Soria identified the arrested suspects as Jerry Malinao y Layog, a
resident of Brgy Crossing, San Isidro Leyte who was arrested together
with a minor; Armando Banalo Hidalgo, 80, married of Brgy Abgao,
Maasin City; Wedan Ponferada y Pestilos of Brgy Liberty, Mayorga,
Leyte, Anthony Apura y Apable, a resident of Brgy. Songco, Borongan
City and Julie Ramos y Calvario from Brgy. Hindang, Borongan City.
Malinao and the minor (name withheld) was arrested about 8:00 o’clock
in the evening of October 15 at Brgy Crossing, San Isidro Leyte by
joint elements of RSOG8 and Regional Public Safety Battalion 8 (8th
RPSB) led by SPO3 Nelson Lapeciros while engaged in collecting bets
for illegal numbers game operation locally known as “swertres” from
different ushers. The team recovered from his possession and control
118 pieces of Philippine Lotto swertres results; 22 pieces of yellow
pad with different number combination and bets with different dates;
14 white bond paper with different number combination and bets with
different dates; 15 pads of stubs with different number combinations;
black ballpen; and cash bet amounting to P1,035.00 in different
Meanwhile, at about 2:00PM of October 15, joint elements of RSOG
8 led by SPO1 Jonathan Ladrera, 8th RPSB and Maasin Police Station
nabbed Hidalgo while collecting bet for “swertres” inside the wet
market of Brgy Combado, Maasin City. Recovered from the violator are
swertres tip dated October 15, 2012, one booklet stub with different
number combinations dated October 15, 2012 and a black ballpen.
In Mayorga, Leyte, RSOG arrested Ponferrada in Brgy. Liberty while in
the act of collecting bet money for swertres. Confiscated from his
possession are bet money amounting to P500.00 in different
denominations; 10 pieces tally sheets; 1 unit Samsung mobile phone and
1 unit green Honda Wave 125 motorcycle used in his illegal activity.
RSOG also conducted anti-illegal gambling operations in Borongan City
in Eastern Samar resulting to the arrest of Apura and Ramos who were
caught in the act of collecting bets for “swertres” at Brgy. Songco.
Recovered from the suspects were illegal numbers paraphernalia
composed of 2 booklets of stub containing different number
combinations; and cash bet in different denominations amounting to
arrested suspects will be facing charges for violations of
Presidential Decree 1602 as amended by Republic Act 9287, Soria said,
adding that he had given stern warning to Police Chiefs and Provincial
Directors that he will not hesitate to order their relief if they
would fail in the anti-gambling campaign.
Disappearance now a crime after Senate stamped Chiz’s bill
By Office of Senator Chiz
October 17, 2012
PASAY CITY –
Involuntary or enforced disappearance is now a crime punishable with
life imprisonment after the Senate unanimously approved on Tuesday the
bicameral conference committee report on Senate Bill 2817 authored by
Senator Chiz Escudero.
The senator, who chairs the
Committee on Justice and Human Rights and principal author of SBN 2817
or an Act Defining and Penalizing Enforced or Involuntary
Disappearance, called the passage of the bill by both houses of
Congress very significant for human rights.
The bill now awaits the
signature of President Benigno Aquino III.
Enforced or involuntary
disappearance is defined in the bill as “the arrest, detention,
abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty committed by
agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with
authorization or support from the State, followed by a refusal to
acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate
or whereabouts of the disappeared.”
“The act of involuntary
disappearance is not yet considered a crime under our existing laws.
We bear witness to cases of forced disappearances, and more often,
these cases are left in oblivion without putting those persons
responsible for the commission of the disappearances accountable,”
Once enacted into law,
perpetrators of involuntary disappearance will be meted the penalty of
reclusion perpetua or life sentence which is equivalent to 20 years
and one day to 40 years imprisonment.
The measure also prohibits
the issuances of “orders of battle” – official or otherwise – by the
military, police or any law enforcement agency to justify an enforced
or involuntary disappearance.
Escudero said the bill also
provides that prosecution of persons responsible for the commission of
enforced disappearance shall not be prescribed unless the victim
surfaces alive, in which case the prescription period shall be 25
years starting from the date of reappearance.
The bill also mandates the
expeditious disposition of habeas corpus and amparo
proceedings and immediate compliance with any release order by virtue
of such proceedings.
“There must be no compromise
on strong legislation with effective corrective penal measures, even
if it would mean tilting the balance much more in favor of individual
rights and human dignity. There should be enough of desaparecidos,
because enforced disappearances have emotionally, mentally and
physically displaced mothers and fathers, sisters, brothers, children.
