Saturday, July 29, 2017

Ret pulis, 2ng suno sa motorsiklo gadan sa aksidente

LEGAZPI CITY 07/29/17 (BICOLSTANDARD ) – Tulong personas, an saro digdi retiradong pulis an nagadan sa makangirhat na aksidente sa tinampo sa Purok 1, Barangay Cabunturan, Malinao, Albay, sabi sa report kan pulis.

Segun ki Police Chief Inspector Arthur R. Gomez, an Police Provincial Office Public Information officer nangyari an aksidente kasubagong alas 4:56 ngonin na hapon.

An nagadan na retiradong pulis iyo si Pedro Clet y Cruzana na taga Barangay Libtong, Tiwi, Albay.

An duwang iba pa na mga kasunod sa motorsiklo, na pareyo man nagadan dai pa pinangaranan sa report.

Nagluluwas sa pag-siyasat na nagadan tulos an dating pulis huli sa mortal na mga tama, kabale an pagkapusak kan saiyang payo sa cementadong tinampo.

Sabi sa imbestigasyon an motorsiklo na piglulunadan kan mga victima nagdadalagan hale sa Malinao pasiring sa Tiwi.

An nakabangaan kan motorsiklo iyo an Suzuki Ertiga na awto na pasiring an dalagan sa Tabaco City.

Sabi pa sa imbestigasyon nakalaog sa walang linya kan tinampo an sports utility vehicle kaya nabudalan kaini an motorsiklo na piglulunadan kan mga victima.

An awto pig mamaneho ni Jimmy Boglagdan y Anaclero, taga Barangay Sogod, Tiwi, Albay.

Nagpapadagos pa an imbestigasyon kan kasong ini hasta ngonian.

3ng lalaki, binadil an sarong paraoma sa Libon, Albay

LIBON, Albay –Binadil kan tulong lalaki si Manolo Saysay y Senadan, 41, paraoma, residente kan Purok 7, Barangay Buga, sa banwaan na ini.

An mga suspechado bigla na sanang nag dulok sa victima na yaon sa saindang residencia kasuodmang alas 5:20 nin aga.

Sabi sa report kan pulis dai bisto an mga para gadan na marikas na nagdulag pasiring sa dai maaraman na lugar.

Malinaw sa mga pangyayari na pig plano an pag gadan kan victima kaya dai lamang nakapreparar si Saysay.

Nagkapirang angulo an pigsisiyasat kan mga awtoridad tanganing maaraman kun ano an motibo kan pag gadan.

Lalaki binadil sa tungod kan saindang harong sa Albay

CAMALIG, Albay (Bicol Standard) –Mayo nin nakabisto kan duwang lalaki na nakalunad sa pulang scooter na iyo an nag-gadan ki Jayson Navera y Sabdao, residente kan Barangay Palanog digdi.

Si Navera yaon sa luwas kan saindang residencia, poco mas o menos alas 8:00 kasubangui (Hulyo 28) kan siya dinulok kan para gadan.

Tinamaan nin bala hale sa badil kan suspechado an victima.

Idinalagan pa siya sa Municipal Health Office (MHO) kan banwaan.

Alagad, sabi kan doctor, mayo na siya nin buhay.

Nagpapadagos pa an imbestigasyon sagkod sa sinusurat an baretang ini.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

House transport panel outlines priority bills for current legislative session

The House committee on transportation has laid down its legislative priorities for the second regular session of the 17th Congress.

Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, chair of the House transportation panel, bared the legislative track of the committee during his “State of the Committee Address” on Wednesday.

Sarmiento said the panel will push for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Amendment Law which will separate the operator and regulatory functions of the agency.

Sarmiento said a Philippine Airport Development Corporation Bill will be filed within the week which will provide institutional reform for a unified aerodrome policy.

This is one of the priority measures of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Other priority measures of the Speaker that are also aligned with that of the committee’s include the Merging of Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB) into the land Transportation Authority and the establishment of the Philippine Railways Authority.

Sarmiento said the panel will also focus on the “much delayed important legislation” which seeks the establishment of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Furthermore, the committee will undertake other priority bills such as the Sustainable Transportation Act, Harbor Pilotage Act, and the Investigation of Third Party Liability Insurance, the lawmaker noted.

Sarmiento called on the House leadership to strengthen the committee by providing a special budget for hiring railway, aviation, and maritime engineers and consultants to validate all the reports from the agencies. (Filane Mikee Cervantes/PNA)

House okays government rightsizing bill

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on third and final reading a measure which seeks to rightsize the ballooning bureaucracy in order to improve the delivery of public service.

With 230 votes in the affirmative, 6 negative, and no abstention, the lower chamber approved House Bill 5707, also known as the “Rightsizing the National Government Act,” covering all agencies of the executive branch.

President Rodrigo Duterte in his second State of the Nation Address on Monday called for the immediate passage of the Rightsizing Bill.

Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, principal author of the bill, cited the need to improve the quality of government service deliver by reducing redundancy and rationalizing operations, support systems, and organization structure.

“The passage of the bill will further ensure the long term sustainability of our government service through resource mobilization and cost effective public expenditure management,” said Nograles.

The Philippine President is granted the authority in the rightsizing of the operations of the executive branch in accordance with the guiding policies and guidelines under the proposed measure.

The bill seeks the creation of the Committee on Rightsizing the Executive Branch to oversee the implementation of the rightsizing program.

The said committee shall be composed of the Executive Secretary as the Chairperson, and the Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) as Co-Chairperson.

The members of the committee will include the Socio-Economic Planning Secretary, Chairperson of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), and the Head of the Presidential Management Staff.

The committee will be tasked to create an overall change management program, including communication plans to effectively manage the transition and ensure the smooth implementation of the rightsizing program.

It shall also formulate the mechanisms to safeguard the welfare of employees who may be affected by the rightsizing efforts as well as the appropriate organizational development program.

Under the bill, the affected personnel hired on a permanent basis and with appointments attested by the CSC, shall be entitled to retirement benefits and separation incentives.

There will also be a Joint Congressional Oversight Committee to oversee, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Act to be composed of five members each from the Senate and from the House of Representatives. (Filane Mikee Cervantes/PNA)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Groups oppose cutting of trees in Naga City

NAGA CITY 7/26/17 (Bicol Standard)--Two groups have joined forces to oppose the cutting of trees along Magsaysay Avenue and San Felipe here.

