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, October 10, 2015

PHOTOS | Alden Richards charms Camarines Sur teachers

"Pambansang Bae" Alden Richards of love team Aldub charmed a crowd of teachers and fans in Libmanan, Camarines Sur on Teachers’ Day.

To attend the special event, the phenomenal heartthrob had to miss an episode of his wildly popular noontime kalyeserye on Eat Bulaga.

Also with Alden were actresses Kris Bernal and Marissa Sanchez.

The event was organized by Camarines Sur 1st District Rep. Rolando "Nonoy" Andaya, Mayor Arnie Fuentebella, and Atty. Peachy Alfelor-Moraleda to pay tribute to teachers.


Alden Richards in Camarines Sur | Photo by Jener Villarez / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Alden Richards in Camarines Sur | Photo by Jener Villarez / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Alden Richards in Camarines Sur | Photo by Jener Villarez / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Alden Richards in Camarines Sur | Photo by Jener Villarez / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Alden Richards in Camarines Sur | Photo by Jener Villarez / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Alden Richards in Camarines Sur | Photo by Jener Villarez / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Alden Richards in Camarines Sur | Photo by Jener Villarez / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Alden Richards in Camarines Sur | Photo by Jener Villarez / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Alden Richards in Camarines Sur | Photo by Jener Villarez / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Alden Richards in Camarines Sur | Photo by Jener Villarez / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Alden Richards in Camarines Sur | Photo by Jener Villarez / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Alden Richards in Camarines Sur | Photo by Jener Villarez / BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Friday, October 9, 2015

3ng detinido nagpuga sa Tabaco City Jail

TABACO CITY—Naglansar tulos nin manhunt operation an Tabaco City Police Station kan madiskubre kasubagong aga na tulong preso an nagpuga hale sa detention facility digdi.

Binisto an mga detenido na sinda Virgilio Bonaobra, 30, kan San Roque, Tabaco City;  Randel Ryan Carbonel, 38, kan Mariroc, Tabaco City; asin Mark Anthony Yacat, 23, of Virac, Catanduanes.

An tulo anas nag-aatubang sa pagbalga sa Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Segun ki Senior Supt. Marlo Meneses, Provincial Police Director kan Albay, posibleng naggamit nin lagadi an mga preso para putulon an mga rehas kan carcel kasubagong amay na pagkaaga.
—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Power Mac Center inspires tech-savvy Bicol youth

​Power Mac Center, the premier Apple partner in the Philippines, was invited to be the main presenter in the 2nd Bicol Youth Technology Expo (BYTE) held recently at the Pili Capitol Convention Center in Camarines Sur. The expo was organized by the Information and Communication Technology Center (ICTC) of the Ateneo de Naga University.



Power Mac Center partnered with ICTC to bring the technology of Apple Education Ecosystem to the Bicol academe in its efforts to share with and empower the teachers, students, and enthusiasts with the latest digital literacy skills through the use of Apple products.

Representatives from Power Mac Center’s Education Business Group acquainted the 750 people in attendance with the workings of iTunes University, iBooks Author, iCloud, and iOS App Development, as well as the production of digital creative content. Teachers also learned how they can access an extensive selection of references from educators worldwide to make students excited about learning. Since the dawn of the digital age, it has become increasingly important for teachers to keep pace with their students in terms of technology to grab and retain their attention.

“We’re very thankful to ICTC for inviting Power Mac Center to give these seminars,” Joey Alvarez, Power Mac Center’s Marketing Director said. “You see, Apple products are more than just gadgets -- they are tools that fuel creativity and provide endless possibilities for everyone, especially the youth. And it has always been our mission to support the academe in cultivating a love for learning.”

BYTE is an annual gathering spearheaded by the Information and Communication Technology Center of the Ateneo de Naga University. It gathers high school and college students, teachers, IT professionals, and enthusiasts to demystify emerging technological trends.

For more details about Apple implementation in your institution, email academy@powermaccenter.com.
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Catanduanes celebrates Final Catandungan Fest

NAGA CITY—The island province of Catanduanes marks its final celebration of the Catandungan Festival this month as it refocuses its efforts on a new festival.



Per Provincial Ordinance No. 021-2015, the province nicknamed the “Happy Island” will hold the Abaca Festival starting May 2016.

The new festival will highlight the plant species that has become “one of [the] foundations of provincial development” as it supports the livelihood of many families, the provincial tourism office said.

The abaca, it claims, is also a “symbol of resiliency,” representing the indomitable ability of the Catandunganons to overcome challenges such as typhoons which often batter the island.

