Ombudsman Morales sacks Mayor Gaite

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered the dismissal of town mayor Melquiades Gaite from office, due to the allegedly anomalous lease contract agreement for the lease of the public market.

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

At least 5 big-ticket projects in the Bicol region are part of the 55 flagship projects that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) aims to complete or break ground by 2022.

Drink responsibly

Ano an pag-inom kan nakakaburat na inumon (alcoholic beverages) maraot o kasalan?

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

Pinatanidan kan pulis an estudiante asin residentes digdi na dai imaging aliwalas sa saindang mga gamit sa tahaw na nagkapira nang incidente nin harabonan na an mayor na victima iyo an mga boarding houses.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Weekly roundup: January 19-25, 2014

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Karate teacher found stabbed to death

Camalig, Albay
Camalig, Albay
Police authorities are hard at work at determining the motive for the killing of a karate teacher in Albay.

The victim, who was identified as Manuel Revilla, 55 years old, was found by the police in a grassy portion of Barangay Quinurtilan in Camalig town.

The victim's feet, according to the report, were sticking out of the ground while the rest of his body was buried underneath. Parts of his body which have been chopped off have also been slid into a sack.

When authorities had been able to dig the victim's body out of the ground, it was discovered to have multiple stab wounds from a bolo, and was drenched in blood.

The police have already informed the family of the victim about the incident.

Meanwhile, the initial investigation reveals that Revilla was last seen alive in the house of a friend.
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DTI confers Bagwis awards to top Bicol business firms

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced that it had chosen two business establishments for the DTI Gold Seal of Excellence for their efforts in promoting a balance between pursuing its business objectives and safeguarding the welfare of consumers.

DTI Bicol regional director Joy LB. Blanco said Caleb Motor Corp. and SM City Naga have passed the requirements for Gold Bagwis level in 2013 after a thorough deliberation and evaluation by the department's National Certification Committee.

The DTI also found these companies to be compliant with all fair trade laws and have effective and efficient customer relations, store management operations and social commitment and responsibility.

The DTI Bagwis Program, in particular, includes the setting up of consumer welfare desks in business places aimed at providing accessible and speedy resolution of consumer complaints.

For 2013, 18 Bicolano companies qualified for the DTI Bagwis Seal of Excellence after having met the criteria under the said program; two qualified for gold, six for silver and 10 for bronze.

The establishments that received the DTI Silver Seal of Excellence are the following: Davao Citi Hardware/Deco Arts Marketing, Camarines Sur; Nagaland E-Mall, Camarines Sur; Lisam Enterprises, Camarines Sur; J. C. Cua Construction and Supply, Catanduanes; Virac Junction Hardware, Catanduanes; and Virac Sunrise Saver’s Supermarket, Catanduanes.

Ten establishments received the DTI Bronze Seal of Excellence, which are as follows: Savemore-Sorsogon, Sorsogon; Sorsogon D’Best Store, Sorsogon; Savemore Metro Hub, Albay; Savemore Silverscreen, Albay; Glasshauz Hardware, Camarines Norte; Gemma Glenn Supermart, Camarines Norte; Virac Eastern Hardware Corporation, Catanduanes; Virac Pioneer Grocery and General Merchandise, Catanduanes; Lopez Center and Educational Supply, Masbate; and Transmaster Enterprises and Service Shop, Masbate.

“We are very much pleased that more establishments have recognized the necessity to obtain the DTI Bagwis Seal not only to help the consumers and enterprises, but more importantly, to help themselves grow as model businesses," Blanco said.(PNA) FGS/CBD/
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Sorsogon State College presidency aspirants face public to present goals

Sorsogon State College (SOURCE)
The three aspirants who are eyeing the presidency post of the Sorsogon State College (SSC) participated in a public presentation this week to share their vision for the school.

The contenders are Dr. Modestro Detera of Partido State College, Dr. Erwin Malto of Don Emilio Espinosa Sr. Memorial College of Agriculture and Technology, and Dr. Miguel Guarin of Sorsogon State College Bulan campus.

The public presentation was attended by students, non-teaching staff, faculty members, and various stakeholders of the college.

Detera, Malto, and Guarin in their speeches, gave importance to increasing the college's competitiveness by investing more effort into research work, as well as the improvement of the school's performance in sports, among others.

