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.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

IN PHOTOS: Feast of the Black Nazarene in Bicol

Devotees across the Bicol region celebrate the feast of the Black Nazarene.

Feast of the Black Nazarene in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Feast of the Black Nazarene in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Feast of the Black Nazarene in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Feast of the Black Nazarene in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Feast of the Black Nazarene in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Feast of the Black Nazarene in Albay
Photo by wanregalado

Feast of the Black Nazarene in Albay
Photo by wanregalado

Feast of the Black Nazarene in Albay
Photo by wanregalado

Feast of the Black Nazarene in SorsogonPhoto by Arman Guelas

Feast of the Black Nazarene in SorsogonPhoto by Arman Guelas
Feast of the Black Nazarene in SorsogonPhoto by Arman Guelas

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Ticket Outlets to the Darren Espanto Total Performance Concert 3 in Bicol

Where can I buy tickets to the Darren Espanto Total Performance Concert 3 in Bicol?
Where can I buy tickets to the Darren Espanto Total Performance Concert 3 in Bicol?
Heads up, Darren Espanto fans! You may now purchase your tickets Darren Espanto's The Total Performance Concert 3 - The Series Finale starting today, January 10, 2015.

Tickets are available at the following venues:
PACIFIC MALL LEGAZPI
Monday to Friday (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Saturday & Sunday (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
JOLLIBEE Legazpi Near Capitol
Monday to Friday (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Saturday & Sunday (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM) 
PROVINCIAL TOURISM OFFICE
Monday to Friday (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Saturday & Sunday (Closed) 
PACIFIC MALL LEGAZPI
Monday to Friday (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Saturday & Sunday (Closed) 
AQUEOUS HEAD OFFICE
104 RCC CENTER SHAW BLVD
Monday to Friday (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Saturday & Sunday (Closed) 
BICOL STATE COLLEGE OF APPLIED SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
Penafrancia Ave., Naga City
Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Look for Dean Alex Navarroza (College of Education)
Don't miss this chance to see the Total Performer live!

The Darren Espanto Total Performance Concert 3 is brought to you in part by BICOLSTANDARD.COM, official media partner.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

APEC restores power in Albay 1st district

TABACO CITY—Tension flares as Albay Power and Energy Corporation (APEC) and Albay Electric Cooperative (ALECO) both claim to be the legitimate entity authorized to operate the electric distribution utility in the province.

APEC restores power in Albay 1st district
Photo via Herbie Aguas
In the latest development, APEC has agreed to reconnect the electrical supply in the first district of Albay after a meeting with the mayors and vice mayors of said legislative district, along with representatives of the provincial government, ALECO and APEC.

On January 8, the power supply to the first district of Albay was disconnected after members of the ALECO Labor and Employees Organization (ALEO) went to the Tabaco Substation at around 10 AM.

Photo via Ephraim de Vera
APEC Spokesperson Hezel Morallos, in an interview over Radio Veritas Legazpi, confirmed that the power was disconnected “to protect the facilities.”

The first district covers Tabaco City, and the towns of Bacacay, Malilipot, Malinao, Sto. Domingo, and Tiwi.

Meantime, the power supply to Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Albay was also disconnected.

Disconnection of the power supply of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (Photo via Ephraim de Vera)

New ALECO


It would be recalled that on December 22, 2014, a group calling itself the New ALECO formally declared operation.

Claiming that APEC is an “illegitimate usurper of [the] electric cooperative,” the New ALECO announced that it will perform the
functions of reconnection, troubleshooting, new connections, and collection.

On January 1, 2015, the New ALECO informed the members of ALEO that they will be employed again in the new cooperative.

The New ALECO has since began its operations, including opening offices in Tabaco City, Legazpi City, and Camalig, forming teams of linemen, and repairing a line servicing a block in Legazpi City, among others.

NEA letter


Meanwhile, APEC stands its ground that it is the legitimate entity authorized to operate the electric distribution utility.

On January 3, the corporation posted on its Facebook page APEC Advisories a letter from NEA Administrator Edita S. Bueno to Manuel Imperial, APEC General Manager.

