ceremony draws multi-sectoral support
By RPCRD, Police Regional
September 3, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The Police Regional Office 8
expressed its gratitude to the multitude of people who showed up
during the kick-off ceremony of the 18th National Crime Prevention
Week held at Tacloban City Astodome this morning.
“This is a good sign that
people from all walks of life showed their support to this activity.
This will send a strong message to criminals that people in Eastern
Visayas will not tolerate and will unite against criminality”, PCSupt
Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO8 Regional Director said.
The Police Regional Director
earlier called on the populace to be actively involved in crime
prevention. The activity was jointly launched with the Philippine
Civil Service Week and National Tourism Week celebrations.
“As we celebrate the
occasion, a much needed focus in providing the momentum towards
long-lasting partnerships and active participation from our partners
in the community must be done. Everybody must be encouraged to
dedicate themselves in the crime prevention aspect”, he earlier said
in a statement.
This developed as Police
Regional Office 8 which Soria heads tops in the execution of Police
Integrated Patrol System (PIPS) among 17 PROs nationwide covering the
period from January 1 last year to August 31, this year.
For the period, PRO8
implemented a total of 1,225,502 operations followed by PRO7 at
934,126 operations and PRO3 with 881,644 operations. This includes
police operations such as establishment of checkpoints/chokepoints,
Oplan Bakal/Sita, implementation of Search Warrants, Arrest of Wanted
persons, Beat and Mobile Patrols and enforcement of special laws.
The PNP is implementing PIPS
in line with the Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and
Upholding of the Rule-of-Law or PNP PATROL PLAN 2030 after
re-examining and revising the integral component of the PNP Patrol
system in line with the organization’s Performance Governance System
“With active community
support as shown in the ceremony, we in PRO8 is optimistic that we
could achieve more breakthrough results that will contribute to the
realization of a highly capable, effective and credible police service
by year 2030.’, the top police official added.
The Regional Director
further averred that PRO8 will sustain the implementation of PIPS in
all Police Stations and renewed his call for the support from Local
Chief Executives, barangay officials and other stakeholders in the
Every first week of
September of every year is declared as the National Crime Prevention
Week pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 461 dated August 31,
1994. This year’s NCPW theme, “Sa Crime Prevention may Magagawa Ako”
promotes, strengthens and empowers the citizens against crime
victimization as well as enlists the public to engage in crime
prevention projects of the government to increase awareness and
support in promoting crime prevention, community and public safety
The Kick-off ceremony
started with an Integrity Walk from the Balyuan Grounds to the
Astrodome followed by the Program Proper with top officials of the
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Police
Commission (Napolcom) and Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) as well as
officials and employees from other National Government Agencies, Local
Government Units, NGOs, Socio-Civic Groups, Anti-Crime Groups,
businessmen and students in attendance.
Law schools vie for top
spot in humanitarian law competition
September 3, 2012
MANILA – The battle for the best resumes this year as students from 12
law schools participate in the annual National Moot Court Competition
on International Humanitarian Law from September 3-7.
For the first time, the Justice Ines Luciano Best Mooter Award will be
given, paying tribute to a passionate supporter of humanitarian law
and of the competition. The award was named after the Court of Appeals
associate justice and chairperson of the IHL Committee of the
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) who passed away last year. It will
recognize the highest-ranking oralist in the elimination rounds.
The event is the country's largest moot court competition, to be
hosted this year by the De La Salle University Manila. Twelve teams
using their argumentative skills and knowledge of international
humanitarian law will try to win their case before a mock
International Criminal Court.
"The moot court competition has gone a long way since 2005 with only
six participating schools. It has taught many former law students, who
are now in practice, to understand and appreciate international
humanitarian law," said Evecar Cruz-Ferrer, legal adviser of the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Manila.
To make the competition tougher, a "power-matching" system will be
implemented so top-ranking teams will be pitted against the
lower-ranking teams during the quarterfinals and semifinals. This
should ensure that the two best teams will clash in the finals.
The participating law schools for 2012 are University of the
Philippines College of Law, Far Eastern University-Manila, San
Sebastian College Recoletos-Manila, San Beda College of Law-Manila,
Ateneo de Manila Law School, Southwestern University, Saint Louis
University, University of Batangas, University of Saint La Salle,
University of the Cordilleras, Cor Jesu College Law School and De La
Salle University College of Law.
