Arroyo’s mug shot taken from her hospital bed at the St. Luke’s
Hospital in Taguig which have been circulated in the Internet is
different from what the PNP CIDG had taken,” the DILG chief said.
According to Robredo,
the official mug shot of the former President taken by the PNP
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group last Saturday, a copy of
which was submitted to him, bears all the case details on the
“information booking plate.”
booking plate of the original mug shot photo of the former President
contains her name: Gloria Arroyo Y Macapagal, the Republic Act or
electoral sabotage case she violated and the case number from the
Pasay City Regional Trial Court,” he said.
“Based on what has
appeared in the Internet, it appeared that the booking numbers below
the published photos were ‘photoshopped’ and are different from the
reports submitted to me,” he added.
Earlier, when asked if
Arroyo’s camp would attempt to stop any moves to have her mug shots
released, her counsel Jose Flaminiano said her camp “won’t bother to
file a motion regarding that issue.”
A warrant of arrest
was served Friday after the Pasay
RTC found probable cause on the electoral sabotage case filed
against her. Her mug shots were taken inside her hospital bed where
she had been confined since Tuesday last week.
The Pasay City RTC has
stated that Mrs. Arroyo’s mug shots will not be released unless both
the prosecution and defense panels agree. The mug shots are deemed
property of the police and are not public property.
When the former
President’s mug shot photos were taken, there were only seven persons
present, and they include her, former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, her
son Albay Rep. Dato Arroyo, a former Arroyo cabinet secretary and
three personnel from the PNP CIDG.
Police District Director Sr. Supt. James Bucayu, who confirmed that
the published mug shots were authentic, was not around when the
booking photos were taken.
Two more rebels
surrendered to the government troops
By 34th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
Samar – In view of the sincere efforts of the Provincial Government
of Northern Samar to encourage members of the New People’s Army (NPA)
through its Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) to peacefully lay
down their arms, two (2) rebels operating in Barangay Hinagonoyan,
Catubig, Northern Samar voluntarily surrendered on November 13, 2011
and are now in the custody of 34th Infantry Battalion.
In an initial report,
while the troops were conducting Peace and Development Activities
(PDA) in the area, a certain Rolando Albino alias Sudlot and Virgilio
Durin alias Benny, both residents of Barangay Hinagonoyan, Catubig,
Northern Samar, surrendered to 83rd Civil Military Operation (CMO)
Company, 8CMO Bn under 1Lt. Ian Michael Dr Hamid at Brgy Hinagonoyan,
Catubig, Northern Samar.
The duo revealed that
they are members of the Unit Militia in their barangay and that they
encountered hardships in the hinterlands. The reason for their
surrender is to clear their names, go back to the mainstream society
and live a normal life.
Rolando Albino alias Sudlot turned over a
Cal .357 revolver with defaced serial number and six (6)
rounds of live ammunitions. The duo may avail of the benefits of the
Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) of the
province of Northern
Samar after processing the necessary documentary requirements.
Benefits may include but not limited to immediate assistance allowance
of Ten Thousand pesos (P10,000) and remuneration (payment of cash
value) for surrendered firearms, explosives and ammunition.
William P. Penafiel Jr., Commanding Officer of 34IB expressed his
appreciation to the efforts made by the populace of said barangay for
the surrender of the two (2) rebels. He was grateful for the
wholehearted support of the people and their constant awareness on the
peace and order situation in their area.
The two (2)
surrenderees were brought to the Headquarters of 34th Infantry
Battalion for further interview and processing of requirements for the
granting of the LSIP benefits.
New Army Chief visits
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan City – Today, the newly assumed Commanding General of the
Philippine Army MajGen. Emmanuel T. Bautista visited the 8th Infantry
(Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army. Major General Mario F.
Chan, Commander of 8ID around
11 o’clock this morning, received him.
The visit in 8ID is
the first field unit visit in the entire Philippine Army by Major
General Bautista. He cited the units’ remarkable efforts in winning
the peace in Region VIII and the multi-sectoral approaches employed in
the conduct of operations. These, according to him are the very
essence of the current Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan.
