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.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

No. 2 most wanted sa Goa, dakop

GOA, CSur—Pagkatapos nin halawig na paghinirib kan mga lugar na pigtatagoan ni Michael Pena y Padillo, an pigcoconsiderar na ika 2ng pinaka “wanted” na persona sa banwaan na ini, nadakop man guiraray siya kan mga awtoridad.

Sabi sa ipinadarang report sa Provincial Police Office (PPO), sa Naga City, kan GOA MPS, nadakop si Pena sa Sitio Laog, Barangay Buyo digdi.

An suspechado may inaatubang na casong Illegal possession of Firearms and ammunition, na may
Criminal Case No. T-4023 asin may recomendadong fianzang kantidad P200,000.00.

Afuera kan nasambit na asunto, igwa pa siyang kasong pag balga kan Comelec resolution No. 9561-A, na may relasyon sa Omnibus Election Code, na pig amendaran kan RA 97-35.

An sinambit na caso igwa nin separadong recomendadong fianzang P60,000.00.

Base sa record kan mga awtoridad si Pena dadarahon sa sala ni Judge Noel D. Paulite, an Presiding Judge kan Branch 30 kan Regional Trial Court sa San Jose, Camarines Sur.

An mga nagdakop ki Pena iyo an pinagsararong elementos kan GOA MPS na pinamayohan ni PO3 Kim Apelledo, mga miembros kan Ocampo MPS, na pinamayohan ni PO3 Jay Papin asin kan Camarines Sur Criminal and Detection Team.

Sinda iyo an nagimplementar kan Warrant of Arrest kan RTC. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

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Mga salisi sa kotse, orog pang nagdadakol

NAGA CITY—Haros mayong nang patod an mga incidente nin panghahabon sa laog nin mga awto na nababayaan na nakaparada sa man laenlaen na barangay kan ciudad na ini.

Sa sumada kan report hale sa blotter kan police, pambihira sana an aldaw na mayo nin report dapit sa awto na pinasa an salming kan bintana kan mga nakaparadang awto, dangan enterong hinahabon an laog kan vehiculo.

An pinakabagong incidente iyo si nangyari ki Rina Reyes-Pio, sarong 50 na anyos na babae na nagparada kan saindang awto sa atubangan kan Twist Laundry Shol, sa No. 77, sa Barangay Concepcion, digdi.

Sabi sa sumbong kan victima, ipinarada niya si saiyang Toyota Innova na may plate No. WOI-562 sa
guilid kan tinampo para i-discarga si mga gamit.

Alagad, nawalat niya sa laog kan awto si saiyang ina na si Virginia PmasPio, 79 anyos an edad.

Kan magbalik na siya sa vehiculo nawawara na si saiyang handbag na may trademark na BNY, na may laog nin mga importanteng mga gamit.

Kabale sa mga nawara iyo an Credit Card sa banko, cheke na kantidad P13,000, ATM card, ATM Card na nasa pangaran ni Virginia Pio, bank book sa BDO, Metro Bank asin BPI, pitaka na may laog na
$200, cash na P7,000, man laen-laen na ID, Driver’s License, SSS ID, sarong cellphone na TD Iphone
4, saro pang cellphone na Nokia, asin iba pang mga importanteng documento.

Sabi kan victima tuyong binayaan niya si saiyang awto na dae nakasarado an pinto huli ta si saiya nganing ina yaon sa laog kaini.

Alagad, dae nagmangno an nasa laog kan vehiculo kan limason kan parahabas an gabos na pwedeng mapakinabangan, sa laog sana nin nagkapirang minutos.

Hasta sa pigsusurat an baretang ini, mayo pa nin giya an police kun pano ninda madadakop an mga responsable sa mga incidente nin “bukas kotse” digdi sa ciudad na ini. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

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Pigsubling motorsiklo, idinulag na kan suspechado

STA. ELENA, CNorte— Casong Carnapping an pwedeng atubangon ni Pedro Enverga,taga Ciudad
nin Naga huli kan sahot kan victimang si Roland Balmes y Pagao na idinulag niya an Mitsukoshi Daan Hari motorcycle, na sinubli sana saiya, alagad dae na inuli.

Hastang kasoodma, hinahalat pa ni Balmes si Enverga na magtunga sa saindang harong para ibalik an sinambit na vehiculo na registrado sa kagsadire kaining si Griven L. Macina, na taga Purok 10, Poblacion, digdi.

