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PRO8 notes fewer firecracker-related injuries in 2012

UNA cites violation of the law in Cebu; slams LP defense as recycled statements from the Arroyo regime

Leyte receives the regional Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award

PRO8 arrests 169 drug offenders, seized 21M worth of illegal drugs

Chiz eyes copra farmers as CCT beneficiaries

Former NPA regulars, Militia and BOP members, receive livelihood cash assistance through LSIP of Northern Samar

President Aquino creates special teams to probe human rights violations

PRO8 nabs NPA hitman in Eastern Samar

Freedom for detained poet reaps int’l clamor amidst military threats

RSOG8 nabs 2 most wanted persons


Two Leyte festivals to compete in Sinulog 2013

Lingganay Festival of Alangalang

By Provincial Media Relations Center
January 7, 2013

TACLOBAN CITY  –  Two Leyte festivals will again join in the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City later this month of January.

Alangalang’s Lingganay Festival will again compete and defend its crown as the grand champion during last year’s Sinulog, while Tanauan’s Pasaka Festival will again see action in one of the country’s grandest festival.

Lingganay Festival wowed the Cebu crowd and tourists with its fresh and colorful interpretation during the Sinulog 2012. The festival was conceptualized in 1995 based on the legend of the town’s lost golden bell. The legend says that when the Moro pirates surprised the people, they tried to flee away with the bell.

Aside from winning the grand prize, Lingganay Festival was also named as the contingent with the best costume and best in musicality.

The Lingganay contingent already started practice even during the Christmas season to fully prepare for the Sinulog competition.

Lingganay earned the right to represent the province in the Sinulog Festival as it won the first place in the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival in June 2012. Tanauan’s Pasaka Festival was Pintados-Kasadyaan’s second place winner thus likewise earning the right to join in Cebu this year.

Pasaka was also a contingent in the Sinulog 2012 and its lead dancer Nerissa Modesto was named Festival Queen first runner-up in the Festival Queen competition.

The Sinulog Festival is held every third Sunday of January where millions of tourists and devotees of the Sr. Sto. Nino flock to Cebu for the grand parade and competition as well as the religious festivities.





No EV cop fired gun during New Year – Soria

By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
January 7, 2013

CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K. KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Nobody among the policemen in Eastern Visayas indiscriminately fired their guns on New Year.

PRO-8 untaping of gun muzzles
Police Chief Supt. Elmer R. Soria, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) presiding in the untaping of gun muzzles of PRO8 personnel in the morning of January 7 at the PRO8 grounds.

This was the result of the gun inspection conducted this morning during the untaping of muzzles of service firearms among Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) personnel wherein none of the taped muzzles showed signs of being tampered.

Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) director Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria presided over the activity at the regional headquarters and he expressed satisfaction over the compliance of his men on the directive of the Philippine National Police (PNP) regarding the use of guns on New Year.

“A broken tape found upon inspection could be an indication that the firearm was used during the holiday revelry. This only indicates that none of the firearm holders indiscriminately fired their guns in welcoming year 2013,” Soria said.

The regional director earlier led his men in the annual sealing of gun muzzles last December 29, 2012.

“The 100% compliance to our directive only showed the honesty and professionalism of our policemen”, the top police official said, adding that similar inspection was also conducted in city and provincial police offices regionwide.

Soria earlier warned that policemen who will fire their guns inappropriately will face both criminal and administrative charges and can be dismissed from service if found to had violated the gun policy.

Meanwhile, Soria ordered a thorough investigation on the indiscriminate firing inside the V&G Subdivision in Tacloban City during New Year celebration wherein stray bullet pierced through the roof of one Elvira Cosca.

Cosca reported to the police that while her family was welcoming the New Year, they heard a loud noise from the roof and upon checking, they noticed a hole on their ceiling and recovered a slug of unknown caliber under their sala set.

Soria assured that an investigation is on-going on the matter as the recovered slug was already brought to the Regional Crime Laboratory for ballistic examination.

The regional director earlier disclosed that no victim of stray bullet was reported to his office as a result of New Year revelry.

In other parts of the country, various sectors are calling for tougher laws and stricter gun control following the death of 7-year old Stephanie Nicole Ella owing to a stray bullet from a celebratory gunfire during the New Year revelry in Caloocan City and the death of seven people and wounding of 6 others in a shooting rampage by drug-crazed gunman Ronald Bae in Kawit, Cavite on Friday.





