(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 03 August, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, Severe Tropical Storm "DINDO" {HAGUPIT} was estimated based on all available data at 470 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes (24.3°N, 123.8°E) with maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 115 km/h. It is moving Northwestward at 15 km/h. Meanwhile, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 570 km East Southeast of Davao City, Davao del Sur (5.9°N, 130.8°E). Caraga and Davao Region will have cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms due to Trough of LPA. The rest of the Mindanao will have partly cloudy skies to at times cloudy with rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds from northeast to northwest and the coastal waters will be slight to moderate.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

PNP Caraga officials lead turn over, blessing of new Basilisa police station

By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, July 29 (PIA) -- Officials from the Philippine National Office (PNP) Caraga Regional Office recently led the turnover and blessing of the newly-constructed Police Municipal Police Station in Basilisa town, this province.

The PNP officials who attended the said activity and also conducted an inspection of the operational readiness of the Dinagat Islands Police Provincial Office was led by Police Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr. and Dinagat Islands Police Provincial Office Officer-in-Charge Police Colonel Rogelio Z. Raymundo, Jr.

BGen. Esquivel, in his message, urged the Dinagat police force to get the job well done especially during this time of the pandemic.

“If you cannot go over, go under. If you cannot get to the right, go to the left. If not, perforate. But the most important thing is to get the job done,“ Esquivel said.

During the said activity, strict observance of the minimum public health standards and the safety protocols as they enter the province, such as vehicle disinfection and mandatory thermal scanning for every individual, were also observed. (PNP-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Top NPA terrorist leader in Caraga dead after failed attack

By Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 29 -- The Communist New People's Army Terrorists' (CNTs’) failed attempt to burn the newly-constructed Department of Education (DepEd) Indigenous People's school, which will replace the CNT-linked Tribal Filipino Program in Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS) school in Sitio Simuwao, Diatagon, Lianga leaves Marcelino Navarro y Tampos, alias Marsing, the current Deputy Secretary and head of Education and Propaganda of CNTs’ North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) dead, according to a report on July 19 by the 401st Infantry “Unite and Fight” Brigade.

One other male cadaver was also found on the encounter site and is still subject to verification after being left behind by their fleeing comrades.

Two AK 47 rifles, ammunitions, anti-personnel mines, bomb-making materials, one portable generator, assorted medical supplies, laptops, cellphones, and handheld radio were also recovered by the troops of the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion.

Brigadier General Allan Hambala, 401st Brigade commander said, “we have intensified our security operations in the said area after receiving successive reports from the IP communities that the large groups of CNT are intruding inside their ancestral domains and threatening them. The CNTs had already mercilessly murdered four innocent tribe members since July 6, 2020."

"NPAs even planned on burning down the newly built DepEd's IP School at Sitio Simuwao. These vicious plans and terroristic actions of the terrorist NPAs must be stopped," added Gen. Hambala.

On the other hand, Lianga and San Miguel IP Mandatory representatives Datu Jumar S. Bucales and Datu Rico Maca lambasted Save our Schools Caraga and Sinag, believed to be CNT-linked front organizations for spreading fake news against the ongoing military operations to run after the terrorists. (CMO-3SFBn/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Gov’t troops, IPs, FRs to undergo TESDA skills training

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 29 – Government troops from the 29th Infantry Battalion headed by its Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Isagani Criste, as well as Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and former rebels (FRs) are set to undergo skills training through TESDA-Agusan del Norte.

According to Provincial Director Rey M. Cueva, the training is planned to be conducted in August where each patrol base under the area of responsibility of the 29th IB will send three participants: a soldier or a CAFGU member, IPs and FRs.

“The battalion is composed of 12 patrol base, so we have to expect 36 participants who will undergo training by next month,” Dir. Cueva said.

The participants will be trained in organic vegetable and native chicken production that will run for three days. Right after the training, Cueva added TESDA will provide seedlings for them to plant vegetables and create demo farms in their respective areas, as well as poultries for the native chickens.

