PRO 8 Official E-Newsletter "KASUGBONG" No. 2 Vol. 12

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amp Ruperto K Kangleon, Palo, Leyte- PBGEN ROMMEL BERNARDO A CABAGNOT, Regional Director, spearheaded the road clearing operations in Southern Leyte immediately after Tropical Storm “Odette” hit and devastated the whole province on December 16, 2021.

RD CABAGNOT personally led the team from the Regional Standby Support Force (RSSF) to assist in the rescue operations in Southern Leyte. On its way to Southern Leyte Police Provincial Office, RD CABAGNOT himself led the road clearing operations.

“We are grateful that we are safe and sound and that we are able to be of help to our fellowmen in Southern Leyte. We ask the full cooperation of everyone to be generous enough in these times of disaster,” RD CABAGNOT said.

PGEN DIONARDO B CARLOS, Chief, Philippine National Police together with PBGEN ROMMEL BERNARDO A CABAGNOT, Regional Director, PRO 8, initiated Relief Operations on Christmas Day in the towns of Limasawa, San Francisco, and in Maasin City, all in Southern Leyte on December 25, 2021. SEE





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Tumanda is tagged as Top 1 Most Wanted Persons (MWP) in Region 4-A (CALABARZON) being charged for five (5) counts of Rape. He is 25 years old, single, laborer and presently residing at the abovementioned place. Through the support of the advocacy group of the Joint Intel-driven operations of the operatives, Tumanda was arrested by virtue of a Warrant issued by Hon. Matias M Garcia II, Presiding Judge, Regional Trial Court Branch 19, City of Bacoor, Cavite with no bail recommended.


amp Ruperto Kangleon Campetik, Palo, Leyte Authorities of Eastern Samar Police Provincial Office 8, Police Regional Office 8 together with the operatives from Police Regional Office 4-A arrested a certain Jeffrey Cebreros Tumanda at Brgy. Bato, Taft, Eastern Samar on December 22, 2021.

Said suspect was brought to Taft Municipal Police Station for proper documentation and disposition prior turn-over to the court of origin. PBGEN ROMMEL BERNARDO A CABAGNOT, Regional Director, PRO 8 lauds the efforts of the operatives. “This accomplishment proves that with the cooperation of everyone, those who are hiding from the law will be apprehended in no time,” he said.



he Commission on Elections (Eastern Visayas) conducted an orderly mock election to two selected cities in the region: Tacloban City and Baybay City on December 29, 2021 In preparation of the upcoming Elections 2022, pre-election activity had been conceptualized to demonstrate the entire election process from the polling precincts up to the transmission of votes to the Provincial and City Board of Canvassers. As such, PBGEN ROMMEL BERNARDO A CABAGNOT, Regional Director, Police Regional Office 8 ordered the provision of Security Assistance in the conduct of election simulation strictly imposing the Minimum Public Health Standards limiting the number of voters inside the precincts to pave way for social distancing and safety protocols as part of the mitigation to contain Covid-19 spread during the actual election day. COMELEC, as the lead-agency enforcing election regulations, stressed out the significance of this preelection activity educating the public how the election process and the whole election system work with targeted test voters taking part of this voting simulation. “This is a good avenue to be more equipped with information relative to election protocols especially that May 9 is already nearing. Let us all be cooperative and united so that a peaceful and orderly 2022 elections be put in place during the actual day of voting,” RD CABAGNOT said.

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amp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetik, Palo, Leyte – Eastern Visayas has recorded a generally peaceful Christmas Celebration.

Despite the full response of the police force in Southern Leyte amid Typhoon Odette, this PRO generally celebrated the Christmas peacefully. Every field unit had a police force patrolling all over their areas of jurisdiction to pre-empt any eventualities especially during the Misa de Gallo in their respective churches. No firecracker-related incidents all over Eastern Visayas has been reported. PBGEN ROMMEL BERNARDO A CABAGNOT, Regional Director, directed all the Chiefs of Police and all the Unit Commanders to intensify their police presence and to strictly adhere to precautionary measures so as to thwart any artrocities during the Yuletide Season.