Nagluluwas sa sumbong ni Balmes na maray si pakiolay saiya ni Enverga na pasublion ngona siya kan motorsiklo, kaya nagtugot ini.

Mientrastanto, sagkod sa oras na sinusurat an baretang ini, sabi kan complainant mayo pa lamang sinda nin noticia, kun saen na dinara an pigsubli saiya.

Katuwang na an mga awtoridad ngonian, dae pa nahahanap an kinakamugtakan kan suspechado, na dara an motorsiklo.

Sabi kan nagrereclamo, an motorsiklo igwa nin Engine No 161 F MJA 1289637 asin Chassis No. LF3PCK509AB-10608, na nakarehistro sa pangaran ni Griven L. Macinas na taga Purok 10, Poblacion, Sta Elena, Camarines Norte. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
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Dayuhan, binansukan saksak, gadan

PANDAN, Catanduanes— Dae na nakasalvar an buhay ni Renz Timothy Luistro, an 19 anos na taga Sucat, Paranaque, Metro Manila na temporaryong nag-eerok sa Barangay Cabo, sa banwaan na ini huli sa mga tama nin saksak sa saiyang lawas.

Segun sa report kan mga imbestigador, si Luistro nagadan sa atubangan kan residencia ni Susana Bien, sa kapareyong barangay.

Nagluluwas sa pagsiyasat na an victima asin an saiyang kasaroan na si Rima Galicia y Buban, maogmang nag iirinoman na kaibahan an saindang mga amigo.

Bako pang malinaw kun tano ta bigla na sanang binansukan nin kutsilyo an victima kan sarong lalaki na nabisto sa pangaran na Romeo Saldivar, 60 anyos, soltero, na residente man kan kapareyong barangay.

An suspechado marikas na nagdulag pagkatapos kan incidente.

Sabi kan mga awtoridad an ikinagadan kan victima iyo si tama kan matarom na kutsilyo sa saiyang daghan.

Pigprobaran pa man kuta kan saiyang mga pagiriba na idalagan sa Pandan District Hospital tanganing malapatan nin bulong.

Alagad, mayo na siya nin buhay, kan makaabot sa pabulongan, sabi kan nagasikasong doctor.

Pighahanda na an casong isasangat contra sa suspechado. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

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P3 milyon na kantidad nin shabu nadakop sa Naga City

NAGA CITY—Nahulog na sa kamot kan mga awtoridad an saro sa pigtutubodan na dakulang persona imbuelto sa pagtinda nin methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) digdi.

An pinagsararong operasyon kan Philipine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) asin Philippine National Police an nagsakyada sa Sitio Sagrada Familia, Barangay Penafrancia, sa ciudad na ini.

An principal na suspechado iyo si Ryan Santos, 33 anyos an edad.Sabi kan mga awtoridad haloy nang maray ninda ining pigbabantayan, alagad kasubangui sana sinda nagkaigwa nin tiempo na i-serve an
search warrant na firmado ni Judge Valentin Pura, sa RTC branch digdi.

Segun sa pahayag kan PDEA naabotan ninda si Santos sa saindang residencia asin sa saindang harong asin nakua an dae makulang sa sarong kilong shabu.

Carculado kan mga ahentes kan PDEA asin kan PNP na an valor kan pig babawal na bulong poon sa P2 miyon sagkod sa P3 milyon.

Afuera ki Santos dakul pang ibang mga imbuelto sa transaksyon na ini an sarabay nagooperar sa ciudad.

Sa presente an suspechado yaon sa laog kan carcel kan NCPO, asin mayong fianza an sinambit na caso.

An aatubangon nindang kaso iyo an pagbalga kan RA 9165, o an inaapod na Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

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PEÑAFRANCIA FIESTA 2015 | Military Parade photos

Peñafrancia Fiesta 2015 Military Parade
Photos by Oscar Esmenda

























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DOST’s anti-malnutrition foods reach Bicol kids

by Danny O. Calleja

Local government units (LGUs) and child welfare agencies, both public and private, in Bicol can now avail of the technology on complementary foods for use in feeding programs for malnourished children.

Developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through its Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), the technology recently introduced to Bicolanos involves a package of nutrition interventions aimed at reducing incidences of malnutrition among kids.

The agency came up with this development dubbed Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children (PINOY C) as it endeavors to reduce the prevalence of underweight among six to 35 months old children by feeding them nutritious complementary food blends for a span of 120 days, Tomas Briñas, the DOST regional director for Bicol, said here on Tuesday.

