seen as DAR turns over 2 bridges in So. Leyte and E. Samar
Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella III (right) leads the inauguration and
turnover of the P9.1 million 28 linear-meter Tulay ng Pangulo in
Balangiga, Eastern Samar during his recent visit to Eastern
JOSE ALSMTIH L. SORIA
February 6, 2023
Samar – Residents of Barangay Cag-olango in this municipality
are so thankful that a durable bridge was constructed in adjacent
village, Sta. Rosa, replacing the wooden bridge which, according to
them, many have fallen.
Chairman Juanito Cabas, together with his constituents, Lilibeth
Delcallar, Tessie Elasyon and Eufemia Escalo, did not miss the
inauguration of the “Tulay ng Pangulo para sa Kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo”
(TPKP) project on Friday (January 27) to express their thanks and
happiness to Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella III who led
the inauguration and turnover rites.
According to them, this is
a big help to the farmers especially those living in the upland
Aside from the two
mentioned barangays, residents of two more villages, Guinmaayohan
and Maybunga will benefit from this project, they added.
About 4,000 residents from
these four villages, 529 of whom are agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs),
are expected to be directly benefited.
Mayor Dana Flynch de Lira
in her message also thanked President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for the
blessings being poured into her town, a fourth-class municipality.
This bridge will help us
cross from the state of poverty towards a progressive Balangiga, she
On Thursday and Friday
(January 26 and 27) during the visit of Estrella to this region, two
two-lanes modular prefabricated steel bridges constructed under the
TPKP project were inaugurated and turned over to recipient local
government units (LGUs) in two separate areas in Eastern Visayas.
Here, Estrella said,
“Kahit maliit na bayan ang Balangiga, magkakaroon tayo ng magandang
kinabukasan na ipapamana sa ating mga anak.”
A day before, Estrella,
who handed Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) and turned
over farm machineries at the Visayas State University (VSU) in
Tolosa, Leyte, ordered Undersecretary Kazel Celeste of the Field
Operations Office to lead the inauguration and turnover rites of the
TPKP project in Hinunangan, Southern Leyte, which was done
simultaneously with the activities in Tolosa.
Celeste in her message
said, “Kami po ay napakasaya dahil nabigyan kami ng pagkakataon na
mabisita ang Barangay Ilaya at Nava dahil napakaimportante sa amin
na maibigay ang serbisyo ng gobyerno sa ating mga magsasaka.” Isa sa
mga adhikain ng ating pangulo at kalihim ay “To bring the government
closer to the people,” she stressed.
Barangay Chairman Joey
Saguran of Barangay Ilaya thanked DAR and the Department of Public
Works and Highways (DPWH). The two government agencies are partner
in implementing this project funded by the French government.
Saguran said “Malaki ang
tulong ng tulay na ito sa amin dahil mapapadali na ang pagdadala ng
aming mga produkto (sa mga pamilihan).”
“Dati, nung spillway pa,
pag-umuulan ng isa o dalawang oras, hindi na kami makakadaan dahil
umaapaw ang tubig,” Saguran added.
“Napakasaya po namin na sa munting proyekto na ito ay malaki na ang
pagbabago na magagawa sa ating mga ARBs.
Aside from the over a
thousand residents, most of them are ARBs, in three adjacent
villages, Ilaya, Nava and Tuburan, who will be directly benefited by
this project, hundreds of daily commuters who prefer to take this
shortcut route within the Southern Leyte Settlement Project (SLSP)
from Hinunangan to St. Bernard or vice-versa will likewise be
DAR Eastern Visayas
Regional Director Robert Anthony Yu disclosed that the two projects
have a combined cost of P17.6 million.
He further disclosed that
there are now nine completed TPKP projects throughout the region.
violent police dispersal of anti-mining barricade, lauds people’s
February 5, 2023
QUEZON CITY – Human
rights alliance Karapatan condemned the violent dispersal by the
Philippine National Police (PNP) last February 3, 2023 of a
barricade set up by residents of Sibuyan Island in Romblon against
the operations of Altai Philippines Mining Corporation (APMC).
Residents led by
Sibuyanons Against Mining have been manning their barricade since
January 26 to stop APMC’s mining trucks containing nickel ore from
entering a private port in Barangay España, San Fernando town in
Sibuyan island. Violence erupted when the trucks escorted by the
police rammed through the barricade, injuring two of the protesters.
