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, February 7, 2015

No bail for 'pimp' accused of exploiting women

SORSOGON CITY—- The Office of the City Prosecutor here recommended no bail for a lady pimp accused of trafficking women for sexual exploitation.

Suspect was identified by police as Heide Brioso Lavia, 44 years old, single, and a resident of Brgy. Sirangan, Sorsogon City

Prosecutor Haile G. Frivaldo held the suspect for trial after finding probable cause for her alleged violation of RA 9208, as amended by RA 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012.

The complaints were lodged before Frivaldo's office by the Criminal Investigation Detection Group (CIDG).

According to a DZMS report, Brioso was arrested while she was allegedly offering women to a poseur customer in exchange for P2,500 per lady.

The entrapment operation was carried out in St. Rafael Subdivision, Brgy. Pangpang here by joint elements of the Sorsogon City Police Station led by PI Joseph Sadio Millarez of Sorsogon City and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group led by PCI Errol T. Garchitorena.

Eight female persons were rescued during the operations, namely: Kim Loraine Sarcilla Medina, 22 years old of Brgy. Central, Casiguran Sorsogon, Cecilla Legiron Olario, 26 years old, single of Brgy. Cabid-an, Sorsogon City, Michelle Dadia Diaz, 20 years old of Brgy. Bibincahan, Sorsogon City, Jenny Delgado Laguna, 36 years old of Brgy. Balogo, Sorsogon City, Meriam Biazon Reyes, 25 years old of Brgy. Bibincahan, Sorsogon City Sheryl Legiron Olario, 24 years ol of Brgy. Tulay, Casiguran Sorsogon, Jurisa Guiao Esternon, 20 years old of Brgy. Bibincahan, Sorsogon City and Shane Hade Japon, 19 years old of Brgy. Balogo, Sorsogon City.

The accused was now detained at BJMP, Sorsogon City thru a commitment order signed by Hon. Flerida P. Zaballa-Banzuela, vice executive judge of RTC Branch 51 here.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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PHOTOS| 'Last Man Standing' PSI Max Jim Tria laid to rest today

VIRAC, Catanduanes-- Family, friends, and other Catandunganons came in droves today to pay their last respects to the fallen hero PSI Max Jim Tria.

Officers of the Police Regional Office 5, led by Police Regional Director Chief Supt Victor P. Deona, also attended the interment honors for the Special Action Force trooper. 

"The Last Man Standing" was laid to rest this morning here at the Palta Cemetery.

Our snappiest salute.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM


'Last Man Standing' PSI Max Jim Tria laid to rest
Photo via PIA

Last Man Standing' PSI Max Jim Tria laid to rest 
Photo via PIA

Last Man Standing' PSI Max Jim Tria laid to rest 
Photo via PIA

Last Man Standing' PSI Max Jim Tria laid to rest 
Photo via PIA

Last Man Standing' PSI Max Jim Tria laid to rest 
Photo via PIA

Last Man Standing' PSI Max Jim Tria laid to rest 
Photo via PIA

Last Man Standing' PSI Max Jim Tria laid to rest 
Photo via PIA

Last Man Standing' PSI Max Jim Tria laid to rest 
Photo via PIA



Interment honors for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Ryan Llenaresas

Interment honors for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Ryan Llenaresas



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Sandiganbayan's 4th division to hear Lanete's plunder, graft cases

MANILA-- Sandiganbayan Fourth Division, chaired by Associate Justice Jose Hernandez, will handle the plunder and 11 counts of graft cases against former Representative and now Masbate Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete.

This is after the Sandiganbayan on Friday raffled off the cases filed against the second batch of lawmakers accused of pocketing money from the alleged pork barrel fund scam.

The raffle was conducted a day after the Office of the Ombudsman formally filed charges against five former members of the House of Representatives for allegedly funneling their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or pork barrel, to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) of suspected scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

Meanwhile, the Fifth Division, under Associate Justice Roland Jurado, will handle the plunder and seven counts of graft cases against former APEC party-list Rep. Edgar Valdez.

Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang and concurrent chairperson of the Third Division of Sandiganbayan will handle one count of malversation, five counts of direct bribery and three counts of graft filed against former Benguet Rep. Samuel Dangwa.

The three counts each of malversation, graft and direct bribery charges against former Cagayan de Oro Rep. Constantino Jaraula was raffled off to the First Division chaired by Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz, while the Second Division chaired by Associate Justice Teresita Diaz-Baldos will handle the five counts of malversation, five counts of graft and two counts of direct bribery cases filed against former Agusan del Sur Rep. Rodolfo Plaza.

