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.

For immediate hiring

For immediate hiring

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Tolong lalaking nag-ikit nin duwang buro nin batag, sinampaling nin kaso

MANAGUA, NICARAGUA - Dae naghona an tolong lalaki an pag-ikit ninda nin duwa sanang buro nin batag maresulta sa pagka-dara-dakulang kulog payo.

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Sa nasyon na ini sa Africa, an tolong suspechado sa panhahabon sinangatan na nin kaso, asin an hearing mapoon na sa Abril 23.

An kantidad kan duwang batag nasa 32 US cents o P14.25 pesos kun sa kwarta kan Pilipinas.

Alagad an gastos sa pagdangog kan kaso sinasabing pwedeng mag-abot sa $600 US dollars o 26,724 pesos, giraray kun sa kwarta kan Pilipinas.

Segun sa inisyal na imbestigasyon, an tolong suspechado nagprobar na mag-ikit kan duwang batag sa sarong paratienda kan Disyembre.

Sinda nagprobar magdulag, alagad nadakop man sana.

An duwa linangob na sa carcel, mantang an saro, ipinasairarom sa house arrest.


An abogado na si Ivan Morales, mantang dai man konektado sa kaso, nagpahayag sa media kasoodma na nin huli sa sitwasyon, grabe nang kasusupgan an naguno kan saindang nasyon, sa pagpara-tao kaini nin atensyon sa kasasadit man sanang bagay. (via Newser)

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Deadline for Civil Service Commission Career Service exam filing for applications now on February 27

The Civil Service Commission has extended the deadline for applications for the Career Service Professional and Subprofessional written examinations to February 27, 2014.

Interested applicants must be Filipino citizens, at least 18 years old at the time of filing of application, regardless of educational attainment, and have not taken the same level of examination in less than three months.

Those who comply with these qualifications should file the following requirements at the CSC Regional or Field Office where they would like to take the exam: duly accomplished application form (CS Form 100, Revised Nov. 2012 downloadable from the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph); four pieces identical ID pictures; original and photocopy of a valid ID card; and P500 examination fee.

The Career Service Examination is a general ability test designed to measure verbal, analytical, numerical, and clerical skills for the conferment of a Career Service Eligibility, a basic requirement to enter the career service in government.

The commission also noted that there is no limit in taking said exams. An individual may take the exam regardless of the number of times he or she failed. The only condition is that the same level of examination should be taken once in every three months.
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Friday, February 21, 2014

PhilHealth celebrates 19th anniversary with feeding, medical mission

The Local Health Insurance Office (LHIO) of Philhealth in Sorsogon celebrated its 19th year anniversary on Valentine’s Day last week with a free feeding and medical check-up activity.

The event, which had the theme “Philhealth: Alamin at Gamitin” was held at the Pier Site of Sorsogon City.

Activities like these provide PhilHealth with a better opportunity to relay to the public the services and packages that it offers.

The PhilHealth anniversary activity was done in partnership with "Farmacia ni Dok," the Sorsogon City Health Office, and the barangay council of Talisay, Sorsogon City.

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) was created in 1995 to create universal health coverage for the Philippines. It is a tax-exempt, government-owned and government-controlled corporation (GOCC) of the Philippines, and is attached to the Department of Health (DOH).

PhilHealth 19th anniversary (Photo courtesy of Philhealth/Kit Recebido)
PhilHealth 19th anniversary (Photo courtesy of Philhealth/Kit Recebido)

PhilHealth 19th anniversary (Photo courtesy of Philhealth/Kit Recebido)
PhilHealth 19th anniversary (Photo courtesy of Philhealth/Kit Recebido)

PhilHealth 19th anniversary (Photo courtesy of Philhealth/Kit Recebido)
PhilHealth 19th anniversary (Photo courtesy of Philhealth/Kit Recebido)

PhilHealth 19th anniversary (Photo courtesy of Philhealth/Kit Recebido)
PhilHealth 19th anniversary (Photo courtesy of Philhealth/Kit Recebido)

PhilHealth 19th anniversary (Photo courtesy of Philhealth/Kit Recebido)
PhilHealth 19th anniversary (Photo courtesy of Philhealth/Kit Recebido)


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PCL President Alma Moreno attends 1st Catanduanes PCL Provincial Assembly

Catanduanes welcomed Paranaque City Councilor Alma Moreno, who is also the National President of the Philippines Councilors League (PCL), to the first PCL Provincial Assembly at the Capitol Dome last February 19.

Actress Moreno was accompanied by Councilor Maybelyn dela Cruz Fernandez, another actress- turned-politician. Fernandez is the incumbent PCL National Secretary and councilor of Dagupan City.

Makati Councilor Israel S. Cruzado, who represented Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, also graced the event.

