Northern Triangle Country Militaries Train on Humanitarian Principles and the Use of Force

first_imgBy Honduran Secretariat of National Defense February 24, 2017 Universal norms will be integrated into the military’s public security tasks in the region’s three countries. Training is the result of a memorandum of understanding signed by the Honduran Secretariat of National Defense and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Twenty-five officers from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala will attend the specialized course from February 7th-24th to strengthen their theoretical and practical knowledge on the application of international standards on the use of force. The lectures will deal with the role of the armed forces in public security, public security in Central America, the rule of law, and the use of force, and will be led by national and international guest panelists. “Participating in this type of training gives the personnel added value when they put these techniques and procedures into practice when using force. We aim to correctly apply this knowledge during operations so we can ensure human rights are respected,” said Cavalry Colonel Juan Ramón Barahona Uriarte, head of the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat of the Honduran Armed Forces Joint Staff. “The ICRC as an impartial, neutral and independent humanitarian institution seeks to promote the knowledge and integration of international standards on the use of force, including the use of firearms, arrest and detention, doctrine, teaching, training and equipment, and internal oversight systems of the armed forces and the security forces,” explained Eduardo Ubierna, ICRC head of mission in Honduras. The instructor training course for the armed forces and security forces is part of the ICRC activities in Central America. In the past three years, these forces have developed processes for teaching and integrating international standards on the use of force. To date more than 6,000 military members who participate in public security operations in support of the national police have been trained as a result of the instructor training and the collaboration between the Armed Forces Human Rights Directorate and the ICRC.last_img read more

More Bacolod village execs charged over SAP

first_imgThey were facing charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, and RA 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, according to Chief Master Sergeant Ramiro Gocotano, officer-in-charge of CIDG-Bacolod City Field Unit. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA Earlier this month, the CIDG-Bacolod also charged 11 officials of Barangay Mandalagan before the City Prosecutor’s Office for similar violations./PN BACOLOD City – The village captain of Mansilingan and nine other officials face criminal charges related to the distribution of the emergency cash assistance under the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP). He believed that charges against him were “politically motivated.” Last week, four complainants – Roy Jesus Giua, Benggie Debuyan, Marites Castillo, and Maria Cecilia Tan – lodged a joint affidavit before Assistant City Prosecutor Allan Vir Gumahin.center_img Four complainants reported to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Bacolod City Field Unit alleging that the selection of SAP beneficiaries in Barangay Mansilingan was manipulated to favor certain relatives and close associates of the respondents. The barangay captain explained that all beneficiaries underwent proper screening, and even sought the help of the city’s Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD) to assign DSWD personnel to screen the beneficiaries. Charged before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office by the CIDG were Barangay Captain Rodolfo Pico, barangay secretary Edward Menesis, purok presidents Julius Villaflor and Victorious Christally Valenzuela, purok kagawads Gina Gilbor, Amelita Mondejar, Gregorio Beniten, Lourdes Palma and Anabelle Javier, and Mercedes Rory Capunong. Pico, for his part, denied the allegations. He pointed out that he only followed protocols issued of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).last_img read more

MLB World Series

first_imgWe are about to embark on another World Series.  How many of you in April picked Kansa City and San Francisco to be the two combatants?   I know I did not.  What a feel good story to see the Royals in the Series for the first time in almost 30 years.  San Francisco will be trying to win their third series in the last 6 years.  It should be exciting if nothing else.I think I will root for the Royals just because they will be the underdog.  I normally root for the national League but the Royals are hard to root against.  Having won eight games in a row and most of them by one run or in extra innings certainly classifies them as the cardiac kids.  Some experts say they are so young that they really don’t know any better.  I would  disagree and say they are playing loose and as long as it lasts, ride the tide.San Francisco is much more of an experienced team and have several players with a lot of Series experience.   They were not as dominating in their route to the Series  but they defeated the teams that were supposed to win and thus are on the brink of another Series title.  Just sit back, watch the games, and root for your favorite team.last_img read more