shot dead in Cabanatuan
A forest ranger of the
Department of Environment and Natural
Resources (DENR) actively involved in
anti-illegal logging operations, was
shot and killed by motorcycle-riding men
in a morning attack along Zulueta Street
in Cabanatuan City.
The victim was identified
as Alberto Miranda, 46, of Barangay
Magsaysay Sur, Cabanatuan City and
connected with DENR-South.
Police investigation showed
that Miranda was driving a pick up at
about 8:00 A.M.when repeatedly shot by
He died on the spot.
Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nieves,
provincial police director, said a
dragnet operation has been launched
against the suspects.
The motive for the killing
has yet to be established. ###
Court orders arrest of
A regional trial court has
issued an arrest warrant for the alleged
recruiters of Mary Jane Veloso who had
been sentenced to die for drug smuggling
in Indonesia last April 29 but was
granted a reprieve.
Claro Arellano, chief of
the National Prosecution Service, said
Judge Nelson Tribian of Regional Trial
Court (RTC) Branch 37 of Baloc,
Santo Domingo issued the warrant against
Ma. Cristina Sergio and her
live-in-partner Julius Lacanilao.
They were ordered detained
at the Nueva Ecija Provincial Jail.
Sergio and Lacanilao had
been under the custody of the the
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)
when the warrant was issued. After the
commitment order was served, the two
were transferred from the NBI detention
facility in Manila to the RTC in Nueva
The warrant also covered
other still unknown persons similarly
charged with large scale illegal
recruitment in cases filed last
The justice department
based the filing of criminal charges of
large scale illegal recruitment against
Sergio and Lacanilao on the complaints
of three alleged victims. ###
Ecijana is oldest
living SC ex-justice
The judiciary marked last
May 11 the 93rd birthday of Ameurfina
Melencio-Herrera, the oldest living
retired Supreme Court Justice and
chancellor emeritus of the Philippine
Herrera was born on May 11,
1922 in Cabanatuan City. She is
the daughter of Jose Melencio, a career
diplomat, and Carmen Aguinaldo, a
teacher, suffragist and daughter of
General Emilio Aguinaldo.
She studied law at the
University of the Philippines and
graduated as valedictorian and cum laude
in 1947.She topped the bar examination
that year, the third woman to do so. She
got a score of 93.85 percent, the
highest grade ever received by a woman
bar examinee until now.
She engaged in private law
practice, then was appointed judge for
trial courts in Quezon province and
Manila. In 1971, she was appointed to
the Court of Appeals.
Herrera became the second
woman Supreme Court justice after
Cecilia Muñoz-Palma retired in 1978. She
was appointed to the high court by
President Ferdinand Marcos the following
After the EDSA revolution
in February 1985, Herrera and other
Supreme Court justices appointed by
Marcos were asked by President Corazon
Aquino to resign. However, Herrera was
reappointed by Mrs. Aquino two months
She retired in 1992.
Herrera was married to the
late Dr. Florentino Herrera, Jr.,
chancellor of the University of the
Philippines Manila. They have three
children -- Florentino III, Victoria
Lourdes and Milagros Gloria. ###
Antonio beauty places 2nd in 'Miss
Philippines Earth 2015'
Chanel Olive Thomas, a
Fil-Australian model whose mother traces
her roots to San Antonio, Nueva Ecija,
bagged the second place in the Miss
Philippines Earth 2015 pageant held at
the Mall of Asia Arena last May 31.
Thomas was crowned as first
runner up with the title of Miss
Philippines Earth Air 2015.
In an earlier interview,
she said she was never a pageant girl
before but found the Miss Earth pageant
to her liking because she wants to
create a change in the environment.
She said she felt honored
to represent San Antonio, the hometown
of her mother, aunt and grandmother, and
which she calls "my home now".
Thomas has been modeling
for 10 years. She took up Business
Administration in Australia and plans to
continue studying. She is interested in
Broadcast Journalism as a course to take
up after the pageant.
Her message to girls who
want to pursue their passions: "“Just
follow your dreams. Don’t let any
self-esteem issues or anything hold you
back. Don’t let your fear override,
because you don’t want to look back and
regret. You need to just do it. You only
live this one life, it’s better to try
anything. If it fails, then sige,
you do something else but don’t ever not
do it just because you’re thinking, ‘Oh
what if this fails?’ No, just go, PUSH.”
Another Novo Ecijana in the
pageant, Diana Mackey of Cabanatuan
City, made it to list of top15
Ex-Gapan mayor dies
Natividad's remains are borne on a
horse-drawn carriage during his funeral procession.
