PNP All Set for Poll Duty
ROMUEL A. NACAR
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan, Samar – The security
preparations of the Philippine National Police for the May 10, 2004 National
and Local elections are all set and aimed at neutralizing the factors that
will threaten the peace and order situation in the country. Efforts are also
in place to maintain peace in areas affected by intense political rivalries
through peace covenants among candidates and police operations to prevent
election-related violent incidents.
PNP Chief Police Director General Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. in his recent
visit to Samar Police Provincial Office yesterday, May 4, 2004, said that the
conduct of peaceful election should be an interplay of teamwork among
concerned agencies. The PNP and AFP take charge of the peace, order and
security concerns while other agencies like COMELEC, DECS, and other groups
should take charge of credible result.
“The PNP must
maintain neutrality and be an apolitical organization by staying away from
Ebdane told the Officers
and men of Samar PPO led by Police Senior Superintendent Conrado V.
Calvario, Samar PNP Provincial Director. He added that checkpoints
operations should be placed in high gear to seriously implement the gun ban
and other prohibitions during the campaign period.
Aside from security preparations for the
election period, the PNP came up with another directive requiring all PNP
units to further upgrade the security measures on vital installations and
critical infrastructure to include counter-actions against possible attacks
by the terrorist groups, particularly the Abu Sayyaf. Documents found
recently by the PNP Intelligence Group in the possession of ASG members
recently contain hit list codes and bombing targets particularly
communication and transportation facilities, government installations, power
plants, water supply lines, houses of worship, recreational areas and
In Samar province, the Samar Police Provincial
Office under Police Senior Superintendent Conrado V. Calvario, Samar PNP
Provincial Director, have already undertaken several courses of action in
preparations for the coming elections, among them the activation of the
Provincial / City / Municipal Election Monitoring Action Center (PEMAC /
CEMAC / MEMAC) to monitor and dispatch on all election matters; conduct of
information drive, motivational enlightenment and value formation among PNP
personnel to set their mind in the forthcoming 2004 elections; conduct of
mobile patrol/checkpoint along strategic areas; organization of platoon size
of reserve personnel for immediate deployment; close coordination with the 8th
Infantry Division, Philippine Army and the Comelec; and conduct a
fortnightly political assessment of the provincial peace and order
Since the start of election period, the Samar
Police Provincial Office had established a total of 10 Comelec checkpoints
province-wide which has resulted in the arrest of 20 persons, confiscation
of 15 loose/unlicensed high-powered and low-powered firearms and several
rounds at ammunition, and the filling of 13 cases in court.
AFP Vice Chief says situation in ‘Samar not so alarming’
By ELI C.
CATBALOGAN, Samar - Despite a number of reported killings in the province resulting from
election-related violence, the situation in Samar is not yet on a level that
will cause alarm to the entire nation, Armed Forces Vice Chief of Staff Lt.
Gen. Rodolfo Garcia said.
to Gen. Garcia, compared to some provinces in Northern Luzon and Central
Mindanao, Samar remains relatively calm and manageable except for some
sporadic cases of violence triggered by the intense rivalry of some
political leaders in the province.
press time, the death toll resulting from this election-related violence
since December of last year has already reached 26, most of which happened
in Samar's 1st District. This is not to mention those who were seriously
injured which, according to reports, is double that number.
Vice Chief, however, assured that the armed forces is ready to assist the
Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Philippine National Police (PNP)
in securing this year's elections.
Meanwhile, Gen. Garcia commented that the communist New People's Army (NPA)
deserved the terrorist tag in the light of recent developments one of which
is the imposition of permit to campaign (PTC) fees while harassing
candidates who refuse to pay. This, he said, is tantamount to extortion.
recent victim of NPA extortion was Jiabong re-electionist Mayor Chanita
Gabieta who was detained by the rebels for about three days in a hinterland
barangay of the said town more than a week ago.
together with her party mates, was released after allegedly paying
P400,000.00 to the rebels. She, however, denied the report.
Garcia blamed the local candidates for giving in to the rebels' demand
instead of coordinating with the army to provide them with security escorts
in conducting campaigns to rebel-influenced barangays of the province.
He likewise condemned
the rebels for this act which, according to him, is just a little short of
kidnapping for ransom done by the Abu Sayaff Group (ASG).
Highway robbery incident victim killed
CATBALOGAN, Samar - At around 5 a.m. of
April 14, 2004, a hold-up/robbery incident transpired in Calbayog City
victimizing three private individuals on board a private vehicle from Manila
on their way to Ormoc City.
Edgardo Roble of Isla
Verde, Ormoc City together with his driver Ramon Pollesco and a certain
“Macmac” while on their way to Ormoc City from Allen, Northern Samar on
board a gray Pajero van were flagged down by three unidentified hitch hikers
at the vicinity of Bgy. Dapdap, Allen.
