CA issues TRO
vs. ouster of Pantabangan mayor
The Court of Appeals (CA)
has issued a 60-day temporary
restraining order (TRO) stopping
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales from
implementing a dismissal order issued
last month against Mayor Lucio Uera of
In a ruling issued last
March 24, the CA's Second Special
Division said, "After a rigorous
examination of the available facts and
records… this court is in the view that
the prayer for the issuance of a TRO is
Uera had been found guilty
of administrative offenses in June 2013
for the suspension of 44 permanent
miunicipal employees in March 2005. He
was ordered to pay a fine because he was
not a mayor then.
Uera took the case to the
CA when the Ombudsman denied his motion
for reconsideration in October 2014.
Uera sought the TRO because
his appeal was still pending when
Morales approved the order issued by
graft investigator Ronald Bersales for
Earlier, the Department of
the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
installed Vice Mayor Ruben Huerta as the
new Pantabangan mayort.
Dr. Abraham Pascua, DILG
provincial director, and Myron Cunanan,
DILG regional legal officer, ordered
Huerta to assume the position and served
the dismissal order to Uera last
Heuerta took his oath of
office before the DILG, Commission on
Elections and Presiding Judge Michael
Benedict Aleta. ###
rice achiever award
Nueva Ecija was among six
provinces, one town and 87 agricultural
workers in Central Luzon awarded during
the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards
held at the Resorts World Manila.
The awards form a part of
the interventions and incentive system
of the Department of Agriculture to
encourage local government units,
irrigators' associations, small water
impounding system associations,
agricultural extension workers and local
farmer technicians to contribute to the
efforts in increasing farmers' harvest
and income to attain national rice
Aside from Nueva Ecija,
also awarded were the provinces of
Bataan, Bulacan, Tarlac, Aurora and
Pampanga and the municipality of Bustos,
The agricultural extension
workers awarded included 31 from Nueva
Ecija, three from Aurora, five from
Bataan, 12 from Bulacan, 11 from
Pampanga; 19 from Tarlac and six from
Each winning province
received a trophy and a check for P4
million for rice-related project while
the outstanding municipality received P1
million. The winning agricultural
extension workers each received P20,000
Andrew Villacorta, DA
regional director, pointed out that
67.31 percent of the increase in rice
production in the country was
contributed by Central Luzon. ###
grant 9.5k scholarships to Ecijanos
The Technical Education and
Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
will grant a budget of P68.65 million to
Nueva Ecija for 9,528 scholars.
Sec. Joel Villanueva, TESDA
director general, bared this during the
TESDA graduation rites held at Nueva
Ecija University of Science and
Technology gymnasium in Cabanatuan City
last March 26.
He said a total of P159.76
million will be given to three Central
Luzon provinces. Aside from Nueva Ecija,
these are Bulacan, P58.,4 million for
7,952 schoilarss; and Tarlac, P31.86
million for 3,854 scholars.
Among the graduates of
TESDA;s Special Training for Employment
Program and Technocal-Vocational
Eduction and Training Program was Jay-ar
Rotaquio, a polio victim.He had to crawl
his way up the stage to receive his
certificate in massage therapy course.
Center targets 2-M liter milk
production in 2016
The Philippine Carabao
Center (PCC) has launched a campaign
targeting the annual production of two
million liters of carabao milk in Nueva
Ecija starting in 2016.
Dr. Arnel del Barrio, PCC
acting executive director, said the
scheme is meant to increase
carabao-based enterprises among rural
families in organized groups in the
so-called national impact zone (NIZ) in
the province and harmonize the programs,
strategies and activities of all sectors
involved in the dairy industry.
Some 54 organized groups
raising 3,104 purebred murrah buffaloes
produced about 520,000 liters of milk in
Del Barrio said they hope
the campaign will double the income of
small farmers, provide additional jobs,
reduce malnutrition and improve the
livelihood of rural communities.
PCC is marking its 22nd
founding anniversary this month. ###
Ecija records 2nd
highest crime volume in Central
Luzon in 2014
Nueva Ecija recorded the second highest
crime volume among provinces and
highly-urbanized cities in Central Luzon
in 2014, at 18,070 incidents.
This was based on the assessment made
during the first quarterly full council
meeting of the Regional Peace and Order
Council (RPOC) presided by its chair,
Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio Umali,
together with Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane of
Zambales, Gov. Lilia Pineda of Pampanga,
PRO 3 officer-in-charge Police Supt.
Ronald Santos and Department of Interior
and Local Government (DILG) Regional
Director Florida Dijan in Bacolor,
Pampanga last March 19.
The Police Regional Office-3 also
reported that Bulacan had the highest
crime volume, with 29,051. Tarlac was
third with 11,763; Angeles City, 11,469;
Pampanga, 10,771; Bataan, 7,218;
Zambales, 4,919; Olongapo, 3,812; and
The index crime distribution for 2014
showed that physical injury was the most
prevalent incident with a total of
24,340, followed by theft with 12,088;
robbery, 4,451; carnapping, 1,921; rape,
1,112; homicide, 871; murder, 810; and
cattle rustling, 105. ###
official nabbed for firing gun
during daughter's graduation rites
A police superintendent was
arrested in Nampicuan for allegedly
firing his gun outside the school where
her daughter was attending the
graduation program last March 25.
