amp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte- PGEN DEBOLD M SINAS, Chief, Philippine National Police and Party were warmly welcomed by the men and women of Police Regional Office 8 during his command visit to this PRO on February 6, 2021. PGEN SINAS graced the various activities this PRO has conducted such as the awarding of some distinguished PNP personnel and Units of this PRO for their exemplary services rendered namely: PCOL EDWIN BUENAVENTURA WAGAN, PCOL JONATHAN AGDAMAG CABAL,
PCOL MATTHE LINGAN ASEO, PCOL DANTE P NOVICIO, PCOL GLENN OLIVER C CINCO, PCOL RODELIO C SAMSON, PCOL ARNEL J APUD, PLTCOL MICHAEL P PALERMO, PLTCOL SAM S ANDARINO, PLTCOL MARTY R MUÑOZ, PLTCOL FRANCISCO A SUMPO JR and PMAJ JONATHAN L CUNTAPAY. Meanwhile, PMGEN BERNABE M BALBA, Director, Special Action Force (SAF) was conferred with PNP Heroism Medal for his laudable performance of duty during his stint as Regional Director, PRO 8 in the overall supervision of the Inter-
Agency Task Force “SABAMA.” Highlight of the event was the presentation of the Thirty-nine (39) rebel returnees who surrendered to this PRO from October 2020 to February 2, 2021 with their turnedin firearms where CPNP SINAS administered the recital of Oath of Allegiance to them. Moreover, assorted firearms confiscated, captured, surrendered, deposited and forfeited during the operations against loose firearms thru “Oplan Katok” were also presented.He likewise graced the blessing and SEE
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a “Soyang” then Secretary General of People Surge Alliance-Samar /member of Militia ng Bayan/Yunit Militia (MB/ YM) of CFS-1, SRC Browser, Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC) who voluntarily surrendered SEE
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January 16 - February 16, 2021
PRO8 CONDUCTS RESCUE OPERATIONS AND LIBRENG SAKAY DURING TYPHOON AURING individuals and families in the municipalities of Sta. Fe
and Palo, Leyte trapped in their flooded homes during the onslaught of Typhoon Auring on February 10. RD DE JESUS immediately deployed personnel of this PRO to flooded areas onboard man-trucks to help in the force evacuation of said residents. The overnight massive rainfall struck the low-lying areas and near mountain slope barangays of said towns. In Leyte province alone, authorities rescued 53 individuals as major rivers overflowed its banks. At least two (2) persons were reportedly injured while 350 were stranded after the flood hit 44 barangays in the entire region.
olice Regional Office 8 under the lead of PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, conducted Rescue Operations and “Libreng Sakay” to stranded
“As a response to our call of duty, I have mandated all units to assist in the immediate evacuation of affected residents in their respective AORs if the situation so warrants while still adhering to COVID-19 protocols,” RD DE JESUS said.
DIGITAL MAPPING SYSTEM HEIGHTENS PRO 8 ISO
amp Ruperto K Kangleon, Palo, Leyte – In an effort to heighten the Internal Security Operations (ISO) of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8), a soft launching of Digital Joint Tactical ISO Mapping System (DJTIMS) was conducted last January 18, 2021. The DJITMS is an Information System that records, captures, analyzes, and presents a variety of geographical data relative to the location and activities of enemies and/or maneuvering and friendly forces. PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, PRO8, conveyed that the said initiative program provides opportunity to explore innovative approaches to improve the offensive stance. The prime focus of this endeavor is to highlight the importance of incorporating advanced technological tools to ensure an operationally effective mapping system. “This program is a promising development. We cannot let our enemies take even the slightest lead over us. If we
could utilize technology and these digital platforms at our advantage, then we can ensure that we are several steps ahead of them,” RD DE JESUS said. The soft launching was facilitated by PCOL JONATHAN A CABAL, Chief Regional Staff; DJITMS Project Supervisor; SEE DIGITAL MAPPING P. 7
PRO 8 HOLDS PHOTO GALLERY CONTEST
