Butuan – Mindanao Gold Star Daily https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com Read the Latest News and Updates in Mindanao Fri, 17 May 2019 05:43:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/cropped-GSD-Browser-icon-32x32.png Butuan – Mindanao Gold Star Daily https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com 32 32 Butuan rider conquers cross-country circuit https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/butuan-rider-conquers-cross-country-circuit/ Wed, 15 May 2019 20:00:32 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=96901 By Erwin M. MascariñasCorrespondent Butuan City — A mountain biker representing this city dominated all other top racers from different parts of Mindanao after they battled it out here in one of the most grueling cross-country race course offered to professional riders during the 2019 Mountain Bike Cross Country Circuit Cup. FAST DOWNHILL. Riders zooms ...

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Butuan City — A mountain biker representing this city dominated all other top racers from different parts of Mindanao after they battled it out here in one of the most grueling cross-country race course offered to professional riders during the 2019 Mountain Bike Cross Country Circuit Cup.

FAST DOWNHILL. Riders zooms down on his mountain bike at a downhill course with several rough obstacles during the Mountain Bike Cross Country Circuit Cup 2019 in Malalag, Bancasi, Butuan City Saturday morning. Photo by Erwin M. Mascariñas

About 72 mountain bike riders from Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro City, General Santos City, Iligan City, Bukidnon, Buenavista, Cabadbaran, Trento and Butuan competed in the none different race categories last Saturday in Sitio Malalag, Barangay Bancasi, Butuan City. 

Reimon Lapaza, 32 years old of Butuan City was named champion for the elite category defeating top cyclist from Zamboanga City Roel Quitoy who took 1st runner-up and Dominador Garcia of Coatabato City who came in as 2nd runner-up.

“The race course that we have here is a bit hard because there are several obstacles along its downhill course, not to mention the stiff climb in the uphill,” said Lapaza.

Lapaza who won the Ronda Pilipinas national championship in 2014 is also the Mountain Bike Cross Country Circuit Cup champion for the past three years in a row.

“This is my fourth win, but I did not expect this would unfold as I went into the race with a fever,” said Lapaza.

Dominador Garcia from Pigcawayan, North Cotabato representing Bomba Gensan and Katba Cotabato expressed his admiration for the prepared race tract.

“The tract is hard because it is copied from an international route, the organizers tried to promote a competition that will help us riders compete in the international scene. It requires not only stamina but technical knowledge and skills,” said Garcia.

Garcia who took a direct flight from Manila after attending another national race took the first place finish in the 35-39 category earlier in the race.

Jose Enriquez III, a mountain bike enthusiast and event organizer explained that the race is not for beginners.  

“The race course that we have set up for this mountain bike competition is not for the faint hearted, this is for the intermediate and advance riders who wants to push their abilities and skill as we have several hard uphill climbs as well as hard to navigate downhill with several obstacles,” said Enriquez.

Enriquez pointed out that they tried to pattern the race to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) standards which is the world governing body for sports cycling and oversees international competitive cycling events.

Engr Alan Taruc, one of the organizers of the event explained that one lap of the race is equivalent to 1.8 kilometers.

“Even if our race track is not really at par with the UCI, we try our best to make it as similar as we can to hopefully train our riders and push their competitive skills to its fullest potential. Now what makes it hard is doing the 1.8 kilometers three or five times, by the end of the fourth loop most of the riders can barely push their mountain bikes to the finish line,” said Enriquez.

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73% of Butuan voters have no prob-lems with accepting money from bets: survey https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/73-of-butuan-voters-have-no-prob-lems-with-accepting-money-from-bets-survey/ Fri, 03 May 2019 20:52:26 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=96403 By Erwin MascariñasCorrespondent BUTUAN City – A Roman Catholic-owned university here has raised concerns over results of a survey conducted by its policy center that showed that 73.54 percent of this city’s voters have no problems with accepting money from candidates on election day. The survey was conducted April 15-25, 2019 by the Father Saturnino ...

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BUTUAN City – A Roman Catholic-owned university here has raised concerns over results of a survey conducted by its policy center that showed that 73.54 percent of this city’s voters have no problems with accepting money from candidates on election day.