After a month, TESDA together with the 29th IB will inspect and assess the demo farms of each patrol base. Those who have made the best demo farm will receive an award. The participants who have finished the training are required to undergo trainer’s training so that when they go back to their respective areas, they will train other members of the community.

In a related development, TESDA-Agusan del Norte have committed to train the existing former rebels (FRs) that are now under the battalion’s custody in Food Processing, Entrepreneurship, and Tilapia production for which trainers of the Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries (NMSF) through the leadership of Mr. Romel M. Natad, Vocational School Administrator II will be the training provider.

Aside from this, Dir. Cueva said TESDA will also help develop the existing demo farms created by the FRs to be learning sites of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).

This move of Dir. Cueva supports the agency’s slogan “TESDA Abot Lahat” which is one of the flagship programs of TESDA Sec. Isidro S. Lapeña in support to EO 70 institutionalizing a whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace. (TESDA Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

DA Caraga turns over 33 heads of breeding gilts to swine raisers

By Fretcher Magatao

BUTUAN CITY, July 29 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga headed by Regional Executive Director Abel James Monteagudo turns over the 33 heads of breeding gilts to Caraga Swine Raisers Incorporated (CARSI).

The breeding gilts amounting to P1.1 million would serve as additional breeder stock or parent stock under DA's hog restocking program.

“We need to secure a steady supply of pork in the region and this response from the government is a good solution to it,” said Director Monteagudo.

According to Livestock Program Coordinator Jekem Sanchez, the association will equally distribute these hogs to its members in the different provinces of Caraga.


“This is DA’s initiative in the region to boost local pork supply even at the threat of the African Swine Fever (ASF) The region remains free at the moment and we are doing every possible measure to stay free from the disease as we aim to increase our swine population in the region,” Sanchez said.

Working in partnership with organized swine raisers in the region such as the CARSI, the DA is ready to provide the needed intervention to further strengthen the industry.

“This intervention given to us would enable us to produce more quality hogs which we can extend to all our members,” said CARSI President Lodela Antonio.

CARSI is an association of hog raisers all over Caraga with the objective of producing quality hogs and maintaining the sufficient supply of pork in the region. (DA Caraga/PIA Caraga)

12 former rebels commit as peace, dev’t advocates

By Maj. Francisco P. Garello, Jr.

BUTUAN CITY, July 29 -- Twelve former rebels (FRs) agreed to become peace and development advocates after undergoing a four-day Deradicalization Training conducted by the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade held at the headquarters in Brgy Bancasi of this city on July 18 to 21, 2020.

The 12 FRs who have recently surrendered to the OPCON Battalions (23IB, 26IB and 58IB) of 402nd Brigade were selected to undergo the said training to encourage them to assist the government in its peace and development initiatives and contribute in the capitulation of ideological belief of their comrades that will hopefully transform their outlooks towards peace.

Their narratives and testimonies may also enlighten the youths especially the student sector and young professionals to be wary of the recruitment schemes of the CTG.

In his message during the opening program, Col. Cerilo C. Balaoro, Jr, deputy brigade commander of the 402nd Brigade, encouraged the FRs in their journey towards transformation and their reintegration back to the mainstream society.

He stressed the importance of the FRs who will volunteer as 3rd party advocates in enticing remaining communist terrorist group (CTG) members to surrender and become a living testimony of the government’s program for former rebels under the Enhanced - Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and its initiatives to address the pressing concerns that caused the insurgency problem.

The deradicalization program is part of the E-CLIP process and a critical component of reintegration of the former rebels back to their communities. It redirects them from their deceptive views and delegitimize the CNT rhetorics and tactics in order to complete their transformation that will lead them to leave the path of violence and false indoctrination.

One of the highlights during the training was the psycho-social moral recovery session wherein the FRs conducted personal reflection and deepening of commitment.

To cap the activity, the FRs have expressed their support; accepted their past mistakes and start a new life with their acceptance; and commitment to become peace advocates.

The training was culminated with a closing ceremony attended by Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, 402nd Infantry Brigade commander, as the keynote speaker.

BGen. Licudine emphasized the importance of the deradicalization training and expressed his gratitude to the FRs for the willingness and commitment they demonstrated during the training.

