“We have leveled up
the capability of the ground troops in so far as internal security is
concerned and that is why we have to fill in that gap which is being
mandated in the 2009-2010-2011 projects as part of the medium term
plan”, he clarified.
Oban said that there
is transition to territorial defense most particularly in the
Philippine Navy (PN) by procuring new equipment for maritime security
(i.e. strategic ceiling & logistics vessels, coast watch system radars
installed in the ground to detect and monitor the movements of
floating assets in the area) which is essential for an effective
surveillance system to focus the scarce resources in identified areas.
For the Philippine Air
Force, the first batch of 4 brand new combat utility helicopters will
be delivered in November and the remaining 4 is scheduled next year of
same month, Oban said.
He added that the
final batch who underwent Basic Aircraft Training has just concluded.
The Philippine Army on
the other hand will soon have a night fighting system within the year,
What has been
enumerated by Gen. Oban was part of the 11 deliverables taken from
When Congress approved
Joint Resolution No. 28 on December 1996 in which both the senate and
the house gave their blessings to Republic Act 7898 or the AFP
Modernization Act, it aims to develop the capabilities of the Armed
Forces of the Philippines to a level where it can effectively and
fully perform its constitutional mandate to uphold the sovereignty,
and protect and preserve the patrimony of the Republic of the
The law envisioned a
professionalized armed force, as well as “the acquisition and
upgrading of appropriate technology and equipment” to bring the AFP
into the 21st century.
modernization program has different components like force
restructuring and organizational development; capability, material and
technology development; bases/support system development; human
resource development; and doctrines development consistent with the
national defense objectives and strategic priorities.
Gen. Oban clarified
that the AFPMP changed its priorities particularly in 1997 when the
country was affected by Asian financial crisis. The program was no
longer realistic as an implementation tool, so the government has to
modify its approach in order to combat the increase of insurgents in
At present, the AFP
particularly the Philippine Army is intensifying its campaign on
internal peace and security plan “Bayanihan”.
In his visit to the
8th Infantry Division, he acknowledged the concept used by MGen. Mario
F Chan especially when its accomplishments was manifested in the 2011
first semester cited by OG3 (Operations) as best performing division
in the country, with 36 encounters, 46 firearms recovered, 22 enemies
neutralized, 2 brigades in top 5 and 2 battalions in top 10.
“Sa pag-iikot ko sa
magkaibang division with the Secretary of National Defense, wala
kaming nakitang magkaparehong campaign plan. In a unified command,
kanya-kanyang diskarte yan, Oban said.
He added that the
Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan is universal,
applicable and its approach depends on the commander’s creativity and
Leyte to resort to
legal means to take back Balyuan
1st district board member Atty. Roque Tiu (holding microphone)
helps shed light on the action taken by the provincial
government of Leyte on the issue of taking back the property
owned by Leyte province now still being occupied and used by the
city government of Tacloban. Looking on (clockwise) are PCL-EV
president Wilson Uy, Leyte 2nd district Board Member Annlie
Apostol, 4th district Board Member Rolando Piamonte and media
host Roy Moraleta, publisher of Headlines. Sitting at the right
side of Atty. Tiu is Leyte 5th district Board Member Carlo
Loreto. (Victoria/Tiozon-PIA 8)
Media Relations Center
July 8, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – The
provincial government of
Leyte will just have to resort to “legal remedies” in taking back
the Balyuan Property.
This was the statement
made by the governor as the questioned property still sits further in
court and with the city government of Tacloban still maintaining its
stand to contest the court’s ruling.
“We just have to go
through all the legal process in taking back the property,” Gov.
Petilla said in an interview as he arrived here Friday together with
Presidential sister Kris Aquino who was in a visit to Ormoc to
formally turn over a classroom she donated to Leyte’s fourth district.
He said that the
matter could just have been “plain and simple” if the memorandum
forged between the two parties in 2004 were adhered to and if only a
court ruling recently issued was respected and obeyed.
“If it’s a property
that’s borrowed, it has to be returned. If it’s not yours, do not own
it kay makaarawod,” Gov. Petilla said.
