Padiernos no show
Antonino, Sarmiento bare plans in
candidate Rodolfo Antonino of UNA and
vice-gubernatorial candidate Raymond
Sarmiento of PDP-Laban showed up
at "Tugon 2016: Local Debate Forum"
organized by Central Luzon State
University (CLSU) last March 28.
The other candidates who were invited
but failed to attend were 3rd Dist. Rep.
Cherry Umali (LP) who is running for
governor, and vice-gubernatorial
candidates Vice Gov. GP Padiernos (LP),
Melchor Joson (UNA) and Henry Bello
Antonino said the three pillars of his
administration will be a development
plan, transparency and not leaving
He promised farmers and farm workers to
create irrigation systems, pave
farm-to-market roads, strengthen
farmers' cooperatives, provide financial
subsidies and crop insurance and tap the
expertise of agriculture-related
agencies in the province.
To increase the livelihood of farmers,
he said there is a need to create more
agriculture-based products so
agricultural products need not be sold
as raw materials.
Antonino said he would make education
more accessible in the province by
enhancing special education programs,
creating municipal college program and
opening free dormitories for students.
“We want education to be inclusive so
our scholarship program, as it is in my
district, will have no entrance exams...
After graduation, we have massive
employment programs so the students can
immediately find work,” Antonio said.
Vice-gubenatorial candidate Santiago
said he would push for a policy that
will ban imported rice, onions and other
agricultural products in the province.
He said he will give alternative
livelihood to farmers affected by new
machinery, create cooperatives and stop
the entry of new technology from other
areas that disrupt agriculture in
Sarmiento said he will continue the
scholarship program of the provincial
government and said the country's
educational system needs to be reformed.
“We need to change our perspective on
education. We are outward looking. Once
we get our education in the province, we
move forward to Manila or other
countries. We have a brain drain,”
To create more opportunities for
graduates, he said he plans to invite
more companies to open business and
create livelihood opportunities in the
to PNP's election watch list areas
Nueva Ecija has been
included in the Philippine National
Police (PNP) lf election watch list
areas that are prone to
election-relation violence and
Two other provinces were
included in the list -- Abra and Lanao
Director General Ricardo
Marquez, PNP chief, said that while no
significant events have been reported in
the three provinces, they were added to
the list as a "proactive measure".
Last December, the PNP
identified six provinces as election
watch list ares. These were Pangasinan,
Masbate, Negros Oriental, Western Samar,
Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur.
Marquez said the PNP is
closely coordinating with the military
and other deputized agencies of the
Commission on Elections to form a joint
security plan covering all
election-related activities related to
the May 9 elections. ###
attack N.E. onion farms
Nueva Ecija onion farmers
are affected by the destruction of their
crops due to the attack of army worms.
The infestation has
affected some 22,3389 hectares of onion
farms in the province.
Serafin Santos said he has discouraged
affected farmers from the use of too
much pesticides to save their crops. He
said too much chemicals may affect the
quality of their products, resulting in
these being rejected for being hazardous
to people's health.
Worst hit by the army worm
infestation is Santo Domingo, with
346.30 hectares affected in five
barangays, causing local officials to
declare a state of calamity.
Also affected are Bongabon,
90 hectares; Palayan City, 139 hectares;
Laur, 96 hectares; Quezon, 47 hectares,
Talavera, 34 hectares; Cuyapo, 254
hectares; Science City of Muñoz, 10
hectares; and Aliaga, 6.8 hectares. ###
Villar gives livelihood
assistance to 5 repatriated Ecijano
Senator Cynthia Villar
awarded livelihood and financial
assistance to five overseas Filipino
workers from Nueva Ecija who had been
repatriated after experiencing
The beneficiaries included
Nova Corbe and Juvy Dizon of San Jose
City and Joyce Wy of Cabiao who were
sent back to the country after being
abused and maltreated by their employers
in the Middle East, and Elaiza Nicolas
and Maricel Miguel, both from San Jose
City, who were victims of human
trafficking in Malaysia
In simple ceremonies in the
Senate, the OFWs received financial
assistance and start-up sari-sari store
package each from Villar, witnessed by
their family members.
"We can only hope that this
livelihood assistance would be
instrumental in taking their minds off
the misfortune they went through and in
the process, earn a little and provide
for their family's needs," Villar said.
She said the sari-sari
store is the easiest business to start
and can be done at home without the need
for rigorous training.
