Ombudsman Morales sacks Mayor Gaite

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered the dismissal of town mayor Melquiades Gaite from office, due to the allegedly anomalous lease contract agreement for the lease of the public market.

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.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fire breaks out at bodega in Naga City

NAGA CITY--Firefighters are trying to contain a blaze that a bodega along Diversion Road here.

Fire breaks out at bodega in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

The bodega, which belongs to the distributor Frison, contained boxes of milk from the brand Wyeth.

Initial reports say that the fire started at around 12:45 PM today, February 14.

Employees of the bodega said that they closed the bodega at lunchtime when they ate out.

When they returned, the building was already in flames.

Investigators are still conducting an investigation to pinpoint the cause of the fire.

As of the time of this writing, the estimated cost of the damage has not been revealed.--Report by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Fire breaks out at bodega in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Fire breaks out at bodega in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Fire breaks out at bodega in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda
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(Updated) Former mayor, vice-mayor arrested in drug lab raids in Masbate City

(DEVELOPING STORY)MASBATE CITY -- Voluminous amounts of a substance believed to be shabu were confiscated by police this morning during simultaneous drug busts conducted in residences of a former mayor  here.

Apart from the suspected shabu, police operatives also seized suspected drug laboratory equipment, other chemical materials and precursors.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 5 Spokesman Police Sr. Inspector Maria Luisa Calubaquib told BICOLSTANDARD.COM that the subject of the search were two residences of Lester Abapo.

Authorities say that the raids were conducted at 8:00 a.m. at the two residences of Lester which were described as unnumbered compound with marking "Lovely Abapo Board Member" located long Sitio Cagba, Brgy. Tugbo, and at an unnumbered compound with marking "Secret Garden Resort" located along Nursery Road.

Arrested during the search was  former Milagros town mayor Lester Abapo. Lester is the incumbent punong barangay of F. Magallanes, this city. 

Also apprehended was Lester's first cousin, Cherry Abapo, who was also named in the search warrant.

He,  according to information received by authorities, is one of the laboratories' maintainers.

Cherry was a former mayor of San Fernando town, Masbate. He ran during the 2013 polls for First District Board Member, but lost.

Police also told BICOLSTANDARD.COM that authorities initiated an investigation after they received several tips during the early months of 2014 that drugs were being produced in Masbate.

The illegal substance, according to information received , is reportedly brought to the National Capital Region for distribution.

This successful operation was conducted by joint elements from the PNP-RAIDSOTF, RID-RSG5, PDEA, MAS-PIS, 5th RPSB, PPSC MAS and MAS-CPS.

It was implemented under the authority of Search Warrant Nos. 5038 (15) Target No. 1; 5039 (15) Target No. 2; 5040 (15), Target No. 3 ; and 5041 (15) Target No. 4 which were issued against aka Lester and aka Cherry Boy, Jr., Antonio Lee aka Lee, Mr. Antes Ang aka Co, Ponga Lee, aka Bing, aka Kalbo, aka Manoy Boya, aka Payat, aka Sarge, aka Neth Abapo, aka Nonoy, aka John Does, and aka Jane Does.

Judge Fernando T. Sagun, Executive Judge, RTC Br. 78, Quezon City issued the search warrants.

Inventory of the seized items is ongoing as of time of posting.

The first cousins shall be facing charges for violation of R.A 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.--With Report from Duke Maggay, Kabalikat Civicom Regional Coordinator BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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PHOTOS | 9th Alay Lakad Tanim Kahoy Para Sa Puso

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PHOTOS | Wedding album ni Lolo Kikoy asin Lola Lydia

PHOTOS | Wedding album ni Lolo Kikoy asin Lola Lydia
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Friday, February 13, 2015

CUPID's TROOP? Police officers, armed with red roses, help spread love in Naga City

CUPID's TROOP? Police officers, armed with red roses, help spread love in Naga City a day before Valentine.
Photos by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Valentine 2015 in Naga City
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Valentine 2015 in Naga CityPhotos by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Valentine 2015 in Naga CityPhotos by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Valentine 2015 in Naga CityPhotos by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Valentine 2015 in Naga CityPhotos by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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PHOTOS | Feria Floral in Naga City

Photos by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

Feria Floral in Naga City

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FOOD TRIP | Chef Jang Melgar Grageda's Carnation and Rose Petals Sorbet Recipe

This Valentine, fall in love with this tempting treat made from the delightful bouquet of flavors of rose and carnation petals. 


