NDFP negotiating panel set to hold dialogue
with GRP Congress Mission
BY RUTH DE
UTRECHT, The Netherlands -
The Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)
headed by Luis G. Jalandoni is scheduled to hold a dialogue with the Mission
of the Special Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (SCPRU) of the
GRP House of Representatives headed by Rep. Satur Ocampo in
The Netherlands. The main objective of the said dialogue is to explore ways
of removing certain obstacles to pave the way for the resumption of the
stalled peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the
Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
The consultations are
scheduled from June 23 to June 25, 2005 in Utrecht. The Mission of the SCPRU
is composed of Representatives Satur Ocampo, Lorenzo Tañada III, and Arthur
Defensor while the NDFP side will be composed of members of the NDFP
negotiating panel, Luis G. Jalandoni, Julie de Lima, Fidel V. Agcaoili and
Coni K. Ledesma, and NDFP Chief Political Consultant Jose Maria Sison.
The NDFP negotiating
panel welcomes this initiative of the Congress Mission that has been
authorized by Speaker Jose de Venecia and has the backing of the GRP House
of Representatives. The NDFP panel hopes that these consultations will
contribute positively to the efforts being exerted by interested parties for
the resumption of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations.
Waraynons in metropolis forge and launch solidarity to oppose human rights
abuses in home islands
By UGOP WARAYNON
June 22, 2005
Quezon City – Waraynons
(referring to those belonging to the ethnolinguistic group from Leyte, Samar
and BIliran islands) working and residing in Metro Manila will launch Ugop
Waraynon, a movement of Leyteños, Samareños, Biliranons in support for the
struggle for civil liberties and socio-economic development of Eastern
Visayas today at 9:00 o’clock in the evening. This is in response to the
worsening human rights (HR) situation in the region under the leadership of
Gen. Jovito S. Palparan of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army
based in Wastern Samar.
“We are alarmed by
in barely three months, the number of reported human rights violations had
surpassed the number of reported cases that human rights groups and
institutions like the Commission on Human Rights had recorded for the entire
year of 2004,” said Hon. Tito Varela, vice mayor of Caloocan City who chairs
Ugop Waraynon and a native of Samar. “The reported and documented abuses
correspond to Jovito Palparan’s assumption into office in the 8th ID,” he
From February 10, 2005 to May 30, 2005,
two hundred seventy-six (276) cases of violations of constitutional rights
and civil liberties have been reported excluding violations of international
humanitarian covenants like the Geneva Conventions. Statistics from
KATUNGOD-Sinirangan Bisayas, a local human rights organization and
Inter-Faith Solidarity Mission (IFSM) reveal appalling accounts: for the
same time span, “there were 76 cases of human rights violations per month,
more than 17 cases per week and more than two cases per day”.
“What we need is genuine
socio-economic development in
Eastern Visayas, not military atrocities and military-sponsored/backed
killings of civilians and civil libertarians!” former budget assistant
secretary Claro Piczon who stands as the spokesperson of the group, a native
of Catbalogan pointed out. Ugop Waraynon asserts that a militarist solution
to the underlying poverty in the region will only mean more sacrifices and
actual attacks to
Eastern Visayans’ civil liberties.
Among the demands of the
group is for ”the President of the Philippines and the Congress an immediate
and impartial investigation into these violations by the elements of the 8th
Infantry Division under Gen. Jovito S. Palparan, Jr. in our region and act
swiftly to stop these atrocities” and that the perpetrators of the
extra-judicial killings be brought to justice.
The launching activity will
be attended by representatives who were known to be vocal in the alleged
military abuses in Region 8, Cong. Reynaldo Uy (first district of Samar),
Catalino Figueroa (second district of Samar) and Florencio Noel of An Waray
2 Samar military raids kill 4 NPA rebels
|By ROMMEL L. RUTOR
June 21, 2005
– Military offensives conducted by the 8th Infantry Division of the
Philippine Army (8th ID-PA) based in Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar at
Western Samar scored against the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels recently,
when it come across a communist rebels hideout at the mountain ranges of
Brgy. Cristina, this town, on June 15, 2005.
The Jiabong raid resulted to
the death of at least 4 suspected members of the CPP-NPA operating within
the area, and an unidentified boy between 8 to 10 years old who was caught
in the crossfire, being with the NPA rebels when the firefight ensued.
Based on a press statement
released by the 8th Civil Affairs Unit of the 8th ID (8th CAU), the Jiabong
raid was part of a combat operation as ordered by M/Gen Jovito Palparan, 8th
ID Commanding General, to search and destroy a reported CPP-NPA camp within
the mountainous vicinity of Brgy. Cristina, an upland barangay here which
can be reached by a 3 hours hike from the poblacion area.
