chief MGen. Mario Chan discusses with the attendees of the 17th SIPPAD Assembly on the army’s plan to rehabilitate the road
networks in the tri-boundary of Samar island to promote
development in the Samar provinces.
The military is using
SIPPAD to rubber-stamp Oplan Bayanihan
Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas said today the 8th Infantry Division
is using the Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development to
rubber-stamp Oplan Bayanihan. “The military has long exerted undue
influence on SIPPAD,” said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson.
“But the Church-backed multi-sectoral assembly is now making a very
dangerous mistake in rubber-stamping the 8th ID's so-called road
projects under Oplan Bayanihan that pretend to have the good signboard
of “peace and development.” In fact, Oplan Bayanihan is no different
from Oplan Bantay Laya in pursuing the purely military solution to the
armed conflict as well as eschewing human rights and international
humanitarian law. Soliciting the support of civilian agencies and
non-governmental organizations is part of the strategy and tactics of
Oplan Bayanihan to camouflage the continuing climate of impunity for
violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.”
Fr. Salas added that
the 8th ID's military campaign in
Samar has all the
indications of US intervention, from Oplan Bayanihan itself, to
logistical support and the road networks to facilitate troop movement.
“Oplan Bayanihan is based on the US Counterinsurgency Guide, which
takes pains to sugarcoat that its core focus is the violent
suppression of revolutionary movements inimical to the interests of US
imperialism and its puppet regimes. Thus, while 8th ID chief Gen.
Mario Chan mouths slogans like “peace and development,” his troops are
in fact on offensive operations in Samar and Leyte at this very
moment. The 8th ID has also crowed to the media about receiving new
weapons, electronic equipment, and military vehicles from the US. The
soon to begin “road to war” sponsored by the US Millennium Challenge
Corporation is merely the icing on the cake.”
spokesperson also chastised the Catholic Church in
Samar for waltzing with the military through SIPPAD. “Is the
Catholic Church in
Samar turning its
back on the majority of its flock as well as the Christians who were
martyred by Oplan Bantay Laya? Remember your flock who are mainly
peasants exploited under the present dispensation and oppressed by
Oplan Bayanihan. Remember Fr. Cecilio Lucero, Pastor Edison Lapuz, and
many other Christians who were victims of political killings and other
human rights violations under Oplan Bantay Laya and that persist to
this very day. The Catholic Church in Samar should beware of and
reject the vicious example of the clerico-fascist Fr. Romeo Intengan,
who advised the Armed Forces of the Philippines that it is acceptable
to commit violations of human rights and international humanitarian
law in the anti-communist crusade of Oplan Bantay Laya.”
Fr. Salas also called
on the people to strengthen their militant and revolutionary struggles
in the face of the 8th ID's political and military offensives. “The
people must strengthen the struggle for human rights and other mass
struggles for basic democratic rights and burning issues. Fight for
genuine agrarian reform, national industrialization and other basic
socio-economic reforms. Build the broad alliances to expose and oppose
the continuing corruption, puppetry and fascist state terrorism under
the Aquino regime. Support and join the revolutionary struggle for
social justice, national freedom and democracy.”
Aquino Government for lack of leadership on Renewable Energy
Aquino going Gray not Green with Energy choices
MANILA – Greenpeace
is deeply disappointed at yesterday’s inauguration of a new coal fired
power plant in Naga, Cebu, by President Aquino, the Philippine’s
second new coal fired power plant this year.
“Coal burning for
power generation has been a huge contributor to the climate change
impacts that the Philippines is dealing with right now. Instead of
relying on short-sighted, reactive measures he should focus on
long-term solutions that benefit everyone by delivering energy
security and energy access for all. Instead of continuously promoting
coal, President Aquino must take this golden opportunity to make sure
the massive uptake of renewable energy is realized here in the
Philippines,” said Amalie Obusan, Climate and Energy Campaigner.
Earlier this month,
the President graced the Department of Energy's grand launch of the
National Renewable Energy Program in
Manila, and is yet to set an ambitious but realistic target of 50%
RE by 2020. While the nation anxiously waits for they President to
act on his bold statements the President is losing focus by
inaugurating coal power stations in the Provinces.
