Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Mayor Lumarda is unopposed in 2016 for his 3rd term

The final list as recorded in the record book of COMELEC Inopacan

The incumbent municipal mayor, Loloy Lumarda, runs unopposed for his third term as mayor of Inopacan along with his vice mayor, Dodo Pua, who is also unopposed. They and the SM member candidates in their ticket filed their Certificates of Candidacy (COC) in the Commission on Election (COMELEC) office in Inopacan on October 14, 2015.
This probably is the first time in the history of Inopacan that a mayoral bet and his vice run unopposed in municipal election. 

Ex-mayor Al Lloren, who in previous elections ran as the contending mayoral bet of the Tingog Leytenhon political party, came last in the afternoon of October 16, 2015,  to file his COC as an independent candidate for Sangguniang Bayan member. Among those who are vying to become an SB Members are 3 more independent candidates: Anecito B. Perandos, Francisco P. Degorio, and Fernando B. Rulete.

Mayor Loloy Lumarda of Inopacan. Photo from mayor Lumarda's FB account
Jean Galo de los Santos runs for SB Member to continue the political legacy of her husband, the incumbent councilor and former town mayor Atty. Belo de los Santos. Micmic Buhi and Dodong Evangelista are not in the list this time.   

According to the Comelec's rule, though unopposed, mayor Lumarda and his vice mayor still need more than just one vote to be proclaimed winner. This means that the unopposed candidate still need to open one ballot box from one precinct before proclaiming the winner as the Comelec is required to have a record of votes for candidates even if unopposed. In previous elections where an automated system of voting was used, there was a need for votes to be opened from a whole polling precinct.

When the filing of COC in Comelec ended on October 16, 2015, the following is the final list of aspiring candidates for the upcoming May 09, 2016 local election in the municipality of Inopacan:

  • Silvestre Tilao Lumarda - Mayor (Liberal Party)
  • Rogelio Dotollo Pua, Jr. - Vice Mayor (Liberal Party)
  • Ariel Cristino Chiong - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Zenaida Galo de los Santos  - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Sabino Degracia Pua  - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Diosdado Piamonte Siao - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Alejandro Papas Villarubin - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Eufronio Bayhonan Manapsal - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Ernesto Bulacan Joseph - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Efren Lucero Sumabong - SB Member (Liberal Party)
  • Anecito Beltran Perandos - SB Member  (Independent)
  • Francisco Peras Degorio - SB Member  (Independent)
  • Fernando Bisnar Rulete - SB Member  (Independent)
  • Alfredo Delalamon - SB Member (Independent)

The record book of COMELEC Inopacan
Edgie with Maria Sarah Gonzaga-Lanugan and Elena Corcilles Inocente of Inopacan local COMELEC office.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Inopacan imposed fees and rental charges to island visitors

For all those who are planning or interested to visit the Cuatro Islas, the municipal government of Inopacan has imposed the following local tourism regulations of fees and rental charges for Mahaba, Apid, and Digjo (Digyo) islands, which are within the political and territorial jurisdiction of Inopacan. 

Himokilan island is not covered  by this local tourism regulation as it is within the political and territorial jurisdiction of Hindang:


  • P 30.00/HEAD - ENTRANCE FEE 
  • P 300.00/UNIT - OPEN COTTAGE  
  • P 200.00/UNIT - PORTABLE TENT  (with 1 table and 4 chairs)
  • P 150.00/UNIT - CAMPING TENT
  • P   50.00/UNIT - TABLE
  • P   10.00/UNIT - CHAIR
  • P   50.00TENT - SPACE RENT

  • TEL NO. (053) 565-0200 or 565-0311
  • MR. AL GALO (Tourism Officer with cellphone No. 0918-346-3753)
  • Ms. LIMEN POLO (Tourism Office Staff with cellphone No. 0910-364-9464 &  0926-803-1131)
Source: http://www.inopacan.gov.ph/2015/05/21/fabulous-tres-islas-fees-and-charges/