FOOD TRIP by Chef Jang Melgar Grageda
Local celebrity chef and Albay native Jang Melgar Grageda is known for cooking up classic delectable concoctions with a distinct Bicolano twist. Her often artfully plated work has been featured on television and print, including ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda, Marhay na Aga Kapamilya, TV Patrol World, TV Patrol Bicol, GMA’s Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Cebu Daily News.

Ingredients:

1 cup rose petals
1 cup carnation petals
2 and 1/4 cup sugar
4 cups water
1/4 cup calamansi juice

Procedure:


With a pair of kitchen scissors, cut off the white part of the rose and carnation petals.
Mask or process the petals with a mortar and pestle or a food processor, gradually adding the 1/4 cup of sugar.
In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil.
Add sugar. Still until dissolved.
Stir in the rose and carnation paste.
Boil for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat. Let cool for 1 hour.
Add calamansi juice.
Transfer to a freezer container and freeze for 8 hours or until firm.

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CASE IN POINT | “Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted.”



As a rule, if a person has an existing marriage, whether valid or void, he cannot remarry. The exception is, if there is a juridical decree declaring the absent spouse presumptively dead. The rule however, requires a well-founded belief that the absent spouse is already dead. Strict standard approach is used in such an action.

Maria and Jerry were married on September 20, 1997. They lived together as husband and wife in their conjugal dwelling in Agan Homes, Koronadal City, South Cotabato. Sometime in January 1998, the couple had a violent quarrel brought about by: (1) the respondent’s inability to reach “sexual climax” whenever she and Jerry would have intimate moments; and (2) Jerry’s expression of animosity toward the respondent’s father.

After their quarrel, Jerry left their conjugal dwelling and this was the last time that the respondent ever saw him. Since then, she had not seen, communicated nor heard anything from Jerry or about his whereabouts.

On May 21, 2002, or more than four (4) years from the time of Jerry’s disappearance, she filed before the RTC a petition for her husband’s declaration of presumptive death. She claimed that she had a well-founded belief that Jerry was already dead. She alleged that she had inquired from her mother-in-law, her brothers-in-law, her sisters-in-law, as well as her neighbors and friends, but to no avail. In the hope of finding Jerry, she also allegedly made it a point to check the patients’ directory whenever she went to a hospital. All these earnest efforts, she claimed, proved futile, prompting her to file the petition in court.

The RTC issued an order granting the respondent’s petition and declaring Jerry presumptively dead. It concluded that the respondent had a well-founded belief that her husband was already dead since more than four (4) years had passed without the former receiving any news about the latter or his whereabouts.

What are the essential requisites for the declaration of presumptive death of a spouse under Article 41 of the Family Code?

Answer: Before a judicial declaration of presumptive death can be obtained, it must be shown that the prior spouse had been absent for four consecutive years and the present spouse had a well-founded belief that the prior spouse was already dead. Under Article 41 of the Family Code, there are four (4) essential requisites for the declaration of presumptive death:

That the absent spouse has been missing for four consecutive years, or two consecutive years if the disappearance occurred where there is danger of death under the circumstances laid down in Article 391, Civil Code;

That the present spouse wishes to remarry;
That the present spouse has a well-founded belief that the absentee is dead; and
That the present spouse files a summary proceeding for the declaration of presumptive death of the absentee. (Rep. v. Maria Fe Espinosa Cantor, G.R. No. 184621, December 10, 2013 citing Republic v. Nolasco, G.R. No. 94053, March 17, 1993, 220 SCRA 20).

