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2014

Umali turns over
P20-M police hostel

Governor Aurelio M. Umali led the inauguration and turn-over of the P20 million hostel and multipurpose building of the Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office (NEPPO) in Cabanatuan City.

Fund for the project was provided by the provincial government from its realigned intelligence funds.

The facility, with a conference hall in the ground floor and 15 rooms in the second and third floors, is meant to serve as the police officers' home away from home.

Umali pointed out that NEPPO is the first provincial camp in the country provided with its own lodging facility.

“We know of your sacrifices. You are assigned in places you are not familiar with and without a whimper you  help us maintain  peace and order in our places,” Umali said. "This is the  way of the provincial government of Nueva Ecija in saying ‘Thank you’ to  all of you,” he added.

The governor, chair of the Regional Peace and Order Council, urged local government units to extend similar assistance and attention to their respective police forces

Suspended PNP Director General Alan Purisima, a guest in the affair, echoed Umali, saying the hostel is one it its kind among provincial police commands.

Umali and Purisima led the groundbreaking rites for the hostel in March last year but the completion of the project was delayed for five months.

During the turn-over rites, Umali presented the police officers and personnel with another donation -- a 20 hectare training camp.

Addressing Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police director, Umali said, "“I noted that  whenever you are conducting a training of your men and your  multiplier force, you are always scouting  for a space  where you can hold it. We will give you 20 to 30 hectares of land where you can develop your training camp.”  

Umali told Chief Supt. Ronald Santos, acting regional police director, "We will develop it as a  mini-Camp  Olivas." ###


Umali sets condition for transfer of national penitentiary

Governor Aurelio Umali has set a condition for the issuance of a permit to relocate the New Bilibid Prison to Nueva Ecija -- separate detention facilities for convicted drug lords and terrorists.

“The convicted drug lords and the terrorists are very intelligent. They have money and they have vast connections. They are difficult to manage. They should be in separate facilities,” Umali said.

He said he had informed the Central Luzon Regional Development Council about the condition.

An endorsement by the council is necessary before the transfer of the penitentiary to a 500-hectare area of Fort Magsaysay in Barangay Nazareth, General Tinio.

Umali's condition is in the light of what recently happened in the National Bilibid Prisons in Muintinlupa City, where drugs, guns, cash and luxury items were discovered in cells occupied by drug lords.

The governor said the facilities for drug lords should be located far from those for common criminals.

He said there is enough space in the relocation area for fulfill his condition. ###


RDC okays relocation of penitentiary to Ecija

The Regional Development Council (RDC) III has agreed to the request of the Department of Justice, though the Bureau of  Corrections (BuCor), to relocate the New Bilibid Prison and the Correctional Institution for Women to Nueva Ecija.

The go-signal was given during the 6th Full Council Meeting led by Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, RDC chair, at the National Economic and Development Authority regional office in San Fernando, Pampanga last January 30.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima told the council that the project, under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme, will build modern and state-of-the-art prison facilities in Nueva Ecija to resolve the congestion of inmates at the national penitentiary now occupied by over 20,000 prisoners.

She said this will be the first big PPP project and the first of its kind in the country.

She expressed gratitude on behalf of the DOJ and BuCor for the approval and endorsement by RDC and NEDA which is one of the requirements for the project to push through. ###


RDC approves construction of Lupao irrigation dam

The Regional Development Council (RDC) has passed a resolution endorsing the construction of the P498 million Balbalungao Small Reservoir Irrigation Project (BSRIP) in Barangy San Isidro, Lupao.

RDC Vice Chair and National Economic Development Authority Regional Director Severio Santos said the project aims to boost agricultural production by providing irrigation and drainage infrastructure that would lead to the increase of the farmers' income.

The project is targeted for completion in three years. ###


Drug traffickers turn to kids, digital currency

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said drug traffickers have resorted to using their own children as couriers and dealing in the digital currency called "bitcoin".

This was according to Blessie Gonzaga-Talavero, PDEA regional intelligence officer for  Central Luzon, during a joint meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chaired by Governor Aurelio Umali.

The briefing was intended to update local officials and law enforcers on the operations of the illegal drug trade.

Talavero said using minors is a convenient way because drug traffickers know that minors cannot be charged.

She told Umali and Provincial Police Director Crizaldo Nieves that drug syndicates have also started using bitcoins, a digital currency and payment system used commonly in online transactions, an an alternative to money.

She said suspects often conduct their transactions in inns, hotels and fast food chains.

In Nueva Ecija, Talavero said 244 of the province's 847 barangays are menaced by drugs led by shabu and followed by marijuana.

She said these barangays are in Cabanatuan City, Gapan City, the Science City of Muñoz, Palayan City, San Jose City, Aliaga, Bongabon, Carranglan, Cuyapo, Gabaldon, General Natividad, General Tinio, Guimba, Jaen, Laur, Licab, Llanera, Lupao, Nampicuan, Pantabangan, Peñaranda, Quezon, Rizal, San Antonio, San Isidro, San Leonardo, Santra Rosa, Santo Domingo, Talavera, Talugtug and Zaragoza. ###


Peñaranda mayor backs probe of death of pregnant mother in local hospital

The muncipal government of Peñaranda is supporting a local family's appeal for a thorough investigation of the allegedly unethical and irresponsible treatment by a local hospital of an eight-month pregnant woman that resulted in the her and her baby's death.

Mayor Ferdinand Abesamis said he had endorsed to the Department of Health (DOH) the complaint filed by the family of Jessica Leabres, 23, of Barangay San Josef against Dr. Gloria D. Lacson General Hospital in Barangay  Castellano, San Leonardo.

