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 in the
hinterlands of Barangay Gebunawan, Lope de Vega, Northern Samar
yesterday 15 March 2012 at around 7:30 in the morning.
Noel A. Vestuir, 20IB’s Commanding Officer, in his report to 803rd
Brigade Commander, Colonel Rolando Malinao, said the camp was seized
by the operating troops of 20IB under 1Lt. Florencio Tayo III and 1Lt.
Robbi Irvin Cruz.
The camp has forty
(40) bunkers that can accommodate more or less sixty (60) communist
terrorists, three (3) guard posts, one (1) mess hall, two (2) comfort
rooms, two (2) kitchens and has just been abandoned by the CTs
(Communist Terrorists) as they evade armed engagement with the
operating troops. The camp was seized after 20IB has launched
sustained combat operations in the area of Lope de Vega in response to
the information tipped-in by some residents in the nearby barangays of
the presence of armed men roaming in the area extorting money and food
stuffs from the peace-loving people early this week.
accomplishments by the 20IB troops against the NPAs in the area of 1st
district of Northern Samar have disrupted the impending terroristic
activities that are being hatched to be conducted by the NPA. The
government troops has dislodged them from their guerilla camps and
cut-off their supply support lines that they forcibly take from the
residents in the area.
The discovery and
seizure of the said camp in the area was made possible through the
information provided by local populace and is a clear indication that
enemy revolutionary organization has already alienated the people and
the communities where they got their support through their forced
LTC Vestuir, 20IB’s
Commanding Officer commended his troops for a job well done. He also
thanked the continued support of the people in the government’s
efforts of “Winning the Peace”.
“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”, said Vestuir.
Vestuir also calls for
the fleeing Communist Terrorists to lay down their arms in order to
once again live decent and normal lives along with their families.
Arrest of other wanted
persons in EV
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – PNP PRO 8 persistent in its implementation of LOI
“Manhunt Charlie” has again scored anew on the accounting of wanted
persons in the region.
A laborer from
Barangay Comatin, Javier Leyte was apprehended by virtue of Warrant of
Arrest by Javier Police Station led by PSI Jimmy Boy Balasanos on
March 13, 2012.
Subject person was
identified as Tammy Albarico y Dimas charged for the crime of Rape in
relation to RA 7610 otherwise known as the “Special Protection of
Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act" issued by
Honorable Buenaventure A. Pajaron, Presiding Judge of RTC-8, Branch
10, Abuyog, Leyte.
identified as Jonathan Pales y Barbetcho, 18 years old, single,
farmer, a resident of Kananga, Leyte was arrested on March 12, 2012 by
Kananga Police Station led by PSI Jose B. Yap for the crime of Robbery
with Force upon Things, issued by Honorable Apolinario Buaya,
Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 35, Ormoc City with recommended bail of
On March 12, 2012 at
Area 7, V and G Subdivision, Tacloban City, operatives of RPSB-8 led
by PInsp. Ray Vincent N. Magto and PInsp. Dennis A. Mancenido
conducted manhunt operation against wanted person that resulted to the
arrest of three (3) persons charged for the crime of Rape issued by
Honorable Agerico Avila, Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 30, Basey,
Subject persons were
identified as Marc Brosas Y Lacaba, 19 yrs old, single, farmer; Elmer
Alvarado, 32 yrs old, single; and Raffy Virgo y Bernales, 19 yrs old,
single, all residents of Barangay San Juan, Sta. Rita, Samar.
RAFI to award winners,
finalists of Triennial Awards
By Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
CEBU CITY – After
three years of nomination, extensive screening, and validation, two
winners out of 10 finalists will be honored during the 5th Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Triennial Awards on March 22 at Marco
The winners will
receive a trophy, cash prize of not less than P400,000, and the
opportunity to travel in the Visayas and Mindanao to share expertise
to various groups.
The RAFI Triennial
Awards is the premier service and humanitarian award in the Visayas
and Mindanao, which recognize the philanthropic, humanitarian, and
holistic efforts of individuals and institutions in enhancing the
quality of life of various groups and communities.
