Uy’s eldest kin
expresses hope in the reinvestigation of her father’s case
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO, Samar News.com
CALBAYOG CITY – Just
like other extra-judicial killings (ELKs) in the province, the
Philippine National Police and other coordinating agencies have not
come up yet with a conclusive result on their investigations of the
assassination of Calbayog Mayor Reynaldo Uy last April 30, 2011 in
The slow paced
development of the case under the PNP and the Criminal Investigation
and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Commission on Human Rights’ act of
archiving the same made the family decide to seek the help of the
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Central Office.
Dismayed, Rosa Jessica
“Aika” Uy-Delgado (eldest child of Mayor Uy) revealed that as a sign
of respect and courtesy to the victim’s family they should have been
informed on the development of the case but she learned that a high
ranking PNP official allegedly said that it is not the duty of said
office to do the same.
“We are saddened when
it was archived considering that this is a high-profile case; but we
don’t want to lose hope. It’s like opening a file cabinet,” she said.
re-autopsy of Uy’s body was conducted lately by Dr. Alvin David, a
forensic expert from the NBI.
With these, she
expressed her 100% faith to the agency as it would open a new door in
Compared to the
previous autopsy report of Dr. Cordero from the PNP and the
reenactment made on July at the crime scene, she disclosed that there
were doubts on her mind since the investigating body suggested that
there was an angle of “squabble” within and between the victim’s
allies or supporters on the night of the killing.
She also disclosed
that the PNP was not able to determine exactly the position of the
gunman or its range from the victim’s location.
The CIDG on the other
hand have 2-3 angles but just like the other investigation, the
victim’s family was not convinced on it.
The eldest Uy (from
the brood of 4) exclaimed her disappointment to the police officers
(especially in civilian clothes) and the military that are constantly
seen and used as bodyguards by his father’s opponent and political
“Paanano ka magtatapud
san usa nga institusyon nga pirme mo nakikit-an nga upod-upod san usa
nga politico? Sino ba an kaupod pirme? Di ba an 2 six by six trucks, 2
mobile patrol cars san PNP and RMG?!” she uttered.
can be a suspect considering that a high powered firearm can be bought
in the market, she clarified.
suggestions and interpretations made by the NBI, she is fairly
convinced that it is akin to the real picture she is expecting to
believe which is based on the gunshot wounds that the victim acquired
from the gun used by the killer.
She further revealed
that there are already leads such as the rifle used by the gunman but
refused to give details as it could possibly affect the investigation
of the case.
Without pushing the
NBI to resolve her father’s case at once, the agency assured that the
result of the re-autopsy conducted last August 24 will be available in
the coming week.
Columnist Fr. Cimagala
wins CAMMA award
CEBU CITY – The 15th
edition of the biennial Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Awards (CAMMA)
declared columnist Fr. Roy Cimagala the best in column writing in
ceremonies held in SM Cebu on August 28. This is the third time to win
Fr. Cimagala writes a
column, Hints and Traces, for
newspaper, and has been consistently putting Christian values into
public issues covered by the media.
The Cebu-based priest
is chaplain of Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise (CITE)
among many other pastoral assignments. His love for writing led him to
contribute commentaries to different media outfits.
“I feel that the
burning issues of today need to be given the inputs of human and
Christian values,” he said. “This does not mean there's only one
concrete human and Christian view regarding these issues. There can be
many, since they are often matters of opinion. But at least they are
views with a Christian tone,” he added.
To Fr. Cimagala, this
Christian tone includes elements of an earnest search for truth that
is always done in charity, respecting the dignity of persons, concern
for fairness and, in general, faithfully following the many codes of
ethics that have been crafted to guide people in media.
He bats for what is
constructive and positive, rather than focusing on the negative. He is
also for building up a network of cooperative work among the different
parties and sectors of society, rather than pitting one party with
CAMMA's theme this
year is “Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital
Age.” The aim of the organizers is to give due recognition to the
generous and often heroic work of mediamen.
encourages all members of society to get involved in their own way in
the world of public opinion. “The vitality of our society, the health
of our culture depends a lot on how we are forming our public
opinion,” he said.