Dated December 23, 2014, the letter reads: "Presently, SMC Global Power Holdings Corp., through its subsidiary, Albay Power and Energy Corp. (APEC) legitimately operates and manages the electric distribution system of ALECO, solely and exclusively, pursuant to the Concession Agreement mandated by the member-consumers in the 14 September 2013 Referendum conducted for the purpose.

As such, no other person, whether juridical or natural, has the authority to operate the electric distribution system in Albay except the regularly and validly constituted concessionaire thereof, namely APEC.”



Bueno explained, “At the outset, the franchise to operate and manage the electric distribution utility in the province of Albay exclusively belongs with the Albay Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ALECO), unless awarded to another by way of concession or other legal modes.”

As of the time of this writing, APEC has not made an official announcement on the developments—With report from Mark Kevin Arroco of Bombo Radyo Legazpi, BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

In high spirits

Morale among the police in Bicol is at an all-time high, despite the continuing crimes in the region.

As the 21st Philippine National Police (PNP) Ethics Day was celebrated last Monday, the police officers were visibly in high spirits as the Police Regional Office 5 remains one of the top-performing regional police units in the entire nation.

Said regional office, it would be recalled, was given recognition for its accomplishments, particularly in the enforcement of “Manhunt Charlie,” the campaign of the PNP against wanted persons.

Much of these achievements can be attributed to the efforts of Regional Director Police Chief Supt. Victor Deona, who innovated and enforced a system to the so-called target output system.

Said system gives due credit to the chiefs of well-performing police stations based on indicators of crime prevention, crime solution, and law enforcement. Meanwhile, it subjects those who fail to comply with the requirements to suspension and retraining.

The success of said program in the Bicol region has helped to endow the local police with an ethical and moral understanding of their responsibilities, which is critical for individuals exercising or wielding immense powers.

Through a program of rewards and consequences, the target output system inspires them to be a capable, efficient and credible organization motivated with a sincere desire to to serve and protect the community.

The improvement in the performance of the Bicol police has become so pronounced that the national office is even considering replicating the program nationwide to ensure that other provinces benefit from the innovation.

Meanwhile, Deona’s mode of leadership has set high standards that have given rise to many unprecedented accomplishments.

Among these are the stripping of control and authority over the police of several local officials like Camarines Sur Gov. Migz Villafuerte and Monreal, Masbate Mayor Ben Espiloy. Bigtime drug dealers and members of notorious gangs are also not spared from Deona’s strict directive to intensify the campaign against criminality.

Hopefully, this spirit of impartiality, industry, and integrity that PNP Bicol displays transcends the regional office and inspires ordinary citizens to help improve our peace and order situation. After all, the task to foster a healthy and safe community does not belong exclusively to the police; it belongs to all of us who are part of the community.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

UPDATE: 2 Daraga hostages stabbed, not choked by fire smoke

DARAGA, Albay—Two of the six fatalities in the grim hostage-taking incident here died due to stab wounds, according to the death certificates released today.

Said death certificates were in turn based on the findings of the medico-legal officer who conducted the autopsy on the bodies of the victims.

The result runs contrary to initial police report which said that all victims died by asphyxiation from inhaling the smoke from the fire sparked by the hostage taker. 

The two victims who were stabbed to death were Angeline Protestante y Loterina, 22, and Jovic Luna y Andes, 27.

It will be recalled that on December 20, a man identified as Ruel Molina, of Tiwi, Alba, took several persons hostage in  Purok 1, Barangay Kimantong, here.

Molina removed the hosepipe of the open gas tank,  directly pointed it to another burner, and then lit it up. This resulted to an explosion which caused a fire.

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CASE IN POINT: A limited purpose marriage is valid



A Limited Purpose Marriage is Valid

Greetings to all our readers. In this column we will discuss cases that are of great help to our fellow members of the legal profession, students and the community as well. We will be selecting cases that are relevant to our everyday life. Hence, a case on the law on marriage is our first subject, a case that everyone may be familiar with. The very lesson that it conveys is this: Even if a marriage is for a limited purpose, like having a Filipina obtaining an American citizenship to the extent of paying the American citizen to marry her, the marriage is still valid.

