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olice Regional Office 8 presently under the command and guidance of PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, pledged full support for PGEN DEBOLD MENORIAS SINAS as he officially took command as the 25th Philippine National Police Chief during the Change of Command Ceremony held at Camp Crame, Quezon City, November 10. “As we welcome a new leader, we reiterate our continued support to the PNP’s commitment to serve and protect,” RD DE JESUS stressed out. He vowed to support the priority programs of the newly-installed PNP Chief and shall adhere to the reforms in law enforcement. “We will continue to take the lead in the government’s crusade against all forms of criminality, illegal drugs,

corruption, and terrorism,” he added. On the other hand, PGEN SINAS announced that he will intensify the anti-illegal gambling operations and anti-criminality efforts. He further declared that different Drug Enforcement Units shall be revitalized to heighten the anti-illegal drug campaigns against high-value targets/individuals, including the so-called “ninja cops” and “narco cops” who are on the close watch by the police authorities. PGEN SINAS also outlined his action program by sustaining antiCOVID support activities through the Service-Oriented Policing Program as an active response to the pandemic crisis and ought to execute existing PNP operational policies to provide effective public service. SEE



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total of 243 new police recruits took their oath at Police Regional Office (PRO) 8 Grandstand, Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte, October 30.

The activity was simultaneous to the nationwide conduct of oath-taking and turn-over ceremony of the Lateral and Technical Officers and newly-appointed Patrolmen/Patrolwomen for Calendar Year 2020 1st and 2nd Attrition Quota. PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, urged the new members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to adhere to the ideals of the organization and serve as the personification of service, honor, and justice.


tty. Ryan Mancera was sworn to office as the new Chairman of the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 8, Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte on October 30. He is the legal counsel and affiliated with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tacloban and Pintados Foundation, Inc. He also works as Chief Financial Officer of the Visayas Ventures, Inc. Mancera was the previous Vice-Chairman of RAC SEE






olice Brigadier General RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, Police Regional Office (PRO) 8 acknowledges receipt of medical supplies from Tacloban of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (TFCCI) to the police frontliners in the Region on October 22. The donation consists of 10,000 pieces of surgical masks, 1,000 pieces of face shields, 100 pieces of goggles, 60 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and 40 gallons of alcohol. “This invaluable support from one of our stakeholders shows that we are not alone in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. I am so much grateful for this contribution and support and you are making us stronger and more determined as we take our duties and responsibilities,” RD DE JESUS said. Mr. Johny Go, another TFCCI member, donated a box of 10,000 Vitamin C tablets (Ascorbic Acid) on November 13. TFCCI has been an active stakeholder of PRO 8 even before the COVID-19 pandemic emerged. The organization reaches out to different agencies and communities regionwide through their program dubbed as COVID-19 Operations “We fight COVID-19 as one...We heal as one.”

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Violators include personalities involved in illegal drugs, illegal gambling, illegal fishing, illegal logging, anti-carnapping, with loose firearms and violators of municipal ordinances. Apprehended persons along with the confiscated items were brought to the police stations of their jurisdiction for subsequent filing of criminal charges. Top performers in the implementation of local ordinances and other special laws were Biliran PPO, Eastern Samar PPO, and Ormoc CPO while Leyte PPO and Tacloban CPO have recorded the highest number of conducted Search Warrants and/or Buy Bust Operations against High Value and Street Level Individuals. Meanwhile, Tacloban CPO got the most number of arrested persons during the service of Warrants of Arrest.


total of 1,447 Most Wanted Persons and other violators were arrested following the regionwide conduct of Simultaneous Anti-Criminality Law Enforcement Operations (SACLEO) named as “Project RIKUPO” on October 27-28, November 3-4 and November 10-11. “Project RIKUPO” led to the apprehension of 438 individuals by Leyte Police Provincial Office (PPO); 295 in Southern Leyte PPO; 211 in Biliran PPO; 41 in Samar Police PPO; 141 in Eastern Samar PPO; 71 in Northern Samar PPO; 111 in Ormoc City Police Office (CPO) and 139 from Tacloban CPO. The project encompasses preparation, validation, investigation, and intervention phases in order to ensure the systematic conduct of operations. “We have just launched “Project RIKUPO” but we already made a significant number of arrests involving Most Wanted Persons and those involved in various illegal activities. In the coming operations, we will target more lawless elements so we can look forward to a more peaceful Eastern Visayas,” PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director Police Regional Office (PRO) 8 stated.



