Saturday, October 21, 2017

Remains of Albayano soldier who was killed in Mindanao clash arrive in Legazpi

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LEGAZPI CITY 10/21/17 (Bicol Standard)--A requiem mass was held today for Albayano soldier PFC Romeo Rayco who was killed in the clash in Mindanao.

Rayco, who was 28 years old, hailed from Tobog, Oas, Albay.

His remains arrived at around 2 p.m. this afternoon.

Rayco was one of the last casualties of the war in Mindanao, according to Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal.

He is the fourth casualty from Albay in the war in Mindanao.
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BSP reminds public not to damage, deface money


The Bangko Sentral ng Pillipinas (BSP) reminds the public to avoid any damage on Philippine banknotes.

This after a recent video of the burning of what appears to be Philippine banknotes has come to the attention of the BSP.

Pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 247, it is unlawful to deface, mutilate, tear, burn or destroy, in any manner whatsoever, currency notes and coins issued by the BSP.

According to the BSP, any person who shall violate this Decree shall be fined in the amount of not more than P20,000 and/or be imprisoned for a period of not more than five years.

Moreover, no person or entity may put into circulation notes, coins or any other object or document, which in the opinion of the Monetary Board of the BSP might circulate as currency, as stipulated under Section 50 of the New Central Bank Act. It is also prohibited to reproduce or imitate the facsimiles of Bangko Sentral notes without prior authority from the BSP.

The BSP is authorized to investigate, make arrests, conduct searches and seizures in accordance with law, for the purpose of maintaining the integrity of the currency.

“We wish to highlight that the general public should take pride in our Philippine banknotes that honor Filipinos who played significant roles at various moments of our nation’s history as well as depict the country’s world heritage sites and iconic natural wonders. The Philippine banknotes remain a constant reminder of our ancestors’ patriotism and bravery, as well as centuries of journey for a better future for our countrymen,” the BSP states.

The Bangko Sentral enjoins the cooperation of the public in our commitment in maintaining the integrity of the Philippine currency. Any act of desecration of our Philippine currency by mutilating, defacing or burning, should be reported to the nearest police/law enforcement agencies, for appropriate action or to the Currency Issue and Integrity Office, BSP at ‎(02) 988-4833 and ‎926-5092. (BSP/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)

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Budget Chief speaks up on doubling salaries of soldiers, cops by 2018


“The commitment is to double [military and uniformed personnel’s] salaries by January 2018. We are doing everything to honor that commitment,” Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno told reporters during a press conference on October 18.

The draft resolution containing the modified base pay schedule of military and uniformed personnel (MUP) prepared by DBM was concurred with by the Office of the President on September 20, 2017, and has already been endorsed to Congress.

“We need the approval of both houses of the Congress to implement this,” Diokno said, “because Congress has the power of the purse.”

The Resolution, if approved by both houses of Congress, will double the base pay of a Police Officer (PO) I in the Philippine National Police (PNP) or a Private in the Department of National Defense (DND), and equivalent ranks in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA). A PO I and those with equivalent rank will enjoy a 100% increase resulting to a monthly base pay of P29,668.00. Overall, the salary adjustments will result to a 58.7% average increase for all MUP ranks, effective on January 1, 2018.

The increase in base pay will result to an increase in other allowances and bonuses that are computed as a percentage of base pay such as the longevity pay (or foggy pay) and mid-year and year-end bonuses. This will also effectively discontinue the grant of provisional and officers’ allowances, an interim measure pending the modification of the base pay schedule.

The net take-home pay will be much higher than the previous arrangement because the longevity pay, for example, will be exempted from taxes. Interim allowances, such as provisional and officers’ allowances are subjected to income tax. Tax-exempt collateral allowances (e.g., flying pay, sea duty pay, instructor’s duty pay, etc.) are expected to increase as well.

Finally, the passage of the first package of the Comprehensive Tax Reform program will further increase the net take-home pay of the MUP with the lowering of income tax rates.

According to DBM estimates, the increase in the base pay of soldiers, police, firefighters and jail guards will entail an additional cost of P63.4 billion. The increase in the compensation of the MUP will be funded by the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF), and from any available allotment in the respective budgets of the agencies concerned. (DBM)
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DAR beneficiaries told to sustain, expand livelihood projects

DAR Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong listened as ARB member Gloria Aguilar explained the strategies she will employ to sustain and expand the egg-laying chickens with egg dispersal machines project she received during the turnover ceremony on Wednesday, October 18 in Barangay Centrala, Surallah, South Cotabato. Secretary Bistoyong was joined by DAR-12 Director Nasser M. Musali (right) and other top officials of DAR in the region.


SURALLAH, South Cotabato – Beneficiaries of the government’s agrarian reform program were encouraged to develop, sustain and expand the livelihood projects that are part of the comprehensive support services they receive from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

DAR OIC Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong spearheaded the distribution of various livelihood projects to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Barangay Centrala, Surallah, South Cotabato on Wednesday, October 18.

