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Goodwill Visit of Pakistan Navy

The Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) SAIF (FFG-253), one of the four F-22P or Zulfiguar (Sword) Class frigates of Pakistan with onboard ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) helicopter Z9EC berthed in Manila on Dec. 14, 2017, for a three-day goodwill visit from December 14 to 17, 2017.

Philippine Navy (PN) vessel BRP Rajah Humabon (PS11) rendered customary meeting procedures at the vicinity 6NM West off Corregidor Island and escorted the vessels to its designated anchorage area. PN representatives accorded the visiting navy a welcome ceremony upon arrival followed by a port briefing for security and health aboard the designated PNS vessel.

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The Chinese-built Pakistani frigate SAIF seen here off Porto Malai, Langkawi, Malaysia. June 16, 2014

Pakistani Navy Ship to arrive in PH for 3-day goodwill visit
Updated December 12, 2017, 4:47 PM
By Francis Wakefield

The Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) SAIF (FFG-253), a Sword-class missile-guided Frigate, is set to arrive in the country on Thursday for three-day goodwill visit.

Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said the Pakistani ship will be arriving at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila at about 8 a.m.

It will stay from the country from December 14 to December 17, 2017.

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Moving the capital also presents an opportunity to spread funds outside Luzon for a change.

First posts / Move the national capital to Camp Macario Peralta in Capiz
« on: December 13, 2017, 01:26:03 AM »
In this thought exercise, let's talk about the feasibility of moving the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the government outside Metro Manila to a tract of land that is already owned by the National Government:

Camp Macario Peralta

Why bother?

Congestion. When Malaysia decided to move its capital from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya in 1999, it cited congestion one of the catalysts for the move. With the gravity of congestion problems in Metro Manila . . . why not apply the same solution?

Efficient collaboration between departments. Building a new capital from the ground up gives the country a chance to build facilities closer together to facilitate collaboration.

No need to have departments physically separated in leased buildings. The President and legislators could walk to each other's offices if necessary. If necessary a modest light rail system could be established in the complex.

Central location. Macario Peralta is situated in the Visayas. This would mean more equitable flight times to all major Philippine cities. With the Iloilo International Airport on the island as well, there is already pre-existing airfield for transactions with the capital.

Security. Being situated in a military reservation means that the AFP already owns it well positioned to physically secure the capital.


Does the capital really need to be at the economic center of the country?

Short answer is a resounding NO.

In addition to Putrajaya, the United States demonstrated this with the create of Washington DC apart from either New York, Boston, or even Philadelphia.

When Australia created its capital Canberra, it constructed it apart from the two major cities of Sydney and Melbourne.

The Brazilian capital of Brasilia is in the apart from the major cities of Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro and was chosen for being a more "central" location.

South Africa has separate cities for its Executive, Legislative, and Judicial governments.


About Camp Macario Peralta


Headquarters of the Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division (3ID), the 33,310-hectare camp

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The 3rd Division occupies only about 1,000 ha of the reservation, leaving most of it untouched.
The reservation covers 27 barangays in the municipalities of Jamindan and Tapaz in Capiz province and the municipality of Lambunao in Iloilo province.

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Its Camp Peralta headquarters is 54 kilometers from Roxas City in Capiz; 88 km from Kalibo, Aklan; and 122 km from Iloilo City.

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General Discussion / Re: Mindanao under Martial Law
« on: December 13, 2017, 12:04:48 AM »
Senate votes 14-4 approving Mindanao martial law extension for one year
Published December 13, 2017 1:15pm

The Senate on Wednesday voted 14-4 approving President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao for one year or until December 2018.

Members of the minority bloc led by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon voted against the extension during joint session of Congress. The other three are Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, and Risa Hontiveros.

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In his letter requesting for another extension, Duterte cited threats from ISIS-inspired groups and “communist terrorists."

Members of the House of Representatives are still voting on Duterte's request for extension as of this posting. —ALG, GMA News

AFP Organization, Services, and Units / Re: BRP Emilio Aguinaldo (PG-140)
« on: December 12, 2017, 11:20:28 PM »
Back in 2013

AFP Organization, Services, and Units / Re: BRP Emilio Aguinaldo (PG-140)
« on: December 12, 2017, 09:57:20 PM »
Where the Emilio Aguinaldo is now. Photo c/o mbb8356 at the Tanud Shipyard in Mactan. Taken on June 7, 2017


From the forum's FB extension . . . salvaging a post on the topic from the old forum.


First posts / Re: For returning Timawans
« on: December 12, 2017, 05:07:50 PM »
I'm a returning Timawan but I changed my user name to a more fitting one in relation to my job.

Welcome back. Updating your membership accordingly.

General Discussion / Former intel officer warns vs entry of China Telecom
« on: December 11, 2017, 10:29:25 PM »
Former intel officer warns vs entry of China Telecom
By: Nikko Dizon - Reporter
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:10 AM December 12, 2017

A retired intelligence officer who held a delicate post at the height of China’s artificial island-building in the South China Sea told the Inquirer that the entry of China Telecom into the Philippine market poses a national security threat.

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“We’re dead. They [will] now have access to our telecom infrastructure,” added the former officer, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, in a Nov. 20 press briefing, said Mr. Duterte had offered China the “privilege” of operating as the third telco player to “break up” the duopoly of PLDT and Globe Telecom.

The former intelligence officer said that the biggest cybersecurity threat to the Philippines came from China.