The burden of proof rests on the present spouse to show that all the requisites under Article 41 of the Family Code are present. Since it is the present spouse who, for purposes of declaration of presumptive death, substantially asserts the affirmative of the issue, it stands to reason that that burden of proof lies with him/her. He who alleges a fact has the burden of proving it and mere allegation is not evidence. (Guidangen v. Wooden, G.R. No. 174445, February 15, 2012, 666 SCRA 119; Republic v. Nolasco, G.R. No. 94053, March 17, 1993, 220 SCRA 20).

The law does not define what is meant by “well-founded belief.” It depends upon the circumstances of each particular case. Its determination, so to speak, remains on a case-to-case basis. To be able to comply with this requirement, the present spouse must prove that his/her belief was the result of diligent and reasonable efforts and inquiries to locate the absent spouse and that based on these efforts and inquiries, he/she believes that under the circumstances, the absent spouse is already dead. It requires exertion of active effort (not a mere passive one).

Courts fully aware of the possible collusion of spouses in nullifying their marriage, has consistently applied the “strict standard” approach. This is to ensure that a petition for declaration of presumptive death under Article 41 of the Family Code is not used as a tool to conveniently circumvent the laws. Courts should never allow procedural shortcuts and should ensure that the stricter standard required by the Family Code is met. In Republic of the Philippines v. Court of Appeals (Tenth Div.), it was said:

In view of the summary nature of proceedings under Article 41 of the Family Code for the declaration of presumptive death of one’s spouse, the degree of due diligence set by this Honorable Court in the above–mentioned cases in locating the whereabouts of a missing spouse must be strictly complied with. There have been times when Article 41 of the Family Code had been resorted to by parties wishing to remarry knowing fully well that their alleged missing spouses are alive and well. It is even possible that those who cannot have their marriages xxx declared null and void under Article 36 of the Family Code resort to Article 41 of the Family Code for relief because of the xxx summary nature of its proceedings. (Republic v. Nolasco, G.R. No. 94053, March 17, 1993, 220 SCRA 20).
The application of this stricter standard becomes even more imperative if we consider the State’s policy to protect and strengthen the institution of marriage. Since marriage serves as the family’s foundation and since it is the state’s policy to protect and strengthen the family as a basic social institution, (Constitution, Article 2, Section 12) marriage should not be permitted to be dissolved at the whim of the parties. In interpreting and applying Article 41, this is the underlying rationale – to uphold the sanctity of marriage. Arroyo, Jr. v. Court of Appeals, G.R. Nos. 96602 and 96715, November 19, 1991, 203 SCRA 750, 761,  reflected this sentiment when it was stressed:

The protection of the basic social institutions of marriage and the family in the preservation of which the State has the strongest interest; the public policy here involved is of the most fundamental kind. In Article II, Section 12 of the Constitution there is set forth the following basic state policy:

The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution. (Rep. v. Maria Fe Espinosa Cantor, G.R. No. 184621, December 10, 2013 citing Republic v. Nolasco, G.R. No. 94053, March 17, 1993, 220 SCRA 20).

The requisite judicial declaration of presumptive death of the absent spouse (and consequently, the application of a stringent standard for its issuance) is also for the present spouse’s benefit. It is intended to protect him/her from a criminal prosecution of bigamy under Article 349 of the Revised Penal Code which might come into play if he/she would prematurely remarry sans the court’s declaration.

Upon the issuance of the decision declaring his/her absent spouse presumptively dead, the present spouse’s good faith in contracting a second marriage is effectively established. The decision of the competent court constitutes sufficient proof of his/her good faith and his/her criminal intent in case of remarriage is effectively negated. (Manuel v. People, 512 Phil. 818, 836 [2005]). Thus, for purposes of remarriage, it is necessary to strictly comply with the stringent standard and have the absent spouse judicially declared presumptively dead. (Rep. v. Cantor, G.R. No. 184621, December 10, 2013).

In his dissenting opinion, Justice Leonen quoted Henry Ward Beecher when he said:

“Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp it needs to be fed out of the oil of another’s heart or its flames burn low.”

and said:

A wife, abandoned with impunnity, also deserves to be happy. (Republic vs. Maria Fe Espinosa Cantor, G.R. No. 184621, December 10, 2013).

