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QC READY TO ENFORCE GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS

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No building construction will be allowed in Quezon City starting April without complying with “green building| standards.

QC Department of Building Official (DBO) head Engr. Isagani R. Versoza Jr. said that the QC government will strictly adopt and implement this coming April the city’s green building infrastructure ordinance, which mandates the use of eco-friendly technology and system in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance including the retrofitting, of building projects in the city.

The move, Verzosa said, is in line with Mayor Herbert M. Bautista’s support to the government’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and other hazardous emissions from buildings and other structures.

“Our Mayor strongly believes that the implementation of greenhouse policy emphasizes the need to promote and protect the interrelation of the natural ecosystem and development. These are the key factors that contribute to sustainable development, empowerment of people and urban development,” the DBO chief said.

Versoza, who is proud of the fact that QC is the pioneer among local government units in the country in the adoption and implementation of green building infrastructure, said Bautista’s administration strictly adheres to energy efficiency and cost effectiveness  in an effort to mitigate the adverse impacts on environment degradation.

However, the DBO chief explained that before the actual adoption and implementation of the ordinance, his office will be holding a symposium on February 23, 2011 at UP Ayala Technohub, UP Diliman, to allow developers, contractors, professions, building owners and government engineers to clarify issues regarding the green building standards.

“Those who want to be guided accordingly with the new guidelines, procedure requirements, forms and other relevant information on how to apply for newly adopted green building certification, which is a pre-requisite in applying for permits in the construction, renovation or retrofitting of buildings and other structures in QC, should attend the symposium or visit the QC government websites,www.quezon city.gov.ph. or contact Frediswinda de Guzman at (632) 444-72-72 local 8905 for details,” Versoza said.

He also said that there is an incentive in the form of tax credits for the land users, developers and planners who incorporate, implement, install and actually use environment friendly technologies that promote a string biodiversity, improve the state of health of the population and abate the continuing destruction of ecosystem, ground water and air quality in their building project.-30- Maureen Quinones, PAISO 

No building construction will be allowed in Quezon City starting April without complying with “green building| standards.

 

QC Department of Building Official (DBO) head Engr. Isagani R. Versoza Jr. said that the QC government will strictly adopt and implement this coming April the city’s green building infrastructure ordinance, which mandates the use of eco-friendly technology and system in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance including the retrofitting, of building projects in the city.

 

The move, Verzosa said, is in line with Mayor Herbert M. Bautista’s support to the government’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and other hazardous emissions from buildings and other structures.

 

“Our Mayor strongly believes that the implementation of greenhouse policy emphasizes the need to promote and protect the interrelation of the natural ecosystem and development. These are the key factors that contribute to sustainable development, empowerment of people and urban development,” the DBO chief said.

 

Versoza, who is proud of the fact that QC is the pioneer among local government units in the country in the adoption and implementation of green building infrastructure, said Bautista’s administration strictly adheres to energy efficiency and cost effectiveness  in an effort to mitigate the adverse impacts on environment degradation.

 

However, the DBO chief explained that before the actual adoption and implementation of the ordinance, his office will be holding a symposium on February 23, 2011 at UP Ayala Technohub, UP Diliman, to allow developers, contractors, professions, building owners and government engineers to clarify issues regarding the green building standards.

 

“Those who want to be guided accordingly with the new guidelines, procedure requirements, forms and other relevant information on how to apply for newly adopted green building certification, which is a pre-requisite in applying for permits in the construction, renovation or retrofitting of buildings and other structures in QC, should attend the symposium or visit the QC government websites,www.quezon city.gov.ph. or contact Frediswinda de Guzman at (632) 444-72-72 local 8905 for details,” Versoza said.

