VP Leni rallies Nagueños’ support, lashes at detractors

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

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

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

SP Cam Sur junks Mayor Bongalonta's motion to dismiss

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

Iwal mag-agom ta mayong bagas, babayi nagadan

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

Saturday, February 21, 2015

LOOK | Car crashes into McDonalds-Magsaysay


Photo by Joshua Abante
Photo by Joshua Abante
NAGA CITY--A blue vehicle smashed into McDonalds-Magsaysay Avenue Branch at around midnight yesterday (Feb. 20).

According to Joshua Abante, the car was slowly negotiating the street before its driver attempted to park the vehicle in front of said establishment.

"Ma-park po siya. Kaso dirediretso po si liko niya pasiring duman sa paparkan," said Abante in an exclusive interview with BICOLSTANDARD.COM.

At that time, he was standing with his friend Jeannine del Monte in front of McDonalds.

Abante said he was stunned when he saw the car headed straight at their direction. Thus, instinctively, he pulled his friend out of harm's way.

"Mahahagip po kuta siya kadtong kotse kung dae ko siya nabutong," Abante said.

The car then plowed through the glass wall of McDonalds.

Shards of shattered glass caused some customers of the fast food chain to suffer minor injuries.

Two nurses, who were fortunately at the scene, rendered first aid.

Meanwhile, both the car's driver and his lady passenger appeared unhurt.

The driver, however, looked shocked following the accident, described Abante.

He and the passenger chose to remain inside the car after the mishap.

It is still unknown if the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

Police, who rushed at the scene, are already conducting an investigation. --BICOLSTANDARD.COM



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Abonal takes oath as CSur Board Member









CAMARINES SUR-- A beaming Atty. Gabriel Ariel Abonal was proclaimed as the Second Member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the Second District of this province on February 20, Friday, at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Session hall.

The proclamation was made pursuant to the writ of execution issued by the Comelec en banc mandating the Special Provincial Board of Canvassers to convene to proclaim Abonal and Darius Nopra.

Said body is composed of the following: Atty. Abigail Justine Cuaresma-Lilagan (chairman),  Atty. John Rex C. Landiangco (vice-chairman), and Director Ester Villaflor-Roxas. 

After Abonal's proclamation at the Comelec main office, he subsequently took his oath of office before Hon. Reynaldo A. Alhambra, Presiding Judge of Branch 53 of the Regional Trial Court-Manila.

Darius Nopra, who was also ordered by the Comelec to be proclaimed as the First Member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan,  did not attend the proceedings.

Meanwhile, Romulo Hernandez filed an opposition to Abonal's proclamation. Among others, he argues that the office vacated by him should be filled through the process of appointment.

Hernandez was ousted from office after Comelec cancelled his certificate of candidacy for being violative of the three-limit rule imposed by law.  --BICOLSTANDARD.COM





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Friday, February 20, 2015

Xian Lim: Persona non grata?

LEGAZPI CITY—Actor Xian Lim got a taste of just how piquant Bicolanos can be when he visited the province for the “Fiesta Tsinoy Albay” event yesterday, Feb. 19.

From left to right: Xian Lim, Atty. Caroline Cruz, and Gov. Joey Salceda.
Background: The Warm Albay souvenir items Lim allegedly refused
(Souvenir items photo by Shanti Nacion Serrano)
Albayanos are now urging Lim to be declared a persona non grata after a misunderstanding between the actor and Atty. Caroline Cruz ensued over a T-shirt and other souvenir items.

Cruz, who is Gov. Joey Salceda’s Chief of Staff, was representing the provincial chief executive to hand over the gift, a tradition that the provincial government observes with guests.

In an interview over Radyo ng Bayan this morning, Cruz said she was attempting to give Lim the shirt when the actor allegedly said, " Huwag po, ayaw ko po."

She then tried to hand him a coffee table book, which the actor also allegedly refused, saying "I did not come here to promote Albay.”

Lim’s explanation


Outrage immediately spread in Albay over the incident as soon as it was reported.

Meanwhile, Lim tried to clarify the matter on his Twitter account.