“Sibuyanons have been
resisting the entry and operations of mining companies in their
resource-rich island for close to two decades,” said Karapatan
secretary general Cristina Palabay. “Residents fear that the
destruction caused by mining will wreak havoc on their island which
is one of the most biologically diverse places in the world,” she
said, “and undermine their livelihoods which depend on the
preservation of the island’s biodiversity.”
“Mining companies have
long wanted to exploit the island’s rich nickel, chromite, cobalt
and iron deposits, but the residents in solidarity with local
government units, church groups and environmental activists have
staunchly resisted the mining companies, to the extent that one of
their local leaders, Armin Marin, was shot dead by a mining firm
security officer during a protest rally in San Fernando town in
October 2007.” Marin’s killer, said Palabay, got off with a slap on
the wrist when he was sentenced to a mere three years in prison for
negligence and imprudence but was cleared of murder charges.
“On July 28 of last year,”
said Palabay, “the towns of San Fernando, Cajidiocan and Magdiwang
in Sibuyan petitioned newly elected President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
and Congress to declare Sibuyan mining-free. They likewise called on
newly appointed DENR Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga to
‘immediately review, halt, revoke, and reject all mining agreements,
operations, and applications within the territorial jurisdiction.’”
“However, the Marcos II
regime responded by issuing a mineral ore export permit to APMC on
December 29, 2022, allowing the company to bulk test 50,000 metric
tons of ore,” said Palabay. “This, despite a string of violations
committed by APMC.”
“Such brazen disregard for
the will of the Subayanons comes as no surprise,” said Palabay,
“since APMC’s mining permit seems Marcos’ political payback to the
Gatchalians, who own the company,” she said. During the election,
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian and Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian
fully supported Marcos’ candidacy. Earlier this week, Marcos named
Rex Gatchalian as the new DSWD secretary.
Palabay, “the incident has raised public awareness about the evils
of big corporate mining in the island and compelled the APMC to back
off temporarily from its operations in Sibuyan, pending the
resolution of the issues raised by the residents.”
“We hail the vigilance and
courage of the Subayanons in protecting their rights, and hope that
their laudable struggle will inspire residents in other areas being
ravaged by destructive mining to rise up against plunderous mining
interests,” concluded Palabay.
DSWD seeks help
in addressing ‘boy soldiers’
February 3, 2023
TAGUM CITY - The
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is seeking help
in the operationalization of care center for boys involved in armed
conflict as combatant, courier, guide, and spy for terrorist and
criminal syndicates including those considered as ‘boy soldiers.’
According to DSWD
Undersecretary for Inclusive and Sustainable Peace Alan A. Tanjusay,
the department is actively seeking help from the provincial and
local government units, private entities, and non-government
organizations in operating the residential care facility for boys
who are Children in Situation of Armed Conflict (CSAC) located in
“We must utilize the
center and intervene now in the hearts and minds of these boys
victims of violence, crimes, various exploitation and extremism
while they can be molded, wielded and influenced into productive
citizens. And the sooner DSWD expert social workers in the facility
commences its work into the lives of these children then we have
hope these young people could make it through,” emphasized Tanjusay.
Completed with the
collaboration between DSWD and Tagum City local government unit in
2021 through the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program,
the one-hectare center is a 24-hour, 7-day residential facility that
provides temporary care and serves as rehabilitation center for a
maximum of 25 to 30 exploited boys aged 17 years old and below by
administering protection, care, training and rehabilitation
standards for the victims in a home-like environment for a maximum
period of six months before they are reintegrated into their
respective families and communities.
However, the 30-bed
facility is currently inoperable due to lack of manpower and
financial resources following the pandemic crises.
The children are currently
housed in different government facilities across several regions in
Mindanao. Some of them are abandoned by their parents, some are
victims of organized human trafficking and some were rescued and
recovered during military operations and found exploited as couriers
of firearms and explosives. Other children were forced as human
shields, spies and exploited in terrorist extremism activities.
According to the Unicef,
between 2005 and 2020, more than 93,000 children were verified as
recruited, exploited and drawn by insurgents, rebels, extremists and
terrorist groups to conflict and criminal activities.
distribution of e-titles under SPLIT in EV
Imee Marcos and Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella
III distributed more than a thousand Certificates of Land
Ownership Award (CLOAs) at the Visayas State University in
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
January 31, 2023
TACLOBAN CITY –
Agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Eastern Visayas start
receiving their individual land titles generated under the
Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR’s) Support to Parcelization of
Lands for Individual Titling (SPLIT) project.
