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, May 13, 2017

Bangkay nin lalaki nakua sa Jovellar, Albay

LEGAZPI CITY – Nagpapadagos pa an imbestigasyon dapit sa bangkay ni Jimmy Belmonte y Adamos, taga Barangay San Isidro, Jovellar, Albay, na nakua kasubagong alas 7:05 nin aga sa nasambit na barangay.

Segun sa report ninda Lea Anzano, Maricel Fajardo asin Alfredo Llames, gabos mgas official kan barangay San Isidro, ipig report sainda an nakuang gadan ni Ericson Millano.

Nadukayan an gadan sa Sitio Dolos, Barangay San Isidro, Jovellar, Albay.

Pigtitiripon na kan mga pulis an mga kapiridasong evidencia na pwedeng maka guiya kun sisay an responsable sa krimen.

Taga Isla Sison, nadakop nagtitinda nin shabu sa Bagumbayan, Naga City

NAGA CITY – Taga Zone 7, Sagrada Familia (Isla Sison), Barangay Penafrancia, si Roman Austria y Hilario, alagad nadakop sa laog kan Zamjems Travellers Inn, Bagumbayan digdi sa buy bust operation na ginibo kan mga pulis.

Poco mas o menos alas 11:40 nin bangui kan sakyadahon kan pinagsararong fuerza kan RDEU, CDEU, SDEY, Naga CSPC asin Police Station 3 kan NCPO an okupadong lugar kan suspechado, pakatapos na maging positibo si pagpabakal niya nin shabu sa “asset” kan pulis.

Nakua sa poder ni Austria an mga sachet nin shabu, improvised tooter, napiripit na aluminum foil na may tada pang shabu asin iba pang mga gamit sa pag consumo nin droga.

An ibang mga evidencia na nakua sa suspechado iyo an celphone, kantidad P500 na ginamit na paon o buy bust money asin kantidad P512.00 sa saiyang bulsa.

Maatubang nin caso sa illegal drugs an suspechado na napupugolan ngonian kan mga awtoridad digdi.

Base sa imbestigasyon si mga pusikit na para tinda nin shabu hale sa Isla Sison naglipat na sa man laen-laen na lugar sa laog kan ciudad.

Alagad, may naheling na senyales na padagos man guiraray an pagpabakal nin droga digdi hasta ngonian.

Mayor Billy Ceriola defies DILG order to vacate office

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay -- Mayor Avelino "Billy" Ceriola of Malinao, Albay had been dismissed from his post as town chief executive but he continues to refuse to vacate the office, according to a high ranking official of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Bicol.

Arnaldo Escober, assistant regional director of DILG-Bicol, said the Office of the Ombudsman gave the dismissal order in connection with the graft and administrative cases filed against Ceriola in 2013 by municipal councilor Irene Fajut for the alleged illegal operation of a cockpit arena that is owned by the mayor.

Fajut charged Ceriola with operating the cockpit arena located in Barangay Balading in Malinao without getting the necessary permits.

Ceriola, however, had denied the allegations and said it was part of the dirty politics in Malinao that was instigated by his political enemies.

Escober said the dismissal order against Ceriola was not served in 2014 after Ceriola lost his reelection bid to Alice Morales, the former mayor.

“But an ‘interested party’ of Malinao town followed up the dismissal order which was personally served at the office of Ceriola last Tuesday (last week) by the regional field officers of DILG-Bicol,” said Escober.

According to the DILG official, the dismissal order became final and executory after the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court had both denied Ceriola’s motions.

Escober said the Ombudsman had ordered Ceriola’s perpetual disqualification to hold office as mayor.

Ceriola was also banned from holding a position in any government office or agency while all his benefits that are due him as a public official had been forfeited.

According to Ceriola, he would not vacate the Mayor’s Office as he is still awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court on the motion he had filed to suspend the dismissal order.

The DILG-Bicol office headed by Elena Pastor has already installed and recognized Vice Mayor Shirley Bilo to succeed Ceriola as the new mayor.

Bilo automatically becomes the new mayor as she garnered the highest votes for the vice mayoral post during the last local elections.

The position that was vacated by Bilo in the municipal council will be filled up through appointment by the governor of Albay.

“Bilo is mandated to hold office as the new mayor and perform all its functions or else she will be facing charges for not complying with the law on succession,” Escober added.

Although Ceriola is still occupying the mayor’s office, he is no longer performing the duties of the mayor.

On the other hand, Bilo is still occupying the office of the vice mayor inside the Sanguniang Bayan (municipal council) but she is now signing all the documents and transactions that correspond to being a mayor.

Chief Insp. Billy Bibat, acting chief of police in Malinao, said although there is “tension” between the warring parties, the situation in the municipal building is “smooth and normal.”

He said he has assigned a police team inside the perimeter area of the municipal building to ensure peace and order. (PNA)

Most Wanted sa Bato, Catanduanes, nasa carcel na ngonian

LEGAZPI CITY –Nalalangob na sa carcel si Noriel Vale y Bihen, an 38 anyos na parahagot na akusado nin 4 na casong Rape sa Regional Trial Court sa Virac, Catanduanes.