Leyte pours in anew counterpart funds for Kalahi-CIDSS project

By Provincial Media Relations Center
January 7, 2013

TACLOBAN CITY  –  Before 2012 ended, the provincial government of Leyte released its counterpart fund amounting to more or less P28 million for various KALAHI-CIDSS projects identified by various municipalities in Leyte.

This as the provincial government of Leyte under Gov. Mimietta Bagulaya assured continued support to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), the national government’s community-driven development (CDD) strategy to reduce poverty in the countryside.

The latest download of counterpart fund was in Alangalang, Leyte where businessman Dominic Petilla represented Gov. Bagulaya in the distribution of the provincial fund to barangays which identified mostly infrastructure as their Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects.

Kalahi-CIDSS’ counterpart funding requirement sourced from the 20 percent development fund of the municipal government also ensures that a significant proportion of such fund is earmarked for the basic needs of poor communities, the governor said.

Kalahi-CIDSS champions participatory governance leading to improved lives. Community participation is said to lower cost and improves construction quality of projects.

In previous Kalahi-CIDSS implementation in Leyte, major projects prioritized by communities include water systems, roads, school buildings, barangay health stations, and day-care centers, among others.

The project’s CDD approach, which has been tested and proven effective in easing poverty in the poorest provinces, seeks to empower ordinary citizens to directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing and monitoring projects together to address local poverty issues.





Martial law victims scores Aquino government for its insincerity in going after the Marcoses

January 7, 2013

QUEZON CITY  –  Members of the Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainee Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto or SELDA criticized the Aquino government today for its lackadaisical efforts in making the Marcoses accountable for their crimes against the Filipinos and retrieving their ill-gotten wealth, as expressed in Mr. Andres Bautista’s call to abolish the Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

“The PCGG has long been wrought with reports of corruption, as admitted by PCGG chair Andres Bautista, but its failure in retrieving the remaining Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth should not completely be the PCGG’s sole accountability, government should also take responsibility over this,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, SELDA chairperson.

“The administrations after Marcos did not wield a strong political will to go after the dictatorship and make it pay for the crimes against the people, especially the plunder it committed. If these governments thought of defending the people’s interests before their own, they should have strengthened the PCGG, vested it with vast powers and allotted a bigger budget to enable it to go after the Marcos billions and pursue with earnest the cases against them.

What the administrations after Marcos did was just to accommodate the Marcoses politically so that the remaining members of the family were able to weild economic and political power again and even taunt the sitting governments, flaunt their plundered wealth and even try to clear their name. Persons they appointed to the PCGG who should have earnestly went after the Marcoses were allowed to taint their hands into the corporations and ill-gotten wealth or were pressured to keep silent on the compromises some of the administrations conducted with the Marcos family, to the detriment of the majority of the people.

Selda also pointed to the fact that the Filipinos especially martial law victims expect that the President, whose parents they had worked and fought alongside with in ousting a dictator, will earnestly pursue in going after the dictator and his family to answer for their misdeeds against the Filipino people. “It is disappointing that we have failed to see any results nor concrete action from the government in going after the Marcoses, whose greed, corruption and human rights violations we bitterly fought for 14 long years, and now it chooses to close down an agency tasked to do just this,” Enriquez declared, adding that PNoy is squandering the chance to show that it is different from other governments.

Selda warned that despite Malacanang’s declaration that it will not stop in going after the Marcos ill-gotten wealth, it may use the enactment of the Marcos Victims Compensation Bill as quid pro quo to the government’s failure in tracking down and recovering the Marcos’ stolen millions.

“We victims of martial law hope that Aquino has not fallen into the compromise trap with the Marcoses, especially since this year is an election year and Bongbong Marcos seems set to clear the Marcos name as he is set to run for the presidency in 2016. Never again must the Filipino people allow a Marcos or anyone planning to trample on our collective rights as a people to do the same to us. Our fight for justice must be conclusively fought to its end,” the human rights group ended.





Chiz sees no reason to re-impose death penalty

By Office of Senator Chiz Escudero
January 7, 2013

PASAY CITY – Senator Chiz Escudero sees no reason to reinstate the death penalty, supporting President Benigno Aquino’s position amid calls for its re-imposition following a spate of gun-related incidents in the country.