Under instructions from
M/Gen Jovito Palparan, elements of the Kamurayaw Company led by Lt.
Cresencio Tanganan and a platoon coming from the 20th IB led by a certain
Lt. Ranit, have teamed-up for a combat operation towards the reported enemy
camp located within the jurisdiction of Brgy. Cristina here.
Accordingly, while the
military was on their way near the target area, they were met by at least 30
armed NPA rebels and an ensuing firefight occurred in the evening of June 15
Five dead bodies were
recovered after the incident, all of which were identified as that of the
rebel’s side, with no reported casualty from the military; the military
troops likewise pulled through 1 M16 and 1 M14 rifles from the fight scene,
and a number of subversive documents of high intelligence value were also
Lt.Col. Edito Nisnisan,
Commanding Officer of the 34th Infantry Battalion based in San Jorge, Samar,
at which the military platoons involve in the Jiabong raid are connected,
personally delivered all of the 5 dead bodies wrapped in a banig (mat
made of local materials) to the town plaza here on the evening of June 16,
2005, for the local residents and LGU officials here to identify and for
However, nobody from the
relatives of the victims, including the slain 8 year old boy would come out
to identify and to claim any of the cadaver, for fear that they might be
thought of being associated with the CPP-NPA rebels.
According to Capt. Cromwell
Danganan, Commanding Officer of the 8th CAU, one of the fatalities is a
Barangay Kagawad of Brgy. Cristina, but refused to divulge the name for
unknown reason; while Vice-Mayor Armingol Cabubas informed the media that
the lady casualty was identified by some of the locals here as one Cecelia
Cabael, a Barangay Health Worker (BHW) assigned at the same barangay.
Results of verification with
the Municipal Health Office (MHO) here showed that Cecelia Cabael indeed was
a BHW, but has been inactive to the service since August of 2003, but she
served for the MHO since Jan 24, 1997 and was accredited as a BHW on Jan 4,
It was also gathered by
Samar News.com that Cecelia Cabael is the sister of the Brgy. Captain of
Brgy. Cristina, identifed as one Teodoro Cabael, which has been reported
wounded during the skirmish and was able to escape along with the other
wounded fleeing rebels.
In a belated report,
elements of the 14th Infantry Batallion under the command of LtCol. Claudio
Neri, accodingly encountered around 20 members of the NPA rebels while
conducting a security patrol between Barangays Lim-ao and Yabon, both
barangays are under the jurisdiction of the town of Hinabangan on June 13,
The ensuing firefight
between the government troops and the rebels netted 1 M14 rifle and 1
magazine containing 20 rounds of live ammunitions.
No casualties were reported
on both sides, but the press statement coming from the 8th CAU stated of a
number of wounded fleeing rebels as evidenced by the bloodstains that the
rebels left from the fight scene.
An anti-CPP-NPA indignation
rally was likewise held at this town on June 18, 2005, as M/Gen. Jovito
Palparan re-affirmed his previous mission to totally eradicate the presence
of the communist rebels in Eastern Visayas within 6 months to a year since
he assumed command of the 8ID last February.
More Troops to Samar
“Hopefully, these people
(Communist Terrorists) in the armed group would realize that they can’t
fight and win against the government, and therefore should decide to end
their baseless struggle now”, this was the firm statement of M/Gen. Jovito
Palparan of the 8th ID, when he welcomed the arrival of the 46th Infantry
Battalion from the Province of Bohol to augment the existing government
troops based in Samar island.
The new troops, numbering to
more than 500 soldiers, is led by LtCol. Manny Ramos, which left their base
in Brgy. Riverside, Pilar, Bohol on June 15, 2005 and arrived Catbalogan in
the early morning of June 16 via two navy boats, accordingly will be
deployed in the southern part of Samar island.
It can be remembered, that
the 46th IB used to be part of the 8th ID Storm Troopers, until they were
sent to Bohol on October last year to augment the number of government
troops under the 3rd Infantry Division, which has been initiating an
intensified military offensives against the then heightened insurgency
problem in Bohol.
“But Bohol now is peaceful,
and we are more needed here. I will accomplish whatever mission that the
Commanding General would give us to finish to”, LtC. Ramos asserted, and
further vowed to help in the campaign of M/Gen Palparan to eliminate the
insurgency problem of the region, which he considered as one of the most
active in the country.
DLR opens Tarangnan circumferential road
|By ROMMEL L. RUTOR
June 20, 2005
- “A dream come true!!”, a brief remark of Mayor Emmely Olaje during the
turn-over ceremony of the newly opened 9.5 kilometer 3-phase farm-to- market
road project, being undertaken by the Department of Land Reform (DLR) thru
its Foreign Assisted Projects Office.