The new IPCC Special
Report on Renewable Energy released in late May 2011 reveals that only
2.5% of viable renewable energy resources are needed to provide up to
80% of global energy demand by 2050 using currently available
Similarly, the Silent
Energy [R]evolution analysis released by Greenpeace last week shows
that since the late 1990s, wind and solar installations grew faster
than any other power plant technology across the world - particularly
coal. The window of opportunity for renewables to both, dominate new
installations replacing old plants in OECD countries, as well as
ongoing electrification in developing countries, closes within the
release of the “Philippine Energy [R]evolution Roadmap to 2020”
forecasts how renewable energy can power more than 50% of the nation’s
energy needs by as early as 2020. The Roadmap outlines how, with
intelligent planning, the current administration can steer the country
towards development powered by sustainable energy.
If President Aquino
continues to consider coal as part of the energy mix of the country,
then the legacy he leaves the Filipinos is another 30 years of
pollution and carbon dioxide emissions - not to mention the extra
costs to deal with the health impacts. Greenpeace calls on the
Philippine government to scrap all new proposals for coal-fired and
nuclear power plants and shift those investments to the development of
the renewable energy sector and energy efficiency measures.
Coal is the biggest
obstacle to a clean, secure energy future. The lack of urgency and
political will on the part of the President makes the Philippines
Southeast Asia’s laggard on renewable energy development.
“Key decision makers
such as local government units should exercise extreme caution and
refuse the offer of this whole broken notion of cheap power from
coal. Coal is a finite resource and will inevitably raise prices in
the future, not to mention the external costs on health, water
resources and climate change.” concluded Obusan.
Baguio pride month
forum focuses on transgender rights
BAGUIO CITY – Human
rights violations committed by the government and private parties
against transgender Filipinos may soon be subject to international
legal censure and corrective measures, if activists and lawyers
succeed in getting the attention of the United Nations.
milestone was revealed in “TRANSforming Views: The TRANSituation and
the Right to Live, Love, Be: a Forum on the Transgender Situation”
today at the University of the Philippines Baguio. The forum was
sponsored by the Lesbians for National Democracy and the UP Kasarian
Gender Studies Program as part of the LGBT Pride Month activities of
Baguio Pride Network.
Ms. Raye Baquirin,
Baguio Pride Network provided the social situation framework of
Transpinays or transexual Filipino women in the presentation
“TRANS101” a module popularized by the Society of Transexual Women
(STRAP) lined up the severe social barriers that transwomen face, and
proposed ideas on how the majority of Filipinos can break free of
misconceptions and actions that violate the rights of transwomen.
Atty. Evalyn Ursua
discussed the complaint filed by three Filipino transwomen with the
United Nations Human Rights Committee under the First Optional
Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
with her as their legal counsel. According to Atty. Ursua, the
complaint focused on the refusal of the government to recognize the
change of their gender in legal documents and to address
discrimination in the public and private sectors.
confidence that the UN Human Rights Committee will make findings of
human rights violations against transsexuals by the Philippine
Government and direct it to pass laws and undertake other measures
addressing gender identity and discrimination based on sexual
orientation and gender identity.
included Carol Galvez of the Cordillera People’s
and Oscar Atadero of the Progressive Organization of Gays (PROGAY
Philippines), who both stressed the need for more advocacy
highlighting the needs of transgenders. Galvez zeroed in on the rising
incidences of hate crimes committed against transgenders in Metro
Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy
Casiño, spokesperson of the Makabayan coalition, sent a solidarity
message that urged the assembly to support the anti-discrimination
measure he filed in Congress, House Bill 1483, a proposal that would
help protect gender identity rights and help transgenders get free
access to many public facilities that are frequently denied them.
The forum is a runup
to the fifth lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride organized by
the Baguio Pride Network for June 26th along the city’s Session Road.
Gen. Chan receives
support from SIPPAD stakeholders
By EMY C. BONIFACIO,
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD) on its
17th assembly held yesterday at Saint Mary's College, expressed an
all-out support to MGen Mario F. Chan's vision and thrust to arrest
the insurgency problem in his area of responsibility by building road
"I am not convinced
that we can win this war by the conduct of offensive operations.
Please join us in our effort to interconnect the three provinces
through the construction of circumferential and radial roads which is
expected to boost the economic development within the area." says Chan
during his first attendance in the SIPPAD forum.
According to Chan, the
roads will facilitate the easy transport of agricultural products of
farmers coming from the rural areas. It would also invite more
investors to come and visit the tourism potentials of
Samar which, he said, is far better than those in
Bohol and Cebu.
