VP Leni rallies Nagueños’ support, lashes at detractors

Close to 2,000 supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo trooped to Plaza Rizal earlier this evening to attend a prayer rally versus cyberbullying.

Rep. Gonzalez, nagsayumang simbagon an pagboto pabor sa death penalty

Nagsayumang magsimbag sa mga kahapotan kan mga miembros kan lokal na media si Albay 3rd District Representative Fernando Gonzalez kun nata ta nagboto siyang pabor sa pag imponir liwat kan sentenciang kagadanan.

SP Cam Sur junks Mayor Bongalonta's motion to dismiss

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur has denied the second motion for an extension of time to file answer to the Administrative Complaint filed against him.

Iwal mag-agom ta mayong bagas, babayi nagadan

Makulit na iwal nin mag-agom huli sa kawaran nin bagas na pansapna an guinikanan tanganing maituklang kan lalaki an agom na babae na nagresulta para an huri bawian nin buhay.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Bangkay kan naglampaw sa tulay, nakua

CAMALIGAN, Camarines Sur-- Nakua na an bangkay kan lalakeng naglampaw sa Panganiban Bridge sa Ciudad nin Naga poco mas o menos alas 11 nin aga kasubago sa Barangay Sto. Domingo sa banwaan na ini.

Pigbisto an gadan na si Marvin de los Santos, 32, residente kan Barangay Triangulo, Ciudad nin Naga.

Si Delos Santos dating nagtrabaho bilang utility man kan Casureco 2.

Nakua an saiyang hawak sa paagi kan tabang kan Coast Guard sa banwaan na ini na pinangenotan ni Petty Officer 3 Efren Abanilla. --Ni Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM



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Quake shakes Masbate, nearby provinces

Source: Phivolcs

MASBATE CITY--A tectonic quake jolted Masbate and nearby areas at 12:50 in the afternoon today.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the epicenter was located 20 km S 81° E of Masbate.

The reported intensities are as follows:
Intensity V - Masbate City
Intensity IV - Irosin, Sorsogon
Intensity II - Uson, Masbate; Legaspi City
Intesnity I - Cabid-an, Sorsogon

No aftershocks are expected.--With Report from Duke Maggay/BICOLSTANDARD.COM



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Friday, January 2, 2015

PHOTOS| Parts of Camarines Sur still flooded today (Jan. 2)

NAGA CITY-- Although the weather has vastly improved today, some areas in Camarines Sur remain to be under water. 

Information received by BICOL STANDARD.COM this morning say that parts of Nabua, Milaor, and Gainza were still submerged in flood waters.

According to the website www.weather.com.ph: "The thick cloudiness associated with the northeast monsoon (hanging amihan) and a tail-end of a cold front has dissipated and became thinner with only drizzles to slight rains being produced." --BICOLSTANDARD.COM


Parts of Milaor and Gainza were still under water today, January 2
Photo by Oscar Esmenda 

Parts of Milaor and Gainza were still under water today, January 2
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Parts of Milaor and Gainza were still under water today, January 2
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Parts of Milaor and Gainza were still under water today, January 2
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Parts of Milaor and Gainza were still under water today, January 2
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Parts of Milaor and Gainza were still under water today, January 2
Photo by Oscar Esmenda
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Photo by Nabua Mps Csppo

Photo by Nabua Mps Csppo

Photo by Nabua Mps Csppo

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2 minors injured while playing with dad's gun

Tinambac, Camarines Sur -- Two minors, aged 11 and 17, were injured in an apparent accidental shooting in this town.

Local police said that the 17-year-old lad was toying with his father's gun inside their residence when it accidentally discharged.

The bullet hit him on his left palm.

The same bullet, upon exiting his hand,  also struck the thigh of his 11-year-old brother.

Both victims were subsequently rushed to Mother Seton Hospital in Naga City for treatment.

Police described the gun which injured the two as a 1911 AIFS 61 Armscor Cal. 45 pistol. 

It is covered with a license which is valid until November 20, 2016 and bears the Serial Number 1424309. 

Police identified the gun owner as Alex Librea y Chavez, 45 years old, and a resident of Zone 2, Barangay Binalay, this town.

Police have already requested Librea to surrender the gun.They are likewise seeking for the  cancellation of firearm's license. --BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Continuous rains bring floods to parts of Bicol

NAGA CITY-- Parts of Bicol greeted the New Year with flooded streets after the region was pounded with heavy rains for several days.

In this city, low-lying barangays near the Bicol and Naga Rivers and the Sagop creek were immersed in knee-deep flood waters.

This prompted Mayor John Bongat to put said areas on blue alert.

The Mayor  also vowed to address the flooding problem amid complaints of the city's poor drainage system.

Through his Facebook account, he said: "REST ASSURED our people are out in the streets to immediately address these concerns and find permanent solutions thereto thru permanent flood prevention and mitigation infrastructure."

Naga City
Photo grabbed from Mayor John Bongat's Facebook Account
Some towns in Camarines Sur also succumbed to the waters brought by the incessant rains.

Floods were reported in the towns of Nabua, Minalabac, Milaor, and Gainza.

In the town of Caramoan, the frequently flooded barangays of Binanuahan, Tawog, and Terogo, were all under water yesterday. All these areas were monitored by the Caramoan Municipal Police Station led by SPO3 Jose Junie B Parpan.
Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Photo grabbed from Caramoan MPS CSPPO Facebook Account

Meanwhile, Albay, which prides itself as the model for disaster preparedness was not spared.

Flood-prone areas, including parts of the Municipality of Oas, were also under water on the first day of the year. 
Oas, Albay
Photo by Jay Arevalo Ravanal
Also submerged in flood waters were parts of Camarines Norte. 

In the town of Labo of said province, some residents had to be evacuated to safer grounds. 


Labo, Camarines Norte
Photo by Kenneth Oning

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

16 firecracker victims recorded in Albay; 53 total in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY—The celebration of New Year in Albay was generally orderly and peaceful, a report compiled by the Albay Provincial Police Office said.

Senior Supt. Marlo Meneses, APPO director, said reports from the 18 chiefs of police of the cities and towns in the province showed that from December 16 up to Thursday morning, there were 16 cases of firecracker accidents.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health registered a total of 53 firecracker victims this year, seven percent lower than that of 2013’s mark of 57, which DOH officials attributed to the bad weather prevailing in the region.

The cities of Legazpi and Tabaco registered five cases each, two in Ligao City and one each in the towns of Daraga, Polangui, Camalig and Oas.

Nine of the victims used piccolo firecrackers, while "kwitis" victimized three, "bawang" had two, "pla-pla" had one and an unknown firecracker brand hit one person. Of the 16 victims, Meneses said, 14 were males while two were females.

The youngest victim was six years old from Tabaco City while the oldest was 42 years old from Polangui town who lighted a kwitis.

The police official said that even before the year ended, his men had already conducted a series of successful buy-bust operations against persons behind the sale of illegal firecrackers.

The police operatives arrested a Chinese national in a buy-bust operation on Demetrio St., Barangay Quinale, Tabaco City.

Meneses identified the suspect as Chen Quingshui, 46, from Fujan, China, who yielded various brands of illegal firecrackers.

Legazpi City police operatives also successfully raided a store in the city that was selling illegal firecrackers.

The campaign was in accordance with RA 7183 or an Act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution, use, importation of firecrackers, the Albay police chief explained.

Meneses added that these operations were in line with the Green Christmas program of Governor Joey Sarte Salceda.—by By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo for PNA

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Flood hits Labo on New Year's Day

LABO, Camarines Norte—Non-stop rains left low-lying areas of this town submerged under water on the first day of the year.

Rain has poured over the province since the eve of the new year.

PAGASA explained that the same was due to the tail-end of the cold front.

At noontime today, some residents of Barangay Gumamela were evacuated to safer grounds

Mayor Joseph Ascutia and Vice Mayor Francisco have advised residents of flood-prone barangays to move to the identified evacuation areas.—With report from Kenneth Oning

Flood hits Labo on New Year's Day
Photo by Kenneth Oning

Flood hits Labo on New Year's Day
Photo by Kenneth Oning

Flood hits Labo on New Year's Day
Photo by Kenneth Oning

Flood hits Labo on New Year's Day
Photo by Kenneth Oning

Flood hits Labo on New Year's Day
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

PHOTO: New Year's Eve mass at San Francisco Church in Naga City

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Chinese national nabbed for selling illegal firecrackers

TABACO CITY- A Chinese national was arrested  for illegal sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics hours before this city welcomes the New Year.

