Uy seeks DILG inquiry
vs. Grey’s murder raps and alleged drug involvement
By ROMMEL L. RUTOR
Joseph Grey shows to the media copy of the petition letter of
Congressman Reynaldo Uy (at his right hand) addressed to DILG
Secretary Ronaldo Puno while at his left is his letter in answer
to the alleged offenses charged against him during a recently held
press meeting in Tacloban City.
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar –
Anchored on the numerous senseless killings in Samar’s first district,
Congressman Reynaldo S. Uy here filed a petition to the Department of
Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno to investigate
the alleged killings being masterminded allegedly by San Jorge Mayor
Joseph V. Grey.
In his letter last
October 12, 2006, Cong. Uy pointed out that Mayor Grey has been
allegedly involved in various killings in the town of
which is within the first district of Samar, and revealed that two
murder cases had been filed against the mayor last month.
The same letter
likewise sought the DILG to dig unto the display of wealth of Mayor
Grey, specifically pointing out to the number of houses and vehicles
which are owned by the San Jorge chief executive both in
Samar and in
Metro Manila, this is on top of the solon’s allegations of Grey’s
involvement in illegal drug trade.
“I am appealing to you
Mr. Secretary to immediately order an investigation of the illegal
drug activities and the killings committed by Mayor Grey”, the solon
stipulated in his letter to the DILG.
Attached to the
solon’s petition is another letter which has been circulating lately
signed by certain Arnel Dela Cruz of Brgy. La Paz of San Jorge town,
enumerating at least 20 people, who have been allegedly killed by the
alleged goons of Mayor Grey on his order.
The petition was
submitted during the time when the so-called “suspension festival” is
a hot national issue, giving Mayor Grey’s camp the impression that the
solon from the first district is allegedly pushing for Grey’s possible
suspension as San Jorge’s chief executive.
But retorting to the
allegations stipulated in Cong. Uy’s DILG petition, Mayor Grey in an
interview stressed that the solon’s petition will not in anyway
prosper for having no concrete evidence that will link him to the said
Mayor Grey revealed
that the solon from Samar’s first district is apprehensive that he
will lost in next year’s congressional election against him, that is
why “at this early, he is already plotting false accusations against
me to condition the mind of the people that he is still the better
choice for them in the first district, kasi kung maniniwala nga naman
ang mga tao na mamamatay tao ako at drug lord ako, e wala nga naman
akong ipinagka-iba sa kanya”, Grey disclosed.
“Hindi man lang siya
narimarim sa mga akusasyon niya laban sa akin, e lahat ng mga iyon
parang mga gawain niya at sa akin niya pinapasa”, he added.
Mayor Grey clarified
that the murder raps that was filed against him is purely a political
ploy to demolish his integrity as a true public servant, he however
did not elaborate the details of the charges but he vehemently denied
any involvement in the said killings but alleged that congressman Uy
is behind the filing of the said cases.
“Saka hayaan na natin
na ang korte mismo ang humusga sa kasong iyan, tapos ako ng abogasya
at may tiwala ako na umiiral pa rin an tunay na hustisya sa bayan
natin, handa akong harapin ang mga paratang nila sa akin, dahil
malinis ang konsensiya ko”, he said.
In defense to the
other allegations stipulated in Cong. Uy’s letter to the DILG, Grey
showed the media a certification from the Philippine Drug Enforcement
Agency (PDEA) clearing the San Jorge chief executive of any drug
involvement; the clearance was issued last September 20, 2006.
“A drug test result
will likewise prove that I am not a shabu user gaya nang gusto nilang
palabasin, baka kamo siya ang gumagamit ng shabu pati asawa niya, e
obvious naman at alam nang lahat ng mga tao sa Samar ang katotohanan
na iyan”, Grey further alleged.
“At kung sinisilip
niya ang bahay at mga sasakyan ko, ito lang masasabi ko kay Cong. Uy,
may bahay at mga sasakyan na ako bago pa ako pumasok sa pulitika, e
siya, nagka-sasakyan na yata siya at nakabili nang mga bahay nung
maging pulitiko na siya, sa palagay niyo ba kasya ang suweldo niya
para makapag-pundar siya ng mga properties na meron na siya ngayon,
kaya huwag ang mga ari-arian ko ang silipin nila, dahil hindi ko ito
ninakaw sa taong-bayan, pinaghirapan ko ito sa pagta-trabaho ko, at
gagawa na rin lang naman sila ng propaganda, puro palpak pa, e lahat
naman nang mga akusasyon niya sa akin, e dapat binabato niya sa sarili
niya”, he stressed.
Grey is confident that
Secretary Ronaldo Puno of the DILG will not waste his time into
considering the solon’s petition.