Former Gapan City Mayor
Ernesto L. Natividad died while under
hospital arrest at the Philippine
General Hospital last May 19.
The Warrant Section of the
Manila Police District confirmed that
Natividad, who suffered from kidney
disease and regularly underwent
dialysis, died at 10:10 P.M.
Natividad had been detained
for multiple murder in connection with
the deaths of siblings Ericson and and
Edelson Pascual and three others during
a daytime raid of the Pascual family's
cockpit in Barangay Pambuan in 2006.The
case was transferred to Manila Regional
Trial Court Branch 8 which issued a
warrant of arrest
After hiding for some time,
the former mayor was eventually found
undergoing dialysis in a medical clinic
in Quezon City and arrested by the
Criminal Investigation and Detection
Unit on January 31, 2013.
He was the father of the
incumbent mayor of Gapan City, Dr.
During his successive
terms, the former mayor worked with
former 4th District Rep. Julita
Lorenzo-Villareal for the
conversion of Gapan into a
component city in 2011. He transferred
the seat of government to a new city
hall in Barangay
Bayanihan,constructed a new public
market after the old market was razed by
fire, threw his support for the city's
slipper industry and institutionalized
the "Tsinelas Festival".
Policeman killed, wife
wounded in Aliaga
A policeman was shot and
killed while his wife was wounded when
suspects aboard an SUV repeatedly fired
at them in Barangay Santo Rosario,
Aliaga, last May 15.
The fatality was identified
as PO2 Rolando Bondoc, 50, an operative
of the Criminal Investigation and
Detection Team in Nueva Ecija and
resident of Barangay Santiago.
He was declared dead on
arrival at Nueva Ecija Doctors Hospital
in Cabanatuan City.
His wife, Celerina, 44, a
public school teacher, sustained gunshot
wounds in her arm.
The victims were about to
board their SUV at around 8:30 P.M. to
attend an Iglesia ni Cristo gathering
when the suspects arrived and repeatedly
shot the policeman.
The wife told investigators
that the suspects, armed with caliber
.45 pistols, fled after the shooting.
She was unable to provide
any motive for the attack. ###
Gen. Tinio barangay
chair yields hot lumber
Police and military
elements seized illegal lumber from a
barangay chair in General Tinio last May
The subject of the raid was
the yard of Robert Fernandez of Barangay
Sr. Supt., Crizaldo Nieves,
provincial police director, said some
1,700 board feet of lumber with an
estimated street value of P55,000 were
found in the backyard of Fernandez. ###
Human skeleton found in
A human skeleton was found
by a 13 year old boy under a tree in a
grassy lot in Barangay Singalat, Palayan
City last May 21.
Jayce Martinez, a Grade 7
pupil, of Barangay Imelda Valley,
was walking with his carabao in Barangay
Singalat at 8:00 A.M. when her found the
Supt. Leandro Novilla, city
police chief, said the skeleton was
wearing a red shirt marked "Mayor Levi
Santos/Vice Mayor Edgar Valdez", black
pants with red stripe, black brief,
black rubber bracelet and a rosary
around the neck.
The remains were brought to
the Nueva Ecija Crime Laboratory for
Boy drowns in Gapan
The body of a six year old
boy was found floating in a swimming
pool under construction in Barangay San
Roque, Gapan City on the night of May
Investigation by the local
police showed that Tomas Sarmiento, 45,
caretaker of the swimming pool owned by
businessman Ronnie Bautista, was doing
his rounds at about 10:00 P.M. when he
spotted the floating body of the victim,
Ray Jhon Ramos, also of Barangay San
A certain Rolando Apariente
said that he last saw the victim alive
at about 6:00 P.M. while crossing the
street toward the compound of his uncle,
The victim was also seen
washing his feet near the swimming pool.
Investigators said the boy
could have accidentally slipped and
fallen into the pool that was already
filled with water, or was attracted to
Girl drowns in
A five year old girl
drowned in a swimming pool at Jerry de
Alicia Resort in Barangay Las Piñas,
Peñaranda last May 21.
In a report received by the
office of Mayor Ferdinand Abesamis, the
victim was identified as Lorraine Jianne
Banagbang Maganes of Barangay San
Nicolas, Gapan City.
SPO1 Jonathan Malicse said
the incident happened at about 5:00 P.M.
when the victim followed a family member
and accidentally slipped into the
The incident was not
immediately noticed. When the girl was
finally found, she was administered
cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and
rushed to a hospital but was dead on
Apolinar Aberin Abemis, 68,
father of the resort owner, said all the
expenses for the wake and burial were
underwritten by them as help for the
family of the victim. ###