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Marquez: See if politics behind Ecija killings

Director General Ricardo Marquez of the Philippine National Police directed the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office to see if politics was behind the recent killings in the province.

Marquez met with provincial police officials last March 11, calling their attention to their dismissal of the recent killings as non-political even without the support of evidence.

Marquez was referring to the murders of Cabanatuan barangay chairs Roger Pascual of Camp Tinio and Cesar Baltazar of General Luna, and that of another barangay chief in Cabiao early this year.

The cases have yet to be solved. ###

NFA files administrative raps against 11 Ecija employees

The National Food Authority (NFA) filed last March 15 administrative charges with preventive suspension against 11 personnel of its Nueva Ecija field office.

The charges were filed after an investigating panel completed its investigation on an anomaly discovered by the NFA regional office in November last year involving the purchase of substandard palay.at regular price.

An NFA statement said the violations committed by the 11 employees were grave misconduct, dishonesty, gross neglect of duty, falsification of official documents and conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the service.

A full-dress investigation to determine the possible participation of other NFA employees and outsiders could lead to the filing of criminal charges.

NFA Administrator Renan Dalisay said he was saddened that the scam happened during his term.

He said he hopes the filing of administrative charges against the 11 employees would serve as warning to the agency's procurerment teams around the country especially with the approach of the summer harvest procurement season. ###

39 arrested for loose guns

A total of 39 persons were arrested and 70 unlicensed firearms of different calibers and 1,200 bullets were seized in various police raids in the province last March 9.

Chief Supt. Rudy Lacadin, Central Luzon police director, said some of the firearms seized were caliber .45 revolvers, automatic assault rifles, carbine and shot guns.

He said the raid was based on 123 search warrants issued by various courts and served by the Nueva Ecija provincial police and Criminal Detection Group.

Lacadin said the raids aimed to prevent violence in the coming elections, with the province under the watch list of the police and the Commission on Elections. ###

CIDG seizes 5 firearms, bullets in Ecija raids

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-3 (CIDG-3) confiscated three pistols, two long firearms and several bullets in raids in various parts of Nueva Ecija last March 7.

Sr. Supt. Benjamin Silo, Jr., CIDG-3 director, said the "One-Time-Big-Time" operation implemented several search warrants.

In Barangay Malapit, San Isidro, operatives arrested Antonio Mendoza, 69, for possession of a Colt caliber .45 pistol loaded with seven bullets, and a Ruger Blackhawk Elite long rifle.

In Barangay Santa Rita, Cabiao, Jesus Juachon, 64 was arrested after yielding an Akkar 12-gauge shotgun and 324 bullets.

In Barangay Pinagpanaan, Talavera, operatives confiscated an Armscor caliber .45 pistol and 23 bullets and a Smith and Wesson caliber .38 revolver and 22 bullets.

The arrested suspects face charges of violation of Republic Act 10591. ###

Arsonists raid 5 Star Bus garage

Eight unidentified armed men entered the garage of Five Star Bus Company along Emilio Vergara Highway in Barangay Santa Arcadia, Cabanatuan City and tried to burn four buses parked inside.

Totally destroyed in the March 4 raid was an unserviceable bus unit.

Sr Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, said the three other buses were saved because of the fast response of  Cabanatuan City firefighters who were alerted by a patrolling police car.

Supt. Joselito Villarosa, Jr. city police chief, said the suspects entered the compound at 7:00 P.M., splashed gasoline on the four buses and then set them afire before escaping aboard a white van.

The police said they are still determining if the arson attack was the work of New People's Army rebels. ###

Gapan barangay councilor's house strafed

Two men riding a motorcycle in tandem strafed the house of a barangay councilman in Gapan City last March 12.

Supt. Nelson Aganon, city police chief, said a concerned citizen reported that the house of Barangay Kagawad Eduardo Bactol, 49, of Barangay Pambuan, was fired upon repeatedly at 1:30 A.M.

Bactol and his wife were sleeping inside the house when awakened by the successive gunfire.

Bactol peered through the window and saw the two suspects escaping aboard a motorcycle.

Neighbors said the two suspects were of medium build, 5'8" to 5'9" in height and wearing helmets, black jackets and denim pants. They escaped in the direction of Peņaranda.

Recovered from the scene were four caliber .45 cartridges and three slugs.

Police teams conducted a follow-up operation but failed to arrest any suspect. ###

Cabanatuan jewelry trader gunned down

An unidentified man shot dead a 62-year old jewelry trader in Cabanatuan City last March 10.

The victim was identified as Simfrosa Buse, a native of Baguio City and living at 1033 Rizal Street, Barangay Rizdeliz, Cabanatuan.City.

Buse was walking home with her niece after attending a Zumba session when shot in the head with  a caliber .45 pistol near the corner of  Sanciagco and del Pilar Streets.