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ive members of the New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered to Police Regional Office (PRO) 8 through Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO) on October 16.


he Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) 8 under the supervision of PLTCOL JOSE ROY M TORRECHILLA, Acting Force Commander, conducted its monthly outreach program dubbed as “RMFB 8 Bullet Formula” in Barangay Gov E Jaro, Babatngon, Leyte on October 24. “RMFB 8 Bullet Formula” aims to strengthen and capacitate the community especially the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) and conflict-affected areas which are marginalized and socio-economically neglected, thus, vulnerable to the propaganda and manipulation of the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs). The purpose is to ensure that public safety and security be sustained in the target barangays. The activity consisted of eight (8) basic community programs and services, namely Reinforced Education through IEC (Information Education Campaign) Distribution; BP, Health and Weight Monitoring; Unified Clean-Up Drive; Libre nga Arot /Free Haircut; Lecture/ Seminar on Anti-Criminality and Anti-Insurgency; Entertainment locally known as “Kaliawan ha Barangay,” Team Building and Feeding Program. Pastor Aniceto Candole, Chairman of Battalion Advisory Council, graced the event and gave his guidance through moral and spiritual upliftment to the residents. He also donated two (2) boxes of manna pack rice for the feeding program and distributed face masks and face shields. PLTCOL TORRECHILLA lauded the efforts of the Battalion Headquarters, its five Maneuver Companies and the Technical Support Company in coordination with the Local Government Unit of Babatngon, Leyte and the officials in Barangay Gov E Jaro for the success of the activity. The program has already reached about 200 participants following its successful launching at Barangay Inuntan, Basey, Samar last September 12.

These alleged former rebels are identified as “Rob”, 45, single; “Opaw”, 45, married, both residents of Barangay Mabini, Basey, Samar; “Prime”, 40; “Marcus”, of legal age, single; and “Binoy,” 60, married, all three with residential address at Sitio Guinpondo-an, Cogon, Basey, Samar. They also turned over two (2) units of caliber .45 with SN 842961 and 193273 with two (2) magazines and 15 live ammunitions of caliber .45 and caliber .38 with defaced serial numbers. PCOL MICHAEL C DAVID, City Director, TCPO, expressed that the former rebels have finally decided to abandon non-sensical armed struggle against the government forces. SEE




former child warrior of the New People’s Army (NPA) identified as Ka Anda formally filed a case for Human Trafficking against two NPA recruiters before the Prosecutor’s Office in Laoang, Northern Samar on November 5. Ka Anda is one of the three armed rebels arrested during the previous strike operation of the 801st Division Reconnaissance Company (DRC) 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army at the vicinity of Barangay Epaw, Las Navas, Northern Samar. The former rebel, who used to live in a remote village in the 2nd District of Northern Samar confessed that the NPA took advantage of her young age and deceivingly recruited him. “Nagsaad sira sa ako na kanra ak pa-eeskwelahon ‘pag umupod ak sa kanra. Pakaupod ko, kanra man la ak gihimu na SEE


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amar Police Provincial Office under the leadership of PCOL GLENN OLIVER C CINCO, Officer-in-Charge, launched its child protection activity dubbed as “A Visit to Give H.O.P.E. (Home of Persons Enriched with Love)” to bring hope and uplift the lives of distressed children in the province.

On October 17, PLT AILEEN G VELARDE, Chief, SPPO Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) collaborated with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) for a visitation activity at the God’s Love Center for Women and Children in Catbalogan City where food packs, face masks and face shields were delivered to the rescued trafficking victims. The activity was also a part of the 2020 National Children’s Month Celebration with the theme, “Sama-Samang Itaguyod ang Karapatan ng Bawat Bata sa Panahon ng Pandemya.” SPPO said that the activity primarily strengthens the support system of the children in communities to include their families, schools, churches and barangays. Together with the Western Samar Development Foundation Incorporated (WESADEF) which caters to rescued child victim/s of sexual abuse in Calbayog City, and the Child Protection Committee, SPPO WCPD

remains incessant in the implementation of laws and issuances protecting children’s rights. The initiative also aims to monitor the victimsurvivors of the child sexual abuse incidents as they are being reintegrated in their respective communities. According to SPPO, crime incidents committed against children in the province particularly sexual abuses have statistically increased from January to October 2020. SPPO recorded 48 incidents compared to 42 incidents during the same months of 2019. SEE

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he Police Regional Office (PRO) 8 under the stewardship of PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, launched “Hatod Serbisyong Waraynon” which provides access to the basic services of the local government such as but not limited to securing clearances, applying for business permits and claiming certifications. The aim of this project is to deliver police services right at the doorstep of every clientele’s residence by establishing “Hatod Serbisyong Waraynon Desk” in every city/municipal police station of this PRO. This program also intends to enhance partnership and SEE



astern Visayas cops and volunteers secured this year’s All Saints and All Souls Day celebrations, November 1-2, through an intensified security measures implemented by the Police Regional Office (PRO) 8.