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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EDITORIAL | Is Bicol ready for ‘The Big One?’

Many Bicolanos were alarmed recently when officials of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) warned about a possible magnitude 8 earthquake hitting the region.
This was after PHIVOLCS recorded several mild and moderate earthquakes occurring in the Philippine Trench, on which the Bicol region sits.
There is, of course, cause for such alarm. The effects of a magnitude 8 quake can and will cause great devastation. The question is, given our current disaster mitigation and response systems in the region, are we prepared?
Such disaster mitigation and response systems are frequently tested during typhoons, of which Bicol gets a fair amount year after year.
But even with repeated campaigns for safety, a wealth of weather data from here and abroad, and software identifying the areas which are most at risk, many provinces in our region still find it difficult to attain the zero casualty goal. The sad truth: some hardheaded fishermen still go out to sea despite the warnings, and a number of residents of low-lying areas refuse to evacuate.
And the risks due to an earthquake are far more difficult to mitigate than the risks that typhoons bring. Unpredictable and sudden, and thus tough to prepare for, earthquakes involve risks such as tsunamis, fires, and landslides, apart from the destruction of structures that cause injuries or death.
That said, it is not impossible to prepare for earthquakes such that the risks are lessened.
Local government units, for one, must be familiar with the hazard maps that identify the areas which are susceptible, for instance to landslides and erosion.
Such data must be used in the creation of a risk-sensitive Comprehensive Land Use Plan as well as made known to the constituents.
Government agencies, for their part, must firmly enforce the National Building Code to ensure the structural strength and stability of buildings.
Furthermore, ambulances, fire trucks, hospitals, and medical personnel must be made sufficient so as not to hinder rescue and relief operations.
Meanwhile, individuals must have an emergency plan at home, which includes shutting off the utilities and designating an out-of-town contact person to whom they can communicate when disaster hits.
Emergency kits, which contain water, ready-to-eat food, a first-aid kit, personal hygiene items, spare clothes, a battery-operated radio, a flashlight, and a whistle, among others, must also be available.
We Bicolanos are known for our resilient spirit, always rising after a typhoon or flood or volcanic eruption and rebuilding our homes and lives. With strong political and personal will, however, we can also be recognized for our preparedness and risk reduction capabilities.

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Comelec strikes down BM Hernandez’s COC

PILI, CSur—The Commission on Elections (COMELEC), in an en banc decision, struck down the certificate of candidacy (COC) of Board Member Romulo Hernandez, resolving that the filing of Hernandez’ COC for Board Member for the 2013 polls indubitably violated the three-term limit rule.

Comelec second division decision reversed

In its Resolution docketed SPA No.  13-149 and promulgated 30 January 2015, the poll body reversed the Second Division’s Resolution dated 8 July 2013 which ruled in favor of Hernandez.
The Comelec agreed with the Petitioners that “while the provincial board members are elected by legislative districts, the members serve the entire province of Camarines Sur…[M]embership of the local government office irrespective of the district the board members had been elected from.”
“To allow Respondent to run for the same position would obviously defeat the very intent of the framers when they included the three-term limit rule.”
Comelec  underscored that a closer look at the composition of the newly formed 2nd District shows that the territorial jurisdiction and inhabitants of the former 1st district, which brought Respondent to office in 2001, 2004, and 2007, cannot be considered as substantially different from the new 2nd district, where Respondent sought to be elected.
It added: “to allow Respondent to run in the new 2nd District for the fifth time would encourage gerrymandering as a tool to circumvent the three-term limit rule.”
“While members of the provincial board are elected by district, membership in the provincial board are elected by district, membership in the provincial board should be considered as one local government post, within the purview of the three-term limit rule. The matter of apportioning the members of the provincial board among the districts is exclusively for the purpose of election to ensure that a legislative district is sufficiently represented so that the people can be effectively  heard. It was never intended to create independent local government posts.
Comelec Chairman Sixto s. Brilliantes, Jr., and  Commissioners Lucenito N. Tagle, Elias R. Yusoph, and Al A. Pareno all voted in favour of the cancellation of Hernandez’ COC.
Meanwhile, Christian Robert S. Lim and Arthur D. Lim both dissented.
Luie Tito F. Guia, who was on official business, did not cast his vote.

