(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 29 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 850 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (23.1°N, 129.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 160 km/h. It is moving Northeastward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Thursday, July 24, 2014

RPOC welcomes appointment of Butuan dad as RPOC chair

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 24 (PIA) – The members of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Caraga expressed their warm congratulations to Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. of this city, as the RPOC chair as per appointment by President Benigno S. Aquino III, during the RPOC meeting held on Wednesday at Dottie’s Place Hotel here.

“Congratulations to our city Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr for being appointed by President Aquino as the chair of this council. We also welcome and congratulate our vice chairperson PCSUPT Dominador Eslava Aquino Jr., regional director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga… Let’s work hand in hand as we continue to aim for a peaceful and progressive region,” stressed RPOC head secretariat and regional director Lilibeth Famacion of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga.

Famacion also relayed to the council the message of DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, extending his congratulations to the appointed RPOC chair and vice chair.

"I'm so happy that President Aquino has appointed me as the Regional Peace and Order Council chair. This comes with great responsibility. Thank you for trusting me... Let's make this forum today an avenue for us to discuss together how we can address issues and concerns that affect the peace and order situation of our region," highlighted Amante, as his response to the overwhelming appreciation of the council.

Amante also emphasized that the RPOC will closely coordinate with the City and Provincial Peace and Order Councils to harmonize its plans and programs for the region as a whole.

“Recently, we convened with the members of the Chamber of Commerce – Filipino and Chinese, for them to be involved in our plans and undertakings for the peace and development of our city and region,” recalled Amante.

Amante also served as the concurrent chairperson of the Butuan CPOC. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

SURSECO II announces power outage in San Miguel, part of Tago on July 26

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, July 24 (PIA) – The Surigao del Sur II Electric Cooperative (SURSECO II) has announced a scheduled power shutdown in San Miguel and parts of Tago town from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on July 26, Saturday.

The affected areas are along Dreamland, Cagpangi of the municipality of Tago up to the entire municipality of San Miguel, SURSECO II noted in a press statement. The said interruption is due to the scheduled blasting activities in the area where the on-going concreting project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is located.

SURSECO II accordingly will need to switch-off the power distribution line when the said activity is being conducted to prevent any untoward accident and other circumstances.

The management further said the power will be restored any time after works are being completed not necessarily following the given time schedule. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Surigao Norte crisis committee extends SOMO to 72 hours

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 24 (PIA) – The Surigao del Norte Provincial Crisis Management Committee (PCMC) headed by Governor Sol F. Matugas has extended its Suspension of Military Operation (SOMO) to a period of 72 hours during their meeting held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, this province.

PCMC spokesperson Atty. Premolito Plaza said the members of the PCMC with its utmost regard of the overriding and paramount consideration on the life and security of the four captured policemen and the welfare of their respective families that have been in agony of waiting for their release, the Local Crisis Management Committee of Surigao del Norte has resolved, for the last time, to extend the SOMO to a period of 72 hours.

“With this declaration, the proposal for the commencement of the 72-hour SOMO will now depend on the side of the NDFP-Mindanao to facilitate the release of the four polcemen and the safety of both parties including the persons to fetch the subject POW (Prisoners of War),” Plaza said.

Plaza said that upon learning that the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) have cancelled the scheduled Friday release of Police Officer 3 Vice Calubag Concon, PO1s Rey O’niel Morales, Joen B. Zabala and Edito F. Roquino, who were captured during an NPA raid on the police station of Alegria town, Surigao del Norte, and rejected the declared 24-hour SOMO of PCMC, "the committee together with the presence of Josephine Bahadi from the Provincial Social Welfare Office of Agusan del Sur immediately convened for a meeting."

It was learned that the NDFP Mindanao Chapter instead insisted on a five-day SOMO and urging the committee that the ceasefire will cover the whole province of Surigao del Norte including Surigao City, and the municipalities of Kitcharao, Jabonga and Santiago in Agusan del Norte which will commence on the midnight of July 23 until 11:59 in the evening of July 29, 2014.

