8ID starts month-long
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan Samar – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division,
Philippine Army formally kicked off the month-long celebration for the
Christmas season with a ceremonial switch-on of Christmas lights held
in front of its Headquarters building here.
ceremony, preceded by a Christmas lantern contest was witnessed by
civilian guests, military personnel, civilian employees, military
dependents and other civilian personalities from Catbalogan.
In a simple program
Dr. Dominador Q. Cabanganan, Ph.D., one of the judges in the lantern
contest, in his message, saluted the 8ID for the good work and
acknowledged the Command’s continuing effort of rendering service to
the people of Samar Province. He expressed his feelings of delight
seeing the craftsmanship of the Stormtroopers as evidenced by the
colorful lantern entries made of indigenous materials. He also,
appreciated the 8ID’s unique way of observing the Yuletide Season
through the ceremonial switching of Christmas lights that illuminated
the entire 8ID Headquarters Building and its peripheries.
Major General Mario F.
Chan, commander of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division said that the
switch-on of Christmas lights is just one of the activities lined up
for the month-long Christmas celebration. Others are Search for
Christmas singing soldier, sports fest which aims to promote sports
development, camaraderie, esprit-de-corps and sportsmanship among the
military personnel and a variety show during the stormtroopers night.
The activity will be highlighted by raffle draw among the personnel of
After the ceremony,
Maj. Gen. Chan distributed Certificate of Appreciation to the jurors
of Christmas lantern contest which was followed by one minute
fireworks presentation while the 8ID choirs with Stormtroopers Band
sings Christmas carols to the delight of the audience.
This is the 8ID’s way
of celebrating the Christmas season, as the Command believes that
spirit of Christmas should be enjoyed and cherished by all
peace-loving Filipino citizens of the country.
"Call for Action"
expands in Tacloban
MANILA – The working
group on criminal justice process was launched today in Tacloban, as
part of the "Call for Action" initiative, which addresses the causes
of jail congestion and its consequences on health and living
conditions of inmates.
The working group
brings together representatives of the Bureau of Jail Management and
Penology, Philippine National Police, Public Attorney's Office,
Integrated Bar of the Philippines, judges and prosecutors, and is
facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The participants will identify the challenges in processing the cases
of inmates in Tacloban City Jail, and propose concrete solutions to
speed up the process.
"This is the second
working group launched in the Philippines to address the causes of
jail congestion, - says Christoph Sutter, deputy head of ICRC
delegation in the Philippines. Previous example of Manila City Jail
demonstrated that by sharing information between agencies concerned we
can tackle legal and procedural problems leading to overcrowding."
Also in line with the
"Call for Action" process, the ICRC has initiated rehabilitation
projects in Tacloban City Jail, building a new infirmary, kitchen, and
improving water facilities.
The ICRC works to
promote dignity and respect for those deprived of liberty by
monitoring their treatment and living conditions. In 2007, the ICRC
launched the "Call for Action" process to help authorities upgrade
penal infrastructures, tuberculosis management in jails, and the
criminal justice process.
8ID troops apprehend
NPA regular member
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan, Samar – As a result of pursuit operations conducted by
the troops of Alpha Company of the 8ID’s 87th Infantry Battalion in
the hinterlands of Northern Samar, one (1) regular member of the
terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) was apprehended at Brgy Osmeña, Las
Navas, Northern Samar at around 1: 32 p.m., November 29.
The CT member was
identified as Domingo Hinandoy alias Ninoy, a full time guerilla
member. Hinandoy revealed that he had participated in a series of
combat activities, like ambush in Jipapad and Gamay of Eastern Samar
and Northern Samar, respectively and a squad member of alias Jessie
(true name unknown) an identified recruiter at Sinunugan de Tubang,
Sivino Lobos, Northern Samar. He also named some personalities
belonging to his squad.
