Bicol International Airport, dai pa mahahaman

Ma-aatraso pang maray an pagpoon kan construction kan Bicol International Airport sa Daraga, Albay, pagkatapos na pondohon ini, apisar kan inaprobaran na ni Presidente Duterte an proyekto.

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.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Masbate Gov. Seachon-Lanete, Napoles, et al. indicted for PDAF scam

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found probable cause to indict former Representatives Rizalina Seachon-Lanete (Masbate), Samuel Dangwa (Benguet), Rodolfo Plaza (Agusan Del Sur) and Constantino Jaraula (Cagayan de Oro) for misusing the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in the total amount of P244.29 million.

Gov. Rizalina "Dayan" Seachon Lanete
Photo: Masbate Provincial Government
Likewise facing criminal indictments are Janet Lim Napoles, John Raymund De Asis, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary Mario Relampagos, and DBM officials Rosario Nuñez, Lalaine Paule and Marilou Bare.

Also impleaded as co-accused are officers/representatives of the Implementing Agencies (IAs): (i) Technology Resource Center (TRC) Director General Antonio Ortiz, Deputy Director General Dennis Cunanan, Department Manager Francisco Figura and Chief Accountant Marivic Jover; (ii) National Agri-Business Corporation (NABCOR) President Alan Javellana, Paralegal Victor Roman Cacal, General Services Unit Head Romulo Relevo, Bookkeeper Maria Ninez Guañizo, Chief Accountant Ma. Julie Villaralvo-Johnson, and Director for Financial Management Services Rhodora Mendoza; (iii) National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC) President Gondelina Amata, Division Chief Gregoria Buenaventura, Director Emmanuel Alexis Sevidal, Chief Financial Specialist Sofia Cruz and Department Manager Chita Jalandoni; and a number of officers/representatives of the non-government organizations (NGOs), namely: the Countrywide Agri and Rural Economic and Development Foundation (CARED), Masaganang Ani para sa Magsasaka Foundation Inc. (MAMFI), Philippine Social Development Foundation Inc, (PSDFI) and the Social Development Program for Farmer Foundation, Inc. (SDPFFI).

The cases stemmed from the separate complaints filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Field Investigation Office (FIO).

In the Joint Resolution, Ombudsman Morales noted that “many of the names appearing on the lists as farmer-recipients were neither residents nor registered voters of the place where they were listed as beneficiaries, were fictitious or had jumbled surnames, while others were already deceased. In other words, these livelihood projects were ghost projects.”

The Commission on Audit (COA) observed that the IAs did not actually implement the PDAF-funded projects and merely released the funds to the NGOs after charging a management fee; direct releases made by the IAs to the NGOs contravened DBM regulations since they were not preceded by indorsements from the executive departments; the releases were made essentially at the behest of the sponsoring legislator; almost all the NGOs that received PDAF releases did not have track records in implementing government projects and that their addresses were dubious; the selection of NGOs and the procurement of goods did not undergo public bidding; and some suppliers denied having any transactions with the NGOs.

Ombudsman Morales also referred the cases to the Anti-Money Laundering Council for action on possible violations of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

Rep. Seachon-Lanete, et al.

Former Representative, now Masbate Governor, Seachon-Lanete, Lanete’s Chief of Staff Jose Sumalpong, Napoles and De Asis were charged with Plunder in connection with the anomalous utilization of Rep. Lanete’s P112.29 million PDAF from 2007 to 2009.

Moreover, Rep. Lanete, Sumalpong, Napoles, Relampagos, and several others face multiple counts of violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act (RA) No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).

Lanete’s PDAF from 2007 to 2009 were issued by the DBM through 11 Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) and facilitated through the TRC, NLDC and NABCOR as IAs, and released to the CARED, MAMFI, PSDFI and SDPFFI.

During her term as Congressman, Lanete continuously endorsed the implementation of her PDAF-funded livelihood and agricultural projects to questionable NGOs associated with or controlled by Napoles.

The P112.29 million PDAF was anomalously used for livelihood projects, financial assistance to farmers, farm inputs and farm implements, skills training and distribution of livelihood kits in nail care, wellness, massage and candle- making. Several Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) were entered into between Lanete, TRC, NABCOR and the NGO-partners.

Field investigation conducted by Ombudsman investigators revealed that the P112.29 million PDAF was never used for the intended agricultural and livelihood projects as the documents submitted such as Disbursement Vouchers, Progress and Accomplishment Reports, Fund Utilization, Inspection and Delivery Reports, and Certificates of Acceptance were all fabricated.

The Joint Resolution stated that the “findings in the 2007-2009 COA Report jibe with the whistleblowers’ testimonies and are validated by the results of the FIO on-site field verification.”

Witnesses Benhur Luy, Marina Sula and Merlina Suñas claimed that the four foundations indorsed by Lanete were all dummies of Napoles. They described that the payoffs for the kickbacks usually took place at the JLN office in Ortigas with Sumalpong receiving the money. They added that Lanete’s commissions were sometimes deposited to her personal bank account in Metrobank Fairview branch.

