Former Mayor Romeo Borja,
Sr. of Pantabangan was arrested last
February 8 for rape, child abuse and
He was arrested at a wake in Umingan,
Pangasinan by a combined team of
Pantabangan and local policemen.
Borja suffered a stroke after his arrest
and was placed under hospital arrest in
His son, Romeo, Jr., who is accused of
rape, remains at large.
The Borjas face charges of rape and
violations of the Special Protection of
Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and
Discrimination Act filed with the
Department of Justice in May 2013.
The complainant was the mother of a 17
year old woman who was allegedly raped
on several separate occasions by the
father and son in Pantabangan, Pasay
City and Angeles City,.
The Borjas denied the accusations and
said politics was behind the cases. ###
mayor's family snubs posthumous award
For having been denied
appropriate honors when Cabiao Mayor
Abundia Garcia died in 2011, her family
snubbed a posthumous award offered by
town officials during the "Gabi ng
Parangal" of the "Paistima Ka sa
Kabyawan Festival" organized by the
Vice Mayor Ernesto Talens said the late
mayor's husband, incumbent Sangguniang
Bayan Member Joe Garcia, did not show up
at the affair.
Talens said it was sad but they still
expect to give the award to the
councilor during their next session.
Garcia was elected mayor in 2007 but
lost when she ran for re-election in
2011. She died while awaiting the
result of her election protest against
incumbent Mayor Gloria Crespo-Congco.
The Garcia family said the former mayor
was not given the proper funeral honors
as a former town official, and even the
funeral cortege was not allowed the
enter the municipal grounds.
This was denied by Talens, saying that
he and the municipal councilors waited
for Garcia's body to be brought to the
town hall but the funeral cortege did
Mayor Congco, for her part, said the
former mayor deserves the award for
having contributed to the growth of
Cabiao and "politics was long behind
says 'Santi' victims still awaiting
natl. government aid
Gov. Aurelio M. Umali said
victims of typhoon Santi which hit the
province in October last year, have not
received any aid from the national
He said the provincial government is
continuously distributing roofing
materials to the affected families and
giving subsidies to farmers for their
palay seedling requirements.
On the other hand, First Dist. Rep.
Estrellita Suansing said she received
P6.5 million from the Quick Response
fund for the affected school buildings
in nine municipalities.
Nueva Ecija lost some P2.3 billion worth
of agricultural produce and
infrastructure due to the typhoon. If
damaged houses were included in the
computation, the amount could reach P3
declares February 3 holiday in
President Aquino declared
February 3 as a special non-working
holiday in Cabanatuan City on the
occasion of its 64th charter
In his Proclamation No. 711, the
President said the holiday would give
residents the opportunity to celebrate
Cabanatuan City is considered the
commercial and educational center of
It was founded as a barrio of Gapan in
1750 and became a municipality in 1780.
The February 3 holiday marks the
elevation of Cabanatuan into a city in
1950 under Republic Act No. 526. ###
The Cabanatuan City
government led by Mayor Julius Cesar V.
Vergara awarded this year's group of
outstanding Cabanatueños in rites held
at La Parilla Hotel last February 3 in
connection with the celebration of the
city's 64th charter anniversary.
Among the "Ang Natataging Anak ng
Kabanatuan" (ANAK) awardees -- those
born in the city or elsewhere, of
Cabanatueño parents -- were Dr. Maria
Annette D. Bautista, medicine; Aldeza
Ianna S. dela Torre, performing arts;
Teresa Daluz-Mababa, public school
Trinidad-Santos and Marie A. De Guzman,
entrepreneurship/business; Vice Mayor
Marius A. Garcia, public service; Elito
M. Santarina, mayor pro tempore of
Carson City, California, public service;
and Supt. Domingo V. Tambalo,
The “Ang Natatanging Andukha ng
Kabanatuan” awardee -- resident
born not in Cabanatuan but who adopt the
city as his residence and adopted by
city as its citizen -- was Lt. Col.
