Bicol International Airport, dai pa mahahaman

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

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

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

Drink responsibly

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

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

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

Saturday, July 4, 2015

NPA sa Mandaon, sinahotan nin Arson asin Robbery

MANDAON, Masbate—Sinahotan an sarong grupo nin mga miembros kan New People’s Army (NPA) na iyong responsable sa casong fuerzahan na magkua kan mga gamit sa laog nin barracks kan contratista nin patrabaho sa tinampo sa Barangay Dayao digdi.


Segun sa report kan pulis, si Ka Jonas, sarong halangkaw na oficial kan rebeldeng grupo, iyo an namayo kan pagsakyada kan temporaryong estaran kan mga trabahador kan Hi-Tone Construction and Development Corporation, na nagkua kan mga importanteng kagamitan kan contratista.

Nagluluwas sa nagunong report na dae makulang sa 50ng mga armadong miembros kan NPA an nagralaog sa estaran kan mga trabahor kan Hi-Tone Construction and Development Corporation, asin fuerzahan na kinua kan mga rebelde an sarong unit nin Lenovo laptop, na may kantidad P25,000.

Dae pa nakontento an mga rebelde, inagaw pa suboot kaini an pitaka kan sarong nagngangaran na Reggie Moneda na may laog nin P7,000 asin mga identification cards, sarong cellular phone na may valor sana man nin P1,000.00 na pagrurogaring ni Adonis Roque.

Huli kan siring na pangyayari, duwang separadong caso na “Robbery in-Band” asin “Arson” an isinangat contra ki Ka Jonas asin mga pag-iriba na inapod sanang mga John Does, huli ta dae nin nakabisto kan saindang mga tunay na pangaran.

Afuera kaya kan mga personal na gamit kan construction company asin empleado, sinubsuban pa kan mga rebelde si mga darakulang gamit kan contratista.

An mga awtoridad nagtutubod na an tuyo kan mga rebelde iyo an pagkastigo kan contratista, pagkatapos na dae magpahonra sa rebolusyonaryong grupo na magtao nin “revolutionary tax,” sabi sa report.

An duwang caso pigsunad na sa Provincial Prosecution Office duman sa Masbate City.— BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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“Bukas awto” nag-atake na naman sa Naga City

NAGA CITY—Saro na naman na casong “robbery” an ipinaabot sa kaaraman kan mga pulis na nangyari sa pag-oltanan kan oras na alas 7:45 hasta alas 8:00 nin banggui sa Elias Angeles St. digdi.



An victim iyo si Jadi Miguel Castroverde y Ocampo, 18 anyos, soltero asin nag-eestar sa No. 43 Kamagong St., Mariano Village, Barangay Balatas.

Sabi sa guinibong pagsiyasat kan mga awtoridad kan sarong aldaw, mantang binayaan na mayong bantay na awto kan victim na Hilux pick-up, tuyong pinasa an salming sa enotan kan vehiculo, dangan hinabon an mga importanteng mga gamit sa laog.

An vehiculo naka rehistro pa sa original na kagsadire kaini na Media Scape Inc., na taga 6752 Ayala Avenue, Makati City, asin may plate number na PO1829.

Durante kan guinibo an pag-imbentaryo kan mga nawarang gamit sa laog kan vehiculo, hinabon an sarong color blue na bag na may laog nin duwang padis nin hikaw na may kanditad na P3,000; sarong bracelet na may valor na P7,000; baby bracelet na an kantidad P4,000, duwang kwintas na may pendant na kantidad P8,000.

Mayong nakaheling kan incidente.

An mga imbestigador padagos pa ngonian na nagsisisayat sa paglaom na mabisto an mga pusikit na parahabas nin mga gamit sa nakaparadang awto digi.

Susug sa report kan pulis, kan nagtalikod sanang bulan, nagkapirang mga arog kaining krimen an nangyari, na an modus operandi iyo an pagdistroso kan salming kan nakaparadang awto, asin paghabon kan gabos na pwedeng pakinabangan sa laog kan vehiculo.

Nagpahayag an mga imbestigador na an siring na krimen pwedeng kagibohan nin nagkapirang mga pusuanon na parahabas na an pinakakursunada iyo an mga awto na nakaparada sa guilid kan tinampo na mayo nin bantay.

Nagpatanid an mga atoridad sa mga may sadire nin vehiculo na pasegurohon an mga gamit, orog na kun iwinawalat sana an awto sa sarong lugar na madaling malaog kan mga pusikit na mga criminal.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Legazpi bans fishing in damaged reef

The City Government of Legazpi has declared the three-hectare Demson Reef, locally known as “Pulang Buya,” in Albay Gulf as off-limits to fishermen.

Albay Gulf. Photo by Stephen Poot Guanzon
Albay Gulf. Photo by Stephen Poot Guanzon
This marks the start of rehabilitation works on the 1,200-square-meter coral reef destroyed by a Vietnamese cargo vessel that ran aground last month at the city’s shallow reef, Jess Kallos, City Agriculture Office chief, said Thursday.

Kallos said the “no fishing” order is just temporary though it would deprive hundreds of fishermen of daily fish catch.

In an interview, he said the order will give their office sufficient time to conduct a careful study and plan out rehabilitation measures that would restore the damages wrought by the cargo vessel when it ran aground at the Pulang Buya’s shallow reef, four kilometers from the city shorelines.

He said the Hoang Ang Shipping, the owner of the Ocean 3 — a Vietnamese cargo vessel, has earlier paid PHP4-million to the city government as settlement for the damages it caused to the city’s coral reef.

The cargo vessel, with 4,532 gross tonnage and manned by 21 Vietnamese crewmen, was reportedly departing from the city port after unloading tons of imported rice from Vietnam when it ran aground and ravaged the city’s affected coral reef.