Led by PI Voltaire Jun Pedido, a buy-bust operation was conducted  at noontime today pursuant to its intensified campaign against illegal firecrackers. 

Arrested was Chen Quinshui, 46, married, and a Chinese national from Fujcan, China. 

The operation confirmed an earlier information received by the Tabaco City Polist Station that the suspect was allegedly selling firecrackers without the required permit.

Confiscated at his store located at Barangay Quinale were of the following items: 18 packs of illegal firecrackers commonly known as “piccolo”, three  pieces of  "Roman Candle, three pieces of “Tiger Fireworks”, and one box of assorted firecrackers.

Said items are worth more or less Five Thousand One Hundred Eighty Pesos (5,180.00) Philippine currency.

All of which were inventoried, marked, and photographed in the presence of the witnesses which included elected Barangay Officials, representative from the Media, and the suspect himself.

This operation was conducted under the supervision of Chief of Police PSupt. Felix N. Servita.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Photo by Tabaco PNP Facebook Account

Photo by Tabaco PNP Facebook Account

Photo by Tabaco PNP Facebook Account

Photo by Tabaco PNP Facebook Account

Photo by Tabaco PNP Facebook Account

Photo by Tabaco PNP Facebook Account


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9 nabbed in Bicol for violation of firecracker law

LEGAZPI CITY—The Bicol police has intensified its efforts in the maintaining peace and order and
providing public safety during the Yuletide season.

A member of Lagonoy MPS distributes Iwas Paputok flyers to locals
(Photo via Lagonoy MPS)
Starting December 16, the regional police office has mounted "Oplan Ligtas Paskuhan" per a directive issued by the national office.

The Operational Guidelines for “Ligtas Paskuhan 2014” involve police presence, focused law enforcement operations, target hardening, police community partnership, and information operations.

Nine persons have been arrested by the police in relation to the Oplan Ligtas Paskuhan 2014 project from December 16 to 30, 2014.

In addition, 21 incidents of violation against Republic Act 7183 (An Act Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, Distribution, and Use of Firecrackers and Other Pyrotechnic Devices) have been recorded during the same period.

According to the consolidated monitoring report of the Bicol police, the nine persons arrested are all from the province of Sorsogon.

Meanwhile, six of the recorded violations against R.A. 7183 are from Albay, six from Camarines Sur, five from Sorsogon, two from Camarines Norte, and one each from Masbate province and Naga City.

The total estimated value of the confiscated prohibited fireworks in the region is P75,638.00.

A member of Mercedes MPS puts up a poster reminding the public of safety during the holidays.
(Photo via Mercedes MPS)
There have been no incidents of stray bullets or fire due to firecrackers recorded as of December 30.

Meanwhile, five incidents of unauthorized or illegal discharge of firearm have been noted. Two of which are from Albay, two from Masbate, and one from Camarines Sur.

The regional police office reiterated its call for the public to maintain law and order during the New Year celebrations.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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PHOTOS| Lucky round-shaped fruits to welcome the New Year

PHOTOS| Lucky round fruits to welcome the New Year

Photo by Oscar Esmenda

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Photo by Oscar Esmenda

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Labo Municipal Police seize illegal firecrackers

LABO, Camarines Norte-- The Municipal Police Station (MPS) of this town has ramped up its security ahead of the New Year revelry.

Led by Police Inspector Pili, elements of the Labo MPS together with the Bureau of Fire Protection conducted an inspection of stalls selling firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices.

SPO4 Omar Mase of the Camarines Norte Provincial Police Office was also present during the operation.

Said inspection led to the confiscation of illegal unlabeled "One Star" firecrackers, which were immediately immersed in water.

