PIA News Service - Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009

Voyage of Balangay nearing Caraga Region
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BUTUAN CITY – The handcrafted Diwata ng Lahi is now on its 5th leg taking the Mactan-Butuan route which will travel a total distance of 265 nautical miles, sailing for 20 days and done visiting Mactan, Argao, Dumaguete and is currently in Bohol.
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The crew headed by Art Valdez still had their chance to watch the Pacquiao-Cotto fight before sailing off to nearby Bohol municipality from Dauis to Loay.
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After Bohol, Diwata ng Lahi will dock Maasin in Leyte, San Bernardo in Limasawa then Jabonga and Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte and is expected to arrive in Butuan on November 27.
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The city government of Butuan has prepared a fiesta atmosphere in welcoming the Diwata ng Lahi as soon as it enters Butuan Bay until it docks at PPA Port.
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The renovation of Balangay Shrine in Ambangan, Libertad nearly completes in time for the scheduled visit of the Diwata ng Lahi crew. 
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Balangay Shrine is very significant being the site where the remains of the ancient boats, locally known as Balangay was dug up, a proof of evidence of pre-Hispanic Filipino civilization.
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Former President Corazon Aquino even issued in 1987, Proclamation 86 which declared the Balangay boat as national cultural treasures and the site where they were discovered as archaeological site.
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A cultural show will be held during the stop-over of the Diwata ng Lahi and part of promoting environmental awareness is the conduct of coastal clean-ups and tree planting activity.
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Diwata ng Lahi will stay in Butuan at Luna Compound in Bading-building site of the Butuan Balangay- to undergo some repairs as it prepares for a much longer journey continuing the 6th leg in January 2010, almost finishing its Philippine leg before proceeding to other parts of Southeast Asia in 2010 and on to Madagascar off Africa in 2011.
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A longer duration of its stay in Butuan will give the public an opportunity to navigate Agusan River on board Diwata ng Lahi and witness test sailing of Butuan Balangay.
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By the time Diwata ng Lahi arrives Butuan Mr. Jody Navarra of the Butuan Boat Building Committee said, Art Valdez will officially announce who made it as crew members of Butuan Balangay crew.
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He added, “There would be high possibility that Butuan Balangay Crew composed of only 4 namely, Toto and Nico Calo, Lemzar Manginsay and Sato Raypon will be accepted. However, Art Valdez might also decide not to choose any of them.”
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If this happens, Valdez will be dividing the core crew, Badjao Group, Philippine Coast Guard and the navy to sail the Diwata ng Lahi and Butuan Balangay. (Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN Radyo ng Bayan Butuan)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania
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PNP arrests wanted persons
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On November 15, 2009 at 12:30 in the morning at Purok 1, Barangay Malpoc, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, PNP elements of Buenavista Municipal Police Station led by PISNP Ramel Tersona arrested one Jay-R Rabuya Degoro, 21 years old, by virtue of warrant of arrest (WOA) docketed under CC no. 3895 for the crime of robbery with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 12,000.00 issued by Judge Gael Padiranga of MCTC, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte dated June 11, 2009. Subject is now detained at Buenavista Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. 
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On November 16, 2009 at 9:30 in the morning at Borromeo and San Nicholas Streets, Surigao City, a certain Tommy Espenosa Sison, of legal age, businessman and resident of Borromeo Street, Surigao City was apprehended by PNP elements of Surigao City Police Station by virtue of WOA docketed under CC no. 15888 for the crime of theft issued by Hon Judge Charina G Navarro-Quijano of MCTC Branch 2, Surigao City dated November 10, 2009 with recommended bailbond. Subject person is now detained at Surigao City Police Station for proper disposition. 
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Also, one Edmundo Arman Abing, 20 years old, single and resident of Purok-2, Barangay Matabao, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte was arrested by PNP elements of Buenavista Municipal Police Station by virtue of WOA docketed under CC no. 3895 for the crime of robbery with force upon things with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 12,000.00 issued by Hon Judge Gael P Padiranga of MCTC, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. Apprehension took place on November 16, 2009 at Purok-2, Barangay Matabao, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. Subject person is now detained at Buenavista Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.
(PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Report on illegal logging 
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PNP elements of Jabonga Municipal Police Station led by PSINSP Jonathan C Satentes flagged down one Fuso Truck loaded with assorted species of round logs driven by one Romecito Balaba, 31 years old, married and resident of Purok-1, Barangay Taguibo, Butuan City.
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Said truck registered under the name of Julius Artiaga of Bingkilan, Butuan City bearing plate no. LMK 151.
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Initial investigation disclosed that said round logs were taken from the watershed area of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte with an estimated volume of 15 cubic meters and with an estimated market value amounting to Php 40,000.00. Upon verification, no pertinent documents shown for the legality of cutting and hauling said logs. Said Fuso truck and round logs are now under the custody of Jabonga Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Report on apprehension of suspects for illegal recruitment 
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On November 15, 2009 at 12:35 afternoon at Gateway Hotel, Km. 2, Barangay Luna, Surigao City, PNP elements of Surigao City Police Station apprehended a certain Michael David Hollomon, American national, 46 years old, married and resident of Indiana, U.S.A. and his wife Armin Degrano Hollomon, alias “Fe Lipao”, 30 years old, both resident of Bantayan Island, Cebu.
Suspects were apprehended for violation of section 6, Para A of RA 9042 (large scale illegal recruitment) victimizing Ellan Joy Cortes Camporedondo, Genevieve Guerra Camporedondo, both of legal age and businessmen; Ederio Sulapas Rendon, Gerlie Ablos Puyales, Frechie Catin Sendiong, Charisse Mae Gesta Gerona, private employees and all residents of Surigao City.
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Armin D Hollomon has three standing WOAs as follows: WOA issued by MTC Branch 2, Surigao City for estafa docketed under CC no. 13424 with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 6,000.00 issued in the year 2000; WOA issued by MTCC Branch 145, Makati City for illegal recruitment docketed under CC NR 04-2063 with no bailbond issued on May 21, 2001; WOA issued by MTCC Branch 66, Makati City for estafa, docketed under CC No. 333477-81 with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 80,000.00. 
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Arrested suspects are now detained at Surigao City Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)