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.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Miss Bicolandia 2015 winners crowned

The Miss Bicolandia 2015 results are in! Ara Isabel Diocos is Miss Bicolandia 2015.

Ara Isabel Diocos is Miss Bicolandia 2015
Ara Isabel Diocos is Miss Bicolandia 2015
Diocos graduated with a bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from Universidad de Sta. Isabel.

The stunner from Concepcion Grande, Naga City was also part of the region's Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines this year.

The other winners include:

Princess Cecilio of Daet, Camarines Norte - 1st Runner-up
Ma. Lina Prongoso of Iriga City - 2nd Runner-up
Francia Layderos of Albay - 3rd Runner-up
April Ann Bigay of Pili, CamSur - 4th Runner-up

Coronation was held at JMR Coliseum in Naga City.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

Miss Bicolandia 2015 winners
Photo via Naga Smiles to the World
Miss Bicolandia 2015 Ara Isabel Diocos
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Masbate electric firm employee electrocuted

MASBATE CITY— An employee of the Masbate Electric Cooperative Inc. (Maselco) was electrocuted, fell off the post, and hit the cemented ground at Sitio Matungao, Barangay Tugbo, Masbate City Saturday morning.



The police report identified the victim as Benjie Betres, 31, a resident of Mobo, Masbate.

It said that a day before the incident, the management of the cooperative advised electric consumers, through text messaging, that power interruption would take effect from 8 a.m. up to 5 p.m., affecting the entire Masbate City and the towns of Balud and Baleno, for preventive maintenance and electrical post switching for the Gaisano Mall in Masbate City.

On the early morning of Saturday, power interruption had already been experienced within the city at about 5 a.m. and power was suddenly restored at around 7 a.m.

It was within this time that Betres climbed an electric post in Sitio Matungao, Barangay Tugbo but got electrocuted and fell into the concrete ground.

The victim was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

The Maselco and DMCI are jointly operating the electrification of the entire mainland of Masbate Province.(by Norman Tamar, PNA)
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Pulis Pili, suspect sa pagbadil

PILI, Camarines Sur—Makangirhat na insidente an nangyari sa sarong night club sa Barangay San Vicente kasubanggui poco mas o menos alas 2:30 nin magomagahon.

Pulis Pili, suspect sa pagbadil
Kua ni Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Si Albert Bufete y de los Santos, empleado kan gobierno lokal bilang traffic enforcer, binadil suboot nin tulong beses ni PO1 Leo Dumangas,  miembro kan Pili Muncipal Police Station.

Sabi kan mga testigo, an victima asin an suspechado nagkaigwa nin mainit na diskusyon na produkto nin nin pagselos sa sarong babae na nagtatrabaho sa Jouns Resto Bar sa Barangay San Vicente.

An babae na sarong entertainer sa club nabisto sa pangaran na Maila.

An sabi sa report, si PO1 Dumangas nagpasyar sa night club kun sain piglalaoman siya ni Maila ta may maray sindang pagkairintindihan.

Sa ibong na lado, si Bufete, regular man na nagsusundo ki Maila tanganing ihatod sa saindang harong pagkatapos kan saiyang trabaho.

Kasubagong mag-omagahon, nagdalaw si Dumangsang asin garo suboot naka-inom. Nagkasabatan an saindang dalan ni Bufete na haloy na niyang pigseselosan.

An victima asin an suspechado pareyo igwa na nin familia, asin may tigduwang aki.

Dae nacontrolan si nagkakalakagang init kan daghan ni Dumagsang, kaya sa saiyang pagselos, binunot si saiyang badil asin pinutokan an victima nin tulong beses.

An sarong bala, mortal tulos an tama, ta nagtadom sa saiyang payo, dangan sinundan pa nin duwang bala sa saiyang daghan.

Makuring maray si tama kan mga bala kaya duman na tulos nagadan an victima.

An mga awtoridad nagsisiyasat pa kan ibang pangyayari sa tahaw kan controversiya.
Report ni Oscar Esmenda, BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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PHOTOS | Peñafrancia fiesta preparations beefed up

Member agencies of the Peñafrancia Joint Operations Center convened Tuesday at the Archbishop's Palace to sign a Cooperation Agreement in preparation for the fiesta. Said agreement enumerated the corresponding tasks, duties, and responsibilities that the participating agencies will carry out in order to ensure a peaceful, orderly, and memorable celebration of the festival. (Photos via Naga Smiles to the World)





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Sari-sari store, sinalakat sa Naga City

NAGA CITY—Nagpapadagos an mga caso nin pagsalakat sa mga harong digdi na imbuelto an mga dae nabibistong mga pusikit na parahabas.