“The PCMC can only afford a 72-hour SOMO,” Plaza added. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Army assures public safety; appeals public to remain calm, vigilant

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 24 (PIA) – With the recent atrocities committed by the communist rebels in the province, the 30th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army based in Placer town appealed to the public to refrain from further circulating frightening text messages, since these would cause undue panic and fear among the residents. The public is instead encouraged to forward these reports to the authorities who will verify their accuracy and perform appropriate measures.

30IB Civil Military Operations officer Lieutenant Magno Ausente said they have things under their control in close coordination with the Philippine National Police. Added to his statement, Ausente revealed that there are text messages spreading all throughout the province containing reports that the communist rebels will attack the cities of Surigao and Butuan creating panic and fear.

“We have already evaluated the recent information and as to the reliability and if there are indicators. I encouraged the peace loving people of Surigao City and Butuan City to remain calm but vigilant,” said Ausente.

“Your security forces are on their best effort for the protection of the people and the communities. Please cooperate with the security personnel manning the checkpoints along the entrance and exit routes as these are some of the measures jointly undertaken by the AFP and PNP units,” Ausente added.

He then encouraged the people to report any suspicious acts of persons or unusual observation in their community. “Security is everybody's concern. They can text or call out hotline numbers - 09196525939 or 09173058172,” Ausente added. (SDR/30IB, 4ID-PA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

AgNor guv to cops, PDEA: Intensify ‘war’ vs drugs

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 24 (PIA) – Provincial Peace and Order Council chair and Agusan del Norte governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba on Monday ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) headed by PSSupt Rommel Francisco D Marbil and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) headed by regional director Erwin Ogario to work hand in hand in solving the drug problem of the province.

Matba believes that her “Rebolusyon Kontra Druga” program will help solve the illegal drug activities in the province.

Matba said the program primarily aims to tap the recently reactivated Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (ADAC) in the barangays, city, municipality and provincial levels.

With the order of the governor, director Ogario is asking the cooperation of the community, "Illegal drug problems cannot only be solved by PDEA and PNP, we need the cooperation and participation of different stakeholders in the community."

Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) suggested that the ADACs should not only be reorganized, it should also be operationalized, revitalized and functional in order to attain the target of the provincial government of having a Drug-Free Barangays and Drug-Free Workplaces.

Also, PSSupt Marbil reported to the members of the council that the PNP Agusan del Norte recorded a significant increase of arrest on illegal activities. “A total of 50 arrest on illegal drugs, 23 on illegal gambling and 19 arrest on illegal logging were recorded by our office for the period of January to June this year," Marbil said.

PSSupt Marbil also said that the PNP personnel continually do an organization of the youth anti-drug watch. The advocacy on DARE or Drug Abuse Reduction and Education is still on going down to the barangay level, Marbil added.

“We will never ever slow down until they will get tired doing business (illegal drugs) in our province,” said governor Matba. We will not stop until they will leave us, she added.

Governor Matba urge local chief executives to continue the fight against illegal drug activities in the province.

Meanwhile, Municipal Police Stations were also given recognition during the council’s meeting to include the Cabadbaran City Police Station, Remedios T. Romualdez Municipal Police Station (MPS), and Buenavista MPS for showing bravery, cooperation and diligence in accomplishing positive operations in the massive campaign and enforcement against illegal drugs. The operations were jointly conducted by the PNO, PDEA and the province’ Philippine Public Safety College.

Each station also received a cash amount of five thousand pesos. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Dengue cases in Caraga up by 7%

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 24 (PIA) – A total of 2,101 with dengue cases were admitted to different disease reporting units of Caraga region from January 1 to July 19, 2014.

The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga on its Dengue Fever Morbidity Week 29 report states that dengue cases went up by seven percent higher compared to the same time period of last year which is 1,958.

