Monday, August 31, 2009
Gordon eyes telcos tycoon Pangilinan as his VP
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Gordon: RP still needs VFA
An investigative report circulating online said the American military contractor Blackwater was training “mercenaries” of various nationalities, including Filipinos, at the Subic free port in Olongapo City.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Administrator Armand Arreza, however, quickly denied the story.
In a video story posted August 28 on the Russia Today website, American investigative journalist Wayne Madsen claimed Satelles Solutions, a Blackwater subsidiary, was using a five-acre facility in the former United States naval base to train operatives for secret US-backed military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots.
Blackwater, founded by a former US Navy Seal in North Carolina, has been denounced in some US media as being America’s “private army.” It does jobs for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Interviewed on Russia Today, Madsen asked: “Who gave them permission? Apparently it’s against the Philippine Constitution to station foreign troops in the country ... someone is running around the Constitution of the Philippines. Obviously this is done with the permission of the president of the Philippines,” Madsen said.
He claimed the country was now a “major operating base” for the Blackwater subsidiary.
Madsen alleged the Subic facility could train up to 1,000 operatives. He also claimed that other US companies linked to former US Vice President Dick Cheney had also opened a shooting range at the former Clark Air Base.
In 2007, Blackwater denied it was opening a facility in the Philippines. “We are no longer pursuing a facility in the Philippines,” Anne Tyrrell, a company spokesperson, had said.
Madsen’s report indicates the company went ahead using a subsidiary company.
In a phone interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Arreza denied Blackwater was maintaining any kind of facility in the SBMA.
“There is no facility for any military training by Blackwater or any such company,” Arreza said.
The only facility for any kind of military-style training here is the Philippine National Police Leadership School, he said.
He admitted that Blackwater submitted a proposal to set up a training facility in Subic three years ago.
“But this request never materialized. We want to develop the SBMA for commercial and industrial uses. We felt that the request (of Blackwater) went against our charter.”
He also said he was willing to open the facility to inspection or investigation. “There are no restrictions here. Anyone can enter the SBMA.”
4 Comments on the issue:
i'm an active military personnel, viewing from the way we soldiers and policemen live, i don't see why most of us would opt to be a mercenary. same hardship, same risks but higher pay and better future for our families.
when lowly soldiers and policemen die in the field or streets, their families are left to starve. so with retirement, we've not enough sum of money to put up even a modest house at the age of 56, kung sabagay, kaya ako nagsundalo dahil sa hirap ng buhay, bakit kaya di ako mag-mercenary?
because of competitive employment and lack of it,i chose to become a soldier, yet it seems that even with the salary the government gives, it's not enough to raise a family.what we are receiving as enlisted personnels is what we call us "bachelor's fee".
i think it better if our country will allow us to choose our means of employment, since we are fully aware of the dangers that will confront us,and it will be a much easier job because it's not our own race that we will pursue. it would be better for us to die in our line of work that provides us and our families financial securities, than here in our country that if something happened to you the families you left will be neglected by the government and just starve..
where can you see a government negotatiating with the terrorists?..and for the record you may not hear it blatantly but if there is another uprise movement a lot of us will support it..so sen. biazon stop being a hypocrite, your only saying those because your already in the middle-class living..enough of the traditions and customs,only a few benefits from it, they are also the one's who are destroying it..
i'm an active military personnel, viewing from the way we soldiery live, i don't see why most of us would opt to be a mercenary. same hardship, same risks but higher pay and better future for our families. when lowly soldiers and die in the field or streets, their families are left to starve.
Bakit kasi ang mga politiko da pilipinas mas yadong matalino kaya sila hindi mag ka sundo, pati itong magandang trabaho na dumarating ayaw nilang payagan ang mga pilipino na umasinso gusto nila sila ang yayaman, takot kasi sila na maubos na ang mga pilipino sa pinas wala ng mag ttrabaho at papakain sa kanila, kala kung sinong silang matalino,, hindi naman nila kayang ayusin ang gulo sa pilipinas...kung sa bagay kahit nag gulo nila hindi nila kayang ayusin mga bobo ang politiko sa pilipinas......bopol kayo mga tarantado pa kayo..umaasa lang kayo sa taong bayan mga bweset kayo... kayo dapat ang tawaging mga patay gutom..umasa sa taong bayan.. kaya ako nagsundalo dahil sa hirap ng buhay, bakit kaya di ako mag-mercenary? takot silang maubos ang pilipino sa pinas....politiko boboooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo........... .................kayong lahat......... .......
In a nation that has not been able to fully utilize the former U.S. Navy facility in Subic Bay in over seventeen years now; why in the hell would they turn down such an investment from a billion dollar company which could bring life to that region of Bataan again, and make it a world class training facility for S.E. Asia's Security profession.
Why do hungry people turn away opportunity that feeds their extended families ?
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Follow SoKor’s lead — Gordon
SEN. Richard Gordon yesterday called on Filipinos to emulate South Korea, which has emerged as one of Asia ’s great nations today despite the devastation wreaked by the Korean War in the 1950’s.
