Saturday, June 25, 2016

Albay to host humanitarian mission

The Southern Luzon Command (SolCom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the provincial government of Albay will host this year’s Pacific Partnership 2016 with a multinational force led by the US Armed Forces and four other countries namely Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand.

Philippines was identified as one of the host countries laterally with Indonesia, Timor Leste, Malaysia and Vietnam to accommodate the participating multinational force.
Albay was chosen for PP16 as the site for various civic-action projects, community health exchanges, medical symposiums, and humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) drills.

The humanitarian mission will be conducted from June 27 to July 10 this year.

Part of the medical services offered in this year’s engagement, the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) will anchor off the coast of Albay Gulf for medical services, surgeries and ship’s visit/ tour.

Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEE), HADR Trainings and Drills with both military and civilian participants will take place at different venues in Legazpi City.

Engineering Civic-Action Programs (ENCAP) offer the construction and repair of classrooms in three (3) different sites that will promote better learning environment for our students.

Talents among the AFP and US armed forces shall also be showcased through band engagements in specific venues in the province.

The Pacific Partnership came to be in response to one of the world’s most catastrophic natural disasters, the December 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of Southeast Asia.

Over the years, mission has evolved primarily as direct care mission to an operation focused on enhancing partnerships through host nation subject matter expert and civil-military exchanges.

The undertaking will have its formal opening on the 27th of June and will last until the 10th of July 2016. By then, all activities and constructions have been completed and the primary mission of the endeavor accomplished. (MAL/Maj.ANBuan-PAF/JTFPP2016/PIA5)

20 collared for illegal fishing in Cam Norte

LEGAZPI CITY, June 25 (PNA) -- Joint operatives of the Jose Panganiban Municipal Police Station and Camarines Norte Provincial Anti-Crime Task Force arrested 20 fishermen they caught in the act of fishing using the illegal method called "buli-buli" or using fine mesh net in the waters off the town at 5 a.m. Thursday, a police report said Saturday.

During their routinary seaborne patrol, the police apprehended suspects Rosalito Palacio, Nelson Reota, Garben Arbe, Bernardo Balado, Joel Marbella, Nardo Callion, Sherwin Buino, Alvin Palacion, Jerry Jeres, Olbido Monforte, Salvador Monforte, Arnel Carandang, Ronaldo Banogbanog, Eduardo Ablaneda, Rodney Tarroy, Sonny Portugal, Willy Mena, Benjie Basares, Eduardo Monforte and Jolly Arbie -- all residents of Barangay San Lorenzo and Sta Elena towns in Camarines Norte.

Confiscated from the suspects were a motorized banca, fine mesh net, 25 kilos of various fish species and other fishing paraphernalia.

The Provincial Anti-Crime Task Force immediately filed charges against the suspects for violation of Republic Act 10654.(PNA)

Bicol-based troops to sustain operations vs. NPA

LEGAZPI CITY, June 25, 2016 - The Philippine Army's 901st Infantry Brigade based at Barangay Villahermosa in Daraga, Albay said it will sustain its combat operations against the New People’s Army (NPA) in its area of responsibility after incoming Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya ordered Bicol-based troops not to relax or lower their guard but to sustain their anti-insurgency activities.

The order came on the heels of NPA ambuscades against the Philippine National Police (PNP) that left one cop killed and two wounded, including a student in Masbate, on June 5 while two cops were killed and another civilian was wounded in an ambush in Bulan, Sorsogon on June 3.

“There are groups in the New People’s Army which do not follow order from their higher-ups despite an agreed ceasefire,” Brig. Gen. Claudio L. Yucot, 901st IB commander, said during a press conference at the Air Force’s Tactical Operations Group 5, Friday morning.

“I came to know this hard lesson for the last 30 years fighting communist rebels,” he said, adding that there are NPA units which are engaged in banditry.

The brigade’s operational control is in Albay, Catanduanes and Camarines Sur’s third, fourth and fifth districts -- including the towns of Castilla, Pilar, Donsol in Sorsogon province.

“Yes we are always ready while the peace talk is being worked out,” Yucot said.

He said it is a welcome development that the government is entering another peace talk with the Communist Party of the Philippines, the National Democratic Front and the New People’s Army in the country.

“But this does not mean that we will put our guards down because there are rogue elements in the NPA who will take advantage of the situation to make a fast run against us,” the Army official said.

Based on military intelligence, Yucot said, there are less than 30 NPA regulars operating in his command's area of operation.

“I want them (the rebels) to avail of the comprehensive local integration program. It’s sad to think Filipinos are fighting and killing each other because a group wants to impose a bankrupt communist ideology,” he said.

