PRO8 honors men,
units, partners on 112th Police Service Anniversary
By RPCRD, Police Regional
August 20, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
The recognition of notable achievements of police personnel and units
in Eastern Visayas, to include partners in the community, highlighted
this year’s celebration of the 112th Police Service Anniversary here
“The celebration was not
only an occasion to draw lessons and inspiration from our historic
past as an organization but to honor the people who in their own way
contributed time, tears and even blood for excellent service delivered
during the past year, which coincidentally, just about the same time
of my assumption into office as PRO8 Regional Director,” said PCSupt.
Elmer R. Soria, the region’s top police official.
But while he took the
opportunity to express gratitude to those who supported him in
maintaining the tranquil peace and order situation in Eastern Visayas,
the police official also called on his men to support him in ensuring
a peaceful and orderly barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in
“While there has been a
stable peace and order situation in Eastern Visayas, there is an
impending big task ahead – the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan
elections two months from now. You have been with me in the past
twelve months that was highlighted by the peaceful conduct of the May
midterm polls, I know you will not abandon me in our daunting but
manageable task ahead,” the regional police chief added.
With the theme “Serbisyong
Makatotohanan, Handog ng Pulisya sa Ating Pamayanan”, the celebration
was graced with the presence of Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto, who
represented Gov. Leopoldo Dominic Petilla, as Guest of Honor and
Citations were awarded to
the distinguished police offices and personnel from all over the
region for excellent police service. In the field of police
administration, achievement awards were given to PSSupt. Eusebio A.
Mejos (Police Commissioned Officer Level) and SPO4 Pedro E. Austero,
Jr. (Police Non-Commissioned Officer Level) while on police
operations, cited were PSInsp. Jovie R. Espinido (PCO Level) and SPO4
Ananias C. Monteroso (PNCO Level).
For police criminal
investigations, awarded were PCInsp. Santi Noel Matira (PCO Level) and
SPO2 Leo A. Magpayo (PNCO Level) while in the field of general
support, cited were NUP Charita M. Arriola (Supervisory Level) and NUP
Rolando R. Nayra (Non-Supervisory Level).
Meanwhile, the unit awardees
were the 2nd Regional Public Safety Maneuver Company of the Regional
Public Safety Battalion (Campaign Against Insurgency); Samar Police
Provincial Office (Arrest of Most Wanted Person); Regional Criminal
Investigation and Detection Unit 8 (Solution of Sensational Cases –
National Operation Support Unit Level) and Catarman Municipal Police
Station (Solution of Sensational Cases – MPS Level).
Special awards were also
given to ABS-CBN Tacloban; Mr. Dalmacio Grafil and Mr. Vicente S.
Labro, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Leyte-Samar Daily Express;
Municipality of Javier, Leyte; 8th Infantry Division of Philippine
Army; Samar Police Provincial Office and Regional Special Operations
SPO3 Jorge B. Tiunayan and
PO2 Agerico M. Afable (Posthumous) were also given Plaque of Merit for
their conduct during the May 13 midterm elections.
The police service
anniversary is celebrated in commemoration of the founding of the
Insular Constabulary in August 8, 1901 under Commission Act No. 175
and the merging of Philippine Constabulary/Integrated National Police
(PC/INP) in August 8, 1975 by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 765,
both are forerunner organizations of the Philippine National Police.
In PRO8 however, the
celebration was rescheduled to August 20 to give way for the
celebration at the national headquarters last week.
Rights victims who
won a favorable judgement in Hawaii clarifies position on the
so-called recoveries from the sale of a Monet painting
August 19, 2013
QUEZON CITY – The Samahan ng
Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA), the organization of
former political prisoners which initiated the filing of the historic
class action suit for human rights violations against former Pres.
Ferdinand Marcos and family, today welcomed the efforts of recovery of
the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses to collect on the judgment of
the Hawaii court.