Upon reaching the vicinity
of Bgy. Cagmanipis, Tinambacan District, Calbayog
City, the hitch hikers declared hold-up subsequently pulling out their
firearms, two (2) M16 rifles and an Uzi machine pistol. The suspects took
the wallet of Roble containing P7,000.00 cash and ATM card as well as
Roble’s Rado watch and other personal belongings.
The suspects immediately
alighted and strafed the vehicle killing Roble and wounding Pollesco then
hurriedly escaped to an unknown direction using the Pajero vehicle and
taking with them Macmac.
Pollesco was brought to St.
Camillus Hospital in Calbayog City
while the cadaver of Roble was brought to one of the funeral parlors in
An Samar Naman movement formed
CATBALOGAN, Samar - A Catbalogan-based
civil society group called “An Samar Naman Movement” was recently organized
in Samar province, with its initial 160 members vowing to protect the major
resources for the prosperity of Samar, the environment, the people, and the
taxes which the government collects from the people. To date the number of
membership escalated to more than 12,000 according to its founding director
The group was organized by
founding members, among whom are, Melchor “Mito” F. Nacario of Calbiga;
Julius Mancol of Calbayog City; Egan Gabon of Motiong; Imelda Bonifacio of
Matuguinao; Pedrito “Pedray” V. Lancanan of Basey; Benjie Bernales, Boy
Bohol, Goyo Piczon, and Luisito Uy all of Catbalogan. Nacario is the
incumbent Mayor of Calbiga and Provincial Chapter President and National
Executive Vice-President for external affairs of the League of
Municipalities of the Philippines.
Elected as its pioneering
officers representing the different sectors of the society are: Goyo Piczon
as chairman, Remy Laurel and Egan Gabon
- vice-chairmen, Merlinda Babatio - secretary-general and Imelda Bonifacio -
An Samar Naman was purposely organized to empower the
local populace and impose the people’s will on government by actively
pursuing reforms particularly keeping an eye on corruption, environment,
economy, peace and order, health, welfare of the sick and elderly and
“Our power, our vote. Our
arms, ballpen. Our opportunity, the coming elections,” is the guiding
principle of the members of the organization.
Meanwhile, to properly
guide the members in the advent of the elections, the movement initially
drafted the following rules which it calls as its “Ten Commandments for
(1) thou shall vote according to the dictates of your
conscience; (2) thou shall respect the decision of others in choosing their
candidates; (3) thou shall seek to know the moral integrity, capabilities
and other personal qualities of the candidates you will vote for;
(4) thou shall strive to understand the issues, platform and
programs of candidates and political parties seeking your vote; (5) thou
shall not sell your vote; (6) thou shall not vote for candidates using guns,
goons, and gold;
(7) thou shall not vote for candidates
with record of graft and corruption; (8) thou shall not vote for candidates
just because of utang na loob, popularity or pakikisama;
(9) thou shall not vote for a candidate living an immoral
life; and (10) thou shall not put the welfare of the country above all else
in choosing the candidate you will vote for.
The an Samar Naman holds office at the second floor of BBB
Bldg. along Del Rosario Street, Catbalogan, Samar.
Local media group launches Candidates’ Forum
CATBALOGAN, Samar -- The Catbalogan Cable TV Media Advocates Nucleus (CCATMAN), a local media group
based here in Catbalogan, Samar launches the first for a series of forum for
local candidates running in different elective positions, last night at the
Samar Reporter office in this municipality.
Dubbed as Pinili-ay 2004 – The Candidates
Forum, the program which is aimed to discuss the different political
issues for the coming May 10 election will run for television in twelve (12)
episodes starting April 13 until May 8, 2004.
Hosted by renowned TV host-journalist Chito dela
Torre, the program is telecast daily thru the facilities of Decobeam Cable
TV Services and with the participation of the Philippine Information Agency
(PIA-Samar), Samar Reporter, 92.1 HotFM-Catbalogan and the Samar News.com.
High School Alumni in the US mobilizing support for their Alma Mater's
California -- The alumni of the Samar High-Samar National
School in the US West Coast and all over America has been mobilizing for the
past several weeks to support the activities connected with the Centennial
Celebration and the Annual Grand Alumni Reunion which is scheduled on April
19 through April 25, 2004.
