Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Archdiocese of Caceres releases statement re: Rapinan murder


NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The Archdiocese of Caceres has released a statement in connection with the murder of Jeraldyn Rapinan, a woman who was found dead in San Fernando, Camarines Sur on June 15, 2018.

"We are shocked and saddened by her gruesome death. We sympathize with the family and we are one with them in the search for truth and justice," the statement reads.

"We are deeply troubled that in media reports, a priest has been alluded to as a person of interest," it continues.

"We hold the report very serious. The Archdiocese supports and will fully cooperate with the thorough investigation of the case by the proper authority.

The Archdiocese, at the moment, is conducting its own investigation and will take appropriate action in accordance with the Code of Canon Law.

At this time that we are searching for truth, we ask for prayers and prudence.

We assure the family of the victim of our prayers and support in the search for justice."

The statement was signed by Fr. Darius S. Romualdo, Chancellor.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

204 job seekers hired on Independence Day Job Fair




Legazpi City – At least 204 job seekers in Bicol region have gained employment on June 12, Independence Day.

A total of 1,078 applicants looking for new work and other training opportunities registered in the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) job and business fair at the Ayala Malls Legazpi in celebration of the 120th Declaration of Philippine Independence.

Of this number, 153 were ‘near-hires’ on top of the 51 who were hired on the spot, said OIC Regional Director Rovelinda A. Dela Rosa of DOLE V.

Dela Rosa added that most of the hired-on-the-spot applicants were for the positions of visual inspector, service crew, office staff, finance staff, accounting staff, production operator, management trainee, encoder, IT admin and administrative staff

Meanwhile, ‘near hires’ are job applicants who may be considered as hired but need to submit additional or lacking requirements or may need to attend further interviews or tests.

They may be hired or placed depending on the outcome of their interview and compliance of pre-employment requirements of the hiring company.

HOTS and Near-Hired Applicants

One of the thousand applicants who got a job was Rosenda Decano, 22 of Brgy. Mauraro in Guinobatan town, Albay.

Decano is the eldest among the three siblings of Mr. Roden and Mrs. Violeta Decano. A graduate of a vocational course in Ligao Community College (LCC) in 2016 but found her first local employment as factory worker during the Independence Day TNK Job Fair.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako dahil nagkaroon po ng job fair ngayon. Overwhelmed po ako kasi sa two (2) years po na unemployed ako lagi na lang sinasabihan na ‘tatawagan’ ng employer – ngayon po natanggap na ako at hired-on-the-spot pa,” she shared.

She added that this is good news to her mother, 49 who is working as food vendor.

While requesting for a photo opportunity holding the tag: “I’m H.O.T.S”, Decano said with glee on her voice: “Ipapakita ko po ito kay mama kasi makakatulong na po ako sa pagpapagawa ng bahay namin.”

Decano will start with her job as factory worker on June 16, 2018.

On the other hand, Mr. Santy Barnedo, 52 of this region told DOLE Bicol that he is near hired after applying to an overseas job.

“Ang nakuha ko pong trabaho dito sa Job fair ay Carpenter sa New Zealand. For formality na lang po kasi may experience na po ako sa ibang bansa gaya ng Qatar at Saudi Arabia,” he said.

The TNK Job and Business fair gathered 44 participating employers including local and overseas which brought nearly 7,000 jobs.

DOLE Bicol has also recorded two senior high school graduates who applied during the job fair and currently waiting for the results.

Meanwhile, government agencies who offered jobs were Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Navy, Philippine Statistics Authority, Region V and Department of Trade and Industry RO V.

The Department of Trade and Industry RO V (DTI) offered technical advisory services and seminars on ‘How to Start a Business’, Business Management and Project Management considering entrepreneurship as an alternative to having formal employment in establishments. On the other hand, the Technical Educational Skills and Development Authority V (TESDA) accepted/ initially processed registration of scholars in its accredited schools, and the One-Stop-Shop by the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) composed of PhilHealth, Social Security System, Pag-Ibig Fund, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Statistics Authority provided permits/ clearances to job applicants during the job fair.

The 2018 Independence Day was observed with the theme, "Kalayaan 2018 Pagbabagong Ipinaglaban, Alay sa Masaganang Kinabukasan.
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Arch. Tirona: Yes to karate, no to guns


Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona
MANILA (Bicol Standard) -- Learning martial arts like karate may be an alternative to toting guns for priests to protect themselves.

This is the statement of Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona today here as he celebrated mass for the third anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si.