“It was the cooperation of the public to the

police authorities that made the Christmas celebration generally peaceful in the entire Region,” RD CABAGNOT said.

PRO 8 CONTINUES ITS RELIEF OPERATIONS TO AFFECTED AREAS OF TYPHOON ODETTE Division and PLTCOL JOSE MANUEL PAYOS, Acting Chief, Regional Community Affairs Development Division proceeded to Southern Leyte for another batch of relief operations on December 20, 2021. It is in collaboration with the Office of Civil Defense led by Dir. Lord Byron Torrecarion. Bottled water and food packs were distributed to the affected individuals. In total, 449 PNP personnel are already deployed to the affected areas of Southern Leyte. As of this writing, PRO 8 has already conducted 15 relief operations and six (6) rescue operations where 150 individuals have been rescued.


amp Ruperto Kangleon Campetik, Palo, Leyte - The Police Regional Office 8 under the leadership of PBGEN ROMMEL BERNARDO A CABAGNOT, Regional Director, continues reaching out the communities severely affected by the onslaught of Tropical Storm “Odette” through its relief operations. On December 16, 2021, RD CABAGNOT personally visited to Southern Leyte and spearheaded in the road clearing operations. On December 17, 2021, PCOL CABAL, Deputy Regional Director for Operations together with 111 augmented PNP personnel delivered food packs, drinking water, 50 sacks of rice as assistance to the affected personnel of Southern Leyte Police Provincial Office. Accordingly, RD CABAGNOT together with PCOL MICHAEL PALERMO, Chief, Regional Operations

On the other hand 7,681 individuals from 2,071 families are now at the evacuation centers in Southern Leyte. Based from the partial consolidated records of this PRO, “Odette” left six (6) casualties from SEE




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LTCOL MA BELLA D RENTUAYA, Public Information Officer of Police Regional Office 8 distributed gift packs to the children of typhoon-affected families in Brgy. Dolho, Bato, Leyte on December 22, 2021. Around 100 children received clothes, stuffed toys, chocolates, biscuits, school supplies (notebook, pencils, crayons, eraser and glue) and personal hygiene kits (alcohol, face masks, toothbrush, toothpaste and bath soap). Each of the children also received slippers. Said gifts are courtesy of the generous sponsors namely Mr. Albert Agacid, Ms. Mary Ann Sayson and Mr. Johny Go.

Aside from the gift packs, the team also fed the children and all the parents and individuals present in The activity was in collaboration with the team the activity with Arrozcaldo. from the Provincial Community Affairs Development Unit-Leyte Police Provincial Office led by PLT HAZEL A VACAL. They also distributed toys to the children and food packs to more than 100 households in the said Barangay. The food packs consist of rice, noodles and canned goods. Along with them was Ms. Krista Mae C Samson, President of Kabataang Maka Dagat (KAMADA) - Leyte Chapter who distributed cash money to each of the children. The team extended their gratefulness and appreciation for the assistance and cooperation of the elements of Bato Municipal Police Station led by PMAJ JAYSON BALBARONA and the Brgy Officials of Brgy Dolho led by Hon. Eusebio L Serenio, Brgy. Chairman.



amp Ruperto K Kangleon, Palo, Leyte – The Police Regional Office 8 under the leadership of PBGEN ROMMEL BERNARDO A CABAGNOT, Regional Director, reminds all PRO 8 personnel to adhere to “No Indiscriminate Firing” in the continuing celebration of the Holiday Season.

In welcoming the new year, it is expected that there will be no reports on indiscriminate firing. Said directive does not only apply to uniformed personnel but also to all gun owners in the Region. All the Chiefs of Police and Unit Commanders are directed to take all the precautionary measures to avoid any involvement of their personnel to such unlawful act especially in the coming new year. It has been reported that PGEN DIONARDO BERNARDO CARLOS, Chief, Philippine National Police will be unforgiving once this directive is violated regardless of designation and rank. As of press time, there has no directive yet on the muzzle taping of all issued firearms. With or without

said directive, all PNP personnel are expected to abide and adhere religiously. “We all want a peaceful celebration of the Holidays. I direct you all to be responsible enough and never use your firearms unlawfully. Let us set as a good example to the community whom we have sworn to protect,” RD CABAGNOT said.

