Ecija police officers reshuffled
ranking police officials -- including 12 police chiefs --were affected
by a major revamp at the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office last January
9, coinciding with the implementation of the total gun ban.
Supt. Ricardo C. Marquez, provincial police director, ordered the reshuffle
of the chiefs of police of Cabanatuan, Gapan, Muñoz, Palayan, Talavera,
Guimba, Zaragoza, Quezon, San Isidro, Bongabon, Laur and Licab.
affected were Supts. Efren Ramos of Cabanatuan City, Fernando Galang
of the Science City of Muñoz, Epitacio Domingo of Palayan City and
Diosdado Iniego of Gapan City; Pedro Soliba of Talavera, and
Renato David of Guimba; Chief Inspectors Danilo Zulueta, Sr. of Zaragoza,
Samuel Avila of Quezon and Arnel Santiago of San Isidro; and Senior Insps.
Armando Santiago of Bongabon, Danilo Eduardo of Laur and Aniano Madrid
relieved were Supts. Edgar Allan Okubo, chief, 307th Provincial Mobile
Group; Jonathan Cabal, chief, provincial operations and plans branch; Moises
Pagaduan, chief, provincial election monitoring and action center; Ricardo
Villanueva, chief, provincial community relations branch; and Manuel Cornel,
chief, provincial personnel holding and accounting unit; Chief Insps. Angel
Bondoc of the provincial logistics branch and Carlito Lopez of the Gapan
police; and Senior Insps. Marcelino Veneracion of the Cabanatuan police,
Raymundo Valera of the provincial investigation and detective management
branch, Romeo Ramos of the provincial headquarters security group and Almario
Evaristo of the Talavera police.
was reassigned to the PPHAU, exchanging posts with Cornel; Galang to the
provincial legal section; Domingo to the PCRB, replacing Villanueva who
took Iniego’s Gapan post; while Iniego was reassigned to the office of
the deputy provincial director for operations. ###
'Let's make this election different'
Supt. Ricardo C. Marquez, Nueva Ecija police chief, challenged Novo Ecijanos
to act to get finally rid of the "election hot spot" tag that has perennially
been attached to the province during elections.
make this election different!" Marquez said.
said that despite the positive descriptions of Nueva Ecija as the rice
granary of the country, dairy capital of the Philippines and center of
science and research, the province has always been included in the
so-called "areas of concern" during election periods.
ba kayo kinikilabutan na kahanay natin ang Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu at
Lanao, kapag kapayapaan ang pinag-uusapan? Pilitin naman nating maalis
sa hanay ng mga magugulong lugar sa bansa para puntahan tayo ng mga negosyante,”
admitted the need for more police manpower to ensure the holding of orderly
and peaceful elections in May. He said that the total number of policemen
in the province is 1,500, or merely two policemen for each of the 849 barangays
in the province that have to be monitored.
also admitted that they are monitoring private armed groups in the
province but for the moment declined to identify them. ###
mayor's cousin killed
relative of the Licab mayor and former town councilor was shot and killed
by two motorcycle riding men in Quezon town last January 7.
victim was identified as Dr. Alejandro Domingo, 77, a retired dentist of
Poblacion Norte and reported to be a cousin of Mayor Wilfredo Domingo.
He died of a gunshot wound in the head.
Insp. Jesus Avila, Quezon police chief, said that Domingo was on his way
to the town proper on board his jeep being driven by Segmundo Domingo when
the suspects appeared. One of the suspects with his face covered with a
handkerchief, got off the motorcycle, pulled out a .45 caliber pistol and
shot the victim at close range. The jeep driver was unhurt.
the police said that the motive for the shooting has yet to be established,
Mayor Domingo -- who is running for reelection under the Bagong Lakas ng
Nueva Ecija (BALANE) -- said that he was the real target of the attack.
said that his cousin had no known enemies.
he's a doctor, a senior citizen, a member of the Knights of Columbus and
a law-abiding citizen, yet he was not spared. What kind of personality
and character do the brains behind this dastardly killing have?” he asked.
said that in the past few days, heavily armed men had been sighted roaming
around Licab. He said that these men were not from Licab and were clearly
recalled that two of his political allies were also killed in 2007.
Supt. Leon Nilo dela Cruz, Central Luzon police director, created a task
force to investigate the incident following reports that the Quezon police
arrived late at the crime scene and submitted a delayed report to the Nueva
Ecija police director.