In Republic v. Liberty Albios, G.R. No. 198780, October 16, 2013, Mendoza, J, the RTC declared a marriage void as it was a farce and should not be recognized from its in inception. Giving credence to the testimony of Albios, it stated that she contracted Fringer to enter into a marriage to enable her to acquire American citizenship; that in consideration thereof, she agreed to pay him the sum of $2,000.00; that after the ceremony, the parties went their separate ways; that American citizen returned to the United States and never again communicated with her; and that, in turn, she did not pay him the $2,000.00 because he never processed her petition for citizenship. The RTC, thus, ruled that when marriage was entered into for a purpose other than the establishment of a conjugal and family life, such was a farce and should not be recognized from its inception.

The CA affirmed the RTC ruling which found that the essential requisite of consent was lacking as the parties clearly did not understand the nature and consequence of getting married and that their case was similar to a marriage in jest. The parties never intended to enter into the marriage contract and never intended to live as husband and wife or build a family. It concluded that their purpose was primarily for personal gain, that is, for the Filipina to obtain foreign citizenship, and for American citizen, the consideration of $2,000.00

Reversing the CA, the Supreme Court

Held: Under Article 2 of the Family Code, consent as an essential requisite of marriage. Article 4 of the same Code provides that the absence of any essential requisite shall render a marriage void ab initio.

Consent was not lacking between the parties. In fact, there was real consent because it was not vitiated or rendered defective by any vice of consent. Their consent was also conscious and intelligent as they understood the nature and the beneficial and inconvenient consequences of their marriage, as nothing impaired their ability to do so. That their consent was freely given is best evidenced by their conscious purpose of acquiring American citizenship through marriage. Such plainly demonstrates that they willingly and deliberately contracted the marriage. There was a clear intention to enter into a real and valid marriage so as to fully comply with the requirements of an application for citizenship. There was a full and complete understanding of the legal tie that would be created between them, since it was that precise legal tie which was necessary to accomplish their goal.

The CA characterized their marriage as one by way of jest. A marriage in jest is a pretended marriage, legal in form but entered into as a joke, with no real intention of entering into the actual marriage status, and with a clear understanding that the parties would not be bound. The ceremony is not followed by any conduct indicating a purpose to enter into such a relation. It is a pretended marriage not intended to be real and with no intention to create any legal ties whatsoever, hence, the absence of any genuine consent. Marriages in jest are void ab initio, not for vitiated, defective, or unintelligent consent, but for a complete absence of consent. There is no genuine consent because the parties have absolutely no intention of being bound in any way or for any purpose.

The marriage is not at all analogous to a marriage in jest. They had an undeniable intention to be bound in order to create a very bond necessary to allow the respondent to acquire American citizenship. Only a genuine consent to be married would allow them to further their objective, considering that only a valid marriage can properly support an application for citizenship. There was, thus, an apparent intention to enter into the actual marriage status and to create a legal tie, albeit for a limited purpose. Genuine consent was, therefore, clearly present.

Marriage valid even if the purpose is to secure citizenship.


The avowed purpose of marriage under Article 1 of the Family Code is for the couple to establish a conjugal and family life. The possibility that the parties in a marriage might have no real intention to establish a life together is, however, insufficient to nullify a marriage freely entered into in accordance with law. The same Article 1 provides that the nature, consequences, and incidents of marriage are governed by law and not subject to stipulation. A marriage may, thus, only be declared void or voidable under the grounds provided by law. There is no law that declares a marriage void if it is entered into for purposes other than what the Constitution or law declares, such as the acquisition of foreign citizenship. Therefore, so long as all the essential and formal requisites prescribed by law are present, and it is not void or voidable under the grounds provided by law, it shall be declared valid (Article 4, Family Code).

Motives in marriage are varied.


Motives for entering into a marriage are varied and complex. The State does not and cannot dictate on the kind of life that a couple chooses to lead. Any attempt to regulate their lifestyle would go into the realm of their right to privacy and would raise serious constitutional questions  (Bark v. Immigration & Naturalization Service, 511 F.2d 1200, 1201 [19th Cir. 1975]). The right to marital privacy allows married couples to structure their marriages in almost any way they see fit, to live together or live apart, to have children or no children, to love one another or not, and so on (Abrams, Kerry. Immigration Law and the Regulation of Marriage; 91 Minn. L. Rev. 1625 (2007); http://www.minnesotalawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Abrams_Final.pdf; citing McGuire v. McGuire , 59 N.W.2d 336, 337 (Neb. 1953). Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479, 485–86 (1965)). Thus, marriages entered into for other purposes, limited or otherwise, such as convenience, companionship, money, status, and title, provided that they comply with all the legal requisites, are equally valid. Love, though the ideal consideration in a marriage contract, is not the only valid cause for marriage. Other considerations, not precluded by law, may validly support a marriage.