Five finalists vied
for each of the awards category – the Ramon Aboitiz Award for
Exemplary Individual and Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding
Institution. They are Fr. Angelo Buenavides, Prof. Estrella
Cantallopez, Apolinario Leyson Sr., Fr. Dennis Tamayo, and Rene
Vendiola for the individual cateogory, and Agri-Aqua Development
Coalition Mindanao Inc., Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation
Inc., Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation Inc., SOS Children’s
Villages Philippines, and The Great Physician Rehabilitation
Foundation for the institution category.
These finalists were
selected by an independent search committee composed of distinguished
representatives from the academe, private sector, and civil society.
They are Island Souvenirs President Jonathan Jay Aldeguer, The Freeman
and The Philippine Star Columnist and “Straight from the Sky” Host
Valeriano “Bobit” Avila, Marcellin Foundation Inc. Founder Brother
Crispin P. Betita, University of the Philippines-Tacloban College Dean
and Guiuan Development Foundation Inc. Founder and Executive Director
Margarita dela Cruz, and Mag-uugmad Foundation Inc. Executive Director
The Search Committee
is chaired by dela Cruz who was an individual category finalist for
the 3rd RAFI Triennial Awards and a member of the 4th RAFI Triennial
Awards Search Committee.
The selection process
starts when individuals and institutions are nominated for the RAFI
Triennial Awards. The search committee validates each nominee in the
Visayas and Mindanao before the short-listed nominees are screened by
the RAFI Board of Trustees to determine the final awardees.
The RAFI Triennial
Awards was launched in December 6, 1996 during the 39th anniversary of
the foundation to commemorate the philanthropic, humanitarian, and
holistic ideals of RAFI founders Don Ramon Aboitiz and his son Don
Eduardo Aboitiz. It is now on its 15th year this year, which is also
the 45th year of RAFI.
It is one of the
awards capabilities of RAFI, recognizing individuals and institutions
that go the extra mile in bringing about change and in uplifting the
quality of life of communities.
information about the RAFI Triennial Awards, please contact (032)
418-7234 loc. 105 and look for Cathy Margate, or visit www.rafi.org.ph
Guv to grace 491st
By MEDORA NB QUIRANTE
BORONGAN CITY – It’s
all systems go for the 491st commemoration of Ferdinand Magellan’s
landing on Homonhon Island in Guiuan town.
To drumbeat the
occasion the local government unit of
Eastern Samar sponsored a forum on the province’s history at the
Eastern Samar National
Comprehensive High School on March 14.
Around 300 students
from the third and fourth year classes of the school in Borongan City
came to listen to local historian and Guiuan parish priest Msgr. Lope
Robredillo, in his
one-hour presentation traced the roots of the province of Eastern
Samar from the 1400s to the Spanish era.
“Contrary to popular
belief, Magellan did not discover the Philippines,” Robredillo said.
“We already had trade,
a political system before Magellan landed but what makes his landing
significant is because it was the first time people from our side of
the world has an encounter with someone from the west,” he added.
The local historian’s
lecture touched the political, economic and social development of the
identity of the “Ibabaonon” or Eastern Samareño.
Robredillo, before the Spanish arrived, the locals in the province ate
their meals on the floor.
“This is why we don’t
have a local term for a table – we call it “lamesa” because we didn’t
have tables before the Spanish,” Robredillo said when he discussed the
Hispanization of the Eastern Samareño culture.
Provincial Tourism Officer Crescentia Quitorio, the province’s tourism
office has made the forum a part of the activities to make sure that
the commemoration is also felt in other parts of Eastern Samar.
“Magellan’s landing is
just one of the activities sponsored by the provincial government in
its effort to preserve our history and promote appreciation of our
culture,” Quitorio said.
This year, just like
the years before, Quitorio and her staff will also be in Homonhon
Island with the governor of the province for the commemoration rites
that include a re-enactment and thanksgiving mass.