On Thursday and Friday
last week, Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella III handed at
the Visayas State University (VSU) gymnasium in Tolosa, Leyte and at
the covered court of Balangiga in Eastern Samar, 890
electronically-generated individual Certificates of Land Ownership
Award (E-CLOAs) under the World Bank-funded SPLIT project.
The same number of ARBs
received the said land titles covering an aggregate area of
1,402.6660 hectares of agricultural lands.
Of the 890 E-CLOAs, 690
were distributed in Tolosa covering a combined area of 1,123.6289
hectares of farmlands situated in the provinces of Leyte, Southern
Leyte, Biliran, Western Samar and Northern Samar, while the
remaining 200 E-CLOAs covering 279.0371 hectares situated in
Balangiga and Lawaan towns were distributed at the Balangiga covered
Estrella explained that
the DAR handed collective CLOAs in the past to expedite the
distribution of lands which resulted to uncertainties among the ARBs
regarding their respective areas.
Now, with the
parcelization of the collective CLOAs and the issuance of individual
titles, the beneficiary is installed to his/her designated lot
thereby improving land tenure security and strengthen property
rights, while the local government unit will have an increased
collection of real property tax, he added.
DAR Regional Director for
Eastern Visayas, Robert Anthony Yu, said 17,496 collective CLOAs
covering 220,473 hectares of agricultural lands situated in
different parts of the region are subject for parcelization under
the SPLIT project.
In Tolosa, Estrella was
joined by Senator Imee Marcos where 157 additional CLOAs covering a
combined area of 162,2395 hectares generated under the regular land
acquisition and distribution program of the Comprehensive Agrarian
Reform Program (CARP) were distributed to 116 more ARBs.
representative Jude Acidre was also with the Secretary during the
latter’s two-day activities in Leyte and Eastern Samar.
Marcos disclosed the bill
she filed in the Senate that would emancipate ARBs from the existing
debt burden grant of agricultural lands under the CARP.
On September 13 last year,
Marcos’ brother, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., signed Executive
Order No. 4 ordering a one year moratorium on the payment of the
principal obligation and the annual interest due and payable by an
At 69 years old, Ruben
Inciso of Lawaan, Eastern Samar was the oldest CLOA recipient at the
Balangiga distribution rite. When asked for comment, he thanked
President Bongbong Marcos, and Estrella that finally the 1.8-hectare
farmland he is tilling is now titled under his name.
Meanwhile, more than P5.7
million worth of farm machineries and equipment were likewise turned
over to agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) from
Leyte, Southern Leyte and Eastern Samar on these two occasions.
Yu said land distribution
is DAR’s contribution to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC),
a whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable
peace in the country.
NMP sets sail for
a productive 2023: 886 seafarers aboard as of 28 January
National Maritime Polytechnic
January 30, 2023
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a premier government-owned
maritime training and research institution located at Brgy.
Cabalawan, Tacloban City, has set sail for a productive 2023 as it
surpasses its monthly target number of trainees for the month of
Eight hundred eighty-six
(886) maritime trainees were on board NMP as of 28 January 2022
comprised of aspiring and active seafarers, maritime instructors and
assessors and supervisors and other maritime allied personnel.
The strong enrollment
figure revealed that a substantial 701 (79.12%) took the Basic
Courses, 74 (8.35%) enrolled in Specialized Courses, 43 (4.85%)
availed of Deck Courses, 35 (4.40%) listed in Engine Courses and the
remaining 29 (3.27%) came from Professional Development Courses.
With the said
accomplishment, the Agency is off to a strong start as it endeavors
to reach its target of ten thousand (10,000) trainees trained in CY
In the interim, NMP is
currently awaiting the result of the MARINA inspection held on 07-11
November 2022, following the rectification of the previously
identified deficiencies. Additionally, the Agency is on the process
of revising some of its training standards pursuant to MARINA
Memorandum Circular No. SC-2022-05 in compliance with the
requirement of the Standards of Training, Certification and
Watchkeeping Convention (STCW) for Seafarers 1978, as amended.
Meanwhile, in its efforts
to contribute in providing employment to Filipino seafarers, NMP
continues to improve its facilities and deliver high-quality
maritime trainings aligned with the STCW Convention as amended in
2010. These endeavors reflect NMP's dedication to support the
employment and professional growth of Filipino seafarers, and
strengthen the Philippine maritime industry as a whole.