The Joint Resolution stated that “Luy’s ledger indicates that from 2004 to 2010, Seachon-Lanete received total commissions or kickbacks in the amount of P108,405,000.00 which included P73,065,000.00 received from 2007 to 2009.”

Meanwhile, the charges in the Lanete case against Shyr Ann Montuya, Doreena Bazan, Susan Victorino, Wilberto De Guzman (deceased), Atty. Delfin Agcaoli Jr., Atty. Editha Talaboc and Atty. Antonio M. Santos were dismissed for insufficiency of evidence.

Rep. Plaza, et al.


Former Representative Plaza faces indictment for five counts of Malversation, and five counts of violation of Section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019. Included as co-accused in multiple counts of Malversation and violations of Section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019 are Plaza’s Chief of Staff Jasper Kapunan, Napoles, Relampagos, Nuñez, Paule, Bare and 21 others.

Plaza also faces two counts of Direct Bribery, while Napoles was also charged with two counts of Corruption of Public Officials and five counts of violation of Section 4(b) of R.A. No. 3019.

The PDAF of Rep. Plaza for the years 2008 and 2009 amounting to P27.5 million covered by five SAROs engaged NABCOR and NLDC as IAs with MAMFI and SDPFFI as NGO-partners in supposedly implementing projects like agricultural production packages, livelihood packages, training, livelihood kits for food processing, hair dressing, and reflexology.

Upon field verification, the FIO determined that the livelihood and agricultural production kits and packages never reached the intended beneficiaries, for either there were no projects or the goods were never delivered completely.

The Joint Resolution stated that “the mayors and municipal agriculturists, who reportedly received the livelihood assistance, kits and packages never received anything from the Office of Plaza, the IA or any of the project partners,” as “none of the mayors, vice mayors or municipal agriculturists/technologists were even aware of the projects.”

Per Luy’s records, Plaza received total commissions, rebates, or kickbacks amounting to at least P42.1 million from his PDAF-funded projects from 2004 to 2010, with payoffs usually taking place at the JLN office in Ortigas or in Plaza’s house in Alabang Hills.

Meanwhile, the charges in the Plaza case as against Agcoili, Santos, Talaboc, Victorino, Lucila Lawas-Yutok, Gina Pascual, and Lucita Solomon were dismissed for insufficiency of evidence.

Rep. Dangwa, et al.


Facing indictments for Malversation and six counts of violation of Section 3(e) of R.A. 3019 are Rep. Dangwa, Dangwa’s Chiefs of Staff Erwin Dangwa and Carlos Lozada, Napoles, Relampagos, Nuñez, Bare and Paule,

Likewise indicted for Malversation and violation of Section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019 are Ortiz, Cunanan, Jover, Noel Macha and several others


Rep. Dangwa also faces five counts of Direct Bribery, while Napoles also faces five counts of Corruption of Public Officials and six counts of violation of Section 4(b) of R.A. No. 3019.

From 2001 to 2010 Rep. Dangwa received P54 million as PDAF released by the DBM through seven SAROs coursed through SDPFFI, CARED and Peoples Organization for Progress and Development Foundation, Inc. (POPDFI), with TRC, NLDC, and NABCOR as IAs.

Dangwa’s PDAF was anomalously used for financial assistance, grants, livelihood projects for jewelry-making, aromatic candle making, wellness and massage, farm inputs/implements and other livelihood packages.


Out of the P44 million funds released and transferred to the IAs and the Napoles NGOs,P11 million remain unliquidated by the TRC and CARED.

Similar to the cases of Lanete and Plaza, Dangwa’s PDAF was never used for the intended projects as shown by dubious and fabricated documents.

According to Luy, at least P26.7 million representing commissions, rebates or kickbacks were received directly by Dangwa or through his representatives Erwin Dangwa, Carlos Lozada and Evelyn De Leon. The whisteblowers testified that they saw Napoles hand over the money meant for Dangwa.

Meanwhile, the charges in the Dangwa case as against Montuya, Agcaoili, Victorino, Santos, Talaboc, Palama and Maureen Dimaranan were dismissed for insufficiency of evidence.

Rep. Jaraula, et al.


Charges for three counts of Malversation and three counts of violation of Section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019 were slapped on former Representative Jaraula, Napoles, Relampagos, Ortiz, Cunanan and several others.

Jaraula was also indicted for three counts of Direct Bribery, while Napoles faces three counts of Corruption of Public Official and three counts of violation of Section 4(b) of R.A. No. 3019.

The Joint Resolution stated that Jaraula used his P50.5 million PDAF from 2004 to 2007 supposedly for financial assistance, technical assistance through video courses and printed materials, with TRC as IA and CARED as NGO-partner.

Luy stated that he recorded the rebates and commissions received by Jaraula amounting to P20.8 million, adding that there were occasions when he personally delivered the rebates to Jaraula.

