Balatas Dumpsite, linalaoman na maisara bago matapos an 2017

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

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

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

Drink responsibly

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

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

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

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Nag gadan kan saiyang agom, nadakop na sa Basud, CNorte

BASUD, Camarines Norte 5/6/17(Bicol Standard) Nadakop na kan pulis kasuodmang hapon an lalaki na suspechado sa paggadan kan saiyang agom, labing duwang bulan pa sana an naka-agui.




An saiyang pangaran iyo si Eduardo Espina y Nagera, taga Purok 3, Barangay Manmuntay sa banwaan na ini.

Segun sa pulis, may nag-sumbong sa sainda kan lugar na tinatagoan kan suspechado, kaya madali nindang nadakop.

Mientrastanto, sa pagsiyasat naaraman na burat an suspechado na nag-kasa kan saiyang badil, sa atubangan kan mga tawo, kaya nag-tiripwasan an saindang mga hahampang. Ini an rason kun tano ta may nagpaabot nin sumbong sa pulis, kaya inabotan sa lugar an suspechado.

Haloy na man siyang hinahanap kan mga awtoridad huli sa enot na krimen.

Idinagdag sa imbestigasyon na naabotan kan mga pulis an suspechado na nakahigda na, huli sa kaburatan. Nakuang kadurog ni Espina an saiyang armas na “sumpak,” na may cargang sarong bala para sa shotgun.

Kan naka-aging Pebrero pa sana, ngonian na taon kan suboot ginadan kan suspechado an saiyang agom por medyo nin saksak

May inaatubang siyang kasong Parricide. Alagad, madudugangan pa ini nin bagong kasong Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition, sabi pa kan mga awtoridad.
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Bangkay nin babae nakua sa laog kan hotel, may tama nin 4 na saksak

DAET, Camarines Norte 5/6/17 (Bicol Standard) – Dai pa nabibisto an lalaki na kaiba kan babaeng nakuang gadan sa laog kan Room No. 7 kan Travellers Hotel sa Barangay Bagasbas digdi.




An bangkay kan babae may 4 na tama nin saksak sa lawas na iyong an saiyang ikinagadan.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador, an babaeng nakuang gadan nag-laog sa hotel na may kaibang lalaki kasuodmang alas 7:00 nin aga. Alagad, poco mas o menos alas 9:00 nin aga, kasuodma man sana nagluwas na an lalaki, pakatapos na bayadan an arkila sa cuarto na saindang pig okupar sa laog nin 24 oras.

Nadiskubre kan tawohan kan hotel kasubagong alas 8:00 nin aga sana an nagkakarigos sa dugo na lawas kan victima, na nakadapla sa sa irarom kan kama.

An mga miembros kan SOCO na nag-iimbestigar kan kaso nagsabi na may senyales na nakilaban an babae sa kaggibo kan krimen antes siyang binawian nin buhay.

Mayo nin ano man na Identification Card an bangkay kaya hastang sinusurat an baretang ini, dai pa siya nabibisto.

Nagpapadagos an pagsiyasat kan krimen ngonian.
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Army asin NPA nagbaradilan sa Guinobatan

GUINOBATAN, Albay 5/6/17 (Bicol Standard) – Nagbaradilan naman an mga tawohan kan Army asin New People’s Army kasubagong hapon sa Sitio Manarang, Barangay Batbat digdi.



An sabi sa report, an sarong section kan Army na pinapamayohan ni 1Lt. Orbano kan 83rd IB, 9ID an nakasagupa kan carculadong 20ng mga rebelde na nag-resulta sa riribayan nin putok na nagdurar nin 15 minutos.

Nangyari ini poco mas o menos alas 2:00 nin hapon, ngonian na aldaw.

Mayong nalugadan sa mag-ibong na lado. Alagad, an mga rebelde nag sibot pasiring sa direksyon kan bukid na barangay kan Ligao City, sabi sa bareta.

Nagpapadagos an kampanya kan military kontra sa mga rebelde na nagresulta sa nagkapirang bakbakan kan mag-ibong na lado sa laog nin nakalihis na pira nang semana.

An mga rebelde nagpamate kan saindang presensya sa nagkapirang mga lugar da Albay ngonian na bulan.
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DOH-Bicol records 3 deaths due to HIV/AIDS in 2 months this year

LEGAZPI CITY, May 5 -- The Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol has reported three deaths due to the human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) within a two-month period this year.




Dr. Jannish Arellano, head of infectious disease cluster in DOH-Bicol, said the three cases of deaths were recorded from January to February this year when 42 new cases of HIV/AIDS were also reported.

“The high cases of HIV/AIDS were reported among males, specifically among men-having-sex with men or MSM,” she said in a press briefing held at DOH-Bicol’s office here on Friday.

Among the 42 new cases throughout the region, Albay has the most number with 14, Sorsogon-12, Camarines Sur-10, Masbate-4, Camarines Norte-2 with no cases reported in Catanduanes.

Arellano said the cases showed HIV/AIDS was mostly affecting persons 15 to 49 years old and above.

“But the data highlighted also that HIV/AIDS is also affecting the 15-year-old,” she said.

In 2016, Arellano said, there were 122 HIV-AIDS cases reported across the region. Camarines Sur recorded 54 cases, Albay-31, Sorsogon -12, Masbate-12, Camarines Norte-8 and Catanduanes-5.

From 1984 to the present, a total of 540 cases had been recorded in the region. Of these, 109 have AIDS while 431 were “asymptomatic,” which means that the virus is present in the body but there is no symptom of any infection.

Arellano said from 1984 to the present, the HIV/AIDS virus has caused the death of 57 persons in Bicol.

Arellano called on the people to become responsible partners and observe healthy sexual behavior.

