Bicol International Airport, dai pa mahahaman

Ma-aatraso pang maray an pagpoon kan construction kan Bicol International Airport sa Daraga, Albay, pagkatapos na pondohon ini, apisar kan inaprobaran na ni Presidente Duterte an proyekto.

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

At least 5 big-ticket projects in the Bicol region are part of the 55 flagship projects that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) aims to complete or break ground by 2022.

Drink responsibly

Ano an pag-inom kan nakakaburat na inumon (alcoholic beverages) maraot o kasalan?

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

Pinatanidan kan pulis an estudiante asin residentes digdi na dai imaging aliwalas sa saindang mga gamit sa tahaw na nagkapira nang incidente nin harabonan na an mayor na victima iyo an mga boarding houses.

Friday, March 20, 2015

CASE IN POINT: BM Julia vs BM Naval | SC explains the 3-term limit rule


In a case of first impression, the Supreme Court said quoting James Freeman Clarke, an American preacher and author:

“A politician thinks of the next election, a statesman of the next generation.”

How right was Clarke when he said such a statement? How many are still thinking of the future generation among our politicians? Let such a statement awaken the people who will soon be electing the leaders a year from now. For, there is a need for moral regeneration, not only of the leaders of our country, but even the people. Our leaders should be reminded that a “public office is a public trust,” and that “sovereignty reside in the people and all government authority emanates from them.” Whatever power every government official has is a mere borrowed power.

The case in point is all about the redistricting or renaming of a district of the province of Camarines Sur. Prior thereto, Angel G. Naval was elected three (3) times as a member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan representing the Second District. In the 2013 local elections, he again filed his certificate of candidacy for membership in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to represent the Third District of the province. Nelson B. Julia, a candidate for the same position questioned Naval’s eligibility considering that he was running for a fourth (4th) term which is violative of the inflexible three-term limit rule enshrined in the Constitution and the Local Government Code. The COMELEC ruled that Naval was not eligible. When the province was redistricted, the new Third District where Naval was elected and has served was composed of the same municipalities comprising the previous Second District absent the towns of Gainza and Milaor. The territorial jurisdiction which he sought to serve for the 2013-2016 is the same as the territorial jurisdiction he previously served. The electorate who voted for him in 2004, 2007, 2010, is the same electorate in the 2013 elections. Naval contended that the First, Second and Third Legislative Districts of Camarines Sur were not merely renamed but are composed of new sets of Municipalities. With the separation of Gainza and Milaor from the towns that comprised the Second District, the voters from the Third Legislative District are no longer the same ones as those who elected him in 2004 and 2007. He further invoked Article 94 of Administrative Order No. 270 prescribing the Implementing Rules & Regulations of the Local Government Code that Sanggunian Members are elected by districts, hence, the right to choose representatives of the Sanggunian pertains to each of the districts. He was elected in2004 and 2007 by the Second District. In 2010 & 2013, it was the Third District which brought him to office, hence, his election in 2013 was only his second term as SB member of the Third District. Finally, he argued that he garnered majority of the votes from his constituents whose will and mandate should be upheld. In ruling that Naval is not eligible to run for a fourth term, the SC

Held: Three (3) consecutive terms would ensure that new blood would be infused into our political system.
The constitutional provision fixes the term of a local elective office and limits an elective official’s stay in office to no more than three consecutive terms. This is the first branch of the rule embodied in Section 8, Article X.

Significantly, this provision refers to a “term” as a period of time – three years – during which an official has title to office and can serve. x x x.

The “limitation” under this first branch of the provision is expressed in the negative—“no such official shall serve for more than three consecutive terms.” This formulation—no more than three consecutive terms—is a clear command suggesting the existence of an inflexible rule. x x x.

This examination of the wording of the constitutional provision and of the circumstances surrounding its formulation impresses upon us the clear intent to make term limitation a high priority constitutional objective whose terms must be strictly construed and which cannot be defeated by, nor sacrificed for, values of less than equal constitutional worth. x x x.

x x x [T]he Court signalled how zealously it guards the three-term limit rule. Effectively, these cases teach us to strictly interpret the term limitation rule in favor of limitation rather than its exception.

In Latasa v. Commission on Elections x x x, the Court said:

This Court reiterates that the framers of the Constitution specifically included an exception to the people’s freedom to choose those who will govern them in order to avoid the evil of a single person accumulating excessive power over a particular territorial jurisdiction as a result of a prolonged stay in the same office. x x x.

x x x x

To put it differently although at the risk of repetition, Section 8, Article X—both by structure and substance—fixes an elective official’s term of office and limits his stay in office to three consecutive terms as an inflexible rule that is stressed, no less, by citing voluntary renunciation as an example of a circumvention. x x x.

Reapportionment and its Basis


Reapportionment is “the realignment or change in legislative districts brought about by changes in population and mandated by the constitutional requirement of equality of representation.” The aim of legislative apportionment is to equalize population and voting power among districts. The basis for districting shall be the number of the inhabitants of a city or a province and not the number of registered voters therein.

A fter the reapportionment of the districts in Camarines Sur, the current Third District, which brought Naval to office in 2010 and 2013, has a population of 35,856 less than that of the old Second District, which elected him in 2004 and 2007. However, the wordings of R.A. No. 9716 indicate the intent of the lawmakers to create a single new Second District from the merger of the towns from the old First District with Gainza and Milaor. As to the current Third District, Section 3(c) of R.A. No. 9716 used the word “rename.” Although the qualifier “without a change in its composition” was not found in Section 3(c), unlike in Sections 3(d) and (e), still, what is pervasive is the clear intent to create a sole new district in that of the Second, while merely renaming the rest.

