Volume 15 / No. 9                                                                                                                   May 15, 2015
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CA affirms dismissal of
Talugtog mayor

The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed a ruling of the Office of the Ombudsman dismissing Talugtog Mayor Quintino Caspillo, Jr. from his post for nepotism.

The court's 14th Division said the decision by Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Gerard Mosquerra to remove Caspillo from office  was correct.

Caspillo's case arose from his appointment of his nephew, Elmer Caspillo, as municipal planning and development officer.

In 2012, the Ombudsman had suspended Caspillo for demoting the municipal welfare and development officer and replacing her with his cousin.

In 2010, Caspillo was also suspended for two months for grave misconduct after demoting former Municipal Engineer Leonides Esperon and designating a replacement.

In the latest case, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales approved the decision of Mosquerra to remove Caspillo for violating civil service rules and regulations. The Department of the Interior and Local Government regional office served the dismissal order in the first week of May.

Caspillo then filed a case with the Court of Appeals but was told that he failed to file his motion for reconsideration with the Ombudsman before seeking redress from the appellate court.

The CA ruling added that the petition is dismissible due to Caspillo's failure to attach the necessary documents. ###

Veloso family returns to Cabanatuan

The family of Mary Jane Veloso, the Novo Ecijana convicted to face a firing squad in Indonesia for smuggling illegal drugs but given a reprieve, arrived in their home in Cabanatuan City to a warm welcome in the early morning of May 2.

Hours earlier, the family participated in a Labor Day protest rally at Mendiola Bridge near Malacaņan Palace.

Mary Jane's sister, Darling, narrated that her sister had become closer to God and even made a cross-stitch project featuring the image of Jesus Christ. She said Mary Jane had also forgiven Maria Kristina Sergio, the recruiter who allegedly set her up.

On the other hand, Mary Jane's mother, Celia, remained critical of the government.

Singer Anthony Castelo, who comes from Cabanatuan City, sang a song for the Veloso family and tried to convince Celia to make a peace sign for President Aquino.

The Veloso family again asked Filipinos for their support so justice could be attained by Mary Jane and her recruiter punished. ###

Pantabangan folk artist uses own blood to paint Pacquiao

Elito Circa, a folk artist from Pantabangan, has created a painting of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao using his own blood.

Circa, more familiarly called Amang Pintor, has made waves with his unique style of painting using his blood as medium. He and his works have been featured on national TV.

Circa says he uses his blood only in painting subjects close to his heart like those of his two sons.

The Pacquiao painting, measuring 3.5 feet by 4 feet, portrays different aspects of the boxer's life, including as singer and congressman.

Circa said his work is not for sale. ###

2 San Jose brothers hurt by vintage bomb

Two siblings were injured when one of two vintage bombs that they had found exploded after they tried to saw it.

Supt. Manuel Hidalgo, San Jose City police chief, identified the victims as Jeric Tabaquero, 21, and his younger brother Mark Anthony, 16, of Zone 65, Sitio Saranay, Barangay Santo Niņo 3rd.

Police said the two found the two bombs near their house at 12:30 P.M. last May 14 and thinking they might find gold inside, tried to open one with a steel saw resulting in the explosion.

Jeric sustained serious injuries in both arms and legs.

The two were taken to San Jose City Hospital but Jeric was later transferred to a hospital in Cabanatuan City.

The bombs were taken by an explosives and ordnance team from the Army's 3rd Infantry Brigade in Sitio Junior Campo, Barangay Santo Niņo 2nd for proper disposal. ###

Delivery van robbed

Two motorcycle-riding men held up a delivery van and robbed a lady sales agent of over P80,000 worth of collection and three cell phones in Gabaldon last May 12.

Police said one of the suspects was a  former driver of the delivery firm who was fired by the owner only the previous week.

The vehicle belongs to Rey-Na Sales Marketing owned by Radel Reyes of Villa Benita Subdivision, Barangay Hermogenes Concepcion, Sr., Cabanatuan City.

The passengers included Romualdo Ramos, 48, driver, of 59 Barangay. Bakod Bayan; Jo-Ann Bilbao, 34, sales collector, of 24 Santander St., Kapitan Pepe Subdivision, both in Cabanatuan City; and Roderick Magbag, 35, helper, of Purok 7, Daang Riles, Gapan City.

Ramos and Magbag were able to identify the suspect driving the motorcycle as Alfredo Sison alias Aljon of Barangay Camp Tinio, Cabanatuan City who was recently terminated.

The robbery happened along the national road at Barangay Bagting, between Laur and Gabaldon.

The van was on its way to Cabanatuan when the suspects aboard a Yamaha motorcycle appeared, poked a gun at the driver and ordered him to stop. The back rider then snatched the collector's shoulder bag before he and his accomplice fled. ###

2 killed, 1 hurt in San Leonardo shooting

Two men, one of them a former policeman, were killed and one was seriously injured when they were fired upon by a group in a case that the police believe is connected to illegal drugs in Barangay Mambangnan, San Leonardo last May 10.