Napoles is co-accused in all the charges filed against the five former lawmakers.

"After the court has determined the divisions to handle these cases, they will now determine the existence of probable cause and issue the necessary arrest warrants if there is indeed probable cause to try them," Tang said after the raffle.

Plunder charges were filed against Valdez and Seachon-Lanete. Prosecutors accused Lanete of pocketing Php 108.405 million out of the Php 112.29 million PDAF appropriations received by her office between 2007 to 2009.

Her staff Jose Sumalpong, businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles and John Raymond De Asis were named co-accused in the plunder case as well as in the additional 11 counts of graft charges.

Napoles is already facing three other plunder charges and 42 graft cases at the Sandiganbayan after being named co-accused of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada.

Valdez, on the other hand, was indi,cted for plunder and seven counts of graft in relation to allegations of converting Php 57.79 million PDAF for his personal benefit out of the Php 95 million pork barrel funds channeled to his office from 2007 to 2009.

Napoles and de Asis were named his co-defendants in the plunder case while Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos and DBM staff Lalaine Paule, Rosario Nunez, and Marilou Bare were indicted in the graft cases, along with officials of Technology Resource Center, National Livelihood and Development Corp. and National Agri-Business Corp.

Former Reps. Samuel Dangwa (Benguet), Rodolfo Plaza (Agusan del Sur) and Constantino Jaraula (Cagayan de Oro City), meanwhile, are facing malversation and multiple counts of graft. (Sammy F. Martin, PNA)

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Scientists discover organism that hasn't evolved in 2 billion years

MOSCOW -- The international team of scientists responsible for the discovery published their findings Friday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The team examined microscopic sulfur bacteria from 1.8 billion-year-old rocks found in the waters off of Australia’s western coast.

They discovered that the bacteria looked identical to bacteria of the same region from 2.3 billion years ago – and that both sets of ancient bacteria are indistinguishable from modern sulfur bacteria found in mud off of the coast of Chile.

“The microbes we see in the fossils are almost identical to what we see in the ocean now,” study co-author Malcolm Walter, a professor at the University of New South Wales, told the Washington Post. “They have similar shapes and are doing similar chemistry.”

"It seems astounding that life has not evolved for more than 2 billion years – nearly half the history of the Earth," said J. William Schopf, a UCLA professor and the study's lead author. "Given that evolution is a fact, this lack of evolution needs to be explained."

Naturalist Charles Darwin’s writings focused mostly on organisms that changed over time, rather than those that did not. So how do scientists explain an organism that remained virtually unchanged over billions of years?

"The rule of biology is not to evolve unless the physical or biological environment changes, which is consistent with Darwin," said Schopf, who also is director of UCLA's Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life. “The environment in which these microorganisms live has remained essentially unchanged for three billion years.”

He went on to say that if the organisms had evolved despite the stable, non-changing environment they have survived in for so long, that would have shown our understanding of Darwinian evolution to be deeply flawed.

As it is, the discovery “fits perfectly” with Darwin’s ideas, Schopf said. (PNA/Sputnik)
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PHIVOLCS warns vs. magnitude 8 quake in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY—Director Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned local government officials in Bicol to brace for what could be the strongest earthquake to ever strike the region in the future.
Solidum made the warning over Bombo Radio-Legazpi that a magnitude 8 earthquake may occur in Bicol as the Philippine Trench on which Bicol sits is active and is colliding with the Philippine Sea.
“The Philippine Trench is active and can trigger up to magnitude 8 earthquake in the future. So we need to be ready always,” Solidum said.
Said trench is the result of the collision of earth plates and is regarded by scientists as the deepest point in the planet.
In 2013, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Bohol and Cebu in Central Visayas, the deadliest earthquake to occur in the Philippines after 23 years.
The Philippine Trench, also called the “Philippine Deep”, “Mindanao Trench” and “Mindanao Deep,”stretches with a length of approximately 1,320 km and a width of around 30 km from the northeastern top of Luzon up to the Indonesian Island of Malacca Halmahera.
Its deepest depth was measured at 10,540 meters below in its deepest point, the Galathea Depth.
Last week, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook Gigmoto, Catanduanes.
Intensity 3 was also reported in Bulusan, Sorsogon, though there was no damage reported.
“Expect aftershocks to occur after the occurrence of 6.2 magnitude earthquakes,” Solidum warned.
The Phivolcs said the earthquake was also felt in other provinces of Bicol, while Intensity III was felt in Jose Panganiban, Sorsogon City, Legazpi City, Irosin and Prieto Diaz – all in Sorsogon; Intensity II in Naga City, Masbate City, Quezon City; and Intensity 1 in Manila. (PNA)
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Napolcom Bicol to fast track death claims process for slain SAF trooper Tria