These disappearances have caused us to be put under the tight watch of
local and international rights groups and even foreign governments”
the senator said.
Within six months after the
measure is enacted, all related government agencies are mandated to
submit an updated inventory of all officially recognized and
controlled detention facilities and the list of detainees under their
personnel to use helmet with ICC sticker
By RPCRD, Police Regional
October 17, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – PNP PRO 8 is strictly enforcing compliance for all
its personnel with the use of standard protective motorcycle helmets
In line with the
implementation of R.A. 10054, an act mandating all motorcycle riders
to wear standard helmet gears when driving, PNP PRO 8 in coordination
with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted a helmet
stick marking for free at the PRO 8 Grandstand today, October 17,
Over One Hundred Sixty Two
(165) helmets were validated and issued ICC stickers from One Hundred
Six (106) personnel by the DTI representatives.
DTI Regional Director
Cynthia Nierras stresses that helmet stick marking is free of charge.
“All you have to do is to come to our office and bring with you your
helmets for inspection/evaluation, your official receipt/certificate
of registration, and fill out the application form,” Nierras said.
Attorney Lemuel R. Montes,
OIC, DTI Consumer Welfare Division explains that under the said law,
all motorcycle drivers and back riders are required to wear at all
times standard protective motorcycle helmets while driving whether
long or short drives and in any type of road or highway.
On the other hand, sellers
and/or dealers are required to sell or offer for sale only certified
helmets that have passed through product testing and have complied
with the specifications issued by DTI and with PS or ICC marks.
Selling of uncertified helmets constitutes a violation and is a
punishable offense, says Mr. Irlando D. Tuazon, Senior Trade and
Motor vehicle dealers are
also advised to have available standard motorcycle helmets so that in
every purchase of motorcycle unit, the customer may have the option to
buy a certified helmet from them.
Administrative sanctions of
the Act include, among others: any person caught not wearing the
standard protective motorcycle helmet shall be punished with a fine of
P1,500 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense; P5,000
for the 3rd offense and P10,000 plus confiscation of driver’s license
for the 4th and succeeding offenses.
DTI is very strict with the
standards because, “if any accident happens, most of the time the only
thing that can save your life is a helmet which is not substandard,
because if it is not, there is no guarantee that your head will be
protected from a fall”, PRO 8 Regional Director PCSupt Elmer Ragadio
The Helmet law is set to be
fully implemented on January 1, 2013.
CSC revises service
requirement for granting of eligibility to barangay officials
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
October 16, 2012
GOVERNMENT CENTER, Palo,
Leyte – The Civil Service Commission has revised the
service requirement for the grant of Barangay Official Eligibility (BOE).
This was learned from the
CSC Field Office 8 Director Marilyn Taldo who said that the granting
of the eligibility will now be based on completion of term of office.
Barangay officials who complete their term of office may now be
granted civil service eligibility.
officials may apply for the said eligibility only after completing
five years of aggregate service, Director Taldo said.
Director Taldo said that the
CSC Board reviewed and revised the rules in the light of instances
where barangay officials are unable to avail of the BOE despite
completion of term because they did not meet the five-year service
The BOE which is granted
without taking the career service examination, is comparable to Career
Service Sub-professional Eligibility. Those with BOE can be appointed
to first level positions in the government that do not involve
practice of profession and are not covered by BAR, board, and other
First level positions refer
to clerical, trades, crafts, and custodial service positions that
involve non-professional or sub-professional work requiring less than
four years of college studies.
In a press statement, CSC
Chairman Francisco T. Duque III said that “By easing the service
requirement, we have opened an opportunity to barangay officials who
want to continue serving the public after finishing their duties in
In accordance with Republic
Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991, the BOE is granted
to elective barangay officials composed of the barangay chairman or
punong barangay, regular Sangguniang Barangay member or barangay
kagawad, and Sangguniang Kabataan chairman. It is also granted to
appointive barangay officials, namely, barangay treasurer and barangay
secretary who are appointed by the duly elected barangay chairman.
All barangay officials who
have completed their term of office before August 1, 2012 have until
August 1, 2014 to apply for the BOE.
On the other hand, it will
continue to process applications for BOE for those who have completed
their term of office on August 1, 2012 and thereafter.
Barangay officials applying
for BOE must submit an application form and other documentary
requirements to the CSC Regional or Field Office having jurisdiction
over the barangay where they have rendered services.
Interested parties may visit
the CSC Office nearest them for more information on the grant of BOE.
