Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a matter of personal and collective privilege to denounce in the strongest terms the attempted assassination of my father on the evening of Saturday, June 7, in front of one of our business establishments in Naval, Biliran, resulting in the deaths of two, and serious injuries of one, of my security escorts by armed men using high-powered firearms.

I rise today, mainly to shed light on who the perpetrators and the masterminds of this dastardly and cowardly act might be, demand justice, and give honor and tribute to the men who fell in the line of duty.

Mr. Speaker, based on the sworn and oral testimonies of witnesses, I reconstructed the events of that fateful evening. At about 7.30p, as my father disembarked from his vehicle and was on his way towards our building just a few meters away accompanied by a few of my security escorts and a staff, an old dark green Lancer with plate number NMK 996, escorted by two motorcycles, suddenly pulled from behind my father’s convoy and immediately opened fire with baby armalite rifles, hitting one of my security escorts. They ordered my men to lie down and then opened fire again hitting two other guards in separate places. One of the fatalities, Alberto Parilla, shielded my father from the bullets that were meant for him. He sustained several wounds and died shortly upon reaching the hospital. At about the same time, as my father reached the gate of the building he saw one of the attackers aim a baby armalite at him and ready to fire. As my father was staring at the man for a few moments a short distance away, his personal security suddenly embraced him and pushed him inside the building for cover. The suspect probably didn’t fire because the guard who covered my father was his fraternity brother. With my father safely inside the building, the gunmen opened fire again in his direction. Thereafter, they commandeered one of my father’s vehicles and sped away leaving their car and a motorcycle behind.

I called up my staff and got the wife of Alberto Parilla on the phone. She was crying while watching her husband slowly fade away and I was on the other end of the line crying with her while listening to the beeps and clutter of the emergency room knowing that one of my trusted men has left me at that very moment.

In the meantime, a suspect had been apprehended and brought before my father for identification by the police. He was positively identified by my father as the one who aimed his baby armalite rifle at him. Mr. Speaker, the suspect is SPOII Renato Saul, identified as an Administrative/Operations officer of the Biliran Provincial Police Office. He is currently detained on charges of Double Murder and Frustrated Murder.

At about 10.00p that evening, I received a call from my staff asking for an airlift of Antonio Barcelo who was then fighting for his life. I called several ranking officers of the AFP to secure a helicopter for him because the closest ones I knew were stationed in Tacloban City. However, before I finally got through, he died. His wife, my cousin, was there begging doctors to revive him, in the vain hope that somehow a miracle will happen. Before he died, one of my staff asked him who those people were. He clearly answered that they were CIDG personnel. Antonio Barcelo was a retired police officer and certainly knew police stuff. His statement is corroborated by the testimonies of people living in the same barangay where the CIDG contingent is stationed in Biliran, that the car used in the ambush was regularly used by the CIDG. I will surely miss the laughter and the conversations I had with him whenever we go around my district. And I will certainly bring enough cash with me from now on because my ‘personal ATM’ has left me for good.

Mr. Speaker, let me delve into the background of the political situation in my province prior to the attempted assassination of my father that evening, thus:

I. The Espina family resurrected itself back into the political landscape by transplanting themselves in the newly-established province of Biliran in 1995. Through the years, they successfully established a political dynasty that by 2007, they occupied the lone congressional seat, the governorship, two mayoral posts, and a local council seat, thereby establishing a political foothold that many thought so impenetrable and formidable given the relatively small political jurisdiction that is Biliran;

II. One fateful morning of 7 Sept 2006, our former governor and symbol of the local political opposition, Atty. Danilo Parilla, was shot at the back of the head while alighting from a ship in the port of Cebu City in front of his wife by a former convict acting as a bodyguard of then Mayor Gerardo Espina Sr. The late governor had a pending poll protest against Espina Sr. before the Comelec which was eventually dismissed on the same month because of his death.

A few hours after his death, Espina Sr. went on radio and maligned the name of the former governor… blaming him for his own death while defending the act of his former convict bodyguard. Not contented, he essentially repeated the same declarations on air the next day. What struck the public the most was Espina Sr.’s own public admissions that his bodyguard actually told him of his plans to harm Atty. Parilla. He never exercised moral suasion to stop his bodyguard nor warned Atty. Parilla of his impending death. He instead facilitated the request of his bodyguard for a loan, who was able to secure it from Espina Sr.’s gambling buddy.

Subsequent investigation reveals that on the night the ship left the port of Naval, Biliran, two motorized outriggers accompanied the ship, one on the port side and one on the starboard side. About 30 minutes into the voyage the outriggers left and about that time, a text message was received on the cellular phone of the assailant, stating verbatim… ‘ok, cebu ko banatan’ from two persons, namely ‘pawiks’ and ‘kyobots’… Mr. Speaker, ‘pawiks’ is a slang term for ‘opaw’ or bald while ‘kyobots’ is a slang term for ‘bayot’ or gay. Two members of this family rightly fit these descriptions… father and son. This particular message made it to the local papers in Cebu City. It does not require possession of a sophisticated and superior mental ability to decipher what this message actually mean. ‘Ok’ is an affirmation to something, but since we do not know what the assailant was affirming to, we look at the second part of the text which is ‘cebu ko banatan’ so we can at least decipher that the affirmation was directed at a command clarified by the text ‘cebu ko banatan.’ Someone was commanding him to get rid of Atty. Parilla and providing him with possible get-away means on both sides of the ship.

An officer of the ship personally related to me that he saw a man dressed in a white shirt hand to the assailant the firearm used in the murder just moments before he fired the fatal shot. Almost immediately after the arrest of the assailant, he had a well-known lawyer by his side to defend him. All these facilities made available to the gunman is totally beyond the assailant’s means.

Mr. Speaker, a good friend of mine made one curious observation regarding this case, taken in the light after the murder took place. About a month before the murder, Espina Sr. was heard on radio talking about elections taking place in the 3rd district of Leyte in May 2007, but curiously, he mentioned that there might not be elections in the lone district of Biliran which is just across the 3rd district. Admittedly, this fact alone will give one a range of possibilities based on pure assumptions. This makes one’s conclusion much less plausible. Then the murder happened and his subsequent act of doing a Pontius Pilate over the radio. Taken together, my friend’s analysis goes this way: Atty. Parilla was murdered to serve three purposes: cause the dismissal of the electoral protest against Espina Sr. because Atty. Parilla was poised to win the appeal thereby saving the family from severe embarrassment, eliminate the last opposition to the Espinas in the coming elections, and serve as a warning to other interested parties not to thread into Biliran politics. Without opponents, there is virtually no election. With nothing to spend for in that election in Biliran, they can focus their resources in putting another Espina candidate in the 3rd district of Leyte. Considering that the incumbent representative was barred from running, all the candidates then will necessarily have to start from scratch. And since there were about 4 interested candidates, a fifth Espina candidate makes the elections a little less expensive. Mr. Speaker, in short, Atty. Parilla stood in the way of political expansion. Under the simple process called SIMPLIFICATION, if the root cause of the problem is eliminated, one removes all the peripheral problems. Atty. Parilla, was a victim of SIMPLIFICATION!

Only the gunman has been charged for the murder in the lower courts. Unfortunately for us who wish to know the whole truth, the power to delve for the truth did not rest in our hands at that time, so we are left with just the bitter half of the truth. I wonder, and wonder rather loudly, what the PNP or the NBI in Cebu City then had done to investigate the political angle of this murder considering that vital pieces of evidence screams right at their faces pointing to others in complicity. Considering the events of Saturday, I ask the national police authorities to take a second, closer look at the case of Atty. Parilla. Let us look for the other bitter half. Honestly, it is not far to see… unless we choose to look with jaded eyes!

III. About 12.15 in the morning of 29 April 2007, while my convoy was traversing through Brgy. Madao in Kawayan, Biliran, in the heat of the election campaign, we were abruptly stopped near a police outpost by at least 6 armed men who identified themselves as police officers. They demanded a search of my vehicle… only my vehicle. When I asked for a search warrant, P/Sr.Insp. Dacut shouted back… ‘Walang kailangan ng seach warrant, order ‘to ni Mayor!’ They barked orders for us to disembark. Since all their firearms where drawn and ready to fire, we had no choice except to oblige. I alighted from my vehicle with an armalite-wielding police officer aiming it at my chest. Subsequently, a scuffle ensued and my chief of security grabbed one of the police officers and used him as a shield. A standoff ensued and after a short negotiation, the police officers agreed to put down their firearms and we showed them our firearms licenses and permit to carry. Mr. Speaker, the Mayor of that town is Rodolfo Espina. He was hiding along with his men inside the police outpost while watching me tread a very fine line between life and death! The two most senior police officers of the CIDG contingent, P/Sr. Insp. Dacut and SPOIII Mateo are now facing complaints before the RIAS for grave abuse of authority.

