Friday, July 24, 2015

Ombudsman junks grave scandal, immoral conduct raps vs. Tallado

DAET, Camarines Norte – Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has dismissed the criminal and administrative complaints filed against Camarines Norte Governor Edgar Tallado.

Ombudsman junks grave scandal, immoral conduct raps vs. Tallado
Tallado was asked to answer a criminal complaint of violating Article 200 of the Revised Penal Code or Grave Scandal and Disgraceful and Immoral Conduct, and an administrative complaint for Disgraceful and Immoral Conduct.

Complainant Jonel Revuelta Banal claimed in the case docketed as OMB-L-C-C-0132 that Tallado should be charged criminally because his wife Mrs. Josie Tallado openly accused him of marital infidelity and that he has an alleged sex video with his alleged mistress.

The proliferation of the sex video and photos, Banal said constitutes a violation of the law.

Meanwhile, the alleged sex video and uncompromising photos of what appears to be the respondent and his alleged mistress, caused shame and embarrassment to him and to the province of Camarines Norte, Banal claims.

He said the acts amount to Grave Scandal, as defined under Article 200 of the Revised Penal Code.

Meanwhile, in the case docketed as OMB-L-A-0101, Banal said that the alleged act of the respondent of keeping a mistress and having scandalous video and photo is a Disgraceful and Immoral Conduct, hence he was liable administratively.

Tallado’s counter affidavit

Respondent Tallado vehemently denied the accusations of Banal. He argued that: (a) Mr. Banal and his cohorts were being used by people who have political agenda to destroy the name and reputation of the governor of the Province of Camarines Norte; (b) Banal was not a proper party to the case; (c) the alleged sex videos and uncompromising photos are inadmissible in evidence, and (d) the elements of the crime of Grave Scandal as defined by Article 200 of the Revised Penal Code were wanting in the instant case.

Furthermore, Tallado assailed the jurisdiction of the Office on the ground that the charges of Disgraceful and Immoral Conduct were outside of its jurisdiction.

The governor said that the complaint Banal was not cognizable by the Office of the Ombudsman considering that the charge did not pertain to the performance of his functions as a duly elected public official.

He also contended that Banal was not a party in interest to the case because he had no personal knowledge on the statements of Mrs. Josie Tallado and her friend Darleen Francisco.

Likewise, Tallado posited that he cannot be held administratively liable for the proliferation of the sex video and uncompromising photos because these were illegally uploaded without his knowledge and consent.

Tallado in the same document said Banal was guilty of forum shopping, since he filed the same complaint with the Office of the President and the Commission on Human Rights.

The Ombudsman said that contrary to the position of the respondent, said Office has jurisdiction to hear and try the complaint against the respondent. Even assuming, it explained, that the charges did not pertain to the performance of his functions as the duly elected Governor of the Province of Camarines Norte, all the assailed acts of the respondent falls within the jurisdiction of the Office.

The Ombudsman's findings

The root cause of the complaints were the proliferation of an alleged sex video and uncompromising photos of what appears to have been the respondent and his alleged mistress.

These came out after Mrs. Josie Tallado accused the governor on live television of having illicit affairs.

The Ombudsman said that Mrs. Tallado’s accusations were part of a family problem which could be resolved in other forums.

As to the scandalous proliferation of the alleged sex video and uncompromising videos, it is immaterial to dwell, the Ombudsman said.

“There is no dispute that the alleged sex video and uncompromising photos were uploaded, published, and distributed without the consent of the parties therein, hence, inadmissible in evidence,” the resolution reads.

“Clearly, there is no substantial evidence to hold the respondent criminally and administratively liable, other that the fact that the alleged sex video and distribution of the same, which Banal claims to be scandalous, cannot be admitted as evidence against the respondent,” it continues.

“The burden of proof to establish one’s cause of action, lies with the complainant. In both complaints, other that bare allegations in his complaints, Mr. Banal failed to produce any evidence to support the allegations in his complaints. In the eyes of the law, the respondent committed as yet no visible wrong. He had no cause of action against the respondent, for his accusations were not supported by the required evidence,”

Based on said reasons, the Ombudsman dismissed the criminal and administrative cases against Governor Tallado.