In a report made by
Lieutenant Colonel Leo Lorenzo Madroñal, commanding officer of 87IB
disclosed that the unit acted upon a report text by the local populace
regarding a band of CT’s conducting extortion activities in their
General Mario Chan, chief of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division
commended the soldiers for a job well done. He likewise extends his
thanks to the people of Brgy Osmeña, Las Navas of Northern Samar for
the information that was timely provided to the soldiers.
“If these cooperation
from civil society will continue, we can easily defeat or totally
eradicate the insurgents that hampered our peace and development here
in Eastern Visayas”, Major General Chan adds.
As of press time,
Hinandoy is undergoing custodial debriefing at the Headquarters of
87IB for further filing of appropriate charges.
Leyte’s day care
workers given incentives
Media Relations Center
December 1, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – More
than one thousand day care workers from all over Leyte were recently
given cash incentives as the provincial government poured in more or
less P1.1 million budget to distribute such.
A total of 1,368 day
care workers received their respective cash incentives based on the
number of years they have served as such in their barangays.
Day care workers who
have served 7 months to 4 years each received P600; 5 years to 9 years
P800 each; 10 years to 19 years P1,000 and 20 years and above P2,000.
Day care officers also got a cash incentive of P600.
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla who led the distribution of the cash incentives, which
was also timed for the Culmination Program of the Annual Children
Month’s Celebration, at the Visayas State University (VSU) Gymnasium
in Baybay, Leyte, said the cash incentives given yearly cannot at all
suffice the sacrifice the workers give to provide child care and
education to the young ones in their respective barangay.
“We know this is not
enough to compensate for the duties you have done but the province and
the people are grateful to all our day care workers for the hard work
they give year in and year out,” Gov. Petilla said during his speech.
He likewise commended
day care workers who have served 20 years taking care of day care
children in their barangays.
reiterated the importance of Early Child Care Development and the role
they play in it.
Under the program he
said, day care workers play the role of shaping the children early on
in their years and provide them with mental stimulation, cognitive
skills development, physical development and values formation.
He added that there
are other programs being pursued by the provincial government for
child care development which is the nutritional feeding program to
lessen the number of malnourished children in the province.
Early child care and
development, he added, is important as studies have shown that the
brain development of a child starts from 0 to 6 years old.
Home-based and public
day care center workers must have the proper skills, modules and
training to be able to run these facilities, the governor said.
Also present during
the distribution of cash incentives in Baybay were Vice-Governor
Mimietta Bagulaya, Leyte 5th District Representative Carlos Cari,
Board Members Carlo Loreto, Florante Cayunda Jr. and Margarita Cari,
Baybay Mayor Carmen Cari and Vice-Mayor Michael Cari.
8ID apprehends member
of Private Armed Group
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan Samar – Army troopers from the 52IB of Purog detachment
headed by Ssg Paras apprehended a certain Reynaldo Derio alias Noknok
believed to be a member of Private Armed Group (PAG) of unknown
political leader at Brgy Bocawe, Gandara,
Samar on November
28, 2010 at 3:00 a.m.
Guided by information
from concerned citizen of the said barangay, the Army troops conducted
strike operations in the area of Brgy Bocawe, Gandara,
Samar that resulted to the apprehension of Derio and the recovery
of one AR 15 Colt M653 Cal 5.56, and one Colt Combat Commander Cal.45
The campaign against
Private Armed Groups is one of the current efforts of the 8ID
following the directive from President Benigno Aquino to get rid of
these groups that threaten the security situation in the AOR.
Through the support of
the local folks in providing timely and accurate information and the
enhanced coordination between the Army and the civilian populace in
the area, 52IB had succeeded in the said operation. The massive
information drives conducted by the 8ID have immensely enlightened the
people of Samar, on their roles in our security efforts that have made
them our significant partner in our thrust to eliminate the lawless
elements and communist terrorists to include Private Armed Groups.
Maj. Gen. Mario F.
Chan, the 8th Infantry Division Chief commended the concerned soldiers
and CAA’s of 52nd Infantry Battalion for a job well done of protecting
the people, and likewise expressed his gratitude to the people of
Samar for their wholehearted support to the intensified security
operations that the Army is currently undertaking.
