initiates regional MSQRT assembly
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO, Samar News.com
March 14, 2011
CALBAYOG CITY –
Among the many areas in the country that the Ateneo Human Rights
Center (AHRC) has visited, it was able to establish 3 Multi-Sectoral
Quick Reaction Teams (MSQRT) in Eastern Visayas namely, Darangpan
(Northern Samar), Kaugop (Leyte) and Kasugbong (Samar) which was
recently launched through Samar Partnership for Peace and Development
In the 1st Regional
MSQRT Assembly on March 8, 2011 at Tony’s Kitchen, Catbalogan City,
AHRC representative, Atty. Khrizna Gomez said that human rights
situation in the Philippines became an issue in recent years and
escalated between 2006-2007 with reports of rising number of victims
of extra-judicial killings, prompting the United Nations to take
action. The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial summary or
arbitrary executions, Philip Alston, visited the country in 2007 and
subsequently filed a report with recommendations on how to address the
situation. His report was supported by the Melo Commission (created by
Arroyo administration) though it did not show the Melo Report to him.
The Supreme Court
through its training arm – the Philippine Judicial Academy organized a
national forum attended by different experts in the society which
includes the government, academe, NGOs and other civil society groups
to talk about the issue. The highest tribunal subsequently issued a
Writ of Amparo and Writ of Habeas Data followed by the creation of
human rights offices in the Arm Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and
Philippine National Police (PNP). Eventually a multi-sectoral skills
building workshop on ELKs and EDs were conducted and the group
identified the problem which lies in the prosecution of cases.
Realizing that the predicament is so broad, highly domicile and
politically sensitive, the group finally decided to initiate a multi-sectoral
approach, said Gomez.
In pursuing its goals,
AHRC continuously work closely with various government, the academe,
non-government organizations (NGOs), grassroots organizations, and
other civil society groups. Maintained alliances with the national and
international organizations whose operations and expertise are
relevant to the respective sectors served by the center; and involved
in establishing MSQRTs which serves as one-stop assistance centers
where victims and/or their families can report human rights
violations, specifically violations of civil and political rights;
request immediate investigation; seek legal advice and assistance; and
request witness protection.
Gomez stressed that
the essence of MSQRT is to address the needs of Extra-Legal Killings (ELK) and Enforced Disappearances (ED) victims by
means of a coordinative mechanism between security forces, CSOs,
church, media, academe, government, NGOs and law students. Since it is
a “victim-centered” mechanism it includes psychosocial counseling and
other forms of assistance or services intended for the victims.
For Samar Province,
PSupt. Maximo Manicani suggested that the next MSQRT Assembly should
be held in Calbayog City or Gandara as reports revealed that human
rights violations and other forms of criminalities mostly occurred in
said places compared to Catbalogan and Tacloban Cities. He also
recommended that politicians should be requested to attend since ELKs
and EDs are allegedly politically related.
Emy Calagos-Bonifacio and Fr. Cesar Aculan has yet to decide on the
On the other hand,
participating agencies such as the Commission on Human Rights,
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Criminal
Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), National Bureau of
Investigation (NBI), Samar and Eastern Samar Provincial and Catbalogan
City Police Offices, 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army,
City Social Welfare and Development Office, Technical Education and
Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Urban Poor Sector, Kaisahan,
Katungod han Samareña Foundation Incorporated (KSFI) and the media
expressed their commitments to Kasugbong Samar MSQRT.
rights defenders express concern over continuing human rights
violations in PH at the UN
March 14, 2011
Philippine human rights defenders express concern over continuing
human rights violations in Mindanao, file complaint on the murder of
distinguished botanist Leonard Co with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings
GENEVA, Switzerland –
The Ecumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights in the Philippines (EcuVoice),
an ecumenical delegation of Philippine human rights non-government
organizations for the defense and promotion of human rights, today,
raised in the UN Human Rights Council the continuing human rights
violations in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao, and filed a
complaint with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial,
summary or arbitrary executions – Mr. Christof Heyns – on the killing
of world-renowned Filipino botanist Leonard Co, forester Sofronio
Cortez, and farmer-guide Julio Borromeo.
