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Thursday, January 24, 2019



LEGAZPI CITY (Jan 24) - The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Provincial Field Unit has filed a complaint for illegal possession of firearms and explosive against Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo at the Albay Provincial Prosecutors Office on Wednesday.

Police Chief Inspector Ronnie M. Fabia in his complaint disclosed that Baldo violated Republic Act 10591(The Comprehensive Firearms & Ammunitions Act) and Republic Act 9516 (Illegal Possession of Explosive).

The case was filed  against Baldo after a search at his residence and found unlicensed/ unregistered  firearms and ammunition to wit: two (2) pieces of cal. 45 pistosl without magazine inserted: one (1) with trademark COLT MK-IV SERIES 90 with Serial Number 924173 and one (1) with trademark COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL with Serial Number 517381 chamber loaded with ammunition for cal.45; one (1) complete round of 40mm which is being used in M203 grenade launcher, a high explosive ordnance capable of destructing properties and inflicting injuries or death to personned when detonated,  listed in the receipt inventory of properties seized.

Baldo was arrested but had to be taken to the UST Hospital-Legazpi with Admitting Diagnosis of Bronchial Asthma in Acute Exacerbations; Upper Respiratory Tract Infections; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 based on the certificate of confinement issued by the Attending Physician/Medical Director Edberto R. General MD. FPCP, PPSEDM, FACE of the said hospital.

Baldo was tagged as  the alleged mastermind in the killing in December of Ako Bikol partylist Representative Rodel M. Batocabe  and his police escort SPO2 Orlando Diaz. (Mar de la Cruz)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019



LEGAZPI CITY (Jan 23) – A gun used in the killing of Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Rodel M. Batocabe was recovered by Special Investigation Task Group Batocabe early morning on Wednesday in a fishpond located at Purok 3, Brgy. Busay, Ligao City.

SITG Batocabe said that the recovery of calibre .45 Taurus Pistol PT34/7 PRO with Serial No. NCY 89364 with the cooperation of one of the suspect Christopher Naval a.ka. Tuping. Information disclosed that the said gun was one of the two guns of Henry Yuson – the gunman that killed Rep. Batocabe.

SITG Batocabe submitted the recovered gun to the Bicol PNP Crime Laboratory Office  for ballistic and cross matching examination. (Mar de la Cruz)



LEGAZPI CITY (Jan. 23) – “We apologize to our dear Daragueños for the delay in our decision as to who will replace  my father as candidate for mayor in Daraga, Albay in the national and local mid-term elections in May 13, 2019. But I assure everyone that we will continue the programs and projects of our father and we will not leave our fellow Daragueños”.

This was the pronouncement of Atty. Justin Batocabe  in a press conference on Wednesday held at the Ako Bicol Partylist Office at Embarcadero de Legazpi, Brgy. 27  Victory Village this city. “The situation is frightening and her mother is still grieving for the loss of their father plus the security issue. Rest assure that their will be a Batocabe who will replace his father’s mayoralty bid”, he added.

Comelec clarified though that replacement of a candidate who died or is disqualified by a final judgment may still lodge a COC up to mid-day of election day, provided that the substitute and the substituted have the same surname.”
It added that substitutes would have to file their COCs with any Board of Elections inspector, election officer, provincial election supervisor or regional election director “in the political subdivision where such person is a candidate. (Mar de la Cruz)



LEGAZPI CITY (Jan.23) – Bicol Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Sr. Supt. Arnold Ardiente confirmed  that Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo was admitted at UST Hospital here,  11:00 o’clock Tuesday night,  hours after his arrest for violation of RA 10591(illegal possession of firarms and ammunitions and RA 9516 (illegal possession of explosives.  Supt. Ardiente said that  Baldo has breathing difficulty in his detention cell that resulted to asthma. The police official added that  Baldo has also hypertension.

Baldo was placed under arrest and booked at the CIDG facility at Camp Gen. Simeon Ola after a composite team served a Search Warrant at Baldo’s compound at Lakandula Drive, Barangay Tagas, Daraga, Albay at 2:30 PM Tuesday on orders of Honorable  Elmer M. Lanuzo, Executive Judge of the Regional Trial Court Legazpi for alleged illegal possession of firearms and for the recovery of a vehicle which the investigators believed was used by hitmen as getaway vehicle in the Batocabe-Diaz slay.

Also recovered were one (1) calibre .45 pistol with TM Colt MKIV with SN 924173; one (1)  calibre .45 pistol with TM Gov’t. Model Colt with SN 517381 loaded with one live ammo; one (1) magazine assymbly for Uzi Machine pistol load  with seven (7) live ammos for cal.45; Ammunition for Grenade Launcher M203;  eight (8) live ammos for cal. 45; and one (1) live ammunition for M16.  Also recovered was one (1) White Isuzu Alterra with Plate Number BCW 941.

The search was witnessed by Mayor Baldo and his family and in the presence of Punong Barangay Warren M. Bahillo and Brgy. Kagawad Zenaida T. Lovino both of Brgy. Tagas, Daraga, Albay. Baldo was tagged as prime suspect or mastermind in the murder of Ako Bicol Partylist Representative Rodel M. Batocabe and his police escort SPO2 Orlando Diaz on December 22, 2018 at Burgos, Daraga, Albay. (Mar de la Cruz)

Thursday, November 15, 2018



SAN PABLO CITY (Nov.15) - The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the National Commission for the Culture  and Arts have joined resources to sponsor a 4-day “Heritage Caravan” to create awareness on stories about heritage, the culture and the arts in CALABARZON to media participants from  the Cordillera Autonomous Region, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Bicol Region and Calabarzon and Mimaropa.

