Use of landmines:
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan Samar – The use of different kinds of mines has already
been denounced by the international organizations for it causes
physical and emotional scars. Here in the Philippines, the terrorist
New People’s Army (NPA) persistently employs various types of mines to
inflict heavy casualty to their targets.
In the recent
treacherous attack staged by the NPA in the outskirts of Brgy Perez,
Las Navas in the province of Northern Samar that claimed ten (10)
lives of soldiers, one (1) 9-year old minor and wounding of two (2)
others, devastating landmines were planted and exploded.
With the update of the
investigation done by the scene of the crime operatives (SOCO) from
Northern Samar Provincial Police Office (NSPPO), it revealed that six
(6) landmines were used by the enemy but outnumbered troops
ferociously fought it out up to the last.
The grieving mother of
the slain 9-year old boy also claimed that his son has shrapnel wounds
on his head that she believed to be the cause of its immediate death.
It can be recalled
that improvised explosive devices (IED) were also used during an
incident that occurred last August 21 in Barangay Imelda, Cataman of
the same province where eight (8) dead police officers were also
General Mario Chan,
the commander of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division said that these
incidents are no longer ordinary engagement between the opposing
forces. It is already a demonic and extreme slaughtering of lives
that are deemed condemnable.
The use of landmines
in any form has already been condemned and banned by the international
union. In fact, two international treaties or protocols that deal
specifically with landmines were passed just to totally eradicate
landmines. The “1997 Ottawa Treaty” and the “1996 Amended Protocol
II”. These are the main international legal instruments on landmines.
Here in the
Philippines, the House Bill No. 1054 and the Senate Bill No. 1595
other wise known as the “Philippine Landmines Bill” seeks to implement
the two main international legal instruments on landmines that have
been passed. This calls for the ultimate ban for landmines.
“The CPP-NPA-NDF is
the supreme violator of our people’s rights. First is the
overwhelming disrespect and mockery to the Comprehensive Agreement of
the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL)
and now on the disobedience of the Philippine Landmines Bill just for
the sake of their ambitions and in the pursuance of their alleged
revolutionary struggle,” says General Chan.
“I am wondering why
they persist on doing such brand of staging their atrocities. Even
civilians that supposed to have nothing to do with arm struggles were
victimized. It even calls me to think deeper why these terrorist is
happy to see the people threatened and even getting worse with their
own means of sculpting their bloody desire? Only they can answer
because even people couldn’t perceive it,” the good general adds.
The 8ID remains firm
to their desire to end insurgency in the region despite of the
incident. While they uphold the directives of the higher headquarters
to suspend military operations during Yuletide seasons, 8ID assures
the public to have their peaceful and threatless celebration of
Christmas even it means lives in their part.
8ID: ‘NDF is not
sincere for peace talk’
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan, Samar – The recent pronouncement of the National
Democratic Front’s (NDF) demand for peace talk is a mere ploy to
advance their offensives against the government.
With the newest
atrocity perpetrated by the terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) in
Eastern Visayas, it shows that CPP-NPA-NDF upsurges their expert uses
of lies and propaganda to steal glory against the people and the
In Leyte province,
troops of the Army’s 19th Infantry Battalion on board two (2) vehicles
on their way to their camp to adhere to the suspension of military
operations (SOMO) were fired upon by the undetermined number of
communist terrorist somewhere in Brgy Candigahob, Carigara town,
around 9 p.m. last night. Fortunately, no one was reported hurt in
In Northern Samar,
around 3 p.m. yesterday in the boundary of Brgys Sta. Fe and Perez all
of Las Navas town, undetermined number of rebels waylaid the
withdrawing troops who are supposed to “back to barracks” to observe
the government’s declaration of SOMO for the Yuletide seasons and to
give-way the desire of the NDF for peace-talk.
The rebels used
destructive improvised mines to assure of the fatality of the troops.
Two (2) soldiers were reported wounded and ten (10) others were
killed. One innocent minor Joven Cabe was also reported murdered who
was just swimming in the river banks.
The 8th Infantry
Division’s leadership was dismayed with how the rebels take advantage
with the command’s abidance of the peace mechanisms being orchestrated
in the higher level. It only shows their true intention why peace
talk is once again brought out of the picture.