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War on Drugs / PDEA welcomes NBI return to drug war
« on: December 11, 2017, 10:14:06 PM »
PDEA welcomes NBI return to drug war
By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan  December 10, 2017, 9:27 am

MANILA -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) welcomes the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) back in the government’s fight against illegal drugs.

“It is good to have the PNP and the NBI as our allied brothers. PDEA now has a full complement to wage an all-out war against the drug menace,” PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said in a statement over the weekend.

“The cast is now complete. PDEA, PNP, and the NBI have significant roles to perform in the anti-drug war. PDEA shall continue to be the lead authority, the NBI-Task Force Against Illegal Drugs (TFAID) can also go after high-value targets, while the PNP would concentrate on illegal drug trafficking and street-level distribution across district/provincial/city and municipal boundaries,” Aquino added.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II gave the NBI the green light to resume the conduct of anti-drug operations, investigations and case build-up for violation of Republic Act 9165, or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, following the issuance of DOJ Department Order (DO) No. 778 on Wednesday.

With the issuance of the DO No. 778, it revoked the earlier DO No. 670 issued last October 13, 2017 directing NBI to suspend its participation in the war on drugs.

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in a memorandum ordered the PNP to rejoin the anti-drug campaign.

In ordering the PNP and other law enforcement agencies to rejoin anew in the war against illegal drugs, the President said that while PDEA has made significant strides in the government’s anti-illegal campaign, the agency “has been seriously hampered in performing its huge mandate by lack of resources, specifically agents, and operatives who can penetrate drug-infested areas down to the municipal and barangay levels.”

The memorandum likewise said there had been a notable resurgence of illegal drugs in the Philippines as well as crimes committed since the PNP and the other law enforcement agencies yielded to PDEA the conduct of all anti-illegal drugs operations. (PNA)

Roque hits De Lima, Gascon ‘turnabout’ on EJK definition
By Juzel Danganan  December 11, 2017, 5:22 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang has slammed Senator Leila de Lima and Commission on Human Rights Chairman Chito Gascon for contradicting their own definition of extra-judicial killings, based on Administrative Order No. 35 that established the inter-agency committee on extra-judicial killings (EJK) during former president Benigno Aquino's III's administration.

In a statement released Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said De Lima and Gascon have contradicted themselves in their latest stance on the issue. Roque said AO 35 defined extra-legal killings as a death due to a person's membership to a political, environmental, agrarian, labor organization, or a media practitioner.

"Moreover, they added that for purposes of the focused mandate of AO No. 35, killings related to common criminals and/or the perpetration of their crimes shall be addressed by other appropriate, mechanisms within the justice system," Roque said.

"How is it now that when drug pushers or users die, Senator De Lima and Chairman Gascon insist that these are EJKs? Their sudden about-face is baffling, given that these drug pushers and users are not members or affiliated with any political, environmental, agrarian, or labor organization. These drug pushers or users are likewise not journalists," Roque pointed out.

Roque said if De Lima and Gascon really stand by the AO, in which they are signatories, they should also defend the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs, as it is consistent with it.

During the signing of the AO, De Lima was Justice Secretary while Gascon was the undersecretary for the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs (OPAPA).

"It is high time that the hypocrisies of Senator De Lima and Chairman Gascon are exposed in favor of the truth. The Filipino people deserve no less," Roque said.

Roque further urged the two to admit their mistake for signing the AO during Aquino's term, if they really believe that the deaths in the drug war are EJKs.

"But if they believe today that the reported deaths in the war on drugs are EJKs, they should also admit to the nation and to the world that what they did during the Aquino administration was wrong -- that Aquino only signed AO No. 35 -- so that his administration would not be blamed for the deaths of drug pushers and users during his presidency," the Malacañang spokesperson said.

AO No. 35, which was adopted on April 18, 2013, establishes the inter-agency committee on extra-legal killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and other grave violations of the right to life, liberty, and security of persons. (PNA)

Filipino Potential / Re: Retitled: Tapping the $2T Halal market
« on: December 11, 2017, 09:30:57 PM »
PH halal export seen to grow to USD1.4B in 2018
By Kris Crismundo  September 4, 2017, 7:33 pm

MANILA -- The country’s halal export revenues for next year is seen to grow to USD1.4 billion from the current USD800 million outbound sales, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Secretary Abdulgani Macatoman told reporters.

Macatoman said with the Republic Act No. 10817 instituting the Philippine Halal Export Development Program, the country can be more competitive to play in the USD3.2-trillion halal global market and is expected to be a USD10-trillion market by 2030.

“Since the IRR was signed recently, we can go full blast in developing our halal industry,” he said in Filipino.

He said that Marawi City, which became a battle ground between government troops and terror groups, has a big potential to be a halal hub.

“We can have economic zone in Marawi for halal, with its vast land and climate,” Macatoman said.

The DTI official added that there were Gulf Cooperation Council countries looking at investing in the Philippines, in which putting up halal economic zones could be their potential investments in the country.

The Philippines still has a small share in the global market for halal products despite having a captured market, a large population of Muslims in the southern part of the country.

“Thailand and Singapore for example, they are not a Muslim country but their share in the halal industry is by billions. The Philippines, we have captured market with our Muslim brothers in the country, has small share in the halal industry,” Macatoman said in Filipino.

Current halal products for exports made in the Philippines are mostly canned goods like sardines, which are mostly for Middle East countries.

“We expect to increase our manufacturers and producers of halal products to increase our exports not only in Muslim countries in Middle East but also in Southeast Asia and Africa,” Macatoman said.

He said that 32 percent of the world’s population is Muslim. (PNA)

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