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olice authorities in Samar neutralized Arvin Mendova Baculanlan, a leader of “Baculanlan Group” involved in a robbery hold-up operating in the municipalities of Basey, Marabut, Sta. Rita, Calbiga and other nearby towns in the 2nd District of Samar during an operation conducted at Brgy. Tingib, Basey, Samar on December 8.

confirmed that Baculanlan, 39 years old, single, jobless and a resident in the aforementioned place, has a standing Warrant of Arrest, issued by Hon. Tarcelo A. Sabarre Jr., Presiding Judge, RTC Branch 30, Basey, Samar, for the crime of Robbery with Violence or Intimidation of Person, docketed under Criminal Case No. 2020-12461.

PBGEN RONALDO FAUSTINO DE JESUS, Regional Director, Police Regional Office 8 (PRO 8)

Investigation disclosed that Baculanlan opened fire against the arresting team which eventually led

to an armed confrontation and the subsequent neutralization of the subject. One (1) sachet of white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu was recovered from the accused. He was brought to Basey District Hospital for medical attention, but was later declared Dead on Arrival (DOA) by the attending physician. “The death of one of the notorious gang leaders in Eastern SEE

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ive (5) members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) surrendered before the police authorities in Samar and Leyte on December 8, 2020. SEE

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PRO 8 MAINTAINS ITS CENTRAL PROCESSING ASSISTANCE AREA

As part of PRO 8’s prevention on the spread of COVID-19, this PRO maintains its Central Processing Assistance Area where 1,367 civilians and 1,401 PNP personnel were screened and assisted before allowing them to transact inside the camp premise in adherence to the IATF mandated health protocols.

LPPO DONATES 2ND BATCH DISASTER RELIEF FUND WORTH PHP 238K TO TYPHOON VICTIMS

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amp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetic, Palo, Leyte –To recognize the indispensable role of stakeholders’ support and partnership, PBGEN RONALDO FAUSTINO DE JESUS, Regional Director paid a visit to Central Command (CENTCOM), AFP and subsequently rendered a Courtesy Call to LTGEN ROBERTO T ANCAN, Commander, on Wednesday, December 2. Tackled during the said activity were Internal Security Operations (ISO), COVID-19 Interventions and possible visit of LTGEN ANCAN to PRO 8.

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eyte Police Provincial Office - In the aftermath of the back-to-back typhoons which devastated some areas in Luzon and Visayas regions, Leyte Police Provincial Office led by PCOL RODELIO C SAMSON, Provincial Director, immediately mobilized its resources and volunteer personnel to provide donations to the typhoon victims. An additional amount of Php 237,700.00 disaster relief fund was channelled through the Regional Community Affairs and Development Division. This is the second batch LPPO Donation Drive for the disasterstricken areas. The first batch donation which amounted to Php 116,020.00 was given last November 13, 2020. SEE

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Also in attendance were PBGEN RONNIE S MONTEJO, Regional Director, PRO 7, and other key officers.


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PRO 8 LAUNCHES “PROJECT SAGDON”

he Police Regional Office 8 under the lead of PBGEN RONALDO FAUSTINO DE JESUS, Regional Director thru the Office of the Deputy Regional Director for Administration headed by PBGEN RONALDO R MENDOZA, DRDA, officially launched the virtual counselling program dubbed as “Project Sagdon” at PRO 8 Matapat Hall, Camp Ruperto Kangleon on December 14.

PRO 8 “Project Sagdon” is a mental, physical, health and spiritual intervention intended for PNP personnel undergoing mandatory isolation in quarantine facilities, infected or not. The objectives of the said initiative are as follows: to address the psychosocial, physical and spiritual needs of PNP personnel in the different quarantine facilities; to prevent stress and anxiety which may lead to more serious illness; and to help said personnel cope better and continue with their normal lives. PBGEN DE JESUS emphasized that the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the creation of mental health awareness among PNP personnel who are experiencing anxieties, fears and uncertainties.