Kallos said the rehabilitation plan also includes an alternative livelihood program for hundreds of displaced fishermen that would not be allowed to catch fish at the three-hectare marine reserve.

He said there are at least 937 registered fishermen here affected by the “no fishing” order.

Meanwhile, City Mayor Noel Rosal directed the city agriculture office to draw up a comprehensive three-year program that will rehabilitate the coral reefs and provide alternative livelihood to the affected fisher folk.

Rosal also ordered the putting up of a permanent marker surrounding the three-hectare shallow reef to prevent sea vessels to cruise in this shallow waters of Albay Gulf.

Aside from the city “Bantay Dagat” patrol, the city will also employ additional men to patrol the marine reserve on a 24/7 basis. (PNA)
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DSWD Bicol announces photo contest

LEGAZPI CITY—The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 5 will hold the first Listahanan at Work Photo Contest with a theme “Listahanan at work: identifying families in need of social protection” this coming July 24 in Legazpi City.

DSWD Bicol announces photo contest
This activity aims to promote transparency on the process of identifying the poor. It also raises awareness and understanding on activities involved in the 2nd round of assessment.

“We want to engage the public and keep them informed on the conduct of the household assessment so as to gain their support, understanding and appreciation on the project” said DSWD 5 Director Arnel Garcia.

This activity involves an orientation on the 2nd round of assessment and an excursion in areas where participants will take pictures of the actual assessment.

The contest is open to all photography enthusiasts except DSWD staff, either professional or amateur regardless of age or sex. Contestants must submit at least three (3) sample photos taken in digital format along with the application form which can be downloaded at the DSWD 5 website.

Filled up forms and sample photos can be sent to listahananfo5@gmail.com with a subject title of the photographer’s name in the email.

Contestants with the best sample photos submitted shall be contacted by the DSWD Field Office and will officially compete in the regional photo contest.

DSWD Field Office shall set the date for a study tour. Photographers will be given an orientation on the Listahanan 2nd round of assessment before being deployed to the field to take photos. They will be accompanied by a guide who will ensure that the activity will not disrupt the assessment or influence its outcome.

The winners will receive the following prizes: First prize: P 10, 000 & plaque, Second Prize: P 7, 000 & plaque, Third Prize: P 5,000 & plaque.
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Nagueña joins Ms. PH-USA

NAGA CITY—A Nagueña is among the contestants in the Miss Philippines-USA 2015 beauty pageant.

Amelia "Nay-Nay" Castillo Fulgentes
Amelia Rosanna Castillo Fulgentes, who is fondly called “Nay-Nay” by her family and friends, is the first Naguena to join the pageant.

Born in Naga City, she is a daughter of Tomas “Kayong” Fulgentes Jr. and Monica “Onie” Castillo-Fulgentes. She is the eldest in a brood of four, with three brothers, Tom-Tom, Gerry and Joachim. She stayed in Tabuco, Liboton and Magsaysay in Naga City before moving to the United States when she was seven years old, her mother said in an interview by BICOL STANDARD.

Definitely more than just a pretty face, Nay-Nay is a star athlete, having participated in an impressive variety of sports, from judo to wrestling to swimming and jiu-jitsu.

Currently, she is a National Senior Champ in judo, training at the Olympic Training Center as she represents the country in various international competitions. She is ranked 3rd at 57 kgs in the USA Senior Female Roster, and was previously in the top spot in the USA Female Juvenile Judo Roster.

She has also trained with world-renowned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Jean Jacques Machado.

Besides sports, she is also into Marketing, and is presently finishing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Despite her laurels and the promise she holds for a bright future, Nay-Nay remains humble and maintains a close relationship with her family both in the Philippines and the Unites States.

Exposed to a multicultural, multi-faceted society, she yearns to further discover her Filipino roots and give back to her home country.

“She is definitely a proud Nagueña,” her mother said, beaming.

To support Nay-Nay, please visit https://www.facebook.com/missphilippinesusa/photos/a.856350361113161.1073741864.190954577652746/859017310846466/?type=1 and click “Like.”

Voting is open until July 11.

The Miss Philippines-USA 2015 Coronation Night is on July 12 in Glendale, California, USA.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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TIGHT SECURITY? Beautifully-designed deadly weapons were found inside Sorsogon Provincial Jail

TIGHT SECURITY? Beautifully-designed deadly weapons, including 12 Indian arrows and other sharp objects were found inside Sorsogon Provincial Jail, where two inmates were injured in a riot yesterday afternoon.
(Photo: Edgar Tumangan/BICOL STANDARD Sorsogon)
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PBB 'banned' only in my house, Salceda clarifies

LEGAZPI CITY—Albay Governor Joey Salceda clarified this morning that he only "banned" Pinoy Big Brother 737 in his house, after he was quoted that he was "banning" said reality show following the eviction of Barbie Imperial.



"'Yung lahat ng TV sa bahay pina-off ko muna," he posted. "I just don't relish rituals of faked sympathies. So much plastic in that program. Barbie deserves to be treated better. Their loss, our gain. Banned muna ang 'PBB' till the other Albayano is to be defended.

The other Albayano referred to is Thomas Franco Rodriguez.

Some media outlets took the governor's statement to mean that he was imposing a ban on the reality show in the entire province, an interpretation the governor just laughed off.

"Hahaha talaga naman makagawa lang ng headline," he commented.

Salceda, who identified himself early on as a supporter and friend of the teen nicknamed "Doll Along Da Riles," posted on Facebook everyday this week, asking for Albayanos to vote to save her from elimination.

"Its okay, Barbie. Come home to Albay," Salceda posted.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Friday, July 3, 2015

2 hurt in Sorsogon jail riot

SORSOGON CITY—Two inmates were injured after a riot broke out inside the Sorsogon Provincial Jail at around 3:20 p.m. today (July 3).