Supt. Ricardo Marquez, provincial police chief, said that they are considering
the relief of two police chiefs -- Chief Insp. Samuel Avila of Quezon and
Sr. Insp. Aniano Madrid of Licab -- for lapses committed in the investigation
of the shooting incident. ###
in San Antonio massacre
members of the Galicia family, including an 8 month old baby, were shot
dead inside their house in Barangay Lawang-Kupang, San Antonio last January
reaching the office of Chief. Supt. Leon Nilo dela Cruz, Central Luzon
police chief, identified the victims as Marcela Saclolo Galicia, 50; her
son Mark Arthur, 28; daughter-in-law Cecille, 29; and baby granddaughter
Aicelle. They had multiple gunshot wounds in their heads and different
parts of their bodies.
bodies of Marcela and her son were discovered outside their house while
those of her daughter-in-law and granddaughter were found inside.
Supt. Marvin Bobabola, who heads investigators from the 3rd Criminal Investigation
and Detection Unit, said that they are zeroing in on personal grudge as
a possible motive for the massacre.
killings happened at a time when the police and military forces are enforcing
the Commission on Election's nationwide gun ban.
Mayor Arvin Salonga condemned the incident and said that it should awaken
law enforcers to strictly implement the total gun ban policy.
saddening. We are supposed to have a total gun ban policy in force yet
the shooting to the death of four persons were committed in wild abandon
and with impunity,” said Salonga, president of the Nueva Ecija chapter
of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines.
urged the Philippine National Police to work for the immediate solution
of the crime and
the perpetrators before the bar of justice. ###
Year's Eve aftermath
injured in 'cracker explosions
of 39 persons were injured in the New Year's Eve revelry in Nueva Ecija.
of the victims were youngsters aged 18 and below.
number included 15 from Cabanatuan City, six each from San Jose City
and Gapan City, three from Muñoz, two each from Gabaldon and Palayan
City and one each from General Tinio, Lupao and Rizal.
the victims were John Wayne Eugenio, 5; Julius Caezar Sebastian, 7; Mark
Alvin Matias, 12; Joel Sarmiento, 23; Angel Javier, 7; John Bin Alcantara,
11; Neryz Gil, 22; Jervy Lising, 6; Maricris Ladignon, 27; Flor Villaflor
Talindan, 20; Kevin Carlo Capule, 8; Ulysses Calija, 12; Elmer Conca Pablo,
19; Rizlyn Valino, 20; and Alexander Gan, 51, all of Cabanatuan City; Jerald
Morete, 30; Diosdado Sylvestre, 58; Lolita Sylvestre, 43; all of Muñoz;
Joel Yu Biado, Melvin Esteban, 24, of Rizal; John Caulali, 7, of Lupao;
and Eric Bote of General Tinio. ###
seize 15 rifles at Muñoz checkpoint
automatic rifles were seized from a government vehicle at a checkpoint
in the Science City of Muñoz last January 9.
15 baby Armalite rifles were found in a Toyota Revo with government plate
number SVS 505 at a checkpoint set up in front of Central Luzon State University.
four occupants of the vehicle identified themselves as employees of the
local government of Santiago City in Isabela and produced documents for
the firearms but were still placed under investigation.
have been put up on major thoroughfares around the country in connection
with the implementation of total gun ban during the election period. ###
UN peace keeper among trapped in Haiti quake
Sgt. Eustacio Bermudez of San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija is among the members
of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti who were trapped when
a hotel collapsed following a strong earthquake.
mother, Teresita, continues to pray for her the safe recovery of her son
and two other Filipino peace keepers.
turned out that it was the second time for Bermudez to experience being
trapped in a collapsed building following an earthquake..
said that he is a survivor of the 1990 earthquake that brought down the
six story Christian Colleges of the Philippines (CCP) in Cabanatuan City.
said that her son was then taking up BS in Education at CCP when the school
building collapsed. He later transferred to Araullo University.
said that she last saw her son, the eldest of her five children, on August
22 last year. He was formerly connected with the Army in Aurora before
joining the UN force.
said that she hopes that Eustacio could return to celebrate his 39th birthday
together with his wife Ruby and their 16 year old daughter on February
dies of heart attack while visiting father's tomb
year old man died when he suffered a heart attack while visiting the grave
of his father at Sagrada Familia Memorial Park in Barangay Kapitan Pepe,
Cabanatuan City last January 12.
victim was identified as Josefino Aves Galang, single, of 74 Sarmiento
St., Barangay Bantug Bulalo, Cabanatuan City.
suffered chest pain and collapsed beside the tomb of his father. He was
rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival.
was learned that Galang had been hospitalized recently for hypertension.