university status of NIT
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA (PIA Biliran)
NAVAL, Biliran – The
long wait is over. After several years of waiting of Biliranons and
other stakeholders for the primary tertiary institution of learning in
the province of Biliran to attain a university status, the Senate of
the 14th Congress of the Philippines finally approved on third and
final reading Senate Bill No. 2146 that would pave the way for Naval
Institute of Technology (NIT) to become Naval State University (NSU).
Senate Bill No. 2146
entitled or “An Act Converting the Naval Institute of Technology in
the Municipality of Naval, Province of Biliran into a State University
to be known as the Naval State University, Integrating therewith the
Biliran National Agricultural College in the Municipality of Biliran,
and Appropriating Funds Therefor” was introduced by Senator Juan
Miguel F. Zubiri and approved by the Senate on Third and Final reading
yesterday afternoon, August 18, 2009.
Senate Bill No. 2146
is sponsored by Senator Mar Roxas and co-sponsored by Senators Juan
Miguel F. Zubiri and Edgardo J. Angara.
House Bill No. 04414
with the same title content with Senate Bill No. 2146 was filed in the
Senate during the second regular session of the 14th Congress on
September 16, 2008 requesting for concurrence with Representative
Glenn A. Chong as the principal author and Representatives Cynthia A.
Villar, Edcel C. Lagman, Exequiel B. Javier and Jesus Crispin C.
Remulla as co-authors.
It was treated on
First Reading and referred to the Committee(s) on Education, Arts and
Culture and Finance on September 17, 2008.
On July 29, 2009, SB
No. 2146 was returned and submitted jointly by the Committee(s) on
Education, Arts and Culture and Finance per Committee Report No. 543,
recommending its approval with amendments.
On August 11, 2009,
the Committee Report was calendared for Ordinary Business with
Senators Mar Roxas, Juan Miguel F. Zubiri and Edagrdo J. Angara as
sponsors and at the same time was assigned for Consideration by
On the same day,
Senator Mar Roxas delivered his sponsorship speech, the period of
interpellation was closed, the period of committee and individual
amendments was done and closed.
It is also during that
day that it was approved on Second Reading with Amendments were all
senators who were present were made as co-sponsors.
On August 12, 2009,
copy of Senate Bill No. 2146 were printed and distributed to the
senators and on August 18, 2009 it was approved on Third Reading.
Senate Bill No. 2146
is up for signature of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo after it will
be submitted to the House of Representatives for adoption.
Representative Glenn A. Chong who first filed House Bill No. 04414 on
June 16, 2008 in the House of Representatives of the 14th Congress of
the Philippines, informed PIA about the latest news last Tuesday
afternoon thru his mobile phone.
Rep. Chong revealed
that it took three months for HB No. 04414 before it was finally
transmitted and received in the Senate on September 16, 2008.
HB No. 04414 which
substituted HB No. 01927 was approved on First Reading in the House of
July 29, 2008, approved on Second Reading on
August 12, 2008 and
was approved on Third and Final Reading on September 9, 2008 with
House votes of 193 for Yes and 0 vote for No and Abstain.
Rep Chong said that
this is a significant development for the Lone Congressional District
of Biliran he represented since he believed that education is a great
The young solon who is
on his first term informed that education is one of his top priorities
aside from health and infrastructure development.
“I can promise nothing
to the Biliranons who are my masters except an honest public service
which would redound to the progress and development of Biliran
province as a whole”, Rep Chong said.
TESDA-Biliran is RP’s
2nd top performing TESDA Provincial Office
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The excellent performance and unprecedented accomplishments of
the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
Biliran Provincial Office in 2008, have won for it back to back awards
both in the regional and national level.
Director Loreta D.
Banario informed that having satisfactory rating in physical
accomplishment such as training inputs, competency assessment and
employment rate and financial aspect, TESDA-Biliran received awards as
3rd Best TESDA Provincial Office in Region 8 and 2nd Top Performing
TESDA Provincial Office nationwide for the year 2008.
On June 25, 2009, Dir.
Loreta D. Banario received the plaque of recognition from Dir. Juan M.
Sabulao, Jr., TESDA Regional Director, stating TESDA-Biliran as one of
the Best TESDA Provincial Offices in region 8. Anent to this,
TESDA-Biliran was also recognized as the 2nd Top Performing Provincial
Office in the region way back on the year 2007.
