recovered jewelries in position from the suspects.
thieves, recovers P1.2M worth of jewelries, seized guns
By RPCRD, Police Regional
February 28, 2013
Camp Sec. Kangleon, Palo,
Leyte – A father-and-son tandem were arrested, together with the
later’s live-in partner, and more than one million pesos worth of
jewelries were recovered in a follow-up operation by the elite
Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG8) of the Police Regional
Office 8 (PRO8) against suspected thieves in Catbalogan City on
Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO8 Regional
Director, identified the suspects as Edwardo Pacayra y Fillas, 65,
married, a barber by occupation; his son Darwin Pacayra y Ontoca alias
Daroy, 27, tricycle driver and Darwin’s live-in partner Mariton Cinco
y Borja, 20, jobless, all residing at Pier 2 site, Brgy. 4 in
“Our men conducted follow-up operations in connection with a thievery
incident in Catbalogan City some two weeks ago victimizing a couple
engaged in selling jewelries,” Soria informed.
Investigation conducted led to the identification of the suspects and
the location of their hide-out, prompting the police to apply for
search warrant that was granted by Judge Agerico Avila of Regional
Trial Court Branch 29 in Catbalogan City on Wednesday morning.
At around 5:00 o’ clock Wednesday afternoon, joint elements of RSOG
led by Police Inspector Constantino Jabonete, Jr. and Catbalogan City
Police Station led by Police Superintendent Avelino Doncillo, Jr.
raided the suspects’ lair that resulted to their arrest.
The raid also led to the recovery of 14 pieces assorted gold and
diamond jewelries amounting to more or less 1.2 million pesos that was
part of the more than two million pesos worth of loot that were stolen
from the victims.
Apart from the jewelries, the lawmen also found a caliber .38 revolver
loaded with one ammunition and one caliber 5.56 revolver with 6 live
bullets and one ammunition for 12-gauge shotgun.
“Cases for theft and illegal possession of firearms in relation to
Comelec gun ban are now being readied by Catbalogan police station for
filing in court against the suspects,” the Regional Director added.
The top police official further informed that follow-up operations are
also being conducted to recover the more than 800 thousand pesos worth
of jewelries that were either sold or pawned by the suspects.
transparent, relevant use of PDAF
By Office of Senator Chiz
February 28, 2013
PASAY CITY – Members of the
Senate have the responsibility to make the use of their Priority
Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) transparent and relevant, Senator Chiz Escudero said.
Questions were raised on the
use of the senators’ PDAF following a newspaper article, quoting a
Commission on Audit report, alleged that P195 million in PDAF of three
senators and a member of the House of Representatives were channeled
to a “questionable” non-government organization.
While Escudero said
questions over the PDAF use would best be addressed by CoA, the agency
mandated by the Constitution to look into government funds, senators
also have a responsibility to be transparent with their PDAF
“I believe members of the
Senate, present and future, should adhere to the principles of good
governance when it comes to public funds such as our PDAF,” the
“At the same time, we have a
responsibility to protect the integrity and the reputation of the
Senate as an institution and as a pillar of our democracy. This should
be non-negotiable,” Escudero added.
The senator said his PDAF
was used for the construction and rehabilitation of public markets
nationwide, and to provide medical assistance to indigent patients
throughout the country through regional hospitals.
“The funds from my PDAF
augmented local government funds and were all downloaded to local
government units. These are all posted on our website
www.chizescudero.com for public viewing and scrutiny,” Escudero said.
Govt to boost
investments in tourism, agriculture, infrastructure – VP Binay
By OVP Media
February 28, 2013
MANILA – The
government is focusing to get more foreign investments in three
priority sectors, namely tourism, agriculture, and infrastructure,
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said.
Speaking during the Arab
Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) awarding ceremony Monday
night, Binay said tourism has an “immediate effect” on the Philippine
economy with one new job created for every tourist that arrives.
“Tourism, for us, is a key sector that could really have a significant
impact on this administration’s twin goals of poverty reduction and
inclusive growth,” he said.