“In the article, I was quoted as saying ‘I am not here to promote Albay,’ something I never said or would ever say,” he posted.

“My exact words to her were, ‘Sorry po, hindi ko maisuot yung tshirt kasi baka magka conflict sa clothing endorsement ko. Pasensya na po.”

Meanwhile, Cruz said that there would have been no issue with brand competition as the shirt was not from a commercial brand, but from a local government.

She also emphasized that the provincial government invited Lim as talent and paid him P375,000. She added that this is the third time that the actor was invited to perform in Albay's events.

Lim, for his part, already apologized over Twitter over the issue. He posted: “I love Albay and I am always happy to be here with its good people. I deeply apologize to gov. Salceda and the people of Albay for the misunderstanding about my reasons for refusal to wear the tshirt.”

He continued, “my parents raised me to be respectful and generous to everyone, and my management has always stressed the virtues of decency and humility. I do not do drugs and have worked hard to get to where I am.”

‘No forgiveness deserved’


Salceda, however, flat-out rejected the actor’s apology.

“No forgiveness deserved,” the provincial chief executive posted on Facebook today.

“Ordinary staff ng PTCAO ang ininsulto at hiniya ni Xian Lim. Together with ordinary Albayanos, they are the ones who work hard, silently and patiently for Albay tourism. And based on the prevarications on his posts, he is not getting it. 1. Hindi namin pinapasuot ang Tshirt sa guests. Binibigay lang 2. The mere fact that coffee book table is called Warm Albay and the tshirt is Warm Albay should already be obvious that these are typical touristic materials,” his post reads.

As of the time of posting, Albayanos are continuing to rage over the incident.

Meanwhile, Lim's fans have taken to Twitter to express support. "We support XianLim" currently ranks 6th on Twitter trends in the Philippines.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Albay's Cong. Gonzalez seeks service extension of retiring government scientists

LIGAO CITY—Once House Bill No. 515 is passed into a law, services of government scientists who would be due for compulsory retirement shall be given an extension of five years.

Rep. Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsored by Rep. Fernando Gonzalez of Albay’s third congressional district, the Bill seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8439, otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Scientists, Engineers, Researchers and Other Science and Technology Personnel in Government of 1997.

Gonzalez on Thursday here told the Philippines News Agency that although RA 8439 provides for the rehiring of a retired employee “who possesses technical qualifications and the capability to undertake specific scientific research activities, provided no qualified science and technology expert is available to undertake said scientific activities,” extending his or her services behind the mandatory retirement age is more favorable to both the government and the employee.

“It is of my honest belief that even at the age beyond 65, the mandatory retirement age for civil service employees, most, if not all, scientists are still at the peak of their mental capabilities and are still very much capable of continuing their invaluable work on scientific projects that they had been working on prior to retirement,” he stressed.

The Albay lawmaker clarified that while the Magna Carta covers all scientific personnel in government, including science and technology (S&T) managers, supervisors and planners; members of the scientific career system; scientists, engineers and researchers; and Department of Science and Technology (DOST technicians and related S&T personnel, HB No. 515 covers only “scientists”.

RA 8439 defines S&T managers, supervisors and planners as those who are graduate degree holders or have at least 10 years of managerial experience or are performing executive, planning and policy-making functions to effectively carry out science-related activities.

Scientists, engineers and researchers, the same law says, are at least undergraduate degree holders in any of the natural science and engineering courses and are involved in research and development or other scientific and technological activities.

DOST technicians and related S & T personnel are those who obtained at least 12 units in science, engineering and other related courses or any appropriate training and are providing support services.

Gonzalez explained that under HB No. 515, the extension of services shall be subject to conditions such as the project that the scientist is working on at the time of compulsory retirement is within the priority research and development programs of the DOST and is identified as strategic to the national development.

Other conditions are that the scientist is still mentally and physically fit to complete the project; and the request for extension of services shall be submitted to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for approval at least three months prior to the date of the compulsory retirement of the scientist, he said.

