Elmer Ragadio Soria, Police Regional Office 8 Director
addressing the participants during the Closing and Opening
Ceremony of the PNP Scout Class 17-2012 and 18-2012,
respectively at the PRO8 Grandstand.
PNP SCOUT to beef
up campaign against local terrorist movement in Eastern Visayas
By RPCRD, Police Regional
September 21, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – “Being a police officer is not about what you
can or cannot do, it’s about what you should do”.
This was the reminder of Police Regional Director PCSupt Elmer Ragadio
Soria to his men as the Police Regional Office 8 today held the Joint
Opening and Closing Ceremony of the PNP Scout Training at the PRO8
Soria exhorted the active role of the PNP in the anti-insurgency
campaign, and the need to initiate aggressive campaign against
criminalities and terrorism even as he expressed the corresponding
need to further enhance the PNP’s Internal Security Operations (ISO)
“Enforce the law with respect to human rights as you transform
yourselves into professional internal security specialists with the
best interest of the community foremost in your hearts”, the Regional
Director said. He also encouraged the next batch of trainees to make
the most out of the special training, participate in all undertakings,
and make a genuine effort to improve themselves.
A total of 195 police personnel have officially completed the PNP
Special Counter Insurgency Unit Training (PNP SCOUT) under the SCOUT
Class 17-2012 while 187 others will start training under the SCOUT
Class 18-2012 to be held at the Regional Special Training Unit 8
The PNP SCOUT is a rigid 45-day training designed to equip police
officers with the requisite skills and confidence that will give them
a distinct advantage in counter-insurgency and local terrorism
operation. The training puts premium on combat skills development,
jungle fighting and survival techniques and also teaches the
participants the principles and techniques of urban crisis response
operations primarily on search and rescue (SAR), and police
Soria added that aside from maintaining peace and order, it is also
the PNP’s duty and responsibility to secure public safety, including
responding to emergencies during calamities.
“We make sure that every PNP personnel deployed is ever-ready, capable
and efficient in handling his duties and responsibilities,” Soria
The new SCOUT graduates will be assigned to the Regional Public Safety
Battalion (RPSB8), PRO8’s maneuver unit primarily tasked to confront
and eventually end the insurgency problem in Eastern Visayas region.
8ID joins OPPAP in
PAMANA Project inauguration in Northern Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
September 20, 2012
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City
– The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army
joins the Office of Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPPAP) in
inaugurating P30M road project from Brgy Nenita, Mondragon, Northern,
Samar, yesterday September 19, 2012.
The Payapa sa Masaganang
Pamayanan (PAMANA) Road Project from Mondragon to Silvino Lubos,
Northern Samar is part of the Pillar 3 Program which is intended for
priority road networks in the Province.
The activity was graced by
Mr. Luisito Montalbo, OPPAP Undersecretary. Also in attendance were
Hon Paul R Daza, Governor, Northern Samar; Hon Ismael C. Bugna, Mayor,
Mondragon, Northern Samar; Ms Aileen Jose, OPPAP Director Luzon-Visayas;
Col Virgilio M Espinelli, Assistant Division Commander, 8ID; Col Mario
Lacurom, Deputy Brigade Commander, 803rd Infantry Brigade, 8ID, PA;
PSSupt Isais B Tonog, Provincial Director, Northern Samar Police
Provincial Office; Mr Romeo M Cardenas, Provincial Planning and
Other PAMANA Areas in the
Province of Northern Samar covers three municipalities namely: Las
Navas, San Roque and Silvino Lubos, and by 2013, Pillar 2 Program
which is KALAHI-CIDDS Program will be covering the Municipality of
Lope De Vega.
Usec Montalbo stated that,
the PAMANA road project in Mondaragon stretching to Silvino Lubos is
one of the prioritized project of OPPAP in the Province and the rest
of Region 8, through this project will give our full commitment to Gov
Daza to finish this road network until it reaches the Municipality of
“We all dream that one day,
there will be no more Filipino killing another Filipino because of
ideology, and according to His Excellency Benigno Simeon C Aquino III,
we all dream to have a country with a just and lasting peace” added
“We all dream that one day,
all communities in the country like the Municipality of Silvino Lubos
will not only be developed but rather have a peaceful community,”
Montalbo further added.
MGen Gerardo T Layug AFP,
Commander, 8ID, PA states that the 8ID will fully support all peace
and development initiatives of the government and other cause-oriented
groups as part of the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan
‘Bayanihan’ which seeks to enjoin all stakeholders to work together
and help attain peace and development in every community.
