RD Soria recognizes
policewomen’s role in governance and peacekeeping
By RPCRD, Police Regional
March 25, 2013
CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO8 Regional
Director, Police Regional Office 8 assured the female members of the
Philippine National Police in the region that Police Regional Office 8
under his leadership is at the forefront of eliminating discrimination
in the workplace through recognition, protection, fulfillment and
promotion of women’s rights within its ranks.
“We deeply acknowledge the
importance of strengthening the policewomen’s role and participation
in the performance of our duties as law enforcers. We assure you that
we will be partners in building upon the gains achieved under existing
mechanisms and institutions that support policewomen and female
Non-Uniformed Personnel in gender-responsive governance, promoting
your rights and in addressing gender-sensitive issues,” Soria told the
120 policewomen-participants of the Women’s Month Forum and GAD
Planning and Budgeting Workshop held at the PRO8 Matapat Hall on
Monday (March 25, 2013).
The Regional Director added
that the forum and discussion on Gender and Development (GAD) issues
and concerns is just one of the steps his office is taking to ensure
that policewomen, especially those assigned in police stations, are
given preferential attention.
“This serves as a venue for
synergizing efforts to address gender issues and develop strategies
and programs to accelerate women’s participation in governance and
your (policewomen) participation in whatever plans and programs this
PRO8 will venture into in the succeeding days,” Soria said.
The PRO8 fully-supported the
celebration of the National Women’s Month pursuant to Presidential
Proclamation Numbers 224 and 227 series of 1988 and Republic Act 6949
series of 1990 with this year’s theme, “Kababaihan:
Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan” in consonance with President Benigno
Aquino’s pursuit and vision of straight path or “tuwid na daan” and
underscores women’s leadership role and participation to enhance
gender perspective in upholding good governance, says PSSupt Roel
Balintong Acidre, Chief, Regional Police Community Relations Division.
The theme also highlighted
the importance of strengthening the mechanisms and institutions that
support women and to widen the arena for their participation and is
aligned with Section 11 (Participation and Representation) and Section
29 (Peace and Development) of the Magna Carta of Women or Republic Act
The forum gathered
policewomen assigned in different line units of PRO8 and invited women
leaders from different government agencies who imparted their
knowledge on women and GAD issues. The resource speakers include Leyte
Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Ma. Arlene Cordoves; Ms. Yvonne
Abonales from the DSWD; NEDA Assistant Regional Director Emma Sanopo;
PSupt. Rea Villavicencio of the PNP Regional Crime Laboratory Office
and PInsp. Yasmin Vilches of the Regional Women and Children
“As former British Prime
Minister Benjamin Desraile said ‘You can tell the strength of a nation
by the women behind its men’, this sums up the policewomen’s
importance in governance, nation building and in our journey together
through the “daang matuwid”, he added.
There are 696 policewomen
and 96 female Non-uniformed personnel assigned at the regional
headquarters and in different police line units throughout the region.
RD Soria orders manhunt
for retired cop’s killers
RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
March 25, 2013
CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Police Chief Superintendent Elmer
Ragadio Soria, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8)
ordered his men to mobilize police investigating units in Samar
province to help track down the suspects in the killing of a retired
police officer, revered as a folk hero in Catbalogan City, last week.
"This is a very unfortunate incident. Whatever the motive of the
perpetrators is, the attack is very uncivil and cold-blooded, and
deserves appropriate police action to give justice to the victim and
his family,” Soria told his men during Monday’s PRO8 Command
Soria said he has alerted investigating units of the PRO8 and its
Police Provincial Offices to join the hunt for the two gunmen who shot
and killed Severino “Benny” Solis, a retired Police Senior Inspector,
in Catbalogan City on Tuesday morning.
“We have directed our investigators to conduct a thorough
investigation to identify the suspects, establish the motive and file
murder charges in court against the assailants,” he added.
Solis had just finished playing tennis at around 7:15 A.M. at the
Capitol Tennis Court located behind the Samar provincial capitol when
the two unidentified men treacherously shot him from behind.
Responding policemen conducted dragnet operations and alerted nearby
units to possibly intercept the suspects while elements of the Samar
Provincial Public Safety Company were also deployed to join the
Investigators are now conducting forensic examination on the three
slugs recovered from the victim’s body and four spent cartridges from
a caliber .45 pistol that were recovered from the scene while police
have already came up with a composite facial sketch of the suspects
for possible identification by witnesses.