The welcoming committee was headed by Catanduanes Governor Araceli Wong, who welcomed the guests at Virac Airport last February 19.

Catanduanes PCL Provincial Assembly (Photo: PIA)

Catanduanes PCL Provincial Assembly (Photo: PIA)

Catanduanes PCL Provincial Assembly (Photo: PIA)

Catanduanes PCL Provincial Assembly (Photo: PIA)

Catanduanes PCL Provincial Assembly (Photo: PIA)
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Ukraine, maconducir nin presidential election bago mag Disyembre

Nagka-oroyon na an presidente kan Ukraine na si Viktor Yanukovych asin an mga taga-oposisyon na nagpoprotesta na mag-conducir nin amay na election bago magtapos an taon na ini.

An nagdadangadang na pirilian parte kan saindang orolay na tapuson na an problemang political na inaatubang kan saindang nasyon duman sa Europa.

An pagka-oroyon resulta kan pirang oras na dialogo kan Presidente asin kan oposisyon kasubago.

Mantang dai pa oficial na naipupublicar an kasunduan, ini ipigluwas na kan TV station na ICTV sa Ukraine, na nakakua suboot nin kopya kaini.

Kabali sa mga nakasurat sa kasunduan iyo na an konstitusyon kan 2004 gigibuhon giraray na epektibo sa laog nin 48 oras.

Sarong pinag-aapod man na national unity government an ilalanzar sa laog nin 10ng aldaw.

Dugang pa digdi, tulos na poponan an pagbabago sa konstitusyon na nagbabalanse kan mga poder kan presidente, gobierno asin parliamento.

Sarong election man na mapili nin bagong presidente man gigibuhon bago mag-abot an bulan na Disyembre.

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1 die, 4 injured in motorcycle, tricycle collision in Daet

DAET, CAMARINES NORTE - A drunk tricycle driver figured in an accident when the vehicle rammed against a motorcycle in Purok 4, Barangay Alawihao in this town.

Daet, Camarines Norte
Daet, Camarines Norte
The accident which happened right in front of the Black Nazarene chapel, killed the driver of the motorcycle, who was identified to be Ramil Vargas, 46 years old.
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Vargas, who had been riding his Honda XRM motorcycle, was heading to UP Teachers Village, along with his back rider, PO2 Sonny Palencia at around 9:30 last night when the tricycle driven by Alberto Molo collided against the motorcycle.

Palencia, along with the two passengers in Molo's tricycle sustained injuries in various parts of their body, according to the official report of the PNP Provincial Headquarters.

Said passengers were identified as Maricel Belga, 34 years old and Molo's live-in partner, and Kimberly Molo, 12 years old.

Alberto Molo, Maricel Belga, and Kimberly Molo were all rushed to Camarines Sur Provincial Hospital after the incident.

Meanwhile Vargas, who was brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, was declared dead on arrival, the report indicated. (With report from Francis Elevado/DWFB)

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Police collars suspect in illegal possession of firearms, drugs in Paracale

PARACALE, CAMARINES NORTEA 26-year-old resident of Barangay Bagumbayan of this town will face complaints for alleged violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Illegal Possession of Explosives, and Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition.

Paracale, Camarines Norte
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This is after authorities found in his possession several bullets, firearms, and illegal drugs during a raid yesterday morning.

The suspect was identified as Roberto “Albert” De Lima.
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The raid was conducted by virtue of a search warrant that was issued by Executive Judge Roberto A. Escaro of Regional Trial Court Branch 38 in Daet.

It was led by Police Chief Inspector Rommel Labarro, together with elements from the Provincial Police Office, representatives from the Department of Justice, media, and barangay officials.
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The PNP confiscated the following items from the suspect: four plastic sachets of a substance believed to be metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, some shabu paraphernalia, four blasting caps marked Nitro Em 1500, 2 pieces of detonating cord with basting caps, a caliber .38 pistol and several bullets.

The suspect is now detained at the police station in this town. (With report from Francis Elevado/DWFB)

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Naga City dads to rename road to Calle del Rio

NAGA CITYA small road here along the Bicol River is proposed to be named as Calle del Rio, a Spanish phrase which means "road by the river."

The sponsor of the proposed ordinance is City Councilor Elmer S. Baldemoro.

At present, although the road is existing, it does not have a name.

This road connects Danlugan ni Ina to Panganiban Bridge.
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More butandings spotted in Legazpi

A total of 90 appearances of whale sharks in the waters off the Albay Gulf, some 30 meters from the shorelines of the Legazpi Boulevard, have been recorded in the past two weeks, Bem Redito, city butanding interaction officer, said in a telephone interview Thursday.