The survey was conducted April 15-25, 2019 by the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Policy Center.    

DISTURBING. Students walk past the statue of Father Saturnino Urios at the university’s entrance in Butuan City. The university has raised concerns over survey results that showed 73.54 percent of Butuan’s voters have no problems with accepting money from candidates on election day. (photo by Erwin Mascariñas)

Lawyer Josefa Sorrera-Ty, director of the FSUU Policy Center and dean of the university’s college of law, said the survey was part of the institution’s commitment to provide the general public with an accurate and non-partisan self-report regarding voters’ perceptions.

Ty said the data were gathered from 2,188 respondents from each of the city’s 86 barangays who represented one percent of Butuan’s voting population.

“Part of the survey asked if they will accept money from candidates or political parties in the upcoming election. The result showed 73.54 percent,” Ty said.

She revealed that 42.60 percent of the respondents said they expected to receive money from candidates or political parties this coming election while 57.40 percent said otherwise.

“This maybe because this year’s local election is not as hotly contested as that of previous years,” said Ty.

She said that when the respondents were asked whether they will vote for the political party or candidates that gave them money, 37.43 percent answered “yes” while 62.57 percent answered “no.”

Most of the  respondents were female at 55.48 percent; 67.73 percent are between the ages of 25 and 60 years; 66.18 percent are married; 51.92 percent attained secondary education; 37.16 percent were unemployed; 22.62 percent are daily wage earners; 47.17 percent have annual incomes  below P40 thousand; and 42.78 percent have their daily wage as the main source of family income.

The Rev. Father Randy Jasper Odchigue,  vice president for Academic Affairs of FSUU, said the survey results indicate a failure to address the problem and the culture of vote-buying.

Odchigue said poverty remains as a big problem, noting that 58.81 percent of the respondents answered that after receiving money they would use it to buy rice and food while 17.22 percent stated that they will use it for household bills and family expenses. 

Jody Navarra, a civil society activist, said he has witnessed vote buying in the city since the 1950s, and blamed it on poor family values.

“The culture of fraud through vote buying has been passed down from grandparents to their grandchildren. Because of the hard times and frustrations from the political and electoral system, the younger generation accept money, and earn from the elections,” said Navarra.

Navara said family members have been used in past elections in the distribution of money to buy votes.

“Most of the time, heads of families were the ones who bring the names of the family members to political groups to sell their votes. The sad part is that they are even proud and brag about how much money they have received,” he said.

The Rev. Father John Young, president of FSUU, expressed his concerns on the task of fighting the culture of vote buying.

“Both academe and the church play a huge role in the information and in educating the public about vote buying, but this culture should be fought first within our homes as it all boils down to family values,” said Young.

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Butuan city police acquire new P16-million building https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/butuan-city-police-acquire-new-p16-million-building/ Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:37:13 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=84114 By Erwin M. Mascariñas Correspondent . Butuan City — A new 16-million office building was turned over to the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) Monday morning, as their new headquarters leaving their old police building that have served as the headquarters since the 1960s. “We are happy that finally BCPO will have a new building,” ...

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Butuan City — A new 16-million office building was turned over to the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) Monday morning, as their new headquarters leaving their old police building that have served as the headquarters since the 1960s.

“We are happy that finally BCPO will have a new building,” said Senior Supt. Albert Magno, city police director of BCPO.

The new building location is significant as it is situated near seat of governance of the city, the Butuan City Hall. It has a total land area of 2,000 square meters.

The budget of the new police building is more than P14 million but due to the factors of inflation the over-all budget ballooned to more than P16 million. The structure looks like a two-storey building but because of the roof deck it is a three-storey building. The local government unit of Butuan has allocated P2 million for the additional roofing on the roof deck area.

For his part, Director Jose Ma Victor F. Ramos, Directorate for Logistics from national headquarters in Camp Crame stated that three more buildings will soon be turned over to Butuan City’s police.