Clustering was noted at the barangays of Poblacion in Bislig City and Washington in Surigao City, it was learned. The clustering of cases means having more than two or more cases in a particular area on the same date and time.

The following is the distribution of suspect Dengue cases by province and city arranged from highest to lowest number of cases: Agusan del Sur with 585 cases; Butuan City with 474; Surigao del Norte – 179; Agusan del Norte – 172; Surigao del Sur – 165; Surigao City – 164; Bislig City – 139; Bayugan City – 127; Cabadbaran City – 75; Tandag City – 16; and Dinagat Islands with 5 cases.

The distribution of cases is greater among males which is 52 percent than females which is 48%. Forty one percent of the cases belonged to 0 to 10 years age group.

Ages of cases ranged from less than one month old to 90 years old.

Also, the RESU reported a total of 12 deaths from the different Disease Reporting Units of the regio from January 1 to July 19, 2014. With a case fatality rate (CFR) of .57%.

Deaths came from Barangay Ambago with two deaths; Amparo, Baan Riverside, Silongan and Pangabugan in Butuan City with six; Barangay Poblacion 3 in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte with two; Barangay Poblacion in Bislig City – one; Barangay Poblacion (Bahbah) in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur – one; and Barangay Cabinet and Barangay 4 in Cabadbaran City with two deaths. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

Birth of the 100 Millionth Pinoy seen

By May Ann O. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, July 24 (PIA) - The Commission on Population (PopCom) here has a close look on all government-run hospitals and health facilities in the region, as the probable host of the 100 millionth baby on July 27, 2014 at 12:06 in the morning.

PopCom is taking the lead in anticipating the birth of the 100 Millionth baby expected to be born on the said date and time for this marks another milestone in the country’s population count.

Under the search mechanics, the local government units with its provincial and city population and health officers, the Department of Health, Philhealth and selected program partners will also be taking part in the monitoring.

PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano stated that the birth of the 100 Millionth Filipino baby will mark a celebration of life and a prospect for another productive citizen if proper care for his/her growth will be accorded sustainably.

The PopCom official further said that this event signifies a happy as well as challenging demographic moment in the lives of every Filipino. The 100 million Filipinos mark the prospect of quantitatively significant labor force that can propel the country towards sustainable economic development. It likewise signifies hundred million minds and hearts that will work together to make this geographically small country a better place to live in.

The projected count of 100Mth baby is based only on the population count in the country by the Philippine Statistics Authority, not counting the Filipinos overseas.

The occasion of the birth of the 100-Millionth baby shall also be made an opportunity to highlight the significance of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) in pursuing national and local development. (PopCom/PIA-Caraga)

DOLE, DSWD award Laundry Shop equipment, building to NAPUBKAY

BUTUAN CITY, July 24 (PIA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga has awarded the amount of P143,700.00 for the materials and equipment to be used for the Laundry Shop Project to the Nagkahiusang Pubring Mangaykay (NAPUBKAY) in Barangay Doongan, this city, while the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provided the amount of P481,752.00 for the building.

NAPUBKAY is a group formed by the parents of the child laborers in barangay Doongan given the Laundry Shop project. These are people formerly scavenging from the pile of garbage in the dump site which is now closed.

“This is the main reason why the DOLE together with DSWD, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (KALAHI-CIDSS) and the city government of Butuan identified this place to be given more livelihood projects,” relayed DOLE-Caraga regional director Johnson CaΓ±ete.

The local government unit (LGU) here also contributed P10,934.00 while the Barangay-LGU gave P298,247.00. The community also pitched in P27,494.00 for this project.

It can be recalled that on June 6, 2014, four months after the release of the funds, the blessing and inauguration of the Livelihood Development Center for Laundry Shop Business Operation was finally done at Purok 2 Barangay Doongan, Butuan City.