TESDA-Biliran also received another award as 2nd Top Performing TESDA
Provincial Office Nationwide. This award recognized TESDA-Biliran as
one of the outstanding TESDA-Provincial Offices throughout the
These recognition will
serve as an encouragement and inspiration to TESDA-Biliran officials
and staff to continue their effort in implementing relevant programs
and services for Biliranons.
back-to-back success in the regional and National levels was realized
not only due to the leadership of the provincial director but largely
due to the full support and commitment of the staff, Dir. Loreta D.
Banario said. (with data from
NGCP kicks-off major
transmission facilities in Samar Island worth
By RICKY J. BAUTISTA
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– In year 2010 or 17 months from now, the whole island of Samar will
no longer experience frequent power interruption and regular “black
outs” that apparently hinders the economic growth of this island.
This was announced
through a media presentation made by Ms. Belinda S. Canlas, Corporate
Communications Officer for the Visayas; Edna Legaspina, Corporate
Communications Officer A; Engr. Mercurion Palamos, OIC Wright-Calbayog
Project; Engr. Ruben Almaden, Site Management; and Line Engineer
Artemio Jabaan, District 1 Leyte-Samar Area, all officials of the
National Grid Corporations of the Philippines (NGCP) who attended the
Samar Island Press Club (SIPC) Annual Assembly held on August 15 in
Equipped with their
technical expertise, these officials came together and explained that
the National Transmission Corporation (Transco), last June 30, 2009,
was turned into a private entity – the NGCP, which eventually took
over the crucial task of delivering safe and reliable electricity
throughout the country.
Incorporated in 2008,
the NGCP is a consortium composed of Monte Oro Grid Resources
Corporation (MOGRC), State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) and Calaca
High Power Corporation (CHPC). Offering a bid of US$3.95 billion, the
consortium won in the bidding for the franchise (for 50 years) to
operate and maintain the country’s transmission network – the biggest
government auction conducted in efforts to reform the local power
In their Project
Vista, or the Visayas Transmission Augmentation Program, Ms. Canlas
informed that the NGCP sealed-off an amount of P1,638,597,922 for two
major transmission lines projects in
“This is anchored on
the mandate and functions of the Transco as clearly defined by the RA
9136 otherwise known as the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of
2001,” Ms. Canlas said.
The lady official
identified the first project in
Samar as the
Wright-Calbayog 138kv Transmission Lines Project with a total project
cost amounting to P1,188,806,922 from Transco’s Internal Cash
Generation. They intend to finish the project on or before September
As of today, the power
transmission to Northern Samar is still through the 69 KV wood pole
lines which is susceptible to frequent power interruption and (because
of its being) under voltage. With this, electric consumers apparently
got irked to the unscheduled ‘blackouts’ that even lasted to three
straight days. The power users lambasted the local electric
cooperatives that likewise passed the blame to the Transco, now the
NGCP, who supply electricity to them.
however, said that upon the completion of this Wright-Calbayog
Project, the power consumers will not worry anymore as the proposed
extension of the 138 kV backbone transmission systems towards the
Northern part of Samar Island is aimed in “intensifying the delivery
of quality and reliable power thereat.”
With this development
project, “power users in Northern Samar and nearby towns will benefit
from quality and stable power supply, which will serve as catalyst to
jumpstart their economic progress which (has) been hampered through
the years, primarily due to underdeveloped basic infrastructures
including electricity,” Engr. Palamos stressed.
This project, which
will benefit the towns of Paranas, Motiong. Jiabong, Catbalogan,
Tarangnan, San Jorge, Gandara, Sta. Margarita and Calbayog City is
likewise considered as ”the commitment of Transco to comply with the
requirements set by the National Grid Code as promulgated by the
Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC),” NGCP officials said.
The second project of
the NGCP is the 69 KV transmission lines from Sta. Rita Samar to
Quinapondan Eastern Samar (103 kilometers). The primary purpose of
this project is to “accommodate the load growth and demand, address
problem of voltage quality and improve system reliability in Eastern
Samar,” NGCP officials said.
The estimated total
cost of this project is P230.517M plus US$4.217M or a total of
Ms. Legaspina said
that though the project has been approved by the ERC, it is now being
proposed that it will be upgraded into 138 KV. “We are now forwarding
again this suggestion for ERC’s comments and hopefully approval, that
this supposedly 69 KV will become 138 KV and be included in our 3rd
Regulatory Period or in year 2010-2015,” she said.
