Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón




Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet less-recognized human right abuses in the world.


rapecartoonLegazpi City, [12.27.17]  –  As we attempt to highlight the breadth of our reportage on various issues that unfolds within in our community, The Philippine Examiner decided to feature the plight of women and children in Bicol region as the year 2017 is about to end.

Certainly, this is not an unpretentious in-depth year-end news reporting, as we opted not to be restrictive – by access, time and resources, despite of limited time, we state a fact to tell the stories of women and children.

Violence against women and their children in Bicol region is a disturbing right abuse  concern as its prevalence had been on the rise.

The numbing issues of rape, trafficking, murder, domestic violence and other forms of hate crimes directed against women and children in the region should be stop, through a collective pro-active approach by the local government units and local stakeholders.

As we demonstrate our passion to be one of the information provider to our readers and to the public, we will continue to navigate on every corridors available where the sources of our stories emanates to realize and be a relevant news outfit  – that our reportage is indeed the voice of the people.

As  2017 is ebbing, gender-based violence in Bicol region that has taken place this year were picked and selected so that their narratives of shattered lives and painful deaths will pose as compelling story lines – not just a news story but wake-up call and a rallying point to break the silence and attack the culture of violence.

Let the tragic story of a 12 years old girl  who was raped by unidentified sex maniac in Malilipot, Albay on December 19, 2017, be the day of reckoning.


Bicol VAWC Report Card


SOCO Team conducts crime scene investigation Barangay San Isidro, Castilla, Sorsogon after the victim’s body was found. Photo by Chriatian Bujatin Pongpong.

Female SOCO Team conducts crime scene investigation in Barangay San Isidro, Castilla, Sorsogon after the body of Diana Rose Aviso Baradia  was found last May 2017. Photo by Chriatian Bujatin Pongpong.

Incident Reports were gathered by The Philippine Examiner from PRO -5 journals. For the period of February to December 26, 2017.


Norma Millare y Aringo, 73 years old, widow of Sitio Crossing, Homapon, Legazpi City was shot and wounded on February 26, 2017, survived.


Diana Rose Aviso Baradia was raped on May 2017 and her body was found dumped in Barangay San Isidro, Castilla, Sorsogon. The suspect Romnick Bolaño Jalmasco, 26 years old, single, member of CAFGU assigned at Barangay San Isidro, Castilla, Sorsogon remains at-large.


Jelly Ann Rogando y Rectin, 17 years old student of San Pascual National High School was sexually abused and was killed on August 13, 2017 by unknown perpetrator who smashed the victim’s head with a hard object inside an abandoned house in Barangay Salvacion, Libon, Albay.


Salvacion De Luna alias “Ka ALELI“, more or less 40 years old, Pio Duran Municipal Treasurer’s Office employee was killed in Sitio Cagnalog, Barangay La Medalla, Pio Duran, Albay by unidentified suspect last July 17, 2017, case is unsolved. De Luna and her live-in partner Bernal Nogot were suspected to be NPA supporters.

Stop Violence Against Women and Children.The lifeless body of Rosienie Payadyad Pigao. Photo by the Ligao City Police Station.

The lifeless body of Rosienie Payadyad Pigao inside a morgue. Photo by the Ligao City Police Station.

Rosienie Payadyad Pigao, 37 years old, married with three children of Purok 4, Barangay Cavasi, Ligao City was stabbed and hacked to death by her husband Alden Apuyan Pigao on November 28, victim was arrested and case is filed.


Three women were shot by unidentified gunman in downtown Zone 3, Pio Duran, Albay on December 5, 2017.  Robella Orogo Clemente, 64 years old, married was killed while Joan Barazona y Manjares, 38 years old and Salve Oringo y Mullasgo, 45 years old were wounded in the attack, case is unsolved.


Chriadee Ergina Brandes, 31 years old of Sitio Cogon, Barangay Tabi, Gubat, Sorsogon was stabbed to death by his live-in partner on December 6, 2017. The suspect, Ryan Ergina y Eva was arrested and case is filed.


A twelve years old girl was badly beaten on her head and was raped by still unidentified suspect last December 19, 2017 in Barangay 4, Malilipot, Albay.


Marites Nebreja y Aringo, 40 years old of Barangay Sua, Camalig, Albay was hacked last Deceber 24, 2017 by a suspect- Jesus Parma y Gnilo of  Sitio Bascaran, Barangay Libod, Camalig, Albay.


Edna Dinoy was shot to death by unidentified suspect in Sitio Tugas, Barangay Tagboan, Cataingan, Masbate  on Where: When: 7:00 PM, December 26, 2017 at around 7:00 o’ clock in the evening. Suspect is at-large. Her death is the latest reported  case.


Rights Protection


Children at Play. File Photo by The Philippine Examiner.

Children at Play along the shoreline of Bacak, Bagamanoc, Catanduanes. File Photo by The Philippine Examiner.

