Palm Grass Hotel
to mark Leon Kilat birthday and KKK founding with poetry nights
June 28, 2018
CEBU CITY – This
July 2018, the 126th anniversary of the founding of the Katipunan
and Cebu Katipunan leader Leon Kilat’s 145th birthday will be
celebrated by Palm Grass, the Cebu Heritage Hotel with “BAYAN, BALAK,
ALAK”, a two-part poetry night.
On July 7, from 6PM to
9PM, the founding of the KKK by hero Andres Bonifacio will be
commemorated at the hotel’s library restaurant, Kapihan ni Lumaya.
The second part of the
event will happen on July 31, from 6PM to 9PM, 4 days after Tres de
Abril hero Leon Kilat’s birthday. It will be at Palm Grass’ roofdeck
bar Hardin Dagami.
“BAYAN, BALAK, ALAK” is
open to both seasoned and contemporary Cebuano poets to share their
Filipino or Bisaya poems about our country and society.
On these nights, beer will
be 55% off for everyone at the venue, and those who will perform
shall be given a free drink.
On the anniversary of the
founding of KKK, all dishes and drinks named after Katipuneros will
be discounted at 20% off.
Lumaya’s most affordable
combo meals, the “Kinabaratohang Kaon sa Kapihan” (KKK), offer
well-known and loved Cebuano main dishes with side dishes and iced
tea, which cost from P79.00 to P99.00 only for the whole year.
As the only heritage hotel
in Cebu, Palm Grass pays tribute to the legacy and sacrifice of
local heroes by naming floors, rooms, dishes and drinks after them.
The hotel also honors the
descendants of Cebuano Katipunero heroes with the Kaliwat Ko’g
Katipunero card (KKK) that gives special privileges and special room
accommodation rates to members.
The Katipunero descendant
must only present a valid ID or any supporting documents that
connect the bearer to a Cebuano Katipunero and shall pay an amount
of P200.00 for a lifetime membership.
Palm Grass aims to engage
all Cebuanos, especially the youth, to learn and explore about
Cebu’s colorful and valiant heritage.
between Army Soldiers and NPA rebels in Ormoc City, Leyte
802nd Infantry Brigade
June 27, 2018
ORMOC CITY, Leyte –
An encounter with members of the lawless Communist Terrorist Group,
locally known as the Front Committee Leyte, New People’s Army and
units under this command, took place in Brgy Mahayahay, Ormoc City,
Leyte wounding one (1) soldier, during the firefight on Tuesday
morning June 26, 2018.
First Lieutenant Sheenan
D. Kub-Aron, Platoon Leader of the Alpha Company, 93rd Infantry
Battalion, operationally under 802nd Brigade Philippine Army under
the command of Brigadier General Lope C. Dagoy, Armed Forces of the
During the encounter
troops of Lieutenant Kub-Aron responded to an information regarding
the presence of communist rebels in Brgy Mahayahay, Ormoc City,
Around 7 a.m. the NPA
members allegedly fired upon the approaching government troops.
During the exchange of fire, the communist rebels allegedly
detonated an improvised landmine wounding a soldier.
Following are the
recovered items during the encounter: One (1) M16A1 Rifle with SN
RPA 82287; Three (3) bandoleer; Twenty-eight (28) magazines with
ammo; Thirty (30) rounds of Cal .9mm ammo; One (1) Air gun; Four (4)
IEDs; Sixteen (16) blasting caps; One (1) laptop computer; Two (2)
USB drive; Two (2) card reader; One (1) tablet phone; Fourteen (14)
cellular phones; Two (2) transistor radios; One (1) solar charger;
One (1) tear gas; One (1) flash light; Five (5) sword (bolo); Three
(3) wrist watch; Subversive documents; Personal belongings; Assorted
can goods and rice; Two (2) cocking pot.
1-stethoscope, 1-blood pressure kit, 14-assorted medicine,
2-dextrose, 1-acupuncture kit.
encampment with the following description: Sixteen (16) bunkers, One
(1) Kitchen, and One (1) Comfort Room.
Two thousand six hundred six (2606) rounds caliber 5.56mm ball, Six
hundred thirty-seven (637) rounds caliber 5.56mm linked, and Twelve
(12) rounds .40mm grenade launcher.
Brigadier General Lope
Cellona Dagoy, 802nd Brigade Commander, expressed his concern on the
wounded soldier and vowed to continue to pursue the terrorist
communist elements in the area, and promise that more intense
operations will be conducted until the communist terrorist will
vanish in the Leyte and Biliran Islands.
