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

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 02:02 PM

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, 29 November 2018 04:01 PM

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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Agusan del Norte Vice Mayor nabbed; explosives, firearms seized

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 21 September 2018 03:27 PM



AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Philippines – A number of firearms and explosives were confiscated by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Caraga  following a raid inside the house of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte Mayor Jenry Montante.

According to CIDG regional chief Choli Caduyac, the seizure was in accordance with the search warrant issued by Acting Presiding Judge Catalina Tare-Palacio of the Surigao City Regional Trial Court Branch 32.

Following his arrest, Montante is now under the custody of the CIDG RFU 13 for the appropriate filing of a case.

The seized firearms and explosives include 1 unit of an M16 rifle, 2 magazines and 35 rounds of live ammunition. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Alleged NPA recruiters nabbed in Agusan del Norte

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 5 March 2018 10:12 PM

The alleged NPA recruiters Allan and Luzviminda Apolinaria

MANILA, Philippines — Couple Allan and Luzviminda Apolinaria were arrested for violating the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 and the Anti-Child Abuse Law.

The charges were in line with their alleged recruitment in 2014 of two to three minors to join the rebel group, New People’s Army (NPA).

They were nabbed in a joint operation led by the Regional Mobile Forces Battalion 13 and Philippine National Police (PNP) – Kitcharao last Saturday at P-7, Barangay Mahayahay Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.

Police Regional Office-13 CARAGA spokesperson PSIns. Venus Cale said pursuit operations against NPA rebels and sympathizers will continue in compliance to President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive.

“We will encourage them also to surrender,” Cale added.

According to PNP-Caraga, recruitment of minors to engage in war is a clear sign of abuse of their rights.

The two minors were identified as alleged members of  Partido, Platun 16-A in northern Mindanao, Militia ng Bayan.

They have a standing warrant of arrest at the 10th Judicial Region Branch 34 of Cabadbaran City in Agusan del Sur.

“Posibleng medyo nanghina na yung forces nila kasi sunod sunod na ‘yung mga members nila at saka even officers, nahuhuli sa kanila (Their forces are possibly weakening due to successive arrests of their members and officers),” said the police official.

Currently, the couple is detained at Kitcharao Municipal Police Station (MPS). — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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