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SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« on: July 01, 2010, 07:34:51 PM »
how about a thread to monitor/consolidate all the news articles & press releases of the new DND Chief?

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Gazmin assumes defense post
By AARON B. RECUENCO/Manila Bulletin
July 1, 2010, 4:37pm

http://www.mb.com.ph/node/264703/gazmin-a

Retired military general Voltaire Gazmin vowed on Thursday to push for the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and prioritize peace talks with communist and Moro rebels following his formal assumption of the Department of National Defense (DND) sans the traditional turnover ceremonies.

“Modernization is our number one problem and I’m sure that if we succeed on that, we can also address the problem at the NDCC (National Disaster Coordinating Agency),” said Gazmin, in a chance interview after a meeting with Defense officials at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

But Gazmin clarified that prioritizing the AFP modernization program would mean that he has to find people who will be of big help in achieving their goal.

“First things first, we have to put the right man to the right job. So I’ve got to know the people manning all these things, see their capabilities, and place them on the positions where they can use of their talents,” said Gazmin.

He also revealed that the administration of President Aquino is inclined to push for the peace talks with both the New People’s Army and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The military earlier admitted that it has failed to comply with its goal of finishing off communist insurgency last month.

“Like the problem of insurgency in the South, we will have to sit down and thresh out the problem. We will leave all the cards on the table, if everything is within the bounds of the law why not,” said Gazmin.

Gazmin explained that the usual military solution has already proven to utterly failed in dealing with both the communist and Moro insurgents.


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Re: SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2010, 07:35:49 PM »
Gazmin probes DND official's dismissal
By Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star)
Updated July 02, 2010 12:00 AM 

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=589507&publicationSubCategoryId=65

MANILA, Philippines - Newly installed Department of Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin ordered yesterday an impartial investigation into the removal of the DND’s chief accountant for questioning the last-minute release of funds of Gazmin’s predecessor, Norberto Gonzales.

Gazmin assured the public that due process will be observed and the investigation will be fair to everyone.

The removal of Leticia Coronel-Obnimaga from her post as chief accountant stemmed from a complaint filed against her by Gonzales.

Obnimaga incurred Gonzales’ ire for going on television to question the release of P5 million he approved and authorized to settle the department’s obligation before his departure from office.

The P5-million fund is part of the P16-million budget allocation from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) intended to bankroll expenses incurred by the office of the defense secretary and undersecretaries.

“While she has a point in questioning the release of this P5 million, she should have aired her concerns to her immediate superiors and not before the television,” Gonzales’ camp said.

DND insiders said Obnimaga’s actuation put Gonzales in a very tight spot because he had already promised to settle the obligations incurred by his office and that of other offices’ before he stepped down. The fund was reportedly released June 29, the source said.

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Re: SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2010, 07:39:25 PM »
from the thread: NEW DEFENSE CHIEF TO EXPEDITE AFP MODERNIZATION...

   "I really hope that it happens this time with the new incoming administration, here is the link...http://www.gmanews.tv/story/194883/new-defense-chief-to-expedite-afp-modernization:)

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Re: SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2010, 08:15:28 PM »
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/194883/new-defense-chief-to-expedite-afp-modernization

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Gazmin said President Benigno “Noynoy" Aquino III, who took his oath of office Wednesday, has instructed him to “put things in order" at the department within his first 100 days in office.

Countdown to November.

In the meantime, I hope he lights a fire under the DND Webmaster's rear-end so that this list gets updated:

http://www.dnd.gov.ph/DNDWEBPAGE_files/dndbac/status%20acquisition%20Proj%20Undertaken%20by%20DNDBAC%2011-21-08.pdf

It'll give folks a baseline upon which to judge his progress.
« Last Edit: July 01, 2010, 08:25:40 PM by Adroth »
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Re: SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2010, 09:18:21 PM »
 :D I'm new here and I'm thankful for the authors of this forum. This forum gives a  civilian military enthusiast like me to be informed and aware of the current state and progress of our military. Am very happy to witness the turn-over of Command today. I hope the new President, DefSec and CSAFP will push the Modernization of the Armed Forces to better equip them in defending our nation's sovereignty. To my kind-hearted, boss in PAGCOR Mam Lot David, napaka low-profile n'yo po at mabait, congratulations for the appointment of your husband as the new Chief-of-Staff. 

