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Kin cries justice for teacher stabbed at home in Cavite

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2018

A picture of victim Teacher Jolly Butawan placed in her coffin

CAVITE, Philippines – Teacher Jolly Butawan was stabbed to death inside his home at GMA Village in Barangay Poblacion Singko, in the municipality of General Mariano Alvarez on the evening of Sunday (December 23).

Teacher Jolly sustained 30 stab wounds in different parts of his body which eventually caused his death.

His brother Joseph can only remember him as a kind person and their family still cannot believe that he is gone.

“Nagtataka kami kung bakit nangyari sa kaniya ito. Wala po siyang kaaway. Sa katunayan nga po kung kayo’y magtatanong-tanong diyan sa paligid kung anong klaseng tao po itong kapatid ko ay puro positive po ang masasabi sa kaniya,” Joseph said.

The GMA police is looking into robbery as the main motive of the incident.

“Initially ang motibo ng pagnanakaw kasi base na rin doon sa kamaganak at doon sa crime scene processing na ginawa ng PPNP-SOCO, nawala nga iyong mahalagang gamit tulad ng cellphone, alahas at pera,” explained GMA Police Chief PCInsp. Romulo Dela Rea.

Authorities, meanwhile, confirmed that they already have one person of interest based on the recovered CCTV footage and from the testimonies of the witnesses.

In one of the videos, the potential suspect was seen standing inside a computer shop holding the victim’s mobile phone.

Teacher Jolly’s family calls on the authorities to find justice for his murder.

“Sana po ay mahuli po ang pumatay sa aking mahal na kapatid at sana rin po kung ano po ang parusa na dapat maibigay sa kaniya ay maibigay po sana,” Joseph said as he called for immediate action from the government.

The GMA Cavite Police is strengthening its manhunt operation to capture the assailant. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Benedict Samson)

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DepEd assures to address Cavite faculty room issue

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Courtesy : FB_Maricel Herrera

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday assured it is taking measures to solve the issue on the faculty office at the Bacoor National High School in Cavite.

“The Department of Education is exerting all efforts to facilitate a solution acceptable to all officials and teachers in regard to the faculty room issue in Bacoor National High School-Molino Main,” DepEd said in a statement.

“Concrete steps have been undertaken to resolve any conflict, in the interest of orderly operations of the school,” it added.

The issue arose after a teacher posted a message on Facebook saying they are trying to transform a comfort room into a space for the faculty.

DepEd explained that the situation stemmed from the decision of the school to move to single-shift classes this school year.

It said this resulted in faculty rooms, which are intended originally as classrooms, needing to be converted back into additional classrooms to realize the policy.

The school has an enrollment of more than 7,000 learners.

To address the displacement of teachers from the faculty rooms, DepEd said the principal met with the teachers last May 27 and “offered the library, the guidance center, and the advisory classrooms to serve as temporary faculty rooms.”

“However, 11 of the school’s 236 teachers opted to convert a restroom into a faculty room. It must be emphasized that the use of restroom is the choice of the 11 teachers themselves who then complained about it in social media,” DepEd said.

To address the issue and similar concerns, DepEd said it has included in its 2020 budget request to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) the funding for an initial batch of such buildings that will have space for principal’s office, faculty room, guidance room, library, and school supplies and equipment storage in times of calamities.

DepEd also reminded its teachers and personnel that there are appropriate administrative procedures in addressing welfare concerns. 

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DepEd kicks off 2019 ‘Brigada Eskwela’ in Cavite

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday (May 16) launched the national kick-off and caravan of the 2019 Brigada Eskwela in Alfonso, Cavite.

With this year’s theme, “Matatag na Bayan Para sa Maunlad na Paaralan,” DepEd officials led the kick-off ceremony and caravan of the 16th “Brigada Eskwela” at the Alfonso Central School. They were joined by some teachers, students and parents for the cleaning of school chairs, desks and other facilities.

After a short program at the Alfonso Central School, DepEd officials next headed to the Pansin Elementary School in Barangay Lucsuhin Ibaba to conduct more cleaning and repair works.

“We, as a community can join our hands so that we can address the needs because if we con’t volunteer ourselves to be of service to others, it will be difficult for the schools to attain our goals,” said Odilon Ocampo, principal of Pansin Elementary School as he expressed his gratitude for the effort.

He also thanked DepEd for opening 24 new classrooms in their school that would help eliminate any need for scheduling shifting of classes.

“Brigada Eskwela” is the National Schools Maintenance Week devoted to preparing classrooms and other school facilities for the opening of the school year, which in 2019 to 2020, will begin on June 3.

READ: School opening stays on June 3 – DepEd

The “Brigada Eskwela” will run from May 20 to 25, according to DepEd memorandum no. 036.

DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali reminded the public that students, as well as their parents, are not obliged to join the program for them to remain enrolled in a particular school.

Umali also emphasized that no fee shall be solicited from volunteers participating in the program.

“When there is Brigada Eskwela, collecting cash is prohibited. Obligating parents is prohibited. This must not be among the conditions for a student to remain enrolled,” he said. (with details from Benedict Samson)

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Manhunt operation underway for Advincula —PNP

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

The manhunt operation for the arrest Peter Joemel Advincula, who claims to be ‘Bikoy’, is already underway according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Based on the press statement of the PNP on Friday (May 10), Advincula is facing arrest for estafa and large scale illegal recruitment.

READ: NBI to summon man claiming to be ‘Bikoy’

“It appears that Advincula has been using different names to hide his real identity such as R.B. Santos, John Paul Rafael Benedict Santos, Arcangel de Leon or Archie Santos, Lory Camba, and Jaime Gaupo, Jr.” the statement reads.

READ: IBP declines ‘Bikoy’ request for legal help

Judge Leody M. Opolinto of the Municipal Trial Court of La Trinidad, Benguet issued a warrant of arrest against Advincula and his cohorts on September 26, 2007.

The Regional Trial Court Third Branch of Baguio City also issued a warrant of arrest for large scale illegal recruitment on August 10, 2007.

Advincula committed illegal recruitment in 2007 after charging P300 training fee in exchange for employment at Colegio del la Pontifical Academia in Baguio City.

PNP spokesperson Police Colonel Bernard Banac advises the public to report to authorities any information that could lead to the arrest of Advincula and his cohorts.

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