Davao Oriental mayor guilty of neglect of duty

 June 28, 2021

MANILA – The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) has found Mayor Alicia Mori of Caraga, Davao Oriental guilty of simple neglect of duty.The verdict stemmed from a Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) case against Mori for failure to comply with President Rodrigo Duterte’s… Read More

GOV’T WORKER returns P360-K cash

nt of Health in Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) said.In a press conference… Read More

HONEST DPWH MAN. Bernardo de la Cruz (left) hands over the bag containing PHP360,000 cash to its rightful owner, Jean A. Hinayon (right), supervisor and cashier of San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative in the town of Santiago, Agusan del Norte. The turnover on Friday (Jan. 22, 2021) at the DPWH-13 office was witnessed by Regional Director Pol delos Santos (2nd from left). (Photo courtesy of DPWH Caraga)

DPWH-13 lauds employee

 January 23, 2021

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways in Caraga (DPWH-13) lauded the honesty of one of its employees who recently returned PHP360,000 cash to its rightful owner.

DPWH-13 Director Pol delos Santos commended the “uprightness” of Bernardo de la Cruz, who works as a survey aide… Read More

GO EXTENDS AID TO CARAGA TYPHOON VICTIMS

554 Agusan Sur residents get assistance

 January 23, 2021

TRENTO, Agusan del Sur –At least 554 residents from villages hit by Tropical Depression Vicky in December last year received food assistance from the office of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.During Saturday’s distribution at the D.O Plaza Park here, each resident received… Read More

NPA rebels in mass surrender as CPP marks anniversary

32 rebel fighters yield in Agusan Norte

 December 26, 2020

BUTUAN CITY – At least 32 active members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) formally surrendered to the government on December 26, the 52nd founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Agusan del Norte Police Director, Col. Martin M. Gamba, said Saturday the… Read More

FIVE OF NINE GUERRILLA FRONTS IN SAMAR AND LEYTE DISMANTLED

Region 8 scores in fight vs. Reds amid pandemic

 December 26, 2020

TACLOBAN CITY – This year amid the pandemic, Eastern Visayas has been gaining ground in its fight against the New People’s Army (NPA) with the dismantling of more guerrilla fronts and persuading more rebel fighters to surrender.It is on track with its goal to wipe out insurgency by 2022…. Read More

Typhoon ‘Vicky’ kills 6 in Caraga

Over 8K families displaced in Caraga due to ‘Vicky’

 December 20

BUTUAN CITY – Tropical Depression (TD) Vicky left six persons dead and displaced over 8,000 families in Caraga over the last two days.The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Caraga (DSWD-13) said a total of 8,673 families or 34,861 individuals were directly affected by… Read More

‘Vicky’ now outside PAR

 December 20, 2020

MANILA – Tropical Depression (TD) Vicky accelerated and is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sunday.In its 5 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA reported that the center of… Read More

Vicky affects 1.6K families, leaves P105-M infra damage

 December 20, 2020

MANILA – Around 1,590 families or some 6,702 persons residing in 57 barangays in Regions 11 (Davao) and 13 (Caraga) were affected by the heavy rains and flooding spawned by Tropical Depression Vicky, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Sunday.The… Read More

TYPHOON UPDATES: Vicky brings floods in Caraga towns, cities

RISING WATER. Authorities are closely watching the increase of the water level at Agusan River in Butuan City, as TD Vicky continues to bring heavy rains and strong winds in the area and the nearby towns in Agusan del Sur. Local governments in Caraga Region activated their respective disaster management councils to respond to the flooding and other effects of the inclement weather. (PNA photo by Alexander Lopez)

Rescue operations still ongoing in several towns

 December 18, 2020

BUTUAN CITY – Heavy rains caused by the onslaught of Tropical Depression (TD) Vicky has caused flooding in several towns and cities in Caraga Region.The City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) here said it is also closely monitoring the water level at Agusan River.As of 2… Read More

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BREAKING NEWS: Top NPA leader Alvin Luque killed in shoot-out with cops, troopers

Top NPA official in Mindanao killed in Surigao del Sur

Police killed a ranking official of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Mindanao after he allegedly tried to shoot it out with lawmen during an operation in Tandag City in Surigao del Sur early morning of Thursday. READ MORE

Luque killed in Surigao Sur

BUTUAN CITY – A high-ranking communist New People’s Army (NPA) leader was killed during a predawn law enforcement operation in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur on Thursday, police officials said.Col. James T. Goforth, Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office director, said National… Read More

NDF-Mindanao: Alvin Luque a victim of extrajudicial killing

POLICE DISPATCH

FOR: CPNP FROM: RD, PRO13 SMS Ref. No. 1120-1012227.