Si Nale dinakop kan pulis sa Barangay Sipi, Bato, Catanduanes sa bisa kan mandamiento de arresto.

An nakafirma sa warrant of arrest iyo si Judge Lelu Contreras kan Branch 42 kan RTC sa Virac.

Mayong fianza na pig rekomendar para sa temporaryong libertad kan akusado.

Si Vale residente kan Sipi, Bato, Catanduanes.

Sabi kan mga awtoridad digdi si Vale iyo an No. 1 na Most Wanted person sa Bato, Catandunes huli sa gabat kan mga kaso na saiyang inaatubang.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sen. Chiz wants Senate to revive PDAF probe

Sen. Chiz Escudero wants a fresh investigation into the misuse of the P10-billion Priority Development Assistant Fund (PDAF) to identify the rest of the money that went into the hands of individuals and various non-government organizations similar to the bogus people's organizations created by suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

Escudero, however, said that he would like to see first how the probe by the Department of Justice (DOJ) will pan out.

According to the senator, he will file a resolution so the Senate can initiate a new probe if the DOJ fails to include all other parties who must be held accountable for their involvement in the PDAF scandal.

"Kung maayos naman ay hahayaan nalang namin yung ahensyang gawin yung kanilang trabaho. Para sa akin kas, bibihira ako maghain ng resolusyon. Naghahain lang ako ng imbestigasyon pag nakikita ko at naniniwala ako na hindi ginagampanan ng mga ahensyang dapat mag-imbestiga yung kanilang trabaho," Escudero said.

Out of the total amount involved in the fraudulent scheme, more than P6 billion was linked to Napoles' group, and Escudero said some individuals and other fake NGOs should be similarly scrutinized to track down funds which have remained unaccounted for up to this day.

"Sa dinami-dami ng pangalang binanggit ni Ginang Napoles, ano nang nangyari sa mga kasong 'yun? Nasampahan ba o hindi? Dapat sana maresolbahan rin ang mga kasong 'yun. Hindi lamang para mapanagot ang may sala pero para malinis din ang pangalan ng mga nagkataong binanggit lamang at nadawit ang pangalan na wala namang ginawang mali o anomaly," he added.

Escudero has long been pushing the Senate to continue its investigation even after plunder charges were filed against some senators, congressmen and individuals involved in the scam. In 2013, he filed a resolution calling on the Senate to prove the PDAF scandal. (Senate)

DOH calls for support to health campaigns in Bicol this month

LEGAZPI CITY – Twelve Filipino women die from cervical cancer everyday despite of it being preventable through vaccination and screening, said a Bicolana obstetrician-gynecologist during the briefing on the activities and advocacy for health celebrations and observances this month led by the regional office of Department of Health (DOH).

Cervical cancer awareness is one of six official public health campaigns marked this month by the DOH, along with hypertension awareness, road safety, Safe Motherhood Week, AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day, and World No Tobacco Day.

Physician Rona Rañola presented an overview on cervical cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Filipinos, in which two in every three Filipino women diagnosed with it may die within five years.

“Cervical cancer is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) transmitted through genital skin to skin contact,” Rañola said. “Condoms may not offer full protection.”

According to Rañola, women, aged 35 and above and who are sexually active or had history of sexual contacts are vulnerably exposed to cancer-causing HPV, which are oftentimes diagnosed on its late stage as it does not show symptoms on its early stages.

“It may take 10 -15 years for cervical cancer to develop and oftentimes the patient is already on the last stages where symptoms show such as abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding,” she said.

To avoid cervical cancer, Rañola advised women to observe “responsible sexual behavior such as sexual abstinence or monogamy.”

Besides proper conduct, she said that one can prevent cervical cancer by submitting herself to vaccination and regular screening, either through pap smear or visual inspection using active acid wash.

Women in Bicol can avail themselves of these services at the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital.

On the other hand, DOH Regional Assistant  Director Ernie V. Vera likewise calls for public support not only to cervical cancer awareness but also to other health campaigns that are observed this month.

On top of Vera’s list was road safety considering the statistics that most cases of road accidents are recorded during summer.

DOH Bicol Family Health Center nurse Dave Ploponio underscored the programs and services of the DOH and other implementing partners in the region to promote maternal health and nutrition as part of the Safe Motherhood Week on May 10-14.

Ploponio attributed the drop in maternal deaths in Bicol from 150 in 2015 to 115 in 2016 to the campaign for mothers to undergo consultation before, during and after pregnancy.

Maternal deaths are recorded per 100,000 live births.

“Although maternal deaths in Bicol have significantly decreased it is still unacceptably high compared with the target set for the sustainable development goals,” he said.

To mark the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day on May 21, free testing and counseling for HIV and other sexually related diseases will be conducted at Daraga municipal hygiene clinics, according to DOH regional cluster program coordinator Jannish Arellano.

To Arellano, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day is much more than just a memorial.

She stressed that the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as a community mobilization campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS.

Arellano sounded the alarm that despite intensified information campaign and availability of services, HIV cases in the region remain going up.

