“We must continue to carry our duties with honor and competence by
showing good example of genuine service or ‘Serbisyong Makatotohanan’
to regain the trust and respect of the people to the PNP
organization,” said Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria,
PRO8 Regional Director.
further encouraged the awardees and his men to always perform with
excellence and treat the police job with dignity and professionalism.
Retired Police Director
Lucas M Managuelod, a former director of the PNP’s Criminal
Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and currently the Vice
Chairman of the Public Safety Savings and Loan Association, INC. (PSSLAI)
was the Guest of Honor and Speaker and handed out the awards with
Soria during the Traditional Flag Raising Ceremony and celebration at
A Medalya ng Kagalingan or
PNP Merit Medal was given to POI Noel Royandoyan for his gallantry in
action during the manhunt operation at Brgy. Peñaplata, Gandara, Samar
which resulted in the neutralization of Julito Aragon, a leader of the
Moloboco private armed group and the number one most wanted person in
Samar accused for two murder cases.
Meanwhile, a Medalya ng
Papuri or PNP Commendation Medal was awarded to Police Inspector Lloyd
Lagrimas for leading his men in the arrests of Juanito and Leo Baluya,
both accused for murder, and included in the top ten most wanted list
of Laoang, Northern Samar.
A similar award was given to
Police Inspector Allan Cerro for his performance of duty resulting in
the arrest of rape suspect Francisco Balabat last January 14, the
number four most wanted man in Javier, Leyte.
SPO3 Nelson Lapiceros was
also given the same award for the arrest of murder suspect Dionesio
Sedon, Jr. in a manhunt operation on January 2 at Brgy. Tongonan,
Ormoc City. The suspect is ranked number 9 most wanted person in
Medalya ng Paglilingkod or
the PNP Long Service Medals with 2 silver stars were also given to
Police Inspector Bernardito Verallo and SPO4 Teofilo Butlig for
rendering 30 years of faithful and honorable service with the PNP.
achievements contributed to the stable peace and order situation in
Eastern Visayas and resulted in positive delivery of public safety
services to our people,” Soria added.
A wreath-laying ceremony in
honor of the PNP members killed during police operations at the PRO8
Heroes monument and a Eucharistic mass were also part of the
The 148,000-strong PNP was
created under Republic Act 6975 or “An Act Establishing the Philippine
National Police under a reorganized Department of the Interior and
Local Government and Other Purposes” that abolished the Philippine
Constabulary and the Integrated National Police (PC/INP) and activated
a police force on January 29, 1991 which is national in scope and
civilian in character.
reparation bill ratified
By Office of Senator Chiz
January 28, 2013
PASAY CITY –
After close to 20 years, victims of human rights abuses under the
Marcos regime can finally claim compensation and reparation from the
Senator Chiz Escudero
announced that the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act
of 2012 was finally approved by both chambers of Congress. The bill
will now be transmitted to Malacanang for the signature of President
Benigno Aquino III.
“This is a first of such
human rights legislation in the world where a state recognizes a
previous administration’s fault against its own people and not only
provides for, but also actually appropriates for reparation,” the
Escudero, chairman of the
Senate committee on justice and human rights, sponsored the measure.
The bill stipulates that a
human rights violation victim (HRVV) during the regime of the late
strongman Ferdinand Marcos is now qualified to file a claim with the
Human Rights Claim Board for reparation and/or recognition, as stated
in Section 16 of the Act.
“The bicameral conference
committee was able to thresh out contentious issues last week. We also
expanded the coverage of the bill that includes not only monetary
compensation but also non-monetary benefits to include social and
psychological assistance coming from different concerned government
agencies. Therefore, instead of merely calling it compensation bill,
we now call it the reparation bill,” Escudero explained.
He said all claimants in the
class suit and direct action plaintiffs in Hawaii, and all victims
recognized by the Bantayog Ng Mga Bayani Foundation shall now be
accorded the same conclusive presumption that they are HRVVs.
Conclusive presumption means
that any person who has secured or can secure a favorable judgment or
award of damages from any court in the country arising from human
rights violation shall be considered conclusively as a victim without
need of further proof.
On the other hand, those who
are not recognized by both entities above may claim compensation under
Section 18 which states that “the Board may take judicial notice motu
propio of individual persons who suffered human rights violations.”
A P10-billion fund, plus
accrued interest, has been set aside and appropriated to fund the
claims. The amount is part of the funds transferred to the Philippine
Government by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court and is now held in
Escudero said the amount of
compensation shall be proportionate to the gravity of the offense
committed. The Board, he says shall follow the point system in the
determination of the award.
Victims who died or who
disappeared and are still missing shall be given 10 points. Those who
were tortured and/or raped or sexually abused shall be given from six
to nine points.
Those who were detained will
be given from three to five points while those whose rights were
violated under the Act shall be given one to two points.