What: Service of Warrant of Arrest for 2 counts of Murder, Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention that resulted to shoot-out (with monetary reward of PHP6,000.000.00 under DND-DILG joint order of reward No. 17-2019 dated Jan. 20, 2020)

When: 1:15 AM, December 10, 2020 Where: Hermenias Resort, Purok Milion, Brgy. San Agustin, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur

Who: ALVIN LOQUE @Joaquin Jacinto, Member EXECOM KOMMID/ Former KOMMID Spokesperson

How: RID13; PIU & Tandag CPS all of SDSPPO; 401Bde, 4ID, PA; 3SFBn; 23IB; 30IB; 36IB; 26IB; 29IB; 65IB; & Team ISAFP personnel served the Warrant of Arrest against the aforementioned suspect with CC No. 13507, 4575 & 4611, upon approaching of the operating personnel, suspect saw them and suddenly fired his short FAs to the operating personnel, while his companion drew hand grenade prompting them to return fire that resulted in the instantaneous death of the subject person and his companion.

DISPOSITION: SOCO still conducting crime scene investigation while the dead body of the suspects and confiscated items were temporarily in the area of operation. During the search, SOCO initially recovered in the crime scene were;

a) One (1) Cal .45 pistol Remington 1911, chamber loaded with magazine and Cal .45 ammunitions

b) One (1) Fragmentation Hand grenade

c) One (1) 40mm HE

d) 500 rounds 7.62 ammos for AK47

e) One (1) blasting cap

f) One (1) battery

g) IED Firing mechanism and MOL15 meters electric wire

h) NPA Flags and

i) Subversive documents.

SHFC OFFERS SOCIALIZED HOUSING AGREEMENTS WITH AGUSAN DEL SUR MAYORS

AGUSAN DEL SUR HOUSING AGREEMENTS

The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) and Mayor Florencio Garay of Bislig City and Mayor Symond Caguiat of Sta. Josefa municipality of Agusan del Sur are expected to formally sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) on the Community Mortgage Program (CMP), the flagship program of the SHFC that provides low-cost housing to homeless members of organized community and homeowners associations. The AgSur mayors were briefed on October 30 on the program by Merry Cris Berdin, manager of SHFC Caraga and concurrent head of SHFC Southeastern Mindanao. Also present during the briefing were Bislig City councilor Jonathan Lagonero, Sta. Josefa planning office representative Carlo quijada and SHFC Caraga coordinator Paul Bangcas.

NPA using rebel schools in propaganda vs. military

NPA using front groups to spread lies vs. Army: IP leaders

Two Indigenous People Mandatory Representatives (IPMRs) in Surigao del Sur province lambasted the communist New People’s Army (NPA) for “spreading lies and unsubstantiated information” on the Philippine Army. Datu Rico H. Maca, the IPMR of San Miguel town, and Jawudon Jumar… Read More

Army gives slain NPA members decent burial in Gingoog

BUTUAN CITY — Nine of the 10 communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels who died during Sunday’s running gun battle with government forces were laid to rest Wednesday afternoon (May 14) in a public cemetery in Gingoog City.

DECENT BURIAL. The Philippine Army gives a decent burial to nine of the 10 communist New People’s Army rebels Wednesday (May 13, 2020) in a public cemetery in Sitio Lingcomonan, Barangay Binakalan, Gingoog City. The 10 rebels were killed during the series of clashes that took place in the border of the Agusan del Norte and Misamis Oriental provinces on May 10, 2020. (PNA photo by Alexander Lopez)

Ten NPA rebels were killed in a series of clashes that started Sunday along the border of the Agusan del Norte and Misamis Oriental provinces, particularly in Sitio Likudon, Barangay Kamanikan, Gingoog City.