Women’s rights group
call for immediate investigation on sexual harassment, slavery and
strip search in jails
By TANGGOL BAYI
QUEZON CITY –
Women’s rights group today supported the call urging the Bureau of
Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Department of Interior and
Local Government (DILG) to immediately act and look into allegations
of sexual harassment, acts of slavery and other discriminatory
practices against women prisoners and their visitors in jail
“Reports on women
inmates in Philippine National Police Custodial Center at Camp Crame
were being taken out of their cells at night and were forced to sit
with jail officers during their drinking spree are disturbing enough
because it shows the vulnerability of these women to these forms of
sexual harassment. There are also additional reports that the women
prisoners were also required to massage male jail guards and wash
their clothes. These acts of slavery and sexual harassment should stop
and the jail guards and officials responsible or those who tolerated
these under their watch should be made accountable,” said Cristina
Palabay, Tanggol Bayi spokesperson.
The woman leader also
called on BJMP and DILG officials to adhere to international laws and
rules governing the treatment of prisoners, including women prisoners,
as stated in the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of
Prisoners and in the newly adopted resolution at the United Nations
General Assembly known as the United Nations Rules for the Treatment
of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders.
Palabay also urged
officials in the said agencies to likewise review and scrap from their
manual of operations and/or guidelines the policy and practice of
strip search of visitors of inmates in jail facilities such as those
in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.
“Visitors of political
prisoners and regular inmates have experienced trauma and
psychological abuse, which are sexual in nature, in instances of their
visits to their detained relatives and friends.
refusal to be subjected to such searches denies them of entry and
their visitation rights,” she commented.
More public school
buildings in Leyte addresses lack of classroom problem
Media Relations Center
August 27, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – The
provincial government of Leyte has constructed a total of 45 public
school building all over the province in response to the need for
more classrooms among elementary and public schools.
A total of twenty
2-classroom buildings, twenty-two 1-classroom building, one
3-classroom building and a two-storey six-classroom building.
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla said these constructed school buildings have been
identified as priority by the Department Education, categorized as
“red flag” with the number of pupils more than the ideal number in a
Gov. Petilla said the
province has pitched in to help following clamor by the schools
themselves which sought the help of the provincial government in
consideration that the DepEd itself cannot fully cover all the lack of
classrooms among schools.
It was learned that
two-classroom buildings were constructed at the Cogon Elementary
School and Alangalang National High School in Alangalang, Hindang
National High School in Hindang, Tinabilan National High School in
Palompon, Polahongon national High School in Mahaplag, Villa Aurora
Elementary School in Burauen, Tapol Elementary School in Leyte, Gov.E.
Jaro Elementary School, Nagaasan Primary School, Rizal Elementary
School, San Agustin Elementary School all of Babatngon, Caloogan
Primary School in Palo, Capangihan Elementary School in Tolosa,
Hiluctogan Elementary School in Kananga, Calubian National High School
in Dulag, Caduhaan Elementary School in Palompon, Candelaria
Elementary School in Matag-ob, Canino-an Elementary School in Pastrana,
Maragondong Elementary School in Dagami and Buli National High School
On the other hand,
one-classroom school buildings were also constructed in Tagadtaran
Elementary School, Buenavista Elementary School, Malaihao Elementary
School, all of Burauen; Pangna Elementary School in Carigara;
Tinocolan Elementary School and Sta. Lucia Elementary School in Abuyog;
Wague Elementary School and Consuegra National High School in Leyte;
Ybañez Elementary School and Butason Elementary School in Tabango;
Tinago Elementary School and Himarco Elementary School in Palompon;
Casiongan Elementary School in Calubian; Veteranos Elementary School
and Langit Elementary School in Alangalang; Batug National High School
in Dulag; Manloy Elementary School, Upper Hiraan Elementary School and
Cassidy Elementary School in Cariagara; San Jose Primary School in
Palo; and, San Pedro Elementary School in Macarthur.
building was constructed at the EVSU-Dulag Campus and two-storey
six-classroom building at the
Palo National High
School in Palo.