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Re: SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2010, 12:26:19 AM »
:D I'm new here and I'm thankful for the authors of this forum. This forum gives a  civilian military enthusiast like me to be informed and aware of the current state and progress of our military. Am very happy to witness the turn-over of Command today. I hope the new President, DefSec and CSAFP will push the Modernization of the Armed Forces to better equip them in defending our nation's sovereignty. To my kind-hearted, boss in PAGCOR Mam Lot David, napaka low-profile n'yo po at mabait, congratulations for the appointment of your husband as the new Chief-of-Staff. 

OT: since your in PAGCOR..Who will be Noynoy's PAGCOR chief?..hope the Entertainment City will go as plan...like to see the 2nd highest tower in the world realized
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Re: SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2010, 02:36:44 AM »
Think this guy was a close ally of her mother? and/or a memeber of PSG at PRes. Cory / PRes. Ramos???

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Re: SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2010, 03:39:23 AM »
Think this guy was a close ally of her mother? and/or a memeber of PSG at PRes. Cory / PRes. Ramos???
Gen Gazmin was also the Chief of the Army during Erap years (all out war in mindanao)..

So for the AFP in a whole they very happy to have him as their secretary..

you can check the multiply account of rotary club of paranaque-sucat..this guy is very civic minded and wants to show the good image of the AFP........Gudluck to General Voltz....

« Last Edit: July 02, 2010, 03:52:09 AM by davemap »
""Ano'ng unethical? Talagang gagawin ko! Can you point out to me what law says that I cannot threaten criminals? Shut up!"
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to CHR

“In our country, hundreds of millions of pesos of taxpayer money are squandered not only through corruption but also through projects that were conceived for worthy purposes but were discontinued and abandoned due to the ‘policy of no continuity.’”

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Re: SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2010, 05:18:44 AM »
OT: since your in PAGCOR..Who will be Noynoy's PAGCOR chief?..hope the Entertainment City will go as plan...like to see the 2nd highest tower in the world realized
We're not sure yet sir.
But a transition team has arrived to inspect and get a feel of the corporation. The Entertainment City is a good Project, you just don't trust those people who were behind it.  :twisted:

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Re: SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2010, 11:42:08 PM »
Think this guy was a close ally of her mother? and/or a memeber of PSG at PRes. Cory / PRes. Ramos???

If I remember our history right, Voltaire Gazmin was commanding officer of the unit that arrested Ninoy Aquino - or was it that he was the CO of the unit that kept Ninoy incarcerated?  Either which way, from what I remember, Ninoy gained the hearts of his jailer, and the rest is history. 

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Re: SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2010, 12:06:05 AM »
If I remember our history right, Voltaire Gazmin was commanding officer of the unit that arrested Ninoy Aquino - or was it that he was the CO of the unit that kept Ninoy incarcerated?  Either which way, from what I remember, Ninoy gained the hearts of his jailer, and the rest is history. 



Yep Cory mentioned in an interview somewhere that although Gazmin was assigned as Ninoy's jailer, he conducted himself as a gentleman and won the trust of Ninoy and Cory that when she had to choose someone to be head of her PSG, who else did she trust more?  Thankfully not the RAM boys who eventually tried to topple her.
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Re: SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2010, 11:32:09 PM »
this is OT but to answer the question/s of davemap:

Pagcor chief ordered to review ‘midnight’ deals
By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:26:00 07/05/2010

Filed Under: Government Contracts, Government offices & agencies, Casinos & Gambling

MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III has ordered his man at Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to scrutinize all the midnight deals entered into by his predecessor, Efraim Genuino.

A source from the camp of newly appointed Pagcor chair Cristino Naguiat said his lawyers and advisers were surprised about the unduly high number of casino and poker licenses granted by Genuino’s board over the past four weeks.

The source, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for Pagcor, said Genuino and his board met four to five times in the last two weeks to approve multimillion-peso contracts.

read more here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100705-279222/Pagcor-chief-ordered-to-review-midnight-deals

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Re: SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2010, 11:36:25 PM »
going back to the topic...

DND employees hit ‘backdoor policy’ of new bosses
By Jocelyn R. Uy
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:59:00 07/04/2010

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20100704-279160/DND-employees-hit-backdoor-policy-of-new-bosses

Filed Under: Military, Government offices & agencies


MANILA, Philippines – Some employees of the Department of National Defense (DND) are not happy about what they consider to be a snobbish, discriminatory policy introduced by their new bosses.

