DSWD: Ecija has highest
number of poor households in Region
Nueva Ecija posted the highest
number of poor households in Central
Luzon, according to data released by the
Department of Social Welfare and
Officer Evelyn Manalo said Nueva Ecija
posted the highest number of poor
households in the region at 96,863;
followed by Bulacan with 73,683;
Pampanga, 55,328; Tarlac, 46,956;
Zambales, 23,804; Bataan, 16,655; and
that a total of 322,622 households in
Central Luzon are considered poor, based
on results of the National Targeting
System for Poverty Reduction survey
conducted recently by the DSWD.
She said the
survey used the
Proxy Means Test in the selection of
beneficiaries for social welfare
programs and services. Some of the
factors looked into were family
composition, education of household
members, housing conditions
and access to basic services.
Based on the
survey, Manalo said 52.89 percent of the
recorded poor households in the region
come from rural areas, with 26.2 percent
of school-age members not attending
school and 57 percent of the
members aged 15 years old and above
accounted for the most number of
household members aged 60 years old and
above at 18,690. ###
J. files graft charge vs. Oyie M.
Former Gov. Tomas N. Joson III
filed a case at the Ombudsman
against Gov. Aurelio M. Umali for the
alleged overpriced purchase of 10 to 15
year old reconditioned heavy equipment
which cost the provincial government
more than P52 million.
Umali seems to be challenging the battle cry of
President Aquino of righteous path
because despite his (Aquino’s) efforts
to put things in the government in
proper perspective, there are still
those in the local governments like him
(Umali) who continue to take a different
and illegal way,” Joson told members of
the Quezon City Press Club.
10-page complaint-affidavit, Joson said
Umali allegedly conspired with the
chairperson and members of the
provincial bids and awards committee
(BAC)and the private supplier in the
conduct of a transaction that was said
to have been tainted with corruption,
fraud and bad faith.
Umali, the others charged were Randolph
Alingig, BAC chair; BAC members Florante
Fajardo, Eng. MacArthur yap, Benjamin
Lopez, Leoncio Daniel and Agustin
Martinez; and private respondent
Rochelle Anne Ferrer.
arose from Umali’s alleged approval of a
purchase request through the provincial
engineering office, of reconditioned
heavy equipment such as wheel loader,
articulated grader, water truck,
hydraulic excavator, mini dump truck and
wheel back hoe.
conducted the bidding and awarded the
contract to Autoshift Used Car Buy and
Sell owned by Ferrer, though there was
only one bidder and the company has no
financial capacity to provide the
project, based on the Balance Sheet and
Income Statement it submitted, Joson's
alleged the provincial government could
have bought the heavy equipment from
more qualified and bigger suppliers who
can provide a lower price compared to
those already purchased which were made
without even specifying the brand or
“Clearly, the act of the
herein respondents in purchasing
reconditioned heavy equipment with an
age of 10 to 15 years old is
prejudicial to the interest of the
local government of the province of
Nueva Ecija and to its people as
well,” Joson said.
case is the 18th graft charge filed
lamented that none of the graft cases
filed against Umali has moved forward
despite the clear pieces of evidence and
Jay, 10 others charged with robbery
A criminal complaint for
robbery was filed against Cabanatuan
City Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara and 10
others for allegedly forcibly taking a
video camera from a crew of Channel 48,
the television station operated by the
Nueva Ecija provincial government.
Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police
director, said John Picart, Channel 48
station manager, was accompanied by
legal counsel Ricardo Atayde, Jr. in
filing the complaint with the
Provincial Prosecutor's Office last
arose from an incident last April 27 at
7:45 P.M. in Barangay San Isidro,
Cabanatuan City. Erme Buendia, 18,
Channel 48 cameraman,
and his brother Eduard, 23, station
driver, complained that the group of
Vergara and his bodyguards approached
them, then opened the door of their
vehicle by force and grabbed
their Panasonic video camera.
