gambling drive nets 7 persons
By RPCRD, Police Regional
July 14, 2013
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The intensified anti-illegal gambling
operations conducted by the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) resulted
in the arrest of seven persons in Samar, Leyte and Southern Leyte
Police Chief Superintendent Elmer R. Soria, PRO8 director, said that
while his men are conducting stepped-up implementation of illegal
gambling laws, partnership with the community is still needed to
sustain the momentum his office has gained in minimizing the gambling
“The fight against illegal gambling will only succeed through stronger
partnership with various stakeholders including local officials, the
members of the religious sector and the media,” the police official
He informed that he directed police chiefs to coordinate with elected
local officials to map-out strategies and gather community support in
the anti-gambling crusade.
On Thursday evening, two successive operations conducted by the
Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) in Pinabacdao and Villareal
towns in Samar resulted in the apprehension of two suspected
collectors of illegal numbers game locally known as “swertres”.
At around 6:00 p.m., operation conducted at Brgy. Mambog, Pinabacdao
town by RSOG led by PInsp. Constantino Jabonete, Jr. led to the arrest
of Leo Abinguna, 55, while collecting bets for “swertres” and the
recovery of one bundle of stub containing entry of different number
combinations and bets dated July 10, 2013 for 9:00 p.m. draw,
“swertres” tip, ballpen and P150.00 cash bet.
An hour later, same police team conducted anti-gambling operations at
Sitio Lusong, Brgy. Canmucat, Villareal town leading to the arrest of
one Rogelio Oreo, alias Bagwis, 30, while engaged collecting
“swertres” tally sheets containing different number combinations and
bets dated July 10, 2013.
In Leyte, police operations conducted in Brgy. Combis, Dulag and Brgy.
Sawang, Carigara towns resulted in the arrest of Armando Oteros, 34,
and Roy Urmeneta, 37, respectively, with total confiscated cash bet of
P320.00 and several “swertres” paraphernalia.
Anti-illegal gambling operations in Liloan, Hinunangan and Tomas Oppus
towns resulted in the arrest of three persons - Roland Sirel, Alfredo
Aling and Roel Montibon – while engaged in collecting bets for
“swertres” with total confiscated bet amounting to P490.00 and several
gambling paraphernalia confiscated.
Soria informed that cases for violation of Presidential Decree 1602 as
amended by Republic Act 9287 (Anti-Illegal Numbers Game) were already
filed against the suspects.
DOLE favors Kito
Mendoza over Boy Herrera in TUCP presidency row; elections set
July 14, 2013
QUEZON CITY – The Department
of Labor and Employment (DOLE) sustained lawyer Democrito “Kito”
Mendoza as the sitting president of the Trade Union Congress of the
Philippines (TUCP) and denied the motion for reconsideration of former
Sen. Ernesto Herrera in their battle for leadership over the largest
confederation of labor unions in the country since 1975.
In a notice of resolution
issued on July 5, the Department of Labor and Employment Secretary
Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz denied the motion for reconsideration of
Herrera and reaffirmed the presidency of Mendoza.
The resolution also ordered
the TUCP to undertake the election of a new set of officers to be
conducted under the auspices of a special committee of five with equal
representation from the contending parties and chaired by the DOLE.
Elections could be held in August next month.
“The convention is the most
democratic procedure of resolving the present intra-union dispute
which is in accord with the principles of freedom of association under
the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 87. The
conduct of secret balloting is a time-tested procedure that will
afford TUCP members an opportunity to decide and exercise their
sovereign will on the leadership issue. This is in accord with the
long-settled principle of democratic governance,” the DOLE resolution
Mendoza, in his reaction to
the resolution, said: “Our resolve for justice to be done has been
validated. As the TUCP president recognized by the government, I am
committed to following the order of the DOLE. I call on all sides not
to resort to legal maneuvers and dilatory tactics to delays these
elections. All of those who seek to lead the workers movement must
fully submit to the will of the bonafide members of the TUCP in the
upcoming special convention.”
The leadership row stemmed
from the claim of Herrera, TUCP secretary-general, that Mendoza
resigned on October 2011 and that this was immediately effective by
mere application without the need of approval or consent.
The TUCP General Council,
however, prevailed upon Mendoza to remain as president and actually
continued to discharge his duties as President.
Upon Mendoza’s alleged
resignation, Herrera separately installed himself as the president and
set up new offices in his formal Senate office.
