Abduction victim of
NPA found dead in Catarman
By Maj. FELIX M. MANGYAO (INF) PA
Catbalogan, Samar – Another victim of the brutal killing of the
Communist Terrorist (CTs), CPP/NPA operating in the area of
Northern Samar was found floating at the Sumoroy river, Catarman,
last October 31, 2006.
According to the
report, the victim was identified as Arpon Ancermo, 26 years old,
married and resident of Barangay Sumoroy, Catarman,
Northern Samar. The report said that cadaver of the victim suffered
multiple gunshot wounds at his body.
Based on the report
received by this Command, Ancermo was abducted on October 26 2006 by
17 fully armed NPA’s led by a certain Rosendo Surio alias Joe at his
residence located in the said barangay (village). He was forcibly
taken to unknown place and after five days, Ancermo was found lifeless
floating at Sumoroy river. Relatives of the victim positively
pinpointed the group of NPA led by Rosendo Surio alias Joe as
responsible in the killing of Ancermo. Accordingly, Ancermo was
suspected by the NPA as military informer in the area.
Col. Roland A.
Rodriguez, Commanding Officer of 803rd Brigade based in Camp Sumoroy,
Catarman, Northern Samar, extended his condolences to the family of
the victim and strongly condemned this barbaric act perpetrated by the
CPP/NPA. Rodriguez once again appealed to the Communist Terrorist band
of the CPP/NPA/NDF represented here in the region by the NDF/EVRPC
under Fr. Santiago Salas, to spare the innocent and helpless Civilians
from their terroristic activities. He also encouraged the populace to
give valuable information to the 803rd Brigade especially about the
presence of those NPAs in their barangay in order to prevent NPA
atrocities against them.
government is prolonging Marcos victims’ agony for justice and
November 12, 2006
– “We, the victims of Martial Law welcome the decision of the US
Circuit Court of Appeals.” Marie Hilao-Enriquez, secretary general of
Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at para sa Amnestiya (SELDA),
said on the US Court decision last week that the $35 million worth of
Marcos’ remaining ill gotten wealth should be awarded directly to the
This has been the
second motion of the Philippine government to re-hear the case that
awarded the $35 million to the victims. The
court has both denied these motions. Enriquez however decries that the
Philippine government through the Presidential Commission on Good
Governance (PCGG) will still take the case to the
higher court. “This would mean that the victims will wait even longer
for compensation,” Enriquez says.
Enriquez adds that
while they are pleased that the
court system recognizes the much deserved compensation for the victim,
“it is the Philippine government that prolongs our agony for justice
“There is still
another battle to be fought – the justice and compensation bill being
finalized in both houses of congress.” Enriquez explains that another
Marcos account this time – the remains of the recovered P35 billion
allotted to the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, P11.5B of which
is now being legislated by the Philippine government to be given to
the victims. It is has now been passed in both houses, in the senate
and the congress. “Both bills are flawed,” Enriquez states.
She explains that both
versions of the bill has to be amended to serve the interest of the
victims. Enriquez warns that if these bill passed the bicameral
committee without amendments, not all victims might be compensated.
“What we want is for
the Philippine government to indemnify all of us victims of Martial
Law. It already took us two decades to fight for this. How much longer
should the government take to give us what we deserve?” Enriquez ends.
Youth group to lead
World Aids Day celebration
By ELI C. DALUMPINES (PIA
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Recognizing the fact that Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome,
popularly known as AIDS, poses a great threat to the youth sector,
members of the youth group Karapatan at Kalusugan ng Kabataan (KARTADA)
here will lead the upcoming World Aids Day celebration on December 1.
Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairman of Brgy. 11 of
Samar’s capital town, Catbalogan, and an active member of the
120-strong KARTADA, said in a forum Wednesday that the group will be
spearheading a concert on December 1 to attract the youth to attend
“Concerts are proven
effective in drawing crowds, especially the young people, so that we
conceived holding such activity here,” Estera noted.
KARTADA, citing the
Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Survey conducted by the University
of the Philippines - Eastern Visayas Campus, reported that Region 08
ranked second nationwide as having the highest percentage of young
people engaged in pre-marital sex.
