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.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

CSur Dental Chapter prexy wins national post at Philippine Dental Association

Dr. Jessie R. Albeus, two-term Chapter President of the Camarines Sur Dental Chapter, was elected on May 14, 2014 as Majority Floor Leader of the House of Delegates of the Philippine Dental Association during the Annual Session at the Century Park Sheraton Hotel.

Left: Dr. Jessie R. Albeus, the new Majority Floor Leader of the House of Delegates of the Philippine Dental Association; Right: Dr. Albeus takes his oath at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia. (Photos courtesy of Dr. Jessie R. Albeus)
With his feat, Albeus became the Bicolano with the highest national position within said organization.

Albeus won over two-term Majority Floor Leader Dr. Jen Yalung of Mandaluyong Dental Chapter.

He started as chapter president in January 2012 until May 31, 2013. After which, he served his 2nd term on June 1,2013. He will end his term for presidency on May 31, 2014.

Yesterday, he took his oath as Officer of the House of Delegates during the President's Night at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia with Congresswoman Imelda Marcos as the Guest Speaker.

Albeus will serve as the Majority Floor Leader from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014.

Apart from his position at the Philippine Dental Association, he is also the president of the Ateneo de Naga University Alumni Association this year.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Ex-San Fernando, Masbate municipal councilor collared in buy-bust operation

MASBATE—A former member of the Sangguniang Bayan of San Fernando town was apprehended by joint forces of Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB), Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB-5) and Masbate Provincial Public Safety Company (MPPSC) in a buy-bust operation yesterday at Barangay Ibingay, Masbate City.


The suspect was identified as Clark Abapo y Catonjos, 37, married, jobless, and a resident of Purok 2, Barangay Nursery, Masbate City.

Said suspect was inside his Toyota Hilux when police recovered from his possession a large heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing 4.5 grams of white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu in exchange for marked money.

The report added that Abapo resisted the arrest. He fired what is believed to be a 9 mm caliber revolver at the approaching arresting officers. The officers returned fire, targeting the tires to neutralize the vehicle.

Trying to evade the arrest, the suspect reportedly wrestled with the poseur-buyer PO1 Zaldy R. Ramo Jr., and eventually crashed his vehicle against a parked tricycle and a wall of a residence.
The police then swooped down on the suspect. They confiscated several heat-sealed sachets containing a substance believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, a digital weighing scale, a number of improvised tooters, a cellphone, a lighter, a wooden tooter with residue of what is believed to be marijuana, a wallet and some coin purses.

Said items were seized, inventoried and sealed in the presence of the following witnesses: Barangay Kagawad Jinky A. Alcovindas and Gabriel A. Almosara, both of Brgy. Ibingay, Masbate City; Danny V. Liao, DOJ Respresentative; and Jewner E. Magbojos, Media Representative.
Meanwhile, the suspect was brought to Masbate City Police Office, and was referred to Masbate City Health Office for medical examination.

Appropriate charges are now being prepared for filing against the suspect.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Regional winners of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines receive awards

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) Bikol Alumni Community welcomed this year’s regional winners of the Search for TOSP.
Regional winners of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines
Photo: TOSP Bikol Alumni Community
The winners are Monette Vargas (Bicol University), Alyssa Abanes (Universidad de Sta. Isabel), Jacqueline Meghann Velarde (Ateneo de Naga University), Mark Lim (Bicol University) and Ian Arbil Gallarte (University of Nueva Caceres). They were chosen after an interview and judging was conducted.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Cataingan names street after Miss International 2013

Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago was honored in her hometown of Cataigan, Masbate anew when a street was named "Ms. International 2013 St." after her beauty title.
Bea Rose Santiago beams in front of the street sign with her beauty title.
Photo from Bea Rose Santiago's Instagram account
On her Instagram account, Santiago gushed: "That feeling when a street is named after you? Yup i know that feeling too. Overwhelming feeling."

Fans and followers were quick to congratulate the beauty queen on the development.

In the comments section, Bea further explained that her actual name was not used because " apparently u have to be dead para actual name mo. I guess when i pass away they will replace it."

Santiago was referring to Republic Act No. 1059, which prohibits the naming of sitios, barrios, municipalities, cities, provinces, streets, highways, avenues, bridges, and other public thoroughfares, parks, plazas, public schools, public buildings, piers, government crafts and vessels, and other public institutions and places after living persons.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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DepEd releases 2014-2015 school calendar

DepEd has released its calendar for school year 2014-2015. The calendar includes the important activities during the school year along with the number of school days, number of days per quarter.

