Saturday, August 20, 2016

Mutya ng Ibalong 2016 to be crowned on August 24

Mutya ng Ibalong 2016
LEGAZPI CITY, August 20, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- The Mutya ng Ibalong 2016 will be crowned on August 24 at 7 p.m. at the ICR, Bitano here.

Now on its 25th year, the Mutya ng Ibalong has been giving young girls from all over the Bicol Region the license to dream and a platform to achieve those dreams.

This year, 20 ladies are competing for the crown.

The Coronation Night will be hosted by Miss Philippines Earth 2013 Angelee Claudett Delos Reyes, Marlo Mortel and Rafael Rosell.

Admission to the event is free.

BICOL'S FRESH FRUITS | KBP CSur chair 'Kris Tsuper' stops by roadside fruit stand

Station Manager Romar "Kris Tsuper" Vasquez of Love Radio Naga City on his way home to his hometown Daet noticed the abundance of fresh fruits at a stall on the side of the road at Bicol National Park in Lupi, Camarines Sur.

Vasquez, who now works in Naga City, said he could not help but pose for a photo with his mouthwatering finds, which he will bring home to his family in Camarines Norte.

Vasquez is the chairman of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Camarines Sur Chapter.

LGU Casiguran restocks river with tilapia fingerlings

CASIGURAN, Sorsogon, August 20, 2016--About 25,000 tilapia fingerlings were released into the San Pascual River in Sitio Cabungahan, Barangay Boton, this town last Monday, August 15.

Benigno Bejison, municipal agriculturist, said this is part of the fishery program of the local government and, at the same time, to rehabilitate the town's river system.

The re-stocking of tilapia fingerlings of inland bodies of water covers the rivers of San Pascual in barangay San Pascual, Boton and Trece Martirez; Insangahan in barangay Burgos and San Cruz; Namuat in barangays of Inlagadian, Escuala and Burgos; Talinga river in barangay San Juan, Tigbao and San Isidro; Marabook river in barangay San Antonio and Adovis; and Himaoyon River in barangay Gogon, Timbayog and Colambis.

According to Bejison, re-stocking of tilapia fingerlings in various rivers in Casiguran will be conducted every fifteen days.

“It must be remembered that the fishes in the rivers are almost all gone because of illegal fishing using electrocution and poison,” said Bejison.

Stiffer penalties for the use of illegal fishing methods will also be imposed, he added.

Within a few months, residents will start benefiting from the re-stocking of fish, based on local government projection.

Mayor Edwin “Boboy” Hamor said agriculture is one of the priority programs in local government to uplift the conditions of ordinary people and to give them other sources of income.

He also said that he is allocating more funds from the local budget for various agriculture programs next year.

Lalaki, binadil sa baraylehan sa Mandaon, Masbate

MANDAON, Masbate August 20, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Pig-iimbestigaran pa ngonian kan mga awtoridad kun ano an motibo ta binadil ni Rodolfo “Tata” Dellera Jr y Bedeo asin si Antonio Pardeno y Dellera,, na pareyong residente kan Sitio Nasuro, Brgy. Alas sa banwaan na ini.

An incidente nangyari sa sarong baylehan.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador, an victima maogmang nagbabayle sa plaza kan sinambit na barangay kan bigla na nag-abot sa lugar an suspechado.

Mayo man suboot nin naheling na pigsenyal na magkakaigwa nin ribok sa laog kan baylehan, kan bigla na sanang paputokan nin badil si Pardeno kan suspechado.

Nagluluwas sa pagsiyasat na nagadan tulos sa pinangyarihan kan krimen an victima.

Nagsapo siya nin tama nin bala sa saiyang daghan, na iyong naging causa kan saiyang kagadanan.

Hasta sa sinusurat an baretang ini, nagpapadagos pa an imbestigasyon.

No. 4 sa watchlist kan pulis na imbuelto sa shabu, nadakop sa Claveria, Masbate

CLAVERIA, Masbate August 20, 2016 (Bicol Standard) –Pakalihis nin matyadang maray na pagsusug kan guira ni Julios “Dagong” Ducot y Manalo, an sinasabing ika-4 sa watchlist na imbuelto sa pagpabakal nin droga digdi, nahulog man guiraray siya sa kamot kan mga awtoridad.

Base sa report, an pinagsarong fuerza kan mga pulis an naging dalan tanganing matimbog na an suspechado sa ginibong buy-bust operation.

An plano kan mga awtoridad na paonan nin mabakal na shabu si Manalo iyo an naging mitsa para siya madakop mantang nasa aktong nagbabalidya kan pigpapangalad na droga.

Nakua sa suspechado an anom na heat-sealed plastic sachets na may laog nin puti na pubbos, na pigtutubodan na shabu, naka rolyong aluminum foil, sarong lighter asin an kantidad P500 na ginamit na buy-bust money sa sinambit na operasyon.

An nakuang cuarta sa suspechado iyo si cuartang may dati nang marka kan mga awtoridad.

Nangyari an buy bust operation sa San Fernando St., Poblacion District 2 sa banwaan na ini.

CBSUA grad tops Agricultural Engineer Licensure Exam

PILI, Camarines Sur, August 20, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) Pili graduate John Carl Andam Galvez notched the top spot in the August 2016 Agricultural Engineer Licensure Examination.

Galvez, who got a rating of 84.30 in the licensure exam, bested 395 other passers in the test administered by the Board of Agricultural Engineering in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Davao and Legazpi this August.

The members of the Board for Agricultural Engineering who gave the licensure examination are Engr. Ariodear C. Rico, Chairman and Engr. Juana T. Tapel, Member.

TAWAS KING? Alleged drug dealer passes off tawas as shabu

Naga City, August 20, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Buyers beware: the white crystalline substance that is offered to you may not be shabu, but tawas.

Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
A notorious police character who has been previously apprehended in a buy-bust operation with a white substance similar in appearance to shabu, but was later discovered in the crime lab to be tawas, was arrested again early this morning.

Operatives nabbed Harold Kim Moraño of Zone 3, Pagdaicon, Barangay Mabolo, by virtue of a warrant of arrest for the crime of theft.

During the body search, however, the investigators were surprised to find several sachets containing a white substance.

Moraño confessed that he peddles the substance to shabu users at a price comparable to the street value of shabu.

He earlier said that he sometimes sells tawas as shabu because tawas is less expensive, and the supply of shabu has now become scarce due to anti-drug campaign.

The operatives suspect, however, that the substance may once again be tawas, instead of the prohibited drug.

They said they will forward the substance to the crime lab to confirm whether it is shabu or tawas.

Residents here, meanwhile, have started calling Moraño “Tawas King” after having been apprehended earlier for selling the fake shabu.

TALLADO CASE | RTC junks TRO vs. RD Pastor

DAET, Camarines Norte August 20, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- The Regional Trial Court here has dismissed the Petition for injunction with damages and with prayer for writ of Preliminary Prohibition injunction and / or Temporary Restraining Order (TRO ) filed by Gov. Edgardo Tallado against DILG Region V Acting Regional Director Elouisa Pastor.

Gov. Edgardo Tallado
RTC Daet Executive Judge Arniel Dating said that the court cannot proceed to hear the case since it recognizes the motion for reconsideration filed by the Ombudsman when the Court of Appeals (CA) ruled that the suspension of Tallado should be reduced from one year to six months.

“Considering the common issues involved, for the court to go further would be violative of the principle of hierarchy of court,” said Judge Dating, in his order dismissing the petition of Tallado.

