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    Corruption in Dengvaxia deal?*

    December 14th, 2017

    WAS there really?

    Philippine Red Cross lead for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Dr. Susan Mercado stated last week that the Formulary Executive Council (FEC) denied the request of the Department of Health (DoH) leadership under former Secretary Janette Garin for approval on the purchase of Dengvaxia vaccine worth PhP3.5 billion.

    Mercado served as DoH undersecretary under the late Health Secretary and Senator Juan Flavier.

    The Dengvaxia purchase became controversial after manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur revealed that the vaccine may cause severe dengue for those who have not been infected with the virus before.

    Reports said Dengvaxia was administered to at least 830,000 people by the DoH without passing the requirements of the World Health Organization (WHO).

    The FEC still failed to give its approval on the purchase of Dengvaxia even after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed the sale.

    Still, Garin gave an exemption for Dengvaxia although DoH exemptions could only be granted for a current or potential health situation.

    Garin admitted that she met previously with Sanofi Pasteur officials in Paris for a briefing on the vaccine but there was allegedly no irregularity since it was done in the presence of officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

    However, Senator Dick Gordon, who chairs the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee conducting an inquiry into the deal, said the procurement of the vaccine could not be justified by the emergency need for it.

    He maintained that there was malice in the procurement considering the questionable meeting of former President Aquino with Sanofi Pasteur officials in Paris on December 1, 2015. He found it surprising that the FDA approved the vaccine merely days after the meeting.

    The senator pointed out the extreme speed and undue haste in the deal. To be able to release money reportedly needed a very high influence from the President to get the funding from the Finance Department. The senator saw no justification since there was no dengue pandemic that time.

    Gordon earlier said the P3.5-billion immunization deal smacks of a midnight deal since it was approved on December 29, 2015 before the 2016 May election campaign period began.

    It seemed the Dengvaxia deal was done prematurely and might have tinges of corruption.

    Furthermore, why did Sanofi Pasteur officials go on with the sale if they were unsure that their vaccine was safe for everyone? Were they using Filipinos as their guinea pigs?

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    Problemang STL*

    December 12th, 2017

    MASALIMUOT ang sitwasyon na kinalalagyan ngayon ng Happy Cool Gaming Inc. dahil maaaring ma-revoke ang lisensya nito dahil umano sa hindi pagbabayad nang husto sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

    Ang Happy Cool Gaming ang may hawak ng prangkisa ng small town lottery (STL) sa southern Metro Manila kaya natural lang na may obligasyon silang bayaran ang Presumptive Monthly Revenue Receipt (PMRR) sa PCSO subalit hindi raw nila ito nagagampanan.

    Habang patuloy daw na lumolobo ang kanilang pagkakautang sa PCSO ay apektado rin ang kapasidad ng pamahalaan na suportahan ang kanilang mga programa na magbibigay ng tulong sa mga maralita nating kababayan na may problema sa kalusugan.

    Hindi ba nakukonsensya man lang ni katiting ang mga kinauukulan sa problema na kanilang nililikha at sa mga tao na posibleng lumala ang sakit at masawi dahil dito?

    Napag-alaman na kung patuloy pa rin umano na babalewalain ng Happy Cool ang obligasyon nito sa PCSO ay wala nang magagawa ang ahensya kung hindi i-revoke ang lisensya nito para makapag-operate.

    Kakarampot lang daw ang nire-remit ng Happy Cool sa gobyerno na wala pang 10 porsyento sa milyones nilang obligasyon. Hindi ito puwedeng balewalain o palusutin ng pamahalaan.

    Nagawa pang mangatwiran ng Happy Cool at ibinunton ang sisi sa mahinang pagtaya at pagtangkilik sa STL ng mga mananaya bunga raw ng mga nagkalat na sugal na tulad ng jueteng, ending, lotteng, bukis ng karera at iba pa.

    Si Toto Albano ang financier ng Happy Cool na nanalo sa bidding ng STL sa southern Metro Manila noong Enero. Pero ipina-subcontract pa ng Happy Cool ang lisensya nila sa STL sa isang Prosy Terrei.

    Ang management na nagbubukis sa ilalim ng STL ni Prosy ay sinasabing sina Joy, Edgar at Deck-deck sa Parañaque; Boy Arojado, Richard, Gie, Emy, at Tisay sa Muntinlupa; Leo at Alan sa Las Piñas; Olan, Daguis at Jovit sa Pateros; at Ayungen sa Taguig.

    Sino kaya kina Albano at Terrei ang sisingilin ngayon ng gobyerno rito?

    Ang problema pa ay binubukis umano sila nina Totoy Haruta, na dating jueteng operator ng Laguna, at ABC president Walter ng Muntinlupa. Ang financier daw ng bukis ay si Edwin Tose.

    Usap-usapan pa na niraraket umano ni Haruta ang kanilang STL dahil ang kombinasyon ng mga numerong nanalo ay nagmumula raw sa bolahan na ginawa sa northern Metro Manila.

    Hindi ba sumasagi man lang sa isipan ni Prosy ang anggulong ito at kuntento na siya na laging abonado sa araw-araw nilang operasyon? Paano nga sila makababawi kung may gaguhan na nangyayari?

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    Caloocan cops again*

    December 8th, 2017

    CONTROVERSY still hounds members of the Caloocan City Police as several cops were relieved from their posts recently for their involvement in the killing of a shirtless man during an operation.

    The 32-year-old Mario Balagtas and two other men were outside a hardware store when Caloocan lawmen accosted them for being shirtless in public.

    Balagtas ran to his rented room about 30 meters away while his companions fled on a motorcycle. The cops knocked on Balagtas’s door but they were met with gunfire, Forcing them to shoot back.

    A witness, however, had an all-too-different version of the incident. He said Balagtas was already surrendering and begging for his life when he cops shot him dead.

    Director Oscar Albayalde, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, said he already instructed Senior Superintendent Jemar Modequillo, Caloocan City Police chief, to probe the killing.

    This is the first death under Oplan Galugad since the previous Caloocan police chief, Senior Supt. Chito Bersaluna, was relieved for the controversial deaths of teenaged suspects during operations.

    Observers noted that this could be another Kian delos Santos case. The police claimed that Delos Santos, a 17-year-old grade 11 student, was a drug courier who resisted arrest and started shooting at them, forcing them to retaliate in self-defense.