Civilian tips foiled
NPAs plan of collecting food stuffs
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan, Samar – The troops of Alpha Company of 87th Infantry
battalion under 1st Lt. Taguinay L Agoy while acting on the reported
presence of armed Communist Terrorists as reported by civilians
through a text message, encountered more or less eight CTs one
kilometer from the village on November 29, 2010 at 1:32 p.m.
Accordingly, the said communist terrorists’ presence in the area was
for the purpose of collecting food stuffs from the populace as
scheduled. The said encounter happened while the troops were
conducting combat and clearing operations at vicinity Brgy. Osmeña,
Las Navas, Northern Samar.
Fire fight ensued for
about five minutes, after which the CTs scampered to different
directions dragging with them their wounded members. No one was hurt
on the government side.
The encounter is a
product of a timely information provided by the local populace who are
against the CTs’ harassment and extortion, a clear manifestation that
they desire peace and stability in their area.
Earlier on the same
day, elements of Army’s 34th Infantry Battalion under 2nd. Lt. Glenn
De Ramos while conducting combat operation discovered an abandoned
camp of New People’s Army at Brgy Anagasi, Paranas, Samar on November
29, 2010 at about 7:28 a.m.
Said abandoned camp
has two halls (bulwagan) and has 80 bunkers that can accommodate more
or less 80 Communist Terrorists (CTs).
According to Lt. Col.
William Peñafiel, 34IB’s commanding officer the abandoned camp could
be an alternate camp established before by Regional Guerilla Unit of
Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC) operating in the area
that they utilized in case of discovery of their main camp.
The troops of 34IB and
87IB are currently conducting pursuit operations against the fleeing
Lt. Gen. Arthuro B
Ortiz, Commanding General, Philippine Army sent a congratulatory
message to Maj. Gen. Chan of this result. Similarly, Major General
Mario F Chan, 8ID chief, commended the troops for timely responding to
the report from the concerned civilians. He also extends his
appreciation to the people of Samar for their support and cooperation
given to the operating units of 8ID by pointing out the exact
locations of the CTs operating in the area.
Solon offers ways to
quickly resolve Maguindanao massacre with justice
QUEZON CITY – Dasmariñas
City Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., a former prosecution lawyer for 22
years, has offered "practical and sensible" ways for the court and the
Department of Justice (DOJ) to accelerate the resolution of the
"A year after the
carnage, out of the 196 individuals supposed to face trial, only 82
have actually been apprehended, leaving 114 others still subject to
arrest and arraignment. Only 15 individuals are in fact undergoing
trial," Barzaga lamented.
Barzaga recalled that
shortly after the 1986 EDSA Revolution, he had the opportunity to
handle high-priority consolidated cases before the Sandiganbayan.
To quicken the
proceedings then, he said the Presiding Justice of the anti-graft
court scheduled continuous morning and afternoon hearings every day
over one week of each month.
Barzaga proposed the
-That Judge Jocelyn
Solis-Reyes be obligated to conduct continuous morning and afternoon
hearings on the case, and that all the other cases currently assigned
to her be re-raffled and reassigned to other trial judges;
-That a team of DOJ
prosecutors, possibly not less than 10, be assigned full-time to
handle the case, totally free of other cases and other legal work,
including the necessary preliminary investigation;
-That a unit from the
Public Attorney's Office be designated to assist all of the accused
all the time, so that should a private defense counsel fail to show up
during the proceedings, the PAO lawyers could immediately step in as
counsel de officio, thus preventing the deferment of any hearings; and
-That the photographs
of the 114 individuals supposed to face trial but who remain scot-free
be published in the newspapers with ample rewards for information
leading to their capture.
In a recent Social
Weather Stations survey, the public gave a poor net rating of -12
percent to government efforts to resolve the Maguindanao killings with
justice, with 47 percent dissatisfied, and only 35 percent satisfied,
with the handling of the case.
A separate Pulse Asia
survey showed that while an overwhelming majority of Filipinos believe
there would be justice for the 57 victims of the mass slaughter, 83
percent also bewailed that the case was moving "slowly or very
confidence the public's negative perception of the handling of the
case would be rectified "once they see that no effort is being spared
to quickly resolve it with justice."