Bistoyong urged the beneficiaries to take care of the projects, make them sustainable to benefit the other ARBs in the area.

The distribution of livelihood projects was made possible through the joint efforts made by DAR, Pilmico Foods Corporation, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Equity Ventures and Aboitiz Foundation.

Bistoyong said the livelihood projects is the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) endeavor that DAR entered into to help ARBs augment their income.

A total of nine selected ARBs from three barangays in Surallah received egg-laying chickens with egg dispersal machines and hog dispersal kits.

“Our responsibilities do not end upon receipt of these livelihood projects. We need to ensure their sustainability to benefit the other ARBs,” she pointed out.

An increase of household income of ARBs through livelihood projects will also help end cases where awarded lands are leased or sold, Bistoyong emphasized.

The turnover ceremony was also joined by Apol B. Castro, vice president for corporate strategy and business development of Pilmico; Surallah Mayor Antonio Bendita; Director Leomides Villareal of the Public Affairs and Media Relations Service of DAR Central Office; DAR Region 12 Director Nasser M. Musali and other top DAR officials in the region.

In her message, Castro said the aim of the project is to develop and build a purpose-driven community through sustainable livelihood.

She also emphasized that support to ARBs in the area is part of the corporate social responsibility of Pilmico and Aboitiz Equity Ventures under the project “Mahalin Pagkaing Atin” which aims to support home-grown products and backyard farmers who aspire to become farmer-entrepreneurs.

Among the recipients present was Gloria Aguilar who expressed gratitude in lieu of her fellow beneficiaries.

Aguilar assured they will take care the projects, sustain and expand to elevate their way of life.

Mayor Bendita also thanked DAR and Pilmico for choosing the ARBs of Surallah as recipients of the project.

He also expressed full support to the thrusts and programs DAR to help farmers uplift their lives.

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DTI eyes funding aid for startups


The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) eyes funding support for newly-set up businesses instead of providing them with fiscal incentives.

In a press conference during the Slingshot ASEAN Friday, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said the agency targets to increase the available funding that can be tapped by startups to boost their businesses.

But the DTI chief is not keen on giving tax perks to startups, as funding support from the private sector is also pouring into the sector.

He added that these incentives might be abused, only to increase deductible taxes.

“Providing funds might be the better way for now,” Lopez said.

“Because if we talk of incentives, we run the risk also of that incentive might also be abused. We’re already looking a lot of guys that might just been funding and using that an excuse to increase the tax detectability. So, that’s my another immediate concern,” he said.

He said the government pushes the local startup ecosystem to flourish and to be a driver for inclusive and innovation-led growth.

For DTI alone, it already has its micro-financing program "Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso" or P3, which provides loan with low interest rates to discourage loan sharks.

Banks and other financial institutions also offer financial services that can be tapped by startups.

In a separate interview, QBO Innovation Hub President Rene Meily told the Philippine News Agency that many foreign investors and venture capitals are looking into funding Philippine-based startups.

“There is a huge increase in the number of venture capital funds and foreign companies that interested in investing in Philippine startups. Especially in those scalable and can grow from the local market to the regional and global market,” Meily said.

“They sensed that the Philippines is a growing market by itself. In addition, there are new ideas happening here. We have so much talent, and it is really the young people coming up with this idea and they really change the way we do business here,” he added.

The Slingshot ASEAN has attracted around 20 foreign funders from New York, Australia, and Southeast Asia, looking at potentials of Philippine startups. (PNA)
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Groups cite benefits of phasing out leaded paints in PH


QUEZON CITY--Environmental, health and labor groups cited the country’s ongoing effort to phase out lead, a toxic chemical, in paint, as a step in the right direction that will benefit millions of Filipino children, mothers and workers today and the future generations.

The groups lauded the government’s decision to phase out leaded paints as the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action is commemorated from October 22 to 28 to raise awareness and promote action to address the human health effects of lead exposure, particularly for children. The Week of Action is spearheaded by the United Nations Environment and the World Health Organization (WHO)

“While many developing countries have yet to enact mandatory lead paint standards and regulations, our country took a bold decision to phase out lead in paints with the primary goal of protecting vulnerable populations, particularly the children, women of child-bearing age and the workers,” said Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

“Working hand in hand, government, industry and civil society leaders took part in several consultative and technical meetings that paved the way to the adoption of a groundbreaking regulation in the form of a Chemical Control Order (CCO),” he added.

The CCO for lead and lead compounds released in 2013 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) provides the road map to the country’s transition to paints without lead additives.

The CCO stipulates for a three-year phase-out schedule from 2013 to 2016 for lead-containing architectural, decorative and household (ADH) paints, and a six-year phase-out period (2013-2019) for lead-containing industrial paints. It also sets a total lead content limit of 90 parts per million (ppm), the world’s strictest regulatory standard for lead in paint.

The three-year phase-out period for ADH paints provided paint manufacturers, including small- and medium-sized enterprises, to find suitable replacements to lead used to enhance color, make drying faster or reduce corrosion on metal surfaces.