Mr. Sonny Cabrales
Jr. of Class '64
Anastacio "Sonny" Cabrales,
Jr., Valedictorian of Class ‘64 has been at the forefront of the
mobilization in the USA. As lead of the Book Donation Project to their high
school (and possibly to Sonny's hometown of Calbiga) Sonny has generated
more than $1,000 by requesting his fellow Calbiganons in Southern California
to contribute to the Samar High Alumni Fund even during their novenas in
preparation for the annual Calbiga fiesta in Los Angeles. He has personally
contributed $200 to the fund drive. In addition, just last week, he shipped
three balikbayan boxes of books to the Samar High School Library, at his own
expense. His fellow alumni, especially members of his Class of '64, such as
Adelia "Ditdit" Varela-Ramos and Federico Ty are now coming forward to offer
Another alumnus who has
been a constant supporter of all Samar High activities is Max G. Alvarez,
Valedictorian of Class '57. An accomplished and famous Filipino journalist
in the US
and the Philippines, Max has become the foremost publicist for the Samar High-Samar National School
in the US. He has been writing and publishing all materials that have been
presented to him by the alumni organizers in Catbalogan, Samar: Sylvia
Cadiz-Serfino, Charo Nabong Cabardo, Lourdes Calubid-Badulid, and Atty.
Medino Acuba. Max is being supported by his classmates in the US and Canada:
Jenny Castro-Enriquez, Dolores Froilan-Fernandes, Zenaida Cabrera, Igmedia
Ingo, and Cesar Torres.
Ms. Dolores Froilan and
husband, Terry Fernandes, of Canada, are donating the P7,500 cash prize to
the Centennial Outstanding Administrative Staff Worker.
Other Samar High-Samar
National School alumni who has been tapped for support are Mrs. Paz
Figueroa-Japzon who is donating the P10,000 prize to the Most Outstanding
Centennial Teacher, Mr. Benny Cojuangco of Class '58, Ms. Gilda Cabrales del
Pilar, Ms. Soccoro "Coring" Ygat-Segado, Ms. Bebot Nabong-Samson and husband
Tony Samson, Ms. Zenaida Zeta-Teoco who was a Miss Samar High School Queen
during her high school days, Mr. Nario del Rosario who chairs the ad hoc "Samar
High-Samar Nationl School Alumni Association of North America", Mr. Ben
Corrales, former Region VIII Regional Director of Science and Technology,
Mrs. Beatrice Rosales-Duran, Mr. Jesse Ty, the Margate Brothers (Joseph,
June and Walter), Mr. Peter Padul now President of the Samareños of
California, Ms. Florita Obsequio-Oca, Mrs. Oswalda Ricaldo Leyson, Ms.
Felisa Tandinco-Hilbano, and Ms. Rosenda "Baby" Lim-Paus and Mrs. Ester
Ocenada-Benigno who donated more than $200 to the alumni fund raising in
But Leah Yangzon-Estera and
husband, Ben Estera, have been unwavering in their support of the Samar High
activities in North America.
A Steering Committee to
plan, manage, and oversee the Centennial Celebration has been organized with
Atty. Medino Acuba of Class '78 and Mr. Antonio Caveiro, the School
Officer-in-Charge, as the co-chairs of the Committee. Other members
include: Sylvia Cadiz Serfino, Secretary; Ophelia Suarez-Llosa, Treasurer;
Carlito Labine, Silver Jubilarian; Lourdes Calubid-Badulid , Alumni
Coordinator; Charo Nabong-Cabardo; Rocky Tizon; Ernesto Tizon; Ernesto Miel;
and Cesar Torres.
To memorialize the
Centennial Celebration, a SHS-SNS website (http://shs-sns.gopages.net/index.htm)
has been authorized by the Steering Committee. Ms. Kezia Lounel C. Badulid
is the interim webmaster and administrator. Massive support was extended to
this website creation by the alumni in America which was channeled through
Class '57. A Pentium III computer was shipped to the Philippines.
Peripherals, printer, scanner, etc., were acquired. Financial support was
also extended to support the creation of the website.
A special issue of the
Samar High's school paper, The Centennial Samariñan, is being put out with
Class '57 at the lead. However, Ms. Christine Casurao-Caidic of Class '78,
the Host Class, and Ms. Mariecris Sabugo of Class '97 and Mr. Amador Hurtado
of Class '57 are helping coordinate the publication in Catbalogan.
E-mail Cesar Torres at
Tarangnan Mayor shot Dead
By RAY P. GASPAY
- Newly designated municipal mayor of Tarangnan, Samar
Francisco B. Montero was shot dead by still unidentified suspect at about 2:00 pm yesterday, April 3, 2004
in the vicinity of corners Rizal Avenue and San Bartolome Street, this
According to the initial investigation
conducted by the Catbalogan Police Station, the victim was shot while
crossing Rizal Avenue together with his nephew Erwin Montero by an
unidentified gunman wearing a dark jacket and a black crush helmet and
riding together with a companion in a black single Honda motorcycle, and
immediately fled to unknown direction after the incident.