When the extension is approved, a scientist would continue receiving preferential salary approved by the President under the Magna Carta outside the existing law on salary scales and other benefits such as honorarium, share in royalties and hazard allowance.

Honorarium is for S & T personnel who render services beyond the established irregular workload of scientists, technologists, researchers and technicians whose broad and superior knowledge, expertise or professional standing in a specific field contributes to productivity and innovativeness shall be entitled to receive honorarium subject to the rules to be set by the DOST.

Share in royalties is defined as a share in the proceeds of royalty payments arising from patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights divided on a 60-40 percents basis in favor of the government and the entitlement is for personnel involved in the technology activity which has been produced or undertaken during the regular performance of their functions.

Hazard allowance, on the other hand, is paid to S& T personnel involved in hazardous undertakings or assigned in hazardous workplaces.

The amount ranges from 10 to 30 percent of their monthly basic salary, depending on the nature and extent of the hazard involved.

Considered hazardous workplaces are radiation-exposed laboratories and service workshops; depressed areas; areas declared under a state of calamity or emergency; strife-torn or embattled areas; laboratories; and disease-infested places of assignment.

This measure is important to government efforts to entice scientists from the country’s universities to join the DOST and address the “brain drain” following retirements and departures of some of the agency’s experts for better compensation abroad, Gonzalez said.

The bill has been listed among the priorities for approval by the Committee on Science and Technology of the Lower House chaired by Rep. Victor Yu, he added.(PNA)
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

PHOTOS | Chinese New Year in Naga City

Chinese New Year in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Chinese New Year in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda


Chinese New Year in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Chinese New Year in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Chinese New Year in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Chinese New Year in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Chinese New Year in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Chinese New Year in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Chinese New Year in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

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Bongat to install new city director tomorrow

NAGA CITY—Police Senior Supt. Narciso Damaso Domingo will be installed tomorrow as the new OIC City Director of this city.

Left: Mayor John Bongat, Right: Police Supt. Narciso Damaso Domingo
Photo via Mayor Bongat's Facebook page
The announcement was made by Mayor John Bongat in a dinner with members of the press held  at the Crown Hotel tonight.

The local chief executive personally recommended Domingo.

Domingo, who is 46 years old, hails from Malaybalay, Bukidnon. He is a graduate of Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Batch 1992, SPO2 Toby Bongon, Naga City Police Office Information Officer said.

Previously, Domingo was a commandant of the PNPA before serving as the chief of police of Valencia City, Bukidnon.

Domingo replaces Senior Supt. Filmore Escobal, who was relieved of his post and reassigned to Police Regional Office XI in January 2015.

Escobal served the minimum period of assignment of six months as OIC City Director of Naga City.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Photos Xian Lim in Albay

Photos courtesy of Rico Manallo












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Masbate Gov. Lanete surrenders to CIDG

MASBATE CITY-- Masbate Governor Rizalina Seachon Lanete surrended to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group last night, hours after the Sandiganbayan issued an order of arrest against her and her co-accused in the Priority Development Allocation Fund scam.

The warrant was issued after the anti-graft court's fourth division found probable cause in the charges of plunder and 11 counts of graft filed against Lanete.

The former solon has already undergone the booking process which includes the taking of mugshots, fingerprints and medical examination, said  CIDG public information officer Elizabeth Jasmin.
She shall be temporarily detained at the NCR-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit office pending the issuance of a commitment order.

Before this, she was also a subject of a hold departure order.

The Masbate provincial chief executive is being accused of funneling their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or pork barrel, to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) of suspected scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

Allegedly, she pocketed Php 108.405 million out of the Php 112.29 million PDAF appropriations between 2007 to 2009.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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RD Deona blames rebels for spate of shootings