To clarify, SELDA
Chairperson Marie Hilao Enriquez, whose parents – Maximo and Celsa
Hilao – are the lead plaintiffs in the historic suit, recalled that
the Hawaii Court ruled in 1992 in favor of the victims; the ruling
became final and executory in 1995; providing for a $2B exemplary and
$776M compensatory damages for the Hawaii claimants. This meant that
any recovery of Marcoses’ property by the Hawaii claimants’ lawyer, in
this case, Atty. Robert Swift, can be undertaken to collect on the
judgment imposed by the Hawaiian Court. Therefore, as long as the full
judgment rendered by the Hawaii court has not been fully satisfied by
the Marcoses, Atty. Robert Swift can identify Marcos’ illegal
properties for the benefit of the Hawaiian claimants (meaning those
who are included in the 9,539 victims validated by the Court in
We welcome the news that the
victims included in the Hawaii case, would benefit from the sale of a
valuable painting that Imelda Marcos acquired during the martial law
years. We recognize Atty. Robert Swift’s efforts to go after the
Marcoses ill-gotten wealth to collect on the judgment of the Hawaii
court. However, we would like to reiterate and remind Atty. Swift and
other lawyers that before any settlement and distribution of monies
from such takes place, the victims must be consulted; their views on
such obtained as they have a right to know who this “secret buyer” is
(for all the victims know, the buyer may also end up a Marcos) and
what the provisions of the settlement are. Even if the Hawaii court
determines the fairness of the settlement by asking the victims, the
latter can only reply intelligently if they are well- informed of the
We also hope that the
original 9,539 victims validated by the Court in 1994 will be included
in the beneficiaries of the said recovery. We do not like a repeat of
the 2011 so-called check distribution to the 7,526 victims “from the
settlement agreement reached by Atty. Robert Swift and the Marcos
crony Jose Yao-Campos for the 2 pieces of real estate properties in
the US of Imelda Marcos.”
The 2011 check distribution
disenfranchised 2,013 victims who seemed delisted arbitrarily by the
lawyers in the Hawaii suit. We demand that the original list of 9,539
and NOT ONLY the 7,526 victims will benefit from this boasted sale of
the Monet painting. As the judgment has not been fully satisfied yet
and the lawyer can go on recovering or making settlement agreements
with the Marcoses, we condemn the disenfranchisement of those delisted
from the original 9,539. Even if the original claimants have died,
they are still represented by their next of kin and families as well
as other relatives.
Further, Enriquez asks, “I
understood that the Hawaii class suit or the MDL-840 is a consolidated
case of three groups who sued Marcos in the Hawaii Court in 1986. The
three groups were the SELDA group of 9,539; the group of 21 Filipino
expatriates in the US led by Vic Clemente and Fluellen Ortigas and the
group of three of Prof. Jose Maria Sison, the parents of the former
representing his disappeared brother, Francisco Sison and Jose
Piopongco, whose radio station was ordered confiscated by then Pres.
Marcos. I understand that all three groups won the historic class
action suit and therefore, all three must be included in any
settlement agreement or recoveries to collect on judgment. That is why
it is not only 9,539 victims who must benefit from the recovery of
Marcos’ wealth but the three groups who won in the landmark case.”
Atty. Robert Swift and his
co-counsels must be able to explain this to the victims and to the
public as well. SELDA informs the public that any recovery of Atty.
Swift to collect on the judgment of the Hawaii court pertains and will
only benefit the claimants in the Hawaii case and not the entire list
of martial law victims in the Philippines as covered by the
recently-signed but unimplemented RA 10368 or Human Rights Victims
Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.
nabbed, P70M worth of illegal fishing paraphernalia seized in one year
Police Regional Office 8
August 15, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
Almost 2,000 persons were arrested and around 70 million pesos worth
of illegal fishing paraphernalia were confiscated as the Police
Regional Office 8 (PRO8) stepped-up its campaign against illegal
fishing in the seawaters surrounding Eastern Visayas in his one year
stint as the region’s top cop, said PRO8 director PCSupt. Elmer R.
“Illegal fishing destroys
breeding areas and eventually kills small fishes even before they
reach maturity. Among the first directive we issued when I assumed
post as regional director is the intensified enforcement of Philippine
Fisheries Code and local ordinances protecting our marine
environment,” Soria added.
The police official informed
that from August 6 last year up to August 5 this year, his office has
conducted 382 successful seaborne operations which resulted in the
arrest of 1,987 persons and the confiscation of P69,600,449.00 worth
of illegal fishing paraphernalia.
“A total of 13 cases for
violation of RA 8550 were filed in court while others were meted with
fines as prescribed by local ordinances,” he disclosed.
He informed that the most
common fishing violations are “hulbot-hulbot”, trawl fishing, use of
fine mesh nets, use of active gears and use of explosives.
“Illegal fishing practices
have been slowly killing the fishing industry. Most of our once rich
fishing grounds have been affected by rampant violations and we must
put this into halt,” the police official averred.
authorities apprehended another fishing boat caught fishing illegally
within the 15-kilometer municipal fishing zone in Brgy Victory, Abuyog
town in Leyte on Thursday, Soria said.