However, the DOLE’s Bureau
of Labor Relations (BLR) ruled otherwise. It said the resignation was
not consummated because Mendoza withdrew the letter and continued to
perform his function as president.
Mendoza stressed that he
will abide with the order of holding a special convention by
appointing labor lawyers German Pascua and Arnel Dolendo as TUCP
representatives to the committee of five that will supervise the
conduct of the balloting.
Bayanihan a waste of people’s money - Karapatan
July 13, 2013
QUEZON CITY – “The Armed
Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should immediately stop the
implementation of Oplan Bayanihan. The Aquino government is wasting
the nation’s coffers in pursuing Oplan Bayanihan that has resulted in
numerous human rights violations and continuing impunity.”
Thus said Karapatan
secretary general Cristina Palabay, in reaction to the statement of
AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista on the failure of the
counter-insurgency program’s targets. The Aquino administration
announced in May 2013 that it has allocated $1.8 billion, or roughly
P73 billion, for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
“With Oplan Bayanihan,
people’s taxes are used to kill the likes of Cristina Jose, instead of
helping victims like her to rise from the onslaught of typhoons or
displacement from their lands and livelihood because of transnational
mining corporations and logging,” Palabay said. Jose, leader of the
typhoon victims’ organization Barug Katawhan (People, stand up!) in
Mindanao, was killed in March this year, after receiving threats from
the military for leading people’s actions in the area.
Karapatan said the AFP’s
so-called ‘peace and development’ projects in disaster-stricken areas
as in the case of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental only resulted
to threats, harassment and intimidation, and even extrajudicial
killing like what happened to Jose.
“The Aquino government’s
‘peace and development’ concept that the AFP is working at is ‘peace
and development’ for foreign and local big business interests – the
transnational mining corporations and agri-business plantations; the
interests of the landlords like the Aquinos and the interests of
powerful politicians,” Palabay added.
The killing of Cristina
Jose, Karapatan stressed, is an example of the government’s attitude
on the poor people who were displaced by logging and mining companies
and tagged by the government as ‘enemies’ for opposing big business
interests. Jose exemplifies the “poor who are vulnerable to disasters
because of environmental degradation that was a result of the plunder
of the country’s resources by big business; those who were victims of
government discrimination and neglect, bureaucratic red tape,
inefficiency and corruption in providing assistance to victims of
calamities and disasters, using the communist bogey as an excuse. Jose
represents the victims of government’s human rights violations, those
who were killed, disappeared, arrested and tortured for asserting
“Cristina Jose is one of the
142 victims of extrajudicial killing under the Aquino regime. The
members of her community are among the more than 31,000 victims of
threat, harassment and intimidation by the military,” said Palabay.
The terror of Oplan Bayanihan is manifested not only in extrajudicial
killings, enforced disappearances but also in the cases of forced
evacuation (with more than 30,000 victims), indiscriminate firing
(with more than 7,000 victims), and the use of schools, medical,
religious and other public places for military purpose (with more than
“Gen. Bautista’s statement
that they will ‘intensify efforts in second semester to sustain the
campaign to win peace for people’ is an alarm bell for the people to
brace themselves for more human rights violations. If the Aquino
government is truly pursuing peace, it should go back to the
negotiating table with the NDFP and MILF, sincerely tackle the roots
of unpeace and work for its resolution,” ended Palabay.
On July 19-21, more than 200
peace advocates and human rights defenders from all over the world are
attending the International Conference for Human Rights and Peace in
the Philippines. The said gathering will look into the Aquino
government’s human rights record and peace, in the context of global
and national crises, the US’s Asian pivot and the implementation of
RSOG nab 4
fugitives in Leyte, Samar
By RPCRD, Police Regional
July 11, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) arrested four fugitives in
separate manhunt operations in Leyte and Samar provinces, the region’s
top police official said Thursday.
PRO8 director PCSupt. Elmer
Ragadio Soria informed that the suspects are facing charges for
murder, rape and cattle rustling and were arrested by the Regional
Special Operations Group (RSOG).
Soria said fugitive Arturo
Mabag, 69, wanted for rape, was arrested on Wednesday evening by RSOG
under PInsp. Constantino Jabonete, Jr. at the outskirts of Barangay
Canduyucan in San Sebastian, Samar.
Judge Auxencio Dacuycoy of
the Regional Trial Court branch 29 in Catbalogan City issued Mabag’s
arrest warrant in criminal case number 4424.
The police regional director
said Mabag has been in hiding for 16 years prior to his arrest.