“The phase-out of leaded paints is good news for our children’s brains as childhood lead exposure is known to harm the brain causing reduced intelligence and mental retardation,” said Ines Fernandez, Founder of Arugaan, a mother-led movement promoting breastfeeding and child and maternal health.

“Replacing lead additives in the production of paints with safe alternatives will minimize occupational exposures to lead. Workers in paint manufacturing, construction, painting, renovation, demolition and related sectors will benefit from a toxic-free working environment that is safe from lead and other hazardous substances,” said Allan Tanjusay, Spokesperson, Associated Labor Unions – Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).

Eliminating lead paint now is more cost-effective than remediating lead-contaminated homes, schools and other facilities used by children later, the groups said.

In US, as per estimate by the Environmental Protection Agency the costs for lead paint abatement range from $8 to $15 per square foot, and a typical house will require a minimum of $10,000 to treat.

Above all, removing lead in paint will prevent dust and soil from being contaminated by lead from chipping or deteriorating lead painted surfaces that can be ingested on inhaled by children, the groups added.

Lead, according to WHO, is especially dangerous to children's developing brains, and causes reduced intelligence quotient (IQ) and attention span, impaired learning ability, and increased risk of behavioral problems.

“Lead paint is a serious threat to the long term health of our children. WHO calls on all countries to phase out lead paint by 2020 to protect the health of this and future generations,” said Dr. Maria Neira Director of the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health for the WHO.

To encourage further industry compliance to the phase-out of lead paint, the EcoWaste Coalition on Monday will hold an event to mark the country’s achievement so far in removing lead in AHD paints.

The group will release the findings of its latest study in collaboration with IPEN (a global NGO network for a toxics-free future) showing significant reduction in the number of leaded solvent-based AHD paints sold in the market.
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Alleged notorious crime group leader killed in Sorsogon

Photo by Vincent Nato

SORSOGON CITY 10/21/17 (Bicol Standard) -- An alleged notorious leader of a gun-for-hire and robbery hold-up group was killed in a police operation by joint elements of PNP Sorsogon Friday afternoon.

The Sorsogon police said it received information from a concerned citizen regarding the presence of a a certain Rommel D. Sium at Sitio Baribag, Barangay Bibincahan, this city.

Sium, the report said, was armed with a firearm with an unknown caliber.

Joint elements of Sorsogon police proceeded to the site to to verify the report. Upon arrival of the operating unit, Sium took notice of their presence, and boarded his tricycle to evade arrest, the police reported.

Sium and the police exchanged gunfire.

The suspect was hit and was killed instantly, the police said.

Recovered pieces of evidence from the area were two fired cartridge cases, one pistol of unknown caliber and five cartridges inserted in a magazine. These were put into custody of Provincial Crime Laboratory for examination.

Meantime, the cadaver of the victim was brought to St. Anthony Funeral Parlor for autopsy examination.

Sorsogon Provincial Police Office Director Senior Supt. Marlon C. Tejada said of the incident: "Sorsogon PPO in its relentless campaign against criminality is iron-fist in dealing with criminals and other lawless elements to maintain peace and order in the province of Sorsogon."
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Friday, October 20, 2017

DOTr reveals Bicol Express plans


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NAGA CITY 10/20/17 (Bicol Standard) – Reconstruction, not rehabilitation.

This is the plan of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Usec. for Rails Cesar Chavez as regards the much-awaited Bicol Express project of the Philippine National Railways.

“Bagong riles, bagong estasyon, bagong bagon, management, sistema,” is how he described to Bicol Standard the government’s vision.

Chavez revealed that they intend to have the Manila to Bicol line be operational by 2022.

Under the new Bicol Express, passengers from Paco, Manila to Matnog, Sorsogon will have a travel time of only 7 hours.

He also revealed that the project, which is estimated to cost P175 billion, will be funded by China.

“Action will start in six months,” he said.

China, he added, committed to finish the construction in three years.

Meantime, the government is tasked to relocate the informal settlers in two years, and to clear the road right of way.

There are around 100,000 informal settler families that would be affected by the project, according to Chavez.



“We will have a whole government approach,” he explained, “We will coordinate with other government agencies like the NHA and DILG, among others, to make this goal a reality.”
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

IN NAGA CITY: No work, with pay

Wilfran Calleja

NAGA CITY 10/19/2017 (Bicol Standard) — Depending on how you see it, a Naga City Hall employee is the luckiest or unluckiest person for receiving full salary although he has no work for the past five years.

“Sige ako sweldo, mayo man pigtataong trabaho sako sa gobyerno local sa haloy nang taon na nakaagi” (I am continuously being paid a salary, even if I have not been working for the local government for the past years). This is the declaration of Wilfran Calleja, who has been connected with the City Hall since the time of the late Jesse M. Robredo, but has been under a floating status since he was relieved of his post as City Agriculturist Office (CAGO) around 5 years ago.

