Gandara Mayor posts
bail for gun ban violation
By EMY C. BONIFACIO,
CATBALOGAN CITY – Gandara
Mayor Antonieto Cabueños posts bail amounting to P80,000 after he gets
arrested by police authorities who were manning a routine checkpoint
infront of the Sta. Margarita Police Station.
The incident took
place around 3:30 in the afternoon of
August 18, 2010. The arrest was made by virtue of a warrant issued by
Judge Manuel F. Torrevillas of Branch 23, Allen Northern Samar on a
case docketed as Case No.A-2564 for Violation of Sec. 26 par (t) of
the Omnibus Election Code in relation to Sec.32 and 33 of RA 7166 and
COMELEC Resolution No. 8714.
Cabueños, with two
other companions, were passing through the Sta. Margarita checkpoint
on board a Fortuner, when they were flagged down by joint police teams
coming from the Sta Margarita and Gandara MPS led by P/Insp. Angelo
Pueblos and P/Insp. Jovy Espinedo, respectively. He was handcuffed and
immediately brought to the Gandara Municipal Police Station for
documentation. Samar PNP Director Pancho Adelberto Hubilla was present
to ensure that the proceedings are in order.
On its case files, it
was reported that on or about 2:45 in the afternoon of February 2,
2010 Cabueños, with three unauthorized armed escorts namely; PO3
Jonathan Rama, PO3 Edgar Delector and P02 Perfecto Merilles of Gandara
Police Station, were apprehended in a checkpoint in Lavezares,
Northern Samar for violating the COMELEC gun ban.
As provided in sec. 32
of RA 7166, "during the election period, no person shall bear, carry
or transport firearms or other deadly weapons in public places,
including any building, street, park, private vehicle or public
conveyance even if licensed to possess or carry the same unless
authorized in writing by the Commission..." Likewise, Comelec
Resolution No. 8714 provided the rules and regulation on the bearing,
carrying or transporting of firearms or other deadly weapons; and
employment, availment or engagement of services of security personnel
or body guards during the election period for the May 10, 2010
national or local elections.
Cabueños was assisted
by his counsel Atty. Hernando M. Hernandez during the documentation
procedures. The earlier plan to transport him to the Provincial
Hospital in Catbalogan for his routine medical check-up and further
documentation at the Provincial Police Office was aborted after Dr.
Ronaldo P. Roldan assessed Cabueños' unstable health condition. He was
monitored to have high blood pressure and an abnormal heart rate,
where travel for a long distance is unwarranted. The findings of Dr.
Roldan, Chief of the
Hospital, justified the counsel's appeal not to allow him to be travel
to Catbalogan because of his health condition and as they were
contemplating that his release orders will be served in that same
In an interview with
Mayor Cabueños, he said he was unaware of an existing warrant since
they're still waiting for the resolution of the motion for
reconsideration which was filed by his counsel. "Waray pa kami
nakarawat nga surat kay kun may-ada daw la, amon kunta naasikaso kay
baman bailable man an kaso. Waray naman ak iba nga kaso nga gin-aatubang.
Maaram ka man nga tikang han akon pagkabata, waray gud ak gin kaaway.
Baga man an ako na la an gin bibinantayan. Basta ako, nagsuporta gud
la ak san amon partido." he added.
He was heard to
complain about feeling dizzy and having gastric pains which was
explained by his attending physician to be due to the tension and
anxiety that he's experiencing. The police allowed him to be released
from being handcuffed when he was stabilizing his condition at the
hospital and when he was allowed to eat.
At about 8:30, on the
same evening, Judge Reynaldo Clemens of Branch 31,
City ordered for his release. It was personally serviced by Mr. Gil L.
Merencillo. The order was evidenced by OR# 3904984 for the bail
posted. Immediately, Capt. Arthur Rubio, a PNP legal counsel, verified
the signatories of the release order and ensured that all other legal
aspects were complied with. Gandara Police Chief Espinedo facilitated
the release of the Mayor in front of the media and his family, where
he explained in detail the procedures that were done in accordance
with the law.
Mayor Cabueños thanked
the Police Chief and
PNP Director Pancho Adelberto Hubilla despite the arrest. He was cheered by
his supporters who patiently waited outside the Municipal Hall for his
release. When he was personally made to comment on the arrest
procedures, he assured the media that his rights were protected. "Waray
man ak paglabti. Maupay gad ira pagtratar ha ak", was his answer.
