Friday, October 16, 2015

PHOTOS | 'CamSure Happy' team files COCs

(From left to right) Ava Arceño (2nd District Rep. candidate), Peachy Alfelor (Vice-gubernatorial candidate), Noli Fuentebella (4th District Rep. candidate), Arnie Fuentebella (Gubernatorial candidate), and Nancing Alfelor (5th District Rep. candidate) filed their COCs yesterday at Comelec Pili, Camarines Sur. (Photo by Ronron Enon/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

 'CamSure Happy' team files COCs in Pili, Camarines Sur
(Photo by Ronron Enon/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

 'CamSure Happy' team files COCs in Pili, Camarines Sur
(Photo by Ronron Enon/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Tallado seeks re-election; fields wife Josie for representative

Tallado seeks re-election; fields wife Josie for representative
Photo by Ronron Enon/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Tallado seeks re-election; fields wife Josie for representative
Photo by Ronron Enon/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

DAET, Camarines Norte—Incumbent Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo "Egay" Tallado is seeking re-election, this time under Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC).

The former Liberal Party member filed his Certificate of Candidate (COC) earlier this morning.

Tallado's runningmate is incumbent Vice Governor and re-electionist Jonah Pimentel, who filed his COC yesterday.

Gov. Tallado's wife, Jose Baning Tallado, also filed her COC for 1st District Representative.

Former Commissioner of Internal Revenue and Rep. Liwayway Vinzons-Chato, meanwhile, filed her COC for 2nd District Representative.—Report by Ronron Enon, BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Will Bicolana Mia Howell become the next Miss World PH?

Will Mia Howell become the next Miss World Philippines?
Mia Hernandez Howell of Virac, Catanduanes is among the 28 contestants eyeing the Miss World Philippines crown this weekend. She hopes to follow in the footsteps of Valerie Weigmann, another Bicolana, who was named Miss World Philippines 2014.

Earlier this month, Mia was selected as Miss World Philippines' Miss Ilocos Sur when she visited Vigan.

Mia, 24, holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and has travelled to over 20 countries. She is trained in ballet and ballroom, and plays the saxophone and the piano.

The pageant is set to air over GMA on October 18.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM


Thursday, October 15, 2015

PHOTO | A Bicolano for president?

A BICOLANO FOR PRESIDENT? Alfredo Santo Tomas Tindugan of Catanduanes was among the first aspirants who filed their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for the highest position in the government’s executive branch earlier this week.  The 75-year-old said he will push for ‘divine government.’ (Photo: @victorcosare777)

ANGKLA party-list seeks 2nd term to represent PH maritime sector

MANILA—Seeking to continue steering the country towards its maritime nation vision, ANGKLA Party-list was among the first sectoral parties to manifest its desire to participate in the 2016 elections. Members of the ANGKLA Party-list, through its President Atty. Augusto Perez, Jr.; Secretary General Atty. Bernadette Yanzon-Blanco, and Press Relations Officer Chief Engineer Peter Lugue, filed the Certificates of Nomination and Acceptance of the Nomination at the Commission on Elections on Monday.

ANGKLA Party-list is the first and only party to represent the maritime sector in Congress.

Leading its formidable list of nominees is incumbent ANGKLA Representative Jesulito A. Manalo. Cong. Manalo, a son of a ship captain, is a maritime lawyer. Next in the roster is Capt. Ronaldo Enrile, who is affiliated with the private sector. Completing the list are Atty. Augusto Perez Jr., Chief Engineer Petercon A. Lugue, and Atty. Bernadette Yanzon Blanco as third, fourth, and fifth nominees, respectively.

Speaking to members of the press, Cong. Manalo said: “The maritime industry incessantly needs a voice in Congress, which would constantly champion the various concerns of the industry, and guarantee it the attention and importance it deserves.”

“We, in ANGKLA, remain adamant in our efforts at promoting that the industry be always included in the main agenda of the Philippine government, and made part of the political, economic and social consciousness of the country and its people,” he added.

“During ANGKLA’s first term in Congress, we endeavored to institute far-reaching reforms in the maritime sector,” he said.

“Finally, the maritime industry was extended an opportunity to be significant, attended to, and to improve. We seized it and by now have introduced and supported more than a hundred laws, resolutions and policy reforms that will better promote shipping and resolve other matters of national importance,” he explained.