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Inmate in child rape case hangs self in prison https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/inmate-in-childape-case-hangs-self-in-prison/ https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/inmate-in-childape-case-hangs-self-in-prison/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:58:20 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=82897 By ERWIN MASCARIÑAS Correspondent . BUTUAN City — An inmate, behind bars because of a child rape case, was found hanging in an isolation cell at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Jail in Barangay Libertad here on Tuesday. The dead inmate was identified as Bonifacio Pagaran, 40, of Purok 5, Barangay Agong-ong, Buenavista in Agusan ...

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BUTUAN City — An inmate, behind bars because of a child rape case, was found hanging in an isolation cell at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Jail in Barangay Libertad here on Tuesday.

The dead inmate was identified as Bonifacio Pagaran, 40, of Purok 5, Barangay Agong-ong, Buenavista in Agusan del Norte.

Pagaran was arrested by the Buenavista police in March after he was charged with raping a relative for several years. According to the report, Pagaran started raping a teenager since she was 13 years old.

Fermin Anenorio, provincial jail warden, said investigators were convinced that Pagaran committed suicide, and that he hanged himself between 6 am to 6:45 am.

Pagaran, he said, had asked for coffee earlier that morning.

Anenorio said Pagaran used a shirt and tied it around his neck with the other end tied to a wooden block. He said the inmate hanged on a blind spot and so, no one immediately saw him.

He noted that Pagaran bolted from jail but was captured by jail guards at a nearby residential area a day before the apparent suicide.

“This man used to climb and harvest coconuts for a living and so, he climbed over our prison perimeter fence,” said Anenorio.

Anenorio said Pagaran was placed in an isolation cell after he was recaptured by jailers who chased and even fired shots at him.

The jail warden said Pagaran had tried to poison himself a few days after he was first brought to the facility in May but other inmates stopped him from committing suicide.

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2 gunmen kill man, hurt wife, 2 grandchildren https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/2-gunmen-kill-man-hurt-wife-2-grandchildren/ https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/2-gunmen-kill-man-hurt-wife-2-grandchildren/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 21:54:03 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=82336 By ERWIN MASCARIÑAS, Correspondent . BUTUAN City – A man who worked in the security group of a small-scale miner was gunned down while he was on his motorcycle with his wife and two grandchildren on the highway in Rosario town in Agusan del Sur, on Tuesday afternoon. Initial investigation by the Rosario police station ...

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BUTUAN City – A man who worked in the security group of a small-scale miner was gunned down while he was on his motorcycle with his wife and two grandchildren on the highway in Rosario town in Agusan del Sur, on Tuesday afternoon.

Initial investigation by the Rosario police station identified the slain man as Noli Damin Plaza, 62, of Purok-1, Barangay Poblacion in Rosario town.

One of his relatives said the victim was on his way home after he and his wife fetched their two grandsons at the Rosario Central Elementary School.

“The murderers were cold-hearted,” said the relative who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons.

The two children and Plaza’s wife were not seriously hurt even after the motorcycle went out of control and slammed on a pile of pre-fabricated concrete culverts along the side of the road.

The wife of the victim Linda, 62, was brought to a rural health unit and then moved to the DO Plaza Memorial Hospital in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

Police said there were two assailants on another motorcycle. The victim was shot to the back of his neck and he died on the spot.

The shooting was the second in the area in less than two weeks. In May 26, a woman was shot dead on the highway by men on a motorcycle.

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HIV cases in Caraga Region rose 50% higher than last year https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/hiv-cases-in-caragaegionose-50-higher-than-last-year/ https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/hiv-cases-in-caragaegionose-50-higher-than-last-year/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 21:40:47 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=82283 By Erwin M. Mascariñas Correspondent . Butuan City — The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga Region reveals that as of February this year, the number of people infected by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) has risen 50% higher compared to the same month last year. “As of February 2018, ...

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Butuan City — The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga Region reveals that as of February this year, the number of people infected by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) has risen 50% higher compared to the same month last year.

“As of February 2018, Caraga Region has a total of 12 new HIV positive individuals confirmed by the STD/AIDS Cooperative Central Laboratory and reported to the HIV and AIDS registry. This is 50% higher compared to the same period last year, which were eight cases,” said Jose Llacuna Jr, regional director of DOH-Caraga.