“Sayang man kan sakuyang kakayahan na dai man napapakinabangan kan lokal na gobiero kan Naga ta sige sana an resibe ko nin kwarta hale ki Juan de la Cruz maski dai ako tinatawan nin trabaho” (My capabilities are being put to a waste by the local government as I am receiving money from Juan de la Cruz even if I am not given the corresponding responsibilities),” he lamented.

He confided to Bicol Standard that he is seriously considering legal action against City Hall officials who continuously ignore this anomaly.

He also promised to divulge more information as it is hurting not only him, but also the city coffers.

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Legazpi airport night operation resumes today

Photo courtesy of Gov. Bichara

LEGAZPI CITY 10/19/17 (Bicol Standard) -- The Legazpi airport night operation resumes today, Gov. Al Francis Bichara announced this morning.

Governor Bichara was able to mediate the issue and fast-track the repair of Runway Threshold Identification Lights (RTIL) to resume the availability of night flights in Albay.

This news was confirmed by the operations department of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to the governor earlier today.
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Albay PENRO arrested in drug bust


LEGAZPI CITY 10/19/2017 (Bicol Standard) – The Chief of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of the Department of Natural Resources Regional Office 5 was arrested in a drug bust by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao City earlier this week.

Benjamin Jaraplasan Medel was nabbed along with Dr. Stephen So Tay, a surgeon of Metro Davao Medical Center, at #3, Marigold Street, San Pedro Village, Davao City.

According to the PDEA operatives, Medel and Tay are both high-value targets.

Both suspects tested positive for drug use.

PDEA, however, has yet to confirm if Medel is also a pusher.

Medel, who is Tay’s fraternity brother, went to Davao City to attend a conference.

Medel also previously served as PENRO of Catanduanes.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

#Kasanggayahan2017 | Re-enactment of first mass in Luzon





The Community-Based Theater and Arts Group re-enact the first mass in Luzon as part of the grand opening of Kasanggayahan Festival 2017. The re-enactment was held at the provincial gymnasium, Sorsogon City.
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Barangay tanod shot dead in Sorsogon


GUBAT, Sorsogon 10/18/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A tanod of barangay Bonifacio, this town was shot to death by two unidentified armed men at Barangay Cogon, this town late yesterday afternoon.

The victim was identified as Allan Jolasco y Encinas, 45 years old, married, and a resident of Barangay Bonifacio, this town.

The police said the suspects were wearing a face mask and shot the victim at close range.

Said suspects fled on board a motorcycle heading towards the direction of Bacon District, Sorsogon City.

Investigators are still trying to determine the identity and motive of the culprits as of this writing.

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SPES in Bicol may now claim stipend at any M Lhuiller branch


LEGAZPI CITY--The long wait is over. As a measure to address the long queuing just to get the remaining of the 40% SPES stipend, DOLE Bicol regional director Rovelinda A. Dela Rosa has initiated a partnership with M. Lhuiller to speed up the release of SPES stipend.

The move, in a report to DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III by Dela Rosa, is a corrective measure to solve the delay in SPES payment in which the regional office has been experiencing for the past years.

“Yes, we have had delays. That’s true. But we would like Bicolanos to see that we are continually improving our services to our clientele," Dela Rosa said.

SPES beneficiaries may now claim their stipend at any M Lhuiller branch nationwide upon receipt of the reference number sent through SMS by the DOLE Provincial Offices to their registered cell phone numbers. Upon receipt of the reference number, the beneficiaries can present this to any M. Lhuiller branch to claim their stipend.

“If in any way they changed their CP numbers that they have entered in their application they can go to the nearest DOLE Provincial Office or PESO to retrieve their reference number,” she explained.

It’s not only faster and easier; it's also safer for DOLE Bicol personnel as well, as the new payment facility being adopted eliminates the transporting of large amount of cash especially in island provinces where the partner bank could not service and check encashment.

“It’s more comfortable and time-saving rather than going back and forth just to follow up the stipend and waiting a long line just to en-cash the check. At least now we will just wait for the reference number and we can get the cash at our convenience," Shiela Marie M. Populi, a 19-year old single, from Bay, Ligao City and currently enrolled as a 3rd year AB-Political Science student at Ligao Community College said.

With the positive response from SPES beneficiaries, DOLE Bicol is also looking at said initiative to be used in rolling out payments in its emergency employment program TUPAD and the GIP project.
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Cordero selected as writer-in-residence in Sitka, Alaska


After his three-month stay in the University of Iowa as the Philippine writer-in-residence, where he joined other 34 writers from different countries, Kristian Sendon Cordero will be participating in another writing residency program in the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska from November 7-28, 2017. His participation is courtesy of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the US State Department.

During these past three months, Cordero has been giving lectures, screenings and readings in various academic and cultural communities in the US. He was one of the three featured poets in The Poetry Foundation in Chicago where he read his poems in Bikol and Filipino together with the Palestinian poet Fatena Al Ghorra and Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann.

