CL governors sign
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
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
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
He stressed that the increase
in crime rate should be attributed to his policy of truthful reporting
by field commanders. ###
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. ###
UPRIIS farmers training center inauguration
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
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. ###
farmers to earn millions from hybrid onions
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. ###
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
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.
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.
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
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
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. ###
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
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. ###
A high level illegal drug
dealer in Cabanatuan City was arrested in a raid on his hideout last February
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. ###
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
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. ###
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
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
Aside from the criminal charge,
Acosta also faces administrative sanctions for his action. ###
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
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. ###
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. ###