BUTANDING. This giant mammal that captured the hearts of tourists now visits Legazpi
(Photo: Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda)
Redito said the presence of whale sharks was first noted during the first week of the month with six sighted, followed by another two in the second week.

The eight whale sharks, with measurements ranging from six meters to 13 meters long, have been frolicking at the shorelines of the Legazpi Boulevard, bringing in hundreds of viewers daily since Feb. 2, he said.

Redito said that since the first appearance of the gentle giants, at least 40 foreign tourists from Europe, Germany, United States, Japan, Singapore and Korea visit the city daily to watch and interact with the whale sharks.
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Asked if these butandings came from the coastal waters of Donsol town in Sorsogon, Redito said the butandings appearing in this city are still juvenile or not fully grown and are not from Sorsogon, citing a photo identification conducted recently by the WWF.

Tourism and business in this city have been on the upbeat for almost three weeks now since the gentle sea creatures first appearance.

City Mayor Noel Rosal said in an interview that hundreds of local and foreign tourists watch in awe these playful sea creatures swimming and exhibiting their white-dotted bodies about 500 meters off the shorelines of the Legazpi City Boulevard in the vicinity of the coastal villages of Dapdap, Puro and Lamba.

Rosal said that with the influx of foreign visitors as well as local tourists, he issued an executive order regulating the watching and interaction with the friendly sea creature.

The code was made in response to the wrong practice engaged by some foreign visitors while interacting with the butanding by either riding at the back of the sea mammal or feeding them.

As a result, two butanding interaction officers and two boatmen were suspended for allowing foreign tourists to ride on the whale shark despite the guidelines his office had issued.

Rosal said the code of conduct is based on the guidelines laid down by the World Wildlife Fund which prohibits the practice of touching, riding on and feeding the whale shark, restricting the movement of the whale shark, taking underwater photography with a flush, and using of scuba apparatus, scooters, jet ski or any motorized underwater gadgets.

Swimmers interacting with the butanding are allowed to swim along with the creature at a distance of four meters from the tail and three meters from the head and body.

Joan Encinares, the city tourism officer, said in an interview that in order to strictly enforce the code, they have trained and accredited 14 butanding boatmen and boats with white and red flags bearing the city government seal.

She said that under the guidelines, non-accredited sea crafts and boatmen will not be allowed to engage in any interaction activity or get near the whale shark.

The daily whale shark interaction is only allowed from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The city government has also regulated the interaction fees at: P1,000 per small boat for two guests and P1,500 for big boats to accommodate four or more guests, including a P100 registration fee, Encinares said.

Legazpi Boulevard is a major road network by the bay where business establishments such as resto-grille, videoke bars and refreshment parlors line up along the five-kilometer boulevard.

Chito Ante, city business consultant, said in an interview said that income from businesses at the boulevard is increasing as their operations went on 24/7.

The presence of whale sharks here has been attributed to the abundance of plankton, the food they eat, in the Albay Gulf, Rosal said.

Donsol town in Sorsogon has been tagged by tourism authorities as the Butanding Capital of the country because of the presence of several whale sharks measuring 14 meters long.

Butanding season is observed in February until March where thousands of local and foreign visitors spend their holidays in Donsol town, some 47 kilometers from this city.

However, last year, the sightings of butanding at the coastal waters of Donsol dwindled because of the rising sea temperature due to climate change, stress and lack of food.

Alan Amanse, Donsol BIO board chairperson, confirmed in an earlier interview that the rising sea temperature, stress and insufficient plankton are the factors that cause the whale sharks to transfer to cooler areas and swim to the deep sea or look for areas with abundant food.

He said because of this condition, the sightings of butanding in Donsol has considerably dropped from eight sightings the previous year to only two during the first half of last year, endangering the tourism industry of the town.

Amanse claimed that sea temperature rise has significantly increased from the ideal temperature range 26 to 27 degrees to 29 to 30 degrees last year.

Currently, there are only two eight-meter long and two-meter wide whale sharks swimming off Donsol waters.

They are “Curly,” a butanding with curly dorsal fin, and “Lucky,” with a nylon cord tied on the tail.

“Wala na 'yong mga malalaki measuring 14-meters long, and gone are the likes of the famous “Putol” and “Nognog,” Amanse said.

Another cause for the depletion, he lamented, is that the butandings are suffering from stress because of the many interaction events that the BIOs conducted during the butanding season which is held in May and December.

Rey Aquino, town councilor, claims that the rampant gathering of plankton by fisherfolk and the presence of ecoli contamination in the Donsol river due to existence of household toilets along riverbanks contributed further in the problem of scarcity of food (plankton) in the butanding feeding grounds. (PNA) FPV/FGS/MSA/CBD/UTB
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Albatross finds new home in Albay Park and Wildlife

LEGAZPI CITY – After a series of checkups for bird flu and other contagious diseases, environment officials have decided to entrust a rescued migratory bird Thursday to the Albay Park and Wildlife after it fell from the sky early this year.

