Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered the dismissal of town mayor Melquiades Gaite from office, due to the allegedly anomalous lease contract agreement for the lease of the public market.
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.
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, June 5, 2015
|Buhi, Camarines Sur|
Map via Wikimedia Commons (Mike Gonzalez The Coffee)
An sabi ni Bolivar, an duwang aki ni Oliveros iniba pa kuta niya sa pagpatiwakal, alagad naagapan kan mga tawo asin ngonian pigbubulong sa Lourdes Hospital sa Ciudad kan Iriga.
An victima naggakod nin lubid sa saiyang lawas kairiba an saiyang duwang mga menor de edad na aki na dae na pigpasambit an mga pangaran ta mga menor de edad, kan siya magdesisyon na tapuson na an saiyang buhay.
Piggigibo pa ngonian kan mga awtoridad an imbestigasyon.
Alagad may pagtubod an mga imbestigador na mayo nin posibilidad na igwang ibang tawo na imbuelto digdi asin pighahale ninda an suspecha na may foul play sa incidente. (Report ni Oscar Esmenda.) BICOLSTANDARD.COM) Pirmeng enot. Pirmeng bago.
Sa intrevista ki PSI Elizon Dy-kok, an hepe kan pulis digdi, sinabi niya na an victima iyo si Engineer Jose Clidoro y Briones, 64 anyos, residente kan sinambit na barangay.
Basado sa ginibong pagsiyasat kan mga awtoridad, hinostage kan suspechado si Clidoro para makaibitar siya sa mga armadong tao na naglalamag suboot saiya.
An suspechado ilinaog an victima sa saindang kasilyasan kaya nadifisilan si mga nagnenegosyar na pasukoon siya.
Durante kan ginigibo an negosasyon sa pagpasuko kan suspechado, hinagad kaini an tabang kan saiyang team leader sa CAFGU na makaolay.
Marikas si naging pagresponde kan mga nanunungdan kaya pirang minutos sana natapos na an hostage drama.
An suspechado yaon ngonian sa poder kan pulis sa banwaan na ini.
Mientrastanto, ipinahayag ni PSI Dy-kok na sa saiyang obserbasyon, garong may problema sa saiyang pag-iisip an suspechado.
Pigbase niya an saiyang pahayag sa mga declarasyon kan suspechado, mantang kinakaolay kan mga awtoridad na nag gibo kan imbestigasyon.
Sa enot na parte kan negosasyon para magsuko an suspect, nagsayuma ini ta nagluluwas na igwa siyang natatakotan na suboot grupo nin mga armadong lalaki, na mayo man nin naheling an mga residentes kan barangay.
Makalipas sana an dikit na panahon kan negosasyon naglumoy man tulos an saiyang desisyon na magsuko sa mga awtoridad.
Kan hapoton an suspechado kun igwa siyang armas na badil, tulos siyang nagpahimutik.
Alagad an saiyang hostage victim na si Engr. Clidoro nagsabi na igwang itinutok saiyang calibre .30 na badil an suspechado.–Report ni Oscar Esmenda. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM) Pirmeng enot. Pirmeng bago.
|Wikimedia commons Photo via Kleomarlo, Base map by Felipe Aira|
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
|TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva sa Albay|
Kua ni Bobby Ferrer, BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Sabi ni Secretary Villanueva, susug sa pinakabagong record ninda, 77% an posibilidad na makakua nin trabaho an mga graduado sinda sa mga cursong ipig-oofrecir kan TESDA.
Idinagdag pa kan opisyal na probado nang madali makakua nin trabaho an mga graduado sa TESDA, huli ta dakul an naghahanap nin mga nagtapos sa cursong vocational ngonian na mga panahon.
Kun siring, dae na pwedeng pag basang-basangon an pagkua nin cursong vocational sa tabang kan sinambit na eskwelahan na lakop nang makukua sa dakul na parte kan nasyon.—Report ni Bobby Ferrer, BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Malinaw sa tiniripon na informasyon kan nimbestigador na labing sarong semana nang dae nagkakaintindihan an mag-agom na nagresulta sa grabeng iwal.
An katapusan, iyo an paggadan sa victima.
Sabi kan mga pulis, nagboyboy an suspechado na nagibo niya an krimen huli kan makuring pag-imon sa saiyang esposa.
Base sa autopsy report, nagkapirang tama kan lancetas na ginamit sa paggadan kan victima sa sinasabing mortal na lugar na pwedeng nagcausa nin kagadanan.
Afuera kan mga lugad sa saiyang lawas, igwa pa nin las-las sa liog kan victima na pwedeng iyo an piggikanan kan dugo na garong hale sa makusog na burabod.
