generally peaceful during Pacquiao-Marquez fight
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO K
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – PCSupt Arnold Rayala Revilla lauds the
entire force of police regional office 8 for maintaining the peace and
order situation of Eastern Visayas during the Pacquiao vs Marquez
fight today, November 13, 2011.
While it has been
observed that crime rates dramatically drop whenever Filipino boxing
icon Manny Pacquiao fights, the police did not stay complacent and
remained on alert.
“We expected another
peaceful day when Manny Pacquiao fights Juan Marquez just as in
previous fights. Even then, the police remained on alert,” recalling
Pacquiao’s previous fights, Revilla said that crime incidents were
usually close to zero.
Revilla said, the PNP
was in full alert to monitor possible crime incidents during the fight
of Pacquiao and Marquez. The fight of Pacquiao last year, there were
no major untoward incidents that happened.
incidents happened during the fight, one robbery incident transpired
victimizing the LBC main branch of Catbalogan City at 12:35 PM on
November 13, 2011. Three unidentified men armed with short firearms
entered the said establishment with a pretext to be clients and once
inside, they strategically positioned themselves, went to the lone
customer associate and declared hold up and took the cash money in the
drawer, cash box and at the vault. That thereafter, the robbers
brought the customer associate to the comfort and left on board with a
black motorcycle. That the amount taken is approximately P600,000.
Follow up operation was immediately conducted.
On the other hand,
snatching incident happened at corner Rizal Avenue and Tarcela
streets, Tacloban City at 1:05 PM, of same date victimizing Victoria
Espanta Lewis, 69 years old, single, resident of Brgy. Busay,
Babatngon, Leyte. Police report revealed that while walking towards the
parking area of Babatngon PUJ located beside the Shell gas station, P.
Burgos Street, Tacloban City, her worn one 18k gold necklace with gold
cross pendant worth P8,500 was snatched by the unidentified
malefactor. Downtown PCP personnel immediately conducted a follow up
Meanwhile, a fire
incident also transpired at Brgy. Baybay, Laoang,
at 12:00 noon today, based on the police report, the hardware building
of Hemonio Tan was on fire but was declared undercontrol by BFP Laoang
after 2 hours. The case is still under investigation.
On the other hand,
the Police Regional Office 8 and the Public Safety Mutual Benefit
Fund, Inc. provided a free live viewing of the fight of Saranggani
representative Manny Pacquiao against Mexican boxing icon Juan Manuel
Marquez at Caboboy Gym, Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte. All police
units were alerted and assigned police personnel in different
barangays which have free live viewing of the boxing fight.
'I don't want to hear
any bulls---t about the Pacquiao-Marquez III fight result'
By ALEX P.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada –
"Tonight, boxing was rewarded. Two great fighters gave boxing
something to be proud of. That's why I don't want to hear any
bulls---t about the result (of the Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel
Marquez trilogy)," Top Rank CEO Bob Arum declared during a post-fight
press conference at the Media Center in the MGM Grand.
Arum, 79, angrily
reacted to accusations the majority decision victory of Pacquiao had
been rigged. "As I walked from the ring going to this room (Media
Center), I passed into a mob of angry Mexicans ready to lynch me," he
bewailed. "They ranted that I stole the fight from them as if I have
something to do with the judges' decision."
Arum admitted the
fight was "very closed" saying "there were rounds that could have gone
either way." Arum said, "I had Pacquiao winning by seven rounds. HBO
saw Pacquiao winner by eight rounds. There were those who scored six
rounds for Pacquiao and six rounds for Marquez. But those were the
scores that are very acceptable."
"I know that I won.
There is no doubt about it," said Pacquiao, who was outshuttled in the
first five rounds by Marquez's dizzying counterpunches.
"I don't know what
else I would do to change the minds of the judges. Honestly, I am very
happy with my performance. What I will do for the meantime is to sit
down with my family and contemplate whether to go on fighting or
retire," Marquez said. "Yes, we won like what the people were singing
in the arena."