She added DOH-Bicol is also conducting a massive information campaign among the youth, specifically among high school students to educate them about the HIV/AIDS virus. (PNA)
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Only 2 of 10 Bicolanos are bank depositors—BSP survey


Only about two of 10 heads of Bicolano households have bank accounts because most do not have enough money to deposit, according to a survey conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Based on the 2014 Consumer Finance Survey (CFS), only 13.3 percent of households in the Bicol region have savings accounts.

“This means that only a small percentage of Bicolanos and Filipinos in general has deposit or savings accounts. Only 14 percent or two in ten households nationwide have bank accounts. A bigger number of households in the NCR have deposit accounts compared to those outside NCR including the Bicol region,” BSP Department of Economic Statistics deputy director Teresita B. Deveza said.

Almost all of the respondents in the region cited not having enough money as the reason for not having a bank account.

Other respondents said the bank or institution location is too far while others revealed they can’t manage an account. A small percentage said they don’t need a bank/cash account.

Deveza, together with BSP Legazpi deputy director Marlyn J. Paje, presented the CFS results.

The monetary officials said the results of the survey would serve as basis for policy implications and recommendations.

“The state of household finances has a very significant role in the country’s economy inasmuch as 70 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP) is accounted for by house final consumption expenditure (HFCE),” Paje said.

The CFS is the only survey in the Philippines that provides and generates comprehensive information on the financial condition of Filipino households, particularly their income and wealth comprising of financial and non-financial assets as well as their saving, borrowing and investment behavior and preferences.

The survey revealed that the portfolio of households in the country is comprised mostly of non-financial assets commonly consisted of home appliances, their own residence and motor vehicles.

In terms of financial assets, only 14 percent of households have deposit accounts and a very small percentage owned securities and investment products.

“These findings seem to indicate that households paid more attention to acquiring non-financial assets rather than financial assets. This could be due to low interest rate environment in 2014, which recorded an all-time low savings deposit average of 0.63% and average bank lending rate of 5.53 percent,” Paje said.

She noted these findings as valuable inputs to monetary policy decisions as this could affect monetary and financial stability in terms of higher inflation or increased credit risk.

On the other hand, Deveza stressed the need to strengthen financial inclusion efforts and advocacies by both government and private sector.

“We need to implement structural changes to strengthen financial inclusion. Government owned bank for instance can offer no-maintenance accounts or they can open a bank account for 4Ps beneficiaries instead of cash accounts only. That would mean more Filipinos who can maximize their financial assets,” she said.

Savings account, Deveza noted, can be used not only for savings but for earning opportunities as well.

“Savings can be opportunities to earn more. We have online business now that requires deposit accounts for payment and other financial transactions. Building wealth can likewise be done through savings and investments,” she said. (by Sally Atento-Altea)
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

5 miners rescued, 2 others missing in Aroroy, Masbate


LEGAZPI CITY 5/3/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Rescue workers are still busy in the retrieval operation of the bodies of two miners who were trapped in a shallow pit in the town of Aroroy, Masbate this morning.

Reports reaching the BICOL STANDARD say that earlier today, five bodies were already rescued and brought to the Aroroy Municipal Hospital for medical attention.

The informant said that they were actively engaged in small-scale mining operation in a private property at sitio Bagong Sirang, Barangay Panique, Aroroy, Masbate.

Chief Inspector Ariel D. Neri, Chief of Police of the said town reported that the accident occurred at around 8:30 a.m. when a portion of a tunnel collapsed.

Members of the Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) together with some members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) are presently in the scene of the accident to rescue two more persons who remain missing as of this writing. (By Jet Ramos)
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Gov Cua: I have no reason, motive to order Que slay


NAGA CITY 5/3/17 (Bicol Standard)--"I have no reason or motive to order the killing of publisher Larry Que."

This is the statement of Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua during his press conference following the filing of a murder complaint against him, Prince Lim Subion and PO1 Vincent Masagca Tacorda.

The complainant is Edralyn Pangilinan, common-law wife of the Catanduanes News Now publisher.

Que, it would be recalled, was gunned down in December 2016 in Barangay San Isidro, Virac, Catanduanes by motorcycle-riding men.
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Bicolano janitor-turned-lawyer trends online


A former utility worker at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is the talk of the town after he hurdled the November 2016 Bar Exams.

Ramil Comendador, 35 years old, who comes from Catanduanes, studied at the Universidad de Manila, away from his kids and wife who resided in Bicol.

He was personally commended by Comelec chair Andres Bautista who said that the new lawyer "[proved] that work designation is not a hindrance to one's desire to quench the thirst for knowledge and to eventually reach their dreams. You are a source of pride and inspiration, not just to your Comelec family but to all those who dare to dream."

Comendador presently works as Election Assistant of Malabon.
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Robbery cases reported in Jose Panganiban


JOSE PANGANIBAN, Camarines Norte 5/3/17 (Bicol Standard) Two separate robbery incidents were reported here yesterday which involve a variety store and a water refilling station.

The first incident took place at around 1:00 a.m.The suspect/s entered the store by forcibly destroying the padlock of the door. Once inside, they carted away various kinds of commodities including cigarettes, lollipop candies, batteries, biscuits, juice drinks, including cash money amounting to P200.00.

Meanwhile, another robbery incident transpired at around 10:00 am yesterday at a Water refilling station located at Purok 3, Barangay South Poblacion here.

The victim was identified as Segunda A. Barce, 57, resident of the said place.

According to the police investigators, the victim noticed the padlock of the door of the water refilling station was destroyed by still unidentified person. During the inventory made by the owner, they found out that the money detector worth P1,000.00 was missing and believed to have been taken by the robber.
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Experience summer vibrance in Virac


For your mid-summer tour, the LGU welcomes you with fun activities where you can meet the friendly Viracnons.