The next step that the aspirants have to hurdle is the evaluation by the Board of Trustees, which is tasked with selecting the next president of SSC.
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DENR launches census of migratory birds in Camarines Sur

The Philippine duck (Anas luzonica) is one of the duck species that is endemic to the Philippines. It is one of the migratory birds which have been observed in the Cabusao Critical Habitat in Cabusao town, Camarines Sur. It is estimated that only around 5,000 of the species remains today. (PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol, through its Protected Areas Wildlife Division (PAWD), has started since January 11 the Asian Waterbirds Census (AWC) at the Cabusao Critical Habitat in Camarines Sur.

DENR Bicol regional executive director Gilbert Gonzales said that the annual census of migratory birds helps in the local monitoring and conservation efforts in relation to global monitoring by ascertaining the trends of migratory cycle.

The census will last up to three weeks.

“These migratory birds are from various parts of the world and cover tens of thousands kilometers just to visit our place as part of their migratory cycle. For this reason, it is our responsibility to monitor them and provide data for national coordinators who in turn will submit these to the AWC,” he explained.

Gonzales said more than 8,500 waterbirds were monitored last year in the Cabusao Critical Habitat.

“The Northern Shoveller, Philippine Duck, Northern Pintail, Pacific Golden Plover and other shorebirds were among the most observed species,” he added.

A report from PAWD revealed that taxonomically, the family Anatidae, which include the marsh ducks, is the most numerous followed by the egret species.

The AWC was initiated in 1987 in India subcontinent and has grown since to cover the Asia-Pacific region. (MAL/JSBasanta-DENR5/PIA5)
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No reported measles cases in Catanduanes, says governor

Department of Health (DOH)
Department of Health (DOH)
CATANDUANES--There is no reported case of measles in the province of Catanduanes, according to Governor Araceli B. Wong. Despite this fact, the provincial government is working hard with the Department of Health (DOH) provincial health team to step up the information campaign regarding measles. This is to avert any case of measles in Catanduanes.

It will be recalled that cases of measles have been noted elsewhere in the Bicol region, particularly in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon.

Meanwhile, Wong noted that the intensified drive against measles coincides with the province's preparations for the Palarong Bicol, which will kick off next month.


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Sorsogon, Masbate get P4.2M livelihood assistance from DSWD

DSWD Bicol
DSWD Bicol
LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office in Bicol has recently released a total amount of P4,224,530 to fund livelihood initiatives in the provinces of Masbate and Sorsogon under the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) approach

Acting regional project coordinator Generosa Millete of the Livelihood Unit of DSWD Bicol turned-over the check to the recipient-provinces, including P650,000 for Magallanes, P605,000 for Pilar and P1,349,220 for Donsol, all in the province of Sorsogon.

The financial assistance is allotted for various skills training like food processing and preservation, dress making, masonry, engine repair, carpentry, welding, among others.

In Masbate, Mayor Percival Castillo of Mobo town received the amount of P1.1 million from Millete.

Castillo said the amount will be used to fund various trainings like cut flower raising, bio-intensive gardening, nursery management and seed banking.

Targets are around 206 qualified individuals from the women, senior citizens, youth sector and agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Aroroy town likewise received a cash grant of P520,000 for the 100 SEA-K beneficiaries which will venture on noodle production.

BUB system is an approach of the government in preparing the budget proposal of agencies taking into consideration the development needs of the poor cities andmunicipalities as identified in their respective local poverty reduction action plans that shall be formulated with strong participation of basic sector and other civic society organizations. (MAL/EEJerusalem-DSWD5/PIA5/Albay)
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Aquinas University, DOLE Bicol schedule jobs fair on January 27

Aquinas University-DOLE Bicol Jobs Fair
Aquinas University-DOLE Bicol Jobs Fair
LEGAZPI CITY--The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office has partnered with The Public Employment Services Office (PESO) of Aquinas University for a jobs fair on January 27, 2014 in the university main campus in Rawis, this city.
The jobs fair, which will take place at the Aquinas Dome in said university, will begin at 8 AM and end at 5 PM.

Some 25 local companies and six overseas companies will participate in the activity.

An estimated 500 local job vacancies and 400 overseas job vacancies are up for grabs in the job fair.

Interested applicants should bring their resume, a 1x1 or 2x2 ID picture, transcript of records, diploma, all kinds of certificates and any other document that could help in the hiring process.

