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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

SSS invests P3B in three domestic mutual funds

THE state-run Social Security System (SSS) on Thursday said it invested P3 billion of its investment reserve fund (IRF) in three domestic mutual funds in the Philippines, the first time in the history of the pension fund. SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said the pension fund invested P1 billion each in […] The post SSS invests P3B in three domestic mutual funds appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

SSS invests P3B in 3 domestic mutual funds

THE state-run Social Security System (SSS) yesterday said it invested P3 billion of its investment reserve fund (IRF) in three domestic mutual funds in the Philippines, the first time in the history of the pension fund. SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said the pension fund invested….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

PETTY QUARREL ENDS IN MURDER: Both drunk, cop shoots fellow cop inside camp

A PETTY squabble between two police officers led to a bloody end, raising questions on the psychological condition of certain cops. The incident happened 7:13 p.m. on July 8, 2018 at the 602nd Regional Mobile Force Company headquarters in Barangay Guadalupe, Janiuay, Iloilo. Police Officer 1 (PO1) Melchor Casipe, a native of Barangay Zone 7 […] The post PETTY QUARREL ENDS IN MURDER: Both drunk, cop shoots fellow cop inside camp appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

Fake traffic enforcer? Volunteers need go signal from I-ACT

MANILA, Philippines – Only volunteer groups who have partnered with the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) have IDs, and are authorized to apprehend motorists, the task force said on Tuesday, July 3. In a press briefing, I-ACT Chief Traffic Officer Manny Gonzales said interested groups may partner with the task force to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

After non-selection, Myla Pablo still leads call for PH team support

Pocari Sweat-Air Force hitter Myla Pablo wasted no time in proving that she has her fellow Filipina volleybelles' backs. Pablo, a three-time champion for the Lady Warriors in the V-League and the Premier Volleyball League, was cut from the 14-woman national team pool that is set to compete in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia this August. The former National University Lady Bulldog was part of the initial 20 players considered for the squad but was left off. Volleyball fans quickly jumped on social media to point out what they consider an unfair exclusion from the lineup, but Pablo was also swift in defending her fellow players. Guys support nalang tayo kung sino ang napili 14players for NT wag nalang tayo mambash deserve nilang mapili 🙂 maging masaya nalang tayo or sumuporta sa mga napili na players godbless.. ❤️❤️ — myla pablo (@iamMylaPablo) June 14, 2018 The national volleyball team consists of Aby Maraño, Majoy Baron, Mika Reyes, Jaja Santiago, Jia Morado, Kim Fajardo, Dawn Macandili, Kim Kianna Dy, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Cha Cruz, Ces Molina, and Alyssa Valdez, while Rhea Dimaculangan and Denden Lazaro are listed as reserve players. The final roster was handpicked by the national team coaches made up of head tactician Shaq Delos Santos and assistants coaches in UST mentor Kungfu Reyes and Bryan Esquibel......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Neighbors stunned by man who vanished from US Air Force

DALY CITY, California --- Neighbors knew him as Tim, a quiet man who kept to himself but was always pleasant and never left the house without his San Francisco Giants cap on. Then his picture appeared on the news and TV satellite trucks showed up Monday on their quiet, tree-lined street in Daly City, just south of San Francisco, and it became clear their neighbor was not who they had thought. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in a news release they had apprehended the man, identified as Capt. William Howard Hughes, Jr., an officer who had top security clearance when he disappeared in New Mexico 35 years ago. Hughes was charged with desertion and is being he...Keep on reading: Neighbors stunned by man who vanished from US Air Force.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Nabbed female police commando tests positive for drugs — Albayalde

A FEMALE member of the Special Action Force (SAF) who was arrested over the weekend after she was caught in a “pot session” in Taguig City tested positive for drugs, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Monday. Police Officer (PO) 3 Lynn Tubig was arrested last Saturday with two companions, identified [...] The post Nabbed female police commando tests positive for drugs — Albayalde appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Maritime police officer arrested for extortion in Basilan

