PMA Class of 2017
Mairel Martinez delivers her
A Cabanatueña became the
second woman to graduate as
valedictorian at the prestigious
Philippine Military Academy.
Rovi Mairel Martinez, 22,
was handed her diploma last March 12 by
President Duterte who marked his first
PMA graduation ceremony as
She received the
Presidential Saber from Presidet
Duterte, the Philippine Navy Saber, the
Academic Group Award, and plaques for
Social Sciences and Navy Professional
She also received the JUSMAG award, as
well as special awards from the Spanish
Armed Forces and the Australian Defense
In her valedictory speech,
Martinez urged her mistahs to rise above
challenges and mistakes.
"I'm just an ordinary cadet
who commits mistakes and has flaws in my
own ways. We commit mistakes, we slept
in class, we are imperfect but it does
not mean that you should not aim for
excellence," she said.
"Life is a choice. My life
changed when I decided to take the
challenge to serve my country and
people," Martinez added.
Before entering PMA,
Martinez was taking up accountancy at
Araullo University in Cabanatuan City.
She thanked her classmates,
teachers and family for making her tough
After graduation, lursue
further studies at the US Naval War
College in Rhode Island, USA where she
has been given a scholarship, then join
The first time a female
cadet topped her class was Arlene dela
cruz of Class of 1999. This year, eight
female cadets were among the top
Martinez is the second of
two children of Mariel Martinez, a
barangay councilor of Bangad, Cabanatuan
City, and Ruby Martinez,a trader. ###
opens in Palayan City
Palayan City's first
Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
center was inaugurated last March 8 in Barangay
Singalat, led by Malaysia's Trade and
Industry Minister Dto Sri Mustapa
The BPO center is part of
the P1.5 billion project of the
provincial government, that includes of
the Government Center and Central
Business Hub built by Asia's
infrastructure conglomerate AlloyMTD and
turned over last November 23.
Also attending the
inauguration were Palayan City Mayor
Arianne Cuevas, Malaysian Ambassador
Raszlan Abdul Rashid, Chai Vince Dizon
of the Bases Conversion and
Development Authority, Bataan Governor
Albert Garcia and former Senator Manuel
The 3.4-hectare BPO center
will open on March 15. Initially, it
will start with 230 seats and could
become 400 seats by June. The center is
projected to employ 4,000 call center
The BPO center is under the
public-private partnership scheme.
AlloyMTD of Malaysia agreed top put up
the project and operate it for the next
Also to be housed in the
BPO center are government offices that
include the Department of Foreign
Affairs (DFA), National Bureau of
Investigation (NBI), Department of Labor
and Employment (DOLE), Philippine
Overseas Employment Agency (POEA),
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI
)and Department of Information and
Communication Technology (DICT). It will
also include the Department of Education
(DepEd), Commission on Elections (COE),
Social Security Service (SSS),
Government Service Insurance System
(GSIS), Philippine Statistics Authority
(PSA) and Philippine Health Insurance
A 75-room hotel will also
be housed there.###
orders 91 kilos of onions from Ecija
The SM group has ordered
about 91,000 kilos or nearly 100 tons of
onions directly from farmers.
SM Markets said the order
for red and white onions was awarded to
the Nueva Ecija-based Bonea Multipurpose
Cooperative endorsed by the Department
The onion supply is
expected to be delivered in the second
week of March and will be available in
selected outlets of SM Supermarket,
Hypermarket, Savemore Market and
Waltermart branches in Metro Manila.
SM first placed an order
for 20 tons of Nueva Ecja onions last
December as part of an agreement between
the agriculture department and
supermarket chains, forged through Go
Negosyo founder and Presidential Adviser
on Economic Enterprise Joey Concepcion.
Pong Ejercito, SM Markets
Consultant for external affairs, said
“Our customers have embraced the DA’s
initiative to help the local farmers of
Nueva Ecija. We have ordered more than
double the previous quantity of onions
and we are making it available in more
SM Markets stores this time.”
SM Markets covers 48 SM
Supermarket branches, 146 Savemore
Market stores and 44 SM Hypermarkets.
indecision costs Umali Vice Mayors'
The reported plan of Davao
Mayor Paolo Duterte -- son of President
Duterte -- to run for the presidency of
the Vice Mayors' League of the
Philippines (VLMP) and his subsequent
withdrawal at the last minute stymied
the plan of Cabanatuan City Vice Mayor
Emmanuel Antonio Umali to run for that
He eventually became the
national executive vice president in
the elections last February 17.
The post of president went
to Mayor Joy Melia of Magsaysay, Davao
del Sr who ran unopposed with the
withdrawal of the President's son.
Umali said being Duterte's
fellow Mason, he could not imagine
himself running against him so he
decided to run for executive vice
He said as a consolation,
his being the second highest official of
VLMP makes him a member of the Union of
Local Authorities of the Philippines
(ULAP) which is often invited to
meetings and conferences in Malacañang.
official shot dead by
The municipal social
welfare development officer of
Talavera was held up and shot dead by
armed men riding a motorcycle in tandem.
the victim was identified
as Tierry Borromeo de Ocampo of Barangay
Investigation showed that
at 6:30 P.M., de Ocampo was driving his
motorcycle with his wife, Maximina
Arimbuyutan-de Ocampo, as passenger when
accosted by the suspects.