This dismissal of the complaint was approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on July 14, 2015. —BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Miss Bicolandia 2015 qualifications announced

The City Government of Naga has released the requirements for the 2015 Miss Bicolandia Beauty Pageant.

The candidate, according to the announcement, must be:

At least 17 but not more than 25 years old on the date of the proclamation night.
at least 5'5" in height (barefoot) based on the Naga City Health Office standards.
Single, of good moral character and reputation, and has never given birth
A Filipino citizen, a Bicolana by birth or by blood or a resident of the Bicol region for at least three consecutive years
At least 4th year high school
Able to communicate and understand any Bicol dialect
Of good health and can perform her future tasks of representing the Bicol region as an ambassadress of goodwill.

Application forms are available at municipal and city halls or local talent scouts.

The Miss Bicolandia beauty pageant is the longest-running and most prestigious pageant in the region.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.


Bicol police chief bares arrest of top NPA leader

DARAGA, Albay—The Philippine National Police Bicol regional office announced the capture of a top commander of the New People's Army (NPA) in Bicol on Monday evening.

Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona, PNP Bicol Regional Director
Leading the apprehension were joint operatives of the Regional Intelligence Unit-5, Regional Intelligence Division-5, Regional Public Safety Battalion and Daraga Municipal Police Station at Arboleda St., Barangay Ilawod, in this town.

Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona, PNP Bicol regional director, identified the arrested NPA leader as Eddie Astano alias Ka Taba/Louie, head of the executive committee of Komprob (Komite Probinsyal) Sorsogon and member of the Bicol Regional Party Committee who resides in Sorsogon.

Deona said the suspect was arrested at about 7:00 p.m. while he was walking after allegedly attending a meeting in a residence in Barangay Ilawod.

He said Astano, who was alone and believed to be going home to Sorsogon, did not resist arrest.

The report said the police received information on the presence of Astano in the area.

The suspect is now in the custody of authorities and undergoing investigation about possible NPA plans against the government in the region. (PNA)

2 Masbate ex-mayors face raps for maintaining shabu labs

MASBATE CITY—Two former Masbate mayors are facing criminal charges for allegedly maintaining shabu laboratories: Cherry Abapo, Jr., former mayor of San Fernando and Lester Abapo, former mayor of Milagros and incumbent punong barangay of F. Magallanes here.

Cherry and Lester, who are first cousins, were charged at the Department of Justice with cases of manufacture of illegal drugs and conspiracy to manufacture illegal drugs.

Also named in the charges were Ponga Lee, a foreign national who oversaw the shabu labs, and Fernando Bravante.

The investigators said the cases have already been raffled off to the sala of Judge Manuel Sese Jr., of Branch 45 of the Masbate City Regional Trial Court.

It would be recalled that on February 14, 2015, two residences of Lester Abapo in Barangay Nursery and Barangay Tugba were the subject of a raid led by the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force of the PNP, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Police Regional Office 5.

Among the items confiscated were voluminous amounts of shabu, laboratory equipment, other chemical materials and precursors.

The illegal substance is reportedly brought to the National Capital Region for distribution.

Said labs could produce up to 50 kilos of police in a week's time, the investigators said.

As of press time, Cherry is under the custody of the police.

Meanwhile, the investigators said they are still waiting for the warrant of arrest against Lester, Ponga, and Fernando.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Cop, CAFGU, civilians hurt in 6 rebel attacks in Bicol

A Philippine National Police (PNP) official, a member of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) and four young civilians were wounded in a series of harassment cases staged by New People's Army (NPA) rebels in the provinces of Camarines Norte, Albay and Sorsogon.

A police report identified the wounded CAFGU member as Hubert Pagao, assigned with the 3rd Platoon 5th CAA Company, 9th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army based in the detachment in Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte.

Pagao was brought to the Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital for treatment of a bullet wound he sustained during a 10-minute firefight that happened at about 10 a.m. Monday. >[?During the clearing operation done by the soldiers after the withdrawal of the rebels, they found a dead body several meters from their detachment, which they believed to be that of an NPA member.

At about 8:30 p.m. Monday, another group of rebels harassed the camp of the 3rd Maneuver Company of the 5th Regional Public Safety Battalion based in Barangay San Ignacio, Gubat, Sorsogon.

