8ID joins the
nation in commemorating the 116th Philippine Independence Day
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 13, 2014
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army
celebrates with the entire country in the commemoration of the 116th
Philippine Independence day with the theme "Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga
Dakilang Pilipino tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago."
The 8ID conducted a flag
raising ceremony at Camp Vicente Lukban, Maulong and Catbalogan City
Plaza to pay homage to the resolve of our forefathers for freedom, and
their fortitude to attain Filipino Nationhood.
In support to the Catbalogan
City's Celebration, the 8ID Stormtroopers launched a static display at
the City plaza from 8am to 5pm.
Photo exhibit, armaments and
armored vehicles were also put on display. Audio Visual Presentation
on the 8ID's peace and development campaigns and its humanitarian
efforts during the super typhoon Yolanda were viewed on widescreen.
Recruitment flyers were also distributed to encourage the local
aspirants to join the soldiery through the Philippine Military
Academy, Officer Candidate School and Candidate Soldier School.
Maj General Jet B Velarmino,
Commander 8th Infantry Division expressed his great enthusiasm in
participating in the said celebration. “As we remember this historic
event, let us also recognize the lasting contributions that every
Filipino made in the past, in bringing development to this country.
Every Filipino can repay their sacrifices by accepting his own
identity and start believing in his own capacity to bring positive
change in the country. The 8ID Stormstroopers believe that our
continuous efforts in pursuing peace and development will bring
progress in the Region and a positive impact in the country."
Andrea Rosal case
Mother and child
plight raised on UN rights body floor
June 13, 2014
GENEVA, Switzerland – International civil society organization Civicus
World Alliance for Citizen Participation (Civicus) and Philippine
human rights group Karapatan, through Karapatan secretary general
Cristina Palabay, jointly responded yesterday to the report of the
Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women during the interactive
dialogues at the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights
Speaking on behalf of Palabay, Atty. Mary Kristerie Baleva of the
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines delivered
a succinct yet vivid oral statement on the floor in the presence of
various State Missions, international NGOs and UN Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) officers and staff disclosing
the violations suffered by Filipino women detainees. She highlighted
the case of political prisoner Andrea Rosal, who was seven months
pregnant when she was arrested and detained in March on the basis of
The UN body holding sessions at Palais des Nations heard how Rosal did
not receive proper, immediate and adequate maternal and pre-natal care
due to the insensitivity and negligence of prison officials and
guards, endured and continues to suffer inhumane treatment together
with 31 other women detainees who shared her cramped and squalid cell.
Still under detention, Rosal gave birth to a daughter, who died within
In contrast to the inordinate delay of bringing the then expectant
mother to the hospital from the infernal jailhouse, the prison
officials, lawyer and doctor hastily whisked Rosal back despite the
absence of any medical clearance from her attending doctors.
The statement publicly asked the UN body and its pertinent mechanisms
to look into the case of Rosal for multiple violations of the 1955 UN
Standard Minimum Rules on the Treatment of Prisoners and the 2010 UN
Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures
for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules).
The oral intervention endorsed by the Philippine group Ecumenical
Voice for Peace and Human Rights (EcuVoice) also called for the
immediate release of Rosal and other women detainees especially the
sick and elderly.
Aside from Palabay and Baleva, the EcuVoice delegation also includes
one of Rosal's counsel Atty. Edre U. Olaia, Secretary General of the
National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) and Bureau member of the
International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) which has UN
Ecosoc consultative status.
workers and poor join broad anti-pork protests
Militants bring empty pots
and pans to the streets, calls for freedom for corruption, poverty and
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino
June 12, 2014
QUEZON CITY – Some 4,000 members of the militant Bukluran ng
Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) – from trade unions and urban poor
associations – took to the streets today to join the broad people's
anti-pork movement. The protest is the biggest anti-corruption rally
since the Million People March in Luneta last August 26.
The BMP converged at along Plaza Salamanca along Taft Avenue and Kalaw
Avenue at around 1:00 p.m. before marching to the Bonifacio Shrine
near the Manila City Hall for the 3:00 joint program.