The finals – to be held at the Supreme Court en banc session hall –
will be judged by a panel of experts including SC associate justice
Roberto Abad, Dr. Mario Aguja of Mindanao State University-General
Santos City, lawyer and PRC governor Lorna Kapunan, ICRC regional
legal adviser Christopher Harland, and Brigadier General Domingo
Tutaan Jr. of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Human Rights Office.
The competitors will also participate in a role-play challenge to
simulate practical applications of the body of law that seeks to
limit, for humanitarian reasons, the effects of war. A special
ceremony at the National Museum's Marble Hall will be held for the
launch of the latest volume of the Asia-Pacific IHL Yearbook, a
publication of the University of the Philippines-Institute of
International Legal Studies supported by the ICRC.
This annual competition for law students in the Philippines is
organized by the ICRC, PRC and the Supreme Court. Last year, the
University of Cebu swept the awards and ranked third overall at the
Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Competition, an
inter-university competition for the Asia-Pacific region. This year's
winner will also represent the Philippines in the regionals, to be
held in Hong Kong in 2013.
pushes gay-friendly program for judicial education
By PROGAY Philippines
September 3, 2012
MANILA – Maria
Lourdes Sereno has barely warmed her new seat as the first woman Chief
Justice when the Supreme Court introduced another first gender
innovation in its history last week.
On September 1, the
tribunal's Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) hosted its Focus Group
Discussion on the LGBT Sector in what is surely the groundbreaking
attempt of the judicial branch of government to address human rights
concerns of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens of the
country, in the wake of similar steps taken by the executive and
legislative branches to address gaps in law, programs, and resources.
In partnership with the
United States Department of Justice Criminal Division and its Office
of the Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT),
the PHILJA invited leaders of the LGBT community and the Congress to
contribute inputs as basis for the training curriculum for judges with
the aim of enhancing their understanding of LGBT issues.
Hon. Adolfo Azcuna, PHILJA's
Chancellor, said the activity was opportune for judges because they
can have special leadership roles in defending the dignity and
equality of LGBTs before the law.
In the lively exchange of
legal opinions and numerous social research data facilitated by
retired Supreme Court Administrator Hon. Zenaida Elepaño, the
discussions between judges, court personnel and the LGBT leaders
listed many action points for resolving past jurisprudence that
affected the LGBT community. Some sticky sore points brought up by
transgender activists include the SC decision on Silverio vs. Republic
of the Philippines that denied their right to change their gender in
their birth records and passports.
Hon. Delilah Vidallon
Magtolis, academic affairs officer of PHILJA, said that the judges'
organization can try to instill gender sensitivity of judges all over
the country to have better appreciation of sexual orientation and
gender identity in future rulings. Meanwhile, Hon. Geraldine Faith A.
Econg, the Supreme Court's Judicial Reform Program Administrator, said
that LGBTs can possibly benefit from more inclusive rulings on
questions of the Family Code in order to accommodate same-sex couples
who seek protection of their rights on joint properties and child
Oscar Atadero, the human
rights officer of the LGBT advocacy group ProGay Philippines, proposed
that PHILJA and the Supreme Court expand the mainstreaming of the
Yogyarkarta Principles, a compilation of provisions from international
human rights covenant, as basis for LGBT-compliant rulings and
jurisprudence. Atty. Claire Padilla of the Engenderights legal
advocates office said that judges can start becoming fairer to lesbian
mothers who sue for child custody by ruling on strictly legal basis
and not making moral judgments against homosexuality.
The focused group discussion
produced sweeping resolutions for future PHILJA actions that include
producing education modules on sexuality and gender and LGBT social
issues. Incorporating concepts of sexual orientation and gender
identity in trainings on subjects such as family courts, international
law and commercial courts were suggested. Searching for best practices
of judicial decisions on LGBT issues will help PHILJA produce
publications that can help judges make creative means of resolving
cases involving LGBT issues.
boats apprehended by RSOG8 during the seaborne operation
conducted in the territorial seawaters of Catbalogan and Daram
in Samar province last August 28.
PRO 8 steps up campaign
against illegal fishing
By RPCRD, Police Regional
August 31, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – The Police Regional Office 8 strengthen the implementation of
Letter of Instruction: KALIBUNGAN, its campaign against illegal
fishing in Eastern Visayas.