PDEA recovers cocaine
brick in a buy bust operation in Tacloban
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 8 Director Julius R. Navales expressed concern as he informed that one cocaine brick was
recovered in a buy bust operation held on Sunday, at a well-known
eatery along Justice Romualdez St., Tacloban City.
In a talk with the
Philippine Information Agency, Director Navales who personally headed
the buy bust operation said that a PDEA asset tipped that someone was
looking for a buyer of cocaine brick.
The buy bust operation
resulted to the arrest of a certain Darwin Carnalan, 23 years old, a
resident of Barangay 82, Marasbaras, Tacloban City, and Randy Doblon,
34 years old from Guiuan, Eastern Samar and temporarily residing at
Marasbaras, Tacloban City.
Darwin Carnalan was
caught while giving one brick of cocaine to a PDEA agent who posed as
a buyer, Director Novales said.
“Ano ini,” Darwin said
as he was accosted at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon.
“Huli ini,” Director
Novales answered Darwin, who confessed that he was just requested to
deliver the package to the buyer by a certain Randy Doblon.
At around 5:30 in the
afternoon, a follow up operation at Villa Dolina, resulted to the
apprehension of Randy Doblon, Director Novales said.
The two suspects are
now detained at the
lock up cell, Director Novales said.
Cases of violation of
Section 5 in relation to Article 26 of Republic Act 9165 have been
filed against them at the Tacloban City Prosecutor’s Office since they
were arrested in Tacloban City, Director Novales added.
Meanwhile, the cocaine
brick is now at the PNP Crime Laboratory for quantitative analysis and
for a test to confirm its purity, and its being indeed, a cocaine
Two-tons of cocaine
cargo was allegedly dumped off the waters of
last December from a foreign vessel, the F/V King Yue 1, that was
bound for Hongkong.
The foreign vessel was
being tailed by international narcotics unit and fearing that it might
get caught with the cocaine cargo upon learning that they were being
followed, the crew of the ship was believed to have dumped the cocaine
off the waters of Eastern Samar. (PIA 8)
Calbayog health team
treks for three hours to reach rural barangays
CATBALOGAN CITY –
Scores of health workers from the city of
trekked some three hours to reach a frontier barangay for a very noble
mission – that of providing health care services to their rural
August 14, 2010,
a Medical Mission in Barangay Tanval was held benefiting hundreds of
barangay folks. The City Health Office acted to the measles cases in
The medical team
treated some 10 active measles cases, 15 children were given
vaccination while another 40 rural folks were afforded medical care.
Barangay Tanval is
located in the so called Seven Hills Area. To get there, the medical
team boarded the CHO service vehicle until Barangay Tagungtong, an
area some 19 kilometers from Calbayog City proper. Beyond, the team
trekked for three hours to reach Barangay Tanval.
The Tanval medical
team was composed of Dr. Genaly Romano, Dr. Zandro Daguman, Anna Liza
Gomez, Jessica Jao, Grace Campos, Sandra Candidato, Vivian Jumagdao,
Roberto Bracamonte, Felipe Ignacio, Ramil Catalan, Leo Cabanatan,
Joseph Von Catorce, Ito Lunas and Eunice Paulino.
On the same day,
another remote barangay, Migara also received a Medical Mission led by
City Health Officer Dr. Sylvia De Guzman with Dr. Christopher Corsiga
and Dr. Letecia Aguilar.
For health workers
in the countryside, riding in short distances and walking in long ones
are the standard form of getting there to offer health services to the
rural folks. (with Ron Ricafort)
Malversation raps eyed
vs. execs w/ unsettled advances
QUEZON CITY – If you
think Ombudsman Merceditas "Mercy" Gutierrez’s "no liquidation, no
salary" policy shows no mercy to public officials and employees who
fail to account for cash advances, think again.
House Deputy Majority
Leader Roman Romulo has proposed to amend the Revised Penal Code and
specify that any government official or staff who is slow to settle an
advance could potentially be liable of the more serious offense of
malversation or the criminal misuse of public funds.