The coastal clean-up is our way of continuous protection and conservation of the town's marine resources to be participated by the National and Local Offices;

Kite making clinic is aimed to give an avenue for kids to enjoy the sun and wind, with materials to be provided by the LGU. 

Parent-child Kite Flying contest is to encourage family bonding, open category, materials and design. 

With prizes to be awarded for the first to fly, the highest fleet, best design and most lighted kite.

Summer Pilidalan is an open fun biking activity to tour around the routs of southwest barangays in Virac to take photo opportunities at tourism sites along the way. 

Summer Disco sa Baybayon, featuring local Band performers is open for jamming performances.

Summer Tilindahan sa Boulevard is an open Bazaar with an array of food, drinks and spirits, accessories, souvenirs and garments.

Exposure Trips to Potential Tourism Sites will be conducted by tourism stakeholders and the LGU's partner agencies for tourism industry development. (Mariel Tabuzo-Torzar)
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P126-M worth of subprojects for poor provinces gets nod


About 5,195 Bicolanos in provinces with high poverty incidents in the region are projected to benefit from four subprojects (SPs) approved and endorsed for Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) funding by the Project’s advisory board on April 21, 2017.

The Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB) composed of heads or representatives of government agencies approved three enterprise development (I-REAP) proposals by proponent groups from Masbate, Catanduanes and Albay with a total amount worth P34.03 million and one infrastructure development (I-BUILD) project in Catanduanes which costs P92.12 million.

The Concreting of the seven-kilometer Caramoran Junction Sabangan-Datag East Farm to Market Road in Caramoran, Catanduanes will resolve limited access to abaca production areas and reduce freight and hauling cost of agricultural produce. The P92.18 million-worth FMR, the province’s first I-BUILD SP, also intends to reduce poverty incidence in the project influence area. According to the Community-based Monitoring System 2014, the project influence area has a poverty incidence of 39.31 or equivalent to 2,071 households.

The RPAB also approved the Masbate Goat Production and Marketing I-REAP SP proposed by clustered proponent groups in Cataingan, Palanas, Baleno and Aroroy, Masbate. With QUENSCUP Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries and Marginal Farmers Cooperative as lead proponent group, the P14.14 million-worth enterprise is the province’s first I-REAP SP which will focus on genetic improvement service and live goat for slaughter to benefit 1,099 members.

“Maraming salamat at naabot din kami ng serbisyo ng pamahalaan after a long period of time. Sa tulong ng PRDP magkakaroon ng permanenteng buyer or market yung mga products ng mga farmer-members at magkakaroon sila ng pagkakataon na mag-alaga ng kambing at sa pamamagitan noon, madagdagan din ang kanilang kita (We are thankful that finally, we were reached by government service after a long period of time. With the help of PRDP, farmer-members’ products will have a permanent buyer or market. They will also have the opportunity to raise goats and raise their incomes),” Zaldy D. Rapsing, president of the Baleno Christian Masagana Multi-purpose Cooperative, said.

Meanwhile, Camote Creations Farmers and Entrepreneurs Producers Cooperative’s Sweet Potato-based Products Processing Enterprise in Daraga, Albay is projected to benefit 48 members with the proposed provision of a 252 square-meter processing center, upgrading of processing equipment, and provision of a hauling truck and delivery vehicle. The P10.43 million-worth SP is Albay’s second regular SP approved for PRDP funding next to Albay Coco Geonets Manufacturing Project, which is now under procurement and implementation of its I-BUILD component.

“Gusto namin hindi lang maging profitable yung enterprise but ma-recognize ng farmers na ang farming is a good occupation. When we see the impact, this will serve as a model (We want not only a profitable enterprise but also one that would help farmers recognize that farming is a good occupation. When we see the impact, this will serve as a model),” Nolan Belaro, president of Camote Creations Farmers and Enterpreneurs Producers Cooperative, said.

Catanduanes’ second regular I-REAP SP on Mangrove Crab Production and Marketing Enterprise to be implemented by the Panganiban Fisherfolk Association Inc. was also approved and endorsed for PRDP funding by the RPAB. The P9.46 million-worth enterprise is expected to benefit 132 members with the construction of a buying center, office building as well as provision of assorted tools, equipment and vehicles.

Reports from the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) 2012 show that Masbate has the highest poverty incidence in Bicol at 53.73 percent. Meanwhile, Catanduanes and Albay accounts for 34.77 percent and 38.03 percent of the region’s poverty incidents, respectively.

The PRDP is a six-year World Bank-assisted project aimed at reducing poverty in the countryside by investing in an inclusive, climate-resilient and value chain-oriented agri-fishery sector. (Annielyn L. Baleza)

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EDITORIAL | STL asin jai alai


Kun dai nareparo kan iba, kan naka-aging Sabado, (Abril 29) may suboot tawohan kan Small Town Lottery (STL) an binadil sa San Pedro, Iriga City.

An saiyang ngaran Jojo Gredo.

Minutos sana an nag-agi, kuriyat na an noticia na tinira si Gredo nin huli kan iriwal sa jai alai asin STL sa Camarines Sur.

An problema lang kaya kun maghapot ka kun sa mga awtoridad kun baga legal o ilegal asin STL asin jai alai, mayo nin toltol na nakukuang paliwanag.

An jai alai na pinapadalagan kan Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation nagsasabi na awtorisado sinda kan Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA). Entonses, legal daa an saindang operasyon.

An Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), na iyo mismo an nagtaong permiso sa Small Town Lottery, nagsabi na an STL iyo sana an legal an operasyon.

Si Bicol Chief Supt. Omar Buenafe nagsabi pareyo sinda may ipinapaheling na mga documento na nagsasabi na legal sinda. Kaya, mahalat sana an pulis kan mga masunod na instruction mapadapit digdi.

Ribong na lugod an mga tawo kun arin an totoo.

Huli kan siring na sitwasyon, binadil si Gredo kan STL huli sa nangyayaring competensya sa negosyong ini sa Iriga City.

