Chan: “We are more
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan City – 14 brand new military vehicles were handed over to
seven (7) Army battalions deployed in different areas of the Army’s
8th Infantry Division in a ceremony during the Monday flag raising at
the Division Headquarters’ ground around 8:00 o’clock in the morning,
No less than Major
General Mario Chan himself, the 8ID’s commander, entrusted the keys to
the supply officers of the recipient units who will serve as the
These brand new
vehicles mean better, faster and enhanced performance of 8ID in
serving the people of Eastern Visayas particularly in disaster, relief
and rescue operations in times of calamity and natural or man-made
Further, Major General
Chan emphasized that these vehicles are just part of the efforts of
the Philippine Army in its continuing capability upgrade program
(CUP). Accordingly, Philippine Army will provide not only new
military equipment, weapon system but also on and off base facilities
and medical services for soldiers.
“With these new
equipment and tools, the 8ID is more than ready to serve the people
and will maintain the faster delivery of services in winning peace and
for immediate response to natural and man-made disaster that are very
much essential in the pursuit of development in the region,” Chan
After the traditional
blessing of vehicles in front of the 8ID grandstand, the said vehicles
were moved in convoy and presented to the people in the immediate and
nearby communities to show how sincere the 8ID is in bringing up to
date and faster delivery of services in “winning the peace” in this
part of the country.
Said vehicles are
now in the custody of 14th, 19th, 20th, 34th, 63rd and 87th infantry
battalions and Service Support Battalion, respectively and expected to
do better in the furtherance of their efforts in supporting the
mission of 8ID to win peace and bring stability and sustain
development in Region 8.
Philippine Star news
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
May 18, 2011
CAMP RUPERTO K
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – A Philippine Star News Correspondent and
Eastern Visayas News Reporter was arrested yesterday, May 17, 2011 at
around 10:00 in the morning.
Miriam Garcia Desacada,
a freelance writer, residing at LMWD Subdivision, Nula-Tula, Tacloban
City was arrested by the PNP personnel of 8th Regional Public Safety
Battalion Company led by PInsp Noel Esquivel, Duty Officer of the Day.
According to Esquivel,
she was nabbed when his men conducted checkpoint along the National
Highway of Brgy Pinamopoan, Capoocan, Leyte fronting the 8RPSB
Headquarters wherein they flagged down a public utility vehicle named
JD Bus Line. Desacada, was on board of said passenger vehicle.
Desacada has an
existing Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon. Crisologo S. Bitas,
Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 7, Tacloban City docketed under Criminal
Case Number 2010-11-647 for violation of Section 7 of RA 7610 or known
as Child Trafficking / An act providing for stronger deterrence and
special protection against child abuse, exploitation and
Arnold Rayala Revilla discloses that he do recognize having a
harmonious working relationship between the PNP and the media but he
does not and will not tolerate any wrong doing of the media. The
police are always ready to protect innocent people without having to
go beyond the boundaries of the law. Justice must be served.
Right now, Desacada is
temporary detained at 8RPSB HQS for documentation prior turn-over to
the court of origin.
Again, Revilla is
encouraging anybody to report immediately to the police for any police
Chiz endorses bill
penalizing perpetrators of involuntary disappearance
By Office of Senator Chiz Escudero
PASAY CITY – A
measure that would penalize enforced and involuntary disappearance and
send to jail its perpetrators for life has been endorsed to the
plenary by the Senate committee on justice and human rights.
Committee Report No.
36, or the Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act, has been
sponsored for deliberation and approval by committee chairman Senator
The bill adopts the
definition of involuntary disappearance under the International
Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced
Disappearance as “the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form
of deprivation of liberty committed by agents of the State or by
persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or
acquiescence of the State.”
It also covers their
“refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment
of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which places
such person outside the protection of the law.”
“The crime of
involuntary disappearance is not yet considered a crime under our laws
so we are endorsing this bill to institute mechanisms and strengthen
existing policies in favor of human rights. This measure, in tandem
with the recently approved Anti-Torture Law, will provide strong
muscles against abuse of state power,” Escudero said.
Once passed, the
perpetrator of involuntary disappearances will be slapped with a
maximum penalty of reclusion perpetua, which is equivalent to 20 years
and one day to 40 years of imprisonment.
“This measure seeks to
put further into operation Section 11, Article 11 of the Constitution,
which declares as a State policy the value of human dignity and the
guarantee of full respect to human rights,” Escudero explained.