“I believe that in these times of pandemic and disasters, mental health plays a vital role in our wellbeing. Now more than ever, mental health should be regarded the same concern with that given to physical health. We should widen our welcoming support to personnel who struggle with emotional and psychological distress,” RD DE JESUS said.

PRLEC GETS PTF-ELCAC RECOGNITION FOR ITS POVERTY REDUCTION, LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMS F.Y. 2020 The said activity was put into action to address and monitor the progress and status of the commitment of every member-agencies and other livelihood package to the community identified. This is also part of the cluster members’ contribution to the attainment of just and lasting peace in the province. In his statement, PCOL SAMSON emphasized that the economic programs of Governor Petilla already existed prior to the implementation of E.O. 70 “Institutionalizing the Whole of Nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace and Creating the NTF-ELCAC” signed by President Rodrigo Duterte to address the different aspects of the local communist armed conflict.

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eyte Police Provincial Office - PCOL RODELIO C SAMSON, Provincial Director together with the member-agencies of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of Leyte Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) with the presence of Gov. Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla as the Guest of Honor and Speaker convened for the Year-End Performance and Planning Conference held at Brgy. Uguis, Mahaplag, Leyte in the morning, December 14, 2020.

At present, the PNP is continuously supporting the said programs in sustaining the gains of peace and development and ensure that the basic services and social development packages are delivered and implemented to the community. Cluster members were given Plaques of Recognition for their commendable programs. The PRLEC aims to develop self-reliant, productive, resilient and sustainable communities through harmonized and culturally responsive development programs.


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conveyed the mobility assets and fire weapons procurement is in consonance with the PNP Capability Enhancement Program (CEP) 2020 which aims to enhance the operational readiness of the personnel and upgrade the law enforcement approach. “Apart from acknowledging this welcome development, we also convey our gratitude to the leadership efforts of this current administration. The support and trust given to the police force in Eastern Visayas, as reflected by the provision of these vehicles and firearms, give us the opportunity to be one step ahead against our enemies involved in illegal drugs, criminality, and insurgency,” RD DE JESUS said. Accordingly, PBGEN DE JESUS also enjoined the key recipients of the new equipment to render proper care management and utilize said assets towards the highest fulfillment and execution of the organizational goals.

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amp Ruperto K Kangleon, Palo, Leyte – In line with the objective to enhance law enforcement operations, Police Regional Office 8 (PRO 8) issued 33 new Patrol Jeeps Single Cab 4x2 (Toyota Hilux) and 300 units of 5.56mm Basic Assault Rifle (BAR) “Galil ACE 22N” to its various line units in a Blessing and Turn-over Ceremony held at PRO 8 Grandstand on Wednesday morning, December 16, 2020.

The said activity was facilitated by the Office of the Regional Logistics and Research Development Division (ORLRDD) and attended by PBGEN RONALDO R MENDOZA, Deputy Regional Director for Administration (DRDA); PCOL EDWIN BUENAVENTURA C WAGAN, Deputy Regional Director for Operations (DRDO); PCOL JONATHAN A CABAL, Chief Regional Staff (CRS), PMAJ TEDDY C DAVID, Regional Pastoral Officer (RPO) and other key personnel.

A total of Php 36,960,000.00 worth of transport vehicles were distributed to different Police Provincial Offices (PPOs) wherein eight (8) units were received by Leyte PPO; seven (7) for Biliran PPO; six (6) units for Northern Samar PPO; five (5) units for Southern Leyte PPO; four (4) units for Eastern Samar PPO and three (3) units for Samar PPO. Moreover, the new firearms, amounting to Php 14,099,700.00 were also handed over to the recipient Provincial/City Police Offices (PPOs/CPOs). PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director

RHR DESK 8 INTRODUCES “ONLINE BISITA”