Gordon, speaking at the Korean embassy’s celebration of the 60th year of bilateral relations between the Philippines and South Korea , said the Filipinos, like the Koreans, should learn to choose the right leaders who will bring out the best in the people to achieve the same level of progress and development they are now enjoying.
“I’d like to congratulate the Korean people for after having weathered the bitter war in the 50s, it was able to rise to become one of the mighty nations in Asia . It is my hope that we will become even closer through the years and try to make sure that all of us achieve the same level of progress and development that can provide dignity; and certainly pride and satisfaction for both our peoples,” he said.
“Dapat ay maging katulad din tayo ng mga kapitbahay natin sa Asya, lalo na sa Korea sapagkat kaya ng Pilipino na gawin ang ginagawa nila. Kailangan lang may disiplina at mahusay na liderato. Kaya dapat matuto tayong pumili ng mahuhusay na lider ng sa gayon ang ating bayan ay magkaroon din ng magandang halimbawa at lumakas tayo,” he added.
Gordon also extended his condolences to the Korean government on the death of its former President Kim Dae-Jung last Aug. 18, adding that he and Sen. Benigno Aquino were similar because they both fought an autocratic rule.
“The Senate of the Republic of the Philippines expresses its deepest condolences on his passing away last Aug. 18. We consider President Kim Dae-Jung a real leader, and what we might call one of Asia ’s foremost Freedom Fighters not unlike Sen. Benigno Aquino and President Cory Aquino,” he said.
The Senate recently adopted Gordon’s Senate Resolution 1326, which expressed the Senate’s sincere condolences on the former Korean leader’s death.
Gordon noted that President Kim devoted himself to the task of economic recovery and managed to pull the country back from the brink of bankruptcy. By: Marlon Purificacion - Peoples Journal Online
Friday, August 28, 2009
Orozco Again Bags Top Resident Ombudsman Award
This is connection with Orozco’s feat as 2009 “Most Outstanding Resident Ombudsman” given by the Association of Resident Ombudsmen in Government Agencies (AROGA-Philippines).
Atty. Orozco bagged the feat and was also elected as National Executive Vice-President of AROGA by the 228 resident ombudsmen and 104 chiefs of offices of local government units of the Philippines who convened last August 17-19, 2009 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel in Davao City .
Ombudsman Merceditas N. Gutierrez awarded the certificates of recognition to Orozco and presided the oath-taking ceremonies of the newly elected officials of AROGA.
“As a resident ombudsman, we are tasked to study systems and procedures vulnerable to corruption and make recommendations to improve them; report anomalies, irregular acts, unethical conduct or illegal activities committed by the officials and employees of the offices where they are assigned and in the gathering of evidence in the investigations of the same,” Orozco explained.
It can be recalled that Orozco also bagged the same award last year at the 1st National Convention of Resident Ombudsmen held at Baguio City. Atty. Orozco also authored the constitution and by-laws of AROGA-Philippines and served as the Executive Vice President for Luzon of the said organization.
Mayor Bong Gordon proudly displays the certificate of recognition of City Legal Officer Atty. Lito Orozco (standing right), as the ‘’Most Outstanding Resident Ombudsman’’ for the second consecutive year of the Association of Resident Ombudsman in Government Agencies (AROGA-Philippines) before officials and employees of the city government during the flag raising ceremonies on August 24, 2009 at the Rizal Triangle Multi-Purpose Center.
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Hanjin delivers 5th ship order to Egyptian firm
While other major shipyards have opted to cease operations, Hanjin shipyard in Subic continues with its shipbuilding activities, according to a source from the Subic Bay Metropolotan Authority (SBMA) who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter.
Hanjin sees opportunity in offshore repairs, through the available facility at the Subic shipyard. Conventional and offshore vessels can now be built in Subic.
"It wasn't possible for us because of harware matters but since the completion of our new shipyard, now we are able to enter into the offshore plant business. As productivity increases in Subic, it's providing us with mire opportunity for new challenges," said a Hannjin spokesperson.
However, HHIC still has some unsolved problems. They have to secure a design team for the offshore plant development, for alliances with external engineering groups in order to intensify their offshore technology.
"We know that we got into the business late compared to other competing yards but HHIC developed Korea's first drillship in 1977 and the idea behind the Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) of today is based on that model, so with our accumulated technology put together, we are confident that it will be a success," the company said.
Hanjin no longer imports ship components from Korea as it embarked on building its own in its Subic shipyard Jong Shup Shim, Hanjin Philippines Inc. president, said Hanjin Subic can make $29 million worth of locally produced components for the first year and is confident of increasing them to $57 million next year.
Hanjin shipyard has 15,000 workers employed by the South Korean shipbuilder and its subcontractors.
Odense Steel Shipyard in Denmark, operated by AP Moller Maersk, has already decided to discontinue shipbuilding activities brought by the competitive situation in the shipbuilding industry.