Major General Mario
Chan, 8ID’s chief condemns in the strongest possible terms the
insincerity of the CPP-NPA-NDF in their demand to engage in peace
talk. He also condemns the persistent violation of the terrorist NPA
on human rights and international humanitarian law.
Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian
Law (CARHRIHL) which is both signed by the NDF and our government is
totally abused and disrespected. Serious violation of our people’s
rights is deemed condemnable in the strongest possible terms,”
declares Major General Chan.
It can also be
recalled just recently in Las Navas, a pumped boat load of troops with
civilians who will attend the Brgy Peace and Order Council (BPOC) of
Poponton was mercilessly attacked by these terrorists that resulted to
the killing of two (2) civilians including one minor Edwin Gudcad and
wounding two (2) others. These were already condemned by the people
both locally and internationally.
“I keep on challenging
the different human rights advocates who keep on roaring over the
violation of people’s rights to condemn this upsurge of human rights
violation. Now that they are vulgarly exposed their true colors, my
question remain still. Why don’t you bark once more and condemn these
brutal godless monsters that mercilessly attacked the defenseless
people? Prove now that you are really for the human rights of the
people, and not for the rights of these terrorists,” says General
Major General Chan
also said that the Army units in the area will remain committed in
their mandate to continuously uphold the Constitutional thrusts
despite insincerity of the other party. The 8ID thru their field units
is now conducting constant coordination with the PNP to run after the
perpetrators and let them face the charges bounded by the law.
“This incident would
not make our desire to stop insurgency in the province for the benefit
of our people, instead we will continue to pursue these terrorists
until finally put an end on their violence,” Chan adds.
“We salute the heroism
paid for by our troops who rendered the supreme sacrifice of offering
their lives for the true spirit of service, peace and democracy. We
bestowed upon them the highest regards that the Armed Forces as well
as the people can be best confer. Although it is always sad in our
part, our deepest condolences to the love ones left by our
comrades-in-arms”, vows General Chan.
NPA murders, loots 10
soldiers and a minor
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan Samar – A lunatic band of about 30 terrorist New People’s
Army (NPA) murdered ten (10) soldiers and a 9 year old child and
wounded two (2) soldiers at the outskirts of Brgy Sta Fe, Las Navas,
Northern Samar, around 3pm, December 14.
Colonel Oscar Lopez,
the commanding officer of the Army’s 803rd Infantry Brigade based in
Catarman, Northern Samar disclosed that the troops of 63rd Infantry
Battalion were on their way back to patrol base in observance of
ceasefire and peace talk with the CPP-NPA-NDF when communist
terrorists encountered the troops.
Two (2) soldiers were
severely wounded whose rifles were damaged in a 30-minute engagement
and played dead when NPA searched and looted the dead bodies of their
occurred last August 21 in Barangay Imelda, Cataman of the same
province where eight (8) dead police officers were stripped off their
personal belongings and recently on December 8, NPA treacherously
killed two (2) civilians one of them is a 15-year old boy and wounding
two (2) others while the victims are helplessly on board a motorized
banca. These merciless and barbaric acts of the NPA are being done in
the pursuance of their so called revolutionary agenda.
civilians and looting victims of their personal belongings are the
trademarks of NPA who claim to uphold human rights and democracy. In
Part IV, Article 2.1 of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for
Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) states that
“civilians or those taking no active part in the hostilities” shall
not be subjected for violence, particularly killing or causing injury
as stipulated in Part IV, Article 3.1.
It has been observed
that the NPA vehemently abused and disrespected the CARHIHL and
passionately violating our people’s right to live.
The Philippine Army
particularly the 8th Infantry Division respects the pronouncement of
the National Democratic Front’s (NDF) demand for peace talk. For the
sake of peace, troops marches off to barracks to observe the
government’s declaration of suspension of military operations (SOMO)
for the Yuletide seasons and in compliance to the directives from the
SOMO will further give
time for our soldiers to be with their families whom they parted for a
long period of time due to service as well as for the NPA to re-unite
with their families while celebrating the meaningful time of Christmas
and New Year.
Is the leadership of
the CPP-NPA still in control of their group? Are they really sincere
about the peace talks? Are we talking to the right persons? Or are
they just a lunatic band. These are the questions that are hanging in
the minds of all peace loving people whose intention is merely peace
and development in the region.