The governor added
that the province is at the moment being given the option to battle
the issue in court and resort to legal actions as the city further
questions the ownership in court instead of peacefully turning over
The Regional Trial
Court Branch-8 here dismissed the case filed by the city government of
Tacloban against the provincial government of
Leyte which called for the declaration of nullity of a Memorandum
of Agreement (MOA) entered into by the city and the province and
questions the ownership of the Balyuan Property.
The 16-page decision
issued on June 1, 2011 by RTC Branch 8 Judge Salvador Apurillo
dismissed the case filed by the city for “lack of merit”.
“If they cannot
respect a court decision, why take matters into court when diri man la
ngahaw susundon and respetuhon,” Gov. Petilla disclosed.
members of the provincial board expressed their interests that the row
between the two local government units could be settled.
The board members
were saying that while going to legal process is one option of the
provincial government, settling the row peacefully could be the best
way to do to end this row.
New ordinance does not
require permit, only information, Leyte BMs say
Media Relations Center
July 8, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY –
Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan reiterated their defense on
the approved Ordinance No. 2011-02 that culls out guidelines in the
conduct of outreach activities, research, economic development
program, leisure activities and fact-finding missions in the
countryside of the Leyte province. (read
Leyte guv supports ordinance
to oversee conduct of countryside outreach programs, research
missions, other activities)
Above all, the
legislation’s author, Board Member Rolando Piamonte said, the
ordinance does not in any way prohibit individuals or groups from
conducting any kind of outreach activities but rather provides that
the group or individual “inform” the local government unit of the
village or barangay they are going to visit.
The board members also
clarified the ordinance, which has received various comments and
opposition after its approval, said that it does not in any way
require a permit but just a communication informing of their
“Permit would mean the
LGU may or may not allow such an activity. That is not what the
ordinance provides,” Board Member Piamonte said.
Member Anlie Apostol said, she was among those who approved the
ordinance on account of its rationale, foremost of which is the safety
of the group or individual who may conduct activities or visit areas
of conflict within the province.
“It’s for their own
safety. Should they inform the concerned LGUs, security can be
provided for them if they want,” Board Member Apostol clarified.
The board members
further clarified the ordinance was crafted to avoid similar incidents
such as the alleged encounter between the members of the Philippine
Army and famous botanist Dr. Leonardo Co and his team last year in the
mountains of Kananga, Leyte placed a dent in the province’s efforts in
packaging Leyte as an economic hub and prime tourism destination.
Ordinance No. 2011-02,
approved last May, provides that “any individual, agency or
organization or sponsor planning to conduct outreach activities
through community services, research, economic development program,
leisure activities and fact-finding missions within the territorial
jurisdiction of the Province of Leyte, shall inform in writing the
Office of the Mayor of the forthcoming activity at least 15 days
before the effectivity thereof.”
The ordinance likewise
provides for the submission of mandatory information that include
among others, the sponsoring agency or organization, the names and
number of participants with their addresses and contact numbers, the
specific location or venue of the activity, the rationale of the
activity, and the duration of the mission or outreach activity.
Police reports on
various illegal activities in Eastern Visayas
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
Report on recovered illegally sawn lumbers
At about 11:00 AM of
July 4, 2011, team led by PI Daryll Chua, Chief, PSTG LPPO personally
coordinated Pastrana Municipal Police Station (MPS) in connection with
the reported sawn lumbers located at Brgy Cancaraja, Pastrana, Leyte
were able to recover more or less three hundred (300) bd ft kilikili
lumbers and two hundred fifty (250) bd ft coco lumbers. Present
during the operations were the Brgy Oficials of said barangay and the
lumbers confiscated were temporarily turned-over to the Brgy Officials
for proper disposition.
Report on violation of PD 449 (illegal cockfighting)
At about 3:00 PM of
July 4, 2011, in Brgy Nagaja, Hernani, Eastern Samar, Hernani MPS
received an information from a concerned citizen that illegal gambling
activity locally known as Tupada is on progress at the said place.
Team led by PI Mamerto Camarillo Canopio, OIC with four (4) PNCOs
responded to the area upon sensing the presence of the raising team,
the people gathered scampered to different directions to elude
arrest. Recoverd from the scene: one (1) fighting cock with gaff.