For more inquiries about the jobs fair please feel free to contact DOLE-Albay at 480-5987 or DOLE-TSSD 480-5831 look for Ms. Emma Acuña. You may also contact PESO Aquinas University.
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Friday, January 24, 2014

Albay commemorates Battle of Legazpi with reenactment, wreath-laying

Battle of Legazpi reenactment
Battle of Legazpi reenactment
The local government of Legazpi commemorated the 114th Anniversary of the battle of Legazpi yesterday at the monument to the bloodshed in the heart of the city's commercial area.

The local chief executive, Mayor Noel Rosal, led the commemoration rites. The activity was attended by city officials, students, war veterans and personnel from Naval Forces Southern Luzon and Police Regional Office 5.

Mayor Rosal and Police Chief Supt Victor P. Deona, head of Police Regional Office 5, led the wreath-laying ceremony in front of the Battle of Legazpi Monument.

This was followed by a reenactment of the said battle by a group of students from Pag-Asa National High School of Rawis, Legazpi City.

They showed to the public how the brave Bicolanos fought against thousands of Americans with artilleries and guns using only bolos and trenches as their primary means of defense.

The Naval Forces of Southern Luzon (NAVFORSOL), headed by LTJG Cariaga PN, also expressed their support for the activity by provided honor company and color guards during the wreath-laying activity. Likewise, the Command lent a rubber boat to the students of Pag-Asa National High School that the group used in the reenactment. (NAVFORSOL)


Naval Forces of Southern Luzon (NAVFORSOL) members

NAVFORSOL members prepare to lay the wreath at the monument of the Battle of Legazpi

Students of Pag-asa National High School in Rawis, Legazpi City
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16 LGUs in Bicol show support for DSWD's Listahanan

DSWD's Listahanan
DSWD's Listahanan
Sixteen local government units in the region inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 5, expressing support for the information management system dubbed as Listahanan.

Listahanan is the country’s database of poor households which makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs.

The provincial orientations conducted last December with the Local Chief Executives, P/C/Municipal Social Welfare Officer and P/C/Municipal Planning and Development Officer encouraged them enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the government agency.

They likewise expressed their support to the upcoming household assessment to be conducted this year.

The municipalities of Del Gallego, Garchitorena, Baao, Tinambac, Magarao, Milaor, Ocampo, Nabua, Ragay and Sagñay in Camarines Sur; San Lorenzo Ruiz in Camarines Norte; Bagamanoc in Catanduanes; Baleno and Palanas in Masbate; and Jovellar and Polangui in Albay were among the LGUs which requested the data.

The data sets will contain lists of poor households with their basic information such as names, dates of birth and addresses.

Such information will be used by the LGUs as a primary targeting mechanism in determining potential beneficiaries or recipients of the programs and services. This is to ensure that the benefits of their program go to those who are really in need.

Data monitoring

The Listahanan’s data is protected under a memorandum of agreement, which ensures that the data will be used only for its intended purposes.

A MOA is required if the information being requested includes the names of family or household members.

Also, as stipulated in the MOA, the data user must integrate Listahanan in all its social marketing activities highlighting or emphasizing the use of the targeting system in identifying the beneficiaries of its social protection programs and projects. Furthermore, the must provide regular feedback on the data utilization and resolution on complaints regarding the beneficiaries' eligibility. Lastly, the must ensure the confidentiality and use of requested data only for purposes agreed upon.

At present, DSWD 5 has a total of MOAs with various organizations that utilize the Listahanan's data. (C. R. Barrameda/DSWD)
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DSWD pilot areas conduct learning exchange on community-driven development, disaster risk reduction

Dir. Arnel B. Garcia of DSWD Field Office V cordially welcomed the local officials of Compostela Valley headed by Board Members Moran Takasan and Macario Humol, both from second district, last January 21, 2014 at Hotel St. Ellis. He emphasized that disaster risk reduction is an integral part of poverty alleviation projects.
LEGAZPI CITY--Local officials of Albay and Compostela Valley joined in a five-day learning exchange on community-driven development (CDD) and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) in Hotel St. Ellis. The event started last January 20 in this city.

The learning exchange is a support mechanism for both provinces to share the best practices on CDD and DRRM which is strengthened by DSWD and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Both Albay and Compostela Valley are pilot areas of DSWD’s engagement of provincial local government units (PLGUs) in enhancing their role in CDD project. To date, development projects in the said provinces will start its implementation early this year with a funding support from DSWD and the counterpart contribution of the PLGUs.