The groups, Sulog and Save 651, have released a petition earlier today on social media to strongly protest the "retrogressive plan of the DPWH."

"WHILE WE UPHOLD the need for safe roads and highways, and passable thoroughfares, we believe these can be achieved without harming, injuring, or cutting decades and century-old trees," the petition reads.

"TREES ALONG ROADS AND HIGHWAYS are not inimical to public interest or public safety; neither are they obstacles to progress and development," it continues.

""WE CALL FOR ACTION from our responsible Local Government Officials to actively and actually pursue a green propaganda and PUT A STOP to non-renewal actions. We used to call for a Clean and Green Naga City; Without trees how could that be possible? The Official Logo of Naga City has a symbolic tree in it, how have we ignored our very own symbol? WE LIVE IN THIS DANGEROUS ERA OF GLOBAL WARMING, and Our conscious efforts in alleviating its effects could be an insurmountable challenge; but it must be done."

"THEREFORE, We sign this Petition to ask the DENR, DPWH, and the LGU Naga City to CEASE and DESIST from all tree-cutting activities and CONVENE all sectors to address once and for all the viable and green alternatives available to us."

"Let us all lend a hand to save trees," it adds.

POEA warns vs fake websites luring jobseekers

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned the public against several fake websites luring those who are looking for jobs abroad.

This after the agency has identified unscrupulous websites which use its name and logo.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Undersecretary Bernard Olalia warned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and those who are planning to apply for employment in other countries, to verify first the legitimacy of job vacancies.

He noted that the proliferation of some fake POEA pages in social media, particularly on Facebook such as Donald HRserv, POEA Jobs Online, OFW POEA Jobs Abroad, POEA Jobs Abroad, POEA Job Hiring USA, POEA Job Hiring Australia, POEA Job Hiring UK, POEA Job Agency Hiring, POEA Trabaho Abroad Hiring, POEA Jobs in Dubai, Work Abroad-POEA Licensed Company, and POEA Accredited Licensed Agency.

The agency issued the warning after it received reports that some unscrupulous individuals and groups are illegally using their name and logo to advertise job vacancies in countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and the United States.

Olalia added that these job opportunities advertised on social media are not verified nor approved by the POEA, adding that the public can either validate the legitimacy of the job vacancies or the recruitment agencies through the official website of POEA,

Likewise, he clarified that the agency's official Facebook accounts are and These pages have check marks which are authenticated by Facebook.

The public may call their hotline numbers at 7221144 and 7221155, for inquiries, concerns, and to verify legitimate job vacancies and recruitment agencies. (Ferdinand G. Patinio/PNA)

Friday, July 21, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: In Naga City, bakwits from Marawi cry for help

NAGA CITY 7/19/17 (Bicol Standard) – “We have lost everything, except the hope of living again,” 22-year-old Norhana Bonca, one of the 50 or so bakwits or evacuees from war-torn Marawi City who came to Naga City told the BICOL STANDARD.

Now residing in a small and cramped house in Lerma, Bonca narrated that they fled their city after a bomb fell on their rooftop.

“We were feeling very unsafe as we would hear gunfire and bombings all day long,” she said.

Taking only the most basic needs that they could carry, they went to Cagayan de Oro City to escape the crisis.

“We had nothing to eat for a week. We had limited money, and the price of a sack of rice there reached more than 7,000 pesos.”

Some bakwits, she narrated, even turned to eating non-edible items such as Styrofoam, if only to stave off hunger.

Bonca said their group decided to go to Naga City, where they have a relative, Armela Bonca-Paqui.

Bonca-Paqui, who now hosts the evacuees in her home, said she did not hesitate to welcome her relatives, who have nowhere else to go.

“Some of the children are still suffering from trauma. One even has stopped speaking and just lays down in bed all day long because of what they experienced in their village,” she said. “They probably need medical attention."

Meantime, 26-year-old Alinoding Alexander, is being treated at Bicol Medical Center for internal bleeding.

“We are appealing to the good people of Bicol to send us help as we try to rebuild our lives,” Norhana Bonca pleaded, blinking back tears.

Hinulid's Mark Laccay wins Best Sound at 40th Gawad Urian

NAGA CITY 7/21/17 (Bicol Standard)--Mark Laccay of Bicol film Hinulid won the Best Sound Award in the 40th Gawad Urian Awards held last night at ABS-CBN.

"Para po sa gabos na Bikolnon ini," Mark Laccay said during the awards show.

"Dakulang pasasalamat sa gabos na nagmamakulog asin nagtatabang samuya!" Director Kristian Cordero posted on Facebook.

The film was also nominated for Best Actress (Nora Aunor), Best Supporting Actor (Jess Mendoza), Production Design (Ryan Cuatrona & Celine Belino).

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Suspect sa illegal drugs, binadil sa hotel

DAET, Camarines Norte (BICOL STANDARD) –Saro na naman na suspechadong paratinda nin illegal na droga an nabadil, gadan kan mga awtoridad.

Nabisto siya sa pangaran na Rey Dela Pena, alyas “Rey”, na natimbog sa buy-bust operation sa Room A-5, kan Ritz Hotel, sa barangay IV, Daet, Camarines Norte kan sarong banggui, alas 7:30.

An suspechado nag eestar sa Urban Poon, Barangay Alawihao, Daet, Camarines norte.

An imbuelto sa operasyon iyo an mga miembros kan Daet PNP asin mga katuwang na mga awtoridad na nag tarabang sa pig planong operasyon.

Ipinahayag kan mga awtoridad na durante kan buy bust operation naka malesya si De la Pena na mga police an saiyang naka transaction kaya nag bunot siya kan saiyang armas na calibre .45, kaya binadil kan mga awtoridad.

Afuera kan badil, nakua sa saiyang poder an mga illegal drugs asin drug paraphernalia na pugol ngonian kan mga pulis.

Bicol International Airport, dai pa mahahaman

DARAGA, Albay (Bicol Standard) -- Ma-aatraso pang maray an pagpoon kan construction kan Bicol International Airport sa Daraga, Albay, pagkatapos na pondohon ini, apisar kan inaprobaran na ni Presidente Duterte an proyekto.