also said that the mayor's group also
took the car key and a bag but returned
Buendia said the incident happened after
he took video footages of the mayor and
about 10 of his bodyguards
jogging along the Nueva Ecija-Aurora
part, two of Vergara's aides -- Ramon
Rodriguez, chief of the civilian
security unit, and Froilan Tolentino --
told the police that Vergara was
campaigning house-to-house in the area
when they were alarmed by the presence
of a black Foton
pick-up with plate number TIM-185, that
passed by them and then made a U-turn
before parking at a dark portion of the
that when they checked the vehicle, its
passengers scampered away, leaving the
driver behind. Seeing no threat from the
driver, the two said they left to catch
up with Vergara who was walking and
shaking hands with residents in the
mayor, aides investigated for maul
of SB candidate
Police are investigating the
mauling incident that involved
re-electionist Guimba Mayor Jose Francis
Steven Dizon and Dr. Felix Diosdado
Lumang, a candidate for the Sangguniang
report said the incident happened during
a wedding party last April 27 at 3:11
P.M. at the home of Barangay Kagawad
Catalino Gallardo in Barangay Cawayang
Bugtong, Guimba, where Dizon acted as
sponsor while Lumang was a guest invited by a
group was about to leave, one of the
mayor's men reportedly overhead Lumang
saying "Sasampalin ko ng pera ang
mayor na iyan."
several of his men confronted Lumang who
was then allegedly drunk.
Dizon's men accidentally pushed Lumang
who fell to the ground while being
On the other
Lumang, wife of the candidate, quoted
Dizon as telling her husband "Namumuro
ka sa akin" during their argument.
reportedly slapped Lumang but the latter
managed to evade. Rebecca said Dizon's
man, Allan Pascual, punched her husband
on the right ear causing him to fall.
another person kicked her husband who
never fought back.
still waiting for Lumang to make a
statement regarding the incident. ###
mayoral candidates accuse each other
Talavera Mayor Nerito Santos,
whose daughter Nerivi is running for
mayor against their former party mate,
Vice Mayor Vince de Leon, said the
latter has turned a former palay-buying
station that has been converted into a
bank, into a "vote-buying station" where
leaders and voters are given cash
ranging from P200 to P500.
however, denied the charges, saying that
Santos could be making excuses for the
imminent defeat of his daughter.
ang nagsimula ng pagbili ng boto noong
2004, noong 2007 at noong 2010? Tapos
ngayon, sa sarili nilang multo ay
natatakot sila,” de Leon said.
with the Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija of
the Josons while de Leon is with the
described de Leon as a billionaire who
is able to buy votes regardless of the
He said a
member of de Leon's family was assigned
to check if a resident is a registered
voter before giving money.
that de Leon's camp sent an emisssary to
offer P50,000 to P300,000 to several barangay
chiefs, with one being told to name his
On the other
hand, de Leon said "Wala na silang
maibato sa akin."
He said he
never used any government fund for his
sustained medical missions and other
social services in his six years as vice
denied having a palay-buying station and
using it as a vote-buying station.
De Leon said
he does not believe that a barangay
chief can sway voters for a particular
He said it
was the village officials who approached
him asking for money in exchange for
their support as they allegedly could no
longer stand campaigning for Santos.He
said he refused to give in and told them
that he did not believe in vote-buying.
He said that as a result, the group went
to the other side and made up stories
against him. ###
election officers shuffled
A total of 25 of the 32 city
and municipal election officers in the
Nueva Ecija have been reassigned to
other areas less than a month before the
May 13 elections.
Pangililan, acting provincial election
supervisor, said the shuffling of the
election officers -- the second in four
months -- was in accordance with a
Commission on Elections (COMELEC
resolution dated Mary 13 regarding the
temporary reassignment and shuffling of
movement of the election officers in
January involved the relief of ten
election officers who had been in their
posts for the past four years.
implemented a reorganization of regional
and provincial election officers that
resulted in the relief of Panfilo
Doctor, Jr. as Nueva Ecija election
helps Talavera motorcycle crash
Senatorial candidate Richard
Gordon of the United Nationalist
Alliance interrupted his motorcade in
Talavera to help a man who was thrown
off his motorcycle together with his
companion, after they were side-swiped
by another motorcycle.
