Balatas Dumpsite, linalaoman na maisara bago matapos an 2017

Naglalaom an Sangguniang Panglungsod sa paagi ni VM Nelson Legacion na maisasara an Balatas Dump Site bago magtapos an taon 2017

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.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

PHOTOS: Binibining Catandungan 2014 winners

Binibining Catandungan 2014 winners
Photo: Kulturang Catandungan

Binibining Catandungan 2014 winners:

Jenny Ric Bejo - Virac - Binibining Catandungan 2014
Regine Harriet Mae Isorena - Pandan -  Binibining Catandungan 2014 Festival Queen
Deanice Abejo - San Miguel - Binibining Catandungan 2014 Tourism
Rejica Omoroc - Baras - Binibining Catandungan 2014 1st Runner up
Lara Angelica Gonzales - Virac - Binibining Catandungan 2014 2nd Runner up

Binibining Catandungan 2014 winnersPhoto: Floyd Evangelista Flores via Pimo Catanduanes

Binibining Catandungan 2014 winnersPhoto: Mayor Joseph Wong
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Slaughter of pawikan in Sorsogon rampant

IROSIN, SorsogonNobody in this highly agricultural town ever wished for it to happen, but the tragic death that recently struck a family here for eating sea turtle meat was a sad scenario taking place along most of the coastal waters of Sorsogon province — the unabated slaughter of the internationally-protected marine reptile.

Green sea turtle
Green sea turtle
Photo: BFAR
Last Sunday, three young children aged one, three and five died and their parents hospitalized for food poisoning after partaking for lunch cooked sea turtle (pawikan) meat bought from a local vendor, according to a police report.

And since this town is landlocked, suspicions were rife that the killer meat was either from its surrounding coastal towns of Bulusan, Bulan, Matnog, Sta. Magdalena, Barcelona or Gubat -- all areas sitting along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean where the trading of meat of poached and butchered pawikan is said to be rampant.

The local police are investigating on this incident.

Town Mayor Eduardo Ong Jr. on Friday said, “Certainly, that turtle meat did not come from here because we do not have coastal waters. Sadly, it was my people who were victimized by this unscrupulous act of selling meat of a protected and endangered marine life.”

In the nearby Bulusan town, a fisherman from Barangay Dancalan told the Philippine News Agency that a weekly average of one pawikan weighing 40-100 kilograms is hauled by fishermen from the municipal fishing ground either accidentally caught with their nets or hunted with home-made harpoons.

“Alam ng mga ito na ipinagbabawal ng pamahalaan ang paghuli at pagkatay ng pawikan kaya patago nilang ginagawa ito, pati na ang pagbebenta ng karne nito (These people know that the government prohibits the catching and slaughtering of marine turtle that is why they do it, as well the sale of its meat, discreetly),” he said.

A kilo of pawikan meat, he added, is sold to patrons for around Php250.

Bulusan Mayor Nani Halum said his administration does not tolerate any act detrimental to the existence of pawikan within the town’s territorial waters.

“I have made it clear among our fishermen that anybody who will be caught catching, slaughtering or vending its meat will be prosecuted according to the provisions of laws for the protection and conservation of these endangered marine species. Eating its meat is also prohibited,” he said.

Under Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act, anyone who would be found involved in the selling or trade of pawikan meat shall be imprisoned for two years and fined up to Php200,000.

The same penalty applies for anyone who eats the meat of the endangered species while a stiffer penalty of four to six years of imprisonment as well as a fine of Php500,000 await the person who slaughter the pawikan.

“Anyone involved will be made liable under this penal law that basically recognizes slaughtering of any of our pawikans as the same as murdering a human being,” he stressed.

In the town of Barcelona, information gathered by PNA indicated that even local officials would place pre-orders to known poachers of pawikan meat that is cooked into delicacies popularly sought for, especially during fiestas and other special occasions.

There is indeed a passion for turtle meat among people around areas covered by the second congressional district of Sorsogon, Sotero Gacis of the same town said.

