of the Japanese in the Philippines, must have been hurt.”

Aquino made the comparison in a speech before business leaders in Japan during his state visit. The first time he likened present-day China to pre-World War II Nazi Germany was in an interview with the New York Times last year.

Zhao was echoing the “outrage and shock” expressed by Beijing after President Aquino made the comparison.

The ambassador also warned that forming military alliances in the region would be counterproductive.

“Military alliances and military blocs will not be conducive to peaceful development in the region and to the peaceful solution to the differences we have,” he said.

“There are two words in English, action and reaction. There is one word that is interaction. If you choose the action, you choose the consequences of the action. China will certainly defend our rights, sovereign rights and sovereignty. We have been doing this ever since the PRC (People’s Republic of China) was founded,” he said.

“We do have our problems, difficulties and differences, you don’t use those sensational and evil words to describe a country, a country who fought together with the Philippines, with the United States against Japanese aggression,” Zhao said.

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He stated that China is the last country that wants to see any disruption in navigation in the South China Sea.

“It is not in China’s interest at all. Why is a country always using freedom of navigation as an excuse to criticize? Have you thought about it?”

Zhao also took a jab at US, which has been vocal against China’s island-building activities in the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea.

“People should think which country is the most capable of disrupting or even cutting freedom of navigation in the South China Sea,” he said, apparently referring to the US. “It is natural for some people to worry about this, when that country announced to deploy over 60 percent of its Navy and Air Force in the Pacific, particularly in the Philippines,” he said.

“Is that a kind of a threat to freedom of navigation as far as China is concerned, given the fact that United States, if I may say, is the most powerful nation in terms of Navy and Air Force equipment?” he added.

He said China is committed to working with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to safeguard the freedom of navigation in the region.

“The Chinese side will not do anything that is harmful (to regional stability),” Zhao said.

“China is firmly opposed to any attempt to disrupt freedom of navigation in the South China Sea,” he added.

Japanese atrocities

The Chinese ambassador said the region should be more worried about Japan’s potential for aggression, citing atrocities committed by its forces during World War II.

“The Filipino people should have a vivid memory of which country invaded and occupied the Philippines during the Second World War,” he said.

He said scores of Filipinos were massacred by the Japanese and women in conquered lands were made into sex slaves.

“In Asia there is only one Nazi, that is Japanese Nazis,” he said.

He stressed that China has never been an aggressor against the Philippines.

“Over 1,000 years of interaction between China and the Philippines, China has always been a peaceful and friendly partner of the Philippines. China has never colonized the Philippines. China has never invaded the Philippines,” he said.

Zhao said it was “very ironic” that Aquino made the Nazi remarks in Japan considering that it was Japan that invaded China, the Philippines and other Asian countries.

“…And we, now the Chinese people have been very sensitive about the Japanese attitude towards their history of aggression,” Zhao said.

Zhao, however, reiterated that China is open to negotiating for a peaceful resolution of the territorial conflict. Bilateral negotiation is China’s preferred diplomatic mode of settling the maritime dispute. The Philippines has turned to international arbitration to assert its position and contest China’s expansive claims.

“By and large, our bilateral relationship has been good,” he said.

Zhao also cited trade between China and the Philippines has reached $444.4 billion in 2014 or a nearly 17-percent increase compared to the past years’ figure. “If we plus mainland and HK, China is the biggest economic partner of the Philippines,” he added.

Citing 40 years of bilateral relationship between the two countries, Zhao said he sees better times ahead especially if both governments focus on “common interests.”

“Still, I see a great potential of our bilateral relationship despite the difficulties,” he said. “I think it is in the common interest to focus on the shared interest, the common ground between the two… the primary task for both government is to focus on economic and social development for which our people can benefit.”

No offense meant

In an interview with reporters in Tokyo before his return to Manila, Aquino – in response to a question from a Xinhua reporter regarding his Nazi comment – said, “we have no intention of hurting anybody’s feelings.”

He said the Philippines has been trying hard to maintain its good relations with China despite the latter’s aggressive staking of its claims in disputed waters.

Aquino said it came to a point where he had to “mollify the feelings” of Filipino fishermen barred from Panatag Shoal by the Chinese. The fishermen, he added, were not even allowed to take shelter around the shoal during inclement weather.

