The Bank of the Philippine Islands has denied that the confidentiality of its clients'

BPI forced to deny any hand in Trillanes expose after Duterte fans called for a boycott

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The Bank of the Philippine Islands has denied that the confidentiality of its clients’ banking information has been compromised after data regarding Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s accounts were made public by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

While BPI was careful not to mention Duterte’s name in its statement, it acknowledged that allegations of breach of client confidentiality have recently been levelled at it.

After a thorough investigation, however, BPI said no such loophole in the safekeeping of its clients’ information has been found.

“BPI continues to have one of the most highly regarded data pcrotection practices in the industry, and we are committed to protecting client information and preserving the trust bestowed on us by our clients all these years,” it said.

Calls to boycott BPI have surged following the controversy erupted over Duterte’s supposedly secret accounts at the bank.

Trillanes alleged that the accounts, some of which the mayor supposedly held jointly with his daughter Sara, contained some P211 million in deposits, which were not declared in the elder Duterte’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).

 

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Walang shootout! Lawmaker believes killing of Calbayog mayor planned

By Billy Begas

Samar Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento on Tuesday refuted the claim of policemen that Calbayog City Mayor Ronald Aquino was killed in a shootout.

Sarmiento also urged the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct the investigation believing that the Philippine National Police will not do an impartial probe. He also asked the help of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“I can’t get justice from the Philippine National Police, I believe so,” said Sarmiento. “Ako’y nasasaktan na pinalalabas na shootout doon po sa ground zero. Maliwanag na maliwanag na sinasabi ng mga witnesses na talagang binaril muna ang sasakyan ni mayor.”

He said several witnesses saw the police opening fire at the vehicle of Aquino on Monday. The men on the vehicle were able to retaliate, killing two policemen in the process.

“Ako’y nagtataka bakit naka-bonnet at saka naka M-203 pa. Talagang handang-handa. Hindi ko maintindihan,” said Sarmiento.

PNP Chief Debold Sinas said that it was a shootout and not an ambush.

“Si mayor nasa ginagawang tulay po yan, talagang magandang pagkaplano po… paghinto tinira kaagad,” said Sarmiento.

Sarmiento also expressed belief that Aquino’s killing was connected to the upcoming election.

In 2011, Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo “Ining” Uy was killed by unknown assailants in a fiesta celebration.

Go na sa Sinovac! AFP chief urges soldiers to get COVID-19 vaccine

As the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ramped up the vaccination of its medical front-liners, AFP chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana on Monday urged all military personnel to take part in the government’s inoculation program to protect themselves and their families against Covid-19.

Sobejana made this call as the AFP transported some 19,800 doses of the Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac vaccine to different military units nationwide.

“We encourage every member of the AFP, to take part in the government’s vaccination program. This is not only meant to protect yourself from the virus, but also to encourage our families and others, who are still undecided to be inoculated,” Sobejana said.

Sobejana joined the transport of 1,200 doses of the vaccine to Davao City and led the ceremonial vaccination of Camp Panacan Hospital’s (CPH) front-line workers, catering to the military and civilian personnel of the Eastern Mindanao Command.

“This afternoon, I am very proud and optimistic to be part of this symbolic vaccination drive of our national government here at Camp Panacan Hospital in Davao City. Lahat tayo ay umaasa na sa bawat bakuna ay simula na rin ng ating pagbangon sa naging malubhang epekto ng pandemya sanhi ng Covid-19 (All us are hoping that every vaccine is also the start of our recovery from severe impact of this Covid-19 pandemic),” he said.

Lt. Col. Reniel Dimayuga, Deputy of the Health Service Center-Eastern Mindanao along with Maj. Ares Macailing and Capt. Victor Salvador Dato of the CPH were inoculated with CoronaVac vaccines.

Aside from the Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City, Basa Air Base and the Clark Airbase, both in Pampanga, received 1,200 vials of the Covid-19 vaccine each.

Meanwhile, Camp Aquino in Tarlac received 2,400 vials while Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija got 1,200 doses.

Naval Station Agbenar and Wallace Air Station, both located in La Union, 600 vials each while the Philippine Military Academy received 3,000 vaccines on Monday.

Two Black Hawk helicopters of the Philippine Air Force transported 1,200 doses to Southern Luzon Command headquarters in Camp Nakar, Quezon and another 1,200 to the Cavite Naval Base.

Some 600 doses were delivered to the 9th Infantry Division headquarters in Camarines Sur and another 600 vials were transported to the Naval Station Jukhasan Arasain in Legazpi, Albay.

An NC-212i light-lift aircraft brought 1,200 vaccines for the 3rd Infantry Division in Iloilo while some 600 vials were allocated for the Central Command in Cebu, and 1,200 doses for the 8th Infantry Division in Samar.

As of Monday, a total of 5,293 personnel have already been injected with their first dose of CoronaVac in six military treatment facilities, mostly in Metro Manila.

Two more Blackhawks were also utilized to deliver 1,800 doses of CoronaVac and 58 boxes of personal protective equipment to Basco, Batanes on Monday.

These were received by the officials from the Department of Health-Batanes, Provincial Health Office, and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office prior to storage at the Provincial Health Office facility.

A total of China-donated 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine arrived on Feb. 28, including the 100,000 vials given by the Chinese Defense Ministry to the Philippines’ Department of National Defense. (PNA)

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