VP Leni rallies Nagueños’ support, lashes at detractors

Close to 2,000 supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo trooped to Plaza Rizal earlier this evening to attend a prayer rally versus cyberbullying.

Rep. Gonzalez, nagsayumang simbagon an pagboto pabor sa death penalty

Nagsayumang magsimbag sa mga kahapotan kan mga miembros kan lokal na media si Albay 3rd District Representative Fernando Gonzalez kun nata ta nagboto siyang pabor sa pag imponir liwat kan sentenciang kagadanan.

SP Cam Sur junks Mayor Bongalonta's motion to dismiss

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur has denied the second motion for an extension of time to file answer to the Administrative Complaint filed against him.

Iwal mag-agom ta mayong bagas, babayi nagadan

Makulit na iwal nin mag-agom huli sa kawaran nin bagas na pansapna an guinikanan tanganing maituklang kan lalaki an agom na babae na nagresulta para an huri bawian nin buhay.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Nakipagrumble sa Legazpi City, nagadan kasubanggui

LEGAZPI CITY November 12, 2016 (Bicol Standard) –Binawian na nin buhay kasuodmang alas 11:00 nin banggui sa BRTTH si Presko Mendez y Lana, taga P3, Brgy. Arimbay, nakadukayan na na nakahigda sa daga, pagkatapos nin rumble.


Susug sa sumbong sa pulis ni Marites Agnote y Mendez, an saiyang agom na si Presko naimbuelto sa sarong robo-robo, sa barangay, sa pag-oltanan kan oras na alas 9:00 asin alas 10:00 nin banggui, kan nasambit na fecha.

Huli sa narisang mga tama sa lawas ni Presko, idinalagan tulos siya sa hospital para ipabulong.

Alagad, kasubangui, binawian man guiraray siya nin buhay.

An mga imbuelto sa nasambit na incidente an pighahanap pa ngonian kan mga imbestigador.
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Bicolana tops Midwife Board Exam

SORSOGON CITY, November 12, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- A Bicolana obtained the highest score in the November 2016 Midwife Board Exam.

Maribel Doroja Sabenia
Maribel Doroja Sabenia of Estenias Science Foundation School, Casiguran, Sorsogon got a rating of 90.10% in said exam.

Also in the list of topnotchers are Sheila Berja Subion of Catanduanes State University in fourth place, with a rating of 89.15%, and Kathrina Mae Rafael Endrano Naga College Foundation in sixth place with a score of 89.05%.

According to the PRC, 1,572 out of 3,085 examinees passed.
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DPWH RD Tagudando, et al., face criminal, administrative raps

NAGA CITY—“Citizens Crime Watch will endorse and follow-up the complaint filed by Atty. Oliver Rodulfo against DPWH Bicol Regional Director Reynaldo Tagudando, among others,” Secretary General Carlo Batalla told the BICOL STANDARD.



This is in response to Rodulfo’s filing of one criminal and one administrative complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman on October 12, 2016 for Violation of Section 3 (e) and (f) of Republic Act No. 3019; and Violation of Section 5 (a) of Republic Act 6713; Abuse of Authority; Grave Misconduct; Gross Ignorance of the Law; Dishonesty and Conduct Prejudicial To The Best Interest of the Service.

Rodulfo also wrote a letter to DPWH Sec. Mark A. Villar stating that he is willing to testify despite knowledge that Tagudando is “moneyed, armed, and dangerous,” according to the letter-complaint.

“I’m just too willing to be a witness. The corrupt officials from the Bids and Awards (BACS) secretariat and Technical Working Group have virtually resorted to a rigged and fixed bidding pointing to all bidding results with a winning bid price pegged below the 5 percent variance,” he alleged in said letter.

Around four months ago, Rodulfo also filed at the Office of the Ombudsman two administrative and criminal complaints versus Tagudando and Administrative Officer V David Isabelo involving the appointment of Atty. Felix Brazil as one of the DPWH Region V Legal Officers, and the promotion of Engrs. Marilou Sariba and Cornelio Relativo Jr. from Engineer 3 to Engineer 4.

For his part, Atty. Felix Brazil, whose name was dragged into the said complaint, belied the accusation. He made exception to the claim of Rodulfo that there was something irregular with his appointment.

In an interview by the BICOL STANDARD, Brazil said he will confront the issue once he receives a copy of the said complaint. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
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Burat na lalaki, nangmolestya nin 8 anyos na aking kulang an isip sa Naga City

NAGA CITY November 12, 2016 (Bicol Standard) –Tagob nin pagbasol an sarong 24 anyos na taga San Vicente, Pamplona, Camarines Sur na ipigreklamo kan magurang kan sarong 8 ayos na aki na kulang nin pag-isip.


Segun sa intrevista kan estasyon DWLV ngonian na aga, inako ni Deo Indriga y Cas na napanlingaw siya kan ginibo niya an pagmolestya ki Nene (bakong tunay na pangaran), sa paagui kan paglaog kan saiyang muro sa ikinabuhay kan victima.