ICHRP lauds ICC
decision to pursue investigation of Duterte's crimes against
January 28, 2023
MANILA – On 26
January 2023, the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”)
announced that it had granted the Prosecutor’s request to resume
investigation into the Situation of the Republic of the Philippines
(“the Philippines”). The ICC indicated that “following a careful
analysis of the materials provided by the Philippines, the Chamber
is not satisfied that the Philippines is undertaking relevant
investigations that would warrant a deferral of the Court’s
Having examined the
submissions and materials of the Philippine Government, and of the
ICC Prosecutor, as well as the victims’ observations, the Chamber
concluded that the various domestic initiatives and proceedings,
assessed collectively, do not amount to tangible, concrete and
progressive investigative steps in a way that would sufficiently
mirror the Court’s investigation.
This conclusion of the ICC
mirrors the earlier findings of Investigate PH Commission of Inquiry
which found that domestic measures were effectively not functioning,
and there was no evidence to support the Philippine government’s
contention that victims could find justice in the Philippine courts.
The judicial system itself was in fact being wielded as an
instrument in the Philippine government’s campaign of state terror.
The ICC decision to
continue the pursuit of justice lays bare the Marcos
Administration’s culpability in shielding the Duterte regime’s
policies of impunity and state terror that killed perhaps 30,000 or
more, and victimized Filipinos for six long years. “We are extremely
appreciative of the decision of the ICC,” said Peter Murphy,
Chairperson of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the
Philippines (ICHRP). “It offers a mechanism for victims to continue
their pursuit of justice against the Duterte Regime’s brutal war on
drugs, on dissent and on the Moro and all Indigenous Peoples.
Justice will still be served despite the Marcos administration’s
decision to keep the Philippines outside the jurisdiction of the ICC
and cover-up the crimes against humanity committed by the police and
the military under Duterte”.
The new Marcos-Duterte
administration functions simply as a continuation of its brutal
predecessor. ICHRP believes the prosecution by the ICC may not stop
the Marcos-Duterte government from sheltering the perpetrators from
prosecution or prevent such crimes from continuing to occur, but it
can provide some constraint and a measure of justice to the victims.
ICHRP congratulates the
ICC for cutting through the fog of lies and false claims laid out by
the Marcos-Duterte government that the Philippine judicial system is
functioning and can address any concerns about the President, the
regime and the military’s roles in these gross violations of human
rights and crimes against humanity.
In November 2022 Justice
Secretary Jesus Remulla reported to the United Nations Universal
Periodic Review that over 17,000 cases of drug killings involving
police officers had been reviewed, resulting in a small number of
disciplinary actions. “There is no way that this level of inquiry –
most unlikely to be genuine – amounts to an investigation of the
crime against humanity of murder which the ICC was investigating,”
“ICHRP has full confidence
in the impartiality of the ICC. We urge the ICC to vigorously pursue
the full investigation of the previous Duterte administration for
these crimes against humanity so that, finally, justice may be
served and impunity ended,” Murphy said.
Australian-based human rights advocate, led Investigate PH, a recent
three-part investigation by an international commission on the
extrajudicial killings, illegal arrests, abductions and
disappearances in the Philippines since July 1, 2016, when President
Duterte came into power.
grew by 7.6% in 2022, beats 2022 GDP target
DTI-OSEC-Public Relations Unit
January 27, 2023
MAKATI CITY – The
Philippine government's sustained economic recovery efforts and the
Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) continuous investment
facilitation has resulted to 7.2 percent Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) growth for the fourth quarter of 2022, resulting to a 7.6
percent full-year growth for the said year, based on the recent data
from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
"This annual GDP growth
can be attributed to the contributions of various industries,
especially wholesale and retail, as well as manufacturing. This
serves as a testament to the efficiency of our efforts to facilitate
the entry of more investments in the country and our
industrialization strategy that aims to empower local industries and
increase our global competitiveness", Trade and Industry Secretary
Fred Pascual boasted.
Based on the report, the
fourth quarter GDP growth was mainly influenced by the following top
contributors: (1) Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor
vehicles and motorcycles at 8.7 percent, (2) Financial and insurance
activities at 9.8 percent, and (3) Manufacturing at 4.2 percent. On
the other hand, top contributors for the annual growth in 2022 were:
(1) Construction at 12.7 percent, (2) Wholesale and retail trade;
repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles at 8.7 percent, and (3)
Manufacturing at 5.0 percent.
Further, Secretary Pascual
said that "we are keen to sustain this growth, that is why we are
intensifying DTI's investment facilitation activities. During
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.'s previous state visits, we have
managed to meet several potential investors, some of them are
already in active discussions with our Philippine Trade and Industry
Centers abroad or the Board of Investments."
