Saturday, January 19, 2019

Suspects in marijuana trade arrested at dormitel in Naga City


NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Two 22-year-old residents of Iriga City were arrested in a buy-bust operation at Orange Dormitel at Barangay Tinago, in this city Friday afternoon by a composite team of police and army personnel, the Naga City Police Office reported.

Seized from the two suspects identified as Dominique Lorenz dela Cruz y Morana of San Juan, Iriga City and Crisphel Serillano y Almelor, of San Miguel, Iriga City were Php 30,000.00 worth of dried marijuana with fruiting tops and various drug paraphernalia.

Intelligence operatives confirmed to the media that they have intensified information-gathering regarding the alleged use of hotels, motels, inns, and bars in Naga City in the illegal drug trade.
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DILG backs Bulaong in Libmanan controversy

Bulaong
NAGA CITY(Bicol Standard)--Officials and employees of Libmanan, Camarines Sur have expressed hope that they will receive their salaries, bonuses, and other benefits this coming week, after almost four months of being deprived of these.

In an interview, Municipal Council Jesus Camara told the Bicol Standard that they had a fruitful meeting with Presidential Assistant for Bicol Affairs Usec. Marvel Clavecilla here regarding the controversy that hounded employees, officials, and residents.

Camara explained that during the meeting with Clavecilla, they were given assurance by DILG Regional Director Atty. Anthony Nuyda that Acting Mayor Rommel Bulaong will be issued the certification requested by the town’s depository banks for the local government to engage in transactions.

Nuyda told Clavecilla that this is following the directive coming from the central office to recognize Bulaong as the authorized person.

The same certification will be submitted to DILG Municipal Government Operations Officer Nonilon Lopez.

“We expect that the controversy will be resolved by next week,” Camara declared. “Usec. Clavecilla said he wants a win-win solution in this issue.”

The residents, employees, and officials of Libmanan have been suffering brunt of the controversy that ensued when a suspension order was issued to Mayor Bernard Brioso based on the administrative complaint filed against him with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur last year.

Camara, in a related interview, told the Bicol Standard that since November 8, which was the effectivity of the suspension order against Brioso, there had been no transactions in the local government unit.

This includes the non-release of salaries and wages, the Christmas bonus, and other benefits, he said.
Even the payments charged against Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) including electric bills and salaries and wages of employees like street cleaners, among others, remain unsettled.

Camara said that the depository banks of the Local Government Unit, Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines, would not allow the encashment of checks issued by the LGU until a clarification is made by the DILG.

It will be recalled that Brioso was preventively suspended from November 8, 2018 to January 8, 2019 for issuing a Mayor’s Pemit to Tinandayagan Falls and Resort, which is owned by his sister Socorro, who allegedly failed to comply with the documentary requirements.

During such time, Vice Mayor Rommel Bulaong assumed office as Acting Mayor.

Brioso refused to comply with the suspension order, and still continued to perform the functions of the Office of the Mayor, Camara said.

He even issued a memorandum to all department heads, saying that he has a pending appeal with the Office of the President, hence he will not relinquish his position.

On January 8, 2019, Brioso was served another order of suspension, which is punitive in nature, for six months, with which he again refused to comply.

This prompted Clavecilla to call for a dialogue to thresh out the issue.

Clavecilla has scheduled another meeting this coming week, to be attended by DILG RD Nuyda.

In the same meeting, the local officials expect to iron out other issues relevant to the controversy in Libmanan.

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Over P1-M worth of shabu seized in San Felipe, Naga City; 2 arrested

File photo from Camarines Sur police

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – The father of the 21-year-old suspect who was arrested for possession of at least P4.7-million worth of illegal drugs was apprehended by the police in a buy-bust operation here Friday night.

Roel Lizano y San Joaquin, 48 years old, and Barangay Tanod of San Felipe was nabbed at his residence at San Miguel Street, Zone 3, San Felipe, this city.

He was arrested with Carlito Alegre y Mendez, Jr., 37 years old, construction worker and carpenter, who resides in the same street.

The Naga City police said a poseur buyer with an informant purchased from the two suspects five heat-sealed sachets containing a substance believed to be shabu with a P500.00 bill and P84,500.00 boodle money.

Recovered from Alegre’s possession were around 100 grams of suspected shabu; a perfume box containing seven heat-sealed sachets also with suspected shabu; the P500.00 marked money, the P84,500.00 boodle money; and cash in different denominations amounting to P5,560.00.

Meantime, seized from Lizano were a brown leather wallet with a sachet containing suspected shabu, and one cellphone.

The confiscated suspected shabu had an estimated market value of P1,122,000.00.

Said suspected shabu will be brought to the Provincial Crime Laboratory Office at Barangay Concepcion Grande for examination.

