2 dead as a passenger
bus fell on a mountainside in Maasin City
By BONG PEDALINO
Southern Leyte – The
emergency room at the Salvacion Oppus Yñiguez Memorial Provincial
Hospital (SOYMPH) became a beehive of activity as many passengers
injured in a bus crash accident were rushed here this morning.
reports received by PIA this morning disclosed that a bus, named Honor
2, was full of passengers when it fell off a cliff in barangay Sta.
Cruz, an upland village, while on its way to the city proper from
It was learned that
Police, firemen rescue units, and paramedics were already at the crash
site when PIA received a text message from Angie Book, correspondent of
Southern Leyte Times, a local weekly.
The accident, sources
said, reportedly happened around 8:00 to 9:00 o’clock this morning.
Barangay Sta. Cruz is
located directly above barangay
or Bantig, an interior, upland barangay which is about 15 kilometers
away from the city proper to the north.
According to Police
officer Renato Cervantes, quoting the driver, Lonie Paloma, the
steering wheel of the vehicle malfunctioned, and he lost control just
as he negotiated a curved portion of the mountain road turning right,
and so it fell about 25 to 30 feet deep down.
As this report was
written, the driver is now at the San Rafael Police station for
further inquiry, Cervantes said, while his injuries were treated at
the the Rural Health Unit office in that barangay.
He identified the two
fatalities as Anita Meneses, from barangay Libertad, and Porferio
Serito, Jr. from barangay San Agustin, both mature adults with ages
not yet known as of the moment.
At the SOYMPH,
survivors were treated for their cuts and wounds in the head, faces,
and other parts of the body.
A child by the
nickname Jayvee, 7 years old, miraculously survived unscathed, save
perhaps the traumatic experience of tumbling with the falling bus at
least four times down a mountain slope. Other children suffered
bruises in arms and legs.
Most stories narrated
by survivors said that around 30 passengers were riding on the
ill-fated bus, but the vehicle was also heavy as it was loaded with
sacks of dried copra at the top and inside, to be sold at the copra
buyer in the city.
Emiliana, one of the
passengers with sacks of copra cargo, said she intended to sell the
copra to pay for the school needs of her children.
She is being treated
for head and face injuries, while in the meantime wondering and
awaiting word on how to go about selling the copra which is still
stucked together with the fallen bus at the crash site.
Samar PSWDO requests
the transfer of Social Welfare Development Funds to her office
By EMY C. BONIFACIO,
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The Provincial Social Welfare Development Officer of
Samar, Ms. Luz Tacal, requests that the Social Welfare Development
Funds amounting to Thirteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Pesos
(Php13,500,000.00) be transferred from the Office of the Governor to
the PSWDO. The request was aired during the deliberations conducted by
the Committee on Finance and Appropriations and the Commitee on Laws
where the Department Heads were invited to defend the appropriated
programs included in the Annual Investment Plan of their respective
agencies in the provincial government of
In attendance during
the said hearing were Dr. Cernal, Dr. Mabulay and Ms. Luz Tacal, as
well as the members of the Local Finance Committee. According to Ms.
Tacal, she's appealing for the transfer of the said appropriations to
her agency to ensure a better delivery of services to their clients.
Tacal mentioned of the
following appropriations: Livelihood - P1 million; Scholarship grants
- P7 million; Financial Assistance - P3 million; Day Care Services -
P1 million; Maintenance of the Women & Children Protection Unit (WCPU)
and ATIP Centers - P1 million; and Capability Building, wards and
trainings of Staff and employees - P500 thousand. "These are essential
services, but we cannot maximize its implementation because under the
present budget, the funds are under the Social Funds of the governor."
explained Ms. Tacal.
Samar PSWDO is one of
the most criticized agencies in the province for its inability to
effectively respond to the social needs of the Samareños. The Office
has been observed to be ineffective in implementing socio-economic
programs because of their inability to access funds. Most financial
aids are coursed through the governor and the beneficiaries are not
The Committee has
noted on the request and commented on the status of the various
programs that the PSWDO has undertaken in the past years. Hon.