"I think I won this
fight very clearly. I don't know what happened. Everybody knows what
happened. I'm very frustrated right now. The best judges are the
Marquez (52-6-1, 39
KOs) said his decision to contemplate on retiring was influenced
heavily by the result of this third fight against Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38
Pacquiao connected 176 of 578 punches thrown after 12 rounds. Marquez
connected 138 of the 436 punches thrown.
Pacquiao connected 59
of the 304 jabs thrown as against Marquez's 38 of the 182 thrown.
Pacquiao connected 117 of the 274 power punches thrown as against
Marquez's 100 of the 254.
Pacquiao had an
average of 49 punches thrown and connected 14 per round as against
Marquez's 36 punches thrown with 11 connected per round.
Pia hails Underground
River’s inclusion in New7Wonders winners
By Office of Senator Pia S. Cayetano
PASAY CITY – Senator Pia S. Cayetano today joined fellow Filipinos in rejoicing the
inclusion of the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) of Palawan
in the list of provisional winners of the New7Wonders of Nature as
announced by organizers of the worldwide poll over the weekend.
everyone who voted, campaigned and kept vigil in the last three years
to boost and sustain the bid of our very own Puerto Princesa
Underground River to make it as one of the New7Wonders of Nature,”
“The PPUR’s inclusion
in the provisional list of winners affirms the Philippines’ reputation
as a world-class eco-tourism destination by virtue of our rich
biodiversity, breathtaking natural wonders and friendly people,” she
She said making the
final list is a major accomplishment considering that the contenders
originally included more than 400 entries from over 200 nations when
the poll began in 2007.
“This proves how we as
a people could unite and harness our online and texting power to rally
behind one cause.”
She urged Filipinos to
continue promoting our different eco-tourism sites to the rest of the
world through the internet and various forms of social media.
“Filipinos have access
to the world through various forms of social media. Let us use our
strength in this area to continue to promote the beautiful
destinations in our country.”
She concluded: “Let’s
hope and pray that that the PPUR makes it to the final list of winners
when all the votes have been verified. May this initial victory not
only instill national pride in us, but also awareness and genuine
concern to conserve our rich natural resources.”
Greenpeace urges PH to
push for marine reserves and an end to tuna overfishing
MANILA – Greenpeace
today called on the Philippine government to join neighbouring Pacific
Island coastal states in efforts to create healthy oceans for future
generations, which would also ensure economic prosperity and boost
food security in the region.
Greenpeace issued the
challenge at a press briefing organized barely a month before the
critical Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCFPC)
meeting taking place in Palau on December 5 to 9, wherein the fates of
the threatened Pacific bigeye and yellowfin tuna stocks will be
decided. The Philippines is expected to propose the opening of the
Pacific Commons to purse seine fishing by its fleets. These areas are
important areas of international waters whose protection, together
with other conservation measures designed to halt the overfishing of
bigeye and yellowfin tuna, is up for a review at this year’s WCPFC
“The proposal to open
the high seas pockets is a short-sighted proposal that will only serve
to compromise the reputation of Philippine tuna globally and unravel
years of existing efforts to conserve tuna stocks in the region for
the long-term benefit of Philippine fishing fleets, jobs and food
security for years to come” said Oceans Campaigner Sari Tolvanen of
Greenpeace International during today’s press briefing at Old Swiss
Inn in Makati City.
The Philippines has
the third largest tuna catch in the region after
and Korea. Bigeye and yellowfin tuna species are in decline in the
region and have recently been listed as vulnerable and near threatened
by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Scientists are calling for further cuts in fishing in order to ensure
that they can be restored to healthy population levels.
The Pacific Commons,
large areas of international waters that lie between the Pacific
Island countries, have been closed to purse seine fishing for two
years by the WCPFC. This closure has helped curb pirate fishing and,
together with restriction on the use of fish aggregation devices (FADs,
such as payaws), eased some of the overfishing of tuna in the region.