On the same day, at Brgy.
Caluctugan, Dagami, Leyte, RSOG led by PSInsp. Dinvir Revita nabbed
brothers Diosdado and Dioscoro Cañete who have standing warrant of
arrest issued by the Regional Trial Court branch 6 Judge Alphinor
Serrano for murder with no bail recommended.
In Dulag town also in Leyte,
an arrest warrant for violation of Presidential Decree 533
(Anti-Cattle Rustling Law) issued by Judge Buenaventura Pajaron of RTC
Branch 10 in Abuyog, Leyte against Edwin Verterra, 44, was also
implemented by the same police team leading to the arrest of the
suspect in Brgy. Sungi.
Arrested persons were
turned-over to court of origin for proper disposition, Soria said.
“We will continue the
all-out campaign against fugitives as the arrest of wanted criminals
will make Eastern Visayas safer,” added Soria.
By DONA LAVARES, RAFI intern
July 11, 2013
CEBU CITY – Malnutrition,
despite advances in science and technology and developments in
economy, has remained prevalent in Philippine regions.
As the country observes
Nutrition Month this July, the National Nutrition Council (NNC)
organizes activities geared towards eradicating hunger and
malnutrition, in line with this year's theme, “Gutom at Malnutrisyon,
Sama-Sama Nating Wakasan”.
This move aims to get public
support for the agency's and the nation's fight against the gnawing
problem of malnutrition, which is affecting people of all ages,
especially in poverty-stricken communities.
In the July 5 episode of
Pagtuki, the official radio program of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI),
NCC's Susan Orpilla pointed to poverty as the main cause of
malnutrition in the country.
"The presence of it
(poverty) results to prolong hunger which eventually leads to
malnutrition,” Orpilla said.
Malnutrition is a case of
bad nutrition and the lack of nutrients in the body.
In the past years, several
Negros Oriental towns were recorded of having the highest number of
malnutrition cases in Central Visayas. As of 2012, Naga City, south of
Cebu ranks first with a 7.66 percent malnutrition rate.
“It is depressing to know
that Cebu now leads in malnutrition incidence in the entire Region 7.
It is a big challenge for all Cebuanos to aggressively combat
malnutrition,” Orpilla stressed.
As malnutrition affects
Filipinos not just in Central Visayas but all over the country, NCC
and the national government take on a massive nationwide approach in
educating the public on how to mitigate hunger and malnutrition.
“There is an integrated and
collaborative nutrition education for all especially for health
workers...and feeding programs in a span of three months (sometimes
called as the 'supplementary feeding')," Orpilla shared.
Another government program,
Agri-Pinoy aims to improve agricultural livelihood and provide
solution to food shortage, with the end view of alleviating poverty
Putting a stop to a
large-scale problem harrowing the country could be done right at the
core, to the smallest unit of a society, the family. It is in the home
where basic needs, such as food, are expected to be met.
According to Orpilla, “every
member of the family must fulfill the four As needed to fight against
malnutrition – availability, accessibility, adequacy, and
affordability to safe and nutritious foods.”
She further explained that
taking in the right amount and proportion of each food group –
energy-giving, body-building, and nutritious foods – makes achieving a
healthy body easier.
“If only students choose the
right kind of food and parents are ready to prepare nutritious food
for their children, then there will come a time that no more child is
left malnourished,” she concluded.
Pagtuki is aired over dyLA
909 AM every Saturday at 10-11am. The program, which is one of the
Knowledge Sharing & Advocacy capabilities of RAFI, tackles timely and
relevant issues on community development, politics and governance,
micro-finance, education, environment, early childhood care and
development, and culture and heritage that affect the Cebuano
The mayor on the
move: lady chief conducts site inspections
By LAIMINH MABULAY
July 10, 2013
CATBALOGAN CITY – Damaged
roofing, congested areas, illegal wiring connections, illegal
structures, public bathrooms that are out-of-order, garbage-filled
spots – these were the sites that met the eyes of the first City Lady
Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan as she conducted a surprise visit to the City
Government’s external offices and other public facilities during her
first week in office.
Among the places visited
where Pier 1, Public Market, the new bus terminal and public cemetery,
Barangay 3 Footbridge. Visiting these places enabled the mayor to see
the actual state of the city’s public facilities gave her an insight
as to the steps that should be made to improve and develop them.
With her during these visits
to give recommendations were General Services Officer Rico Macabare,
City Economic Enterprise and Public Utilities Officer Victor Pagarao
and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Action Officer Eliot Lopez.