Yucot added that this program will give a new chance for their families to live a peaceful and normal life.

Although there is no formal order yet for a ceasefire, they might take advantage to attack far-flung and weak areas, he said.

“Once the order is given to start the peace talks with the accompanying cessation of hostilities, we will follow the order. Whatever order is given to us by our new AFP Chief of Staff we will follow it to the letter,” the Army official said.

Yucot added that there is no problem with the incoming AFP Chief of Staff because he is a very competent commander and a very good leader.

Visaya flew to Camp Elias Angeles, the headquarters of the 9th Infantry Division in Barangay Tinangis, Pili, Camarines Sur on June 20 to bid farewell and personally thank the officers, men and women of the Army’s best infantry division.

He was received by 9th Infantry Division Commander Major Gen. Ferdinand F. Quidilla with the rest of the Team 9ID.

There was a command conference on the current status of division’s internal security operations which was attended by field commanders.

It was followed by a talk from Visaya to impart some guidance of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

He said his job as Southern Luzon commander was made easier because of “your cooperation and support."

Visaya will assume the post as AFP Chief of Staff on July 1.(PNA)

Friday, June 24, 2016

PHOTOS | Tiriladan sa Ciudad

Sorsogon City Mayor Sally Lee led the Tiriladan sa Ciudad, or the cracking of pili nuts along the Rompeolas. The event is part of the activities for the Pili Festival 2016.

Photos via Sorsogon City News

Punong Barangay sa Placer, Masbate, binadil, gadan

PLACER, Masbate, Junio 23, 2016 (Bicol Standard) — Mayong patod an nangyayaring garadanan sa islang provincia kan Masbate.

An pinakabagong biktima iyo si Elpidio Dimape, Punong Barangay kan Mahayhay, sa banwaan na ini.

Sabi sa report ngonian na aga, si Dimape binadil nin mga dae nabistong mga lalaki sa saiyang residencia kasubanggui, poco mas o menos alas 7:00.

Nagsapo nin tama nin bala an biktima sa saiyang daghan asin sa abaga.

Ginibo an krimen mantang mayo nin kuryente sa saindang barangay.

Mientrastanto, pig-aragapan pa man kuta tanganing darahon sa hospital si Dimape, alagad ipigdeklarar na mayo na siya nin buhay.

Pakatapos na badilon an biktima, marikas na nagdulag an duwang lalaki na kaggibo kan krimen pasiring sa dae maaraman na direksyon. (Hale sa report ni Jet Ramos – BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

BFAR seizes killer puffer fish in Bicol markets

NAGA CITY, June 23, 2016 (Bicol Standard) - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Office here in Bicol burned around 40 kilos of dried puffer fish, locally known as "tikong" or "butete" after a simultaneous operation in markets across Camarines Sur and Albay today.

Dried puffer fish
Photo by Melvin Machado
BFAR Information Officer Nonie Enolva said this is part of their intensified campaign against the selling of potentially poisonous fish varieties, as prohibited by Fisheries Administrative Order 249.

BFAR personnel seized dried puffer fish from vendors in the markets of Pili, Calabanga, and Tinambac in Camarines Sur, and Guinobatan in Albay in its initial operation.

According to the vendors, the towns of Calabanga and Balatan in Camarines Sur and Burias Island in Masbate are among the sources of the puffer fish.

"Burning is one way of disposing of confiscated fisheries products. Another method is burying," Enolva told the Bicol Standard.

The dried fish, which amounted to around P5,000 in market value, were burned in front of the Bureau of Fire Protection Office in Pili, Camarines Sur.

Meanwhile, around 200 kilograms of puffer fish were confiscated in Guinobatan, Albay.

The BFAR has strengthened its information campaign against the selling and eating of puffer fish after several cases of deaths that resulted from the eating of puffer fish were noted in the region recently.

This year, the poisonous fish has claimed three lives in Camarines Sur alone.

Suspect in Anjo Julia's murder pleads not guilty

NAGA CITY, June 23, 2016 (Bicol Standard)  - The principal suspect in the murder of broadcaster Ronaldo "Anjo" Julia pleaded not guilty to the murder charge during the arraignment this morning.

Anjo Julia
Efren "Pitay" Barrosa y Paz who was escorted by security personnel was presented this morning before Regional Trial Court Judge Rosita L. Lalwani of Branch 28.

The trial for his case is scheduled on September 20, 2016.

Barrosa will be detained at the Provincial Penal Farm in Tinangis, Pili, Camarines Sur.

It would be recalled that Barrosa was arrested earlier this month by a joint team of police operatives from Bicol and Central Luzon. (With report from Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)