PRO8 number 2 man
promoted to star-rank
By RPCRD, Police Regional
August 1, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
The region’s second highest ranked police official was promoted as
general after President Benigno S. Aquino III has approved the
promotion to star ranks of Philippine National Police officials.
Police Chief Superintendent
Edgar Orduña Basbas, the Deputy Regional Director for Administration (DRDA)
of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) was inducted to his new rank,
equivalent to Brigadier General in the military, by PNP Chief Director
General Alan LM. Purisima in a simple ceremony last week at the PNP
headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
Basbas, who gained
admiration and prominence as Commander of the Regional Special
Operations Task Group - Samar (RSTOG-Samar) in the recently concluded
midterm elections, is a member of the Philippine Military Academy
“Matikas” Class 1983.
As RSTOG chief, Basbas is
credited as one of those responsible in the peaceful and orderly
conduct of the May national and local elections in the region.
The RSOTG-Samar was
activated during the election period to initiate focused police
operations targeting wanted persons, accounting of loose firearms and
dismantling ‘private armed groups’ in Samar province, which was then
considered as an election “priority area”.
Basbas was assigned to PRO8
in July 2, 2009 and headed the Regional Intelligence Division before
being designated as Chief of the Regional Directorial Staff, Deputy
Regional Director for Operation and currently as Deputy RD for
He was promoted upon the
recommendation of PNP chief Purisima and DILG Secretary Mar Roxas who
is also the concurrent chairman of the National Police Commission.
PRO8 director PCSupt. Elmer
R. Soria exhorted the newly-promoted police general to assist him in
ensuring the peace and order situation in Eastern Visayas and help
attain genuine transformation in the PNP organization under the PNP
Patrol Plan 2030 enhanced by the Chief, PNP’s CODE-P program.
The Peace and Order Agenda
for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule-of-Law or Patrol Plan
2013 is the PNP’s roadmap in attaining a highly capable, effective and
credible police service by year 2030.
The CODE-P program,
meanwhile, is anchored on genuine police service or “Serbisyong
Makatotohanan” and the need to enhance the Competence of each and
every Police Officer; the need to undertake some Organizational
Development and reforms; the need to instill Discipline within the
ranks; the need to promote Excellence in the performance of the
policeman’s duties; and the need to institute Professionalism at all
levels of the police organization.
Battalion encounters NPA, recovers high powered firearm
By DPAO, 8ID PA
July 31, 2013
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City, Samar – Combat troops of the 14th Infantry (Avenger) Battalion
encountered a band of New People’s Army operating in Eastern Samar
after receiving information from a concerned citizen that armed NPAs
were seen at the vicinity of Barangay Tangbo, Arteche, Eastern Samar.
The report was confirmed
that the NPAs lurking around Brgy Tangbo were the same NPA group
encountered by 81st Division Reconnaissance Company on July 26, 2013
at Barangay San Pascual Dolores, Eastern Samar. The said band of NPA
were on the run as troops were sent out to pursue them, until they
arrived in Barangay Tangbo where troops under 14IB caught up with them
and engaged them in a 10-minute encounter.
After the NPAs fled, the
troops recovered one (1) M16 Armalite rifle, NPA documents and
personal belongings. The fleeing NPAs suffered casualties as indicated
by bloodstains in their vacated positions.
Earlier, NPAs also suffered
great losses when troops under 34th Infantry Battalion engaged them in
a 45-minute encounter last July 27, 2013 in Brgy Rombang, Laoang,
Northern Samar. In the said incident, one (1) NPA was killed and
troops recovered two (2) M16 Armalite rifles.
Cpt Amado C Gutierrez,
spokesperson of the 8th Infantry Division said: “The successive
encounters in the past few days were results of reports coming from
the people themselves who are tired of NPA intrusion in their
communities, where they conduct extortion as well as threaten and harm
those who do not yield to their whims and caprices.”
Maj General Gerardo T Layug,
Commander of the 8th Infantry Division said: “The Samarnons themselves
contribute to the success of the government against the New Peoples’
Army. The 8th Infantry Division is the servant of the people whom we
are ready to serve. We should work together and help remove standing
blocks along the way, so that the region’s march towards peace and
progress will move on.”
peddling punishable – Chiz
By Office of Senator Chiz
July 31, 2013
PASAY CITY – Representing
oneself to another person having a transaction or business with the
government is punishable by law once Senator Chiz Escudero’s proposed
bill passes into law.
Escudero, chairman of the
senate committee on finance filed Senate Bill No. 118 (SBN 118) which
shall also be known as the “Anti-Influence Peddling Act” which makes
it unlawful for any person to engage in influence peddling.