“The region basically is
surrounded by seawaters. It is our mandate to protect the environment,
especially our marine resources, from any illegal fishing activity by
strictly enforcing the Philippine Fisheries Code or RA 8550 and local
ordinances”, Police Regional Director PCSupt Elmer Ragadio Soria said.
Following the intensified
enforcement of said LOI, in the afternoon of August 28, 2012, a joint
team of Regional Special Operations 8 (RSOG8) and Catbalogan City
Police Station conducted a seaborne operation within the territorial
sea waters of Catbalogan City with grid coordinate N 11 40’ 16.4”,
E-124 46’ 50.5” and intercepted one fishing boat marked as F/B
Said boat was skippered by a
certain Dominador Lazaro Cabalo, the boat captain, with fourteen (13)
crew members on board and caught in the act of engaging illegal
fishing. The fishing boat was towed and now docked at Pier 1,
Catbalogan City while the apprehended persons and the fishing
paraphernalia were brought to Catbalogan Police Station for proper
disclosed that the owner of said fishing boat was identified as Fidel
Papuran of Pier 1, Brgy. 6, Catbalogan City while the crew members are
Louie Montano, Richard Barrantes, Randy Danday, Arjake Cabanganan,
Joseph Merin, Arnel Lomenoque, Arsenio Ocenar, Rolando Danday,
Guillermo Danday, Arturo Barrantes, Jecky Bagunas, Arselino Danday,
Egas Ocenar, and Rex Labalo, all residents of Brgy. Bagacay, Daram,
Boat owner subsequently paid
the penalty for the violation of the Catbalogan City Ordinance at City
Treasurer’s Office in the amount of Php10,000.00 under OR No. 7683875
dated 29 August 2012.
Relatedly, on the same date,
same team intercepted illegal fishers at the seawaters of Barangay
Casab-an, Daram, Samar intercepted two (2) fishing boats marked as F/B
Ricky 3 and F/B Ricky 5 while engaged in illegal fishing locally known
as “trawl fishing” skippered by Noel Jalayahay Magallanes, and Ali
Camas, both of Barangay Estaka, Catbalogan City, respectively. Said
vessels with its crew and paraphernalia were turned-over to Department
of Agriculture of Daram, Samar.
Meanwhile, at the territorial seawaters of Tanauan, Leyte facing
Barangay San Roque, elements of Bantay-Dagat operatives led by PO2
Gilbert Lopera and FLET Member Lauro Mendiola, Pelagio Cadion and Jose
Allyson Tabuyan conducted a seaborne patrol and were able to apprehend
William Asis, Roger Fabu and Randy Ibañez, all of legal age and
residents of Barangay 89, San Jose, Tacloban City on board an unmarked
green motor banca in the act of engaging illegal fishing and were
brought to Bantay-Dagat headquarters for proper disposition.
PRO 8 is particular in implementing said LOI because illegal fishing
destroys the coral reefs and breeding areas of fish and eventually
kills small fishes even before they reach maturity, the Regional
reasons for inaction on FOI: Not President's priority, no Liberal
Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition
August 31, 2012
QUEZON CITY –
After reneging on his promise to put the Freedom of Information (FOI)
bill in the "front burner" after the State of the Nation Address (SONA),
Rep. Ben Evardone, chairman of the House Committee on Public
Information, revealed his reasons for his continued inaction on FOI:
it is not a priority of President Benigno Aquino, and there is no
Liberal Party stand.
In an interview for the
television program Failon Ngayon aired August 25 over ABS CBN,
Evardone said that it is not him personally who is preventing movement
"Ako matagal ko nang gustong
ilabas yan dito sa committee ko eh dahil ako nga ang nabubugbog sa
media. Eh dati pa akong taga media (I have long been wanting to get it
out of my committee since I am the one who gets beaten up in the
media. And I was even with the media before),” Evardone said.
He said, however, that given
its sensitive and controversial nature, he cannot decide on the FOI
bill by himself. "(H)indi naman priority ng ating Pangulo kasi wala
doon sa legislative agenda na sinubmit sa atin, wala doon sa SONA."
(It is not a priority of the President because it is not in the
legislative agenda submitted to us, it was also not in the SONA.)
