Balatas Dumpsite, linalaoman na maisara bago matapos an 2017

Naglalaom an Sangguniang Panglungsod sa paagi ni VM Nelson Legacion na maisasara an Balatas Dump Site bago magtapos an taon 2017

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.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Who will be this year's Miss Smart Texters' Choice in the Miss Bicolandia 2016?

Who will be this year's Miss Smart Texters' Choice in the Miss Bicolandia 2016?
To vote, txt MB2016 POLL <letter of choice> to 9977. P2.50/msg
A. ROSETTE MARIE A. CLEMENTE 
B. JIAN CAYLA R. SALAZAR
C. MARIA KRISTINE T. TOLETE
D. HANNALETH C. PUATU
E. SAMANTHA N. JORNALEZ
F. RAYNE ANN E. TIPONES
G. MARIE SHERRY Q. ANN TORMES
H. TRIXIA JORGIA P. AGANAN
I. RAZELLE D. GENETIA
J. CHARIE V. GARDONA
K. ROXANNE CABALQUINTO
L. MONALYN ABALUADO
M. JUVY NIEVA NASAYAO
N. KIM ANGELA DALDE
O. ERIKA BIANCA LASAY
P. MYRINA HANNAH ASPE
Q. JANIN KRIZIA FORMARAN
R. KATHLEEN MAE LAUSINGCO
S. MARY JOY S. DACUDAO
T. DANICA THERESA SHEEN DILLA






















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(UPDATED) Bicol soldiers bound for Sulu today

NAGA CITY, September 3, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- After having their trip cancelled twice, the augmentation force from Bicol will fly to Mindanao today, 9th Infantry Division Information Officer Captain Ronnie Madrinan said.



NOT GOODBYE. With tears rolling down his face, a young boy hugs his father who is bound for Mindanao as part of the augmentation forces against the Abu Sayyaf.Photo by Maria Theresa Laniog Iraola, Camarines Sur Press Corps President

The trip via C130 was supposed to be yesterday, but was cancelled because said aircraft was unavailable.

The augmentation force will travel to Western Mindanao to be deployed in the intensified operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group.

B/Gen. Restituto Padilla earlier said some 5,000 soldiers are currently deployed in Sulu while 2,000 are in Basilan.

Bicol PNP Regional Director Chief Supt. Melvin Buenafe attends the send-off.
Photo by Maria Theresa Laniog Iraola, Camarines Sur Press Corps President

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Metro Manila nasa full alert status ngonian - PNP

MANILA September 3, 2016 (Bicol Standard) - Huli sa nangyaring pagbomba kan night market sa Davao City kasubanggui, nagpaluwas nin direktiba si National Capital Region Police Office Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde, na an bilog na Metro Manila nasa “full alert status.”

Photo via NCRPO
Base sa sinambit na kasuguan, an gabos na district directors asin Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) dapat maggibo nin imbentaryo kan gabos nindang mga personahes, dangan mag distino nin mga pulis sa mga “vital installations” arog kan mga malls asin mga mataong lugar.

Dudugangan pa an “police visibility” orog na sa pampublikong mga lugar, sa mga entry asin exit point sa Metro Manila arog kan pantalan.
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Duterte nagdeclarar nin 'state of lawlessness'

DAVAO CITY September 3, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Nagdeclarar si Presidente Rodrigo Duterte nin “state of lawlessness” o “state of lawless violence" tanganing labanan an terorismo asin pakusogon an kampanya contra sa illegal na droga.

Photo via City Government of Davao
Sa saiyang pagtaram sa intrevista sa TV, piglinaw kan presidente na bako ining martial law.

Alagad magkakaigwa nin sararong esfuersos an militar asin police sa bilog na nasyon.

“I have this duty to protect the country. I have this duty to keep intact the integrity of the nation,” sabi ni Duterte.

Nin huli kan nasambit na deklarasyon, magkakaigwa nin mga mayor na checkpoints, asin curfew.

Kasubagong alas 4:00 nin aga,(Sabado) binisita na ni Duterte an lugar na nagkaigwa nin pagsabog nin bomba sa Davao City night market.

Sa sinambit na incidente, 14 personas an confirmadong nagadan mantang 67 an nagkarulugadan.