he Police Regional Office 8 thru the Regional Public Information Office (RPIO) initiated a Photo Gallery Contest dubbed as “PRECIOUS Moments” featuring the activities or accomplishments of every provincial and city police office aligned with RD DE JESUS’ program thrusts “PRECIOUS GEM.” The activity was successfully launched on January 22 at PRO8 Conference Room with the presence of PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, together with PBGEN RONALDO R MENDOZA, Deputy Regional Director for Administration (DRDA), PCOL EDWIN BUENAVENTURA C WAGAN, Deputy Regional Director for Operations (DRDO) and PCOL JONATHAN A CABAL, Chief Regional Staff (CRS) as Panel of Judges during the contest. Biliran Police Provincial Office was hailed as the 1st winner of the said contest after thorough deliberation. BPPO received a Plaque of Recognition and Php 10,000.00 cash prize for having exemplified RD DE JESUS’ program thrusts during the awarding SEE PHOTO GALLERY P. 7
January 16 - February 16, 2021
TDPRM VISITS PRO 8 PMGEN ISRAEL EPHRAIM T DICKSON, Director for Personnel and Records Management (TDPRM) was accorded Arrival Honors during his visit in this PRO headed by PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, January 25. During his visit, he led the Wreath Laying Ceremony during the SAF 44 Day of National Remembrance and attended a Eucharistic Mass relative to the said commemoration afterwards. Further, he presided a conference regarding PSSLAI membership. Other administrative concerns were discussed with the Command Group, Regional Staff, Provincial and City Directors and Chiefs of National Support Units (NSUs).
EV COPS HONOR FALLEN SAF 44
recall, 44 members of the PNP-SAF fell into a fateful incident during a police operation on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
o commemorate the heroic sacrifice of the forty-four (44) members of the Philippine National Police (PNP)Special Action Force (SAF), the Police Regional Office (PRO) 8 paid tribute through a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the PRO8 Bantayog ng Bayani, Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte on Monday morning, January 25. The said commemoration is in observance of Proclamation No. 164, s. 2017, declaring every 25th of January as Day of National Remembrance for SAF 44. To
PMGEN ISRAEL EPHRAIM T DICKSON, Director for Personnel and Records Management (TDPRM) led the wreath laying in the presence of the families of the fallen SAF 44 residing in Samar and Leyte provinces namely: Mrs. Luz Bedua, mother of late PO2 Glenn B Bedua and Mrs Kristine E Clemencio, wife of late PO1 Mark Lory O Clemencio. Also present in the ceremony was Most Rev. Oscar Jaime Llaneta Florencio, DD SThD, Bishop, Military Ordinariate of the Philippines (MOP), who subsequently presided a Eucharistic Mass in honor of the fallen SAF 44. PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, directed all the line units of this PRO to conduct public awareness of the said commemoration in honor of the gallantry of the said elite force of the PNP by saying “The story of the SAF 44 shall transcend time as it depicts the truest sense of heroism. The least that we can do now is to honor the sacrifice and memories of our fallen heroes who have died serving the country. May their respective families also find peace and healing.”
BISHOP FLORENCIO VISITS PRO 8
amp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetik, Palo, Leyte – Most Reverend Oscar Jaime Llaneta Florencio, DD, SThD, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines (MOP), rendered a pastoral visit to Police Regional Office (PRO) 8 on January 25.
The military-police vicar was also the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the Traditional Monday Flag Raising Ceremony. In his message, Bishop Florencio emphasized that the PNP core values shall be embodied by every personnel in the performance of his/her duties. “…For as we embark the new year 2021, we should know what are those things that we have to discard and what are those things we should retain, hindi magandang pakinggan na ulit-uilitin natin ang masamang ugali, ito po ay hindi kaaya-aya na ipamahagi sa kapwa,” Bishop Florencio explained. Coinciding with the Flag Raising Ceremony, Bishop SEE
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January 16 - February 16, 2021
BLESSING OF PRO 8 ADMIN PWD RAMP AND ADMIN ANNEX BUILDING
lessing and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of two (2) newly constructed structures inside the PRO 8 Camp under the stewardship of PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director had been conducted during the visit of PGEN DEBOLD M SINAS, Chief of Philippine National Police to Police Regional Office 8 (PRO) 8 on February 6.
