arrested in buy-bust
By RPCRD, Police Regional
February 22, 2013
CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – At first glance, Danilo “Jack” Casaljay is just an ordinary
fruit vendor, selling grapes, apples, mangoes and other foodstuff and
is usually seen either at the bus terminal, public market or downtown
But Jack has other business sidelines, while illegal, albeit a
lucrative one. He is selling a different kind of fruit, one that does
not come from a tree. It was purely white and in crystalline form, but
instead of nourishing the body, it destroys not only the body and
mind, but one’s whole being.
Days after receiving intelligence information on Jack’s nefarious
activities and placing him under casing, surveillance and test-buys,
the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group of Calbayog City
Police Station arrested him in a buy-bust operation on Monday
afternoon, thereby putting an end to his illegal deeds.
Eastern Visayas top cop Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio
Soria disclosed that Casaljay was nabbed by police operatives at Purok
2, Brgy. Obrero of said city after selling “shabu” worth P500.00 to a
The suspect, 35, residing at Purok 3, Brgy Capoocan also of Calbayog
City tried but failed to elude arrest and was collared by the police
team led by Police Senior Inspector Aaron Raymond Elago. Aside from
the illegal drugs, also seized from the suspect is the P500.00 bill
buy-bust money with serial number CG512226.
“Casaljay is now detained at Calbayog City Police Station lock-up cell
while a case for Violation of Section 5 or selling illegal drugs of RA
9165 is being prepared for filing in court against him,” Soria further
The arrest of Casaljay came on the heels of the arrest of college
student Alchie Chiquillo who was nabbed in a buy-bust operation in
Palo, Leyte over the weekend.
The PRO8 chief lauded the AID-SOTG personnel responsible for the two
“Our men have responded well to our challenge to further heighten the
drive against illegal drugs. The recent arrests of drug suspects have
minimized the proliferations of illegal drugs in the streets,” Soria
PRO8 scores against
wanted men, loose weapons in Samar
By RPCRD, Police Regional
February 21, 2013
CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – The Special Operations Task Group - Samar (SOTG-Samar) Tracker
Team of the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) arrested four persons and
confiscated assorted weapons in an almost weeklong police operations
in the hinterlands of the first district of Samar recently.
“The SOTG-Samar was
activated to initiate focused police operations targeting wanted
persons, accounting of loose firearms and dismantling ‘private armed
groups’ in Samar,” said Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio
Soria, Eastern Visayas police regional director.
He added that the arrested
wanted persons could be tapped by unscrupulous politicians to advance
their political interest in the coming polls while confiscated weapons
could be used in terroristic and other criminal activities.
Soria disclosed that from
February 16 to 20, combined elements of RSOTG-Samar Tracker Team led
by Police Senior Inspector Jovie Espenido, 2nd Regional Public Safety
Management Company of the 8th Regional Public Safety Battalion (8th
RPSB) led by Police Senior Inspector Shyrile Tan and Samar Provincial
Public Safety Company (Samar PPSC) conducted manhunt operations at the
hinterlands of Calbayog City and Sta. Margarita, all of Samar
province, which resulted to the arrest of 4 persons, three of them
charged for heinous crimes, and confiscation of high-powered and
At around 4:00 o’clock
Tuesday afternoon at the hinterlands of Brgy. San Antonio in Calbayog
City, 5 personalities identified as Bonifacio Caber, Ricardo Vicentino,
Jay-ar Yregon, Johnny Vicentino and Loreto Casaljay voluntarily
surrendered to the police team eight homemade shotguns, now under the
custody of SOTG-Samar based in Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City.
An hour later, manhunt
operations at the vicinity of Brgy. Camperito, Sta. Margarita, Samar,
resulted in the arrest of one Floro Diaz y Ajon with pending cases for
3 counts of Murder and 3 counts for Frustrated Murder.
The SOTG was also able to
confiscate from Diaz one Elisco M16 rifle with defaced serial number,
one Colt .45 caliber bearing serial number 188765, five short and one
long magazines for M16 rifle with a total of 129 rounds of live
ammunitions for M16, one black eight-pocket bandoleer, 2 magazine
assembly for .45 caliber pistol, 7 rounds live ammunitions for .45
caliber and two fragmentation hand grenades.
In early Thursday morning,
manhunt operations conducted by the same team at the vicinity of Brgy.
