2 mayors face graft charges
Acting Ombudsman Orlando
Casimiro ordered the filing of criminal charges against former Gov. Tomas
N. Joson III, Bongabon Mayor Amelia Gamilla and former Quezon Mayor Eduardo
The three are accused of
violating a provincial board resolution donating heavy equipment to various
local governments in the province.
The Ombudsman said that only
heavy equipment were supposed to be donated but the accused added two luxury
vehicles to the donation to Bongabon, and a provincial mobile clinic,
a Toyota Revo, a Fort F150 and a Nissan Urvan to the donation to Quezon
5 others wanted for slay of Licab vice mayor
Bayan member and five other persons are being hunted by the police after
a warrant of arrest was issued in connection with the killing of Licab
Vice Mayor Luisito Caraang during the campaign period for the 2010 barangay
Ismael Casabar of Regional Trial Court Branch 31 issued a warrant of arrest
dated May 17, 2011 against Councilor Alexander Ventura of Barangay San
Casimiro, Licab, and his alleged cohorts Francisco Peralta, Jeremy Itan,
Virgilio Domingo, Arturo Bernardino and Nestor Soriano. No bail was recommended.
led by Sr. Insp. Engracio Colosa, Jr., town police chief, went to the house
of Ventura to serve the warrant but the councilor was not there.
found by Task Force Caraang pointed to Ventura and the other accused.
Caraang, younger brother of the slain vice mayor and president of the local
Association of Barangay Captains, expressed satisfaction at the way his
brother's case is moving.
expressed the hope that the killing of his brother would be the last in
the town's long history of violence. ###
wants Ecija dropped from election hot spot list
Gov. Aurelio M. Umali is
asking for the removal of Nueva Ecija from the list of election hot spots
in the 2013 elections.
He called on the Commission
on Elections and the Philippine National Police to update the list of hot
spots and help Nueva Ecija change its image into a new, peaceful and progressive
“Four years after I assumed
the governorship, Nueva Ecija now enjoys a stable peace and order climate
and Novo Ecijanos can now speak freely and openly, irrespective of their
party affiliations and loyalty, “ Umali said.
He cited the elections last
year when COMELEC recognized the peaceful conduct of the polls in the province,
without the usual violent incidents before and after the political exercise.
Talavera farmers win regional 'Gawad Saka' awards
Policarpio of Barangay Palagay, Cabanatuan City was declared as outstanding
hybrid rice farmer while Reynaldo Hilario of Talavera won as outstanding
high value commercial crop farmer in the regional competition of the Department
of Agriculture's Gawad Saka 2011.
other regional individual winners were Rodolfo Molina of Pura, Tarlac as
outstanding corn farmer; Desiree Duran of San Ildefonso, Bulacan as outstanding
agri-entrepreneur; Royce Lising of Magalang, Pampanga as outstanding young
farmer; Victorio Santos of Orani, Bataan as outstanding in fish culture;
Wilfredo Martinez of San Luis, Aurora as outstanding coconut farmer; and
the family of Tomy Garma, Sr. of Mayantoc, Tarlac as outstanding farm family.
cited were five organizations considered as outstanding achievers in agriculture
and fisheries. These are the Guran Sapa Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Santa
Ana, Pampanga as outstanding small farmer fisher folk organization (SFFO);
Children of Emmanuel RIC of Candaba, Pampanga as outstanding rural improvement
club (RIC); MAFC Guagua of Guagua, Pampanga as outstanding municipal agricultural
and fishery council (MAFC); Balanga FARMC of Balanga City, Bataan as the
outstanding fishery and agricultural resources management council (FARMC);
and Zambales PAFC of Zambales province as the outstanding provincial agricultural
and fishery council (PAFC).
Regional Director Andrew Villacorta said that the Central Luzon awardees
will compete with other regional winners. The national winners will receive
presidential citations and trophies plus P100,000 each in rites to be held
in Malacañang next year. ###
#1 'Cash-for-Work' beneficiaries
Department of Social Welfare and Development regional office said that
residents of Nueva Ecija comprise the biggest number of beneficiaries in
Central Luzon of temporary employment and financial assistance through
the government's Cash-for-Work Program (CWP) this rainy season.