In Naval’s case, the words of R.A. No. 9716 plainly state that the new Second District is to be created,but the Third District is to be renamed. Verba legis non est recedendum. The terms used in a legal provision to be construed compels acceptance and negates the power of the courts to alter it, based on the postulate that the framers mean what they say.

The verb create means to “make or produce something new.” On the other hand, the verb renamemeans to “give a new name to someone or something.” A complete reading of R.A. No. 9716 yields no logical conclusion other than that the lawmakers intended the old Second District to be merely renamed as the current Third District.
It likewise bears noting that the actual difference in the population of the old Second District from that of the current Third District amounts to less than 10% of the population of the latter. This numerical fact renders the new Third District as essentially, although not literally, the same as the old Second District. Hence, while Naval is correct in his argument that Sanggunian members are elected by district, it does not alter the fact that the district which elected him for the third and fourth time is the same one which brought him to office in 2004 and 2007.

The rationale behind reapportionment is the constitutional requirement to achieve equality of representation among the districts. It is with this mindset that the Court should consider Naval’s argument anent having a new set of constituents electing him into office in 2010 and 2013.

Naval’s ineligibility to run, by reason of violation of the three-term limit rule, does not undermine the right to equal representation of any of the districts in Camarines Sur. With or without him, the renamed Third District, which he labels as a new set of constituents, would still be represented, albeit by another eligible person. (Angel G. Naval v. COMELEC, et al., G.R. No. 207851, July 8, 2014, Perez, J).

The mere fact that the people have voted for him despite violation of the three-term limit does not mean that he can serve for a fourth term in violation of the Constitution. The will of the people cannot supplant the lack of qualification because of the doctrine of constitutional supremacy. Lest we forget, the Constitution is the supreme law. All laws and acts must conform to it, otherwise, it is unconstitutional.

Note: While the contending parties cite Latasa, Lonzanida v. COMELEC, 370 Phil. 625 [1999], Borja, Aldovino, Jr. v. COMELEC, G.R. No. 184836, December 23, 2009 and Bandillo, which all involve the application of the three-term limit rule, the factual and legal circumstances in those cases are different and the doctrinal values therein do not directly address the issues now at hand.

In Latasa, the issue arose as a result of the conversion of a municipality into a city. The then municipal mayor attempted to evade the application upon him of the three-term limit rule by arguing that the position of a city mayor was not the same as the one he previously held. The Court was not convinced and, thus, declared that there was no interruption of the incumbent mayor’s continuity of service.

In Lonzanida, a candidate ran for the mayoralty post and won in three consecutive elections. While serving his third term, his opponent filed an election protest. Months before the expiration of the mayor’s third term, he was ousted from office. He ran again for the same post in the immediately succeeding election. A petition was thereafter filed assailing his eligibility to run as mayor on the ground of violation of the three-term limit rule. The Court ruled that the mayor could not be considered as having served a full third term. An interruption for any length of time, if due to an involuntary cause, is enough to break the elected official’s continuity of service.

In Borja, the mayor of Pateros died and was succeeded in office by the vice mayor. In the two immediately succeeding elections, the latter vied for and won the mayoralty post. When he ran for the same position for the third time, his disqualification was sought for alleged violation of the three-term limit rule. The Court ruled that when he assumed the position of mayor by virtue of succession, his service should not be treated as one full term. For the disqualification to apply, the candidate should have been thrice elected for and had served the same post consecutively.

In Aldovino, preventive suspension was imposed upon an elected municipal councilor. The Court ruled that the said suspension did not interrupt the elective official’s term. Although he was barred from exercising the functions of the position during the period of suspension, his continued stay and entitlement to the office remain unaffected.

In Bandillo, a case decided by the COMELEC, Gainza and Milaor were added to five of the ten towns, which used to comprise Camarines Sur’s old First District, to form the new Second District. The COMELEC declined to apply the three-term limit rule against the elected Provincial Board member on the ground that the addition of Gainza and Milaor distinctively created a new district, with an altered territory and constituency.

A republic is a representative government, a government run by and for the people. It is not a pure democracy where the people govern themselves directly. The essence of republicanism is representation and renovation, the selection by the citizenry of a corps of public functionaries who derive their mandate from the people and act on their behalf, serving for a limited period only, after which they are replaced or retained, at the option of their principal. Obviously, a republican government is a responsible government whose officials hold and discharge their position as a public trust and shall, according to the Constitution, ‘at all times be accountable to the people’ they are sworn to serve. The purpose of a republican government it is almost needless to state, is the promotion of the common welfare according to the will of the people themselves. (Frivaldo v. COMELEC, 327 Phil. 521 [1996]).

In Tolentino v. COMELEC, 465 Phil. 385 [2004], the SC characterized the role of the electoral process in the following wise:

The electoral process is one of the linchpins of a democratic and republican framework because it is through the act of voting that government by consent is secured. Through the ballot, people express their will on the defining issues of the day and they are able to choose their leaders in accordance with the fundamental principle of representative democracy that the people should elect whom they please to govern them. Voting has an important instrumental value in preserving the viability of constitutional democracy. It has traditionally been taken as a prime indicator of democratic participation.