The findings gained from
these visits were already relayed to the concerned department heads
for immediate action and are now being addressed appropriately.
Going out into the city and
exploring its harsh realities served as her next move after the
inter-office visit she conducted in her first day as she strives for a
more “open and consultative” style of management. “Hadto pa, karuyag
ko na talaga it hands-on, tikang han kapitan ako to councilor, from
ABC President to Councilor, much more yana nga city mayor na”, she
According to her, the visits
in both the external and internal offices enabled her to establish
rapport with department heads and staff and know their concerns
regarding the performance of their jobs. “Kay feeling ko it, success
hit usa ka institution or hit mga programs, aada la gihapon kun gaano
kaupay magtrabaho an mga department heads ngan mga employees, kun
maupay hira magtrabaho, maupay mga pag-implement han programs” she
The first week in office was
a whirlwind of visits and courtesy calls for Mayor Step, as she is
known to her staff. Initial talks with office heads during this period
already yielded serious topics that would be treated more thoroughly
during the meetings she intend to conduct within this week.
“It katapusan pressure, kay
siyempre expectations, tapos baga’t damo an imo karuyag himuon pero di
ngani igo it usa ka adlaw, ngan mayayakan ko talaga nga pareho it akon
speech ha mga employees nga it will be my second home, asya gud talaga
it matatabo, kay nakit-an mo nga diri enough an time nga ginhatag la
ha imo hin office like 8 to 5, it’s beyond the hours, beyond the
written roles”, was her personal assessment of life as the first
Female Chief Executive of this city just barely a month in office.
PRO8 chief orders
probe on recovery of illegal drugs in Leyte jail
By RPCRD, Police Regional
July 10, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
The region’s top cop ordered a thorough investigation to determine how
illegal drugs were able to pass through inspection on way to a lock-up
cell in Leyte Sub-Provincial Jail in Baybay City.
This was discovered in a
surprise check on cells and inmates by provincial jail guards Saturday
Nine inmates - Fernado
Balagbis, Dexter Flandez, Fernando Huerta, Eliseo Lascota, Mark Rubin,
Jimmy Crame, Eduardo Metro, Lando Lumacad and Zosimo Galano, are being
investigated when a sizeable amount of suspected “shabu” were found in
cell number 3 to include several drug paraphernalia.
Ten heat-sealed sachet
containing suspected “shabu” with total estimated street value of
P100,000.00; twenty one lighters; a scissor; cellphone charger and
twelve mobile phones were confiscated by jailguards.
PCSupt. Elmer Ragadio Soria,
director of Police Regional Office 8, also ordered inspection on all
jail facilities in the region in coordination with the Bureau of Jail
Management and Penology and other concerned correctional agencies.
implementation of our existing strategy against illegal is part of
strengthened support mechanism to carry-out holistic operations in the
national anti-drug campaign,” said Soria.
operations against illegal drugs must continue,” the police official
said, adding that “complacency in the conduct of anti-drug operations
will only burden the PNP with the social costs of the continuing drug
problem that are highly correlated with criminality.”
Meanwhile, buybust operation
on Sunday night at Brgy. Dawahon Island, Bato, Leyte by joint elements
of Bato police station and Leyte Police Provincial Office resulted in
the arrest of one Emmanuel Tagsip alias “Ondo”, 39, seaweed farmer and
four sachet of suspected “shabu” with an estimated market value of
In District I, Mc Arthur
town also in Leyte, one Richard Macnamara, 37, married, meat vendor,
was nabbed by operatives in a buybust operation that also led in the
seizure of two plastic sachet of suspected “shabu” and several drug
Gary Cuartero, 35, was also
nabbed in a buybust operation in Dist. VI, New Road, Barugo, Leyte
that led to the confiscation of four sachet of suspected “shabu” worth
P4,000.00 and the P500 buybust money.
In Sitio Cabulado, Brgy Sto.
Rosario, Matag-ob, Leyte, a buybust operation resulted in the arrest
of one Roy Olorvida, 43, and the confiscation of two sachet of
suspected “shabu” and two pieces P500.00 marked money.