Segun sa report an Department of Transportation dai pa nag issue kan notice to proceed sa construction kan P4.8B na international airport, na dapat matapos kuta na sa laog kan tulong taon na target kan gobierno.

Sabi sa informasyon, an delay nangyari huli ta maski pa inaprobaran na an “notice of award”, mayo pa nin “Notice to Proceed”, para sa International Airport.

Si Presidente Duterte iyo an nanginotan sa groundbreaking ceremony kan Bicol International Airport kan Deciembre 2016 na kun saen ipig promise kan hefe ejecutibo na matatapos ini sa laog nin tulong taon, na mayo nin corruption.

Mientrastanto, poon kan pinonan ini, an Bicol International Airport, an gobierno nag gastos nan in kantidad P1.6 B para sa pagbakal kan daga asin construction kan 2.1 kilometros na runway.

An airport namumugtak sa barangay Alobo, Daraga, Albay, asin namumugtak sa 148 hectaryas na daga na may 2,100 na metro na runway strip.

US-funded Bicol agri-water project benefits over 600 farmers

Over 600 local farmers are now adopting new technologies and disaster-resilient rice farming practices to reduce the impact of natural calamities and improve food security in the Bicol region.

These benefits were gained through the completed PHP76-million Bicol Agri-Water Project (BAWP) that received funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“USAID is pleased to work with our partners to help rice farmers in the Bicol region gain new knowledge and skills that will help them be prepared and more resilient to the impacts of natural hazards,” said USAID Philippines Executive Office Acting Chief Timothy Marlowe in a statement.

As a result of the project’s Climate Field School Program, local government partners have also adopted the use of a seasonal climate forecast.

USAID also presented the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) with a training manual for farmers on how natural disasters impact rice production and how they could use different farming techniques to improve harvests.

“Preparedness is much better and cheaper than response and through the Bicol Agri-Water Project, farmers are now better prepared for the future,” said DA-Regional Field Officer 5 Regional Executive Director Dr. Elena De Los Santos.

The project is implemented by the University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation, Inc. (UPLBFI), in partnership with the DA’s Regional Field Office 5 (DA-RFO5), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, International Research Institute – Columbia University, Central Bicol State University, Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry, and the local governments of Camarines Sur, Albay, Nabua, Buhi and Polangui. (LDV/PNA)

Bicolano writer Carlos Arejola passes away

NAGA CITY 7/20/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Bicolano writer Carlos A. Arejola has passed away due to a heart attack earlier today.

Among his initiatives are the the Premio Tomas Arejola Para sa Literaturang Bikolnon, the Juliana Arejola-Fajardo Workshop sa Pagsurat Bikol, Pili Banwaan Ko, Padangat Ko Cultural Heritage Society.

He was also the recipient of the Carlos Palanca Award for Literature, 2003 Gawad Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, and the 2002 Homelife Poetry Prize.

His works include Wala Akong Bitbit na Sawiang Puso Tuwing Naglalakbay; Si Miriam asin an Saiyang Samhod, Panlampaso, Pantrapo, asin Panhakbot nin Ati; and part of Boom, Boom, Boom An Mga Aki kan Camarinezoom.

He was a member of Kabulig Bikol Writer's Association, Sumaro Bikolnon, Philippine Center of the International PEN, Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, and Child Labor Education Task Force (CLETF).

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Duterte warns Catanduanes drug suspects

President Rodrigo R. Duterte did not mince words when he warned the NBI director involved in the Catanduanes shabu laboratory that he will not be spared.

"May isa pa ditong NBI director...bantay ka sa akin. Yung sa Catanduanes," he said in his speech at the Malacanang last Monday.

"Sinesekreto niyo lang yan, 'di ninyo binabalita. Bilyon 'yun," he said.

The NBI Director, who was not named by Duterte in his speech, is Atty. Augusto Eric "Tay Eric" C. Isidoro.

Isidoro, according to the amended complaint filed by Ernesto Besmonte Tabor, Jr. last July 4 "masterminded the manufacture of dangerous drugs" in said facility.

The clandestine shabu laboratory could produce at least 300 kilos of the illegal drug per day.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Caltex to grant up to P100K for Bicol high school teachers selected in Fuel Your School program

NAGA CITY – The days of chalk and Manila paper are over as far as teaching Science and Math is concerned for the highest-need public high schools in the Bicol Region. Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, and Southern Cross Distribution Inc. (SCDI), Caltex branded marketer, today launched Caltex Fuel Your School (FYS) to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning into the 21st century.

CPI Country Chairman Peter Morris said during the launch event of Caltex FYS in the Caltex station along Diversion Rd., Naga City, “From August 1 to September 30, 2017, for every 1-liter purchase of Caltex with Techron at any Caltex station in Bicol Region, we will donate one peso (P1) to support qualified projects in STEM subjects.”

CPI is allocating P3 million for the purchase of learning and teaching equipment for students and teachers in Bicol Region’s 30 highest-need public high schools. “Tomorrow’s engineers are today’s school children. Caltex Fuel Your School is a social investment that doesn’t just help us – it helps the communities where we operate. The jobs of tomorrow are important not only to the success of our business, but also to a country’s ability to compete in the global marketplace,” stated Morris.

“We are very grateful to find a partner in Southern Cross Distribution Inc. or SCDI that reflects Chevron’s values in the way we do business and the way we help communities. Aside from leveraging their network of 22 Caltex stations across Bicol, SCDI is also donating P1.5 million to the project in support of STEM and to challenge other businesses, especially those that rely on STEM workers, to support the same,” added Morris.

The multi-awarded Caltex FYS is in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), the American Chamber Foundation (ACF), and SCDI. The partners hope to boost the teaching of STEM subjects by equipping less privileged public high schools with quality learning materials.

The DepEd Region V office selected the highest-need public high schools in the region to participate in the campaign. AmCham will screen the proposed projects (to know more about the selection, visit Caltex Facebook page), with the resulting shortlisted schools’ projects to be posted on the Caltex FYS Facebook page for voting.