Dean Ed Vincent S. Albano is the Bar Review Director of Albano Bar Review Center. He authored books/reviewers in Civil Law, Political,  Law, Remedial Law and Legal Ethics.


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PHOTO: PCL National Secretary General Maybelyn Fernandez in Naga City

Philippine Councilors League (PCL) National Secretary General and Dagupan City Councilor Maybelyn Dela Cruz-Fernandez (in blue, seated next to City Mayor John Bongat) paid a visit to the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Naga during its 73rd regular session. (Photo via Sangguniang Panlungsod)

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The Voice Kids' Darren Espanto invades Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY—After conquering concert halls around the country and abroad, The Voice Kids’ Darren Espanto is set to make the Bicolano stage sizzle in Albay.

Darren Espanto invades Bicol
Known as the Total Performer, Mr. Domino, and the Concert Prince, the 13-year-old croon-meister first won the hearts of the Filipinos in the ABS-CBN’s The Voice Kids Philippines.

In the said reality show, Darren landed first runner up after he impressed the judges with his stellar performances and his impeccable voice quality.

Darren quickly gained a devoted following, including here in Bicol.

At present, the Twitter account @DRRNatics Bicol already has 11,300 follwers.

Fortunately for Bicolano fans, they can catch Darren as he performs live in concert.

Darren invites his fans from across the Bicol region to catch him live in “The Total Performance Concert 3” which shall be held at the Albay Astrodome, Capt F. Aquende Drive, Legazpi City on January 23, 2015, Friday, at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The event shall be brought here by Aqueous Events, the producers of The Total Performance Concert 1 & 2.

Tickets are now available online a t www.explara.com/e/ttpc3.

General admission (free seating, first come first serve) tickets cost P500 each; Patron, (free seating, first come first serve) P700; VIP Bronze (reserved seating) P900; VIP Silver (reserved seating) P1200; and VIP Gold (reserved seating) P1500.

Tickets will also be available at the Municipal Hall of Malinao and Polangui North District School, Centro Oriental Budget Office starting January 8, 2015. The contact person in Malinao is Ryan Hermida/Adele Morales (0919-449-5504) and in Polangui is Lot Salceda (0915-827-1053).

Further announcements about the Darren Espanto concert shall be published on BICOL STANDARD and in BICOLSTANDARD.COM, the official media partners of The Darren Espanto “The Total Performance Concert 3.”—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Vendor selling 'pawikan' meat arrested

SORSOGON CITY—A fish vendor selling sea turtle (pawikan) meat was apprehended by the local police after their office received a report regarding the said prohibited activity.

The green sea turtle is one of the most common species of pawikan in Sorsogon.
The green sea turtle is one of the most common species of pawikan in Sorsogon.
Photo: BFAR
P03 Franklin Mallapre, the apprehending officer, said that they have intensified their campaign against violators of RA 9147, otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, in this province.

The suspect was named as Benjamin Dimaano y Echano, 67 years of age, and a resident of Barangay Salvacion, Bacon District, here.

He is regularly engaged in selling fish here and in the nearby towns.

P03 Mallapre responded to a complaint from a local resident who said Dimaano had in his possession around 12 kilos of turtle meat. He was selling the illegal commodity for P500.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has been actively campaigning against the capture and selling of the said endangered marine animal.

A complaint for violating RA 9147 will be filed against Dimaano by the PNP.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

RELATED: Slaughter of pawikan rampant in Sorsogon

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Spouses, companion lose P80,000 to holduppers in Masbate City



MASBATE CITY ---A broad daylight robbery incident has been reported here victimizing 3 persons perpetrated by an unidentified armed persons.


Police investigators say that on or about 1:00 in the afternoon, Nestor Briones, 48 years old, businessman; Evelyn Briones, 46 years old, businesswoman; and Jerome Llamas y San Agustin, 19 years old were the victims of the latest wave of criminal incidents in this city.