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INCIDENTS ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN DROP AMID PANDEMIC incidents. Out of 3,393 total incidents recorded, 1,463 are Violence against Women; 1,905 are Violence against Children; and 25 are Trafficking in Persons. As the record shows, most of the reported cases for violence against women falls on the Violation of RA 9262 while Rape is the most reported case for violence against children and sexual exploitation in Trafficking in Persons.


amp Ruperto K Kangleon, Palo, Leyte- Incidents on the Violence against Women and Children dropped by 642 during this pandemic compared to that of March 16, 2016 to November 23, 2018. Data show that from March 16, 2019 to November 23, 2021, there are 3,393 incidents on VAWC recorded. Such incidents are lesser compared to that from March 16, 2016 to November 23, 2018 with 4,055

Based on the PNP WCPD CIRAS as of November 23, 2021, out of 3,393 incidents, there are already 1,037 suspects arrested with their cases being filed at the Prosecutor’s Office while 956 are already filed in court. However, there are 604 which are amicably settled by both parties. Meanwhile, there are 626 suspects who are still at large but their cases have been filed at the Prosecutor’s Office. It is also noted that based on the data, the victims for VAW are ages 18 years old and above while SEE

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amp Ruperto K Kangleon, Palo, Leyte – As Typhoon “Odette” hit Eastern Visayas, it did not spare the PNP Buildings of the Police Regional Office 8 wherein cost of damages reached up to Php 22, 828, 711.17 as of December 20, 2021 as assessed by the Office of the Regional Engineering Unit 8. Southern Leyte Police Provincial Office has the most damaged PNP buildings and Offices costing to Php 15,833,902.14. Among the damaged buildings were that of Malitbog, Liloan, Saint Bernard, San Francisco, San Juan, Silago, Hinunangan, Hinundayan, Anahawan, Maasin, Bontoc, Sogod, Tomas Oppus, Pintuyan, San Ricardo and Limasawa. The Samar Police Provincial Office has damages worth Php 5,298,693.84 while damages to the Leyte Police Provincial Office costs Php 869,513.19. Northern Samar Police Provincial Office recorded Php 570,192.00 worth of damages while Eastern Samar Police Provincial Office total damages amounted to Php 256, 420.00. Most of the damaged parts of the PNP buildings are its roofs, ceiling and window glasses while walls, electrical wirings and fixtures are also for repair. RD CABAGNOT in his visit to some of the affected areas assured that PRO 8 will make all the necessary procedures for the speedy renovations of the said damaged buildings.



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FORMER REBELS CONDEMN 53 YEARS BONDAGE FROM COMMUNIST Also, Former Spokesperson of Karapatan and Regular Hukbo alias Ka Manny, now living as Mannilyn Navales told KKDAT his story of how he was deceived and became member of CPP/NPA. He said that submitting into the ideology of the Communist Party of the Philippines was a decision that ruined his life contrary to their propaganda that membership in CPP/ NPA/NDF is one of the mechanisms to fulfill his dream of having a good life.


ormer Rebels who are now members of Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KĶDAT) Motiong and Paranas Chapters gathered for an Indignation Rally held at the centre-island, Maharlika Highway, Brgy. Buray, Paranas, Samar which is also a gateway in going to the Province of Eastern Samar on December 26, 2021.

Mrs. Sabado, mother of Former Rebel Rey Christian Sabado talked about the grievances of a mother whose son was taken away from her by the Communist Terrorist Group.Her child, a student in PUP was then recruited in Luzon and became Secretary of a Front Committee in Northern Samar. SEE


Ka Soyang, Former Provincial White Area Committee Secretary/Secretary General People’s Surge/ Finance, SRC BROWSER, now living as Ma.Richelle Laylay strongly expressed condemnation on the killings made to members of the rebel group who decided to leave their armed struggle and voluntarily surrender to the Armed Forces of The Philippines (AFP)/Philippine National Police (PNP) troops and seek allegiance with the government.