 

He also said that there is an incentive in the form of tax credits for the land users, developers and planners who incorporate, implement, install and actually use environment friendly technologies that promote a string biodiversity, improve the state of health of the population and abate the continuing destruction of ecosystem, ground water and air quality in their building project.-30- Maureen Quinones, PAISO

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February 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

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BFP Held Eucharistic Celebration

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Commemorating some important feasts in the Roman Catholic Church, the Bureau of Fire Protection National Headquarters held three consecutive Eucharistic Celebrations in the first week of the month of February.

On February 2, 2011, the bureau had a Holy Mass celebrated by its Chaplain, REV. FR. RANDY BALUSO honoring the Presentation of Jesus or Purification, or Candlemass Day. During the celebration, candles are blessed which will be used for the next day’s feast of St. Blasé. It is believed that a candle, especially if it’s lighted symbolizes divine splendor of the one who comes to expel “shadows” of evil.

The Holy Mass on February 3 was held in honor of St. Blasé, the Patron Saint of physicians and wild animals. Commemorated in St. Blasé’s feast is the traditional “Blessing of Throats”. St. Blasé was a philosopher and a physician in the 4th century who healed a little girl who was dying because of throat disease, and a young boy choking on a fish bone. He is often depicted with two candles, used by priests to bless throats.

On February 4, BFP celebrated the First Friday mass for this month. It was considered as the healing mass.

Said masses were also offered for the intentions of the officers and personnel of the BFP who joined the celebration, and to those who are in need of prayer and spiritual blessing and healing.

BFP continues to practice and support religious activities of the Catholic Church inside its organization to enrich the moral values and uphold the spiritual life of its personnel.-30- BFP

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February 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm

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BFP INTENSIFIES CAMPAIGN AGAINST FIRECRACKERS AND OTHER PYROTECHNIC PRODUCTS

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As the Yuletide season approaches, the Bureau of Fire Protection intensifies campaign against firecrackers and other pyrotechnic products to ensure public safety during the entire season. The campaign focuses primarily on the safety of the public especially the minors who tend to be the victims of pyrotechnic and firecracker accidents.

The BFP nationwide through its Regional, Provincial and City/Municipal Fire Stations will be monitoring places, streets and highways, particularly during the eves of Christmas and New Year to ensure that firecracker and pyrotechnic-related injuries and other untoward accidents will be prevented. BFP personnel are prepared anytime to assist/respond in case of emergency. The bureau will also be on heightened alert during the season and will detail personnel to render 24 hours duty to ensure fire-free holidays.

Meanwhile, the BFP encourages the public not to patronize christmas decors, firecrackers and other pyrotechnic products that are illegal or sub-standard that may cause harm. BFP also reminds the public of fire safety, especially for those who are planning to have their Christmas and New Year vacation outside home. Before leaving the house, always unplug electrical appliances; switch off the main source of power; do not leave lighted candles, lamps or cigarettes; close LPG valve; and secure flammable/combustible substances in a safe area. If possible, ask your neighbor or nearby friend/ relative to check your house from time to time.

By means of continuous public cooperation, the BFP hopes for zero firecracker-related injuries, and a minimal number of fire incidents at the end of this year and through the coming year. 

As the Yuletide season approaches, the Bureau of Fire Protection intensifies campaign against firecrackers and other pyrotechnic products to ensure public safety during the entire season. The campaign focuses primarily on the safety of the public especially the minors who tend to be the victims of pyrotechnic and firecracker accidents.

The BFP nationwide through its Regional, Provincial and City/Municipal Fire Stations will be monitoring places, streets and highways, particularly during the eves of Christmas and New Year to ensure that firecracker and pyrotechnic-related injuries and other untoward accidents will be prevented. BFP personnel are prepared anytime to assist/respond in case of emergency. The bureau will also be on heightened alert during the season and will detail personnel to render 24 hours duty to ensure fire-free holidays.