"We are looking at his previous work as a police officer and business
rivalry as a possible motive,” Soria added. The victim entered into
the contracting business and small-time lending after his retirement.
Solis was a highly decorated and well-respected police officer and
regarded as a folk hero in Catbalogan City where he spent most of his
law enforcement career.
He gained prominence and hero status when he shot and killed a
mentally-deranged man who runs amuck in downtown Catbalogan in the
As seasoned investigator, he handled and solved several high profile
cases in Catbalogan City in a colorful law enforcement career spanning
He was the Intelligence Officer of Samar Police Provincial Office when
the PNP launched the first serious police operations against Private
Armed Groups (PAGs) in Samar’s first district on January 25, 2005 when
he led a composite team from the PNP, Navy Seals and National
Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) leading to an armed encounter
with members of the Montealto PAG at the seawaters of Brgy. Tonga-tonga,
The operation resulted in the arrest of PAG member Riolindo Reyes and
the confiscation of several high-powered firearms and ammunitions.
The PAG’s political benefactor, however, initiated the filing criminal
and administrative to harass Solis and members of the law enforcement
team before the Office of the Ombudsman that were all dismissed three
years after for lack of merit.
Aside from capturing several high-profile criminals, drug suspects and
communist-terrorist leaders, Solis also served as Chief of Police in
Daram, Pinabacdao and Hinabangan towns in Samar prior to his
retirement from the service in 2009.
Naga studes explore
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
March 23, 2013
CEBU CITY – The Dr. Caridad
C. Labe (CCL) Education CentrEx Robotics Team, which the Ramon Aboitiz
Foundation Inc. (RAFI) sponsored during the World Robotics Olympiad in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, conducted a three-day robotics training to 46
public elementary and high school students from Naga City, Cebu last
March 7-9 at the Naga National High School.
The training, a part of the sponsorship agreement between the team and
RAFI, aims to introduce robotics as a 21st century approach to
learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
through experiential activities.
“We wanted to promote robotics in as many schools as possible not only
for students to have a fun way of applying what they learned in the
said subjects, but for them to also develop their critical thinking
and problem solving skills,” Rachel Labe, president of CCL Education
CentrEx School, said.
The training design is based on the robotics curriculum implemented in
the said school, which sees robotics as a motivational tool to excite
learners to study science and technology.
The school's Robotics Team placed first and fourth in the 2012
Philippine Robotics Olympiad and represented the Philippines in the
World Robotics Olympiad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last November.
For their final output, the participants were made to design their own
robots. The robots are equipped with sensors – touch, light, color,
sound, and ultrasonic, among others – to respond to their environment.
Using LEGO Mindstorm, the students created a program to make their
mechanical design function and respond to outside stimuli. The program
was then downloaded to the NXT, a small computer that acts as the
brain of the robot.
Dr. Senen Paulin, division superintendent of Department of Education (DepEd)-Naga
City, said he was impressed with the students' demonstrations during
the training. He disclosed, to the delight of the students and their
teacher-coaches, that robotics has been included in the budget for the
next school year.
While robotics is a relatively new area in the public school system,
the support of various stakeholders in Naga City has played a major
role for its integration. Currently, it is the only city in Cebu
Province whose public schools are equipped with robotics kits, which
cost P70,000 each.
Its local government unit provided the Lego Mindstorm NXT kits for the
schools and is currently in talks with DepEd-Naga City for future
directions in the area of robotics.
CCL CentrEx provides the training as their way of giving back to the
community and in gratitude of the support they received from RAFI and
“You have a very supportive leadership from the local government unit
and DepEd, who see this as a worthwhile investment, and RAFI, who has
supported various initiatives to improve the quality of education. It
is now up to the teachers and school heads to grab these opportunities
to have access to relevant resources,” Labe said to the trainees and
RAFI's sponsorship for the CCL Education CentrEx Robotics Team in the
World Robotics Olympiad was made possible through the Foundation's
Grants, one of the capabilities in RAFI’s comprehensive approach to
elevating lives and communities.
RAFI continues to deliver on its promise through its five focus areas
– Integrated Development, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Culture &
Heritage, Leadership & Citizenship, and Education.
5 wanted persons in
RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
March 22, 2013
CAMP RUPERTO K KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – PCSupt Elmer Ragadio Soria, Police Regional Office 8
Director, commends the successful operation launched by PRO8
operatives leading the arrests of five (5) wanted persons in Eastern
Visayas. All of them are now facing appropriate penalties.
