Bicol International Airport, dai pa mahahaman

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.

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

At least 5 big-ticket projects in the Bicol region are part of the 55 flagship projects that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) aims to complete or break ground by 2022.

Drink responsibly

Ano an pag-inom kan nakakaburat na inumon (alcoholic beverages) maraot o kasalan?

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

Pinatanidan kan pulis an estudiante asin residentes digdi na dai imaging aliwalas sa saindang mga gamit sa tahaw na nagkapira nang incidente nin harabonan na an mayor na victima iyo an mga boarding houses.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Naga City police arrests Richard Diaz a.k.a. “Waway” for illegal drugs

NAGA CITY 4/29/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –The joint police operatives has arrested Richard Diaz y Matabang, alyas Waway, at around 2:30 this pm in a buy bust operation at Zone 1, Barangay Mabolo here.




Police reports say that Diaz was the subject of a surveillance operation due to his alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade in the said barangay and other areas nearby.

Upon his arrest, the operatives were able to confiscate from him two (2) pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected “shabu,” P500.00 used as buy-bust money, and two cellular phones.

He was brought to the police headquarters for further investigation. He will be charged with violation of RA 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002.

He is a resident of Mabolo, this city.
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Big time shabu dealers sa PIODURAN, dakop

PIODURAN, Albay 4/29/17 (BICOL STANDARD) — Tulong magturogang na may apelyedong Del Mundo an inarestar kan mga tawohan kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency PDEA), Provincial Public Safety Company asin kan Albay Police Provincial Office sa ginibong operasyon sa Barangay 3 digdi.




An tulo, nabisto sa pangaran na iyo sinda Benny del Mundo, na sarong barangay kagawad, 39, Philip del Mundo, 33 asin Rommel del Mundo, 37 anyos.

An matuang del Mundo, na opisyal kan barangay consideradong high value target kan mga awtoridad.

Sarabay sindang pinosasan pakatapos na servehan nin search warrant na firmado si Judge Edwin Ma-alat kan Branch 14 kan Regional Trial Court (RTC) sa Ligao City.

Maatubang sindang kasong pagbalga kan RA 9165, o an inaapod na Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Kan iserve an search warrant sa saindang residencia nakakua an mga awtoridad nin 6 na selyado pang mga pakete nin shabu, tulong bukas nang pakete na may laog man nin droga, asin mga paraphernalia sa pag gamit nin shabu.

Sabi sa report, nakua kan mga pulis hale ki Philip del Mundo an 16 na selyado pang pakete asin saro na bukas, na an laog pigtutubodan na shabu. An iba pang nakua saiya iyo an mga drug paraphernalia asin mga piniripit na pinaalang na dahon nin marijuana.

May nakua man nin 9 na paketeng shabu hale ki Rommel del Mundo asin mga drug paraphernalia.

Base sa record kan PDEA, si Philip iyo an ika 7 sa Provincial Drugs Watchlist.

Saro na ini sa mga darakulang accomplisimiento kan pulis digdi.

An magturugang na del Mundo anas nasa laog kan carcel ngonian.
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3ng lalaki nadakop may badil, bala, etc., kakasohan kan pulis

MASBATE CITY 4/29/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Maatubang nin kaso kriminal si Ritchel Mendoza y Boa, residente kan Barangay Magsaysay, Esperanza, Masbate huli ta nadakop siya na may sukbit nin calibre .357 na badil na mayo nin lisensya. Nakua pa sa saiya an mga bala, capsula, asin iba pang gamit na pwedeng usaron sa pag komiter nin krimen.




Naaprehendir si Mendoza sa checkpoint. Kaibahan niya iyo sinda Jason Mangubay y Arriesgado, para sira, asin Albert Ybanez y Ynot, para sira man, na taga Poblacion, Cawayan, Masbate.

An casong saiyang aatubangon iyo an pagbalga kan RA 10591, o an Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition.

Nadakop sinda sa Barangay Sto. Nino, Cataingan, Masbate.

Sabi sa report, nagbugtak nin check point an mga tawohan kan Cataingan MPS, asin an 5th Maneuver platoon kan mag-agi an mga suspechado na nakalunad sa motorsiklo.

Hale sa saindang mga darang gamit, nakua kan mga awtoridad an nasambit na mga contrabando.

Afuera kan badil asin mga bala, igwa pang nabotbot an mga awtoridad nin cash na P150.00; 1ng holster, ball cup, peluca (wig) , asin cellphone.