“Of the 1,206
documented cases of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines under
Mrs. Arroyo, 375 of these were from Mindanao. The brutal killing of Benjie Bayles, a member of my church and the torture and killing
recently of B’laan chieftain Rudy Dejos and his son Rody Rick of Sta.
Cruz, Davao del Sur show that extrajudicial killings continue under
the prevailing climate of impunity in the country. We are worried
because these incidents are continuing,” said Philippine Independent
Church Bishop Felixberto Calang, also of Initiatives for Peace in
Mindanao (InPeace Mindanao), in an oral statement read for him by
Atty. Ephraim Cortez of the National Union of People’s Lawyers in the
general debate on Item 3 at the 16th Sessions of the UN Human Rights
Bishop Calang also
expressed concern over the conduct of the prosecution of the accused
in the Maguindanao massacre. He said that the relatives of the victims
of the Maguindanao Massacre are “apprehensive of attempts to bribe
witnesses and prosecutors in apparent moves to weaken the ongoing
legal case against the powerful Ampatuan family…the victims’ families
complain of the slow pace of the judicial processes while witnesses
remain unprotected and some have already been killed,” asserted Calang.
EcuVoice also brought
the complaint letter sent by Agham, an organization of advocates for
science and technology for the people, on the killings of Leonardo Co,
Cortez and Borromeo. The three were killed November 15, 2010 in
Kananga, Leyte, Philippines, while conducting research on tree
biodiversity for the Energy Development Corporation.
The complaint included
submission of a report by an independent fact finding mission
conducted 10 days following the incident. Based on extensive
interviews and field investigations, the mission concluded that Co,
Cortez and Borromeo were apparently shot by elements of the 19th
Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army. The complaint urged
Special Rapporteur Heyns to investigate the killing of Co, Cortez and
Borromeo, up to and including all levels of the military command
concerned with their shooting. The killings of Co, Cortez and
Borromeo were among the first 30 extrajudicial killings committed
under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.
The oral statements
and filing of the complaint are among the activities in EcuVoice’s
weeklong participation in the 16th Session of the United National
Human Rights Council. The delegation is headed by Bishop Calang and
Marie Hilao Enriquez, Karapatan Chairperson. They were joined in the
EcuVoice delegation by Dr. Merry Mia Clamor, one of the Morong 43
health workers illegally arrested and detained in February last year;
Atty. Ephraim Cortez of the National Union of People’s Lawyers;
Cristina Palabay of KARAPATAN; Girlie Padilla of the Ecumenical
Movement for Justice and Peace and Rhonda Ramiro of BAYAN-USA.
DENR allots over P150K
By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
March 14, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – A
ten (10) hectare vegetable based agro-forestry project is set for
implementation in a forestland in Taft, Eastern Samar located inside
the Ulot Watershed Model Forest.
With a fund allocation
of P155,500 from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources,
the project shall be undertaken by the San Rafael Integrated Farmers
Cooperative, Inc. (SRIFC) in Barangay San Rafael, Taft,
Eastern Samar. The project is expected to be completed within the
In a Memorandum of
Agreement set to be ratified by the DENR and the People’s Organization
(PO) SRIFC through its President Jesus Cabujat, the DENR shall
facilitate and provide technical assistance to the
PO in the
implementation of the project. This shall include determination of
species to be planted in accordance with site species suitability and
market potential for the commodity.
For its part, SRIFC
shall conduct activities for the ground implementation of the project
to include site preparation, sowing, planting and nurturing of the
vegetable farm. A nursery shed house/bunkhouse which shall also serve
as bagsakan center will be constructed from the allocated funds.
“With this vegetable
based agro-forestry project, we hope to veer the upland people away
from further destruction of our forests,” says DENR Regional Executive
Director Primitivo Galinato, Jr. “Sadly, we are seeing our forests
being opened up as upland communities engage in charcoal making which
provides them immediate income,” RED Galinato laments.
reveals that the project is in consonance with the National
Convergence Initiative of government which calls for collaborative
efforts of the local government units, people’s organizations,
non-government organizations and other stakeholders towards poverty
reduction and environmental protection.
Katungod-SB-Karapatan’s allegation of violation of rights of children
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
March 12, 2011
Catbalogan City – The allegation of violation of children’s rights
by soldiers of the Army’s 14th Infantry Battalion as mentioned in the
press release of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP)
Katungod-SB-Karapatan on March 4, 2011 is a mere fabrication.
Accordingly, the incidents transpired in Eastern Samar where 14IB
while conducting military operations at Brgy. Huknan, Giporlos
municipality allegedly threatened and interrogated two 17 years old
However, Lt Col
Hermilo Demafiles, Commanding Officer of 14IB dismissed this
accusation as untrue. “The statement of Katungod-SB-Karapatan is a
total lie and only intends to poison the people we are serving.
People might get angry when reading these new propaganda lines of
Katungod-SB for they themselves are the one volunteering their support
in the pursuit of genuine peace in their province,” says Lieutenant
“Even the local
government officials are satisfied with the way the 14IB implements
the peace initiatives in their localities in contradiction with the
allegation of Katungod-SB-Karapatan,” he added.
a front organization of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New
People’s Army (CPP/NPA), usually becomes noisy when it sensed that the
government forces are winning in its counter insurgency drive in the
area. It can be recalled that 14IB flagged various feats against the
terrorist NPA in
where the enemy camps and firearms were seized and a number of them
either killed or surrender.
Furthermore, no less
than Roberto Gacuma, former secretary of South Samar Front (SSF) of
Samar Provincial Party Committee (SPPC), Eastern Samar Regional Party
Committee (EVRPC) of the CPP who surrendered recently has confirmed
the lies behind this Katungod-SB-Karapatan. In a press conference
sometime in March 2010, Gacuma declared that KATUNGOD-SB-Karapatan is
being run by the CPP-NPA and serves as their immediate propaganda
Hence, it is but
normal that KATUNGOD-SB-Karapatan is biased against the military being
a front organization of the CPP. That is why they were silent when an
innocent child was mercilessly killed by members of the NPA that
ambushed the troops of 63IB last December 14, 2010 in Northern Samar.
Is this not a clear violation of human rights especially the rights of
children? KATUNGOD-SB-Karapatan chose to keep their mouth shut
regarding this incident because the perpetrators (NPA) are their
We are therefore
appealing to the people of Eastern Visayas not to fall victim to the
black propaganda of Katungod-SB-Karapatan but to work hand-in hand
with the authorities to include media entities and various religious
and people’s organization to take account our moral obligations to
maintain peace and harmony in our respective communities.
Colonel Labador is the
new 801st Brigade Commander
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
March 12, 2011
Catbalogan, Samar – The Army’s 801st Infantry Brigade welcome its
new commander Colonel Romeo Labador in today’s simple but meaningful
change of command ceremony held at Camp Eugenio Daza, Hinabangan,
Samar with Major General Mario Chan, the Commander of 8th Infantry
Division, presiding the activity.
Colonel Alexander Albano, who had already assumed commandership of the
Army Reserve Command earlier, has spearheaded the brigade’s operations
in Eastern and Western Samar for more than two years before
relinquishing his command to Colonel Romeo Labador, a member of
Philippine Military Academy Class of 1983 and the former 8ID’s Chief
In his assumption
speech, Colonel Labador said that he will focus his efforts in the
implementation of Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan” to
sustain the peace that reigns in the two provinces under his area of
operation more particularly on the communities declared as
insurgent-free to prevent the re-incursion of the Communist Terrorists
General Chan recognized the remarkable accomplishments of Colonel
Albano in his more than two years stewardship of the Brigade that
brought meaningful change to the lives of the people in the area. He
also congratulated Colonel Albano for a job well done and bid ‘good
luck’ to him on his new assignment. He likewise expressed his
appreciation to the provincial officials headed by Governor Sharee Ann
Tan-delos Santos of Samar and other stakeholders who were present and
thank them for their all out support to 801 Bde under Col Albano.
ES Ochoa sets in
motion administrative proceedings against Ombudsman’s special
March 11, 2011
Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. said on Friday that
Malacañang had initiated administrative proceedings against Special
Prosecutor Wendell Sulit of the Office of the Ombudsman, and had asked
her to explain why she should not be sanctioned for entering into a
questionable plea bargain deal with retired Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia.
Ochoa issued the
show-cause order directing Sulit to submit to the Office of the
Executive Secretary an explanation, within five days from the time she
received the order, why no administrative disciplinary proceedings may
be commenced against her.
Secretary said the initiation of administrative proceedings was based
on the recommendations of the Justice Committee of the House of
Representatives, which looked into plea bargain agreementwith the
former military comptroller.
Ochoa likewise said
that the Office of the President had referred to the Civil Service
Commission (CSC) the House Committee on Justice Resolution No. 3,
which also recommended the filing of appropriate charges against
Deputy Special Prosecutors Roberto Kallos and Jesus Micael; and
Assistant Special Prosecutors Jose Balmeo Jr. and Joseph Capistrano.
“Under the Uniform
Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service, a complaint
against a civil service official may be initiated by the disciplining
authority,” Ochoa said.
Under Section 8 of
Republic Act 6770 or the Ombudsman Act of 1989, “a Deputy or the
Special Prosecutor may be removed from office by the President for any
of the grounds provided for the removal of the Ombudsman, and after
prosecutor, just like the Ombudsman, can be removed from office on
grounds of culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery,
graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust.
In this case, the
congressional reports are treated as complaints and the bases of the
initiation of administrative proceedings against Sulit, Ochoa
Meanwhile, Ochoa wrote
CSC Chairman Francisco T. Duque III and asked that the Commission
initiate administrative proceedings against Kallos, Micael, Balmeo,
and Capistrano in accordance with the provisions of Executive Order
292 or the Administrative Code.
The Office of the
Ombudsman and CSC exercise concurrent jurisdiction insofar as
administrative cases against Sulit’s deputies and assistants are
concerned, as they are not presidential appointees.
Code states that the Civil Service “embraces all branches,
subdivisions, instrumentalities, and agencies of the Government,
including government-owned or controlled corporations with original
charters” and that the CSC can “hear and decide administrative cases
instituted by or brought before it directly or on appeal.”
After conducting an
inquiry into the plea bargain deal, the House Committee on Justice
forwarded last February Committee Resolution No. 3 to the Palace,
requesting the President to take action on the panel’s recommendation
to dismiss Sulit and file appropriate charges against Kallos, Micael,
Balmeo, and Capistrano.
NPA not involved in
Biliran bus burning incident
By EFREN MARTIRES COMMAND, NPA-EV
March 9, 2011
The Efren Martires
Command of the New People's Army-Eastern Visayas today slammed the
Philippine National Police for accusing the NPA of involvement in the
burning of two buses of Silver Star Bus Liner in Almeria, Biliran that
also killed two drivers last March 5.
"The NPA had nothing
to do with the Biliran bus burning incident," said Ka Karlos Manuel,
EMC spokesperson. "But Agence France Press quoted PNP spokesman Chief
Supt. Agrimero Cruz as claiming that "initial investigation" pointed
to the NPA as behind the bus burning for "revolutionary taxation."
Cruz did not even show a shred of evidence for his claim from the
police's so-called "initial investigation."
News reports clearly
showed the incident to be a common crime. The PNP's accusation is
therefore nothing more than lazy, baseless and incompetent work and
invented out of thin air. It also seems the PNP is spreading
disinformation against the NPA after its successful ambush on police
elements in Arteche,
last Feb. 26."
Manuel added that
revolutionary taxation was an assertion of political authority and not
a punitive action. "Companies that do business inside the
revolutionary territory have to comply with the laws and policies of
the people's democratic government. That includes respecting the
communities involved, desisting from counterrevolutionary activities,
and protecting the environment, among other regulations that may be
clarified. Revolutionary taxation is thus just one of the laws and
policies that businesses have to comply with inside the revolutionary
territory, and not even the decisive one. For example, large-scale
mining is banned totally because of its pro-imperialist, anti-people
and anti-environment nature. Similarly, commercial logging is also
banned totally, and trees may only be cut by the peasants for their
personal use such as in constructing their houses.
"Thus, when the police
score the NPA over "revolutionary taxation" such as in the Biliran bus
burning incident, it is nothing more than disinformation rearing its
ugly head once again."
Civilian’s tip abates
NPA extortion activities
By CPT DRANDREB CANTO (INF) PA, 802nd Infantry Brigade
March 9, 2011
CAMP DOWNES, Ormoc
City – Some 20 members of terrorist New People’s Army (NPA)
operating in the province of Leyte were encountered by the Army’s 78th
Infantry Battalion in Sitio Mat-i, Brgy Antipolo of Albuera town
around 4:30 p.m. yesterday, March 8 following the tip from the
Based on the report
reaching this headquarters, troops of Second Lieutenant Vinluan were
conducting routine security patrol in the area when an undisclosed
civilian approached them and reported that some armed men who plans to
conduct extortion activities in their barangay were seen in the place
quite distant from their location.