Scientists have been calling for increased oceans protection through
additional high seas closures as proposed by Pacific Island Countries
and by banning the use of FADs in purse seine fisheries that catch
large amount of juvenile tuna and vulnerable species such as sharks.
Greenpeace points out
that the Philippines will also benefit from supporting the extension
of the ban on purse seine fishing using FADs, which worsen overfishing
and cause wasteful bycatch of other threatened species. By
transforming its fishing industry to pole and line, hand line and free
school purse seine fishing, the Philippines would be able to meet the
increasing market demand for sustainably caught tuna products and set
the example for the rest of the world in ensuring the long-term
sustainability and profitability of our fisheries.
“If the Philippines’
voice joins those of other small Pacific Island states, we cast a
larger net toward responsible oceans management, rather than
unraveling existing measures for the benefit of fishing industries of
Korea, Japan and Taiwan, at the expense of the livelihood and future
of the people of the Philippines,” Tolvanen added.
campaigning globally for fishing industry reform and for a global
network of marine reserves covering 40% of the world’s oceans,
necessary steps to creating healthy, living oceans for future
Hustisya warns: “More
human rights violations to come under new Army Chief”
November 11, 2011
QUEZON CITY –
"There will be more human rights violations under new Philippine Army
Chief Major General Emmanuel Bautista and Oplan Bayanihan," Cristina
Guevarra, secretary general of Hustisya (Victims United for Justice)
warned the public today.
The new Army Chief
Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista is the primary author of the Oplan
Bayanihan. According to Karapatan's documentation as of end of
September, 2011, the said anti-insurgency program has taken the lives
of more than 55 individuals through extrajudicial killings, not to
mention the enforced disappearance of eight people and the forcible
evacuation of 4,224 residents from their communities.
"No wonder he was
promoted army chief. There is no other top official who can and will
faithfully implement the terror of Oplan Bayanihan other than the
author himself. We fear that with Maj. Gen. Bautista at the helm of
Oplan Bayanihan, the number of cases of state violence will pile up,
similar to that of Gloria Arroyo's Oplan Bantay Laya," Guevarra said.
according to Hustisya is a "cut-and-paste" Filipino version of the US
counter insurgency guide released in 2009. Designed to deceive the
people, Oplan Bayanihan hides behind so-called “development” programs
that actually seeks to pacify people’s opposition to military presence
or government projects such as large-scale mining, logging and
plantations. In the process, it destroys community organizations that
are existing in the area for a long time, as well as people’s
initiatives to improve their quality of life.
“They way to all out
peace, is when justice is achieved. Many families of victims of human
rights violations are disdained that to this day. P-Noy have not done
anything for their loved ones and is instead paving the way towards
more human rights violations. He has taken on this ‘legacy’ from his
predecessor with Oplan Bayanihan and we have no choice but to fight
back.” Guevarra said.
“The killing of Fr.
Fausto Tentorio is an omen of worse things to come. The promotion of
General Bautista sealed the future we will have to face.” She
New DILG-8 regional
director lauds support of Southern Leyte officials
DILG Director. Dr. Pedro A. Noval Jr. (center) who assumed
office recently as DILG-8 Regional Director, lauded Mayor
Shirlita Chong and the sangguniang bayan of Liloan, Southern
Leyte, for their support to key DILG programs. Heeding DILG’s
call, the LGU has committed to revoke implementation of illegal
pass-through fees of passengers going to the ferry terminal
effective January 2012. Joining Dir. Noval at the front are
(l-r) Mayor Chong, Provincial Director Johnny Badocdoc and MLGOO
Dennis Padolina. (Photo by PD Johnny M. Badocdoc)
By LOREN A. ANICIETE
MAASIN CITY – The
new DILG-8 Regional Director, Dr. Pedro A. Noval, Jr., CESO III,
lauded local officials in Southern Leyte for their strong support and
open-mindedness towards DILG programs shown during his three
consecutive visits to Southern Leyte over the past two weeks.