“I feel that as the
father of this province, it is my duty to make sure people are
encouraged to learn and appreciate our roots and our history,” Gov.
Conrado B. Nicart Jr said in his message to the students of ESNCHS.
In Guiuan, the town
where most of the other activities will be held, a trade fair that
showcases local produce was opened on March 13.
corruption is the key to improving Philippine business and investment
PASAY CITY – Senate
Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano urged the government to step up
its efforts in fighting corruption in the country if the government
wishes to attract more foreign investments.
The senator lamented
the Philippines’ ranking as the third worst among 142 countries in
terms of procedures to start a business in the latest World Economic
Forum Global Competitiveness Report
He cited the report’s
findings that the country still performed poorly in containing
diversion of public funds, irregular payments and bribes, favoritism
by public officials and the burden of customs procedures.
The minority leader
also echoed the call of the Asian Development Bank to fight corruption
as a means to effectively promote the public-private partnerships (PPPs)
in the country.
He pointed out that it
is important for investors in the country to see that the government
operates with transparency and accountability.
The lawmaker noted
that enacting laws like the pending Freedom of Information (FOI) bill
would go a long way in ensuring that transparency and accountability
are upheld in the government.
“The FOI bill will
provide the public access to government information including
transactions and contracts. Doing this would help prevent corrupt
practices because everything will be done out in the open. Prospective
investors and business owners especially can know that what they see
is what they get,” he said.
Cayetano also pointed
out that the government needs to improve on the current process of
starting and maintaining businesses in the country for the benefit of
local business owners.
owners in the country, both local and foreign must be able to trust
the government with their hard earned capital,” he said.
He said the Aquino
government must step up its anti-graft and corruption drive, to do
nothing more would further endanger our image to prospective investors
and businesses,” he said. “There is so much that needs to be done,” he
19th IB pushes peace,
development dialogues in Carigara villages
By 19th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
CARIGARA, Leyte – In
order to enrich the culture of peace within the hearts and minds of
every constituent, the Army’s 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion
through its Barangay Peace and Development Organizing Teams (BPDOT)
launched on March 11 a Peace Forum at Brgy. Upper Sogod of this town.
It was learned from
Lt. Col. Joel Alejandro S. Nacnac, commanding officer of 19th IB that
he recently deployed the Barangay Peace and Development Teams to
conduct the first-ever Peace Forum in the barangays of Carigara.
A Peace Forum is a
multi-sectoral initiative to have a whole of society approach in
solving conflict issues. It is a conflict resolution activity where
people are given the opportunity to discuss and take action on the
most important issues affecting peace in their own communities.
“This activity is
about understanding both the simple and profound meaning of peace as
far government agencies are concerned. We bring in the representatives
of the different agencies so that the people would know the services
of our government”, Nacnac said.
Nacnac also said
having an initial attendance of about a hundred residents who actively
participated the launching of the program is a good start for a team
of soldiers who have just stayed a week in the barangay. He stressed
that soldiers indeed were able to establish harmonious relation with
the civilians in Brgy. Upper Sogod.
The Peace Forum
includes a workshop, an activity which requires the participants to
answer few basic questions about peace and development. This was
followed with the ceremonial signing of the participants’ commitment
to advocate peace and development initiatives of their community.
Eventually, the participants concurred that absence of peace is a
hindrance towards development.
According to the
speakers of the forum, peace comes in various meanings.
Ms. Ma. Concepcion
Javines, principal of Sogod Elementary School discussed that peace
could be achieved when discipline is developed among children because
they are the future leaders of the nation.
Mr. Ronnie Acebedo of
DILG-Carigara and SPO4 Basalla of the Carigara Municipal Police
Station both agree that peace is manifested when services are
delivered and when citizens obey the law.
On the other hand,
Rev. Fr. Ivan Petilos, of the Holy Spirit Parish remarked that peace
can be achieved when “man fears God” as he discussed the direction of
the Catholic Church on the implementation of the Basic Ecclesial
Nacnac said that the
presence of the military forces is neither a threat nor an implication
that there’s conflict in the barangays. He concluded that Peace Forum
is a step towards achieving lasting peace and development.