Following the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Engaging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) Resolution No. 72, PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, implemented the closure of all private/public cemeteries, memorial parks and columbaries from October 29-November 4. SEE




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he Police Regional Office 8 under the leadership of PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, extended assistance to the victims of Super Typhoon Rolly in Bicol Region thru a relief operations dubbed as “Otso Para Sa Singko” in coordination with the members of PRO 8 Regional Advisory Council, Rotary Club of Tacloban, other supportive Non-Government Organizations and private organizations/individuals. As of this time of writing, this PRO collected financial assistance from all its units and offices which totalled to Php 674,953.00. The money was used to procure relief packed goods which were distributed to 3,972 recipents in some affected municipalities of Bicol region. PRO 8 also collected in kind items from private organizations/individuals and other NGOs: 15 boxes of Tuna, 71 sacks and 500 packs of rice, 28 boxes of noodles, 15 boxes of assorted canned goods, 10 cases and 2 boxes of mineral water, 5 boxes of coffee, 1 case of mosquito coil, 1 case of matches, 73 pieces of mosquito nets, 1 box of flashlights, 2 boxes of blankets, 8 boxes of casserole, 8 boxes of Beef Loaf, 15 boxes, 25 sacks and 4 bags of used clothings.

This PRO’s initiative to be of help to the Typhoon victims fosters strong police-community partnership which is an essential component for the sustainability of peace and order. Among the donors were Benhua Trading Tacloban, Tacloban Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Regional Advisory Council, Samar PPO Advisory Council, Rise and Rebuild International Foundation, Carigara Chapter, RTRMF AKMA-ResBAK Organization, Tacloban City, Alpha Phi Omega, Eastern Visayas State University, Regional Health Service 8, Mayor Pelagio Tecson Jr and Mr Eugene Tan. RD DE JESUS is glad for the prompt and compassionate response of all the personnel and the active support of the above-mentioned organizations and individuals. “Despite the pandemic we are all facing these days, we are still blessed here in Eastern Visayas for not being badly hit by the destructive typhoon like that of in Bicol. Personally, I am grateful for your generosity and compassion. As we heal as one, we will also rise as one,” RD DE JESUS said.

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POLICE, YOUR VOLT-IN HEROES “Let’s volt in!” the popular catchphrase in the Philippines during the early ‘80s used from Japanese TV series “Voltes V”. Today, this tagline literally entails collaboration and unity of everyone to come up with a very solid entity, like a team, working jointly for a positive output. The Philippine National Police along with other government and private entities volts in to deliver quality-service programs that give emphasis to the security and welfare of the people. The unprecedented occurrences of natural disasters coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic remarkably blew us all off. These days really put us all into test: the endurance and resiliency of Filipino people amidst crises and disasters. However, the presence of police authorities who handle the pressure and commotion smoothly brings the muchneeded relief to everyone. We have seen them manning the COVID-19 checkpoints 24/7 as frontliners to help flatten the curve; saving lives during rescue and disasterrelated operations similar to the recent typhoons in the Bicol Region and Luzon areas; fighting and preventing criminality; insurgency and terrorism; protecting lives and properties in the community; and devoting quality time to his/her family. Reinforcing the law and combating illegalities without transgression of the human and civil rights are only among of the various tasks of police officers. They toil similarly like heroes fighting and exerting energies and powers for the safety and security of everyone especially the innocent and the weak. Our PNP personnel gallantly wear their badges to report for duty without a guarantee that they can still come home and see their families risking their lives every day to fulfill their mandate: TO SERVE AND PROTECT!!!

Yes, your PNP will solidly volt in!



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he Police Regional Office 8 under the leadership of PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, through the Office of the Regional Learning and Doctrine Development Division conducted a shooting competition dubbed as 1st RD’s Cup held at the LEYSA Firing Range, San Jose, Tacloban City on October 30-31 and November 6-7. The Level 1 Practical Shooter Match Officer Confederation Sanctioned Match (PSMOC) was intended to enhance the skills of PNP personnel in pistol marksmanship making them more competent and reliable law enforcers. It also aimed to improve the shooting competency of the authorized civilians and inculcate them to be responsible gun owners. A total of 500 participants from the different PPOs/ CPOs to include the Regional Headquarters, Armed Forces of the Philippines and civilian shooters in Eastern Visayas joined the said competition. “This match is not meant to put you against each other, rather, to strengthen your bond with one another through a healthy shooting competition. The idea here is to foster discipline, teamwork and camaraderie aside from making you better shooters,” said PBGEN DE JESUS with utmost encouragement. Following are the list of winners by category: Executive Champion:


