H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH INFANTRY (STORMTROOPERS) DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY
DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
Camp General Vicente Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar


P R E S S   R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:               May 26, 2017

Contact:  1LT CHERRY M JUNIA (FS) PA
Chief, DPAO
Mobile Nr: 09175271897
Email Address: dpao8id@yahoo.com

Army Troops Clashed again with the NPAs in Matuguinao, Samar

CAMP GENERAL VICENTE LUKBAN, CATBALOGAN CITY – Another clash between the troops of 43rd Infantry (We Search) Battalion and the NPA terrorists took place today at 8:30 a.m. at Barangay Mahayag, Matuguinao, Samar.
            Upon receiving a warning coming from a concerned villager on the presence of the armed group conducting illegal activities in the community, troops immediately responded and encountered more or less 60 rebels.
            During the heat of the firefight, the 3rd Field Artillery Battalion launched  rounds of artillery fire support to the engaging troops to pin down the striking enemies.
            Initial result of the encounter disclosed that there was no casualty on the government side while undetermined on the enemy side.
            During the tension, the military troops ensured the safety of the community and were advised not to go home until the clash is over.
Maj Gen Raul M Farnacio said that the 8th Infantry Division will pursue its combat operation to hunt these terrorists who are continuing illegal activities that disturb the well-being of our people. In planning and conducting operations, the Army puts the people’s welfare and well-being above all other consideration.
H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH INFANTRY (STORMTROOPERS) DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY
DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
Camp General Vicente Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar


P R E S S   R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:       May 17, 2017

Contact:  1LT CHERRY M JUNIA (FS) PA
Chief, DPAO
Mobile Nr: 09175271897
Email Address: dpao8id@yahoo.com

12 year-old boy apprehended while carrying illegal Ammunitions

CAMP GENERAL VICENTE LUKBAN, CATBALOGAN CITY – On May 13, 2017 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, the troops of 803rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade while conducting security patrol in Brgy De Tubang, Silvino Lobos, Northern Samar apprehended a 12-year old boy carrying a half sack of rice that concealed 20 rounds of 5.56 mm ammunitions, three (3) cartridge 7.62 mm, linked for M60 machinegun and two (2) cartridge 5.56 mm linked for K3 machine gun.

After some interview, the child was immediately turned-over to Provincial Social Welfare Development for proper custody and brought to Catarman Provincial Hospital to check his health condition.

This kind of incident is a clear manifestation that the NPA terrorist group violated the International Humanitarian Law stating that children ages 18 below are prohibited to participate in any hostilities and carrying supplies that could merely put their lives into danger.

Thus, Maj Gen Farnacio said, “Let us give our children the chance to grow up while peacefully learning from their youthful experiences and contributing in their own unique ways. NPA should stop recruiting and using minors for their illegal activities”, Farnacio added.

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H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH INFANTRY (STORMTROOPERS) DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY
DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
Camp General Vicente Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar


P R E S S   R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:          May 12, 2017

Contact:  1LT CHERRY M JUNIA (FS) PA
Chief, DPAO
Mobile Nr: 09175271897
Email Address: dpao8id@yahoo.com

 Community-Based Disaster and Emergency Management Training Kicks-off at 8ID

CAMP GENERAL VICENTE LUKBAN, CATBALOGAN CITY – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine, Army in partnership with the ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation came together in conducting a  two-day Community-Based Disaster and Emergency Management Training with the theme: “Damayan at Bayanihan para sa Maunlad na Pamayanan” on May 12, 2017, 9 o’clock in the morning at 8ID Grandstand.

The activity was attended by 131 participants from the municipalities of Sta. Rita, Basey, and Marabut Samar and selected military personnel of 52nd Infantry (Eagle) Battalion and 8ID Emergency Response Company.

The training focuses on the importance of community preparedness particularly on disaster management mitigation; early warning device system; and first-aid technique whenever untoward disaster arises.