Hasta kan oras na sinusurat an baretang ini, yaon pa sa custodia kan pulis an suspechado, mantang hinahalat an pag sangat nin caso contra saiya.
Nagsayumang magtaram an suspechado mientras na naghohorophorop kan nangyari sa sainda.
For one, tuition deregulation breeds the commercialized nature of education, where continuous, annual and exorbitant tuition and other school fees become a perennial woe to the toiling Filipino masses. At present, there are 313 higher education institutions (HEIs) approved by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to increase tuition and other school fees for the incoming academic year. In Bicol region alone, out of the 23 HEIs who signified intent to increase tuition and other school fees, 18 have been approved.
And now, with the passage of the K to 12 curriculum, the Filipino youth is further exploited under the pretense of a so-called education reform. In the end, the K to 12 curriculum is but geared towards producing more labor reserves to be sent overseas to compensate for the insufficiency of good and sustainable jobs in the country. While the government should focus on creating jobs for its citizens through development of national industries, it abandons its citizens to work abroad where they are often driven to extreme and inhumane working conditions.
These are but some of the myriad of problems in the current educational system, under which only an alarming increase in dropout rates and out of school youth can emerge. The worsening state of commercialized education under the Aquino administration literally kills the Filipino youth.
This is why the National Union of Students of the Philippines in Bicol call for the Bicolano and Filipino youth to unite against the blatant disregard of the current administration to the plight and calls of the Filipino studentry. As Aquino has proven time and time again that he favors capitalist educators over his own “bosses”, we are compelled to unite, fight and be firm in pushing for a nationalist, scientific and mass-oriented education.
by Em Mijares
of Students of the
|PNP Bicol Regional Director Chief Supt. Victor Deona|
Named in this report are the Chiefs of Police, Acting Chiefs of Police as well as Officers-in Charge of Baao, Bato, Cabusao, Del Gallego, Gainza, Garchitorena, Iriga City, Libmanan, Magarao, Milaor, Nabua, Pamplona, San Fernando and Siruma.
They were instructed to complete and upload the mugshots of all arrested persons for the month of
May in the e-rogue database immediately.
The directive also indicated that the said reports are required by the higher headquarters.
The target output performance system spearheaded by Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol Regional Director Chief Supt. Victor Deona has gained the strong support of the local police organization as it has led to a vast improvement in the peace and order situation in the region.
Under said program, well-performing police stations are given due recognition while the non-performers are constantly reminded of their primordial responsibility of mentaining peace in their locality.
Apart from the reminders, all police chiefs who do not perform well in their assignments are relieved from their assignments and subjected to retraining.
Under the target performance output system, the PNP evaluates police stations on their required accomplishments based on the indicators of law enforcement, crime prevention and crime solution.
In the implementation of the program, PNP Regional Director Deona created a body that will evaluate the accomplishments of the police units.
Those found to have missed their targets by the end of the quartar are made to suffer the appropriate consequences.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Photo by Oscar Esmenda
Recently at the House of Representatives, PNR Consultant Antonio Soriano said that as early as next month, the safety assessment of the train line would be complete.
This means, he said, that by December, the train which runs from Manila to Legazpi City may run again.
The safety assessment, it may be recalled, started last year.
It cost the government an estimated P40-million to have the railway track and bridge network assessed.
Albay Rep. Al Francis Bichara, however, is skeptical that PNR will meet its December schedule.
He said the repairs, which will only commence after the safety assessment is complete, are not likely to be completed within just the span of six months.
Meanwhile, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda earlier underscored the importance of rehabilitating the train service immediately.
“[T]he Manila-Bicol railway is critical to development as it promotes rural tourism, empowers Bicol labor to compete in the labor markets of Metro Manila and elsewhere in Luzon, and provides a multi-modal transport means for bringing agricultural products and manufactured goods of Bicol to the rest of Luzon,” he explained.
Salceda chairs the Regional Development Council.
The Tutuban-Legazpi train line covers some 478 kilometers. It ceased operations in 2012 after one of its trains was derailed in Quezon. The incident injured 9 passengers.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Mayor Bongat asks Mendoza to quit as MNWD director
NAGA CITY – City Mayor John Bongat called for the resignation of businessman Fortunato “Tato” Mendoza, chairman of the Metro Naga Water District (MNWD) amid raging controversy involving the cutting off of the water connection that services the Panicuason Water System Association (Pawasa).