Ecija has a total of 19,510 beneficiaries, followed by Pampanga with 7,007;
Bulacan, 6,049; Tarlac, 5,770; Zambales, 4,518; Bataan, 3,123; and Aurora,
Tiopeco, regional CWP focal personnel, said that the program seeks to provide
temporary employment to small scale farmers and fishermen during the lean
months and improve the facilities of the community in time for the rainy
beneficiaries were chosen through the National Household Targeting System
for Poverty Reduction that was also used in selecting beneficiaries for
the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. ###
Jose City hosts anti illegal drug rally
As if to emphasize the new
found theme of the provincial government's anti illegal drug campaign that
families should be one and together in the fight against the menace, the
Umalis, Padiernoses and Belenas led a huge anti illegal drug fun run in
San Jose City last May 28.
They were the stars of the
third leg of "Takbo Laban sa Droga" sponsored by the provincial government,
the Provincial Police Office and the San Jose City government.
Among those who participated
were Gov. Aurelio M. Umali, along with his wife, 3rd Dist. Rep. Czarina
D. Umali and teenage daughter Gabby; his brother, Board Member Emmanuel
Anthony M. Umali; Vice Gov. Jose Gay G. Padiernos and his two sons, Janno
and Rurick; and Mayor Marivic V. Belena and husband, former Mayor Alexander
S. Belena, and their daughters Alyssa, Nerikka and Nicole.
Also with them were Mayors
Quintino S. Caspillo of Talugtug and Restituto A. Abad of Carranglan, BMs
Joseph R. Ortiz and Edmund R. Abesamis, Provincial Police Director Sr.
Supt. Roberto L. Aliggayu and Army 702nd Brigade commander Col. Felicito
Virgilio M. Trinidad, Jr.
“Pami-pamilya na, ang
laban kontra sa droga dapat magsimula sa bawat pamilya dito sa Nueva Ecija,”
The fourth leg of the fun
run is tentatively scheduled in Talavera. ###
pins medals on Ecija cops for anti-Huk operation
policemen who led and participated in a recent operation in Rizal that
resulted in the killing of eight alleged rebels received the Medalya ng
Kagalingan from Philippine National Police Director Gen. Raul Bacalzo last
May 17 the provincial police office.
awardees were Supt. Ricardo Villanueva, head of the provincial intelligence
branch; Supt. Edgar Allan Okubo, head of the Provincial Public Safety Company
(PPSC); and Insp. Romel Dela Vega, SPO2 Jaime Magno, Jr., PO2s Aristeo
Gumarang, Jacinto Gregorio Jr., Julius Lalosin, Erwin Benedicto, Ruel Acosta
and PO1 Joel Dimuan.
were cited for their “highly commendable performance" in the operation
held jointly with soldiers from the Army's 81st and 46th Infantry Battalions
last May 13, where eight alleged rebels who were about to stage a robbery
said that he went to Cabanatuan City to show his love for policemen who
may get hurt in enforcing the law.
emphasized the success of some police forces that managed to defend their
stations from rebel attacks despite being outnumbered.
also mentioned the government's efforts to beef up police capability, including
the procurement of firearms, P200 million worth of communication equipment
and construction of 39 municipal police stations, with 15 other stations
waiting to be built. ###
police intervenes in Guimba land dispute
Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office mediated in an 18 year old land dispute
between two opposing group of farmers in Barangay Manggang Marikit, Guimba.
Supt. Roberto Aliggayu, provincial police director, said that he initiated
a dialogue between two groups claiming an 82 hectare property owned by
a certain Guy Davis that had been placed under the Comprehensive Agrarian
Reform Program (CARP).
talked with members of Listasaka, a group of CARP beneficiaries, and the
Mambayu group that insisted that they had been tilling the land since 1992.
Vidon, legal officer of the Provincial Agrarian Reform Office-North Nueva
Ecija, explained that a certificate of land ownership has been issued to
Listasaka after it was found to be qualified. which the Mamabayu group
refuses to acknowledge.
of the provincial police show that 85 percent of the killings in Nueva
Ecija were land related. This prompted Aliggayu to intervene in the Guimba
partners with public/private sectors to build classrooms
The local government of Cabiao
has enlisted the help of a line government agency and non government institutions
to build 12 classrooms for public school students.
