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.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Ex-Cam Norte Gov. Typoco charged with graft


MANILA 3/24/17 (Bicol Standard) —The Office of Special Prosecutor under the Ombudsman has charged ex-Camarines Norte Gov. Jesus "Atoy" Typoco, Jr. for violation of the Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for the alleged anomalous purchase of fertilizer in March 2004.

Also charged are seven others, including provincial accountant Maribeth Malaluan, Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) members, Jose Atienza, Lorna Coreses, Cesar Paita, Rodolfo Salamero, Jose Rene Ruidera, and Alex Rivera, President of Hexaphil Agriventures, Inc. (Hexaphil).

The officials allegedly conspired with Rivera in the purchase of liquid fertilizer worth P4 million without the required public bidding.

The legitimacy of Hexaphil as a company was also questioned, as it had allegedly no business permit or license to operate.

The recommended bail for each respondent is P30,000.

It will be recalled that in 2015, Typoco was convicted for falsification of public documents.
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ISIPON, OSIPON | Bakal na kamo!


NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) — “Disganado na kuta akong mabuhay ta may diferencia sa lawas. Alagad, nakahiling ako nin paglaom kan ako makanood na maggibo nin key chain na ipinapabakal ko oro-aldaw.”

Ini an masalinggayon na osipon ni Joel Laforteza, taga Sto. Domingo, Milaor, Camarines Sur, na nagtitinda sa guilid kan tinampo sa centro, sa guilid kan Crown Hotel, digdi.

“Aram ko man po na sagkod pa man dai ako makakalakaw. Naghelang ako nin polio kan ako aki pa. Kaya, an sakong mga tabay saradit asin may diferencia. Dai ako nakakatindog asin dai nakakalakaw. Maray ngani na igwa ako nin wheel chair,” sabi ni Joel.

“May aldaw ngani kadto na gusto ko nang magadan ta mayo man papadumanan. Pero, naisip ko na maghingowa para may gastoson kada aldaw,” dugang pa niya.

Mientrastantong nasa kainitan an saiyang estorya, may mga nagkakasiribot man na parabakal kan mga magagayon asin de color na key chain na gibo niya na nakabitay sana sa atubangan kan saiyang wheel chair.

An maogmang lalawgon ni Joel iyo an nagtatao nin liwanag para magdulok saiya an mga parabakal, na an kadaklan mga estudiante asin mga joven pa.

Ipigbibida ni Joel an saiyang mga paninda na an kantidad baratohon sana, an iba 20 sagkod 30 pesos sana.

Sabi pa niya, dimalas na man kun dai siya makadelensya nin poon P250 sagkod P300 an aldia, ta dakul an mga nagagayonan kan mga sari-saring kolor na key chain na sadiring gibo niya.

An sabi ni Joel sa mga nagbabarakal asin nag-aaribonbon saiya, bastang maghigos sana, igwa nin malalaoman na bweltada.

Sa edad na 43 anyos, soltero pa siya, asin mayong plano na mag familia.
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Isla Sison, linaog kan PDEA; droga, bank book na may P700K deposit nakua

NAGA CITY 3/24/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Sarabay na pig serve an 5ng search warrants sa 5ng suruway na residencia sa “Isla Sison,” sa Brgy. Penafrancia digdi, na target kan RPDEU 5 sa orog na pinakusog na kampanya kontra sa illegal na droga.


An main operating unit iyo an PNP Regional Drug Enforcement Unit 5, katuwang an Naga City Police Office, PDEA Camarines Sur.

An mga hinaloghog na mga lugar iyo an estaran ninda (1) John Larry Jay Cuanio, na may nakuang 11ng plastic sachet nin shabu. Sa nasambit na lugar, natagboan kan mga awtoridad an minasunod na nasa acto na naggagamit nin illegal na droga an minasunod: (a) Marvin Badilla y Comprado (b) Justin Lacsina y Macalino (c) John Carmelo Cuanio y Macaayong. (2) Remegio Marco Rapal y Miranda; 8ng sachet nin shabu an nakua, (3) Ronnie Santos y Comprado, 9 na sachet an nakua saiya asin Christine Rafor y Comprado alyas Kimba, may nakuang saiyang 11ng sachet nin shabu; weighing scale, drug paraphernalia asin (5) Michael Bien y Comprado alyas Jan-Jan ( at-large, 2ng medium size na shabu.

An nasambit na mga persona haloy nang nasa listahan kan mga pursigidon sa negosyong pagtinda nin shabu.

Afuera kan mga sachet nin shabu, biyong ngalas an mga ahentes kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency sa nakua nindang Bank Book na may deposito nin maabot sa P700,000.00 sa residencia ni Christine Rafor.

Si Rafor, 21 anyos pa sana an edad, mayo nin trabaho, afuera kan sahot na paratinda nin droga.

An saiyang ama asin ina pareyong nalalangob na ngonian sa New Bilibid Prison, para servehan an halawig na sentencia sa pagtinda nin shabu.

Laen pa kaini, an matuang tugang ni Rafor yaon man ngonian sa laog kan District Jail kan BJMP, sa Del Rosario digdi. Akusado man siya sa pagiging imbuelto sa illegal na droga.

Mientrastanto, naabotan kan Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit an kasaroan ni Jay Cuano, nakikimaherak na tabangan darahon sa hospital ta 9 na bulan na bados, asin maaki na ngonian na aldaw.

An saiyang ina, enot na man nadakop sa buy bust operation kan sarong taon.

Sa intrevista kan BICOL STANDARD, ipinahayag ni SPO2 Bongon, na tatabangan kan pulis na madara an bados sa hospital.

Sagkod sa panahon na sinusurat an baretang ini, nagpapadagos an mga tawohan kan PDEA, NCPO, CSPC, asin SWAT sa pag-rekisa kan mga lugar na sakop kan search warrant.

An mga nakuang mga illegal na droga pig iimbentaryo pa sana.

Presente sa ginibong operasyon an mga representantes kan media, Department of Justice asin mga Barangay Officials.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Akusado nin Violence against Women and Children nagsuko sa Nabua police

NABUA, CSur 3/23/17 (BICOL STANDARD) — Voluntad na nagsuko sa hepatura kan pulis si Frederick Iballar y Pesebre na taga Brgy. Lourdes Young, sa banwaan na ini, tanganing atubangon an kasong isinangat kontra saiya.




