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Aliga vice mayor, 5 SB members suspended

The vice mayor and five Sangguniang Bayan members of Aliaga were suspended for 30 days for grave misconduct and conduct unbecoming of public officers

Covered by the suspension order approved by a majority of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) and signed by Governor Aurelio Umali were Vice Mayor Alfredo Domingo and Sangguniang Bayan Members Cesar Cajucom, Ruth Macalinao, Juanito Martin, Juanita de Leon, and Edgardo Soledad.

The suspension stemmed from a request last October 5 by Mayor Elizabeth Vargas to the SP for the issuance of a resolution suspending the town officials whom she accused of delaying and stopping her projects.

Domingo, for his part, claimed that the governor's action was allegedly politically motivated.

In a press conference, the six officials claimed they did not do anything wrong and were set to file a motion for reconsideration of the suspension order.

"We will not accept the suspension and we will continue working as usual. They suspended us without a board investigation and due process,” Domingo said. ###

Ecija New Year's Eve revelry toll: 1 hit by stray bullet, 13 hurt by firecrackers

Nueva Ecija recorded one case of a person hit by stray bullet and 13 incidents of firecracker injuries during the New Year's Eve revelry.

In the Science City of Muņoz, Emmanuel Dacanay, 72, of T. delos Santos Street, underwent treatment at a rural health center after being wounded in the back by a stray bullet during a drinking session with relatives in Barangay Poblacion.

He initially thought that he was hit by a stone until blood started oozing from his lower back.

Investigators recovered a caliber .45 slug which was later subjected to ballistic tests.

Meanwhile, the police's Oplan Ligtas Paskuhan recorded 13 firecracker-related injuries in the province including one in Palayan City, two each in Aliaga and Talavera and eight in Gapan City. ###

17 Ecija towns and cities placed under election watch list

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has placed 17 Nueva Ecija towns and cities and 24 other areas in Central Luzon under its election watch list due to reported violent incidents in previous elections.

Chief Supt. Rudy Lacadin, police regional director, said there is a heightened security preparation in areas under the watch list such as deployment of more personnel, intensified police operations, mobile patrols and more checkpoints.

In Nueva Ecija, closely being monitored are Bongabon, Cabanatuan City, Jaen, Aliaga, Quezon, Licab, Zaragoza, San Leonardo, the Science City of Muņoz, Pantabangan, Santo. Domingo, Gapan City, Cabiao, Talavera, General Tinio, San Antonio, and Talugtug.

The other places under the watch list are Arayat, Masantol and Mexico in Pampanga; Bamban, Paniqui, San Jose, Capas, San Manuel, Tarlac City and Mayantoc in Tarlac;  Botolan, Castillejos and Masinloc in Zambales; Dingalan, Baler and Maria Aurora in Aurora; Dinalupihan and Limay in Bataan; and Doņa Remedios Trinidad, San Jose Del Monte, San Miguel, San Ildefonso, Baliwag and Meycauayan in Bulacan.

The PNP activated effective midnight of January 10, the start of the election period, a total of 199 checkpoints in the region to implement the gun ban.

Lacadin said simultaneous dragnet operations will also be carried out to test the efficiency and response time of all police stations in responding to incidents. ###

Jaen chosen as finalist in DSWD 'Listahanan'

The muicipality of Jaen has been chosen as one of the local government unit (LGU) finalists in the 2nd Gawad Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Gawad Listahanan is an award conferred on LGUs for providing services to the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable

The other finalists are.Santo Domingo, Albay and Cabatuan, Iloilo for the Municipal Category; Baguio City, Bislig City, and Cebu City for the City Category; and Iloilo, Pampanga and Palawan for the Provincial Category.

DSWD said the finalists have created programs ranging from the provision of financial assistance and scholarships, to skills enhancement and job facilitation.

The winners will be based on the number of beneficiaries of their locally-funded programs registered in the Listahanan database of poor families.

Listahanan is an information management system that provides national government agencies, LGUs and other stakeholders a comprehensive list of poor families as basis for determining beneficiaries of their social protection programs and services.

The winners will each receive a plaque citing the highlights of their contribution and the significance of their partnership with DSWD and a cash prize of P50,000 during the Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan Ko (PaNata Ko sa Bayan) Awards on January 28. ###

New Muņoz RTC created by law

A law -- Republic Act 10739 -- creating a regional trial court (RTC) in the Science City of Muņoz has been signed by President Aquino.

Earlier, the President signed eight other laws for the creation of nine additional RTC and metropolitan court branches in Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Pampanga, Baguio, Cavite, Negros Oriental, Misamis Oriental and Quezon City. ###

Reward for info on killers of  businessman

A P200,000 reward has been offered by the family of Rufino "Amang" Guinto, a businessman who was shot twice in the head while on his way home in Barangay Castellano, San Leonardo last December 27.

Sr. Supt. Ricardo Villanueva, commander of the police Provincial Public Safety Company, made the announcement, assuring the confidentially of the informer and protection of the witness who will come forward.

Villanueva said he received an order from Gov. Aurelio Umali to track down the killers and solve the case using all possible means.

The victim was an uncle of Joel Sy Egco, president of the National Press Club of the Philippines.

Malacaņang, through Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma., Jr., directed National Police chief Ricardo Marquez, Jr. to take immediate actions for the arrest of the killers and to help attain justice for the Sy Egco and Guinto families.

In turn, Marquez instructed Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Director Manuel Cornel and Supt. Nelson Aganon, Gapan City police chief, to investigate the case and identify the suspects. ###

3 arrested for killing Talavera farmer

Police arrested three farmers last January 7 in connection with the killing of another farmer in  Talavera.