Mientrastanto, an aki kan presidente na si Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte nag-issue kan minasunod na official statement manungod sa nasambit na incidente:
Let us pray for the victims of this unfortunate incident, especially for those who died.
Let us pray for those who are being treated in different hospitals and pray for their quick recovery.
There are at least 10 people who perished because of the incident and a number were reported wounded.
Rest assured the authorities are on top of this incident.
Right now, we cannot yet give definite answer to as to who is behind this as we are also trying to determine what really exploded.
It's a sad day for Davao and for the Philippines.
Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte
Davao City
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Friday, September 2, 2016

REMING-NISCING | Artists create largest mural painting in Albay

REMING-NISCING | Ten years after typhoon Reming lashed Albay, artists come together in Guinobatan town to create the largest mural painting in the province. The mural, which is a Community Dike Painting Project, measures 19 x 984 feet. (PHOTOS BY OTHELO ORPIADA PADRE)

REMING-NISCING | Artists create largest mural painting in Albay

REMING-NISCING | Artists create largest mural painting in Albay

REMING-NISCING | Artists create largest mural painting in Albay

REMING-NISCING | Artists create largest mural painting in Albay

REMING-NISCING | Artists create largest mural painting in Albay

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161 barangay officials sa Albay, nag-ako na naggagamit droga

LEGAZPI CITY September 2, 2016 (Bicol Standard) - Igwa na nin total na 161ng mga oficiales nin barangay an nagsuko sa mga awtoridad, huli kan kusog na kampanya kontra sa ilegal na droga.


Sa tiniripon na report, hasta ngonian na aldaw, sa 161ng nagsurrender na nag-akong imbuelto sa droga: 19 an mga barangay kapitan, 76 an mga kagawad sa barangay, 7 an treasurer, 3 an secretaryo, 54 an mga tanod asin may duwang iba pa an katungdan.

Sabi sa imbentaryo kan pulis, sa banwaan kan Oas an may pinakadakul na mga barangay officials an naggagamit nin droga.

An iba pang mga nasa listahan iyo an minasunod: Sa Guinobatan, 16; Polangui, 15; Libon, 15; Camalig, 13; Ligao City, 13; Bacacay, 9; Legazpi City, 8; Piodoran,8;Daraga, 7; Jovellar,7; Malinao,7.

Sa Rapu-rapu, 7; Malilipot, 5; Tabaco City, 4; Tiwi, 4; Manito, 2, asin sa Sto. Domingo, 1.

Mientrastanto, dapit sa numero kan mga ordinaryong ciudadano na nagsusurrender sa pulis, piglalaoman na madugang pa an numero sa mga masunod na mga aldaw.
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Peñafrancia 2016 | Inter-agency group convenes to ensure pilgrims' safety

NAGA CITY, Sept. 1 (PIA) --- Members of the Peñafrancia Inter-Agency Task Group-Joint Operations Center (JOC) recently convened to finalize the security plans and deployment of personnel in strategic locations in the city to ensure the safety of the pilgrims, including the local and foreign tourists who are expected to flock in the city in the upcoming Peñafrancia festivity.


Mayor John Bongat, who also chairs the JOC, wanted to maintain the solemnity and peaceful holding of the annual celebration of the Feast of our Lady of Peñafrancia issuing a strict directive to the city’s law enforcement agencies, particularly the Naga City Police Office (NCPO) to ensure that the security plans are properly in place.

NCPO, under the headship of Police Senior Supt. Julius S. Muñez, already requested the augmentation of personnel coming from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol regional office and an additional augmentation of 100 personnel from Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office (CSPPO) as police voyadores during the Traslacion and Fluvial processions.

Muñez also requested for 12 police mobile cars that would simultaneously do rounds in the city thoroughfares to ward off personalities who intend to commit unlawful acts and take advantage of the busy occasion.

NCPO also requested for the availability of K9 from the Aviation Security Group particularly during the highlights of the event, which are the foot and water procession.

Muñez also enjoined the civilians, pilgrims and those who want to witness the festivity to also take precautions and be vigilant in the midst of the crowd.

Wearing of expensive jewelries, bringing large amount of money and other expensive gadgets are also highly discouraged.

In all confined areas of activities, the NCPO also forewarned pilgrims not to bring back packs, caps, hoodies, glass bottles, sharp objects or deadly weapons, fire arms, liquors and other intoxicating beverages.

Car owners are also discouraged to park or be on the way or be en route the procession path.

Strict implementation of the city ordinance in relation to traffic laws, street vending and other related peace and order laws shall be fully observed. Multipliers and other groups will be highly utilized to ensure that more peacekeepers are on the street to ensure peace and order on the grounds. (LSMacatangay-PIA5/Camarines Sur)


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OPINION | Persona non grata

by Mekmek

I’m intrigued by the concept of punishing a person, who offends a government official, by declaring him “persona non grata”.