“In February this year, 42 cases were recorded with Camarines Sur having the highest number of cases at 14, followed by Albay with 10 cases,” she said.

For World No Tobacco Day on May 31, Arellano cited the Graphic Health Warning Act as an effective medium to instill health consciousness through graphic health warnings on tobacco products.

World No Tobacco Day is observed to encourage broader public and partner participation in national, regional and global efforts to develop and implement development strategies and plans and achieve goals that prioritize action on tobacco control.(by Sally Atento-Altea, PIA)

May casong Murder, nadakop sa Masbate City

MASBATE CITY 5/11/17 (Bicol Standard ) Arestado kan mga tawohan kan pulis si Tristan "Biboy" Villanueva, taga Barangay Ibingay, Masbate City na akusado sa casong Murder.

Si Villanueva pinagtarabangan na dakopon kan mga tawohan kan RIU5, Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT) asin Masbate CPS kasubagong alas 12:35 nin hapon.

An caso kontra ki Villanueva bibistahan sa sala ni Judge Teofilo B. Tambago kan RTC Branch 46 sa Masbate City.

Mayong fianza an ipig rekomendar para sa saiyang temporaryong libertad.


Akusado nin Trafficking of Persons, ikinonkon sa carcel sa Sorsogon

SORSOGON CITY 5/11/17(Bicol Standard) -- Ikinonkon sa carcel kasubagong hapon si Rosanna Bautista y Lozada, 34, taga Barangay Batang, Irosin, Sorsogon na akusado sa casong Trafficking of Persons sa lindong kan Sec. 4 (a) kan R.A. 9208 na pig emiendahan kan R.A. 10364.

An akusado pig servehan nin mandamiento de arresto kasubagong alas 2:00 nin hapon sa Barangay Batang, Irosin, Sorsogon.

Empleado siya kan Amberg Hospital sa Sorsogon City.

An akusado matinir sa laog kan detention cell nin huli ta an saiyang inaatubang na kaso mayo nin fianza.

Bibistahan si Bautista sa sala ni Judge Adolfo G. Fajardo kan Regional Trial Court (RTC).

May casong Rape sa Cabusao, dinakop kan pulis

NAGA CITY 5/11/17 (Bicol Standard) –Yaon na sa laog kan carcel si Noriel Basbas y Pesimo, 39, taga Zone 5, Sitio Sinabaan, Barangay Camagong, Cabusao, Camarines Sur na akusaso sa casong Rape by Assault under Paragraph 2 kan Article 266 kan Revised Penal Code.

An akusado tinuklo kan tarabang na fuerza kan Cabusao MPS asin Bombon MPS, nin huli kan Warrant of Arrest na pinaluwas ni Judge Manuel G. Salumbides kan Branch 56 kan Regional Trial Court sa Libmanan, Camarines Sur.

Mayong fianza an ipig rekomendar kan juez para sa saiyang temporaryong libertad.

Si Basbas dadarahon sa atubangan kan jusgado na nagpaluwas kan mandamiento de aresto kontra saiya.

Dinakop siya kasubagong ala 1:05 nin hapon sa San Jose, Bombon, Camarines Sur.

CASE IN POINT by Dean Ed Vincent Albano | Power of appointment of Justices at Sandiganbayan

The Judicial & Bar Council submitted several lists of nominees for possible appointees to the vacancies in the Sandiganbayan. The nominees were clustered into several lists like for example 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st with five (5) nominees for each cluster. President Aquino appointed Justice’s to the vacant positions, but did not pick the appointees from the clusters concerned but appointed justices from one cluster to another position. Petitioners who were listed in the cluster for the 17th Justice questioned the appointments. They contended that the President could only choose one nominee from each of the six separate shortlists for each specific vacancy and no other and the appointment made in deviation of this procedure is a violation of the Constitution. In ruling that the contention is not correct, the Supreme Court

Held: The power to recommend of the JBC cannot be used to restrict or limit the President's power to appoint as the latter's prerogative to choose someone whom he/she considers worth appointing to the vacancy in the Judiciary is still paramount. As long as in the end, the President appoints someone nominated by the JBC, the appointment is valid. President Aquino was not obliged to appoint one new Sandiganbayan Associate Justice from each of the six shortlists submitted by the JBC, especially when the clustering of nominees into the six shortlists encroached on President Aquino's power to appoint members of the Judiciary from all those whom the JBC had considered to be qualified for the same positions of Sandiganbayan Associate Justice.

The JBC, in sorting the qualified nominees into six clusters, one for every vacancy, could influence the appointment process beyond its constitutional mandate of recommending qualified nominees to the President. Clustering impinges upon the President's power of appointment, as well as restricts the chances for appointment of the qualified nominees, because (1) the President's option for every vacancy is limited to

the five to seven nominees in the cluster; and (2) once the President has appointed from one cluster, then he is proscribed from considering the other nominees in the same cluster for the other vacancies. The said limitations are utterly without legal basis and in contravention of the President's appointing power.

