BROTHER OF DAVAO BISHOP MURDERED

The younger brother of Davao Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla (photo) was shot dead Saturday evening in Oton, Iloilo. Police reports said two gunmen fired at 65-year-old Romeo Capalla at around 6:30 p.m. at the Oton public market. Oton police chief Senior Inspector Jigger Gimeno said the gunmen were on board two motorcycles with at least two other persons acting as lookouts. The suspects fled towards the adjacent town of Tigbauan after they shot Capalla, who was chairman of the board of the Panay Fair Trade Center (PFTC) that sells organic products like muscovado sugar and ginger tea for the local and international markets. Capalla was rushed to the Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City but was pronounced dead on arrival. He succumbed to two gunshot wounds in the head. Gimeno said Capalla was going to fetch his mother-in-law who was at their store in the town market when the incident happened. Senior Superintendent Cornelio Salinas, Iloilo police director, ordered investigators to dig deeper into the case. Salinas said they are also considering several motives and angles in the killing Capalla. “First, we have to know who is Romeo Capalla? What are his activities prior to the crime? What are his interests?” he added. While police investigators have yet to name the suspects, human rights group Karapatan accused the military of killing Capalla. Reylan Vergara, secretary-general of Karapatan-Panay, cited the alleged trumped up charges that were filed against Capalla. Capalla was arrested in August 2005 and charged with arson for the burning of a construction firm’s office in Guimbal, Iloilo in 2004. He was released after spending 32 days in jail.

ALSO: Bishop’s brod slain; sugar mill burned

Romeo Capalla (photo) is the 11th victim of extrajudicial killing this year, according to Karapatan. The group said it had documented 169 victims of extrajudicial killings from July 2010 to December 2013.Romeo Capalla was returning to his sport utility van after fetching his mother-in-law at the public market of Oton town, 7 kilometers from here, on Saturday night when two men approached him from behind. Suddenly, the men drew their handguns, pointed these near Capalla’s nape and fired. Capalla, 65, died before reaching Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City. The victim, a younger brother of Davao Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla, was a former political detainee during the Marcos dictatorship and had joined the underground movement before his imprisonment. He was also former manager and chairman of the board of the nongovernment Panay Fair Trade Center (PFTC), which helps farmers and women organizations produce and sell natural and organic products for local and international markets. About an hour after Capalla was gunned down at 6:30 p.m., unidentified men burned a truck, bagasse and a portion of a building of a muscovado sugar mill operated by a farmers’ organization being serviced by the PFTC in Barangay (village) Dabong, Janiuay town, Iloilo province. “We were listening to radio reports on the shooting of (Capalla) when residents raised alarms after they saw the fire,”¯ said Margarita Estrada-Panganiban, manager of the mill owned by the Katilingban sang mga Mangunguma sa Dabong (Kamada). Police were still determining if the Capalla’s killing and the fire were related. The fire destroyed or damaged about P200,000 worth of property, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection in January. The victim, a younger brother of Davao Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla, was a former political detainee during the Marcos dictatorship and had joined the underground movement before his imprisonment. He was also former manager and chairman of the board of the nongovernment Panay Fair Trade Center (PFTC), which helps farmers and women organizations produce and sell natural and organic products for local and international markets.

ALSO: 11th EXTRA JUDICIAL KILLING, BISHOP’S ‘REBEL’ BROTHER KILLED

Human rights alliance Karapatan-Panay believed the killing was the culmination of the
continued harassment on Capalla by the military. Reylan Vergara, secretary-general of Karapatan-Panay, condemned the killing. He told DyOK Aksyon Radyo Iloilo last night that Armed Forces operatives were behind the crime. Capalla was arrested at a joint police-military checkpoint in Brgy. San Antonio, Oton in August 3, 2005 around 6:30 a.m. for arson. Capalla was charged with allegedly ordering the burning of construction company EC De Luna’s asphalt batching plant in Brgy. Particion, Guimbal town a year earlier, on May 12, 2004. EC De Luna's asphalt batching plant was allegedly set to fire by rebels after they refused to pay revolutionary tax. Capalla denied the charge. PFTC, which had Capalla as manager that time, condemned the arrest. It also described the charge as “patently false.” Branch 67 of the Regional Trial Court in Guimbal, Iloilo eventually ordered Capalla’s release from detention on September 5, 2005 for lack of evidence. Capalla had been charged with rebellion in the early 1980s but the case was dismissed in the early 1990s. He was allegedly the former commanding officer of the Corazon Chiva Waling-waling Command of the Panay Regional Party Committee of the NPA. Capalla had been with the PFTC since 1984. He became its manager in 2001.

