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Police kill drug suspect in Butuan city shootout

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — A suspected drug pusher who “surrendered” to police was killed in a police shootout during buy bust operation in Barangay Obrero this city on Saturday, report from Police Regional Office 13 reads. Barangay Obrero has been known by authorities as the city’s “shabu ...

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33 gov’t workers yield to Oplan Tokhang

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — They are supposed to be role models and spearhead public information drive on the harmful effects of illegal drugs in their communities but on Friday, 21 government workers, two barangay chairpersons, and 10 barangay councilors surrendered to authorities implementing Operation TokHang and Oplan ...

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Tokhang yielder found dead

By Ben Serrano Correspondent An Oplan Tokhang yielder found dead inside his home on July 21 in Purok 1, Barangay de Oro, Butuan city just a few hours after he voluntarily surrendered to barangay and police officials. PO2 Violeto Pepito Jr. of the Butuan city Police Station 4 identified the ...

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67 Indigenous junkies surrender to tribal leader

BUTUAN City – IN the hinterlands of Tagkiling, Barangay Anticala here 67 self-confessed drug users and pushers mostly members of an indigenous tribe surrendered to their tribal chieftain Datu Mahigugmaon on July 21. For his part Mahigugmaon personally processed their surrender to the authorities to make sure they will be ...

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Lianga police chief faces sexual harrasment raps

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — The Chief of Police of Lianga, Surigao del Sur who was facing sexual harassment and possible attempted rape charges has been relieved from his post, the Provincial Police Office reported. Through its provincial police director Senior Supt. Romaldo Bayting identified the relieved police ...

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Church man hangs self over friend’s apostasy

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City–A church caretaker hanged himself apparently because of depression that was aggravated by his best friend’s decision to renounce their religious beliefs, police said over the weekend. PO3 Anthony Echin identified the suicide as Charlito Hewe, 56, caretaker of the Free Methodist Church in  Barangay ...

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640 new Caraga cops take oath

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — Caraga Region has new 640 cops who took oath in office as the Police Officers 1 during simple oath-taking ceremony held Police Regional Office-13 parade grounds on Saturday. According to Senior Inspector Venus Nelminda, OIC Chief of the Regional Police Personnel and Human ...

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Soldiers overrun rebel camp in Surigao

By BEN SERRANO Correspondent BUTUAN City–Government troops from the 30th Infantry Battalion overran a camp of the New People’s Army (NPA) following an encounter in Barangay Tinago, Malimono, Surigao del Norte on Monday. Civil Military Operations officer Lt. Ryan Layug of the 401st Infantry Battalion said soldiers occupied the rebel ...

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Govt hospital worker caught in pot session

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — After the arrest of an ex-army allegedly peddling shabu in a buy-bust operation, authorities have arrested another government employee –– a regular personnel of Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital. Police arrested public hospital worker Silvestre Arsenal Bustillo, Jr, 48 while he was using ...

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Caraga drug ‘surrenderers’ now at 8,792 and counting

By Ben Serrano, Correspondent BUTUAN City — From 7,081, as of Sunday, the number of shabu users and pushers who turned themselves in in different barangays in four provinces in Caraga Region now reached 8, 792 mark and counting. This developed after municipalities of Nasipit, Jabonga, Magallanes, Kitcharao, all in ...

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