Volume14 / No. 6                                                                                                               March 31, 2014
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Ecija farmers enjoy high palay prices

Nueva Ecija farmers are enjoying record-high farm gate prices of rice.

Edgardo Alfonso, president of San Jose City Millers Association, said the buying price for dry palay is P24 to P25 per kilo, and P20 to P21 for freshly harvested ones.

"I haven't seen anything like this before. It has something to do with rice millers and traders elsewhere competing to buy as much palay as they can," Alfonso said.

A local farmer who sold his palay at P25 a kilo said his harvest of 150 cavans per hectare netted him P70,000, double his usual margin of profit.

Alfonso however pointed out that the current buying price of palay could translate to well-milled rice costing no less than P42 a kilo or even higher during the lean months. ###



Bongabon mayor: Subsidize onion farmers

Bongabon Mayor Al Xyztus Gamilla called for government subsidy to onion farmers to to soften the impact of the spiraling cost of production especially during the dry months.

Gamilla's appeal comes in the wake of complaints from thousands of onion farmers in Nueva Ecija about the fast drop of onion prices in private trading.

Red creole onions sell for only P15 per kilo, below the P17 a kilo break-even price.

Gamilla said the harvest is bountiful due to the good weather but the price is really low.

He said government subsidy will make local onion producers competitive with foreign farmers when the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) is fully implemented by 2015. ###



DTI gives machines to PWD group for production of school desks

The Department of Trade and Industry (DT) turned over bamboo processing machines to a group of persons with disability (PWD) engaged in making school desks.

Regional Diretor Judith Angeles said the machines were given to the Nueva Ecija Association of Persons with Disabilities (NEAPWD), a primary multi-purpose cooperative that employs some 50 persons who make desks for schools in Regions 1 and 3.

The group is the first to receive such assistance from the DTI.

Angeles said the group met the requirements because they made all-wood and steel desks. The donated machines will also be used to manufacture desks and other furniture made of bamboo.

The machines include two bamboo pole cutters and two twin-rip saw costing P500,000.

DTI will monitor the use of the machines, being total grants, and will take them back if improperly used.

Reynato Arimbuyutan, head of the Nueva Ecija Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council, said his office has been helping NEAWPD obtain equipment and training for its members.

Rudy Mendoza, NEAWPD manager, said the machines will improve the capability of their organization to provide livelihood to disabled people who have full use of their arms. ###



24 Cabanatuan teachers hurt in Palayan mishap

Twenty-four public school teachers of Barrera Elementary School in Cabanatuan City were injured in a road accident in Palayan City last March 21.

The teachers, riding in a jeepney, came from a wake and were cruising along the Santa Rosa-Dingalan road in Palayan City at night when the driver lost control of the vehicle.

PO2 Roan Salupacio said the vehicle could have suffered a mechanical failure.

The driver, Elmer Angeles, 39, and the principal, Teresita de Guzman, were among those hurt.

The victims were rushed to a hospital for treatment. ###



Borja arraignment reset

The arraignment of former Pantabantan Vice Mayor Romeo Borja, Jr. for a rape charge, originally set for March 27, was reset to May 15.

Judge Cynthia Florendo cited the absence of the prosecutor for her decision to postpone the arraignment.

Borja was arrested in Manila last March 5 for allegedly raping a local beauty pageant contestant who was 15 years old at that time, from May 2011 to November 2012.

The same rape charge was filed by the victim against Borja's father, former Pantabangan Mayor Romeo Borja, Sr.

The elder Borja was arrested last February 8. ###



3 fake solicitors for Yolanda victims arrested

Police arrested three men who posed as solicitors for victims of typhoon Yolanda, from an organization allegedly accredited by the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Supt. Ricardo Villanueva, Provincial Public Safety Company commander, identified those arrested in an entrapment operation as Rolando Bautista, 52, of Bartolome Street, Malanday, Metro Manila; Deonilo Aranco, 47, of Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga, and Arturo Aranco, 54, of San Fernando City, La Union.

He said the three went around, giving solicitation letters to rich families and establishments, on behalf of a certain AFP-accredited organization at Camp Crame, purportedly for a medical mission for Yolanda victims.

The operation was the offshoot of reports of alleged robbery-extortion activities by the group in San Leonardo and adjoining places.

Villanueva said the three were arrested after victimizing a local trader.

The suspects were charged with robbery-extortion at the Provincial Prosecutor's Office. ###



11 Cabanatuan Freedom Park sex workers arrested

A total of 11 suspected female sex workers were nabbed during an intensified anti-prostitution campaign launched by the police at Freedom Park in Cabanatuan City, believed to be a hub of sex trade in the city.

