President Aquino leads 27th anniversary of the Presidential Security Group
President Benigno S. Aquino III led the awarding ceremonies marking the 27th founding anniversary of the Presidential Security Group at its headquarters in Malacañang Park, Manila on Monday.
Joining the President were Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, PSG Commander Brigadier General Ramon Mateo Dizon, and other national and local government officials led by Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.
Upon his arrival at the PSG Grandstand, President Aquino was accorded military honors by PSG troops.
The President led the presentation of plaques of recognition to the PSG personnel awardees for 2012 as well as citations to public and private individuals for their unwavering support and assistance to the PSG.
The Best PSG Personnel for 2012 are: Major Ian Noel P. Ignes, Organic Officer of the Year (Field Grade Category); Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) John C. Lobaton, Organic Officer of the Year (Company Grade Category);Lieutenant Colonel Ray Claudio R. Abaya, Operational Control (OPCON) Officer of the Year (Field Grade Category); Lieutenant Crisanto A. Anas, OPCON Officer of the Year (Company Grade Category): Master Sergeant Jonard M. Delima, Organic Enlisted Personnel of the Year (Senior NCO Category);
Staff Sergeant Ricky J. Gonzales, Organic Enlisted Personnel of the Year (Junior NCO Category); Technical Sergeant Roland G. Macalma, OPCON Officer of the Year (Senior NCO Category), Sgt. Michael C. Cabanes, OPCON Enlisted Personnel of the Year (Junior (NCO Category) and Registered Nurse Myra G. Rocio, Civilian Employee of the Year.
The PSG also presented the Plaque of Recognition to Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Phividec Industrial Authority Administrator Leo Magno, Development Academy of the Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Antonio D. Kalaw Jr. Tanduay Distillers Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Wilson Young and Sonny Guevarra, of the Alcatel Philippines.
To signify their profound thanks to President Aquino, the PSG presented to the Chief Executive a memento which symbolizes the PSG's commitment to protect the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
After the ceremonies, the Chief Executive inspected the PSG War Room and C2 Situation Room.
The PSG traces its roots to March 1897 when it was created to protect General Emilio Aguinaldo, then President of the revolutionary government.
Since then, it has gone through several name changes under succeeding Presidents such as: Malacañang Guards (President Quezon), Presidential Guards (President Osmeña), Malacañang Secret Agents (President Quirino), Presidential Security Force (President Garcia), and Presidential Security Agency (President Diosdado Macapagal).
In 1986, the late President Corazon Aquino disbanded the Presidential Security Command that served under former President Ferdinand Marcos, and replaced it with a leaner Presidential Security Group with then Army Colonel Voltaire Gazmin as its chief. PND (js)
President Aquino cites officers and men of the Presidential Security Group for their dignity and courage
President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the officers and members of the elite Presidential Security Group (PSG) for their dignity and courage in carrying out their mandate to protect the Chief Executive and the seat of government.
In his speech keynoting the 27th Founding Anniversary of the PSG in Malacanang Park, Manila on Monday, the President thanked the PSG for providing him the security that allows him to pursue his administration's advocacy to implement reforms.
"Sa paglilibot ko sa kalakhang bansa upang alamin at pabilisin pa ang pagsulong natin sa tuwid na daan, at sa pakikisalamuha sa ating mga kababayan—sa loob man o labas ng bansa—lagi kong kasama ang mga bumubuo sa Presidential Security Group," President Aquino said.
"Sa ilalim man ng nagbabagang araw, o sa biglaang buhos ng ulan; sa harap man ng pulutong ng tao, o maski sa kakaunting pribadong oras na nakakahalubilo ko kayo—buong-lakas at buong-sigasig kayong nagsisilbi—para samahan akong tuparin ang mga sinumpaan kong tungkulin sa bayan," he said.
The President acknowledged the continuous efforts of the PSG to professionalize its members in carrying out its tasks of providing protection for the Chief Executive, the First Family and the institution. The PSG also provides protective security to visiting Heads of States and Diplomats
"Matapos ang dalawampu’t pitong taon, ibang-iba na talaga ang PSG ngayon. Nasisiguro kong higit kailanman, nalulugod din kayo sa kompiyansa at tiwala ng sambayanan sa ating pamahalaan, lalo pa’t binabantayan ninyo hindi lamang ang seguridad ko at ng aking pamilya, kundi maging ng buong institusyon na ating pinaglilingkuran," he said.
Despite the tough challenges, the President said, the PSG succeeded in bringing back the honor to the elite group through the reforms implemented by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.