It said due to the expansion of the yard capacity in low cost countries in the Far East and most recently with China's determined endeavors to become the world's largest shipbuilding nation, it became increasingly difficult to survive in the shipping industry in recent years.
"Although inquiries received are still high, stiff competition is expected from Chinese yards. The company will also pursue new building, fabrication and conversion jobs," it said, adding that the continuing global economic situation has and will continue to affect the shipping industry.
By Genivi Factoa - Malaya
Gordon bill on Subic, Clark gains support
San Miguel buys 35% in tollway venture
Thursday, August 27, 2009
BONGGO, tops OPM chart, again!
With the album, “Deep Inside My Mind,” Bonggo bested nine (9) of the country’s most-listened OPM and most-sought after recording stars including Aiza Seguerra & Willie Revillame, who could only place fifth and 7th behind Mayor Gordon his Bonggo band.
On the other hand, “Deep Inside My Mind” ranked second on the overall category besting numerous local and international albums such as “My Inspiration,” by Charice and “The Fame,” by Lady Gaga.
“The Bonggo band not only aims to entertain listeners but more importantly, we aspire to rpomote pride and loyalty to country and foster Filipino values thru the music we create,” said Mayor Gordon.
Aside from the self-titled carrier single, “Deep Inside My Mind,” the album also contains the following inspirational and patriotic tracks: BongGapo, You Say, Nowhere To GO, Subik, Bayon Kong Olongapo, Give me Feedback, Para sa Iyo and Pasko in duet, solo and group performance.
Solons find Hanjin still lacking in labor safety
Man in videoke brawl yields
Accompanied by his father, suspect Alejandro Grateja, 21, a resident of Old Relocation Site, Agusuhin, Bgy. Cawag, surrendered to Senior Insp. Nelson Dela Cruz, Subic PNP Station chief, last Tuesday to face his case.
It was learned that around 11 p.m. on August 21, Alexander Parado, 43, of Bgy. Calapandayan and his friends decided to go home after rounds of beer at the One Stop KTV Bar located at Old Relocation Site, this town.
While still in front of the bar, the suspect arrived on his motorcycle and without warning punched the victim on its face until Parado fell to the ground. The suspect left afterwards.
The victim’s friends Oliver Marce, Helbert Hadji, Abel Lim Jayson Cabrega and Jayson Asero, all of Old Relocation Site, brought Parado to San Marcelino District Hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending doctor.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
SBMA to lease out terminal for 4 years
Zambales nickel processing to start this year
US-based cargo forwarder to set up shop in Subic
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
PGMA visits Zambales
Monday, August 24, 2009
Philip Morris' Subic facility to be Asia's largest
Subic holds night marathon
“This is the most exciting marathon in the country today,” said Sam Tucay, founder of the Subic International Marathon, in yesterday’s press launch at Dusit Thani in Makati.
“Why? There is no other marathon route in the country as beautiful as this, and the time, the race starting at 4:30 p.m., makes it as scenic as possible,” said the retired police general.
Organizers are looking at more than 10,000 runners in the full marathon, half marathon and side events such as the 10K, 5K and 3K races, and this early, it seems that everything’s on track.
Once again, Kenya, which has produced some of the great runners in history, will field entries to the event won last year by Nelson Kirwa Rotich, a Kenyan, followed closely by RP’s Eduardo Buenavista.
However, Buenavista, the country’s top long-distance runner, won’t compete, as he’s scheduled to take part in the marathon event of the Laos Southeast Asian Games in December.
But a host of local runners will be there to give the Kenyans a run for their money, including former Milo Marathon champion Chris Sabal, and other members of the national training pool.
The race starts at the newly built Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) in Floridablanca in Pampanga, and into the Remy Field in Subic Bay in Olongapo, offering a rolling, flat and long stretch of well-paved roads.
Through Smart and other sponsors, organizers have put up a cash pot of P1.187 million, with the men’s and women’s champions getting $5,000 each or its peso equivalent.
There’s advocacy behind the race, too, as the Philippine National Police is using the marathon as part of its transformation program for some of its men who have been placed in its leadership and values school.
Gen. Paul Bataoil, who heads the PNP’s public and community relations, said Chief PNP Gen. Jesus Versoza has issued a directive to all commanders to get their men into running as a means to develop their values.
Pato Gregorio, head of Smart Sports, said the telecommunications giant under Manny V. Pangilinan has chosen to support marathon because it’s a sport where Filipinos can eventually excel.
“When Smart Sports gets involved in sports we want to help the Filipino athlete. And it’s not just sponsoring events or counting the billboards, ad placements and publicities. We are not here just an event sponsor. We’re here for an advocacy,” he said.
By.JUN MENDOZA - Philippine Star
The first prize in the 42.19 km event for the top male and female runners is USD 5000 each (same as the Boston Marathon). The other races scheduled for the weekend will include the 3k, 5k, 10k, and 21k events.
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Sunday, August 23, 2009
Subic rescue team gets special citation
Saturday, August 22, 2009
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