Brig. Gen. Cesar M. Idio, the Assistant Division Commander in his message said “We should work hand-in-hand to overcome the challenges that confront us in times of calamities. Thus, proactive preparedness is the key factor that will guide us and reinforce our actions in life-saving situations”.

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H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH INFANTRY (STORMTROOPERS) DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY
DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
Camp General Vicente Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar


P R E S S   R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:      May 10, 2017

Contact:  1LT CHERRY M JUNIA (FS) PA
Chief, DPAO
Mobile Nr: 09175271897
Email Address: dpao8id@yahoo.com

Army Encounters NPAs Anew, Recovers 2 High Powered Rifles

CAMP GENERAL VICENTE LUKBAN, CATBALOGAN CITY – On May 10, 2017 at around 6:40 in the morning, a fire fight ensued between the scout platoon of 78th Infantry (Warrior) Battalion and the NPA terrorist group at Barangay San Antonio, Hilongos, Leyte for about 30 minutes. Concerned villagers tipped the military troops on the presence of the NPA group at their barangay while asking for revolutionary extortion among the villagers.

            As a result, the military troops have recovered two (2) AK-47 rifles; six (6) magazines; 158 live ammunitions; 2 bandoleers; assorted food stuffs and medicines; and subversive documents. No casualty was reported on the government side while undetermined on the enemy side.

            Brig Gen Mendoza, Commander of 802nd Infantry Brigade has already coordinated with Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) to conduct checkpoints along possible entries/exits of withdrawals of the enemy and to verify possible accommodation of wounded enemy in nearby hospitals.

            The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division assures the people of Eastern Visayas that the NPA terrorist group will not succeed on disturbing the peace and order in the region. Thus, the continued support of the public is greatly appreciated by the Command as a paradigm of a good rapport between the military and the civilian populace as partners for peace and development in the region.  

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H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH INFANTRY (STORMTROOPERS) DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY
DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
Camp General Vicente Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar


P R E S S   R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 19, 2017

Contact:  MAJ ARTURO M DUMALAGAN (INF) PA
OIC, DPAO
Mobile Nr: 09269791973
Email Address: dpao8id@yahoo.com

Army Troop Encounters NPAs, Recovers 3 High Powered Firearms

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar – A tip-off from a concerned citizen on the presence of an armed group at Sitio Ogbok, Barangay Villa Aurora, Basey, Samar on April 18, 2017 prompted the troops from 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion to conduct a reconnaissance patrol to confirm the validity of the information on the alleged NPA safe house.  As the troops cautiously approach the alleged safe house, they were fired upon by the communist terrorists.  Government troops retaliated in defense which the communist terrorists scampered in different directions. 

This campaign resulted to the recovery of two (2) 5.56mm M16A1 Rifles with SN 033681 and 9021623; one (1) magazine assembly (30 rounds) steel; one (1) magazine assembly (30 rounds) plastic; one (1) magazine assembly (20 rounds) steel and 48 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition.

Meanwhile, in the early morning of April 19, 2017, troops from 87th IB while conducting a reconnaissance patrol within their area of operation encountered undetermined number of communist terrorists at the vicinity of Barangay Borong, Calbiga, Samar.  This resulted also to the recovery of one (1) M16A1 Rifle. No casualty reported on the government side while undetermined on the enemy as evidenced by the bloodstains seen on their route of withdrawal.

Your Army in Eastern Visayas Region will ensure that the armed group, with whom the government is talking peace with, will be unable to use force or threaten to use force as leverage in the negotiating table.  8ID stands ready to respond and address any such attempt by armed threat groups.