Local authorities, while not so keen on enforcing laws that intend to save these marine species from total extinction would even encourage some fishermen to catch sea turtles for its meat for them, he said.

The town’s vice mayor, Nono Estopace, shrugged off the information, saying that while he is aware that Bulusan people consider pawikan meat as a delicacy, he has not gotten of an information lately that a sea turtle has been caught from local waters and slaughtered.

Should there be one accidentally caught alive or entangled in fishermen’s net, Estopace said, they would be reported to local authorities, turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for documentation and eventual release back to the sea as required by law.

Early last month, a lifeless green marine turtle weighing around 100 kilos was found floating along the shoreline of Sta. Magdalena with several hack wounds and a harpoon pierced into its body.

As cold-blooded creatures, pawikans have body temperatures that fluctuate with the environment and they have a pair of lungs that need to breathe every few minutes while swimming unknown distances in the vast seas.

They have powerful flippers which help them navigate but cannot retract into their protective shells called carapace which sets them apart from their freshwater relatives that can easily hide their heads and legs inside their bony shells.

Sea turtles in the Philippines
Sea turtles in the Philippines
Photos: BFAR
There are seven species of marine turtles worldwide. Five of these  Green (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) and the Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea are found in the Philippines.

The most common species present in the coastal waters of Sorsogon are the Green and the Hawksbill.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, collecting pawikan eggs has been a traditional source of livelihood because people think it has some medicinal value without realizing that these resources are exhaustible.

Since 1951, there has been an 88-percent decline in egg production and this would mean the hastening of extinction of the species, it said.

The overfished situation of local coastal waters, according to WWF, also forces people to hunt down sea turtles as a source of income and food. by Danny Calleja (PNA)

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DOLE reiterates All Saints Day pay rules

Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that November 1, 2014, (All Saints Day), a Saturday, is a Special (Non-Working) Day throughout the country.

DOLE Sec. Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz
DOLE Sec. Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz
The labor and employment chief said the Special Non-Working Day is by virtue of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s Proclamation No. 655 Declaring the Regular Holidays, Special (Non-Working) Days, and Special Holiday (for all schools) for the year 2014, which he issued on September 25, 2013.

“All Saints Day is truly one of the country’s most cherished traditions,” said Baldoz, adding:

“The proper observance of the pay rules and core labor standards on this Special Non-Working Day promotes decent work, the productivity of workers, and competitiveness.”

Thus, the labor chief reminded the country’s private sector employers on the guidelines on proper pay rules to be observed on All Saints Day, Saturday, 1 November, as follows:

(1) If the employee did not work, the “no work, no pay” principle shall apply, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day;

(2) For work done during the special day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his or her daily rate on the first 8 hours of work [(Daily Rate x 130%) + COLA)];

(3) For work done in excess of 8 hours (overtime work), he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her hourly rate on said day (Hourly Rate of the Basic Daily Wage x 130% x 130% x Number of Hours Worked);

(4) For work done during a special day that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 50% of his/her daily rate on the first 8 hours of work [(Daily Rate x 150%) + COLA]; and,

(5) For work done in excess of 8 hours (overtime work) during a special day that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her hourly rate on said day (Hourly Rate of the Basic Daily Wage x 150% x 130% x Number of Hours Worked).

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3 Basud, CNorte robbers subject of manhunt operation

BASUD, Camarines Norte—Police authorities have launched a manhunt operation against three suspects in a robbery with intimidation case in relation to the violation of Republic Act 7610 here.

In the initial investigation, the suspects were identified as Chrisanto Aliboso y Pabit, Michael Aliboso y Pabit and Cecilio “Jun-Jun” Dogos y Pabit, all residents of Barangay Malimonsito, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Camarines Norte.

The incident happened at around 10:00 p.m. last October 23.

The complainants in the case are Genalyn Palad y Nuerte, 35 years old and her son, Jerwin Palad, 15 years of age.