Pighahanda na an mga kaso na isasangat kontra sainda.
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Kapitan sa barangay, 2ng nagtupada, dinakop sa Sorsogon

DONSOL, Sorsogon 4/28/17 (BICOL STANDARD) — Maatubang nin casong pagbalga sa Illegal Gambling asin PD 149 (Illegal Cockfighting) an tulong residentes kan banwaan na ini na dinakop kan mga pulis mantang nagpupurok an 2ng manok sa tupada kasoodma.




An mga kakasuhan iyo an duwang sultador na sinda Jerry Peñaflor y Bon, 54, Ricky Castillo y Ibañez, 37, asin an Punong Barangay kan Santa Cruz na si Ernesto Pantuay y Ombao, 68 anyos.

Tinuklo sinda kan mga pulis kasuodmang alas 3:00 nin hapon sa nasambit na barangay.

Kabale sa mga evidencia na dinara kan mga pulis iyo an mga pambulang na manok, tambod na tulong pulgada an laba asin an sarongan kan tambod.

Sabi kan pulis, haloy na sindang nagpatanid sa gabos na mga imbuelto sa illegal na burulang na dai sindang papatawadon, kun sinda mabalga kan ley.

Pig pepreparar na kan mga awtoridad an mga caso na isasangat kontra sa sainda.
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DOLE, DTI link up for job, business fairs


Jobseekers can expect both employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the new concept of a “job cum business fair” come Labor Day here in the Bicol region.

“The concept, which is expressed in the ‘Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan’ or TNK caravan, will bring together the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Bicol and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in providing an array of decent work and business opportunities,” said Atty. Ma. Karina P. Trayvilla, DOLE-Bicol director.

She cited that the TNK concept is more than the filling up of available vacancies and hiring of jobseekers on the spot as was the norm in the previous years’ job fairs.

Trayvilla, in an interview, said this year’s fair would include the “Go Negosyo” concept on the setting up of a business and showcase DOLE’s livelihood-assisted projects.

She said the Legazpi City and Naga City TNK caravans would have around “2,000 plus solicited job vacancies” with 30 local firms, 10 overseas and 7 government agencies providing job openings to job applicants in the job fairs.

DOLE-Bicol through the tri-media in the region has announced to the public that the Albay and Sorsogon leg of the TNK caravan will be at the Pacific Mall in Legazpi City on May 1 while the Camarines Sur leg of the caravan will be at at SM City in Naga City on May 2 and 3.

On April 26, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed by officials of DOLE-Bicol, DTI and its other partners for the conduct of the job and business fairs adopting the TNK concept.

Trayvilla signed in behalf of DOLE-Bicol while a representative of DTI-Albay Provincial Director Rodrigo Aguilar signed in his behalf.

The two agencies’ other partners in promoting the TNK caravan who signed the MOA were officials from the People Management Association of the Philippines or PMAP-Bicol chapter, Junior Chamber International or JCI-Legazpi, Pacific Mall Corp.-Legazpi and ABS-CBN South Luzon.

The MOA specified that under the TNK concept DTI will take the lead in the “Negosyo” component by featuring successful local enterpreneurs and the giving of advice on business options that are specific to the locality.

Aside from this, the DTI booths will provide information on how government support could be secured in starting a business, preparing a business plan and other concerns such as business registration, e-commerce, and SME (small, medium enterprise) support and assistance.

The MOA specified that the “Trabaho” and “Kabuhayan” components of the TNK caravan will feature DOLE’s services such as job fair, employment coaching, provision of training and starter kits and the “one-stop-service center.”

Trayvilla said the blueprint for the so-called “employment and entrepreneurship partnership” from 2017 to 2022 was signed by DOLE and DTI on December 2, 2016.

The partnership agreement, guidelines for which was issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on April 5 this year, “aims to achieve full employment at 5 percent unemployment rate by creating 7.5 million jobs” mainly in the “key employment generating sectors,” said the MOA.

These key sectors are in the manufacturing, agri-business, construction, tourism, IT-BPM, transportation and logistics, and retail trade, added the MOA. (by Gina V. Rodriguez, PNA)
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Friday, April 28, 2017

P125 mil kada saro sa 3ng 100 anyos na taga Labo

LABO, Camarines Norte – KANTIDAD P125 mil (P125,000.00) pesos an pig recibe kan kada saro kan tulong taga digdi na may edad labing 100 anyos na ngonian.


Photo courtesy of DWLB Fm, Labo, Camarines Norte

Sa banwaan na ini, an mga labi nang sangatos anyos iyo an minasunod: FRANCISCA C. DIZON, 102 anyos, taga Barangay Malasugui; ROSARIO P. FERUELO, 105 anyos, taga Purok 7, Barangay Baay digdi.

An saro pang centenaryo binawian nang buhay dai pa lang nahahaloy. Alagad, an premyo, itinao sa mga miembros kan familia.

Si Lorillie Villanueva, an pamayo kan MSWD Office digdi an namayo kan pagdistribuir kan insentibo guikan sa gobierno national, sa paagui kan Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Ini susog sa Republic Act No. 10868 na inaapod “Centenarian Act of 2016.” Sa lindong kan nasambit na ley, an gabos na Pilipino na an edad 100 anyos o labi, nag-eestar digdi o yaon sa luwas kan nasyon an tatawan nin P100,000.00.

May dagdag pang P25,000.00 sa kada saro an tulong mga cerninarians hale sa Local Government kan Labo base sa recomendasyon ni Mayor Joseph Ascutia asin Vice Mayor Jojo Francisco.
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Bicol police chief orders probe on shooting cases


The head of the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) on Wednesday ordered the Regional Investigation Division or R7 to investigate the cases of shooting incidents in the Bicol region, that to date have reached 121 from January to April this year, said an official of PRO5.

“Chief Supt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe, director of PRO 5, has ordered the Regional Investigation Division or R7 headed by Sr. Supt.Ronald Briones to investigate the 121 shooting incidents recorded in the region from January 1 to April 26,” according to Sr. Insp. Ma. Luisa Calubaquib, PRO5 spokesperson.

She said part of the investigation would find out if the incidents were drug-related or if loose firearms were used.

Of the 121 cases, 108 involved male victims while 13 were female, according to Calubaquib.

“There were 71 killed, 38 wounded while 12 others were unharmed in the shooting incidents,” she added.

Calubaquib said Masbate province topped the list with 43 cases, followed by Albay-28, Camarines Sur-22, Sorsogon-15, Camarines Norte-10, Naga City Police Office-2 and Catanduanes-1.

She said probers are also looking into those hours when when the shooting incidents occurred.

“Did they occur when there were not so many people around?” she added.

R7’s data showed 14 percent of the 121 cases occurred between 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. while another 10 percent, at 10 p.m.

The same records showed 8.5 percent occurred from 9-9:30 a.m.; 8 percent from 12 to 1 p.m.; 8 percent from 9-9:30 p.m.; and 7 percent from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

R7 added that 6 percent occurred at 1:30 a.m. while 4.6 percent happened from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

"We are still investigating why these incidents occurred within these period of time, who are these victims, who are the suspects and the motive behind these cases,” said Calubaquib.

She said many factors are being considered in the investigation but all the possibilities must be known so the cases could be solved and to “preempt” an increase in the number of victims. (by Jorge Hallare, PNA)
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mga badil, bala nakua sa harong sa Jose Panganiban, CNorte


JOSE PANGANIBAN, Camarines Norte 4/27/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Dai na nakalibre sa kamot kan mga awtoridad si Joselito Padua Jr. y Cosa na taga Sitio Calogcog, Barangay Luklukan Norte sa banwaan na ini kan siya servehan nin search warrant hale sa jusgado.

Kairiba an mga miembros kan Provincial Police kan Camarines Norte, an MIG, Municipal Police Station, Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT), linaog kan nasambit na grupo an residencia kan suspechado.

Nakua sa laog kan saindang pagrogaring an man laen-laen na evidencia nin krimen, arog kan sarong calibre .380 na pistol, Tamarmi MOD Ta Tanfoglio, sarong magazine assembly na may laog nin 9 na bala, mga bala para sa calibre .380ng badil, 1ng calibre .45 na pistol, 2ng magazine assembly na may 12ng bala para sa calibre .45 asin iba pa.

An paglaog sa saindang harong susug sa search warrant na firmado ni Judge Ivan Dizaon kan RTC Branch 40 kan Regional Trial Court kan Daet, Camarines Norte.

An suspechado maatubang nin dagmang na mga caso, huli kan mga evidencia na nakua sa saiya.

Si Padua yaon ngonian napupugolan kan mga police, mantang pig pepreparar an caso kontra sa saiya.

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Hybrid rice techno demo in Tigaon posts 9.5-ton yield


Municipal Agriculturist Lea Beltran proudly declared the 9.5 tons highest yield recorded during the Rice Productivity Enhancement (RIPE) harvest festival in the 24 hectare cluster Hybrid Rice Techno Demo in Caraycayon, Tigaon, Camarines Sur.

Farmer co-operator Alexander Mabana said he used Pioneer 77 hybrid rice variety in this techno demo, and the secret for his high yield is keeping the soil moist all of the time. He was very happy when harvested 9.5 tons (215 cavans) from his one hectare hybrid rice farm, a far cry from the 35-50 cavans he usually harvest with inbred rice varieties in the same area.

Municipal Agriculturist Lea Beltran said 24 farmer-cooperators have qualified for the techno demo project and were given 15 kilos hybrid rice seed each and 10 bags fertilizer for a hectare area. The synchronous planting was done on December 23, 2016, two days before typhoon Nina devastated Camarines Sur province.

This is just the first cropping season for the project. Beltran encouraged other rice farmers from the 23 barangays of Tigaon to join the techno demo in the second cropping. For each cropping, the counterpart of the farmer-cooperator are labor and his participation in the data gathering, and a cash deposit of P15,000 from his income to his chosen bank for the two cropping seasons, so that the farmer co-operator will have P30,000 savings for the hybrid rice seed for his third cropping season. Four seed companies participated in the techno demo and the highest yielding variety which is most suitable in Tigaon will be used as farmers choice seed.

Alex Atian of the Department of Agriculture Rice Program said this is only one among the 4,800 hectares hybrid rice techno demo of the DA in the entire region which are conducting simultaneous harvest festivals. (Lovella Guarin / photos by Hermito Privaldos)
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Robin Padilla, babaeng kaiba, dakop droga


BALENO, Masbate 4/27/17 (BICOL STANDARD) Nadakop si Robin Padilla y Huelva, 25 anyos asin si Melaniel Sia y Moncada, 36 anyos, an pig-coconsiderar na No. sa Municipal Watchlist digdi, na suboot imbuelto sa pagtinda nin droga.

Pinosasan sinda kan mga awtoridad sa anti-illegal drug operations sa Cortes St., Barangay Poblacion, sa banwaan na ini.

An nagplano kan operasyon iyo si mga tawohan kan Baleno Municipal Police, Police Intelligence Branch (PIB) asin an Municipal Public Safety Company.

Ginibo an pagrekisa kan reaidencia kan duwa por medyo kan search warrant na hale sa jusgado.

Mientrastanto, narecover kan nasambit na team an illegal drugs na sampulong pidaso nin darakulang pakete nin shabu, 9 na medium size asin dagmang na pig repack na illegal na droga.

An carculo kan mga imbestigador, dai makulang sa kantidad P500,000 an valor kan illegal na droga na nakua sainda.

Dinara kan mga awtoridad an mga evidencia sa Regional Crime Laboratory Office sa Legaspi City.

An mga suspechado napupugolan ngonian kan Baleno MPS, mientras na pighahanda an pagsangat nin caso kontra sainda.

Pagbalga kan R.A. 9165 o an Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 an aatubangon nindang caso. (Report hale ki Jet Ramos)
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(UPDATED) PO1 resigns, laments ‘corruption’ in PNP Catanduanes


LEGASPI CITY 4/26/17 (Bicol Standard) – A member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) with a rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1) has made good on his promise to resign from service if the alleged corruption and involvement in illegal activities of several ranking police officials in Catanduanes persists.

In a statement aired over radio stations and sent to different media outlets in Bicol, PO1 Vincent Tacorda told the BICOL STANDARD he can no longer stomach the situation within his organization in spite of the commitment of top police officials who promised to implement immediate reforms within the organization.

PO1 Tacorda said he had sent an irrevocable letter of resignation addressed to PSSupt. Jacinto N. Culver, Group Director, Regional Headquarters Support Group (RHSG), Police Regional Office 5 informing him of his decision to resign.

He (Tacorda) criticized his reassignment order to the RHSG, allegedly without valid basis or reason, which constitutes an act of constructive demotion.

“I do not wish to brag about my contributions in the organization especially those extra efforts I exerted only to ensure the fight against criminality, more particularly the war on drugs, even before President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office,” he narrated in his letter.

“My resignation comes with a heavy heart that I should leave the badge of service because I am no longer happy in the organization,” he said. The resignation was dated April 26, 2017.

In the same interview, Tacorda alleged that he, together with PO1 Dan Bagay were reassigned to Camp Simeon Ola because they were against the illegal activities being perpetrated by ranking police officials in Catanduanes.


Extra-judicial killing


Tacorda confirmed that there was a time when he was ordered by his superiors to kill an alleged drug personality. Allegedly, the target was an employee of the Department of Education (DepEd).