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ex-Mayor of Jagna, Bohol arrested over his involvement to the infamous “Inopacan Massacre”

The following article is a reprint from SunStar.com
ByThird Anne Peralta-Malonzo on Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ex-Mayor Exuperio Chiong Lloren. He was the municipal mayor of Jagna, Bohol for three consecutive terms from 2001 to 2010.  In 1997, he was elected as the Brgy. Captain of Brgy. Pagina, Jagna, Bohol. He is popularly known in Jagna by the nickname as "Eksam"  Photo credit to posadas.webcam

Suspect linked to Inopacan massacre arrested in Bohol

A MAN who was linked to the infamous “Inopacan Massacre” was nabbed on Saturday by the joint elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police in Bohol.

The AFP identified the accused as Exuperio Lloren who is facing 15 counts of murder before a Manila court in relation to his involvement in the killing of at least 67 New People's Army members in the 1980s.

The remains were discovered by authorities along Mt. Sapang Dako, Barangay Caulisihan, Inopacan, Leyte on August 27, 2006.

The AFP said Lloren, 65, is a former secretary of the leftist group's Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC).

Lloren joined politics in 1997 wherein he was first elected as Barangay Captain of Brgy. Pagina, Jagna, Bohol.

He is also facing graft and estafa charges at the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas. (Sunnex)

The following article  is a reprint from Journal Online
Written by Alfred Dalizon Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca on June 13, 2015

Ex-Bohol mayor wanted for multiple murder caught

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group yesterday captured a former town mayor in Bohol wanted for multiple murder in Leyte.

PNP-CIDG chief Director Benjamin Magalong said Exuperio Lloren, a former mayor of Jagna, Bohol, who uses the aliases “Exusperado Lloren /Exempario Lloren /Macion /Berting /Eksan /Nilo /Johnny,” was arrested by members of the 7th Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Group headed by Sr. Supt. Ritchie Posadas in Bgy. Pahina, Jagna municipality.

The arresting officers were armed with a warrant of arrest for 15 counts of murder, with no bail recommended.

Magalong said the warrant stemmed from the discovery in 2006 of mass graves in Inopacan, Leyte, where the victims were believed to have been summarily executed by New People’s Army guerillas.

Lloren was said to be involved in the purging activities of the NPA.

Operatives of the 7th RCIDU were assisted by members of the Bohol Police Provincial Office, the Jagna Municipal Police Station and the Military Intelligence Group 7 in making the arrest.

The suspect is now being held at the local CIDG detention facility pending his turnover to court. 

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tiamzon's replacement was arrested in Cavite for same murder in Leyte; Not Guilty plea entered for Tiamzon couple

The following article is a reprint from the Inquirer.Net

Adelberto Silva photo credit to www.anakbayan.org

Top communist leader captured

A top leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) was captured by members of the Philippine Army, Cavite police and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on Monday night in Bacoor City, Cavite province.

Adelberto Silva was arrested along with his wife, Sharon Ronquillo Cabusao, and Isidro de Lima at 11:10 p.m. in a rented apartment in Barangay (village) Molino 5 by virtue of a warrant of arrest for 15 counts of murder issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 18 of Hilongos, Leyte.

Silva had been living at his hideout in Bacoor for a year and had posed as a businessman, according to a police report.

Supt. Rommel Estolano, Bacoor police chief, said in the report that Silva was a member of the CPP Central Committee and headed the party’s National Organization Department.

The CIDG, in its Twitter account, identified Silva as the secretary general of the CPP, while a military statement said he was considered the “highest ranking” leader of the CPP and its armed wing, New People’s Army (NPA).

Low profile

Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala, the military spokesman, said the low-profile Silva took over the CPP-NPA leadership after the arrest of CPP chair Benito Tiamzon and his wife, Wilma Tiamzon, the party’s secretary general, in Cebu province in March last year.

