Volume 17 / No. 08   |   April 30, 2017
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32 die in Carranglan bus crash

At least 32 persons were killed and 46 injured when a bus fell into a ravine in Barangay Capintalan, Carranglan last April 18.

Sr. Insp. Robert de Guzman, town police chief, said 24 of the victims died on the spot when the Leomarick Trans bus veered away from the highway and fell into an 80-foot ravine at around 11:00 A.M.

The injured passengers were brought to hospitals in Bayombong, Aritao and Bambang in Nueva Vizcaya, and in San Jose City and Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija.

The bus was on its way from Isabela to Candon, Ilocos Sur when its brake failed.

Initial investigation showed that the driver was speeding and even overtook vehicles before the accident.

Carranglan Mayor Mary Abad said there were 60 passengers on the bus though it had a capacity of only 45.

Malacaņang, through Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, conveyed its condolences to the families of the victims and promised that those responsible for the tragedy would be held accountable.###

Carranglan mayor proposes alternate route after bus crash

Carranglan Mayor Mary Abad called on the national government to construct an alternate route in Dalton Pass to prevent deadly road accidents like what happened in Barangay Capintalan,

Abad said that despite the installation of traffic signs warning drivers to show down because of a sharp curve, reckless drivers should be blamed for the frequent road accidents in the area.

She said the national government should pursue the construction of an alternate route to Dalton Pass that will skirt Capintalan.###

Bongabon onion farmers rebound

Bongabon, the country's "onion basket" has managed to record  bountiful harvest after three years of losses due to pest infestations and erratic weather.

Aida Laluan, high-value crops coordinator of the municipal agriculture office, said "Harvest in good and the farm gate price is relatively higher."

This year's harvest in Bongabon has been valued at P910 million from a total of 2,914 hectares planted to onions this cropping season. About 2,300 hectares were planted to the red creole variety, and the rest, yellow granex.

The current farm gate price for red creole onions is P24 per kilo while yellow granex is priced at P18.

Bongabon accounts for more than half of the total onion harvest in Nueva Ecija. ###

TESDA-funded schools found to be non-existent

An official of the Technological Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said a number of vocational-technical schools accredited by the agency were found to be non-existent

This was bared by TESDA Deputy Director General Diosdado Padilla who said they have already filed charges against some of the ghost schools.

He said the office of Deputy Director General Alvin Feliciano has been tasked to run after the ghost schools.

Lani Romero, TESDA provincial director in Nueva Ecija, said none of such ghost schools was operating in the province where there are 90 accredited vocational-technical schools.

Padilla said the discovery of the ghost schools was one of the reasons for TESDA's national audit of all its accredited schools.

He said the agency has also launched a local barangay skills need mapping (BSNM) program and tendering system,

Under BSNM, a central data base is being maintained in the country's 42,036 barangays to ensure that the trainees are actual persons or individuals and not ghost trainees.

On the other hand, the tendering system is a mechanism to ensure that 50 percent of graduates of TESDA-accredited schools find gainful employment.

If the employment rate falls below 50 percent, they will no longer receive funding from TESDA, Padilla said. ###

Body of Rizal treasure hunter recovered

The body of a 40-year old treasure hunter was found in the afternoon of Holy Thursday, three days after a landslide struck the digging site.in Rizal.

Sr. Supt. Antonio Yarra, provincial police director, identified the victim as Frederick Sombillo of Barangay Tulay na Bato.

The body was recovered at the digging site in Sitio Matidtid, Barangay Villa Paraiso.

Investigation showed that Sombillo and a companion named Pedro Tapang, 60, of Puirok Damayan, Barangay Casile, Llanera went treasure hunting after getting permission from the land owner, Ismael Braganza.

he two started to dig last February 28 , with the hole later measuring 20 meters wide and 15 meters deep. A portion of the hole eroded last April 10, trapping the two treasure hunters.

Rescuers managed to recover Tapang four hours later. He was rushed to a hospital in Cabanatuan City,

Sombillo's body, on the other hand, was recovered after three days. ###

3 drug inmates escape from provincial jail

Three drug inmates of the Nueva Ecija Provincial Jail who escaped more than three week ago, have not been rearrested.