The success of the operation was the result of continued information
networking with the public in reporting outlaws aligned to the
nationwide implementation of LOI Manhunt Charlie, the PNP’s campaign
against wanted persons. This also forms part of the Ten (10) Point
Action Plan of Chief PNP in accounting wanted persons and sustained of
warrants. This notable accomplishment bespeaks not only of the
dedication of the involved personnel to their sworn duties, but also
of the firm resolve of the PNP organization to ensure that fugitives
of the law must be arrested so that justice will be served, he said.
So, to wit:
At about 10:00 AM of March 20, 2013 at Brgy 91, Abucay, Tacloban City,
elements of Police 2, Tacloban City Police Office led by PSInsp
Amancio T Longjas, arrested Aldren L Campo, 23 yrs old, married and
resident of Brgy 104, Salvacion, Tacloban City, by virtue of WOA for
violation of city ordinance 20001-01 docketed under CC number
2012-08-OD-93, issued by Hon. Nicolasora, Presiding Judge of MTCC,
Branch 2, Tacloban City, with recommended bail bond of P1,000.00.
Arrested person is now detained at Tacloban CPO lock-up cell prior
turn-over to court of origin.
At about 1:30 AM of March 20, 2013, at Brgy Cangaraja, Pastrana, Leyte,
elements of Pastrana PS led by PInsp Charito L Lago, COP, arrested
Mario Espina, single and resident of the aforesaid place by virtue of
WOA for the crime of Falsification by private individual of a official
document under article 172 of RPC, docketed under CC number
755-3-2-2013, issued by Hon Jeanette Ngo Loreto, Presiding Judge of
MTC, Palo, Leyte, with recommended bail bond of P12,000.00. Arrested
person is now detained at Pastrana PS lock-up cell prior turn-over to
court of origin.
At about 6:00 PM of March 19, 2013, at Marasbaras National Road,
Tacloban City, elements of Police Station 1, Tacloban City Police
Office led by PInsp Eliseo Del Rosario, arrested Lord Morano, 26 yrs
old and resident of Brgy Libertad, Palo, Leyte, by virtue of Warrant
of Arrest for violation city ordinance 2000-01, docketed under CC
number 2012-09-OD-30, issued by Hon Sylvia Pocpoc Lamoste, Presiding
Judge of MTCC, Branch 1, Tacloban City. Arrested person is now
detained at Tacloban City Police Office lockup cell prior turn-over to
court of origin.
At about 12:30 PM of March 19, 2013 at Brgy Ipil-Ipil, Catarman,
Northern Samar, elements of Catarman PS led by PSupt Bernardo E
Raquiza, COP, arrested Ruel Lamberte, 19 yrs old, single, jobless and
resident of the place by virtue of WOA for the crime of Serious
Physical Injuries, docketed under CC number C-5346, issued by Hon.
Alma Consuelo BD Esidera, Presiding Judge of RTC, Branch 20, Catarman,
Northern Samar, with recommended bail bond of P6,000.00. Arrested
person is now detained at Catarman PS lock-up cell prior turn-over to
court of origin.
At about 10:00 AM of March 19, 2013, at Brgy Ipil-Ipil, Catarman,
Northern Samar, elements of Catarman PS led by PSupt Bernardo E
Raquiza, COP, arrested Christian Vibar, 19 yrs old, single and
resident of the aforesaid place, by virtue of WOA for the crime of
serious physical injuries, docketed under CC number C-5346, issued by
Hon. Alma Consuelo BD Esidera, Presiding Judge of RTC, Branch 20,
Catarman, Northern Samar, with recommended bail bond of P6,000.00.
Arrested person is now detained at Catarman PS lock-up cell prior
turnover to court of origin.
PRO8 condemns all
forms of criminal acts
By RPCRD, Police Regional
March 22, 2013
CAMP RUPERTO K KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – The Police in Eastern Visayas will always be persistent
in its campaign against criminality and lawlessness. In fact we are
always relentless in enforcing the law without fear or favor,
maintaining peace and order, and ensuring public safety with the
active support of the community. All of these the PNP will do so that
every Filipino citizen and others who sojourn in Region 8 may live in
peace and prosperity.