San Jose in Calbayog City resulted in the arrest of Marcial Jalayajay
and Zaldy Cagomoc by virtue of Warrant of Arrest docketed under
Criminal Case No. 6487 for Complex Crime of Murder with Frustrated
Meanwhile, one Junlex
Cagomoc was also arrested by the police team for obstruction of
justice during the service of arrest warrant against Jalayajay and
Apprehended and surrendered
persons together with the confiscated items were brought to SOTG-Samar
office for documentation, further investigation and proper
Soria is confident that the
recent accomplishments would help ensure the conduct of secure and
fair elections in Samar province which was earlier included in the
list of “priority areas” by the Department of Interior and Local
Palace approval of ECC
betrays public trust
threatens life and environment
By DEFEND PATRIMONY
February 21, 2013
QUEZON CITY – Environmental, research and scientist groups rebuked the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Aquino
administration for giving Xstrata-Sagitarrius Mines, Inc. (X-strata-SMI)
an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) for the Tampakan
gold-copper mines, a project that will “destroy watersheds, pollute
the environment and threaten life” in southern Mindanao.
“DENR should not have granted Xstrata-SMI an ECC, because that implies
the fulfillment of all requirements, including the mitigation of
environmental impacts. That is simply not the case. In fact, the
proposed mining operation is a veritable threat to the people and the
environment,” stated Defend Patrimony, a national alliance against
Green groups, together with indigenous people’s organizations and
multi-sectoral alliance Bagong Alyansang Makabayan called for the
cancellation of the ECC in a protest action held in front of the DENR
“Mining in Tampakan will hit critical watersheds that supply water for
domestic use and irrigation in southern Mindanao. Allowing SMI to mine
in Tampakan means abandoning government responsibility to ensure clean
and safe water for the people,” said Ma. Finesa Cosico, environmental
expert from AGHAM Advocates of Science and Technology for the People.
The 9,460-hectare mining tenement is bordered by two mountain
ecosystems. The first, Mt. Matutum, is a protected landscape that
supplies 25 percent of the water needs of municipalities in South
Cotabato, Sarangani and General Santos City. Meanwhile, the second,
Mt. Bololomot, has been declared an environmentally critical area and
serves as head water of one of the region’s sub-basins, the Dalul
River, and flows into Mal River that irrigates three South Cotabato
Mining would impact the ground water with the likely occurrence of
erosion and sedimentation, formation of acid mine drainage, heavy
metal contamination, chemical pollution and leaching, according to the
findings of a 2010 environmental investigative mission conducted by
the concerned groups.
“SMI will employ open-pit mining and this will definitely result to
massive deforestation and pollution. An environmentally critically
project in an environmentally critical area spells disaster and must
be averted by the government by cancelling SMI’s ECC,” said Center for
Environmental Concerns Philippines Executive Director Frances Quimpo.
Meanwhile, Defend Patrimony believes that the approval of the Tampakan
mining project coincides “suspiciously” with the Aquino
administration’s active participation in the coming senatorial
“Big foreign mining companies are infamous as sources of election
fund. It was the people in Malacañang who requested the approval of
SMI-Xstrata’s ECC. This is a multibillion dollar project, and it is
not unlikely that the proponents, which include PNoy’s uncle Danding
Conjuangco, pledged to give financial support for the administration
senatorial bets and local candidates,” said Kalikasan People’s Network
for the Environment National Coordinator Clemente Bautista, Jr.
Amounting to $5.9 billion, the Xstrata-SMI project in Tampakan is the
largest mining investment in the country to date.
Isuzu Elf truck and the illegal lumbers seized by the Regional
Special Operations Group of Police Regional Office 8 during the
anti-illegal logging operations in Paranas, Samar in the early
morning of February 19, 2013.
PRO8 scores vs.
illegal loggers in Samar
By RPCRD, Police Regional
February 20, 2013
CAMP SEC. KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) arrested a big-time
illegal logger and confiscated a sizeable volume of illegally-sawn
lumbers in an anti-illegal logging operation in Paranas town in Samar
early Tuesday morning.
“We are giving a strong
message that PRO8 will not tolerate any form of violation against the
environment and destruction of our natural resources,” warned Police
Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO8 Regional Director.
The top police official
identified the arrested suspect as Purita Dabuet y Ada of Brgy Cantato,
Paranas, Samar, while the police are conducting manhunt operation
against the driver of the vehicle used in transporting the illegal
lumbers, identified as William Igdalino and his helpers.