The target P3 million will be used to buy interactive multi-media projectors, LED TVs, laptops, tablets, WIFIs, lab equipment and other modern teaching aids.

Morris assures that Caltex FYS is set to fuel up STEM learning in more schools in the country every year. Aside from Bicol, the program has already raised P8 million over the past two years which is helping almost 200,000 high school students in Metro Manila and Davao better learn STEM.

“We are issuing a call-to-action to other businesses to join Chevron in supporting project-based learning methods to increase engagement in STEM and promote engineering design thinking in classrooms. This is not a small challenge, and the business community has to do its part. If we want to truly make a difference, we must all work together to provide educators with resources to interest students and prepare them for STEM related careers,” said Morris in his address.

CPI is committed to contribute to the development of education in the country through its long-term Energy for Learning initiative under which more and more programs are being created to provide learning and livelihood skills to disadvantaged people.

Legazpi City is Child-Friendly Local Governance Awardee

LEGAZPI CITY 7/18/17 -- The city government of Legazpi bagged the Best Local Government Unit award for its implementation of a child-friendly program in the entire region.

Legazpi Mayor Noel E. Rosal on Tuesday morning received a plaque of recognition from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Bicol at La Roca restaurant in this city.

Rosal said that one of the most priority agenda of his administration is the child welfare program as part of protecting the children from abuses and encouraging them to finish their studies for their good future.

The city government of Legazpi has constructed elementary school buildings in different villages here and Special Program for Education (SPED) Centers, all located at the down town areas of this city, Rosal added.

He noted that the 13 school buildings established by his administration would serve as an instrument for improving the high quality education of children particularly those residing in far-flung areas of Legazpi.

City Councilor Vince Baltazar III, author of the City Children’s Rights and Welfare Code enacted by the members of the City Council, said that based on the Code, Legazpi must be a conducive place for the holistic development of children residing in this city to make sure they are always protected from all forms of abuses.

Baltazar noted the city administration should always protect the rights of the children for their survival and development.

According to the code, the city government shall support the family as a basic social institution by giving assistance to children in various forms and providing trainings to parents to make them more capable of rearing healthy children during the earliest stages of infancy to adolescence, Baltazar pointed out.

He said the city government should encourage private and people’s organizations and other non-government groups to sponsor programs and projects designed to promote health as well education and general welfare of the children.

Other LGUs of Albay that received the same awards were Ligao City and the Municipalities of Guinobatan, Camalig, Polangui, Santo Domingo, Malilipot, Malinao, Tiwi, Bacacay, Daraga, Jovellar, Libon, Oas and Rapu-Rapu. (Emmanuel Solis/PNA)

Monday, July 17, 2017

NPA claims shooting alleged robber in Sorsogon

JUBAN, Sorsogon 7/17/17--An alleged robber was killed while a bystander was injured after six unidentified members of the New People's Army (NPA) fired at them at Barangay Sablayan, this town yesterday afternoon.

Arvin Habana Janoras, 43 years old, an electrician, and a resident of Barangay Tughan, this town was going to the house of Danny Diamante to deliver a fighting cock.

Six men led by one "Steve," armed with two M16 rifles and two short firearms approached Janoras and fired a gun several times, hitting him on the different parts of his body.

Bystander Louie Sentes Diego was hit on his left leg.

After shooting the victim, the perpetrators told the bystanders not to be afraid and that the victim was a robber.

We will liquidate all the groups of robbers, they said.

The victim, who died instantaneously was brought to Juban Municipal Health Office for autopsy.

Meanwhile, Diego was rushed to Sorsogon Provincial Hospital.

Recovered from the crime scene were ten (10) empty shells for caliber .45 and one (1) piece of live ammunition for caliber .45.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Populasyon kan Cam Sur, maabot nang 2 milyones--PSA

NAGA CITY 7/15/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Poon kan taon 2010 sagkod kan 2015, nagdugang an populasyon kan Camarines Sur nin 130,173, sabi sa pinaka bagong release na bareta kan Philippine Statistics Authority kasuodma.

An boot sabihon, sa presente an total na populasyon kan provincia 1,952,544 ngonian.

Kan taon 2010 an populasyon kan Camarines Sur, 1,822,371 an total.

Nangangahulugan na an kada taon, an satong populasyon minadagdag nin 1.32%.

Mientrastanto, an Naga City pa man guiraray an may pinakadakulang populasyon sa Cam Sur.

Sabi kan PSA, an Naga City may total na populasyon na 196,003.

An Iriga City 111,757.

Sa mga banwaan, an may pinakadakol na tao iyo an Libmanan 108,716 o kulang sana nin 3,041ng tawo, antes na mapantayan kan Libmanan an populasyon kan Iriga City.

Pili –89,545

Nabua –83,874

Calabanga – 83,033

Buhi -77,143

Bula, 69,430

Tinambac – 67,572

Sipocot – 64,855

Goa – 63,308

Baao -58,849

Ragay – 58,214

Lagonoy – 55,465

Tigaon -55,272

Minalabac – 52,390

An pinaka sadit na populasyon sa 35ng mga banwaan kan Camarines Sur iyo an Gainza na igwa sana nin 11,262 na populasyon ngonian.

Mas dakul man guiraray an mga lalaki sa Camarines Sur ki kan sa mga babae, ta sa kada 104 na lalaki, igwa sana nin 100 na babae, sa provinciang ini.

Sabi pa kan survey kan PSA, mas dakul an mga lalaki na dai nag aagom ki kan sa mga babae.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Taga-Nabua, CSur bagong pamayo kan Highway Patrol Group

Si Chief Supt Arnel Escobal kan Philippine Military Academy Class 1987, iyo an nagribay ki C/Supt Antonio Gardiola bilang pamayo kan Highway Patrol Group kan nasyon.

Si Gardiola iyo an bagong magtukaw na Bicol PNP Regional Director kan Bicol.

Dati siyang deputy regional director for Administration sa Region VI.

Matua siyang tugang ni Supt. Filmore Escobal, na dating City Director kan Naga City PNP.

Iyo ini an saiyang primerong National Support Unit Assignment.

Si Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal propiong taga San Francisco, Nabua, Camarines Sur, aki ni depuntong Mariano Escobal, na dati man na miembro kan PNP sa Camarines Sur.

