(MANILA) LATEST: The military is looking at pro-Islamic State militants to blame for the blast that killed a spectator and hurt 7 others during a volleyball game in Datu Piang, Maguindanao Saturday afternoon #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.24: Lt. Col. John Paul Baldomar of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division told the Inquirer by phone that members of the LGBT community were playing volleyball when a homemade bomb exploded in their midst around 3:39 p.m.at the municipal covered court near the center of Datu Piang town…..

#AceDailyNews says that in the Philippines on Saturday militants planted a bomb at LGBT volleyball game one person was reportedly killed and it injured seven others Army eyes BIFF in Maguindanao sports event blast that killed a spectator,” by Jeoffrey Maitem, Inquirer Mindanao, September 19, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

He said the blast left one spectator dead and wounded seven others.

According to investigators, the grenade was lobbed in the middle of the crowd while the volleyball game was in progress.

Baldomar said the attack could be a diversionary tactic of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) because of the government’s ongoing operation against them.

“We have recovered fragments of the bombs and we suspect it was carried out by the BIFF,” Badomar said….

Authorities have blamed the BIFF, which splintered from the MILF and declared support for the IS, for the series of attacks in the past in the region….

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Sept.24: 2021:

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(MANILA) Face Off US/China Report: The Philippines has abandoned plans to abort a crucial defence agreement with the United States, delivering a major strategic win to the Biden Administration #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.30: But now Mr Duterte has agreed to “restore” the VFA after meeting with US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin during his visit to the Philippines…..

#AceDailyNews says that Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte last year issued a formal notice to tear up the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which provides the legal framework for US troops in the South-East Asian nation and Philippines has directed its fishermen to ignore China’s annual ban on trawling in waters after Beijing claims it as its own. But not everyone wants to face off against a global superpower without another on its side ……

Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told journalists the VFA was now “in full force again” following the meeting – although he conceded he didn’t know what had prompted Mr Duterte’s move.

Mr Austin thanked Mr Duterte for his decision, calling the Philippines a “vital treaty ally”.

“Our countries face a range of challenges, and as we do a strong resilient US-Philippines alliance will remain vital to the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific,” he said.

“A fully restored VFA will help us achieve that goal together.”

Mr Austin also said the two countries were looking at new ways to deepen security cooperation.

What was behind Duterte’s moves?

A Filipina soldier gets her photo taken with an American soldier.
US and Philippine forces conduct hundreds of joint exercises each year.(Reuters: Eloisa Lopez)

The announcement caps a tumultuous period in the US-Philippines relationship.

Mr Duterte first declared he would tear up the VFA in early 2020 after the US cancelled the visa of Philippines senator Ronald Dela Rosa, one of his key political lieutenants.

Mr Dela Rosa had been accused of orchestrating extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration’s brutal war on drugs when he was a police chief.

Mr Duterte has also drawn much closer to China, declaring back in 2016 that the Philippines needed to “separate” itself from its long time military alliance with the US. Fishermen in David and Goliath battle with China

But senior military officers and officials in the Philippines have been pressing internally to retain the VFA, and Mr Duterte subsequently suspended the process of termination no fewer than three times as negotiations over the agreement dragged on.

Analysts said Mr Duterte hesitated to sever military links with the US, in part because of rising tensions between China and the Philippines over contested waters in the South China Sea.

The military in the Philippines remains anxious about China’s rapidly growing naval strength and sees the VFA — which provides rules for the rotation of thousands of US troops in the country for war exercises — as a bulwark against Chinese military aggression in the South China Sea.

The dispute over the VFA also took on powerful symbolism as strategic competition between the US and China intensifies in the region.

On an overcast day, you view an aircraft carrier stacked with US jets and helicopters as you view a distant Manila skyline.
The US military has been a regular sight in Manila Bay for decades.(Flickr: US Navy)

Earlier in the year, Mr Duterte declared that the US must “pay” more in order to preserve the agreement and demanded the Biden administration provide more vaccines to the Philippines.

Last month, the Biden administration delivered more than 3 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the country.

Hunter Marston from the ANU’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs said the declaration that the VFA would be restored “caps a dramatic year and a half for the US-Philippines alliance”.