954 EV COPS PROMOTED Corporal; one hundred forty three (143) Police Corporals to Police Staff Sergeants; one hundred forty six (146) Police Staff Sergeants to Police Master Sergeants; two hundred twenty seven (227) Police Master Sergeants to Police Senior Master Sergeant; fifty nine (59) Police Senior Master Sergeant to Police Chief Master Sergeant; seventy one (71) Police Chief Master Sergeant to Police Executive Master Sergeants; two (2) Police Executive Master Sergeants to Police Lieutenant; nine (9) Police Lieutenant to Police Captain; 19 Police Captain to Police Major; four (4) Police Major to Police Lieutenant Colonel; and one (1) Police Lieutenant Colonel to Police Colonel.


amp Ruperto K Kangleon, Palo, Leyte- A total of 954 police personnel of Police Regional Office 8 got promoted to the next higher rank during the nationwide simultaneous conduct of oath-taking and donning of ranks on December 13, 2021. A total of two hundred seventy three (273) Patrolman/Patrolwoman got promoted to Police

PBGEN ROMMEL BERNARDO A CABAGNOT, Regional Director, congratulated the promotees and stressed to them the responsibility along with their promotion. “As what I have continually conveyed, the purpose of having this promotion is to recognize your contributions in the organization by providing you more opportunities for career development. The best way to SEE


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Police Regional Office 8 (PRO 8 ) under the leadership of PBGEN ROMMEL BERNARDO A CABAGNOT, Regional Director, together with PLTCOL JOSE MANUEL C PAYOS, Acting Chief, Regional Community Affairs and Development Division (RCADD) and Regional Medical and Dental Unit 8 (RMDU 8 ) led a bloodletting activity in coordination with the Department of Health Eastern Visayas (DOHEV ) and Eastern Visayas Medical Center (EVMC) at the PRO 8 Grandstand on December 7, 2021. The activity dubbed as “Dugo Ko, Regalo Ko Para Sa Iyo” (PRO 8 Christmas Bloodletting Program) has collected a total of 41, 850 cubic centimeters (cc) of blood extracted from 93 qualified donors from Regional Headquarters (RHQ), Leyte Police Provincial Office (LPPO), Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO), Regional Mobile Force Batallion 8 (RMFB 8 ), and Regional Support Units (RSUs) which will be used to help refill the shortage of blood supply in blood banks. “The pandemic won’t stop us from pursuing our goal to serve and protect lives in the simplest way possible. The blood collected is a great help to those in need of blood especially those who struggle finding donors during this pandemic. My sincere gratitude to those who joined in this noble cause of saving lives,” RD CABAGNOT said.



amp Ruperto K Kangleon, Palo, LeytePersonnel of Capul Municipal Police Station, Northern Samar Provincial Police Office led by PLT ELIEZER P ARANCILLO JR, Officer-In-Charge, together with the personnel of Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO-Capul) rushed to the seawater of Brgy 5, Capul N. Samar to rescue M/B NOAH AKIM which was capsized due to bad weather on December 7, 2021 at about 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon. Capul MPS received a phone call from concerned citizen that allegedly M/B NOAH AKIM sank in the seawater of Brgy 5, Capul N/Samar. Immediately thereafter, they proceeded to the area and conducted rescue operation. On-board the motorboat were 14 crew members and according to them, at around 12:30 in the afternoon of December 7, 2021, they departed from San Isidro, N. Samar going to Capul, Northern Samar loaded with a generator Mingpowers owned by the National Power Corporation, (NAPOCOR) and that while the motorboat is approaching Brgy San Luis, they experienced bad weather. The strong wind and the waves destroyed the

hull of the motorboat and the cargo generator sank into the seawater of Brgy 5, Poblacion. When the said generator set sank in the sea, they abandoned the motorboat and they swam towards the shore. All the crew members were safe and unharmed. The said crews were brought to the custody of the Brgy Officials of Brgy San Luis, while the motorboat (M/B NOAH AKIM), was dragged by responding motorboat M/B Princess Hailey going to Brgy Jubang, Capul Northern Samar for docking purposes. SEE