Bongat stressed during the press conference that he must be consulted first before the MMWD board should implement the disconnection of the said water system, which is owned by the barangay. The construction of the said water system project was completed with the help of the city government.
|Left: Tato Mendoza (Photo via Alfred Perdon) Right: Mayor John Bongat|
Meanwhile, he clarified that as chief executive, he was responsible for the appointment of at least three incumbent MNWD directors, namely Adolfo “Aping” Olivan, George Palma, and Fortunato Mendoza, who is the Board President.
Asked for his reaction on the demand of Bongat that he should step down from the MNWD board, Mendoza told BICOL STANDARD that the mayor need not demand for his immediate resignation.
“Just wait until October, because by then I will be ready to relinquish my seat”, Mendoza clarified.
Observers say that Mendoza and Bongat have now reached the political crossroads as they are now deeply entangled with the recent political realignment of forces.
Both of them claim to be staunch supporters of former City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo and 3rd District Rep. Leni Robredo, but are both ready to slug it out during the mayoralty race come 2016.
According to reports, Rep. Robredo is entertaining to run for reelection or join the national political derby by aspiring to be senator under the banner of the ruling Liberal Party, (LP).
As these developed, Mendoza called the attention of the residents of Naga City to refer to the provisions of PD 198 which clearly explains the mandate and functions of water districts in the entire country.
He (Mendoza) criticized Bongat for his comments aired over the local stations as he emphasized legal maxim, “we are a government of laws and not of men”.
“If he (Bongat) thinks he is right, by all means, he should file a case against us,”he stressed.
“Pag naheheling ninda na tama an gibo mo pero sala sa politika ninda, kakalabanon ka,” Mendoza added.
Mendoza finally declared that upon the authority of the MNWD board, the management decided to disconnect the water connection of the Panicuason Water System Association (Pawasa). But, later in the day, the disconnected line was reconnected, allegedly upon instruction from the City Hall.
“We are filing a case against those responsible for the said acts. This should be settled in the proper forum,” he said.
Mendoza also criticized the barbaric stance that is being portrayed by whoever has given the instruction that reconnected the disconnected water pipes of Pawasa.
“While we claim to be the center of transparency and good governance, the actuation of some officials say otherwise”, he said.
“This is probably the reason why some of the loyal followers of the late Jesse M. Robredo are angered by what is happening now in our place”, he added. BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
|Camarines Sur Vice Governor Ato Peña|
The poll body, however, did not yield to Peña's motion.
Petitioner Abonal and respondent Peña were both given ten days from today to file their corresponding memoranda, thereafter the case is submitted for decision, the Comelec said.
The petition to cite Peña for indirect contempt stemmed from the Comelec en banc resolution declaring Abonal as the duly elected board member for the 2nd district of Camarines Sur. This happened after the poll body nullified the Certificate of Candidacy of former board member Romulo O. Hernandez who has been disqualified because he had been elected for three consecutive terms already.
Notwithstanding the proclamation made by the Comelec en banc which declared Abonal as the winner, Peña refused and continuously refuses to recognize the petitioner as a member of the Provincial Board.
Hence, a petition to cite Peña for indirect contempt was filed.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
Ed Yu, NIA spokesman, said they have received reports that the El Nino phenomenon has dried up 4,000 hectares of ricelands being served by the NIA across the region.
In a phone interview, Yu said that for the first cropping season of this year, farmers complained of either low production or total crop failure due to water shortage brought by the dry spell.
“Less than half of the 4,000 hectares suffered total crop failure while others were harvested with low yields due to water shortage," the NIA official said.
According to Yu, the agency will adopt two measures to mitigate the effects of the dry spell.
These include the rotation method or water distribution and massive rehabilitation and repairs of irrigation facilities and structures for better and efficient delivery of water to farms.
Under the rotation system, the NIA will schedule the delivery of water to programmed areas by serving notice that the agency will supply water in four days to downstream areas (far from the dam) and three days to all upstream (near the dam) areas, he said.
This method would guarantee that all areas programmed by NIA for the particular cropping season is served with irrigation water supply, Yu claimed.
In areas outside or not included in the NIA’s programmed system, these will be informed that the agency cannot supply them water because of the shortage.
Yu said that as for the long-term mitigating measure, the agency has since 2010 initiated rehabilitation and repair of irrigation facilities and structures on a yearly basis.
Funding for the dry spell mitigating measures will come from the Php535.2 million 2015 NIA budget.
The current budget was earmarked to implement 212 projects, of which 172 are communal irrigation systems and 40 are national irrigation systems.
The projects would irrigate 378 hectare of new areas, restore irrigation service to 1,350 hectares and rehabilitate facilities and structures in 2,191 hectares of rice land regionwide.