Soria disclosed that at
around 1:00 o’ clock in the early morning on Tuesday, joint elements
of the PRO8 Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG8) led by Police
Inspector Constantino Jabonete, Jr and Paranas Municipal Police
Station led by Police Chief Inspector Doughlas Antonio Eloja, together
with Forester Eddie Monsanto of the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources (DENR) conducted anti-illegal logging operations in
the area of Brgy. Lipata, Paranas, Samar resulting in the confiscation
one blue Isuzu Elf truck marked St. Frances bearing plate number CSC
544 registered in the name of one Wilson Orsino, with postal address
at Nagmisaan, Panique, Tarlac.
The police caught the
helpers of said truck unloading more or less 174 pieces illegally-sawn
lumbers of various sizes estimated at 963 board-feet, with a market
value of P40,446.00, owned by Dabuet.
Driver Igdalino and helpers
managed to evade arrest by running towards the residence of spouses
Banjo and Lydia Abegonia, also of said place, and escaped through the
back of said house, while owner Dabuet was arrested by the police
The lawmen, while chasing
the running suspects, saw in plain view at the vicinity of the house
of the Abegonias several illegally sawn lumbers of Lawaan specie in
The lumbers, estimated to
have a total of 1,246 board-feet and market value of P52,332.00, and
one unit Resaw, a powertool used for cutting timber with motor dynamo,
with serial number 748278 were confiscated by the police team.
The team also confiscated
one unit red Honda XRM motorcycle without plate number used by Dabuet
in clearing the route area.
Suspect Dabuet is
temporarily detained at Paranas Municipal Police Station Lock-up Cell
awaiting trial of her case by virtue of waiver of Article 125 of the
Revised Penal Code while the police team brought the confiscated
vehicles and the lumbers to Paranas Municipal Police Station for
custody and the Resaw was turned-over to DENR personnel for
Soria further informed that
a case for violation of Sec 77 of Presidential Decree 705 or the
Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines as amended by Executive Order
No. 277 and further amended by Republic Act 7161 was filed before the
Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in Catbalogan City docketed under
NPS Number VIII-09-INQ-000102 dated February 19, 2013.
“We will leave no stone
unturned in our campaign against illegal logging activities not only
in Samar but in the entire Eastern Visayas region,” Soria assured as
he called on the citizen’s active support by providing the police with
vital and real time information from the ground.
bribing: It's the economy
By Office of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano
February 20, 2013
PASAY CITY – "Filipinos
would not resort to bribing if they did not have to," Sen. Alan Cayetano said today in reaction to the survey results of the National
Statistical Office (NSO) that 41.3% of those surveyed personally saw a
government employee for a favor and around 9% gave “pampadulas” in the
form of money or gift to facilitate the transaction.
"The people I’ve talked to – market vendors, jeepney drivers,
fisherfolk – who may have, at some point, slipped in a bribe are not
culprits, but victims of this shameful practice," Cayetano argued.
"They don’t do it out of custom. They do it because they’re desperate
and are willing to do anything to support their family and build their
business. They don't engage in bribery because they are unprincipled,
but because they are forced to," Cayetano argued.
Since the start of the campaign, Cayetano has conferred with vendors
of Pritil Market in Tondo, Manila; Dangwa flower market also in
Manila; Murphy Market in Quezon City; the fisherfolk of Taguig, and
furniture workers in Cebu to personally hear the concerns of the
masses on the economy, specifically inflation, employment, and wages.
Malacañang, through deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte, encouraged the
public “not to give in to these demands and to report these cases to
the head of agency or to the Office of the Ombudsman so that these
erring officials will be dealt with accordingly." But Cayetano said
that this encouragement would fall on deaf ears, so long as the poor
do not feel the benefits of a surging economy.
"If you look at the survey closely, you will find that 32% of the poor
families surveyed gave the gift, favor, or money involuntarily. This
means that they were forced to give the bribe, most likely to the
government employee who needed the extra cash to support his own
family, because his monthly salary is not enough to make ends meet
with the rising cost of goods," Cayetano said.