Sermense commented on the meager funds appropriated for the social
services compared to other programs. "How can people uplift their
living conditions when their needs are not prioritized? There is a
need to intensify the livelihood programs and yet, look at the
appropriations? Will it be enough to help the Samarnons?" were a few
of the questions raised by Sermense.
The Committee is now
preparing a report based on the observations and findings and is due
for submission on the next session. The approval or the disapproval of
the Annual Investment Plan and the Annual Budget will be dependent on
the committee report.
injustice ex-cop's case
By Office of the Ombudsman
QUEZON CITY – The
Office of the Ombudsman maintains that there was no injustice in the
case of P/SInsp Rolando Mendoza.
In a press statement,
Assistant Ombudsman Jose T. de Jesus, Jr. explained that Mendoza and
the other respondents filed their motion for reconsideration (MR) on
the Decision, dismissing them from the service, beyond the 10-day
period. Despite this, Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and Law
Enforcement Offices (MOLEO) Emilio Gonzalez III accepted the MR and
assigned it to a new investigator so he can have a fresh look into the
The OMB-MOLEO resolved
the motion and submitted it to the Office of Ombudsman Ma. Merceditas
N. Gutierrez. The case is at present undergoing review by the lawyers
at the Ombudsman Gutierrez’ office for their recommendation until this
unfortunate incident occurred yesterday.
As the crisis was
on-going last night, Manila Vice-Mayor Isko Moreno met with Ombudsman
Gutierrez to relay Mendoza’s demands. According to Moreno, Mendoza
wanted that the case against him be dismissed and he be reinstated.
Moreno then called Mendoza for him to be able to talk to Ombudsman
Gutierrez. The Ombudsman in turn and assured him that she will
personally look into the case, and that it will be resolved within 10
days. After the meeting, Ombudsman Gutierrez immediately ordered the
lawyer reviewing the case to turn over the case folder to her.
Moreno asked the
Ombudsman to write a formal letter confirming their conversation which
he brought to Mendoza.
Mendoza, PInsp Nelson
Lagasca, SPO1 Nestor David, PO3 Wilson Gavino and PO2 Roderick Lopena,
all of the Manila Police District were charged with robbery,
extortion, grave threats and physical injuries before the Internal
Affairs Service of the Phil. National Police (PNP) by one Christian
In his complaint,
Kalaw stated that on
09 April 2008, while his car was parked along
Vito Cruz St., corner
Taft Ave., Gavino and Lopena approached and while standing in front of
his car told that he parked on a ‘No Parking area”. The two then
accused him of being a drug user, conducted illegal search of his car,
and took the P3,000.00 placed on the ashtray of his car.
He also stated that
when the police officers found that he has a BPI ATM card, he was
ordered to give his ATM pin and car and they tried to withdraw from
He also stated that he
was brought to the Ospital ng Maynila for a medical check-up, and
while at the parking lot, David and Lopena grabbed his neck and forced
him to swallow a suspected “shabu”. Kalaw also claimed that the
respondents were demanding P200,000.00 “or this will be at the
Fiscal's Office in the morning”. He said one of his friends gave him
the amount of P20,000.00 which he gave to Gavino.
They were initially
reassigned to ARMM, and subsequently preventively suspended for 90
days on the ground that the charges against them were serious and
evidence of guilt was strong.
Then Kalaw’s father
went to DO Gonzalez pleading that the Office of the Ombudsman take
over the case because they feared for their lives, after the wife of
Mendoza herself went to their house and delivered to them a copy of
the summon reportedly coming from the PNP.
This prompted DO
Gonzalez to ask the PNP to turn over the records of the case to this
Office for administrative adjudication.
Disabilities receive assistive devices from Leyte province
Media Relations Center
August 23, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – More
than 80 persons with disabilities were given new comforts by the
provincial government of Leyte through some new assistive devices such
as wheelchairs, walkers and canes distributed personally by Gov.