DOH-Caraga records reveal that from 1995 to February, this year, a total of 483 individuals have been reported to have been infected of which 459 are males and 24 are females. A total of 439 are considered asymptomatic cases while 44 have been declared to be full-blown AIDS cases.

From the 483 cases, 479 have been recorded as to having been infected by means of sexual contact.

Butuan City has the highest number of reported cases with 153, Agusan del Norte with 54 cases, Agusan del Sur with 94, Surigao del Norte with 93 cases, Surigao del Sur with 85 and 4 individuals from the island province of Dinagat.

“We urge the members of the community, especially those who are at high risk for acquiring the virus to submit themselves to counseling and testing in which the services are free and confidential. The thought of having yourself tested may sound scary for many but to know your status may be both liberating and educating,” said Llacuna.

DOH-Caraga pointed out that more people should be tested as the numbers on the data could be lesser than what the real figures are.

Dr Gemma Manatad, former regional epidemiologist and assistant regional director of DOH Caraga expressed that people are afraid to be tested as they fear the discrimination that comes with being tested positive.

“You cannot get HIV by any form or by just any means, sharing plates or sharing spoons, you won’t get it by shaking hands or hugging them, or other forms of some misconception of HIV. It is preventable and it is manageable, and discrimination can be lessened and hopefully be fully eliminated.”

 

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Fisherman from Surigao finally home after 21-day sea ordeal https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/fisherman-from-surigao-finally-home-after-21-day-sea-ordeal/ https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/fisherman-from-surigao-finally-home-after-21-day-sea-ordeal/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 21:58:30 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=82245 By ERWIN MASCARIÑAS Correspondent . BUTUAN City — The fisherman marooned at sea for 21 days has returned safely to his home and family in Surigao City after he was rescued in the island nation of Palau. A report from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) identified the fisherman as Robert dela Cruz, 39, of Barangay ...

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By ERWIN MASCARIÑAS
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BUTUAN City — The fisherman marooned at sea for 21 days has returned safely to his home and family in Surigao City after he was rescued in the island nation of Palau.

A report from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) identified the fisherman as Robert dela Cruz, 39, of Barangay Washington, Pantalan Uno, Surigao City.

The Coast Guard said dela Cruz was found drifting at sea and was rescued by the crew of M/T Seri Begawan, a Malaysian flagged tanker, at about 51 nautical miles southeast of Anguar Palau, Island and 490 nautical miles East of Davao region on Saturday.

The Coast Guard said dela Cruz and his companions went for a fishing venture in  April 26 at the Pacific Ocean aboard their mother boat but he was subsequently separated from the rest of the crew. He was on a small boat to catch fish.

Officials said after hours of searching, he eventually ran out of gasoline and started drifting.

According to the Coast Guard, dela Cruz survived by eating raw fish and drinking rainwater for 21 days.

Dela Cruz’s ordeal covered the distance of 600 nautical miles or 1,100 kilometers of open sea.

The Coast Guard District South Eastern Mindanao Operation Center received information from the Malaysian vessel seeking assistance regarding the rescued Filipino fisherman. The Coast Guard then sent BRP Tubbataha to the designated area together with medical personnel.

By May 27, the crew of BRP Tubbataha met with dela Cruz and provided medical assistance to the dehydrated fisherman.

Capt. Marco Antonio Gines, Coast Guard commanding officer of MRRV 4401, presented a certificate of appreciation and letter of vommendation to the crew of M/T Seri Begawan headed by Capt. Manjit Lal for their humanitarian act of rescuing the Filipino fisherman.

M/T Seri Begawan left Gladstone, Queensland, Australia for Behai Port in Guangxi, China in May 19. It passed by South of Palau in May 25.

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Gabriela decries arrest of member https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/gabriela-decries-arrest-of-member/ https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/gabriela-decries-arrest-of-member/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 21:40:04 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=82237   By Erwin M. Mascariñas Correspondent . Butuan City — A women’s rights group denounced the arrest of one of its members calling it a “misogynistic” move of the Army’s 402nd Infantry Brigade. In a statement issued yesterday, Atel Hijos, Gabriela Women’s Party secretary general, condemned the arrest of their volunteer Nerita de Castro based ...