Other groups had assembly points at Sta. Cruz Church, Liwasang
Bonifacio and Welcome Rotonda.
Banging Empty Pots and Pans: Poverty for the Workers and the Poor,
Luxury for Trapos and Political Dynasties
BMP President Leody de Guzman said, "Workers and the poor have brought
empty pots and pans in today's Independence Day protests to highlight
their worsening poverty amidst the affluence and luxury enjoyed by the
trapos (traditional politicians) and political dynasties".
"Not only are starvation wages further slashed by withholding taxes,
public funds are used to fill the pockets of corrupt politicians and
their crafty cohorts like Janet Napoles and Godofredo Roque. Even the
unemployed millions bear the tax burden when they pay the 12% VAT
while buying their basic necessities. Worse, the national coffers are
systematically plundered by both elected and appointed officials,
whose sanitized SALNs (statement of assets, liabilities and net worth)
blatantly reveal that the entire state bureaucracy is an elitist
millionaires' club!," he clarified.
Freedom to Exploit the Toiling Masses, Freedom to Choose our Elitist
He added, "As the Philippine government commemorates the country's
so-called day of independence, the BMP finds no reason to celebrate
under an elitist democracy that reeks with the stench of continuous
corruption scandals. The kind of freedom that the Filipino people
attained after the much-avowed restoration of democracy after the 1986
EDSA revolution is nothing but the freedom of the oligarchs to exploit
the toiling masses and the freedom of the voting public to choose
Investigate, Prosecute and Jail All, Not Just Pogi, Sexy and Tanda!
Gie Relova, Secretary-General of the BMP National Capital Region-Rizal
chapter, who led the group's contingent from Kalaw to the main
assembly in Bonifacio Shrine, declared, "The workers and the poor are
one with the Filipino people in its broadening protests against
corruption. However, we emphatically emphasize that the present
political controversies must lead to the investigation, prosecution
and incarceration of all crooks and thieves in government, not just
opposition senators Revilla, Estrada and Enrile. We challenge the
Noynoy administration to "jail all" including its allies in
government. If there is any truth to his electoral rhetoric "tuwid na
daan", it must investigate all those implicated in the pork barrel
scam, particularly Cabinet Secretaries Butch Abad and Prospero Alcala
of the DBM and DA, respectively, TESDA chief Joel Villanueva and
Senate President Franklin Drilon".
Privilege speeches by Revilla and Estrada did not gain support nor
sympathy from the underprivileged masses Relova explained, "The BMP
vows to educate the millions of unorganized Filipinos so that they
will not used as cannon-fodders in the squabbling among rivaling elite
factions. The recent privilege speeches by Revilla and Estrada did not
gain an iota of support nor sympathy from the underprivileged masses.
While their defense may expose the brand of selective justice by the
Liberal Party to attack its rivals, it does not prove their innocence.
The beleaguered senators have only justified the long-held public
opinion that trapos, from whatever political party, are generally
corrupt. Hence, the BMP is calling for total cleansing and meaningful
reforms in government, particularly, in people's participation in
governance and in the budgetary process".
"The Filipino people deserve to be part of the body-politic, not only
as voters during elections and as taxpayers when we receive our
salaries or buy our families' needs. We demand not just transparency
in government records, through the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill
but also democratic control in the drafting and implementation of the
budget. After all, the people – especially the workers are the most
tax-compliant sector of Filipino society," he concluded.
Solutions opens new flagship site in the Philippines
New headquarters to be
"home" to 6,000 employees
June 10, 2014
PLANO, TX – Expert
Global Solutions (EGS), a global leader in Business Process
Outsourcing (BPO), proudly opens its new flagship site in the
Philippines, EGS Centris. The Company will commemorate the occasion
Wednesday, June 11, during a grand opening ceremony hosted by Bong
Borja, President and Country Head. The event will be attended by local
dignitaries and industry leaders, as well as EGS employees and
With approximately 14,000
employees in the Philippines, EGS Centris is the seventh site for EGS
in metro Manila and its eighth site in the Philippines. EGS Centris is
located in a premier section of the Quezon City Triangle Park Central
Business District, an emerging growth area, north of Metro Manila.
