of COMELEC-controlled areas out on May 3
The Commission on Elections
said that it will announce the list of areas to be placed under its control
-- possibly including Nueva Ecija -- on May 3, one week before the elections.
Earlier, the COMELEC, sitting
en banc, held hearings on petitions to place some areas in the provinces
of Nueva Ecija, Abra and Zamboanga del Sur under COMELEC control.
The requests were made by
Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio Umali, Abra Mayors Edwin Crisologo of Tineg and
Dominic Valera of Bangued and Zamboanga del Sur Vice Mayor Wilson Nandang.
Commissioner Lucenito Tagle
said that the local officials cited the history of election-related violence
in their areas as basis for placing them under COMELEC control.
This means having the COMELEC
commissioner to be assigned in a province serve as the acting governor
with all the law enforcement agencies in the area under him.
At the hearing, Nueva Ecija
Provincial Election Supervisor Grace Velasco said that the province had
always come to mind when people talk about political violence.
reality is that Nueva Ecija has a long history of political violence as
stated by our police director," Velasco said.
cited the case in 2007 where a newly elected mayor and vice mayor in Lupao
town were shot dead in a cockpit in front of hundreds of people.
Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal called it "quite unusual" that an incumbent
government official like Umali would be asking for COMELEC control over
elections in Nueva Ecija have been quite interesting," he noted.
served as provincial election supervisor in adjacent Bulacan province in
asked personnel from the Philippine National Police to issue comments regarding
the petitions. ###
COMELEC official: Automation can't stop vote buying
official of the Commission on Elections in Nueva Ecija conceded that while
automation would simplify this year's elections, Filipinos should not expect
that it would eliminate vote buying.
Fernando Cot-om said that the participation of concerned sectors is needed
to address the issue of vote buying to fulfill the dream of having an honest
said that he has been receiving complaints about vote buying, with candidates
allegedly giving rice, noodles and canned goods. However, no one has filed
a formal complaint and submitted evidence.
need written complaints and hard evidence," he said, adding that complaints
should be filed directly with the COMELEC law department or the provincial
said that COMELEC officials in Nueva Ecija are hopeful that the automated
elections would go on without a hitch.
said that the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines started arriving
in the province last April 25. The machines would be stored in a warehouse
in Jaen and distributed to different precincts three days before the elections.
said that members of the boards of election inspectors were attending reorientation
seminars to familiarize them with their duties and the automation process.
He said that security concerns have also been addressed. ###
elections observers to monitor Ecija polls
of 28 foreign election observers from the group Compact for Peaceful and
Democratic Elections (Compact 2010) will be monitoring the May 10 elections
in seven areas of concern in the country, including Nueva Ecija.
is a consortium of non government organization, people's organization and
people’ society group led by the Active Citizens Foundation to address
perennial problems of electoral fraud and violence.
monitoring activities will also be conducted in Pampanga, Pasig, Isabela,
Negros Occidental, Maguindanao and Misamis Oriental.
of the areas were chosen based on their long-established records of political
violence, entrenched political families and election cheating.
Molina of the Compact 2010 national secretariat said that they wanted to
cover all provinces in the country but did not have enough resources.
said that the mere presence of the foreign observers will deter probabilities
of election fraud and violence.
said that they will come up with an International Observers Mission Report
to highlight the findings and recommendations of the foreign observers
and a political report that will contain an overall appraisal of the 2010
military/police officials running for Ecija posts
of six military and police officials and a reservist from the Air Force
are running for local positions in Nueva Ecija.
up the group are retired Chief Supt. Ricardo Padilla, ex-Senior Supts.
Virgilio Fabros, Antonio Tanchoco and Tomas Hizon, retired Chief Insp.
Ignacio Garcia, retired Rear Admiral Abraham Abesamis, retired police Senior
Insp. Rodolfo Rivera and reservist Col. Reynaldo Garcia.
for mayor under Gov. Aurelio Umali's Unang Sigaw Partido ng Pagbabago are
Fabros in Guimba; Tanchoco in San Isidro; Garcia in Palayan City; Hizon
in Quezon; Padilla in Bongabon; while Abesamis is running under the Liberal
Party (LP) in Gen. Tinio; and Rivera in Cabanatuan City. Retired Chief
Insp. Garcia is running for vice mayor in San Leonardo.
younger brother of National Printing Office Director, retired police general
Servando Hizon, is running against Mariano Cristino Joson of Bagong Lakas
ng Nueva Ecija (BALANE), a former mayor of Quezon and former vice governor
of Nueva Ecija.
is challenging incumbent Bongabon Mayor Amelia Gamilla of BALANE whose
late husband also served as mayor.
running under the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, is fighting former Mayor Jay
Vergara and incumbent Mayor Alvin Vergara and two others in the mayoralty
task force saves trees from election posters
forced formed by the local office of the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources has been going around Cabanatuan City and adjacent areas
to remove campaign posters that have been nailed onto trees.
