Ombudsman Morales sacks Mayor Gaite

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered the dismissal of town mayor Melquiades Gaite from office, due to the allegedly anomalous lease contract agreement for the lease of the public market.

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

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

Drink responsibly

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

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bicolano tops 2015 nursing licensure exams

Benedict Rey Montas Serrano of Bicol University
NAGA CITY—A Bicolano got the highest score in the May 2015 Nursing Licensure Exams.

Benedict Rey Montas Serrano of Bicol University garnered a score of 86.40%, allowing him to best 9,707 examinees.

Several other Bicolanos also notched places in the top ten:

3 MARINELL ALA ATOS BICOL UNIVERSITY-LEGAZPI 85.60
4 MARIAH MONICA LOPEZ CONDENO CATANDUANES STATE UNIVERSITY - VIRAC 85.20
7 AL-GIAN MENDOZA DIALOGO UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTA ISABEL (COL DE STA ISABEL) 84.60
9 DAYANARA GALPO DIMATULAC BICOL UNIVERSITY-LEGAZPI 84.20
9 MICHELLE ANN HAMOR HILIS BICOL UNIVERSITY-LEGAZPI 84.20
9 MA JELLA MIRABEL TURALLO BICOL UNIVERSITY-LEGAZPI 84.20
9 DAYANARA GALPO DIMATULAC BICOL UNIVERSITY-LEGAZPI 84.20
9 MICHELLE ANN HAMOR HILIS BICOL UNIVERSITY-LEGAZPI 84.20
9 MA JELLA MIRABEL TURALLO BICOL UNIVERSITY-LEGAZPI 84.20


—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Php100-M poured into Legazpi seaport repair

A hundred million pesos' worth of repair works will start this July to restore into full operation the Legazpi City seaport damaged by Typhoon "Glenda" last year, an official of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in Bicol said Saturday.

Legazpi City seaport
Photo by Cristan Pago via legazpi.gov.ph
Carole Mendizabal, PPA port services division manager, said the project funding would come from the PPA central office.

The PPA engineering construction work had a timeline of 365 days starting next month, and would be fully operational by July next year, Mendizabal said in an interview.

Repair and restoration works will involve the 100-meter berthing area along Barangay Baybay shoreline here, which was damaged when Glenda hit Albay last year.

The damaged area is approximately 50 meters by 12 meters, which practically eaten up the waterfront quay operational area for loading and discharging activities of foreign or domestic tramping vessels at any given time.

The strong winds and waves brought by Glenda ruined a portion of the port by six inches, from its original surface level.

There is a noticeable gap of five inches between the undamaged retained wall of the inner structure and the edge of the damaged reinforced concrete deck and pile.

Mendizabal said the damaged area had been cordoned off since July 25 last year to prevent serious accident to people, equipment and vessels.

Legazpi Port, which seats on a 1.1-hectare lot, is one of the major and busiest ports in Bicol catering to domestic and foreign vessels.

The port has 535-meter quay facilities that can accommodate five to eight vessels during regular operations, but with the damage caused on the 100-meter berthing facility, it can only hold about four sea vessels now.

It accommodates inbound foreign vessels that bring in commodities such as coal, rice and palay, gypsum, crude minerals, fertilizer and salt; while domestic vessels cater to inbound and outbound cargoes which include, among others, cement, coal, sugar silica sand, copra fertilizers, sand and gravel, transport equipment, limestone, iron and steel, refined petroleum products.

Legazpi port is considered a century-old pier built in 1910 and through the years, it has been developed as a major seaport in Bicol.

A new two-storey passenger terminal was built at the pier site last year. (PNA) 
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SP Cam Sur suspends Bato Acting Mayor

BATO, Camarines Sur—Bato Acting Mayor Alvin Sacueza was suspended by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan effective Monday (June 22) after he was found guilty of administrative charges such as dereliction of duty, negligence, and several other complaints.