It will be recalled that Tallado filed a petition for Injunction with damages and with prayer for a writ of Preliminary Prohibitory Injunction and/or Temporary injunction against DILG Director Pastor, when he allegedly learned that the one year suspension order will be enforced against him.

Director Pastor, through her lawyer, Atty. Oddin belied the claim of the camp of the governor that there is such an order from Pastor to implement the one year order of suspension by the Ombudsman.

In fact, there was no such order from the Regional Director, Atty. Oddin said.

Antecedent to these developments, last June 27, the Legal Affairs Department of the Ombudsman wrote a letter to DILG Assistant Secretary Austere Panadero, informing the latter of the enforcement of the Ombudsman’s suspension order against Tallado.

Panadero, on the other hand, issued an advisory to all DILG regional directors, informing them of the said information that he received from the Ombudsman.

Meanwhile, in another issue relevant to the case, Tallado filed an appeal to the Court of Appeals regarding the suspension order that was imposed against him. In an order by the CA, the court reduced the one year administrative suspension of Tallado to six months.

The Ombudsman filed a Motion for Reconsideration (MR) of the said order of the CA, which is still pending in court.

In the meantime, there is no information yet if the DILG Regional Office in Legazpi City is really about to enforce the Ombudsman’s suspension order against the governor.

This said suspension order stemmed from the complaint filed with the Ombudsman when Tallado refused to follow the order of the Civil Service Commission to reinstate an employee of the Provincial Government who was removed from office by the governor.

The said CSC order was made the basis for the administrative complaint filed against the governor, which led to the administrative suspension order by the Ombudsman.

Friday, August 19, 2016

PHOTOS | Jesse Robredo Day 2016 in Naga City

Vice President Leni Robredo visited Naga City to attend the activities during the celebration of Jesse Robredo Day on August 18, 2016. (Photos by BICOL STANDARD)

Jesse Robredo Day 2016 in Naga City

Jesse Robredo Day 2016 in Naga City

Jesse Robredo Day 2016 in Naga City

Jesse Robredo Day 2016 in Naga City

Jesse Robredo Day 2016 in Naga City

2 gadan sa aksidente kan Silver Star Bus sa Sorsogon

SORSOGON CITY August 19, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Duwang personas an binawian nin buhay sa nangyaring makangirhat na aksidente sa vehiculo na byaheng Ormoc City – Cubao, Quezon City.

Sabi report an nadisgrasyang bus iyo an Silver Star, na may body number 209 asin may plakang WOG 722.

Nabisto an pangaran kan driver na iyo si Angel Factor.

Sinabi sa interview ngonian na aga ki Police Provincial Dir. SrSupt Rolando Cabral kan Sorsogon na talagang delinkwente an lugar na pinangyarihan kan aksidente.

An matulin na dalagan kan bus mantang nasa may curbadang parte kan tinampo an sinasabing mayor na rason kun nata ta nangyari an aksidente.

Nagluluwas pa sa pagsiyasat na an kadaklan kan mga naaksidente sa lugar na ini iyo an mga driver na dae kabisado an tinampo sa sinambit na lugar.

Segun sa driver nawaran siya nin control kan manibela mantang nagdadalagan an bus sa lugar.

An ibang mga pasahero na irido sa aksidente an dinara man tulos sa sarong ospital sa Irosin, Sorsogon.

An mga binawian nin buhay iyo sinda Diosdada Petines y Java, 57, taga Ormoc City asin Leonora Kent, na taga Calbayog City.

Boy dies after falling into open pit while playing

DAET, Camarines Norte, August 19, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- A 12-year-old boy died after falling on an open pit full of water and getting covered by eroded soil.

The boy, Einol Gueller Cabanela y Alfonso, and his 15-year-old friend had been playing hide and seek when the ground underneath him suddenly collapsed, the investigators said.

The incident occurred Wednesday morning at Ayton’s Lot, Holiday Homes Subd., Brgy. Lag-on, Daet, Camarines Norte.

The victim, who was a resident of Brgy. Lag-on, Daet, Camarines Norte, was brought to Adea Funeral Homes for autopsy/post-mortem examination.

Investigation is still being conducted to determine whether there was foul play in the incident.

2 universities in Bicol to receive DSWD funding for research

Bicol University and Catanduanes State University were among the eight universities across the country which have been approved by the DSWD for their research.

This is after a call for proposals to public and private state colleges, universities last May 2016 funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) was issued by the DSWD.

The Policy Development and Planning Bureau (PDPB) of the DSWD Central Office received a total of 26 shortlisted proposals from 11 Field Offices, eight proposals of which have been approved for funding.

The Bicol University will receive an amount of Php 219,000 on the proposed research entitled “Sustainability of the Expanded Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGPPA)”.

Meantime, Catanduanes State University will study the "Prevailing Perceptions of LGU’s on the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program: The Catanduanes experience" with a working budget of Php 260,000.

The results of the studies will be presented during the National Research Conference which will be held on November 14-18, 2016.

The DSWD is a recipient of the technical assistance from DFAT of which part of the grant amounting Php 4.5 million will be allocated to support the conduct of mini-studies and follow through Pantawid which aimed at enhancing local CCT program implementation and helping to build the resilience of Pantawid Pamilya households to poverty and shocks. (by Connie Barrameda)

Suspechado sa 2ng casong Rape, dinakop sa Balatan

BALATAN, Camarines Sur, August 19, 2019 (Bicol Standard) -- Two counts of rape: Ini an casong inaatubang ni Melchor Pardines y Azur, 48, taga Sitio Sanfuego, Brgy. Cabanbanan sa banwaan na ini na dinakop kan mga pulis, base sa mandamiento de arresto na firmado ni RTC Judge Timoteo A. Panga Jr. kan Branch 60 sa Iriga City.

An duwang mga caso ni Pardines iyo an Criminal Case Nos. IR 11668 asin 11669.

An jusgado dae nagrekomendar nin fianza sa akusado.

Mientrastanto, si Pardines dinara tulos kan mga awtoridad sa hepatura kan pulis para sa magkakanigong pagproceso kan caso.

Double time on Double Barrel, RD Buenafe tells Bicol cops

Report by Oscar Esmenda

NAGA CITY August 19, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – After being named as among the three regional offices in the country which have below par performance in the anti-illegal drugs campaign, the Police Regional Office in Bicol said they will interpret the report positively.

L-R: City Director of the Naga City Police Office, PSSupt. Julius Muñez, Bicol PNP Regional Director Chief Superintendent Melvin Buenafe, and Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office Senior Superintendent Walfredo Pornillos
Photo: Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office

This was revealed by Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office Senior Superintendent Walfredo Pornillos in an interview by the BICOL STANDARD this morning.

Pornillos said the same was relayed to them by Bicol PNP Regional Director Chief Superintendent Melvin Buenafe who called for an emergency meeting of the Chiefs of Police of Camarines Sur last night to challenge them to intensify their campaign.

“The report will give us the opportunity to focus on the areas where the regional office has not fared well in the all-out anti-illegal drug campaign,” Pornillos said.

He added that according to Buenafe, Chief Superintendent Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa may have not gotten the correct information about the Bicol PNP operation.

However, Buenafe said this should not dishearten the team, who should take the report as a challenge.

Meanwhile, he confirmed that the main focus of the Bicol PNP is Oplan Double Barrel, which means there will be more search warrants and arrest warrants served against those who violate the law on illegal drugs.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Comelec to improve AES for 2019 mid-term polls

MANILA, August 17, 2016--The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to improve the automated election system (AES) to be used in the May 2019 midterm polls.

However, Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista noted that they have yet to discuss which system will be used in the elections two years from now, whether it is the old Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines or the recently-used vote counting machines (VCMs), both of which were provided by Smartmatic International.

“There is nothing cast in stone yet in terms of what system we will be using in 2019. But obviously, these kinds of surveys will help us make informed judgments,” he said during the Pulse Asia briefing on the survey results of the May 2016 polls in Manila on Wednesday.

The poll body chief said they will also seek advice from the stakeholders as to the possible system to be tapped in the May 2019 elections.

“One area we really like to improve upon is to start the process much earlier. I think there should be earlier consultation with various stakeholders as to what they think should the right system be,” said Bautista.

Meanwhile, nine in every 10 Filipinos are in favor of using AES in future polls.

According to recently-released July 2016 Survey of the Pulse Asia Research Inc., a total of 88 percent of the respondents are looking forward to having the AES continued in future elections.

Majority of the respondents from the Visayas and Mindanao with ninety two percent each approved the AES continuation while those in Luzon and National Capital Region registered an approval rate of 85 percent.

Nine percent does not support the continuation of AES while the remaining three percent said they don’t know. A total of 6 and 5 percent of respondents in the Visayas and Mindanao, respectively, rejected the continuation of the AES; while NCR and Luzon had 12 and 11 percent, respectively, of the respondents wanting the AES revoked.

In the said survey, there were a total of 1,200 respondents randomly selected from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.(by Ferdinand G. Patinio, PNA)

Babaeng tulak nin droga sa Naga City, nadakop na

NAGA CITY August 18, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Dinakop kan pinagsararong fuerza kan pulis digdi si Johanna David y San Jose, taga Brgy. Sta Cruz, poco mas o menos alas 3:30 nin aga, pagkatapos na magpabakal shabu sa mga awtoridad.

Por medio nin entrapment operation, an pusuanon na paratinda nin droga nagpabakal kan ipigpapangalad na bulong sa sarong ahente kan pulis, na nagsaguin-saguin na parabakal.

Nangyari an buy-bust operation sa Puregold compound, Triangulo.

Nakua sa saiyang poder an sarong medium heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet na may laog kan pigtutobodan na shabu, an ginamit na buy-bust money na kantidad P500, asin cash na kantidad P4,338.

An suspechado haloy nang pigmamanmanan kan mga awtoridad huli sa mga reports na aktibo siyang maray sa pagpabakal nin droga.

Mientrastanto, si gabos na mga evidencia na nakua ki David an dinara sa police station para sa magkakanigong disposisyon.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Albay exec eyes ex-military camp as drug rehab site

LEGAZPI CITY, August 16, 2016 (PNA) -- An increasing number of drug surrenderees in Albay, who have reached over 10,000 nearly 45 days since the anti-illegal drug campaign started, could look forward to a sprawling former military camp of Army troopers as quarters for rehabilitation.

Governor Al Francis Bichara said the provincial government plans to construct a temporary recovery facility, which he called a “makeshift” site, for the drug dependents in the village (barangay) of Tula Tula in Ligao City.

He said the area, located northwest of this city, was used as temporary base camp of the Philippine Army’s 22nd Infantry Battalion, which is under the command of the 9th Infantry Division, in its fight against the communist rebels operating in the province.

Bichara said the government troopers left the military camp several months ago after nearly a decade of using it for their operations.

The three-hectare property, estimated to be six kilometers west of the Ligao City proper and adjacent to the agricultural center of the provincial government, is being utilized as a “Community Assistance Center” of the Provincial Police Office (PNP) after it was vacated by the government troopers.

Bichara said last week, he called for a meeting with his department heads and partner line agencies from the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Health Insurance Company (Philhealth), Department of Education and Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) regarding the plan for the recovery facility.

Records of the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) showed that the region has a total of 36,977 drug surrenderees from July 1 to August 13, nearly a third of whom came from Albay.

PRO5 data said there were 10,832 surrenderees in Albay, 10,209 of whom were identified as “users” while the rest were deemed drug peddlers or “pushers.”

The provincial chief executive said the limited space of the rehabilitation center in Malinao town, northeast of this city, which has an 80-person capacity, could not accommodate the big number of drug surrenderees in the province.

He said the drug dependents must undergo “intervention” inside a rehabilitation facility so they could recover from the influence of illegal drugs.

“We should help them return to the mainstream (of society) so they will not return to their illegal activity,” said Bichara.

He said the provincial government has established a Technical Working Group for the plan with him as its chairman.

Bichara instructed provincial engineer Dante Baclao to make the project plan of what will be called the “Albay Rehabilitation Center.”

He asked Baclao to determine the necessary equipment and the budget required to fully realize the project.

The provincial government through its Provincial Health Office and PSWD has closely coordinated with DOH, Philhealth, DSWD and PNP and other related agencies on the program for the drug dependents.

Bichara said they plan to categorize the surrendered “drug personalities” according to dependency, such as “heavy” or “less users,” to prioritize who must undergo immediate intervention from the agencies, particularly the DOH and DSWD.

He said a budget will be set aside for the program as he believes the drug dependents should be given “importance” so they won’t become a threat to society.

Bichara said he is thankful to Philhealth which offered to allocate funds for the program.

“Even the DSWD and other partner agencies promised to give their share,” he added.

After completion of construction of the recovery facility, Bichara said the PNP will be tasked with providing security to the place. (by Jorge Hallare, PNA)

EDITORIAL | Personae non grata sa Legazpi City

Igwa nin inaapod na Constitutional guarantees para sa gabos Pilipino na an gabos libreng mag-ehirsir kan inaapod na “Freedom of the Press" asin "Freedom of Expression."

Personae non grata? Claveria, Loterte, Persia
Retrato hale sa FB
Maski aram kan gabos na igwa ini nin mga limitasyon, importanteng maray an pag-ehirsir kan nasambit na mga derechos, sa sarong demokratikong communidad.

An nangyari sa Legazpi City ngonian na semana na pagdeclarar kan tulong miembros kan media na “Personae Non Grata” sarong maraot na panalmigan.

Bakong magkakanigo na nin huli ta sinda sinahotan na iyong nasa likod kan pagpalakop kan suboot salang bareta na si Mayor Noel Rosal may pagkaaram sa pagkuriyat kan illegal na droga, dapat nang maggibo tulos an Sangguniang Panlungsod nin resolusyon tanganing supogon sinda, dangan ideklalar na “persona non grata.”

An mga broadcasters na sinda Adam Claveria, Adrian Loterte asin Plaridel Persia, nagpapahimutik na bako sinda an nasa likod kan sahot na sinda an nagdigta sa pangaran ni Mayor Rosal asin kan Ciudad kan Legazpi.

Kun halimbawa pa igwa nin evidencia o pigsasarigan na pusog na prueba na sinda Claveria, Loterte asin Persia an responsable sa malisyosong akusasyon, an magkakanigong dapat guibohon iyo an pagsangat sainda nin casong Libelo sa jusgado.

Bakong tama, bako man magkakanigo asin sa kubarde an desisyon kan Sangguniang Panlungsod na condinaron an tulo por medio kan declarasyon na sinda mga “personae non-grata.”