The FIO submitted an Affidavit of Non-Operation dated 20 April 2007 executed by then CARED President Encarnacion stating that CARED had not conducted any business activity from the date of incorporation until 2007.

The COA special audit findings disclosed that the projects were “ghost” projects as they were never implemented in the lone district of Cagayan De Oro.

Ombudsman Morales noted that “certainly, these repeated, illegal transfers of public funds to Napoles’ control, purportedly for projects which did not exist, and just as repeated irregular disbursements thereof, present quantifiable pecuniary losses to the Government.”
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Bicolanos top electronics technician, electronics engineering exams

A graduate of University of Nueva Caceres placed second in the recently-released list of topnotchers for the September 2014 Electronics Technician Licensure Examination.

Eduardo Baldoza Uy, Jr. scored 94% in the exam. He shares the spot with seven other examinees.

Meanwhile, a graduate of Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology placed eighth in the September 2014 Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination.


Bennyvic Joyce Japitana Esguerra scored 87.60 in the exams.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Solons push for national ID system

The House Committee on Revision of Laws and the Committee on Appropriations have endorsed for plenary approval the proposed "Filipino Identification System Act" contained in substitute HB 5060.

"The proposed Act shall gradually concert and consolidate all existing Government initiated identification system into one-integrated and efficient identification system," stressed Committee of Revision chairperson Marlyn Primicias-Agabas and Appropriations chairman Isidro Ungab.

HB 5060 is in substitution of four separate but similar original measures - HB No. 11 authored by Reps. Al Francis Bichara, Elisa T. Kho, Rodel Batocabe, Christopher S. Co. Anthony del Rosario and Ferdinand L. Hernandez; HB 489 filed by Reps. Rodolfo Biazon with Co and Batocabe; HB 2243 introduced by Reps. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Gavini "Apol" C. Pancho; and HB 2249 by Reps. Rufus Rodriguez, Maximo Rodriguez and G. Pancho.

Underscoring the necessity for said single national ID system, the authors said HB 5060 will institutionalize a national information card for all Filipinos that would ensure facilitation and streamline government transactions, and help promote a progressive society through an efficient delivery of basic services.

The proposed statute identifies the Philippine Statistics Authority, together with the Department of Foreign Affairs as the implementing agencies of the program, tasked to create and maintain a Filipino Citizen Registry.

It is important to note that HB 5060 assures protection against unlawful disclosure of information and records obtained in relation to the application for the national ID.

Likewise, the measure provides for penal sanctions, ranging from P50,000 to P500,000 or imprisonment of from six (6) months to two (2) years or both, for knowingly using false information in applying for the issuance of Filipino ID, for wilful and unjustifiable refusal to accept, acknowledge and recognize the Filipino ID, and the act of connivance by a public official or employee in committing the aforementioned acts, the authors said.

Section 4 of HB 5060 states: “xxxx Every Filipino, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad is mandated to register personal information required by the ID system and upon application shall be issued a non-transferrable Filipino ID card with an ID number that shall be valid for life, subject to replacement only under the following circumstances:

(A) When a child reaches the legal age of eighteen (18) years old;

(B) when there is change in name, family name by virtue of court order or by application of law, such as married woman who adopts the surname of the husband;

(C) for lost or destroyed ID cards;

(D) For other revisions that may be deemed necessary by the card holder such as changes in the facial features due to age or medical intervention."

Likewise, Filipino cardholders, upon reaching the age of sixty (60) years old are required to renew their Filipino ID card, free of charge. The Filipino ID card shall be made of tamper-proof security material. It shall have on its face the imprinted photograph, name, birth date, gender, date of issue, signature of owner, the corresponding individual serial number issued by the PSA and such other date as may be deemed necessary and shall also have the capability to store at least the biometric data of the individual cardholder.

The initial application and issuance of the Filipino ID card shall be free of charge as part of the government’s social service responsibility, but a replacement fee shall be paid by the cardholder. Funding for the implementation shall be included in the appropriations of the PSA and the DFA in the General Appropriations Act.

The pertinent details for applicants with pre-existing government issued ID card shall be utilized and honored as reference in the issuance of the Filipino ID card. When the ID system becomes operational, every Filipino residing in the Philippines shall apply for the registration and issuance of the Filipino ID card at the office of the Local Civil Registrar of the city or municipality where one is a resident.

Likewise, every Filipino residing abroad shall apply for registration and issuance of the Filipino ID car at the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consular Office of the country where they are residing.

The PSA, through the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) or the Philippine Embassy of Consular Offices abroad, is mandated to issue a Filipino ID car within ninety (90) days from the registration of live birth. The parents or the legal guardian of the minor, incompetent or disabled person shall be responsible for the application and safekeeping of the issued Filipino ID card.

