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Nueva Ecija Journal is published in
Gapan City, Nueva Ecija,Philippines
and updated every 15th and
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mayor seeks help for delayed flood
Antonio Mayor Arvin Salonga has asked
for the intervention of Public Works
Secretary Mark Villar in stopping the
realignment of millions of pesos of
funds for the contruction of slope
protection and flood mitigation projects
in his town.
Salonga said he was surprised and
saddened that over P155 million of the
P328 million for the projects already
identified and approved by President
Duterte under the 2017 national budget
were asked to be modified and aligned by
4th District Rep. Magnolia Antonino.
In the mayor's letter to Villar coursed
through Senator Cynthia Villar, he
cited the utmost importance of the flood
control projects to the farmers in
particular, and the municipaliy in
The affected projects are the concreting
of the slope protection and
strengthening of dikes in Barangay.
Papaya (P30 million), Barangay Santo.
Cristo (P30 million), Barangay. Julo
(P35-million) and Brangay. Luyos (P30
He asked Villar not to give due course
to Antonino's request, saying the
projects will save the town from
disastrous effects of uncontrolled
floods during the rainy season..
Salonga lamented the delay in the
implementation of the projects. He said
the bidding was already scheduled for
February of March but this was abruptly
suspended because of Antonino's
He said he learned of the project's
sudden suspension and request for
realignment though a letter he received
from former District Engineer Ulysses
Llado of the 2nd Nueva Ecija Engineering
District Office of the Department of
Pubic Works and Highways.
He stressed that the office of Antonino
did not make any prior consultation with
his office of with the residents of San
Antonio before asking for the relignment
of the funds for the town's projects.
He said that politics should not get
in the way of the implementation
of important projects such as those in
his town. ###
foundation gives P1.2M help to
sister town San Antonio
Mandaluyong City Mayor
Menchie Abalos and the Ciara Marie
Abalos Foundation gave P1.2 million to
San Antonio during a visit there last
San Antonio is a sister
town of Mandaluyong city.
Mayor Arvin Salonga said P1
million was for the construction of a
training center for teachers while
P200,009 was the livelihood funds
of Ako and Saklay Center of Father
During the visit, Salonga
toured Abalos and her entourage to
various sites showing the town's best
Abalos remarked that the
town's agricultural produce, especially
its vegetables, could be directly sold
to Mandaloyong City,.by passing
middlemen, making available to the city
residents nutritious, fresh and
The city mayor noted that
in a video presentation touching on the
town's walis-tambo industry, the
products were labeled "Baguio City:" and
suggested that these be also marked
"Mandaluyong":to show that they came
from the place.
Salonga said Abalos praised
the reform and livelihood programs
instituted by the Ako ang Saklay Center
and said she would send her people to
train and learn about the best practices
that the city can adopt from that
Other highlights of the
visit of Mandaluyong officials were
gift-giving at the Luyos Elementary
School and the Santo Cristo Elementary
School, a visit at a vegetable farm in
Barangay. San Mariano and Bahay
Pagbabago in Barangay. Luyos, meet and
greet with the native cake makers at
Julie’s Cake and Puto in Barangay Tikiw,
a visit at the Bahay ni San Jose (Home
for God’s Special Children) and a
carabao race in Barangay Papaya, visit
to a solar and mechanical dryer in
Barangay San Mariano and a grand boodle
fight at the Dr. Jose Lapuz Salonga
Memorial Gymnasium. ###
seeks to file demurrer on graft case
Former Nueva Ecija Governor
Tomas Joson III asked the Sandiganbayan
to allow him to contest the sufficiency
of prosecution evidence and seek the
dismissal of the graft case against him.
In his motion, Joson sought
the permission of the Seventh Division
to file a demurrer after the prosecution
rested its case last May.
If granted,Joson would be
allowed to elaborate why the evidence
presented during the trial would not
stand on its own even without rebuttal
by the defense.
The case originated from
Joson's donation of five vehicles to the
municipal governments of Quezon
and Bongabon in February 2007.
Quezon town, whose mayor at
that time was Joson's nephew, Eduardo
Basilio, also received a mobile clinic.
The Ombudsman's Office of
the Special Prosecutor (OSP), however,
said the donations exceeded the
provisions of Sangguniang Panlalawigan
Resolution No. 37-A, s-2007, which
authorized the donation of only heavy
Joson said the OSP failed
to prove that he acted with manifest
partiality,even bad faith or gross
inexcusable negligence, when he made the
He said the head of the
public affairs monitoring office,
Dr.Raymund Sarmiento, who initiated the
complaint before the Ombudsman, merely
claimed that Joson wanted to "paralyze
the government of his successor" when he
took the witness stand.