“He is the overall orchestrator of rebel movements in the entire country. He organizes the activities of the rebels,” Kakilala told Agence France-Presse.

“This (arrest) will have a huge impact. This will disrupt their strategic direction and programs,” he added.

Longest-running rebellion

The CPP and the NPA have been waging war against the government for the past 46 years in what has been considered the world’s longest-running Maoist-inspired rebellion. Talks to end the fighting have stalled.

From a peak of more than 26,000 in the late 1980s, the NPA strength has dwindled to 4,000 fighters, according to the military.

Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr., the Armed Forces chief of staff, was pleased with the arrests and commended both the military and police teams for the successful joint operation.

“This victory against criminality is attributed to the concerted efforts of the military, Philippine National Police and other stakeholders in our common pursuit for peace. This accomplishment is for the innocent people who are victimized by the NPA’s senseless violence,” he said.

Maintenance medicine

Silva, who is believed to be “in his 60s and was already taking some maintenance medicines,” did not resist arrest, said a police source, who requested anonymity for lack of authority to speak on the case.

“He denied (he was Silva). But we found several IDs that showed pictures of the same person,” said the police source.

Recovered from Silva were three rifle grenades, documents, improvised bomb components and several electronic devices.

The authorities conducted an inventory of the seized items in the presence of village officials.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Silva and his two companions underwent inquest proceedings in a court in Bacoor although they will be detained at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Good intelligence work and a little help from neighbors led to the capture of the highest CPP-NPA leader, said a military source.

The source, who asked not to be named, told the Inquirer that an informant had tipped off the military that Silva was renting a house with his wife in Bacoor.

“With the arrest of the Tiamzon couple in March last year, the military intelligence started working on their possible successor in the CPP-NPA and it was Silva. Immediately, surveillance was conducted, which lasted for six months,” the source said.

Asked about the impact of Silva’s arrest on the CPP-NPA, the source said the CPP organizational structure was in disarray with the capture and death of their top cadres.

Trial for Leyte killings

Silva will stand trial for the murder of 15 people whose remains were recovered from a mass grave in Leyte in 1985, the military said.

Earlier this month, ranking CPP-NPA leaders were arraigned at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 47 for 15 counts of murder in connection with the killings in Inopacan, Leyte.

Among those arraigned were the Tiamzon couple, Satur Ocampo, Vicente Ladlad, Randal Echanis and Rafael Baylosis.

The Tiamzons refused to enter pleas at their trial last month for the same killings, so the court entered “not guilty” pleas on their behalf.

The killings in Inopacan were allegedly an attempt by the CPP-NPA to purge its ranks of suspected military “deep penetration agents,” the military said.

The NPA tried suspected military informants using “kangaroo courts,” leading to the summary execution of several suspects, including those from Sapang Dako village in Inopacan town, according to the military.

The communist rebellion has claimed about 40,000 lives by official estimates.

Talks stalled

Peace negotiations have been stalled since 2004, with both parties adamant in pushing for their respective preconditions before the start of the negotiations.

The last breakdown of the talks occurred in February 2013.

Last December, Jose Maria Sison, the CPP founder, said the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Philippine government might resume talks probably after Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines in January.

Sison, who is in exile in the Netherlands, is the chief political consultant of the NDFP, the political arm of the CPP that had been engaged in peace talks with the government.

Teresita Deles, presidential adviser on the peace process, said last December that both parties were amenable to returning to the negotiating table to end more than four decades of communist insurgency.

Since then, nothing has been heard about the resumption of peace talks between the NDFP and the government.

By Maricar Cinco Inquirer Southern Luzon and Cynthia D. Balana in Manila

With a report from AFP

 See the original post of Inquirer.Net HERE

The following article is a reprint from Inquirer.Net
By: on June 4th, 2015

Arrest of communist leader ‘illegal’ – human rights group

HUMAN rights group Karapatan blasted the supposed “illegal” arrest of communist leader Adelberto Silva, claiming that he is a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines negotiating with the government.

