Tag Archive: Camarines Sur

A teenager died after getting pulled in by an ice crusher at a fish port in Camaligan, Camarines Sur, Thursday night, police said Friday.

Killed was 17-year-old Angelo Tacorda, a resident of Brgy. Bagacay, Tinambac, Camarines Sur provincial police director Senior Superintendent Walfredo Pornillos said.

The incident occurred at the fish port in Brgy. Dugcal around 7:45 p.m., while Tacorda was picking crushed ice from the machine, Pornillos said in a text message.

Senior Inspector Aldin Oroqueta, Camaligan Police chief, said Tacorda was with some fellow workers at that time.

“Tapos na sila sa trabaho noon, pero may tira sa loob ng machine kaya inabot niya (Tacorda)… Eh ‘yung kasama niya sa taas, di siya napansin, nai-switch on ‘yung ice crusher,” Oroqueta said by phone.

Tacorda’s whole body was pulled in, and the machine bore holes on it, he said.

The families of Tacorda and his fellow worker, who is just about his age, have already met and agreed to settle the incident, Oroqueta said.

“Hindi na daw magsasampa ng kaso ang pamilya ng biktima dahil aksidente ang nangyari, tutulong na lang daw sa gastusin sa pagpapalibing ‘yung isang pamilya,” he said. (John Roson)

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The National Police removed from their posts the provincial police director of Camarines Sur and five municipal police chiefs for alleged failure to curb illegal gambling in the province.

Relieved were Camarines Sur Provincial Police director Senior Supt. Ramon Ranara, Buhi Police chief Chief Insp. Alejandro Monge, Cana-man Police chief Senior Insp. Rodolfo Oliver, Pili Police chief Chief Insp. Venerando Ramirez, Pascao Police chief Senior Insp. Joel Sabuco, and Sipocot Police chief Chief Insp. Noel Aquino.

Supt. Renato Bataller, Bicol police spokesman, said the relief order arrived from Camp Crame on Monday and took effect immediately.

“Si RD (regional police director Chief Supt. Jose Arne delos Santos) ang kausap ng isang high official sa Crame, dahil hindi daw matigil ‘yung illegal gambling sa Cam Sur,” Bataller said.

He said Ranara has been transferred to the regional police admininistrative holding unit in Legazpi City while being probed for liabilities under the doctrine of command responsiblity.

“Ang policy kasi, sa one-strike policy, kung may tatlong chiefs of police na tatamaan, at mare-relieve sila, dahil nga sa gambling, ang provincial director, automatic sabay na sa order. Sa kaso na ito, lima ang nawala kaya, hagip na hagip ‘yung PD,” Bataller said.

Monge and the other sacked police chiefs, meanwhile, are expected to be tranferred to the provincial holding unit where they are also set to face investigation.

Asked on the situation of gambling in Camarines Sur, Bataller said he only knows of the jai-alai operation of Meridien Vista.

“Ang gambling doon Meridien Vista, pero hindi naniniwala ‘yung higher office na walang illegal gambling na ihinahalo dito sa jai-alai operation ng Meridien Vista. Ang paniniwala nila, may jueteng na isinasabay,” he said.

It was not the first time for the PNP to remove officers in Camarines Sur due to illegal gambling.

Last March, the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo ordered the PNP to relieve chiefs of police in Calabanga, Pili, and Bato for failing to stop jueteng in their areas. (John Roson)

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Camarines Sur town mayor dies

The town mayor of Lupi, Camarines Sur, died at the hospital early Sunday after being shot in Naga City on Saturday afternoon, police said.

Mayor Raul Matamorosa expired at the Mother Seton Hospital around 1:20 a.m. and was later brought to the St. Peter Chapel, Bicol regional police spokesman Supt. Renato Bataller said.

Matamorosa, 45, was shot at the back of the head while having his television repaired at the Double B electronics shop in ALDC bldg. along the Diversion Road around 3:45 pm. Saturday.

“Pabalik na siya (Matamorosa) sa Innova niya para siguro kumuha ng pambayad nung sundan ng suspect. Inabangan talaga siya doon,” Bataller said in a phone interview.

The gunman was later seen boarding a tricycle, where two other men were waiting, according to the regional police spokesman.

Responding policemen found at the scene an empty shell of the caliber-.45 pistol used by the gunman.

Bataller said that after the shooting, police formed “Special Investigation Task Group Matamorosa” which is now looking at “several” possible motives for the killing.

“Puwedeng politika, personal, or dun sa trabaho niya (Matamorosa),” he said, adding that investigators have also come up with cartographic sketches of two suspects. (John Roson)

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Unidentified men shot Mayor Raul Matamorosa of Lupi, Camarines Sur, in Naga City on Saturday afternoon, leaving him in critical condition, police said.

Matamorosa is presently at the Mother Seton Hospital and is comatose, Bicol regional police spokesman Supt. Renato Bataller said, citing initial field reports.

The shooting occurred around 3:45 p.m. at the Double B electronics shop in ALDC bldg., along the Diversion Road.

Matamorosa was having his television repaired when a man with two companions shot him, Bataller said.

Responding policemen found at the scene an empty shell of the caliber-.45 pistol used by the gunman, he said. (John Roson)

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A ranking New People’s Army (NPA) officer was captured while two of his followers were killed in a clash with government troops in Iriga City, Camarines Sur, Wednesday afternoon.