    However, forensic investigation showed that Kian was on the ground when he suffered a gunshot wound to his back, to the back of his left ear and one inside his left ear from the gunman who was standing up.

    This also brings to mind the case of 19-year-old Carl Arnaiz who was killed by the police after allegedly attempting to rob taxi driver Tomas Bagcal in Caloocan.

    The cab driver himself said that after Arnaiz tried to rob him, he took the young man to the police through the help of some barangay tanod.

    Two witnesses revealed in a Senate inquiry that they saw Arnaiz already on his knees when policemen shot him.

    A probe by the Public Attorneys’ Office (PAO) revealed that Arnaiz was tortured, handcuffed and unable to fight back when he was shot five times.

    Firing Line has always been on the side of law and justice. A suspect should be apprehended and punished if he committed a crime. This becomes a different matter if a victim was tortured and killed by cops who were supposed to uphold the law and protect the citizens.

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    Palpak na bakuna?*

    December 5th, 2017

    MARAMI ang naalarma nang pumutok ang balita na posibleng nanganganib ang mga estudyante ng pampublikong paaralan na naturukan ng bakuna laban sa dengue.

    Sino nga ba ang hindi kakabahan matapos magpahayag ang Sanofi Pasteur na manufacturer ng bakunang Dengvaxia na hindi ito dapat iturok sa mga estudyante na hindi pa tinatamaan ng dengue virus dahil puwede itong maging sanhi ng mas malalang impeksyon kapag dinapuan sila ng dengue sa unang pagkakataon.

    Bunga nito ay ipinag-utos ng Department of Health (DOH) na itigil ang pagbibigay ng dengue vaccine sa mga estudyante.

    Hindi ito maituturing na biru-biro dahil aabot daw sa 733,713 kabataan na may edad na siyam na taon gulang pataas ang nainiksyunan ng naturang bakuna. Ayon sa DOH ay may 789,010 units ng Dengvaxia na nakatakdang mag-expire sa 2018 ang hindi pa nagagamit.

    Mahigpit na mino-monitor ng Department of Education ang kondisyon ng mga estudyanteng nabigyan ng Dengvaxia lalo na’t nasa ilalim ito ng school-based dengue vaccination program ng pamahalaan.

    Nagpahayag ang DOH na may 30 buwan pang proteksyon ang mga nabakunahan kahit hindi pa dating nagkakaroon ng dengue. Pagkatapos ng panahong ito raw posibleng makita ang malalang dengue na puwedeng idulot ng bakuna. Gayunman ay wala pang linaw kung gaano kalala ito puwedeng umabot.

    Ayon kay Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre ay uutusan niya ang National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) na alamin kung nakapagbigay ang Sanofi Pasteur ng sapat na babala sa DOH sa panganib na posibleng dala ng bakuna.

    Dapat itong sumailalim sa masinsinang imbestigasyon upang matukoy kung may katiwalian nga na naganap at may mga namantikaan ang nguso sa pagbili ng bakuna kaya nagkaroon ng kapalpakan lalo na’t nagkakahalaga ang deal na ito ng P3.5 bilyon.

    Alalahaning maraming opisyal ng gobyerno na ang nakitang nasilaw, naging ganid at luko-loko kapag humahawak ng public funds na mas maliit ang halaga.

    Kinuwestyon na sa Kongreso ang pagbili sa naturang bakuna bago matapos ang 2016 dahil sa halaga na ginasta rito at sa paunang target nito na isang milyong kabataan. Ang ibang mga katulad na programa ay nangailangan lamang ng 20,000 hanggang 30,000 mga bata.

    Mabigat na responsibilidad ang nakaatang sa balikat ng pamahalaan sa pagpapatupad ng mga programang pangkalusugan. Noon pa man ay umaasa na ang ating mga mamamayan lalo na ang mga maralita sa bakuna na ibibigay ng pamahalaan para sa kanilang mga anak.

    Kung totoong nakapipinsala ang Dengvaxia, hindi man ginusto ng gobyerno na magkaroon ng kapalpakan ay sila pa rin ang pagbubuntunan ng sisi dahil sa kapabayaan.

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    Duterte vs Sison heats up*

    November 30th, 2017

    THE word war between President Rodrigo Duterte and his former professor, Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison, continues to heat up.

    Sison accused Duterte of lying about his intention to create a coalition government with communist and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) guerrillas if he is elected president. This came out in a report in a major daily in December 2014.

    The CPP leader said the President is a consistent political swindler who depends heavily on lying.

    He also accused the President’s family of alleged involvement in large-scale drug smuggling. He claimed the Duterte regime reportedly protects the biggest drug lords and protectors at the level of governors and generals which worsened the problem on illegal drugs.

    Sison’s disclosures are truly colossal but may not necessarily be true and merely come from a sour-graping man who found himself at the losing end of a very important deal.

    Earlier, Duterte signed a proclamation ending the peace talks with the CPP. He also ordered dozens of rebel leaders he freed temporarily last year to surrender.

    The biggest blow, perhaps, to the CPP founder’s ego was the President’s warning that Sison would not be allowed to enter his native land and would be arrested upon his return.

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    Firing Line finds it hard to imagine the President aligning himself with illegal drugs syndicates, considering his apparent resentment against narcotics which led to a campaign that claimed the lives of thousands of users and pushers since last year.

    Duterte also denied earlier allegations that his son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, was part of a Chinese drug triad. He allegedly ordered authorities to kill his son if he was caught linked to drugs.

    New People’s Army (NPA) attacks against government are expected after the scrapping of peace talks. But are these rebels hiding in the jungles and mountains ready to go on an all-out war and still blindly follow the whims of their leaders who are living in luxury abroad?

    Undoubtedly, the ideologies being espoused by local communists are no longer in keeping with the times. They have remained as Maoists even when the People’s Republic of China has already moved on and left them.

    Thousands of combatants and civilians have perished and hundreds may soon follow in this five-decade long communist insurgency.

    Don’t mind the Duterte-Sison word war. Stop the hostilities today.

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    Pagbabalik ng drug war sa PNP*

    November 28th, 2017

    KUNG may natutuwa man ay marami ang nababahala sa balita na balak ibalik ni President Rodrigo Duterte sa Philippine National Police ang pangangasiwa sa kanyang kampanya laban sa droga.