Meanwhile, the BFP encourages the public not to patronize christmas decors, firecrackers and other pyrotechnic products that are illegal or sub-standard that may cause harm. BFP also reminds the public of fire safety, especially for those who are planning to have their Christmas and New Year vacation outside home. Before leaving the house, always unplug electrical appliances; switch off the main source of power; do not leave lighted candles, lamps or cigarettes; close LPG valve; and secure flammable/combustible substances in a safe area. If possible, ask your neighbor or nearby friend/ relative to check your house from time to time.

By means of continuous public cooperation, the BFP hopes for zero firecracker-related injuries, and a minimal number of fire incidents at the end of this year and through the coming year.-30- BFP

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February 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Posted in Bayan at Karapatan

BFP TO COMMEMORATE 37TH FIRE SERVICE RECOGNITION DAY

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The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is now preparing for the commemoration of the 37th Fire Service Recognition Day on December 15, 2010 to be held at the Quezon City Sports Club in E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City. This is an annual event of the BFP to pay homage to the ten firefighters who lost their lives in Rockwell Power Plant fire incident which happened almost four decades ago (December 14, 1973) by giving awards and commendations to deserving firefighters.

For this year, eight (8) firefighters will be given due recognition in showing exemplary in the performance of their duties.These are the heroes of the BFP who have undoubtedly accorded their devotion and selfless efforts to the community. The awardees are the following: SUPT JAIME D RAMIREZ of BFP-Region 9 will be awarded the Medalya ng Pambihirang Paglilingkod (Degree of Maginoo); FO1 Ardin Cyren T Tuante of BFP-Region 6 – Medalya ng Kadakilaan; FO3 Baby Boy C Esquivel, FO3 Danilo H Reyes, FO1 Rex Lopez, FO1 Gilbert J Vivar, all from BFP-Region 3 and CSUPT CARLITO S ROMERO of the National Headquarters will be given the Medalya ng Kagalingan; and FO1 Ronald Q Magno of BFP-CARAGA will be receiving Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting.

The awarding will be conducted on December 15 through a short program. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse M. Robredo will grace the occasion as the Guest of Honor and Speaker, and BFP Chief, Dir. ROLANDO M BANDILLA, JR., CESO IV will present the BFP Milestones.

Realizing its purpose, Fire Service Recognition uplifts the morale of every firefighter thus, motivates them in giving better and quality service to the public. It also serves as a tool to distinguish the worthy contributions of each and everyfirefighter in the community, not just in fire suppression but also in emergency and rescue operations. Further, it inspires every act of hard work and courage which show dedication in sacrificing their safety to save others’ lives and properties.-30- BFP

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February 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm

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BFP RECOGNIZES THE LATE FO3 Armando Bose

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The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is in grief for losing another personnel, FO3 Armando B Bose who was gunned down last November 4, 2010 at Barangay Bangkal, Makati City after his tour of duty at West Tower Condominium where oil leak from pipes is still leaking for more than three months now. According to reports, while on his way to Palanan Fire Station, an unidentified person instantly shot FO3 Bose twice after refusing to use his motorcycle as get-away vehicle. He was rushed to the Makati Acute Care Center but unfortunately, he was declared dead by his attending physician.

In his 24 years in service, FO3 Bose had shown dedication and righteously performed his role as a public servant and fire safety advocate. He had risk his life by responding to the call of duty, putting out fires to save lives and properties.

The BFP has given FO3 Bose the “MedalyangKadakilaan” in recognition of his bravery during the incident. The bureau is now processing the death benefits for his bereaved family. The special financial assistance which is equivalent to his 6 month-salary has already been given that very night of which the incident happened.-30- BFP

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February 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm

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BFP CONDUCTS BASIC JOURNALISM SEMINAR

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Realizing its dream of producing a competent manpower, the Bureau of Fire Protection, particularly its Public Information Services office, headed by CINSP HONEE FRITZ A ALAGANO, will conduct a seminar on Basic Journalism on November 5, 2010 at the BFP-NHQ conference room in Quezon City.