The formal engagement of PLGUs seeks to test ways on how to strategically link CDD implementation to the PLGUs that carry the mandate of integrating municipal level poverty reduction priorities with broad sub-national level development directions. PLGUs can provide the missing vertical link between the barangay, the municipal, and the broader provincial development plan.

On the other hand, the learning exchange included Albay as the model in DRRM wherein it showcased its proven strategies and best practices to achieve its zero casualty goal. The discussions highlighted the smooth implementation of DRRM in the province by establishing a clear delineation of roles and functions within the PLGU and partner agencies.

Compostela Valley was lambasted by Typhoon Pablo in 2012 and with that, its provincial local officials with selected municipal DRRM officers conferred with the disaster management experts of Albay to adopt successful practices and cascade its learning to the grassroots.

Lectures from Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Office of Civil Defense, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) were also featured to highlight their main roles in DRRM.

Moreover, Philippine Red Cross and Children International presented the experiences of non-government organization (NGOs) in responding to disasters.

Dr. Cedric Daep of Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) discussing the overview of Albay’s experience on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) to Compostela Valley local officials last January 21, 2014 at Hotel St. Ellis, Legazpi City.

As part of their field visit, the delegates went to the Climate Change Academy (CCA), JICA Emergency Shelters in Legazpi City, Camalig’s Evacuation Shelter and relocation site last January 23. They also had a talk with Mayor Alice Morales of Malinao on the integration of DRRM to Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and their best practices about CDD.

Albay and Municipal LGUs forge MOA on CDD projects

As the result of the recently conducted Provincial Inter-Municipal Forum (PIMF), Albay will be forging its Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with its six prioritized municipalities under DSWD’s PLGU Engagement Pilot this January 24 at Hotel St. Ellis.

The said municipalities were Polangui, Oas, Pioduran, Jovellar, Guinobatan and Manito. DSWD has provided a grant of P100 million while the Provincial Government of Albay has P75 million for its counterpart contribution.

The Community-Driven Development projects were as follows:

Polangui - Rehabilitation/Improvement of Danao-Matacon Farm to Market Road
Jovellar - Construction (Rehabilitation/improvement) of Bautista-San Vicente Farm to Market Road
Pioduran - Rehabilitation/Improvement of Buyo-Palapas Farm to Market Road
Manito - Concreting of Centro-Nagotgot-Banao-Inangmaharang Farm to Market Road
Oas - Improvement/Repair of Batbat-Cabaloaon-Balanac Farm to Market Road

ADB has also an active development partner which provides support to strengthen capabilities in this pilot project.
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Bicolano places 7th in Architecture Licensure Exam

University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP)
University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP)
A graduate of the University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) in Iriga City placed 7th out of the 793 passers of the Architect Licensure Examination (ALE).

Marlon Levina de la Cruz scored 83.70 in the exams.

Sharing the 7th place with de la Cruz is Marnie Basay Gutib of the Cebu Institute of Technology.

The other topnotchers are: 1st, Anna Katrina Ines Karaan of the University of the Philippines Diliman; 2nd, Katherine Rose Cabrera Castronuevo of the University of San Agustin; 3rd, Elise Sophia Sumero Francisco of UP Diliman; 4th, Khimberlyn Gallestre Soriano of University of Santo Tomas; 5th, Rodney Aaron Yu Zheng of UST; 6th, Aldrin Ilustre Cuatro of UP Diliman, and  Jepram Rey Ochoa Villafrancia of UST; 8th, Daniel Christopher Elardo Pastor of the Cebu Institute of Technology; 9th, Keith Ann Jacinto Aquino and Carl Dominic Singson de los Reyes, both of UP Diliman; and 10th, Gerald Absolor Abalos of the University of Northern Philippines Vigan.

The examination was conducted last January 17 and 19 in Manila. 1,442 architecture graduates took the test.

The exam was administered by the Board of Architecture, which is composed of Arch. Rolando L. Cordero as chairman, as well as Arch. Yolanda D. Reyes and Arch. Fidel Jose R. Siapno as the two members of the board.
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Nagkandidatong gobernador sa CamSur, linangob sa carcel

Nagkandidatong gobernador sa CamSur, linangob sa carcel

CIUDAD NIN NAGA--Sarong kandidato sa kargong gobernador kan nagtalikod na eleksyon local sa provincia nin Camarines Sur an linangob sa carcel kan pulis sa ciudad na ini.