Despite these trials, Catanduanes has progressed considerably, with its roads concreted from north to south, an airport and sea port, and even a Doppler station in Bato town.

The province also highlights the achievements of its sons and daughters, many of whom have become topnotchers and leaders in their fields after completing their education in the island.

A wide array of activities is scheduled this year from October 6 to 26 to commemorate the establishment of Catanduanes as an independent province in 1945.

Among these are the Splash 2 Color Fun Run, Catandungan Jobs Fair, Catanduanes Youth Summit, Lakbay Fototurismo  Workshop, Gawang Arkitekto Dugong Catandungeno Photo Exhibit, Puraran Surfing Cup, Binibining Catandungan, Skills Olympics, Alpha Phi Omega 10K Marathon, Island Reggae Party, “Pak-at sa Pungko Pakugon” Camaraderie Climb, 1st Island Shootfest, Mountain Bike Challenge, Sirena vs. Siokoy Basketball Showdown, Procession of Our Lady of La Naval, Civic Military Parade, and Foundation Anniversary Program.

Previously, Catanduanes was part of Ambos Camarines and subsequently, of the province of Albay.
On October 24, 1945, then President Sergio Osmena signed into law a bill authored by Rep. Francisco Perfecto seeking to separate the province from Albay.

The provincial tourism office expects that the festive spirit which often accompanies the Catandungan Festival will continue to be present in the succeeding celebrations of the Abaca Festival.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Reg’l Trade and Travel Fair showcases Bicol products

An annual trade fair at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City showcases the best of Bicol’s handcrafted products, food products, clothing, home decor, ceramics, furniture, jewelry.


The trade fair, which runs from October 8 to 11 is presented by The OK Bikol Association, Inc. in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Region 5 and the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Region 5.

Over 30 entrepreneurs from the region are expected to attend the annual event.

DTI Information Officer Bem Berango said the participants have undergone training to help make their products competitive for the national and foreign markets.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Ombudsman dismisses Masbate Gov. Lanete over PDAF anomaly


Gov. Rizalina "Dayan" Seachon Lanete

The Office of the Ombudsman dismissed former Representative, now Masbate Governor, Rizalina "Dayan" Seachon-Lanete in connection with the anomalous utilization of her Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) from 2007 to 2009 totalling P112.29 million.

Aside from her, also ordered dismissed from the service were Technology Resource Center (TRC) executives, namely: Dennis Cunanan, Marivic Jover, and Consuelo Lilian Espiritu; National Agri-Business Corporation (NABCOR) official Victor Roman Cacal; and National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC) representatives, namely: Gondelina Amata, Chita Jalandoni, Emmanuel Alexis Sevidal, Ofelia Ordoñez, Sofia Cruz, Filipina Rodriguez and Gregoria Buenaventura.

Lanete and co-accused are facing charges for Plunder, and multiple counts of violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act (RA) No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) before the Sandiganbayan.

Lanete’s PDAF from 2007 to 2009 were issued through 11 Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) with the TRC, NLDC and NABCOR as implementing agencies, and released to Napoles-NGOs.

Investigation disclosed that the PDAF was never used for the intended agricultural and livelihood projects as the documents submitted such as disbursement vouchers, progress and accomplishment reports, fund utilization, inspection and delivery reports, and certificates of acceptance were all fabricated.

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Supreme Court sustains Abonal’s proclamation

NAGA CITY— The Supreme Court has dismissed the Petition for Certiorari filed by Romulo O. Hernandez against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Gabriel Ariel F. Abonal, in an En Banc notice issued last September 8.

Cam Sur Board Member Gabriel Ariel F. Abonal
Petitioner Hernandez alleged that the poll body had committed errors of jurisdiction or grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction, when it ordered the issuance of the writ of execution and the proclamation of Abonal as the duly elected member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for the 2nd district of Camarines Sur.

This case stemmed from a petition filed by Abonal, who was then a candidate for Board Member in the 2nd District of Camarines Sur against Hernandez.

In said case, Abonal maintained that Hernandez violated the three-term limit rule, and thus his certificate of candidacy (COC) must be cancelled or denied due course.

The Comelec 2nd Division sustained the view of respondent Hernandez.

Hernandez’ original contention was that he was still qualified to run for the same position because of the re-apportionment of the districts due to the passage of Republic Act 9716.

Abonal, however, did not believe the reasons behind the Comelec 2nd Division’s resolution.

Thus, he filed a motion for reconsideration of the said resolution to the Comelec En Banc, which granted the motion.

The order that was issued by poll body was again questioned by Hernandez, in a Petition for Certiorari to the Supreme Court.