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By Erwin M. Mascariñas
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Butuan City — A women’s rights group denounced the arrest of one of its members calling it a “misogynistic” move of the Army’s 402nd Infantry Brigade.

In a statement issued yesterday, Atel Hijos, Gabriela Women’s Party secretary general, condemned the arrest of their volunteer Nerita de Castro based on what they claimed to trumped-up charges.

“The arrest is meant to  sow fear among the people of Caraga who dare to expose and criticize President Duterte and his military and police’s misogynistic and anti-people actions,” Hijos said.

On May 31, at around 1:00 pm, personnel of the Police Regional Office 13 and soldiers of the 402IB arrested de Castro in Emenville Subdivision, Barangay Ambago, this city. The warrant of arrest for the criminal case number 18-3304 for murder was issued by Judge Lilibeth Ladaga at the Regional Trial Court 11, Judicial Branch 28, of Lianga, Surigao del Sur on March 13.

“This is a form of harassment, we believe that the arrest is based on made-up offenses and trumped-up charges and accusing an ordinary citizen and defender of women’s rights of crimes that she did not commit,” said Hijos.

Hijos accused the authorities of denying de Castro of a legal counsel while being interrogated.

“Despite her constant demand for a lawyer while being interrogated, she was denied her right to be accompanied by a counsel,” added Hijos.

Captain Al Anthony B. Pueblas, Civil-Military Operations Officer of the Army’s 402IB accused de Castro as the new finance officer of the New People’s Army.

However, Hijos denied this allegation.

“De Castro is a small businesswoman who devoted part of her time towards the promotion of women’s rights in Caraga. She has been a volunteer of GWP since 2006,” said Hijos.

Bishop Modesto Villasanta of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Tandag City who claimed to have to met de Castro several times in relation to human rights work questioned the charge of murder against de Castro.

“This is a frightening scenario. We now see the systemic targeting of people who are helping communities fight for their rights,” said Villasanta.

Other names included in the warrant of arrest that was served to de Castro are, Rizaldy Sumunod, Tulong Wagdos, someone known as Jing or Ado, Bernard Suazo, Raul Salas, Vicente Consigna, Nilo Camino, Anlonia Sellas-Dizon, Bello Sinzo, Jr., Bernilito Crido, and Ombid Sinzo.

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Butuan cops step up drive against crime with hotlines https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/butuan-cops-step-up-drive-against-crime-with-hotlines/ https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/butuan-cops-step-up-drive-against-crime-with-hotlines/#respond Fri, 01 Jun 2018 21:58:38 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=82144 By ERWIN MASCARIÑAS Correspondent . BUTUAN City — The city police office here has initiated an information campaign dubbed “Oplan Dikit” to help inform the public of the emergency police hotline numbers in the hopes of curbing street violence and crime here. “This campaign is for public awareness because we believe that prevention is better ...

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BUTUAN City — The city police office here has initiated an information campaign dubbed “Oplan Dikit” to help inform the public of the emergency police hotline numbers in the hopes of curbing street violence and crime here.

“This campaign is for public awareness because we believe that prevention is better than cure and with this. We are trying to say that the community is the first line of defense against crime. So, we arm them with the ability to communicate with us even before the crime or violence gets way out of hand,” said Butuan police director Senior Supt. Albert Magno.

Magno pointed out that amid the capabilities of the police, they are still not sufficient to quell criminality unless the community helps them.

“We cannot do it alone. We need the active participation of the community, and so with that, we are posting on the walls of different business establishments here in Butuan City. Whenever they see that a crime is about to be committed, they have the numbers of our police office, including that of the Special Weapons and Tactics unit,” said Magno.

The Butuan City Police Office said the ratio between a police officer to that of the people living in the city is about one for every 1,006. The entire force of the BCPO is estimated at about 531 police officers.

“Unfortunately, most of the people will immediately blame the police since they don’t know the real operation capacity of our force. We also hope that barangay officials will take an active role together with the barangay tanod to step up their efforts in helping us with our anti-crime campaign,” Magno said.

Magno said they are finalizing a meeting with all barangay officials to be able to sum up proper protocols and means of working together in curbing street crimes and violence.

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