Supt. Pedro Soliba, city police chief, identified those arrested as Mary Ann Abordo, 19, of Champaca 1, Barangay Dicarma; Gina Mugol, 19, of Barangay Bantug Norte; Elaine Cunanan, 19, and Ronabel De Castro, 19, both of Purok 4, Barangay Bantug Norte; Mary Anne Dumandan, 20, of Champaca, Barangay Dicarma; Jackilyn Insila, 26, of Purok 2, Barangay Imelda; Maricel Carbonel, 27, of Purok Amihan, Barangay Barrera; Jonalyn Carbonel, 30, of Purok 4, Barangay Santa Arcadia; Milagros Maningas, 35, of Sitio 8, Barangay Caalibangbangan; Josephine Muņoz, 40, of Flowerlane, Barangay Aduas Sur, all of Cabanatuan City; and Magdalena dela Cruz, 40, of Barangay San Miguel na Munti, Talavera.

The anti-prostitution operation led by Insp. Christopher Baluyot was conducted at about 12:15 A.M. last March 21.

When interrogated, the women, some of them mothers with three to six children, admitted offering sexual services for P300 to P500.

Soliba advised the women to look for more decent jobs. ###



Llanera's most-wanted person arrested

A former barangay chair named as Llanera's most wanted person was arrested.

Sr. Insp. Jaime Ferrer, town police chief, identified the suspect as Ernesto Labutong, 56, of Barangay Mabini.

He was arrested by an eight-man police team led by SPO1 Armando Guinto at about 10:20 A.M. last March 22.

The operation was conducted based on an arrest warrant for the case of murder issued by Judge Juanita C. Tienzo of Cabanatuan City Regional Trial Court Branch 27.

No bail was recommended. ###



2 suspected  narc peddlers arrested in Carranglan

Police arrested two suspected drug peddlers in Carranglan.

Sr. Suprt. Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police office director, identified those nabbed as Randy Vitug of Barangay Joson, Carranglan and Joseph Sumande of Tambo Adorable, San Leonardo.

Seized from them were suspected shabu, guns and bullets.

They were arrested in a buy-bust operation by a team led by Chief Insps. Joseph Santa Cruz and Roger Sebastian. ###



Jaen pa killed by daughter's ex-boyfriend

A man died while his two young children were wounded when they were attacked by his daughter's former boyfriend inside their house in Barangay San Roque, Jaen on the night of March 16.

The victim was identified as Henry Eugenio, 51, a former postman. He died from three stab wounds in the chest.

His nine year-old son said they were brought to a cemetery where the suspect threatened them. He sustained head wounds after the suspect banged his head against a wall. His sibling sustained stab wounds.

Investigation showed that the suspect and the victim's daughter had a previous argument. The suspect turned violent when he found out that his former girlfriend was not at home.

Charges of murder and frustrated murder were filed against the suspect. ###



Gun for hire member killed

A gunbattle in Barangay Bugtong na Buli, Talavera between a joint team from the Talavera police station and the Provincial Public Safety Company and armed men riding two motorcycles, resulted in the death of a gunman.

Before the encounter, an intelligence report was received by the local police station that armed men, believed to be members of a gun-for-hire group operating in Nueva Ecija and riding motorcycles, were going to assassinate an unidentified businessman living in Talavera.

At a police checkpoint set up in Barangay Bugtong na Buli at about 2:00 A.M., the gunmen were spotted and flagged down. The gunmen fired at the policemen, triggering a firefight that resulted in the death of one of the suspects. The others were able to escape.

Recovered from the scene of the crime were one black SYM motorcycle with license plate 7186 BR and a homemade Llama 9mm pistol with a magazine loaded with three live ammunition and one misfired bullet. ###



Girl drowns in Gabaldon resort

A seven year old girl drowned while on a family outing in a resort in Barangay Pantoc, Gabaldon last March 29.

Sr. Insp. Jaime Ferrer identified the victm as Raniela Toledo Rigodos of Barangay Rizdelis, Cabanatuan City.

The incident was reported to the local police at about 12:55 P.M. by a certain Paul Lascano, a businessman from Barangay Santa Ines, Cabiao.

It was learned that the girl drifted to the deep end of the swimming pool at Leivy Land Resord owned by Leando Muncal, and drowned.

The victim's parents, Melody and Raniel Rigodos, refused to have the body of their daughter autopsied. ###

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