PIA News Service - Monday, July 13, 2009

Act for Peace Programme distributes Relief Assistance in Lianga Surigao del Sur
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LIANGA, SURIGAO DEL SUR (July 13) – The Act for Peace Programme in coordination with the Local Government Units of Lianga and Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur distributed Relief Assistance to 66 resident families of the interior barangay of San Isidro, here, in this province, recently.
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Each family received the following during the distribution: 10 kilos rice; 6 tins sardines; 6 pack noodles; 1 kilo sugar; 1 pack 100 grams coffee; 1 kilo dried fish; 1 kilo mongo; 1 kilo salt; 1 bar laundry soap; 3 pcs. Bath soap; 1 family size toothpaste; 5 pcs. Toothbrush; face towel; 1 family size mosquito net; blanket; family size mat and 1 water container.
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It can be recalled, that on June 16 & 17 the New Peoples Army assaulted the Research Team for Peace and Development (RTPD) in the vicinity of Purok 5, San Isidro of this Municipality.
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Because of the incident, residents of the area evacuated at Lianga Gymnasium on June 18 as per report from Vice Mayor Robert M. Lala.
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He also revealed that the Local Government of Lianga experienced some difficulty in providing assistance to the victims because funds could not be readily released since it is a man made calamity.  
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“In behalf of the Officials of LGU Lianga, we are very thankful to the Non Government Organizations who already extended their assistance like the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Surigao del Sur Chapter and Act for Peace Programme for the assistance given,” Vice mayor Lala added. (Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, PIA-Surigao del Sur) 
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Tandag, Surigao del Sur’s Bishop, Elected New President of CBCP
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BUTUAN CITY (July 13) – The new president of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar who overwhelming won the elections held during the 99th Plenary Assembly of the Bishops’ Conference at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila Saturday.
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The 68 year old Bishop, the current vice president of the CBCP, garnered 86 votes out of the 88 dioceses in the country voted in the CBCP Plenary replacing outgoing CBCP President Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of the Jaro, Iloilo Diocese.
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He was born on October 16, 1940 in Bacuag, Surigao del Norte, completed his Philosophy studies at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Palo, Leyte, and Theology at the San Carlos Seminary in Makati City. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 19, 1964. 
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He was member of the clergy of the Diocese of Surigao from 1965 to 1977, and served in the parishes of San Agustin, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur; San Nicolas de Tolentino in Mainit and Sts. Peter and Paul in Tubud, Surigao del Norte; and St. Vincent de Paul in Mangagoy, Bislig, Surigao del Sur. 
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He pursued further studies at the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary, where he obtained his Bachelors degree in Canon Law, magna cum laude (1982) and Doctorate in Canon Law, magna cum laude (1983). He also completed masteral studies in Business Administration at the De la Salle University in Manila. 
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He was ordained bishop on November 27, 2001 and appointed Bishop of Tandag on that same year. 
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Also elected during the Plenary is Palo Archbishop Jose Palma, 59, as the new vice-president while Msgr. Figura was reelected secretary general and Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco was reelected treasurer.
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Other council members serving as regional representatives were also elected. For Luzon, elected were Bayombong Bishop Ramon Villena, San Fernando (Pampanga) Auxiliary Bishop Pablo David, Infanta Bishop Rolando Tria Tirona, Taytay Bishop Edgardo Juanich and Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes.
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Elected for the Visayas were Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso and Jaro Auxiliary Bishop Gerardo Alminaza. Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo Valles and Pagadian Bishop Emmanuel Cabajar were elected for Mindanao.
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Odchimar and other members of the permanent council will start serving their terms in December 2009.
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The president and the vice-president are elected for two-year terms and can serve for a minimum of two terms. The CBCP is considered an influential body in Philippine politics. (Jocelyn E. Morano, Radyo ng Bayan Butuan)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo
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Fatal vehicular accident  
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On July 10, 2009 around 11:30 in the evening, two motorcycles collided along the National Highway of Sitio Sampinit, Barangay Unaban, Tago, Surigao del Sur.
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Investigation revealed that one of the motorcycle which is a Kawasaki Aura, with no plate number, OR, CR and headlamp was driven by a certain "Junjun" Estoque, of legal age, married, businessman and a resident of Napo, Mabua, Tandag City with his helper identified as "Joshua", back rider while the other motorcycle, a TMX 155 Honda color black, with plate number 4580 LM was driven by Nathaniel Escabillas, 20 years old accompanied by Rex Miano and Martin Lozada as back riders, and all are residents of Barangay Panaosawon, Bayabas, Surigao del Sur.
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The Kawasaki motorcycle was heading towards Tandag City from Barangay Umbay, Tago Surigao del Sur while the TMX was running in the opposite direction and were both running almost at the center of the road which caused the head-on collision.
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Both drivers and their respective passengers who suffered serious physical injuries were rushed to Adela Sierra Ty Memorial Medical Center for treatment but few minutes upon arrival at the hospital "Junjun" Estoque died while others were treated for their injuries.
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Both motorcycles are now placed under the custody of Tago Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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PNP arrests illegal drugs suspects 
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On July 11, 2009 around 10:30 in the evening, one team from 14th RMG led by PO1 Jhun Paul Paulin under the supervision of OIC, 14th RMG while conducting mobile patrol along JC Aquino corner Ipil Road, Butuan City responded to a commotion which resulted to the apprehension of Jeffrey Bacug Jamito, 19 years old, high school student and a resident of Barangay Golden Ribbon, Butuan City. 