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The injured albatross was rescued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sorsogon Field Office, according to Jessel Basanta, Information Officer of the Bicol regional office of DENR based here.

Forester Annabelle Barquilla, spokesperson of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Sorsogon said that they dispatched a team to rescue the migratory bird after a concerned broadcast journalist reported that the same fell down on a farm in Bibincahan, Sorsogon City last January 10.

Barquilla said that the team had the migratory bird checked by the Provincial Veterinary Office for avian influenza.
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The local veterinarian found that the albatross is not infected by avian flu. However, it is suffering from weak wing muscles due to prolonged long distance flying and malnutrition. It also has a lesion on one of its webbed feet.

A shot of vitamins to stimulate its appetite and aid its recovery was administered by the veterinarian's office to the migratory bird.

The bird was later turned over to the Albay Parks and Wildlife for further feeding and treatment.

Prior to the incident, DENR Bicol announced that last month that it had already commenced its migratory bird census.
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The birds' migration begins sometime in November, and ends around March every year (by Rey Nasol).
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Suspected illegal recruiter nabbed in Iriga City

A suspect in an illegal recruitment in large scale case has fallen into the hands of authorities.

Iriga City
Iriga City
Police identified the suspect as Nida Mejorado y Mirasol, 47 years old, married, and a resident of Brgy. Santiago Young, Nabua, Camarines Sur.

Mejorado was arrested at 10:30 in the morning the other day at the Hall of Justice in Iriga City where she was due to attend a hearing for another criminal charge.

The suspect was collared by force of a warrant of arrest issued by Hon. Judge Lore R. Valencia-Bagalacsa of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Libamanan Camarines Sur under Criminal Case No. L-1935 dated Auggust 11, 1997.

No bail is being recommended for Mejorado.

Illegal recruitment is deemed committed in large scale if committed against three (3) or more persons individually or as a group.

Said offense, which constitutes economic sabotage, is punishable by life imprisonment.

The arresting team led by PO3 Edgar Mulleda has turned over the custody of Mejorado to the Libmanan Municipal Police. 

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Joanna Angelica Romero: Bicolana Binibini

Joanna Angelica Romero, a Bicolana, is twenty four years old. Formerly working as a Sales and Marketing Officer for a hotel in Manila, Joanna sacrificed her work to pursue her dream of joining the Binibining Pilipinas and representing the Philippines in an international pageant.
Joanna Angelica Romero
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Despite the challenges of living alone in Manila and supporting herself financially, Joanna is focused on clutching the crown and finds inspiration in her family. She looks forward to making her father proud when he comes home from abroad to watch her during the pageant in March.

Joanna is very passionate about music but also spends her downtime surfing the internet. Also inclined to sports, she was a basketball varsity player in college. (Binibining Pilipinas 2014)

According to the Joana Angelica Romero Official Fan Page, Joana has won several local beauty pageants. The titles and awards garnered by the Naguena are as follows:

*Miss Teen Bicolandia 2005
-2nd Princess
-Best in Gown

*Miss Naga City 2009
-Miss Naga City 2009
-Msteps Award

*Miss Bicolandia 2010
-3rd Runner-up
-Best in Production Number
-Best in Gown Designer
-Miss Sunlife Financial

*Mutya ng Ibalong 2010
-Mutya ng Ibalong 2010
-Miss Photogenic
-Miss GMA Kapuso
-Miss M Lhuillier
-Miss Lisam Goodyear
-Miss Face of the Night
-Miss Pacific Mall
-Miss Coca-cola
Joanna Angelica Romero
Joanna Angelica Romero
(Photo by Bruce Casanova/Binibining Pilipinas 2014)
Joanna Angelica Romero
(Binibining Pilipinas Official)
Joanna Angelica Romero
(Binibining Pilipinas Official)

Joanna Angelica Romero
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Joanna Angelica Romero
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Joanna Angelica Romero in bikini
Joanna Angelica Romero in bikini
(Binibining Pilipinas Official)
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Catch the big fish

The Philippine National Police Regional Office’s intensified campaign against drugs has already brought several victories.

Since Friday, for instance, the PNP has raided three drug dens in the City of Naga, along with another in the adjacent town of Camaligan. This has resulted to the apprehension of a number of drug users. Arrests have also been made in the towns of Nabua, Bato, Balatan, and Libmanan, and in the city of Iriga.

For these triumphs, the PNP must be commended. It is quite reassuring to know that it is possible for the local authorities to net these drug users, who have long been exposing Bicolanos to great risk.

