10.15.2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

“All I want is justice for my husband,” says wife of late Datu Sulhayan 

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 15 (PIA) – I and my family are seeking justice for my husband's untimely death. He hasn’t harmed or has done anything wrong to anyone but the NPAs lost his life from us. He deserves justice!”

This was the statement of Maida Sulhayan, wife of the late Datu Ricardo Sulhayan, who was recently killed by the New People’s Army (NPA), during an interview on Thursday with the personnel of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and media partners in Barangay Camagong, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

Sulhayan believed that her husband was killed due to his refusal of giving revolutionary tax to NPA. “My husband didn’t want to give the amount demanded by the NPAs as revolutionary tax from the logging activities in our area, and that’s the only reason I can see which made them (NPAs) killed him,” she remarked.

She also asked the government to help her and give urgent response to the investigation of the case.

"I am appealing to the government - national and local to help me in this fight. All I want is justice for my husband who was killed by the NPAs. We are mourning for his death. They (NPAs) have no right to do that to my husband. I wish them to suffer the consequences of their wrongdoings," stressed Sulhayan.

Datu Sulhayan’s widow then hoped for the speedy investigation and arrest of the perpetrators by the law enforcement agencies. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


AFP, PNP to pursue suspects behind killing of Lumad leader in AgNor

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 15 (PIA) – Following the recent killing incident of a lumad in Agusan del Norte, top officials of the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police (PNP) here have condemned the devious acts and practices of the New People’s Army (NPAs) and will file a case in court against them.

In his interview, Lt Col Lynart Castisimo of the 23rd Infantry Battalion (IB) Philippine Army said that they are going to file a case and get a warrant of arrest for the perpetrators who killed Datu Ricardo Sulhayan, a Higaonon chieftain.

"After the incident, we conducted pursuit operation against the perpetrators. Our main objective is to pursue the case. We are now on the process of filing the case against this certain guerilla. It's almost a week that we have been conducting the pursuit operation in the area and we will not stop until we get them," disclosed Castisimo.

Castisimo further reminded the lumad community to be vigilant and be cautious enough with their surroundings. "We are continuing our operation in the area. With the vastness of our covered responsibility, I suggest that all tribal leaders will be more vigilant. I believe we can still attain peace if cooperation and engagement of other government entities are strengthened," he said.

The good colonel also assured the lumads of the continuous Bayanihan program in the province which includes the municipality of Nasipit. "We will continue our Bayanihan operations in the different areas together with other stakeholders in order to maintain peace and order situation. We are also asking our media partners to help us disseminate to the public the wrong doings of the NPAs so people will know and be cautious of them," he stressed.

Also, according to PSInsp Joepetrus Catubig, chief of Nasipit Police Station in Agusan del Norte, the PNP is the main investigative body in investigating the killing of Datu Sulhayan. "Evidences have been gathered to really see and prove who these perpetrators are and so we can arrest them... We have a security plan in line with the preparation of the 2016 elections and we are all ready for any security measures," he said.

Meanwhile, BGen Paul Atal of the 4th Infantry Division revealed that they are maximizing its monitoring efforts to apprehend the perpetrators. "We are all Filipinos and I urge them to surrender. Educating the community is also vital in order to minimize and eradicate NPA recruitment. This meeting today with tribal chieftains will highlight unity and come up with certain resolutions. We absolutely condemn the activities of the illegal armed groups," he remarked. (VLG/JPG, PIA-Caraga)


Fire leaves 513 families homeless in Tandag City

By Nida Grace P. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 15 (PIA) - Fire destroyed about 300 houses mostly made up of light materials in barangay Bongtud, this city at Wednesday afternoon, leaving at least 513 families or 3,078 indviduals homeless, according to City Social Welfare and Development officer Tessie Buniel.

Buniel bared, the homeless families are now temporarily sheltered at the Tandag City Gymnasium. "We are still conducting an assessment of the victims. We have also an ong-oing relief operation conducted by the city government," she said.

The Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) said they received the alarm at 2:50 p.m. and controlled the flames two hours after.

The BFP then declared a fire out at around 8:57 p.m. and reported an estimated damage to property of P25 million. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Fire hits Tandag City anew, guts 300 houses

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 15 (PIA) – In just a span of 10 days, another fire had hit Tandag City anew this month, razing close to 300 houses, mostly made of light materials, in a crowded area at Purok Kalipayan that started at about 2:50 p.m. on October 14.

Fire Officer 1 Erik Masangkay, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) fire and arson investigator this city said, they have yet to come up with a final investigation report.

He said, damage estimate was initially placed at P25 million.

“The cause of fire is still under investigation,” Masangkay said, pointing out that it originated at “the left portion of the kitchen area” occupied by Ryan Ratonel, son-in-law of the house owner, Ruben Burabod.

The firefighting operation lasted for about two hours and 25 minutes, followed by overhauling operation until fire out was declared at 8:57 p.m., Masangkay added.

The fire and arson investigator also acknowledged the arrival of the respective fire trucks from the towns of San Miguel, Madrid, Lanuza, and Carrascal fire stations.

It can be recalled that on October 4, a fire had burned down a two-storey commercial complex along Donasco corner F. Rodriguez Streets. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SNNHS students undergo career guidance program orientation

By Esmeralda M. Cantila

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Nort, Oct. 15 (PIA) – In compliance to the Department of Education’s (DepEd's) rolled out Career Guidance Program (CGP), around 200 incoming Grade 11 students of Surigao del Norte National High School (SNNHS) underwent a weekly modular career orientation since September this year.

The CGP program aims to assist the Senior High School (SHS) entrants in making informed decisions regarding their choice of career and promote awareness of the importance of choosing a career that suits their skills and interests that matches the available resources and the needs of the society.

Class advisers of Grade 10 students were mandated to follow through the scheduled conduct of the several modular topics for discussions.

The homeroom guidance class was mobilized to integrate the lessons and activities for the three modules which include module one “Embarking on a Journey of self-Discovery, module two “Examining the Destinations”, and module three “Charting Your Own Course.”

The activities will culminate in Career Guidance Week celebration on October 12 to 16, 2015. (SDR/DepEd-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


City-wide launch for Hi-5 program in Tandag set

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 15 (PIA) – A city-wide launch is now set for the High Impact 5 (Hi-5) program at the Covered Court of Barangay Dagocdoc here at 1:00 p.m. on October 16, 2015.

Mayor Roxanne Pimentel, through city administrator Alexander Pimentel, cited they would be aiming to muster some 1,700 Hi-5 clients.

The Hi-5 program had initially kicked off in time for the start of the Barangay Caravan here on September 28 that ended on October 14.

Hi-5 is a program of the Department of Health (DOH) which aims to provide universal health care for Filipinos through improved access to quality hospital and health care facilities, focusing on maternal health, infant health care, child care, HIV-AIDS, and service delivery network, it was learned.

On August 10, 2015, Dr. Ponciano Limcangco, Adela Serra-Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) chief here, had already launched the Hi-5 program at said DOH-run hospital.

Limcangco then bared four strategies, namely: Alagang Pinoy Brand, Kapit-Bisig para sa Kalugusang Pangkalahatan (KP) which is the DOH operational strategy, strengthening service delivery network, and ensuring drugs and medicines availability.

The Hi-5 core services are expected to be carried out during the city-wide launch. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)