DepEd said that the school calendar represents the actual teaching-learning days, and shall be strictly observed in all schools. The school year 2014-2015 will begin on Monday, June 2, 2014, and will end on Friday, March 27, 2015. It will consist of 201 school days, inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training (INSET) and the parent-teacher conferences. 

DepEd added that private schools may devitate from the school calendar. However, they may not start classes earlier than the first Monday of June, and not later than the last day of August. They are also required to notify the appropriate DepEd officials in advance regarding any deviation.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

GSIS Centenarian Awardees

Mr. Pedro A. Benedicto, who is turning 100 years old in August, and Ms. Teofista R. Zuniga, 100 years old, were both given the Centenarian Award during the GSIS Pensioner's Day in Virac, Catanduanes. (PHOTO: PIA)

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Bicol coconuts threatened by coconut scale insects—PCA

The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has placed Bicol under watch against the possibility that the massive scale insect infestation wreaking havoc on the coconut industry in nearby southern Tagalog provinces may reach the region.

Harvesting coconuts in Camarines Sur
Harvesting coconuts in Camarines Sur
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Recent reports said coconut scale insect (CSI) infestation in the Southern Luzon provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna and Quezon has reached alarming levels which when not contained immediately might spread up to Bicol.

According to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), CSI, also known as Aspidiotus destructor Signoret (Hemiptera: Diaspididae), are small insects which are plant parasites that usually cause problems not only in coconut nurseries and young palms but also in those that are already bearing nuts.

They have been observed underneath coconut leaves in young palms, and in affected bearing palms, the insects are found not only on the underside of the leaves but also on the surface of the fruits and petioles.

These insect pests cause yellowing or chlorosis, wilting, premature nutfall and low yield because it continuously siphons off the plant sap with their specialized mouth parts.

Thick sooty molds grow on the honeydew excreted by these insects, preventing photosynthesis, and in the process, coconut trees die because CSI block leaf pores, preventing leaves from producing nutrients for the tree.

The insect is dispersed by wind and its enigmatic nature, which is very small and remains undetected for long periods during which it rapidly multiplies before infested leaves show signs of yellowing, is a big problem being encountered by PCA.

Fortunately so far, coconut palms in Camarines Norte, the Bicol province closest to Quezon Province, have been tested negative to SCI, Mateo Zipagan, PCA regional manager for Bicol based here, on Monday said.

“While our wish is for these insects in its currently infested Tagalog provinces to be contained the soonest possible time and that the do not reach any part of Bicol, our office is not letting its guard loose so that in case they spread down to the region, we can readily act against them,” Zipagan said.

PCA has solutions in containing the pest that is now being applied in the Southern Tagalog provinces like the release of predatory coccinellids (Cryptolemus and Telsimia) beetles that eat scale insects in the affected areas.

The Albay Research Center, the research arm of PCA based in Guinobatan, Albay, in collaboration with Bureau of Plant Industry Plant Quarantine Service and National Crop Protection Center — all of the Department of Agriculture (DA), is looking for sustainable long-term solutions such as biological control, he said.

Biological control involves insects, earthworms and other species which may become predators of CSI.

It is a way that lets nature take its course on preventing the spread of the infestation, Zipagan said, citing an explanation from the National Academy of Science and Technology.

PCA is also pursuing the mechanical control wherein the scale insects and mealybugs in young coconut plants can be controlled manually by scraping them off or spraying them off with a jet of soapy water.

Washing infested plant parts or a brisk wash spray of water can be helpful in reducing insect populations, particularly in cases of small infestations and/or in young palms, Zipagan said.

Also part of this mechanical control is leaf pruning and disposal of pruned leaves by burning, reducing the reproducing population of the scale insects and mealybugs and prevents the spread to other areas.

Chemical control with contact or systemic insecticides can be used but is effective only for the "crawler" stage of the pest or the very young scale insect.

Furthermore, the use of insecticide spraying is also applicable but only for young palms and seedlings. DA’s Regional Field Unit for Bicol based in Pili, Camarines Sur, on the other hand, is intensifying its campaign to encourage coconut intercropping to sustain the livelihood of farmers that may be affected just in case (but not hoping) CSI infestation takes place in the region.

Abelardo Bragas, DA regional executive director, had earlier said that intercropping is among the palliative solutions the agency is pushing in any event of coconut farm infestation such as the present reign of brontispa in some parts of the region.

Brontispa or coconut leaf beetle, which is a flat and slender beetle that feeds on the soft tissues of coconut fronds enough to kill the tree, is one of the current problems that confront Bicol’s coconut industry and being dealt with by the PCA.