Evardone also pointed out
that the administration party has no stand on the FOI bill. "Is there
a party stand of the Liberal Party? There is none! Kung merong party
stand ang Liberal Party, no problem, ako I toe the line." (If there is
a party stand of the Liberal Party, no problem, I toe the line.)
The President, Evardone and
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte belong to the Liberal Party.
In Speaker Belmonte’s speech
at the opening of the third (and last) regular session of the 15th
Congress on July 23, he referred to the FOI bill as a measure “ready
for a vote.” But the FOI bill remains at a standstill at Evardone's
committee since then.
This has prompted more than
100 member organizations of the Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition to
write to Speaker Belmonte as early as August 15 to appeal for his
"At this crucial juncture in
the term of the 15th Congress, we appeal for your intervention and
concrete action on the FOI bill, pursuant to the powers and duties of
the Speaker to ensure full deliberation and swift approval of priority
measures.", the coalition said in the letter.
The coalition also raised
concerns to the Speaker over Evardone's statements in several media
stories that his decision not to call a hearing was reportedly upon
instruction of the House leadership. "We find this assertion
incongruent with the commitment that you have so far expressed on FOI,"
the coalition said in its letter-appeal.
To date, Speaker Belmonte
has not responded to the coalition's letter-appeal nor has he given
any public reaction to the latest statements of Rep. Evardone.
The coalition, which
includes civil society, academe, public employees and media as
members, has been calling for the passage of the FOI bill since 2001as
an effective tool to fight corruption in government.
On Sec. Lacierda’s statement that
Malacañang has a policy vs. Enforced Disappearances
Walk the talk –
August 31, 2012
QUEZON CITY –
Families of the Disappeared for Justice or Desaparecidos today,
refuted Malacañang’s claim that it “has a policy against enforced
“That’s a big fat Lie!”
exclaimed Maryguy Portajada, Desaparecidos Secretary General. “If that
were true, then why do we have 11 victims of enforced disappearance
under the Aquino government?
“Magsasalita na lang sila,
puro kasinungalingan pa,” Portajada lamented. “That’s what their good
at, statements and PR spins. We have yet to see them do something
tangible for the victims and their families. But they only have lies
to dish out. They could not even bring out The Butcher, Gen. Jovito
Desaparecidos said that even
the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Bill is still awaiting Bicameral
hearing. The House version was passed on March this year, while the
Senate version was passed in 2011.
"Instead of helping us
locate our missing loved ones, the Aquino Government’s pretension is
insult to us," Portajada continued.
For relatives of the
disappeared, the Aquino government’s statement is but a vain attempt
to cover up its human rights record. “Malacañang's attitude is a
perfect ingredient for more human rights violations, specifically
enforced disappearances” Portajada warned.
The group demands from the
government to stop its counterinsurgency program that has caused a
string of human rights violations in the country. “Until they stop
Oplan Bayanihan, until they have caught and punished the likes of
Jovito Palparan, can we believe that the Aquino government is really
doing something about the situation. Otherwise, we will consider him
as no different from Marcos and his martial law which left behind
hundreds of victims of enforced disappearance,” Portajada concluded.
Skills Training for the youth conducted
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
August 30, 2012
DARAM, Samar – Thirty young
children and youth participated in the Advanced Media Skills training
conducted on August 24, at Barangay Saugon, in the island town of
The participants aged 11 to
17 were from the municipalities of Daram, Gandara and Santa Margarita,
all in the province of Samar, according to Janice Tapil, a Plan
Philippines youth volunteer.
The training was spearheaded
by Plan Philippines, a non-government organization that advocates and
protects the rights of children, and AnakTV, that advocates for
child-sensitive and family-oriented television programs.
According to Camille Mapa,
one of the participants in the said training, the participants were
taught on how to produce music television or MTV, public service
announcements or PSAs and mini documentary.
“The PSAs and MTVs we
produced are not common because what we want to convey are stories
about the concerns that young children and youth encounter and face in
the present time,” Camille informed.
To recall, last July 25-26,
the Sinebata Kabataang Pinoy Media Festival participated in by
children and youth from all over the country was conducted in Tacloban
The event was participated
in by several young people from the municipality of Daram. In fact,
several awards were won by the contingents from Daram.
Parliamentarians say Filipinos need an RH law
August 30, 2012
QUEZON CITY –
European parliamentarians who are in the Philippines for a study tour
said in a press briefing today that the Filipinos need a reproductive
health law in order to have better access to health services.