IV. In September 2007, my father initiated a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas against incumbent Gov. Rogelio Espina for unexplained wealth arising from the construction of the multi-million-peso Biliran Garden Resort in 2004 which is owned by his family’s EspiMin, Inc., and which includes as incorporators thereof his young children. The case is handled by Atty. Gabino Velasquez. The day after the ambush on my father, he received a call warning him in English… ‘Don’t push through with the cases against the Espinas… or else…’ There are other cases of large anomalous transactions that beg to be investigated and for which a request for investigation was made before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas way back in 2006. The request was made based on documents smuggled out of the provincial capitol and the municipal hall of Naval, Biliran by brave nameless employees who could not anymore bear such anomalies. While I do not wish to occupy much of the time of this august chamber, allow me to mention just the tip of the iceberg and show what is actually at stake in Biliran that the Espina family finds it imperative to resort to the extreme: (a) cash advances totaling 25,831,301.23 for CY 2004 alone in the Municipality of Naval under Espina Sr. were made contrary to the provisions of RA 9184, COA Circular 97-002 and BIR RR 6-97 and out of this amount 13,892,780.00 were drawn two to three months before the elections of 2004; and, (b) the Municipality of Naval under Espina Sr. booked as asset a Hospital and Health Center worth 21,167,235.11 when in fact no such facility exists in the municipality, this huge amount disappeared in the balance sheet of the municipality in CY 2005.

V. Lately, I discovered by accident a loan proposal of Gov. Rogelio Espina from the Municipal Development Fund Office of the Department of Finance for 80 million pesos under the PROLEND and another 40 million pesos under the KfW loan facilities. I expressed opposition to this loan proposal in an 8-page letter sent to the Chairman of the MDFO Policy Governing Board mainly on three grounds: (a) the processing of these loans have been attended by lies and deceit grossly inconsistent with the policies promoted by the loan facility and gravely injurious to the people of Biliran; (b) they require significant increases in local tax rates and base values at a time when our people is reeling from the adverse effects of price increases in food and fuel; and, (c) a previous similar transaction involving loans from the PNB-Naval amounting to 35 million pesos which Gov. Rogelio Espina used to buy just 4 pieces of equipment – 2 6-wheel dumptrucks, 1 bulldozer, and 1 excavator – all for 35 million pesos.

VI. With respect to this 35 million pesos loan, the documents purportedly show that they were brand new but actual physical inspection of the equipment, including testimonies of those actually present at the time of delivery, disputes the documentary assertion. I strongly believe that these equipment were grossly overpriced by between 15 to 20 million pesos. The chattel mortgage contract was signed on 16 February 2004 or less than 3 months before the elections. A few months after the consummation of the loan, a building permit was issued for the construction of the multi-million Biliran Garden Resort. The Office of the Ombudsman should take an honest look at this transaction if it is really serious in the performance of its mandate.

Mr. Speaker, at about 4.00p in the afternoon of that fateful day, I received a text message from one of 6 people clearly identified with the Espina family who frequently and heavily hit me on radio every other day stating that ‘ur misery has already begun’… rightly, that night was one of the most miserable and excruciating night for me… I was hurting deeply while I crafted this speech until the morning of the next day. I wanted to dedicate that miserable and hurtful night and my efforts to the memory of my fallen men who never saw another beautiful day in their lives with their families.

On hindsight, Mr. Speaker, I still vividly remember the day when a political figure in my region first brought up the idea that I should slide down to the position of governor way back in November 2006 in Tacloban City. After I bluntly turned down the offer, the Espina family attacked me viciously on radio and print media in Biliran, Tacloban and Manila culminating in an ethics complaint principally based on the fact that I hold my district office in the municipal hall of the capital and for not paying rent, power, water and communications. Six days before the ambush, a lieutenant of Gov. Rogelio Espina, his chief of hospital, came to see my mother and suggested that I should consider running for governor. My mother flatly rejected the offer. Six days later, two of my guards are dead and 1 seriously wounded. I cannot just take their word at face value. My family was once their biggest political supporter right from the start of their political resurrection from oblivion. But we were betrayed about 6 times as I knew in the course of that political friendship. I learned a very hard lesson. If your enemy hints of fear in your eyes, only the ignorant will not take advantage.

Lately, Mr. Speaker, 2 prominent personalities in Biliran have signified their intention to run for governor in 2010. They have started preliminary political activities about two weeks ago and Gov. Rogelio Espina has expressed fear about this development. I am obviously the root cause of this new political problem since I shattered their once so impenetrable and formidable political stronghold. Along with the rest of the problems my political existence has brought forth upon them, I have become the new target of SIMPLIFICATION! Once the root cause of the problem is eliminated, all the rest of the peripheral problems will follow. But it would be too obvious, risky and messy to exterminate me while the political repercussion is too fluid to predict. Removing my father would mean killing me softly. It is less obvious and far less risky but substantially achieving a double effect. He is my only partner in this tumultuous political voyage where destination is never charted beforehand and certainly not by the captain. He takes care of my district and my constituents while I am here working among my esteemed colleagues. If he were lost, I would be lost as well. That is probably their thinking. They could be right, or they could be horribly wrong! One thing I know is that to catch Gerry, you have to think like Gerry!

Mr. Speaker, I lay down all these facts and circumstances in the hope that any serious and impartial investigation by the police into the attempted assassination of my father will take all these into account in order to establish the motive behind the attack and to justify my charge that the members of the Espina family are behind the attack on my father. We know no enemies… EXCEPT THEM!

Mr. Speaker, while I thank PNP Chief Razon and PNP Gen Cabalquinto for heeding my request for the relief of the Provincial Director on whom I have absolutely no faith in, I call on the national police authorities to exert more efforts at finding the rest of the suspects, investigate thoroughly, and act swiftly in order that justice will be obtained for my family and my fallen men and for the ax to fall on those on whom it must necessarily fall. And please, Gen Razon, don’t let the CIDG investigate this case because members of the CIDG are themselves suspects in this case.

For every crime that remains unsolved, especially those with political color, it increases the incentive and audacity of the perpetrators to commit it again while correlatively dampening the spirit and will to fight on the part of the victims. This assumes greater significance in the context of far-away and small polities. If political crimes occur with seeming impunity in generally peaceful regions, there is real danger of a spillover to other political jurisdictions within that region. This is a real danger to the over-all peace and stability of the country at large. I also ask the national media to help bring forth cases like this to the forefront of public attention and discussion in order to act as an effective deterrence to the commission of crimes that flaunts brute force or displays utter disrespect of the law by lawmen themselves acting for the interest of others. Your interest in the over-all peace and stability of this country is as imperative as your interest in the promotion of press freedom.

Mr. Speaker, as a victim of this crime, and as a member of this legislative body, I maintain my respect and allegiance to due processes and legal formalities however many a constraints there are along the way. I will follow the law and live by it. But if brute force or raw power is continuously flaunted against me and the people of Biliran at large, I will not assume responsibility for the acts of men who I do not control if they take the law into their own hands. Last night a SWAT team had to be deployed to the hospital where Jose Casas is undergoing treatment because of new threats. My lawyer and my co-anchors on radio have received threats. As a rule, I do not force people to toe my line, I simply convince them. But even my convincing power will certainly lose currency among men who can see and feel continuing oppression, especially if they are directly involved.

Mr. Speaker, I never publicly divulged all these before even when I had all the opportunity I have. I worked silently here. But with what happened last Saturday to my father and my men, I feel I have no choice except to lay bare all these as a hedge against future attacks against me and my family. If in case my luck runs out, and I fall by an assassin’s bullet, look no further than the Espinas… I trust the authorities will never look at them with jaded eyes by then. To my fellow Biliranons, I will continue to fight for your rights and freedom to live in peace. If my blood is shed to keep you free and emancipated, I would have not regrets. And to the friends of this family in this august chamber, I beg you not to hold grudge against me if I did and say things unpalatable or unsavory to the family’s taste or to yours… if you were in my stead, you will certainly feel the same way I do and say things probably the same as mine plus or minus differences in style and degree of intellectual prowess unique to each of us.