“May tape recorded order ako rito ng dalawang opisyal na nag utos sa akin. Ang isa sa kanila ay Kapitan na ngayon at ang isa ay Police Supt.,” he said.

“Im ready to give my statements in the proper forum. Maybe to the National Bureau of Investigation if this case is investigated. That order to kill was given to me so that PNP Catandunes could submit an accomplishment regarding the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs,” he added.


Planting of evidence


Tacorda also mentioned about the practice some police officers to plant evidence. He said he is willing to executive a sworn affidavit to prove his claim. He mentioned some names, but said he would rather present his evidence, again in the proper forum.

Repeatedly, he mentioned the name of Manuel Huit Jr., an alleged bigtime drug dealer. The said person was, according to Tacorda, a regular visitor inside Camp Francisco Camacho, where PNP Catanduanes holds office.

He also mentioned some ranking police officers assigned in Catanduanes who allegedly were in the payola from the operators of illegal gambling activities. He himself, being assigned in the intelligence division, had also been a recipient of the same payola money.

Reply of the PNP


In response to the report, Police Regional Office 5 Information Officer Police Chief Inspector Malu Calubaquib stated: “The accusation of the two PO1s involving some police officers in Catanduanes is an unsubstantiated allegation in the absence of clear and convincing evidences.”

“Airing their grievances to the media is apparently Conduct of Unbecoming of Police Officer. Applying the general rule ‘He who asserts, not who denies, must prove,’ it is the burden on the part of the accuser to provide evidence in order to substantiate the claim,” she continued.

“Dai man po na problema samuya (We have no problem with it), as long as they can prove it. The responsible personnel will be charged. The media cannot address their grievance. We have a proper forum for cases such as these,” she explained.

Tacorda is the second member of the Catanduanes police who recently criticized the organization of the PNP.

Earlier, PO1 Dan Bagay faced the media to expose the alleged involvement of ranking police officials in Catanduanes in illegal fishing and illegal logging activities.

Meantime, Tacorda is expected to hold a press conference on the issues anytime soon.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Progress, discipline top Mayor Ascutia's dreams for Labo

Mayor Joseph Ascutia
LABO, Camarines Norte--Municipal Mayor Joseph Ascutia dreams of his town to have progress and discipline. This he said in preparation for the town fiesta, which the fast-growing Camarines Norte municipality will celebrate on May 1 to 6, 2017 in honor of St. John the Apostle.

Several activities are lined up for the annual event, Ascutia told the Bicol Standard.

Among these are a novena mass, basketball tournament, Palanyag, Beer Plaza, Agri-Tourism Trade Fair Exhibit, Miss Gay Camarines Norte, Bagsik ng Kamao, Billiards Competition, Rave Party, Vape and Skateboard Competition, and DXC Exhibition.

Also scheduled are the Miss Labo Beauty Pageant, a job fair, Sing-Galing Grand Finals, a live concert, fireworks display, May Festival, and TM Astig Bingo Fest.

Mayor Ascutia added that he hopes the activities will inspire the town residents to strive for a prosperous future.

"Labo has many treasures, including various tourist attractions, churches, historical landmarks, as well as cultural traditions. But its number one treasure is its people," Ascutia said, beaming.

Ascutia added that the inhabitants of Labo are what inspire him to govern well, because they deserve nothing less than the best kind of leadership.

Labo, a first-class municipality of Camarines Norte, was founded on September 8, 1800. It is politically subdivided into 52 barangays.
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SK, barangay registration ends April 29


MANILA 4/26/17 (Bicol Standard)  -- The Commission on Elections has issued a reminder to those are qualified to vote for this coming October 2017 election that they have only until Saturday, April 29, to register.

Comelec chair Andres Bautista said those who intend to register commonly come in droves on the last day.

"That has always been a problem. They should file their applications earlier," he said.

He has also reminded the public that the officer of local election officers in the different municipalities will be open on April 27 and 28 for voter’s registration, even if other government offices will suspend work for the holding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

The voters’ registration period for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls began on November 7, 2016 and is scheduled to end on April 29.

So far, the Comelec has received 2,174,601 applications for voters’ registration as a result of regular and satellite registration activities in schools and communities all over the country.
Bautista has said there will be no extension of office hours on April 29 and that offices of the local election officer in towns and cities will only accept applications until 5 pm.

Offices of the local election officers will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Saturday (April 29) to accept applications from prospective voters.

