Grand consultation/dialogue with farmers sector and launching of
By 87th Infantry
Battalion, 8ID PA
May 19, 2012
SAN JOSE DE BUAN, Samar – The 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion
played host for the first ever Grand Consultation and Dialogue with
the Farmers Sector held at the Municipal Covered Court, Poblacion, San
Jose de Buan (SJDB), Samar on May 18, 2012 at 9am.
Simultaneous with this activity was the launching of PAMANA Projects
by KALAHI-CIDSS for SJDB. In attendance are Sangguniang Bayan Members
with the Municipal Mayor, Hon. Ananias S Rebato as the principal
guest. Also present were the different municipal heads of office of
SJDB like MAO, MSWDO, MHO and MPDO to include MPS, KALAHI-CIDSS and
representative from DAR and DENR provincial offices.
Highlighting the whole day affair was the message of LTC Cerilo C
Balaoro Jr GSC (INF) PA, Commanding Officer of 87IB wherein he
emphasized that the current Peace and Development Works (PDW) in the
three (3) barangays where in consonance with the AFP IPSP Bayanihan
particularly relative to its two (2) strategic approaches:
Whole-of-Nation Approach and People-Centered Security Approach.
Moreover, he mentioned that the role of the AFP is to catalyze and
synchronize the efforts of all stakeholders in order to address the
issues in the community relative to peace and security.
During the dialogue and consultation, the different Technical Working
Committee (TWC) representative of each barangays presented the primary
and secondary issues foremost of which are land titling and
stewardship. This was followed by the response from selected speakers
representing the different agencies of the goverment. Other matters
not presented earlier were discussed during the Open Forum.
During the second part, Mr. Arniel O Disbarro, the Area Coordinator of
KALAHI-CIDSS in SJDB officially launched the different PAMANA Projects
to five (5) recipient barangays that includes Poblacion Barangays 3
and 4 of SJDB.
whole day affair culminated with the Closing Remarks of Mayor Rebato
extending his gratitude to 87IB for holding such activity. He further
affirmed the support of the LGU of SJDB as major partner in peace and
19IB launches 1st Carigara, Leyte Youth Leadership Summit
By 19th Infantry
Battalion, 8ID PA
May 19, 2012
KANANGA, Leyte – The Army’s 19th Infantry (Commando)
Battalion launched the first-ever Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) in
Carigara, Leyte at Cong. Alberto T. Aguja Central School on May 18,
The 1st Carigara, Leyte Youth Leadership Summit is a joint project of
19IB, Alternative Learning System, Sangguniang Kabataan and the
Municipal Government of Carigara which is participated by some 175
young men and women coming from the different barangays of the
municipality wherein most of them are members of the Sangguniang
Kabataan and some are active youths of their community.
It is a three-day activity which involves lectures and workshops that
aims to develop the leadership potential of the youth. After the
launching, series of leadership lectures/trainings were undertaken by
the participants. Guests lecturers from the LGUs were also invited to
discuss topics regarding “Leadership” by Mr. Ricardo C. Gio, the LGOO
V; “Environmental Protection” by Mr. Leo M. Poculan, Supervising
Forest Management Specialist; and about “Making the Right Decision”
tackled by Ms. Gwyndalynn M. Malate, Social Welfare Assistant, PSWDO.
During the opening ceremony, Atty. Ulpiano U. Arpon Jr., Vice-Mayor of
Carigara, Leyte who was also the guest of honor and speaker of the
activity extended his gratitude to the 19th Infantry Battalion for
spearheading an activity which focuses on developing the leadership
traits of the youth.
“I would like to thank 19IB for launching the first youth leadership
summit in Carigara, Leyte, the first ever in the northern portion of
Leyte province. Surely, you will learn a lot from this activity”,
Atty. Arpon said.
On the other hand, Lt. Col. Joel Alejandro S. Nacnac, Commanding
Officer of 19IB emphasized the importance of the activity to the youth
and challenged them to be the catalyst for change in Carigara.
