Volume 15 / No. 6                                                                                                              March 31, 2015
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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 Pantabangan.

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 reasonably justified."

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 his dismissal.

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 March 19.

Heuerta took his oath of office before the DILG, Commission on Elections and Presiding Judge Michael Benedict Aleta. ###

Ecija bags 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 sufficiency.

Aside from Nueva Ecija, also awarded were the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Tarlac, Aurora and Pampanga and the municipality of Bustos, Bulacan.

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 Zambales.

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 in cash.

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. ###

TESDA to 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. ###

Carabao 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 2014.

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 Aurora, 2,960.

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. ###

Police 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 gun.

At the police station, ABC President Romeo Sadangsal turned four four cartridges that allegedly came from the suspect's gun. ###

Visiting OFW shot dead in Guimba

An overseas Filipino worker was shot dead by a lone gunman barely two days after coming home to Guimba to visit his sick mother.

The victim was identified as Abner Abuan, 56, married, of Barangay Santa Veronica, Guimba.

Police said Abuan arrived on March 18 from the United States to visit his mother confined at Guimba General Hospital.

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 black motorcycle.

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. ###

2 siblings 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 Ecija.

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 testing. ###

Cabanatuan 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 Imelda.

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 Mendoza. ###

Aliaga girl 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 elementary pupil.

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 her head.

She was rushed to Aliaga Rural Health Center and later transferred to Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center in Cabanatuan City.

Investigators recovered from the explosion site an M-84 stun grenade. ###

Cockfight 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. ##

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