Edgardo Sevilla, a member of the NPA executive committee in Albay, was injured and brought to the Bicol Medical Center in Naga City where he is now being guarded by military personnel, Bicol regional police spokesman Supt. Renato Bataller said.

The slain rebels, identified only thru the aliases “Jeff” and “Tony,” were brought to a funeral parlor, Bataller said.

The clash occurred around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Zone 7, Brgy. San Vicente.

Maj. Angelo Guzman, spokesman of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division, said members of the 42nd Infantry Battalion were conducting combat operations when they encountered Sevilla’s group.

After a five-minute firefight, the rebels withdrew leaving two comrades dead, while Edgardo Sevilla aka Palong was wounded in the leg.

A caliber-.9mm pistol and caliber-.45 pistol were recovered from the encounter site.

Sevilla, known as the finance officer of the NPA’s executive committee in Albay, has been monitored in the area for some time. “We believe they went down the mountains to collect money,” Guzman said.

Sevilla has a warrant of arrest for murder issued by the Ligao City RTC Branch 13 and was charged for six other murder cases, three attempted murder cases, and a frustrated murder case, according to the regional military spokesman. (John Roson)

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Authorities have expanded their search for Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo not only to islands near Masbate, but also to mainland Bicol, civil defense administrator Benito Ramos said Monday.

Aside from the area where the plane crashed, search is also ongoing around Masbate’s Burias and Ticao islands, as well as the coastal towns of Matnog, Bulan, and Donsol in Sorsogon, and Pasacao in Camarines Sur, in Bicol mainland, Ramos said in a text message.

Rescuers considered the possibility that Robredo and the plane’s two pilots, Capt. Jessup Bahinting and Kshitiz Chand, were swept away by the sea current, he said.

Members of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division are carrying out the search in the coastal towns of Bicol mainland, he said. (John Roson)

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A barangay chairman was killed after being shot, allegedly by a soldier, in front of a videoke joint in Pili, Camarines Sur, early Saturday.

Gerald Regullano, 28, chairman of Brgy. New San Roque, succumbed to multiple bullet wounds to the body, Bicol regional police spokesman Supt. Renato Bataller said.

The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. in front of the M.S. Eatery and Videoke Bar along the Maharlika Highway, in Zone 2, Brgy. New San Roque.

Witnesses positively identified the suspect as Cpl. Leonardo Capranca, of the Army’s 565th Engineering Battalion based in Camp Martillana also in Pili, Bataller said.

Capranca shot Regullano using a caliber-.45 pistol “due to alleged drunkenness and misunderstanding,” before fleeing towards another videoke bar, Bataller said, citing a report from the Camarines Sur provincial police.

Regullano was trying to pacify brawlers at the first videoke bar when he was shot, according to a radio report.

Bataller said local police immediately cordoned the two bars after the incident but Capranca was already gone.

Around 6 a.m., police recieved an information that Capranca had already surrendered to his battalion commander, Col. Bernardo Bautista.

Capranca and his firearm were set to be turned over to the Pili Police station Saturday afternoon. (John Roson)

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Three people were killed while 18 others, including some children, were injured when the passenger buses they were riding collided against each other in Lupi, Camarines Sur, Wednesday night, police said.

Police identified the fatalities as Hazel Ivan Zelmar, 29, of Palo, Leyte; Francisca Belarmono, 67, of Las Pinas City; and Ramil Dela Cruz, 28, of Mandaluyong City.

The three, all passengers of the Ultrabus unit (HVP-508), were brought to the Sipocot District Hospital but expired along the way, PO2 Michael Despuig, desk officer at the Camarines Sur Provincial Police’s investigation section, said.

The injured passengers of Ultrabus and the Silverstar bus unit (DVX-961) are presently recuperating at the Bicol Medical Center. They include four children aged below 10.

The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m., while both buses were traversing the National Highway in Sitio Nauca, Brgy. Colacling.

“‘Yung Ultrabus galing Leyte papuntang Manila, ‘yung Silverstar naman galing Manila papuntang Visayas. ‘Yung Silverstar nag-overtake tapos nabangga niya ‘yung Ultrabus… kinain niya ‘yung left side ng Ultrabus,” Despuig said in a phone interview.

Police in Lupi have taken into custody Ultrabus driver Reynaldo Sanico, 40, of Maasin City, Southern Leyte, and Silverstar driver Mayjor Auro, 39, of San Pedro, Laguna.

“Pareho silang naka-custody, hold muna kasi under investigation pa sila,” Despuig said. (John Roson)

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Storm death toll hits 20

Twenty people have been confirmed killed while nine others remain missing due to floods and landslides brought by tropical storm “Juaning” (international name: Nock-Ten), Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos said in a text message.

Five members of a family got killed when a landslide buried their home in Jose Panganiban town, Camarines Norte, 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Senior Supt. Victor Deona, deputy director of the Bicol regional police, said in a phone interview.

The rains also flooded many ricefields in Albay and Camarines Sur but local governments have yet to issue a damage report on agriculture. “Practically all of Albay has no electricity,” Deona said.

“It is not raining here now but it’s still cloudy. We hope it will not rain again soon because the soil is already very saturated, that’s dangerous,” he added. (John Roson)

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