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New Ecija founding anniversary proposed

A research team has recommended the passing of a new law declaring April 25 as "Kaarawan ng Nueva Ecija".

September 2, "Unang Sigaw ng Nueva Ecija", had been erroneously proclaimed as the province's founding anniversary through Republic Act 7596.

Researchers from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the provincial government discovered that the province was actually established on April 25, 1801.

This was based on documents saying that King Carlos IV of Spain ordered the separation of towns and parishes of Upper Pampanga close to the Sierra Madre Grande and the the coastal towns of Tayabas along the Pacific Ocean and formed these into a "corregimiento" or administrative political-military unit which became Nueva Ecija.

NHCP Executive Director Ludovico Badoy, in his letter to Governor Aurelio Umali, explained  that the Spanish king's directives were implemented on April 25, 1801 and the corregimiento was named Nueva Ecija after the hometown in Spain of Governor General  Rafael Maria de Aguilar.

He said Baler, now the provincial capital of Aurora, was declared Nueva Ecija's capital.

Earlier, it was believed the the province, then part of Pampanga, became a "comandancia" or outpost in 1701 or 1702, but the date when it became a separate province was unknown. Because of this, Nueva Ecija's founding anniversary was celebrated jointly with the commemoration of Nueva Ecija's uprising against Spanish rule on September 2, 1896.

Examined by the research team were documents in the National Library, NHCP, Museo de Baler and Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies in Angeles City.

The team was assisted by historian Efren Yambot, former Rep. Angel Concepcion, Antonio Conception, Raymund Umali and Governor Umali. ###

Ecija outgoing officials tap family members to succeed them

Nueva Ecija officials who are on their final terms have fielded their family members to run for the positions they are leaving.

In the gubernatorial race, Third Dist. Rep. Czarina Umali is running to succeed her husband, Governor Aurelio Umali, who, in turn, is running for her congressional seat.

Rep. Umali is running against former Fourth Dist. Rep. Rodolfo Antonino whose daughter, Megan, is seeking re-election as that district's representative.

Challenging Gov. Umali in the Third District is Ria Vergara, wife of re-electionist Cabanatuan City Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara.

In the Second District, outgoing Rep. Joseph Gilbert Violago has tapped his wife, Mikki, to run for his congressional seat. Mikki's opponent is her brother-in-law, Lito Violago. The district used to be represented by the family head, the late Eleuterio Violago.

In San Jose City, outgoing Mayor Marivic Violago-Belena has fielded her husband, Alexander, a former mayor, to run for the position against Kokoy Salvador, brother-in-law of Joseph Violago.

Similar situations of outgoing mayors tapping their relatives to run for the posts they are vacating are found in Llanera, Jaen, Santo Domingo, Cuyapo, Licab, San Leonardo and General Natividad.

In Aliaga, Mayor Elizabeth Vargas is fielding her husband, former Mayor Marcial Vargas, to run for her post while she slid down to run as vice mayor. The Vargases have ruled the town for 22 years.

Mayoral and vice mayoral tandems with identical surnames are the Alvarezes in Muñoz, Austrias in Jaen, Santoses, in General Natividad, Botes in General Tinio and the Josons in Quezon. ###

DA conducts training seminar for women

The Department of Agriculture (DA),  in cooperation with the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) conducted a training seminar on vermicast production, procesing of vermi tea and fish processing and production at the Agri-Pinoy Trading Center in Barangay Caalibangbangan, Cabanatuan City last April 23.

Organized by RIC, the seminar aimed to train women farmers in livelihood projects.

Merceditas Manalastas of RIC said they expect that women will be more involved in agriculture after the training seminar.

Leah Cruz, chair of Vegetable Importers/Exporters and Vendors Association said women can also engage and excel in farming. ###

PhilRice researchers develop rice crackers with malunggay

Researchers from the Philippine Rice Research Institute in the Science City of Muñoz have found a way to transform a junk food into something nutritious to help reduce undernourishment in the country.

Dr. Riza A. Ramos of the agency's Rice Chemistry and Food Science Division (RCFSD) and her colleagues Rosaly V. Manois and Amelia V. Morales conducted research on the acceptability, shelf-life and nutritional quality of malunggay-supplemented rice crackers.

The study won for Ramos the 2015 Gawad Saka Outstanding Agriculture Researcher award in Central Luzon.

Ramos said malunggay leaves have the highest amount of calcium and phosphorous among vegetables, and are also rich in potassium, iron and Vitamin C. She said there are studies that show that malunggay also reduces cholesterol.

She said the inspiration for her research came from her being anemic during her pre-school years..

She said the challenge was how to convince children to eat nutritious food items because they generally do not taste good, so she thought of incorporating malunggay in rice crackers.

Ramos’s team has already demonstrated their product at the Palusapis Fish Cracker Plant Facility in the Science City of Muñoz as part of their efforts to promote it 

Ramos said they offer free training programs to mothers and members of women's organizations. ###

P500K reward for info on killers of Talavera candidate

Governor Aurelio Umali has offered a P500,000 reward for any information that could result in the identification and arrest of the suspects in the killing of Gerald Fermin, an incumbent barangay chair of San Pascual, Talavera running for councilor under the slate of  re-electionist Mayor Nerivi Santos-Martinez.

Fermin was shot and killed by men riding a motorcycle in tandem at a wake last April 14.

Talavera police said it was the first known case of election violence in that town during the campaign period.

Umali said that with the reward offer, he wants justice to be served.

He urged the provincial police to speed up the solution of the case.