Yu, however, lamented that NIA Bicol funding continues to decrease every budget year, citing that in 2013 they received Php1.2 billion then it went down to Php700 million in 2014 and this year they received only Php535.2 million.
In Albay, Gov. Joey Salceda has directed the Provincial Agricultural Service (PAS) to validate reports of drying up of farm lands in the towns of Daraga, following reports that 100 hectares of rice land had dried up in the town of Daraga due to the dry spell.
Salceda ordered the PAS to conduct a thorough inventory of farm lands to be affected by the dry spell in the 15 towns and 3 cities of the province. (PNA)
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|Sheina Onrubia and President Obama at the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Meeting|
Sheina Onrubia, 28 years old, and a graduate of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, drew the attention of the audience as she sought the President's advice "for budding political leaders, local legislators, and elective officials like [her] in a developing democracy like the Philippines."
Visibly impressed by her confidence, Obama jokingly told her, "First of all, don't be shy."
He went on to advise her on maintaining one's principles and desire to help the marginalized and those who have less opportunities in life.
On Facebook, Onrubia expressed her elation at the chance to ask Obama a question, a rare opportunity even for the others who were present at the event.
In attendance, the councilor said, were 75 young ASEAN leaders, the Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States, and other State officials.
She also shared that after the meeting, the President shook her hand and said a few words.
Earlier today, she posted a photo of herself at the meeting, where she donned a red abaca top, in her words "to promote our local product."
A few days ago, she remarked on social media that she was initially hesitant to apply for the Professional Fellows Program/Exchange Program:
"Ayaw ko mawala nang medyo matagal, medyo nakakatakot mag-isa sa ibang lugar, hindi pa right time, hindi ata ako matatanggap kasi marami pang mas active sakin, wala pang vision, at most especially naisip ko na what I could learn in the US (kung meron nga talagang matutunan) I could also learn here in my country, mas matindi pa. May pride ba. Tapos yung colonialism issue, imperialistic ang program, and the like. Pero hindi naman pala masamang sumubok, umalis saglit, matuto sa ibang lugar."
"Pag may vision ka, lagi ka pa ring babalik sa commitment mo. Sa tinitibok ng puso mo, na mahal mo ang Pilipinas. Na patuloy kang magsisilbi sa bayan mo. Lagi akong proud na Pinoy ako, na taga Tabaco City ako. I always promote our city, our province, our country sa lahat ng pagkakataon dito. Sa mga natutunan ko, lagi kong iniisip na gagawin ko ito para sa ikakabuti ng bayan ko," she continued.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
It will be realized through a proposed Php400-million funding the city government is arranging for allocation with the national government through the Tourism Industry and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), he said.
“I formally presented the proposal, study and design of this project to the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr., in a meeting last week, approved it for endorsement to the TIEZA,” Rosal said.
TIEZA, which is formerly called the Philippine Tourism Authority, is an attached agency to the DOT mandated to develop, manage and supervise tourism infrastructure projects in the country.
By the middle of this month, the city mayor said he would make an audience with the TIEZA board of directors to iron out the funding and its implementation.
This passenger cruise terminal project will be located along the Legazpi Boulevard, less than a kilometer from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)-managed city harbor and within the site of the new urban center, an extension of the city’s fast-congesting commercial district.This multibillion-peso project was started by the city government with the opening of the Legazpi Boulevard, a five-kilometer four-lane seaside concrete road that is now being extended towards the Southern Luzon International Airport (SLIA).
The SLIA, now ongoing construction within a 200-hectare plateau in Barangay Alobo, Daraga, Albay -- 10-kilometers from the city proper, is expected to start operations in 2017 to become a testament to economic growth propelled by the fast-growing trade and tourism industry in Bicol.
The new urban center will locate world-class tourism and commercial facilities within an impressive waterfront economic landscape with a sweeping 360-degree view of Albay Gulf, opposite the heartwarming scenery of the majestic Mayon Volcano sitting at the northern side of the city, Rosal said.
“We are developing this new urban center through the help of the national government and private investors from here and abroad under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme,” he said.Designed as a massive addition to the country’s vibrant waterfront facilities, this proposed cruise terminal commands a prominent location with the picturesque Albay Gulf as its base and the majestic Mt. Mayon as its backdrop.
Its design includes an interior with a clear and functional layout to ensure smooth and seamless passenger service while the exterior adopts a nautical theme with the motif of waves breaking into shore.
It will have a berth served by a terminal building and will be able to accommodate even the largest ship currently in service, according to Rosal.