These two newly-built structures were the PRO 8 RHQ Admin Building PWD Ramp and PRO 8 Admin Annex Building constructed and completed under the initiative of RD DE JESUS through the Office of the Regional Engineering Unit (REU) 8 headed by PMAJ ASPIRO BADIOLA, Chief, REU 8. These projects were in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways represented by Engr. Johnny M Acosta, JESUS, District Engineer, 1st Leyte Engineering District. PRO 8 RHQ ADMIN BUILDING PWD RAMP was funded through the Department of Public Works and Highways Special Program in compliance with Batas Pambansa Bilang 344 or the Act to Enhance Mobility of Disabled Persons. It was constructed on October 15, 2020. Likewise, PRO 8 Admin Building Annex was made possible through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – PNP Convergence Program for Calendar Year (CY) 2020. The funds came from the General Appropriation Act (GAA) CY 2020 with a project cost of 28M as part of the continuing PNP Modernization Program. This project was constructed on February 21, 2020. Both projects were realized thru the collaboration of the PNP Police Regional Office 8 and the DPWH Regional Office 8.
PRO 8 SERENADES THE PUBLIC IN A PRE-VALENTINE SPECIAL
the 30-minute radio program intended for information dissemination, turned into an instant entertainment show as the police personnel from the PRO 8 Band sang the requested songs while reading the love noted sent by the avid listeners. Song requests flooded the program however, due to time constraint only few requested songs were granted.
elected PRO8 Band Members serenaded the public in a Pre-valentine Special during the airing of PRO8’s radio program, “Pulis Ha Rehiyon Otso, Kasugbong Mo” at DYVL Aksyon Radyo on February 12. Hosted by PLTCOL MA BELLA D RENTUAYA and cohosted by PLT LEO REGACHUELO and NUP Fe Talacay,
Before the program ended, the hosts played the Valentine Message of PBGEN RONALDO DE JESUS, Regional Director, PRO 8. “Ngayong araw ng mga puso, gawin nating makabuluhan ang pagdiriwang na ito. Suriin natin kung ano nga ba ang nilalaman nito. Dahil ang pusong tunay na nagmamahal ay marunong magpahalaga, marunong magpatawad at marunong umunawa.Sa ngalan ng pwersa ng mga kapulisan dito sa rehiyon, hangad ko na maging panatag ang iyong mga damdamin at may sapat na pagmamahal sa loob nito.Nawa’y pag-ibig ang umiral sa lahat upang pag-ibig din ang maialay sa ating sarili,sa ating kapwa at sa ating bayan.Maligayang araw ng mga puso sa ating lahat,” he said.
January 16 - February 16, 2021
PRO8 HOLDS RETIREMENT HONORS TO PCOL EUCOGCO
RO held a Retirement Honors to PCOL NELSON DC EUCOGCO, Chief, Regional Personnel and Management Division (RPRMD) spearheaded by PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, at PRO 8 Matapat Hall, Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte on February 9. The event dubbed as “Salamat Kapatid Program” was held in recognition of PCOL EUCOGCO’s thirty-three (33) years and nine (9) days of faithful and honorable service in the Philippine National Police. He was subsequently awarded Medalya ng Paglilingkod (with Two Silver Stars). Also conferred to him was the Medalya ng Pambihirang Paglilingkod (PNP Special Service Award) for his eminent services rendered as Provincial Director of Southern Leyte Police Provincial Office (SLPPO) and Medalya ng Kasanayan (PNP Efficiency Medal) as Chief, RPRMD which he implemented effectively various programs aimed at improving the quality of public service delivered in this PRO.
Also present during the ceremony were PBGEN RONALDO R MENDOZA, Deputy Regional Director for Administrations (DRDA), PCOL EDWIN BUENAVENTURA C WAGAN, Deputy Regional Director for Operations (DRDO), PLTCOL TEDDY C DAVID, Regional Pastoral Officer (RPO) and family members of PCOL EUCOGCO.