The seminar will focus primarily on news writing and photo journalism. At least 40 participants who are public information officers, drafters and photographers from different BFP regional offices are invited to join the activity. The lecture on news writing will be given by Mr. Chando P. Morallos who is a known author and a journalist. Atty. Jamael Jacob will be giving points and workshop on photo journalism.

BFP believes that this seminar will make a difference in the promotion of its personnel’s welfare specifically in career advancement. This will help in leveling up writers of the bureau to be more effective in information dissemination. Considering that BFP is one of the government agencies concerning public safety, massive and effective information dissemination should be given priority. Journalism is one way of reaching out to the community to encourage groups and individuals to be part of the bureau’s mandate in saving lives and properties. Further, knowledge on basic journalism will somehow improve the skills of firefighters in dealing with write-ups and some documentaries. Through this, a more focus and systematic campaign on fire prevention and fire safety programs can easily be carried out to the public.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection will continue to create and organize trainings and seminars to improve its manpower thus, advancing the quality of its service and achieving the realization of a modern agency.-30- BFP

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February 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm

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Noynoy not exhausting options to stop fare hikes – KMU

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“President Aquino is not doing everything within his power to stop the impending fare hikes in the MRT and LRT.”

This was the statement of labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno on the second day of the LRT Administration’s public consultations on the proposed fare increases in the train systems, where KMU, Riles Laan sa Sambayanan (RILES) Network and other groups held a picket calling for the junking of the fare hikes.

“If he is really concerned with the plight of his people, Noynoy should push for the renegotiation of government debts to the big banks and corporations which invested in the construction of the LRT and MRT. He should stand up for the Filipino workers and people who are suffering from poverty and hunger, and stand up to the big banks and corporations on this issue,” said Roger Soluta, KMU secretary-general.

“Noynoy, however, has made it clear that his government will have none of any proposal that will reduce the immense profits of big banks and corporations. He has pushed for this fare hike even in his first State of the Nation Address. Attracting foreign investors and handing out government assets to them through privatization are his government’s policy,” he added.

“Because the government is clearly hell-bent on increasing fares in the MRT and LRT, we do not have any reason to believe that the meetings being conducted by the LRTA are genuine public consultations. These public consultations are mere PR stunts aimed at making it appear that the fare hikes are pro-worker and pro-people when they clearly are not,” Soluta said.  

Soluta cited government data showing that the present MRT-LRT revenue from commuters’ fare and businesses in the train stations is enough to finance current maintenance and operation costs.

“Presidente Pamasahe is only too happy to force the Filipino workers and people to contribute to the considerable wealth of big banks and corporations through these fare hikes. As his recent purchase of a sports car amidst rising prices shows, he is divorced from the sufferings of the Filipino workers and people, and is callous towards the latter,” Soluta said.-30-Roger Soluta, KMU Secretary-General

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February 14, 2011 at 11:51 am

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LTO to alert total wreck MV

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Land Transportation Office Chief Assistant Secretary Virginia Torres has sought the assistance of the Insurance Commission to compel insurance companies to alarm the LTO of the certificate of registration (CR) numbers of total wrecked motor vehicles (MV) which they have paid for from claimants.

In a letter to Insurance Commissioner Emmanuel Dooc, Torres said that the “motor vehicles earlier declared as ‘total loss/wreck’ by their owners and paid for by insurance companies has been identified as a potential take off point of carnappers in registering stolen vehicles.”

Torres said that it is imperative to monitor these total wrecked vehicles to ensure that their registration documents are not used for illicit purposes.

LTO received information that one modus operandi of carjacking syndicates is to ‘buy’ the registration papers of total wreck vehicles from enterprising insurance companies employees. Carjackers then hunt down a vehicle with the same make and ‘fix’ the vehicle, by manufacturing plate numbers, changing body color and altering with the chassis number, to be the resurrection of the vehicle in LTO records.