Palad narrated to the police that while they were inside their house, Jerwin was heard shouting and asking for help.

“I saw Michael Aliboso holding my son. He was armed with a gun pointed at my son’s neck. His companion, Chrisanto Aliboso, who was armed with a bolo, was guarding them,” she said.

The victim said that at gunpoint the robbers demanded for P50,000 in exchange for the life of Jerwin.

Fearing that the suspects would kill her son, she immediately handed to them the said amount.

Cecilio Dogos, according to the police, was the one who received the P50,000 cash.

The suspects then fled the place.

The probers said that they have coordinated with other law enforcement agencies to arrest the suspects at the soonest possible time.—BICOL STANDARD
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Friday, October 24, 2014

EDITORIAL: SK election, a joke?

Congress has long been vacillating on its stand on the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK). Earlier this week, representatives from the Liberal Party reached a consensus to yet again postpone the scheduled 2015 election.
Sangguniang Kabataan (SK)
If that happens, it will be the second time in recent history that the youth polls will be deferred. The polls, it would be noted, were originally scheduled last year.

In between the times that they want to push through with the elections, and those that they call for the youth council’s abolition, debates focusing on the issues surrounding the SK ensue.

Some believe that the youth council should stay. They often argue that the SK was a response to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, which stipulates that the State “shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the rights to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child.”

Others, however, remain unconvinced. They argue that the noble intentions from which the SK sprung were unquestionable, but are ultimately inadequate to keep the governing body free of the same controversies currently plaguing the national and local government. This group often calls for the abolition of the SK, contending that the SK is not the sole avenue for the youth to express their opinions and interests. Often, they aver that school organizations can create a much healthier environment where the youth can form and express their opinion and engage in meaningful activities.

Regardless of which side Congress will eventually pick, it is imperative that they make the decision soon. If they want to keep the SK, they must clearly define the governing body’s roles and limitations. On the other hand, if they want to abolish it, they should put their foot down and not allow themselves to be swayed.

Congress’ indecision is costing the nation millions of pesos as they keep COMELEC offices open even on Saturdays, in the hopes that the youth will be interested in registering. Much money is wasted, as well, as Comelec continues its information drive about the SK elections.

The time and effort of the youth are also squandered, with some even choosing to put off their studies to prepare for the polls.

Worst of all, such indecision sends a bad message to the youth, many of whom now probably believe that the government is not at all serious about seeking their participation in governance.

For them, it is a cruel joke for the government to spend so much time and resources convincing them to participate in the polls, only to repeatedly postpone it.

It will be no surprise if future calls for the youth to register or run for the SK elections were to fall on deaf ears. In fact, signs of this have already been noted during the registration last September, when a disappointing number of young people turned up at Comelec offices across the nation for the list-up.

There will likely come a time when no one from the youth will heed the call of the government to participate. When that happens, the joke will be on the government, which hopefully, by then, would have made up its mind on the SK.

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Comelec to ex-BM Verdadero: explain overspending

Honesty may not be the best policy if you want to keep yourself clear of the election offense of overspending.
Former Board Member and former Milaor, Camarines Sur Mayor Ernesto G. Verdadero
Former Board Member and former Milaor, Camarines Sur Mayor Ernesto G. Verdadero
This is the bitter lesson that former Board Member and former Milaor, Camarines Sur Mayor Ernesto G. Verdadero may need to learn as he is made to explain why he should not be charged under the Omnibus Election Code.

Verdadero received a letter from Atty. Ferdinand T. Rafanan, Head of the Campaign Finance Unit of COMELEC, requiring him to explain why he went above the limit specified by the law on election expenditures.

“The total number of registered voters in the constituency where you ran was Fifteen Thousand Nine Hundred Forty Three (15943). Under Sec. 100 of the Omnibus Election Code as amended by Republic Act No. 7166, Sec. 13, the maximum allowable expenditure is P3.00 per registered voter, or a total of Forty Seven Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty Nine Pesos (Php47,829.00).”