The Vice President said the government also has its sights set on
stimulating more agriculture-related investments “because this sector
plays to the key strengths of our country and tends to spur growth in
our rural areas.”
“This administration has been working towards rice self-sufficiency by
going back to the basics and helping our farmers through improved
irrigation systems and, among other things, a genuine certified seeds
program,” he said.
“Another sector that we want to prioritize is infrastructure because
it is the key to further growth and development in tourism and
agriculture, among other sectors. The lack of paved roads or adequate
transportation hubs has a direct effect on the quality of produce and
the convenience of tourists who wish to see the different parts of our
country,” he added.
The Vice President called for continued collaboration between the
government and the private sector, including international
organizations and other stakeholders towards attaining inclusive
growth, sustainable progress and greater peace and stability.
“To make all these possible, it is incumbent upon the different
sectors to bring their expertise to the table; it must involve
everyone. Nation building is never about those at the top huddling
together to impose their ideas on everyone else; it is about the whole
spectrum of society pulling together, steadily marching together
towards a single destination,” he said.
The AGFUND International Prize is regarded as an extension of AGFUND’s
advocacy on human development. It covers a variety of fields such as
poverty alleviation, microfinance, water, environment, rural
development, health, education, women and child development, youth
empowerment, technology, and food security.
AGFUND was established in 1980 upon the initiative of His Royal
Highness, Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia, with the support of leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council
Countries including the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, the
State of Qatar, the Sultanate of Oman and the State of Kuwait.
call to end illegal fishing at Interpol forum
February 28, 2013
MANILA – Greenpeace today
renewed its demand to governments around the world to end illegal,
unregulated and unreported fishing. The call for stricter enforcement
and the elimination of loopholes in fishing regulations came this week
as Interpol convened its first ever meeting to address the illegal
fishing crisis in Lyon, France.
As back up to its call,
Greenpeace released the detailed documentation of illegal fishing
activities encountered during two ship expeditions in the Pacific and
Indian Oceans in late 2012 highlighting the need for urgent action.
The evidence included documentation of illegal activities last
November by Indonesian-, Philippine-, and Cambodian-flagged fishing
vessels in the Pacific. It also included details of Greenpeace
encounters with fishing vessels from Japan, Taiwan and Sri Lanka
engaged in illegal or suspicious fishing activities in the Indian
Ocean. All vessels were taking advantage of poor at-sea enforcement
and loopholes in the law.
As overfishing decimates
fish stocks, fleets are moving further and further from homeports to
catch valuable fish species such as tuna. Greenpeace is demanding that
governments prohibit the transfer of fish at sea, end fishing vessels’
ability to hide in ports or under flags of convenience, require
identification devices such as AIS and improve at-sea control and
“Illegal fishing continues
to expand and much of what happens at sea stays at sea and escapes all
control,” said Sari Tolvanen, Greenpeace International oceans
“It is estimated that
between $10 and $24 billion worth of fish is illegally taken from our
oceans every year – often from developing nations and supported by
sophisticated transnational networks of criminals. Tuna fisheries and
the global trade in shark fins are prime examples of this organised
Greenpeace is making
available the results of its 2012 expeditions in the Pacific and
Indian Oceans to law enforcement officials at the Interpol meeting and
will also deliver these evidences to relevant fisheries management
"The destruction of the
marine environment and the unchecked increase in fishing capacity
across the world has led to the collapse or decline of fish
populations worldwide. This is also true in Southeast Asia where
fishing vessels are now going farther out to sea to catch fish and in
many instances through illegal means," said Mark Dia, Regional Oceans
Campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
“Illegal fishing cannot be
stopped through stricter law enforcement alone: fishing quotas must be
set at sustainable levels. This needs the cooperation of governments,
such as those here in Southeast Asia,” added Dia.
Greenpeace is advocating
that more financial and human resources be allocated to control
activities at sea and along the fisheries chain of custody, and that
loopholes such as transfer of fish at sea be banned. This should be
accompanied by steep cuts in industrial fishing capacity that lead to
illegal fishing and overfishing. Interpol can take a lead by enabling
the sharing of data and best practices, and push for strict
enforcement and proper prosecution of individuals and companies in
involved in illegal fishing.
