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.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

2 bombs explode in Aroroy, Masbate

AROROY, Masbate –Police authorities here are still investigating the explosion incident that occurred early this morning at the residence of Jesus Balbuena y Amaro at Barangay Luy-a.

Balbuena is a local businessman in this town.


The initial report reveals that five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were thrown at the residence of the said victim, although only two (2) exploded.

The tank and chassis of the black Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 vehicle owned by Balbuena were destroyed together with the portion of the roof of the parking area, the report added.

The perpetrators of the crime destroyed first the perimeter fence of the victim’s house to gain entry into victim’s compound.

The ongoing probe is looking into other angles surrounding the incident like personal grudge against the victim and other causes like business competition and rivalry.

Meanwhile, all the recovered IEDs were detonated and brought to Aroroy MPS for evidentiary purposes.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Ofisina sa Naga City Hall compound sinalakat

ACTO
NAGA CITY-- Padagos an paglangkaba kan harabonan sa Naga.

Subagong aga, mismong sarong oficina sa laog kan City Hall compound an linaog kan mga parasalakat.

An oficinang ini iyo an Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO).

An harabonan, sabi kan pulis, nangyari sa pagultanan kan alas 9 nin aga asin alas 12 nin odto.

Rinaot kan parahabon an window grills kan ACTO,  kun sain ini uminagi.

Nalalay sa nasambit na ofisina an sarong 24 inch EZY na telebisyon na may kantidad  na P15,000; sarong Cherry Mobile na cellphone an kantidad P6,000; asin an sarong Samsung laptop na sadiri kan LGU-Naga na may kantidad na P30,000.

Apwera sa LGU Naga, an iba pang nabiktima kan parahabon iyo sinda BJ de Asis y Veluz, 33, residente kan Brgy. Cararayan asin Rustan Pujado y Rodrigueza, 27 kan Brgy. Lerma.

An biktimang si de Asis, aki ni Kagawad Cecilia de Asis. --Oscar Esmenda, BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Suspect in Jeff Villafuerte murder surrenders

PILI, Camarines Sur-- One of the suspects in the Jeffrey Villafuerte murder has finally surrendered to authorities.

Emmanuel "Awel" Rey (right) with PSSupt Primo Berico Golingay at the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office
Photo by Oscar Esmenda
Emmanuel Rey, also known as "Awel," surrendered to PSupt. Marlo Meneses of the Albay Provincial Police Office.

He submitted to the custody of authorities at around noontime today (March 3).

He was later brought to Camarines Sur and subsequently turned over to the Police Provincial Office for proper disposition.

Rey admitted to Police that he was the one who shot the 30-year-old victim, but reasoned it was merely accidental. 

Rey, along with his twin Eusebio "Abong" Rey, were tagged as the suspects in the killing of Villafuerte.

The other twin remains at large.

Two two suspects are sons of former Dayangdang barangay chief Bert Rey.

Meanwhille, their mother Shirley, rushed to the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Station, upon learning that her son has turned himsel in. 

The suspects' mother told the media that their family never purposely keeps the whereabouts of their sons.

She explained that her son Emmanuel was just terrified so he opted to surrender in Albay instead.

Jeffrey, who is the son of former Penafrancia barangay chief Jojo Villafuerte, was buried at noontime today.--Report by Oscar Esmenda BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Friday, March 6, 2015

CASURECO III nangangapudan na nin ayuda sa pribadong sector

IRIGA CITY—Ibiniklad na kan Camarines Sur III Electric Cooperative (CASURECO III) an mga kasakitan na kinakahampang kan manehamiento.

Ini saindang ipinahayag sa ginibong Stakeholders Consultative Meeting kan manlaen-laen na sector asin ahensya gikan sa mga banwaan sa Rinconada sa University of Saint Anthony (USANT) Audio Visual Room kasoodmang hapon.

An tolong problema iyo an mga kautangan na lampas na sa kakayahang bayadan, receivables na gikan sa mga consumidores, asin an systems loss.

Ini an tolong dahilan kun tano uminabot na sa 1.2 billion pesos an kautangan kan cooperatiba sa mga supplier asin iba pang mga ahensya.

Sabi pa kan manehamiento, igwa sinda nin walong opsyon na puede ser makaresolba sa mga inaatubang na problema.

An mga ini iyo an pinag-aapod na joint venture, investment management contract, management contract, operation and maintenance contract, special equipment and material lease agreement, concession agreement, merger, asin consolidation.

Alagad, an walong opsyon na ini pinagdudahan kan mga nag-atendir ta an mga ini suboot bakong solusyon sa problema.

Kadakol man sa mga nag-atendir an nagtao nin mga suhestyon.

Kaiba na digdi sinda Atty. Santiago Ortega, an president kan USANT, na interesado na makipagcompetensya sa CASURECO III sa servicio kan kuryente.

Mientrastanto, an joven na negociante na si Solomon Ngo, nagtao man kan suhestiyon na cooperative o full government takeover.

Si Alcalde Rey Lacoste kan Buhi nagsabi man na pwedeng an LGU an magibo nin temporaryong paagui sa pag-garantiya sa mga supplier.

Nagkontra man sa pagsasapribado kan cooperatiba an iba pang mga personalidad na nag-atender.

Inako kan manehamiento kan CASURECO III na an problema garo na helang na kanser na mayo nan in bulong.

An orolay lalong naging tensyonado ta an San Miguel Energy Corporation (SMEC) dai na nagtogot na dai na mabayadan an kautangan kan cooperatiba hasta sa Lunes, fecha 9 kan Marso.

An SMEC nagpahayag na na puputulan nin kuryente an CASURECO III sa fechang nasambit.


Katakod pa kaini, maski an National Electrification Administration (NEA), nagsabi na dai na kaini kayang asumiron an problema, ta igwa pa ngani nin utang sainda an CASURECO III.—Report ni Jun Oyales, BBS-DWLV
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Sued for posting Tallado scandal photos | Netizen dares Gov to address real issue

NAGA CITYMia Concordia slammed the allegations of Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo “Egay” Tallado in an exclusive interview with BICOL STANDARD.

Several of the respondents in the cyber libel and video voyeurism complaint with their lawyer Atty. Godfrey Parale
Photo via Mark Jerez
The DZAU reporter said that she was just doing her job as a media practioner when she posted the controversial photos allegedly of Governor Edgardo “Egay” Tallado and his mistress.

Concordia is among the five netizens who were charged with violation of RA 9995 or Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 and Violation of Section 4 of Chapter 2 of RA 10175 or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

The other respondents are Mark Vincent Jerez, Rommel Ibasco Fenix, Danilo Deo Trinidad I, and Gener Villacrusis Quibral.

Nobody’s mouthpiece

Concordia vehemently denied allegations that she works for any of Tallado's political opponents.

I am nobody's mouthpiece, she said.
Concordia added that contrary to what the governor has been implying, no case has been ever filed against her.

Source of her photo
She further emphasized that she did not own the photos she posted.

Social media was already swathed with the controversial photos the moment his wife, Josie Tallado, spoke on ABS-CBN morning show Umagang Kay Ganda about the governor’s extramarital affair and the sex video.

However, she said, she was discriminating upon the photos and chose to share the one posted a by Manila-based journalist.

“The photo, in fact, remains posted by my friend’s wall,” she said.

Concordia called on the National Bureau of Investigation to identify the person who took the photo.

She emphasized that none of the respondents altered or edited the photo. Not one of them had committed fraud, as what Tallado had been making it appear.

Furthermore, she said that the private parts of the lady in the controversial photo were aptly covered.


More importantly, they persons in the photo were not engaging in sexual intercourse.

No conspiracy
She denied Tallado’s allegation that the five of them acted in complicity to post comments, and the like.

“We only met each other in the Office of the Prosecutor after we learned that cases have been filed against us and that a preliminary hearing had been set,” she said

It was who divulged to the public that Tallado was unfaithful.

