Sunday, February 23, 2014

P700k worth of shabu seized in Surigao del Norte

Posted at 02/19/2014 10:17 PM | Updated as of 02/19/2014 10:17 PM

MANILA -- Police arrested two suspected big-time drug pushers in Alegria, Surigao del Norte on Wednesday.

The suspects were identified as Ernesto Sabongan, alias "Onyot," and his live-in partner Joan Flores, alias "Sarampong.

Armed with a search warrant, police entered the house of the two suspects, where almost 100 grams of shabu (crystal methamphetamine), other drug paraphernalia and guns were confiscated.

The recovered shabu is estimated to be worth around P700,000.

According to police, Sabongan distributes shabu to different parts of the province such as Surigao City, Alegria, Tubod, and Palcer, among others.

The two suspects will be charged for violating Republic Act 9165, or the Dangerous Drugs Act, and of Republic Act 10591, or illegal possession of firearms. -- report from Richmond Hinayon, ABS-CBN News Caraga

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Two missing persons found dead

By: Darryl P. Pinabacdao
Wednesday 15th of January 2014 

SURIGAO CITY, Jan 15 (PIA) - After being declared missing during the onslaught of heavy rains, two persons were found dead in separate places on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

Michael Paran,15 years old, residing in Purok 3, Sitio Hubasan, Brgy. Mat-i, this city was found Tuesday afternoon in Brgy. San Roque, Surigao City while Jolito Agatia residing in Alegria, Surigao del Norte was seen Tuesday morning in Santiago, Agusan del Norte.

Search and rescue operations were conducted last Saturday when Paran went missing while swimming with friends at Sitio Hubasan River in Brgy. Mat-i. Agatia on the other hand, was also believed to have drowned in Santiago, Agusan del Norte. The two are now mourned by their respective families in Brgy. Mat-i and Alegria, Surigao del Norte.

The said operation was headed by the city Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council rescue team composed of Philippine Maritime Police led by PSSupt. Edgar Cuanan, crew from city rescue and response team led by Mario Gesta and some PNP personnel. (DPP/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Mainstreaming the meaning of Christmas, New Year in Public Service

Most Filipino Christians are celebrating special occasions once in the year most especially the popular Christmas and New Year’s days. Everybody who believed these celebrations have significance in their lives, in communities and even in public service. But what are the essences of these occasions in humanity that need to integrate in public service?

Johny Natad
December 25 in Gregorian or Christian calendar is very significant day for some professing Christians in commemoration of the Lord Jesus Christ’s birth known as Christmas Day while others in parts of the world celebrate it on January 7 who used Julian or Roman calendar. Other Christians believed that Christ was born as revealed in the gospel but not exactly on that famous day while others alleged that date of celebration should not be celebrated for it is of pagan origin. Whatever the beliefs about the Christmas origin of celebration, many Christians celebrate it on the spirit of love and sharing.

January 1 too is exceptionally celebrated for most Christians as New Year’s Day being the first day of the year in Gregorian calendar. By tradition, the celebration has been observed as a religious festival, but in modern times it is celebrated with full of joy, bountiful wishes, and personal resolutions.

These famous holidays or holidays have significant bearings to most people in all walks of life especially those who believed the essences and aspirations of its celebrations while it is celebrated once in the year. But there is another simple but significant occasion that every people worth to celebrate or observe not only once annually but everyday and this is called the Public Service Days.

If holidays or holidays are celebrated in a particular day, the public service days, on the other hand have been celebrated or observed 24/7, everyday. Nevertheless in public service, Christmas, New Year and every holidays or holidays must be celebrated everyday in the performance of its essential services to the general public. Upholding and sustaining the spirit of love and sharing, and personal resolutions, commitment and support to the general public who need most must be the main essence of the public service that must be done not only in a particular day or days, and not only in a special holiday or holyday but must be everyday.

Everyday should be special occasion to celebrate in the public services. Everyday should have a better way to love, to serve and to give public services not only for Christianity but all humanity of whatever religion, nationality, race, age, gender or status in life. Everyday should have renewal of commitment and support for public interest. Everyday and everyone should celebrate public service days.

The main essence of theses holidays or holidays is not to receive gifts, nor to show conceited love, neither to seek to be served but to share or give sincerely, to demonstrate outgoing concern and love for others and to be dignified servant who provide noble services most especially to those who are in need. Our Lord Jesus Christ once reminds to our public servants with his words saying “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

May the real and godly meanings in the celebration of the Christmas, New Year, and each holidays and holydays must be mainstreamed in the actual, effective and efficient delivery of Public Service while celebrating everyday the public service days. Merry Christmas, Happy Prosperous New Year, and Blissful Everyday to every Alegriahanons and to all humanity! ☻

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