Aside from his scheduled visits to New Orleans, Washington and New York, Cordero will also be present for the screenings of Hinulid (his second full length feature film) in San Francisco for the Filipino International Cine Arts Festival (Facine 24) on October 20-24, and in the University of Michigan where he will screen the same film and present his paper on his poetics and his novel-in-progress on the Virgin of PeƱafrancia on October 24-27. The event in Michigan is sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Philippine Studies Group.

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Kasanggayahan Festival kicks off in Sorsogon

Sen. Chiz Escudero and Sorsogon Gov. Bobet Lee Rodrigueza at the opening of Kasanggayahan Festival 2017

SORSOGON CITY 10/18/17 (Bicol Standard) -- This year, Sorsogon celebrates its 123rd foundation as a province through the Kasanggayahan Festival. It is a province-wide commemoration, with the center of activities in Sorsogon City.

In his message at the formal opening at the Provincial Gymnasium, Governor Robert Lee Rodrigueza underscored the theme of this year's celebration: "Pagkasararo Asin Pasasalamat, Satuyang Padanayon."

"To all my beloved Sorsoganons, by constantly thanking God for all his blessings, let's altogether be one and make this year's Kasanggayahan more significant as we celebrate meaningfully our 123rd founding anniversary as a province."

Governor Rodrigueza also acknowledged Sorsoganon senator Francis Escudero, for gracing the occasion.

"Senator Chiz and I have been discussing since his arrival today about exciting new plans which certainly the Provincial Government of Sorsogon will support. These new plans will come as a lovely surprise to all Sorsoganons."

Kasanggayahan is an ancient Bicol word, the meaning of which can be assembled from this short rhyme:

"When the fields are green and the grains are golden; when the machines work well and all business prosper; when the birds in the sky chirp freely and men on earth are peacefully happy; in Bicol, it is KASANGGAYAHAN, meaning, a life of prosperity."

The Kasanggayahan Festival, which is listed by the Department of Tourism as one of the yearly Philippine Festivals, is eminent with a series of cultural, historical, religious, agro-industrial and economic activities, showcasing Sorsogon as abundant agricultural products, particularly food and decorative items from the versatile Pili tree, which is indigenous to the Province.

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Corriador sa STL hinoldup sa Labo, CNorte


LABO, CNorte 10/17/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –An ahente kan STL na si Ronnie Aquino y Matcha,hinipaan sa tinampo nin tulong lalaki na may mga armas, dangan pirit na kinua si saiyang dara-darang cuarta na kantidad P3,200.00.

Segun sa report kan pulis si Aquino mapuli na sa saindang harong sa Purok 3,Tulay na Lupa sa banwaan na ini kan siya inabangan kan mga lalaki.

Base sa declaras kan victima, alas 10:20 bangui kasuodma, nakalunad siya sa motorsiklo paghale sa bola kan STL sa Central Plaza kan Daet, Camarines Norte, kan abangan kan mga suspechado nan aka sulot nin bonnet asin armado nin mga badil.

Sabi kan victima, nagbaralintong siya sa saiyang pig lulunadan na motorsiklo ta tinaonan nin barbed wire an tinampo kaya nagsayasay an saiyang darang vehiculo.

Mientrastanto, nagrani saiya an suspechadong naka bonnet asin tinutokan siya nin badil sa loong, dangan nag declarar nin hold-up.

Sabay kinua an saiyang darang cuarta na kantidad P3,200.00 na yaon sa laog kan sling bag.

An saro pang suspechado nagtutuk man saiya nin lancetas.

Pakatapos na makua an saiyang cuarta marikas sindang nagdurulag pasiring sa direksyon kan centro kan banwaan.

Mayo nin plaka an ginamit na motorsiklo kan mga nagholdup kaya dai aram kun sisay an responsable sa pangyayari.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DAET: 17 anyos na adik sa computer games, naghugot

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DAET, Camarines Norte 10/17/17 (BICOL STANDARD) – Tinapos kan sarong 17 anyos na soltero an saiyang buhay sa paagui nin pagbitay sa kisame kan saindang harong gamit an nylon na lubid.

An victima nabisto na iyo si Mark Jovit Cosido y Revecencio, residente kan Purok 6, Barangay Alawihao digdi.

Nadiscubre an saiyang malipot nang bangkay kan saiyang ama na si Jovido Cosido y Mirandilla, alas 8:00 nin aga sa laog kan saiyang cuarto, sabi sa report kan pulis.

Antes siyang naghgot narisa na kan saiyang magurang na mamundo an victima asin parate gustong mag solo-solo.

Siring man, pirang semana na an nakaagi an victima inaabot nin amay na aga sa pagpuli sa harong.

Segun sa magurang parate yaon sa computer shop an victima asin na-adik na sa computer games.

Ipinahayag kan mga imbestigador kan pulis na pigreparo ninda an lawas kan gadan asin mayo man sindang naheling na senyal na pwedeng tuyo siyang ginadan.