Carlos Jericho Petilla during the culmination program of the National
Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week.
government has been consistent in providing assistance for Persons
with Disabilities (PWDs) both for physical comfort and some livelihood
During this year’s
National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, the
Federation of Disabled Persons of Leyte Inc. (FEDPELI) held their
Culmination Program after a weeklong celebration held later than the
declared third week of July celebration for persons with disabilities.
Gov. Petilla said that
persons with disabilities in the province would always be given
support by the provincial government.
“There’s no reason why
they should be treated differently. We should treat them as equals.
That’s why, whenever there is an opportunity for them to excel and
give their best, we help in providing for such opportunity,” Gov.
The province, as has
become a tradition, provided assistive devices to identified
beneficiaries, all suffering from physical disabilities.
FEDPELI, together with
the supervision of the Provincial Social Welfare Office, also held a
Sports Olympics participated by differently-abled persons from all
over the province held the Leyte Sports Development Center.
Winners in the
different sports such as swimming, basketballs and many others also
received individual cash prizes.
This year’s National
Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week carried the theme: “Sa
Istrakturang Accessible, Lahat ay Able (Accessible Structure, Everyone
The NDPR Week was
originally declared by Proclamation No. 1870, on June 22, 1978. It was
amended on August 19, 2000, to recognize Apolinario Mabini, the
Sublime Paralytic, whose disabilities did not hinder him from
contributing to the Philippine Revolution.
This year's observance
aims to stimulate public awareness and support for disability issues
and concerns that will strengthen the involvement of various
government and non-government organizations, PWDs themselves, and the
The observance seeks
to develop and strengthen cooperation among agencies of the government
to take active responsibility in uplifting the economic and social
condition of the sector of persons with disabilities, to serve as a
vehicle of information for programs being implemented by government
agencies, and to forge a strong partnership among all sectors of
society for better understanding of disability issues and concerns.
In defense of the people against Oplan Bantay Laya: NPA
offensive in Catarman victorious, more to come
By Efren Martires Command, NPA-EV
August 22, 2010
The Efren Martires
Command of the New People's Army in
Eastern Visayas hailed today the NPA's successful tactical offensive against
the Philippine National Police within the provincial capital of
Northern Samar on the morning of August 21. "Initial reports state
that the NPA punished village councilor Rolando de Guia for espionage
in Brgy. Imelda, Catarman, about a kilometer from the town proper,"
said Ka Karlos Manuel, EMC spokesperson. "Expected enemy
reinforcements were then ambushed by the people's army, who used
command-detonated explosives (which are manually set off) to disable
their vehicle. At least eight police elements were killed in action,
including Sr. Insp. Nicasio San Antonio, Catarman deputy police chief.
The NPA also confiscated at least seven pistols and four M16 rifles."
Manuel belied the
claims by Sr. Supt. Vicente Loot,
PNP deputy regional director for operations, that the policemen were not on
combat operations and that the NPA captured and then executed them.
"Regular forces of the police and military are clearly legitimate
targets for NPA tactical offensives. As can also be seen from the
weapons taken from them, the policemen were heavily-armed and
battle-ready and were accordingly killed in action. Moreover, the NPA
always gives enemy combatants the chance to surrender if they could no
longer fight. The NPA abides by international humanitarian law in
respecting the rights of captured enemy combatants as well the hors d'
combat. Wounded enemy personnel are also taken care of by NPA medics.
The PNP seems
to be covering up its embarrassment because the NPA could carry out a
tactical offensive within the provincial capital and close to the town
proper at that."
The NPA-EV said that
the Catarman tactical offensive and more to come are the NPA's answer
to the Aquino regime's extension of Oplan Bantay Laya. "The people are
suffering from economic hardships, but the Aquino regime remains
indifferent to the peace talks that should be discussing
socio-economic reforms. Instead, the Aquino regime is extending Oplan
Bantay Laya, which has been widely condemned for
political killings and other attacks on innocent civilians.