LEGAZPI CITY—“I have directed the PNP Provincial Director of Sorsogon to do something about it.”
This was the statement provided to BICOL STANDARD by PNP Regional Director Chief Superintendent Victor Deona, when sought for his comment regarding the series of killings in the province of Sorsogon since last year.
It will be recalled that last year, Deona attributed the rise in the number of murder incidents in the said province to the perpetrated by the members of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Meanwhile, is the same statement today, the Regional PNP Chief added that he will send an augmentation troops to help address the problem.
“We are doing this in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines”, he said
Furthermore, Deona admitted that most of the criminal incidents that have been reported lately were insurgency related.
As this developed, the Provincial Police Office of Sorsogon also attributed the increase in criminal incidents in the said province due to the proliferation of loose firearms.
The reports gathered here say that for the month of February alone, at least five deaths have been recorded, allegedly perpetrated by armed men whose identity are still known.
Interviewed by the media, PSupt Benard Banac, Police Provncial Director of Sorsogon admitted that part of their campaign against criminal elements is to establish more check points that could help deter persons with criminal minds from carrying loose firearms.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Casureco 2 polls slated on Feb. 21

NAGA CITY—“It’s all systems go.” This was the declaration of Institutional Service Department Head Malou Rosin when asked by BICOL STANDARD about the latest developments regarding the scheduled elections for the board of directors of the Camarines Sur  II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Casureco 2).
Rosin, who heads the committee tasked to evaluate the qualifications of the candidates for members of the Casureco 2 board of Directors said that out of the 10 districts covered by the electric coop, only one is represented in the Board. This is due the expiration of the term of office of the previous members of the board.
Scheduled to have an election this Saturday (February 21) are the districts of Minalabac, Naga North, Naga South, Canaman, Tinambac-Siruma, Pili, Bombon, Milaor, and Calabanga.
Ony the districts of Minalabac and Milaor have qualified candidates for the said election.
For the district of Minalabac Hilario “Larry” D. Basmayor remained to be the lone candidate, while for Milaor district, Gay Pabines is also unopposed.
Msgr. Nono Saniado, a priest here, also filed his Certificate of Candidacy for the Naga South District, but was declared disqualified to run due to lack of pertinent documents required under the guidelines set by the electric cooperative.
Meanwhile, other districts have either no applicants or no qualified applicants.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sa laog nin 15 aldaw kan Pebrero | 39 na harabonan, naireport sa Naga

NAGA CITY—Treinta y nueveng (39ng) mga caso nin panghabon (theft) an nagdominar kan mga pahina kan police blotter digdi, sa laog sana nin 15ng aldaw ngonian na bulan.

Kua ni Oscar Esmenda

Sa oro-aldaw na report, an mga police stations iyo an nagiging tiponan nin mga reklamo hale sa mga namamanwaan na victima nin mga actibidades kan mga parasalisi asin parahabas.
Nagsusunod sa simpleng panghabon iyo an 9 na mga caso nin pansalakat (robbery with intimidation), mantang may saro pang caso nin “carnapping.”
Base man sa record kan police, poon sana kan fecha 1 kan Enero ngonian na taon, halaba na an listahan kan mga naging victima kan mga “riding-in-tandem” na criminal.
Ngonian na bulan nin Febrero, an mga incidente nin harabonan por medio kan inaapod na “riding-in-tandem” naglangkaba pang entero.
An mga lugar na pinangyarihan kaini iyo an minasunod: Jardin Real de Naga, Barangay Del Rosario, Diamond St., Villa Grande Subdivision, Langka St., Balatas sa atubangan kan Roquito’s residence, asin sa Dona Clara Subdivision.
An mga pasaralakat nag-operar man sa Maramba Elementary School, SM Parking lot, Ojeda St., Dinaga asin sa Dayangdang.
Sa tahaw kan nakakaalarmang sitwasyon na ini, hasta sa presente mayo pa nin full-fledged na hepe an pulis digdi.
An siring na sitwasyon nagdadanay poon na bayaan ni SSupt Filmore Escobal an saiyang pwesto bilang OIC kan NCPO kan magka-encuentro sinda ni Mayor John Bongat.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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ACCOMPLISHED | LTO RD Lutey hires SAF trooper Tria’s bro

LEGAZPI CITY—In recognition of the heroism of slain Special Action Force (SAF) trooper PSI Max Jim Tria, the government, through the Land Transportation Office (LTO), honored its commitment to provide assistance to the hero’s family.