Sabi kan resolusyon na pigpadrinohan ni Liga ng mga Barangay President Esmael Santillan, an tulong mga broadcasters, sagkod pa man, pigpapangaladan na maglaog sa City Hall asin iba pang oficina kan ciudad; prohibido na mag-interview sa mga oficiales; asin orog pang bawal na maghagad asin magkinabang nin mga beneficio hale sa gobierno lokal kan Legazpi City.

Ano an nasa laog kan payo kan mga oficial kan Legazpi City na nag-approbar kan resolusyon?

Ano ginibo ninda ini para magpaomaw ki Mayor Rosal ta sinda nagsusurog sa mga pighuhunang nagratak sa pangaran kan alcalde?

O, dai lamang piggamitan nin isip an saindang ginigibo huli kan nagkakalakagang emosyon?

An pwedeng isipon kan mga may pagka-intindi iyo na an sinambit na resolusyon producto nin ignorancia na kita nabubuhay sa sarong demokratikong nasyon; na an mga isinaysay na mga rason sa resolusyon, producto nin bangkarote na pag-iisip.

An resolusyon pagpahayag sana nin sentimiento. Dai pwedeng gamiton na armas na igwa nin fuerza nin ley, arog kan pig-iisip kan mga Oficiales kan Legazpi City.

Lalaki, binadil sa Masbate City

MASBATE CITY August 17, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Basta na sanang binadil kan duwang lalaki na nakalunad sa sarong motorsiklo si Marlon Laurio y Arizala, 37, residente kan Purok 2, Brgy F. Magallanes digdi.

An mga imbestigador nagkakalap pa ngonian nin mga evidencia kun tano ta ginadan an nasambit na victima.

Sinabi sa report na an duwang suspechado, dinulok an victima dangan pinutokan kan saindang darang badil, na dae pa aram kun anong calibre.

Mientrastanto, huli kan lagartong tama sa hawak kan victima, nagadan tulos ini sa lugar na pinangyarihan kan incidente.

An mga suspechado nagdulag tulos pasiring sa dae pa maderterminaran na direksyon.

Ex-Albay mayor meted 135 years in jail by Sandiganbayan

QUEZON CITY August 17, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Former Guinobatan town mayor Juan G. Rivera was meted a penalty of imprisonment for a total of 135 years, following his conviction of 17 counts of malversation of public funds.

He was found guilty of the said offense when he failed to liquidate a total of P357,956.08 that he received from June 1998 to April 2001, according to the decision of the ant-graft court.

Among the funds that were released to him for which he failed to present liquidation documents were those released to him for the registration of local government vehicles, travels and for various municipal projects.

The decision of the anti-graft court also said that Rivera failed to liquidate the cash advances and did not return the cash advances even after he was given notices by the Commission on Audit regarding the said government money.

Meanwhile, the Sandiganbayan was not swayed by his claim that he did not receive the cash advances, as it was the municipal treasurer who converted the checks into cash.

The said cash advances remained unliquidated as of August 31, 2004 when the demand letter was sent to him.

All told, Rivera was meted 11 ten-year sentences; 36-year jail terms and another 4 two years-and-four month imprisonment for a total of 135 years.

He was also barred from holding public office.

It will be recalled that in 2004, the Anti Graft Court also sentenced Rivera to 140 years in prison for pocketing P800,000 in calamity funds earmarked for the victims of the Mayon Volcano eruption in the early part of 2000.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Salceda: Pokemon Go poses bigger threat to NCR traffic than provincial buses

Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda has released the following press statement regarding the relocation of the terminals of provincial buses in Metro Manila:

Rep. Joey Salceda
Why pick on our pobreng provincianos to solve Metro Manila traffic? Pokemon-playing is a greater aggravation of Metro Manila traffic.
 1. There are now only 3,300 provincial buses About 1,500 are from Bicol, mostly based in Albay. Provincial buses have fallen from their high of 30,000 in the 1980’s.
2. Compare that 3,300 provincial buses to out of 2.5m vehicles in Metro Manila. In 2013, 2.1m vehicles of Metro Manila accounted for 27% of the total 7.69m nationwide.

3. Compare that number of 3,300 provincial buses versus 288,609 cars/trucks sold in 2015; that’s up 23%.

4. While each bus can carry 50, each car carries 5. So, theoretically, you are exchanging 3,300 buses for 30,000 more cars in EDSA.

5. Technically, instead of 1 provincial bus bringing in the 50 passengers, they would now need 4 jeepneys.

6. It cannot be the 3,300 but the behavior of provincial buses in Metro Manila specifically in EDSA. Provincial buses get and drop passengers only in their own terminal, so it must be their exit and entry into these terminals.

7. Where is the empirical evidence – time-and-motion study of current situation and simulation projections – to underpin as fundamental basis to this policy, which is always the kneejerk first move whenever the issue of Metro Manila traffic?

8. Pokemon-playing in private cars pose more threat of aggravation to Metro Manila traffic than provincial buses. “Dahan-dahan, may Pikachu ditto. Itabi mo sandali, may Lures dito”. If you are rich enough to maintain a private car, you must be rich enough to yourself and your kids an Android , Ipad or Iphone. Multiply that by the 2.5m cars in Metro Manila.

9. It is anti-poor since provincial bus passengers are those who can only pay 450 (ordinary) or 750 (aircon) and can not afford the more expensive plane fares.

10. This measure is injurious to poor rural people in terms of (1) additional inconvenience (2) additional "minimum" fare (3) additional time to destination and (4) double loading.

11. Many provincial passengers usually carry several and heavy luggages. When Metro Manila buses pick them up in Muntinlupa, “baka sa estribo lang pauupuin”

12. What happens to our domestic tourists? Or even foreign tourists on budget? Pabababain at palilipatin sa another bus agang-aga?

13. Given such potential disruption of social welfare, there should have been consultations or at least efforts to reach out. Have a little empathy. If not, have a little law and remember: Section 1. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. So unfair as it concentrates and shifts the burden of easing NCR traffic to countryside citizens who compose 74% of the poor and are merely coerced to seek economic opportunity in NCR where it is concentrated. This is beyond ignominy. This is reckless injustice under the guise of policy insanity.

14. In Sept 1, 2014, I filed a Motiob Petition for Prohibition cum Mandamus against MMDA and LTFRB (G.R. 213786). It is still pending in the Supreme Court. I am filing a supplemental motion in cognizance of the new developments, largely injurious to the people I represent and seek the issuance of aTRO on the Metro Manila Commission approval of provincial bus ban in EDSA.

'Kawawang mga probinsyano': Salceda on relocation of bus terminals in Metro

LEGAZPI CITY, August 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda confirmed this afternoon that he will file a supplemental motion at the Supreme Court regarding the relocation of bus terminals from EDSA to an area near SLEX.

Provincial buses from Bicol
Salceda, in a statement released on Facebook is poised to ask the High Tribunal to pass upon the issue based on evidence.

He questioned the legality of the decision to relocate the bus terminals that would affect thousands of commuters from the provinces.

"The 3,300 causing traffic instead the 2,500,000 cars?" he asked in relation to the reasoning advanced by the Metro Manila mayors last week.

Salceda had been opposing the measure since 2014 when he was still Albay governor.


Catanduanes drug surrenderees reach 1,376

VIRAC, Catanduanes, August 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- The number of drug surrenderees in the  island province of Catanduanes has reached 1,376 as of 6 a.m. today.

The town of Virac has the largest number of surrenderees, with 500.

