conducts caravan for SAFE 2013
By 20th Infantry Battalion,
May 8, 2013
BRGY. MAGSAYSAY, Lope de
Vega, Northern Samar – The troops of the 20th Infantry (We Lead)
Battalion, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army
conducted a caravan for Secured and Fare 2013 Election (SAFE 2013)
last 07 May 2013 in the areas of the 1st District of Northern Samar.
LTC Noel Vestuir, 20IB’s
Commanding officer in his press statement, stated that: “the purpose
of the caravan is to encourage the populace to exercise their right of
suffrage, go out and vote this coming May 13, 2013 elections.
According to Vestuir, his
troops are now ready to provide security assistance to ensure that the
conduct of election, as well as the final testing and sealing (FTS) of
PCOs machines are secured. As earlier reported armed NPAs are
intimidating the voters and forced them to vote their favored
candidates. The armed NPAs are also threatening and harassing the
candidates by enforcing their Election Access Fee (EAF) in the remote
barangays. However, due to the sustained conduct of combat clearing
operations, these threats have been preempted.
Through the said operations,
a total of five (5) abandoned NPA camps has been discovered by 20IB
troops in the hinterland barangays of San Isidro, Allen and Victoria
all of Northern Samar starting March this year.
Vestuir said, “These camps
are indeed clear indications of the NPA presence in the area and
confirms the earlier reports that they are enforcing the EAF to local
candidates and threatening the populace in the area. The discovery of
the said encampments was made possible due to the information provided
by the people themselves.”
The SAFE 2013 Caravan
started from 20IB headquarters in Lope de Vega town, Catarman, Bobon,
San Jose, Rosalio, Lavezares, Allen, Victoria, San Isidro all in the
first district of Northern Samar Province down to Tinambacan and
Oquendo districts of Calbayog City. The caravan followed the Catarman-Lope
de Vega road otherwise known as the south road and Maharlika Highway
from Catarman-Allen and Allen to Calbayog City.
“Through the conduct of SAFE
2013 Caravan, the people are now aware that they could freely exercise
their right of suffrage knowing the fact that government security
forces are now ready to perform their mandate of securing the people”,
Police files raps
vs. Victoria mayor’s attackers
By RPCRD, Police Regional
May 6, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
The police have filed criminal charges on Friday against two people
tagged as responsible for a gun attack that injured a town mayor and
his son in Northern Samar.
Eastern Visayas Police
Director Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria informed that
two cases of Frustrated Murder charges were filed before the Office of
the Provincial Prosecutor in Catarman, Northern Samar against Albert
Kennedy y Bolon and Precillano Aliganza y Peñaflor under NPS Docket
“The suspects were
positively identified by witnesses as the assailants in the Thursday
night shooting that wounded Victoria town Mayor Jose Ardales and son
Jorge,” Soria said.
The two were tagged as
responsible for the gun attack around 8:00 Thursday evening while the
victims were crossing the pathway along San Joaquin St., Barangay Zone
1 Poblacion in Victoria town to verify a gun burst they heard from the
compound of Guillermo Jumamil, the mayor’s political opponent, that
resulted in the wounding of the elder Ardales on his neck while his
son was hit on his abdomen.
The suspects rushed inside
the compound of Jumamil, who presented the duo upon request from
police authorities, and were immediately brought to Northern Samar
Police Provincial Office for investigation.
The victims, meanwhile, are
confined at Catarman Doctor’s Hospital and are now reportedly out of
The mayor, who was
preventively suspended by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in Northern
Samar due to an administrative case, is running for reelection under
the National Unity Party (NUP).
But despite of the incident,
the situation in Northern Samar is within manageable level, according
“This will not affect the
peaceful conduct of electoral proceedings in the area or in the entire
province,” he said.
A police team from the
Northern Samar Provincial Public Safety Company (NSPPSC) were
immediately augmented to Victoria Police Station on Friday while
additional one team from the Regional Pubic Safety Battalion 8 (RPSB8)
were deployed in the area aside from one section from the Army’s 803rd
“The augmentation is done to
prevent the occurrence of similar incident in the area as well as to
maintain peace and order as the election day draws near,” the police
regional chief added.
A total of 235 police
personnel were augmented to Northern Samar in line with PRO8’s
campaign for a secured and fair midterm elections.
ultimatum to Daza camp over impunity in Northern Samar
By NDF-Eastern Visayas
May 4, 2013
The National Democratic
Front-Eastern Visayas condemns the attempted assassination last May 2
of Jose Ardales, the incumbent mayor running for reelection in
Victoria, Northern Samar and an opponent of the Daza political dynasty
in the province.