When the Filipino ID card is presented to any government agency or for identification purposes, no other additional identification card shall be required. Except in instances allowed under the provisions of R.A. 92225 or “The Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003”, the Filipino ID card shall motu propio be rendered invalid and ineffective upon the loss of Filipino citizenship.--by Dionisio P. Tubianosa, Media Relations Service-PRIB

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Mayon Volcano about to erupt, says Phivolcs

Mayon is about to erupt, Dr. Ed Laguerta, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology resident volcanologist, said during the Mayon Volcano Media Briefing at the APSEMO Office Friday morning.
Mayon Volcano Press Briefing
Photo via Gov. Salceda
The media briefing was also attended by Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, Office of Civil Defense Bicol Regional Director Raffy Alejandro, 901st Infantry Brigade commanding officer Col. Raul Fernacio and Albay Provincial Police Office Director Sr. Supt. Marlo Meneses.

Laguerta said Mayon is heading toward a vulcanian eruption or a big eruption accompanied by pryoclastic flows.

He pointed out the worsening abnormal condition of the volcano, like its continuous ground deformation with an inflation of three millimeters in 10 days.

Ground swelling appears on both the northern and southern parts of the volcano, the veteran volcanologist added.

“This is because the magma is passing through one channel and its force is even,” Laguerta explained.

Besides, he added, the volume of sulfuric dioxide emission was down to 300 metric tons per day during the past 24-hour observation period from the 1,400 metric tons in the previous period.

“This is because the crater of Mayon is sealed,” the scientist added.

He said there would be a strong force coming from beneath the volcano due to the continuous ascent of magma.

RELATED: PDRRMC names 'safe' vantage points for watching Mayon eruption

“This will cause a sudden eruption that could led to a big explosion,” Laguerta said.

There is also the possibility of rain water seeping inside the cavity of the lava which could also cause a sudden phreatic explosion that could lead to an explosion, he said.

Intermittent rains have been occurring in the area.

The Phivolcs official also confirmed the disappearance of animals along Mayon's slopes due to the increase in temperature as a result of Mayon’s restiveness.

Laguerta said that in his 30 years of experience in monitoring the volcano, this condition always leads to an eruption.

The eruption could start from strombolian to vulcanian or from an explosion to a big eruption. (PNA)

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Misunderstanding leads to shooting in Masbate City

MASBATE CITY—An alleged misunderstanding between two drivers who were forming a line brought about a shooting incident at Airport Road, Barangay Centro, this city, at around 9:30 this morning.

Masbate City shooting incident
According to the police, suspect Norberto Cabug y Manlapaz shot Moises Angustia.

A police officer in civilian clothes, meanwhile, responded to the incident by firing at the suspect to pacify him.

Both the victim and the suspect were rushed to the Masbate Provincial Hospital for medical attention.

As of press time, the Masbate City Police is still conducting an investigation on the incident.--With reports from Duke Maggay/Kabalikat Civicom Masbate Chapter and PNP Bicol

Masbate City shooting incident

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Sorsoganons seek justice for slain teacher Fortes

Sorsoganons are crying for justice following the alleged rape-slay of a teacher in Bulusan town.

The victim, 22-year-old Roda Devera Fortes, was found dead at Sitio Capricohan in Bulusan last Monday, reports reaching BICOL STANDARD said.

Roda Devera Fortes
Fondly called "Odang" by colleagues, Fortes used to teach at Sta. Cruz Elementary School in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Barcelona.

Investigation


Mark Kevin Arroco of Bombo Radyo reported that Fortes was last spotted heading to school last Saturday.

The initial investigation reveals that the suspect in the killing is Benie Samaupan, 31 years old, of Purok 7, Barangay Inang, Pilar West District, according to a report by Busina Bicol News Express.

The suspect, as of press time, is still at large.

Members of PNP Bulusan and the Philippine Army's Alpha Company have joined forces to expedite the resolution of the case.

Grief


This morning, a mass for the victim was held at Sorsogon State College, Busina reported.

Friends and family members of Fortes attended the mass, weeping as they gave eulogies for the young teacher.

Also in attendance were members of groups such as  SSCFO-SCI, Teacher's Dignity Coalition, Ating Guro Sorsogon Chapter and SSC, the same source indicated.

Posters seeking justice for the victim were prominently displayed at the mass venue.

Supporters have also taken to social media to express their grief and desire for jusice.BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Maestro, dakop sa pagpabakal shabu

NABUA, Camarines Sur -- Sarong high school teacher an nadakop kan pinagsararong fuerza kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) asin pulis sa banwaan na ini na imbuelto sa pagpabakal kan ipinapangalad na shabu.

Durante kan ginibong buy bust operation, pig midbid kan mga awtoridad an maestro na iyo si Duran Tirzo y Atienza, residente kan Nabua.

An suspechado nakadistino bilang paratukdo sa Tapayas High School, sa Balatan, Camarines Sur.
Pigconfiscar kan PDEA ki Duran an 3ng plastic na sachet nin shabu asin 5ng pidaso nin P100.00 na ginamit kan mga awtoridad bilang paon sa paratinda nin shabu.

Sasangatan siya nin casong pag balga kan RA 9165, na bisto sa apod na Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Afuera kan caso criminal na isasangat contra sa maestro, pwede pa siyang mag-atubang nin caso administratibo sa Department of Education.