What went before

Hernandez was elected provincial board member of the first district in 2001, 2004 and 2007. On his 3rd term as provincial board member.
On 12 October 2009, on respondent’s third term as provincial board member of the 1st district, RA 9176 was enacted reappoartioning the legislative districts in Camarines Sur.
Since the Municipality of Libmanan where the Respondent resides, was transferred from the 1st district to the newly created  2nd district, the respondent filed his COC for provincial board member o fthe new 2nd District for the 2010 elections.
This was subject to a disqualification case entitled “Bandillo et al, vs. Hernandez” which was docketed as SPA No. 101-078 (DC). This was anchored on on Respondent’s alleged violation of the three-term limit rule since respondent had already served thrice as board member, albeit in the 1st district.
The Second Division of Comelec then ruled in favour of Respondent, stating that the three-term limit rule was not violated since the addition of the three-term limit was not violated since the addition of the two municipalities to the five of the 10 municipaliteis which used to comprise the former 1st district created a new district, with an altered territory and constituency.
This was affirmed by the Comelec en banc stating that the Respondent’s case falls outside the three-term limit rule.
On 3 Ocbober 2012, Respondent filed his COC for provincial board member for the 2nd district where Petitioners were likewise candidates for the same post.
On 23 October 2013, Petitioners filed the instant Petition, seeking the cancellation or denial of the Respondent’s COC for violation of the three-term limit rule.

Petitioner welcomes decision

Atty. Gabriel Ariel F. Abonal and Roy Anthony Nidea, who both ran for the same office, were the petitioners in this Petition to Give Due Course or Cancellation of the COC of Hernandez.
In an interview with BICOL STANDARD,  Abonal said that he welcomes this decision of the Comelec  en banc.
However, he opted not to disclose his next legal action amid this development.
Hernandez, for his part, told BICOL STANDARD that he has left to his counsel what legal strategies to undertake with regard to this en banc decision.
Abonal is expected to benefit from this Comelec decision.
Because of the Comelec pronouncement, Hernandez is deemed to have never been a candidate. Consequently the person who obtained the next highest number of votes will be considered the winning candidate.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Babaeng mapagayun, napakanos

NAGA CITY –Mapaparlor kamo para sa Valentine? Uya an sarong pagamiaw.
Masangat nin reclamo an sarong 21 anyos na daraga contra sa may sadire kan parlor na nag “rebond” kan saiyang buhok kan naka-aging bulan.



An casong ipaplantiar Reckless Imprudence Resulting in Physical Injuries, sabi sa blotter kan Naga City Police Office, NCPO, digdi.

An nagreclamo sarong Alma (bakong tunay na pangaran) na taga-Dona Ramaida Village, Concepcion Grande.

Sabi ni Alma, kan fecha 6, ngonian na bulan, nagtuyo siya sa Amy’s Beauty Parlor na yaon sa Ground Floor kan Naga City People’s Mall tanganing ipatanos an saiyang nagkukurong na buhok.
Hinagadan siya nin bayad na kantidad P350.

Alagad, sa pagpakarhay kan saiyang buhok, linahidan kan beautician nin dae niya aram na likido na namate niyang nagresulta sa paggatol asin pagharitihit kan anit kan saiyang payo.

Sabi ni Alma, nagreclamo tulos siya sa namatean na pag hibot-hibot kan anit kan saiyang payo na garong pigbabarinahan an saiyang sentido.

Dae lang siya pig-intindi kan kagsadire kan parlor maski pa rilitid na an saiyang ugat sa liog na nakikimaherak na nagrereklamo kan namamatean.

An sabi sana kan kagsadire kan parlor na hugasan nin tubig tanganing mahale an haldat.
Pirang aldaw an nakalihis dae na niya matios an kamugtakan.

Kasuodma, si Alma nagkeha na sa pulis asin nagpatanid na masangat nin caso contra sa parlor.
Naheling kan reporter na si Boyet Paderes na napalnitan na an payo kan babayi.