ALSO: More fun in Davao sa Araw ng Dabao

For those who are in Davao today, channel your inner shopaholic as the city's big malls are currently offering discounts of as much as 80 percent off. Starting last Friday, March 14, until today, March 16, Abreeza Mall, Gaisano Mall, GMall of Toril, NCCC Mall, Robinsons, SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier have committed to give locals and tourists alike the best deals for shopping. March 16 is also known as the Araw ng Dabaw. "We're talking about thousands of stores, restaurants and supermarkets. The malls have committed to give as much as 80 percent off. I think that's almost a giveaway. I think that alone makes you already enjoy the destination for summer (when you can) shop and eat at the best rates. If you're looking for a destination that will give value for your money, then Davao would be a choice," enthuses former Department of Tourism (DoT) Davao Region director and currently DoT Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato Jr. The city-wide sale is just the beginning of more than a month-long tourism campaign and collaborative effort among the malls of the city, the local government unit of Davao and the Department of Tourism-Region XI. Boncato shares that the Big Davao Fun Sale is inspired by the Great Singapore Sale, which is held annually. Different themes are featured each weekend, namely, Health and Beauty (March 16 to 23), Electronics and Gadgets (March 24 to 30), Home and Travel (March 31 to April 6) and Active Lifestyle and Fashion (April 7 to 16). Besides these activities happening within the said malls, the Restaurant Association of Davao is also holding a simultaneous food festival featuring several member-restaurants.

ALSO: 1,000 troops readied for ‘Araw ng Davao’

Davao City — “It could be as tight as Martial Law.” This is how Mayor Rodrigo Duterte described the security for the coming big events of the “77th Araw ng Davao” which will culminate this week, where more than 1,000 policemen and Army troops were already deployed at various strategic areas in the city. During the City Peace and Order Council meeting on Wednesday, Duterte ordered the authorities to intensify their efforts, especially in keeping the city safe on the “Araw” celebration. Earlier, Duterte said that “Sayaw sa Dalan” or street dancing will be done inside the People’s Park but when retired general Francisco Villaroman, chief of the Public Safety and Security Command Center assured that there will be no threats on the celebration of “Araw ng Davao,” the mayor agreed to celebrate in the streets. “I agree that the street dancing would still be done in the streets. Go ahead with the show along the streets of Davao and I believe that it’s the correct decision. All I wanted is to have a safe celebration among the viewers,” Duterte stressed.


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Brother of Davao bishop murdered

MANILA, MARCH 17, 2014 (PHILSTAR)  By Jennifer Rendon - The younger brother of Davao Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla (photo) was shot dead Saturday evening in Oton, Iloilo.

Police reports said two gunmen fired at 65-year-old Romeo Capalla at around 6:30 p.m. at the Oton public market.

Oton police chief Senior Inspector Jigger Gimeno said the gunmen were on board two motorcycles with at least two other persons acting as lookouts.

The suspects fled towards the adjacent town of Tigbauan after they shot Capalla, who was chairman of the board of the Panay Fair Trade Center (PFTC) that sells organic products like muscovado sugar and ginger tea for the local and international markets.

Capalla was rushed to the Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City but was pronounced dead on arrival. He succumbed to two gunshot wounds in the head.

Gimeno said Capalla was going to fetch his mother-in-law who was at their store in the town market when the incident happened.

Senior Superintendent Cornelio Salinas, Iloilo police director, ordered investigators to dig deeper into the case.

Salinas said they are also considering several motives and angles in the killing Capalla.

“First, we have to know who is Romeo Capalla? What are his activities prior to the crime? What are his interests?” he added.

While police investigators have yet to name the suspects, human rights group Karapatan accused the military of killing Capalla.

Reylan Vergara, secretary-general of Karapatan-Panay, cited the alleged trumped up charges that were filed against Capalla.

Capalla was arrested in August 2005 and charged with arson for the burning of a construction firm’s office in Guimbal, Iloilo in 2004.

He was released after spending 32 days in jail.