    Nangangamba sila dahil mula nang masimulan ang giyera ng Pangulo sa iligal na droga nitong nakalipas na taon ay naging kontrobersyal ito sa dami ng mga nasawing suspek.

    May mga nagsasabi na kahit sumusuko na ang suspek ay binabaril pa rin ito ng mga pulis. Ang iba raw sa mga hinuhuli nila ay hindi naman gumagamit o nagbebenta ng droga kundi napagkamalan lamang.

    Ayaw man natin maniwala na magagawa ito ng mga alagad ng batas ay pumutok naman ang balita ng mga kabataang nasawi umano sa kamay ng mga pulis sa walang kapararakang dahilan.

    Kabilang na rito ang 17-anyos na si Kian delos Santos na nakuhanan ng CCTV na kinakaladkad ng mga pulis sa lugar kung saan siya napaslang.

    Kahit nakaluhod si Kian sa lupa ay binaril pa rin umano ng mga miyembro ng Caloocan City Police na nanindigan na pusher ito na nanlaban sa kanila. Sinibak na ang dalawang pulis na bumaril kay Delos Santos at pati ang kanilang hepe ay tinanggal sa puwesto.

    Nang bumaba ang trust rating ng Pangulo sa gitna ng sunud-sunod na nasasawi sa madudugong anti-drug police operations ay ipinasa niya ang pamumuno ng digmaan sa droga sa Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) mahigit isang buwan na ang nakalilipas.

    Ang PNP at pati ang National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) ay pinagbawalan na sumawsaw sa laban sa droga.

    Sa loob ng panahong ito ay bahagyang kumalma ang sitwasyon dahil natigil ang mga pamamaslang na ayon noon sa walang kamatayang katwiran ng mga pulis ay bunga umano ng paglaban ng mga suspek.

    Kahit kulang sa tao ay naging matagumpay ang PDEA sa panghuhuli ng malalaking isda kabilang na ang mag-inang Yu Yuk Lai at Diane Yu Uy at pagkumpiska ng sandamakmak na droga. Pero mukhang hindi pa rin kuntento si Duterte at nakukulangan siya sa performance ng PDEA.

    Naniniwala ang Firing Line na makabubuti kung ang budget ng PNP sa drug war ay ipapasa sa PDEA para makakuha ang ahensya ng karagdagang mga tao at makakilos nang lalong maluwag.

    Bakit pa tayo nagkaroon ng PDEA kung hindi sila ang pakikilusin para pamunuan ang drug war? Puwedeng magsilbing suporta ang PNP sa bawat operasyon pero huwag na sanang maulit ang walang patumanggang pagtutumba ng mga drug users at pushers kung saan nadadamay pati na ang mga inosenteng sibilyan.

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    Angels in real life*

    November 23rd, 2017

    SOME people believe that angels appear in many forms at the most unexpected time, especially when their help is needed most.

    This could be true for Angeline Fernando who recently fell onto the tracks of the Metro Rail Transit just as the train was pulling out of the Ayala Station. The accident resulted in the loss of her arm.

    The 27-year-old Charleanne Jandic, a postgraduate medical intern at the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center who was also inside the station, did not waste a minute and quickly attended to the bleeding victim. She was assisted by rookie policemen and members of the District Public Safety Battalion of the Eastern Police District — PO2 Dan Agustin Jr. and PO1 Ramil Almano.

    Agustin and Almano were deployed to the Ayala Station as part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit security. After hearing the people shouting, they rushed to the scene and saw Fernando lying on the floor with Jandic by her side.

    Agustin’s background as a nursing graduate of Capitol Medical Center College was extremely helpful. He and Jandic tied a belt around the arm of the 24-year-old victim to stop the excessive bleeding that could have led to her death.

    Jandic and the two cops went to the Makati Medical Center where the victim was rushed and waited until she was stable. And thanks to modern science, Fernando’s arm was reattached successfully.

    Still, let’s not forget the fact that if Jandic, Agustin and Almano were not there to provide the needed assistance, the victim could have died right there and then.

    Isn’t it amazing that they were there at the right place and right time to save Fernando’s life?

    Fernando’s life was extended because of these three individuals who may not be seraphs in the true sense of the word but acted as if they were at the time the victim needed it most.

    Firing Line lauds the quick thinking, expert and humanitarian actions displayed by Jandic, Agustin, and Almano.

    Jandic should be recognized by the medical community for her efforts. Director-General Ronald dela Rosa, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, ought to give appropriate medals and recognition to Agustin and Almano who should be made role models for the entire police force.

    As we have said time and again, not everyone in the PNP is abusive and corrupt. Some officers may be crooked but I believe majority remain dedicated to their sworn duties.

    Give credit where credit is due.

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    Bayaning pulis*

    November 21st, 2017

    MAY mga pulis man na dapat kainisan dahil sa pang-aabuso sa kapangyarihan at paggawa ng katiwalian ay may mga kabaro rin sila na tunay na maipagmamalaki ng sambayanan.

    Patunay na rito ang kabayanihan na ipinakita nina PO3 Cyril Gobis ng Sta. Cruz Municipal Police Station ng Laguna Police Provincial Office at PO2 Joselito Lantano ng Police Security and Protection Group ng Philippine National Police National Headquarters kaya sila nataas ng ranggo.

    Si Gobis ay na-promote dahil sa matagumpay niyang pagkakapigil sa pagtakas ng mga armadong magnanakaw na nanloob sa Philippine National Bank (PNB) sa Sta. Cruz, Laguna noong Enero 27, 2016.

    Nagpapatrolya noon si Gobis nang may nagsumbong sa kanya na may nagaganap na bank robbery. Pagkasugod sa lugar ay agad pinara ni Gobis ang tricycle na sinasakyan ng mga magnanakaw at hinuli ang mga ito. Dalawa sa mga suspek ang nagpaputok ng baril kaya gumanti ang pulis at napaslang ang mga nanlaban.

    Dalawang magnanakaw ang kanyang naaresto, tatlong baril ang nakumpiska, mga bala at cash na nagkakahalaga ng PhP54,535.

    Si Lantano naman ay nagpakita ng kagitingan laban sa tatlong holdaper ng bus na kanyang sinakyan habang pauwi sa Bulacan noong Abril 4, 2017.