Nag langkaba nang entero ngonian an paghadit na may masuronod pang mangyayaring violencia, na pwedeng mas makangirhat an kaabtan.

May mabulos pang dugo kun magpapadagos na dai ini maresolveran.

Sarong empleado kan jai alai an nagsabi na nagkakalakaga talaga an sitwasyon sa Iriga City.

Orog nang sa lugar na ini an may pinakadakul na engreso hale sa mga parataya.

Sa oro-aldaw na pagbola, omok-omok nin delehensya an nagpapasugal.

Kun may magbutwa na karibal sa negosyo, na arog kan STL, seguradong madurulak an mga tawohan kan mga mapadalagan kan operasyon.

Pirang semana pa lang pag entra kan STL digdi sa Iriga City preparado na an taga jai alai na ipaki laban an saindang hanap buhay. Maski pa an karibay an saindang buhay.

Sa parte kan STL, an pagtubod kan saindang mga tawohan yaon sa sinda an bendisyon kan ley. Segurado na may dakula sindang cuarta na makukua, na pwede ilaban nin gadanan.

Kaya, bakong harayo na mangyari an makahadit na sitwasyon.

Tindido an PCSO na an STL an mag derechong magpasugal.

An jai alai siring man.

Sa panahon na ini, malinaw nang nagbubungkaras an madagom na senyal na magkakariribok asin maturo an dugo kun an sitwasyon na ini dai tulos maagapan.

An isyu legalidad asin kriminal.
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Kalahi-CIDDS honors volunteers


The Department of Social Welfare in Bicol (DSWD) recognized the “everyday heroes,” who have volunteered to realize the agency’s various community-driven development (CDD) projects called Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), in many parts of the region.

Arnel Garcia, DSWD-Bicol director, said nine awardees were honored by the agency through its “Third Bayani Ka Awards” held in this city.

“The awardees are the new generation of champions helping DSWD in its advocacy of making community-driven development or CDD a reality,” he said.

He added that the awards was intended to acknowledge the “sacrifices, diligence and commitment” of the local, everyday heroes who have put the interests of their own communities before their own personal needs.

The nine awardees were selected from among 17 provincial nominations received by DSWD-Bicol for the Bayani Ka! Awards. They came from the provinces of Sorsogon, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes.

Garcia said the awards featured three categories: “Bayan,” “Bayani” and “Bayanihan.”

The “Bayan” category recognized the initiatives of local governments at the barangay (village) and municipality levels in supporting and integrating the implementation of CDD in their areas.

On the other hand, the awardees in the “Bayani” category were selected along the “six thematic areas” of gender mainstreaming, environment protection, improved local governance, indigenous peoples’ welfare, peace promotion and person with disability or PWD. In the “Bayanihan” category, the “continued engagement of citizens groups in ensuring that CDD is maintained in their villages” was recognized.

In Sorsogon, there were seven awardees: 2 in the Bayan category, 1 in Bayanihan and 4 in Bayani categories. The two awardees in the “Bayan" category were Barangay San Roque in Bulusan town and Donsol town, wherein both the village and municipality’s contributions to the implementation of the KALAHI-CIDDS projects were recognized.

In the Bayanihan category, Pilar-Sorsogon Women's Federation Inc. was recognized.

In the Bayani category, the awardees were Romeo Z. Balderama Jr. of Irosin town (Peace); Edwin Fruto, also from Irosin town (PWD); Salvador Espenocilla of Gubat town (environment protection); and Mariflor D. Enorme of Juban town (gender). In Catanduanes, DSWD-Bicol honored its sole Bayani awardee, Pedro F. Cabrera of Panganiban town in the area of improved local governance.

In Camarines Norte, Wendy Razo of Labo town was the sole Bayani awardee in the area of indigenous people's welfare. Each first place awardee in the Bayani Ka Awards received PhP10,000.

According to Garcia, the “Bayani Ka” awards, which was held last April 27 along with the conduct of a CDD Congress, was an opportunity to impart vital information and learning among the volunteers, 200 of whom from various parts of Bicol had attended the event.

“This will help them promote, enrich and sustain the CDD technology that DSWD has been advocating since 2002,” he said. He added that Kalahi-CIDDS, which was first introduced in 2002, is now transitioning from being led by the DSWD to being under the aegis of local government units (LGUs).

Garcia said prior to the CDD congress a series of provincial “learning exchange forums” were spearheaded “to cultivate and refine the knowledge of community stakeholders on Kalahi-CIDSS.”

He said, in an earlier forum this month, that Kalahi-CIDDS has thus far covered 78 municipalities in the Bicol region through projects amounting to P1 billion.

“It is a strategy in which both the communities and LGUs work together to choose, design and implement sub-projects that respond to the most pressing needs in the community,” he added. (PNA)

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Ako Bicol pushes for truth in billing


A partylist lawmaker at the House of Representatives is pushing for the swift approval of a measure mandating all public utilities to render their customers complete, honest, and comprehensible billing statements.

AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe filed House Bill 818 known as the “Truth in Billing Act of 2016” which requires the disclosure of all charges in billing statements for water, power, wire or wireless communications, and broadcasting utilities.

Batocabe stressed the need to protect consumers from unfair practices by service providers in the form of taxes or miscellaneous fees, which are often included to the billing statements without the consent of consumers.

“It is our job to bring to the consumers the services in power, water, and cellphone, and other bills, and make every centavo they pay count”, Batocabe said.

“Sometimes, billing statements may be overwhelming even to the critical and discerning consumers when layered with unnecessary imposed charges,” Batocabe noted.

The measure proposes truth-in-billing practices ensuring that consumers receive accurate and comprehensible bills from service providers and prohibits the improper imposition of charges.

