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Congresswoman Sworn in as a Commissioned Officer of AFP Reserve Force

Even Filipina women can take charge of defending the nation from threats. Compostela Valley 1st District Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora-Mabanglo recently proved that this was far from being a myth when she took her oath as a newly commissioned officer in the military’s reserve force at Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum […].....»»

Category: newsSource: metrocebu metrocebuApr 16th, 2018

Bataan lawmaker wants to bring back mandatory ROTC program

Newly enlisted as the country's first transgender military officer, Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman on Thursday called for the mandatory implementation of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program among senior high school students.     "For service of country, we must bring back the mandatory ROTC program for Grades 11 and 12," she said a day after donning the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as she joined the Philippine Army Reserve Force.     Roman, the first transgender congresswoman, is also the first transgender reservist of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.     "I commend the AFP for allowing Filipino LGBT (lesbian, gay...Keep on reading: Bataan lawmaker wants to bring back mandatory ROTC program.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

Gutsy Batangas crowned as first-ever king of MPBL

On the ground for the very first time in the playoffs of the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup, Batangas wasted no time in standing back up. And not only did they stand up, the Athletics also marched forward, right through overmatched Muntinlupa, 68-66, to claim the throne as first-ever kings of the new national league. Big guns Bong Quinto and Paul Varilla as well as key reserve Moncrief Rogado all came to play and made sure the visitors didn’t waste another shot at history. Quinto wound up with 12 points, Varilla had 10 points and nine rebounds, and Rogado dropped a season-high 14 points of his own. Two days ago, Batangas suffered its first setback in the playoffs and saw their opponents cut their deficit in the best-of-five series to 1-2. “There’s no safe lead. We were up by 15 tapos nawala diba,” head coach Mac Tan said. Indeed, Pari Llagas and Dave Moralde yet again willed the Cagers in this one, rallying them from as much as 15 points down to up 65-63 inside the last two minutes. Quinto and Jhaymo Eguilos had the answer for the Athletics, however, and connived for five unanswered points and a 68-65 advantage in their favor. With 18.2 ticks to go on the clock, the home team still had several shots to force overtime, or even win the game, but Moralde and Llagas combined to convert only one of their four free throws. The clutch makes of Quinto and Eguilos, along with the crucial misses of Moralde and Llagas, proved to be more than enough for Batangas to take home the title. “Ang adjustment namin, yung willingness ng players na ayaw na nilang bumalik pa ‘to ng Batangas,” Tan said. The well-earned win was just the perfect ending for a maiden campaign which saw them romp through the eliminations and rise as the top-seed of the playoffs and the favorites for the title. The Athletics only lived up to the hype, sweeping both the quarterfinals and the semifinals then ringing off back-to-back wins in the championship round before losing Game 3. Bouncing back big-time in Game 4, they cap off their playoff run with a standout 7-1 record. For Muntinlupa, Llagas topped the scoring column with 19 points to go along with 14 rebounds and two blocks. Moralde chipped in 14 markers, seven boards, and two assists. They will be looking back at their woes from the line as the foremost reason why their conference has come to a close. In all, they muffed on 15 of 31 free throws that, without a doubt, would have changed the complexion of the contest. BOX SCORES BATANGAS 68 – Rogado 14, Quinto 12, Varilla 10, Teodoro 9, Eguilos 7, Santos 6, Acuna 5, Olayon 4, Villamor 1, Grimaldo 0, Alvarez 0, Pasculado 0 MUNTINUPA 66 – Llagas 19, Moralde 14, Reverente 12, Mangahas 11, Ylagan 7, Jaime 3, Apreku 0, Vergara 0, Stevens 0 QUARTER SCORES: 16-12, 43-28, 54-47, 68-66 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