Mr. Speaker, I unabashedly shed tears on the phone and in front of my men, not because I am weak… I cried because I could offer no excuse or words of comfort to convey my deepest sympathies to the families of Alberto Parilla and Antonio Barcelo who perished, and to convey my deepest concerns for Jose Casas who was seriously injured, while protecting my father on that fateful evening. As a final tribute to them, to Mano Tony, I will send all your 4 young children through to college; to Mano Inton, I will see to it that your remaining 2 unemployed children will have gainful employment and see to it that your wife will have medical treatment as she needs it. I will see to it that my promise will be carried out even without me around. May your souls find peaceful rest… So long my friends!

I thank you for your indulgence, ladies and gentlemen… Thank you Mr. Speaker.

67 COMMENTS

  1. Well said Congressman Chong and hopefully with you going public on what is going in our province will help us bring peace and justice back to our town.

    Keep in mind that you are dealing with people who have no qualms in committing murder. Be very careful and know that we are praying not just for you but for those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of justice.

  2. Keep up the fight Mr. Chong! You appear to be a brave and honorable man. Seek continued publicity from the local, and national media, so the investigation will not be swept under the rug by corrupt police. The perpertrators and conspirators must be brought to justice. The Espina family and their supporters need to know their harrassment and intimidation tactics will no longer be tolerated by the people of Biliran. For them it is the beginning of the end. The Espina “mafia” family and associates should also know that wherever they go, and whatever they do someone is watching them. Peace, freedom, and justice will soon prevail!

  3. pamolitika lang gayod ang privelege speech ni glenda..maayo mo mohimo ug script ning bataa abogado manggod.Pero klaro kaayo nga mga espina gayod ang iyang gustong pakadaoton o purongpurongan ug mga hait nga mga tunok,murag mogawas sa iyang speech nga murag si poncio pilato ni si glenda kung atong santopon ang iyang gipanulti sa balay baularanan.
    klaro gayod mohimohimo ug storya ug pakadaot sa iyang igkasi politiko…glenda kanang imong gipanulti nga SIMPLIFICATION mao ba na ang imong nahibaw an sa politika?klaro gayod nga mao n ang imong hunahuna o plano sa imong pamolitika..tan awon nato mga katawhan sa mga tiabot nga mga panahon.

  4. we’re always here to support you congressman…. just for the downfall of the Espina from their powerful position, and let prevail the reality which biliranon’s deserve to claim…… we always hope for the enlightenment of this crises….. and we thank you for giving your full efforts….

  5. Now alam na nila ang behind the scenes sa political issues sa biliran…….. SANA WAG TULARAN, AT SANA MABIGYAN NG JUSTISYA ANG MGA NASAWI…. GOD BLESS YOU BILIRANONS

  6. To Rep Glenn Chong

    Now, the whole Philippines and the whole world know what happened to Biliran. Thank you for your revelations and may this spark the emancipation of the Biliranons against the tyranny and evils of political dynasty.

  7. mga pro-chong naa ba mo hunahuna ug kasingkasing?
    kamao ba mo magburobalanse kung unsa ang klase ang inyong gidapigan?
    kabati ba mo unsang abilidad mosulti sa kahanginan o radyo ang inyong gidapigan?sa klase nga manulti palang si glenda sa radyo makasantop na ta unsa klase ang inyong gidapigan,wala gayod batasan grabe gayod ang pagpanamastamas niya sa iyang mga kontra sa politika o tawo sa goberno nga nagtrabaho lamang na malinawon sama sa musonod;
    1.ang mga myembro sa provincial council,si getol solite..boboy kho ug vice-gov. gitamay gayod ni niya ug maayo sa kahanginan.
    2.si jun del rosario nga konsehal sa lungsod sa naval unsa iyang gibuhat?ipa recall daw niya..vendictive kaayo.
    3.ang mga cidg? unsa iyang gibuhat nianing grupoha.
    4.si col.sabornido ug si spo2 saul?kadako nga inhustisya ang iyang gihimo.
    dili lang ni bisag ang mga taga dpwh biktima pod ni niya ug panghasik nga iya pangkasuhan.
    5.ang mga espina nga iyang gipasumanginlan nga mao ang utok sa pagpatay sa ex.gov.parilla,kasabot ba mo nga ang iyang amahan niadto gibusog gayod ug minilyon nga mga proyekto aning pamilya espina ug mao na ang ilang gibalos ningsungay sa politika..grabe..
    mao ba ni ang inyong tan aw sa inyong gidapigan nga padayon gaypon ninyo gi idolized?
    pagmunimuni namo…uyy

  8. Maupay an pagdeliver it imo message han balay Balauranan June 10, 2008. An mga concerned biliranons yana nagmata na han Toud (Truth)nga asoy hit aton probinsya. KISS or Keep It Short and Simple an imo message Rep Glenn. Keep up d good work. We will pray for your divine protection and guidance as you journey with the genuine Biliran-Lovers for our quest for justice, Truth, Accountability, Reform, Progress and Development.
    QUOTE #3: Bear this in mind, Pawix and the Espinas can fool all the Biliranons, but some of the time.
    Pawix and the Espinas can fool some of the Biliranon, but all of the time.
    But Pawix and the Espinas can NEVER FOOL all Biliranons and all of the time…
    Concerned Biliranons, lets continue to be vigilant kay samtang buhi pa iton nga Pawix magpapadayon it hiya hin pagterrorize ha aton mga Concerned Biliranons. Like Marcosian Theory of development, anybody who obstruct the path, must perish!
    God is watching us. In unity, there’s strength in our numbers. In computer game lingua, Pawix now is on the
    “path of self-destruct”. Let us pray for his conversion as sinner, perpetrator of the political injustices and economic persecution since 1995.

  9. Maupay an pagdeliver it imo message han balay Balauranan June 10, 2008. An mga concerned biliranons yana nagmata na han Toud (Truth)nga asoy hit aton probinsya. KISS or Keep It Short and Simple an imo message Rep Glenn. Keep up d good work. We will pray for your divine protection and guidance as you journey with the genuine Biliran-Lovers for our quest for justice, Truth, Accountability, Reform, Progress and Development.
    QUOTE #3: Bear this in mind, Pawix and the Espinas can fool all the Biliranons, but some of the time.
    Pawix and the Espinas can fool some of the Biliranon, but all of the time.
    But Pawix and the Espinas can NEVER FOOL all Biliranons and all of the time…
    Concerned Biliranons, lets continue to be vigilant kay samtang buhi pa iton nga Pawix magpapadayon it hiya hin pagterrorize ha aton mga Concerned Biliranons. Like Marcosian Theory of development, anybody who obstruct the path, must perish!
    God is watching us. In unity, there’s strength in our numbers. In computer game lingua, Pawix now is on the
    “path of self-destruct”. Let us pray for his conversion as sinner, perpetrator of the political injustices and economic persecution since 1995.

  10. #3 ambot sa inyo…klaro gayod nga nagikan sa iyang hunahuna ang script SHUT UP!!!!!! IF U HAVE NOTHING NICE TO SAY DONT SAY ANYTHING..
    ka G kha? English baya 2.. hihihihihih

  11. Cong. Glenn Chong…athough I am not a Biliranon but my husband and his family is, I will pray and support you… I SALUTE you for being so brave and open to fight “them” (u know who I mean), sa ako nahibaluan ikaw ug si Atty. Parilla palang ang makaako ug sukol nila, daghan ang wala na makauyon nila apan nanga hadlok… Go..Go.. Go… but pls take extra careful bisag asa ka man because I know mahimo nilang buhaton kung gusto nila…

  12. To Cong.Glenn Chong you have our full supports.Our deepest sympathy to the PARILLA and BARCELO family.Hope maka-recover dayun c JOE CASAS.Pls Cong. Chong have Mr. Joe CASAS full security didto sa hospital sa tacloban ky tingale simbako og patiwasan sya,luoy kaayo iyang family.

    Tama na kining ilang pgpatay sa mga lumad nga taga naval.
    ikaw ra among pg-asa Congressman Glenn Chong.
    Dile na gayud safe ang atung lugar,kinahanglan na gayud ni sila pahawaon sa mahal natung isla sa BILIRAN.