While the People's
Democratic Government is still investigating the issue, it is clear
that the victim is staunchly opposed to the Dazas and is currently
undergoing political harassment by them. The attempted assassination
is also another mark on the long list of extrajudicial killings and
other acts of political violence in the province, which the Dazas are
accused of being behind to protect their political and criminal
The NDF-EV is thus sending
an ultimatum to the Daza political camp to abide by the guidelines of
the People's Democratic Government on the reactionary elections,
specifically the prohibition of armed violence against political
rivals and the people, as well as of widespread cheating.
Congressman Raul Daza and
his son Gov. Paul Daza should be mindful that they are already being
investigated by the revolutionary justice system for plunder,
widespread corruption, criminality, and impunity for extrajudicial
killings and other human rights violations. It will not matter whether
they win or lose in the elections; they will surely undergo due
process and be made to account before the people's court.
The NDF-EV also slams Gov.
Daza for making provocative statements against the revolutionary
movement in support of the Aquino regime's ditching of the peace
process with the NDFP.
Even though he has not even
secured his reelection, Gov. Daza is already boasting of securing P50
million for “peace and prosperity roads” that are really meant for the
“counterinsurgency” operations of the 8th Infantry Division. This
means expressing full support for the Aquino regime's unilateral
ending of peace talks with the NDFP and gunning for all-out war
through the Oplan Bayanihan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Therefore, the NDF-EV
reminds the Dazas of the gravity of the charges against them. The
burden is on the Dazas to refrain from brazen acts against the people
and the revolution, and to show as well their accountability and
willingness to reform. But if they continue to show impunity, they
will only give just cause for the People's Democratic Government to
act with appropriate measures to speedily bring them to revolutionary
All candidates in the
reactionary elections are enjoined to respect the guidelines of the
People's Democratic Government that have been made clear to them. They
should not use goons or state security forces to terrorize the people.
They should not bribe or cheat to corrupt and divide the people. They
will be made to account before the people if they fail to do so.
Cops assigned to
local officials during poll period must be in uniform, Comelec
Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
May 3, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Commission on Elections reiterated that all policemen detailed to
local officials as protective security personnel during the election
period must always be in uniform.
Lawyer Veronico Petalcorin
Comelec Region 8 acting Director made the reminder during a
recently-held media interaction at the PIA Regional Office.
Petalcorin added that only
incumbent lawmakers and governors are allowed to have police and
military security escorts during the 2013 election period.
He said this is contained in
Comelec Resolution 96-08 which provides that incumbent governors and
congressmen are allowed two PNP/military security details and two more
He said those running for
governor and congressman who are not incumbents are not entitled to
police or military bodyguards.
Petalcorin said that
Republic Act 7166 otherwise known as Synchronized National and Local
Elections and For Electoral Reforms provides that police personnel
assigned to local officials should be uniformed, their name, rank and
serial number written legibly and visible at all times.
Local elective officials
have to ensure that their official police security escorts are in
their prescribed uniform in order to avoid outright termination of the
protective security services and possible administrative and criminal
charges against the PNP personnel, Petalcorin added.
Incumbent vice governors and
local officials seeking re-election or running for other elective
positions and candidates for the 2013 elections can have only two blue
guards for security.
However, even these have to
pass through the Comelec, with details like firearms being carried by
the blue guards as well as photos of their uniforms, Atty. Petalcorin
He added that blue guards
who will be detailed as security of candidates will have to present
accreditation that they have passed VIP protection training course.
stressed that barangay officials, including government employees, are
not allowed to take partisan political activities in this election.
He called on the people to
report to the Comelec and its deputies any barangay official or
government employee undertaking partisan political activity so that
they can be charged for violation of the election code.
147 cops avail of
local absentee voting
By RPCRD, Police Regional
May 2, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
One hundred forty seven out of 355 or roughly 41 percent of the
personnel of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) who registered as
absentee voters casted their votes in the local absentee voting ahead
of the May 13 midterm elections.
Notwithstanding the turnout,
PRO8 Director Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria stressed
that people in Eastern Visayas are assured of the PRO8’s maximum
service on election day as some of its personnel need not to
compromise their democratic right in order to perform their crucial
role of ensuring the electorate in the midterm polls.
“Much is expected from us in
the elections in terms of safeguarding peace and order, so the Comelec
included the PNP among the organizations that practiced absentee
voting along with AFP and other media practitioners,” Soria said.