He said a swift
prosecution would satisfy not only the public's agitation for a prompt
judicial resolution, but also the constitutional right of those
accused to a speedy trial.
Without observing the
appropriate procedure in expediting the proceedings, and with some 600
witnesses lined up to be presented, Barzaga warned it could take
several years before any case could be submitted for decision.
Over an extended
period, he said potential developments such as the presiding judge
getting promoted, or the prosecutors becoming judges, could further
stall the proceedings.
"Based on my
experience, long delays also tend to make it more burdensome for
witnesses to appear in court, due to developments in their personal or
professional circumstances, among other reasons," Barzaga said.
commitment book for World AIDS Day commemoration and human rights day
By LAIMINH MABULAY
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Double event, double celebration. The Waray-Waray Youth Advocates (WARAYA)
and the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines – Samar
Chapter (FPOP-Samar) have prepared a 10-day signature campaign
starting on December 01, 2010, in time for the World AIDS Day
Commemoration; and will conclude on
December 10, 2010, which happens to be the Human Rights’ Day
Book Tour: Pages of People’s Promises for the Prevention of the
Pandemic”, at the center of the campaign is the Commitment Book which
shall be brought to select schools and colleges to gather signatures
in support of the HIV and AIDS Education and Prevention. The book tour
will end on December 10, 2010 in time for the Human Rights’ Day
While the gathered
signatures are to symbolize each signatory’s pledge of commitment, the
Commitment Book is supposed to symbolize the spreading of awareness
about HIV and AIDS as a collective goal to be shared by everyone.
conclusion on another international event – the Human Rights’ Day – is
also a way of emphasizing human rights as an important angle of the
HIV and AIDS awareness campaign. It is meant to convey that access to
information and services for the prevention and management of the
disease is a right that everybody is entitled to regardless of gender,
status or religion.
The schools that will
serve as stopovers for Commitment Book include the Silanga National
High School (December 01), Catbalogan National Comprehensive High
School / Samar State University - Mercedes Campus (December 02),
Guinsorongan Integrated School (December 03), Samar State University -
Main Campus (December 06 and 07), Eastern Visayas Regional Science
High School (December 08), Samar National School (December 09) and
Samar College (December 10). The public will also have the opportunity
to sign on the Commitment Book as it makes a stopover at the
FPOP-Samar and WARAYA Office during the weekends, December 04 to 05,
NPA’s militia squeals
his buddies, one shotgun seized
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan City, Samar – One (1) homemade shotgun was seized by the
members of the Army’s 3rd Scout Ranger Company from New People’s
Army’s (NPA) militia following a tip from his former buddy at Sitio
Inuman, Brgy Tagabiran, Las Navas town in the province of Northern
Samar around 5:20 p.m. of November 22.
Based on the report,
the troops were conducting security operations in the area to preempt
the possible entry of the fleeing terrorist from
Falls when they intercepted a certain Antonio Tan, 19 years old who
resides in the mentioned barrio due to his suspicious actuation.
Tan after being
interviewed by the troops revealed his connection in the underground
movement and that he identified 37 other names of his companion in
their barrio and in Brgy Sag-od same town.
The troops immediately
paid attention to Tan’s revelation and visited the persons named by
Tan where they captured a homemade shotgun under the possession of
certain Santiago Lim, also a resident of Brgy Tagabiran.
Tan and Lim were later
turned-over in good condition to Leah Danque, Brgy Chairwoman of the
mentioned barrio for legal concerns. Troops are now making
coordination with the Northern Samar Provincial Police Office (NSPPO)
for filing of appropriate charges against the duo.
Meanwhile, at around
4:50 p.m. yesterday, 8ID’s 82nd Division Reconnaissance Company
encountered undetermined number of NPA in the periphery of Brgy
Samar following the tip of a forester. Exchange of fires ensued
for five (5) minutes after which the enemy fled.