“It will be only until 5 p.m. And the voters’ registration machine can only accommodate 250 applications a day so they shouldn’t wait until the last minute,” Bautista said.

The Comelec is still continuing its preparations for the October 23 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls since no law has been formally passed postponing them to another year.
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Mayor Gaite to file MR



BAAO, Camarines Sur –“ I will not resist if the order of the Ombudsman is served upon me by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). However, I would like to let you know that I am left with no other legal recourse but to file a motion for reconsideration (MR) and a petition for the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).”

This was how Mayor Melquiades I. Gaite confronted the issue regarding his impending dismissal from service as the town’s chief executive based on the resolution signed by Ombudsman Conchita-Carpio Morales and issued earlier this month, due to the allegedly anomalous lease contract agreement for the lease of the public market.

Gaite joined the municipal officials and employees during the flag raising ceremony in from of the town hall where he explained the dismissal issue that is poised against him.

The order of the Ombudsman against Gaite provided for the most severe penalty of dismissal from service coupled with disqualification from holding public office and the withholding of other benefits that he ought to receive after rendering long years of service.

The Ombudsman’s order stemmed from the complaint filed by municipal councilor Dante Bismonte. The complainant said Gaite acted beyond his authority when he entered into a contract of lease with Lamvert Consolidated Complex Inc. (LCC) covering a 1,704 square meter area of the town’s public market for 25 years.

It was pointed out that under the Revised Market Code, the period for lease agreement is for five years only.

Meanwhile, Bismonte said that Gaite should have sought an authorization of the Sangguniang Bayan to enter into such contract. He cited the opinion of the Department of Interior and Local Government which stated that “separate authority to enter into a contract with the management of LCC for 25 years is necessary.”

Morales did not believe the argument of Gaite, who claims that the “absence of prior authorization was cured by the eventual ratification of the Sangguniang Bayan.”

The Ombudsman affirmed that Gaite committed a corrupt act when he did not enforce the provision “goodwill money” pursuant to the ordinance, thus affording LCC unwarranted benefits.

Meanwhile, Gaite lamented: “I feel very disappointed because you know that I had dedicated almost two decades of my life serving our town. Yet, this sad incident has to happen to me. You may remember that during my first term as mayor, I personally worked for the release of the budget of our municipal market. I know that during that time it was the most felt need of our people. It is with deep regret that this tragic event happened to me.”

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Supt. Nobleza is intelligent, daring--Chief Supt. Buenafe

Supt. Maria Cristina Brugada-Nobleza
NAGA CITY 4/26/17 (Bicol Standard) – “She was a good and effective police officer. That is my personal impression about her during the time when she was assigned here at the Camarines Sur PNP Provincial Police Office. She was at the Crime Lab when we investigated the celebrated Manhon murder case at Barangay Concepcion Grande. I can still recall that she was very dedicated to her work.”

Those were the statements aired by PNP Bicol Chief Supt. Melvin Buenafe, in an interview by the BICOL STANDARD this morning.

Supt. Maria Cristina “Tintin” Brugada-Nobleza, it will be recalled is the police officer who was arrested over the weekend on suspicion that they were about to rescue the remaining Abu Sayyaf bandits in the town of Clarin, Bohol.

She is a Bicolana who hails from the town of Tinambac, Camarines Sur.

RD Buenafe and Supt. Brugada-Nobleza, it was noted, share the same hometown.

Supt. Brugada-Nobleza’s family

The police source added that Supt. Brugada-Nobleza’s father was brutally killed by alleged members of the sparrow unit of the New People’s Army.

She has two brothers who both enlisted in the Philippine Army (PA), but one of them already resigned from the service.

“She comes from a family of good reputation. They are known in Tinambac for their being respectful and law-abiding citizens,” a resident of Barangay Mananao, Tinambac, said.

Educational attainment

“She studied at the Naga College Foundation (NCF) and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her ambition was to be a police officer. Upon passing the police board exams she immediately applied and was accepted as a police officer, via lateral entry,” a retired police officer said.

She was first assigned at the Crime Laboratory at the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office where she met her future husband, Allan Nobleza, who was a junior officer then.

Her husband P/SSupt. Allan Nobleza, who is also a Bicolano, is the country’s police attaché to Pakistan.

He grew up in San Juan, Libmanan, Camarines and studied high school at Colegio del Santisimo Rosario in the said town. He finished college at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA).

At the time she was arrested in the town of Clarin, Bohol during the weekend, it was reported that she was with Renierlo Dongon, an alleged Abu Sayyaf member, whom she met when the latter was detained last 2013 for double murder.