The High Court in its En Banc resolution said that the poll body did not abuse its jurisdiction when it ordered the proclamation of Abonal as the duly elected member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur.

In its ruling dated September 8, 2015, the Supreme Court explained: “To justify the issuance of the writ of certiorari, the abuse of discretion must be grave, as when the power is exercised in an arbitrary or despotic manner by reason of passion or personal hostility, and it must be so patent and gross as to amount to an evasion of a positive duty or to a virtual refusal to perform the duty enjoined, or to act at all, in contemplation of law as to be equivalent to having acted without jurisdiction.”

Furthermore, the SC said that the petitioner has the burden to prove that there is palpable error of jurisdiction on the part of the respondent tribunal whose decision he seeks to set aside. Yet, Hernandez miserably failed to prove the palpable error of jurisdiction on the part of the Comelec En Banc.

Based on the said Supreme Court resolution, Abonal is the duly-elected board member in the 2nd District of Camarines Sur.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Fuentebella-Alfelor tandem fires Cam Sur political salvo

NAGA CITY—Incumbent Tigaon, Camarines Sur mayor Arnulf Bryan “Arnie” Fuentebella is providing a meaningful alternative to the administration of Camarines Sur Gov. Migz Villafuerte.

TOP: (L-R) Atty. Peachy Alfelor-Moraleda and Mayor Arnie Fuentebella. BOTTOM: Leaders from the 1st and 2nd Districts of Camarines Sur, headed by 1st District Rep. Nonoy Andaya in a recent gathering in Manila vow strong support for the Fuentebella-Alfelor tandem.
The young Fuentebella is the son of former Speaker Arnulfo “Noli” Fuentebella and Sagnay Mayor Evelyn Buquid Fuentebella. He is also the brother of Camarines Sur 4th Congressional District Rep. Felix William “Wimpy” Fuentebella.

As mayor of Tigaon, he is known for establishing Tigaon Infirmary as a 24/7 hospital that responds to emergencies and provides curative health care, improving tax collections by more than 300%, increasing Tigaon’s gross income, and setting up a reliable, computerized database of the town’s socio-economic profile. He also oversaw the 100% energization of Tigaon’s barangays, put up an extension campus of Partido State University in Tigaon, and constructed a 44 million-peso grains center in line with the town’s objective of becoming the Partido area’s agri-business sector.

A graduate of University of the Philippines Diliman, Fuentebella said he is determined to slug it out with political newbie Migz Villafuerte to raise the condition of the province from its present sorry state.

Gov. Migz is the son of former Gov. LRay F. Villafuerte and grandson of former Gov. and Rep. Luis R. Villafuerte.

Migz, however, does not enjoy the support of LRV, who is on the side of Fuentebella.

Fuentebella’s running mate, meanwhile is Atty. Remelisa “Peachy” Alfelor-Moraleda, current president of University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) in Iriga City.

She is also Integrated Bar of the Philippines Camarines Sur Chapter President, and daughter of former 5th District Rep. Felix “Nancing” Alfelor, Jr.

Also a graduate of UP Diliman, Alfelor-Moraleda worked to elevate the standards of the legal profession and improve the administration of justice in Camarines Sur.

Alfelor-Moraleda will contend with Vice Gov. Fortunato Pena, who is running for his last term.

The Fuentebella-Alfelor tandem also enjoys the support of Camarines Sur 1st District Rep. and Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) Provincial Chairman Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya, Jr., along with many local leaders.

The official proclamation of the candidates from the 35 towns of Camarines Sur will be held on Saturday, October 10 in this city, Fuentebella’s camp announced.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

DON'T MISS: Supreme Court sustains Camarines Sur Board Member Abonal’s proclamation
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PAMBIHIRA | Siopao na may palaman shabu?

SORSOGON CITY—Siopao na may palaman nin shabu. Ini an pinakabagong paagi na pigprobaran paasiron ni Edgardo Garcia Trinidad para matundugan nin droga an adik na nalalangob sa Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) sa Barangay Balogo digdi.

PAMBIHIRA | Siopao na may palaman shabu?
Hale sa Busina Bicol News Express

Si Trinidad, 45 anyos, may agom, drayber nin tricycle asin residente kan B2 L3 BNCC Compound, Cabid-an, pinugol kan guwardiya kan madiskubre na an saiyang darang apat na siopao may makadudang labot sa irarom.

Inapod kan guwardiya an opisyal sa nasambit na presohan tanganing reparuhon kun tano ta iba man an korte kan mainit-init pang siopao na gustong darahon sa preso.

An enot na deklarasyon ni Trinidad, an dara niya, special siopao, na an boot sabihon may palaman na sugok asin karne.

