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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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Drug suspect shot dead by police in Bislig city

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — A suspected shabu pusher was shot dead by joint operatives of Bislig City Police Office and Surigao del Sur Provincial Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group on Saturday evening at the city’s bay walk. The other two companions of the slain drug suspect were arrested ...

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Vintage bomb unearthed in Surigao city

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — He thought it would make him rich, but the “treasure” that a construction worker unearthed turned out to be a World War II vintage bomb. Julito Calimpong, who did excavation work at the construction site in Surigao del Norte National High School three ...

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Butuan city graveyard shabu deal busted

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — Authorities busted a deal on illegal drugs inside the Chinese cemetery in Purok 10, Barangay Bancasi, this city on Wednesday. Police also discovered new players in the illegal drugs trade here. Thousands of pesos worth of suspected shabu were seized in just two ...

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6 drug suspects nabbed in separate anti-drug raids

BUTUAN City — Six alleged drug personalities were arrested in two separate anti-illegal drug operations here in Caraga Region recently. In Surigao City, a joint operation conducted by Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office and Surigao Del Norte Provincial Public Safety Company, resulted in the arrest of Reynante Mira Limbaga, ...

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