    Nang magdeklara ng holdap ang isang kawatan at magpaputok ng warning shot ay agad tumayo si Lantano at nagpakilalang pulis. Mabuti na lang at nagmintis ang holdaper nang barilin si Lantano, na napilitang gumanti ng putok.

    Nang mapadaan sila sa Quezon Avenue ay nakita ni Lantano ang isang mobile car at sinenyasan ito sa nagaganap na pagnanakaw.

    Bukod sa pagkasawi ng isang suspek ay nahuli ni Lantano ang dalawang kasama nito, nakumpiska ang dalawang baril na may bala at isang balisong.

    Batay sa patakaran, ang sino mang miyembro ng PNP na nagpakita ng katapangan at kagitingan kahit malagay sa panganib ang kanyang buhay at kahit hindi na siya naka-duty ay mapu-promote sa susunod na ranggo kung ang kanyang nagawa ay kikilalanin ng National Police Commission.

    Kapuri-puri sina Gobis at Lantano. Naniniwala ang Firing Line na marami pang pulis na nananahimik lang pero mapatutunayang magiting at may mabuting kalooban kapag hiningi ng pagkakataon.

    Ang masakit nga lang ay mas nababalita ang mga kalokohan na ginagawa ng mga pulis na tiwali at hindi marunong kumilala ng batas na dapat sana nilang ipinatutupad.

    May pumupuna na mas pinagtutuunan ng pansin ng media at ibinabalita ang mga pulis na gumagawa ng mali. Hindi nila naisip na kung hindi sila gumawa ng kalokohan ay hindi sila magiging laman ng balita.

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    Will China ever change?*

    November 16th, 2017

    THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China have finally agreed to carry out negotiations for an effective code of conduct on the disputed South China Sea.

    Leaders of ASEAN and China have agreed to start the talks based on the framework approved by the foreign ministers last August. The negotiations, which will reportedly begin in March 2018 in Vietnam, are part of the 20th ASEAN-China Summit and the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines this year.

    Both parties have agreed that it is important that they cooperate to maintain peace, stability, freedom of navigation and overflight in accordance with international law which includes the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

    This is all well and good since crafting a code of conduct concerning the disputed waters can be considered the biggest milestone for ASEAN and China in the past 15 years.

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says China will be a good neighbor and partner to ASEAN. They are allegedly committed to working with ASEAN to be good friends that will always stand together come rain or shine.

    This statement may be quite soothing but it does not change the fact that China, which claims most of the South China Sea, continues to reclaim disputed reefs and fortify them with military features.

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    The Philippines, under the previous leadership, used to criticize China’s insolence concerning its South China Sea neighbors and brazenness in preventing Filipino fishermen from pursuing their livelihood.

    We won an arbitration case against China in July 2016 where Beijing’s historical claim over the territory was declared by the court as having no legal basis. Despite this, China continued to reject the ruling.

    The current administration under President Duterte engaged China in diplomacy and avoided conflict on territorial claims. This is practical since the Philippines can be compared to an ant pitted against a behemoth that is China.

    Back in 2002, ASEAN foreign ministers and China signed a declaration of conduct by the parties in South China Sea but agreed to a looser set of guidelines for their actions.

    Firing Line hopes the next code of conduct will be respected and followed by all parties concerned, especially China.

    Just in case, will China ever dismantle all the structures and artificial islands they put up in our territory?

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    Walang puknat ang iligal na sugal*

    November 14th, 2017

    SA WAKAS ay umaksyon ang National Capital Region Police Office noong nakaraang Miyerkules at hinuli ang saklaan sa Malibay, Pasay City na pinatatakbo ni Rom Bakla.

    Gayunman, sa Pasay ay patok na patok ang iligal na sugal sa Pilapil Street, Humildad Street, Maricaban area, Malibay area, Santo Niño area, Pasay Boulevard, Muñoz Street, Estrella Street at Maginhawa Street.

    Bukod sa hawak na color games ay nagsisilbi rin umanong kolektor ang isang PO3 Bebet ng ilang opisyales ng Southern Police District (SPD), Eastern Police District (EPD) at Parañaque Police. Itong si Bebet ay nag-apply raw ng lateral entry para maging opisyal.

    Hindi lang iligal na sugal sa Pasay ang hawak ng isang Caloy dahil may saklaan siya sa Ilaya, Divisoria sa Maynila at pati sa Olongapo City.

    Patok na patok rin sa Pasay ang color game kung saan P1,000 ang napupunta umano sa kapitan ng barangay at P500 sa PCP lalo na kapag may patay sa lugar.

    Ito ay sa Macopa, Don Carlos, Santo Niño, Pilapil, Mulawin, Maginhawa , Estrella, Dapitan, Humildad, Malibay, Maricaban, Tramo at sa likod ng iskwela ng Pasay West. May saklang tago naman sa Tolentino St.

    Palabas lang daw na galit si Pasay City Mayor Tony Calixto sa iligal na sugal pero ang totoo raw ay may basbas ito mula sa kanya at kay Pasay Police chief Senior Superintendent Diony Bartolome.

    Bukod kay Brian na kapatid ni Caloy ay isang alyas “Spike” umano ang isa sa mga bida ngayon sa Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) dahil isa siya sa namamahala ng koleksyon.

    Namamayagpag din ang iligal na bookies ng karera sa Pasay na pinatatakbo ng isang “Christian” na kamag-anak daw ng isang konsehal sa Pasay. Kasama niya sa iligal na aktibidad ang isang “Dennis.”

    May lotteng, EZ2 at “ending” din si Christian at enkargado niya si Roger diyan sa motorpool sa harap ng Pasay City Cockpit sa Cementia St. Si Ruben ang may hawak sa Salud St. sa F.B. Harrison St. Sa likod ng motorpool makikita si Aling Che na nag-o-operate rin para kay Christian.

    Tinatawagan natin ng pansin sina CIDG director Chief Superintendent Roel Obusan, Parañaque chief Senior Superintendent Leon Rosete, SPD head Chief Superintendent Tomas Apolinario Jr., EPD chief Senior Superintendent Romulo Sapitula, Manila Police District (MPD) head Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel, Olongapo City police chief Senior Superintendent Melchor Cabalza III at lalo na si PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa.

    Kahit anong ganda ng batas ay magsisilbi lang itong palamuti kung hindi naipatutupad.

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    Drugs in prison*

    November 9th, 2017

    THE government may have been too engrossed in stopping the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and has failed to address the possibility that the problem concerning narcotics may exist in other penitentiaries.