Before the start of the
inauguration program, the attendees led by Usec Montalbon and Gov Daza
participated in the Plant for Peace activity at Brgy Nenita, Mondragon,
Northern Samar as part of the Peace Month Celebration in the country.
Aside from the road projects
implemented by OPPAP, the government also gives opportunity to Former
Rebels to voluntarily surrender to the government and avails the Local
Social Integration Program.
8ID and OPPAP together with
the Local Government of Northern Samar will continue extending its
support to all conflict affected areas as well as to Former Rebels who
opted to join the mainstream society.
PRO8 drug busts nab
6 pushers, yield drugs, guns
By RPCRD, Police Regional
September 20, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The PNP Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) gained
headway in its anti-illegal drugs campaign throughout the region with
the arrest of six drug pushers during separate anti-illegal drugs
operations that also resulted in the confiscation of several short
“The drug problem will
always remain as one of the primary concerns of Police Regional Office
8. We clearly emphasized to our operating units that complacency in
the conduct of anti-drug operations will only burden the PNP with the
social costs of the continuing drug problem that are highly correlated
with criminality. Thus, all line units were ordered to sustain an
intensified police operations against illegal drugs”, Police Regional
Director PCSupt Elmer Ragadio Soria said.
The Regional Director added
that PRO8 had revitalized the implementation of its existing strategy
against illegal drugs to further strengthen its capacity to carry-out
holistic and coordinated operations in support of the PDEA.
The objective of this
strategy, Soria added, is to suppress the flow or trafficking of
illegal drugs through the conduct of sustained anti-illegal drug
operations such as Buy-bust, Search and Seizure, Mobile Checkpoint
Operation, Airport/Seaport Interdiction, Controlled Delivery,
Undercover Operation, Narcotics Investigation, Barangay Clearing
Operations and other similar police operations.
Soria informed that in the
afternoon of September 18, 2012, at Brgy Magbagacay, St. Bernard,
Southern Leyte, elements of Southern Leyte PPO, St. Bernard Municipal
Police Station and PDEA8 led by PSInsp Delfin Tan and PSInsp Gregorio
Nitura conducted buy-bust operation and implementation of Search
Warrant which resulted to the arrest of one Geovanie Vasquez y Bonador
alias Geo, 33, married, entrepreneur and a resident of Brgy.
Magbagacay, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte and listed as Number One drug
peddler/pusher in the municipality of St. Bernard.
Confiscated from his actual
possession and control during the conduct of buy-bust operation were
the following: one sachet of heat-sealed transparent plastic
cellophane containing white crystalline substance suspected as “shabu”,
two pieces P500.00 peso bill buy-bust money; one MyPhone mobile phone
and one piece lighter.
Seized during the
implementation of search warrant were one unit .45 caliber pistol Colt
MK IV Series 80; one unit Smith & Wesson .357 magnum caliber revolver;
one (1) unit .45 caliber empty magazine; four pieces .38 caliber
ammunition; five pieces .45 caliber ammunition and several drug
The confiscated items were
properly documented at the scene duly witnessed by Barangay Officials
led by Hon. Gilbert Gamutan, Brgy Captain of Brgy Magbagacay, St.
Bernard, Southern Leyte.
Also in the afternoon of
September 18, 2012, team led by PCInsp Ibrahim Jambiran, Chief,
AIDSOTF/Intel Officer of Ormoc City Police Office conducted buy-bust
operation at Brgy Nadongholan, Ormoc City which resulted to the arrest
of a certain Gregorio Oliverio y Garcia, 42, married and resident of
the same place and Elmer Concon, 46, married and resident of Aquino
Village, Brgy Cogon, Ormoc City.
Confiscated from the actual
possession and control of Oliverio were: one piece medium heat sealed
transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu; two pieces
small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected
shabu, one piece P500.00 peso bill marked money and P650.00 in
Recovered in plain view at
the top of a small table in the living room were: One unit caliber .45
pistol (COLT’s government model) bearing serial number 342614; two
magazines for caliber .45; five live ammunition for caliber .45; one
improvised shotgun with marble bullet and several drug paraphernalia.
At the time that the other
members of the team were swooping down the house, Concon was also
arrested when he was caught in the act tucking a gun and running away
from the house. Upon the arrest, the item turned out to be a caliber
.38 Smith & Wesson revolver without serial number loaded with five
Meanwhile, in Naval, Biliran
province, joint elements of Naval Police Station, Biliran Police
Provincial Office and PDEA led by PInsp Rogelio Llaneta conducted
buy-bust operation in Brgy. PI Garcia of said town that resulted in
the arrest of one Ian Caneja y Ang, single, jobless, resident of
Castin St., Brgy SMO Rosario, Naval, Biliran. The team seized from the
suspect one sachet shabu worth P1,000; buy-bust money of P1,000 bill
with Serial No. GB711720, one Nokia 1208 mobile phone; P17,000
assorted bills believed to be drug proceeds and one unit Yamaha
Crypton 125 motorcycle with Engine No. ETN 405302.
