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amp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte- Fourteen (14) Communist-Terrorist Group (CTG) members surrendered to the Police Regional Office 8 authorities under the lead of PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director from December 16, 2020-January 16, 2021. The surrendered rebels were identified as “Arman”, former member of Alimpuros Squad, Buhawi Platoon, SRC Levox, EVRPC operating in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th District of Leyte;

“Jai”, member white area committee, organizer of Kabataan; “Unyang”, member white area, organizer of Gabriela; “Ka Joseph”, regular CPP/ NPA member, former finance officer and MEDIC of Banog Platoon Front Guerilla Unit, Former Squad Leader and Platoon leader of Hamomo-ong Platoon Front Guerilla Unit, Former Commanding Officer of Regional Guerilla Unit under Efren Martirez Command, Former Commanding Officer of Regional Unified Command and recently designated as Pokot Paniktik (Intel Monitoring); “Ka Jay”,

Chairman of Barangay Organisasyon sa Partido, Militia ng Bayan under Buhawi Platoon, Amandawin Command, SRC Levox; “Ka Mateo”, member Militia ng Bayan, Buhawi Platoon, Amandawin Command, SRC Levox; “Reden”, Finance/ Squad Leader OLIK Command FC SS2 SRCSESAME, EVRPC; “Bening”, member CFS-1, SRC Browser; “Bebot”, member SECCOM CFS1, SRC Browser, Squad Leader; “Manny/ Jinky” member of CFS1, SRC Browser, Political Instructor; “Nora”, SEE



amp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetik, Palo, Leyte – Two (2) drug personalities were neutralized in separate buy-bust operations conducted in Maasin City, Southern Leyte and Catbalogan City, Samar on

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concerned Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), Local Government Units (LGUs) and volunteer groups. Meanwhile, the Regional Reactionary Standby Support Force (RRSSF), Quick Response Teams (QRTs), Critical Incident Management Task Group (CIMTG) and Disaster Incident Management Task Group (DIMTG) were also activated. The Medical Reserve Force (MRF) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Canine Group (EOD/K9) were deployed to detect the presence of contrabands while the Road Safety Marshals were also placed in major thoroughfares to prevent traffic congestion.

amp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetic, Palo, Leyte – The Police Regional Office (PRO) 8 observed a generally peaceful Christmas celebration in Eastern Visayas as no major untoward incident was recorded in the region.


Accordingly, the Regional Civil Security Unit (RCSU) 8 conducted inspection to security guards stationed in malls to ensure their implementation of the peace and security measures. All these deployments were randomly inspected by the Regional Internal Affairs (RIAS) 8, as directed by the Chief PNP, PGEN DEBOLD M SINAS.

PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, ordered the establishment of Police Assistance Desks (PADs) in all places of convergence beginning the traditional 9-day “Misa de Gallo” to ensure peace and order. This was made possible in coordination with other

“The success of the Yuletide celebration is made possible through the public’s vigilance and cooperation. I am glad that PRO8 was not able to monitor lawless activities which could have disrupted the observance of a peaceful and orderly Christmas,” RD DE JESUS said.



amp Ruperto K Kangleon, Palo, Leyte– The police force in Eastern Visayas brings cheers to 100 residents of Sitio Cabarasan, Brgy. Sungi, Dulag, Leyte in a gift-giving activity conducted on December 18, 2020.

The beneficiaries received a bundle containing food packs and other basic necessities. Together with PRO 8 Acoustic Band, locals were also serenaded with Christmas carols in a short entertainment program launched to entertain the residents. PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, conveyed that the said community outreach program is in line with Police Community Affairs Development Master Plan “TAGAPAGTAGUYOD”, which aims to strengthen police community partnership. “This is a great opportunity of giving back to the community by sharing the blessings received to the target recipients who need it most. This Yuletide Season, let us spread love and positivity amid the pandemic we are facing,” RD DE JESUS said. Also in attendance were PLTCOL GERALDO BENJAMIN AVENGOZA, Chief, Regional Community Affairs and Development Division (RCADD); PCOL RODELIO C SAMSON, Provincial Director, Leyte Police Provincial Office (PPO); and PLT STEPHANIE A ADORNADO, Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Dulag Municipal Police Station, Leyte PPO.

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Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetic, Palo, Leyte – Police Regional Office 8, under the leadership of PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, identifies authorized dealers and retailers of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in Eastern Visayas, pursuant to Executive Order No. 28, “An Act Providing for the Regulation and Control of the Use of Firecrackers and other Pyrotechnic Devices”.