Other prosecution witnesses
only confirmed that the donations were
Joson said the prosecution
failed to show undue injury caused to
the provincial government and the
unwarranted benefits given to the
He said it was
:"preposterous" to say that the
provincial government was placed
at disadvantage when the donations
benefited its constituent towns.
Joson's co-accused, former
Quezon Mayor Eduardo Basilio Joson and
former Bongabon Mayor Amelia Gamilla,
also asked the Sandiganbayan to
entertain their individual demurrers.
receives PCSO ambulance unit
General Manager Alexander
Balutan of the Philippine Charity
Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) went to Aliaga
to formally turn over an ambulance to
the local government unit at the Aliaga
Balutan, who comes from the
neighboring town of Zaragoza, shared
with the residents his childhood
memories while growing up in the area.
He said being in Aliaga felt like it was
the good old days and giving back to the
community was very important to him.
Balutan also handed out
checks as Small town Lottery (STL)
shares for the month of May to
representatives of seven local
government units before the ceremonial
blessing and turnover of the ambulance.
Also on hand to receive STL
shares were representatives of the
regional and provincial offices of
Philippine National Police and Criminal
Investigation and Detection Group.
In his remarks, Balutan
advised the residents against playing
illegal number games because they do not
give back to the interest of the people.
"We at PCSO assure you that
a portion of the money you pay to play
our games has already been set aside for
charitable programs such as free
ambulance, free medical equipment,
endowment fund and most importantly, the
Individual Medical Assistance Program. Dito
na tayo sa legal, may tsansa na kayong
maging milyonaryo at sigurado pang
balik-kawanggawa ang inyong tinaya,”
Balutan said. ###
mortars discovered in Zaragoza town
A total of 79 mortar rounds
were dug up in a construction site in
the Zaragoza town hall compound in
Barangay General Luna last June 24 and
A construction worker said
they were digging a hole for the post of
an evacuation center being built
when they found 31 mortars.
The explosives and ordnance
division of the 7th Infantry Division of
the Philippine Army took custody of the
explosives and discovered 48 more last
Explosives experts at Fort
Magsaysay have yet to determine the
origin of the shells. ###
councilor held for shabu
A former municipal
councilor of Rizal was arrested during a
buy-bust operation conducted by the
police in Purok 2, Barangay Ganduz,Pantabangan last
Sr. Insp. Melchor Pereja,
town police chief, identified the
arrested suspect as Jemuel Alunen, 62,
married, of Purok Padapada, Barangay
Santa Monica, Rizal.
He said the suspect is one
of the station's newly identified drug
Alunen was arrested by
joint elements of the local anti-drug
enforcement unit and Philippine Drug
Enforcement Agency after he allegedly
sold a plastic sachet of shabu to a
Seized from Alunen were three
plastic sachets of shabu worth P1,500,
some drug parapharnalia, P500 in marked
money and a Euro Sports motorcycle
used him in the drug deal. ###
barangay treasurer arrested for
A barangay treasurer, said
to be a high-value target in the war
against illegal drugs in Lupao, was
arrested after a search operation in his
house that resulted in the discovery of
shabu residue and drug paraphernalia
last June 18.
Sr. Supt. Antonio Yarra,
provincial police director, identified
the arrested suspect as Barangay
Treasurer Rodelito Collado, 44, married,
of Zone 2, Barangay Balbalungao.
Sr. Insp Rodney Godio,
Lupao police chief, said his men and
members of the Provincial Intelligence
Branch under Sr. Supt. Benedict Lagmay
implemented the search warrant issued by
Gapan City Regional Trial Court Judge
Celso Baguio that led to the barangay
official;s arrest. ###
2 killed, 1
nabbed in Guimba drug bust
Two men were killed and
another one was arrested following an
illegal drug bust in Barangay Bantug,
Armold Limon, 43, was
killed in a gunfight with policemen when
he fired at an undercover agent to whom
he sold a sachet of shabu at 8::30 P.M.
last June 16.
Recovered from Limon were a
caliber .38 pistol, two sachets of shabu
and a marked P500 bill.
On the other hand, Jon dela
Cruz, 38, was chased by the police when
seen fleeing from the place. He also
fired at the policemen and was shot
Recovered from dela Cruz
was a caliber .38 gun and two sachets of
Meanwhile, Crisanto Duque,
36, showed up at the crime scene while
forensic investigators were processing
the area. He was caught with a hand
Police said Limon and dela
Cruz belonged to a robbery gang. ###
contractor shot dead
A 60-year-old contractor
was repeatedly shot by car-riding men as
he drove from General de Jesus College
in San Isidro after dropping off his
three grandchildren and their nanny last
The victim, Ricardo Magno,
lost control of his car and crashed into
the concrete wall of San Isidro Central
Policemen brought him to a
hospital in Gapan City but was declared
dead on arrival.