Si Iballar akusado nin paglapas sa R.A. 9262 na sarong espesyal na ley na inaapod na “Violence against women and children.”

Nagtuyo an akusado sa pulis na iyo an may pugol kan mandamiento de aresto.

An akusasyon kontra ki Iballar bibistahan sa Branch 36 kan Regional Trial Court.

Nag rekomendar si Judge Maria Clarissa L. Pacis-Trinidad nin fianzang kantidad P24,000.00 para sa saiyang temporaryong libertad.
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Oyster sauce, inikit nin babae, itinago sa panty

SORSOGON CITY 3/23/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Haros matunaw sa supog an 46 anyos na babae na dinakop kan security guard sa Gaisano Capital huli sa sahot na nag-ikit siya nin Maggi oyster sauce na 300 ml, na an kantidad P57.00.



An babae pinangaranan sa pulis report na iyo si Sherman Frayna Nicolas, taga St. Vincent, Brgy. Bibincahan sa ciudad na ini.

Sabi sa record, an suspechado naheling kan sekyu na nagkua kan nasambit na producto sa estante kan tindahan, dangan ilinaog sa saiyang kalson para dai mareparo kan guardya.

Basado sa kapareyong report, sinabi na namamarong nin alak an hangaw kan suspechado kan siya aprehendiron asin darahon sa hepatura kan pulis.

An incidente nangyari sa Gaisano Capital, na makukua sa Magsaysay Street, Brgy. Almendras Cogon digdi.

Ipig record an incidenteng ini sa blotter kan pulis kan Marso 21, alas 3:15 nin hapon.

Maski sadit sana man an kasong ini, ipinarekord an pangyayari sa pulis tanganing dai na liwat pangarogan.

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Reporter sa Tabaco City na nasukiti, desididong magreklamo

TABACO CITY 3/23/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Ipinahayag ni Denis Bongalbal y Asejo, reporter sa lokal na estasyon nin radyo digdi, na desidido siyang mag-sunad nin reklamo kontra sa mga opisyal kan banwaan kan Malilipot na nag-punite saiya kan sarong bangui.




Sinabi ni Bongalbal sa BICOL STANDARD, nagpaguibo na siya nin affidavit na iyo an itakod sa reklamo na dadarahon nanunungdan na ahensya kan gobierno.

Maroromdoman na nag-osip sa pulis an victima kan su nangyari saiya sa Takasushi Resto Bar na namumugtak sa Brgy. Bombon, Tabaco City.

An pigtutukdo ni Bongalbal na nagsukiti saiya iyo si Avelino Binalla, Municipal Councilor kan Malilipot, Albay.

Nangyari ini kan Martes, Marso 21, 2017, alas 7:15 nin bangui.

Segun sa estorya kan victima na ipinarekord sa pulis, nagduman siya sa Resto Bar ta inimbitaran siya ni Municipal Councilor Margarita Sakay kan Malilipot, Albay, na iyo an kagsadire kan bar.

Pag abot niya, nagsabat si Sakay dangan inagda na magtukaw sa lamesa na okupado ni Vice Mayor Johanes Ampig kan Malilipot.

Mientrastanto, pakatukaw pa sana, sinabihan siya ni Ampig kan minasunod na tataramon: “May pandok ka pa na ipahiling samuya, muya mo latakon taka na digdi.”

Segundo sana an naka-agi, nagrani sa saiyang likodan an ipig rereklamong si Binalla, dagos siyang sinuntok sa parte kan saiyang tulak.

Nasaway man tulos kan ibang mga opisyal kan Malilipot, kaya dai na nadagos an gulo-gulo ni Binalla na kulgan pa siya.

Nag pasiring na suboot siya sa Ziga Memorial District Hospital para magpaheling sa doctor.

Inako ni Bongalbal na desidido siyang isangat an reklamo tanganing dai na ma-otro an nangyari saiya

Sa ibong na lado, dai pa nakuanan nin pahayag an ipig rereklamo digdi.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CSNC Alumni Federation prexy announces schedule of election


DAET, Camarines Norte 3/22/17 (Bicol Standard)–Camarines Norte State College (CSNC) alumni Federation President Antonio Dongon has released yesterday a notice to all alumni of the said school reminding them of the scheduled simultaneous election of alumni officers.

Said election will be held in their different campuses on April 1 at 2 p.m.

Dongon told the BICOL STANDARD that as much as possible wants to invite as many alumni as possible so they can actively participate in choosing their officials who can represent them in the planning and crafting of programs that affects their campuses.

He reiterated that their participation in the alumni affairs would strengthen further the present involvement of former students who are still eager to help in the development of CSNC.

The simultaneous elections will be held in the following campuses: CSNSC Main, Labo, Abano, Entienza, and Mercedes.

Meanwhile, all elected presidents coming from the different campuses will also elect the alumni federation President, who will automatically be a member of the Board of Trustees of the CSNSC.

In the same interview, Dongon said that he still wants to make himself available to be the Federation President of the Alumni Association.

If re-elected, he said he will continue to provide the alumni a dignified representation, like what he is doing now.
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Masbate Gov. Kho cleared of graft charge



MANILA 3/22/17 (Bicol Standard)--The Sandiganbayan has cleared Masbate Gov. Antonio Kho of a graft charge involving the purchase of liquid fertilizer in 2004.

Also cleared were Provincial Administrator and Bids and Awards Committee Chairman Roger Rapsing and Hexaphil Agriventures Inc. Collector Victoria Ajero.

The anti-graft court's First Division said the "inordinate and oppressive" delay on the part of the Ombudsman was "a violation of the right of the accused to speedy disposition of cases."

The case stemmed from the allegedly unlawful disbursement of funds which formed part of the P728M fertilizer fund allocated for the implementation of the Farm Inputs and Farm Implements Program (FIFIP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in February 2004 under Notice of Cash Allocation No. 222447-I.
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Labo Central Terminal project inaugurated

Labo Central Terminal inauguration
Contributed photo

LABO, Camarines Norte—The Php50 million Labo Central Terminal project funded by the local government was inaugurated here the other day in a simple ceremony.

Town mayor Joseph Ascutia said the modern government facility building in a 7,000-square meter area is more than enough to accommodate the needs of the transport sector in this town.

Ascutia further explained that this project is expected to decongest the major thoroughfares of this fast growing municipality. It will be able provide ample space to buses, jeepneys, vans, and multicabs that have regular trips to nearby municipalities. It will also service those with inter-provincial operations.

