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34 cocaine bricks found anew in the waters of Surigao del Sur

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Police authorities conduct an inventory of the drug haul along the shore of Brgy. Bungtod | Photo credit: PNP Caraga

Police authorities on Sunday (February 24) recovered 34 bricks of suspected cocaine at around 6:30 AM at Purok Santan, Brgy Bungtod, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

The contraband was seen by two fishermen, identified as Ronnie Navales and Ryan Apelo, along the seawaters of Surigao del Sur.

Navales and Apelo promptly reported their discovery to the Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office headed by PSSupt Francisco D. Dungo.

The inventory was conducted by Police Regional Office-13 (PRO 13) regional director, PCSupt Gilberto DC Cruz and Surigao del Sur Crime Laboratory along the shore of Brgy. Bungtod in the presence of Mayor Alexander Pimentel of Tandag City.

The bricks were printed with a dollar sign similar to those recovered in Dinagat Island Province.

Police credit the recovery to the information campaign initiated by RD PRO13 that urged fisherfolks to immediately report any suspicious bricks seen in seawaters. Authorities are offering to reward each surrendered block of cocaine with a sack of rice.

The contraband was brought to PRO 13 headquarter for further examination by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-13 and proper disposition. — UNTV News and Rescue

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Damage left by 5.5 magnitude quake in Surigao del Sur, manageable – PDRRMO

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Saturday, July 13th, 2019


The Magnitude 5.5 earthquake that hit Surigao del Sur on Saturday (July 13) morning left the province with only manageable damage.

Read: 5.5 magnitude quake jolts Surigao del Sur

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the earthquake, recorded at 4:42 a.m., was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 5 kilometers with its epicenter 9 kilometers southeast of Carrascal town. Phivolcs initially reported that the epicenter was 8 kilometers Northwest of Cortes town.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Liza Mazo said, based on the report of the Surigao del Sur PDRRMO, the walls of Agsam Catholic church in the town of Lanuza were damaged, and the ceiling and roofing of Carmen Parish Church in the municipality of Carmen had collapsed.

The municipal hall and the public market in Carmen also sustained cracks.

Old and new public and private buildings, bridges, business establishments, and houses in the towns of Lanuza, Carmen, Madrid and Catillan were also damaged.

As of 6 am on Saturday, 25 individuals with minor injuries were treated at the Madrid District Hospital; while three patients were referred to Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center in Tandag Municipality for further check up.

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5.5 magnitude quake jolts Surigao del Sur

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Saturday, July 13th, 2019

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted Surigao del Sur and its neighboring provinces early morning Saturday, July 13.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the earthquake, recorded at 4:42 a.m., was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 5 kilometers.

The epicenter was located at 8 kilometers Northwest of Cortes town.

Intensity IV was recorded in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental;
Intensity II in Cebu City and Borongan City; and Intensity I – Bislig City and Cagayan de Oro City.

Authorities are still searching thru the affected areas to estimate the total damage and casualties brought by the quake.

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Albayalde: Cocaine bricks hauled off PH waters may have been bound for Australia

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Cocaine bricks intercepted by police along the shores of Camarines Norte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Quezon from February 10 to 18, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Wednesday that the cocaine bricks recovered off the waters of Mindanao and Luzon in the past two weeks may have been part of a drug shipment bound for Australia.

Albayalde said they are now coordinating with their Australian counterparts to determine the signature of the cocaine slabs in order to confirm if these were among those being used by drug dependents in Australia.

“I talked with my Australian counterpart earlier. Parang nanggaling ito sa Pacific Ocean, pero hindi ito delivery sa Pilipinas (It looks like it came somewhere from the Pacific Ocean and these are not for delivery in the Philippines),” Albayalde told media after his meeting with Australian Federal Police officials.

Both the Philippine and Australian authorities believe that the contraband which floated to the eastern seaboard are connected to the cocaine bricks that were recovered in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea in September last year because of its similar markings.

“Sometime in 2018, ‘yung Australian Federal Police assisted a police [operation in] Solomon Islands, meron silang nakuha na the same nature, the same package na cocaine,” Albayalde said.

The PNP Chief said Australian authorities had reported about the operations they conducted in three drug trafficking incidents in the Pacific Ocean in 2018.

First was in June where two suspects were arrested in Melbourne for conspiring to import and ship 300 kilograms of cocaine from Peru through the Pacific.

The second incident occurred in September in Siassi Island in Papua New Guinea, which yielded the arrest of six Hong Kong nationals and one Montenegro national following a high speed chase. The group allegedly dumped some of the cocaine slabs they were carrying in their boat during the chase but authorities were unable to find it after the operation.

Authorities also seized in September around 500 kilograms of cocaine from a yacht from Solomon Islands bound for Australia.

“Ito ‘yung nakuhang ship noon. Maliit lang kaya there’s a possibility na ito ay mga nag-capsized. Itong nakuha kasi ay yate, saka ang mga ganitong klase, way back in September, may nakuha sa Solomon island na around 500kg of cocaine,” Albayalde said.

“Meron din silang narecover with the help of Australian Police na the same package,” he added.

Since February 10, more than 100 kilograms of cocaine have been recovered on the shorelines or waters off Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Dinagat Island, Quezon, Aurora, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte.

The PNP is awaiting results of the laboratory examinations of the seized cocaine samples they sent to Australian authorities. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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