Mayor Gloria Crespo-Congco
said the Department of Education (DepEd), Security Bank Foundation, Inc.
(SBFI) and Ateneo de Manila University collaborated in the construction
of the school buildings that are expected to be finished in ten days, in
time for the opening of classes this June.
Congco, SBFI Chair Rafael
Simpao, Jr., DepEd Supt. Tarcila Javier and other local officials led the
groundbreaking for the first two-storey, four classroom building at Santa
Rita Elementary School last May 25.
Two other buildings will
be built in Santa Rita High School and Barangay San Vicente. Each building
costs P2.87 million.
Simpao said that SBFI will
try to give more to Cabiao as the company celebrates its 60th anniversary.
Congco said that aside from
the new school buildings, students of public schools in her town will be
given free school items like notebooks and ball pens in collaboration with
Ateneo and National Bookstore.
She said that Jollibee Foods
Corp., is also working out a scheme for the feeding of some students. ###
proposes transfer of Bilibid inmates to Fort Magsaysay
Rep. Renato Diaz urged Malacañang to decongest the New Bilibid Prison
by transferring its minimum security compound to Fort Magsaysay in Palayan
now president of Bancommerce Investment Corp., told the Kapihan sa Diamond
Hotel Forum that some 300 to 500 hectares of the 33,000 hectare military
reservation have yet to be developed.
said that inmates from the minimum security compound can be made to do
community service by participating in watershed reforestation, farming
and livelihood training, with the prisoners guarded by soldiers who can
serve as augmentation force to jail guards.
said the move could also help eradicate drug syndicates operating within
the prison system as drug lords would be separated from their runners.
made the proposal following the arrest of former Batangas Gov. Antonio
Leviste who went out of the Muntinlupa prison without authorization. ###
Pasada cards distributed to Ecija jeepney drivers
The Department of Energy
(DOE) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)
started distributing Pantawid Pasada cards last May 31 to duly registered
and franchised jeepney operators and drivers.
DOE Director Efren Balaoing
said that more than 400 Pantawid Pasada cards were brought for the initial
batch of beneficiaries. The cards will be activated one week after
He said that the cards with
loads of P1,050 each have a life span of five years, ready for any other
promotional activities of fuel companies in the future.
He said that the distribution
of cards to owners of franchised vehicles all over the country is expected
to be finished by the end of June.
Balaoing and LTFRB Central
Luzon Director Bruno Feliciano were met by local transportation officials,
officers of transport organizations and Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara. ###
tricycles convert to LPG
Tricycle operators in Cabanatuan
City, dubbed as the tricycle capital of the Philippines, have started to
shift to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to run their three-wheeled vehicles
to cut fuel expenses.
Under the current pricing,
a liter of LPG costs P39 while unleaded gasoline is sold at over P53 per
Mel Licaban, branch secretary
of Liquigaz, said that 73 members have signed up for the scheme, most of
them coming from Barangay Camp Tinio.
Only legitimate members of
tricycle operators and drivers associations can avail themselves of the
offer from Liquigaz that involves free labor for conversion and a six liter
LPG tank installed under the side car. But once the operators and drivers
stop buying LPG from the company, they have to surrender the gas tank and
Liquigaz is the only refilling
station in Cabanatuan City that offers LPG as an alternative transportation
agri-aqua projects revived
The Cabanatuan City government
is reviving programs on agriculture and aquaculture to uplift the living
conditions of barangay residents.
Gregoria Esguerra, head of
the City Agriculture and Livelihood Management Office said they are busy
re-implementing the "Palit Binhi" program which the Department of Agriculture
replicated after it was successfully launched in the city a few years ago.
Under the program, some 4,562
farmers receive certified palay seeds which they are expected to return
The palay subsidy program
initiated by Mayor Julius Cesar V. Vergara helped a lot in boosting the
rice production of local farmers but later failed when the beneficiaries
thought that it was a dole out and did not return the equivalent amount
of rice seeds that they received.