Confiscated items were brought to Hernani MPS for documentation and
Report on arrest of other wanted person
At about 6:00 AM of
July 6, 2011, in Brgy 94 Tigbao, Tacloban City, team led by PCI
Emiliano Avestruz Pedrigal Jr, SPO4 Marcelino Arpon and SPO1 Leandro
Abella apprehended one Mark Togonon, 18 yrs old, single, construction
worker and a resident of the aforesaid barangay who had a pending
Warrant of Arrest (WOA) issued by Hon Wenceslao B Vanilla, presiding
judge of MTCC, Branch 2, Tacloban City docketed under CC Nr
2011-05-CR-56 with corresponding bail bond of twelve thousand pesos
(P12,000). Subject person is now detained at Tacloban PNP lock-up
cell for proper disposition.
Report on violation of RA 8294 (illegal possession of firearm
At about 5:30 PM of
July 4, 2011, in Sitio Bamboo Village, Brgy Pitogo, Jaro, Leyte,
elements of Jaro MPS led by PI Ricky Canadilla Reli, together with
three (3) PNCOs while responding to a call for police assistance were
able to catch in flagrante delicto one Joel Sister, 30 yrs old,
laborer and a resident of aforesaid place while creating trouble and
in actual possession and control of a short firearm. The responding
PNP members introduced themselves as police officers and further
informed the suspect of his constitutional rights and the nature of
his arrest. Confiscated from suspect actual possession and control
were one (1) homemade short firearm (paltik) with no markings and
without serial number loaded with one (1) live ammo for M16 rifle.
Suspect was brought to Jaro MPS for proper disposition after failing
to present to possess and carry said firearm. Appropriate charges is
now being prepared for filing in court against the suspect.
Report on violation of PD 705 (illegal logging)
At about 11:30 PM of
July 4, 2011, along the riverside of Brgy Tabgas, Albuera, Leyte,
joint operation of Brgy Tanod of said barangay led by Brgy Kagawad
Roel Jabon, CAFGU personnel by MSgt Ernesto Beato and elements of
Albuera Police Station led by PO2 Noel Melgar, PO2 Luke C Loreto and
PO1 Isidro Lapuz were able to confiscate of more or less 230 bd ft of
lawaan good lumber with estimated market value of five thousand seven
hundred fifty pesos (P5,750) from the possession and control of a
certain one Jimmy Bonay-Og Malasarte Sr, 61 yrs old, married and a
resident of Sitio Wangag, Brgy Damulaan, Albuera, Leyte and one
Alfredo Natividad Datanan, 53 yrs old, single and a resident of Brgy
Balugo, Albuera, Leyte. Subject arrested persons are now lodged at
the lock-up cell of Albuera PS for filing of appropriate charges in
court. Said confiscated lumbers are now under the custody of the
Philipine Army at Camp Downes, Ormoc City due for submission to PENRO/DENR
for proper disposition.
Report on illegal gambling
At about 10:45 AM of
July 4, 2011, in Brgy 3, Maydolong, Eastern Samar, elements of
Maydolong MPS led by PI Tito Cebreros Mojica, chief of police, with
five (5) PNCOs conducted raid to an illegal gambling activity locally
known as “cara y cruz”. Upon sensing the presence of the raiding
team, the people gathered scamper to different directions. Recovered
from the scene were: one hundred ten pesos (P110) bet money, two (2)
pairs of slippers and one (1) T shirt. Maydolong MPS is now
conducting follow-up investigation for the possible identification of
the person involved.
Hiked hate crimes,
anti-gay rhetoric provoke campus Pride parade
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines
– Rising homophobia and violence against members of the lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons across the country
convinced around 500 people that included LGBT students and
heterosexual supporters to gather in the University of the
campus in this city for a Pride parade aiming to raise awareness about
human rights for gay people.
Fearless Equality” the event was organized in this city 50 kilometers
south of Manila by the LGBT group UPLB Babaylan with militant groups
Bayan Muna and Gabriela. A giant rainbow flag carried by exuberant
protesters snaked through the major car lanes around the forested
university which rang with shouts demanding justice for murders and a
stop to rising anti-gay messages from what they called “hate groups”.
The school icon, a nude male figure called Oblation, was festooned
with giant butterfly-shape wings in the colors of the rainbow to
symbolize the flight of gay rights in the campus.
