Balatas Dumpsite, linalaoman na maisara bago matapos an 2017

Naglalaom an Sangguniang Panglungsod sa paagi ni VM Nelson Legacion na maisasara an Balatas Dump Site bago magtapos an taon 2017

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.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Harong kan lola, sinubsuban kan makuapo

LIBMANAN, CSur—Grabeng kaburatan an nagtulod sa sarong 27 anyos na lalaki na suluon an harong kan saiyang lola alas 5 nin hapon kan fecha 6 kan Abril ngonian na bulan.

Si Jomar Ramirez y Estoy, conductor kan jeep, asin residente kan Barangay Bahay, Libmanan, sinubsoban an harong kan 77 anyos na si Esperanza Estoy y Mancilla.

An harong, sabi sa report kan pulis, gibo sa kahoy asin kawayan.

Poco mas o menos P30,000 an danyos sa nasambit na residencia.

Dinakop an suspechado kan mga oficial sa barangay, asin ipigtao sa custodia kan Libmanan Municipal Police Station.

Kan fecha 7 nin Abril, nagsunad na nin reklamo an pulis kontra sa suspechado.

P24,000 an ipigrekomendar na fianza.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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AMARO MASSACRE UPDATE | Alahas, armas linalay sa harong kan negosyanteng binadil gadan

MASBATE CITY—Nagpaluwas na nin progress report an pulis sa nangyaring pambadil sa sarong sikat na negosyante asin duwa kaining pag-iriba sa bawaan nin Aroroy, Masbate.

An insidente nangyari poco mas o menos alas-4:30 nin aga kan fecha 5 kan Abril.

Segun sa report, binadil gadan an negosyante na si Jesus “Ka Isong” Amaro,  Gilbert Amaro asin an bodyguard na si Ricky Almodiel kan siyam na suspechado sa harong mismo kan negosyante.

Si Jesus Amaro imbuelto sa negosyo nin small-scale mining sa banwaan na ini.

Idineklarar kan familia kan victima sa pulis na nagkapira sa mga gamit sa harong an nawawawara, kaibanan na an 130 kilos nin plata o silver na may kantidad na P520,000, mga alahas na bulawan na may kantidad na Php 520,000, asin manlaen-laen na armas asin laganan nin kwarta.

Mga nawawara sa residencia kan victima
Mientrastanto, nadiscubre man sa harong kan victima an tulong bala nin calibre .45 na badil sa sala asin kwarto. An mga ini, sa pagtubod kan familia, linalay kan mga suspechado.

Naireport man sa pulis na sarong motorsiklo, na sadiri ni Rodel Condrelon, an inagaw saiya kan saro sa mga pigtutubudan na suspechado.

Sa follow-up investigation kan mga autoridad, saro sa mga suspechado an nabisto kan testigo kan ini pahelingan nin rouge gallery.

Enot kaini, sinabi kan pulis na pinauranan nin paputok an harong ni Amaro pirang semana pa sana an nakaagi.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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NA NAMAN ! | Indian national, nahold-up

NAGA CITY—Saro na naman na Indian national an nabiktima kan robbery hold-up sa provinciang ini.

Poco mas o menos alas 11 nin aga, fecha 7 kan Abril, kan parahon an victima kan tolong dai pa nabibistong mga persona, sabi kan report kan Camarines Sur Police.

Ini nangyari sa Barangay Port Junction, sa Rolando Andaya Highway, Ragay, Camarines Sur.
Anas nakatakop an mga lalawgon kan mga suspechado nin helmet o bonnet, sabi sa imbestigasyon.

An victima, na nabistong si Avtar Malhi y Singh, 32 anyos, asin residente kan San Bartolome St., Sipocot, Camarines Sur, an inagawan kan saiyang kantidad P1,500 na kwarta, motorsiklo, asin driver's license.

An tolong suspechado nagkuripas matapos makua an mga gamit kan victima.

Nin huli kan insidenteng ini, sarong follow-up investigation na an ipiglansar kan Ragay Municipal Police Station tanganing masosog an mga nagdulag na parahabon, asin panimbagon sa ley.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ANGAN KUNO? | Power restored in Rinconada

CASURECO III File Photo
via Melvin Machado

IRIGA CITY—Power has been restored in the Rinconada area after it was cut off from the Luzon power grid on Monday (April 6).

The power supply was reconnected at around 6:30 p.m. tonight (April 8).

Unconfirmed reports say that the San Miguel Energy Corporation (SMEC) reconnected the Camarines Sur Electric Cooperative III after the beleaguered cooperative was able to borrow P15 million pesos from the Local Government Unit of Iriga City. 

This was confirmed to BICOLSTANDARD.COM by Mayor Ronald Felix Alfelor who said: "Yes po. Nagpasubli an LGU Iriga ng 15M sa Cas 3 para marestore ang kuryente."

Meanwhile, lines have been long at gasoline stations in Rinconada area.

Mobile charging stations have also sprouted all over the locality as the threat of power cut continues to be imminent in this area.—With report from Maria Teresa Iraola Laniog/ BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago. 
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No permit, no climbing on active volcanoes

With the onset of summer, mountain climbing and other related activities are again expected to peak, prompting a lawmaker to urge the enactment of a law prohibiting such unauthorized activities on active volcanoes.

Mayon Volcano
Photo: albay.gov.ph
“Mountain climbing and other activities may only be permitted upon authorization of the government and a clearance from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS),” AKO Bicol Party-list lawmakers stressed.

Rep. Christopher S. Co and Rep. Rodel M. Batocabe are authors of HB 733 “prohibiting mountaineering and other activities on active volcanoes” or the proposed “Anti-Volcano Climbing Act.”

Co and Batocabe cited an instance on May 7, 2013 when five people died while trying to climb Mount Mayon, an active volcano in Legaspi, Albay (Bicol). During their climbing attempt, Mayon volcano exploded and spewed ash.

The unfortunate climbers included four German tourists and their Filipino tour guide. Seven others were injured, including four Thai citizens.

According to the authors, PHIVOLCS maintained that Mayon was in no danger of erupting but reminded the public not to venture into a six-kilometer permanent danger zone. The agency said steam or phreatic eruption is normal for active volcanoes like Mayon. Phreatic eruption is an explosion caused by ground water coming into contact with ascending magma (as in a volcano).

“However, it is evident that mountain climbers are not mindful of the dangers, choosing to hike near the crater even if the danger of a volcano spewing ashes is just lurking around the corner,” the lawmakers pointed out.

The lawmaker also noted that because of the boom in the tourism industry, several companies and organizations have been formed that organize travel tours to different locations in the Philippines.

“The proliferation of these companies and the rapid development of the industry itself have made it more difficult for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to monitor the traffic to our tourist destinations and to maintain minimal impact on the ecological footprint. It is necessary to protect and maintain these areas for the benefit of more tourists and the people,” they said.

But most importantly, the lawmakers stressed that the primary concern of government should be the safety of its citizens and tourists who have come to the Philippines to see and experience its attractions, like the world famous “perfect cone” of Mt. Mayon.

“The potential fatalities and injuries that may result from allowing leisure and recreational climbers surpass the demand for a tourism industry to boom in areas where there are active volcanoes,” they stressed.

Under the HB 733, the penalty of a fine of not less than P10,000.00 but not more than P50,000.00 shall be imposed upon any person who shall conduct any mountaineering activities on active volcanoes within a ten (10) kilometer radius from the crater, except if such activity is under the direct supervision and control of the DENR and authorized by the PHIVOLCS, and only for educational, academic and research purposes.

If the violator is a partnership, firm, corporation, association or any other organization, the officer and/or the organizers of the activity who know or should have known the commissions of the offense shall be liable.

The PHIVOLCS shall issue a written authorization to any natural or juridical persons to claim an exception to this Act upon the submission of documents showing the purpose for which the climb is to be undertaken, the list of the members of the team who will make the climb which shall not be less than four 94) members, a list of the officers and/or organizers of the climb, if different from the team members, and payment of required fees.

The team shall report to the nearest DENR office or ranger Station before and after the climb, among other provisions of the proposed Act.

The bill is pending with the Committee on Natural Resources chaired by Rep. Francisco T. Matugas (1st District, Surigao del Norte). (PNA)
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Albay Rep. Lagman seeks paternity leave extension to 30 days

MANILA—A lawmaker is seeking to amend the "Paternity Leave Act of 1996" to extend the allowed paid leave benefits of all married male employees from seven days to 15 days, and grant them additional 15 days of unpaid leave to lengthen the time spent of every man with his wife and newborn after delivery.

Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel B. Lagman
Rep. Edcel "Grex" B. Lagman (1st District, Albay) raised the proposal, saying the physical presence of the husband during the first month after childbirth is paramount in the swift recovery of her wife, and is medically proven to reduce her postpartum depression.

Lagman said that when a mother gives birth to her child, she is doubly faced with the arduous challenge to nurture her newborn while she recuperates from post delivery. He said the first month after childbirth is almost an impossible time for both mother and child. He said it is at this stage that every mother is at risk of postpartum depression due to her hormones going haywire during the very crucial time of providing 24/7 care to a still fragile baby according to him.

"Every husband's support and care for his wife will make baby nurturing for both parents manageable," said Lagman, a House Assistant Majority Leader.

Moreover, he said a father's care is as important to every newborn as the mother's nurturing.

"During the first weeks of a baby's life, the family bond is formed and intensified daily as the baby recognizes his primary caregivers. A father also feels a great desire to hold his little one as much as his wish to provide financially for his family's needs," said Lagman.

Lagman said Republic Act 8187, otherwise known as the "Paternity Leave Act of 1996" was promulgated in line with Article II, Section 12 of the Constitution which provides that "The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution. It shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception. The natural and primary right and duty of parents in the rearing of the youth for civic efficiency and the development of moral character shall receive the support of the Government."

Through House Bill 5554, which is now pending at the Committee on Labor and Employment chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles (1st District, Davao City), Lagman sought the amendment of Section 2 of RA 8187 to extend the paid leave benefits of all married male employees and provide them additional unpaid leave benefits.

The proposed amendment to Section 2 provides that "Notwithstanding any law, rules and regulations to the contrary, every married male employee in the private and public sectors shall be entitled to a paternity leave of 15 days with full pay for the first four deliveries of the legitimate spouse with whom he is cohabiting and said leave shall not be deducted from his annual leave credits. He shall also have the option to extend his paternity leave up to 30 days of which the last 15 days are unpaid and will likewise be not deducted from his annual leave credits. The male employee applying for paternity leave shall notify his employer of the pregnancy of his legitimate spouse and the expected date of such delivery."  (Media Relations Service, Public Relations and Information Bureau)
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Caceres names new parish priests, parochial vicars

Photo: Archdiocese of Caceres
NAGA CITY—Chancellor Fr. Allan Roy Remo , J.C.D. of the Archdiocese of Caceres revealed the new assignments for Parish Priests and Parochial Vicars on April 2, Holy Thursday.

The appointment letters were given at the Chrism Mass celebrated by Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral.

The new appointments are effective on June 2.

PARISH PRIESTS

REV. FR. WILFRED V. ALMONEDA
Parish Priest
St. Joseph Parish
San Jose, Camarines Sur

REV. FR. ROSAURO D. LUNARIO
Parish Priest
St. Therese of Lisieux
Sta. Teresita, Iriga City

REV. FR. FELIX S. ABAÑO
Parish Priest
Holy Cross Parish
Tabuco, Naga City

REV. FR. ELMER A. PANDES
Parish Priest
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
Garchitorena, Camarines Sur

REV. FR. RAY L. HUGO
Parish Priest
St. Andrew the Apostle Parish
Sagñay, Camarines Sur

REV. FR. FRANKLIN S. NAVERA
Parish Priest
St. Anthony of Padua Parish
Presentacion, Camarines Sur

REV. FR. RUSELL A. PLETADO
Parish Priest
St. Joseph Parish
Palsong, Bula, Camarines Sur

REV. FR. ISIDRO DANILO R. DIZON
Parish Priest
Holy Cross Parish
Nabua, Camarines Sur

REV. FR. CHARLIE A. AUDAL
Parish Priest
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
Malawag, Nabua, Camarines Sur

PAROCHIAL VICARS

REV. FR. RONALD E. ANGELES
Parochial Vicar
Holy Cross Parish
Nabua, Camarines Sur

REV. FR. ACE D. BARACENA
Parochial Vicar
Our Lady of Peace & Good Voyage Parish
Guijalo, Caramoan, Camarines Sur

REV. FR. JUAN PABLO Z. CARPIO
Parochial Vicar
St. Bernard Abbot Parish
Ocampo, Camarines Sur

REV. FR. SHARNSKY C. CAMA
Parochial Vicar
St. Raphael the Archangel Parish
Pili, Camarines Sur

REV. FR. JAMES RAYMOND A. CORTEZ
Parochial Vicar
St. Jude Thaddeus Parish
Concepcion Grande, Naga City

REV. FR. SALVADOR P. CRUCILLO, Jr.
Parochial Vicar
Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish
Naga City

REV. FR. LYNDON N. FABUL
Parochial Vicar
St. John the Baptist Parish
Goa, Camarines Sur

REV. FR. RALPH CHRISTIAN D. GOLINA
Parochial Vicar
St. Joseph Parish
Cagliliog, Tinambac, Camarines Sur

REV. FR. ROY S. GUERIÑA
Parochial Vicar
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Naga City

REV. FR. REX LUIS L. HIDALGO
Parochial Vicar
Immaculate Concepcion Parish
Concepcion Pequeña, Naga City

REV. FR. LEONARDO M. PENOLIO
Parochial Vicar
St. Paschal Baylon Parish
Tinambac, Camarines Sur

REV. FR. EMMANUEL D. QUIROS
Parochial Vicar
Sts. Philip & James Parish
Lagonoy, Camarines Sur

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

REV. FR. JOEY D. GONZAGA
Chairperson
Commission on Doctrine

REV. FR. GLENN C. RUIZ
Chairperson
Ministry Cluster for Worship

REV. FR. WILLIAM J. SANTIAGO
Chairperson
Ministry Cluster for the Laity

REV. FR. WILMER JOSEPH S. TRIA
Chairperson
Ministry Cluster for Education

REV. FR. WILLIAM M. PARDE, Jr.
Chairperson
Commission on Seminary Formation

REV. MSGR. RODEL M. CAJOT, P.C.
Chairperson
Ministry Cluster for the Clergy

REV. FR. ERWIN P. OBIAS
Director
Caceres Catechetical Ministry

REV. FR. EUGENE A. LUBIGAN
Rector
Holy Rosary Preparatory Seminary
San Jose, Camarines Sur
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Anti-crime watchdog slams ‘spate of violence’ in Naga

Anti-crime watchdog slams ‘spate of violence’ in Naga
NAGA CITY—Anticrime crusader group Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) belied the claim that the city known as “An Maogmang Lugar” remains safe.

In an official statement furnished to BICOL STANDARD, CCW Regional Chairman Jigs L. Magpantay blasted the surge of criminal activities, particularly along the city’s gimmick strip, Magsaysay Avenue.

Among these are the shooting of a woman inside Red Cactus Resto Bar, the scuffle near Kina’Mon that led to the stabbing of four victims, and the robbery incident at Barryman’s Coffee Shop, a business establishment situated at the city hall compound.

Magpantay, however, clarified that accordingly, the police are imposing measures to tighten security in Magsaysay Avenue.

“We could not blame solely the police every time a crime occurs in our area. Crime watch is everybody’s primary concern,” the statement reads.

“But what bothers us now are the similar questions raised by residents through the Citizens Crime Watch, which is this: what’s the city government is doing to curb the seemingly increasing crime incidence in Naga City?”

Magpantay underscored that in merely one month’s time, a large number of criminal incidents were reported, based on the record released by the police. These include Theft – 86; Physical Injury – 80; Robbery – 29; Rape – 3; Reckless imprudence resulting to homicide – 1; Homicide – 1; Violation of special laws – 45; Other non-index crimes – 200.

These add up to 446 crimes, which, he emphasized, is still an alarming number.

“After the controversial issue on city police headquarters’ demolition, the relief of city police director and the installation of a new one, what support our city police is now receiving from the city government in terms of logistic and other necessary assistance to best able organize strategies and tackle the risk factors that cause crime.”

“Aside from the seemingly increasing crime related incidents, the city is now tainted with corruption and anomalies. After the controversial issue on the alleged missing 387 disbursement vouchers and payrolls which was submitted to the Commission on Audit in five (5) installments, at least ten (10) vouchers remain not submitted as of January 15, 2015 to which COA issued Notices of Disallowances.”

“We are appealing now to the Naga City People’s Council to convene and look upon this serious thing that is happening now in Naga City. The council that was created by the famous former City Mayor and DILG chief Jesse Robredo seems do not actively work and participate in the city peace and development activity under the administration of the Honorable John Bongat for some reasons or another.”

“The Citizens Crime Watch would want to draw the very same question raised by city residents for the sake of our members and the entire constituency: What’s happening now in Naga City?”

“Let us join hands in fulfilling our vision for our beloved place ‘Naga: An Maogmang Lugar’.” —BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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RETRATO | Pawikan sa Bicol

Sa lindong kan kampanyang Save Our Sea turtles (SOS), nagkasararo an mga taga San Andres, Catanduanes na isalbar an mga pawikan sa saindang banwaan. Sa retratong ini, maheheling an ika-18, 19, asin 20ng pawikan na nasalbar sa tabang kan SOS kaiba sinda San Andres Mayor Peter C. Cua, BDO Accounts Officer Edgar Alan Merilles asin Credit Analyst Anthony Talplacido. (Retrato kan Bayan ng San Andres)
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CSur biz sector to CASURECO III: Consider coop to coop scheme

NAGA CITY—The Camarines Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CSCCI) has passed a resolution requesting the Board of Directors of Camarines Sur III Electric Cooperative (CASURECO III) or the Committee on Evaluation of Proposals to consider the solution of coop to coop electric cooperative management and operation.

Consider coop to coop scheme: CSur business sector to CASURECO III
Solomon Ngo's photo via his Facebook account
Said scheme would allow other electric cooperatives, such as Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) to bid on the operation of CASURECO III, CSCCI President Solomon Ngo explained to BICOL STANDARD.

In Resolution No. 5 S. 2015 dated April 7, 2015, the CSCCI stated that it is “seriously concerned [about] the debt-ridden and problem-plagued CASURECO III which adversely affects the business community in its day-to-day operations.”

“A thorough and in-depth evaluation of proposals that will include the coop to coop scheme will result into a more reliable and efficient electricity service to the community, and therefore, provide a better and more comfortable life to the people of the Rinconada District, most especially to the business sector thereat,” the resolution reads.

The CSCCI, in the resolution, said that the inclusion of said scheme among the options that CASURECO III is in the interest of transparency.

Said resolution was unanimously approved during the Monthly Board Meeting of the CSCCI at the CSCCI Office, BMC, Road, Panganiban Drive, this city on Tuesday.

In attendance were Solomon C. Ngo (President and Presiding Officer), Raymond Concepcion (Executive Vice President), Richard Rocha (Vice President, Internal), Ernesto Abragan (Public Relations Officer), Oliver Coronado (Auditor), Simeon Bonacua (Member, Board of Directors), John Russel Barbosa (Member, Board of Directors), Rolando Abion (Member, Board of Directors), and Perfecto Ignatius Chua Cheng (Member, Board of Directors).—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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No. 1 Most Wanted sa droga sa Sorsogon, arestado na

SORSOGON CITYNahulog na sa kamot kan autoridad an number 1 most wanted sa enterong provincia kan Sorsogon sa pagbalgar sa ley contra sa ilegal na droga.

Sa pinagsarong fuerza kan Provincial Intel Branch, Sorsogon PPO, RID- RSOG 5, PDEA asin Sorsogon City Police Station, nadakop an suspechado na si Francisco Sanchez Jr. y Suriaga o mas midbid sa apod na “Baby Sanchez” sa paagui nin buy-bust operation

Si Sanchez, 46 anyos, may agom asin residente kan Barangay Cabid-an, Sorsogon, kabali man sa inaapod na regional watchlist kan mga personalidad sa droga sa enterong Kabikolan.

Pig-kumpiskar sa saiyang poder an apat na pakete na may laog nin kemikal na pigtutubudan na shabu, asin an sarong P1,000 na marked money.

An nasambit na kemikal ipapadara sa Regional Crime Laboratory para kumpirmaron kun ini mananggad an ipinapangalad na shabu.

Mientrastanto, si Sanchez nasa kustodiya na kan Sorsogon City Police Station sa oras na sinusurat an baretang ini.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Salceda elated as Ayala Corp. mulls bid on Manila-Albay railway project

LEGAZPI CITY—Albay Gov. Joey Salceda expressed his joy at Ayala Corp.’s announcement of its interest to bid.

“Yes! Ayala is bidding for the $3.8bn Manila-Albay railways! People at DOTC, PPP Center and NEDA know how hard I pushed and worked for this project,” he posted on Facebook.

Salceda also noted that with the project, the Manila-Albay trip will be “faster by 5-6 hours.”

Reuters reported that Ayala Corp is considering bidding on the North-South Railway Project-South Line contract that will link the province of Albay to Manila.

In the same report, Ayala Corp.’s infrastructure president John Eric Francia revealed that the conglomerate is interested in taking a “serious look” at the government railway project that will be offered under a public-private partnership program.

Said project aims to revive the railway to provide improved transport and logistics services to currently underserved areas and encourage more productive activities.

If Ayala Corp. is awarded the bid, it will be tasked to help in the constructing and rehabilitating of the decrepit railway lines.

The North-South Railway Project-South Line, according to the National Economic Development Authority, has a total estimated cost of PhP170.70 billion.

The project includes a long haul railway operation between Tutuban and Legaspi, Albay and on the branch line between Calamba and Batangas and an extension between Legaspi and Matnog, apart from commuter railway operations between Tutuban and Calamba, Laguna.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Monday, April 6, 2015

SABUNGAN SHOOTING SPREE| Village chieftain kills 1, injures another in Masbate

Map via Wikimedia Commons
Mike Gonzalez The Coffee


LEGAZPI CITY-- An incumbent village chieftain went on a shooting spree, killing a farmer and wounding another farmer inside a cockpit on Saturday morning in Barangay Nabongsoran, Aroroy, Masbate.

Dead on the spot was Zaldy Villar Jr., 28, a resident of Barangay Bogtong, Mandaon, Masbate, while wounded and brought to the Masbate Provincial Hospital was Salvador Villar, 41, of the same village.

It is not known whether the two were related to each other.

The suspect, who immediately escaped, was Barangay Captain Leo Cabarles of Nabongsoran.

A report of Senior Supt. Jesus Martirez, Provincial Police Director of Masbate, said the incident happened at about 11:00 a.m. when Cabarles was talking with one Edgardo Amparo Jr., who is in charge of the cockpit.

A heated argument ensued between the two, the report said, causing Cabarles to draw his cal. 9mm pistol and shot Amparo, who immediately run for safety.

The bullet found its mark on the younger Villar's head, killing him instantly.

Another stray bullet hit the elder Villar, who was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Police are now hunting Cabarles who hurriedly escaped after the shooting.

Martirez said Cabarles was arguing with Amparo about the low percentage of share he would get from the cockfight proceeds, resulting in heated arguments and the shooting. (PNA)
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PENITENSYA! | SMEC cuts off CASURECO III's power supply anew

Casureco III File Photo
via Melvin Machado
IRIGA CITY—Hellish summer heat greeted Camarines Sur III Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CASURECO III) consumers Monday (April 6), a day after the Holy Week break.

The power supply was cut off midday today after the electric coop failed to settle its P67 million obligation to San Miguel Energy Corporation (SMEC).

Casureco III was reportedly able to raise P9 million only.

Its debt from various power suppliers has already ballooned to as much as 1.2 billion pesos.

As a result of the disconnection, the towns of Nabua, Bula, Baao, Bato, Balatan, Buhi and the city of Iriga—all of which are serviced by the cooperative—are again without power.

As of press time, there is no word as to when the power supply may be reconnected.

It will be recalled that the electric cooperative was disconnected from the Luzon power grid on March 30.

In an interview by BICOL STANDARD, Casureco III Administrator Fernando Turiano said that power supply of CASURECO III was originally scheduled to be disconnected before March 30, but the management pleaded for an extension.

CASURECO III was allowed to raise the money until Saturday, March 28, but was unable to do so.

Power was, however, later restored upon the intervention of Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who is from Iriga City.

Among the possible reasons for CASURECO III’s financial woes are ineffective management, systems loss, an excessive number of employees, and corruption of funds.

Objection

Residents of the Rinconada area are now up in arms over the power cut.

Among those objecting is Engr. Solomon Ngo, who heads the Camarines Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In an interview by BICOL STANDARD, Ngo said that the disconnection has a massive impact not only on households, but also on businesses operating in the area.

He called the move to privatize the coop “anti-poor.”

He urged the public to assess their situation to what happened to Albay Electric Cooperative (ALECO), which underwent privatization.

Parallelism

After San Miguel Corporation’s subsidiary Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMC Global) acquired ALECO and renamed it  Albay Power and Energy Corporation (APEC), the problems continued, Ngo said.

The consumers still suffer frequent brownouts and shoulder more than twice the price of electricity than that which was offered by ALECO, he claimed.

“The very same thing could happen to us here in the Rinconada area,” he said. “What really bothers me is that in this setup, the minimum consumers in the rural areas would suffer the most.”

“We should be concerned about this because we live in an area frequented by typhoons. When typhoons visit our area, the least priority is always rehabilitation. This is because millions require to be spent, but the collection is merely in the thousands,” Ngo explained.

“Baka po sa urban area, may kuryente, sa rural area mayo,” he said.

Last recourse

Ngo also declared that “The privatization of CASURECO III should have been the last recourse to the problem.”

“My recommendation was to allow other electric cooperatives, such as Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) to bid on the operation of CASURECO III. But it seemed like the Board of Directors had already made up their minds, because they wanted either IMC [investment management contract] or concession,” he added.

Ngo said that they were told they had no other viable option because allegedly all electric cooperatives are in debt.

“Dai po totoo yan,” he asserted.

He stressed that they were made to believe that no one would bid on CASURECO III because it has an outstanding debt of 1.2 billion pesos. But ALECO, he said, had an even greater debt of 4 billion pesos, and BENECO still bid on its operation.

Earlier this month, the stakeholders also considered joint venture, management contract, operation and maintenance contract, special equipment and material lease agreement, merger, and consolidation, as solutions to the problems of the embattled cooperative.—With Report from Jon-Jon Oyales, BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming Bago
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Surprise inspection yields drugs, cash in Masbate detention cells

MASBATE CITY—The Philippine National Police has launched a probe after a surprise inspection in the Masbate Police Provincial Office Holding Center yielded drugs, drug paraphernalia, a cellular phone, and cash.

The jail guards are already being investigated, said the Police Regional Office.

The inspection of the detention cells located inside Camp Bonny Serrano, Brgy. Ibingay was conducted at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 4.

It was led by joint elements of Provincial Investigation and Detective Management Division (PIDMD), Police Intelligence Branch (PIB), and the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC), all of Masbate Provincial Office.  

From detention cell number 1 were recovered:  Php17,500 in cash, two small sachets containing suspected “shabu,” and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, from detention cell number 2 were found: Php10,050 in cash, one unit of Samsung cellular phone, and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Police identified the occupants of said holding center as Lito Vasquez and Garry Franco. 

Vasquez is being held after undergoing inquest proceedings on March 5, 2015. Franco, on the other hand, is under custody after he faced inquest proceedings on March 28, 2015.

Both are facing cases for allegedly violating Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) and Republic Act 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms Law).—BICOLSTANDARD. Pirming enot. Pirming bago. 

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4-year-old child drowns in hotel pool in Camarines Norte

DAET, Camarines Norte—A four-year-old girl drowned while swimming in the pool of Wiltan Hotel here Saturday afternoon.

This incident was brought to the attention of the police by the girl's father, Romeo Embido.

Embido told police that his daughter, Shiela Mae Embido y Capillanes, drowned at around 2:15 pm.

The girl was brought to the Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Investigation on the incident is ongoing. 

The Embidos are residents of  P4 Brgy 1V this town.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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