intensifies campaign against bladed weapons
By RPCRD, Police Regional
May 12, 2015
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –
Police Regional Office 8 thru the leadership of PCSupt Asher Abanilla
Dolina, acting regional director, continuously pressing its drive
against illegal possession of bladed weapons or Batas Pambansa Blg. 6.
The Acting Regional Director
said that PNP PRO8 is continuously conducting pro-active operations
against deadly/bladed weapons and invigorates its efforts to achieve
peaceful and orderly communities.
Section 1 of BP Bilang 6
disclosed “It is unlawful to carry outside of one's residence any
bladed, pointed or blunt weapon such as "knife", "spear", "pana",
"dagger", "bolo", "barong", "kris", or "chako", except where such
articles are being used as necessary tools or implements to earn a
livelihood or in pursuit of a lawful activity. Any person found guilty
thereof shall suffer the penalty of imprisonment of not less than one
month nor more than one year or a fine of not less than Two Hundred
Pesos nor more than Two Thousand Pesos, or both such imprisonment and
fine as the Court may direct."
The PNP leadership is very
much hopeful that thru the continuous implementation of Lambat Sibat,
a plan that involves focusing on strategies to sustained service of
search warrants, warrants of arrest, manhunt operations to arrest Most
Wanted Persons and decrease of hacking/stabbing incidents in the
This Lambat Sibat is
formulated to negate the occurrence of murder, homicide, robbery,
physical injuries, theft and the proliferation of illegal drugs in the
region. By using several anti-crime strategies and tactics – like the
“fishing nets and spears” – PRO8 will be able to address multiple
crime problems and issues. These strategies include checkpoint and
choke point, Oplan bakal/sita in order to prevent the proliferation of
loose firearms and deadly weapons that are frequently being used to
commit crimes, Beat/Foot Patrol and Police Community Relations for a
wider community awareness to generate support and cooperation in crime
control and public safety program.
He encouraged all police
commanders down to the MPS level to religiously implement night
watches, enhance patrol operations, rapid deployment of personnel and
resources, as well as deployment of ninety percent (90%) office
personnel as patrollers.
PCSupt Dolina added that the
PNP will not flinch in its fight against lawless elements and will
make sure that they will be put behind bars. He likewise reminds all
its personnel to remain alert at all times. He said, “Police
authorities would relentlessly maintain and sustain orderliness,
especially in places where illegal activities like illegal drug
pushing, illegal gambling and other street crimes are rampant. These
strategies also aim to arrest criminals and wanted persons from their
PCSupt Dolina showcased
PRO8’s accomplishment in its stern campaign also of deadly weapon. For
the 1st quarter of 2015, a total of One Hundred Seven (107) stabbing
incidents and Twenty Nine (29) hacking incidents were recorded by the
Regional Investigation and Detection Management Division, PRO8.
Assorted deadly/bladed weapons were seized during the various police
operations such as the conduct of checkpoints, services of Search
Warrants and Warrants of Arrest and implementation of Oplan Bakal/Sita
being carried out by the different police/city provincial police
The public is further
encouraged to help the police by way of providing relevant and timely
information on any criminal activities in social media (Twitter -
@Pro8Pcrd or Facebook Page - ruperto_kangleon) or through the
following: Dial 117 or text 2920; RPCRD 09173238683/09088146421; RTOC
09173114794/09478907155 and Isumbong Mo Kay Tsip 09178475757.
LtCol. Erwin Alea, Maj. Cherry Llave, LtCol. Reynaldo Cruz, MGen.
Jet Velarmino and Dr. Benedict Valdez during the Free Clip Lip
and Palate Surgery at Samar Provincial Hospital from May 4-8,
8ID partners with
Maharlika Foundation and Smile Train, and Road Bees2 in providing free
clip lip and palate surgery
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 11, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army
partnered with the Davao City based Maharlika Foundation; United
States of America based Smile Train Children Charity; the Catbalogan
City based motorcycle rider group, Road Bees 2; and Samar Provincial
Hospital (SPH) in providing free clip lip and palate surgeries from
May 4-8, 2015 at Samar Provincial Hospital in Catbalogan City.