Sabi kan imbestigador kan pulis sa Presinto 2 kan NCPO, nakarecibe sinda nin reklamo kasubanguing poco mas o menos alas 10:00, dapit sa suboot krimen na guinibo ni Indriga.

Nangyari an incidente sa luwas sana kan carinderiya kan magurang kan aki sa Diversion Road, digdi.

Mientrastanto, sa pareyong intrevista sa radyo, nagbabasol na inako kan suspechado na talagang naka inom siya kaya naguibo an krimen.

Binasol kan suspechado an dagmang suboot na mga problema niya sa buhay kaya nag-inom nin arak.

Si Indriga yaon ngonian sa selda kan pulis sa Presidento 2, mantang pighahalat an isasangat na caso kontra saiya.

Sa pag-oltanan kan saiyang paghibi, naghagad siya nin kapatawadan sa mga magurang asin sa victimang aki ta dae niya suboot aram an saiyang ginibo, huli kan kaburatan.

Si Endriga may 2ng aki sa saiyang agom na bados man ngonian kan saindang ikatulong aki.
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Friday, November 11, 2016

1 gadan sa pag implementar kan 4 na search warrants sa Del Gallego

DEL GALLEGO, CSur November 11, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Apat na search warrants an haros sarabay na ipig serve kasubagong amas kan mga pulis, saro sa residencia ni Punong Barangay Oriel Degrano Legazpi Jr. kan Brgy. Peñafrancia asin an saro sa residencia ni Orlan Degrano Legazpi, sa kapareyong barangay, digdi.



Base sa report kan pulis, an enot na search warrant ipig serve ki Brgy Capt Legazpi Jr, poco mas o menos alas 4:30 nin aga, kasubago sa suboot pagbalga kan R.A. 9165 Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 asin R.A. 10591 (Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition.)

Alagad, dae inabotan kan mga pulis sa saiyang residencia si Kapitan Legazpi Jr.

Nakua sa paghalungkat  kan mga awtoridad sa residencia ni Legazpi Jr. iyo an 8 pidasong small size heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet na may laog nin shabu asin 1ng pidaso nin bala para sa M16.

Mientrastanto, alas 4:58 nin amay kasubago, an pareyong team kan pulis an nag implementar man kan SW-No. T-2016-196 (Violation of R.A. 9165) asin SW No. T-2016-197 (Illegal Possesion of Firearms) sa residencia ni Orlan Degrano Legapi sa Brgy Penafrancia, digdi.

Sinabi sa report na antes pang gibohon an pag rekesa kan saiyang residencia, binawian nan in buhay si Legazpi, sa pakiribayan nin putok sa mga awtoridad sa laog kan saiyang cuarto.

Nakakua an mga pulis hale sa residencia kan suspechado nin calibre .45 na pistol na maglaog 6 na bala sa magazine, 3ng pidasong cartridge cases para sa kapareyong badil, asin sarong jacketed fired bullet.

An mga imbestigador asin an SOCO nag poproceso pa kan kaso kan sinusurat an baretang ini.

An apat na search warrant na ipig implementar kan mga awtoridad firmado ni Judge Alben C. Rabe kan RTC Branch 15, sa Tabaco City.
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Lalaki, gadan sa kampanya kontra droga sa Camalig, Albay

CAMALIG, Albay November 11, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Dae pa guiraray naghuhuraw an kampanya kontra sa illegal na droga, asin kasoodma saro na naman an nagadan sa buy-bust operation kan pulis.



Ipinahayag sa report na si Ramon Nebres y Lomenatio, a.k.a. Randy, 49, kan Brgy. Tinago, digdi naka encontrada kan mga pulis sa ipig lansar na operasyon, kasoodma.

An sabi, si Nebres nakitusayan sa mga pulis sa paagui nin pakipagbadilan na nagresulta tanganing siya tamaan nin bala.

Mientrastanto, an pakibadilan ni Nebres sa mga pulis nangyari kan suboot an victima nakamalesya na an saiyang mga katransaksyon, mga awtoridad.

Tinamaan si Nebres nin bala sa saiyang lawas, kaya siya idinalagan sa BRTTH, lunad kan awto kan pulis.

An sinambit na hospital nag declarar na an victima gadan na kan maka-abot sa pabulongan. 
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Nag-ikit nin pampa-joven, pampaputi na sabon, asin toothpaste pag sepilyo, dakop kan sekyu

CAMALIG, Albay November 11, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Sarong 25 anyos na lalaki an tinakma kan security guard sa LCC Expressmart, digdi, na nadakop na suboot naghabon nin mga grocery items.



An lalaki nabisto sa pangaran na Ryan Bernal y Macabuhay, taga Brgy. Caridad, Atimonan, Quezon.