“We expect several ocean liners to drop anchor here, bringing with them thousands of tourist from all over the world when it is completed,” he said.
Well-served by a network of roads and links to other tourist destinations along the Albay Gulf, this proposed terminal can look forward to easy access and seamless connection to other parts of Bicol including the Donsol, Sorsogon -- World’s Whale Shark Capital, the island-province of Catanduanes that is known for its exciting surf sites and Masbate, Asia’s Rodeo Capital.
It will be a 30-minute drive to the SLIA and only minutes away from the Legazpi Central Terminal, the futuristic land transportation hub catering to dozens of bus trips daily to and from Metro Manila and the Visayas and Mindanao islands.
The station of the Philippine National Railways, whose trains are heralded to resume plying the Legazpi-Manila route soon this year, is only about a kilometer away from the cruise terminal.
“Certainly, the planned superior cruise terminal facilities will complement the country’s prime location between major domestic and international maritime routes and excellent air connectivity to establish the city as the cruise hub of Central Philippines,” Rosal said.
It will also greatly help in the realization of the prospect of Philippine center of community-based tourism as envisioned by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the city.
Rosal will be in Madrid, Spain, from June 8-12 on invitation by UNTWO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai for him to meet and exchange views on tourism development and promotion with the international organization’s secretariat at its headquarters.
The mayor will also travel to Santiago de Compostela in order to meet with relevant organizations involved in the preservation of historical monuments, the development of community-based tourism, and to undertake a local entrepreneurship program through national and local government support.
He will be accompanied by DOT Regional Director for Bicol Maria Ong-Ravanilla, Undersecretary Maria Victoria Jasmin and Joy Bulauitan of the TIEZA.
“Based on what I learnt from my visit to Legazpi last year, I consider that the city is endowed with the qualities to become the center for community-based tourism in the Philippines,” Rafai said in his invitation letter to Rosal.(PNA)
|Proposed Catanduanes-Mainland Bicol bridge|
Images: Jeremy AC
Maria Ong-Ravanilla, the DOT regional director, said over the weekend here that the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) has been tasked by Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. to conduct the feasibility study of the proposed project following its recent endorsement by the Regional Development Council to the national government.
The TIEZA, which is formerly called the Philippine Tourism Authority, is an attached agency to the DOT mandated to designate, regulate and supervise the Tourism Economic Zones (TEZs) established under Republic Act No. 9593 or “The Tourism Act of 2009.
It is also tasked to develop, manage and supervise tourism infrastructure projects in the country and regulate the cultural, economic and environmentally sustainable development of TEZs toward the primary objective of encouraging investments.
Called by Catanduanes Governor Araceli Wong the Friendship-Tourism Bridge when she introduced the plan for the project late last year, the ambitious structure would be a two-lane concrete bridge that would cross the 10.8-kilometer distance over Maqueda Channel, the narrowest body of water that separates the island from the Bicol mainland.
Its endorsement for adoption was made by the RDC to make it part of the Aquino administration’s countryside development agenda that listed Catanduanes as among the country’s tourism growth areas, according to Ravanilla.
In the study, the TIEZA, Ravanilla said, would determine first the feasibility of the project based on ecological considerations so as to avoid conflict with policies involving ecological protection.
The project’s economic impact will at the same time be taken into consideration in the study to ensure that it is in agreement with and in support of declared national policies that make tourism industry an essential component of the national economy.
To pass the feasibility test, it must also directly or indirectly benefit its host community by serving as an economic catalyst by way of creating employment and other livelihood opportunities, Ravanilla said.
The sustainability of the project—referring to its ability to generate sufficient revenue that will answer for the cost of services, maintenance and operation within its projected lifetime -- will also be measured by the TIEZA during the conduct of the study, she said.
Other considerations in the project study are the stakeholders that primarily include the community in its immediate vicinity and the government agencies that will affect or will be affected; and the financial matters involved in its implementation.
In taking into consideration the stakeholders, consultations are required while in the financial matters, the capability of the proponent local government to put up a counterpart shall be calibrated according to its income classification which in the case of Catanduanes, a third-class province, would be not less than 10 percent, according to Ravanilla.
Each area of consideration guiding the conduct of the study carries with it points for the project’s scorecard that TIEZA will be following in determining its feasibility and should it score good enough to pass, chances are, this proposed project would become a reality so that Bicol becomes site of the longest bridge in the country, she said.
It will be five times longer than San Juanico that presently holds the "Longest bridge in the country" title with its 2.16-kilometer span linking Samar and Leyte provinces.
In a statement, Wong said she is elated by the attention the DOT is giving to the project and she feels excited about it even as its actual implementation is still a distance more from realization.