An saiyang payo nagdudunig na huli sa mga liptok na efekto kan likido na ipinahid.

Mientrastanto mayo pa nin pahayag an kagsadire kan Amy’s Beauty Parlor sagkod sa oras na sinusurat an baretang ini. –ni Boyet Paderes BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

FOREVERMORE | Lolo Kikoy, 104, asin Lola Lydia, 85 kinasal kasubago


Kua ni Oscar Esmenda

NAGA CITY –An lalaki 104, mantang an babae 85 an edad.

Sindang duwa an naging sentro kan atensyon kan mga nagmeron sa kasalan na ginibo sa Plaza Quince Martires, digdi.

“Iyo po.”

Ini an nag garadal-gadal nang simbag ni Francisco de la Torre, 104 anyos an edad, kan hapoton ni Naga City Mayor John Bongat kun inaako niya na maging tunay na agom si Lydia Virena, 85 anyos.

An sabi kan babae “iyo po,” namomoot ako saiya.

Mahamis na maray an ibahan ni Lolo Kikoy asin Lola Lydia kaya sinda naghingowa na magpakasal ngonian na aldaw, bulan nin Febrero, an bulan nin mga puso.

Si Lolo Kikoy, balo na kan saiyang masikrapan an mahigos asin magayon na si Lola Lydia na nagpakurab-kutab guiraray kan saiyang puso.

Sa enot na familia, si Lolo Kikoy igwa nin 7 supling.

Alagad si Lola Lydia, daraga kan sinda maging magkatrato.

Si enot na esposa ni Lolo Kikoy nagadan sa pag mundag kan saindang ngohod na aki.

An mamundong pagbuhay na solo na parate inaabot nin makuring pungaw an nagtuklang sa balo na maghanap nin makakaiba sa buhay.

Kuta na, trangkilo na man sindang duwa sa simpleng harong asin pagbuhay.

“Gusto ko si Lydiang pakasalan,” sabi ni Lolo Kikoy.

An solamenteng rason kan mga gurang kan makaolay ni Oca Esmenda kan DWLV, iyo na mawot nindang maging legal an saindang relasyon sa lambang saro.

Sa atubangan kan Plaza Quince Martirez si Lolo Kikoy asin Lola Lydia nagcemento kan saindang relasyon sa lambang saro.

Nagtindong bilang mga testigo iyo an dating artista asin ngonian Vice Alkalde kan Manila na si Isko Moreno asin an esposa kan alkalde kan Naga City na si Farah Bongat.

An kasal kasubago parte kan special na programa kan PAG-IBIG Naga Branch. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
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Retired cop shot dead by 3 assailants

SORSOGON CITY-- A retired police officer was shot dead by three unidentified assailants this morning.

Police confirmed to BICOLSTANDARD.COM that the incident happened at 9:30 AM, today (February 12), at Brgy. Balete, Bacon District, here. 

The retired cop sustained a fatal gunshot wound on the head.  

Suspects immediately fled the scene aboard a motorcycle after firing upon the victim.  

Checkpoint operations, at the time of this posting, are being undertaken by the Sorsogon City Police Station to accost the suspects. 

The victim was identified as retired Police Senior Inspector Ongorio Corantes.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Public school teacher gunned down in Cam Sur

DEL GALLEGO, Camarines Sur--A gunman snuffed out the life of a young public high school teacher early tonight.

The incident took place at around 7:15 p.m. (February 11) at Brgy. Sinuknipan-1, this town, police told BICOLSTANDARD.COM. 

The victim was identified as Jomar Padaan Rufo, of legal age, married, and a resident of the aforementioned barangay. 

According to police, the assailant fired several gunshots causing he victim to sustained several gunshot wounds, which caused his instantaneous death.

The suspect fled the scene following the incident. 

Motives for the killing remain unclear. 

As of the time of this posting, the Del Gallego Municipal Police Station is still conducting further investigation .--BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Armed suspected rebels torch engineer's truck, road roller

SAN JACINTO, Masbate-An undetermined number of armed men, suspected to be members of the National People's Army, set ablaze two vehicles owned by an engineer this morning.