Control measures being initiated by PCA, which include pesticides and biological control agents such as parasitic wasps, are now in place, Zipagan added. (PNA)
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Miss PH Earth's mother is a Bicolana

Recently-crowned Miss Philippines Earth Jamie Herrell, who represented Cebu City, is a daughter of a Bicolana who hails from Placer, Masbate.
Miss Philippines Earth Jamie Herrell
According to Herrell's biography, Mary Snow del Rosario, her mother, was married to American James Edward Herrell (deceased) of Seattle, Washington.

The beauty queen, meanwhile, was born in Glendora, east of Los Angeles, California, in the United States.

Apart from winning the Miss Philippines Earth crown this year, she was also Sinulog Queen and Reyna ng Aliwan Fiesta in 2013.

She is currently a student of the International Academy for Film and Television in Lapu-lapu City.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Portland Trail Blazers wins over San Antonio Spurs in Game 4; 103-92

Nicolas Batum scored 12 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists to lead the Trail Blazers to defeat San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 this morning.



On the part of the Spurs, Tony Parker was the leading scorer, with 14 points.

The Spurs now have 3 wins against the Trail Blazers' 1 win in the semifinal round in the Western Conference.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Miami Heat defeats Brooklyn Nets in Game 4; 102-96

LeBron James scored 49 points for Miami Heat, carrying the team into a 102-96 victory over Brooklyn Nets.
Miami Heat

Heat is now one win away from advancing to the semifinal championship round in the Eastern Conference.


The Heat will try to wrap up the series when they host Game 5 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Casureco II announces May 15, 16 brownout

NAGA CITY — Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative (Casureco II) announced today that there will be a power service interruption on May 15 and 16.

CASURECO II. BICOL STANDARD FILE PHOTO
On May 15, the power interruption is scheduled from 8 AM to 5 PM. It will affect the areas serviced by Feeders 13 and 18: Magsaysay Avenue, Kayanga St., Dayangdang, M. Castro, Calauag, Bayan Sur, Bayan Norte, Jacob St., Ateneo Avenue, P. Santos, USI, Mormons, Queborac Road, San Felipe, Pacol, Carolina, Balatas, Cararayan, Sitio San Rafael and San Isidro, Magsaysay Avenue, Mayflower St., Mayon Ave., Penafrancia, Santonja, Seminary Road, Paz St., Sta Cruz, Dimaslanag, Barlin, Arana, Igualdad, Elias Angeles, and Urban Poor Sta Cruz.

Meanwhile, on May 16, the interruption, which is also scheduled from 8 AM to 5 PM, will affect the areas serviced by Feeders 11, 12, 15-A and 15-B. These include SM City Naga, Panganiban Ave., Mayon, Naga City Subd, Ojeda, General Luna, Padian, Elias Angeles, Central Business District, Diversion, Dona Clara, Almeda Highway, Triangulo, Mabulo, Tabuco, San Miguel St., Pagdaicon, Naga City Supermarket, Abella, Sabang, Lerma, Igualdad, Balintawak, Puregold, Mother Seton Hospital, NICC, Bangko Sentral, Brgy Dalipan Milaor, the entire municipality of Milaor except San Antonio Line, the municpality of Minalabac except coastal area, Brgy. Mataoroc, Brgy. San Jose, Brgy. Baliuag Nuevo and Brgy. Baliuag Viejo.

Casureco II said that the preventive maintenance of its substations is the reason for the power service interruption.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Memorial cross for Gata 4 to rise in Caramoan massacre site

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Preparations for PNoy's visit in Naga City

NAGA CITY--Plaza Quince Martires undergoes a facelift in preparation for President Benigno Aquino III's visit on June 12. Aquino will attend the flag-raising ceremony on Independence Day here. (PHOTOS BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)











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Clippers survives Durant’s 40 points; beats Thunder and ties the semis series

Darren Collison scored scored 10 of his 18 points in the final 2:58, rallying the Los Angeles Clippers against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 101-99, to tie the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2.



Russel Westbrook scored 27 points but missed a 3-pointer and Serge Ibaka’s tip attempt was too late for the buzzer.

Blake Griffin led Los Angeles Clippers with 25 points, making 9 of 11 free throws and Chris Paul had 23 points and 10 assists.

Kevin Durant scored 40 points, hitting 15 of 18 free throws, for the Thunder.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Indiana Pacers wins against Wizards in Game 4

The Indiana Pacers now lead 3-1 in the second round of the semifinals of the Eastern Conference in the NBA.


Paul George had a career play-off high of 39 points and added 12 rebounds to lead his team past the Washington Wizards, 95-92.

Roy Hibbert scored 17 points and nine rebounds.

For the Wizards, John Wall scored 12 points and seven assists.