However, while we are euphoric at these triumphs, we must not forget that these drug users are but small fry in what has morphed into a large fishing ground.

Still at large, it must be noted, are the big fish which are supplying these users with the illegal substances.

We thus dare the PNP to capture these suppliers, and once and for all cut off the flow of drugs into the region.

We urge them to review the hard facts, and perhaps even dispel misconceptions about the age profile, habits, and operation of these drug users.

As recent events have shown, what may have been true in the past as regards these offenders, may no longer be correct at present.

For instance, while many automatically think that drug users are quite young, many in fact turn out to be older.

Furthermore, the operations of drug transport appear to be no longer discreet, but are done right under the noses of ordinary citizens.

Just last week, it will be recalled that it was discovered by accident that a bus bound for Masbate was loaded with chemicals believed to be for the manufacture of metamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu.

Even social media has become a site where citizens openly name people that they believe to be users, showing that drug use has become scandalously brazen.

Some would even publicly admit that they are using drugs, as in the case of one young lady who was hooked this morning in a drug den in Camaligan.

Much work needs to be done. For this, the PNP’s role is more crucial than ever.

To truly abate this social menace, there must be a sincere, honest-to-goodness concerted effort from the intelligence operatives, along with support from local government units and private citizens.

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Victima nin salvage, nakuang gadan sa salog kan Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte

STA. ELENA, CAMARINES NORTE—Saro nang malipot na bangkay an nadukayan na naglalataw-lataw sa salog sa Sitio Paraiso, sa banwaan na ini kasoodma.

Pigtotobodan kan pulis na an gadan na nabisto sa pangaran na si Esperidion de los Santos, taga barangay Rizal, sa banwaan na ini.

Sa enot na pagsiyasat kan mga awtoridad, naaraman na an victim igwa nin tama nin taga sa saiyang liog.

An nasambit na lugad iyo an naging causa kan saiyang kagadanan.
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Mantang pig susurat an baretang ini, dae pa nabibisto an may responsibilidad sa krimen. (With report from Francisco Elevado/DWFB)
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3ng personas nakasalvar sa aksidente sa dagat

MERCEDES, CAMARINES NORTENakasalvar sa peligro nin kagadanan an tulong parasira sa banwaan na ini kan malubog an saindang linulonadan na sakayan sa dagat.

Mercedes, Camarines Norte
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Segun sa report ni P/Sr. Insp. Rogelyn Calandria, an marikas na pagresponde hale sa PNP Maritime, Coast Guard asin Bantay Dagat an nakatabang sa pagsalvar kan mga parasira.

An mga nakalunad sa barotong nalunod iyo sinda Nali Averia, 36 años, Jefrey Posadas, 26 años, asin Aem Averia, 9 años.

Sinda anas taga-barangay Bubuan, Siruma, Camarines Sur.

Mientrastanto, sinabi kan tulong nasapod na persona na hale sinda sa Mercedes para magsaod nin mga efectos.

Alagad, mantang nasa laod na papule, nakasabat sinda nin darakulang alon, na iyong nagpalitong kan saindang pinaglunadan na baroto.

An mga victima kan nasambit na aksidente nagpasalamat man sa mga awtoridad asin iba pang mga civilian na nagtarabang sainda. (With report from Francis Elevado/DWFB)

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7 suspects in Camaligan drug den raid test positive for drugs

CAMALIGAN, CAMARINES SURChief of Police Charles de Leon confirmed this morning that the seven persons who were arrested in the drug den raid in barangay San Roque here tested positive for drugs.

Photo of the Camaligan drug den raid last February 19
Yesterday, de Leon already filed complaints against the suspect in the Provincial Prosecutor's Office.

A complaint for the violation of Article II, Section 6 of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) was filed against Jaime "Jing" Aberos, the caretaker of the house believed to be used as a drug den.

Section 6 penalizes "any person or group of persons who shall maintain a den, dive or resort where any dangerous drug is used or sold in any form."

A separate complaint for the violation of Article II, Section 7 of the same Republic Act, was also filed against the seven suspects.

Section 7 penalizes "(a) Any employee of a den, dive or resort, who is aware of the nature of the place as such; and (b) Any person who, not being included in the provisions of the next preceding, paragraph, is aware of the nature of the place as such and shall knowingly visit the same."

Said complaint was filed against Jing Aberos, Herwin "Bilog" Agawa y Begino, Mark Mondoniedo y Asido, Anthony Encilla y Fernandez, Christine Avengoza y Marquez, Angeline Tuazon y Cortez and Analyn Otig y Pellosis.

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The third complaint, which was filed against the same seven suspects, is for the violation of Article II, Section 15. Said section imposes a penalty on "a person apprehended or arrested, who is found to be positive for use of any dangerous drug."