The ribbon cutting was witnessed by DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, World Bank Social Development Specialist Malou Padua, DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli.

Second district representative Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun and Butuan City mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr., Vice Mayor Angelo S. Calo, and Doongan Punong Baranggay Gilberto A. Enriquez were also present.

Barangay Doongan has a total population of 11,894; labeled as one of the poorest barangays in Butuan City, because of the numerous informal sectors and child laborers residing in the area.

With the continuous effort of DOLE-Caraga along with its partner agencies, more disadvantaged Caraganons will be given assistance to ease their financial burden. (JPG/LMS/ICA/PIA-Caraga)

SurSur DPWH 1st District Eng’g Office bares CY 2014 project status

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, July 24 (PIA) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) First District Engineering Office (DEO) in Surigao del Sur under Engr. Alipio Grana has bared the status of all the 2014 infrastructure projects it is dealing with as of June 30.

Asst. District Engr. (ADE) Ruel Bantugan said that of the 32 national and local projects, eight have already been completed; 21 are on-going; and three have yet to start construction based on the calendar year (CY) 2014 Project Status Report covering the first half.

He explained that these projects, with a total cost of P281,618,000, have been classified into nine types depending on the nature of civil engineering works being undertaken like construction, rehabilitation, reconstruction, upgrading, network development widening, and so on.

Also, Bantugan clarified that projects are tagged as either national or local infrastructure project, adding that normally such classification also depends on the location of work.

Meanwhile, he pointed out that their office is concerned with 24 national projects and eight local ones with an accomplishment posted at 51.52 percent. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DOLE-Caraga transforms Butuan brgy into a Child Labor Free

BUTUAN CITY, July 24 – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga, in partnership with the local government here has created Resolution No. 7-206-14 Series of 2014 containing initiatives or activities for the development of the children in Barangay Doongan of this city, particularly in the former dump site area, which is a perfect picture of poverty.

“Although the dump site is currently being converted into an Eco-Park, the place is still packed with informal sector workers and child laborers,” cited DOLE-Caraga regional director Atty. Johnson CaΓ±ete.

There are children collecting garbage disposals from one house to another, some drive pedi-cabs and push carts to sell Filipino snacks for a living.

“With this effort, the DOLE will be providing various activities for the people living in the area especially the children. These children are the most vulnerable sector in our society, that’s why we have to do something to address their concerns,” stressed CaΓ±ete.

Also, said resolution supports the initiative of the DOLE-Caraga to transform Doongan into a Child Labor Free Barangay. (JPG/DOLE-13/PIA-Caraga)

SurSur, agri prov’l office employee make it to finals in 2014 National Organic Agriculture Achievers Awards; evaluation set today

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, July 24 (PIA) – The province of Surigao del Sur and Rosemarie Ganate have both made it to the 2014 National Organic Agriculture Achievers Awards (NOAAA) finalists’ shortlist, according to Edna Mabeza, Acting Director IV of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga Regional Office.

As such, the province and Ganate are set “to compete on the Outstanding Provincial Local Government Unit Category and Provincial Focal Person Category, respectively,” she pointed out in her letter to Governor Johnny Pimentel on July 16.

Also, Mabeza stressed that “the National Evaluators who composed the National Screening Committee (NSC) will conduct field validation in relation to the said search this coming July 24, 2014.” 

“In view of this, we request for your assistance relative to the said visit at the same time prepare a 30-minute powerpoint presentation of the Provincial Organic Agriculture Roadmap and future directions at around 1:00-1:30 p.m. of the same day,” she added.

Meanwhile, Catalino Segismar, Jr., Agriculturist II/Planning Officer Designate and the person in charge of the presentation, together with Provincial Organic Agriculture Focal Person Ganate, said that they are already set to face the challenge.