In view of the foregoing, President Aquino validly exercised his discretionary power to appoint members of the Judiciary when he disregarded the clustering of nominees into six separate shortlists for the different vacancies. This did not violate Article VIII, Section 9 of the 1987 Constitution which requires the President to appoint from a list of at least three nominees submitted by the JBC for every vacancy.

The President is not bound by the clustering of nominees by the JBC and may consider as one the separate shortlists of nominees concurrently submitted by the JBC. The requirements and qualifications, as well as the power, duties, and responsibilities are the same for all the vacant posts in a collegiate court; and if an individual is found to be qualified for one vacancy, then he/she is also qualified for all the other vacancies (Hon. Philip Aguinaldo, et al. v. Aquino, et al., G.R. No. 224302, November 29, 2016, Leonardo-De Castro, J).


RTWPB-Bicol okays wage increases of P25, P32 for private sector employees

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Bicol has approved Wage Order No. RBV-18 providing daily wage increases of P25 and P32 for workers and employees in the private sector.

“The new minimum wage rate will now be P290 from the previous P265 for workers in establishments employing 10 workers and above while workers in establishments employing one to nine personnel will get P280 from the P248 daily minimum wage,” said Ma. Karina P. Trayvilla, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)- Bicol director and RTWPB chair.

Trayvilla said the new minimum wage rates shall apply to all minimum wage earners regardless of their position, designation or status of employment and irrespective of the method by which they are paid.

“The new minimum wage rates, however, shall not cover the kasambahays, persons in the personal service of another such as family drivers and workers of duly registered Barangay Micro-Business Enterprises (BMBEs) with certificates of authority pursuant to RA 9178,” she said.

Trayvilla said, however, that RTWPB Bicol has also approved Wage Order No. RBV-DW-01 providing a monthly increase of P1,000 for all “kasambahays” or domestic workers in the Bicol region.

This means that the monthly minimum wage rates of domestic workers in the region shall be from P2,000 to P3,000 in chartered cities and first class municipalities and from P1,500 to P2,500 in other municipalities.

The wage increases will take effect 15 days after its publication in local newspapers with general circulation.

According to Trayvilla, the factors, which were considered in coming up with the new wage rates, included the needs of workers and their families, capacity to pay of the employers, comparable wages and incomes, and the requirements of economic and social development.

She added that the output from the series of public hearings conducted last month among labor and management groups in the six Bicol provinces of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, Masbate, Sorsogon and Catanduanes became part of the deliberations for the new wage rates.

RTWPB-Bicol had issued its last wage order in 2015. (PNA)

Albay posts 'biggest improvement' in poverty situation over 3-year period

LEGAZPI CITY-- Despite a series of natural calamities that hit Bicol, the poverty situation in the region showed improvements in 2015 compared to 2012.

Albay province particularly showed the “biggest improvement” from among Bicol’s six provinces during this period.

This highlighted the latest statistics on poverty that was issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) regional office.

Cynthia Perdiz, PSA regional director, said in 2015, the poverty incidence in Bicol showed improvements, both in terms of families and individuals.

She said the poverty incidence among families dropped by 4.8 percent, from 32.3 percent in 2012 to 27.5 percent in 2015.

“Similarly, the poverty incidence among individuals, was down by 5.1 percent, from the 41.1 percent in 2012 to 36 percent in 2015,” said Perdiz.

PSA data also showed that among the six provinces in the region, Albay province showed the biggest improvement in poverty situation of families.

“From the 33.9 percent recorded in 2012 it dropped to 17.6 percent in 2015 or a reduction of 16.3 percentage points,” the data showed.

Masbate and Camarines Sur also recorded decreases in poverty incidence of families.

The decrease was 4.6 percentage points in Camarines Sur, from 31.7 percent in 2012 to 27.1 percent in 2015.

In Masbate, the decrease was 5.1 percentage points, from 40.6 percent in 2012 it dropped to 35.5 percent in 2015.

But despite this drop in percentage of poor families in Masbate over the three-year period, PSA noted that in 2015, compared to the the six provinces in the region, Masbate showed the highest recorded poverty incidence among families at 35.5 percent.

“In 2015, Masbate recorded 35.5 percent, Catanduanes, 33.6 percent, Sorsogon, 31.7 percent, Camarines Norte, 29.3 percent, Camarines Sur, 27.1 percent, and Albay, 17. 6 percent,” said PSA.

On the other hand, the poverty situation had worsened in three Bicol provinces from 2012 to 2015. This was also in terms of poverty incidence by families.

“These were in Camarines Norte, which showed the biggest increase in incidence at 7.6 percent, Catanduanes rose by 6.5 percent and Sorsogon was slightly up by 0.4 percent,” said the data.

In terms of poverty incidence among individuals in 2015, Albay had the lowest incidence, from 41.1 percent in 2012 to 25.2 percent in 2015.

PSA said this 15.8 percent reduction recorded for Albay was the “biggest improvement” compared to the other provinces.

This was also during the administration of former Albay governor and now second district Representative Joey S. Salceda.