    JUSTICE FOR:
    INTON PARILLA
    TONY BARCELO
    JUSTICE FOR BILIRANON:

    god bless us all!

  13. to #15
    damo nman me sukol sa mga espina na mga ordinaryo na tawo. parehas sa amo-a me sukol nla, alam mo ge buhat ni lagas gerry espina ge himoan ug sala ako tatay unya ge pa preso. pro me gawas man ang tinu-od n dismiss ang kaso. pro sakit kaayo ang ila ge himo sa amo family. una ge dakop cya n wala warrrant unya nakig away man ko sa mga pulis n mga abosado ge buhi-an cya. pangalawa mao nato ge himoan cya ug crime may nla kay n dismiss ang case. alam mo dat day ge pray ko n magkaroon cya ng malalang sakit at dle kaagad mstugi para maintindihan nya mga sala nya. by d way ayaw mo pag salig sa mga pulis sa naval kay usa rana ila color alam ko yan kac victim nga kami. may file na case nga kami ombudsman against sa mga pulis 3 years n hangton karon wala pa m sugdi. ge ampo nla nko cla kay lord na ….. kya mga biliranons especially taga naval ayaw mo kompiyansa sa mga pulis kay tuso na.

  14. YOU HAVE DELIVERED THE BEST MESSAGE TO CONGRESS AT THIS TIME WHEN OUR COUNTRY FACES POLITICAL CHALLENGES THAT DEMAND URGENT MORAL CHOICES, ESPECIALLY FOR THE LAWMAKERS.
    YOUR BEING A NEW MEMBER OF CONGRESS DID NOT DETER YOU FROM BRINGING THE MESSAGE TO ALL FILIPINOS, CHALLENGING ALL LAWMAKERS TO GIVE AND DO ALL THEIR BEST TO PROTECT THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO LIFE.
    I SALUTE YOU, YOU ARE NOT ONLY THE MOSES OF BILIRAN, YOU ARE THE MOSES OF THE MODERN TIME
    MY FAMILY CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOUR SAFETY. TAKE GOOD CARE

  15. Cong.Glen Chong, ikaw ang amo hero diri sa Biliran, nagsalig ug nagpalikod ming mga kabos sa imu, kay ikaw ang nagluwas sa taga Biliranon sa pamilya nga hakog ug tikasan, We salute on you, keep up the good work, you are always in our prayers …Bilib mi sa imong Speech kadtong si Gerry Boy pa ang congressman adto lang pirmi sa sabungan bisan asa nga dirby pirmi present. Karon malipayon na mi nga ikaw amo congressman kay daghan kang natabangan, you are TRUE person, bisan sa imong pag sulti masabtan sa mga tawo kung unsa ka sinciro ang imu pagtabang sa mga taga Biliranon you are my Idol..

  16. deri palng daan sa imong transcript sa imong privelige speech nga official records ni sa congress..magsagubang naka ug remalaso glenda..moingon k nianang parte sa imong gipanulti nga tungod FRATERNAL BROD ang armadong tawo sa inyong security guard nga si JOEY IGNACIO wala gayod sila mapusil..bulok gyud k?naa bay ambush nga mopili p ug tawo?pangutan on ta mo si spo2 SAUL ba ang giingon ni JOEY IGNACIO nga iya FRATERNAL BROD kay man ang natanawan ni charlie sa iya pagsaka sa hagdanan dayon ning lingi daw siya.delikado ning gipagawas nila nga statement aning kabutanga.Kining giingon niya nga SIMILFICATION mao tingali ni iya mga plano nga iyang manihuon tanan aron mawala na ang iyang mga kontra sa poltika aron hayahay na gayod kuno siya sa eleksyon nga dili mogasto ug dakong kwarta, mao ni ang buot ipasabot ni glenda.

  17. kamo ba nga mo post grabe ang inyong analysis…ako mismo nga security lang ang trabaho,katamay mo k nko?nga mag sul ob ko ug sama niadto nga bag ong short ug t-shirt?kay ngano diay tan aw ninyo kung mag gwardya ko sa tindahan mga lubad na diay ako uniform?kawala gyud ninyo hunahunaa nga adtong higayuna palng ngani ko kabarog ug sama niadto kay gikuhaan ko picture sa mga imbestigador?palihug lang i post gyud ni..kay nasuko ko nila.

  18. 3. Avatar ambot sa inyo…klaro gayod nga nagikan sa iyang hunahuna ang s

    9. Avatar manhid gayod mo!dili mo kamao motan aw sa klase sa tawo.. [

    20. Avatar simplification [Quote]

    Does it ever occur to you that you are one among the very few who thinks otherwise?

    Your disrespect of Rep Glenn Chong by repeatedly calling him “glenda” will not earn you points among the bloggers here.

    If you want to play a role as a fiscalizer in this site or any blog relating to Biliran, you post under a consistent blog name and write like a decent person you want others to be.

    You are entitled to your own opinion, but if you want your posts to be credible, show respect to people who do not subscribe to your line of thinking.

    Obviously, you are so consumed with your hatred of Rep Chong that you have not noticed that your analysis of any events is highly speculative and only favors the Espina Dynasty.

    Rep Glenn Chong is a professional Lawyer and the Representative of the Lone District of Biliran. In your demented mind, do you think he will risk divulging sensitive information in Congress unless he has the documents to back him up?

    The Espina Dynasty is finding temporary consolation in the slow wheels of Philippine justice. Gerry Sr is now in a dilemma: he himself no longer has an effective control of the flow of investigations as his trusted PD Sabornido is out of the loop. Unlike the previous situation concerning the assassination of former Governor Danilo Parilla, where all of them were incumbent officials, and had the luxury of full control of the flow of investigations.

    I don’t think Gerry Sr will feel confident and comfortable now that the truth about Biliran is now open in the National Capital. Rep Glenn Chong had the audacity to bring out the Biliran story in the proper forum so something significant can be done about it.

    His privilege speech represented the ultimate and desperate cry of the Biliranons to be heard.

    I told you in the other threads that I respected your opinion, but having seen how you operate, I come to the conclusion that you are nothing but one of Gerry Espina Sr.’s paid attack dogs.

    Prove me wrong!

  19. Congressman,

    Remember the eyes of the world are upon you! You shame the process of Government in the Philippines by abusing your position and hiding behind the cover of privilege to make allegations which you are not man enough to make openly!
    You further abuse your position by trying to influence a police investigation by virtue of your position.

    It is a regret that the world perceives all Philippine politicians as corrupt and your comments behind the cover of privilege only increase that perception!

    Whilst it is a matter of celebration that your father was not injured surely he must be one of the luckiest men alive and the alleged perpetrator one of the most incompetent would-be assassins the world has ever seen! No assassin would leave him/herself open to identification in such a matter – he/she would either take steps to hide his/her identity or or dispose of the people who could identify him/her or, more probably, both!

    Your father’s account just does not have the ring of truth about it and no western jury would convict on such suspicious evidence. Whether the Philippine system of justice is sufficiently robust and incorruptible by either the power or money (often used to buy power) people such as you wield against the poor remains to be seen. I suspect not.

    The world watches and waits.

  20. ATTENTION!

    WHO POST 3,9,20 THE MESSAGE IS VERY IMMORAL! HE/SHE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON WHAT REP. GLEN CHONG WROTE BUT THIS PERSON WHO POST 3,9,20 SEEMS INVOLVED THE CRIMES? SHE/HE SEEMS KNOWS EVERYTHING THE WAY HE/SHE ACTED!!!!!! PLEASE, IF YOU HAVE NOTHING GOOD TO SAY JUST SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND SHARE YOUR SIMPHATY TO THOSE VICTIMS.

    AND DO NOT BE COWARD KEEP CHANGING YOUR POST NAME…..

  21. In response to Jo #24

    Jo, your blog is the complete opposite of TRUTH. YOu must be in complete denial. Who are you trying to fool? Glenn was not abusing his position. It is his privilege to deliver that speech. Give us a break! It is the Espinas who has abused their power and did bad things to people in Biliran. Nice try on spinning your lies. Nobody is buying it.

