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NPA makes Duterte see red

“GO after the Reds, after the Marawi war is over,” President Rodrigo Duterte ordered as he indicated he no longer wanted to talk with communist rebels following a string of attacks on state forces.

“Marami silang utang sa atin. Ayoko nang makipag-usap sa kanila, marami na akong pulis na pinatay nila. Marami na akong sundalong pinatay nila,” Duterte told soldiers during a surprise visit to Marawi City on Thursday.

Yesterday Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said government has not formally terminated the talks despite the President’s pronouncements.

“Regarding the peace talks, everything is on hold at this stage until the conditions favorable [for the talks] are agreed upon by both parties,” Abella said in a news conference.

“At this stage there is no talk, until the [conditions] for the enabling environment [are present],” he added.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza meanwhile said the President’s statement must be taken “as is.”
    
“Let’s not interpret. I have not heard him say categorically ‘talks over or terminated’,” Dureza said in a text message to reporters.
    
What was cancelled, he said, were the backchannel talks set this week, where the two panels were supposed to work out a possible resumption of the fifth round of negotiations suspended in May.
    
“If there will be a new officially announced position, then let’s all wait for a categorical statement coming from the president no less,” Dureza said.

Speaking to ANC Friday morning, government peace panel chair Silvestre Bello III, echoed Dureza’s clarification.
    
“The backchannel talks which was supposed to have been held yesterday until the 23rd was cancelled, so ang na-cancel lang is the backchannel talks, which was intended to pave the way for the resumption of the fifth formal round of talks,” he said in a phone interview.
    
The government earlier called off backchannel negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines after its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA) attacked government troops in several provinces.
    
A militiaman was killed while 4 officers of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) were wounded in an NPA ambush in Arakan, North Cotobato on Wednesday.
    
NPA rebels in Palawan province also gunned down 2 members of the Philippine Marines Wednesday and bombed a military truck the day before.
    
In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana expressed support for the President’s decision, saying communist rebels only reciprocated government’s sincerity with “double talk and treachery.”
    
“We are all for peace. Sino ba ang ayaw maging mapayapa ang ating bansa (Who would not want our country to be peaceful)? But we can only talk about peace when both sides mean what they say,” Lorenzana said.
    
“Tiwala ako sa integridad at katapatan ng ating Government Peace Panel. Alam kong ginagawa nila ang sa tingin nila ay nararapat para sa bayan, alinsunod sa batas at adhikain ng ating Pangulo (I trust the integrity and honesty of our government peace panel. I know that they are doing everything they can that they believe is right for the country, compliant with the law and the aspirations of our President). I, however, question the sincerity, integrity, and motives of the other side,” Lorenzana said.
    
Lorenzana also blasted rebel attacks amid the ongoing siege in Marawi City, where more than 500 have died and roughly 400,000 have been displaced in the conflict zone and nearby areas.
    
Duterte, who once raised hopes of ending the decades-long communist insurgency, said he would unleash security forces against the NPA after the government liberated Marawi City in the south from Islamic State-inspired extremists.
    
“There is a strong resurgence, nabubuhay na naman ang NPA. ‘Pag naubos na ang mga ulol d’yan (terorista sa Marawi), mag-reorient tayo, NPA naman,” said Duterte during his visit to Marawi City Thursday clad in military fatigues.

Globe begins MIMO deployment

GLOBE Telecom recently began a groundbreaking commercial deployment of massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology to enhance the mobile internet connectivity experience of its customers in high-density areas.

The commercial deployment of the MIMO technology forms part of the company’s efforts to further improve the mobile and wireless broadband internet experience of its customers by expanding on its network coverage and capacities.

The first telecommunications operator to make use of the technology in the country, Globe undertook an initial testing of the technology in the Makati financial district early this year. Based on initial test results, the technology improves capacity up to 6 times when compared to a regular site.

According to Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Network Technical Group, the massive MIMO technology enables a mobile network to multiply the capacity of a wireless connection without requiring more antennas. The technology thus increases wireless throughput, accommodating more users at higher data rates with better reliability while consuming less power.

“The use of massive MIMO technology is an important component of our goal to stay ahead of the demand curve for data capacity in densely populated and high-foot traffic areas,” Agustin said, adding that the deployment of the massive MIMO technology makes use of the 2600 megahertz frequency.

