Rebels seize 2 civilians in Tandag City
By Nida Grace P. Barcena
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 11 (PIA) – Some 60 fully armed New People's Army (NPA) rebels abducted two members of Bantay Banwa (Bantay Kalikasan) group on Friday in Barangay Pangi, this city, approximately six kilometers from the Police Provincial Office (PPO).
PPO PCR officer PCInsp. Noel Naranjo identified the victims as Ramil Aguirre, 35 years old and Jesus Matin-ao, 50 years old.
Initial investigation conducted by the authorities revealed that the victims were heading towards the coco lands when they were approached by 60 fully armed men and women with AK-47 and M16 firearms dressed in full combat “army” uniform and wearing boots led by alias “Nicko” of Guerilla Front 30 under the command of “Ka Juagpao.” Said victims were then brought towards the remote portion of the area.
After few hours, the captors reportedly released Jesus Matin-ao, but Ramil Aguirre is still in the hands of the abductors for the reason that he was an alleged informant of the government troops.
Pursuit operations are still underway to rescue the victim, as of posting. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
Army, rebels clash in Tandag City; soldier wounded
By Nida Grace P. Barcena
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 11 (PIA) – An army soldier was wounded in a clash between government troops and the lawless armed group (LAG) in Sitio Hitaob, Brgy. Awasian, this city on Sunday.
Initial report from the Police Provincial Office revealed that the wounded soldier was identified as PFC Marjun Bayo who sustained wounds in his right arm and left leg due to the landmine. Bayo is now in a stable condition, it was learned.
After the firefight, the troops recovered some personal belongings, 20 meters electrical wire and assorted medical supplies at the encounter site.
In a press statement, 36IB Civil-Military Operations (CMO) officer Captain Francisco Gallero Jr., said that they received a report from a concerned citizen of the armed rebels presence in the area extorting from the residents.
Gallero that they were the same group who was responsible to the recent abductions in the province.
It can be recalled that on July 6, PO1 Richard Yu of Carmen Municipal Police Station was abducted a distance from his residence in Carmen town. Another incident took place on July 8, in which a certain Ramil Aguirre, 35 years old and a member of “Bantay Banwa Group” (Bantay Kalikasan) was reportedly abducted by more or less 60 fully armed rebels. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
Placer assumes post as Butuan police chief
By PSI Charity S Galvez
BUTUAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) - Senior Supt. Percival Augustus Placer took post as director of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) after he replaced the outgoing commander Senior Supt. Francisco Dungo during the ceremonial turn-over of command today at BCPO headquarters, this city.
Chief Supt Rolando Felix, Police Regional Office 13 director, spearheaded the turn-over ceremony around 10:00AM, Monday.
Placer was previously assigned at the regional headquarters of the National Capital Region Police Office as Regional Logistics Division chief.
Dungo is now the chief of the Regional Operations and Plans Division.
SSupt Placer and SSupt Dungo are classmates from the Philippine National Police Academy “Tagapaglungsad” Class of 1993.
The new city’s top cop hails from this city and is an alumnus of Butuan Central Elementary School (1981) and Urios College (1985). (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)
Surigao Norte has new top cop
By PSupt. Michael B. Lozada
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 11 (PIA) – The Police Provincial Office (PPO) of Surigao del Norte has a new provincial director to replace the outgoing officer-in-charge during the ceremonial turn-over of command on Saturday here.
Senior Supt. Antony Maghari is designated as acting provincial director upon the termination of Senior Supt. Ernesto Flores’ designation as officer-in-charge effective July 8, 2016 based on General Orders Number 1110.
During the turn-over of command, Police Regional Office 13 regional director PCSupt. Rolando Felix eexpressed his optimism that SSupt. Maghari can continuously build the “good foundations his predecessor has laid” and thanked the selfless service of the outgoing SSupt. Flores.
Maghari, a member of Philippine National Police Academy “Tagapagtupad” Class of 1992, is the former chief of the Regional Logistics and Research Development Division prior to his new designation.
