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Nueva Ecija Journal is published in
Gapan City, Nueva Ecija,Philippines
and updated every 15th and
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Umali denies Napoles
Ex-Governor Aurelio Umali
denied knowing Janet Napoles, said to be
the mastermind of the pork barrel scam,
after he was linked to her in the
alleged misuse of P15 million of his
pork barrel when he was still a
congressman, for the procurement of
fertilizer and irrigation pumps for
Umali made the denial while
speaking at the induction of officers of
the Nueva Ecija Press Club, Inc. at La
Parilla Hotel in Cabanatuan City.
He stressed that he did not
know Napoles personally and had not
dealt with her.
He clarified that the P15
Priority Development Assistance Fund
(PDAF) being questioned amounted to only
P3 million. The balance of P12 million,
he explained, was part of the nationwide
Ginintuang Masaganang Ani Program.
Umali criticized some media
organizations for not reporting the
truth about his case and said he was a
victim of trial by publicity.
“I have not signed any MoA
[memorandum of agreement, with Napoles]
and yet I was maligned, vilified and
ridiculed in the media,” he said.
The Office of the Ombudsman
recently issued a resolution indicting
the former congressman, Napoles,
Director Renato Manantan of the
Department of Agriculture and accountant
Narcisa Maninding at the Sandiganbayan
for the alleged misuse of his P15
Umali was also found guilty
of administrative offenses of grave
misconduct, gross neglect of duty and
conduct prejudicial to the best interest
of the service and was ordered
perpetually disqualified from office
together with Manantan.
Umali denied the claims of
field investigators that there were no
purchases of fertilizer and irrigation
pumps for farmers.
He also revealed that 27
cases have already been filed against
him, with only three or four s still
remaining while the rest had already
been dismissed by the Supreme Court.
Honorio Reyes, Umali's
legal counsel, said all of the former
congressman's PDAF was legally used in
helping his constituents.
He said Umali has an
unblemished record as a lawmaker and
three-term governor of Nueva Ecija. ###
deportation case against Rep.
The Bureau of Immigration
(BI) trashed the deportation case
against Third District Rep. Rosanna
Vergara for allegedly being an American
citizen for lack of jurisdiction.
In an order Dated December
20, 2016, the BI said Vergara's
reacquisition of her Philippine
citizenship a decade ago was "duly
processed and approved" under Republic
Act 9225 or the Citizenship Retention
and Reacquisition Law of 2003.
The decision was signed by
Commissioner Jaime Morente upon the
recommendation of Special Prosecutor
Victor Andrew Sirigan and Legal Division
Chief Cesar Santos.
Morente said the authority
to rule on whether to revoke or not
Vergara's reacqusition of Philippine
citizenship belongs to the Department of
Justice or the regular courts.
He said the BI lacks
jurisdiction over the case and said the
complaint filed by a Cabanatuan City
resident, Philip Piccio -- an ally of
former Governor Aurelio Umali --
should be addressed properly in a suit
before a court of competent jurisdiction
and with the participation of the
Solicitor General. ###
officials support change in
anti-drug campaign protocol
The provincial director of
Nueva Ecija, Supt. Antonio Yarra,
welcomed President Duterte's plan to
dissolve all anti-narcotic units of the
Philippine National Police and create a
centralized body to replace them..
In Cabanatuan City, Supt.
Wilfredo Zapra, city police chief, said
drug pushers and users expected to enjoy
selling illegal drugs after hearing news
about Duterte's move but Central Luzon
Police Director Aaron Aquino said the
police will resume operation after an
internal cleansing of the police force.
In Palayan City, Chief
Insp. Arnel Santiago said the provincial
police headquarters has advised them to
stop "Oplan Tokhang". Instead, they
would concentrate on "Lambat
Sibat"operations against rape, murder,
homicide and crimes against property.
In Aliaga, Chief Insp. Rex
Perocho said he had received a text
message from the provincial police
office ordering them to stop the
anti-drug campaign and the arrest of
drug traffickers. However, they are
allowed to arrest suspected drug pushers
and users or anyone caught with illegal
drugs during checkpoint operations.###
barangay officials nabbed in drug
Three barangay officials
were arrested during anti-illegal drug
operations in Lupao last January 21.
Barangay Chair Lou Salvador
and Councilman Jonathan Sinagose of
Poblacion West, and Councilman Joven
Dagdag of Barangay Mapangpang were
nabbed after President Duterte's
disclosure during a speech in Cabanatuan
City last January 19 that many of the
6,000 people in his narco-list were
The raiding team armed with
search warrant seized four sachets of
shabu and 27 caliber .22 bullets during
the operations. ###
killed in Aliaga shootout
An unidentified suspected
illegal drug dealer was killed in a
shootout with the police in Aliaga last
The suspect, riding a
motorcycle, ignored a checkpoint at the
Bucot junction but was cornered in
Barangay Bibiclat. He shot at the
policemen triggering a firefight.