    As for one of the assassins, (Saul), the fall guy is not an assassin at all. He is supposed to uphold the law and order in our town as a police officer. Killing innocent people is not his game. So, when he followed a suicidal order coming from power-hungry boss of his boss. He is nothing but a patsy. No job is worth it by committing a crime. What was he thinking? He acted stupidly and not to his own safety and personal interest. It is better for him to dip himself in boiling oil than to follow a suicidal command. Of course, he bungled the attempted assassination because he is not a born-killer. He knows it is wrong so he did not shoot. Good for him. Had he fired his gun, he is either be dead by now, too. By not shooting Charlie, he inadvertedly saved his own life.

    Anyway, nice try but you can’t fool the people of Biliran. They have enough already! Enough is enough!

  22. we support you congressman chong and we will pray for your safety…kanang mga detractors dha.. shut up! the biliranon knows the truth..

  23. Naunsa na man intawon ta nga mangamong man ta sa uban mga tawo aron lang magmalamposon atong mga mga ambisyon sa kinabuhi?
    In the early 60’s-70’s,right after d Election,maghinay2 Ang mga namonuan pag tuman sa ilang mga kasuguan.In short since the late Atty.Danilo Parilla came to power,samok na ang pamolitika sa Naval and worst the whole Biliran Province.He shared his bad behavior and hatred to all kontra sa politico.
    Makalolooy Ang mga pobreng Biliranon,Navalinyos!Makalolooy Ang umaabot nga new generation.
    Let’s join our hands,Hugpong sa pag-ampo nga kining mga Sinatanas nga pama agi pag KAB-OT sa mga Material things in life mohubong na Unta.

    AYAW TA PAGBUTANG-BUTANG ug SALA nga wala mabuhat ss USA ka tawo.
    I wish and Hope SAUL be OUT of Jail Soon and JUSTICE will PREVAIL!

  24. ambush term naaaaah abroads pardon its called planned criminal mindz yeet organized sabbotages in the province itself butt thems out all bad apples indeed^^

  25. hello to Glen
    ayaw anay pag sulti kun diri u kabalo. ur dad has a friend in bunga. your speech consist of lies. in apel ka la ha politics there is patay becus pag abot nim. upaya pag yakan. kabuwaon nim. for example nag siring ka na waray uyab im father but may ada i knw na kilala mo i2. thnks God Bless you are servant of Biliran i hope you understand wat to be the servant not a master. an advice ko la be friendly to the people specially to the military becus i heard na nagpinamaraut daw nim an head han pulis ha province naton. upaya nala. i heard also na he rasul omage la waray apel. the 2 gunman man la ad2 y u suspect rasul? kun umage ngay an ad2 he bishop u wil suspect giyap.hehehehe nag philosophy ka man ada. use ur logic properly. i hope you wil read this.

  26. may mga tao talagang walang modo. lalo na si # 3, 9 at 20.
    We should respect Atty. Glenn Chong hindi yung you have to call him Glenda…. Kung hindi kayo concern sa mga nangyayari diyan
    o baka naman mga Pro-Espina kayo. You should shut up guys………………………………………………….

    Kami nga na nasa malalayong lupalop nagalala sa mga pangyayari riyan kayo pa kaya na nandiyan lang…… parang ikinatutuwa niyo pa……………. Hay 3,9.&20 gamitin niyo kukuti niyo baka may lamat na yan.
    Dapat gumawa ng effigy nang mga ESPINA at sunugin niyo sa harapan ng mga mansion nila….. PALAYASIN ANG 
    MGA ESPINA....

  27. DUNAY DOKTOR NGA AKONG GIPAKITA SA VIDEO DIHA SA EMERGENCY ROOM SA BUHI PA SI TONY BARCELO. NAANUGON SIYA NGA NAMATAY NING TAWHANA TUNGOD SA PAGKALANGAN UG KAKULANG SA PAG ATENDIR SA BILIRAN PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL.

    INGON NIYA NGA GIDALI UNTA TO UG ATENDIR KAY SA LIKOD ANG IGO. GIPA X-RAY KONO UNTA DAYON ARON MAKITA ANG NAHAMUTANGAN SA BALA SA SULOD SA LAWAS, ARON MAGIYAHAN ANG PAG INTERBINER SA PASYENTE. APAN WALA KINI MABUHAT.

    SEGUN PA SA DOKTOR NGA GIPANGUTANA, MORA UG NAG COLLAPSE SEGURO ANG BAGA NI BARCELO, NGA MAO ANG GIKAMATAY NIINI.

    WALA KAHIBALO ANG AKONG GIPANGUTANA NGA WALA DIAY OPERATIONAL NGA X-RAY ANG ATONG HOSPITAL KARON, DUGAY-DUGAY NA. KAY AY P4.5-MILLION NGA GIPALIT NGA X-RAY PILA KA TUIG NA ANG NAGLABAY WA PA GYUD MAMONTAR. UNSAON NA LANG NI NATO.

    NAUNA HINUON UG KAHUMAN ANG LANDSCAPING UG ANG SWIMMING POOL SA BILIRAN GARDEN RESORT.

    MORA NA NING ATONG HOSPITAL UG MONA LISA HOSPITAL. ANG MGA PASYENTE, “THEY JUST LIE THERE, AND THEY DIE THERE.”

  28. X-RAY KAHA NI NI TONY BARCELO?

    NGANONG NASAYUP MAN SI JALMZ PAG SPELL SA BARCELO NAHIMO MAN NGA MARCELO

    MAS MAAYO TINGNALE NGA PASAKA-AN POD OF KIHA ANG MANAGEMENT SA HOSPITAL FOR DERELICTION OF DUTY, ARON POD MASAYRAN KUN TINUOOD BA NGA NAA XRAY NGA WALA MAG FUNCTION OG NGANO NGA WALA TAGAI OG IGONG ATENSYON SI BARCELO ARON UNTA MAPUGNAN ANG KAMATAYON, KAY SIYA USA MAN KA VITAL WITNESS SA HITABO

    KINSA MAN NA CIDG NGA NING SULOD SA ROOM NI BARCELO, PALIHUG IAPIL NA SIYA OG IMBISTIGAR, NGANONG NING SULOD MAN SIYA NGA ANG GIGNANLAN NGA SUSPECT NI BARCELO ANG CIDG MAN?

    MAAYO UNTA OG MADALI NI NGA IMBISTIGASYON ARON MA DISQUALIFY NA NANG MGA ESP[INA SA ELECTION , KAY ILANG STYLE SA PAMOLITIKA, MAFIA ARON WALA NA KINABUHI SA BILIRANON NGA MAKALAS PAG USAB

  29. to you Jalmz,

    Jalmz,May your soul rest in peace???? ngano nga imo man gi address ang x-ray ni Barcelo ug Hi tulisok…Ikaw unya ang tulisukon jalmz….
    sa tinuod nimong pangalan Jalmz ha?

  30. Jalmz 34

    Does the X Ray confirm, that the much talked about X Ray machine in Biliran Provincial Hospital is actually working? Or this was taken from other machines outside the hospital?

    I will discuss separately my observations on the video posted.

  31. Post 37 Christopher,

    Ayaw tawon ko e rest in peace kai kung wala ko, dili makita sa kalibutan ang sitwasyon sa biliran…. unya maka ako kaha ka ug rest in peace sa ako?

    Ang akong gi hi kai si Tulisok. he s talking about the X Ray man…. friendly approach ra na nako kang tulisok…

    JDV,
    pasensya na.. sleepi naman gud ko ana… nasayop ang akong tudlo..

    Post 38 Aqarius,

    Kini na picture nakuha ni nako, 6/7/2008 11:27pm
    inside the AR… yeap kai barcelo na..

  32. Si Barcelo namatay around 10:30pm . Gidala sa ospital siguro mga 7:45 to 8pm, unya ang x-ray at 11:27pm? Nganong naulhi man ang xray? Gi xray-han na after namatay na ang tawo. Kabuang! It should be before not after! Na tan-awa na ninyo ang kapalpakan sa Biliran Provincial Hospital aka Mona Lisa Hospital, courtesy of Roger Espina.

  33. Morag dili seguro x-ray sa Mona Lisa Hospital, aw Biliran Provincial Hospital diay, ang gigamit pag x-ray kang Barcelo. Kitaa ra nang film, wa butangi sa iyang ngalan. Kung sa hospital man ngani na kuhaa, maayo patalsikon ang x-ray technician nga wa magtundo sa proper procedures sa identification.