Eastern Visayas, the
survey showed, was slightly behind the National Capital Region in
terms of the high prevalence of teenage pre-marital sex making the
youths in the region vulnerable to the sexually transmitted diseases
(STDs), including AIDS.
Estera said leading
this year’s celebration is a great challenge to the group as this is
the first time they will be organizing such activity.
The youth leader
expressed confidence though that the event will be successful as they
already received initial support from the different sectors, including
the local government officials of the different towns in the province.
Bayan (SB) Member Art Gabon, during the forum, vowed to pass a
resolution to give recognition to KARTADA and the Marie Stoppe’s
Clinic in Catbalogan for spearheading the activity.
Cases of leprosy, diarrhea, pneumonia and tuberculosis detected
Culion Foundation Inc.
promotes active case finding in Samar
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
In recognition of the principle that primary health care is geared
towards prevention more than therapy, Culion Foundation Inc. promotes
active case finding (ACF) in eight municipalities and one city in
Health workers through
the support of Culion Foundation Inc. (CFI) and a Spanish Foundation
do not wait for patients to seek medical care but instead go to the
covered areas and conduct case finding activities. This way, CFI said,
early detection is done and subsequent treatment is offered.
CFI also noted that
the case finding activities provide a more comprehensive health
profile of a particular barangay or municipality and alerts of
potential danger or outbreak.
Similarly, it also
reorients traditional notion and practices that only those with
afflictions should be subjected to check-ups or medical consultations.
In due time, CFI
stressed that a behavioral change as in health seeking behavior may
The activity pushed
vigorously by CFI is hoped to break down barriers between scientific
knowledge and ignorance as medical practitioners and their
constituency communicates in less formal and alienate environment
where questions and classifications can be immediately addressed, CFI
To ensure that active
case finding is sustained in the eight municipalities of Samar, CFI
and ANESVAD visited the province and witnessed two active case finding
activities in Pinabacdao and Tarangnan towns.
ANESVAD and CFI
provide not only logistics during active case finding stints but also
training for all health workers not only for physicians and nurses but
even for Barangay Health Workers (BHWs).
Dr. Antonio Tirazona,
Vice Chairman of the Provincial Project Management Committee (PPMC)
said that the public should be vigilant with their families that the
four mentioned cases are communicable ones and children maybe at risk.
Tirazona urged the
residents to participate in the scheduled active case finding
activities. He also acknowledges that the public is also given some
form of instruction and education sessions about the four focused
diseases so they will be aware and perpetually practice, “health
Talk ‘n Txt vs. Red
Bull at the Tacloban Coliseum
By CATHERINE JANZ R. SICOY (KIMRO)
November 12, 2006
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The City Government is now working on the preparations and final
touches on the Tacloban City Convention Center or Tacloban City
Coliseum as it gears up for its first PBA game this November 30, 2006.
As conceived, the
Astrodome has proved to be the ideal venue for major and spectacular
events and concerts in the premier city of
Participants, delegates and visitors who have been inside this
architectural edifice couldn’t help but remark on its convenience and
its impressive quality.
Just recently, the
Freedom concert, featuring Ms. Sheryn Regis and various young artists
and hot bands of today was held there. Thousands of people of all ages
gathered together to see their favorite stars perform on stage.
Basketball Association (PBA) has manifests the holding of the Talk &
Text vs. Red Bull Teams out of town games at the said astrodome. A
new venue for PBA provincial sorties with its state-of the art
basketball court flooring imported from
Right now, workers
will have to work double time to complete the basketball court in time
for the game.
Jimmy T. Yaokasin, Jr. has already confirmed that in about two weeks,
work on the basketball court will be completed. In a matter of days,
work on the basketball court would commence.
In the same manner,
City Engineer, Engr. Felix T. Ripalda said that in a couple of days,
the basketball court would be ready. “Madagmit nala ito kay pag-assemble
nala man it kinahanglan”, he added.
