Padiernos take oath
SC chief justice
Re-elected Gov. Aurelio M.
Umali, 3rd Dist. Rep. Czarina Umali, Board Member Anthony Umali and Vice
Gov. Gay Padiernos took their oath of office before Chief Justice Renato
Corona at the Supreme Court last June 30.
Umali said that he chose
Corona for his oath taking to show respect to the judiciary. He said that
would also take an oath before an executive official and a legislator.
He said that during his first
term, he was also sworn into office by officials from the three branches
of the government.
It was learned that most
of the local officials who won took their oaths of office before municipal
and regional trial court judges.
Padiernos, on the other hand,
said that they plan to have a mass oath taking together with other provincial
to reorganize provincial government
Newly re-elected Gov. Aurelio
M. Umali plans to reorganize the provincial government to attain a lean
and productive work force.
He said that the provincial
government is studying how to implement the reorganization, including its
“The reorganization plan
has always been there which is to come up with a lean and productive work
force. It's just a question of how much the provincial government will
spend in carrying out the reorganization,” Umali said.
He said that the 3,000 or
so capitol employees, including those that are permanent, regular, contractual
and casual, will first undergo performance evaluation. He assured that
the reorganization that will be implemented afterwards will strictly abide
by the organizational chart of the Civil Service Commission.
Umali said that the Nueva
Ecija provincial government does not have much money to implement many
projects. In spite of this, he said that priority will be given to infrastructure
to help to farmers, specifically those engaged in onion production, and
livelihood programs for the poorest sector. ###
Catholic bishops reject operation of Ecija casino
Gov. Aurelio M. Umali rejected
a plan to operate a private casino in San Leonardo, following the anti-gambling
stance of a total of seven Catholic bishops in Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan.
Umali said that he agreed
with the bishops who expressed their objection to the Nueva Ecija casino
and another one in Urdaneta City by signing and issuing a statement entitled
"Restoring Integrity, Alleviating Poverty".
In their statement, the bishops
said that the opening of another casino will open more doors to corruption
and pave the way for the impoverishment of gamblers.
Those who signed the statement
were Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese, Bishops
Sofronio Bancud of Cabanatuan and Mylo Hubert Vergara of San Jose City,
Jacinto Mendoza of Urdaneta, Marlo Peralta of Alaminos and Artemio Rillera
of San Fernando, La Union and Auxiliary Bishop Renato Mayugba of Lingayen,
all of the Ecclesiastical Metropolitan Province of Lingayen, Dagupan.
The bishops said that if
it was not legally possible to close down casinos, the government should
not open new ones.
Umali said that those behind
the plan to open a casino in Nueva Ecija should follow legal processes.
He clarified that on his own, he could not stop casino operations.
“If I stop it, then I should
have closed down first the cockfight arenas. But I look at the matter not
only on the morality side but also on the economic side,” he said.
Umali recounted that when
he was still a congressman, he had opposed the plan to open a casino in
Palayan City because he thought it was not feasible.
He said that the Sangguniang
Panglalawigan approved the proposed casino before he became governor. ###
orders manual count of Cabiao votes
The Gapan City Regional Trial
Court Branch 34 ordered the opening of ballot boxes and the manual count
of votes in no less than 56 clustered precincts in Cabiao.
The ruling by Judge Celso
Baguio was in answer to the election protest filed by Mayor Abundia Garcia
of Unang Sigaw Partido ng Pagbabago against the proclaimed winner, Gloria
Congco of Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija.
Congco, who ran for mayor
after holding that position for three terms and going on a one term break,
had been proclaimed as winner by the municipal board of canvassers. She
got 16,278 votes against Garcia's 14,446 in the May 10 automated elections.
Garcia alleged that there
was massive fraud during the elections, including vote buying and intimidation,
and malfunctioning of precinct optical scan machines (PCOS) in some precincts,
particularly in Barangay San Roque.
Some candidates for the Cabiao
municipal council also filed protests.
Congco's lawyer, Petronilo
David, opposed the reopening of the ballot boxes, saying that the ballots
would not prove the allegation of massive fraud, especially vote buying.
However, Garcia's lawyer,
Ramon Miguel Ongsiako, said that vote buying was not the only ground for
the filing of an election protest.
He cited the alleged malfunctioning
of the PCOS machines and compact flash cards as among the claims that call
for the revision of ballots.
Judge Baguio, for his part,
said that the only issue that need to be settled is who among Garcia and
Congco actually won.
Four committees started the
revision procedure last June 29. ###
recalls candidates' escorts
The Nueva Ecija Provincial
Police Office has recalled some 50 policemen who had served as security
escorts of local candidates in the May 10 elections.
Sr. Supt. Ricardo Marquez,
provincial director, said that with the end of the election period last
June 9, cops detailed as security escorts of local candidates have been
ordered to return to their mother units.