JDV’s call to free all political prisoners
QUEZON CITY – Human
rights group Karapatan welcomes former House Speaker Jose de Venecia's
proposal for the release of all political prisoners in the country.
It also took note of the positive response from Malacanang that the
executive is open to a general amnesty albeit subject to a “thorough
review” of the cases.
“We truly welcome
Speaker de Venecia’s call for a non-discriminatory and all-inclusive
release of political prisoners. He correctly pointed to this step as
a major confidence-building measure for the upcoming resumption of
peace talks between government and the National Democratic Front and
moreso, as a means for hastening the peace process.”
JDV’s appeal comes in
the wake of the order of President Aquino to withdraw the charges
filed against the Morong 43 in order to effect their release from
clarified, “Political prisoners are ‘prisoners of conscience’. They
have been imprisoned for their political beliefs and for resisting
against social injustice and oppression.
As such they are not
asking for forgiveness for alleged crimes they committed; their cry is
for justice for being wrongfully arrested, detained and prosecuted.”
The release of all
political prisoners is the first of many steps the Aquino
administration will need to take to stamp out the scourge of impunity
for violations of human rights perpetrated by state security forces.
In due time, those from the military and police as well as state
prosecutors and judges who are complicit in perpetrating injustice and
wrongdoings should be held accountable and in turn prosecuted,”
There are now 374
political prisoners languishing in various camps and detention centers
throughout the country according to Karapatan.
supporters of the Morong 43 trooped to the Department of Justice
Monday morning to ensure the withdrawal of charges against the
illegally detained health workers.
“The Armed Forces of
the Philippines is hellbent on demonizing the Morong 43. We have to
guard against additional trumped-up charges that they may file to
prevent their actual release from prison,” Clamor said.
Karapatan also thanked
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for her firm stand to uphold and
defend human rights.
Samar COMELEC endorses
petitions to recall the Tans
By EMY C. BONIFACIO,
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Contrary to allegations that filing of recall petitions are still
premature, the Provincial COMELEC’s Office of Samar, docketed two (2)
separate petitions to recall Samar Governor Sharee Ann T. Tan and
Vice-Governor Stephen James T. Tan at exactly 2:15 and 2:45 in the
afternoon, respectively, last December 7, this year.
The petitions were
made pursuant to the provisions of Section 69 of the Local Government
Code of RA No. 7160 in relation to Comelec Resolution 7505 for loss of
Both main petitioners,
Mr. Aurelio Aquino Bardaje, a registered voter of Precinct No. 73A in
Brgy. Canlapwas, Catbalogan, Samar and Elvisa Aranzada Lopez, a
registered voter 0f 0176A in Brgy. Hamorawon, Calbayog City, submitted
nine (9) sets of the said petition with 7,575 pages per set. It
contains the names, addresses and signatures with the respective
precinct numbers of the supporting petitioners, as well.
Based on a DILG
Certification dated November 25, 2010, both officials did not furnish
the DILG a copy of their assumptions to duty, as required.
The recall petitions
cited loss of confidence, occasioned by the malversation and wastage
of the public funds, massive graft and corruption and governance
through the dictates of their mother who has been charged with
numerous cases of graft and corruption, as its primary reasons.
Furthermore, Bardaje said that the gross incompetence of Gov. Sharee
Ann T. Tan was best demonstrated by the recent illegal passage of the
2011 Annual Budgets which has been a subject of a Preliminary
Injunction by the court. The petitioners were also backed up by Board
Resolution No. 01-2010 which was jointly adopted by the League of
Municipalities and the Philippine Councilor’s League, Samar Chapter,
clamoring for a recall election.
In so far as
compliance to the percentage requirement in relation to the voting
population of the province is concerned, the recall document showed
73,889 signatories as petitioners, which constitute 16.39% of the
voting population of the province that totaled 450,768, based on a
certification issued by the COMELEC, dated Nov. 25, 2010. Section 6 of
the COMELEC Resolution provides the percentage requirement which shall
only be at least 10% but not less than 45,000.
in the different municipalities of the 1st district are as follows:
Almagro (1,995); Gandara (2,251); Matuguinao (464); Pagsanghan
(1,440); San Jorge (1,382); Sta. Margarita (3,164); Sto. Niño (1,413);
Tagapul-an (620) and Tarangnan (1,699).