Another complaint for the violation of Article II, Section 11, was likewise filed against Jing Aberos, and siblings King Aberos, and Kalentong Aberos. Section 11 imposes a penalty on "any person, who, unless authorized by law, shall possess any dangerous drug" in quantities specified by the same law.

King Aberos and Kalentong Aberos are still at large, according to de Leon.

It will be recalled that the drug den was raided last February 19, by force of a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Pablo C. Formaran III of the Regional Trial Court in Naga City. (With report from Oscar Esmenda)

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Tooth or Consequence: Good oral hygiene tips

Dr. Jessie Albeus
by Dr. Jessie Albeus

Maintaining good oral hygiene, which means taking care of our teeth and gums, is one of the most important practices in attaining a healthy mouth and an over-all well-being. As an old adage says, prevention is always better than cure. So, in order to avoid having carious and painful teeth, oral infections and diseases like gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), and periodontitis (infection affecting not only the gums but also the supporting structures of the tooth), it is  a must that everyone should practice good oral hygiene. Doing so would eliminate embarrassing conditions like halitosis (bad breath).

Good oral hygiene tips
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Here are some useful oral hygiene tips:
  1. Always brush your teeth, every after meal, especially before bedtime.
  2. Use fluoride-containing toothpastes to prevent caries formation.
  3. Soft or medium head toothbrushes are best to prevent irritation of the outer covering of the tooth called the enamel.
  4. Flossing after eating can help remove food debris trapped in the interproximal (in between) areas of the teeth.
  5. Brushing should not only be confined to the teeth but also on the tongue to eliminate the bacteria that may cause halitosis.
  6. Brushing of teeth must be done not less than two minutes.
  7. Avoid eating foods that are sugar and sweet-rich. If unavoidable, rinsing afterwards is recommended.
  8. Make sure to brush your teeth and tongue after eating foods that have a lot of onions and garlic as these ingredients contribute to bad breath.
  9. Taking a minimum of 500mg of calcium and ascorbic acid per day will help to ensure strong teeth, gums and bones.
  10. Oral prophylaxis (cleaning) must be done ideally every 6 months.
  11. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 moths to ensure proper brushing and for hygienic purposes.
  12. Children as early as age 1 should begin visiting a dentist for familiarization with the dentist and as a start of the lifetime healthy oral care.
  13. Visit a licensed dentist regularly at least every 6 months.
Remember: an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

Dr. Albeus is the Philippine Dental Association (PDA) President in Camarines Sur. He has been serving for two terms since January 2012. Albeus is a graduate of the University of the East- College of Dentistry in Manila.

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Man jumps off Nabua bridge

NABUA, CAMARINES SUR - A man leaped off San Miguel bridge in this town at around 9:40 last night.
Nabua, Camarines Sur
The man was identified as Jose Gregorio Jr., 38 years old, and a resident of barangay San Miguel in this municipality.

In an interview with BICOL STANDARD this morning, PO1 Bagasbas of Nabua Municipal Police Station said that Gregorio had been complaining of problems concerning his family before he made the jump, according to the initial investigation.

The police are still searching for Gregorio as of the time of this writing.
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It remains to be known whether he has already drowned, or has been merely been brought by the current to other parts of the town.

The PNP already informed the people residing near the banks of the river to be on the lookout for Gregorio's body. (With report from Oscar Esmenda)

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Bicol book fair to feature 500+ titles

At least five hundred titles by Bicolano authors or about the Bicol region will be available at this weekend's Aklat Ani sa Legazpi book fair at the Museum of Legazpi.

Aklat Ani sa Legazpi
Aklat Ani sa Legazpi
The book fair, which will be open between 9 AM to 7 PM from today until tomorrow, aims to promote the habit of reading literature written by local authors.

Among the books which will be available are: Tinarakol by Luis Cabalquinto, An Burak Nasa Puso by G.B. Calleja, An Profeta by Khalil Gibran, translated by W. J. S. Tria, Crumbs V by Jose C. Sorra, Pasyon Bikol by T. Hernandez, Toob by Juan Rafael Belgica, Ibalong by Merito Espinas, Katcher nin Buray by Mon Suanoy, The Other View 3 by Elmer A. Ordonez, Bikol Diksyunaryo by Jerry E. Adrados, and Archeology and Emerging Kabikolan by A. Malaya M. Ragragio.

A poetry reading along with a singing of original songs in Bicol by ABKAT and Arnold Logoc will also take place.