Dir. Noval, who
visited Southern Leyte on October 28, November 3-4, and November 9,
2011 cited the LGUs’ positive response to policies being implemented
by the department, particularly those on transparency and suspension
of imposition and collection of illegal pass-through fees.
In his meeting with 15
municipal mayors during the recent LMP Meeting in Tomas Oppus,
Director Noval exhorted municipalities to help in making DILG Region 8
number 1 in the country. Meanwhile, DILG Provincial Director Juan
Badocdoc, who escorted RD Noval, encouraged LCEs to make their
respective LGUs compliant with the Full Disclosure Policy and to vie
for the Seal of Good Housekeeping to be eligible for the Performance
RD Noval visited the
towns of Panaon Island as well as Libagon, Bontoc, and Tomas Oppus to
talk with local officials on LGU compliance with DILG MCs 2009-76,
2011-122, and 2011-151 re suspension of LGU imposition and collection
of illegal fees and taxes on passing-through vehicles.
two-hour discussion with Mayor Shirlita Chong and the Sangguniang
Bayan of Liloan on the Local Government Code’s provisions produced
positive results, with the municipality committing to suspend
collection of pass-through fees at the municipal road leading to the
ferry terminal effective January 2012. Meanwhile, the municipality of
Libagon already suspended the collection of fees since October 17,
2011 upon the LCE’s issuance of Executive Order No. 17, s. 2011. The
rest of the visited towns do not impose such illegal fees and charges.
Local officials in the
province have been delighted with the visit of the Regional Director
who in turn promised to make frequent visits to the LGU-clientele as
part of his pursuit in championing LGUs towards better and more
Director Noval also
plans to visit other provinces in the region in order to further
familiarize himself with concerns of local officials and field
Robredo to LGUs, DILG
offices: Launch TXT PPUR 2861 on this Friday’s flag retreat
By DILG Office of Public Affairs
MANILA – Interior
and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo today directed all
governors, mayors and barangay chairmen nationwide to conduct and
attend their flag retreat on Friday and rally their constituents to
vote – via text message PPUR 2861 or via the Internet – for the Puerto Princesa Underground River in the worldwide search for the New 7
Wonders of Nature.
The DILG chief made
the call to the country’s local chief executives a day before the
final voting comes to an end on November 11 (Friday at 7:00 pm) which
is part of a “last-ditch” effort by all government agencies concerned
for all Filipinos to support the PPUR campaign.
“I have directed all
local chief executives to conduct and attend their flag retreat on
Friday and rally and remind their constituents about their patriotism
and what the country could get in return in terms of tourism and
related revenues by voting for the PPUR campaign,” Robredo said.
He explained that
since joining flag retreat ceremonies constitutes a patriotic act for
all Filipinos, this is the same as participating in the PPUR campaign.
“Ang pakiusap po natin sa ating mga barangay chairmen, mayors at
governors na sa kanilang gagawing flag retreat ngayong Biyernes, ay
pakiusapan at himukin nila ang kanilang mga constituents na ilabas
muna ang kanilang cell phones at mag-text upang bumoto para sa PPUR,”
Robredo, who is
chairman of the Inter-agency Task Force for the PPUR campaign created
under Presidential Proclamation 182, also directed all DILG regional
officers and other bureaus under it like the Philippine National
Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and
Penology, among others, to carry out the PPUR campaign during their
flag retreat ceremonies this coming Friday.
Delighted to learn
that the PPUR has made it to the top 10 New 7 Wonders of the World
finalists in a recent update on the ongoing worldwide voting, the DILG
chief said the Filipinos should not just be contented with the PPUR
landing at number 7 among the finalists.
“Di dapat tayo
makuntento na pumasok lang tayo sa number 7 o sa Magic 7… dapat maging
number one tayo sa pitong mga papasok (new seven wonders of nature) sa
contest na ito,” he said.
Aside from sending SMS
message by typing PPUR and sending it to 2861, the public and all
concerned government officials and employees can vote via the Internet
by logging on to www.new7wonders.com.