With greater hopes of
accomplishing more, Nacnac called on the different agencies to join
them as the 19th Infantry Battalion does its share in the Army
Transformation Roadmap and the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP)
sabotages the peace process and backs all-out war
By NDF-Eastern Visayas
Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today slammed the implementation of
the P50 million peso Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program
in the Samar provinces as a betrayal of the peace process. "This
so-called "peace and prosperity" program of the Office of the
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process brings nothing but cosmetic
solutions," said NDF-EV spokesperson Fr. Santiago Salas. "The people
are seeking social justice over landlessness, unemployment, high
prices of commodities, oil and utilities, foreign control of the
economy and other basic problems. Constructing roads and bridges in
Western Samar and Northern Samar is merely glossing over the root
causes of the armed conflict." (read
Attaining elusive peace in
thru P50M focused projects under P-Noy’s PAMANA program)
Fr. Salas furthermore
said the PAMANA program also supports the military's all-out war under
Oplan Bayanihan. "PAMANA should in fact be called "pambala" for
serving as fodder for the 8th Infantry Division's psywar and offensive
operations. The military is tapped to join the construction projects.
The 8th ID uses these projects to facilitate its "peace and
development" operations – which are in reality psywar and offensive
operations against the New People's Army. Human rights violations in
the region continue to rise under the curtain of these ‘peace and
spokesperson also asserted the Aquino government should release
Eduardo Sarmiento and his fellow NDFP peace consultants to pursue the
discussion of socio-economic reforms. "Eduardo Sarmiento has been
advocating the people's demands for peace for decades, having been
involved in the 1986 peace talks with the former president, Cory
Aquino. But Noynoy Aquino is a poor shadow of his mother, who released
the political prisoners who fought against the Marcos dictatorship.
The stance of the current president is more in line with the dictator
who imprisoned and killed his father, Ninoy Aquino, along with many
other martyrs in the antifascist struggle.
"NDF-EV challenges the
Aquino government to release Eduardo Sarmiento and the NDFP peace
consultants and work for badly needed socio-economic reforms. The
people's sufferings continue to worsen while the peace talks stagnate
and the socio-economic crisis rages. The Aquino regime should heed the
people's plight, not add to their burdens with Oplan Bayanihan as well
as deceptions such as the PAMANA program."
by RID, PRO 8 operatives
By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – On “anti-extortion and mulcting operations, the PNP
PRO 8 advises the public to immediately coordinate with other law
enforcement agencies for the full implementation of said operations.
A 44 year old
“extortionist” was arrested by operating elements of PRO 8 Regional
Intelligence Division (RID) in an entrapment operation at P. Zamora
Street in this city.
RID PRO-8 Acting Chief
PSSupt Tomasito Torrano Clet identified the suspect as one Marlon
Alcober Buenaventura, 44 years old, married and a resident of Barangay
95, Caibaan, Tacloban City.
Clet said that
Buenaventura was arrested around 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon on
March 10, 2012 at the vicinity of Sto.Niño Church at P. Zamora Street
Prior to the arrest of
Buenaventura, a certain Eleanor Ramirez Bico, 66 years old, widower
from Barangay Tigawon, Calanipawan, Tacloban City sought the
assistance of RID PRO 8. Bico said that she had been repeatedly
extorted of cash money with a total amount of Three Hundred Thousand
Pesos (P300,000) by the suspect.
Instead of giving the
demand to the suspect, Bico personally went to seek the police
assistance. The RID PRO-8 immediately conducted an entrapment
operation at the yard of Sto.Niño Church.
Thus, when the victim
was handing down the demand money to the suspect, the latter, upon
sensing the presence of the PNP operatives suddenly sped-off on board
his service motorcycle and incidentally bumped an ambulant vendor and
consequently fell off the ground leading to his apprehension.