2 hurt in Sorsogon jail riot
Photo via Daniel Pareja Jazmin III

According to the initial investigation, the riot stemmed from a misunderstanding between two gangs inside the jail.

The victims Ariel Arana and Norman Balaguer, have been brought to the hospital for treatment following the brawl.

At least twelve pieces of Indian arrows were discovered inside the jail after the incident.

The investigators have not established how such sharp objects could have been brought inside the facility.

Authorities said this is not the first time that a riot erupted inside the jail because of the presence of members from two opposing gangs.—With report from Edgar Tumangan/BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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VIRAL | Dead sea turtle in Catanduanes prompts call for action

Enraged netizens are calling for immediate action from the government and the private sector as photos and a video of a severely injured turtle identified as a hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) found floating in the waters between Caramoran to Palumbales Island, Catanduanes, has been circulating on social media this afternoon.

Dead sea turtle in Catanduanes prompts call for action
Dead sea turtle in Catanduanes prompts call for action
The turtle, which is estimated to be a meter in length, is suspected to be a victim of dynamite fishing, and did not die of natural causes.

According to the person who took the photos and video, ithe turtle's body was beginning to fester. Its shell was shattered, and parts of its flesh have begun to come off, uploader Chessa Lin Atole observed.

According to Atole, she and her husband decided to share the photos and video on Facebook because they were so disturbed by what they saw.

"Hindi po ako makatulog," she said of her distress in an interview.

Meanwhile, John Ronel Gil of group Catanduanes Biodiversity furnished the following statement to BICOL STANDARD regarding the circulating images:

"Unang una sa lahat gusto ko magpa salamat sa nag upload ng vid kasi sa pamamagitan ng ganitong paraan naipapa hatid natin ang kasalukuyang nang yayari sa ating mega fauna and flora ng Isla.ang masasabi kolang sa nakita ko is nakaka lungkot and nakaka panghina dahil isa na namang yaman ng karagatan ang nawala and considered napo itong hawksbill turtle as critically endangered.malapit napo silang mawwala.out of hundreds to thousands of egg ayun sa mga expert isa lang ang nakaka survive sa adulthood karamihan namamatay sa sakit, nakakain ng ibang hayop at namamatay dahil sa tao.hinuhulu sila for food, pet, sports and souvenir.pero ang pinaka masakit isipin ay namamatay silang lahat dahil sa basurang itinatapon ng mga tao aa karagatan.one of its diet is sea jelly which is magkapareho sa basurang itinatapon natin dilang sa size pati texture neto.itong mga hayop na gaya turtles will bite anything kain lang sila ng kain and dinila alam na plastic na pala ang nakakain nila kaya and kalalabasan nito ay di ma digest2 nauuwi sa kamatayan."

The hawksbill sea turtle or Eretmochelys imbricata is classified as a critically endangered species, which means it is facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

A town with 3 mayors

BATO, Camarines Sur— Not one, not two, but three persons are claiming to be the lawful mayor of this small municipality spanning only around 107 square kilometres: Jeanette Bernaldez, Alvin Sacueza, and Domingo Zorilla, Jr.


BATO, CAMARINES SUR: A TOWN WITH THREE MAYORS
BATO, CAMARINES SUR: A TOWN WITH THREE MAYORS
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Jeanette Bernaldez, who was duly elected as town mayor in the 2013 elections, was imposed a disciplinary action by the Office of the Ombudsman and meted a penalty of six months and one day suspension without pay for abuse of authority. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director for Bicol Elouisa Pastor herself executed the order.

As a result of Bernaldez’ suspension, Alvin Sacueza, who was elected vice mayor in 2013, was installed as acting mayor. Sacueza, however, was also suspended for six months by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan due to administrative charges that several members of the Municipal Council filed against him.

Meanwhile, topnotcher municipal councilor Domingo Zorilla, Jr., who was first installed as the town’s Acting Vice Mayor when Bernaldez was suspended, was sworn into office as Acting Mayor on June 22. He took his oath of office as the Acting Mayor on the same date.

Confusion

Despite Zorilla’s assumption into office, however, locals remain puzzled as to who should legally occupy the seat of the local chief executive.

It would be recalled that although DILG implemented the suspension order against Bernaldez, she never yielded her office to Sacueza.

Bernaldez earlier said she was waiting for the decision of the Court of Appeals, which had since dismissed the former mayor’s petition for certiorari.

Chaos

But plain confusion on the part of the constituents seems to be the least of their worries.

Already, the battle for the mayoralty seat has resulted into delays in salaries and utilities. As the standoff continues, the question as to whose signature must be recognized by depository banks, when withdrawals for the salaries and other financial obligations of the municipality are needed, remains sorely unanswered.

This has left the third class municipality in chaos, as many are dependent on the local government’s services.

Reports reaching BICOL STANDARD suggest that Bernaldez is amenable to relinquishing her post to political ally Zorilla, so she can start the service of the administrative suspension.

On the other hand, Sacueza has already filed an appeal to the Office of the President to have his suspension lifted.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Nabua: Cam Sur shabu capital?

NAGA CITY— “Yes, I am aware about the drug problem in my hometown.” This is the statement of Senior Supt. Walfredo G. Pornillos, Director of the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office when interviewed by BICOL STANDARD on the intelligence report that Nabua town is now tagged as the drug capital of Camarines Sur, and is emerging as the staging area of the illegal trade of methamphetamine hydrochloride, known locally as shabu.


A native of Nabua, Pornillos was installed as the Provincial Director earlier this year.

He said he has already ordered the police to wage an all-out war against the proliferation of illegal drugs.

“In fact, I told them to put behind bars anyone involved in the illegal drug trade,” he said, “even if they are my relatives or friends.”

In recent weeks, at least two of the apprehended drug suspects here share the Provincial Director’s name.

These include a certain David “Dayuto” Pornillos, Jr. y del Pilar, who is said to be a close relative of the Provincial Director, and Noli “Nono” Portacio y Pornillos of Sagrada, Baao, Camarines Sur.

