Binay to field
for Ecija top posts in 2016?
Sources said Vice President
Jejomar Binay of United Nationalist
Alliance (UNA) is looking into the
possibility of fielding former 4th
District Rep. Rodolfo Antonino and
incumbent 2nd Dist. Rep. Joseph Violago
as opposition candidates for governor
and vice governor of Nueva Ecija in the
If this materializes, the two
will be up against outgoing 3rd District
Rep.Czarina Umali -- wife of outgoing
Gov. Aurelio Umali -- and incumbent Vice
Gov. Jose Gay Padiernos.
Antonino's daughter, Magnolia
Rosa Antonino-Nadres, is the incumbent
4th District representative under the
pro-administration National Unity Party.
Violago, on the other hand, is
on his third and final term and is
believed to be grooming his wife Micaela
or his brother Lito to run in his
district in 2016.
Binay, originally of
PDP-Laban, is scheduled to ask the
Commission on elections to allow the
registration of his new party, UNA. ###
plant to be built in Rizal
Two state-owned companies --
National Development Co. (NDC) and PNOC
Renewables Corp. (PNOC-RC) -- have
entered into an agreement to develop a
P90-million mini-hydro power plant in
Rizal, Nueva Ecija.
Under the agreement, the two
firms will develop, commercialize,
operate and maintain a one-megawatt
mini-hydro power plant within the
existing facility of National
Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Rizal.
NDC General Manager Ma.
Lourdes Rebueno said its investment in
the Rizal project amounts to P45 million
or half of the total required capital.
She said construction will
begin in August.
The project is located at the
Pampanga River Irrigation System Main
Canal in Poblacion West, downstream from
the Rizal Diversion Dam. It is expected
to be operational in May 20125 and will
benefit the community through a power
sales agreement with Nueva Ecija
Electric Cooperative II (NEECO II).
Reynaldo Villanueva, NEECO II
president, said his cooperative will buy
the electricity at P4 per kilowatt-hour.
For his part, Rizal Mayor
Rafaelito Andres said local officials
and residents hope that the hydro-power
plant will boost the economy of the
second-class town through lower
electricity rates and the capability to
energize the whole area.
NIA, on the other hand, said
it would earn P700,000 annually from the
plant, with the proceeds to be used to
improve irrigation and other
agricultural services for the benefit of
farmers in Rizal.
“This water might have been
crying in silence for over 20 years,
saying it can light up your residences
at night while providing irrigation to
your plants,” said Carlos Jose
Gatmaitan, PNOC-RC president.
Gatmaitan said six sites have
been identified for new hydro-power
One is a 500-kilowatt plant
along the Super Diversion Canal in the
Science City of Muñoz, expected to start
in the third quarter of the year. ###
bishop calls on students to stay
away from violent fraternities
San Jose Bishop Roberto
Mallari, former vice chair of the
Episcopal Commission on Youth of the
Catholic Bishops Conference of the
Philippines, appealed to students not to
join fraternities and sororities,
especially those with dangerous physical
He warned that they might
become the next victim of hazing.
He called on fraternities and
sororities to stop the practice of
physical torture for neophytes.
"Why do you need to subject
them to such tests? What is your purpose
for doing that? What do they really
want? Maybe they should review what
their group's mission and vision is,"
Mallari's call came in the
wake of the death of Guillo Cesar
Servando of De La Salle-College of Saint
Benilde after allegedly undergoing the
initiation rites of Tau Gamma Phi
fraternity last June 28. ###
robbery suspect commits suicide
A robbery suspect in Barangay
Nazareth, General Tinio, stabbed his
abdomen and slashed his throat with a
jungle bolo after he was cornered by
lawmen last July 1.
It was learned that the
suspect, Felipe Jane, 50, of the same
barangay, first held up a neighbor with
the use of a gun.
