inaugurates Nueva Ecija's
first solar farm
President Aquino launched
the P710 million solar power facility of
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
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
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
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,
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
appoints Ecijano as Lingayen-Dagupan
Francis has appointed Msgr. Jose Elmer
I. Mangalinao, a native of Cabiao, as
auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of
Mangalinao is currently the
vicar general of the Diocese of
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
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
No date has been announced
for the episcopal ordination of
Mangalinao and his installation as
auxiliary bishop of the Lingayen-Dagupan
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,
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
COMELEC employee shot dead,
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
The police are looking into
the motive for the killing and the
identities of the suspects. ###
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
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
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
Recovered from the scene
were a caliber .38 revolver, a
motorcycle, a cell phone and a plastic
sachet suspected to contain shabu. ###
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.###
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
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,
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
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
PO2 Lealanie Carpio, case
investigator, said a complaint for
statutory rape was filed against the
suspect at the Provincial Prosecutor's