David “Dayuto” Pornillos was arrested in a raid at a resort in barangay San Nicolas. Found in his possession were some 400 grams of a substance believed to be shabu, among other drug and non-drug items. He had long been on the watch list of suspected drug suppliers and was allegedly involved in the drug trade in Valenzuela City, in Metro Manila.

The police said he operated locally in Nabua, Camarines Sur; Legazpi City, Albay, and other towns in Southern Luzon.

On the other hand, Noli “Nono” Protacio y Pornillos, who was suspected of being a bigtime supplier of shabu in Iriga City, was collared after a buy-bust operation in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Iriga City.

Staging area

Meantime, other local drug peddlers who have been arrested boast of connections with law enforcement personnel as well as officials of the local government unit.

Reports reaching BICOL STANDARD suggest that several government officials are on the long payroll of people involved in the illegal drug trade, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Insiders who claim to be close to intelligence operatives believe that Nabua is now the major staging ground of the illegal drug trade.

From Nabua, the prohibited substance is distributed to Iriga City, Baao, Bato, Bula, Buhi, and other nearby towns.

According to an earlier police report, numerous drug peddlers have been netted in the aforementioned towns and city since they started their intensified anti-drug operations.

They noted, however, that in Nabua, drug traders have been caught in possession of relatively larger-sized packets of shabu.

These larger sachets are later repacked for distribution to local buyers.

A ranking official of the PNP in Legazpi City revealed to BICOL STANDARD that the supply of drugs in Bicol comes from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, according to their intelligence reports.

A PNP intelligence operative member who requested not to be named added that they have been closely monitoring the movements of the suspects in the local drug trade.

Actions

Alarmed at these developments, Senior Supt. Pornillos ordered Senior Inspector John Murray Cutaran, Officer-in-Charge of Nabua Municipal Police Station to strictly enforce the anti-drug law.
Cutaran, for his part, said their office has recently received information pinpointing those responsible for the proliferation of illegal drugs in Nabua.

Other members of civil society have also been calling the attention of the local officials to take action on the burgeoning drug problem.

Just last week, anti-crime watchdog Citizen’s Crime Watch Regional Chairman Diego L. Magpantay sent a letter to Mayor Delia Simbulan to inquire whether the local government unit has any anti-drug campaign.

In the June 21 letter, Magpantay referred to reports that he said filtered to their office regarding Nabua becoming the province’s major drug hotspot. He said their office would be glad to have a copy of the local government unit’s plans, in light of the recent murder incident of a high school student.

Said incident, he said, has been attributed to the spread of illegal drugs in the area.

Mayor Simbulan’s office has since acknowledged receipt of the letter. However, as of press time, the local chief executive has not issued a reply either to the media or to Magpantay.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

7ng drug users sa Naga, dinarakop

CIUDAD NIN NAGA—Mayo nang naginibo an pitong mga paragamit nin shabu kan sinda sarabay na mataraka dangan arestaron kan mga tawohan kan Naga City Police sa tabang asin coordinasyon sa Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office V.

Shabu
File photo hale sa NCPO
Poco mas o menos alas 12:30 kasubagong mag-omagahon (Julio 1), sa Imperial St., Barangay Dayangdang, nadakop man guiraray si Ramon Sarmiento y Mendoza, na haloy nang nasa watch list na paratinda asin paragamit nin droga.

Segun sa oficial na report kan pulis, si Sarmiento nakumbensir ni PO2 Randy B. Basallote,sarong pa-on kan mga awtoridad, na magpabakal saiya kan ipinagbabawal na droga.

Segundo sana an nakalihis pagkatapos na mangyari an transaksyon, si Ramon Imperial, na suspechado man kan mga awtoridad, an duminalagan palaog sa saindang residencia.

Sa marikas sa ralamagan kan mga tawohan kan gobierno, kaibahan an representante kan media, Department of Justice, asin oficial kan barangay, natiempohan na inabotan an pitong mga lalaki na nasa katahawan kan drug session, gamit an pigsasaramaan na shabu.

Base sa listahan kan pulis, oya an mga nadakop sa buy-bust operation: Ramon Sarmiento , alyas Ramoning, 53 anyos, soltero, taga Imperial St,  Dayangdang; Isaias Flores y Merillo, 41 anyos, may agom, taga San Miguel St., Barangay Mabulo; Elizer Layosa y Cantor, 38 anyos, may agom, taga Arana St. Barangay Sta Cruz; Rodel Cleto Francisco, 40 anyos, may agom, taga Zone 1, San Jose, Bombon; Rodante Bautista y Nodado, 35 anos, may agom kan 12-4, Zone 3 M. Castro St. Barangay Tinago; Ruel Bautista y Nodado 26 anyos, soltero, kan 12-4 Zone 3, M. Castro St. Tinago; asin Sheryll Watson y Buella, 29 anyos, soltero kan 11-C, Ocampo St., Barangay Bagumbayan.

Nakua sa mga suspechado an mga sachet nin ipigbabawal na droga, aluminum foil, tooter,disposable lighter, gunting, asin mga cuarta, na hale sa mga dinarakop na naggagamit kan bawal na droga.

Paghale sa lugar kun sain nadakop an mga suspechado, dinara sa hepatura kan pulis para i-proceso an pagsangat sainda kan magkakanigong caso sa pagbalga kan Republic Act 9165 na mas bisto sa apod na Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Saro sa mga nadakop sa drug session an suboot empleado kan City Hall, asin an saro aki nin oficial sa barangay.

An liderato kan pulis digdi nagpahayag na ipapadagos ninda an pagdakop kan mga tawo na imbuelto sa ilegal na droga.

