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Senior military officers get new posts

Several senior military officers have assumed new posts, the Armed Forces of the Philippines announced yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 24th, 2023

Russian spooks get EU ban

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — The EU and Britain imposed sanctions Thursday on senior Russian intelligence officers for their alleged role in hacking the computer network in the German parliament in 2015. The head of the GRU military intelligence agency, Igor Kostyukov, and intelligence officer Dmitri Badin have been banned from EU soil and are subject […] The post Russian spooks get EU ban appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

43 PhilHealth senior officials resign, retire from posts

CALOOCAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) -- At least 43 senior officers of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) have resigned and retired from their positions amid allegations of a P15-billion co.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

AFP chief, 29 other military officers breeze through CA

The Commission on Appointments has approved the nomination of Gen. Gilbert Gapay as Armed Forces chief and the promotion of 29 other senior military officers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2020

Senators insist on mandatory ROTC despite lack of manpower for program

Senators insisted Wednesday to make the Reserve Officers Training Corps mandatory even if the Department of National Defense warned that there might not be enough military personnel to man the program......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 25th, 2023

‘Class’ feud?

All this time Malacanang has seemingly kept silent and oblivious on the reported grumbling among high-ranking military officers over leadership issues at the Armed Forces of the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2023

To get rid of ‘less than 5’ top cops in drug trade, over 900 senior officials told to quit

Over 900 top cops have been told to quit to supposedly cleanse the police force of links to illegal drugs, but by Philippine National Police chief PGen. Rodolfo Azurin’s own assessment, there might be only “less than five” high-ranking police officers involved in the drug trade......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 5th, 2023

54 AFP officers get CA nod

More than 50 senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines secured the nod of the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 15th, 2022

3 Baguio cops sacked for unprofessional conduct

Three police officers were relieved from their posts while an entertainment bar was ordered closed in connection with a complaint filed against them by a US Navy serviceman......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 20th, 2022

On National Students’ Day, PUP reiterates opposition to mandatory military training

The protest amplified their call against the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (MROTC) and for a safe, accessible, and quality school opening. The post On National Students’ Day, PUP reiterates opposition to mandatory military training appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsNov 19th, 2022

South Korea’s Halloween crowd surge: What we know

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is investigating the exact cause of a deadly crowd surge that killed 154 people at a Halloween event, as public outrage grows over perceived policing and crowd control failures. A man offers a flower at a joint memorial altar for victims of the deadly Halloween crowd surge, in Naksopyeong, near the district of Itaewon in Seoul on October 31, 2022. ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP What went wrong and why did so many people die at the first post-pandemic Halloween party in Seoul’s popular Itaewon nightlife district? Here is what we know: What’s going on? The government promised a “thorough and transparent investigation” into the exact causes of the deadly crush in Itaewon, and police said Monday they had launched a task force and started the probe. They’ve deployed forensic experts, seized footage from 50 security cameras in the area, and interviewed scores of witnesses, victims, and workers at nearby stores, according to a senior police officer. How did it happen? Typically, a gathering of over 1,000 people has to submit “safety management plans” to the government in advance for review by police and fire departments. But in the case of the Itaewon Halloween festivities, there is no designated event organiser — individual bars, clubs and restaurants simply hold their own events and people flock to the area. Just weeks before, a “Global Village Festival” was safely staged in the exact same streets — but it was an organised event sponsored by local authorities. As a result, it had “effective crowd control with many police officers and district office staff in charge”, said Kim Min-kyu, who runs a currency exchange shop near the site of the accident and saw both events. Police have admitted to lapses in their real-time management of the event. “Police officers on the scene didn’t detect a sudden surge in the crowd,” Hong Ki-hyun, chief of the National Police Agency’s Public Order Management Bureau, told local reporters. Why was it so bad? Experts say the crowd crush could have been prevented with proper preparation, But they admit things have gotten more difficult after years of pandemic-related lockdowns. “Everywhere in the world event organisers are struggling with the post-Covid crowd,” said Eric Kant, a crowd safety specialist who runs the Phase01 Crowd Management. “A lot of visitors are new with partying, they are indeed very excited, and maybe do not understand risks very much,” he added. Key risk factors for crowd surges are “unrestricted entry” of people into a small space, and “no ticket sales” which means organisers have no exact estimate of demand, experts say — all of which happened at Itaewon. “This is a recipe for disaster in mass gatherings,” crowd safety expert Milad Haghani of the University of New South Wales told AFP. Even for the Halloween event — a public gathering with no tickets — authorities could have been actively managing the situation to prevent overcrowding. “On the day, this would mean monitoring the numbers, at the very least,” said John Drury, an expert on crowd psychology at the University of Sussex. “It would also mean a public information campaign beforehand to discourage such large numbers attending.” He warned that psychology studies show people actually seek out “objectively dangerous levels of density” at events, and organisers need to be aware of this risk. Who is to blame? So far, no one has been held accountable, even as public anger flares at the government and police for their apparent lack of oversight. Top-ranking officials have brushed off questions about taking responsibility, saying the priority is currently on helping the victims and dealing with the aftermath of the accident. Much local criticism has focused on the police — but experts say they are not necessarily at fault. “We should remember that the primary role of the police is generally not crowd management,” said Martyn Amos, a professor at Northumbria University who works on crowd simulation. “It’s possible to manage an event largely using stewards, with the police there to ensure public order and to deal with criminal activity,” he told AFP. What happens next? The government is under immense pressure to resolve this quickly — and properly. The opposition Democratic Party has already slammed the government’s handling of the event, and will likely push for resignations once the national mourning period ends on November 5. The Itaewon crush could deal another blow to President Yoon Suk-yeol’s popularity ratings — already at record lows. There is also a possibility that the disaster, if mishandled, could become a major political liability for the government. In 2014 then president Park Geun-hye was in power during the sinking of the Sewol ferry in which 304 people — mostly school children — died. She was widely criticised for her handling of the incident. The issue lingered over her presidency until she was impeached three years later over a corruption scandal......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 31st, 2022

