Month: May 2013

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Of Cybercrimes and Present Times

(First of Two Parts) Call him “X. ” He put the spotlight on cybercrime, triggering the siren and searchlights, warning the rest of us that there are truly dangerous sorts online and on the loose. In May 2000, just months after clocks counted down to a millennium bug disaster that had fortunately fizzled, X sent his own bug,...

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Maritime Policy Expert Sworn In as New MARINA Administrator

An expert in maritime law and policy has been appointed as the new Administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) announced on Tuesday, May 28. Maximo Mejia, Jr. took his oath of office before DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya on Monday, May 27 to formally assume leadership of...

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Are you spying on us? AES Watch Asks Brillantes

An attack on civil liberties The Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch) today dared Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr., of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to clarify that its P30M counter-intelligence fund (CIF) was not intended to spy on IT groups and election watchdogs critical of the Comelec-purchased Smartmatic PCOS technology and the way the automated...

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Weapons Training for the Public Safety and Security Officer

Here we cover the other aspect of security or public safety operations capability, which is the ‘shoot’ aspect in ‘shoot, move and communicate.’  I decided to use the common military operations doctrine in this discussion due to the dominance of people with military background in public safety and security fields in the Philippines.  Although there...

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Sulu Clash Leaves 11 Dead

Eleven were killed in an encounter between government soldiers and members of the bandit group Abu Sayyaf in Patikul, Sulu on Saturday. Western Mindanao Command spokesman Col. Rodrigo Gregorio said the gun battle started around 6:40 a.m. in Barangay Tugas. The encounter left seven soldiers and four bandits dead and 10 others wounded. According to...

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Building a Secure Cyber World, Aug 7-8, Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Philippines

Enterprises today face rapidly changing threats as never before. From combating viruses aimed at extorting money from individuals like the FBI virus to more sophisticated viruses like Stuxnet targeting infrastructure to perceived espionage-related efforts in Flame and Red October, the task of the cyber security professional to protect an organization’s information assets is more critical...

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OPAPP Partners with Spain through AECID; Seen to Help LGUs on Planning Processes

Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process signed the Administrative Protocol of Aid Management for the Implementation of the Project “Mainstreaming Peace and Development in Local Governance in the Philippines” (MPDLGP) with Coordinator General Vicente Selles Zaragozi of the Agencia Espanola Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo-Philippines (AECID) on...

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Policing Modern Day

What is policing? Well, from my experience and perspective, policing is keeping the community in line and at peace with each other.  We could discuss here the evolution of policing from when it was privatized and organized by Sir Robert Peel in England or we could start from the first effort to codify law during...

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ASIS Philippines Chapter CCTV Operators Course

"...what good is a technology if there is no proactive role of the system in crime prevention or detection? Is the CCTV system good only for documentation and crime solution? What is the use of a CCTV control room without any operator in active monitoring? Is the CCTV control room like a recording studio?"

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4 Ways to Pick the Right Preschool for Your Child

Haven’t got a preschool for your child yet this coming June? Been there, done that. In an abrupt decision to transfer to the city last year, I was left with the question of where to enroll my son in two weeks. Here are a few tips that helped me—and may help you, too—make that last-minute...