Si William Iliw iliw, 57 años, asin taga-Presentacion, an ipigreklamo nin sarong nagngangarang Niño Devisio na suboot napamoransangan na banogon mantang yaon sa sarong inuman sa Diversion Road digdi.

Si Iliw iliw maogmahon na marhay na nakipag-inoman sa duwang amigo kan siya maka-encontrada kan saro man na grupo na kaibahan ni Devisio.

An victima na si Devicio, na suboot babayote, nagdulok sa mga pulis na gatok-gatok an dungo asin nagtutururo an dugo sa saiyang bado.

An reklamo kan victima iyo na mantang siya asin an saiyang pag-iriba igwa man nin kaorogmahan sa parehong lugar, basang na sana siyang nakamate nin punete hale sa naging aspiranteng gobernador.

Sa ibong na lado, nagpahimutik si Iliw iliw kan mga sahot saiya.

Saiya pa ngani na sinabi na an totoong istorya iyo na siya an kinarigos nin suntok kan nagrereklamo.

Hinahalat kan mga autoridad ngonian kun baga sasangatan mananggad nin caso an 57 años na si Iliw iliw.

Mientrastanto, si Iliw iliw nagpamate nin grabeng hinanakit sa saiyang mga amigo asin kairiba sa club ta dai man lamang siya sinurog.

Sabi niya, pwedeng yaon kaya sa marhay na kamogtakan an duwang kairiba, o nasa VIP room, kan mangyari an insidente.

Si Iliw iliw kapurit sa limang kandidatong gobernador.
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A renewed call against privatization

by Vince Casilihan

“A rally of resoluteness in the face of the portents of privatization.” This is what Vince Casilihan of Karapatan-Bicol has to prompt as a battle cry to fellow Bicolanos amidst renewed threats of electricity disconnection in Bicol.

The human rights alliance spokesperson expresses the organization’s censure of the permanent threats of power disconnection confronting electric cooperatives in the region. Casilihan reiterates that these are “deceitful maneuvers that shove the people’s electric cooperatives against the wall in order to force them into privatization”. “Aquino’s lackeys in the Department of Energy, along with energy industry powerbrokers and crooked officials of electric cooperatives, crack their brains on how to insist privatization and deprive the people of their economic rights and extort them of hard-earned money,” he further protests.

Persisting notices of power stoppage consistently hound electric cooperatives ALECO and CASURECO II, in view of the fact that the said local power distributors are unable to meet remittance obligations in millions of pesos to energy generators and the transmission monopoly NGCP. Both ALECO and CASURECO II face disconnection anew on January 27 of this year. While high power rates, mismanagement, and corruption are readily pointed out as responsible for such predicament, Karapatan-Bicol offers a sharper evaluation. “Indeed, the people are plagued with soaring prices of social services and rotten officials,” Casilihan says. “Nevertheless, we must direct our fight towards the privatization policy of Aquino’s government that grants big capitalists uncontrollable power to conveniently wring money from the people. Our struggle must therefore be that of a multi-spiked spear – concentrating on privatization, while encompassing high prices, mismanagement and corruption,” Casilihan expounds.

Casilihan refers to EPIRA as the infamous license which allows for the privatization and deregulation of the energy industry. Enacted in 2001 and continued to be bolstered by Noynoy Aquino, EPIRA has foreseeably resulted in monopoly. “The big capitalists delight in EPIRA,” laments Casilihan. “This is why we have the power industry’s top five colluding to profit unabatedly in the region.”

Karapatan-Bicol notes that electricity supply in the region are controlled by no less than the five big compradors that dominate 80% of the country’s power generation. Aboitiz locks power supplies to CANORECO, while Cojuangco secures ALECO, together with CASURECO 1 and 3. CASURECO 2, on the other hand, buys its energy needs from the Lopez-owned BacMan and US-owned AES. The Ayala Group has also captured power generation for the province of Sorsogon, while Consunji clinches Masbate. Catanduanes has its power supply contract with multinational energy company ABB. Meanwhile, Henry Sy’s National Grid Corporation of the Philippines controls transmission facilities in the country.

