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Reunited

Reunited

PO2 Caleb Sinaca is reunited with his family on Saturday afternoon, August 27, 2016 after the New People’s Army freed them in Sitio Brazil, Barangay Mat-i, Surigao City. The rebels freed them as a ges ...

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NPA frees 6 cops, one civilian in Surigao, Davao Oriental

NPA frees 6 cops, one civilian in Surigao, Davao Oriental

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/28 August) – The New People’s Army (NPA) released over the weekend six police captives and one civilian employee in three turnover sites in Davao Oriental and Surigao. Of the s ...

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No to Large Scale Mining

No to Large Scale Mining

Rallyists stage a picket outside the regional office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Surigao City Thursday (25 August 2016) reiterating calls to stop large scale mining operations in the Caraga ...

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NPA extends suspension of all offensive operations in Surigao provinces

NPA extends suspension of all offensive operations in Surigao provinces

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Aug) – The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army has extended up to Aug. 31 its suspension of all offensive operations in Surigao del Sur and Surigao del No ...

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Reds to free 5 cops in Surigao

Reds to free 5 cops in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 August) -- The New People’s Army will release this week five police officers held captive in the two Surigao provinces as a gesture of goodwill for the ongoing peace talks b ...

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Pinoy Aquaman ready for English Channel swim

Pinoy Aquaman ready for English Channel swim

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/16 August) -- Endurance swimmer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine ended last week his final phase of training for his attempt to cross the English Channel this week. Edwin Dela ...

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Ex-Surigao rep: I’m not involved in illegal drugs trade

Ex-Surigao rep: I’m not involved in illegal drugs trade

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/07 August) -- Former Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Guillermo A. Romarate Jr., has denied involvement in the illegal drugs trade. "I am saddened by reports that ...

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Only 7 drug personalities left in Placer, Surigao Norte — police

Only 7 drug personalities left in Placer, Surigao Norte — police

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/05 August) -- Only seven people involved in the sale of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu are left in this town, the local police chief said Friday. “We know ...

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7 more illegal fishermen yield in Surigao Norte

7 more illegal fishermen yield in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – Seven more fishermen allegedly engaged in illegal fishing in Claver town in Surigao del Norte have been added to the list of surrenderees as the town launched “Oplan ...

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Pinoy surfers happy that their sport will be part of Olympics 2020

Pinoy surfers happy that their sport will be part of Olympics 2020

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – Surfing enthusiasts and fanatics in the country are glad on the news that surfing is to be included in the Olympic Games in 2020, saying that local surfers may have ...

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Empty Boardwalk

Empty Boardwalk

The boardwalk in Cloud Nine is almost empty, which usually happens during low tide as surfers in General Luna, Siargao Island would prefer not to play to avoid getting cut from the reef. Photo taken l ...

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Siltation

Siltation

A motorist stops to look at the effect of mining operations in the boundary of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur in kilometer 90 last Thursday (28 July 2016). This is part of the area where the Cl ...

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DENR audits mining firms in 2 Surigao provinces

DENR audits mining firms in 2 Surigao provinces

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 Aug) – Mining firms in the two Surigao provinces are being audited by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). RUINED MOUNTAIN. This is part of the area ...

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15 illegal fishermen surrender in Surigao Norte after police campaign ala ‘Tokhang’

15 illegal fishermen surrender in Surigao Norte after police campaign ala ‘Tokhang’

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 3 Aug) – Inspired by “Oplan Tokhang,” the police here conducted “Oplan Panagat” in the coastal villages, resulting in the surrender of 15 fishermen suspected to ...

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Siargao lass bags championship in Indonesian surfing competition

Siargao lass bags championship in Indonesian surfing competition

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/01 August) -- A surfer from this town won the championship in the four-day Quiksilver Padma Challenge which concluded last Saturday in Padma, ...

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8 hurt in Surigao quake

8 hurt in Surigao quake

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 July) – Eight people were hurt while at least 38 more evacuated when a 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck Surigao City Tuesday evening. The eight injured sought treatment in ...

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Ugly Island

Ugly Island

UGLY ISLAND. Hinatuan Island in Tagana-an town in Surigao del Norte is being mined by Hinatuan Mining Corporation, a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corporation. The mining company reportedly ships out huge ...