The measure also
prohibits the issuances of “orders of battle” – official or otherwise
– by the military, police or any law enforcement agency to justify an
enforced or involuntary disappearance.
Escudero said the bill
also provides that prosecution of persons responsible for the
commission of enforced disappearance shall not be prescribed unless
the victim surfaces alive, in which case the prescription period shall
be 25 years starting from the date of reappearance.
It also mandates
expeditious disposition of habeas corpus and amparo proceedings and
immediate compliance with any release order by virtue of such
“Let us not just bear
witness to cases of involuntary and forced disappearances. These have
caused our country big black eyes and have placed us under tight watch
of both local and international rights groups and even foreign
governments. We need to put this measure in place,” Escudero said.
He added that there
must be no compromise for a strong legislation with effective
corrective penal measures if it is apparent that individual rights and
human dignity is violated by the agents of the state in the exercise
of their powers and authority.
BAYAN-EV seeks justice
for Uy and remembers him as true people’s servant
TACLOBAN CITY – Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Eastern Visayas (BAYAN-EV), an alliance of
various progressive and patriotic organizations in the region, is
“deeply saddened over the killing of Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo Uy,
a true people’s servant and recognized front-liner for the people’s
agenda,” said Mr. Flor “Pong” Acbo, Regional Chairperson of BAYAN-EV.
In behalf of its organizations and members, BAYAN EV extends its “most
sincere condolences to the bereaved family of Mayor Uy and unites with
them in the call for justice.”
“We cannot agree less
that his untimely demise is indeed a loss to the people of Samar,”
said Acbo. His killing is viewed by BAYAN as the “persistence of the
decade-long culture of impunity, thus BAYAN calls on the people to
break this culture and continue Uy’s advocacy for staunch defense of
people’s rights.” Acbo also urged the people to “follow his example in
choosing to side with the people’s interest and supporting their
struggle for human rights promotion, social justice and long-lasting
Acbo said in his
account that Mayor Uy started out as a physician who mainly served the
peasants of Samar in the 1980’s. He actively resisted Martial Rule
under Marcos and immediately after the dictator’s ouster, Uy served as
the officer-in-charge Vice Mayor of Calbayog. He later joined the
progressive party Partido ng Bayan and won for his first seat in Samar.
According to Acbo, “one of the notable acts which BAYAN would always
remember him for is when he, himself, led the expulsion of then Major
General Jovito Palparan from the Eastern Visayas region amidst
successive killings and violations of human rights. It happened when
Palparan was Commanding Officer of the 8th Infantry Division.”
Acbo recalls that
“Mayor Uy, a congressman then, saw how the number of extrajudicial
killings in the region rose drastically and how the people of Samar,
his constituents, were threatened by the terror spread by “the
butcher.” At the peak of anti-Palparan actions launched in the region,
Uy allied together with BAYAN and other concerned personalities for
the immediate eviction of Palparan. “He was not scared for the
possible threat that going against the military will risk even his
life. What was important for Uy and notable of him was, despite the
widespread killings and abductions then, he listened and acted on the
call of the people of Samar,” said Acbo.
“Just a few days
before his body is laid to final rest, BAYAN EV calls on the
authorities for the immediate tendering of justice for Uy, his family,
friends, and constituents who have lost not only a Mayor, but a
Father,” ended Acbo.
Gen. Chan recommends
construction of road nets in Samar Islands
to address insurgency
Mario Chan sharing to the media a presentation on the status of
the ongoing roads/bridges construction in San Jose de Buan,
Matuguinao, Samar and other areas in Leyte as well as a map of
the proposed circumferential/radial roads which he intends to
present to the RDC for approval.
(By Emy C. Bonifacio)
By EMY C. BONIFACIO, Samar News.com
CATBALOGAN CITY – On
various gatherings, MGen Mario F. Chan of the 8ID, Philippine Army
based in Catbalogan City, Samar, has been heard to have mentioned that
the ‘military solution’ is not the primary solution to the insurgency
problem in Samar.
In a letter to Hon.
Carlos Jericho Petilla, Leyte Governor and the present Chair of the
Regional Peace and Order Council of Region 8 (RPOC8), Chan elaborated
on the need to undertake road constructions and rehabilitations in
specific areas of the Samar Island.