Nagluluwas sa imbestigasyon nankasoodmang alas 12:45 nin hapon, binitbit si Bernal kan mga awtoridad kan an suspechadong parahabon nadakop kan guardya na nag-ikit kan minasunod na tinda sa LCC Expressmart:  1 pidasong Dream White anti-aging soap, na nagkakantidad P0.56; 9 na pidaso nin Silka skin whitening lotion, na kantidad P243.00 an kada saro; asin 1 pidaso nin Colgate anti-cavity toothpaste, na ipinapabakal sa kantidad na P104.00.

Sabi sa report, an suspechado namalesyahan kan sekyu na garong natataranta kan dulokon, huli sa mga effector na saiyang kinua sa sinambit na tindahan.

An nakadakop saiya iyo si Jefferson Mendoza y Delma, na empleado kan Global Guard Force Security Agency, alagad nakadistino sa LCC Expressmart, digdi.

Pagkatapos na ma-cierto kan guardya na igwa talagang mga kinua sa tindahan an suspechado, dagos na siyang dinara sa hepatura kan pulis, para sangatan nin magkakanigong reklamo.

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24,000 na drug personalities, hinahanap pa ngonian sa Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY—Maabot pa sa 24,000 na drug personalities an nakalista sa watch list kan mga autoridad sa enterong region Bicol, segun sa Camp Crame.


Nin huli digdi, nagsugo na an Police Regional Office 5 sa anom na Provincial Police Offices na paisogon pa an saindang kampanya tanganing sosogon asin arestaron an mga nasambit na mga paragamit nin ilegal na droga.

Ini sa lindong kan Double Barrel Alpha, na iyo an ikaduwang parte kan Project Double Barrel na pigpuntariya an mga high-profile asin street-level na mga drug personalities sa bilog na nasyon.
Sa presente, igwa na nin 46,207 na drug surrenderers an region, poon kan ilansar an Oplan Tokhang kan fecha 1 kan Julio.

Mientrastanto, sa provincia nin Albay, nagpahayag na si Chief Inspector Arthur Gomez, an parataram kan Albay Provincial Police Office, na target kan oficina na magdakop nin dai mababa sa 3ng drug personality oro-aldaw. Ini tanganing makakumple sa deadline na itinao kan Police Regional Office 5 sa nasambit na mga Provincial Police Offices.

Mayo pang informasyon kun anong estratehiya kan limang iba pang provincia sa direktibang ini.
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Eric Sison: Reclaiming my life from drugs

by Melissa Villa-Real Basmayor

In a café along Magsaysay Avenue, the late afternoon sun hits Eric Sison’s knuckles, which are tattooed with the letters H-A-T-E.

But today there’s nothing hateful about Eric. In fact, he exudes a warm and friendly aura that makes anyone interested feel welcome to listen to his story, and take a page from what he has learned.

Clad in a grey polo shirt with the Dangerous Drugs Board Logo, there are little signs that the 45-year-old was once deeply hooked on drugs. Now, he works with the government to encourage others to give up drugs, as he himself did after he resolved to wage war with his own addiction.

BICOL STANDARD sat down with Eric to ask him about how he successfully gained control of his life after reclaiming it from drugs.


BICOL STANDARD: Tell us about how you started doing drugs.

ERIC: I started very early. My first experience was with marijuana in grade 5. It was half a stick that a friend gave me. I tried it out of sheer curiosity. I don’t even remember if I tripped or not; I just knew I could tell myself I had tried marijuana.

BICOL STANDARD: Did this continue in your high school years? How did you feel about it?

ERIC: Yes. In high school, I started doing cough syrup with my friends. I also did marijuana, and got hooked. I was under the impression that everything was normal. Feeling ko, it was all for fun. My sister took note of my growing addiction, but I told her I could manage. By third year high school, I was already heavily addicted,
using marijuana, cough syrup and alcohol, feeling high for almost half the week.
I could not study. I was frequently absent, and my grades were taking a nosedive. My teachers, who were probably apprehensive of failing me in their classes because of my blood relation to the University President, were starting to worry about my poor academic performance. Ever-conscientious, my grandmother told them that if they had to fail me, they should. And they did. I was unable to march on my high school graduation day because of my failing grades. I took it hard. I was eventually able to graduate from another school, but I felt disappointed with myself.

BICOL STANDARD: What happened then?

ERIC: I was halfway into a semester in college when my parents, especially my father, became so concerned about keeping me away from my peers. He decided to send me to the States.

I arrived there on my 18th birthday. My cousin, who wanted to show me around, asked me what I wanted for the occasion. ‘Cocaine,’ I said, ‘I want to try cocaine.’

Uninterested in theme parks or tourist destinations, I got what I wanted as a gift.
My three-year stay there was full of experimentation. After cocaine, I tried LSD. Then when I returned to the Philippines, I was introduced to shabu.