"Sa likod ng kaliwa’t kanang problema na ipinamana ng diktadurya, sa kabila ng mga tangkang muling panaigin ang karahasan at pagkakanya-kanya, itinindig ni Secretary Volts (Gazmin) at ng PSG nang may buong dangal at tapang upang maitaguyod ang seguridad at kapayapaan sa bansa, at maipagtanggol ang nabawi nating demokrasya," he said.
The President also lauded PSG Commander Brigadier General Ramon Mateo Dizon for leading the elite group to effectively carry out the tasks.
"Kaya naman, sa pangunguna ni Brigadier General Chito Dizon, muli ko kayong pinapasalamatan sa isa na namang makabuluhan at matagumpay na taon ng inyong hanay. Saludo at tinitingala ko kayo sa inyong tibay at walang-kapagurang dedikasyong maglingkod," he said. PND (js)
Malacanang says Aquino government welcomes move of the International Civil Aviation Organization team to recommend lifting of significant safety concerns issued against the country
The Aquino administration welcomed the move of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) team to recommend the lifting of Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) issued against the country, a Palace official said on Monday.
"Last month, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) sent a Coordinated Validation Mission to inspect the efforts of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to comply with international aviation safety standards, and address significant safety concerns identified by the ICAO," Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Monday.
Valte said the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission Team had informed the government that it will recommend to the ICAO Headquarters in Montreal, Canada the lifting of the SSCs.
"Before they left, the ICAO team expressed great satisfaction with what they found, and said they would make a recommendation to the ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada, that the significant safety concerns previously issued to the Philippines be lifted," she said.
In a letter to the CAAP dated March 1, the ICAO stated that the SSC Validation Committee “has determined that the corrective actions taken by the Philippines have successfully addressed and resolved” the SSCs."
"With this positive development, the CAAP will continue to coordinate with the European Union and the Federal Aviation Administration about upgrading the country’s aviation status," Valte said. PND (js)
President Aquino tells Kirams, 'reasonable dialogue can only begin when we exercise calm, restraint and have an open mind'
President Benigno S. Aquino III reiterated his administration’s position that the only way to end the Sabah crisis is for all parties concerned to sit down and dialogue towards attaining a peaceful and fruitful resolution that is fair to all.
In a message delivered in Malacanang on Monday, the President said that all stakeholders should exercise calm, restraint, and come to the table together with open minds for “reasonable dialogue” to commence.
“Hindi pa rin nagbabago ang panawagan ko sa angkan ni Sultan Jamalul Kiram III: hindi risonableng humingi ng pang-unawa kung nakatutok ang iyong armas sa mukha ng iyong kausap,” the President said.
“Magsisimula lamang ang risonableng usapan oras na maging handa kayong huminahon at magtimpi, at humarap sa mesa nang may bukas na pag-iisip,” he added.
He pointed out that he was aware that there were “forces” behind Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III’s actions of sending some 200 of his followers to Lahad Datu town in Northern Sabah to press their claim on the territory, saying these forces, who have put in danger some 800,000 Filipinos living and working in Sabah, would not prosper in their plans.
“Mulat tayong may mga taong nagkuntsabahan upang humantong tayo sa sitwasyong ito—isang sitwasyong walang agarang solusyon. Ilan po sa kanila ay nakikita natin, habang ang iba naman ay nagkukubli pa rin sa dilim,” the President said.
“Hindi po kakayanin ng angkan ni Sultan Jamalul Kiram III na gawing mag-isa ang ganitong uri ng pagkilos. Kapansin-pansin din ang nag-iisang linya ng mga kritiko para gatungan ang malubha na ngang sitwasyon. Pinalubha nila ang isyung ito, at ginagawa nila ito habang inilalagay sa peligro ang daan-daang libong Pilipino,” he added.
“Sa mga taong nasa likod nito, ngayon pa lang, sinasabi ko sa inyo: Hindi kayo magtatagumpay. Pananagutin natin ang mga nagkasala sa bansa,” the President said.
He vowed to do all he and his government could do to end this crisis peacefully.
“Gayumpaman, hindi tayo mauubusan ng lakas para piliting tapusin ang kaguluhang ito sa lalong madaling panahon. Simple lamang po: matatapos ang kaguluhang ito kung maging risonable ang mga personalidad na sangkot dito, lalo na ang mga taong ang tingin nila sa kanilang sarili ay tunay na pinuno,” the President said.
Joining the President for the press briefing were Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu, Sulu Governor Abdusakur “Sakur” Tan, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanano Governor Mujiv Hataman, Tawi-Tawi Governor Sadikul Sahali, Basilan Governor Jum Akbar, and Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong, Jr.
Also present were Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, and Communication Development and Strategic Planning Secretary Ramon Carandang, and Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. PND (rck)