"Meanwhile, we will
actively support the program of the government to peacefully resolve
all armed conflicts against peace loving people of Leyte and Biliran
Let us condemn those who advocate violence and use arms," he said.
Youth groups call
PDutz “disengaged from social reality” with his recent anti-tambay
Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan
June 25, 2018
QUEZON CITY – Youth
groups says that the verbal order of President Rodrigo Duterte to
crackdown on ‘tambays’ showed that he “disturbingly disengaged from
social reality” as he “continues to hallucinate of a vision of a
middle-class Philippines” when many remain living below the poverty
The Samahan ng
Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) claimed that President Duterte’s
directive to arrest ‘tambays’ who are half-naked, loitering and
drinking in the streets, “can only be explained by his delusions of
grandeur and denial of widespread poverty in the country”.
They claim that it is
ironic for Duterte to give an arrest order that is blatantly
anti-poor when in fact it is his administration and its policies the
reason why many of our countrymen have remained poor and are on
“His promise of change has
been exposed as an electoral stunt and all he has done is preserve
the status quo. No major economic policy reversals has been made to
uplift the poor in the past three years. Similar to his
predecessors, Duterte has condemned the poor to a neo-liberal
economic policies, buried us in foreign debt and bolstered the
export-oriented, import-dependent economic framework, explained Jade
Mata, spokesperson of SPARK.
“The poor have no
manicured gardens or club houses for rest and recreations. So why
assail them if their shanties and communities have no air
conditioning? The druglords, the gambling syndicates and human
traffickers do not live in these places. The real criminals are
those who underpay their employees, maintain their contractual work
and expose them to the most inhumane working conditions. The vilest
criminals wear suits,“ Mata added.
SPARK challenged Duterte
to make his illusions of a middle-class Philippines a reality by
repealing the TRAIN Law, instituting price control on all basic
commodities, increase wages to measure up to the cost of living and
Meanwhile, youth group
based in University of the Philippines-Diliman, KAISA UP, connected
the issue to the violation of rights and civil liberties of people
living in congested areas.
“The crackdown is another
blow to our already failing democracy,” Zaira Baniaga of KAISA UP
said. “The youth and the poor are the most vulnerable with these
kinds of attacks on civil liberties. We can’t keep turning a blind
eye to how this administration maltreats the poor. We call all
freedom-loving citizens of the country and democratic groups to
condemn this injustice and march as one to confront Duterte’s
KAISA UP fears that many
more injustices will follow if the Oplan Tambay remains unscraped.
Last week, Genesis ‘Tisoy’
Argoncillo of Novaliches was found dead in jail, four days after
being arrested half-naked in the streets. The Oplan Tambay started
last June 13 and is reported to have arrested an estimate of 7,000
to 10,000 loiterers.
Both SPARK and KAISA UP
together with other youth groups are scheduled to mount mass actions
in the days to come.
Six cops perish
in Sta. Rita, Samar skirmish
DPAO, 8ID PA
June 25, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Elements of the 1st Platoon, 805th Company, Regional
Mobile Force Battalion 8 of PNP and operating troops from 87th
Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion incidentally engaged in a firefight in
Sitio Lonoy, Barangay San Roque, Sta Rita, Samar around 09:20 this
morning that resulted to the untimely demise of six policemen.
Reports reaching this
headquarters said that one platoon minus led by 1Lt Casipit reported
that they encountered an armed group at vicinity Sitio Lonoy and the
firefight lasted for about 30 minutes. After the skirmishes, 1Lt
Casipit and his troops discovered that the unit involved in the
encounter belonged to the PNP unit under PCI Suspiñe who also
operated on the same location.
Aside from the six
fatalities there were nine (9) others Wounded In Action (WIA). There
was no casualty reported from 87IB. The wounded PNP personnel were
brought to the nearest hospital and dead bodies were recovered
jointly by the AFP and PNP.
“A joint, thorough and
impartial investigation is being conducted even as we assure the
public that your AFP and PNP is fully cooperating to shed light on
the incident” said MGen Raul M. Farnacio, Commander of 8ID who
directed his ground Commanders to make appropriate actions.
“The whole 8ID family
extend our condolences to the bereaved families of those who died in
the armed engagement. Rest assured that this unfortunate incident
will not hamper the working relation of your Army and PNP in the
region.” Farnacio added.
amendments to the Human Security Act of 2007 a license for human
June 24, 2018
BANGKOK, Thailand –
The proposed amendments to the Philippines’ Human Security Act of
2007 (HSA) would, if adopted, give government authorities a license
to commit human rights violations, said the International Commission
of Jurists (ICJ) in its submission today to the House of
Representatives. The ICJ strongly urged the House of Representatives
to reconsider these proposed amendments and in the interim to allow
more time for full consultation and debate on revisions of the law.
