Saturday, December 23, 2017

Army asin NPA nagbakbakan sa Masbate, 1 an gadan



LEGAZPI CITY 12/23/17 (BICOL STANDARD) -- Saro an nagadan sa madugong baradilan kan mga soldados kan gobiero asin rebeldeng miembros kan New People’s Army (NPA) kasubagong alas 7:15 nin aga sa Barangay Umbongan Diot, Baleno, Masbate.

Base sa report, nagpapatrolya an mga miembros kan 21st Infantry Battalion kan masabatan ninda an dai mabilang na mga rebelde na nagresulta sa biglaan na baradilan.

Afuera kan narecover na bangkay kan NPA, nabawi kan mga soldados hale sa mga rebelde an mga makukusog na calibre nin badil.

Duwang M16 na riple asin sarong M14 an nakua kan mga soldados sa pinangyarihan kan baradilan.

Mayo nin nakulgan o nalugadan sa parte kan mga soldados kan gobierno, sabi sa report.
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2 pimps, American national fall in entrapment in Albay


TIWI, Albay 12/23/17 (Bicol Standard) -- A 92-year-old American national and two alleged pimps here are facing a complaint for violation of Republic Act 10364 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

In the entrapment operation conducted by the Tiwi Municipal Police Station at around 9 p.m. Friday, the authorities rescued a minor and arrested the two alleged suspects.

The authorities discovered that the suspects have been bringing the American national, who is staying at 27-7 Resort here, minors for a price of P1,000 each.

The Tiwi police found out about the scheme after the owner of the resort reported the same.

Police Chief Inspector Arthur Gomez, Spokesperson of the Albay Police, led the ocular inspection of the room of the American national.

The police are now studying the cases that could be filed against the personalities involved.

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RTC Pili issues TRO vs. CSur STL operator



NAGA CITY 12/23/17 (Bicol Standard) – Judge Vivencio Gregorio G. Atutubo III, Presiding Judge of Branch 32, Pili, Camarines Sur, has issued a 20-day Temporary Restraining Order against the Small Town Lottery operator in Camarines Sur, Evenchance Gaming Corporation (Evenchance), on Dec. 15, 2017.

Affected in this order are the towns of Pasacao, Minalabac, Milaor, San Fernando, Bato, Del Gallego, Buhi, Siruma, and Lagonoy in Camarines Sur where the local chiefs executive are the plaintiffs in the case filed against Evenchance.

In said order, the RTC set the reception of evidence for and against plaintiffs for a writ of preliminary injunction on Jan. 4, 2018 at 2 p.m.

The parties were directed to serve and file copies of the judicial affidavits of their witnesses, if any, at least five days prior to said hearing.

The court has partially granted the Motion to Dismiss insofar as plaintiffs Fortunato C. Pena, Fabio Figuracion, Alexander James D. Jaucian, Amador L. Simando, Romulo O. Hernandez, Wilfredo Rex C. Oliva, Emmanuel H. Noble, Nelson B. Julia, Gilmar S. Pacamarra, Nellie P. Largo, Antonio B. Chavez, Weny A. Sabalbero, Oscar C. Borja, Leonardo A. Agor, and Rogelio Raymund D. Regondola.
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Friday, December 22, 2017

LTFRB grants special permits to buses for Xmas season


MANILA--The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has granted special permits to more than 1,000 provincial buses for this Christmas season.

A total of 472 applications for 1,087 buses were approved by the Board for the period covering December 21, 2017 to January 3, 2018.

Northern Luzon has received 278 applications for 631 units followed by South Luzon with 92 applications for 267 units, Bicol with 59 applications for 103 units, Visayas with 35 applications for 74 units and Mindanao with eight applications for 12 units.

LTFRB has earlier moved the validity of special permits issued to provincial buses from December 23, 2017 to January 3, 2018 to December 21, 2017 to January 3, 2018 in preparation for tropical storm “Vinta”.

Drivers are advised to take precautionary measures during their trips and those bus units with destinations directly affected by the typhoon and will pass through a RORO port are urged to cancel their trips and remain in their terminals until further notice. (PNA)
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Jack of All Trades Naga art, music, poetry fair now open for submissions


NAGA CITY 12/21/17 (Bicol Standard)—Jack of All Trades Naga is inviting local artists, writers, and musicians to submit their works for consideration in preparation for an art, music, and poetry fair in 2018.

The initiative, which hopes to spur the growth of the local art, music, and poetry scene, is now accepting submissions through its e-mail (jackofalltradesnaga@gmail.com) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/jackofalltradesnaga).

Artists may submit at least 2 or more works of any medium (photography, digital painting, collage, watercolor, acrylic, among others.

Writers may submit at least 2 or more works. On the day of the event, they may choose to perform spoken word or sell zines.

Musicians may submit 2 or more works, whether original, cover, solo, duet, or band.

Submissions are only until January 1, 2018.










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Thursday, December 21, 2017

DOH seeks kids' help in campaign vs firecrackers


MANILA 12/21/17 (Bicol Standard)—The Department of Health has called on school children to help in campaign against firecrackers this holiday season.

Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Maria Francia M. Laxamana said children should be encouraged to tell their parents and siblings to avoid firecrackers because of the injuries and accidents they cause.

Executive Order No. 28, Laxamana reiterated, now regulates and controls the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

This, she said, is for the safety not only of children, but also of the general public.
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Tiwi-Sagnay Road closed due to rockslides

Photo courtesy of Noli Pielago

SAGNAY, Camarines Sur 12/21/17 (Bicol Standard) -- The incessant downpour has triggered at least two rockslides along the Tiwi-Sagnay Road, leading to the closure of a section of the road since early this morning.

Motorists are advised to avoid the road as it poses danger.

Bicol Standard's source said this is a perennial problem during the rainy season.

More erosions are expected in the area as the ground is already saturated.

Rain has been falling in the area since the onslaught of Typhoon Urduja.

The MDRRMO is providing assistance in the area as of this writing.
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Naglampaw sa Malbogon bridge nakuang bangkay


CALABANGA, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) — Nakua na an bangkay kan babae na nagtagbang sa tulay kan Malbogon, Libmanan, Camarines Sur, kan sarong aldaw.

An bangkay iyo si Sheryl Balingbing Mirasol, 31 anyos, residente kan Malbogon, Libmanan, Camarines Sur, nakuang nakadapla sa guilid kan baybayon, na may dakul na nagtutubo na bakawan.

An victima maroromdoman na nagtagbang sa Malbogon bridge sa Libmanan, huli suboot sa magabat na problema sa saindang familya, pakatapos nin dai pagka-intindihan sagkod an siayang agom na nabisto sa pangaran na Gil Mirason y Guiruela.

Nakua an gadan na babae kan sarong residente kan Barangay Balatasan, Camabanga, Camarines Sur.

Nabisto an bangkay kan saiyang tugang na si Noli Balingbing y Pedido, na taga Bagumbayan, Libmanan, Camarines Sur.

Maroromdoman na 2ng aldaw na an naka-agi, si Sheryl tuyong naglampaw sa halangkaw na tulay kan Barangay Malbogon, na makusog an sulog asin hararom an tubig.

Enot pang pig probaran na hanapon an saiyang lawas kan saiyang agom, alagad, kasuodma sana nakua sa bukana kan Bicol River, sa Calabanga, Camarines Sur.

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Parakabod nin bulawan sinaksak, gadan


PARACALE, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) — Nagsapo nin 15ng hararom na mga saksak si Juanillo Fermin y Villeno, 52 anyos, para kabod huli sa dai pagka-intindihan sa inuman sa Barangay Tugos, sa banwaan na ini.

An suspechado sa krimen iyo si Arnel Jimenez y Rodriguez, 27 anyos, residente kan Purok 1 sa kapareyong barangay.

Base sa imbestigasyon, antes nangyari an krimen, maogmang naghaharampangan sa inuman an victima asin an suspechado, kahampang an ibang mga mga pag-iriba ninda.

Sabi kan mga imbestigasyon, nagkaigwa nin karantyawan an victima asin an suspechado, na nahulog sa pagkapikon kan suspechado.

Kan matapos na an irinoman, nagpuli na sa saiyang pig eestaran an victima.

Nin huli sa kulog nin boot kan suspechado ta inapi siya kan victima, nagsunod ini sa pig eerokan kan biktima.

Inabotan kan suspechado an victima na nagtuturog.

Dai na pinalihis kan suspechado an oportunidad na magbalos, kaya sinaksak niya an kalaban nin 15ng beses sa lawas, na iyong naging causa kan saiyang kagadanan.

Marikas na nagsuko sa pulis an suspechado asin naghahalat na sana kan kaso na isasangat contra saiya.
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Estudiante nalamos sa resort sa Sorsogon


SORSOGON CITY (Bicol Standard) — Sarong estudiante an nalamos sa Paguriran Beach Resort sa Barangay Sawanga, Bacon District Sorsogon City, kan dai niya kinaya an makusog na alon asin sulog kan dagat sa nasambit na lugar.

An incidente nangyari poco mas o menos alas 3:30 nin hapon (Dec 19), sabi kan mga imbestigador kan pulis.

An victima nabisto sa pangaran na Jason del Ayre Herrera, 21 anyos, eskwela sa SSC-Sorsogon City Campus.

Si Herrera idinalagan pa kuta sa Sorsogon Provincial Hospital sabi kan security guard, alagad mayo na siya nin buhay.

Naaraman sa bareta na an victima residente kan Barangay San Juan Roro, Sorsogon City.

Base sa declarasyon ni John Mark H. Bercasio asin Kennth Deniega, na mantang sinda yaon nag-oorogma sa paboritong lugar sa baybayon, an victima nag probar na mag langoy, apisar kan makusog an alon kan dagat.

Posibleng dai nakaya ni Herrera an darakulang alon asin sulog kan dagat kaya siya inanod asin nalamos.

Nag probar pang magtarabang an saindang pag-iriba para isalvar an victima, alagad nakua ninda an lawas kan saindang ka-eskwela na lamos na.

