Award of medals to military officers hit

Award of medals to military officers hit ‘Something wrong with citing captors of Morong 43’
By Michael Lim Ubac, Alcuin Papa
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Senators Pia Cayetano and Jamby Madrigal Tuesday cried foul over the awarding of Bronze Cross Medals to military officers involved in the controversial arrest and detention of 43 health workers attending a seminar in Morong, Rizal, early this month.

“There’s something seriously wrong when a government institution commends its personnel for committing an illegal act,” said Cayetano in a statement.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Victor Ibrado was in Camp Nakar in Lucena, Quezon, Tuesday to pin the medals on the two leaders of the Morong raid: Col. Aurelio Baladad of the Army’s 202nd Brigade and Lt. Col. Jaime Abawag, commander of the 16th Infantry Battalion.

“I’m appalled at how the military keeps announcing that mere membership or affiliation with the CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army) constitutes a crime,” Cayetano said.

Cayetano, who is seeking reelection in May, reminded Malacañang and the military that the Anti-Subversion Law had long been repealed.

“Membership in a leftist organization in itself is not a crime. What is punished is the act of rebellion or overthrowing the government through violent means and other acts defined in the Revised Penal Code.”

In the case of the “Morong 43,” no gunfight or military encounter took place, Cayetano noted.

Military arrogance

Madrigal joined Cayetano and militant groups in slamming the military’s “arrogant behavior.”

“It is an insult to human rights victims and a clear case of arrogant conduct on the part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” said Madrigal.

The independent presidential candidate Tuesday pointed out that the arrest of the 43 health workers was still being questioned in the Court of Appeals. “It is also being investigated by the Commission on Human Rights, the Red Cross and other international groups,” she said.

“This is what happens when the military considers itself above civilian jurisdiction and even our courts of law,” Madrigal said.

Makabayan senatorial candidate Rep. Satur Ocampo also issued a statement expressing outrage over the award of medals to the army officers responsible for “arresting and violating the rights of the Morong 43.

“It is clear that the AFP wants to project impunity and defiance against the widespread condemnation it is facing due to its continued detention of the Morong 43,” said Ocampo.

Other statements of protest were issued by family members of the detained health workers, and nongovernment religious and health organizations.

Mariesol Villalon of the Promotion for Church People’s Response said their allies in the United States would ask US representatives to withhold military aid to the Philippines.

Dr. Geneve Rivera, secretary general of Health Alliance for Democracy, said the military was giving health professionals another reason to leave the country.

But Ibrado defended the award of medals to the officers.

Ibrado: File cases

He challenged critics to file charges against military officers and soldiers alleged to have tortured any of the detainees.

Ibrado said the allegations of torture and mistreatment by the military were just that.

“They (supporters) can file cases if they want. As of now, they cannot prove allegations of torture because there really wasn’t any torture,” Ibrado told reporters on arrival at Camp Aguinaldo after the medal rites.

Ibrado said the detainees, particularly the women, were treated well.

“The detainees were handled well. Women officers took charge of the women detainees,” Ibrado said in Filipino.

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Leila de Lima said she was ready to call Ibrado’s challenge.

She said the CHR would issue an order within the week directing the military to answer allegations that it was illegally detaining the 43 health workers. With reports from Leila Salaverria and Jerry E. Esplanada

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  • ATTENTION MANILA MAYOR ALFREDO LIM AND DND SEC VOLTAIRE GAZMIN

    One of your Manila Board of Regents, Mr. Jesus B. Trinos Jr., was alleged involved in a Fraud Complaint in a multibillion peso anomalous deals, the Capability Upgrade Program (CUP), AFP Modernization Program Fixed Communications System Projects SCAM as supplier/agent for Datatrail Corp., Ceragon Networks Israel and Alcatel.

    We need your help in the speedy investigation the one-million-peso-company Datatrail Corp. grossly defrauded the Philippine government, illegally bagging the Contracts in AFP DID NOT PASS the 1ST STAGE BIDDING THE ELIGIBILITY STAGE Datatrail Corporation DID N0T submit their Eligibility documents thereby grossly violating the RA9184 and IRR, this PhP 55,000 taxpaying company getting the multi-billion projects in AFP by fraud and influence peddling.

    We know you as Mr. Clean honest disciplinarian and well known as criminal fraud buster, you hate Cheaters (ayaw po ninyo sa mga sinungaling, mapaglinlang, manlalamang, magnanakaw at mandaraya) especially when they are taking advantage of your good image; even using you and your good name by photo ops. We just saw you recently with Mr. Trinos and Ms. Gemma Cruz-Araneta at PLM during the ceremony welcoming the two new Regents. This is quite disturbing knowing that your good reputation will be at stake here gladly endorsing Mr. Trinos as Manila Regent. Mr. Jesus Trinos is currently involved in various fraudulent illegal activities highly anomalous deals controversial biddings and kickback schemes seen to be raking millions of dollars in government deals that are tainted with graft and corruption issues, influence peddling, grave collusion, daylight robbery and treacherous conspiracy among suppliers and the AFP DND BAC.