In the narration made by the victims, they said they were on board a red and black russi tricycle with plate number 8535 EW and body number 0473, when they were attacked by the unidentified suspects.

The same report claims that the victims were travelling from Milagros toward Masbate City.

Upon reaching Barangay Usab, the perpetrators of the crime, who boarded a maroon Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycle without plate number approached them.

The backrider of the said motorcycle immediately fired his gun in an upward direction.

At gunpoint, the victims said the suspected robbers forcibly carted away Evelyn’s shoulder bag containing the following items: P80,000.00 cash, one unit cellular phone (Samsung), and two more cellphones units, with no brand indicated in their report.

Evenlyn was also slapped with the said gun of unknown calibre.

Recovered from the scene of the crime were one live bullet and another empty cartridge case for calibre .45.

There was practically no resistance from the victims of this incident.

At press time, the investigators are still conducting a follow up investigation. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
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PHOTOS: Rescued fisherman Jesus Aglobo heads home

NEW YEAR, NEW LIFE. Jesus Aglobo of Barangay Danao, Baras, Catanduanes heads home after he went missing on January 1, 2015 while fishing. He was rescued at Bulusan, Sorsogon with the help of PDRRMO Sorosogon, MDRRMO Bulusan, and the Sorsogon and Bulusan Municipal Police Stations. (Photo via Sangguniang Bayan ng Baras, Catanduanes)

Aglobo is greeted by family, friends, and Barangay Captain Emma Sonia Bonto as he returns home.
(Photo via Sangguniang Bayan ng Baras, Catanduanes)

Aglobo at San Andres Terminal in Catanduanes
(Photo via Sangguniang Bayan ng Baras, Catanduanes)
Aglobo at the Bulusan Municipal Police Station in Sorsogon
(Photo via MDRRMO Bulusan)
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UP Harong's 19th AcadFest: “Withstanding the Wave: The Youth Response to Mitigating Calamity Risks and Optimizing Resources"

Born after typhoon Rosing ravaged our beloved region in November 1995, the University of the Philippines Harong (UP Harong), for almost two decades now, has served as an avenue for Bikolano UP Diliman students coming from the province of Camarines Sur and the cities of Naga and Iriga to give back to their mother province, as well as maintaining organizational solidarity among Bikolano students in the University.

UP Harong's 19th AcadFest: “Withstanding the Wave: The Youth Response to Mitigating Calamity Risks and Optimizing Resources"
On the Activity: Instilling Disaster Preparedness in the Bikolano Youth

Primarily, our advocacy has taken the form of holding our annual flagship project, the Academic Festival (or AcadFest, as it is popularly known) which aims to contribute to social and academic development among the Bikolano youth. It is the single biggest educational endeavor ever created by any youth organization in Camarines Sur. For the past nineteen years, it has served as a training ground for the Bikolano youth where they are empowered to further mold their talents and potentials.

In the light of the recent calamities that befell our nation and our region, UP Harong’s 19th AcadFest seeks to instill in the Bikolano youth the value of giving back to the homeland that nursed our infancy and being prepared for the natural calamities that may happen—the very circumstances in which our Organization was born. Hence the theme: “Withstanding the Wave: The Youth Response to Mitigating Calamity Risks and Optimizing Resources.”

On the Theme: Withstanding the Wave


For us Bikolanos, natural calamities have mostly defined our history as a people, with the frequent typhoons and volcanic eruptions, making resilience a regional trait. The relative frequency of such disasters even led one commentator to exclaim that with Bikol, with its kind people and rich land, the Almighty had to invent these natural disasters “to even things up.” With the prospect of a looming ecological crisis and climate change affecting our planet, one can say that the advocacy for maintaining an active role in withstanding this wave would be of crucial importance.

This year’s AcadFest is precisely anchored on this remarkable sturdy character of the Bikolano, and the youth’s role in actively promoting the mitigation of risks and being prepared for these calamities in the future

On the Events: Adopting an Attitude of Awareness

UP Harong’s 19th Academic Festival will be held at the Camarines Sur Capitol Convention Center, Pili, Camarines Sur, from 7-10 January 2015.