The governor assures
other schools identified as having a bigger population to be supported
in their need for more classrooms.
“We are doing this one
at a time knowing that we are working on limited budget with not just
school infrastructures to support. We are addressing this one school
at a time,” Gov. Petilla said.
Leyte assures support
for thriving, friendlier business community
Media Relations Center
August 27, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla guaranteed the business community in
the province and the region in providing a business ecosystem that
would allow businesses and economies to thrive and prosper.
Gov. Petilla, who was
one of the speaker during the Opening Program of the 1st Eastern
Visayas Chamber of Commerce and Industry Conference, said the various
chamber of commerce and industry in the region remain to be the key
players in generating local and foreign interest in the business
community and that the local government units could only provide and
support policies that would maintain a thriving business climate.
The governor talked on
expanding businesses in the communities where he emphasized that the
local government units would only remain a catalyst in bringing new
businesses to the countryside and will not become entrepreneurs in
itself and compete with the private business sector.
“I always maintain
that the government is a ‘bad businessman’. Whenever the government
comes into play in the business side of things, it always bound to
lose,” Gov. Petilla said.
He again enthused to
the businessmen who were in attendance, on the need for private
business players to invest around the province and the region.
The governor hailed
businessman such as Charlie Uykim for taking up to the investment
challenge via the construction and development of the Leyte IT
Development Park in Palo, Leyte.
“This would be a big
boost to our local economy and employment. Once this become
operational, I am sure, other businesses would come in,” Gov. Petilla
He likewise shared in
the province’s thrust of making tourism as an economic driver in the
“To achieve this we
only have one goal and that is to create a top-class quality
destination hotel,” the governor disclosed while called for more
public-private partnership in a bid to develop further the business
and economic potential of the Eastern Visayas region.
The 1st Eastern
Visayas Chamber of Commerce and Industry Conference was aimed to raise
chamber member’s awareness on labor-related and tax-related laws and
fully appreciate community service.
Among those tackled
in the three-day conference were creating a dynamic business
environment, empowering the micro small and medium enterprises,
responsible business for a better community, expanding business in the
Ombudsman suspends 2
Negros execs over cash shortages
F. HIBIONADA / PNS
August 24, 2011
officers in Negros Occidental were slapped with administrative
penalties and ordered suspended from respective posts without pay.
This, as the Office of
the Ombudsman in the Visayas resolved the earlier charges as filed
over the discovery of cash shortages in their respective localities.
OMB-V-A-09-0037-B, Norman Uytiepo, Revenue Collection Officer II of
the Escalante City Treasurer’s Office was found guilty of less serious
dishonesty. As such, Uytiepo whose salary grade is 7, was meted a
“medium penalty” of eight months suspension from the service without
Amount involved as per
cash examination by the Commission On Audit (COA) and corresponding
validation by Ombudsman probers was P110,24.54. Uytiepo has since
restituted and refunded the said amount alongside a 30-day suspension
also ordered by Escalante Mayor Melecio Yap Jr.
Yet as far as the
Ombudsman is concerned, restitution has not cured the crime nor was
the 30-day suspension commensurate to the violation committed.
Uytiepo in his defense
told Ombudsman investigators that his action “was due to his financial
problems as he is the sole breadwinner of his family….had a hard time
providing for the needs of his family thus making him susceptible to
And with the
administrative sanction of 30-day suspension also handed down by the
mayor, the matter should be over and done with. The Ombudsman begged
to disagree and proceeded with its own Decision.
“The sole issue to be
resolved…is whether substantial evidence exists against respondent to
warrant a finding of guilt for an administrative offense,” excerpts of
the 8-paged Ombudsman Decision went. “Verily, the evidence at hand
supports a finding of guilt for Less Serious Dishonesty.”