In 2015, a comparison of the six provinces showed that in terms of poverty incidence among individuals, Masbate had the highest poverty incidence at 45.4 percent, followed by Catanduanes at 43.4 and Sorsogon at 41.3.

The Bicol region’s per capita poverty threshold in 2015 was placed at P21,476 which was higher than the P18,257 in 2012.

“This means that a Bicolano family with five members would need at least P8,948 average monthly to meet both basic food and non-food needs,” said Perdiz.

Among the six provinces of Bicol, Camarines Sur had recorded the highest cost of living with P22,154 annual per capita poverty threshold while Masbate had the lowest at P20,406 in 2015.

PSA noted that in 2015, out of the 5.8 million population in Bicol, 36.0 percent of 2.2 million were poor. (Rhaydz B. Barcia/PNA)

Catanduanes cop willing to face Senate inquiry if invited

NAGA CITY 5/11/17 (Bicol Standard)--"If invited by the Senate, I have no reservation. I am willing to expose everything that I have said in my previous interviews, especially the anomalies in the province of Catanduanes. I would like to clarify, however, that I am not against the President. I am only against the corruption and irregularities perpetrated by some ranking police officers in my province."

This is the latest statement of PO1 Vincent Tacorda to the Bicol Standard this morning after a national news came out regarding Sen. Leila de Lima's Resolution No. 358, asking the Senate to look into Tacorda's claims.

He also told the Bicol Standard that he was informed by a ranking PNP official at Camp Simeon Ola that he should report to office despite his irrevocable resignation.

Tacorda said that his expose has put the PNP organization in a bad light, especially with regard to the alleged extra-judicial killings.

Despite the order to report that was allegedly imposed on him, he remains firm in his resolve to make good on his resignation.

He said he was also requested to refrain from issuing statements to the media that may harm the PNP.

De Lima: Senate should invite Tacorda to shed light on abuses in war on drugs

Senator Leila M. de Lima has asked the Senate to look into claims by former police officer PO1 Vincent Tacorda that some of his senior officers at the Philippine National Police (PNP) have abused the government's all-out war on drugs.

In filing Proposed Senate Resolution 358, De Lima said the appropriate committee in the Senate should look into the revelation of Tacorda who was forced to resign after he can no longer tolerate the alleged police excesses in the war on drugs.

"There is a need for the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police to determine the culpability of the police officers involved in the reported irregularities," she said.

"Given the appalling numbers of extrajudicial killings and summary executions under this administration, it is imperative to check if there are abuses and excesses in the exercise of authority of law enforcement units, and to ensure that due process and rule of law are always upheld," she added.

Tacorda earlier accused former Catanduanes Police Chief Supt. Jesus Martinez and former Viga Officer-in-Charge Senior Inspector Nathaniel Jacob of ordering him to kill suspected drug pusher Samuel Rojas in Viga, Catanduanes.

Aside from being given the direct order to kill Rojas, Tacorda also confessed that there were instances when he was ordered to plant evidence to support the arrest of certain individuals.

He also alleged that when a certain Manuel "Galog" Huit Jr. was arrested, the seized shabu worth more than PhP1 million was replaced with "tawas" upon turn-over of evidence to police authorities.

"Such irregularities, if proven correct, violate the very core of good governance in the Constitution, as Article II, Section 27 provides that the state shall maintain honesty, and integrity in the public service," De Lima pointed out.

The Senator from Bicol believed that Tacorda's public confession is one of the missing links that would prove the killings in the government's all-out war on drugs are state-sponsored with President Duterte as the mastermind of all killings.

"Tacorda has said he is ready to reveal everything he knows about how the drug war was being abused," she said, citing an Inquirer report last April 30.

At least 8,000 have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took over as President in June 30, 2016. More than half of these deaths remain under investigation.

The Duterte administration, however, continued to refuse to acknowledge the state-sponsored nature of these killings, even downplaying the deaths as mere "homicide" cases. (Senate)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

'Not guilty,' sabi kan mag-agom na Avenido sa korte

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) — Binasahan na nin demanda sinda Nestor Avenido y Puerto asin an saiyang agom na si Maria Joy Avenido y Agnabo, na pareyo nagaatubang nin dagmang na mga kaso kriminal, arog kan Syndicated Estafa asin pagbalga kan BP 22 o an Bouncing Check law.

An enot na nagkaigwa nin arraignment iyo si mga kaso na bibistahan sa sala ni Judge Erwin Virgilio Ferrer kan RTC Branch 33, sa Pili, Camarines Sur.

An gabos na casong saiyang inaatubang sa nasambit na sala, mayong rekomendadong fianza.

Maroromdoman na an mag-agom na Avenido detinido ngonian sa Tinangis Penal Farm, sa Pili, Camarines Sur, poon kan sinda nadakop sa Sto. Tomas, Batangas kan Abril 18, 2017.

An nagdakop sainda iyo si mga tawohan kan Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Afuera kan mga kaso sa sala ni Judge Ferrer, dakul pang kabaeng na mga asunto an nakatalaan man na bistahan sa sala ni Judge Vivencio Gregorio A. Atutubo III kan RTC Branch 31, sa Pili, Camarines Sur.

