Tag Archive: President Benigno Aquino

PNP to buy more choppers

The National Police will buy more helicopters to improve its operational capability, especially in Mindanao, but willl make sure that these are not used, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo said.

“Kailangan naman po ‘yun talaga, ang original intention po sana ay mag-deploy ng chopper sa Mindanao,” Robredo told reporters after attending the 110th Police Service anniversary rites in Camp Crame on Monday.

The DILG chief said he himself will make sure that the helicopters are really “new” this time. “Hindi na po mauulit ‘yung dati.”

Earlier, President Benigno Aquino III assured that police equipment purchased under his administration will not be overused.

“Lilinawin ko lang, ‘pag sinabing bibili ng bago hindi ito pinagsawaan na ng kung sinumang herodes,” Aquino said, apparently referring to two overused helicopters which the PNP bought as “brand new.”

The two helicopters were among three that were brought in 2009 for a total price of P104.9 million.

They were later found to have been used “extensively” by the family of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo, especially her son Mikey, according to the DILG.

The controversial helicopters allegedly belonged to former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo. (John Roson)

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President Benigno Aquino III on Monday called on communist rebels to show “sincerity” in the peace process, following their abduction of seven people, including a mayor, in Surigao del Sur and Bukidnon.

“Kailangan rin naman sila (rebels) magpakita ng maayos na gesture kung sinsero sila,” Aquino told reporters in a briefing after leading the 110th Police Service anniversary rites in Camp Crame.

The President made the remark when asked if the government will review the peace process with the National Democratic Front (NDF) following the abduction of Lingig, Surigao del Sur, Mayor Henry Dano and his two escorts by New People’s Army (NPA) members on Saturday.

The abduction reportedly occurred the same day that government negotiator Alexander Padilla and his NDF counterpart Fidel Agcaoili were holding peace talks in Magallanes, Makati.

“Papagusapan namin ‘yan with the OPAPP (Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process), at siguro besides the mayor, ipapaalala ko lang ‘yung apat na BJMP personnel na di pa rin pinapakawalan,” Aquino said.

The NPA had already claimed responsibility for seizing JInsp. Tudyog, JInsp. Llamre, SJO2 Begones, and JO1 Bayuyo in Kitaokitao, Bukidnon, on July 21 but has yet to issue a statement regarding Dano and his escorts.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, for his part, said the abductions, as well as the attack by rebels on the Trento Police Station in Agusan del Sur, apparently shows a wrong signal.

“Palagay ko po makaka-pressure ito sa OPAPP na, ‘Ano ba naman yan, tayo po ay nagpapakita ng kagandahang loob at ito po ‘yung tugon nila (rebels) sa ating kagandahang loob,'” Robredo said.

Army spokesman Col. Antonio Parlade, meanwhile, said that Dano’s abduction casts doubt on the ability of the NDF, NPA, and the Communist Party of the Philippines in control forces on the ground.

“If they were really in command, why is it that on one hand the leaders are arranging peace talks and on the other, their subordinates are conducting kidnappings? It is evident that there are discrepancies here,” Parlade said in a statement. (John Roson)

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Authorities detained 12 Chinese nationals who allegedly figured in a ruckus with companions of President Benigno Aquino III’s sister, Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, during a flight to Cebu on Saturday, police said.

The twelve were placed under the custody of the 7th Police Center for Aviation Security (PCAS-7) at the Mactan Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City, according to National Police spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz.

Two of the Chinese nationals – Han Yan, 31, and Mailiyasi, 33, – allegedly became unruly during the “fun game” of Cebu Pacific Flight 5J-563 from Manila.

The two eventually figured in an “altercation” with companions of Aquino-Cruz and were arrested upon arrival by PCAS-7 members, Cruz said, citing field reports.

Pete Prado, who served as a DOTC secretary during the late President Corazon Aquino’s time and is now her daughter’s chief of staff, also instructed the PCAS-7 personnel to hold the Chinese nationals’ group and file charges against them, Cruz said. (John Roson)

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