PNP: 160 persons of interest in probe into killing of Percy Lapid

"They're politicians, military and police officers. We’re currently looking at their probable link to the death of Percy," Azurin said in mixed Filipino and English. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2022

11 cops sacked over kidnap of drug suspects

The National Capital Region Police Office has relieved 11 anti-narcotics officers from their posts for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping and disappearance of four drug suspects last year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2022

Officers of the court back Manila judge Malagar

“To threaten members of the judiciary is to ‘sow fear’ at a ‘critical element’ of the legal system. Broadcasts and posts showcasing those who verbally assault judges encourages the public to do the same. If judges can be treated disdainfully without consequence, the rule of law becomes a hollow promise."  The post Officers of the court back Manila judge Malagar appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsSep 27th, 2022

Media recall problematic ROTC history

IN HIS first State of the Nation Address, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. urged Congress to restore the mandatory Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program for senior high school students. Marcos argued that ROTC builds the youth's disaster response preparedness.Vice President Sara Duterte ha.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 6th, 2022

Bongbong Marcos says ROTC could help bolster country’s disaster response

MANILA, Philippines — After calling on Congress to pass a law mandating the implementation of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said that military training could help bolster the country’s disaster response capability. Marcos said this during his weekly video log on Saturday in the wake of efforts to […] The post Bongbong Marcos says ROTC could help bolster country’s disaster response appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2022

Mandatory ROTC para sa Grade 11, 12 studes itinutulak ni PBBM

MANILA, Philippines- Isinulong ni Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos Jr. nitong Lunes ang mandatoryong Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program para sa senior high school students, at sinabing isa ito sa priority measures ng kanyang administrasyon. Inihirit ni Marcos na muling ikasa ang ROTC at ang National Service Training Program (NSTP) bilang mandatory para sa mga estudyanye […] The post Mandatory ROTC para sa Grade 11, 12 studes itinutulak ni PBBM appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJul 25th, 2022

Halos 3.5K gun ban violators naaresto ng PNP

MANILA, Philippines – Dalawang linggo bago ang pagtatapos ng panahon ng kampanya ay nakapagtala na ang Philippine National Police ng 3,447 na mga lumabag sa gun ban. Ayon sa PNP, 3,338 sa mga nahuli ay mga sibilyan, 61 security guards, 26 police officers, at 22 military personnel. Kabuuang 3,239 police operations naman ang naisagawa ng […] The post Halos 3.5K gun ban violators naaresto ng PNP appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsMay 29th, 2022

Senator tweets ‘30,000 U.S. troops stationed in Taiwan’

BEIJING (Global Times) — A senior senator from Texas revealed on his social media that the US has 30,000 soldiers stationed in China’s Taiwan island. If the tweet from the member of US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is correct, it is a military invasion and occupation of China’s Taiwan and equivalent to the US […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Man posts bail after car chase

Arvin Tan, the man who went amuck and led police officers on a car chase from Quezon City to Manila on July 13, was released after posting bail three weeks ago, an official said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

My father, my savior

One day in late 1982, some high-ranking officers of the Philippine Constabulary got together to find ways to deal with a pesky journalist who had been criticizing the military without letup......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 19th, 2021