Rodrigo Medrano, chief of the 107th
Contracting Office of the Armed Forces
of the Philippines-Procument Service
based in Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City.
Meanwhile, Chief Supt. Richard Albano,
Quezon City police district director,
was awarded the "Ang Natatanging Angkan
ng Kabanatuan" given to one who has all
the criteria for an ANAK award except
for his birthplace but who is married to
a Cabanatuan clan member or "angkan".
receives Metrobank Foundation PEACE
ASKI Executive Director
Rolando B. Victoria (left) receives
the PEACE Award from
Metrobank Foundation President Aniceto
Alalay sa Kaunlaran (ASKI)
was among the recipients of the
"Partners in Empowerment, Advocacy and
Commitment to Excellence" (PEACE) award
during celebration of the 35th
annniversary of Metrobank Foundation,
Inc. (MBFI) at Le Pavilion, Metropolitan
Park, Pasay City last January 29.
MBFI is the corporate social
responsibility arm of Metropolitan Bank
and Trust Company (Metrobank).
ASKI, represented by Executive Director
Rolando B. Victoria, was cited for being
the implementing partner of the
MetroGold Financial Education and
Microfinance programs for 400 overseas
Filipino workers in Singapore and 400
family members in the Philippines. Some
322 OFWs have graduated from the program
under modules that include financial
education, basic entrepreneurship and
The partnership with ASKI recently won
the distinguished Financial Inclusion
Award from the London-based magazine The
Banker where Metrobank, throuth MBFI,
was the lone global recipient.
The affair was graced by Luis Antonio
Cardinal Tagle as guest of honor, and
attended by national and local
government officials, and those from the
academe, business, diplomacy and
non-government and socio-civic
Mall opens in... Baler!
Leticia Uy, president of
the NE Group of Companies, led the
inauguration rites for a shopping mall
and commercial complex in Aurora last
Called the NE Mall and Supermarket, it
is the first complex of its kind in
Aurora and located in Purok 7,
Barangay Suklayin, Baler near the
Ronaldo Rosetes, the company architect
who designed the mall project, said the
complex is on a one-hectare site, with a
supermarket in the ground floor and a
restaurant in the second floor, with a
4,000 square meter parking space that
can accommodate 200 cars.
He said the complex is similar to NE
Crossing in Sangitan, Cabanatuan City.
The commercial complex started
construction last September 1 with 40
skilled workers hired from Baler and 70
to 80 from Nueva Ecija. It was
supposed to be inaugurated last December
but work was slowed down by typhoons
Labuyo and Santi.
During the inauguration rites, Uy was
accompanied by officers and members of
Uy put up the first mall in Cabanatuan
City in 1983, housing a supermarket,
cinemas, a fast food center, a
recreation center, boutiques, drug
stores and other shops operated by
tenants. It was the first public
building in Nueva Ecija to have an
In 1996, she opened NE-Pacific Mall in
partnership with Landco Pacific
In 2008, a branch of Robinsons Mall was
set up beside NE-Pacific Mall through a
later put up a chain of malls, super
bodegas and restaurants in Gapan City
and San Jose City in Nueva Ecija;
Baliwag and Santa Maria in Bulacan;
Santiago City and Cauayan City in
Isabela; North Edsa; a catering service
in San Juan, Metro Manila and overseas
in Torrance, California. ###
automates payroll system
The Palayan City
government has automated the payroll of
its employees who now receive their
salaries through automated teller
Cuevas said about 400 employees
benefited from the scheme implemented
after the signing of an agreement
between the city government and the Land
Bank of the Philippines.
Bagaoisan, Land Bank manager, said the
opening of the off-site ATM unit was in
response to increasing clamor of card
holders to have one in Palayan.