Despite being a neophyte in Congress, ANGKLA’s Rep. Manalo was able to pass landmark legislations such as R.A. 10635, which created a single maritime administration for implementation of STCW. The measure intended to cure the then imminent loss of employment and sources of livelihood of our Filipinos seafarers and their millions of dependents, due to the Philippines’ failure to aptly comply with the STCW and other international conventions.

ANGKLA also passed the Liberalization of Philippine Cabotage Law, which effectively brought down the prices of commodities.

Soon to become laws are the ANGKLA’s Naval Architecture Modernization Bill, which seeks to elevate the practice of naval architecture, and the Seafarers’ Protection Bill, which imposes a cap on the fees which can be charged by lawyers to 10% of the monetary claims of seafarers. Both measures have already been passed on Third Reading by both Houses of Congress, and are merely awaiting the signature of President Benigno Aquino III.

Apart from performing its legislative mandate, ANGKLA also catered to the needs of its constituents through its social programs. ANGKLA provided scholarships and granted medical assistance to seafarers and their families. The party-list also led the distribution of seedlings and sports equipment, and provided funding for the construction of multi-purpose halls in localities with numerous resident seafarers.

“Truly, ANGKLA has been continuously fighting for the rights of the seafarers, and this public duty has always performed even when the seafarers are beyond our borders. Testament to this was when ANGKLA was at the forefront in the release of the 4 Filipino seafarers, who were unjustly detained in Argentina,” Cong. Manalo said.

“Notwithstanding these milestones, much remains to be done in order to fulfill ANGKLA’s vision,” emphasized Cong. Manalo.

“Thus, once again, ANGKLA seeks to be at the helm in Congress in order for it to continue transforming the Philippines into a true maritime nation with more world class vessels, which will be built by world class Filipino ship builders in the Philippines, manned by world class Filipino crew, registered under Philippine flag, operated by Philippine ship management companies, and owned by no less than Filipinos,” the incumbent ANGKLA representative concluded.

Army to hunt down remaining rebels in Albay, Catanduanes

LEGAZPI CITY—The Philippine Army's higher command has tasked Col. Claudio Yucot, the new commanding officer of the 901st Infantry Brigade, to go after some 11 members of the Bicol Regional Party Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines(CPP) and 39 New People’s Army rebels in Albay and Catanduanes to support the two provinces' tourism industry and ensure peaceful local elections next year.

Maj. Gen. Yerson Depayso (Photo: 9ID)
This is the marching order of 9th Infantry Division commanding general Yerson Depayso during the recent turnover of command at the 901IB in Barangay Villahermosa in Daraga, Albay.

Yucot took over the command of the brigade from Col. Raul Farnacio, who was assigned at Fort Bonifacio after leading the brigade for two years and six months.

Albay was formally declared as a manageable conflict area (MCA) last April 23 this year by the 9th ID, while Catanduanes, in December 2014.

A province is said to be an MCA when any possible atrocities can be immediately contained or prevented from escalating to the point of causing major disturbances to peace and social development.

But there are still eight CPP cadres and 29 NPA rebels in Albay as well as another three CPP cadres and 10 NPA rebels in Catanduanes, based on the second quarter intelligence assessment this year.

Depayso thanked Farnacio and the men of the 901IB for their contribution in making the 9ID as one of the three best units in the Philippine Army.

There are only three best units in the Philippine Army which include the 9ID, the 3rd Division and the Signal Group.

He also received the brigade’s accomplishment report which features its various support for Team Albay.

The Army commanding general said he wants a further reduction in the firearms and enemy strength of the NPA operating in Albay and Catanduanes through the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan.

He said the Army’s core competence is to eliminate communist insurgency and to achieve this, it is necessary to eliminate the armed insurgents which hinder other government agencies to deliver their services in far-flung areas.

“Not known to every Bicolano, who sleeps well at night, is the stress being experienced by every soldier assigned here in Bicol. While you are sleeping well at night, our troops are there in the mountains patrolling and seeing to it that no armed groups are roaming around and that goes true with the commander who has to pray hard that nothing bad happens to his men,” he said.

Depayso said there was a lot of improvement over the years in achieving peace and order in Bicol.

He recalled that on May 11, 1982, he was part of a battalion conducing an operation in Labo, Camarines Norte and Lup and Ragay, Camarines Sur.