Blanco, community environment and natural resources officer, said that
the nailing of campaign materials on trees is not only harmful to the latter
but also a violation of elections laws.
have noted the unabated nailing of campaign posters on trees and the ill
effects of the practice on them.
itong pakundangang pananakit sa puno," a resident commented. ###
City's 'Paseo 2010'
traditional parade -- locally called "paseo" -- held the day before the
fiesta of Gapan City's patron saint, the Divina Pastora, became one long
rally for politicians of all colors running in the May 10 elections and
thousands of their supporters. Guess who joined the parade:
by Ramon R. Valmonte. All rights reserved.
notes campaign material violations
Fernando Cot-om, provincial election supervisor, said that his office is
documenting violations of the Omnibus Election Code in terms of oversized
campaign materials and the posting of these in unauthorized areas.
invited concerned citizens to file cases against candidates committing
said that the cases can be directly filed with the prosecutor's office.
farmer awarded for hybrid rice feat
Acain, a mechanical engineer-turned-farmer of Barangay San Juan, Aliaga
was cited as one of the model farmers during the Grand Harvest Festival
held in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture and hybrid seed
producer SL-8H last April 16.
Sec. Joel Rodinas said that Acain harvests 11 to 12 tons of rice
-- equivalent to 221 sacks -- per hectare.
noted that Acain uses new technologies like the proper use of irrigation
water that resulted in water conservation and effective and easy harvesting.
said that the production of hybrid rice would entail increase in cost from
20 to 30 percent but said that it is worth it since there is more than
100 percent increase in yield.
also agreed with irrigation officials that aside from the unbearable temperature,
El Niño can be considered a non-event in Nueva Ecija, particularly
in Aliaga and nearby towns because of adequate water supply from Pantabangan
Imperial, agriculture regional technical director for operations, said
that the Arroyo administration had invested a huge amount of money in rehabilitating
and constructing irrigation facilities in Nueva Ecija in the past few years.
Lim, owner of SL-8H and dubbed the father of hybrid seeds in the country,
said that they expect the areas planted to hybrid rice would increase to
100 hectares in the next summer planting season. ###
named 'Agricultural Journalist of the Year'
journalist Dr. Anselmo Roque was named as the "Agricultural Journalist
of the Year" in the 2008-2009 Binhi Awards of the Philippine Agricultural
Journalists, Inc. (PAJI).
having won the same award three times, he was elevated to the PAJI
Binhi Hall of Fame during rites held last April 16 at the Department of
Agriculture's Bureau of Soils and Water Management Convention Hall in Quezon
has written extensively on agriculture related issues in Nueva Ecija.
1989, he was installed in the Binhi Hall of Fame as "Agricultural Journalist
in Filipino". ###
Divina Pastora Coronation Anniversary marked
The Three Kings Parish
of Gapan City marked the 46th Canonical Coronation Anniversary of La Virgen
Divina Pastora last April 26. Cabanatuan Bishop Sofronio Bancud led a concelebrated
Mass that was highlighted by the re-enactment of the coronation ceremony.
A grand procession featuring contingents of street dancers capped the celebration.
by Ramon R. Valmonte. All rights reserved.
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vehicle plant to open in Cabanatuan
Entertainment Philippines, Inc, a gaming company, plans to open an electric
vehicle plant and show room in Cabanatuan City.
a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange last April 20, Premiere Entertainment
said that it had entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Cabanatuan
City government to establish an electric vehicle plant as part of the city's
bid to attract green technology manufacturing.
Entertainment started as a film company, then underwent corporate restructuring
in 1996 to take advantage of the booming gaming, entertainment and leisure
industry in the country. ###
teen weightlifter qualifies for Youth Olympics
Llena, teenage weightlifter from San Antonio town, became the first Filipino
athlete in an individual event to quality for the First Youth Olympic Games
bagged the berth after winning three bronze medals in the recent Asian
Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
dahil nabigyan ko ng karangalan ang bansa," Llena said after her name
will join the RP Youth 3-on-3 boys' basketball team in the Singapore games
for athletes 17 years old and below, from August 14 to 15.
Llena won three gold medals and a bronze in the 2009 World Sub-Junior and
Junior Championships in Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
also placed 10th in the World Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship
in Chang Mai, Thailand last year.
is also set to compete in the Asian Powerlifting Championships from May
1 to 6 at the Central Palace of Art and Culture in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
is coached by her father, Leonard, a former national weightlifter. ###
minors rescued from Muñoz bar
of the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office rescued 10 minors who were
allegedly forced to work in a bar in the Science City of Muñoz and
arrested five persons who recruited them.
Supt. Arturo Cacdac, Jr., Central Luzon police director, commended the
Nueva Ecija police for the operation that resulted in the neutralization
of the suspected human trafficking gang in the region.
were Elpidio del Valle, alias “Pidiong,” 53, and Pablito D. dela Cruz,
23, both of Muñoz; Charlene C. Campus, 22, of Fairview, Quezon City;
and Justin C. Pineda and Wendy Pajardo, 22, both of Caloocan City.
rescued minors consisted of five girls from 15 to 17 years old, and five
boys aged 17 to 18. They were recruited from Caloocan City and promised
good pay. Some wound up as entertainers for male customers in the disco
Edgar Allan Okubo, Muñoz police chief, said that the five suspects
will be charged with violating the Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act of 2003.
suspected pusher nabbed
Gapan City police arrested a suspected drug trafficker during a buy-bust
operation last April 29.
Ricardo E. Villanueva, city police chief, identified the suspect as Andres
Genses alias Andy, 43, of Barangay San Nicolas.
said that the suspect is a notorious pusher who has been engaged in the
illegal drug trade since 2000.
was arrested by anti-drug operatives led by PO2 Bobby Oamil, PO1s Jeff
Bunag, Cris Tolentino and Mark Ordoñez at the Kyoto Hotel along
Irrigation Road in Barangay Bayanihan.
yielded five plastic shabu sachets and two marked P500 bills.
suspect was charged with violating RA 9165. ###