PRO8 COMMEMORATES 30TH PNP FOUNDATION DAY
voluntary surrender of a Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) member identified as alias “Ka Julie” member, SROC, SRGU operating in the Province of Leyte on January 20, 2021 at Brgy. Gibunawan, Lope de Vega, Northern Samar. Likewise, PCOL GLENN OLIVER C CINCO and PCPT JOSELITO J TABADA received award for their commendable performance of duty in the successful negotiations in relation to the NTF-ELCAC program of the government which resulted to the voluntary surrender of 3 CTG members identified under aliases of “Babi”, “Jimboy” and “Jepoy” on December 8, 2020 at Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar.
n honor of our fallen heroes who were killed in line of duty, a wreath laying ceremony at the PRO8 Bantayog ng mga Bayani (Heroes Monument) was solemnly held in recognition for their heroic deeds at PRO8 Grandstand on February 1. The Police Regional Office (PRO) 8 under the leadership of PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director commemorated the PNP’s 30th Founding Anniversary with Hon. Edwin Marino C Ongchuan, Governor, Province of Northern Samar as the Guest of Honor and Speaker (GOHS) during the Flag Raising Ceremony. PBGEN RONALDO R MENDOZA, Deputy Regional Director for Administration (DRDA) with the GOHS, Hon. Conghuan spearheaded the distribution of awards (Medalya ng Kagitingan) to deserving PNP personnel. The awardees were PCOL ARNEL J APUD and PCpl Marquel O Dino for their meritorious performance of duty in the successful negotiations in relation to the NTFELCAC program of the government which resulted to the
PLTCOL DEMOSTHENES P MAGNAAN and PLT JOSE E BAYONA were also awarded for their meritorious performance of duty during the manhunt operation at Brgy. Sto. Niño, Matalom, Leyte on January 21, 2021 which resulted to the neutralization of Preciano Galleon alias “Penoy”, charged for the crimes of Murder and Attempted Murder. Moreover, PMAJ IAN SALVADOR B PO and PMSg Herbert T Bibar were awarded for their meritorious performance of duty during the successful buy-bust operation at Brgy. San Roque, Tanauan, Leyte on January 14, 2021 which resulted to the arrest of Roxanne Kenny Salve Y Roa, LGU employee, listed as High Value Individual (HVI). Mrs. Arra Faith Hembra, wife of late PCpl Laurence Yrl A Hembra graced as one of the bearers during the said ceremony. Thus, PBGEN DE JESUS said, “As we celebrate this day, we commemorate not only the 30th year since the establishment of our organization but also, we give honor to our departed comrades who sacrificed their lives for the safety and welfare of our community. Let us strive for a safe and peaceful Eastern Visayas.”
January 16 - February 16, 2021
COVID-19 VACCINATION: MANDATORY FOR PNP PERSONNEL
COVID-19 IATF minimum health protocols in the community while surge of nationwide COVID-19 cases continue, it is highly important for uniformed personnel to be inoculated. Likewise, police force plays a vital role in pacifying the worries and fears of everyone in the community most especially when the first wave of the virus hits the country while others are being strictly instructed to stay at home, police offices are established in every local government units. Given those challenges in the performance of duties associated with the threats of the pandemic, more than half of PRO 8 personnel opt to be vaccinated the soonest time possible once the vaccine becomes available. This is to better maximize our capability as law enforcers and to execute our responsibilities and moral obligations to the public despite the presence of the deadly virus. Despite the hesitations of others on the efficacy of the COVID-19 shots, the organization is in full support of the vaccine and is more than willing to undergo the COVID-19 inoculation process so may also share the same hope. To date, only sixty-one (61) PRO 8 PNP personnel received the first dose of the vaccine, with a 63.09 % efficacy. Regional Health Services 8 is one of the top priorities of the vaccination program being among the highly exposed to the virus. Procedures such as registration, counselling and screening were observed prior to the inoculation.
s a method of effectively containing the spread of Coronavirus in the Philippines, the Police Regional Office 8, under the mandate of the Philippine National Police, is one with the entire nation in strongly supporting the COVID-19 vaccination program. Being in the frontlines in enforcing and implementing the
This is one of the big leaps of this PRO in its call to save lives and put an end to this pandemic. The organization trusts that the vaccine is the best protection against COVID-19 at present and the men and women of PRO 8 look forward that all EV cops be inoculated.
