Tag Archive: Southern Luzon


A teenager died after getting pulled in by an ice crusher at a fish port in Camaligan, Camarines Sur, Thursday night, police said Friday.

Killed was 17-year-old Angelo Tacorda, a resident of Brgy. Bagacay, Tinambac, Camarines Sur provincial police director Senior Superintendent Walfredo Pornillos said.

The incident occurred at the fish port in Brgy. Dugcal around 7:45 p.m., while Tacorda was picking crushed ice from the machine, Pornillos said in a text message.

Senior Inspector Aldin Oroqueta, Camaligan Police chief, said Tacorda was with some fellow workers at that time.

“Tapos na sila sa trabaho noon, pero may tira sa loob ng machine kaya inabot niya (Tacorda)… Eh ‘yung kasama niya sa taas, di siya napansin, nai-switch on ‘yung ice crusher,” Oroqueta said by phone.

Tacorda’s whole body was pulled in, and the machine bore holes on it, he said.

The families of Tacorda and his fellow worker, who is just about his age, have already met and agreed to settle the incident, Oroqueta said.

“Hindi na daw magsasampa ng kaso ang pamilya ng biktima dahil aksidente ang nangyari, tutulong na lang daw sa gastusin sa pagpapalibing ‘yung isang pamilya,” he said. (John Roson)

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An Army soldier was arrested after holding hostage and stabbing a woman and her young son in Pilar, Sorsogon, on Thursday, police said.

Arrested was Pfc. Joel Magdalena, an active member of the 92nd Division Reconnaissance Company based in Aroroy, Masbate, Sorsogon provincial police spokesman Superintendent Nonito Marquez said.

The incident occurred in Brgy. Marifosque around 6:30 a.m.

Magdalena, a resident of Pili, Camarines Sur, was first seen creating a scene by brandishing a piece of wood and hitting people around him with it, Marquez said in an emailed report.

Magdalena also tried to hit PO2 Ronnel Perfecto, who happened to pass by on his motorcycle, but the policeman evaded the blow and tried to pacify the soldier, he said.

The soldier, however, ran and entered a home, where he took two knives and held hostage house owner Grace Manzanero and her young son, Marquez said.

This prompted Perfecto, barangay tanod Arnel Quintana, and one Jean Deponturom to enter the house to stop Magdalena from causing harm.

Magdalena, however, stabbed Manzanero and her son to the different parts of the body, Marquez said.

Perfecto, Quintana, and Deponturom later wrested from Magdalena the 13-inch and 11-inch knives he used. The soldier suffered injuries when he resisted arrest. 

Manzanero, her son, and Magdalena were brought to the Donsol District Hospital for treatment.

The soldier was later taken to the Pilar Police Station for investigation and filing of charges, Marquez said. (John Roson)

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Improvised bombs found in Albay

Government troops seized improvised bombs and a gun at a suspected harboring site of New People’s Army (NPA) members in Legazpi City, Albay, early Wednesday.

Members of the 2nd Infantry Battalion found four improvised explosive devices and a caliber-.9mm pistol at a copra kiln in Brgy. Cagbacong around 8:25 a.m., said Capt. Mardjorie Paimela Panesa, public affairs officer of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division.

Also found at the site were 15 meters of electrical wire, a hammock, and subversive documents, Panesa said.

Troops were sent to the area after residents reported the presence of NPA members, but the suspected rebels were already gone when soldiers arrived, she said.

Meanwhile, an NPA member surrendered to security forces in Camalig town, also in Albay, Wednesday morning.

Gilbert Paloma, who uses the aliases Vic and Ric, surrendered to members of the 2nd IB around 8 a.m., Armed Forces Southern Luzon Command spokesman Major Angelo Guzman said. (John Roson)

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Photo courtesy of Quezon provincial police.

Photo courtesy of Quezon provincial police.

Ten people were injured when the bus they were riding fell and landed upside down into a ravine in Tagkawayan, Quezon, early Saturday, police said.

Driver Gonzalo Joble, 65, was injured along with passengers Jinky Agra, 43, Josephine Bailey, 45, Manuel Lagramada, 56, Maria Reina Lagramada, 54, Ma. Cecilia Orain, 27, Emmlon Orain, 20, Monica Siaton, 25, all of Naga City; Arnel Doroteo, 31, of Antipolo City; and Roland Sibajon, 31, of Damulog, Bukidnon, Chief Insp. Edcille Canals, Quezon provincial police spokesman, said.

Photo courtesy of Quezon provincial police.

Photo courtesy of Quezon provincial police.

The 10 were brought to the Maria Eleazar Memorial District Hospital, with Joble placed under the Tagkawan Police’s custody, Canals said.

The incident occurred around 12 a.m. while the Peñafrancia Tours bus (TYV-282) was travelling along the Quirino Highway in Brgy. San Vicente.

Joble was reportedly driving the bus from the Bicol region to Manila.

Investigation indicated that while maneuvering a descending section, Joble swerved to the right to avoid a newly-constructed portion of the road but lost control of the steering wheel, Canals said.

The bus fell and landed upside down into a ravine about 12 feet deep, he said.

A concerned citizen reported the incident around 12:10 a.m. so members of the Tagkawayan Police, Municipal Health Unit, and civilian volunteers conducted a rescue operation and pulled out the bus occupants, Canals said. (John Roson)

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The US Navy 'target drone' found off Masbate (photo from Masbate PNP)

The US Navy ‘target drone’ found off Masbate (photo from Masbate PNP)

A “target drone” of the U.S. Navy was found in waters off Ticao Island in Masbate on Sunday, police said.

