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2017

Bird flu cases monitored in
San Isidro and Jaen

The Department of Agriculture and the provincial government of Nueva Ecija are closely monitoring the suspected of avian flu that has affected a poultry and a quail farm in San Isidro and Jaen.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said samples from affected farms in the province are being subjected to confirmatory laboratory tests, with checkpoints being implemented to avoid spreading the virus to adjacent areas.

He thanked Nueva Ecija officials for reporting to the agriculture department the suspected cases.

Provincial Administrator Alejandro Abesamis identified the areas suspected of being affected by the avian flu virus as a poultry farm in Barangay San Roque, San Isidro and a quail farm in Barangay Imbuna, Jaen.

Abesamis said that following instructions from Governor Czarina Umali, they have coordinated with Piñol and his office in conducting pro-active and restrictive measures and issuing regular updates to each town and city in the province.

He said they have urged affected poultry farm owners to implement voluntary depopulation of their farms. He said the owners were willing to cooperate knowing that the agriculture department would compensate them. ###


Gov optimistic Ecija would recover soon from bird flu

Governor Czarina Umali hopes the province would recover soon from losses due to the avian flu outbreak in San Isidro and Jaen.

“The operations to clear the infected areas of the avian influenza virus are now in high gear. After we have undergone the prescribed protocols, these areas will be declared clean and safe, and the province’s poultry industry will be (again) business as usual,” Umali said in her statement.

She allayed the fears of poultry and quail farm owners, saying that the provincial government together with the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and other concerned agencies are doing their best to solve the problem as soon as possible.

Culling operations began last Augut 20 in San isidro and Jaen, helped by soldiers from the Army's 7th Infantry Division. Affected were more than 25,000 chickens and quails.

Umali said the next stage will be the disinfection of the poultry houses for a specific number of days. Test chickens will be placed inside afterwards. She said if these chickens die, the disinfection will be repeated. If they survive, they will be killed and subjected to laboratory tests. Once the chickens are officially declared safe, the poultry houses will be restocked with a new batch of fowls.

Quarantine checkpoints will be lifted within one  of three weeks once the infestation is declared over,Umali said ###


Rotting chickens intercepted at Zaragoza checkpoint

A truckload of decomposing chicken parts and other waste materials were intercepted by the police at a checkpoint  in Zaragoza on the night of August 28.

Chief Insp,Damaso Feliciano, town police chief, said the cargo was loaded in a MetroClark truck intercepted at a checkpoint along the Zaragoza-La Paz Provincial Road in Barangay Santo Rosario Young.

He said the chicken cargo allegedly came from a Cabanatuan City trash dump and was bound for a sanitary landfill in Capas,Tarlac.

Policemen manning the checkpoint directed the driver to return the cargo to Cabanatuan when Zaragoza Mayor Lally Belmonte-Espiritu refused to allow it through her town, but instead of doing so, he abandoned the vehicle

The truck was placed on hold on a vacant lot near the boundary of Zaragoza and La Paz.

Members of the Provincial Veterinary Office led by Dr Ernesto Romero, Jr. inspected the cargo, extracting samples to be tested for avian flu virus at the Department of Agriculture regional office. ###


Suspect in  Jaen mayor slay plot  killed during interrogation

A suspect in the alleged plot to assassinate San Antonio Mayor Arvin Salonga was killed during interrogation last August 11.

The suspect, Alex Panganiban, 42, of Lucena City, reportedly grabbed the pistol of a police officer and was shot.

Insp. James Cainguitan, town police chief, said Panganiban died from gunshot wounds at 2:55 P.M.

Panganiban and former policeman Ruelito Roxas, also of Lucena City, were arrested last July 31 for possessing unlicensed firearms, a hand grenade and several rounds of ammunition.

Roxas was in his detention cell when Panganiban allegedly wrestled away the 9mm service pistol of PO1 Rolando Ebo and fired at at PO2 Alvin Azarcon.

Cainguitan said Panganiban's first shot missed and the gun jammed, giving Azarcon a chance to fire back. ###


RTC receives hoax bomb threat

The Regional Trial court in the old capitol compound in Cabanatuan City received a bomb threat last August 30.

Police said they were informed of a bomb threat received by one RTC employee at 9:45 A.M.

Supt. Ponciano Zafra, city police chief, said the employee, identified as Edna Tinio, then received a phone call telling them to get out of the building because a police bomb squad was already on its way.

The call allegedly came from a certain PO2 Antonio Capiendo.

Zafra said the K-9 Unit of the Provincial Public Safety Company conducted a bomb sweep of the entire building and its vicinity but found nothing.

The building was declared clear of any bomb or explosive at 10:30 A.M. ###


2 Pantabangan barangay officials detained for shabu

Police arrested two motorcycle-riding barangay kagawads after they yielded shabu during a checkpoint inspection in Pantabangan.

Sr. Insp. Melchor Pereja, town police chief, identified those arrested as Barangay Councilmen Artemio Canlas, Sr., 50, and Bonifacio Villajuan, 56, both of Barangay West Poblacion.

Pereja said  he and his men were conducting checkpoint operations at Bermuda Junction in Barangay West Poblacion at 10:00 A.M. when the two, riding a motorcycle in tandem, were stopped for routine inspection.

When Canlas was about to get his driver's license from his wallet, a plastic sachet containing alleged shabu fell to the ground and was seen by the questioning police officer, who immediately arrested him.

Also found on Villajuan was a blue pouch containing drug paraphernalia.

It was discovered that the suspects had surrendered earlier under the police Oplan Double Barrel Program. ###


Pantabangan local government clerk arrested for shabu

A Pantabangan local government employee, listed as a high-value target in the town's war against illegal drugs, was arrested for possession of shabu in a police checkpoint operation last August 24.