Pandapatan, Arafat R. Rapiz, Amerhassan D. Pandapatan, Habib M. Pandapatan, Ikie S. Odita and Edwin D. Buenafe. Registered retailers in Samar are Azis M. Cabib, Arep S. Ampatua, Joharry P. Mamaki, Alex D. Ali, Jamiron P. Masacal, Normila P. Pagsidan, Haron M. Omar, Abo A. Panga-an and Romy D. Dela Cruz. Further, Leyte Province has nine (9) retailers namely Joel Pusay, Eduardo B. Chu, Abdul Samad Sarip Pili, Jihan U. Emam, Kodaipa T. Emam, Nobaisah K. Tanggote, Raihana M. Mangondaya and Sobaida A. Imam. Meanwhile, Biliran has identified Elias Ali, Jasmine Ampaso, Ashlima Ampaso, Hairah E. Ampaso, Lanie Bara-acal and Jam Taratingan Elian as their authorized retailers; while Southern Leyte has Jumailah Emam, Martha Millarosas, Noraya Pagador, Rasmia S. Putan and Salima Sambolawan. In Northern Samar, registered retailers are Allan V. Sayde and Alvin E. Chan while Tacloban City only authorizes MAC Fireworks.

As of this date, there are four (4) registered dealers, all from Tacloban City, to include Alta Mega Trader, Barstow Grain Supply and Marketing, KJK Fireworks Supply and Tacloban Tap Commercial Inc., while number of authorized retailers now reaches to 45. Accordingly, the ten (10) authorized retailers in Eastern Samar are Inok R. Mapandi, Nasrodin D. Dimapunong, Moh’d Hizzam P. Orintar, Jomar M. Hadjitaha, Buhari A.

PBGEN DE JESUS reminded the public that all firecrackers from unregistered dealers and retailers will be confiscated as they are considered illegal. “Any establishments other than the authorized dealers and retailers listed by this PRO shall be given corresponding sanctions. When using firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices, always observe safety precautions to prevent injuries. As much as possible, I personally recommend the use of alternative merry making.” RD De Jesus said.



amp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetic, Palo, Leyte – The Eastern Visayas region welcomed a resoundingly peaceful and safe New Year as no firecracker/pyrotechnics-related incidents have been reported during the celebration.

Accordingly, six (6) cities and 80 municipalities in the region have issued local ordinances that prohibit the manufacture, distribution, sale, and use of any and all kinds of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in their respective jurisdictions.

PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, Police Regional Office 8, confirmed that the police force in the region has ensured the safety of the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In the past years, cases on firecracker-related injuries have been overwhelming. This year, we have to make sure that our medical frontliners do not have to attend to such cases while still battling the COVID-19 crisis”, says RD DE JESUS.

Following the Executive Order No. 28 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2017 which strictly regulates the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnics, PGEN DEBOLD M SINAS, Chief, Philippine National Police, had also directed the PNP personnel to confiscate unauthorized fireworks and arrests anyone who shall violate any provision of the existing law. Meanwhile, the Regional Peace and Order CouncilEastern Visayas Region, under Resolution No. 10, Series 2020, recommended the banning of the use of firecrackers in all Local Government Units (LGUs) in Eastern Visayas.

PBGEN DE JESUS attributed the safe celebration to the steadfast support of the stakeholders and the cooperation of the community to all the peacekeeping efforts of the PNP. He also commended the concerted efforts of the 1,643 PNP personnel who were deployed in several places of convergence. “With your unwavering commitment to enforce the laws, I have been confident that we can properly execute our sworn-duties,” he added.



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amp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte-PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director of this PRO, together with Dir, Gilbert V. Buenafe of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 8 signed the Regional Watch-list on Illegal Drugs (RWID) CY 2020 to strengthen the anti-illegal drug campaign in Eastern Visayas on January 15, 2021. The said endeavor is expected to result in better interoperability of the PNP and PDEA. Accordingly, the said list, which provides comprehensive identification of drug personalities in the region, is a product of joint workshops and coordination between the two (2) agencies. Also in attendance were PCOL JONATHAN A CABAL, Chief Regional Staff; PCOL MATTHE L ASEO, Chief, Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division; PCOL APRIL C MADROÑO, Chief, Regional Crime Laboratory; PLTCOL MARIO G ABRENSOZA, Chief, Regional Legal Office 8; and PCPT BRYAN B ERANDIO, Chief, Law Enforcement Section, Regional Operations and Management Division.



amp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetik, Palo, Leyte – The Police Regional Office 8 joined in the national celebration of the 27th PNP Ethics Day, coinciding with the Traditional Monday Flag Raising Ceremony at the PRO 8 Grandstand on January 4, 2021.

