Police station at bahay ng alkalde ng Sison, Surigao del Norte, inatake ng armadong grupo

Robie de Guzman   •   January 28, 2021   •   1062

MANILA, Philippines – Sinalakay ng mga armadong kalalakihan ang istasyon ng pulisya at ang bahay ng alkalde ng bayan ng Sison, Surigao del Norte, Huwebes nang umaga.

Ayon sa mga residenteng nakasaksi sa pangyayari, pasado alas-otso nang paulanan ng bala ng mga suspek ang bahay ni Sison Mayor Karissa Fetalvero Paronia at ang istasyon ng lokal na pulisya.

Agad umanong rumesponde ang mga pulis at sundalong malapit sa lugar at nakipagpalitan ng putok sa mga suspek.

Nakuhanan ng video ang pamamaril na sinasabing tumagal ng hanggang 20 minuto.

Wala namang napaulat na nasugatan o nasawi sa panig ng mga otoridad. Hindi pa malinaw sa inisyal na ulat kung nasa bahay si Mayor Paronia nang mangyari ang pag-atake.

“Kaba ang aming nararamdaman sir, nanginginig pa kami at may trauma kasi first time pa namin na experience ang ganyan. Pinadapa kaming lahat dito ng mga pulis at pinapasok kami sa ilalim ng stage,” ang wika ni alyas Jake na siyang kumuha ng video sa gitna ng putukan.

Hinala ng Sison Police, mga miyembro ng New People’s Army ang sumalakay dahil wala naman umanong napapaulat na armadong grupo sa kanilang lugar.

Sa ngayon ay naglagay na ng checkpoints ang mga otoridad sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bayan habang patuloy na tinutugis ang mga salarin. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Raymond Octobre)

3 dead, 7 rescued from grounded ship off Surigao del Norte

Robie de Guzman   •   April 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Three bodies of crew members of a sea vessel that ran aground in vicinity waters of Surigao del Norte have been found, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Wednesday.

In an update, the PCG said it has also rescued seven crew members of the LCT Cebu Great Ocean but 10 are still missing.

The PCG identified one of the fatalities as Norman Galon, who was found by residents along the shoreline of Barnagay Bilte in San Francisco.

The two other fatalities were found along the shoreline of Barangay Jubgan in San Francisco but the PCG has yet to release their identities.

The rescued individuals were Noli Labucay, Roger Polo (Chief Mate), Arjie Bacarar, Joejie Villanueva, Felipe Quebuen, John Renzo Guanzon, and another who is yet to be identified.

They are currently receiving medical assistance in various hospitals in Surigao del Norte, the PCG said.

The agency on Tuesday reported that LCT Cebu Great Ocean ran aground near the coastline of Barangay Cantapoy. Its 20 crew members were reported missing.

The PCG and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MARIG) said their search and rescue (SAR) operations will continue to look for other missing crew members.

A land mobility vehicle has also been deployed to conduct patrol operations along the shorelines of Malimono and San Francisco.

“Several PCG personnel continue to provide assistance to the survivors at the Malimono Regional Health Unit and the Caraga Regional for their speedy recovery. They are also on standby for the swift admission and provision of medical care to other survivors who will be rescued,” the PCG said.

Recto Bank collision an ‘accident’, not armed attack – Lorenzana

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2019

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana maintained that the incident in Recto Bank involving the Chinese vessel, Yuemaobinyu 42212 and the Filipino fishing vessel, F/B GEM-VER 1 on June 9 was not an armed attack but only an accident.

“I think it’s just an accident based on the information we got from some of the crew. Siguro hindi rin sinasadya ng kabila (Perhaps it was not intentional),” Lorenzana said.

Since it was such, Lorenzana said he agrees with Malacañang that the Philippines cannot insist its mutual defense treaty with the United States to deal with the present issue because such treaty applies only to armed conflicts.

Lorenzana was the first to disclose the report on a Chinese vessel hitting and sinking a Filipino fishing vessel in the contested area in the West Philippine Sea.

The Defense Chief condemned the Chinese crewmen for abandoning the 22 Filipino fishermen adrift at sea while struggling to survive.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through Secretary Teddy Locsin, has already elevated the matter to the International Maritime Office (IMO).

But though Lorenzana supported Locsin for that matter, the Defense Secretary said the Philippine government can only act once all the needed information is gathered specifically China’s official statement on the incident.

For now, the government is pursuing a case against the Chinese crewmen for abandoning the Filipino fishermen which, the Secretary said, is a violation of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to which the Philippines and China are both signatories.

While waiting for China’s side on the matter, Secretary Lorenzana appeals to the public to be patient as the government works on resolving the issue while extending assistance to the affected fishermen.

“I ask our countrymen to be patient dahil lalabas naman talaga ang totoo kapag nakuha na natin ang lahat ng (the truth will come out once we have all) information so that we can move on from this,” he said. (with details from April Cenedoza)

40 blocks of cocaine found on shores of Burgos, Surigao del Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2019

Authorities document the recovery of 40 blocks of suspected cocaine on the shores of Burgos, Surigao del Norte on April 7, 2019 | Courtesy: PRO13

The Surigao del Norte Provincial Police Office recovered 40 blocks of suspected cocaine on the shores of Burgos, Surigao del Norte on Sunday (April 7).

Authorities said these blocks were wrapped in fishing nets when they were found by two fishermen floating off shore.

After recovering the blocks, the police inspected them and found that they have similar markings with the illegal drugs found in Barangay Pacifico, San Isidro, and the illegal drugs also found in Surigao del Norte on February 17.

The recovered cocaine blocks are currently in custody of the PNP Burgos.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Raymond Octobre)


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