LEGAZPI CITY – The National Police Commission (Napolcom) Bicol Regional Office here assures its full assistance in hastening the processing of the death benefit claims of the the family of slain Police Senior Inspector Max Jim R. Tria. 

Tria hails from Catanduanes province and is a graduate of Philippine National Police Academy in 2009.

“We will extend assistance by preparing the documentary requirements to hasten the claims process,” Napolcom Bicol Information Officer Ricardo Fontanilla said today in an interview aired during the “Aramon Ta Daw ” radio program of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Bicol.

The death benefits of PNP beneficiaries include : gratuity equivalent to the deceased PNP member’s one year basic salary, burial expenses equivalent to three month’s basic salary of the deceased, monthly pension equivalent to eighty percent of the deceased’s basic salary for a period of five years from the date of death.

“We will also grant scholarship to the children of the deceased,” Fontanilla added.

Further, if a qualified family member opts to join the ranks of the PNP, he or she can be accommodated under the attrition law, Fontanilla said.

Earlier, the government already released P250,000 financial support for each family of the 44 slain PNP troopers and assured educational support for the children or siblings of the deceased, together with livelihood assistance and jobs for the widows and family members, housing assistance and medical assistance to sick relatives.

According to Fontanilla, the death claims will be awarded to the surviving spouse or, if there is none, the surviving legitimate or legally adopted children, or if single to parents.

In the absence of the surviving spouse and dependent legitimate children, the non-dependent legitimate children together with illegitimate children, if any, or if there is none, the surviving parents or in their absence, surviving brothers and sisters of the fallen trooper. (AAN/JJP-PIA5)


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Friday, February 6, 2015

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fight for commuter safety continues for Tado's Bicolana wife, friends and family of other Bontoc bus crash victims

OPINION:

ONE YEAR AFTER THE GV FLORIDA BUS CRASH IN BONTOC:
FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS GATHER TO REMEMBER


It has been almost a year since that tragic bus crash in Bontoc that killed 15 people and left physical and emotional scars on others who survived and their families. Almost one year after, we commemorate the lives of those who have perished — people who, had they been still alive, would have been making their dreams come true. It was, after all, a bus full of dreamers.

While we continue to mourn for our loss, we still seek for justice. Up to this day, the criminal case has not moved forward and some families still have not been given compensation due them. And while we seek for justice, we also seek for reforms in our public transport system. No family should ever have to go through losing a loved one because of the irresponsibility and lack of accountability of bus companies in ensuring that the riding public has a safe, convenient, and comfortable commute.

Everyday, thousands of people ride the bus, most of which are no longer road worthy or whose drivers are over worked or under trained. Everyday, thousands of people put their lives on the line just to go to their destinations. Everyday, thousands of lives are at risk. We urge the public to be vigilant about our public transport system.

We commemorate the 1st anniversary of the tragedy to remember our loved ones that perished that day and celebrate the full lives they lived. We commemorate to remind the public that this incident should never happen again, to remain steadfast and vigilant in ensuring reforms in our transport system.


In commemoration of the 1st Anniversary of the Bontoc Bus Tragedy, families and friends of victims and the survivors organized a series of activities. The events will kick off tonight with the gathering at Sev’s Café, Malate, Manila. Below are the events that will happen to commemorate the anniversary.


February 4-8, 2015 (Wednesday to Sunday)

Feb. 4, Wed
7pm | Gathering at Sev's Cafe
Kick Off for the commemoration of the 1st Anniversary



Feb. 7 Sat
Online Launch of Campaign for Road Safety (organized by DAKILA)
6am | Commemoration Ride, Mt. Polis to Bontoc (organized by Charley and Paeng)
6am | Bike in Marikina (organized by Tado's Family)
7pm | Gig at Ta-as (organized by friends of David and Gerard)

Feb 8 Sun
10am | Catholic Mass at Barangay Talubin near the Crash Site
7pm | Gig at Cabina Resto Bar (organized by Cabardo Family)
Tribute climb at Mt. Manabu, Sto. Tomas, Batangas (organized by Chris Linag and friends)



In line with this, the artist collective DAKILA, co-founded by Tado Jimenez, has created a campaign for the public to hold bus companies accountable for a safe and convenient commute. A new mobile app/website dubbed as “PARA sa PILIPINAS” aims to serve as a platform where the commuting public are able to air their grievances on their bus commute experiences and rate the services of bus companies according to the standards of public safety, comfort and convenience. The campaign will be launched online on February 7, the day of the anniversary of the bus crash.