The letter continues: “It appears therefore that you exceeded the ceiling by One Hundred Thirteen Thousand Two Hundred Eighty Seven Pesos (Php113,287.00), which is Two Hundred Thirty Six and Eighty Five Hundredths Percent (236.86%) beyond the limit set by law.”

Verdadero reported in his Statement of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) that he spent the amount of P161,116.00 when he ran for mayor of Milaor town in May 2010.

Rafanan said that COMELEC will get Verdadero’s side and consider his reasons on or before the deadline set on October 27, 2014.

In an interview by BICOL STANDARD, Verdadero said that he has discussed this matter with his lawyer, and is ready to provide his explanation.

Apart from Verdadero, three other Bicolanos received similar letters from the COMELEC.

They are Manuel Montarde, who ran for governor in Catanduanes; Ephrahim Gianan, who ran for board member in Catanduanes; and Rudy Alvarez, who was a candidate for mayor of Palanas, Masbate.—BICOLSTANDARD.PH


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Gov. Egay Tallado and mistress?

The controversial photos that possibly triggered the rift between Gov. and Mrs. Tallado surfaced on social media today.

Gov. Egay Tallado and mistress?
One of the photos show the governor in a tight embrace with the mystery girl, while another shows the two kissing.

The identity of the mystery girl, who is said to be 28 years old, remains unknown.

The original uploader of the images could not be traced, as the photo has spread on various groups and accounts.—BICOL STANDARD


RELATED: Mrs. Josie Tallado, Gov. Egay reunite in Greenhills home

More Camarines Norte news:
Illegal mining still widespread in Cam Norte 
Mayor Sarion wants wife Connie to run for mayor of Daet
P300K worth of shabu confiscated in Cam Norte 


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Mrs. Josie Tallado, Gov. Egay reunite in Greenhills home

Mrs. Josie Tallado has returned home to their residence in Greenhills, San Juan yesterday, Atty. Adan Botor, legal counsel and spokesman of Gov. Edgardo “Egay” Tallado told BICOL STANDARD.

Mrs. Josie Tallado and Gov. Egay Tallado
Mrs. Josie Tallado and Gov. Egay Tallado
The couple reunited after Mrs. Tallado purportedly escaped from their house in CamarinesNorte last Friday, where, according to her, she no longer felt safe.

In an interview over national media, Mrs. Tallado revealed that she had received threats and was being blamed for spreading compromising photos of the governor and his alleged mistress.

But Atty. Botor said that Gov. and Mrs. Tallado are now back under one roof.

“The couple had a misunderstanding. Now they are trying to mend their relationship. Hopefully, things will be alright soon,” Botor said.

He added that despite the conflict, Gov. Tallado assured his constituents that it did not, in any way, affect his work as the provincial chief executive.


“He won’t let this personal matter affect his oath to the people of Camarines Norte,” Botor said, “He will continue his service with utmost dedication.”—BICOLSTANDARD

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

NBI: No sign yet of missing Minalabac engineer

MINALABAC, Camarines Sur—Investigators are now considering the possibility that Engineer Ferdinand Aquino’s disappearance is voluntary.

Engr. Ferdinand Aquino and family
Aquino, who has been missing since the middle of July this year, has not turned up despite the joint efforts of his family, the police, and the media in the search.

The engineer, who is an employee of the local government unit of Minalabac, left home on July 12.

But his wife, Mercy Valencia Aquino, has not lost hope.

In an interview by BICOL STANDARD, Mrs. Aquino said that she believes her husband is still alive.

On her Facebook account, she continues to post messages that she hopes her husband would be able to read.

“Wherever u r ryt now, i just want 2 let u know that our 3 kids r always looking 4 u,” she posted.

Her desperation is growing as the mother of three is now only days away from giving birth to their fourth child.