Romulo’s proposal is
contained in House Bill 2009, which provides that the failure to
liquidate a previous advance inside prescribed deadlines shall be
"prima facie" evidence of malversation or misappropriation of the fund
"This is about
improved governance. It is definitely very bad governance to have such
a staggering amount in unsettled advances" said Romulo, who represents
the lone district of
asked nine agencies to withhold the salaries of their personnel who
had been remiss in liquidating combined advances worth almost P2.4
liquidation of all cash advances is supposed to be our first line of
defense against the potential misuse of public funds. So we really
have to build up enforcement of and compliance with existing laws and
rules with respect to the settlement of advances," Romulo said.
Under existing laws,
the failure to liquidate advances inside 60 days is actually
punishable by up to two years and four months in prison, or a fine of
up to P6,000, or both, according to Romulo, a lawyer by profession.
"Also under the
Revised Penal Code, an official with an unsettled advance cannot
lawfully leave the country. Should the official depart without
clearance from the Commission on Audit, he or she faces up to six
months in prison or a fine of P1,000, or both," Romulo said.
"There are also limits
to advances. An official with an unsettled prior advance cannot obtain
a new advance," Romulo said.
Once enacted, Romulo’s
bill would effectively make public officials who fail to liquidate
advances potentially liable of the more serious offense of
malversation or misappropriation of public funds, which carries with
it up to life in prison, depending on the value of the unliquidated
Under the bill, a
public officer or employee has to liquidate a cash advance, depending
on the purpose, within a defined period, as follows:
For salaries, wages,
etc. - within 5 days after each 15th day/end of the month pay period;
For petty operating
and field expenses - within 20 days after the end of the year;
operations, and operating expenses or purchases of supplies, materials
and the like in an amount exceeding P100,000 - 20 days after the
completion of operation or delivery and acceptance of the supplies,
materials and the like;
For local and foreign
travels - within 15 days and 60 days, respectively, upon return to
official station; and
For others - within
six months after the purpose had been served.
Dengue situationer in
Maasin City and Southern Leyte province bared
By BONG PEDALINO
MAASIN CITY – A Sanitary Inspector at the Rural Health Unite I (RHU I) in this
city, and a Department of Health (DOH) Representative assigned at the
Salvacion Oppus Yñiguez Memorial Provincial Hospital (SOYMPH) have
provided PIA updates on the latest dengue statistics.
Brenda Eway, Sanitary
Inspector from RHU I, said that as per their periodic monitoring, a
total of 91 confirmed cases of dengue was noted from January up to
July this year, with the month of July being the peak month with 41
As for this month,
August, four new cases were observed up to August 6, and no case yet
came to their attention until August 16, Eway said.
Earlier, in a recent
meeting with the Parents-Teachers Association at Saint Joseph College
(SJC), Dr. Francilisa Tan, head of RHU I, revealed that of all the
provinces in Region 8, Southern Leyte was the lowest in terms of
dengue prevalence, but of all the local government units in the
province, Maasin City emerged the highest in confirmed dengue cases.
She said at least two
fatalities resulted as victims of dengue illness, while the rest
recovered, although some were brought to hospitals in Tacloban.
She also said that
five central barangays in the city – barangays Combado, Tagnipa,
Tunga-tunga, Abgao, and Mantahan – were observed as the areas where
most dengue victims came from.
More than half of
those afflicted with the mosquito-borne disease were children aged 5
to 9 years old, while the age range also included up to 20 years old,
Dr. Tan added.
At the provincial
health office, Joel Napuli, the DOH Representative, disclosed that a
total of 180 reported cases of dengue were listed by his office from
May up to August 13 this year, adding that the computer record from
January to April can no longer be found.
Napuli gave the
breakdown of the affected towns as follows: Bontoc - 2; Hinundayan -
2; Liloan - 1; Limasawa - 14; Macrohon - 26; Malitbog - 9; Padre
Burgos - 6; Pintuyan - 14; San Francisco - 2; San Juan - 2; San
Ricardo - 11; Sogod - 10; and Tomas Oppus - 1.
Napuli included Maasin
City in his list with 80 cases, apparently not an updated figure.
Not included in his
list were the towns of Saint Bernard and Silago, but a local English
weekly, quoting health sources, had 5 cases for Saint Bernard and 2
for Silago, while Limasawa had 17.