As of this writing, the investigator-on-case is now preparing the necessary documents for filing criminal charges against the suspects for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

It will be recalled that on January 12, Roel Lizano's son Jude Lizano y Alegre was arrested with P4.7 million worth of shabu at Barangay Calauag, this city.
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

PhilHealth enhances benefit for infants, aims for healthier babies


The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) recently expanded its coverage of essential health services for newborns to enable early detection and management of more congenital disorders which may lead to mental retardation and even death if left untreated.

In its PhilHealth Circular No. 2018-0021 which took effect on January 5, 2019, the state health insurer introduced the enhanced Newborn Care Package, increasing the amount of coverage from P1,750 to P2,950 which pays for supplies for essential newborn care such as Vitamin K, eye ointment, vaccines for hepatitis B and BCG; expanded Newborn Screening test; Newborn Hearing Screening Test; and fees for attending professionals.

The essential newborn care also includes immediate drying of the baby, early skin to skin contact, timely cord clamping, non-separation of mother/baby for early breastfeeding initiation, weighing of the baby, among others.

Meanwhile, the expanded newborn screening test will be able to detect endocrine, amino and fatty acid disorders; organic acid, urea cycle defect, cystic fibrosis, hemoglobinopathies, biotinidase deficiency, and other disorders.

Newborn screening aims to detect at the earliest stage certain genetic and metabolic conditions that may lead to mental retardation or morbidity if left untreated. The screening was integrated into the public health delivery system with the enactment of Republic Act 9288 or the Newborn Screening Act of 2004.

The enhancement in the package is in support of the National Comprehensive Newborn Screening System which expanded the screening from six to over 28 disorders pursuant to Department of Health Administrative Order No. 2014-0045 which issued guidelines on the implementation of the expanded Newborn Screening Program.

The PhilHealth Circular provides that the enhanced package shall be dispensed to qualified newborns delivered in all accredited health care institutions that perform deliveries and provide newborn care which include hospitals, infirmaries/dispensaries, and birthing homes/lying-in clinics.

To ensure entitlement to the said benefit, newborns need to be in the facility for at least 24 hours after birth except those who warrant immediate referral to a higher level facility.

The state health insurer encouraged all active and expecting PhilHealth members to avail of the said package in order to provide newborns with the needed services that will help reduce morbidity and mortality and eliminate the costs associated with treatment and care of lifelong debilitating conditions. (Emelita M. Retuta)
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Batocabe widow replaces slain husband in mayoral race

Gertie Batocabe
DARAGA, Albay -- Gertie Batocabe, the wife of the late Ako Bicol Party List Rep. Rodel Batocabe, has been named the official replacement of her slain husband in the upcoming mayoral race here, Dennis Batocabe, the solon’s older brother, said.

Batocabe, in an interview on Thursday, said their family decided to field Gertie as the official candidate to take the place of her husband, who was gunned down during a gift-giving event in Barangay Burgos in a remote village here last December 22.

“We will officially declare her (Gertie) as the replacement soon after she arrives home in time for the 40th day after the death of her husband,” he said.

Batocabe, when asked how the replacement process would affect the upcoming local election, said, “A vote for Rodel or Batocabe will be a vote for Gertie. Anybody who votes in the name of Rodel would be counted”.

He said they would coordinate with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for further guidance on what election-related policies and measures should be followed.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has placed this town under its control, considering its unstable peace and order situation due to intense political rivalries that could affect the conduct of the May 13 national and local elections.

The move is to ensure public safety during the balloting, the poll body said.

Romeo Serrano, Comelec Assistant Director and Albay Provincial Election Supervisor, on Wednesday said the Comelec en banc issued Resolution 10479 on January 15 after taking into account the recommendation of Comelec-Bicol to place the town under its control. (PNA)
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Suspect selling shabu collared in Daet


DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) -- After several months of intelligence gathering, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has finally arrested Aljon Papares y Lladoc, one of the active suppliers of illegal drugs here, according to a police report.

Papares was arrested by the police inside the Public Market here yesterday.

The entrapment operation which led to his arrest was implemented at around 10:30 in the evening, at his residence at Purok 3, Barangay 6, this town.

In said buy-bust operation, the police operatives were able to recover from the suspect several transparent plastic sachet believed to methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu from his pocket.

Also recovered from Papares was the P500 that was used as buy-bust money.

Upon arrest, Papares was brought to the police headquarters here, where he was appraised of his rights.

He will face a criminal charge for violation of Sec 5 and Section 11 of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
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No MOA, no work, says DPWH to 4Ps beneficiaries



DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) -- Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) District Engineer Ricardo Gutierrez of Camarines Norte said that his office will not accept laborers who are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), unless they can present a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) issued by the Departmet of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Gutierrez said that until now he is not aware of any agreement between DPWH and DSWD regarding this matter, since the MOA expired in 2016.