“Another one bb girl is soon 2 be born frm my womb and im sure she wil also be looking 4 her father... In case ur still here, pls let us know, ur family deserves  peace of mind... And ur kids deserve ur love and protection... Or at least they know that they still have their “PAPA,” she said.

Mrs. Aquino told BICOL STANDARD that she has spent the last few months trying to trace the whereabouts of her husband, but stopped as the date of her delivery drew near.

Despite her faith that her husband will show up soon, she said she is no longer interested in whether he would want her back.

“After nalang po ako sa welfare kan mga aki. Gusto ko siya makaulay para malinawan na an pamilya niya ta sigeng haradit,” she confessed.—BICOLSTANDARD.PH

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Virac angel-faced drug pusher still in jail

VIRAC, Catanduanes—Angel-faced Mary Joy Yvonnie Sarmiento shocked locals when news of her arrest circulated.

Mary Joy Yvonnie Sarmiento
Mary Joy Yvonnie Sarmiento
Photo from Sarmiento's Facebook account
The 32-year-old resident of Barangay Valencia, Virac, Catanduanes, was apprehended yesterday morning by virtue of a search warrant after 15 sachets of a substance believed to be shabu, along with other drug paraphernalia, were found in her possession.

"Sayang," one Facebook user said, pointing out that Sarmiento's looks could fool anyone into thinking she were incapable of being a drug pusher.

Meanwhile another opined that she deserved to be jailed because of what she did.

Sarmiento, who is a denizen of the streets of Gigmoto, Virac, and Baras, has long been suspected by the authorities as among those involved in drug use and trade in the island province.

Police Senior Inspector Connie De Leon, Chief of Police of Virac Municipal Police Station said that as of this afternoon, Sarmiento is detained  while awaiting court proceedings.

A case for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed directy in court against the suspect after inquest proceedings conclude this afternoon, De Leon added.—BICOLSTANDARD.PH

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Inspiring Pinoy

LEGAZPI CITY—While most kids his age are still dreaming in their beds at 4 A.M., 14-year-old Primo C. Pinoy is up and about, helping his mother prepare breakfast.

Primo Pinoy
Primo C. Pinoy
The 7th grade student at Bacong National High School glances at the sky over far-flung Sitio Bagacay, Barangay Malama in Ligao City.

It is still dark. Primo is possibly going over his schedule, jam-packed with tasks to do at home, in school, and in his community.

One can only imagine how he divides his time to accomplish his responsibilities and at the same time face a daily battle with poverty.

The son of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) members Primo Sr. and Melinda, Primo has lived his life trying to make ends meet.

At six, he and his sister had to walk three kilometers just to get to school. Now, his desire to finish his studies continues to burn as he dreams of being an architect.

At home, he acts as the eldest, despite being the middle child, as his ate, 19-year-old Maryrose, is away for college.

While his parents plant vegetables and crops in the fields to earn income, Primo takes care of his younger sister, Ara, 13. He cooks and does the household chores to lessen the work of his parents. At night, he helps Ara with her school assignments and projects.

In school, Primo is as diligent and compassionate, excelling in both academics and extra-curriculars, as well as in making friends.

His interests are diverse, ranging from math and science to cartooning and dancing. He simply loves to learn.

According to his mother, he has been a consistent honor student since his pre-school days. He has bagged medals, plaques, certificates in both municipal and regional contests. In elementary, he graduated at the top of his class. He also won in the Provincial Search for Exemplary Children.

“Madiskarte siya, siya ang nagsasabi sa amin na sasali siya sa mga contest para kung sakali na manalo ay makakatulong iyon sa aming gastusin. Yung napanalunan niya sa Provincial Search for Exemplary Children na P5,000, sabi niya sa akin Mama, meron na tayo na pambayad, panggastos sa thesis ni Ate,” his mother said.

Not content with keeping his abilities to himself, Primo often goes out of his way to tutor his classmates.

“Madali po siyang pakisamahan at tinutulungan po niya kami sa assignments o sa lessons kapag hindi namin naiintindihan,” Abegail Rengalota, a classmate said.

