Butuan - updates

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Salesman arrested, jailed for calling Duterte 'crazy'

May 14, 2020 - 4:11 PM

'Hindi trabaho ng PNP protektahan ang Pangulo sa opinyon ng taumbayan. Ang trabaho 'nyo e protektahan ang taumbayan,' says human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, following the latest arrest in Butuan City

ARRESTED. Caraga police arrest salesman Reynaldo Orcullo for calling President Rodrigo Duterte an asshole and crazy. Photos courtesy of Caraga police

Bong Go distributes aid to large crowd in Butuan City despite coronavirus threat

Mar 15, 2020 - 7:42 PM

The presidential aide-turned-politician says the fire victims were not crowding because of him, but because the evacuation center itself was already crowded

‘A Soldier’s Heart’ shows ‘unreal depiction’ of Butuan City, says Agusan del Norte rep

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) The pilot features a bombing at a fictionalized Butuan City market

SOLDIER'S HEART. The pilot of the show involves a bombing in Butuan City. Screenshot from ABS-CBN Entertainment's YouTube

Alleged communist leaders arrested in Butuan City

Oct 13, 2019 - 8:55 PM

But the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines says Melissa Comiso and Nore Torregosa are Lumad teachers and not New People's Army leaders

Transeek, a Grab-like app for trikes, is coming to Butuan City

Feb 06, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Transeek app will be available for Android smartphone users this year

TRANSEEK. The Transeek app hopes to provide safer and convenient commute around Butuan City. Photo by DOST Caraga

Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos dies at 74

Oct 22, 2017 - 12:55 AM

Born in Bohol, Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos was a bishop for more than 3 decades

LONG-TIME BISHOP. Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos was a bishop for more than 3 decades when he died on October 21, 2017. Photo courtesy of PIA Caraga

How a bitter recession gave birth to a sweet export business

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:30 AM

'No matter how bitter life was at the start, Shirley Dayanan was able to make a complete turnaround from a worker who lost a job – to an exporter of dried sweet fruits

IN PHOTOS: Duterte back in public eye

Jun 17, 2017 - 10:06 PM

In his first public appearance in 5 days President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the 50th founding anniversary of Agusan del Norte in Cabadbaran City then visits troops at the 4ID command post in Butuan City

CHOPPER RIDE. President Rodrigo Duterte waves at his supporters before leaving the Caraga State University in Cabadbaran City on June 17, 2017. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Policeman proposes to girlfriend in front of Duterte

Oct 06, 2016 - 8:45 PM

The policeman s girlfriend a security aide of President Rodrigo Duterte says yes

Screenshot from RTVM video

Sandiganbayan upholds graft charges vs ex-Butuan mayor

Oct 05, 2016 - 3:18 PM

The case stems from the alleged anomalous contract awarded to a supplier for the procurement of overpriced liquid fertilizer

UPHELD. The Sandiganbayan affirms the graft charges against the former Butuan City mayor and other local officials. File photo by Agence France-Presse

Butuan disaster official: Information key to risk reduction

Jul 17, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Butuan City Disaster Response and Early Warning Officer Bong Catedral says that it is important to make sure that information is always present when dealing with disasters

NDRRMC to LGUs: Don't take low pressure area lightly

Jun 25, 2016 - 7:45 PM

A low pressure area LPA east of Surigao City might bring floods and landslides to parts of the country

Mayor Otaza laid to rest: 'He wanted a better life for the Lumad'

Oct 28, 2015 - 7:28 PM

In Dario Otaza s short term as mayor of Loreto Agusan del Sur his anti poverty program for fellow indigenous peoples freed 21 villages from the influence of communist guerrillas

RESTING PLACE. National police officers carry the casket of slain Mayor Dario Otaza, while his son Daryl's coffin is carried by relatives, to the Uraya Memorial Garden in Butuan City on October 28,2015. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Army: NPA reasons for Otaza killings 'lies'

Oct 25, 2015 - 6:52 PM

The Philippine Army brands as deceitful and superficial the motives behind the killing of Loreto town Mayor Dario Otaza and his son by the New People s Army

LIES. The Philippine Army said Agusan del Sur mayor Dario Otaza (2nd from right) was killed because he turned his back to the NPA. Photo from Otaza's Facebook account

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Oct 20, 2015 - 7:13 PM

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Abducted Agusan del Sur mayor found dead

Oct 20, 2015 - 9:24 AM

3rd UPDATE The bodies of Mayor Dario Otaza and his son are found early morning in Barangay Bitan agan some 12 kilometers from Butuan City proper Interior Secretary Mel Sarmiento says

