NE private armies
Nueva Ecija police is looking into the activities of three private armed
groups (PAGs) operating in the first and second congressional districts
and at the boundaries of the third and fourth congressional districts.
Supt. Ricardo Marquez, provincial police director, bared this to the media
after the first joint conference of the Philippine National Police, Armed
Forces of the Philippines and the Commission on Elections held at the amphitheater
of Wesleyan University-Philippines in Cabanatuan City.
said that the PNP is validating the existence of the PAGs.
we have validated them, we will move to neutralize the," Marquez said.
said that some the armed groups are engaged in criminal activities, with
standing warrants of arrest for armed robbery and gun-for-hire activities.
identified one group as "Alakdan and Kamagong".
said that some of the armed groups lie low at ordinary times but resurface
during the election season at the request of politicians.
said that the police will see to it that the armed groups are neutralized
before the May elections and not wait for any recommendation from an independent
commission that had been set up to dismantle PAGs. ###
net 10 -- including fellow cop -- for violating gun ban
Nueva Ecija police charged a policeman and nine other persons of violating
the election gun ban.
Supt. Ricardo Marquez, provincial police director, said that PO2 Ronald
Baldonoza of San Jose City was arrested for carrying a .38 caliber pistol
without proper documents.
arrested and charged were Crispin Velasco, also of San Jose City; Raymond
Oanes of Gapan City; Florino Fermin, 58, businessman, of No. 26 Brgy. Magsaysay
Sur, Cabanatuan City; Felipe Galicia Sr. and his son, Felipe Jr., of San
Antonio; 0scar Pacariem and Francis Asuncion of the Science City of Muñoz;
Jermie Prades and Ramon Alejandro. ###
mayor's supporter arrested for illegal guns
of Gapan City Mayor Ernesto L. Natividad was arrested for illegal possession
of guns and ammunition after a raid conducted by operatives of the Criminal
Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Barangay San Vicente.
Insp. Joselito Villarosa, Jr., local CIDG chief, identified the suspect
as Eduardo S. Alfonso, 61, a mechanic.
in his possession were one home-made cal. 38 caliber and a .357 caliber
pistol, a 12 gauge shotgun with 20 bullets and a dozen more ammunition
for the two other pistols confiscated.
CIDG operatives were armed with a search warrant issued by Regional Trial
Court Branch 32 Judge Ramon Pamula when they raided the suspect's house
accompanied by two witnesses.
Efren Clint Mallare, Jr. filed a case of violation of the election gun
ban against Alfonso. ###
Bulacan lead CL provinces in number of confiscated firearms
Police Regional Office 3 reported that 34 firearms -- 11 of them from Nueva
Ecija and 11 from Bulacan -- had been confiscated by its field officers
in Central Luzon since the implementation of the election gun ban.
of 35 persons were arrested and 15 cases filed in court for illegal possession
of firearms during the election period.
breakdown of the confiscated firearms includes 11 firearms from Nueva Ecija;
11 firearms from Bulacan; 10 firearms, one bladed weapon and one grenade
from Bataan; and one firearm each from Pampanga and Tarlac.
of 35 persons were apprehended including one policeman, a member of the
Armed Forces of the Philippines, a government official and 32 civilians.
Most of them were arrested at checkpoints. ###
charged before Ombudsman
Nueva Ecija provincial police director was charged before the Office of
the Ombudsman for allegedly designating an OIC station commander in San
Antonio beyond the period allowed by law.
Arvin Salonga, president of the Nueva Ecija chapter of the League of Municipalities
of the Philippines, filed a three page complaint against Marquez for grave
misconduct and gross neglect of duty.
2007, Salonga also charged the then provincial director, Sr. Supt. Agripino
Javier, for failing to consult the mayors before designating police station
refused to comment on the complaint, saying he has not received a copy
from the Ombudsman.
accused Marquez of willfully and unlawfully designating Chief Insp. Arnold
Palomo as OIC of the San Antonio Police in violation of the PNP Law.
Aside from being station commander of the San Antonio Police, Palomo is
also the chief of the provincial special reaction team of the Nueva Ecija
Provincial Police Office. ###
mayor denies receiving suspension order
Amado Corpuz, Jr. of Cuyapo denied having received an order from
the Office of the Ombudsman directing the Department of Interior and Local
Government to suspend him for six months for being the alleged mastermind
in the killing of a municipal employee two years ago.
there is such a suspension order, then I would receive it and seek legal
remedy provided it is done in accordance with law,” Corpuz said.
newspaper reports quoted acting Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro as saying that
there is enough ground to suspend Corpuz for six months pending the investigation
of the murder of Angelito Espinosa on June 4, 2008.
was shot dead following an altercation inside the municipal compound with
Carlito Samonte, a bodyguard of Corpuz. Samonte is now detained in the
provincial jail in connection with murder charges filed at the Guimba regional
widow, Priscilla, filed charges of grave misconduct against Corpuz after
a witness claimed to have seen and heard the mayor order Samonte to shoot
his counter affidavit, Corpuz denied any participation in the killing,
saying that it was a matter between the victim and Samonte.
expressed doubts about the existence of the suspension order against him
since during the election period from January 10 until June 9, no local
official may be suspended without COMELEC approval. ###
vice mayor ordered to vacate post in favor of rival
First Division of the Commission on Elections ordered Vice Mayor Alberto
Tobias, Jr. of the Science City of Muñoz to vacate his post in favor
of his rival, Efren Alvarez.