Bato Acting Mayor Alvin Sacueza
Bato Acting Mayor Alvin Sacueza
Sangguniang Panlalawigan photo via SP CamSur on Facebook
The suspension order, which is good for sixty days, was served while Sacueza was preparing to report to his office as Acting Mayor, on account of the suspension order imposed by the Ombudsman against Mayor Jeannette Bernaldez.

Bernaldez was imposed an administrative suspension for 6 months and one day for abuse of power, upon the complaint of Municipal Health Officer Annelyn Mendoza.

The Ombudsman said Bernaldez should suffer the suspension to serve as a deterrent for other local officials who would attempt to perpetrate the same acts.

Meanwhile, insiders say Sacuza rushed to Manila yesterday to appeal the said order of suspension to the Office of the President.

Sacueza believes that the moment he perfects his appeal, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will stay the execution of the decision to suspend him.

As this developed, Bato employees and residents have expressed confusion over what is happening.

As of press time, it could not be ascertained whether the first councilor who assumed his office as Acting Vice Mayor has already occupied the position of Acting Mayor Sacueza—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Rigaton nin shabu sa Caramoran, dakop

CARAMORAN, Catanduanes – Pinusasan kan mga pulis si Owen Bongat y Castilla, may agom, residente kan Barangay Bothoan, na suspechadong saro sa mga paratinda kan pig papangalad na droga na shabu digdi.
Shabu sa Catanduanes
Shabu sa Catanduanes
Retrato hale sa Oplan Droga
An mga awtoridad na pinamayohan ni PO1 Thompkin Quintana iyo si naglansar kan buy-bust operation kontra sa suspechado na nagresulta saiyang pagkadakop.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador, haloy nang pigmamasidan ninda an mga aktibidades ni Bongat sa pagpabakal nin shabu.

Alagad mayo sinda nin pusog na nakukuang evidencia na positibong mapatunay na siya talaga an mayor na supplier kan ipigbabawal na droga.

Durante kan buy-bust operation nakua sa poder kan suspechado an puti na pulbos na pigtutubodan na shabu. Nakabugtak ini sa plastic sachet kan iduhol ni Bongat sa nagsagin-sagin na mabakal na pulis.

Afuera kan shabu, an iba pang nakuang gamit ki Bongat iyo an cash na P1,000 na ginamit kan sagin-sagin na parabakal, asin sarong lighter.

An suspechado sasangatan nin casong pagbalga sa Republic Act 9165, o mas bistado sa apod na Comprehesive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Mientrastanto, ipinahayag kan PNP digdi na orog pa nindang papaisogon an operasyon contra sa ilegal na druga, pagkatapos na marecibe nin dagmang pang mga informasyon na pwedeng makaguiya sainda sa mga masunod na mga operasyon.

An provincia kan Catanduanes saro sa mga lugar sa Bicol kun sain nanotaran an makusog na negosyo sa ipigbabawal na bulong, segun sa obserbasyon mismo kan mga atoridad.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Rep. Leni Robredo's office in Naga ransacked

NAGA CITY—Unidentified burglars ransacked the district office of Rep. Leni Robredo over the weekend, carting away at least three laptops and a flat screen monitor, Robredo's chief of staff Jonas Calibes Soltes said to the media this morning.

Camarines Sur Third District Rep. Leni Robredo
(Photo via Robredo's Facebook Page)
As of the time of this writing, Robredo's staff is still conducting an inventory to determine what other items were stolen by the robbers.

The district office, which is located right inside the Naga City Hall compound, was supposed to be under the watch of the Naga City Public Safety Office.

The robbers gained access to the office by destroying its rear windows.

Just last March, burglars broke into the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO), and into Barryman's Coffee and Tea shop, both inside the City Hall compound.

The authorities have not been able to apprehend the suspects in said twin robberies.—Report by Ron-Ron Enon, BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Bicolanos Franco Rodriguez, Enchong Dee join PBB 737

Two more Bicolanos were revealed to be part of the group of housemates of Pinoy Big Brother 737: Thomas Franco Rodriguez of Tabaco City and Enchong Dee who hails from Naga City but is representing Quezon City.