"Priests cannot be like Superman or Spiderman," he said. "They should be able to protect themselves if the need arises."

This came after the murder of three priests in the Philippines in the last six months.
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Priest is person of interest in death of Cam Sur woman

Jeraldyn "Ai-ai" Rapinan

BAAO, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) – The death of 28-year-old Jeraldyn Bulalacao Rapinan of Barangay San Jose, this town, has rocked the Roman Catholic leadership in this province after a priest was tagged by locals as a person of interest in the killing.

Rapinan’s lifeless body was dumped in a grassy portion of a roadside along Maharlika Highway at Del Pilar, San Fernando, Camarines Sur on June 15.

She was discovered with several stab wounds on her chest, and there were signs that she was strangled. Her hands and feet were bound by a yellow nylon cord, while her face was covered by a malong when she was found.

In a post this morning by Fr. Louie Occiano, he said that as parish priest, he was interviewed about the issue.

Occiano is presently the parish priest of the town, but he is not the person of interest.

He was interviewed because he is the parish priest of Baao, while the person of interest is a resident of San Jose, Baao.

"I told the reporter that we will respect the ongoing investigation," Occiano added.

Occiano also made a statement that says he is not the suspect and he is not involved in any way.


The victim’s family


At their residence in Barangay San Jose, Vivencia Bulalacao Rapinan, the mother of the victim, looks intently at her daughter’s face through the casket, as if seeking for answers.

In an interview with the Bicol Standard, she revealed she feels a mixture of hatred and fear over what happened to her daughter.

“Ai-ai,” as Vivencia fondly calls her daught, had been looking for money to fund her child’s baptism, which was slated on Saturday, June 23.

She knew about the amorous relationship between her daughter and the priest, she said.

“It had been going on for some time already,” she said.

Ai-ai previously served as a helper in the residence of the priest, she noted. She stayed for ten years in said house.

While the interview was ongoing, the victim’s cousin and bestfriend, Sherilyn Rapinan, came forward to volunteer information.

She confirmed outright that her friend had a relationship with the priest.

“I know this because Ai-ai and I kept no secret from each other,” she said.

The victim informed her that she would be meeting somebody at the Diversion Road in Baao for about 15 minutes. Ai-ai said she was expecting said person to give her money for the baptism.

Asked whether the person was the father of the child, she answered “yes.”

When Ai-ai did not return after an hour, she started to worry.

“I tried calling her on her cellphone. It kept ringing, but no one was picking up,” Sherilyn narrated.

Someone texted her using Ai-ai’s number. The message said that she would not be going home that night.

She started to suspect that something was wrong because it was unusual for Ai-ai to suddenly decide not to go home.

“In fact she had no extra clothes with her, and her child was left at home,” she said.

Finally, the phone died, and she lost contact with Ai-ai’s phone.

Other reports


Meanwhile, other residents of Baao reported that there is another woman from the Rinconada area who also has an intimate relationship with the person of interest.

This information is still being scrutinized by the investigators.

Mayor Besinio

Baao Mayor Jeff Besinio said that many had been going to his office since the incident occurred, asking to verify rumors.

“I have already instructed the police to exert extra effort in finding information,” he said.

He would not give additional data as investigation is still pending.

Baao police


When Bicol Standard sought information from the Baao Municipal Police Station, the news team was told that the local police helped in the preparation of the affidavit of the mother.

They could not give additional details, however, as the case occurred within the jurisdiction of San Fernando Municipal Police Station.

At 5p.m., the chiefs of police of San Fernando and Baao are having a case conference in Baao, Camarines Sur.

Bicol Standard has not been able to contact the person of interest for his side of the story, as of this writing.
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Nabudalan nin awto sa Ligao City, gadan



LIGAO CITY 6/17/18 (BICOL STANDARD) – Binawian nin buhay an lalaki na nabangaan kan awto na pig mamaneho ni Moises Tan y Penaflor, mantang nagbabalyo sa tinampo sa P5, Brgy. Tuburan, digdi.

An aksidente nangyari poco mas o menos anas 3:20 nin aga, kasubago (Hunyo 17).

Segun sa report an biktima iyo si Jayson Monarca, 25, nagtatrabaho sa RJM Machineries, asin residente kan Siruma, Camarines Sur.

Idinalagan sa  JBDMDM sa Tuburan, Ligao City an biktima, alagad pig declarar na mayo nan in buhay ni Dr. Maria Jude Carmela Malagnit, an attending physician.

Sabi kan pulis nagreport sa saindang hepatura si Tan para ipaisi an nangyaring aksidente.
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