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Gov Tallado, VG Pimentel join PDP-Laban


Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo Tallado and Vice Gov. Jonah Pimentel have joined the flock of political leaders who are set to take oath today here in Pili, Camarines Sur under the PDP-Laban Party. They are joined by an army of local leaders, most of them incumbent. (Photo by Romil del Moro/Bicol Standard)


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Agricultural achievers in Bicol feted

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NAGA CITY 10/17/2017 (Bicol Standard) -- Underscoring the integral role of agriculture in the lives of Filipinos, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 recognized the Gawad Saka, Corn Quality and Rural Women Achievers at the Convention Center, Avenue Plaza Hotel, Magsaysay Avenue here today.

Usec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Undersecretary for Administration, Agribusiness & Marketing and Regional Engagement and Chairperson, DA-GAD Focal System, who graced the event with her presence, lauded the achievers for their contributions in boosting productivity and the economic growth of the agriculture sector.

Romulo-Puyat conferred the awards, assisted by Dr. Elena B. De los Santos, Regional Executive Director, DA RFO 5; Mr. Rodel Tornilla, Dr. Edgar R. Madrid, RTD for Research and Regulation, DA RFO 5; Dir. Dennis del Socorro, Regional Director BFAR- RFO5, and Mr. Alfredo R. Rillo, Chairperson, RAFC-5.

The following are the awardees:

Gawad Saka Achievers

1. Edgar A. Pesebre - Polangui, Albay - Outstanding Rice Farmer

2. Valentin L. Lopez - Daraga, Albay - Outstanding High Value Crop Farmer

3. Joji A. Belodo – Oas, Albay – Outstanding Young Farmer

4. HML Foods Corp. – Daraga, Albay - Outstanding Agri-Entrepreneur

5. Mr. and Mrs. Rodolfo L. Brinola and Family – Castilla, Sorsogon – Outstanding Farm/Fisherfolk Family

6. Inararan Rural Improvement Club – Bulan, Sorsogon – Outstanding Rural Improvement Club (RIC)

7. Tigbao 4-H Club – Aroroy, Masbate – Outstanding Young Farmer Organization

8. Gubat St. Anthony Cooperative – Gubat, Sorsogon – Outstanding Small Farmer Organization

9. MAFC Canaman – Canaman, Camarines Sur – Outstanding Municipal Agricultural & Fisher Council (MAFC)

10. Manito Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) – Manito, Albay – Outstanding Barangay Food Terminal (LGU-operated)



Corn Quality Achievers

Outstanding MLGU/CLGU

1. MLGU of Calabanga, Camarines Sur

2. MLGU of Goa, Camarines Sur

3. CLGU of Iriga City, Camarines Sur

4. MLGU of Tigaon, Camarines Sur

5. CLGU of Naga City, Camarines Sur



Outstanding Municipal/City Agriculturists (MAs/CAs)

1. Mr. Gil Gabriel H. Bordado III (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)

2. Ms. Felina A. Sanoy (Goa, Camarines Sur)

3. Mr. Ruben S. Delos Santos (Iriga City, Camarines Sur)

4. Ms. Lea M. Beltran (Tigaon, Camarines Sur)

5. Ms. Maria Edna B. Bongalonta (Naga City, Camarines Sur)

Outstanding Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs)

1. Mr. Joshua T. Ipo (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)

2. Mr. Ryan F. Calatrava (Calabanga, Camarines Sur)

3. Mr. Jerry M. Mercado (Goa, Camarines Sur)

4. Ms. Marly L. Corporal (Iriga City, Camarines Sur)

5. Mr. Honesto C. Sirios, Jr. (Iriga City, Camarines Sur)

6. Ms. Jonafel A. Taduran (Iriga City, Camarines Sur)

7. Mr. Noel O. Manaog (Buhi, Camarines Sur)

8. Mr. Buster A. Ibarbia (Buhi, Camarines Sur)

9. Mr. Hector O. Llagas (Bato, Camarines Sur)

10. Ms. Annie C. Lumanog (Bula, Camarines Sur)

Cassava Cluster Management Excellence Award (CCMEA)

Tuburan United Farmers Association (Cawayan, Masbate)



Rural Women Achievers

1. Rebecca S. Purisima – Tigaon, Camarines Sur – Regional Winner

2. Lazara O. Nibungco – Guinobatan, Albay – 1st Runner-up

3. Hilda H. Martinez – Casiguran, Sorsogon – 2nd Runner-up

4. Norlinda A. Zaldua – Daet, Camarines Norte – Special Citation

5. Teresita M. Pisit – Daet, Camarines Norte – Special Citation
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Army, rebels clash in Tiwi, Albay earlier today


TIWI, Albay 10/17/2017 (Bicol Standard) -- A clash between the Army and around 30 suspected rebels was recorded earlier today at Sitio Mapalak, Barangay Joroan, this town.

The firefight, which lasted for around 15 minutes, resulted to one killed in action on the government side, and two on the side of the NPA.

The Army member was identified as Robbie C. Regulacion.

Four M16 and two M203 firearms were recovered, the report said.

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Teen dies while plugging in e-trike


BULAN, Sorsogon 10/17/2017 (Bicol Standard)--A 19-year-old boy was electrocuted while trying to charge the batteries of an e-trike.