Relatedly, at Brgy. San
Jose, Sogod, Leyte, joint elements of Sogod Police Station led by
PSInsp Alfred Reynald Dauz and CIDG led by PSInsp Ferdinand Mendoza
buy-bust operation which resulted in the apprehension of Efren and
Eduardo dela Victoria, both residents of Brgy. Suba, Sogod, Southern
Confiscated from Efren dela
Victoria were one small heat-sealed plastic sachet containing “shabu”
weighing 0.08g; one medium sachet of shabu weighing 0.20g; P500 bill
with serial number RF665330 buy-bust money; MyPHone mobile phone; one
.357 caliber paltik revolver with 3 live ammunitions and drug
The police also seized from
Eduardo dela Victoria one small heat-sealed plastic sachet containing
“shabu” weighing 0.06g; marked money worth P500 in different
denominations and one unit Beretta caliber .9mm pistol bearing serial
number SN MO5391Z with 5 live ammunition.
The Regional Director added
that appropriate drug charges and illegal possession of firearms were
filed against the suspects.
“PRO8 will continue to hit
hard on organized crime groups behind the trafficking of illegal drugs
in the region in support of the national anti-drug campaign and the
PNP LOI “Kontra Droga Charlie”, Soria averred.
The PNP high command issued
Letter of Instruction “Kontra Droga Charlie,” setting forth in the
PNP’s anti-illegal drugs strategy to further strengthen its
operational support mechanism to PDEA in the national anti-drug
campaign consistent with the intent of Executive Order No. 218.
CAFGU strikes anew,
indigenous leader shot and tortured to death – Karapatan
September 20, 2012
QUEZON CITY – Karapatan today received report of another case of torture and
extrajudicial killing of an indigenous leader, Genesis Ambason
Saguitan, 23, secretary general of TAGDUMAHAN Lumad organization in
the municipality of San Luis, Agusan del Sur. Karapatan secretary
general Cristina Palabay calls the latest incident as “an affirmation
of the continuing vestiges of martial law under the Aquino
Saguitan’s relatives found
his body mutilated by the perpetrators, identified as members of the
Civilian Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) attached to the 26th IB
Detachment in Sitio Tambo, Brgy. Binikalan, San Luis Agusan del Sur.
His body was on the road side, some 130 meters away from the
detachment of the 26th IB in Sitio Tambo.
According to the report sent
to Karapatan, Almira, Saguitan’s wife who is eight months pregnant
with their first child, “wept while cleaning his husband’s body” when
she saw the two gunshot wounds in his right chest and another two
gunshot wounds in the hip area, near his spine. His face and chest
were covered with bruises. Ambason’s teeth are all gone. His head was
deformed, and his face unrecognizable because of the bruises due to
Palabay said that the
brutality of Saguitan’s death is “reminiscent of how Fr. Tullo Favali,
PIME was killed by paramilitary forces in 1985, under the Marcos
dictatorship. In 2011, the same paramilitary forces killed another PIME priest, Fr. Pops Tentorio.”
The report indicated that,
prior to the incident, Saguitan and four others were on their way to
Sitio Tambo, Brgy. Binikilan to mine and buy gold. He had with him
18,000 pesos in cash. They were riding a motorcycle but decided to
hike uphill when the motorcycle broke down. Some 200 meters away from
Sitio Tambo, Ambason and his group decided to rest as they were
already exhausted from hiking. From where they rested, they could see
the detachment of the 26th IB; and those at the detachment could also
A few minutes later, they
heard footsteps approaching them. Upon hearing this, Ambasong
immediately stood up and pointed his flashlight to where the sound was
coming from. But as soon as he turned on his flashlight, they were
immediately fired at. A series of shots fired also came from the
direction of the detachment. Ambason’s companions ran to different
direction toward the forest, leaving behind Ambason, who could no
longer move because of gunshot wound. That was the last time he was
seen alive. His wife would later find out that the P18,000 he was
carrying was lost.