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Irreparable Damage

Irreparable Damage

Eroded soil caused by the operations of Wellex Mining covers a portion of the foreshore in Barangay Plaridel in Libjo town in Dinagat Province. Residents said the place used to be full of mangroves, b ...

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Pinoy Aquaman starts acclimatization training in UK

Pinoy Aquaman starts acclimatization training in UK

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 July) – Marathon swimmer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine has started his acclimatization training in the United Kingdom for his bid to cross the 21-mile (33.8 km) English ...

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Surigao Norte bishop calls for military pull out

Surigao Norte bishop calls for military pull out

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 July) – Bishop Rhee Timbang of the Philippine Independent Church (PIC) in Surigao del Norte has called on the military to pull out from the village of Tinago in Malimono t ...

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Police forms task force to probe slay try on Surigao radio journalist

Police forms task force to probe slay try on Surigao radio journalist

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) – The police here has formed a task force to probe deeper the slay attempt on a Surigao radio journalist. The newly installed provincial police director of Surigao d ...

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200 villagers seek refuge in Surigao town

200 villagers seek refuge in Surigao town

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) – A total of 214 families have sought refuge in Malimono town in Surigao del Norte following reports of recurring armed conflict between government soldiers and the ...

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1 billion pesos in investments being poured into ‘surfing capital’ in 2016

1 billion pesos in investments being poured into ‘surfing capital’ in 2016

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 13 July) – More than one billion pesos in investments is being poured into this municipality in Siargao Island known as the “surfing capita ...

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300 drug suspects yield in Surigao Norte town

300 drug suspects yield in Surigao Norte town

GENERAL LUNA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/12 July) -- About 300 suspected drug peddlers, three of whom were considered notorious, have surrendered to authorities in this surfing town. PO3 Ansgar Elli ...

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780 drug pushers, users yield in Surigao Norte

780 drug pushers, users yield in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 July) – At least 780 persons who claimed to be pushers and users of illegal drugs have surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Surigao del Norte since May 2 ...

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Surigao broadcaster gets death threats

Surigao broadcaster gets death threats

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/06 July) -- A radio broadcaster has accused an operator of illegal slot machines in the city as behind the death threats he received. Tirso A. Clerigo Jr. of dxKS-RPN on Wednes ...

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Surigao Norte mayor, sister face graft raps

Surigao Norte mayor, sister face graft raps

GENERAL LUNA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/04 July) -- The Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao has filed a case before the Sandiganbayan against a mayor in Surigao del Norte for hiring as cons ...

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Still no lead on slay attempt vs radio journalist

Still no lead on slay attempt vs radio journalist

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 July)  --  The provincial police here said they are  still conducting a through probe on Thursday's attack that injured a radio anchor, his 12-year old son in the hospital ...

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Deep and Cool

Deep and Cool

Tayangban Cave Pool in Barangay Datu in Pilar town in Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte has been drawing tourists for its cold, deep water and a cave system which hosts hundreds of bats. The cave has ...

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Surigao media organizations condemn attack on radio journalist

Surigao media organizations condemn attack on radio journalist

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews / 1 July) – Local media organizations in Surigao has condemned the attack against a radio anchorman and commentator Saturnino “Jan” Estanio Jr. of DXRS-Surigao ...

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Former Agusan mayor faces trial over fertilizer fund scam

Former Agusan mayor faces trial over fertilizer fund scam

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 July) – Former Mayor Percianita Racho of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte is facing trial before the Sandiganbayan for violation of the Government Procurement Reform Act and th ...

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Surf town mayor to barangay chairs: submit names of persons involved in illegal drugs

Surf town mayor to barangay chairs: submit names of persons involved in illegal drugs

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews/25 June) – The mayor of General Luna has asked his barangay chairs to submit names of persons involved in the illegal drugs trade in the country’s surfing capit ...

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12-hour blackout to hit Surigao provinces on Sunday

12-hour blackout to hit Surigao provinces on Sunday

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 June) -- Most areas of Surigao del Norte and parts of Surigao del Sur will experience a 12-hour blackout from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, three power utilities servicing the ...

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12 cops in Surigao Norte who tested positive in drug test facing charges

12 cops in Surigao Norte who tested positive in drug test facing charges

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) – Twelve police officers in Surigao del Norte are now facing administrative charges after being found positive during random drug testing. According to Supt. James M ...