Kan dinara sa doctor, ipig declarar na ining dead on arrival kan nag attendir na doctor.

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Buy Noche Buena food from ‘reputable sources’: FDA



MANILA -- As Christmas Eve draws near, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called on consumers to be cautious and vigilant when buying food for Noche Buena, toys and cosmetic products.

“Consumers might fall victim to unscrupulous operators selling unsafe, compromised, improperly handled and stored, and misbranded food, toys and cosmetic products,” the FDA said in its Advisory 2017-324.

It warned Christmas shoppers against buying from “shady places” as unregistered food, toys and cosmetics might contain ingredients harmful to health.

“Buy products from reputable sources/retailers,” it said, adding that when shopping for food, buyers should check if they are sold under “hygienic conditions”.

Frozen products must be kept frozen and refrigerated products stored in refs. The area where they are sold must be free from pests, such as rats and cockroaches.

Likewise, shoppers must check the products’ packaging and make sure they are not tampered with, the FDA said.

For instance, labels should be intact; the expiry date should be original and not newly stuck; and information on the packaging should not be rubbed off. “Deficiencies in labeling information and presence of tampering should serve as a warning to consumers,” it said.

It added that canned goods must not be dented, rusted, or bulging while products in soft packaging, such as plastic, foils, and aluminum wraps, must not be torn. Metal bottle caps must not be rusty and glass bottles must not have cracks.

The agency also advised consumers to check labels for allergens.

"For food, be sure to read the ingredient list to check if you are allergic to one or more of the ingredients," the FDA said.

It encouraged the public to report violations at FDA e-Report (http.//www.fda.gov.ph/report) or through email report@fda.gov.ph or info@fda.gov.ph. (FDA)
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Huna niya jackpot ta mestiza, idto palan sarong aswang | ISTORYANG BIKOLNON ni Bert De Los Martirez


1946 Pagkatapos sana kan giera mundial numero dos digdi sa Ciudad nin Naga, Si Facudo na taga Cadena de Amor, sarong parabuno sa merkado kan Naga, iyo an pinaka guapo kan panahon ta ini gikan sa familya nin mga kastila. Pang elosyon digdi, pang elosyon duman, gulping mga babae an kinakawatan ni Facundo, ang iba nag hihiribe an iba naanggot. Sarong aldao, nasumpungan ni Facundo an sarong mapution na babae, halaba an buhok asin magayonon, ini nagtitinda nin buyo, bunga asin puti na gamit sa mama-on nin mga gurang. Tolos ining pig elosyonan ni Facundo asin nagustuhan man siya kan babae. Ipinamamareta ni Facundo sa mga kapwa niya parabuno an bago niyang elosyon ta nakikidagos soboot sa sarong kabisto sa Gainza alagad ini gikan sa kabisayaan.

Maogma an buhay ninda Faunco asin ni Tisay, pirme sindang nagsisine sa Cine Cita ang mahalas asin malamok na sinehan sa nagabang simbahan kan San Francisco. Sa pagkahapon dai sinda nakakalingaw na mamasyar sa Plaza Rizal sa tongod kan Kapitolyo Provincial, maogma sindang naghuhungitan nin salted na mani asin nagpaparetrato sa mga retratista kan Elfe Studio asin Bragais Studio. Minsan inaalok ni Facundo si Tisay na magsimba sina sa Cathedral alagad habo si Tisay ta mayo daa nin panahon ta sibot sa pagtinda nin buyo asin bunga.

Kan si Facundo, makasumpong nin bang babae sa paki pamiyesta kaini sa Dugcal , medyo nalingawan niya si Tisay asin nababangkag si FAcundo sa daraga na taga Dugcal. Naaraman ni Tisay na habo na saiya si Facundo kun kaya nag sara ini kan saiyang tindahan na buyo asin dai na nahiling pa sa merkado kan Naga. Ogmahon si FAcundo ta naghuna siya nagbalik na sa bisaya si Tisay. Sarong matanga naglalakaw si Facundo sa may likuran kan Kapitolyo harani sa kanto kan Abella asin Igualdad para magbuno nin orig sa may gilid kan Naga River. Mantang nagtataghoy sa bulanon nin bangui, nakadangog si Facundo nin makusogon nin palaspas sa itaas, sa pagtingag niya iguang nag aging dakulaon asin maitomon na gamgam, medyo natakot si Facundo asin naging marikas an paglakaw, dai naghaloy an dakulaon na gamgam yaon na sa saiyang likuran, iguang mga kamot asin lalawgon nin babae na may tingo, pirit na pig sasaklot si Facundo. Dara kan magabat na lawas ni Facundo ta ini mataba asin makusog kumakan, nabutasan ini kan asuwang kaya nahulog si Facundo sa may kanto kan Abella, interong rungas asin lapo.

Garong pang gierang eroplano na nagbwelo sa itaas ang asuwang, asin liwat nag pasiring ki Facundo para siya sakloton, alagad si Facundo nagkurahaw nin tabang sagkod na madangog kan mga tawo na nagtatrabaho sa sinehan ni Bichara, duman nagdulag ang asuwang. Kan mahimasmasan sa grabeng lungse asin takot, inako ni Facundo na ang asuwang iyo an saiyang elosyon na si Tisay na gusto siyang baluson sa ginibo niyang pag ringaw sa dating kaelosyon.






