Wednesday, March 4, 2015

JERRY PELAYO's SMALL SACRIFICE FOR SAF HEROES

Mayor Jerry Pelayo and farmers from Pampanga's SMALL SACRIFICE FOR SAF HEROES light 44 candles after shaving their heads in front of the national police headquarters in Quezon City as a sign of mourning for the SAF commandos who lost their lives in Maguindanao.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd may be held criminally liable for the death of 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) under the doctrine of command responsibility and he can be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC), Sen. Miriam Santiago said on Monday.

According to Santiago, the massacre of the SAF commandos by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) makes the military commander and other high-ranking officials responsible for war crimes under the charter of the ICC, which hears cases against heads of state and top-ranking military commanders.

Since Aquino is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), complaints can be filed against him by anyone before the ICC in connection with the killing of police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, last week.

“Anyone who thinks that President Aquino should assume command responsibility as Commander-in-Chief of the military and AFP may file a compliant in the ICC,” Santiago said.

She noted that any person or non-government organization (NGO) with an active legitimate interest in the outcome of the case can file the complaint against the President and other military and police officials involved in the failed operation to arrest two international terrorists.

“It is not enough to tell them (relatives of the victims) that they (44 SAF men) died for their country. They are entitled to their full human rights,” Santiago noted.

This means that all those who were involved in the operation that went awry can be charged with violation of humanitarian laws and war crimes.

“The SAF massacre is properly called a ‘non-international armed conflict.’ We make this distinction, because the relationship of the Philippine government with a non-state actor like the MILF is different from the relationship of our government with other states. The rule is to deny legitimacy to rebels, terrorists or other armed groups,” the senator explained.

She said the legality of the non-international armed conflict in Mamasapano falls under three main international rules: Common Article 3 to the 1949 Geneva Conventions on the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts; the Geneva Conventions Additional Protocol 2; and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Santiago in particular cited the Rome Statute, which contains a provision on war crimes committed in non-international armed conflict.

Article 8, para. 2, sub-para. (f) of the Rome Statute provides: “It applies to armed conflicts that take place in the territory of a state when there is protracted armed conflict by the governmental authorities and organized armed groups.”

The senator also explained that under the ICC Rome Charter, the military commander or person is criminally liable where two factors are present: the commander either knew or should have known that his forces were about to commit such crimes and the military commander or person failed to take all necessary and reasonable measures to suppress the commission of the crime.

President Aquino, Santiago said, can be charged and tried by the ICC because it already tried many heads of state in the past.

The senator was elected judge of the ICC in 2011 but, last year, she relinquished the post she never assumed for health reasons.

Santiago said if the United States were somehow involved in the Mamasapano clash, it could further complicate the situation because it would provide the MILF justification to seek intervention from their allied foreign states.

She also noted that any intervention by another state or states in the SAF operation is prohibited by international law.

excerpts from Manila Times

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2015 Clark Hot Air Balloon Festival Lubao Clark

2015 Clark Hot Air Balloon Festival Location

By Public Transport
Clark is approximately 80km north of Manila and may be reached by land or air. Public buses travel on a daily basis. Ride a Victory Liner bus bound for Dagupan and go down at Dau common terminal.
Walk a bit towards the highway where jeepneys or tricycle are available. These public utility vehicles can take you to Clark.

Via Car
Getting to the Clark Freeport Zone, otherwise known as the Clark Special Economic Zone by car is easy. Simply take the North Luzon Expressway from Manila and exit at Dau, Mabalacat. After your exit, a left turn towards Angeles City, and a little Angeles City/Dau traffic, will bring you to within an easy right turn of the Clark Zone itself.

The trip should take about an hour and a half from Manila without heavy traffic.