Hon. Ricardo Baptista Leite,
Member of the Parliament from Portugal, said an RH law can help people
live better lives. A medical doctor by profession, Leite said an RH
law will give "true information so the people can make informed
choices" about various health services.
Leite and four other
parliamentarians from Sweden, Cyprus, Lithuania and the United
Kingdom, are here in the country for a five-day study tour on family
planning and sexual and reproductive health rights. This is organized
by the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF)
and hosted by the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and
Separation of Church and State
Leite, who comes from a
predominantly Catholic country like the Philippines, said Portugal had
similar health indicators as that of the Philippines 30 years ago when
their own reproductive health policies have not been
institutionalized. However, Leite said even their church became part
of the process to conceive a law that helped the Portuguese people
have better access to necessary health services which specifically
lessened maternal and infant mortality.
Parliamentarian said that as a practicing Catholic himself, "there is
no greater act of Christianity than saving lives as a reproductive
health law would do."
Leite also said that the
passage of a reproductive health bill in Portugal can be attributed to
the fact that the separation of church and state is a reality. "The
Vatican Church respects the constitution and is highly engaged in
activities that can lead to a healthier population," he said. "In our
country, the church is an ally in providing good health," he added.
Hon. Birute Vesaite, another
parliamentarian from the predominantly Catholic country of Lithuania,
echoed the sentiments of her fellow parliamentarian from Portugal.
Vesaite said the reproductive health bill is, in fact, "a matter of
Vesaite particularly brought
up the urban poor's lack of access to health services. The
parliamentarian delegates to this study tour were able to visit urban
poor communities who lived under the C3 bridge along Navotas, internal
refugees who lived in an evacuation center in North Bay Boulevard
South and tenements along Smokey Mountain in Tondo, Manila.
As part of their study tour,
the Parliamentarian delegation also paid courtesy to the members of
both Houses of Congress yesterday, August 29.
Representative Sharon Garin, on the other hand said that Filipino
legislators should learn from the European Parliamentarians who fought
for a law which gave their people better access to health services.
Since the period of
amendments on the RH bill has been stalled in the HOR for the last two
weeks since the plenary voted to end the debates, Garin called on her
fellow legislators to put the bill into a final vote. “We have wasted
too much time, energy and resources, it’s about time that we as
Representatives express the true sentiments of our constituents.
There’s no reason to be afraid. We just have to respect the will of
the Filipino people.”
PNP PRO 8 sustains
By RPCRD, Police Regional
August 29, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – The Police Regional Office 8 sustains its intensified campaign
against all forms of illegal activities in the region with the arrest
of several law violators the past days.
“This is in response to
President Aquino’s policy that his administration will not tolerate
any form of illegal activity”, PCSUPT Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO8
Regional Director said. Police commanders who fail to arrest/seize law
violators will be relieved from their post, he added.
Just recently, at about 2:00
PM on August 27, 2012, elements of Hindang Police Station led by
PSInsp Anecito Garciano Martinez, Chief of Police, recovered ninety
two (92) pieces lumbers of assorted dimensions of Narra and Molave
species and 26 pieces round timber of Molave specie with estimated
volume of 800 board feet and estimated market value of P48,000.00.
Said lumber was allegedly owned by a certain Gerry Bantillan, of legal
age, married and a resident of Barangay Pa-a, Hilongos, Leyte. Same
were properly turned-over to Foresters Noel Lopez and Romeo Mazo of
CENRO, Baybay, Leyte.
On the next day, at the sea
waters of Cabucgayan, Biliran, elements of Cabucgayan Police Station
led by PSInsp Vicentito Placiente Ontuca, Chief of Police, conducted a
seaborne patrol which resulted to the interception of one small–scale
fishing boat while in the act of engaging illegal fishing activity
locally known as “hulbot-hulbot” at the vicinity of Barangay Bunga,
Cabucgayan, Biliran seawaters.
Subject fishing boat and
paraphernalia has an estimated value of P100,000.00 and is owned and
skippered by a certain Ryan Ragasa Napoles, 30 years old, married,
fisherman and a resident of Barangay Atipolo, Capoocan, Leyte together
with his two (2) crew members identified as Leonard Nideria Sumayan,
19 years old, single and Alfred Pable Mateo, 19 years old and both
residents of Barangay Daraupay, Capoocan, Leyte.