In his speech, he
encouraged the troops to realize their significant roles in the entire
plan in order to accomplish collectively the mission of the Armed
Forces. He reminded the troops of the existing Army Transformation
Roadmap that every Army personnel must know. This roadmap hopes to
transform the Army into an excellent force that is a source of
national pride in the next 18 years.
Major General Bautista
ended his speech with the statement “Higit sa lahat pagbutihin natin
ang ating trabaho at ingatan natin ang ating sarili, mabuhay ang
In his tour of the
Camp Lukban facilities, the Commanding General graced the unveiling of
building marker and ribbon cutting of the newly renovated 8ID
Chief Master Sergeant
Hermono Francisco, Sergeant Major of the Philippine Army, as part of
the visiting party of the Commanding General also met with the
enlisted personnel of the Division. He took time to discuss issues and
concerns that concerns the morale and welfare of the troops.
General Chan expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Commanding
General for considering 8ID as the first unit to visit.
coordinator says EVRAA preparations in full swing
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA, PIA Biliran
NAVAL, Biliran – A
regional official of the Department of Education (DepEd) said Friday
that preparations for the upcoming big sporting event in Eastern Visayas are already in full swing.
regional schools sports coordinator of DepEd 8 made the pronouncement
in an interview during the closing ceremonies of the 2011 Biliran
Provincial Meet at the Biliran Provincial Sports Center here this
Verunque said that the
city government of Maasin is in full support for the preparations for
the hosting of the 2012 Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association
EVRAA will be held on
January 29 to February 4, next year in Maasin City, he added.
“We are lucky since
the local government of Maasin is ready and prepared for hosting the
next year’s EVRAA”, Verunque emphasized.
He further said that
the city government of Maasin is already prepared for the venue,
sports facilities and equipment.
He revealed that the
city government of Maasin is now working for the improvement of
facilities like comfort rooms, lights and water.
The regional sports
coordinator added that the 100 days countdown for EVRAA 2012 has
already been launched.
The 2012 EVRAA will be
participated by 10 delegations competing for 17 events but the number
of delegations might increase in 2013 with the participation of newly
created cities in Eastern Visayas, Verunque said.
divulged that Pangasinan won the bid to host the 2012 Palarong
Pambansa besting the provinces of Mindoro, Laguna, Isabela and the
city of Marikina.
The annual sporting
event in the country participated by 17 regions will be tentatively
held either in the first or second week May, he added.
East Visayas agencies
ink commitment to make MSAC work
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY Leyte –
A memorandum of agreement was recently signed by heads and
representatives of National Government Agencies, Civil Society
Organizations, League of Local Governments, Academe, and research
institutions, business sector, policy makers and development partners
in order to establish and sustain a partnership for local governance
and knowledge management programs, among others.
DILG Region 8 Director
Pedro A. Noval, Jr. informed that the signing of the memorandum of
agreement was conducted on November 15, 2011 at the DILG LGRRC
Conference Hall at Kanhuraw Hill in
during the organizational meeting of the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory
The MSAC is a group of
individuals or institutions that advocate excellence in governance and
practices knowledge management, Director Noval said.
The MSAC is envisioned
to pave the way for knowledge management to take off and gather
necessary support and commitment from stakeholders who should agree
that true knowledge sharing is mutually beneficial and facilitates
excellence in local governance, Director Noval added.
The MSAC represents a
paradigm shift in DILG’s role from supervision to that of a catalyst
and facilitator in promoting excellence in local governance.
The role of the
Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee (MSAC) is to provide general
direction and guidance to the LGRC programs, plans; to formulate
policies and guidelines in the operationalization of LGRC and to
identify and participate in researches and assessments relevant to LG
The MSAC is also
expected to contribute local governance relevant knowledge products to
the center (explicit knowledge) and the LGRC online; make
accessible/available to the LGUs and other secondary users their
respective organization's (internal - that cannot be lodged at the
center or uploaded in LGRC online) LG knowledge products, website
(also through links on LGRC online), experts, etc.; and to initiate
steps towards building their respective organizations as KCOs and to
influence the shaping of a knowledge sharing culture and the culture
of learning within the respective organizations, LGRC and the other
stakeholders in the LG sector.