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Simplicity, solitude, silence by Fr. Joey Gonzaga



by Fr. Joey Gonzaga

Simplicity

Advent invites us to get rid of things, memories, heartaches, pains, ill feelings, sins that block our way to Christ and to set things as they really are. We tend to be allured and tempted by the material, superficial and artificial. Advent urges to love the spiritual, real and substantial.

We are under constant pressure to perform, to produce and do many things. Advent exhorts us to discover that who we are is more important than what we have or do, produce and perform for people. Saint John Paul II reminds us that "being is more important than having."

Solitude

Advent tell us that we should not be afraid to stand alone in solitude to discover who we are and who is God for us. Only in solitude, we truly experience God's abiding presence.

Silence

We ae surounded and bombarded by so much noise and flashing lights. Advents provides us a setting of stillness, serenity and inner peace that we find in prayer and recollection particularly when we approach the Lord in the Sacrament of Penance.

Should we ignore the voice of John the Baptist telling us: "Prepare the way of the Lord?"
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Does Christmas come only in December? THE SUNNY PHILOSOPHER by Salvador D. Flor, Ph.D.



WHAT is there in Christmas that turns men’s hardened hearts away from violence into seekers of peace and goodwill even when out of yuletide season, converting a violent world into a peaceful planet?

You do not have to go far to find the answer. Which is the reason why everybody fervently wishes that Christmas be observed not only in December but everyday of the year.

If devoutly pursued, this search for love and peace, there would be little need for men to forge peace with enemies through messy written compacts.

The following stories bring to us the answer to the question, what makes Christmas a season of peace and goodwill? And does Christmas come only in December?

During WW II in Europe, American and German soldiers accidentally strayed into a German household not far from the German lines. The Americans arrived first, having lost their way. Then came German soldiers with a wounded companion.

Their host, the wife of a German worker who was away, managed to keep the tense atmosphere cheerful. It was the eve of Christmas and she was preparing a fine dinner.

At the dinner table, the silence was punctuated by conversation between the Americans and the Germans as if the war did not exist. When it was time to go, the guests shook hands, with the Germans showing the Americans the way to the Allied lines.

The story, published in the Reader’s Digest, years ago, was titled Truce in the Forest.

The Christmas Story by Charles Dickens is an example of what the season can do to the vilest of human beings.

The main character, Scrooge, after being shown by the Christmas ghost ‘his past, present, and future’ life, what awaited hum in the days to come, turned a new leaf, realizing he had led a life of greed.

Before the story ended, Scrooge, did not only hike his assistant’s salary which was long overdue but invited his whole family to a Christmas celebration at his office.

The next days showed Scrooge a changed man.

The story of Fr. Damien de Vuester, a Belgian priest, did not happen in December, but it showed that Christmas with its message of peace and goodwill to men could come anytime of the year.

In May 1863, Fr. Damien sailed for Molokai in the Pacific inhabited by lepers. He went there to tend the sick and dying lepers. He celebrated mass for them, helped build houses, offered them comforts. Eventually, he became a leper.

He died on April 15, 1889. His death had led to a worldwide efforts to help leprosy sufferers. The book, Fr. Damien by Pam Brown said his body was given State Funeral in Belgium 46 years after his death.

In his diary, Fr. Damien said: “I lived a long time under the shelter of a tree, not wishing to sleep under the same roof as the lepers. I was able to build myself a hut, 16 feet long, 11 feet wide where I am now writing these lines.

“Well, I have been here six months, surrounded by lepers and I have not caught the infection,” he said.

The book said Fr. Damien had given the lepers hope and pride. He loved them like a family and in the end he died as one of them.

Christmas can happen anytime of the year. All it takes is love.

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EDITORIAL | True Christmas


Christmas has always been a very special holiday for Bicolanos. As early as September, strings of flashing lights, sales, and carols are everywhere, making it easy for everyone, to get into the holiday spirit.

One’s response to the festive season, however, largely depends on how he or she views Christmas.

Some stress over finding the perfect gifts, putting up the best decorations, and planning the best parties. For them, Christmas is a competition, an opportunity to impress and outdo their friends or even themselves.

And then there are those who turn to crimes, stealing and harming others to put food on the Noche Buena table or gifts under the tree. Their resolve proves too weak for the extraordinary pressure of consumerism (which, perhaps to their defense, is comfortably ensconced in the Christmas culture).

A few, however, share their blessings with their family, friends, or even strangers. Inspired by Christ, or even merely by a continuing belief in kindness, these people are often the most satisfied once the holiday ends. Regardless of whether they receive anything in return, they feel fulfilled, having done something good for others.

It is perhaps this last view of Christmas that is best and truest to the original reason for the celebration. Centered on love and goodwill, it renders one’s class, race, gender, or age irrelevant. Instead, it recognizes our equality, our common and basic need for each other’s love and care not only during Christmas, but also on all the other days of the year.