Sabi sa report, an mga oficiales kan mga barangay an naggibo nin paagui para ipaabot sa attention kan mga awtoridad an mga pangaran kan mga paragamit, orog na an mga nagririgaton kan nasambit na ipinapangalad na bulong.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Planta nin buko juice sa Sorsogon, ipigreklamo

PPPC plant sa Candelaria, Quezon
(Photo: RTVMalacanang)
SORSOGON CITY—Maisog na an tataramon kan mga parasira sa Sorsogon Bay contra sa operasyon kan Peter Paul Philippine Corporation (PPPC), an companiyang nin buko juice sa Diversion Road, Barangay Cabid-an digdi.

An mga residentes kan nasambit na lugar nagpaabot na liwat nin reclamo sa oficina kan City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) sa ciudad na ini para pukawan an saindang attention sa nagdadanay na problema.

Sabi kan mga afectadong residentes, maski pa sinda nag-osip na sa gobierno lokal digdi mapadapit sa pagtapok kan basurang tubig kan companiya na pinapabulos sa dagat, daeng nagiginibo an saindang mga reklamo.

Pinatanidan kan mga residentes kan Cabid-an na kun dae ootobon kan PPPC an tamang pagtapok kan saindang basura na minadalagan derecho sa dagat, ipapaabot na ninda an reclamo sa mga haralangkaw na oficial kan gobierno.

Nagtutubod an mga naghahanapbuhay sa dagat sa may parte kan Cabid-an na kulang nang maray an saindang nakukuang sira sa dagat ta nadadanyaran kan nakakahilong ati hale sa companiyang nin buko juice.

Hasta sa panahon na sinusurat an baretang ini, dae pa ki pinapaluwas na positibong aksyon an oficina kan CENRO Sorsogon City para maipasunod an tamang reglamento sa pagdispachar kan maating tubig na hale sa ipigrereclamong planta.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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VIRAL | Albay cops in the rain earn praise from netizens


NOT EVEN THE RAIN COULD DAMPEN THEIR SPIRITS. Three police officers from Albay have been earning praise from netizens after being photographed while saluting the flag despite the heavy downpour during the singing of the national anthem at the Pulang Angui Streetdance Showdown 2015. A snappy salute! (Photo: Alindongan Ali)
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Lahar flows along Bulusan Volcano channels feared

Authorities expressed fear of lahar flows along river channels in case of heavy and sustained rains.

Mount Bulusan
Photo: PDRRMO Sorsogon
Expected to be affected are Ranggas Channel in Barangay Aniog, Juban town, and Cogon Channel in Barangay Cogon in Irosin.

Henry Imperial, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) research assistant specialist based in Barangay Cabid-an, Sorsogon City, said heavy rains will surely carry the old and new ash deposits brought about by the explosions on May 1 up to June 23.

Imperial said that although the new deposits are still not huge, the old ones were large enough to cause the lahar threats.

He warned villagers living near the affected river channels to be on alert and be always ready to move to safe place in case of heavy rains.

Dr. Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist, said the rains being experienced in the area are due to thunder storms.

Although these are strong, Laguerta said, these could not bring strong lahar flows.

What is threatening are strong and sustained rains in the area of the volcano, he added.

Engineer Raden Dimaano, Sorsogon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said his office has already pre-positioned food supply in the three towns of Sorsogon where the threats from the Bulusan Volcano are most feared -- Irosin, Juban and Bulusan.

Dimaano also assured the public of enough supply of medicines that the villagers need in case they would be affected by Bulusan’s abnormal situation.

Despite these threats, however, the situation in the province is generally normal, he said.

Two volcanic earthquakes were recorded during the past 24 hours. (by Nancy Ibo Mediavillo, PNA)
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Catanduanes-Cam Sur Friendship Bridge gets P50-M for feasibility study

VIRAC, Catanduanes—The  Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) has allocated P50 million for the feasibility study of 10.7 km. two lane Tourism Friendship Bridge with Tourism Complex Midway, connecting San Andres, Catanduanes to Caramoan Peninsula, Camarines Sur.

Proposed Catanduanes-Cam Sur Friendship Bridge
Photo: Jeremy AC
The feasibility study shall be funded by the national budget through TIEZA which came few months after the Provincial Government’s Friendship Bridge project proposal was approved by the Regional Development Council (RDC) during its second quarter full council meeting.

Governor Joey S. Salceda of Albay, chairman of the RDC 5, requested the DPWH Regional Office to conduct the Pre-Feasibility Study of the Friendship Bridge during the council meeting of the RDC 5 on March 6, 2015.

It was revealed in the Core Infrastructure Projects that the Friendship Bridge was included in the complimentary projects in the Luzon Spatial Development Framework, during the Provincial Rural Enterprises Committee Orientation conducted by NEDA on February 24.

 The Friendship Bridge is expected to boost tourism in the province and reduce the isolation of Catanduanes from the Bicol mainland. (by Edna A. Bagadiong, PIA)
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Labo goes plastic bag-free

LABO, Camarines Norte—A municipal ordinance prohibiting and limiting the use of plastic bags in this town will begin implementation on July 1, Vice Mayor Severino H. Francisco announced.


Leading the implementation is the Anti-Plastic Task Force which will begin checking business establishments for compliance.

Municipal Ordinance No. 337, also known as the Anti-Plastic Ordinance, aims to protect the environment from the destruction caused by nonbiodegradable wastes like plastic bags, which clog drainage canals and cause floods, Severino said.

Under the ordinance, plastic bags will no longer be made available at checkout counters in the locality.

The ordinance encourages the use of alternative containers made of biodegradable or recycled materials instead.

First-time offenders will be fined P500; second-time, P1,000; and third-time, P2,000.

Severo said the local government expects business owners and shoppers alike to comply with the municipal ordinance.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Google takes Street View cars, trekkers to Naga City

NAGA CITY—You will soon be able to explore Naga City's cultural and natural wonders from a street level view as Google brings its Street View cars and trekkers to the Maogmang Lugar this week.