But Napuli also
said that since August 16 until this report was written, 15 new cases
were reported, even as some of the victims came from towns outside the
province, like Matalom, Leyte. (PIA-Southern Leyte)
Three new authors in
Eastern Visayas launches poetry books
By NEIL D. LOPIDO
TACLOBAN CITY –
Three new authors from Eastern Visayas launched their first-ever
poetry book written in Waray language held at Escaler Hall, Ateneo de
Manila University last
August 12, 2010.
(From L-R) Phil Harold L. Mercurio of Northwest Samar State
University, Calbayog City; Janis Claire B. Salvacion of the
National Maritime Polytechnic, Tacloban City, and Leonilo D.
Lopido of the Philippine Information Agency, Tacloban City,
handling their first-ever poetry book. The three new authors from
Eastern Visayas received their copies together with 11 others
during the launching of the Ubod New Authors Series II held at the
Ateneo de Manila University, August 12. PIA-8)
These young new
authors are: Leonilo D. Lopido from
Dolores, Eastern Samar, who is now working at the Philippine
Information Agency in Tacloban City; Phil Harold L. Mercurio from Brgy.
Trinidad, Calbayog City and a teacher of Northwest Samar State
University, Calbayog City; and Janis Claire B. Salvacion from V&G,
Tacloban City, a researcher of the National Maritime Polytechnic,
A collection of siday
(poems) with English translations on selected pieces, the three books
are entitled, ”Ha Salog ug iba pa nga mga Siday,” by Lopido and “Ayaw
Pagpudla an Tuog ug iba pa nga mga Siday,” by Mercurio both edited by
Timothy R. Montes and “Siso Sakradang ug iba pa nga mga Siday han
Taguangkan,” by Salvacion edited by Merlie M. Alunan.
Dr. Victor N. Sugbo,
NCLA Regional Coordinator, who was also present during the launching,
was proud as three new authors have emerged and added the poetry books
in Eastern Visayas.
The new books to
include 11 other authors nationwide in the different Philippine
languages (poems and short stories), are part of the Ubod New Authors
Series II project published through the Ateneo Institute of Literary
Arts and Practices (AILAP) with the grant given by the National
Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the National Committee
on Literary Arts (NCLA). The first series of the book was published in
For his part, the ever
thankful Dr. Ricardo M. de Ungria, NCCA-NCLA chairperson, said that
this series saw imagination of the new authors throughout the
ACES wins in the
Mandamus Case against Gov. Tan
By EMY BONIFACIO,
CATBALOGAN CITY – RTC
Branch 41 Presiding Judge, Sibanah E. Usman, has finally handed down
last August 3, 2010 its decision on the petition for the issuance of
writ of mandamus filed by representatives of the capitol employees of
Samar against former Governor Milagrosa T. Tan.
In a nine-page
decision, Governor Tan is directed and commanded to pay unto the
petitioners and the more or less One Thousand (1000) provincial
employees of Samar, the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) for the Fiscal Year 2009, amounting to Twenty Five Thousand Pesos (Php
25,000.00) for each and every employee. The
PEI was mandated in
Ordinance No. 12-28 series of 2010 which was passed by the Sangguniang
January 7, 2010. The Provincial Government was also obligated to pay
the petitioners the amount of Sixty Thousand Pesos (P60,000) as
attorney's fees plus the cost of suit.
Based on the case
files, the signatories to the petition were Roque L. Limse, Luis I.
Padul, Renato B. Basal, Ruel C. Aying, Catalina M. Saizes and Evelyn
V. Domingo, who acted on their own and in behalf of all officials and
employees of the Provincial Government of Samar. The petitioners are
also identified to belong to the core group of the Alliance of
Concerned Employees in Samar (ACES). It may be recalled that this same
group went into massive protest actions in the later part of 2009 and
demanded for good governance from the Tan's administration as well as
for the release of the benefits of all employees. The ACES is now an
active member of the Multi-Sector Alliance for Transparency and
Accountability (MATA-Samar), an anti-corruption organization that
forms part of the Philippine Public Transparency and Reporting Project
(PPTRP) where Samar Province is a pilot area for its implementation.
The mandamus case was
resorted to by the ACES as the most speedy and adequate remedy to
demand and receive the PEI benefits as a right and to protect the
interests of their colleagues in the service. Inasmuch as the issue at
bar is of common and general interest to the 1,000 employees and
considering the impracticability for all the employees to act as
plaintiffs, the group decided to file a class suit and has contracted
the legal services of their counsel to whom they are committed to pay
an acceptance fee of P60,000.