During his free time, he also teaches the children in the neighborhood to read and to draw.

“Hindi po kasi sila nakakabasa at gusto nila makapasa sa exam, kaya tinuruan ko po sila magbasa at magsulat. Tapos sabi ko bibigyan ko sila ng piso, na sobra sa baon ko, pag natuto na sila magbasa ng isa o dalawang sentence sa English. Nakapasa po sila sa exam pagkatapos ko sila turuan,” he explained. “Masaya po sa pakiramdam,” he says, smiling.

The pride in his parents’ eyes glow warmly as they gaze at their son. Primo is growing into a smart and kind young man, an source of hope to his peers and elders, and truly an inspiring Pinoy.—With report from G.Lindio, IO-Pantawid/BICOLSTANDARD.PH

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Bongat: Escobal may leave if he wants to

NAGA CITY—A day after Mayor John Bongat declared that he was willing to endorse Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge city director Filmore Escobal as full-fledged city director to the PNP, the local chief executive said Escobal may leave if he wants to.

Mayor John Bongat and OIC City Director Filmore Escobal
Left: Mayor John Bongat, Right: OIC City Director Filmore Escobal
Photos by BICOL STANDARD
Interviewed over radio station BBS-DWLV, Bongat reacted to the report a couple of weeks ago that Escobal was considering going back to Davao City, where his family resides.

“One’s responsibility to his family is important,” Bongat acknowledged.

The mayor added that if Escobal had a better opportunity in Davao City, he would allow him to take it.

At the same time, however, the mayor expressed his regret over the souring relationship between the local government unit (LGU) and the PNP.

Escobal, in the earlier report, lamented that the Naga City PNP does not enjoy support from the local government.

The city director narrated that during typhoon Glenda, their team was demoralized as their request for some cups of coffee was turned down, despite the fact that they had been working really hard.

Escobal, in his statement, clarified that his complaint was directed at City Administrator Florencio “Jun” Mongoso, and not at the local chief executive.

Bongat, however, appeared to have felt offended that Escobal did not tell them the problem outright.
“Makanos na dai pigsasabi samo [an problema]. Mas maray na sabihon, dai magparasabi-sabi,” 
Bongat asserted.


The mayor explained that the PNP is not the sole government agency that the LGU supports. “We also extend assistance to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, the teachers, the different government offices,” he said. “Now if it happens that the police spent too much money without our consent, that is not our fault. They have their MOOE [Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses funds], we have our own.”

“We have limited resources in Naga,” Bongat stressed.

“If he [Escobal] is used to having an adequate budget in Davao, he must understand that Naga is a different case,” he added.

Meanwhile, reports reaching BICOL STANDARD said that Escobal was also slighted when an employee from the office of Mongoso allegedly wanted to have Escobal sign the intelligence fund expenditures since January to September.

Escobal, allegedly, repeatedly refused to sign the blank document, because he does not understand what it was all about.

He also promised that he would talk to Mayor Bongat to discuss the matter.

Bongat said that during the time when said issue erupted, both he and the city director were in Davao. 
The mayor was waiting for Escobal to personally discuss with him whatever gripes he may have, but they were never brought up, Bongat said.

Asked by BICOL STANDARD on his comment on this recent development, Escobal said in a text message that in November, he will have completed his six-month tour of duty requirement as OIC city director.


“Tamang-tama sa December,” he remarked.—BICOLSTANDARD.PH

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Drug pusher in Virac falls

VIRAC, Catanduanes—Police arrested a 32-year-old resident of Barangay Valencia, Virac, Catanduanes at around 6 a.m. today after members of the Virac police found in her possession 15 sachets of a substance believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

Mary Joy Yvonnie Sarmiento
Mary Joy Yvonnie Sarmiento
Mary Joy Yvonnie Sarmiento, the suspect, is presently under the custody of the Virac Municipal Police Station.

Other items believed to be drug paraphernalia such as rolled pieces of alumimum foil and lighters were also confiscated from Sarmiento.

