01 NOVEMBER 2014.

bulet-arow.gif (856 bytes) Palace says it respects Senate decision on PNP Chief Purisima
bulet-arow.gif (856 bytes) Philippines to learn from China's experience in hosting APEC Summit

Palace says it respects Senate decision on PNP Chief Purisima
The Palace said it respects the decision of a Senate committee asking the Office of the Ombudsman to pursue charges against Philippine National Police Dir. Gen. Alan Purisima.

The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs asked the Ombudsman to file plunder and graft charges against the PNP chief for alleged unexplained wealth and corruption.

"Nirerespeto naman po natin ang naging desisyon ng komite," Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview when asked about the issue.

"At katulad ng sinabi natin, let us leave the legal process to take its course because meron na po yata ding private individuals na nagsampa ng kaso," she told dzRB Radyo Ng Bayan. "This will afford the Chief PNP the proper venue and forum to answer the allegations against him."

Asked if she thinks the PNP chief has to take a leave of absence to handle the cases, Valte said its up to Purisima if he will temporarily vacate his post.

Some quarters have raised concerns saying the charges might affect Purisima's job as PNP chief at a time that the country is preparing to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit and the visit of Pope Francis in January.

"'Pagdating naman diyan sa isyu kung magli-leave ang Chief PNP, we leave that to his discretion. However, may assurances naman ang Chief PNP that he will remain focused on the job despite these issues against him," Valte said.

Purisima is being accused of plunder for his alleged involvement in a multi-million gun license delivery deal. He is also implicated in an alleged hidden wealth issue in Nueva Ecija. PND (as)


Philippines to learn from China's experience in hosting APEC Summit
The Philippines will try to learn from China's experience in hosting this year's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to effectively handle the large number of delegates arriving in the country when it hosts a similar event in November next year.

Filipino officials will go to China next week to accompany President Aquino and at the same time learn from China's hosting of the APEC, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview on Saturday.

To show our support for the member economy hosting this year’s APEC, ang Tsina po ito, kaya pupunta tayo para ipakita naman natin ang ating suporta," Valte told dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

"Kasi malaking bagay po ang pagho-host ng isang APEC at talagang malaking effort din po ang kailangan sa isang member economy para ma-execute nang maayos dahil ang dami pong bisita niyan," she added.

She said that for APEC Leaders’ Week, the typical number of media men attending is around 4,000. This in addition to 6,000 APEC delegates.

Valte said they are seeing a total of 10,000 visitors arriving in Beijing for this year's APEC Summit.

"It will really be a very opportune experience for those of us in the Philippines who are helping out in the preparations for our hosting of APEC to see how China will execute Leaders’ Week," Valte noted.

Asked if the Philippines will adopt a policy of encouraging people in the metropolis to take vacations during Manila's hosting of APEC, Valte said they are looking at that scenario.

Australia adopted such a strategy when it hosted APEC in 2007 and China may have a similar approach in decongesting the capital during the APEC Summit.

"Pinag-aaralan din po ang ganitong modelo, considering nga na tinataya nating 10,000 ang darating sa Manila pagdating ng November 2015, tinitingnan po natin ito," she said.

President Aquino will arrive in Beijing on November 9 and will stay until November 11 for the summit. After attending the APEC Summit, the President will fly to Myanmar for the ASEAN Summit to be held there this year.

The Philippines is one of the APEC's founding members when the trade bloc was organized in November 1989, together with other 20 Pacific rim countries.

The country's hosting next year is its second, after the Philippines hosted APEC 19 years ago, in 1996 during the term of former president Fidel V. Ramos.

APEC seeks to promote free trade and economic cooperation throughout Asia-Pacific region. PND (as)