The Medical Team of the
Command led by Lt. Col. Reynaldo R. Cruz (MC), Commanding Officer,
Camp Lukban Station Hospital participated in the conduct of surgeries
along with the medical doctors provided by SPH and other partner
organizations. The Army Command also provided 40 Cot Beds and four
Squad Tents that served as the Command Center and resting area of
different medical teams.
The endeavour benefited 50
indigent individuals whose clip lip and palate deformities underwent
corrective surgeries. The eldest beneficiary was 60 years old, while
the youngest was 13 years old.
Lorda A Fuego, whose
daughter underwent corrective surgery was thankful to the organizers
of the medical mission and said that the free surgery provided is a
turning point of her daughter’s life as she will now be acknowledged
as a normal child.
Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino
AFP, Commander of 8ID lauded the effort of the 8ID Medical Team, the
Maharlika Foundation, the Smile Train Children’s Charity, the Road
Bees 2, and the Samar Provincial Hospital (SPH) for the partnership in
providing free clip lip and palate surgeries to indigent patients. He
also said that 8ID will always be ready and willing to work with other
stakeholders to be of service to the people of Eastern Visayas, such
as the just concluded free Clip Lip and Palate surgeries rendered for
World’s first solar power
Jessica Minh Anh to
mark her 10th history-making catwalk at Gemasolar in Spain
May 11, 2015
PARIS – Jessica Minh
Anh will mark her 10th history-making production by transforming the
award-winning solar power plant, Gemasolar in Seville, Spain, into the
world’s most innovative catwalk on 17 July 2015. The highly
anticipated J Summer Fashion Show will set a new standard for modern
fashion presentation by not only promoting the most exquisite designs
from 5 continents, but also the best of advanced technology and
Pushing the visual envelope,
the model and entrepreneur will stage the unique catwalk right in the
middle of Gemasolar, with the cinematic backdrop of the famous central
tower and thousands of cutting-edge shining mirrors. The 100-meter
catwalk will be filmed from various angles, using the latest drone
technology from above to highlight the sunlight’s effect on the
stunning circle-shaped power plant.
"It is an honor to host
Jessica Minh Anh’s Summer Fashion Show at Gemasolar and to be included
in her series of fashion events at the world’s most iconic venues,”
said Raul Mendoza Ruiz, Gemasolar Plant Manager, Torresol Energy.
“Gemasolar is an international symbol of the next generation of power
plants and represents the future, just as Jessica does in fashion. We
look forward to fascinating the world with a mixture of high
technology and high fashion in this particular project.”
Similar to Jessica Minh
Anh’s previous fashion phenomena, J Summer Fashion Show 2015 will
premiere a combination of haute couture and high end ready-to-wear
collections from over 15 countries. The carefully selected fashion
houses embrace tradition and culture whilst experimenting with
innovative techniques of modern design. Jessica has worked with famous
names such as Paul Costelloe, Addy van den Krommenacker, Tony Ward,
Shiatzy Chen, Yumi Katsura, Montblanc, Buccelatti, Van Cleef & Arpels,
and Ivanka Trump Jewelry among many others.
Jessica Minh Anh, who
“combines art, architecture, culture, and fashion in her extraordinary
catwalks” (ABC New York), can now add technology in her list.
Representing the new generation of creative leaders, the IT graduate
has more passion for the high-tech world than one might have guessed.
“Gemasolar took my breath away. It represents a rare modern beauty,
which sees the best of designs and sustainability efforts in one
place. I would consider this show my most challenging yet exciting
project so far,” said Jessica Minh Anh.
J Summer Fashion Show 2015
will welcome influential faces from various industries, international
designers, country ambassadors and ministers, and international press.
Having witnessed Jessica Minh Anh’s many catwalks around the world,
ELLE Italia fashion editor Giulia Pacella said, “Jessica had models
walking in the sky (Grand Canyon Skywalk), atop the iconic Eiffel
Tower, and on water (Hudson River). I have no doubt this show will be
yet another mind-blowing success.”