The five Novo Ecijano OFWs
were the latest beneficiaries of Senator
Villar's assistance program for
distressed OFWs in partnership with
Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for
Poverty Alleviation and Governance) and
All Day Convenience Store. ###
seeks declaration of Nampicuan
church as pilgrim/tourist
First Dist. Rep. Estrellita
Suansing has filed a bill declaring the
Immaculate Conception Parish Church in
Nampicuan -- the sanctuary of the Holy
Face of Manoppello in the province -- as
a pilgrimage site and tourist
Suansing's House Bill 5124
mandates the Department of Tourism to
come up with a comprehensive development
plan for the construction, installation
and maintenance of the sacred place,
improving the overall feature of the
area and ensuring its accessibility to
pilgrims and tourists.
Suansing said the
Immaculate Conception Parish Church and
the municipality of Nampicuan were
bestowed a great blessing when the Holy
Face of Manoppello -- the veil "no human
hands have made" and believed to
miraculously bear an imprint of Christ's
face -- was formally enshrined in the
church on September 15, 2014.
She said that Radio Veritas
had reported that Fr. Carmine Cucinelli,
rector of the shrine of the Holy Face in
Manoppello, Italy, had chosen the
Nampicuan church as the center for the
devotion to the Holy Face in the
reproduced on Muñoz rice paddy
The faces of Maine Mendoza
and Alden Richards or AlDub of the
Kalyeserye series and the words "AlDub
Rice" appear on a rice paddy in the
Science City of Muñoz.
This is a project of the
Philippine Rice Research Institute
(PhilRice) FutureRice program that
implements sustainable agricultural
practices and enterprise development in
a demonstration farm.
Roger Barroga, program
leader, said they hope to raise the
interest of the youth in rice farming
The technique to create the
art was developed in Japan., It uses the
anamorphosis principle in which the
effect of an art work can only be seen
properly when viewed from a certain
angle as used in 3D street and room art.
information and communications
technology specialist, said they
processed the AlDub design through a
photo-editing software to incorporate it
in the dimensions of the rice paddy.
For the project, purple
rice was used, provided by PhilRice's
Genetic Resources Division. ###
school gets new building
The Bakod Bayan Elementary
School in Barangay Bakod Bayan,
Cabanatuan City was the recipient of a
two-story, four-classroom building
donated by SM Prime Holdings through the
It was the 72nd school
building built by the SM Group of
Companies together with some partners
through the SM Foundation.
The new building, to be
used by Grades 5 and 6 pupils, will
augment the current 10 buildings of the
The school's population
stands at 1,200, with a ratio of 71
pupils to a room. With the new
classrooms, decongestion of classrooms
is expected even if the school
population increases by 200 this coming
At the turnover ceremony,
SM Foundation was represented by
executive director for Education Carmen
Linda Atayde; Carol del Rosario,
assistant manager of SM Cabanatuan,
representing SM Prime; Dr. Rhoda
Razon, city schools
superintendent; Josie Palioc,
assistant schools superintendent; and
Mico Vergara representing Cabanatuan
Mayor Julius Vergara..
priincipal, said, "I prayed for God’s
blessings to bring this school into the
modern era with caring and dedicated
teachers in a safe, comfortable
environment for the young generation of
Bakod Bayan Elementarry
School started as a barrio school
offering only Grades 1 and 2, and became
a full-fledged elementary school in
1967. The 10,000 square meter lot where
the school stands was donated by Rufino
dies in Carranglan clash
A political officer of the
New People's Army (NPA) was killed while
his companion was captured in an
encounter with Army solders in
Carranglan last March 30.
Maj. Gen.Angelito de Leon,
commander of the 7th Infantry Division,
identified the fatality as a certain
alias Paulo and the arrested companion
as Jeoffrey Tolentino, 18.
Recovered from the
encounter site were two M16 rifles, two
hand grenades, subversive documents and
three improvised explosive devices.
De Leon sad the clash
happened in Sitio Kabisalan, Barangay
Digdig at about 6:30 A.M.
The commander of the 703rd
Infantry Brigade, Col.Filemon Santos,
said the rebels burned several
construction equipment of Pacific
Concrete Products last September 30.
The company is constructing
a bypass road from Carranglan to Santa
Fe, passing through the Caraballo
Mountains, to serve as an alternate to
Dalton Pass which is prone to
wife, aide killed and robbed
A 77-year old man, his wife
and a female aide were discovered to
have been robbed and killed in their
house in Barangay San Nicolas, Gapan
City last March 28.
Supt. Nelson Aganon, city
police director, identified the victims
as Rosendo Matias, 77, trader; his wife
Erlinda, 73, retired school teacher;
both of Pinagpala Street, Barangay San
Nicolas; and Jennier dela Cruz, 34,
clerk-helper, single, of Purok 3, Sojo,
Inital reports said the
suspects were able to take P700,000 in
cash from a safety deposit vault of a
filing cabinet that was found to have
been forcibly opened.