DA's pro-GMO stance
will lead country into food crisis, Greenpeace warns
October 16, 2012
Unabated approvals of genetically-modified crops threaten – not
enhance – food security, Greenpeace warned at today’s observance of
World Food Day. The environment group is calling on the Department of
Agriculture to safeguard the country’s food security by banning
genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) which promote agricultural
monopoly by giant agro-chemical corporations – aside from causing harm
to human health and the environment.
"The DA’s relentless
approvals of GMO crops will lead the country into a food crisis,” said
Daniel Ocampo, Sustainable Agriculture and Genetic Engineering
Campaigner for Greenpeace. “By seeking to control the food system from
the crop’s gene – not seed – up to the table, GMO corporations are
forcing Filipino farmers into a corner by promoting dependence on
industrial chemical inputs such as harmful pesticides and herbicides,
which tie farmers into a never-ending circle of debt and less choices
for what seeds or crops to plant. Far from being a solution, GMOs
extend all the worst practices of industrial agriculture. And,
perversely, its widespread adoption would lead to more hungry people –
Among all of Southeast Asia,
the Philippines has approved the most number of GMOs. Since December
2004, at a rate of almost one GMO every 1.5 months, the country has
approved a total of 67 GMO crops, for food, feed and processing,
propagation, and field trial. No GMO application in the Philippines
has ever been disapproved despite documented cases on questions of
their safety and rejection by other countries. In fact, some GMO crop
varieties, such as GMO corn, that are actually banned in other
countries due to health concerns, are allowed in the Philippines.
Significantly, the government's system of regulation and assessment of
the safety of GMOs remains closed to the public.
Pro-GMO lobby groups and
policy makers have cited hunger alleviation to justify GMO approvals.
However, a recent UN Food and Agriculture Organization report stated
that there are 5.4% more hungry people in the Philippines now,
compared to the previous decade – even as hunger substantially
decreased in the same period in all other countries in Southeast Asia
– majority of which do not plant GMO crops. For example, the number of
chronically hungry people decreased most dramatically Thailand
(79.8%), a country which does not plant GMOs.
presented as silver bullets to solve hunger, such as GMOs, shift the
focus away from the real solutions and hide the true causes of hunger
which derive from social and environmental problems. Greenpeace says
that the government must acknowledge that a large part of the problem
is giant agro-chemical corporations which are hell bent on marketing
GMOs and the industrial farming system it maintains, with little
regard to health, environmental, and economic consequences.
Fundamental changes in
farming practices are needed in order to address soaring food prices,
hunger, social inequities and environmental harm. But while the DA has
taken the first step toward this solution through the Organic
Agriculture Act of 2010, this effort continues to be undermined by
continued approvals of GMOs, as well as support of commercial research
to propagate these harmful modified crops.
“GMOs do not play a
substantial role in addressing the key problems hunger and poverty,
and food safety and security.
The government’s rabid
support of GMOs is completely irresponsible because it supports
industrial farming practices and chemical dependence that would
endanger, rather than improve, the country’s agricultural sector. By
approving GMOs, the government is actually compounding the food
problem, not solving it,” said Ocampo.
“The government must
reexamine their misplaced focus on industrial farming which has
diverted government funds from supporting ecological solutions that
ensure food security and sound environment. As a start, the DA must
cancel all GMO approvals and instead support ecological alternatives
that will guarantee a healthy, viable and sustainable agriculture to
feed the country,” he concluded.
proof of govt’s determined drive vs. human trafficking - VP Binay
By OVP Media
October 16, 2012
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said the landmark 100th person
convicted for human trafficking underscores the Aquino
administration's determination to eradicate trafficking in the
Binay, chairman emeritus of
Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), said the
government’s anti-human trafficking campaign is expected to receive a
big boost once Senate Bill No. 2625, or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking
in Persons Act, is signed into law.
“To date, there have been
100 persons convicted since 2005, with 70 of those under President
Noynoy Aquino’s administration. With stronger anti-trafficking laws in
place, it will be much easier for us to file more cases and secure
more convictions” he said.
He added that for 2012
alone, the IACAT has been able to secure convictions for 28 persons in
17 human trafficking cases.
The anti-trafficking czar
lauded the Senate for unanimously approving the measure on its third
and final reading.
The Vice President also said
with the new law in place, it would be easier for the Philippines to
attain Tier 1 classification in the United States’ Global Trafficking
in Persons Report.
The annual report of the
United States Department of State classifies countries into tiers
depending on their compliance to the U.S. Trafficking in Persons
“I am thankful that the
Senate fully supports our campaign against human trafficking. The
enactment of the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act would mean
greater protection for our kababayans, especially the women, children
and our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs),” he added.
