airplane crashed on a house in Barangay
Poblacion North, Rizal last March 6
after its pilot reportedly flew low to
impress his girlfriend.
Cornelio Ordanza, town police chief,
identified the pilot as Paul
Pafultad, 30, of Binalonan, Pangasinan
and his co-pilot, Wen Htet, 21, of
sustained a head injury while Htet was
54, owner of the house where the plane
landed, suffered bruises on his
He said he
was in the kitchen when the incident
happened at about 8:00 A.M.
na lang ako sa bubong na pala ng bahay
ko iyon at nakita ko doon 'yung maliit
na eroplano," he said.
barangay residents -- Jasmin Gagarin,
Pastol Rolando Laminado and Barangay
Chair Roberto Lapuz -- said the plane,
with tail number RP-C1025, would usually
pass over their area so the pilot could
show off to his girlfriend living there.
na ito ng mga residente kasi madalas
nga itong ginagawa na tila
nagpapasikat doon sa babae, may mga
pagkakataon pa nga naglalag-lag siya
ng candy sa bahay ng gf niya,"
Lapuz said. ###
Cuyapo mayor convicted
for proxy weddings
another person to preside over two
weddings on his behalf, Cuyapo Mayor
Amado R.Corpuz was sentenced by the
Sandiganbayan to two four-year jail
found guilty of two counts of
falsification of public documents by
allowing a proxy to stand for him to
officiate in two wedding ceremonies in
Sandiganbayan First Division composed of
Associate Justices Efren dela Cruz,
Rodolfo Ponferrada and Rafael Lagos also
ordered Corpuz to pay a fine of P5,000
for each case.
defense, Corpuz presented the two grooms
but the anti-graft court gave more
weight to the testimony of the mayor's
proxy presented by the prosecution,
including wedding photos and the
testimony of photographers and wedding
Municipal Civil Registrar Thelmo Corpuz
testified that he was assigned by the
mayor to solemnize the weddings of Manny
Asuncion and Dina Lumanlan on October
28, 2009, and that of Alex Pascual and
Esperanza Arizabal on December 19, 2009.
He said he
decided to admit his role in the crimes
because he was getting old and wanted
peace of mind.
While it was
the civil registrar who presided over
the weddings, it was the mayor who
signed the marriage contracts as
Asuncion and Pascual said the photos
taken during their wedding showed the
mayor standing in front of them and
their brides during the marriage
counseling sessions before the wedding
photographers contracted by the couples
refuted this and said there were no
wedding photos showing the mayor in the
act of solemnizing the marriages.
Mom of Pantabangan rape
victim bares P1M bribe try
The mother of
the beauty pageant contestant who
accused former Mayor Romeo Borja, Sr.
and his son, Vice Mayor Romeo
Borja, Jr., of rape, said there had been
an attempt to pay her daughter P1
million to drop the case.
in the GMA news program "24 Oras", the
mother said "Akala nila mababayan
ako... P1 million? Hindi P1 million
ang buhay ng anak ko."
the victim, she was repeatedly raped by
the Borjas from April 2011 to November
2012, after meeting them in a beauty
pageant that she joined.
po... Syempre kinakabahan.
Pinagbabantaan po nila kami," the
victim said. "Yun pong pananakit nila
at saka yung sapilitan pong paggawa ng
hindi maganda, labag po sa kagustuhan
ko. Yung patutok po ng baril sa akin,"
mayor was arrested in Pangasinan last
month and allowed to stay in a hospital
in Pampanga due to tuberculosis, while
his son was subsequently arrested
said "Yan naman ay ating haharapin at
masasagot naman natin sa korte yan.
Mga ebidensiya na lang natin ang
magpapatunay kung ano talaga yung
tunay na nangyari."
two more rape victims of the Borjas have
filed complaints with the Department of
Justice, including another beauty
pageant contestant and a house helper.
Ecija builds P20-M
provincial government held a
ground-breaking ceremony for a P20
million, three storey hostel for
policemen -- the first such facility in
were attended by Philippine National
Police Director General Alan Purisima,
National Police Commission Vice Chair
Eduardo Escueta and Commissioners
Alejandro Uro and Luisito Palmera.
M. Umali said the facility funded by the
provincial government is expected to be
finished in six months and intended to
provide policemen decent accommodation
as a reward for their peacekeeping
was instrumental in changing the image
of the province from a political war
zone to a zone of peace. If you can give
your life in the service, then the local
government should pay respect to you by
providing you with decent and dignified
place to live in,” Umali said.
and multipurpose building, inside the
Provincial Public Safety Company
compound across the Nueva Ecija
Provincial Police Office, boasts of a
conference hall, suites and function
of the Regional Peace and Order Council,
cited the police for its efforts in
Ecija’s history was written in violence.