On the other hand, Provincial Agriculturist Marcos Quico expressed confidence that Surigao del Sur headed by Governor Johnny Pimentel will make a dent on pushing hard for organic agriculture in the country, citing various projects and programs that his office has set as model in accordance with national laws as well as local ordinances. (NGBT/Radyo g Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DOLE-AgNor conducts seminars for local establishments

BUTUAN CITY, July 24 - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Agusan del Norte Field Office spearheaded the recently conducted seminars on Labor Relations, Human Relations and Productivity (LHP), Labor Laws Compliance System, Single Entry Approach (SeNA) and Basic Occupational Safety and Health Program at Northern Mindanao (NORMI) Colleges, Inc. and Nasipit People’s Cooperative, respectively.

The said seminars were part of the recommendations/action plan during the joint assessment of the said establishments.  A total of 85 participants from NORMI and 22 from Nasipit People’s Cooperative were accommodated.

This was done to raise awareness on labor standards, productivity and enterprises development; orient the participants on the employees’ rights and privileges and obligations of the employers; help identify potential improvements in enterprise performance and work conditions; encourage participants to formulate and implement programs for the improvement of working conditions and achieve a safe and healthy working environment to improve productivity and; facilitate voluntary compliance with labor standards laws.

Earl Dela Victoria, Board Secretary VI of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Caraga discussed the concepts of productivity while Lilibeth P. Delicana, Senior LEO, presented the Labor Relations and Labor Laws Compliance System.

Also, Lilian M. Solis, LLCO/Senior LEO, emphasized on the topics relative to Human Relations, SeNA and Basic Occupational Safety and Health. (JPG/IMS/DOLE-13/PIA-Caraga)

U.S. government supports improving water supply services in MisOr

MANILA, July 24 (PIA) – The U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is bringing together more than 150 representatives of small-scale water service providers (WSPs) to attend a conference on "Accelerating Water Security and Climate Resiliency among Small Water Service Providers in Misamis Oriental.”  The conference, which runs from July 23-25, 2014 in Cagayan de Oro City, is organized by USAID through its Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental.  The conference will help small-scale water service providers to better serve people without piped water in the province.

Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vicente Emano, and USAID Philippines’ Water and Adaptation Team Leader Dani Newcomb, delivered key messages during the opening session.  In her remarks, Newcomb said that “Access to clean, potable water is a basic human right.  Lack of access has serious impacts on economic productivity and development; it is also detrimental to public health, especially in vulnerable communities.  The role of the small-scale water service provider is very important in the development of the province.”

Providing clean, safe water is especially important following natural disasters.  In 2011, Tropical Storm "Sendong" (Washi), the strongest typhoon to enter the Philippines that year, devastated Cagayan de Oro City and severely impacted water systems and utilities in the area.  Early this year, rising floodwaters in Cagayan de Oro’s Kabula River temporarily shut down the city’s water supply.

“I laud the initiative of the US government in designing this conference.  It only shows your concern to better the water supply service of the province’s providers.  This will furnish them with new inputs and strategies in advancing safe and quality water to consumers,” remarked Governor Emano.

During the conference, participants from water districts, cooperative-run water utilities, local government-owned systems, barangay water associations, rural water associations, and private operators are learning about the support they can receive and strategies they can adopt to improve and expand their systems.  They are tackling issues related to registration and regulation; designing appropriate systems; sustainable operations and maintenance; identifying and accessing financing options; and innovative ways to make water systems more resilient to storms, floods, droughts and other climate change impacts.  Attendees will also participate in a peer-to-peer knowledge exchange to discover how they can enhance the quality and reach of their water supply services.