Land Transportation Office  Regional Director Noreen San Luis-Lutey welcomes Julius, SAF trooper PSI Max Jim Tria’s brother, to the LTO family.
Thus, officially, PSI Tria’s brother Julius is now part of the LTO after he signed an employment contract with said government office this Monday at the LTO Regional Office in Rawis, Albay.
Regional Director Noreen San Luis-Lutey, Assistant Regional Director Vincent Nato and LTO-RO5 Admin. Officer were all present during the contract signing.
Also in attendance was PSI Guillermo G. Tria, the SAF trooper’s father.
This action to accommodate Julius is in conformity to a directive issued by  Assistant Secretary Atty. Alfonso V. Tan, Jr.,  the LTO RD said.
The LTO Chief, added Lutey, requested the regional office to help the fallen’s sibling secure a job.
PSI Tria is the sole fallen commando from the Bicol.
A son of Virac, Catanduanes, he gained the moniker “The Last Man Standing” after reports came out that he was the last to perish in the infamous Mamasapano clash.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Comelec declares Abonal new CSur Board Member

PILI, Camarines Sur—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to proclaim Atty. Gabriel Ariel Abonal as a duly-elected member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of this province on Friday (February 20)  following the poll body’s issuance of a writ of execution implementing its en banc resolution which cancelled the certificate of candidacy (COC) of Romulo Hernandez.

It will be recalled that Hernandez’s COC for Board Member was struck down by the constitutional body for being violative of the three-term limit rule.


Writ of execution


In its writ of execution dated 12 February 2015, the Comelec en banc has directed the Special Provincial Board of Canvassers of the Second (2nd) District of Camarines Sur to convene on 20 February, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Comelec Session Hall in  Manila.

Additionally, the Order commands the Special Board of Canvassers to proclaim Darius S. Nopra and Gabriel Ariel F. Abonal as the duly elected First and Second Member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the 2nd District of Camarines Sur, respectively.

Nopra garnered the second highest number of votes (54,024); while Abonal obtained the third highest number of votes (43,806) among the candidates for board member in the 2013 elections.

Signed by Acting Chairman Christian Robert  Lim for the Commission, the writ was issued at the instance of Abonal, who filed an Urgent Ex-Parte Motion for theIssuance of a Writ of Execution on February 10.


Comelec en banc reverses the second division’s decision 

The writ of execution stems from a Comelec Resolution docketed as SPA No. 13-149 and promulgated on January 30, 2015.

Therein, the the poll body reversed earlier ruling of the Comelec Second Division dated July 8, 2013, which ruled in favor of Hernandez.

In its en banc decision, Comelec upheld the Petitioner’s contention  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.”

It reasoned: “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,” said the decision.

 Comelec also 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.”

“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 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,” the decision stated.

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.

Hernandez concedes

The soon-to-be- former board member was noticeably absent during the Tuesday’s regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

In an exclusive interview with BICOLSTANDARD.COM, Hernandez said that he abide by the decision of the Comelec.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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5-star hotel to feature Bicol Standard's chef columnist's creations

LEGAZPI CITY—The culinary creations of BICOL STANDARD columnist and Albay-based local celebrity chef Jang Melgar Grageda and her father, Florenio Grageda, will be featured at the Corniche Buffet Restaurant at the five-star hotel Diamond Hotel in Manila.


Starting May, the father-and-daughter’s Bicol-themed dishes will bring unique regional flavors to a wider audience.

Said luxury hotel earlier requested Albay Gov. Joey Salceda for a name of a local chef specializing in authentic Albayano cuisine.

Salceda recommended Grageda and her father, who were both champions at the 2014 Grand Kusinero Showdown professional and open categories.

For years, the provincial government of Albay, through an initiative called Culinaria Albay, has been among the first to promote food tourism to the rest of the country.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Panguros o Ash Wednesday

CITY OF NAGA--Ash Wednesday ngonian–panguros sa Bikol. Saro ining aldaw nin pag-ayuno asin iyo an primerong aldaw kan Quaresma.