In other cases, and to prevent the detection of tampering by macro-etching of the PNP-HPG, the area with the chassis number is cut out from the total wreck vehicle and is weld on to replace the chassis number of the carjacked vehicle.

The vehicle could then be easily registered with the LTO by falsifying sale documents of the registered previous owner to the new owners and use the original OR/CR to transfer the registration to the new owners of the vehicle.

Torres sought the support and cooperation of the Insurance Commission to require insurance companies to regularly submit to the LTO reports of vehicles declared as lost so that these could be alarmed in the system and prevent any “kambal” motor vehicle to be registered using the documents of these wrecks.

The February 1 letter of Torres also informed Commissioner Dooc that the LTO has recently created the Study Group on Motor Vehicle Registration to review and update the MV registration process to identify and correct areas in the process most vulnerable to corruption, abuse and inefficiency. Torres also formed the Committee on Anti-Carnapping to investigate the possible involvement of LTO officials and employees in carjacking syndicates and registration of hot cars.-30- Virginia Torres, LTO

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February 14, 2011 at 11:48 am

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SUNOG SA AGHAM ROAD SA LIKOD NG MGA BALITA . . .

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Mahigpit na kinukundena ng grupong KADAMAY, militanteng grupo ng maralitang lungsod, ang bagong insidente ng sunog sa mga kabahayan ng maralita sa kahabaan ng Agham Road. Tinatayang aabot sa 5000 pamilya ang naapektuhan ng nasabing sunog at maaaring lumaki pa ang bilang.

Bagamat aminado ang grupo na di pa malaman ang sanhi ng nasabing sunog, hindi maiaalis sa grupo at mga residente dito na posible itong sinadya dahil ang lugar ay isa sa target ng gubyerno na i-demolish dahil ito ay nasa paligid ng mga ahensya ng gubyerno na balak isapribado. Ito din diumano ay nakatayo sa isang “danger zone”.

Gaya ng ilang beses na panununog sa  katabi nitong Sitio San Roque, para din maalis ang mga naninirahan dahil sa proyektong QC-CBD, laging bukas anumang oras ang posibilidad ng mga ganitong pakana para maisakatuparan ang kanilang matagal ng plano “sa ngalan diumano ng mga proyektong pangkaunlaran”.

Nanawagan ang grupo sa lahat ng maralita lalo na sa mga nakatira sa paligid ng apektadong lugar na tulungan ang mga pamilyang nasunugan sa paglilikas ng mga gamit at ari-arian sa mga itinakdang “temporary shelter” ng lokal na pamahalaan hanggang sa pagtatayo muli ng mga bahay. “Ang paglaban sa demolisyon ay laban ng lahat ng maralita, kaya napakahalaga ng ating pagkakaisa”, ani ng grupo.

Samantala, pinagbabantay din ng grupo ang mga residente na maging handa sa posibleng paggamit ng gubyerno sa insidente para paalisin sila sa lugar. “Tanggapin nila ang anumang tulong ng gubyerno pero ‘wag silang papayag sa anumang kapalit na magpapaalis sa kanila sa lugar,” pagtatapos ng grupo. Nanawagan ang grupo sa publiko at iba pang nagmamalasakit na maging bahagi sa paglulunsad ng kagyat na “relief and rehabilitation operations” para sa mga apektado ng sunog. 

Mahigpit na kinukundena ng grupong KADAMAY, militanteng grupo ng maralitang lungsod, ang bagong insidente ng sunog sa mga kabahayan ng maralita sa kahabaan ng Agham Road. Tinatayang aabot sa 5000 pamilya ang naapektuhan ng nasabing sunog at maaaring lumaki pa ang bilang.

Bagamat aminado ang grupo na di pa malaman ang sanhi ng nasabing sunog, hindi maiaalis sa grupo at mga residente dito na posible itong sinadya dahil ang lugar ay isa sa target ng gubyerno na i-demolish dahil ito ay nasa paligid ng mga ahensya ng gubyerno na balak isapribado. Ito din diumano ay nakatayo sa isang “danger zone”.