In three days time our
operatives were able to apprehend the following illegal activities, to
At about 7:30 PM of March
20, 2013, elements of Maripipi Police Station led by PInsp Edgardo De
Asis together with the Bantay Dagat Personnel, conducted seaborne
patrol operation at the territorial seawater of Maripipi, Biliran,
which resulted to the apprehension of one (1) fishing boat “log line
kitang” with an estimated market value of P50,000.00, owned and
skippered by Danny Magubat, married and a resident of Brgy Binungtu-an,
Culaba of same Municipality, while engaging in illegal fishing, which
is in violation of the municipal ordinance number 2001-01-030, section
76. Said fishing boat were released after paying the corresponding
penalty worth P2,000.00 under official receipt number 1191553 dated
March 20, 2013.
Meanwhile, at about 1:00 PM
of March 20, 2013, elements of Calbayog City Police Station led by
PInsp Edgardo P Advincula, Chief PCP IV together with the Deputized
Fish Wardens of Brgy Bantian, Tinambacan District, Calbayog City,
Samar, conducted seaborne patrol operation at the territorial seawater
of Calbayog City, Samar, which to the apprehension of one (1) fishing
boat “hulbutan” with an estimated market value of P500,000.00 owned
and skippered by one Junior Lepasana, of legal age, with ten (10) crew
members while engaging in illegal fishing which is alfa violation of
the city ordinance number 2003-16-030, section 39 and section 40. Said
fishing boat and crew members were turned-over to the custody of
Department of Agriculture for documentation and proper disposition.
Moreover, at about 9:15 AM
of March 20, 2013 at Sitio Beto, Brgy Lungssod Daan, Hinundayan,
Southern Leyte, elements of Police Station led by PInsp Jay Anthony A
Florencio, arrested Rafael Tobio Saligan, 28 yrs old, married and
resident of the aforesaid place, who was caught in the act engaging on
illegal gambling locally known as “swertres”. Confiscated from his
possession were one (1) booklet of stub with different number
combination and bet money amounting to P60.00. Suspect together with
the confiscated items were brought to Hinundayan Police Station for
Additionally, at about 10:30
AM of March 18, 2013, at Brgy Irawahan, Catubig, Northern Samar,
elements of Catubig Police Station led by PCInsp Juanito C Bajar, COP,
while conducting operation against illegal logging, was able to
recover forty (40) pcs of illegally sawn lawaan lumbers, with 250 bd-ft
and with an estimated market value of P4,100.00. Recovered lumbers
were brought to Catubig Police Station for safe keeping and proper
Lastly, at about 7:00 AM of
March 18, 2013, inflatable liferaft color black with orange cover
bearing serial number 6427, date manufactured 05/2012 and Marked
Shanghai Youlong Rubber Products Company Limited, with capacity of
fifteen (15) persons, was found slant recovered by Jaime Pansoy, 43
yrs old, fisherman and resident Sitio Marasbaras, San Luis, Capul,
Northern Samar, floating along San Bernardino, Pacific Ocean, without
any equipment’s and belongings except for an operational manual and
signal light. Subject liferaft is now under the custody of the above
RSOG nabs “fake”
RSOG team leader for extortion
By RPCRD, Police Regional
March 19, 2013
SEC. KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8)
warned the public of unscrupulous individuals posing as policemen as
the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) nabbed a former town
councilor for introducing himself as RSOG team leader and extorting
money from businessmen in Samar province recently.
PRO8 Director Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria made the
public pronouncement following the recent arrest of a 51-year old
former Sangguniang Bayan member for using the name of RSOG in
committing criminal acts.
“The RSOG was activated to conduct police operations against all forms
of criminal activities and not to extort money from the people,” Soria
Demetrio Bariquit y Simbahon, married, of Brgy. Mancol, San Jorge,
Samar faces charges of extortion and usurpation of authority after he
was caught extorting money from three businessmen in Catbalogan City.
Bariquit is a former town councilor in San Jorge, Samar and is running
for the same position in the May 2013 elections.
The victims claimed that the suspect introduced himself as Inspector
Nick and a team leader of the elite RSOG, asked money from them and
threatened to arrest them for unknown charges.
The 3 victims reported the extortion activities of the suspect to the
real RSOG which conducted an entrapment operation against Bariquit.
On Wednesday afternoon, the victims agreed to meet Bariquit at Petron
Gasoline station in Brgy. 3, Catbalogan City and handed money to the
suspect, wherein RSOG under Police Inspector Constantino Jabonete,
Jr., immediately arrested him.
