Wednesday, October 24, 2018

An abundance of flowers


AN ABUNDANCE OF FLOWERS. A farmer in Barangay Pacol, Naga City gets his wares ready for All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day when a huge supply of flowers is in demand. (Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard)
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Duterte condoles with families of slain, wounded Bicol cops, soldiers

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NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – President Rodrigo Duterte led the awarding of medals to members of the police and army who were killed or wounded in the line of duty in various incidents in Bicol.

In a small gathering here Tuesday afternoon, the President bestowed the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kalasag to PO1 Ralph Jason D. Vida, one of the casualties in the recent rebel ambush at Barangay Napolidan, Lupi, Camarines Sur, during the latter’s wake at the Multi-purpose Hall of the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office.

The Rank of Kalasag is given to those who lost their lives as a direct result of their participation in Duterte's campaign or advocacy.

The same Order was awarded to SPO1 Percival S. Rafael, who was represented by his wife Grace Rafael; and to PO3 Carlito S. Navarroza, represented by his wife Jaicil Navarroza.

Following this, Duterte conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kampilan to the following soldiers, who were wounded in action in an NPA encounter in Labo, Camarines Norte on October 14, 2018: Cpl. Christopher A. Bactad, Cp. Joven M. Llorera, Pvt. Johnrex Ferpas, and Pvt. Jesse B. Pausal.
The Kampilan Medal is given to those who were seriously wounded or injured or suffered great loss of property in carrying out contributions to the President’s advocacies.

The Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kalasag was also awarded to Pvt. Ruben Bersabe who was killed in an encounter in Labo, Camarines Norte on October 14, 2018. The same was received by family representative Mrs. Avelina Bersabe, his mother.

CAA Teodoro C. Adoptante, who was slain in Lupi, Camarines Norte on octoebr 16, 2018 was likewise given the same Order. The medal was received by Mr. Arnel C. Adoptante, his brother.

Duterte also condoled with the relatives of the slain cops and soldiers.

Apart from the medals, the families received financial assistance from the government, according to Bong Go, who accompanied Duterte.

Meantime, also present at the affair was Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Nela Charade Puno, who was the person being escorted when the ambush occurred in Lupi, Camarines Sur last week.

Puno told the media that she was extremely saddened by the incident, and hoped the families would obtain justice.
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Monday, October 22, 2018

Catandungan Festival 2018: Celebrating 73 years of Independence


The Catandungan Festival is celebrated every October to commemorate the foundation anniversary of Catanduanes as a province independent from Albay.

The Happy Island of Catanduanes once again celebrates its identity shaped through history and by culture-Catandungan Festival 2018.

In its 73rd Foundation Anniversary, the province offers exciting and fun-filled activities in full colors which resemble the culture we foster over time.

Experience a rush of exhilaration as we give you another blast of our own brand of festival celebration.

The Happy Islanders invite you to witness our spectacle of talents, faith, beauty and culture which make up our identity as Catandunganons.


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DILG: Ambush of cops in Camarines Sur shows the futility of talking to Joma


The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) condemns the ambush of the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and her police escorts in Camarines Sur saying that such acts show the futility of peace negotiations with Joma Sison.

“We condemn the killing of three police officers during the ambush of a PNP convoy escorting FDA Director General Nela Charade Puno. This violent incident against government officials who are just doing their jobs is a pure act of terrorism that shows the futility of talking to Joma Sison,” says DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Año.

On Thursday morning, Puno's convoy, consisting of her main vehicle and two police vehicles, was passing through Barangay Napolidan in Lupi, Camarines Sur at around 9:10 a.m., when around 20 NPA rebels opened fire, resulting to the death of three police security escorts and the injury of three others.

Puno’s vehicle sped off as the assailants continuously shot the tailing police car.

"How can Joma expect to have meaningful peace negotiations when they are killing our police officers and ambushing government officials including the FDA head who was just there to attend a government event?," he asks.

Año says that Sison's new offer to resume peace talks is a clear attempt to relieve pressure from the NPA who are losing the battle in the mountains to government forces. "More than a thousand former rebels have since returned to the fold of the law and they are feeling the pressure. Peace talks are a way for them to regroup and strengthen their forces," he says.

The DILG Chief says that Sison’s new offer is a futile attempt to divert the people's attention from their foiled Red October plot to oust the Duterte administration.

"Sison wants to take the Filipino people for another ride. Now that their Red October plot has fizzled, now that they realize that there is no hope to oust this administration, they now suddenly want to go back to the negotiating table," he says.

Año, however, insists that there is no use talking peace if government forces and civilians are dying and if the rebel groups continue to commit lawlessness and pure acts of terrorism like the Camarines Sur ambush.

"Peace requires confidence-building measures, and the CPP/NPA/NDF has failed in this respect. They have only themselves to blame," he says.

If Sison and his minions are truly sincere, Año says the communist terrorists groups should stop all forms of hostilities, extortion activities and burning of construction or farm equipment and instead build mutual trust with the government to achieve genuine peace.

"When you offer peace with your left hand but shoot with your right hand like what they did to our policemen in Camarines Sur, that's the height of duplicity," he says.

“We in government are working double time to ensure peace and order in the country. Instead of talking to Joma, we will instead pursue localized peace talks as mentioned by the President because we will never give up on peace,” says Año.

“We will pursue localized peace talks in every region where there are communist rebels. Peace and order is our top priority and we will uphold these local peace talks until the last rebel lays down his arms,” he says.
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'Not guilty,' sabi ni Atty. Isidoro sa caso sa mega shabu lab



MANILA (Bicol Standard) -- An dating acting regional director kan NBI Central Mindanao Regional Office na nag aatubang nin casong conspiracy to manufacture illegal drugs, sa nadiscubreng mega shabu lab kan 2016, nag sabi sa jusgado na "not guilty" siya sa sinambit na akusasyon kasubago.

Si Atty. Augusto Eric Isidoro detinido ngonian sa Makati City Jail poon kan Septiembre kasunod kan order kan Makati City Regional Trial Court.

An mega shabu laboratory nadiscubre kan mga awtoridad kan 2016. Nakua sa sinambit na lugar an kantidad P100 million na shabu asin ephedrine.

An mega shabu laboratory namumugtak sa Brgy. Palta Small, Virac, Catanduanes, suboot pag rugaring ni Sarah Sarmiento. Pina arkila ini ki Angelica Balmadrid, na iyo suboot an kasaroan ni Isidoro.

Si Isidoro nag aatubang nin casong conspiracy to manufacture illegal drugs. Kabale sa akusasyon iyo an minasunod: Xian Xian Wang, Pido Bonito, Paolo Uy, asin Jayson Uy, na at large pa hasta ngonian.

An iba pang akusado, si Lorenzo Pinera II, kinasohan nin possession and manufacture of illegal drugs kaiba an limang ika pang akusado na at large pa ngonian, an mga Uys, Paolo Palisoc, Phung Yuan Estorco, asin Sheng Wang.

Sa mga akusado, solamente si Isidoro asin Pinera an naarestar asin ditinido sa city jail sabi ni Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, an pamayo kan DOJ Task Force on Illegal Drug Cases.

An caso pig dadangos sa sala ni Judge Selma Palacio Alaras, presiding judge kan Makati RTC Branch 62.
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