Meanwhile, in the 2nd
District, Basey had 4,093; Catbalogan (8,501); Daram (3,984);
Hinabangan (2,166); Jiabong (1,954); Marabut (1,738); Paranas (3,942);
San Jose de Buan (590); Sta. Rita (3,113); Villareal (2,473) and
Calbayog had 2,6907 petitioners.
In the same manner,
the requisite filing fee of Fifty Thousand (P50,000.00) was tendered
at the Provincial Election Supervisor’s Office which is mandated by
law to remit the said sum to the Cash Division of the COMELEC.
In a recent
development, it was learned that the same petitions have already been
received last May 10, 2010 at
9:40AM by the
Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Operations (ODEDO),
The petitioners are
hopeful that after the verification of their names, addresses,
precinct numbers and signatures, an order finding the petition to be
sufficient in form and substance will be issued. They are also
requesting that a favorable recommendation be submitted by the ODEDO
to the Commission for its concurrence and fix the date of the recall
Robredo to local
officials – refrain from using 20% Development Fund for gifts, bonuses
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
December 14, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY –
Secretary Jesse M. Robredo of the Department of the Interior and
Local Government (DILG) enjoined provincial governors, city and
municipal mayors to refrain from using the 20% development fund of
their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) on gifts and bonuses, even as
he stressed that this should be utilized for developmental projects.
In issuing DILG
Memorandum Circular 2010-138 Secretary Robredo said the 20% component
of the annual IRA should not be used for “administrative expenses such
as cash gifts, bonuses, uniforms, supplies, meetings, communications,
water and light, petroleum products, salaries, and the like; wages or
overtime pay, and traveling expenses, whether domestic or foreign.”
Regional Director Francisco C. Jose clarified that the prohibition
refers to the 20% development fund of the IRA being used for
employees’ gifts and bonuses, but not to the whole IRA, which compose
the bulk of many LGUs’ budgets.
Likewise the 20%
development fund is not to be spent for registration or participation
fees in training, seminars, conferences or conventions; construction,
repair or refinishing of administrative offices; purchase of
administrative office furniture, fixtures, equipment or appliances;
and purchase, maintenance or repair of motor vehicles or motorcycles,
except for ambulances.
Robredo asked local authorities to allocate this part of the IRA to
beneficial programs such as on livelihood and employment, school
buildings, hospitals, health centers, and other projects that will
improve the lives of their constituents.
Section 287 of the
Local Government Code of 1991 states that every local government is
mandated to appropriate in its annual budget no less than 20% of its
annual revenue allotment to finance worthwhile initiatives.
The DILG Secretary
further reminded local officials that using the 20% component of the
IRA share, whether willfully or through negligence, for any purpose
beyond those expressly prescribed by law or public policy shall be
subject to the sanctions provided under the Local Government Code of
1991 and under such other applicable laws.
The share of LGUs
from the national internal revenue taxes were based on the collection
of the third fiscal year preceding the current fiscal year pursuant to
the provisions of the Code. (with report from
Rep. Alcover warns
against committing political suicide
QUEZON CITY –
“Government stands to lose and nothing to gain.” This is the message
of ANAD Partylist Rep. Jun Alcover in his privilege speech during the
plenary session of the House of Representatives today, as he warned
government to be cautious in dealing with the Maoist terrorists in
order to stave off committing political suicide.
Rep. Alcover issued
this statement in the light of the Maoist terrorist’s over zealousness
to restart the often-stalled peace talk with the government. “ANAD is
very much concerned about these coming peace talks because in the more
than 20 years past, the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF has not shown
even an iota of sincerity and commitment to reach out for peace,” Rep.
He pointed out that
the Maoist terrorists don’t believe in the peace talks. Quoting Jose
Ma. Sison and Luis Jalandoni, Rep. Alcover said that in many speeches
and interviews the two had in Europe, “They were quoted by media as
saying that peace talks are an unavoidable necessity to advance the
“In fact, Mao Ze Dung
stressed that ‘Peace will only come after the revolution’ and ‘A
revolution is not a dinner party or a picnic but a violent overthrow
of the system’ which has been the guiding principle of the 42 years of
Maoist terrorism in the country,” he explained.