BPI expects to benefit from higher interest rates, tax reform, infra buildup

MANILA, Philippines – The  Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) expects to benefit from the country's sustained economic growth, higher interest rates, lower reserve requirement ratio, the tax reform law, and the government's massive infrastructure buildup. BPI president and chief executive officer Cezar Consing said his bank plans to allocate P50 billion ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Lacson seeks inquiry into SAF subsistence allowance mess

  Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday sought a Senate inquiry into the anomalous withholding of P58.9 million in subsistence allowances of members of the the Philippine National Police's elite Special Action Force (SAF).   In filing Senate Resolution No. 712, Lacson said the committee on public order and dangerous drugs, which he chairs, would find out whether certain SAF officials were liable for the alleged fund scam.   The senator, a former PNP chief, was referring to the admission of former SAF Director Benjamin Lusad and budget and fiscal officer Sr. Supt. Andre Dizon that they used the P58.9-million additional subsistence allowance of some 4,000 comma...Keep on reading: Lacson seeks inquiry into SAF subsistence allowance mess.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Ex-SAF chief s budget officer returns P37 million to PNP

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Senior Superintendent Andre Dizon, budget officer of embattled former police Special Action Force (SAF) chief Director Benjamin Lusad, has returned P37 million to the Philippine National Police (PNP). This was announced by outgoing police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa during his retirement testimonial dinner Tuesday, April ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Boracay cop nabbed for rape raps

A MEMBER of the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) was arrested in Kalibo, Aklan a rape case. Senior Police Officer 1 (SPO1) Ralston Candido, 46, a resident of Roldan St., Kalibo, was collared inside the Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO) headquarters at Camp Pastor Martelino in Barangay New Buswang. Members of Aklan Provincial Mobile Force […] The post Boracay cop nabbed for rape raps appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

42 SAF commandos receive PNP Medal of Valor

Three years after they were killed in a bloody clash with Moro rebels in Maguindanao, the remaining 42 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) who have yet to receive the Philippine National Police's (PNP) highest honor received the award posthumously from President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday. The surviving kin of the SAF commandos received the Medal of Valor or Medalya ng Kagitingan in a Malacaang ceremony attended by officials from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police led by DILG officer-in-charge, Secretary Eduardo M. Ao, and PNP Chief, Director General Ronald "Bato" M. Dela Rosa. Forty-four SAF troopers were killed in the p...Keep on reading: 42 SAF commandos receive PNP Medal of Valor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Roxas Holdings pushing for mechanization amid aging sugar labor force

INTEGRATED sugar and bioethanol producer Roxas Holdings, Inc. (RHI) said it is pushing for further mechanization on sugarcane farms amid fears of an aging and dwindling work force in agriculture. RHI Chief Financial Officer Celso T. Dimarucut said that while RHI currently does not have any problem with its work force, labor will need to […] The post Roxas Holdings pushing for mechanization amid aging sugar labor force appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

UnionBank sees growth in retail banking

UNIONBANK of the Philippines (UnionBank) said that retail banking will continue to grow as more Filipinos enter the work force. In an interview with BusinessWorld, UnionBank President and Chief Executive Officer Edwin R. Bautista said the country’s growing population will continue to boost retail banking. “The bigger influence in our growth moving forward is population […] The post UnionBank sees growth in retail banking appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

Fire hits Manila Pavilion

A fire broke out Sunday morning at a hotel in Manila, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said.   As of posting, BFP Fire Officer 3 Rowena Calleja confirmed that the blaze was destroying the Manila Pavilion hotel along United Nations Avenue in Ermita.   Calleja said that the fire started at about 9:30 a.m. and reached the 5th alarm at 10:09 a.m.   The BFP raised the alarm to Task Force Bravo at 11:30 a.m.   In a report by Radyo Inqurier 990AM, BFP Chief Inspector Crossid Cante said the fire started at the second floor of the hotel.   Firefighters were still trying to put out the fire as of posting.The cause of the fire was still ...Keep on reading: Fire hits Manila Pavilion.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Fil-Am Gina Ortiz Jones wins primary in Texas, faces May runoff

