PIA News Service - Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010

2 armed men rob bus

Two unidentified men wielding short firearms of undetermined caliber and a bladed weapon, robbed a Butuan-bound bus 6:40 Friday evening, and escaped after divesting the bus conductor with his collections, and also cash, cellular phones and other personal belongings from the passengers.

Reports from Agusan del Sur police reaching police regional headquarters here stated that a certain pastor Andoy y Topas, who claimed to be an acting supervisor of Bachelor Express, Inc. reported to Prosperidad Municipal Police Station, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur; that a unit of their Bachelor Express Bus, bearing Body Number 3165, driven by a certain Antonio Panaranda y Mutya, 32; a resident of Andaya Subdivision, Brgy. Obrero, Butuan City robbed the bus upon reaching a deserted place at Purok 3, Brgy. Sta. Irene of the said town.

The bus supervisor told police investigators that the suspects boarded their bus as it made stopped over at the town’s Bus stop. They then declared hold-up upon reaching the aforementioned place of incident, and brandishing their weapons they collected money, cellular phones and other things from the bus conductor and the passengers.

They then ordered the bus to stop after getting what they’ve wanted, disembarked and escaped to unknown direction.

The suspects took off with them more or less P3,000.00 collection from the conductor of the bus identified as a certain Ramjun I. Albino, 29; a resident of Brgy. Cuyago, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, and included even the four stubs of the bus tickets and his wallet containing some important documents, a Nokia Cellular phone belonging to Mae Anne Lumapaz y Mosende, 19; a resident of Brgy.Baan Riverside, Butuan City; another Nokia cellular Phone owned by Richard Ranon, 24; resident of Tagvlatawan, bayugan City and cash money amounting to P400.00 from Charlie Jean Layao, 19; of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.

Prosperidad police took cognizance of the case. Caraga PNP chief CSupt. Lino DG Calingasan, promised to address the problem of highway robbery in an interview after a similar incident a month ago, where another bus of the same company bound for Davao City from Butuan was held up by three Caliber .45 pistol wielding suspects of more or less P100,000.00 divested from the bus personnel and its passengers, including cellular phones and personal belongings 8:20 in the evening as it reached Brgy. Hamogaway, Bayugan City. Calingasan said that he already had orders to the police of the province to resolve the previous case the soonest possible time.

One of the solutions proposed then was to have secret police marshals boarding the plying buses especially at night time. However, information gathered from the insiders of the regional police headquarters that the proposal did not materialize when the bus companies concerned seemed to hesitate in granting free passage to would-be police secret marshals. (Noel B. Najarro, Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)


1 hurt as armed men harassed police patrol base

A police personnel was hurt when armed men believed to be New Peoples Army rebels harassed a remote police patrol base, Saturday evening.

Reports reaching regional police headquarters from Agusan del Sur police stated that a patrol base belonging to the 13th Regional Public Safety Regional Battalion (13th RPSB) located at Sitio Maitum, Brgy. Langkilaan, Trento, Agusan del Sur; was harassed by more or less 10 armed persons believed to be NPA rebels, 9:11 P.M. Saturday.
 
The raiders were accordingly armed with high powered firearms, led by an unidentified commander. The ensuing firefight, police reports said, lasted for more or less ten minutes. The armed marauders were forced to withdraw to some unknown direction, when the government troopers held fast their ground and defended their post.
 
After the firefight however, it was discovered that one from the government forces identified as Police Officer 1 Charlon M. Montero was slightly hit at the right side of his head and at his lips. He, however, was already given immediate medical attention.
 
A team from the patrol base was sent at 7:00 A.M. yesterday, 200 meters where the enemy was believed to have their position the night before. The police team recovered 7 spent shells of Caliber .30 and 16 spent shells of Caliber 5.36.
 