Ricky Matias, 47, son of
the couple, a businessman, of Filinvest
2, Quezon City, said his parents would
keep the money collected from their
business aside from those to be
deposited in the bank. However, he could
not tell the exact amount of cash in the
vault at that time.
The victims' bodies were
discovered by Felipe Pablo, 61, backhoe
operator, of Deytiquez Street, Barangay
San Nicolas, who came to the place
located in the middle of a rice field,
to report for work at 7:00 A.M. He saw
Rosendo's body with gunshot wounds
beside a truck parked in the garage. The
bodies of Erlinda and Jennifer were
later found in the living room.
Police recovered from the
scene five caliber .9mm cartridges, a
metal fragment, a lead bullet and a
deformed bullet. ###
A suspected drug pusher
with a standing warrant of arrest died
in an alleged shootout with policemen
who were out to arrest him last March
The fatality was identified
as George Ramos, 36, of Barangay San
Vicente, Gapan City, named the city's
number one in the priority target
list for neutralization for
involvement in the illegal drug trade,.
Supt. Nelson Aganon, city
police chief, said an arrest warrant was
issued against the suspect by Judge
Anamarie Joson-Viterbo of Gapan City
Regional Trial Court Branch 36, which
prompted him to go into hiding.
The suspect was spotted
together with two others in front of the
house of Reynaldo Longalong in Purok 1,
Barangay Castellano at noon of March 28
and joint elements of the San Leonardo
and Gapan police stations went to the
place to arrest him.
When the policemen
approached, the suspect ran inside the
house to get his caliber .38 revolver
and pointed it towards the officers.
This forced the police to
fire once at the suspect, hitting him in
The suspect was rushed to
Lacson Hospital but was declared dead on
#3 illegal drug dealer killed
A 53 year old farmer, said
to be number three in Pantabangan's
Oplan Lambat-Sibat priority list of
illegal drug dealers, was shot and
killed by two motorcycle-riding suspects
on the night of March 16.
Sr. Supt Manuel Cornel,
provincial police director, said the
victim, Rolando Gomez, married, of
Barangay Marikit, was walking along the
Pantabangan-Baler Road at 8:25 P.M. when
two motorcycle-riding suspects
approached and shot him four times in
The suspects then fled.
The victim was declared
dead on arrival at Dr. Paulino J. Garcia
Memorial Research and Medical Center in
Cabanatuan City. ###
facilitator nabbed in San Jose City
A man posing as facilitator
of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program
(4Ps) was arrested in an entrapment
operation in San Jose City after a
couple complained that they were
recruited by the suspect to be his
agents in exchange for P1,200 each.
Supt. Nolie Asuncion, city
police director, identified the suspect
as Walter Miguel, 43, single, of MLQ,
Barangay Pinagpanaan, Talavera.
Earlier, espouses Ricado
and Jovelyn Elauria of Zone 2 Barangay
Dizol, San Jose City complained that the
suspect, a tenant in their apartment
building, introduced himself as an
engineer from NAPOCOR and a 4Ps
facilitator, and convinced them to
become a 4Ps member in exchange for
The suspect said the amount
covered the medical examination and ATM
card for each member.
He also lured them to
recruit more 4Ps members and charge each
of them P1,200 as membership due.
When arrested, the suspect
yielded the P500 marked money used in
the operation, various documents, his
bio-data, fake identification cards and
other items believed to belong to his
Asuncion said the suspect
is believed to have been involved in a
series of swindling activities in nearby
towns, Baguio City and the Cordillera
Administrative Region. ###
in Llanera resort
A seven-year old girl
drowned after she slipped into a
five-foot deep swimming pool at Villa
Valentina Resort in Llanera at 3:30 P.M.
on Good Friday.
The victim was identified
as Princess Rica Romero.
She was declared dead on
arrival at Dr. Paulino J.. Garcia
Memorial Research and Medical Cente in
man dies from drinking pesticide
A 49-year old man,
diagnosed as suffering from depression,
killed himself by drinking pesticide
last March 29..
The victim's body was found
by his cousin, Mario de Guzman, near his
shanty at 5:30 A.M..
De Guzman thought the
victim was just sleeping and tried to
wake him up.
Found beside the victim's
head was a 120-milliliter bottle of
Police believed the victim
died of poisoning after they found his
mouth smelling of pesticide.
The victim's relatives said
he was diagnosed to be suffering from
depression after a check-up last January
at a mental health clinic in Cabanatuan