“We have provided a space for everybody, including the tricycles, to make them comfortable,” he said.

“I am almost certain that apart from the fact we will be able to generate funds from its operation, the primordial objective of this project is to solve the perennial traffic problem which has hounded us for many years,” he said.

Mayor Ascutia also announced that the said terminal is equipped with modern facilities like CCTV and clean comfort rooms for travellers.

Aside from the Sangguniang Bayan members who attended the inauguration, also present was Governor Edgar Tallado, his wife Josie Tallado, provincial Administrator Alvin Tallado and Vice Governor Jonah G. Pimentel.

Other government officials were also present during the said activity, including members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection, Barangay Officials, including representatives from the transport groups.

The Land Transportation office headed by Mrs. Nenita Llaban graced the occasion together with Mrs. Victoria Pandi, who was the guest of honor.
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TEACHER CORNER | Is the state of science and technology in the PH ready for global challenges?



by Grace Baldovia Veridiano
Senior High School Teacher III, Antipolo National High School

It is said that the state of science and technology in a country is directly correlated to its economic progress. Whatever progress a nation may have is largely due to said state. Thus, for a nation to enjoy economic progress, it must ensure that the state of science and technology in the country is at a good spot.

In the Philippines, many concerns have been identified with regard to the state of our science and technology. Among these are the lack of support for science and technology initiatives, a shortage of qualified and competent science teachers, and a lack of coordination among researchers.

These concerns make it problematic for the state of our science and technology to respond to global challenges such as the blurring of international borders via globalization, and the increasing pace of the development of science and technology in the international arena.

On the other hand, this is not to say that achievements are not being made by Filipino scientists. Indeed, advancements, particularly in the life sciences, biotechnology, engineering, agriculture and aquaculture, and the metal industry, are being recognized not only here but also abroad. Researches in health and food and nutrition are also gaining mileage. Several examples would be the achievements of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research Development (PCAARRD), as well as various private institutions in the Life Sciences. Also notable are the studies on the Philippines' biodiversity by botanists, zoologists, and biologists, as well as the works on bioethanol production. Likewise significant are advances in land cultivation, crop raising, mariculture and aquaculture, which have been helping put food on the tables of poor Filipinos.

In the end, the Philippines may not be among the leading nations in science and technology. However, what we have is a lot of untapped potential as a nation where there is significant interest in the field. Both the public and private sectors must, therefore, work hand in hand to support these sparks of hope in the development of science and technology, as their help is crucial if we want to contribute to the solving of global issues.

BICOL STANDARD welcomes articles by teachers and government employees. Please send them to bicolstandard@gmail.com.
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3ng babae arestado sa kasong Illegal Gambling


MERCEDES, Camarines Norte 3/22/17 (BICOL STANDARD) — Tulong babae na anas akusado nin pagsugal an dinarakop kan mga pulis susug sa mandamiento de arresto na hale sa jusgado digdi.

Nabisto an saindang mga pangaran na iyo sinda Virginia Ablao y Austria, Susay Roxas y Nebia asin Esperanza Dequina y Jardin, gabos taga Purok 4, Brgy. 4 sa banwaan na ini.

An mandamiento de arresto firmado ni Judge Victoria C. Dino-Reyes, an Presiding Judge kan Municipal Trial Court digdi.

May inaatubang sindang kasong pagbalga sa Presidential Decree 1602 (Illegal Gambling) na may rekomendadong fianza na kantidad P10,000.00 sa kada saro sainda.

Ipig presentar na kan pulis sa oficina kan MTC an mga inarestar.
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Lalaki, sinukiti na, tinigbas pa sa Jovellar, Albay


JOVELLAR, Albay 3/22/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Sinukiti na, tinigbas pa sa saiyang toong bitis an victimang si Joseph Tolosa, 46 anyos na residente kan Brgy. White Deer sa banwaan na ini.

Sabi sa record kan pulis, an krimen nangyari mantang an victima naglalakaw sa guilid kan tinampo kan siya atrakahon kan suspechadong si Jun-Jun Bagangan, na taga San Isidro digdi.

Biyo suboot na natagalpo an victima huli sa nag-ooran na mga punite na may kasunod pang pagwating kan darang armas na tabak kan suspechado, sabi pa sa declarasyon.

Nin huli sa mga lugad kan victima idinalagan ini sa ospital para ipabulong.

Naheling kan imbestigador na afuera kan lugad sa toong bitis, may tama pa ini sa ibang parte kan saiyang lawas.

Hasta ngonian na sinusurat an baretang ini, nagpapadagos pa an imbestigasyon para maisihan kun ano an motibo kan suspechado sa paggibo kan krimen.

An victima pigbubulong pa.

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Gov. Rodrigueza lobbies for direct flights to Sorsogon


SORSOGON CITY 3/22/17 (Bicol Standard)—Direct flights to Sorsogon province will soon be possible, with the Regional Development Council's approval of the improvement of the Bacon Runway into a Community Airport.

This project, Gov. Bobet Lee Rodrigueza said, will boost tourism and trade in Sorsogon.

Rodrigueza added that he hopes the national government will make it into a priority project.

His announcement was met with much enthusiasm by residents.
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PDIC takes over Goa bank

Rural Bank of Goa
Photo: PDIC

MANILA— The Monetary Board (MB) of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) prohibited Rural Bank of Goa (Camarines Sur), Inc. from doing business in the Philippines.

Under Resolution No. 428.A dated March 16, 2017, the MB directed the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) as Receiver to proceed with the takeover and liquidation of the bank. PDIC took over the bank on March 17, 2017.

Rural Bank of Goa is a two-unit rural bank with Head Office located in San Jose (Poblacion), Goa, Camarines Sur. Its lone branch is located in San Vicente, Pili (Capital), Camarines Sur. Based on the Bank Information Sheet filed by the bank with the PDIC as of December 31, 2016, Rural Bank of Goa is owned by Erlinda V. Castillo (39.74%), Christine Mae V. Tan (17.01%), Glenda S. Villamora (16.53%), Oscar B. Villamora (10.89%), Ma. Emma Portia V. Garcia (7.88%), and Claudia S. Villamora (7.80%). The Bank’s Chairman and President is Erlinda V. Castillo.