Thus the NPA is defending the people and delivering the message to the
Aquino regime that Oplan Bantay Laya and any other plan of fascist
state terrorism will be defeated. The NPA will be launching even more
tactical offensives in fighting to strategically raise the level of
the people's war in the next five years."
Roy Santos, NDF-EV Media Officer, email@example.com
Gov. Tan willing to
compromise, sluggish committee hearing process criticized
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO,
CALBAYOG CITY –
While the committees (laws & legal matters and budget &
appropriations) with the presence of concerned government agencies are
halfway scrutinizing the items enumerated in the 2010 budget, minority
members of the legislative body doesn’t seem to recognize its
In the recent press
conference initiated by the governor, she said that she was amenable
to the budget created by her mother, now
District Rep. Milagrosa Tan as she perceived it to be in consistent
with the programs and projects of her administration.
In fact, she
underscored her willingness to discuss the immediate passage of the
budget with the majority and very enthusiastic to make compromises.
“Gusto ko makig-istoryahan majority board members kay mayda ako liwat
igpapahamtang nga mga amendments. Kay kun mag-utro pa ngani, it will
take time. Nanhihinayang ako han panahon nga nakaghatag na kunta kita
serbisyon gadto han katawhan. Now, back to zero na liwat kita. Why not
ipasayon an mga butang? Diri na ma undergo another process na naman,”
Aside from the lady
governor, both Vice-Governor Stephen James Tan and ABC Pres. Joseph
Escober were becoming impatient of the situation, stipulating that
said budget had undergone hearings attended by each department; been
accompanied by its Annual Investment Plan (AIP) duly approved by the
Provincial Development Council.
Officer Anastacio Yong added that the budget submitted to the
Sangguniang Panlalawigan is an unfinished business. It would be
unreasonable for the majority to presume things – doubting the
intentions of the governor in parallel with the previous
Apart from the 2010
budget, Governor Tan was also expecting that she be given a “blanket
authority” to enter into contract with any agencies in behalf of the
province. But the majority members appear to be evasive in not
granting such request.
Based on her
statements last Samar Day, while she was not given an authority, the
DOH grant for P17M for Calbayog District Hospital, P3M for the Samar
Provincial Hospital and P17.8M for Basey Hospital respectively, would
not be received.
In disparity with the
Tan and Escober’s intolerance was the declared optimism of Board
Member Juan Latorre when he asked a considerable forbearance from his
“Ini yana nga gin-gagamit
nga re-enacted budget han 2009-2010, diri iton kasal-anan han yana nga
SP. Sala iton han una. Kay an una, allergic hin budget making. Ini
yana, mga reasonable ini nga kaapi han SP. Diri ito tuod an mga
sabi-sabi nga diri hira naruruyag nga aprubahan an budget. Wrong ito!
Naruruyag iton hira. Lugod nagka conduct hin budget hearing kay bag-o
pala hira nga set han SP. Tagi la kami han baga gutiay nga panahon kay
matuhay ngani iton nga budget hearing issusumeter na ito han session
ha SP. Ciento por ciento nga aaprubahan namon an 2010 budget kay
nagsaragbot na kami han taga 1st district nga ira ig-iendosar an
approval han budget. Kay amo la ito an solusyon han ngatanan nga
problema, an approval han 2010 budget.”
The governor on the
other hand justified her definition of “employment agency” which she
refers to the provincial capitol. With the non-passage of the 2010
budget, the administration would just be appropriating the PS with no
output or non-implementation of the programs and projects since the
2008 re-enacted budget being utilized by the province would not be
enough to subsidize every undertaking.
“All the programs and
projects nga incorporated in the 20% development fund, diri naton ma
re-release. Meaning, PS na la an aton mahahatag. So what’s the point
of granting them salaries? Asya kita magsusweldo kay magtatrabaho hira!