It was learned that
the new NGCP organization brings with it a new goal to upgrade and
expand all transmission facilities in the countryside, which in turn
enhance the lives of all their electric customers. “For sure, they
(clients) will be rewarded with energy cost savings, the investors to
be provided with fair return, and the society to enjoy an
environmental-friendly energy system,” the NGCP officials disclosed.
Leyte hosts national
assembly of RP’s League of Vice-Govs
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
province of Leyte is all set to welcome the Vice-Governors from the
different provinces of the Philippines who will be arriving on August
20 for the National Assembly of the Vice Governors League of the
Mimyet Bagulaya who is the National Treasurer of the League, informed
the Philippine Information Agency, that the national assembly is
scheduled to be conducted at the Leyte Park Hotel in Tacloban City on
August 20 to 22.
participants are Vice Governor Julius Cesar Herrera of
Bohol who is the President of the League and Ilocos Sur Vice
Governor Jeremias Singzon who is the Chairman of the Board.
The assembly will
tackle the issues of Climate Change, as a Science and in the creation
of policies; and the 2010 Election Automation, Vice Governor Bagulaya
The province of Leyte
has always welcomed visitors who are attending conventions or
assemblies because Governor Petilla believes that these are good
opportunities to promote the province of Leyte and the entire Eastern
Visayas Region as well.
Governor Petilla and
the officials of the
has prepared for a simple but memorable Welcome Dinner at the
Governors’ Hall of the Capitol. Before Dinner however, the guest will
have a tour at the Caluayan Palm Resort and at the Raphael’s Farm, in
Marabut, Samar and Babatngon,
Thus, the visitors
will also have the chance to visit
Southern Leyte where Agas-Agas Viaduct, the tallest bridge in the country
today, is located. This is courtesy of Vice-Governor Maamo and
Governor Mercado, the good vice governor of
Vice Governor Bagulaya
added that on the third day of the Assembly, the group will be able to
follow the trails of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who recently
visited Sohoton Bridge and had a Golden River Cruise in Basey, Samar.
The Vice Governors
League of the Philippines has the primary purpose of ventilating,
articulating, and crystallizing issues affecting provincial government
administration specially those concerning local legislation and
securing, through proper and legal means, solutions thereto.
The League also
assists the national government in the formulation and implementation
of policies, programs and projects affecting the provinces a whole;
promote and give meaning to local autonomy and decentralization;
foster unity and cooperation among all Vice Governors in the country
in particular and all provinces in general.
The League also
provides a unified and a cohesive force that will embody the
sentiments and aspirations of the members; encourage people’s
participation in local government legislation and administration in
order to promote united and concerted action for the attainment of
countrywide development goals; and serves as a forum of discussion and
feed back mechanism on policies affecting local governments
particularly in the area of local legislation.
PNP Chief hopeful that
COMELEC will approve its Total Gun Ban proposal for the 2010 elections
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – PNP Chief and Director General Jesus A. Verzosa, during his
interaction with the local media, expressed optimism that the
Commission on Elections will approve the proposal made by the
Philippine National Police, for Total Gun Ban for the 2010 elections.
The proposal was made
with the hope of putting a stop to election-related violence, General
He said that there
would be no exemptions in the proposed gun ban, duty policemen and
security escorts in proper uniform would only be the ones allowed to
carry guns, the PNP Chief underscored.
It is a fact that
there is always a prevalence of violence during election period
especially in the election hot spots, and there were incidents in the
past where two candidates who are vying for the same position
sometimes meet and get violent, the chief PNP added.
The PNP proposal would
cover everyone, including government officials and private individuals
and their security escorts.
“One of the provisions
of this proposal is for all security personnel to be in their uniform
so that there will be no need for a gun ban exemption. Para
ma-identify natin sila na [So we can identify that] they are
security,” he said.
agents, under the jurisdiction of SAGSD (Security Agencies and Guards
Supervision Division), they are required to be in proper uniform,
which they are trying to come up right now,” General Verzosa added.
Furthermore, the PNP
Chief said that the PNP would not allow the existence of private
armies of politicians, particularly in the provinces.
“We will not allow
private armies in the next elections. That’s one thing people should
be very convinced about,” said the PNP Chief.
General Versoza said
the removal of violence is the next important thing in the polls after
the automation of elections.
The PNP recorded 217
election-related violent incidents (ERVIs) during the May 2007
elections. Only 72 incidents have been validated as politically
motivated cases, while 82 incidents turned out to be personally
motivated and 63 cases remain under investigation.