Recovered from the
suspect were two (2) Five Hundred peso bills (P500) as marked money
with serial numbers WD138410 and KM560317 including his black XRM 125
HONDA motorcycle with plate number HK 5192.
together with the confiscated items were brought to Tacloban City
Police Office, Police Station 2 for record purposes and subsequently
brought to RID Office for further investigation and documentation.
Bottled water out,
water dispensers in at impeachment trial
By Office of Sen. Pia S. Cayetano
PASAY CITY – People
who have been religiously following the impeachment trial of Chief
Justice Renato Corona may be surprised to find a more
environment-friendly ‘Season 2,’ when the defense panel starts its
presentation of evidence at the widely watched proceedings beginning
In a memorandum
submitted to senators dated March 7, Senate Secretary Emma Lirio Reyes
informed the chamber’s 23 members that instead of distributing bottled
water to senators, witnesses, and members of the prosecution and
defense teams during session and the impeachment trial, three water
dispensers will be set up inside the chamber, including two at the
session hall and one at the senators’ lounge.
The chamber’s decision
to stop using bottled water in session was made upon the suggestion of
Sen. Pia Cayetano, who felt that the institution should set a positive
example to the public by doing away with practices that are wasteful
and harmful to the environment. The bottles can be prominently seen on
top of the desks of senators and prosecution and defense lawyers, and
on the witness stand in the course of the trial’s live marathon
“May we inform that,
upon the recommendation of the Honorable Pia Cayetano, two (2) water
dispensers inside the session hall, one (1) water dispenser at the
Senators’ lounge and individual glasses will be provided for use
during session and impeachment proceedings, in lieu of the bottled
water distributed to the Honorable Senators, prosecution and defense
teams,” the memorandum signed by Reyes said.
“This is proposed in
line with our efforts to make the Senate a more environmentally
conscious government agency,” it added.
The memorandum was in
response to a letter earlier sent by Cayetano who suggested the shift.
In her letter dated
February 28, Cayetano said, “We are well aware of the detrimental
effects of plastic bottles on the environment from its manufacture to
its disposal. In the 24 days of the impeachment proceedings, we have
contributed a considerable number of plastic bottles which produce a
tremendous impact on the environment.” She suggested that the
legislative pages can draw drinking water from the said dispensers and
give the same to requesting parties.
“The Senator or member
of the defense and prosecution teams may opt to bring their own glass
or use the ones provided by the Senate,” the senator added.
It may be recalled
that it was also upon Cayetano’s suggestion that the Office of the
Senate Secretary ordered the establishment of a Materials Recovery
Facility (MRF) and enforce a ban on plastic bags within the
institution’s premises last year. The move resulted in the immediate
reduction of the garbage being generated by the Senate by 50 percent.
“I laud the
Secretariat for its efforts to make the Senate a more environmentally
conscious government agency…The aforementioned shift from bottled
water to the use of water dispensers will just be a continuation of
the prior efforts of the Senate,” her letter also said.
The development also
takes special relevance as the countries mark ‘World Water Day’ on
March 22, which calls for a sustainable environment and emphasizes
efficient use of water resources.
Women and men on the
streets for International Women’s Rights Day
in the Armed Forces of the Philippines joins the activity.
(Photo by Myra M. Tambor)
MYRA M. TAMBOR
CATBALOGAN CITY –
Women along with men from various organizations coming from the barangays of Catbalogan came together for a fun walk along with
various government agencies. This was the scenario of the
International Women’s Rights Day in
The fun walk was
organized by the Local Council of Women headed by the Chairman, Mayor
Coefredo Tekwa Uy and Sangguniang Panglungsod Chairperson on Women and
Family, Councilor Stephany Uy Tan. The parade was enthusiastically
joined by various government agencies of the local government unit,
national government agencies,
PNP and 8th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, private
sector, people’s organizations, non-government agencies such as Plan
International, Family Planning Organization of the Phils. and Katungod
Han Samarena Foundation, Inc. with private individuals.
Prior to the
international women’s rights day, the local council of women or LCW
was formally established through an Executive Order of the Mayor Uy.