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he overwhelming effects of the pandemic have changed our lives in the hardest way we could not have imagined. During the course of the coronavirus pandemic, communication and relationship with families and relatives have greatly affected some of our countrymen due to the minimum health protocols strictly implemented within the country. To help flatten the curve, restriction of movements has been imposed especially to areas under community quarantine. Others restrict themselves traveling via Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) because of the fear of contacting the virus. This prompted the Police Regional Office 8 through the Regional Human Rights Desk 8 in line with Human Rights Consciousness Week 2020 Celebration and the 72nd Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of SEE

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PBGEN DE JESUS LEADS INAUGURATION OF 2 NEW PNP BUILDINGS

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amp Ruperto K Kangleon, Palo, Leyte – PBGEN RONALDO FAUSTINO DE JESUS, Regional Director led the Inauguration, Blessing and Turnover of the newly constructed Ormoc City Police Office (OCPO) building and Talalora Municipal Police Station (MPS) on November 24-25, respectively. The Php 26-million OCPO building situated at Brgy. Camp Downes, Ormoc City has a land area of 783 sqm and a floor area of 391.50 sqm. On the other hand, Talalora MPS stands at Brgy. I, Poblacion, Talalora, Samar has a land area of 600 sqm and a floor area of 288 sqm, amounting to more than Php 9-million.Both buildings are part of the continuing PNP Modernization Program through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Philippine National Police (PNP) Convergence Program for Calendar Year (CY) 2020. “Ito po ay patunay na binibigyan natin nang sapat na halaga na matugunan ang pangangailangan, hindi

lamang ng ating mga kapulisan, gayun na din ng publiko para sa isang mas maayos na police station. Rest assured that the Police Regional Office 8 will continue to give importance in structural development, and be more geared towards achieving a highly-efficient and credible public service. I am confident that with our continued collaboration, we will be able to realize more sustainable projects,” RD De Jesus said. These events were attended by the respective Local Chief Executives, Project Engineers and Contractors, together with PLTCOL ALEX F DAACO, Deputy Chief, Regional Logistics and Research Development Division (RLRDD) and PMAJ ASPIRO B BADIOLA, Chief, Regional Engineering Unit 8 (REU 8).

MODIFIED “PASKUHAN 2020” LAUNCHED AMID COVID-19 CRISIS

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amp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetic, Palo, Leyte – Despite the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) launched Modified “Paskuhan 2020” to mark the start of the Yuletide Season. The holiday celebration in the camp started with the putting up of lanterns and Christmas decorations. Accordingly, the PRO8 Command Group headed by PBGEN RONALDO FAUSTINO DE JESUS, Regional Director facilitated this year’s Ceremonial Christmas Lighting and “Adopt a Tree and Office Decorations Competition” on the evening of December 9, 2020. The activity was also graced by Mr. Gerry Mores, Mr. Edgar

Campo and Mr. Nick Guarino who served as judges during the aforesaid contest. The Office of the Regional Chaplain Service encouraged personnel to attend the traditional Dawn Masses (Misa de Gallo) on Dec. 16-24 at 6:00 in the morning while a New Year’s Eve Mass was set on December 31 at 9:00 PM. “Our celebration may be simpler than the usual celebrations we have had due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other adversities that struck the country in the past months, but the true spirit of Christmas- unity, love, and gratitude still remains,” RD DE JESUS said.


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PNP VOLTS IN FOR THE HOLIDAYS

hristmas practices in the Philippines are reasonably being observed despite the pandemic threats and the disasters our countrymen continue to experience. This basically illustrates how every Filipino Catholic values Christmas Season and looks forward to positivity and prosperity as a way to take rest from stressors and tensions. This is likely one of the special occasions where Filipinos anticipate having a blast with the people who are so dear and close to their hearts.