Google takes Street View cars, trekkers to Naga City
Google Street View car in Naga City
Photo: Alec Francis Santos of the Naga City Arts, Culture and Tourism Office
The brightly-colored vehicles are equipped with special cameras that will allow web and mobile users to see more detail than the normal bird's eye view currently available on Google Earth and Google Maps.

Since 2007, the Google technology has been providing panoramic views of cities and towns across the globe. In 2014, Google Street View was launched in the Philippines.

Watch the Google Philippines Street View launch video here:

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BICOL STANDARD chef-columnist Jang Grageda eyes 'Don of Tequila' title

BICOL STANDARD chef-columnist Jan Rhea "Jang" Melgar Grageda is in the running towards being named the next Don of Tequila.

BICOL STANDARD chef-columnist Jang Grageda eyes Don of Tequila title
 The Camalig, Albay native was recently selected as one of the ten finalists in the Philippines in the national bartening competition sponsored by tequila company Jose Cuervo.

Grageda's exhilirating entry, dubbed "Albay Don Berba" features the berba fruit, pili and sili, as a complement to the classic Mexican spirit.

The drink is a testament to the 29-year-old's staunch belief in infusing her culinary creations with local flavors—an advocacy she professes in her up and coming restaurant in Camalig, RoseG cuisine.

Her recipes, which appear weekly on BICOL STANDARD, constantly showcases local ingredients combined in novel ways with other regional or international concoctions.

To vote for Grageda's work, simply log on to Instagram, like the Albay Don Berba entry, and share with your followers.

The national competition is on July 10.

The bartender who proves they have all the qualities of a classic Don will fly to Tequila, Mexico, harvest their own crop of agave on the Jose Cuervo estate, blend it, and keep the batch, labelled under their own name.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

CNorte LP members symphatize with Gov Egay, file indefinite leave

DAET, Camarines Norte—Several members of the Liberal Party here have filed a mass motion approving an indefinite leave of absence from the party, following Governor Egay Tallado's recent expulsion from the party's National Directorate.

Consultative Assembly
Photo: Mahatma Gan/BICOL STANDARD Camarines Norte
Vice Governor Jonah Pimentel presided over the consultative meeting, in which at least seven Board Members, seven incumbent mayors, vice mayors, councilors and barangay captains who are members of the Liberal Party in Camarines Norte were present this afternoon (June 29).

They include Vice Governor Pimentel, Board Members Marmol, Gache, Herrera, Baning, Pimentel, Quinones,and Pardo, Mayor Ascutia and Vice Mayor Francisco of Labo, Mayor Lo and Vice Mayor Salalima of Mercedes, Mayor Magana of Talisay, Mayor Ong and Vice Mayor Villamor of San Vicente, Mayor Borja and Vice Mayor Ibasco of Sta. Elena, Mayor Davocol and Vice Mayor Barrameda of Basud, Vice Mayor Arguelles of Capalonga, and Vice Mayor Herrera of Vinzons, as five municipal councilors of Daet, and a majority of punong barangays and barangay councilors.

Tallado himself was absent during the meeting.

On June 24, the Liberal Party sent a resolution to the provincial chief executive kicking him out for "grossly immoral conduct."

The resolution read: "The LP can only be as reputable as its members. To enable the LP to be an effective instrument in achieving the Tuwid na Daan, it is necessary that its members should strive at all times to uphold the honor and maintain the dignity of the party, even in their private lives."

Tallado earlier said he respected the decision of the Liberal Party.—With report by Mahatma Gan/BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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'Nightingale' Lani Misalucha to serenade Naga City

NAGA CITY—The "Nightingale" Lani Misalucha takes center stage at the Avenue Plaza Hotel here on July 31, 2015 as part of her Philippine tour.
'Nightingale' Lani Misalucha to serenade Naga City
Presented by the Philippine Pediatric Society in cooperation with Avenue Plaza Hotel, Misalucha's concert will also feature a surprise guest.

The 45-year-old Misalucha is known for her impressive vocal range and ability to sing songs of varied genres, including jazz, classical, and rock.

To date, she has 15 albums, including three compilations, four live albums, and eight studio albums.

Tickets for the Lani Misalucha: The Philippine Tour cost P2,000 for the VIP seats, P1,500 for Patron 1, and P1,000 for Patron 2. They may be purchased at Avenue Plaza Hotel, Bigg's Diner Magsaysay, Bigg's Diner Centro, Que Pasa and Avenue Square.

For ticket inquiries, please contact Shiela at 09277059508.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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FICELCO to hold polls for District I Board of Directors

The First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO) will be holding an election for member-consumers who will represent District I (Baras-Gigmoto) in the cooperative's Board of Directors of the cooperative.

FICELCO
FICELCO
The election will be held on July 11, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Baras Central Elementary School for residents of Baras and Gigmoto Central Elementary School for residents of Gigmoto, FICELCO Board secretary Jesus T. Robles said.

Robles also disclosed that the deadline for submission of Certificate of Candidacy for interested candidates is on July 1, 2015.

No proxy voting will be allowed, he stressed.

With regard to member-consumers who have gotten their power service disconnected, they will only be allowed to vote if said service is reconnected 30 days before the election.

FICELCO is the only electric cooperative operating in Catanduanes serving 35,000 member-consumers provincewide. ((MAL/EAB-PIA5/Catanduanes)
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Naga City police nab 3 drug dealers

NAGA CITY—The intensified campaign against the almost unabated proliferation of illegal drugs has yielded a positive result when at least three allegedly notorious drug dealers were apprehended early this morning here.


Chief Inspector Benito Dipad, Jr., intelligence officer, led the team of police operatives who conducted the buy-bust operation at 2 a.m. at RJMC Hotel, Almeda Highway, Concepcion Grande.