The government troopers are now conducting hot pursuit operations on the fleeing rebels. (Noel B. Najarro, Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)


SUDECOR workers denounce CPP-NPA atrocities

CANTILAN, SURIGAO DEL SUR – Hundreds of workers from the Manufacturing Plant in Cantilan and the Woods Group in Carmen, all of Surigao del Sur, denounced the atrocities perpetrated by the CPP-NPA against the Surigao Development Corporation (SUDECOR). In a strongly-worded statement, the workers accused the NPA of undermining the economic activities of the company, thus causing instability in the company’s operations. The workers asserted that the NPAs attacks against the company are an assault to their rights because the state of the company’s finances boils down to the sustainability and certainty of employment. 
Hundreds of Workers at SUDECOR’s Manufacturing Plant in Cantilan watch intently as the video on the burning of logging trucks and equipment in Brgy Pakwan, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur was shown. The video was produced by the CPP-NPA in North Eastern Mindanao Region as they boast about their use of violence in pursuing their cause. 
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Since 1987, SUDECOR has recorded a total of 43 attacks by the CPP-NPA. The said attacks include the burning of more than 80 equipment, and the killing of several company security forces and civilian employees. “’All these are but acts of terror that hurt the lowly workers”, the statement said.

The workers also reacted on the pronouncement made by George Madlos a.k.a. Ka Oris during the CPPs 41st Anniversary that the CPP in North Eastern Mindanao has decided to put a stop to SUDECOR because of the continuing destruction of the forest. Agitated by the warning from the spokesperson of the National Democratic Front-Mindanao, the workers reacted by saying that “we cannot afford to remain silent as the CPP-NPA continues to disrupt the production of the company that has been recognized by the United Nations as a model in sustainable forest management.” 

The worker’s also echoed their calls to the general public to condemn the continuing terroristic attacks of the NPA against a responsible business organization like SUDECOR. “Let us defend the forest by allowing SUDECOR to continue its forest management practices, and let us defend our livelihood by condemning the NPAs so that they may no longer attack the company again”, thus concluded the worker’s statement. (SUDECOR/PIA-Caraga)


Army troopers hits NPA on use of landmines

ANOTHER landmine was discovered by 4th Infantry Division troopers in a week’s row, the latest one in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.

Last Thursday, soldiers from Bravo Company of the 75th Infantry Battalion and Charlie Company of the 23rd Infantry Battalion discovered the landmine at Rick Island in barangay Sta. Monica of the said town. The 75th Infantry Battalion, headed by Lt.Col Ruben C Agarcio, is based in Bislig City.

It was learned that the landmine made from improvised C4 was intended for anti-tank use.

Earlier this week, another anti-tank landmine was found in barangay Sta. Juana, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur.

4th Infantry Division spokesperson Lt. Col. Triumph Dominic Bagaipo condemned the use of landmines by the New People’s Army (NPA), saying it could endanger not just soldiers but also passing civilians.

Lt.Col. Bagaipo decries these refutable acts perpetrated by the NPA after being tag as terrorists.  

“The NPA continuously harass and blasted to death innocent civilians and foremost of these they do not respect human rights.” Bagaipo said. (4th CMO Bn, 4ID, PA/ PIA-Caraga)


NPA strike anew in Misamis Oriental

A running gun battle occurred last Thursday between soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Medina, Misamis Oriental.

4th Infantry Division spokesperson Lt. Col. Triumph Dominic G Bagaipo said the encounter occurred in sitio Labas, Barangay Pagsama of the said town.

A platoon from the 8th Infantry Battalion chanced upon around ten NPA rebels when the encounter occurred.

There was no casualty on the soldiers’ side and casualties on the NPA side could not be determined.

Earlier, another group of Army troopers from the 8th Infantry Battalion discovered a recently abandoned NPA camp in Medina.

Bagaipo identified the place of the discovery as sitio Kabol Kabol in barangay Mananum Daan.

He estimated that the NPA camp could accommodate around 40 rebels when it was yet used.