Aside from Land
Bank account holders, also allowed are
withdrawals for Conditional Cash
Transfer and police and military
Talavera to install
CCTV vs. crimes
Nerivi Santos-Martinez wants
surveillance cameras installed in
strategic places to monitor the movement
of people following the spate of
unsolved killings in the town in the
Martinez said at
least five people have been killed since
last month and expressed her dismay that
the police have failed to solve the
cases or arrest any suspect.
The cases include
that of two vendors whose bodies were
found inside the public cemetery, and
the shooting of a 71-year old widower
and a 62-year old kagawad.
With the CCTV
cameras, Martinez said they will be able
to solve and deter crimes.
She has asked the
Sangguniang Bayan to allocate P2 million
for the purchase and installation of the
cameras, which is in line with the plan
of the League of Municipalities to set
up similar facilities in the 600
barangays of Nueva Ecija. ###
hands out anniversary awards
Provincial Public Safety Company (PPCS)
headed by Supt. Ricardo Villaneuva
handed out awards during its 23rd
founding anniversary celebration with
the theme "One Nation in Prayer".
honored for their support for the PPSC
were 3rd Dist. Rep. Czarina Umali,
Carranglan Mayor Mary Abad, Regional
Trial Court Judge Celso Baguio, Assitant
Procecutors Eddie Gutierrez, Francisco
Macaraeg and Edwin Bonifacio.
Also cited were
District Engineer Ulysses Llado Jr. of
the Nueva Ecija 2nd District Engineering
Office of the Department of Public Works
and Highways; Provincial Board Bember
Napoleon Interior; Barangay Chairs
Erwin Javaluyas (chairman,
ABC-Aliaga), Cesar Tolentino (San
Nicolas, Gapan City), Joselito Ramos
(Poblacion, Peñaranda), and Ramon Gamboa
(Bucot, Aliaga); and Rev. Fathers Marlou
Tarciso N. Cruz and Simon Jeffrey Ma.
Catatista for the religious sector.
awardees were Epifanio P. Bautista, of
Barangay San Roque; Marcelo L. Matias,
Jr. of Barangay San Nicolas; and Jerry
D. Balmeo of Barangay Malimba, all in
Among the media
personalities awarded were Steve Gosuico
of People's Journal and People's
Tonight; Jojo de Guzman of Malaya,
Abante and DZXO; Armand Galang of
Philippine Daily Inquirer, CL-TV 36 and
DZXO; Grace Sansano of DZRH; Cris
Sansano of TV 5 and Manila Times;
and Julie Reyes and Murphy Santos, both
awardees included Sr. Insp. Alexander
Reyes (PCO level), PO3 Reynaldo Camacho
(PNCO level), both in the field of
operations; PO2 Marissa Rivera
(PNCO level) in the Police-Community
Relations; PO3 Jacinto Gregorio Jr.
(special skills during police
intervention); SPO1 Andres M. del
Rosario, SPO1 Edgar San Gabriel, PO3
Melvin Mendoza, PO3 Ruel . Acosta and
PO2 Romano Rivera. ###
unit of San Jose power plant to
operate by September
of the first unit of the 24-Megawatt
biomass power plant of San Jose City
IPower Corp. (SJC IPower) is on track
for its projected commercial operations
in the third quarter of this year.
Marasigan, director of the Department of
Energy's Renewable Energy Management
Bureau, said the 12-Megawatt unit is
scheduled to go online in September,
with the site development now going on.
The P2 billion
biomass project is on a five-hectare lot
in Barangay Tulat, San Jose City.
SJC IPower chief operating officer, said
the company will use the excess rice
husks in San Jose City to be provided by
local rice millers.
of SJC IPower is owned by Lucio Co's
Union Energy Corp. while the remainder
is held by 21 rice milling firms in
Nueva Ecija. ###
councilor escapes grenade blast
A Gapan City councilor survived a
grenade attack last Febryary 7, just
five months after he and his wife were
wounded in an attack by armed men in
Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nieves, provincial
police director, said Sangguniang
Panglunsod Member Danilo de Guzman was
not hurt when a grenade exploded in his
yard in Barangay Malimba.