“The death penalty will not stop miscreants from carrying out their crimes. I have always said that it is still the certainty of punishment, not its severity, that will deter crimes,” Escudero said.

He chairs the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

The senator, who voted to remove the death penalty from the country’s statute books in 1990, said strict implementation of the law, proper application of the justice system, and protection by government law enforcement agents carrying out the mandates of the law will deter crime.

“Even if the death penalty is in place, criminals, especially the moneyed ones, will still find creative ways to escape the arms of the law. The likes of Jovito Palparan, charged with a non-bailable offense, the Reyes brothers of Palawan accused as master minds in the death of a journalist and environmental advocate, and Delfin Lee, said to have bilked thousands of poor housing aspirants, where are they? They can afford to hire good, expensive lawyers to keep them out of jail and outside the reach of the law,” Escudero said.

While the senator acknowledged that criminals have become emboldened to perpetuate grisly crimes, it is still the certainty of punishment and not the kind and nature of punishment that will deter the commission on crimes.

“Let no one go above or around the law. No sacred cows, apply the law to those who are guilty, have been found guilty. We have to improve and perfect our country’s criminal justice system, it should be strictly applied to make it valid and credible” Escudero said.





PRO-8 vows relentless efforts vs. wanted criminals in 2013

Catbalogan most wanted criminals

By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
January 4, 2013

CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K. KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte  –  The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) vowed relentless pursuit operations against criminals wanted by law as its top official reported that the Regional Special Operation Group (RSOG) scored anew in manhunt operations conducted in the cities of Ormoc and Catbalogan recently.

“The RSOG accomplishments should serve as a warning to lawless elements that the long arms of the law always catches up with criminals wherever they may hide,” Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO8 Regional Director said.

Soria added that for this year, PRO8 will continue to account for wanted persons as he cited the cooperation extended by Eastern Visayas communities to his men in the arrest of undesirable personalities.

The Regional Director informed that in the evening of January 2, an intelligence driven operation paid-off when RSOG led by SPO4 Ananias Monteroso collared Dionisio Sedon, Jr. alias Karing, 63, married, self-employed and formerly residing in Brgy. Rama, an island village in Catbalogan City.

Sedon is ranked number 9 Most Wanted Person in Samar province’s capital Catbalogan City, and was arrested in his hide-out in Purok 2, Brgy. Tongonan, Ormoc City.

The police team was armed with an Alias Warrant of Arrest issued on June 21, 2011 by Acting Presiding Judge Manuel F. Torrevillas, Jr. of the Regional Trial Court Branch 27, 8th Judicial Region based in Catbalogan City for a murder case that transpired sometime in 2010.

Judge Torrevillas did not recommend any bailbond for the suspect’s temporary liberty in the complaint docketed under Criminal Case number 7893.

Sedon was pinpointed by the witnesses as the suspect in a brutal killing of his neighbor Mary Jane Sarayan that transpired in the evening of July 9, 2010.

Police records showed that the suspect stabbed Saraya from behind with a bladed weapon locally known as “sipol and went immediately into hiding. He is presently detained at Bureau of Jail Management and Penology jail facility in Brgy Lagundi, Catbalogan City awaiting trial of his case.

Meanwhile, in Catbalogan City, a 42-year old jobless man wanted for 13 long years for allegedly raping a minor in the evening of March 20, 1999 in Brgy Old Mahayag was also nabbed by RSOG.

Alejandro Mabansag alias Anling, was arrested by a police team led by Police Inspector Constantino Jabonete, Jr. in the evening of on December 21, 2012 in the outskirts area of said village.

The suspect is facing rape charges in accordance with Republic Act 7659 (Death Penalty Law) in Criminal Case number 4799 at the sala of Judge Sinforiano A. Monsanto of the Regional Trial Court Branch 27 also in Catbalogan City with no bail recommended for his temporary liberty. He is temporarily detained at Catbalogan lock-up cell for proper disposition.

Soria added that the manhunt operations were also in response to the directive of new PNP Chief, Police Director General Allan La Madrid Purisima to intensify the implementation of Manhunt: Charlie, the PNP’s campaign to arrest wanted persons.