The food blends, he said, are ready to cook rice-mongo sesame and rice-mongo instant baby food that are both mixture of locally available rice and mongo that make them rich in protein and energy needed
by children ages six months to three years of age.

The rice-mongo baby food blend is an instant food preparation rich in protein and energy processed using the extrusion cooking method to contain 120 kilocalories (kcal) and four grams protein per 30 grams serving.

This formulation, Briñas said, is enough to meet 17 percent of recommended energy and nutrient intake (RENI) for children aged six to 12 months and 29 percent of recommended protein intake for children of the same age.

It contains 140 calories (19 percent RENI) and four grams of protein (19.4 percent RENI) for children aged six to 12 months.

Study shows that mongo or mungbean (Vigna radiata), which is mainly used as human food, is one of the cheapest sources of plant protein which contains at least 27-percent protein and a good source of
minerals such as calcium and sodium.

Dried mongo bean seeds are high in vitamins A and B while the sprouted ones are rich in vitamins B and C while rice, on the other hand, is the staple food serving the predominant dietary energy source for Filipinos.
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Bicol rice production up despite dry spell


by Emily B. Bordado

Despite the below normal rainfall in the region since July, Bicol is expected to have an increase in rice production and harvest for the period between July to December 2015.

This is based on the crop estimates and forecast by the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Some 202,923 metric tons of palay wil be produced or harvested this year, said office estimated, a figure which is higher over last year’s output of 180,296 metric tons in the same period, or a 12.55% increase.

Rice production increase in Bicol is attributed to the aggressive campaign and implementation of the High Yielding Technology Adoption (HYTA) Program of the Department of Agriculture. This program encouraged the planting of highyielding, early-maturing, disease resistant, and stress-resilient varieties of crops.

The total incremental production for 2015 resulting from the use of hybrid and certified seeds under the HYTA program in the dry and wet cropping seasons of 2015 reaches 25,081.80 MT.

Other timely interventions from DA such as water pumps, farm machinery and equipment, post-harvest technical assistance and crop insurance have also contributed to ensuring rice sufficiency in the region.

DA-Bicol Regional Director Abelardo R. Bragas said the office has already prepared a contingency plan for El Niño. Said plan involves the optimization of production in non-threatened areas, minimizing
losses in threatened areas, converting to other crops, and preparing for rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, intervention to mitigate the effects of El Niño includes water management, production support, distribution of drought tolerant varieties, insurance subsidy to vulnerable areas and seed production of drought-tolerant varieties.

Trainings, briefings, assessments and workshops with stakeholders, program implementors and LGUs, along with periodic monitoring will be regularly conducted.
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Story of devotion

by Eve Burrows
Michigan, USA

I pine for the Penafrancia Festival living from so far away. September evokes stirrings and sounds of the festivities that make the bustling Naga City come to life to the highest degree.

The most cherished memory I have of it happened years and years ago. I came home to my family in time for the celebration. My joy was boundless seeing all the familiar faces of loved ones. None could compare to the joy I felt looking at my parents’ familiar, gentle albeit aged faces, after so many years. Our first emotional embrace was just short of magical. I did not want to let go. I closed my eyes and soaked up everything that I missed about Ma and Pa. That embrace wiped away our decade long absence from one another’s life. They were beyond happy. As was I for making them gloriously so.

We kicked up the celebration to high gear that year. Ma made sure that my favorite dishes were on the table. My father and I prepared our favorite “ginatan na tangoy.” And I could hear Ma cautioning me not to stay too close to the heat. “You are bound to get your migraine again.” It is true, mothers never
forget no matter how old you are. They remember every little nuances in your life. How could I forget the familial chats and banters I had with all my siblings as my parents gathered around the kitchen getting ready for the big day? It felt like the old times. My parents had the biggest hearts. Our humble
home had always been open to anybody, festivities or not, for as long as I can remember.

That day, they entertained relatives and friends with abandoned joy. Why? A long-absent child was home! Little did I know that was to be the last time I would see my mother alive. It is an indescribable pain, losing your parents. Both Ma and Pa are now gone. But I would always cherish that last fiesta I
had with them. I keep a picture of us that day in my wallet that goes with me wherever I go. Most of all, in my heart, forever.

Happy Fiesta to everyone!
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The role of the Bicolano youth in the Marian devotion

by Margret Villa-Real Basmayor

The devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia is the most widespread Marian devotion. Celebrated annually in the month of September during the Peñafrancia festival in Naga City, it is also one of the most popular religious festivals in the Philippines.