“It was the start of the communist insurgency in Bicol. The fighting occurred even along the highway after our troops were ambushed in Basud while the Philippine Constabulary had a firefight at the Bitukang Manok area and in Albay. The son of General Brawner was killed after his vehicle hit a landmine.That was how fighting between government forces and NPA rebels in Bicol started,” he said.

But over the years, with the contributions by all -- including the Philippine Army and other units of the Armed Forces as well as civil agencies, the Philippine Constabulary before and now the PNP-- we have achieved a huge improvement in the overall peace and order situation.

He said today, there are no ambuscades along the national highway and travel is now safe.

“We have driven them (the rebels) to the countryside and that is what we are continuing to address now,” he said.

The tourism industry in Catanduanes has benefited from Albay Gov.Joey Salceda's aggressive tourism promotion of Albay-Masbate-Sorsogon(Almasor) growth corridor. (by Allan Tan, PNA)

New assignments for Caceres priests

NAGA CITY—Several priests in the Archdiocese of Caceres have new assignments.

Among them is Fr. Louie Occiano, who used to be the head of Caceres Commission on Communications. Occiano is now assigned at Baao Centro.

Fr. Judiel Galvo is now assigned at Goa Centro; Fr. Hans Borbor, Cararayan, Naga City; and Fr. Teodoro Pervera, Guijalo, Caramoan. Fr. Erwin Obias is the new Vice Rector of the Penafrancia Basilica, while Fr. Rogelio Largoza will be sent to Virginia in the United States as missionary.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Arch. Tirona registers as Naga City voter; reminds faithful of 'active participation'

NAGA CITYNot one to shy away from taking a stand on relevant social concerns, Archbishop Rolando Tria-Tirona of the Archdiocese of Caceres issued a circular on biometrics registration for the 2016 polls.

Photo: Archdiocese of Caceres
Registering at COMELEC offices, he said, is a sign of support to the 2016 elections, and will ensure active participation of the Catholic faithful.

"The filing of application for Registration has been scheduled to regularly take place every regular working day, from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. until October 31, 2015, which falls on a Saturday, at the local COMELEC offices in the municipalities and cities," the circular, which was released on October 8, reads.

The Archbishop himself registered recently as a voter of Naga City.

Several candidates, including gubernatorial tandem Arnie Fuentebella and Peachy Alfelor, recently paid a visit to Archbishop Tirona to ask for his blessing prior to filing their Certificates of Candidacy.BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Albay gears up for Palaro 2016

LEGAZPI CITY— Albay has kicked off preparations for the Palarong Pambansa 2016, which the province is slated to host.

Photo via Gov. Joey Salceda
The Bicol University (BU) Sports Complex, where many of the events will be held, is already undergoing improvements, including the construction of new facilities, and rehabilitation of old ones, Provincial Sports Coordinator Roderick Mendoza said.

In August, a memorandum of agreement for the construction and rehabilitation was signed by the BU administration and the provincial government.

An announcement from BU and the Provincial Government has since been erected to request for understanding as the construction may cause some inconvenience.

Previously, Albay Sports Complex in Guinobatan was selected as the home of the Palaro. The venue, however, was moved to BU because of the risk of lahar from nearby Mayon Volcano.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda earlier said he expects the event to boost sports tourism. Some 15,000 athletes and guests are estimated to arrive for the annual sporting event, which will be in its 59th year in 2016.

In March, Salceda revealed that a P700-million budget was approved by the national government, which will be added to the province’s P150-million counterpart fund.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NCF Tigers seizes Inter-Collegiate Cup Grand Slam

NAGA CITY—The Naga College Foundation (Tigers) trounced the University of Nueva Caceres (UNC) Greyhounds, 89-84, in the 11th Naga City Inter-Collegiate Basketball Championships on October 10 at Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum, notching a four-peat grand slam to cap their impressive performance this season.

Tigers Captain Ardy T. Magalong who was named Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) shot two free throws in the last two seconds of the fourth regulation forcing the game to overtime, 75-75.

“Basta ako ginawa ko lang best ko. Kung ‘di dahil sa coach, teammates, at NCF community ‘di ko magagawa ang lahat ng ito.” said Magalong.

The captain added that it was the hard work that made them a champion for the fourth consecutive year. “'Ika nga, kailangan mong paghirapan ang gusto mo,” he said.

The Tigers finished the season with a no-loss record.

In addition, Magalong #25, Ojoula #14, and Hermonio #19 were hailed as members of the Mythical
Five this season alongside with the Greyhounds’ Caroche #7 and Lumberio #18.