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H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH INFANTRY (STORMTROOPERS) DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY
DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
Camp General Vicente Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar


P R E S S   R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                              April 29, 2017

Contact:  1LT CHERRY M JUNIA (FS) PA
Chief, DPAO
Mobile Nr: 09175271897
Email Address: dpao8id@yahoo.com

NPA attack Army Detachment, 2 rebels killed and 1 High Powered Firearm recovered

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar – CAA detachment of Charlie Company, 52nd Infantry (CADRE) Battalion was attacked by undetermined number of communist terrorists (CTs) at Brgy Hilumot, San Jose De Buan, Samar  at around 5:00 a.m.

Report reaching this headquarters disclosed that said detachment was attacked by undetermined number of communist terrorists under unknown leader but the said government troops successfully defended the Hilumot detachment.

As of press time, troops are still scouring the area. Other detachments to include Municipal Police Stations were alerted for probable similar attacks. Five (5) were reported wounded-in-action on the government side while the CTs suffered two (2) rebels killed and undetermined number of casualties. The troops also recovered one AK47 Rifle and two handheld radios.  

Major General Raul M Farnacio, Commander of the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army lauded his troops for a job well done and for successfully defending their detachment and dedicating their lives in the accomplishment of the mission.
H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH INFANTRY (STORMTROOPERS) DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY
DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
Camp General Vicente Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar
P R E S S   R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                       April 10, 2017

Contact:  1LT CHERRY M JUNIA (FS) PA
Chief, DPAO
Mobile Nr: 09175271897
Email Address: dpao8id@yahoo.com


NPA Threats Led to Massive Evacuation in Calbiga

CAMP GENERAL VICENTE LUKBAN, CATBALOGAN CITY – About 549 household from the barangays of Cambagtic, Bulao, San Mauricio, Guimbanga, Minata, Sinalangtan, Caamlungan, Binangaran, Daligan and Buluan all of Calbiga, Samar fled their respective communities to seek shelter to the town gymnasium from April 4 – 7, 2017.

One of the Barangay Chairmen from upper barangay claimed that residents were forced to evacuate on the grounds of threat from communist terrorists that they will conduct an attack against the 87th IB troops at the said area and they were ordered purportedly by the New People's Army to troop down to avoid being caught in a possible crossfire with government troops.  The passing of the villagers of Canbagtic to other barangays spread like wildfire of the above mentioned rumors which the residents panicked and also evacuated, triggering a mass exodus to the town gymnasium.

       Combined efforts of 87th IB, Municipal Police Station (MPS), Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) and Local Government Unit (LGU) reached at a dialogue with the evacuees to solve the current situation represented by their respective Barangay Chairmen, agreed to convince the residents to return to their community.

Local DSWD distributed relief goods to the evacuees and the LGU of Calbiga provided trucks for transportation back to their respective barangays. Most of the evacuees returned to their communities but some refused and opted to stay at the covered court as of press time.

       Your Army in Eastern Visayas is deploying community peace and developments teams which are encouraging community based initiatives defined by the local communities, with local government units coordinating efforts against insurgency, geared towards presenting long-term solutions while at the same time addressing the immediate needs of the local community.

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H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, PA
Division Public Affairs Office
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S  R E L E A S E


