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PIA Press Release
2008/08/04

San Francisco town cops investigate robbery victimizing two Indian nationals

by PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo

Butuan City (August 4) -- San Francisco Municipal Police Station is currently conducting in-depth investigation of two separate robbery incident involving two Indian nationals.

According to gathered police reports, the incident took place on Thursday (July 31) at 4:45 in the afternoon. Two robbers, one armed with a caliber.45 pistol approached the victim and pointed his gun while declaring hold up inside Leah's Videoke Bar.

The victim identified as Ramdass Caru, 40 years old, Indian National, married and a resident of Barangay-5, San Francisco Agusan del Sur gave his cash collection amounting to Php 3,000.00 to the suspects after being struck in the head with the pistol by the armed robber.

Suspects immediately fled to unknown direction using the victim's red Honda XRM motorcycle.

It was also found out that another Indian National Jasmail Singh, 43 years old, and a resident of Barangay-2 of the same municipality was also held-up at the vicinity of Public Market around ten minutes after Caru was held-up. Carted from Singh was Php 3,500.00.

Robbers fled on foot after robbing Singh. As evidenced by the motorcycle carted from Caru left at the place where the second robbery incident occurred, police concluded that the same suspects are responsible for the two robbery incidents.


Body of dead female found

SOCO team and BCPO Station-1 join hands in investigating a female's dead body found in one of the lodging houses

WCPD personnel and General Investigation of Butuan City Police Station-1 immediately responded and investigated the crime scene where unidentified female was found dead inside Donia Lodge room no. 39 around 1:30 in the afternoon by the cashier Jeffrey Vicente Tugonon on August 2, 2008 at Pili Drive, this city.

Also, the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) Team led by PSUPT Alex Rodriguez Uy conducted ocular investigation at the crime scene and the remains of the young female was brought to Bollozos Funeral Parlor for autopsy.


Surigao cops conduct random "operation bakal" in barangays

A random Operation Bakal was conducted at the Surigao City Port Borromeo St, Barangay Taft, Surigao City by the elements of Surigao City Police Station led by PSUPT Ramir Perlito Perlas, COP on Friday (August 1) at 9:00 in the evening.

The operation resulted in the arrest of the suspect identified as Lucio Briones, 24 years old, married, farmer and a resident of Sitio File, Barangay Mat-i, Surigao City where a 9MM Pietro Beretta color black with SN N571952 with one magazine loaded with five live ammos owned by the Philippine National Police was confiscated from his possession.

Suspect now detained at Surigao City Police Station while a case is being prepared for filing in court against the suspect.


Wanted persons arrested in series of operations

A series of arrest of wanted persons was conducted by the elements of Warrant Section Butuan City Police Station-1 (BCPS-1) here, recently.

Based on police reports gathered, at around 1:00 in the afternoon of July 31, 2008, Elements of Warrant Section of BCPS-1 led by SPO3 Hermingildo Narciso arrested one Samuel Sanico alias "Tiw-tiw", 52 years old, married and a resident of Barangay Port Poyohon, this city for rape charges.

The suspect was arrested at Matalum, Northern Leyte and is now properly turned-over to the issuing court for proper disposition.

Another arrest was conducted in the afternoon of August 1, 2008. Warrant Section of BCPS1 led by PO2 Wyeth Felizarta arrested Christopher Cinco, 25 years old, single and a resident of Barangay Dulag, Butuan City for Robbery with Violence against or Intimidation of Persons.

Also arrested were Junrey Bihag, 20 years old, and Harold Locero, 18 years old, both single and residents of Bayugan City for theft charges.

Also arrested for theft charges were Jun Carlo Flacosa 24 years old, married, and Jerry Layno, 19 years old, single, both residents of Purok-15 San Vicente, Butuan City.

Also arrested was Rey Donasco, 38 years old, single and a resident of Barangay Bit-os, Butuan City, still for theft charges.

All accused were properly turned-over to Butuan City Jail per commitment order issued by their respective issuing courts. (PNP-PRO-13/PIA-Caraga)

10,000 protest vs Zamboanga City inclusion in MILF "jurisdiction"

Business establishments close shop as sign of protest

By JP Alvarez

Zamboanga City (4 August) -- Close to 10,000 people gathered together as one in a protest rally in front of city hall, downtown Zamboanga early morning today.