The devotion to “Ina,” which is one of the oldest Marian devotions in the Philippines, first came to Naga City in the 18th century through Miguel Robles de Covarrubias. However, even if it has been around for such a long time, the devotion has not faded through the ages. Until today, it is as strong as ever, and is kept that way by Ina’s devotees.

Through time, the devotion to Ina has become a tradition in the Bicolano culture. Bicolanos pray daily for blessings, guidance, and protection through the intercession of Ina. Every Bicolano, including the youth, observe this tradition. In fact, the youth play an important role in the devotion.

The youth comprise a huge fraction of the number of people who participate in the events during the Peñafrancia festival. Young people actively participate in the Traslacion, parades, processions, and other events. They serve as inspirations and motivations to their peers and elders, because they possess a strong faith even if they are young. Many young people also form religious groups, actively participate in the youth ministry of their parishes, serve as lectors or choir members, and organize and participate in religious youth events and conferences, as a way of showing their love for Ina.

One of the youth events which centers on the devotion for Ina is the Marian Youth Congress (MYC), which is an event held in Naga City during the Peñafrancia festival. Thousands of young devotees
flock from all over Bicol to participate in this annual event. The MYC is an overnight event filled
with music, dancing, and interactive activities for the youth, which is aimed to strengthen bonds between Marian devotees, and at the same time, their devotion to Ina.

This year, the MYC was held in the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum last September 12-13 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. Activities included talks, a mass, film viewing, dancing with animators, and a concert, where several bands played religious music.

Truly, age cannot be considered a hindrance in spreading the devotion. Through the creativity of the youth combined with the strength of their faith, the devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia has become
not only a religious custom, but also a colorful tradition that shows the culture of the Bicolano people. Through the efforts of the youth and their consistency in spreading the devotion, surely, it will go on for years to come.
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Margret is a first year BSIT student at Ateneo de Naga University.
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Heroes for Better: All-embracing mother Nilda Cochrane

Nilda Cochrane
Photo via Heroes for Better
Sorsogon native Nilda Cochrane is among Western Union’s Heroes for Better.

Heroes for Better is a campaign that aims to celebrate and recognize the efforts of Filipinos around the world who, in their own little way, have given their time, money, skill or expertise to make a positive change. It also aims to showcase them as role models to inspire others to likewise take positive action to help create a better world. This is an advocacy about ordinary Filipinos who were able to achieve extraordinary things through their small acts of giving and heroism.

Nilda’s is a refreshing story of a migrant Filipino worker returning to her homeland with more than
just stories of success.

More than three decades ago, Nilda Cochrane gave up her job as a computer programmer in her home
town of Sorsogon, to pursue her destiny in New Zealand. It was here that she got married to a New Zealander, who after 9 years, passed away. It took several years before Nilda finally got to meet John Cochrane, her second husband. His active involvement in ethnic councils, mission work and orphanages awakened in Nilda the desire to make a difference in other people’s lives. In the face of the comfortable life they led, she knew she could do more.

Upon returning home to visit Sorsogon, the couple saw the perfect chance to share their blessings, particularly to homeless children in the community. As luck would have it, the timely offer of Nilda’s mom to use a parcel of land that belonged to the family showed them God’s hand in the plan. In 2007, preparations were made to establish their very own orphanage in the Philippines. Picking up lessons from similar missions they’ve had in Thailand and Vanuatu, Nilda and John hooked up with friends to organize the Oasis Christian Children’s Home in Sorsogon. Since 2009, the initial batch of
6 children has now grown into a household of 24 empowered kids, many of them are doing well in school.

What makes the couple truly empowered is the positive change they have seen both among the orphaned children, and the people who have been assigned to care for them. The kids are reared to study well and do their duties in the orphanage. The adult volunteers and paid staff, on the other hand, realize the fulfillment in caring for kids who seriously pursue their dreams. When visitors and distant relatives of the children visit them and express amazement at their transformation, Nilda and
John believe they have done the right thing.

For Nilda, the orphanage is a first big step in paying it forward to the land of her birth. Along with
other charitable activities like fund drives in Tacloban, she fully supports the work of John in evangelizing communities and empowering them to become active educated citizens when they grow up. Indeed, the oasis she has searched for, has become the home she now fosters.

Nilda is just one of the millions of Filipino migrants around the world. Each one of them is a hero, striving to make life better for their families, their communities, their country.