The victim was identified as Rommel Umanito y Gavarra, a resident of Zone 2, this town.

According to his father, the victim was at the house of their neighbor to plug in the batteries of the vehicle.

Upon plugging the batteries, the boy's body started shaking and he fell to the ground.

He was rushed to Pantaleon G. Gotladera Memorial Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

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Parents' quarrel leads to infant's death


PILI, Camarines Sur 10/17/2017 (Bicol Standard) -- A heated discussion between a married couple led to the death of their 2-month-old baby at Zone 7, Barangay San Agustin here at around 11 p.m. last night.

The police said Francisco Culanza y Palacay, 33 years old, a laborer, attempted to take the child from his wife.

However, the child slipped and fell to the bamboo bed and let out a loud cry.

Earlier this morning, the couple reported that the child was not breathing and thus was rushed to Bascuna Medical Clinic.

The child was pronounced dead on arrival.

The father voluntarily submitted himself to the Pili Municipal Police Station and is now under its custody.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Man gunned down in Irosin


IROSIN, Sorsogon 10/16/17 (Bicol Standard)--Five armed men were reported to have killed a butcher around 7:35 p.m. earlier tonight.

The victim was identified as Alfredo "Loklok" Buenaobra, a resident of Barangay Macawayan, this town.

According to his live-in partner, Sheila Valeriano, she and the victim were having dinner when the suspects entered their home.

They dragged him out of the residence and tied his arms with rope, she added.

After several minutes, she heard two gunshots.

She was later informed that her partner was lying face down on the road and was already lifeless.

The motive of the incident is yet to be determined, the police said.

It would be recalled that just yesterday, two shooting incidents were recorded in Bulan and Gubat towns.
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Gov. Cua speaks up on shabu lab issue in Ulat Panlalawigan



VIRAC, Catanduanes 10/16/17 (Bicol Standard) -- "Dahil sa politica, pirit na piga-imbuelto an satuyang ngaran alagad para sa kaaraman kan gabos, dae kita kabali sa kaso duman sa DOJ." (Because of politics, my name was dragged [into the issue], but for the information of everybody, I am not one of those who are included in the case at the DOJ."

This is the statement of Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua during his Ulat Panlalawigan earlier today.

He added: "Dae man tabi ako kabali sa listahan ning narcopolitics na gobernador."

Cua, who is celebrating his birthday today, underscored his dreams for the island province:

“As of 2016, 200,000 tourists arrived in the happy island and we expect to be visited by more tourists in the following years.”

He also outlined his dreams for Catanduanes:

“Dakulang gulpi an potensyal nin Catanduanes sa turismo, ini dapat taw-an niato nin atensyon asin concerted efforts ning mga Mayors. We should make this one of our priorities in every municipality.”

He further stated: “The next BIG Picture for the Happy Island is a comparable city living with the comforts of a rural, laid-back and relaxed setting. We endeavor to realize our people’s pursuit of HAPPINESS by simply making these changes happen.”

"“No wonder, no less that the Department of Tourism Region V announced that our province is THE NEXT BIG THING!” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Vice Gov. Shirley Abundo said she and the governor have the same goals, but have different ways to achieve them.

"We do our best to give you a place where the rule of law always prevails," Abundo said.
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Alejandre is DOH regional on-the-spot painting champ

Hermel Alejandre's winning piece


\NAGA CITY 10/16/17 (Bicol Standard)--Magarao, Camarines Sur-based artist Hermel Alejandre is the grand prize winner of the Department of Health (DOH) on-the-spot painting competition.

The competition focused on the theme "Improving Health Literacy Among Filipinos Towards Health for All."

His cubist piece is called "Healthy Art for Healthy Mind."

Alejandre, who is a member of Salingoy Art Group, will represent the Bicol region in DOH's national competition in Manila. 
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Suspect in UCPB Libmanan robbery arrested


NAGA CITY 10/16/17 (Bicol Standard)--The suspect in the robbery of UCPB Savings in Libmanan, Camarines Sur has been arrested in San Vicente, Baguio City, the police said this afternoon.

He was identified as Rommel Bacoco y Pis-ew, 33, married, and a resident of Barangay Ambiong, La Trinidad, Benguet.

The arrest was made by joint elements of PIDMB-Benguet Provincial Police Office led by Police Supt. Radino S. Belly, La Trinidad Municipal Police Station and Libmanan Police Station led by Police Chief Inspector Chito M. Oyardo.

It would be recalled that the bank's security alarm was disabled when the robbery was made.

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Babaeng na-hipnotismo, nalalayan nin kantidad P83,000


BACACAY, Albay 10/16/17 (Bicol Standard) -- Nagsumbong sa pulis an sarong may sadire nin tindahan nin ukay-ukay matapos siya suboot ma-hipnotismo kan sarong dai pa namimidbid na persona kan nakaaging Sabadong aga.

Segun ki Joana Benosa y Navara, 33 anyos, an victima, pigmandahan siya kan sarong lalaki na tawan siya nin kwarta, duwang branded na short pants asin pitong jacket.