My drug use was intermittent, because I would not use too much of it at a time, mainly since I didn’t have enough money. It took me years before my addiction entered into a full-blown stage, when I would use drugs on a daily basis.

BICOL STANDARD: Was your father aware of your doing drugs?

ERIC: Yes, he was, but I often reassured him that it was under control. He would ask me if I would like to undergo rehab. I told him my drug use was still manageable. The truth was, however, that my drug use was severely affecting my life and the people around me. It was the reason for several failed relationships, and why I started lying to my father. When I realized this, I voluntarily entered into rehab.

BICOL STANDARD: What happened in rehab?

ERIC: I was in for a big surprise, because I thought going to rehab was like going to a resort. At least, that was how it appeared to me when I read the brochure. Little did I know that I would be spending much of my day cleaning, working, and generally being treated almost like a child under the supervision of those who were running the center. Dipisilon.

When my father visited, I decided to ask him to pull me out. I believed that since I entered voluntarily, and had been there for 10 months, I could manage already.

BICOL STANDARD: So did you?

ERIC: No. It took me only two days before getting back to drug use. Two days! These days I tell myself, ‘Why did you do it, Eric? Why would you go to rehab for almost a year and after two days just throw it all away?’

Since then, I had been in rehab for six times. The next times were no longer voluntary; I was forced to go in. But because I had hangups and unresolved conflicts, I could not completely change, and would thus slip in and out of the addiction. To fund it, I would make up excuses to ask money from my father. I would sell items from our house. My drug stash grew bigger and bigger as my addiction did. Meanwhile, my romantic relationships fell apart. It was a cycle in which I was trapped. I could not get out.

BICOL STANDARD: What made you change?

ERIC: Three years ago I met a person who changed my life. Her name is Vangie, and she is the reason why I reformed and resolved to stop drugging.

BICOL STANDARD: How so?

ERIC: I finally found something—or in this case, someone—more important to me than drugs.

Initially, she knew I was doing drugs, but she thought it was casual. When she saw that it was severe, she helped me. She left, saying that while I was doing drugs, she would not return. At first I was defiant. I had a huge stash of drugs to keep me company. But I realized I was lonely. After two days, I begged her, ‘Mag-oli ka.’ I had finally found a reason to stop doing drugs.

BICOL STANDARD: What did you learn from your experience?

ERIC: I learned that change should be inspired. It should never be forced, because there is no way that a forced person would change. I was in rehab for six times. It never worked because I myself was not ready to change. What pushed me to change was the feeling that I was loved. All of my partners left me, and I don’t blame them. But Vangie stuck around. That was enough to make me want to change.

BICOL STANDARD: Is that what keeps you sober these days?

ERIC: That, and my job with the government. These days, I go around institutions sharing my story of how and why I changed. This is a good backup, because I can’t imagine myself lecturing others on how and why to stop doing drugs if I am still using, or planning to use, the illegal substances. I try to be an inspiration for others.

This just goes to show that there is life after drugs. There is hope for these people. I am a living testimony to that. I ask that these people be understood. I ask that these people be given a chance.



Eric’s story is touching the lives not just of the drug users that he is urging to change, but also of students whom he asks to not go into drug use.

As he sits in the waning afternoon light, his face is calm and relaxed, that of a man who almost lost, but thankfully reclaimed himself from the clutches of drug use.
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STI Naga's BSTM course unauthorized--CHED

NAGA CITY, November 11, 2016 (Bicol Standard)—STI Naga branch is not authorized to offer Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management (BSTM), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional director George M. Colorado confirmed to BICOL STANDARD.


In a meeting held November 7 at the library of said school, Colorado emphasized that the school had already received a warning as early as two years ago.

“We repeatedly told the school that it is not allowed to offer Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management (BSTM). Yet, they continued to offer the same course to the students,” he said.

There are at least 35 who have enrolled in the said course, BICOL STANDARD learned.

The other day, CHED issued another reminder that the school is not authorized to offer BSTM.

“STI Naga does not have qualified teachers for said course,” Colorado reiterated.

Already, the students and parents have confronted Jessica Dionne Ramos Nunag, the administrative officer of STI Naga.

“Two years ago, representatives of STI Naga have been making rounds, advertising their course offerings, including BSMT. I feel very angry because it is only now that I learned that they have been warned by CHED not to push through with the opening of the said course, because they have not met the standards and requirements set by the government. But, they insisted and continuously fooled us, Nenita (not her real name) confided to the BICOL STANDARD.

Nunag offered several solutions, however, to the students.

First, they were relentlessly persuaded to shift to another course, like Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM). She said the school will help them transfer to the school of their choice, so that some of their subjects could be credited, except for the subjects in BSMT.

Second, Nunag assured the students that they will refund the amount spent for the subjects that would not be credited.

Dir. Colorado, also emphasized that it is possible that not all the subjects that they took at STI Naga may be credited since other schools may have their own set of rules.