The importance of elections cannot therefore be over emphasized. Thus,
True, election is the expression of the sovereign power of the people. In the exercise of suffrage, a free people expects to achieve the continuity of government and the perpetuation of its benefits. However, inspite of its importance, the privileges and rights arising from having been elected may be enlarged or restricted by law. x x x. (People v. Jalosjos, 381 Phil. 690 [2000]).

Hence, while it is settled that in elections, the first consideration of every democratic polity is to give effect to the expressed will of the majority, there are limitations to being elected to a public office. Our Constitution and statutes are explicit anent the existence of term limits, the nature of public office, and the guarantee from the State that citizens shall have equal access to public service. Section 8, Article X of our Constitution, on term limits, is significantly reiterated by Section 43(b) of the LGC. Moreover, the Court has time and again declared that a public office is a public trust and not a vested property right. (COMELEC v. Cruz, G.R. No. 186616, November 20, 2009, 605 SCRA 167; Monteclaros v. COMELEC, 433 Phil. 620 [2002]).

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Dean Ed Vincent S. Albano is the Bar Review Director of Albano Bar Review Center. He authored books/reviewers in Civil Law, Political,  Law, Remedial Law and Legal Ethics.
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MADAYA! | Salceda slams Palarong Bicol 2015 cheating scandal

(DEVELOPING) PILI, Camarines Sur—A dismayed Governor Joey Salceda of Albay faced the press here today to hit an alleged player-switching as the Palarong Bicol 2015 comes to a close today.

Salceda slams Palarong Bicol 2015 cheating scandal
Photo courtesy of Edgar Tumangan, Wow Smile Radio Sorsogon
This cheating allegation prompted the governor to make an unscheduled visit to Camarines Sur.

According to Salceda, ten players of team Camarines Sur misrepresented themselves to be the enlisted players to ensure their win. 

The governor did not reveal the particular rigged event/s. He only said that the game/s involved "athletics." 

CIDG

Meanwhile, the Crime and Intelligence Detection Group 5 was requested by the Albay governor to intervene in this matter.

Initial information received by BICOL STANDARD disclose that some of the minor players involved in this scandal are from Minalabac town, here.

This was confirmed by Baliuag Viejo Punong Barangay Marietta Abucar who disclosed that a CIDG team went to her residence to get information regarding the identity of the players.

She added that she issued a certification attesting to the fact that they are bona fide residents of her barangay. 

Protest

A letter of protest addressed to the Chairman of the Regional Screening and Accreditation Committee (RSAC) was submitted by the Albay team today.

A hearing, headed by DepEd Chief Administrative Officer Jose Bonto,  was conducted early Friday evening to discuss Albay's allegations.

The hearing committee thereafter directed the  RSAC  to make an assessment and submit a recommendation on Monday.

RSAC was also ordered to determine whether or not the questioned players should be allowed to represent Bicol in the Palarong Pambansa.

Bonto said that the DepEd Regional Office is considering nullifying the results, if the allegations are proven to be true.

Those who will be proven to have participated in player-switching will be slapped with administrative and even criminal cases, he said.


Disappointed

Salceda was disheartened over this Palaro cheating scandal because he said the Provincial Government of Albay had given its athletes its full support.

“The players had been training for three months,” exclaimed Salceda.

Compared with other Bicol provinces, Albay gives the greatest incentive to the players.  It promised to give P5,000, P3,000, and P2,000 to every bearer of gold, silver and bronze medal, respectively.

This does not also help in the already dismal performance of the region in the Palarong Pambansa, said Salceda.

The Bicol tourism advocate also lamented: how can we promote our region when we try to dupe each other?

Albay is ready and willing to face defeat. But certainly, Albayanos cannot accept being robbed of their win because of dishonesty, he expressed.

Salceda said the winners' ineligibility has, in effect, denied Bicol representation in the Palarong Pambansa. Said players will certainly not meet the strict screening process enforced in said national sports fest.

Albay will play host to the next Palarong Pambansa.


Remedy

Salceda presented two suggestions to resolve this issue.

First is to repeat the games.

Second is to award the medals to Albay instead of the ineligible players.


Villafuerte

When sought for comment by BICOL STANDARD, Camarines Sur governor Miguel "Migz" Villafuerte said this issue properly belongs to the Department of Education (DepEd).

He promised, however, to conduct an investigation on the issue.

—With additional report from Edgar Tumangan (WOW Smile Radio-Sorsogon), Oscar Esmenda, Mark Kevin Arroco (Bombo Radyo-Legazpi) BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Former BM Briones still in critical condition

NAGA CITY—Punong Barangay Domingo “Ingo” Briones of Brgy. Tambo, this town, Pamplona remains in the Intensive Care Unit of Mother Seton Hospital here.

Former BM Briones still in critical condition
Photo via Pamplona MPS
He remains sedated as of 6:25 p.m., a relative of the former ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur confirmed to BICOL STANDARD.

No visitors are allowed as of the time of this writing at said hospital unit, which is guarded by security personnel.

Briones, it would be recalled, was shot at around 11 p.m. on Thursday at the Tambo Elementary School Grand Auditorium by a lone unidentified gunman with a firearm of unknown caliber.

The victim was hit on the left side of his head.

Meanwhile, investigators said that they will not leave any stone unturned.

Earlier today, Punong barangay of  Christopher Angeles of Poblacion said that politics is possibly the cause of the shooting.

Briones earlier told BICOL STANDARD in an interview that he was eyeing the mayoralty seat.