In a statement, Karapatan said that the arrest was a “serious violation of the signed agreements between the two parties.”

Silva was arrested last Monday in Bacoor by joint security forces. He was said to have taken over the New People’s Army leadership after the arrest of top leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon last year.

Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General said Silva is a holder of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees. He assumed the name of “Percival Rojo.”

Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato confirmed that Silva had used the name Percival Rojo in one of his identification cards.

Karapatan said Silva is a consultant of Kilusang Mayo Uno and his wife, Rosanna Cabusao, is a researcher/consultant of the Crispin B. Beltran Resource Center and a founding member of Gabriela.

The arrest of Silva “shows how the GPH continues to undermine the peace process by disregarding the JASIG and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) because of the trumped up charges filed against peace consultants,” Palabay said.

There are 16 NDFP consultants arrested and are still detained, Karapatan said.

Armed Forces public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said that Silva is facing criminal cases and it was “surprising” that he is identified as a peace consultant.

They could not prove that they are indeed listed in the JASIG protected personalities as they could not present any evidence to prove his claim,” he said.

The military said Silva has a warrant of arrest for 15 counts of murder. He was also tagged in the Inopacan attack in Leyte, which killed about 400 people in 1985. AC

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Inopacan has been declared Insurgent-Free

Leyte Bantay Bayanihan Forum
The participants of the Leyte Bantay Bayanihan Forum held at the 19th Infantry Battalion camp in Brgy. Aguiting, Kananga, Leyte on April 14, 2015.
The following article is a reprint from Samar News

Leyte-Bantay Bayanihan holds forum at Army camp in Leyte

By 19th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA

April 16, 2015

 KANANGA, Leyte – A civil society-led initiative that aims to create an oversight body over the armed forces, including defense and security policies, holds its quarterly meeting here on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

The Leyte-Bantay Bayanihan, which was successfully launched at the Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay City, June 23 last year, facilitated its forum inside 19th Infantry Battalion’s camp for the first time.

The forum, dubbed as the “Security Sector-Leyte BB Team Building Activity and Dialogue” was conducted to pursue partnership with the security sector, particularly the AFP and to evaluate its implementation of the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan”.

During the forum, Lt. Col. Nedy Espulgar and Lt. Col. Allan Jose Taguba, battalion commanders of 19IB and 78IB, respectively, presented the “bayanihan” accomplishment of their units for the first quarter of calendar year 2015.

It was learned that nine out of 37 municipalities in the province of Leyte were already declared insurgency-free. The said towns are Matag-ob, Merida, Palompon, Matalom, Bato, Inopacan, Dulag, Tabon-tabon, and Tabango. Efforts are already being made to declare other towns as well as cities as insurgency-free.

In his message, Col. Dinoh Dolina, commander of the 802nd Infantry Brigade stated that the military is now giving more emphasis on resolving the root causes of insurgency. This can be manifested in the military’s various peace and development initiatives, especially in far flung barangays which are barely reached by the services of the local government.

“As catalyzers, we tried to fill the gaps between the communities and the government”, he stressed. Col. Dolina likewise vowed to fully support the Leyte-Bantay Bayanihan and its initiatives.

The forum also includes conflict resolution workshops which Col. Dolina himself and his two battalion commanders has ably participated in.
Other participants of the activity were Ms. Imelda Bonifacio, area manager of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), and representatives from Civil Society Organizations and media networks from Ormoc and Tacloban City.

In her presentation, Ms. Gina Ragudo, the LBB convenor discussed that the core objective of Bantay Bayanihan is to reform the security sector institutions so that they are transparent, respectful of the Rule of Law, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, and accountable to democratic civilian authority.

She furthered that “Security Sector Reform” is an important component of peace building, democratization and development”.

news credit to SamarNews.com. See original article here

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