Her companion was grazed in the shoulder but managed to run away.

Police have yet to identify the killers and the motive for the attack. ###

Repairman shot dead in San Leonardo

A 43-yer old electronics repairman driving his motorcycle was shot dead by unidentified car-riding suspects before midnight last March 6 in San Leonardo.

The victim was Louie Adriano, married, of Barangay Tabuating. He was shot repeatedly in the back by the suspects along the Maharlika Highway in Tabuating.

SPO2 Antonio Olanda, case investigator, said the incident was first reported as a vehicular accident until the responding policemen learned that it was a murder incident.

Investigators are looking into the trading of illegal drugs as the possible motive. Several shabu paraphernalia were discovered by the police in the victim's house. ###

Cabanatuan cybersex den raided

Anti-crime operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested 27 persons in a raid on an alleged cybersex den in Cabanatuan City.

Sr. Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) chief, said raided at around 12:30 A.M. last March 2 was the TLS Synergy Group at 31 Melencio Ext., Kapitan Pepe Subdivision, Barangay San Josef Sur.

The raid happened two days after the ACG smashed a syndicate based in Manila that catered to Western pedophiles.

TLS Synergy, ostensibly an online marketing firm, was run by principal suspect Florencio Holgado, subject of a search warrant issued by Judge Richard Paradeza of the Olongapo City Regional Court Branch 72.

Eleazar said those arrested included seven women chatting with clients while showing videos of females performing simulated sex.

He said there was reason to believe that the suspects' activities could lead to "sextortion".

He said an online chatter would encourage a prospective victim to take part in a video chat often conducted through Skype. The chatter would show a simulated video of a naked woman and entice the victim to go naked on camera. The chatter then records the live video on the computer and would later blackmail the victim by threatening to send the recorded video to the victim's Facebook friends if he does not give in to the chatter's demand for money.

Eleazar said the chatters were hired by Holgado and trained to look for potential victims in internet dating sites, social media, blogs and pornographic sites. ###

Ecija's most wanted person arrested

Nueva Ecija's most wanted criminal involved in carnapping with homicide was arrested by the San Jose City police last March 8.

Supt. Nolie Asuncion, city police chief, identified the suspect as Mark Anthony Himeda, 22, of St. Cecilia Village, Barangay Abar First.

He was arrested by the local police and elements of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) in his hideout at about 8:30 A.M.

The arrest was backed by a warrant for carnapping with homicide with no bail recommended, issued by Judge Cynthia Martinez-Florendo of the San Jose City Regional Trial Court Branch 39.

The HPG identified the suspect as the province's most wanted person. ###

2 elderly brothers killed in highway accident

Two brothers were killed when the tricycle they were riding was bumped by a car at the corner of Maharlika Highway and General Luna, Cabanatuan City last March 14.

The victims were identified as Nestor Emata Reyes, 53, and his elder brother Francisco, 63, both residents of Purok Sitio Boundary, Barangay Caaliibangbangan, Cabanatuan City.

Police investigators said the accident happened at 12:35 A.M. when the victims' tricycle was rammed by a car driven by BJ Allen de Guzman Bendoy, 25, of Purok 2, Barangay Bakod Bayan, Cabanatuan City. ###

Old lady victimized by 'budol'budol' gang

An 82 year old widow lost more than P100,000 in cash and jewelry to suspected members of a 'budol-budol' gang in Cabanatuan last March 14.

Supt. Joselito Villarosa, Jr. identified the victim as Lucila Santarina of Ireneville Subdivision, Barangay San Isidro, Cabanatuan City.

The suspects, composed of two men and two women, met the victim at Savemore Amigo Store along Melencio Street and pretended to be her relatives. They offered to deliver her home.

Once in the victim's house, they were able to take away her jewelry, two cell phones, a Samsung tablet, a BPI ATM card and P2,000 in cash.

The suspects were later able to withdraw P90,000 using the victim's ATM card. ###

Waiter stabbed by customer who refused to pay bill

A waiter was stabbed and wounded after running after a man who failed to pay for three bottles of beer at a videoke bar last March 13.

The victim, who suffered two stab wounds, was identified as Arjay Cruz, single, of Barangay Rajal Sur and waiter of Single Ladies Restobar in Barangay San Josef.

The suspect, on the other hand, was Danny Galiudo, 22, welder, of Barangay Balincanaway, Tarlac City.

Investigation showed that the suspect and a co-worker, both drunk, arrived at the bar at 8:30 P.M. and ordered beer.

When later given the bill, the suspect hurriedly left with the victim running after him.
When cornered, the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim twice in the body before escaping.

The victim was rushed to Dr. Paulino J.Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center in Cabanatuan City. ###

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