Moreover, the role of
the MSAC is to mobilize resources (fund, material, human) to support
KM programs and plans; contribute to the development of best practices
in local governance and its replication; and to identify and propose
areas for convergence so as to integrate and harmonize the various
programs of different stakeholders, using knowledge to focus,
prioritize, and align various actors according to a common image of
Finally, the MSAC
is expected to analyze and review results of regularly conducted LG KM
audits in order to maintain a realistic picture of the regional LG KM
environment and the characteristics of LG knowledge supply and demand
in the region; continuously verify the value proposition and
communicates this to sponsors and partners; and to monitor and
evaluate the impact of LGRC and the attainment of its vision, mission
NPA Camp seized by
government troops in Northern Samar
By 20th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
BRGY. MAGSAYSAY, Lope
de Vega, Northern Samar – A newly abandoned communist terrorist’s
camp was recently discovered by government security forces at Barangay
Cal-igang, Catarman, Northern Samar last November 14, 2011 at around
1:45 in the afternoon.
Noel A. Vestuir, 20IB’s Commanding Officer, in his report to 803rd
Brigade Commander, Colonel Oscar Lopez, said the camp was seized by
the troops of 3rd Regional Public Safety Mobile Company under Police
Inspector Shyrile Tan which is placed under Tactical Control to 20IB.
The camp has fourteen
(14) bunkers that can accommodate more or less twenty communist
terrorists and has just been abandoned by the CTs as they evade armed
engagement with the operating troops. The troops also recovered one
empty bandolier, ammunition pouch and dry cell batteries. The camp was
discovered after 20IB has launched sustained combat operations in the
area of Catarman in response to the series of killing incidents
perpetrated by the communist terrorists early this week.
According to LtCol.
Vestuir, a certain Allan Martinez, was forcibly abducted and shot to
death by six (6) unidentified communist terrorists in his residence at
Barangay Cal-Igang, Catarman, Northern Samar at around
7:40 in the morning of
November 10, 2011.
Relatedly, at around 8:15 in the evening of same day, another killing
was perpetrated by the CTs at Barangay New Rizal also of Catarman
wherein a certain Romeo Salazar Lovino was forcibly taken and shot
several times that resulted to his death.
LtCol. Vestuir added:
“The series of recent killings perpetrated by the NPAs in the area of
Catarman is again a ploy of the communist terrorists to instill fear
among the peace loving people as their means of getting their support
which is in consonance to the Maoist dictum of “kill one to terrorize
one thousand”. Also, the said liquidations are another deception to
the PNP and military, once they will react, the CTs had established an
ambush along the route similar to what they did in Brgy. Imelda last
year where they have landmined the responding PNP personnel.”
LtCol. Vestuir also
lauded his troops particularly the
PNP for a job well done and further commended the collaborative
efforts between the
PNP and the Philippine Army. He also thanked the continued
support of the people in the government’s efforts of ‘Winning the
“Through the timely
and accurate information tipped by the residents, our troops were able
to discover the NPA encampment, a staging place of their terroristic
activities in the area. The seizure of the said NPA encampment is a
big blow to the CTs considering that we have denied them of their safe
haven and sanctuary and once again proven that the people are with us
in our pursuit for peace in this part of the country”, Vestuir
Civil society orgs
challenge ASEAN leaders to have stronger voice in climate negotiations
MANILA – ASEAN
leaders should work together to address the problem of climate change,
NGO group A-FAB (ASEAN for a Fair, Ambitious and Binding Global Climate Deal) warned today.
To dramatize the problem, activists created a tableau of sinking hands
in Manila Bay
to portray floods brought about by extreme weather conditions
attributed to climate change and the vulnerability of people in
Southeast Asia to climate impacts.