A MARITIME police officer was arrested in Basilan for alleged extortion, according to a task force that set up the entrapment operation. The Counterintelligence Task Force (CITF) said its operatives, in coordination with members of the Special Action Force (SAF), arrested PO3 Basir Alam at the port of Isabela City where they validated a complaint [...] The post Maritime police officer arrested for extortion in Basilan appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

New PNP spokesman is former UN officer, Harvard graduate

MANILA, Philippines – A former United Nations (UN) officer and Harvard graduate is the new voice of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Senior Superintendent Benigno Durana has been appointed the new chief of the PNP Public Information Office, effectively becoming the unifying spokesperson of the 190,000-strong police force. Durana replaced his ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

Napolcom opens application for police exam

National Police Commission has opened the application for police executive service eligibility (PESE) written examinations for PNP uniformed personnel. Napolcom vice chairman and executive officer attorney Rogelio Casurao said the filing of applications for the August 19 exams for police commissioned officers shall be from June 11 to July 24.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

Fire hits DENR-LMB office in Manila

https://twitter.com/dzIQ990/status/1000880275839057920 Fire struck the Land Management Bureau office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Binondo, Manila past midnight Monday.   Fire Officer 1 Ma. Theresa Dalisay said the blaze along Quintin Paredes Street began around 12:29 a.m., and has reached Task Force Bravo alarm as of this posting.   Dalisay also said that two persons -- a Manila fireman and a volunteer -- were reported to have sustained minor injuries as they try to douse the inferno.   Firemen were still in the area to extinguish the flames, and that an investigation will follow once they put out the fire, Dalisay n...Keep on reading: Fire hits DENR-LMB office in Manila.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Ex-SAF budget exec admits keeping P37-M allowances of troopers

        The former budget officer of the Special Action Force (SAF) kept P37 million of undisbursed additional subsistence allowance (ASA) of SAF troopers, a Senate hearing led by Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed on Tuesday.   During the Senate inquiry into the alleged illegal withholding of SAF allowance, former SAF budget officer Senior Superintendent Andre Dizon admitted that the funds remained in his custody even after he was relieved from SAF.   SAF troopers who engage in life-threatening police operations are supposed to receive ASA amounting to P30 per day, which translates to P900 per month.   Former SAF official...Keep on reading: Ex-SAF budget exec admits keeping P37-M allowances of troopers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Cop shot dead in Mati City

DAVAO CITY -- A policeman was shot dead by gunmen 'riding intandem' in Mati City Davao Oriental onMonday. Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, the spokesperson of the Southern Mindanao Police Office, identified the victim as Police Officer 3 Walter Canja, a member of the 2nd Mobile Force Company of the Davao Oriental Police Office. Driz said based on the initial report reaching the police regional office, Canja was driving a white Nissan Navarra Calibre when attacked by the unidentified gunmen in Purok Trabahador Menzi in Barangay Dahican. He said the armed men overtook the policeman's vehicle before firing shots at him several times. "He was hit in different parts of his body and died...Keep on reading: Cop shot dead in Mati City.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Cesar Montano, DOT chief Romulo Puyat meet privately

Was Cesar Montano scared of facing the media? On Wednesday, May 16, Montano, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operating Officer, was supposed to meet newly-sworn Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat at the DOT office in Makati over corruption allegations  against him. Members of the media received an ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Verstappen fastest on 1st day of mid-season F1 tests

MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Max Verstappen recorded the fastest time through the first day of mid-season Formula One testing on Tuesday. Verstappen steered his Red Bull to a lap of 1 minute, 17.538 seconds at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where he finished Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix in third place behind winner Lewis Hamilton and runner-up Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton had the sixth fastest time and put in the most work of any driver with 151 laps in his Mercedes. Renault's Carlos Sainz and Sebastian Vettel for Ferrari clocked the second- and third-quickest laps. Many teams used junior drivers, defined as a driver who has completed two or fewer races, as required by F1 regulations for in-season testing. Nicholas Latifi, driving for Force India, was the fastest of the inexperienced drivers with the fifth-best time behind Haas' Romain Grosjean in fourth. Toro Rosso had to change a power unit and kept reserve driver Sean Gelael to a session-low 50 laps. Testing in northeastern Spain concludes on Wednesday. Hamilton leads the standings with 95 points after five races. Vettel is second with 78......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Deja vu: Conference Finals matchups mirror opening day games

Did the computer formula the NBA uses to plot out its schedule turn out to be a time machine? In a remarkable coincidence, the league's two opening day games back on October 18, 2017 (PHL time), also happen to be the matchups of this year's Conference Finals. Back on that date, the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Boston Celtics, followed by the Houston Rockets visiting the champion Golden State Warriors. The Cavaliers won, 102-99, while the Rockets came from behind, 122-121. Flash-forward a little under seven months later, and the Celtics have homecourt advantage against the Cavaliers, while the Warriors will battle it out in H-Town in four of the seven games. Can we glean anything from those two season-openers? Let's take a deeper look: Cavaliers 102 - Celtics 99 WHAT HAPPENED: So, let's get the depressing part out of the way early. The season got out to an ominous start when Gordon Hayward suffered a catastrophic, season-ending leg injury, just a little over five minutes into the game. The incident understandably shook the Green and White, and Cleveland was able to go up by as much as 18 points, 60-42, early in the third. However, as would become a theme for the Celtics this season, the team refused to back down. Boston even led by four late, 92-88, 4:12 to play. The Cavs then fought back behind LeBron James and Kevin Love, 102-98, 46.3 seconds to go. A free throw by former Cavalier Kyrie Irving made it a single-possession game, and after James missed a three-pointer, Jaylen Brown and Irving both missed looks to force overtime, allowing the home team to get the victory. WHAT'S DIFFERENT: The Cavaliers, are definitely different. On opening night, the team started James, Love, Jae Crowder, Dwyane Wade, and Derrick Rose, and the latter three are no longer on the squad, along with Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, and Isaiah Thomas. In their place, the Cavaliers landed Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance Jr. at the trade deadline, but Cleveland dominated the Toronto Raptors in round two of these playoffs by relying on their old guard - JR Smith, Tristan Thompson, and Kyle Korver. As for the Celtics, Irving won't be able to earn some revenge against his old team, because he was ruled out for the remainder of the season due to knee issues. He and Hayward aren't the only ones sitting this out. Reserve center Daniel Theis will also be riding the bench for this one, because of a knee injury too. If there's a silver lining though, all of those injuries have forced Boston's young guns to grow up quickly. Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum have all shined given more responsibilities. We'll have to see if it's enough to dethrone the King though. Rockets 122 - Warriors 121 WHAT HAPPENED: After a tight first quarter, the Warriors zoomed away to a big lead in the middle two periods, leading by as much as 17 points, and boasting of a 13-point cushion, 101-88, entering the fourth. The good vibes of the champions didn't last though, as Chris Paul led a 13-3 run to pull his team within three, 104-101, still 8:56 remaining in the game. Paul unfortunately couldn't close things out, as a knee injury sidelined him with 4:47 left. He actually joined the Warriors' Draymond Green on the injury list, as Green didn't check back into the game in the fourth because of similar concerns. With the players on the court, the Rockets closed the gap, and took over, 122-121, 44.1 seconds remaining, after PJ Tucker charities. Houston had a chance to grow their lead, following a Stephen Curry turnover, but James Harden missed a three-pointer. The Warriors sued for time, and went to Curry anew for a game-winner, but his shot was off, allowing the Rockets to start the season on a high. WHAT'S DIFFERENT: Both the Warriors and the Rockets failed to make any moves during the trade deadline. The Warriors did waive Omri Casspi to make room for G League call-up Quinn Cook, while the Rockets signed Joe Johnson off the waiver wire (another such addition, Brandan Wright, needed knee surgery and won't play). Perhaps the biggest change regarding the Warriors will be their rotation. On opening night, head coach Steve Kerr played almost his entire roster, with 12 players logging at least seven minutes, though some of that was due to Draymond's injury. Through these playoffs, especially in the Pelicans series, the Warriors went to the 'Hamptons 5' group early and often, with just a few bench guys spelling the main guns. That will likely be the case anew against the Rockets. As for Houston, the biggest improvement from then and now might be the play of center Clint Capela. The (restricted) free-agent-to-be dominated Rudy Gobert of the Jazz, and could outmuscle his Golden State counterparts, regardless of whether they go small, or opt for Zaza Pachulia or JaVale McGee. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or ABS-CBN Sports......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Davis, Pelicans thump Warriors in Game 3