Franco Rodriguez, Enchong Dee join PBB 737
Bicolanos Franco Rodriguez, Enchong Dee join PBB 737
Rodriguez is dubbed as "Totoy Smiley ng Albay" while Dee is "Ang Swabeng Swimmer ng Quezon City."

Rodriguez and Dee have joined Barbie Imperial of Daraga, Albay, who entered the PBB house last night.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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SM City Legazpi to rise next year

LEGAZPI CITY—Henry Sy’s SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall operator and among the country’s highest shopping management firms, has its eyes glued on this city for one of its next SM City malls.

SM City Legazpi
This will be in furtherance of business operations in the city of SM, which now runs its huge Save More grocery store at the Legazpi Central Terminal complex and two local branches of Banco de Oro, City Planning and Development Office chief Engr. Joseph Esplana said over the weekend.

As a first choice, the proposed new SM City will locate next year at the about-a-hectare vacant lot along the Legazpi Boulevard and within the site of the new urban development hub the city government is aggressively developing as an expansion of its fast-congesting old business district, according to Esplana.

The other option is the sprawling Legazpi Domestic Airport ground owned by the Air Transportation Office which will be vacated and eyed for privatization as soon as the New Legazpi Airport, also named Southern Luzon International Airport, now ongoing construction in the nearby Daraga town comes into operations by 2017, he said.

SM representatives, Esplana said, have been arranging the SM City coming to the locality and they are very keen on establishing soon to take advantage of the fast-growing investment climate taking place locally.

“Pinagkukumpulan na tayo ng mga malalaking negosyo (We are already being swarmed by big businesses),” he said, explaining that it is an offshoot of the massive urban development and investment promotion that the city government under Mayor Noel Rosal is undertaking.

He said Ayala Corp., one of the country’s business giants, is already around with its partnership with Liberty Commercial Center Inc. (LCCI) in the ongoing establishment of the City Center Mall within a 1.5-hectare land owned by the city government at the heart of the city’s central business district.

The property has been leased by the city to LCCI of the Tans, a Filipino-Chinese family from Tabaco City, Albay which pioneered the putting up of malls here and most parts of Bicol starting way back in the late 1970s.

Also in the bandwagon of big investments in the city are the Robinsons Group of the Gokongwei family and the Gaisano Grand Group of Companies of the Cebu-based Gaisano family which now runs the Pacific Mall Legazpi, the first full-sized integrated shopping center in the Bicol region.
The mall located at a prime location within an over-two-hectare property opened in 2001 as the centerpiece of the Landco Business Park, a master planned central business district in the heart of the city.

Robinsons, on the other hand, has its supermarket at a prime location near the city hall and the Albay
provincial Capitol as part of one of the largest and most successful chains of malls in the country today.

The Gokongwei group also acquired in 2012 from Albay congressman Al Francis Bichara the Legazpi Savings Bank, the biggest thrift bank in Bicol based here.

With all these multi-billion-peso investments and the coming of SM City, Rosal said, the city that has been emerging as the new shopping and investment haven in Bicol, given its strategic location as the regional government center and center of transportation, health services and education.

The city boasts of an expansive market that extends from the entire province of Albay to the adjoining provinces of Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon, down to Samar areas.

Shadowed by the majestic Mt. Mayon and recognized as the “City of Fun and Adventure” by the world’s travel industry, Legazpi is also the heart of Bicol’s tourism.

“We are impressed by this response of the country’s leading investors to our call for investments after the Department of Trade and Industry cited the Legazpi as the most business-friendly city in Bicol for its prompt compliance with the government’s simplified Business Permit and Licensing System,” Rosal said.

The Department of Interior and Local government (DILG) has also named Legazpi as Bicol’s “most business-friendly local government unit,” citing its effectiveness and efficiency in paving the way for the place to become haven of investments.

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry has recognized the city as the most business-friendly for the whole of South Luzon.

The Asian Institute of Management called Legazpi as one of the most competitive cities in the Philippines.