With this kind of training, the facilitators which are composed of
19IB personnel and Alternative Learning System (ALS) mobile teachers
and coordinators are expectant that the spirit of nationalism, social
work and awareness of the youth as future leaders will also be
The 19th Infantry Battalion will continue to pursue the conduct of
Youth Leadership Summit in other municipalities of Leyte to inspire
the potential of the young generation.
Poet still detained under
NUPL files 2nd motion for resolution of Ericson Acosta case before DOJ
By Free Ericson Acosta
May 18, 2012
QUEZON CITY – The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), counsel
of detained artist Ericson Acosta, today filed a second motion before
the Department of Justice (DOJ), calling for the immediate resolution
of the Acosta case review.
Ericson Acosta is an activist, poet and former editor of the
University of the Philippines’ Philippine Collegian. He was arrested
without warrant by the military while conducting research in an upland
barrio in Samar on February 13, 2011. After three days of
interrogation and torture inside a military camp, a false charge of
illegal possession of explosive was filed against him to justify his
The Philippine UPR Watch, an ecumenical delegation of Philippine human
rights organizations and advocates engaging in the Universal Periodic
Review (UPR) process of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), has filed
complaints on the cases of artist Ericson Acosta and film student
Maricon Montajes before the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in
The United Nations Human Rights Council UPR is scheduled to review the
Philippines' human rights record this May. While Malacanang says that
“there are no political prisoners,” there are actually more than 350
political prisoners all over the country. Acosta is but one out of
nearly a hundred reported victims of arbitrary arrest and detention
under President Aquino’s watch.
Acosta is also a songwriter, singer and thespian. In November 2011, he
was named finalist of an international Imprisoned Artist Prize in Cape
Town, South Africa along with filmmaker Dhongdup Wangchen of Tibet and
musician Win Maw of Burma.
Various local and international artist and human rights groups support
the call for his immediate release. The UP Diliman University Council,
writers of the UP Creative Writing Center, the Concerned Artists of
the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA),
the Writers in Prison Committee of the PEN International, People’s Art
Network, the Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines-UK, and the
Amnesty International, have all expressed concern over Acosta’s
illegal arrest and prolonged detention.
On May 27, a year and three months after his illegal arrest, Acosta
will mark his 40th birthday most likely still detained at the
sub-provincial jail in Calbayog City, Samar, pending the resolution of
the review petition filed by the NUPL since September. The NUPL’s
second motion for resolution states that the appeal must now be
resolved based on the petition, lacking any verified comment filed by
the adverse party.
“The delay in the resolution of the Petition for Review is causing
great prejudice and injustice to petitioner and has brought grave
misery and difficulties to his family,” the motion read. The NUPL
filed a first motion last February.
The Free Ericson Acosta Campaign (FEAC), in cooperation with Samahan
ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto) SELDA and the All-UP
Academic Employees Union, will hold “SERVE THE PEOPLE: Lugawan para sa
Kalayaan”, a fund-raising event to help sustain Acosta’s legal defense
funds, at the UP Diliman, Balay Kalinaw Dining Hall on May 27.
Actress Bibeth Orteza, singers Jess Santiago and Chickoy Pura, and
painter Mideo Cruz are some of the artists and personalities who have
volunteered to serve lugaw to guests. Former political prisoners, like
poet Axel Pinpin, Prof. Judy Taguiwalo, and screenwriter Ricky Lee,
will also join Acosta’s family and friends in celebrating his
indispensable contribution to the student movement, to nationalist art
and culture and to the struggle for freedom.
Ericson Acosta Campaign maintains Ericson’s online prison diary,
Jailhouse Blog (http://www.acostaprisondiary.blogspot.com), a campaign
blog (http://www.freeacosta.blogspot.com) and a Facebook page.
50 minors rescued by authorities from human trafficking – VP Binay
By OVP Media
May 18, 2012
MANILA – Vice President Jejomar C. Binay today said 50 women alleged
to human trafficking victims in Zamboanga City have been rescued.
