No. 259 /  February 1-15, 2011
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Umali, CL governors sign
covenant against crime

Gov. Aurelio Umali and six other governors of Central Luzon provinces signed a covenant to drastically limit all forms of criminality, especially carjacking.

The other signatories were Lilia Pineda of Pampanga, Hermogenes Ebdane of Zambales, Wilhelmino Alvarado of Bulacan, Bellaflor Angara-Castillo of Aurora, Victor Yap of Tarlac and Enrique Garcia of Bataan.

The signing of the covenant climaxed the Regional Peace and Order Summit hosted the Pampanga governor last February 9 at Holiday Inn Resort at Clark Freeport.

The affair had the theme “Halina’t Makiisa, Isulong ang Kapayapaan, Tungo sa Maunlad na Pamayanan”. It aimed to provide a venue for local officials, non government organizations, national government agencies, the business sector and the academe to discuss initiatives and measures to address the peace and order issues in Central Luzon. ###

CL  police chief names Ecija as no. 1 in criminal groups

Chief. Supt. Alan Purisima, Central Luzon police director, identified Nueva Ecija as the province with the biggest number of criminal groups in the region, totaling nine.

He reported this during the Regional Peace and Order Summit hosted by Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda last February 9 at Clark Freeport.

Trailing Nueva Ecija in terms of number of criminal groups is Bulacan with four, Tarlac with three, Pampanga with two and Bataan and Angeles City with one each.

Purisima noted that among the seven provinces in Central Luzon, the number of crimes in Bulacan was the highest.

He admitted that the total number of crimes in the region went up by 18.73 percent, with the crimes reported in 2010 totaling 50,781.

Based on statistics, Purisima said that murders and carjackings often happen between 6:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M., robbery from midnight to 3:00 A.M., and theft from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

He stressed that the increase in crime rate should be attributed to his policy of truthful reporting by field commanders. ###

Bacalzo inaugurates new Talavera police building

Director General Raul M. Bacalzo, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, led the inauguration of the new police building in Talavera last February 15.

The building was named after Supt. Ricardo Dayag, Jr., the former station commander shot and killed by his deputy last January 1.

Mayor Nerito L. Santos said the municipal council had passed a resolution naming the new facility built on a lot provided by the municipal government as Colonel Dayag Building, .

The inauguration was witnessed by Dayag's widow, Lilia.

Bacalzo paid tribute to the slain station commander, and ordered Chief Supt. Alan Purisima, regional police director, to hasten the processing of the widow's claims.

Chief Supt. Felipe Rojas, Jr. of the PNP Directorate for Logistics said that the construction of the building cost P5 million, with P1.5 million of the amount released during Bacalzo's term. ###

At UPRIIS farmers training center inauguration
Alcala says Ecija to play vital role in rice self-sufficiency

Agriculture Sec. Proceso J. Alcala said that Nueva Ecija will play an important role in attaining the administration's rice self-sufficiency target by 2013.

Alcala, together with Gov. Aurelio M. Umali, Administrator Antonio S. Nangel of the National Irrigation Administration and Eng.. Reynaldo D Puno, operations manager of Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems, led the inauguration and blessing of the new P22.5 million Benigno S. Aquino, Sr. Training Center inside the NIA-UPRIIS compound in Barangay Imelda, Cabanatuan City last February 17.

The center, featuring state-of-the-art facilities, is named after President Aquino's grandfather who served as secretary of agriculture under President Manuel Quezon in 1937.

The center serves to fulfill the dream of UPRIIS to provide a learning center to farmers who are the agency's active partners and service beneficiaries.

Alcala assured Umali and Novo Ecijano farmers of his department's full support in attaining the government's zero rice importation target in 2013. ###

Bongabon farmers to earn millions from hybrid onions

Bongabon onion farmers who shifted to planting hybrids from traditional varieties could become millionaires in just one cropping season.

This was according to Assistant Director Dante Delima of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) who also serves as coordinator of the High Value Crops Development Program.

Hybrid onions produce three times the output of traditional strains, he explained.

He said that a bumper crop is expected since the BPI has restricted the importation  of onions following repeated complaints from Bongabon onion farmers.

Since it is still off season, hybrid onions are sold at P100 per kilogram, and the traditional red creole and yellow granex varieties at P60 per kilogram.

Reynaldo Ramos first harvested six tons last January 20 from an 8,000 square meter farm in Barangay Antipolo that he rented for P5,000. He harvested six more tons last February 5 and was able to sell at P120 per kilo.

Quirino Francisco of Barangay Vega expects to harvest up to 28,000 kilograms of hybrid red onions and 42,000 of hybrid yellow onions from his two hectare farm.

Bongabon, called the onion capital of the country, has a total of 3,000 hectares devoted to onion farming, more than half of the total land area planted to onions in the province. Nueva Ecija supplied 57 percent of the national yield of onions in 2009. ###

Umali open to new congressional district for Cabanatuan

Gov. Aurelio Umali clarified that he is open to the idea of Cabanatuan City becoming either a separate congressional district or an independent component city.