Concordia said it was Josie, the governor’s wife, herself who spoke on DZMM and “Umagang Kay Ganda” that his husband had a sex video.

Singled out

Obviously, respondents have been singled out by the Governor, said Concordia.

“The photo I posted is the same photo which was used by ABS-CBN. The same photo remains posted on the timeline of my friend. Other members of the Camarines Norte press also posted the same photo.”

However, only the five of them have been sued by the governor.

Address the real issue

Concordia dared Tallado to directly confront the sex scandal issue instead on focusing on a handful of netizens.

She said the governor has made an issue out of how the respondents posted the controversial photos.

However, the governor has failed to explain to the public why, in the first place, he was involved in this sex scandal, she stressed.

Also, Tallado should focus more on the complaints lodged against him which are pending before the Department of Justice, the Civil Service Commission, and the Ombudsman. –BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Another ex-punong barangay gunned down in Masbate

MASBATE CITY–A former Punong Barangay of Titong, this city was gunned down last Tuesday (March 3), allegedly by at least 30 unidentified armed men.

The victim was identified as Salvador Cabug y Huertas, 38 years old, married, and a resident of the abovementioned barangay.

The police probers disclosed that on or about 8:30 in the evening of said date, the heavily armed men appeared in front of the victim’s house where the victim was forcibly abducted.

Grace Cabug y Franco, the wife of the victim narrated that the suspects entered their house then searched their entire residence, allegedly looking for firearms.

Finding no such firearms, however, the suspects dragged the victim outside their house. A few minutes lafter, they heard at least four gunshots which were fired against the victim.

The report added that at about 11:30 in the evening at the same date, Rey Huertas, informed them that Cabug was seen lying prostrate on the ground along Crossing Gugsayon in the said barangay.

The investigation also revealed that Cabug suffered 4 gunshot wounds from a caliber .45 pistol.
According to post-mortem examination conducted by Dr. Jeanette Inez-Yaneza, the victim also suffered multiple stab injuries apart from the four gunshot wounds.

The pieces of evidence that were recovered from the scene of the crime were brought to the Provincial Crime Laboratory Masbate.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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HAPPENING NOW | Inter-faith ceremony and cultural show for truth, accountability and good governance

Photo by Oscar Esmenda 

The Bicol Solidarity for Truth, Accountability, and Good Governance (Bicol STAGG) leads the Inter-faith ceremony and cultural show at Plaza Quezon, Naga City on 40th day since the Mamasapano slay.

Through songs, poetry, dance, and other creative forms of cultural presentation, the group calls for unceasingly drumbeating the call for truth, accountability and good governance.

"Genuine and lasting peace in Mindanao will always be a pipe dream unless the real roots of the armed conflict is addressed," the organizers said.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Photo by Oscar Esmenda
Photo by Oscar Esmenda
Photo by Oscar Esmenda
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

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MAYOR RAUL MATAMOROSA MURDER | Osabals to be arraigned on March 10

NAGA CITY-- Spouses Joe and Jovy Osabal are set to be arraigned on March 10, in relation to the murder charges that each of them is facing.

Joe Osabal
Photo: RMN-DWNX
The prosecution is also set to argue on the issue on the place of detention.

Meanwhile, Atty. Noe Botor, the private prosecutor of the case, told BICOL STANDARD that he is yet to receive an order regarding the schedule of the hearing of the Petition for Bail.

The prosecution was given until noontime today to file a comment on the petition for bail and also on the matter regarding the place of detention, Botor said.

The Osabals are presently detained in the Tinangis Penal Farm in Pili, Camarines Sur.--BICOLSTANDARD




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DOH Bicol calls for measures to prevent uptrend of dengue cases

The Department of Health (DOH) Bicol regional office has urged the public to carry out measures to prevent spread of dengue fever following the increase in the number of cases of this mosquito-borne disease in recent month based on the monitoring of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU).
DOH Bicol Regional Director Gloria Balboa
Photo: RD Balboa's FB account
According to the surveillance data from January 1 to February 21 this year, RESU has recorded  a 63 percent increase in the number of cases in Bicol provinces indicating 104 cases in 2014 and 169 cases in the current year.

RESU data showed that Camarines Sur had 65 cases followed by Albay with 52, Sorsogon, 25 and Masbate, 16.

Dengue cases in Catanduanes and Camarines Norte, however, have decreased by 50 percent and 13 percent, respectively.

DOH Biol regional director Gloria J. Balboa noted that dengue cases usually are on the uptrend during rainy season, but the public must be on alert against dengue all year round.

“As long as there are breeding grounds for the dengue carrier Aedes aegypti mosquito; we cannot be complacent in implementing the campaign. We cannot expect dengue to spike during rainy season only.” she added.

 She emphasized that seasonal changes makes dengue an unpredictable disease to observe.

Balboa called on for consistent community involvement to stop the dengue case surge.

 She said that the DOH has been aggressively campaigning against said disease and tells that regular community participation such as spreading awareness in preventing dengue will make a lot of difference.

 The campaign against dengue is anchored on the 4S strategy: SEARCH AND DESTROY possible breeding grounds of dengue such as flower vase, discarded tires and other containers that may hold stagnant water; SELF-PROTECTION MEASURES like applying mosquito repellent lotion, SEEK EARLY CONSULTATION if symptoms of dengue began to appear and SAY NO TO DISCRIMINATE FOGGING which suggest fogging during outbreaks only. (MAL-PIA5/Albay)
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'Gov. Egay Tallado Scandal' on pirated DVDs

DAET, Camarines Norte—Although the scandal has seemingly died down, the infamous photos allegedly of Governor Egay Tallado and his mistress continue to flourish online.

'Gov. Egay Tallado Scandal' on pirated DVDs
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Two weeks ago, DVDs bearing the title “Gov. Egay Tallado Scandal ” were also among those seized by the Optical Media Board during its raid in the City of Naga two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Tallado wants to test the teeth of the new Republic Act (RA) 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 and RA 10175 or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

The provincial chief executive charged five netizens for violation of said laws.

Among the respondents are Mia Concordia, Mark Vincent Jerez, Rommel Ibasco Fenix, Danilo Deo Trinidad I, and Gener Villacrusis Quibral.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Jo Osabal, agom na ex-Mayor Jovy, nagpetition na maka-fianza sa casong murder

NAGA CITY—Nakatalaan na dangogon atyan na hapon sa Regional Trial Court (RTC) digdi an petition for bail na pigsunad kan broadcaster na si Jo Osabal asin an saiyang agom na si Jovy, na pareyong akusado nin murder sa pagadan ki Mayor Raul Matamorosa kan 2013.

Jo Osabal
Jo Osabal
Retrato kan RMN-DWNX
Sa presente, an mag-agom na Osabal detinido sa Tinangis Penal Farm, pagkatapos na magsuko sinda sa RTC na iyong madangog kan caso.

An recomendasyon kan fiscal, dai sinda tugutan na magfianza.

Sa nasambit na hearing, dadangogon ni RTC Judge Valentin Pura, an presiding judge kan jusgado na mabista kan caso, an mga evidencia na ipepresentar kan prosecution.

An jusgado igwa nin poder na magdeterminar kun totogotan o dae an sarong akusado na magfianza depende sa mga circumstancia asin sa evidencia na iaatubang kan lado kan prosecution.

Mientrastanto, kasoodma nagpaabot nin kaogmahan si Lupi Mayor Bobby Matamorosa, matuang tugang kan ginadan na alkalde, na yaon na sa kustodiya kan mga awtoridad an mga suspechado.

Nagsabi si Mayor Bobby na dakula an saiyang confianza na makakamtan kan saiyang tugang an justicia.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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For posting Tallado scandal photos | Cam Norte gov files criminal complaints vs netizens

DAET, Camarines Norte—Governor Edgar Tallado has slapped five netizens with charges for violation of RA 9995 or Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 and Violation of Section 4 of Chapter 2 of RA 10175 or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

This is a spinoff of the Tallado sex scandal, which made national headlines after photos allegedly of the governor and his mistress went viral on social media.