To show your support for Nilda in Heroes for Better, visit http://www.wuheroesforbetter.org/vote-nilda-cochrane/.
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Runner’s High

by Melissa Luna Celestial

Yes, I’m a running newbie. I have been working for the same company for more than a decade writing letters, reports and what-have-yous, and I mostly sit in my chair all day. I’ve reached that point when I desperately needed to find a way revive passion in what I do. I needed a hobby, one which will hopefully give me time to clear the mental block that had seemed to comfortably settle in me. Plus, after two kids and the noticeably greater effort to I exert to fit into my favourite jeans, I
decided that a little bit of physical activity will help balance me out.

I discovered running three months ago while on a work-related trip. I woke up very early one morning and thought I’d go for a walk on the beach. So I donned my sneakers and started walking on the beach. After about 5 minutes, I felt I needed to up my scale so I started jogging, then running. Three minutes later I felt sore and out of breath, but invigorated and excited to face another work day. It was the most wonderful feeling. It was love at first run.

From then on I run 3-4 times a week. First ten, then twenty, then thirty minutes, pretty slow and full of walking breaks at first. It wasn’t easy, but I successfully dealt with side stitch and breathlessness, and the dogs that sometimes run after me to (probably) bite. But for someone who hasn’t run ever
in her life, I felt fairly proud about myself. Not just because I’ve finally taken the road to fitness and better health, but more so, because running has given me that liberating feeling, that precious “me time” I had craved for a long time. It definitely helps clear my mind of unnecessary worries.

I’m 37 and compared to other younger runners, I’m slow, but I could at least feel great that I’m in good shape to run at least four days a week, 30 minutes each run. On weekends I could run for about an hour and not feel sore anymore.

As a non-athlete, I know I’ll never be fast enough so it’s never my goal to win a marathon. But I recently joined a fun run with some friends and we had a great laugh while moving at our own leisurely pace through the 5k goal. I’ll never forget that heady sense of accomplishment, knowing that a few months ago I would have fainted after about a quarter of a kilometre. Yes, really.

So I’ll just stick to my modest goal: NOT TO QUIT running. I go out each time to run, to a better, fitter me.

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Superstition and Popular Devotion: When do expressions of devotion to Ina become superstitious?

by Fr. Joey Gonzaga
Dean, Holy Rosary Major Seminary, Naga City

Superstition occurs “when one attributes an importance in some way in some way magical to certain practices otherwise lawful or necessary. To attribute the efficacy of prayers or of sacramental signs to their mere external performance, apart from the interior dispositions as they demand, is to fall into superstition.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2111)

Traslacion 2015 Photo by Fr. Nunilon Bancaso
A perfect attendance at the novena in honor of the Divino Rostro or Our Lady of Penafrancia believing that it will absolutely guarantee a certain outcome is a form of superstition. A novena cannot substitute for faithful commitment as well as right decisions and actions. Participation in the novena cannot replace the reception of the Sacrament of Penance and Holy Communion.

Attributing magical power to the flowers adorning the image of the Divino Rostro or the image of Our Lady of Penafrancia is a form of superstition. The flowers or any object touched to the image neither have magical nor divine powers. God is not a God of magic but a God that desires the purity of our soul and the humility of our heart. (See Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 2608-2613)

The power of the novena prayers to the Divino Rostro or to Ina does not come from mere attendance at the Church or its mere recitation of the prayers but coupled with firm and living faith are the right disposition and intention of the person, begging for divine graces. Saint Augustine teaches us that “God wills that our desire should be exercised in prayer, that we may be able to receive what he is prepared to g iv e .”

Material signs like flowers, handkerchiefs or anything touched to the images of Ina or Divino Rostro including the manto of Ina do not have divine powers by themselves. In and by themselves, they do not cure or heal. Only God heals. Only God can cure us. The images of Ina and the Divino Rostro are only channels of God’s graces.

On the internet we find this message: “By the end of this month, God will increase your financial resources. Share to bless others. If you believe. Type Amen.” In this and other similar cases, one manipulates God to do his or her will instead of relying on and submitting to God’s will, which may involve delaying or not granting our petitions. Moreover, it is not enough that we rely only on God but also on ourselves and help of others. Saint Augustine reminds us that we must pray as though everything depends on God and work as though everything depends on us. Origen expresses the inseparable connection between prayer and action in this way: “He ‘prays without ceasing’ who unites prayer to works and good works to prayer. Only in this way can we consider as realizable the principle of praying without ceasing.” (See CCC, 2745)

How do we know that God really listens to our prayers? God’s first response to our petition is the transformation of the heart. (See CCC, no. 2739) If there is no transformation of the heart, we are not yet praying.

