(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 04 October 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "JENNY" {KOINU} was estimated based on all available data at 275 km East Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (21.9°N, 124.2°E) with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 185 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 10 km/h. Southwest Monsoon affecting Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Visayas. 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 Southwest Monsoon / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Monday, January 9, 2023

2 former rebels add up to the increasing number of CTG surrenders

BUTUAN CITY -- Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 Director, PBGen Pablo G Labra II, reported the surrender of two more members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) on Wednesday, January 4, adding to the increasing list of Communist Terrorists Group (CTG) who  surrendered in the region.

The new CTG surrenderers were identified as alias Jan, member of Guerilla Front 16A, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee, 24 years old, resident of Lianga, Surigao del Sur and alias Sam, NPA in the Barrio (Militia ng Bayan), 22 years old, a resident of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte with an improvised shotgun. 

Alias Jan was listed in the Periodic Status Report (PSR) in the 4th Quarter of 2020. His surrender was due to the joint efforts of the Lianga Municipal Police Station (MPS), 9th SF Battalion, Philippine Army and Local Chief Executive Novelita M. Sarmen.

Meanwhile, the surrender of alias Sam is a positive result of the continuous efforts of the Nasipit MPS and the barangay officials of Camagong in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

PNP Caraga welcomes the surrender of these two former rebels. They both made good decisions at the beginning of the year and we truly hope that they will be able to re-integrate into the community, live peacefully and have meaningful lives with their families,” said RD LABRA II.

The region's top police continues to call for the surrender of other active CTG members and supporters. (PMaj Jennifer S. Ometer, PNP Caraga/PIA Caraga)