“I am really glad that all of you here are able to join the training and actively participated in the activities. This only proves that you shun involvement from CTG and wholeheartedly accepted and decided to support the government this time,” said BGen. Licudine.

He also said that FRs are the most credible person to convey the message of hope and to encourage the remaining CTG members to surrender and reconcile with the government.

“Kami isip parte sa kasundaluhan, mitoo kami nga dili pinaagi sa armadong pakigbisog ang solusyon arun masulbad ang atung problema karun. Busa sa inyung pagka intresado sa boluntaryong pagtabang sa atung gobyerno, kauban na kamo sa tahas nga magpahilona sa hunahuna sa inyung kanhing kauban nga ang gobyreno mutabang kanila ug naningkamot nga ayohon ang kinabuhi sa matag-usa kanato og hinay-hinay nga ibalik sa sakto nga kinabuhi ang atung mga kauban nga nagsurender og mutahod na sa atung bandila, sa atung gobyerno, ug sa atung konstitusyon,” BGen. Licudine said. (CMO Officer 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

PNP chief commends PNP-13 for KAPA founder arrest

By PMaj. Renel E. Serrano

BUTUAN CITY, July 29 -- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa commended the troops of Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 following the arrest of KAPA-Community Ministry International founder and president Joel A. Apolinario along with 25 others in the hinterland of Lingig town, Surigao del Sur on July 21.

During the recent virtual press conference, General Gamboa lauded the joint operation of the PRO13 Regional Special Operation Group, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency 10, 1st Special Action Battalion of the PNP Special Action Force, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 13, Surigao del Sur Provincial Mobile Force Company, Lingig Municipal Police Station, 67th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, and Philippine Coast Guard in Barangay Salvacion.

The operation was based on the strength of search warrant for violations of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition and R.A. No. 9516  or Illegal Possession of Explosive issued by Atty. Catalina Shineta M. Tare-Palacio, presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court (RTC), 11th Judicial Region, Branch 41 in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur. 

The operatives also executed the warrant of arrest issued by Atty. Gil G. Bollozos, presiding judge, 10th Judicial Region, RTC, Branch 21, Cagayan de Oro City against Apolinario for syndicated estafa.

“A gunfight ensued when the operating troops were fired upon by the members of Apolinario’s armed men. Two of his men, namely Allan Binongo and Denize Dialoding died while Melecio Siano was seriously wounded,” PNP Caraga regional director Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr said.

Authorities confiscated several high powered firearms. These include the 30 units of M16 rifle; two units of M4 rifles; one garand rifle; four 7.62mm, M60 light machineguns; one caliber 50 sniper rifle; three caliber 22 rifles; one carbine; one shotgun; two RPG rifles; five caliber 45 pistols; two rocket propelled grenade; and several rounds of live ammunition of different caliber.

The suspects will also be charged for violations of the R.A. No. 10591 (Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition), R.A. No. 9516 (Illegal Possession of Explosive), Article 148 of the Revised Penal Code (Direct Assault), and Article 147 of the RPC (Illegal Association).

According to BGen. Esquivel, the intelligence monitoring team had started to track down the whereabouts of the subject since January of this year upon receipt of a report that he bought a private resort in an isolated place in Lingig town. 

“We believe that justice will soon be served to the victims of the KAPA. This operation shall serve as stern warning to all not to organize, entice or involve in Ponzi scheme. We will ensure the full swing of operations to stop similar Ponzi schemes and other pyramiding investment propositions that may proliferate in the region,” said BGen. Esquivel.

In his statement during the press briefing, Gen. Gamboa said that operating troops involved in the said police operation will be given appropriate awards and recognition, meritorious promotion and monetary reward for their significant accomplishment.

Meanwhile, BGen. Jimili L Macaraeg, deputy regional director for administration and chairman of the PRO13 Promotion Board also supported the statement of the PNP chief and stated that processing of the needed documentary requirements for the said promotion will commence immediately. (PIO, PRO13/VLG/PIA-Caraga)