The alleged arson incident happened at around 11:15 a.m. ,today (February 11, 2015), at Sitio Cawa-Cawa, Brgy. Bagahanglad, here.

Torched were one unit Truck and one unit road roller (pison), police told BICOLSTANDARD.COM. 

The vehicles, police said, were owned by Engr. John Mark Tina Dejumo, of legal age, married,  and a resident of Brgy. District 2, this town.  

As of posting, the San Jacinto Municipal Police Station is conducting a follow-up probe for the possible identification and filing of cases against the suspects.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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10 hurt in Sto. Domingo road mishap

STO DOMINGO, Albay-- A road mishap this morning left more all less 10 passengers injured.

The accident happened at 10:30 am at Purok 4, Brgy. Lidong this town.

Involved in the incident are two vehicles which include: Nissan Urban Passenger, Van bearing plate number EVR 959 (V1), driven by Romeo Borlaza Cea and an Isuzu Delivery Truck bearing plate number REX 827 (V2), driven by Redencio Barba.

Those who were injured were all brought to the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) in Legazpi City for medical treatment. --BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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SM Cinema will NOT be showing 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Film Poster by EOnline


CITY OF NAGA-- Fans of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' will have to find other cinemas to watch the movie based on the erotic trilogy.

Following the giving of an R-18 by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), the SM Cinema has issued a statement on Facebook as  reply to a query. It stated:

“Because of its R-18 MTRCB rating, we won’t show Fifty Shades of Grey in our cinemas. This is in accordance with the company’s policy not to screen films containing themes, language, violence, nudity and sex that may not be suitable for children below 18 years of age,” went SM Cinemas’ reply to a Facebook follower who wondered why SM won’t be showing the film."

Earlier, SM Cinema also Twitted: "If the film gets an R18 rating, we won't show it in our theatres."

Fifty Shades of Grey will be released in Philippine cinemas on February 11.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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(UPDATED) 2 Masbate gold mine guards shot dead

AROROY, Masbate—Two security guards of the Filminera Resources Corporation Masbate Gold Project (MGP) were gunned down at predawn today (February 11).

A sketchy report provided by the police to BICOLSTANDARD.COM says that the shooting incident took place at 4:30 a.m at the gold mining firm’s emulsion plant located at Brgy. Panique this town.

Police named the victims as Kenneth Anthony Danao Ferreras, 26 years old, married, security guard, a resident of Sitio Tamba, Brgy. Poblacion, and Andres Millares Villafuerte, 22 years old, security guard, a resident of Brgy. San Isidro, both of this town.

The perpetrator/s fled immediately fled to an unknown direction after the incident.

The victims, meanwhile, died instantaneously after they suffered fatal gunshot wounds.

They were later brought to the Masbate Provincial Hospital for autopsy.

The police are still conducting a probe to determine the identity, number and motive of the assailant/s.

Meanwhile, MGP's Communications Director Eugene Gregorio, released to BICOLSTANDARD.COM a statement of the mining firm's security contractor. The communication reads:
The Kublai Khan Security Services (KKSS) – a security contractor of the Masbate Gold Project (MGP) – regretfully informs the public of an unfortunate shooting incident at Aroroy, Masbate.

On the morning of  11 February 2015, two security guards were found fatally shot at their guardpost in Panique.

The circumstances leading up to these tragic events are unknown at this time. A full investigation is now being conducted into the matter by the Philippine National Police.

KKSS assures the public and the outlying communities that peace and order, in compliance with its mandate from its client and government regulations, is being maintained in its service areas.

KKSS will provide additional information and updates as they become available. Inquiries may be directed to Mr. Rosendo De Gracia, KKSS president, at mobile number +639228106481 and email:
kublai_khan_scty_svcs@yahoo.com.
11 February 2015
Aroroy, Masbate

The Masbate mine is the Vancouver-based B2Gold corporation's biggest mine.

It is expected to produce between 190,000 ounces and 200,000 ounces of gold according to a Wall Street Journal report.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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