Colonel-General Champion: COL LENART LELINA 1st Runner-up: 2nd Runner-up: 3rd Runner-up:


Lieutenant-Lieutenant Colonel PLT BARRY BALUYOT



Patrolman-Exec Master Sergeant Champion: Cpl Rowell Rebaño

1st Runner-up: Cpl Jonathan Balisbis 2nd Runner-up: PSSg Ryan Zacarias 3rd Runner-up: SSgt Adonis Manlolo 4th Runner-up: PMSg Jhanbi Acasio

Lady Champion: PCpl Joanne Engay

1st Runner-up: Pat Jennilyn Adana

Man-vs-Man Steel Challenge Champion: Cpl Jonathan Balisbis

1st Runner-up: MGEN PIO DIÑOSO 2nd Runner-up: Cpl Rowell Rebaño

The resources generated from the event will be used for future projects of this PRO.

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arabut Municipal Police Station of Samar Police Provincial Office led by PLT FERNANDO G CALABRIA JR, Officer-in-Charge, successfully seized more or less P1.5 million worth of illegally collected guano and apprehended seven individuals at Brgy. Caluwayan, Marabut, Samar on October 16.


particularly those violations against the protection of the environment. “We are again urging the public to join us in this advocacy,” he added.

PLT CALABRIA JR emphasized that the accomplishment only attests that they are implementing zero-tolerance against any illegal activities in their area of responsibility

More or less 500 sacks of guano were seized from the suspects who were unable to present any legal documents/permit to operate.

Criminal charges were already filed against them for violation of Republic Act 9072 or the National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act.



olice Major WILMER T DADIA, Acting Force Commander of 1st Eastern Samar Provincial Mobile Force Company (1st ESPMFC) initiated an educational support program by providing school supplies to the students under the new normal blended learning. The five students of Antonino Geralbio Elem. School in Dolores, Eastern Samar are some of the program beneficiaries. “This program aims to spread hope to the less fortunate children and to let them understand that poverty is not a hindrance to success,” PMAJ DADIA said.

1st ESPMFC, thru its PCAD personnel, assists the students in their daily modular classes. They also instill awareness among the constituents of the role of the PNP in maintaining peace and order and providing support to the Filipino families during this time of crisis. This endeavor has shown the incessant effort of 1st ESPMFC in giving moral and material support to the children in the province despite the prevalence of the coronavirus pandemic.


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REU 8 was also hailed as the Best Regional Engineering Unit for the Implementation of Infrastructure Projects for CY 2020. The Unit has completed the construction of eight municipal police stations within the region and various projects inside Camp R. Kangleon such as the Maringal Hall, Retaining Wall and Hazardous Waste Management and Storage of Regional Health Service 8. Meanwhile, PSSg Jonathan L Cinco was also awarded as the outstanding Junior Police Non-Commissioned Officer.


he Regional Engineering Unit (REU) 8 headed by PMAJ ASPIRO B BADIOLA was adjudged as the Best Regional Engineering Unit for Calendar Year (CY) 2020 during the 26th PNP Engineering Service Founding Anniversary Celebration on October 29, 2020 at the National Headquarters, PNP Engineering Service, Camp Bgen Rafael T Crame, Quezon City.

CHARGES . . . from Page 4 Minor NPA Files Charges Against Recruiters suruguon ngan upod-upod pangolekta kuarta,” he added. PCOL ARNEL J APUD, Provincial Director, Northern Samar Police Provincial Office (NSPPO), assisted in the filing of the case in relation to Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 as amended by Republic Act 10364 also known as Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons. Recovered from their possessions during the arrest were two improvised explosive device (IED), one caliber .45 pistol, a magazine with six live ammunitions, and one sling bag with P15, 000 cash. Assistance has already been extended to the said former NPA recruit.

HATOD . . . from Page 5 PRO8 Launch ‘Hatod Serbisyong Waraynon’ cooperation with the stakeholders and the communities in crime prevention and containment of COVID-19 as movement of the people will be regulated. Said project was launched in the presence of the Command Group spearheaded by PBGEN RONALDO R MENDOZA, Deputy Regional Director for Administration.

“This award is the fruit of all the efforts, dedication and extra service of all the personnel of this Unit,” PMAJ BADIOLA said. PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS applauded the commendable achievement of REU 8 and encourage all other support units of this PRO to excel in their mandated tasks.