Aside from the PPUR,
other nominees that made it to the top 10 include, the Dead Sea
(Israel/Jordan/Palestine), Grand Canyon (United States), Great Barrier
Reef (Australia/Papua New Guinea), Halong Bay (Vietnam), Jeita Grotto
(Lebanon), Jeju Island (South Korea), Komodo Island (Indonesia),
Sundarbans (Bangladesh/India), and Vesuvius (Italy).
High power rate buck
stops with DOE secretary and PSALM president
By TUCP Partylist
QUEZON CITY – Trade
Union Congress Party (TUCP) Representative Raymond Democrito C.
Mendoza today challenged the leadership of the Department of Energy
(DOE) and the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management
Corporation (PSALM) to categorically confirm or deny whether they
would withdraw the PSALM petitions pending with the Energy Regulatory
Commission (ERC) to recover “stranded costs” which would raise power
rates by 39 centavos per kWh.
commitments to the House Committee on Energy that PSALM would withdraw
these rate increase petitions. I want Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras
and President Emmanuel R. Ledesma, Jr. to categorically either answer
“yes” or “no”, on whether they will withdraw these petitions,”
explained Rep. Mendoza.
had said that the matter of withdrawing the rate increase petitions
lay with the JCPC because the JCPC has oversight over the proper
implementation of the EPIRA. The TUCP solon expressed
“incomprehension, bewilderment, and incredulity” with the “lame,
intellectually bankrupt, mentally addled and morally sniveling
excuses” of DOE Secretary Almendras and PSALM President Ledesma in
seeking to now pass on responsibility for the demanded withdrawal of
the pending rate increase petitions to the Joint Congressional Power
“We have news for
Messrs. Almendras and Ledesma. The buck stops with you when the issue
is high power rates. It is PSALM that is still claiming US $15.8
billion in stranded costs notwithstanding the sale of 92% of the
assets of the National Power Corporation (NPC) from whose proceeds
PSALM should have already wiped out any stranded cost. It is the
PSALM which filed a rate increase to recover this amount from all
consumers as a 39 centavo per kWh rate increase. It is PSALM which can
withdraw these petitions. So if these two gentlemen cannot stand the
heat they should either resign or request the President to relieve
them,” said Mendoza.
TUCP had earlier
accused PSALM of bad faith in failing to comply with its
representations to the House Committee on Energy. “Almendras and
Ledesma are back-pedaling and are hair-splitting in a disgusting
attempt to try to pass on the buck and evade command responsibility,”
Members of the Committee are mulling on whether or not to cite
officials of PSALM for contempt.
“Instead of being the
handmaidens of the “business-as-usual” philosophy, both the DOE
Secretary and PSALM President should have drawn their inspiration from
the “Matuwid na Daan” of the President to question many of the
dealings of PSALM between 2001 and 2011 that properly should not be
treated as stranded costs,” added Mendoza. “If these involved
overpriced contracts or purchases, improper transactions and outright
graft and corruption in the PSALM in the last two administrations,
then people should be made accountable and sent to jail. PSALM was
and is actually running the NPC. The new leadership could have
cleaned up the stables. Instead PSALM continues to milk the cow,”
“The behavior of Sec.
Almendras bears further comment in the matter of the upcoming
termination of the IPPA contracts this December which had provided the
special economic zones with discounted power rates. His answer
apparently is that discounts will no longer be the norm and the
industries will be free to source their electricity from higher-priced
sources. Presumably this also means that these industries are also
free to pack up and leave the country. Almendras cavalierly forgets
that 230,000 Filipino workers and their respective families depend on
these ecozones,” explained
“TUCP condemns the
high-handed arrogance of an unfeeling energy technocracy that says we
should leave the fate of the ecozones which face a rate increase to
the vagaries of the market, but when the issue involves maintaining or
lowering tariffs, oh we should refer that to the JCPC. This double
standard is absolute rubbish,” said the TUCP solon.