Friday, January 30, 2015

FALLEN 44 : Thank you for your service PO2 Ephraim "Buk" G. Mejia

Police Officer 2 Ephrain Garcia Mejia of the PNP-SAF. (First name is not Emphraim as shown in the photo printed by local dailies.)

PO2 Ephraim Garcia Mejia is No. 32 in the list of fallen 44 PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) troopers who were killed in action in that fateful Mamasapano clash of PNP-SAF against Moro Islamic Liebration Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) and some unidentified private armies in the cornfield of Mamasapano, Maguindanao (of mainland Mindanao) last January 25, 2015 (Sunday). PO2 EGMejia was 33 years old when he died.


Actually, PO2 EGMejia was not from Inopacan, Leyte. He was from San Nicolas, Pangasinan (western Luzon). He was a distant relative to us most who are Inopacnons.


Information gathered about PO2 EGMejia are the following:
  • He was a native from San Nicolas, Pangasinan (western Luzon) 
  • He lived in Pasay City (Metro Manila).
  • He was married to Mea Varona-Mejia.
  • He finished his BS Criminology course at the Pangasinan Colleges of Science and Technology (PCST) of Pangasinan and he belonged to class 2003.
  • Police Officer 2 Ephraim Garica Mejia (alyas Buk) with PNP Badge No. 191657 was a active member of Philippine National Police - Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) from December 2008. 
  • He belonged to PSBRC CLASS 2008-02 (a.k.a. PINAG-ALAB CLASS). 
  • He was a veteran of Zamboanga Siege in September 2013 and was the Operator of Zamboanga area.
  • He received the medal and award of the Medalya Ng Kadakilaan as published under DPRM GO# 1426 dated September 16, 2014 given for his courage and gallantry in action during fierce firefight with more or less 600 members of the Moro National Liberation Front led by Habier Malik in Barangays Rio Hondo, Santa Catalina, Santa Barbara, Mampang and Talon-talon, Zamboanga City from September 9 to 29 that resulted in the death of 25, arrest of 143 and surrender of 38 MNLF members; Rescue of 13 hostages, recovery of 34 long firearms, and three (3) short firearms, assorted magazines and ammunition, two (2) laptops, assorted documents and other personal belongings.

Thank you, Ephraim, for your service of keeping our Freedom to live from terrorists. We are proud of all the fallen, the wounded, and the survivor TAGALIGTAS.



We your parientes are very sad we lost you. Rest in peace.

Our condolence to the Mejia clan.

See related FB post from Inopacnons Global Family (IGF).

See PO2 Mejia's photos from his FB account here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.778827442193417.1073741830.159891250753709&type=3

See Youtube of PO2 Mejia's batch in PSBRC Pinag-alab class while in training: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WBoYVW39Rw


More videos of Pinag-alab recognition day:
http://www.socialnightlife.com/index.php?pg=searchvideo&v=_xbup1VZQjE

Related GMA news featuring names of Fallen 44
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/419867/news/nation/fallen-44-names-of-the-pnp-saf-heroes



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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Kirby Asunto - anak sa usa ka Inopacnon

Kirby Asunto poses with another anak sa usa ka Inopacnon, Congressman Emmanuel "Manny" Dapidran Pacquiao, and his wife Sarangani Vice Governor Maria Geraldine "Jinkee" Jamora Pacquiao  (Photo credit to PDI sports.inquirer.net)

Leyteña nga nanghugyaw sa Amerika



"...Taga Inopacan, Leyte ang iyang inahan nga si Shirley."
CEBU, Philippines - Dos anyos siya dihang nakakat-on og kanta. Paghuman sa duha ka tuig, nisalmot siya og bangga sa awit sa ilang tunghaan. Sa pagsugilon niya sa iyang inahan mahitungod niini, nahingangha kini gumikan kay igo pa man siya nag-anam pagkat-on og basa. Siya si Kirby Asunto, 15-anyos ug nabaniog na didto sa nagkadaiyang dapit sa Amerika.