UPDATE: 7:49 p.m.
Briones is already conscious and is receiving visitors at the hospital.

—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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FOOD TRIP | Jang Melgar Grageda's Fried kamote gnocchi with cream chili sauce recipe

A local riff on the Italian classic, this dish makes use of the humble kamote to make a hearty pasta meal topped with a spicy, creamy sauce.

FOOD TRIP by Chef Jang Melgar Grageda
FOOD TRIP | Jang Melgar Grageda's Fried kamote gnocchi with cream chili sauce recipe


Ingredients:

For the kamote gnocchi dough:
2 pcs. large
kamote
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg
oil for fying

For the sauce:
1 cup cream
6 pcs. bird’s eye chilies
salt and pepper
spring onion


Procedure:

Boil kamote in a pot until tender for about 15 minutes.
Drain, cool and mash with a fork.
Combine mashed kamote, egg and flour in a bowl.
Knead until the dough forms a ball.
Form a small portion of the dough into long snake-like shape on a surface covered with flour.
Cut into half inch pieces.
Heat the oil.
Drop the kamote gnocchi in oil and deep fry until golden brown.
Drain using paper towels.

For the sauce: 
Heat cream and chopped chilies in a saucepan.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Top the fried kamote gnocchi with the sauce.
Sprinkle chopped spring onion on top.
Serve.

FOOD TRIP | Jang Melgar Grageda's Fried kamote gnocchi with cream chili sauce

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Snake bite kills teen

A 15-year-old boy was found lying at the roadside with a wound in his left leg at Sitio Mantabog, Barangay Sto.Domingo, Vinzons, Camarines Norte at 3 p.m. Thursday.

A police report named the victim who did not reach the Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital alive as Emmanuel Avila, a Grade 7 student of the Vinzons Pilot High School and resident of Sitio Bagong Tuklas, Calangcawan Sur, Vinzons, Camarines Norte.

Police believed Avila was bitten by a poisonous snake.

The report said the victim was last alive when he left their residence after lunch to go to their rice farm in the village to help his father. (PNA)
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PHOTO | Nash Aguas shows off Bicol Express


#iamheretopromotealbay.‘Bagito’ star Nash Aguas shows off the Bicolano signature dish Bicol Express for a snapshot. (Photo by Rico de Mesa Manallo)
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ROSAL VS ROSAL? | City engineer asked to explain building permit controversy

Engr. Rebato
Source
LEGAZPI CITY – The city council has approved a resolution ordering the city engineer to explain why the National Building Code is not being properly implemented in this city.

Said resolution was passed after City Engr. Orlando Rebato failed to attend a committee inquiry on the issue this week despite being summoned by the Committees on Public Utilities and Environment of the Sanggunian Panlungsod.

Rebato was invited by Councilors Raul Rosal and Jesus Baldo, respective chairs of both committees, to explain why a new mall was allowed to be constructed even without the necessary building permit and an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Yashano Mall

The controversy began when Councilor Rosal noticed the absence of a billboard showing its compliance with the building permit requirement at the construction site of Yashano Mall.

In an interview with Radyo Veritas Legazpi, Rosal said he visited the site in Brgy. Bitano, this city to ask where the permit was, but was brushed off by the workers.

This prompted him to file a query with the office of Rebato, which was left unanswered.

Rosal also asked Rebato to furnish his committee with a list of construction sites in the city which do not have building permits, but his request was not heeded.

Baldo also asked for the same list from Rebato’s office, but it was likewise dodged by the city engineer.

Rosal told Radyo Veritas Legazpi  that he had doubts with regard to the actuation of Rebato and is contemplating to seek answers through legal channels.

Insiders at the city hall, however, say that the office of the mayor is a stumbling block that should be hurdled.

Rosal vs Rosal

Councilor Raul Rosal is the brother of Mayor Noel Rosal, while the City Engr. is an appointee of the mayor.

This is the second time that the Rosal brothers appear to be occupying different sides of the fence.

It will be recalled that a couple of years ago, the councilor also hit the city hall when it exposed a supposed scam involving the issuance of tricycle franchises.

The fiasco led to the investigation of two employees of the Sanggunian Panlungsod and the eventual resignation of the city legal officer, who is another mayoral appointee. (by Joey B. Garalde)
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Former board member shot; in critical condition

Photo via Domingo Briones' Facebook account


PAMPLONA, Camarines Sur—Punong Barangay Domingo “Ingo” Briones of Brgy. Tambo, this town, was shot at around 11 p.m. last night (March 19).

He was hit at the back of his head.

The report said Briones was about to head home after attending a barangay benefit dance at the Tambo Elementary School Grand Auditorium when a lone unidentified gunman shot him.

Christopher Angeles, Punong barangay of  Poblacion, who was with him when the incident happened, brought him to Mother Seton Hospital in Naga City.

He is presently in critical condition at said hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Briones was a former ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur. He ran twice as mayor of this town, but lost. 