De Ocampo tried to pull out
his caliber .40 Glock firearm but was
repeatedly shot by the suspects.
The suspects then took away
the victim's gun and backpack containing
P100,000 in cash, cell phone and SIM
packs worth P200,000.
The victim's wife was
trader abducted in Llanera
An Indian national engaged
in money lending was abducted by
unidentified men in Llanera at noon last
St. Insp. Jonathan Romero,
town police chief, identified the victim
as Harvinder Singh, 48, of Zone 2A, 2nd
Door Apartment, Villa Ramos, Barangay.
Abar 1st, San Jose City.
Police said Singh's clients
are mostly residents of Rizal and
The abduction happened near
the farm of one Colonel Macapagal beside
an irrigation canal in Barangay Santa
The suspects rode an
unidentified green vehicle which sped
tdowards San Jose City after the
A witnesses reported seeing
a gray Honda Wave and a Kawasaki Bajaj
at the place but a few minutes later,
only the Honda motorcycle was left
The case investigator said
the abandoned motorcycle is owned by the
Sr Supt. Antonio Yarra,
provincial police director, said a flash
alarm has already been sent to all units
to find the missing Indian. ###
Four suspected robbers who
targeted gasoline stations in Guimba and
neighboring towns were killed last March
12 in a running gun battle with the police
in Barangay San Roque, Guimba.
Supt. Richie Duldulao,
Guimba police chief, said the four were
responsible for raiding a gas station
during the first week of March and
taking the shotgun of a security guad.
They were also tagged with
breaking in and robbing several houses
in the town.
The slain suspects were
identified as Ronald Gagarin Fermin and
Dodie Gagarin Fermin of Barangay Bunol,
Freddie Ramirez Villanueva, of Barangay
Culong, and one known only as
The suspects riding two
motorcycles were negotiating the
Guimba-Quezon Road when they saw a
police checkpoint at Tampac I, Barangy
San Roque, forcing them to make a
Joint operatives from the
local police and the provcial
intelligence and public safety company
manning thecheckpoint chased the
suspects in a running gun battle from
12:00 midnight to 1:00 A.M.
Police later recovered 16
M-16, 9mm pistol and caliber 38
shells, four sachets of shabu and a
fragmentation grenade. ###
die, one hurt in Palayan road mishap
Two teen-aged students
died, while a third companion ws hurt,
when the motorcycle they were riding
collided with dump truck last
March 3 along the Nueva Ecija-Aurora
Road in Palayan City.
The fatalities were
identified as Jefort Fermanez Blanker,
14 and Ivan Lacandula Alberto, 13.
Injured was John Paul Barrientos
Sarmiento,14. All are students and
residents of Marcos Village.
It was learned that the
victims' motorcycle lost its brake
resulting in a collision with the dumpt
The truck driver escaped
and is the subject of a manhunt. ###
A 42-year-old farmer was
shot while watching television in his
home at Purok 1 , Dimasalang Sur,
Talavera last March 1.
The victim was idenrtified
as Manuel Bernardino Esquivel.
He died on the spot after
being shot at close range.
It was learned that
Esquivel was watching a TV newscast at
aobut7:30 P.M. when two motorcycle-rding
suspects arrived and repeatedly shot
strike in Guimba, San Jose City
Seven masked robbers
riding three motorcycles held up
the KYM Gas Station in Guimba at past
midnight last March 1.
They managed to disarm the
security gurd, Reymark Ringor, of his
shotgun and took from pump attendant
Emil Lopez the sales proceeds amounting
to P15,000 and two cell phones.
In Zone 6, Barangay Santo
Tomas, San Jose City, a sales agent of
Mighty Cigarette Corporation and his
helper were robbed by three
motorcycle-riding men while about to
deliver goods at Jocelyn's Store along
Maharlika Highway at 3:15 P.M.
The two, Joseph Javier and
his helper Elmar John Martin, both of
Barangay Magsalisi, Jaen, were unloading
cigarettes when the suspects approached,
pointed guns at them and announced a
A suspect shot Martin in
the left leg, went inside the tuck and
took the victims' sling bags containing
P18,000 in sales, two cell phones and
two ATM cards.
The suspets escaped aboard
two black Suzuki motorcyces in the
direction of the Science City of Muñoz.
Man killed, hidden under
rice hull and trash
The body of a 50 year old
man found under rice hull and trash last
March 8, along the Talugtog-Umingan Road
in Purok Papaya, Barangay Tibag,
Talugtog was discovered to have
sustained a hack wound on the face and
The vctim was identified as
Judy Granil of Barangay Mayamot,
Talugtog by his wife, Violy.
Investigation showed that
the victim had been missing since March