Pirang beses na pigpaturutigaya an masiram na kakanon sagkod sa malinaw na namansayan na espesyal man nanggad ini.

Binaak an sarong siopao. Biglang nagbulakog an mata kan guwardiya asin kan opisyal kan magluwas na an siopao may palaman, bakong sugok asin asado, kundi shabu na yaon sa plastic sachet.

Binanga si ikaduwa. Binaak si ikatulo, dangan si ikaapat.

Anas may palaman nin shabu.

Tulos nagpahimutik si Trinidad. “Dai ko man aram kun ano an laog kayan, ta an sabi sako, siopao.”

Isinaysay niya na duwang babae an nagsitsit saiya sa sentro kan ciudad tanganing ipadara an supot na may laog nin siopao asin sarong litrong soft drink.

Bilang gratificasyon, tinawan daa siya nin P20 tanganing maihatod sa carcel.

Tinugon siya kan mga babae na dadarahon niya an mirindalan sa sarong persona na an pangaran nakasurat na sa supot kan siopao.

An nakasurat na tataramon: TO: REY LAGATA FR: HONEY

Si Rey Lagata, sarong ditinido na may kasong pagbalga sa Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Nadakop siya sa sarong buy-bust operation.

Sabi niya, dai niya bisto kun siisay an nagpadara saiya, mala ngani halawigon nang panahon na mayong daa siyang dalaw.

An may dara kan siopao, inaresto kan mga autoridad, asin an pigtutubudan na shabu pinadara sa laboratorio nganing ugidon kun ano man nanggad an maputing kemikal na nasa laog kan plastic sachet na palaman sa siopao.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Do whales and dolphins have capacity to sue? | CASE IN POINT by Dean Ed Vincent Albano


A novel case was recently decided by the Supreme Court where a suit was filed by resident marine mammals, like whales, dolphins, etc. in order to prevent the exploration, development and exploitation of petroleum resources within Tanon Strait, a narrow passage of water situated between the islands of Negros and Cebu. One of the basic questions is whether they have the capacity to sue or otherwise known in constitutional law as locus standi.


This case arose when DOE and Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd. (JAPEX) entered into an agreement for the exploration, development and production of petroleum resources at the offshore of Tanon Strait.

The Resident Marine Mammals, through the Stewards, “claimed” that they have the legal standing to file this action since they stand to be benefited or injured by the judgment in this suit. Citing Oposa v. Factoran, Jr., they also asserted their right to sue for the faithful performance of international and municipal environmental laws created in their favor and for their benefit. In this regard, they propounded that they have the right to demand that they be accorded the benefits granted to them in multilateral international instruments that the Philippine Government had signed, under the concept of stipulation pour autrui.

The Stewards contended that there should be no question of their right to represent the Resident Marine Mammals as they have stakes in the case as forerunners of a campaign to build awareness among the affected residents of Tañon Strait and as stewards of the environment since the primary steward, the Government, had failed in its duty to protect the environment pursuant to the public trust doctrine. (See: Oposa case).

They also contended that the Court may lower the benchmark in locus standi as an exercise of epistolary jurisdiction. (See: Oposa case).

Public respondents argued that the Resident Marine Mammals have no standing because Section 1, Rule 3 of the Rules of Court requires parties to an action to be either natural or juridical persons.

They also contested the applicability of Oposa, pointing out that the petitioners therein were all natural persons, albeit some of them were still unborn.

As regards the Stewards, the public respondents likewise challenged their claim of legal standing on the ground that they are representing animals, which cannot be parties to an action. Moreover, the public respondents argued that the Stewards are not the real parties-in-interest for their failure to show how they stand to be benefited or injured by the decision in this case.

Since the petition was not brought in the name of a real party-in-interest, it should be dismissed for failure to state a cause of action.

Ruling in favor of the petitioners, the Supreme Court

Held: Inanimate objects are sometimes parties in litigation. A ship has a legal personality, a fiction found useful for maritime purposes. The corporation sole - a creature of ecclesiastical law - is an acceptable adversary and large fortunes ride on its cases. The ordinary corporation is a “person” for purposes of the adjudicatory processes, whether it represents proprietary, spiritual, aesthetic, or charitable causes.

So it should be as respects valleys, alpine meadows, rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches, ridges, groves of trees, swampland, or even air that feels the destructive pressures of modern technology and modem life. The river, for example, is the living symbol of all the life it sustains or nourishes—fish, aquatic insects, water ouzels, otter, fisher, deer, elk, bear, and all other animals, including man, who are dependent on it or who enjoy it for its sight, its sound, or its life. The river as plaintiff speaks for the ecological unit of life that is part of it. Those people who have a meaningful relation to that body of water—whether it be a fisherman, a canoeist, a zoologist, or a logger—must be able to speak for the values which the river represents and which are threatened with destruction.