A few months ago, he confirmed to BICOLSTANDARD that he will run for mayor in the 2016 polls—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Palarong Bicol 2015 MedalTally March 19

#PalarongBicol2015
BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Partial and Unofficial Tally
as of 4 PM
With report from Edgar Tumangan, Wow Smile Radio Sorsogon

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Photos Palarong Bicol 2015

Palarong Bicol 2015
Photo via Oscar Esmenda

Palarong Bicol 2015
Photo via Oscar Esmenda


Palarong Bicol 2015
Photo via Oscar Esmenda

Palarong Bicol 2015
Photo via Oscar Esmenda

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DILG-5 ordered to execute writ declaring Abonal BM

Gabriel Ariel F. Abonal
PILI, Camarines Sur—The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) central office has directed its regional office to implement the writ of execution issued by the Commission on Elections en banc in relation to its resolution in SPA No. 13-149 (Gabriel Ariel F. Abonal and Roy Anthony Nidea vs. Romulo Ocampo Hernandez).

Comelec therein ordered the proclamation of Abonal as the 2nd Member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) for the Second District of this province, after the poll body cancelled Hernadez’ certificate of candidacy.

In the 3-page Memorandum, dated Feb. 25 2015, Secretary Mar Roxas, through Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero, commanded Dir. Elouisa T. Pastor, Officer-in-charge of DILG-5 to “cause the implementation of the Writ of Execution in coordination with the COMELEC-Region V Election Director.”

Meanwhile, Abonal has not yet been officially recognized by the SP since his proclamation on Feb. 20.

It will be recalled that during the provincial legislative council’s regular session on March 10, the SP skipped the roll call.

The legislative council has likewise ignored the plea of the Board Member to participate as its member in today’s session.

Instead, Vice-Governor Fortunato “Ato” Peña referred the matter to council’s Committee on Rules, saying that it would be wise to defer Abonal’s recognition pending the Supreme Court’s resolution of the Petition for Certiorari with Prayer for the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order filed by Hernandez.

This action was slammed by Abonal who said: “there is no need to table the writ of execution for the committee has nothing to deliberate.”

Meanwhile,  Abonal told BICOL STANDARD that he has already filed with Comelec a motion to declare the SP officials in contempt for refusing to officially recognize him, notwithstanding its receipt of the copy of the writ of execution.

He has likewise submitted a letter to the DILG requesting the state bureau to direct the SP, through the Vice-Governor, to comply with the writ of execution.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM






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Overloaded multicab plunges into ravine, 24 hurt

MASBATE CITY—At least 24 passengers were seriously injured when an overloaded passenger multicab fell at a ravine at the national road of Brgy. Poblacion District No.1, Mobo, Masbate.

The accident occured at around 7 p.m. on March 18, a report furnished to BICOL STANDARD by the Mobo police said.

The vehicle, which had some 30 passengers, was travelling from Masbate City en route to Marcella, Uson, Masbate.

When it reached an uphill road at Barangay Poblacion, the engine conked, thus causing the vehicle to slide backward.

The driver then applied the brakes but found out that it was not working. This led the multicab to plunge into the ravine.

Among the passengers who were injured were:

Lovejean Espinella y Acojedo, 7 years old, a resident of Brgy. Tabuc, Mobo, Masbate
Alma Galvan y Cos, 23 years old, married, a resident of Brgy. Bagacay, Mobo, Masbate
Jocelyn Galvan y Lebantino, 38 years old, married, a resident of Brgy. Bagacay, Mobo, Masbate
Melanie Espenilla y Acojedo, 24 years old, married, a resident of Kinamaligan, Mobo, Masbate
Noel Francisco y Casabuena, 38 years old, married, Philippine Army, a resident of Brgy. Kinamaligan, Masbate city
Abraham Buenavista y Merioles, 20 years old, single, a resident of Armena, Mobo, Masbate
Cecelia Senadjan y Capinig, a resident of Balatucan, Mobo,Masbate
Edwin Mondelo y Arado, 27 years old, a resident of Sinalungan, Masbate city
Annabel Asucro y Cantellan, 48 years old, married, a resident of Impapanan, Uson, Masbate
Zelda Bolante, 50 years old, a resident of Balatucan, Mobo, Masbate
Chezzy Rose Bolante, 11 months old, resident of Brgy. Balatucan, Mobo, Masbate
Nora Ynales, 50 years old, a resident of Brgy. Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate
Joan De Mesa, 27 years old, and a resident of Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate
Gilbert Bandije, 20 years old, a resident of Brgy. Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate
Analyn Asucro, 48 years old, a resident of Impapanan, Uson, Masbate
Enriquita Samson, 55 years old, a resident of Impapanan, Uson, Masbate
Novelyn Badillo, 17 years old, a resident of Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate
Antonio Allegre, 50 years old, a resident of Tabuc, Mobo, Masbate
Cejay Marfil, 21 years old, a resident of Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate
Armenia A. Mayor, 51 years old, a resident of Impapanan,Uson, Masbate
Annjean Carmen, 38 years old, a resident of Brgy. Balatucan, Mobo, Masbate
Rodrigo Jet Aban, 18 years old, a resident of Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate
Emmie Navarro, 22 years old, a resident of Brgy. Lalaguna, Mobo, Masbate
Cejie Manal, 18 years old, and a resident of  Brgy. Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate
Zelda Bolante, 50 years old, a resident of Balatucan, Mobo, Masbate
Chezzy rose Bolante, 11 months old, resident of Brgy. Balatucan, Mobo, Masbate
Nora Ynales, 50 years old, a resident of Brgy. Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate
Joan De Mesa, 27 years old, and a resident of Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate
Gilbert Bandije, 20 years old, a resident of Brgy. Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate
Analyn Asucro, 48 years old, a resident of Impapanan, Uson, Masbate
Enriquita Samson, 55 years old, a resident of Impapanan, Uson, Masbate
Novelyn Badillo, 17 years old, a resident of Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate
Antonio Allegre, 50 years old, a resident of Tabuc, Mobo, Masbate
Cejay Marfil, 21 years old, a resident of Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate
Armenia a. Mayor, 51 years old, a resident of Impapanan,Uson, Masbate
Annjean Carmen, 38 years old, a resident of Brgy. Balatucan, Mobo, Masbate
Rodrigo Jet Aban, 18 years old, a resident of Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate
Emmie Navarro, 22 years old, a resident of Brgy. Lalaguna, Mobo, Masbate
Cejie Manal, 18 years old, and a resident of  Brgy. Marintoc, Mobo, Masbate
and one unidentified unconscious male person, wearing a blue shirt with a logo of Osmena Colleges

