PIA News Service - Friday, April 22, 2011

Butuan police shares tips to avoid being a robbery, snatch-theft victim this summer

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 22 (PIA) -- “You cannot be a victim if you will not allow robbers and snatchers to victimize you.”


This is probably one of the popular reminders we always hear from police officers and local authorities, giving warning to be at all times watchful and not to give suspects the opportunity to victimize anyone.

The Butuan City Police Office recently shared tips for the public to observe and follow especially this Lenten and summer seasons where people tend to spend their vacation in resorts, beaches, and other places in the provinces just to cool themselves and have relaxing experience.

Here are six tips identified by the police forces which may be of help for a safe and enjoyable vacation this summer:

Tip # 1: When dining at a hotel, restaurants or any eatery, do not leave your handbag or laptop on the table or hanging on the side of a chair. This gives the thief the opportunity to rob those valuable things.

Tip # 2: Do not attract attention by wearing expensive jewelry. You never know if there is a thief among your fellow travelers. Travel 'light' and preferably, leave jewelry in a safety deposit box in the bank or at home.

Tip # 3: Do not leave your prized possessions in the hotel room while you go out. Always bring with you your valuable things whenever you will go out in your room.

Tip # 4: Always carry your passport and identity card with you. Please be reminded that these are important documents that you must have in your possession every time you have to go to other place especially if it’s a distance away from the hotel you’re staying.

Tip # 5: Never go off the beaten track alone. If you are venturing out somewhere unknown, go in a group. There is safety in numbers, so don’t stay away from a group if you’re traveling alone and if you’re in a group, do the same.

Tip # 6: Never keep all your cash in one place. In that way, if you lose your wallet or handbag, you will still have money.

These are just some of the friendly reminders of BCPO. Remember, there is no such thing as to be alert and watchful at all times. (PIA-Caraga)


Gov’t. troops recover mortar ammunitions in Agusan del Sur

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 22 -- Troops from the 26th Infantry (Sandigan) Battalion, 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army headed by Ltc. Nhel Richard E. Patricio recovered a sizeable number of mortar ammunitions recently in Agusan del Sur.

A total of 72 rounds of mortar ammunitions composed of 30 rounds for 81mm and 42 rounds for 60mm were retrieved from a junkshop owned by Gilbert Cabilan in Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

According to reports, these items were from Brgy. Pagangan, La Paz, Agusan del Sur and were sold by an unidentified person believed to be a member of the New People’s Army. The retrieval was made after the 26th IB received information from concerned citizen on the existence of such items in the area.

Major General Victor A Felix, Commanding General of the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division said the troops noticed that the voluntary information they are getting from civilians have become more frequent recently.

“In fact, many of our successful operations were results of concrete information from the residents themselves… and we are glad for this vigilance among our people and we also appreciate their confidence in us,” Gen. Felix said.

Meanwhile after inspection, personnel from the Explosive and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team noticed indications of tampering of the ammunitions and attempts to use these for improvised explosive device (IED).

“We already know that the diminishing support of the NPA has made them more desperate in their finances and other resources. But this incident is telling us that their desperation is actually becoming worse. Some of their members are now selling off their ammunitions, perhaps even stealing these items,” conveys Major Eugenio Julio C Osias IV, Division Spokesperson and concurrent Commanding Officer, 4th Civil-Military Operations (Kasaligan) Battalion.

Major Osias added that the military understands the difficulties NPA members are experiencing and encouraged them to choose a new life. “The most practical thing NPA members can do is to leave the NPA and make their own honest living with the mainstream society,” Osias said. (4ID, PA/PIA-Caraga)


PRO-13 thanked Cong. Aquino for new firearms donation

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 22 -- PCSupt. Reynaldo Rafal, Police Regional Office (PRO) Caraga Regional Director expressed his heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Agusan del Norte 1st District Congressman Jose “Joboy” Aquino II for his donation of new firearms to Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) in a turn-over ceremony held recently at PRO 13 Conference Room, Libertad, this city.

Cong. Aquino visited PRO 13 and was welcomed by a Side Honor with the 13th Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) personnel to formally and personally turned-over some 14 M16 (M4) rifles to the PNP chief of the region.






Dir. Rafal personally received the firearms from Cong. Aquino and handed it over to PSupt. Francisco Dungo, BCPO’s Deputy City Director for Operations after signing the Deed of Donation.