It would be recalled that the Tigers first appeared in the finals after a surprising finish in the elimination round at number one. The team, however, suffered heartbreak in the do-or-die finals showdown against the Ateneo de Naga’s Golden Knights.

The team bounced back and came out stronger in the next seasons of the collegiate league.

They overpowered UNC Greyhounds in 2012, won against Ateneo in 2013 and 2014, and this year prevailed over the Greyhounds.

Off-season, the NCF Tigers continues to train by joining different inter-commercial basketball tournaments such as Mayor’s Cup in Naga City, Camaligan, Libmanan, Pasacao and other invitational games in and out of the region.

The scorecard

NCF Tigers: #25 Magalong – 19 pts., #14 Ojoula – 12 pts., #19 Hermonio – 12 pts., #6 Marquez – 12 pts., #7 Romana – 8 pts., #31 Okpe – 8 pts., #24 Belarmino – 6 pts., #24 Aquino – 4 pts., #16 Canete – 3 pts., #10 Mendiones – 3 pts., #20 Armiger – 2 pts.

UNC Greyhounds: #18 Lumberio – 22 pts., #13 Bulawan – 13 pts., #15 Beron – 12 pts., #11 Relucio – 8 pts., #10 Cervantes – 10 pts., #7 Caroche – 8 pts., #17 Villaseñor – 6 pts., #8 Barde – 5 pts., #12 Estrada – 2 pts (by James Art H. Enciso)

LRV calls for vigilance against ‘Hocus PCOS’

NAGA CITY—Former Rep. Luis R. Villafuerte urged a group of candidates, members of the media, and political supporters at The Tent Avenue Plaza on Saturday to urge the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to bring back the security features of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) Machines.

LRV calls for vigilance against ‘Hocus PCOS’
Said machines have been dubbed by election watchdogs as "Hocus PCOS" after allegations of numerous irregularities surfaced after the 2013 polls.

Villafuerte, who is running for Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative, said the disabling of the security features seriously undermined the legitimacy and credibility of the elections.

The four security features include Ultra Violet Detectors, Source Code Review, Voter Verification Paper Audit Trail, and Digital Signatures.

The Ultra Violet Detectors are intended to prevent the use of fake ballots and prevent the pre-loading of spurious votes into the CF cards. The Source Code Review is intended to insure the integrity and credibility of the automated election system by subjecting the source codes of the entire system to independent review and forensic examination. The Voter Verification Paper Audit Trail is intended to assure the voter that his votes had been correctly read and counted by the voting machine. Lastly, the Digital Signature is intended to authenticate all transmitted election results and prevent the transmission of fake election results via unauthorized network intrusion or hacking.

Villafuerte also told the audience to be vigilant in the upcoming elections, not only against candidates who employ unfair practices, but also against unscrupulous individuals who wish to manipulate the results of the polls.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Arnie, Peachy reveal 2016 powerhouse team in CSur

NAGA CITY—The gubernatorial tandem of Arnie Fuentebella and Peachy Alfelor bared their powerhouse team at the grand proclamation of candidates before an audience of around 1,000 at The Tent, Avenue Plaza, Saturday, October 10.

Fuentebella and Alfelor, both young scions of prominent political families, branded their campaign as “CamSure Happy,” offering a contrast to the present administration of Gov. Migz Villafuerte.

Fuentebella said that this shared vision has the blessing of Camarines Sur’s political titans, including 1st District Rep. Nonoy Andaya, former Represenatives Luis R. Villafuerte, Nancing Alfelor, Cho Roco, and Noli Fuentebella, and congressional aspirant Ava Arceno.

Rep. Wimpy Fuentebella and former Mayor Gil Basmayor of Minalabac, Camarines Sur served as the masters of ceremonies of the event, in which members of the media, candidates, and supporters were invited.

The Representatives took turns in calling onstage and raising the hands of all the candidates from the 35 municipalities of Camarines Sur in a symbolic gesture of unity.

‘Stop living in fear’

In his speech, Fuentebella said it was time for the residents of Camarines Sur to stop living in fear of the abusive provincial administration.

Citing his personal experience as incumbent mayor of Tigaon, Camarines Sur, he lamented how local officials who had been identified as political opponents had been threatened with lawsuits or suspensions, or were otherwise barred by the provincial government from using public facilities.

Likewise, he mentioned how employees of the provincial government had been complaining of being treated with disrespect by the provincial officials.