    Combined forces from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Philippine National Police’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) raided the cell of 72-year-old convicted Taiwanese drug queen Yu Yuk Lai inside the Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City last Monday.

    The authorities found 135 grams of shabu worth P1 million concealed inside panty liners, two kilos of shabu worth PhP10 million, a capsule containing suspected drugs and thousands of other empty capsules, bank checks, and a bank account with a deposit of PhP1,501,934.

    The raid was conducted after a month-long surveillance and test buy confirming that drugs hidden inside panty liners were indeed being sold.

    Hours later, PDEA operatives assisted by the Presidential Security Group (PSG) raided a condominium unit in San Miguel, Manila near the Malacañan Palace occupied by Yuk Lai’s daughter Diane Yu Uy where two kilos of shabu worth PhP10 million was seized.

    Authorities said Yuk Lai is using her daughter to supply illegal drugs at CIW and in other places as well. Surprisingly, a cop was found to be acting as bodyguard for the daughter of a drug queen.

    PDEA chair Director-General Aaron Aquino said Uy tried to offer a bribe of PhP5 million for her freedom which the raiders turned down.

    Yuk Lai and co-accused Kenneth Sy Monceda were convicted for selling three kilos of shabu to an undercover agent in Manila in 1998. Despite her incarceration for 19 years, Yuk Lai never learned her lesson and continued with her illegal drug activities.

    It was also the first time that a raid was conducted and prohibited drugs were found inside the CIW. Aquino said Yuk Lai’s daughter got her supply from a drug lord who was imprisoned inside the NBP.

    In other words, drugs continue to flourish despite all the raids conducted inside the NBP. At this point, the drugs need not even enter the NBP premises. All these drug lords need is a cell phone to freely conduct their business transactions without any fear of apprehension.

    Firing Line believes that the problem with these drug lords and their illegal activity will only stop when the entire NBP is transferred to an isolated provincial facility where they can have no contact with the outside world.

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    Iligal na sugal namamayagpag*

    November 7th, 2017

    PATULOY nga ba na kumakalat ang iligal na sugal nang hindi man lang nalalaman ng matatapang at magigiting nating kapulisan?

    Mahirap yata itong paniwalaan dahil batid naman ng lahat na matindi ang pang-amoy ng mga pulis kapag may iligal na aktibidad na nagaganap sa kanilang nasasakupan.

    Dito nga lang sa Pasay ay patok na patok ang iligal na sugal sa Pilapil Street, Humildad Street, Maricaban area, Malibay area, Santo Niño area, Pasay Boulevard, Muñoz Street, Estrella Street at Maginhawa Street.

    Bagaman bago ang bangka, nakarating sa amin na ginagamit umano nila ang mga pulis na nag ngangalang PO3 Bebet at Caloy. Kahit ang mga kapitan ng barangay ay kumikita rin daw rito dahil tumatanggap daw sila ng P1,000 kada puwesto bawat araw.

    May basbas daw ito nina Pasay City Mayor Tony Calixto at Pasay Police chief Senior Superintendent Diony Bartolome. Palabas lang daw na kunwari ay galit dito si Mayor Calixto.

    Itong si Bebet na nakatalaga sa Headquarters Support Group ng Region 3 ay hindi raw nagdyu-duty. Bukod sa hawak na color games ay nagsisilbi rin umano itong kolektor ng ilang opisyales ng Southern Police District (SPD), Eastern Police District (EPD) at Parañaque Police.

    Si Caloy naman ay may puwestong saklaan sa Ilaya, Divisoria sa Maynila at pati na sa Olongapo City. Ang kanyang kapatid na si Brian ay nangongolekta naman daw para sa Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) ng PNP.

    Ang koleksyon ay nabili raw ng isang alyas “Dolphin.”

    Ang “bentahan” ng koleksyon ay uso na rin. Sa madaling salita ay gagarantiyahan ng isang grupo na buwan-buwan ay matatanggap ng CIDG ang napagkasunduang halaga.

    Kapag mas malaki ang pera na nakolekta ng grupo sa mga iligalista, ang sosobra ay sa kanila mapupunta. Pero kapag nagkulang ang nakalap ay dapat abonohan nila upang mapunuan ang halagang dapat mapunta sa CIDG.

    Ano ang nangyayari sa pinamumunuan mo, CIDG director Chief Superintendent Roel Obusan? Wala ka bang alam dito, PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa?

    Bukod kina Calixto at Bartolome, tinatawagan din natin ng pansin sina Parañaque police chief Senior Superintendent Leon Rosete, SPD head Chief Superintendent Tomas Apolinario Jr., Eastern Police District (EPD) chief Senior Superintendent Romulo Sapitula, Manila Police District (MPD) head Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel at Olongapo City police chief Senior Superintendent Melchor Cabalza III.

    Hahayaan ba ninyong patuloy na mamayagpag ang mga iligal na sugal sa ilalim ng inyong ilong nang wala kayong ginagawa? Paano maipatutupad ang batas kung bulag sa iligal na kaganapan

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    Terrorism to persist*

    November 2nd, 2017

    WITHOUT a doubt, a lot of people, particularly our soldiers, are still in high spirits due to the government’s successful campaign to thwart the spread of terrorism in Marawi City.

    The remaining fighters of the Maute group, although supported by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have crumbled like cookies with the deaths of Omar Maute and Abu Sayyaf leader and appointed ISIS emir in Southeast Asia Isnilon Hapilon. Victory over a war that lasted for almost five months has finally been attained.

    Still, the problem is far from over and may return when we least expect it. Remember, terrorism is a global problem that requires constant attention.

    The government must understand the root cause of the crisis that struck Marawi and take extra precautions to prevent extremists from taking advantage of it. Otherwise, the problem will persist.

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    Based on the history of the dreaded Abu Sayyaf since the 1990s, new leaders would emerge and take over following the deaths of their predecessors. Even though setbacks occurred, subgroups were formed which made it harder for government forces to hunt them down.

    Also bear in mind that in our country’s history, the battle for Marawi, which lasted nearly five months, was never seen before in Mindanao where conflicts usually arose in Maguindanao, Sulu, and Basilan.

    In fact, the Marawi combat, although a bloody, steep “tuition” to pay, could be deemed as a form of military “education” for the Abu Sayyaf and Maute groups if they want their future resistance to last.