The official pre-show photo
and video shoot will take place on 13 June 2015 at Gemasolar. For more
information, visit www.jmodelmanagement.co.uk
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at its corporate headquarters
May 8, 2015
CHICAGO, IL -
TransUnion hosted a dialogue today with Philippine President Benigno
Aquino III and representatives from some of Chicago's leading
corporations to discuss continued business opportunities with the
republic. The event was held in cooperation with the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce, the US-ASEAN Business Council, and the National Center for
Executives from TransUnion,
which has had operations in the Philippines since 2011 and is helping
lenders extend new credit to 25,000 Filipinos every month, renewed
their commitment to bringing information for good to the people of the
"We were honored to host
President Aquino and his delegation at the TransUnion headquarters to
help facilitate more open trade dialogue between the U.S. and the
Philippines," said David Neenan, president of TransUnion's
international operations. "The Philippines economy is poised for
long-term economic growth, and we are proud to be providing services
and solutions in an incredibly positive and open market that allow the
country's businesses to thrive. At the same time, we are providing the
consumers of the Philippines with essential financial tools and
information to help improve their standard of living."
TransUnion currently offers
the following services to the Philippine market:
Fraud and Identity
"By hosting this dialogue,
TransUnion furthered the conversation between the U.S. business
community and the Philippines during this crucial year of Manila's
APEC chairmanship. Additionally, our conversation helped provide a
path forward for greater interaction between our two economies as the
Philippines considers its possible participation in the Trans-Pacific
Partnership, further down the road." said Tami Overby, senior vice
president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "We look forward
to continued engagement with President Aquino and working with him to
promote economic growth."
Jet B. Velarmino (standing right), commander 8th Infantry
Division, while presenting his lecture on Incident Command Post
System During Typhoon to the participants of Samar Disaster Risk
Reduction Summit at 8ID covered court on May 5, 2015.
8ID hosts the Samar
Risk Reduction Management Council Summit
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 7, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army
hosted the Samar Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Council
Summit at its Headquarters in Barangay Maulong, Catbalogan City Samar
on May 5, 2015.
The summit was attended by
the different stakeholders of Samar and Region-8 led by Maj. Gen. Jet
B. Velarmino AFP, Commander 8ID; Hon. Sharee Ann T. Tan, Governor of
Western Samar; Mr. Rey M. Gozon, Regional Director of the Office of
Civil Defense (OCD8); Mr. Pedro A. Noval Jr., Regional Director of the
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG8); Ms. Victoria F.
Esber, Regional Director of the Civil Service Commission (CSC8); Dr.
Imelda C. Laceras, Regional Director of Department of Budget and
Management (DBM8); Mr. Delfin P. Aguilar, Regional Director of
Commission on Audit (COA8); Mr. Judy L. Batulan, DILG of Western Samar;
Mr. Manuel Van Torrevillas, Provincial Risk Reduction Management
Officer of Samar; Ms. Natividad O. Silorio, Area Manager Plan
International Inc.; and the Local Chief Executives of Samar.
The Summit had a variety of
resource speakers coming from the Army, LGUs, LGAs and the private
sector who shared their expertise and experiences in addressing
On the part of 8ID, Maj. Gen
Velarmino presented the Incident Command Post System which the Army
Command implemented during the Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in 2013; Mr.
Ruel Maga of SURGE presented the concept of their group in helping
communities be resilient during disasters; Hon. Moreno, Brgy Captain
of Solsogon, Sta. Margarita, Samar presented their actions taken
prior, during and after Typhoon Yolanda. While RD Gozon presented the
Republic Act 10121 or the Act of Strengthening the Philippine DRRM
System, the National DRRM framework, and institutionalization of the
National DRRM Plan, as well as the appropriation of funds.
The highlight of the summit
was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by the Hon.
Sharee Ann Tan, Hon. Danny V. Tan, RD Rey M. Gozon, DILG Judy L.