An question, hain an pundo para matrabaho nira an programa nga aton
Saddened by the
present situation, she however has other alternative if the budget
will not be approved – to lobby with any national agency tying-up her
programs/projects utilizing the manpower of the provincial government.
PNP 8 chief denounces
NPA’s devious killing of 8 Catarman policemen
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Police Chief Superintendent Arnold Rayala Revilla, Police Region 8
Director condemned the brutal killing of 8 Catarman police officers
who were on their way to a call of duty, at about 8:30 in the morning
of August 21, 2010 at Barangay Imelda, Catarman,
informed that a PNP team led by the Deputy Chief of Police of the
Catarman Municipal Police Station together with seven police officers
were aboard a Toyota Hi Lux patrol car on their way to Barangay Imelda
to conduct an investigation regarding the reported shooting and
killing of a barangay kagawad in his residence by communists.
Suddenly, the team was
waylaid by some forty communist terrorists with the use of a landmine.
The patrol car was directly hit by the landmine wounding the
terrorists were not contented, the wounded policemen were shot at
repeatedly. With all the 8 policemen killed, the communist terrorists
took the police firearms and personal belongings.
Director Revilla said
that this violent incident perpetrated by the communist terrorists is
a clear manifestation of the leftist rebels’ intent to carry out
terroristic acts against civilians and government troops. Such devious
acts show that they are violators of laws and enemies of the State and
the peace-loving citizens. In brutally killing the eight Catarman
police officers, the communists killed not only the victims’ dreams
but also the dreams of their respective families and the community who
trusted and believed in them.
called on all concerned citizens urging them to cooperate and help the
police in their fight against the communist terrorists and other
lawless elements in order to maintain and promote peace and order that
will spur economic development in Region 8.
LGUs mobilized vs.
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
TACLOBAN CITY – With
the reported rise in dengue fever cases in the country, Department of
the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse M. Robredo
called on all local chief executives to support the Department of
Health (DOH) in its effort to contain the spread of the disease.
Robredo said there was
a need for coordinated efforts among all concerned national government
agencies and local government units to lessen the prevalence of the
Memorandum Circular 2010-78 last August 17 to all provincial
governors, city and municipal mayors, and punong barangays calling for
intensified information and education campaign on dengue fever and
appropriate preventive and control measures.
He said local
executives should enforce environmental sanitation such as dredging of
clogged canals, esteros and other waterways; pruning thick bushes or
tree branches; and removal or draining of receptacles containing
He also reminded local
officials not to conduct indiscriminate fogging unless there was an
outbreak of the disease in their areas.
Director Francisco C. Jose appealed for local officials to coordinate
with health authorities and take the lead in informing their
constituents of ways to rid their surroundings of birthing places of
mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus.
In Eastern Visayas, at
least 5,090 dengue cases have been reported by end of July, with 65
alone there have been 1,279 reported cases with 19 deaths. However
all other towns and cities in the region have not been spared, with
children the common victims.
The public should
undertake self-protection measures such as wearing long-sleeved
shirts, and pants and using mosquito nets at night and repellants
during daytime. They should immediately consult a doctor in case they
are experiencing symptoms of the disease,” said Secretary Robredo.
Some of the symptoms
of dengue are sudden onset of high fever which may last from 2 to 7
days; joint and muscle pains including pain behind the eyes; weakness;
skin rashes; nosebleeding; abdominal pain; vomiting of coffee-colored
matter ;and having dark-colored stools.
There are currently
no vaccines for Dengue fever, a severe flu-like illness also called as
breakbone fever. (with the DILG-Office of
Leyte SP calls on DENR
MGB to review policy on granting exploration permits
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the Province of Leyte called the attention
of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Mines and
Geosciences Bureau to review the policy on the issuance of exploration
Board Member Roque Tiu
pointed out, during the first
for Stakeholders of the Mining Industry in Region 8 on August 19, that
Exploration Permits are granted by the DENR-MGB without consultation
with the Local Government Units, the Provincial Government, the City
or Municipal Government and the Barangay governments.