“Duterte’s threat to scrap VFA would have rendered the alliance all but symbolic and significantly hampered Washington’s military presence in the region as it struggles to roll back China’s expansion in the South China Sea,” he said.

“The restoration of the VFA does not preclude future policy reversals from the unpredictable Duterte, but for the time being at least, this was a very good week for the bilateral alliance.”

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(PHILIPPINES) #AceWeatherReport Thousands of residents fled flooded communities and swollen rivers in the Manila capital and outlying provinces Saturday after days of torrential monsoon rains, which left at least one villager dead, officials said #AceWeatherDesk report

#AceWeatherDesk says Monsoon rains flood Philippine villages, thousands evacuate as officials said they struggled to open more emergency shelters in order to allow social distancing among the displaced residents and prevent evacuation camps from turning into epicenters of #COVID19 infections. In the hard-hit city of Marikina in the capital region, nearly 15,000 residents were evacuated to safety overnight as waters rose alarmingly in a major river.

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“In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, members of the Philippine coastguard wade along floodwaters as they look for residents to be evacuated to safer grounds, in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro province, central Philippines on Friday July 23, 2021. Thousands of residents fled from flooded communities and swollen rivers in the Philippine capital and outlying provinces Saturday after days of torrential monsoon rains, which left at least one villager dead, officials said. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)”

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“This situation will be too difficult if there won’t be a permanent solution to flooding, especially now with the threat from the delta variant,” Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro told ABS CBN News, referring to the highly contagious COVID-19 viral strain that has been detected in the country.

Philippines Evacuates Thousands as Monsoon Rains and Tropical Storm Flood Manila, Provinces

Residents seek temporary shelter at a school following heavy rains that caused flooding in some areas in Marikina city, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 24, 2021. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

Philippine authorities moved thousands of residents in the capital, Manila, out of low-lying communities on Saturday as heavy monsoon rains, compounded by a tropical storm, flooded the city and nearby provinces.

Reuters – Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Jay Ereno; Editing by Robert Birsel and Edmund Klamann Click here to read more.

Many of the residents were evacuated from flood-prone villages in Marikina overnight, depriving them of sleep, said Teodoro. He blamed years of illegal logging in nearby mountains and heavy siltation in Marikina River for constant flooding in his city.

In the mountainous northern city of Baguio, a resident died Friday afternoon after the taxi she was riding in was hit by a falling tree, police said, adding two other people in the taxi were injured. The northern Philippines has been swamped by days of monsoon rains that flooded low-lying villages and set off minor landslides.

Typhoon In-fa, which has churned off the country’s eastern coast and dumped rain on Taiwan before blowing toward China, intensified the seasonal downpours, forecasters said.

A cargo boat overturned after being lashed by strong waves Saturday close to a port in Pio Duran town in Albay province, southeast of Manila. Its 10 crewmen were rescued by police, firefighters and villagers, who used a long rope to pull the overturned boat closer to the coast, the coast guard said.

Coast guard personnel rescued several residents trapped in their houses by rising floodwaters Friday in Naujan town in Mindoro Oriental province south of Manila. As they carried the villagers through waist-high waters, the emergency crew held on to a rope to prevent themselves from being swept away by the current.

About 20 typhoons and storms batter the Philippines each year, aside from seasonal monsoon rains. The country also lies in the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a region prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, making it one of the world’s most disaster-prone nations.

#AceWeatherDesk report ……Published: July.25: 2021:

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(PHILIPINNES) JUST IN: At least 17 people are dead after an Air Force plane carrying troops crashed while landing in the south of the country, breaking up and bursting into flames #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.04: So far 40 wounded and injured were rescued and 17 bodies recovered. Rescue and recovery is ongoing,” Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement, adding that 92 people had been on board.

MANILA: Philippines Air Force plane crashes, killing at least 17 people according to Reuters the Lockheed C-130 transport aircraft crashed on Sunday at Patikul, in Sulu province, in the far south of the archipelago nation where the army has been fighting a long war against Islamist militants from the Abu Sayyaf and other factions.