Soria informed that
confiscated items were brought to the Leyte Provincial Crime
Laboratory Office for examination as the police have filed criminal
charges against the suspects.
tackles malnutrition problem
By LAIMINH MABULAY
July 9, 2013
CATBALOGAN CITY – As far as Catbalogan City is concerned, the observance of the Nutrition Month
this July comes with a very serious mission: to get out of the top
list of Local Government Units with a very high incidence of
The data coming from NNC
based on the 2012 weighing activity revealed that the Province of
Samar had the highest malnutrition prevalence at 17.88% while
Catbalogan and Calbayog are the two cities with the highest incidence
of the same at 18.31% and 14.41% respectively. Catbalogan City has
held the top spot in this ranking for the second year now.
The most recent data
submitted by the CHO to the NNC showed that out of 15,681 preschoolers
aged 0-71 months old, only 13,155 participated in the Operation
Timbang and out of these, 2,647 were found to be malnourished.
One of the initial
interventions to be done by the City Social Welfare and Development
Office (CSWDO) is to conduct massive 2-month supplementary feeding
program in every daycare center, which is to be augmented with
constant weight monitoring.
This initiative will be
launched this July 10, 2013 in Barangay Silanga, where malnutrition is
most prevalent. The CSWDO has selected thirty underweight and severely
underweight children aged 24-35 months to take part in a milk feeding
program. The same shall also go through constant weight monitoring.
The City Health Office will also be administering iron supplement in
aid of this initiative.
For the succeeding days of
the Nutrition Month, the CSWDO has also partnered with the CHO for a
series of lectures and fora about proper nutrition and Infant and
Young Child Feeding (IYCF), to be held in barangays that were
identified to have serious problems regarding malnutrition.
As recommended by the City
Nutrition Council headed by Nutrition Action Officer Herminia S.
Cabral, former City Mayor Coefredo T. Uy explained to the National
Nutrition Council (NNC) in a letter dated June 23, 2013 that due to
the Injunction Order on the city’s Annual Budget for 2013, the
Nutrition Month Celebration will be limited to advocacy and
For this same purpose, new
City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan had already issued a memo addressed to the
City Division urging all schools to conduct activities aimed at
raising awareness about the importance of proper nutrition. She also
intends to tackle this particular problem with key offices in the
meetings and consultations that she will hold in the next few days.
officers in Leyte, N. Samar provincial offices
By RPCRD, Police Regional
July 9, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
Two third level officers of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) were
designated to new positions in a routine reshuffling of personnel
holding key police positions in the region with the Leyte Police
Provincial Office having a new Officer In-Charge effective Friday,
more than a week after PRO8 designated an OIC in Northern Samar.
PRO8 director PCSupt. Elmer
Ragadio Soria has designated PSSupt. Brigido B. Unay vice PSSupt. Pio
L. Manito as OIC of the Leyte PPO in a simple turn-over at the office
of the Regional Director 9:00 a.m. Friday pursuant to General Orders
No. 655 dated July 3, 2013.
Unay, a member of Philippine
Military Academy “Hinirang” class 1987, is a former chief of the
Regional Operations and Plans Division (ROPD) and Provincial Director
of Northern Samar PPO.
Relatedly, PSSupt. Mario
Abraham G. Lenaming, former chief of the Regional Logistics
Development Division (RLLD) was designated as OIC of Northern Samar
PPO effective June 27 pursuant to General Orders No. 605 dated June
Lenaming, of Philippine
National Police Academy “Makatao” class 1985, replaced PSSupt. Isaias
B. Tonog, who along with Manito, was re-assigned to the Regional
Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (RPHAU) while waiting for their
Lenaming’s deputy, PSupt.
Rolando Bade was designated as Acting Chief of said division.
“The movement of our
officers is routinely done in order to promote a wider field of
experience and expertise and to accommodate and give opportunity to
other qualified officers,” Soria said.
He added that
professionalism, track record and integrity are among the factors
being considered in the PNP placement and promotion system.
“The PNP has an established
career pattern which is the course by which PNP personnel progress in
the service through a system of rotation of assignments in command,
staff, technical and training duties including exposure to a variety
of police operation and administrative experiences to enable them to
be developed as well rounded police officers and advance to positions
of greater responsibility,” the police official averred.
Meanwhile, the PNP Senior
Officers Placement and Promotions Board (SOPPB) has declared the
position of City Director of Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO) vacant
effective June 24.
This means that the SOPPB
will deliberate from a pool of qualified third level police
commissioned officers, or those with the rank of Police Senior
Superintendent, and come up with a list of eligibles that will be
submitted to the office of Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez who
has the authority to select the city director.
A local chief executive,
like Romualdez, has the prerogative to select his city director or
police chief, and the governor to choose his provincial police
The SOPPB is a board duly
authorized to undertake the screening and evaluation of officers due
for promotion and/or placement to key positions and other positions of
responsibility in the PNP.