Apart from all these, the city is also one of the best places of business process outsourcing outside Metro Manila when it advanced in 2011 to the 10 next wave cities in the country’s industry list of the Business Processing Association of the Philippines.

Early last year, the city government won its second Seal of Good Housekeeping from the DILG for its excellence in the field of good governance measured by administrative, social, economic, environmental and other forms achievements that benefited both the community and its constituents.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Department of National Defense have also awarded in the last two consecutive years the city government with the Gawad Kalasag Awards as national champion in disaster risk reduction and management in the City Category of the contest.

Late last year, the city government also won the Most Livable City Award, Galing Pook Award and Silver Governance Trailblazer Award -- all for excellence in local governance -- and early this year, it has been nominated for the 2016 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize by the Embassy to the Philippines of the Republic of Singapore. (by Danny Calleja, PNA)
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BMC treats dads to free prostate cancer screening

NAGA CITY—In celebration of Father's Day, the Department of Health (DOH) Bicol Medical Center (BMC) and the Philippine Urological Association offered free digital rectal examination (DRE) to males ages 40 and above yesterday, June 20.

Dubbed “Ako naMAN”, the project was carried out in conjunction with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Aside from the DRE which will be a part of the physical examination process during the screening of patients on the same day, male patients were also able to avail of free consultation.

Dr. Rosito T. Bascuña Jr., Adult and Pediatric Urologist stated that prostate cancer screening with PSA and digital rectal examination (DRE) has resulted in not only an increase in prostate cancer detection but also a stage shift.

“More cancers are now being detected at earlier stages, when they are potentially curable. Prior to screening efforts, most prostate cancers were detected when they produced local symptoms or distant metastases, at which point treatment for cure often was impossible,” Bascuña said.

Men in their fifties are more prone to develop prostate cancer if not detected early. One of the adverse complications of prostate cancer happens once it affects other parts of the body like bladder, rectum, bones and even lymph nodes. The consequence can be devastating and fatal.

“We highly recommend DRE and Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)for men over the age of 50 and as early as 40 years old for men with a family history of cancer. They are considered at higher risk of acquiring the disease and suffering from the same illness. We recommend an annual DRE and PSA for them.”

DRE is one of the main screening procedures in evaluating the prostate.

Prostate cancer develops in 19.3 out of every 100,000 Filipinos, the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) said.

Recognizing these escalating cases, the DOH decided to declare June of every year as “Prostate Cancer Awareness Month” to raise the awareness of male populace not to disregard symptoms leading to prostate cancer.

Some of the telltale signs of an impending prostate problem include a need to urinate frequently, especially at night, difficulty starting urination or holding back urine, weak or interrupted flow of urine, painful or burning urination and blood in urine or semen, among others.—Ana Liza Macatangay
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DENR official seeks declaration of Burias-Ticao Pass as marine protected area

The head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Protected Areas and Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service (PAWCZMS) in Bicol said his office is recommending to the national government the declaration of Burias and Ticao Passes as a marine protected area to preserve the region’s marine biodiversity.

Al Orolfo, PAWCZMS regional technical director, said the Ticao and Burias Passes are very significant to the Bicol Region, especially Albay, and these bodies of water must be declared as protected seascape owing to their being very rich in marine biodiversity.

“This combined body of water is also the best site for snorkelling with the presence of unique coral reefs and the habitat of the world’s rarest mammals like the megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios), whale sharks, dugong, manta rays and other marine species,” Orolfo said.

The 15-foot megamouth shark that washed ashore in Pioduran, Albay in January is a testament to that the area is rich in biodiversity. (Photo via Rosalinda Sariola)
Dr. Victor Soliman, a Bicolano scientist and professor at the Bicol University College of Fisheries in Tabaco City, meanwhile, said the country’s fishing industry is in crisis and the government should take serious steps to revive the dwindling marine resources.

He said the country’s fishing grounds are almost depleted and it will take time to revive them.

Soliman said that as early as 1981, the major fishing grounds have reached their maximum yields, meaning (they are) overfished.