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com NEW ORLEANS -- The fear factor remained until the very end for Alvin Gentry. His memory is as long as Anthony Davis from head to toe, so like everyone else in the Smoothie King Center Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), the notion that a 20-point lead late in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors was safe just didn’t compute. Gentry was caught up in the moment, trying to win a game in this Western Conference semifinal after dropping the first two in Oakland. And he was trying to block out the memory of the Pelicans’ last home game against these Warriors in the playoffs. He had the perfect seat then, next to Warriors coach Steve Kerr, his top assistant and offensive coordinator, the man in charge of engineering an epic comeback from a 20-point deficit that would lead to a Game 3 win in that first-round series and an eventual sweep of the Pelicans that helped propel the Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green-led Warriors to the NBA title in 2015. So yeah, it was on his mind, even if everyone else in the building tried to say it wasn’t, that it was ancient history and that it had no impact on this current Pelicans team. Gentry knew better than that and confessed as much as his team drew blood in this series with an emphatic 119-100 Game 3 win this time around. “Obviously, it’s going to stick with you,” Gentry said of that pivotal 2015 game that ultimately led to the Pelicans hiring him away from the Warriors. “I was on the Warrior bench then and I thought [the Pelicans] played great game. And because I was on the Warrior bench it made it so scary tonight … I was there when Steph started making threes and then Klay started making threes and before you know it a 20-point lead was nine points and then seven points, and then all of a sudden Steph made a shot out of the corner, which by the way I have a picture of that on my phone that I’ve kept all of these years and now I can eras it off. “But there just a scary team, you never feel comfortable. Even when he [Kerr] took his guys out, I was like ‘let’s play two more minutes before we take [our] guys out. Because you are just never comfortable with that team.” Gentry helped chase the ghost of that 2015 game away for the a franchise, a city and especially his stars on Friday night. Both Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday were on that team that collapsed three years ago. They needed this win more than they realized, more than they cared to acknowledge late Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) after the building had cleared out and everyone had a chance to process what had just transpired. The Pelicans beat the Warriors at their own game, employing the “appropriate fear” Gentry joked about with the media afterwards. It was all there, starting with relentless defense and sweet shooting; 14-for-31 from beyond the three-point line. It continued with the sudden bursts of energy from all directions; Solomon Hill knocking down three deep three-pointers early and reserve guard Ian Clark, crushing his former team for 18 points, including daggers down the stretch. It was punctuated by Davis and Holiday grinding away like the guys who fueled the Pelicans’ first-round sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers, and veteran point guard Rajon Rondo breathing as much verbal fire as Green, while also driving the Pelicans with 21 assists, the first player with at least 20 in a playoff game since he did it in himself in 2011 when he was with the Boston Celtics. The Warriors simply couldn’t keep up. And Curry didn’t the have the same touch or adrenaline he had in his playoff debut in Game 2, when he torched the Pelicans for 28 points in 27 minutes off the bench during his first action after missing nearly six weeks with a knee injury. “Most of it is attributed to the Pelicans,” Kerr said. “Their defense was great. They were the aggressors. I thought they brought the force, the necessary force to the game on their home floor, and these are the ebbs and flows of a playoff series, especially when you get past the first round. Everybody is really good and that’s a team that just swept Portland in the first round and on their home floor down 2-0, this is kind of what you expect.” Gentry has unleashed all that. When the Pelicans lost All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending Achilles injury in late January, the framework for