Meantime, Bagamanoc has 34; Baras 126; Bato 79; Caramoran 108; Gigmoto 35; Pandan 108; Panganiban 32; San Andres 183; San Miguel 45; and Viga 126.

This is according to a report by the Catanduanes Provincial Police Office.

Ficelco GM Amaro nagpaliwanag kan problema sa kuryente sa Catanduanes

VIRAC, Catanduanes, August 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – An problema kan parateng pagpuro-palsok kan supply kan kuryente digdi an saro sa mga ipig-aangrangay kan mga tawo sa islang provincia kan Bicol, sabi kan mga consumedores.

Sa intrevista sa Radyo Natin kasuodma, sinabi ni Engr. Peter Amaro, an OIC General Manager kan First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative (FICELCO) na naraot an sarong unit kan Marinawa Diesel
Power Plant, kaya pigrereparo ninda an mga gensets.

Nagkakaigwa man suboot nin pag-overload kan mga planta sa Solong asin Balongbong, dugang pang paliwanag ni Amaro.

Mientrastanto, pigconfirmar pa kan OIC General Manager na ngonian na bulan na Agosto, piglalaoman na magkakaigwa nin nagkapirang mga power interruptions huli sa ginigibong line maintenance, kabale na an pagribay kan mga raot o may deferenciang mga poste kan kooperatiba.

Laen pa kaini, nagkakaigwa man ngonian nin mga proyekto sa pagpahiwas kan mga tinampo, na pwedeng maging causa kan pagkaigwa nin mga brown out.

Idinagdag man ni Amaro na kan Agosto 10, ngonian na taon, nagtapos na an kontrata kan Monarch sa Ficelco.

Sa presente, operational na an tulong mga gensets kan Marinawa Diesel Power Plant, na makaka-ayuda sa supply kun magkaigwa nin problema.

En caso kulang pa, an Suweco pwede pang makatabang sa paghipno kan kakulangan nin kuryente sa isla.

Jesse M. Robredo Day 2016 schedule

Jesse M. Robredo Day 2016 schedule

August 18, 2016 (Special Non-Working Day in Naga City)

7:00am - Tsinelas Walk (Route: From City Hall' Magsaysay Avenue – Balatas Road – Eternal Gardens)

8am - Eucharistic Celebration and People’s Flower Offering at Eternal Gardens

8:00am - JMR Poster-Making Contest at Plaza Quince Martires

1:00am - Essay Writing Contest at Plaza Quince Martires

3:00pm - Naga City Grassroots Basketball Championship at Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum

4:30pm - Awarding, JMR Poster-Making and Essay Writing at Plaza Quince Martires

5:00pm - Bicol Urban Poor Forum and NC Urban Poor Federation Anniversary Fellowship Night at Naga City People’s Hall

Rep. Salceda seeks creation of independent authority to strengthen PH disaster management

DARAGA, Albay, Aug. 16 (PNA) -- Albay Rep. Jose Salceda (2nd District) is seeking the creation of a National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority, to be commonly known as NDRRMA, which will carry out the “complex responsibility” of disaster management in the country that is prone to natural hazards.

Rep. Joey Salceda
Photo via Rep. Salceda's Facebook account
He said the proposal for an integrated framework in managing disaster work in the country considers the “institutional constraints” of the existing Republic Act No. 10121, known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Act of 2010.

Salceda said RA 10121, which mandates the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) as the main coordinating body of all local disaster councils, has been due for evaluation or “sunset review” by the congressional oversight committee five years since it was signed on May 27, 2010.

Among those that are up for review are the performance and organizational structure of the member agencies of NDRRMC and the “the issues and gaps in RA 10121” so that remedial legislation could be done to address the increasing challenges of DRRM in the country.

The lawmaker from Albay, a province which has been acknowledged internationally for its best practices in achieving zero casualty during disasters, said the NDRRMA will be constituted according to a proposed bill he will submit to the 17th Congress.

He said the proposed bill had resulted from “action research, sharing of experiences and dynamic discussions among various stakeholders from national and local government agencies, organizations and communities.”

Salceda said the planned bill is also a product of “comparable international experiences.” The lawmaker was recognized by the United Nation International Strategy for Disaster Reduction for his efforts to institutionalize DRRM when he was Albay governor.

After supertyphoon Yolanda (international name:Haiyan) devastated Eastern Visayas, especially Tacloban City, in November 2013 the Japanese International Cooperation Agency has expressed its support for the creation of an agency for the speedy rehabilitation of devastated areas.

“Team Albay” which the former governor organized was the first responder to the devastated city and region immediately after the supertyphoon made its landfall.

Salceda was also elected as the co-chair of the United Nations Green Climate Fund (UN GCF) Board in Paris, France in 2013, to become the first Asian and first Filipino to lead the Fund’s 24-member Board, which was created to help developing countries adapt to the impact of climate change.

He said the aim of the bill is to create an independent NDRRMA that will monitor, serve as oversight, and ensure implementation of DRRRM objectives in all localities in the country.

“The NDRRMA will be equipped with the necessary competency and resources to engage new actors, particularly in the field of risk transfer and insurance, and built with the necessary structure to manage broader governance arrangements and oversee the implementation of DRRM efforts towards sustainable development goals,” said the Albay lawmaker.

He added that his proposed bill will designate and empower the NDRRMA as the lead agency and attached agency of the Office of the President for the implementation of risk reduction policies, programs and projects and rehabilitation and reconstruction.

“It has the authority administer, mobilize, report, monitor and oversee the utilization of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund, recovery and rehabilitation funds, and donations for DRRM,” he said.


Salceda said under the proposed bill, the NDRRMA will be separate from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), which will continue to perform its original mandate to administer a comprehensive national civil defense program, training of community volunteers and other mechanisms for local preparedness.

“The NDRRMC will now focus solely on policy-making and function as a platform for coordination of policy concerns with the NDRRMA organizing and managing the secretariat and operations center to support the NDRRMC,” he said.

He added RA 10121, also known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, was a landmark legislation for Philippine DRRM as it initiated a shift from the decades old DRRM polices on “reactive emergency management and preparedness” to one that is “proactive by prioritizing DRR, prevention and mitigation over disaster response.”

He said many years of intense advocacy work by stakeholders and two unfortunate large scale disasters—-Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng—-that hit Luzon and particularly hurt Metro Manila in 2009, finally compelled the passage of RA 10121.

Salceda said RA 10121 came after 32 years of the previous law that was crafted through Presidential Decree 1566 in 1978.


Among the institutional innovations of RA 10121, Salceda said, was the establishment of permanent disaster management offices at all levels of the local government in contrast to the disaster management councils before “but which for economic expediency was maintained at the barangay level.”

Salceda said the practice of a permanent disaster management office was pioneered by Albay in 1994 through the creation of its Albay Public Safety and Management Office, more popularly known as Apsemo.

He said from the previous inter-agency body, known as the National Disaster Coordinating Council, it was radically expanded and transformed into the NDRRMC as it is now known today.

“The NDRRMC has been mandated to supervise and lead not only in emergency management but also in the implementation of disaster risk reduction through its ‘policy-making, coordination, integration, supervision, monitoring and evaluation’ functions,” said Salceda.

Supertyphoon YolandaSalceda said supertyphoon Yolanda, however, exposed the weaknesses of the institutional set up under RA 10121.

He said extreme difficulties were encountered in carrying out the “heavy responsibility of concretely integrating the disaster risk management framework in the national and local planning processes.”