He said he is inclined to believe that Fermin's shooting was politically motivated based on initial reports he had received.

Last April 16, the Talavera mayor and her barangay captains held a vigil at the home of Fermin, demanding justice for his death. ###

San Isidro muncipal hall watchman killed by riding-in-tandem suspects

A member of the security force of the San Isidro municipal hall was shot and killed by two motorcycle-riding men last April 24.

Supt. Steven dela Cruz, town police chief, identified the victim as Alberto Julian, 44, married, of Gawad Kalinga, Barangay Tabon.

Initially, responding policemen who went to the crime scene near Anita's Subdivision along Governor Joson  Provincial Road thought it was a vehicular accident but learned later it was a murder incident.

The attack happened at 6:00 A.,M. while the victim was driving his tricycle to Barangay Poblacion. The suspects aboard a motorcycle caught up with the victim and shot him twice in the head.

He was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital in Gapan City where he was declared dead on arrival.

PO2 Billy Clemente, investigator-on-case, said they are still looking into the motive for the killing.###

Farmer shot after selling palay

A farmer was shot and wounded by unidentified suspects after selling P90,000 worth of palay to a buyer in Santa Rosa last April 18.

The victim was identified as Donato Roxas, 56, married, of Barangay San Isidro,Santa Rosa.

He was rushed to Gonzales General Hospital in San Leonardo for treatment.

Investigators said the victim, had just sold 125 cavans of palay for P90,000 to Marlon Victoria of  Sitio Malinao, Barangay Bulualto, San Miguel Bulacan who had come to the place with two trucks and helpers.

Gunfires were heard, with bullets hitting Roxas in both feet.

Victoria and his companions hurriedly boarded their vehicles and left, fearing for their safety.

One of the helpers reported that the suspects were hiding under an improvised bridge on an irrigation service road a few meters away.

Recovered from the scene were three caliber .45 cartridges. ###

Cabiao police hunting for aide of Arayat mayor for shooting 2 kids

The Cabiao police has launched a search for a security aide of Arayat, Pampanga Mayor Emmanuel Alejandrino for firing his gun and hitting two children during a drinking session last April 17.

Sr. Spt. Manuel Cornel, Nueva Ecija police director, identified the suspect as Arnel Alfaro 36, of Barangay Sinipit, Cabiao, who is said to be a personal security aide of the Arayat mayor.

Wounded in the shooting incident were Vincent Alfaro, 7, and Jemilee Marnie Pangilinan, 10, the suspect's nephew and niece, also of Barangay Sinipit.

Investigation showed that the members of the Alfaro clan were engaged in a drinking session at the house of Amang Alfaro when the suspect, for no apparent reason, drew a caliber .45 pistol tucked in his waist and fired.

Vincent was hit in the left thigh while Jamilee was hit in the right foot. They were rushed to the Cabiao General Hospital.

The suspect fled after the shooting. ###

3 senior citizens robbed of P155K

A 95-year-old spinster and two widows, aged 74 and 62, were victimized in separate robbery-hold-up cases last April 23 and 24.

In the Science City of Muñoz, Margarita Fernando, 95, single of Poblacion South, and her companion Lydia Sobrevilla, 74, widow of Barangay Maragol, were robbed.by two men on the night of April 23.

The victims were asleep inside their room at the second floor of the house when one of the suspects armed with a knife, threatened Fernando and took her P25,000.

The suspect then tied the two women with masking tape while the second suspect ransacked the the place but found only a cellphone owned by Sobrevilla.

Police said the suspects destroyed the gate's padlock to gain entry, and then killed the victims' pet dog which barked at the robbers.

In Rizal, Barangay Kagawad Norma Barrera, 62, widow of Agaran Street, Barangay Poblacion Centro lost P130,000 in cash, assorted jewelry and a Samsung tablet to five unidentified robbers, three of them women.

The victim was accosted by the three women when she arrived home from the market and entered her house at 11:00 A.M. last April 24.

The two male suspects also entered and searched the house.

Afterwards, the suspects fled south towards Llanera  aboard a dirty white van with unknown plate number. ###

Boy drowns in Santa Rosa resort

An 11-year old boy drowned while swimming in a children's pool at Almon's Waterpark Resort in Barangay Soledad, Santa Rosa. last April 27.

The victim was identified as Darwin Louis Brisueño,. Grade IV pupil, of Santo Cristo Sur, Gapan City.

Investigators said the victim was swimming with other children without their guardians when the incident happened.at 11:54 A.M.

The pool lifeguard was out for lunch at that time.

A CCTV footage of the resort showed the victim diving and emerging from the three-foot- deep polo; but a few seconds later was under water again. He was later found floating and unconscious by the other children who alerted his companions. He was rushed to the Nueva Ecija Doctors' Hospital in Cabanatuan City but it was too late. ###

San Jose businessman dies in scooter-van collision

A 50-year-old San Jose City businessman died after his scooter collided with a van driven by an Indian national on the night of April 27.

The fatality was identified as Donny Bulosan, married, of Barangay Abar 2nd.

Supt. Nolie Asuncion, city police chief, said the suspect was Madan Lal, 31 year old Indian, married, of New York Street, Rufina Homes IV, Barangay Santo Niño 2nd.

The collissiono happened along the San Jose-Lupao Provincial Road in Barangy Santo Niño 3rd at 8:35 P.M.

The scooter driver sustained several body injuries and was declared dead on arrival at  San Jose City General Hospitl.

The suspect surrendered to the police after the incident.

Charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and damage to property were filed against the suspect at the city prosecutor's office. ###

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