Naga City Police Office
Kasoodma, saro na naman na sari-sari store an dae pinatawad kan parahabon, na naglaog sa tindahan por medio kan fuersahan na pagraot kan tapal na plywood asin steel screen para makalaog.

An victima iyo si Cristal Viscaya y Palican, taga Barangay Triangulo digdi.

Isinaysay kan victima na an parahabon naglalay kan minasunod na mga gamit ninda: DVD player na na an valor P1,800; anom na pidaso nin bag na gibo sa abaca; 25ng pidaso nin noodles na an kantidad P400; 20ng patos nin kape, 85ng pidaso nin especial na clase nin mga dulce; iba-ibang brand nin cigarillo asin cash na kantidad P5,000.

An suspechado, sabi kan mga nag-iimbestigar, pwedeng taga digdi man sana sa saindang pagtaraid na lugar ta aram na entero an pasikot-sikot kan laog kan saindang tindahan.

Nagluwas an parahabon sa pareyong lugar na inagihan niya paglaog sa tindahan.

Mientrastanto, apisar kan pira nang surunod-sunod na mga caso nin pananalakat an nagyari sa ciudad na ini, mayo pa lamang maski saro na nadakop an mga awtoridad sa barangay, o an mga pulis digdi.

An sabi sa pahayag kan mga pulis, ginigibo pa ninda ngonian an pagtipon nin mga evidencia para madakop an mga responsable sa pagsalakat.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Pulis rinapado, mahalon na relo iyo an narugado

NAGA CITY –Assault upon an Agent of a Person in Authority.

Ini an caso na isinangat ni PO2 Jemijon T. Salamanque, miembro kan Naga City Police Office na nakadistino sa Police Station Number 3 sa Barangay Peñafrancia digdi.


Si PO3 Salamanque nagreklamo na rinapado siya nin kaputol na kahoy ni Francisco Marasigan y Veneracion, may agom, taga Liboton.

Base sa declarasyon kan victima, nagresponde sindang duwa ni PO1 Corpus sa sumbong ni Grace Marasigan, agom kan suspechado, na kan panahon na ito, nagbabalinghaw sa saindang harong.

Si Mrs. Marasigan nagsabi sa pulis na naghoma an saiyang agom na ibabarangbang niya sa luwas kan saindang residencia an mga gamit sa kusina asin iba pang mga gamit sa harong.

Naabotan ni Salamanque an suspechado na nakahigda sa laog kan residencia na may pugol nin armas na kahoy.

Kan nagrani an victima sa suspechado, bigla na sanang nagtindog ini, asin mayong sabi-sabi na hinumbalan tulos siya kan armas na kahoy.

Maray nganing marikas na nasagang ini.

Alagad si saiyang walang takyag, na may nakasulot na relo an tinamaan.

Huli kaini, naraot an saiyang relo na may tatak na Armani Exhange, na an kantidad P10,000.

Dae na man nakapalag an suspechado ta inarestar na ninda ini.

Nakasangat na an casong Assault upon an Agent of a Person in Authority contra sa suspechado na may I.S. No. V-05-INQ-151-0458 sa City Prosecutor's Office digdi.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Miss Bicolandia 2015 to be crowned today

NAGA CITY— The most prestigious beauty pageant in the Bicol Region will crown its newest queen tonight at the JMR Coliseum.

Ms. Bicolandia 2015 to be crowned today
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Ms. Bicolandia 2015 to be crowned today
Photo by Oscar Esmenda
In the running are 17 candidates from across the region: April Ann S. Bigay from Pili, Camarines Sur; Purita Fatima B. Onrubia from Camalig, Albay; Ara Isabel E. Diocos from Naga City; Crystal Rosehelly Alday from Naga CIty; Krizzia Lynn Kia O. Moreno from Naga City; Helen Mari D. Cortezano from Tinambac, Camarines Sur; Esther DS. Tapia from Naga City; Mary Joy S. Dacudao from Naga City; Maria Lina N. Prongoso from Iriga City; Ma. Monique M. Del Castillo from Goa, Camarines Sur; Cleorota Aline C. Naag from Naga City; Christianna Erika M. Capalos from Iriga City; Francia P. Layderos from Albay; Princess B. Cecilio from Daet, Camarines Norte; Ma. Nica I. Ombao from Pili, Camarines Sur; Mary Angela B. Alcaide from Naga City; and Josephine Imee I. Piano from Presentacion, Camarines Sur.