Bribery to Be Eradicated by the End of Aquino Term
Cayetano said that he is, nevertheless, hopeful that the practice of
bribery may be eradicated or significantly lessened by the end of the
present administration's term. "Concerns like this are still present,
because it takes time to feel the trickle down effect of economic
growth," Cayetano said. "But once GDP growth is matched by a similar
increase in the quality of life index, I believe these statistics on
bribery will also change."
"There is also the terrible impression that bribes are part of the
cost of doing business in the Philippines," Cayetano added. "But once
our government employees feel the effects of economic growth – with
increased wages and more affordable prices – this unprincipled
practice will end and the impression of investors will change."
potable water to communities in Motiong, Samar
By AVHA H. EBALDE,
February 20, 2013
CATBALOGAN CITY – Close to 500 rural folks of Motiong will have a
better access to potable water system upon completion of the water
system projects in July 2013.
The projects are funded by the Kapitbisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive
and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) in Motiong,
Some eight hinterland barangays of Motiong chose the construction of a
water system or improvement of existing ones.
KALAHI-CIDSS area coordinator Ma. Christina Manicani presented the
accomplishments and status of sub-projects during the first Municipal
Peace and Order Council (MPOC) meeting in Motiong recently.
The 429 households in Barangays Malonoy, Angyap, Capaysagan, Pusongan,
Hinica-an, Caranas, Caulayanan, and Calantawan are eagerly awaiting
for the completion of the sub projects .
Dr. Perlie Langi, Municipal Health Officer said that the residents use
only dug wells for their water needs, some would trek hills and
mountains for their water needs.
“KALAHI-CIDSS will make their lives easier and healthier,” the doctor
According to Mayor Francisco Langi, KALAHI-CIDSS gave P13.5 million
funds for 18 beneficiary barangays in Motiong, while 30% or P4.5
million come from the counterpart of the LGU.
Aside from the water system, there is a Daycare Center at Barangay
Inalad, and concrete pavement or path walk at Barangay Candumacol.
Langi said that this KALAHI-CIDS sub-project is a big help to their
people and in their community.
government confronts Tan political dynasty in Western Samar for
By NDF-Eastern Visayas
February 20, 2013
The National Democratic
Front-Eastern Visayas said today that the People's Democratic
Government is confronting the Tan political dynasty in Western Samar
for serious crimes against the people and the revolutionary movement.
“The Tan political clan
headed by Rep. Mila Tan in Western Samar is preparing to continue its
hold on on the top elective positions in the province in the coming
May elections,” said NDF-EV spokesperson Fr. Santiago Salas. “But the
Tan family today is being held accountable by the people's government
for gross corruption, abetting human rights violations, and
collaborating with the military's ‘counterinsurgency’ campaign. These
serious crimes are grounds to deny entry to political candidates from
the Tan family in areas under the jurisdiction of revolutionary
Fr. Salas noted that Rep.
Milagrosa Tan and her children, Gov. Sharee Ann Tan and Vice Gov.
Stephen James Tan, have long been advancing their political and
economic interests by going along with the fascist campaigns of the
8th Infantry Division.
Aside from the three
incumbent officials who are running for reelection, Rep. Tan's two
other children are seeking the mayoralties in Calbayog and Catbalogan
cities, while her brother-in-law is running for congressman in the
first district. “Human rights violations have raged in the province
since 2005 under then 8th ID chief, the butcher Gen. Jovito Palparan,
but the Tans never condemned but in fact helped cover up the
military's rights violations. They also slammed the door on rights
violation victims seeking assistance, as well refused as to aid areas
suffering from intense militarization.”
The NDF-EV spokesperson also
said the Tan political dynasty not only collaborated but even colluded
in corruption with the military. “Through their control of the
provincial government, the Tans ensured financial and material support
for the Social Integration Program, the 8th ID's surrender campaign
against the New People's Army. The Tans also lent support to the 8th
ID's brutal Special Operations Team campaigns of psywar and
intimidation against the people. They also allowed the military to be
the contractor in projects used for ‘counterinsurgency’, as well as
supported relief and medical missions meant to deodorize the
military's human rights violations.”
Aside from conniving with
the military, Fr. Salas also accused the Tans of maintaining its own
private army composed not only of goons but mercenary soldiers and
policemen as well. “The Tans are known to have soldiers from the 34th
IB and the 87th IB in their payroll. They are also connected to the
Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines through
Sgt. Emil Soza. The Tans meanwhile effectively control the police
provincial mobile group through their man, Insp. Jovy Espinido. The
other armed henchmen of the Tans are the Casaljay group based in Sta.