“What I am strictly against is the conversion into HUC of Cabanatuan because I could no longer serve Cabanatueños," he explained.

This was in reaction to earlier reports that he was not only against Cabanatuan City becoming a highly urbanized city but also proposals to create a separate congressional district or turn Cabanatuan into an independent component city.

Umali had criticized Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara for being unstatesmanlike for claiming that he was just trying to annoy the government's camp in his moves to convert Cabanatuan into an HUC.

Nang-aasar lang ako. ‘Di pa ko tapos mang-asar eh,” Vergara was quoted as saying.

Gawain ba ng isang statesman ang mang-asar sa isang valid issue? Of course not,” Umali countered. 

He said that Vergara's antics were uncalled for, unprofessional and inappropriate, saying that the HUC issue is highly significant for it involves the welfare of Novo Ecijanos and Cabanatueños, and the city residents' freedom to choose their governor. ###

EMB targets 18 open trash dumps in Ecija

The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) warned that mayors and vice mayors in Central Luzon, including those in Nueva Ecija, will face administrative and other charges if they fail to completely shut down open and controlled dump sites in compliance with a law passed as far back as 2001.

EMB Regional Director Lormelyn Claudio said that Central Luzon produces some five million kilograms of garbage each day, with most of these finding their way to outlawed trash dumps, most of them near waterways that flow into the Manila Bay.

Claudio said that closure orders will be issued anytime to 18 trash dumps in Nueva  Ecija and five in Tarlac.

Earlier, 15 open dumps in Bulacan had been closed and are being rehabilitated after the  two-week ultimatum issued to concerned mayors and vice mayors to comply with R.A. 9003.

That law provides for an ecological waste management program, creates institutional mechanisms and incentives and provides penalties for violators. Its ban against open and controlled dump sites was supposed to have been fully implemented in 2004. ###

Faking of Gapan civil registry records probed

Gapan City Mayor Christian U. Tinio formed a grievance committee to look into the alleged falsification of the birth certificate of an eight year old boy and the unexplained disappearance of the marriage contract of his parents.

The committee was formed after the Sangguniang Panglunsod presided over by Vice Mayor Rodel Matias started investigating Jocelyn Dimacale, clerk of the Office of the City Civil Registrar, after Desiree Bonifacio of Barangay San Nicolas filed a complaint affidavit with the council.

The complainant is the mother of Davis Mandy Afable who was born on May 28,.2002 to her and Manuel Afable, an American citizen. One month later, the two got married, legitimizing the baby, as supported by the couple's application for a marriage license and the baby's certificate of live birth. However, the couple later separated.

Last year, Bonifacio went to the National Statistics Office to request a copy of her authenticated marriage contract and her son's certificate of live birth. She was surprised to find out that the marriage contract could not be found and her son's certificate of live birth had been forged through false entries.

Bonifacio said that when she confronted Dimacale about the falsified certificate of live birth and the missing marriage contract, the clerk admitted pulling out the authentic documents on the request of the estranged husband, Afable.

Tinio designated his executive assistant Danilo Padiernos as chair of the grievance committee looking into the case. The other members are Human Resource Management Officer Cesar Mendoza, City Administrator Eduardo Almera, City Engineer Carl Anthony Alfaro and Assistant City Treasurer Mauro Marcelo.

Tinio said that whoever was responsible for the civil registry anomalies will be punished once proven guilty. ###

Philippine eagle found in huge virgin forest

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is mobilizing all its resources to protect 78,000 hectares of virgin forest in Mingan Mountain between Nueva Ecija and Aurora where endangered Philippine eagles have been seen.

Joselito Blanco, community environment and natural resources officer, said that the forest has been identified as an important watershed traversed by the 58.34 kilometer Coronel River that flows into Pampanga River that, in turn, drains into Manila Bay.

He said that one place in Gabaldon with access to the forest has already been provided with a checkpoint.

Last year, DENR personnel conducted a watershed characterization study in the area to find out the plants and animals living there and identify possible problems. The study was part of the DENR's effort to comply with a Supreme Court order to clean Manila Bay. ###

4 drug traffickers arrested in Cabanatuan

Police arrested four drug traffickers in simultaneous raids in three Cabanatuan City barangays.

Nabbed were Luther Bondoc of Barangay Matadero, Roldan Umali of Barangay San Roque Sur, and Marissa del Rosario and Rey Kuba of Barangay Aduas Sur.

The Nueva Ecija police director, Sr. Supt. Roberto L. Aliggayu, said the raids were conducted by five police teams armed with search warrants.

He said that the arrested suspects were not members of dug syndicates but known drug pushers in the city.

Recovered from Bondoc were a fragmentation grenade, drug paraphernalia and a plastic sachet of illegal drug; from del Rosario, a .22 caliber pistol with five bullets and two matchboxes of marijuana; and from Roldan and Javier, a plastic sachet of what appeared to be shabu and drug paraphernalia.