Wikipedia has two definitions for “persona non grata”.

First, a diplomatic definition: “In diplomacy, the term persona non grata (Latin, plural: personae non gratae), literally meaning "person not appreciated", refers to a foreign person whose entering or remaining in a particular country is prohibited by that country's government. It is the most serious form of censure which one country can apply to foreign diplomats, who are otherwise protected by diplomatic immunity from arrest and other normal kinds of prosecution.

Under Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a receiving State may "at any time and without having to explain its decision" declare any member of a diplomatic staff persona non grata. A person so declared is considered unacceptable and is usually recalled to his or her home nation. If not recalled, the receiving State "may refuse to recognize the person concerned as a member of the mission".

Second, a non-diplomatic definition: “In non-diplomatic usage, referring to someone as persona non grata is to say that he or she is ostracized. Such a person is for all intents and purposes culturally shunned, so as to be figuratively non-existent.”

Since recipients of the “persona non grata” label in Bicol so far have been non-diplomats, the second definition would be applicable to the following discussion.

The first case I know of a person declared “persona non grata” in Bicol was the case of the hapless American travel blogger who was unhappy with services received in some local tourism office, and he complained about it in his blog. Unfortunately, somebody’s feelings were hurt (Filipinos, especially government officials, are very sensitive creatures), and he ended up being declared “persona non grata”. Naively, the blogger thought “freedom of speech” means you are allowed to say bad things about Filipino government officials. Well, this is the Philippines, not America, sucker! We do things a little bit differently around here!

The second case, more recently, is that of three broadcasters who offended another government official in Bicol. Apparently, as part of their punishment for being declared “persona non grata”, they are to be prevented from entering city offices, talking to city officials, and receiving city benefits.

Well, federalism is just around the corner. Local governments will be able to exercise greater powers than they have now. And we Filipinos are a very creative race. I see a near future when our local governments will discover more fun ways of punishing an offending citizen by labeling him “persona non grata”. The sky is the limit on the various ways the status of “persona non grata” can be applied. Since by definition the “persona non grata” is being ostracized or shunned, the local government can require his fellow citizens to do just that: make it illegal to talk to him or even acknowledge his existence (the way the Amish do to punish their erring flock). Or the local government can cut off his water supply or electricity, or refuse to collect his garbage or taxes. (Although the last one seems to be a bad idea for the local government.) Or they can do to him what Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones did to Jorah Mormont for his act of betrayal – exile him from the city!

I realize that the above suggested measures seem unconstitutional and contrary to our justice system. But it is debatable whether we still have a constitution. And our justice system is slow and the results merely based on happenstance. The advantage of the “persona non grata” code of justice as described above is that it is quick, cheap and can be tailored to the needs and caprices of the particular local government unit. No need to squander valuable government resources hiring lawyers and filing cases.
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Sto. Domingo PNP belies broadcaster Bulalacao's claim of missing Php242K cash, shabu

LEGAZPI CITY September 2, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- “If evidence warrants, Nelson Bulalacao may be held criminally and civilly liable for his malicious, libelous and felonious conduct,” PO2 Alex B. Balaoro told the BICOL STANDARD today.



PO2 Balaoro, the investigator of the case that was the subject of Bulalacao’s post in his FB account, could have maligned and put to bad light the persons mentioned therein due to the false accusation.

Bulalacao, on the other hand, a well-known media personality in here, called the attention of Camp Simeon Ola, Albay Police Provincial Director Antonio Cerujales, and PNP 5 Regional Director P/Chief Supt. Ramon Buenafe regarding the alleged shabu and cash amounting to P242,000 that were confiscated by the Sto. Domingo, last June 11, but are now purportedly missing.

Bulalacao, further claims that there was a cover-up of the news regarding illegal drugs and money, probably because of the plan to personally appropriate the same, by some police officers, whom he calls as “ninja cops” with the participation of the close allies of Sto. Domingo Mayor Herbie (Aguas).

Responding to the said accusations, PO2 Balaoro posted in the FB account of the Sto. Domingo Municipal Police Station, the following message, to wit:

"Let us always be fair and honest in our everyday dealings.