Nangyayari an Ash Wednesday sa laog nin 46 na aldaw (o 40ng aldaw nin pag-ayuno, kun dae kabale an 6 na Domingo, antes kan aldaw nin pagkabuhay o Easter.

An Ash Wednesday pig-ootob kan kadaklan kan mga Kristiano. Minapoon ini kun minsan – amay na parte kan taon, arog kan Feb 4 asin an pinaka huri poon Marso 10.

Kabale sa mga nag ootob kan Ash Wednesday iyo an Catolico, Lutherans, Methodists, Anglicans asin Presbyterians.

Sabi kan canonical gospels ni Mateo, Marcos asin Lucas, si Jesus Christo nag-ayuno nin 40ng aldaw sa desierto, asin nalabanan niya an mga tentasyon ni Satanas.

Saen naghale an pangaran na Ash Wednesday?

Naguikan an pangaran kaini sa naging kaugalian na pigbebendisyonan an mga abo kan sanga nin palmera na ginamit kan nakaaging taon, durante kan Palm Sunday. Asin ibinubugtak an abo sa payo kan mga paratubod kasabay kan pagsabi kan tataramon na “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” o "Mag solsol ka asin mag tubod sa ebanehelio".

Ginagamit man an tataramon na “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” o romdomon mo na hale ka sa alpog asin sa alpog kan mabalik.

An kaugalian na ini nag poon poco mas o menos 1,000 taon an nakaagi, kan magadan si Jesucristo.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Indian money lender falls victim to 'riding-in-tandem'

DAET, CNorte –Riding-in-tandem criminals were again tagged as principal suspects in another robbery holdup incident that victimized an Indian National, here.

PSupt. Paul F. Abay, Chief of Police of this town, said that the incident was recorded at 3:30 yesterday afternoon.

The victim was identified as Jhony Singh, 43, married. He is presently engaged in the business of lending money to small businessmen in the area.

The report alleged further that Singh was in the vicinity of Joy Sari-Sari store, few meters away from the barangay hall, where he collected the weekly payment from his client.

It was further revealed in the report that when Singh was about to leave the store two persons aboard a black motorcycle arrived. Immediately one of the suspects poked a blunt object at his back and declared a hold-up.

The same police report claims that robbery suspects forcibly demanded from the victim the latter’s wallet which contains cash amounting to P5,000 and his cellphone.

After the incident, the perpetrators of the crime hurriedly fled towards the direction of the town proper.

Police authorities are still conducting a follow up investigation on this incident. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
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Suspected extortionist shot dead after escape try

MILAGROS, Masbate – A suspect in an extortion case was killed after a brief fire fight with the joint elements of the police force, here.

The report claims that the incident erupted during an entrapment operation organized to apprehend perpetrators behind an extortion activity committed against Punong Barangay Fredie Bolivar of Brgy. Bangad of this town. 

The incident was recorded at 5:00 o’clock in the morning, last February 15 along the Provincial Road at Barangay Bangad, Milagros town.

Prior to the operation, Bolivar informed police authorities that two unidentified armed men demanded money from him.

One of the suspects in this case was identified as Ronilo Apalit Culibar, 34 years old .He was gunned down when he resisted his arrest.

His companion, whose identity remains unknown, was able to elude arrest.

Meanwhile, the cadaver of the suspect was brought to the Milagros Health Center for autopsy.

A follow up investigation is being conducted by the operatives at the time of this posting.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Nonoy na nag-JS prom, nadakopan marijuana

NABUA, CSur---Sarong menor de edad na estudiante kan Nabua High School an pinakabagong nakadugang sa hawig nang listahan nin mga jovenes na pigtutubodan na nagagamit nin pigbabawal na marijuana, digdi.

An pinaka bagong nadakop na may darang marijuana iyo si NONOY, (bakong tunay na pangaran) tercer anyo na estudiante sa Nabua High School, sa Barangay San Miguel, digdi.

An joven na estudiante pasiring na kuta sa saindang school campus, alas 6:30 nin bagui para mag atendir kan Junior and Senior Prom kan kan fecha 14 ngonian na bulan, an Valentine’s Day.