Fishermen Jolly Llacer and Ricky Cantoria found the drone near Sitio Tacdugan of San Jacinto town and reported it to police past 9 a.m., Senior Supt. Heriberto Olitoquit, Masbate Provincial Police director, said.

Unang inakala ng mga mangingisda, bomba, pero vinerify ng EOD, di naman bomba… US property na drone,” Olitoquit said in a phone interview.

A local measuring the drone (photo from Masbate PNP)

A local measuring the drone (photo from Masbate PNP)

The US-made unmanned aerial vehicle, which had the markings BQM-74E Chukar III, is 12’11” or 3.94 meters long, has a wingspan of about 1.76 meters, Olitoquit said in text message.

The drone was first brought to the San Jacinto Police Station before it was turned over to the Philippine Navy.

The BQM-74E Chukar III is the latest of a series of aerial target drones produced by American aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman.

The remote-controlled drone, launched from warships, can fly as fast as Mach 0.86 and altitudes from 10,000 meters to 12,000 meters.

It was not immediately known where the drone found off Masbate came from, but several US ships that have made port calls in nearby areas are known to use such UAVs for targets. (John Roson)

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Thirteen suspected members of a criminal group were killed while a police official was injured in a clash between Atimonan and Plaridel, Quezon, on Sunday afternoon, police and military officials said.

Members of the Calabarzon regional police intelligence division and Quezon Provincial Police encountered suspected members of a “partisan armed group” around 3 p.m., PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo said in a text message.

Col. Generoso Bolina, spokesman of the Armed Forces’ Southern Luzon Command, said the policemen, along with members of the Army’s 1st Special Forces Battalion, flagged down two Montero sports utility vehicles at a checkpoint in Brgy. Tanauan, Plaridel, but were fired upon by the vehicles’ occupants.

The shooting prompted the policemen and soldiers to retaliate, Bolina said.

Thirteen were killed on the criminal group’s side while a certain Supt. Marantan was injured on the government side, Cerbo said.

Supt. Hansel Marantan was rushed to the Dona Martha Hospital due to bullet wounds to the left arm and left foot, but was later transferred to a hospital in Lucena City, according to Chief Supt. James Melad, Calabarzon regional police director.

The suspects’ SUVs were also destroyed during the shootout, Bolina said.

Troops recovered an M14 rifle, M16 baby armalite rifle, and at least eight caliber-.45 pistols from the slain suspects, he added. (John Roson)

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Armed men shot dead a retired police officer running for a seat in the town council of Balud, Masbate, on Friday afternoon, police said.

Three armed men shot retired Chief Insp. Vicente Aragona near his home in Brgy. Tonga around 1:30 p.m., Bicol regional police spokesman Supt. Renato Bataller said.

Aragona, a candidate for councilor in the municipality, succumbed to bullet wounds on the different parts of the body, Bataller said.

Local police are still trying to determine the assailants’ identities and motive, he said.

The incident occurred barely a week after an incumbent barangay chairman of Aroroy running for town councilor was also shot dead.

Edwin Amaro, chairman of Brgy. Luy-a, was aspiring for a post in the Sangguniang Bayan when he was gunned down on Dec. 9, Bataller said.

Last month, the Department of Interior and Local Government placed Masbate and 14 other provinces under a watchlist for possible surge in violence during the run-up to next year’s elections. (John Roson)

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Armed men shot dead a barangay chairman running as councilor under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) in Aroroy, Masbate, Sunday night, police said.

Edwin Dalinog Amaro, chairman of Brgy. Luy-a, was shot to death by still unidentified assailants in the same village around 6:30 p.m., Bicol regional police spokesman Supt. Renato Bataller said.

Amaro was aspiring for a post in the Sangguniang Bayan under the banner of the NPC, Bataller said in a text message.

Investigators were sent to the scene shortly after the incident while members of the Aroroy Police conducted pursuit operations against the assailants, he said. (John Roson)

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2 rebels killed in Catanduanes clash

Two suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members were killed in a clash with government troops in Virac, Catanduanes, Saturday morning, the military said.

Aside from the still unidentified rebels’ bodies, troops recovered two M16 rifles, an M653 baby armalite rifle, and an M15 rifle at the clash site, Army 9th Infantry Division spokesman Maj. Angelo Guzman said, citing field reports.

The clash occurred around 9:50 a.m. while members of the 83rd Infantry Battalion were conducting combat operations in Brgy. Calatagan, he said.

Lt. Col. Rodolfo Batang, commander of the 83rd IB based in San Andres, said no one among the 10-man team that encountered about 15 rebels was hurt.

Pursuit operations against the other rebels were still ongoing Saturday afternoon, he said. (John Roson)

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13 hurt in Quezon bus-truck mishap

Thirteen people were injured in an accident involving a passenger bus and two 10-wheeler trucks in Tagkawayan, Quezon, early Friday, police said.

An RSL bus hit an incoming truck before the latter was sideswiped by another truck, Quezon Provincial Police director Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon said.

Twelve passengers of the bus and truck driver Buhay Tolentino were injured and brought to the Maria Eleazar Memorial District Hospital for treatment, De Leon said in a text message.

The incident occurred around 5:15 a.m. along the Quirino Highway in Brgy. San Vicente.

Jose Batola was driving the bus (EVP-976) towards the south when his vehicle hit a 10-wheeler truck (RFR-312) being driven by Avelino Bagangan towards Manila, De Leon said.

Initial investigation indicated that Batola tried to overtake the 10-wheeler truck (UVB-833) driven by Tolentino which, in turn, sideswiped the tail of Bagangan’s truck, the police official said.

All vehicles suffered a still undetermined amount of damages. (John Roson)

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