In its submission to the
House of Representatives’ joint Technical Working Group (TWG) of the
Committees of Public Order and Safety and National Defense and
Security, the ICJ stressed that certain proposed amendments to the
HSA are clearly incompatible with international human rights laws
and standards that prohibit unfettered surveillance power and
arbitrary deprivation of the right to liberty and protect the rights
to privacy, information, redress, and freedom of opinion and
expression. The ICJ also expressed deep concern that the law also
gives military personnel responsibility in countering terrorism,
specifically to conduct surveillance on, arrest, and detain persons
who are suspected of acts of terrorism.
“The proposed amendments
do not address the existing flaws of the HSA. For instance, the
definition of acts of terrorism under the HSA is vague and ambiguous
and the proposed changes do not in any way remedy that,” said
Emerlynne Gil, a Senior International Legal Adviser of the ICJ.
The ICJ also pointed out
that the proposed amendments are likely to lead to violations of the
right to freedom of opinion and expression.
The proposed amendments
would also impermissibly lengthen to thirty (30) days the period
within which an individual may be detained without judicial warrant.
“This is clearly incompatible with the Philippines international
legal obligations and constitutes arbitrary deprivation of liberty,”
The ICJ proposes to reduce
the detention period to forty-eight (48) hours or less, in
compliance with international human rights laws and standards.
“The Philippine government
has the undeniable duty to protect people from acts of terrorism
committed by non-State actors, but it cannot use as a pretext the
serious nature of terrorist acts to avoid its obligations under
international human rights law,” said Gil.
AMENDMENTS TO THE HUMAN SECURITY ACT 2007
1 NPA killed in
Las Navas, Northern Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
June 23, 2018
LAS NAVAS, Northern
Samar – One (1) unidentified Communist NPA Terrorist (CNTs) left
dead by his comrades after a 10 minutes firefight between elements
of 43rd Infantry (WE SEARCH) Battalion and Communist Terrorist Group
(CTG) at Brgy McArthur, Las Navas, Northern Samar on June 23, 2018.
Earlier that morning,
government forces responded to an anonymous tip from the residents
in the area and immediately deployed 43IB elements to verify the
veracity of the report. Few kilometers from the barangay proper,
said troops were fired upon by undetermined number of CNTs forcing
them to retaliate and firefight erupted. When fires subside, one (1)
lifeless CNT armed with his M653 rifle (baby armalite) were found in
the encounter site.
Col Ramil M. Bitong,
Commander of 803rd Brigade, said that this incident could have been
avoided if CNT heed to the call of the government to stop their
extortion activity and avail the Enhance Comprehensive Integration
"This should serve as
stern warning to other member of the lawless CTG that the arm of the
law can reach you, no matter how long and far you can hide for evil
never triumph as long as good men stands for what is right." Col.
1,000 of the most vulnerable displaced families in five
municipalities located in the southeastern part of Lanao del
Sur each received P8,000 from the ICRC as livelihood
support. (ICRC/Lany dela Cruz)
Livelihood support reaches 5,000 displaced people
June 22, 2018
MANILA – Displaced
for more than a year since the start of the five-month conflict in
Marawi City, many families in south-eastern parts of Lanao del Sur
province continue to struggle due to lack of food and other
necessities. The absence of a stable income and capital for small
businesses has forced many who were traders before the start of the
conflict to rely on farming and fishing.
To help 1,007 displaced
families in Butig, Lumbayanague, Lumbatan, Masiu and Poona-Bayabao
municipalities earn a livelihood, the International Committee of the
Red Cross (ICRC) distributed multipurpose cash grants amounting to
P8,000 per family from June 20 to June 22.
“Many displaced families
gained access to farmlands and basic tools with the help of
relatives. But insufficient funds to buy farm supplies forced them
to take loans at a higher interest rate,” said Dragana Rankovic, who
heads the ICRC team on relief and livelihood assistance.
Grants amounting to P8
million were distributed during the three days, aiming to help the
most vulnerable displaced families. These included people with no or
low income, those in the evacuation centres, those with multiple
dependents especially young children, pregnant women, the elderly
and the sick.
One of the recipients,
Noronsalam Nasser, a mother of six from Datu Sa Dansalan village in
the most affected area in Marawi City, said, “When we fled to
Lumbatan, we took up fishing to provide for our families but the
income was barely enough to sustain us. With the cash grant, I will
set up a small business selling shoes and slippers. This cash
assistance will also allow us to send our children to school.”