The victims were brought to the provincial hospital and the Mobo Municipal Health Office for medical treatment.

The driver was identified as Rosendo Balatucan y Santisima, 55 years old, married, and with professional driver's license.

Meanwhile, the vehicle had was registered with plate no. EVG 590, engine no. 2152295, and chassis no. DA71T321717.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot, pirming bago
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La Aunor named honorary Nagueña

Nora Aunor named honorary Nagueña
Photo via Naga Smiles to the World

NAGA CITY—The Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Naga passed a resolution declaring singer-actress Nora Aunor as honorary Nagueña.

City councilor Gabby Bordado in an interview with BICOL STANDARD said that it was a collective motion by the Sangguniang Panlungsod members that led to its approval.

“This is in recognition of her contributions to the promotion and development of culture and the arts not only in Naga City but also in the entire country,” Bordado said.

The resolution stemmed from a request from Tito Valiente, Director of the Institute of Bikol History and Culture of Ateneo de Naga University.

“Because we see it wise and proper that the City of Naga participate in honoring Ms. Nora Aunor, we are communicating formally this request to grant the artist the Honorary Citizenship of our good city. The social history of Ms. Nora Aunor has always included the city of Naga,” the request reads.

“Coming from the then town of Iriga City, Nora was identified more as the contestant from Naga City that year [when she competed in the Tawag ng Tanghalan amateur singing contest],” the request reads.

“It is but proper that we claim her wonderful roots and proclaim her, with due respect to the land of her birth in the Rinconada area, as our very own,” it added.

A dinner, in which Aunor will be presented the symbolic key to the city, will be held for the actress on March 26.

Aunor, it would be recalled, was nominated for the National Artist Award last year. Her nomination, however, was junked by President Benigno Aquino III.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Nora Aunor photo via jirits.ph

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

CONTROVERSIAL CROWN | Bicolana beauty queen keeps Binibining Pilipinas-Intercontinental title

Photo grabbed from Christi Lynn "Ashley" Landrito McGarry's Facebook Page

(UPDATED) NAGA CITY-- Christi Lynn "Ashley" Landrito McGarry gets to keep her crown as Binibining Pilipinas-Intercontinental.

This is according to pageant handler Jonas Borces who announced on social media that the Bicolana beauty queen will no longer switch crowns with his talent Rogelie Catacutan.The latter was hailed Binibining Pilipinas Supranational.

He posted the following message on Facebook:

"ANOTHER BREAKING NEWS!!! No more switching of Crowns...Rogelie Catacutan still remains Binibining Pilipinas Supranational...earlier this afternoon, McGarry and Catacutan were called and informed by the BBP lawyers that they have to switch crowns for a certain reason. Just a few minutes ago, they were informed again that there will be no more crown-switching as per madame Stella confirmed."

Controversy

McGarry's crowning as Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental stirred questions on her eligibility to represent the country in Miss Intercontinental.

The Bicolana beauty queen,  it will be recalled, already joined the same pageant in 2010 and was even named Queen of Asia and Oceania.

Uncertainty

McGarry shared the same doubts with pageant fans.

A day after her coronation, she expressed her thoughts on her Facebook Page. She said: "I know all you pageant aficionados have some questions about the title I've been appointed, and it's technical controversies- and I hope I'll have answers for you soon. But I am looking forward to the following months with BPCI, and to making you all even more proud with my next international venture. xx"

Yesterday, she also posted the photo above, which she captioned: "Tentative title? Thank you Owen Reyes."

 Binibining Pilipinas breaks silence 

Borce's statement was later confirmed by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated (BPCI), which posted its official announcement on its Facebook page.

The announcement reads:

"All the winners of the Bb. Pilipinas 2015 pageant will keep their respective and original titles. Contrary to speculations, there will be no switching of titles following questions about the crowning of Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Christi Lynn McGarry. McGarry is still eligible to compete in the Miss Intercontinental 2015 pageant. Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Rogelie Catacutan will also compete in the Miss Supranational 2015 pageant."

Earlier, the BPCI said: "The Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated is studying the issue about Christi Lynn McGarry who then competed for Miss Intercontinental 2010. We will update everyone should we arrive at anything final.”

Christi Lynn "Ashley" Landrito McGarry represented Nabua, Camarines Sur in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. --BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

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CSC charges Gov. Tallado with indirect contempt

Photo via Gov. Edgar Tallado's Facebook Account

DAET, CNorte—Camarines Norte governor Edgardo Tallado is facing indirect contempt charges after he refused to implement the Civil Service Commission (CSC)’s order to reinstate Dr. Edgardo S. Gonzales in his position as provincial veterinarian. 