Latest available records show that as of December 31, 2016, Rural Bank of Goa had 2,230 deposit accounts with total deposit liabilities of PHP115.3 million. Total insured deposits amounted to PHP114.0 million equivalent to 98.9% of total deposits.

PDIC assured depositors that all valid deposits and claims shall be paid up to the maximum deposit insurance coverage of PHP500,000.00. Depositors with valid deposit accounts with balances of PHP100,000.00 and below shall be eligible for early payment and need not file deposit insurance claims, except accounts maintained by business entities, or when they have outstanding obligations with Rural Bank of Goa or acted as co-makers of these obligations. Depositors have to ensure that they have complete and updated addresses with the bank. They may update their addresses until March 23, 2017 using the Mailing Address Update Forms to be distributed by PDIC representatives at the bank premises.

For depositors who are required to file claims for deposit insurance, the schedule of claims settlement operations will be announced as soon as possible through posters in the bank premises and in other public places, the PDIC website, www.pdic.gov.ph, and PDIC’s official Facebook account. PDIC also reminded borrowers to continue paying their loan obligations with the closed Rural Bank of Goa and to transact only with designated PDIC representatives at the bank premises. For more information on the requirements and procedures for filing claims and settlement of loan obligations, all depositors and borrowers of the bank are enjoined to attend the Depositors-Borrowers' Forum which will be held in venues near the two banking offices of the bank on March 28-29, 2017. Details will be posted in the bank premises and in other public places.

Depositors may communicate with PDIC Public Assistance personnel stationed at the bank premises or call the PDIC Public Assistance Hotlines at (02) 841-4630 to (02) 841-4631, or send their e-mail to pad@pdic.gov.ph. Depositors outside Metro Manila may also call PDIC at its Toll Free Hotline at 1-800-1-888-PDIC (7342). Inquiries may also be sent via private message to the official PDIC Facebook account at www.facebook.com/OfficialPDIC.
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Ex-mayor San Luis, vice, etc, ipigreklamo sa Ombudsman


NAGA CITY 3/22/17 (Bicol Standard)—Tinawan nin 10ng aldaw na plaso si Alexis S. San Luis, an dating alkalde kan banwaan nin Pili, Camarines Sur, si vice alkalde Rogelio Raymund D. Regondola, an mga kagawad sa banwaan na sinda Raul Delfin L. Divinagracia, Romeo S. Salazar, Joel N. Bolanos, Marivic B. Solano, Narcel SJ. Lopez, Adam M. Malate, John Apollo S. Manaog, Efren Amesola (ABC President), Bernard Estadilla, chairman kan Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), Teresita S, Borile, Mesalina V. Claro,pareyo State Auditors, Eileen D. Ceron, Municipal Accountant, Inier L. Candor, Edgardo B. Herbosa, kan B2B PRICENOW.COM., Inc., para simbagon an akusasyon ni Ramil Bueza Plofino na isinangat sa Ombudsman.

An nasambit na mga oficial kan gobierno sinasahotan na nagbalga kan Sec 3 (e) kan R.A. 3019, na mas bisto sa apod na Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act; Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees asin kan Omnibus Election Code.

An complainant (Plofino), dating Private Secretary ni San Luis, pero sa presente nagtatrabaho na bilang Technical Consultant ni Mayor Tomas Bongalonta Jr.

Pig ako ni Plofino sa saiyang rekmalo sa Ombudsman na igwa siya nin personal na pagkaaram sa mga irregularidad na nangyari manongod sa 18 Module Electronic Local Government Operation System with Online Payment. Ini ipinakontrata sa B2B PRICENOW.COM. Inc.

Isinangat an reklamo sa Office of the Ombudsman for Luzon kan Enero 25, 2015.

Mientrastanto, sa surat na firmado ni Joaquin F. Salazar, kan opisina kan Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon, pig derehiran niya an gabos na pinangaranan sa reklamo na simbagon an mga akusasyon sa sainda sa laog nin 10ng aldaw, poon sa alwaw na narecibe ninda an order.

Sabi pa kan Ombudsman, kun dai magsimbag an mga respondents, pwedeng sa paagui nin Counter Affidavit o nin mga evidencia na mapahimutik kan mga sahot, an mga reklamo consideradong naka-sumitir sa Ombudsman para sa magkakanigong resolusyon.

An order na ini kan Ombudsman for Luzon may fechang Febrero 28, 2017.

Sa parte kan mga ipig reklamo, naaraman kan BICOL STANDARD na anas na man sindang nagpepreparar kan saindang mga Counter Affidavits.
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Senate poised to pass 7 key bills this year


MANILA--Senate Pres. Aquilino Pimentel III on Tuesday said Congress is expected to approve this year the bill on free internet access in all public places and six other key priority measures when it resumes session after the Lenten recess in May.

Pimentel, president of the administration party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP LABAN) said that the “super majority” in the House gives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez an easy job to get support for priority measures.

“I am confident the House would easily accomplish its mission,” Pimentel said.

To date, the Senate has already approved the seven priority bills on third reading and sent them to the House of Representatives (HOR) for concurrence to provide, among others, full tuition subsidy for college and university students and those in technical-vocational schools, both private and public.

Pimentel said both the Senate and the HOR had also passed the bills extending the granchises of GMA Network, Inc. Franchise and the Smart Communications, Inc. for 25 more years.

He noted the Senate has also approved the country’s accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change and ratified both the social security pact with Japan and membership in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Poor students would soon avail of full tuition subsidy in state universities and colleges and private higher education and technical-vocational schools as the proposed Free Higher Education Act passed third reading in the Senate.

Also approved on final reading were the Philippine Food Technology Act for the registration, licensure and practice of food technology and the proposed Philippine National Police (PNP) reorganization to allow the PNP chief and the CIDG to administer oath and issue subpoena duces tecum.

The proposed Speech Language Pathology Act was also passed on third reading to regulate the practice of speech language pathology and the Expanded Maternity Leave Law to give 120 days of maternity leave for female workers in government service and the private sector.

Moreover, every 25th day of November, would soon be declared National Technical Vocational Day after the Senate passed the proposed measure on third reading and sent it to the HOR for concurrence.

A total of 39 priority measures plus the proposed amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) were tackled by the Senate, including the proposed emergency powers to be granted to the President to address transportation and traffic congestion crises in Metro Manila and other key cities.

