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
The court's 14th Division
said the decision by Deputy
Ombudsman for Luzon Gerard Mosquerra to
Caspillo from office was correct.
Caspillo's case arose from
his appointment of his nephew, Elmer
Caspillo, as municipal planning and
In 2012, the Ombudsman had
suspended Caspillo for demoting the
municipal welfare and development
officer and replacing her with his
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
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
The CA ruling added that
the petition is dismissible due to
Caspillo's failure to attach the
necessary documents. ###
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
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
The Veloso family again
asked Filipinos for their support so
justice could be attained by Mary Jane
and her recruiter punished. ###
folk artist uses own blood to paint
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
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
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
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. ###
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.,
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,
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
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
Investigators recovered 14
pieces of .9mm shells at the scene of
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. ###
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
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. ###
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.
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. ###
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
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
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
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
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