The police official informed
the fishing vessel, reportedly owned by Rolex Tausa with five crew
members, was apprehended by a composite team from the Abuyog police
station and Bantay Dagat at 2 p.m. while engaged in “pahulbot”
He said that aside from
impounding the fishing vessel, the operator and crew members were also
arrested and are now in the custody of the Abuyog police station for
Soria added that so far, 24
fishing boats were apprehended in Eastern Visayas for violating
fishery laws since the start of August this year.
pork barrel violates people’s rights to social services
August 15, 2013
QUEZON CITY – Karapatan
today joined the call for the abolition of the Priority Development
Assistance Fund (PDAF) or the so-called pork barrel, which includes
the social fund of the President and local government officials.
Cristina Palabay, Karapatan
secretary general, said that “the pork barrel is not only a source of
corruption but it also violates the people’s rights to essential
“Instead of using the fund
for education, health, housing and other services that will directly
serve the people, it passes through another unnecessary layer, where
unscrupulous politicians and their agents take advantage of, for their
personal gains,” Palabay elaborated.
Karapatan also censured the
position of Pres. Noynoy Aquino in favor of maintaining the pork
barrel, despite growing public clamor for its abolition in the light
of allegations involving corruption of P10 billion in government funds
by Janet Napoles with the complicity of executive agencies,
legislators and local governments.
“It is more infuriating to
hear how the President downplayed the P89.2 million released by the
Department of Agriculture, under his administration, to a bogus NGO,
placing it in contrast to the P728 million fertilizer scam and other
corruption scandals during the Arroyo regime. He desperately tries to
portray his administration as the lesser evil,” Palabay commented.
Karapatan noted that Aquino
used the same “lesser evil” logic with regards to his administration’s
human rights record, in an attempt to tone down criticisms on
continuing extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations
under his government.
Palabay asserted that “even
a single centavo stolen from the public coffer is still and,
definitely is, corruption and a blotch on the “straight path” Aquino
so often flaunts about; just as a single extrajudicial killing in his
time is a smudge of blood on this path.”
“The Aquino government
cannot be absolved by the mere lesser number or amount of corruption,
neither by the mere lesser number or frequency of extrajudicial
killing and enforced disappearance. Its reaction on the pork issue is
comparable to its promotion in rank of alleged perpetrators in the
Burgos and Morong 43 cases, tolerating the perpetuation of impunity.”
PRO8 posted gains
in anti-illegal drugs drive
By RPCRD, Police Regional
August 14, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
A 28-year old jobless man is the latest addition to the list of drug
personalities arrested by the police in Eastern Visayas as the Police
Regional Office 8 (PRO8) posted significant gains in its anti-illegal
drug accomplishments a year after the region’s top police official
ordered an all-out war against illegal drugs.
PCSupt. Elmer R. Soria, PRO8
director, informed that agents of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special
Operations Task Group arrested a total of 191 persons since he issued
a directive to intensify the anti-illegal drugs drive upon assuming
post as the region’s top cop in August 6 last year.
“The series of operations
resulted in the seizure of around 450 grams of methamphetamine
hydrochloride or ‘shabu’ and 1.2 kilos of marijuana with an estimated
market value of 5.4 million pesos,” Soria informed.
He added that a total of 171
cases were filed for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous
Drugs Act of 2002 in different courts regionwide.
Soria attributed the
achievement to the constant cooperation among law enforcement and
other concerned government agencies and the active support and
participation of the public to the anti-drug campaign.
On Tuesday, the Regional
Special Operations Group (RSOG) arrested a known drug pusher in
Catbalogan City in Samar at around 10:30 a.m. in a buybust operation
at the vicinity of Brgy. 10 in Patag District.
Soria identified the suspect
as one Mario Basa alias Awo, 28, married and a resident of Purok 1,
Brgy. 10, Patag District of said city.
Basa was arrested by RSOG
under PInsp. Constantino Jabonete, Jr. after selling one sachet of
‘shabu’ worth P1000 to a police poseur-buyer.
The police team was also
able to confiscate from the suspect four heat-sealed plastic
transparent sachet containing suspected “shabu” worth P3000 and the
two pieces P500-bill used as buybust money with serial numbers
SS203476 and VZ552091.
Suspect is currently
detained at Catbalogan police station lock-up cell as drug charges is
being prepared for filing against him while confiscated items were
brought to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office for laboratory
In light of the
accomplishments, Soria assured the public that PRO8 will continue to
conduct focus police operations against “high value targets” and
strictly enforce the anti-illegal drugs law in the region.
rewards, protection policy for whistleblowers
By Office of Senator Chiz
August 14, 2013
PASAY CITY – To
encourage and protect those who will step forward and expose graft and
corruption and violations of law, Senator Chiz Escudero has filed
Senate Bill No. 425 (SBN 425) which seeks to provide protection and
benefits for whistleblowers.