Criminal case filed by Gov. Egay Tallado against netizens
Photo by BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Named respondents in the said cases are the following: Mia Concordia, Mark Vincent Jerez, Rommel Ibasco Fenix, Danilo Deo Trinidad I, and Gener Villacrusis Quibral.

Concorida, Gernixa and Quibral are all connected to DZAU, a radio station located in Itomang, Talisay town.

Tallado's allegations


Concordia

Tallado, in his affidavit complaint, accuses Concordia of posting on Oct. 29 on her Facebook account photos of Tallado performing lascivious/sexual intercourse and which post she shared with 44 persons.

 Concordia, again reposted the photo on Oct. 30. She added 6 new photos, which “depicted the same subject” later that day and shared it with 102 persons.

The same photos were re-uploaded on the first week of November.

Jerez

The Governor accuses Jerez of posting on his Facebook account:  “Anong connection nung projects sa concubinage???Irrelevant naman kasi un…paghuhugas naman un…panghugas o panglinis ba yung infrastructures sa ginawang defamatory acts ng ama ng Camarines Sur.

Tallado said that this post on Jerez’ wall illustrates that he “conforms to the intention of Concordia in uploading/sharing the pictures depicted therein and identified the pictures of a male person to be that of Tallado.”

Likewise this province’s chief executive found the following comment posted by Jerez on Oct. 30, 2014 objectionable and contrary to law: “CamNortenos! What is your REACTION if you see this photo, is this appropriate considering that all the issues the beset our province today.”

Fenix

For Fenix, the governor said that the mediaman uploaded and shared in his Facebook account on Oct. 29, 2014 “pictures of a man having a sexual act with a woman and in said upload Fenix impressed and stated upon the recipient of his uploads that Tallado is the one engaging in a sexual congress with a woman.”

Trinidad

Tallado wants to hold Trinidad criminally liable for uploading on Oct. 27, 2014 and later sharing on his Facebook account a picture of “a man whom he identified as Tallado with a woman closely beside each other and labelled it as : ‘Mabuhay: No. 1 Trending sa Yahoo Philippines na…Mabuhay!!!”
On the same day, he also posted: “ Ganon?? Mas matapang si Babes kesa sa legal wife? At pag nagdi date ang mag sing-irog may kasama pang mga provincial officials???Dapat mag sorry din kayo!! Kaya pala mali mali ang script e…partners in crime mga ito!!! Nakakahiya kayo”.

Quibral

Tallado also filed a case against Quibral whom he alleged violated the law when: He posted on Oct. 24, 2014 on Facebook “ the picture of Tallado and  a nude woman who is in the act of engaging in a sexual intercourse and in the upload Quibral imputed the sexual act to Tallado.”

Netizens motives questionable, said Tallado


Tallado slammed said netizens and accused them of being “political allies and depended of the Barcelona, Unico, Jalgalado, and Reyes families in Camarines Norte.”

He added: “They tended to show that that I had a private affair with a woman, though outside of my official function as governor if only to embarrass me in public.”

'Embarrassed publicly'

Tallado, in his affidavit-complaint, lamented:

“ I was embarrassed publicly. I suffered sleepless nights, besmirched reputation, and other untold moral sufferings because I became the object of ridicule; I was branded by different names that are insulting and dehumanizing. In fact, my family was estranged because of the unlawful publication of said pictures.”

Concordia

When asked to comment on the case, she told BICOLSTANDARD.COM: “Sa parte ko paraan yan tumigil ako sa pagiging kritiko ko.  Hindi kami nagsabwatan….Yong mga post ko tinatalakay ko yon kasi iyon ang mainit na isyu.”

“Yung picture hindi ako ang original author o hindi akin galing yon kundi pinag share ko mula sa timeline ng isa din mamahayag,” she explained.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

PHOTO | Bicol Medical Center expansion


This photo shows the ongoing construction of the 5-storey ER, wellness and diagnostic building with cardiac cath laboratory, 4-storey Cancer Center, and Phase 1 of the 9-storey hospital building of the Bicol Medical Center. The DOH-funded project was initiated by former Health Secretary Enrique Ona upon the recommendations of the Bicol Medical Center Management under the watch of its outgoing visionary medical center chief Dr. Efren Nerva. (via Naga Smiles to the World)
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Mini-moon or micro-moon in Naga City


The smallest full moon of the year, also called the "mini-moon" or "micro-moon," is seen when the moon is at its apogee, or its distance is farthest from the Earth. Tonight, the moon is about 50,000 kilometers farther away from Earth than will the year's closest full moon.
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Mayor Matamorosa welcomes surrender of accused Osabal spouses



LUPI, Camarines Sur-- Mayor Bobby Matamorosa  expressed his elation over the news that the accused murderers of his brother, spouses Joe and Jovy Osabal,  have been both placed under the custody of authorities. 

The Osabal spouses were both tagged for the murder of then-incumbent mayor Raul Matamorosa.

In an exclusive telephone interview, Mayor Bobby told BICOLSTANDARD.COM  that the Matamorosa family welcomes this breakthrough. 

He also thanked the authorities who helped the wheels of justice churn for his younger brother. 

The older Matamorosa likewise expressed his full faith in the judiciary, saying that he is confident that the tribunal will be fair and that justice will be finally served for his brother.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM


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CASE IN POINT | Can Erap run for President again?



May former President Joseph Estrada run for public office despite having been convicted of the crime of plunder which carried an accessory penalty of perpetual disqualification to hold public office? The Supreme Court ruled yes, because he was granted an absolute pardon.

The next question is: can he run for President again? It is my opinion that he cannot as the prohibition in the Constitution is absolute.

Q – Former President Joseph Estrada filed his certified of candidacy for Mayor of Manila in 2013 elections. Atty. Riso-Vidal filed a petition for his disqualified contending that Estrada has been convicted of the crime of plunder and the SB imposed the penalty of reclusion perpetua with perpetual absolute disqualification. She based her petition under Sec. 40 of the Local Government Code which provides for the disqualification of person who have been sentenced by final judgment for an offense involving moral turpitude or for an offense punishable by one (1) year or more of imprisonment. Furthermore, she cited Sec. 12 of the Omnibus Election Code which disqualifies a person who has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude from running for public office. Estrada contended that he is qualified because he was granted absolute pardon by former President Arroyo. The COMELEC decided in his favor ruling that the pardon granted to him was an absolute pardon and that he was restored to his civil and political rights. Risos-Vidal in her petition before the SC argued that the pardon was not absolute as evidenced by the acceptance of Estrada with the condition in the third Whereas Clause that he has publicly committed to no longer seek an elective position or office. She contended that the executive clemency would not have been granted without such condition, hence, when he ran for public office, he committed a breach of the pardon. She contended that even with the pardon, Estrada could not run because of the requirements under Articles 36 & 41 of the Revised Penal Code, the disqualifications must be expressly remitted in the pardon. The pardon granted did not expressly remit the accessory penalty of perpetual absolute disqualification to hold public office. She argued that it is not enough that the pardon makes a general statement that the pardon carriers with it the restoration of civil and political rights. She argued that such constraints are mandatory that shun a general or implied restoration of civil and political rights in pardons.