Human sa bangga sa awit nga iyang nasalmutan niadtong kwatro anyos pa lamang siya, pormal na siya nga nipailawom og voice lessons, isip pagpangandam sa katumanan sa iyang mga damgo.

Sa dihang nilangyaw sila sa iyang pamilya didto sa States, wala gihapun buhii ni Kirby iyang gusto sa pagkanta. Midaug siya sa mga nagkadaiyang contests. Lakip na niini ang The Access Broadway, diin nakuha niya ang unang ganti sa regional ug national nga panagtigi-ay tuig 2008 ug 2009, ug ang Philippine Fiesta Grand Idol sa Secausus, New Jersey, nga mao ang hinungdan nganong gidapit siya sa daghang Filipino American Communities.

Dili gayud malimod ang tumang kalipay nga iyang nasinati niadtong mga panahona. Busa, nagpasiugda dayun siya og mga fundraising concert isip pasalamat sa katilingban, mapa-America man o 'Pinas.

Apan wala pa dinhi natapos ang tanan.  Sa mga musunod nga mga katuigan, naimbitahan siya sa usa ka sikat kaayo nga Korean show sa US, Kollaboration DC.  Wala sab niya sipyata sa pagpabilib ang publiko atol sa dula sa New York Knicks VS. San Antonio Spurs didto sa Madison Square Garden, Manhattan New York.


Kirby sings the Lupang Hinirang, the national anthem of the Philippines, during the Pacquiao-Bradley fight in Las Vegas, Nevada  last June 9, 2012. (Photo credit to Nathan Daniel Sison )
Apan kining nabuhat niya nga mga pasundayag sa mga nagkadaiyang lugar, abog ra sa kumingking sa iyang dakong kalampusan sa pagkanta niya sa Philippine National Anthem atol sa Pacquiao-Bradley fight niadtong Hunyo 9, 2012 sa Las Vegas, Nevada.

Si Kirby Asunto wala malahi sa kadaghanang nilangyaw nga misikat sa ubang nasud nga mu-uli gayud sa yutang nadak-an. Taga Inopacan, Leyte ang iyang inahan nga si Shirley.

Human sa pito ka tuig, miuli siya dinhi sa 'Pinas. Ang maong pag-uli mibutang niya sa spotlight sa mga dagkong noontime entertainment shows matag Domingo, ang ASAP ug Party Pilipinas ( nga karun Sunday All-Stars na ). Giadto pud niya ang mga lugar sa Davao, Leyte, Batangas ug Lanao del Norte aron magpakita sa iyang talento nga nahashas na pagmaayo sa paglabay sa mga panahon.

Ubay-ubay sad gayud ang mga kalihukan nga iyang natambongan sa pag-uli niya nga mipasamot kaniya pagkailado.  Gani, natagaan pud siya og higayun sa pagpakita niining talento para sa TAYO (Ten Accomplished Youth Organization ) sa Malacañang atubangan sa presidente sa Pilipinas ug ni Senator Bam Aquino, ang nagtukud sa maong kapunungan. Gipasidunggan siya isip awardees a TOFA NY (Top Outstanding Filipinos in America) sa entertainment category. Mihalad pud siya og pasundayag sa pagpirma sa 2013 National Year of Rice ug mikanta siya sa ginamang musika ni Noel Cabangon nga "Sapat na Bigas". Nipahalipay usab siya og kanta sa iyang mga kauban sa usa ka youth organization sa 2nd Global Summit of Filipinos.

Laing kalampusan ni Kirby mao ang pagdala niya sa papel isip Basilio sa labing unang Filipino opera sa New York nga "Noli Me Tangere" niadtong Oktubre. Nahugyaw ang New York Times sa iyang performance nga nihulagway nikomentaryo nga:" Kirby Asunto a 15 year old soprano demonstrated a clear attractive voice as the altar boy Basilio."