One year ago, the lives of the families and friends of those who rode that bus on that fateful day of February 7, 2014, intertwined. We found ourselves confronted with the failure of our country’s transportation system to bring our loved ones safely to their destinations. We were ordinary people who transversed this unusual journey.

A year ago, amidst our grief, we dealt with the intricacies of our transport laws, the complexities of the legal matters, the public attention of this case. We buried our loved ones with questions unanswered. Why did this tragedy happen?

In the past months, all of us coped with the grief of this tragedy in the best way we all can. We gathered to paint a mural in front of the GV Florida bus station as part of our healing process to express our grief and loss, longing and missing, finding meaning, and our desire for change. We suffered harassment from unknown forces that wanted to silence us. We were never cowed.

We gather again to remind the public and ourselves that every bus is a bus full of dreamers; that every passenger has a dream, may it be for oneself or others. It is a reminder that among us are fathers and mothers who travel to work and back, dreaming to provide the best for their families; students, who dream of brighter futures; travelers, who dream to see places, interact with different people, and in the process enriching themselves and making new bonds; and missionaries, who go to places most people would not go just to help, educate, evangelize, and reach out. 

We gather again to call for reforms in the Philippine transport system. What happened in February 7, 2014 should never happen again. We call on the government, transport service providers and the commuting public; let us all do our share in making transport safe for everyone.

We gather, most of all, to remember. The 15 who perished will never be just names and statistics. They are husbands, wives, sons, daughters, fathers, daughters, brother, sisters, relatives, colleagues and friends.

We will continue to look for justice until justice is served and we will continue to fight for reforms until reforms are achieved. We will continue this dream because every bus is a bus full of dreamers.

In memoriam,
1. Alex Loring

2. Ana Cruz

3. Andrew David Sicam

4. Anne Martina Adriana Van De Ven

5. Arvin “Tado” Jimenez

6. Christian “Mylo” Cabardo

7. Emily Gentalian

8. Gerald Baja

9. Giovanni “Bam” Morillo

10. Johnathan Patulot

11. Katrina Gozos

12. Leah Reyes

13. Marcial “Don” Baranda Jr.

14. Natividad Ngawa

15. Rosalina Reyes

--Dakila

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Nagueños join calls for truth, accountability in Mamasapano carnage

Nagueños paid tribute to the fallen 44 PNP-SAF troopers at 6 p.m. here by lighting candles formed into the number 44. Participants in the event organized by Sentro ng Arte at Kultura sa Naga (SKAN) called for truth, accountability, and genuine, lasting peace in Mindanao and in the country.—Report and photos by Oscar Esmenda, BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Nagueños join calls for truth, accountability in Mamasapano carnage (PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Nagueños join calls for truth, accountability in Mamasapano carnage (PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Nagueños join calls for truth, accountability in Mamasapano carnage (PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Nagueños join calls for truth, accountability in Mamasapano carnage (PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Nagueños join calls for truth, accountability in Mamasapano carnage (PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Nagueños join calls for truth, accountability in Mamasapano carnage (PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Nagueños join calls for truth, accountability in Mamasapano carnage (PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Nagueños join calls for truth, accountability in Mamasapano carnage (PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Nagueños join calls for truth, accountability in Mamasapano carnage (PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Nagueños join calls for truth, accountability in Mamasapano carnage (PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Nagueños join calls for truth, accountability in Mamasapano carnage (PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
Nagueños join calls for truth, accountability in Mamasapano carnage (PHOTO BY OSCAR ESMENDA/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
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EDITORIAL: Stark contrasts

PNoy’s disturbing indifference and apparent gross inability to display sincere empathy for the families of the fallen PNP-SAF troopers was rendered even more glaring by the gestures of two leaders less than a week after the gruesome massacre.

Mere moments after news of a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive by ISIS broke out, King Abdullah II announced over the state television that he would cut short his visit to the United States and immediately return to the capital city of Amman, despite the trip not being in his schedule.