The new circumferential road
will connect at least 18 barrios here to the main highway, and was purposely
carried out to facilitate the transport of farm products to a bigger market
in Catbalogan and
“This will likewise
encourage our farmers within the Cambatutay Agrarian Reform Communities,
here in Tarangnan, to plant and produce more crops”, thus said DLR Asst.
Regional Director Reynaldo Villas and further added that it will lessen the
price of farm products due to lower cost of transport.
Prior to the construction of
the circumferential road, all farm products from Tarangnan are transported
thru motorboats which takes almost 3 hours before reaching Catbalogan, the
Samar capital; but the new road has cut the travel time to only 1 hour, even
giving a good access for government agencies to reach and extend their
services to Tarangnan’s once remote barangays.
Grant and Loan
According to the DLR, the
project was funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with a 10 percent
equity share from the LGU of Tarangnan and 7 percent GOP share thru the DLR.
ARD Villas clarified to the
beneficiaries of the project that the grant was awarded with conditions that
it should be maintained within 10 years by the LGU otherwise it will become
a Loan which will be automatically deducted from the LGU’s Internal Revenue
As this developed,
initiators of the project were expectant from the residents – particularly
to the Barangay Chairman - of covered barrios to help maintain the road
under their respective jurisdiction to avoid paying for it if it becomes
impassable within ten years.
“A composite monitoring team
was organized by the DLR here to regularly check the road’s condition and to
recommend repairs when it is necessary”, informed PARO Marlo Merin.
The Circumferential Road
Project started from an already existing feeder road in Brgy. New Mahayag of
Catbalogan town measuring to about 1.81 kilometers to the boundary of
Tarangnan town in Brgy. Lucerdoni, it is the only road outlet from Tarangnan
covered barrios within the Cambatutay Area.
According to the DLR, the
starting point of the circumferential road will be concreted to its length
with funding coming from the ADB, and the 10 percent equity share from the
LGU of Catbalogan and 7 percent equity from GoP.
“This is a rehabilitation
project of the Mahayag ARC, at which the Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the
Cambatutay ARC Roads will be connected, and will cost Php 10,243,828.35 and
around two million of which came from the coffers of Catbalogan town who has
jurisdiction of the area’, PARO Marlo Merin explained.
Meanwhile, the newly
accomplished 2.04 kilometers or the Phase 1 of the Cambatutay ARC Road
project – which is connected to the Mahayag ARC Road – costed about Php
6,110,430.91, at which Php 632,014.09 came from Tarangnan LGU.
The second phase measuring
to about 5.63 kilometers is 31 percent complete as of this writing, and
expectedly to connect to an already existing feeder road to the main highway
in Brgy. Tizon also of Tarangnan town, thus completing the circumferential
structure of the Cambatutay Bay ARC Roads.
Tarangan LGU shelled out
around Php 2,000,157.53 as its equity share to this portion of the
circumferential road which totalled to about Php 16,384,361.74 including the
equity share of the GoP-DLR amounting to Php 1,550,350.70 representing 7.78
percent of the total phase two project cost.
Meanwhile, the killing of
former Mayor Aniceto Olaje here during the campaign period of last year’s
election still remains unsolved, with the local police authorities here
facing blank as to the identity of the perpetrators of the assassination.
Mayor Emmely Olaje is the
wife of the assassinated chief executive, and is already hopeless over the
case of her husband.
“Guin-papasa Dyos ko na
la ito nga panhitabo, kun deri man matatagan hustisya and iya pagkawara
dinhi ha kalibutan, maaram ako nga iton Diyos deri matugot nga palalabyon la
ito nga panhitabo”, the lady mayor stressed.
In another development,
Mayor Olaje likewise expressed her support to the anti-insurgency campaign
being pursued by the new 8th Infantry Division Commander M/Gen. Jovito
Palparan, informing the media that Tarangnan town is a peace loving town
with an absolutely zero-participation in any insurgent activities.
“Okay la iton ha akon nga
iya guinbubuhat, kay ha pagkita ko, kun waray ka dapat kabarak-an waray ito
problema, iton iba nga ha ira pagkita magkaka ada hira problema tungod han
ira mga deri angay nga binuhatan, pamati ko natural nga maapektuhan hira”,
Mayor Olaje stressed.
She did not comment
however the NPA encounter with the elements of the 34th Infantry Batallion
that occurred in Brgy. Palencia of this town on March 3, 2005, that resulted
to the death of one soldier with no casualty from the insurgents.