Meanwhile, currently passed on second reading are the proposed Philippine Mental Health Act to promote mental health, promulgate a national mental health policy towards the enhancement of integrated mental health services and the promotion and protection of persons utilizing mental health services, and establish a Philippine Mental Health Council.

Scheduled for second reading are bills on Free School Feeding/Pagkaing Pinoy Para sa Batang Pinoy, Amendments to Republic Act No. 9160 or the AMLA, Corporation Code of the Philippines, Coconut Farmers and Industry Development, Revised Penal Code, Ease of Doing Business/Fast Business Permit, Refusal of Hospital and Medical Clinics to Administer Medical Treatment in Emergency Case, Traffic Congestion Crisis, Anti-Discrimination, and Amendments to the Social Security law.

Set for plenary discussion are: The Philippine Passport Act, Estate Tax Reform Act, Enhanced Universal Healthcare Act, Free Irrigation Services Act, Agrarian and Agricultural Credit Condonation Act, Extension of Driver’s License Validity Act, One Town: One Doctor Act, Income Tax Reform Act, Wage Rationalization Act; Occupational Safety and Health Standards Acts, Community Service in Lieu of Imprisonment for the Penalty of Arresto Menor Act, Family Code of the Philippines Amendments; Public Service Act Amendments, Department of Housing and Urban Development Act; Allowable/Recoverable System Loss Act, Expand Coverage of Local Absentee Voting Act; Salary Standardization Law IV; Government Procurement Reform Act Amendments, Revision of the Constitution, National ID System, Criminal Investigation Act, Amendment of Fair Election Act, End of Endo/Contractualization Act, Anti-Hazing Law Amendments, and the Unified Uniformed Personnel Retirement benefits and Pension Reform Act. (PNA)
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Reporter sa radyo, binanog nin kagawad kan Malilipot


TABACO CITY 3/21/17 (BICOL STANDARD) - May planong magsangat nin demanda an reporter sa radyo na si Dennis Bongalbal pagkatapos siya sukitihon siya sa estomago ni Kag. Avelino Binalla kan Malilipot, Albay.

Nangyari an incidente poco mas o menos alas 8:05 nin banggui (Marso 21) sa laog kan Taka Sushi Resto Bar, sa Brgy. Bombon digdi.

Sa intrevista kan BICOL STANDARD ki Bongalbal, pinaapod suboot siya ni Municipal Councilor Saki sa nasambit na Resto Bar tangani na magkahoron sinda dapit sa bareta na saiyang ipig aire sa radyo.

An bareta, segun ki Bongalbal manongod sa jueteng na may mga nangaranan na opisyales nin banwaan.

Dai suboot niya aram na sa kapareyong lugar makakahampang niya si Vice Mayor Ampig kan Malilipot, Albay asin an ibang mga consejal kan banwaan na sinda Kgd Avelino Binalla, Joel asin Saki.

Pagkahampang pa sana suboot kan victima sa grupo kan mga municipal officials hinapot tulos siya ni Vice Mayor Ampig kun ano an pandok na ipapaheling niya sainda, apisar na nagpaluwas siya nin negatibong bareta, na nakaratak sa mga opisyal kan banwaan.

Idinagdag ni Bongalbal na mientras siya nakahampang sa grupo ninda, dai siya nagmangno na nag-agi palan suboot si Kgd Avelino Binalla sa likod niya, dangan sunontok tulos siya sa tulak.

An siring na pangyayari ipinaabot kan victima sa pulis para mai-record an incidente.
Pig hihingowa pa ngonian na makua an lado kan mga ipig rereklamong opisyal kan Malilipot, Albay.
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Army, NPA nagbaradilan naman sa Lupi


NAGA CITY 3/21/17 (BICOL STANDARD) Mayong nagadan sa maabot sa diyes (10) minutos na baradilan entre kan Army asin New People’s Army (NPA) sa Sitio Doce, Brgy. Bagong Sikat digdi kasubagong alas 5:45 nin aga, ngonian na aldaw.

Base sa ipinaabot na report hale ki Capt. Ronie Madrinan kan 9th Infantry Division kan Army, natagboan kan mga soldados an mga rebelde sa saindang pagrecorida sa mga barangay.

An hinahanap kan mga soldados kan gobierno iyo si mga nagtambang kan tulong mga CAFGU sa Ragay, Camarines Sur.

Mientrastanto, pakatapos kan encuentro nakapurot an mga miembros kan military nin calibre .45ng badil, mga bala asin iba pang mga gamit na nawalat kan mga rebelde kan sinda magtitipwasan padulag.

Posible suboot na may tinamaan nin bala sa lado kan mga rebelde.

Mantang sinusurat an baretang ini, nagpapadagos pa sinda sa paglapag kan mga kalaban.
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RETRATO | Dapat pangarogan

DAPAT PANGAROGAN. Imbes na sadirihon an nakuang pitaka na may laog nin kwarta, mas pinili ni Generoso Francisco Salcedo y Saldevia na isuko sa hepatura kan pulis an nasambit na personal na gamit. An pitaka may laog na P5,430 na cash, 3 pidasong dolyar, asin iba pang importanteng papeles. Si Salcedo sarong pedicab driver asin residente kan Barangay Sta. Cruz, Canaman, Camarines Sur. (Retrato kan Canaman MPS)
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RETRATO | Ganda Pulis

GANDA PULIS. Sinda PO2 Bernadith Detecio kan Sorsogon (wala) asin PO1 Aileen Duka kan Albay (too) an duwa sa mga pambato kan Bicol sa Ganda Pulis 2017 na gigibuhon sa Camp Crame ngonian na semana. (Mga retrato hale ki Edgar Tumangan asin Buhay Lespu sa Facebook)
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Tallado caravan goes to Labo



Daet, Camarines Norte Sur 3/21/17 (Bicol Standard) – Philippine National Red Cross Provincial Chairman Josie Tallado recently led the Multi-Services Caravan dubbed "Serbisyong Tallado" in the villages of Guinacutan, Malasugi at Anahaw in Labo town.

The caravan provided free medical checkup, free eyeglasses, free vitamins, free dental services, free haircut, and offers free food packs, slippers, seedlings, and medicines for animals.

Mrs. Tallado represented her husband who was in Manila for a meeting of the Governors' League.

Camarines Norte's first lady said the Tallado family is committed to bringing government services closer to the people, hence the activity.

