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

Marje Pelayo   •   February 12, 2019   •   3297

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)

Duterte offers P10-M to any Filipino who develops COVID-19 vaccine

Marje Pelayo   •   April 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippine – President Rodrigo Duterte announced he is offering P10 million to any Filipino who can develop a cure or vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Inanunsyo po ng Pangulo na siya po ay magbibigay ng pabuya ng hanggang P10 milyong piso sa kahit sinong Pilipino na makakadiskubre ng vaccine laban sa COVID-19,” confirmed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

[The President has announced that he is giving a reward of P10 million to any Filipino who could discover a vaccine for COVID-19.]

Likewise, the President is giving a substantial grant to the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) in order to come up with a vaccine.

READ: UP-PGH calls on COVID-19 survivors to donate blood

At present, the Philippines has allowed clinical trials of a possible treatment for COVID-19 patients, one of which is the convalescent plasma therapy which uses blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors.

The Health Department is also looking into the use of Chinese traditional medicine to help treat COVID-19 patients. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

16 arrested for illegal fishing in Agusan del Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 12, 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)

Mayor Isko offers P1-M reward for capture of suspects in Binondo bank robbery

Marje Pelayo   •   July 11, 2019

Mayor Isko Domagoso

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Domagoso on Thursday (July 11) announced a P1-M bounty for the capture of at least seven suspects in the Metrobank-Binondo robbery incident.

“Sinoman sa inyo ang nakakaalam, makakaalam, makapagbibigay ng impormasyon, para masakote itong mga criminal na pumunta sa Maynila, bibigyan po naming kayo ng pabuya na isang milyong piso, (Whoever knows or have information that would lead to the capture of these criminals who committed a crime in Manila, we will give you a reward of P1 million), ” the Mayor said in a quick press briefing minutes after the incident.

Domagoso said he was informed that the suspects entered the bank in time for its opening and held the staff hostage inside a room.

“Ang good news, wala namang nasawi o nasaktan but there is a possibility na may nakuhang pera, (The good news here is that no one was killed or hurt but there is a possibility that cash were taken,)” he said.

According to reports from the Manila Police District, the suspects fled with the bank’s CCTV cameras but authorities were able to recover footage of the incident from the nearby barangay hall.

The MPD immediately launched dragnet operations for the capture of the suspect.

The Mayor lauded the MPD specifically the Task Force Divisoria who, according to Domagoso, was able to respond swiftly because the roads leading to the site were cleared of obstructions.

“Ang pulis natin naka-responde in two minutes…because maluwag iyong kalye. Ito iyong sinasabi natin na epekto ng pagsasaayos para sa pangkalahatan, (Our police were able to respond in two minutes because the roads were wide and cleared. This is what we’ve been saying, the effects of organizing the area for the benefit of everyone),” he noted.

Mayor Isko called on the suspects to better stop and surrender as the city government is determined to pursue them and bring them to justice.

“We will pursue, hahanapin po namin kayo. Hindi namin kayo bibigyan ng kapanatagan. Hindi naming kayo papayagan na guluhin perwisyuhin ang mamamayan ng lungsod ng Maynila, (We will not give you peace. We will not allow you to sow violence and threaten the people of the city of Manila),” he concluded.


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