For his part, former President Estrada argued that he “was granted an absolute pardon and thereby restored to his full civil and political rights, including the right to seek public elective office such as the mayoral (sic) position in the City of Manila;” that “the majority decision in the case of Monsanto v. Factoran, Jr., which was erroneously cited by both Vidal and Lim as authority for their respective claims, x x x reveal that there was no discussion whatsoever in the ratio decidendi of the Monsanto case as to the alleged necessity for an expressed restoration of the ‘right to hold public office in the pardon’ as a legal prerequisite to remove the subject perpetual special disqualification;” thatmoreover, the “principal question raised in this Monsanto case is whether or not a public officer, who has been granted an absolute pardon by the Chief Executive, is entitled to reinstatement to her former position without need of a new appointment;” that his “expressed acceptance [of the pardon] is not proof that the pardon extended to [him] is conditional and not absolute;” or President back in 2009-2010; that Articles 36 and 41 of the Revised Penal Code “cannot abridge or diminish the pardoning power of the President expressly granted by the Constitution;” that the text of the pardon granted to him substantially, if not fully, complied with the requirement posed by Article 36 of the Revised Penal Code as it was categorically stated in the said document that he was “restored to his civil and political rights;” that since pardon is an act of grace, it must be construed favorably in favor of the grantee; and that his disqualification will result in massive disenfranchisement of the hundreds of thousands of Manileños who voted for him.

 Is the petition for certiorari proper? Why?

Held: No. The petition for certiorari lacks merit. Former President Estrada was granted an absolute pardon that fully restored all his civil and political rights, which naturally includes the right to seek public elective office, the focal point of this controversy. The wording of the pardon extended to former President Estrada is complete, unambiguous, and unqualified. It is likewise unfettered by Articles 36 and 41 of the Revised Penal Code. The only reasonable, objective, and constitutional interpretation of the language of the pardon is that the same in fact conforms to Articles 36 and 41 of the Revised Penal Code. (Atty. Alicia Risos-Vidl v. COMELEC, et al., G.R. No. 206666, January 21, 2015, Leonardo de Castro, J).

It is apparent from the foregoing constitutional provisions that the only instances in which the President may not extend pardon remain to be in: (1) impeachment cases; (2) cases that have not yet resulted in a final conviction; and (3) cases involving violations of election laws, rules and regulations in which there was no favorable recommendation coming from the COMELEC. Therefore, it can be argued that any act of Congress by way of statute cannot operate to delimit the pardoning power of the President.

In Cristobal v. Labrador, 71 Phil. 34, 38 [1940] and Pelobello v. Palatino,72 Phil. 441, 442 [1941] the SC declared that “subject to the limitations imposed by the Constitution, the pardoning power cannot be restricted or controlled by legislative action.” In Monsanto v. Factoran, Jr. it was also said that a pardon, being a presidential prerogative, should not be circumscribed by legislative action. The exercise of the pardoning power is discretionary in the President and may not be interfered with by Congress or the Court, except only when it exceeds the limits provided for by the Constitution.

This doctrine of non-diminution or non-impairment of the President’s power of pardon by acts of Congress, specifically through legislation, was strongly adhered to by an overwhelming majority of the framers of the 1987 Constitution when they flatly rejected a proposal to carve out an exception from the pardoning power of the President in the form of “offenses involving graft and corruption” that would be enumerated and defined by Congress through the enactment of a law. (Atty. Risos-Vidal v. COMELEC, et al., supra).

The proper interpretation of Articles 36 and 41 of the Revised Penal Code

Articles 36 and 41 of the Revised Penal Code cannot, in any way, serve to abridge or diminish the exclusive power and prerogative of the President to pardon persons convicted of violating penal statutes.

A rigid and inflexible reading of the above provisions of law, is unwarranted, especially so if it will defeat or unduly restrict the power of the President to grant executive clemency.
It is well-entrenched in this jurisdiction that where the words of a statute are clear, plain, and free from ambiguity, it must be given its literal meaning and applied without attempted interpretation. Verba legis non est recedendum. From the words of a statute there should be no departure. (Republic v. Camacho, G.R. No. 185604, June 13, 2013, 698 SCRA 380, 398). The phrase in the presidential pardon at issue which declares that former President Estrada “is hereby restored to his civil and political rights” substantially complies with the requirement of express restoration. (Atty. Risos-Vidal v. COMELEC, et al., supra).

The overbroad statement that Congress may dictate as to how the President may exercise his/her power of executive clemency is not correct. The form or manner by which the President, or Congress for that matter, should exercise their respective Constitutional powers or prerogatives cannot be interfered with unless it is so provided in the Constitution. This is the essence of the principle of separation of powers deeply ingrained in our system of government which “ordains that each of the three great branches of government has exclusive cognizance of and is supreme in matters falling within its own constitutionally allocated sphere.” (Bureau of Customs Employees Association (BOCEA) v. Teves, G.R. No. 181704, December 6, 2011, 661 SCRA 589, 604). Moreso, this fundamental principle must be observed if noncompliance with the form imposed by one branch on a co-equal and coordinate branch will result into the diminution of an exclusive Constitutional prerogative.

For this reason, Articles 36 and 41 of the Revised Penal Code should be construed in a way that will give full effect to the executive clemency granted by the President, instead of indulging in an overly strict interpretation that may serve to impair or diminish the import of the pardon which emanated from the Office of the President and duly signed by the Chief Executive himself/herself. The said codal provisions must be construed to harmonize the power of Congress to define crimes and prescribe the penalties for such crimes and the power of the President to grant executive clemency. All that the said provisions impart is that the pardon of the principal penalty does not carry with it the remission of the accessory penalties unless the President expressly includes said accessory penalties in the pardon. It still recognizes the Presidential prerogative to grant executive clemency and, specifically, to decide to pardon the principal penalty while excluding its accessory penalties or to pardon both. Thus, Articles 36 and 41 only clarify the effect of the pardon so decided upon by the President on the penalties imposed in accordance with law (Atty. Risos-Vidal v. COMELEC, et al., supra).

The third preambular clause of the pardon did not operate to make the pardon conditional.
The third preambular clause of the pardon, i.e., “[w]hereas, Joseph Ejercito Estrada has publicly committed to no longer seek any elective position or office,” neither made the pardon conditional, nor militate against the conclusion that former President Estrada’s rights to suffrage and to seek public elective office have been restored. This is especially true as the pardon itself does not explicitly impose a condition or limitation, considering the unqualified use of the term “civil and political rights” as being restored.

Jurisprudence educates that a preamble is not an essential part of an act as it is an introductory or preparatory clause that explains the reasons for the enactment, usually introduced by the word “whereas.” (People v. Balasa, 356 Phil. 362, 396 [1998]). Whereas clauses do not form part of a statute because, strictly speaking, they are not part of the operative language of the statute. (Llamado v. Court of Appeals, 256 Phil. 328, 339 [1989]). In this case, the whereas clause at issue is not an integral part of the decree of the pardon, and therefore, does not by itself alone operate to make the pardon conditional or to make its effectivity contingent upon the fulfilment of the aforementioned commitment nor to limit the scope of the pardon.
The statement “[h]e is hereby restored to his civil and political rights,” is crystal clear – the pardon granted to former President Estrada was absolute, meaning, it was not only unconditional, it was unrestricted in scope, complete and plenary in character, as the term “political rights” adverted to has a settled meaning in law and jurisprudence.

The omission of the qualifying word “full” can be construed as excluding the restoration ofthe rights of suffrage and to hold public office. There appears to be no distinction as to the coverage of the term “full political rights” and the term “political rights” used alone without any qualification. How to ascribe to the latter term the meaning that it is “partial” and not “full” defies one’s understanding. More so, it will be extremely difficult to identify which of the political rights are restored by the pardon, when the text of the latter is silent on this matter. Exceptions to the grant of pardon cannot be presumed from the absence of the qualifying word “full” when the pardon restored the “political rights” of former President Estrada without any exclusion or reservation.
Therefore, there can be no other conclusion but to say that the pardon granted to former President Estrada was absolute in the absence of a clear, unequivocal and concrete factual basis upon which to anchor or support the Presidential intent to grant a limited pardon (Atty. Risos-Vidal v. COMELEC, et al., supra).
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Broadcaster Joe Osabal, wife Lupi ex-mayor Jovy surrender to RTC Naga

Accused Joe Osabal
Photo via DWNX 


(UPDATED) NAGA CITY-- Broadcaster Joe Osabal and wife former mayor Jovy Osabal surrendered to the Regional Trial Court here this morning following the issuance of a warrant of arrest yesterday.