Through its Facebook Account, the Labo MPS also appealed to citizens not to use prohibited firecrackers like piccolo, pop pop, crying bading, goodbye Phillipines, Yolanda,goodbye Napoles, watusi, and giant kwitis.

In case of violations, the Labo MPS is asking citizens to report to its office through its mobile phone number, 09165550785. 

Earlier, PNP head Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina said that the police would strictly enforce the penalties for violators of Republic Act No. 7138 which provides for the control and regulation of fireworks and pyrotechnic devices.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM






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PHOTOS|Rizal Day Commemoration in Naga City

PHOTOS|Rizal Day Commemoration in Naga City


Rizal Day Rites in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Rizal Day Rites in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Rizal Day Rites in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda



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Issuance of permit for poultries, piggeries put on hold in Naga

DUE TO SANITATION, HEALTH CONCERNS
Permit issuance for poultries, piggeries put on hold in Naga

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CITY OF NAGA--The local government unit of Naga is intensifying efforts to address the city’s fly infestation problem in the upper barangays after receiving numerous complaints about poultry and piggery farms that are poorly managed or operating without permits or clearances.

In an executive directive issued recently, it has directed the offices in charge of processing permits or clearances to put on hold all renewal or new applications for poultries and piggeries.

In addition, it has required all existing poultries or piggeries found within the territorial jurisdiction of the city to undergo inspection.

Meanwhile, appropriate recommendations for suspension or closure must be submitted on or before January 5, 2015.

All application documents for issuance of Mayor’s Permit for 2015 furthermore must also be forwarded immediately to the City Administrator for review.

Under said directive, the City Treasurer’s Office, the City Planning and Devt Office, the City Health Office, the Solid Waste Management Office, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office and the BOSS, and Joint Inspectorate Teams are directed to (1) conduct an immediate assessment of the situation and submit recommendations to the City Mayor within two weeks but not later than Jan. 5, 2015, and (2) draft an ordinance that will prohibit expansion of any existing piggery/poultry and construction of new ones.

Recognizing the threat to human health of the fly infestation problem, the city government
is seeking the cooperation of the pub- lic in the enforcement of said directive.—BICOLSTANDARD.
COM

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Pambulang na manok, hinabas sa harong kan padi

DARAGA, ALBAY— Malipot na panahon. Siribot na mga tawo huli sa Pasko. Ini an duwa sa mga itinutokdong rason kan parateng harabasan ngonian. Yaon sa listahan kan mga para-ikit an mga pambulang na manok na madaling idispachar huli sa kadakol na mga nakaschedule na burulang
asin tupada.
Pambulang na manok, hinabas sa harong kan padi
Pambulang na manok, hinabas sa harong kan padi
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Kan sarong aldaw, ultimong an pulang pambulang na manok na nakagakod sa laog kan residencia ni Padre Mata kan Lorete Subdivision, sa Barangay Sagpon sa banwaan na ini an hinapit pa guiraray kan parahabon.

An kagsadire kan pambulang na manok iyo si Perfecto Macires y Bongambal 57 anyos.

Base sa sumbong ni Macires, duwang bulan na niyang pig-eestira an saiyang manok na pambulang
kaya ngani yaon ini nakagakod sa laog kan harong ta habo niyang ma-uranan.

An parahabas, linikat sanang linaog an pig eestaran ni Fr. Mata, sa paagui kan pagsakat sa cementadong kudal na nakapalibot sa residencia.

Sinasabi sa sumbong na pwedeng sinulbod sinda paghale sa harong ta sibot sa paghanda para sa amay na misa.

Kun babakalon an valor kan pulang pambulang na manok, an presyo kaini pwedeng P1,500 o lumabi pa ta lahi nin mga ganador.

Mientrastanto, nagsisiyasat pa ngonian an mga awtoridad kun siisay an pwedeng mapabakalan.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Grenade blast injures 2 in Masbate City

MASBATE CITY- An early Sunday morning explosion jolted this city today.

In an interview with BICOL STANDARD, Masbate City Chief of Police P/Supt.Cerilo Trilles said that the grenade went off  at 3:05 a.m.

The blast took place in front of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation Bank located  along Quezon St., Barangay Centro here.