He said Panatag Shoal is clearly within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone as it is only 160 nautical miles from the nearest Philippine coastline.

“I have had to ask them to exert more patience because we do not want to escalate the situation,” he said.

Aquino said no country would just give up sovereignty over its territory in the face of bullying by another country. “I don’t think any country would willingly do that. So we are just standing up for our rights. We respect everybody else’s rights. We ask that our rights also be respected,” he said.

He told Xinhua that China has benefited much from its relations with the Philippines.

“In 2011, when I had a state visit to China, we did point out that the relationships between our countries – if you look at it from an economic perspective – were very very much in favor of China,” he said.

“For instance, in 2011 – if I remember the figures correctly – China would send us about 200,000 tourists a year; we send China 800,000. The Philippines population has just reached 100 million. China’s population is 1.3 billion at least,” he said.

“We keep on saying in various fora – hopefully we can concentrate our energies and efforts in growing our economies, and making our people more prosperous,” he said.

Media offensive

Chinese media continued to gang up on President Aquino for his Nazi comment.

An editorial published yesterday by China Daily said Aquino “has made a fool of himself” and showed “lack of sense or sensibility” when he made the comparison.

“Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s wild talk likening China to Nazi Germany is not helping his country’s recent claims in the South China Sea,” the editorial read.

“As a politician, his badmouthing will only further tarnish his own credibility and disgrace his country,” it added.

Last Wednesday, Aquino drew parallelism between present-day China and Nazi Germany, which annexed Sudetenland before invading the entire Czechoslovakia. Aquino said the invasion of Czechoslovakia happened because no one prevented Nazi leader Adolf Hitler from seizing territories. The first time he made such comparison was in an interview with the New York Times last year. - With Alexis Romero


MANILA TIMES

Palace yields to Bongbong June 5, 2015 11:15 pm by JOEL M. SY EGCO SENIOR REPORTER AND JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA REPORTER


BONGBONG MARCOS

Two days after Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. publicly rejected the Palace version of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a spokesman said on Friday they will welcome any changes that would be introduced to the proposal as long as these do not dilute the spirit of the measure.

Malacañang deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said President Benigno Aquino 3rd had been informed about developments at the Senate, particularly Marcos’ decision to introduce an alternate bill in lieu of the original BBL.

Marcos is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, which had reviewed the draft BBL that was submitted for legislation by Malacañang.

“We give the President updates about what’s going on here although he is still in Japan. He heard about it. But the specific provisions that [Marcos] wants substituted are still unknown to us,” Valte said.

“We are open to changes provided that they do not dilute the true spirit of autonomy that we want the region to have,” she added.

The Palace official said they will continue to work with Congress on the matter and that they are monitoring the developments.

“As far as the executive is concerned, we also continue to work with our fellows in Congress and in the Senate by participating in their hearings and participating in consultations regarding several provisions that may be of concern to our legislators. So by that participation, we also ensure that our legislators get the correct information or the correct data on a particular provision that is of concern to them,” Valte explained.

According to her, even the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is doing its own monitoring over concerns that the BBL may be diluted.

When asked if the Palace still expects the odds to turn in its favor, she replied, “We remain optimistic on that matter.”

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Senate President Franklin Drilon sided with Marcos’ position that the BBL has to conform with the Constitution.

Drilon, also chairman of the administration-backed Liberal Party, said the Senate has consistently been saying it would review the proposed law and make sure it is within the four corners of the 1987 Constitution.

Marcos said the BBL in its present form and substance would not bring the country any closer to peace and instead would lead to armed conflict.

He cited failure of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process to conduct substantive consultations with other stakeholders in Mindanao, among them, Moro National Liberation Front, Sultanate of Sulu, indigenous peoples, local government units and businesses on the BBL.

Marcos also on Friday said he is not afraid of any backlash from Malacañang.

“Matagal na ako sa pulitika, matagal na kong takot, so walang pagbabago [I have been in politics for a long time, I have been afraid for a long time, so it changes nothing],” he noted in an interview.

Marcos, who plans to have another committee hearing on the proposed law, said the would thoroughly study the BBL and look at it line by line and provision by provision to make sure that the substitute bill that he will be presenting in July would include concerns raised recently by other stakeholders.

He added that he still cannot say how extensive the changes would be but that the new version would be able to withstand constitutional tests.