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         22 May 2012

Contact:          LTC ARVIN R LAGAMON
                        Chief DPAO

Mobile Nr:      09165301220
Email Address: dpao_8idpa@yahoo.com           

Army facilitates launching of PAMANA projects in Samar


Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City –          Five (5) projects, under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program, were launched at the Municipal Covered Court, Poblacion, San Jose de Buan (SJDB), Samar on May 18, 2012.
The launching of PAMANA Projects was jibed with the Grand Consultation/Dialogue for the  Farmers Sector  of San Jose de Baun, Samar.
            The activity was spearheaded by Mr. Arniel O Disbarro, Area Coordinator of KALAHI-CIDSS in SJDB, Samar. Mr Disbarro  officially launched the PAMANA Projects to Barangays 3,4, Babaclayon, Hiduroma and Hilomot all of SJDB. Potable water system and construction of comfort rooms are some of the PAMANA projects launched during the said event.
Meanwhile, the Local Government of SJDB headed by Hon Ananias S Rebato Municipal Mayor; the Local Government Units of SJDB to include MAO, MSWDO, MHO, MPDO, MPS, KALAHI-CIDSS, DAR, DENR and LTC CERILO C BALAORO JR GSC (INF) PA, Commander of 87th Infantry Battalion participated in the activity.
The 87IB facilitated the conduct of the launching of PAMANA projects in line with the standing guidance of BGen Gerardo T Layug AFP, Commander, 8ID, PA to support and facilitate peace and development initiatives of the government and other cause-oriented groups in the area. This is also in support to the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan ‘Bayanihan’ which seeks to enjoin all stakeholders to work together and help attain peace and development in every community.
            In his closing message, Hon Rebato assured that the Local Government of SJDB will be a major partner in the peace and development operations of the Army at SJDB, Samar. He furthered expressed his heartfelt grattitude to the 87IB for facilitating the said activity. 

H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, PA
Division Public Affairs Office
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S  R E L E A S E


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         22 May 2012

Contact:          LTC ARVIN R LAGAMON
                        Chief DPAO

Mobile Nr:      09165301220
Email Address: dpao_8idpa@yahoo.com           


8ID participates in the largest Pacific mission for 2012

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division (8ID), Philippine Army (PA) will participate in a humanitarian and civic assistance (HCA) mission in selected communities of Samar Island from 18 June 2012 – 1 July 2012 dubbed as the “Pacific Partnership 2012.

            The Pacific Partnership is the largest annual HCA mission of the US Pacific Fleet in the Asia-Pacific region. The purpose of the mission is to deliver basic services, strengthen alliances and ensure that the international community is better prepared to synchronize the delivery of foreign humanitarian aid in times of natural disaster or crisis.

            HCA activities such as medical & dental mission, veterinarian mission, engineering works, Subject Matter Expert Exchanges mainly on disaster preparedness/response and Damage Control will be done during the two-week duration of the mission.

            In his statement, BGen Gerardo T Layug AFP, Commander of 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army said, “The 8ID will work hand in hand with the US Armed Forces, partner nation military personnel, and the Local Government Units and Agencies of Samar through the concept of ‘Bayanihan’ in order to deliver much needed services in selected communities in the Province.”

            Aside from the AFP’s medical and dental teams, which will participate in the series of Medical Mission, the AFP will also deploy elements of 53rd Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army who will be joining the US Pacific 30th Naval Construction Regiment in all engineering projects in the area.

           
             


H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, PA
Division Public Affairs Office
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S  R E L E A S E


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         17 May 2012

Contact:          LTC ARVIN R LAGAMON
                        Chief DPAO

Mobile Nr:      09165301220
Email Address: dpao_8idpa@yahoo.com           


8ID troopers overruns NPA encampment in Samar

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar – A NPA encampment at vicinity Brgy Hagbay, San Jose De Buan, Samar was overrun by military troops of 87th Infantry Battalion, 801st Infantry Brigade, 8ID, PA under the leadership of  Ltc Cerilo C Balaoro on 11 May 2012.

            Elements of 87th IB under 2Lt Verniel D Semblante discovered the NPA encampment after they encountered undetermined number of rebels earlier that day.

            The said camp is composed of three (3) makeshift bunkers and one (1) makeshift hall, which can accommodate about 20 people. After the fire fight government troops recovered long M16 rifle magazines with live ammunitions, assorted medicines and subversive documents. This only proves that the rebels are always on the run to avoid pursuing government troops.

            “Your 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army will continue to intensify its security operations against this lawless group in order to ensure the safety of our people and pursue development efforts in every community in the Region” said BGen Gerardo T Layug AFP, Commander, 8ID, PA. “We also enjoin the NPA members to lay down their arms and submit themselves through peaceful means and join the government in all peace and development efforts” Layug added.
           



