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.
The Women and Children Protection Center–Mindanao Field Unit (WCPC-MFU) has arrested a 22-year-old woman exploiting her younger sisters and daughter in online trafficking.
There were reports about the suspect’s illegal online activities last February this year which prompted an investigation by the authorities.
The WCPC-MFU was granted a warrant by the court to search the suspect’s electronic devices for evidence of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC). The suspect’s identity was not disclosed for the safety of the victims.
Investigation showed the suspect offered to sexually abuse her sisters and daughter and livestream it in exchange for money.
Authorities rescued the suspect’s sisters aged 13 and 15 and her 4-year-old daughter from their home in Barobo, Surigao del Sur on Friday (Aug 16).
Chief of WCPC-MFU Col. Christine Tan reiterates their continuous effort to stop the exploitation of children online.
“To those who are doing this crime or have plans to do it for easy money, you cannot hide. We know how to get you,” she said.
The victims are currently in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The suspect will be charged with violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act or Republic Act 9208 (as amended by RA 10364), among other violations. —AAC
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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