Similar fate for
Shigried Sanoy, Local Revenue Collection Officer II with salary grade
15 of the Provincial Treasurer’s Office,
of Negros Occidental.
With cash shortage of
P135,885.76, Sanoy was found guilty for simple misconduct and
suspended for three months one day without pay.
This, alongside a
“stern warning that a repetition of the same or similar acts in the
future shall be dealt with more severely.”
Sanoy was served with
the Ombudsman summons that directed her to submit counter-affidavit
and countervailing evidences. However none was heard with the mail
returned to the Ombudsman bearing a note that respondent was
facts and evidence on record established that respondent committed
Malversation…malversation is inherently a form of misconduct by a
public official,” the Ombudsman Decision went.
OMB-V-A-09-0363-K, Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer I Amy
Rose Soler-Rellin penned the Decision, reviewed by Assistant Ombudsman
Virginia Palanca Santiago. Recommending the approval was Deputy
Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol with then Acting Ombudsman
Orlando Casimiro approving the Decision.
Region 6, 4 others
high in unemployment rates
By GEORGE M. DE LA CRUZ / PNS
Employment rates in
the Philippines grew by 4 percent year-on-year as the country’s labor
market regains momentum in April 2011, but not in the case of region
The region together
with four other regions marked high with unemployment rates compared
with the national rate, a report from the June 2011 bulletin of the
Bureau of Labor Employment Statistics which highlights the labor force
of the country as of April 2011.
The five regions that
posted unemployment rates higher than the national rate: NCR (11.6%),
Region I (9.8%), Region III (8.3%), Region IV-A (10.0%) and Region VI
However, on a national
picture, expansion was driven by the marked recovery in agriculture,
fishery and forestry sector (5.6%) and the continued expansion, though
at slower pace, in industry sector (2.4%) and services sector (3.4%),
the bulletin showed.
The quality of
employment was mixed with gains in wage and salary employment (5..0%)
and full-time employment (3.5%) partly offset by the rise in
underemployment rate by 1.6 percentage points and the slight decline
in mean hours worked by 0.3, it added.
BLES said that more
persons joined the labor market in April 2011 compared with the same
period last year. Estimated at 39.691 million, the labor force
expanded by 3.1% during the period under review, which means an
addition of more than a million (+1.179 million) new
entrants/reentrants to the labor force – about twice the figure
(+688,000) recorded in 2010. BLES added the labor force participation
rate (LFPR) rose from 63.6% to 64.2% during the period.
With the growth in
employment (4.0% or +1.408 million) surpassing the expansion in labor
force (3.1% or +1.179 million), the number of unemployed persons
dropped by 228,000 to 2.871 million in April 2011. This translates to
a 0.8 percentage point reduction in unemployment rate, i.e., from 8.0%
to 7.2% over the period, BLES said.
Further, half (50.0%
or 1.435 million) of the total unemployed workforce were young workers
(aged 15 to24 years old). Youth unemployment rate at 16.6% was more
than twice the national average. This rate was 2.2 percentage points
lower than last year. About two in every three unemployed were men
(63.9% or 1.836 million). Compared with last year, unemployment rate
of men was down by 0.6 percentage point to 7.6%. Also, the rate for
women was down by 1.1% percentage points to 6.7%. The majority (44.2%
or 1.270 million) were high school graduates or undergraduates.
Equally large were college undergraduates and graduates (43.5% or
Meanwhile, on the
downside, underemployment rate was up from 17.8% to 19.4%. This
translates to 7.126 million underemployed persons, an increase of
829,000 from a year ago level, BLES said.
dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes; Senate Trade and Commerce Committee
By GEORGE M. DE LA CRUZ / PNS
Manhunt operations on
those involved in the massive trading of geckos, locally known as ‘tuko’,
has been a positive move, or else dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes may
multiply which poses a threat on the population of this type of
reptile that feeds on insects such as mosquitoes.
