RTC Branch 42 Presiding Judge Genie G. Gapas-Agbada acquitted both Santiago “Agoy” Valderrama III and Maria Amy Alcomendas of the crime of maintaining a drug den for failure of the prosecution to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
The council headed by Acting Governor Shirley Abundo gave the go-signal for the charging of the amount to the local disaster fund after PHO II Dr. Hazel Palmes impressed upon the council members to act fast and to prepare the province in case the virus arrives on the island.
Mayor Sinforoso Sarmiento Jr. and PRC Catanduanes chapter administrator Reymund Reginaldo personally received the ambulances last Feb. 21, 2020 from Angelo A. de Leon, Executive Assistant of PCSO Chairman Anselmo Simeon P. Pinili, at the PCSO Satellite Office in San Marcelino, Manila.
As part of the road clearing operations being led by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año has ordered local chief executives to strictly implement the ban on tricycles, pedicabs and motorized pedicabs on national highways and to create a tricycle task force that shall draw up a tricycle route plan in their areas.
In Virac, Mayor Sinforoso Sarmiento Jr. has deployed a team of workers aided by a wheel loader to remove obstructions along municipal and barangay roads. Some barangays have joined in with their own efforts, dismantling flower boxes, uprooting shrubs and trees and relocating makeshift and permanent stores and other structures encroaching on the roads.
DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that the DILG, Department of Health (DOH), and the Department of Tourism (DOT) jointly agreed to implement this new policy following the meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Malacanang.
Since the project was launched on Nov. 16, 2019 in barangay Genitligan, 15 out of the municipality’s 29 barangays have already been visited by the medical team in the mayor’s effort to bring health services closer to the people and reach out to less-privileged people in need of basic medical care and treatment.
According to the complaint, prior to his arrest on Feb. 20, 2020 at 12:30 P.M. at San Isidro Village, Virac, Villarete had extorted money and goods for several times from Engr. Romeo B. Belaro Jr., an employee of the DPWH Catanduanes Engineering District.
In his remarks during the brief ceremony held Saturday morning (Feb. 22, 2020) at the foot of the four-meter high concrete-and-boulder dam at barangay Rizal, the congressman said the project would not only provide water for residential and commercial use but also badly-needed water to irrigate rice land within the area.
Dr. Vietrez Abella, chief of hospital of the Eastern Bicol Medical Center (EBMC) emphasized that people should not panic when dealing with the spreading COVID-19 (previously nCoV).