The PNP arrested 2,314
people for violating the Comelec-imposed gun ban and seized almost
2,000 guns nationwide.
vendors raise complaint vs. ambulant ones
By ALICE NICART (PIA Eastern
August 18, 2009
Samar – Borongan’s ambulant vendors are now in a hot seat following
the complaint raised by licensed vendors inside the public market.
A fish vendor who is
popularly known as “Ben-ben” called over Radyo ng Bayan DYES to lodge
his complaint over the long line of fish vendors which teem along the
road leading to Borongan Public Market which is approximately
True enough, working
mothers opt to pass by the old market site before she goes home after
the day’s work where she could have a wide array of choices for
dinner, from poultry to fish, instant fried chicken wings or breasts,
sea-weeds to a variety of vegetables piled on top of carts.
“Dire na lugod kami
napapalitan didi ha merkado kay it mamaralit yadto naman la ha Sawang
panmamalit hit isda ug utanon. Kami didi nalukat hin lisensiya,
samtang it hira wara man, mag-uunan-o naman la kami didi?” claimed
Ben-ben. (We, inside the public market who comply with business permit
are deprived by these unlicensed vendors because consumers opt to buy
fish and vegetables from them as they are located near downtown).
Asked what could be
the action of the local government, Mrs. Gloria Aboy, Market
Supervisor quickly promised to bring the matter to proper authorities
but Mr. Toto Bebita, another Market Supervisor has another better
option in mind. According to him a strong coordination with the local
police would be the better thing to do.
“Perhaps, a simple
police visibility in the area could spell a difference, so that,
consumers who tend to flock the old market site for food will go
direct to the market where vendors have been helping to increase the
revenue of the Borongan LGU,” Toto stressed.
The Market Supervisors
mentioned together with Ms. Tonette Candido were heard on air over the
government radio station as part of the monthly program of the
Borongan City Consumers Association Council (BCCAC).
Drive of PNP 8 vs.
loose firearms yields 65 so far, PNP 8 Director says
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – In line with the PNP’s drive against loose firearms, the
Philippine National Police in Region 8 has already recovered around 65
unlicensed or loose firearms.
Police Regional Office
8 Director Mario Sandiego presented the recovered firearms to PNP
Chief Jesus Versoza during the Press Conference held at the
VIP Lounge of the
Tacloban Airport late
in the afternoon of August 13.
The said undertaking
is under the Operation Bakal which is part of the National Firearms
Amnesty program, Director Sandiego said.
PNP Chief Verzosa
lauded the PNP Region 8 officials and men for this job well done
saying that civilians or personnel with unregistered or unlicensed
firearms must surrender them to the police station nearest them or
they may go directly to the regional office of the PNP so that said
firearms could be accounted for.
Director San Diego
said that ten search warrants have been searched by the
PNP 8; nine checkpoints have been set all over the Region; and
54 firearms have been recovered from civilians, 29 of which are
high-powered while the remaining 36 are low –powered.
In implementing this
program, the Philippine National Police aims to minimize the number of
election-related violent incidents. It also aims to control the
proliferation of unlicensed firearms which at present, has an
estimated 400, 000 loose firearms nationwide.
Statistics shows that
there are around one million loose firearms throughout the country. He
said that of these around one million loose firearms are in the hands
of civilians, many of which are being used in the commission of
Of the registered
gun-related incidence, 97.7 percent was committed through the use of
loose firearms and the remaining 2.3 percent were made through the use
of registered firearms.
General Verzosa told
the local newsmen that of the estimated one million loose firearms all
over the country, about half were those classified as unre-registered
or those with expired license which the owners of the guns failed to
renew or did not register anymore.
Of the remaining 50
percent of the one million, around 80 to 90 percent are those
belonging to civilians which are being kept by them in their homes.
The other 20 to 30
percent, he said, are distributed to the New People’s Army and members
of the communist party, the terrorists, the Muslim secessionists and
organized and criminal elements.
He said that based on
statistics, the violent crimes all over the Philippines are undertaken
through the use of firearms, thus the need for the
PNP to address the proliferation of loose firearms.
The World Health
Organization ranked the
as number 10 internationally among countries having the highest number
of gun-related homicides.
He also said that
statistics showed that most of the election-related incidences were
also committed with the use of firearms, most of which are loose or
The PNP is for putting
stiffer penalties for gun possession to curb violations. At present,
General Verzosa said, even if a person is caught with a truckload of
firearms, he can still post bail under the present firearms law if he
has the money to post bail for each count of loose firearms.