In a brief power point
presentation, the 8ID Commanding General toured the SIPPAD attendees
to the various areas that need immediate road construction and
rehabilitation in the three provinces. Included in the presentation
were actual footages of the status of roads and updates of on-going
road constructions which were surveyed by the 8ID team, headed by the
Chan assured the group
of positive support from the governors, congressmen, DPWH and the
Department of National Defense in the pursuit of these road networks.
Coordination meetings have already been facilitated. He even gladly
informed about its favorable endorsement made by the Regional
Development Council to the NEDA when the same proposal was presented a
In a statement of
support, a parish priest from Borongan attested that projects are
better accomplished, in so far as quality is concerned, when it's
being undertaken by the military under its Engineering Battalions.
Chan is decisive in
pursuing these road networks despite being criticized by the NDF-EV as
the "road to war". This, he said, is understandable because people who
have been deceived by their propaganda will now be open to the
realities and opportunities of a better life outside their reins.
"These roads will
hasten development and will end the lingering poverty in Samar" Chan
Given priority is the
Gandara-Matuguinao road which he projects to be passable by September
and the on-going construction of the San Jose de Buan road.
A resolution to this
effect has been favorably considered by the SIPPAD assembly.
Chan was commended and
was accorded a unanimous applause that signified an all-out support
from the three (3) bishops and the stakeholders for the effort.
Likewise, he was congratulated for making the 8ID under his leadership
on top of all the other Infantry Divisions of the Philippine Army
nationwide for its performance.
The commanding General
expressed his commitment to make
Samar as one of
the country's best tourist haven in the world.
The SIPPAD is an
island-wide, multi-sectoral assembly that is being held quarterly and
whose deliberations focus on poverty alleviation, good governance,
environment and peace and security. The Dioceses of Calbayog, Catarman
and Borongan take turns in the hosting of the said forum.
During the assemblies,
reports and updates on the above mentioned thematic concerns are
Invited in the 17th
forum were personnel from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on
the Peace Process (OPAPP). They discussed programs for the rebel
returnees and strategies to reintegrate these returnees to the
The Samar Partnership
for Peace and Development (SPPADE) gave an overview of the newly
launched anti-corruption group, Multi-sectoral
for Transparency and Accountability (MATA-Samar); mining and quarrying
issues affecting the environment and the outputs of the Tripartite
Samar Development Agenda Conference. Fr. Cesar Aculan and Ms. Emy
Bonifacio shared in the presentation.
Moreover, the Northern
Samar Peace and Development Forum (NSPDF) and the Eastern Samar Peace
Development Forum (ESPDF) narrated the various activities that were
conducted on their respective levels.
Dr. Jimmy Sanico and
Mr. Agustin Docena, members of the SIBF, gave an update on the status
of the Samar Island Natural Park Bill which has been pending at the
House of the Representatives since the 12th congress. However, it was
learned that in a Committee Hearing held last June 8, the bill was
approved. Considering the long process that it still has to undergo
before approval, the assembly passed a resolution to personally
deliver letters to the congressmen requesting for their support. The
letters will be signed by the three Bishops.
The assembly was
participated by at least 70 stakeholders. Also in attendance were
Most. Rev. Bishop Isabelo Abarquez of Calbayog, Most Rev. Bishop
Emmanuel Trance of Catarman and Most Rev. Crispin Varquez of Borongan.
The next SIPPAD
meeting, which will be accommodated by the 8th Infantry Division,
Philippine Army, is scheduled on September, this year.
Competent tour guides
needed to complement tourism promotion efforts
Media Relations Center
June 22, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY –
Competent tour guides will complement the province’s efforts in
tourism promotion as well as acquire a marketing style and strategy
for the province as it continues to prime Leyte as an alternative
This was disclosed by
Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla as one of his priority program –
the Income Creating Opportunities thru Technology Project (ICOT-P) –
expands its tour guiding implemented among identified schools in Leyte.
“For the tourism
industry to grow, competent tour guides are needed for tourists and
visitors to have a pleasant and enjoyable experience in our place,
return to the area in the future and tell others about it,” Gov.
The governor pointed
out the roles of tour guides are critical in the growth of the
industry as they are the force multipliers in gaining more and more
tourists to come to the area.
Through the ICOT-P
program among schools, students can be taught tourism hospitality and
learn how tourists are greeted and treated. As the most human aspect
of tourism, hospitality relates to the ability and enthusiasm of
people who deal with tourists. Hospitality in most cases involves
everyone in the community.