Anas mayo nin fianza an mga kaso sa sala kan nasambit na judge.

Igwa pang separadong mga caso sa sala nin Judge Zenaida Najera-Bragais, na anas pagbalga kan BP 22 o an bounching checks law, o mga nagtalbog na checke na pig issue ninda.

Sa sala ni RTC Judge Bernard Beltran kan RTC Branch 23, igwa man nin saro pang asunto kriminal

Enot pa kaini, dinara na an mag-agom na Avenido sa sala ni Judge Ferrer para mabasahan sinda kan akusasyon.

Alagad, dai nadagos si pagbasa huli ta mayo sinda nin abogado.

Mientrastanto, an mag-agom nag entra sa record kan RTC nin “not guilty” plea, sa mga asunto na saindang inaatubang.

Radiologic Technologist for Bicol Access Health Centrum


INVITATION FOR BIDS: Construction of Two-Storey Halfway Home Health Facility


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Babae na nasa drug list sa Labo, binadil

LABO, Camarines Norte 5/9/18 (Bicol Standard) – Binadil nin nagkapirang beses sa man laen-laen na parte kan saiyang lawas si Myra Munoz y Checombing a.k.a “Aleng”, 42, kabale sa listahan kan mga imbuelto sa droga, asin nag-eestar sa PP5-Barangay Tulay Na Lupa, sa banwaan na ini.

An victima tinuyo sa saindang residencia nin duwang lalaki na nakasulot nin mascara, dangan pinutokan kan saindang darang mga armas.

Mayong nakabisto kan mga suspechado na magkasuno sa motorsiklo asin naka jacket na itom.

Marikas na nagdulag pasiring sa centro kan banwaan na ini an mga suspechado.

Nangyari an incidente poco mas o menos alas 7:00 nin banggui (Mayo 8).

Nagtitipon pa nin evidencia an mga imbestigador para maaraman an kaggibo kan krimen.

FLASH REPORT: Self-confessed killer of woman at Daet hotel voluntarily surrenders

Cesar Sulivan (at left) confessed to be the killer of the woman found at a Daet hotel
DAET, Camarines Norte 5/9/17 (Bicol Standard)—The self-confessed killer of the woman who was found dead in Travellers Hotel at Barangay Bagasbas here voluntarily surrendered to Gov. Edgardo "Egay" Tallado this afternoon.

In a brief interview, the suspect identified himself as Cesar Sulivan, married, and a resident of Basud, Camarines Norte.

He told the governor that the victim, Sarah May Reyes Cabatingan, worked as a domestic helper in Saudi Arabia.

Sulivan said that they became lovers in December 2016.

On the day of the incident, they met at 6 a.m. at Bagasbas beach.

At 8 a.m., they checked in at Travellers Hotel, where the crime occurred.

Sulivan has not mentioned his motive in killing Cabatingan.

He added that he surrendered to mitigate the penalty that may be imposed upon him.

The victim, 32 years old, was a resident of Barangay Basyawan, Davao del Sur.

She was separated from her husband, with whom she had two children.

She was found dead with four stab wounds on different parts of her body at said hotel.

Meantime, Gov. Tallado pledged to assume the expenses for the preservation of the cadaver while the relatives have not arrived. (by Del Moro Romil)

Gov. Tallado pushes for mercury-free mining

DAET, Camarines Norte 5/9/17 (Bicol Standard) -- "We must work hard to eliminate mercury from the mining process, as it causes serious health problems not only to the miners, but also to the other members of the community," Gov. Edgardo "Egay" Tallado said as he announced his support to mercury-free mining last week.

A health advocate, Tallado said exposure to mercury, even to small amounts, may cause problems in the nervous, digestive and immune systems.

The governor is presently working with non-government organization Ban-Toxics to address the health issue.

In connection with the advocacy, he announced that he is willing to put up a training facility that can process gold without the need for mercury.

Along with the organization, Tallado is lobbying to end child labor and to build capacities in towns where mining is the primary livelihood.

"We are working with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), International Labour Organisation, and US Department of Labor to put in place safety standards to uplift the lives of CamNortenos," the governor said.

Ex-Mayor Lim, VM Gonzaga, Councilor Camacho dismissed

Antero Lim
NAGA CITY 5/9/17 (Bicol Standard) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has served dismissal orders to Goa, Camarines Sur ex-mayor Antero Lim, incumbent Vice Mayor Alfredo Gonzaga, and topnotcher Councilor Alex Camacho.

The Ombudsman found them liable for gross neglect of duty, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, frequent unauthorized absences and simple misconduct.

This stemmed from the case filed against Lim, Gonzaga, Camacho, and several others for serious illegal detention and/or malicious mischief.

Since the issuance of the warrants of arrest against them, the three did not report to office and hence, were found to have abandoned their duty.

It was only when the finding of probable cause was reversed when the said officials reported back for work after few months of absence.

The three are imposed a penalty of perpetual disqualification from holding public office, forfeiture of retirement benefits and cancellation of civil service eligibility.

They could not be reached at press time for their comments.