Ambason was active in the
anti-mining campaign in the area of San Luis. The CAFGU, according to
the residents in the community, were deployed in the area because of
the anti-mining campaign. Ambason was also involved in the
anti-militarization campaign which he believed has brought about a
string of human rights violations among his fellow Lumad.
action against a Laguna Lake polluter
September 20, 2012
CALAMBA, Laguna –
In an action to expose industry polluters that “kill” Laguna Lake,
Greenpeace activists today labelled the fence of TNC Chemicals
Philippines with the words “Water Polluter”. They also unfurled a
banner listing the different hazardous chemicals previously identified
in a sampling report by the organization as the recipe for the toxic
pollution in Laguna Lake.
Laboratory results confirm
the presence of heavy metals chromium, nickel, and copper above
background levels for normal uncontaminated surface waters. Another
sample showed high concentrations of a variety of carcinogenic organic
compounds as well as some carboxylic acid esters.
“Industries that dump toxic
chemicals are depriving Filipinos of clean and safe water. What the
results show is that there are far too many chemicals that find their
way into our water without our knowledge. Worse, these chemicals such
as the ones we found in the samples from TNC discharge pipes, are not
routinely tested by government,” said Beau Baconguis, Toxics
Campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Philippines.
The labelling of TNC’s
facility was part of the series of activities highlighting industrial
pollution under Greenpeace’s “Right-to-Know Water Patrol Expedition”.
The expedition, launched this month, aims to expose water polluters,
investigate and document potential polluters along Marikina River and
Laguna Lake, and draw support for the enactment of policies to bring
down toxic pollution to zero levels.
Greenpeace has been calling
on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to 1)
expand the Priority Chemicals List to include substances that have
been proven to be toxic, 2) immediately phase out these hazardous
chemicals with specific timelines, and 3) establish a pollution
“The fact that only five (5)
chemicals are regulated under RA 6969, demonstrates the lack of
capacity and political will to implement the law. Lamentably because
of government’s inaction on hazardous chemicals, it is the public and
the environment that suffers,” added Baconguis.
Meanwhile, Greenpeace calls
on TNC Chemicals Philippines and other industries to stop dumping
toxic chemicals into water bodies, to take responsibility for their
pollution and disclose the chemicals they use in their production.
Baconguis reiterated that
the government must be able to take urgent legal action against errant
companies such as TNC. “As a long term solution, DENR must work
towards a Zero Discharge policy for industries,” she concluded.
from martial law to Noynoy Aquino
We are twice victims of
injustice – Martial Law victims
September 20, 2012
QUEZON CITY – On
the eve of the 40th year of the imposition of martial law, victims of
human rights violations under the Marcos dictatorship pressed on their
fight for justice and indemnification as they rallied once more at the
foot of the historic Mendiola Bridge.
“We fought for justice under the dictatorship yet, 40 years later we
are still victims of injustice,” Bonifacio Ilagan, Samahan ng mga
Ex-Detainee Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto or SELDA said. “Many of our
colleagues sacrificed their lives in the hope that one day they will
see their countrymen free from want and fear.”
Ilagan pointed out that, “many of our colleagues were killed,
disappeared, tortured and jailed, but after filing and winning the
landmark human rights violations case vs. Ferdinand Marcos in Hawaii,
those who were responsible for these atrocities have not been
punished. Worse, they are back in power.”
Martial law activists have pushed for the passage for the
indemnification bill since 1998. They lambasted President Aquino for
“sitting on the Marcos Victims Compensation Bill.” The human rights
group expected more from the current administration, saying that
“Noynoy, the son of a martial law victim should deliver justice to the
victims and hold the perpetrators of human rights violations
accountable for the crimes committed against thousands of Filipinos.
But, the Marcos’ Victims Compensation Bill is again in for a tough
Senator Chiz Escudero has, on many occasion, said that the report by
Committee on Justice and Human is ready for the plenary debates. “We
have received the same reply for the longest time. Is the government
serious about this? Or are the senators intimidated by the presence of
a Marcos in the Senate,” Ilagan asked.
SELDA is also apprehensive with some of the provisions in the bill
that they believe do not reflect the interests of the ML victims.
Thus, it reiterated its earlier position, among others, the
recognition of all 9,539 victims and class suit plaintiffs who won the
case against Marcos both in the US and in the Swiss courts.
SELDA members believe that the passage of the indemnification bill
into a law is a step towards justice, “not so much for the
compensation but more importantly, the recognition that injustice was
committed to thousands of people during martial law. This should serve
both as a reminder and a warning to all the administrations that
people will not take injustice blindly. As proven in our recent past,
there are many other avenues to pursue justice,” said Ilagan.
“We have no material wealth to pass on to our children and families.
But so long as oppression and exploitation remain, this undying fervor
to struggle for what is right and just will be our legacy to them and
to the Filipino youth. Tuloy ang Laban! (The struggle lives on!)” they