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P-Noy inaugurates Nueva Ecija's
first solar farm

President Aquino launched the P710 million solar power facility of First Cabanatuan Renewable Ventures, Inc. (FCRVI) in Barangay Lourdes, Cabanatuan City last May 26.

The first such project in Nueva Ecija, it aims to cushion the impact of climate change and cater to the increasing power demands of the locality.

The first 10-Megawatt plant with 39,456 solar panels sits on a 12-hectare land and is expected to supply 8.69 kilowatt-hours of power daily.

In the President's message, he said it was time to reduce carbon emissions, an issue tackled in the recent 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris which he attended.

He said a total of five power plants have been installed during his term, with 33 percent of them using renewable energy sources like solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind and biomass.

These projects, he said, are now producing 14,304 Megawatts of power and part of the administration's 2013 Philippine power project priorities

For her part, Ria Vergara, FCRVI president and 3rd Congressional District representative-elect, said the project is a step intheir advocacy for a clean environment and a response to the worsening effects of climate change.

"What is green for the environment is now green for the economy," she added.

FCRVI partnered with Trademaster Resources Corp. to build the project that generated jobs for about 300 persons during its construction.

Among those who welcomed the President was re-elected Cabanatuan City Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara, his former classmate at the Ateneo de Manila University. ###

Pope Francis appoints Ecijano as Lingayen-Dagupan auxiliary bishop

Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Jose Elmer I. Mangalinao, a native of Cabiao, as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.

Mangalinao is currently the vicar general of the Diocese of Cabanatuan.

He will fill the vacancy created since December 2012 when the former auxiliary bishop, Renato Mayugba, was installed as bishop of Laoag.

Auxiliary bishops are appointed by the Pope at the request of the diocesan bishop when pastoral needs require their presence, according to the Code of Canon Law. Their role is to assist the diocesan bishop in the functions of the office and the diocese, but the exact nature of his duties depends on the diocese, and the responsibilities as a bishop.

Mangalinao was born in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija on April 7, 1960. He studied philosophy and theology at the San Carlos Seminary in Makati City where among his classmates was Archbishop Socrates Villegas under whom he will serve in the Archediocese of Lingayen-Dagupan..

He was ordained on October 15, 1985. He served the Diocese of Cabanatuan, becoming the spiritual director of Maria Assumpta Seminary and assistant parish priest of St. Isidore the Worker Parish until he was sent to Rome in 1993 where he obtained a licentiate in theology at the Gregorian University in 1995.

He returned to the Diocese of Cabanatuan where he continued to serve as a professor at the seminary, then became the first Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Planning and assigned as pastor of the Three Kings Parish in Gapan City from 2005 to 2009.

In 2006, he was appointed Vicar General of the diocese and member of the Board of Consultors. From 2008 to 2014, he was assigned as parish priest of the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Cathedral. In 2014, he also began to serve as president of the College of the Immaculate Conception in Cabanatuan City and cluster head of Sacred Heart School of Talavera and Our Lady of Fatima in General Natividad.

No date has been announced for the episcopal ordination of Mangalinao and his installation as auxiliary bishop of the Lingayen-Dagupan archdiocese. ###

Another Talavera barangay chief killed

A second Talavera barangay chair was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men last May 24.

Police identified the latest victim as Maximo Norte Binuya, 58, widower.

Investigation showed that the victim and his driver, Danilo Penson Ibay, were about to board their service vehicle in front of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Peņaranda at about 8:30 A.M. after attending the wake of the barangay official's sibling, when one suspect approached from behind and shot them repeatedly.

Binuya was hit in the head while his driver suffered a gunshot wound in the back.

The suspects fled immediately after the attack while the victims were rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital in Gapan City where Binuya was declared dead on arrival.

The driver was later transferred to Gonzales General Hospital in  San Leonardo for further treatment. ###

Cabanatuan COMELEC employee shot dead, bystander hurt

A male employee of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Cabanatuan City was shot dead by unidentified suspects while a woman bystander was injured by a stray bullet on the night of  May 29 in Barangay Daan Sarile, Cabanatuan City.

Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, identified the slain victim as Alvin Villareal of Bantug Norte, Cabanatuan City.

Injured by a bullet wound in the neck was Lalaine Salagit of Barangay Villarica, Pantabangan.

Villareal was about to board his car after eating at a roadside eatery when attacked.

Salagit, who was aboard a passing  passenger jeepney, was hit by a stray bullet.

The suspects were able to escape.

The police are looking into the motive for the killing and the identities of the suspects. ###

3 suspected drug traffickers killed

Three suspected drug traffickers were killed in separate encounters with the police in San Leonardo and Zaragoza.

In San Leonardo, members of the Jaen and San Leonardo police killed Oliver Baretolome, 33, of Jaen and Warlito Pangilinan, 48, of General Tinio in an encounter in Barangay Rizal last May 26.

Authorities believe that they managed to neutralize the Bartolome Group based in Jaen.

Bartolome has a standing warrant of arrest for his failure to attend the promulgation of his case for illegal drugs where he had been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Gapan Regional Trial Court. Pangilinan was facing trial also for illegal drugs.

Sr. Insp. Domingo Resma, San Leonardo police chief, said the suspects, on board a Toyota car, shot it out with policemen along the San Leonardo-General Tinio Road.

Recovered from the scene were two caliber .45 pistols, a caliber .22 revolver and 10 plastic sachets of suspected shabu.

In Zaragoza, Aaron Cabrera, 40, of La Paz, Tarlac was killed in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Santo Rosario Young last May 27.

PO2 Honorio Ramos, case investigator, said Cabrera tried to escape when he sensed that he was dealing with a police undercover agent. He reportedly shot at pursuing policemen, triggering a firefight. He was declared dead on arrival at a hospital where he was rushed by the policemen.

Recovered from the scene were a caliber .38 revolver, a motorcycle, a cell phone and a plastic sachet suspected to contain shabu. ###

Cabanatuan chicken dealer shot dead, wife hurt

A 35-year old chicken vendor died wile his wife was injured when an unidentified man shot them at the sidewalk of the Magsaysay Market Complex in Barangay Magsaysay Norte, Cabanatuan City last May 27.

The victim, Ryan Alcantara of Barangay Valdefuente, was hit in the head while his wife sustained a gunshot wound in the arm.

The couple was sitting on the sidewalk outside the market when the suspect approached and fired at them.

The suspect then escaped on board a motorcycle.###

Talavera man dies in tricycle-van collision

A 50-year-old man died after the tricycle he was driving collided with a delivery van at a curving section of Maharlika Highway in Barangay Bakal 2, Talavera last  May 29.

A report reaching the office of Mayor Nerivi Santos-Martinez identified the victim as Aristeo Evangelista Fuentes, a checker, of Barangay Bakal 1. He died four hours after being rushed to Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical  Center in Cabanatuan City

Police said that at about 11:50 P.M., Fuentes was driving home when his tricycle collided with a delivery van driven by Paulino Castro Birera, Jr., 52, of District 1, Cauayan, Isabela. ###

Aliaga teen accused of raping 7-year-old cousin

A 15 year old boy was accused of raping his seven-year-old cousin in Barangay Bibiclat, Aliaga last May 16.

The suspect allegedly molested the girl in a dark alley in Purok 5 at abouot 9:00 P.M. after watching a sex video on his cell phone.

The victim's mother asked for the help of the police after learning of the incident.

During the investigation, the suspect admitted that he inserted his finger into the girl's sex organ while masturbating.

PO2 Lealanie Carpio, case investigator, said a complaint for statutory rape was filed against the suspect at the Provincial Prosecutor's Office. ###

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