“Dapat may saro kitang lider na hararom an pagrespeto sa tawo. Respetuhon an kapitan, respetuhon an barangay council. Respetuhon ta si municipal kagawad. Si mayor, si vice mayor, an mga bokal, an mga deputado ta sinda an mga harigue ta sa provincia.”


In line with Fuentebella’s vision, Peachy Alfelor revealed why she accepted the challenge of running for vice governor, despite not having previous political experience.

The President of University of Northeastern Philippines and Integrated Bar of the Philippines Camarines Sur Chapter President said her decision sprung ultimately from her love for the province.

Apart from this, however, she admitted that she was tired of several things.

“Inaako ko ta pagal na akong magparareklamo sa kawaraan nin direksyon kan satuyang presenting gobyerno probinsyal.Inaako ko ta pagal na akong magparadangog kan reklamo kan mga empleyado sa kapitolyo. Inaako ko ta pagal na ako sa nahihiling kong kapobrehan kan satuyang mga kababayan. Pagal na ako mag para obserbar kan kakulangan nin serbisyo sa probinsya. Inaako ko ta pagal na ako sa pang-aabuso, korapsyon sagkod pagiging poderoso kan liderato sa probinsya sagkod kan saindang mga pag-iriba. Inaako ko ta pagal na ako sa kawaran nin hustisya, respeto asin dignidad kan mga lider sa kapitolyo. Inaako ko ta aram kong igwa akong marhay na magiginibo asin maguiguinibuhan bilang bise-gobernadora sagkod dai ko matitios na mayong gibohon ngonian na may oportunidad na ako na mabago ang destino kan satuyang probinsya.” She said.

‘Unifying factor’

Noli Fuentebella said his son was a unifying factor in inspiring the province’s political bigwigs to work for a common purpose of uplifting the province.

In the past, he said the Fuentebella, Alfelor, and Villafuerte families did not always see eye-to-eye in their plans. However, they have come to realize that the key to Camarines Sur’s success is “cooperation, not separation.”

The former Speaker thus urged Camarines Sur to grab this rare opportunity and work together for a happier Camarines Sur.

“Ano pa ang hahanapon kan provincia?” he asked.

Former Rep. Villafuerte, meanwhile, said the gubernatorial tandem, along the province itself, stand to gain a lot from the vast combined expertise in governance of Andaya, Alfelor, Fuentebella, and himself, who can guide them in deciding on important issues.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Bongalonta vs. San Luis sa Pili

PILI, Camarines Sur—Magiging mainit asin malanit an ralaban sa politica sa banwaan na ini huli ta magkakaigwa nin rebansa sinda dating Alcalde Tomas Bongalonta asin an nakatukaw na alkalde na si Nonoy San Luis.

WALA: Tom Bongalonta, TOO: Alexis San Luis
Si Bongalonta dating  ka-apil sa partido ni Gov. Migz Villafuerte kan nakaaging pirilian.
Mientrastanto, sa maabot na election, si Bongalonta naglipat na sa kampo ni dating Congressman Luis R. Villafuerte.

Siring man, siya declarado nang matabang sa kandidatura ni Mayor Arnie Fuentebella, na makandidato bilang gobernador kan Camarines Sur.

Sabi sa mga bana-bana kan mga elector sa Capital Town, dakula an posibilidad na makabangon liwat si Bongalonta sa eleksyon huli sa dakulang suporta na ikaka-ayuda saiya ni LRV.

Si LRV may mahiwas na makinarya sa politica sa banwaan na ini asin mantinido an saiyang mga lideres sa tercer districto.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

CASURECO II rate lowest among Bicol electric coops

NAGA CITY— Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative (CASURECO II) has the lowest power rate among all electric cooperatives in the region, Board President Larry Basmayor told the BICOL STANDARD. As of September 2015, CASURECO II charges only P8.06/kWh.

Its low rate is due to a decrease in generation charge, lower systems loss and subsidies, and a reduction in the price per kWh from Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).

In comparison, he said ALECO/APEC charges P9.34/kWh; CASURECO I, P8.10/kWh; CASURECO III, P10.25/kWh; CASURECO IV, P10.5/kWh; SORECO I, P10/kWh; SORECO II, P9.00/kWh; MASELCO, P8.92/kWh; CANORECO, P8.60; TISELCO, P11/kWh; and FISELCO, P12.36.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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