Police Insp. Francis Camu, unit commanding officer, was wounded during a 10-minute firefight and rushed to the Sorsogon Provincial Hospital.

The rebels withdrew towards the direction of Barangay Beriran in the same town.

At about 7:48 p.m., also on Monday, rebels attacked members of the 91st Civic Military Operation Bayanihan Team based in Sunrise Village Baldo 1, Barangay Anislag, Daraga, Albay.

Four civilians were wounded in the incident and brought to the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital.

Police identified them as James Allen Dominguez, 2; Eugene Asaytuno, 14; Rochcuel Biazon, 17, and John Leo Zamora, 18 -- all residents of the place.

Military authorities said that the PA unit was doing civil-military operation in the area when the incident occurred.

Police also reported successive attacks of communist insurgents against military and police facilities in Bulan, Sorsogon at 3:45 p.m.; Magallanes, Sorsogon, 7:10 p.m.; Casiguran, Sorsogon, 7:45 p.m. -- all on Monday -- that resulted in just minutes of firefights.

Military and police officials believed that the successive NPA attacks were in retaliation for the death of three communist dissidents in an encounter with military men in Irosin, Sorsogon, and the capture of a top rebel leader in Daraga, Albay, on Sunday.

Police identified the captured NPA commander as Eddie Astano alias Ka Taba/Louie of the Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC).

Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona, PNP Bicol regional director, has ordered police offices in Bicol to intensify their readiness and monitoring of rebel activities in their respective areas of responsibility. (PNA)

‘Bukas kotse,’ uso sa Ciudad nin Naga

NAGA CITY—Sarong maisog na operasyon an gigibohon kan pulis para madakop an sisay man na imbuelto sa serye nin krimen, orog na an nag-uuso ngonian na “bukas kotse" digdi.

Sinugo ni Senior Supt. Narciso Domingo, OIC kan Naga City Police Office an saiyang mga tawohan na adalan na maray asin darakopon an mga imbuelto sa pagraot kan mga bintana kan mga vehiculo para mahabon an mga importanteng kagamitan sa laog.

Kan nagtalikod sanang pirang aldaw, surunod-sunod an operasyon kan mga parahabon.

An pinakabagong pigreport sa awtoridad an pagpasa kan salming sa bintana kan awto na sadire ni Eric Divinagracia, na taga Cadlan, Pili.

Sabi sa report, an awto ni Divinagracia na Urban nakaparada sa atubangan kan sarong tindahan sa Penafrancia Ave.

Nariparo na lang ni Divinagracia na an bintana kan awto rinaot na asin hinarabon pa an mga importanteng gamit kabale an mga gubing, gadgets asin iba pa.

An mga nag-iimbestigar nagtutubod sa estilo kan mga parahabon, pwedeng mga bagohan pa sana sinda.

Mientrastanto, sa separadong pakikipag-olay kan BICOL STANDARD, sinabi ni Senior Insp. Dennis San Juan, hefe kan Station kan 1 digdi, na an mga tawong layas iyo an pwedeng nakakaaram sa harabonan.

Afuera kan awto ni Divinagracia, tulong iba pang vehiculo an tinirada kan mga pasaway kan Julio 19.

Kabale sa naging victima iyo si Pio Samonte y Dancalan, na rinaot man an bintana kan saiyang awto.

Nakua kan parahabon si kantidad P2,000 na ginawgaw kan suspechado hale sa sulong-sulong kan awto. An iba pang mga saradit na gamit linimas pa kan parahabon. Yaon ini sa report kan Police Station 2.

Saro pang incidente an nangyari sa Bagumbayan Norte kan kapareyong fecha.

An awto ni Wilfredo Prilles y Brinas, empleado kan City Hall, mantang nakaparada sa atubangan kan simbahan kan Jehovah’s Witness an pinakiaraman kan mga parahabon.

Segun ki Prilles, si saiyang Nissan Gradia Livina, an pinasa an bintana, sa toong parte.

Kan makalaog sa vehiculo,inubos man kan pusuanon na parahabon an mga importanteng laog kan awto, arog kan mga ATM card, credit cards, driver’s license, pasaporte asin dakol pang iba.