When do forms of popular piety become true expressions of faith in God?

Shouting, waving handkerchief, lighting a candle, touching the image, immersing into the Bicol river, walking barefoot during Traslacion, and many others forms of devotion to Ina, should not be readily judged as irreligious or superstitious, for they can become true expressions of faith in and thirst for God. On the part of the priests, the shepherd of souls, particularly the bishop, the Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say: “Pastoral discernment is needed to sustain and support popular piety and, if necessary, to purify and correct the religious sense which underlies these devotions so that the faithful may advance in knowledge of the mystery of Christ. Their exercise is subject to the care and judgment of the bishops and to the general norms of the Church.” (CCC, no. 1676)

If prudently and wisely directed by the ministers of the Church, these expressions of popular devotion or piety “can arouse in men capacity for self-dedication and for the exercise of heroism when there is a question of professing the faith. It gives men a keen sense of sensitivity by virtue of which they can appreciate the ineffable attributes of God: his fatherly compassion, his providence, his benevolence and loving presence. It can develop in the inmost depths of man habits of virtue rarely to be found otherwise in the same degree, such as patience, acceptance of the cross in daily life, detachment, openness to other men and a spirit of ready service.” (Evangelii Nuntiandi, no. 48)

Viva la Virgen! Viva el Divino Rostro!
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Uh, How Much Did You Say You’re Worth?!

by Lang Chamorro
Westchester County,
NY, USA

Does the country even understand why it’s important to report the net worth of their elected leaders? I find it strange that while these mindboggling numbers are being published no one seems to THINK about the significance of those numbers. Just how can an individual relying on a government salary end up a multi-millionaire?!

 Mr. Salceda, for example, reported a net worth of 51 million. Seriously? How’d that happen? What was he worth when he first sat at his desk? I think that’s a reasonable question.

This is what I do not understand about the Philippines... people are like zombies. Or sleep walkers. We have a very apathetic society, a culture where anything goes, and everything is forgiven. Nothing and no one is outrageous enough for Filipinos. Not the little guy who is accused of enriching not just himself but everyone in his family and sitting every single family member in public office, save the dog and the cat. Not the ex-president who was tried and convicted of plunder and still managed to win an election and ‘serve’. Not a family who was shooed out of the country in the ‘80s for plunder only to come back and get elected again to positions of trust. Trust. Does this word even mean anything in the Philippines?

Apathy, lack of education and participation, exclusion. No wonder the country has gone to the dogs. Poverty is to the roof, ignorance is a way of life and elections are a circus show for the world. It is terrible. For a Filipino-American like me, it is aggravating and embarrassing. The world must think we are all dumb folks who get robbed blind and still thank the robber for a job well done.

Thank goodness for Pacquiao. A self-made man who earned everything that he has. A real hero. He put the country on the world map-- and brought pride and dignity back to the nation. Before him, Marcos put us on the map of shame. Estrada put us on comedy central. And Binay and his family? You tell me.

I think the corruption problem in the Philippines is a people problem. And in that manner, it is complex as it is serious. There is a need to get down to the basics if you are to address it. The country is in a collective decline, and it isn’t enough to just mete out punishment to those who do wrong. We need to build values in the fabric of our society, in our consciousness, in our families. We need to cultivate unity and collective purpose. We need to take pride in the things that we do, and take accountability for our actions. We need to show responsibility towards our nation, and develop self-respect. Heck, we need to actually LOVE the Philippines, not just ourselves.

People often say there’s no solution to the corruption situation in the Philippines. Oh I think there is. And it starts with you.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Lumad rights are human rights

We are disgusted by the unnecessary deaths of Syrain refugees, as we should. But something equaly atrocious is happening closer to home.

Last Sept.1, Bagani paramilitary forces executed Lumad tribal leader Dionel Campos and alternative school executive director Emerito Samarca in front of their families and their community. Their crime, speaking up for the Lumads and demanding for basic human rights, their right to live in their own lands, to have an education, the right to live.

This doesn’t just happen to community leaders. Scores of Lumad youth have been shot, tortured and raped for being suspected supporters for the National People’s Army. Lumad families are regularly threated with violence and forced to leave their homes.

It’s easy to point fingers at the military, the NPA or the government as the perpetrators. We have eye witnesses and evidence for that. But the true source of the problem is something that all Filipinos suffer, the culture of impunity.
Somewhere along the line, we have become a society that accepts that justice is only for the few, that only those who are rich enough or powerful enough can have it.