"We consider Centris a
center of excellence for EGS' operations. It offers a state-of-the-art
work environment for our employees, which facilitates the delivery of
best-in-class service to our clients and their customers," said Ron Rittenmeyer, EGS Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
The new site occupies the
entire South Tower of Cyberpod Centris Three (21 floors) and reflects
EGS' brand and image. The building has close to 4,000 seats and is
expected to be home to 6,000 employees when at full capacity. In
addition to offering advanced technology and a superior working
environment, EGS Centris promotes work-life balance with its own
recreation area and gym.
"EGS Centris is a reflection
of our outlook toward growth and our investment in our people. We're
proud to offer our employees such an exceptional workplace in which to
service our world-class customers," stated Jack Jones, EGS Chief
EGS' Philippine operations
are led by Bong Borja, one of the founding fathers of the Philippines
BPO industry, and an outstanding and iconic leader.
"Our move to EGS Centris is
a testament of our business growth and commitment to further invest in
the development of EGS in the Philippines. We are excited about the
growth potential for our current business and employees and look
forward to welcoming new clients and talent to EGS," commented Mr.
In celebration of the new
site, local, industry and EGS leaders will commemorate the grand
opening of the new building on Wednesday, June 11.
live media coverage of pork scam trial
By Office of the Senate
June 9, 2014
PASAY CITY – Senate
Majority Leader Alan Peter "Companero" S. Cayetano said the Supreme
Court (SC) should allow live media coverage on the plunder trial of
the P10-billion pork scam, saying the matter is imbued with public
Cayetano said real-time
coverage of the court proceedings at the Sandiganbayan will allow the
Filipino people to render their own judgment on government officials
involved in the scam, including three of their elected senators.
"Kung naka-live yan, kung
ano ang nakikita ng huwes, yun din ang nakikita ng bawat mamamayan o
kaya naririnig sa radyo," he said.
"Lahat ay nililigawan ang
publiko. Ang judiciary, gustong ipakita na fair siya at nanliligaw sa
public opinion at mataas ang standards ng judiciary natin. Ang
prosecution, nililigawan ang tao para ipakita na guilty talaga ang
accused. Ang depensa, nililigawan din ang tao para ipakita na
pinulitika lang o hindi totoong guilty ang kanilang kliyente. So
makikita mo, win-win situation ang isang coverage."
The senator also backed the
request of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for the SC to designate
at least two special divisions in the Sandiganbayan to exclusively try
the pork barrel cases.
He noted the magnitude of
the pork scam trial considering that only three senators, Janet Lim-Napoles,
and five other personalities have so far been accused of plunder
before the Sandiganbayan.
Cayetano said that the pork
scam controversy should be considered case closed within 500 days
before the change of administration in 2016.
“Alam natin na kung sino man
ang Presidente, malaki ang impluwensya kung may makakasuhan o hindi,
kung may mako-convict o hindi. Tingnan mo ang attitude ni Vice
President, sinabi ba niya diyan sa Dasma gate na imbestigahan ang anak
niya? Ngayon lumabas na meron din silang foundation, sinabi ba niyang
imbestigahan? Kung sinuman ang magiging Presidente sa 2016, huwag
tayong magbulag-bulagan, magkakaroon ng epekto yan sa kaso nitong
tatlo,” he said.
Cayetano stressed that a
swift trial would also benefit Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce
Enrile, and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr, who all claimed innocence and had
nothing to do with the plunder of the people’s money.
“Kung ikaw ay isang inosente
na inakusahan at kinulong, hindi ba mas gusto mo din mapabilis? So
walang dapat magreklamo talaga kung mapabilis ang kaso basta fair,” he
granting of immunity to whilstleblowers, praises decision to reject
Napoles immunity plea
By Office of the Senate
June 6, 2014
PASAY CITY – Senate
Majority Leader Alan Peter "Companero" S. Cayetano lauded the Office
of the Ombudsman for granting immunity to pork scam whistleblowers and
for recognizing Janet Lim-Napoles to be the "most guilty" in the
misuse of government funds.