    Apart from new terrorist leaders, the government should also be wary of the hundreds of relatives of those radicals killed in the war. They may seek revenge.

    Recruiters who are allegedly using social media and showing images of the conflict in Marawi to persuade potential ISIS members to fight for their cause should be hunted down vigorously.

    Big-time financiers who supported the Mautes should also be pursued. A report said the siege succeeded only because of the support provided by the wealthy residents of the area. Thus, tunnels were built and high-powered guns were slipped inside without the military’s knowledge.

    If the military fails to catch these rich financiers, they could easily use their wealth to back new terrorist groups to destabilize the government.

    As much as Firing Line would want to see an end to the conflict, the fight could go on and on even after the end of President Duterte’s term.

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    Pagbangon*

    October 31st, 2017

    HALOS isang linggo matapos ideklara ni President Duterte na malaya na ang Marawi City sa terorismo ay nagpahayag si Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana na nagwakas na ang 154 na araw ng pananakop ng Maute group na sinuportahan ng Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

    Ayon sa militar ay nasawi sa digmaan ang 920 terorista bukod pa sa mga bangkay na hindi pa nila nababawi sa huling pinaglabanang gusali. Sa panig ng gobyerno ay nalagas ang 165 sundalo at pulis. Naitala na 1,780 bihag ang nailigtas at 850 armas ang nakumpiska.

    Dahil sa ipinakitang pagsisikap at determinasyon ng Pilipinas na labanan ang terorismo ay napigilan ang pagkalat nito sa Asya.

    Dapat din ipagpasalamat ang naging kontribusyon ng mga bansang Amerika, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore at China upang mapalaya ang Marawi.

    Matapos ang matinding labanan ay nasasabik ang mga sundalo kung matutuloy ang ipinangako ng Pangulo nang bumisita sa Marawi na sasagutin ang libreng biyahe papuntang Hong Kong ng mga kawal na pararangalan ng medal of valor. Nang bumalik si Duterte sa Marawi ay nagpahayag ito na ipara-raffle raw niya ang pagbiyahe sa Hong Kong.

    Nakatutok na ngayon ang pamahalaan sa mabigat na hamon ng pagbangon at rehabilitasyon ng Marawi City sa tinamong hindi birong pagkawasak ng imprastraktura at mga pag-aari kung saan kakailanganin ang tunay na pagkakaisa ng mga mamamayan.

    Titiyakin daw ng mga opisyal ng barangay na tanging mga residente lang ng Marawi ang makababalik sa lugar at hindi masisingitan ng mga taong-labas na maaaring makalikha lang ng gulo.

    Magtatayo muna ang National Housing Authority (NHA) ng 1,500 mga pansamantalang kabahayan na aabutin lang ng dalawang araw para gawin.

    Ang Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) at mga enhinyero ng militar ay nagsimulang maglinis ng mga kalat at gumuhong bahagi ng gusali sa mga daanan. Naglaan ang DPWH ng P200 milyon upang isaayos ang mga kalsada, lagusan ng tubig at ibang pangangailangan.

    Ang Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) at ibang ahensya ng gobyerno ay tutulong sa mga naapektuhang residente ng Marawi upang makapagsimula ng maliliit na negosyo at kumita habang sumasailalim sa rehabilitasyon ang nawasak nilang lungsod.

    Ang naturang mga proyekto ay tunay na maganda at kinakailangan. Tunay na nagkakaisa ang karamihan ng Pilipino sa hangaring makabangon ang Marawi.

    Pero nagpapaalala ang Firing Line na huwag sanang mahaluan ng katiwalian ang mga pagsisikap ng gobyerno at hindi makapasok ang mga buwayang opisyal na maaaaring gamitin ang pondo para sa pansarili nilang kapakanan.

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    Hail to the Chief *

    October 26th, 2017

    DESPITE earlier differences of opinion with President Rodrigo Duterte, the United States hailed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for killing terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

    As an ally, the US supported the military’s counter terrorism efforts in Mindanao by providing intelligence, surveillance, and technical assistance. It has also donated at least P730 million or $14.21 million in foreign assistance as of September 15 since the beginning of the siege on Marawi City.

    Hapilon was the appointed emir of the dreaded Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Southeast Asia and leader of the band of criminals known as the Abu Sayyaf.

    Omar was the brother of Abdullah Maute who was earlier killed in battle. They led the Maute group that launched the terror attack supported by ISIS and laid siege to Marawi.

    Omar and Hapilon perished when government troops launched an assault operation on Monday, October 16, after almost five months of battling the terrorists in Marawi.

    For those in doubt, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) already confirmed that the DNA sample taken from one of the bodies retrieved in Marawi matches that of Hapilon.

    On October 17, President Duterte was cheered after declaring that Marawi City was liberated from terrorist influence.

    A couple of days after that, the President confirmed that Mahmud Ahmad, the Malaysian terrorist who reportedly financed the Marawi siege with at least P30 million, was among the 13 fighters killed by the military earlier that day. The last 20 hostages were rescued by government forces on October 22.

    Duterte should indeed be hailed for his determination to cut the head of the snake in the fight against terrorism with the deaths of Hapilon, Maute and Ahmad.

    No other president can lay claim or boast that he crushed the Sayyaf and ISIS groups in such a way. The government has shown its determination to end the Marawi crisis despite the initial failure of intelligence that triggered the war.

    Of course, Firing Line also salutes our military leaders and the brave soldiers on the ground, especially those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

    The government should make sure that the families of these fallen heroes are well taken care of. We owe them our deepest gratitude.

    Rehabilitation has started in Marawi five days after its liberation. Civic organizations are encouraged to aid the government in its rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts by providing assistance, financial or otherwise. Let’s help.

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    Walang tiwala*

    October 24th, 2017

    IPINAGTANGGOL ni Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano sa isang press conference ang mga tagasuportang blogger na kanilang isinama sa biyahe sa New York para i-cover ang kanyang speech sa United Nations General Assembly.

    Kinumpirma rin niya na ginamit ang pera ng mga nagbabayad ng buwis para tustusan ang gastusin ng naturang mga blogger. Bakit kailangang sagutin ng gobyerno ang tranportasyon, hotel, allowance at ibang gastusin ng bloggers na gamit ang pera ng taxpayers? Tama ba ito?

