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Butuan water project not in govt list of PPP projects

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City–The controversial P565-million Butuan Bulk Water Supply Project is not officially in the government’s list of Public-Private Partnership projects. This paper learned this when it checked the PPP Center’s website www.ppp.gov.ph. Noting that the controversial project of the Butuan City Water District (BCWD) is not ...

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Narcs arrest police officer, three women

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City––Members of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group arrested a police officer and three women during a raid in Purok 9, Barangay Ong Yiu here on Sunday night. Senior Insp. Fermin Gudano said the arrest was made in the house of Agnes Almaden, 52, ...

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Butuan mayor threatens to have 5 lawyers disbarred

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City–Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. has threatened to file disbarment charges against five lawyers for allegedly accusing him of being involved in an attempt to overprice heavy equipment to be bought by city hall. In a news conference on Friday, Amante said he would also file ...

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Libel plaint vs councilor dismissed

By Ben Serrano BUTUAN City––The Office of the Ombudsman has trashed the complaint for libel filed by a mayoral candidate and the contractor of the controversial bulk water supply project here against a councilor who questioned the deal he had with the Butuan City Water District (BCWD). Cleared by the ...

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Body of unidentified female found dead to be buried today

By WINSTON P. ENSOMO Correspondent SURIGAO City — An unidentified woman was found dead in makeshift house made of tarpaulin here at the City Boulevard, here last week. No one could identiy the slain woman since. PO2 Glenn Zelmer Antonio, Police Tourist Officer notified the Surigao City Police Station that ...

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Cops raid known drug den, nab two suspects

By BEN SERRANO, Correspondent BUTUAN CITY — Police authorities in neigboring Surigao City nabbed two persons with P236 thousand worth of suspected shabu,  22 pieces of illegal gambling fruit game machines including  a .45 caliber pistol with seven live ammunitions and an undetermined amount of cash in a raid of ...

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Felix is new police chief for Caraga

By Ben Serrano BUTUAN City–Chief Supt. Rolando Felix yesterday assumed as the new regional director of the National Police in Caraga. Felix, who once served in the Special Action Force (SAF), replaced Chief Supt. Vert Chavez during turnover rites graced by Police Deputy Director General Danilo Constantino at Camp Rafael ...

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Fire destroys 37 houses in Butuan slum

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City–Fire struck and destroyed houses at a slum in Barangay Obrero, this city, over the weekend, and police are now looking for a man because of allegations he had something to do with it. The City Fire Marshal’s Office said the fire razed to the ...

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Lawyers to file plunder raps over water deal

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City–A group of lawyers has threatened to file plunder charges against the people involved in the controversial P565-million Butuan City Bulk Water Supply project. One of the lawyers, Roan Libarios, called the deal “patently illegal, null and void from the start, meant to defraud the ...

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