TV5’s Carl Guevarra and Ritz Azul will host the competition.

This year is the Miss Bicolandia beauty pageant’s 33rd year after it was first held in 1982. Since then, it has been producing numerous talents, including Miss Universe runner-up Venus Raj, who competed in 2007, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago, who won in 2012, and actress Beatriz Saw, who joined in 2006. Last year’s winner was Casey Anne Austria of Legazpi City.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Ms. Bicolandia 2015 to be crowned today
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Ms. Bicolandia 2015 to be crowned today
Photo by Oscar Esmenda

Ms. Bicolandia 2015 to be crowned today
Photo by Oscar Esmenda










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Bicolano farmers suffer huge losses from El Niño

LEGAZPI CITY—Bicol’s agricultural lands are already feeling the heat of El Niño, with some P58-million in crops already lost due to the weather phenomenon, Office of Civil Defense Bicol Regional Director Raffy Alejandro announced.

Bicolana rice farmer Norma Nieto is among those who are hoping that the hybrid rice variety she plants will withstand the effects of El Niño. (Photo via DA)
Speaking before members of the press last Friday, Alejandro said they received information from the Department of Agriculture (DA) that low crop yields are being recorded in the region.

Most intensely affected are agricultural lands in Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Masbate, he added.

Alejandro alerted local government units and agencies to prepare for the dry spell’s impact,

Last month, the DA regional office already issued a warning that below normal rainfall is expected this month, and could last until the early part of 2016.

To combat the effects of El Niño, Regional Director Abelardo Bragas recommended planting drought-resistant rice varieties in upland and rainfed areas, along with legumes like cowpea, winged bean and mung bean, and other crops that can tolerate below-normal rainfall condition.

El Niño, according to PAGASA, is characterized by unusually warm ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific (CEEP).

Moderate El Niño conditions currently continue to persist across the equatorial Pacific Ocean, PAGASA’s latest climate advisory indicates. Leading climate models suggest that it may intensify from moderate to strong El Niño in the coming months.

In Bicol, Camarines Norte is affected by a dry spell and below normal rainfall. The same province is also likely to experience drought.

Catanduanes is likewise affected by a dry spell, which is described as three consecutive months of below normal (21%-60% reduction from average) rainfall conditions or two consecutive months of way below normal (more than 60% reduction from average) rainfall conditions.

The state weather bureau also observed that Albay had near to above normal rainfall in July.
PAGASA said it will continue to closely monitor the ongoing El Niño condition.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Bulan mayor suspended anew

BULAN, Sorsogon—Controversial town mayor Marnellie B. Robles has been suspended again, this time by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Suspended mayor Marnellie B. Robles of Bulan, Sorsogon
Said suspension was over an administrative offense which she allegedly committed while serving as vice mayor in 2011.

Earlier, Robles was meted a 90-day suspension order by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for "grave abuse of authority, oppression, and gross negligence in relation to the performance of her office."

Recently, Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Gerard Mosquera found Robles "administratively liable for Simple Misconduct and violation of Sec. 5(a) of Republic Act No. 6713."

Robles, according to the order, was "meted the penalty of suspension from office without pay for six months, pursuant to Section 10, Rule III, Administrative Order No. 07, as amended by Administrative Order No. 17 in relation to Section 25 of Republic Act 6770."

The case stemmed from a complaint filed in 2011 by then Bulan mayor Helen De Castro when Robles, then the vice mayor, falsely represented herself to be the acting municipal mayor and approved a town council resolution soliciting fund from a party-list for the construction of public infrastructure.

On August 27, Department of Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Regional Director Elouisa T. Pastor sent Robles an order to "cease and desist from performing [her] duties as municipal mayor until such time that the period of suspension expires."

Earnest efforts by BICOL STANDARD to get the side of Robles have proven futile, as she could not be reached at press time.

Meantime, Patricia Lim Guran has taken oath as acting mayor  before Punong Barangay Salve Valeriano of Zone 4, Bulan, Sorsogon, while number one councilor Ronnie Gigantone was sworn in as acting vice mayor.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NEDA OKs Php3.5-B Naga Airport project

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board has approved Friday the P3.5-billion runway re-orientation project of Naga City Airport in Pili, Camarines Sur to address capacity expansion, approach, air safety and navigation issues.