"Pagpapatuloy ko po ang aking nakaugaliang gawaing pagbibigay serbisyo ng walang hinihintay na kapalit. Hindi po ako mapapagod at magsasawa, ang inyong lingkod na si Josie Baning Tallado ay gagawin ang lahat ng aking makakaya para mas lalong maiparamdam ko ang pagmamahal sa mamamayang CamNorteno," she said.
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Albay cop shot dead


LIGAO CITY 3/21/17 (Bicol Standard)–A member of the Ligao City Police Station was shot dead at 7:20 p.m. Monday by an unidentified perpetrator while the former was on his tour of duty.

The victim, PO1 Ruben Per Payadyad Jr., a resident of Barangay Pandan, this city, was shot at McKinley St., Brgy. Guilid, Ligao City, according to Senior Insp. Malu Calubaquib, Information Officer of Police Regional Office 5.

A hot pursuit operation was launched for the possible arrest and identification of the suspect.
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Milaor drug den yields Php6M shabu

Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM


MILAOR, Camarines Sur 3/21/17 (Bicol Standard)–Mayor Anthony "Labas" Reyes plans to intensify the campaign on illegal drugs after the arrest of two suspected bigtime suppliers of shabu in this town yesterday.

Reyes told the media that Macneil Abines and Christian Abines confirmed to him that their major market covers the towns of Minalabac, San Fernando, Pasacao, Pamplona, and Libmanan, among others.

The siblings were arrested in possession of over a kilo of shabu, believed to have a street value of around Php6 million.

The PDEA agents said that the siblings were so elusive and would not even engage in the selling of shabu in smaller quantities, and thus could not be apprehended in buy-bust operations.

The police, meanwhile, are now investigating the names of those allegedly involved in the drug trade in the abovementioned municipalities. (With report from Oscar Esmenda)
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3 gadan sa banggaan nin kotse asin Philtranco bus sa Camalig, Albay

Photo by Arnel Mendaza Vitalicio via Vince Villar

CAMALIG, Albay 3/21/17 (Bicol Standard) –Tulong personas an confirmadong nagadan sa aksidente sa tinampo na nangyari kasubanggui, alas 9:45 sa Brgy. Ilawod digdi.

Segun sa pahayag ni PSupt. Benito Dipad, hefe kan Camalig PNP, an mga binawian nin buhay iyo sinda Mary Jane Ayende, Joshua Milano, asin Juliana Ayende. Sinda gabos mga residente kan Brgy. Pinaric, Legaspi City.

Nagluluwas sa imbestigasyon kan pulis na an mga nagadan nakalunad sa Toyota Corolla na may plate number ACV 653 na an direksyon kan vehiculo pasiring sa Legaspi City, hale sa Guinobatan, Albay.

Sabi sa report, nagbanggaan an Toyota Corolla asin Philtranco Bus (plate number ACD 1496) na pigmamaneho ni Neil Pinongpong y Redoble, na taga New Quezon, Hagonoy, Davao Del Sur.

Nagpapadagos pa an imbestigasyon kan aksidenteng ini.

Mientrastanto, tulong iba pang nakasakay sa naaksidenteng vehiculo an pigbubulong ngonian sa Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) sa Legaspi City.

An saindang mga pangaran iyo an minasunod: Jamir Barado, 8 anyos, Kathleen Barado, 4 anyos asin May Vargas, 32 anyos.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

4Ps program beneficiaries in Bicol to get rice subsidy – DSWD


A total of 375,224 households in the region will benefit from the rice subsidy provided by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps.

Arnel Garcia, Department of Social Welfare and Development regional director said the rice subsidy is a commitment of President Rodrigo Duterte that was made during his first State of the Nation Address in 2016, to ensure that all Filipinos will be free from hunger and poverty.

The PHP600 subsidy shall be given to the 4Ps beneficiaries.

Garcia said the rice subsidy will be implemented based on the provisions of the General Appropriations Act of 2017 which was reiterated by DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.

Garcia said Taquiwalo has in turn issued a memorandum to the regional offices of the department that explicity stated that the rice assistance will be in the form of cash.

The household beneficiaries in Bicol as of January 31, 2017 are as follows: Albay--77,947; Camarines Norte--32,663; Camarines Sur-113,360; Catanduanes- 15, 796; Masbate-75,015 and Sorsogon-60,443.

In Bicol, Garcia said the provision for rice subsidy covers only the “registered, active and compliant” 4P households from ‘regular Conditional Cash Transfer’ or CCT and ‘Modified Conditional Cash Transfer’ or MCCT, including those who will be classified as ‘transitioning beneficiaries.’”

“They must be monitored by the program and have been compliant with at least one program conditionality monthly before they receive the same (rice subsidy),” he added. (by Connie B. Destura, PNA)
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BIR-Bicol head targets P10B collection


LEGAZPI CITY – Newly appointed Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Bicol Director Edgar B. Tolentino told participants at Monday’s region-wide kick off for this year’s tax campaign that he is confident tax collections in the region will reach its goal of PHP 10.9 billion.

"I am extremely positive that we can reach our goal for this year in Bicol which is Php 10.9 billion,” he said as he explained the event is part of the localized information campaign to encourage taxpayers to pay the right taxes.

Tolentino said BIR records showed the collection for the past year had indicated a 16.25 percent increase over the previous year.

“We are expecting a growth rate of 20 percent from the 333,000 strong registered taxpayers (in the region)," he said.

Over a thousand local government officials, BIR’s partners among government line agencies, businessmen and groups of taxpayers’ organizations in the region attended the launch of the tax campaign which carries the theme "Tunay na Pagbabago" (true change).

The event that was held this afternoon at Casablanca Convention Hall in this city, was led by BIR Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay.

He said the government derives 80 percent of its revenues from the BIR but these are contributed by the taxpayers.

“Taxes are the ‘lifeblood’ of our country. The government will not run without taxes that are contributed by the people,” he added. (by Connie Destura, PNA)
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Mayor Rosal explains federalism to women from city’s 70 villages



LEGAZPI CITY–Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal has asked members of the city’s women’s federation to support the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte in its proposal to change the system of government from the current presidential to federal form.

Rosal endorsed the federal set up during Sunday night's celebration of National Women’s Month that was held at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation here and had for its theme “We make change work for women.”

Attended by women representatives from the city’s 70 barangays, the event featured whole-day activities, that included talks on how to generate alternative sources of livelihood to help the women become empowered in their communities while rice packages were also handed out to the women at the close of the event.