This expansion in the
ICOT-P program is also in line with the Tourism Act of 2009 which aims
to develop the country as a prime tourist hub in Asia as well as a
center of world congresses and conventions "by promoting sustainable
tourism anchored on the country's history, culture and natural
endowments, and ensuring the protection, preservation and promotion of
Local government units
have been encouraged to continuously improve on the tourism chain of
5As to double tourist arrivals and increase actual tourism receipts
The 5As refer to
arrival (efficient services at airports and seaports as well as
adequate facilities), access (roads and other basic infrastructure),
accommodation (hotels and restaurants), attractions (natural and
man-made like beach, mountain and golf), and activities (rest and
“Someday this tourism
promotion will translate into an economic enterprise. Tourism is an
economic driver and having ready and competent tour guides would help
Leyte in developing and expanding its tourism industry,” the governor
PRO 8 renders
testimonial honors for PCSupt. Loot
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO K
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Police Chief Superintendent Vicente Areno
Loot, Deputy Regional Director for Administration, gets his One Star
Rank Promotion last week and a Testimonial Honors was rendered today
June 21, 2011 at PRO8 Grandstand, Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte.
Arrival honors start
at 10:00 AM and the program proper will starts at 10:30 with an
Invocation; Introduction of the newly promoted PCSupt; remarks by
PCSupt Loot, message of PCSupt Arnold R. Revilla, RD.
Also included in the
program was the pinning of ranks for the promotion of PSSupt Felix
Alberto Diloy, Chief, RHSSG and PSSupt Roel Balintong Acidre, who got
their promotion to next higher rank.
PCSupt Vicente Loot
took oath last June 15, 2011 along with other 14 newly-promoted police
one-star generals before Philippine National Police chief Director
General Raul Bacalzo at Camp Crame.
In an interview with
Freeman Cebu, PCSupt Loot said 14 of them hold the position of deputy
regional director for administration, the second highest position in
their respective regional offices. Loot, 51, a member of Philippine
Military Academy Class 1982, is currently the Deputy Regional Director
for Administration of Police Regional Office-8 (Eastern Visayas)
PCSupt Loot further
said some politicians from
tried to block his promotion and made him undergo a thorough
investigation in every step of the promotion processes.
“Ang sala lang nako
kay bana ko og politician,” Loot said as he enumerated some
qualification standards to get the rank such seniority, length of
service, education, absence of charges, among others.
The promotion starts
with the Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board after which the
PNP signs the endorsement to the National Police Commission. The
secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government endorses
the papers to the Civil Service Commission, which will check the
records before the same are submitted to the Office of the President
for approval. It took about four to five months before President
Benigno Aquino III approved PCSupt Loot’s promotion on June 3.
He said the promotion
is a challenge and added responsibility for them to live up to the
expectations of the rank. Loot’s family witnessed the oath taking.
Number 9 most wanted
person in Javier, Leyte nabbed
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO K
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Elements of Javier Municipal Police Station
and augmentation troops from Regional Public Safety Batallion 8
arrested the number 9 most wanted person in Javier, Leyte last June
17, 2011 at about 10:00 AM in Brgy. New Taligi, Abuyog, Leyte.
The police authorities
led by PInsp Antonio Angcay Jr., conducted a manhunt operation at Brgy.
New Taligi and resulted to the arrest of Emmanuel Cinco alias Tawe, 65
years old, and a resident of Brgy. Sta. Fe, Abuyog,
He was arrested by
virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Hon. Buenaventura A. Pajaron,
Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 10, Abuyog, Leyte for the crime of rape
docketed under Criminal Case number 2947.
development, Iñigo Sedanza y Gecomo alias Inying, 53 years old,
married, jobless and a resident of Sitio Bakhawan, Brgy. Nato, Taft,
Eastern Samar was arrested by elements of the Taft Police Station led
by PInsp Noe A. Aclan, chief of police, and PInsp Jerome B. Camacho,
police chief of Dolores Police Station at 10: 25 PM of same date.
He was arrested by
virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Hon. Filotea M. Estorninos of
RTC Branch 04, Dolores, Eastern Samar for the crime of murder docketed
under Criminal Case number 399-11-5.
PCSupt Arnold Rayala
Revilla, RD PRO8 lauds the PNP personnel for doing their duties as law
enforcers and encourages all the people in the community, the Barangay
Tanods and Force Multipliers under Police Regional Office 8, to help
the police in the campaign against Wanted Persons.