Ipinahayag kan mga imbestigador na haloy nang pigmamasdan an suspechado na nagbabariwas nin shabu sa mga barangay sa Nabua.-- Report ni Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Albay on high alert for potential wildfires

Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has placed all forest and fire protection officers in Albay province on high alert against threat of potential wildfires due to the impending eruption of Mayon Volcano.

Paje warned that volcanic eruptions and wildfires pose serious hazards not only to human population but also to the surrounding natural ecosystems, which the DENR is duty-bound to protect and preserve.

“We have to be ready for potential wildfires, including whatever intervention may be needed to protect natural ecosystems that are highly vulnerable to catastrophic damage the volcanic explosion may cause,” Paje said.

Paje also ordered local forestry officials to ensure the protection of the seedlings to be planted at the foot of Mount Mayon under the Aquino administration’s National Greening Program (NGP), particularly those within the 76,770-hectare Quinale watershed that traverses the base of the volcano and includes some areas within the six-kilometer permanent danger zone.

According to the environment chief, the watershed area is an NGP priority in Albay due to its importance to the province’s irrigation needs and agricultural activities, as well as in terms of flood prevention especially in the towns of Oas, Polangui and Libon and the city of Ligao.

There are at least 81 NGP sites in the province covering some 5,269 hectares of forestland, which are being maintained by the DENR in collaboration with civil society groups and host communities in the cities of Legazpi, Tabaco and Ligao, and the towns of Camalig, Daraga, Guinobatan and Sto. Domingo.

Paje has also directed the executive director of DENR-Region 5 to tap the various Regional Forest Fire Respondent Teams (RFFRTs) “should the situation calls for their services.”

RFFRTs are composed of special units called “Leatherbacks” coming from DENR field offices, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and volunteer groups. They are tasked to conduct round-the-clock monitoring and initiate quick response during wildfires.

These teams underwent intensive trainings and are placed on standby near areas of the region that are vulnerable to forest fires.

The DENR is now preparing thematic maps, and the profile of timberlands and protected areas in the region that will serve as guide in the posting of the RFFRTs. The maps will include trails and access roads, location of water sources and forest ranger stations.

Paje said the DENR will also tap beneficiaries of the community-based forest management projects in Albay to establish fire and green breaks.

“Stakeholders such as forest-based communities are better able to deal immediately with fire emergencies. Their services will help us respond quickly when fire breaks out in remote places,” Paje said.

He said the DENR provides science-based fire management training to members of people’s organizations.

The creation of RFFRTs is a result of an agreement forged last July between the DENR-Region 5 office and the BFP.

The DENR-BFP anti-forest fire partnership “underscores the pro-active stance the DENR is aggressively pursuing in forest fire prevention which is central to sustaining the gains we have achieved so far in NGP,” Paje said.

The NGP, which was created in 2011 under Executive Order No. 26, aims to plant 1.5 billion trees within 1.5 million hectares of forestlands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, and urban areas by 2016.

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OIC Police Supt. Escobal wants out of Naga City?

NAGA CITY – “Police officers come and go. I will just abide by the orders of my superiors.”

These were the statements made by Officer-in-Charge City Director Supt. Filmore Escobal when asked by BICOL STANDARD regarding his alleged re-assignment.

OIC Police Supt. Escobal
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
He explained that the minimum period of assignment for a chief of police is 6 months, while the maximum is two years.

Escobal assumed office as OIC PNP City Director here last June 1. Prior to this, he was assigned in Davao City.

Despite the fact that he has been working for only four months as City Director, Escobal has already achieved a substantial amount of accomplishments in his battle against criminality, particularly in the enforcement of the laws against the use of illegal drugs, riding-in-tandem-criminals, and carnappers.
Escobal, however, admitted, that he misses his family, who remains in Davao City.

He also revealed that during his stint in Davao, he established a good working relationship with Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

 “There are now opportunities for me to be assigned closer to my family. The PNP City Director of Davao is presently headed by an Officer-In Charge, while the Office of the PNP Provincial Director of Compostela Valley is also vacant,” he said.

“These police stations will certainly look for a new police chief, and just in case I would be reassigned to any of these places, I will be closer to my family,” he stressed.

Escobal also said that he was not happy with the fact that the Naga City PNP does not enjoy the much-needed support of Naga City Administrator Florencio “Jun” Mongoso.

At the height of Typhoon Glenda, he related that his office requested for a little assistance to provide cups of coffee to the police officers.

He was, however, immediately turned down.

He said that his team was demoralized by the downright refusal, especially since they had been working very hard.

Meanwhile, there are allegations that Escobal has more serious gripes, but he declined to make a statement about these, pending personal discussion with Mayor John Bongat.

He explained to the BICOL STANDARD that he is scheduled to meet with Bongat to thresh out problems that may hamper the operation of the local police.

“I have no problems with Mayor Bongat,” he emphasized, “I am also not requesting for any transfer of assignment.”