“The country’s fishing grounds are in critical condition and the government must take rigid measures as the current situation is that we’re managing overfishing instead of managing the fishing industry. A total ban on all commercial fishing operations must be done to protect our seas,’ Soliman said.

The Ticao Pass-San Bernardino Straight-Samar Sea Corridor is one of the country’s bodies of water rich in biodiversity but big-time poachers have been destroying these areas, he lamented.

According to him, the Ticao and Burias Passes, which depths of up to 700 fathoms, are part of the migratory route of whale sharks, the fifth largest fish in the world.

These whale sharks have been found to migrate transnationally through the seas of the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Three species of sea turtles (olive ridley, hawksbill and green) have been tagged in the waters around Ticao, according to him.

It is not known whether the turtles utilize the extensive sand beaches of the island for nesting although these beaches appear to offer suitable nesting habitat.

Dugongs have been sighted around Burias; while the San Miguel Pass, which separates Burias and Ticao, is an area where dolphins were plentiful in the past, but recently, a decline in the population of these animals has been noted.

This, Soliman said, could have been possibly due to increased fishing pressure by residents of Baleno municipality on Masbate, who have traditionally hunted cetaceans.

He said the major threats in Bicol waters is encroachment and illegal poaching, mainly by foreign commercial fishing vessels operating in municipal waters, occur frequently; thus, catch levels for commercially-important species are largely unmonitored.

Local fishers are usually hired by commercial poachers.

Blast fishing is still practiced in the area by local fishers and outsiders (though much reduced from prior levels through local enforcement efforts).

The massive poaching in Bicol waters had earlier alarmed top Church officials in Bicol who even demanded President Benigno S. Aquino to intervene to stop illegal fishing in the region.

They even made a letter of appeal signed by the late Archbishop Leonardo Legazpi, Archdiocese of Caceres; Bishop Joey “Bong” Z. Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi; Bishop Jose C. Sorra, Bishop Emeritus of Legazpi; Bishop Lucilo B. Quiambao, auxiliary prelate Emeritus of Legazpi; Bishop Jose Rojas Jr. of Diocese of Libmanan; Bishop Arturo M. Bastes, Diocese of Sorsogon; Bishop Gilbert A. Carcera of Diocese of Daet; Bishop Manolo A. De Los Santos of Diocese of Virac and Bishop Jose Batolo of the Diocese of Masbate.

The Bicol bishops condemned local government authorities in Bicol as, they said, the massive operations of the illegal commercial fishing activities in the western seaboard of Bicol are taking place under the impunity of the public officials as well as law enforcers before Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona became the Bicol regional police director.

The prelates sadly noted that the commercial fishers shamelessly overfish from the municipal waters where the small fishers are gravely affected and could cause serious marine depletion and high prevalence of poverty.

Upon Deona’s assumption as Bicol’s top cop, he directed and enforced a stern marching order to his men: stop illegal logging, drugs, illegal gambling, illegal fishing and loose firearms.

He said Bicol is one of the richest fishing grounds in the country but organized big-time commercial fishing operators in the country are raping the Bicol waters for a long time.

“I assure you that under my watch there will no longer be untouchables in our campaign against illegal fishing in Bicol. We mean business in the PNP’s regional command. We’re happy that Congressman Fernando Gonzalez and the city government of Ligao initiated the anti-illegal fishing drive. We hope that other LGus will follow the same efforts to save our seas as a gift to our children and their children,” Deona said.

At least 237,053 poor families living along Burias pass and Ragay Gulf belong to the poorest municipalities (poverty mapping research in 2006).

In response to the prelates’ letter of appeal, Aquino then directed the Philippine Coast Guard and Maritime Police to strengthen the campaign against big-time illegal fishing activities but the practices did not stop.

The President said that to address the illegal fishing activities in Bicol the people should work together and cooperate with the government’s authorities to apprehend persons involved in trawl fishing activities here.

Mr. Aquino said that law enforcers could not thoroughly address and cover the sea waters of the country specifically in Bicol due to limited resources and mobility.

