By PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo
Report on robbery
On December 31, 2008 (Wednesday) at 1:30 in the morning at P-1 Brgy San Isidro, Santiago , Agusan del Norte, Santiago Municipal Police Station received a text message from a concern citizen informing a robbery incident in Barangay San Isidro, Santiago Municipality.
Immediately a team led by SPO4 Paterno Magdula went to the area and conducted investigation and pursuit operation. Initial investigation conducted by Santiago Municipal Police Station disclosed that Maximo Latunan of legal age, farmer and a resident of above place while inside the Gold Mining Compound owned by Merlie Quiaman was allegedly robbed by seven unidentified suspects wearing bonnets, armed with two M16 riffles and handguns.
Latunan was held at gunpoint by the suspects and forcibly took from him 150 grams of milled gold. Suspects then fled on foot towards the mountainous part of Barangay San Isidro.
No one was reported hurt during the incident and Santiago Municipal Police Station is now conducting follow-up investigation for the possible identification and arrest of the suspects.
Meanwhile, On January 1, 2008 at 1:00 in the morning at Purok-20 Barangay Poblacion, Bayugan City, the Free Methodist Church building located at the above-mentioned place was reportedly ransacked by unidentified robber just right after the new year.
The incident was reported to Bayugan City Police Station 3:15 in the afternoon of the same day and immediately a team led by PO3 Melvin Dandasan went to the crime scene for investigation.
The police learned that the suspect gained entrance by destroying the padlocks of one of the building's doors. Suspect carted one unit electric guitar (Gibson brand); one unit Type Writer; 20 pieces plastic chairs; one sack of rice and other undetermined valuable items.
A follow-up investigation and operation were made that resulted to the identity and arrest of the suspect identified as Robert Lee Nalam, 22 years old, single and a resident of Purok-10A Barangay Poblacion, Bayugan City who was arrested by a team from Bayugan City Police Station led by SPO4 Arturo Ambray Crizaldo at the above-mentioned place around 6:20 in the evening of same day.
Another team led by PO3 Dandasan also recovered some of the stolen items such as one electric guitar and ten pieces Ruby plastic chairs.
Suspect is now detained at Bayugan City Police Station while recovered items also kept at the same station for proper disposition.
Report on shooting incident
On December 31, 2008 (Wednesday) at 2:10 in the morning at Purok-10 Barangay Poblacion Sibagat, Agusan del Sur, a certain Erwin Balais, 20 years old, single, laborer and a resident of Barangay Perez, Sibagat was shot by Ronald Karl Quipanes, 24 years old, single and a resident of Barangay Afga, Sibagat using a cal .22 pistol hitting Balais' upper left knee.
Sibagat Municipal Police Station, after being informed of the incident, immediately sent a team led by SPO2 Sozimo Tadulan to conduct on scene investigation at the crime scene.
Suspect voluntarily surrendered to Barangay Captain Aurillo Dacera Jr of Barangay Afga, Sibagat together with the firearm used in the shooting. Suspect was then turned-over to Sibagat Municipal Police Station by the said barangay official for proper disposition of the case.
However, both the respondent and the complaining parties were able to agree for an amicable settlement.
Meanwhile, on January 1, 2008 (Thursday) at 7:50 in the evening at Barangay Taruc, Socorro, Surigao del Norte, a certain Cresencio Sanico alias "Kering", 63 years old, married, and resident of same place while inside his owned Sari-sari store was shot to death by Erenio Savandal alias "Niyong", 62 years old, widower, farmer, and resident of abovementioned place.
Savandal with the use of an undetermined caliber of firearm, Sanico who was hit below his right armpit was rushed to Socorro District Hospital for medical treatment but was pronounced dead on arrival (DOA) by the attending physician.
Elements of Socorro Municipal Police Station led by PSI Jose Inhaynes immediately responded on the report and conducted operation which resulted to the arrest of Savandal at his house.
Savandal was brought to Socorro Municipal Police Station for custodial investigation and learned that he shot Sanico due to personal grudges.
Suspect is now temporarily detained at Socorro Municipal Police Station while appropriate charges are being prepared to be filed in court.
Report on mauling incident
On December 29, 2008 (Monday) at 8:00 in the evening at Purok-8 barangay Salvacion, Trento, Agusan del Sur, Three CAA members of Salvacion CAA Patrol Base were suspects of the mauling incident to the victim identified as Nelson Navarro of legal age, single and a resident of Barangay Pangyan, Trento.
Suspects were identified as Paterno Bucane of legal age, single, resident of Purok-8 Barangay Salvacion, Trento Agusan del Sur; Paul Santigan of legal age, married, resident of New Visayas, Trento Augusan del Sur; and alias “Etik Abarquez” of legal age, married, resident of New Visayas, Trento Agusan del Sur.
Alert Team of Trento Municipal Police Station conducted an on scene investigation and disclosed that during the incident while Navarro was waiting for a motorcycle to ride with going to his residence, came the three CAA members who were already drank and mauled him without apparent reason causing him to sustain serious physical injuries.
Navarro was rushed to DOP Memorial Hospital for medical treatment but died around 5:00 in the afternoon of the following day. Trento Municipal Police Station made a follow-up investigation and learned that the three were being held under custody of the Army Cadre of Salvacion CAA Patrol Base.