Mientrastanto, sa St. Jude Village, Concepcion Grande, Naga City, si Pedro Nacional, nagreport sa mga awtoridad na naheling niya an sarong lalaki na nasa laog kan saiyang Tamaraw FX, na naka garahe sa tongod kan saindang apartment.

Kan ranihon ni Nacional an lalaki, bigla ining nagdulag, asin naglunad sa sarong puting motorsiklo.
Binonot ni Nacional an saiyang badil asin ipigpuntariya sa suspechado, alagad, padagos ining nagdulag pasiring sa Almeda Highway.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM


PAGMIDBID. Tinawan nin plake nin pag-omaw an pulis kan Ciudad nin Naga sa bolanos na tabang sa pag-enforsar kan ley kontra sa Illegal Practice of Dentistry. Nasa retrato sinda OIC City Director  Senior Supt. Narciso Damaso Domingo asin Dr. Jessie Albeus, Philippine Dental Association Majority Floor Leader asin Chairman kan Campaign Against Illegal Practice.

Resolve complaint vs. Salceda, VACC urges Ombudsman

The anti-crime group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) has urged the Office of the Ombudsman to expedite the resolution of the malversation complaint filed against Albay Gov. Joey Salceda.

Left: Dante Jimenes (Photo via VACC), Right: Joey Salceda (Photo via Shanti Nacion Serrano)
Resolve complaint vs. Salceda, VACC urges Ombudsman

VACC Chairman Dante Jimenez, said to the media that the case which was filed in April, has not since moved. By now, Salceda should have been suspended, Jimenez said.

The complaint stemmed from a P47-million allotment that was allegedly used to aid evacuees during the 2009 Mayon Volcano eruption.

Michael A. Miña, Manuel P. Alagaban, Julius P. Del Rosario, Bienvenido M. Belga, Sr., and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), represented by Chairman Martin B. Dino filed the complaint.

Meanwhile, along with Salceda, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer of Albay Yolanda Guanzon is named as respondent.

Salceda earlier categorically denied the allegations in the complaint. —BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Archbishop Rolly Tirona celebrates 69th birthday

NAGA CITY—Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, OCD chose to celebrate his 69th birthday by sharing his joy in simple celebrations with the Caceres faithful.

Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, OCD
Tirona was born in Kawit, Cavite on July 22, 1946.

At 6:30 last night, he shared a meal of goto with the seminarians, many of whom have taken a fondness to the amiable Archbishop.

This morning, he attended a mass at Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Church at Concepcion Pequena.

He will also lead the opening of the Archbishop’s Cup, a sportsfest among priests, at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary.

This afternoon, a mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral will cap his birthday celebration.

Since being appointed Archbishop of Caceres on September 8, 2012, Archbishop Tirona has been known for his friendly and approachable disposition, both towards the clergy and the laity.

Tirona was ordained priest of the Order of Discalced Carmelites in 1974, then later appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Manila in 1994.

He also served as the Titular Bishop of Vulturaria, Bishop of Malolos, and Prelate of Infanta, before coming to the Archdiocese of Nueva Caceres.

He has been a priest for around 41 years, and a bishop for about 20 years.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Alleged Bicolano scammer wanted for P3 billion syndicated estafa

NAGA CITY—Authorities are on the lookout for Arnel Gacer, alleged President of One Dream Global Marketing, who is facing a complaint for syndicated estafa.

Alleged Bicolano scammer wanted for P3 billion syndicated estafa
Husband and wife Arnel Gacer and Jobelle Gacer of One Dream Global Marketing
Photo from Christopher Garcia
Lipa City Mayor Meynardo Sabili confirmed this afternoon that Gacer is a Bicolano.

BICOL STANDARD's sources indicate that Gacer is from Goa, Camarines Sur.

Also named in the complaint were his wife Jobelle de Guzman-Gacer; Michael Hernandez Bagasbas, a teacher; a certain Judith, and 20 other unidentified individuals.

Punong Barangay Paulo Santino Tapalla Sorian and Councilor Joel Dellosa Pua accused One Dream
Global Marketing for conspiring with each other to defraud them of investments using a profit scheme system.

A pay-in fee of P888 entitles an individual to a slot, which the company promised will be converted to P1,300 within a span of just four days.

The company, however, suddenly closed its office and stopped its operation on July 11 without paying its investors the promised amount.