The Osabal spouses, along with 5 others, are facing charges for the murder of Lupi town mayor Raul Matamorosa in 2013.

The two will be committed at the Tinganis Penal Farm in Pili town, Camarines Sur.

The couple voluntarily surrendered to Hon. Valentin Pura. Pura is the  Presiding Judge of  RTC Branch 23, the tribunal  where the murder cases were raffled.

The former Lupi town mayor Jovy and radio commentator husband Joe were accompanied by Atty. Marion Legacion when they appeared in court. Legacion is the wife of Nelson Legacion, vice-mayor of this city.

An petition for bail was filed for the temporary liberty of the spouses. The application is set for hearing tomorrow afternoon.

Murder is generally a non-bailable offense.

Also facing charges for the Raul Matamorosa slay are: Wilfredo R. Sasota, David Osea, Eure Terceño and two John Does.


It will be recalled that Matamorosa was shot by a  lone gunman on Oct. 27, 2013.

Police investigation revealed that the assailant walked to the  unsuspecting mayor from behind and fired shots at him as he was about to board his car.

At that time of the incident, Jovy Osabal was the vice mayor of Lupi. She later succeeded as mayor after the death of Matamorosa. 

Jovy Osabal again ran during the 2013 polls, but lost to the slain mayor's brother, Bobby Matamorosa--Oscar Esmenda for BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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‘Maisog’ na maestra, pinipetisyon pahalion

RAGAY, CSur— Labi an isog sa mga kaakian.

Ini an reklamo kan nagkapirang mga magurang sa San Rafael Primary School sa banwaan na ini kontra sa Head Teacher na si Lilian Vasquez, na saindang ipinepetisyon na pahaleon sa eskwelahan asin sipaon na sa pagiging maestra.

Sa pahayag ni Remar Toralexa, an Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) President na iyo an nagkokolekta kan mga pirma, dakol nang eskwela an nagsumbong na suboot kinukulgan sinda kan nasambit na maestra.

Igwa na suboot ining pinakakan nin papel, sinampaling, hinubaan, tinulod sa fishpond, asin iba pal. Alagad an kadaklan sa mga magurang kan mga eskwela, mayong kusog-boot na magplantear nin reklamo.

Kan fecha 19 pa sana kan Pebrero, segun ki Toralexa, igwa na naman nin sarong eskwela na nagsumbong.

Sa pahayag kan 15 anyos na eskwela, linaog kan maestra an saiyang residensya mantang naglalaba an daragita.

Kinurahawan siya suboot kan maestra na “Ano an pigpaparasabi mo na ampon an aki ko?”

Dangan tinulod, sinampaling, asin sinikadan suboot an daragita, na tulos man nanlaban.

Kinamros kaini an maestra mantang siya suboot tinitilok.

Nin huli sa pangyayari, planong kasuhan kan eskwela an maestra sa pagbalgar kan derecho kan mga kaakian na yaon sa Republic Act 7160.

An victima ipinasairarom na kan saiyang magurang sa medical test asin nagreklamo sa pulis.
Mientrastanto, napag-araman kan Public School District Supervisor (PSDS) kan banwaan na ini na si Joselito Mendez an insidente.

Kinaulay ni Mendez an maestra, an PTA President, an biktima, asin an ina kaini.

Boot kuta ni Mendez na maghagad na sanang tawad an maestrang si Vasquez sa aki asin sa magurang kaini. Alagad, pinanindugan kan maestra na mayo siya nin kasalan asin pinahimutikan an mga alegasyon nin pangungulog.

Sa oras na sinusurat an baretang ini, padagos pa an pagtipon nin mga pirma sa petisyon na ipaplantear kontra ki Vasquez sa Division Office kan Department of Education (DepEd) na suboot pwede maging basehan sa pagpahale sa maestra.—Report ni Jener Villarez, BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PHOTO | Bicolano NIA Board Member 'Ka Silver' Bonto takes oath of office


Bicolano NIA Board Member Mr. Silvestre “Ka Silver” Bonto, Sr., (right)  takes his oath of office as member of the  NIA Board of Directors before Sec. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, the presidential assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization on Feb. 25, 2015 at the NIA Board Room in Quezon City.  His appointment as member of the NIA Board representing the rice and corn sector was signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III last Jan. 22. Bonto is the president of the National Confederation of Irrigators Association (NCIA).  He is a farmer from Quipayo, Calabanga, Camarines Sur. (Ed Yu/NIA)
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Alma Moreno: I am running for Senator

PILI, Camarines Sur—"I am running for Senator," Philippine Councilors' League (PCL) National Chairman Councilor Alma Moreno announced at the PCL National Convention at the Capitol Convention Center here.

Alma Moreno: I am running for Senator
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

This is the first time that Moreno revealed that she will be seeking the Senate seat in the 2016 polls.

Moreno, who currently serves as councilor of Paranaque, asked for the support of her fellow councilors as she eyes a higher position.

In attendance at the convention were councilors from all over the Philippines, including PCL National Secretary General Maybelyn Fernandez.—by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Mascariñas is new BU president

Dr. Arnulfo Mascariñas has been elected the new president of Bicol University today at the Commission on Higher Education Main Office at University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City.

Mascariñas is new BU president
Photo via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7GW7hi6hsE

Mascariñas bested the other three contenders, including Dr. Domingo E. Angeles, UPLB Dean of the College of Agriculture; Dr. Helen M. Llenaresas, BU Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Dr. Amelia A. Dorosan, BU Vice President for Administration.

Mascariñas got seven votes, while Angeles got 4, and Llenansares 1.

Prior to being chosen, Mascariñas served as Bicol University Research and Development Center Director.

He was also Dean of the BU Graduate School.

A consistent scholar, Dr. Noly received among others, the USAID-RRDP Scholarship in MS in Rural Sociology from the University of the Philippines Los Baños and the PhilRice Scholarship for his Ph.D. in Community Development from the same university.

He received the Highest Academic Excellence award and graduated cum laude in college. He was also awarded with the Most Outstanding Academic Performance in his doctoral study for having earned the highest point average of 1.12. Because of this, he was inducted to the Phi Kappa Phi International Society. He made valuable contributions to Bicol University as a proponent and writer of numerous proposals. He has been a community organization and community development Consultant.

He was a research assistant of the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture Resources Reseacrh (BCARR) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). He was the socioeconomic research unit head of the Farming Systems Research and Development Project (FSRDP), head of the Community Organizing, Training and Extension Unit of the Bicol Rainfed Agriculture Development Project (BRADP), and the agricultural technician of the Department of Agriculture. As a professional, he was awarded the Most Outstanding Socioeconomic Researcher in 1986.

He is married to the former Ms. Ma. Jane M. Bañaga. They have two children named Jythro and Enaj Marie.--With report from Mark Kevin Arroco
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Women warned vs. toxic skin whitening cosmetics

Mercury-laden skin whitening cosmetics can pollute the household environment affecting users and non-users, including young children who are most vulnerable to toxic exposure, toxics watchdog EcoWaste Coalition reported.



As part of its continuing public information drive to inform consumers about the danger of using illegal mercury-containing cosmetics to lighten the skin tone, remove blotchy spots and even cure acne, the EcoWaste Coalition conducted yet another study on the amount of mercury that is released to the air with the use of such products.

The group’s latest investigation showed that dangerous levels of mercury vapor are emitted as soon as the jar containing the facial cream is opened, contaminating the air and exposing the user and her housemates to mercury even before the cream is applied to the skin.

“The quest for fairer complexion using unregistered skin lightening products with mercury can be very dangerous not only for users who are mostly women, but also for small kids who are deprived of clean air and environment at a very critical stage of their development,” said Aileen Lucero, Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition.