H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, PA
Division Public Affairs Office
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S  R E L E A S E



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         15 May 2012

Contact:          LTC ARVIN R LAGAMON
                        Chief DPAO

Mobile Nr:      09165301220
Email Address: dpao_8idpa@yahoo.com           


8ID Enhances its Medical Capability

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar – The 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army formally activated the 8th Forward Support Medical Company (FSMC) on May 16, 2012 here at Headquarters Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City. 

According to BGEN GERARDO T LAYUG AFP, 8ID Commander, the activation of 8th FSMC will enhance the skills of 8ID medical personnel to become more effective, efficient and responsive health providers.

The said Medical Company will be attached to the Service Support Battalion of the Division. The unit’s primary mission is to provide medical support to maneuver brigades    and battalions, capable of treating patients with minor diseases and emergency medical treatment. They can also provide medical teams during disaster response operations and for other peace and development efforts in the area.

As part of the activity, Captain Arturo A Llaso CHS (PA), the 8ID Command Chaplain officiated the blessing of two (2) newly acquired ambulance vehicles. The 8th FSMC will primarily utilize said vehicles for medical evacuations and disaster response operations.

The enhancement of 8ID’s medical capability is in line with the Army Transformation Roadmap, which envisions a World-Class Army that our Nation can be proud of by 2028.



H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH CMO (DANGPANAN) BATTALION, 8ID, PA
Camp Genaral Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
07 February 2011

Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ (INF) PA
Commanding Officer

Mobile Nr: 09178155194

Philippine Army troops expose NPA deception and Human Rights violations in Samar Island

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City,Samar –Recently, the NPAs’ Efren Martires Command issued yet another concocted lies to the media on their growing strength and victories.
The Rodante Urtal Command of the NPAs even boasted of their brutality and savagery on 20 January 2012 against the peace-loving people of the quiet town of Lapinig, NSamar resulting to the killing of the private security of Mayor Romualdo Menzon who bravely engaged the local terrorists who attacked and raided a civilian community. This attack on a civilian target brings to the fore the NPAs propensity to extrajudicial killings and human rights violations. In their desperation due to the waning of their influence and the diminishing support from the people of Samar Island, the NPAs vented their anger and frustration by staging a deliberate attack on a civilian center and firing indiscriminately without compunction upon innocent civilians just like what they did in Hinabangan, Samar last year.

Alias Karlos Manuel, EMC spokeperson, wanted to appear remorseful by offering apology to placate and commiserate with the families of the victims of their rampage. The international community knows that an attack on any law enforcement member and civilian target is an unlawful act and yet the NPA has claimed that the police in Lapinig were “legal” targets. The family of Mr. Romeo Senobio Jr., who the NPA shot while inside his residence, knows that the lawless group barged into their home, shot their family member in the head and back although unarmed. What about the basic human right of Joshua Picayo, a four year-old boy who was hit by a stray bullet coming from the NPA group when they indiscriminately fired at residences in the town proper? The boy sustained a four-inch open wound at his waist. How could the NPA group afford to claim that they did no harm to the people who they robbed of valuables and properties? Of what use are their apologies?

“What the marauding local terrorists did to the people of Lapinig was a glaring example of the ruthlessness and violence yet they have the nerve to talk about extrajudicial killings and military abuses” said MGen Chan.

Aside from the recent lies spewed by the NPA group on Lapinig, the group has fabricated another lie in the Municipality of Catubig. The NPA has tasked its para-legal cohorts that it deceptively labels as “human rights mission” to cook up a story on the death of a certain Jovito Pajanustan who was found dead on November 28 last year in his farm near the boundary of Barangay Osang of Catubig and Barangay San Miguel of Las Navas. Instead of checking on the findings of the authorities in the area, the NPA-affiliated group visited their usual contacts in the community in order to ensure that they could put the blame on the government troops. How could they put the blame on soldiers when the area where the cadaver was found is highly influenced by the NPA group such that people in that locality live in fear of the NPA? Mr. Pajanustan’s body bore marks typical of NPA inflicted wounds on suspected military informants and private citizens who refuse to give in to their extortion.