The leftist Bayan
alliance instigated a simultaneous sympathy LGBT pride parade in
“We are overjoyed to
see overwhelming support of even from heterosexuals, despite threats
of bad weather and the short notice we issued,” PROGAY Southern
Tagalog spokesperson Corinna Hope Marañan said.
Rep. Teddy Casiño of
the BAYAN MUNA Party and Hon. Angelica Jones Alarva of the National
Movement of Young Legislators supported the Pride parade. Also present
was the controversial Metropolitan Community Church, the gay religious
group that set the city of
abuzz with a publicized same sex wedding for eight homosexual couples.
“We decided to
organize this Pride march in support of our brothers and sisters in
other parts of the country who are presently being persecuted and even
killed on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity,”
said Jan Erick Abay Alim who serves as the punong babaylan or head
shaman of UPLB Babaylan. Alim was referring to the frenzy of anti-gay
actions initiated by religious groups in
in response to the same-sex union ceremonies.
Alim claims that even
in UP Los Baños, considered as the bastion of democracy in the region,
rights of the LGBT are continuously violated. “Some transgendered
students are prohibited to express their gender identity, on the pain
of not being allowed to graduate,” Alim added.
He also said the
parade is a sounding board to the campus community to report to the
UPLB Babaylan incidents of violence, hate language and discriminatory
acts against LGBTs. The group already submitted to Rep. Raymond
Palatino of KABATAAN Youth Partylist a partial list of violations that
school authorities inflicted on some transgender and lesbian students
in connection with the congressman's measure, House Resolution No.
1333, that called for the investigation of unjust discrimination
against LGBT in schools.
BAYAN MUNA Southern
Tagalog coordinator Adrianne Mark Ng ended the parade with a somber
candle-lighting memorial for 160 LGBTs murdered since 1996.
House Bill 1483 or the
“Anti-Discrimination Bill” is authored by Rep. Teddy Casiño of Bayan
Muna Partylist, a steadfast straight supporter of LGBT rights. He also
authored House Bill 4385 calling for a declaration of a National Day
against Homophobia and Transphobia, which the participating
organizations also support.
GMA, Uriarte may be
liable for malversation
By Office of Senator Chiz Escudero
PASAY CITY – Former
President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former
Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office (PCSO) general manager Rosario Uriarte may find themselves liable for malversation for using the
agency’s intelligence funds for other purposes.
In today’s Senate
hearing on PCSO fund mess, Uriarte admitted to dipping her hands into
the intelligence funds of the charity agency to pay for “blood money”
of incarcerated overseas Filipino workers as well as cover expenses
for relief operations during calamities.
Escudero, who was
surprised at the way the PCSO’s intelligence funds were approved and
disbursed without regard to the proper procedure, said Uriarte’s
admission to misappropriating the agency’s intelligence funds could be
used as basis for filing malversation charges against her.
“Under oath at the
Senate, she readily admitted to using the intelligence fund to offset
other requests for funding like blood money and relief operations. And
under oath, she also said that former President Arroyo was
knowledgeable and approved all of these transactions. No matter how
noble the intentions were, these still do not justify the
misappropriation of the funds intended for what they claimed to be for
intelligence operations,” Escudero pointed out.
The senator said the
approval itself of an intelligence funds for a charity institution is
already suspect given the fact that the military intelligence funds
pale in comparison to the amount the PCSO received at that time.
Uriarte told the
Senate panel that she was able to get approval for the release of the
intelligence funds by personally handing the requests to the former
president, thus avoiding the lengthy bureaucratic process.
The former PCSO
executive said they have appropriated intelligence funds for the
agency for the roll out of the state-approved small town lottery (STL)
in a bid to stamp out illegal numbers game operations in the country.
questioning by senators, Uriarte failed to present a solid program and
list of expenditures to justify the appropriation of intelligence
admitted that part of the funds for intelligence operations was spent
for relief operations and “blood money” donations with the full
knowledge of the former president.
Escudero said that
under the law, any public officer who misuses or misappropriates
public funds is guilty of malversation and could face life
imprisonment under the Revised Penal Code.
Number 4 of Article
217 of the Revised Penal Code states that “the penalty of reclusion
temporal in its medium and maximum periods, if the amount involved
is more than 12,000 pesos but is less than 22,000 pesos. If the amount
exceeds the latter, the penalty shall be reclusion temporal in
its maximum period to reclusion perpetua.”