Vivencio Abasola who was arrested by RSOG in a follow-up
operation in Sierra Islands, Catbalogan City on Friday
afternoon. The police recovered the stolen bancas and engines,
with shotgun and caliber.38 revolver from the suspect.
RSOG nabs man
selling stolen bancas, seized guns
By RPCRD, Police Regional
February 27, 2013
CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – The Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG8) of the Police
Regional Office 8 (PRO8) arrested a man for selling a stolen motorized banca and for resisting arrest by firing his gun to police
Eastern Visayas top police
official Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria identified
the suspect as Vivencio Abasola alias Dagul, 31, married, fisherman,
who was arrested in his hideout at Sitio Baras, Brgy. Cinco in Sierra
Islands, a group of islands composed of 7 barangays, which is an hour
motorboat ride northwest of Catbalogan City proper.
Soria informed that a flash
alarm from San Isidro Municipal Police Station in Northern Samar was
relayed to all police stations and operating units about a piracy
incident wherein a motor boat with 5.5 horsepower Honda engine owned
by one Barnesto Hermosa of Brgy Caglanipao Norte and 4 other motor
engines were carted by the suspects.
On Friday morning, RSOG
received intelligence information that a man was selling a motorized
banca that fits the description of the stolen motorboat.
Upon confirming the veracity
of the report, RSOG led by Police Inspector Constantino Jabonete, Jr.
proceeded to the area for follow-up investigation and appropriate
Upon reaching the place,
Abasola sensed the presence of the police team and opened fire to the
approaching lawmen and ran towards his house where he was collared
after a brief chase.
Recovered from Abasola was
one caliber .38 revolver with two live bullets. Police also recovered
in the suspect’s residence a homemade shotgun loaded with 2 live
ammunitions and in the area 3 spent shells of .38 caliber.
RSOG also seized the
motorized banca being offered for sale by the suspect and two other
motorboats with Kembo 7.5 horsepower and Kama 10 horsepower,
respectively and two other bancas without engines, believed to be part
of the loot since suspect was not able to present documents of
ownership on said boats.
Suspect was immediately
brought to Catbalogan City Police Station for proper disposition as
case for Illegal Possession of Firearms in relation to the Comelec gun
ban and Direct Assault Agents of Person in Authority is being prepared
for filing against him.
“An investigation is also
being conducted for possible involvement of the suspect in piracy and
other illegal activities,” Soria further informed.
By Ramon Aboitiz Foundation
February 26, 2013
CEBU CITY – The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) launched Akong Bugsay on Feb. 19 at the
Eduardo Aboitiz Hall of the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies
Akong Bugsay, which is
written by Amaya C. Aboitiz, is an illustrated bilingual children's
book that teaches the famous Bugsay principle of RAFI President
Roberto “Bobby” E. Aboitiz. The story revolves around the first
fishing trip of Andoy, accompanied by his father who is a fisherman.
"Just as the bugsay
philosophy inspired individuals and groups in business and government,
we believe that it can also be shared with children. Just like Andoy,
young children have goals. They are excited and curious and want to do
new things. Just like his father, we can guide them, help them to
plan, encourage them and model ways to face challenges. Young children
can start setting short term goals and with our help they can succeed.
Success breeds success, confidence and the desire to continue towards
bigger, better things," Amaya Aboitiz said in her speech after the
"The book that we have
shared with you today is our way of bringing our efforts to even
younger audience. It is a simple story with, we believe, a powerful
message," she said.
The Bugsay Principle is
about having a goal, planning well, and working hard to achieve one's
goal. The program includes a storytelling by Vilma Laranas of Guadix
Kiddie Center and her pre-school pupils.
"RAFI believes in the power
of the youth. We understand the opportunity we have to improve the
lives of individuals and in doing so, the future of our country. We
work towards a vision of a Filipino youth that is self-driven,
goal-oriented, and who have a compelling sense of purpose in their
lives," Aboitiz shared.