People are typically busy buying gifts for their loved-ones during the holidays. Some long to go back to their distant hometowns and be with their respective families, while others are occupied with all the Christmas preparations. Others could be seen planning for simple feasts while some keep playing Christmas songs to feel the spirit of the Yuletide Season. Everyone seems excited and thrilled knowing that it is Christmas again. But for some, holidays simply mean a time for relaxation and pampering, spending them with family and friends in their most comfortable dwelling places. These are some of the usual practices still being exercised by Filipinos today amid the health crisis and calamities. While everyone is busy for the Christmas rush, the PNP is in full-alert status for the holiday season. This is one of the many festive celebrations in the country where the members of the PNP are firmly standing on their respective posts, equipped with gear and bravely combatting crimes. This is also the period where police convergence where crime incidences are notable, making sure are mandated to intensify their presence in the that anyone or anything that may compromise the safety and communities and diligently enforce the rule of security of the public can be dealt with accordingly. law to put the people into safety. Hence, the PNP continuously pledges to promote the In spite of being away from their families, welfare of everyone so to peacefully enjoy the Christmas and fulfilling and responding to the call of duty, PNP New Year celebrations. As this season calls for caring, giving, assures everyone that people’s safety remains to and spreading love, the PNP assures everyone to volt in for the be the main goal amid the Christmas rush. The holidays! people see PNP personnel manning areas of


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LINE UNITS OF NSPPO RECEIVE PATROL JEEPS AND FIREARMS

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ix Patrol Jeeps, Single Cab 4x2 (Toyota Hilux) and 63 units of 5.56mm Basic Assault Rifle (Galil ACE 22N) were officially received by the recipient line units during the Blessing and Turn-over Ceremony held at NSPPO Quadrangle on December 18, 2020. The activity was highlighted with the blessing of the patrol jeeps and 5.56mm basic rifle officiated by Rev. Fr. Potenciano Dulay. Moreover, PCOL ARNEL J APUD, Provincial Director led the turn-over of the patrol vehicles and 5.56mm basic assault rifle to the endusers. The mobility assets were received by the Local Chief Executives representatives and Chiefs of Police of Allen, Catarman, Lavezares, Lope de Vega, Rosario SEE

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ESPPO: PAMASKONG HANDOG ALAY NG PULISYA SA PANAHON NG PANDEMYA

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Our way to “Spark Joy” in this Yuletide Season

he Eastern Samar police headed by PCOL CARLITO D ABRIZ, Provincial Director, had this idea to bring the possibility of happy holidays to our fellow Waraynons in the comfort of their homes. This initiated activity of the PNP personnel in Eastern Samar dubbed as “Pamaskong Handog Alay ng Pulisya sa Panahon ng Pandemya” aimed to provide indigent families a simple celebration for their Noche Buena. The little amount raised by the said Office which amounted to P25, 540.00 was used to purchase items for the Noche Buena package: 5kls of rice, 1 whole dressed chicken, and other goodies for the children of the 40 chosen families within the city. These goodies were extended not only to the indigent families, but also to the frontliners in the City- these brave people who sacrificed for being away from home in these difficult times. PD ABRIZ with other PCADU personnel made a personalized chocolate cake shared to the frontliners at the Border Control Points namely: North Bound Border, Brgy. Bugas, Borongan City, and South Bound Border, Brgy. Locso-on, Borongan City. PCADU Officer, PMAJ ROMMEL CESISTA and other personnel under the command of PCOL ABRIZ handed the delicious cakes to the frontliners on December 21. Also, ESPPO donated 45 pairs of slippers to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Eastern Samar in consonance with their Gift-giving Program. It was received by Madam Ninfa Quirante, PIA Manager at Eastern Samar Police Provincial Office on December 21.

Now more than ever, our benevolence counts the most regardless of what we give and whoever receives. What matters most is the love we share! This is our way to “Spark Joy” in this Yuletide Season.

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SHARING IS CARING

n these uncertain times we’re all facing, sharing and caring truly matter. Christmas season is coming up and the rush to find the perfect gift is underway. But with the changes that the new normal brings, how do you know what gifts to buy?