Solon bats for higher
pay for teachers in 2007 polls
of Volunteer Educators
November 12, 2006
Philippines – Give them more pay, then.
Alliance of Volunteer
Educators (AVE) Party-list Representative Eulogio “Amang” R. Magsaysay
is asking authorities to augment the allowance of teachers who will
serve as Board of Inspectors (BOI) in the 2007 Elections.
Magsaysay said that
since it is inevitable that teachers will still play major roles in
the next election following the limited participation imposed to the
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the next best thing to do is
effect an increase in the per diem of fellow mentors.
“Since it is still the
legal mandate of public school teachers to render service during
elections and we still cannot expect a full automation of polls next
year,” the lawmaker said, “the next best option we see fit is for our
fellow teachers to receive additional allowance.”
According to the
education representative, it is only proper that teachers who will be
serving for the next year’s election receive higher honorarium,
insurance and hazard pay.
“Given the serious
task placed upon their shoulders, teachers are entitled to more
compensation,” Magsaysay said. “Aside from this, we should ensure
their security while they guard our votes by providing higher
insurance and hazard pay, as well.”
He said that as
molders of the young inquisitive minds, teachers should fully
concentrate on teaching and should not be forced to perform duties
beyond their school obligations.
“But we cannot also
deny the fact that given the very meager salary our teachers receive,
they welcome these election duties as another means of generating
additional income,” the education sector representative remarked.
“This being the case, what we need to do is increase further our
teachers’ pay and ensure that they receive on time the financial
allowance allotted for them.”
Teachers have been the
center of harassment and abuse every election since they serve as
members of the BOI. In earlier statements, the party-list solon has
been pushing for the full automation of election process to free
fellow teachers from election duties. According to him, with the
automation of polls, teachers can no longer be required to serve in
election precincts but can just render voluntary work, in return. But
with limited time before the 2007 National and Local Elections, full
automation of polls is seen as no longer viable, thereby putting again
the bulk of manual counting to the teachers.
The Commission on
Elections (COMELEC) has been allotted a P9.8 billion budget for 2007.
Allocation for the allowance of teachers who will serve for next
year’s election is yet to be determined by the COMELEC.
Eastern Samar natural magnificence
By BRYAN M. AZURA
November 9, 2006
Samar – Secretary Michael Defensor, Presidential Chief of Staff, was
the guest of honor in the culmination program of the 41st Founding
Anniversary of Eastern Samar held on Nov. 9, this year at the Capitol
grounds, this town.
In his message,
Defensor observed that the province can truly be progressive with all
its abounding natural resources. “Ang mga beach, tatalunin ang Boracay.
And biodiversity, tatalunin ang Palawan,” he commented hinting that
with the vast resources, Eastern Samar can surpass other advance provinces.
chief-of-staff have had a view of the natural riches of the province
when he was flown in an Army chopper from Tacloban to Borongan.
As he closed his
message, Defensor guaranteed Gov. Ben P. Evardone and other provincial
and municipal officials that all the project and programs in the
province will have the full backing of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Governor Evardone said
that he is more than happy to hear the secretary making an assertion.
“That might have been the shortest sentence in his message but that’s
what the Eastern Samareños are waiting for,” Evardone said.
Eastern Samar has just
graduated from the so-called “Club 20” or the poorest of the poor
provinces in the country. Previously, Evardone admitted that there is
still much to be done most particularly in the poverty alleviation
program of the province. “We need not just the full support of the
president but also of the all the stakeholders,” he said.
noted that the festival of the province is “one of a kind.” “I will
finance the team that will compete in Cebu for the Sinulog Festival,”
he promised before a jump-packed crowed during the ceremonies. He also
assured to host the Eastern Samar contingent that will be sent to the
Aliwan Festival in Manila.
The secretary also
added that he would be willing to host Miss Sinirangan Turismo Rosjane
Tiunayan of Taft town in any beauty contest she will be joining in
In the meantime,
Maydolong contingent was awarded the grand champion in the Festival of
Festivals participated by several municipalities in the province. The
champion received P100,000.00 prize money. Borongan and Guiuan town
came in second and third respectively.