When he saw
the accident scene in Barangay
Poblacion, he alighted from his vehicle
and crossed the street to check on the
accident victim, Michael Quibrantos, and
his companion Samuel Dizon.
motorcade was then on its way to
sustained serious scratches
on both arms.
ordered his aides to get a first aid kit
from his car. He then called the Nueva
Ecija chapter of the Philippine National
Red Cross (PNRC) and asked for an
ambulance. Gordon is the PNRC chair.
in Gabaldon, he continued to monitor the
condition of the victim at a local
shrine for Aurora Quezon rehabilitated
The marker of the
rehabilitated Dona Aurora Quezon
Memorial Shrine in Barangay Labi,
Bongabon was inaugurated last April
28 with relatives of the former
First Lady, prominent residents of
Aurora province and officials of the
National Historical Commission (NHC) and
the Bongabon municipal government in
marks the spot where Mrs. Quezon,
her daughter Maria Aurora, and
son-in-law Felipe Buencamino III, who
were on their way to Baler to inaugurate
the Quezon Memorial Hospital, were
ambushed and killed by HUKBALAHAP rebels
on April 28, 1949.
rehabilitated shrine has been adorned
with shrubs called While Mussaenda
Aurorae, a special of tropical dogwood
discovered in Los Baños, Laguna and
named after Mrs. Quezon in 1938.
had been vandalized and the marker found
stolen last year.
shrine was mostly cement where the
marker was screwed on. Now, we installed
2.5 tons of marble and had the marker
not only screwed but also glued with
industrial epoxy,” said Vira Arceo,
project chair for the shrine restoration
and trustee of the Baler, Aurora
Ngayon, Angkan at Kasaysayan (BANAK).
restoration was approved
by the NHC chair, Dr. Maria Serena
Diokno, with a commitment from the
municipality of Bongabon to preserve
and maintain it.
Mrs. Quezon is the
only Filipina honored by her
countrymen by naming a province -- her
birthplace -- after her. ###
poor Ecija students get summer
A total of 1,800 poor but deserving
college and vocational students in
Nueva Ecija will be given a chance to
work in private companies and local
government units under the
government's Special Program for the
Employment of Students (SPES).
got the third highest number of SPES
slots in Central Luzon. Tarlac topped
the list with 5,523 followed by
Zambales with 3,9842. Bulacan was
fourth, with 1,700; Aurora, 1,150;
Bataan, 1,000; and Pampanga, 600.
Director Raymundo Agravante said the
distribution of slots was based on the
SPEC provincial performances in the
past five years.
He said SPES
is a program mandated by law to seek
and help poor but deserving students
pursue their education by giving them
work during summer or Christmas
municipal and city Public Employment
Service Offices (PESOs) choose the
students based on age, grades, income
and other pertinent matters.
Participants must be at least 18 years
old and not more than 25.
beneficiaries receive salaries in
accordance with the prescribed minimum
wage in the area, with the labor
department shouldering 40 percent of
the amount, with the remaining 60
percent from the
participating companies and local
government units. ###
NIA to open 134 mini-hydro
Administrator Antonio S.
Nangel of the National Irrigation
Administration (NIA) said at least 134
mini-hydro power plants will be set up
all over the country to help boost
sites in Nueva Ecija targeted for the
mini-hydro power plants are Rizal and
its lower portion, Peñaranda, Atate in
Palayan City and San Jose City.
that aside from adding more hectares to
NIA's target irrigation coverage this
year, the mini-hydro plants will boost
the drive to rice sufficiency.
He said NIA
has partnered with Philippine National
Oil Co. Renewable Corp. on the project.
cost-effective, these mini hydro plants
will help maximize the usage of water
resources before reaching the farmlands
for irrigation,” he said.
min-hydro power plant that is able
to produce 200 to 500 kilowatts of
electricity costs P18 to P20 million per
megawatt to built, much cheaper than the
P82 to P180 million per megawatt cost of
the bigger hydroelectric dam. ###
The water level of Pantabangan
Dam continues to drop due to the hot
As of April
26, The Upper Pampanga River Integrated
Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS) recorded the
water level at 187.19 meters -- still 15
meters from the critical level of 172
Salazar, UPRIIS operations manager, said
there has been a steady decrease of
water level at Pantabangan Dam the past
there is no cause for alarm since the
dam can still irrigate the programmed
areas consisting of 115,000 hectares
this dry season.