The Act provides for a work
period of two (2) years from the affectivity of the Implementing Rules
and Regulations (IRR) for the Board to complete its mandate.
NPA camp seized by
government troops in Northern Samar
By 20th Infantry Battalion,
January 26, 2013
BRGY. MAGSAYSAY, Lope de
Vega, Northern Samar – A newly abandoned communist
terrorist’s camp was recently discovered by government security forces
at Sitio Catmaalad, Barangay Mckinley, Catarman, Northern Samar at
around 9:30 in the morning today, January 26, 2013.
Lieutenant Colonel Noel A
Vestuir, 20IB’s Commanding Officer, in his report to 803rd Brigade
Commander, Colonel Rolando Malinao, said the camp was seized by the
operating troops of 20IB 1LT Raul Delos Santos.
The camp has fifteen (15)
hastily destroyed bunkers that can accommodate more or fifteen to
twenty communist terrorists, one (1) kitchen, one (1) comfort room,
and has just been abandoned by the CTs as they evade armed engagement
with the operating troops. The camp was seized after 20IB launched
sustained combat operations in the area of Catarman in response to the
information tipped-in by some residents in the nearby barangays of the
presence of armed men roaming in the area extorting money and food
stuffs from the peace-loving people.
The recent accomplishments
by the 20IB troops against the NPAs in the area of 1st district of
Northern Samar have disrupted the impending terroristic activities
that are being hatched to be conducted by the NPA. The government
troops has dislodged them from their guerilla camps and cut-off their
supply support lines that they forcibly take from the residents in the
The discovery and seizure of
the said camp in the area was made possible by the information
provided by local populace and is a clear indication that enemy
revolutionary organization has already alienated the people and the
communities where they got their support through their forced
LTC Vestuir, 20IB’s
Commanding Officer commended his troops for a job well done. He also
thanked the continued support of the people in the government’s
efforts of “Winning the Peace”.
“Through the timely and
accurate information tipped by the residents, our troops were able to
discover the NPA encampment, a staging place of their terroristic
activities in the area. The seizure of the said NPA encampment is a
big blow to the CTs considering that we have denied them of their safe
haven and sanctuary and once again proven that the people are with us
in our pursuit for peace in this part of the country”, Vestuir said.
Vestuir also calls for the
fleeing Communist Terrorists to lay down their arms in order to once
again live decent and normal lives along with their families.
Cayetano to call
for parallel audit with COA of Senate funds
By Office of Sen. Alan Peter
January 26, 2013
PASAY CITY –
Senate minority leader Alan Peter Cayetano bared his plan to file a
resolution to formalize his call for an audit by an independent
But he clarified further
that such an audit could possibly entail: (1) an audit by an
independent firm parallel to Commission of Audit’s (COA) own audit;
(2) a sole audit conducted by a private firm independent of COA; or
(3) an independent people’s audit.
“I just want Senate
President Juan Ponce Enrile to answer two things: (1) How was the
P250,000 liquidated; and (2) From the P2 billion Senate budget, how
much was liquidated by certification alone,” he said.
“What I’m saying is that we
don’t need a professional audit or for every single centavo of the P2
billion Senate budget to be audited. I just want the public to be
given a chance to look into the Senate books and see that we are doing
the right thing and that we have nothing to hide. Whatever kind of
audit that could bring that about is alright with me,” he said.
He dismissed claims that
having such an audit done is not possible under the Constitution.
“There is no Constitutional
or legal impediment to a private audit. I can tell COA that there have
been instances in the past where a private audit was paid by a
government entity and there was no legal impediment,” he said.
The minority leader assured
COA Chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan that it was not his intention to cast
doubt on the integrity of the agency. Instead, he wants to ensure that
COA’s integrity is not questioned during the conduct of the audit
since some COA commissioners have yet to be appointed by the
Commission on Appointments (CA), a panel headed by Senator Enrile.
“What I’m asking for is
transparency and accountability. I’d like to let COA know that the
people and the members of the Senate have full trust in you. I’m only
saying that we have nothing to lose but everything to gain if we have
a parallel audit conducted to settle this issue,” he said.
“It doesn’t have to be a
technical, legal audit. Just bring out the documents so that the
people will find out the truth,” he added.
Cayetano also reiterated his
call to Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and his fellow senators to
stick to the real issue of transparency in the liquidation and
certification of funds in the Senate and not resort to squid tactics
to divert attention away from the main issue.
“While the arguments
seemingly went to the gutter, let us go back to the real issue that
has everything to do with the integrity and independence of the
Senate,” he said.
Coco levy fund:
cash distribution thru social benefits!
January 26, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY –
Small coconut farmers in Eastern Visayas demand cash distribution thru
social benefits of coconut levy fund worth P56.5 billion which
remitted to the National Treasury last September 12, 2012.
