Philippine Asian News Today Vol 19 No 18 - Page 23

September 16 - 30, 2017 President Rodrigo Duterte has warned business tycoon Lucio Tan, chairman and chief executive officer of Philippine Airlines (PAL), to settle his liabilities with the government in 10 days or he would shut down Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia). PAL, the country’s flag carrier, has been exclusively using Naia Terminal 2 since 1999. In a speech at the Philippine Constitution Association on Tuesday night, Duterte recalled how he rejected businessmen to fund his campaign, including Tan. “Mga abogado man tayo lahat dito. You tell your PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY 23 RP News and More... Pay PAL arrears or I’ll shut down Naia Terminal 2- Duterte to Tan clients: ‘Pay the tax correctly’,” he said. “Yung isa dito, ano, sabi niya… I did not accept,” he added. “I did not accept his money. He is a contributor. At sabihin ko na. Lucio Tan. Donor of funds. Sabi ko: ‘No’.” The President said he thanked Tan but refused his offer to be his campaign contributor. He told the tycoon to settle his tax liabilities first. “Sabi ko: ‘Thank you, but…’ And other guys there,” he said. “Sabi ko: ‘You are using government buildings,airport, you have a back… back… utang diyan sa runway. Di mo binabayaran’. Sabi ko: ‘You solve the problem yourself. I will give you 10 days. Bayaran mo. Pag hindi mo bayaran, eh di sarhan ko.’ Wala nang airport. So what?” T h e President did not give details on Tan’s liabilities, but he said: “We have to enforce the law.” “Kayo Pilipino have to travel overland from Luzon to Davao,” Duterte went on. “Basta bayaran mo, huwag mo akong bigyan ng shit nang ganun. I do not mind. If we sink, we sink. But I said: ‘We have to enforce the law.’ So guys, you guys, if you are put into a great discomfort, sorry. Wala akong magawa. The law is the law. It is the law.” In a statement released on Wednesday, the Department of Transportation (DoTR), said PAL has “unpaid navigational fees and other charges” amounting to almost P7 billion to the government – P6.97 billion payable to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and P322.11 million payable to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA). (N. Corrales , Inq) ************* Solano ordered freed; Castillo laid to rest HAZING victim Horacio Tomas Castillo III was laid to rest yesterday, just hours after the Justice Department ordered the release of John Paul Solano, one of the respondents in the death of the 22-year-old law freshman. Castillo was buried at the Manila Memorial Park in Sucat, Paranaque 10 days after he was declared on arrival at the Chi- nese General Hospital after be- ing “welcomed” in initiation rites by members of the Aegis Juris fraternity. Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan Jr. confirmed the issuance of the order directing the release of Solano. “There is an order direct- ing them to release the respon- dent in this case but the release of the respondent would not mean that he is already off the hook,” Catalan told reporters in an interview. As of press time last night, however, Solano, 27, was still detained at the Manila Police District while his lawyers waited for a copy of the release order. Solano was charged with murder, violations of Repub- lic Act 8049 (Anti-Hazing law), perjury, obstruction of justice and robbery before the DOJ last Monday. Ralph Trangia, an Aegis Juris fraternity like Solano, was also slapped with the same of- fense. He fled to Chicago last September 19. Solano, in an executive session at the Senate last Mon- day night, said six fraternity members took part in initiation rites welcoming Castillo. Senators present during the executive session refused to identify the six. Solano said he would identify them in a counter- affidavit that he would submit to the Manila Police District. Fifteen other respondents were also charged with the same offense – Trangia’s father Anto- nio, Arvin Balag, Mhin Wei Chan, Ranie Rafael Santiago, Oliver John Audrey Onofre, Jason Ad- olfo Robiños, Danielle Hans Mat- thew Rodrigo, Karl Mathew Vil- lanueva, Joshua Joriel Macabali, Axel Munro Hipe, Marc Anthony Ventura, Aeron Salientes, Mar- celino Bagtang, Zimon Padro and Jose Miguel Salamat. Carminia Castillo, the mother of Horacio, said her fam- ily is open to the possibility of So- lano turning into a state witness if he will disclose all information about the death of her son.  PENALTY FOR HAZING The House committee on justice approved a bill prohibit- ing hazing and imposing a pen- alty of 20 years and one day up to life imprisonment and a fine of P1 million. House Bill No. 3467, prin- cipally authored by Rep. Berna- dette Herrera-Dy, was approved in the committee level in the wake of the death of hazing vic- tim UST law student Horacio To- mas Castillo III last Sunday. The penalty will be im- posed if the hazing rites results in death, mutilation, sodomy, rape and serious psychological effects. The committee decided to impose a penalty of reclusion temporal (12 to 20 years impris- onment) for hazing participants whether or not the incident re- sulted in physical or psychologi- cal harm. While the old hazing law seeks to regulate hazing, this new measure seeks to totally prohibit the rite and also requires frater- nities and soror- ities to register with schools or local govern- ment units, with the supervision of a faculty ad- viser. 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