COMELEC division, composed of Presiding Commissioner Rene Sarmiento and
Commissioners Armando Velasco and Gregorio Larrazabal, ruled that Alvarez
of Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija (BALANE) won by 418 votes over Tobias, a
party mate of Gov. Aurelio M. Umali, after a recount of the votes
cast in the 2007 vice mayoralty race.
elder brother of Mayor Nestor Alvarez and himself a three time mayor, got
14,117 votes against Tobias' 13,699 votes. ###
Leonardo mayor running unopposed
the first time in the history of San Leonardo, its incumbent mayor, Froilan
Nagaño, will run unopposed in the May elections.
release credits Nagaño with the completion of 37 infrastructure
projects during his term and the grant of scholarships to the youth in
his town. ###
faces Ecijano voters
presidential bet Gilbert Teodoro went to Cabanatuan City last January 31
to explain his political platform in various fora .
first met with administration party leaders in Nueva Ecija led by Gov.
Aurelio M. Umali and members of the Nueva Ecija Chamber of Commerce at
vowed that he would not use campaign tactics that would tend to talk down
to the poor or pander to them.
will not listen to the advice of some well-meaning friends to [put the]
importance of my program of government [in the back seat] just to play
and adjust to the masa," Teodoro said.
also told local officials that he will not resort to politicking in engaging
his rivals, saying that too much politics has been causing divisions and
hindering the country's progress.
asked if he would ask for the endorsement of his politically influential
uncle, Eduardo Cojuangco, he replied "Sa pulitika natin ngayon, walang
tiyuhin-tiyuhin o pinsan-pinsan.”
later addressed students of the Nueva Ecija University of Science
and Technology and Wesleyan University-Philippines, harping on his campaign
slogan "galing at talino". ###
Chavez passes away
party list Rep. Leonila Chavez, a Novo Ecijana, died last January 28 due
to stroke. She was 75.
was declared dead at 3:00 AM by attending physicians in The Medical City.
She had been comatose since January 19.
House of Representatives will hold necrological services for Chavez on
February 2, after which her remains will be brought to her hometown, Cabanatuan.
was supposed to celebrate her 76th birthday last January 31. ###
peacekeper found dead in Haiti
teams found the body of Sgt. Eustacio Bermudez, Jr. in the ruins of the
United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti last January 18, making him
the third Filipino casualty in the devastating earthquake that hit that
was announced by Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner, Jr., spokesperson of the Armed
Forces of the Philippines.
body was found at around 8:30 PM in what could have been the second floor
of the Christopher Hotel where the UN mission was located. He was working
as clerk in the Conduct and Discipline Unit when the earthquake struck.
said that Bermudez, from San Leonardo town, was a survivor of the 7.9 magnitude
earthquake that struck Northern Luzon on July 16, 1990. He was then attending
classes at the Christian Colleges of the Philippines in Cabanatuan City
when the quake caused the school to collapse, killing more than 150 people.
He was trapped in the rubble of the school building together with a former
classmate, Corp. David Catacutan, also a member of the Philippine Contingent
to Haiti. Catacutan managed to survive the Haiti quake.
and Catacutan are members of the 10th Philippine Contingent to Haiti that
left the Philippines in August last year for a six month peacekeeping mission.
was supposed to turn 38 on February 1. ###
enters finals of SMART 'Doon Po sa Amin Awards'
Ecija High School is among the finalists in the 2nd Doon Po sa Amin (DPSA)
Learning Challenge Awards.
in the contest are high schools under the Smart Schools Program of Smart
competition recognizes the best local online content that promotes and
helps in the development of local communities.
NEHS entry is entitled "Mathematics of the Tricycle City".
the other finalists are Barobo National High School for "Sumbada: Buhay
Lambat" and “Davisol: Mga Likha at Pananampalataya”, Batanes National
Science High School for "Lime and its Building Power;” Naga City Science
High School for “Tigsik: Pagsalingoy sa Lenguaheng Bikolano” and “Mike
V. Padua: Pag-asa Kan Naga,” Science and Technology Education Center for
“Binisaya”, Bataan National High School for “Mt. Samat: The Stand for the
Fallen,” Agusan National High School for “Glimpse of the Long-lived Enigma,”
and Maddela Comprehensive High School for “Sierra Madre: Peak of Life.”
DPSA competition is part of the 6th Smart Wireless Engineering Education
Program (SWEEP) Innovation and Excellence Awards. ###
teaches school kids to grow, eat vegetables
to teach elementary pupils to plant high value vegetables and also eat
them was launched in two elementary schools in San Jose City.
sa Kinabukasan project of East-West Seed Company in being implemented
in collaboration with participating schools, local government units and
the Synergeia Foundation, a non governmental organization.
first two participating schools are the Kaliwanagan Elementary School and
Manicla Elementary School.
launching of the program was attended by some 500 persons including farmers,
government officials, teachers, pupils and other community residents.
program is envisioned to be implemented in as many schools as possible
all over the country. Under the scheme, the elementary pupils are taught
how to grow vegetables not only through lectures but by actually gardening
in the school premises with the guidance of the seed company's technicians.