Over the weekend, rank and file members of the Naga City PNP in separate interviews said that Escobal will no longer be effective an OIC Chief of this city, because he allegedly spends more time outside Naga.

Escobal vehemently denied this allegation.

Meanwhile, the same rank and file members divulged that there is some demoralization among them because they feel that the city government is not interested in assisting them.

“We used to hold office at the Naga City Police Station at Barlin St. We were directed make JMR Coliseum our temporary office while there was an alleged plan that the Barlin office would be improved. Some buildings were even demolished. But after moving to JMR Coliseum, we were told to go back to our old office, which remains to be renovated.”

Meanwhile, residents of Naga City have complained that they are now confused as to where the police station is, due to these confusing changes.

The Naga City Police Office is still at the old station along Barlin St., the officers clarified.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

‘Ayam’ inarestar kan Tabaco police

TABACO CITY—Sarong lalaki na bistado sa bansag na “Ayam” an dinakop kan mga awtoridad sa ciudad na ini, huli sa pagbalga kan RA 9165, na mas bistado sa apod na Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.

An suspechado pinangaranan na si Rodel Roselada y Cid, alyas “Ayam” o “Aso,” detinido ngonian sa carcel digdi, segun sa entrevista ki PInsp. Malu Calubaquib, an Regional Information Officer kan PNP sa Bicol.

Si Roselada, taga P-3 sa Barangay San Lorenzo.

Pugol siya kan mga awtoridad pagkatapos kan ginibong search warrant.

Nakua sa saiyang poder an heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet na igwang laog na maputing crystal, na pigtutubodan kan mga nag-implementar kan search warrant na methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), aluminum foils, disposable lighter asin iba pang drug paraphernalia.

Nadakop si Roselada sa saiyang residencias.

An kampanya contra sa mga naggagamit nin drogra orog pang pinakusog kan pulis sa liderato ni PNP Chief Regional Director Police Chief Inspector Victor Deona.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Ateneo de Naga University to host conference on Nora Aunor and Philippine cinema

The Ateneo de Naga University invites everyone to the first lecture series on Nora Aunor and her stellar contributions to Philippine Cinema on October 6, 2014.

Ateneo de Naga University to host conference on Nora Aunor
The Nora Cause: A Forum on Nora Aunor and Philippine Cinema at the Ateneo de Naga University
Dr. Patrick D. Flores, art studies scholar and curator of the Vargas Museum, in the University of the Philippines will deliver the keynote address.

Other discussants include Bikol writer and cultural worker Frank V. Penones Jr. together with Ateneo professors Adrian Remodo, Dennis Gonzaga, Rico Raquitoco and film critic Tito Valiente, a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Filipino.

Kristian Sendon Cordero is the convenor of this conference.

Aside from lectures, there will also be performances and film screenings. Program starts at 8am. The public is invited to attend.

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Orgullo kan Bikol 2014 opens October 2

The Orgullo kan Bikol 2014 trade fair will showcase some of the best wearables, processed foods, ceramics, furniture, and other home products from the region's best artisans.

Orgullo kan Bikol 2014: Primed for ASEAN
Orgullo kan Bikol 2014: Primed for ASEAN

Opening on October 2 at 10:00 AM at Megatrade Hall 2, 5th Level Bldg. B, SM Megamall Mandluyong City, this annual marketing event features works developed under the National Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Program (NICCEP) and the Food Business Development (BIZDEV) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Office V.

Also scheduled to launch during the fair is the Bicol pili geographical indication (GI), which is expected to help promote the pili nut more aggressively in both the domestic and foreign markets.

For more information on the Orgulyo kan Bikol (OKB) 2014, kindly contact the DTI Region V Office, 3F Capital Annex Building, Old Albay, Legazpi City, with telephone numbers (+6352) 742.0513 / 880.5749 / 480.5720 to 21 loc 118 or e-mail RO@dti05.org. –BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Nov. 10 is deadline for Martial Law victims' applications for repatriation, recognition

The Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) has announced that deadline for filing of application for the reparation and/or recognition of human rights victims during the Martial Law is on November 10, 2014.

Atty. Glenda T. Litong, member of the HRVCB, said that only those victims of the Martial Law can apply for claims and the equivalent claims will depend on the extent of damage of the human rights violation made.

“A claimant should either be the victim or the legal heir of the victim. It is a one- victim one- claim process,” she said.

Referring to RA 10368 otherwise known as the “Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013″, she said it is the obligation of the state to repair damages and recognize heroism and sacrifices of its people. “Through this law, the heroism and sacrifices of human rights violations victims (HTVVs) during the regime of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos covering the period from September 21, 1972 to February 25, 1986 is recognized. It likewise acknowledges its moral and local obligation to recognize and provide reparation to the victims,” said Atty. Litong.

HRVCB started accepting application since May 12, 2014 and the deadline will be on November 10, 2014. Forms are downloadable in the internet.