Agusan del Sur mayor abducted

Oct 19, 2015 - 9:03 PM

Mayor Dario Otaza of the town of Loreto in Agusan del Sur is abducted by 16 armed men posing as NBI agents at his home in Butuan City police say

Bishops split on 'moral basis' for Aquino to quit

Feb 28, 2015 - 3:18 PM

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma says the Catholic Church is not in the position to push the President to quit for it is beyond her competence

'MORAL BASIS.' Catholic bishops find themselves in a key position as critics urge the President to quit. In this file photo, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines holds its bi-annual plenary assembly in January 2014. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Billions of pesos in Church funds locked in stocks

Jan 11, 2015 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED The Church has investments in banking oil energy information technology food and beverages construction and mining

‘New generation’ of cops out to win hearts and minds

Aug 17, 2014 - 11:13 AM

The PNP doesn’t always have the best of reputations but some cops are out to prove that perception wrong PO3 Alexander Baradillo Fazon Jr of the CARAGA Police Regional Office is one of them

SERVICE. PO3 Alexander Baradillo Fazon, Jr. from Butuan says the MBFI's COPS award is the highlight of his career. Photo courtesy of the Metrobank Foundation, Inc

Butuan hospital denies cruel treatment of emergency patient

Aug 16, 2014 - 10:30 AM

Butuan Doctors Hospital claims it has no deposit first policy and is prepared to cooperate with state authorities who may investigate the case of 10 year old Yanna Chan

Mother cries foul over 'cruel hospital'

Aug 12, 2014 - 5:27 PM

I cannot bring back my daughter s life back but at least I can do something to what happened to her even to just lessen the pain that we are going through says the bereaved mother

P700,000 worth of illegal lumber apprehended at Manila port

Mar 15, 2014 - 7:00 AM

The lumber the equivalent of 12 mature Lauan trees at least 20 years old come from Nasipit Agusan del Norte

APPREHENDED. Two container vans containing around 14,000 board feet of Lauan lumber are apprehended by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Bureau of Customs. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Cebu Pacific plane skids off Butuan runway

Feb 15, 2014 - 4:07 PM

UPDATED The aircraft nose wheel of Cebu Pacific flight 5J 220 bound for Cebu went off the runway as it was turning to prepare for takeoff

PLANE OVERSHOOTS RUNWAY. A Cebu Pacific plane skidded off a runway in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, on Saturday morning, February 15, as it prepared for takeoff. Photo by CAAP Media Bureau

Agaton: Over 3,000 families displaced

Jan 18, 2014 - 10:46 AM

UPDATED At least 46 villages are flooded in Butuan City while the province of Dinagat Islands experiences massive power outage

SUBMERGED. Heavy rains caused by Tropical Depression Agaton brought flood waters submerging houses in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, January 17, 2014. Photo by Erwin Mascarinas/AFP

COA to agencies: Return P2.3-B bonuses

Jan 15, 2014 - 7:50 AM

UPDATED The Governance Commission for GOCCs responds to the COA order

GRACEFUL EXIT. COA Chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan leaves the Senate after enduring a one-hour grilling from Sen Jinggoy Estrada. The feisty Tan holds her ground and at times answers back. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Flights to Tagbilaran, 8 areas cancelled due to weather

Jan 11, 2014 - 10:47 PM

Local airlines cancel flights to 9 areas due to bad weather

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image taken at 5:32 am, January 11, 2014. Image from PAGASA

The fight against pneumonia

Jul 17, 2013 - 4:00 PM

Pneumonia is one of the primary causes of infant mortality in the Philippines

NPA attacks gov't troops on anniversary

Mar 29, 2013 - 10:09 AM

3rd UPDATE Shortly past 11 am the trapped civilians were able to leave the area

6.1 quake hits off Mindanao

Nov 03, 2012 - 7:36 AM

No damage or casualties were immediately reported

DOTC to to spend P327-M for 7 provincial airports

Jun 15, 2012 - 12:26 AM

To support the rapid trade and tourism growth in 7 provinces the transportation department will commence the rehabilitation and expansion of airports in these areas

(UPDATED) 17 dead in Butuan store fire

May 09, 2012 - 2:52 PM

17 shop clerks sleeping in a store in Butuan die in a fire while one is still missing

Buckle up for higher airfares (no thanks to soaring oil prices)

Mar 20, 2012 - 10:24 AM

As airlines petition to pass on higher fuel prices to passengers