With this truth-in-billing proposal, all rates, classifications, schedules, commutation, mileage, or other charges imposed, charged or collected by the utility providers will be presented comprehensively.

It shall also explain the purpose of all imposed charges and collections with the identity of any governmental tax for the accumulation of other fees.

Furthermore, utility providers are required to disclose the governmental authorities that sanctioned the imposition of the contributions.

“We want the utility providers to be prompt in their response to any unfortunate complaints on over-billings and other issues. We require the utility provider to address the complaints within five days. Failure to justify the questioned charge would result to the fee’s immediate removal,” Batocabe said.

Under the bill, consumers shall receive refunds for any amounts paid for an unauthorized charge or service reflected in the billing statement.

The bill mandates the National Telecommunications Commission, the Energy Regulatory Commission, and the National Water Resources Board to regulate and police over the public utilities.

Erring service providers who would commit violations against the proposed law shall be meted the penalty of not bigger than PHP100,000 to be imposed by the regulatory agencies. (Filane Mikee Cervantes/PNA)
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MAGAYON FESTIVAL 2017 | Do you miss Tambaluslos?


LEGAZPI CITY—The Higantes parade may be out of the lineup in this year’s Magayon Festival activities, but it has left a mark which is difficult to ignore.

Said parade, which stirred controversy due to the Tambaluslos effigy, divided and continues to divide Albayanos in a heated debate.

Those who say that the Higantes parade, along with the Tambaluslos effigy should be brought back argue that the same is part of our culture and heritage, and thus should be celebrated and not shunned.

Some, however, are jubilant that the Magayon Festival no longer has the controversial figure.

But the debate, which used to focus on whether the effigy was art or pornography, has now turned political.

Observers say that Gov. Al Francis Bichara’s group did not want to include the Higantes parade in the Magayon Festival activities because it is closely associated with former Governor, and now Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, with whom he is not politically aligned.

Erasing Salceda’s trace in the festival that Bichara himself established years back is perceived to be beneficial for the incumbent governor, the same observers say.

Whether there is truth to these speculations, however, remains to be seen.

At this point, what is certain is that Bichara and Salceda had different views on how Albayanos want to celebrate their heritage.

There are no official statements on the matter coming from either camp.
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STL, jai alai conflict may spur violence


NAGA CITY— The fight for control in the operation of the numbers game between small-town lottery (STL) and virtual jai alai could fuel more violence and lead to bloody confrontation.

This, observers say, is after an alleged netter or bet collector of the STL identified as Jojo Gredo y De Los Santos was shot several times last Saturday (April 29) by an unidentified assailant at Barangay San Roque in Iriga City.

An informant revealed that the prime suspect is a person who has strong links with the jai-alai operator in Iriga City.

STL is authorized by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) while jai-alai got its permit from the Cagayan Zone Authority, under Meridien Vista Gaming.

‘Look deeper into the issue’

Interviewed by the BICOL STANDARD on this matter, Bicol PNP Regional Director Chief Supt. Melvin Ramon “Omar” Buenafe said he had already directed PSSupt. Jerry Bearis, Provincial Director of the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office to look into this matter immediately.

“I have instructed all concerned police personnel to look deeper into this issue. I required them to give attention to all the areas where both STL and jai-alai operate simultaneously and forward to me their report in the soonest possible time,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a separate interview, Bearis said, “We are on top of the situation. We are closely monitoring the activities of both STL and jai alai in all municipalities where they are present.”

Rivalry


Meanwhile, BICOL STANDARD’s source said that the intense competition between STL and jai-alai operators is more pronounced now, especially in the Rinconada Area where the daily collection is notably high.

“In Iriga City alone, jai-alai’s collection ranges from P350,000.00 to P400,000.00 daily for three draws. If we add to that the bets from Nabua, Buhi, Bato, Bula, and Baao, then the sum will really be very high,” the informant who requested not to be named said.

“The local officials get 3% to 5% share of the daily collection. This is apart from the LGU’s legal share from the monthly remittance out of the total collection from their towns which goes directly to the city or municipal coffers,” the informant explained.

“But the situation in Rinconada area has almost reversed now, except in Iriga City. Since the entry of the STL group, majority of the so-called ‘cabos’ of the jai-alai group, whose job is to receive the bets from the netters or corriadores, have already left the group for STL,” he claimed.

“I think the reason why Gredo was shot last Saturday was because he tried to entice the cabos in Iriga City to transfer to STL,” he added.

“Imagine, in Nabua only two or three cabos are left to the jai-alai. They can, of course, recruit new ones but it is difficult to be in this business if you are a newcomer,” he said. Maybe that is the reason why there was an attempt to kill Gredo,” he said.


The Cam Sur situation


Provincewide, jai-alai and STL operators have established their business operations in almost all towns.

Jai-alai, however, stopped their operations in the towns of Lupi, Libmanan, Pamplona, Canaman and Magarao—areas which are now controlled by STL.

Other towns where neither STL nor jai-alai is present are Gainza, Caramoan, Siruma and Garchitorena.

As far as Tigaon and Sagnay towns are concerned, their collections are brought to Goa, Camarines Sur.

The town of Calabanga is the top grosser in terms of collection in the entire province. Based on the latest report, the daily bets coming from this town reaches a high of P200,000.00 to P300,000.00.

During the time jai-alai was still allowed to operate in Libmanan, their daily collection ranged from P500,000.00 to P600,000.00, the source said.

Permits from the LGUs


The STL operators said they need not secure any business permit from the Local Government Unit (LGU) since under the Charter of the PCSO it is clear that they are the only government entity that is allowed to issue permits to this kind of business and regulate this kind of gambling activity.