A-FAB, a coalition by
Greenpeace and Oxfam, staged the sea of sinking hands tableau as
leaders of the 10 countries belonging to the Association of South East
Asian Nations (ASEAN) meet in Bali on November 17-19, 2011 for the
19th ASEAN Summit.
“Extreme cases of
flooding in Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
highlight the urgency and need for ASEAN to contribute to global and
long term solutions to address climate change,” says Shalimar Vitan,
Oxfam’s East Asia Campaigns Coordinator.
“The ASEAN Summit is
the perfect opportunity for leaders of the 10 ASEAN countries to give
their respective climate change negotiators the mandate to find and
work together as ASEAN on common positions in the UNFCCC negotiations
in Durban this December,” adds Atty. Zelda Soriano, Greenpeace’s
policy advisor in Southeast Asia.
A-FAB has noted that
ASEAN response to climate change, projected to severely impact
Southeast Asia, has been lacking and there is no ASEAN unity in the UN
climate talks. Representatives from 194 countries are meeting in
Durban, South Africa, on November 28 to December 9, to negotiate on a
global climate deal. The two most important and contentious aspects of
the coming negotiations relate to developed countries’ commitment to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions under a legally binding agreement, and
to mobilize resources to fund climate change programs and projects in
It is estimated that,
in order to have a likely and cost-effective chance of pegging
temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius or below over the 21st Century,
global emissions will need to have peaked within the next 10 years and
be around 44 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2020. Accordingly,
current emissions reduction pledges leave a gap of around 5 gigatonnes
of CO2 equivalent that needs to be bridged over the coming decade. “In
the interest of our region, ASEAN must contribute its voice in
emphasizing the need to raise the ambition of developed countries in
Durban,” says Soriano.
Adds Vitan: “ASEAN
member countries must cooperate in pushing for a clear decision on
where the money for climate funds will come from. This decision
should include a roadmap for scaling up climate finance for 2013-2020
as well as a concrete work program for 2012 to determine where to
source long-term climate finance. It should also provide for an
initial capitalization of the Green Climate Fund. The decision must
also lay down the groundwork and principles on possible supplementary
sources of climate funds, particularly those for setting a carbon
price on international shipping.”
A novel 2013 political
By ANAD Partylist
QUEZON CITY – “It is
more appropriate to say - - Buying the Peace, Preparing for War and
the 2013 elections!” said
ANAD Rep. Jun Alcover as he revealed a meticulously laid out and
novel 2013 political game plan by some wise guys lurking in the
pedestal of executive power and authority to bolster their grip and
influence in public office.
In his privilege
speech during Congress’ plenary yesterday (November 14) Rep. Alcover
expressed sadness on the seeming weak and vacillating PNoy leadership
amidst the carnage perpetrated by the lawless elements of the MILF
resulting in the death of about 40 military officers and soldiers,
civilian rubber plantation workers in Al-Barka and Sumisip Basilan; in
the towns of Alicia and Guintulan, all in Zamboanga Sibugay; and in
Barangay Payong, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, in Lanao del Norte, last month.
leadership’s anemic, vacillating, and condemnable response in the
statements made by President Aquino III’s alter ego in Malacañang,
caused more pain and hurt,” he said as he lamented the President’s
“all-out-justice” order as contemptuous only to appease the
demoralization sipping among the ranks of the military and other
government security forces after PNoy sacked some military officers
from their posts after expressing their respective personal opinions
Rep. Alcover cited
Malacañang’s wavering stand on the P5 million, in check, to the MILF
purportedly for the construction of a Bangsamoro Islamic Leadership
and Management Institute training center; and the controversial P31 M
government assistance to the RPMP-ABB that Malacañang said were
approved during the previous administrations of then Presidents Arroyo
and Estrada, respectively. “When howls of disgust and criticisms were
hurled against it, they stonewalled and defended the move saying it
was in fulfillment of earlier agreement. . . . . (This is) evidence on
the propensity of this administration to blame the past
administrations for the blunders and failure they themselves
committed,” he added.