She said foreign investors have expressed interest in financing the project once it is approved for implementation by the national government.
The bridge will be designed similar to China’s Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge that is now ongoing construction, Wong said.
“It may not take too soon to materialize but yet, we have started the process that later would, as I firmly hope, pave the way to a dream come true that shall see the total development of our island-province as a haven for investment in tourism and other aspects of economic progress,” she said.
Apart from facilitating easier transportation modes, Wong said, the project is also seen to make way for power cables of Luzon grid, ending the energy shortage confronting the province.
As an off-grid province that had some 45,000 power consumers, Catanduanes relies on diesel–fed generator systems and three hydropower plants that often times would break down and cause brownouts, beside the fact that the rates being charged are higher compared to the mainland.
The island is part of the Triple C (3C) cluster of tourism areas in Bicol, wearing the moniker “Gems of the Pacific” which is on its way to development that is seen to contribute significantly to the growing tourism industry of Bicol.
The 3C is the alliance of three provinces—Catanduanes, Camarines Norte and Camarines, including all their cities and municipalities -- into a Tourism Development Area (TDA) which the DOT has placed under its 2015-2020 National Tourism Development Plan.
There are two sub-TDAs under this cluster -- the Caramoan-Catanduanes Tourism Link covering the tourism town of Caramoan, Camarines Sur and the entire Catanduanes area; and the Camarines Tourism Circuit to cover the rest of Camarines Sur and the whole of Camarines Norte. —Danny O. Calleja, PNA
Army Capt. Mardjorie Panesa, 9th Infantry Division spokesperson, said lawyer Agaton Fajardo, State Prosecutor III, would be filing a case against Prajele for slight illegal detention with a bail recommendation of Php40,000 for his temporary liberty.
The determination of the charges came from the complaint submitted by the investigators of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Del Gallego Municipal Office on Friday for the hostage-taking drama inside a Penafrancia Tour bus, Panesa said in a text message.
Earlier on Friday, police investigator filed with the State Prosecutor's Office (SPO) a complaint for kidnapping and serious illegal detention against the suspect, according to Police Chief insp. Malou Calubaquid, PNP Bicol spokesperson.
The SPO sought to downgrade the complaint to slight illegal detention after the bus driver and the passengers decided not to file a complaint against the suspect, Panesa said.
The prosecutor formally filed the case under inquest case No. V-10-INQ-15E-0354 with the regional trial court in Naga City.
While waiting for the formal case in court, the suspect will be detained at the PNP town jail.
Panesa said that in case Prajele bails out, he is given temporary liberty by the court and be turned over to the Army, but he is still not off the hook as he will face sanction of dismissal from the service under the Army’s Administrative Order 40.
She cited that under military law, a soldier facing criminal or civil case will be dismissed from the service.
Asked if Prajele would undergo psychological examination after he was observed to be deeply facing a family problem, Panesa said it would be the judge that will recommend if he would be subjected to a psychological examination or not.
Prajele, 36, a native of Cotabato, had been in the Army for 11 years and was a team leader of a security group carrying out a developmental project in Camarines Sur.
He is currently assigned with the 31st Infantry Battalion based in Sorsogon.
He is married, has a daughter and lives in Barangay Agdangan, Baao town in Camarines Sur.
Prajele, in full battle gear, held hostage on Friday afternoon 30 passengers of a Penafrancia Tour bus along the Andaya Highway in Barangay Comadaycaday, Del Gallego, Camarines Sur, causing a four-hour traffic jam.
He surrendered later to the hostage crisis management team. (PNA)
Base sa imbestigasyon kan pulis, sarong taga Sitio Baras, Malitbog, Minalabac, Camarines Sur na nagpabistong si Junior Sola y Punto, 21 anyos, soltero, naging victima kan suspechadong si Wilson Asico y Gasis, na taga Gogon, Camaligan, Camarines Sur.
Sa pahayag ni Sola, suboot siya naglalakaw sa may tungod na kan Master’s Square Department Store kan marisa niyang linaslas na si saiyang darang sling bag na may laog na cellphone.
Tulos niyang pigreparo an laog kan saiyang bag asin naheling na marikas na padulag si nagbundol saiyang lalaki, kan matorohokan kan saiyang mata.
Huli kan siring na sitwasyon marikas na nag-agap saiya an security guard na an pangaran Jacutina na miembro kan Spearhead Security Agency asin si PO1 Aquinaldo kan PNP Naga.
Narecover ninda si dinukot na Nokia 360, na nasa color itom asin brown na jelly case na sadire ni Sola.
