farmers enjoy high palay prices
Nueva Ecija farmers are enjoying
record-high farm gate prices of rice.
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
"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,"
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. ###
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
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
Gamilla said the harvest is bountiful
due to the good weather but the price is
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
The Department of Trade and Industry
(DT) turned over bamboo processing
machines to a group of persons with
disability (PWD) engaged in making
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
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
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
PO2 Roan Salupacio said the vehicle
could have suffered a mechanical
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
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
arrested three men who posed as
solicitors for victims of typhoon
Yolanda, from an organization allegedly
accredited by the Armed Forces of the
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.
was the offshoot of reports of alleged
robbery-extortion activities by the
group in San Leonardo and adjoining
said the three were arrested after
victimizing a local trader.
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
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.
anti-prostitution operation led by Insp.
Christopher Baluyot was conducted at
about 12:15 A.M. last March 21.
interrogated, the women, some of them
mothers with three to six children,
admitted offering sexual services for
P300 to P500.
advised the women to look for more
decent jobs. ###
barangay chair named as Llanera's most
wanted person was arrested.
Jaime Ferrer, town police chief,
identified the suspect as Ernesto
Labutong, 56, of Barangay Mabini.
arrested by an eight-man police team led
by SPO1 Armando Guinto at about 10:20
A.M. last March 22.
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
2 suspected narc
peddlers arrested in Carranglan
arrested two suspected drug peddlers in
Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police
office director, identified those nabbed
as Randy Vitug of Barangay Joson,
Carranglan and Joseph Sumande of Tambo
Adorable, San Leonardo.
them were suspected shabu, guns and
arrested in a buy-bust operation by a
team led by Chief Insps. Joseph Santa
Cruz and Roger Sebastian. ###
Jaen pa killed by
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.
was identified as Henry Eugenio, 51, a
former postman. He died from three stab
wounds in the chest.
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.
murder and frustrated murder were filed
against the suspect. ###
Gun for hire member
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
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.
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
A seven year
old girl drowned while on a family
outing in a resort in Barangay Pantoc,
Gabaldon last March 29.
Jaime Ferrer identified the victm as
Raniela Toledo Rigodos of Barangay
Rizdelis, Cabanatuan City.
was reported to the local police at
about 12:55 P.M. by a certain Paul
Lascano, a businessman from Barangay
Santa Ines, Cabiao.
learned that the girl drifted to the
deep end of the swimming pool at Leivy
Land Resord owned by Leando Muncal, and
parents, Melody and Raniel Rigodos,
refused to have the body of their
daughter autopsied. ###