Recovered from the possession of suspect were three expired Mission
Orders (MO) from the Military Intelligence Group 8 (MIG8),
identification cards of CIDG and Police Hotline Movement, Inc., CIDG
coordination form, an arrest warrant for Rape, a Suzuki motorcycle and
the P1000.00 cash which he took from the victims.
Subject, with the marked money, was immediately brought to Samar
Provincial Crime Laboratory Office in Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City for
ultraviolet examination and is currently detained at Catbalogan police
station lock-up cell.
Soria disclosed that this tactic of impersonating people with
authority for evil purposes is not new as he called on the public to
be watchful and report suspicious people introducing themselves as
RSOG members or policemen to the nearest police station.
for Islam and Democracy wins Silver for World Interfaith Harmony
By Philippine Center for
Islam and Democracy (PCID)
March 19, 2013
QUEZON CITY – The Judges for
the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) Prize announced on March 17
the Winners for the 2013 Prize, awarded by the Royal Aal Al-Bayt
Foundation of Jordan.
The World Interfaith Harmony
Week is a celebration adopted by the United Nation, which was proposed
by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan in 2010. This is based on the
pioneering work of The Common Word Initiative, which started in 2007.
It calls for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue,
based on two common fundamental religious Commandments: Love of God
and Love of Neighbor; without having to compromise their basic
religious tenets. The WIHW provides a platform for all interfaith
groups and groups of goodwill to become aware of each other to build
and improve their relationships, and strengthen their movement and
positions by building ties and avoiding duplicating each other’s
The prime mover of A Common
Word Initiative, a ground-breaking interfaith dialogue vehicle from
the Muslim World, is Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan.
The distinguished panel of
judges included H.R.H. Princess Areej Ghazi; H.B. Patriarch Theophilus
III - Patriarch of the Holy City, Palestine and Jordan; H.E. Bishop
Munib Yunan - Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and
the Holy Land and President of the World Federation of Evangelical
Lutheran Churches; Father Nabil Haddad - Founder and Executive
Director of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Centre; Dr.
Minwer Al-Mheid - Director of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for
Islamic Thought; Mr. Nabil Al-Sahib - First Deputy of the Royal Aal
Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought; Mr. Aftab Ahmed - Office
Director of the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.
First Prize Winner: $25,000
Grand Prize and a gold medal will be awarded to the Interfaith
Mediation Centre, Kaduna for their event ‘Imam and Pastor from
Vengeance to Forgiveness’ in Nigeria;
Second Prize Winner: $15,000
Prize and a silver medal will be awarded to the Philippine Center for
Islam and Democracy for their event ‘A Common Word Towards A Common
Peace’ in the Philippines;
Third Prize Winner: $5,000
prize and a bronze medal will be awarded to the Department of National
Unity and Integration for their event ‘World Interfaith Harmony Week
Malaysia 2013’ in Malaysia.
According to the
announcement, “In judging, the judges were mindful particularly of
those who had the courage to hold events in areas marked by recent
interfaith tension or conflicts. They took into consideration efforts
made despite scantiness of resources, but also took into consideration
the excellence of efforts. They further took into consideration
whether events were consistent with the text of the U.N. Resolution
establishing the Prize”
PCID organized simultaneous
interfaith dialogues focusing on the message of A Common Word,
conducted in 4 Philippine cities.
In the National Capital
Region, the event was held at the PCID Conference Room, NCPAG Annex
Building Conference Room, University of the Philippines, Quezon City.
In Zamboanga City, it was held at the Women Support Center, RT Lim
Boulevard, Zamboanga City. In Cebu City, at National Commission on
Muslim Filipino (NCMF) Office, Cebu City. In Iligan City, at Mahad Al-Nur
Al-Islamiya, Ceanuri Village, Camague, Iligan City.
Surprised and joyful, PCID
President Amina Rasul said she was contacted by the Royal Aal al-Bayt
Institute for Islamic Thought on March 17 while she was spending a
family day in Tagaytay. “The announcement was a truly pleasant
surprise amidst these weeks of sorrow and tensions”, she said.
She said that PCID worked
very closely with the Noorus Salam to implement the event. PCID has
been providing capacity building for the Noorus Salam, an organization
of Muslim women religious teachers and civil society leaders. One of
their shared advocacies is to propagate the meaning of A Common Word
and the true relevance of interfaith harmony to attaining peace. PCID
was supported by the Magbassa Kita Foundation Inc (MKFI), a Foundation
that promotes literacy as the vehicle for peace and development in
Judges received 64
applications for the prize from the 363 events held worldwide.