     

     

    Nang tanungin si Cayetano kung bakit kasama ang mga blogger sa official delegation, sinabi ng kalihim na paano na umano ang coverage nila kung wala ang bloggers?

    Kataka-taka ito para sa marami dahil mukhang nakalimutan na ni Cayetano na mayroon silang government news channel, Philippine News Agency (PNA), official reporters at photographers na ang tungkulin ay mag-cover ng aktibidad ng administrasyon dito sa bansa at pati sa abroad. Hindi ba karapat-dapat lang na sila ang suportahan at isama ng kalihim sa pagbiyahe nila sa ibang bansa?

    Nag-cover sa pagtitipon ang international news agencies. Nariyan din ang mga lehitimong mamamahayag na kahit narito sa bansa ay nakakukuha ng mga detalye sa nakagawiang mga pamamaraan nang libre at hindi umaasa na gagastusan sila ng gobyerno.

    Karamihan ng blogging ay pagsusulat ng sariling opinyon sa partikular na paksa sa Internet. Pero may mga lehitimong mamamahayag na hindi sumasang-ayon sa bloggers.

    Hindi kasi maituturing na biro ang dinaanan ng mga mamamahayag para makarating sa kanilang kinaroroonan. Naniniwala sila na hindi maaaring maupo na lang sa harap ng computer sa maghapon at magsulat nang magsulat. Kailangan nilang lumabas, mag-interview, mag-imbestiga sa isyu bago nila isulat ang kanilang nalaman.

    Ang blogger ay kayang isulat ang anumang bagay kahit na minsan-minsan ay palpak at mali ang impormasyon.

    Masisisi ba natin kung bakit hanggang ngayon ay maraming lehitimong journalist ang walang tiwala sa bloggers?

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    Nais ipagbigay-alam ng kapwa natin taga-media na  si Rex Cayanong ang “1st Ka Rex Cayanong Target Invitational Cup” na sisipa sa Rizal sa Enero 2018.

    Kaagapay sa naturang torneo ng basketball na lalahukan ng ilang dating professional players ang Rizal Basketball League (RBL) at Antipolo Basketball League (ABL).

    Ang palaro ay pangungunahan ni Gilbert “Bhong” Dulfo at sponsors sina dating Governor Casimiro “Ito” Ynares, Mayor Kit Nieto at iba pang alkalde sa lalawigan.

    Ayon kay Cayanong, layunin ng basketball event na makatulong sa mga baguhang atleta na makalaro sa court ang mga alamat at idolo nila sa Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

    Para sa karagdagang impormayon, mag-text o tumawag kay Commissioner Gilbert Dulfo sa 0908-4546717.

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    Revolutionary government *

    October 19th, 2017

    MANY people are alarmed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s warning that he plans to establish a revolutionary government to counter a supposed destabilization plot.

    Many question this reasoning after his own defense secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, doubts whether such a plot even exists.

     

     

     

    To be honest, this sows confusion. What destabilization plot is the President talking about? And why would he even set up a revolutionary government when this would mean he would be going against his own administration?

    I remember former President Cory Aquino setting up a revolutionary government to thwart the Marcos’s rule but this was more of a necessity in order to erase all the remnants of the former strongman’s dictatorship.

    Yes, we do have rallies and demonstrations but are they enough to bring down the government? Protest actions have always been there as a means for people to express their views and show everyone that democracy is alive.

    We also have communist guerrillas and religious terrorists whose groups abhor each other and would make an alliance to topple the administration close to impossible.

    Transport strikes have been around time and again and could hardly be considered a part of the destabilization plot as Attorney Aileen Lizada, board member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), insinuated.

    The latest transport strike was in protest of the looming passenger jeep phaseout and modernization.

    For her part, Lizada cited that most of those who joined the transport protest come from the working or labor sector and left-leaning groups.

    But then, most protest actions have always enjoyed the support of leftists and communists who have actively participated in calls against the government no matter what the reason may be.

    In no way does Firing Line believes that Duterte’s intention to establish a revolutionary government is a well-calculated plan to divert the public’s attention from the issue about his wealth and assets.

    But if the President establishes a revolutionary government at this point, he would have to declare all positions vacant in order to quell the alleged efforts to topple his administration.

    Lawyer Christian Monsod, a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, said Duterte would have to yield to political dynasties and warlords in order to hold on to power under a revolutionary government which, according to him, is basically a dictatorship.

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    Iligal bookies sa Pasay talamak*

    October 17th, 2017

    TALAMAK at hindi maawat ang iligal na bookies ng karera sa iba’t ibang sulok ng Pasay City.

    Sa palagay ng maraming residente ay imposible namang isipin na hindi pa raw nalalaman ng mga awtoridad na ang operator nito ay isang nagngangalang “Christian” na kamag-anak diumano ng isang konsehal sa Pasay.

     

     

     

    Ang areas of operation ay sa Maginhawa Street, Tengco St., P. Dandan St., Leveriza St., Sun Valley Subdivision at sa mga lugar sa paligid ng Gil Puyat Avenue at Vito Cruz St., Villaruel St., Alvarez St., M. dela Cruz St., Maricaban area, Inocencio St., Silva St., at Cuenca St.

    Kasama niya sa iligal na aktibidad sa mga lugar na ito ang isang “Dennis,”

    Kung ang usapan ay madadako sa loteng, EZ2 at “ending” na pinatatakbo ni Christian, ang enkargado niya sa mga ito ay si Roger diyan sa motorpool sa harap ng Pasay City Cockpit sa Cementia St., Tramo St. at palengke. Si Ruben naman ang may hawak sa lugar ng Salud St. sa may F.B. Harrison St.

    Sa likod naman ng motorpool makikita si Aling Che na siyang nag-o-operate para kay Christian at isa sa pinagkakatiwalaan niya.

    Sina Rosie, Totoy at Ely ang nag-o-operate sa Pildera habang si Steve naman sa Cartimar. Si Ronald ang nakapuwesto sa post office sa Tramo, si Romy sa Facundo St., si Cesar sa area ng Santo Niño-Taft Avenue, si Dennis sa Villamor, si Jing sa Maricaban at si Joan sa Merville Subdivision.

    Wala bang mata at tainga sina National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar Albayalde, Southern Police District (SPD) head Chief Superintendent Tomas Apolinario at Pasay City Police chief Senior Superintendent Diony Bartolome? Ano ang nangyari at patuloy na namamayagpag ang iligal na bookies at sugal sa inyong nasasakupan?