Protesters bearing placards "Yes to Peace! NO to inclusion of Zamboanga City to Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE)" and "MILF go back to Ma;acañang", were emotional in sending their grievance over the national government of violating their right to information.

"Nuway cila consulta cun el publico o maskin informa man lang kay incluhi cun el Zamboanga City na BJE, y despues manyana ay pirma ya sila el agreement!?" (The public was not consulted or informed of the inclusion of Zamboanga City to the BJE and tomorrow they are going to sign the agreement already?") Grasp one of the protesters.

People from all walks of life to include civic & religious group, religious leaders, business group, students, teachers, GOs, NGAs, city and barangay officials, senior citizens, and practically community members of all the 98 barangays of Zamboanga City showed up early this morning wearing red t-shirts and red arm bands, with their placards as a sign of their protest to the inclusion of Zamboanga City to BJE.

Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry representative in a short message said its members are 100% not in favor of the inclusion to BJE.

Zamboanga Sibugay Governor George Hofer who was also present in the rally as a sign of support to Zamboanga and its people said "Wherever Zamboanga City will go, Sibugay will go"

All councilors of Isabela City, Basilan Province to include barangay chairmen of the 45 barangays of Isabela City were also present during the rally and were one in saying NO to the inclusion of Zamboanga and Isabela City to BJE.

"Tama na Sobra na, kailanga na nating lumaban" a tearful Taeb Alejo, councilor, Isabela City said in a short statement during the rally.

Zamboanga City Archbishop Romulo Vallez was also present in the rally.

All commercial establishments in the city close shop 11am to 1pm to show that they are one in saying NO to the inclusion of Zamboanga City to BJE while their employees crowd the streets bearing placards of protest. Ateneo de Zamboanga University held a prayer rally inside the campus.

City Mayor Celso Lobregat said, "In Zamboanga, we have always lived in peace. We are all for peace. We do not want to be part of BJE!"

He publicly lamented Sec. Dureza saying "I received a call from Sec. Dureza saying Zones 3 & 4 are not anymore included in the BJE, dahil nagkamali lang sila, what kind of reason is that?" "This is not anymore a question or an issue of what barangays are included, it's now a question of why the public were not consulted and why were we not given an official copy of the agreement?" he added.

1st District Congresswoman Beng Climaco said she was shocked when she saw a copy of the supposed agreement that Zamboanga City's Zone 3 and 4 along with 6 other barangays were included in the BJE.

"Sec. Dureza assured me before that Zamboanga City is not included in the BJE only to find out that he was lying" Cong. Climaco said "people of Zamboanga were deprived of the truth, a clear violation of the Zamboangueños right to information."

She pointed out that the GRP Peace panel headed by Gen Rodolfo Garcia even denied them an official copy of the document/agreement.

Barangays Zone 3 & 4 are areas where the City Hall is located, The Ateneo de Zamboanga University, the commercial complex, (malls, shopping centers), the Immaculate Cathedral and the historical Fort Pilar shrine.

Meanwhile, 2nd District Congressman Erbie Fabian is in Manila having talks with the city's lawyers to file a temporary restraining order (TRO) at the Supreme Court against the MOA.

RP and MILF are set to sign the MOA tomorrow in Malaysia. Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo and his Malaysian counterpart are expected to witness the signing in Kuala Lumpur of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on ancestral domain between the Philippine and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Peace Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said, unless the Supreme Court issued a TRO, it's all systems go for the signing of the agreement on Aug. 5.

He added, after the signing, the government would launch an "all-out consultation" preparatory to the holding of a plebiscite in one year.

The MOA grants an expanded Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) its own basic law, an internal security force, a system of banking and finance, civil service, education and legislative institutions, full authority to develop and dispose of mineral and natural resources.

The government of the proposed MILF-controlled area would also have the power to send trade missions overseas and to enter into international arrangements as stated in the draft agreement.

One protester said "if the draft agreement is ideal and for the good of the Bangsamoro people, then so be it. But why hide the details of the agreement from the Zamboangueños who are first and foremost the affected front liners? Why keep the people in the dark? Why the absence of a public consultation? Where is the government's policy on transparency? (PIA ZC) [top]

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