In the same statement, he underscored “the martyrdom of the hero pilot,” Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh.

Meanwhile, army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri, presumably under the orders of the head of the constitutional monarchy, vowed that the pilot’s blood “will not be shed in vain” and that their “punishment and revenge will be as huge as the loss of the Jordanians.”

The parallelisms between PNoy’s and King Abdullah’s handling of the two horrific incidents are too stark to be missed.

For one, the Jordanian pilot Kasasbeh was 26 years old, roughly the same age as many of the slain elite cops.

Like the SAF 44, Kasasbeh was also ruthlessly killed. In the video released by the extremist group, he is shown locked in a cage, his body engulfed by flames as life is snuffed out of his body.
And yet PNoy and Abdullah’s immediate reactions to the gruesome deaths are mind-blowingly light-years apart.

While the king wasted no time in heading to his home country despite having decidedly important meetings, and even ordering his chief of staff to personally call the family of the pilot to offer condolences, PNoy dawdled, putting off his official statement for days, and even snubbing the arrival honors at Villamor Airbase.

In addition, the king recognized the need to console the outraged Jordanians who have taken to the streets calling for revenge. On the other hand, Malacanang has been playing deaf and blind for days, downplaying the seething criticisms it had been receiving, and insisting that these only come from a “microscopic” number.

But there isn’t even a dearth of examples that PNoy may follow to better display—or perhaps even feign, if being sincere were too strong a demand for him—concern for his so-called “bosses.”
Just two weeks ago, Pope Francis earned the respect and admiration of Filipinos as he showed how his heart bled for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Ignoring other options, the humble Pontiff said Mass while wearing a raincoat in Leyte, and shunning security protocol, repeatedly had the Popemobile stopped to hug and kiss infants.

And while the Pope fever has waned in the Philippines due to the Mamasapano massacre, the Holy Father continues to show that Filipinos remain in his heart and mind.

In a letter revealed to the media only yesterday, the Pope sought the forgiveness of the Filipinos, in case he displayed any impatience during his visit to Leyte. He was deeply saddened, he said, because of the weather warning that forced them to anticipate their departure by four hours.

Pope Francis and King Abdullah II’s examples clearly illustrate how a leader must act towards the constituents. Frankly, what they, and so many other leaders in history, demonstrated, is not the application of some complex governance theory; it is basic compassion and recognition of our shared humanity.

Unfortunately, for PNoy, what is supposed to be a basic instinct seems to be an arduous, even impossible task. Unfortunately, for us, five years of office and countless blunders have failed to teach our president how to lead.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

PHOTOS| 3,500 march to honor SAF hero PSI Max Jim Tria

VIRAC, Catanduanes--Around 3,500 Catandunganons joined "Lakaw nin Pakikidumamay," an event organized to honor the bravery of PSI Max Jim Tria, one of the Special Action Force troopers killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, on January 25.

This afternoon, people from different walks of life and faith joined in the sympathy walk to celebrate the life and legacy of their fellow Catandunganon PSI Tria.

According to Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves, who spearheaded the event, he was only expecting around 500 participants. However, he was surprised to see the people later grew into the thousands.

The march, participants expressed, was a fitting tribute to a hero, who has now gained the nickname "The Last Man Standing" after witness accounts say that he was the last one to die on the battlefield.

Tria's family, it will be recalled, did not wait for President Benigno Aquino III’s tribute to the fallen heroes at the necrological services in Camp Bagong Diwa,Taguig . Instead, they opted to bring back his cadaver to their hometown in this island- province .-- With Report from PNA, BICOLSTANDARD.COM



Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves
Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves
Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves
Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves
Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves
Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves
Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves

Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves

Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves

Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves
Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves

Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves

Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves

Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves

Sympathy Walk for PSI Max Jim Tria
Photo via Vice Governor Jose Bong Teves




















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Red tide alert up over Masbate

MASBATE CITY—The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned the public that shellfish collected at the coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate are positive for paralytic poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

In Shellfish Bulletin No. 03 released on January 30, 2015, BFAR said that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from said area are not safe for human consumption.

Meantime, fish, squid, shrimp, and crab are safe for human consumption, provided that the are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.


The same bulletin said that the coastal waters of Bolinao and Anda in Pangasinan are now free of the toxic red tide.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM



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P100K offered for info on Master Square robbers

NAGA CITY— Master Square Department Store is offering a P100,000 bounty for information that would lead to the arrest of any of the two unidentified men who carted away more than P2 million in cash, along with grocery items from the supermart.

This information was relayed to BICOL STANDARD by Public Information Officer SPO1 Toby Bongon of the police here.

Bongon said that, Alain Dy, one of the owners of the supermart, personally went to the police station in Barlin St. to inform authorities that they are hoping that the reward would encourage anyone who has information, to come forward and identify perpetrator of the store heist.

“The criminals must be put behind bars so that others will not be victimized by said burglars,” Dy added.

It was earlier reported that images of the robbers were captured by closed-circuit television cameras installed within the supermart, however, the footage was not very clear making positive identification of the malefactors impossible.

One angle that the Police are considering is that the incident may have been an “inside job” considering the seeming knowledge of the burglars of the location of the vault.

It will be remembered that the robbery of the supermart located at J. Hernandez Ave., Igualdad, Naga City was suspected to have occurred between 8:00pm of 18 January 2015 to 19 January 2015.

At around 1 AM, the burglars climbed the high wall of the said building located at the vacant lot/ swampy area of Barangay Igualdad here with the aid of a makeshift ladder.

Once at the rooftop, they destroyed the padlock using a crow bar and iron saw.

They proceeded to the second floor main office, forcibly opened the door of the office, and then took away the cash of an undetermined amount inside the room.

Burglars then descended to the office located at the ground floor.

Once inside, the office, they seized the movable vault , destroyed the lock and took at least P2 million in cash.

They also stole various grocery items of an undetermined value.

The burglars finally left at around 4 AM, the surveillance video revealed.

Meanwhile, citizens are urged to be vigilant following a spate of armed robberies in this city.

In January, around 10 separate incidents of robbery were recorded in different parts of the city.—With report from Oscar Esmenda. Boyet Paderes, BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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22 educ aid applicants collapse; DSWD swarmed

LEGAZPI CITY—There was a sea of humanity at Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office yesterday as last-minute applicants tried to beat the the registration deadline for the agency’s educational assistance covering the second semester for school year 2014-2015.

More or less 3,400 beneficiaries were enlisted and scheduled for assessment from February 3 to
March 31 during the registration, which started from 6am-6pm.

About 22 student-applicants were reported to have collapsed due to exhaustion and the sweltering heat.

Accepted applicants will receive outright a minimum of Php 2,000 depending on the assessment of the social worker.

Notwithstanding the long lines, DPWH Regional Director Arnel Garcia assured the public that all were given a schedule.

He said: “Lahat ng pumila kahapon ay nabigyan ng schedule for interview para sa educational assistance.”

DSWD expects 150 beneficiaries scheduled for assessment daily.

DSWD Field Office 5 caters to applicants coming from the province of Albay and from the municipalities of Pilar and Donsol. Other applicants can go directly to its satellite offices in the following provinces:

Masbate-G/F Balai Valencia, Ibanez St., Masbate City
Camarines Sur- Topaz St., Jacob Ext., Naga City
Camarines Norte – 3/F LJR Bldg., J. Lukban Ext. , Brgy. 3, Daet, Camarines Norte; Catandunes- Brgy. Constantino, Virac, Catanduanes
Sorsogon- Lee Bldg., Quezon St., Polvorista, Sorsogon City.

The public is advised to wait for DSWD’s announcement for the next schedule of registration under the educational assistance.—With reports from DPWH; Joshua Martinez, Station Manager, Radio Siram and BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo via Joshua Martinez, Jr., Station Manager, Radyo Siram

Photo via Joshua Martinez, Jr., Station Manager, Radyo Siram

Photo via Joshua Martinez, Jr., Station Manager, Radyo Siram

Photo via Joshua Martinez, Jr., Station Manager, Radyo Siram

Photo via Joshua Martinez, Jr., Station Manager, Radyo Siram

Photo via Joshua Martinez, Jr., Station Manager, Radyo Siram

Photo via Joshua Martinez, Jr., Station Manager, Radyo Siram

Photo via Joshua Martinez, Jr., Station Manager, Radyo Siram

Photo via Joshua Martinez, Jr., Station Manager, Radyo Siram

Photo via Joshua Martinez, Jr., Station Manager, Radyo Siram


Photo via Joshua Martinez, Jr., Station Manager, Radyo Siram

Photo via Joshua Martinez, Jr., Station Manager, Radyo Siram

Photo via Joshua Martinez, Jr., Station Manager, Radyo Siram


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