This Christmas season, it is important for us to bear in mind the reason why we are celebrating Christmas. It is a must for us to remember that the Lord came and was born in a manger. This is the message that is sent to us – we must learn to humble ourselves and look after our least brethren. Christmas basically means sharing what we have to radiate love to others through caring. We believe that it all starts by being kind, and that the power of love can spread faster than the power of the COVID-19. Thus, the men and women of Biliran Police Provincial Office (PPO) humbled themselves and share the love to the Mamanwa Tribe brethren through giving grocery items. Likewise, school supplies and snacks were provided to the little ones. With the recent challenge of the new scheme of education of the kids, the Office extended help by providing bond papers to the teachers of Palayan Elementary School relative to “Module Mo, Sagot Ko” Program.

This strong rapport shared between its religious partners, Biliran PPO also extended help to the children of United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) -Tamarindo by providing school supplies and snacks to the kids. The smiles and laughter shared by the recipients of the said program manifest the joy they felt even with the simple gifts that Biliran PPO offered. The simple “thank you” they uttered was a sweet melody that washed away all the uncertainties this pandemic has brought. Let us all remember that it is the thought that counts and love is the most important thing in the world. When love emanates from our hearts and minds, everything else follows. Share the LOVE this Christmas for SHARING IS CARING.

SAMAR PPO ACTIVATES “A VISIT TO GIVE HOPE” AN INTENSIFIED PROACTIVE MEASURE IN CHILD PROTECTION

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amar Police Provincial Office (PPO) under the leadership of PCOL GLENN OLIVER C CINCO, Provincial Director, activated “A Visit to Give H.O.P.E (Home of Persons Enriched with Love)” activity, a proactive measure on violence against children, with the crusade “Bulig Pagpuypoy Han Pag Abuso Han Kabataan.” Samar PPO’s Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) under the guidance of PLT AILEEN G VELARDE, Officer In-Charge crafted the said project which aimed at prioritizing children who were victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation, and Children In Conflict of the Law (CICL) as recipients. This has gained the support

of Hon. Reynolds Michael T Tan, Provincial Governor, thru the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) wherein he provided food assistance to identified child victim survivors. The project team, together with a social worker from PSWDO actually conducted home visitations to 30 reported child victim-survivors of sexual abuse. Under the project, local police stations identified the target beneficiaries and coordinated with members of Multi-Disciplinary Team composed of Municipal Social Welfare and Development, Municipal Health Office and NonGovernment Organizations. The activity started on November 20, 2020 wherein the team visited the identified barangays of Calbayog (Brgy. Cabatuan) and San Jorge (Brgy. San Isidro). It was followed on November 23, 2020 at Catbalogan (Brgy. Mercedes) and Jiabong (Brgys. Camaraubuan, Alejandrea & Poblacion 5); November 24, 2020 at Pinabacdao (Brgy. Pelaon) and Paranas (Brgys. Pabanog & Tenani); November 25, 2020 at Matuguinao (Brgy. Barruz) and Gandara (Brgys. Jasmines, Nacube & Concepcion); December 1, 2020 at Basey (Brgys. Canmanila, Anglit, Roxas, Inuntan, Sawa, San Agustin & Cancaiyas); December 9, 2020 at Sta. Rita (Brgys. SEE

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REGIONAL MOBILE FORCE BATTALION 8’S SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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he Regional Mobile Force Battalion 8 under the active supervision of PLTCOL JOSE ROY M TORRECHILLA, Officer-In-Charge through the dynamic leadership of PBGEN RONALDO FAUSTINO DE JESUS, RD, PRO8 has established countless accomplishments following the RD PRO 8’s Program Thrust “PRECIOUS GEM” particularly on CommunityEmpowerment functioning through its holistic approach in attaining wide-ranging and sustainable National Peace in the course of combating criminality, terrorism, violent extremism, and other armed conflicts and threats. This Unit has also manifested its unwavering and definitive service through conducting good deeds and best practices, intensified security measures, police operations, police check-points, police presence, crowd control, emergency management, and other public safety duties concerned with public peace and order that reflects an effectual combat force.