Salceda said that RA 10121’s strength lies in its institutionalization of stakeholder participation in policy-making for DRRM, that was accomplished through the expanded membership of the NDRRMC.

He said however the law “failed to create an institution that is in a sufficiently high position to oversee the implementation of a streamlined DRRM policies nationwide.”

Salceda said RA 10121 failed to create an institution that has the necessary authority, mandate and resources to lead and coordinate the efforts of different stakeholders towards a more resilient nation.

He emphasized how the occurrence of superyphoon Yolanda and other large-scale disasters revealed the problems encountered in coordinating and implementing large-scale DRRM efforts.

In 2015, the Global Climate Risk Index ranked the Philippines as the fifth among the most affected countries within a 20-year period, from 1994 to 2013, with the most number of climate-related extreme weather events.

In the same year, the World Risk Index raised the ranking of the Philippines as the second most at risk country out of 171 countries in the world.

Salceda said the best form of response under an intensifying global warming is a “fast, well-funded and well-coordinated response under the NDRRMA.”

“The country’s policies should be able to reflect this,” he said.

Salceda said his proposed bill in Congress will be entitled: An Act Further Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System by Institutionalizing the Framework and Plan and Establishing the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority, Appropriating Funds Thereof and For Other Purposes.(PNA)

Marcos camp tells SC: Comelec issued "highly irregular" order stripping data in VCMs, CCS

MANILA -- The camp of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr., on Monday filed a manifestation before the Supreme Court on several violations from the Commission on Election (Comelec), including a serious threat on changing the election data as well as the harassment of his witnesses in his Election Protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

In a seven-page manifestation, Marcos, through his counsel George Garcia, said the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has issued a “highly irregular” Order to strip the data in the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) and Canvassing and Consolidation System (CCS) laptop units despite the Precautionary Protective Order (PPO) of the Tribunal.

This despite the fact, according to Garcia, that they wrote the COMELEC four times asking them to preserve and secure all the data and audit logs contained in the servers used in the May 9, 2016 elections.

“Instead of replying to the written requests and complying with its Constitutional mandate to preserve the integrity of the elections, the COMELEC decided to unilaterally issue its highly questionable Resolution on 12 July 2016,” he said.

Garcia pointed out that on July 12, 2016, the PET publicly announced that it had granted Marcos’ prayer for a PPO in accordance with Rule 36 of the 2010 Rules of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

However, the former Senator’s camp later found out that on the same day, the Comelec also issued a resolution approving the backing-up of SD cards and CCS units in view of the stripping of the VCM and CCS scheduled on July 16, 2016.

Garcia said the said Comelec resolution was highly irregular because it was issued on the same day the High Court publicly announced that it was giving due course to Marcos’ election protest.

“(W)as the timing of the same merely coincidental or was it meant to indirectly violate the terms of the PPO? Second, (since the stripping activity would be done on July 16 — or four days after the public announcement of the PPO) was the COMELEC trying to fast track the stripping activity before the PPO could be officially served on them?,” Garcia asked the Tribunal.

Garcia said the stripping of the VCMs and CCS units raised the possibility that election data would be tampered with because the Comelec Resolution itself admitted that “the audit logs during the election will be modified to include the activity performed after election.”

In addition, according to Garcia, Comelec only limited the stripping activity to its warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna when there were six other warehouses used by the poll body in the elections which were kept secret from the political parties and other candidates.

“Apart from the Sta. Rosa, Laguna warehouse, there were other “officially sanctioned” COMELEC warehouses located in in La Union, Albay, Cebu, Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Oriental and South Cotabato. The deployment of the 6 additional warehouses were suddenly authorized on 3 May 2016 – barely SIX days before the May 9, 2016 elections. Its existence was kept a secret from protestant Marcos and all the other political parties who had a stake in the recently concluded elections,” he stressed.

He added, “(v)erily, the issuance of the Resolution approving the backing up of the SD Cards and CCS units and the subsequent stripping of the VCM and CCS laptop units was a blatant violation of the express and clear directive of this Honorable Tribunal as contained in the PPO, which categorically ordered COMELEC to preserve and safeguard the integrity of all the ballot boxes and their contents which included voter registration records, audit and transmission logs, automated election equipment and other documents and paraphernalia used in all the 92,509 clustered precincts nationwide.”

Garcia also disclosed that many of their witnesses were harassed by supporters of former Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

He said that several witnesses of the former Senator, specifically those coming from Quezon, Cavite, Leyte, Masbate, Northern Samar, Cebu City and Zamboanga City complained that they were being forced by these people to recant their statements in exchange for money. Others were threatened with possible criminal cases for perjury or falsification if they did not change their testimonies.

“Several witnesses of Protestant Marcos have complained that certain officials have been coercing and forcing them to recant their testimonies, in exchange for monetary consideration. Other witnesses were told that if they refused to recant their testimony, they would be reported to the authorities for investigation and prosecution for alleged falsification or perjury,” he stated.

These witnesses, Garcia pointed out, have decided to come forward and execute their Affidavits before Judges and fiscals to thwart these nefarious activities by the Robredo camp.

"Next week, Marcos will be submitting an additional Manifestation to this Honorable Tribunal and submit the testimonies of the complaining witnesses,” Garcia said. (By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan, PNA)

Masbate aims to be cigarette smoke-free

MASBATE CITY, August 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- The Masbate Provincial Tobacco Control Network was launched today in a bid to make the island province cigarette smoke-free like the City of Davao.

The network is an alliance of agencies that will work to curb the consumption of cigarettes in the island province.

According to Provincial Health Officer Clemente Hector Bajar, this network will be the "eyes and ears" of the government in enforcing the implementation of the law against those who manufacture and sell cigarettes, along with those who violate the Graphic Health Warnings Law.

Smoking, per the Department of Health, is the cause of 34% of chronic diseases in the Philippines.

Sorsogon PDRRMC is Gawad KALASAG 2016 awardee

SORSOGON CITY, August 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council-Sorsogon has been chosen by the Regional Selection Committee as the winner in the recently-held Gawad KALASAG Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Humanitarian Assistance in the Best PDRRMC Category.

Office of Civil Defense Bicol
This is according to a letter from Office of Civil Defense 5 Regional Director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) 5 Chairman Bernardo R. Alejandro IV to Governor Robert Lee Rodrigueza.

The KALASAG Plaque and cash award will be given at the 2016 Regional Gawad KALASAG Awarding Ceremony on August 17, at the RDC Hall, NEDA, Legazpi City.

The Gawad Kalasag’ (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) award is given to individuals, non-government organizations, private sector and government organizations, in recognition of their initiative in helping the Filipino government uplift the standard of disaster management in the country.


22-year-old woman gunned down in Gubat, Sorsogon

GUBAT, SORSOGON August 16, 2016 August 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard)-- A 22-year old woman identified as Edisa Esmeria Espineda was shot to death at around 7:45 pm last night at Brgy. Bentuco here.

The victim, according to her mother, Ruby Esmeria Espineda was on her way to their kitchen to finish her laundry work when she was fired upon by an unidentified suspect.

The same report added that the victim shouted “May tama ako,” upon being hit by the bullet coming from two gun shots fired from a caliber 45 pistol.

Thereafter, she ran outside their house but the suspect pursued her, and fired one more bullet which hit her body.

Immediately the suspect fled towards an unknown direction.

Meanwhile, residents of the place headed by Brgy Capt. Gabuyo proceeded to the crime scene to bring the victim to Gubat District Hospital for medical treatment. However, she was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Personnel of the Gubat Municipal Police Station are still conducting their investigation of the incident.