We are a society that accepts that it’s the right of the powerful to silence those who oppose them.

We are a society that have chosen to be silent in fear that we will be next or in frustration because we believe that nothing will change.

We are a society that have embodied the statement “the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.”

We’re all suffering from injustice everyday. It’s hard to ask for justice for a group of people if we’re having a hard time finding justice for ourselves.

But it’s only when we choose to suffer in silence that we allow impunity to win. If we choose to speak up the truth and use our truth to fight for what’s right, we bring ourselves closer to ending impunity and bringing justice for all. Whether it’s gender rights, human trafficking, or the Lumad, let’s bring the truth to light so we’d have no choice but to acknowledge it. Let’s bring the truth to light to inspire dreamers, thinkers and change makers to take action and make a change.

Let’s fight against all forms of the impunity, but as a nation let’s all unite to speak up for the Lumads. The Lumads are more than just relics of the past. They ARE our ancestors. They are the first Filipinos. Everything we experience and celebrate as “Pinoy Pride” stems from their culture, their lands, their generosity and their existence. The issues between the Lumad people and the government is complicated and far reaching. But regardless of politics, we need to recognize the fact that Lumad lives matter and they are entitled to the same human rights that every Filipino experiences.

We demand human rights for the Lumad. Stop the senseless killings and human rights atrocities against the Lumad and their advocates. We demand justice for the Lumad, who don’t have a voice, who are slowly being destroyed, our ancestors, because we, as Filipinos, believe that Lumad lives matter.

Let’s Fight for #LumadRights, Fight for #HumanRights.

DAKILA Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism is a group of artists, students and individuals committed to advocatingsocial consciousness formation among both their industry peers and their immediate audiences.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015 Results and Photos

MAJORETTES EXHIBITION
1st (92.20%) - Sta. Monica Academy, Baao, C.S.
2nd (91.22%) - Colegio Del Santisimo Rosario, Libmanan CS
3rd (91.17%) - Lyceo de Pasacao, Pasacao, CS
4th (90.11%) - Siena College, Tigaon, CS
5th (90.10%) - University of Nueva Caceres, Naga City
Best Majorette Leader - (8.25%) - La Purisima National High School, Tigaon, CS

DBC/DLC LYRE CORPS EXHIBITION
1st (92.39%) - Cam. Norte State College Laboratory High School, Daet, Cam. Norte
2nd (90.45%) - Sipocot National High School, Sipocot, CS
3rd (87.09%) - Sta. Monica Academy, Baao, CS
4th (86.40%) - University of Nueva Caceres, Naga City
5th (85.17%) - San Rafael National High School, Tigaon, CS
Best DBC/DLC Leader - (9.45%) - Sipocot National High School, Sip. CS

SILENT FANCY DRILL WITH DANCE NUMBER
1st (93.44%) - University of Saint Anthony, Iriga City
2nd (93.39%) - Naga City Science High School, Naga City
3rd (92.47%) - Cam. Norte State Collage Laboratory High School, Daet, Cam. Norte
4th (90.53%) - Sta. Monica Academy, Baao, CS
5th (90.48%) - Dahat National Vocational High School, Lagonoy, CS
Best Dance Number - University of Saint Anthony, Iriga City

BAND MAJORETTES EXHIBITION
1st (95.47%) - University of Saint Anthony, Iriga City
2nd (92.49%) - Cam. Sur Polytechnic College, Nabua, CS
3rd (92.38%) - Mariners Polytechnic College Foundation, Legazpi City
4th (91.36%) - Bicol State College of Applied Sciences & Tech. Naga City
5th (92.32%) - Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, Pili, CS
Best Majorette Leader - (8.49%) - Cam. Sur Polytechnic College, Nabua , CS


BAND EXHIBITION
1st (95.18%) - Mariners Polytechnic College Foundation, Canaman, CS
2nd (91.14%) - Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, Pili, CS
3rd (91.09%) - Mariners Polytechnic College Foundation, Legazoi City
4th (90.14%) - Bicol State College of Applied Sciences & Tech., Naga City
5th (90.06%) - University of Saint Anthony, Iriga City
Best Band Leader - (9.14%) - Mariners Polytechnic College Foundation, Canaman. CS

Report by Jener Villarez, Photos by Oscar Esmenda

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015

Regional Band and Majorette Fancy Drill Competition 2015
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Ex-gov Kho shrugs off fertilizer scam charge

MASBATE CITY—Former Masbate Gov. Antonio “Tony” Kho defended himself over the fertilizer fund scam in which he was indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman last September 9.