Additional information


An informant of the BICOL STANDARD said that the last time he met Brugada-Nobleza and Dongon was in in Naga City in 2013.

“I had a short conversation with her. She confirmed to me that she was doing intelligence work for the government,” the informant, a retired police officer from Tinambac, said.

Asked if the marital relationship between Brugada- Nobleza has been severed already, he said, all he knew is that not too long ago, she, together with her two children visited SSupt. Nobleza in his assignment in Karachi, Pakistan, he said.

Regarding her conversion to the Islam faith, he confirmed that it is true. But, it was only about a year ago when Brugada-Nobleza embraced the said faith.

“Brugada-Nobleza and I were both assigned as members of the peacekeeping force in East Timor. I know her personally as an intelligent person. She is brave, daring, and adventurous. She was an effective intelligence officer. But, this was before this news report broke out regarding her alleged involvement with the Abu Sayyaf issue. I really don’t know now,” he added.
Brugada-Nobleza, 49, and Dongon, who is in his 20s, were caught in Bohol after she tried to drive past a checkpoint on Saturday. It was alleged in the report that they were about to rescue the remaining members of the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Bohol.

The report says that they are lovers.

Interview with Brugada-Nobleza’s mother


“I felt bad when I heard the news about the alleged involvement of my daughter in the Abu Sayyaf,” said Rosenda Brugada, mother of Maria Cristina Brugada-Nobleza, when intervied by the media today.

“My daughter and her husband has been separated for almost four years now.”

The mother said her daughter should not be judged by the media reports that she has an intimate relationship with the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.

“I want an impartial investigation first. I demand a fair hearing and trial so that the truth would come out,” she emphasized.

Not just lovers?

Meanwhile, in a news report, Supt. Maria Cristina Brugada- Nobleza and suspected Abu Sayaff member Renierlo Dongon are said to be not just lovers, as earlier reported.

They were allegedly married in a Muslim rite several years ago, according to Chief Supt. Noli Talino, director of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas.

Dongon admitted that he and Supt. Broquesa-Nobleza are married, since the latter had converted herself to Islam.

Brugada-Nobleza was previously married to Supt. Allan Nobleza of Libmanan, Camarines Sur.

In 2010, however, her marriage to Supt. Allan Nobleza was annulled by the court, the report said.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Albay police chief cites 'alarming' number of suicide cases in blotters


A ranking official of the Albay Provincial Police Office (PPO) expressed alarm over the cases of suicide being recorded by their office that would require “immediate intervention.”

Chief Insp. Arthur Gomez, chief investigator of Albay PPO, said in 2016, they were able to record 24 cases of suicide.

He said even as they are still consolidating their records on the number of suicide cases from January to April this year, “which Albay PPO believes are still alarming,” another case of suicide was reported last April 22.

Gomez said the case involved a 24-year-old resident of Barangay Libod in Camalig town who shot himself in front of his girlfriend who lives in Barangay Poblacion, Guinobatan town, also in Albay.

“Investigators said the girl broke up with the suicide victim which prompted him to take his life,” he said.

Gomez said there were 21 males and three females from among the 24 recorded cases of suicide in 2016.

“Among the victims, 18 were single, two were married while four were widows,” he said.

Gomez said eight of the suicide incidents were attributed to emotional problems, four--mental disorder, two--health problems, two-—family problems while eight other cases were for unknown reasons that were not communicated by the victims.

He noted that they even recorded a victim who was a regular employee of the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

“The employee committed suicide inside their house a few weeks ago,” he said.

Gomez said Sr. Supt. Antonino Cirujales, director of Albay PPO, has put in place a program that could serve as an “intervention measure” to combat depression.

Mental health experts said depression, which is characterized by long periods of sadness and social withdrawal, can make a person unproductive and at worst lead to suicide.

According to Gomez the police chief of Albay has ordered all of the chiefs of police in the 15 municipalities and 3 cities of the province to coordinate with their local municipal health offices or rural health units, social welfare officers and barangay officers so “interventions” could be put in place on the cases of depression.

“They should find out who among the residents in the barangay (village) have ‘full-blown’ depression and may tend to commit suicide,” he added.

Dr. Evy Sarmiento told a forum on depression that was initiated by the Department of Health-Bicol early this month that “attention should be given to adolescents and young adults; women of child-bearing age; and older adults or those over 60 years old.”

Sarmiento, who is head of DOH-Bicol’s Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control or NCDPC cluster units, said these age groups are the most prone to being affected by depression.

