Wednesday, February 24, 2016

There's no such thing as
"permit to campaign" 

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 23, (PIA)— There is no such thing as "permit to campaign," slams police regional director Manuel Gaerlan, during an informal press encounter at the Governor's mansion, February 22. 

Commenting on the possible entry of rebel groups to ask for money as campaign access fees in communist rebel groups affected areas, the officer in charge of the regional Philippine National Police (PNP) said, "politicians are not paying permits to campaign but are merely paying for plain and simple extortion."

Military intelligence sources have warned the Provincial Peace and Order Council in Bohol over the reported re-entry of the fleeing communist rebels in time for the elections. 

The same military reports bared that the return of the insurgents would be to raise funds from politicians they can threaten into paying "permit to campaign and access fees to rebel-controlled areas," despite the fact that the Philippine Army has declared Bohol freed from insurgency since 2010. 

Also, PPOC sources add that the rebel's white area committee members have been in a flurry of organizing activities and propping up their mass base to be able to present a threat which would also stir contractors and disaster rehabilitation project implementers into submitting what the former rebels claim as revolutionary taxes from their reconstruction project spending. 

Recently, amid the incidents of police being hard up in quelling drugs and seemingly summary killings happening in Bohol, the New People's Army through its legal front the National Democratic Front (NDF) issued a statement urging people to report to them drug lords, criminals and politicians who are involved in the drug trade. 

The press material, signed by Bohol Island NDF liaison officer Jose Ignacio, asked citizens to report to them any person into the illegal drug trade. 

Military intelligence sources however claimed that the letter was a cheap attempt to fool politicians into thinking that the insurgents have returned, when in fact, there is nothing to support such claims.

As to the police, CSuperintendent Gaerlan asked politicians to reports to anybody they fell comfortable with, when they receive any extortion letter demanding for the said fees. 

"Go and report to the chiefs of police, Camp Dagohoy, the Civilian Armed Forces for Geographical Units (CAFGU) detachment heads, Regional Public Safety Battalion heads or the Army's Special Forces when you get any of these demand letters," Gaerlan said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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Greyhound operations
astound police, PDEA 

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 23, (PIA)—A newly assigned jail administrator at the Bohol District Jail (BDJ) found something unusual, but not necessarily illegal, during the first joint greyhound operations implemented by the country's drug agency, the police and jail authorities here. 

When in greyhound operations and surprise jail inspections, authorities would find illegal objects while cleaning out the jails from any contraband and prohibited objects, Jail Chief Inspector Priscilliana Gilboy found discipline.

The Gilboy discovery was incidentally the same as what elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) found while conducting jail inspection in the afternoon of February 23. 

PO3 Vedra, who rendered outer perimeter security noted that the inmates, despite being instructed to just stay in the middle of the ground, meekly followed orders of their cell block leaders. 

SPO4 Fuentes echoed the same observation, comparing it to the city jail inspection where inmates taunt the police. He also pointed out the distinct resort-like ambiance of the BDJ as something surprising. 

PDEA agent who was present during the operation also picked on the nice surroundings, calm atmosphere and disciplined inmates despite the fact that it could be dangerous when somebody would trigger a riot where un-armed police officers could easily be mobbed. 

"I was just at a very safe distance afraid that somebody crazy enough could start trouble, JCInspector Gilboy shared to the task group and the media covering the event, during the debriefing held at the BJMP cafeteria. 

To the discipline, JCInspector Abueva credited to the Therapeutic Community Modality Program, which the BJMP implemented at the BDJ. 

The BDJ won the Best District Jail in the region and Jail Warden Abueva was also picked the best warden. The BJMP also picked Abueva as the best jail administrator last year. 

During the lightning inspection, police and PDEA authorities also gathered sharp objects, cigarette lighters, electrical wires, light bulbs, ropes and a hollowed out slipper which could be housing a cellular phone: a jail no no.

But jailguards who allowed the PNP and the PDEA to get into the abandoned cells and scan through the inmates' personal belongings know that most of the objects gathered were tools which inmates use in their handicraft and basket weaving sessions. 

The BJMP implements at the BDJ livelihood sessions and trains inmates in basket weaving, novelty items crafting, painting and other souvenir fabrication as a way of earning to equip them of skills when they rejoin the mainstreams of society, Abueva explained. 

In a separate interview at the sidelines of the ongoing cell-search, Inspector Abueva admitted that an earlier surprise search yielded at least ten mobile phones from the 24 cell blocks populated by its present 588 inmates awaiting final judgment. 

On this, he said he would be working with his men to root out the possible connivance of in-house personnel with the inmates in smuggling the prohibited mobile phones. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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Bright Leaf Caravan in Bohol set on Feb. 26

TAGBILARAN CITY, Feb. 24 (PIA)--The Bright Leaf Caravan will visit Bohol for the first time on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, as the Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards is celebrating its biggest year as it turns 10 this year.

The Bright Leaf Awards honors the most outstanding and relevant agriculture stories that were published or aired on radio and television. It will also celebrate the work of photojournalists who successfully capture the essence and the heart of the agriculture industry in the country.

The Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards was launched in 2007 by Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc. (PMPMI).

It is today continued by PMFTC Inc. (PMFTC), the company created on February 25, 2010 through a business combination between Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc. (PMPMI) and Fortune Tobacco Corporation (FTC). As the market leader in the Philippine tobacco industry, PMFTC is committed to bringing much needed assistance and attention to the country’s agriculture sector.

Bright Leaf is the name given to Virginia Tobacco because it turns into a vivid yellow when it is cured with intense heat. It is the variant of choice for manufacturing tobacco products. It is also a most appropriate name for one of the most competitive agriculture journalism competitions in the Philippines.

Every year, Bright Leaf travels to different corners of the country to personally invite local journalists to submit their entries.

As part of its efforts to collect more entries, the Bright Leaf team will meet Boholano journalists on Friday at 3 p.m. at Metro Centre Hotel, this city to personally invite them to submit their entries and answer any questions they may have about the awards.

Boholano journalists are invited to take part of this milestone in the competition’s history by submitting their entries. They are looking for agriculture stories, photos, TV and Radio programs or segments that were aired or published between September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016.

Bright Leaf is committed to promoting and creating awareness on the most current agricultural issues and the best farming practices from environmental care, safety, to crop sustainability. In so doing, the general public’s attention is focused on the plight of the agriculture sector as well as the opportunities available. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

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