The petition alleges
that on January 7, 2010, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Samar enacted
Ordinance No. 12-28, Series of 2010 appropriating the amount of P25
million for the payment of the grant of the Productivity Enhancement
for the Fiscal Year 2009 of all provincial government officials and
employees of the Province of Samar at P25,000 each, pursuant to DBM
Budget Circular No. 2009-5 dated
December 15, 2009. Accordingly, the same ordinance was deemed approved
pursuant to the provisions of Section 54 (b) of RA 7160 as certified
by the Provincial Secretary, Mr. Alfredo C. Delector. The
Certification was issued after the governor has failed to either veto
or return the said ordinance to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan within
the fifteen (15) days period from submission for her approval.
Provincial Treasurer, Mr. Bienvenido Z Sabenecio Jr. certified for its
availability of funds and directed the preparations of the
corresponding vouchers and checks for the release of funds at Landbank,
Catbalogan Branch. The checks were in the names of treasury personnel
Rosita T. Eredia, Wenifreda A. Estremera and Marilyn E. Uy. However,
Governor Mila Tan refused to approve and sign the said vouchers and
checks when presented to her, notwithstanding the fact that the
payment of the subject PEI benefits were authorized under a valid and
effective ordinance and funds were available, therefore, her signing
is a public ministerial duty.
On the other hand, the
defense counsel insists that while it is true that there is an
existing ordinance, it is also true that such enactment is without
force and effect because it is violative of Sec. 323 of RA 7160
otherwise known as the Local Government code of 1991, thus it is
inconsequential whether or not it is deemed approved by the Chief
Executive for failure on her part to veto the same within the 15-day
reglamentary period. The Governor further denied authorizing the
Provincial Treasurer's Office to process the release of the funds or
cause the preparation of the checks and had it been done by the
treasury personnel, it was on the belief that there was legal basis
The governor's lawyers
also defended Tan's failure to sign or approve the cash advance
vouchers and checks as dictated by prudence and the law. It is to the
respondent's judgment that the SP Ordinance is a General Fund
Supplemental Budget which is not authorized under a re-enacted budget.
Samar has been operating on a re-enacted 2008 budget since 2009.
In fact, the 2010 budget is still subject to the keen review and
scrutiny of the new set of legislators.
The contentions of the
defense were also reinforced by a DBM ruling that cited in particular
Art. 415(a) par. 4 of its IRR, referring to Sec. 323 of the Local
Government Code, that there can be no supplemental budget that can be
enacted without the regular annual Budget. Thus, the respondent's
lawyers believe that their client cannot be forced to sign and approve
the vouchers since the act involves the exercise of discretion and
judgment. In effect, they do not agree that the respondent can be
compelled in a mandamus case.
After a series of
hearings, oral arguments and presentation of facts and memoranda, last
June 22, 2010, both parties agreed to submit the case for resolution. On
the basis of the facts presented, the court ruled on the validity of
Ordinance 12-28 duly enacted by the Sanggunaing Panlalawigan and the
relief for the payment of P25,000 bonuses for each of the petitioners
and other employees of the Province.
The decision anchored
on the facts argued and considered that there were certifications
issued by the Provincial Secretary declaring the Ordinance as
approved; that there was a Certification issued by the Treasurer as to
the availability of funds; and that the Ordinance was enacted pursuant
to DBM Budget Circular No. 2009-05 dated
December 15, 2009.
According to Judge
Usman,"...clearly, the enactment of the ordinance is a compliance of
an already established public policy to pay government employees their
PEI...The relief prayed by the petitioners becomes already a matter of
right and, therefore, the payment by the Provincial Government becomes
already a duty or ministerial, otherwise, any unjustifiable condition
or circumvention of the law will tantamount to a capricious, whimsical
refusal and denial to grant the PEI benefits to the herein
petitioners. Wittingly or unwittingly, they will eventually suffer
undue damages. Apparently, there is no available remedy for the
petitioners except the cause of action to pray for the issuance of a
writ of mandamus in order that the respondent Governor shall be
obligated, directed or commanded to comply with her duty as required
PNP Samar apprehends
Gandara mayor by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Allen RTC
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Samar Provincial Police under the leadership of PSSupt. Pancho
Adelberto Hubilla, arrested at about 3:30 o’clock in the afternoon of
August 18, Gandara Mayor Antonieto Cabueños in a checkpoint infront of
the Sta. Margarita Police Station at Barangay Cautod, Sta. Margarita,
Samar, a report coming from the Police Regional Office 8 said.