He also clarified that the DPWH Legal Department is of the opinon that they will not accept any laborer who are members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), due to the fact that the issue regarding double compensation has not yet been clearly settled.

Gutierrez also made it clear that the the 4Ps beneficiary may also recommend any member of their family for the purpose employment as laborer.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) opined that the alleged legal obstacle pointed out by DPWH is not violated due to the fact that 4Ps beneficiaries are receiving grants.

Furthermore, 4Ps beneficiaries are not receiving salaries but only assistance under the Conditional Cash Transfer program, the DSWD said.

It will be recalled that under the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which was signed in 2014, the DPWH are required to allocate at least 20 percent of their laborers from the recommended persons of the DSWD.
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Libmanan controversy continues to affect residents, employees, officials

Brioso
LIBMANAN, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) – The residents, employees, and officials of Libmanan are suffering the brunt of the controversy that ensued when a suspension order was issued to Mayor Bernard Brioso based on the administrative complaint filed against him with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur last year.

Councilor Jesus Camara, in an interview, told the Bicol Standard that since November 8, which was the effectivity of the suspension order against Brioso, there had been no transactions in the local government unit.

This includes the non-release of salaries and wages, the Christmas bonus, and other benefits, he said.

Even the payments charged against Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) including electric bills and salaries and wages of employees like street cleaners, among others, remain unsettled.

Camara said that the depository banks of the Local Government Unit, Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines, would not allow the encashment of checks issued by the LGU.

This is until after a clarification is made by Nonilon Lopez, the Municipal Government Operations Officer of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), as to who is the authorized signatory to the said checks.

Municipal officials have already raised a query to said DILG officer as to the signatory. However, Lopez has not yet acted upon the request, according to Camara.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Office of the DILG, when asked for an opinion, stated that they have no jurisdiction over the issue.

It will be recalled that Brioso was preventively suspended from November 8, 2018 to January 8, 2019 for issuing a Mayor’s Pemit to Tinandayagan Falls and Resort, which is owned by his sister Socorro, who allegedly failed to comply with the documentary requirements.

During such time, Vice Mayor Rommel Bulaong assumed office as Acting Mayor.

Brioso refused to comply with the suspension order, and still continued to perform the functions of the Office of the Mayor, Camara said.

He even issued a memorandum to all department heads, saying that he has a pending appeal with the Office of the President, hence he will not relinquish his position.

On January 8, 2019, Brioso was served another order of suspension, which is punitive in nature, for six months, with which he again refused to comply.

Brioso maintained that he has a pending appeal with the Office of the President regarding the same.

Meantime, the depository banks still refuse to allow the LGU to engage in transactions like the issuance of checks since they require a clarification from Municipal Government Operations Officer Lopez as to the authorized signatory.

As this developed, Presidential Assistant for Bicol Affairs Usec. Marvel Clavecilla called for a dialogue this afternoon in Naga City to iron out the issue.
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Cops won’t stop STL in Naga


NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)—“The Naga City Police Office should refrain from participating or giving any assistance that will show complicity to the padlocking or closing [of Evenchance Gaming Corporation in Naga City], unless public safety and security requires.”

This is the legal opinion of Police Chief Inspector Reynold B. Villania of the Legal Office of the Naga City Police Office in connection with the operation of Small Town Lottery (STL) in this city.

Evenchance Gaming Corporation, he wrote, is a legitimate STL franchisee of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Its operation is opposed by the city government of Naga for being without permit.

Villania cited Legal Opinion No. 71 of the Department of Justice dated July 25, 1995, which reads: “LGUs have no power to issue business permits/licenses to the agencies and instrumentalities of the State, of which the PCSO is one, nor demand or collect permit/license fees incident to the issuance of such permits/licenses.”

Villania maintained: “Unless the foregoing is changed or modified, the PNP has the obligation to respect and obey as a matter of course.”

“But if the LGU believes otherwise, nothing will prevent it from raising its authority under the Local Government Code to padlock or close business establishments it deemed operating illegally or without permit.”

“But the same action must be taken by the LGU itself using its vast resources,” he added.

He further clarified: “PNP personnel cannot definitively provide law enforcement action for those matters which by themselves do not show violation of criminal laws, more so in this case, when the issue is embroiled in legal controversy.”

He also noted that it is very unfortunate that PNP personnel in their obedience to directive or request from some quarters have been hailed to court from a series of criminal, civil, and administrative violations.

In a related development, City Mayor John Bongat confirmed to the Bicol Standard that he has already filed a petition for injunction against the STL operation in Naga City.

Last month, he voiced his vehement objection to the operation of STL in Naga City based on legal and moral grounds.