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Purisima back at PNP as ordinary cop by Aaron B. Recuenco June 5, 2015


SUSPENDED PNP CHIEF PURISIMA

Except for Director General Alan Purisima, at least eight other officers who were suspended with him over the controversial gun license delivery anomaly may still be given new posts when they report back for duty after completing the six-month suspension imposed on them by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, PNP officer-in-charge, said the looming major reshuffle in the PNP brought about by the retirement of several senior officials may open the door for the suspended police officials to get new posts.

“Some of them are generals. And I think there will be a lot of senior officers who will retire so we really have to plug it out who among them are qualified,” said Espina.

Those who are expected to return to the police service after the preventive suspension are Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta; Senior Supts. Allan Parreno, Eduardo Acierto and Melchor Reyes; Supt. Lenbell Fabia, Chief Inspectors Sonia Calixto, Nelson Bautista, and Ricardo Zapata. Two other suspended officials, Director Gil Meneses and Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles, have since retired from the service.

The six-month suspension is aimed at preventing officials from influencing the course of the investigation being conducted by the Office of the Ombudsman over allegations of anomaly when the PNP signed a contract with Werfast Documentary Agency for the delivery of gun licenses.

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The case stemmed from the complaint that instead of Werfast delivering the gun licenses, it tapped the services of another courier service company to do the job which it supposed to do.

The amount being paid by gun applicants for the delivery of gun permits are significantly high compared to the normal transaction of courier service companies.

HOLDING AREA

Espina said all those suspended may not go back to the positions that they vacated when the suspension order was implemented.

In the case of Petrasanta for instance, it is highly unlikely that he will be returned as director of the Central Luzon regional police.

Petrasanta, it was recalled, is reportedly the top contender for the next PNP chief and is rumored to be the reason the President has not appointed a permanent PNP chief.

Espina said the officials who would go back to police duty after the suspension will be temporarily assigned to the Holding Unit, except for Estilles and Meneses.

By being placed temporarily under the Holding Unit, they still have to report regularly for attendance.

PURISIMA CASE

In the case of Purisima, Espina said the former will return as an ordinary police official and not as chief PNP.

It was recalled that Purisima resigned as PNP chief at the height of the investigation of the Mamasapano clash wherein his role as a police official giving advice was questioned as he was suspended at that time.

It was Purisima who allegedly advised then Special Action Force director Getulio Napeñas not to inform Espina and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas of the Oplan Exodus.

But Espina said Purisima, being the only active official who still holds a four-star rank has no obligation to report to him, noting that all that the latter would do is to report to the PNP Holding Administrative Unit.

And depending on Purisima’s decision, he will still enjoy the rank as the only four-star general in the PNP unless he chooses to retire earlier than his mandatory retirement scheduled in November this year.

The PNP rules dictate that there should only be one four-star rank in the police organization until the rank is vacated via retirement.

And since Purisima will not return as PNP chief, he will not also be allowed to re-occupy the White House, a police lingo that refers to the official residence of the PNP chief at Camp Crame.

Purisima was also placed on bad light after he pushed for the multi-million renovation of the White House although some facilities inside Camp Crame need immediate renovation.

Both the White House and the Office of the Chief PNP remain unoccupied as Espina opted to occupy the Office of the Deputy Chief for Administration. He also chose not to live in the White House.


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Romualdez : Honor at stake on Wang issue By Maricel Cruz | Jun. 07, 2015 at 12:01am


REP RUFUS RODRIGUEZ

THE honor and integrity of the House of Representatives will be at stake if congressmen refuse to investigate allegations that officials extorted money from an alleged Chinese crime lord to bribe lawmakers into passing the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law.

“The reputations of our colleagues will again be in question if we won’t look into the Wang Bo case immediately,” Romualdez said, adding that disrepute will befall the entire House and all congressmen if they do not conduct a fair and transparent investigation.

“That will be nothing less than grossly unfair to the innocent and to our institution,” Romualdez said.

Even Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. expressed concern over the allegation, especially after Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali, a leader of the ruling Liberal Party, admitted that there was some irregularity in the case of Wang Bo, who is detained at the immigration bureau at the behest of China.

“These unproven and baseless allegations have raised serious questions on the integrity of the immigration and deportation processes and procedures in the country and have cast doubt on the integrity of the House of Representatives as an institution,” Belmonte said.