needs of the provinces that were affected the most. The Regional Mobile Force Battalion 8 with compassion to serve, voluntarily donated the amount of thirty-five thousand pesos (PHP 35, 000.00). It came from the voluntary donations of its personnel to wit: Battalion Headquarters and Technical Support Company- Php 4,415.00; 801st Maneuver Company-Php 3,500.00; 802nd Maneuver Company-Php 5,700.00; 803rd Maneuver Company-Php 7,875.00; 804th Maneuver Company-Php 5,900.00 and 805th Maneuver CompanyPhp 7,610.00. The donation was properly turned over to the Regional Community Affairs and Development Division. B. BULIG KO, PAGLAUM MO-WARAYNON VOLT-IN BOX RMFB 8 Initiated Donation Drive

Through the kindness and strengthen comradeship among the RMFB 8 personnel, we have reached out many families and individuals to ease them in these trying times. Here are some courses of action and accomplishments that show RMFB8’s benevolent response when we need each other’s helping hand;

A. Waraynon Warriors extend monetary donations to the Victims of Typhoon Ulysses On November 12, 2020, Typhoon Vamco (locally known as Ulysses) swept Central Luzon and nearby provinces with hefty rains. The heavy rains caused by the typhoon overflowed rivers causing severe flooding. As the typhoon subdued, the country dams from all around Luzon near their dripping point forced the dams to release a great amount of water into their lands and premises. In response to the typhoon’s excessive cause, the entire mainland of Luzon was placed under a state of calamity. These effects caused several casualties and deaths. The damages reached more or less Php 15.5 billions. Victims magnified their voices around the social media platform for rescue, relief, and other means of assistance. In response, the Philippine National Police particularly the Police Regional Office 8 encouraged its personnel to extend help through voluntary donations to aid the

Filipinos were shocked as Typhoon Ulysses battered Cagayan on November 12, 2020. It left different communities deeply flooded and devastated. Thousands of homes in low-lying environs were submerged underwater which urged them with no choice but to vacate their roofs as they waited to be rescued.When the typhoon subdued, Magat Dam reached its spilling edge, causing its gates to forcibly open to prevent dam failure. From this scenario, a large amount of water overflowed the Cagayan River and caused a widespread flood around Cagayan Valley. This difficult situation required immediate appeal for relief and assistance. The Regional Mobile Force Battalion 8 through the leadership of PLTCOL JOSE ROY M TORRECHILLA, Acting Force Commander rescued through an initiative program as an urgent call for donations entitled “BULIG KO, PAGLAUM MOWARAYNON VOLT-IN BOX” to extend a helping hand to the several affected areas and victims in Cagayan Valley. All personnel from this Unit and its five (5) Maneuver Companies were encouraged to help the identified barangay beneficiaries who were affected the most through voluntary in-kind donations. With this, the unit has accumulated a total of thirty-six (38) sacks, two (2) echo bags of clothing, and sixteen (16) boxes of clothing. The benefactors are composed of 801st Maneuver Company- 12 sacks of clothing; 802nd SEE

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EV COPS . . . from Page 1 EV Cops Neutralize Robbery Hold-up Leader

Visayas is a manifestation of our heightened anticriminality campaign. May this serve as a stern warning against other wanted persons that PRO 8 is doing its best to place them behind bars,” RD DE JESUS said. The said operation was jointly conducted by the elements of Regional Intelligence Unit 8 (RIU8); Provincial Intelligence Unit- Samar PPO; Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Western Samar PFU, Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) Samar; Regional Special Operations Group 8 (RSOG8); 3rd Maneuver Platoon, 2nd Samar Provincial Mobile Force Company (SPMFC); 1st SPMFC; and Basey Municipal Police Station.

RELIEF . . . from Page 2 LPPO Donates 2nd Batch Disaster Relief Fund Worth Php 238k to Typhoon Victims

Meanwhile, LPPO is conveying our heartfelt sympathy to the displaced families and the widespread damages to property and infrastructure. Despite the difficulties of the past months, the “solidly volting in” spirit remains alive and well among LPPO workforce through dedication of their time and effort in helping their fellowmen.

