PHL, Vietnam governments to address unregulated fishing by Vietnamese fishermen in Philippine shores

THE governments of Vietnam and the Philippines have expressed willingness to address the recurring problem of unregulated fishing by Vietnamese fishermen in Philippine waters based on existing Fisheries Law in the country, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said on Wednesday. Del Rosario made the statement as he confirmed the release of 120 Vietnamese fishermen who were caught poaching by Philippine authorities.

He also said that the release by the government of seven fishing vessels that were engaged in the same unregulated activity were in accordance with the willingness of President Benigno S. Aquino III to resolve the issue, “as a manifestation of goodwill” with the government of Vietnam. “We did say that we need to address the fact that we do have a fisheries law and that…there’s a legal process that we must observe if similar incidents are experienced by us in the future,” Del Rosario told reporters in a chance interview at Malacañang’s Reception Hall. Responding to the Philippines government’s stand on the issue, Del Rosario said Vietnam was “acquiesced to the fact that…we are governed by laws and maybe in the future this unregulated fishing will have to be reviewed…by both countries”.

Del Rosario cited President Aquino’s position that despite the generosity extended by the Philippine government to the fishermen of Vietnam, their poaching activities on Philippine waters cannot go on. “I think that was implied when he said that we need to take a good look at this because this unregulated fishing is really subjected to a legal process that we need to inject in future incidents,” Del Rosario said. (pcoo)

MILF, uyon sa accounting sa P5-M

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Oct. 27 (PIA)–Giseguro sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) nga andam silang mosunod sa gitakdang accounting procedures kalabot sa kontrobersiyal nga Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) fund. Sa usa ka pakighinabi sa radyo, gitataw sa tigpamaba sa MILF nga si Von Alhaq nga aduna nay nakahikyad nga padungan kun unsaon paggastus ang P5 milyon nga pondo. Gihimo sa opisyal ang pahayag isip reaksyon sa giingon ni presidential peace adviser Teresita Deles nga gipaabot sa gobyerno gikam sa MILF ang accountability sa pondo. Una na usab miingon si Alhaq nga wala pa matandog ang maong pondo ug nakatago lamang kini sa bangko.

“Wala namang problema (accounting). Dahil ito ay ibinigay nila sa MILF. Isa ito sa mga bunga ng negosasyon,” matud pa sa opisyal. Sa parte sa gobyerno, una nang gitataw ni government peace panel chairman Marvic Leonen nga dugay nang commitment sa gobyerno ang maong pondo sa rebeldeng grupo. “It is government’s commitment to help in the development of future Bangsamoro leaders and managers who will utilize their political and socio-economic knowledge and skills to improve the situation in the Bangsamoro homeland,” matud pa ni Leonen. (PIA-Bohol/ecb)

Presidente sa Vietnam, nia karon sa nasud alang sa 3-day visit

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Oct. 26 (PIA)–Miabot karong adlawa sa nasud si Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang alang sa usa ka state visit. Kini kalabot sa pagsaulog sa ika-35 anibersaryo sa pagkatukod sa bilateral ties tali sa Pilipinas ug Vietnam. Upat ka bilateral agreements ang gipaabot nga pagalagdaan sa pagbisita ni Sang sa nasud. Apil na niini ang action plan on cooperation sa Pilipinas ug Vietnam, tourism plan, memorandum of understanding tali sa armadong pangdagat sa duha ka nasud ug ang paghikyad og komunikasyon tali sa Philippine Coastguard ug Vietnamese Marine Police. Kahinumdoman nga miingon kaniadto si Presidente Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III nga hisgotan niya ang isyu sa giilogan’g Spratly Islands sa ilang pulong ni Sang. (PIA-Bohol/ecb)

Palasyo, gikumpirmar nga mihatag og P5-M sa MILF

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Oct. 26 (PIA)–Gikumpirmar sa Malakanyang nga mihatag ang gobyerno og P5 milyon sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Apan gitataw ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda nga wala gihatag ni Presidente Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III ang maong salapi kang MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ibrahim sa ilang secret meeting sa Tokyo, Japan niadtong Agosto 5, apan si Government Peace Panel Chief Negotiator Marvic Leonen ang mihatag niini human sa maong pulong. Gi-klaro usab ni Lacierda nga P5 milyon ug dili P5 bilyon ang salaping gihatag sama sa mga gipakatap sa text.

Giingong gamiton ang salapi sa pagpatukod og Bangsamoro Leadership Management Institute (BLMI) ug dili sa pagpalit og mga bala ug armas sa mga rebelde. Giseguro usab sa Malacañang nga adunay “accounting” sa P5 million nga gihatag. Dugang pa ni Lacierda, ang maong kantidad commitment pa sa miaging administrasyon sa MILF ug nakita sa Presidente nga angayan sad kining ipadayon. Gilauman sa gobyerno nga ang maong pondo igahin alang sa edukasyon ug pagbansaybansay sa mga lider sa Bangsamoro. (PIA-Bohol/ecb)

Offensive against lawless elements to continue, Palace says

MALACANANG vowed that military operations against the killers of the 19 soldiers in Basilan will continue stressing, clarifying however that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is not being targeted as an entity and the offensive will only target lawless elements. “The pursuit of the lawless elements will continue. The President is very categorical, ‘you cooperate or you stand aside.’ Dahil we are trying to make the distinction kung sino talaga ang gusto talaga ay kapayapaan at kung sino po yung nakikihalubilo lang at nagkukubli,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday. Going after the bandit groups is a different thing from the peace talks with the MILF, Valte said, adding that security forces know how to handle the offensive.

With regards to the population being displaced by the military operations, Valte said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is on the ground and Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman was given instructions to help civilians affected by the military operations. Reacting to reports that the MILF is providing sanctuary to criminal groups, Valte said it is prohibited in the ceasefire agreement with the government for the MILF to provide safe haven to lawless elements in its jurisdiction. President Benigno S. Aquino III assured the nation on Monday that the government was exerting all necessary efforts to arrest the killers of the 19 soldiers in Basilan last week calling the offensive “all-out justice.” In his message during a press briefing in Malacanang, President Aquino vowed to put the killers to justice and continuously attend to the needs of those people that may be affected by the operations. He likewise noted that while there will be some who will use the incident to gain political leverage and further agitate the public, rash decisions fuelled by a thirst for vengeance can only serve to dishonor the memory of the 19 soldiers who died in the Basilan clash. (pcoo)