However, the local barangay officials of both Osang of Catubig and San Miguel of Las Navas have exonerated the soldiers of involvement in the incident through the sworn statements that they have executed on December 26 of last year.

They said they are not targeting civilian in their terroristic attack by throwing detonated explosives. But, the question is “Are they not bound by International Humanitarian Law which prohibits the use of explosives?" In their desperation to kill members of the Armed forces of the Philippines many civilian people have suffered from losing their loved ones and getting injured. And that is how alias Manuel shows that NPAs are for the people.

“It is our primary concern and responsibility to protect and defend our people and help pursue peace and progress in Samar to make the life of our people better yet NPA rebels accused us as violators when in fact we, soldiers, are the ones helping our people even during disaster and calamities” MGen Chan added.

Again these lies peddled in the media are misleading and meant to hoodwink our people. It is just a black propaganda to divert public attention from their criminal acts. Mere statement of Ka Karlos Manuel will never win because they have done nothing for the improvement of the peoples’ life in Samar.

The people deserve to know the truth on the NPA group’s act of deception and violation of basic human rights so that the NPAs’ exploitation of communities will finally be stopped”, said MajGen Chan. ###



H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH INFANTRY (STORMTROOPERS) DIVISION, PA
DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S R E L E A S E

31 January 2012

Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ JR (INF) PA
Commanding Officer

Mobile Nr: 09178155194

8ID Conducts Mass Bloodletting

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City – This morning, the 8th Infantry Division held jointly a mass bloodletting dubbed as “Young Blood, New Blood for the World” with the Philippine National Red Cross at Headquarters 8ID covered court.


The activity was made possible thru the collaboration and cooperation between Dr. Michieko Malou D Modesto, Blood Bank Physician of the Philippine National Red Cross, Leyte Chapter and the Medical team of Camp Lukban Station Hospital headed by its commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Benavidez.
Ms Pamunag Med Tech, of PNRC Staff Leyte Chapter, Tacloban City said in an interview that recipients of the bloodletting activity are not limited to patients who need blood from this region but the whole country as well. A big number of soldiers coming from different offices of the division and students of Restructured Reenlistment Training class-80-12 volunteered to donate blood. A total of 31,500 cc of blood collected will be forwarded to the Blood Bank at Tacloban City for screening. ###

H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH CMO (DANGPANAN) BATTALION, 8ID, PA
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S R E L E A S E

30 January 2012

Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ JR (INF) PA
Commanding Officer

Mobile Nr: 09178155194

Three Captured NPAs were accorded human rights midst encounter in Samar

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City – In adherence to Human Rights and International humanitarian Law, the Rule of Law prevailed amidst the fierce encounter between the troops of 87IB and the group of NPA in the vicinity of Brgy Guinbanga, Calbiga, Samar on January 23, 2012 that resulted to the seizure of an NPA Camp and recovery of voluminous subversive documents and equipment including a laptop computer. Three suspected NPAs were also captured when they were left by their withdrawing comrades and their group out manuevered by the gov’t forces. Despite the soldiers desire to revenge the loss of life of their companion who was killed during the encounter their sense of professionalism and respect for HR prevailed. They were treated humanely and were apprised of their constitutional rights.
Gen Chan commended the soldiers of 87IB for their professionalism and observance to HR and rule of law. “This is a good development to our soldiers. The respect of human rights they displayed at the height of the encounter showed their sincere commitment to the rule of law. This is a result of our continuing efforts to educate our soldiers in order to be disciplined and true advocates of human rights”.
The suspects who were identified as Maita Abadiano y Mabini. a.k.a. “Mytha/Jenny”, Jerry Sablan y Macanas a.k.a “Jerry”, and Delmar Dacdac y Llantada a.k.a. “Archie”. They (suspects) were charged by the police authorities for violation of Presidential Decree 1866, as amended by Republic Act 8294 (illegal possession of firearms) and Republic Act 9516 (illegal possession of explosives).