Besinio is new Baao mayor

BAAO, Camarines Sur –The Department of Interior and Local Government Regional Office in Bicol has officially served the dismissal order to town Mayor Melqiades I. Gaite, who was earlier removed from office by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales in an order issued last month.

Atty. Zalman Uddin, head of the legal division in the DILG Regional Office in Bicol has personally delivered the said order to Gaite the other day.

“He (Gaite) opted not to personally receive the order. but I have directed our staff to post it in the municipal building. Anyway, the posting would have the same legal effect, as far as the DILG is concerned,” Uddin said.

Upon service of the dismissal order, Gaite said that he will first file a motion for reconsideration, but is also set in elevating this matter to the Court of Appeals (CA).

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Jeff Besinio has taken his oath of office as full-fledged municipal mayor, replacing Gaite.

It will be recalled that the dismissal from office of Gaite stemmed from the complaint for grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the municipality filed by municipal councilor Dante Bismonte of this town.

Bismonte told the Ombudsman that he (Gaite) patently violated the municipal ordinance of Baao when he approved the application of Lamvert Consolidated Complex, Inc. (LCC) to rent a portion of the municipal public market for 25 years, when in fact the ordinance only allows a maximum contract period of 5 years. Furthermore, Gaite also exempted LCC from paying the so called “goodwill money," which is collected from all applicants who want to rent a space in the said public market.

Man nabbed for child abuse, voyeurism in Sorsogon

SORSOGON CITY 5/9/17 (Bicol Standard)--A man was arrested at Brgy. Banuyo, Pilar, Sorsogon over the weekend for violating the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 and the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

Aster Andro Lozares y Hilig, 24 years old, single, and a resident of said barangay was apprehended at 2 p.m. on May 6 by virtue of two warrants of arrest for violation of Section 10(a), Article VI of Republic Act 7610; and Republic Act 9995 docketed under CC Nos. 2015-9545P and 2015-9546P, according to the Sorsogon Provincial Police Office.

Said warrants were issued by Judge Flerida P. Zaballa-Banzuela, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 51, Sorsogon City.

Bail of Php80,000.00 for each case was recommended.

The accused is presently detained at the Pilar Municipal Police.

TESDA-Bicol urges drug surrenderers to avail of livelihood assistance

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Bicol is encouraging the drug users and pushers, who have surrendered under the Philippine National Police’s Oplan Tokhang, to avail of the necessary intervention and services offered by the agency so they could recover from substance abuse.

In an interview with Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Monday, Rosalyn Perida, information officer of TESDA-Bicol, said their office is ready to accommodate and give livelihood assistance to all “surrendered drug users” or SDUs in Bicol who want to avail of the skills training programs that are given free of charge.

She said TESDA-Bicol records showed that the province of Sorsogon has the most number of drug surrenderers who have availed of TESDA’s various programs.

Perida said in Sorsogon, the municipalities of Bulusan had 22 TESDA trainees, Pilar-78, Gubat-25, Castilla-25, Irosin-25 and Sorsogon City-25.

She said TESDA has 90 available programs for the SDUs that include trainings for work in tourism, construction, metals and engineering, electronics, information technology, agriculture and fisheries.

“The surrenderers can go directly to the TESDA offices and the only requirement asked from them is to get a referral from their local government unit (LGU) or Department of Health (DOH),” said Perida.

She noted that in Albay, there were skills trainings made available by TESDA for inmates in the provincial jail.

But she said TESDA could not determine if these inmates were among those arrested as part of Oplan Tokhang.

Perida said there have also been “preliminary meetings and talks” between their TESDA offices in the other provinces and the LGUs and DOH for referrals for the SDUs. (PNA)#REALNUMBERS

City eyes visit of int’l triathletes for Mayon Triathlon

LEGAZPI CITY -- Triathletes from over ten countries, including Japan, China and Korea and the Philippines’ top competitors will join the 4th Mayon Triathlon here in this city in August, according to City Mayor Noel E. Rosal.

Mayon Triathlon is a combination of a 1.5-kilometer swim off Albay Gulf across Legazpi Boulevard followed by a 40-km bike ride to the city’s boundary with Sto. Domingo town in Albay and a 10-km run over the hilly road in the southern portions of the city.

Rosal said officers of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) had told him about this when he was a guest at the NTT ASTC Subic Bay International Triathlon being held At Subic Bay Freeport Zone this week.

“TRAP gave the go-signal to include Mayon Triathlon as one of the events for the Asian Cup 2017,” he said.

He added that this also means Mayon Triathlon is in the master plan of the schedule of all triathlon competitions in the country and in Asia.

Rosal said the event here in August will see the arrival of around 3,000 athletes, including their families, team members and other guests and visitors who will witness the event.

He said the officers of TRAP and its umbrella body, the Asian Triathlon Confederation, were “so impressed” at the conduct of Mayon Triathlon during the celebration of last year’s Ibalong Festival in Legazpi City.

Rosal said they particularly liked the majestic Mayon Volcano and its nearly perfect shaped cone, sea breeze at Albay Gulf and well paved roads during last year’s Mayon Triathlon.