PSSupt. Teodoro J. Basa,
Deputy Regional Director for Operation, has been designated in
concurrent capacity as OIC of Tacloban CPO since May 8.
Soria added that some police
chiefs may be affected also by organizational revamp as some
newly-elected mayors sought for relief or recall of their police
Senate Bill providing Additional Support and Compensation for Teachers
By Office of Sen. Alan Peter
July 9, 2013
PASAY CITY – "Given the
fundamental role of our teachers in nation building, it is but
reasonable that we help them address their personal concerns brought
about by high prices, lack of jobs, and low income."
Senator Alan Cayetano said
this as he filed Senate bill No. 94 pushing for additional support and
compensation for educators in basic education.
According to the senator,
the current salary grade of teachers places them just within the
present poverty threshold.
"For educators to adequately
equip the youth to be ready to face the challenges of the present
world, government should consequently provide them with the support
and benefits they need to make ends meet," he said.
“The teaching profession
must be at par with that of other professions such as the police and
the military in terms of compensation for they are all crucial in
creating a society geared towards economic development,” he added
stressing that the current entry level for teachers is only Salary
Grade (SG) 11 or about P18,549 monthly.
The senator cited the 1991
report by the Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM) stating
that their level of compensation is disproportionately low compared to
the functional definition of the their profession. EDCOM recommended
that the salary grade for teachers should be SG 17, the equivalent of
the salary of a 1st Lieutenant in the Philippine Army or about P29,028
a month based on the revised salary standardization law III.
SB No. 94 also known as the
Additional Support and Compensation for Educators in Basic Education
bill will provide an across the board additional compensation for all
basic education teachers. Also, it will give teachers a comprehensive
package of additional benefits which includes a medical allowance of
at least P1,000.00 that will be given for check-ups and other medical
expenses and an annual Magna Carta bonus to answer for the unpaid
benefits due to the teachers under Republic Act No. 4670 or the Magna
Carta for Public School Teachers Act.
Cayetano, on the first day
of the 16th Congress, also filed his version of the Freedom of
Information Act, the Orphan Trust Fund Bill, the Special Needs Fund
for Children Bill, the Welfare of the Orphaned, Abandoned, and
Neglected Children Bill, The Uniformed Personnel Bill, amendments on
the Cybercrime Prevention act of 2012, the Decriminalization of Libel
and Defamation, and the Iskolar ng Bayan Bill.
The senator emphasized that
he will push hard for the majority coalition in the Senate to
prioritize such measures in order for Filipino families to feel the
benefits of our economic growth. He is also set to file several other
measures that will address PTK (Presyo, Trabaho, Kita) in the coming
“This was our campaign
promise, for the government to ensure that every Filipino family is
able to cope with the problems of high prices, lack of jobs and low
income so that they can lift themselves up out of poverty and feel the
benefits of the growing economy. We will keep our promise to them,” he
Captured top Samar
NPA leaders arrive in Catbalogan City
By DPAO, 8ID PA
July 1. 2013
LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – Recently arrested Samar NPA Leaders, Juan
Paolo Rodrigo Verzosa, aka Cocoy; and his wife, Grace A Verzosa, aka
Lennon arrived in Catbalogan City today. They were immediately brought
to the Samar Police Provincial Office for proper documentation and
processing. After which, they were taken to Samar Provincial Hospital
for Physical and Medical examination.
It can be recalled that the NPA couple were arrested by joint elements
of the PNP Catbalogan City and the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine
Army last June 28, 2013 at Brgy. Fortuna, Marikina City by virtue of a
warrant of arrest issued by the Regional Trial Court of the 8th
Judicial Region for Robbery with Homicide.
In an interview, Juan Paolo Verzosa admitted that he started to be
part of the NPA machinery during his college days at the University of
the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. He met his wife while doing
documentaries as part of his academic requirements in UP. Juan Verzosa
became a full-time member of the Samar Provincial Party Committee of
the New People’s Army as Intelligence Officer. On the other hand,
Grace Verzosa became a member of the NPA Staff Reproduction Bureau of
the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee.
After the legal procedures and documentation shall have been complied
with by the Samar Police Provincial Office, the NPA couple will be
handed over to the Regional Trial Court in Catbalogan City where they
will be facing criminal charges for the crime of robbery with
homicide. At present the couple are already detained at Samar