The PNP Ethics Day Celebration is an annual activity celebrated every first Monday of January to remind and reinforce the adherence of PNP personnel on the ethical doctrine which contains the values, discipline, and professional standards for policemen. PCOL JOKER T CUANSO, Regional Director, Regional Internal Affairs Service 8, graced the celebration as the Guest of Honor and Speaker. He stressed out that PNP members must remain honest, loyal and dedicated to their sworn duties at all times even when no one is watching. “Walang perpektong organisasyon. Mahalin natin ang PNP, magtrabaho tayo para sa maayos na Pilipinas at maayos na kinabukasan ng ating pamilya,” he added. Meanwhile, the following PNP personnel were given due recognition for continuously doing good deeds in the implementation of PNP thrust “Pulis Makatao”, namely: PLTCOL FREDERICK GERONIMO SEÑAL, PCPT RAYMUNDO ABARICO ALMACEN III, PLT ARTHUR AQUINTEY ATIWAG II, PLT REYNALD PAUL TRINIDAD TEVES, PSSg Darryll Geoffkenn Artaste Elogario, PSSg Gil Alvin Tan Sanico, PCpl Marichu Nevaliza Grabillo,

PCpl Narry Salas Cahinde, Pat Kevin Espina Corpin, and Pat Presco Diaz Adorable Jr. PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, PRO 8, commended the awardees’ commitment and dedication in serving the people, which is worthy of emulation. In line with this year’s theme, “Nagkakaisang Pambansang Pulisya, Sama-sama sa Serbisyong Tapat at Marangal para sa Bayan,” he emphasized instilling discipline among PNP personnel. “I am challenging everybody to live by heart the PNP’s Code of Ethics which can be summarized as Maka-Diyos, Makatao, Makakalikasan at Makabansa,” RD DE JESUS emphasized.

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amp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetic, Palo, Leyte – Police Regional Office 8 (PRO 8) thru the Office of the Regional Community Affairs and Development Division (ORCADD) held a two-day Coronavirus Awareness Response and Empowerment (C.A.R.E) Infodemic Drive at PRO 8 Matapat Hall on January 4-5, 2021.

The program is composed of a series of socio-civic activities designed to promote the “BIDA Solusyon” health protocols of the Department of Health (DOH). Other necessary information about COVID-19 such as its origin, symptoms, complications, and prevention were also discussed to avoid misinformation about the virus. PCOL MANUEL M LUKBAN JR, Chief, Plans and Program Division, Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR) graced the activity. It was also participated by the Speakers Bureau Team of the Regional Headquarters (RHQ), Leyte Police Provincial Office (PPO), Southern Leyte PPO, Biliran PPO, Eastern Samar PPO, Northern Samar PPO, Samar PPO, Ormoc City Police Office (CPO), Tacloban CPO and Regional Mobile Force Batallion 8 (RMFB 8). Further, the lecture demonstration of every unit of the PNP C.A.R.E. Infodemic Drive highlighted the event. PCOL LUKBAN JR, PCOL JONATHAN A CABAL, Chief Regional Staff (CRS); PLTCOL ANABEL D ROCHE, Deputy, Regional Community Affairs and Development Division (RCADD); PLTCOL MA BELLA D RENTUAYA, Chief, Public Information Office (PIO); PLT NOMER B MACARAIG, Officer-in-Charge (OIC), TV and Radio Section, Police Community Affairs

and Development Group (PCADG) and PCpl Ivonette Del Rosario, Action PNCO, PCADG, served as panellists. PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, manifested that the C.A.R.E Infodemic Drive also aims to attain maximum information dissemination in all barangays. This shall empower them to do their shared responsibility in ensuring the welfare and safety of the entire community against the virus. “PRO8 is one with our Chief, PNP, PGEN DEBOLD M SINAS, in promoting this program. This is a genuine approach to raise awareness among the community and in encouraging them to be part of the solution to this health crisis,” RD DE JESUS said.


Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs) wherein 36 of which were promoted from the ranks of Police Captain (PCPT) to Police Major (PMAJ) and eight (8) for Police Lieutenant (PLT) to PCPT. Meanwhile, the 945 are composed of the Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs), where 407 were promoted from Patrolman/Patrolwoman (Pat) to Police Corporal (PCpl); 83 for PCpl to Police Staff Sergeant (PSSg); 78 from PSSg to Police Master Sergeant (PMSg); 85 for PMSg to Police Senior Master Sergeant (PSMS); 155 for the rank of PSMS to Police Chief Master Sergeant (PCMS); and 137 for PCMS to Police Executive Master Sergeant (PEMS).


amp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte – Nine hundred eighty-nine (989) newly-promoted personnel of Police Regional Office (PRO) 8 simultaneously took their oath on Friday, January 15, 2021. The activity is in connection to the nationwide conduct of Mass Oath-taking and Donning and Pinning of Ranks of Newly-Promoted Personnel for Calendar Year 2020, 2nd Level Regular Promotion Program. Out of the 989 newly-promoted personnel, 44 are

PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, emphasized that the said promotion, which forms part of the personnel’s career development, also aims to uplift their morale. ‘It is my moral obligation to remind you that promotion is a raise in rank or position, and so it is necessary for you to raise your standards as well. Now more than ever, the organization expects you to support and contribute more to public service, excellence, professionalism, and good governance.”, says RD DE JESUS. SEE



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CTG MEMBERS: WELCOME DEVELOPMENT FOR PEACE AND PROGRESS over the past month from December 16 of last year up until January 16 of this year, summing up to fourteen (14) CTG members who voluntarily surrendered to this PRO. Based on accounts of former rebels, they have abandoned the armed struggle after the physical and psychological exhaustion in running against the authorities. The promise of a freedom from poverty and violence remained unfulfilled as those were grounded from the false ideologies of their former rebel groups. However, deception has finally came to an end. With the support of the current administration, more rebels have come to realize that it is the government that truly advances and protects their rights. It is not yet too late to bring their confidence and submit their loyalty back to the community who truly have the heart of protecting them against harm and nurturing them to be good and law-abiding citizens of this country. Though it is easier said than done, we earnestly encourage their members and supporters to put an end to this nonsensical war, disregarding self-centered principles and ferocious beliefs of achieving success through forceful and inhumane acts amongst the innocent and the weak. They have truly taken advantage of the weakness and vulnerability of others. With the intensified efforts to end local communist groups, these former rebel returnees are given another chance to have normal lives together with their families being free and empowered ear 2020 has been a roller coaster ride filled with ups and citizens of this country. downs. Thus far, Police Regional Office 8 under the lead of Indeed, their reintegration to the government PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, has been is the best decision they have ever made as they relentless in the campaign against insurgency and terrorism. The welcome genuine development for peace and increasing number of CTG members yielding back to the fold of progress! Hand-in-hand, we will be able to attain law indicates that more and more anti-government individuals have true peace that we have long been waiting for! finally came to their senses and realized the deceptive intentions One thing is for sure, they are on the right track of the armed wing. These surrenderees have high hopes of starting and with the welcoming acceptance of the their lives anew by taking oath of allegiance to the government. public and with the guidance of the Almighty, Based on record, PRO 8 has a high number of rebel surrenderees rebuilding trust will smoothly be carried out.


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amp Ruperto K Kangleon, Palo, Leyte – In line with the objective to strengthen the institutionalization of sustainable peace and development, Police Regional Office 8 (PRO 8), together with the different National Government Agencies and other partner stakeholders joined forces in the conduct of a community outreach program at Brgy. Hitapian, Catubig NorthernSamar on January 13, 2021.

Notwithstanding the ongoing weather disturbance in the area, the seven (7)-hour drive from Palo, Leyte to Catubig, Northern Samar; 30 minute-sea travel via motor banca; another 30 minuteland travel via dump truck, and a two-hour walk in a muddy rice field before reaching the aforementioned remote barangay, PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, PRO 8, took part in the said activity, which is also in relation to the conduct of Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP). In partnership with the Office of Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, represented by Ms. Marjorie Jaranilla, Presidential Consultant; Dir. Karl Caesar R. Rimando, CESO III, Regional Director, Department of the Interior and Local Government 8 (DILG8); Dir. Lord Byron Torrecarion, Regional Director, Office of the Civil Defense 8 (OCD8); the endeavor aims to bring government assistance closer to the communities and foster stronger ties with agencies working inter-relatedly towards the same vision. A total of 450 relief packs, 400 Jollibee food packs; 450 face shields and masks; 300 boxes of hygiene kits; one (1) box of Vitamin C; ten (10) iPod tablets; and ten (10) bicycles were distributed to 300 recipients of the said activity. Meanwhile, said relief packs and hygiene kits were turned-over to LGU-Catubig, represented by its Local Chief Executive, Hon. Galahad O. Vicencio. Together with PBGEN DE JESUS were Atty. Benjamin G. Gaspi,