Gacer and the others, the police said, are nowhere to be found.

One Dream Global Marketing is said to have defrauded at least P3 billion in Lipa City within just a month of operation.

Here in Bicol, there was at least one office of One Dream Global Marketing, which operated earlier this month.

It was located at the second floor of the building of H. Bar. at the back of Immaculate Conception Church.

Said office is now closed.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Monday, July 20, 2015

Post offices now accept PhilHealth payments

PhilHealth ties up with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) to facilitate payments for the said health insurance in more than a thousand PHLPost outlets including postal stations, regular and extensions post offices, mall postal counters, barangay and school-based post offices. PHLPost offices are visible not just in metropolitan areas but also in the most distant and remote areas of the country.

PhilHealth has encouraged its members and employers to pay over-the-counter at any PHLPost outlets and other authorized collecting agents.

Postmaster General Josie de la Cruz said the proximity of the post office to local government units, schools, and commercial establishments will provide administrators and business owners the convenience of remitting the monthly premium contributions of their companies and organizations.

PHLPost is also an authorized collecting agent to accept payment of premium contributions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

DA expects El Niño in Bicol starting September until next year

The regional office for Bicol of the Department of Agriculture is advising farmers to take advantage of the available soil moisture in their land preparation and crop establishment this month until August as the following months this year until early 2016 could be an El Niño season.

DA expects El Niño in Bicol starting September until next year
Photo via Pixabay
For rice, early maturing varieties such as GSR8 and GSR5a should be used in irrigated paddies while drought-tolerant varieties like GSR11, GSR5a, GSR1 and GSR2 are advised, the agency said in its Seasonal Climate Outlook and Advisory (SCOA) for the region, covering the months from July to September, released over the week.

The SCOA is a special project of the DA that intends to keep agricultural stakeholders in the region guided on the seasonal weather situation for more productivity.

DA Regional Executive Director Abelardo Bragas explained that the GSR hybrid rice varieties are among the options under climate change-related stresses wherein they have been tested in both rain-fed lowland and upland environments as top performing lines with up to 62.5-percent advantage over check varieties.

For Bicol farms devoted to vegetables, the advisory suggested that okra and squash or legumes like cowpea, winged bean and mungbean should be used.

Cowpea, he said, can be planted either before or after rice enriches food production from a land area as it has been grown for centuries in the tropics, being well adapted to prevailing environmental stresses.

It tolerates drought and can grow on poor, even acid soils where other food legumes do not perform well.
Bragas said cowpea, which complements the mainly cereal diet of Filipinos, is an important crop as it is a rich source of proteins and calories, as well as minerals and vitamins.

Similarly, winged beans that have several common names like asparagus pea, Goa bean and four-angled bean but called locally as “parapagulong” are typical to humid climatic and grown in many
places of the region for its nutritious and nitrogen fixation properties.

This bean is said to be blessed with optimum health benefits as it contains the highest proportion of calcium which make bones strong and prevents breakage while Vitamins A and C, along with several minerals, make up the legumes that endow the body with powers to fight diseases, he said.

Its edible seeds and wing-like leaves are also vital source of protein as well as the flour derived from the former.

Bragas said this plant, whose unusual name is endowed due to the physical appearance of the beans which seem to have wing-like features, is another prime crop of Bicolanos apart from legumes, some of its parts are also eaten.

Mungbean (Vigna radiata), popularly known in the Philippines as mungo and mainly used as human food, is one of the cheapest sources of plant protein which contains at least 27 percent protein.
It is also a good source of minerals such as calcium and sodium while its dried seeds are high in vitamins A and B, and when sprouted, come as rich in vitamins B and C.

Locally, mungo is a raw material in major food processing such as mungbean sprout production, sotanghon manufacturing, hopia processing, starch noodles and dishes like soups, porridge, snacks, bread, noodles and ice cream.

Mungbean is drought-tolerant and requires a warm climate during its growing period.
The temperature and humidity prevailing in the region during dry spell situations is suited for optimum yields, Bragas said.

According to the SCOA, chance of El Niño is greater than 90 percent through the end of the year with 85-percent chance that it will last until 2016, based on probabilistic El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Outlook as of June 2015.