    Sanglit, igo lang nga magduda si xxx sa x-ray. Tingalig patay na si Barcelo pagkuhaa niana, kay numero na lang man ang gisuwat, dili na ngalan.

    Igon sa usa ka doktor nga nakakita sa picture dinhi, mora ug naigo kono ang kasingkasing ni Barcelo. Mao seguro ang nakamatay.

  34. To Rep. Glenn Chong your speech is ‘awesome’ I really appreciate the content of your privilege of speech in the house of congress and its tremendously amazing coz you reveal a lot of things in that speech..As a congressman you are so much capable in that position coz you are CPA LAWYER by profession, Infact its a house of Legislative, so it means magpanday og bala-od.. Ignore the criticism, be calm and strong to handle all the problems that you encounter coz the one who criticize you are piece of SHIT!!!!! god bless you all….

  35. AS I WATCHE THE VIDEO VERY CLEAR AND VIVID NG DAGHAN KAAU LAPSES MGA RESIDENT OR ATTENDING PHYSICIAN KNG MANO TONY. TAN AWA RAGUD NINYO SA VIDEO, UNSAY PAG2O NILA KNG MANO TONY NAPA-AKAN LANG UG UMIGAS NGA GIBIYAAN LNG MAN XA DID2. IN FAIRNESS ALSO GI.ATIMAN NILA C MANO JOE, PRO DAPAT MAS G.UNA NILA ANG SITWASYON NI MANO TONY G.TUTOKAN UNTA NILA PAG MAAU IYA CASE KLARO GUD NGA CRITICAL NA IYA CONDTION THAT VERY MOMENT. AM NOT SAYING HERE NA PBAYAAN NALA POD C MANO JOE! PILA BA GYUD DIAY DUTY NGA MGA DR.’S AD2NG 2NGURA? DPAT KNG MAY NAG ATINDIR KNG NO JOE, DAPAT NAA SAD KNG MANO TONY! UNYA NASUKO PA CLA NAG GIKUHAAN UG VIDEO NI JALMZ? NAGNU SAGABAL BA SA NYO PAG OPERA ANG PAG VIDEO NILA? NAGA SAMOK2 BAH CLA DID2? THEY WERE JUST DOING THERE JOB, UG MA SAB UNTA KAMO MGA DOCTOR ON DUTY THAT TIME! SUMIGAW KAPA AZANSA! U DONT DESERVE TO BE CALLED A DOCTOR KYA INUTIL KA SO AS TO MANCAO! CGE LNG NUON MO UG SAYAW NGA “PWDE ISARA LANG NI NAKO, AYAW LANG KAHAI” NGANU NAA BA SA INYO PROTOCOL DHA SA HOSPITAL ANG PAG BAWAL PAG TAKE PIC OR VIDERO? AKO HUSBAND HE JUST GONE MAJOR SURGERY HERE IN DAVAO LAST MAY 20 AKO MISMO NAGKUHA VIDEO NYA PRO GISAWAY BKO SA MGADOKTORS DRI? WLA! PIRTE UNSA MAN MONG KLASE NGA PGKA DOKTOR? NGANU GI.INGON ANA MAN NINYO C NO TONY? MSALBAR PA UNTA 2 XA UG INYO LANG GBUHAT ANG TANAN? AYAW MO PAG REACT NGA GBUHAT NINYO NAG TANAN KAY KLARO KAAU SA VIDEO! DHA PAMO NAGKA LISANG NGA NAGBANGUTANG NA XA SA IYA PAG GINHAWA! WE WERE REALLY DISMAYED SA NYO GIPAKITA NGA SERBISYO SA PASYENTE! INGON BA DIAY DI ANA ANG KLASE SA PAG ATINDIR SA NYO MGA PASYENTE DHA? UNSA NMAN LANG 2NG WLAY KWARTA, DLI KAILA O WLAY CONNECTION DHA & MGA KABOS SAMA SAD BA SA AMO NKIT AN DHA SA VIDEO NYO PAG ATINDIR SA MGA PASYENTE? PACENXAHAN LANG TA KNG NAA MAY HINGTUNGDAN NIINI NGA NASAKITAN IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. PRO ANGAY LANG MAN POD NGA MO COMMENT TA NILA KAY NAKITA NA2 KNG UNSA KLAC ILA PAG TAMBAL UG ATINDIR SA MAONG SITWASYON! ANGAY PABA MO TAWAGON NGA DOCTOR SA AMO NAKITA UG NA OBSERBAHAN DNHI? I’D LIKE TO RAISE THIS COMMENT KNG ROGELIO ESPINA! INGON KA NGA MYDA NATA MGA MOSERNONG EKIPO DHA SA OSPITAL ABIR ASA NMAN NA? MAO LANG NA IMO GBUHAT MEDICAL2 MISSION ARON KUNOHAY NKA TABANG KA PRO UNSA BA GYUD IMO MOTIBO BEHIND ANANG MIDICAL2 MISSION NMO? FOR POPULARITY? KNG MAO MAN GANI MBENTA NANA! SIKAT BTAW KAAU INYO PAMILYA SA MA KABALISTUGAN NAHITABO DHA SA BILIRAN UG SA NAVAL! MGA NOTORIOUS MAN CGURO ANG KLAC SA NYONG PAMILYA?! WLA NMAN CGURO GINOO DHA SA NYO MGA KINABUHI NGA SAYUN2 LNG NINYO PAGKITIL UG KINABUHI SA TAWO! KAMONG PAMILYANG ESPINA, WLA NAMAN GYUD MO UWAW KY NASILAW NAMO SA GAHUM UG KWARTA, KNG UNSA MAN MGA COMENTARYO SA MGA KATWAHAN DINHI DAWATA NINYO SA MAAUNG KABUBUT-ON KY ANG LUNGSOD SA NAVAL NIARING PANAHONA WLAY SAMA INGON ANI KAGUBOT, PATAY, TULIS, RAPE UG UNS PANG KRIMEN! DLI PA PANAHON NINYO KARN CGE PAGPA TAKAS MO TOTAL DLI MNA TANAN HIYAYON NAA PIRME SA KASUBO AMONG MAHAL NA LUNGSOD. DLI KINI SILI NGA MOHALNG DAYUN, PAGHUWAT LANG MO SA NYO TAKDA NGA PANAHON KNG KANUS-A ANG LABAW NGA MKAGAGAHUM ANG MANINGIL SA INYO! MGA KRIMINAL MONG PAMILYAHA!!!

  36. Sa mga biliranon,
    Subo kaayo palandongon ang nahitabo sa atong probinsya. Dili nato madawat nga ingun na karon ang kahimtang sa atong probisya. Para sa ako, huwaton nato nga masulbad sa atong mga kapolisan ang nahitabo karon sa atuang probinysa. Ug unta, undangu na sa ubang katawhan ang pag idolohiya sa mga politiko kay usa na ang magpainit sa huna huna sa uban tawo. Ang poitiko usa ra na nato ka suloguon. mao na. dili na sila angayan nga iidolo nato. ug sa panahon sa eleksyon, dili na ta mudawat ug kwarta. hinungdan kana nga magdumot ang kandidato kay dako ug nagasto unya napildi pa. Ug sa nakadaug man, mangurakot sad na kay para mabawi niya ang iyang nagasto sa eleksyon. Dili na kana magserbisyo ug sakto. ang akong pangutana, kinsay dakong politiko diha sa ato nga wala mangurakot??? Mao na kainit ang politiko sa ato…. ug dili magusab ang mga katawhan sa ato brobinsya sa panahon sa pagpili, masundan pa kana ang mga panghitabua puhon

  37. I was so frustrated when i learned the news about the incident in naval. For a moment it never occurred to me that such things which i just witnessed in movies could possibly happen (and to my hometown for that matter) and bring about casualties.
    Cong. Chong I applaud you for giving out such speech, and supporter or not, one can definitely allude that such violence is definitely attributed to political tensions occurring in our province, MGA BOBO LANG ANG HINDI MAG-IISIP NUN!.