The 54-year old victim suffered a fatal gunshot wound on the nape and was
rushed to the Samar Provincial Hospital but died few
minutes later while undergoing medical treatment. Police identified a .45
caliber pistol used as a weapon as evidence to the empty shell recovered at
the crime scene.
A pursuit operation was
immediately conducted by the Catbalogan Police Station to identify and
arrest the suspects, while police stations along the highway were requested
to conduct checkpoints for their possible arrest.
Montero, who is seeking
for re-election under the Liberal Party was an elected vice-mayor but he
assumed the mayoral post after Mayor Anieto C. Olaje died in an ambush in
Calbayog City on February 28, 2004. Olaje was shot dead by two assailants
while having his supper inside a cockhouse.
Eddie Nachura Guest of
Honor of Samareños of California
By BENNY COJUANGCO
SAN FRANCISCO, California, USA
Congressman Antonio Eduardo “Eddie” Bermejo Nachura,
of the Second District of Samar, after years of repeated invitations, has
finally made it as the Guest of Honor of the Samareños of California on the
association’s 35th annual reunion which coincided with a
Valentines celebration on February 14, 2004.
The affair which was held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Burlingame,
California, a suburb of San Francisco, was attended by approximately 250 Samarnons and their guests. Heads of various Samarnon and Filipino
organizations in Northern California graced the occasion. A special
guest was San Francisco Consul General, Delia Menez Rosal whose mother hails
from Calbayog City. The Consul General and Congressman Nachura danced the
Reputed to be the most
preeminent Samarnon leader in this generation, Nachura spoke of the
provisions of the Overseas Absentee Voting law and the Dual Citizenship law
which grant new rights and privileges to overseas Filipinos, even to those
who have acquired American citizenship or the citizenship of their adopted
countries. He pointed out that in addition to remitting financial assistance
to their loved ones in the Philippines, the overseas Filipinos can have a
tremendous impact on the process of policy-making and implementation if
every now and then they can have their ideas presented to the appropriate
officials and bodies in the Philippines.
Nachura reminded the Samarnons that there is so much that they can do to
help their fellow Samarnons back home, especially in the area of education.
A former Underscretary of Education, and a sought-after professor of law and
lecturer in the most popular colleges in the Philippines including the UP,
Nachura proudly shared with his audience his program of massive educational
assistance to the youth in Samar. At one time, he informed the group,
he had 360 college students pursuing various degree programs in Samar and in
Tacloban. Some 72 “Nachura Scholars” have already finished college. One of
them, Joann Solayao, graduated cum laude in education from the
soon-to-become the Samar State University. The honor graduate’s mother
is a humble laundry woman who is married to a stevedore in the port of
Nachura also pointed out the massive environmental destruction of the
jungles and forest cover of Samar by powerful Filipinos who did not even
hail from Samar. He assured the group that together with other
concerned Samarnons including the Catholic Church, he vows to fight for the
protection of the forest reserves of Samar.
Speaking without notes, Congressman Nachura regaled his audience with his
mastery of the various policy issues concerning the Philippines and Samar.
He ended his discourse to a thunderous clapping of hands.
Nachura was introduced by former UP Political Science Professor Cesar Torres
who was president for five years of the Samareños of California. In
his introduction, Torres shared his sentiments to the group that Congressman
Nachura makes up for all those unflattering impressions concerning the
Samarnons. He referred to Nachura not only as the best example of a
Samarnon role model but also to all Filipino youth: an intellectual, a
brilliant thinker, a popular law professor, a legal luminary, an author of
books and legal journals, a bar topnotcher, and a legislator who has
gained the respect and admiration of his peers in Congress when they elected
him chair of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments and the Committee on
Higher and Technical Education and House Prosecutor on the impeachment of
President Joseph Estrada.
Peter Padul, President of the Samareños of California, expressed his
gratitude to Congressman Nachura for taking out from his busy schedule in
Samar and the Philippines just to accept the invitation as Guest of Honor of
the annual gathering of the Assocation.
Arriving on February 12, 2004, and visibly exhausted from his hectic and
continuous attention to the myriad problems in Samar and the Philippines, Nachura politely declined the invitation to speak before a forum organized
by Filipino journalists in San Francisco, a radio interview of a Filpino
radio station, and a gathering of Filipino veterans and seniors. But he did
pay his respects to the home of Samar High School Alumni Association
Chairman, Nario del Rosario and his wife, the former Evie Piczon, where he
proposed the construction of a Faculty Lounge in the Samar High School
campus in cooperation with the Samar High alumni. If things go
according to plan, Nachura believes that the Faculty Lounge can be
inaugurated in December 2004.
From San Francisco,
Congressman Nachura flew to Los Angeles on February 16, 2004 where he was
given a massive media coverage by the Filipino media on the initiative of
Max G. Alvarez and his friend, Bobby Reyes.