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Surigao City grapples with water shortage

Surigao City grapples with water shortage

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) – The water utility here has admitted it has been unable to provide enough water to its consumers since last month due to the drought brought about by extreme weathe ...

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English Channel Swim

English Channel Swim

Ingemar "Pinoy Aquaman" Macarine speaks before the media during the launch of the First Filipino English Channel Swim at Marriott Hotel Resorts World in Pasay City Monday afternoon (20 June 2016). Min ...

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Pinoy Aquaman: “I’m ready for the English Channel”

Pinoy Aquaman: “I’m ready for the English Channel”

PASAY CITY (MindaNews / 22 June) – Endurance swimmer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine is ready to set a record by crossing the 21-mile (33.8km) English Channel this August. Ingemar "Pinoy Aquaman" Mac ...

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Outgoing mayor in Surigao Norte to drug suspects — surrender before June 30

Outgoing mayor in Surigao Norte to drug suspects — surrender before June 30

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 June) -- An outgoing town mayor in Surigao del Norte has urged persons suspected of involvement in illegal drug trade to surrender before her third term ends on June 30. At ...

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More victims of human trafficking recorded in Surigao

More victims of human trafficking recorded in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/19 June) – More victims of human trafficking have been recorded here in the first two quarters of 2016, most of them shipped out from Pantalan 1 and 2 here, a non-governmental ...

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Wooden-hulled ships, motorbancas to be phased out by December 11

Wooden-hulled ships, motorbancas to be phased out by December 11

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 June) -- Wooden-hulled ships and motorbancas ferrying passengers will no longer be allowed to operate starting December 11 this year, the Maritime Industry Authority (Mari ...

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9 more drug suspects surrender in Surigao town

9 more drug suspects surrender in Surigao town

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 17 June) – Nine more persons who claimed to be engaged in the illegal drug trade in this municipality have voluntarily surrendered to authorities this week, poli ...

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3 motor bancas in Butuan suspended following sea mishap

3 motor bancas in Butuan suspended following sea mishap

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) – Three motor bancas plying the Butuan-Magallanes route in Agusan del Norte that belong to the owner of the ill-fated banca that submerged last Saturday have been or ...

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Surigao priests campaign against proposed limestone quarry

Surigao priests campaign against proposed limestone quarry

GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 16 June) – Roman Catholic priests in this municipality have been reiterating their call against the planned limestone quarry activities in the village of San I ...

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Robbers hit rural bank in Surigao Norte; another robbery foiled in Surigao City

Robbers hit rural bank in Surigao Norte; another robbery foiled in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) -- A rural bank in Placer, Surigao del Norte fell victim to a group of robbers while another robbery attempt targeting a shipping company in Surigao City was foiled. A ...

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Surneco assures no brownout despite power plant maintenance shutdown

Surneco assures no brownout despite power plant maintenance shutdown

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) -- A scheduled maintenance shutdown of a power supplier of Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative won’t result in a brownout as a standby modular generation set will o ...

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3 suspected drug dealers killed in Surigao Norte this month

3 suspected drug dealers killed in Surigao Norte this month

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/14 June)-- Three suspected drug dealers have been killed in Surigao del Norte within the first week of this month, police said. The latest incident occurred on June 7, in Baran ...

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Suspected illegal drug peddlers who surrendered in Surigao town reach 53

Suspected illegal drug peddlers who surrendered in Surigao town reach 53

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/13 June) -- The number of self-confessed illegal drug peddlers in this town who have surrendered to authorities has reached 53 as of Monday, a police official said ...

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‘Pinoy Aquaman’ swims from Bohol to Cebu

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ swims from Bohol to Cebu

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) -- Endurance swimmer and triathlete Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine did another first in the open water on Sunday by swimming a 16-83-kilometer stretch from Bohol to ...

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Last Days of Summer

Last Days of Summer

Tourists enjoy the turquoise-colored waters of Sugba Lagoon in Del Carmen, Siargao Island on Tuesday (7 June 2016) as the summer ends and the rainy season begins. This quite place has become a must-vi ...

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40 suspected shabu peddlers in Placer “surrender,” vow not to engage in illegal drugs

40 suspected shabu peddlers in Placer “surrender,” vow not to engage in illegal drugs

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 04 June) -- At least 40 suspected shabu drug pushers in this mining town have voluntarily “surrendered” to authorities and vowed not to engage in the illegal dru ...

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