SBN 118 defines influence
peddling as the act of representing oneself, either orally or in
writing, as being able, whether real or imagined, to influence,
facilitate or assist another person having some business, transaction,
application, request or contract with the government in which a public
official or employee has to intervene.
The bill, which was also
pushed by the senator during his first term in the Senate, seeks to
nip corruption even before its inception and prior to any damage
inflicted upon the government coffers.
“So much misfeasance,
malfeasance and nonfeasance had been committed already with the
practice of using one’s real or imagined influence in the bureaucracy,
but it is very difficult to prove and confirm if money or gifts indeed
exchanged hands in sealing a corrupted deal. At present, no law
categorically penalizes a person’s mere act of influencing a public
official to perform an act that does not constitute a crime. We want
to fill this gap with this bill.”
Escudero said the Anti-Graft
and Corrupt Practices Act only penalizes persons who received a
present, materials or any pecuniary advantage as well as those who,
without official authority actually intervene, directly or indirectly
in any transactions with the government.
SBN 118 punishes any person
who engages in influence peddling or the mere act of representing
oneself to another, of not more than six years or a fine not exceeding
one hundred thousand pesos or both, and disqualification to hold
“This should set up an
effective deterrent to corruption. I have always espoused transparency
in government. This bill puts a mandated mechanism that will transcend
all department circulars that merely advises its employees not to
accept gifts or dine-outs, especially those from revenue-generating
agencies. If the transaction is legitimate, no need to inflict damage
upon oneself and another party by circumventing the legal and correct
On Monday, Escudero filed a
resolution calling for a senate probe on the alleged “padrino system’’
at the Customs Bureau which implicates members of Congress and other
influential groups and persons.
Visayas trees now
DONNA LAVARES, RAFI intern
July 30, 2013
CEBU CITY – Despite
a sudden downpour last July 24, guests from across Cebu Province
witnessed the unveiling of the first publication that compiles
Philippine trees in the Visayas region and aims to provide
comprehensive information about these indigenous tree species.
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) launched the Manual on Native
Trees in the Visayas at the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies
Center, Cebu City. The manual is a compilation of 101 Philippine
native trees found in the Visayas.
are grouped alphabetically according to the family classification each
belongs to, and presented with descriptions that include their
official names, scientific names, local names, methods of propagation
and uses. Also included are practical tips on how to plant a seedling
and how to nurture it to full growth. A glossary is provided to help
readers in understanding technical words.
launching was attended by Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, mayors
from different municipalities of Cebu Province, and representatives
from various government agencies, civic organizations, and academic
institutions all over Cebu.
Dominica Chua, RAFI chief
operating officer, and Magpale formally presented Manual of Native
Trees in the Visayas to the public through an unveiling of an enlarged
version of the book cover.
Free copies of the book were
given to identified guests and partners.
“RAFI has special preference
for native trees due to their many benefits to surrounding flora and
fauna,” Chua stressed.
During the program, a
presentation of the results of this year's Run 2 Plant 4 GREENING
Philippines was also done by Marge Gravador, executive director of
RAFI's Integrated Development unit.
The free running and
indigenous tree planting event was held simultaneously in over 40
municipalities of the Province of Cebu last June 29.
Another initiative of RAFI
in promoting biodiversity conservation is the RAFI Native Trees
Nursery in Barangay Busay, Cebu City. The nursery houses 200,000
seedlings of 218 native tree species.
Manual on Native Trees in
the Visayas was conceptualized to contribute to the achievement of
Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals, which is to ensure
environmental sustainability by reversing the loss of environmental
Copies of the book are sold
at P2,500 each at the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, 35
Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City. Interested buyers may contact (6332)
418-7234 loc. 515 and look for Noel Fornolles.
To know more about the book,
Cops nabs suspect
in robbing Tacloban bizman
By RPCRD, Police Regional
July 29, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) urged the public to be extra
vigilant to avoid being victimized by criminal elements following the
arrest of a 29-year old jobless man who robbed a scion of a prominent
family at a mall in Tacloban City and carnapped the victim’s luxury
vehicle on Friday afternoon.
“Criminals always look for
opportunities to strike, the public must be extra careful and report
any suspicious-looking person or any information on crime activities
to the police so we can act immediately,” said PCSupt. Elmer R. Soria,
director of PRO8.
Soria identified the suspect
as Jeffrey Salvacion, 29, single who was arrested by the police in a
follow-up operation at his residence at Brgy. Guindaohan, Barugo town
in Leyte where he hid after robbing businessman Elmer Mercado, 32,
single, of Phase 5, Tangil street, V&G subdivision in Tacloban City.