Batulan and Natividad Silorio. It was witnessed by the Army and the
PNP representatives, the Local Chief Executives, representatives of
national government agencies, and the Risk Reduction Management
Council Chairpersons of different towns and cities of Western Samar.
The MOA is aimed to divide
the stakeholders’ tasks during disasters and to institutionalize the
disaster preparedness of the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Western
Samar Province by standardizing the methodology in training the
Municipal and Barangay officials through a participatory framework.
It is also aimed to adopt a
disaster risk reduction and management approach with holistic,
comprehensive, integrated and proactive approach in lessening the
socio-economic and environment impact of disasters and climate change,
and promote the involvement and participation of all sectors and
stakeholders concerned, at all levels, especially in the local
communities as stipulated in Section 2, Sub Section D of R.A 10121.
While on the part of Plan
International, as was stipulated in the MOA, will implement the
Scaling Up Resilience in Governance (SURGE) which will advocate
successful experiences on Inclusive Community Based Disaster Risk
Reduction (ICBDRR) in communities through the peer-to-peer approach
that is aimed to increase resilience of disaster high-risk
communities. SURGE is funded by European Union.
Another highlight of the
summit was 8ID HADR Capability demonstration by the 8ID Emergency
Response Company (ERC) simulating a multiple vehicular accidents
8ID also showcased its
Disaster Response Operation (DRO) equipment in conducting rescue
operation in the bodies of water through its Water Search and Rescue (WASAR)
Team, as well as its equipment in conducting search and rescue
operation in collapsed structures.
Hon. Tan was full of
optimism after the summit and appreciated 8ID for hosting the Samar
Province DRRM Summit and stressed the importance of coming up with a
holistic approach in addressing disasters.
Maj. Gen. Velarmino hailed
the outcome of the summit and dubbed it as a step towards the right
direction in strengthening the DRRM system of Western Samar Province
in order to mitigate the impact of disasters.
He also said that the signed
MOA will greatly benefit the Province, the LGUs under it, the
concerned government agencies, as well as the PNP and AFP units as
they will have an anchor to craft supporting policies and laws to
prepare in addressing problems during disaster planning phase, and
during the actual implementation of disaster plans in areas of
coordination, sharing of resources, as well as in technical expertise.
Chiz: Where did
P63-B AFP modernization fund go?
By Office of Senator Chiz
May 6, 2015
PASAY CITY – Senator
Chiz Escudero wants the military to account for almost P63 billion it
has received since 2002 to modernize the Armed forces of the
Philippines (AFP), as the Senate began its probe into questionable
acquisitions of equipment and weapons system under the modernization
“Money for the modernization
program has been in the AFP’s hands beginning 2002. We want to know
how it was spent, where it was spent. We want to know what their
procurement did to the force, how the military condition has changed,”
Escudero, chairman of the
Senate Committee on Finance, filed Senate Resolution No. 1234 which
sought an investigation into the AFP’s questionable procurement to
modernize the military. Escudero’s initiative is one of the
resolutions tackled during the Blue Ribbon Committee hearing.
According to Escudero, a
total of P63.38 billion has been released to the AFP from 2002 to
2013. Out of this figure, P41.832 billion came from the General
Appropriations; P12.958 billion from the remittances from the Bases
Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA); P1 billion from the
Malampaya fund; P6.59 billion from the Department of Energy (DoE);
P909.98 million from interest income; and P92.438 million from
“Why is our military still
in a sorry state after P63 billion? With this money, we get to ask: is
the Filipino soldier better off than before? Are our soldiers better
equipped? Are they better trained? Is their inherent bravery boosted
by more confidence in fighting with the purchased arsenals? The
answers will show us where this modernization plan can and will take
us,” he said.
Escudero said the funds
appropriated for the modernization program may pale in comparison to
the military giants of our neighboring countries but wise, judicious
and efficient spending will go a long way in strengthening our
“We are no Hercules compared
to the formidable forces of China or Japan, so we better equip our
military with the right arsenal. There is a dream sequence and there
is reality. We want to see how they chose between these two in terms
of spending,” he added.