The jai-alai, on the other hand, goes through the process of securing all the required permits and the payment of local taxes and license fees.
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Murder raps filed against Gov Cua, 2 others


VIRAC, Catanduanes 5/3/17 (Bicol Standard) – The National Press Club has accompanied Edralyn Pangilinan, the common-law wife of slain local journalist Larry Que, in filing a murder complaint against Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua, Prince Lim Subion and PO1 Vincent Masagca Tacorda.

Interviewed by the Bicol Standard this morning, Tacorda said: “I have no statement yet regarding this complaint for murder that was filed against me and several others yesterday with the Department of Justice (DOJ). I have not received my copy nor read the complaint. I was also advised by my lawyer to wait until I get hold of my copy so I can respond accordingly.”

Tacorda, it would be recalled, is the controversial police officer who filed his irrevocable resignation from service allegedly due to his claims that some ranking police officials are involved in criminal acts, including extra-judicial killings.

Meanwhile, Tacorda said that the filing of the murder complaint was probably done to muddle issues that he previously raised.

Instead of confronting the complaint, PO1 Tarcorda opted to dwell on the issue related to his previous exposés. He said that he expects more of this kind of harassment against him because he is telling the truth.

“If invited, I am willing to appear in the senate inquiry regarding their investigation on extrajudicial killings,” he said.
Meanwhile, Both Cua and Subion could not be reached for their comments as of this writing.

It was also revealed that aside from the murder complaint against PO1 Tarcorda, Pangilinan is also considering the additional charge of extortion against him.

Pangilinan, it would be recalled, earlier filed a complaint for graft, grave misconduct and nonfeasance against Cua, Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes, and Barangay Chairman Hilario Sarmiento.
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Dai nagbayad revolutionary tax, ginadan?


SORSOGON CITY 5/2/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Sinasabing mga miembros kan rebeldeng New People’s Army (NPA) an nagbadil, gadan kan sarong paraoma sa Barangay Senibaran, Matnog, Sorsogon.

An victima nabisto sa pangaran na Noli Garlan, residente kan nasambit na barangay.

Sa pagsiyasat kan mga pulis kan Matnog, naaraman na dinulok nin lalaki na armado nin badil an victima, dangan hinapot kan saiyang pangaran.

Suboot nakamalesya an victima na bakong maray an tuyo kan lalaki kaya bigla siyang nagtalikod para makadulag.

Alagad, mina ansyas pa sana siyang magdulag, pinuntariya na tulos siya nin badil dangan pinutokan sa saiyang payo asin likod.

An nakuang bala sa lugar na pinangyarihan kan incidente hale sa calibre. 45.

Nagadan an victima sa pinangyarihan na lugar.

Mientrastranto, hasta ngonian nag-iimbestigar pa an mga awtoridad kan mga pangyayari.

Igwang enot na informasyon na nagbutwa na suboot an suspechado na iyo si Noli Balote, na taga Barangay Tugas, Matnog asin kaibahan sinda Betong Estabillo asin Allan Estavillo, na sinasahotan na mga rebelde.

Igwa pang report na nagsasabing suboot an victima nagsayuma kayang magtao kan hinahagad na revolutionary tax kan mga rebelde.

Nagpapadagos pa an pag-imbestigar kan kaso hasta ngonian.
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Vinzons mayor okays ordinance to regulate flow of visitors

Vinzons Mayor Eleanor Segundo

DAET, Camarines Norte 5/2/17 (Bicol Standard)—An ordinance that would regulate the flow of visitors and at the same time authorize the collection of Tourism Development Fee was approved by the Sangguniang Bayan of Vinzons, Camarines Norte last week.

This piece of legislation was also approved by Mayor Eleanor F. Segundo and is now pending review at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Norte.

The primordial aim of the passage of the said ordinance is to put in place an organized and effective visitor flow management of tourists who regularly visit this fast-growing municipality.

It will be noted that Vinzons has become a prominent tourist destination in the Bicol Region owing to beautiful beaches in the Calaguas group of islands as well as Quinamanucan Island.

The ordinance clearly defines the utilization of funds that will be collected from visitors based on the fees and charges that will be imposed.

Said ordinance provides that 30% of the gross collection will be allocated for operational expenses of the Municipal Tourism and Heritage Office to fund the salaries, incentives, mobilization, planning and development, etc.

Also, it says that 20% of the gross collection shall be earmarked specifically for the host barangay, for their environment and tourism-related projects.

The next 20% of the gross collection is for the improvement and projects related to cultural and heritage sites in Vinzons.

The remaining 30% shall be part of the General Fund of the local government unit.

Meanwhile, the said law (Ordinance No. 100-2017) provides for the penalties and fines against those who refuse to pay the Tourism Development Fee. They will not be allowed entry to the tourism destination in Vinzons and at the same time, will be reported to the Municipal Tourism Heritage Office for appropriate action.
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Albay joins Asia food show


LEGAZPI CITY -- Albay culinary producers here, particularly in its second congressional district, are set to join and participate in the upcoming IFEX Philippines, Asia’s premier ethnic food and ingredients show set May 19-21, at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda’s congressional office here has been negotiating in behalf of local food manufacturers for slots in the food show, particularly those with export-ready products to help them further access the international market.

Salceda has continuously supported Albay’s food industry via the Culinaria Albay brand, which he pioneered during his nine-year stint as governor of his province. Culinary tourism has significantly helped boost Albay’s economy.

IFEX Philippines is the country’s biggest international trade exhibition of the Philippines and Asia's ethnic and specialty food, vegetables, tropical fruits, seafood, beverages, bakery and confectionery, meat and poultry, Halal-certified, as well as natural, organic, and healthy food products.

The Bicol province’s forthcoming participation in IFEX Philippines 2017 follows the impressive successes of the Culinaria Albay brand in the recent Madrid Fusion food expo last April 6-8 at the SMX Mall of Asia, where buyers — having familiarized themselves with Albayano ethnic gustatory tastes — have shown astounding interest in native Albay foods.