CPP reextends ceasefire to January 15 after belated GPH announcement

By Communist Party of the Philippines
January 3, 2013

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today reextended its ceasefire declaration to January 15 after the Aquino regime belatedly announced yesterday its own suspension of military operations.

The CPP-CC issued the following declaration:

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines hereby declares to all commands and units of the New People's Army (NPA) and the people's militias that the end of the ceasefire declared on December 20 has been reextended to 2359H of January 15.

Specifics of the December 20 order will remain valid for the duration of this order. This declaration overrides an earlier order by the CPP-CC abbreviating the ceasefire to 2359H of January 2.

This declaration is being issued upon recommendation of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) after being belatedly informed of the formal order by the president of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) Benigno Aquino III extending the suspension of offensive military and police operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to the CPP, the Aquino government did not promptly order the extension of its earlier suspension of offensive military and police operations. As shown by the facsimile of Aquino's order, the recommendation by the Secretary of National Defense was forwarded only yesterday noon, two weeks after the agreement was forged and a few hours after the CPP order abbreviating the ceasefire was made public.

Over the past two weeks, the GPH representatives refused to answer several communications seeking compliance with the December 20 to January 15 synchronized temporary ceasefire. The correspondences were sent by the NDFP Negotiating Panel directly and through the Royal Norwegian Government third-party facilitator.

"The CPP hopes that the reextension of the ceasefire order will help push forward peace negotiations between the GPH and the NDFP. The GPH, however, still has a lot of work to do in terms of compliance and rectification of violations of previous agreements, including the release of detained peace consultants in accordance with the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the release of more than 400 political prisoners in compliance with the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law."

At the same time, the CPP denounced the continued military operations of the AFP despite Aquino's ceasefire order. "Aquino's ceasefire order has been reduced to a meaningless piece of paper due to the AFP's continued offensive military operations against the people and their revolutionary forces in various parts of the country," said the CPP.






PRO-8 relief operations
Police Senior Superintendent Roel Acidre, Chief of PRO8 Police-Community Relations Division, supervising the loading of relief goods for typhoon “Pablo” victims at PRO8 Caboboy Multi-Purpose Gym.

PRO8 provides support to “Pablo” victims

By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
January 3, 2013

CAMP RUPERTO K. KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte  –  Policemen and Non-Uniformed Personnel of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) poured in their resources to donate relief goods to disaster stricken towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston in Davao Oriental.

The PRO8 coordinated with the Office of the Civil Defense 8 (OCD8) and came up with relief goods - 138 sacks of used clothing, 910 pieces of assorted canned goods, 36 bars of laundry soap, bath soaps, 2 sacks of rice, sanitary napkins, assorted medicines and cash amounting to P108,000.00.

“As we observed in the news, it’s a heartrending sight. We have to hasten the distribution of basic supplies to towns flattened by the typhoon,” Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO 8 Regional Director said.

A disaster response team led by Director Rey Gozon of the Office of Civil Defense left early morning yesterday on board a DPWH service vehicle loaded with the relief goods to assist in the Relief Operations and Information Management from January 2 to 8.

Typhoon “Pablo” survivors bypassed the Yuletide season as they hole up in evacuation centers and continue to bury their dead, at least 1,067 have been confirmed, and more than 800 still missing, about half of the number fishermen who ventured out to sea before the 16th cyclone of the season struck and now feared dead, reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

The council said the typhoon affected 710,224 families composed of 6,203,826 people and rendered 300,000 people homeless.

Pablo (international name: “Bopha”) slammed into eastern Mindanao on December 4 and wreak havoc with monster winds gusting up to 200 kilometers per hour, causing flash floods and landslides, flattening communities and banana plantations, and prompting President Benigno Aquino to declare a state of national calamity.

“We’re still lucky that even tough Eastern Visayas was also hit by “Pablo”, the damage was only minimal compared to the widespread devastation suffered by our brothers in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental,” Soria added.

The region was also hit by typhoon “Quinta” last week while the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that at 2:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated just down under the region in the vicinity of Sta. Josefa, Agusan Del Sur in CARAGA region.

“Our policemen, especially members of Search and Rescue (SAR) teams would be available for disaster response operations,” the police regional director assured.



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