Monday, June 1, 2015

Army downplays "NDF attack" claim...
Change in "insurgency free" Bohol 
status, needs more than gunshots 

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 29 (PIA)--Top Bohol Army Special Forces officer here downplays claims of the National Democratic Front (NDF) in Bohol that they attacked a military detachment in barangay San Roque Mabini. 

Army Deputy Brigade Commander Colonel Arnulfo Matanguihan, at the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Meeting, clarified that the military hardly felt the alleged attack which NDF Bohol claimed as a tactical offensive acting as a warning for the unit in Mabini, Bohol.

In its press statement entitled "Pakusgon ang Armadong Rebolusyonaryong Pagpakigbisug sa Bohol ug Ilunsad ang Dugang Mga Taktikal nga Opensiba" (Strengthen the armed revolutionary struggle in Bohol and launch more tactical offensives), NDF liaison officer for Bohol Island Jose Ignacio dated May 18, claimed the members of the New People's Army fired at the Philippine Army and Civilian Armed Forces for Geographical Units (CAFGU) detachment in San Roque, for alleged various human rights violations. 

The Commission on Human Rights in Bohol however negated the claim that the army had human rights violation cases and in fact stated that it is the Communist Party of the Philippines New People's Army National Democratic Front (CNN) which has a pending complaint lodged in their office.

On the alleged attack, Col. Matanguihan said "Wala kaming naramdaman sa detachment." (We did not feel it from the detachment.)

He added that they might have heard some shots, but did not mind them as there was a feast celebrated nearby and fireworks could have been used, Col. Matanguihan told PPOC members. 

The CNN in Bohol, according to military intelligence sources, has been continuing its recovery efforts in Bohol in order to regain its former mass bases for the revival of armed struggle in the province. 

It has used its legal fronts which the military called "white area committees" to reconnect with their former mass base and strongholds in preparation for the return of their armed comrades. 

It may be recalled that the armed rebels fled Bohol years ago when the island was ready for development after the government declared it "insurgency free."

The hard life experienced by the rebels outside Bohol and the forthcoming elections, the overflowing cash from the government assisted disaster rehabilitation as well as from international donors made them take a second hard look at going back to Bohol, according to military sources. 

However, their usual methodologies are not working well, declared Col. Potenciano Camba, batallion commander of the Army Special Forces here in Bohol. 

The military ascribes the rebel's failure to take control for the intensified socio-economic development program of the provincial government particularly CDP-PPM in the hinter barangays where primary and secondary issues are still present.

The government operatives also said Boholanos are already enjoying the peace and development conditions in the province.

The army also said the military has no recorded human rights violations abuses in recent years, which makes raising the usual issue of military abuse useless, Col Camba said.

Moreover, in Bohol, the spirit of “bayanihan” and convergence of stakeholders has become phenomenal in providing services to the people and in facing various challenges that affect the province that poverty and issues are quickly addressed.

But, hell bent on forcing their presence in Bohol, the NDF may have to double up and use whatever propaganda they can muster, if only to project that they are back, and sow fear among communities, an observer on the movements in Bohol explained. 

In the NDF press statement, they claimed that they attacked the San Roque detachment on March 15, at around 11 in the evening. 

Propaganda wise, they could easily say that, but, according to Col. Matangguihan. "it will take more than just a few gunshots to change the status of Bohol as insurgency free. (rac/PIA-7Bohol)

PDEA seizes shabu worth
P401K, files 94 drug cases

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 29 (PIA)--For the month of April alone, government anti-drug agents at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has accounted some 34.02 grams of illegal drugs in various operations, italicizing the massive infestation of drugs problem in Bohol.

All in all, for the month, PDEA recovered prohibited drugs with a amassed street value reaching 401,436.00. 

At the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Meeting May 26, PDEA Bohol agent Ma. Chona Egam reported that they have amassed some 10.04 grams of substances known as shabu through its implemented buy-bust operations. 

The PDEA had 16 buy bust operations for the period, Egan, who was accompanied by PDEAA Bohol chief and intelligence officer Jigger Junillier, updates PPOC members of the agency accomplishments in April. 

The PDEA, in the implementation of search warrants recovered some 23.64 grams of the illegal substance which lad led police authorities to categorize Bohol's affectation as massive. 

For the period, PDEA implemented 6 search warrant operations 

In the course of their operations too, the PDEA caught people red-handed and seized some .34 grams of shabu, according to agent Egam. 

PDEA noted about two incidents where they seized drugs from drug users, one they classified as in flagrante delicto.

This is also over and above the 19 test-buy cases and 20 more surveillance and casing operations in their efforts to reduce the drug supplies in the streets, Egam said. 

She also reported that for the month, they have filed 37 drug related cases at the Provincial and City Prosecution officer, 17 of which are now under preliminary investigation while some 15 cases are now set for resolution. 

Of the cases filed however, the government drug enforcers scored a sagging low rating as it had to suffer from 6 dismissals, no convictions.

PDEA said two of the dismissed cases were for violations of Section 11 of the Dangerous Drugs Act or the illegal possession of dangerous drugs, two dismissals for cases filed in violation of section 15 or the use of dangerous drugs. 

Two more cases dismissed had something to do with maintenance of drug den and possession of illegal drug paraphernalia, according to PDEA. 

the government agency also said they filed as much as 57 cases in the regional trial courts categorized into the following violation of RA 9165: Section 5 (14 cases), Section 11 (33), and section 12 (10 cases).

Giro D' Luca takes Bohol
roads, scenery fun ride

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 29 (PIA)--Take it from one of the country's most respected triathletes and cyclists. 

No less than triathlete superstar Gianluca Guidicelli, who, by now is clocking in 530 kilometers of Bohol country roads to celebrate his 53rd birthday which was supposedly last May 25, leads the 180 triathletes, cross country bikers, road bike enthusiasts and mountain bike afficionados in Giro D' Luca.

Giro D' Luca is an annual bike tour which picks Bohol as its official venue.

Stared in 2011 with just 12 of his closest friends who dedicate the 3 day fun bike ride for Gianluca, Giro D' Luca has grown into one of the country's sought after annual fun rides by tri-athletes and is now geared at raising funds to finance the training and competition entries of poor but promising athletes. 

By 2012, at 50, Giro D' Luca completed 500 kilometers, 10 kilometers for every year of life of Gian, and the fame of the fun ride has spread far and wide in the cycling and triathlon enthusiasts circle that participants by the hundreds have joined. 

Now becoming not just a fun ride but a fund raising event too, Giro D' Luca has tapped major sporting events organizers, sports products merchants and product endorsers to hype on the fun ride and post ride activities. 

"The funds go through Forza Foundation, which sets the training and development program of triathletes and their needed competition-grade equipment," Gianluca said. 

Asked how come he chose Bohol to bike, Gian candidly admits; the irresistibly good roads, scenic coastal views mountain roads, challenging terrain plus its easy access to Cebu makes Bohol the perfect training ground for cyclists and triathletes alike. 

Gian, during a presscon for the Giro D' Luca at the Bellevue, May 28, also added bikers take everything in Bohol: clean air, awesome cycling terrain, amazing people and a scenery that would be perfect to compensate for a waning endurance in the grueling ride. 

The Department of Tourism in Central Visayas also helped bring the annual event here, according to Matteo Guidicelli, actor son and a Giro 2015 participant. 

Giro d' Luca this year is a ride-out and back event which starts for the next three days from May 29 to 31 at the Bellevue Hotel in Panglao to Jagna, Bohol and back (May 29), to Chocolate Hills and back in Panglao (May 30) and again to Jagna and back (May 31). (rac/PIA-7Bohol)

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