“It is important to find the root cause of depression of those affected,” she said.

Depression is one of the priority conditions covered by WHO’s “Mental Health Gap” action program which DOH-5 has been implementing in the various provinces in the region over the last two years, Windalyn Baluis, coordinator of DOH-Bicol’s mental health program under the NCDPC cluster, said in a separate interview.

She said through the program mental health patients in the communities, particularly those who are indigent, get access to proper care, psychosocial assistance and free medication from public health doctors and health workers.

“DOH-5 provides continuing technical assistance to all public health doctors and health workers in the region to enhance their assessment and management of the patients in their communities,” said Baluis. (by Jorge Hallare, PNA)
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Gov. Cua, Mayor Laynes ordered to answer complaints

VIRAC, Catanduanes 4/23/17 (Bicol Standard)-- The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered Gov. Joseph Cua and two others to file their answers and counter-affidavits to the administrative and criminal charges filed against them by Edralyn Pangilinan, the common-law wife of newsman Larry Que who was murdered here December last year.

Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Director Adoracion Agbada directed Gov. Cua, Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes and Barangay Palta Small Punong Barangay Hilario Tomangan Sarmiento to file within ten days upon receipt of the order their Counter-Affidavits, Affidavits of Witnesses, if any and such other controverting evidence.

The said counter-affidavits must be duly subscribed and sworn into before any Provincial, City or State Prosecutor, Notary Public, or any Ombudsman Investigator or Special Prosecutor, with proof of service of copies upon the complainant, within ten days from receipt thereof.

This is in connection with the discovery of a mega shabu laboratory here last year.

The order is dated April 11, 2017.

The complaint (Pangilinan) is blaming the above-mentioned officials for allegedly allowing or permitting such a large-scale shabu laboratory to operate just near the heart of the town, before it was discovered on November 26, 2016 at Barangay Palta Small.

The complainant believes that the death of Que is related to the proliferation of illegal drugs in the island province.

It will be recalled that Que contended against Mayor Laynes for the position of Virac town mayor in the latest polls.
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Parabulang binadil sa Daraga, Albay


DARAGA, Albay 4/24/17 (BICOL STANDARD) Dai namidbid an nagbadil, gadan ki Marcial Cerezo y Tania, kasubagong alas 11:55 nin aga sa Dona Paquita Subdivision, Purok 4, digdi.

Segun sa pulis, pig aaram pa ninda an motibo kan para gadan.

An nagbadil sa victima naka-sulot nin bonnet sa saiyang payo kan magrani saiya, asin tulos pinutokan kan armas na dai aram kun anong calibre.

Mientrastanto, si Careso nag-aarkila sana nin sadit na harong.

An declarasyon kan saro sa mga tugang kan ginadan iyo na an saiyang tugang pusikit na parabulang.

Nakakua an mga imbestigador nin nagkapirang pidaso nin aluminum foil, 2ng pisadong “tari” o tambod na gamit sa pagbulang.
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Swarms of flies invade Polangui


POLANGUI, Albay 4/23/17 (Bicol Standard) -- An ordinance that would regulate the operation of poultry farms here is expected to be passed to address the recurring health and sanitation problem of the swarms of houseflies.

In an interview, Vice Mayor Herbert Borja confirmed the information that the Sangguniang Bayan of this town has scheduled a public consultation, which will be participated in by the poultry raisers and the affected residents.

“It is true that we have been flooded with complaints regarding the swarms of house flies that have threatened the health of our residents. That is the reason why we will expedite the passage of an ordinance that would in effect regulate the said business,” Borja said.

He (Borja) also told the residents that the required environmental permits need to be religiously complied with by every owner of the poultry farms here.

At present, this town has been the primary the choice of many poultry raisers due to its transportation accessibility as well as its having the ideal climate for raising chickens, he added.

Borja believes that within 90 days from now, the Sangguniang Bayan will be able to enact an ordinance regarding this matter.
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Bicol’s no. 1 shabu suspect arrested


BAAO, Camarines Sur 4/23/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Wilson Baita y Comprado, considered as the No. 1 Regional and Provincial target of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Unit, and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Team has been arrested.

Police reports say that Baita was captured in a buy-bust operation at Room 3, at Barangay Sagrada here, yesterday.

The suspect was collared after a long intelligence work conducted by the different anti-illegal drugs group in his hideout in the said barangay.

Apart from the suspected illegal drugs, the police operatives also recovered the buy-bust money from the possession of the said suspect.
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