ONLINE BISITA . . . from Page 4 RHR Desk 8 Introduces “Online Bisita”

Human Rights (UDHR) to launch a project dubbed as “Adoption of Online Bisita” for Persons Under Police Custody (PUPC). This serves as an alternative to the Physical Visitation of their immediate family members during the period of National Quarantine restriction. Through this initiative, this effectively enabled the unit to contact PUPC’s family so as to boost detainees’ morale during their detention on their respective custodial facilities. Likewise, this helps inmates and their families to cope up with anxiety and stress brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The PNP Online Bisita Project has positively influenced the lives of the PUPC and their respective families. With the intensification of family communication, movement restrictions, pandemic threats, and welfare issues have finally been addressed.

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The five members of the Communist Terrorist Group who voluntarily surrendered were identified namely: “Soyang,” 34 years old, a resident of Calbayog City, Samar, Secretary General of People Surge Alliance-Samar; “April,” 26 years old, with live-in partner who is a farmer; “Jimboy,” 29 years old, with a live-in partner who is also a farmer; and “Jepoy,” 28 years old, single, welder. All three are residents of Calbayog City and affiliated with CFS-1, SRC BROWSER operating in the areas of Las Navas, Northern Samar, San Jose de Buan and San Jorge, Samar. They voluntarily surrendered to 1st Samar Provincial Mobile Force Company through PLTCOL AQUILINO G PONGCOL III, Force Commander. “Soyang” has turned-over a long firearm model BUSHMASTER, caliber .223– 5.56mm MOD .XMI5-E2S, with serial number L539435, color black, without magazine and ammunitions, and other subversive documents; “Jimboy” surrendered a pistol marked M1911A1 U.S. ARMY with serial number 382464 inserted with one (1) magazine, loaded with three (3) live ammunitions; while “Jepoy” yielded a pistol marked P7.45 limited PARAORDNACE INC. with serial number 125384 inserted with one (1) magazine, loaded with four (4) live ammunitions. On that same day, another former red fighter yielded before the operatives of 1st Leyte Provincial Mobile Force Company through PLTCOL FREDERECK G SEÑAL, Force Commander. Subject who was identified as “Oscar,” 46 years old, married, resident of Sulat Eastern Samar, subsequently turned-in one (1) caliber .45 pistol COLT M1911AI U.S Army, SN: 841754, with two (2) magazines and 14 rounds of live ammunition. He was under Commander “Berna” of CN (Toyota) Front Guerrilla Unit (FGU) and former Command Officer, Sentro De Grabidad (SDG), “Jorge Bolito Command.” PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director declared that the heightened implementation of Executive Order No. 70 thru the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has been instrumental for local communists to abandon their nonsensical armed-struggle. “As we continue to bring quality police service closer to the communities matched with our sustained persuasion efforts, we were able to lead these misguided back to their families. The government is more than willing to welcome those who wish to give up the path of violence and return to the folds of the law, especially this Christmas season,” RD DE JESUS said. The said subjects are now in the custody of the concerned units for further debriefing while the assistance to be given to them is being processed. Meanwhile, PRO8 also called out to all remaining rebels on the ground to lay down their arms and come home to their respective families this Christmas season. Since PBGEN DE JESUS assumed on September 9, 2020, the Police Regional Office 8 facilitated the surrender of 15 CTG members while the yielding of seven (7) others was made possible in coordination with the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army.


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NSPPO . . . from Page 7 Line Units of NSPPO Receive Patrol Jeeps and Firearms

and San Isidro Municipal Police Stations. Meanwhile, identified Municipal Police Stations and personnel from Northern Samar Provincial Mobile Force Company also received the units of 5.56mm Basic Assault Rifle (Galil ACE 22N). Hon. Francisco Rosales, Municipal Mayor of Catarman, Hon. Gerardo P. Miranda of Rosario and Hon. Edito Saludaga of Lavezares, Northern Samar together with other representatives from other municipalities, the media corps, Chiefs of Police/Officer In-Charge and Supply PNCOs who were recipients of the patrol jeeps and BAR graced the event. “As we received these assets from PRO8 last Wednesday, I am already looking forward to an efficient public service to the community of our police force. Further, I would like to encourage the recipients of these assets to render proper care management in order to maintain the effective service,” said PCOL APUD.

