founding anniversary proposed
A research team has
recommended the passing of a new law
declaring April 25 as "Kaarawan ng Nueva
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,
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. ###
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
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
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
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.
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
Merceditas Manalastas of
RIC said they expect that women will be
more involved in agriculture after the
Leah Cruz, chair of
Vegetable Importers/Exporters and
Vendors Association said women can also
engage and excel in farming. ###
researchers develop rice crackers
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
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. ###
for info on killers of Talavera
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
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
Umali said that with the
reward offer, he wants justice to be
He urged the provincial
police to speed up the solution of the
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. ###
muncipal hall watchman killed by
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.
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
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
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
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
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. ###
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
Wounded in the shooting
incident were Vincent Alfaro, 7, and
Jemilee Marnie Pangilinan, 10, the
suspect's nephew and niece, also of
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
Vincent was hit in the left
thigh while Jamilee was hit in the right
foot. They were rushed to the Cabiao
The suspect fled after the
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
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
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. ###
businessman dies in scooter-van
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
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