Inda kun ano man na kadimalasan an inabot ni NONOY ta nasabatan niya si Jimmy Dimaiuat, y Llagas, an security guard digdi, na nag-iinspection kan palibot kan escuelahan.

Sa saiyang pag-iinspection, igwa siyang kaibahan na K9 dog na may abilidad na makaparong an droga asin determinaran kun yaon saen an droga namumugtak.

Segun sa guardia kan masabat niya si NONOY dae na nag-ontok nin pagpamate an K9 sniffing dog na nagpupuntariya sa direksyon kan kinakamugtakan kan suspechado.

Sa imbestigasyon, naheling kan security guard na garong natataranta an hiro-hiro kan joven na estudiante na saindangnasabatan, kaya dinulok niya ini asin may nakakuang sarong bukas nang sachet na may laog nin pina-alang na dahon nin marijuana.

An nadakopan nin sachet nin marijuana taga-Barangay La Opinion, digdi.

Para ma-completo an proceso kan pagdakop sa saiya, nag-apod nin ibang mga testigo an mga awtoridad na mapatunay kan incidente.

Kabali sa mga nagtestigo sa pagdakop ki NONOY iyo si Punong Barangay Alneil Hernandez kan San Miguel, an media representative na si Glenda C. Bearis kan Radio Natin asin an representante kan Department of Justice na si Ramon Nagrampa.

Pagkatatapos na mangyari an pagdakop, dinara tulos an estudyante sa Nabua Municipal Police Station. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Lady brgy tanod gang raped by bf, cousins on Valentine’s Day

MILAGROS, Masbate— A 48-year-old barangay tanod was reported to have been sexually abused by her 24-year-old boyfriend and his cousins on Valentine’s Day.

This information was confirmed to BICOLSTANDARD.COM by Police Senior Inspector Malu Calubaquib, PNP regional spokesperson, this evening.

Calubaquib said that police initially received information from an anonymous caller at around 3:00 this afternoon (February 15) .

The caller narrated that Natalia (not her real name) engaged in sexual intercourse with her boyfriend, an hour before Valentine’s Day.

After the two finished with their intimate activity, Natalia's partner went outside their house located at Brgy. Bangad.

He then talked to his cousins and invited them to go with him inside the house.

It was in the partners' abode where, allegedly, Natalia’s boyfriend and his cousins forced themselves upon the barangay tanod and sexually molested her.

Police named the boyfriend as Michael Olado Pasaylo.

The other suspected rapists were identified as: Jesus Olado Pasaylo, 31 years old, married; Junery Mendoza Olado, 22 years old, single; Porperio Marquez Malaki, 32 years old, single; and Rommel Handog Adriano, 18 years old, single.

All suspects are fishermen and are residents of the same barangay.

After receipt of the report, elements of the Milagros Municipal Police Station (MPS) went to the barangay to verify the information. Upon identification of the suspects, a hot pursuit operation ensued.

Hence, at about 3:30 p.m. today,  all the rape suspects were arrested and are presently detained at the Milagros MPS.

In view of the aforementioned, police have issued a reminder for women not to blindly surrender their trust to their intimate partners for they can still be capable of committing betrayal of the highest order, even on Valentine’s Day.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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50 armed rebels storm water treatment plant in Masbate

MOBO, Masbate-- More or less fifty suspected members of the  New People's Army (NPA) stormed a water treatment facility early Saturday  (February 14) morning.

This is according to the testimony of a concerned citizen who reported the incident to the Mobo Police Station (MPS) at around 5:00 pm yesterday.

Said suspected rebels, who were armed, forcibly entered the Singfil Builders at around 6:00 a.m., the police report said.

The armed men susbsequently divested the water plant's personnel and guard on duty of their belongings which include: 3 handheld radios, a charger, a caliber .45 pistol, and two caliber .38 revolvers. 

Mobo MPS is already conducting a follow-up investigation for the possible identification of the perpetrators and the filing of cases against the suspects.

One angle the police is considereing is Singfil Builders' reported failure to pay revolutionary tax to the NPA. --BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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