The councilor and his family were inside
the house when two men arrived on
separate motorycles near the area and
lobbed a grenade at the house.
The blast damaged de Guzman's vehicle
parked near the garage.
Nieves said police have yet to establish
the motive for the attack, but
investigators had already reviewed a
video of the incident taken by a nearby
closed-circuit television camera.
In August 2013, de Guzman and his wife
Julieta were wounded when men armed with
rifles barged into their house and shot
That attack and three other cases of gun
violence resulted in the replacement of
the city police chief. ###
arrested for poaching wild ducks
Policemen and officials of the
Department of Environment and Natural
Resources arrested seven persons for
illegally hunting wild Philippine ducks
inside a protected area in Pantabangan
last February 12.
Pantabangan police said three of the
suspects were identified as Romulo
Torres, Jr. of Quezon City, Wildred
Puzon of Mandaluyong City and Ildefonso
Padigos of Bulacan. The four other
unidentified suspects were residents of
West Poblacion, Pantabangan.
The group had killed a total of 86 ducks
with shotguns by the time the policemen
and soldiers from the Army's 56th
Infantry Battalion caught up with them.
The men could not present hunting
licenses or permits to carry three sets
of 12-gauge shotguns and 118 shotgun
cartridges outside their homes.
They were charged with transporting
licensed weapons without permits and
hunting wildlife inside a protected area
without a license.
Junie Fernandez, community environment
and natural resources officer for north
Nueva Ecija, said Phlippine ducks known
scientifically as Anas luzonica are
included in the government's
The suspects, if found guilty, could be
imprisoned for four years and fined up
to P300,000. ###
San Isidro guard shot
A security guard
was repeatedly shot by two
motorcycle-riding men along Gov. Joson
Provincial Road in Barangay Poblacion,
Police said the
victim, Wenceslao Velasco, 45, of Purok
6, Barangay Mangga died on the spot.
shooting, the victim fetched his 15 year
old son William at a small town lottery
outlet in Barangay Alua, using a black
Honda Wave motorcycle.
While to two were
driving home, two men aboard a red Honda
Wave motorcycle overtook them and fired
at the victim's face at close range.
then got off and grabbed the victim's
shoulder bag and shot the victim again
three times, killing him on the spot.
arrested for killing sis-in-law
Police arrested a
42-year old widower for the murder of
his sister-in-law whose body was dumped
into a sack and thrown in the river in
Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police
director, said Alexander Sabado, 42, had
confessed to murdering his sister-in-law
Marietta Isona, 39, whose body was found
floating on the river.
showed that Sabado and Isona, who were
having an affair, had a violent quarrel.
Sabado punched Isona, knocking her
unconscious. For fear that he had killed
her, he placed her body in a sack and
threw it into the river. ###
dead, son wounded in Santa Rosa
A woman and her
son riding a motorcycle were ambushed in
Santa Rosa last February 4.
The victims were
identified as Cecilia Pagaduan and her
son Juan Carlo.The mother was declared
dead on arrival at a hospital.
The suspect was
identified as Junel Inocerta, 18. He was
arrested at 10:00 P.M. at a checkpoint
in San Ildefonso, Bulacan after he
yielded an improvised gun and a
motorcycle that turned out to have been
stolen from his two victims.
investigation, it was discovered that
Inocerta was also involved in the
shooting of a certain Joselito Palarca,
reportedly a relative of the Pagaduans.
Police said the
suspect in the Palarca shooting was a
certain Jomar Gomez which turned out to
be an alias of Inocerta.
A follow up
operation in the house where Inocerta
was staying yielded unlicensed firearms
and ammunition. The owner of the house,
Edgardo Dalisay, was separately charged
with illegal possession of firearms.
are still looking into the motives for
the two gun attacks involving