“We are opposing the roadmap
design by NAPC (National Anti-Poverty Commission) wherein P11 billion
of coco levy fund plan to utilize for 4 programs which identified –
CARPER, 4Ps, LTI (land tenure improvement) because this programs has
regular government allocations,” says Nestor Lebico, Secretary-General
of Samahan han Gudti nga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Bisayas (SAGUPA-SB).
In pursuing utilizing the
coco levy fund, small coco farmers in Eastern Visayas is supporting
three (3) House Bills filed in Congress by Anakpawis Partylist related
to coco levy fund and coco levy industry. These are House Bill Nos.
3443, 0469 and 5070. A bill is also pending at the Senate. All these
house bills seek the establishment of a body that will be dominated by
small coco farmer representatives specifically the Coconut Levy Funds
Administration and Management Act.
“We call for financing of
coconut industry development projects from initiatives of small coco
farmers and their organizations/cooperatives, programs that would
provide loan facilities, industry research and development programs,
construction and development of post-harvest facilities, inventions
and innovations of machineries and equipment for the development of
high-quality coconut and improvement of coconut production, livelihood
program meant to provide additional incomes, institution-building
programs and skills training,” added Lebico.
“Coco Levy fund Ibalik sa
Amin,” ends Lebico.
8th ID respects
court’s decision for detainee’s medical treatment
By PIA Samar
January 25, 2013
CATBALOGAN CITY – The 8th
Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army respects the
decision of the court allowing accused Ericson Acosta to seek medical
treatment at the National Kidney Institute in Quezon City.
In a press release by the 8th Infantry Division Public affairs Office
(DPAO), it said that Acosta was detained at the Calbayog
sub-provincial jail on charges of Illegal Possession of Explosives
docketed as Criminal Case # 11-0501 filed at the Regional Trial Court,
Branch 41 of Gandara, Samar.
Acosta was apprehended by military troops of 34th Infantry Battalion
in the hinterlands of Brgy Bay-ang, San Jorge, Samar on February 13,
2011 for possession of a grenade.
“We respect, out of humanitarian consideration, the decision of the
court for treatment of Acosta at the National Kidney Institute in
Quezon City,” Cpt Gene Orense, 8th ID spokesman said.
The 8th ID Headquarters through its spokesman added, “whether he is an
artist or not is of no concern to us because he was apprehended in the
possession of a hand grenade and this is a criminal offense.”
UNA key proponents laud PNoy
for landmark law
big step in the right direction’ – Binay
By OVP Media
January 24, 2013
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay and candidates of the United
Nationalist Alliance (UNA) today described President Aquino's signing
into law of the Kasambahay Bill as a major step in giving respect and
dignity to some 2.5 million household workers or ‘kasambahays’.
"The Kasambahay Law signed
by President Aquino gives our household workers the respect and
dignity they deserve," Binay said.
"I am glad that President
Aquino has signed the Bill into Law. This only shows the
administration’s commitment to provide maximum protection to and
uphold the dignity and welfare of our household workers – this is a
big step in the right direction," said the Vice President who is
likewise the concurrent chairman of UNA.
San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito
and Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, who are both running under UNA in the
2013 senatorial elections, are the main proponents of Republic Act No.
10361, or “An Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare
of Domestic Workers”, or simply known as the “Kasambahay Act”.
Ejercito said, "this is the
best gift we can give at the start of the new year for these
hardworking men and women who tend to our homes and take care of our
The Kasambahay Act ensures
the rights and welfare of the estimated 2.5 million domestic workers
all over the country that similarly pegs the minimum salaries and
benefits of household employees.
Co-proponent Jack Enrile
said that “this is a landmark piece of legislation which took Congress
15 years to enact into law. This is just the beginning – our work is
not over yet. We need to make sure that the Implementing Rules and
Regulations (IRR) of this milestone measure will be properly enforced.
I therefore extend my hand to President Aquino in whatever capacity to
help fulfill the true spirit of this new law. I also want to thank all
the other legislators in the House of Representatives and the Senate
who supported the bill during its evolution in Congress, and are
equally happy with the turn of events.”
UNA senatorial bet Nancy
Binay said that “the Kasambahay Act sets forth the rights and
interests of the domestic household sector within the full protection
of the State.”
Former Sen. Dick Gordon
likewise hailed the passage of the Kasambahay Law and described it as
a “real milestone” in the long struggle of the domestic workers to
gain the recognition that they deserve.
He mentioned that it is
about time that government provides them with social benefits that
have long been overdue. "This is not just about money, it is also
about according the kasambahay the dignity that they richly deserve.”
UNA senatorial bet Mitos
Magsaysay also welcomed the development. “I am glad it has finally
been signed into law as we worked on this bill for quite some time.”
“The signing of the
Kasambahay law is landmark legislation for the less fortunate in
Philippine society. They should have more in law,” said former Sen.