You can hop on regular commercial flights to Clark International Airport. Carriers that land at Clark are Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia, and Tiger Airways.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The 19th Philippine International hotair Balloon Fiesta

2015 Hot air balloon festival


The biggest international and most colorful twin events to watch out for early 2015 - one in Clark and another in Lubao, Pampanga! It's all about balloon flights (fly-in in and fly-out cum night glow), air-sporting events like aerobatics, flag jump / sky diving, balloon bursting, paragliding, aeromodelling, wakeboarding, local tours, among others including trade fairs, live concerts, food plaza and street dancing. Both pet projects of the Department of Tourism. Contact your tour operator for available tour packages. Remember: you need to be there as early as 5:00 in the morning to catch the balloon fly away (your best bet is to stay overnight the night before). Definitely, nothing can be better than this

Monday, August 18, 2014

Charter change, lifting term limits

The present constitution would limit Aquino, elected in 2010, to a single six-year term. The restriction was born of the country's experience of martial law under the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled for more than two decades.

Aquino, speaking in an interview with a local television network, was asked whether charter changes would allow him to seek a second term in 2016.

"When I got into this, I remembered it is for one term of six years," he replied.

"Now after having said that, of course I have to listen to my bosses," he added, using his usual reference to the Filipino people. "But that doesn't mean...that I will automatically chase after another term, right?"

It was Aquino's first comment on reconsidering his stated position against amending the constitution passed during the term of his mother Corazon, who was closely associated with the re-establishment of a democratic order.

President Benigno Aquino said on Wednesday he was considering constitutional changes including adjustment of term limits for officials that might allow him to serve a second six-year term.

But always remember that any constitutional amendment would require a vote of three quarters in Congress and convocation of a constitutional convention. Aquino's allies currently dominate both houses of Congress.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cong. Lazatin: Choose congressman wisely


“Angelenos must choose wisely, dapat piliin nila ang congressman na alam ang ginagawa niya,” said Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga) following statements made by Pampanga Vice-Governor Joseller Guiao assailing Lazatin during a flag raising ceremony in the Angeles City Hall held last March 18.

Lazatin said: “Sabi ni Vice Governor Guiao sa flag ceremony, napakatagal na nakaupo ng congressman ng First District pero wala man lang nakaisip na gawing authority ang Clark Development Corporation.”

“Hindi siguro alam ni Vice Governor Guiao na nagfile na tayo ng ganitong batas noon pang taong 2011,” he added.

Lazatin is referring to House Bill No. 4843, otherwise known as “An Act Creating the Metropolitan Clark Freeport Zone and its governing body, The Metropolitan Clark Freeport Zone Authority, replacing Clark Development Corporation”, which was filed by Lazatin on June 8, 2011 and is currently pending approval from the House Committee on Economic Affairs.

“Sa isa pang naging talumpati ni Vice Governor Guiao, sinabi rin niya na kapag naging congressman siya ay isusulong niya ang cityhood ng Mabalacat at ang pagiging unibersidad ng Pampanga Agricultural College,” he said.

Lazatin added: “Nagawa na natin lahat ng sinasabi ni Vice Governor Guiao habang tayo ang nakaupo bilang kongresista, ano pa ang gagawin niya kapag siya ang naupo sa kongreso?”

Republic Act No. 10164, which provides for the conversion of Mabalacat into a component city, was authored by Lazatin and approved by President Benigno Aquino III last May 15, 2012.

House Bill No. 4450, which seeks to convert Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC) into a State University, was filed by Lazatin on July 15, 2010 and was approved on its third and final reading last February 4, 2013. The bill is currently awaiting ratification.

“Ang payo ko kay Vice Governor Guiao ay mag-aral muna siya ng leksyon bago siya magsalita tungkol sa mga gagawin niyang programa kapag siya ay naging kongresista,” Lazatin said.