This is the ninth year that the annual book fair will be held.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sorsogon National High School fetes fire officers



Vowing to rise from the ashes, the Sorsogon National High School community began its efforts to rebuild the school by giving thanks to its heroes. During the school flag ceremony this morning, plaques of commendation were handed to the the fire officers and volunteer firemen who exerted all efforts to extinguish the fire that eventually razed the historic SNHS main building to the ground.
  
(PHOTOS: Tess Limena de Ramon)


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Cam Sur beauty to set Binibini stage ablaze with 'Sili Walk'

Mae Liezel J. Ramos, who is representing the province of Camarines Sur in the upcoming Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Beauty Pageant, revealed in a recent interview her signature walk that she believes will bring her the crown.

Liezel Ramos (Source)
The Sili Walk, as Ramos calls it, is “a strong, powerful, and hot walk,” that shows off her Bicolana roots.

23-year-old Ramos, who was Miss Camarines Sur 2010, is a registered nurse, and currently a student in a medical school.

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She was also Mutya ng Magayon 2013 first runner-up, Mutya ng Ibalong 2009 first runner-up, Miss Bicolandia 2008 second runner-up, and Mutya ng Ibalong 2013 second runner-up.

Ramos is among the four Bicolana candidates in the prestigious pageant.

The others are Yvethe Marie Santiago, Mary Jane Bianca Guidotti and Joana Angelica Romero.

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Full text of complaint for plunder vs. LRay Villafuerte Jr.

Below is the full text of the complaint for plunder filed by former Camarines Sur Board Member and Citizens Crime Watch Secretary General Carlo Batalla against former Governor LRay Villafuerte Jr.

Full text of complaint for plunder vs. LRay Villafuerte
(Courtesy of Carlo Batalla)

Full text of complaint for plunder vs. LRay Villafuerte
(Courtesy of Carlo Batalla)

Full text of complaint for plunder vs. LRay Villafuerte
(Courtesy of Carlo Batalla)

Full text of complaint for plunder vs. LRay Villafuerte
(Courtesy of Carlo Batalla)

Full text of complaint for plunder vs. LRay Villafuerte
(Courtesy of Carlo Batalla)

Full text of complaint for plunder vs. LRay Villafuerte
(Courtesy of Carlo Batalla)
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Citizens Crime Watch lauds Sandiganbayan over LRay graft case

Citizens Crime Watch and Association of Volunteer Lawyers Against Corruption Press Conference in Naga City
Citizens Crime Watch and Association of Volunteer Lawyers Against Corruption Press Conference in Naga City
(PHOTO: BICOL STANDARD)
NAGA CITY— “The war against corruption is not yet over,” stressed former Camarines Sur board member and Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) Secretary General Carlo Batalla, when asked about the progress of the cases filed against former governor Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte.

Batalla said that while the CCW and the Association of Volunteer Lawyers Against Corruption (AVLAC) are rejoicing over the decision of the Sandiganbayan that issued the arrest warrant against the former governor, he emphasized that said case is no longer their group’s focus at present.

Rather, they have centered their attention on a plunder complaint which involves a P100 million budget used for the 2011 Ad Congress.

He said that in this complaint, the respondents will face a non-bailable charge, which would serve as a deterrent for grafters.

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Apart from LRay Villafuerte, he also impleaded five provincial board members in the complaint.
The complaint, which was filed on July 1, 2013, alleges:

“The disbursements of the Province related to the hosting of the CV 2011 Philippine Advertising Congress amounting to more than P100 million pesos were not in its approved Annual Investment Plan (AIP)/Local Development Plan (LDP). These resulted to the non-implementation of various Programs/Projects/Activities (PPAs) that were prioritized and approved by the Provincial Development Council (PDC) and were embodied in the AIP/LDP.”

READ: Full text of the plunder complaint filed by Carlo Batalla against L-Ray Villafuerte

Renewed call

The other lawyers from CCW and AVLAC, meanwhile, reiterated the group’s advocacy to fight corruption.

CCW founder and chairman Atty. Jose Malvar Villegas, who is a direct descendant of national hero General Miguel Malvar, for one, took time to lament at corrupted state of society.

“We have to declare independence from this culture that treats criminals as babies,” Villegas expressed.

Atty. Ariel Joseph Arias, Atty. Frumencio Pulgar, and Atty. Pete “Bitay” Principe echoed the CCW chairman’s sentiment.

Said Frumencio, “There is no anomaly in the government that does not deserve exposure.”
Among the group’s future plans is a website for whistleblowers where citizens can send them information about corrupt practices in government offices.

Villegas reminded the audience that Bicolanos can lead the nation in the fight against corruption, having already proven their bravery when Bicol became one of the first regions to join the revolution against Spain, and more recently, to topple former president Ferdinand Marcos from his post.