“Young children, particularly in congested homes with poor air circulation, are particularly at risk when they touch mercury-tainted bedding and clothes and breathe polluted air,” she pointed out.

Cases have shown that contaminated air and contact with adult cream user’s skin and stained household items contribute to children’s exposure to mercury via skin absorption, inhalation and hand-to-mouth behavior.

“We therefore appeal to women using dubious skin whitening products with mercury to stop this injurious habit, don't go with the fad and be happy with our natural brown skin tone,” Lucero said.

Through the use of a Jerome J405 Mercury Vapor Analyzer, the EcoWaste Coalition, with assistance from Health Care Without Harm, measured mercury in ambient air that is discharged from tainted skin brightening cosmetics.

Out of 25 products analyzed, 25 were found to emit mercury vapor from 35 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3) to 260 ug/m3, way above 1 ug/mg3, which is the “acceptable level for normal occupancy for most sensitive persons” based on the “Suggested Action Levels for Residential Setting” by the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

All the 25 samples released mercury vapor greater than 10 ug/m3, a level at which the recommended action by ATSDR is “isolation of contamination from residents or evacuation of residents.”

The ATSDR has further recommended 3-6 ug/m3 as the “acceptable level to allow personal belongings to remain in owner’s possession.” This means that the sampled facial creams, which are “personal belongings,” should be discarded for exceeding such level, the EcoWaste Coalition noted.

Mercury in the ambient air was measured at 0 ug/m3 before the first sample was opened and analyzed with Jerome.

Among the top 12 products that showed high mercury vapor emissions are:

1. BG Sea Pearl & Papaya Natural Essence 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Sun Block Cream, 260 ug/m3
2. JJJ Magic Spots Removing Cream, 157 ug/m3
3. Feique Cucumber Anti-Wrinkle Whitening Set, 154 ug/m3
4. Feique Herbal Extract Chinese Formula Whitening Anti-Freckle Set, 137 ug/m3
5. Yu Dan Tang Gingseng and Green Cucumber 10 Days Whitening Speckles Removed Essence, 135 ug/m3
6. Beauty Excellent Lamb Placenta Whitening and Anti-Aging, 131 ug/m3
7. Collagen Plus Vit E Day & Night Cream, 123 ug/m3,
8. Jiaoli 7 Days Miracle Package for Spots Refining, 115 ug/m3
9. Zi Xin Mei Face Beauty Vegetable Red in White Series (pink and white box), 108 ug/m3
10. Feique Rose Refining Nourishing Set, 99 ug/m3
11. Zi Xin Mei Face Beauty Vegetable Red in White Series (purple and gold box), 95 ug/m3
12. Beauty Girl Egg White and Tomato 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Cream, 93 ug/m3

According to the ATSDR, “exposure to high levels of metallic, inorganic, or organic mercury can permanently damage the brain, kidneys, and developing fetus. Effects on brain functioning may result in irritability, shyness, tremors, changes in vision or hearing, and memory problems.”

Last month, the group organized a mock “Miss Poison Cosmetics” beauty pageant to expose the unhindered trade of contraband skin whitening products in 50 cities all over the Philippines.

As revealed in the report “Beauty and the Risk,” a study published by the EcoWaste Coalition with support from the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), 316 of the 355 samples of skin whitening facial creams were found contaminated with mercury up to 96,100 parts per million (ppm),  way beyond the allowable limit of 1 ppm under the  ASEAN Cosmetics Directive.
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Catanduanes gets awards as disease, insurgency-free province

Two awards of recognition were recently received in a row by the provincial government of Catanduanes — one, for its successful fight against a dreaded disease and the other one, for its victorious campaign in getting rid of insurgency.

The Department of Health (DOH) conferred the provincial government with the Disease-Free Zone Award which Governor Araceli Wong and Provincial Health Officer Hazel Palmes received during ceremonies at the SMX Convention Center of Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

It was for the success of the province in the elimination of lymphatic filariasis, a dreaded disease that for decades bothered its population with infections that lead to a disfiguring of the limbs called elephantiasis, DOH Bicol Regional Director Gloria Baboa on Wednesday said here.

The disease, spread by mosquito vector commonly arising from abaca farms, became endemic in Catanduanes starting way back in the early 2000s.

To wipe out the disease, a mass drug administration campaign was launched in the province in 2006 following a series of studies conducted by the DOH, starting with clinical examination of cases, mosquito vector assessment and socio-economic surveys, Balboa said.

Following results of these studies, the work for the elimination program was focused on vector biology and the application of global information system (GIS) in determining the spatial pattern of the vector in relation to household clusters, geophysical changes and changes brought about by farming or occupational practices.

After this pilot study, the elimination program started in 2003 using the combination drugs Diethylcarbamazine Citrate and Albendazole in the mass treatment supported by an administrative order issued by the secretary of health in 2004 that declared November as a Filariasis Mass Treatment Month.

Elimination strategies and activities, since then, have been institutionalized with the integration of the mass treatment scheme to other parasitic control programs that involved soil transmitted heminthiasis and schistosomiasis targeting 2016 as its end.

But as early as 2014, Balboa said, Catanduanes had already been able to wipe out the disease attested by the proclamation made by the DOH last August 19 that the province was already filariasis-free.

The second award recently received by Wong was from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the support of the provincial government in the “Bayanihan Program” initiated by the military that has helped a lot in getting the island province rid of insurgency being waged by the New People’s Army (NPA).

In a statement receive here over the week, the 9th Infantry “Spear” Division of the Philippine Army (PA) based in Pili, Camarines Sur, said the Catanduanes governor received the “Bayanihan Award” during the recent celebration of the 28th Foundation Anniversary of the AFP’s Southern Luzon Command in Lucena City.

The award, according to Maj. Gen. Yerson Depayso, the 9th ID commanding general, is in recognition of the Catanduanes provincial government as a civilian partner of the AFP in the government’s campaign against the terrorism of the NPA in the province.

In presenting the award, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gergorio Catapang cited Wong’s implementation of low-cost but high-impact projects in Catanduanes which directly address poverty, unemployment and injustice, thus, they were “a great help to end insurgency problems in the province,” Depayso said.

Also cited, he added, were the lady governor’s advocacies for protection and rehabilitation of the environment, youth development, empowerment of indigenous people and her efforts to improve response capabilities of the province during disasters.

A separate statement reaching here from the Office of the Governor said she had expressed her gratitude to the AFP, saying the Bayanihan Award is one of the most important and significant recognitions that she has received during her term as governor of the province.

Depayso said that it was cited in the awarding ceremonies that for the province of Catanduanes, year 2015 marks the resumption of its quest for inclusive development, taking advantage of the restored atmosphere of peace and tranquility disturbed for over two decades by insurgency brought in by the NPA.

Depayso said the province has been recently declared by the AFP as a “Conflict Manageable and Ready for Development (CMRD)” area given that the local insurgency problem had already been contained.—by Danny Calleja, PNA
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Ama naghabon para sa aki na magraduar sa kinder

NAGA CITY—Lakop nin mga gatok huli kan mga suntok na saiyang sinapo an sarong parahabon na residente kan Barangay Lerma, digdi.

Si Bon Joseph Rayani, 29 anyos an edad,  mayong toltol na trabaho, pigsurorogan kan mga residentes kan barangay kan siya matagboan na naglaog sa sarong oficinal kan Cebu Pacific, suboot tanganing maghabon.

Base imbestigasyon, an suspechadong si Rayani nag sagin-sagin suboot na cliente kan Cebu Pacific tanganing makalaog sa opisina.

Kan nasa laog na narisa kan suspechado na mayong kaiba sa opisina an bantay.

Kaya, tinutokan nin kutsilyo an victima, ginapos, runuskay an mga gamit asin kan makua na an saiyang gusto, marikas na nagkutipas padulag.

Alagad, an mga residentes sa palibot kan nasambit na oficina nakamalisya kan ibang hiro-hiro kan suspechado kaya siya sinitar.