In the same manner
that if he person is caught with a canon or howitzer, he still can
post bail under the present law.
This makes the issue
of unlicensed and loose firearms very urgent, especially because of
the national and local elections next year, Verzosa added.
boxer: ‘there will be no foul blow in rematch’
By ALEX P. VIDAL /
California – Team Concepcion is back here a day after Bernabe
Concepcion blew away a chance to wrest the World Boxing Organization
(WBO) featherweight diadem from champion Steve Luevano with a dismal
seventh-round disqualification loss August 15 at the Hard Rock Hotel
and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Hindi ko narinig.
Nagulat na lang ako ng mag declare ang referee na panalo sia by
disqualification (I didn’t hear the bell. I was surprised when the
referee declared him winner by disqualification),” confessed the
21-year-old speedster from Virac, Catanduanes who impaired to 28 wins
(16 knockouts) and three defeats.
Top Rank chief Bob
Arum said there will be a rematch in December “at gagawin ko ang lahat
para makuha ang korona at wala nang foul blow na mangyayari (and I
will do my best to capture the crown and there will be no foul blow,
this time),” said Concepcion, whose failed title bid against the
28-year-old Luevano, was his fifth appearance in Las Vegas.
Concepcion, who is
partly managed by Manny Pacquiao, was trailing in two of the three
scorecards, 67-64 (Luevano), 68-65 (Luevano), 66-67 (Concepcion)
when round seven expired.
Before the illegal
punch was unloaded, Luevano (37-1, 15 KO’s) wobbled Concepcion with
accurate rights and jabs. The five feet and seven inches tall
southpaw from La Puente, California had secured the last four rounds
after faltering in rounds one and two.
Concepcion, who fights
for Aljoe Jaro stable in Binangonan, Rizal in the Philippines, was
impressive in the first two rounds peppering the taller champion with
hooks and effective shots to the body.
The five feet and four
inches tall challenger digged into Luevano’s breadbasket and protected
his slight lead in the second canto with crisp body shots.
There was initial
confusion when referee Jay Nady raised Luevano’s hand after the
disqualification as Concepcion’s cornermen leaped in frustration but
simmered down after being chided by Nady whose verdict was upheld by
the Nevada State Athletic Commission which supervised the duel along
with the WBO.
“It was not
intentional but it was a good call,” admitted
trainer Freddie Roach.
Concepcion is being
groomed as “the next Manny Pacquiao” and was once lined up to
challenge Puerto Rican phenom Juan Manuel Lopez underneath the
Pacquiao-Oscar De La Hoya tussle on
December 5, 2008.
His manager, Aljoe
Jaro, however, rejected the “last-minute” invitation as Concepcion was
moving up to the 128-lb category.
Jaro, who co-manages
Concepcion, has predicted that his ward would become world champion
before reaching 25.
The loss was
overshadowed by Nonito Donaire’s 12-round unanimous decision victory
over Rafael Concepcion for the World Boxing Association (WBA) interim
super flyweight championship.
PGMA visits Samar’s
Sohoton Caves and Natural Bridge
By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
TACLOBAN CITY –
Warmly welcomed by the local government unit of Basey and other
sectors from the province of Samar, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
was also happily received by Department of Environment and Natural
Resources’ Protected Area Office staff as the President and her party
visited the Sohoton Caves and Natural Bridge on August 9, 2009.
Director Ricardo Tomol of the DENR’s Protected Areas Wildlife and
Coastal Zone Management Service, who personally joined the welcoming
group for the President, said it was the first time that a President
of the Philippines visited the Sohoton Caves and Natural Bridge (SCNB).
Geologist of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Alfred Ryan Vilches,
briefed the President on the geologic aspects of the cave.
Arroyo’s spelunking activity, she was treated to a river cruise along
the Golden River in Marabut and Basey, Samar. While on cruise, Basey
Mayor Wilfredo Estorninos conducted a briefing on the historical facts
of the SCNB and development projects provided by the President to the
town of Basey.
The SCNB is a
proclaimed protected area (PA) per Presidential Proclamation No. 831
primarily to preserve its geological features. The said PA is now
within the coverage of the Samar Island Natural Park (SINP), a
protected area established per Presidential Proclamation No. 442 dated
August 13, 2003 by President Arroyo herself.
Executive Director Regidor M. De
disclosed that under the National Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Law (R.A.
No. 7586, 1992), the SCNB as a protected area is placed under the
administration and management of the DENR. The DENR is being assisted
by a multi sectoral Protected Area Management Board as the planning
and decision making body which is chaired by the DENR.
