Volume14 / No. 13                                                                                                               JULY 15, 2014
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Binay to field Antonino-Violago
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 2016 elections.

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. ###

Mini-hydro 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 plants.

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. ###

San Jose 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 initiations.

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 said

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. ###

Cornered 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 station.

Responding policemen, 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. ###

Supermarket 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 July 3.

Supt. Renato David identified the suspect as Cathy Torres, 20, married, of  Barangay Santa Veronica, Guimba.

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 culprit.

The suspect, who was still inside the supermarket, was arrested and charged with theft. ###

Riding-in-tandem armed 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 and chest.

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. ###

Ex-cop accused of killing fellow cop arrested

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 Rosa.

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. ###

San Isidro 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, Barangay Alua.

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 arrival.

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 killing. ###

Woman 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 frisked.

Her two companions identifed as Roger Oblea, 43, and Herman Hernandez, 50, were also nabbed for possession of illegal drug. ###

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