Dead on the spot due to multiple bullet wounds were Norman dela Cruz, 34, a former policeman, and Jonathan Mamato, 28, while Alvin Binene, 36, was injured. All are residents of Mambangnan.

Investigation showed the three were walking together at about 1:30 A.M. when an SUV arrived and the occupants repeatedly shot them.

Residents rushed the victims to Gonzales General Hospital in Barangay Diversion but dela Cruz and Mamato were declared dead on arrival.

Binene, who sustained a gunshot would in the stomach, was in serious condition.

Investigators recovered 14 pieces of .9mm shells at the scene of the attack.

Dela Cruz was a former policeman assigned at the San Leonardo police station but was dismissed from the service for going on absence without official leave. He had also tested positive for illegal drugs.

Some drug paraphernalia were discovered in his pocked while he was at the hospital. ###

Bongabon farmer nabbed for raping 4 daughters

A 51 year old farmer from Bongabon was arrested last May 14 for allegedly raping his four daughters, with one of them getting pregnant.

The suspect, whose name was withheld to protect the privacy of the victims, was arrested by elements of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) and the Nueva Ecija police in his house in Barangay Antipolo, Bongabon. Seized from him was a caliber .38 pistol.

His wife and three daughters were not at home at the time of the arrest. Only his 11 year old daughter was around.

Chief Supt. Ronald V. Santos, PRO3 officer in charge, said the arrest was the result of a complaint filed by the suspect's eldest daughter. Now 24 years old, she said her father raped her when she was 14 and continued for four years until she fled to her relatives in Pandi, Bulacan where she met her husband.

She said she did not tell her mother or anyone about the rape for fear of her life.

She decided to ask for help from a local media man when a younger sister went to her in Pandi and revealed that she, too, was raped by their father and that she was pregnant.

In a meeting with Santos, two other daughters confessed that they were also raped, with the 11 year old as the latest victim.

They said their father would usually attack them when their mother was not at home or asleep. All said their father had threatened to kill them if they sought help.

The suspect denied the accusations but still sought his daughters' forgiveness for whatever he had done.

The suspect is detained at the provincial jail and faces rape charges in connection with Section 10 of RA 7610 or Special Protection of Children against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act. ###

Rookie cop stabbed in Aliaga brawl

A rookie policeman was hurt after he was stabbed during a brawl between him and two allegedly drunken men that he confronted while urinating outside an eatery in Aliaga on the night of May 10.

The policeman was identified as PO1 Patrick Aliga, 27, single, member of Regional Public Safety Battalion 3, of Barangay Poblacion West 3.

Aliga was allegedly stabbed in the left arm by Rudy Garcia, 25, married, truck helper., during a heated argument after uriinating in a vacant lot in front of Streetside Gotohan in Barangy Poblacion at 9:00 P.M.

Garcia and Antonio Salgado, both drunk, were urinating together with the policeman when the latter asked if they were companions of three other men eating inside the store.

A heated argument ensued followed by a fistfight until Garcia pulled out a knife and lunged at the policeman, hitting him in the left arm.

The policeman's companion, Aretemio Martinez, 40, and Garcia's three companions identified as  Gervel Marcella, 37, Jeffrey Marcella, 31, and Jonard Magalong, 22, saw the commotion and joined.

Gervel sustained lacerations in the face while the four others had body injuries and were taken to Dr. Paulino J;.Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center in Cabanatuan City. ###

Santo Domingo man mauled after birthday party

A participant in a birthday drinking session was mauled by his companion afterwards in the early morning of May 9 in Santo Domingo.

The victim was identified as Jherome Flores, 27, single, jobless, of Barangay Dolores.

Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nives, provincial police director, said the incident happened after the victim and the suspects left the birthday party at about 2:00 A.M.

The suspect was identified as June Sapon of Barangay Concepcion.

Police said Flores and Sapon had a heated discussion during the drinking session. They were pacified by their companions and Sapon hurriedly left.

While Flores was walking home, he was allegedly attacked from behind by Sapon, punching him in the head and hitting his body with a hard object that caused him to lose consciousness.

A barangay kagawad and a concerned citizen found the victim and rushed him to Santo Domingo District Hospital, and later to Premiere General Hospital in Cabanatuan City.

The suspect faces a frustrated murder chrage. ###

Rizal man yields grenade and shabu

Police arrested a suspected drug pusher during a search  operation in Rizal last May 6.

Sr. Insp. Ranny Casilla, tow police chief, identified the suspect as Ivan Renz Mariano, 25, of Barangay Bicos.

He was identified as one of the main suppliers of illegal drugs in Rizal and Llanera.

Police raided the suspect's place at 8:14 A.M. armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Primo Sio of Regional Trial Court Branch 23.

The search yielded two plastic sachets of suspected shabu, two bricks of dried marijuana leaves, a hand grenade and drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was charged at the Provincial Prosecutor's Office with violations of RA 9165, RA 9561 and RA 10591. ###

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