“And with insatiable greed, these monsters are not content with passing on generation, transmission, systems loss charges and other unjust payments,” Casilihan exposes. “Now, thanks to the government’s neglect, even public distribution units like ALECO and CASURECO are prey to sharks,” he continues. The human rights worker reckons that it is EPIRA and privatization which spawned the adversity in the energy sector, to the damning plight of the people.

“We restate our standpoint,” Casilihan confirms. “While Aquino’s government pursues its neglect of social services and carries on with offering the public’s welfare as a milking cow for his voracious class, takeovers of electric cooperatives by member-consumers will prevail. This will illustrate how formidable the people’s might is in collectively fighting an exploitative few, and forging a government truly representative of the people.
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U.S. Court awards $4.2M to Bubby Dacer’s daughters

Bicolano publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer
U.S. District Court judge Willian Alsup imposed  $4.2 million in damages against former police officer Michael Ray Aquino last July 22.

This case stemmed from a complaint filed by siblings Carina Dacer, Sabrina Dacer-Reyes, Amparo Dacer-Henson and Emily Dacer-Hungerford against Michael Ray Aquino for political torture and killings in the Philippines.

In the said case, the court said that the defendant failed to appear in more than eight hearings, including the pre-trial, for which reason Aquino was declared in default.

The plaintiffs were granted the said damages under the Torture Victim Protection Act.
It will be recalled that Salvador “Bubby” Dacer, a Bicolano who hails from Presentacion, Camarines Sur, was a known publicist in the Philippines, and the father of the aforementioned complainants.

Dacer  was brutally killed, along with his driver in November 2000, shortly after he was summoned to the Presidential Palace.

He was suspected to have been involved in pushing for the impeachment of the then President and now Manila mayor Joseph Estrada.

In 2001, the Justice Department filed with the Manila court double murder charges against Philippine National Police (PNP) Officials, including Aquino and Cesar Mancao for Dacer’s and his driver’s death.

Aquino and Mancao fled to the United States that same year, however, where they found work.
Both are former close aides of ex-Senator Panfilo Lacson, who was chief of the PNP and is now in charge of the Aquino government’s post-Yolanda rehabilitation program.

Eventually, Mancao was extradited to Manila, but Aquino tried to resist all efforts to extradite him to the Philippines.

In 2005, he was arrested in New Jersey over an expired Visa.

U.S. authorities later charged him for a separate case: espionage.

He was discovered to have transmitted classified U.S. documents to the Philippines.

Aquino’s detention at the New Jersey Federal Prison emboldened the daughters of Dacer, who were already based in the U.S., to seek justice.

In 2010, the Dacer siblings filed a $60 million damage suit against seven former Philippine officials, including Estrada, Lacson, and Aquino.

The case was based on the Torture Victim Protection Act, which allows American courts to hear cases of human rights abuses filed by non-citizens against officials of a foreign government for abuses committed anywhere.

Those who filed the case were Carina Dacer, Sabrina Dacer-Reyes, Amparo Dacer-Henson and Emily Dacer-Hungerford.

Aquino was extradited to the Philippines in 2011.

He was jailed in the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), but was eventually released in 2012, after a Manila Regional Trial Court dismissed the murder case against him.

Following Judge Alsup’s ruling, Aquino will not be able to enter the U.S. unless he has paid the $4.2 million to the Dacers.

Judge Alsup said that the $60 million was excessive, and granted only less than a tenth of that figure.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ano ta hinahale an palong kan manok na pambulang?

Manok na pambulang
Manok na pambulang
An estorya kan burulang nagpoon labi nang tres mil na taon an naka agi. Alagad, naging popular ini, kan an mga Europeo asin mga Americano magkahelig sa nasambit nang sports. Nin huli kaini, nagi nang professional an mga torneo.

Sa America, asin iba pang lugar sa Europa, an mga para bulang nagkakaigwa kan sports na ini, pagkatapos sana kan “molting” season o pagduro kan mga manok.

An pagduro, minapoon sa bulan na Julio, asin inaabot nin bulan na Octubre.

An kinaugalian, iyo na minapoon an mga sultada o burulang sa bulan na Nobyembre hasta Mayo o Hunyo,  sagkod na dae pa minaabot an paglagas liwat kan balukag kan mga manok, o pagduro liwat.

Nin huli ta malipot an klima sa America asin Europa, parate minatagas an mga palong (comb) asin lantason (wattle) kan mga pambulang nin huli sa grabeng lipot. Kaya, kaipohan palongan an panlaban.