The author also encouraged
the audience, especially the teachers, to bring the book and its
message to students, the community, and the education system.
"We need people to help us
come up with activities that will help teachers unlock the power of
this book, the power that resides in each and every child," she urged.
The launching was graced by
representatives from the Department of Education 7, the academe,
teachers, teacher educators, librarians, literacy advocates, and the
Copies of the book was sold
at the venue at P150 each while the coloring book cost P50. For every
book sold during the launch, a copy of the coloring book will be given
to supported schools of RAFI's Dolores Aboitiz Children's Fund (DACF).
To purchase the book, you
may visit RAFI's Casa Gorordo Museum shop, or contact 255-5630 and
look for Joem de Gracia. To order online and/or to get activity sheets
and other related materials of the book, visit www.rafi.org.ph/publications/akong-bugsay.
killer slain in shoot-out with cops
By RPCRD, Police Regional
February 26, 2013
CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – Police shot dead one of Samar’s Most Wanted person after a
brief shootout in a coastal barangay in Calbayog City early Monday
Ambrocio De la Cruz, who eluded authorities for years, died after he
was hit in the chest and legs as he shoot it out with lawmen while
trying to escape.
Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria of Police Regional
Office 8 (PRO8) said De la Cruz was charged with a crime of murder for
the hacking-to-death of one Ervin Velarde on Christmas Day in year
2010 due to personal grudge.
“De la Cruz was ranked number 6 in the list of most wanted person of
Matuguinao town in Samar and is considered armed and dangerous,” Soria
On Sunday, police received information of the suspect’s whereabouts in
Brgy. Cagmanipis Norte, Tinambacan District in Calbayog City. A
composite team composed of elements of Special Operations Task Group (SOTG-Samar),
8th Regional Public Safety Battalion (8th RPSB), Samar Provincial
Public Safety Company, Calbayog City Police Station and Matuguinao
Municipal Police Station proceeded to the area at around 4:00 o’ clock
early Monday morning after confirming the veracity of the report
purposely to arrest the suspect.
The police team was clothed with an arrest warrant for murder issued
by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 41 Judge Feliciano Aguilar in
Criminal Case No. 11-0519 against De la Cruz.
Upon arriving at the area, the policemen immediately cordoned his
safehouse and demanded the suspect to surrender but he opted to shoot
it out with the police team and tried to escape by jumping through the
The team fired back ending with De la Cruz bloodied on the ground with
gunshot wounds in the chest and legs.
Suspect was immediately brought to Calbayog City District Hospital for
medical treatment but was declared dead on arrival by the attending
Police recovered from the scene the suspect’s caliber .38 Armscor
revolver bearing serial number 31425 loaded with 4 live bullets and
one spent shell of .38 caliber.
“We are sending a strong message to criminals and wanted men that PRO8
is serious in our campaign against all forms of criminalities and
accounting of wanted persons,” Soria added.
law gives true meaning to EDSA
By Office of Senator Chiz
February 25, 2013
PASAY CITY – The signing of
the reparation law, which will provide P10 billion in compensation to
human rights victims of martial law, gives true meaning to the
celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Edsa revolt, Senator Chiz
The law aside from providing
financial compensation, also more significantly provides recognition
to Filipinos who suffered under the martial rule of Marcos.
Escudero, chairman of the
Senate committee on justice and human rights, sponsored the measure,
known as the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of
The signing of the law
during the People Power revolt festivities was fitting since the
events of 1986 that led to the ouster of Marcos and Cory Aquino’s
ascendance to the presidency marked the beginning of the rendering of
justice for martial law victims, Escudero noted.
“While it took all of 27
years for the state to finally recognize the atrocities it inflicted
on Filipinos whose democratic rights were suppressed under Marcos, the
compensation law seeks to give justice to victims of the dark days of
oppression and hopefully give an assurance that it will not happen
again,” Escudero said.