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Mayor B2K launches Pasalubong Center in Daet

Ochoa

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard)— In a bid to showcase the town's local products and boost tourism, Mayor Benito "B2K" Ochoa led the launching of the Daet Pasalubong Center at the Pinyasan Kiosk here on December 14.

Ochoa said the project will support local artisans after they have been trained in a series of seminars on product development.

The local chief executive is currently working with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Daet Food Producers Association, Municipal Rural Improvement Club and Camarines Norte Federation of Cooperatives (CANOFECO) to support the micro, small, and medium enterprises in the town.

The Pasalubong Center has everything from native delicacies, handmade crafts, home decor, accessories, and souvenir items produced in the town of Daet.

"The Pasalubong Center will answer the clamor for a place where not only tourists but also locals can find products made by the people of Daet," Ochoa told the media during the opening.

Along with the Pasalubong Center, the Canvia Massage Center of the Camarines Norte Visually Impaired Association was also opened.

"Now, the people of Daet have a new place where they can not only shop and relax, but also support the local entrepreneurs," Ochoa said.

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Babaeng pulis, sinuntok, sinipa, hinabasan pa sa Masbate


LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) –Sarong babae na miembro kan PNP na taga Ligao City, Albay, alagad distino sa Placer, Masbate an binogbog kan pakatapos na habonan kan mayong trabaho sa residente kan Barangay Katipunan sa nasambit na banwaan.

Si PO1 Melanie Ruivivar y Juarez, 32 anyos, distino sa Placer MPS, pero taga Barangay Calzada, Ligao City, an nagsapo nin mga bakrus asin rungas sa lawas kan siya atrakahon kan suspechadong si Arnel Bertulfo y Tonacao.

An incidente nangyari, alas 3:40 nin aga kan Disyembre 19, mientras na an victima papuli sa saiyang pig-aarkilang boarding house sa nasambit na banwaan.

Enot kaini, hinapot suboot kan victima an suspechado kun ano an saiyang pangaran, para sa seguridad kan mga tawo na nag-eerok sa lugar.

En vez na magsabi kan saiyang pangaran, sinipa pa lugod an victima nan aka sakay sa saiyang service na motorsiklo.

Sinuntok pa an victima sa pandok asin sa ibang parte kan saiyang lawas, dagos inagaw an sling bag kan babaeng pulis na may laog nin mga personal na kagamitan.

Idinalagan sa Municipal Rural Health Unit an victima para ipabulong.

Mientrastanto, na-arrestar kan mga awtoridad an suspechado sa ginibong hot pursuit operation.

Yaon ngonian sa Placer MPS an suspechado, mantang pig pepreparar an mga caso na isasangat contra saiya.

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Gov Migz suspends Mayor Brioso

Brioso

LIBMANAN, CSur (Bicol Standard)—A sixty-day preventive suspension has been slapped against town mayor Bernard Brioso of Libmanan, Camarines Sur by Gov. Miguel Luis “Migz” R. Villafuerte, upon the recommendation of the Special Committee on Administrative Cases of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

The suspension order stemmed from the administrative complaint for Grave Misconduct and Abuse of Authority filed against Mayor Brioso by Vice Mayor Romel Bulaong and seven (7) other municipal councilors, namely: Alexander D. Mendoza, Jerry R. Tendero, Gerymar M. Atienza, Darius S. Nopra, Jesus F. Camara, Wilma P. Carios and Jose J. San Buenaventure Jr.

The Special Committee on Administrative Cases has summarized the three (3) grounds for the disciplinary action against Mayor Brioso, to wit: (1) the respondent has violated and disregarded one of the powers of the Sangguniang Bayan mentioned in Section 447 (3) (V) of R.A. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991; (2) Mayor Brioso issued Mayor’s Permits in favor of the three (3) cockpit operators in Libmanan without an approved franchise granted by the Municipal Council and (3) he had also violated Sec 5 (B) of P.D. 449, otherwise known as the Cockfighting Decree of 1974.

Verified answer

In his verified answer, respondent Brioso admitted having issued Mayor’s Permits in favor of Claro Cockpit Arena, Datoon Cockpit Arena and Gallera Bicolano. He, however, explained that he approved the same in strict adherence with the Cockfighting Ordinance of the town.

Brioso claims that P.D. 449 has been superseded by the Local Government Code of 1991, which argument was not in accord with the interpretation of the Special Committee on Administrative Cases.

He further stressed LGU Libmanan has approved Municipal Ordinance No. 97-03, which pertains to the laws and guidelines to be followed in granting permits to cockpit operators, which he is mandated to strictly enforce.

Meanwhile, the Special Committee on Administrative Cases of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan opined that they should not delve into the merits of the case and the defenses advanced by both parties.

They believe that an exhaustive discussion of the merits of the complaint will be tackled during the hearing of the merits of the case.

The only issue at hand, the Committee said, is as to whether a preventive suspension is proper or not.

Recommendation

In the light of the discussion made, the Special Committee on Administrative Cases recommended to Gov. Miguel Luis Villafuerte that Mayor Bernard P. Brioso be placed under preventive suspension for a period of sixty (60) days pursuant to Section 63 paragraph (a) (2) and (b) of R.A. No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.