Evenchance holds office at DSI Building, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, and is represented by its Vice President Jerome A. Bañez, and PCSO, represented by its General Manager Alexander Balutan.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

P4.7-M na droga, nakumpiscar sa Naga City


NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)--Mas hararom na pag siyasat an ginigibo kan pulis digdi, paakatapos na makacompiscar an mga awtoridad nin pig dakulang supply nin pigtutubodan na shabu sa sarong buy bust operation.

Segun ki Sr Supt. Felix Servita Jr., an hefe kan Naga City Police Office (NCPO), dakulang tabang an mga informasyon na naguno hale ki Jude Lizano y Alegre, an sinasabing dakulang supplier nin shabu digdi, pakatapos na madakop siya sa matriumfong buy bust operation kan Sabado (Enero 12), sa Brgy. Calauag.

An carculo kan pulis an valor kan shabu na nakua ki Lizano sa buy bust operation dai makulang sa P4.7 million, nin huli ta labing sarong kilo an gabat kaini.

Inako ni Lizano na an shabu na nakua saiya kinukua saiya kan ibang mga paratinda kan contrabando, asin dinadara sa ibang mga ciudad asin banwaan kan Bicol.

Kabale sa parateng nagtutuyo saiya iyo an dai suboot niya bistadong lalaki na iyo an nagwawaras kan illegal drugs sa Tabaco City, sabi ni Lizano.

Ini an pig confirmar sa Bicol Standard ni SPO2 Tobias Bongon, sa intrevista saiya.

Mientrastanto, may nakalkal na informasyon an mga awtoridad na an shabu na pinapadara sa Naga City hale pa sa distributor na nasa laog kan New Bilibid Prisons.

Si Lizano, aki nin sarong barangay Tanod sa San Felipe, Naga City, alagad pirang bulan nang nag aarkila nin estaran sa Brgy. Calauag, Naga City.

May nakuang informasyon an mga awtoridad na nagsasabing an shabu na naglalakop digdi parte kan nakalusot na illegal na droga na ilinaog sa magnetic lifters, alagad nawara sa Cavite, pirang bulan na an naka-agi.

Nin huli sa mga documentong napasakamot kan mga awtoridad arog kan log book na nakua hale sa suspechado, magiging madali an pag susug kan mga tawo na igwa nin pagkaaram distribusyon kan shabu digdi.
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High value target sa shabu, dakop sa Iriga City


NAGA CITY--Nadakop na kan pulis an pig pigtutukdong ika anom na high value target na imbuelto sa illegal na droga sa Iriga City, kasuodma.

An saiyang pangaran iyo si Armando Marpuri, residente kan Zone 1, Brgy. San Francisco, Iriga City.
Rinamalan siya kan mga awtoridad pakatapos na servehan nin search warrant sa saiyang residencia.

Afuera ki Marpuri dinakop pa an saiyang duwang aki na iyo sinda Joseph asin Karen Marpuri, patin an tulong pag-iriba nindang pag-iriba na sinda Jordan Ibarrientos, Erick Marfin asin Jomar Buasan.

Segun ki P/Supt Chito Oyardo, an hefe kan Iriga City PNP, naabotan an mga suspechado na nag-rerepack nin pig tutubodan na shabu na nagkakantidad P100,000.

Idinagdag kan mga awtoridad na an nasambit na grupo kabale sa nagdidistribuir nin illegal na droga sa mga banwaan sa Rinconada asin pag-taraid na mga lugar.

Afuera kan illegal na droga, nacompiscar pa sainda an sarong calibre .38 na badil asin mga bala.
Maatubang sinda nin casong pagbalga sa casong illegal possession of drugs, pag-mantinir nin drug den asin illegal possession of firearms.
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OCD Bicol red alert pa ngonian


LEGAZPI CITY -Padagos na nasa lindong kan red alert status an Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Bicol huli sa danyos na iwinalat kan Tropical Depression Usman.

Siring man inalerto kan ahensya an rehiyon nin huli sa binabantayan na low pressure area (LPA) na nasa luwas pa kan Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), para maibitaran an peligro sa buhay kan mga tawo asin propiodad.

Segun ki Director Claudio Yucot kan OCD-Bicol, nakatorohok an saindang atensiyon sa kamugtakan kan maraot na panahon.

Sa masunod na mga aldaw, an OCD magkakaigwa nin disaster risk assessment katuwang an mga ahensiyas kan gobierno para maaraman kun may peligro an arin man na parte kan rehiyon.

Pig linaw kan sinambit na ahensya na bako sanang makusog na duros an pwedeng magdara nin peligro sa buhay nin tawo, kundi maging an makusog na uran, na pwedeng magresulta sa pagbaha asin pag tupag kan daga sa mga lugar.

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