Police arrest gunman in Camarines Sur judge slay

Marje Pelayo   •   June 13, 2018   •   5196



CAMARINES SUR, Philippines – Authorities arrested Wednesday, June 13, the suspect in the murder of Judge Ricky Begino of the Metropolitan Circuit Trial Court in San Jose, Lagonoy, Camarines Sur.

The suspect, Wilfredo Armea, shot Begino in the nape Tuesday night, June 12, while he was on his way home.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 5 Director PCSupt. Antonio Gardiola said they are still verifying motive for the killing.

“The motive is, accordingly still to be confirmed from our investigation, is land dispute,” Gardiola said.

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio condemned the killing of Begino. In a statement released Wednesday, the Supreme Court (SC) calls on authorities for the immediate resolution of the crime and arrest of the perpetrators. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

BSP warns of fake P1,000 bills circulating in CamSur

Marje Pelayo   •   December 18, 2019

CAMARINES SUR, Philippines – Police authorities in the municipality of Goa are tracking the source of fake banknotes circulating in the markets there.

This was after several sari-sari stores complained of being victimized by people paying fake P1,000 bills.

Based on initial investigation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Goa, most of the victims were store owners in the upland area.

“Nakarecover kami ng bale apat po na P1,000 pesos na fake na magkapare-pareho ang serial number niya (We have recovered four pieces of fake P1,000 bill with the same serial number),” said PSSgt. Nestor Tuonan.

“Hanggang ngayon nagka-conduct po kami ng investigation para makuha namin kung saan po talaga galling o ang pinaka-source (We are currently conducting an investigation to identify the main source of the fake bills),” he added.

Authorities warn the public to be wary of accepting paper bills as lawless elements are taking advantage of the season to execute their modus operandi.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), meanwhile, advised the public that there are three ways to distinguish fake banknotes from the genuine ones.

One way is to feel the prints on the paper bill.

“Maliban doon sa pagiging rough niya kapag hinawakan natin ang mga salitang Republika ng Pilipinas itong number words sa baba, ang denomination, ang signature naka emboss ang prints nito,” explained BSP Bank Officer II Florinda Joson.

(Aside from the rough feel when you touch the words ‘Republika ng Pilipinas,’ these number words at the lower portion, the denomination, and the signature are embossed.)

“So kahit wala tayong machine na gagamitin napakaganda ng pakakagawa ng new generations currency. Mahirap siyang gayahin. Kailangan lang malaman ng ating mga kababayan kung ano ang mga dapat tinitingnan sa pera,” Joson said.

(So even without the machine, the features of the new generation currency are very sophisticated. It can’t be easily faked. It’s just that the public needs to know how to scrutinize a genuine paper bill.)

The BSP calls on the public to immediately notify them if they receive information on whoever is spreading such fake banknotes or inform the nearest police authority. – MNP (with details from Allan Manansala)

Pawikan found dead in Bula, Camarines Sur

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 30, 2019

A Leatherback sea turtle or pawikan was found dead along the shores of Barangay Caraosan in Bula, Camarines Sur on Sunday (July 28).

The 200-kilogram male pawikan was found by Tirso B. Renegado, a local fisherman. He said the creature was entangled with rope when he found it.

Based on the examination of authorities, the cause of death of the pawikan might possibly due to drowning after it was unable to resurface for oxygen.

“It was also believed that there was an attempt to catch the marine turtle but since it weighed heavily, the catchers might have backed off,” according to the post of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol.

The pawikan was buried 200 meters off the shoreline of the said barangay.

“The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V continuously calls on the public to report such incidents and turnover any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release to their natural habitat,” the post adds.—AAC

Death toll in Sagñay, CamSur landslide now at 30, 16 others missing

admin   •   January 2, 2019


Landslide area in Camarines, Sur

On December 29, the family of Melvin Gonzales was having dinner when they heard a roaring sound amid the heavy downpour.

The sound marked the rock slide at the upper part of their house.

“Iyong paglingon ko, ang bahay namin bigla na lang pumutok. Tinulak na kami ng lupa,” Melvin recalled.

Melvin, his wife and 5 children managed to run out of danger.

However, his three children where buried alive in the landslide.

Meanwhile, all 8 children of Jose Ferno also died in the incident.

Authorities are still in search of his wife and youngest child.

“Hindi ko alam na ang ulan pala dito malakas sa Legazpi. Hindi naman masyado dito pala yung ulan bumagsak kaya namanatag ako doon,” said Ferno.

Based on the record of the local government ng Sagñay, Camarines Sur, the number of fatalities in the landslide in Brgy. Patitinan has reached 30.

Sagñay officials said they did not lack on reminding the residents in landslide-prone areas to evacuate.

However, Mayor Evelyn Fuentebella admitted that they did not enforce a mandatory evacuation.

“Just to inform them na it;s delikado kasi actually hindi namin ini-expect ito. Sino ba naman na gusto itong mangyari ‘di ba? Hindi kami nagmandatory. ‘Yun lang siguro pero they we’re warned,” said the local chief executive.

On Wednesday morning (January 2), rescue teams of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have arrived to help in the search of 16 missing individuals in Sitio Igot and Sitio Garang of Brgy. Patitinan.

“Meron daw doon kung saan nag-evacuate ang mga victims. Iyong chapel yata so ang balita mula ngayon hindi pa nila napapasok iyon. So iyon ang pagpunta namin ang isu-survey namin. Iyon ang magiging concentration namin,” said Philippine Army DRU officer LTC Joel Sobrera.

“Sana makuha natin pero gagawin naman namin lahat ng magagawa namin para mahanap natin lahat,” said MMDA Public Safety Officer Allan Nicart Longcop.

Vice President Leni Robredo also arrived in Brgy. Patitinan to personally visit the situation of the residents in the area.

The vice president provided aid to the landslide-affected residents.

Robredo has recommended to the local government of Sagñay the forced relocation of the residents in landslide-prone areas.

“Identify alin ba mga lugar yung hindi na talaga pwedeng patirhan at talagang pwersahin yung mga taong huwag nang bumalik,” said the vice president.

“Meron na akong resettlement area sa Brgy. Del Carmen. Inooffer ko sa kanila pero alam naman ang mga tao they don’t want change parang ito ano lang ito yung nangyari lang yung ganun pero hindi nila iniexpect na mangyayari ulit but we are trying our best  na umalis sila dito,” said Mayor Fuentebella.

The mass burial of the victims of the landslide is set on Thursday (January 3). – Allan Manansala / UNTV News and Rescue


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