It also cited the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia report on the same month that cited the continuing rise of ocean temperature in the tropical Pacific.

Bragas said the available moisture for the month of July favors land preparation and crop establishment this wet season cropping in both upland and lowland areas but crop yields, specifically in rainfed and upland areas in Bicol -- except the province of Albay, may be affected by lack of moisture starting September.

Way-below-normal rainfall is expected starting September and could last up to the last quarter of the year due to El Niño that draw increased temperature due to reduced rainfall, which could result in low crop yield in rainfed and irrigated areas, according to the SCOA.

It would also cause heat stress to livestock and poultry production, it said.

In anticipation of this unfavorable climate condition, the SCOA advises Bicol farmers to repair and clean water canals and irrigation systems for efficient drainage and water conservation.

To conserve moisture in vegetable farms, mulching may be applied using plastic sheets, rice straw or any other available materials, it said.

For both large and small ruminants, the SCOA said, sheds should be provided and the “cut and carry” feeding practice must be applied while silage making is more applicable during the drier months that also need the provision of drinking water to livestock to minimize heat stress.

Bragas said farmers all over the region have started planting earlier starting last June until this month, taking advantage of the high moisture availability owing to normal to above-normal rainfall during the period and enable them to harvest before the forecast drought

However, he warned that the above-normal rainfall in early July due to “habagat” (southwest monsoon) might cause prevalence of insect pest and fungal disease on crops; chronic respiratory or bacteria diseases in poultry; hemorrhagic septicemia in ruminants; and pneumonia and diarrhea for swine.

“In this case, they should adopt Integrated Pest Management approach to control infestation during this period,” the DA regional chief said. (by Danny Calleja, PNA)

2 menor de edad, dinara sa DSWD huli sa paghabon

NAGA CITY – Duwang mga menor de edad an nagboyboy kan saindang kasalan sa pulis pagkagtapos comfiscaron kan duwang miembros kan barangay tanod sa Barangay San Francisco digdi si mga bitbit nindang suboot hinabonan na gamit.

Naga City
Sabi kan saro sa mga menor na ni Sonny (bakong tunay na pangaran) sa mga awtoridad, siya asin an saiyang amigo na si Tolits (bakong tunay na pangaran) naglalakaw sa may E-Mall kan makursunadahan an saindang mga bitbit na gadgets kan duwang tanod sa barangay San Francisco digdi.

Pagkatapos na kuahon an 3ng cellphone na dara ninda asin an kantidad P359, naglakaw na parayo an mga tanod.

Alagad, an marigmat na mga mata kan mga aki nakatorohok sa lugar na dinumanan kan mga tanod, hastang naheling ninda na pigbabanga na an mga kinua sainda.

Ipinahayag ni Sonny na talagang dae siya nakareklamo kan kuahon kan mga tanod si cuarta asin mga celphone, ta sa katunayan hinabon man sana ninda ini sa mga menor de edad na taga banwaan kan Libmanan.

Mientrastanto, dae nagduwa-duwa si an mga aki na i-osip sa pulis si nangyari sainda.

Bilang resulta kan saindang sumbong, pinasadahan kan mga awtoridad an lugar na binayaan kan mga aki an duwang tanod, asin tulos na recover an mga nawawarang gamit asin cuarta.

Mayong naginibo an mga tanod sa sumbong kan mga aki, kaya itinao ninda an mga hinabonan na gamit na inagaw man ninda.

Huli ta mga menor de edad, dae na sinda sinangatan nin reclamo. Pero, dinara si duwa sa City Social Welfare Office digdi.

Ipinahayag kan pulis na hahanapon ninda an kagsadire kan mga cellphone na taga Libmanan ta itinao kan mga aki si saindang address asin mga pangaran.

An duwang tanod kan San Francisco dae naman sinangatan nin reclamo.

An mga aki dae na sinambit an mga pangaran huli kan saindang edad.—Report ni Boyet Paderes, BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Nag-ihi sa toilet sa Plaza Rizal, pinatadokan nin saksak

NAGA CITY – Mayo nin na-aaninaw na rason si Joemar Yucoc y Encinas na taga Barangay Lipot, Milaor, Camarines Sur kun tano sa bigla siyang winatingan nin saksak kan sarong lalaki na lagaw-lagaw sa centro kan ciudad na ini.