Margarita and Calbayog City; the so-called Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong
Bayan in Paranas and Hinabangan towns; and goons from Masbate who hide
out in the islands of Tagapul-an, Almagro and Daram.”
Fr. Salas said the Tan
political dynasty is notoriously corrupt and has used its political
power to entrench and further its economic interests at the expense of
the people. “The Tans represent the ugliness of bureaucrat capitalism
where government is run to serve not the people but local and foreign
big business interests. The Tans have various business interests that
are flourishing while they are in political office: moneylending,
commercial stores, real estate and shipping. The Tan political
dynasty, especially its matriarch Rep. Milagrosa Tan, also has a long
history of plundering state coffers for ghost projects. Because of
their intertwined political and business interests, the Tans have also
outraged the people with their nepotism and political patronage,
exemplified by Rep. Tan and her four children running for key local
positions as if just business as usual. While the Tans benefit from
their political and economic power, the government employees and
common people suffer grinding poverty, militarization, and deprival of
basic social services. If the Tans will have their way, they will
certainly further their oppression and exploitation of the people.”
The NDF-EV spokesperson said
the People's Democratic Government is confronting the Tan political
dynasty in Western Samar to safeguard the rights and interests of the
people in the coming reactionary elections, and to ensure these will
be peaceful, orderly and beneficial.
“The Tans are enemies of the
people in Western Samar. They face restriction of electoral access in
the territories under the People's Democratic Government. The Arnulfo
Ortiz Command of the NPA-Western Samar also have orders to enforce the
prohibition of armed goons and military, police and paramilitary
escorts during the election period, and to watch out for the Tans who
are notorious for these. The Tan political dynasty is also warned that
using violence against its rivals, as well as vote-buying and bribery,
will not be tolerated in the revolutionary territories. It is
furthermore the responsibility of the NPA and the revolutionary forces
to discuss and unite with the people regarding the accountabilities of
the Tan political dynasty, so as to expose the farce of reactionary
elections and to clarify that only the overthrow of the reactionary
ruling system will pave the way for a genuine democratic government.”
convention center soon to be operational
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
February 19, 2013
PAWING, Palo, Leyte – The
first phase of the state-of-the-art P300 million plus Leyte Convention
Center complex will soon be open operational as the Provincial
Government of Leyte expects its completion in the first quarter of
“The P115 million Main Hall of the Leyte Convention Center will
hopefully be completed in the first week of March, 2013,” Provincial
Engineer Robert Lugnasin told the Philippine Information Agency.
Actually, the contractor is already working on the ceiling and some
finishing touches, he said. The facilities like comfort rooms are
already in place, he said. He added that the Main Hall will be
operational by the third week of March.
The total budget for the Leyte Convention Center complex is P300
million, Engr. Lugnasin disclosed. He explained that the construction
of the Leyte Convention Center complex is divided into three phases.
The first phase is the Main Hall with comfort rooms. The second phase
will include the construction of Exhibit Hall and a parking area in
front of the Main Hall. The third phase will entail the construction
of offices and a parking space at the back.
The Main Hall is a single storey building with a capacity of 1,500
seated guests and can accommodate about 5,500 people, the Provincial
Engineer said. The Hall may be divided into two, each with 500 person
The Provincial Government of Leyte through the initiative of former
Governor, now Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla, programmed
the construction of the Leyte Convention Center Complex at Barangay
Pawing in Palo, Leyte in answer to the over-arching need to meet the
growth of the so-called MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and
Then Governor Petilla said that the construction of the convention
center complex is in tandem with the operation of the Oriental Hotel Leyte which will serve as the accommodation for participants in
national conventions that will be hosted by the provincial government
and even by other agencies and private entities.
The new convention center is part of the economic development
blueprint of the provincial government that was prioritized by then
The area where the convention center is located is adjacent to the
Leyte Academic Center (LAC) within the Philippine Economic Zone
Authority-declared information and communications technology park.
Several small and medium sized ICT companies have been occupying LAC
while two separate buildings are occupied by a multinational customer
The Leyte Convention Center is expected to boost the tourism industry
not only in Leyte but in other parts of Eastern Visayas. It will
increase the demand for hotels and restaurants and create new tourism
revenues. It would also generate jobs and create new economic
activities in the area.