Those who did not make it during their visit in Sorsogon, application may still be done at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Office in Washington, Legazpi City or at the Office of the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board at E. Virata Hall, E. Jacinto St., UP Diliman Complex, Quezon City or they may contact cellphone number: 099950599737 or may visit their website: www.hrvclaimsboard.gov.ph  or at  secretariat@hrvcb.gov.ph for further inquiries.

According to Atty. Litong, the victims will be compensated from the USD 10-Billion awarded by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court to the victims with a condition that the Philippine government will secure a favorable court ruling that the Swiss account is part of the ill-gotten wealth secretly hidden by former President Marcos, his family and cronies. The amount is now with the National Treasury ready for disbursement as soon as the requirements are met.

The processing of accepted claims may be subject to investigation of the claims board. HRVCB made clear that the amount of claim will be determined by points system, from one to ten.

Included in the list of HRVs are 1) killed, 2) disappeared and still missing, 3) tortured, 4) raped or sexually abused, 5) illegally detained, 6) involuntarily exiled, 7) unjust or illegal take-over of business/confiscation of property/detention of owner(s) and/or of their families/deprivation of livelihood, 8) victim's child kidnapped or exploited, 9) sexually offended during detention and/or in the course of the military and/or police operations, and other violations and/or abuses similar or analogous to 8 and 9.

The victims or legal heirs need to fill up the application, and establish proof of human rights violations through a Sworn Statement narrating circumstance of HRV, Sworn Statement of two co-detainees or persons who have personal knowledge of the circumstance surrounding the HRV, warrant of arrest or seizure orders or other similar document, Certification by Custodial Government Agencies on fact of detention or police blotter or other similar document, release papers, declassified documents from the Department of National Defense, court records, photographs with affidavit of proper authentication, original or duly certified lawyer's records, and others documents that may be required.

In case the victim is already dead or still missing, legal heir or authorized representative of the victims may file the application.

According to Atty. Litong, victims can receive monetary and non-monetary assistance and recognition from the HRVCB as provided for by RA 10368. She, however, clarified that if until November 10, 2014, the victims failed to file their claims, they will consider to have waived their right to apply for claims.

Some 150 daily applicants for four days were assisted by the HRVCB in Sorsogon during their provincial in-take here.

The HRVCB is a quasi-judicial body created to receive, evaluate and process claims, awards reparation, and recognize the victims by enshrining their names in the Roll of Human Rights Violations Victims.

The claims board under the law was given an operational budget not to exceed fifty million pesos in the entirety of its existence. (MAL/BAR-PIA5/Sorsogon)

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Cam Norte among provinces with updated Schedule of Market Values

The provincial government of Camarines Norte was included among the 18 provinces in the country with an updated Schedule of Market Values (SMV), according to Governor Edgardo Tallado.

He said that the province was also included among the 30 provinces that are generally compliant in the general revision of property assessments and classification based on the data posted at the website of the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bureau of the Local Government Finance (BLGF) recently.

He said that based on the data revenues from the Real Property Tax (RPT) sustain local government unit’s delivery of basic services for the people.

Under the Local Government Code, RPT should be based on a SMV that is fair, current, and updated. Provinces and cities are required to update the SMV and to conduct general revision of property assessments and classifications once every three years.

An updated SMV leads to more revenues from real property tax. More revenues mean more social services.

The provincial government through the Provincial Assessor’s Office is now conducting a general revision of real property appraisal to be implemented in 2015, he said. (MAL/RBM-PIA5/CamNorte)

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Latest climate impacts won’t spoil Bicol’s rice self-sufficiency this year, says DA

While recent climate impacts brought by prolonged summer and the onslaught of typhoon "Glenda" could trim down this year’s overall performance of Bicol’s rice sector, local agriculture authorities believe it would not impair the rice self-sufficient status that the region has earlier achieved.

According to the regional office here of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the late onset of the rainy season for the third quarter cropping season, which forced Bicol rice farmers to move their May-June rice planting period to July-August, is expected to decrease the region’s total palay harvest this year by 62,189 metric tons (MTs), or 27.29 percent lower compared to the same period last year.

Abelardo Bragas, DA’s regional executive director, revealed this over the weekend, citing a recent report submitted by Cesar Calleja, the regional head of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS).

In addition, Calleja’s report noted about 28,400 hectares of rice plants most of them in vegetative stage were destroyed by Glenda, which ravaged Bicol last July 15.

The BAS translate the extent of this destruction to around 97,898 MTs of rice production losses for the region, Bragas said.

All in all, Bicol’s rice sector would be losing 160,087 MTs in palay yield to these twin climate troubles this year, he said, while assuring that the region’s rice self-sufficiency (RSS) status realized last year would not be disturbed by these production losses, given that DA has swiftly put in place packages of response toward instant farm recovery.

“As soon as the debris left by the typhoon had been cleared two weeks later, we immediately launched the Bicol Rehabilitation Assistance for Glenda in the Agriculture Sector, which is a massive rehabilitation-recovery effort to recoup production losses before the end of the year,” Bragas said.