Recent reports stating
the rise in hunting and selling of these reptiles because of their
high cost in the international wildlife market coincide with the rise
in the number of dengue patients now being monitored by the Department
Senator Manny Villar
has filed Senate Resolution No. 538 urging the Trade and Commerce
committee to conduct an inquiry on the reported massive trading of
geckos for the purpose of crafting measures that will protect the
specie from threats, ensure their survival and maintain the unique
balance of the ecosystem.
As chairman, Villar
expressed apprehension over the hunting of geckos, which he said will
allow dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes to multiply, hurting the
government campaign to control the fatal disease.
To date, dengue cases
from the period January to June 2011 nationwide is 27,000, a Disease
Surveillance Report of the DOH-National Epidemiology Center (NEC)
Reports have it that
much of the interest in geckos was generated by a claim that it can
cure cancer, asthma, tuberculosis, impotence and even Acquired
Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). But in its statement, DOH said the
use of geckos as cure for AIDS or asthma was unproven and had no
According to reports,
500 grams of geckos, which is commonly found in households and their
surrounding areas, sell from P50,000 to P500,000. Trading of geckos is
primarily done online through networking sites and other
internet-based marketing networks where a sale is made to the highest
Villar noted that
although geckos are not classified as either critically endangered or
vulnerable, but it is now under threat from over collection which can
ultimately lead to vulnerability or extinction.
The government must
act in order to save the specie from threats because existing wildlife
plays a role in the balance of nature, he added.
analysts theorized that due to a high poverty crisis in the country,
people in the business abroad would take advantage of any forms of
trade such in the case of geckos, many Filipinos have been paid
already in the massive collection of the geckos.
Basey irrigation test
run on August 21
By CHITO DELA TORRE
BASEY, Samar –
Provincial Irrigation Engineer Amadeo R. Montejo will lead local
officials and employees of the National Irrigation Administration in
Samar in playing host to top NIA executives and other government
officials in the test run of the Basey Irrigation Project come August
21 this year.
Engr. Montejo and
staff will guide their visiting guests to the irrigation dam which
utilizes the natural power of the
Bugasan River. The dam
site can be reached after four kilometers of climbs and treks from
Mabini, a populous upstream interior riverine village of Basey, Samar,
By August 21, a
Sunday, the valves at the dam will be opened to release a great volume
of water that will next run via gravity force into a cut-and-cover
canal that ascends and descends the mountainous portion of Mabini,
further flow down to an under-the-river canal, and then out into the
1,500 hectares of rice fields of the town.
By that time, rice
farmers could already be standing by the open irrigation canal or
right at their rice paddies to witness for the first time in their
lives how the irrigation system will provide rice-life-sustaining
water to assure up to four times of planting and harvesting rice.
The dam and canals had
been designed by supervising engineer Raul B. Salipuran.
Irrigation will now be
a blessing to the rice farmers in the villages of Mabini, Inuntan,
Guirang, Burgos, Del Pilar, Old San Agustin, Bulao, and Cogon, and
maybe even part of Cancaiyas or even that section towards, or near or
between Villa Aurora and Sawa.
The Basey Irrigation
Project has a potential irrigable area of 3,000 hectares, which could
include rice fields in other barrios towards the east and southeast.
irrigation development officers, like Mitchelle A. Manog, Leah L.
Advento and Maylane G. Advincula, and IDS chief Monaliza J. Cuna, have
been looking into the formal training and organization of the
landowners who may henceforth become irrigators that will be managing
the usage of the irrigation facility in their own localities.
Two organizations –
Baktas Kabub’wason Rural Workers Association and Consortium of
Community Organizers of Basey (COrBa), respectively under president
Teodorico D. Porbus and lead convenor-chairman Guillermo Gacutan – had
helped them clarify on some issues and concerns faced by some of the
prospective irrigators. Last June 28, Porbus and Gacutan, along with
the Department of Agrarian Reform municipal agrarian reform officer in
Basey and Youth In Action prexy Michael Unabia Dela Torre, visited the
dam site at Bugasan as part of their planning activities. The visit
was facilitated by PIE Montejo and the staff of the Basey Irrigation
Project. After the visit, they were given two separate briefings on