Witnesses told police that a man on board a Kawasaki motorcycle flung the grenade in front of said establishment. They failed to identify the suspect, however, because his face was covered by a black full helmet.

Two people were hurt by the blast.

Police identified the victims as Ian Maristela Irene, 33, the bank's security guard and Charlie Basa, 53, a garbage collector.

Both only sustained minor injuries.

Three vehicles were also damaged by the incident.

The Chief of Police here has already ordered an investigation on the incident. --BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Malaysia-based AirAsia flight to Singapore confirmed missing

Search and rescue operations are underway for AirAsia flight QZ8501 that was reported missing after it took off from Indonesia en route to Singapore.

According to the Malaysia-based corporation, there were 162 souls on board.

Meanwhile, news channel CCTV said that an airplane wreckage has reportedly been found east of Belitung Island in Indonesia.

Authorities, however, have still to confirm if it is the missing plane.

Air Asia, a Malaysian low-cost airline headquartered near Kuala Lumpur, has already issued a statement earlier. The Facebook post reads:

"AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (Surabaya LT) this morning. The flight took off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at 0535hours.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were two pilots, four flight attendants and one engineer on board.

The captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours

There were 155 passengers on board, with 138 adults, 16 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew.

Nationalities of passengers and crew onboard are as below:

1 Singapore
1 Malaysia
1 France
3 South Korean
156 Indonesia


At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.

The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to enroute weather before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC).

The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on 16 November 2014.


AirAsia has established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for family or friends of those who may have been on board the aircraft. The number is: +622129850801.

AirAsia will release further information as soon as it becomes available. Updated information will also be posted on the AirAsia website,www.airasia.com. "--BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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PNP, AFP probe CNorte heavy equipment blast


DAET, Camarines Norte--A joint group composed of members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has created a dedicated task team to focus on the investigation of the recent bombing of heavy equipment by suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) at Paracale town.

In a case conference yesterday held at Camp Wenceslao Q. Vinzons here, the joint group focused on the identification of the suspected rebels.

Bombing

It would be recalled that around 30 of the suspects who introduced themselves as members of the rebel group, were carrying high-powered firearms when they arrived at Sitio Buhangin, Barangay Gumarus, Paracale at around 10 p.m. on December 22.

Said location was where VC Varin construction company was conducting bridge construction project.
According to the investigators, the group directed Assistant Construction Foreman Justino Cardenas y Rivarez, along with some construction wokers to proceed to the seashore, some 100 meters away from the location of the heavy equipment.

Using electric improvised explosive devices (IED), the group of suspected rebels then blew up four units of heavy equipment of the VC Varin construction company, including a road roller, pay loaders, and a back hoe.

Shortly after the incident, one of the suspected NPA members believed to be the leader uttered: "Sabihin niyo mga NPA kami, pasensya na kayo kailangan lang namin gawin ito dahil yung kontratista niyo ay hindi sumusunod sa usapan."

They then walked to the direction of Barangay Luklukan, Jose Panganiban town. As of press time, the suspects are still at large.

During the initial investigation, the authorities recovered from the crime scene a duplex wire believed to be used as electric firing wire and small broken engine parts with explosive residue.

They also estimated the damages to be around Php8,000,000.

Full cooperation

During the case conference, Francisco Andaya, foreman of VC Varin Construction firm, said that he will urge some of the workers to execute their affidavits relative to the incident on Monday, December 29.

The information in said affidavits will be compared with the existing profile of NPA members operating in the province.

Meanwhile, Robinson Sabas, also of VC Varin  Construction, said that the incident may be an offshoot of a previous demand allegedly from the NPA while they were concreting the road from Bagong Silang, Labo to Barangay Alayao, Capalonga.

Sabas added that he will provide the copy of the demand letter from the rebel group, which was represented by a certain Ka Favian.

In a report from the Camarines Norte Provincial Police Office, PSupt Leo Estavillo Quevedo, DPDA, and LTC Medel M. Aguilar of 49IB, 9th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army said that they will work hard, share information, and will not stop until the perpetrators of the "terroristic act" are brought to justice.

The NPA has not yet issued a statement on the incident.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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