Friday, October 11, 2013

Multiple murder raps vs Satur Ocampo, others to push through

"The charges against Ocampo and the others were filed after a mass grave was discovered by elements of the 43rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army in August 2006 at Sitio Mount Sapang Daco, Barangay Kaulisihan, Inopacan, Leyte."

Satur Ocampo's photograph posted in Bagong Alyansang Makabayan's Facebook photo folder titled: Tribute to Gregorio Ka Roger Rosal

The case against former Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Saturnino "Satur" Ocampo and others tagged in the supposed mass purging of members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army will continue.

This was after the Supreme Court—in an en banc summer session in Baguio City on Tuesday—denied a motion for reconsideration that sought to reverse its February 11 decision ordering a Manila court to resume hearing the multiple murder case.

"In a minute resolution, the court denied the motion for reconsideration of its decision dated February 11, 2014 filed on March 11, 2014 by counsel for petitioner Vicente P. Ladlad in G. R. 19005 in a minute resolution," said the SC Public Information Office in a statement.

The SC PIO said "no vote (was) indicated" in the resolution.

In its original ruling in February, the high court dismissed the consolidated petitions filed by Ocampo and co-accused Randall Echanis, Rafael Baylosis, and Vicente Ladlad contesting the criminal charges filed against them following the discovery of a mass grave in August 2006.

Saturnino "Satur" Ocampo's photo posted in his Facebook account

The high tribunal, however, ruled that Ocampo and the three other petitioners shall continue enjoying temporary liberty until the case is resolved or until their participation as consultants in peace negotiations with the government is terminated.

In his petition, Ocampo invoked the political offense doctrine, which states that a common crime such as murder is absorbed by a political offense like rebellion when the common crime is committed as a "necessary means, in connection with or in furtherance thereof."

In its February ruling, however, the SC said the political offense doctrine was not grounds to dismiss the charges against the petitioners "prior to the determination by the trial court that the murders were committed in furtherance of rebellion."

The high court also ruled that Ocampo and the other petitioners were given due process during the preliminary investigation and in the issuance of the arrest warrants.

Despite the case being non-bailable, Baylosis and Ladlad had earlier asked to be allowed to post bail, saying they were consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines negotiating panel to the peace talks with the Philippine government.

The charges against Ocampo and the others were filed after a mass grave was discovered by elements of the 43rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army in August 2006 at Sitio Mount Sapang Daco, Barangay Kaulisihan, Inopacan, Leyte.

On March 7, 2007, arrest warrants against Ocampo and the other suspects were issued, after the prosecution claimed the bodies in the mass grave were victims of an alleged purge of New People's Army members in 1984 and 1985.

Ocampo has flatly denied the allegations, saying he was in government detention when the incidents occurred.

April 1, 2014 4:42pm
BM, GMA News
This article is a reprint from GMA News Online 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

2013 Barangay and SK elections schedules

This year's barangay election period would begin on September 28, 2013 and end on November 12, 2013. Gun ban will be in effect during this period

The filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) is scheduled by the COMELEC on October 11 to 17, 2013 (Except October 13, Sunday). 

Campaign period is from October 18 to 26, 2013

The casting of votes would be on October 28, 2013 (Monday).

For more, see COMELEC Resolution No. 9715

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Inopacan ABC president shot dead

Celso Malanguis was the incumbent Brgy. Chairman of Brgy. Conalum and the president of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC)  in Inopacan, Leyte.

The barangay chairman of Inopacan, Leyte was shot dead by still unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen (riding in tandem) last Monday morning (September 23, 2013), four days before the start of barangay election period.

The crime scene (video grab from TV Patrol Tacloban). Malanguis just came from a session meeting in the new Inopacan Municipal Hall. On his way home, he dropped by at the Agrivit store in Brgy. Tao-taon to buy some feeds for his chicken when gunmen intently shot him, hitting his head that caused his instantaneous death.

Celso Espinosa Malanguis, 48, was shot in front of a livestock supply store along the national highway in Barangay Conalum.

Police said possible motives are Malanguis' campaign against illegal drugs or the barangay and SK elections next month.
The crime scene (video grab from TV Patrol Tacloban). The slained Brgy. Chairman of Brgy. Conalum and president of Inopacan ABC sustained one gunshot wound in the head. According to the store attendant who witnessed the incident, the attacker shot Mr. Malanguis from behind at close range.