The individual events comprising this year’s AcadFest include: the 19th Tingog nin rason Debate Tournament; the 17th Boses kan Jovenes Public Speaking Contest; the 13th Harong nin Dunong Quiz Bee; the 12th Sural Essay Writing Competition; the 11th Gayon Bikolnon Poster Making Contest; the 7th Ladawan nin Kabikolan Photojournalism Contest; the 5th Istoryang Suanoy Competition; Gala Night; and the 2nd Heras sa Banwaan Radio Broadcasting Tournament -- by John Carlo M. Navera, 3rd Year B Library Information Science

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(UPDATED)27 ‘jueteng collectors’ arrested inside brgy. captain’s residence

NAGA CITY— Twenty-seven alleged bet collectors of the illegal numbers game ‘jueteng’ were arrested on January 5 at the residence of Barangay Captain Joshua Calleja after they were caught in flagrante delicto during a police intel operation.

These coins and other jueteng paraphernalia were confiscated at the residence of Punong Barangay Joshua Calleja during the raid conducted by the elements of the Naga City Police Office. These will be used as evidence in the case to be lodged against Calleja and 27 other suspects. (Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
The team, led by PCI Gilbert Farinas, Chief Intel of the Naga City Police, arrested the suspects, who were all bearing identification cards signed by the Punong Barangay, which served as proof of their authority to collect the bet for the illegal numbers game.

Not jueteng, but bingo

Brgy. Captain Calleja expressed his dismay over the cuffing of the suspects.

The collectors, he claims, were merely remitting the proceeds of a legitimate bingo game.

"Bingo sa Barangay" he contends is merely a fundraising activity of the barangay, which is intended to raise money to finance the college education of the barangay scholars and the repair of the talipapa.

Out of the proceeds of the lottery, ninety-five percent (95%) goes to the operator or the financier of the game. Five percent (5%) is retained by the barangay, Calleja told the media.

He, however, refused to disclose the operator’s identity.

In support of his claim, he said that the activity bears the imprimatur of the Barangay Council, as evidenced by a Barangay Resolution. Calleja, however, has yet to produce a copy of the document.

Instead of the resolution, he presented to the media a letter signed by him, addressed to Hon. John Bongat.

In the letter, he states that the Sangguniang Barangay has passed a resolution authorizing the holding of fundraising events in conformity with  Section 391, Paragraph 11 of the Local Government Code.

He also presented a letter signed by Sangguaniang Panglungsod Secretary Gil de la Torre of the City of Naga.

In the said document, the SP Secretary informs the Brgy. Captain that no permit is required to hold a bingo game since it is a fundraising event.



Letter of Punong Barangay Joshua B. Calleja to Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat
(BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Letter of Gil A. De la Torre, Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod, to Punong Barangay Joshua Calleja
(BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Game violates P.D. 1602

The police, however, are unswayed.

According to them, Calleja and the collectors are clearly engaged in an illegal numbers game.

Per their investigation, bettors are asked to choose a combination of two out of 75 numbers.

The winning combination is determined by a lottery which is held thrice a day in Calleja’s residence.

All these are conducted sans government authority.

Unequivocally, the activity bespeaks of an illegal numbers game or ‘jueteng,’ the police said.

Charges against the Punong Barangay are being prepared.

As of press time, the collared suspects are detained at the Naga City Jail.