Collared by the police operatives were Marlon Aloc y Glory, 28 years old, single, of Labo,
Camarines Norte; Aurelio Era y Parinas, 39 years old, married of Calauag, Quezon; and Ismael Obas y Deda, 30 years old of Calauag, Quezon.

Said suspects were apprehended while selling a medium-size heat-sealed transparent sachet containing a white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu to
PO3 Junel Cea, who acted as poseur buyer with the use of a P500 bill.

Meanwhile, during the body search of Marlon Aloc conducted by PO3 Cea, three medium-sized heat-sealed transparent sachets believed to be containing shabu were also found.

PO3 Cea also recovered from suspect Aurelio Era a Colt caliber .38 revolver without serial number loaded with five pieces of live ammunition.

All three suspects are now detained at the Naga City Police Office for further interrogation preparatory to the filing of cases against them. They will face the criminal charge of violating Section 5 of, Article II, of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.—Report by Oscar Esmenda, BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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DOH steps up health monitoring in villages around Mt. Bulusan

The Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol is investigating if the three reported cases of respiratory illness, specifically asthma, in the town of Bulusan were caused by the ash spewed by Mount Bulusan since May 1 this year, a top DOH official said.

Mount Bulusan
Photo: Pdrrmo Sorsogon
Dr. Emilia Monicimpo, DOH OIC-director, said personnel of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Sorsogon, Municipal Health Office of Bulusan and DOH-Bicol regional office are conducting surveillance of the health condition of residents in the town and its nearby villages.

The surveillance team will determine how many indeed acquired respiratory illness due to ash fall emitted by the volcano as reported earlier by media.

Monicimpo said the agency has scaled up its effort in preventing the rise of illness related to volcanic ash.

Some Php100,000 worth of drugs and medicines were given to the PHO and MHO as augmentation supply for this operation to eventually prepare them to address health concerns of residents in communities affected by the Bulusan eruption, she said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and Office of Civil Defense aerial survey over Mount Bulusan on Wednesday found only thin new layers of ash in the vents and slopes of the Bulusan Volcano.

The survey, however, discovered significant volume of lahar deposits that would trigger lahar flows in times of heavy rains.

After emitting ash columns into the air for about six times this month, the Bulusan Volcano on Thursday stayed calm as Phivolcs seismic network did not detect any volcanic earthquake for the past 24 hours.

Slight bulging at the volcano’s edifice was noted during a precise leveling survey, the Phivolcs bulletin said.

Alert level 1 (abnormal) remains in effect, meaning the public is not allowed to enter the 4-km Permanent Danger Zone due to sudden phreatic explosions.

The bulletin also warned residents living along river and stream channels, especially on the southwest and northwest sectors of the edifice, against lahar flows in the event of heavy and prolonged rainfall. (PNA) 
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Witness names suspect in Masbate ambush

MASBATE CITY—Investigators have identified the prime suspect in the beheading of driver Flor Rapsing and killing of two others after a witness agreed to execute a sworn statement.

Witness names suspect in Masbate ambush
Vehicle in which Flor Rapsing, and brothers Samson and Jeremiah Suplito were killed in April 2015
(FILE PHOTO via Wow Smile Sorsogon)
The suspect was identified as Leonardo "Padoy" del Rosario, the leader of Del Rosario Gang or Sako Gang, a criminal group operating in the province of Masbate, according to the Masbate Provincial Police Office.

Del Rosario, along with 9 other still-unnamed suspects, allegedly ambushed Rapsing and brothers Samson and Jeremiah Suplito at the National Road, Barangay Usab, Masbate City on April 18.

The Suplito brothers were found dead inside the vehicle, while the decapitated body of Rapsing was found a few meters away.

Rapsing's head was later found inside an ice box in Lupi, Camarines Sur.

Suspect Del Rosario is now facing complaints for murder and a standing warrant of arrest for the same cases with no bail recommended before Regional Trial Courts Branches 44 and 46 of Masbate City.

He is also tagged as one of the suspects in the Robbery with Homicide and Carnapping incident, in which gold mill owner Jesus "Ka Isong" Amaro, his son Gilbert and driver Ricky Almodiel were gunned down in Aroroy, Masbate in April 2015.

Rapsing was also a driver of Jesus Amaro, while the Suplito brothers were his brothers-in-law, the investigators said.

Masbate Police Provincial Senior Supt. Jesus C. Martirez earlier created Special Investigation Task Group “Amaro” to probe into the ambush and its possible relation to the Amaro murders.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Iriga, Ocampo top best-performing Bicol police stations

LEGAZPI CITY—Iriga City Police Station (CPS) and Ocampo Municipal Police Stations (MPS) of Camarines Sur were named the top-ranking stations in terms of implementing the Philippine National Police Regional Office 5's Target Output Policy.


The ranking covers the period of February to April 2015, Senior Inspector Malu Calubaquib, Bicol Police spokesperson said.

Iriga CPS is headed by Supt. Virgilio O. Olalia, Jr. while Ocampo MPS is under Chief Inspector Rolito Orosco.

The Target Output Policy, a brainchild of Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol Regional Director Chief Supt. Victor Deona, gives direction and focus to Field Commanders in the performance of their mandated tasks by setting specific target outputs and timelines for accomplishment in the areas of law enforcement, crime prevention, and crime solution. The results of this system are used as bases for the Individual Performance Evaluation Ratings (IPER) of the Field Commanders, conferment of awards, grant of rewards, placement, and/or relief from their present positions.

A majority of the top performers were from the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office, according to the list released today, June 29.