Also accused with Capalla was Fernando Baldomero, who was killed on July 5, 2010.

Baldomero was then councilor of Lezo, Aklan and provincial chairman of Bayan Muna.

But the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division vehemently denied that it had anything to do with Capalla’s death.

“We don’t tolerate such acts. We also want a speedy investigation with the hope of bringing the suspects to jail,” said 3ID spokesman Major Ray Tiongson.

The 3ID community also extended their condolences to Capalla’s family.

A source, who requested anonymity, said that investigators could look into several angles in the incident.

“Since he was a ranking leader of the New People’s Army, investigators could consider the possibility that the rebel group might have something to do with the killing,” he said.

“Second, we have to consider the probability that he just severed his ties with the NPA in name only. He could still be working for them,” the source added.

But he tied Capalla’s killing to the ambush of Demetrio Capilastique alias Hugo, highest ranking leader of one of the armed factions of the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPM-P/RPA-ABB) in Panay island last December.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Bishop’s brod slain; sugar mill burned By Nestor P. Burgos Jr. Inquirer Visayas 12:07 am | Monday, March 17th, 2014


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ROMEO Capalla

ILOILO CITY, Philippines—Romeo Capalla was returning to his sport utility van after fetching his mother-in-law at the public market of Oton town, 7 kilometers from here, on Saturday night when two men approached him from behind.

Suddenly, the men drew their handguns, pointed these near Capalla’s nape and fired.

Capalla, 65, died before reaching Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City.

The victim, a younger brother of Davao Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla, was a former political detainee during the Marcos dictatorship and had joined the underground movement before his imprisonment.

He was also former manager and chairman of the board of the nongovernment Panay Fair Trade Center (PFTC), which helps farmers and women organizations produce and sell natural and organic products for local and international markets.

About an hour after Capalla was gunned down at 6:30 p.m., unidentified men burned a truck, bagasse and a portion of a building of a muscovado sugar mill operated by a farmers’ organization being serviced by the PFTC in Barangay (village) Dabong,

Janiuay town, Iloilo province.

“We were listening to radio reports on the shooting of (Capalla) when residents raised alarms after they saw the fire,”¯ said Margarita Estrada-Panganiban, manager of the mill owned by the Katilingban sang mga Mangunguma sa Dabong (Kamada).

Police were still determining if the Capalla’s killing and the fire were related. The fire destroyed or damaged about P200,000 worth of property, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection in Janiuay.

Insp. Feliz Alianza, Janiuay police chief, said at least four people doused the equipment and building with gasoline before setting these on fire.

Insp. Jigger Gimeno, Oton police chief, said Capalla’s assailants fled on two motorcycles with at least two other persons believed to be lookouts and headed toward the neighboring town of Tigbauan in southern Iloilo.


A MAN pulls a cart with foraged materials amid ruins in Palo, Leyte on Nov. 21, 2013. ALANAH TORRALBA

Investigators have yet to determine the identities of the assailants and their motive.

Two militant human rights groups—Karapatan and the Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (Selda)—blamed hit squads of the military for the attacks, pointing out that Capalla had always been tagged as a ranking commander of the communist New People’s Army (NPA).

“First they harassed him by filing trumped-up charges. They were unsuccessful. So now they killed him,”¯ said Reylan Vergara, Karapatan-Panay secretary general.

Maj. Ray Tiongson, spokesperson of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, described the allegations as “preposterous.”

“We condemn his killing and we are not in any way involved. He and his family deserve justice and we will help the police in their investigation,”¯ Tiongson told the Inquirer.

Policemen and soldiers arrested Capalla in August 2005 in Barangay San Antonio in Oton, 11 km south of Iloilo City.

He was detained for 32 days on charges of allegedly taking part in an attack of NPA rebels on a field office of a construction firm in Guimbal town, also in Iloilo, in 2004.

The Regional Trial Court Branch 67 in Guimbal ordered Capalla’s release on Sept. 5, 2005, for lack of evidence.

In seeking the dismissal of the case against Capalla, his colleagues at the PFTC pointed out that he had been working with the center since 1994 and had been the firm’s manager since 2001.

Fortunato Pelaez, Selda vice chair for the Visayas, said Capalla surfaced after the Edsa I revolution in 1986 and had been helping farmers’ organizations.|

Capalla is the 11th victim of extrajudicial killing this year, according to Karapatan. The group said it had documented 169 victims of extrajudicial killings from July 2010 to December 2013.