The rehabilitation assistance, he said, initially provided 6,000 bags of certified rice seeds which were distributed for free to affected farmers in the provinces of Sorsogon, Albay and Camarines Sur during the series of visits made by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala in line with the project launch.

As the project moved, the initial figure reached 10,065 bags of the same kind of seeds distributed to the region’s six provinces as of last week, according to Bragas.

At the same time, the DA regional chief said a total of 18,370 bags of fertilizers good for 9,185 hectares of rice farm were distributed to the same recipients while farm machineries were made available for farmers’ use as additional assistance.

The target of these emergency interventions is to immediately rehabilitate the 28,400-hectare damaged rice areas to generate around 106,945 metric tons in additional palay production, which is nearly enough to cover the foreseen production shortfall, he said.

And even if the rehabilitation efforts would be effective only in 50 percent of the damaged area or about 14,200 hectares, it would still generate 53,472 MTs of palay or short by 9,050 MTs of the region’s production target for the year but enough to come up with an increase of 2.65 percent or an additional 32,916 MTs over last year’s production.

Bragas said this would mean Bicol remains rice self-sufficient to the fact that the region’s palay production during the first semester of this year increased by 3.08 percent or 19,231 MTs compared to the same period last year.

Bicol’s palay production last year was placed at 1.2 MTs, which represented 99.75 percent of the target and recorded a 5.96-percent production growth rate over 2012.

With that, Bicol achieved a 118.19-percent RSS level, which means Bicolano farmers produced 18.19 percent more than the amount local consumers could eat.

Palay yield also increased from 3.51 MTs per hectare in 2012 to 3.62 MTs last year, representing a 3.13-percent growth rate, DA records show.

For that achievement, Bicol ranked sixth in production performance among the country’s 16 rice-producing regions and contributed 6.74 percent to the over-all national rice production last year.

The region’s record of RSS is always through self-help and active participation of those involved in the production and in line with the government's strategy for the country to meet RSS wherein Pres. Benigno Aquino III has emphasized the need for an intensified information campaign and social marketing to encourage producers, consumers and policymakers to help achieve such goal.

Such goal requires a sustained and nationwide campaign to boost farmers' morale and motivate them to adopt technologies to further improve farm productivity and encourage the general public to be responsible rice consumers are necessary to complement the government's efforts to achieve rice self-sufficiency, Bragas quoted the President as saying. --by Danny Calleja (PNA)

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Top 10 police offices in Bicol

Top 10 police offices in Bicol

Top 10 police offices in Bicol, according to the target outputs from May to July 2014:

1. Caramoan, Cam Sur
2. Iriga City, Cam Sur
3. Masbate City, Masbate
4. Ocampo, Cam Sur
5. Basud, Cam Norte; Ragay, Cam Sur; Milagros, Masbate; Monreal, Masbate
6. San Fernando, Masbate
7. Bombon, Cam Sur
8. San Pascual, Masbate
9. Milaor, Cam Sur; Aroroy, Masbate
10. Legazpi City, Albay; Mercedes, Cam Norte; Cawayan, Masbate; Mandaon, Masbate

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Fun and games despite Mayon's threat

Fun and games despite Mayon's threat
Photo: Jurlan Buello via Cong. Fernando Gonzalez
Nothing, not even Mayon's threat, will stop residents of Baligang, Ligao City from celebrating their barangay fiesta. The residents enjoyed parlor games, a visit from a Mickey Mouse mascot, and a fiesta in their evacuation center last week, with the assistance of the local officials of the city of Ligao, headed by Mayor Patty Gonzalez-Alsua, and supported by Cong. Fernando Gonzalez.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Fun and games despite Mayon's threat
Photo: Jurlan Buello via Cong. Fernando Gonzalez

Fun and games despite Mayon's threat
Photo: Jurlan Buello via Cong. Fernando Gonzalez
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VACC chair Dante Jimenez laments Virac kidnapping case

Bicolano Dante Jimenez, founding chairman of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, drew attention to the spread of kidnapping in the country as he attended the hearing on PNP modernization at the Senate this morning.

Dante Jimenez, founding chairman of VACC
Photo: Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Jimenez related the case of 8-year-old Virac, Catanduanes victim Sear Andrei Agripa, who was kidnapped and killed earlier this month in the island province.

Agripa's case, it will be recalled, alarmed Bicol, especially the province of Catanduanes, which had no recent records of such incidents, according to the locals.

Jimenez said that kidnapping cases usually involved rich Chinese families. Today, however, even ordinary citizens who are known to be even slightly successful, are being targeted by kidnappers, he explained.

Jimenez lauded the local police for expediting the resolution of Agripa's case.

However, he said while the case has been resolved, it is important to keep such incidents in mind as the government tries to study the PNP modernization.

He also emphasized the need to boost the morale of law enforcers by raising their income.

He added that the inattention to their economic needs is what lies at the bottom of corruption in this country.

Yesterday, Jimenez filed charges for indirect bribery and plunder, among others, against PNP Director General Alan Purisima as part of his group's anti-crime campaign.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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