  38. HOY KINSA MANANG NAG POST ANANG NO.3? #^$# MAN KA! YAW PATAKA UG YAWIT. KINSA NAPUD KAHAY GASUGO NIMO. HOY NAA TAY DUE PROCESS, KANANG KAY ATTY. GLEN IYA NG PREVILEGE SPEECH UKOY KA WA KA KABALO UNSA NA? HE HAS THE RIGHT TO HAVE ONE. ANG IYANG MGA INFORMATION NAA NAY MGA BASES. DIIN MAN KA KAKITA UG LAWYER NA PATAK UG YAWIT AND WALA EBEDENSYA.. AS A LAWYER KABALO SIYA UNSA IYA DANGATAN KUNG PATAKA LNG SYA UG YAWIT UG KUNG WALA SIYA EBEDENSIYA.. UKOY KANG DAKO.. BULOK! LIWAT SA GILIWATAN.!!!!!

  39. 2 governors, mayor share best practices in governance

    By TJ Burgonio
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 03:41:00 06/16/2008

    MANILA, Philippines—And then there were three—all leading lights in local politics who have joined hands to preach good governance in the hope this would be replicated elsewhere.

    In their first much-awaited meeting, Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo, Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca and Pampanga Gov. Eddie “Among Ed” Panlilio plotted on Tuesday night their future, and the country’s.

    Over dinner of sinampalukang manok, pancit molo and bistek Tagalog at Club Filipino in San Juan City, the three officials agreed to tackle together problems, and more importantly, share their “best practices” in governance with other local chief executives.

    “We are a fragmented nation and what we want is to group together, make a commitment and advocate the same advocacy,” Panlilio said in an interview. “The country deserves better governance.”

    One quick way to reach out is through cyberspace. The three officials are planning to set up a “group blog,” where they can write down their thoughts, in the hope of luring others to their cause, according to Robredo, who keeps a blog like Panlilio.

    There have been calls for the three officials to get together and talk about what’s good for the country, but it was only last week that they got around to doing it. After all, they are the new breed of reform-driven public servants.

    Harvey Keh, director for Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship of Ateneo de Manila University School of Government, arranged and joined the meeting of the three, whom he calls the “hope of the country.”

    “If bad people in our government can join forces to wreak havoc in our country, then why can’t the good people join forces as well and promote good governance in our country?” he said.

    In their two-hour meeting, the two governors and the mayor made an amusing, but otherwise not surprising discovery about themselves: They’re advocating the same reforms.

    Greater transparency

    These are ensuring greater transparency and accountability in government dealings, curbing the pervasive illegal numbers game “jueteng” and illegal logging, and fighting for more local autonomy in the maintenance of law and order.

    And with less than two years to go before the 2010 national elections, the three officials are now pushing for computerized elections and voters’ education.

    After the dinner, Padaca, 44, went home feeling a certain “lightness of heart.”

    “I thought to myself. ‘I’m not alone anymore,’” she said by phone on her way to a remote village on a mountainside in San Agustin town in Isabela province for a regular dialogue with her constituents on Friday morning.

    Robredo, 50, winner of the 2000 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service and one of Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World for efficient, good governance, said the main consensus was cooperation.

    “Since we’re not getting any help from the national government, we agreed to cooperate in solving our common problems,” he said by phone from a domestic airport in Naga. For one, they could share strategies, he added.

    Choice of police chiefs

    One of their more pressing concerns now, especially in Panlilio’s case, is getting regional police officials to respect their choice of police chiefs, which is crucial in the campaign against jueteng.

    The mayor was happy to note that Panlilio employed the same tack he took when faced with the same problem in the past: Call the senators’ attention.

    If a solution entails getting a law amended, the three officials said they would write lawmakers to file a bill to this effect.

    But over and above their local concerns, the three agreed to share “best practices” on how transparency and accountability work in their respective turf with other like-minded officials.

    “Good governance starts with simple lifestyle, low-cost expenses in the capitol, transparency and accountability, efficient delivery of services,” Panlilio, 54, said in a phone interview before giving a talk on good governance at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City on Friday morning.

    The priest shot to national prominence following his crushing victory over the popular Gov. Mark Lapid and moneyed Lilia Pineda in last year’s gubernatorial elections in Pampanga province.

    Best practices

    Among the best practices that can be replicated elsewhere are Naga’s practice of allowing NGOs to sit at deliberations of special bodies and the city council, and in effect, help run the city, and posting the disposition of its funds and results of its bidding processes on its website; Pampanga’s efficient collection of quarry taxes; and Isabela’s efforts at food sufficiency.

    The three plan to meet again, hoping to see other “like-minded” officials next time around.

    “We’re very sure there are a lot of others out there who have their own success stories, but have yet to be discovered,” said Padaca, who thrashed the heirs of the Dy family in the 2004 and 2007 gubernatorial elections in Isabela.

    Panlilio agreed: “If we put more emphasis on those who really work for good governance to change the political system, and we work together, it will have a big impact on our country.”

    The idea of bringing the three officials together was to create a “coalition” of local government officials who are committed “to promoting good governance, transparency and accountability,” Ateneo’s Keh, 29, said.

    “I want to make the organization grow, to include other local government leaders who want to see genuine change in our country,” he said.

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  40. MGA BILIRANON MAGMATA NA KITA ‘KINAHANGLAN PAHAWAON NA JUD ANG MGA ESPINA DINHI SA BILIRAN ‘ HUMANA NA NILA GIPAPATAY C DANNY PARILLA KARON C CHARLIE CHONG NAPUD ILA TARGET’ UNSA MAN ILA PAGTOO NATO MGA BABOY NALANG!!!!!

  41. sana ipagpatuloy lang ng ating congressman ang kanyang nasimulang hangarin na pagandahin pa ang imahe ng biliran sa ipakulong ang mga espina at bigyang leksyon ang paghari-harian sa probinsya cong glen nasa likod niyo kami

  42. Re: #34

    That X-ray picture looks like a big bleeding area in the right lung! Injuries in such areas should have a high index of suspicion for a life-threatening condition…

    It’s very sad to think a life could have been saved had a functional X-ray machine could have been in handy to diagnose this condition rapidly.

    It’s even sadder if the hospital doesn’t have chest tubes to use emergently in cases like Mr. Barcelo’s fatal gunshot wound to the back or worst if the man died without even an attempt to insert a chest tube!

    Technical difficulties? It’s never an excuse…

    If the Local/Provincial Government can afford a whooping P4.5M X-ray machine years back, that was never put to good use until present, why not hire experienced doctors elsewhere, for a good pay, to man the Emergency Department and the Operating Room? In this case, by the way, an X-ray picture is not needed, taking to mind the circumstances of the injury…

    Chest tubes are inexpensive, life-saving medical devices that every hospital should have! And intravenous fluids, too, should be kept handy in the Emergency Department for situations like Mr. Barcelo’s and perhaps many others before or in the future…

    I don’t wish for ordinary people to understand all these I’m saying. For the sake of human beings seeking help in your hospital, I think they deserve more help than they receive.

    I had the chance to personally visit a patient in the Naval Provincial Hospital. And I had the chance to look around. I can’t imagine the hospital’s setup in a modern day setting like today.

    Whoever is responsible for the hospital’s management: There’s so much that can be done to get the hospital even near ideal, from the bottom. How can you serve people well with a setup like the Provincial Hospital? Maybe you guys should look around you or beyond how far all those funds could have gone to make people’s lives better when they seek help from your hospital.

  43. No response from Espinas since June 11? they must ran out of excuses.

    Espinas-you can not ignore this, TWO PEOPLE ARE DEAD!

  44. GC says: “We know no enemies… EXCEPT THEM!”
    What a crock! The precocious congressman should be well aware that his blatant disregard for truth, morality and personal integrity, coupled with his foolish disrespect for others, have earned him many enemies. His speech is an exercise in illogic and distortion far from worthy of a competent lawyer. Note that he only says certain things under cover of immunity. If his evidence is credible and meaningful, why does it prompt no legal notice? Oh yes – it’s all a conspiracy against him.

  45. Wala gane ang pamlya sa biktima hing direct akusa sa mga Espina kamo na hinuon dha.
    kana u gilabanan kahibawo man kaha na sa balaud.ngano pataka lang man na storya sa radyo.
    naunsa naman mo uy.ingon pa sa usa k ablog na nagpakita lang sa pagka,”fool”.unya sa pagkamalisyoso kay wala pa gane insakto ebedensya.