As one of the women’s month activities, a strategic planning workshop
for the council was held. The workshop identified action plan to be
implemented within the month and a year long activity plan to ensure
that women’s agenda will be incorporated in the City Development
Agenda in the succeeding years. The council is pushing for a women
development agenda as well to be funded by the gender and development
fund of the city.
In a short program
after the parade, women powerful voice of its rights and advancement
were shared by resource persons from various sectors, such are DTI
Provincial Director Engr. Meilou Cinco Macabare, Deped Schools
Superintendent Dr. Thelma Quitalig, Community Women and Religious
Sector Love Lapura and Business Sector Marife Zosa. The call for
gender equality and continued support for women’s cause as partner for
development was echoed by the message of Councilor Stephany Uy Tan.
She clearly said “genuine partnership for gender equality is the key
for women’s involvement in community development, whereby women and
men hand in hand work together for a common goal”.
An affirmation to the
support was also signed by participants on the occasion, pledging to
support the endeavors that affirms women’s worth and dignity by
encouraging discourses on women and gender issues with the aim in mind
of facilitating government action that will improve their social and
economic situation and eliminating all avenues for oppression and
prejudice against women instead open wider opportunities and access to
Focusing on the
year’s celebration theme of Women Weathering Climate Change:
Governance and Accountability; Everyone’s Responsibility, the local
council of women will go radio, school and barangay hopping,
saturating all sectors for the call of women on massive awareness
campaign of Magna Carta of Women, Climate Change and Gendering
Disaster Risk Management in the communities as part of the Women’s
moot-court competition in international humanitarian law
BEIJING – More than
60 law students and scholars representing 20 universities from Asia
and the Pacific will participate in the 10th Red Cross International
Humanitarian Law Moot-Court Competition in Hong Kong on 8-10 March.
Each team will vie for the championship currently held by Victoria
University of Wellington, New Zealand.
This year, for the
first time, the event will have a strong live presence on social
media, in many different languages. "In this region, everyone is
connected on Facebook, Weibo or Twitter," said David-Pierre Marquet,
the communication coordinator at the regional delegation of the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Beijing. "Not only
will it be possible to follow the debates live in Chinese, Thai,
Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese and English, but those who do so will be
able to ask questions and interact with like-minded users from around
The teams, from the
Philippines, Japan, Australia, Thailand, China and elsewhere, will
have their knowledge of international humanitarian law tested by a
panel of distinguished judges, lawyers and other legal experts. The
team representing the Philippines in this regional event, from the
University of Cebu, won the national round last September in
"Over three intensive
days, young lawyers will crack tough cases that are anchored in the
reality of wars and other conflicts," said Richard Desgagné, the
ICRC's regional legal adviser for East Asia and South-East Asia. Only
the best team will take home one of the region's most prestigious
"The 10th edition of
this event is a very important milestone for the International Red
Cross and Red Crescent Movement," said Alain Aeschlimann, the ICRC's
head of operations for East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific.
"The moot-court competition aims to spread knowledge of international
humanitarian law throughout the region and beyond, and the 10th
anniversary is a mark of steady interest in the subject." This year,
for the first time, the event will welcome teams from universities in
Viet Nam and Iran.
"This is not simply a
promotional event," said Mr Desgagné, "Most of the participants grew
up without first-hand experience of war. The moot court shows how
international humanitarian law, which deals with how wars are waged,
can ensure respect for human life and dignity. The sessions illustrate
how this area of law is used in action, as it is being applied."
The ICRC has been
co-organizing the regional round of the Asia-Pacific Red Cross
International Humanitarian Law Moot-Court Competition with the host,
the Hong Kong Red Cross, since 2005. The ICRC also plays an active
role in 10 local-level moot-court competitions in the region.
The ICRC is a neutral
and impartial humanitarian organization that works to assist and
protect victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. As
guardian of international humanitarian law, the ICRC promotes this law
to a wide range of audiences in the
and around the world.