He, however, clarified that
the recall order did not yet cover those detailed to Gov. Aurelio M. Umali,
Vice Gov. Gay Padiernos, defeated Vice Gov. Edward Thomas F. Joson and
all the winning candidates and incumbent officials in 27 towns and five
Incumbent officials like
Joson, who lost in the elections, will have their security escorts recalled
when their terms end on June 30. ###
declared free of insurgency
Military and police officials
have declared Nueva Ecija as insurgency free following the communist movement's
loss of mass base support, and turned over to the provincial government
the matter of internal security.
The province is the third
in Central Luzon to be declared insurgency free, after Aurora and Tarlac.
The declaration was formalized
last June 28 when Maj. Gen. Ireneo Espino, commanding general of the Army's
7th Infantry Division, turned over the internal security operations to
Gov. Aurelio M. Umali, chair of the Provincial Peace and Order Council.
rice farmers' harvest up by 35%
The Department of Agriculture
said that rice farmers who used hybrid seeds for the summer crop season
harvested 35.6 percent more rice than those who planted inbred certified
In a report to Agriculture
Sec. Bernie Fondevilla, Dr. Frisco Malabanan, head of the Ginintuang Masaganang
Ani Rice Program, said that in Nueva Ecija, more than 55,000 hectares of
rice fields planted to hybrid rice yielded 7.73 metric tons per hectare.
The yield of regular inbred
rice varieties is only from four to five metric tons per hectare.
Malabanan said that hybrid
rice farmers realized P30,000 in profit per hectare, compared to only P15,000
when they were still planting regular seed varieties. ###
Putik Festival 2010
Residents of Barangay Bibiclat,
Aliaga, garbed in dried banana leaves
and smeared with mud,
gather for the "Taong Putik Festival"
marking the feast of
their patron saint, John the Baptist, last June 24.
Rev. Fr. Carlos Padilla, parish priest, sprinkles Holy Water on the participants.
The image of the patron saint is borne on the shoulders of the devotees
for the procession.
courtesy of Reuters.
for new provincial police chief underway
The list of recommendees
to the post of new Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office (NEPPO) chief has
been narrowed to three from the original 18.
Said to be the early favorite
to succeed Sr. Supt. Ricardo Marquez is Ramon Apolinario, chief of the
regional personnel office of the National Capital Region Police Office
and former police chief of Davao City.
A source from the Philippine
National Police Directorate for Personnel and Records Management said that
the two other contenders are Roel Obusan of the HIghway Patrol Group in
Camp Crame and former intelligence officer of NEPPO, and Roberto Aligayu,
former commander of the Regional Mobile Group of the Central Luzon Regional
Marquez is about to complete
his two year tour of duty in Nueva Ecija, which started on June 28, 2008.
He has been credited with dismantling syndicated crime groups, private
armed groups and the holding of the peaceful elections last May 10. ###
Member Perez blocks brother's judiciary appointment
Former Sangguniang Panglalawigan
Member Claro Riccardo Perez asked the Judicial and Bar Council to revoke
the appointment of his brother, former Cabanatuan City Vice Mayor Angelo
Perez, as regional trial court judge.
The Perez brothers are sons
of former Cabanatuan City Mayor Honorato C. Perez, Sr.
The former board member cited
a string of cases and a pending disbarment case in the Integrated Bar of
the Philippines against his brother who had been named as judge in the
Cabanatuan Regional Trial Court Branch 27.
The bad blood between the
Perez brothers surfaced following the death of their father in 1995, when
two parcels of agricultural land with a total area of 4.2 hectares were
given to Claro Riccardo as part of his share from the Perez estate. ###
to intensify war vs. illegal logging
Officials of the Department
of Environment and Natural Resources vowed to intensify their campaign
against illegal logging in Nueva Ecija.
Joselito Blanco, community
environment and natural resources officer for Nueva Ecija-South, said that
Army soldiers and DENR personnel worked overnight to recover 3,504 board
feet of illegally sawn lumber from Barangay Rio Chico, General Tinio on
June 11 and 12.
He said that the illegal
loggers abandoned the lumber after sensing the arrival of DENR officials
and soldiers from the Army's 7th Infantry Division.
Blanco said that the attempt
to revive illegal logging in General Tinio -- once known as the hotbed
of illegal logging in Central Luzon -- coincided with the opening of classes
when residents badly needed cash.
He said that illegal loggers
had been hiring local residents to cut trees, making them believe that
it was for domestic need.
Officials of the DENR, 7th
ID, non government organizations and government agencies have signed an
agreement for a coordinated action against illegal logging in the area
which has been blamed for flooding downstream. ###
fires Guimba clerk of court
The Supreme Court dismissed
from the service last June 21 a clerk of court in Guimba for ignoring
its orders and using prohibited drugs in 2004.