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Investigation disclosed that Jamito was under the influence of liquor during the incident and was requested by PO1 Reynaldo Abejuela who was among the responding PNP personnel to show the content of his bag. Jamito's companion identified as Randy John Conde Butcon, 21 years old, also a high school student and a resident of Purok-3 Barangay Giasan, Magallanes, Agusan del Norte helped Jamito in pouring the contents of the bag when a rolled paper about two inches in length suspected to be containing marijuana fell into the ground thus prompting the policemen to arrest Jeffrey Jamito and his companion Randy John Butcon. 
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Arrested persons were brought to 14th RMG Headquarters for proper disposition. 
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Meanwhile, on July 12, 2009 around 3:16 in the afternoon, an inquest proceeding was referred to the City Prosecutor's Office for violation of Section 11 Article II of RA 9165 against Jeffrey Jamito and Randy John Butcon.
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However, the accused assisted by their lawyer Atty James Bringas opted to avail preliminary investigation and subsequently signed a waiver of detention provided under Article 125 of the Revised Penal Code.
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Both were placed under the custody of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga, Libertad, Butuan City. The complaint against the suspects for Violation of Section 11 Article II of Ra 9165 was received by the National Prosecutor Service docketed under XIII-01-INQ-09G-00067. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Arrest of wanted persons
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On July 9, 2009 at around 8:30 in the morning, elements of Nasipit Municipal Police Station (MPS) led by SPO4 Agbuggo arrested four suspects for violation of SP Ordinance no. 844-92 Section 31.07 identified as Monthenes R. Velez Jr., 37 years old, married and a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Buenavista Agusan del Norte with standing Alias Warrant of Arrest (WOA) issued by Hon. Judge James V. Go with criminal case no. 36934 and 369254; Rogelio P. Tiempo, 51 years old, married and a resident of Barangay Cubi-Cubi, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte with standing Alias WOA issued by Hon Judge James V. Go with criminal case no. 32041; Roel Jamero, 43 years old, married and a resident of Barangay Cubi-Cubi, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte with standing Alias WOA issued by Hon, Judge James V. Go with criminal case no. 37665; and Henry G. Maglinis, 37 years old, married and a resident of Barangay 10, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte who has a standing Alias WOA issued by Hon. Judge Paderanga, with criminal case no. 34188.  
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Arrested suspects are now temporarily detained at Nasipit Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.
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Also, on July 10, 2009 around 7:30 in the morning at Purok Kalipayan, Barangay Bongtud, Tandag, Surigao del Sur, one Jelly Martinez Dulabay alias 'Banggong", 21 years old, single and a resident of the above-mentioned place was arrested by elements of Tandag City Police Station led by SPO2 Loreto Suarez by virtue of Alias WOA docketed under Criminal Case number 5348 issued by Hon Ermelindo G Andal, Presiding Judge, RTC branch 27, Tandag, Surigao del Sur for the crime of robbery with recommended bail bond of Php 12,OOO.OO.
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Subject is now detained at Tandag City Police Station for proper disposition. 
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Meanwhile, certain Edgardo Zaldo Pabia, of legal age, and a resident of Purok-3, Barangay Doña Rasario, Tubay, Agusan del Norte was arrested by personnel of Tubay Municipal Police Station (MPS) led by PInsp Tex Ariston Maghanoy on July 9, 2009 at around 6:00 o'clock in the morning at his residence.
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Said suspect has a WOA dated June 24, 2009 issued by Hon. Judge Nemesio Cañete of 2nd MCTC Tubay-Santiago, Agusan del Norte, for the crime of Theft docketed under criminal case number 2826 with a fixed bail bond of PhP10,000.00. Said suspect is now under the custody of Tubay Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.
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Also, a suspect for the crime of qualified theft was arrested by elements of 143rd Regional Mobile Group (RMG) led by SPO1 Lauro P. Millor Sr. on July 10, 2009 at around 2:30 in the afternoon at Purok-1, Barangay Bancasi, Butuan City. 
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Arrested suspect was identified as one Carlos Camanian Martorellas, 44 years old and a resident of the said place. Said suspect has a standing Alias WOA dated November 24, 2008 issued by Hon. Judge Dax Gonzaga Xenos of RTC Branch 34, Cabadbaran City docketed under criminal case no. CR-08-62 with recommended bail bond of PhP30,000.00.
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Suspect is now under the custody of 143rd RMG for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Report on illegal fishing
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80 kilos of dynamited fishes (Dalagang Bukid) was confiscated on July 9, 2009 at around 2:00 o'clock early in the morning at San Vicente, Barobo, Surigao del Sur. Said fishes were confiscated from the possession of a certain Robert Curada Condolon, 44 years old, married, fish vendor and Noel Angob Condolon, 26 years old, married, driver and both residents of Liatimco, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. 
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Personnel of Barobo Municipal Police Station conducted checkpoint after receipt of report that the said suspects were allegedly engaged on dynamite fishing. 
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Arrested suspects and confiscated fishes were turned over to Department of Agriculture (DA) for laboratory examination and were found positive of dynamite explosive. Case is being prepared for filing in court against the suspects. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)