Joe John de Leon, provincial warden, identified the three escapees as Paterno Agustin Pagadua, 33, of Purok 5 Barangay Bacal 1, Talavera; Gerardo Benedictus Padawan, 42, of Barangay Santo Rosario, Malolos City; and Cecilio Panes Ortiz-Luis, 30 of Barangay San Fernando, Cabiao.

They have pending cases for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, with no bail recommended.,

De Leon said efforts have been stepped up to track down and re-arrest the detainees.

He said they have coordinated with the families of the three escapees who vowed to cooperate for their immediate recapture.

The three escaped at 1:30 P.M. by climbing the perimeter fence between the provincial jail and the newly-built Hall of Justice Building along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Caalibangbangan, Cabanatuan City.

Provincial guards learned of the incident only two hours after the escape.

De Leon said the disciplinary board of the Office of the Governor will investigate the case and determine appropriate actions against erring jail personnel. ###

3 big illegal drug dealers arrested, P5.6M worth of drugs seized

Three drug dealers considered as high value targets were arrested in a joint buy-bust operation by the District Drug Enforcement Unit, Guimba municipal police station, Nueva Ecia Provincial Police Office and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Quezon City District Office.

Supt. Guillemo Eleazar, Quezon City police chief, said the operation took place in Barangay Maybubon, Guimba at 11:30 A.M. last  April 22 with a follow-up operation in Calumpit, Bulacan.

Arrested were Melvin Samson alias Pogi, 42, a native of Malolos City, and his live-in partner Gerlie Santiago, 22, both residents of Barangay Maybubon.

Samson apparently went into hiding in Guimba after the Duterte Administration took over, but continued his clandestine drug operations in Project 6 and Bago Bantay, Quzon Cty, Bulacan and Nueva Ecija.

Prior to the arrest of the two, a drug purchase had been arranged by an undercover policeman in Bago Bantay, Quezon City but the suspects moved the deal to Nueva Ecija where they were more familiar with and felt comfortable in.

The arrest of the two suspects led to the apprehension of their drug supplier, Kimberly Arzadon, 27, of Purok 5, Upper Bicutan, Taguig City on the same day.

Seized were five big plastic packs containing one kilio of shabu worth P5 million and marked money..###

San Isidro retired teachers killed

Two retired teachers were stabbed dead by a man and a woman who pretended to be customers of the couple in their jewelry business in Purok 6, Barangay San Roque, San Isidro last April 26.

The victims were identified as Eusebio Matias, 69, and his wife Sabrina, 65.

Investigation showed that at 9:30 P,M. the two suspects went to the home of the victims. A few minutes later, Eusebio's shouting was heard by neighbors but they did not pay attention to it.

Found missing was a handbag where the victims usually placed their jewelry. ###

Crop specialist abducted

Unidentified armed men abducted a field crop specialist technician last April 28 in Barangay Licaong, Science City of Muņoz.

The victim was identified as Manny Gonzales Dumale, 37.

Marisol Vera Cruz Dumale, wife of the victim, said armed men aboard two sport utility vehicles, entered their yard at 5:30 A.M.

The men roused the couple from sleep, and asked about the husband's gun.

Before leaving, the men took away the cell phones of the couple and the technician's wallet and important documents. ###

Cops looking into 2 possible suicide cases

Police are investigating two possible suicide cases in the province.

In Cabiao, the body of a 78-year-old farmer was found floating at the Pampanga River in Barangay Bagong Silang.last April 21.

The victim was identified as Tomas Salvador.

Relatives found a signed note in a pocket of a pair of pans left by the victim at home which said "Ilio, Susan, Edith, Lino. Masaya na kayo dahil hindi na ninyo ko makikita."

Police said Salvador left home for their corn field at 3:00 P.M. last Apil 20 and failed to return.

Meanwhile, also on April 21,a 31-year-old tricycle driver was found hanging from a rope inside the toilet of his home on Vergara Street, Barangay Quezon at 9:00 A.M

The body of the victim, Manuel Medina, was discovered by family members. ###

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