From Sto Domingo MPS FB Post:

"THE TRUTH, THE HONEST AND THE VIRTUE ALWAYS PREVAIL"

In order to level the playing field and in the spirit of fair play, on or about 9:00 A.M. of September 2, 2016, inside the office of this station, Sto. Domingo MPS presented anew to the public eye the cash and other pieces of evidence (the drug items are now in the custody of Regional Crime Laboratory Office 5) recovered from the constructive possession of one Leonardo Clariño of Brgy Cale, Tiwi, Albay re: violation of R.A. 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) that transpired sometime in the afternoon of June 15, 2016 at Brgy Calayucay, Sto. Domingo, Albay before the presence of two media representatives in response to the facebook post of one Nelson Bulalacao

who intentionally convoluted the true happening of the said incident. In Bulalacao's recent facebook post, he was alluding to the personnel of Sto. Domingo Municipal Police Station as "ninja cops" who allegedly intentionally hid the news regarding the same from the radars of the media in order to clear their way in taking the cash evidence for their personal use.

In the present administration, the words "ninja cops" are now in common usage which simply refer to ROUGE POLICEMEN who are suspected protector of big time drug traffickers. Worst, he also implicated us as the FACTOTUMS of our Honorable Mayor Herbie Aguas when it comes to such kind of unlawful activity.

What went before is that on June 11, 2016, Leonardo Clariño was flagged down along Brgy San Rafael, SDA for traffic violations. While at the police station for the recording of such undertaking, Clariño, whose presence is a mere traffic violator and not as an arrested person, went outside the police station and disappeared.

Later, report reached this station that a man has absconded his obligations after checking in at one of the resorts located at Brgy Calayucay, SDA. That man was subsequently known as the same very person of Leonardo Clariño. Failing to return for several days, the management of the resort invited personnel from this station, media representative and elective officials of said village to witness the opening of the room rented by Clariño.

Then, a huge find, 13 pieces of medium-size sachet of shabu with a collective weight of 43. 281 gram, cash amounting to P 234, 430. 00 and other pieces of evidence had yielded from the backpack carried to and left behind inside the room occupied by the suspect.

Clariño is now facing charges for violating pertinent provisions of R.A. 9165, the country's comprehensive drugs law, which is a "no bail case". The cash money obviously form part of the evidence in court.

Warrant of arrest of the said suspect is yet to be issued by the court concerned.

All in all, NELSON BULALACAO's remarks/comment/opinion flashed by him on the public screen through his facebook account absolutely convoluted the truth and worst readily depicted a picture to the public that personnel of this station and our Mayor are in cahoots in benefiting from the recovered drug money.

In so doing, if evidence warrants, Bulalacao may be held criminally and civilly liable for such malicious, libelous and felonious conduct, so to speak.

Let us always be fair and honest in our everyday dealings.

God bless us all....

PO2 ALEX B. BALAORO- Investigator-on-case (IOC)"
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Pilar, Sorsogon teachers denounce bogus broadcaster collecting cash

PILAR, Sorsogon, September 2, 2016 (Bicol Standard)- A bogus media personality who claims to be connected with ABS-CBN DZMM was the subject of a complaint by several school officials of Danlog National High School here the other day.

Benjie Razon
Photo via Vince Villar
The complainants named the fake radio reporter as as Benjie Razon, who visited their campus to solicit monetary contributions, allegedly for a project of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya, which the latter vehemently denied to have authorized the impostor to represent their company.

The same report said that Razon introduced himself as a broadcaster of DZMM, a radio station owned and operated by ABS-CBN network in Quezon City.

In a related report, Vince T. Villar, a broadcast personality in Legazpi City posted in his Facebook account that he had once met Razon.

“He used to identify himself as connected with Bombo Radyo,” he said.

“It turned out, however, that he was not really part of the said radio network,” he added.

Villar also narrated that he is confused on the real identity of the suspected bogus broadcaster, since he uses many other different names as part of his modus operandi.

The authorities are now validating reports that Razon had also engaged in the same illegal activity in other parts of the Bicol Region.

Meanwhile, it is not yet clear as of this writing if the teachers who were victimized by the fake radio broadcaster would file legal action against him.
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Dealer nin shabu sa Nabua, tinimbog kan pulis

NABUA, Camarines Sur September 2, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Dimalas si aldaw ni Mauricio Bergantin y Janson, taga Brg. San Isidro Poblacion, kan an napabakalan niya nin shabu iyo an paon kan pulis, sa buy-bust operation digdi.



Sabi sa record kan pulis, si Bergantin yaon sa halabang listahan kan mga imbuelto sa droga sa banwaan na ini, kaya saro siya sa pigbabantayan kan mga awtoridad.