    Walang kaalam-alam ang butihing alkalde ng Pasay at naturang mga hepe ng pulis na ipinagmamalaki ni Christian na hindi siya maaaring galawin ng kapulisan kahit pa ng city hall detachment dahil sa regular umano siyang nagbibigay ng malaking “lingguhang parating” sa kanila.

    Ngayong wala na sa drug war ang atensyon ng mga pulis dahil napunta na itong lahat sa Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), puwede na nilang pag-ukulan ng pansin at hulihin itong si Christian at ang kanyang mga alipores sa iligal nilang gawain.

    Kung hindi ay patuloy na madudurog ang pangalan ng alkalde at ng mga opisyal ng pulis dahil gagamitin at isasabit sila ni Christian upang makalusot ang operasyon niya sa iligal na sugal.

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    Well planned*

    October 12th, 2017

    FORMER Environment Secretary Gina Lopez has genuine concern for our surroundings and the people affected by the atrocities committed by its abusers.

    Lopez believes that the toxic metals generated by open pit mining will continue to pollute rivers, streams and adversely affect the lives of communities. Open pits also kill the economic potential of a region, biodiversity, and possibilities of ecotourism.

     

     

    The former environment chief points out that mining is not a right but a privilege granted to operators under certain conditions. It is subject to the police power of the state to protect the common good and general welfare of our countrymen.

    The Constitution states that the state shall promote social justice in all phases of national development. Still, the government allows open pit mining near rivers and streams, putting communities eternally in peril.

    During her term, Lopez suspended the operation of 15 mining firms in the Caraga Region for various violations such as siltation of rivers, coasts, and destroying watersheds.

    To the dismay of Lopez’s supporters who are likewise environmentalists, the suspended firms are now allowed to operate.

    Roger de Dios, regional director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, confirmed that the firms filed an appeal and motion for reconsideration and are allowed to operate for the meantime.

    These are AAMPhil Natural Resources Exploration, Kromico Inc., Libjo Mining Corporation, Oriental Synergy Mining Corporation, Oriental Vision Mining Philippines Corporation, SinoSteel Philippines, H.Y. Mining Corporation and Wellex Mining Corporation in Dinagat Islands.

    Likewise cleared are ADNAMA Mining Resources Corporation, Claver Mineral Development Corporation, Platinum Group Metals Corporation, and Hinatuan Mining Corporation; CTP Construction and Mining Corporation, Carrascal Nickel Corporation, Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation; and Century Peak Corporation.

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    In spite of yearning for the much-needed confirmation in order to continually implement all her plans intended for the betterment of the environment, Lopez was rejected by the seemingly all-powerful Commission on Appointments (CA).

    As Firing Line has seen time and again, when leadership changes, new sets of rules are applied and followed.

    Former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Roy Cimatu, who replaced Lopez, appears to have no desire in following his predecessor’s footsteps as far as his appointment is concerned.

    Obviously, Cimatu has an all-too different view on how to run his office while being determined to get the nod of CA. And Cimatu’s plan proves excellent as he received his much-needed confirmation only last week.

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    Hulidap?*

    October 10th, 2017

    MAY panibagong anggulo sa pamamaslang sa 19-anyos na si Carl Arnaiz na ibinunyag ang Public Attorneys’ Office (PAO) na pinamumunuan ni Persida Acosta.

    Posible umanong insidente ito ng hulidap kung saan sinusubukang kotongan ng mga tiwaling pulis ang kanilang inaresto upang hindi ito kasuhan.

     

     

     

    Umalis si Carl sa kanilang bahay sa Cainta, Rizal noong Agosto 17 at nawala nang 10 araw. Natagpuan ang kanyang bangkay sa isang morge sa Caloocan.

    Maaalalang nagpahayag ang kapulisan na napatay si Arnaiz matapos itong magtangkang holdapin ang taxi driver na si Tomas Bagcal sa C-3 Road sa Caloocan noong Agosto 18.

    Pero batay sa pahayag ni Bagcal ay pinara ni Arnaiz na kasama ang 14-anyos na si Reynaldo “Kulot” de Guzman ang kanyang taxi sa Pasig City at nagpahatid sa Caloocan. Tinangka raw siyang holdapin ni Arnaiz pero dinala raw niya ang dalawa sa mga pulis sa tulong ng mga barangay tanod.

    Ayon sa dalawang tumestigo sa Senado ay nakita nila si Arnaiz na binaril ng mga pulis-Caloocan habang nakaluhod.

    Sa naunang imbestigasyon na isinagawa ng PAO ay lumabas na pinosasan at tinortyur ang biktima bago ito binaril nang limang ulit nang walang kalaban-laban.

    Nagsampa na ang PAO ng kasong double murder laban sa mga pulis na sangkot sa pagkasawi ni Arnaiz at inakusahan silang nagtanim ng ebidensya.

    Ibinunyag ni Acosta na pinadalhan daw ni Eva Arnaiz ang kanyang anak na si Carl ng halagang P17,000 isang araw bago ito maglaho.

    Kung nagpadala si Eva ng P17,000 sa kanyang anak ay walang nakikitang dahilan para mangholdap ito ng taxi driver. At ang malaking palaisipan pa ay kung saan napunta ang pera kung dala nga ito ni Carl, dahil nakita man ang katawan ng biktima ay patuloy naman na nawala ang naturang pera.

    Kinuwestyon ng PAO chief kung bakit wala nang lamang pera ang backpack ng biktima. Pati raw iyong Lenovo cell phone na ipinadala ng ina ay nawala at napalitan ng mumurahing analog.

    Sumasang-ayon ang Firing Line sa pahayag ni Acosta na noon pa man ay nagaganap na ang mga kaso ng hulidap sa mga tao na may pera.

    Kung totoong nahulidap si Arnaiz, marahil ay ito na ang tamang panahon para mabago ang baluktot na sistemang ito at mapanagot ang mga salarin na nagtatago sa likod ng kanilang tsapa sa paggawa ng katiwalian. Kahihiyan sila sa kapulisan!

    Paano maibabalik ang tiwala ng mga mamamayan sa pulis kung may mga gumagawa ng kalokohan na tulad ng hulidap at sumisira sa image ng kanilang kabaro?

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