Among the six provinces of Bicol, however, only the province of Albay leads the way in the effort to save the seas.

The prelates pleaded for the total stoppage of illegal fishing in Bicol.

A peninsula, the Bicol region has a total of 94 coastal municipalities and 1,067 coastal barangays, spread along a coastline that measures up to 3,116.1 kms.

Bicol is blessed with rich marine resources with five major fishing grounds -- Lagonoy Gulf, Ragay Gulf and San Miguel Bay in Camarines Sur; Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon; and Asid Gulf in Masbate.

Poverty incidence in the fishery sector of the region, however, is the highest in the country, based on the 2014 National Statistics Coordination Board report, with a poverty rate of 41.4 percent—Rhaydz B. Barcia (PNA)
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Masbate barangay official shot dead

A village official was shot dead by men riding in tandem at Sitio Imburnal, Barangay Daraga, Placer, Masbate at around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, a police report said Friday.


Senior Supt. Prexy D. Tanggawohn, officer-in-charge,of the Masbate Police Provincial Office (MPPO), identified the victim as Jerry C. Jumao-as, 41, married and a barangay kagawad (village councilman) of Barangay Pili, Placer, Masbate.

Police investigation showed that Jumao-as was driving his motorcycle on his way home when fired at by two unidentified men wearing helmets aboard another motorbike.

The victim died on the spot due to several gunshot wounds in his body and a fatal shot on his head.

A responding team of the local municipal police in Placer town led by Senior Insp. Carlos G. Estonilo Jr. recovered two pieces of fired cartridges from caliber 9mm pistol, five fired cartridges and two slugs of caliber .45 pistol at the crime scene. (PNA)
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Mount Bulusan ejects ash anew

A minimal ash fall was recorded at Mount Bulusan at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Sorsogon declared.

Mount Bulusan ejects ash anew
Mount Bulusan ejects ash anew on June 21
Photo: PDRRMO
Affected are the Poblacion areas of Bulusan, including Madlawon, Pocdol, Sangan, Looban, Central, Dapdap, Sabang, Mabuhay, San Jose, San Rafael, San Francisco, the report indicated.

Meanwhile, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. earlier today said in a radio interview that the government is continuing to monitor the volcanic activity.

Based on the report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the Department of Social Welfare and Development ((DSWD) has distributed over 200 food packs to residents of Irosin and Juban, who were directly affected by the latest explosion.

Coloma noted that the government has approximately P171 million worth of food packs and funds from the DSWD field office on standby.
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PHOTO: Books for the young

Aquing Marupit Organization (AMO) President Virgilio de Lara personally hands text books and reference materials to Noel Jacob, Principal of Marupit Elementary School. The books, given during the AMO Book Donation Drive at Marupit Elementary School, Camaligan, Camarines Sur, are donations for the school library. (Contributed photo)
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Nagbakal tinapay, binadil

SORSOGON CITY—Nagbabakal sanang tinapay sa sarong convenience store an 29 anyos na si Rolly Dieza Gavarra, alias "Kata" kan badilon ini kan duwang lalaki.

Tinamaan an victima sa payo asin nagadan.

Tulos man na nagdulag sa dai pa maaraman na direksyon an duwang lalaki na dai pa nabibisto.

Segun sa Sorsogon Provincial Police Office, duwang baseyo nin kalibre .45ng pistola an nakua sa tindahan kun sain binadil an victima.

Pig-aaram pa sa ngonian an pwedeng nagtulod sa mga suspechado na gibuhon an krimen.

Nangyari an incidente alas 3:25 nin hapon kan fecha 18 sa Barangay Culasi, Matnog.

An victima dinara sa Funeral Homes Matnog para sa autopsia.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Salceda echoes call for coral reef damage compensation

LEGAZPI CITY—Albay Governor Joey Salceda has reiterated the call of the local government of Legazpi to seek for compensation for the damage caused by a Vietnam-flagged cargo vessel that ran aground 900 yards off the entrance of Legazpi City Port on June 15.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda
Albay Governor Joey Salceda
"If they don't pay up," Salceda stated, "we will ask DENR to impound the vessel and auction it."