The conference will culminate with each of the small WSPs developing preliminary action plans, which USAID’s Be Secure Project will review for possible funding.  These efforts support USAID’s Cities Development Initiative to promote resilient economic growth of second-tier cities and stimulate investments and inclusive development in the Philippines.  Under the Partnership for Growth, USAID and the Philippine government promote good governance, improved access to water and services, and enhanced adaptability to climate change for communities throughout the country. (U.S. Embassy/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: 26 Pilipino na inilikas mula sa Syria darating sa Biyernes

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hulyo 24 (PIA) - Iniulat ng Embahada ng Pilipinas na nasa Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic sa Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) na 26 Pilipino mula sa Syria, na nakinabang sa ilalim ng Mandatory Repatriation Program (MRP) ay darating sa Hulyo 25 sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) mga bandang 10:10 ng gabi (22.10H) sakay ng eroplanong Emirates Airlines Flight numero EK-334 mula Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UEA).

Ito ay nagdala ng kabuuang bilang ng mga Pilipino na inilikas mula sa Syria sa 5,450. Sa bilang na ito, 2,422 ay inilikas sa pamamagitan ng Lebanon, kasama ang kooperasyon, tulong at suporta ng Embahada ng Pilipinas na nasa Beirut, Lebanon. Ang kanilang mga ticket ay ibinigay na libre ng International Organization for Migration (IOM) na nasa Damascus.

Ang 26 na mga Pilipino ay bibiyahe sa lupa mula Damascus hanggang Beirut sa Hulyo 24. Sila ay tutulungan ng mga tauhan ng Embahada ng Pilipinas sa Beirut sa kanilang pagbiyahe sa Lebanese Masna’a border. Ang mga ililikas ay dumaan sa maigsing panayam at pagsusuring medical bago ang kanilang biyahe papuntang Manila.

Habang ang MRP ay nasa pwesto, ang Embahada ng Pilipinas ay nag-iimbita ng mga kamag-anak ng mga mangagawang Pilipino na nasa Syria pa na makipag-ugnayan sa Embahada sa mga sumusunod na mga detalye: 00963-11-6132626, 00963-949155557, 00963934957926, email: damascuspe@gmail.com at magbigay ng impormasyon ng kinalalagyan ng miyembro ng kanilang pamilya para sa madaliang pagbigay ng tulong na maaring maibigay sa kanila. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Tagalog News: BI pinadeport ang pinagdudahang terorista

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hulyo 24 (PIA) - Ipinadeport ng Bureau of Immigration (BI) noong Martes ng gabi ang isang Australyano at pinagdudahang terorista na si Edward Cerantonio dahil isa siyang banyaga na walang dokumento dito sa Pilipinas.

Sinabi ni BI spokesperson Atty. Elaine Tan na si Cerantonio alias “Musa Cerantonio” ay ipinabalik sa Australia dahil ang kanyang pasaporte ay kinansela ng kanilang Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sinabi ni Tan na inayos ng mga opisyal ng Embahada ng Australia ang mga dokumento ni Cerantonio para makapaglakbay sakay ng Philippine Airlines flight PR209 papuntang Melbourne bandang alas 9:10 ng gabi.

Wala siyang nakabinbin na kaso sa lokal na korte ayon sa nakasaad sa kanyang NBI Clearance.

“Sinalubong si Cerantonio ng mga otoridad ng Australia kahapon ng umaga kung saan siya ay nakatakdang magdaan sa pormalidad ng mga dumarating para sa dapat pabalikin,” paliwanag ni Tan.

Si Cerantonio, isang katutubo mula sa Canberra ay sinamahan ng apat na opisyal ng BI intelligence sa kanyang paglipad pabalik sa Australia, sabi ni Tan.

Noong nakaraang Hulyo 11, dinakip si Cerantonio ng mga operatiba ng BI at pulis sa kanyang pagiging walang dokumentong banyaga. Iniulat din siyang gumagamit ng internet para hikayatin ang mga tao na gumawa ng mga gawaing laban sa gobyerno.

Si Cerantonio na inaresto sa lunsod ng Lapu-lapu, Cebu ay dinala sa piitan ng BI sa Bicutan, lunsod ng Taguig kung saan nanatili siya hanggang sa kanyang actual na pagbalik sa Australia. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)