Naga Airport
Photo by kurz andreas PH
Naga Airport is currently using a single directional approach with only one way for take-off and landing due to terrain issues (Mt. Isarog obstruction) at the other end of the approach. The runway reorientation is to enable dual-approach landing and takeoff with new international standard airside and landside facilities to meet the airport category rating and for it to address growing tourism demand.

The existing runway configuration (04-22) North-Northeast will be re-oriented 90 degrees clockwise to South-Southeast orientation to be constructed in San Jose Pili, Camarines Sur.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is expected to build the two-kilometer (2km) runway to accommodate Airbus narrow bodied planes. Construction is slated to start in 2017 after detailed engineering design is done. It will be funded under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) to be introduce in 2016.

The airport project is slated for completion in 2019.

Meanwhile, P20 billion has also been earmarked by DOTC for airport expansion and modernization projects for Laoag International Airport, completion of Bicol International Airport and Tacloban International Airport, Siargao Airport expansion, Caticlan International Airport, Kalibo International Airport, Busuanga Airport and the San Vicente Airport. 
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Fetus found inside McDonald's Naga

NAGA CITY—A human fetus was discovered by a member of the service crew at the comfort room of fast food branch McDonald’s along Elias Angeles St. corner Arana St. at around 9:25 last night.

McDonald's Elias Angeles
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

The fetus, which was wrapped in a white plastic bag, was estimated to be eight months old.

Beside it were large-sized underwear and short pants, both soaked in blood.

The identity of the mother has not been established.

This morning, the management of said McDonald's branch told the police that while they have a CCTV camera, the same was not operational.

An investigation is still ongoing as of the time of this writing.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Public warned against using unregistered eye drops for sore eyes

A health watchdog cautioned the public against using eye drops that are not registered with the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

Photo via EcoWaste Coalition
The EcoWaste Coalition sounded the alarm after procuring an unregistered eye drop product costing P100 from a self-styled “eye doctor” who does his business at the sidewalk of Rizal Avenue in Santa Cruz, Manila.

The product “Herbal Eye Drop Wild Sampaguita Extract,” which comes in small plastic bottle with blue cap and label,” supposedly cleanses and removes bacteria from the eyes.  

“With cases of sore eyes on the rise and with the supply of eye drops reportedly getting scarce, some sufferers may be tempted to use this product whose quality and safety is dubious,” said Thony Dizon, Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect.

“Given the proliferation of unregistered health products in the market, it’s important for consumers to know how to spot the untrustworthy eye drops,” he said.

Citing the “Herbal Eye Drop Wild Sampaguita Extract” as an example, Dizon cited the following as red flags that vigilant consumers should know about:  no manufacturer and/or importer information, no ingredients’ list, no instruction on usage and no precautionary statement.

Dizon pointed out that while the label indicated “BFAD No. FR 40738,” the product as per FDA website is not registered.

He added that although the label specified March 2016 as the expiration date, no information was provided on the product’s date of manufacturing and lot number.

The FDA had previously advised consumers “that the use of unregistered eye drops present safety risks and adverse health consequences.”

“The use of unregistered eye drops may result in inflammation, irritation, infection of the eye or loss of vision,” the FDA warned.

This year, the FDA issued several advisories banning the sale and use of the following unregistered eye drops mostly imported from India:

1.  Carboxymethyl Cellulose Sodium + Glycerin (Tearbright Plus) 10 mL Eye Drops

2.  CMD Eye Drop 15 ml.

3.  Gatifloxacin + Prednisolone Acetate (Gatsun-P) 5 mL Eye Drops

4.  Latanoprost Ophthalmic Solution (Latanobright) Eye Drops 2.5 mL

5.  Moxifloxacin Hydrochloride (Moxibright) 5 mL Eye Drops

6. Moxifloxacin Hydrochloride + Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate (Moxibright DM) 5 mL Eye Drops

7.  Moxifloxacin Hydrochloride (Occumox) 5 mL Eye Drops

8. Naphazoline Hydrochloride + Zinc Sulphate + Chlorpheniramine Maleate (Naphabright) Eye Drops 10 mL

9.   Olopatadine Hydrochloride (Patabright) Eye Drops 5 mL

10. Potassium Iodide + Calcium Chloride (Catabright Plus) Eye Drops 5 mL

“The abovementioned drug products pose potential danger or injury to the consuming public and the importation, selling or offering for sale of such is in direct violation of Republic Act No. 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009,” the advisories stated.

The EcoWaste Coalition on Saturday went drug store-hopping in Rizal Avenue near Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital in search of the above unregistered eye drops, and was relieved not to find them being sold in the area. (via EcoWaste Coalition)
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