An cellphone, sabi kan victima may kantidad nin P8,300.
Durante kan imbestigasyon, positibong itinukdo ni Sola sa mga awtoridad an suspehasong si Asico na iyo si nagpaparasunod saiya, antes niyang maaraman na dinukot na palan si saiyang gamit.
Si Asico sasangtan nin caso sa oficina kan Procurador kan Ciudad nin Naga. —BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
Ini an osipon kan 85 anyos na lolo na nagreclamo na siya naloko kan 30 anyos na babaeng katrato kasubagong aga sa sarong popular na restaurant digdi.
“Dae ko aram ta sa edad kong ini pirit kong hinahanap an init kan saiyang presencia, maski pa aram ko na igwa na siya nin pamilya asin may 3ng aki na,” sabi ni Lolo Kikoy.
Si Lolo Kikoy, taga barangay Penafrancia nagsumbong sa waiter kan Café Frederico, sa Crown Hotel na hinagadan siya nin kantidad P700.00 kan saiyang ka-“date” na babae, apisar kan an saindang dapat bayadan P400.00 man sana.
Bwelong nag-estorya an lolo sa reporter na ini. An sabi, haloy na niyang katrato an babae kaya ngani namoot naman siya digdi.
Kasubagong aga nagtagboan sinda sa plaza sa kahagadan kan babae na magpalipot sinda sa sarong cuarto sa hotel.
Alagad sabi ni Lolo Kikoy, pig pranka niya si Lolita (bakong tunay na pangaran) na dae niya kaya an hagad na makidurog, ta hale pa sana siya sa doctor asin an pagmate “low batt” daa siya.
Nin huli ta insistido an babae, inagda ngona niya na mag merindal sa Café Frederico, dangan magpahingalo na sana sa cuarto sa hotel.
Mantang ma-alas 10:30 na nin odto, nag-agda na si Lolita na maglaog na sinda sa hotel.
Pero dae naghihiro si Lolo Kikoy ta dae na talaga niya kaya.
Sa saiyang declarasyon pagkatapos na hagadon kan babae si pambayan sa kinakan ninda, nagpasabot si Lolota na nin kantidad P700.00 an bill, para sa dikit sanang pig-order ninda.
Pagkatapos bayadan sa counter, dagos nagtindog si babae asin naghalat-halat sa lobby kan hotel.
An gurang dae nagsunod ta may pagduda na mahal na maray si presyo kan saindang kinakan.
Hinapot ni Lolo Kikoy si Sir Mike, an servidor kan restaurant kun gurano si saindang dapat bayadan. Ipinaheling kan waiter sa gurang na P400.00 sana an kantidad kan kinakan. Mas barato pa ngani, sabi ni Sir Mike iinaan pa ini kan 20% discout senior citizen na siya.
Kan maaraman na dinaya siya ni Lolita, nagkulog an boot kan gurang ta linoko siya kan babae.
Sa boot ni Lolo Kikoy, okey man sana kun naghagad saiya nin cuarta, alagad bakong tama na pinatong sa presyo si saiyang personal na kaipohan. Sa primerong bulasok kan saiyang emosyon nagplano kuta si Lolo Kikoy na magpaiba sa floor manager kan restaurant sa pulis para ireclamo an babae na kaibahan.
Napugolan si saiyang kaanggotan kan maromdoman na may mga aki siyang titulado na pwedeng mapasupog kun siya magreklamo sa awtoridad, asin ibareta sa radyo an saiyang pangaran.
Mientrastanto, mantang nag ngungurob-ngorob an gurang na si Lolo Kikoy, dinulok kan reporter na ini gurang tanganing hapoton kan mapait na pangyayari.
Sabi sa reporter, dae talaga niya malingawan an babae huli sa saiyang hadok na maka-hayop alagad an saiyang kugos na maka-demonyo. Habo nang ipaliwanag an gurang kan gusto niyang sabihom kan nasambit na mga tataramon.
Inako ni lolo Kikoy na nagluya na an saiyang pagkalalaki.
Pirme na daa siyang nagbabakal nin pambakaskog sa buhay, orog na an herbal na inomon na nababakal sa kantidad na tulo sangatos an atado.
Para maomayan an saiyang kapungotan, pig ofreciran na tukdoan na lang siya kan gurangan na floor manager kan restaurant na mag-inom nin tagok kan ginagang gamot nin turog-turog o tinanom na makahiya, na probadong makusog an binino sa mga gurang na naghahanap nin kaogmahan.
Pirang minutos sana an nakalihis nalinga na an gurang.