Saro pang rason iyo na an mga palong, talinga asin lantason, iyo an parateng nakukulaitan kan tuka sa panahon kan laban. Ini an paliwanag kun tano ta mayoriya kan mga manok na pambulang, hinahale an palong asin lantason.

An pagpalong kan mga pambulang na manok, nagi nang international standard, kaya sagkod ngonian, ginigibo pa guiraray.

Afuera kaini,  mas guapo suboot an manok, kun magayon an pagkapalong.

An Pilipinas iyo na ngonian an World Cockfighting Capital, ta ibinawal na an burolang sa America.
Sabi sa report, an bulang sa Pilipinas saro nang bilyon pesos na industria, asin milyon nang mga familia an nag-aasa digdi para sa saindang pagkabuhay.
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Catanduanes beefs up Palarong Bicol 2014 preparations

Palarong Bicol 2014 Sorsogon City Billeting Center
Palarong Bicol 2014 Sorsogon City Billeting Center (SOURCE: Governor Manay Cely Wong Facebook account)
VIRAC, CATANDUANES--Catanduanes Governor Araceli Wong has announced that the province is determined to make the Palarong Bicol 2014 a success. Through her Facebook account, Wong revealed that the provincial government has appropriated an initial amount of 4.7 million pesos for the expenses of the 600 athletes.

Wong recognizes that there are attempts to waive the province's hosting of the Palaro. However, she stands by the decision to push through with the event, as everything has already been programmed.

She further stated that they will do their best to avoid the negative feedback that the province received for hosting last year's Palaro, and will ensure the safety and comfort of the athletes.
The governor also posted images of the billeting centers for the thirteen divisions of DepEd Camarines Sur that will be participating in the event. Albay will be billeted in Cabugao Integrated School, Masbate Province in Catanduanes National High School, Ligao City in Catanduanes National High School, Sorsogon Province in Juan M. Alberto Memorial Elementary School, Catanduanes in Virac Pilot Elementary School, Naga City in Bato Central Elementary School, Legazpi City in Gogon Elementary School and Palnab Elementary School, Camarines Sur in Bato Rural Development High School, Masbate City in Taytay Elementary School, Iriga City in Virac Central Elemetary School, Camarines Norte in Calatagan Elementary and High Schools, Sorsogon City in Cavinitan Elementary School, and Tabaco City in San Vicente Elementary School.

Meanwhile, sports coordinators of the thirteen aforementioned divisions attended a regional conference recently to finalize the guidelines and policies for the conduct of the sports events.

The Palarong Bicol 2014 will take place in Virac, Catanduanes on February 2 to 8, 2014.
Palarong Bicol 2014 Masbate City Billeting Center
Palarong Bicol 2014 Masbate City Billeting Center (SOURCE: Governor Manay Cely Wong Facebook account)

Palarong Bicol 2014 Albay Billeting Center (SOURCE: Governor Manay Cely Wong Facebook account)

Water jugs (SOURCE: Governor Manay Cely Wong Facebook account)

DepEd Catanduanes meeting
DepEd Catanduanes meeting (SOURCE: Governor Manay Cely Wong Facebook account)

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ALBAY: Captain Anthony Figurasin, officer-in-charge of Supply Accountable and Property Division of the Bureau of Fire Protection national office turned over one unit of fully air-conditioned Rosenvauer Fire Truck to Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal and City Fire Marshall Chief Insp. Damian Rejano Jr. last January 13. The truck is one of the modern vehicles that can be used in firefighting operation of the city fire personnel.

ALBAY: The Office of Civil Defense Regional Office 5 is conducting a five-day DRR-CCA learning exchange here to a delegation consisting of 27 DRR-CCA key partners from the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Region in Mindanao until January 25.The delegation is scaling up capacity building with the province of Albay as champion on DRR-CCA.

CAMARINES NORTE: The local government unit of Daet urged the DPWH to fast track the rehabilitation of Mabulao Bridge in the town. The said bridge connects a major and commonly used road. It is now almost a year that nothing certain as to when it will really be completed, Mayor Tito Sarion said. District Engineer Simon Arias said that they are waiting for the release of funds from the 2O14 GAA to complete the project.