Nabigla na sana suboot an victima kan marealizar niyang tinawan niya nin kantidad 83,000 pesos an suspechado, afuera kan nasambit na mga gubing na may kantidad na 1,300 pesos.

Hasta sa oras na sinusurat an baretang ini, nagpapadagos pa an follow-up investigation kan pulis tanganing masusog an suspechado.

An incidente nangyari sa Barangay 13, Bacacay, Albay.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

JUST IN | Bulan police station harassed; 1 wounded


BULAN, Sorsogon 10/15/17 (Bicol Standard) -- After the shooting incident that killed a cop in Gubat at 6 p.m. earlier tonight, another shooting was recorded in this province at 7:15 p.m.

Police reports say that PO2 Dionne G. CaƱada was wounded after an attack by alleged members of New People's Army at the Municipal Police Station of this town.

PNP personnel from adjacent police stations were immediately directed to establish blocking force and checkpoints in strategic areas within their areas of operation.
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Naga City ex-vice mayor Asence passes away

Lourdes Asence
Photo: Naga smiles to the world

NAGA CITY 10/15/17 (Bicol Standard)-- Former Naga City Vice Mayor and councilor Dr. Lourdes V. Asence passed away at around 8 a.m. Saturday.

Her remains lie in state at Funeraria Imperial, Penafrancia Avenue.

Requiem and interment will be on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 1:00P.M. at Basilica Minore and Eternal Garden Memorial Park.

Asence was known as "Doktora kan Masa" during her incumbency.
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EDITORIAL | Salus populi, suprema lex



On Monday, transport groups will once again go on strike to drive home their point: the government should not phase out jeepneys over 15 years old, as it is set to do so as part of the modernization program.

Transport groups claim that the phaseout is “anti-poor” as the it would cause drivers and operators to enter into loans to purchase new vehicles. In addition, they allege that many drivers and operators might lose their jobs because of said phaseout.

This line of reasoning, however, seems rather narrow-minded, clouded possibly by their nostalgic attachment to the iconic post-war vehicle.

When weighed against the higher goals of road safety and environmental sustainability, these gripes appear petty and prejudiced, not to mention clearly political in nature. After all, financial assistance amounting to P1.5 billion will be given to transport corporations and cooperatives to purchase new vehicles, as the DOTr has repeatedly announced.

The modernization’s objectives are undoubtedly noble: safety and sustainability, which are hardly provided by the outdated jeepneys.

The DOTr also claims the program will make way for the decongestion of traffic, another perennial problem. Other benefits, according to the DOTr are fairer regulations, predictable travel time, and disciplined and competent drivers.

Isn’t it time we give these aims a chance instead of being, as Atty. Ricardo Diaz points out, “resistant to change and hell bent on perpetuating the vestiges of a less enlightened past, an anachronism in these times when internal combustion engines are being replaced with environment-friendly electric vehicles”?
Meantime, the transport strike on Monday will once again paralyze traffic to the point that classes and work are cancelled, and precious learning or working time is wasted, all because transport groups are blinded by their own biases.

In the end: salus populi, suprema lex. The welfare of the people (and not of a group of childish, irrational groups) should be the supreme law.
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JUST IN | Cop shot dead in Sorsogon

Photo via Edgar Tumangan

GUBAT, Sorsogon 10/15/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A hot pursuit operation has been launched to track down the perpetrators in the shooting of a cop while he was on duty at a police outpost at the business distric, Barangay Luna Candol here at around 6 p.m.

The victim was identified as PO2 Dennis Garbida.

Suspected members of the New People's Army, who were heavily armed, are believed to be behind the shooting.

Initial reports say the suspects were on board a white van while a companion was on a motorcycle.

The suspects were in camouflage uniform.

Meanwhile, in the town of Bulan, the municipal police station was also harassed earlier this evening.

Investigation is still ongoing as of this writing.
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2 minors drown in Cam Sur


NAGA CITY 10/15/17 (Bicol Standard)--Two minors in the province of Camarines Sur drowned in two separate incidents last Friday, October 13.

One incident occured in Zone 3, Brgy.Bonifacio, San Fernando, Camarines Sur at around 9 a.m.
Thirteen-year-old boy Mark Gin Vida y Miranda, the police reported, was playing in the Agos River when he was caught by a strong current.

PO2 Ramil Labrador tried to save the victim through first aid and was able to briefly revive him. 

The victim was thereafter rushed to a hospital in Naga City but was pronounced dead by the attending physician.

Meanwhile, another drowning incident was recorded in Brgy. Sagrada Familia, Minalabac, Camarines Sur at around 3:30 p.m. of the same date.

Twelve-year-old John Patrick Calvelo y Ibol went to a nearby canal to clean his feet, but accidentally slipped and was caught by the strong current.

The incident occurred after a heavy rainfall, according to his father Ericson Calvelo y Romobio.

The victim was rushed to the Bicol Medical Center in Naga City but was pronounced dead on arrival.

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