Esguerra also said that almost
one million fingerlings of tilapia, carp and other high value fish species
have been dispersed to the city's farmers. ###
downed by poisonous mushrooms
The San Jose City General
Hospital has recorded a total of 27 cases of mushroom poisoning since May
One of the victims, Lourdes
Escobar, said that her family usually eats mushrooms during the rainy season
but this was the first time they were poisoned. Seven members of the family
Health officials warn that
poisonous mushrooms have toxins that cooking or heating cannot neutralize.
Mushroom poisoning victims
usually experience vomiting and stomach ache which, if unattended, could
lead to death. ###
group member arrested
member of a gun-for-hire group was arrested in Jaen last May 23.
suspect was identified as Reynaldo Olimpiada Barrion, 35, of Barangay Calumbang,
San Miguel, Bulacan.
said that Barrion and three companions were on a mission when they engaged
members of the Jaen police in a shoot-out in Barangay Dampulan.
Supt. Roberto L. Aliggayu, provincial police director said that the suspect
was cornered in the backyard of PO2 Heminigildo Eduardo, an intelligence
operative assigned to the Police Regional Office 3.
three other unidentified companions managed to escape.
from the suspect were a caliber .45 pistol and three loaded magazines and
group was allegedly out to assassinate an intelligence operative, a NAPOLCOM
regional officer and a businessman in Cabiao.
was positively identified as the one who shot and killed Feliciano Pallarca
of Santo Tomas, Jaen last April 18.
of murder, attempted murder, direct assault, carnapping and illegal possession
of firearm and ammunition have been filed against Barrion and his three
top drug trafficker shot dead
year old man tagged as the top illegal drug trafficker in the Science City
of Muñoz was shot dead by two motorcycle riding gunmen last May
victim was identified as June Angeles of Poblacion West, Muñoz and
Bacal 3, Talavera.
was shot at close range at the back of the Poblacion North barangay hall
at about 9:00 P.M.
Pedro D. Soliba said that Angeles had been arrested thrice for drug pushing
and still continued to ply his trade.
are looking into the victim's linkages with drug syndicates to determine
the motive for the killing. ###
in San Jose for illegal lumber...
The San Jose City police
arrested two men in Barangay Palestina for transporting illegally cut lumber
at past midnight last May 21.
Supt. Sidney N. Villaflor
identified the suspects as Ronald Jacob, 24 and Raymond Santos, both of
Barangay Cambitala, Pantabangan.
Found in their possession
were 19 pieces of wood flitches cut with a chain saw.
Villaflor said that the two
were in a convoy of tricycles carrying illegal lumber when stopped at a
When the suspects failed
to show pertinent documents, the police impounded their vehicles and confiscated
the illegal lumber. ###
plus 3 more in Cabanatuan
For transporting illegally
sawn lumber, a van driver and his two helpers were arrested at a
checkpoint in Barangay Bangad, Cabanatuan City last May 24.
Those arrested were Gerardo
Sareno Vicencio, 40, driver, of Purok Daisy, Barangay South; and his helpers
Ronnie Valentin Acosta, 41, and Jaime Manong De Guzman, 18, both of Purok
6, Barangay Pantoc, all in Gabaldon.
Earlier, the police received
a tip that a Kia Besta van carrying illegal wood flitches was heading for
The suspects were stopped
at the checkpoint along Maharlika Highway at about 5:00 A.M. and yielded
836 board feet of illegally sawn lumber owned by a certain Zeny Taba of
Barangay Pantoc, Gabaldon.
The contraband worth P41,800
was turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
office in Cabanatuan City. ###
mahjong player shot dead
A man was shot dead while
playing mahjong in Barangay Santa Cruz, Gapan City last May 22.
Police identified the victim
as Dante Abesamis Quiambao, 56, married. He died on the spot from
bullet wounds in the head and chest.
Investigation showed that
Quiambao was playing mahjong in the early morning hours with Reynaldo Cabungcal
and Richard dela Cruz, both of Purok 3, Barangay Santa Cruz, and Joseph
Masilang of Barangay Mangino in the house of Lucy Mallari Santos, when
the suspect arrived and fired at the victim.
The suspect, described by
witnesses as 5'4" to 5'5" in height, of medium build and wearing a bull
cap, T-shirt and short pants, managed to escape. ###