Friday, October 23, 2015

AFP, PNP employ IPcentric approach to Caraga lumads

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 23 (PIA) –The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) is initiating an Indigenous Peoples’ centric (IP centric) approach to strengthen their mission to protect the people especially the indigenous peoples of the region against lawless elements.

"We are strengthening our mission to protect the people through an IP centric approach focused on attending to the needs of our IP brothers and sisters. In fact, IP soldiers are deployed in specific areas to educate lumad communities,” said BGen. Paul Atal, assistant commander of the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army.

According to 4th ID spokesman Capt. Joe Patrick Martinez, they were able to deploy some 125 Lumads or indigenous peoples (IPs) in their respective tribal communities in Mindanao last Oct. 19.

The 125 Lumads were made regular members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with a rank of private to sergeants.

Meanwhile, PO3 Julius Avila of PNP Caraga said that in each station in Butuan there is a Lumad Caraganon Welfare Desk that would directly cater the needs of the IPs. He added that the PNP is working hand in hand in different areas to sustain peace and promote development.

Moreover, BGen Paul Atal emphasized that the presence of the AFP, PNP and other government agencies in ancestral domains are not to cause trouble or even kill any lumad but instead to perform their mandate to serve and protect the people and to develop and secure peace in the community.

“As to the killing incidents, with the leadership of Gen. Hernando Iriberri, chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, we are in close coordination with the PNP in the apprehension of the perpetrators. It's better not to resort to violence in order to secure the people and win peace and development,” Atal added. (DJA/PIA-Caraga)


Loreto mayor’s bro urges supporters not to place justice in own hands

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 23 (PIA) – Wilfredo Otaza, brother of Loreto, Agusan del Sur mayor Dario Otaza urges the slain mayor’s supporters not to place justice in their hands but instead let the authority do their job in catching the perpetrators.

In an interview, Otaza said that the family seeks justice for the brutal killing of Mayor Dario and son Daryl however, they will let the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) enforce the law in solving the crime.

“Just like how Mayor Otaza helped in making former rebels surrender to the government without enforcing force and violence, I hope as we seek for justice there would be no infliction of harm or any casualties, they must not resort to revenge killing,” Otaza said.

Otaza also appreciates the efforts of the AFP and PNP in the ongoing investigation and pursuits in putting the perpetrators behind bars.

Meanwhile, the convoy bringing the remains of Mayor Dario Otaza and his son left Bollozos Funeral Homes, Butuan City around 9:10 a.m. today, they will be brought to their hometown in Loreto, Agusan del Sur.

There will be a public viewing of the remains at Otaza’s residence from October 23 to 24 and will be brought back to Butuan City on Monday. The internment will be on Tuesday at the Uraya Cemetery in Brgy. Bancasi, this city, it was learned.

Otaza and his son were abducted Monday by 18 unidentified armed men from their home in Barangay Riverside, this city. And then found shot dead in a coconut plantation in Purok Dos, Barangay Bitan-agan, Tuesday morning. (DJA/PIA-Caraga)


DILG mourns loss of Loreto Mayor Otaza

By Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 23 (PIA) - The Regional Peace and Order Committee (RPOC) chaired by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., convened a Crisis Management Meeting presided by Department of the Interior and Local Government—Caraga Region (DILG XIII) Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion in the morning of October 20, 2015, with PNP City Director PSSUPT Francisco D. Dungo Jr., 401st Infantry Brigade Commanding Officer Col. Alexander Macario, Butuan City Vice Mayor Angelo Victor S. Calo, Butuan City Councilor Jaime M. Cembrano and Diocese of Butuan Indigenous People Apostolate Director Rev. Fr. Carlito L. Clase, pertaining to the kidnapping and killing of Loreto, Agusan del Sur Mayor Dario E. Otaza and his son.

The meeting discussed the incident of the night of October 19 to October 20 and its repercussions on security, threat assessment, and the ensuing investigations, among others.

Parallel to the actions done at the local level, DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento sent his envoy in the person of DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere A. Panadero who conducted a meeting with PNP Regional Office–13 Regional Director PCSupt Vert T. Chavez, 4ID Chief MGen Oscar Lactao, and DILG XIII officials in the afternoon of October 20. He also personally extended SILG Sarmiento's condolences to the bereaved family of Mayor Otaza.

Statements for justice and peace resounded throughout both meetings.

Known in his tribal leadership title as Datu Malampuson, Mayor Otaza was a champion advocate for peace and a staunch defender of the rights of the indigenous peoples and the general welfare of his constituents in Loreto, Agusan del Sur, where he served as Mayor since 2013.

This was his first term as mayor. He recently filed for reelection last week for the 2016 mayoral race.

He was known for his efforts to quell the presence and influences of the leftist New Peoples Army (NPA) in Loreto, and bring others back to the fold of the government. He was an active supporter of programs of the national government for peace such as the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) where 154 NPA rebels surrendered during the Peace Caravan in Loreto last May 28-29, 2015; and the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program through which the municipality of Loreto was project recipient of the Concreting of National Road Junction Loreto-Binucayan-Sta. Cruz-Katipunan-Monte Road and the Construction of Bailey Bridge.

The DILG sees this as a tremendous loss, and expressed its profound sympathy for the bereaved family.

“Our fervent prayers go to the family and loved ones of Mayor Dario Otaza. We mourn with them, together with his constituents in Loreto, as we all suffer the loss of a great and noble man,” says Famacion.

The DILG as one family called for justice, vigilance and peace.

“We call for justice. We condemn these heinous crime and we will push for expeditious investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice,” says Famacion.

“We call for vigilance. We ask that the Caraganons to be ever mindful always of their safety, to be alert and vigilant, especially in these critical moments as elections draw nearer. We call for peace. We ask that we all work through our differences, share humility, and actively seek and sow peace in all our dealings,” adds Famacion.

Such is the appeal of the Department during this moment of loss, explained Director Famacion. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Ika-59 nga adlaw sa Malimono giselebrar

Ni Mary Jul E. Escalante

SURIGAO CITY,Surigao del Norte, Oct. 23 (PIA) – Ang lungsod sa Malimono ning probinsya miselebrar bag-ohay pa lamang sa ilang ika-59 nga adlaw nan Malimono nga gipahigayon didto sa ilang municipal gym.

Ang maong selebrasyon ngadala sa tema nga “Padayon sa pagbugkos ug hiniusang lakang alang sa pag amping sa kinaiyahan ug pagpalambo sa lokanhong ekonomiya sa lungsod."

Mitambong sa maong okasyon si Gobernador Sol F. Matugas uban ni Bise Gobernador Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr ug ang team capitol.

Sa iyang mensahe mapasalamaton si Mayor Teodoro Senaca sa pagtambong ni Gobernador Matugas uban sa mga kaubanan niini ug sa tanang hut-ong sa katilingban nga mikooperar alang sa kalampusan sa maong selebrasyon.

Gisaysay usab ni Mayor Senaca ang mga proyekto ug mga kalambuan sa maong lungsod ilabina ang mga kadalanan pinaagi sa tabang ni Gobernador Matugas nga gihatagan gayod ug pagtagad ang mga hilit nga barangay sama sa Karihatag ug Villariza nga sementado na ang dalan sa kantidad nga P30 milyones ka pesos, pagpalambo sa farm to market road aron nga mapalambo ang ekonomiya, agrikultura ug uban pang mga proyekto.


Atol usab sa maong okasyon, giturn over sa gobernador ang duha ka multicab alang sa duha ka mga halayong barangay sa maong lungsod nga mao ang barangay Karihatag ug Villariza. (SDR/PIC-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)