Rafal in his speech said the donated long firearms are of great help in PRO 13’s personnel enhancement in terms of operational and capability in confronting criminality in the city following the creation of the PNP BCPO’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team months ago.

Cong. Aquino on the other hand vowed to continue his assistance to PRO 13 and Butuan City Police Office saying that this is one of his priorities being the forefront in crime busting.

In his speech, Aquino also vowed to donate six multicabs for BCPO’s field cops within the year to help the city in crime deterrence thru police visibility.

It can be recalled that Cong. Aquino has also donated multicabs to all the 86 barangays in Butuan City as well as in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte which is part of the 1st Congressional District of Agusan del Norte.

Witnessing the turn-over ceremony are members of the PRO 13’s Command Group, top PNP officials of the region and personnel, together with BCPO’s PNP SWAT Team. (BCPO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: BCPO mihatag pahimangno aron malikayan nga mabiktima sa pagpangawat karong summer

ni Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Abr. 22 (PIA) -- Samtang anaa na kita sa tunga-tunga niining summer, dili mapugngan ang pipila ka mga katawhan sa pag adto sa nagkalain-laing probinsiya aron isaulog ang Semana Santa o kaha magbakasyon kauban ang mga mahal sa kinabuhi.

Tungod niini, ang buhatan sa Butuan City Police mihatag og pipila ka mga pahimangno aron malikayan ang mga panghitabo sama nga mabiktima sa mga pagpangawat ug pagpanglabni nga kansang kasagari sa mga mabiktima niini mga babaye - bata man o hamtong.

Ug aron mas ma-enjoy pa gyud ang bakasyon, ania ang unom ka mga pahimangno sa korpo sa kapulisan ni’ng dakbayan:

Tip # 1: Kung anaa sa kan-anan sa usa ka hotel, restorant o kaha bisan asa man nga kan-anan, ayaw biya-i ang pitaka o ang laptop sa lamesa o kaha nga nagbitay sa kilid sa usa ka lingkoranan. Kini magahatag og higayon sa mga kawatan nga kawaton kini.

Tip # 2: Ayaw pagpa-pansin pinaagi sa pagsul-ot og mamahalon nga mga alahas. Wala ka kabalo nga duna diay kawatan sa usa sa imong kauban nga nagabiyahe. Mas mayo nga ibilin ang imong mga alahas sa usa ka safety box sa inyong balay. Mura ra man gud guihapon og imong gihanyag ang usa ka kawatan pinaagi sa imong gipangsul-ot nga mga alahas.

Tip # 3: Ayaw biya-i ang imong mga mahalon nga mga kabtangan sa hotel room nga imong gipuy-an kung muadto ka sa gawas. Permanenteng dalha kini kung ikaw mugawas sa imong kuwarto. Pipila sa mga kabtangan mao ang imong pitaka ug uban pa.

Tip # 4: Permanente’ng dalha ang imong passport ug ID card. Kini ang magsilbe’ng imong identification aron ikaw mailhan. Hinumduman nga kini mga importante’ng butang nga dili angaya’ng mahilayo kanimo.

Tip # 5: Ayaw pag-adto sa usa ka lugar nga nag-inusara ug walay kaila. Kung mulakaw man gani aron mag-venture, kinahanglan aduna gayu’y kauban nga masaligan. Ayaw pagbiya sa grupo. Mas mayo kung daghan mo nga mauadto sa usa ka lugar aron dili mahatagan og higayon ang kawatan nga ikaw pagakawatan pinaagi sa paglabni kanimo sa bisan unsa nga butang nga imong gidala.

Tip # 6: Ayaw ibutang ang imong cash sa usa ka butanganan lamang sama sa imong pitaka o bag aron nga kung kini mawala, aduna ka pa’y nahibilin nga kuwarta sa lain nimo’ng gibutangan.

Kini pipila lamang sa mga pahimangno aron mahilikay ang si bisan kinsa nga mabiktima sa mga pagpangawat ilabi na karong summer. Kini nga paagi, nanghinaut ang kapulisan nga unta mahatagan og katin-awan ang mga bakasyonista sa ilang kinahanglang buhaton aron mamahimong mas mabulokon ang ilang summer escapade. (PIA-Caraga)