Meanwhile, some students interviewed by the BICOL STANDARD complained that with these developments, they are surely at the losing end since most of the subjects they took for the past two years would not be credited.

They added that, even if the school reimbursed the tuition fees that they spent in taking said subjects, they would have wasted two years of their time because according to them, the school administration knowingly deceived them.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Pulis kan Polangui, nadakop sa cuarto kan saiyang piday?

PILI, Camarines Sur — Sarong pulis na nakadistino sa Polangui, Albay an sinangatan nin reklamo sa Oficina kan Procurador sa Ciudad kan Iriga, sa pagbalga kan ley na inaapod na Indiscriminate Firing. Ini, nin huli sa pagpaputok niya kan saiyang service pistol sa Brgy. Palestina, digdi.



Sabi sa report, si PO3 Roy Regalario na nakadistino sa Polangui, Albay, nagpaaram sa saiyang hefe na mapasiring sa Pili para areglaron an saiyang loan sa AFPSLAI.

Alagad, en vez na sa AFPLAI, nakadalagan siya sa ibang lugar, na segun sa imbestigasyon, sa cuarto suboot kan saiyang piday.

Dinakop si Regalario kan mga miembros kan Pili PNP huli sa reklamo nin Indiscriminate Firing.

Mientrastanto, segun sa pagsiyasat, si Regalario suboot nagkipagsuntokan ngona sa sarong lalaki, ta naabotan siyang nasa laog kan cuarto sa

boarding house kan saiyang suboot ka-relasyon, na agom kan saiyang nakasuntokan.

Huli kan pangyari, suboot si Regalario napiritan magpaputok kan saiyang service pistol na sarong 9mm gloc, kaya siya ipigreklamo.

An pangaran kan babae asin an agom niya na nakasuntokan kan pulis dae sinambit sa report hale sa police.

An solamenteng informasyon na an mag-agom pareyong nagtatrabaho sa call center digdi.
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Gasolinahan hinoldup sa Pasacao

PASACAO, Camarines Sur November 9, 2016 (Bicol Standard) –Nalalay kan 2 holduppers an kantidad P2,000 na cash asin 2 cellphones na sadire kan cashier asin gasoline boy kan Bicol Petroleum sa nangyaring holdup sa Brgy. Odicon, kan fecha 7, (Lunes) alas 11:00 nin banggui.



Segun sa pahayag kan mga victima na sinda Jonathan Marquese y Navalle, taga San Ididro, Pamplona asin Christian Sta. Rosa y de los Reyes, pareyo sinda tinutukan nin badil kan duwang lalaki na nag declarar nin holdup sa gasolinahan.

Base sa declarasyon kan mga victima enot na pinuntariya kan armas na badil kan dae nabistong holdupper an si Marquese (cashier kan gasolinahan) asin sunod si Sta. Rosa (gasoline boy), kasunod an declarasyon nin holdup.

Sabi ni Sta. Rosa, sinugo siya kan saro sa mga holduppers na bukasan an caha de yero kan gasolinahan.

Alagad, nin huli ta mayo nin llave an caha, binadil na lugod kan suspechado an sarayan kan cuarta para mabukasan.

Nakua kan mga parasalakat an kantidad na enot nang nasambit asin an saindang mga gamit na cellphone.

Mientrastanto, marikas na nagdurulag an mga parahabon pasiring sa dae madeterminaran na direksyon.

An mga imbestigador hale sa Pasacao MPS nakakua nin capsula nin bala hale sa calibre .45 na ginamit sa pagsalakat.

Hasta sa pigsusurat an baretang ini, dae pa nabibisto an mga responsable sa krimen.
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Pulis, army na masakyada sa suboot shabu lab sa Matnog, nalubog sa dagat

MATNOG, Sorsogon November 9, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Tarabang na pighahanap ngonian kan mga pulis asin army an saindang mga gamit, arog kan mga badil asin bala, na nagkawarara huli kan pagkalubog kan saindang piglulunadan na banca kasoodmang alas 3:30 nin hapon.



Segun sa bareta, an mga pulis asin army pasiring kuta sa Tikling Island, sa banwaan na ini, tanganing sakyadahon an pigtutubodan na laboratoryo nin shabu.

Mientras na nasa byahe na an grupo, nakasabat suboot sinda nin darakulang alon, na iyong naging causa para malubog an saindang piglulunadan na motor sa dagat.

Huli kan siring na aksidente, dakul na mga gamit na sadire kan gobierno asin personal na mga gamit kan pulis asin soldados an nawawara.

An mga miembros kan Matnog MPS, mga miembros kan Philippine Coast Guard asin Sorsogon Maritime Divers an nagtatarabang ngonian sa search and retrieval operation, para hanapon an mga nawarang mga gamit.

Sa kapareyong report, pig confirmar na mayo man nakulgan o binawian nin buhay sa nasambit na aksidente.