Plaza Rizal, Naga City
Photo: JCI Philippines
Si Yucoc, sabi sa report, nag-ihi sa pampublicong toilet sa Plaza Rizal kan mangyari an incidente.

Tinadokan nin mapanas na tarom an victima sa saiyang lalawgon na nagwalat nin lugad na kaipohan tulos lapatan nin bulong kaya siya dinara sa Naga City Hospital.

An suspechado iyo si Erwin Panesa y Oliveros alyas “Uban,” na taga Clopa, sa Barangay Calauag digdi.

An incidente nangyari poco mas o menos alas 8:40 nin banggui, sa atubangan kan dakul na tawo na nakaheling kan krimen.

Afuera kan saksak sa victima, pirang beses pa ining sunukiti ni Panesa, sagkod na haros mabungaw.

Ipinahayag kan mga meron na an suspechado bistadong maray na pasaway sa centro, na kun pira nang beses na-imbuelto sa mga kabaeng na pangyayari.

Apisar kan malaen na mga tama sa lawas kan victima hale sa saksak asin sa gatok sa payo huli kan mga surunod na suntok, dae na nagsangat nin reclamo an victima.

Pighahalat kan pulis an victima na magfirma nin reclamo tanganing mapenaran an pasaway, alagad pigmarhay niya na ibitaran na sanang mag-ihi liwat sa pareyong lugar para dae na mangyari an sinapo niya sa tahaw kan pasyaran na Plaza Rizal digdi.—Report ni Boyet Paderes, BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Salceda's registration as voter opposed

DARAGA, Albay—The Election Registration Board (ERB) of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Daraga will rule within ten days whether it will approve the application of Albay Gov. Joey Salceda to be considered as a registered voter of this town.

Salceda's registration as voter opposed
Photo by Mark Kevin Arroco
Salceda’s transfer is in preparation for his plan to run for the congressional district.

Originally, the governor was a registered voter of his hometown, Polangui.

Early this morning, Salceda brought along with him to the hearing at COMELEC Daraga the officials of barangay Penafrancia, his alleged new residence, to bolster his claim that has been a resident of this town for at least eight years.

But vehemently interposing objection to Salceda’s application is radio broadcaster Jess Magayanes.

Magayanes said he possesses documents disproving Salceda’s claim.

The reporter works at Radyo Siram, a station allegedly owned by the family of Ako Bicol partylist Rep. Christopher Co.

Earlier reports said Co is also eyeing the post of representative of the same congressional district as Salceda.

Magayanes, however, earlier said on Radyo Veritas that no one asked or directed him to object to Salceda’s application.

Tasked to decide on Salceda’s application is are the members of the ERB, which includes the Election Officer, Local Civil Registar, and Public Schools District Supervisor.— With report from Mark Kevin Arroco, Radyo Veritas, and BICOLSTANDARD.COM

PHOTOS: Eid'l Fitr in Naga City

Muslims in Naga City celebrate Eid'l Fitr, the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan at the mosque at Concepcion Pequena, Naga City. (Photos by Oscar Esmenda / BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Eid'l Fitr in Naga City

Eid'l Fitr in Naga City

Eid'l Fitr in Naga City

Eid'l Fitr in Naga City

Eid'l Fitr in Naga City

Eid'l Fitr in Naga City

Eid'l Fitr in Naga City

Eid'l Fitr in Naga City

Eid'l Fitr in Naga City

Eid'l Fitr in Naga City


Educational assistance not scholarship

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 5 has clarified that the amount received for the educational assistance is based on the social worker’s assessment and documents submitted by the clients.

DSWD-5 Director Arnel Garcia
The common misconception of the public is that the assistance is considered as a scholarship program which DSWD strongly disproves, DSWD Dir. Arnel Garcia explained. The educational assistance does not guarantee to cover the full amount of the tuition fee and other school expenses.

“Clients can receive P1,000 to P5,000 based on DSWD screening and should understand that this is
only an augmentation to the student’s school-related expenses such as purchase of school supplies,
transportation allowance and also school tuition fees,” he added.

Moreover, DSWD accepts referrals from anyone but reiterates that the referrals made by any group or
individual has no influence to determine the amount received by the beneficiaries. The form and
amount of financial assistance to be provided to beneficiaries shall be based on the assessment and
recommendation of the DSWD licensed professional social workers.