The 10 cadavers were recovered and brought to Gingoog City early morning Tuesday (May 12).

Lt. Col. Francisco L. Molina Jr. commander of the Army’s 23rd Infantry Battalion, told Philippine News Agency on Thursday (May 14) that the decision to bury the dead NPA combatants was finalized after no families showed up to claim the bodies.

Molina said only one casualty, identified as Gary Labial, was claimed by a cousin. Labial was buried by his relatives in Barangay Diongan, Gingoog City.

Of the nine dead NPA combatants, eight were males while two were females.

Molina said the initial process of identifying the identities of the nine NPA casualties has already started, adding they are still counterchecking the information gathered on their identities.

“We are calling the public to help the Army in the process of identification. Anyone who has knowledge or may know the individuals may come to our headquarters,” Molina said.

“We also recovered identification cards (IDs) and other personal belongings that might help in the process of determining their true identities,” he added.

He said among the IDs recovered are the Philhealth ID of a certain Rio Amor Abquina Yuson and the Barangay ID of a certain Gladys Joy Hiponia.

“We are requesting all concerned to cooperate for the speedy identification of the cadavers,” Molina said.

Identified

Three former rebels were also asked by the Army to help in the identification of the dead bodies Tuesday. Initially, military officials said three former rebels identified two of the cadavers as the prominent leaders of Guerrilla Front 4-A (GF 4-A) of the NPA’s North Central Mindanao Regional Committee.

In an interview Thursday (May 14), the three ex-NPA rebels said among those killed Sunday were Paquito Namatindong, the platoon leader of Sandatahang Pampropaganda sa Platoon (SPP) Sikop of GF4-A, and Peter Mansagunda Pinakilid, the political officer of GF4-A.

“We know the two leaders. We were with them for more than two years while we were still active in the movement. We identified them through their features and on the personal belongings recovered,” one of the ex-rebels said.

Civilian support

Molina also lauded the support manifested by the civilians in the area that led to the success of the military operation.

“The information we received from them was vital that guided our troopers in the exact location of the NPA rebels,” he said.

He also expressed gratitude to the local government unit (LGU) of Gingoog City through Mayor Erick Cañosa for shouldering the funeral expenses of the cadavers.

BURIAL FOR DEAD REBELS. Lt. Col. Francisco L. Molina, Jr., (right) commander of Army’s 23rd Infantry Battalion, and 1Lt. Roel Maglalang (left), 23Ib civil-military operations officer, give final instructions minutes before the nine communist New People’s Army rebels are laid to rest Wednesday (May 13, 2020).  The interment took place in a public cemetery in Sitio Lingcomonan, Barangay Binakalan, Gingoog City. (PNA photo by Alexander Lopez)
1Lt. Roel Maglalang, 23Ib civil-military operations officer, noted that Gingoog City and its villages have declared the NPA as persona non grata last year.

“Such a declaration changed the belief of the residents, especially in far-flung areas to the government. Now the people in these areas come to the government not only to seek support for the needs of their communities but also to provide the security forces with information,” Maglalang said.

Lt. Col. Ariel Philip Pontillas chief of police of Gingoog City, also thanked the people in the barangays for the information that led to the military operation against the rebels.

“One week before the incident, we already received information on the massing up of armed men in our area,” Pontillas said.

He added that the NPA rebels were out to conduct harassments, especially on “soft targets” such as police detachments and outposts.

Condolences

In a statement Thursday, Brig. Gen. Maurito L. Licudine, commander of the Army’s 402nd Infantry Brigade, expressed condolences to the families of the NPA combatants who died during the series of armed encounters recently.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the family of the CNTs (communist NPA terrorists) who perished in that fateful day,” Licudine said.

He also encouraged the families of the fleeing NPA rebels to reach out to them and encourage them to peacefully surrender to the government.

“To those CNT members who are still out there, we urge you to lay down your arms and submit yourselves to any government officials in your community or to the nearest Army camp,” Licudine said. (PNA)