I have to rewrite it and I can only do
that if I have the support of the
police,” he said. ###
to ERC: P18.6-M repair investment
but no effect on rates
Electric Cooperative, Inc. I (NEECO I)
has petitioned the Energy Regulatory
Commission (ERC) to approve its force
majeure ("act of nature") capital
expenditure project following the
devastation caused by typhoon Santi on
October 11 last year.
said the strong winds and rains
devastated NEECO I's coverage area,
including its distribution lines, poles
and other facilities, causing an 11-day
power blackout that affected its 70,000
out that the repair and restoration of
its damaged facilities cost
cooperative said it does not intend to
recover from its customers the amount as
the general funds were used to cover the
cost of restoration and repair of its
shall have no impact on the rates to its
customers," NEECO added.
ERC reiterated the need of power
distributors to restore disrupted
electricity supply in their respective
franchise areas. It said the reiteration
of the guidelines is necessary because
unforeseen circumstances may require the
revision of the affected distributor's
existing capital expenditure plans and
loan applications that are pending with
the commission. ###
distributes solar lamps to Ecija
Korean non-government organization has
donated solar lamps to poor households
in remote communities in Nueva Ecija to
repay the help of Filipinos during the
Korean war over 60 years go.
Yoo, president of the Global Peace
Festival Foundation of Korea (GPFFK),
recalled that the Philippines persuaded
the international community against
invading Korea and Filipinos built
buildings and communities in his
country. He said it is the turn of
Koreans to return the favor by building
ideal communities in the Philippines.
Peace Foundation International Chair
James Flyn and other foundation
officials called on
M. Umalli at the old provincial capitol
building in Cabanatuan City.
planted trees, attended the launching of
a housing project and participated in a
walk for peace.
Yoo said the
solar lamps were part of the All Lights
Village Project launched last January,
targeting to light up some 30,000 sitios
in the country with LED lanterns.
He said the
project hopes to replace the use of
candles and kerosene lamps which are
fire and health hazards.
In 2013, the
group donated solar lanterns to 300
families in Palayan City, Laur and
Lucio Co firm acquires
NE Pacific Mall operator
Lucio Co's investment holding firm,
Cosco Capital, has acquired NE Pacific
Corp., operator of NE Pacific Mall in
In its stock
exchange disclosure, Cosco Capital said
it has acquired 100% of the capital
stock of NE Pacific Shopping Centers
Corp. from a group that included Metro
Pacific Investments Corp. It also
acquired the shares of the remaining
In a separate
disclosure, Metro Pacific said it sold
all of its shares in NE Pacific Shopping
Centers Corp., or 36.89% of the issued
and outstanding capital stock of the
corporation, to Cosco Capital.
Mall, the first large commercial mall in
Cabanatuan City, has a gross floor area
of over 25,000 square meters with over
400 tenants composed of fashion outlets,
fast food chains, specialty shops,
supermarket, appliance center, game
arcade, banks government satellite
offices and three cinemas.
assets include a 51% stake in Puregold
Price Club, Inc., liquor distribution
companies and the oil storage business
of Pure Petroleum Corp. ###
DOLE signs MOA with
Ecija LGUs for OFW desks
Department of Labor and Employment and
its attached agencies --Overseas Workers
Welfare Administration (OWWA) and
Philippine Overseas Employment
Administration (POEA) -- has signed a
memorandum of agreement with five towns
and one city in Nueva Ecija for the
setting up of an Overseas Filipino
Migrant Worker's Desk in each locality.
signatories were DOLE Regional Director
Raymundo Agravante, DOLE Assistant
Director Geraldine Panlilio, OWWA
Regional Director Marilou Reyes, POEA
Regional Director Paterno Juridico,
incoming DOLE Provincial Director
Angelita Fernando and Mayors Adrienne
May Cuevas of Palayan City, Nerivi
Martinez of Talavera, Mary Abad of
Carranglan, Elizabeth Vargas of Aliaga
and Lorna Mae Vero of Llanera.
desk is being established so OFWs and
their families can readily avail
themselves of its services in the least
signing was the highlight of the
Advanced Management Training
Course-Capability Building for Public
Employment Service Office (PESO)
managers and coordinators, and conducted
alongside the reorientation on
PhilJobnet and career coaching tips for
PESO managers. ###
Ecija's 'Rice Coffee
Queen' exports guyabano tea
Basubas of Barangay Maligaya in the
Science City Muñoz, who pioneered the
manufacture of rice coffee in teabags
sold locally and abroad, has gone into
the processing and packing of guyabano
exporting P500,000 worth of pure
guyabano tea and guyabano tea with
pandan to the United States,
Switzerland, Bulgaria, Iceland and
Brunei every four to six months."