Also recovered from the crime scene were two cartridges fired from a caliber 45, which was turned over to the authorities by Brgy. Kagawad Roger Radia Camposano. The pieces of evidence will be brought to the crime laboratory for further examination.

The victim was brought to San Antonio Funeral Homes for autopsy examination.

3 Albay mediamen named 'personae non grata'

LEGAZPI CITY August 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Legazpi City’s hard-hitting commentator Adam Almoguera Claveria, who was earlier tagged as one of the three radio personalities who were allegedly responsible for circulating the false information that Mayor Noel Rosal is involved in the proliferation of illegal drugs, was declared "persona non grata" by the Sangguniang Panlungsod here.

Adam Claveria
Claveria, in an interview by the Bicol Standard criticized Mayor Rosal and the City Council for the harassment and pressure that he received together with the two other radio personalities, which were also cited in the "persona non grata" resolution.

Apart from Claveria, Adrian Loterte and Plaridel Persia were also cited in the said resolution.

For his part, Claveria, called upon his radio listeners and the members of the Adam Claveria Fans Club to rally behind him in condemning the alleged harassment and persecution.

He also lamented that Rosal earlier was responsible for the closure of radio station DWED FM 91.5, where he used to air his broadcast every morning.

Again, he vehemently denied any knowledge of the allegations that he and the two other name radio personalities had anything to do with the claim that the city mayor is involved in illegal drugs.

It will be recalled that yesterday, Legazpi City Liga ng mga Barangay President Esmael Santillan sponsored a resolution declaring Claveria, Loterte and Persia as "persona non grata."

He also criticized the members of the city council for not taking the initiative of getting his side of the story to clarify the veracity of their claim.

Moreover, Claveria pointed out that it is public knowledge here, especially in Barangay Sabang, that the illegal drug problem has already reached an alarming proportion.

“There was an illegal drug laboratory at Brgy. Gogon. Many residents are involved selling illegal drugs. And there are many illegal drug users,” he added.

Claveria pointed out that there were at least three foreign nationals who were caught by government authorities who were involved in illegal drugs, but nobody knows where they are now.

Furthermore, apart from illegal drugs, illegal gambling is also rampant in the city.

“They should be the ones who must be declared 'persona non grata' because they are not doing anything about these problems”, he said.

Even with these new development, Claveria promised his radio fans that he will not be cowed, and will not stop his crusade against the proliferation of illegal activities perpetrated by alleged corrupt public officials in the province.

Gov. Tallado blocks Ombudsman's suspension order

DAET, Camarines Norte, August 16, 2016 (Bicol Standard) –“The people of Camarines Norte are already suffering because of the interference of the Ombudsman and DILG V Regional Director Elouisa Pastor.”
Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo Tallado
This was the statement issued by Atty. Marcelo Adan Botor, Provincial Administrator of the province, in an exclusive interview by the BICOL STANDARD.

Botor said that the LGU had encountered some problems with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) as well as the Development Bank of the Philippines (DPB) since they were not allowed to transact business due to the legal controversy.

It will be recalled that last week, Gov. Edgardo Tallado filed a petition with the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Daet, for the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and later prays for a Permanent Injunction against the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) which threatened to enforce a one-year administrative suspension against the governor.

Tallado, speaking thru Atty. Botor said that DILG V Regional Director Pastor earlier allegedly warned the governor that the one-year suspension order against him will again be served. This, according to Pastor, is upon the instruction from the Office of Undersecretary Austere Panadero of the DILG.

“That was primarily the reason why we immediately filed a petition with the RTC to issue a TRO,” Botor explained.

Today, August 16, is the deadline given by the RTC for Gov. Tallado to file a memorandum regarding his petition. The court is expected to rule upon the issue on the 26th of this month.

Meantime, before Tallado’s assumption to his new term as governor, Atty. Botor wrote a query to DILG Usec. Panadero regarding the said assumption, due to the administrative suspension by the Ombudsman.

On June 28, 2016, Usec. Panadero informed Tallado, through Atty. Botor, that he may already assume office.

However, a day earlier, the Office of the Obudsman wrote a letter to Usec. Panadero, informing him that Tallado cannot assume office because his suspension is based on the Ombudsman special rules on administrative cases.

The same law says that government officials who are suspended administratively must serve the total number of days for his suspension.

Tallado's camp believes otherwise.

Furthermore, Section 66 of the Local Government Code does not find application in cases where the suspension is signed by the Ombudsman, according to Atty. Ma. Cristina Uy of the Office of the Ombudsman.

Atty. Botor, however, does not agree with the said Ombudsman's interpretation of the law.

Atty. Uy's letter was received by Usec Panadero last July 7.

On August 3, Usec Panadero, upon receipt of the letter signed by Atty. Uy, prepared an advisory addressed to all Regional Directors, citing as basis the suspension order against Gov. Tallado, as interpreted by Atty. Uy.

Meanwhile on August 8, 2016, Edgardo Gonzales, a party in interest to the original complaint which became the basis for the suspension of Tallado, was informed by the Office of the Ombudsman regarding the full implementation of the one-year suspension of the governor.

Also, Atty. Botor pointed out that Tallado's one-year suspension was reduced to 6 months by the Court of Appeals (CA). In which case, he said, the last day would be April 27, 2016.

He said that Tallado is ready with the legal arguments that would prove that there is no legal obstacle to the governor’s performance of duties as the duly-elected chief executive of the province.

Lastly, he warned those who have been interfering in this case, especially those who have allegedly violated the rule on subjudice will be dealt with accordingly.

Anti-discrimination bill for LGBTs pushed

Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka J. Bag-ao has filed a bill seeking to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI).

House Bill 51 or the “Anti-Discrimination Act” defines and penalizes practices that unjustly discriminate LGBTs in the criteria for hiring, promotion, transfer, designation, work assignment, re-assignment, dismissal of workers and other human resource movement and action.

“Our lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs) continue to be oppressed by the iniquitous treatment of society at large, primarily because of misconceptions and ignorance. Sadly for our democracy, LGBTs are still considered second class citizens when they try to exercise the rights to which they are rightfully entitled,” said Bag-ao.

“Prejudicial beliefs and policies based on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, workplaces, commercial establishments and public service limit the exercise and enjoyment of basic human rights and fundamental freedoms,” Bag-ao added.

The bill penalizes educational and training institution that shall refuse to admit or expel a person based on SOGI.

HB 51 also prohibits any person to deny access to public or private medical and other health services open to the general public on the basis of such person’s sexual orientation.

It likewise rules out denial of an application or revocation of professional or other similar kind of licenses, clearance certification or other similar document issued by the government.

The bill protects any person from denial of access to or use of establishments, facilities, utilities or services, including housing, open to the general public on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Further, HB 51 shall not allow any person to be forced or be subjected to undertake any medical or psychological examination to determine or alter the person’s SOGI.

Refusal or revocation of accreditation, formal recognition, registration to organize any group, political party, institution or establishment in educational institutions, workplaces, communities and other settings solely on the basis of SOGI of the members shall also be considered illegal.

The inclusion of SOGI concerns in all police stations shall also be recommended and the Women and Children’s Desk shall be assigned to act on any SOGI-related complaints or cases. They shall also undergo appropriate trainings with human rights-based approach.

For any violators of this act, HB 51 imposes a penalty of P100,000 but not more than P500,000 or imprisonment of not less than one year but not more than six years.

