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Daraga Mayor Baldo faces murder raps over Batocabe slay

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Daraga town Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday indicted Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo who was tagged in the killing of Ako Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe.

Baldo and five others were charged with two counts of murder as well as six counts of attempted murder at a court in Legazpi, Albay, according to DOJ Acting Prosecutor General Richard Fadullon.

Other suspects also facing charges were Christopher Naval, Jaywin Babor, Henry Yuson, Rolando Arimando and Emmanuelle Roselle.

Baldo was tagged as the mastermind in the killing of Batocabe who was shot dead while attending a gift-giving event for senior citizens in Daraga town last December 22, 2018.

His security detail, PO1 Orlando Diaz, also died in the incident.

Batocabe was eyeing the mayoral seat of Daraga in the 2019 polls prior to his assassination.

READ: Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo tagged as mastermind in Rep. Batocabe’s slay

Authorities have arrested Baldo on January 22, 2019 after unlicensed firearms were found inside his residence during a search operation.

He was temporarily released from detention weeks later after posting a bail of P3 million.

READ: Suspended Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo out on bail

The alleged gunman, Henry Yuson, claimed Baldo offered P5 million for Batocabe’s assassination so he could keep his mayoral post.

Baldo has repeatedly denied the allegation. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Grace Casin)

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Legazpi City, Albay under state of calamity due to rabies

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2019

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The local government of Legazpi City, Albay has declared a state of calamity to access funds which will be used to purchase of anti-rabies vaccines.

According to Dr. Emmanuel Estipona, officer-in-charge of the City Veterinary Office of Legazpi, they already ran out of anti-rabies vaccines.

Based on the record of the City Veterinary Office, the population of dogs in the city is around 22,000 but only 8,000 dogs have been vaccinated for this year.

Estipona said an anti-rabies vaccine is estimated to cost P50. They would need around P800,000 to vaccinate the rest of the dog population.

“Alarming ang case ng rabies. Once na may isang case ka diyan, considered as outbreak iyan kasi hindi iyan normal occurrence sa isang lugar lalo na sa Legazpi. We had 35 last year. In 2017, eleven lang, so nagti-triple, (Rabies is an alarming case. Once you have one case of [rabies], it is already considered an outbreak because that is not a normal occurrence in an area especially in Legazpi. We had 35 [cases] last year, in 2017 it was only 11 — it tripled),” he said.

The City Veterinary Office has warned of filing charges against dog owners who neglect their pets and leave them wandering in the streets.—AAC (with reports from Allan Manansala)

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Daraga Mayor Baldo jailed after surrendering over Batocabe slay

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Daraga town Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

DARAGA, Albay – Daraga town Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is now detained at the Legazpi City Jail in Albay after surrendering to the court Friday morning over the murder of Ako Bicol Party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort.

The Daraga Police said Baldo voluntarily surrendered to the Legazpi City Regional Trial Court Branch 10 four days after a warrant of arrest was issued against him.

Baldo was accompanied by his family and Lawyer Merito Lovensky Fernandez when he faced the court this morning.

The mayor eluded arrest on Monday when a police team went to his house twice to serve the warrant for his arrest.

Baldo has been tagged as the mastermind in the killing of Batocabe and his aide Police Senior Master Sergeant Orlando Diaz in a gift-giving event in Daraga on December 22, 2018. Six others were injured in the incident.

READ: Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo named as mastermind in Rep. Batocabe’s slay

Members of the hit squad he allegedly contracted all pointed to Baldo as the brains behind Batocabe’s murder.

He is facing charges for murder and attempted murder. The court set his arraignment on May 30.

READ: Daraga Mayor Baldo faces murder raps over Batocabe slay

Meanwhile, the Batocabe family welcomed Baldo’s surrender and expressed gratitude to the police for tracking the mayor.

“We are very happy and grateful to the police, prosecutors and the RTC (Regional Trial Court) for their hard work in putting Mr. Baldo behind bars,” Atty. Justin Batocabe, the son of slain lawmaker, said in a statement.

“This does not hide the fact that he evaded capture for five days. We think our case against him is strong and his evasion adds strength to that as flight is an indication of guilt,” he added.

The widow of slain solon, Gertrudes Batocabe, has joined the Daraga mayoral race as a substitute candidate of her husband.

Incumbent Vice Mayor Victor Perete, who is also gunning for the mayoral post, has been designated officer-in-charge of Daraga, Albay per order of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. (with details from Allan Manansala)

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Albay under state of calamity due to El Niño

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The province of Albay in Bicol region has been placed under state of calamity due to the effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

Based on the report of the Provincial Agriculture Office, the intense heat has damaged corn and rice crops in the region amounting to P125 million.

Heavily hit were the municipalities of Oas, Camalig, Pio Duran, Polangui, Ligao, Daraga, and Legazpi.

Apart from damage to agriculture, the heat also dried up irrigation channels.

Danny Garcia, Spokesperson for the Albay provincial government, has assured they have prepared assistance for affected farmers, including vegetable seeds that could be easily grown with less water.

“We have enough funds to help the farmers for their livelihood programs and to give them seedlings for root crops or other kinds of plant that they can plant which does not need much water,” Garcia said.

Camarines Sur, which is also in Bicol, has earlier declared a state of calamity also due to the effects of El Niño. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Allan Manansala)

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