An mga kabale sa nasambit na operasyon iyo sinda PInsp. Joseph Millares, SPO1 Ruel C. Renolayan, SPO1 Ely Moraleda, Leo Carlo Liao, PO1 Christopher Docog, asin an mga miembros kan army na pinamayohan ni CPL Joven Borbor.
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Except for Albay, 5 other Bicol provinces free from cocolisap

LEGAZPI CITY -- Except for Albay, the five other provinces of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Masbate and Catanduanes in the Bicol region are now free from the infestation of coconut scale insects, popularly known as “cocolisap,” according to an official of the Philippines Coconut Authority (PCA) regional office here.

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Eduardo Bailon, PCA Bicol information officer, said this year’s infestation in Sta. Elena and Mercedes towns, both in Camarines Norte, and in Del Gallego and Sipocot towns, both in Camarines Sur have been controlled.

“So far, the most actively infested is Albay province, particularly in Barangay Banao, Guinobatan, where a total of 156 coconut trees have been affected, and in Bonga, Legazpi City, where 224 coconut trees have been confirmed infested by cocolisap,” he said.

Bailon said PCA has conducted immediate treatment of the affected trees by “pruning and trunk injection of pesticides” and monitoring in other areas in the province to ensure the infestation will not affect other coconut plantations.

“Our office has provided salt fertilizers and other technical assistance needed by the coconut farmers,” he said.

Bailon assured farmers that the infestation will be contained and treated within this month.

He added they cannot yet make any estimates on the loss to coconut production in Bicol because PCA is still monitoring the other municipalities in Albay.

“In terms of the market price of coconuts, however, it’s the same. This means that the cocolisap has no effect on the production and prices of coconuts,” Bailon said.

He said there is no reason for the coconut farmers in Albay to panic or for the declaration of an outbreak of cocolisap.

“We have curtailed the problem and local government units are also urged to help in the monitoring so we can immediately address or counter the infestation,” said Bailon. (By Mike de la Rama, PNA)
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Pulis kan Legazpi maghapon naglibot sa ciudad huli sa bomb threat

LEGAZPI CITY, November 8, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Maghapon na nagkasiribot an mga pulis sa pagreparo kan mga lugar na nasambit sa sarong “bomb threat” na pinakuriyat por medio nin sarong text message poon pa kasuodma digdi.


Segun sa mensahe ni PCI Arthur Gomez, an parataram kan PNP Albay, naglibot an saindang mga tawohan sa enterong lugar na nasambit sa homa guikan sa dae nagpabistong tawo, na nagpapatanid na may itatanom sindang bomba.

Hastang kasubagong alas 2:00 nin hapon, si Joy Tango y Usabal, an information officer kan Regional Office kan DILG sa Bicol nagreport sa Legazpi City Police Station may narecibe siyang informasyon hale ki Pia Salamero, an HR Officer kan DILG ROV V na an “bomb threats” naglalakop bako sanang digdi sa DILG Bicol, kundi maging sa DILG-CAR asin sa DILG Regional Office 4-A.

Mientrastanto, nin huli kan nasambit na informasyon, nagpadara tulos nin mga tawohan an pulis sa panginginot ni PSI Randy Bachiller, kan SWAT Legazpi para mag-imbestigar kan nasambit na report.

Afuera kaini, nagpadara man dagos nin EOD personnel sa DILG Office para maseguro an katotohanan kan pigkuriyat na patanid.

Sa ibong na lado, si PCI Malu Calubaquib, an parataram kan PNP sa Bicol nagsabi na hasta sa oras na ini, mayo man sindang narecibeng noticia mapadapit sa pighahaditan na “bomb threat.”
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Bayan Bicol denounces SC decision on Marcos burial at Libingan

LEGAZPI CITY, November 8, 2016 (Bicol Standard)--Bayan Bicol has released the following statement on the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani:


"Madilim na parte at pagsalaula sa mga biktima ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao ang pagpabor ng SC na mailibing si Marcos sa LNMB.

Walang sugat na nahilom, kundi mas lalong sinugatan ang mga pamilya at biktima ng Martial Law.

Pag salaula sa history ng bansa na ang isang Magnanakaw, mamamatay tao at diktador ay malilibing sa LNMB.

Ito ay isang madilim na parte ng Bansa at ang natatanging sulingan ng mga biktima ng Martial Law -- ang SC ay pumabor sa Pamilya Marcos ay isang kalapastanganan sa buong sambayanang Pilipino at sa mga susunod na henerasyon.

Makakapanumbalik ang pamilya ng diktador at malilinis ang pangalan nila dahil sa pagpayag at pagpabor na mailibing si Marcos sa LNMB.

HINDI BAYANI SI MARCOS!"