Gaya ng ilang beses na panununog sa  katabi nitong Sitio San Roque, para din maalis ang mga naninirahan dahil sa proyektong QC-CBD, laging bukas anumang oras ang posibilidad ng mga ganitong pakana para maisakatuparan ang kanilang matagal ng plano “sa ngalan diumano ng mga proyektong pangkaunlaran”.

Nanawagan ang grupo sa lahat ng maralita lalo na sa mga nakatira sa paligid ng apektadong lugar na tulungan ang mga pamilyang nasunugan sa paglilikas ng mga gamit at ari-arian sa mga itinakdang “temporary shelter” ng lokal na pamahalaan hanggang sa pagtatayo muli ng mga bahay. “Ang paglaban sa demolisyon ay laban ng lahat ng maralita, kaya napakahalaga ng ating pagkakaisa”, ani ng grupo.

Samantala, pinagbabantay din ng grupo ang mga residente na maging handa sa posibleng paggamit ng gubyerno sa insidente para paalisin sila sa lugar. “Tanggapin nila ang anumang tulong ng gubyerno pero ‘wag silang papayag sa anumang kapalit na magpapaalis sa kanila sa lugar,” pagtatapos ng grupo. Nanawagan ang grupo sa publiko at iba pang nagmamalasakit na maging bahagi sa paglulunsad ng kagyat na “relief and rehabilitation operations” para sa mga apektado ng sunog.-30- Carlito Badio, KADAMAY Vice President

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February 14, 2011 at 11:46 am

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KMU calls for continuation of corruption hearings, inclusion of Arroyo

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Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) called for continuation of public hearings on the AFP corruption and the inclusion of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the inquiry, accusing GMA as the Commander-in-Chief of the ‘pabaon’ system.

“The death of former AFP Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes provides more reason to continue the probe in the military corruption. His death may have buried answers to many questions, but it can also signal significant developments for the case,” said Roger Soluta, KMU secretary general.

“The bigger fish that is behind Garcia is surely GMA. The pabaon is a bribe for former military generals to ensure their loyalty to GMA in case her long-standing corruption cases will be exposed.  Reyes is GMA’s loyal and favorite general as proved by his numerous cabinet positions under GMA’s administration,” Soluta said.

Reyes became secretary of the departments of defense, interior and local government, national anti-kidnapping task force, environment and natural resources and, finally, energy.

“GMA’s telephone call to Reyes before his death inquiring his plans regarding the corruption probe has many things to say about her involvement in the case. This is a good opportunity to investigate on GMA, since Aquino’s Truth Commission proved useless to prosecute her on issues of plunder and violation of human rights, among others,” Soluta said 

Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) called for continuation of public hearings on the AFP corruption and the inclusion of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the inquiry, accusing GMA as the Commander-in-Chief of the ‘pabaon’ system.

 

“The death of former AFP Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes provides more reason to continue the probe in the military corruption. His death may have buried answers to many questions, but it can also signal significant developments for the case,” said Roger Soluta, KMU secretary general.

 

“The bigger fish that is behind Garcia is surely GMA. The pabaon is a bribe for former military generals to ensure their loyalty to GMA in case her long-standing corruption cases will be exposed.  Reyes is GMA’s loyal and favorite general as proved by his numerous cabinet positions under GMA’s administration,” Soluta said.

 

Reyes became secretary of the departments of defense, interior and local government, national anti-kidnapping task force, environment and natural resources and, finally, energy.

 

“GMA’s telephone call to Reyes before his death inquiring his plans regarding the corruption probe has many things to say about her involvement in the case. This is a good opportunity to investigate on GMA, since Aquino’s Truth Commission proved useless to prosecute her on issues of plunder and violation of human rights, among others,” Soluta said

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February 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

Posted in Bayan at Karapatan

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