Gov. Villafuerte signed the preventive suspension order on November 12, 2017.

The same order was received by Brioso and was implemented on the same day.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Sorsoganon artist highlights dislocation, displacement in art exhibit



An art installation entitled "Desplazado" by Sorsoganon artist Geri Matthew Carretero is on display at the Start 101 Gallery in the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Said installation explores the many ways in which notions of voluntary and forced migrations of people are traced, located and negotiated.

Used clothing, slippers, sleeping mats, drinking cups, original and replicated material objects used by people in their journey during calamities, armed conflicts and environmental threats are arranged on the floor of the gallery which serve as markers of transit and symbolize the movement of people from one place to another. A video highlighting their struggles and experiences is also installed to support the art pieces.

“Some choose to move out from their homes for better opportunities while there are others who are forced to flee due to war, typhoon or famine and some also move because of environmental threats bringing with them a few belongings. In the case of IDPs and migrants, they do not carry many possessions with them and do not have a clear idea of when they may finally go back, and these are the issues I want to present in these works” artist, Geri Matthew Carretero said. Carretero is part of an active community-based art group, Kurit-Lagting based in Sorsogon City and is currently enrolled in the MFA Program of the UP College of Fine Arts, Diliman.

The installation piece also highlights a variety of issues and concerns that represent displaced groups such as the struggle of urban poor communities in Bulacan and Tondo for free housing, the plight of Manicani residents in Eastern Samar as they continue their protest in front of the DENR Central office against open-pit mining, the internal displacement of Maranaos who involuntary fled their city due to war, and the Lumads who are forced to evacuate as military forces search for NPA members and sympathizers in their communities.

“The installation piece is very timely because the identities, experiences and collective memories of the plight of displaced groups and individuals are muted by institutions and those in power. This work will tell their stories about refuge, political and environmental turmoil, territorial struggle, compassion and hope” Carretero further added.

The installation piece along with his sculptural works and prints are part of a class exhibit, "Permutations of Place" under the Master of Fine Arts program of the UPCFA and will be on display until January 12, 2018.
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Pamplona VM dismissed


NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)--Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has meted the penalty of dismissal from service against Pamplona, Camarines Sur Vice Mayor Gemino Imperial in the order she signed on November 23.

Imperial is the former mayor of said town.

In the same order, the Ombudsman also imposed against Imperial the accessory penalties of forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office, cancellation of civil service eligibility. He is also barred from taking the civil service examination.

The case against Imperial was filed by complainants Augustus Cesar M. Cruz III and Rene Francisco, for Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service and Grave Misconduct.

The complainant said that on January 14, 2014, respondent Imperial, then Mayor, representing the Municipality of Pamplona, Camarines Sur leased to Rodolfo Pua, a back hoe and motor grader at a rate of P500 each day.

The complainants said that the said contract between LGU Pamplona and Pua violated the provisions of Ordinance No. 001-2008, which fixed the rental for both pieces of equipment at P1,200.00 per hour.

Pua only paid LGU Pamplona the amount of P40,000.00 on March 11, 2015, after using both pieces of equipment for eighty (80) days.

The complainants told the Ombudsman that LGU Pamplona should have been paid the total amount of P768,000, which is based on the computation that the equipment was used for eighty (80) days, for 8 hours working period per day.

In the counter-affidavit of Imperial, he denied the allegations against him, saying that the complainants failed to show that the contract was manifestly and grossly disadvantageous to the government.

He also said that he did not benefit or gain from the transaction, or acted in bad faith with gross inexcusable negligence.

Ruling


The Ombudsman found substantial evidence to hold respondent administratively liable for Grave Misconduct and Conduct Prejudicial to the best interest of the Service.

“As public officer, he is expected to perform and discharge his duties with the highest degree of excellence, professionalism, intelligence and skill and must refrain from doing any acts contrary to law, good morals, good customs, public police, public order, public safety and public interest,” the order said.

Atty. Gerard A. Mosquera, Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon recommended the approval of the said order on October 19, 2017.

Implementation of the order

The Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government is directed to implement the decision immediately upon receipt thereof pursuant to Section 7, Rule III of A.O. No. 17, in relation to Memorandum Circular No. 1, dated April 11, 2006, and to promptly inform the Ombudsman of the action taken.

At press time, Vice Mayor Imperial could not be reached for his comments regarding the issue.
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4 Labo studes bound for South Korea



NAGA CITY— Four students, namely Fatima Manlangit and Mark Christian Aceron from Labo Science and Technology High School, and Reyster Reyes and Jennilyn Arsepe from Aniceta de Lara Pimentel High School, will be accompanied by their teachers to South Korea to observe the learning process.

This is in connection with their observation trip to the said country after a group of students from Chadwick International School in South Korea also visited this town last year.

Town Mayor Joseph Ascutia said that this will give the youth of this town the opportunity to learn more about the educational system in this highly-developed country.