The officer was identified
as Supt. Lito Cabamo-ngan, 48, assigned
with the Crime Laboratory Office at
Police Regional Office 8 in Palo, Leyte
and undergoing the Public Safety
Officers Senior Executive Course.
The suspect yielded a Glock
caliber 9mm with four bullets when
arrested by the local police led by Sr.
Insp. Randy Apolonio.
Earlier, Apolonio was
alerted by barangay security officials
about a man wearing a cap and a chaleco
firing his gun in front of Nampicuan
Christian Academy while the graduation
program was going on at 8:30 P.M.
Apolonio and his men rushed
to the school to verify the report and
were told by two witnesses that the
suspect hurriedly entered the school
upon seeing the policemen coming.
When accosted and searched,
the victim was found to be carrying a
At the police station, ABC
President Romeo Sadangsal turned four
four cartridges that allegedly came from
the suspect's gun. ###
Visiting OFW shot dead
An overseas Filipino worker was shot
dead by a lone gunman barely two days
after coming home to Guimba to visit his
The victim was identified as Abner
Abuan, 56, married, of Barangay Santa
Police said Abuan arrived on March 18
from the United States to visit his
mother confined at Guimba General
Investigators said that at about 6:15
A.M. last March 20, the victim was
talking with a certain Helen Topacio
outside his house on Danzalan Street
when the suspect, wearing a black and
white helmet, approached and shot him in
the head and body.
The gunman then fled aboard a yellow and
The victim was rushed to the same
hospital where his mother is confined
but died while undergoing treatment.
Police are still looking into the motive
for the shooting. ###
found dead in Pantabangan reservoir
Two young siblings were
found dead at the Pantabangan reservoir
and believed to have drowned.
Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nieves,
provincial police director, identified
the victims as Ivy Aquino, 13, and her
brother Ferdinand, 11, both of Block 2,
Barangay East Poblacion, Pantabangan.
It was learned that the two
had asked for permission from their
grandmother to visit their schoolmates
in Barangay Liberty.
They failed to return home
and were found by relatives floating in
the reservoir. ###
2 killed in
Lupao, Muñoz incidents
Two men were killed in two
separate shooting incidents in Nueva
In Lupao, Dominador Reyes,
a 49 year old widow of ASB Habitat,
Barangay Santo Niño 3rd, San Jose City
was biking along Maharlika Highway in
Sitio Tuboy, Barangay Parista when two
men shot him three times in the body,
causing him to die on the spot.
In the Science City of
Muñoz, Michael Maclangm, 41, a painter,
of Barangay Pandalla was attacked while
sitting and waiting for his order in
front of a burger stand along Tobias
Street, Barangay Bantug.
The suspect, riding a black
Bajaj motorcycle, stopped in front of
him and shot him two times, hitting his
chest and abdomen.
The victim,before dying,
managed to identify the person who
allegedly wanted him dead.
Police arrested a certain
Angelo Rivera, 40, of Barangay Poblacion
North for investigation and paraffin
rape suspect arrested
A wanted man facing three
charges of rape was arrested by a
Criminal Investigation and Detection
Group (CIDG) team.
Chief Insp. Joselito
Brioso, CIDG provincial officer,
identified the suspect as Jirorei
Bernardino of 214 Purok 4, Barangay
Also arrested was his
alleged accomplice, Queryl Kate Paraiso.
The arrest of Bernardino
was based on a warrant for rape issued
by Cabanatuan City Regional Trial Court
(RTC) Branch 26 Judge Johnmuel Romano
hurt in grenade explosion
A 13 year old girl was
injured when she pulled the pin of a
stun grenade that she and her siblings
found in a vacant lot in Poblacion East
1, Aliaga last March 18.
Police identified the
victim as Roseanne Bulawit, an
She and her younger
brothers were playing in the vacant lot
at bout 2:30 P.M. when they found a
whiskey box with a stun grenade inside.
Out of curiosity, the
victim removed the grenade's pin
resulting in an explosion.
The victim suffered burn
injuries on her left hand and parts of
She was rushed to Aliaga
Rural Health Center and later
transferred to Paulino J. Garcia
Memorial Research and Medical Center in
from the explosion site an M-84 stun
referee killed in Santo Domingo
A cockfight referee, called
locally as "sentensiyador", was shot and
killed by two motorcycle-riding suspects
while driving a tricycle with three
passengers in Santo Domingo on the
night of March 19.
Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nieves,
provincial police director, said the
victim, Francisco Gaston alias Onging,
43, of Barangay Poblacioin East, the
Science City of Muñoz, died instantly
from three gunshot wounds in the body,.
His back rider, Eugenio
Angeles, 47, of Barangay Bacal 32,
Talavera was hit in the right leg.
The attack happened at 6:25
P.M. along the municipal road in Purok
4, Barangay Sagaba.
The victim and his
passengers had come from Barangay
Malasin, Santo Domingo and were on their
way to the Science City of Muñoz.
Aside from Angeles, the
passengers in the sidecar were Daniel
Tinio, 74, and his wife Florenda, 69.
After being shot, the
victim lost control of his tricycle
which rammed the steel barricade along
the road. ##