Police identified them as follows:  1) Joselito Bisin Alfonso, 49 years old, of Kilometer 6, Pacol, Naga City; 2) Domingo Bañas Namuro Jr., 40 years old, married, of Sta Rosa, Magarao, Camarines Sur; 3) Alan Tompang Butial, 41 years old, of Zone 4, Balatas, Naga City; 4) Wilfredo Ona Banayo Jr., 33 years old, married, of Carolina, Naga City; 5) Rowena Quipayo Reafor, 45 years old, married, of Zone 2, Balatas, Naga City; 6) Ogie Guia Posedio, 44 years old, of Zone 3, Pacol, Naga City; 7) Ramer San Buenaventura Rito, 42 years old, married, of Concepcion Grande, Naga City; 8) Romy Buenvente Nora, 33 years old, of Zone 7, Balatas, Naga City; 9) Roberto Marz Bahilo, 53 years old, of Tagas, Daraga, Albay; 10) Armelo Abunda Abril, 42 years old, married, of Tagas, Daraga, Albay; 11) Rafael Vasquez Villacorta, 46 years old, married, of Magurang, Polangui, Albay; 12) Robert Sabillena Bachencilla, 40 years old, married, of Magurang, Polangui, Albay; 13) Ronald Perez Almario, 45 years old, married, of Pawa Legazpi City; 14) Ingoy Silo Vellez, 42 years old, of Ponso, Polangui, Albay; 15) Gildo Panis Nobleza, 45 years old, married, of Zone 2, Balatas, Naga City; 16) Eduardo Taguilid Efondo, 42 years old, married, of San Felipe, Naga City; 17) Nelson Mercoleta Bona Sr., 47 years old, married, of Zone 3, Pacol, Naga City; 18) Sandy Madar Ador, 25 years old, Sitio Almeda, Pacol, Naga City; 19) Joselito Neo Olabia, 43 years old, married of Km. 6, Pacol, Naga City; 20) Roel Cadores Tod, 53 years old, married, of Zone 7, Tabuco, Naga City; 21) Edwin Namoro Bañas, 38 years old, married, of Zone 5, Brgy. Carolina, Naga City; 22) Pablito Hernandez Ona, 46 years old, married, of Km, 11, Brgy Carolina, Naga City; 23) Abner Clemente Custodio, 55 years old, married, of Brgy. Marupit, Camaligan, Camarines Sur; 24) Nolito Espiritu Novelo, 43 years old, married, of Km. 6, Brgy. Pacol, Naga City; 25) Mark Rey Olarve Chavez, 28 years old, single, of Urban Poor, Brgy. Pacol, Naga City; 26) Bernardo Monteflor Taucar, 43 years old, single, of Km. 11, Brgy Carolina, Naga City; and 27) Roger Godoy Sabater, 38 years old, married, of Zone 3, Brgy. Pacol, Naga City.

Brgy. Capt. Calleja, and the 27 suspects were all charged with violation of Presidential Decree (P.D.) 1602 which prescribes penalties for carrying out illegal gambling activities.

The recommended bail for each suspect is P100,000. –BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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PNP Bicol creates Task Force Papal Visit

LEGAZPI CITY—Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 5, under Chief Supt. Victor Deona has formed the PNP Bicol Task Force Papal Visit in preparation for the visit of Pope Francis on January 15 to 19.
PNP Bicol creates Task Force Papal Visit
PNP Bicol creates Task Force Papal Visit
Some 1,500 members of the Bicol police, Deona said, will be deployed in Tacloban City on January 17, when the Pope visits Tacloban City.

The members of said task force are from the provincial police offices of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Albay.

Several of them were among those who were sent to Tacloban City to aid the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in 2012.

Deona's Deputy Regional Director for Operations Police Senior Supt. Romulo Esteban will be heading the task force, which will travel to Tacloban City on January 11 via a convoy of around 28 buses.

This morning, Deona assured the media that the local peace and order situation in Bicol will not be compromised even as police officers are assigned in the aforementioned task force.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Babae hinoldup kan saiyang kasaroan sa Daet

DAET, Camarines Norte – Pagkamoot sa cuarta an sinasabing rason sa nangyaring pagholdup sa saiyang kasaroan na nabisto sa pangaran na Annalea Barredo y Arroyo, 24 anyos an edad, taga-Purok I, Barangay Alawihaw, sa banwaan na ini.

Si Renato Agolto y Gutierez, 28 anyos an edad, haloy nang kasaroan kan victimang si Annalea, an sinasahotan na nagplano kan pagholdup sa victima na may darang cuarta papuli sa saindang harong.

Base sa record kan pulis, si Annalea kaibahan an saiyang tugang na 17 anyos an edad, hinipaan sa tahaw kan tinampo nin duwang lalaki na nakamaskara.

Poco mas o menos 100 metros na lang an distancia antes makaabot sa saindang harong, kan biglang papondon an magtugang kan sarong lalaki na nakasulot nin itom na jacket na may hood asin igwa pang takop an saiyang pandok.

An mga victima na nakalunad sa motorsiklo pinara kan duwang lalaki dangan sinipa sagkod na matumba an piglulunadan na vehiculo ninda.

An kasunod kan incidente iyo an pag suntok sa tugang ni Annalea nin pirang beses kan dae bistong lalaki.