Rosal said in a federal form of government, women’s organizations play an important role in the local government’s projects, especially in strengthening sustainable sources of income for the family.

“We are highly centralized under our present presidential form of government because almost all policies and decisions come from the national government,” he said.

Rosal said, however, that a federal set up will result in a decentralization of the government as some powers of the central offices will be transferred to the local governments.

He explained that in a federal set up, the central government only has jurisdiction in the areas of national defense, foreign relations, currency, commerce and citizenship.

“But the local government will have the power to impose its own taxes and has the freedom to utilize its natural resources and deliver social services that include public education and housing,” Rosal added.

He said a decentralized government can impose lower tax rates to improve the investors’ confidence so they can be encouraged into putting up more business establishments.

Rosal explained that such a scenario will result in the development and progress of the “states” or local governments.

He told the women’s federation members that in a federal set-up, the senators in Bicol will be enacting laws and adopting different policies that can be implemented only in the entire Bicol region but not in the whole country.

Rosal said the other regions will also have their own senators whose legislative measures can be implemented in their own regions. (PNA)
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Aki ni Mayor Ceriola, nakuang gadan sa Malinao


MALINAO, Albay 3/20/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Nakuang saro nang bangkay si Alvin Ceriola, an 33 anyos na aking lalaki ni Alcalde Avelino Ceriola kan banwaan na ini, alas 10:30 nin aga, kan Marso 18.

An sabi sa report, binawian nin buhay si Alvin duman mismo sa saindang resort sa nasambit na banwaan.

Base sa binutasan na pahayag kan katiwala sa resort, alas 3:00 na nin aga nag-uli si Alvin tanganing duman magturog.

Alagad, kinaagahan nadiscubre na malipot na siyang bangkay.

May suspecha an saiyang mga pag-iriba na inatake siya sa puso na iyong ikinagadan.

Mientrastanto, para mahale an gabos na especulasyon, nagdesiyon guiraray an saiyang ama na ipa-autopsy an bangkay, para maaraman an causa kan kagadanan.
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Deputy Speaker Andaya off the hook in pork barrel scam


QUEZON CITY 3/20/17 (Bicol Standard)--Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has approved the dismissal of the complaint filed against Deputy Speaker Rolando Andaya, according to a report this afternoon.

This pertains to his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam that includes ex-Ilocos Sur Rep. Salacnib Baterina, Janet Napoles, and 9 others.

The former Budget Secretary was previously charged with graft and malversation.
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SP junks ordinance permitting cockfights aired live on cable TV


LEGASPI CITY 3/20/17 (Bicol Standard)—The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has declared as invalid and inoperative the Municipal Ordinance No. 04-2017 of the Municipality of Daraga, Province of Albay, entitled: “An Ordinance authorizing the holding of amusement cockfighting thru the live hook-up of cockfight from TV on-line providers in different licensed cockpit arena in this municipality, regulating the issuance of special permit and for other purposes.”

This is in response to the controversial legislative measure that would allow residents to view live telecast of ongoing cockfights in Daraga, Albay.

In declaring its invalidity, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan emphatically said LGU Daraga has no legal basis in authorizing said telecast.

Albay Vice Gov. Harold Imperial, a local cockfighting enthusiast, believes that granting approval to such ordinance is in violation of existing laws and regulations in the country.
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Task Force Briones binilog; bangkay, ilulubong atyan


MASBATE CITY 3/20/17/ (BICOL STANDARD) Sarong task force na maimbistigar asin mahanap kan naggadan sa mediaman na si Joaquin “Dos por Dos” Briones Jr., an binilog kasuodma, para maparikas an pagresolver kan krimen.

An grupo, inapod na Task Force Briones, kabale mismo an opisina kan Regional Director kan Philippine National Police Bicol, Deputy Regional Director for Operation, Intelligence Group kan Masbate Provincial Police Office, Milagros Municipal Police Station, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group asin iba pang mga ahensyas kan gobierno.

Si Briones maroromdoman na bantog na maray sa Masbate bilang maisog na comentarista.

Alagad kan nakaaging pirang taon nagsusurat nin column sa tabloid sa Manila.

Ginadan siya kan Marso 13, 2017 sa atubangan kan saindang harong sa Barangay Bacolod, Milagros, Masbate, poco mas o menos alas 8:30 nin aga.

An mga para gadan nakalunad sa 2ng motorsiklo na armado nin calibre .45, na pinatadom an limang bala sa likod kan victima.

Si Briones nakatalaan nang ilubong atyan na alas 2:00 nin hapon.

Mientrastanto, an mga miembros kan saiyang familia nagsabi na nagtagama sinda nin kantidad P200,000.00 na premyo sa sisay man na makatao nin guiya para maitukdo an mga reponsable sa krimen.

An saiyang tugang na si Rey Briones nagpahayag sa intrevista kan BICOL STANDARD na dakul na anggulo an saindang pig aadalan ngonian na pwedeng causa kan paglikidar sa saiyang tugang.

Kabale digdi an mga incidente na may relasyon sa pulitika sa saindang banwaan nin huli ta aktibong maray an victima sa lokal na politika, mala ngani ta nagkandidato bilang vice alkalde kan nakalihis na election.
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Karambola nin 3ng truck: 1 gadan, 3 irido sa Daraga, Albay

Kua ni Susan Bernal Balane
DARAGA, Albay 3/20/17 (Bicol Standard) – Saro an gadan mantang tulo an irido sa nangyaring aksidente sa tinampo kasubagong alas 4:30 nin aga, sa P-1, Villahermosa sa banwaan na ini.

Nabisto an nagadan na iyo si Jason Macapagal, taga Bolabog, Pilar, Sorsogon.

Nagadan siya sa pinangyarihan kan aksidente.

Base sa report, an imbuelto sa aksidente iyo an duwang 18-wheer na trucks asin an saro 6-wheeler truck.

Sinabi kan imbestigador na an duwang 18-wheeler trucks pasiring sa Sorsogon, mantang an 6-wheeler pasiring sa Poblacion kan banwaan na ini.

Mientras na nagdadalagan an 18-wheeler truck na pig mamaneho ni Alfredo China y Soriano, taga Malasiqui, Pangasinan (plate number ADA 7779), sa Brgy, Villahermosa, nakasabit an kargamento kaining tower crane sa poon nin acacia na nasa guilid kan tinampo.