"Tama ang desisyon ng
Ombudsman to side with the whistleblowers. This will give them the
assurance na magpalit man ng administrasyon, protektado pa rin sila. I
laud the ombudsman for her decision" Cayetano said.
As it approved immunity for
Luy and other witnesses, the Ombudsman denied Napoles' bid for
immunity for "not meeting the qualifications to become an immune
"I have always been 100
percent against any type of immunity for Napoles and I'm happy with
the Ombudsman's decision," Cayetano added.
He also said that the
administration should provide more incentives and protection to
whistleblowers to encourage them to step forward and reveal what they
know in hopes of exposing corruption in government.
“There is a need to finally
pass the Whistleblowers Act and expand and strengthen our Witness
Protection Program to protect witnesses from threats and make sure
that their role in exposing anomalies will not harm their family’s
safety and livelihood." Cayetano said.
He added that we must learn
from other countries where the safety and livelihood of whistleblowers
are protected and ensured long after they have testified.
whistleblowers are now watching this case and if we show them that
people like them will be protected and taken cared of by the state
then we will see more courageous people willing to risk their lives to
expose and weed out corruption from government.” Cayetano said.
Cayetano: PNoy will
not sweep pork scam under the rug
By Office of the Senate
June 5, 2014
PASAY CITY – Senate
Majority Leader Alan Peter "Companero" S. Cayetano said President
Benigno Aquino III, unlike the previous administrations, is not the
type of leader who sweeps issues of corruption under the rug.
"To be fair sa Presidente, I
think si President Aquino is very sincere sa anti-corruption drive.
Nakita naman natin, siya ang nag-umpisa nito, siya ang nagpa-imbestiga
sa COA (Commission on Audit); siya naman ay very consistent sa
anti-corruption (drive)," the senator said.
Over the weekend, Secretary
Herminio Coloma Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operations
Office appealed to the public not to blame Malacanang over the alleged
misuse of priority development assistance funds (PDAF).
Cayetano said he believes
that the President is committed to Reveal, Investigate, and Prosecute
(RIP) all those who were involved in the pork barrel scam.
He also advised the
President not to let critics get in the way of the administration's
anti-corruption drive and instead focus on ensuring that all pork scam
conspirators are made accountable.
"Ang gawin ng Malacanang,
huwag pansinin ang mga kritiko na tinuturo ang Presidente o ang
Malacanang, i-push lang nila ng i-push ang mga ginagawa nila ngayon,"
He added that Malacanang
should not let Janet Lim-Napoles confuse the public and destroy the
credibility of the whistleblowers in favor of her "political
"Si Ms. Napoles ang
nakikinabang dahil nagugulo ang usapan at nahihirit niya ang kanyang
immunity o pagiging state witness. Nagagantihan niya ang mga nag-i-imbestiga
sa kanya sa pagdawit ng pangalan nila. Nakikinabang din dito yung mga
makapangyarihan sa likod niya na hindi pa napapangalanan pati na rin
ang mga political supporters niya," Cayetano said.
Hot jobs for 2014
business school grads
Look beyond traditional
fields to technology, healthcare, manufacturing
June 5, 2014
RESTON, VA – MBAs and
other business school graduates on the job market might do well to
look beyond traditional sectors to fields such as technology,
manufacturing, and healthcare. A global student exit survey taken by
the Graduate Management Admission Council in February and March found
job seekers in those sectors were more likely to have an early job
offer than those searching in larger, more traditional fields such as
finance/accounting, products & services and consulting.
Overall, some 57 percent of
class of 2014 MBA and other business school graduates seeking jobs had
at least one early offer. That's down slightly from 60 percent in last
year's survey but nearly double the 32 percent who had offers at the
same time period in 2010. The survey of 3,049 business school
graduates at 111 universities was conducted by GMAC, the non-profit
organization that conducts the GMAT exam on behalf of graduate
business and management programs worldwide.