Del Rosario admitted using her house as a site for drug sessions, with users paying P20 each per session.  She said that she uses the money to support her four grandchildren, resorting to the illegal drug trade after the family business became bankrupt following the death of her husband two years ago. ###

'Shabu king' nabbed

A high level illegal drug dealer in Cabanatuan City was arrested in a raid on his hideout last February 12.

Police armed with a search warrant arrested Benjamin de Guzman Pasco alias Boy Pasko and Boy Patis of 2 Barangay Sumacab Norte.

Sr. Supt. Roberto Aliggayu, provincial police director, said that based on transactions listed in two "blue books" seized from Pasco, the suspect could dispose of 35 to 40 grams of shabu per day at P9,000 per gram.

Seized from Pasco were a caliber .45 pistol and a magazine with 30 bullets, seven plastic sachets of shabu weighing about 25 grams, a lancet, two digital weighing scales, four plastic tooters, five pieces of folded aluminum foil, lighters, scissors, a surgical forceps and a black belt bag containing money.

Aliggayu said that the names in Pascua's "blue books" will be decoded to determine the extent of his operations. Surveillance operations are now being done on one of Pascua's illegal drug sources. ###

San Jose raid nets 7 drug traders

A small sign saying "Meron ngayon" outside the door of an apartment in a San Jose City subdivision  led to the raid of a suspected drug den and the arrest of six men and a woman last February 11.

Supt. Sidney N. Villaflor, city police chief, identified those arrested as Ryan Tenjoco, 29, of Poblacion North, Science City of Muñoz; his live-in partner Raquel Espiritu, 32, of Barangay Sports Center, Aduas, Cabanatuan City; his brother Raymundo Tenjoco, 25; and Ryan Miller Tolentino, 25; Angelito Santos, 38; Roland Carlos Magno, 26; and Richard Fernando, 28, all of Muñoz.

Raided was the Dr. Ben Reyes Apartment in Villa Ramos Subdivision in Barangay Abar 1st.

Witnesses to the raid were barangay kagawads Ferdinand L. Santiago and Wilfredo A. Nuñez.

The raiding team led by Villaflor himself was armed with two search warrants for illegal drugs and firearms issued by Judge Cynthia Martinez-Florendo against Tenjoco, the alleged leader of the group.

Seized from the suspects were a caliber .45 and caliber .40 pistols, six magazine assemblies with 121 bullets, seven plastic sachets of suspected shabu, an electronic weighing scale, 43 disposable lighters, four plastic tooters and two rolls of aluminum foil.

It was learned that the group has been operating in the area for more than nine months after transferring there from the Science City of Muñoz. ###

Rookie cop charged for shooting farmer

Frustrated murder charges were filed against a rookie policeman in Santo Domingo for shooting a farmer during a traffic altercation in Barangay Baloc last February 3.

Sr. Supt. Roberto L. Aliggayu, provincial police director, identified the suspect as PO1 Rodel T. Acosta, 34, of Barangay General Luna, Llanera and a member of the Santo Domingo police station.

Acosta and the victim, Enrico Gallardo, engaged in a heated confrontation after their vehicles got tangled in a traffic jam. This resulted in the policeman firing his gun at the victim.

Aside from the criminal charge, Acosta also faces administrative sanctions for his action. ###

Escaped convict turned motorcycle thief arrested

A convict who escaped from from the New Bilibid Prisons last year and turned to stealing motorcycles in Nueva Ecija has been arrested.

Members of the Jaen and San Isidro police arrested Lorenzo Paguio Pangilinan alias Jonjon, 39, of Barangay Malapit, San Isidro after raiding his hideout in Barangay Dampulan, Jaen last February 14.

Pangilinan had been convicted of illegal possession of firearms and jailed in the Bureau of Corrections facility in Muntinlupa City in 2007, but managed to escape in July last year.

Sr., Supt. Roberto L. Aliggayu, provincial police director, said that Pangilinan has been named the principal suspect in the series of robbery hold up and motorcycle theft cases in Gapan City, Jaen, Cabiao, San Isidro, San Leonardo General Tinio, Peñaranda and San Antonio.

Recovered from the suspect were a black Honda Wave motorcycle believed to have been stolen and later pawned to Arnold Nagayo of Barangay San Roque, San Isidro; another similar motorcycle owned by Josefina Ricio of San Leonardo; a blue Bajaj motorcycle with sidecar owned by Rudy Boy Perez of Santa Rosa; and a Honda Beat without license plates. ###

Carjacked SUV recovered from Nampicuan couple

Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) office in Ilocos Sur recovered from a couple in Nampicuan a sports utility vehicle suspected of having been carjacked.

Sr. Insp. Reynaldo Hondrado of the Nampicuan police said that the NBI Vigan District Office requested the local police to help in investigating an Isuzu Crosswind with plate number XFX 726 in the possession of Nelito and Tessie Bedasua, principal and teacher, respectively, at Alzate Elementary School.

The NBI agents led by lawyer Lacson Malqued, showed a report that the vehicle was carjacked  last December 27 and later bought by the Bedasuas from a certain Engr. Joey Jaramilla, a car dealer.

The couple was convinced to turn over the hot vehicle to the NBI agents. ###


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