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RD CABAGNOT IN ACTION PRO 8’s Typhoon Odette Response

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PRO 8 DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE: DE-ESCALATING EFFECTS OF DISASTER TO HUMANKIND AND NATURE The Police Regional Office 8 had been all set on disaster preparedness plans to include participating in the disaster task group activation, establishing emergency communications systems, setting up evacuation plans and sites, listing emergency contact personnel and providing information/awareness to the public. Based on this PRO’s disaster preparedness and response during Typhoon Odette, PRO 8 thru PBGEN ROMMEL BERNARDO A CABAGNOT, Regional Director led the participation in the disaster task group, spearheaded the road-clearing operations in typhoon-stricken areas, augmented PRO 8 personnel to hardly hit barangays, deployed thirty-four (34) vehicles to help transport relief supplies to Southern Leyte and dispatched equipment such as generator sets for Southern Leyte Police Regional Office (SLPPO), established evacuation and relief efforts ,and provided public information of emergency contacts/ hotlines during ST Odette to help affected areas cope up with the typhoon aftereffects. Also, national headquarters provided desalination machine in Limawasa with trained crew coming from PNP Special Action Force (SAF) and two (2) PNP air assets (helicopters) stationed at Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport for ready use during relief operations.


isaster preparedness is one of the strategies that helps reduce risks and effects of disasters, both to humankind and nature, which are oftentimes disregarded and ignored during calamities. To minimize the damaging aftermath of disasters, the public, alongside the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and Local Government Units (LGUs) and other sectors to include the Philippine National Police must all be prepared and cooperative.

Undeniably, disasters are one of the most horrible things to deal with especially if those in the area are not prepared---can even trigger chaos and panic, worst, can be fatal and deadly. This is actually not a convivial thought to think of especially that disasters nowadays are getting more destructive. In this note, it is a must to always be strategic and to have Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan in place during man-made or natural crisis. We have then to continue our steady efforts to identify systematic ways to prevent people to be disadvantaged in times of disaster. This PRO is inclined in keeping the faith that those strongly affected by disasters can recover and overcome the adverse effects, and that, “We should learn not just to be resilient during disasters but also empathize not just with ourselves but with others.”

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CHRISTMAS DAY . . . from Page 1 CPNP leads Relief Ops on Christmas Day

This was part of the continuous assistance of the PNP to the typhoon-stricken areas in Southern Leyte wherein PGEN CARLOS led the distribution of relief goods. CPNP donated the following items to the towns of Maasin and Limasawa: one (1) generator set, five (5) boxes of goodies for children and four hundred (400) pieces of relief packs, respectively. Likewise, handed two hundred (200) pieces relief packs with five (5) boxes of children goodies to the residents of San Francisco.


LAW VIOLATORS . . . from Page 1 EV Cops Arrest 50 MWP, 777 Other Law Violators


amp Ruperto Kangleon Campetik, Palo, Leyte - The Police Regional Office 8 recorded 50 arrest of Most Wanted Persons and 777 Other Law Violators for the whole month of December 2021.