Si C/Supt Escobal saro man na abogado, na naka pasar kan 1998, alagad tinugotan pa sanang mag firma sa Roll of Attorneys kan naka aging Mayo.

Nag graduar siya sa San Beda Law School.

Mientrastanto, maroromdoman na dati siyang miembro kan Intel Group kan PNP. Kan 1990, mantang nag coconducir nin surveillance operation sa Naga City, na-imbuelto siya sa shooting incident na nagresulta sa pagka gadan ni Rodney Nueca.

Nangyari an incidente sa Sa Harong Café Bar and Restaurant sa Barlin Street.

Motorboat nalunod sa dagat, 7 anyos na aki nawawara

AROROY, Masbate 7/14/17 (BICOLSTANDARD) -- Pighahanap pa sagkod ngonian kan mga tawohan kan Coast Guard katabang an Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office kan banwaan na ini an siete (7) anyos na aki na nakalunad sa nalunod na sakayan na de motor, kaiba an tulo pang familia.

Sabi sa report kan Philippine Coast Guard, hale sa Bulan, Sorsogon an motor sa dagat kan Hulyo 12ng bangui pasiring sa Carles, Iloilo tanganing mag-atendir nin kasalan.

Mantang nagdadalagan an sakayan na saindang piglulunadan, nakasabat sinda nin subasko na may kaibang darakulong alon, na iyo an ginikanan kan pagkalunod kan saindang piglulunadan.

An PCG nagpahayag na sa 10 tawo an lunad sa sakayan siyam (9) an nakasalvar.

Pighahanap pa hasta ngonian an 7 na aking nawawara, na nabisto sa pangaran na Rea Roso Molo.

Nadifisilan an mga naghahanap sa nawawarang aki huli ta makusog an uran asin mahiro an dagat sa pinangyarihan kan aksidente.

Dir Santiago, bagong RD kan Department of Tourism sa Bicol

NAGA CITY 7/14/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Pig designer poon kasuodma (Julio 13) ni Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo si Director Benjamin F. Santiago bilang bagong hefe kan Regional Office kan Department of Tourism sa Bicol.

An desisyon na ini kasunod kan pag-retiro sa pwesto ni dating DOT Regional Director Maria Ravanilla kan Julio 12.

Si Santiago nagserve bilang Regional Director kan National Capital Region sa laog nin limang bulan. 

Carnappers strike in Naga City

NAGA CITY 7/14/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Two violations of the New Anti-Carnapping Act of 2016 were recorded in this city this week.

One was reported on July 12 by victim Cesar Dalaodao y Boragay.

The victim, a 21-year-old student, parked and left unattended and unlocked his red and black Honda Wave 100 motorcycle at the parking space outside the perimeter fence of Naga College Foundation, Penafrancia Avenue, Barangay Penafrancia.

When he came back to get the motorcycle, he discovered the same to be missing.

The police after receiving the report coordinated with the Office of the School Safety Security to review the CCTV footage. However, the camera installed at said place was defective.

Meantime, on July 11, Danilo Sta. Ana y Delosa said he parked and left his Honda XRM in front of the house that he was renting. The following day, the motorcycle was missing.

Investigation and follow-up operation are being conducted by the local police relative to the two incidents. Other police stations have also been alerted.

Lalaki tinamaan nin kikilat sa Iriga City, gadan

IRIGA CITY 7/14/17 (BICOLSTANDARD) – Nakuang saro nang bangkay si Ruben Oliva y Dela Cruz, residente kan Zone 2, Cusasay St., Barangay Sto. Nino digdi.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador nadiskubre an dai nang hinangos lawas kan victima ni Tita Llagas y Oliva, esposa kan gadan.

An sabi kan agom kan victima nag-susug siya sa saiyang agom sa oma pakatapos nin makusog na uran.

Naheling suboot niya an saiyang agom na nakahigda na sa may poon nin Pili, na may mga lapnos sa lawas.

Posible na tinamaan siya nin kikilat na iyong naging causa kan saiyang kagadanan.

Dinara sa Sain Lawrence Morge sa Baao, Camarines Sur an hawak kan gadan para ipa-autopsy.

Nag salakat sa Pasacao, CSur, nadakop

PASACAO, CSur 7/14/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Maatubang nin casong criminal na pagsalakat (Robbery) si Mariano Briosa y Canezo na residente kan Zone 7, Brgy. Villarey, Brgy. San Cirilo digdi.

Si Briosa nadakop kan pulis sa hot pursuit operation, pagkatapos na itukdo ni Mila Delara y Maniego na iyo an nagsalakat sa saiyang residencia asin naghabon nin mga gamit.

Nagluluwas sa police report na an suspechado nag-fuerza na naglaog sa residencia ni Delara sa paagi kan pag gamit nin halabang kawayan tanganing raoton an an saindang pwertahan para makalaog.

Mantang nasa laog kan harong kinua kan suspechado an sarong cell phone asin 1ng unit nin iPhone na an kantidad P30,000.00.

Mientrastanto, mantang padulag an suspechado napahalnas siya harane sa gate, asin nahulog hale sa saiyang bulsa an hinabon na celphone kaya nabisto siya.

An mga pulis na naglansar nin hot pursuit operation nadakop an suspechado.

Pighahanda na ngonian an kaso na isasangat contra saiya.

Nangyari an incidente pasado alas 12:30 nin mag-omagahon kasuodma, sabi sa report ni PO2 Ryan R. Dominguez kan Pasacao PNP.

Panawagan para sa Buslo ng Tula: Antolohiya ng mga Tulang Pambata sa Iba’t Ibang Wika ng Pilipinas

Mga Editor: Carlos A. Arejola at Eugene Y. Evasco

Iniimbitahan ang lahat na mag-ambag para sa kauna-unahang antolohiya ng mga tulang pambatang nakasulat sa anumang wika sa Pilipinas. Pahahalagahan ng mga editor ang mga tinig hindi lamang sa mga pangunahing wika sa bansa (hal. Tagalog, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Ilokano, Bikol, Hiligaynon, Waray, Sebuano) kundi mga wikang katutubo, dialekto (hal. Tagalog-Palawan), at mga barayti ng lingua franca (hal. Filipino-Davao) upang maipamalas ang konsepto ng bata at pagkabata sa buong kapuluan.