this team had to be altered completely. The Pelicans had to lean on Davis to dominate the way he did (33 points on 15-for-27 shooting, 18 rebounds, four steals and three assists). Holiday (21 points, seven rebounds, five assists) had to be set free to resume the All-Star ways he showed earlier in his career. And Rondo needed the keys to the car and the freedom to guide the Pelicans’ young stars to the edge the way he has throughout this postseason, complete with at least two more face-to-face skirmishes with Green Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). “That’s the way he plays, he talks a lot of …” Rondo said after being informed that Green suggested he was trying to bait him into a confrontation. Rondo, who joined Magic Johnson and John Stockton as the only players in NBA history with multiple 20-assist games in the postseason, understands the process a team must go through to reach that next level. He was a young point guard in Boston when he learned it from Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Doc Rivers during the Celtics’ 2008 title run and the years they spent as a contender after that. And he knows success at this stage is more about the Pelicans and what they do than it is about any beef, real or perceived, between he and Green. “It definitely is, but it starts with defense,”he said.“We were able to get some stops, defensively. It’s hard to run and keep pace when you’re taking it by the net every time which we did in game one so we cleaned up a little bit better in game two and three and look forward to making adjustments for game four.” Without Gentry understanding and trusting that same process, and facilitating the perfect environment for all of his players, especially his three biggest stars, this Pelicans team could have easily fallen out of the playoff mix in a wild Western Conference. That race that went down to the final night of the season for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets and affected the seeding for every team after the No. 1 Houston Rockets and No. 2 Warriors. Gentry had to empower Rondo to infuse the right kind of bite in both Holiday and Davis, whose voice grows louder with each game -- he didn’t hesitate to make a statement in a second half huddle Friday night, barking to his teammates that “we are not going to lose this game.” “That was the message,”he said.“We can’t lose this game. It’s always tough to come back from 0-3. Our mindset is to go out there, play, and do what we’re supposed to do from all the game planning. Whatever results happen, happen. We followed the game plan to a T tonight.” And now the real fun begins. The atmosphere will be electric for Sunday afternoon’s (Monday, PHL time) Game 4. The expectations will have changed dramatically for the Pelicans in just a few hours. Can they do it again? Will they exhibit the same appropriate fear against a championship Warriors team that will be smarting from a Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) dose of their own medicine? Gentry, the architect of this perfectly brewing storm, is counting on it. Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

Manila Fire District starts probe of Sta. Cruz blaze

    The Manila Fire District has started its investigation into the fire that struck Sta. Cruz, Manila on Friday and left almost 500 families homeless. The houses in the affected area are made of mostly light materials.   According to arson investigator Senior Fire Officer Sany Lacuban, probers are still tracing the cause of the fire on Oroquieta Street corner Doroteo Jose, which was raised to Task Force Bravo.   Initial investigation showed that the fire started at around 7 p.m. and was declared under control by midnight on Saturday.   READ: Fire hits residential area in Sta. Cruz, Manila Firefighters had to punch through the n...Keep on reading: Manila Fire District starts probe of Sta. Cruz blaze.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

Japanese ship on 3rd goodwill visit this year in Manila

JAPANESE SHIP (JS) Osumi of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) arrived in Manila on April 26 for a three-day goodwill visit. On board JS Osumi are about 150 officers and crew led by Commander of Landing Ship Division One Captain Tomonori Kobayashi and commanding officer Captain Yuji Horikawa. This visit, the third this year, […] The post Japanese ship on 3rd goodwill visit this year in Manila appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018