“We are expanding the right
of the whistleblower to choose which agency he wants to be admitted,
which agency is he more comfortable with. The current witness
protection law only empowers the DOJ to implement the program,” the
Under the measure, a
qualified whistleblower is given the option to choose which
implementing agency he intends to be admitted. The bill creates a
Whistleblower Council which shall be headed by the Office of the
Solicitor General and shall be composed of implementing agencies
identified as the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of the
Ombudsman, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Public
Attorney’s Office (PAO).
SBN 425 likewise empowers
both the Senate and the Congress to institute their own
whistleblower’s program for resource persons appearing before their
Informants who disclose
graft and corruption, plunder, violation of code of conduct and
ethical standards for public officials and employees, and other abuse
or neglect of duty of an agency, public servants and private entities
are protected under the measure.
“We want to protect
government informants even before they take the witness stand. This
bill bestows a set of safeguards and benefits for witnesses aside from
those provided under our existing law on such program.”
Section 18 of the proposed
bill states that a “whistleblower shall not be subject to any
liability whether administrative, civil, criminal for making such
disclosure.” It frees the whistleblower from any claim or demand for
making a disclosure. It also provides that no single evidence
presented shall be used against the informant in court. However, in
any case that a whistleblower commits any false or misleading
disclosure, all protection shall be lifted.
Aside from security and
protection, the bill also entitles the whistleblower to financial
benefits such as an allowance equivalent to his daily basic financial
requirement and a corresponding monetary reward equivalent to at least
ten percent of the recovered amount or one million pesos, whichever is
lower, as a result of his disclosure.
“By strengthening the
protection of the citizen whose testimony is necessary and
indispensable for the successful prosecution of a case, we also
strengthen accountability and reduce corruption in the public and
private sectors,” Escudero said.
Police chiefs told
to make stations “presentable”
By RPCRD, Police Regional
August 13, 2013
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
The region’s top police official directed all chiefs in the region’s
146 police stations to maintain clean and presentable workplace and
thus enhance public acceptance and perception of their office and the
police personnel manning it.
“Aside from adherence to our
‘Tamang Bihis’ program, our men should also do their administrative
works in clean and orderly stations, not in stinking places that add
up to the public’s negative perception on us,” said Police Regional
Office 8 director PCSupt. Elmer R. Soria.
Aside from conducting
inspection on the readiness of their men against possible attack from
NPA rebels, provincial and city police directors were ordered to
personally check on the cleanliness and orderliness of PNP stations
and other facilities inside and outside of their offices, Soria
“We do not want to hear
complaints from our clients of poorly maintained and untidy stations,
police chiefs whose stations have stinking comfort rooms will be
relieved from their posts,” he added.
The PRO8 has 136 municipal
police stations, five city police stations and a total of 5 police
stations under Tacloban and Ormoc City police offices.
The top police official also
informed that the government has allocated some P170 million for the
renovation and rehabilitation of old or dilapidated police stations
Called “Oplan: Dignity,” the
renovation program would cover around 1,700 police stations for a
minimum of P100,000 each, the police regional director said, adding
that the priority police stations subject to repairs would be those
with dilapidated or worn out roofing, stinking toilets, poor
lightings, and those that needs re-painting.
“The PNP leadership wants to
bring dignity back to the PNP officers’ place of work and win public
admiration,” Soria averred.
AFP P19.25M reward
to “informers” a rip-off at the expense of people’s rights – Karapatan
August 13, 2013
QUEZON CITY – “The Armed
Forces of the Philippines has no right to brag about the capture of
‘terrorist personalities and communist leaders’ through their
so-called informants. It’s a shame that it spent P19.25 million of the
nation’s money for capturing and torturing people like security guard Rolly Panesa and presenting him as “Benjamin Mendoza”, a high-ranking
official of the Communist Party of the Philippines, for the prize of
P5.6 million. It’s simply a rip-off, an organized racket,” commented
Karapatan’s secretary general Cristina Palabay. Panesa has been in
jail for 10 months now.
Palabay added, “the AFP committed the same violation to Oligario Sebas,
a resident of Manjuyod, Negros Oriental who was also jailed because of
the AFP’s claim that he is “Felimon Mendrez”, allegedly a CPP leader
in Negros.” The AFP said Sebas had a P5.2 million on his head and was
on the list of the Department of National Defense-Department of
Interior and Local Government Joint Orders on Reward or Joint Order
14.2012. Sebas was released through a writ of habeas corpus.
Karapatan, in earlier statements, lambasted the Joint Order 14.2012
saying “it is no different from the secret hit list of Gloria Arroyo’s
Oplan Bantay Laya which resulted to thousands of cases of human rights
violations ranging from illegal arrest and detention, enforced
disappearances and political killings.”
