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16 arrested for illegal fishing in Agusan del Norte

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

Maritime police arrested 16 individuals for illegally fishing in Jabongga, Agusan del Norte while conducting seaborne patrol on Friday (July 12).

Authorities immediately arrested the individuals who were boarded in three motorboats.

Chief of the 130th maritime police station in Butuan City Police Major Pedro Gorre Jr. said the fishermen had no permit from the local government of Jabongga to fish.

“Ginagawa na nila dati iyan. Actually iyan isang bangka the other night nag seaborne din kami naabutan namin iyan kaso hindi sila naka-ano ng fishing net nila (They have actually done that before. We actually saw one of these boats when we had our seaborne patrol the other day but their fishing net were not used),” he said.

The arrested fishermen will undergo inquest proceedings and will face charges for violating Republic Act 10654 or Unauthorized Fishing.

Meanwhile, one of the fishermen Predelie Bayeta said they were unaware that there is a need for a permit from the local government.

The fishermen are currently detained at the Maritime Police Station. Authorities also seized the boats they used.—AAC (with reports from Raymond Octobre)

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Caraga cop returns P20,000 found along Agusan del Norte highway

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, June 28th, 2019

Patrolman Ferdinand Rambo Aparecio

A policeman in Caraga Region has returned a bundle of cash worth P20,000 to the headquarters of Police Regional Office (PRO) 13.

Patrolman Ferdinand Rambo Aparecio said he found the cash along the highway of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte while on his way home on Wednesday (June 26).

PRO-13 Director Police Brigadier General Gilberto Cruz hailed Aparecio for his honesty and received the turned over money.

Aparecio will also be awarded for his actions.

Authorities are also calling on the owner to head down to the PRO-13 Headquarters to claim the money.—AAC (with reports from Raymond Octobre)

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P50,000 bounty for killer of volunteer doctor in Agusan del Norte

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019


Dr. Zuriele Gonzales Arambulo

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police Police Regional Office 13 (PNP-PRO13) has announced a P50,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the motorist who rammed and killed a doctor in Agusan del Norte on February 7.

“National highway iyan. Pagbaba niya doon sa bus, nahagip siya ng sasakyan. Patay na doon mismo,” PRO-13 Spokesperson PSupt Christian Rafols II said of the sad news.

According to police’s initial investigation, the victim, Dr. Zuriele Gonzales Arambulo, was on her way home from dropping her parents off at the airport when an SUV hit her just as she stepped off the bus.

Arambulo was a volunteer doctor under the government’s “Doctors to the Barrio” program in Caraga region, according to Rafols.

The P50,000 bounty was declared by PRO-13 Director PCSupt. Gilberto dela Cruz during a command conference on Monday (February 11) for the immediate capture of the suspect.

“Para mayroong mag-forward na witness o nakakaalam sa pangyayari para tapos na itong problema na ito,” Rafols noted.

Meanwhile, PNP Caraga’s Cybercrime Division is now examining the CCTV footage recovered from an establishment near the crime scene to identify the motorist responsible for the crime.

Rafols said they will withdraw the bounty if the suspect is identified through the CCTV.

“Ang unang kasong haharapin nya ay reckless imprudence resulting in homicide at saka iba pang mga kaso na pwede nating i-file sa kanya,” Rafols noted referring to the suspect.

On Sunday, the victim’s family transported her remains to their hometown in Cainta, Rizal.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), Arambulo’s deployment to Agusan del Norte was her first assignment after taking her ‘Hippocratic Oath’ as a full pledge physician last year. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Raymond Octobre)

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Agusan del Norte town vice-mayor arrested for guns, shabu possession

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Glecerio Monton | Courtesy: Jabonga PNP

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Philippines — Jabonga, Agusan del Norte Vice Mayor Glecerio Monton has been taken into the custody of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office 13 (PDEA RO XIII ) after police and PDEA operatives raided his home on Wednesday at dawn (November 28).

Authorities recovered from the local official’s house a hand grenade and 60 grams of suspected shabu with an estimated value of over P700,000.

According to the Agusan del Norte PNP, Monton is on the narco- list of President Rodrigo Duterte.

He surrendered under the Oplan Tokhang in August of last year and refuted allegations of involvement in illegal drugs.

Prior to the operation on Wednesday, he was placed under police surveillance for a year.

“He is already a high-valued target….gitukhang siya sa atong tawo pag human niadto sya sa atong police station to deny such allegations….alam po natin na hindi madaling mag build up ng case…..so hindi tayo pwede na mag basta basta lang,” said Agusan del Norte-Provincial Police Office Acting Chief PCInsp. Yeelyne L. Saligumba.

(Translation: He is already a high valued target…our police personnel have approached him under the Oplan Tokhang. He went to the police station to deny such allegations. We all know how hard it is to build up a case. So, we can’t be careless.)

The PNP denied allegations that Monton’s arrest was politically motivated as he is running for re-election in 2019.

“Imposible kaayo na siya mga politically motivated. Gisakyan lang na siguro siya but kabalo man mo sa atong kapulisan nga wala ta nag pledge allegiance to any party,” said Saligumba.

(Translation: It couldn’t have been politically motivated; [critics] are using the issue. But you know that our police have never pledged allegiance to any party.)

Monton is facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Illegal Possession of Firearms or Explosives.

The PNP added that aside from Vice Mayor Monton, they are also monitoring other high-valued targets in the province of Agusan. — Raymond Octobre | UNTV News & Rescue

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