In an interview by BICOL STANDARD, PSI Connie de Leon said that they have just concluded the inventory of the seized items at the provincial crime laboratory.

Media reports say that Sarmiento has long been under the watchlist of the police for her alleged involvement in drug use and trade. Her area of operation, according to the police is Virac, Gigmoto, and Baras towns in Catanduanes.

She was arrested by virtue of search warrant number 2014-31 issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Lelu P. Contreras. The team was led by PI Crisanto B. Romero.


Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 will be filed against Sarmiento.BICOLSTANDARD.PH, with additional report from Tres Pandananon Muskiteros

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Casureco I, II: 9 na oras mayong kuryente sa aga—NGCP

NAGA CITY—An National Grid Corporation (GGCP) nagpaluwas nin anuncio ngonian na aldaw na magkakaigwa nin 9 na oras na mayong kuryente sa mga sakop na lugar kan Camarines Sur 1 Electric Cooperative (CASURECO I) asin sa Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative (CASURECO II).

Segun sa advisory kan NGCP maputol sinda kan supply kan kuryente poon alas 8:00 nin aga abot alas 5:00 nin hapon, Jueves, Octubre 23.

Sabi kan NGCP kaipohan na ribayan ninda asin pakarayon an ibang structura sa pag-oltanan kan Naga-Libmanan 69 kV transmission line.


An mga linya dapat ribayan, ta parte ini kan destroso kan bagyong Glenda na nagtama sa Camarines Sur.—BICOLSTANDARD.PH

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Few troop to Mayon this year, says DOT Dir. Ravanilla

LEGAZPI CITY— Tourist arrivals in Albay province this year have significantly declined compared to the daily influx of visitors during the December 2009 Mayon eruption, Department of Tourism Bicol Regional Director Maria Ravanilla said.

Department of Tourism Bicol Regional Director Maria Ravanilla
Department of Tourism Bicol Regional Director Maria Ravanilla (Photo: DOT)
Wanting to quell fears, Ravanilla stressed that tourists are safe if they stay out of the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone and 8-kilometer extended danger zone.

Ravanilla, who also heads the Bicol Ecotourism Committee, added that hotel owners have already noted losses in their businesses.

She said that hotel occupancy rates increased when news of an impending eruption broke.

Since Mayon showed a lull in its volcanic activity, however, the occupancy rates have been fluctuating.

Meanwhile, Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal has expressed his disappointment at the current rate of tourist arrivals.

Rosal earlier cautioned the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) against releasing misleading reports which could directly affect business and tourism.

The mayor, however, remains positive that the organizations which have scheduled gatherings in the city for the remaining months of 2014 will not cancel.

Prior to this, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) called off the 2014 National Goodwill Games for employees due to Mayon’s restiveness.—BICOLSTANDARD.PH

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Who is Darleen Francisco?

DAET, Camarines Norte—All eyes have been on Mrs. Josie Tallado, Gov. Egay Tallado's wife who has been reported missing since Friday. Mrs. Tallado, however, was not the only subject of the police search called "Task Force Josie."

Mrs. Josie Tallado and Darleen Francisco
Photo via Francisco's social media account
Also mentioned in the police blotter is Darleen Francisco, who is said to have been the companion of Mrs. Tallado when she went missing.

RELATED: Missing Josie Tallado surfaces, accuses Gov. Egay of sex video

Darleen Francisco, according to an informant of BICOL STANDARD, studied BS Psychology at Ateneo de Naga University.

The 21-year-old is considered to be the closest aide of Mrs. Tallado for the past few months, according to the same informant.

Darleen Francisco is a relative of Camarines Norte Provincial Tourism Officer Atty. Debbie Francisco.

On her social media account, she has several photos of herself with Mrs. Tallado, whom she refers to as "Tita Josie," from recent months.

Francisco was also with Mrs. Tallado this morning in ABS-CBN morning show Umagang Kay Ganda, where the two appeared for the first time after being reported missing.