Exhibit series on
political killings slated
By KAREN OCAMPO
artwork of PIYETA by Emmanuel Garibay
– An alliance of artists advocating human rights announced
it will be holding a series of art exhibits on the political killings,
starting this mid-November.
Based on data from the
human rights group KARAPATAN, there have been 779 victims of
extra-judicial killings under the Arroyo regime from January 2001 to
November 5, 2006. Of this number, 338 are with known political
the series of exhibits by Tutok Karapatan (TutoK) will open on
November 21 at the Beato Angelico Gallery, University of Santo Tomas
(UST) with live installation by Jeho Bitancor.
The exhibit will run
at UST until December 2. As part of the Perspektiba-UST event, TutoK
will hold a forum on November 29, with multi-awarded novelist Jun Cruz
Reyes as the main speaker. And live actions in the evening with
artists Jose Tence Ruiz, Jef Carnay, Cos Zicarelli, and award-winning
poets Roberto Ofanda Umil and Angelo Suarez.
Among the artists
participating in the Perspektiba-UST event are painters Antipas
Delotavo, Boy Dominguez, Gene de Loyola, and Emmanuel Garibay; multi
media artist Claro Ramirez, Lyra Abueg Garcellano, Don Salubayba, Ed
Manalo, Benjo Elayda, Mark Ramsel Salvatus III and Buen Calubayan; and
art groups Anting anting and UGAT Lahi;
The PERSPEKTIBA series
of exhibits will next run at St. Scholastica’s College in January next
year, and at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon
City in February.
PERSPEKTIBA is just
one among several events slated to be held by TutoK starting this
PERSPEKTIBA is curated
by Mideo M. Cruz with Raoul Rodriguez as co-curator for exhibition and
Victoria Deocampo as co-curator for live actions.
TutoK was formed late
last year as a response from the artistic community to the
deteriorating human rights situation in the
Baybay town on the
verge of citihood
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Baybay town may soon become the third city of Leyte and the fifth
city in Eastern Visayas.
This was learned from
Congresswoman Carmen Cari of the fifth district of Leyte, in a chance
meeting with PIA, recently.
The optimism that
Baybay will soon become a city arose from the fact that the Bill has
hurdled the second reading in Senate. It is only awaiting for the
third reading and the final approval of the Senators.
passed House Bill No. 01380 entitled An Act Converting the
Municipality of Baybay, Province of Leyte into a Component City to be
known as the City of Baybay, in 2004. It was passed by the House of
Representatives but it has to be passed by the Senate, too, before it
becomes a law.
It was passed by the
House of Representatives together with the other municipalities in the
country which filed for city hood almost in the same year as Baybay.
Months thereafter, both Houses of Congress agreed that there will be
moratorium in the conversion of status of Local Government Units.
The League of Cities
in the Philippines was vehemently objecting to the conversion of
municipalities to become cities as it will reduce their share in the
Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA). The IRA which is the mandated share
of the Local Government Units under the law, is divided by the four
LGU groups namely Provinces, Cities and Municipalities and Barangays.
Hence, adding more municipalities to the cities will definitely reduce
the share of the existing cities while the municipalities will
individually increase their share as their number reduced.
Congresswoman Cari is
positive, however, that majority of the senators will support her bill
and eventually convert Baybay into a city. Once converted, Baybay
will enjoy more income from the IRA and from local taxes, thereby,
improving as well the delivery of basic services to its constituents.
Baybay is classified
as a first class municipality composed of 92 barangays. Of this
number, 23 are in the poblacion composing the zones. The remaining 69
are rural barangays. Covering an area of 46,050 hectares, Baybay is
situated on the western coast of the province of Leyte. The most
common crops grown are rice, corn, root crops, fruits, and vegetables.
Industries operating include the Specialty Products Manufacturing,
Inc. and Visayan Oil Mill. Various cottage industries can also be
found in the municipality such as bamboo and rattan craft, ceramics,
dress-making, fiber craft, food preservation, mat weaving, metal craft
and other related activities.
Baybay has great
potentials as a tourist destination. It is not only rich in
biodiversity and history it also houses the renowned magnet
attractions like the campus of the Leyte State University and the
Jungle Valley Park. Likewise, it has river systems fit for river
cruising, numerous caves for spelunking, forests, beaches, and marine
This richness coupled
with friendly Baybayanos will be an element for a successful City in
the near future.
Calbayog City mayor
wins Konrad Adenauer Award
JOSEPH E. COLASITO
Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte – Mayor Mel Senen S. Sarmiento of Calbayog City has been selected as
the Konrad Adenauer Medal of Excellence (KAME) national winner as a
highly performing city government.