Al Harington, Drew Gooden and Andre Miller had a combined score of 28 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for the Wizards.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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VIDEO: Groundbreaking of the memorial cross for the victims of the Caramoan massacre

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Memorial cross for Gata 4 to rise in Caramoan massacre site

CARAMOAN, CAMARINES SUR—Locals here gathered this morning to attend a mass and to witness the groundbreaking of a towering cross to commemorate the victims of the gruesome Caramoan massacre.

Camarines Sur 4th District Rep. Wimpy Fuentebella, former Rep. Noli Fuentebella, Caramoan Vice Mayor Irene Bries, Gata Punong Barangay Mercy Sueno, a representative of advocacy group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), and several members of the local and national media attend the groundbreaking ceremony.
(PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
The cross will rise on the exact site where unarmed gold panners Julio Labiano, Rene Labiano, Salem Virtuz, and Jesse Brondia were brutally murdered. They panners, according to reports, were shot while they were eating their dinner allegedly by members of Task Force Sagip Kalikasan of the Province of Camarines Sur last March 22.

Present during the groundbreaking were Camarines Sur 4th District Rep. Wimpy Fuentebella, former Rep. Noli Fuentebella, Caramoan Vice Mayor Irene Bries, Gata Punong Barangay Mercy Sueno, a representative of advocacy group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), and several members of the local and national media.

Punong Barangay Sueno said in an interview with BICOL STANDARD that the families of the victims as well as the locals should not be disheartened as they seek justice. She revealed that she has been in contact with Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima over the developments.

Meanwhile, Rep. Fuentebella confirmed that a committee in the House of Representatives will conduct its own investigation on the alleged illegal activities of the members of Task Force Sagip Kalikasan.

Image of the memorial cross that will be constructed in the Caramoan massacre site.
(PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
He said that he has now in his possession relevant information regarding the abuses purportedly committed by said Task Force.

Task Force Sagip Kalikasan had arrogated upon themselves the implementation of environmental laws, which resulted into abuses, the Congressman said.

In a related development, locals expressed optimism that they will recover from the hunger that they experienced during the past few months when the said Task Force was still present in the area.

“Kadto nagkakakarakan kaming tultol. Kan nag-arabot an mga tulisan, nagkagurutom kami. Mala ngani ta su mga aki ko, nangurutang na nin bagas. Nagrulugaw-lugaw na sana kami (Before, we used to eat well. When the bandits arrived, we went hungry. My children would borrow rice. We would just eat porridge),” said Amparo Pulito, an octogenarian who, from time to time, still helps in panning for gold.

She added, however, that she would never want the members of said Task Force to return to Gata.

“Ay inay, habo ko na dyan! Surmaryosep! Kampi ako sa Diyos, bako sa demonyo. (Oh, I would never want them back! I am on the side of God, and not of the devil),” she said, seething.

“Nil’og kami digdi nin tulisan, mga tulisan baga ito. Nanggaradan sinda bago sinda naghale digdi. (We were invaded by bandits. They were bandits. They killed before they left this place), she added. “Ngonian tuninong na kami. Habo mi na kaito. Sinikwal mi na,” (Now, this place is peaceful. We don’t want them here anymore. We have already rejected them).”

Meanwhile, Julian Colico, another local, said that the residents of Gata are now back to small-scale gold panning by the shoreline. However, they are still prohibited from engaging in small-scale mining.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Photos of Ina, Our Lady of Peñafrancia

Photos of the image of Ina, Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Mother and Patroness of Bicolandia, at the Peñafrancia Shrine in Naga City

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Kantang suanoy: Si Nanay, Si Tatay

Si Nanay, Si Tatay




Si Nanay, si tatay di ko babayaan 
Balakid na boot 
An sakuyang utang 
Si pagdara sako 
Nin siyam na bulan 
Gatas kong sinuso 
Di ko mabayaran 
Ay nanay, ay tatay, kung ako humale
Hihidawon mo man 
Sa gabos mong aki 
Makakua ka man 
Nin makakasangle 
Dae makaarog 
Kan sakuyang ugali 
Ay nanay, ay tatay kung ako maraot 
Pugutan nin payo 
Ibuntog sa lawod 
Kun maheling mo man 
Na nag-anod-anod 
Ay nanay, ay tatay sapuda man tulos


Iba pang mga kantang suanoy:
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Nets hit 15 3-pointers to knock off Heat in Game 3

Joe Johnson scored 19 points, Andray Blatche had a career high of 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets handed the Miami Heat their first loss in this post season, 104-90 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. 


Paul Pierce contributed 14 points.

For the Miami Heat, LeBron James scored 28 points while Dwayne Wade had 20 points.
Even with this development, Miami Heat still leads Brooklyn Nets, 2-1.


Game 4 will be on Monday (Tuesday in Manila)--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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