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Belmonte, along with Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora and Independent Bloc leader Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, filed resolutions seeking the probe.

“It is imperative that the House of Representatives investigate these allegations in order to protect its honor and integrity as a law-making body,” Belmonte’s resolution added.

The House committee on good government and public accountability will lead the investigation which will begin Tuesday, a week after The Standard reported the Wang case.

The panel chair, Pampanga Rep. Oscar Rodriguez stressed the need for Congress “to get into the bottom of truth” because the allegation of payola was indeed “very serious.”

Lawmakers crossed party lines in supporting the probe into the release order issued by Immigration officials for suspected Chinese crime lord Wang Bo after he allegedly paid for the P440 million bribe money for congressmen to ensure the passage of the proposed BBL.

The Standard reported that last Feb. 10, 2015, Bureau of Immigration agents arrested Wang Bo, who is also wanted by the Chinese government and the International Police.

It also reported that on March 5, 2015, Immigration officials ordered deportation of Wang Bo to China to face criminal charges.

“Without clear justification, Immigration officials signed a release order on May 21, 2015, reversing their March 5, 2015 deportation order for Wang Bo,” Romualdez’s resolution read.

Almost all members of the 290-member House have denied receiving anything in exchange for the passage of the BBL.


TRIBUNE EDITORIAL: LP design unravels Written by Tribune Editorial
Sunday, 07 June 2015 00:00

It is always overseas when Noynoy seems to speak his heart out, apparently believing it is outside the earshot of most of his critics or that his political handlers are not around to cut him off.

Noynoy told reporters during his recent state visit to Japan about considering non-consecutive terms for a Philippine president, which would entail a revision of the Constitution or charter change (cha-cha) which is now vigorously being pushed in both chambers of Congress.

Noynoy and the Liberal Party (LP) had abandoned what was earlier floated as a second consecutive term for a president that met wide public rebuke.

The LP now, it seems would be a rotating presidency between Mar and Noynoy through the proposed non-consecutive presidential terms.

Noynoy earlier raised the possibility of seeking a lower post to supposedly help assure investors on the continuity of government reforms.

The LP agenda would likely have Noynoy seeking the vice presidency to set him up for the possibility of a cha-cha that would allow a second crack at the presidency after six years of what it hopes would be an LP presidency.

Noynoy indicated that the charters of South American countries, who also went through a similar period (of military rules), a sitting president has to step down, but can run again after the intervention of a different administration.

The cha-cha move in Congress which is being spearheaded by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, who is also an LP stalwart, is being billed as involving only the revision of the economic provisions in the Charter but legislators had admitted that once the Constitution has been laid open for amendments, any proposal is possible.

The push for cha-cha is also considered related to the Palace efforts to hand over a Bangsamoro substate to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which the Constitution does not allow.

The LP is working to become a political monolith in which its members would alternate in ruling the country which is frustrated only by the provision in the Constitution that limits the President to a single term of six years.

With the LP packed with trapos or traditional politicians who change political affiliations based on who sits in the Palace, it suffers a dearth of politicians palatable to voters.

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It seems the opposition, however, is up to the challenge being posed by the LP as the United Nationalist Alliance has ben floating the possibility of fielding a similar configuration as that of a Mar-Noy team up with the Binay-Estrada tandem that, if it pulls through, would have also a former President gunning for the vice presidency as the UNA bet.

On the basis of experience, which Noynoy harped on in stating the idea of a second non-consecutive term for a president, the UNA pair would have a current Vice President and a former President against the LP’s VP also ran and a sitting President.

Thus, on the experience factor, it seems the UNA duo would have the advantage.

The cha-cha push thus is crucial to the designs of the LP and the only way to thwart the creeping opportunism of Noynoy’s and Mar’s clique is to assure that the Constitution is not tampered with.
The clique had a hard time rationalizing the unconstitutional removal of Estrada in 2001 with even the likes of former President Cory Aquino, the mother of the incumbent, expressing her regret and apologized openly to former President Estrada for her having participated in the unconstitutional move to oust him and installing Gloria Arroyo in his stead.

Now the LP wants to legalize the arrogance of a group of people assuming the responsibility of deciding for the whole of the nation which was what transpired in the Edsa I and II uprisings but which were actually military coups.

The only guarantee against the ambitions of LP is to keep the Constitution sealed.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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