Bayan Bicol will hold a candle-lighting activity at 5 p.m. in Legazpi City today in response to the Supreme Court's decision.
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GOOD NEWS: Bicolano sets new national record in triple jump

LIBMANAN, Camarines Sur, November 8, 2016 (Bicol Standard)--A Bicolano athlete broke the seven-year-old national triple jump record over the weekend in Pasig City at the Philsports Complex.

Mark Harry Diones
Mark Harry Diones, 22 years old, jumped 16.29 meters, beating the record set by Joebert Delicano in 2009.

Diones, who graduated from Jose Rizal University with a degree in Criminology, hails from Libmanan, Camarines Sur.

He will compete as part of the Philippine track and field team in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next year.
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Graft complaint filed vs former Pamplona mayor, treasurer


PAMPLONA, Camarines Sur, November 8, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – A verified complaint for Falsification of Official Document, Gross Misconduct and Dishonesty was filed with the Office of the Ombudsman against former mayor Gemino A. Imperial and former municipal treasurer Rafael G. Balane by incumbent mayor Augustus Caesar "Ace" M. Cruz and former mayor Rene Francisco last September 2.

The complainants allege that respondent Balane, former Municipal Treasurer, despite his retirement from service effective January 1, 2016, continued to carry on his functions both as Municipal Treasurer and Chairman of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Local Government Unit.

The same complaint said that respondent Balane, despite retirement, even without any extension of service reported to office, signed papers, financial documents, performed duties and received salary and benefits, until July 31, 2016.

Furthermore, both respondents Balane and Imperial, are liable for dishonesty, violation of the Anti Graft and Corrupt and Corrupt Practices Act, Gross Misconduct, Falsification of Public Document, and Prolonging performance of duties and powers, the complainants said.

Atty. Allan Reiz C. Macaraig, counsel for the complainants prays that respondents Balane and Imperial be held criminally, civilly and administratively liable for their acts.

Also, they seek that they both be preventively suspended pending resolution of this case to prevent them from intimidating and influencing witnesses and to safeguard documentary evidence.

Respondents could not be contacted for their reaction on the matter.
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Masbate newspaper finance officer killed

MANDAON, Masbate, November 8, 2016 (Bicol Standard)--The motive is yet to be determined in the killing of the finance officer of a local newspaper in Masbate.



Arnold Catamora y Torella, who worked for Bigwasan sa Radyo, was shot by unidentified men at National Road, Purok Malonggay, Barangay Poblacion, Mandaon, Masbate at around 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

He was a resident of Purok Maligaya, Sitio Binobong, Barangay Poblacion, Mandaon, Masbate.

The victim, police investigators said, was on his way home from the market when said suspects wearing face masks and helmets fired upon him, hitting different parts of his body.

Following the shooting, the suspects boarded a motorcycle and fled to an unknown direction.

Meanwhile, the victim was rushed to Mandaon Medicare Community Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.

The investigators have since launched an in-depth investigation on the incident. Recovered from the crime scene were four pieces of fire cartridge cases and one piece of live ammunition for a caliber .45 pistol.
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More Naga revetment project anomalies unearthed

CANAMAN, Camarines Sur November 87, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Another portion of the Naga River Revetment project that is being implemented by the DPWH 2nd Engineering District faces serious scrutiny, especially the G.I. pipes railings that were discovered to have used substandard construction materials.



Interviewed by the BICOL STANDARD, 2nd Enginering District Head Engr. Rebecca Roces confirmed that her office decided not to approve the collection of NFH Construction, the winning bidder of the said infra project due to the defects discovered by her office.

“We have already repeatedly informed NFH Construction about this matter. But we do not know why the contractor does not seem to want to follow our recommendation,” District Engineer (DE) Roces said.

The G.I pipes that were recommended to be used as railings are much thicker than the ones used in the fininshed project, the report said.

“The total cost of the railings alone is P2,000,000.00. We have recommended that it should be replaced with what is specified in the program of work,” DE Roces said.

This revetment project that is being implemented by NFH Construction has total cost appropriation of P50,000,000.00.

The area where it is designated to be implemented runs along the Naga River, from Brgy. Dayangdang to Brgy. Penafrancia.

Meanwhile, in the same interview, it was also learned that the contractor had made several attempts to have his payment for the said project, but the said officials would not approve of said request.

As these developed, more alleged irregularities are now being investigated by the Citizens Crime Watch (CCW), through its Secretary General Carlo Batalla.

CCW told the Bicol Standard that anytime this week, they will be sending their own volunteers to help in the documentation of the alleged anomalies in the construction of the revetment project along the Naga River.

"We wrote a letter already to Sec. Villar to investigate on the matter not only to the collapsed portion but the entire span of the project to ensure its integrity. And of course to ensure that public fund is not wasted," Diego Magpantay of the Citizens Crime Watch said this morning.

The said project was funded thru the help of former congresswoman, now vice President, Leni Robredo.
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Bicol PNP on alert due to bomb threats in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY, November 8, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – The Police Regional Office 5 has issued an official statement on the bomb threats in Albay that have been circulating on social media and text messages.

