A contractor tapped by the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) is constructing a shotgun shooting range inside a forest in Subic without getting the necessary permits.

Binulldozer na lang! Phisgoc-Cayetano builds SEA Games shooting range inside forest sans permits

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A contractor tapped by the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) is constructing a shotgun shooting range inside a forest in Subic without getting the necessary permits.

Amethya Dela Llana, manager of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) ecology department, said they have issued a notice of violation to CFV ARAR Contractors Phils. on November 22 after it was found that they conducted extensive clearing and grubbing operations at the West Ilanin forest, a protected area, without permission.

The shooting range is located at the former Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) area inside what used to be the Naval Magazine (NavMag) inside Subic.

“While the project it is located in a protected area, the West Ilanin Forest, it is within a built-up area of the former Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). The EOD was used extensively by the US Navy at the height of Vietnam War along with the nearby ammunition pier at Camayan Point, which is now the site of the Ocean Adventure Marine Park, one of the few commercial areas located within the West Ilanin Protected Area,” Dela Llana explained.

She said Phisgoc, which is headed by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, had endorsed the construction of the shooting range to its Subic cluster on Sept. 18.

Dela Llana said FCV ARAR will be held liable for failing to get environmental permits for the shooting range’s construction and will be compelled to comply.

SBMA officials will hold another meeting with project representatives to resolve issues about the shooting range after the SEA Games, she added.

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Mahina kaso: Guevarra urged to free detained IP leader

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra should drop the murder case against indigenous leader Windell Bolinget, political prisoners support group Kapatid urged.

“While we ask the DOJ to heed the call of Windel’s family for due process of law and that his rights to fair and impartial trial be respected, we strongly assert that the case lodged against him should be dropped and that he should be freed as the case has no leg to stand on because it is built on nothing and as what we have been always saying, from nothing comes nothing,” Kapatid spokesperson Fides Lim said in a statement.

Lim pointed out Guevarra “should be faithfully carrying out the DOJ’s mission of ‘effective, efficient and equitable administration of justice’ instead of doing the opposite by taking the lead in prosecuting and persecuting activists.”

Bolinget, chairperson of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), currently in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Baguio City.

He is among alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) charged over the 2018 murder case in Davao del Norte.

However, Lim pointed out Bolinget, who is also one of the petitioners seeking the declare the Anti-Terrorism Law as unconstitutional, has never been to Davao del Norte.

Meanwhile, Lim said Balinget’s legal counsel, lawyer Jose Molintas has sought before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 30 in Tagum City that the case be reinvestigated by the DOJ because the indigenous leader was not given the opportunity to appear during the preliminary investigation.

NBI set to end probe on Christine Dacera’s death

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is ready to conclude its probe on the investigation conducted over the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera, NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin said on Tuesday (March 2).

Lavin pointed this out as the Dacera family has yet to turn over to investigators her mobile phone.

“With or without the phone, we will conclude the investigation,” he said.

Lavin said the family had earlier promised to hand over her mobile phone to investigators to undergo forensic examination.

The family strongly believes that Dacera was raped and killed when she was found last Jan. 1 in the bath tub of her room at the City Garden Grant Hotel in Makati City where she celebrated the new year with male companions.

“We are just being thorough in our investigation,” Lavin said.

“We are hoping we could get some leads from the phone,” he added.

Dapat voluntary! Labor group cries foul over ‘no vaccination, no work’ policy

By Billy Begas

The Associated Labor Unions (ALU) on Tuesday urged the government to outlaw the emerging mandatory ‘no vaccination, no work’ workplace policy being imposed by some employers and business owners on their employees.

ALU said it has been receiving complaints from its members who were told by their superiors in advance that they would be disallowed to report to work unless they participate in company-sponsored COVID-19 vaccination program.

Those who will not get vaccinated will be deemed unfit to work, said ALU.

Another group of employees told ALU that they would be asked to present certification as proof that they have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine before they are allowed to work.

ALU said some employers also forewarned their employees with reassignment and relocation to other branches if they would not participate in the company-sponsored immunization program. Others would be put on furlough or floating status until they are injected with the vaccine.

ALU national executive vice president Gerard Seno said the mandatory workplace policy is a form of coercion and discrimination, which violates the right of workers to freely decide and chose for themselves particularly with regards to their health and well-being.

“The ALU is advocating for the vaccination of all workers and pushing for the prioritization of essential workers to be inoculated with safe and effective vaccines to safely reopen our economy but these arbitrary actions taken by abusive employers are audacious acts of direct discrimination and straightforward coercion,” said Seno.

Seno said employees must never be subjected to any compulsion and the employers can only try to persuade its employees with the benefits and advantages of being vaccinated.

Before it becomes a norm, Seno said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) must respond quickly and provide protection measure by outlawing these unfair and unjust treatments of employees.

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