The SOCO Team from Crime Laboratory, Samar Provincial Police Office was also quick to conduct examination at the scene of encounter to ensure the preservation of evidences and truthfulness to the incident. The troops recovered in the possession of the three captured NPAs four (4) M26 fragmentation hand grenades, one (1) M1911 calibre 45 pistol, one (1) calibre 9mm berretta and fifteen (15) rounds of ammunitions.

A separate case will be filed by the Police authorities against the NPA group including the three suspects for the killing of CAA Luis C Gacuma, a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Active Auxiliary who was killed during the encounter. Additionally, another case will be filed against the suspects as witness identified them as part of the NPA group who attacked the Hinabangan Police Station on September 12, 2011.

The successful encounter sent a strong message to the NPAs that there is no safe haven for them (NPAs) in Samar. There will be no let-up in our peace and development operations and the 8ID soldiers will be more responsible, determined and focused towards the accomplishment of promoting peace, security and development in this part of the country.###
H E A D Q U A R T E R S
8TH CMO (DANGPANAN) BATTALION, 8ID, PA
Camp General Vicente, Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar

P R E S S R E L E A S E

24 January 2012

Contact: LTC NICEFORO M DIAZ JR (INF) PA
Commanding Officer

Mobile Nr: 09178155194

NPA ‘Organized Crime Group’ Havoc in Northern Samar: Acts of Desperation

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City - “The recent attack against a community of peace-loving people in Lapinig, the despicable murder of Mr. Jovito Pajanustan in Catubig and the ambush on soldiers doing community work in Las Navas by the ‘organized crime group’ locally known as the NPA were all desperate acts of terror to restore their influence in Northern Samar” said Maj Gen Mario F. Chan, Commander of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms these dastardly acts of terror perpetuated by the NPAs against the peace-loving people of Lapinig, the brutal murder of an innocent farmer and the ambush on soldiers who were engaged in community work to help the people in Las Navas”, added the good General.

According to the 8ID Commander, the climate of fear sowed by the NPAs among communities in Samar Island has dissipated as the people have come to realize and appreciate the sincere efforts of the government and stakeholders to bring peace and sustainable development in the Region as manifested in the declaration by the Local Government Unit of Southern Leyte of an “ Insurgent-Free” province on September 29, 2011 and followed by the declaration of the Local Government Unit of Leyte of a “Manageable Conflict—Affected and Development-Ready ” province on December 8, 2011.

“Because of their waning influence, this NPA or group of thugs and bandits has embarked on a systematic and orchestrated employment of deception, treachery and violence and terror beginning with their murder of Mr. Pajanustan in November 2011 in order to blame it on the soldiers who were actually involved in community work,” said MGen Chan. He stated further that , “Knowing the futility of this deceptive act, the NPA group called on its cohorts ‘migrante’ and ‘sagupa’ to join in the accusation with fabricated data and information that was readily and handily exposed as lies by affidavits of local officials in Barangay Osang of Catubig and San Miguel of Las Navas and the PNP-Catubig Spot Report.

“The truth would eventually surface to manifest their peddled lies so the NPA embarked on acts of violence such as the ambush of the soldier-community worker in Las Navas in December and the recent attack on civilians in the quiet town of Laping last January 20,” said the 8ID Commander.

“These acts or desperation to regain lost influence are typically manifested in NPA armed engagements where their volume of fire is greatest during their retreat,” observed MGen Chan.

“Notwithstanding these acts of terrorism by the NPA, the 8ID will continue to pursue to ‘win the peace’ in the affected areas and finally rid the region of this menace to development,” MGen Chan concluded.###