Dangan, sinurorogan asin sinurontok, sampaling asin sinipa an suspechado.

Maray ngani ta nag-abot tulos si mga awtoridad kaya nasaway an mga anggot na tawo.

Si Rayani suspechado pa sa nagkapirang kaso nin pansalakat kabale an paglaog asin paghabon sa sarong laundry shop digdi.

An modus operandi niya, ginagapos an victima, saka ginigibo an paghabon.

Kan makaolay kan mga miembros kan media, nagpahayag si Rayani na ginigibo niya an panghahabon ta kaipohan kaya kan saiyang 6 anyos na aki an cuarta, ta ma-graduar na ini sa kindergarten.—Report ni Boyet Paderes, BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

1 taon na aki, linugosan kan saiyang ama

NAGA CITY—Sarong 27 anyos na lalaki na mayo nin trabaho an sinangatan nin caso sa paglupig sa saiyang sarong taon pa sanang aki sa saiyang ka-live-in sa Marikina City, kan sarong aldaw.

An pulis pinangaranan an suspechado na si Tito Royol, Jr., taga Camarines Sur asin temporaryong naka-estar sa Lakandula St., Barangay Parang, sa nasambit na ciudad.

An reklamo contra sa suspechado dinara sa Marikina City Prosecutor’s Office.

Base sa record kan pulis, an ina kan victima nagsabi na narisa niya na an saiyang aki na dae nagpopondong hibi.

Kan ribayan niya suboot an lampin kan victima, namalesyahan niya na an saiyang ikinabuhay gatok.

Dangan dinumanan niya an saiyang kataid sa harong na igwa man nin aki na kapareyong edad kan saiyang aki para i-comparar an ikinabuhay kaini.

Digdi naheling kan ina na gatok na entero an puerta kan saiyang aki asin igwa pa nin mga patak nin dugo sa lampin.

Pagkatapos na maconfirmar na igwang nangyari, dinara tulos kan ina an saiyang aki sa Amang Rodriguez Medical Center sa Marikina para ipaheling.

Nadiskubre kan doctor na igwa nin “sisi” sa pwerta kan saiyang ikinabuhay na indikasyon na siya linupigan.

Si Royol nag-aatubang na ngonian nin reclamo sa paglupig sa saiyang carnal na aki.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Albay to establish barangay forests

The Provincial Government of Albay will start this month the establishment of barangay forests province- wide in support to the National Greening Program towards the implementation and attainment of the national government target of planting 1.5 billion seedlings nationwide.

Arnold Embestro, Provincial Environment Natural Resources Officer (ENRO) said the program aimed to establish sustainable trees in every barangays maintained by local residents.

“The livelihood component in this program is to allow local residents through their barangay officials to maintain and grow their trees and they will be paid depending on the number of trees grown.”

In the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Interior and Local Government joint Memorandum Circular there are 1.5 million hectares of public domain that will be established as barangay forests and portion of which will be utilized as nurseries to produce planting materials.

Embestro explained that aside from sustaining the environment, this (program) will help unemployed individuals to earn a living. He added that the development of the plantation should be guided by the NGP guidelines and commodity roadmap for calendar year 2013 to 2016 .

“The participating municipalities and barangays shall be responsible for the protection and maintenance of the areas they have developed,” Embestro said.

An agreement with the recipients will be entered into by both parties with the general provision: funds provided by the DENR under this Agreement shall be used by the Recipient Barangay exclusively for the conduct of said activities consistent with the work and financial plan.

Maintenance and protection of the developed areas under this Agreement shall be the conducted by the participating Barangay and funds thereof shall be provided by the participating Municipal and Barangay governments to ensure high survival of the established plantation. --by Mike de la Rama, PNA 
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PHOTOS: Animal Mascot Parade in Albay



Albay celebrates World Wildlife day with the Animal Mascot Parade at Albay Parks and Wildlife. (Photos by jm_magdasoc via Gov. Joey Salceda)

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BU selects new prexy March 4

LEGAZPI CITY—The new president of Bicol University (BU) will be elected tomorrow, March 4, at the Commission on Higher Education Main Office at University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City.

Four contenders are eyeing the position of the eighth president of Bicol University, including Dr. Domingo E. Angeles, UPLB Dean of the College of Agriculture; Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, BU Research and Development Center Director; Dr. Helen M. Llenaresas, BU Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Dr. Amelia A. Dorosan, BU Vice President for Administration.

Among those who will vote for the new president are: Dr. Patricia Licuanan, Chairperson, Commission on Higher Education, and Chairman/Presiding Officer of the Board of Regents; Dr. Fay Lea Patria Lauraya, President, Bicol University and Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents; Sen. Pia S. Cayetano, Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture; Roman T. Romulo, Committee on Technical and Higher Education House of Representatives; Engr. Luis G. Banua, Officer-in-Charge, NEDA Region V; Adelaine D. Bautista, Chairperson, University Student Council of Bicol University; Engr. Joseph B. Esplana, President, BU General Alumni Association, Inc.; Dir. Tomas B. Briñas, Regional Director of DOST Region V; Engr. Abelardo R. Bragas, Regional Director of DA Region V; Prof. Noel Rafer, President of the BU Union of Faculty Association, Inc.; Atty. Hardy Aquende, Prominent Citizen and Member of the Board of Regents; Engr. Clement Ibo, Member of the Board of Regents; and Atty. Norly Reyes, Appointed Secretary-General of the Board of Regents.

The four contenders, it will be recalled, presented their vision and plans for the university for the next for years on January 26 at the Bicol University Ampitheater and The Oriental Hotel.

Incumbent president Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya’s term as university president formally ends on March 8.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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PNP Cam Norte, Sur get new OIC provincial directors

NAGA CITY—The designation of the provincial directors of the Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte Provincial Police Offices have been terminated immediately.

This is according to an order from Director for Personnel and Records Management Jaime Hermo Morente from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters in Camp Crame Quezon City dated February 27, 2015.

Police Senior Superintendent (PSSupt) Walfredo Gimpaya Pornillos has been designated as OIC of the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office in place of PSSupt. Primo Berico Golingay.

Meanwhile, PSSupt. Harris Reyes Fama has been designated as OIC of the Camarines Norte Provincial Police Office in place of PSSupt Moises Cudal Pagaduan.

PSSupt. Fama previously worked at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), while PSSupt. Pornillos worked at the Intelligence Group (IG).

By command of the OIC Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina and authority of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), both Fama and Pornillos were reassigned to the Police Regional Office 5.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Broadcaster Johnny Dematera dies

NAGA CITYRadio and TV broadcaster Johnny Dematera passed away at 4:30 PM today, March 2 at the Bicol Medical Center here.

This was confirmed by Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas Camarines Sur Chapter Chairman Edwin Lara in an interview by BICOL STANDARD.

Dematera died of complications due to a kidney ailment and poor heart condition.

The longtime broadcaster worked at radio stations DZGE in Camarines Sur, DZMD in Camarines Norte, DZGB and WOW FM in Legazpi City.

He also hosted the afternoon TV newscast of PBN TV5 in the 90s.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM



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NUDIES | Cam Sur Watersports Complex's racy hot summer treat?

PILI, Camarines Sur—A photo of the Cam Sur Watersports Complex (CWC) Summer Kickoff Pool Party on Friday posted by what appears to be the venue’s Facebook page ignited a heated debate among netizens over the weekend.

NUDIES | CWC's racy hot summer treat?
The photo, which was uploaded on Sunday morning, showed a completely naked foreigner with only his left hand covering his private parts. He was standing onstage with several others in front of a huge crowd at the event.

The image’s caption read, “Needless to say, the Republ1c Wake team had a good time Fri night at the #CWC #Summer Kick-Off #PoolParty!! Some epic footage was caught & can be seen in the new feature project #RepublicDomian! Stay tuned! #bookit #lifeatcwc #party #wakeboarding #tropical #paradise #cablepark #philippines #wakeboard #itsmorefuninthephilippines.”