Wreckage in flames of Philippine air force C-130 aircraft that crashed in Sulu province.
The Philippine Air Force C-130 aircraft crashed in a southern province after missing the runway.(Pondohan TV)

Military chief Cirilito Sobejana said the plane had “missed the runway trying to regain power”.

A military spokesman, Colonel Edgard Arevalo, said there was no indication of any attack on the plane, but that a crash investigation had not begun and efforts were focused on rescue and treatment.

Pictures from the scene showed flames and smoke pouring from wreckage strewn among trees as men in combat uniform milled around.

Mr Sobejana said the plane had crashed a few kilometres from Jolo airport at 11:30am (local time).

“We are currently attending to the survivors who were immediately brought to the 11th Infantry Division station hospital in Busbus, Jolo, Sulu,” he said.

Reuters

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(MANILA) The Philippines is beefing up its presence in the South China Sea and deploying more ships and an aircraft to protect its maritime territory and resources, a government task force said on Wednesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.23: The deployment is the latest move in an ongoing feud with China over what Manila called “swarming” by hundreds of fishing vessels it said were manned by Chinese state-backed militias. China has denied militias were aboard:

‘The Philippines has ramped up its rhetoric in recent weeks in defiance of what it says is threatening behaviour by Chinese vessels in its 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), despite four years of rapprochement with historic rival China & we are exhausting all means possible to protect our territory and EEZ,” the Philippines’ South China Sea task force said in a statement’ from Reuters’

April: 21, 2021:

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered authorities to continue “sovereignty patrols”, and intensify operations against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in its territorial waters, the task force said.

Nine vessels from the coastguard and the fisheries bureau, a coastguard aircraft and police watercraft and rubber boats were being deployed in the South China Sea, including in waters off Philippine-held islands in the Spratlys, the task force said.

U.S.-ally the Philippines has filed several diplomatic protests over Chinese activities in the South China Sea, with the latest accusing its giant neighbour of illegal fishing and massing more than 240 boats within its EEZ. 

The challenge puts the spotlight on Duterte’s controversial pursuit of better relations and economic ties with China.

The firebrand leader said on Monday he was prepared to deploy navy ships to assert the Philippines’ sovereign rights to oil and mineral resources in its EEZ, telling China that if it started drilling for oil, so will he.

China claims almost the South China Sea, where about $3 trillion worth of ship-borne trade passes each year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

Source: Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements – Philippines says boosting maritime presence to protect territory, resources

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Apr.23: 2021:

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MANILA: ‘ US MARINE TO STAND TRIAL FOR KILLING TRANSGENDER FILIPINO ‘

#AceWorldNews – MANILA – October 27 – The Philippines is to put a US Marine on trial for killing a transgender Filipino outside a former US Navy base, Reuters reported.

Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to charge him with murder or the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton failed to answer a murder complaint by the Monday deadline set by prosecutors.

Pemberton skipped the prosecutor’s preliminary hearing in Olongapo City, north of Manila.

His lawyer, Rowena Garcia-Flores, said that any planned murder charge should be reduced to manslaughter. 

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MANILA: ‘ AMERICAN FORCES GUARD FILIPINO ACCUSED OF MURDER AND FILIPINOS GUARD US FORCES ‘

#AceWorldNews – MANILA – October 24 – American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them.

The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila’s uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master. Pemberton, 19, is accused of killing Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino, in a motel room Oct. 11 in the city of Olongapo.

He was initially held on a U.S. Navy warship at the Subic Bay Freeport, northwest of Manila, but on Wednesday he was transferred to the Philippine military’s main camp, where Filipino troops and two of his fellow Marines continue to guard him.

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MANILA: ‘ US MARINE ACCUSED OF MURDER OF TRANSGENDER WOMAN MOVED TO MILITARY HQ ‘

#AceWorldNews – PHILIPPINES (Manila) – October 22 – A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman was moved to the Philippines’ military headquarters Wednesday, AFP said, citing officials.

US Marine Accused of Murder of Transgender Woman Moved to Manila Miltary HQ

US Marine Accused of Murder of Transgender Woman Moved to Manila Miltary HQ 

US helicopter delivered Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton to Camp Aguinaldo in Manila and will be jointly guarded by American and local troops, according to military chief General Gregorio Catapang.