The suspect was identified as Ariel Escubio, 49, married, assessment clerk II at the local assessor's office, of Barangay East Poblacion,

Sr. Insp. Melchor Pereja, town police chief, said Escubio was arrested after he was stopped at an anti-criminality checkpoint in Barangay East Poblacion at 10:20 A.M.

During the inspection, the suspect was pulling out his wallet when a plastic sachet containing shabu residue and two aluminum foil strips fell to the ground in full view of the policemen.

Pereja said the suspect had surrendered under the Oplan Double Barrel program and was listed as a high-value target in the town's drug watch list.

The suspect was arrested and detained, facing charges of violation of Republic Act 9185. ###


2 pushers die in Talavera shootout

Two suspected drug pushers were killed after they fired at policemen with whom they had a drug deal in Talavera last August 21.

Supt, Joe Neil Rojo, Talavera police chief, identified the slain suspects as Edward Tobias, 39, alias Lusaw, tricycle driver, and Jonathan Talingting, 23, alias Dodong, both of Barangay Barrera, Cabanatuan City.

Members of the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit and the local police shot it out with the two suspects after a buy-bust operation against them in Barangay San Pascual at 3:40 A.M.

The two, sensing they were dealing with policemen, drew their guns and fired at the cops.

Roho said Deputy Provincial Prosecutor Eddie Gutierrez was immediately sent to the crime scene during the investigation conducted by members of the Provincial Crime laboratory Office. ###


1 killed, 1 hurt in Laur wake

A funeral wake in Laur turned violent when a barber playing a card game was shot and killed, and one of two gunmen who staged the attack was wounded when a policeman present shot him in the foot during their escape.

Sr. Insp. Christopher Baluyot identified the fatality as Nelson Esteban, barber, of Bonifacio Street, Barangay IV, Laur.

Baluyot said the attack happened at 1:55 A.M. last August 17 while the victim and his friends were playing cards outside the house where the wake was taking place.

The two suspects suddenly appeared and shot the victim in the head, killing him instantly.

PO2 Jayson Corpuz, who was also in the vigil, saw the escaping suspects and fired at them, hitting one in the foot.

Despite being wounded, the suspect managed to scape.

Police are still investigating the motive for the shooting. ###


Car, house robbed of P1.1-M worth of properties

Robbers took away more than P1.1 million in Talavera and Cabanatuan City.

In the Talavera incident, police said the yard of Marciana Santiago del Rosario, 63. was broken into at 2:30 A.M. last August 31 in Purok 1, Barangay Poblacion Sur last August 31.

Supt.Joe Neil Rojo, town police chief, said the robbers climbed the perimeter fence of the compound and destroyed the rear glass window of a black Chevrolet Trailblazer parked in the garage.

The robbers took a Gucci bag with P60,000 in cash and assorted jewelry valued at P1 million.

In Cabanatuan City, victimized was Zenaida Bustamante, 62, widow, of 61 Purk 1, Barangay M. S. Garcia.

Supt. Ponciano Zafra, city police chief, said the robbers pointed a gun at the victim at 12:20 A.M. and forcibly took seven cell phones worth P58,689.

The suspects then fled aboard a black SUV and another car. ###


UPRIIS irrigation technician shot dead

An irrigation technician of the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS) was shot dead by two men riding a motorcycle in tandem last August 28.

Supt. Reynaldo dela Cruz identified the victim as Ricardo Castillo, 55, of Zone 4, Barangay A. Pascual, San Jose City and a senor water resources facilities technician of UPRIIS Division I, CLSU Compound, Science City of Muñoz.

The victim  had just arrived at his rice field in Sitio Bala-nac, Zone 6, Barangay San Mauricio and was talking on his cell  phone with somebody when attacked by two men aboard a black Kawasaki motorcycle at 6:30 A.M.

Castillo died on the spot from two gunshot wounds in the body..

Police said they are initially considering love triangle as one possible motive for the killing.

It was learned that the victim's wife left the victim three months ago after learning that he had a secret relationship with a neighbor. ###


2 farmers shot dead in Rizal and General Tinio

Two farmers were killed in separate gun attacks in Rizal and General Tinio.

Sr. Supt. Antonio Yarra, provincial police director, said Cirilio Madriago, 51, farmer of Purok Katuparan, Barangay Macapsing, Rizal was hot dead by three unidentified men clad in green camouflage uniform and carrying long firearms. They approached the victim and asked if he was the alias Amang they were looking for.

The victim, who was engaged in a drinking session with four men at the terrace of his house, nodded in confirmation. The suspects fired at him, hitting him five times in the abdomen and once in the left foot.

In General Tinio, Andresito Tamayo, 59, farmer, of Barangay Padolina was shot by an unidentified man who pretended to be a motorcycle buyer.

Witnesses said they saw the suspect talking to the victim at 11:10 A.M., then heard a gunshot and saw the victim lying down near the backdoor of his house. ###


Palayan City cop shoots laborer 

A construction worker was shot and killed by a junior police officer in an exchange of fire following a heated argument.

Supt. Ponciano Zafra, Cabanatuan City police chief, identified the victim as Basilio Hervacio of Purok 1, Barangay Kalikid Sur.

The suspect was PO3 Florencio Vicente, assigned with the Palayan City Police Station.

Earlier, Hervacio and Vicente had a heated argument in front of AJ Music Bar in Purok Champaca, Barangay Bangad at 10:45 P.M.

Hervacio left and when he returned, he allegedly fired at Vicente with a caliber .22 pistol. The policeman fired back, killing Hervacio on the spot.

Vicente was placed under police custody for investigation. ###


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