Per Resolution No. 1500203, promulgated 16 Feb. 2015, the CSC said that: “after the conduct of preliminary investigation, the Commission finds that a prima facie case for Indirect Contempt of the Commission exists against Tallado.”

It was signed by Commissioners Robert S. Martinez and Nieves S. Osorio. 

The Resolution reads: “Tallado’s insistence on the validity of Gonzales’ dropping from the rolls despite the categorical pronouncement of the CSC consists of deliberate defiance of the directive of the commission.”’

CSC decision
It will be recalled that the CSC rendered its decision, docketed No. 13-08 41, setting aside Tallado’s Memorandum removing Gonzales from the orders and ordered the provincial chief executive to the restoration of Gonzales to his former post with payment of back salary and benefits.

The governor subsequently filed a motion for reconsideration, which was denied by the CSC.  

All these notwithstanding, Gonzales was not reinstated to his position.

This prompted the ousted veterinarian to file a motion for execution, which the constitutional body treated as a motion to cite the governor for indirect contempt. 

Lamented the doctor: “I will be 65 on December 11, 2015 and due for mandatory retirement. The non-compliance to the decision/resolution is very taxing to my family financially and morally it is likewise causing me difficulties to retire (optional or mandatory) unlike other retiring provincial government employees this coming CY 2015. My GSIS retirement is affected too due to the LGU’s reluctance to act on my request to include my terminal benefits under the 2015 provincial request.”
The court likewise emphasized that whether or not an appeal has been filed, the “CSC decision remains executory absent an injunctive writ or a TRO.”

Tallado was given a period of five days to filed his verified answer to the indirect contempt charge.   

Admin case on appeal

Meanwhile, Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Adan Marcelo Botor refuted the charge.

“The governor should not be penalized for not following the CSC’s order to reinstate because there is already a pending appeal lodged before the Court of Appeals,” Botor told BICOLSTANDARD.COM. 

Botor also reiterated that the decision of the CSC is flawed because it is based on a faulty premise, that is, that the Petitioner is a public health worker.

“He is a veterinarian and is thus not circumscribed in the term “public health worker. His removal from the rolls is therefore proper,” he said.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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URUKAG | Tupada pigraid, arestado 1 sana

Retrato hale sa Pamplona MPS



PAMPLONA, Camarines Sur--Garo pinohag na ligwan an mga parabulang digdi kan sakyadahon an sarong patupadahan kan pinag-sarong fuerza kan PNP San Fernando asin Pamplona.

Ginibo an raid poco mas o menos 12:45 nin hapon, kasoodma (Marso 17).

Biglang nagdurulagan an mga parabulang kan mahiling ang nag-arabotan si mga pulis sa tupadahan sa Sitio Kawayan, Brgy. San Isidro, digdi.

Solamente si Leonardo Ronda y Albo an nadakop. Si Ronda 54 anyos, may-agom, asin residente kan Zone 6, Brgy. Odicon, Pasacao

Nakua saiya an sarong belt bag na may laog na 7 pantari asin iba pang gamit sa bulang. Apwera kaini, pigconfiscar pa saiya an 2ng buhay na pambulang na manok (sarong alimbuyogin saka sarong mayahin).

Nakatalaan sangatan nin kaso sa pagbalgar kan P.D. 449 (Cockfighting Law of 1975) an solo-solong nadakop.

An raid pinangenotan ni PSI Joel S Sabuco asin PI Allan Q. Lopez, parehong Officer-in-Charge kan Pamplona asin San Fernando.--Report ni Oscar Esmenda BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

PALARONG BICOL 2015 | Tabaco City mayor undergoing recovery after heat stroke

NAGA CITY–The Mayor of Tabaco City is still undergoing recovery after she was rushed to the hospital on Sunday.

Tabaco City Mayor Maria Josefa "Marie" Demetriou
Photo via Mayor Demetriou's Facebook account
This was the information relayed by Noly Banzuela, head of the Tabaco delegation, to the Palarong Bicol 2015 secretariat this morning.

Mayor Maria Josefa "Marie" Demetriou was rushed to the Naga Imaging Center Cooperative (NICC) Doctor's Hospital after she succumbed to the sweltering heat during the opening ceremonies of the Palarong Bicol held in Pili, Camarines Sur.

"Mayor Demetriou suffered from heat stroke," Banzuela told BICOL STANDARD.

Initially, the mayor was confined at the hospital's Intensive Care Unit, but was later transferred to a private room after her condition improved.

"The mayor is still confined at the hospital, but there should be no cause for worry," assured Banzuela.–With report from Oscar Esmenda BICOL STANDARD. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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2015 Ligao City Sunflower Festival Schedule

Photo via City Government of Ligao Facebook page

LIGAO CITY--The City Government of Ligao has prepared several activities for a week-long celebration of its 14th Cityhood Anniversary starting on 18 March 2015.

Malacañang has also declared 24 March as special non-working day in Ligao City under Proclamation No. 965.