"Our GDP will continue to
grow as more and more investors come to the Philippines to explore
business opportunities. We keep on with work on ease of doing
business to attract more investors." he added.
In addition, among major
economic sectors, Industry (4.8 percent) and Services (9.8 percent)
posted positive growths during the fourth quarter of 2022. On the
demand side, PSA mentioned Household Final Consumption Expenditure (HFCE),
which grew by 7.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Final Consumption Expenditure (GFCE) at 3.3 percent, Gross capital
formation at 5.9 percent, Exports of goods and services at 14.6
percent, and Imports of goods and services at 5.9 percent were
considered by PSA as other sources of growth for the fourth quarter
As a further testament to
the robust economic performance of the country, the Philippines also
posted 9.3 percent Gross National Income (GNI) growth in the fourth
quarter of 2022, and 9.9 percent on full-year.
More than 94% of
global population experienced decline in freedom from 2019 to 2020
January 26, 2023
NEWSWIRE) – While global freedom was already waning before COVID,
the response from governments during the pandemic accelerated the
loss of freedom worldwide, finds a new study released today by
Canada’s Fraser Institute and the U.S.-based Cato Institute.
“During the pandemic,
governments worldwide restricted freedom of movement, expression,
assembly and other freedoms even more than in previous years,” said
Fred McMahon, resident fellow at the Fraser Institute and co-author
of this year’s Human Freedom Index.
While we take no position
on the necessity of COVID policies, they unquestionably limited
freedom. From 2019 to 2020 (the latest year of available data), 94.3
per cent of the world’s population experienced a decline in freedom.
But again, freedom was on
the decline before COVID – the government response simply
accelerated the decline. Between 2007 (the highpoint for human
freedom) and 2019, freedom declined for 79 per cent of the world’s
The index measures
personal freedom – the rule of law, safety and security, identity
and relationships (i.e. the freedom to choose your relationship
partner), freedom of movement, speech, assembly and religion –
alongside economic freedom, the ability of individuals to make their
own economic decisions.
Switzerland, once again,
tops this year’s freedom ranking followed by New Zealand, Estonia,
Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, the Netherlands and
Luxembourg. The five least-free countries are (in descending order)
Egypt, Iran, Venezuela, Yemen and Syria.
Overall worldwide rankings
for other significant countries include Japan (16), Germany (18),
the United Kingdom (20), the United States (23), South Korea (30),
France (42), Argentina (74), South Africa (77), Brazil (80), India
(112), Russia (119), Nigeria (124) and China (152).
Europe, North America (Canada and the United States) and Oceania
have the highest levels of freedom while the Middle East and North
Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have the lowest levels.
Crucially, people in freer
countries are more prosperous than those in less-free countries. For
example, the average per-capita income for the top-quartile
countries on the index was US$48,644 compared to US$11,566 for the
least-free quartile in 2020.
“When government limits
the ability of people to move, assemble and speak freely, people are
less able to the lives they want to live,” said Ian Vásquez, report
co-author and director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Global
Liberty and Prosperity.
The complete index, a
joint project of the Fraser Institute and the Cato Institute, is
available as a free PDF download at www.fraserinstitute.org. The
co-authors of the report are Ian Vasquez, Vice President,
International Studies, Cato Institute, Ryan Murphy, associate
professor, Bridwell Institute for Economic Freedom, Southern
Methodist University, and Guillermina Sutter Schneider, data
scientist and research manager, Center for Global Liberty and
Prosperity, Cato Institute.
Southern Luzon regional convention
January 25, 2023
PASIG CITY –
Officials from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the Supreme
Court of the Philippines, judges and other officials of the
Judiciary, public prosecutors, public attorneys, and key officials
from the Province of Laguna participated in the IBP Southern Luzon
Regional Convention on January 20, 2023 at The Bellevue Manila,
Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Notable personalities in attendance were
Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo, Supreme Court
Associate Justices Ramon Paul L. Hernando and Jose Midas Marquez,
Court Administrator Raul B. Villanueva, Vice Governor of the
Province of Laguna Karen Agapay, Judge Dennis Juso Rafa of RTC
Branch 154 of Biñan, Laguna, and Judge Elisa Ramirez Sarmiento-
Flores of RTC Branch 71 of Pasig City.
The regional convention,
titled Revolutionizing the IBP and the Legal System, was another
historic gathering of members of the legal profession to discuss
different ideas on changing the legal system by adopting new
technologies in the dispensation of justice.