In his message, RD Felix directed all Surigao del Norte police to continue the intensified campaign against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality. (PIO-PNP Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
PPA guards in 3 provinces, 2 cities in Caraga undergo drug tests
By Eugenio Lira, Jr.
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jul. 11 (PIA) – Around 106 private security guards deployed by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in three provinces and two cities in Caraga Region recently underwent individual drug tests conducted by the PNP Crime Laboratory.
In an interview, PP/Supt Froilan Caturla, station commander of Port Police Division, said guards are currently deployed at the different ports under the Port Management Office of PPA-Surigao City covering the provinces of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands, as well as the cities of Surigao and Tandag.
“Our office had requested the PNP Crime Laboratory thru its provincial head, P/Supt Norman Jovita, to ensure that we have credible drug test results. It is because our PPA-hired guards are in the forefront who are in direct contact with the riding public and port clientele who use our ports, hence, the need for them to undergo drug tests considering that usage of prohibited drugs would likely result to mental health problems which may cause anti-social personality disorder that can affect their decision-making and/or public relations,” PP/Supt Caturla disclosed.
He said the drug testing activity is PPA-Surigao’s manifestation of support, under the leadership of Port Manager Mildred J. Padilla, to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
Caturla was interviewed by the local media in connection with the 42nd anniversary of the Philippine Ports Authority, which is celebrated every July 11 by all port management offices nationwide.
The drug testing on PPA-hired security guards had started on July 6 and will end on July 12,2016, it was learned. (FEA/PPA-Surigao/PIA-Caraga)
Tagalog News: Pagtaas ng HIV rate sa Caraga ikinabahala ng DOH
Ni Venus L. Garcia
BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 11 (PIA) - Nababahala ngayon ang Department of Health dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng bilang ng kaso ng human immunodeficiency virus o HIV sa rehiyon ng Caraga na maaring humantong sa acquired immune deficiency syndrome o AIDS.
Base sa tala ng National Epidemiology Center o NEC, simula ng unang nasuri ang kaso noong 1995 hanggang buwan ng Mayo nitong taon ay umabot na sa 268 ang kasong HIV sa rehiyon Caraga, at ito’y posibleng tumaas pa.
Sa isinagawang HIV/AIDS Core Team Meeting ng Department of Health-Region 13 at City Health Office sa Butuan City, sinabi ni Dr. Christine Mandin, HIV/AIDS core team physician ng Butuan Medical Center, mula Enero hanggang Hulyo nitong taon ay mayroong 83 kaso ng HIV sa rehiyon at ang 45 nito ay sa lungsod ng Butuan, kabilang na dito ang isang limang buwang taon na sanggol.
Dagdag pa ni Dr. Mandin, ang 20 ng HIV mula Enero hanggang Marso 2016 sa Butuan City ay mahigit limang porsiyentong dagdag kumpara sa kaso noong nakaraang taon.
Batay naman sa taong 1995 hanggang Marso 2016 na tala ng NEC-Manila, tinatayang nangunguna sa rehiyon ng Caraga ang Butuan City sa kasong HIV na pumapalo ng 98, pumapangalawa ang probinsiya ng Surigao del Sur na may 50 kaso, at sinundan naman ito ng Agusan del Sur.
Ang naulat na kasong HIV ay nakuha umano lalung-lalo na sa pamamagitan ng pakikipagtalik kung saan ang sekswal na kontak sa kapwa kasarian ang siyang laganap na pamaraan ng transmisyon.
Samantala, pinaalahanan naman ni Dr. Mandin ang publiko na maging sensitibo, lawakan ang pang-unawa, at iwasang ikundina ang sinumang apektado ng HIV o AIDS.
Dahil dito mas pinaigting pa ng DOH at City Health Office ang kampanya upang mabigyan ng sapat na kaalaman ang publiko tungkol sa nakamamatay na sakit upang mapigilan ang pagkalat nito. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)