Starting on Monday, the main doors of the DND building inside Camp Aguinaldo would be reserved for use only by the big guns and VIPs of the department.

As for the regular employees, they have been instructed to pass through the back doors.

They were informed of the new directive on Friday—the second day in office of Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin—but were not provided a clear explanation for such a “discriminatory” guideline, said an employee who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal from superiors.

“They were shocked because the memo appeared to be anti-masses and anti-Pinoy,” another source told the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Sunday.

In his inaugural speech, President Benigno Aquino III vowed to be a servant-leader to all Filipinos. “Kayo ang boss ko (You’re my boss),” he had said.

But his subordinates appeared to be doing the opposite, making DND employees feel like “second-class citizens,” noted the source.

The memo, plastered on the guard’s counter by the main lobby, read: “Beginning July 5, the main door will be used only by DND and official visitors (undersecretaries, assistant secretaries and directors)... the left and right side entrances will be used by the DND organic personnel (civilian and military) and visitors.”

The memo, a reiteration of Gazmin’s verbal instruction on July 2, was signed by Ramon El Martinez, undersecretary for internal affairs.

Sought for comment, Gazmin, through the DND Office for Public and Legislative Affairs (OPLA), said the order was aimed only at boosting the “efficiency and security” of the office and would be one way of de-clogging the main lobby.

By designating the main entrance for DND officials, dignitaries and other official visitors, including the media, the new administration wants to implement “a more professional way of doing things in the department,” said the statement prepared by OPLA.

The new DND administration said it also wanted to beef up security as the main doors that led to the lobby had always been congested with people and deliveries, compelling security personnel to rush the giving of building passes without “proper protocol.”
"Utility services and deliveries are often hampered when the main lobby is declared off-limits during official programs and when there are official visitors who need to be received in the lobby,” OPLA explained.

The DND insisted it “maintains its stance in making the department reach out to its employees and ordinary people... For its employees, the building can be likened to their own homes and as a Filipino tradition, to present our best face to our visitors.”


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Re: SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2010, 06:25:46 PM »
The President's Men And Women: Cory's loyal PSG chief takes helm of DND
By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) Updated July 06, 2010 12:00 AM 

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=590712&publicationSubCategoryId=63
 
MANILA, Philippines - Voltaire Gazmin was the first commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) during the administration of Corazon Aquino.

Now the late leader’s son, newly installed President Aquino, has again called on the now retired military officer to serve the government, this time as secretary of the defense department.

When asked if he had expected Mr. Aquino to appoint him to the Cabinet, Gazmin said yes and no.

“No, because at first, I thought I wanted to settle down already (as a retired officer). Yes, because he (Aquino) may have realized that I have a wide experience in dealing with soldiers and their problems. Maybe I was his logical choice,” Gazmin said in an interview with government radio dzRB.

The PSG replaced the Presidential Security Command (PSC) that was headed by the Gen. Fabian Ver, chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during the martial law regime of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Mrs. Aquino picked Gazmin to head the newly reorganized presidential guards because she personally knew him as a military officer who was assigned in Fort Magsaysay in Laur, Nueva Ecija, where her husband Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was held as a political prisoner for several years.

She remembered Gazmin, who treated her with respect as an officer and a gentleman every time she visited her husband at his detention cell.

Gazmin was instrumental in quashing at least nine coup attempts that sought to overthrow the government of Mrs. Aquino from 1986 to June 1992.

So personally attached was Gazmin to the former president that he served as one of the pallbearers, along with other ex-PSG officers, during her funeral at the Manila Memorial Park in Parańaque last August.

“I think that (knowledge of military issues) is my advantage over civilians who do not have experience with soldiers,” Gazmin said.

Gazmin had served in the military for more than three decades.

He was raised in Tarlac and is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1968.

Gazmin first served as a team leader of the Home Defense Forces Group before he was tasked to command major Army units.

He was assigned to different intelligence units before he was designated as commander of the Army’s 4th Infantry Battalion in 1978, and later the 26th Infantry Battalion in 1980.

Gazmin led the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion in Mindanao before he was appointed head of the PSG in 1986.

He was assigned to the Philippine embassy in Washington as defense attaché in 1992.

He was appointed commander of the 103rd Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division in 1995 and the Army Special Operations Command in 1997.