“He will be detained in a 28-cubic-meter van that was installed inside the facility and he will be sleeping in a military-type cot bed with an air conditioning system,”Catapang said.

Police said Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim, Jennifer Laude, a transgender 26-year-old also known as Jeffrey.

Source: 

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MANILA: ‘ Police File Murder Charges Against US Marine Over The Death Of Transgender Filipino ‘

#AceWorldNews – PHILIPPINES (Manila) – October 15 – Philippines police on Wednesday filed murder charges against a US Marine over the death of a transgender Filipino, Reuters said.

Philippine police file charges against U.S. Marine in murder case
Philippine police file charges against U.S. Marine in murder case

“Based on two witnesses’ testimonies, we believe we have a strong case against the US Marine,” said Pedrito delos Reyes, police chief of Olongapo City.

The body of Jeffrey Laude, 26, was found in a hotel room on Saturday.

Manila also wants to take custody of Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton while he stands trial, according to a senior Philippines official.

He also warned that the case could damage military ties between the allies.

Source:

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MANILA: ‘ Dozens of Activists Burn Mock US Flags Demanding Washington Hand-Over Marine Implicated in Transgender Killing ‘

#AceWorldNews – PHILIPPINES (Manila) – October 14 – Dozens of activists burned a mock U.S. flag as they protested at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Tuesday, demanding that Washington hand over to the Philippines a Marine implicated in the killing of a transgender Filipino that the demonstrators labelled a hate crime.

 

Dozens of Activists Burn Mock US Flags Demanding Washington Hand-Over Marine Implicated in Transgender Killing '

Dozens of Activists Burn Mock US Flags Demanding Washington Hand-Over Marine Implicated in Transgender Killing ‘

Jeffrey Laude, 26, was found dead, apparently strangled and drowned, beside a toilet bowl in a motel room in Olongapo city, north-west of Manila, shortly after he checked in with a Caucasian man late Saturday.

The foreigner, who escaped, was described by witnesses as a U.S. Marine who had met the victim in a bar, police said.

U.S. Marine spokesman Col. Brad Bartelt said a Marine was being held on board the USS Peleliu in the Subic Bay free port, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Manila, in connection with a joint U.S. Navy and Philippine police investigation into Laude’s death.

About 3,000 U.S. Marines and Navy sailors concluded two weeks of military exercises with Filipino counterparts Friday and were to leave the Philippines this week.

But Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said he was assured by U.S. Pacific commander Adm. Samuel Locklear, who was in Manila for security talks with Philippine defence officials, that the Peleliu and other Navy ships would stay in the Philippines pending an investigation into the killing.

Source: 

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‘ Abu Sayyaf Group Threatens to Kill Hostages ‘

#AceNewsServices (SEA) MANILA – September 27 – A threat by Philippine militants to kill a German hostage in a show of solidarity with Islamic State is the latest sign that the Middle East group’s brand of radicalism is winning recruits in Asia and posing a growing security risk in the region.

' Abu Sayyaf Group Threatens to Kill German Hostages '

‘ Abu Sayyaf Group Threatens to Kill German Hostages ‘

Over 100 people from South-East Asia’s Muslim majority countries of Indonesia and Malaysia and the southern Philippine region are believed by security officials and analysts to have gone to join Islamic State’s fight in Iraq and Syria.

Malaysian and Indonesian militants have discussed forming a 100-strong Malay-speaking unit within Islamic State in Syria, according to a report from a well-known security group released this week.

Admiral Samuel Locklear, who heads the US Armed Forces’ Pacific Command, said on Thursday around 1,000 recruits from India to the Pacific may have joined Islamic State to fight in Syria or Iraq. He did not specify the countries or give a time-frame.

That number could get larger as we go forward,” Locklear told reporters at the Pentagon. In addition to India, the Hawaii-based Pacific Command’s area of responsibility covers 36 countries, including Australia, China and other Pacific Ocean states.

The command does not cover Pakistan.

In the region, thousands have sworn oaths of loyalty to Islamic State as local militant groups capitalize on a brand that has been fuelled by violent online videos and calls to jihad through social media, security analysts say. Security officials say this has disturbing implications for the region, especially when battle-hardened fighters return home from the Middle East.