However, the ANAD
solon revealed that highly reliable sources told him that all of these
are being manipulated at will by cliques who, at the moment, maintain
strong connections directly to and have the confidence of President
Aquino III. “These are sequels of a grandiose political plan leading
to the 2013 elections. The dole-outs, both to the MILF and the
RPMP-ABB are reportedly to strengthen the current administrations hold
on the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); and the Socialist
Partylist - - Akbayan, with the Maoist communist pseudo partylist
groups maintaining their grip, if not increasing its presence, in the
pedestals of power and authority,” he added.
In calling for a
Congressional investigation on the state of the government peace
initiatives with the MILF and the Maoist terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF, Rep.
Alcover said that while ANAD knows the personalities directly involved
in the scheme, “I believe, that these informations are not hidden from
OPAPP Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, and Presidential Adviser for
Political Affairs Ronald Llamas. These are the top two officials in
the PNoy administration that are privy to the on-going political
machinations in the country. . . .Together with the heads of the GPH
panel to the MILF and the CPP-NPA-NDF, they should be invited as
resource speaker during the investigation,” he said.
Robredo lauds LGU
support in PPUR’s bid as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature
Votes for PPUR. DILG-8 Regional Director Pedro A. Noval Jr.
leads his staff in simultaneously texting in their votes, in
response to President Benigno S. Aquino's call to support the
bid of Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as one of the
New Seven Wonders of Nature, during the agency's flag retreat on
November 11, 2011.
By DILG Office of Public Affairs
QUEZON CITY –
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo lauded and
expressed thanks to the country’s governors, mayors and barangay
chairmen for their all-out support in making the Puerto Princesa
Underground River (PPUR) as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
The DILG Secretary,
who is chairman of the Inter-agency Task Force for the PPUR campaign
created under Presidential Proclamation 182, said the more than 80
percent compliance of local chief executives nationwide to rally their
constituents to vote – via text message PPUR 2861 or via the Internet
– contributed a lot in the effort.
“I thank all the local
chief executives nationwide who answered our call to support the PPUR
to be one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. It is Filipino unity and
patriotism at its best. It is not just the pride and joy of the people
of Palawan but the entire country as well,” he said. “Aside from the
global prestige it will bring to the Philippines, the country also
stands to benefit from PPUR in terms of tourism and related revenues,”
In a last-ditch effort
last Wednesday, the DILG issued a memo circular to all local chief
executives nationwide to conduct and attend their flag retreat on
Friday (dubbed as 11-11-11) and rally their constituents to vote via
their cellular phones by texting PPUR send to 2861.
In Eastern Visayas,
DILG-8 Regional Director Pedro A. Noval Jr. said that LGUs showed full
support to PPUR’s bid by organizing simultaneous text voting during
activities such as training, conferences, flag ceremonies and barangay
assemblies, as well as by putting up outdoor advertising. Dir. Noval
likewise thanked the Philippine Information Agency and local media in
promoting widespread public awareness.
Robredo also directed
all chiefs of bureaus and offices under the DILG such as the
Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of
Jail Management and Penology, Local Government Academy, National
Police Commission, the DILG regional offices, among others, to conduct
same flag retreat activity last Friday.
Robredo said he is
very much delighted to learn that PPUR has made it to the top 7 New 7
Wonders Nature finalists, expressing confidence that it will stay
despite the organizers’ statement that the list was provisional and
may change by the time a final announcement is made early next year.
Aside from PPUR, the
Swiss-based New7Wonders Foundation announced the list of provisional
winners as the Amazon rainforest,
Halong Bay, Argentina’s Iguazu Falls, South Korea’s Jeju Island,
Indonesia’s Komodo island and South Africa’s Table Mountain.
Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the Dead Sea and the US Grand Canyon,
which made it to the top 10 finalists, failed to make the cut.