During the intensified implementation of Warrants of Arrest, 50 Most Wanted Persons from Regional/Provincial/ City/Municipal level fell into the hands of authorities while 250 Other Wanted Persons were also arrested. In the implementation of anti-illegal drug operations, VAWC . . . from Page 3 Incidents on Violence Against Women & Children Drop Amid Pandemic 29 drug personalities were arrested with Php 164,227.96 12 years old to 17 years for VAC. For the suspects, ages 16 worth of confiscated items,154 individuals engaged in to 20 are the perpetrators for VAC, 26 to 30 for VAW and 21 illegal gambling were nabbed with Php 30,973.00 worth of to 25 years old for TIP. confiscated bet money. Meanwhile, 310 illegal fishers were It was further reported that most of the suspects are arrested with Php 24,828,652.00 worth of confiscated fish and fishing paraphernalia. In anti-illegal logging operations, jobless. 27 personalities were arrested with Php 425,788.62 worth of PRO 8 thru the Office of the WCPD is doing its different kinds of lumbers. In Oplan Kontra Boga, 7 illegal gun best to educate the public on their rights. PBGEN ROMMEL BERNARDO A CABAGNOT, Regional Director, encourages the owners were arrested. Authorities were able to recover seven public to report to the proper authorities any violation they (7) ; confiscate four (4) different firearms. However, there are experiencing. “ Though there is a drop on these incidents, were 157 different firearms turned-over to the authorities. maybe because of the onslaught of the pandemic, there are In the whole month of December, PRO 8 also recorded still unreported cases. I am calling the public to be of help in the surrender of 14 members of Communist Terrorist Group solving these kind of crimes,” RD CABAGNOT said. who turned-in the following firearms: one (1) unit caliber 38

revolver ; one (1) unit caliber 45 pistol; one (1) unit caliber RELIEF OPERATIONS . . . from Page 3 37; one (1) unit homemade shotgun; one (1) unit homemade PRO 8 Continues its Relief Operations to Affected Areas of Typhoon Odette handgun; one (1) rifle grenade; three (3) magazines; and 13 Malitbog, Tomas Oppus, Macrohon, all in Southern Leyte and in Inopacan, Leyte. There were also 15 reported injured individuals and one (1) missing, identified as Fatima Mae Secuya, 17 years old from Tomas Oppus.

PROMOTED . . . from Page 6 954 EV Cops Promoted

show your gratitude for this breakthrough is to continually perform your job with utmost efficiency and integrity, “RD CABAGNOT said.

FORMER REBELS . . . from Page 6 Former Rebels Condemn 53 Years Bondage from Communist In the neck of time, Christian came back to his

live ammunition.

The surrender of these former rebels is an indication that our community programs are winning the hearts of the public and that the government is true to its promise of a better life away from the armed struggle. PBGEN ROMMEL BERNARDO A CABAGNOT, Regional Director, commends all the operating units for the said operational feet. “These numbers are just proof that our men and women in the ground are active on the campaign against any illegal activities in their areas of responsibility. I am grateful for the dedication and determination towards public service of all PRO 8 personnel,” RD CABAGNOT said.

senses and decided to reintegrate back to the folds of the law. Presently, he is now a member of the Philippine Army.

CAPUL COPS . . . from Page 7 Capul Cops Rush to Rescue Capsized Motorboat

Pvt Sabado intensely expressed dismay on the former organization (CPP/NPA/NDF) that he was part of. After being held captive by the government troops, all doctrines of the Communists were unraveled by him as full of deceptions and lies. His life and family are threatened by the communists for having withdrawn support and alliance to them.

Aside from the PNP and MDRRMO personnel, the Bureau of Fire, Philippine Coast Guard and other volunteers from other agencies also helped in the rescue operation.

After the messages and call for the community to continue supporting the government on its battle to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, flags of the CPP/NPA/ NDF were burned while singing “Pilipinas Kong Mahal” as a sign of ending support on the idealism of the communist. Thereafter, dove and white balloons were freed and released as a symbol of freedom. Freedom from the bondage and fear of the CPP/NPA/NDF threats which they know for a fact could cost them their lives.

PBGEN ROMMEL BERNARDO CABAGNOT, Regional Director, Police Regional Office 8 reminds the public to be extra cautious in traversing the seas and traveling by land nowadays especially that we are in Amihan season. “This rainy season, let us all expect rough seas, and let us be careful in the landslide areas to avoid any accidents. Though our police force is 24/7 on guard to save and protect, I am asking the full cooperation of the public to be mindful and extra cautious in their travels.”