Mrs. Daria Malanguis, the victim's wife, said her husband was also ambushed in 2010. It was also around the time of the barangay polls.

She added that a grenade was also lobbed at their residence three days before the mid-term elections last May.

At the wake (video grab from GMA's Saksi TV news).
This post is partly a reprint of report. Click here for the original post 
Click here to check the TV Patrol Tacloban 
Check also this related news of GMA's Saksi news report (Kabi-kabila na ang kaso ng karahasan laban sa mga opisyal ng barangay, naitala bago ang Barangay Elections)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Inopacan Municipal Ordinance 12-04 is OK to the environment

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Leyte approved two municipal ordinances in its 128th regular session held recently at the Legislative Building, capitol complex in Tacloban City.

This was after Dr. Lawrence P. Tiu, Leyte’s first district board member and chairman of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources presented to the legislators for approval Municipal Ordinance 12-04 of Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of Inopacan, Leyte and Municipal Ordinance 2011-03 of the SB of Palo, Leyte, after his committee's careful study and review of the aforementioned laws.

Ordinance 12-04 adopts solid waste management and establishes the centralized material recovery facility (CMRF) under the management of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) in the town of Inopacan, Leyte while Municipal Ordinance 2011-03 of Palo, Leyte imposes a 50-year moratorium on mining operations in the municipality.

Tiu said after reading Ordinance 2011-03, the committee which he chairs finds nothing in its provisions that is contrary to the related provisions of the constitution, the Local Government Code, the Environmental Code of Leyte and other related laws, same as with Ordinance 12-04.

He considers the ordinances as welcome initiatives of the local government of Palo and Inopacan as they will contribute to existing measures to safeguard the environment from indiscriminate disposal of waste materials. (Consuelo B. Alarcon/EPT/PIA 8)

This article is a reprint from the website of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) entitled
""Leyte Prov’l Board approves two ordinances set to benefit the environment" TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, May 23 (PIA) 
(click here to see the original post)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

An Inopacnon as Vice-Governor of Leyte

Ed Polistico's video clip



CLICK HERE to know more about Atty. Eduardo "Dodong" Polistico


These are his concerns for Leyte and its people 

● Make the Provincial Government of Leyte 100% free from graft and corruption.

● Make tourism as key permanent feature in the economic development of Leyte. Tourist spots in Leyte must be made beautiful and attractive. Beach resorts and tourism-oriented business establishments must be granted, through legislation in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan tax incentives/exemptions to enable them to improve their facilities and expand their businesses.

● Invite outside businessmen and business establishments to invest in Leyte and give them tax incentives/exemptions to enable them to expand their businesses and thus hire more workers. This will reduce greatly the unemployment problem in Leyte.

● Work for reduction of electric rates for electric consumers in Leyte. This can be done by the Provincial Government of Leyte demanding from the Department of Energy and Energy Regulation Commission the implementation of special benefits to provinces hosting energy generating facilities under the Energy Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) and exempting electric cooperatives from local and national taxation.

● Establish livelihood programs. Those living in farming areas, as much as possible, be organized into agricultural cooperatives and be taught modern methods of farming. Those living in urbanized and semi-urbanized areas shall be encouraged to enroll at TESDA and other similar training institutions to enable them to acquire technical livelihood skills. The Provincial Government, through legislation, must grant financial assistance to those who enroll in technical livelihood courses. Entrepreneurs shall be granted tax exemptions to encourage them to put up small-scale businesses.

● Cause the enactment by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of appropriations for the improvement of barangay roads. Barangay roads, as much as possible, be made into concrete roads as these roads serve as farm-to-market-roads. Let’s give barangay residents a break by providing them good roads.

● Work for the protection of the environment, maintenance of peace and order and elimination of illegal activities (illegal logging, illegal fishing, illegal gambling, etc.).

● Assist the Department of Education in its efforts to provide quality education to our young people. The Special Education Fund (SEF) of the Province, which is equivalent to 1% of the realty tax, must be utilized for educational purposes.


Video clip of Ed Polistico 



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