“Ikinalulugod ko pong ibalita sa inyo na nitong umaga, bandang 11:30,
nailigtas ng Task Force Human Trafficking ang humigit-kumulang
limampung kababaihan na karamihan ay menor de edad sa Zamboanga City
na posibleng biktima ng human trafficking,” Binay said during a press
conference at the Coconut Palace.
Binay, Chairman Emeritus of the Inter-Agency Council Against
Trafficking (IACAT) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force
Against Illegal Recruitment, said all victims hailed from Makiri in
Isabela City, Basilan.
He said the victims were promised of a scholarship from the national
government and that to qualify they were supposed to take an
examination to be conducted by the National Youth Commission (NYC).
“Ngunit sa pag-iimbestiga ng Task Force, nakumpirma namin mula mismo
kay Commissioner Earl Saavedra ng NYC na wala silang nakatakdang
anumang eksaminasyon,” the anti-trafficking czar said.
He added that the victims are now under the care of the Visayan Forum
and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Binay also said that the recruiter – a government employee – was also
apprehended, with charges of violation of RA 9208 (Anti-Human
Trafficking Act) and RA 7610 (Protection Against Child Abuse) set to
be filed against the person.
Binay thanked all government agencies who were involved in the success
of the rescue operation.
“Nais kong pasalamatan ang lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno na
nagtutulong-tulong sa operasyong ito, na muling nagpapatunay sa
determinasyon ng inyong pamahalaan sa pamumuno ni Pangulong Aquino, na
sugpuin ang human trafficking at ang pagsasamantala sa ating mga
kabataan,” he said.
“Gayundin sa Visayan Forum, ang isa sa ating mga kasamang
non-government organizations (NGOs) sa kampanya laban sa human
trafficking,” he concluded.
Calbayog’s No. 6 most wanted arrested
By RPCRD, Police Regional
May 18, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The Calbayog City Police
Station led by PSInsp Aquilino Germata Pongcol III, Chief Operations
Section and PInsp Reynaldo Parano Lim, Chief IDMS arrested on Monday
(May 14, 2012) at Barangay Gadgaran, Calbayog City, Samar its No. 6
most wanted person in the City Level.
Subject person was identified as Pedro Peru Abides, 45 years old,
married, farmer and a resident of barangay Cacaransan, Calbayog City,
Samar. He was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest for Murder
issued by Honorable Judge Reynaldo B Clemens of RTC Branch 31 with no
bail recommended and is now temporarily detained at Calbayog City
Police Station lock-up cell for documentation prior turn-over to court
On May 16, 2012 at Barangay Frederick 2, Allen, Northern Samar
elements of Catubig Police Station led by PSI Sam Sauro Andarino,
chief of police, apprehended a certain Jorge Bonicarlo Eneria, 46
years old, single and a resident of said place.
was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest for the crime of Rape
issued by Honorable Judge Manuel F. Torevillas of RTC Branch 23,
Allen, Northern Samar with no bail recommended. He was then brought to
Allen Police Station for proper disposition prior turn-over to the
court of origin.
Groups score PH rights report to UN: All rhetoric, no real gains
By Philippine UPR Watch
QUEZON CITY – On May 29 this year, the Philippine government’s human
rights record will come under scrutiny by member states of the United
Nations Human Rights Council. While the Philippine government paints a
picture of an improved human rights situation in the country,
Philippine human rights groups are saying otherwise. And rights
advocates are going to Geneva, Switzerland to present their case
before the international community.
Philippine UPR Watch, a network of human rights, faith-based and
people’s organizations engaging in the Universal Periodic Review
process of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), today said
that “despite government human rights rhetoric, extrajudicial killings
continue unabated and abject poverty has been increasingly pronounced
since the last review cycle of the Philippines in 2008.”
In a press conference prior to the departure of the Phil. UPR Watch
delegation for the United Nations in Switzerland, Fr. Rex RB. Reyes,
co-head of the delegation and general secretary of the National
Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), said that the
alternative reports they submitted to the UNHRC outlined the
continuing violations of the political, civil, and socio-economic
rights and the non-compliance of the GPH to its rights treaty
“It has been four years since the first UPR on the Philippines and the
human rights situation in the country manifests no real improvement.
The climate and culture of impunity still reign. The whole world knows
of the failure of the Aquino government to bring to justice human
rights violators like Gen. Jovito Palparan and of the horrendous, less
than 1% conviction rate of perpetrators of political killings on top
of the snail-paced justice system. These are not things the Philippine
government can be proud of before the international community,” Reyes
Marie Enriquez, co-head of the delegation and Karapatan chairperson,
chided the Armed Forces of the Philippines with its recent statements
that its troops have not committed rights abuses in the past four
months. “Such declarations are farthest from the truth as, on the
ground, the horrid human rights situation remains, with such impunity,
as there have been 76 extrajudicial killings and hundreds of rights
violations perpetrated by the AFP, its paramilitary units and the
Philippine National Police (PNP) under the Aquino presidency,” she
According to Karapatan, among these 76 cases of EJKs are the killings
of Aklan Municipal Councilor and Bayan Muna coordinator Fernando
Baldomero; internationally renowned botanist Dr. Leonard Co; Italian
missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio; and of late, Higaonon leader Jimmy
Liguyon. All of these cases remain pending either at the prosecutorial
or court levels, while the state security forces and masterminds
accountable for these crimes have yet to be put behind bars nor
KARAPATAN asserts “that the Aquino administration failed to render
justice to victims and families of victims of human rights violations
under the Arroyo government. In his more than one year in office, the
government did not initiate filing of cases for human rights
violations against known perpetrators, including former President
Arroyo. It was the through the victims’ and their relatives’ credits
that civil and criminal suits were filed against Arroyo and various
military officers including the notorious General Jovito Palparan,
Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes pointed out that these violations
on civil and political rights have always been consequences of clear
violations of the socio-economic and cultural rights of the people.
“The Philippine government will report on how good its dole-out
projects are. However, the world has witnessed the violent demolition
of homes in Metro Manila, including one that resulted in the death of
a 19-year old youth in Silverio Compound in Paranaque. The violations
of the right to self-determination of indigenous peoples continue
under large-scale foreign mining. It also doesn’t help that the
President himself has opposed any significant legislated wage increase
while promoting cheap labor through contractualization,” Reyes said.
“Economic rights form an integral part of human rights and the
Philippines is a signatory to the Convention on Economic Social and
Cultural Rights. The Philippine state will also have to be answerable
to rising unemployment, poverty and hunger,” he added.
The network declared that "the Country Report is all so fine and nice
on paper. There is this time not as much razzle dazzle and blaring
trumpets that jump out of the paper to obscure the reality of a very
bad human rights situation. In fact, the Report is as generally bland
as it is largely meaningless to the victims."
AFP’s claim on human rights violations a big fat lie – Karapatan
May 17, 2012
QUEZON CITY – "The extrajudicial killings of environmental activists
Fred Trangria and Margarito Cabal prove that AFP's claim of zero human
rights violations in the first four months of 2012 is one fat lie!"
Cristina Palabay, Karapatan spokesperson said. Col. Domingo Tutaan of
AFP's Human Rights Office announced that the AFP has zero human rights
violation cases a few days after the killing of Cabal and Trangria.
On May 6, 2012 at 4 in the afternoon, Fred Trangria was gunned down by
two unidentified motorcycle riding in tandem at Purok 2B Cabidianan,
Nabunturan on his way home. Trangria, 60 years old, is a Barangay
Kagawad of Mainit Nabunturan, Compostela Valley and strongly opposed
the Mineral Processing Zone.
Three days later, on May 9 2012 at 6:30 in the evening, Margarito
"Boy" J. Cabal was shot at his rented house in Purok 4-B Barangay
Palma, Kibawe, Bukidnon by two unidentified riding in tandem armed men
using a motorcycle without any plate number. Boy sustained three
gunshot wounds in the chest and one in the upper left back of his
chest which killed him instantly. According to the witness, the neighbours noticed the same motorcycle, a red STX, roaming in the
vicinity several times for the past days and even in the afternoon of
Cabal, 47 years old, married with three children, is a government
employee of the Local Government Unit in Kibawe, Bukidnon. He is known
for his firm resistance to the establishment of Hydro-Electric Mega
Dam project of First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative (FIBECO) that will
affect 22 barangays of Bukidnon and North Cotabato. He was organizing
the residents of the affected barangay to oppose the construction of
the mega-dam. A month before the incident, Cabal was already being
tailed by the Police Mobile vehicle, with the policemen directing
their flashlights at Cabal's house.
"Karapatan condemns the killing of Margarito Cabal and Fred Trangria,"
Palabay says. "All they did was to defend their lands from destructive
projects of the government and private companies. Just because the
AFP's Human Rights Offices are not receiving complaints doesn't mean
there are zero human rights violation cases. This is nothing but an
attempt to cover up the AFP's continuing human rights violations under
Oplan Bayanihan," Palabay said.
Palabay noted that the AFP’s statement came in two weeks before the
Philippine government goes through the second cycle of the Universal
Periodic Review under the auspices of United Nations Human Rights
Council. Palabay concluded that, “the AFP statement is simply a psy-war
addressed to the international community and is meant to prop up its
war monger image that could no longer be masked by their deceptive
8ID troopers overruns NPA encampment in Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan, Samar – A NPA encampment at vicinity Brgy
Hagbay, San Jose De Buan, Samar was overrun by military troops of 87th
Infantry Battalion, 801st Infantry Brigade, 8ID, PA under the
leadership of Ltc Cerilo C Balaoro on 11 May 2012.
Elements of 87th IB under 2Lt Verniel D Semblante discovered the NPA
encampment after they encountered undetermined number of rebels
earlier that day.
The said camp is composed of three (3) makeshift bunkers and one (1)
makeshift hall, which can accommodate about 20 people. After the fire
fight, government troops recovered long M16 rifle magazines with live
ammunitions, assorted medicines and subversive documents. This only
proves that the rebels are always on the run to avoid pursuing
“Your 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army will
continue to intensify its security operations against this lawless
group in order to ensure the safety of our people and pursue
development efforts in every community in the Region” said BGen
Gerardo T Layug AFP, Commander, 8ID, PA. “We also enjoin the NPA
members to lay down their arms and submit themselves through peaceful
means and join the government in all peace and development efforts”
San Roque, NS most wanted person arrested
By RPCRD, Police Regional
May 16, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The San Roque Police Station
led by PSInsp Ildefonso V. Miranda arrested on Monday (May 14, 2012)
at 10:30 in the morning at Barangay Zone 4, Poblacion, San Roque,
Northern Samar one Melecio Jarito Lobos, the No. 1 Most Wanted Person
(Municipal Level) following a report from a reliable informant of his
Lobos is 39 years old, married, farmer and a resident of Barangay
Coroconog of same municipality. He was arrested by virtue of Warrant
of Arrest for the crime of Murder docketed under Criminal Case number
NR 5128 issued by Honorable Judge Norma M. Cardenas of RTC Branch 19,
Catarman, Northern Samar. He was then brought to San Roque Police
Station for documentation and subsequently turned-over to court of
On the same day, Bobon Police Station led by PSInsp Salvador T. Tualla,
chief of police, arrested a certain Romy Magno Mallari, of legal age,
married, elementary school teacher and a resident of Barangay
Magsaysay, Bobon, Northern Samar.
Mallari was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest for violation of
RA 9262 otherwise known as “Anti-Violence Against Women and Children”
with recommended bail of P80,000.
On the next day, May 15, 2012, another wanted person was arrested by
Lapinig Police Station led by PInsp Ambrosio V Demain identified as
Mark Salvador Delmonte Quirino alaias “mike’, 31 years old, married,
jobless from Barangay Dalakit, Catarman, Northern Samar by virtue of
Warrant of Arrest issued by Honorable Alphinor C. Serrano of RTC
Branch 38, Gamay, Northern Samar for the crime of Murder, Frustrated
Murder and Attenmpted Murder.
Quirino was then brought to Lapinig Police Station for proper
disposition prior turn over to the court of origin.