Extolling nudity?

The photo immediately gained a spectrum of comments from Facebook users.

Some rebuked the photo and the act of posting by (CWC), as these allegedly appeared to not only tolerate the foreigner’s action, but also encourage it as it is used as part of the venue’s promotion.

Some were also concerned that this may harm the tourism potential of the province or set a “bad example” especially to the minors who attended.

Among the comments on the photo are the following:

"FILTHY CWC...they're not promoting TOURISM but they added NUDITY and worse SEX TRADE..."

"Ayos ang pag promote ninda kan CWC anu.. pede na gibuhon dawa anu for the sake kang mga dayuhan na turista!!! Si mga nag daralan urugmahon man at tinolerate pa kang ng organize kang event.. matindi..uragon man talaga ano !! !”

“Bakong cool yn may kadustaan arog talaga kaan an bhay wara n pakiaaram ang organizer”

“I was there...Ok lang sana may mga ganyan na nagyayari pero sana wag na tong ipost at sana naman next time CWC wag kayong magpapasok ng menor de edad... Kc hindi magandang example! Lalo na pag every friday dyan sa HE, my God mga 1st year high school pinapapasok niyo tapos ina allow nyo pa na bumili ng beer... Sana Gov Migz nakikita mo ang nga ganyan na aspeto hindi maganda. At hindi nakakatuwa balang araw magiging nagulang din kayo at maiintindihan ko ko #bardet”

“UNLIKE”

“Maccra ng mga amerakano ang kagandahan ng bicol, Panira ang pag hubad na yan, n”
“tgparapabayaan nindo magpasali ang mga dayuhan.”

“Its not funny”

“Ok po nangyari na lahat na ipost na rin, pro Sana talaga wag payagan ang mga dayuhan na gawin ang ganyan... kac po kawawa naman tayong mga pilipino, kapg cla pwede nla gawin gusto sa bayan natin!!samantalang kpg tayo nasa bansa nila...parang basahan tayo kng itrato...GUMISING PINOY!!WAG KUNSINTIHIN MGA AROG KAYAN NA KABASTOSAN!! ANO NA KITA..MAYO NG DLKADESA”

“Yong mga minor age dyan... yan na nakita...”

Too critical

Meanwhile, others called on the commenters to be less critical, saying that the party was “fun.”

They posted: “Common guys its CWC the place to Be. If you're not Cool don't even think of going there! HATERS Gonna HATE, PARTY PIPS WILL PARTY HARDER!!!”

“What's wrong with being naked? We were born naked.”

“Been missed that party hayss”

 “Fun times!”

“Awesome party.”

 “People these days. Come on, our generation is different from yours. Who cares if he's naked or not. We all do or have done crazy things in our life. Wag na natin silang pakialaman. Iba naman culture nila.”

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The controversial photo was taken down this morning, March 2.

As of the time of this posting, neither Gov. Migz Villafuerte nor the organizers of the event have released a statement on the issue.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Naga City to welcome radio buffs in grand ‘eyeball’

As a an excellent choice for conventions outside the National Capital Region, Naga will play host once again to another international convention.

This time, is the grand meeting of some 300 to 500 radio enthusiasts and operators coming from different parts of the country, including those from overseas on April 10-12, this year.

Dubbed as the 22nd International Grand Eyeball and 83rd Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) Hamvention, the activity is aimed at gathering radio enthusiasts and partners who are also members of the international organization based in the country and those around the world.

Wikipedia defines Hamfest as a convention of amateur radio enthusiasts, often combining a trade show, flea market, and various other activities of interest to amateur radio operators called hams. In the United Kingdom the term ‘rally’ is more commonly used for amateur radio conventions. Hamfests were noted being held as early as 1924 in the United States.

Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat and 3rd District Representative Leni G. Robredo, will deliver the keynote address and inspirational message, respectively, during the welcome dinner on Day 1.

The twin events, which are hosted by the Civic Action of Radio Enthusiasts (CARE), Inc. based in this city will be held at Belmonte’s Farm in Barangay Del Rosario, here.

In his letter to Mayor John G. Bongat, Naga CARE President Benjie Reapor said that his group “feels very much privileged and excited as Naga will play host to the activities, which will serve as a facility through which his fellow ham radio operators all over the country and the world will personally meet.”

The international grand eyeball is being held every five years in the Philippines, alternately with other countries while the PARA Hamvention is held every year in the country.

Reapor said that both events would help strengthen their bond, partnership and teamwork with other members whom they have been talking to thru the airwaves during disasters, emergency situations, calamities, and weather disturbances while pursuing their service to humanity.

Other activities lined up in the grand eyeball and hamvention include: airsoft fun shooting, rappelling and zip-line experience, Rescue 472/simulation drill, fox hunting, lecture and demo on gun-safety, sky and scuba diving, seminar and training on rescue and disaster management, stress management seminar, holding of NTC examinations, and family bonding activities. (by Jason B. Neola)
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New Bicol dev’t body head appeals for support from gov’t agencies

Rep. Deogracias Ramos (Second District, Sorsogon) has appealed to all government agencies in the Bicol Region for cooperation and closer working relation towards the development of the region.

Rep. Deogracias Ramos (Second District, Sorsogon)
Ramos made the call following his assumption of the chairmanship of the House of Representatives’ Bicol Economic Recovery and Development Committee (BERDC), which is tasked to initiate moves for the continuous development of Bicol -- considered one of the poorest regions in the country.

The new BERDC chair took over the leadership of the committee from Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe who now chairs the climate change committee.

“We are coming up with a strategic plan on how to accelerate the development of Bicol and one of the priorities is food security,” he said.

The Sorsogon lawmaker disclosed that a subcommittee on food security chaired by Congressman Wimpy Fuentebella had already made initial actions on the matter but has yet to inform the BERDC of any development.

In a meeting with regional directors here Friday, Ramos said a hearing will be called by his committee on the first week of March wherein four regional directors have been invited.

He said the committee will not allow proxies to be sent by the directors and those who will snub the invitation will be dealt with accordingly by the BERDC.

“Regional directors, as alter ego of their department secretaries, must personally attend the hearing because proxies have no power to make commitments for and in their behalf, especially if the issue to be tackled needs decisive action,” he stressed. (PNA) 
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SORECO II announces March 5 brownout

A power service interruption will affect the coverage areas of Sorsogon II Electric Cooperative (SORECO II) from 8 to 5 PM on March 5, Thursday, according to a public service announcement posted today.

The affected areas include: SPPVS, Barangay Bibincahan, Sorsogon East, City Proper, Barangay Salvacion, Sorsogon West, Sorsogon City.

The reason for the power service interruption is the transfer of the electric post from the former PNP outpost at Sorsogon National High School to Fatima Parish Church, Sorsogon City.

Power will be restored immediately after completion, the announcement read.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Palace orders immediate arrest of Masbate editor’s killer

Malacanang on Sunday urged the authorities to conduct intensified operations against the suspect behind the killing of a Masbate editor last Saturday.

”Authorities have been directed, especially the Philippine National Police, to launch intensified operations to arrest and bring those responsible for the killing of a media practitioner in Masbate to justice,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in an interview with Radyo ng Bayan.

Last Saturday, Ariel Verano Lerit, a publisher and editor of the local tabloid Masbate Times, was stabbed to death while inside a KTV bar with fellow media practitioner Bobby Bornillo.

The incident happened while the two mediamen were about to leave the KTV bar.

The victim sustained two stab wounds in the stomach that caused his instant death.

The killing of Lerit happened exactly two weeks after Bohol-based radio broadcaster Maurito Lim was killed by lone assailant while getting off his vehicles to host his “Chairman Mao on Board” on radio dyRD.

According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Lim was reportedly the 172 journalist killed since 1986.--by Jelly F. Musico (PNA)
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