Cabueños (in handcuff) being escorted by the police to the Gandara
Police Station for proper documentation. (PNP Samar photo)
He was apprehended by
the elements of Sta. Margarita Police under PSInsp Angelo Pueblos, by
virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by the Regional Trial Court Judge
Manuel F. Torrevillas of Regional Trial Court Branch 23, Allen,
Northern Samar, for criminal case number A-2564 in violation of the
Omnibus Election Code.
Last February 2, 2010
at around 2:45 in the afternoon, Mayor
Cabueños was arrested by the Police
at the checkpoint in Lavesarez, Northern with three unauthorized armed
escorts identified as PO3 Jonathan Rama, PO3 Edgar Delector and PO2
Perfecto Merilles of Gandara Police Station who are now under the
custody of the Police Regional Office 8.
Section 32 of Republic
Act No. 7166 provides that “during the election period, no person
shall bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons in
public places, including any building, street, park, private vehicle
or public conveyance, even if licensed to possess or carry the same,
unless authorized in writing by the Commission. The issuance of
firearms licenses shall be suspended during the election period.
“Only regular members
of the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines
and other law enforcement agencies of the Government who are duly
deputized in writing by the Commission for election duty may be
authorized to carry and possess firearms during the election period:
Provided, That, when in the possession of firearms, the deputized law
enforcement officer must be: (a) in full uniform showing clearly and
legibly his name, rank and serial number, which shall remain visible
at all times, and (b) in the actual performance of his election duty
in the specific area designated by the Commission.”
Comelec Resolution No.
8714 provides the rules and regulations on the bearing, carrying or
transporting of firearms or other deadly weapons; and employment,
availment or engagement of the services of security personnel or body
guards during the election period for the May 10, 2010 National or
Mayor Cabueños has
been released on orders of Judge Reynaldo Clemens of the Regional
Trial Court Branch 31 of Calbayog City, at around 8:30 in the evening
of August 18, after posting bail in the amount of P80,000.
Tabaquero named as new AFP NCR Command chief
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Major General Arthur Tabaquero, the commanding officer of the 8th
Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based at Camp Lukban,
Catbalogan, Samar, is now the new AFP-National Capital Region Command
This after President
Benigno S. Aquino III has approved the revamp in the military
The orders were issued
by the President, AFP Commander-in-Chief, based on the recommendation
by the Board of Generals (BoG) through the Defense Secretary Voltaire
Gazmin, the AFP said.
President Aquino has
appointed new officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines in line
with the government's goal of having the "best players placed in the
The changes in the
military hierarchy will allow the
AFP to cope with changes in the security environment, maintain momentum in
its operations against security threats, and accomplish other goals,
the military said.
AFP chief of staff Lt.
Gen. Ricardo David said the reshuffled underwent a detailed process,
from the nominations from the Board of Senior Officers from each of
the major services, to the AFP BoG, then to the Office of the
President through the Secretary of National Defense.
Tabaquero replaces Rear Admiral Feliciano Angue who will now be
commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao.
Tabaquero will be replaced by Maj. Gen. Mario Chan is designated as
commander of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division (8ID).
General Chan as 4th ID Commander is Maj. Gen Victor Felix, the
outgoing Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, who will
in turn be replaced by Brig. Gen. Nonato Alfredo Peralta Jr.
As part of the revamp,
outgoing Philippine Air Force (PAF) Vice Commander Maj. Gen. Eduardo
Oban Jr. has been designated as
AFP Deputy Chief of Staff. Replacing him as PAF Vice-Commander is Maj. Gen.
Artemio Orozco, the outgoing commander of PAF 1st Air Division.
Rear Adm. Mario
Catacutan is designated
AFP Inspector General. Taking his post as Deputy Chief of Staff for
Logistics is Commodore Teddy Pan, the outgoing Deputy Commander of the
Western Command. Maj. Gen. Jovencio Magalso, the outgoing
AFP Inspector General,
is appointed as Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retiree
The new Commander of
the Naval Forces Northern Luzon is Commodore Edgar Abogado, the
outgoing Commander of the PN Naval Logistics Center, while Commodore
Jose Luis Alano, the outgoing Commander of the Service Force of the
Philippine Fleet is designated as the New Chief of Naval Staff.
