Monday, 28 January 2013

PIA News Dispatch - Monday, January 28, 2013

Malacanang urges mall operators to review security measures to ensure safety of patrons
 Malacanang appealed on Monday to all mall operators to review their respective security measures and ensure that these conform to strict monitoring and detection protocols in order to prevent the entry of firearms and other illegal weapons into their premises.

 Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the appeal in light of the recent robbing of a jewelry store at the ground floor of the SM Megamall Department store in Mandaluyong City last Saturday.

 Speaking to reporters during his regular press conference in Malacanang, Lacierda said mall operators should conduct this strict review in close coordination with the Philippine National Police to “reassure the public that patronizing their malls is a safe weekend venture to go to.”

 “In that regard, we would like to appeal to the mall operators to study their security measures and make sure that the security equipment that they have installed in their premises does in fact detect the presence of firearms,” Lacierda said.

 “What they have to study (is) their security features again and try to see (if) there was a failure of security measures undertaken by the mall operators, in the hope that they can reassure the public that patronizing their malls is a safe weekend venture to go to,” he added.

 Lacierda said it was important to maintain the safety within malls and other centers of recreation as “there’s an emphasis on gathering in malls in spite of the fact that these are... These malls have assumed a quasi-public character where, despite being owned privately, people do patronize malls and spend their weekends in malls whether they’re buying (something) or not..” PND (rck)

Malacanang assures government working towards bringing Amalilio back to the Philippines to face charges
 Malacanang said on Monday that the failed attempt by National Bureau of Investigation agents to repatriate Aman Futures, Inc. owner Manuel Amalilio back to the Philippines was just a “temporary setback” that the government is working on in order to facilitate his immediate return.

 In a press conference, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda expressed confidence that Amalilio, who is facing charges for duping thousands of residents of Pagadian and other cities in Mindanao and the Visayas to invest their money in his firm, with a promise that it would earn huge profits within a short period of time, would eventually be brought back to the Philippines to face charges.

 “Yes, we can (assure them). Ito pong pagkabinbin lang sa pagpapabalik kay Ginoong Amalilio ay, sinasabi nga ni Secretary Leila de Lima, temporary lang. We are confident that, with the coordination of our Malaysian counterparts, we will be able to bring back Mr. Amalilio,” Lacierda said.

 “What happened last Friday was a mere temporary setback. We are in the process of bringing Mr. Amalilio back into the Philippines. So rest assured that we are taking all efforts to ensure the repatriation of Mr. Amalilio to the Philippines,” he added.

 Escorted by NBI agents, Amalilio was about to board a flight from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for the Philippines last Friday when Malaysian officials prevented his leaving due to issues regarding his citizenship. PND (rck)

Aquino lauds UP College of Medicine-PGH Iloilo Alumni Foundation for efforts in improving health care in the country
 President Benigno S. Aquino III lauded the University of the Philippines College of Medicine - Philippine General Hospital (UPCM-PGH) for its contribution to provide comprehensive medical assistance for all citizens.

 "The UPCM-PGH has produced exemplary physicians, whose dedication to improving health care in our country magnifies our efforts to provide comprehensive medical assistance for all our citizens," the Chief Executive said in his message to the UPCM-PGH Iloilo Alumni Foundation Inc. on the occasion of its 20th UPCM Grand Scientific Symposium on Monday.

 President Aquino said the event serves as an opportunity for the alumni foundation to broaden its horizons and address today’s pressing medical concerns.

 "Your contributions to research, technology, and the expansion of knowledge in your field will accelerate our collective development and inspire our doctors to work harder for the benefit of our communities," the President said.

 He noted that a healthy and productive citizenry will guarantee the Filipino society’s progress.

 "May this occasion strengthen your solidarity with the Filipino people as we secure our country’s revitalization," he said. PND (js)