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Let ’em in

We have not only kept intruders away from our own backyard; we have fenced it in just to be sure they stay out.

Still, we have not found the solution to the problem within our territory.

Perhaps the remedy lies elsewhere or the cure is in somebody else’s hands.

And so what else to do?

Let them in and see what they have.

Limits on foreign ownership of the telecom industry should be lifted to attract investment and improve its service, a senior Cabinet official said Thursday.

Currently foreign firms can own a maximum 40 per cent of local utilities, including telecom companies, which should be raised, according to Economic Planning Sec. Ernesto Pernia.
    
"If we want to attract foreign direct investment, they have to have a larger stake in the investment," Pernia told reporters.
    
"Forty percent seems rather low. By raising that to 70 percent, it seems more attractive," he added.
    
The local telecom industry is dominated by just two companies -- PLDT and Globe Telecom -- and critics argue the duopoly has led to poor service and high charges.
    
One study said the country had the slowest internet speed in Asia-Pacific.
    
Pernia said such a change would require Congress passing a new law, which could prove contentious in a country where many lawmakers have interests in key industries.
    
However, the Constitution sets the 40 percent ceiling and some analysts have warned scrapping the limit would require amending the Constitution itself.
    
PLDT is run by a unit of Hong Kong-based First Pacific, which holds about 25 percent of the local firm.
    
Rival Globe Telecom is a joint venture of Singtel and the Ayala group with the foreign investor owning about 20 percent outright.
    
President Duterte, who took office last year, has repeatedly called on the telecom industry to improve its service, threatening to bring in "new players" to improve competitiveness and quality.
    
In November last year, Duterte said the country needed foreign investment to improve its telecom and power sectors.
    
"I will open the Philippines so this (poor service) will all be gone," he warned.

Sepfourteen faces 8 challengers

A CASH windfall is at stake when the Philippine Racing Commission stages the third leg of its Triple Crown Series on July 30 , with Sepfourteen going for a  sweep at the Saddle & Clubs Leisure Park in Naic, Cavite.

The winning tandem of Sepfourteen and jockey John Alvin Guce made it two in a row  at the San Lazaro Park last month, putting the three-year-old colt of SC Stockfarm in a position to become only the 11th horse to win the series.

The concluding leg offers a guaranteed total prize of P3 million, with P1,800,000 going to the winner.

If Sepfourteen completes a sweep of the Triple Crown and wins the third leg set over a longer distance of 2,000 meters, he’ll join the greats such as Fair and Square in 1981, Skywalker (1983), Time Master (1987), Magic Showtime (1988), Sun Dancer (1989), Strong Material (1996), Real Top (1998), Silver Story (2001), Hagdang Bato (2012), and Kid Molave (2014).

Standing in Sepfourteen’s way is an elite cast, headed by Brilliance, Golden Kingdom and Smokin’ Saturday. Also joining the fray in the 9-horse field are Batang Poblacion, Greatwall, Hiway One, Mount Pulag and Pangalusian Island.
    
Three stakes races, two charity races and eight rating-based races comprise Philracom’s racing extravaganza at the Philippine Racing Club’s track.
    
The rating-based races are a result of the Philracom’s membership with the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, whose mission is to promote good regulation and best practices on international matters pertaining to the sport.
    
The charity races for one have a guaranteed P300,000 in prizes, with P180,000 going to the winner. In the rating-based races, a guaranteed prize of P130,000 is allocated to the winner, sponsored by the PRCI.
    
Added prizes in the rating-based handicapping system are a minimum of P180,000 to Class 1 races and P150,000 to Class 2. Classes 3 to 5 will get a minimum of P120,000, P90,000 and P60,000, respectively.
    
Also on tap on Sunday is the Philracom Hopeful Stakes Race offering P1 million in total prizes and the Philracom 3YO Locally Bred Stakes Race, with P500,000 at stake.
    
Bossa Nova, Cerveza Rosas, Metamorphosis and Stockholm will be dueling in the Hopeful Stakes Race, while Battle Chacha, Caloocan Zap, Kingship, Lemonada, Oceanside, Puwerto Prinsesa, Salt and Pepper, Sikat, Stravinsky and Temecula comprise the 3YO Locally Bred Stakes.
    
“We have prepared a solid lineup for our racing aficionados to enjoy. And I’m sure the increase in prize money will be highly appreciated by horseowners, too, ” Philracom chairman Andrew A. Sanchez said.

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