Durante kan buy-bust operation kan sarong aldaw, dae na nakapalag an suspechado kan siya tulos pinosasan kan pulis, pirang minutos sana pagkagtapos na magbakal nin shabu sa nagpamalo-malong parabakal nin droga.

Nakua sa poder ni Bergantin an 1ng transparent plastic sachet na may laog nin shabu, asin iba pang mga gamit sa laog kan sarong kahon, na may heat sealed sachet na may laog nin maputing pulbos na pigtutubodan pang shabu.

Narecover sa saiyang posesyon an tulong pidasong P100, na ginamit bilang buy-bust money kan mga pulis.

Sinangatan siya nin casong pagbalga kan Sec 5 asin 11 kan Art. II kan RA 9165 sa Oficina kan Procurador sa Ciudad kan Naga.

Mientrastanto, nagpapadagos pa ngonian an agresibong kampanya kan mga awtoridad kontra sa droga, na pigtutubodan lakop nang entero sa banwaan na ini.

Enot pa kaini, an banwaan na ini iyo an saro sa mga lugar na sinasabing bagsakan nin illegal na droga, kan enot pang mga taon.
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PHOTOS | Mutya ng Ibalong Coronation Night

Mutya ng Ibalong 2016 Coronation Night
Photo: Padabaon ta an Sorsogon

Mutya ng Ibalong 2016 Coronation Night
Photo: Padabaon ta an Sorsogon

Mutya ng Ibalong 2016 Coronation Night
Photo: Padabaon ta an Sorsogon
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Albay fisherfolks get BFAR livelihood assistance

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Bicol has recently turned-over some 50 livelihood assistance packages to fisher folk groups in Albay as part of the agency’s intervention program in ensuring sustainable livelihood among the fishing community in the province.



BFAR Bicol regional director Dennis V. Del Socorro said the assistance aims to improve the livelihood of fisher folks in the province and boost shared efforts in protecting, preserving and managing the sea as a source of life and aquatic resources.

Socorro led the ceremonial turn-over of 50 units of fiber glass non-motorized fishing boats, locally called sibidsibid at Fatima Fish port, Tabaco City.

He furthered that these units are also given in response to the request of Albay 1st District Congressman Edcel Lagman during Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol’s visit in Bicol on July this year.

The fisher folk beneficiaries come from the towns of Malilipot, Malinao, Bacacay, Sto. Domingo, Tiwi and Tabaco City.

Aside from the requested boats, the bureau will also distribute one unit of twin engine motorized boat and 100 units of bottom set gill nets as additional assistance.

Socorro further reminded the recipients to take great care of the assistance being extended to them by the government for their long-term usage. As counterpart, the fisherfolk-beneficiaries will shoulder the accessories of the sibidsibid boats and its maintenance.

Tabaco City Mayor Cielo Krisel Lagman-Luistro lauded the speedy action in granting their request. She also assured their commitment in helping the national government in its goal for sustainable fishing industry through strengthening the campaign against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the municipal level.(PIA)
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PHOTOS | Simeon Ola Day in Guinobatan, Albay

Simeon Ola Day 2016 in Guinobatan, Albay
Photo by Othelo Orpiada Padre / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Simeon Ola Day 2016 in Guinobatan, Albay
Photo by Othelo Orpiada Padre / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Simeon Ola Day 2016 in Guinobatan, Albay
Photo by Othelo Orpiada Padre / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Simeon Ola Day 2016 in Guinobatan, Albay
Photo by Othelo Orpiada Padre / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Simeon Ola Day 2016 in Guinobatan, Albay
Photo by Othelo Orpiada Padre / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Simeon Ola Day 2016 in Guinobatan, Albay
Photo by Othelo Orpiada Padre / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Simeon Ola Day 2016 in Guinobatan, Albay
Photo by Othelo Orpiada Padre / BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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PHOTOS | Naga Central School II Intrams 2016

Naga Central School II Intrams 2016
Photo by Shinalyn Santos Briones

Naga Central School II Intrams 2016
Photo by Shinalyn Santos Briones

Naga Central School II Intrams 2016
Photo by Shinalyn Santos Briones

Naga Central School II Intrams 2016
Photo by Shinalyn Santos Briones

Naga Central School II Intrams 2016
Photo by Shinalyn Santos Briones

Naga Central School II Intrams 2016
Photo by Shinalyn Santos Briones

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Albay PENRO arrested in drug bust

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