He was appointed chief of the Southern Luzon Command in 1998 and the next year was promoted to commanding-general of the Army, a post he held until he retired from the service on Oct. 22, 2000. Gazmin was named ambassador to Cambodia after his retirement.

Gazmin has bagged numerous awards as a soldier, including the Philippine Legion of Honor, three Distinguished Conduct Stars, Distinguished Service Stars, a Gold Cross Medal, a Bronze Cross Medal, numerous Military Merit Medals, Military Commendation Medals, and campaign ribbons.

He was also a recipient of the Cavalier Award for Outstanding Achievements in Combat from the PMA Alumni Association in 1984.

While some of the current Cabinet members have set ambitious goals for their first 100 days, Gazmin plans to spend the so-called honeymoon period familiarizing himself with the job of a defense secretary.

“Well, number one is to put things in order. We will have to sit down and assess our problems and get to the bottom of all the problems so we can find solutions,” he said in an ambush interview at the AFP headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

“First things first. We put the right man for the right job. We will look into our modernization program and the welfare of the soldiers, the retirees and their families.”

Gazmin said his policy thrusts include hastening the AFP modernization program, conducting peace talks with communist and Muslim rebels, and enhancing the government’s disaster response capabilities.

“I will look into the modernization program of the government, why it is taking so much time. The modernization program was already there during my time. We will see what we can do,” he said.

“If they (rebels) want war, we have all the resources. But I am sure they would not want that. We will sit down and talk and stay within the bounds of the Constitution. The more you kill, the more enemies you create.”

Gazmin also vowed to look into the alleged anomalies in the DND and the AFP to start the drive against corruption in the military.


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Re: SND Voltaire Gazmin: At Work
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2010, 08:12:49 PM »
Gazmin told: Review defense problems, look for solutions

BY REGINA BENGCO/Malaya

PRESIDENT Aquino has ordered Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to undertake a comprehensive review of the national defense problems so that creative solutions can be found.

"My fundamental philosophy is there cannot be right solutions without the corresponding correct identification of the problems. Secretary Gazmin is undertaking, at my direction, a comprehensive review of the many aspects of our national defense with this orientation in mind," Aquino said in his speech at the 63rd anniversary celebration of the Philippine Air Force at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

He reiterated to the Air Force his expectations from the military: professionalism; integrity; discipline; valor; and strategic harmony toward meaningful reforms.

He said a lot of things have to be done to modernize the Air Force but the country’s resources are limited.

He said government must study how to increase the facility readiness of the Armed Forces.

Aquino, in an ambush interview after his speech, said investing on additional soldiers and better equipment is needed to ensure peace, which is a major concern of foreign investors.

He said this could be done through "creative schemes that will not make the government lose its assets" such as long-term leases and upgrading of equipment.

He said he was "very conscious" while looking at PAF aircraft, which include a 30-year-old F-28 presidential aircraft.

"Parang feeling ko, better for us (to go on) commercial (flights)," he said, hinting at another possible policy shift on his domestic trips.

Aquino also promised to continue the on-base housing projects for soldiers, to upgrade the machinery and assets of the Air Force, buy surveillance equipment, and help airmen achieve their required flight hours.

He said he intends to strengthen the military organization through a merit-based officer corps, "issuing clear orders that comply with both the spirit and letter of the law."

Aquino said his expectations of the Air Force and the military are high because the people’s expectations of his administration are "the highest."

"I will not make false promises to you or tell you things simply for the sake of making positive headlines," he said.

He said while military officials answer to civilian authorities such as the President, "the real commander-in-chief is the Filipino people. The chain of command does not end with me because I am also accountable to the people."

He told the Air Force that he and the Filipino people are proud of their work, especially their impartiality in the last May 10 elections.

"Kung ano’ng kagitingan ang ipinapakita ninyo sa mga combat operations, yun din ang pinapakita ninyong malasakit sa panahon ng kalamidad. Keep it up," he said.

Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena, in his speech, asked the President to fast-track the modernization of the Air Force which used to wield the greatest firepower in Asia during the Marcos years.

Rabena said the Air Force has prepared its Short and Medium Term Plans proposal for 2011 to 2017.

Among the aircraft in the pipeline under the military’s modernization program is a C-130 cargo plane, night-capable attack helicopters, and long-range patrol aircraft. – With Victor Reyes