Children and Women rights are basic human entitlements that needs to be nurtured, protected, promoted and defended by family, community and country against abuse, neglect and exploitations.

It is an inalienable obligation by the state to its citizens against exploitation and abuse from external or internal elements whether with or without war or conflict.

Failure or absence of protection of these fundamental rights both by the family and the state are sins of omission negates human dignity.

These are enshrined in the Bill of Rights of every constitution that all men immaterial of creed and color must have equal protection of their civil rights, all over the world.

rainbowovervigaBill of Rights and Rainbows are parallel – they are the foundation of a promise and a covenant. Bill of Rights is a state social contract to it’s people for the promotion and protection of their civil and political rights, while the Rainbow is a hollowed covenant of God to the Earth after the great flood.


 Reality Check: VAW in Numbers


Domestically battered woman. Google photo.

Domestically battered woman. Google photo.

1 in 5 women experienced physical violence since age 15 (2013 NDH Survey among women aged 15-49)

6 in 100 women reported having experienced sexual violence (2013 NDH Survey among women aged 15-49)

4% of women experienced physical violence during pregnancy (2013 NDH Survey among women aged 15-49)

Only 3 of 10 women sought help to stop the violence (2013 NDH Survey among women aged 15-49)

A total of 31,580 cases of violations of RA 9262 were filed before the Philippine National Police from January to December 2016 (PNP WCPC 2016 Report)

A total of 15,749 cases of violations of RA 9262 were filed before the Philippine National Police from January to June 2017 (PNP WCPC 2017 Report)

As of June 2017,  88.44% or 37,178 out of 42,036 Barangays in the Philippines have established Barangay VAW Desk (DILG Report)


Sin of Patriarchy


patriarchalsocietyThe beliefs about power and control are often deeply gendered. Men are behaving as a macho rulers “subjects” in society, while women  are merely treated as their lowly “objects” over the time because of  wrong religious upbringing and sham catechism.

Biblical patriarchy, also known as Christian patriarchy, is a set of beliefs in evangelical Christianity concerning gender relations and their manifestations in institutions, including marriage, the family, and the home.

Proof is, the father is  the “supreme head” of the home and is responsible for the conduct of his family.

Reexamining patriarchy in the context of religion particularly in Christianity – it is a belief that submission was God’s call for women and forgiveness is staying with an abusive husband no matter what.

Forgiveness is a virtue and is such an easy word, but a difficult task when you have been hurt….the issues of submission and empowerment comes in and a choice has to be decided.


Sustainable Empowerment Advocacy


VAW-WhatIs-2-WebTwo mothers and police officers of Police Regional Office – 5 believes the empowerment issues among women is the answer to address the domestic violence in every home of every community in Bicol region.

For me, there is a need to continue the advocacy on the rights of the women and children, they need them to be empowered. We will not stop until all women are empowered of their rights, PRO 5 Regional Public Information Officer, Police Senior Inspector Maria Luisa C. Calubaquib said during the interview.

In the same vein, the Chief of police of Ligao City police believes in the sustainable advocacy campaign on VAWC by coordinating with the local government unit of Ligao City and the Ligao City Social Welfare and Development Office, Police Superintendent Lea B. Supelana explained.

18 things  to help end VAW:

1.  Empower yourself. Know your rights and available courses of actions in case these rights are  violated.
2.  Speak out and report to the authorities in case your rights are violated.
3.  Encourage others to fight for their rights.
4. Respect women and girls in your home, workplace, and community.
5. Join male groups promoting Anti-VAW efforts and participate in discussions to broaden your awareness on the advocacy.
6. Enlighten/advise perpetrators to seek help and join the male Anti-VAW supporters.
Government agency
7. Equip yourselves with apt trainings and capacity development sessions to improve service delivery for your clients.
8. Develop monitoring and evaluation strategy to assess the service to  your clients supporters.
9. Let people know that you provide the services! We need to inform the public that there are government offices that they can turn to and trust to assist them towards healing and seeking justice.
10.  Ensure that your Barangay VAW Desk is functional. You can use the Barangay VAW Desk Handbook developed by PCW and DILG with partner agencies to guide you on what to do.
11.Establish linkages with local and national government agencies, as well as other organizations near your barangay where you can refer victim-survivors of VAW for needed assistance which the barangay is not able to provide.
12. Promote harmonious family and community relationships in your barangay which is grounded on mutual respect for human rights, and take proactive steps to attain a VAW-free community.
Private sector
13. Support the Anti-VAW efforts of the government and your immediate community.
14. Establish your own Action Desks where employees and clients can go to in case VAW happens.
15. Develop internal rules to proactively ensure that your workplace is VAW-free.
Academe/training institutions
16. Include concepts of VAW and women’s human rights in lesson plans/lesson guides of your teaching staff
17. Continually conduct/spearhead anti-VAW advocacies in your campus, and if possible, to your immediate community through extension programs.
18. Setup a Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) where students and employees can seek help