Commencing the start of
the regional convention, IBP Governor for the Southern Luzon Region
Jerwin J. Lopez conveyed to everyone present that fellowships such
as this regional convention are an integral part of the IBP life.
Through these gatherings, friendship, camaraderie, and solid vital
relationships are built and fostered. He thanked and congratulated
all representatives of all chapters under his region for all their
accomplishments and credits their successes to their dedication, as
especially highlighted by their chapter presidents and officers who
allotted time away from their private practice, their families, and
from their ownselves, just to be of service to the people, the
country, and to their fellow lawyers through the IBP.
In closing, Governor
Jerwin Lopez thanked Supreme Court Justices Alexander G. Gesmundo,
Ramon Paul L. Hernando, and Jose Midas Marquez, who, despite their
busy schedules, have taken the time to grace this event. According
to him, this goes to show that the highest court in the land truly
regards the IBP as its indispensable partner in the administration
and dispensation of justice. Along with this, the Supreme Court, no
matter how regal and majestic its stature may be, becomes a humble
servant of the country and the people when justice is at the
forefront of the conversation.
In his keynote speech,
Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo reaffirmed the
Supreme Court’s commitment of providing a legal system that is
swift, just, and modern through the Supreme Court’s Strategic Plan
for Judicial Innovations 2022-2027 or SPJI. In line with the theme
of the regional convention, Chief Justice Gesmundo said that "We
cannot overemphasize that the SPJI is necessary to reinvigorate and
retool the judicial system. The Court must consistently be proactive
and continuously innovate at this time of greater uncertainties and
challenges." He shared that the IBP has been a staunch partner in
furthering the causes of the Court such as the continuous
improvement of procedural rules and the use of information
Adding to what was shared
by the Chief Justice, Supreme Court Associate Justice Ramon Paul L.
Hernando spoke about the importance of modernizing the Bar Exams. In
his words, he stressed the importance of modernizing the manner of
admitting new members of the Bar in keeping with the best practices
that other legal jurisdictions observe and implement in their
respective areas. He reiterated the Supreme Court’s goal of shifting
to a modern and receptive legal profession.
IBP National President
Burt M. Estrada reminded everyone that as lawyers, they all have
sworn to uphold the Constitution and the laws. And so, they are
regarded as sentinels of the rule of law. He stressed the continuing
obligation to uphold the rule of law and gain the people’s trust in
the legal system. In doing so, lawyers should lead by example. As he
said, lawyers are regarded as sentinels of the rule of law. Because
of this, the IBP is mandated to assist in the proper administration
of justice. In closing, he encouraged everyone to be agents of
positive change for the IBP, our legal system, and our country.
military honors to 3 newly promoted brigade commanders
DPAO, 8ID PA
January 23, 2023
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Three newly promoted Brigade Commanders of this Command
were accorded military honors upon their arrival at Headquarters 8th
Infantry Division earlier today, January 23, 2023.
Arrival Honors was
accorded to Brigadier General Lenart R. Lelina, 801st Brigade
Commander, Brigadier General Noel A. Vestuir, 802nd Brigade
Commander, and Brigadier General Perfecto P. Peñaredondo, 803rd
Brigade Commander and subsequently rendered courtesy call to Major
General Camilo Z. Ligayo, Commander, 8ID.
The three Brigade
Commanders are members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA)
“Sambisig” Class of 1991.
They were part of the 13
Generals donned with the new rank by the Commanding General
Philippine Army, Lieutenant General Romeo S. Brawner Jr. on January
20, 2023, at the Headquarters Philippine Army, Fort Bonifacio, Metro
As Brigade Commanders,
they are instrumental in transforming the insurgency landscape of
Eastern Visayas for the better as it has always been regarded as a
communist “hotbed” and has been denied socio-economic growth despite
its huge potential due to insurgency.
Through their leadership,
front guerilla units of the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee
(EVRPC) have gradually been degraded as a terrorist organization
with the neutralization of some of their key leaders, lost grounds
due to the surrender of their regular fighters and the withdrawal of
support from their so-called “mass base” thereby paving the way for
the development of conflict-affected communities in the region.
“I want to congratulate
you on your well-deserved promotions. Keep up the good work,” stated
Maj. Gen. Ligayo.
“A promotion entails new
responsibilities on your shoulders and comes with additional
responsibilities that call for greater sacrifice and dedication to
duties,” Maj. Gen. Ligayo concluded.