The last day of registration for the educational assistance closed last May covering the first semester
for school year 2015-16.

Educational assistance is under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), a part of the

DSWD's menu under protective services for the marginalized and disadvantaged individuals. It is a
form of assistance given to qualified beneficiaries to help defray the other cost of sending students to

AICS is being implemented by the' Crisis Intervention Units (CIU) to provide a .range of services, such as immediate rescue, and provision of direct financial assistance, psychosocial support, and material assistance including medical, transportation, financial, burial, and other services, .

DSWD Field Office 5 caters to applicants coming from the province of Albay. Other applicants can go directly to its satellite offices in the following provinces:

Masbate- E. Bldg., 2/F, Corner Ibañez and Medina Sts., Masbate City
Camarines Sur- Topaz St., Jacob ext., Naga City
Camarines Norte-3/F, LJR Bldg., J. Lukban Ext., Brgy. 3, Daet, Camarines Norte
Catanduanes-Brgy. Constantino, Virac, Catanduanes
Sorsogon-Lee Bldg., Quezon St., Polvorista, Sorsogon City

Ragay Treasurer's Office looted; suspect identified via CCTV

RAGAY, Camarines Sur—Police have launched a manhunt operation to trace the whereabouts of a robber who broke into the Municipal Treasurer's Office of Ragay and carted away more than P50,000 in cash at around 11:48 on Sunday, July 19.

CCTV footage showing suspect entering the Municipal Treasurer's Office of Ragay
Photos: Jener Villarez/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Footage of the robbery was caught on CCTV, allowing the police to identify the suspect as of Mhark Garcia Saavedra of Tagbilaran City or Baclayon Bohol.

According to the video, the suspect entered the building at 11:49 a.m., then came out at 12:17 p.m. carrying a green bag which belonged to the cashier, Mrs. Ma. Luisa Hipolito.

Contained inside the bag were some P30,000 which belonged to the LGU, around P20,000 of Hipolito’s personal money, and her bank book.

The robbery was discovered at around 5:40 p.m. when security guard Noel Baloloy reported for duty.
Baloloy, the police said, noticed that the Treasurer’s Office was open, and thus informed the police.

The authorities immediately checked the CCTV footage to see whether someone entered the establishment.

In an interview with BICOL STANDARD, Municipal Treasurer Digna Isidoro said it was a good thing that the office has not withdrawn the money for the employees’ salary, otherwise the robber would have been able to have access to a larger sum.

The Ragay Municipal Police Station has already informed Land Transportation Office Bicol Regional Director Noreen San Luis-Lutey to seek the office’s assistance in capturing the alleged robber.

Suspect Saavedra, the same footage revealed, drove a red Nissan Nabarra pick-up vehicle with plate number DEE99.

Meanwhile, Mayor Ricky Aquino has appealed to the public to contact the police if they recognize the suspect or have any information on his whereabouts.

Aquino, in an interview with BICOL STANDARD, said that they will tighten security and deploy a round-the-clock security guard to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Sipocot robbery

A separate report indicates that Saavedra may have also broken into and robbed from the municipal building of Sipocot, Camarines Sur in the same weekend.

Some P2,000 of cash was also found to be missing from said office, but it has not been confirmed if the same suspect was behind the incident.

Government employees, it would be recalled, were out for a long weekend as Friday, July 17, marked the end of the month of Ramadan and was declared public a holiday.

The police said they are currently preparing to file a case against Saavedra at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

Bacolor robbery

The name of suspect Saavedra, according to police records, also came up in a break-in and robbery at the municipal hall of Bacolor, Pampanga on April 26 earlier this year.

He was able to loot more than P800,000 in cash and check from the vault of the Municipal Treasurer’s Office of said town.

Also known by his alias, Ruel Falcosantos Diaz, the 33-year-old Saavedra is a businessman and comes from a rich family.

During the April robbery, his image was also captured in a CCTV footage.

Saavedra is facing a case before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in City of San Fernando.—Report by Jener Villarez, BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Ragay Municipal Treasurer's Office
Photos: Jener Villarez/BICOLSTANDARD.COM


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