No one was reported
hurt in the side of the government while still undetermined in the
enemy side except that bloodstains splotched in the area of encounter
The troops are
continuously scouring the area to track down the fleeing terrorist to
immediately bring the possibly wounded foe to the nearest medical
facility for medication.
In his statement,
Major General Mario Chan, 8ID’s commander expressed his great
appreciation for the continuous support of the people around. He said
that the success of our efforts in winning the peace could be possible
with the support of our people even with the people directly connected
“I would also like to
appreciate our people who exert more effort just to contribute with
our aspirations. I just want to reiterate my former pronouncement.
Despite of gaining grounds against the terrorist, I am deeply saddened
every time I hear stories that another life has to be sacrificed,”
says Major General Chan.
intensified combat operations will continue for those who remain
adversative to our Constitution. But for those who really wanted to
promote the true spirit of democracy we are more than willing to give
you a second chance for the sake of peace and democracy,” concludes
8ID discovers two more
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan, Samar – The Army’s 34th Infantry Battalion discovered
two (2) abandoned camp of the terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) in
Barangay Anagasi, Paranas, Samar around 2:45 in the afternoon,
In a report from
Lieutenant Colonel William Penafiel Jr, commanding offficer of the
34IB, his troops was conducting security operations when an
undisclosed resident of the mentioned barangay tipped off that an
enemy haven can be found almost adjacent to their barangay.
When the troops
proceeded to the area mentioned by the said civilian, an enemy
abandoned encampment was found which can accommodate around 20 CTs.
It was assessed to have been abandoned for a month already.
On the other hand,
separate troops under the same battalion discovered another abandoned
enemy encampment at Barangay Caguisipan, Catbalogan,
Samar same time.
The camp has an
abundant water source that can accommodate15 rebels believed to have
been abandoned also for a month.
In his assessment,
Lieutenant Colonel Peňafiel said the abandoned encampments projects
that the terrorist in the area could no longer establish their safe
havens due to the continue and intensified operations being launched
by the Division.
battalion is continuously and seriously doing its job to protect and
defend the people and the state as mandated by the people and the
constitution. Samarnon can enjoy the freedom, peace and free from
atrocities of CPP/NPA/NDF,” Lieutenant Colonel Peňafiel says.
He further said that
with this development, the people of
Samar will soon enjoy the freedom and democracy that they’ve
longing for years.
General Mario Chan, Commander of 8th Infantry Division lauded his
troops for a job well done and assured the people that the 8ID will
continue to protect the people of Samar and whole of Region8.
statement on condom use disappoints lady RH author
QUEZON CITY – One of
the main authors of the still controversial reproductive health bill
expressed disappointment on the recent declaration of Pope Benedict
XVI on condom use.
Rep. Janette L. Garin
of the 1st District of Iloilo, main author of HB 101 or the
“Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2010” laments
the apparent double standard of morality on condom use. “I wonder why
the Pope considers it morally upright for male prostitutes to use
condom and yet condemn couples using it to protect the spread of HIV
and AIDS among their offspring,” said Garin. “I call this a double
standard of morality.”
Garin who is a medical
doctor has been exposed to real life experiences where innocent
children are infected with HIV and AIDS because their parents failed
to use anything for protection. “My heart bleeds for these children,
they are innocent ones and they are just victims by circumstances,”
However, in the midst
of the seemingly never-ending controversy, Garin remains unmoved and
still strongly pushes for the passage of the reproductive health
bill. “As a responsible legislator, I owe it to Filipino people to
continue on pursuing this advocacy until such time that it becomes a
law so the Filipino people will have the opportunity to live quality
lives and enjoy the benefits of reproductive health,” said Garin.
stressed, “the government is under obligation, not only to educate the
people, but also to provide reproductive health services to those who
wants to avail of them, despite of what the Pope or some Catholic
leaders say on the issue.”
appeals to the Pope and to Catholic leaders to accept the reality and
heed the call of the majority of the Filipino people who has been
clamoring for reproductive health education and services. “We owe it
to them,” Garin concluded.