Huli kaini, nahulog an kargamento sa tinampo asin tinamaan an kasabat na 6-wheeler truck na pig mamaneho ni Jason Macapagal.

Sabi pa sa pagsiyasat, nawaran nin control an driver kan 6-wheeler truck kaya na nakadalagan an vehiculo sa walang parte kan tinampo, kaya nakasalpokan kaini an 18-wheeler truck (plate number CUX 761) na pig mamaneho ni Jery Broce y Cajocson, taga Calamba, Laguna).

Narunot an payo ni Macapagal huli sa kusog kan salpokan kan duwang trucks na sabatan an direksyon.

An ibang mga pahinante nagsapo man nin mga lugad kaya idinalagan sa hospital. Nabisto an saindang mga pangaran na iyo sinda Joco Anes, taga Bacolod City, John Baltazar, taga Bacolod City asin Zaldy Bayonito, taga Tabaco City.

Pig bubolong sinda huli sa mga bakros asin rungas sa lawas.

Mientrastanto, nagluluwas na delinquent talaga sa lugar na pinangyarihan kan aksidente ta nagkapira na an nangyaring disgracia digdi.

An binabasol kan mga drivers iyo an nakakaolang na mga poon nin kahoy na nasa laog kan road right of way na linikawan kan pagpatrabaho sa pagpahiwas kan tinampo.
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Php5.6M worth of shabu seized in Cam Sur

Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
MILAOR, Camarines Sur 3/20/2017—Over a kilo of shabu with a street value of Php5.6 million was confiscated last night from two brothers who are suspected to be major drug dealers in this town and adjacent municipalities.

Siblings Macneil Abines and Christian Abines, the suspects, are sons of a retired police officer.

The operation at Diaz St. corner Barlin, Barangay Del Rosario was carried out by members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The suspects have allegedly surrendered to Municipal Mayor Anthony Reyes last year.

In an interview, the suspects admitted that they supplied illegal drugs to the towns of Minalabac, San Fernando, Pasacao, Pamplona, and Libmanan, among others.

The search warrant was issued by Executive Judge Pablo Formaran of the Regional Trial Court in Naga City.

Apart from the Abines brothers, four other persons were arrested, namely Ivan Soreta, Bobby Piquit, Milan Cabase, and Benjamin Araojo.

Other details of this operation were not made available pending interrogation by the apprehending officers. (With report from Oscar Esmenda)
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

PHP1.5M equipment for PWDs, women’s livelihood projects in Albay


LEGAZPI CITY -- The provincial government of Albay has distributed PHP1.5 million worth of assorted medical equipment for therapy use, computer sets for disabled persons and sewing machines for the livelihood projects of various women’s organizations in the province.

Ms. Eva Grageda, officer-in-charge of Albay Social Welfare and Development (SWDO), said computer sets with software and printers were distributed to all 18 towns and cities in the province that are intended for data banking and online registration of the so-called PWDs or persons with disabilities.

“The data banking and online registration will benefit at least 15,000 registered PWDs throughout the province,” she said.

She added that aside from computer sets, they have also provided medical equipment to therapy centers in Guinobatan and Tiwi to upgrade the satellite rehabilitation centers being manned by local government units (LGUs).

Meanwhile, around 1,944 members of KALIPI or Kalipunan Ng Mga Liping Pilipina, an active women's organization in the province, will also benefit from the livelihood equipment and materials distributed to the municipalities of Tiwi, Sto Domingo and Tabaco City.

According to Grageda, each KALIPI group was given a sewing machine, sewing materials and accessories.

“The KALIPI group from Tabaco City will produce school uniforms, curtains, pillow cases and bed covers while Sto Domingo and Tiwi will be producing T-shirts, eco-bags and mats,” she said.

KALIPI groups from the three areas were the first to submit their proposal for livelihood but she added that the provincial SWDO also expects KALIPI organizations from other municipalities to submit their proposed livelihood programs. (by Mike de la Rama, PNA)
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AKO BICOL seeks to regulate ride-sharing platforms


AKO BICOL Partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe filed House Bill 4891 or the “Transportation Network Service Act” that would classify Transport Network Vehicles as a public utility under the regulation of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

If this legislative measure is passed into law, stringent guidelines will be in place to ensure the safety of the passengers and standardize the regulation of ride-sharing platforms like Grab and Uber.

“With the emergence of online-enabled transportation services that connect transportation mediums and passengers, the government should take action to make sure that the safety of the riders and drivers is guaranteed at all times” Batocabe said.

“Furthermore, the added platforms of public transportation would compel existing taxi operators to improve their services. It would likewise decongest roads by encouraging car owners to leave their vehicles at home and use a Grab or Uber, instead”, Batocabe added.

The purpose of the legislative measure is to improve the mobility of people and ease the difficulty of movement when traffic congestion persists everyday. It also aims to diminish the presence of vehicles in roads by promoting carpooling or ridesharing. The dire need to decrease land traffic is exhibited by the Philippines’ economic loss of P2.4 billion a day, based from the study commissioned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

“Transport network companies could not just waive liability when there is a breach on the contract of carriage. Transport network service operators should approach rider and driver safety with due diligence,” Batocabe said.

The proposed legislative measure would prohibit Transport Network Companies from evading liability and escaping accountability when issues arise between riders and passengers.

Transport Network Companies are also required to keep records of the electronic receipts from the transactions between drivers and riders. This shall be the basis for the taxes to be imposed upon operators to be collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

The proposed bill would also address the gaps in policies of the Department Order released by the Department of Transportation in 2015.

Although DO 2015-011 provided the rules for the accreditation of Transport Network Services, many taxi operators expressed their frustration because ride sharing platforms do not undergo the same austere regulation imposed to taxis.

Under the proposed measure, transport network companies are directed to apply for accreditation to operate, subject for renewal every two years. Drivers would also need to comply the prescribed requirements before operating their vehicles and cater to the riders.

Transport Network Companies are also mandated to make available the computation of fares for the information of the riders. This would explain surge pricing that result to extremely high fares. Last Holiday season, many ridesharing users expressed their protest against the surge pricing policy of ride sharing platforms. This can be attributed to the lack of information as to how these rates were computed.

“This legislative measure would also inhibit drivers to discriminate riders due to their disabilities. No additional charges should be imposed to People with Disabilities. Riders should also have the option to request for vehicles that can accommodate equipment such as wheelchairs”, Batocabe added.
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