He said his administration will prepare for the Mayon Triathlon event during the Ibalong Festival 2017, an annual event here that also promotes other major sports events in the country.

Rosal assured TRAP the city has sufficient facilities to handle the event while the athletes will be safe.

He said the 4th Mayon Triathlon event will give a big push for the local economy and also boost the hotel and restaurant industry and the transport sector.

TRAP is the national governing body of triathlon in the Philippines that is accredited by the International Triathlon Union that governs the sport in the world. (Emmanuel P. Solis/PNA)


Sunday, May 7, 2017

DepEd vows to strengthen drug education program nationwide

The Department of Education (DepEd) is committed on strengthening the drug education program in the country to protect the youth from the adverse effects of dangerous drugs and in support of the Duterte administration’s anti-illegal drug campaign.

In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), DepEd spokesperson Tonisito Umali, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, said that the National Drug Education Program (NDEP) is a comprehensive educational program that promotes collaboration among students, teachers and parents in preventing and eliminating the drug menace in the country.

The NDEP consists of five components to create awareness on the ill effects of using illegal drugs: curriculum and instruction; co-curricular and ancillary services; teacher and staff development; parent education and community outreach and research, monitoring and evaluation.

According to Umali, DepEd has integrated lessons that tackle the pernicious effects on the use of illegal drugs, how to handle peer pressure, values education to discourage students on using illegal drugs, among others in the Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH) classes for secondary education.

The identification of common illegal drugs being used and their effects to human health are also integrated in the science classes of secondary education students.

Furthermore, the department has established Barkada Kontra Droga (BKD) a peer-based program designed as a preventive education and information tool to counter the dangers and disastrous effects of drug abuse.

BKD chapters in schools across the country are aimed to empower in and out of school youth in organizing a movement of young people who are catalysts within their peer groups in advocating a healthy drug-free lifestyle.

“We are aiming to develop the skills and understanding not only of our students but our faculty including the parents on how to support programs that will prevent their children from using illegal drugs, increase community awareness and identify best practices to combat the threat of illegal drugs in society,” the DepEd official said.

DepEd will also conduct random drug testing to secondary students, elementary and secondary school teachers, and officers and personnel from the Central, Regional and School Division offices.

The random drug testing is part of DepEd’s support to the government’s efforts against illegal drugs and is mandated by Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Orientation trainings among DepEd personnel will be provided in preparation for the random drug testing of students, teachers and personnel for this year.

The orientation training seeks to provide awareness on the legal and regulatory aspect of drug testing; orient and train Regional and Schools Division personnel on specimen collection and testing; discuss the initial assessment and intervention for students found to be positive for illegal drug use; and to train participants on documentation and recording of drug testing process.

DepEd will conduct the orientation seminars in six clusters in the following locations: Angeles City (for Regions II and III); Manila (for Regions IV-A, IV-B, V and VIII); Cebu City (for Regions VI and VII); Davao City (for Regions IX, XI, XII, ARMM); Cagayan de Oro (for Region X and CARAGA); and Baguio City (for Regions I and CAR).

Among other initiatives being implemented by the department include intensifying anti-drug abuse information campaigns, supporting the activities planned by the designated regional and schools division NDEP coordinators and involving Parent-Teacher-Community Associations and student organizations in drug abuse prevention activities.

The DepEd has also partnered with the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and other government and nongovernment agencies to strengthen the advocacy campaign against illegal drugs.

For instance, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and DDB have prepared modules that are patterned after international drug education programs such as the United States based Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) which may be adopted by schools to further intensify their campaign against illegal drug abuse.

“We assure that the NDEP shall be gender-sensitive, age-appropriate, and it will be delivered in a manner that is creative to encourage active participation through means of role-playing, video clippings, educational modules, among others,” Umali said.

Establishment of National Anti-Illegal Drug Campaign and Research Program

The DepEd is supporting a legislative measure in Congress which calls for the establishment of an Anti-Illegal Drug Campaign and Research (AIDCARE) Fund to institutionalize a national anti-illegal drug campaign and research program in the Philippines.

“We support the bill calling for the establishment of an anti-illegal drug research program in the country. This supports our initiative to strengthen the drug education program in the country,” according to Umali.

Aurora Rep. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo has filed HB 1663 which calls for the establishment of a National AIDCARE Program which will provide an opportunity for drug abusers to reform their lives as they are merely victims of drug lords who control the massive illegal drug trade in the country.

The AIDCARE Fund will be used to create a nationwide education and awareness program on illegal drugs which shall be created by DepEd that may either be included in the K-12 curriculum or instituted as a regular and frequent co-curricular activity or event done in all public schools covering all areas of basic education.

It will also support the implementation of a mandatory training for local government unit personnel involved with the enforcement, research and policy-making on illegal drugs; conduct of a national study on the nature and extent of drug abuse; establish a national helpline for drug abusers and create a public registry of drug dealers, pushers and traffickers.

Such fund will be included under the annual budgets of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), DepEd, DDB, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority (PDEA). (Aerol B. Patena/PNA)#REALNUMBERS

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