A case of Murder is being prepared for filing in court by Trento Municipal Police Station against the suspects.
Report on shooting incident
On December 31, 2008 (Wednesday) at 9:45 in the evening at Barangay La Suerte, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Three residents of Barangay La Suerte were shot by an unidentified suspect while playing "tong-its" outside a store owned by Marisa Juntilla, one of the victims.
The victims were identified as Barangay Captain Ely Allan Dy Angchangco, 46 years old, married; Marlon Carillo Legonas, 25 years old, farmer and resident of Barangay La Suerte; and Marisa Sibliro Juntilla, 35 years old, married and resident of Barangay La Suerte.
PNP members of Prosperidad Municipal Police Station led by SPO3 Samson Oscar Besin responded to the crime area. Initial investigation made disclosed that the victims were playing "Tong-its” when an unidentified person appeared and without apparent reason shot them several times who then immediately fled using a getaway motorcycle after the shooting.
Victims were brought to DOP Memorial Hospital but Barangay Captain Angchangco was pronounced dead on arrival while the two were confined for treatment.
Police were able to recover ten empty shells of a carbine riffle at the crime scene. Prosperidad Municipal Police Station is still unclear as to the motive of the incident.
PNP probes vehicular accident
On January 2, 2008 (Friday) at 7:30 in the evening at Barangay Tagbuyacan, Santiago, Agusan del Norte, a bus and a single motorcycle collided head-on along the National Highway of Barangay Tagbuyacan, Santiago, Agusan del Norte.
A yellow Bachelor bus plate number LYC 850 and body number 3124 accidentally collided and ran over a single red Yamaha Crypton motorcycle plate number MT 5960. Motorcycle driver Richard Morado, 23 years old, married and resident of Santiago, Agusan del Norte sustained serious physical injuries during the incident while his backrider Jocel Culicado of legal age, a resident of Barangay Bangonay, Jabonga Agusan del Norte died on the spot.
Initial investigation revealed that the bus was traveling along the national highway heading towards Butuan City when it accidentally collided and ran over the single motorcycle traveling in the opposite direction.
Injured motorcycle driver Morado was rushed to a hospital for medical treatment while PNP elements of Santiago Municipal Police Station immediately responded to the accident area and conducted follow-up investigation.
Both vehicles were brought to Santiago Municipal Police Station together with the bus driver Sol Cabanting, 33 years old, married who voluntarily surrendered to the police after the accident.
Santiago Municipal Police Station is now preparing for filing of appropriate charges in court.
Confiscation of illegal gambling machines
On January 3, 2008 (Saturday) at 2:00 in the afternoon at Barangay Pinamangculan, Butuan City, PNP personnel of Butuan City Police Station 3 led by PI Nestor Delin conducted operation against illegal gambling which resulted to the confiscation of two units Fruit Game machine (Kulalong) with undetermined peso coins inside from the possession of Diana Adormio Cutay of legal age, married; and Sergio Adormio Bokingo, 53 years old, married, both residents of Purok-5B and Purok-1A Barangay Pinamangculan, Butuan City respectively.
Confiscated machines were brought to Butuan City Police Station 3 for proper recording and disposition.
Meanwhile, on January 3, 2008 (Saturday) at 7:00 in the evening at Barangay Garcia, Sta Monica, Surigao del Norte, PNP elements of Sta Monica Municipal Police Station led by PSI Lumacang apprehended a certain Marilyn Lin Jeluban, 41 years old, a resident of Barangay Garcia town of Sta Monica.
Jeluben was caught in the act engaging in Illegal gambling known as "Suertres".
Confiscated from her possession were “suertres” tips, stubs and cash money amounting to Php 50.00 as bet money. Jeluben and confiscated items were brought to Sta Monica Municipal Police Station for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges in court.
TransCo explains cause of power outages in Caraga region
TransCo’s three sub-transmission lines were shut off temporarily last Monday December 29, 2008 as a measure to reduce loading due to an outage of the Abaga–Agus 2 line 1 and 2 138-kilovolts transmission line, according to TransCo Top Officials.
The line shutdowns were simultaneously implemented at 11:09 in the evening tripping off the Anislagan-PACEMCO-Surigao, Butuan-Bayugan and Nasipit-Butuan 69-kilovolt subtransmission lines.
The power outages resulted from an automatic action of Transco’s underfrequency relay system installed at the different substations of TransCo where these three lines connected.
Areas affected were Surigao City, the municipalities of Taganaan and Sison, Surigao del Norte and the PACEMCO cement plant, part of Butuan City, Gaisano Mall, NIA Bit-os, Bayugan City, the municipalities of Sibagat & Esperanza, Agusan Sur, the municipalities of Buenavista, Nasipit & Carmen, Agusan del Norte, Agusan Plywood Corporation and the International Port of Nasipit.
However, these three lines were energized starting at 11:09:10p.m. 11:18p.m. and 11:20p.m. Respectively on the same night restoring back power to the above mentioned areas.
Further, for these power outages, there were no findings of any line fault along the transmission lines within the CARAGA Region and part of the provinces of Misamis and Davao Oriental, which are within the area of responsibility of TransCo-NEMA based in Butuan City. (Robert S. Marzo, TransCo-13/ PIA-Caraga)