She said that
by next month, they expect the water
level to rise with the onset of the
Dam supplies irrigation water to farms
in Nueva Ecija; San Miguel and San
Ildefonso, Bulacan; and Arayat,
sought for raped and slain 81 year
An 81 year old spinster from Aliaga who
was raped and beaten up last April 22 by a
deaf-mute man, died in a hospital in
Cabanatuan City three days later.
An autopsy report said the victim was
beaten up, stabbed, strangled, hit with a pipe in
the head and was profusely bleeding.
During her funeral in Barangay Bibiclat,
relatives of the victyim, Adelaida
Hudencial, wore red shirts with the words
"Justice for Kaka Adeling".
Leo Topacio, a nephew of the victim, said
their family expected a speedy
investigation of the case, and that there
could possibly be other suspects.
On the night of the attack, Hudencial was
heard by a neighbor shouting for help.
Responding barangay tanods arrested the
suspect, Alexander Ancheta, 19, as he
tried to escape while completely naked.
Hudencial, a vegetable vendor, did not
marry and instead helped in raising her
nephews and nieces. ###
barangay councilman shot dead
A councilman of Barangay Pinagpanaan,
political leader of Liberal Party
mayoralty candidate Vice Mayor Vince
de Leon, was shot dead last April 22
by two men riding a motorcycle in
Mamerto Unagan Padigdig, 47, had left
the Community Police Action Center and
was riding his bicycle on the way home
when the suspects trailed him, with
the back rider shooting him several
NerySantos, whose daughter Nerivi is
de Leon's rival candidatge, condemned
the killing and asked for sobriety
while the police were conducting an
Cabanatuan City's top 10 most wanted man
was shot dead last April 21 while
drinking with a brother and a friend in
a videoke bar.
Depra, city police chief, identified the
fatality as Reynel Tayao alias Jumong,
28, single, construction worker, of
Barangay D.S. Garcia.
gunmen fired with caliber .45 pistols
at the head of Tayao who instantly died.
The suspects then fled on board a
been involved in a series of
robbery-hold ups, carjackings and
burglaries in the city. ###
mango orchard caretaker killed
A mango farm caretaker was
shot dead by suspects aboard a white van
in Barangay Niyugan, Jaen last April 19.
Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police
identified the victim as Felipe dela
Cruz alias Kokoy, 39, caretaker of a mango plantation
owned Barbara Gonzales in Barangay
was fired at while traversing the main
road on board his Suzuki motorcycle in
Barangay Niyugan, going towards San
Antonio, at about 7:20 P.M.
overtook the victim and those on board
opened the door and fired four shots,
hitting the victim in the head.
still investigating the possible motives
for the killing. ###
leads probers to body of missing
A 13 year old girl who had
been missing for a week was found
in an advanced state of decomposition
last April 18 in Sitio Turod, Barangay
General Luna, Carranglan.
was identified as Anabelle
showed that at about 1:30 P.M., a three
year old girl saw a dog with a human
hand in its mouth. She immediately told
Irene Baltazar Calimlim, 20, sister of
the victim, who had been looking for
her. The victim's body was later traced
to an abandoned
house owned by Marcelino Baltazar
Scene of the
crime operatives led by Sr. Insp.
Marissa Areola are investigating the
nabbed for fake bills
The Muñoz police arrested a widow for
buying fruits and meat at the city public
market using fake P1,000 bills.
The suspect, Maryjane Castillo Asinero,
40, jobless, of Barangay General Luna,
Karuhatan, Valenzuela City first bought a
kilo of grapes with a fake P1,000 bill.
The vendor, Anabelle Ramos, noticed the
fake bill and alarmed neighboring stalls.
It was discovered that the suspect also
bought meat using a fake bill.
Police arrested Asinero and found three
more fake P1,000 bills from her. ###