Ever since clashes broke
out in May 2017, the ICRC, along with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC),
has helped hundreds of thousands of people affected by the Marawi
crisis. The focus has shifted to the remaining displaced families in
Marawi and Lanao del Sur by improving their access to health care
and clean water, along with livelihood recovery.
The ICRC, a neutral,
impartial and independent humanitarian organization that assists and
protects victims of armed conflicts, also financially supported the
PRC’s livelihood assistance for at least 1,500 conflict-affected
families within Marawi City.
Teachers to PDEA
Chief: Schools no playground for Tokhang
June 21, 2018
QUEZON CITY –
Enraged mentors under the Alliance of Concerned Teachers condemned
PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino’s proposal to subject pupils and teachers to
mandatory drug testing, saying that the Duterte regime’s drug war
has no place in schools.
"The Duterte regime's
bloody drug war has gone beyond insane to intimate that any
9-year-old kid could be a drug suspect. We should not permit this to
happen. Schools are no playground for Tokhang," Raymond Basilio, ACT
Philippines Secretary-General said in reaction to Dir. Gen. Aquino’s
statement that he would suggest to the Department of Education the
mandatory drug-testing of pupils from Grade 4 and up, as well as
Basilio said the
drug-testing will sow terror in schools, will disturbed the students
and will destroy the sanctity of schools as safe places for
learning. Mandatory drug testing is also a blatant violation of the
rights of children and teachers, he explained.
“The cited survey is not
enough justification to put the well-being and future of our
children in peril,” Basilio argued.
Basilio said that the
government's line of thinking is very dangerous as apart from the
drug test of nine-year-olds, a bill to decrease the age of criminal
liability to the same level is pending in Congress.
“The State who has the
responsibility to protect our youth apparently wants to make
criminals out of them," said Basilio.
Basilio added that PDEA
Chief's proposal is a great insult to teachers.
"This government does not
run out of ideas to denigrate the integrity of the teaching
profession. First it suggested that we are brats for asking for
salary increase. Then they painted us as whiners for standing
against overwork. Now, they insinuate that we are drug addicts,”
"This government should
disabuse itself of its belief that we are a nation of drug addicts.
What we are is a nation deep in economic crisis. It is where they
should focus." Basilio suggested.
Basilio that what the
teachers and the people need are the jobs, wage increase, scrapping
of regressive taxes and free and quality education and other social
"They will be wasting a
lot of people's money to test some 20 million pupils and 700,000
teachers for drug use. It should be dedicated instead to uplifting
the quality of education and upgrading teachers' salaries," Basilio
Work from home
scheme maybe good to employees but endangers workers’ rights to
organize and bargain
Associated Labor Unions
June 21, 2018
QUEZON CITY – The
work from home flexible work arrangement may have good benefits to
some employees but workers’ group Associated Labor Unions-Trade
Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) expressed concern that
it also threatens to deprive workers’ rights to organize and
collective bargain for better wages and benefits.
Without diminution of
wages and benefits, House Bill 7402 or Telecommuting Act otherwise
known as the work from home proposal is attracting many young
workers in urbanized cities and municipalities to adopt the
arrangement due to the availability of the internet and the hazards
caused by traffic congestion and inadequate mass transport
It has passed the third
reading in the House of Representatives two weeks ago and now
pending in the Senate for its counterpart measure.
“While the flexible work
scheme may save urban workers from an average 2 to 4 hours daily
agony and disease-causing stress caused by commuting through traffic
jams and poor mass transport system, cut fuel, transport and parking
expenses and improve work-life balance, the arrangement may also
deprive workers of their right to organize themselves as a union and
to collective bargain for better wages and benefits,” said Gerard
Seno, executive vice president of workers’ group Associated Labor
“It is very important,
therefore, for its tripartite-drafted implementing rules and
regulation (IRR) to be crafted by the Department of Labor and
Employment that guides employees and employers in the application of
the scheme at the same time to promote the right to organize and to
collectively bargain,” Seno said.
Workers’ social protection
insurance and exposure to occupational safety and health hazard
caused overwork and fatigue must also be addressed effectively in
the preparation of the IRR, Seno stressed.
Those affected by the
measure would be those enterprise-based workers who wanted to
perform tasks off-site and those independent or freelance
contractors who wanted to work at home.
Workers may also minimize
exposure to pollution during commute and hazards caused by floods
and typhoons while employers and business owners would be able to
reduce overhead and production costs.
opportunities for mothers, differently-abled and
persons-with-disability are other positive benefits once the working
at home bill is approved into law.