Our sovereignty and
dignity is priceless – Kalikasan on proposed Tubbataha damage payments
By Kalikasan PNE
January 24, 2013
QUEZON CITY – Environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network
for the Environment said that the proposed P24 million fine for the
Tubbataha reef damage caused by US military forces is too little and
too limited an amount, belittling the value of the area’s rich marine
wealth and the issue of territorial sovereignty.
“Twenty four million pesos is not enough to compensate for the damage
done by the US to Tubbataha Reef, a national treasure. There is really
no equivalent monetary compensation for the US Navy’s disrespect for
Philippine authorities and their trampling of the country’s
sovereignty,” said Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of
The Tubbataha Park Management was earlier reported to have asked the
US Navy to pay 24 million pesos to compensate and rehabilitate an
estimated 1,000 square meters of coral reefs destroyed in Tubbataha
Reef National Park.
Bautista said that the issue of damage to the area’s coral reef
ecosystem should not be limited to the amount of fines and damages to
“Both the US and the Philippine governments want to reduce the
Tubbataha incident to only an environmental violation that can be
settled through mere monetary compensation. The proposal does not
consider the longer-term losses to the marine environment nor the
lingering presence of US military troops in Philippine lands and
seas,” Bautista said.
Bautista also expressed disappointment at the Aquino administration’s
failure to curb the increasing presence of US military troops in the
country as well as the different environmental and social problems
this has triggered. “Until now, the Aquino government has failed to
seek accountability from the violations of the US Navy,” Bautista
Based on the report of government authorities, the officers and crew
of the USS Guardian trespassed into the marine park earlier this week,
damaged the coral reef, disturbed the local marine resources, and
prevented park authorities from immediately investigating the
incident. It was also reported that the USS Guardian personnel in full
battle gear took an offensive stance when the park rangers tried to
approach the grounded ship.
“The Aquino administration must assert our sovereignty and stand for
dignity as a nation by filing a formal protest to the US government
and pursue a criminal case against the officers and crew of the USS
Guardian. We should take custody of American intruders like what we
did before to Chinese poachers and local fishermen who trespassed into
the water of Tubbataha,” Bautista ended.
Bicam finalizes reparation and recognition
bill for rights victims
Martial Law heroes
January 24, 2013
QUEZON CITY –
“We salute the Martial Law heroes who, despite old age, sickness,
maneuvers of the Marcoses, and all other obstacles along the way, have
painstakingly stood and fought to make sure that this bill granting
reparation and recognition to the martial law victims is passed. We
have gone a long way. We have long fought for this,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez,
SELDA chairperson and a Martial Law victim herself.
Yesterday, the bicameral
conference committee has hammered out the final version of the Human
Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, formerly known
as the Marcos victims compensation bill, provisions of which became
acceptable to the majority of the victims as the final version now
included SELDA’s position.
“In welcoming the final
version, we remember the SELDA leaders who pursued the path of making
the Marcoses accountable for the human rights violations they
committed to the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who fought martial
law. SELDA remember and salute the bravery and memories of Don Chino
Roces, founding chairman of SELDA, Dean Armando Malay, Dr. Nemesio
Prudente, former Navy Capt. Danilo Vizmanos, Atty. Jose Mari Velez,
Atty. Rolando Olalia – Board members who decided to go after Marcos
after the dictator’s downfall and died in the succeeding months and
years after filing the class action suit in 1986; and the
steadfastness of Fidel Agcaoili, Juliet De Lima-Sison, Vicente Ladlad
, Dean Francisco Nemenzo, Tita Lubi, Josephine Dongail, Doris Baffrey
– Board members who are still alive; and and the tireless efforts of
Atty. Romeo Capulong, SELDA legal counsel when Atty. Jose Mari Velez
died in 199, to assist the victims and SELDA in the twists and turns
of the case, the maneuverings of Imelda Marcos and the machinations of
the American and other Filipino lawyers in the case. We should also
dedicate this bill to all the heroes and martyrs of Martial Law who
have gone before us and waged the most determined fight against the
dictatorship and suffered the worst violations during martial law.
This bill is a small effort of SELDA to ensure that their sacrifice
shall not be put to waste,” Enriquez said.
Among the positive
provisions approved that were pushed by SELDA was the inclusion of the
“conclusive presumption” provision as human rights violations victims
for the 9,539 victims who filed and won the historic class suit of
Martial Law victims against the Marcoses filed in 1986 in Hawaii.
“The bill’s passage is a
victory not only for the victims but for the Filipino people. More
than the monetary compensation, the bill represents the only formal,
written document that martial law violated the human rights of
Filipinos and that there were courageous people who fought the
SELDA, meanwhile, said that
with the bill now ready for ratification by Congress, the victims
should make sure that the law, when put into in effect, should be