Voting 19-0, the Senate
passed earlier this week the bill that seeks to strengthen the
government’s fight against human trafficking.
The Vice President, who is
also the Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns, commended particularly
the inclusion of the crime of attempted trafficking in the proposed
He said it will allow the
government to become pro-active rather than reactive in eliminating
human trafficking cases and prevent OFWs from being abused.
“The current law only allows
us to file trafficking charges against perpetrators only after the
actual act had been committed. Because of this, our kababayans had to
be subjected to abuse first before trafficking charges could be
filed,” Binay said.
Binay cited the cases of
trafficking of OFWs, saying that if the OFWs were not yet transported
abroad, only illegal recruitment charges could be filed against their
“Just last month, the
Zamboanga Sea-Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (ZSBATTF) off-loaded
40 would-be victims of human trafficking bound for Malaysia,” he said.
“Illegal recruitment has a
significantly lesser punishment compared to human trafficking
violations. With the inclusion of attempted trafficking, trafficking
charges could be filed against those recruiters with our OFWs not
being subjected to abuse,” he said.
Violators of attempted
trafficking would be facing a penalty of 15 years of imprisonment and
a fine ranging from P500,000 to P1 million.
currently carry a penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a P1 million
fine, while qualified human trafficking violators face life
imprisonment and a P2 million fine.
Binay also lauded the plan
to remove the confidentiality clause in R.A. 9208 that prohibits the
disclosure of the name and personal circumstances of trafficking
suspects. The current law bans the disclosure of any details that
could lead to the identification of both victim and suspect.
Under Senate Bill No. 2625,
the identity of victims of human trafficking will remain private,
while information on persons accused of human trafficking will now be
made public to warn possible victims.
“The lifting of the
confidentiality provision for human trafficking suspects would greatly
help in deterring human trafficking acts because we can now warn the
public of persons who might victimize them,” the Vice President said.
Soria hails “force
multipliers” role in anti-crime drive
By RPCRD, Police Regional
October 15, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8)
Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria
recognizes the important role of “force multipliers” in addressing the
peace and order situation in their respective communities.
“My vision is for a more
aggressive and stronger partnership between the police and the force
multipliers in our drive against criminality as you play a crucial
role in crime prevention and control operations.”, Soria addressed the
200 delegates during the 2nd Annual Regional Grand Assembly of the
“Peace, Action and Rescue with Dedication to Serve the Society (PARDSS)
anti-crime group held at the PRO8 Matapat Hall, Friday afternoon.
PARDSS is a PNP-accredited
non-governmental organization with the prime mission of helping the
PNP and the local government units in promoting peace, unity, public
safety and development. It was awarded as the “Best Non-Government
Organization for 2011” during the 111th Police Service Anniversary
last August 8 at the PNP National Headquarters by PNP Chief Police
Director General Nicanor Ancheta Bartolome.
During the summit, the PNP
regional director underscored the crucial role of the force
multipliers in crime prevention and control operations at the
Soria admitted that the
police may not be able to cover every nook and cranny of the country
in patrol operations considering the limited number of PNP personnel.
In order to address these deficiencies, the PNP adopted a proactive
strategy that will maximize and encourage community involvement and
fully harness and promote community partnership as the ideal, most
practical and mutually beneficial antidote to criminality and
maintenance of peace and order.
“There is an impending need
to activate force multipliers from the community and established an
effective community machinery policing system through community
partnership”, Soria further averred, adding that PRO-8 recognizes the
major role of active partners like PARRDS in keeping Eastern Visayas
“The community relies upon
the police for protection and the police rely upon the community for
support. Crime is everybody’s concern and public safety is a shared
responsibility”, the region’s top police official added.
Soria particularly expect
members of said organization to perform such functions as partners in
law enforcement like conducting street crime monitoring; community
organization; disaster management and relief and rescue activities;
crowd control; environmental protection and conflict resolution at the
“We are confident that we
can rely on you to be the eyes and ears of our crime reporting system
as a critical component of the Police Integrated Patrol System or PIPS
that PRO8 is religiously implementing.”, he added.
Since 2006, the PARDSS, with
thousands of active members scattered throughout the country, has
performed well in giving free assistance to the local policemen and
local government units in its anti-crime drives, crime monitoring and
securing peace and order.
The organization is an
active member of the PNP-Federation of Accredited NGOs (PNPFAN),
Alliance of Concerned PNP Accredited NGOs (ACPAN) under the
supervision of the PNP’s Police Community Relations Group (PCRG) and
partner of the Association of Chiefs of Police of the Philippines (ACPPI).