Investigation disclosed that
Mercado had just watched movie at Robinson’s Movieworld at around 5:30
p.m. and was about to get his car parked at the Robinson’s Place
parking area infront of Gerry’s Grill but was surprised when upon
seating at the driver’s seat, the ballcap-wearing suspect was already
at the backseat and pointed a bladed weapon locally known as
“kutsilyo” to his neck and declared hold-up.
The suspect demanded
P100,000 from the victim in exchange for his liberty and to avoid
being hurt but Mercado countered for a lesser amount of P20,000 in
which the suspect agreed.
The two drove to Petron
gasoline station owned by the victim’s family some 100 meters away in
Marasbaras district also in Tacloban City for Mercado to get money
from the gas station cashier and a pay-off was made.
Suspect fled using the
victim’s black Toyota Fortuner with plate number HBA 546 while the
victim, who was left unhurt, immediately reported the incident to
Police Station 1 of Tacloban City Police Station.
An alarm on the carnapped
vehicle was immediately flashed and hot pursuit operation was
conducted leading to the arrest of the suspect in Barugo town at past
8:00 p.m. and the recovery of the victim’s vehicle with the cash
amounting to P19,500 and the bladed weapon used in the commission of
Cases for robbery and
carnapping were already filed against Salvacion who is currently
detained at the Tacloban police lock-up cell.
Meanwhile, Soria directed
his men to closely coordinate with private security agencies manning
malls and commercial establishments and to increase police visibility
in these areas to avoid repetition of similar incident.
CHR Chair acting
like PNP-AFP spokesperson should resign – Karapatan
July 29, 2013
QUEZON CITY – “Ms. Etta
Rosales should immediately resign from her post as chairperson of the
Commission on Human Rights as she is acting more like the spokesperson
of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the
Philippines, instead of fulfilling the mandate of her office. Etta
Rosales has been repeatedly remiss in her responsibilities, and in the
process, justified the violation of the rights of the Filipino people
to freedom of speech, of expression and the right to peaceably
assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances as
enshrined in the Bill of Rights in the Philippine Constitution.”
Karapatan issued the
statement today through its chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez. The
rights group cited the previous actions and statements by Rosales
which in effect promote impunity in the country.
Hilao-Enriquez said “instead
of conducting CHR’s own investigations on the many incidents of police
brutality in rallies and barricades during demolitions, Ms. Rosales,
in many occasion, only resorted to victim-blaming.”
Karapatan noted Rosales’s
recent statements blaming members of various people’s organizations
for the brutal dispersal of the rally during Pres. Aquino’s State of
the Nation Address. The human rights organization also took exception
of Rosales’ statement condemning the participation of Dutch activist
Thomas von Beersum in the said rally.
“The permit of the
organizers of the rally was denied, concertina wires and blockades
were mounted along the highway where we marched. Despite our efforts
to negotiate with the PNP, they treacherously started to push and beat
our colleagues. The brutal police action prompted many of us,
including foreign activists like Beersum, to express indignation.
Rosales was quick to blame us, acting as the PNP spokesperson, instead
of doing her job to investigate what actually transpired,” Enriquez
Also, Enriquez said,
“Rosales was more concerned with condemning how the urban poor
residents at North Triangle, Quezon City who “threw feces” at the
police and demolition teams that supposedly violated the rights of the
men in uniform. She completely ignored the forcible eviction and the
consequent economic displacement of the urban poor.”
“When poor people are left
with no other choice but to defend their survival, it is just to
exercise their legitimate right to protest. Ironically, Rosales chose
to dispense with the role of the Aquino government, the local
government, the Ayalas and the PNP in driving away the urban poor in
North Triangle from their homes and livelihood to make way for big
business interests,” added Enriquez.
Karapatan also scored the
CHR for the issuance of clearances for the promotion of human rights
violators and Arroyo generals such as Brig. Gen. Eduardo Año and Brig.
Gen. Aurelio Baladad. Karapatan opposed the appointments of Año, who
is among the accused in the disappearance of Jonas Burgos; and Baladad
who is among those responsible for the illegal arrest, torture and
detention of the 43 health workers known as Morong 43.
“We have strong reason to
believe that the CHR and Ms. Rosales granted the said generals with
clearances without considering the standing cases in court against
them. The CHR denied our request for access to the clearance documents
which they issued, a clear violation of the right of the people to
information and access to public documents,” Enriquez asserted.