Sr. Suptr. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, said the victim, Larry Mangupit, 53, could have been killed because of a land dispute.

Reports said the three suspects -- Andres Sagun, 51; Janil Ortega, 32, and Edmund Pascual, 34 -- were caught by Mangupit tilling a farm in Barangay Pinagpanaan that had already been farmed by  him.

A quarrel among the four resulted in Sagun pulling out a gun and firing at the victim several times. When Mangupit fell down, Ortega reportedly shot him again while Pascual served as a lookout..

Bystanders took Mangupit to as local hospital where he died while undergoing surgery.

The suspects fled but were arrested by responding policemen and barangay tanods.

Recovered  from the scene were a home-made pistol and two revolvers. ###

4 stalls destroyed in Sangitan Market fire

A fire of still unknown cause destroyed four stalls in the Magsaysay Market Complex -- commonly referred to as Sangitan Market -- in  Barangay Magsaysay Norte, Cabanatuan City.

Razed were stalls 14-B, 15-B, 16-B and 17-B.

Investigators said the fire started at past 9:00 P.M. at stall 16-B and spread to the three adjacent stalls.

Supt. Joselito Villarosa, Jr, city police chief, said the fire was put out at about 9:40 P.M.

Nobody was killed or hurt in the incident. ###

NEUST canteen robbed

A canteen in the campus of the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology in Barangay Sumacab Este, Cabanatuan City was robbed sometime during the night of January 11.

Louella Ocampo, owner of VLADS Canteen, discovered the robbery when the opened the place at 5:00 A.M.

Supt. Joselito Villarosa, Jr., said the robbers destroyed the steel matting wall of the canteen to gain entry.

Among the stolen items were assorted groceries amounting to P12,000, electronic gadgets valued at P4,000, four LPG tanks and P5,200 in cash. ###

Security guard arrested for illegal gun

A security guard  of Toyota Motors, Inc. in Cabanatuan City was arrested at a Commission on Elections checkpoint on the night of January 12 for possession of an unlicensed gun.

Arrested was Arcanghel Sanglay alias Ronnie and Anghel, 52, separated, of Purok Camia, Barangay Mayapyap Norte, Cabanatuan City and connected with Bagong Pag-Asa Security Agency based in Guiguinto, Bulacan.

Supt. Ricardo Villanueva, commander of the Provincial Public Safety Company, said Sanglay was arrested by his men while conducting checkpoint operations along the Mayapyap-General Natividad Road in Mayapyap Sur at bout 8:30 P.M.

Seen tucked in the suspect's waist was a caliber .9mm pistol with a loaded magazine.

Initially, the suspect said the gun was owned by the security agency and that he forgot to turn it over, but he later admitted owning the pistol for his own protection.

He said he had been receiving death threats from fellow guards that he had caused to be dismissed. ###

Llanera housewife stabbed dead by kin

A 43-year old housewife was stabbed dead by her own relative in Barangay Gomez, Llanera last January 14.

A report reaching the office of Mayor Lorna Mae Vero identified the victim as Gloria Garcia Selga, who was declared dead on arrival at the Heart of Jesus Hospital in San Jose City.

Investigation by PO3 Alex Caspillan showed that the bloodied  victim was discovered by her own husband and child upon their arrival at home from Manila at about 3:00 A.M.. They rushed victim to the  hospital and reported the incident to the police.

The suspect, Jaypee Selga Mendoza, 28, a resident of the same barangay and said to be related to the victim, was arrested that same morning after being positively identified by witnesses based on the T-shirt and shorts he was wearing.

Found in his possession was a 12-inch knife allegedly used in the killing. ###

San Leonardo teen hangs self

A 16-year-old student in San Leonardo reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself last January 6.

The victim was identified as Janina San Miguel, 16, of Purok .4, Barangay Mambangnan.

Her body was discovered by her sister at about 6:00 P.M., hanging from the ceiling with the use of an electric cord.

Investigators said the victim had left a suicide note. ###

2 San Jose teens hurt in brawl

Two teenagers were hurt in a mauling incident on the night of the fiesta in Barangay Santo Niņo III, San Jose City last January 9.

Supt. Nolie Asuncion, city police chief, identified the victims as Edward Quitoros, 18, single, of Zone 4; and Fritz Gerald dela Rosa, 18, of Habitat, Zone 3B, both of Barangay Santo. Niņo III.

Quitoros sustained stab wounds in the chest while dela Rosa had head and face injuries and were rushed to the San Jose City General Hospital at about 2:00 A.M.

It was learned that Quitoros was walking home after watching a show at the barangay gymnasium when he saw his friend dela Rosa being mauled by three men.

Quitoros tried to intervene but was stabbed in the stomach with a pair of scissors.

He identified his alleged attacker as Lito Gonzales, who managed to escape together with his two companions. ###

Market thief caught in the act

A man was caught by roving policemen while taking assorted accessories, including wrist watches, from a market stall in San Jose City last January 6.

The suspect was identified as Marlon Anastacio, 21, single, jobless, of Habitat Village, Barangay Santo. Niņo III.

Policemen led by SPO3 Crisanto  Villamor and SPO2 Nilo Marzan and two duty watchmen were conducting routine inspection in the public market at around 11:30 P.M. when they noticed the door of a stall forcibly opened.

When they checked inside, they saw the suspect with a plastic container packed with several items inclduing watches, flashlights, cell phone covers and chargers, key chains and small speakers.

Charges of robbery were filed against Anastacio at the City Prosecutor's Office. ###

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