Barangay Chair Aurelio Diaz
reported the incident to the town police
supported by Philippine Army soldiers,
ran after the suspect whom they cornered
in the mountainous area of the barangay.
The suspect fired at the
approaching lawmen, then later dropped
his gun and stabbed his abdomen and
slashed his throat with a jungle bolo.
Recovered from the dead
suspect were a home-make caliber .38
revolver with two bullets and two
shells, and a jungle bolo. ###
thief caught with help of CCTV
A woman who had stolen the
wallet of a Guimba supermarket customer
was caught with the help of
closed-circuit television (CCTV) last
Supt. Renato David identified
the suspect as Cathy Torres, 20,
married, of Barangay Santa
Investigation by PO32 Joey P.
dela Cruz showed that the theft happened
at about 6:40 P.M. inside Friendship
Supermarket along Faigal Street in
Barangay Santo Cristo while the victim,
Jimea Tomas, 16, student, of Barangay
St. John was shopping. She was about to
pay for the goods when she discovered
that her wallet and cell phone which she
had placed in the pushcart were missing.
With the help of CCTV footage,
it was determined that Torres was the
The suspect, who was still
inside the supermarket, was arrested and
charged with theft. ###
men kill cop in Cabiao
Two men riding a motorcycle in
tandem shot dead a policeman playing
badminton with his daughter in Barangay
Natividad North, Cabiao last July 5.
The victim was identified as
SPO3 Joseph Miranda, 42, of Barangay
Maligaya and assigned to the Regional
Comptrollership Division-R6 NCRPO at
Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.
He died on the spot after
sustaining gunshot wounds in the head
Miranda and his 10-year old
daughter were playing badminton when the
suspects approached and shot the victim.
One of the suspects later
broke the back window of the victim's
Mitsubishi Mirage and rummaged inside.
Recovered from the scene were
M-16 and caliber .45 slugs.
Investigation revealed that
the victim once had a romantic link with
a married woman from Malolos City, for
which the two were detained for
concubinage in 2010.
It was also learned that the
victim had frequently received death
threats from the husband of his lover.
accused of killing fellow cop
A former policeman who evaded
a case for the murder of a policeman
in Baliwag Bulacan last June 28,
was arrested inside a hospital in Gapan
City last July 9.
In a report to City Mayor
Maricel Natividad-Nagaño, the suspect
was identified as Alex Mendoza Santa
Cruz, formerly connected with the Nueva
Ecija Provincial Police Office and
resident of Barangay San Gregorio, Santa
Elements of the Baliwag police
led by Sr. Insp. Isagani Santos and
supported by the Gapan City police
chanced upon Santa Cruz while he was
being examined at Good Samaritan
Hospital for a bullet wound in his leg.
Santa Cruz was linked to the
shooting of Louie Ventos Quidit of the
Baliwag police, a resident of Barangay
Kaingin, San Rafael, Bulacan. ###
man shot dead
A man was shot and killed by
riding-in-tandem armed men in San Isidro
last July 16.
A report submitted to Mayor
Cesario Lopez identified the victim as
Mario Peret Joson, 50, of Purok 6,
Responding policemen led by
Sr. Insp. Steven dela Cruz rushed the
victim to Good Samaritan Hospital in
Gapan City but he was declared dead on
Investigation showed that the
victim was walking home at about 9:55
P.M. when fired upon..
Investigators are looking at
illegal drugs as possible motive for the
arrested for shabu worth P1-M
A woman identified by the
police as a big-time drug pusher was
arrested together with her two
companions for possession of P1 million
worth of shabu.
Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nieves,
provincial police director, said the
suspect, Cristina Arindain, 54, was
arrested while selling P2,000 worth of
shabu to a poseur buyer in Barangay
Zamora, Santa Rosa.
The suspect yielded 68 more
sachets of the illegal drug when
Her two companions identifed
as Roger Oblea, 43, and Herman
Hernandez, 50, were also nabbed for
possession of illegal drug. ###