  46. Proud to be kaBandido 52,

    Huwat ug mapuga ka na sa imong gamit sa mga Bandido. Unya ila kanang ipasalikway pinaagi sa uban pa nilang batos, dili sila mismo. Dinha ka makaamgo nga dili lang sala sa nagsalikway ang nahitabo kundili sala pod nga dakodako sa nagsugo pagsalikway sa imo. Sabta nig maayo kay dili makasabot ani ang imong gitamud karon nga mga Bandido. Unya way hilakay ha?

  47. Aquarius 47:

    The country and the region are getting governance as it is deserved. You cannot simultaneously sell your vote and complain about malfeasance in office. Nor can one spend millions of pesos to be elected with the hope of gaining the money back and more through illicit means, and then call the opposition corrupt.

  48. you are reaching congressman this speech is full of nothing but speculation and gossip..you know the truth about what happened and why your men got killed, it had nothing to do with politics and you know it..why would your rivals resort to this tactic, thereby only fanning the flames of intrigue that you blatantly spew..you are only using this incident to act like the victim but in your own mind you know what really happened, you and your father are not the squeaky clean people that you let others think that you are..

    the death of those men are payment for the debt that you and your father incurred, you have as much guilt for the loss of their lives as your father, so stop selling your sob story to the mindless masses

  49. naunsa naman ta ani oi, tanan na lang sayupon.si sabornido inutil, ang mga doktor sa hospital walay silbi.unsa naman ni.tingalig dili gani mouyon sa atong panghuna huna ang imbistigasyon sa nbi ug police sa region moingon na pud ta nga mga inutil sila! tibway kita kita na lay mag imbestiga. unya presohon dayon ng atong gisuspetsahan.mao gyud ning wa tay asenso kay dili ta makadwat sa mga butang dili uyon sa atong gusto…

  50. pag puyo mo uy! yaw na mo away2.. mga supporters na lang man tawn ni ni Espina manubag dinhi.sige daw, dare daw usa sa mga espina mu conmment dinhi..si congressman naka comment man. kamu pud daw mga espina beh…If i know, usa lang nas mga staff nila ang ga’yawyaw dinhi.. tagaan lag pang internet! wahahaha! boto sad mong gretchen, librehon sad mo load ni upaw..wahahah! mao lang to..hehe! salamat pagbasa..

  51. gov wag kanang mag pogi masyado dyan na parang santo pinapaikot mulang mga tao sa biliran. kung matino ka nag kung matinong tao ka ipaalam mo lahat ng projetc mo na nagawa pati yung cost kung magkano para malaman ng mga tao kung tama ba lahat sinasabi mo. hindi pera pera lang hirap sayo ikaw lang nakakalam lahat. maawa ka naman sa mga tao sa biliran. dahan ka lang gov baka mag labasan na lahat ng baho mo at pag dumating yun dimo na kayang madepensahan lahat ng complain sayo.

  52. kining uban no sigi lang gihapon support ni gov. para lang di matangal sa trabaho pero wal judni sila kasabot unsa pag katawo ani na governor kung unsa mga lakat ani niya didto sa manilla. ayaw palabi gov makagaba ba yana sobra ka garapal imo lang  gipaikot ikot mgatawo dinhi sa biliran . pag banatay na jud karon sa imong lihok kay ma corner ngani ka sa groupo namo. ambot lang jud. kamoa  mga biliranon ayaw na jud tawon mo pag too too kung unsa mga proyekto nga ipanghambog niya sa atoa. kanana hospital lang daan pila ang kick back ana niya labi na kanag generator nga pag diliver palang dili na mo ovfunction pila nga ni na ang price ana gov. mas dako pa ang imo SOP kay sa gi diliver no. sigi gov kita nya ta sa sunod ha

  53. to gov. sana naman kaming mga small time na NEGOTIANTE bigyan morin nng negosyo dito sa biliran dito kami nag babayad ng BUWES pero yung mga suplier mo taga tacloban and manila paano kami makasurvive sa business namin. lalo  NA YANG PANGIT MO NA PINSAN NA SI DELPIN NA PARANG SINO KUNG SYA MAN ANG BAG MAN DAPAT INTDINDIHIN MO RIN YUNG SMALL PLAYER NA MGA NEGOSYANTE. KAWAWA NAMAN KAMING MALIIT LANG TAKOT BA KAYO BAKA MALAMAN YUNG MGA KAGAGAWAN NYO OKEY LANG YAN GOV. HINDI LANG NAMAN IKAW YUNG PIKA KA CORROUPT NA GOVERNOR EH PERO DAPAT BIGYAN MO RIN YUNG IBANG SUPLIER DITO. SABAGAY IBA TALAGA PAG PINSAN KAYA INAWAN MO NGA SI  AVE DAHIL MAS PINABORAN MO SI DEMONYONG DELPIN. NAPAKA BAIT NI DELPIN PAG HUMARAP SA MGA TAO DI HALATA DEMONYO PALA . KAYO MGA TAO WAG NA KAYO MAG PALOKO PAG HUMINGI KAYO NG PERA BARYA BARYA LANGYAN  SA KITA NILA SA LAHAT NG PROJECTS NILA.  napakahirap dito kung  malapit yun lang may negosyo. kaya kami pinag pnaga  isipan na namin  maliit na negostiante kung susuporta paba kay gov. o kay congresmen nalang sana maintndihan ni gov yung mga hinanakit namin sa probensya nato at ikaw DELPIN hinay kalang. baka balang araung karma sayw balik din yung karma sayo.from concern cetizen mga maliit na negotiante sa biliran

  54. Dinhe sa atong hospital sa Naval wala man ko dihay salig ang pasyente nga mosakob tiwasan lang.To you Mr.Glenn Chong you are the voice of Biliranon we pray for justice God bless.

  55. It is very sad to note that, Biliran, once a peaceful and serene place to live is now awaken and comparable to other places in the globe with regards to crimes, anomalies and the like….

    I wonder if destiny has really crafted this reality that we people, instead of helping each other for our advancement, we are threating and posing danger to ourselves.

    We have never learned lesson from the past!

    Funnny,, we keep saying and proclaiming to the world that we Filipinos-BILIRAONS are included, are among the mosst intelligent people in the world! ARE WE???

    I hate to say this, but yea, i think we are, but, our selfffishness and greediness rules us….

    We have never develop an attitude that would be able to make us celebrate and be happy if one of our friends, our co-workers, our family members, our neigbors, our relatives and so on get successfulin whatever field they are in…

    Instead, we are envy……

    Anyway, time passes very fast. Everything now will be history in the future….

    I am just so ashamed that we fail to craft now a history that is worth remembering and one that the future generation could be proud of.

    I am a teacher, and i tried. But, i might say in the end i am still a failure.

    I just dont want the future generation to feel they are sorry for existing in the place where we are now…..

    No one is perfect, but we can strivee and assist each other to be one!

    Anyway, whatever life offers and wherever destiny brings us, at least i am sure of the following:

    1. I am proud to be a Biliranon..
    2. I am striving to be good in my field.
    3. I am learning from the events that we have now.
    4. Everything will be history soon-a nightmare!
    5. Most of us is not all, keeps on repeating the same mistakes.
    6. I am doing my best to inspire and teach my students to think.
    7. Life is still worth living for….no matter what it brings….
    8. We are in a cycle, in a day or too….soon, we will be forgotten…..

    phil

  56. hoi chong bading…alam mo..simula nung umupo ka as Congressman ng Biliran, binigyan mo ng kakahiyan ang probinsya natin,nakakahiya ka,bakit sa panahon b ng espina, may nababalita bang ganyan?patayan?kahit na ang kalaban ng mga espina noon ay yung mga Jaro na mas makapangyarihan pa sau eh hindi nagkagulo ng ganun.ngaun lng namn ito kase dapat ang mga bakla di dapat mamahala ng probinsya…naturingan ka pa namang abogado kuno,pero di mo ginamit ang utak mo…para kang nasisiraan ng bait sa mga pinagsasabi mo,baka sa mental ka na dadalhin nyan imbes sa korte…baka naman plinano mo lng gawin un na patayin ang inyong sariling bodyguard para lang magka issue kau sa Espina, magkano binayd mo sa mga pamilya ng pinatay?malaki b?kung ung tatay ang punterya bkit pinaakyat muna bago nagkaroon ng putukan?tanga tanga mo congressman,gamitin mo pinag aralan mo,nakakahiya ka…..

  57. Phil 65

    Well said. I hope you will play a major role in the transformation of Biliran into a place our children and our children’s children will be proud of.

    All the best.

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