“With the magnificent
features of the caves and natural bridge and the pristine condition of
the Golden River, serving as access to the SCNB, ecotourism activity
is fast developing. In the course of this development, however,
environmental values should never be outweighed by the economic
benefits that will be derived from ecotourism operation. As Chairman
of the PAMB, the DENR should ensure that ecotourism activities should
at all times be consistent with the protected areas’ general
management plan”, RED De Leon said.
The 840 hectares SCNB
is located in Barangays Inumtan and Mabini in Basey, Samar. It could
be reached thru jeepneys from Tacloban to Basey. From the town of
Basey, motorized boats are available. Cruising time to the SCNB is
approximately an hour and a half via
In her visit,
President Arroyo officially launched SCNB as a prime tourist
destination. She ordered immediate completion of the road to serve as
an alternate access to the area. She also ordered to put in place
communication and transportation infrastructure to spur the tourism
activities in the SCNB.
SCNB is listed as one
of the Key Ecotourism Sites in the Philippines. It is ideal for
eco-adventures like caving, spelunking, kayaking and other tour
packages operated by the local peoples’ organization.
Government must be
cautious in talking peace with the communist-terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY – The
Alliance For Nationalism And Democracy (ANAD) Partylist calls on government to be extra cautious in the conduct of
the forthcoming peace talks with the Maoist communist-terrorist
CPP-NPA-NDF even as it strongly condemns the latter’s continued
deception and lies against the Filipino people.
ANAD stands committed
to the use of available peaceful and equitable means in resolving any
and all conflict. “However, this must be anchored on the sincerity,
transparency, and real commitments of both parties,” said Rep. Jun
Alcover of ANAD Partylist as he chided the Maoist communist
CPP-NPA-NDF for putting up a lame-duck chief negotiator who cannot
decide for and in behalf of their organizations in terms of truly
implementing cessation of hostilities, open declaration of actual and
real members of their panel, consultants, and staff, and others.
ANAD calls on the
government to challenge the NDF chief negotiator, Luis Jalandoni to
bare out on his authority in leading the communist-terrorist panel.
“Government must ask Jalandoni as to what authority does he bring to
the negotiating table? Who appointed him as the lead negotiator when
communist-terrorist CPP Chairman and Maoist messiah Jose Ma. Sison
acknowledged his being a mere NDF Consultant,” said Rep. Alcover as he
reiterated his earlier pronouncement that currently government is
dealing with a phantom organization whose leaders do not admit or
continually hide in the limbo of oblivion.
In the more than 20
years of peace talks, the military and police forces were restrained
from conducting offensive operations, throughout the country, during
the duration of the talks. Yet, the Maoist communist NPA continuously
unleashed their brutal and treacherous ways against military and
police installations, private and business facilities, and innocent
“This is aside from
using the ceasefire to consolidate their forces, replenish its
supplies, and strengthening its extortion activities. What happened
was - - talk-talk-talk abroad, and at the same time, kill-kill-kill by
the NPA, inside the country,” Alcover explained. “Factual developments
of the previous negotiations showed that government was talking peace
with a phantom organization represented by the lame-duck negotiator,
Luis Jalandoni,” Alcover said.
On the other hand,
government should be forthright in its quest to resolve the 40 years
insurgency problem with the Maoist communist-terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF.
One should not be complacent when dealing with groups or individuals
who have already exhibited mastery in the art of deception and lies.
Deception is pronounced when they profess of not being involved in the
Maoist communist organization, when arrested; but immediately
identified by their leadership as member, consultant, and staff of the
communist panel in the peace negotiations.
Such is the case of
Alfredo Mapano and Elizabeth Principe. “Indeed what a glaring
deception in the highest order,” said Cong. Alcover. “Government must
be wary about this repeated intentional display of astuteness by the
CPP-NPA-NDF,” he added.
Meanwhile, ANAD calls
on the government to be circumspect and transparent on important
communist-terrorism/insurgency issues. “What happened to President
Macapagal-Arroyo’s all-out-war against the Maoist CPP-NPA-NDF with a 1
billion pesos budget? Has government changed its policy of
no-negotiation with any and all terrorist groups or individuals?”
These are important
questions that need to be appropriately responded to clear the doubts
and suspicions of Filipinos clouding the resumption of the oftenly
suspended peace talks.
government to rectify the previous imperfections in dealing with the
wily Maoist communist-terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF.