Sec. Robredo offers
P200K for identity and P1M for the arrest of mayor Uy’s killer
May 3, 2010
CAMP RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo announced the
P1M reward for the arrest of the killer of Calbayog City mayor
Reynaldo Uy who was shot while attending town fiesta at Hinabangan,
Samar last April 30, 2011 at around 9:30 pm and later on died while
undergoing treatment at St. Paul’s Hospital, Tacloban City the
The announcement was
made in a press conference at Ciriaco Hotel, Calbayog City yesterday,
May 2, 2011. Also present during the press conference were Samar
congressman Mel Senen Sarmiento of the 1st district of samar;
congressman Raul Daza, 1st district of Northern Samar; PCSupt Arnold R
Revilla, RD PRO8; PSSupt Edgar O Basbas, Deputy Regional Director For
Operations, head of the Special Investigation Task Group “Uy”; PSSupt
Ronald Macapagal, provincial director, Samar Provincial Police Office
and director Francisco C. Jose, regional director, DILG 8.
Sec. Robredo also
condemned the killing of Mayor Uy and ordered the PNP to have a speedy
investigation and identification of the perpetrator so that justice
will be served.
PCSupt Revilla said,
the PNP has immediately activated “SITG Uy” to spearhead and
facilitate the expeditious investigation aimed towards the immediate
solution of the case and brining the perpetrators to the bar of
He further condemns
the bestial and dastardly killing of a local chief executive and will
leave no stone unturned on its probe. However, the regional director
added, the PNP needs the support of the community for any information
for the identification of the suspects.
All PNP commanders
were advise to review their policy guidelines in providing VIP
security protection to government officials and high risk private
Palace sets soldiers’
incentive and combat duty pay
MANILA – Malacañang
has established the combat duty pay and incentive pay for officers and
enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to
clarify the various executive issuances related to compensation of men
Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. said on Tuesday that Executive Order No. 38,
which President Benigno Aquino III signed on April 28, set the amount
of combat pay at P500 and the combat incentive pay at P150 per day and
will be applied retroactively as of January 1, 2011.
approved EO 38 to put in effect the intention of his administration to
improve the conveyed allotment of benefits and entitlements to the
members of the AFP, especially those engaged in combat operations and
recognizing the vital role they play in nation building," Ochoa said.
Secretary also explained that the directive was issued to
"consolidate, clarify and integrate all executive issuances" in order
to "realize the objective of providing maximum benefits allowable for
qualified members of the AFP."
The President’s order
consolidated all presidential directives relating to combat duty pay
and incentive pay of AFP officers and enlisted personnel and
superseded EO Nos. 1017, 15 and 658.
Under EO 38, officers
and enlisted personnel of the AFP performing combat duties/activities
are entitled to receive a combat duty pay of P500 per month. An
additional combat incentive pay of P150 per day will be given to AFP
members who are actually engaged in combat operation against members
of various insurgent, terrorist and lawless groups.
The EO, however,
stipulates that the total additional combat incentive pay shall not
exceed P1, 500 per Operations Order (OPORD) or Fragmentary Order (FRAG-O).
The directive states
that the combat operation must be for a specific mission duly covered
by an OPORD or FRAG-O and that the personnel involved in combat must
be in the published task organization of the combat operation.
"This combat incentive
pay shall be supplementary to the P500 per month combat duty pay that
AFP members assigned in the field units are entitled to receive,"
The initial funding
requirement to implement EO 38 will be drawn from the Personal
Services (PS) savings of the AFP during Fiscal Year 2010-2011.
Succeeding budget for this presidential directive will be included in
the General Appropriations Act.
EO 1017, which was
issued on March 22, 1985, had set the combat duty pay of soldiers from
P120 to P240 per month. Subsequently, EO 658, which was issued on
September 6, 2007, granted an additional combat incentive pay of P150
per day to soldiers in recognition of their sacrifices being directly
involved in actual combat operations.
On December 20, 2010,
President Aquino issued EO 15, which provided for an additional combat
allowance of P260 per month to increase it to P500 per month but
removed the P150 per day incentive of the men in uniform in the field
for combat operations.
With the issuance of
EO 38, Ochoa said, soldiers taking part in actual combat operations
can now receive their daily incentive pay on top of the monthly combat
"The intent of the
administration is to improve the conditions of our soldiers,
especially those in combat who risk their lives," Ochoa said. "We are
taking measures to extend to them adequate compensation that is also
commensurate to the services they render to contribute to nation
DILG to distribute
P150M fuel subsidy for tricycle drivers
By DILG Office of Public Affairs
The Department of the
Interior and Local Government is finalizing the list of tricycle
franchisees nationwide to benefit from the P150 million earmarked by
the government for its Pantawid Pasada program aimed to subsidize a
portion of their average fuel consumption.
“We hope that through
this program, we will somehow be able to help tricycle owners in
bearing the brunt of the oil price increases,” said Secretary Jesse M. Robredo of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The DILG chief said
that of the about 990,514 tricycle franchise owners who stand to
benefit from the program, 27% or 268,949 are from Calabarzon (Cavite,
Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) 22% or 221,392 are from
Central Luzon, and 10.5% or 103,986 are from Metro Manila.
Under the program,
each tricycle franchise owner shall receive a one-time gasoline
subsidy of P150 per tricycle unit. The DILG on Friday released the
implementing guidelines of the “Pantawid Pasada” program under the
Public Transport Assistance Program (PTAP) of President Benigno S.
The guidelines were
contained in a memorandum circular issued by the DILG Secretary to
provincial governors, city and municipal mayors and the concerned
officers of local legislative councils.
PTAP, which was
created under Executive Order No. 32, s. 2011 issued by the Office of
the President, is an urgent intervention aimed at cushioning the
impact of high fuel prices on the marginalized sectors of society.
Under the guidelines,
the concerned DILG regional office shall forge a memorandum of
agreement with the concerned local chief executives who shall in turn
cause the preparation and certification of the list of tricycle
franchisees, addresses and number of operating tricycles.
The list shall serve
as reference document in the computation of the subsidy by the DILG
regional and field offices.
The guidelines also
provide that the mayors shall set-up a PTAP Assistance and Complaint
Desk to receive feedback and address the complaints of the
beneficiaries, Robredo said.
Prior to the release
of the subsidy, the mayors, in coordination with DILG field officials,
are expected to conduct a local government-wide information drive,
devise a system to effect an organized and orderly distribution of
tricycle transport financial subsidy to the beneficiary-tricycle
franchisees and ensure that only those included in the certified list
shall benefit from the subsidy.
The DILG chief pointed
out that it shall be the responsibility of the LGU concerned to
strictly implement the provisions of the Executive Order, rules and
regulations relative to the tricycle subsidy program.
“In case of any
violation, the official authorizing the same shall be held responsible
for whatever expenses the government incurred for not strictly
following said issuances,” he stressed.
Robredo directed all
DILG regional directors to cause the immediate and widest
dissemination of the directive to LGUs within their areas and provide
them with necessary administrative advice and support to ensure the
successful implementation of PTAP.
Who will win the first
Red Cross Award for Humanitarian Reporting?
By ICRC Manila
MANILA – The winners
of the Red Cross Award for Humanitarian Reporting – the first
journalism contest organized by the International Committee of the Red
Cross and the Philippine Red Cross – will finally be revealed on May
The winners will be
announced in the awarding ceremony slated at 1:30 p.m. in Richmonde
Hotel, Ortigas, Pasig City. Around 23 finalists from the print, online
and TV/radio media from different regions will attend the event, and
officials from ICRC and PRC.
Profiles of the
finalists, which include veteran mainstream and community journalists,
may be viewed through
launched on 12 August 2010 aims to promote responsible reporting of
conflict situations by highlighting the plight of those affected by
humanitarian organizations have a common responsibility to ensure that
those who are not fighting will be spared, and have a chance to lead
normal life. The Red Cross Award is given to journalists who try to
build a better future for people often forgotten or dismissed as
'collateral damage' of war," said Anastasia Isyuk, ICRC's
Aside from ICRC and
PRC, the judges hail from the contest's partner-organizations:
International News Safety Institute, Peace and Conflict Journalism
Network, Philippine Association of Communication Educators, and Rotary
Club of Manila.
Guest judges include
veteran journalists Vergel Santos of the Center for Media Freedom and
Responsibility; and Rey Hulog, executive director of the Kapisanan ng
mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas.
The entries were
screened on focus and date of coverage, after which 15 judges from
partner-organizations and guest judges critiqued the finalists based
on: evidence of research (30 percent); sourcing (20 percent);
coherence/ organization (20 percent); style and presentation (15
percent); and conflict-sensitive reporting (15 percent).
Apart from the
awarding ceremony, a program starting at 9 a.m. will delve into
challenges on conflict reporting, and how best to address them.
are Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer, on the current situation of
Philippine media coverage of conflict situations; Antonio Cruz,
president of Bloggers' Association, on the role of new media in
contemporary conflicts; and Agence France Presse correspondent Jason
Gutierrez, on his experience in covering war and other situations of
8ID calls on sectors
to respect court processes on Acosta’s case
By EMY C. BONIFACIO, Samar News.com
April 26, 2011
CATBALOGAN CITY –
While the 8ID command acknowledges the right of everyone to express
their opinions, they did not fail to show their disappointment over
the misleading stories and twisted facts that brings about the brewing
sympathy of a few sectors over the arrest of Ericson Acosta.
Ericson Acosta, 37
years of age, is presently detained at the Calbayog sub-provincial
jail for a criminal charge on illegally possessing explosives docketed
as Criminal Case # 11-050 filed at RTC Branch 41 in Gandara,
“It is anticipated
that the legal front of the CPP and its allied organizations will
stage propaganda activities in order to deny affiliation of Acosta in
their mother organization”, the 8ID spokesperson commented.
Major General Mario
Chan, 8ID’s commander, reiterates to the public that the rights of
Acosta were respected during and after his apprehension.
“Acosta was accorded
with respect by the apprehending troops. As we’ve done so in the past,
we continue assuring our people that we will always be observant of
human rights,” the good general adds.
“In fact, his right to
counsel and defend himself in court has been duly respected, a clear
manifestation of our cognizance for a due process of law. A case has
already been filed in court, so let’s just wait for the case to take
its due course. We submitted the case to the proper courts for
resolution.” Chan clarifies.
The statements came
after reading reports that certain groups are calling for Acosta’s
immediate release from detention in a recently launched “Free Ericson
Acosta Campaign”, spearheaded by Acosta’s former colleagues from the
UP Philippine Collegian, UP Alay Sining and UP Amnesty International,
as well as his former schoolmates from St. Mary’s College, UST High
School, his family and friends. (read
academe call for release of detained cultural worker)
The Free Ericson
Acosta Campaign has been calling on all concerned artists,
freedom-fighters and human rights advocates to unite against political
repression and attacks on human rights and civil liberties.
organizers claim that Acosta was illegally arrested last February 13
in San Jorge, Samar by members of the AFP’s 34th IB on mere suspicion
that he is a member of the New People’s Army (NPA). “Moreover, he was
in the company of a local barangay official when he was arrested and
held for three days without charges and was subjected to continuous
tactical interrogation by the military. He has been charged with
illegal possession of explosives”, Acosta’s allies insist.
The 8ID leadership
made it clear that they are not contesting Acosta’s gift of
intelligence and artistic skills as evidenced by the educational
records, his past literary works and accomplishments in his chosen
field as well as his alliances with other prominent personalities who
have been working for the country’s development.
“It was commendable of
him to have those past accomplishments, as presented by his
colleagues. We do not question that. Indeed, there are a lot of
cultural workers who are openly advocating for reforms and they are
given their freedom to exercise their expertise. However, on Acosta’s
case it seems that these groups have failed to establish the fact that
he was arrested in the hinterlands of Samar. Did anyone of his
colleagues wonder why he was in Samar, whom he was working with and
what his project was before and during the time of his arrest? It is
not even true that he was unarmed because documents/personal
belongings retrieved showed pictures of him armed with an M16 rifle.
If he’s a plain media or cultural worker, why is he armed?” explains
MGen. Chan while showing pictures of Acosta to the media.
Commanding General refuses to offer more information regarding this
case as this has already been forwarded to the court for resolution,
but was forced to shed light on queries from the local media.
Reports on the case
revealed that Ericson Acosta was arrested in the vicinity of Brgy.
Bay-ang in San Jorge, Samar while about to board on a motor boat. When
intercepted, he allegedly attempted to draw out from his pocket a hand
positively identified Ericson Acosta, alias August Lim, to be working
under the Instruction Bureau of the National Education Department of
the CPP-NPA-NDF’s Central Committee. Some other local villagers
voluntarily offered testimonies on the alleged activities of Acosta.
Furthermore, it was
learned that Acosta was sent by the CPP to facilitate the production
of various propaganda materials such as “Ang Bayan”, an underground
movement newsletter. Troops also recovered from Acosta one (1) laptop
notebook with complete accessories and spare battery, an external hard
drive, Globe tattoo (USB globe broadband), one (1) unit Nokia 3530, 6
pcs SIM cards, a cash amounting to Four Thousand Eight Hundred pesos
(P4,800.00) only and his personal belonging.
As of this writing,
www.samarnews.com published at its discussion board, Acosta’s press
statement, dated April 15, 2011. (read
It was learned that
Acosta personally drafted his own counter-affidavit and had it sent to
his defense lawyers which is being handled by a legal team from the
National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), led by Atty. Jun Oliva and
Atty. Rey Cortez.
mentioned that he has completed draft of a regional human rights
situationer that focused on the cases of human rights violations in
Barangay Bay-ang in San Jorge, Samar.
“I was in Bay-ang at
the time of my arrest precisely to follow-up on these cases”, adds
“The heat inside the
cell is simply oppressive – there is no ceiling here, the lone window
is less than a square foot, and my tarima is just beside two charcoal
stoves that burn non-stop. The noise outside and the frenzied –
sometimes juvenile, sometimes zombie-like goings on among my 12
kakosas inside a stifling, cramped-up space are just too distracting,
disorienting”, was Acosta’s description of the Calbayog jail while
trying to apologize for his rambled writing.
He calls on human
rights advocates to amplify his case in order to put on pressure to
the government that would ultimately free all political prisoners. He
explained that while he is the principal subject of the Free Ercison
Acosta Campaign, he is enlisting himself to be its principal mass
leader and propagandist as well.
Greenpeace calls on
Philippine government to abandon nukes on Chernobyl anniversary
April 26, 2011
MANILA – Greenpeace
today marked the 25th anniversary of the
nuclear disaster with a call to governments of Southeast Asia to
abandon all plans of developing nuclear power plants in the region to
ensure the safety of its citizens. Greenpeace is calling on
Philippine President Noynoy Aquino to invest heavily in energy
efficiency and harness clean, safe renewable energies to meet the
country’s energy requirements instead of dirty coal and dangerous
In Metro Manila,
Greenpeace activists in black cloaks and masks took the message to the
doorsteps of the Department of Energy, as they held a grim procession
highlighting 25 of the world’s worst nuclear disasters to challenge
Energy Secretary Jose Almendras to strike out all nuclear options in
Philippine energy plans.
“Chernobyl is to date
the world’s worst civilian nuclear accident, but the unfolding
disaster in Fukushima, Japan, demonstrates that no amount of
technological sophistication or safety culture can prepare any country
or its people for the inherent dangers of nuclear energy. Like in
Chernobyl, the Fukushima incident has shown that we cannot control or
manage nuclear energy and its fallout,” said Amalie Obusan, Greenpeace
Southeast Asia Climate and Energy Campaigner.
A quarter of a century
after Chernobyl, the situation in the area surrounding the
reactor shows few signs of improvement. Widespread contamination,
constant resettlements and long-term health impacts still pose threats
to communities. And, despite ‘modernizations’, the root causes of
nuclear technology’s vulnerability to accidents remain the same:
unexpected technological failures, operator errors, poor safety
standards due to political and economic pressures, lack of
transparency in the industry as a whole, and natural disasters.
Philippine Energy Plan for 2009-2030 still contains options for the
adoption of nuclear power in the country. Under the Energy Reform
Agenda of the current administration, part of the DOE’s thrusts for
2013-2016 is to strengthen policy researches and studies in aid of
executive and legislative action that will facilitate the operation of
a 2,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in 2025.
resistance in 2008 derailed plans to revive the mothballed Bataan
Nuclear Power Plant. But the Philippines, as with rest of the ASEAN
countries, despite their vulnerability to natural disasters in the
Pacific “ring of fire” and their general lack of disaster
preparedness, have not yet ruled out nuclear power and the great costs
and risks it entails.
Costs to manage the
Chernobyl disaster which up to now continues to drain
and Europe millions of Euro annually, is estimated to cost more than
13 times the Philippine government’s budget for 2011. The disaster
also severely contaminated between 125,000 and 150,000 square
kilometres (equivalent to around half the
total land area) in Belarus, Russia and the Ukraine. A
Greenpeace-commissioned study based on Belarus national cancer
statistics estimated that approximately 270,000 cancers and 93,000
fatal cancer cases will be caused by Chernobyl.
that to secure a safe and better future, countries must choose
renewable energy over nuclear power. Greenpeace has long argued that
renewable energy has the potential to meet a substantial share of our
future energy demand. The Energy [R]evolution scenario details how –
combined with energy efficiency and a transformed electricity grid –
renewable energy could produce 95% of electricity worldwide by 2050.
Other studies have made predictions for different time frames or
regions. PricewaterhouseCoopers, for example, predicts that
North Africa could run on 100% renewable energy by 2050.