Following the Madrid Fusion Manila food exposition, three international chefs and food writers from Russia, London and the Middle East have chosen Albay and Sorsogon for their post expo destinations, a validation of Culinaria Albay’s forward march, Salceda noted.

Negotiations are also being undertaken for Albay to join the World Street Food Jamboree May 31 to June 4 this year at the Mall of Asia, with 28 of the world’s best Street Food Masters from 12 countries dishing out authentic mouth-watering heritage street foods.

Salceda has sustained strong support for the promotion of culinary tourism, urging Albayanos to patronize more local products to further strengthen the native industry, “their homegrown chefs and restaurateurs” and help push their promotion worldwide.

Albay had earned world recognition as a global tourist destination, with its interesting culinary assets as among its highlights, and had received various awards in tourism and related fields in recent years. (by Johnny C. Nunez, PNA)
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Mayor Bongat orders closure of Balatas dumpsite

Balatas dumpsite in Naga City
Photo by Oscar Esmenda
NAGA CITY 5/2/17 (Bicol Standard)—Brace yourselves for the Balatas stench, Engr. Joel Martin, chief of the Naga City Solid Waste Management Office warned those residing near the Balatas dumpsite here.

This after Mayor John Bongat has announced the upcoming closure of the Balatas dumpsite in the next few weeks.

In an interview with the Bicol Standard, Martin said they are presently waiting for the heavy equipment to arrive before proceeding to level the dumpsite.

"The units of heavy equipment are expected to arrive next week. As of now, we are constructing a perimeter fence to enclose the area," he said.

"I would advise those who reside near the Balatas area to be prepared for some serious stench, as the bulldozing will certainly generate this," he added.

It will be over in around 2 weeks, however, he assured.

To absorb nitrogen from the air, some 500 liters of bio-inoculant will be used daily, he added.

It will be recalled that the open dumpsite has been banned since 2003 pursuant to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (Republic Act 9003).

The Notice To Proceed with the closure of the dumpsite has been received by the contractor last April 17.

The city government will be issuing advisories in the coming days on the activities to be done and the expected inconveniences during project implementation.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Akusado sa paglupig nin 'special child' sa Masbate, arestado


MASBATE CITY 5/1/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Pogol na ngonian kan mga awtoridad an persona ni Jason Consulta y Cabile, 23 anyos, may agom na akusado sa casong Rape, na bibistahan kan Branch 48 kan Regional Trial Court (RTC) sa Masbate City.

An mandamiento de aresto sa akusado si Consulta ipig serve saiya kan mga miembros kan Mobo Municipal Police Station.

Si Consulta taga Barangay Umabay Interior sa banwaan kan Mobo, Masbate.

Nadakop siya kan mga pulis kasubagong alas 7:00 nin aga sa nasambit na barangay.

An nagreklamo sa akusado iyo an sarong "special child," na sinasabing inabuso niya.
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Cam Sur barangay councilor nabbed for illegal drugs, firearm


NAGA CITY 5/1/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A barangay councilor in the town of Sipocot, Camarines Sur was apprehended for illegal drugs and illegal possession of firearms yesterday.

Ariel Mirabueno y Torres, also known as Ayie, 37 years old, and a resident of Barangay Cabuyao in said town was nabbed through a search warrant issued by Manuel G. Salumbides, Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 56, Libmanan, Camarines Sur.

Seized from Mirabueno were seven heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu; three improvised tooters with suspected shabu residue; and 2 pieces of crumpled aluminum foil, with suspected shabu residue.

Also confiscated were a caliber .38 revolver, three pieces of live ammunition for said firearm, and a holster for the same firearm.

Inventory, markings and documentation were conducted at the place of operation in the presence of the suspect, Punong Barangay Edwino Rey, Barangay Kagawad Edna Rey and, Media Representatives Jesus Caceres and Jonathan Dondonilla.

The suspect was listed as rank 3 in the provincial drug watch list.

Cases for violation of Republic Acts 9165 and 10591 are being prepared for filing in court.
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Sugal na “pula-puti” dakop sa Sorsogon City

SORSOGON CITY – 5/1/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Gabos na clase nin illegal na sugal an dadakopon. Ini an kasuguan kan pulis sa pinakusog na kampanya bako sanang sa illegal na droga, kundi sa gabos na illegal na sugal.




Huli kan kampanyang ini, dinakop kasuodma an mga nagpapasugal nin “pula puti” sa barangay Caricaran, Bacon District digdi, na kan enot pirme sanang ipipasipara.

An mga inarestar kasoodma sa sugal na “pula puti” iyo sinda Alfredo Elona, kan Barangay Poblacion, Bacon District; Rolly Elona Dulpina, asin Antonio Deocareza Dulpina, taga Caricaran, Bacon District.

Pinanginotan an kampanya sa illegal gambling kan Sorsogon City Police asin tinabangan kan PNP Provincial Police Office.

Nagtotal na kantidad P4,650.00 an mga sinsilyong cuarta an kinumpiscar kan mga awtoridad para gamiton na evidencia sa kasong isasangat.
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2ng lalaki binadil sa Labo, CNorte

LABO, Camarines Norte 5/1/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Duwang residentes kan banwaan na ini an binadil poco mas o menos alas 10:00 kasubangui sa Maharlika Highway, Barangay Malatap digdi.




Sabi sa report, an mga victima iyo sinda Darwin Nabela y Ybañez, taga P-2, Barangay Anamaen asin Reynaldo Clores y Batacao, taga P-5, Barangay Canapawan sa banwaan na ini.

Sindang duwa (Nabela asin Clores) pareyong may tama nin bala.

Mayong nakabisto kan nagbadil sainda, na naggamit nin badil na dai pa nadeterminaran.

Nagluwas sa imbestigasyon na si Clores may tama nin bala sa toong bitis mantang si Nabela may tama man sa siko.