January 16 - February 16, 2021
HIGH RANKING NPA
. . . from Page 1 High Ranking NPA Officer Testifies the Evils of the Rebel Group
PHOTO GALLERY . . . from Page 2 PRO 8 Holds Photo Gallery Contest
She exposed that their “Kumanders” solely took advantage of the money they themselves have extorted from politicians and businessmen, while leaving them financially incapacitated and deprived of basic needs.
Other participating units weret: Eastern Samar Police Provincial Office (ESPPO’s PRECIOUS Moments); Leyte Police Provincial Office (Leyte PPO PRECIOUS GEM); Northern Samar Police Provincial Office (Care and Compassion: NSPPO’s PRECIOUS GEM); Ormoc Police Provincial Office (OCPO’s PRECIOUS GEM); Samar Leyte Police Provincial Office (PRECIOUS GEM: Reliability and Compassion Amidst Affliction); Samar Police Provincial Office (Samar PPO Goes Extra Mile for PRECIOUS Moments); Tacloban City Police Office (The Badge Signifies All Accomplishments); and Regional Mobile Force Battalion 8 (RMFB 8 in Action).
to the authorities of Police Regional Office 8 on December 8, 2020 was formally presented during the Command Visit of PGEN DEBOLD MENORIAS SINAS, Chief, Philippine National Police on February 6, 2021 at Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte.
She recalled her hardships while with the group, “Nandyan na yong malayo ka sa pamilya mo, malayo ka sa mga anak mo, lalo pag time na may sakit anak mo, hindi mo man lang mayakap, himdi mo man lang mahawakan kung kumusta na ang yong nararamdaman. Noong tumawag ako sa anak ko tapos sinabing ‘bakit mo inuuna ang ibang tao kaysa sa amin’ hindi ko malaman kung ano an isasagot ko. Para akong binuhusan ng malamig na tubig kaya naisip ko sa sarili ko na ayoko na.” She also testified that joining the said group comes the risk of wasting lives to nonsensical struggle, losing parents and/or children due to untimely deaths. Further, she resented that becoming a competent police officer has become a distant dream due to the poor decisions she have made while under the said armed group, thus she was not able to help her family. Along with her in the presentation of Former Rebels (FR) were the thirtyeight (38) others who made their way back to the fold of the government from the last quarter of 2020. The Police Regional Office 8 under the lead of PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, has been relentless in the campaign against insurgency and terrorism. Based on record, PRO 8 has a high number of New People’s Army (NPA) surrenderees from October 1, 2020 to February 2, 2021. Out of this number, Fifteen (15) are High Ranking officials under different commands and committees namely: Alias Vien, Budget Officer; Alias Michael, Finance Officer; Alias Soyang, Secretary General of People Surge Alliance-Samar; Alias Unyang, Organizer of GABRIELA; Alias Manny, Political Instructor; Alias Rod, Squad Leader; Alias Yeye, Chairman ANAKPAWIS; Alias Tonio, Vice-platoon Leader; Alias Babi, Finance Officer and Team Leader; Alias Jai, Organizer of KABATAAN; Alias Bebot, Squad Leader; Alias Madi, Recruiter,Organizer of KABATAAN and GABRIELLA; Alias Reden, Finance Officer and Squad Leader; Alias Ka Joseph,Commanding Officer, Squad Leader, and Intelligence Officer; and Alias Ka Jay, Chairman, Barangay Organisasyon sa Partido. Along with their surrender, they also turned-in Thirty (30) assorted firearms, One hundred sixty-two (162) ammunition and Seventeen (17) magazines. This increasing number of CTG members yielding back to the fold of law indicates that more and more anti-government individuals have finally come to their senses and realized the deceptive intentions of the armed wing. These surrenderees have high hopes of starting their lives anew by taking oath of allegiance to the government. They 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. Said surrenderees were facilitated by the implementation of Executive Order No.70 through the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and in consonance to the program thrust of PGEN DEBOLD M SINAS, CPNP to intensify its internal security operations (ISO) thru the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP). Indeed, their reintegration to the government is the best decision they have ever made as they welcome genuine development for peace and progress! Hand-inhand, we will be able to attain true peace that we have long been waiting for!