The Philippines’ Abu Sayyaf group, which has earlier claimed links with al Qaeda and is led by a one-armed septuagenarian, has threatened to kill one of the two Germans it holds hostage by Oct. 10, according to messages distributed on Twitter.

As well as US$5.6 million in ransom, the group demanded that Germany halt its support for the US-led bombing campaign launched against Islamic State this week.

Source:

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` Two Chinese Coastguard Ships Sailed in to Disputed Waters off-Japan's Administered Islands '

#AceNewsServices – TOKYO – May 31 – Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned Beijing over increasing territorial assertiveness.

The Japanese coastguard said the vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile band of territorial waters around one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, around 10 am (0100 GMT).

Chinese vessels and aircraft have regularly approached the East China Sea archipelago — thought to harbour natural resources — since Tokyo nationalised some of the islands in September 2012, setting off the latest spate of incidents in a long-running territorial dispute.


Saturday’s incursion was the first of official Chinese vessels into the disputed waters since May 2 and the 12th this year.

China is also locked in territorial disputes, in the South China Sea, which Beijing claims almost entirely.

There have been incidences of Vietnam and China ramming each other’s vessels recently while in 2012 the Philippines lost control of rich fishing grounds after a tense stand-off with China.

Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam — claim parts of the sea, with Manila and Hanoi being the most vocal in opposing China’s claims. Taiwan is also a claimant.


At the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore Saturday, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel accused China of “destabilising actions” in the South China Sea.

Reuters – Japan Today – Straits Times

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` Heavy Fighting between Philippine Troops and Muslim Militants Trying to Regain Control Continue ‘

#AceNewsServices – MANILA – Philippines witnesses heavy clashes that have broken out between Philippine troops and Muslim militants trying to regain control of a captured camp in southern Sulu province, leaving 14 Abu Sayyaf rebels and one marine dead, officials said Wednesday.

Military spokesman Lt. Col Ramon Zagala said fighting that began late Tuesday continued until early morning Wednesday, with the militants attempting to regain control of an Abu Sayyaf training and storage camp and in Patikul township that was captured by government troops.

Marine spokesman Capt. Ryan Lacuesta, citing intelligence reports, said the clashes left 14 rebels dead, while one marine was killed and 19 were wounded.

Zagala says troops are securing the rebel camp they captured Monday.

Militants from the group of Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron are expected to launch more attacks and the military will continue to use mortars, howitzers and attack helicopters to protect it troops there, he said.

The Abu Sayyaf had links to international militant networks, including Al-Qaeda, but a U.S.-backed Philippine military crackdown has weakened it considerably in recent years.

The group, which is on the U.S. list of terror groups, has about 300 fighters and is now much more focused on ransom kidnappings than global jihad.

AP – Fox News

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` Barack Obama Says Agreement for Security While Activists Say it Reverses Democratic Gains When Bases Shut-Down '

#AceNewsServices – MANILA – Philippines (AP) – President Barack Obama said a 10-year agreement signed Monday to give the U.S military greater access to Philippine bases will help promote regional security, improve armed forces training and shorten response times to humanitarian crises, including natural disasters.

The deal was signed as Obama arrived in the Philippines, ending a week-long, four-nation Asia tour on something of a high note.

The Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement will give American forces temporary access to selected military camps and allow them to preposition fighter jets and ships and is being seen as an effort by Washington to counter Chinese aggression in the region.

Concerns about the U.S role military role here led to recent clashes outside the U.S. Embassy in the capital of Manila between police and more than 100 left-wing activists who protested Obama’s visit and the new security arrangement.

Activists say the agreement reverses democratic gains achieved when huge U.S. military bases were shut down in the early 1990’s, ending nearly a century of American military presence in the Philippines, a sensitive issue in this former U.S. colony.

These are the key points in the 10-year defence pact between the Philippines and the US.