The primary reason animal rights advocates and environmentalists seek to give animals and inanimate objects standing is due to the need to comply with the strict requirements in bringing a suit to court. Our own 1997 Rules of Court demand that parties to a suit be either natural or juridical persons, or entities authorized by law. It further necessitates the action to be brought in the name of the real party-in-interest, even if filed by a representative, viz.:

Although this petition was filed in 2007, years before the effectivity of the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases, it has been consistently held that rules of procedure “may be retroactively applied to actions pending and undetermined at the time of their passage and will not violate any right of a person who may feel that he is adversely affected, inasmuch as there is no vested rights in rules of procedure.”

Elucidating on this doctrine, the Court, in Systems Factors Corporation v. National Labor Relations Commission (399 Phil. 721 (2000) held that:

Remedial statutes or statutes relating to remedies or modes of procedure, which do not create new or take away vested rights, but only operate in furtherance of the remedy or confirmation of rights already existing, do not come within the legal conception of a retroactive law, or the general rule against retroactive operation of statutes. Statutes regulating the procedure of the courts will be construed as applicable to actions pending and undetermined at the time of their passage. Procedural laws are retroactive in that sense and to that extent, x x x.

Moreover, even before the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases became effective, the Court had already taken a permissive position on the issue of locus standi in environmental cases. In Oposa, the Court allowed the suit to be brought in the name of generations yet unborn “based on the concept of intergenerational responsibility insofar as the right to a balanced and healthful ecology is concerned.” Furthermore, the right to a balanced and healthful ecology, a right that does not even need to be stated in our Constitution as it is assumed to exist from the inception of humankind, carries with it the correlative duty to refrain from impairing the environment.

In light of the foregoing, the need to give the Resident Marine Mammals legal standing has been eliminated by our Rules, which allow any Filipino citizen, as a steward of nature, to bring a suit to enforce our environmental laws. It is worth noting here that the Stewards are joined as real parties in the Petition and not just in representation of the named cetacean species. The Stewards, Ramos and Eisma-Osorio, having shown in their petition that there may be possible violations of laws concerning the habitat of the Resident Marine Mammals, are therefore declared to possess the legal standing to file this petition. (Resident Marine Mammals of the Protected Seascape Tanon Strait, E.G. Toothed Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises and Other Cetacean Species, Joined in and Represented by Human Beings Gloria Ramos & Rose Liza Eismia-Osorio, etc. v. Sec. Angelo Reyes, et al., G.R. No. 180771, April 21, 2015 & companion cases, Leonardo-De Castro, J).
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Dean Ed Vincent S. Albano is the Bar Review Director of Albano Bar Review Center. He authored books/reviewers in Civil Law, Political,  Law, Remedial Law and Legal Ethics.
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Alkalde Rosal, napatanid sa mga abusadong tricycle driver

LEGAZPI CITY—Nagpaluwas nin anuncio an alkalde kan Legazpi na si Noel Rosal manungod sa pagbunga kan mga espuersos sa pagpasunod kan tamang pasahe sa mga tricycle sa nasambit na ciudad.

Kaibanan kan anuncio iyo an retrato kan sticker na ilalaag sa mga rehistradong mga tricycle. "Dai maglunad sa warang sticker," patanid kan alkalde.



"Hagad ko mga tugang, an saindong tabang asin kooperasyon nganing makoreheran ang salang gibo asin ipasunod an tamang pasahe.

Dai kita magbayad sa tricycle na sobra sa ipinapasunod na P8.00 sa primerong kilometro asin P1.00 sa lambang karagdagang kilometro.

Mga tugang magtarabang kita na masugpo asin matawan ki pinalidad ang mga nagbiyolar sa paagi kang text o apod sa mga numero na nakalaag sa baba. Dai paglingawan na kuwaon ang City Plate Number. Kung abo kita pasakayon dahil nagreklamo kita ireport man giraray.

MGA TUGANG KUNG LEGAZPENOS DAI MATAKOT, TIWALAAN NINDO KAMI. IREPORT LANG NINDO KAMI NA ANG MAPADAGOS. SIRING MAN NANGAPUDAN AKO SA MGA TUGANG TANG TRICYCLE DRIVERS DAI PO KAMO MAGHADIT INI PO PARA SA MGA NAGBIYOLAR MAN SANA. ASAHAN NINDO NA PATAS PARA SA GABOS ANG SATUYANG BATAS."—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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