HOPE ... from Page 8 Samar PPO Activates “A Visit to Give HOPE” an Intensified Proactive Measure in Child Protection

Guinbalut-an & Binanalan); and December 10 and 11 at Zumarraga (Brgy. Botaera) and Daram (Brgys. Ubo & Casab-ahan). During their visit, the team conducted lectures to the Councils of aforesaid barangays pertaining to R.A 11313 (Safe Spaces Act or the “Bawal Bastos” Law), R.A 7610 (Anti-Child Abuse Law), RA 9344 (Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act) and RA 8353 (Anti-Rape Law). Also, flyers and leaflets on campaign against violence of women and children were distributed. As a matter of fact, the child victim-survivors were visited in their respective abodes. They were given grocery items, face masks, face shields, and cash assistance. Vice-Governor Angelica Gomez likewise extended support to the team’s noble endeavor with her giftgiving activity dubbed as “Joy in a Bag” to the chosen children of Brgy. Camarubuan of Jiabong and Brgy. Pelaon of Pinabacdao. “I would like to commend the team of PLT VELARDE for the over-all success of their activity. I am likewise thankful for their safety during the course of the events. This kind of endeavor truly shows that we, the police officers of Samar are dedicated and committed in fostering children’s welfare especially the victimsurvivors of sexual abuse. This project is also in response to the rising cases of gender-based violence in the province. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and incidents of ambuscades transpiring in our province, we will continue to deliver public service to our beloved Samarnons,” PCOL CINCO stressed out.

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RMFB ... from Page 9 Regional Mobile Force Battalion 8’s Significant Accomplishments

Maneuver Company- 13 sacks, 2 echo bags, and 4 boxes of clothing; 803rd Maneuver Company- 6 sacks of clothing; 804th Maneuver Company-12 boxes of clothing; and 805th Maneuver Company- 5 sacks of clothing. The donation was properly turned over to the Regional Community Affairs and Development Division. C. RMFB8 BULLET FORMULA Reached Brgy. San Antonio Farm, Alang-Alang, Leyte The country was previously wrecked with several calamities and losses. Filipinos were discouraged and devastated by all these natural calamities. Regardless of it all, the PNP “BAYANIHAN SPIRIT” has unitedly brought us hope and faith to rise above all these odds. Through crafting various initiatives and programs essential to the community is one way to alleviate each other’s difficulties. As such, the RMFB8 outspread its hands to reach certain communities to cultivate relationships, boost PNP-COMMUNITY partnership, and most importantly, provided help amidst this pandemic. Despite the existing crisis, this Unit generously catered the target barangay, the eight (8) basic programs and services which are vastly essential to the communities which in particular include: Reinforced Education thru IEC Distribution, BP, Health and Weight Monitoring, Unified Clean-Up Drive, Libre nga Arot /Free Haircut, Lecture/Seminar on Anti-Criminality and AntiInsurgency, Entertainment or “Kaliawaan ha Barangay,” Team Building and Feeding Program. Free masks and face shields were also given; disinfection; and constant reminders on social distancing were also done before and during the program to ensure that the COVID-19 protocols were properly observed. Finally, this activity was successfully undertaken through the joint efforts of the Battalion Headquarters, the five (5) Maneuver Companies, and Technical Support Company, supported by the Police Regional Office 8, LGU of Alang-Alang, Leyte headed by Hon Lovell Ann M Yu, the Brgy. Officials of Brgy. San Antonio Farm, AlangAlang, Leyte, led by Hon. Ma. Edna M Ablan. Also, the participation of Alpha Company, 93rd IB, 8ID, PA, under the leadership of ILT JULIETO C DEGFORIO (AGS) PA, and Alang-Alang MPS under the supervision of PCPT ARTURO A SALVACION JR, Acting Chief of Police are highly appreciated.


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