Last Monday, the Philippine Coast Guard said they received a report that MV Ocean 03 "hit the marine environment at the area while maneuvering enroute to Albay Gulf."

The vessel has since been pulled from its agrounding site and maneuvered northeast of Legazpi Port, the Coast Guard announced.

Due to the incident, the city agriculture office here sent a letter to the owner of the vessel, ANH TV Shipping, demanding for P4 million in payment for the destruction, and to cover the costs of the rehabilitation of the reef.

Salceda, meanwhile, revealed that he received a message from the Bureau of Customs Office in Legazpi City asking for a copy of the claim for damages agains MV Ocean 03.

Said claim, BOC Legazpi said, will give them the basis to hold the ship's clearance to leave the area.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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LOOK: Pineapple fever in Daet


An astonishing abundance of fresh pineapples greets both locals and tourists at the Pinyasan Festival in Daet, Camarines Norte. (Photo: Mayor Tito Sarion)
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3 arrested for slay, possible rape of Nabua teen

NABUA, Camarines Sur—Three suspects were apprehended at 5 a.m. Saturday for the killing and possible rape of a 19-year-old girl here.

Jomelyn Bigayan
Jomelyn Bigayan
The victim, Jomelyn Bigayan, was discovered lifeless, naked save for a bra, and bathed in her own blood in her bedroom at her residence in Barangay San Antonio Poblacion here.

The fourth-year student of Nabua High School also had an injury on her head, believed to be from a blow from a hard object.

Melvin Bigayan, the victim’s father, reported the incident to the police at around 8 a.m. on June 19.


Alone

Jomelyn, her father said, was unaccompanied by guardians on the date of the incident.

At that time, Mr. Bigayan was staying at the house of his father as he (the grandfather) was ill.

Upon finding his daughter’s body, Mr. Bigayan washed her body, because, according to him, he wanted a closer look at the injury.

Her skull was cracked, and her arms bore many wounds, he said.

He also cleaned the room of his daughter’s blood.

When the police arrived, he had already brought Jomelyn’s body to the sala.

They also discovered that the doorknob at the residence was forcibly opened.


Investigation

Initially, the police said everybody, including the father, was a suspect.

The investigation of the Scene of the Crime Operative, however, only yielded three suspects: Nicolas Parma of Sta. Lucia, Nabua, Jason Hermosa of San Antonio, Nabua, and Jumar Macaraig of Iriga City.

The arrest was led by Senior Inspector John Murray C. Cutaran, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Nabua Municipal Police Station, under the supervision of Police Superintendent Walfredo Gimpaya Pornillos, OIC of the Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office.

All three suspects were seen by a witness drinking with the victim on the night before she was found dead.

When interviewed by BICOL STANDARD at the Nabua Municipal Police Station earlier today, the suspects were pointing fingers at each other and denying their involvement.

As of this afternoon, the suspects are facing the charge of Rape with Homicide.

Meantime, the investigators are waiting for the results of the medico-legal examination.

Outrage

A call for justice for the slain high school student has been reverberating on social media since the news of the incident broke.

The victim is a cousin of Jessa Rose Bigayan, who was involved in a controversial case in Naga City.

Jessa Rose, an employee of a large mall in Naga City, died in a hospital shortly after being found injured.

Her case was so alarming that the local government issued a statement condemning the incident.

Reports said she either leapt from or was pushed out of a tricycle she rode to get home.

The driver of the tricycle was identified as the suspect of killing and possibly attempting to rape Jessa Rose.

Charges were dropped, however, against the suspect, as the prosecutor found no probable cause.

Sympathizers of the Bigayan cousins on Facebook underscored the chilling parallelism between the two violent incidents: both were young, female, possible victims of sexual assault, and discovered with their skulls cracked.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Sorsogon mayor, 2 others charged in Sandiganbayan

SORSOGON CITY 5/23/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has recommended the filing of criminal charges against Bu...