Subject persons and the
fishing boat were subsequently turned-over to the Department of
Agriculture for proper disposition.
On August 27, 2012 at
Barangay Candag-on, Burauen, Leyte, a joint operation was conducted by
the elements of RSOG 8, Sta. Fe Police Station, 8RPSB and Burauen
Police Station led by PCInsp Santi Noel G Matira resulted to the
arrest of one Marcelito Adonis, of legal age and a resident of said
Adonis was arrested by
virtue of Warrant of Arrest for the crime of Rape issued by Honorable
Salvador Apurillo, Presiding Judge RTC 8, Branch 8, Tacloban City. He
ranked number 6 in the list of Most Wanted Persons in the municipality
of Sta. Fe, Leyte and is now temporarily detained at Sta. Fe Police
Station for proper disposition prior turn-over to the court of origin.
“Aside from intensified
police operations, we also strengthened our partnership to various
stakeholders for their full support in our relentless fight against
all forms of illegal activities in the region”, Soria ends.
campaign against loose firearms
By RPCRD, Police
Regional Office 8
August 29, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO K. KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – Four persons were arrested as Police
Regional Office 8 intensified its campaign against loose firearms in
different parts of the region.
“The proliferation of loose
firearm poses threat to the peace and order situation in the region
that’s why I ordered our men to conduct a sustained drive through
Oplan Bakal in different places of convergence, increased police
visibility and establishment of checkpoints”, Police Regional Director
PCSUPT Elmer Ragadio Soria said.
At around 7:50 o’clock in
the morning of August 26, at Purok 1, Brgy. Aguit-itan, Calbayog City,
a telephone call received by Calbayog City Police Station from a
concerned citizen informed that a male person believed to be drunk was
sleeping at the wooden chair at said place with a protruding gun
tucked on his waist. Duty patrol personnel of Calbayog City Poilce
Station proceeded to the area and arrested one Rolando Neri y dela
Cruz alias Sam, 46, married, businessman and resident of above place.
The police confiscated from the suspect’s possession and control one
(1) .22 caliber revolving marked Smith and Wesson bearing serial
number 71417 loaded with 8 live ammunitions.
Relatedly, at 10:00 o’clock
in the morning of August 25, one Cathy Pica of Brgy. Dolores, Ormoc
City requested for police assistance regarding her cellular phone that
was allegedly stolen by one John Mesario, 17 years old, single, and
resident of Brgy. Bagon, Ormoc City. Team led by PSINSP Shevert Alvin
Machete, Police Station 1 Chief, responded for verification and
arrested the suspect and recovered from his possession and control one
(1) piece MyPhone color white mobile phone owned by the complainant.
The police team were also able to confiscate one (1) caliber .38
revolver with no serial number with three (3) live ammo from the
At around 8:30 o’clock in
the evening of August 25, at Quezon Boulevard, Tacloban City, fronting
dried fish section, one Tessie Malate y Arsulon, 45, married,
vegetable vendor and resident of Brgy 66, Paseo de Legaspi, Tacloban
City, while vending her goods at the roadside, her live-in partner
Samuel Clemente y Dawaton, 37 years old, resident of Brgy. 88,
Alimasag, while under the influence of intoxicating liquor barged in
and confronted the former in a temper manner. While arguing, suspect
pulled out an improvised handgun and poked towards the victim’s face
causing a commotion in the area. Responding elements of Tacloban City
Police Station, PO2 Jobel Centenaje and PO1 Gilbert Cesora, arrested
the suspect and recovered from his possession and control one
improvised handgun (sumpak) loaded with one ammunition of caliber 22.
Also, at around 9:00 o’clock
in the evening of same date, at Brgy. 6-A, Sto Niño Extension,
Tacloban City, suspect Joey Baclean y Odinada, 28, resident of said
place was confronted by her live-in partner Rosie Oberes and a heated
argument ensued causing the victim to run outside and sought police
assistance. Responding elements of Tacloban City Public Safety Company
arrested the suspect and recovered one cal. 22 revolver marked Gas.
The Police Regional Director
further averred that with the onset of election period next year, PRO8
will further intensify the campaign against loose firearms to prevent
the escalation of election-related violent incidents.