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Church man hangs self over friend’s apostasy

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City–A church caretaker hanged himself apparently because of depression that was aggravated by his best friend’s decision to renounce their religious beliefs, police said over the weekend. PO3 Anthony Echin identified the suicide as Charlito Hewe, 56, caretaker of the Free Methodist Church in  Barangay ...

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640 new Caraga cops take oath

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — Caraga Region has new 640 cops who took oath in office as the Police Officers 1 during simple oath-taking ceremony held Police Regional Office-13 parade grounds on Saturday. According to Senior Inspector Venus Nelminda, OIC Chief of the Regional Police Personnel and Human ...

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Soldiers overrun rebel camp in Surigao

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City–Government troops from the 30th Infantry Battalion overran a camp of the New People’s Army (NPA) following an encounter in Barangay Tinago, Malimono, Surigao del Norte on Monday. Civil Military Operations officer Lt. Ryan Layug of the 401st Infantry Battalion said soldiers occupied the rebel ...

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Govt hospital worker caught in pot session

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — After the arrest of an ex-army allegedly peddling shabu in a buy-bust operation, authorities have arrested another government employee –– a regular personnel of Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital. Police arrested public hospital worker Silvestre Arsenal Bustillo, Jr, 48 while he was using ...

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Caraga drug ‘surrenderers’ now at 8,792 and counting

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — From 7,081, as of Sunday, the number of shabu users and pushers who turned themselves in in different barangays in four provinces in Caraga Region now reached 8, 792 mark and counting. This developed after municipalities of Nasipit, Jabonga, Magallanes, Kitcharao, all in ...

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Butuan girl swims in garbage hole, drowns

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City–An eight-year old girl drowned while playing with her friends in what used to be a dumpsite in Dumalagan here on Sunday. The city police identified the victim as Japhith Guaba of P-9, Barangay Dumalagan. P03 Anthony Echin said a barangay councilor, Anabelle Lumantao, reported ...

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Plane sprayer crash lands after takeoff in Agnor town

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City–A single-engine plane used in spraying chemicals on banana plantations crash landed shortly after it took off from the Dona Rosario Airport in Tubay, Agusan del Norte at around 7:25 am on Saturday. The plane was headed towards the 150-hectare banana plantation of Dole Philippines ...

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Agsur police uproot P15 million worth of marijuana

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City–Authorities uprooted and hauled off marijuana plants that could command a price of over P15 million in a raid in Agusan del Sur over the weekend. The Loreto town police said the raid was carried out by police officers, soldiers, and agents of the  Philippine ...

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Lumads demand probe on firm encroaching their land

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — Tribal leaders, members, residents and barangay officials of Barangay Anticala, this city, over the weekend, asked the help of President Rodrigo Duterte to investigate the controversial P565-million Butuan Bulk Water Supply Project since the project has encroached their ancestral domain without proper consultation. ...

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