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Ben Serrano covers Caraga for The Gold Star Daily, and is based in Butuan City.

Rebels take to the streets in Butuan city

BUTUAN City–Some 50 New People’s Army rebels and their supporters staged a five-minute “lightning rally” at the crowded Montilla Boulevard here late afternoon Wednesday in time for the NPA’s 48th anniversary. The group’s spokesman, one Ka Joaquin, said the demonstration was to disprove the military’s claim that the rebel movement ...

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Fire bureau to leave no stone unturned in Butuan fire probe

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City–Authorities yesterday said all possibilities are being looked into in the fire that killed two children and burned some 30 houses and commercial establishments at the New Society Village here on Tuesday. “We are investigating all angles, including the possibility of arson,” said Butuan fire ...

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Reds shoot down banana plantation plane as Punishment

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City–The New People’s Army (NPA) on Monday owned the responsibility for shooting and forcing a plane into crash landing in Barangay Sta. Fe in Tagbina town, Surigao del Sur over the weekend. The spokesman of the NPA in northeastern Mindanao, Ka Ariel Montero, said the ...

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2 barangay execs in Agusan Sur arrested in shabu raid

By Ben Serrano Correspondent BUTUAN City — Two barangay officials, a barangay chairman and a village councilman were arrested by operatives of the Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-Caraga) at around 9:30 am Sunday in Barangay Patin-ay, Prosperidad town in Agusan del Sur. In a phone interview, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur Chief ...

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Vigilante-style killing strikes anew in Surigao

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — A resurgent wave of vigilante-style killing in Surigao has claimed a life while critically wounder another. This, even as members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Surigao City chapter continue to boycott representing illegal drugelated cases. In a police report, Surigao City Chief ...

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Alleged drug pusher falls

By Ben Serrano Correspondent BUTUAN City — A 19-year old suspected drug pusher who converted a remote banana area as his drug den was arrested in buy-bust operation by the composite team of the National Police (PNP) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) last Friday afternoon at around 4 pm ...

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2 Agusan ‘Tokhang’ officers found guilty

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent THE Office of the Ombudsman has found two police officers guilty in the 2016 killing of a man accused of being involved in illegal drugs in Agusan del Norte. Their alleged victim, 32-year old Expedito Melencion of Barangay Mahayahay, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, had tested negative ...

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Teener collared in buy-bust ops

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — Joint police and narcotics operatives arrested a 19-year-old girl in a buy-bust operation at Purok 7, Barangay Ambago, this city on Monday. In an emailed statement from Police Regional Office 13, Regional Director Chief Supt. Rolando Felix, identified the suspect as Madel Deles ...

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San Francisco top cop awarded most outstanding Mindanaoan

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — The chief of police of San Francisco town in Agusan del Sur has recently been awarded as the Most Outstanding, Model Minda-naoan given by a non-government organization in Davao City. Police Chief Insp. San-dro Bantad Santillan, San Francisco Municipal Chief of Police was ...

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