Chan cited as basis
for his request, the prevailing threat or security situation in the
Eastern Visayas Region. Particularly, he mentioned about the recent
armed encounters in the tri-boundaries of
Samar and the
recent attempted attack on the rig of the Energy Development
Corporation in Kananga, Leyte which has confirmed his apprehension
that the local terrorists in Region 8 are trying to escalate its armed
The Commanding General
further confirmed that the CPP-NPA-NDF have laid out plans and
considers Region 8, particularly
as its national priority.
analysis would show that the establishment of strongholds in the
tri-boundaries of Samar Island is possible because of its
inaccessibility and remoteness, aside from its thick vegetation and
“As such, there is
total lack of developmental activities and absence of government
personalities that provide an ideal place for local terrorists to
grow, unhampered, unchecked and be significant and relevant to the
people living in nearby areas”, Chan’s letter continues.
An amount of 4.6
billion pesos that would cover 240.8 kms of road opening, repair and
rehabilitation was estimated by the DPWH.
Specifically, the road
openings for Gandara-Matuguinao and San Jose de Buan-Matuguinao Roads
and epair and rehabilitation of
Matuguinao-Las Navas Logging Road
It also included in
its estimates the construction of Silvino
Lobos-Las Navas Road;
Happy Valley, San Isidro-Bonifacio, Lope de Vega Road; Torjillo-E.
Duran, Bobon Road; Trangue-Mabini, Catarman Road; the repair and
rehabilitation of Cagpanit-an, Silvino Lobos- Silvino Lobos Road;
Simora-Palapag Road and Polangi-Trangue, Catarman Road and a road
opening for Las Navas-Jipapad Road.
As attachments to the
letter-request, were concrete maps, charts and pictures which were
gathered through an actual inspection made by Gen. Chan and party.
Gen. Chan firmly
believes that with the rehabilitation of circumferential and radial
road nets, the delivery of basic services from the local and national
government can be facilitated. This will provide mobility corridors
for security operations, disaster and calamity response. Moreover,
this is expected to alleviate the peace and order concerns and will
also spur developmental activities in the area.
Meanwhile, it was also
learned that the 8ID commander have requested the Central Command for
the realignment of the twelve (12) remaining KBP projects in Region 8
amounting to P90 million pesos to be used instead for the repair and
rehabilitation of the old municipal logging roads along the
tri-boundaries of Samar Island to be undertaken by the Army Engineers.
The same letter has
been forwarded to Samar Gov. Sharee Ann Tan-delos Santos, Northern
Samar Gov. Paul R. Daza and Eastern Samar Gov. Conrado Nicart Jr.
requesting for possible endorsement to the RPOC.
proposed bill to scrap nuclear from PH energy plans
Says government should have already learned its lessons from
QUEZON CITY –
Greenpeace today called on the country’s lawmakers to fast-track the
passage of a Congress Bill that, once signed into law, will strike out
nuclear energy from Philippine energy plans once and for all.
Pilipinas Bill is authored by Akbayan Representatives Walden F. Bello
and Kaka J. Bag-ao, and was filed today at the House of
Representatives. The proposed legislation directs the Department of
Energy (DOE), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the
National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to remove all options
for nuclear in the Energy Reform Agenda, the Philippine Energy Plan
for 2009-2030, and the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for
“The government must
put all so-called ‘nuclear options’ in the dustbin where they belong.
Greenpeace applauds Representatives Bello and Bag-ao for heeding the
aspirations of the Filipino people to live in a safe and secure
environment free from catastrophic nuclear risks. Nuclear power is
extremely dangerous and prohibitively expensive. Keeping it in the
country’s energy plans is akin to laying a fatal curse on present and
future generations of Filipinos,” said Amalie Obusan, Climate and
Energy Campaigner of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
that the passage of this legislation will be the necessary counter
that would effectively silence parties that are aggressively promoting
their misguided nuclear ambitions. Although it has been silent in
their quarters because of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster,
Filipinos sometimes have very short memories. It is highly probable
that we have not yet seen the end of pro-nuclear legislative
proposals. We need this law so that Filipinos can rest easy,
confident that there will never be a Fukushima in our country,” she
No nuclear proposals
are currently tabled in Philippine Congress. However, the Philippine
Energy Plan still has provisions for nuclear energy. Meanwhile the
Energy Reform Agenda directs the DOE to conduct researches and studies
in aid of legislative and executive action for the operation of a
2,000-megawatt nuclear power plant by 2025. These seem to indicate
that President Aquino is effectively supportive of laying the
foundations for the entry of nuclear, despite his public declaration
that nuclear will not be an option under his administration.