Recovered from the victim's
car was a .9mm handgun. ###
killed by motorcycle-riding man
A 61-year-old man in
Talavera was shot in the head by a
motorcycle-riding gunman while he drove
his daughter to school on his motorcycle
along Maharllika Highway last June 23.
The victim was identified
as Danilo Baldadera.
His 13-year old daughter
was not hurt in the incident. ###
trader survives gun attack by
A businessman in Bongabon
survived after being shot at twice by
his drinking buddy last June 24.
Chief Insp. George Calauad
said the victim, Javier Alvarez, escaped
the shooting unhurt inside his compound
in Barangay Magtanggol.
The suspect was identified
as German Tapulgo, caretaker of J and G.
Trading, also of Barangay Magtanggol and
a native of Tabungan, Iloilo
It was learned that the
victim and the suspect, together with
Roel Tandaon, Tapulgo's co-worer, were
engaged In a drinking spree when the two
had a heated argument.
Tapulgo took ouT a gun and
fired at the trader but missed. Alvarez
sought cover and Tapulgo again shot at
him but missed.
The suspect escaped and is
snow being hunted. ###
A 48 year old businessman
driving a motorcycle on his way home to
Cabiao was repeatedly shot at and killed
by suspects riding a motorcycle in
tandem last June 18.
The victim was identified
as Apollinar Santos of Barangay Bagong
He was attacked along the
barangay road in Purok 7, Barangay Santo
Cristo at 9:45 P.M.
Chief Insp Marlon Cudal,
town police chief, said the suspects
chased the victim while he was
traversing the barangay road and upon
reaching a dark portion, shot him
several times, killing him instantly.
Cudal said the motive for
the killing was still being determined.
arrested in Cabanatuan
An alleged member of a
crime group engaged in carnapping,
swindling and robbery-hold-up was
arrested by the Nueva Ecija Criminal
Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)
in Cabanatuan City last June 26.
Sr. Supt. Antonio Yarra
identified the suspect as Ferdinand
Valmonte of Purok 3, Barangay Sumacab
Sur, Cabanatuan City.
Chief Insp Francis Aldrich
Garcia, CIDG provincial officer, said
the arrest was based on a search warrant
issued by Cabanatuan City Judge Ana
Marie Joson-Viterbo of the Regional
Trial Court Branch 24 for violation of
the Comprehensive Firearms and
Ammunition Regulation Act.
Seized from the suspect was
a caliber 45 pistol loded with seven
bules and another 15 bullets for a
caliber .22 rifle.
He said Valmonte was
taggged as a member of the Santos crime
group that operates in the proovince and
adjacent areas. ###
school robbed of P.5-M computer sets
A national high school in
Palayan City lost almost half a million
pesos worth of computer sets to robbers
last June 17.
Sr. Supt. Antonio Yarra,
provincial police chief, said the
suspects ransacked two computer rooms of
Palayan National High School in Barangay
Atate and took away seven Ace computer
sets with monitors worth P300,000, an
Epson projector valued at P40,000, two
laptops, P3,300 in cash and other
gadgets all totalling P481,700.
The high school was robbed
while being guarded by security guards
The robbery was discovered
by teacher Jhosel Gallarde, 33, single,
of Barangay Magtanggol, Bongabon.
Uarra said the suspects
were able to enter by climbing the
fire exit ladder at the back of the
administration building.. ###
A Fil-American working as a
nurse in the United States was robbed of
cash and other belongings valued at
P214,000 in her house in Quezon last
The victim was Arlene
Rivera, 52, married, of Sitio Osmeña,
Barangay Dulong Bayan, Quezon.
Sr. Insp. Rommel Zagala,
town police chief, said the victim
reported the robbery to the police at
Among the items stolen were a
Michael Kors body bag containing the
victim'r US passport, wallet, US
driver’s license, two US credit cards,
plane tickets, Michael Kors gold watch,
IPhone mobile phone, pearl earrings and
US$200 and P5,000 bills.
Also missing were a blue gym bag
containing IPhone earphones, black Nikon
camera, Betsy Johnson Cross-over bag
containing cash amounting to P2,000,
Ipad and Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone.
The robbers also took her money worth
$800 from the master’s bedroom.
Investigators said the
suspects entered the house by forcibly
opening the sliding window of a room.
They also made an improvised hook out of
wire and a tree branch in reaching for
the two bags in the master's bedroom.