Seed also provides the hybrid seeds, a small greenhouse for raising seedlings
the modern way, tools and equipment needed by the children and other inputs.
in western Ecija want irrigation facilities finished
in the western part of Nueva Ecija urged the government to complete the
irrigation component of the Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power
Project (CMIPP) to spare them from expenses.
Diego, a farmer from Guimba and secretary general of Pambansang Kalipunan
ng Magsasaka sa Pilipinas, said that his fellow farmers spend P7,000 a
day for diesel to draw underground water with pumps.
said that Guimba farmers want the government to build irrigation canals
and other facilities to bring water from Pantabangan Dam to some 16,000
hectares of rice lands there.
farms in Cuyapo, Talugtog, Nampicuan and parts of Guimba and the Science
City of Muñoz have not been reached by irrigation water from the
Casecnan project whose second phase has yet to be completed.
agriculture officials assured farmers in the areas served by CMIPP of sufficient
irrigation water due to the high water level of Pantabangan Dam. ###
environmentalist, 4 Pinoys rescued in Sierra Madre
Philippine Air Force rescued a Belgian environmentalist and four Filipino
companions who had been trapped in the Sierra Madre mountain range for
Force spokesperson Lt. Col. Gerardo Zamudio identified those rescued as
Bert Peeters, a Belgian, of the Cabiao Kid Foundation, an environmentalist
group based in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija; and his Filipino companions lawyer
Gari Bernal, Angelito Agustin, Luzviminda Lopez and Narciso Gumangan.
five, along with their guide Noni dela Peña, went to Isabela last
January 13, intending to reach on foot the town of Divilacan on the Pacific
Ocean side of Sierra Madre by passing through the thickly forested slopes
of Mount Crista. However, the group asked dela Peña to return to
seek help after heavy rains and strong river current trapped them along
Air Force helicopter landed at the mountain in Cauayan, Isabela to pick
up the five, while another helicopter provided air cover as the area is
Belgian was injured, with some visible bruises. ###
found dead in Palayan City
unidentified woman was found dead in a grassy area in Sitio Baccao, Barangay
Doña Josefa, Palayan City last January 15.
Moises Pagaduan of the local police said that the body in early state of
decomposition was discovered by espouses Jun and Rosita Soria.
victim was described as between 60 and 70 years old, 5'2" in height and
wearing a blouse with floral prints. The body bore no signs of injury.
officials decided to temporarily bury the body after it remained unclaimed
by relatives. ###
of shooting victim found in Cabanatuan City
body of a 62 year old man with three bullet wounds in the head and body
was discovered by a passerby in a grassy vacant lot along General Tinio
Extension, Barangay Hermogenes Concepcion, Cabanatuan City.
victim was identified as Alfredo Joson de Guzman of Purok 1, Barangay Sumacab
meters form the body was a motorcycle owned by the victim.
local police are looking into the motive for the killing. ###
old man and his wife were shot and killed by two men near a public market
in Barangay Bantug, Cabanatuan City.
Manuel Coronel, city police chief, identified the fatalities as Arturo
Lapina, 60, and his wife, Raymunda, both of Barangay M.S. Garcia.
was driving his pickup truck with his wife seated beside him and his two
grandchildren and their nanny in the back seat, when they were fired upon
by two motorcycle riding men using a pistol with a silencer.
to be hit was Raymunda. Arturo tried to drive away but his pickup hit an
electric post at the corner of de Guzman and Nuñez streets. The
suspects then approached the vehicle and fired at Arturo. The two children
and their nanny were unhurt.
was learned that the two had come from the family's hog farm in Palayan
City and decided to drop by the public market when the shooting happened.
Jose farmer shot dead
year old farmer died when unidentified suspects peppered his house with
bullets in Barangay Santo Niño 3rd, San Jose city.
recovered 46 shells in the crime scene.
victim, Federico Y. Pajares, was asleep together with his wife, Lydia,
at about 1:15 AM when their house was repeatedly shot at, fatally hitting
investigators are looking into the motive for the shooting. ###
wanted for threatening Santa Rosa teens
of the Police Security and Protection Group based in Camp Crame is in hot
water after he was accused of firing his gun and threatening three teenagers
playing cards in front of their house in San Rosa last January 19.
Police Regional Office 3 director, Chief Supt. Leon Nilo A. dela Cruz,
said that members of the Santa Rosa police who went to the house of the
suspect, PO1 Ruel Cruz, failed to find him.
three teenagers - Previlson Alcantara, 18; his brother Christopher, 17;
and cousin Henrich Je Alcantara, 19 -- said that the policeman was
drunk and armed with a short firearm. He allegedly shouted words “Ano
ang problema ninyo?” then fired in the air once.
suspect also told Henrich Je "Ikaw, masama ba ang loob mo?", prompting
the scared teenagers to scamper away and report the incident to the Santa
Rosa police. ###