Nagpaaram na si Lolo Kikoy tanganing maghanap na kan tinamom na turog-turog na saiyang papa-asiron sa masunod na semana.
An saiyang iwinalat na tataramon, kun masumpongan niya an babae na nagloko saiya, aalokon niya liwat para probaran an virtud kan ginagang gamot kan turog-turog.—Report ni Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Monday, June 1, 2015
Asked to create a dessert inspired by BICOL STANDARD, local celebrity chef Jang Grageda whipped up this delightfully delectable culinary curiosity exploding with Bicolano flavors: the richness of pili nuts, the piquance of pepper, the mild creaminess of goat’s milk, and the earthy robustness of chopped tablea.
|FOOD TRIP by Chef Jang Melgar Grageda|
2 cups goat’s milk
2 cups cream
1 cup white sugar
2 cups tablea (chopped)
1 tbsp bird’s eye chilies finely chopped
1/2 cup pili nuts
1/4 tsp salt
Pour the goat’s milk into a heavy saucepan.
Add tablea and chili.
Over medium heat bring the mixture to a gentle simmer (approximately 175°F) or until it begins to bubble around the edges.
Remove from the heat.
Add sugar and salt. Stir until dissolved.
Add cream, stir until well blended. Pour in a bowl and allow mixture to cool.
Transfer the ice cream mixture to a freezer-safe bowl or container if not already in an appropriate one.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap, foil or an airtight cover.
Place the container in the freezer and allow the mixture to freeze for 2 hours.
Remove from the freezer and beat with a hand mixer to break up ice crystals that are beginning to form.
Cover and place back in the freezer.
Freeze for 2 more hours and then remove from the freezer and beat again with the hand mixer. The ice cream should be thick but not too soft to scoop. If it is not thick enough, return it to the freezer for additional freezing time.
Beat again before adding pili nuts. If ice cream has thickened properly, stir in the cookie chunks until well distributed throughout the ice cream.
Do not beat with the hand mixer after the pili nuts have been added. Beating would break the nuts into crumbs and tiny pieces.
Ripen the ice cream by storing it in a covered freezer container until ready to serve.
Camalig, Albay native Jang Melgar Grageda is known for cooking up classic mouthwatering concoctions with a distinct Bicolano twist. Her often artfully plated work has been featured on television and print, including ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda, Marhay na Aga Kapamilya, TV Patrol World, TV Patrol Bicol, GMA’s Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Cebu Daily News. Sample her gorgeous creations at Rose G Cuisine, Camalig, Albay.
|Camarines Sur V\ice Governor Peña, pwedeng kastigohon Indirect Contempt|
Nangyari an siring na bagay kan cancelaron kan poll body an Certificate of Candidacy ni Romulo O. Hernandez, sa rason na nagbalga siya kan pig aapod na three term limit rule.
Enot kaini, sa petisyon ni Abonal, si Peña sinusugong magpaliwanag sa laog nin limang aldaw pagkarecibe kan Order kan Comelec, kun tano ta siya dae dapat na kastigohon kan pinaka magabat na silot, sa pag olog-olog asin dae pagsunod kan pagboot kan ahensya kan gobierno.
Kun dae ma combensir an Comelec kan saiyang paliwanag, kakastigohon siya nin Indirect Comtempt.
An sinambit na kastigo may katoyohan na dae na pangarogan kan sisay pa man, an naging gawi asin desisyon ni Peña.
An Comelec nagpaguiromdom sa Vice Gobernador na sinda sana an ahensiya kan gobierno na may poder asin awtoridad kan mga bagay dapit sa election.
Magigiromduman na si Peña, pinadarahan na kan gabos na mga papeles hale sa Commission on Elections na nagsasabi na si Abonal iyo an tunay na elihidong board member kan ika duwang distrito kan Camarines Sur.
Alagad pigtuyo niya asin habong honrahon an nasambit na desisyon.
An kasuguan ki Peña ipinaisi saiya por medio kan kapareyong Order na ipinadara sa Regional Election Director kan Comelec sa Bicol.
An Comelec Regional Director sa Region V pigmandahan kan Comelec (En Banc) na paisihon an vice gobernador kan siring na Order.
An hearing sa agang hapon gigibohon sa Comelec Session Hall, sa Intramuros, Manila. –BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirmeng enot. Pirmeng bago.
Pagkatapos na itinao sa principal an hinahagad na kaogmahan kan principal nag bungkaras tulos an problema ta solamente kantidad na P300.00 sana an idinohol saiya.
Sa atubangan kan imbestigador makusog an boses nin Mardy na nagpapahimutik kan saiyang suboot obligasyon.