CAMARINES NORTE: The Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office has conducted a buy-bust operation in Daet town that resulted to the apprehension of a certain Allan Tablatin, 43 years old. The CNPPO has recovered from the suspect 12 pieces heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected as shabu, cash, motorcycle, cellphone and other paraphernalia. This is part of their campaign against illegal drugs in the province.

CATANDUANES:  A green sea turtle weighing approximately 5 kilos was turned over to San Andres Mayor Peter Cua last January 7, 2014 and released at the shore of brgy Wagdas, San Andres by uniformed men of PNP and Justiniano Zuniega of brgy Timbaan who had rescued the turtle trapped at the mangrove swamp of barangay Bonot.

CATANDUANES: A team of engineers from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office has recommended the removal and replacement of the 44 year-old Virac Public Market building, saying it would be dangerous during strong earthquakes.

SORSOGON: The Civil Service Commission Regional Office - 5 held a briefing-orientation on the 2014 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees under the Philippine Honor Awards Program (HAP) of the CSC last Monday. The search is pursuant to the mandate of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, EO 292 and EO 508 as amended by EO 77 and RA 6713. (PIA5)
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Catanduanes holds Bible Week

National Bible Week 2014
National Bible Week 2014
The provincial government of Catanduanes in cooperation with the various religious groups in the province is celebrating National Bible Week.

The activity began last Monday, January 20, and ends tonight.

The aim of National Bible Week is to strengthen the Provincial Moral Recovery Program (MRP). Catanduanes Governor Araceli B. Wong explained to the media that the MRP is national campaign for moral renewal with a vision of helping the Filipino nation to become God-centered, people-empowered, prosperous national community living in unity, justice, freedom, love and peace governed by a visionary government that is democratic, graft-free, transparent and self-corrective with a community of civil and military servants who are professional, competent, disciplined and trustworthy.

Wong said that the Bible Week introduces Catandunganons to the Bible’s transforming power.

In connection with this, masses were simultaneously celebrated in all parishes throughout the Diocese of Virac earlier this week. These were followed by a pastor’s conference of Catanduanes for Jesus Movement (CJM) at Capitol Dome.

A Bible Fun Run was also conducted today. It took place from the Catanduanes State University to the Capitol Grounds. Employees of local and national agencies, the Diocese of Virac, Catanduanes for Jesus Movement, El Shaddai, Catanduanes State University, TESDA, DepEd, NP, People’s Organizations, Kabalikat Civicom and other non-government organizations in the island participated in the event.

The province also conducted a convention on the MRP. This was held at the Provincial Capitol Dome.

Following the activity was a Torch Parade from Virac Airport to Virac Town Plaza.

The highlight of the occasion was the Ceremonial Installation of the Bible and Provincial Dedication Marker which was held late this afternoon.

The event was officiated by Bishop Manolo A. De Los Santos, H.E. Bishop Arturo Bastes of Philippine Bible Society, Dr. Nora G. Lucero of PBS/United Bible Societies, Pastor Dindo Lllamas of CJM and Pastor Ronald B. Aznar of El Shaddai.

A whole night of praise and worship at Virac Town Plaza tonight culminates the celebration.

The country has been celebrating NBW and National Bible Sunday annually since former President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed Presidential Proclamation No. 2242 on November 19, 1982. Said proclamation declared that “it is fitting and proper that national attention be focused on the important role being played by reading and study of the Bible in molding the moral fiber of our society.” (MAL/EAB-PIA/Catanduanes)
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BREAKING NEWS: Albay electric consumers storm ALECO office

PHOTO COURTESY OF VINCE CASILIHAN
At least 100 angry member consumers of ALECO stormed the electric cooperative office this afternoon. The group, which was carrying placards, vehemently objects to the impending takeover of San Miguel Energy Corporation (SMEC).

Pastor Dan Balusio, who is alleged to be one of the leaders of the group, said that similar incidents would still happen in the succeeding days if no explanation is made regarding the contract that was entered into between ALECO and SMEC.

They believe that under the present situation, member consumers will be at a great disadvantage.
Meanwhile, the National Grip Corporation of the Philippines announced that it will cut off the power supply in Albay if ALECO fails to settle its outstanding bill of P99 million.


PHOTO COURTESY OF VINCE CASILIHAN

PHOTO COURTESY OF VINCE CASILIHAN

PHOTO COURTESY OF VINCE CASILIHAN

PHOTO COURTESY OF VINCE CASILIHAN

PHOTO COURTESY OF VINCE CASILIHAN
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