Reacting to a recent
statement by Jose Ma. Sison, as published in nationally circulated
newspapers, (pp4, Manila Bulletin, December 7) (pp.4, Manila Bulletin,
December 7, 2010), “. . . If the peace talks proved to be successful.
. . . If the CPP-NPA-NDF struggle becomes successful, or if a regime
sympathetic to the communist cause assumes power (like that of Hugo
Chaves of Venezuela)”,
Rep. Alcover said, “These shows that Sison and his gang of hoodlums
are not serious in talking peace with the government. There is bereft
of any sincerity and commitment which they have expressed in the
past,” he added.
He reiterated his call
on government to demand from the Maoist CPP-NPA-NDF that: a) the CPP-Central
Committee issue a written appointment and authority to whoever shall
head the maoist negotiating body; b) the Maoist terrorist NPA must
surrender their firearms and return to the respective enclaves during
the talks; c) Jose Ma. Sison must stop pretending that he is only the
chief political consultant of the NDFP; and d) they must submit to the
government the names of those who will be named NDF consultants to the
peace talks before the start of the formal talks, for the issuance of
safe conduct passes.
“This is to preclude
the same abuses and exploitation by the Maoist terrorist that happened
during the previous peace talks covering some 20 years already. They
must contribute their share of confidence building measures to show
their sincerity and commitment towards achieving peace,” he stressed.
immediately end their pretensions and concocted stories against
government and stop fanning the flames of Maoist terrorist
revolution,” Alcover said.
Battalion (CAFGU) launches Christmas Caravan in Ormoc City
By 2LT EVANGELINE G. ARICHETA (INF) PA
BRGY. CATICUGAN, Sta.
Rita, Samar – After the gift giving activity and blood letting in
Sta Rita, Samar last December 6 and 7, 2010 respectively, as part of
52nd Infantry Battalion’s celebration of Christmas, the unit continues
to share the spirit of Christmas in Ormoc City last December 11, 2010.
From the Battalion
Headquarters at Sta. Rita, Samar, the troops of 52IB, headed by the
Commanding Officer, Lt Col Roberto S. Capulong, went to Ormoc City to
bring Santa Claus and his elves to the children early morning of
December 11, 2010. The people in Ormoc City were very amazed to see
Santa Claus riding in a military vehicle; much more, his (Santa
Clause’s) elves wearing military uniform. This non-traditional
military operation made not only the children in Ormoc but elders very
happy as well. The soldier Santa gave assorted candies, cash and
balloons to the children in the area.
LtCol. Capulong said
that the battalion should not wait to be the recipient for gifts this
Christmas. Rather, we should be the one to give and share this
“This is just the
start of our Christmas Caravan. Our goal is to bring this caravan to
all provinces in Region 8”, LtCol. Capulong added.
Indeed, Santa Claus
is real thru our dedication of our Filipino soldiers. Not thru the NPAs or other groups against the government.
In another event, the
Alfa Company of the 52nd Infantry Battalion turned over some used
clothing to CSWD in Ormoc City last December 11, 2010 as part of their
campaign to draw the Philippine Army closer to people.
Aside from being the
debut activity of Christmas Caravan (Theme: Pamaskong Handog Mula sa
52IB) of the battalion, this activity is the first part of the
Christmas Party of Alfa Company of 52IB, lead by 1Lt Gener Contillo.
The caravan was done in the morning and another gift giving activity
(Theme: Drawing your Army Closer to the People) was done in the
evening. During the Christmas Party proper, Alfa Company, 52IB turned
over used clothing to CSWD in Ormoc City, headed by Ms Marietta
Alfa Company, 52IB
generated more than 40 sacks or estimated 600 kgs of used clothing by
coordinating with LGUs in the whole island of Leyte thru their CAFGU
These “Maagang Pamasko
mula sa Kawal Filipino” activities are the 52nd Infantry Battalion’s
way sharing the spirit of Christmas to the people of
Leyte. 1Lt Contillo added, “These clothes will be given to poor
families in children in
Leyte. And this is the humblest gift we can give to our Leyteño
This kind of
military activities proves that soldiers are dedicated not only in
winning the battle with the use of their guns and weapons but with the
use of their hearts and with their love of the country and people.
This proves that soldiers are stepping out of their traditional role
to serve and protect the Filipino people.