In the camp, the troops recovered 25 meters of electric wire believed to be used to make landmines. (4th CMO Bn, 4ID, PA/ PIA-Caraga)


POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania


Report on highway robbery 

A certain Pastor Andoy, 36 years old, married, acting supervisor of Bachelor Express Inc, reported to Prosperidad Municipal Police Station that one unit Bachelor Express Bus bearing body number 3165 driven by one Antonio PaƱarada, 32 years old, married and resident of Andaya Subdivision, Brgy Obrero, Butuan City was allegedly robbed by two unidentified suspects armed with short firearms of unknown caliber and bladed weapon. Suspects carted the following: 

a. cash money amounting to more or less Php 3,000.00 collection of the bus conductor one Ramjun Albino, 29 years old, single and resident of Brgy Cuyago, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte and four stabs of bus ticket and wallet containing important documents; 

b. one unit Nokia cell phone owned by one Mae Anne Lumapaz y Mosende, 19 years old and resident of Baan riverside, Butuan City; 

c. one unit Nokia cell phone owned by Richard Ramon, 24 years old, resident of Brgy Taglatawan, Bayugan City; 

d. Cash money amounting to Php 400.00 from one Charlie Jean Layao, 19 years old and resident of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur. 

Initial investigation disclosed that said suspects boarded said Bachelor Bus from Prosperidad bus stop bound to Butuan City and upon reaching Purok-3, Brgy. Sta Irene, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, suspects declared hold-up and divested cash money from conductor and personal belongings from the passengers.

After the incident, suspects commanded the bus to stop and disembark and fled to unknown direction. PNP elements of Prosperidad Municipal Police Station took cognizance of the case. Progress report to follows. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


Accomplishment report on the campaign against illegal drugs 

One Sofronio Antonio, alias “Sophia”, 31 years old, single, resident of Purok-1, Brgy. 7, Cabadbaran City was arrested by PNP elements of Cabadbaran City Police Station led by PSINSP ADRIAN RECENTES ANTOINO during buy bust operation at corner Alaan and Mortola St., Brgy 7, Cabadbaran City on September 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm.

Seized from suspect's possession were one (1) disposable lighter color pink; two (2) small size heat sealed transparent plastic containing suspected shabu with marking "CCPS-1"; One (1) medium size heat sealed transparent plastic containing suspect shabu with marking "CCPS-2"; one (1) piece One Thousand Peso Bill buybust money recovered during the buy bust operation with serial nr ZC886243; one (1) pc one hundred peso bill with serial number WY595646. Appropriate case now prepared for filing in court against the suspect.  

Meanwhile, PNP elements of Butuan City Public Safety Company led by PO3 Feleciano Marcos under the supervision of PCINSP FERDINAND DACILLO conducted operation agaisnt illegal drugs on September 12, 2010 at 1:30 am at Purok 9, Brgy Ong yiu, Butuan City which resulted to the arrest of one Alicasan Banglad y Tomarompong, 18 yrs old, single and res of Purok 3, Brgy 7, Poblacion, Cabadbaran City. Suspect was actually caught in his possession two (2) sachets of suspected shabu; four (4) empty plastic sachets of suspected shabu; one (1) unit cellular phone;; one (1) pc hunting knife measuring six (6) inches and one (1) eyeglasses plastic case. The search was done in an orderly manner in the presence of Brgy Kagawad Nestor Orias and Rodulfo Lambon; and DOJ representative Ronald Bedrijo. Suspect and seized items was brought to Crime Laboratory Office 13 for laboratory examination and drug testing. Case now prepared for filing in court. Progress report to follows. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on harrassment 

At around 9:11 in the evening of September 11, 2010, Patrol Base of 13the RPSB situated at Sitio Maitum, Brgy. Langkilaan, Trento, Agusan del Sur was harassed by more or less ten (10) CTs armed with high powered firearms led by unknown Commander. Firefight lasted for about ten (10) minutes, which resulted to wounding in action of one PO1 Charlon M. Montero which was slightly hit at the right side of his head and lips. After the said incident, CTs withdrew towards unknown direction. At around 7:00 am on September 12, 2010, one team from said unit proceeded to the area 200 meters from the base believed to be the position area of the and recovered seven (7) spent shells of cal .30 and 16 spent shells of cal 5.36. Progress report to follows. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)