Our first stop is at Casa San Pablo this city. Crossing the hanging bridge from the resort pool area to the cottage, signifies that your have entered the compound as guest. The amenities in this famous Bread and Breakfast Hometel is not at par with 5 star hotels but it has unique features that can only be found in this place.

From a simple coconut plantation, Sinforoza Alcantara Gomez-fondly called as Inay - built a rest house in 1937. Information disclosed that it  was her gift to her husband Pepe Gomez. The rest house was built to accommodate many guest that Pepe would invite. A good place of good cheer and warm hospitality. Then it became the favorite guesthouse of people from San Pablo especially when there were important visitors from out of town and stayed with the Gomez’ couple and later named “Sambat”.

In 1997, Boots and An Alcantara continue the dedication to offer warmt and hospitality that the Gomez couple are known for.  Boots is the eldest grandson of Pepe and Sinforosa Gomez and  married An for years. The couple both came from large  families and is very happy to share their home they designed themselves and the traditions.

Air conditioned rooms, swimming pools, cafe, clay shop, art barn, art gallery, pavilion and team building areas are available for use by the guests. A pasalubong center offers goodies from San Pablo and surrounding area, mostly straight from the farmers, fishermen which proudly indicates the rich heritage. (Mar de la Cruz-DZGB-Am-Legazpi)

Saturday, September 8, 2018



LEGAZPI CITY (Sept. 8) – The Regional Tripartite Wages and productivity Board (RTWPB) in Bicol has approved Wage Order No. RBV-19 providing wage increases of P20 and P30 for wokers and employees in the private sector regardless of the number of workers and another increase of P5 and P15 on May 1, 2019 for those employing 10 workers and above and those employing 1 to 9 workers, respectively.

“The new minimum wage rate will now be P310 from the previous P290 for establishments employing 10 workers and above while workers in establishment employing one to nine personnel will get P310 from the P280 daily minum wage said DOLE Regional Director  and chairperson of RWPB-5Atty. Alvin M. Villamor.

 “The adjustment of the minimum wage rate is one of the measures of the government to provide workers with immediate relief spurred by high prices of basic goods and services,” Villamor added. He said that the increase in minimum wage rate was the result of the series of consultations and public hearing conducted by the Board. The prevailing socio-economic conditions of the region as well as the viability of various business were among those considered by the Board in coming up with the amount.

Under Wage Order No. RBV – 19, the wage rate per day shall apply to all minimum wage earners in the private sector in the region regardless of their position, designation or status of employment and irrespective of the method by which they are paid.

Excluded from the order, however, are kasambahays or domestic workers covered by Batas Kasambahay (RA 10361), persons in the personal service of another, and workers of duly registered Barangay Micro-Business Enterprises (BMBEs) with Certificates of Authority pursuant to RA 9178, as amended, and also provided under the Go Negosyo Act of 2013 (RA 10644).

Atty. Villamor added, “we also encourage those establishments in the wholesale and retail trade, construction industry to come up with productivity-based pay schemes that will allow for higher performance/ productivity of the enterprise and income among its workers.” (Mar de la Cruz)

Sunday, August 12, 2018



Legazpi City (August 12) – Saturday (Aug. 11)  marked the paradigm shift for aspiring entrepreneurs and micro small and medium enterprise owners to scale up their lives now that they are equipped with the technical and practical know-how on entrepreneurship.

Organized by PBN Broadcasting Network Inc – DZGB, President Brenda Bayona-Locsin in partnership with  Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal and the city government and Ayala Malls-Legazpi, the joint initiative of Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry mentored more than 300 mentees registered to the Mentor Me on Wheels Legazpi through a free-on-one 30-minute session with successful entrepreneurs on its 6th leg at Ayala Malls this city.

Mentoring session was participated in by the French Baker Founder and CEO Johnlu Koa, Albay 2nd Dist. Rep. Joey Salceda, Romy Tan of LCC Foundation ,LCC Malls and LCC Ayala-Legazpi , 1st Colonial Grill Owner Bong Aspe, BM Allan Rañola, Doc. Joey Betito CEO & Chairman of Miracle Health Corporation and other entrep-mentors who shared their expertise on entrepreneurial mind-setting and marketing.

In his keynote address, Mr Koa said that MSMEs must focus on three factors: Money, Market, and Mentorship to succeed. Go Negosyo find ways to put together programs so that the 3M’s would be accessible to small businessmen in the MSME sector. He emphasized that mentorship is the software for every entrepreneur to be successful.

In her final statement, Mrs. Bayona-Locsin expressed his appreciation to the mentees and the mentors for realizing the PBN-DZGB’s dream of bringing Go Negosyo in Bicol to be accessible to every individual and for everybody to become successful entrepreneur someday. Now is the time to act, find ways, research, reach out, and find where they really fit in and actively partner with public and private institutions to provide mentorship, money and market. (Mar de la Cruz)