ALU spokesperson Alan
Tanjusay, for his part, said the off-site arrangement is not
applicable to some industries particularly those jobs that require
operating machines, rendering frontline services and doing
However, work from home is
applicable to IT, business process management, business process
outsourcing, animation, journalist, writers, transcriber, social
media management, data entry, customer service, project management,
and web designer and developer, Tanjusay said.
dead, pistols recovered in Carigara, Leyte
DPAO, 8ID PA
June 20, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) cadre was killed in a firefight
with troops from 78th Infantry (Warrior) Battalion on Saturday
afternoon in Carigara, Leyte.
The end result of
information sharing between the communities and authorities on the
presence of the terrorists conducting extortion activities, the
operation of 78IB led to the demise of the casualty known by his
pseudonym, Santoy/Padi was a political instructor and squad leader
of Baking Squad, Apoy Platoon of the Front Committee Leyte.
Recovered during the
encounter were the following: one cal. 9mm pistol Caspian made
loaded with four bullets and one cal. 9mm Colt MK IV cal. loaded
with 8 bullets, one fragmentation grenade, subversive documents,
medical paraphernalia, half sack of rice and personal belongings of
the fleeing terrorists.
Also apprehended was Mrs.
Cristita Q. Rendora, owner of the house which was occupied by the
CNTs during the firefight. Found in her possession was a
fragmentation grenade, thus, she was later turned over to the local
PNP for proper disposition and filing of charges.
“We extend our deepest
sympathy to the families and friends of the victim. It is tragic
that they have taken-up arms against the Filipino nation when the
Filipino people understand that only through peace we can achieve
development and social justice be attained,” Brig. Gen. Lope C.
Dagoy, 802nd, Brigade Commander stated.
LGBTQ+ and allies
gather for SC oral arguments on marriage equality
June 20, 2018
QUEZON CITY – In an
historic first, the right to marry of the LGBTQ+ community may
finally be recognized by the State, just like all heterosexual
couples. Their clamor has reached the chambers of the highest
tribunal in the country.
Outside, dozens of gay
couples and their supporters gathered and held program in solidarity
with the petitioners who spoke in behalf of marriage equality
The Supreme Court (SC)
held today its first oral arguments on the Petition for Certiorari
filed by gay lawyer Jesus Falcis III and petitioner-intervenors
Reverend Crescencio Agbayani Jr. and his partner, Marlon Felipe and
Maria Arlyn Ibanez and partner.
The petition filed three
years ago was only scheduled by the high court last March 6.
The petition seeks the SC
to nullify Articles 1, and 2 of Executive Order 209 or the 1987
Family Code. Petitioners claim that it deprives homosexuals of their
right to due process, equal protection, and the right to decisional
and marital privacy.
Consequently, Falcis also
petitioned the SC to invalidate portions of Article 46 (4) and 55
(6) of the same Code that cited lesbianism or homosexuality as
grounds for annulment and legal separation.
They insists that these
provisions of the Family Code as unconstitutional, for defining and
limiting marriage as between man and woman contrary to Article XV of
the 1987 Constitution.
Anti-Discrimination Bill, also known as the SOGIE Equality Bill's
legislative status listed as pending for a second committee hearing
since December 2016, leaving many among the LGBTQ+ community
surprised that the petition has taken the driver seat over the
strengthened our resolve to keep on pushing what is traditionally
accepted and the legal obstacles that hinders us from being accorded
the same rights and legal protections heterosexuals enjoy and be
recognized as well for our societal contributions wherever the front
lines the struggle for equality take us," declared gender activist
and former UP student leader, Vince Liban of UP Babaylan.
Celebrities such as Boy
Abunda, Sebastian Castro, and Juan Miguel Severo have openly
endorsed the petition for marriage equality in their social media
The petition for marriage
equality may have caught the LGBTQ+ community by surprise, leaving
many skeptical on whether to support it. But for Liban, he asserted
that "this should not hinder both organized and unorganized gays
from rallying behind the petition, much more divide us. We are all
in this because the community stands to benefit from the
nullification of these backward and discriminating laws".
The program of the
supporters was highlighted by a mass wedding and renewal of vows of
LGBTQ+ couples. The ceremonies were officiated by Metropolitan
Among the organizations
present were LAGABLAB LGBT Network, Philippine Network of
Metropolitan Community Church (other LGBT affirming churches), LGBT
student organizations UP Babaylan, PUP Kasarianlan, BulSU Bahaghari,
Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan and Kaisa UP.
A candle-lighting ceremony
of rainbow themed candles followed after their program wrapped up as
they awaited the oral arguments to conclude by 8pm.
campaign was not only meant to rally support for the petition but to
heighten public awareness on the discrimination and bigotry the gay
community have endured in asserting their rights to equal protection