Below is the full list:

1. Iriga City Police Station and Ocampo Municipal Police Stations (MPS), Camarines Sur
2. Paracale MPS, Camarines Norte
3. Libmanan MPS and Bombon MPS, Camarines Sur
4. Goa MPS, Camarines Sur
5. Mobo MPS, Masbate
6. Pili MPS, Camarines Sur
7.San Pascual Mps, Masbate
8. San Lorenzo Ruiz MPS, Camarines Norte
9. Mercedes MPS, Camarines Norte and Mandaon MPS, Masbate
10. Pamplona MPS, Camarines Sur

On the other hand, the police stations that failed to meet the Target Output Policy include Oas MPS, Rapu-Rapu MPS, Caramoan MPS, Pasacao MPS, Tinambac MPS, and Castilla MPS.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.


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Cop gunned down at Sorsogon's Pili Festival

SORSOGON CITY—An officer of the Philippine National Police was shot dead while deployed for routine area security in connection with the Pili Festival.

PO1 Rolly Furio
PO1 Rolly Furio
Contributed photo
In the report furnished to BICOL STANDARD, 37-year-old PO1 Rolly Dollentas Furio of the Community Police Assistance Center (CPAC 3) and companion PO3 Rhea Lasin Laganzo were shot at by two persons while the cops were on duty in front of Capitol Park, Rizal St., Barangay Burabod, this city.

The incident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. on June 28, a day before the Sorsogon City fiesta.

The suspects, who were around 15 to 20 years of age, were armed with short firearms, the same report indicated.

Furio was hit on different parts of his body.

Meanwhile, Laganzo, seeing the suspects, drew her sevice firearm despite her shock. However, she was unable to return fire as the suspects immediately fled on board a motorcycle.

The victims were rushed to the Sorsogon Doctors Hospital for medical treatment.

Furio, it was discovered, sustained four gunshot wounds and was declared dead after an hour.

In the ensuing investigation of the Sorsogon City Police and the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO), four cartridge cases for a caliber .45 pistol were recovered.

Said pieces of evidence are now under the custody of the SOCO for ballistic examination.

A follow-up investigation and pursuit operations have been launched as of the time of this writing.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Tato Mendoza challenges Bongat to media face-off

NAGA CITY—“I dare Mayor John Bongat to a public debate to discuss the relevant issues affecting the people of Naga City,” businessman Fortunato “Tato” Mendoza told the BICOL STANDARD over the weekend.

Tato Mendoza and Mayor John Bongat
SQUARE OFF. Tato Mendoza (left) has challenged Mayor John Bongat to engage in a public debate on controversial issues affecting Naga City. Mendoza and Bongat are both rumored to be eyeing the Naga City mayoralty post in 2016. (Mendoza photo from Alfredo Perdon, Bongat photo from Naga Smiles to the World)

Mendoza said the square off will clarify the controversies surrounding crucial issues such as the Panicuason Water System Association (Pawasa), the Bicol Central Station, peace and order, urban poor, and drug use in the city.

“The people of Naga City have a right to know the truth behind these issues,” he stressed. “It is my firm belief that an informed public will make more intelligent and conscientious decisions, especially with the looming 2016 elections.”

Mendoza said he is considering requesting the Community Advisory Board (CAB) of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) to sponsor the discussion.

Despite Mendoza’s dare, Bongat does not seem to want to bite the bullet.

“There is nothing to discuss. I will just concentrate on my job,” Bongat replied.

At odds

It would be recalled that Mendoza and Bongat had been at loggerheads since the city government took over the operation of the Bicol Central Station in January 2014.

Mendoza’s FPM Corporation previously ran the terminal.

With the full backing of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, Bongat stripped Mendoza of his business interests in the management and operation of the facility, then called the Central Business District Terminal.

Mendoza repeatedly maintained that the takeover was a violation of his rights under an existing contract. He had since sought legal recourse.

“I am just waiting for the resolution of the complaints I filed against Bongat and others,” he said, “There are pending cases in court, including  the Office of the Ombudsman”.

More recently, tension was stoked between them anew due to the disconnection of the water connection that services Pawasa.

The city chief executive demanded Mendoza’s resignation from the Board of Directors of the Metro Naga Water District (MNWD), a position for which Bongat earlier appointed him.

“He should resign,” Bongat urged as he discussed the concerns of the Panicuason residents who operate their own water system.

Mendoza was quick to say that Bongat should just wait, because soon enough, he will resign from his position.

Observers said Mendoza’s pronouncement suggested his interest in seeking a political position.

Meantime, the MNWD Board Chairman explained: “We are planning to bring the case of Pawasa to its proper forum, which is the Office of the Ombudsman”, he said.” He did not, however, elaborate on his legal course of action.

Alarming

Mendoza also underscored that apart from the Pawasa and Bicol Central Station issues, a discussion of the increasingly alarming peace and order situation in Naga City is in order.

He referred to the rise in criminality in this city in which 40 percent of the crimes are drug-related, according to a recent report by the Naga City Police Office.

“It is distressing and heartbreaking,” he said, “how our city, once dubbed as Maogmang Lugar, has degenerated into a dangerous, crime-infested turf.”

“But I still believe in the innate goodness of the Naguenos. I still believe we can transform our city into a happy place once again,” he said.

Alignments

Without mentioning his specific plans, Mendoza in the same interview claimed he is closely aligned with Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo.

Within the next few months, he said he will pursue the instruction of the congresswoman to run a citywide survey on the preference of Naguenos for the next polls.

He also confirmed that he has been in contact with other local leaders who want to support him in case he decides to run for mayor.

Brought up in the interview were the names of Dr. Butch Borja, City Health Officer; Prosecutor Boboy Rosales, a former Punong Barangay of San Felipe, and a three-term City councilor; Atty. Salvador “Badong” del Castillo; Atty. James Jacob, former city councilor and former congressman; former City Councilor Badette Roco, wife of former city mayor and congressman Cho Roco; former city councilor Joe Grageda; and Dr. Jess Albeus, along with several others who requested not to be named.

He also repearedly mentioned that Councilor Nathan Sergio, also a vocal critic of the Bongat administration, has likewise assured him of his support.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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