Former Masbate Gov. Antonio “Tony” Kho
Over Facebook, Kho said he wanted to “set the records straight” although the case is “still undergoing preliminary investigation.”

“We are confident that the totality of evidence will soon speak for itself in due time and in the proper forum,” his statement read.

“(1) The Ombudsman Resolution itself categorically stated that the P5M fertilizer project in 2004 involving (Gov.) Tony Kho was NOT A GHOST PROJECT as there was actual project implementation here;” it continued.

“In fact, the Ombudsman Resolution itself categorically stated that THERE WAS NO OVERPRICING and that the Government Accounting and Auditing Procedures were observed in the implementation of the project;

The lone issue awaiting resolution is on the propriety of the mode by which the fertilizers were purchased - which was through DIRECT CONTRACTING. Direct contracting is allowed as an alternative mode for procurement under the Government Procurement Act (Republic Act 9184). It is an exception to the general rule on public bidding, inasmuch as in this case, there were no other suppliers for the said fertilizers as shown by the Certification of the Bids and Awards Committee, as later corroborated by the Department of Trade and Industry in a Certification that the existing liquid fertilizer companies did not sell liquid fertilizers in the year 2004 – the year of the project implementation.”

“In sum, it is sufficient for the public to know for now that the Ombudsman Resolution itself found that the subject project have in fact reached the intended farmer-beneficiaries and there was no damage or undue prejudice against the government,” Kho’s statement concluded.

Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales directed the filing of Informations for violations of Sections 3(e) and 3(g) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), and Sections 65.3(1) and 65.2 (d) of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act  No. 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act) against Kho and the other respondents.

Along with the former governor, ordered charged were former Masbate provincial administrator and Bids and Awards Committee chairman Roger Rapsing, Hexaphil president Alex Rivera and Area Agriventures Inc. manager and collector Victoria Ajero, former Butuan City agriculturist Salvador Satorre, city treasurer Adulfo Llagas, assistant city treasurer Arthur Castro, general services officer Rodolfo Evanoso, accountant Bebiano Calo, city budget officer Danilo Furia, supply officer Melita Loida Galbo and Lucio Lapidez, representative of Feshan Philippines Inc., former Rizal provincial agriculturist Danilo Rumbawa; BAC members Romulo Arcilla, Eugene Durusan, Victorina Olea, Eduardo Torres, Danilo Collantes and Virgilio Esguerra; and Mallyne Araos, representative of Feshan Philippines Inc.

‘Unlawful disbursement of funds’

The case stemmed from the unlawful disbursement of funds which formed part of the P728M fertilizer fund allocated for the implementation of the Farm Inputs and Farm Implements Program (FIFIP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in February 2004 under Notice of Cash Allocation No. 222447-I.

On 22 April 2004, the provincial government of Masbate represented by Kho, entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DA-Regional Field Unit V, as one of the beneficiaries of the FIFIP entitling the province to a P5,000,000.00 sub-allotment from the DBM.

Pursuant to the MOA, Kho approved two purchase requests for 7,143.33 bottles of Hexaplus (11-7-1) liquid fertilizers with a cost of P700.08 per bottle, or for a total amount of P5 million, procured through direct contracting in favor of Hexaplus as exclusive distributor.

The purchase order for 2,499 bottles of Hexaplus was issued and paid on 28 April 2004 while the remaining 4,642.33 bottles were paid on 29 December 2004.

Based on the investigation, several irregularities in the procurement were uncovered such as reference to specific brand names; no sufficient justification presented in resorting to direct contracting; and the eligibility requirements of Hexaphil were spurious as it submitted fake or expired business permits and licenses from the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority and the Securities and Exchange Commission.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Ex-vice mayor killed in vehicular accident

PRIETO DIAZ, Sorsogon—Former Prieto Diaz vice mayor and councilor Rene “Cocong” Domasian was killed in a vehicular accident along the national road at Barangay Rizal, this town, Saturday evening.

Rene “Cocong” Domasian
  Police said Domasian, a resident of Barangay Tupaz, this town, was travelling from Bacon District, Sorsogon City to Prieto Diaz Poblacion on a motorcycle, when he was sideswiped by another motorcycle driven by a person who has not yet been identified.

Domasian sustained injuries and was rushed to Prieto Diaz Hospital for treatment, but was declared dead on arrival.

As of the time of this writing, the Prieto Diaz Municipal Police Station is conducting an in-depth investigation to identify and arrest the suspect.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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