Matagal nang napag-iiwanan ang tulang pambata sa kalakhang produksiyon ng panitikang pambata sa usapin ng dami at kalidad. Ang kadalasang nalalathala at naipababasa sa mga bata ay mga tulang didaktiko o nangangaral na masusumpungan sa mga textbook. Nilalayon ng proyektong ito na makapag-ambag ng mga bagong tula para sa mga bata na tutugon sa kanilang interes, kakayahan, buhay, kultura, at panlasa.

Bukas ang antolohiya sa lahat ng wika ng bansa. Balak ng mga editor na ilathala ang mga tula sa orihinal na wika na may kalakip na salin sa wikang Filipino. Maaaring tradisyonal ang anyo at nakabatay sa tulang-bayan. Maaari rin namang makabago ang tulang pambata sa anyo at nilalaman. Tumatanggap kami ng mga lirikal na tula o kaya’y mga naratibong anyo. Naghahanap kami ng mga tulang pambatang pumapaksa sa mga sumusunod:
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11. usaping panlipunan
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5. Kailangang mauunawaan ito ng batang mambabasa, edad 6 hanggang 12 taong gulang.
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Maaaring ipadala ang kontribusyon sa Ang deadline ng pagsumite ng mga tulang pambata ay sa Enero 15, 2018.

No. 1 Most Wanted sa Buhi, nadakop sa Minalabac

MINALABAC, Camarines Sur (7/14/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Tarabang an mga pulis hale sa Buhi, Camarines Sur asin sa banwaan na ini sa pagdakop ki Roderick Berina y Buenaque  na akusado sa casong panlupig (Rape) na bibistahan kan Regional Trial Court (RTC) sa Iriga City.

An akusado nasusug kan mga pulis sa Barangay Hamoraon sa banwaan na ini.

Tinakma si Berina kan pulis sa virtud kan Mandamiento de Aresto na firmado ni Judge Manuel Rosales, kan RTC Branch 34, sa Iriga City.

Base sa record kan jusgado an akusado may inaatubang na 4 na casong panlupig (Rape) kaya mayong fianza an saiyang caso.

Huli sa gabat kan mga casong saiyang inaatubang si Berina iyo an pig coconsiderar na No. 1 Most Wanted sa Buhi, Camarines Sur.

BM Alegre warns Cam Norteños against fake meds

DAET, Camarines Norte 7/14/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Alarmed by the alleged presence of fake medicines in the market, 2nd District Board Member Joseph Stanley V. Alegre has delivered a priviledge speech calling upon the residents of the province to be cautious in purchasing over-the-counter drugs.

In the session earlier this week, Alegre urged Cam Norteños to purchase medicines only from legitimate pharmacies to avoid being duped.

Alegre mentioned that he is urging the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to invite representatives of the Food and Drug Administration to shed light on the matter.

He further called upon the Provincial Health Office and Rural Health Units to be careful in dispensing medicines.

In response to the issue, he said he wants to sponsor an ordinance "prohibiting importers, distributors, sellers, owners, and/or operators of drugstores and/or pharmacies and other similar and other related business entities to import, sell, distribute unregistered misbranded and/or hazardous imported drugs, foods, cosmetics and/or medical devices where the label of which are in foreign character without the corresponding equivalent English translation within the territorial jurisdiction of the Province of Camarines Norte prescribing penalties for the violation thereof providing funds therefor and for other purposes."

In addition, he will sponsor an ordinance "prohibiting establishment engaged in the manufacture, conduct of clinical trial, distribution, importation, exportation, and retailing of drugs, foods, cosmetics and/or medical devices without proper authorization from the Food and Drug Administration."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ako Bicol calls for swift passage of vape regulation bill

A lawmaker has asked the House of Representatives to fast-track the approval of a measure that would police the use, sale, packaging, distribution, and advertisements of vaporized nicotine products.

In a statement on Thursday, AKO Bicol Partylist Representative Rodel Batocabe called on the House Committee on Health to start deliberating on House Bill 3330 or the “Vaporized Nicotine Product Regulation Act”.

"We are seeking to enact the Vape Regulation Bill in order to guarantee the safety of our Filipino consumers. This will provide a clear-cut policy in addressing the concerns and issues concerning the use of e-cigarettes," Batocabe said.

Batocabe said it is high-time for the bill’s passage in light of the recent pronouncement of the Department of Health (DOH) to adopt the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) to disallow the use of vaporized nicotine products in indoor spaces.

"Since the medical and scientific communities have yet to arrive at a consensus regarding the safety of e-cigarettes, in the absence of the Philippine Food and Drug Administration’s validation, we should not assume that these products have the absolute propensity as reduced risk nicotine-delivery systems," he added.

Batocabe said the regulation of the vaping industry would guarantee the quality and safety of the items available for use in the market, noting that products will be required to be registered at the Department of Trade and Industry three months prior to its release in the market.

Under the bill, vaporized nicotine products shall contain instructions for its handling, use, and maintenance with a health warning that shall read as “this product may damage your health and is addictive”.

The bill also prohibits minors from purchasing and using vaporized nicotine products. Purchasing vaporized nicotine products from a minor is also forbidden as part of the stringent regulation of e-cigarettes. (FMC/PNA)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Legazpi hospital upgrade gets P50M from DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) has pledged an additional P50 million for the expansion of the newly constructed Legazpi City Hospital.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal said the fund will be used for further improvement of the hospital such as construction of the third floor, elevator, and additional rooms for surgical procedures and for delivering babies.

“This health facility should be expanded with a third floor to have additional rooms that can accommodate a capacity for 200 beds to qualify as Level 2 hospital,” Rosal said.

Rosal said that the hospital is expected to open either next August or September with an initial 25-50 beds and other medical amenities donated by Filipino expatriates in the United States.

The city’s chief executive described the hospital as “state of the art” and the most modern hospital in the entire region.

The hospital will be manned by devoted doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists and other medical personnel who will be happy to treat the indigent patients.

“Based on the standard of the DOH for Level 1 hospital, it required at least 113 personnel to be employed. The first priorities for employment are those residing in this city,” he said.

