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  • NAGA CITY (16 April) -Two hundred fifty soldiers from the Philippine Army and Philippine Navy arrived in Masbate City this morning to assist in maintaining peace and order in the island province during this election period.

    The soldiers were the same contingents sent to Haiti and Liberia last year to help in the peacekeeping efforts of the United Nations.

  • NAGA CITY (14 April) --Some high profile politicians in Bikol on Monday night had the chance to tell the public their presidential bets and campaign for them at the same time.

    In a political forum in the Plaza Quezon here in the city, Camarines Sur Representative Luis Villafuerte (3rd District) said he would only vote for the candidate who both had executive and legislative experience-obviously referring to Nacionalista Party standard bearer Senator Manuel "Manny" Villar.

  • SAN FERNANDO, Camarines Sur-In a thriving eatery along the National Highway in Naga City, there is one thing on display aside from kinalas-the distinctive hot broth prepared by mixing beef strips with noodles and spices.

    Displayed conspicuously inside the eatery is a framed photograph of Camarines Sur first district Representative Diosdado Ignacio "Dato" Arroyo together with a man who is probably the owner of the place.

  • LEGAZPI CITY-Liberal Party standard bearer Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino acknowledged on Tuesday the surge in the latest Pulse Asia survey of his cousin and rival, former Defense Secretary Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro.

    "My younger cousin's increase in figures in the latest survey, I admit, is dramatic," Aquino said.

    The latest Pulse Asia survey conducted the first week of December showed Teodoro up by three points from his previous survey rating.

    "But the increase is only in terms of small numbers."

  • NAGA CITY - Bikol writer and Vox Bikol columnist Victor Dennis Nierva has asked the Camarines Sur chapter of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) on Monday to act immediately on the "political and politically-motivated" infomercials aired in radio stations in this city and in Camarines Sur that use children as voice talents.

    Nierva, in a letter to KBP-Camarines Sur President Emmanuel Llagas, has asked the "prompt decommissioning of [the] crass, children-employing advertisements."

  • NAGA CITY (11 December) -Camarines Sur Representative Dato Arroyo is willing to recommend to the National Irrigation Administration the temporary suspension of the construction of the P1.9 billion Libmanan-Cabusao dam project amid "social acceptability concerns," Presidential Assistant Secretary for Bicol Affairs Tomasito Monson said Tuesday.

    "Congressman Arroyo said he would recommend to concerned agencies especially National Irrigation Administration to conduct further study on the effects of the dam to surrounding areas."

  • NAGA CITY-In politics, there is neither permanent friend nor permanent foe, and so it seems in Camarines Sur, Bicol's largest and most populous province.

    Erstwhile feuding father and son Camarines Sur Representative Luis R. Villafuerte and Governor Luis Raymund "Lray" Villafuerte now both belong to the Nacionalista Party and are expressing support for its standard bearer Manny Villar, and for each other.

  • NAGA CITY-A two-year-old toddler in this city lost a leg when he was ran over by a Philippine National Railways (PNR) train Friday (November 20) morning.

    According to a report of the Barangay Tabuco substation of the Naga City Police Office, victim James Silvino was hit by the train bound to Sipocot, Camarines Sur at about 9:30 AM after he had wandered off a portion of the railway in Barangay Triangulo while playing.

    Barangay residents rushed the toddler to the Bicol Medical Center where he is now undergoing surgical operation, the police said.

  • NAGA CITY-The Social Action Center of the Diocese of Daet has condemned the reported P73 million damage of tropical depression "Ondoy" in Camarines Norte, saying that it was malicious and fabricated.

    Fr. Norberto A. Eyule, executive director of the center, has asked Defense Secretary and National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Chair Gilberto Teodoro to implement corrective measures if there are "lapses" in the allegedly bloated report.

  • NAGA CITY-Camarines Sur province now has two state universities after the House bill  seeking to convert Camarines Sur State Agricultural College (CSSAC) in Pili town into Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) was signed into Republic Act 9717 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday (October 12).

    House bill 4360 was sponsored by Representatives Luis Villafuerte (Camarines Sur), Cynthia Villar (Las Piñas), Edcel Lagman (Albay), Exequiel Javier (Antique), Jesus Crispin Remulla (Cavite), and Bienvenido Abante Jr. (Manila). Its version in the Senate, Senate Bill 3192, was sponsored by Senators Manuel Roxas, Francis Escudero, and Edgardo Angara.