Recovered from the slain
suspect were 14 sachets of shabu, a
caliber .38 revolver and bullets. ###
drug personality dies in encounter
A 41-year-old drug
personality was killed in a shootout
with policemen in Barangay Nieves, San
Leonardo last January 16.
The fatality was identified
as Vincent Wagan Soliman. He was
declared dead on arrival at a hospital.
Investigation by PO3
Freddie Sevilla showed that at about
6:00 P.M., the policemen went to
Soliman's house to serve a search
warrant when the suspect suddenly pulled
out his gun and fired at the authorities
prompting them to fire back.
Recovered from the scene
were a caliber .38 revolver, three .9mm
shells and 10 sachets of shabu. ###
for arrest of killers of Cabiao
Cabiao Mayor Ramil
Buenaventura Rivera is prepared to give
a P100,000 reward for information that
will lead to the solution of the killing
of Association of Barangay Captains
president Joel Abungin Vinuya and
Ronaldo Ignacio Caingat.
The two were ambushed on
the night of January 15 along the
Gapan-Olongaqpo Road in Purok 7,
Barangay Alua, San Isidro while on their
way home from a cockfight.
The assailants were
reportedly on board a black pick-up
truck backed up by two motorcycle-riding
Sixteen caliber .45 shells
were recovered from the crime site. ###
2 'Huks' held
for guns in Cabiao
Two men in Cabiao said to
be members of the Hukbong Mapagpalaya ng
Bayan (HMB) were arrested by the police
and the military after being tipped off
that they were armed while holding a
drinking session with 14 others last
Sr. Supt. Antonio Yarra,
provincial police director, identified
those nabbed as Buenaventura Sagum, 52,
businessman, of Purok 4, Barangay
Natividad South, and Melquiedes de
Guzman, 45, farmer, of Purok Cando,
Mandili, Candaba, Pampanga.
They were arrested after
authorities were alerted by a police
asset that a group of armed men were
seen engaged in a drinking session in
Sitio Manaul, Barangay Sinipit.
The two suspects were
caught with two unlicensed pistols
during the combined operation of the
local police, the Army's 48th
Infantry Battalion and the Provincial
Public Safety Company.
Seized from Sagum was a
caliber .45 pistol with six bullets,
while de Guzman was found to have a
caliber .45 pistol with seven bullets.
They failed to present documents for the
firearms and ammunition.
The 14 other men with the
two suspects were also invited for
questioning and verification.
Majority of them were from
Candaba, Pampanga. ###
for death of stepdaughter
A 48-year-old man was
questioned by the Jaen police one day
after he reported the death of his
11-year-old stepdaughter in Barangay
Lambakin last January 15.
Florante Eder told police
that he found his stepdaughter, a Grade
4 pupil, dead inside their hut, naked
and with multiple stab wounds.
PO2 Gerard Catacutan said
Eder, who has been living with the
victim's mother for five years, claimed
that he went to their farm at 5:30 A.M.
and was not at home when the victim
returned after sleeping over at a
However, the neighbor, a
62-year-old woman, claimed that the girl
slept in her house for fear of being
sexually molested by her stepfather,
prompting investigators to invite him
The victim's mother was
working as a house helper in Jaen town
proper when the incident happened. ###
for smuggling illegal lumber
Two men were detained after
they tried to smuggle illegal lumber
through a checkpoint of the Department
of Environment and Natural Resources at
the Bermuda junction of Barangay East
Poblacion, Pantabangan at dawn last
Those arrested were Jerome
Amis Bote, 26, of Barangay Concepcion
and Resty Peralta Reyes, 39, of Barangay
Rio Chico, both in General Tinio.
The incident happened at
4:00 A.M. when a Delica van was stopped
by policemen and DENR representatives
conducting a checkpoint.
Found inside the van were
242 board feet of narra lumber
valued at P21,690.
The suspects could not
present any transport clearance.###
over Zaragoza motorcyclist
A motorcycle rider was run
over and killed by a dump truck in
Barangay Santo Rosario Young, Zaragoza
last January 23.
The unidentified victim
riding a blue motorcycle with plate
number QN 5930 was clad in T-shirt and
shorts and without any helmet.
Investigation by PO2 Devmer
Diaz showed that at about 10:15 P.M.,
the victim was driving to the town
proper when he tried to overtake another
vehicle and lost control of his
motorcycle causing it to fall.
The victim was then run
over by an approaching dump truck. ###