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BISHOP’S ‘REBEL’ BROTHER KILLED E-mail Print PDF Victim nabbed on trumped-up charges in 2005

ILOILO – A younger brother of retired Ilonggo Archbishop Fernando Capalla linked by the police and military to the New People’s Army (NPA) was shot dead last night by armed men in the municipality of Oton.

The 65-year-old Romeo Capalla was attacked at the entrance of the Oton public market around 6:30 p.m.

Capalla, a director of the Panay Fair Trade Center (PFTC), maintained a kiosk at the public market.

At the time of the shooting, the market was teeming with people doing their early evening market chores.

PFTC is a private firm that helps small farmers in Panay Island. It buys their agricultural products such as banana chips, muscovado (brown) sugar and ginger tea, and exports these to Europe and the United States.

According to the Oton police station, Capalla was hit on the right side of his head.

The victim was rushed to the Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City where he was declared dead.

Archbishop Capalla, currently based in Davao where he has decided to stay after his retirement, could not be reached for comment as of press time.

Witnesses told investigators they saw two assassins onboard a motorcycle and two to three other motorcycle-riding men they believed to be the gunmen’s backup, said Senior Insp. Jigger Gimeno, Oton police chief.

According to witnesses, a policeman was always assigned at the Oton public market but at the time of the shooting, he was nowhere near the entrance where the crime was carried out.

The cop was reportedly inside a videoke stall inside the market.

Witnesses said the gunmen and their companions fled toward the adjacent town of Tigbauan.

Gimeno said he immediately ordered a hot pursuit operation but his men failed to catch the suspects.

Investigation was still ongoing as of last night.

WHO DID IT?

Human rights alliance Karapatan-Panay believed the killing was the culmination of the continued harassment on Capalla by the military.

Reylan Vergara, secretary-general of Karapatan-Panay, condemned the killing. He told DyOK Aksyon Radyo Iloilo last night that Armed Forces operatives were behind the crime.

Capalla was arrested at a joint police-military checkpoint in Brgy. San Antonio, Oton in August 3, 2005 around 6:30 a.m. for arson.

Capalla was charged with allegedly ordering the burning of construction company EC De Luna’s asphalt batching plant in Brgy. Particion, Guimbal town a year earlier, on May 12, 2004.

EC De Luna's asphalt batching plant was allegedly set to fire by rebels after they refused to pay revolutionary tax.

Capalla denied the charge.

PFTC, which had Capalla as manager that time, condemned the arrest. It also described the charge as “patently false.”

Branch 67 of the Regional Trial Court in Guimbal, Iloilo eventually ordered Capalla’s release from detention on September 5, 2005 for lack of evidence.

Capalla had been charged with rebellion in the early 1980s but the case was dismissed in the early 1990s. He was allegedly the former commanding officer of the Corazon Chiva Waling-waling Command of the Panay Regional Party Committee of the NPA.

Capalla had been with the PFTC since 1984. He became its manager in 2001.

In a statement of support issued after Capalla was arrested in 2005, PFTC described Capalla as “dedicated to the tasks assigned to him.”/PN

FROM THE TRIBUNE

More fun in Davao: Araw ng Dabao Written by Kathleen A. Llemit Sunday, 16 March 2014 00:00


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VIDEO: Mayor Rody Duterte's Araw ng Davao 2014 Message
                   
For those who are in Davao today, channel your inner shopaholic as the city's big malls are currently offering discounts of as much as 80 percent off.



Starting last Friday, March 14, until today, March 16, Abreeza Mall, Gaisano Mall, GMall of Toril, NCCC Mall, Robinsons, SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier have committed to give locals and tourists alike the best deals for shopping.
March 16 is also known as the Araw ng Dabaw.

"We're talking about thousands of stores, restaurants and supermarkets. The malls have committed to give as much as 80 percent off. I think that's almost a giveaway. I think that alone makes you already enjoy the destination for summer (when you can) shop and eat at the best rates. If you're looking for a destination that will give value for your money, then Davao would be a choice," enthuses former Department of Tourism (DoT) Davao Region director and currently DoT Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato Jr.

The city-wide sale is just the beginning of more than a month-long tourism campaign and collaborative effort among the malls of the city, the local government unit of Davao and the Department of Tourism-Region XI.