that the government must ensure sustainable development with a future
powered by clean and safe renewable energy, rather than dangerous
nuclear, as well as dirty coal power. The group is advocating an
‘Energy Revolution,’ a sustainable energy pathway which shows how
renewable energy, coupled with energy efficiency technologies, can be
the country’s energy backbone. Greenpeace is calling on the
Philippine government to commit to a target of 50% renewables in the
country’s energy mix by 2020.
economic development go hand in hand – and nuclear power is not part
of this equation. It’s time for the government to stop fantasizing
about dubious nuclear plans and focus their attentions on the enormous
– and real – promise of renewables. The Philippines could be the
world’s leading example of development powered by sustainable energy
sources. Rep. Bello’s bill will point us properly in this direction,”
launched an exhibit featuring images from the
and Fukushima tragedies, alongside photos of local campaigns to stop
the revival of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP). The
exhibit is open for public viewing at the lobby of the Congress
building in Quezon City.
Chiz sponsors bill to
grant CHR prosecutorial powers
By Office of Senator Chiz Escudero
PASAY CITY – The
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will exercise concurrent
prosecutorial powers and functions once Senator Chiz Escudero’s bill
seeking to strengthen the functional and structural organization of
the agency is approved.
Escudero, chairman of
the Senate committee on justice and human rights, has sponsored
Committee Report No. 37, which seeks further amendment to the CHR’s
current charter and equip it prosecutorial powers similar to that of
the Department of Justice (DOJ) over cases involving human rights
“Under its present
mandate, CHR is neither a judicial nor a quasi-judicial body. Its
jurisdiction is limited only to civil and political rights. We want to
equip it with significant power to include economic, social and
cultural rights,” Escudero pointed out.
At present, CHR is
restricted by the Constitution to preventive measures only such as
initiating applications in court for judicial writs and orders,
conduct investigation and receive evidence of violations of human
rights, among others.
The senator said the
commission will be more empowered, thus rendering it more effective
and authoritative if its jurisdiction includes quasi-judicial power.
“The mandate of the
CHR is vital in ensuring that it enacts the state policy to secure,
protect and guarantee the dignity of its citizens and to ensure the
fulfillment of such citizens’ human rights. Therefore CHR could no
longer be regarded as a toothless tiger,” said Escudero.
The same bill also
grants CHR visitorial powers to all detention cells all over the
country to monitor the state of the facilities and detainees.
In addition to the
CHR’s empowerment, any arrests made by any of the law enforcement
agencies should be reported to the CHR within 48 hours. At present,
police and military can keep under their custody arrested persons as
long as they want.
humanitarian law in first IHL convention
MANILA – Law
professors from across the Philippines will discuss the latest in
international humanitarian law at the first IHL Professors' Convention
in Davao City on 17 and 18 May.
The conference will
provide updates on such issues as the passage of legislation making
genocide, crimes against humanity and breaches of IHL offenses under
Philippine law. The 30 participants include professors of law,
political science and public administration from key Philippine
"We hope this
convention will encourage academics to devote more time to IHL in
their teaching. It is very important for students, especially those
taking up law, to learn about the law of armed conflict and how it
applies to the Philippine context," explained ICRC legal adviser
All law schools in the
Philippines teach IHL as part of international law, while seven
universities offer IHL as a separate subject.
professors and lawyers speaking at the convention will include Dean
Raul Pangalangan, Dean Sedfrey Candelaria, Prof. Harry Roque Jr., Fr.
Ranhilio Callangan Aquino and Dr. Hilton Aguja.
ICRC regional legal
adviser Richard Desgagne will present a new ICRC study on
non-international armed conflict and explain how the organization
supports the implementation of IHL, while Cruz-Ferrer will talk about
the ICRC’s role in teaching IHL and getting it incorporated into
national legislation and practice.
As Evecar Cruz-Ferrer
pointed out, "The convention demonstrates that academics are committed
to strengthening compliance with IHL, in a country affected by decades
of armed conflict."
The ICRC is a
humanitarian, neutral and impartial organization that strives to
assist and protect victims of armed conflict and other situations of
violence. As guardian of IHL, the ICRC reminds parties to the conflict
of their obligations under this branch of law, and participates in the
development of IHL.