The troops then
diverted their routes towards the place being guided by the said
civilian until encounter transpired. Exchange of fires lasted for
about 30 minutes before the terrorist fled bringing along with them
their wounded comrades.
One soldier was
reported hurt in the side of the government forces while it is still
being determined on the enemy side as of press time. Only excessive
bloodstains that stained in the area of encounter were left when the
John Bonafos, the 802nd Brigade’s commander commended the troops for
successfully thwarting the enemy’s extortion to the people.
“Such gallant feat of
our troops is a clear manifestation of their dedication to duty in
protecting the people against the threat groups that will sow terror
to the peace loving Samareños”.
He said that another
NPA plan was thwarted due to the unwavering support of our people. It
only proves that insurgency could not be totally expunged by a mere
military solution. It needs a thorough collaboration between the
civilians and the soldiers.
Colonel Bonafos also
condemns in the strongest possible terms the continuous blatant
violation of the terrorist NPA on human rights and international
humanitarian law in making the people as their “milking cow.”
activity was already condemned by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)
as extreme violation of people’s rights. This terrorist act is a clear
manifestation of ill-respect to the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect
for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), a
total abuse of our people’s right that is deemed condemnable in the
strongest possible terms,” declares Colonel Bonafos.
“We challenge the
different human rights advocates who always create noise over the
violation of human rights to come out and eventually condemn this
undoubtedly human rights violation and stop extorting food supplies
and money from the people,” says Colonel Bonafos.
“We would like also to
recognize the heroism paid for by our comrade-in-arms who died in the
true spirit of peace and democracy. The highest regards of our people
and our Armed Forces will be bestowed upon him. Although sad to note,
my deepest condolences to the loved ones left by Private Jonie Briones,”
vows Colonel Bonafos.
Troops of 802nd
Brigade are still in the area to pursue the fleeing terrorist and let
them face the consequences of their illegal acts and be charged with
the full force of the law.
Campaign reaches out to KTV bar owners, massage parlors
Iloilo Capitol, PRO6
intensify drive vs. human trafficking
By FLORENCE F. HIBIONADA, Philippine News Service
March 8, 2011
ILOILO, Philippines –
The campaign against human trafficking is off to a different playing
field here in Iloilo with innovations in strategies employed by the
Iloilo Provincial Government (IPG) and Police Regional Office 6
Subject of a
Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA), seekers of business licenses in the
“entertainment and dining industry” will now be required to attend an
orientation-seminar relative to human trafficking.
warned,” is the underlying message to all owners of Karaoke or KTV
Bars, massage parlors, spas, restaurants and other similar business
As such, “no
attendance, no permit” is now the condition with the seminar primarily
focused on the provisions of Republic Act (RA) 7610 or the Anti-Child
Abuse Law, RA 9208 or Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, and
other related laws.
“This prerequisite is
provided for in the Memorandum of Agreement between Iloilo Provincial
Government and Police Regional Office 6 which was signed by Governor
Arthur Defensor, Sr. and the region's top cop, Police Chief
Superintendent Cipriano E. Querol, Jr. It applies both to those who
are renewing their business licenses and for the new applicants,” PRO
6 in a news release sent to Philippine News Service (PNS) went. “The
Agreement will serve as coordinating efforts between the PRO6 and
Iloilo Provincial Government in regulating the hiring of women and
children to work in Karaoke bars, restaurants, massage parlors, spas
and similar establishments.”
With Iloilo as
“take-off” province of said campaign, Querol said the Agreement will
be replicated to other provinces in the region.
"Western Visayas is
among the target destinations of trafficked women and children. With
the support of the Local Government, we can effectively combat
trafficking in persons through massive information campaigns," he
To note, Police
Superintendent Ma. Cecilia Detablan, Chief of Regional Women and
Children Protection Desk, disclosed that the Philippines was placed on
the Tier 2 Watch List of the US State Department. The report was for
Calendar Year 2009 that showed slow progress of the country in
convicting trafficking offenders.