On said program, Francisco revealed that she was able to read an exchange between Gov. Egay Tallado and his alleged mistress.—BICOL STANDARD

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Missing Josie Tallado surfaces, accuses Gov. Egay of sex video

The wife of Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo "Egay" Tallado along with friend Darleen Mitchell Francisco, have finally turned up, after both being reported missing last Friday.

Missing Josie Tallado surfaces, accuses Gov. Egay of sex video
Photo via DZMM

On ABS-CBN's morning show, Mrs. Josie Tallado, accompanied by her legal counsel Atty. Lorna Kapunan and friend Francisco, clarified that she voluntarily left home because of a fight with her husband.

Scandal

Atty. Kapunan explained that a compromising photo of the alleged mistress of the governor surfaced. This was what pushed Mrs. Tallado to leave home.

"Nakita ko ang kanilang sex video," Mrs. Tallado added. "Iyon ang talagang ikinagagalit ko."

Threats


Mrs. Tallado revealed that she did not feel safe in their home, and had received threats from both the governor and the alleged mistress.

"Unang beses na pinakitaan niya ako ng baril. Sa tuwing makikita ko siya, nadadagdagan ang takot ko," Mrs. Tallado stated.

"Mahirap kalaban si Gov  Tallado. Wala akong kakampi sa Camarines Norte," she said.

Atty. Kapunan explained that Gov. Tallado confiscated the cellphone and tablet of his wife.

Mrs. Tallado confirmed the statement, and added that she did not know anymore whose side her guards were on.

"Alam niya (Gov. Tallado) kung bakit ako umalis ng bahay. Alam niya kung ano ang katotohanan," Mrs. Tallado maintained.

Meanwhile, Darleen Francisco also said that she was able to read the private message between the governor and the alleged mistress. "Pinag-uusapan nila si Tita Josie," she noted.

Search


Atty. Kapunan urged the authorities to call of the search for Mrs. Josie Tallado. "Huwag na palakihin at sabihing kinidnap siya ng political rival."

It will be recalled that the Camarines Norte Provincial Police Office formed a special task force to facilitate the search for the governor's wife and her friend.

Yesterday, PNP Bicol Regional Director Senior Supt. Victor Deona said that they have not identified suspects in the case.

Deona earlier assured the media that their team was working round the clock on the case.

Meanwhile, as of press time, Gov. Tallado could not be reached for his comments.—BICOLSTANDARD.PH

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Transport strike dae pig-anduyugan

LEGAZPI CITY—Malipot si suporta kan mga yaon sa lado kan transport sector sa pig-organisar na transport trike kasoodma.

An piglansar na regional transport strike may obheto na ipatanaw sa gobierno an pagkontra kan mga yaon sa sector kan transportasyon kan Joint Administrative Order kan Department of Transporation and Communication (DOTC), Land Transportation Office asin kan Land Transporating Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Susug sa JAO, mas halangkaw an ipapataw na penalidad asin multa sa mga paglapas sa reglamento na ipigpapasunod ninda.

Ipinahahag mga nag-ayon sa strike na ipinapangapodan ninda an pagbasura kan JAO.

Pinahimutikan kan mga nasa likod kan strike an sahot na capricho sana ninda an pagprotesta, ta an saindang obheto para sa karahayan kan kadaklan.

Mientrastanto, sa Ciudad nin Naga, dae man nin naheling na suporta hale sa sector kan transportasyon an piglansar na strike.

Sa intrevista kan BICOL STANDARD, sinabi kan mga drivers na pagal na sinda sa mga strike, ta mayo man nin nangyayari sa saindang paghiwa-hiwa sa mga tinampo, na nakakaabala pa sa saindang oro-aldaw na paghanapbuhay.

An dating mga inaapod na cause-oriented groups na dati aktibong maray sa kabaeng na aktibidad an dae man naheling sa tinampo.— BICOLSTANDARD.PH

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