Boncato shares that the Big Davao Fun Sale is inspired by the Great Singapore Sale, which is held annually.

Different themes are featured each weekend, namely, Health and Beauty (March 16 to 23), Electronics and Gadgets (March 24 to 30), Home and Travel (March 31 to April 6) and Active Lifestyle and Fashion (April 7 to 16). Besides these activities happening within the said malls, the Restaurant Association of Davao is also holding a simultaneous food festival featuring several member-restaurants.



Locals and tourists alike can also participate in various activities over the weekend such as concerts and parties.

For those visiting Davao and who flew in via partner airlines Cebu Pacific and SilkAir, just present your boarding passes and get the chance to get additional discounts or freebies depending on the participating malls.

To add to the excitement, a fun sale passport can be claimed either by showing the boarding passes from said partner airlines or presenting a one-time purchased or accumulated in one day receipts worth P500 at designated booths inside the mall.

Shoppers are encouraged to visit all participating malls and purchase a minimum of P500. This will earn them a stamp. Once the passport has all the stamps from participating malls, the shopper earns freebies and raffle stubs to a grand raffle. Prizes at stake are P100,000, iPhone 5 units and all-expense paid trips.

The tourism assistant secretary also shares that this initiative is their way of promoting the city's potential as a shopping destination since Davao already has some of the major names in the retail industry. In addition, he said that these brands need a substantial number of shoppers in order to sustain their respective operations. The city's population is estimated at 2 million.

Security is tops

With plans to make the Big Davao Fun Sale an integral part of the Araw ng Dabaw celebrations, security is a top concern.

Boncato assures, "Our public safety program is one of the best public safety programs in the Philippines. In fact, it is the only public safety program that consolidates all forces — the police force, fire emergency response (team and) even the anti-terrorist groups. They're all clustered together under one public safety program."

He shares that city is monitored closely by over 170 CCTVs set in high-definition. He adds that they are recognized by IBM to be the first "smart city" powered by IBM. These HD CCTV cameras can identify persons wherever they are. These are strategically located in the city's populous areas, the airport, bus stations and major entry points to the city.

For more details on the Big Davao Fun Sale, call Joyce at 221-0070, 0928-9718988, 0933-6030003; email www.dotr11@gmail.com or organiczar@gmail.com; or visit www.facebook.com/TheBigDavaoFunSale.

FROM MANILA BULLETIN

1,000 troops readied for ‘Araw ng Davao’ by Alexander D. Lopez and Cherry Mae D. Palicte March 14, 2014


FUN SALE – Tourism Assistant Secretary Art Boncato and Davao Tourism Officer Lisette Marques lead the opening of the Big Davao Fun Sale Friday at the Rizal Park in Davao City in line with the celebration of the 77th Araw ng Davao. (Photo by Alexander Lopez)
 

Davao City — “It could be as tight as Martial Law.”

This is how Mayor Rodrigo Duterte described the security for the coming big events of the “77th Araw ng Davao” which will culminate this week, where more than 1,000 policemen and Army troops were already deployed at various strategic areas in the city.

During the City Peace and Order Council meeting on Wednesday, Duterte ordered the authorities to intensify their efforts, especially in keeping the city safe on the “Araw” celebration.

Earlier, Duterte said that “Sayaw sa Dalan” or street dancing will be done inside the People’s Park but when retired general Francisco Villaroman, chief of the Public Safety and Security Command Center assured that there will be no threats on the celebration of “Araw ng Davao,” the mayor agreed to celebrate in the streets.

“I agree that the street dancing would still be done in the streets. Go ahead with the show along the streets of Davao and I believe that it’s the correct decision. All I wanted is to have a safe celebration among the viewers,” Duterte stressed.

“Also, the assurance I got from the Task Force and Davao City Police Office chief Vicente Danao prompted me to continue the street dancing the way it (was) done before,” he added.

The police and military placed Davao City under heightened alert status and deployed about 2,500 personnel in various areas to ensure the safety of the people, especially that thousands of tourists, spectators, local and foreign delegates expected to visit the city this month.

Personnel from Task Force Davao, Davao City Police Office, Central 911 Unit, Public Safety Command Center, Traffic Management Center, Regional Public Safety Battalion, and civilian volunteers, will also be deployed in the city.


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