The said DND-DILG Joint Order was used to legitimize the enforced
disappearance, illegal arrest and detention of Estelita T. Tacalan, a
60-year old peasant organizer and rural health worker in Misamis
Oriental. Tacalan was reported missing on April 27 and was surfaced on
May 7 at the Dipolog City Jail where she is currently detained.
“The DND-DILG’s secret hitlist should be scrapped as it has become the
basis to arrest, detain, and torture people on false charges; or
worse, disappeared or killed. The AFP should also be held accountable
for squandering the people’s money to violate people rights. These
acts confirms the AFP’s own admission that the Aquino government’s
Oplan Bayanihan is a failure” said Palabay.
secretary De Lima & NBI for arrest of assistant prosecutor Solidum
August 13, 2013
QUEZON CITY – The
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) commends Secretary
Leila De Lima and agents of the National Bureau of Investigation for
the arrest of Assistant Prosecutor Diosdado Solidum following
extortion attempt on members of the Philippine Airlines Employees
Association (PALEA) last week.
“The arrest of Assistant
State Prosecutor Diosdado Solidum Jr. just after receiving marked
extortion money is a signal that there is indeed hope not just for
workers harassed by legalese but also for cloutless ordinary people
similarly oppressed specifically those who are about to give up
because of our crooked our justice system. We commend Secretary Leila
De Lima and the select NBI agents for demonstrating this unique brand
of hope,” said lawyer Democrito Mendoza, TUCP president.
Mendoza added saying: “I
sincerely hope that Secretary De Lima and other enlightened
prosecutors will continue to demonstrate cleansing of the DOJ of the
so-called “hoodlums in robe” and dismiss the charges filed against
PALEA because this case is mere harassment against them right from the
Mendoza said PALEA members
have no regular means of income and have been living on subsistence
for fighting contractualization work scheme in the Philippine Airlines
Upon the orders of De Lima,
NBI agents arrested Solidum Thursday last week in an entrapment
operation in a Quezon City restaurant immediately after receiving
marked money. Solidum allegedly asked for P2.5 million in exchange of
dropping the alleged coercion charges pending against PALEA members at
the Department of Justice.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales
ordered a filing of direct bribery case and violation of code of
conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees.
Philippine languages, culture
By JULIEANNE DEE C.
LANGCAUON, RAFI intern
August 12, 2013
CEBU CITY – The
mother tongue-based multilingual education of the K-12 program allows
efficient interactions between students and teachers in its second
year of implementation.
“The use of the mother
tongue as medium of instruction is very effective because students can
interact with their teachers easily. Their familiarity to the language
simplifies the processing of lectures,” Dr. Jolisa Arcilla, Department
of Education (DepEd) representative from Lahug Elementary school, said
during the August 10 episode of “Pagtuki”, the official radio program
of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI).
Students have been enjoying
their classes because they can associate with the language used in
teaching, thus understanding becomes easier.
Arcilla stressed that
children embrace their cultural identity when they realize that the
school recognizes their mother tongue as it is used as the medium of
Dr. Angel Pesirla, linguist
and professor of Cebu Normal University, sees the importance of using
the mother tongue in dispelling a child’s misconception of his native
language. Pesirla recalled that in the past, students are given the
impression that English is the only medium of instruction in class and
that speaking in their native tongue should be “penalized”, thus
creating a sense of inferiority towards one's own language and
developing inner conflict among students.
The implementation of the
mother tongue-based multilingual education hopes to instil in
schoolchildren appreciation and confidence towards local languages.
In an anthropological
perspective, Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, RAFI’s Culture & Heritage executive
director, explained that embracing one's native language makes it
easier to advance to other mediums of instructions such as English and
Filipino. For her, the stronger a cultural foundation is, the better
the development becomes.
The mother tongue-based
multilingual education introduces 12 languages to students in the
school year 2012-2013. These languages are Bahasa Sug, Bikol, Cebuano,
Chabacano, Hiligaynon, Iloko, Kapampangan, Maguindanaoan, Meranao,
Pangasinense, Tagalog, and Waray.
In kindergarten, children
begin with the readiness stage wherein oral fluency is focused. In
Grade 1, students begin their reading and writing stage. From Grades 4
to 6, English and Filipino are gradually introduced as languages of
instruction. Both will become primary languages of instruction in
Junior High School and Senior High School.