“By acting as the defender
of the PNP and the AFP, Rosales is clearly among the implementers of
Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan, which has already resulted to, and engenders
more, human rights violations,” she concluded.
Office of Civil
Defense orients Catbalogan volunteers
By LAIMINH MABULAY
July 26, 2013
CATBALOGAN CITY – As
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) becomes an increasingly
serious concern in Catbalogan City, Orientation on Urban Search and
Rescue (USAR) Operations held last July 22, 2013 at the Sangguniang
Panlungsod Session Hall, was recently added to its list of activities
aimed at preparing the city for any occurrence of disaster or
USAR is described as a
multi-hazard discipline involving the location, extrication and
initial medical stabilization of victims trapped in confined spaces
due to natural disasters, structural collapse, transportation
accidents, mines and collapsed trenches. (source: Wikipedia)
The Office of Civil Defense
Regional Office 8 (OCD-RO8) OIC Regional Director Rey M. Gozon
conducted the said orientation for volunteers of the City Government’s
local coordinating body known as Systematic Technical Emergency
Preparedness – Unified Program (STEP-UP Tekwa Cares).
As she welcomed the
delegates and participants, City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan thanked
Director Gozon for personally spearheading the said activity. She also
urged the volunteers who were present to become active partners of the
City Government in ensuring the safety and security of the public.
The said orientation is in
itself a preliminary activity in preparation for the actual training
to be held this September 2013, which will be participated in by
representatives of the Local Council on Disaster Risk Reduction and
Natural calamities in the
form of floods and landslides in recent years have brought the
public’s attention to the importance of disaster preparedness as
another development indicator.
This orientation as well as
the eventual training was meant to increase the capabilities of the
city’s volunteers in responding to pleas for assistance. The training
will also be aimed at strengthening the city’s network of concerned
agencies to make their response quicker and more effective.
Enhancing the skills and
capabilities of the city volunteers go hand-in-hand with the purchase
of modern rescue and first-aid equipments made by the City Government
last year to ensure a more comprehensive response to emergencies and
disasters. Among the purchased equipments were CCTV Cameras that were
installed in various streets to combat crime in the urban areas.
Under the new
administration, the STEP-UP was established as a 24-hour hotline to
coordinate and facilitate the cooperation between various agencies and
organizations responding to calls for help.
The orientation on urban
search and rescue operation and the incoming training comes at an
opportune time as STEP-UP volunteer aides go into full working mode
with the recent connection of GLOBE and BAYANTEL phone lines meant to
accommodate as many emergency calls as possible.
siblings for drugs, grenade, guns
By RPCRD, Police Regional
July 25, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
The Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) on Wednesday arrested a
notorious drug pusher and his sister during a raid in Burauen town in
Police Regional Office 8
director Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria identified the
suspects as Melardo del Pilar y Sosing and his sister Adelfa Olino y
del Pilar who were arrested in buy bust operations and raids together
with one Ricardo Araña alias Kadoy for bearing unlicensed firearm.
At around 4:30 p.m., RSOG
led by PSInsp. Dinvir Revita, with elements of Burauen Municipal
Police Station led by PCInsp. Federico Sanchez, conducted simultaneous
buy-bust operation and implementation of a search warrant issued by
Executive Judge Yolanda Dagandan Regional Trial Court Branch 15 in
Burauen, Leyte at the residence of del Pilar in Brgy. San Jose West.
Police recovered from the
suspect during the buy-bust two heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet
containing white crystalline substance suspected to be “shabu” and one
P1000 bill with serial number WV636250 buy-bust money.
Subsequent raid resulted in
the seizure of one medium heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet
containing suspected to “shabu”; several drug paraphernalia; one hand
grenade; one caliber .22 rifle, and one magazine for caliber .45
containing 7 live ammunitions.
Same police team proceeded
to the residence of Adelfa Olino at Brgy. San Jose East, some 1.5
kilometers from his brother’s residence, and also conducted
simultaneous buy-bust and raid that yielded two small heat-sealed
transparent plastic sachet containing suspected “shabu” and one P1000
bill with serial number UW184950 buy-bust money.
Lawmen also recovered during
the implementation of search warrant one heat-sealed transparent
plastic sachet containing suspected “shabu” and several drug
Also arrested during the
operation was Araña who was carrying an unlicensed .45 caliber Colt MK
IV pistol with serial number 217533 with two magazines containing
seven ammunitions each.
The suspects were detained
at Burauen police lock-up jail as charges for illegal possession of
drugs and guns are being prepared against them while the seized items
were forwarded to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 8 for
Soria said the arrested
suspects are considered “high value targets” and have been under
surveillance by authorities the past weeks.