tea is marketed locally in big malls
like SM and other super stores.
looking forward to an increased the
demand abroad once her processing plant
and office get halal certification and
accreditation, making them in accordance
with Islamic law. and permissible to be
used by Muslims
processes some 1,000 kilograms of
guyabano leaves per month, said she buys
them from farmers accredited as
suppliers at P20 per kilogram.
not too young or too old, pest-free and
not sprayed with chemicals, are
air-dried for three days and heated in
an oven to disinfect them.
said to possess medicinal properties,
including the ability to fight cancer
cells, though reports on clinical trials
on humans have yet to be published.
produces herbal teas from malungay
leaves, ginger, yellow ginger or
turmeric, lemon grass, ampalaya, squash
and carrot. ###
accident kills 1, injures 4
A 40 year old
woman died while four other companions,
including two children, were injured in
a three-way collision along a curved
downhill portion of Maharlika Highway in
Barangay Puncan, Carranglan last March
the accident happened at 4:00 A.M. and
involved a 10-wheeler truck loaded with
500 sacks of empty bottles, a tricycle
and a Nissan Urvan van, all traveling
towards the south.
was identified as Lorena Geronimo of
Alibagu, Ilagan, Isabela. Her
co-passengers Nympha Paggao, 77; Althea
Allagao, 10; Juan Shelo Geronimo, 5; and
Jose Mari Geronimo, 44, all of of the
same address, were injured.
occupants of a Nissan Urvan driven by
Rodolfo Ramirez, Jr. of District
happened when the 10-wheeler truck
driven by Albert Nietes, 38, of Barangay
Langkaan, Dasmariñas City, Cavite, ran
out of control while going downhill at a
sharp curve, then hit the rear of a
tricycle driven by Hipolito Pajarillaga,
Jr., 26, of Barangay Rio Chico, General
Tinio, and the Nissan Urvan.
and the van then rammed the houses of
Gilbert Cayme, 31, and Renato Salamanca,
57, along the highway.
the truck driver was placed under
custody pending the filing of
appropriate charges against him. ###
Zaragoza brothers punch
police chief, grab gun
brothers were held after one of them
punched the Zaragoza police chief and
the other grabbed the officer's service
after one of them was accosted for his
"alarming" appearance during the
celebration of the town's 136th founding
anniversary last March 14.
were identified as a certain Bernard,
25, and his younger brother Marlon, 22,
of Barangay General Luna.
The two were
reportedly drunk when apprehended at
8:30 A.M. by policemen led by Chief
Insp. Rico Cayabyab, police chief, who
were then conducting routine patrol at
the town plaza.
he advised Bernard to dress accordingly
because he was in a public place and
people there were alarmed by his
heeding the advice, Bernard told
Cayabyab "Bakit, ano ang pakialam mo?:"
then tried to punch Cayabyab but missed.
was about to be taken to the police
station, Marlon arrived and tried to
take his brother from Cayabyab. He also
tried to grab the officer's gun from its
resulted in Cayabyab's uniform being
torn and his wristwatch damaged.
were taken to La Paz Medicare and
Community Hospital in La Paz, Tarlac for
medical examination and liquor tests.
2 die in
Two men died
while undergoing treatment after their
motorcycle and tricycle collided along
Maharlika Highway in Barangay Abar 1st,
San Jose City at about 9:40 P.M. last
were identified as Jayson Mendonez,
motorcycle driver, 24, single, of
Barangay Burgos, Carranglan, and Mark
Grospe, tricycle driver, 23, single, of
Barangay Balic, Santo Domingo.
riders Kennetch Mendonez, 18, and
Jennifer Elias, 22, were injured.
Apolinario Tolentino, officer on case,
said the motorcycle tried to overtake
the tricycle and got hit.
while undergoing treatment at a local
hospital while Grospe, who was taken to
a hospital in Cabanatuan City, also died
while being treated. ###
San Jose pimp arrested, 2
arrested an alleged pimp and rescued two
teens who were believed being lured into
prostitution during an entrapment
operation in San Jose City last March
Hidalgo, city police chief, identified
the suspect as Winnie Ramos, 25, of Zone
8, Barangay Abar 1st.
rescued were aged 16 and 17, both
single, one from San Roque Street,
Barangay 1st and the other from Zone 8,
Barangay Santo Tomas.
entrapment operation was set up after
PO2 Louie Gosuico received a tip on
the presence of a human trafficker
disguised as a customer transacted with
the suspect through text messaging,
setting up a sex deal for P1,500 at
Maharlika Suite in Barangay Caanawan.
was led by SPO1 Melissa Eusebio, chief
of the Women and Children's
Protection Destk and SPO4 Camilo
A case of
child trafficking was filed against the
suspect at the San Jose City
Prosecutor's Office. ###