PRO8 personnel who availed
in the local absentee voting exercised their rights of suffrage from
Monday up to 5:00 P.M. Tuesday at the designated polling center at
PRO8’s Matapat Hall in response to Comelec Resolution No. 9637
promulgated last February 13.
Majority of absentee voters
are PNP personnel assigned at the Regional Public Safety Battalion 8 (RPSB
8) with 116 voters followed by those assigned at stations in Leyte
province with 12 voters. Personnel from PRO8 headquarters and Eastern
Samar have 8 voters each and those coming from the cities of Tacloban,
Ormoc and Catbalogan had one voter from each city.
Local absentee voting refers
to a system of voting whereby government officials and employees,
including members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and
the Philippine National Police (PNP) as well as members of the media
who are duly registered voters, are allowed to vote for the national
positions and party-list representatives in places where they are not
registered voters but where they are temporarily assigned to perform
election duties on election day as provided for under Executive Order
No. 157 and Republic Act No. 7166.
Policemen who are eligible
absentee voters that failed to vote during the two-day period can
still vote in the May 13 elections.
Meanwhile, Director Soria
informed that PRO8 will be deploying 763 more personnel on Friday to
augment the provincial and city police offices’ as security forces in
pre-election police activities and in securing polling centers on
PRO8 earlier deployed 50
personnel to Calbayog City last week and 267 cops to the three Samar
provinces on Monday.
“We are now in the
homestretch of our security preparations and we will ensure a secured
and fair elections in the region,” Soria averred.
GPH is after
military solution, not peace negotiation – Karapatan
May 2, 2013
QUEZON CITY – “With eight
months left to Oplan Bayanihan’s self-imposed deadline to supposedly
render the CPP-NPA-NDF insignificant, the Aquino government is again
turning the table against the NDFP negotiating panel, in a bid for a
graceful exit from the peace talks and to justify intensified attacks,
not only against the CPP-NPA-NDF, but more so against the ordinary tao
whom the government considers as supporters of the revolutionary
The statement from Marie
Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan, was a reaction to GPH peace
panel chair, Alex Padilla “who threw a tantrum before the media and
unilaterally declared the collapse of the peace talks between the GPH
and the NDFP.“ Hilao-Enriquez is an independent observer to the peace
negotiation between the GPH and the NDFP.
Padilla’s statement, Hilao-Enriquez
said, “reflects the Aquino government’s position on the peace
negotiation with the NDFP. The GPH’s sincerity to resolve the causes
of the armed conflict is questionable from the very beginning.” Now
that the self-imposed deadline of rendering the CPP-NPA-NDFP
insignificant in 2013, the Aquino government’s accusation that the
NDFP is not intent on the peace negotiations provides it with a very
convenient excuse to scuttle the talks and resort to war, Hilao-Enriquez
Karapatan cited the
promotion of “berdugos” and implementers of Gloria Arroyo’s Oplan
Bantay Laya among the military such as Col. Aurelio Baladad, Gen.
Jorge Segovia, Brig. Gen. Eduardo Año; the appointment of Oplan
Bayanihan’s author, Gen. Emmanuel Bautista as AFP Chief of Staff; and
recently, the appointment of Gen. Palparan’s right hand man, Brig.
Gen. Ricardo Visaya in the 4th ID as “a sign that the GPH means war
Hilao-Enriquez also cited
the GPH’s refusal to release the detained NDFP consultants despite the
GPH’s commitment “to release most, if not all” NDFP consultants. The
GPH’s commitment was contained in a joint statement with the NDFP in
the February 2011 talks. “The consultants should not be in jail, in
the first place, because they are covered by the Joint Agreement on
Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) that was signed as early as
1995.” The NDF consultants are slapped with criminal charges.
She added, “In the years
that I have been involved in the peace negotiation as an observer, I
haven’t seen any proposal from the GPH that would facilitate the
resolution of the root causes of the armed conflict. All the GPH want
is for the CPP-NPA-NDF to lay down its arms and surrender. It’s
essentially ending the peace talks. If that happens, nothing would be
resolved; oppression and exploitation of the majority of the poor
Filipinos will remain.”
“The GPH’s so-called “new
approach” to peace is nothing new. It means war. What it cannot get on
the negotiating table, it will pursue in the battlefield. The GPH
merely wants to renege on its previously signed agreements with the
NDFP and wipe out all forms of opposition to its pro-US, anti-people
and anti-national policies,” said Hilao-Enriquez.