HOPE . . . from Page 5 SPPO brings hope to children in Samar “Our hearts are saddened by these glaring data that these children experienced abuses from persons who are known to them and living with them in the same house as they are their relatives. Despite this year’s sudden rise of COVID-19 cases in Samar Province which posed a great challenge in ensuring children’s safety against abuses, exploitation and violence, this Office strives to lessen if not prevent possible occurrence of similar crime incidents.” SPPO said.

UNDAS . . . from Page 5 EV Cops and Volunteers Secure ‘Undas’ As such, PRO 8 deployed 1,817 police personnel who remained on alert against lawless elements and other threat groups which then deterred the occurrence of untoward incidents. RD DE JESUS ordered the establishment of police assistance hubs in coordination with other concerned law enforcement agencies, local government units, and volunteer groups. “PRO 8 is happy to inform the people of Eastern Visayas that we have had a peaceful observation of this year’s Undas. We laud the efforts of our police personnel and force multipliers in manning the areas of convergence, but we also thank the vigilance and cooperation extended by the public.” Quick Response Teams (QRTs), Critical Incident Management Operational Task Group (CIMTG) and Disaster Incident Management Operational Task Group (DIMTG) also contributed to the safe and sound observance of this year’s Undas.

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NEW COPS . . . from Page 2 243 New Cops Take Oath

PRO 8 Vows Full Support for SINAS as New Chief PNP

“The field of law enforcement is for those with fervent hearts, brave souls, and upright principles. As your Regional Director, I encourage you to go the extra mile. Let us put integrity to the public trust and confidence afforded to us,” RD DE JESUS stressed out.

PGEN SINAS also urged the public to reinforce the national campaign to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) and to boost the fight against corrupt practices and dishonest police and government officials.

The new breed of police officers composed of 215 males and 28 females will undergo the six-month mandatory training of the Public Safety Basic Recruit Course (PSBRC) at the Regional Training Center 8, Kuta Kankabato, San Jose, Tacloban City. They will also attend another six-month Field Training Program (FTP).

Part of the discipline mechanism he created is the reward and punishment system which will become the guiding principle in the PNP.

PRO 8 adhered to the COVID-19 health guidelines and protocols during the recently concluded recruitment process.

REBELS YIELD . . . from Page 4 5 NPA Rebels Voluntarily Surrendered to Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO)

PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, Regional Director, lauded the concerted efforts of the operating units from the City Intelligence Unit; Samar Regional Intelligence Unit; Tacloban City Mobile Force Company, Military Intelligence Company 8 Mechanized Infantry Battalion (MICO 8 MIB), and the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division. He said that the ceaseless combat clearing operations and the implementation of the Retooled Community Support Program in some areas in Samar are instrumental for the surrender of NPA members. PRO 8 is facilitating the assistance to be given to the former rebels and their families as part of the government’s efforts to integrate them into becoming productive members of the society.

ASSUMES . . . from Page 2 Atty. Mancera Assumes RAC 8 Chair until he was installed as the new Chairman by the Office of the Regional Police Strategy Management Unit 8 (RPSMU). PBGEN RONALDO F DE JESUS, PRO 8 Regional Director lauded Mancera for his selfless service and dedication. “We have a great man for the position. I asked for the cooperation and full support of the RAC for the success of all the endeavors we are aiming to achieve,” RD DE JESUS said. RAC serves as an advisory body of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the implementation of the PNP Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule of Law Plan 2030 (PNP P.A.T.R.O.L Plan 2030).


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“Let us always remember our sworn duties as police officers and we should walk the talk in the PNP. We must do our job according to the mandates for safer and peaceful living. Likewise, we must focus on sustaining President Duterte’s commitment on the eradication of illegal drugs, corruption, terrorism, illegal gambling, and other forms of criminality,” CPNP SINAS said. PGEN SINAS succeeded PGEN CAMILO PANCRATIUS P CASCOLAN who took over the helm of the PNP in a two-month stint with his 9-point strategic thrusts which aim for a better, more effective, and efficient PNP. PGEN SINAS served as the Director of the National Capital Region Police Office prior to his appointment as the new Chief, PNP. He was also the former Regional Director of Police Regional Office 7 (Central Visayas) and was assigned as the Deputy Regional Director for Administration in Police Regional Office 12 (South Cotabato). He was designated as the Secretary to the Directorial Staff in Camp Crame and soon became the Chief of PNP Crime Laboratory. CPNP SINAS, a native of Butuan, Agusan Del Norte, is a member of Philippine Military Academy “Hinirang Class” of 1987.

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