CTGs SURRENDER . . . from Page 1 14 CTGs Surrender to PRO 8 Authorities member YM, Member of People Surge designated as errand/ messenger; “Boy”, former YM, Member, Squad 2, D3, SRC ARCTIC; “Narcing” member of YM, Member of People Surge designated as errand man; and “Junicks”, Youth Leader UGMO, FC SE, SRC SESAME, EVRPC. Said subjects turned-in the following: one (1) unit Caliber .30 German Sniper Rifle; one unit caliber .45 pistol with one magazine loaded with seven rounds ammunition; one unit .38 revolver and KG7 with one magazine loaded with six rounds of ammunition; one unit 357, one shotgun and one calibre .38; one unit caliber 45 pistol with one magazine and five live ammunition; one unit M1 Garand rifle with one magazine loaded with eight live ammunition; and one unit carbine rifle with one magazine loaded with twelve live ammunition. These surrenderees have decided to leave their nonsensical struggle after knowing that their comrades who have submitted themselves to the authorities are now having a good and renewed life. “The wave of surrender could be the result of the continuous campaign against insurgency thru the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) and the surrender of these former rebels in a month clearly manifests the effectiveness of this whole of nation approach of the PNP to end insurgency in the region. More and more rebels are now becoming aware of the opportunity to get back to the fold of the government away from deception and lies,” RD DE JESUS said.

BUY-BUST . . . from Page 1 Buy-Bust Ops Neutralize 2 Drug Personalities January 14, 2021.

Rocky Bontog, a 44-year old fish vendor, married and a resident of Tagos, Matalom, Leyte, fell in an encounter with the operatives of Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU), Southern Leyte Police Provincial Office (PPO), in coordination with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)

Assistant Regional Director, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 8 (PDEA8); Mr. Joseph Garcio, Assistant Regional Director, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency 8 (NICA8); Florencio Fawa Batula, Board Member, 2nd District, Northern Samar and LTCOL JUAN A GULLEM, Battalion Commander, 20th Infantry Battalion, 8ID, PA. “The sacrifice and effort rendered by all the concerned agencies towards this endeavor is a manifestation of our strengthened partnership. We all share the same objective of providing sustainable peace and progress. I have high hopes that thru this initiative, we could influence and create positive change in the communities we serve,” says RD DE JESUS. Also in attendance were the representatives of Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC); Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA); Department of Agriculture (DA); Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Department of Science and Technology (DOST); Department of Health (DOH); and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). 8 in Brgy Panan-awan, Maasin City, Southern Leyte. The subject tried to evade arrest but was cornered at Brgy Tawid, Maasin City. Bontog was pronounced dead after engaging in a shootout with the operatives. PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, confirmed that 12 pcs of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu were seized from the suspect amounting to Php10, 000.00. Meanwhile, Lucio Abarcar y Abadiano, listed as High Value Individual (HVI), was neutralized in a buy-bust operation at Brgy. 2, Salug, Catbalogan City Samar, launched by the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit 8 (RDEU8); Catbalogan City Police Station, Samar PPO; PDEUSamar PPO; and Regional Special Operations Group 8 (RSOG8). The suspect opened fire against the arresting team which eventually led to an armed confrontation and resulted to instantaneous death of the subject. Recovered in the crime scene were one (1) unit of cal. 45 loaded with four (4) pcs of cartridge and one (1) chamber load; 18 pcs of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, weighing around 30 grams, with an estimated value of Php 300, 000.00. “Our anti-illegal drug campaign remains to be a topmost priority. We will see to it that these operational efforts we consistently launch against the identified drug personalities will result to the elimination of the drug menace in the region,” RD DE JESUS said.

TAKE OATH . . . from Page 5 989 Newly-Promoted PRO8 Personnel Take Oath Ms. Annalou T Amascual, Ms, Joanna Isabelle M Golong, and Ms Grace L Bautista, all representatives from the National Police Commission 8 (NAPOLCOM8) also graced the said activity, while adherence to the COVID-19 health guidelines and protocols was also strictly observed.


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