This, he said is a
violation against the autonomy of the Local Government Units as
provided for in the Constitution and in RA 7160 otherwise known as the
Local Government Code.
Section 2 on
Declaration of Policy of Chapter 1 of the General Provisions of the
Local Government Code states that: “(a) It is hereby declared the
policy of the State that the territorial and political subdivisions of
the State shall enjoy genuine and meaningful local autonomy to enable
them to attain their fullest development as self-reliant communities
and make them more effective partners in the attainment of national
goals. Toward this end, the State shall provide for a more responsive
and accountable local government structure instituted through a system
of decentralization whereby local government units shall be given more
powers, authority, responsibilities, and resources. The process of
decentralization shall proceed from the national government to the
local government units.”
Board Member Tiu also
brought to the attention of DENR-MGB, Paragraph (c) which provides
that “It is likewise the policy of the State to require all national
agencies and offices to conduct periodic consultations with
appropriate local government units, non-governmental and people’s
organizations, and other concerned sectors of the community before any
project or program is implemented in their respective jurisdictions.”
SEC.16 on General
Welfare provides that “every local government unit shall exercise the
powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied there from, as
well as powers necessary, appropriate, or incidental for its efficient
and effective governance, and those which are essential to the
promotion of the general welfare. Within their respective territorial
jurisdictions, local government units shall ensure and support, among
other things, the preservation and enrichment of culture, promote
health and safety, enhance the right of the people to a balanced
ecology, encourage and support the development of appropriate and
self-reliant scientific and technological capabilities, improve public
morals, enhance economic prosperity and social justice, promote full
employment among their residents, maintain peace and order, and
preserve the comfort and convenience of their inhabitants.”
The Leyte Board Member
also cited Section 26, Duty of National Government Agencies in the
Maintenance of Ecological Balance, Chapter 3 of the Local Government
Code, provides that “It shall be the duty of every national agency or
government-owned or -controlled corporation authorizing or involved in
the planning and implementation of any project or program that may
cause pollution, climatic change, depletion of non-renewable
resources, loss of crop land, rangeland, or forest cover, and
extinction of animal or plant species, to consult with the local
government units, nongovernmental organizations, and other sectors
concerned and explain the goals and objectives of the project or
program, its impact upon the people and the community in terms of
environmental or ecological balance, and the measures that will be
undertaken to prevent or minimize the adverse effects thereof.”
Section 27 provides
that “No project or program shall be implemented by government
authorities unless the consultations mentioned in Sections 2 (c) and
26 hereof are complied with, and prior approval of the Sanggunian
concerned is obtained: Provided, That occupants in areas where such
projects are to be implemented shall not be evicted unless appropriate
relocation sites have been provided, in accordance with the provisions
of the Constitution.”
Even the Environmental
Code of Leyte provides for prior consent of the Sanggunian, Board
Member Tiu said.
Board Member Tiu
reacted on the speech of the MGB-8 Director saying that the Leyte SP
is reversing the process. He said the SP Leyte received letters from
Exploration Permit grantees which have been in the province for
several years already, requesting for an audience with the Leyte SP so
that they can individually present their companies.
What the Committee on
Environment did was to set a date for all the Mining Companies to be
able to make their presentations. Since the Committee have limited
knowledge on mining, DENR-MGB, DA, Bureau of Fisheries and several
NGO’s and media representatives were also invited.
To the surprise of
those who attended the two consultative meetings, the mining companies
has been conducting exploratory and research activities in the
municipalities of the Province without knowledge of the LGUs. What is
worse is that the MGB is blaming the LGUs when there are complaints
about the activities.
The DENR officials
headed by USec Jeremias Dolino assured Board Member Tiu and the LGU
representatives present that they will raise this issue to the Central
Board Member Tiu’s
contention is that the DENR-MGB policies must not prevail over the
laws of the country.