DIGITAL MAPPING . . . from Page 2 Digital Mapping System Heightens PRO 8 ISO
PCOL DARWIN S MIRANDA, Chief, Regional Intelligence Division; PLTCOL JOSE A CHAN III, Information Technology Project Officer; PLTCOL JOSE ROY M TORRECHILLA, Acting Force Commander, Regional Mobile Force Battalion; and PLTCOL ROMEO V SANTANDER, Deputy Chief, Regional Operations and Management Division. Intel and Operations PNCOs from the lower units also attended virtually the said activity. PBGEN DE JESUS likewise enjoined the target and authorized users of the DJITMS to have an extensive understanding of how this mapping system works to become highly adaptable and competent in all forms and at all times.
on January 25.
BISHOP . . . from Page 3 Bishop FLORENCIO Visits PRO 8 Florencio also led the awarding of the following winners of the PRO8 “PRECIOUS GEM” Competition: PMAJ MICHAEL JOHN M ASTORGA- Best Police Commissioned Officer (PCO) - Administrative Category; PMAJ EDWIN M OLOAN JR- Best PCO for Operations; PCMS Roger V Colico - Best Police NonCommissioned Officer (PNCO) for Administration; and PCpl Russela Mari D Austria- Best Operations PNCO. Meanwhile, Biliran Police Provincial Office (PPO) was adjudged as Best PPO; Tacloban City Police Office (CPO) as Best City Police Office (CPO); Baybay City Police Station (CPS) as Best CPS; and Naval Municipal Police Station (MPS) as Best MPS. On the other hand, Police Station (PS) 2, Tacloban CPO was hailed as Best PS; 1st Leyte Police Mobile Force Company (PMFC) as Best PMFC; Ormoc City Mobile Force Company (CMFC) as Best CMFC; 804th Maneuver Company, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 8 (RMFB8) as Best RMFB Maneuver Company; Regional Comptrollership Division as Best Regional Staff and Regional Maritime Unit as Best Regional Support Unit. Biliran PPO was awarded for winning the “PRECIOUS GEM” Monthly Photo Gallery Contest. The said competition features photos of extraordinary deeds of personnel in relation to the program thrusts of PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director. Biliran PPO also received a cash prize of Php10, 000.00 and Plaque of Recognition. “We are privileged and honored to be visited by our Most Reverend Oscar Jaime Llaneta Florencio. Let us reflect with the words that he has imparted today and may his visit be a blessing to all of us. To the awardees, congratulations! Keep it up and strive for more,” RD DE JESUS said.
CPNP VISIT . . . from Page 1 PGEN SINAS Visits PRO 8
inauguration of PWD Pathway and PRO 8 Annex Building. This PRO also showcased the talents of the PNP personnel through various cultural presentation before the CPNP during the activity.Later in the afternoon of same date, he presided the command conference with the Command Group, Regional Staff, Provincial Directors and City Directors. No less than PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS presented the operational accomplishments before the CPNP. “I am so delighted and honored for the visit of our Chief PNP and Party, much more of the presence of our former rebels who made their way back the fold of the government. This is just the start of something bigger,” RD DE JESUS said.
CTGs YIELD . . . from Page 1 16 CTG Members Yield to PRO 8
A total of sixteen (16) members of Communist-Terrorist Group voluntarily surrendered to the authorities at Police Regional Office 8 from January 16 to February 16. Of the 16 surrenders, the Northern Samar Police Provincial Office (NSPPO) recorded nine (9), four (4) in Samar Police Provincial Office (SPPO) and three (3) in Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB). The surrendered rebels were identified as @Justin; @Ka Redy; @Macmac; @Renz; @Pyra; @Rex; @Peddy; @Rhea; @Easter; @Ivan; @Bam; @Madi; @ Arnold; @Julie; and two (2) others without alias name. Consequently, the subjects also turned-in fourteen (14) assorted firearms with eight (8) magazines and fifty-nine (59) live ammunition. PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, PRO 8 confirmed that the said surrender was facilitated by the government’s intensified security operations in line with the implementation of Executive No. 70 through the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). “The continuing surrender of these rebels is a manifestation that our campaign against terrorism is serving its purpose,” RD DE JESUS said.