Corps Commandant Maj. Gen. Juancho Sabban is designated as commander
of the Western Command (WesCom) and will be succeeded by Brig. Gen.
Rear Adm. Roberto
Estioko has been appointed as full-time Philippine Navy
Vice-Commander. Army Col. Benito Antonio De Leon, previously the
Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of National Defense, is
designated as chief of the AFP Command Center.
sisterhood contract with Parañaque
By ALICE E. NICART
BORONGAN CITY – In
its effort to patch up the insufficient funds for developmental
projects of the City of
Borongan, newly elected city Mayor Ma. Fe Abunda has began to move
heaven and earth to solicit the support of friends in far Metro
Recently, she was able
to win the hearts of the city officials of Parañaque city,
particularly Mayor Jun Bernabe’s, when they signed a covenant that
stipulates the sisterhood relationship of the two cities.
According to Ms. Cora
Basada, Secretary of Mayor Abunda, the sisterhood contract between the
two cities will be most beneficial for Borongan. Foremost, Parañaque
will be able to share the various strategies that they adopted which
helped them in solving their problems.
Basada said, that like
Borongan, Parañaque used to be cash strapped due to plenty of loans it
incurred and inherited from past administrators, but they were able to
slowly pay them.
Similarly, Borongan is
presently financially constraint due to the Internal Revenue Allotment
(IRA) which is pending because of the cityhood issue.
“That is why, Mayor
Abunda is frequenting Manila to ask for favors from friends, and Mano
Boy (Abunda) is of great help, because some of his friends are
extending us their assistance, Mayor Bernabe for one,” Basada added.
idea which Borongan can expect from this “sisterly” relation with
Parañaque is their waste management. Cora who personally gathered some
accounts noted how trashes and wastes can be turned into usable
materials, as in bags and decors. She said that some experts and
consultants in Paranaque are willing to transfer the knowledge and
technology to interested Boronganons through trainings.
She also reported that
Borongan can also be taught how to go about with some tourism
programs, which could entice local and foreign tourists.
To recall, Boy Abunda,
in one of his campaign trails to Borongan with Ms. Kris Aquino, took
pride when his friend endorsed in public the Borongan lechon.
It was Kris’ first
time to take a bite of the Borongan lechon and she announced publicly
that the Borongan lechon can be one tourist attraction to Borongan and
that she might pirate the lechon recipe. (PIA-Eastern Samar)
Paranas LGU awards P20
thousand to rebel returnees
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY – Paranas
Local government unit through Mayor Felix Babalcon Jr, gave the two
New People’s Army (NPA) surrenderees some P20,000 each as immediate
financial assistance to the Anagasi Brothers (names withheld for
The duo was presented
to the media and the Liga ng Barangay in Paranas town during the
Municipal Peace and order Council meeting held on Monday in Paranas
One of them narrated
that he used to bring ammos during raids. He, however, denied having
committed any violent act like killing government soldiers during an
interview with the media after the meeting.
commander Lt Col William Peñafiel of the 34th Infantry Battalion said
that the brothers sent feelers to some army officials that they would
surrender just a few days after he was installed as BatCom.
The arms and ammos
surrendered including the claymore bombs could have rendered a platoon
of soldiers lifeless had the rebels used them. On closer inspection,
the gadgets hauled by the brothers included cell phones, handheld
radios, M14, M16, carbines and some revolvers plus wires and other
There were also
subversive documents and detailed listings of expenses in yellow pad.
Mayor Babalcon said
that he was willing to give the brothers jobs after the army has done
the processes to prepare the two as they will return to mainstream
society. Lt Col Federico Tutaan, G7, also assured the brothers that
they will receive some remuneration for the arms and ammos plus
another cash assistance of P20,000 from the Social Integration Program
(SIP) of the government.
When asked how much
would the monetary equivalent be of the loads of weapons and ammo,
Tutaan said the haul could easily fetch some P200 thousand.
immediately requested the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to draft an
appropriated ordinance to effect the P20,000 financial aid to the
Anagasi brothers. (PIA-Samar)