Monday, August 15, 2016

15 anyos na solterito nag suicide gamit an badil kan saiyang ama

TABACO CITY August 15, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Nakuang mayo na nin buhay an 15 anyos na si Raimon Allain Borromeo Bocalbos sa laog kan saindang residencia sa Block 9 Lot 7, Moran Estate Subdivision, Brgy. Mantagbac, digdi.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador an gadan may iwinanal na “suicide note” na naka surat sa ultimong duwang pahina kan saiyang libro, na may pangaran na Grade 10 Music Arts Physical Education Health book.

An ginamit kan victima iyo an calibre .40 na pistol (ARMSCOR) na rehistrado sa pangaran ni Allan Balidoy Bocalbos, an ama.

Segun sa declarasyon kan ina na si Maria Crisilda Borromeo Bocalbos, an victima may comunicasyon pa saiya sa paagui nin mga mensahe sa text.

Alagad, poco mas o menos alas 10:00 nin aga, kasubago, nagpundo na siya sa pagpadarang mga mensahe.

Nadiskubre an bangkay kan victima alas 12:00 ning odto kan magpuli na sa saindang harong an mga magurang na pareho nagtatrabaho sa Hall of Justice sa Bombon, digdi.

Inabotan kan mga magurang an gadan na nindang akin na nagkakarigos nin dugo, ta may tama nin bala an saiyang payo, na pwedeng hale sa bala kan badil na ginamit sa pag suicide.

Afuera kan calibre .40 na pistol, may mga nakua pang bala sa lugar na namumugtakan kan bangkay.

An bala na ikina gadan kan victima naglaog sa saiyang payo sa toong parte asin nagbalda sa ibong kan payo, dangan nagtama pa sa lanob.

An mga awtoridad dinara an bangkay kan victima sa funeraria para sa post mortem examination.


Paratindang shabu sa Buhi, nadakop kan pulis

BUHI, Camarines Sur August 15, 2016 – (Bicol Standard) – Nahulog naman guiraray sa kamot kan mga awtoridad si Donnis Naranjo y Arcilla, 41 anyos, na taga Brgy. Sta. Elena sa banwaan na ini por medio kan guinibong buy bust operation kasubanggui.

Sabi kan mga awtoridad, poco mas o menos alas 3:30 nin hapon kan mag positibo si ginibong buy bust operation sa suspechado na nadakopan nin apat (4) na heat sealed transparent plastic sachet, na may laog nin shabu.

Ginamit kan mga miembros kan PDEA 5 an kantidad P300 para magbakal kan pig babawal na bulong sa suspechado, na marikas na nagduhol tulos kan illegal na droga sa kasapakat kan pulis na parabakal.

An suspechado, haloy nang nasa listahan kan mga pusikit nang paratindo nin shabu sa banwaan na ini, asin sa kataid na mga barangay.

Afuera kan mga illegal na droga, nakua pa saiya an marked money na kantidad P300 na ginamit sa pagbakal kan droga.

Yaon na ngonian sa hepatura kan pulis si Naranjo tanganing imbistigaran asin sangatan nin caso sa pagbalga sa ley na inaapod Anti Illegal Drugs Act of 2002.

Tulak nin shabu, rinamalan sa buy-bust operation sa Daet

DAET, Camarines Norte August 15, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Apisar kan bantog nang maray na higot na kampanya kan mga awtoridad kontra sa illegal na droga, lantadan pa guiraray an pagbalga sa nasambit na ley.

Kasubago, alas 2:00 nin hapon, nadakop si Ronnie Malaborlabor y Pimentel, 32 anyos na residente kan Purok 2, Brgy. Lag-on sa banwaan na ini, sa aktong nagpapabakal nin shabu sa sarong tawohan kan pulis.

Nakua sa suspechado an duwang heat sealed na plastic sachet na may laog kan pig tutubodan na pulbos na shabu, asin an ginamit na marked money na kantidad P500 bilang buy-bust money.

An suspechado dinara tulos sa hepatura kan pulis para sa magkakanigong imbestigasyon.

Sasangatan siya nin kasong pagbalga sa Anti Illegal Drugs Act of 2012.

An mga miembros kan Criminal Intelligence and Detection Team (CIDT) PDEA 5 na pinapamayohan ni SPO4 Leoncio E. Garfin iyo an nag gibo kan plano tanganing madakop sa aktong nagpapabakal nin droga an suspechado.

PHOTOS | PDEA Catanduanes, courts burn drug paraphernalia

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency(PDEA) Catanduanes in coordination with the Department of Justice and the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 42 and 43 conducted the burning of confiscated drug paraphernalia at the Hall of Justice Capitol Compound, Virac, on August 11.

Said drug items were submitted before the court in cases which had already been decided or disposed by the court pursuant to Republic Act 9165. (PIA)


Salceda: Pay back time for higher education beneficiaries

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 15 (PNA)-- Albay Rep. Jose Salceda (2nd district) welcomed the “hands on” approach of new Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara in running the affairs of the provincial government, especially the latter’s move to improve collections from the beneficiaries of the “higher education scheme” of the province.

Rep. Joey Salceda
He said he agrees to Bichara's order to collect the PHP30.4 million from the 84,444 student beneficiaries of the Albay Higher Education Contribution Scheme (AHECS) which he implemented during his term.

Salceda said to date, the province was only able to collect PHP348,849 from the program’s beneficiaries, which was implemented from 2007 to 2015 under his flagship program of "a college graduate for every Albayano family."

“Maybe, it’s time for the beneficiaries to pay, especially those who are working now and earning money, because the province is still paying the debt and interest of the bank loans,” he said.

Salceda, who was the governor of Albay before Bichara, said many Albayanos were able to benefit from the AHECS program.

He said before he led the provincial government, the Bicol University (BU), which is the premier state university in the region, had only a college population of 13,000 but he said this number had tripled to 35,000 enrollees during his term.

“Before, Albay had a low percentage of college population, of only 4.5 percent compared to the national total average of college population of 40 percent,” he said.

Salceda added that when the province used to have only 34,000 Albayano college graduates but under his administration, many families were able to send their children to college because of his program of a “lower tuition fee,” or only PHP4,500 per semester in BU.

“Of the college enrollees who enjoyed the program of AHECS, 18,000 were able to graduate with different baccalaureate degrees,” he said.

Salceda said 26 percent of the college enrollees under the AHECS program, who were able to earn units in college, managed to work in some private companies.

He cited the business processing outsourcing firm in Legazpi, the Sutherland, which is “accepting even a second year college student.”

Salceda said these AHECS beneficiaries “are able to help their families and some are still studying in college.”

He said the “fiscal” type of governance that Bichara seeks to implement is focused on improving tax collections and revenue generating activities.

Salceda cited that “increasing quarrying good for the province.”

He admitted that despite his expertise as an economist he did not implement the “system of fiscal government” during his nine-year term as governor of the province.

Instead, he said, he gave all the responsibility to the department heads and Sangguniang Panlalawigan members to execute some functions of the local chief executives.

“Masyadong naging maluwag ang aking administrasyon (my administration has been lenient) in implementing the province’s revenue collection programs,” he added.

He cited as example the full responsibility he had given to Provincial Board Member Job Belen in implementing programs on the environment, Ramon Alsua on matters on agriculture, and “RB” Imperial on education concerns.

Salceda said he allowed the council to be a working model while he was busy “soliciting for the budget and projects outside of the province.”(PNA)

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