    Jesus Trinos Jr. PLMAAI President (representative/agent for Ceragon Networks Israel, Datatrail Corp. and Alcatel) and Hermie Orbe PLM Foundation President (representative/agent for Alcatel) are both MAJOR PLAYERS here as telecommunications suppliers actively participating in the highly anomalous controversial AFP deals and they are on the way to transfer the AFP Modernization Program Funds thru PLM Foundations in which they elected themselves as officers to control the PLM Scholarship bank accounts they opened these bank accounts in Makati City (not in Manila) !?? These suppliers bagged Contracts the AFP Modernization Program Funds illegally, by massive fraud, collusion and these conspiring vendors have entered into JVA (c/o Ceragon Networks Israel and Datatrail Corp.) without Income Tax Return Stamped Receipt from BIR (EFS), etc., grossly violated the latest Government Procurement Act RA 9184 and IRR on JVA published early 2005. Like the Film Scam in 1994 (where the late Ms. Viveka Babajee the Miss Mauritius 1994, she announced the Winners by Fraud; likewise here, the suppliers in conspiracy with the AFP DND BAC 2005-2006 they announced the Winner thru a mere JVA declaration they exacted ‘switching of ballots/Winners’ i.e., thru a JVA, AN INSTANT Winner was declared by DND BAC, Winner without eligibility documents and BYPASSED THE 1ST STAGE BIDDING THE ELIGIBILITY STAGE ! )

    Government fraud is A VERY SERIOUS CRIME !

    This is a national interest and your local government interest as well especially that one of your Regents was deeply involved in these illegal acts that are tainted with GRAFT AND CORRUPTION and fraudulent transactions, the AFP DND BAC highly controversial anomalous deals.

    Sadya po nilang iniligaw yung mga Signatories na binabanggit nila. They DID NOT follow the rule of law the latest RA 9184 and IRR on JVA published early 2005. Datatrail Corporation DID NOT participate the 1ST STAGE BIDDING which is the MOST IMPORTANT STAGE BECAUSE IT IS THERE WHERE WE CAN SEE IF THIS COMPANY, DATATRAIL CORPORATION IS PAYING THE RIGHT TAXES and TO SEE THE QUALIFICATION HISTORY OF DATATRAIL CORPORATION, wala po silang pinakitang kahit anong ELIGIBILITY Documents. Again, Datatrail Corporation DID NOT participate the 1ST STAGE Bidding. This is highly illegal and criminal offense as a Contractor, obviously THIS BIDDING AND AWARDING OF CONTRACT WAS TAINTED WITH GRAFT AND CORRUPTION.

    And So, the public may know !

    SOLID EVIDENCE (THIS IS WELL DOCUMENTED)

    TO SHOW PROOF OF EVIDENCE THAT We have NOT seen Datatrail Corp. during the 1ST STAGE THE ELIGIBILITY STAGE Bidding, here’s an AFP document from their online archive:

    AFP Modernization Program Fixed Communications System Bid Bulletin (notice ONLY four bidders’ ELIGIBILITY DOCUMENTS WERE SCRUTINIZED, namely: Alcatel Phils., Inc., Lucent Technologies, Nera Phils., and Ceragon Networks)

    X X X X X X
    Fixed Communication System (stage/status: 1st stage of the 2-stage procurement mode was held last September 8, 2005; new invitation to apply for eligibility and to bid (ITAEB) will be issued on October 20, 2005)
    Procurement Stage: 1st Stage – Opening and Submission of Bids
    ABC: P447,360,000.00
    Length of Delivery: 240 calendar days upon issuance of Notice to Proceed
    Highlights : Through a Supplemental Bulletin, the deadline for submission and opening of bids for the 1st stage bidding for this project was changed from 25 August 2005 to 8 September 2005, 9:00 a.m. On the day of submission and opening of bids, 4 companies complied, namely Alcatel Phils., Inc., Lucent Technologies, Nera Phils., and Ceragon Networks. None of them failed when their eligibility envelopes were opened. During the initial evaluation of the technical proposals of the 4 bidders, the BAC declared that they all passed, yet subject to post qualification/evaluation. BAC shall formally announce in writing, through the Secretariat, the results of the evaluation. Schedule of the opening of the revised technical proposal and their financial proposals (i.e. 2nd phase of a two-stage bidding process) is scheduled on October 20, 2005 due to request of bidders for longer time to prepare revised technical proposals.

    http://www.hueybravo.net/Modernization%20Projects.htm

    X X X X X

    Based on the AFP BAC’s Bid Bulletin, it showed beyond doubt that there were ONLY 4 Bidders, not 5; the private Filipino company Datatrail Corp. was not in the list !

    WHERE’s DATATRAIL CORPORATION during the 1st STAGE Bidding ?? No docs ? Missing in action ? Datatrail Corporation totally ignored the 1ST STAGE ELIGIBILITY STAGE. THEY HAVEN’T EVEN SUBMITTED THEIR EFS BIR Certifications PAID Stamped Receipt equivalent to 50% of the ABC and Qualifications History, etc ? So now here’s the question, IS THIS the “level playing field” that AFP DND BAC were talking about ? Bakit napakalakas naman po yata ng Datatrail Corporation sa DND BAC. Kung kelan halos patapos na ang bidding, dun lang ididikit yung name nila sa Project na naka- “JVA” kuno ! Dahil po ba kasi masyadong malaki ang Kickbacks or “TONG-PATS” !??