Meanwhile, Liza Y. Villaflores, OIC of Anecita de Lara Pimentel High School, expresses her thanks for the support extended by Mayor Ascutia, who promised to shoulder the expenses that will be incurred during the same trip.

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STL, front kan jueteng – PCSO Dir Sandra Cam


MANILA—Dai pa ngani nag iinit an lubot ni Sandra Cam, an dating whistle blower sa sugal na jueteng, nagpaputok na naman siya nin bareta na nagsasabing na 70 kan 84ng Small Town Lottery (STL) outlets sa bilog na nasyon an ginagamit sanang printera kan mga gambling lords sa saindang operasyon sa jueteng.

Si Cam, na minatukaw pa sanang miembro kan Board of Directors kan Philippine Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) nagsabi na pig uusar sana kan gambling lords an an Small Town Lottery tanganing makaoperar sinda nin mga bookies, para makdakul na ganancia.

Solamente 14 sana kan 84ng lisenciadong STL operators an pwedeng toltol asin legal an operasyon.

Nangingiriil an bagong director kan PCSO na bako sanang nagbwelta an illegal na operasyon kan jueteng orog na sa mga provincial na dating popular an sugal.

Mas tinawan nin doon ni Cam na gusto niyang confirmaron kun tama an binabayadan nindang buwis asin an itinataong kaherasan kan mga gobierno local, sa lambang banwaan asin provincial na nag-eexistir an sinambit na sugal na awtorisado kan gobierno.

“Ginagamit kan mga drug lords an fictitious na mga pangaran asin corporasyon para makakua nin frankisa kan STL, pero iyo man guiraray ini si mga dating imbuelto sa jueteng”, pig doonan kan director.

Mayong pag alangan na sinambit ni Cam an pangaran ni Bong Pineda na saro sa nakakua kan 16 kan 18ng frankisa na mag negosyo kan STL.

Nagsahot man si Cam na may mga tawo sa PCSO na pwedeng nag tatao nin protection ki Pineda.

An ibang mga pangaran na nasambit ni Cam na sinasahotan na dating gambling lords iyo sinda Ellie Cabayo kan Quezon, Don Ramon Preza, na alkalde ngonian kan Tiaong, Quezon asin Cesar Reyes kan Batangas.

Kasabay kan mga nasambit na pahayag, sinabi pa ni Cam na preparado siyang ibulgar sa public an mga evidencia na mapatunay kan saiyang mga declarasyon sa media.

Makusog an operasyon kan jueteng sa mga provincia kan Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan asin sa Bicol.
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Mayor Ochoa supports local vendors in Daet


DAET, CNorte—In the spirit of Christmas, LGU Daet, Camarines Norte has acceded to the request of the vendors organization, the Muslim association as well as the vegetable association that they be allowed to set up their stalls along San Felipe Segundo St. here.

The permits, however, were only for a short period, from December 16, 2017 to January 6, 2018.

This was the message relayed by Basilio M. Parale Jr., who is the Admin Officer-In-Charge, Market Supervisor III, in an interview by the BICOL STANDARD.

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa pamunuan ng Bayan ng Daet sa pagpaunlak sa amin na makapagtinda asin kumita ngayong panahon ng Pasko, katulad nang nakaraang taon”, according to Manolito Cacho, a member of the Sangguniang barangay of Bibirao, who is also engaged in selling fruits.

Moreover, it was also clarified in the same report that the road where they will be allowed to set up their temporary stall will not be closed to traffic to give way to the delivery trucks that will be unloading goods and other cargoes, especially during night time.

Meanwhile, it was clearly emphasized that it is prohibited to set up stalls in the main streets of Vinzons Ave., and J. Lukban St, the report added.

Town Mayor Benito Ochoa, said his administration will be working closely with the local businessmen, especially the sidewalk vendors to give everybody the opportunity to earn a living, as long as the law and order is properly observed. (Tolits)

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PHOTOS | Christmas at the Sorsogon Capitol Park

Different colors light up the Sorsogon Capitol Park this holiday season in these photos shared by Gov. Bobet Lee Rodrigueza.





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Gov. Migz wants firecracker ban



NAGA CITY—Camarines Sur Gov. Migz Villafuerte wants to replicate the ban on firecrackers that was imposed in Davao City by former Mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Let’s give it a try for this year. If it works, then let us continue in the coming years. If not, then let us have discussions and consider other options,” Villafuerte told the media.

For many years, the firecracker ban has curbed the number of injuries, deaths, and other accidents during the holiday season.

“We must support the President in this endeavor,” he added.

Executive Order No. 28, which was signed last year by President Duterte, provides for the regulation and control of the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

DOH

Meantime, the Department of Health has announced that it is aiming to achieve zero firecracker-related injuries this holiday season.

“Oplan: Iwas Paputok. Fireworks Display ang Patok! Makiisa sa Community Fireworks sa Inyong Lugar” remains to be this year’s slogan in keeping with EO No. 28. The Executive Order stipulates that the use of firecrackers shall be confined to community fireworks display to minimize the risk of injuries and casualties. Conduct of community fireworks display will also be continuously promoted as a strategy to, at least maintain the low injury status in the country.