Karapatan called on the
Filipino people to stand firm and resist the blows of terror from the
Aquino government “given the GPH’s stance on the peace negotiation
with the NDFP and the approaching deadline of Oplan Bayanihan.”
troops to secure Biliran polls
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
May 2, 2013
KANANGA, Leyte – The 19th
Infantry (Commando) Battalion deployed at least one hundred (100)
soldiers to boost the number of government forces who shall secure the
upcoming local and national election in the province of Biliran.
This after the send-off
ceremony held at Philippine Ports Authority, Naval, Biliran around
7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2013.
Police and soldiers along
with one (1) simba fighting vehicle (SFV) and five (5) KIA M450 light
trucks paraded the streets of Naval, the capital town of Biliran. The
activity kicked off the COMELEC and election deputies’ task to
maintain a Secure and Fare Elections (SAFE) 2013.
Lt. Col. Joel Alejandro
Nacnac, commanding officer of 19th IB said the move to dispatch
soldiers in the province was earlier agreed by the COMELEC and
election deputies as a pro-active measure against any unforeseen
“It may look awkward to the
public, considering that the province of Biliran had been declared as
insurgency-free on 2006. But the beefing up of the current number of
security forces in the area is only to ensure unhampered conduct of
election and that the public is never deprived of their right to
suffrage”, Lt. Col. Nacnac said.
As election deputies, the
military and police will be conducting checkpoints especially in areas
which are considered as election hot spots. Troops will also be
detailed to secure polling places at least a day before election and
will withdraw thereon until all PCOS machines are turned over to the
Col. Rafael C. Valencia,
Commander of the Ormoc City based 802nd Infantry Brigade has standing
order to all soldiers who will be assigned to secure polling places
and even those who are conducting checkpoints to be non-partisans.
The military however is
encouraging the public to go out and cast their vote on election day.
PRO8 upbeat of a
peaceful polls in EV
By RPCRD, Police Regional
May 1, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) is confident of a peaceful conduct
of the midterm elections in Eastern Visayas in spite of a shooting
incident in Calbayog City on Tuesday afternoon resulting in the death
of a village chair and the wounding of two others.
“Eastern Visayas remains
peaceful less than two weeks before the elections. Continuous
implementation of election-related security measures is being
undertaken by our men,” said Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio
Soria, PRO8 Regional Director.
Soria made the assessment
amid a shooting incident in Calbayog City in Samar’s first district
resulting in the death of Brgy. Bagong Lipunan chairman Amado Lauyon
and the wounding of his son, Rindo, and by-stander Donie Palomas.
“This is an isolated
incident and it will not in any way affect the electoral proceedings
in the area or create a form of political tension that could
eventually upset the electoral process,” he added.
Reports reaching PRO8
disclosed that Lauyon was waylaid along the national highway in Purok
1, Brgy. Matobato, infront of Matobato Elementary School, by
riding-in-tandem suspects and sustained several gunshot wounds on
different parts of his body resulting to his immediate death.
His son, Rindo, also a
village councilor, and Palomas, were also wounded in the incident.
Police are now preparing
murder and frustrated murder charges against the suspects, identified
by witnesses as Reynaldo Dealagdon alias Bolon, Eddie Fermino alias
Bolondoy, and three others who are now the subject of manhunt
operations. It was also learned that suspect Dealagdon has a pending
arrest warrant for murder.
The elder Lauyon is listed
as a member of the Montealto private armed group who surrendered to
PNP Chief Police Director General Alan LM. Purisima when he visited
PRO8 headquarters last January 19.
Soria also directed a
thorough validation if the case could be classified as
election-related incident or due to other reasons like personal motive
or vendetta attack.
Relatedly, the police
regional director has ordered a stepped-up campaign against wanted
persons, partisan armed groups and loose firearms in Samar and other
parts of the region.
So far, PRO8 had already
arrested 117 individuals, mostly civilians, for violating the gun ban,
the latest of which was the arrest of three persons – Diego Calagos,
Ireneo Dealagdon and Cezar Saloritos – in a Comelec checkpoint in Brgy.
Balud, Sta. Margarita, Samar past midnight Tuesday.
Policemen manning the
checkpoint seized two caliber .45 pistols, a homemade shotgun and
several rounds of ammunitions from the suspects who were on board a
silver gray Mitsubishi Pajero bearing plate number YBW 620.
This brings to 96 the
confiscated high and low powered firearms seized by the police since
the start of election period aside from 43 pieces of bladed weapons, 9
hand grenades, 3 rifle grenades and other explosive devices, 5 gun
replicas and over 500 rounds of various types of ammunitions
confiscated in different police operations in the region.