  WASHINGTON Filipina American congressional candidate in Texas, Gina Ortiz Jones won Tuesday night's primary (Feb. 6), but having fallen short of 51 percent, she must face fellow Democrat Rick Trevino in a May runoff. Whoever wins the May runoff will go up againstRep. Will Hurd (R) in November. With 41 percent of the vote, Ortiz Jones defeated her four opponents, with Trevino coming in second at 17 percent. Ortiz Jones is a former Air Force intelligence officer who served in Iraq under President George W. Bush. She was a top director in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative under President Barack Obama. Her congressional bid is her first time running for o...Keep on reading: Fil-Am Gina Ortiz Jones wins primary in Texas, faces May runoff.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

9 solons in army reserve force get CA approval

THE Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday, March 7, approved the nomination of several lawmakers as military officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Reserve Force. Confirmed with a rank of colonel were House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez, House Majority Leader Rodolfo C. Fariñas, Senator Loren B. Legarda, and Senator Emmanuel D. Pacquiao. […] The post 9 solons in army reserve force get CA approval appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

Alvarez, Legarda, Pacquiao now AFP colonels

The Commission on Appointment on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and seven other lawmakers from both houses of Congress to the rank of Colonel in the reserve force of the various services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

Kabataan sa Ilocos tutol sa sapilitang ROTC

BAGUIO CITY — Tinawag na “pasista” ng grupong Anakbayan Ilocos ang presidente sa pahayag nitong pagpapanumbalik ng mandatory na Reserve Officer Training Corps o ROTC sa mga Grade 11 at 12......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2018

Military ready for another possible conflict

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is getting ready for another possible conflict, a ranking officer said on Friday. “[F]rom our experience from the Marawi siege, we are preparing for another urban warfare,” Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Ranao Colonel Romeo S. Brawner, Jr. said. “In the eventuality that something similar to Marawi […] The post Military ready for another possible conflict appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2018

‘SERVICE KNOWS NO GENDER’ | Rep. Geraldine Roman is first transgender military officer

Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman, the country’s first transgender congresswoman, is now also the Philippines’ first transgender military officer after taking her oath as a Reservist Officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday at the Department of National Defense (DND) Hall of Flags in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. According to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

Defective wheels force MRT 3 train to offload 300 passengers

A southbound Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) train was halted in Quezon City on Sunday night after its wheels skidded on the rails. In an advisory, MRT-3 media relations officer Aly Narvaez said the train unloaded its 300 passengers at the southbound section of GMA-Kamuning station at 9:22 p.m. Narvaez said that flat spots on the defective train's wheels were reported to have caused the train to slip and skid on the rail. The affected commuters were then loaded in a next train which arrived seven minutes after the incident, she said. The train was brought back to the depot for preventive maintenance and replacement of wheel set components, Narvaez added. /atm...Keep on reading: Defective wheels force MRT 3 train to offload 300 passengers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2018

NFA employees must fill up new forms on ‘affiliation’ with AFP. Forced conscription of civilian state workers?

COURAGE president Ferdinand Gaite said it's the first time NFA personnel were required to fill up such forms. Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said the form “is, in essence, conscription to military service, either as part of the military’s reserve force or its auxiliary. This takes militarization of the civilian bureaucracy to a whole new level.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2018

PNP bans Tokhang at night, weekends

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has banned Oplan Tokhang from being conducted at night, the PNP announced Thursday, January 24. "It is required that police Tokhang teams in proper PNP uniform must be led by a Police Commissioned Officer and shall conduct operations from 8:00 am to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 24th, 2018

‘Bato’ swears in newly-promoted generals

SEVEN newly-promoted Philippine National Police generals led by Director Noli G. Taliño, the former PNP Special Action Force deputy director who made the country cry when he bade his farewell to the SAF’s Gallant 44 in January 2015, on Tuesday were sworn into office by PNP chief Director General Ronald….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018