Mientrastanto, si Annalea nagpirit na magsaway kan nag-aatake sa saiyang menor de edad na tugang na nakilaban sa lalaking may mascara.

Aksidente lang kan marabsing ni Annalea an mascara na sulot kan suspechado. Sa puntong ini nabisto ni Annalea na an lalaki iyo palan an saiyang kasaroan na si Renato.

Durante kan incidente, an mga suspechadong sinda Renato asin kairiba nagbunot pa nin badil asin kutsilyo hale sa saindang mga habayan.

Sa panahon na ini nagdeclarar sinda nin “holdup” asin pwersahan na hinahagad an darang bag ni Annalea na igwang laog na cuarta.

An bag may laog na cash na P50,000.00, ATM card, asin iba pang mga importanteng gamit.

Tulos na hinagad kan tugang kan victima an tabang kan mga pulis na dali-dali na nag-ayuda sainda.

Huli kan marikas na pagresponde kan mga awtoridad, nadakop an suspechado asin dinara sa hepatura kan pulis para sangatan nin caso.

An sabi sa report, aram ni Renato na mawithdraw nin kwarta an saiyang ka live-in kaya niya pigplano an pagholdup .

Si Annalea Barredo desidido na sangatan nin caso an saiyang kasaroan na mas importante an pagkamoot sa cuarta, ki kan sa saiya.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Bombo Radyo top brass to hold national confab

Yearly, senior managers, station executives, and top officers of Bombo Radyo Philippines congregate for the annual Top Level Management Conference (TLMC) to assess the performance, set goals, and give award to those who were able to exemplify the Network’s best practices. This is a weeklong strategic planning session with its vision to continue excellence in radio broadcasting.

Dr. Rogelio M. Florete of Bombo Radyo Philippines
Dr. Rogelio M. Florete of Bombo Radyo Philippines
From January 5 to 10, 2015, this year, Iloilo City will again host the Top Level Management Conference (TLMC) for 2015 with the theme: "LAKAS NG BOMBO…RAMDAM NG MUNDO!"

The theme of the conference reflects a reality: through the dint of the creativity, hard work, visionary leadership and judicious reading of the sign of the times wherein Bombo Radyo Philippines has continued its dominance in the radio industry being preferred by choice of the majority of the radio listeners.

Under the hands-on leadership of media mogul and multi-awarded business leader Dr. Rogelio M. Florete, Bombo Radyo Philippines has maintained its front-running position in the radio industry, leading the way in the application of cutting-edge technology, the use of creativity in programming, the crucial delivery of content plus the harnessing of logistics to serve the public.

The Network has retained its well-earned reputation of having repeatedly launched various effective campaigns which ensured the product movement of its sponsors. Its brand of corporate social responsibility has not remained in the dole-out mentality but enjoined big business to forge a strategic alliance with the man on the street, the poorest of the poor in Philippine society.

The enhancement of services is meant not just for the Filipino listener who considers Bombo Radyo Philippines as its primary source of news, information and entertainment, however. With the ever-expanding Filipino diaspora (an estimated 11 million Filipinos are working abroad), Bombo Radyo Philippines is reaching to the Filipino wherever he might be. With the Bombo Network News, the content emanating from Bombo Broadcast Centers is made available in audio and video streaming 24/7 to include the Network’s highly-visited website.

Bombo Radyo Philippines under Dr. Rogelio M. Florete Continues to enhance and expand the capability of the Network to be of better service to the Filipino radio listeners. This kind of service-oriented leadership is being gradually turned over to his children Senior Vice President Margaret Ruth C. Florete and Executive Vice President Rogelio C. Florete, Jr. His firm commitment to improve the quality of life of the Filipino has set the tone and direction of the Network. Today media is being challenged to bring to the consciousness of our country men the effects of climate change and bring awareness of disaster to the lives and property of our countrymen.

Indeed Lakas ng Bombo…Ramdam ng Mundo affirms the commitment of Bombo Radyo Philippines to offer the best of radio to the Filipino as well as imbibe to its listeners the ability to transform lives. This dynamics is a continuing love affair of the Filipino listeners with Bombo Radyo Philippines As an affirmation of being THE NUMBER ONE RADIO NETWORK IN THE COUNTRY…BASTA RADYO…BOMBO!

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