Revilla also urges
those with any important information useful to the police not to
hesitate to call the PNP Hotline 323-7267 or 323-3023.
Tacloban marks 150th
birthday of Jose P. Rizal
By MYLES COLASITO
TACLOBAN CITY –
Simultaneously with similar programs nationwide, the Tacloban City
government led a flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony to celebrate
the 150th birth anniversary of the country’s pre-eminent national
hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal.
The activity at the
aptly named Plaza Rizal, located at the corners of Justice Romualdez
and Real Streets in Tacloban City started at 7:00 AM after a mass at
the nearby Sto. Niño Church.
ceremony was led by Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez, with the Knights of
Columbus and the city’s Traffic Operations Management, Enforcement and
Control Office (TOMECO) doing the honors.
In his message, Mayor
Romualdez enjoined Taclobanons to emulate Rizal’s nationalistic spirit
even as he thanked participants for their time in giving special
attention to the national hero’s birth anniversary.
He then led a
wreath-laying ceremony in front of the refurbished monument of Dr.
Rizal, together with Director Francisco C. Jose of the Department of
the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Regional Deputy for Eastern
Visayas Dalmacio Grafil of the Knights of Columbus, city department
heads, and other civic groups.
Among those spotted in
attendance were City DILG Officer Adoracion Peregrino and staff,
Health Officer Dr. Jaime Opinion; Planning Officer Roland Hidalgo,
CSWDO Liliosa Baltazar; Personnel Officer Pinky Brosas, the Girls
Scouts of the Philippines, members of TOMECO, and employees of the
The Tacloban city
band led the Group Singing of “Ako Ay Pilipino”, and wrapped up with a
merry rendition of “Happy Birthday to You” in tribute of Dr. Rizal.
The Tacloban city government pursuant to Proclamation 154 of President
Benigno S. Aquino III sparked off the Rizal@150 commemoration by
hanging a giant streamer at the city hall starting last week, to
better remind clients and visitors of the momentous occasion.
ANAD to vote NO on the
proposed RH bill
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY –
Instead of abstaining or not voting at all, the Alliance for
Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) Partylist decided to take the anti-RH
bill stand on House Bill 4244 otherwise known as the Reproductive
Health Bill now pending in plenary of the House of Representatives.
“I cannot stomach the
confusion wrought among our people by the Maoist pseudo partylist
lawmakers, who ever since have professed pro-RH bill stand,” said ANAD
Rep. Jun Alcover in explaining his change of heart from a RH bill
proponent to one that is opposed to it.
endorsement then of HB 4244 was anchored on my firm belief that this
could best serve the interest and welfare of our people and country.
But the way Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, Alliance of Concerned
Teachers, and Kabataan is discussing the issue as seen in their
statements issued to the media and in the different forums conducted,
it is very clear that raising of the issue of divorce and interloping
the same in the discussions on the proposed RH bill definitely has
muddled the very core issue of House Bill 4244,” Rep. Alcover
“Why are they
discussing the issue of Divorce when not even a single word or phrase
about it can be read in the entire text of HB 4244, as submitted to
the plenary debates? Truly this reflects the utter insincerity of
these proponents of the RH Bill where plainly their focus is not to
defend the measure and ensure its passage in the House but to sow
confusion among our people,” Rep. Alcover added.
Pointing to a
converging and tactical alliance among the Maoist pseudo partylist
groups and the Socialist-leaning Akbayan, solely on the issue of the
proposed RH bill intently interspersed with the subject of Divorce,
Rep. Alcover decried the propensity of these groups to foment
misunderstanding, confusion, and chaos among our people. “Amidst the
strong opposition of the Roman Catholic Church anchored on the
teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and the doctrines of the Church,
they intensely wanted to drive a wedge to divide our people and
country. This vividly tells us of their real character and intention
which they shall actively partake to the detriment of our country’s
future,” he said.
“ANAD maintains that
the root cause of the problem of poverty among our people is not the
ever increasing population but terrorism that has pestered our
people’s lives, especially those in the countryside, covering some 42
years already and still continuing. Because of this I am seriously
questioning their sincerity on HB 4244,” he pointed out.
developments unraveling before us, I find it best to vote NO rather
than submitting an abstention when we shall be asked to vote in the
House,” clarified the ANAD solon.