RELATED POSTS 

Niadtong nilabay nga Sabado, April 26, gihugyaw ni Kirby ang mga Sugbuanon sa iyang musika, atol sa 450th Kaplag Anniversary Album Launching diha sa Basilica del Sto. Niño Pilgrim Center, diin nakauban niya sa usa ka mini-show sila si Rev. Fr. Jonas Mejares, "Dili Tanan" singer Rommel Tuico, Manny Lapingcao ug ang tanang grand champion sa nakalabay nga Huniño.

Kining tanan nagpamatuod nga mibunga gayud ang mga kakugi ni Kirby aron ug alang sa iyang damgo. Kung buot hunahunaon sobra na kining tanan nga iyang natagamtaman pero wala siya nagkulang sa paghunahuna sa komunidad.

Laraw ni Kirby nga magtukod ugma damlag og music school aron matabangan ang mga kabataan nga mahiligon sa musika pagkab-ot sa iyang mga damgo.


This is a reprint of Banat News article written by Jade Luna 




 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ocampo and co-accused argued that skeletal remains in Inopacan were the same bones found in mass grave in Baybay, Leyte in 2000

In a decision dated February 11, the Supreme Court dismissed the consolidated petitions for certiorari filed by the accused and tasked the trial court to determine if the murders were committed in pursuing rebellion. Ocampo and more than 70 others were charged in connection with an alleged mass grave found in Inopacan, Leyte.

(Photo credit to Mon Ramirez / Bulatlat.com)
In a clarificatory hearing on April 1, Judge Marino dela Cruz Jr. of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 22 said the prosecutor in Leyte, referring to Rosulo Vivero, included in the case information that the accused are members of the Communist Party of the Philippines and that they ordered the killing. 

Dela Cruz said should the court determine that the case was done in pursuit of rebellion, then the charges would be dropped and a rebellion case would be filed. The court, he added, would, however, wait for the decision of the Supreme Court on the motion for reconsideration that Ocampo and his co-accused filed before the high court on March 10. 

Ocampo, in his weekly column at the Philippine Star, said “the murder charge is the only remaining court case (all instigated by the state security forces) I have to confront, fight and win. Since 1978 I have confronted eight various charges — but have never been proven guilty of any crime.”

In an interview with Bulatlat.com after the clarificatory hearing, Ocampo said, “it is as if they are inducing us to prove that (we are guilty) of rebellion so we can be charged so. But we do not want that.”


On the same day, however, the Supreme Court upheld its February 11 decision and gave the Manila Trial Court Brach 32 “the go-ahead to proceed with the multiple murder trial of former Bayan Muna Rep. Saturnino Ocampo and three other consultants of the Communist Party of the Philippines – National Democratic Front in connection with the discovery of a mass grave in Inopacan, Leyte some eight years ago,” Interaksyon.com reported

No evidence

In their motion for reconsideration filed before the high court, Ocampo and his co-accused argued that the five of the 12 skeletal remains found in Inopacan, Leyte were the very same found in the alleged mass grave in Baybay, Leyte in 2000.

The petition claimed that public prosecutor Vivero misled the judge and the parties by implying that the identities of the victims have been ascertained through forensic evidence.

Petitioners also found no sufficient evidence for the warrant of arrest issued against the accused.

“The petition stated that Ocampo was detained at the time of the incident. The petition also stated that of the voluminous documents submitted by the complainants as their so-called evidence, the name of Randall Echanis was mentioned only once. The name of Rafael Baylosis, meanwhile, was mentioned by three prosecution witnesses who averred that Baylosis is one of the members of the CPP Central Committee who ordered the alleged mass killings,” a previousBulatlat.com report read.

Ocampo said that at the time that the murder charges were filed there was also an existing rebellion case pending at the Regional Trial Court of Makati.

“They did not subsume it to the rebellion case, which was dismissed in 2007,” he said.

“If the Supreme Court will not decide on our favor, we will still raise the issues before the RTC trial,” Rachel Pastores of the Public Interest Law Center, lawyer for the accused, told Bulatlat.com.

This article is a reprint
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO