Friday, May 8, 2015

New NFA warehouse boosts Bicol disaster preparedness

The National Food Authority’s (NFA) rice prepositioning stock capacity in Bicol has increased due to the opening of a new warehouse in Camarines Sur, a significant step towards ensuring food security in the region, especially during times of calamity.

Rice photo by bykst via Pixabay
The warehouse in Libmanan, which can hold 100,000 bags of rice, effectively boosts the province’s total capacity to almost a million bags of rice, from 872,000 bags prior to the warehouse’s inauguration. The construction of the warehouse brings the number of warehouses in Region 5 to 18.

The warehouse is within the parameters that can withstand 250 kilometers per hour wind velocity and magnitude intensity 7 earthquake.

“Considering na ang Region 5 ay lagging tinatamaan ng bagyo dahil sa climate change, very vital ang role ng Libmanan warehouse,” said NFA Administrator Renan Dalisay.

“Imbes na magpapadala pa tayo doon ng stocks habang nag-uumpisa na ang bagyo, mag-i-improve ang ating prepositioning sa Bicol dahil makakapaglagay tayo ng additional stocks doon.”

Construction of the warehouse, worth P19,782,929.52, began on March 1, 2013, and was finished on October 10 the same year.

The warehouse is accessible using a barangay access road, which was built with assistance from the Department of Agriculture.

The NFA ramped up palay procurement in Bicol and other parts of the country during the harvest season, buying palay from farmers at P17 per kilogram, with additional incentives for delivery and drying. This is with the aim of ensuring a stable supply plus buffer stocks for Filipinos during the so-called “lean months” when there is no rice harvest.

The Libmanan warehouse, prior to its inauguration, was already utilized to serve as a palay buying station during harvest season, and also supplied retailers with their rice allocation.

The use of the warehouse as a hub made it easier for farmers to sell their palay. It has also eased the way for retailers to get stocks, as they will no longer have to travel all the way to the NFA provincial office in Pili.

Travel blogger Nathan Allen hits back at 'persona non grata' tag

American travel blogger Nathan Allen has responded to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Sorsogon's declaration that he is a "persona non grata."

Photo via I Dreamed Of This Facebook page
On Facebook, the self-described "full-time wanderer" posted a lengthy statement explaining his side of the issue.

Allen's statement is reproduced here:

"Yes, I was declared "persona non grata" in Sorsogon recently.

I just want to say that, as I have previously clarified, the issue (if you could even call it that) I encountered in Sorsogon was very minor. I was never "angry" about it, as the media is mostly reporting. I only expressed "disappointed", which is quite different. I was not disappointed BY Donsol...only that I felt disappointed when I was IN Donsol. I just did not get a text that I *hoped* for. I did not lose any sleep over this...that is why I said it was a "minor issue". It says in my original post that I did not expect much, given the last minute nature of my trip. I do hope people will take the time to read carefully.

Regarding the separation between the LGU tourism workers and DOT, if you read the posts that followed, I apologized and clarified about the confusion on my end. This was never about Sorosogn, or even Bicol specifically. The big picture was some of the concerns that tourists are affected by nationally (not just in Bicol). I only hoped to shed some light on them to improve the tourist experience (and help bring extra revenue to the country I love).

I actually said right in the original post that the whale sharks were "awesome", and in the comments, I specifically commended the many tourism employees there that made my experience memorable.

I have literally spent months working hard to promote Bicol...and the locals in Sorsogon were very warm, welcoming, and appreciative that I came to visit. I have done 5 television interviews in Bicol at this point, the most recent of which was specifically promoting the whale shark watching in Donsol.

I hope nobody feels like I am out to get them, or that they are under attack. I can assure you, I'd like to think of myself as a nice guy. From what I remember, I handed the girl my business card and left that tourism office with a smile on my face. smile emoticon Somehow this has all been blown way out of proportion.

I am also sad that all the good things I had to say about the D.O.T. (in every single post) seem to have been overlooked. I hope that people will do their research, especially if they are posting articles in the media.

I sincerely hope they will reconsider such a taking such a drastic and damaging step. It seems like quite a misunderstanding, and takes away from the hard work I do promoting the warmth and beauty of both Bicol and the Philippines in general. I also worry that it could shine a very unfavorable light on the beautiful province of Sorsogon. There is so much to offer tourists there."

The blogger was tagged "persona non grata" in a resolution filed by Board Member Franco Ravanilla.

Allen's blog "I Dreamed Of This" features articles on "food, culture, and adventure."

According to his blog, his favorite destinations include El Nido and Bantayan Island, Philippines.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sorsoganon Gerphil Flores seeks Asia’s Got Talent win

Gerphil-Geraldine Flores of Sorsogon City raises the banner of the Bicolano oragon as she sets her eyes on the Asia’s Got Talent championship. Flores, the niece of popular local couturier Phillip Flores, is among the four Filipinos who made it to the finals of the international competition. (Photo from Asia's Got Talent on Twitter)

What first Filipino UK Parliament candidate Steven Cheung has to say to fellow Bicolanos

NAGA CITY—For Steven Dominique Cheung, the world his oyster.

As the youngest and first Filipino candidate running for the British parliament, the story of his ascent from humble beginnings has inspired many, even much earlier before he has won a coveted seat.

What first Filipino UK Parliament candidate Steven Cheung has to say to fellow Bicolanos
Steven's photo via his official website

The son of a woman who hails from Minalabac, Camarines Sur, one who worked as a cleaner in Hong Kong, and a Chinese father who worked as a cook, he had to endure discrimination when he moved from his birthplace of Hong Kong to London.

From then, he rose to recognition as a youth advisory panelist, Cultural Olympiad Ambassador, Youth Citizen Commission Advisor, G8 / G20 United Kingdom Ambassador, Junior Mayor of Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Village, Olympic Truce Ambassador, TV presenter, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Global Changemaker for the British Council, City and Islington College Governor, and Secretariat for APPG Chinese in Britain Group, among many others.

And all of these he achieved before the age of 25.

In an exclusive interview with BICOL STANDARD, Cheung, who was born in 1989, said that his major goal in running is to help, particularly the underrepresented minorities like the Filipinos.

To work on the campaign, he had to give up his job in the financial industry, in which he has been recognized as a leader in his young age.

"My aim in parliament is not for pera," he stressed.

He narrated that Filipinos who are working as doctors and nurses in the United Kingdom are being treated as second-class citizens, something he firmly wants to change.

"[I want to raise] the status of the Filipino around the world. If I get elected, I would like to help develop the Philippines, build bridges, increase export and improve the trading relationship between the United Kingdom and the Philippines," he told BICOL STANDARD.

"We have so much natural resources, tourist destinations," the young politician pointed out.

He also claimed that he wanted to "fight corruption because it's the biggest cause of poverty in developing countries like the Philippines."

Cheung may have set his sights on winning a seat in a foreign government, but he remains firmly grounded in his Bicolano roots.

As someone who loves coming home to Bicol and the Philippines, he has forged a strong connection to his kababayans, and pledges to do all that he can to help them out.

"Whether I win or lose, I will continue to fight for the people I represent," he vowed.

Steven Cheung and his mother, Ami Oliverio Cheung
Photo courtesy of Ami Cheung
To fellow Bicolanos, he has this message: "No matter what your background is, where you come from, if you have a dream, chase it, spread your wings because one day, you'll reach it."

"Mabuhay! Ako si Steven Dominique Cheung, British Parliament kandidato sa Liberal Democrats. Please support me. Maraming salamat!" he said in a final note.

The United Kingom General Elections is ongoing today, May 7.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

DOT RD Ravanilla issues Bulusan travel advisory

SORSOGON CITY—Department of Tourism Regional Director Maria Ravanilla has issued a travel advisory today (May 7) barring tourists from entering the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) due because of the possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven phreatic eruptions.

The bulletin was released in response to the Bulusan Volcano Bulletin issued earlier today by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

Tourism activities within the 4-kilometer danger zone are temporarily suspended, said Ravanilla.

The Regional Director reminded the local government units, as well as the general public, that the suspension will only be lifted once the state volcanology bureau has downgraded the alert level to zero.

Ravanilla, however, clarified that Bulusan Lake, which is located beyond the danger zone is still considered safe for tourists. Hence, "Eco adventure activities such as kayaking, canoeing, boating, and trekking within the lake's perimeter can still be enjoyed by tourists within the Bulusan Volcano Natural Park," the letter indicated.—With Report from BICOL STANDARD-Sorsogon Correspondent Edgar Tumangan, Wow Smile FM

Ex-Mayor Yu to retake Calabanga in 2016?

NAGA CITY— “I will surely and willingly give way to Madam Evelyn Yu if she tells me that she wants to run for mayor,” Mayor Ed Severo told BICOL STANDARD when asked about the upcoming elections and rumors that Yu is planning to make a political comeback in the 2016 elections.

Ex-Mayor Evelyn Yu

“I am more than 100 percent behind the rumored candidacy of former Mayor Evelyn Yu,” Severo said.

Yu, a former 3-term chief executive of this town, and a political ally of Severo, is reportedly being groomed to run for the top post in this town by the same group that supported the incumbent mayor.

In the same interview, Severo said that earlier this year, his family had been enticing him to leave politics, and concentrate instead on their business.

“Madam Evelyn’s family and my family are very close political allies. I do not foresee any problem in case she decides to run again for mayor. Our group is very much intact and willing to extend whatever political support she needs to win in the next polls. We are just waiting for her green light,” he revealed.

He stressed, however, that he will only give way to Yu, and not to other candidates.

Former Mayor Yu was also behind Severo’s candidacy of Severo in the 2013 local elections.

Prior to his assumption to the mayoralty post, Severo was the town administrator during Yu’s three-term incumbency.

As this developed, Severo’s local political rivals have showed reluctance in revealing their line-up, upon learning that Yu would be slugging it out for mayor instead of him.

Insiders say that in case Yu decides to run for mayor again, her group is rooting for Liga ng Mga Barangay President Victor De Villa to be her running mate.

As of press time, Yu could not yet be contacted for her comments.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

BM Andal still unrecognized | Defiant CSur SP awaits Bongalonta appointment

PILI, Camarines Sur—For the nth time, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur has maintained its original position not to recognize Emmanuel Andal as well as Atty. Ariel Abonal as duly-elected members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Emmanuel "Ower" Andal
Both Andal and Abonal have been  proclaimed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as the duly-elected members of the Sangguniang Panlalwigan after the poll body struck down the Certificates of Candidacy of their opponents in the 2013 polls.

Vice Governor Fortunato Peña, in an interview by BICOLSTANDARD.COM said that the SP has asked the Provincial Attorney for comments as to whether they will allow him to be part of the Provincial Board or not.

Peña explained that former Board Member Angel Naval’s certificate of candidacy was cancelled by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) after it was established that he has been elected for three consecutive terms an board member.

Hence, Naval was already disqualified for seeking another term.

Peña added that Naval has a pending Petition for Certiorari which is now pending with the Supreme Court, and therefore will also await for the final resolution of the case.

The vice governor stressed that since the removal of Naval from his post created a permanent vacancy in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, it is the belief of majority of the members of the Provincial Board that his replacement should be appointed by the Office of the President.

The Nacionalista Party nominated former Pili town Mayor Tomas Bongalonta, Jr. to replace Naval, according to Peña.

In fact, the appointment papers pertaining to Bongalonta were already submitted to the Office of the President, he explained.

As of press time, they have not yet received word from Malacañang regarding this matter.

As regard Atty. Abonal, Pena told the media that there is no development yet regarding his case.

He reiterated that they are still waiting for the ruling of the Supreme Court in the Petition for Certiorari that was filed by former Board Member Romulo Hernandez.
Hernandez was also disqualified during the last polls after having exceeded the term limits for local officials.

“The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of all legal problems. Since the issue is now pending with the said court we will wait for its final determination,” he said.

Peña explained that unlike in the third district, where they have recommended a replacement for Naval, the Nacionalista Party has not nominated a replacement for Board Member Romulo Hernandez in the second district.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Authorities to have aerial survey on Bulusan Volcano

LEGAZPI CITY—Officials of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology, Office of Civil Defense-Bicol, Philippine Air Force-Tactical Operations Group 5 and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Sorsogon will conduct anytime today an aerial survey of the Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon province.

This, after the second phreatic explosion occurred at 9.46 p.m. Wednesday that spewed ashes up to 250 meters or 820 feet high.

The volcano's first explosion happened on May 1.

The emitted ashes fell on the volcano's southwest quadrant, particularly on the towns of Irosin and Juban.

Jessar B. Adornado, OCD-5 operations officer, said the survey team is now in Irosin, Sorsogon.

Also in the team are representatives of the Philippine National Police, 903rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, Department of Education and other concerned agencies of the government.

Adornado said the local government unit of Sorsogon is planning to evacuate residents affected by the recent activity of Bulusan Volcano, among them, the 112 residents of Barangay Cogon in Irosin.

He said the aerial survey will determine the volume of ashes emitted by the volcano, as it could bring complex disaster.

They would also determine the ash deposit in the volcano and the areas that would be immediately affected, especially with the threat of tropical depression "Dodong" to the Philippines.—by Nancy I. Mediavillo (PNA) 

PHOTOS | Advocacy group poses to oppose K to 12

NAGA CITY—Members of advocacy group Karapatan Bikol staged a protest at the Plaza Quince Martirez yesterday, May 6, to reiterate their objection against Department of Education (DepEd)'s K to 12 program.

Said program has recently been under fire as petitions to suspend its implementation have been lodged at the Supreme Court.

The statement of said group, which was furnished to BICOL STANDARD by the group's spokesperson Paul Vincent Casilihan is reproduced below:

"Not yet fully implemented, the Aquino administration's K to 12 program has already caused enough burdens to the toiling Filipino youth, teachers, families and the education sector as a whole. While the government continues to package the so-called reform as the messianic solution to the problems of education sector, it only aggravates the existing problems and neglects the perspective of the prime stakeholders in the issue.

First, the K to 12 program shuns current, more urgent problems, like the actual deficiencies in classrooms, desks and chairs, libraries, toilets, books, and even teachers. More importantly, the K to 12 also neglects the continuously declining quality of education, testified by the low National Achievement Test results in the country. Add to these the continuous budget cuts for education.

Instead of addressing first these issues, the government prioritizes a program that only has the effect of worsening them. It is hard to imagine how it can make room for new facilities and modules to be used in K to 12 when the existing ones already prove ineffective and problematic.

Ultimately, the K to 12 is geared towards producing semi-skilled workers for export abroad. Because K to 12 graduates are packaged as “ready” for work, it becomes a scapegoat for the lack of proper jobs in the Philippines and the skyrocketing cost of education.

This is why today, we, the Bicolano youth and teachers, will gather to pose to oppose the hasty implementation of K to 12. From 4:30 to 6:00 PM at the Plaza Quince Martires, we will use protest art to reverberate our call for a free and accessible nationalistic, scientific, and mass-oriented education."


Phivolcs raises Bulusan Volcano’s alert level to 1

SORSOGON CITY—Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has raised the Alert Level status of Bulusan Volcano from Alert Level 0 to Alert Level 1 in its 8 a.m. bulletin today, May 7.

Bulusan Volcano
Photo via Sorsogon PDRRMO
Alert Level 1, which Phivolcs calls “abnormal,” “indicates that hydrothermal processes may be underway beneath the volcano that may lead to more steam-driven eruptions.”

Yesterday, Phivolcs said it recorded “a steam-driven explosion from a vent on its northwest upper slopes that propelled an ash plume approximately 250 m high before it drifted west.”

“Traces of ash were observed in Sitio Tulay of Brgy. Bagsangan, Cogon, Monbon, and Tinampo in Irosin, Sorsogon,” the report added.

On May 1, the institute reported a similar steam-driven explosion, which are typical to the volcano during restive periods.

“Based on past records, more explosions can be expected to occur with varying intensity, duration and distribution of ash,” it warned.

In the same bulletin, Phivolcs reminded local government units and the public “that entry to the 4-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) is strictly prohibited due to the possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions. Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots

to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ash from any sudden phreatic eruption can be hazardous to aircraft. Furthermore, people living within valleys and along river/stream channels should be vigilant against sediment-laden stream flows and lahars in the event of heavy and prolonged rainfall.”

Meanwhile, the Office of Civil Defense-Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (OCD-RDRRMC) this morning said it conducted an initial briefing on the status of Bulusan Volcano to the Sorsogon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

It already deployed a team, which includes Engr. Raden Dimaano and resident volcanologist Ed Laguerta, in Irosin town.

OCD-RDRRMC has already started to distribute disposable masks to residents of Irosin.

Said office is presently on heightened alert for the monitoring, coordination, and management of the incident.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Girl, 5, rescued from 3-hour hostage incident

Photo via Paracale MPS

PARACALE, Camarines Norte—A 5-year-old girl is slated to undergo counseling after she was held hostage by a bolo-wielding man in Purok 1 Matanlang, Brgy Tawi, here.

The suspect was identified by police as Larry Vasquez y Rodriguez, 34 years old, a gold panner, and a resident of P2 Brgy. Masalongsalong, Mercedes, Camarines Norte.

Vasquez held the girl at the point of the bladed weapon at 3 p.m. yesterday, May 5.

Upon receiving information, police swooped to the scene. A task team was immediately created. A team was deployed to conduct negotiations with the hostage taker. Other operatives were also tasked to monitor the entire situation.

The assistance of Myra Vasquez, the suspect's sister, was also sought by the police.

Finally, at 6 p.m., or three hours after the girl was restrained, police were able to divest the weapon from Vasquez and to seize the girl from his control.
The successful operation was conducted under the helm of PCInsp. Rommel Bachiller Labarro, Chief of Police here. 

Meanwhile, two sachets containing substance suspected to be shabu were found in his possession. The same were discovered after he underwent mandatory frisking prior to his detention. 

Criminal complaints for Serious Illegal Detention and Violation of Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are now being prepared for filing against the suspect.

Vasquez is now under the custody of this station.

Meanwhile, the girl has been turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Paracale. — BICOLSTANDAD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago. 

2 estudyante tinira kan riding-in-tandem sa Naga City

Photo via Wikicommons
Mike Gonzales, The Coffee

CIUDAD NIN NAGA --Mayo nang pinipiling oras nin aldaw asin bangui an mga inaapod na “criminals using motorcycles” sa pagperwisyo sa mga residentes digdi, mantang mayong namamateang  ginigibo an mga awtoridad tanganing madakop sinda asin makastigo.

Kan sarong aldaw, duwang joven na mga estudyante an inagawan kan saindang dara-darang personal na gamit mientras na naglalakaw pasiring sa saindang boarding house.

An mga victima iyo sinda Jun Cruz(bakong tunay na pangaran),  17 anyos asin si Ramish Baldoza y Barrameda, 25 anyos. Pareho sindang nag-aarkila nin estaran sa Aquino apartment sa Barangay Sta. Cruz proper, digdi. 

An duwang suspechado dae nabisto.

Base sa osipon kan mga victima, naglalakaw sinda papuli sa saindang estaran kan abayon sinda kan sarong SYM na motorsiklo na color puti asin itom na mayong plaka.

An drayber kan motorsiklo, na nakasulot nin putting “full face helmet,” an nagtutok kan saiyang armas na calibre .38 na revolver, dangan nagsabing “Wag kayong gagalaw. Puputokan ko kayo.”

Mientras na sinda nakubanan, an kaibahan na lalaking kasunod sa motorsiklo an naggabring na kan saindang mga darang gamit.

An mga nahabon sainda iyo an mga minasunod: 1ng unit na Star Mobile Sky cellular phone na kantidad P4,000.00, 1ng unit na Samsung Galaxy cellular phone na kantidad P5,000.00, pitaka na igwang laog nin P2,100.00, 1ng unit na Iphone 6 plus na an kantidad P43,000.00, 1ng unit na Ipod Apple Air na kantidad P36,000.00. 

Segun sa mga imbestigador na pinapamayohan ni PSI Alvarado D. Ventabal, nagtitipon pa sinda nin mga informasyon para mabisto an responsible sa krimen.

Mientrastanto, an pinakabagong incidente dugang na naman sa nagpaparalaba na incidente nin krimen na an mga suspechado mga tawo na magkasuno sa motorsiklo. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

2 lalaki, hinoldup sa Sabang, Ciudad nin Naga

Photo via Wikimedia commons
Mike Gonzales, The Coffee

NAGA CITY – “Pasensya ka na, kaipohan ko lang.” Ini an mga tataramon kan sarong dae nabistong lalaki na nagtutok nin matarom na kutsilyo sa likod kan victimang si Ulysses Fulgentes y Polan, 20 anyos, soltero, taga-Villa Fulgentes, Barangay Sabang asin Mark Vinzon Benosa y Aniente, 19 anyos, taga-Sitio Sto. Nino, Barangay Abella, digdi.

An dae nabistong suspechado, mayong sulot na bado, halaba an buhok, katamtaman an kolor kan kublit.

Ipinahayag kan imbestigador na makusog na ginabring kan suspechado an bag na saklay kan victima na may laog nin pitaka na may P1,000.000, ID card, asin iba pang personal na gamit.

Tanganing marikas na makadulag an holdupper, tinakras kaini an saklayan kan bag kan victima asin garong mayo sanang nangyari na naglakaw-lakaw pasiring sa Sto Nino Interior, sa Barangay Abella, digdi.

Apisar kan maliwanag an aldaw, mayo lamang na nakabisto kan paraholdup na suboot pira nang beses nag-atake sa sinambit na lugar.

Nagpromisa liwat an mga imbestigador na matipon sinda nin mga informasyon na pwedeng maging dalan para masusug an gira kan parahabon.

Arog kan dati, an mga victima nagpahayag kan saindang grabeng pagkadisganar sa nagpapadagos asin garo mayo nang solusyon na  na harabonan sa ciudad na ini . BICOLSTANDARD.COM  Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

Labo Church: a vestige of faith and history

 St. John the Apostle Church 
Photo via Mahatma Gan

Etched in the fortified foundations of the Baroque structure of the St. John the Apostle Church is the vibrant history and immense religiosity of the Catholic faithful of the town Labo.

The town was first established in 1651 by missionaries as a sitio of Indan (now Vinzons).

As the Catholic faith took root and grew, the townsfolk constructed a place of worship made of the humblest of materials: bamboo and palm leaves.

The administration of the parish was later transferred to the secular priests in 1661. However, the missionaries regained it in 1880.

Meanwhile, a home for the parish priest was also built under the leadership of Fr. Guilliermo Roho from 1882 to 1889.

The church, on the other hand, was built in 1890 under the helm of Fr. Sotero Martin, who served as the parish priest from 1891 to 1894.

St. John the Evangelist was chosen as the patron saint. The saint is honored every May 6 as had been traditionally celebrated in Labo. This date is different from the official Catholic calendar, in which the saint celebrates his feast day on December 27.

Deep traditions have been forged out of the profound Catholic faith here. Some of these, as shared by local Josefa Tenorio Vda. de Atienza, are the processions on the feast day of Christ the King and the Immaculate Concepcion. The latter, said Tenorio, has been in practice since December 8, 1918.

To this day, Catholicism remains alive and growing. Testaments to these are the ever growing number of religious organizations that exist here.

At present, the parish priest is Rev. Fr. Julito Heraldo. Also supportive of these proud expositions of faith is Engr. Joseph Ascutia, municipal mayor of this town. (Mahatma Gan)

Babae, hinabonan mantang nagbibilar

CIUDAD NIN NAGA—Dae nang pinipiling lugar o okasyon an mga parahabon sa ciudad na ini.

Kan sarong aldaw pa sana, pigreport kan pulis na sarong babae an nadukutan kan saiyang shoulder bag mantang nag-aatender kan bilar kan saiyang lolo sa Blissful Chapel, Funeraria Imperial, Barangay Penafrancia.

An pungaw asin mundo naribayan tulos nin pagkangalas kan mamansayan kan victima na nawawara an saiyang bag na kantidad P10,000.

Si Maryline Salva Borja, 24 anyos, kan Progress Homes, Del Rosario, Canaman, Camarines Sur, nagpahayag sa pulis na nawara an saiyang gamit sa pag-oltanan kan alas 4 asin alas 6 nin maomagahon.

Nasa laog kaini iyo an duwang cellphone na kantidad P10,000 kada saro, sarong wallet na may nagkapirang ID asin ATM card, duwang sunglasses na kantidad P1,500 asin P3,000, kwintas na bulawan na kantidad P10,000, asin cash na 19,000.

Pigsososog pa kan mga autoridad kun sisay an nagkua kan mga gamit kan victima sa oras na sinusurat an baretang ini.

Mientrastanto, nagpatanid an mga pulis na magin marigmat sa gabos na oras, maski na ngani yaon sa mga lugar kun sain dae ninda inaasahan mawaran.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

CSur son eyes seat in Brit Parliament

NAGA CITY—The son of a woman who hails from the remote, coastal barangay of Salingogon, Minalabac, Camarines Sur is the youngest candidate in the upcoming British Parliament elections scheduled on May 7.

Filipino-Chinese Steven Cheung (center, with fist raised), whose mother is from Minalabac, Camarines Sur, is out to win one for the youth, minorities, and believers of a fair society. The 25-year-old is currently the youngest candidate in the British Parliament elections. (Photo from Cheung’s website)

Steven Dominique Cheung, the 25-year old son of Ami Biazon Oliverio Cheung, was born in Hong Kong.

There, his Chinese father worked as a chef while his Filipina mother was a cleaner, according to the South China Morning Post.


In 2002, he moved with his parents and two brothers to London.

He studied at Heathcote School and Highams Park College.

In a report by the same newspaper, he recalled how he was bullied and discriminated against in said city.

This, he narrated, pushed him to strive to give minorities a voice in society.

He became involved in youth-related issues, and led and supported charity and community projects.

Recognizing his potential, the government tapped the assistance of Cheung as an advisor to the Youth Citizen Commission.

The young achiever, who is often described as witty and exuberant, also worked as a radio presenter, hosting shows in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

In 2009, he was awarded the Princess Diana Award, a prestigious honor for inspirational young people.

He was also elected Young Mayor of the Olympic Village, and carried the Olympic Torch for Britain in 2012.

He is also active in the Filipino community in the UK, where the Philippine ambassador himself thanked him for his support.

In an interview by BICOL STANDARD with Mrs. Cheung, she revealed that her son loves Filipino food, including sinigang, barbecue, and adobo.

Steven, she said, has also come home to Minalabac, where he attended the wedding of a family friend.

He has also enjoyed touring the province of Albay.

Steven poses with his mother in front of the plane which he himself flew.
(Photo courtesy of Ami Cheung)


Cheung has won the admiration of many, including the British, Chinese, and Filipinos.

He is seen as a rising politician with a passion for changing the community.

The 25-year-old, who is now working for the financial sector in the United Kingdom, is currently running as a candidate for the Liberal Democrats.

Said party has the objective of “build[ing] a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life,” a goal consistent with Cheung’s ideals.

Yet despite his lofty achievements, however, he remains firmly grounded, drawing his strength from his family.

Win or lose, Steven Oliverio Cheung has already brought great honor to his mother, who is proud of how her son maintains close ties with his roots in Salingogon, Minalabac, Camarines.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

CAFGU wife seriously hurt by shrapnel fired by NPA

LEGAZPI CITY—A 43-year-old wife of a member of the Citizens Armed Forces and Geographical Unit (CAFGU) is now in critical condition after she was hit by a grenade shrapnel coming from an M203 grenade launcher lodged by New People's Army (NPA) rebels who attacked a camp of the Philippine Army/Citizens Armed Auxiliary at Barangay Mabini, Del Gallego, Camarines Sur, Monday morning.

Rushed to the Bicol Medical Center was Marissa Corpuz, a resident of the village.

A police report said Corpuz was preparing breakfast for her husband inside a hut in the camp at about 6:05 a.m. when suddenly there was an explosion and a shrapnel from an M-203 grenade hit her.

The CAFGU detachment was 50 meters away from the unit’s main camp.

The soldiers immediately fought back to defend their camp and exchanged fire with the rebels for 20 minutes, after which the rebels withdrew towards an unknown direction.

The report said Corpuz was just visiting her CAFGU-husband when the rebels harassed the detachment.(PNA)

Sorsogon SP declares American celeb blogger persona non grata

LEGAZPI CITY— The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Sorsogon has declared international blogger Nathan Allen, a citizen of the United States, as persona non grata as an expression of protest for the remarks he made against the Donsol tourism office in his “I Dreamed of This” blog last month.

Nathan Allen
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Board member Frank Eric Ravanilla filed the resolution declaring Allen persona non grata.

Said resolution was approved by the council during its regular session last week.

Part of Allen’s article read:” “Is the D.O.T. just hiring members of their families who need jobs? I hope not…these people need to ACTUALLY be qualified!”

Allen got mad when he was not readily accommodated by the Donsol tourism personnel upon his arrival in the place.

He visited Donsol town, the world’s Whale Shark Capital, without prior notice to local tourism officials.

Ravanilla said Allen’s blog already got more than 3,000 likes, adding that those potential tourists who read the comment may decide not to come to Donsol anymore.

“We are really bothered by this blog because this may affect the community-based tourism activities in Donsol that are giving jobs and income to small businessmen and marginal stakeholders,” the local legislator said.

The resolution said Allen’s statement in his blog site assailing tourism officials in Donsol for not giving him the reception that he expected is irresponsible and self-serving.

“It is rather surprising — if not ridiculous — that an experienced traveler like Allen, who seems to have gone to many countries visiting tourist destinations and promoting them, would go to Donsol without supplying himself with any information about the place he intends to visit that other tourists normally do when they make a trip to a certain place which is readily accessible in the Internet,” the resolution added.

Ravanilla reminded Allen that if he could not adapt to the local culture, he should at least respect it.
He said the Sorsogon officials were enraged by the US citizen-blogger for maligning the tourism personnel of Donsol town, known for whale shark interaction worldwide.

Ravanilla said they already sent copies of their resolution to the US Embassy, the Sorsogon local government units, Masbate and Albay.(PNA)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

San Jose Bridge sarado sa traffic poon Mayo 14 hasta 30

PILI, Camarines Sur—Ipinahayag kan oficina kan DPWH 2nd Engineering District na totalmenteng sarado sa mga vehiculo an San Jose Bridge, poon fecha 14 hasta 30 ngonian na Mayo.

Stock photo kan San Jose Bridge
An sinambit na tulay pigbagohan kan DPWH tanganing mapadakula asin mapapusog para sa nagdadakul na numero nin mga vehiculo na nag-aagi palaog asin paluwas sa Region Bicol.

Durante kan session kan Sangguniang Panlalawigan, sinabi kan DPWH na gigibohon sa fecha 14 hasta 15 ngonian na bulan an pagcemento kan salog kan tulay, kaya dae ini pwedeng matanyog kan nag-aaging mga vehiculo para maging pusog an pagkagibo.

Sa fecha 16 kan Mayo, pwede na ining agihan nin mga motorsiklo o lakawan nin mga tawo. Alagad dapat ibusol sana an motorsiklo para dae mahiro an pinapatagas na cemento.

Idinagdag kan DPWH na poon sa fecha 19 ngonian na bulan, hasta fecha 30, pwede na ining paaguihan nin mga tricycles, kun ibubusol sana, asin dae nag-aandar an makina.

Sa Mayo 30 saka pa sana bubukasan liwat an tulay sa gabos na clase nin vehiculo.

Mientrastanto, pig-avisohan an gabos na mga drivers na pwede sindang mag-agi sa San Fernando-Antipolo, Minalabac, pasiring sa banwaan nin Pili, bilang alternate na agihan.

Pwede man na paghale sa Pili, maglaog sa Barangay Mataoroc, Minalabac pasiring sa Poblacion, Minalabac, asin magluwas sa banwaan kan Milaor, Camarines Sur.

An sinambit na oficina nagpahayag na ginigibo ninda an magkakanigong coordinasyon sa mga lugar na aagihan para dae malagalag an mga viajeros.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Aki nin taga Minalabac, kandidato bilang Member of Parliament kan Britanya

CIUDAD NIN NAGA—Sarong aki nin ina na taga Salingogon, Minalabac, Camarines Sur na an ama, Chinese, alagad ngonian ciudadano na sa United Kingdom, an napapalaban ngonian na kandidato sa Parliamento kan Britanya, sa nagdadangadang na election fecha 7 ngonian na bulan.

An 25 anyos na si Steven Dominique Cheung (nasa tahaw, nakataas an walang kamot) iyo an pinakajoven na kandidato sa British Parliament elections. (Retrato hale sa oficial na website ni Cheung)
Si Steven Dominique Cheung, 25 anyos, na aki ni Ami Biazon Oliverio-Cheung, namundag sa Hongkong.

An saiyang Intsik na ama, kusinero, mantang an saiyang ina, cleaner o paralinig, sabi kan South China Morning Post.

Si Steven asin an saiyang ina na si Ami Oliverio Cheung
(Retrato hale ki Ami Cheung)
Kan 2002, an saindang familia naglipat sa London.

Nag-escuela si Steven Dominique Cheung sa Health Cote school asin Highams Park College.

Mantang nag-eeskwela duman, sinaysay ni Steven kun pano siya inapi kan saiyang mga ka-eskwela, huli ta siya miembro kan minority. Ini an nagtao saiya nin kusog nin boot na i-representar lugod an minoriya.

Digdi nadiscubre an saiyang abilidad kan gobierno, kaya siya tinawan nin trabaho bilang advisor kan Youth Citizens Commission.

Bilang bibo na joven na estudiante asin sarong achiever, nagi siyang radio presenter asin naging host sa mga shows sa tataramon na English, Cantonese asin Mandarin.

Kan 2009, tinawan siya kan prestigiosong Princess Diana award, sa pag-inspirar kan mga jovenes.

Na elihir siyang Young Mayor kan Olympic Village asin iyo si nagdara kan Olympic Torch kan Britain kan 2012.

Mientrastanto, an 25 anyos na joven, nakua na an boot kan mga Britons asin Intsik.

Aktibo man siya sa Filipino community sa nasambit na nasyon, kun sain an Philippine ambassador mismo an nagpasalamat sa saiyang suporta.

Sa entervista kan BICOL STANDARD sa ina ni Steven, sinabi kaini na an saiyang aki mahilig sa sinigang, barbecue, adobo, asin iba pang pagkakan kan mga Pilipino.

Sinaysay man kaini na si Steven nakapuli na sa Minalabac, kun sain sya nag-atender nin kasal kan kahimanwa.

Nakapasyar naman siya sa provincia nin Albay.

Nagtatrabaho sa financial sector sa United Kingdom, siya nagdadalagan ngonian bilang kandidato para miembro kan Parliamento kan Britanya, sa grupo kan Liberal Democrats.

Manggana, madaog sa election si Steven Oliverio Cheung, pig-oorgulyo kan saiyang inang Bicolana, an saiyang padagos na nagmamantinir nin liputok na relasyon sa pinaghalean kan saiyang magurang, na propiong taga Salingogon, Minalabac, Camarines Sur.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Mayor Bongat chides CIDG over ‘jueteng’ in Naga City

NAGA CITY –“Do your homework,” City Mayor John Bongat hit back at Police Chief Supt. Bernard Lao, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Camarines Sur in response to intelligence reports that jueteng is rampant here.

Mayor Bongat chides CIDG over ‘jueteng’ in Naga City
Photos by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
The CIDG over the weekend said that they are currently verifying reports on the possibility that bookies of the illegal numbers game are operating in this city.

Bongat, in a statement to the media, said Lao should do his job of arresting the people who are allegedly involved in the illegal activities.

Arresting them is the best way to eradicate the gambling activities, Bongat said.

The city chief executive pointed out that since his assumption to office, he has had a standing order to the police to apprehend all persons involved in jueteng.

“I have made myself clear regarding this matter to all police officers assigned in this city. I will not tolerate gambling activities here,” Bongat stressed.

In a related interview, Philippine National Police City Director Narciso Domingo confirmed that they are monitoring the jueteng bet collectors that have infiltrated this city.

Apart from jueteng corriadores, bet collectors for Small Town Lottery (STL) operations which are rampant and tolerated in some nearby towns have been collecting bets in some barangays, Domingo said.

The city director added that some collectors of the illegal numbers games frequent the different barangays of this city. However, the lottery is probably held in the adjacent towns.

Domingo confirmed that they have assigned more police officers to enforce the law on the illegal numbers game.

Just last week, Domingo told the media that several bet collectors engaged in the illegal activities have been arrested and charged with violation of the law on gambling.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Albay to host PRISAA 2016

LEGAZPI CITY—The Province of Albay is slated to sponsor the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) national games next year.

Mayon photo from Department of Tourism Bicol
The announcement was made by governor Joey Salceda on social media.

Salceda posted on Facebook: "ALBAY ON A ROLL I am also happy to announce that Albay has been offered and has accepted to host PRISAA 2016. It will be scheduled on April 2016 and has around 6,000 participants."

Earlier, Dipolog and Koronal were both reported to be offering their cities to be the sites of the sporting event.

This year, the PRISAA games were held at the Iloilo Sports Complex in Iloilo City.

The PRISAA games is a national sports gab in which athletes from private schools, Christian schools, and home school athletic departments compete.

Photo via Gov. Joey Salceda's Facebook Account
Meanwhile, the province is also vying to be the venue of Palarong Pambansa 2016.

Salceda has already submitted the bid to Department of Education Sec. Amin Luistro.  Albay is the lone bidder so far, said the governor.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot.Pirming bago.

2 hurt in road accident in Naga City

NAGA CITY—A motorcycle accident occurred along the highway in Brgy. San Felipe, this city, a few hours before the Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fight.

The accident involved a parked San Felipe to Naga passenger jeepney and a black motorcycle.

Witnesses say that the motorcycle struck the jeepney causing the passengers to be flung a few meters away.

The two passengers were rushed to the nearest hospital due to head injuries.

They were not wearing helmets, the witnesses said. (by Allan Rey Camata)

Photo via Allan Rey Camata

Photo via Allan Rey Camata

Photo via Allan Rey Camata

Photo via Allan Rey Camata

Photo via Allan Rey Camata


For allegedly stealing steel bars from San Jose Bridge, laborer arrested

PILI, Camarines Sur—A laborer working on the San Jose Bridge here was collared by the police for allegedly stealing steel bars intended for the construction.

San Jose Bridge stock image
The Pili police said they received a report at around 5:30 a.m. from a concerned citizen that a two unidentified men were transporting steel bars via a tricycle.

According to the investigators, they followed the tracks left by the steel bars on the road. Said tracks led them to barangay San Antonio, where they found the steel bars abandoned beside the railway.

The police added that they received information from a witness that at 5 a.m. that the laborer was looking for a buyer of 21 pieces of steel bars, 11 pieces of which measured 16 mm while the rest, 12mm.

The witness, along with the police, proceeded to the construction site and identified the laborer,
Jaime “Jay-R” Sorita y Arroyo, 29 years old, married, and a resident of Zone 5, San Antonio, Ocampo town.

The police then apprehended the suspect and brought him to the municipal police station, where appropriate charges will be filed.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Atty. Ruel Tuy vs. Belle Prades sa cargong alkalde sa Tinambac

TINAMBAC, Camarines Sur—Pigconfirmar ni Mayor Ruel Velarde kan banwaan na ini na si Atty. Ruel Tuy na mananggad an saindang pinagkasararoan na panlaban sa cargong alkalde sa banwaan na ini.

Inako ni Mayor Velarde sa BICOL STANDARD na nagkaoroyon na an saindang grupo na manokon si Tuy na haloy na man na suportador kan saindang grupo asin katuwang sa election.

Sa cargong vice alkalde, an aki ni dating alkalde Rosito “Itoy” Velarde an saindang pigkaoroyonan na ilalaban.

Si Mayor Ruel Velarde yaon na ngonian sa ultimong turno bilang hefe ehekutibo kan banwaan na nagheridar man kan pwestong ini ki dating Alkalde Itoy Velarde na saiyang matuang tugang.

An anunciong ini iyo an matapos kan mayong ontok na huring-huding dapit sa magiging linyada kan Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) sa distrito na pinapamayohan ni Cong. Wimpy Fuentebella.

Mientrastanto, an makakahampang ninda iyo an pambato kan familia Prades, na haloy nang nagmomontar kan saindang grupo na nagmamawot parampahogon an liderato kan mga Velarde sa banwaan na ini.

Enot kaini, si Edward “Bobit” Prades an naglataw na pangaran na iyong isasagupang mayor kan grupo ni Gob. Migz Villafuerte kalaban an mga Velarde.

Mientrastanto, an pinagkasararoan kan mga lideres kan campo ni Prades iyo an saiyang esposa na si Belle Prades na sarong dakulang negosyante.

Sa presente, an mga pulitiko sa Tinambac an nagbibilog na kan saindang completong linyada, poon sa alkalde abot sa ika-walong consejal kan banwaan para sa eleksyon sa 2016.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

7ng lokal na oficial kan Catanduanes, siniripa sa pwesto

VIRAC, Catanduanes—Sinustiniran kan Court of Appeals an kastigong pagsipa sa pwesto asin suspension kan pitong mga oficiales kan Provincia kan Catanduanes na imbuelto sa pagbakal nin overpriced na abono sa sarong dae lisensyadong nagtitinda kaini.

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An fundo na ginamit digdi parte kan P728 milyon na fertilizer fund scam kan 2004.

Sa 13ng pahinang ruling, an 13th Division kan Court of Appeals sinustiniran an opisina kan Ombudsman kan 2011, na nagpapalayas sa pwesto kan 4 na mga oficiales kan provincia asin an pagsuspendir nin tulong iba pa, sa pagbakal nin kantidad P1.7 milyon na liquid fertilizer sa kantidad na P1,500 an kada botelya.

An presyo dinagdagan nin 300% ki kan sa tamang presyo kan producto, sabi kan report kan Commission on Audit.

An liquid fertilizer binakal sa Greens International Enterprises, sarong companiya na mayo nin licensiya para mag-operar.

An desisyon pinaluwas kan Abril 17.

An ruling kan Court of Appeals nagconfirmar kan dismissal sa saiyang trabaho ni Rodolfo Malinana, an Provincial Engineer, Ireneo del Rosario, an Budget Officer, Roger Pitajen, an Provincial General Services Office Administrative Officer IV, asin Herbert Evangelista, Sr., an Provincial Agriculturist kan Catanduanes.

Pigconfirmar pa kan desisyon kan Court of Appeals an tolong bulan na suspension ni Julietta Tasarra, Provincial Treasurer, Abelardo Abundo, Jr., an Accountant II, asin Hilda Arcilla, para sa simple neglect of duty.

An kantidad na ginamit sa pagbakal nin likidong abono P5 milyon, na pinabulos sa gobierno provincial hale sa fundo kan Departamento kan Agricultura sa paagui ni Undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc-Joc” Bolante.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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