Huli kan mga lugad na sinapo kan duwa, idinalagan sinda sa Talobatib District Hospital. Alagad, i-binalyo sa Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital sa Daet, Camarines Norte, para matawan nin atensyon medical.

Dai pa aram an motibo kan pagbadil sainda.
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Driver nin motorskilo, nag circo asin nakadagpak sa kudal kan Pasacao Central School

NAGA CITY 5/1/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Mga bari asin bakros sa hawak an sinapo ni Ruel Bautista y Labrador, taga Zone 3, Barangay Inalahan, Libmanan, Camarines Sur kan aksidenteng buminudal an saiyang piglulunadan sa motorsiklo sa kudal kan Pasacao Central School kasubagong alas 2:15 nin aga.




Sabi sa report kan pulis, hale si Bautista sa Caranan Beach Report papuli sa Libmanan kan masabat an aksidente.

Naheling kan mga awtoridad na an motorsiklo kan victima “for registration” an plaka.

An sabi sa pareyong report, nawaran nin control kan manibela an victima mientras na nagdadalagan sa curbadang parte kan tinampo sa Barangay Sta. Rosa Del Norte, sa Pasacao, Camarines Sur.

“Marikas an dalagan kan motorsiklo,” ini an sabi kan mga imbestigador.

Sinapwat kan mga nag-agap na residentes kan lugar an narugadong lawas kan victima asin idinalagan sa Bicol Medical Center.

Pigbubulong siya ngonian digdi.
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Double pay for private sector workers on Labor Day


Private sector employees who will report to work on Monday, May 1, Labor Day are entitled to receive an additional 100 percent of their salary for that day being a regular holiday.

With this, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded employers to follow the holiday pay rules for that day.

Labor Day, is being celebrated to give recognition and honor to the sacrifices and hard work of our Filipino workingmen.

The DOLE mandates the following pay rules to be implemented on May 1:

For work done during the regular holiday, he/she shall be paid 200 percent of his/her regular salary for that day for the first eight hours [(Daily rate + COLA) x 200 percent];

If the employee did not work, he/she shall be paid 100 percent of his/her salary for that day [(Daily rate + COLA)] x 100 percent];For work done in excess of eight hours (overtime work), he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her hourly rate on said day (Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 200 percent x 130 percent x number of hours worked);

For work done during a regular holiday that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her daily rate of 200 percent [(Daily rate + COLA) x 200 percent] + [30 percent (Daily rate x 200 percent]; and


For those who will work in excess of eight hours (overtime work) during a regular holiday that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day (Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 200 percent x 130 percent x 130 percent number of hours worked).

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 50 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 16, 2016, the labor department issued the rules prescribing the proper payment of wages for regular holidays. (Ferdinand G. Patinio/PNA)
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Nag rurugnas na bangkay nakua sa Daraga, Albay


LEGAZPI CITY 4/30/17 (BICOLSTANDARD) – Sarong nag rurugnas nang bangkay nin tawo an nakua sa bakanteng lote sa Velasco St., Phase III, Dona Maria Subd., Barangay Taga, Daraga, Albay.

Nadiscubre an nasambit na bangkay kasubagong alas 5:40 nin hapon.

Sabi kan pulis dai pa ninda nabibisto an pangaran kan gadan.

Nakasulot siya nin T-shirt na may stripe asin short pants na kolor abo.

Dai pa ma-sierto kan mga nakadiscubre kan gadan kun babae o lalaki.

An nagreport sa pulis iyo si Elvin Sertan y Ama, na nag-eestar harani sa lugar na namumugtak an gadan.

Nariparo suboot kan mga residentes sa lugar na may malaen na parong na nag-aalisngaw kaya hinanap ninda.

An mga pulis nag-iimbestigar na kan kasong ini.
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Cafgu binadil sa payo sa bukid kan Libmanan


NAGA CITY 4/30/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Binadil sa payo, may tama sa abaga, kalamias, kamot asin toong bitis si Nestor Musa y Nacor, miembro kan Cafgu na nakadistino sa bukid na barangay kan Barangay Villasocorro, Libmanan, Camarines Sur.

Si Musa taga Barangay Dakulang Tubig, San Fernando, Camarines Sur.

Susog sa report kan pulis, an victima tulos binawian nin buhay sa pinangyarihan kan krimen.

Base sa report, an si Musa hale sa Barangay Cambalidio Patrol Base kan 22IB kan Army kan badilon siya kan dai nabistong tao, gamit an dai pa aram na klase nin armas.

Mayo pang malinaw na informasyon kun ano an motibo kan krimen.

An nagiimbestigar kan casong ini iyo an Libmanan Municipal Police Station.
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Lalaki, naligis kan Raymond bus, runot an payo


SAN FERNANDO, Camarines Sur 4/30/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Runot an payo kan driver kan motorsiklo na nabudalan asin naligis kan rueda sa hurihan kan Raymond bus kasubagong alas 2:00 nin hapon, sa Pamukid digdi.

An Raymond bus na pigmamaneho ni Ronald Bien Hantid y Mendoza, pasiring sa Metro Manila, mantang an motorsiklo nabudalan pigmamaneho ni Leonilo Murillo y Bibe, na taga Barangay Bell, Magarao, Camarines Sur.

Segun sa report, nasusunudan kan bus an motorsiklo na nagdadalagan sa Maharlika Highway, sa nasambit na barangay.

Kan matupa kan bus si lubot kan motorsiklo, nahulog an driver sa cementadong tinampo. Dangan, naka-sirong sa bus an nadisgrasyang driver asin naligis pa an payo kan hurihan na rueda.

Binawian tulos nin buhay an victima.

May nag-agap man tulos sa victima kan aksidente. Alagad, mayo nang esperansang mabuhay an naligis ta na tao ta narunot si saiyang payo.
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