"This snapshot of the early
job market for business school graduates demonstrates that graduate
business degrees are useful in a wide variety of careers. While demand
remains strong among traditional industries, business school graduates
shouldn't overlook alternative sectors, which are actively seeking MBA
and other business school talent," said Gregg Schoenfeld, GMAC survey
The 15th annual Global
Management Education Graduate Survey looks at how business school
graduates view their programs and offers a snapshot of their early job
search and career intentions. A total of 62 percent of the graduating
students were involved in a job search, and another four percent were
either self-employed or intending to pursue entrepreneurship at
Although salaries vary
widely by industry, job level, and work location, the median increase
in salary of those with job offers was 80 percent over their
pre-degree salary. That's up from the 73 percent increase reported by
business school graduates with early job offers in 2013.
Some key findings regarding
job sectors for business school graduates:
Technology is emerging as a
promising sector for business school graduates, as 61 percent of those
seeking jobs in the tech industry had job offers, accounting for 15
percent of all students with early offers. In 2010, just 9 percent of
students with early offers were in the technology industry.
healthcare/pharmaceuticals may be the undiscovered beaches of the
business school job market. Although they account for just 7 percent
and 5 percent, respectively, of the students with early offers,
students searching in these sectors had the greatest success rate,
with 74 percent reporting at least one offer.
Consulting is the most
popular field for career-switchers, as 27 percent of all
career-switching graduates with job offers were in consulting. Among
all job seekers, 21 percent of those with job offers are in
consulting, on par with 2010 (20 percent).
Finance/accounting is the
top sector for graduates with job offers who are not switching
industries after graduation. Twenty-six percent of all those with job
offers were in this sector, slightly higher than last year (24
percent) but still lower than in 2010 (30 percent).
remains a steady sector for business graduates, accounting for 5
percent of the graduates' early job offers. Some 62 percent of those
seeking jobs in government/non-profit had early offers, about the same
as last year and five years before.
"The job market for business
school graduates has rebounded nicely since 2010, and employers in all
sectors recognize they need the business skills and acumen these
graduates bring," Schoenfeld said.
For a copy of the Global
Management Education Graduate Survey report, go to gmac.com/globalgrads.
For more information, contact Tracey Briggs, GMAC media relations
director, at 703-668-9726 or email@example.com.
8ID troops clash
with NPA rebels anew, seized another high-powered firearm
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 29, 2014
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City, Samar – Troops under the 34th Infantry Battalion, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers)
Division clashed with New People’s Army rebels at around 10:32 a.m. on
May 28, 2014 at Brgy. Osang, Catubig, Northern, Samar.
Based on the report of Lt.
Col Rodrigo Illustrisimo, Commanding Officer of 34IB, his troops were
conducting routine security operations at Brgy. Osang, Catubig,
Northern Samar when they were fired upon by around fifteen (15) NPA
rebels. Troops immediately fired back, prompting the rebels to flee
after a 15-minute firefight. The encounter resulted to one (1) NPA
rebel killed. The troops also recovered one (1) M14 rifle and two (2)
M14 rifle magazines loaded with ammunition. Government troops did not
incur any casualty during the said encounter.
Meanwhile, pursuing troops
under 43IB also clashed with NPA rebels for 25 minutes on the same day
at around 11:10 a.m. at Brgy. Mahayag, Matuguinao, Samar. There were
no reported casualties on both sides during the encounter. It can be
recalled that on May 26, 2014, the same unit encountered the same
group of NPA rebels at same barangay where two (2) rebels were killed
and three (3) high powered firearms were recovered. The second
encounter was just 400 meters from the previous encounter.
According to Maj General Jet
B. Velarmino, Commander of the 8th Infantry Division the series of
encounters between the 8ID troops and NPAs is a sign that the mass
base of the rebels is now dwindling. “It is now the people that
pinpoint rebel hideouts which made it easier for our troops to track
them down. We are now in a situation where rebels can run, but cannot
Further, he stressed that
there is a considerable increase of surrender feelers from the NPA
ranks. “We expect influx of surrenderees in the coming days and we
assure assistance for those who wish to avail of the incentives and
benefits intended for rebels from local and national government.”
"These are the reasons why,
I am very optimistic that we can hand-over the internal security
operation to the LGUs of Samar and Northern Samar by June and December
2014 respectively. I am elated with this development since this is
what we have been working for and this is what we have planned and
hoped to achieve," he added.