Director William C. Paler sent his congratulations to Mayor Sarmiento,
upon receiving a letter from Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS)
Country Representative Klaus Preschle and Nestor N. Pilar, Chairman of
the Board of Judges of the Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF)
which sponsored the search. Director Paler added that the awards
ceremonies will be held at the Manila Hotel on December 6, 2006.
Other winners in their
respective categories are: Governor Erico B. Aumentado of Bohol
(provinces), Mayor Dixon Q. Yasay of Opol, Misamis Oriental
(municipalities) and Punong Barangay Carlos C. Rigor of Barangay Paco,
Mankayan, Benguet (barangays).
KAME, named after the
first German Chancellor, is an award for best managed local government
units in the Philippines. It is given to local executives for their
constructive leadership, accomplishments and visions as political
leaders of their communities.
A search committee
composed of local government experts from the academe, foreign and
local government agencies evaluated the candidature of LGUs for the
Nominees are evaluated
according to eight (8) criteria: accountability, responsiveness,
management innovation, public-private sector partnership, local
government citizen interaction, decentralized management, networking
and human resource management.
Nominations for the
KAME award could come from a non-government organization registered
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a civic
organization competent and knowledgeable in local government
administration, an association or league of local authorities, a
church or parish, or an international organization working with LGUs.
2 firearms recovered
in another encounter in Leyte
By Maj. VICTOR D. TANGGAWOHN JR (INF) PA
November 13, 2006
Catbalogan, Samar – Elements of 83rd Division Recon Company, 8th
Infantry Division, Philippine Army under Lt. Guillermo Mabute
encountered more or less 20 communist terrorists (CTs) belonging to
the NPA’s Northern Leyte Front, Eastern Visayas Regional Party
Committee (EVRPC) of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)
under Fr. Santiago Salas at vicinity Caabangan, La Paz, Leyte on
November 8, 2006 at 7:30 am.
A report reaching the
8th Infantry Division Headquarters stated that the troops received
information from concerned residents who noticed the presence of
heavily armed communist terrorists in their area. Lt. Mabute and his
men immediately responded and engaged the terrorists in a running gun
battle that resulted to the recovery of one (1) M16 armalite rifle
with one (1) long magazine and one (1) caliber .45 pistol with six (6)
The encounter also led
to the killing and wounding of several CTs as evidenced by bloodstains
in the scene of encounter and testimonies from the civilian populace
who witnessed the fleeing CTs dragging along with them their
casualties. There was no casualty on the government troops.
MajGen. Rodrigo F.
Maclang, the 8th Infantry Division Commander commended the troops for
the job well done and said “the capture of two (2) high powered
firearms is a result of our unrelenting effort to neutralize and
counteract terrorists attacks. The NPAs possible plan of inflicting
harm and sowing terror against defenseless and innocent civilians were
then thwarted. We will continue to be on the offensive and will guard
against possible counterattacks from the CTs as they have been
suffering from significant losses in recent clashes. Clearing and
pursuit operations will continue until the terrorists are decimated.”
Eastern Samar’s 41st
Founding Anniversary closes with Employees Day
By BRYAN M. AZURA
Governor Ben Evardone
Samar – Governor Ben P. Evardone showed his care upon the people who
are working with him by giving the provincial employees a special day
on the post celebration of Eastern Samar’s 41st Founding Anniversary
on November 10, this year at the Capitol, this town.
Hailed as the Capitol
Employees Day, this occasion is meant to give the employees a special
attention for the hard work they have displayed in order to give the
people of the province a better, if not, first-class service.
“I am personally
thanking the employees of the capitol because you are playing a great
role in providing services and implementing projects and programs to
our constituents,” Evardone said. “We could have not achieved much
especially on our battle against poverty had it not been for your
support and hard slog,” he continued.
The governor also said
that the graduation of the province from the “Club 20” or the poorest
of the poor provinces was achieved because the workforce of the
province moved. “If these people have done much for Eastern Samareños
benefits, isn’t it just but appropriate that we give them due
acknowledgement,” says Evardone.
Evardone extended also
his praises to the men and women working for the national agencies who
had been assisting him closely in his programs. Among those that he
mentioned are the provincial offices of the Department of Education,
Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of
Agrarian Reform, Department of Agriculture, the Philippine National
Police, the Philippine Army, among others.
“These are the people
who have truly contributed much to the development of the province,”
he said. Evardone however challenged the provincial employees to work
harder. “Let’s not be contented with what we have professionally
earned but let’s strive more,” he urged.
The provincial chief
recently admitted that there’s still much to be done especially in
lifting the people in Eastern Samar from the quagmire of poverty and
in maintaining peace and order in the province.
In the visit of Sec.
Michael Defensor, keynote speaker during the anniversary ceremony, he
reassured the governor and the people that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
will continue to give full support to the programs and projects of the
celebrates it’s founding anniversary on every 9th of November.