4 Communist Terrorists
killed in Samar encounter
By Capt. CROMWELL I. DANGANAN, (INF) PA
June 17, 2005
Bodies of the
victims placed on a lawanit-made coffin were temporarily at the Jiabong
municipal plaza for possible identification and other legal purposes
before being buried. No
relatives have so far claimed and identified any of the cadavers as of presstime.
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan,
Samar - On June 15, 2005 at around 8:30pm, one platoon of the 34IB under
Lt. Tanganan and one platoon of 20IB under Lt. Ranit under overall
supervision of LtC. Edito Nisnisan, Commanding Officer, 34IB, while on
combat operations against a reported enemy camp, encountered more or less
thirty (30) Communist Terrorists (CTs) at vicinity Brgy Cristina, an
interior barangay of Jiabong, Samar resulting to the killing of four
Communist Terrorists (CTs) and the unfortunate demise of one (1) child.
Their cadavers were brought to Jiabong town for proper disposition.
Based on the reports
forwarded to the 8th Infantry Division, the troops recovered one (1) M16 and
one (1) M14 rifle. Also recovered from the scene of the encounter were
subversive documents of high intelligence value and personal belongings. No
government troops were injured while undetermined on the enemy side as seen
from the bloodstains in their route of withdrawal. It was learned that one
of the casualties is a barangay councilor of the said barangay while the
barangay chairman was also monitored as one of those wounded during the said
encounter. The still unidentified child was with the CTs when the encounter
The encounter is result of
the reports made by the local residents thereat complaining about the
extortion and harassment acts of the CTs in their area. This is also in
confirmation of the information volunteered by the NPA surrenderees who are
cooperating well with government authorities as they are already fed up of
the broken promises of good life as promised by CPP/NPA leaders, as well as
the reports that elected government officials are supporting the CTs’ cause.
This information is a clear
manifestation that the Philippine Army has the support the people contrary
to the claims of the CTs. With his development, the troops are now closing
in on the different havens of the CTs so they could not continue with their
extortion and terroristic acts.
Elements of the 34th
Infantry Battalion are still conducting pursuit operations against the
fleeing rebels as there as there are reports that the CTs suffered many
casualties during the said encounter.
In a belated report,
elements of 14th Infantry Battalion under LtC. Claudio Neri, while on
security operations last June 13, 2005 at around 10:00am, encountered more
or less twenty (20) Communist Terrorist (CTs) at vicinity in between Brgys
Lim-ao and Yabon of Hinabangan, Samar where the troops recovered one (1) M14
rifle and one magazine with twenty rounds of ammunition. Again, no
government troops were injured while undetermined on the enemy side.
Maj. Gen. Jovito S. Palparan
Jr, the Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division is expecting more
engagements with the CTs as he directed all subordinate units to conduct
continuous operations against the CPP/NPA in order to protect the civilian
populace from their terroristic acts.
On the other hand, General
Palparan is calling all CPP/NPA members to bring down their firearms, return
to the folds of the law and live a peaceful life.
AFP Generals charged for abduction of Samar
By DENNIS ABARRIENTOS, Secretary-General, KARAPATAN-CV
The daughter of Patricio
Abalos, 61, allegedly abducted by soldiers from their home in Quindaponan,
Catbalogan, Samar on March 28, 2005, has filed a case of habeas corpus
against the suspects before the Court of Appeals in
Cebu City on June 15,
In a nine-page petition,
Cristina Abalos through her counsels urged the court to intervene in forcing
AFP-CentCom Chief Emmanuel Teodisio, 8th Infantry Division Chief Jovito
Palparan, Lt. Wilbert Basquiñas and other unidentified soldiers to produce
the body her father and “show cause for his continued detention
Cristina claimed in a sworn
statement that her father was abducted at gunpoint by heavily-armed soldiers
outside their house at about 8:30pm of the said date. She charged that the
same soldiers headed by Lt. Basquiñas returned and ransacked their house in
the afternoon of March 31 purportedly looking for a handgun. In that
incident, Basquiñas admitted to the family that Patricio was in their
custody upon the orders of his superior B/Gen. Palparan.
Cristina also narrated that
her family confronted Palparan on April 7 but that the general merely told
them that the aging Patricio will be released if the family admits that he
is an NPA.
Cristina has earlier
testified before the Congressional Committee on National Defense on May 25
and 31 on her father’s abduction and on other human rights violations in
There are 190 documented
cases of gross human rights violations in
Eastern Visayas since Palparan assumed command of the 8th ID in
“We are appalled that until
now, Gen. Emmanuel Teodisio and the Central Command remain mum on the abuses
being blamed on Palparan. We are tempted to say that these abuses are being
encouraged by Teodisio if not by the entire military hierarchy itself,” said
Atty. Poch Cinco of KARAPATAN-CV.