Volume 17 / No. 05   |  March 15, 2017
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Cabanatueña tops
PMA Class of 2017

Rovi Mairel Martinez delivers her valedictory address.

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 commander-in-chief.

She received the Presidential Saber from Presidet Duterte, the Philippine Navy Saber, the Academic Group Award, and plaques for Social Sciences and Navy Professional Courses.

She also received the JUSMAG award, as well as special awards from the Spanish Armed Forces and the Australian Defense Force.

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 journey bearable.

After graduation, lursue further studies at the US Naval War College in Rhode Island, USA where she has been given a scholarship, then join Philippine Navy..

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 10 graduates.

Martinez is the second of two children of Mariel Martinez, a barangay councilor of Bangad, Cabanatuan City, and Ruby Martinez,a trader. ###

BPO center 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 Mohamed,

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 Villar.

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 agents.

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 30 years.

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 Corporation (PhilHealth).

A 75-room hotel will also be housed there.###

SM group orders 91 kilos of onions from Ecija farmers

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 of Agriculture.

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. ###

Duterte son's indecision costs Umali Vice Mayors' League  presidency

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 post.

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 president instead.

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. ###

Talavera official shot dead by riding-in-tandem suspects

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 Esguerra.

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 unharmed.###

Indian trader abducted in Llanera

An Indian national engaged in money lending was abducted by unidentified men in Llanera at noon last March 9.

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 Llanera.

The abduction happened near the farm of one Colonel Macapagal beside an irrigation canal in Barangay Santa Barbara.

The suspects rode an unidentified green vehicle which sped tdowards San Jose City after the incident

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 behind.

The case investigator said the abandoned motorcycle is owned by the victim.

Sr Supt. Antonio Yarra, provincial police director, said a flash alarm has already been sent to all units to find the missing Indian. ###

4 robbers killed

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 Mateo. 

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 u-turn.

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. ###

Two teens 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 truck.

The truck driver escaped and is the subject of a manhunt. ###

Farmer shot dead

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 him. ###

Masked robbers 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 holdup.

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 slashed neck.

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 7. ###

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