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Camarines Sur listed among top 10 with poorest households

Camarines Sur listed among top 10 with poorest households
Two separate reports name Camarines Sur part of the top poorest provinces in the entire nation.
One was announced by National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Director General Arsenio Balisacan last Monday in a briefing on its updated Philippine Development Plan.

The NEDA director identified the province as one of the top 10 provinces with the poorest households in the Philippines.

Another report comes from the Agricultural Credit and Policy Council, which approved a P1-billion credit line for farmers and fishers in the top 20 poorest provinces in the Philippines.

Top 10 provinces with poorest households

In the list released by NEDA, Camarines Sur joins the provinces of Sulu, Leyte, Zamboanga del Sur, Davao del Sur, Pangasinan, Cebu, Quezon, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental. These provinces comprise what NEDA calls Category 1 provinces.

Balisacan also named two other groups of poor provinces, Category 2, which was comprised of areas with armed conflict, and Category 3, or areas with multiple geohazards.

The Category 2 provinces are Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Eastern Samar, Apayao, Zamboanga del Norte, Camiguin, Saranggani, North Cotabato, Masbate and Northern Samar.

Meanwhile, those classified under Category 3 are Abra, Agusan del Sur, Albay, Antique, Aurora, Benguet, Bohol, Cagayan, Catanduanes, Cavite, Dinagat Islands, Eastern Samar, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Iloilo.

Depending on which category a province is classified, the NEDA will employ a different poverty-reduction strategy.

In the group in which Camarines Sur belongs, the government agency will focus on enhancing the skills set of the members of poor households, and later facilitate their employment in jobs that match said skills.

Top 20 poorest provinces

Camarines Sur was also included in the list top 20 poorest provinces in the nation which have been given access by the Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC) to a P1B credit line.

The other provinces in the top 20 list are Abra, Agusan del Sur, Apayao, Camarines sur, Davao Oriental, Eastern Samar, Ifugao, Kalinga, Masbate, Mountain Province, North Cotabato, Northern Samar, Romblon, Sarangani, Siguijor, Sultan Kudarat, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Western Samar and Zamboanga del Norte.

The ACPC already submitted the fund from which farmers and fishermen may borrow to the Land Bank of the Philippines and microfinance provider People’s Credit and Finance Corp (PCFC) last Friday.

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Snatcher, rinangot an talinga kan victima

NAGA CITY—Kaipohan na tudokan nin bulong para sa tetanus an sarong lalaki na rinangot an talinga kan may magprobar na mag-agaw kan saiyang de-palitong cellphone, sa centro, digdi.

Talinga kan victima, rinangot kan snatcher
(ILLUSTRATION: BICOL STANDARD)
“Naki-agawan ako sa snatcher,” sabi ni Jose, bakong tunay na pangaran, na saro sa victima kan kinadena nang caso kan inaapod na “riding in tandem”, na nangangalasag sa paghabon.

Sa estorya ni Jose, yaon siya sa centro kan pirit na rabnoton an saiyang cellphone. Sa kaangotan saiya kan dae maagaw kan snagtcher an celphone, an snatcher, triningkahan siya.

Naglitong-litong sinda sa daga, mantang nag aaragawan, kan baratohon sana man ngani na gadget, na dae na ngani mababakal sa kantidad na P300.00.

Labing kabangang parte kan talinga kan victima an na-rangot.

Mayo kuta siyang planong magpaheling sa doctor, sa paghuna na madali sanang mag kupos an nagkakarakamatis na color kan saiyang talinga.

Alagad, pinag avisohan siya kan saiyang tugang na dapat magpaheling sa doctor, ta baad igwang rabies an parakagat.

Sabi ni Jose, nagtadom sa saiyang talinga an ngipon kan suspchado huli ta sungal an ngipon kaini.

Marhay ngani suboot ta bako man matarom an enotan na tulong ngipon kan nguso, kaya dae nautas an talinga niya.

Mientrastanto, nag tutubod si Jose, maski na siring, nag iisip siya ngonian na maghagad nin ayuda o tabang sa mga nanunungdan para makatipon nin cuarta para sa plastic surgery.

Kun dae, naheling niya sa salming an saiyang sadire makanoson na an saiyang talinga, ta kuping na.

An saiyang kahaditan, ta an saiyang paboritong pag-selfie, dai na mangyayari kun dai na mahirahay an talinga.

Sa entrevista, sinabi ni Jose na an pinaghihinayangan niya sa cellphone, bako an valor kaini, kundi an number kan saiyang textmate.

Maski makulog an boot, napangirit siya kan maromdoman na an ginibo saiya kan snatcher, iyo an ginibo kan boxeador na si Mike Tyson sa saiyang nakalaban na si Evander Holyfield.

An victima taga Abella, sa Ciudad na ini.

An snatcher hinahanap na kan mga awtoridad.

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