The city government will shoulder the yearly operational expenses of the hospital which requires P80 to P100 million for salaries and wages of all medical personnel and the electrical and water billings, gasoline and other similar expenses.

Rosal said that the laboratory as well as the operating and labor rooms, X-ray section, ICU and doctors’ room including those for emergency, recovery, dentist and pharmacy are all located at the ground floor of the building.

Moreover, both the male and female wards along with the pedia rooms and office of doctors and other personnel are located at the 2nd floor.

The medical equipment donated to the city government by the World Medical Relief will be used for the full operation of the hospital.

The equipment consisted of X-ray machine, facilities for laboratory and dialysis, office tables, medicines, hospital beds, and medical supplies.

The hospital stood in a 3,000 square-meter lot owned by the city government in Barangay Bitano where the city’s central business centers are located.

The construction of the project materialized from the partnership between the DOH and Legazpi City government, each with allocated fund of P60 million and P30 million, respectively.(SAA/EAS/PIA5-Albay/EAD)

SC slaps Albay judge with fine for accosting policewoman

LEGAZPI CITY 7/12/17 (Bicol Standard) -- The Supreme Court has ordered a judge from Albay to pay a fine of P10,000, after he was found guilty of conduct unbecoming of a judge.

The case stemmed from the complaint of PO1 Myra S. Marcelo against Judge Ignacio C. Barcillano of Branch 13 of the Regional Trial Court, Ligao City, Albay.

Complainant Marcelo alleged that she and her companion PO1 Jovie Batacan were “harassed and humiliated” by Judge Barcillano on July 4, 2014.

Marcelo narrated that she and PO1 Batacan were on duty as security officers at the Ligao Regional Trial Court Building (Hall of Justice) when they were approached by Judge Barcillano and Atty. Ernesto Lozano, Jr.

“Although PO 1 Batacan immediately stood up to greet the newcomers, complainant, who claims to have been taken by surprise, took a while before she was able to stand up, bow her head, and greet them ‘Sir.’

Despite this, she alleged that Judge Barcillano asked Loma Roquid, an RTC employee sitting with the police officers at the security desk at the time of the incident, to leave and told complainant to sit down next to him.

When she complied, Judge Barcillano asked her to go back where she was previously seated. Complainant was asked to do this repeatedly which embarrassed her.

Complainant also narrated that Judge Barcillano thereafter asked her if she knew who he was.

When, in her state of nervousness, she got his name wrong, Judge Barcillano asked for her name several times and even insulted her by saying 'PO1 ka lang.'”

Judge Barcillano, with Atty. Lozano, also harassed complainant about her firearm, according to the complainant.

Meanwhile, in his Comment dated December 4, 2014, 15 Judge Barcillano essentially denied the allegations of grave misconduct and harassment made by complainant and her witnesses. He claims that the complaint is a result of his disagreement with Executive Judge Rosero, the Executive Judge, on some matters.

The Court, in a seven-page decision penned by Associate Justice Francis H. Jardeleza, ruled: “At the outset, we hold that the motives behind the filing of an administrative complaint are irrelevant.

Judge Barcillano's dissatisfaction with Executive Judge Rosero's decision to post police officers in the Hall of Justice does not justify his acts of accosting complainant.

Regardless of the reason or motive behind the altercation, Judge Barcillano, being a magistrate, should have observed judicial temperament which requires him to be always temperate, patient, and courteous, both in conduct and in language."

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

DOH plans to ban e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday is interested in heeding the advisory of the World Health Organization (WHO) to ban electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in all designated indoor smoke-free areas.

DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial said that the health department would look into the recommendations of the WHO in regulating vaping.

“We will be promoting that (advisory),” Ubial said.

She added that the directive might be included in the forthcoming advisory of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“(It will be) thru an FDA advisory since the science against e-cigarettes is not as firm as smoking tobacco,” said Ubial.

Last month, the Health Chief said FDA was already studying the possibility of coming out with an order for the use of e-cigs and vapes.

Over the weekend, the WHO urged all its member-states to consider banning electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in all designated indoor smoke-free areas.

“We believe that, from a public health perspective, central and local governments should adopt regulations that effectively determine that all designated indoor smoke-free areas are also vape-free areas,” said the WHO.

WHO also said that permitting indoor vaping might “renormalize” tobacco smoking in smoke-free indoor environments.

“It may lead smokers to query: if vaping is permitted, why is smoking not allowed?” said the WHO.

Aside from that, it pointed that allowing vaping indoors may trigger the public’s desire to smoke tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

“Close exposure to vaping among people, who have recently quit smoking or vaping, might trigger them to relapse to smoking,” said the WHO.

It further said second-hand aerosols from e-cigarettes are considered as a new air contamination source for hazardous particulate matter (PM).

“Passive exposure to e-cigarette vapor might lead to adverse health effects according to a systematic review of 16 studies,” said the WHO.(LSJ/PNA)

DPWH OKs circular for relocation of electric posts in road projects

DPWH Undersecretary Karen Jimeno announced that the DPWH and DOE Joint Circular for relocating electric posts that affect infra projects was signed last July 9.

The joint circular prescribes the uniform guidelines and procedures for the proper payment of compensation and/or recovery of cost in the event of the need to relocate the electric cooperative distribution/subtransmission lines for the primary purpose of the government.

"WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 9 of Republic Act (RA) No. 10531, otherwise known as the National Electrification Administration Reform Act of 2013," section 16(j) of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 269 was duly amended as follows:

"Section 16. Powers. A cooperative is hereby vested with all powers necessary or convenient for the accomplishment of its corporate purposes and capable of being delegated by the President or the National Assembly when it comes into existence; and no enumeration of particular powers hereby granted shall be construed to impair any general grant of power herein contained, nor to limit any such grant to a power or powers in the same class as those as enumerated. Such powers shall include, but not be limited to, the power:

(j) To construct, acquire, own, operate and maintain electric subtransmission and distribution lines along, upon, under and across publicly owned lands and public thoroughfares, including, without limitation, all roads, highways, streets, alleys, bridges and causeways. In the event of the need ot such lands and thoroughfares for the primary purpose of the government, the electric cooperative shall be properly compensated," the joint circular reads.