The high court also ordered
the perpetual disqualification from public office of Rene de Guzman and
forfeited all his retirement benefits except for his accrued leave credits.
The case stemmed from a lawyer's
complaint about de Guzman's sloppy handling of the records of a criminal
case. Although the Supreme Court cleared him of administrative liability,
it still ordered him to comment on his supposed drug use and queer behavior
in the office.
De Guzman ignored the SC's
order and other succeeding orders, and was found positive for the use of
illegal drug. ###
man creates trouble in Talavera police station
The Talavera police arrested
an armed man who allegedly created trouble in the police station while
trying to force the authorities to release his detained companions.
Sr. Supt. Ricardo Marquez,
provincial police director, said that Renato Michado of Barangay Bagong
Sikat was arrested by the deputy station chief, Insp. Rolando Salonga,
for carrying an unlicensed .45 caliber pistol and live bullets inside the
Michado reportedly barged
into the police station at about 9:40 P.M. armed with the pistol, and confronted
those who had arrested his companions Celino Padiernos, 55, and Marcos
Aquino, 35, reported to be security escorts of reelected Vice Mayor Vince
de Leon and connected to the National Bureau of Investigation Nueva Ecija
The policemen drew their
guns and ordered Michado to drop his firearm. Instead of obeying, he ran
to the back of a car parked in front of the police station and cocked his
Supt. Renato David, Talavera
police chief, who was then in civilian clothes, was able to go near Michado
and grab his gun. ###
guard kills hold-upper
The private security guard
of prominent Cabanatuan City businessman Antonio Chua shot and killed a
hold-upper who had robbed the tutor of Chua's son last June 23 along General
Tinio Street, Barangay Kapitan Pepe.
The fatality was identified
as Carlos Fausto of Talavera.
Investigation showed that
at about 5:50 P.M., Maria Lourdes Castro Rivera, 44, a private tutor, was
knocking at the gate of the Chua home when two hold-uppers riding a motorcycle
in tandem arrived and began to rob her. At that point, security guard Ryan
Drigoli opened the gate and saw the incident. He fired at the hold-uppers,
fatally hitting Fausto.
Fausto's companion, Ulyses
Zamora Valdez, 38, of Barangay Sicsican Matanda, Talavera was hit in the
shoulder but managed to escape. He was later arrested in Barangay La Torre,
Talavera and taken to the Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical
Center in Cabanatuan City for treatment. ###
hunted for killing brother
A former policeman is being
hunted for allegedly shooting his brother for an unpaid P400,000 loan in
Barangay Manacsac, Guimba.
Police identified the suspect
as Ayyot Ganot and the victim as Rino Ganot, his younger brother.
The victim and his wife were
on board a tricycle on their way home at about 6:50 A.M. when the suspect
confronted his brother about the unpaid loan.
When the argument got heated,
Ayyot drew a .45 caliber pistol and shot his brother.
The victim's wife rushed
him to a local hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
The suspect fled towards
Victoria, Tarlac aboard a motorcycle that he had commandeered after the
kills Muñoz farmer
A bolt of lightning hit a
70 year old farmer on the nape while he was in the middle of a rice field
in Purok 1, Barangay Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz at about 5:30
P.M. last June 14.
The victim was identified
as Romeo Sacaman Valencia.
He was rushed to a clinic
along Tobias Street, Poblacion South but was declared dead on arrival by
Dr. Jarold Padilla. ###
farmer shot dead
A 46 year old farmer was
shot and killed by two men who had trailed him along the national highway
in Barangay Maestrang Kikay, Talavera last June 29.
The victim, Florante Alcantara
de Guzman of Barangay Tabacao, sustained bullet wounds in the face and
It was learned that at about
10:45 A.M., the victim was driving his motorcycle with his live-in partner
riding in tandem, when he stopped to urinate at the roadside. The
two suspects, riding in tandem a motorcycle without plate numbers, stopped
near the victim and the back rider got down and fired at him at close range.
Investigators are still looking
into the motive for the killing. ###
teenager blasts self
A 17 year old girl accidentally
fired a 12 gauge shotgun at her face last June 26 in Barangay San Roque,
In a report to the provincial
police office, Supt. Ricardo Villanueva identified the victim as Lealyn
Pascual de Leon.
Investigation showed that
de Leon had been asked by the couple Rolando and Dolores Marquez to watch
over their daughter Loreza while they were away in Barangay Santa Lucia,
San Miguel, Bulacan. The couple reportedly left the shotgun with the victim
to use in defending herself and her ward in an emergency.
It was learned from Loreza
that early that morning, they heard somebody trying to open the house door
so the victim grabbed the shotgun but accidentally pulled the trigger while
the barrel was pointed at her face. ###