Under the law, the amount of
compensation to be awarded to the victims is proportionate to the
gravity of the offense inflicted on them through a point system that
is a basic component of the law.
Victims who died or who
disappeared are given 10 points, while those tortured and, or sexually
abused gets from six to nine points, for instance.
Political detainees get from
three to five points while those who can prove that their rights were
violated under the Act are awarded from one to two points.
Escudero noted that the
Marcos compensation law is unique since it is the first time that a
state recognizes a previous administration’s abuse on its citizens
through reparation and recognition.
He said the recognition
given under the law provides victims of martial law who do not need
financial compensation the rendering of justice from the state.
“The expanded coverage of
the law includes not only monetary compensation but also non-monetary
benefits such as social and psychological assistance on victims of
atrocities through different concerned government agencies. Instead of
merely calling it compensation bill, we now call it the reparation
bill,” Escudero said.
The law also created a Human
Rights Claim Board from where a victim of human rights violation
during the Marcos regime is qualified to file a claim as stated in
section 16 of the Act.
Also under the law all those
involved in the class and direct action suit in Hawaii against Marcos
and all victims recognized by the Bantayog Ng Mga Bayani Foundation
were accorded the same conclusive presumption of being human rights
victims defined under the law.
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,” Escudero said.
Those who will seek relief
through the law for the first time 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.”
The compensations will come
from a P10-billion fund held in escrow, plus accrued interest, which
was part of the amount transferred to the Philippine government by the
Swiss Federal Supreme Court as part of the billions of pesos the
Marcoses were suspected to have stashed abroad.
keeps sowing disinformation in the media
By NDF-Eastern Visayas
February 24, 2013
There is no such thing as
“permit to campaign/permit to win fees” and it is extremely malicious
for a newspaper in the region to headline that NDF-Eastern Visayas
“admits” there is such a demand on candidates seeking electoral access
in revolutionary territories.
Where else did this come
from except from parroting the counter-revolutionary propaganda by the
Aquino regime and its 8th Infantry Division? They campaign against the
exercise of state power by the People's Democratic Government which
imposes guidelines on candidates in the conduct of election campaigns
in revolutionary territories. Such state power is widely recognized
and respected and all candidates without exception must abide by the
guidelines on election campaigns.
Furthermore, the Aquino
regime and 8th ID seek to divert attention away from the fact that the
reactionary elections are undemocratic and are used along with state
violence to keep the oppressive and exploitative system. The leading
reactionary politicians in the region are all representatives of
landlords and big business who oppress and exploit the people, and
sell out national sovereignty and national patrimony to foreign
interests. The worst of them have been big bureaucrats for long and
turn their positions into political dynasties.
There are the Petilla and
Romualdez dynasties in Leyte who have been squabbling over the spoils
of power since the Marcos dictatorship. There is the Tan dynasty in
Western Samar whose matriarch and her four children are making it a
family business to run the province. There is the Daza dynasty in
Northern Samar which has been plundering billions in public works
These dynasties are also
close collaborators with the military in wielding state authority and
state violence to subjugate the people. They are oblivious to the
military's human rights violations under Oplan Bayanihan. They support
the 8th ID's surrender campaigns against the New People's Army. They
legitimize the military's psywar campaigns and even share lucrative
public works contracts. They connive with the military and police in
running private armies and criminal syndicates.
Thus the guidelines on the
conduct of election campaigns are there precisely because of the
people's demands against the tyrants who commit violence and bribery
to get themselves elected. The People's Democratic Government ensures
that the rights and interests of the people are protected and that
elections are peaceful, orderly and beneficial. To do these, the
People's Democratic Government has both the NPA and the instruments of
political power as a rising revolutionary state coexisting with and
confronting the reactionary ruling state.
The people in the
revolutionary territories are empowered in fighting for a genuine
democratic system of governance to prevail, which even the reactionary
politicians recognize and respect. Those who disparage the
revolutionary movement and believe the ruling system is “democratic”
and empowers the people are either exceedingly ignorant or hopelessly