"This was four years overdue," Jimeno posted on Twitter.

"This solves previous lack of Guidelines for valuation/compensation for electric coops, which caused electric posts in middle of built roads."

P285-B railway projects up for NEDA board nod

MANILA -- Two railway projects worth PHP285 billion are lined up for approval by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) board chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The NEDA identified these projects as the PHP134-billion Philippine National Railways (PNR) South Commuter Line (Tutuban-Los Banos) and the PHP151-billion PNR Long haul (Calamba-Bicol).

The commuter line project will be funded through official development assistance (ODA), while the Long-haul network will be financed by the Chinese government.

The feasibility studies of both projects of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) have been completed.

The two railway projects were among the 75 high-impact infrastructure flagship projects the NEDA Board approved for adoption, 53 of which amount to PHP1.58 trillion.

Of the total, 18 projects were already approved by the NEDA Board, which included the PHP211.46-billion PNR North 2 Malolos-Clark Railway Project.

The railway project of the DOTr involves the construction of a commuter line and airport express railway between Malolos and Clark Green City (CGC) through Clark International Airport (CRK).

Some 55 projects were on the pipeline for processing or approval of the NEDA Investment Coordination Committee.(Leslie D. Venzon/PNA)

PDP-Laban Masbate Chapter provincial chair sworn in

MASBATE CITY 7/11/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Local politicians gathered here yesterday during the mass oathtaking of the new members of PDP-Laban Masbate Chapter.

Scott Davies Lanete was named as the Provincial Chairman during the brief visit of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Lanete said he is "humbled and proud to serve you as your provincial chair, and I am excited to work with you as party mates to the creation of a stronger Masbate."

"We were expecting around 500 new members to swear in, but truly our Lord works in wonderful ways. Today, we welcomed almost 6000 members into the party. As always, the Masbateño people responded with overwhelming support," he said.

Joan De Luna is new Daet Municipal Administrator

Joan De Luna

DAET, Camarines Norte 7/11/17 (Bicol Standard)--Joan Kristene Tabernilla De Luna has been appointed as the new Municipal Administrator of Daet, Camarines Norte effective today, July 11, 2017.

She replaced Dr. Ronaldo A. Paguirigan, Veterinarian I.

De Luna, who hails from Barangay Gubat, Daet, was the running mate of Mayor Ochoa in the 2016 elections, but she lost to Connie Sarion, the wife of former Mayor Tito Sarion.

De Luna was also the former Sangguniang Kabataan Municipal Federation President in 2002, and a Municipal Councilor of Daet from 2007 to 2016.

Paguirigan has been directed to turn over all documents, files, and folders relative to his being the Municipal Administrator and Head/Member of all other committees and teams to the Office of Mayor Ochoa on or before July 11, 2017.

Ex Mayor Polinga files a motion for reconsideration against the Comelec’s TRO

Carina Polinga

NAGA CITY 7/11/17 (Bicol Standard) – Former town mayor Carina R. Polinga of Siruma, Camarines Sur has filed a Motion for Reconsideration of the order issued by the 1st Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) which granted the Temporary Restraining Order against the order of the Regional Trial Court to execute the decision pending appeal in the election protest case.

It will be recalled that Polinga filed an election protest case against Mayor Sandy Ondis of Siruma, Camarines Sur. Polinga, after the revision of ballots was declared as the duly elected mayor by reason of plurality of votes garnered.

As a result of the favorable decision of the RTC, protestant Polinga moved for the execution pending appeal of the said order, which was granted.

Protestee, on the other hand objected to the execution of the said order by filing an appeal to the Commission on Elections, together with a prayer for the issuance of a TRO, which the Comelec 1st Division has granted.

As of this writing, the motion for reconsideration of the TRO is still pending in the said division of the Comelec.

DOLE Bicol gives 40 former child laborers in CNorte school supplies

JOSE PANGANIBAN, Camarines Norte – Forty former child laborers received backpacks and an assortment of school supplies from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) under its Project Angel Tree Program.

DOLE Bicol, however, clarified that the bags and most of the school supplies were given by "Angels" from the private sector, and DOLE only served as the channel for said donations.

The “Angels” or donors are Tang Yu Foundation Incorporated for the bags, Systems Plus Computer Center for the hand towels, Atty. Gieza Esparaguera for the hygiene kits, Atty. Joan N. Noya for the ballpens and notebooks, and DOLE Bicol RD Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla for additional notebooks.

“We would like to thank our angels for their act of love to help our former child labourers. Surely, their donations will help these kids in their attempt to go back to school,” DOLE Bicol RD Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said.

The Project Angel Tree program is an annual activity of DOLE Bicol in cooperation with the private sector to help former child laborers go back to school.

Camarines Norte is the top province in the region in terms of the largest number of out-of-school child laborers.

“We are aiming that, with Project Angel Tree, we could encourage our child laborers and their parents to let their children go back to school,” RD Perida-Trayvilla added.

Monday, July 10, 2017

BM Wong declares innocence in shabu lab case

VIRAC, Catanduanes 7/10/17 (Bicol Standard) -- "Wala akong kinakatakutan kasi inosente ako," Catanduanes Provincial Board Member Joseph Wong said to the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan earlier today.

Wong denied the allegations against him and his brother, Jardin Brian B. Wong, who were both included in the amended complaint amended complaint regarding the mega shabu lab in Palta Small, Virac, Catanduanes.

The two Wongs are sons of former Gov. Cely Wong.

He said he was surprised by the allegations of Ernesto Tabor, Jr., whom, he maintained, was never previously connected to their family.

"After all these years, we have preserved our name. Hindi po kami papatol sa ganyang klaseng gawa dahil marunong kami magnegosyo. Hindi kami sanay sa mga shortcut na paraan," he stressed.

He added that he is willing to be investigated on in the proper forum.

"For those who wrong me, siguraduhin nyo lang na ang paratang nyo ay may basis," he said.

In his priviledge speech, the Provincial Board Member thanked his family and friends who have sent messages of support and concern following the report.

In support of PBM Wong, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved a resolution requesting the Department of Justice (DOJ) for a speedy disposition of the shabu lab case.

Present during the session was former Gov. Aracely Wong and Board Member Wong's wife.

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