Day 1
18 March 2015 , Wednesday
TIME
EVENT/ACTIVITY
VENUE
8:00 AM
14TH CITYHOOD ANNIVERSARY MOTORCADE
City Pavilion (assembly)
9:00 AM
Opening of LPG-SEED Exhibit
City Hall Grounds
Opening of 2nd Kurit Ligao Painting Exhibit
LAT Building, Ligao Nat'l. High School
Regular Mass Blood Donation
Calzada Covered Court
Financial Literacy Seminar
SP Hall
PWD Mini Olympics
City Pavilion
Mass Eye Screening
CHO Compound
10:00 AM

Blessing & Inauguration of Calzada- Maharlika
Diversion Road
Barangay Calzada
1:00 PM
Mobile Civil Registration
Tuburan Barangay Hall
4:00 PM
Blessing & Inauguration of Batang-Pinit Farm
to Market Road & Irrigation System
Barangay Pinit
7:00 PM
Beer Plaza
City Pavilion

Day 2
19 March 2015, Thursday
TIME
EVENT/ACTIVITY
VENUE
7:30 AM
FARMERS' DAY

   -  Parade
 City Poblacion Area
9:00 AM
Opening of Agri-Trade Fair
City Hall Grounds
LPG-SEED Exhibit
2nd Kurit Ligao Painting Exhibit
LAT Building, Ligao Nat'l. High School
Annual Medical Check- up of LGU Employees
CHO Compound
Jobs Fair/Career Information & Guidance
City Park
Financial Literacy Seminar
SP Hall
Mass Baptism
St. Stephen's Protomartyr Parish Church
1:00 PM
Farmers Laro ng Lahi
City Pavilion
2:00 PM
Mass Confirmation
St. Stephen's Protomartyr Parish Church
5:00 PM
Zumba Total Dance Fitness for Health
City Pavilion
7:00 PM
Binibining Ligao 2015 Talent's Night
City Pavilion

Day 3
20 March 2015, Friday
TIME
EVENT/ACTIVITY
VENUE
8:00 AM
Tree-Planting
Barangay Herrera
LPG-SEED Exhibit/Agri-Trade Fair
City Hall Grounds
2nd Kurit Ligao Painting Exhibit
LAT Building, Ligao Nat'l. High School
9:00 AM
Jobs Fair
City Park
Medical and Dental Mission
Paulba Covered Court/ Infirmary
Laro ng Lahi (City Hall Employees)
City Pavilion
10:00 AM
Feeding Program
Upland Day Care Centers
2:00 PM
Pedicab Race
Centro Poblacion
4:00 PM
ARAW NG PARANGAL
City Pavilion
7:00 PM
MuziKabataan Band Concert
City Pavilion

Day 4
21 March 2015, Saturday
TIME
EVENT/ACTIVITY
VENUE
8:00 AM
LPG-SEED Exhibit/Agri-Trade Fair
City Hall Grounds
2nd Kurit Ligao Painting Exhibit
LAT Building, Ligao Nat'l. High School
National Invitational Chess Tournament
City Park
9:00 AM
COASTAL CARAVAN
   -  Medical and Dental Mission
   -  Laro ng Lahi

-           Explore Batong Langoyon
Sitio Tambac, Maonon
-           Medical & Dental Mission
Cabarian
-           Coastal Clean-up and Mangrove Planting
Maonon, Cabarian & Catburawan
-           Laro ng Lahi
Maonon, Cabarian & Catburawan
-           Floating Cottages Display
Catburawan
AMAZING RACE (Coastal Edition)
Coastal Brgys.
6:00 PM
AniMawari Cosplay Competition
City Pavilion

Day 5
22 March 2015, Sunday
TIME
EVENT/ACTIVITY
VENUE
6:00 AM
Francisco “Pacoy”  V.Gonzalez Memorial Cup
 Mountain Bike Challenge 2015
City Pavilion (assembly)
8:00 AM
LPG-SEED Exhibit/Agri-Trade Fair
City Hall Grounds
2nd Kurit Ligao Painting Exhibit
LAT Building, Ligao Nat'l. High School
1st Inter-Festival Volleyball Tournament
City Pavilion
9:00 AM
Cityhood Babies Race 2015
LWCES (Binatagan)
National Invitational Chess Tournament
City Park
7:00 PM
BINIBINING LIGAO 2015 CORONATION NIGHT
City Gymnasium

Day 6
23 March 2015, Monday
TIME
EVENT/ACTIVITY
VENUE
5:00 AM
Takbo-Panalo: Fun Run to Fitness and Wealth
Kawa-Kawa to City Pavilion
8:00 AM
Synchronized Estero  and River Clean-up
Amtic, Nabonton, Tinago, Calzada, Guilid, Sta. Cruz & Ranao - Ranao
LPG-SEED Exhibit/Agri-Trade Fair
City Hall Grounds
2nd Kurit Ligao Painting Exhibit
LAT Building, Ligao Nat'l. High School
9:00 AM
CHURCH MASS WEDDING
St. Stephen's Protomartyr Parish Church
Medical & Dental Mission
Nasisi Covered Court
10:00 AM
Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan Caravan / Buntis Class
Launching & Blessing of  Mobile Dental Clinic
3:00 PM
Recognition of Deserving DepEd Employees
City Pavilion
6:00 PM
GENESIS:A Benefit Concert featuring LNHS Voice Chorale (NAMCYA 2015 Champion)
St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish Church

Day 7
24 March 2015, Tuesday
TIME
EVENT/ACTIVITY
VENUE
8:00 AM
2nd Kurit Ligao Painting Exhibit

LAT Building, Ligao Nat'l. High School
Thanksgiving Mass
Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall
9:00 AM
Youth Caravan 2015
City Gymnasium
1:00 PM
PARADE OF FESTIVALS
Tuburan - City Pavilion
7:00 PM
Anniversary Ball
City Pavilion

Source: City Government of Ligao
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