In his letter to  DOH Assistant Sec. for Special Concerns Elmer Punzalan dated January 9, Abesamis said, "These  circumstances should not be tolerated and instead should be investigated especially so that the patient belongs to  the poor sector of our society."

Rolando Leabres, father of Jessica, said his daughter and her unborn baby died last December 27 after 15 hours of lack of proper attention, because of their failure to pay the P10,000 initial charges they were billed four hours after the patient was admitted.

Leabres said he decided to transfer his daughter to a public hospital in Cabanatuan City when the hospital staff insisted that they had to settle first the bill before operating on Jessica who was in pain.

Melinda, Jessica's mother, said she could pay only P1,500 at that time.

Tinawagan ng nurse ang doctor at  ipinaalam dito na P1,500 lamang ang naibayad ko. Ang sabi ng nurse sa akin ‘Ayaw pumayag ng doctor, kailangang bayaran lahat bago ilabas sa ospital’. Dahil sa wala na kaming pera at hindi pinalabas ng ospital para mailipat ito sa ibang pampublikong ospital, ang ginawa namin ay naupo na lamang at nagjhintay,” Melida recounted. 

Rolando left to look for money but returned empty-handed at about 2:00 P.M.

Melinda said, "Naroroon ang doktor  nang dumating si Rolando at nalaman niya na si Rolando ay walang nakuhang pera at sinabi ng doctor ‘Wala pa po ba kayong nahanap? Hindi puwede yung ganyan  lang. Lumalakad ang oras. Kangina pa kayong alas 5 ng umaga dito. Kapag me nangyari, hindi na namin sagutin.’”

The nurse told Melinda that Jessica had to undergo Caesarian Section to save her baby, and asked her to prepare P10,000 to 20;000 for the operation.

Allegedly on order of the doctor,  the nurse told Melinda that the motorcycle used to bring the patient to the hospital would be enough as a deposit. A staff nurse received the motorcycle document as pawn. This finally made the hospital allow the transfer of the patient, but she soon vomited blood and died at about 8:00 P.M.

Meanwhile, a male hospital employee who said she was present during the incident, said hospital officials, including a doctor and nurses, extended prompt attention to the patient, including all the necessary treatments, medicines and use of hospital facilities. ###


Riding-in-tandem armed men kill 2

Armed men riding a motorcycle in tandem killed two persons in Peñaranda and Quezon within less than 24 hours.

In the first incident last January 19, the gunmen shot dead Artemio Pangalilingan, 55, of Santo Domingo, while he was operating a hand tractor at a farm in Barangay Ilog Baliuag, Quezon at about 11:40 A.M.

The following day in Barangay Poblacion 3, Peñaranda, Jun Madrid was shot at the wake oif one Roberto de Ocampo, Sr.

Police investigators are looking into the identities of the suspects and their motives. ###


Robbery suspect killed in Llanera shootout

A suspected hold-upper was killed while his companion was wounded in a shootout with policemen in Llanera last January 16.

Sr. Supt Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police director, said the two unidentified suspects on board a black Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycle without licensed plates, had robbed an Indian national, Havinder Singh, in Barangay Santa Barbara.

The Llanera police immediately conducted a hot pursuit operation in line with the "Oplan No Mercy" campaign against carjackers and motorcycle-riding criminals, and caught up with the suspects in Barangay Plaridel.

The suspects bumped the front right side of the mobile patrol vehicle, one of them got off and drew his gun, prompting the policemen to shoot, killing him on the spot.

His companion was wounded. ###


Barangay chief shoots jeepney driver in San Jose road rage

An allegedly drunk barangay chair riding a motorcycle shot and wounded a jeepney driver in a road rage after the jeepney nearly hit the motorycle of the official on the night of  January 21 near the border of San Jose City and the Science City of Munoz.

Investigation showed that the victim, Eustacio Diamonon, 53, and is wife, Angelina, both of Barangay Santo Niño 3rd, San Jose City were aboard their passenger jeepney on the way to the city proper, when they almost hit the motorcycle of the suspect, Alfredo Bal-ot, barangay chair of Licaong, Science City of Muñoz.

The suspect, with an unidentified female back rider, chased the victim until Zone 1, Barangay Santo Tomas, San Jose City, where he overtook the jeepney and blocked it, causing the two vehicles to collide.

The suspect stood up, drew a gun and fired at the victim, hitting him in the chest and shoulder, then escaped.

The victim's wife positively identified the barangay official as the suspect. The incident was also witnessed by several bystanders.

The victim was taken to the Heart of Jesus Hospital and later transferred to another hospital in Cabanatuan City. ###


4 suspected drug pushers arrested

The Philippine Drug Enforcement  Agency arrested four suspected drug pushers in a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Miguel na Munti, Talavera.

Those arrested were identified as Marilyn S. Espejo, 33; Noraina P. Hadji-Amen, 28; Eligio D. Agustin, 49; and Nasser P. Masorong, 32, all from Cabanatuan City.

Seized from them were 100 grams of suspected shabu valued at P350,000.

The suspects are in the list of high-value targets operating in Cabanatuan City and Central Luzon.

The four were brought to the PDEA regional office for further investigation. ###


Drunk motor-biker hits tree, dies

A man died on spot after the motorcycle he was driving hit a camachile tree in San Jose City at past midnight last January 17.

Supt. Manuel Hidalgo, city police chief, identified the victim as Melvin Lanosa, 21, single, of Barangay Porais.

The body of the victim was discovered by his relatives along the road at about 12:30 A.M., several hours after returning from a drinking session in nearby Barangay Pinili.

Investigators said the victim, driving while drunk, could have lost control of his Honda motorcycle and hit the tree.

The body was brought to a local funeral parlor for autopsy. ###



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