5.15.2013

PIA News Service - Monday, May 13, 2013



Fire causes power disruption in Butuan City on election day

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) – A power disruption occurred at around 3:45 p.m. today here as fire razed a car display center in downtown area.

Initial reports from the city’s Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said that the fire started at KIA Motors Display Center’s mezzanine floor. Further, initial investigation revealed that faulty electrical wirings caused the fire which was put under control around 30 minutes after.

Meanwhile, in a phone-patch interview with 107.8 Power FM this afternoon, Engr. Darwin Daymiel of Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ANECO) said to date, only the connection of KIA Motors Display Center and the establishment beside it was isolated because of the fire incident.

He added there are no communal transformers installed in the area “thus, the voting precincts located at a nearby elementary school will still go on and canvassing of votes can still be conducted as scheduled this evening,” Daymiel said.

With this, Daymiel called on the public to stay calm and assured that there will be no power interruption this evening as canvassing of votes takes place.

The official said as early as yesterday, they are in red alert and they have doubled their regular maintenance crew for the purpose of the midterm elections. “Starting yesterday, we are in red alert status and we have doubled the regular maintenance crew to address whatever power interruptions that may possibly happen,” Daymiel said.

Engr. Daymiel also said though the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines don’t have any power curtailment schedule today, there are still possibilities of curtailment if the problem is on the technical aspect.

He explained further that like what happened today in Las Nieves town where at around 10:30 a.m., a power disruption occurred in the area because of line streaming. However, Daymiel said the power was restored after the maintenance crew surveyed the lines in the area and fixed the problem.

He said line streaming means that there electrical lines that are currently installed in areas where trees grow. He added as these trees move, the electrical lines will also be affected that causes brownout. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Gov’t troops full alert in today’s election, official says

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) – Elements of the Philippine Army’s 30th Infantry Battalion is on full alert at the height of the conduct of national and local midterm elections today.

This was learned from 1Lt. Joe Patrick Martinez, 30IB Civil Military Operations Officer in an interview with 107.8 Power FM this morning.

Martinez said the military wants to ensure that the people will be safe and the election process will be peaceful. He likewise stressed that the troops assigned in their respective areas of responsibilities will not leave the area until the election ends and the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has officially proclaimed the winners.

Following the transfer of two clustered precincts in Jabonga and Kitaharao towns in Agusan del Norte this morning, Martinez said this is because of the security threat as intelligence report revealed that previous citing of armed group believed to be members of the CPP/NPA/NDF (CNN).

Martinez explained and asked for voting public’s understanding on the latest development as this is for the sake of their security.

Meanwhile, Martinez said their troops are still conducting checkpoint operations in the entrance and exit points of the region, together with the police officers and some COMELEC personnel. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


PNP confirms shooting incident in Buenavista town, no one hurt

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) – Municipal police station of Buenavista town in Agusan del Norte has confirmed shooting incident early this morning as polling precincts opened.

During this morning’s live interview and aired over 107.8 Power FM of Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga, Municipal Chief of Police Insp. Jared Charles Joaquin confirmed report of shooting incident in Barangay 3.

He said they are conducting thorough investigation on the incident.

Insp. Joaquin said though investigation is still on-going, they presumed that it is an election-related incident since the suspect is the chairman of the said barangay.

The official said charges against the suspect has been filed by local authorities. Joaquin added nobody was hit on the incident. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Dinagat Islands is peaceful as polling precincts opens

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) – The Province of Dinagat Islands is peaceful as polling precincts simultaneously opened this morning.

In a phone-patch interview over 107.8 Power FM Provincial Board of Canvasser Chairman Atty. Riza Constantino said since Sunday and as of press time, no untoward incidents happened in the area and there were no signs of security threat.

Atty. Constantino added that since Sunday, municipal election officers are already prepared for the conduct of today’s election. “When I arrived here yesterday, I visited the municipal election officers and found that they are already prepared for the conduct of the election,” Constantino said.

When asked on the problems they encountered, Constantino said majority of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) are complaining on the change of schedule for the convening of Municipal Board of Canvassers from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 noon.

Constantino said because of the geographic location of the province where polling precincts are located far from each other, it is hard for the board of canvassers to arrive on the exact schedule. However, she said this can be managed.

The official further said though the entire province was observed to be peaceful, still, the municipality of Loreto was included in the areas of concerns because of the previous citing of armed men in Sitio Hibusong of the said town.

Constantino is hopeful that the province will be peaceful as election ends this evening. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


2 clustered precincts in Agusan del Norte transferred as per PNP assessment

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) – The Provincial Office of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has transferred two clustered precincts in Agusan del Norte.

This, according to Provincial Comelec Supervisor Atty. Raquel Limbaco in a phone-patch interview aired over 107.8 Power FM of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga, is based on the recommendation of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) upon the assessment of the Provincial Police Office, saying that they cannot give assurance to secure the transporting of election paraphernalia in the said areas due to the presence of CPP/NPA/NDF (CNN).

Limbaco said the BEIs are authorized to transfer the polling precincts if they found that the area is not secured and provided that majority of them have agreed and decided to do so.

Atty. Limbaco said that in the municipality of Jabonga, cluster 8 polling precincts will be transferred from Tagbungawan Primary School in Barangay Bangonay will be transferred to Bangonay Elementary School.

In Kitcharao, cluster 10 polling precincts from Hinimbangan Elementary School will be transferred to Bliss Elementary School in Brgy. Poblacion. Meanwhile, cluster 8 precincts in Zapanta Primary School will be transferred to H.V. Dagani Elementary School in Barangay Bangayan.

The COMELEC official explained that all parties, including the volunteers were already informed of this development. She also said notices were also placed/posted in the original designated polling precincts informing the voting public to proceed to the venue where it is transferred.

Meanwhile, on the issue of counterfeit bills distribution in some municipalities in the province, Atty. Limbaco said investigation of the incident in Buenavista town is already conducted by the municipal police office.

It can be recalled that last Saturday at around 11:30 p.m., law enforcers of Buenavista Municipal Police Station have responded to a report received by their office involving a barangay official who is distributing fake one thousand bills.

Report revealed that said official was caught in his possession two pcs. of fake one thousand peso bill. The suspect is already detailed at the Buenavista Jail and appropriate case has been filed against him. However, he can file a bail bond for his temporary release. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: PCOS machine sa isang presinto sa Butuan City, hindi na gumana

By Robert E. Roperos

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Mayo 13 (PIA) -- Hindi na gumana ang Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine na naka-assign sa precinct no. 7 sa Butuan Central Elementary School dito sa lungsod.

Ayon kay Ma. Lourdes Canete, Board of Election Inspector chairman ng nasabing presinto, sa simula ay hindi naman nagka-aberiya ang nasabing PCOS machine at nakabasa pa ito ng mga 174 na balota, ngunit nang ipasok na ang ika-175 na balota, bigla na lamang daw itong nagka-aberiya.

Dagdag ni Canete, sinubukan pa raw itong ayusin ng technician ng PCOS machine ngunit tuluyan na itong hindi gumana.

Sa ngayon, ayon kay Canete, pinayuhan sila ng city Commission on Elections (Comelec) dito na ipagpapatuloy ang botohan at ginagawan na ng paraan ng nasabing ahensiya ang pagkukumpuni ang nasabing PCOS machine.

Bago mag alas 6 ng gabi, napag-alamang pinalitan na ang PCOS machine ng nasabing presinto at matagumpay na nai-transmit ang boto sa COMELEC Central Office sa Maynila. (RER/PIA-Caraga)