PIA News Service - Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010

4.6 magnitude quake hits Surigao

BUTUAN CITY (Feb. 13) – Residents in the Pacific Ocean facing province of Surigao del Sur were rattled when a 4.6 magnitude tremor struck the province Friday morning, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) based in the Carage Region reported on Saturday. 

The OCD said there were no reports of damage or injuries from the undersea earthquake that occurred 95 kilometers east-northeast of this capital city of the region. 

The quake happened at 9:21 a.m. at a depth of 94.9 kilometers, with the epicenter estimated at 22 kilometers northeast of Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. 

The tremor was felt at Intensity II in Tandag and Tago, Surigao del Sur, and General Luna in Surigao del Norte. (muc/ PIA-Caraga)
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AFP troops hoist RP flag in captured NPA camp in Agusan del Norte

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte (Feb. 13) - Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) troops hoisted on Saturday the Philippine flag at the captured headquarters of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) North-Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) at Kiholao area in Barangay Guinabsan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. 

The flag raising was participated in by soldiers of the 30th Infantry Battalion (IB), 6th Scout Ranger (SR) Company and some barangay leaders. 

The recovered well-entrenched NCMRC camp, consisting of mini-communal farm, training area, makeshift huts and more than 100 fortified bunkers and listening posts, is located in the mountainous and forested area bordering the towns of Carmen and Buenavista, both of Agusan del Norte, and across Misamis Oriental province. 

Reinforcing troops from the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade took over possession of the overrun NCMRC headquarters. 

Earlier reports said the capture of the camp came after a two-hour fierce firefight between government forces and more than 100 heavily-armed NPA rebels Friday morning. The gun battle resulted in a big number of communist rebels killed or critically wounded. 

Maj. Mitchele B. Anayron Jr., regional Army spokesman, said one of the NPA fatalities was left behind when the rebels hastily withdrew and abandoned their camp after sensing that they were outgunned and outnumbered as reinforcing combat Army troops were coming from nearby areas. 

Troops of the 30th IB and 6th SR Company recovered from the NPA camp several high-powered firearms, claymore mines, assorted live ammunition, generator power set, hand-held radios, office equipment, including laptops, personal belongings, foods, assorted medicines, and anti-government documents. (muc/ PIA-Caraga)