-Clear provision that the US would “not establish military presence or base in the Philippines

-US access to and use of designated areas in AFP owned and controlled facilities (“Agreed Locations”) will be at the invitation of the Philippine government

-Prior consent of the Philippines, through the MDT and Security Engagement Board, with regard to US access and use of Agreed Locations which may be listed in an annex and further described in implementing arrangements

-Philippine retention of primary responsibility for security of the Agreed Locations

-Access of the AFP base commander to the entire area of the Agreed Locations;

-Philippine ownership of buildings and infrastructure once constructed by US military;

-Sharing and joint use of facilities in the Agreed Locations, including those of used by US military;

-Value of prepositioned material in the enhancement of AFP defence capabilities and possible transfer of purchase of materiel determined to be excess

-Prohibition of entry to the Philippines of nuclear weapons and reference to respective obligations of both Parties under the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention

-Strong commitment by both parties in protecting the environment, human health and safety

-Preference for Philippine suppliers of goods, products and service in US military procurement

-Regular consultation of the implementation of the agreement

The following is the full copy of the FAQ released by the DFA.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) signed April 28, 2014

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` Police in the `Philippines ‘ have Filed a Complaint of `Child Trafficking and Abuse ‘ against Italian Diplomat ‘

#AceNewsServices – MANILLA – April 07 – Police in the Philippines have filed a complaint for child trafficking and child abuse against a holidaying Italian diplomat arrested at a resort south of the capital Manila in the company of three boys.

Senior Supterintendent Romulo Sapitula of the Philippine National Police told the Associated Press on Monday that Daniele Bosio was arrested on Saturday at a resort in Laguna province.

The arrest came after members of the child rights group Bahay Tuluyan alerted the police.

The 46-year-old Bosio is the Italian ambassador to Turkmenistan.

Bosio is accused of violating child trafficking and child abuse laws in the Philippines, Lily Flordelis, executive director of Bahay Tuluyan Foundation, told Al Jazeera.

Flordelis and her deputy, Catherine Scerri, saw Bosio at the resort with the three children, and reported him to the police on Saturday evening.

“We were concerned, because it was obvious that he was not related to the children,” Flordelis said. “We only found out later that he is a diplomat.”

The arrest was confirmed by the Italian foreign ministry, according to the Agence France Presse news agency.

According to a 1992 child protection law in the Philippines, any adult who is seen in public with an unrelated child with an age gap of at least 10 years can be reported to police, Flordelis said.

Section 2. Declaration of State Policy and Principles. – It is hereby declared to be the policy of the State to provide special protection to children from all firms of abuse, neglect, cruelty exploitation and discrimination and other conditions, prejudicial their development; provide sanctions for their commission and carry out a program for prevention and deterrence of and crisis intervention in situations of child abuse, exploitation and discrimination. The State shall intervene on behalf of the child when the parent, guardian, teacher or person having care or custody of the child fails or is unable to protect the child against abuse, exploitation and discrimination or when such acts against the child are committed by the said parent, guardian, teacher or person having care and custody of the same. http://www.lawphil.net/statutes/repacts/ra1992/ra_7610_1992.html

Bosio is also accused of violating a separate law on child trafficking. The 2003 law prohibits the “recruitment, transportation, transfer or harbouring, or receipt of persons with, or without the victim’s consent or knowledge, within or across national borders” by means of coercion, fraud and deception.

Section 2. Declaration of Policy. – It is hereby declared that the State values the dignity of every human person and guarantees the respect of individual rights. In pursuit of this policy, the State shall give highest priority to the enactment of measures and development of programs that will promote human dignity, protect the people from any threat of violence and exploitation, eliminate trafficking in persons, and mitigate pressures for involuntary migration and servitude of persons, not only to support trafficked persons but more importantly, to ensure their recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration into the mainstream of society. http://www.lawphil.net/statutes/repacts/ra2003/ra_9208_2003.html

#ANS2014

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#AceWorldNews says the Philippines government summoned China’s top…

#AceWorldNews says the Philippines government summoned China’s top envoy in Manila on Tuesday to protest what it said was the firing of a water cannon by a Chinese government vessel to drive away Filipino fishermen.

The incident took place on January 27 at Scarborough Shoal, a rich fishing ground claimed by China and the Philippines, AP reported.

The shoal came under Chinese control after Philippine vessels backed off from a tense stand-off with Chinese ships in the area in 2012.

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