by: Reynaldo G. Navales

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fest kicks off today


The 18th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) will kick off here today, Thursday, and will run until Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Events director Joy Roa said the festival, which is all set for another weekend of everything that flies, is an annual air show which will be held at the Omni Aviation Complex here.
Roa said this year's event will highlight the world-famous Breitling Jet Team of France, which is expected to perform precision aerobatic show.
"We are proud to mark a milestone in the history of Philippine aviation with the participation of the world-renowned Breitling Jet Team. And this is just the icing on the cake because this year's hot air fiesta will offer more than aerial entertainment," Roa added.
Spectators will get a chance to watch 30 hot air balloons from 15 countries with specially-shaped balloons like Humpty Dumpty, Space Shuttle, and Tulip, according to Roa.
The event will also feature aviation school displays, food booths, a fly market, the hot air balloon night glow, and concerts.
Roa said performers namely Ogie Alcasid, Gary Valenciano, Cookie Chua, Dingdong Avanzado, Jessa Zaragoza,Wolfgang, The Dawn, Imago, Kjwan, Spongecola, Joey Ayala, Pepe Smith, Urbandub, Gloc 9, Noel Cabangon, and Ebe Dancel are expected to join the event.
"One of the main goals of the festival is to tell the world that flying is definitely more fun in the Philippines. We are inviting everyone to come and join us as we put the Philippines in the map of top destinations for aerial activities," Roa said.
The 2013 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival is supported by the Clark Development Corporation, the Clark International Airport Corporation, the Bases Conversion Development Authority, and the Department of Tourism.
by; Reynaldo Navales

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Schedule for 2013 Hot Air Balloon



Feb 21 Thurs

First Fiesta Day

5:30 - 6:15 AMUFO flyers
6:20 - 6:35 AMPhilippine Flag jump and Opening ceremony
6:40 - 7:40 AMHot Air Balloon flight
6:30 - 8:00 AMRP/Malaysian/Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
8:30 - 9:00 AMMeynard Halili Aerobatic Show
9:00 - 9:45 AMBreitling Jet Team Aerobatic Exhibition
9:45 - 10:30 AMPNP Sky Diving Exhibition
10:30 - 11:00 AMACFC Ultralight/Microlight formation Flights and Flour Bombing
11:00 - 11:45 AMAOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
11:45 - 12:00 PMPT 13 Fly By
12:00 - 12:30 PMRadio-controlled model aircraft demonstration
12:30 - 1:00 PMKAP / KTP Kite Flying Exhibition
1:00 - 1:45 PMAirlink / WCC / Omni / Aviators / Alpha flyby
1:45 - 2:30 PMAOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
2:30 - 2:45 PMFEATI/PHILSCA Rocketry/RC Demonstration
2:45 - 3:15 PMRadio-controlled model aircraft demonstration
3:15 - 4:00 PMACFC Ultralight/Microlight formation Flights and Flour Bombing
4:00 - 4:30 PMPT 13 Stearman
4:30 - 5:00 PMSkydiving and Tandem jumping Exhibition
5:00 - 5:30 PMMeynard Halili Aerobatic Show
5:30 - 6:00 PMRP/U.S./Malaysian/Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
5:30 - 7:00 PMHot Air Balloon Fly-In, RC Nightflyers

Feb 22 Fri

Second Fiesta Day

5:30 - 6:15 AMUFO flyers
6:20 - 6:35 AMPhilippine Flag jump
6:40 - 7:40 AMHot Air Balloon flight
6:30 - 8:00 AMRP/Malaysian/Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
8:15 - 9:00 AMMeynard Halili Aerobatic Show
9:00 - 9:45 AMSky diving exhibition
9:45 - 10:30 AMAOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
10:30 - 11:00 AMACFC Ultralight/Microlight formation Flights and Flour Bombing
11:00 - 11:15 AMFEATI/PHILSCA Rocketry/RC Demonstration
11:15 - 11:45 AMRadio-controlled model aircraft demonstration
11:45 - 12:15 PMPara-Gliding Tow Exhibition
12:15 - 12:30 PMKAP / KTP Kite Flying Exhibition
12:30 - 1:15 PMWCC / Omni / Aviators / Alpha / Leading Edge / flyby
1:15 - 1:45 PMGerman aerobatic glider flight
1:45 - 2:15 PMCar Drifting Display
2:15 - 2:45 PMRadio-controlled Jet Turbine Model Aircraft Demonstration
2:45 - 3:15 PMACFC Ultralight/Microlight Aircraft formation Flights
3:15 - 3:45 PMAOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
3:45 - 4:15 PMSky diving exhibition
4:15 - 4:45 PMMeynard Halili Aerobatic Show
4:45 - 6:15 PMRP/Malaysian/Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
5:30 - 7:00 PMHot Air Balloon Fly-In, RC Nightflyers
6:00 - 8:00 PMHot Air Balloon Night Glow, OPM Concert