The senator asked Defense
Secretary Voltaire Gazmin for a full accounting report on the use of
the Modernization Fund. The defense chief said he will provide the
committee with the said report before the next hearing.
On eve of state visit, PNoy
Do not forget the
illegal Canadian wastes
May 4, 2015
Environmental justice and public health groups tell President Benigno
Simeon Aquino III to not forget the illegal Canadian waste issue as he
leaves for a state visit in Canada this week.
Mr. Aquino will be in Canada
on May 7-9 for a state visit, and his itinerary includes meetings with
top Canada officials, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and
Governor General David Johnston.
“Mr. President, we urge you
to stand up to the Canadians and ask Prime Minister Harper to take
back their illegal waste shipment,” said BAN Toxics executive
director, Atty. Richard Gutierrez. “Do this not simply because it is
the right and legal thing to do, but do so to defend the dignity of
In 2013, the Bureau of
Customs (BOC) seized 50 forty-footer container vans containing various
waste materials and hazardous wastes imported from Canada, which were
misdeclared by the Canadian exporter as ‘assorted scrap plastic
materials for recycling’.
Citing a change.org
petition, Gutierrez urged President Aquino to ‘grab this chance and
show the world that the Philippines is not a dumping site’. The
petition has already garnered more than 25,000 signatures, with a
considerable portion of signatures coming from Canada, and is
The groups fear that the
decision of the interagency committee to dispose of the Canadian
wastes here will set a precedent and give way to more garbage being
dumped here by richer countries like Canada. They see this as a result
of ‘indirect pressure from the Canadian government’ by doling out
economic packages in exchange of brushing the Canadian waste issue
under the rug.
"PNOY should not sweep the
issue of Canada's waste under the rug during his visit to Canada on
May 7 for the sake of not hurting diplomatic relations. There is
nothing diplomatic in dumping waste to another nation and still expect
a friendly stance from them,” explained Greenpeace Philippines toxics
campaigner Abigail Aguilar. “The issue is of equal importance as
labor, infrastructure and development assistance. The Filipino people
– whom PNoy refers to as his bosses – are the ones most disadvantaged
by this irresponsible waste dumping by Canada and by both governments'
inaction over the issue.”
The interagency committee in
charge of the Canadian waste is composed of the Department of Foreign
Affairs (DFA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR),
Bureau of Customs (BOC), and the Department of Health (DOH).
The Canadian government
continues to dodge the issue by saying this is a private matter
between the Canadian exporter, Chronic Inc., and its Filipino
counterpart, Chronic Plastics. However, various sectors have pointed
out that the illegal shipment is a violation of the Basel Convention
on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal,
an international treaty that regulates toxic waste and other wastes to
which both Canada and the Philippines are parties to.
As per the Basel Convention,
the illegal shipment should have been re-exported to Canada.. The
Convention requires the exporting country, in this case Canada, to
take back the illegally seized shipment and to pay the costs for the
Apart from the Basel
Convention, the importation violates a number of local laws such as
the DENR Administrative Order 28 (Interim Guidelines for the
Importation of Recyclable Materials Containing Hazardous Substances)
and Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of
“By allowing Canada to
dispose of its illegal wastes in the country, the President will in
effect, abet and aid in the violation of international law. That is
not the “matuwid na daan” we expect from President Pnoy, nor what the
Filipinos put him in office for,” Gutierrez lamented.
The shipment has been
festering in the Philippine ports for more than 700 days and,
according to the groups’ calculations, the government is spending at
least P144,000 a day for the loss of income for storage space and the
additional expenses for demurrage, which, to date, costs around P90
Last year, a petition was
signed by international organizations to express their concern over
the illegal waste shipment and urged Canada to take back its waste.
Representatives from NGOs in several countries, including Australia,
China, Germany, India, Russia, and the US, signed the letter.
“To allow our country to be
treated as a dumping ground of Canada in the name of ‘preserving
diplomatic relations’ indicates how little – if at all – this
government appreciates our sovereignty as a nation,” ended Global
Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives’ Paeng Lopez.