“The US State
Department provides information on trafficking in many countries and
ranks each country's performance from Tier 1 (highest) to Tier 3. The
ranking is based more on the extent of government action to combat
trafficking than on the size of the problem,” the news release
continued. “Defensor said his office is willing to support PRO6 in
all its campaign in the maintenance of peace and order in the
"In all matters of
mutual concern, you can always expect the support of my leadership,"
Governor Defensor assured. (with report from
Enemy cache discover
by 14th IB
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
March 8, 2011
Catbalogan City, Samar – Through intensified implementation of the
Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan” by the government
troops in the whole area of Eastern Visayas Region, another cache of
war materiel from the New People’s Army were discovered by the troops
of 14th Infantry Battalion Monday afternoon, March 7.
Reports reaching this
headquarters from Lieutenant Colonel Hermilo Demafiles, Commanding
officer of 14IB disclosed that the troops led by 2nd Lieutenant
Cristobal while conducting security operation at Sitio Puroy,
Magsaysay, Mc Arthur Eastern Samar, discovered cache of war items
through the information volunteered by populace of said barangay.
Said cache contains
one (1) galloon ammonium nitrate used in making improvised explosive
device (IED) like land mines, fourteen (14) rounds of M203
ammunitions, one (1) M203 grenade launcher with serial number 130964,
two (2) rounds of fifty (50) caliber ammunitions, two hundred nine
(209) rounds of M14 ammunitions, one (1) M16 magazines (long), two (2)
pieces typewriter, one (1) uninterrupted power supply, nine (9)
cassette tapes, two (2) bottles dextrose, one (1) enemy map, one (1)
container gasoline, twenty (20) pieces terumo needle, one (1) liter
duplicating ink, digital sphygmomanometer for blood pressure,
voluminous subversive documents with high intelligence value and some
Again, 8ID Commander
Major General Mario F. Chan, extended his appreciation to the local
folks for the timely information that resulted to the discovery of
said cache and applauded his men for a job well done. “I would like to
express my sincerest appreciation for the continued support of the
people by giving us the information that led to the success of our
operation. It only goes to show that the people are already with us in
our quest to attain genuine peace in the area,’’ says Chan.
NBI 6 nabs ‘NPA’ in
By FLORENCE HIBIONADA, Philippine News Service
March 8, 2011
ILOILO, Philippines –
A self-proclaimed member of communist terrorist group New People’s
Army (NPA) was arrested by operatives of the National Bureau of
Investigation (NBI) Western Visayas Regional Office 6 (WEVRO6).
Believed to be behind
the series of extortion letters sent out to businessmen in Southern
Iloilo, caught was June Tenerife of E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental.
The 35 year-old
suspect was led by one of his victims into an NBI-WEVRO 6 entrapment
operation in Sitio Sinigidan, Barangay Tenyente Benito in Tubungan,
Iloilo. Tenerife has set up temporary residence in said barangay
following his marriage to a local resident.
NBI WEVRO 6 operatives
successfully made the arrest early Monday evening without any
incident. Among the recoveries were a .45 caliber pistol, five live
ammunitions and various Identification Cards bearing Tenerife’s
ABS-CBN Iloilo’s John
Fernandez in a report gathered that among the suspect’s victim was a
rice trader in the area with the demand made in an extortion letter.
Same NPA-reasoning of “revolutionary tax” was used by the NPA-wannabe
with follow-up demand made via a text message.
The NBI-WEVRO 6 is
consolidating evidences that has built up against
Tenerife and will be used in filing corresponding complaints.
Among the charges to be filed are extortion, illegal possession of
firearms and grave threats.
NBI WEVRRO 6 Regional
Director Elfren Meneses Jr. decided to withhold the identity of the
victim for security reasons.
extortion cum demand for “revolutionary tax” is prevalent in Southern
Iloilo with known NPA-infiltrated hinterland barangays here. The
Municipality of Tubungan for its part has since been subject of NPA
attacks particularly cellular site towers of major telecommunication
Tenerite upon his
arrest though has reportedly clarified his supposed NPA membership
denying the extortion charge while admitting ownership of the gun
Bureau insiders told
Philippine News Service (PNS) that the suspect is also believed to be