Screenshot grabbed from the Facebook account of Noris Mingoy

"Though we are still verifying the authenticity of these malicious reports, it is still prevalent for all to be vigilant especially this coming yuletide season. PRO5 in coordination with other law enforcement agencies are well aware of the emerging threat and are also steadfastly conducting intelligence-gathering measures and security operations to prevent terror acts through the Bicol area,” the statement reads.

“We will ensure the safety and security of the public,” it added.

PNP Bicol further said that it enjoins everyone to “report any suspicious persons, activities and unusual occurrences in public such as boxes and bags left unattended, people checking areas or buildings, people trying to enter secure areas, or people at events wearing too much clothing or any untoward incidents and crime situations to the nearest police station or through social media (Twitter- @PRO5React; FB: Kasurog Bicol; website: www.pro5.pnp.gov.ph)
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DPWH orders repair, replacement of collapsed Naga City revetment

CANAMAN, Camarines Sur, November 8, 2016 (Bicol Standard)—Amidst public uproar on the collapse of parts of the Naga River revetment project, Engr. Rebecca Roces of the Camarines Sur 2nd Engineering District told the BICOL STANDARD that she ordered the contractor to replace the eroded portion, including the other parts that show cracks.

Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Roces said that as early as Sunday morning, she already sent inspectors to examine the extent of the damage.

Said inspectors, according to Roces, confirmed that there are other areas that are damaged.

“A little over 200 meters are subject for replacement, apart from the 55 meters that collapsed,” she said.

She added that she talked to the contractor, who promised to make the repair as soon as possible.

The contractor, she confirmed, is wholly cooperative with the DPWH.

The contractor asked for some time for the equipment to be transported to the area.

Roces said that one of the triggers of the collapse was the construction of the Sto. Nino Memorial Park fence, which possibly resulted to the accumulation of water runoff that later seeped into the portion that brought about the collapse of parts of the revetment.

She said, however, that a thorough inspection is underway to remedy the problem. The expenses would be shouldered entirely by the contractor, she said.

Furthermore, Roces assured the public that the agency is paying close attention to the concern.
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Monday, November 7, 2016

Comelec: Registration for barangay, SK polls start Nov 7

MANILA November 7, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced that the registration for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled October next year will start today until April 29, 2017.

Photo via www.comelec.gov.ph/

Spokesman James Jimenez said that their offices nationwide will be open from Monday to Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, except on December 24 and 25 and April 13 and 14 to accommodate more registrants.

He also further explained that they will conduct mandatory satellite registrations at least twice in every barangay, nationwide.
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Mag-ama nakuryente sa Minalabac, pareyo binawian nin buhay

MINALABAC, CSur November 7, 2016 (Bicol Standard) – Binawian tulos nin buhay si Jeremy Alpe y Sapusao, 18 anyos, asin an saiyang ama na si Luis Alpe y de los Reyes, 49 anyos, pareyo residentes Sitio Tagudtod, Brgy. San Jose, huli sa pagka-kuryente kan Sabado (November 5).



Segun sa imbestigasyon, an naging causa kan kagadanan kan mag amang Alpe iyo si illegal na koneksyon nin kuryente hale sa residencia ni Isaac Guarnes y Yanto pasiring sa mga residencia ninda Roberto Rambuyong y Balang asin Arturo Oliva y Deguia, sa Brgy. Sagrada, digdi.

Idinagdag sa report na poco mas o menos alas 12:00 kan Sabadong odto, mantang si Luis Alpe asin Sixto Balang Jr y Malate nag eestoryahan, nagabot si saiyang aki na si Jeremy Alpe para maghatod nin pangodtohan.

Sa puntong ini, naheling na sana kan gurang na Alpe na nagkikimig-kimig an saiyang aking si Jeremy, ta nakadoot siya sa wire na igwang kuryente na illegal na nakatakod hale sa residencia ni Isaac Guarnes, pasiring sa harong ninda Roberto Rambuyong asin Arturo Oliva.

Mientrastanto, mantang nagdadalihig an makusog na voltahe kan kuryente sa lawas ni Jeremy, nag agap an saiyang ama. Sinoble kaini an tsinelas ni Sixto Balang asin binognot si wire na pig guikanan kan kuryente na nakadoot sa lawas kan saiyang aki.

Huli kaini, nagdalihig man sa kuryente sa lawas kan gurang na Alpe.

Pareyo sinda binawian nin buhay.

Si Luis Alpe nagtatrabaho bilang pastor nin itik.

Idinagdag sa imbestigasyon na dinara sa hepatura kan pulis sinda Guarnes, Rambuyong asin Oliva para sa nagpapadagos na imbestigasyon.

Pig hahalat pa kan pulis na ma-completo an imbestigasyon antes na mag sangat nin caso sa mga posibleng imbuelto sa nasambit na krimen.
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