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NPA denies Surigao clash

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — Ka Ariel Montero, spokesperson of the Regional Operational Command New People’s Army-Northeastern Mindanao Region in an official press statement here in Caraga Region said the report of the Army’s 30th Infantry Battalion commander Lt. Col. Rico Amaro that encounter ensued between his troops ...

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Alleged big time shabu pusher falls

BUTUAN City — Alleged big-time shabu pusher, who has eluded arrest many times, was finally arrested early dawn on Thursday by a joint team of the National Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency here in Caraga region. PDEA-Caraga regional director Gilbert Buenafe identified the suspect as Jabbar Dangcogan, 23, a ...

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Classes suspended after quake jolts Surigao anew

By BEN SERRANO, Correspondent   BUTUAN City — Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Forcadilla Matugas declared suspension of classes in all levels in Surigao City and five other towns in Surigao del Norte after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocked province on Sunday morning. Only four of the 37 injured remain ...

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P1.4-m marijuana found in Surigao

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — An estimated P1.4 million worth of dried, processed marijuana buds contained inside blue drum was found along shore in Barangay Buenavista, Tandag City in Surigao del Sur province Wednesday afternoon. Tandag City Chief of Police Chief Insp. Rey Sorreda claimed they discovered the ...

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Civic group gives relief to quake, flood victims

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — The Officer’s Ladies Club (OLC) of Police Regional Office 13, headed by the wife of Caraga Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Rolando Felix, distributed food packs, medicines, and hygiene kits on Sunday to earthquake victims of Surigao City. Earlier on Saturday, OLC also ...

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Local exec, activists say gov’t ill-prepared

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — Although said in separate press conferences over the weekend, militant groups and local government executives here in Caraga agree that national government is not prepared for the repercussions of the eventual closure of 24 mining firms, 14 of which are in Caraga. During ...

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Maoist guerrillas attack anew

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — About 20 New People’s Army combatants attacked on Saturday, at around 5:40 pm, the compound of the proposed site for the 10.6 megawatt Pulanai Hydroelectric Power Plant at Zone 11, Hangaron, Barangay Lumbayao, an outskirt community of Valencia City. The Maoist guerrillas reportedly ...

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2 barangay chairmen arrested in shabu raid

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — Operatives of the Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga regional office headed by acting regional director Gilbert Buenafe arrested two barangay chairmen in Madrid, Surigao del Sur. An official communiqué to PDEA Director General Isidro U. Lapeña signed by Buenafe reports the two arrested ...

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Mining closure order to affect 20,589 persons

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — The regional directors of two national government agencies are at a quandary where to place the 20,589 mining workers who will be displaced once the mining firms in Caraga region will be closed. Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos, regional director of the Department of ...

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