The cooperation among local government units was seen to have contributed to the lowering of firecracker-related injuries. Hence, one of the focus of the ongoing campaign is promotion of the use of alternative means of merrymaking and avoidance of the use of firecrackers especially by school children, which is also one of the provisions stated under the law.

The DOH recognizes that this campaign involves various agencies. Close collaboration and conduct of strategic advocacy activities with different stakeholders is necessary.

As a result, the health department is intensifying its campaign against the use of firecrackers despite the fact that it is one of the Filipino traditions in celebration of the yuletide season especially New Year, making it difficult to undo.

The DOH also developed a communication plan to be disseminated publicly with messages revolving around the avoidance of the use of firecrackers among children. This must be reinforced by the parents, for the welfare and safety of their children must emanate from them.

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Bicol contractors slam Concepcion Gang extortion


NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)—Bicolano contractors have aired their concern regarding the extortion activities allegedly perpetrated by the criminal syndicate popularly known as the Concepcion Gang.

This criminal syndicate has been the subject of manhunt operations by the members of the police due to numerous illegal activities, the latest of which involving projects implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Reports reaching the media say that this syndicate has been very active in the last few months due to the simultaneous implementation of government’s infrastructure projects by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the 3rd District of Albay.

The same source said that the extortion activities have already spilled over in the Rinconada towns in Camarines Sur, which is adjacent to their principal area of operations.

The informants, who requested not to be mentioned in the news due to possible repercussions by the syndicate, confirmed that the same gang is based in the town of Libon, Albay.

“In Libon, these criminals have been able to control several barangays. Some of them are perceived be untouchables,” the informant said.

Meanwhile, an employee of the DPWH Engineering district in Albay also confirmed this report.

“No one wants to report this matter to the authorities. Especially the contractors, who have been complaining to the office because if they do not give the required amount, they were warned that they will be harmed,” the informant added.

“The trouble is that the contractors are forced to give three kind of taxes already. The first one is to the New People’s Army, who are also active in the area. Second, to the Concepcion Gang, and finally to the government” he said

“If this matter continues to happen, it is certain that the project will suffer,” he emphasized.
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Selling, buying of relief goods punishable by imprisonment: DSWD


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) today reiterated that selling and buying for consumption or resale of the Department’s family food packs (FFPs) and other relief supplies that are intended for distribution to disaster victims is prohibited under Republic Act No. 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.

“The DSWD does not tolerate and strongly condemns the selling and buying of the Department's relief goods. We would like to inform the public that those who commit such acts will be held liable and will be penalized under the law,” DSWD Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel A. Leyco said as he responded to reports that the Department’s relief goods were seen being delivered and sold in a sari-sari store in Iligan City.

Section 19 of RA10121 prohibits the selling of relief goods, equipment, or other aid commodities intended for distribution to disaster victims. It also prohibits buying, either for consumption or resale, of relief supplies both from disaster relief agencies and from the recipient disaster-affected persons.

Other prohibited acts include preventing the entry and distribution of relief goods in disaster-stricken areas; diverting or misdelivery of relief goods; forcibly seizing of the goods intended for a specific group of victims or relief agency; and, accepting, possessing, using or disposing of relief supplies not intended for nor consigned to a person.

The prohibited acts further include misrepresenting the source of relief goods either by covering or replacing the labels, repacking the goods into containers with different markings, or by making a false verbal claim that the goods came from another agency or persons; and, substituting or replacing relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities with the same items of inferior or cheaper quality.

Under the law, those who commit any of the prohibited acts face a fine ranging from P50,000 - P500,000 or imprisonment of six years up to 12 years.

DSWD Field Office (FO) XII Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos, who is also the Assistant Program Manager for Special Operations in Marawi and other Affected Localities, has earlier warned that evacuees from Marawi City who will be proven guilty of selling the relief goods provided to them by the Department will be disqualified from receiving future aid from the government.

“We understand that they are in need of money, that is why they sell relief goods. But we also have to realize that based on our guidelines, selling these relief goods is prohibited. These goods are meant for their own consumption,” Dir. Ramos earlier said.

OIC Leyco encouraged the public to report all cases involving the selling and buying of relief goods to the DSWD.

“We call on the public to help us guard the relief aid intended to the victims of disasters and calamities by reporting to us all cases that involve selling and buying of the Department’s relief goods The aid that the government provides are for our fellow Filipinos who have been affected by a crisis. Those who commit these illegal acts are robbing the victims of the help that they badly need,” he said.

Reporting of cases

The public may report cases involving the selling and buying of DSWD relief goods through the DSWD Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau’s (DReAMB) e-Reklamo platform, a web-based complaints management ticket system. It may be accessed through the following ICT channels: http://ereklamo.dswd.gov.ph/ website wherein each complaint is assigned a unique ticket number that can be used to track the progress and responses online. A valid email address is required to use this system.
SMS using the following syntax:
Text DSWD <space> ereklamo <space> “Name of Complainant” <space> Location <space> “Complaint Message” and send to 3456 (any network). Each text message is charged P1.00.
Email to ereklamo@dswd.gov.ph

They can also report to the nearest DSWD Field Office.

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