Feb 23 Sat

Third Fiesta Day

5:30 - 6:15 AMUFO flyers
6:20 - 6:35 AMPhilippine Flag jump
6:40 - 7:40 AMHot Air Balloon flight
6:30 - 8:00 AMRP/Malaysian/Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
8:15 - 9:00 AMBreitling Jet Team Aerobatic Exhibition
9:00 - 9:45 AMMeynard Halili Aerobatic Show
9:45 - 10:30 AMTandem Skydiving exhibition
10:30 - 11:00 AMACFC Ultralight/Microlight formation Flights and Flour Bombing
11:00 - 11:30 AMTurbine RC flying display
11:30 - 12:00 PMHelicopter Flight Display
12:00 - 12:30 PMPhilippine Coast Guard Rescue Demonstration
12:30 - 1:00 PMPT13 Stearman / AOPA-P flyby
1:00 - 1:30 PMWCC / Omni / Aviators / Alpha / Leading Edge / flyby
1:30 - 2:00 PMWinch-launched German aerobatic glider flight
2:00- 2:30 PMKAP / KTP Kite Flying Demonstration
2:30 - 3:00 PMPara-Gliding Tow Exhibition
3:00 - 3:30 PMRadio-controlled Jet Turbine Model Aircraft Demonstration
3:30- 4:00 PMACFC Ultralight/Microlight Aircraft formation Flights
4:00 - 4:30 PMAOPA-P Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
4:30 - 5:00 PMSky diving exhibition
5:00 - 5:30 PMMeynard Halili Aerobatic Show
5:30 - 6:00 PMRP/Malaysian/Spain/Australia Paragliding Exhibition
5:30 - 7:00 PMHot Air Balloon Fly-In, RC Nightflyers
6:00 - 8:00 PMHot Air Balloon Night Glow, OPM Concert

Feb 24 Sun

Fourth Fiesta Day

5:30 - 6:15 AMRC Nightflyers
6:20 - 6:35 AMPhilippine Flag jump
6:40 - 7:40 AMHot Air Balloon Flight
6:30 - 8:00 AMRP/ Malaysian / Spain / Australia Paragliding Exhibition
8:15 - 9:00 AMBrietling Jet Team Aerobatic Exhibition
9:00 - 9:45 AMMeynard Halili / Aerobatic Show
9:45 - 10:30 AMTandem Skydiving Exhibition
10:30 - 11:00 AMWings Over Asia  / AOPA-P Light Balloon Bursting Competition
11:00 - 11:30 AMACFC Ultralight / Microlight formation flights and flour bombing
11:30 - 12:00 PMCoast Guard Helicopter Rescue Demo
12:00 - 12:30 PMRadio-Controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration
12:30 - 1:00 PMGerman aerobatic glider flight
1:00 - 1:30 PMCar Drifting demonstration
1:30 - 2:00 PMPT13/ WCC / Aviatour / Omni / Leading Edge / Airlink flyby
2:00 - 2:30 PMKAP / KTP flying Exhibition
2:30 - 2:45 PMFEATI/PHILSCA Rocketry/ RC Demonstration
2:45 - 3:15 PMRadio-Controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration
3:15 - 3:45 PMPT13 Stearman fly by
3:45 - 4:15 PMACFC Ultralight / Microlight aircraft formation flights
4:15 - 4:45 PMSkydiving Exhibition
4:45 - 5:15 PMMeynard Halili / Aerobatic Show
5:15 - 6:15 PMRP/ Malaysian / Spain / Australia Paragliding Exhibition
5:30 - 7:00 PMHot Air Balloon Night Glow, RC Nightflyers, Fireworks

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is prepared for your convenience only. As with any large outdoor event, programmed schedules are subject to change without notification. Due to uncontrollable factors such as weather and numerous other factors, the actual times these activities occur may change or the activities may be cancelled altogether.
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