Volume 17 / No. 13   |   July 15, 2017
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Transfer of national penitentiary to Nueva Ecija urged

Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon has urged the administration to relocate the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) to Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija.

This was after Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II bared that the illegal drug trade has flourished again at the NBP after convicted drug lords revived their drug trafficking operations despite the deployment of elite police guards there,

There are claims by some prison officials that corrupt members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) have been won over by drug lords serving time in the penitentiary

Biazon said the transfer of the prison to another location outside Metro Manila with new facilities has long been considered since the early 2000s when the Arroyo administration drew up plans to develop the NBP property in Muntinlupa City.

He said the Aquino government pursued the plan but it seemed to have been lost under the Duterte administration

"The problems of the national penitentiary are caused by the subhuman living condition of the prison and its location in an urban center," Biazon said.

He said  drug lords can easily tempt underpaid prison guards with money from the illegal drug business. The assignment of SAF troops to the NBP is not a guarantee of immunity from curruption, he added.

He urged President Duterte to pursue the transfer of the national penitentiary to the Fort Magsaysay military reservation as part of his anti-drug campaign.

“If such radical reform is not done during his administration, then all the efforts to curb the drug problem will have been in vain,” Biazon said. ###

 Mega drug facility has few users

The Mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (MDATRC) has few users despite its 10,000-bed capacity.

Official sources revealed that although the campaign against illegal drugs has yielded over a million surrenderers, not many local governments have been sending patients to the Nueva Ecija facility.

Dr. Nelson Dancel, MDATRC chief, said that as of June 16, the facility has been catering to 315 male patients. It has yet to accept women.

 “We need the support of local governments so we can help more residents,” Dancel said.

The P1.4-billion facility donated by Chinese real estate tycoon, Huang Rulan, and operated by the Department of Health, was opened by President Duterte on November 20 last year.

It is protected by personnel from the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Jail Managmeent and Penology.

Eighty-seven of the center’s patients come from Nueva Ecija. Sixty one are from Valenzuela City, 48 from Metro Manila, 43 from Pampanga, 41 from Batangas, 10 each from Bulacan and Rizal, four from Cavite, three from Tarlac, two each from Pangasinan and Aurora, and one each from Lucena City, Ilocos Sur, Isabela and Sorsogon.

The patients are assisted by 165 physicians, nurses, psychologists, dentists, social workers and house parents. They get free food, lodging and some amenities like toiletries.

Security was beefed up last February after three patients tried to escape. Two ran toward the mountainous area at the back of the center. A third tried to  pretend to be a participant of a religious procession by pushing a carroza but was turned over to the police by the priest.

In March, some patients from Batangas held a noise barrage calling for their release but were pacified and have since been cooperative. ###

SM farmers' program held in Gapan

The farmers' Training Program or Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan of SM Foundation, Inc. was recently held in Gapan City to teach participants techniques to improve the quality of their crops and increase their yield.

A total of 172 participants finished the training In Barangay Pambuan, .

Among those present in the graduation rites were Chito Macapagal, head of SM Corporate Affairs and SM Foundation trustee; Christie Angeles, SMFI AVP for Outreach and Livelihood Programs;Toto Barcelona president of Harbest Agribusiness Corp.; Mark Herrera, SM City Cabanatuan mall manager; and Donna Mallari, SM Cabanatuan supermarket store manager.

Similar training programs were held in Pasig City and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. ###

2 killed in Quezon drug bust

Two suspects were killed in a clash with policemen during an anti-illegal drug operation.

The names of the suspects were not immediately known.

One of them, known only as alias "Boy Bulak", fired at undercover policemen last July 5 in Barangay San Alejandro, forcing the policemen to fire back.

Investigators recovered the suspects' motorcycle, a revolver and seven sachets of suspected shabu. ###

8  arrested in buy-bust operation

Eight persons were arrested and illegal drugs and three guns were seized in a buy-bust operation by anti-narcotics operatives of the Cabanatuan City police and the provincial police drug enforcement unit at past midnight last July 1.

Sr. Supt. Antonio Yarra provincial police chief, idenified those arrested as Rez Cabantos, 31, single, businessman, of 31 Barangay Valenzuela, Santa Rosa and Brent Garcia, 23, single, of 14 A, Mabini St, Tuktukan, Taquig City; and their companions Janine Angelica Osorio 23, single, of 107 Villa San Juan, Santo Tomas, Pasig City, ; Justeen Mae Gomez, 22, single, of 122F MLQ St., Hagonoy; Carlo De Vera, 23, single, of Villa Villa, Lower Bicutan; Jeff dela Cruz, 23, single, driver, of MLQ Street, San Miguel; Jayson Cabrera, 23, single, of Bautista Street, all of Taguig City; and Christian Pascual, 22, of Barangay Valenzuela, Santa Rosa.

Supt. Ponciano Zafra, Cabanatuan City police chief, said joint operatives from the Nueva Ecija Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit and the city police conducted the buy-bust operation that resulted in the arrest of the eight.###

5 more suspected drug peddlers arrested

Six suspected illegal drug peddlers were arrested in separate operations in Nueva Ecija by the provincial police special operations group last July 3.

In Barangay Dicarma, Cabanatuan City,  Fe Aguilar Hayag, 62, and her 42-year-old son Jayson were found in possession of 15 sachets of suspected shabu and the marked P500 bill used in the buy-bust operation.

In San Jose City, Marfe Ganayo,Sr., 62, and his son Marfe, Jr., 42. were arrested in an operation in Barangay Caanawan. Taken from them were 11 sachets of suspected shabu and marked money.

In Purok Centro, Barangay Dicarma, Cabanatuan City, Reingel Masinsin, 27, was arrested while selling illegal drugs to an undercover policeman. ###

Cabanatuan car racing enthusiast killed

A 27-year-old trader engaged in building racing cars was shot dead by men riding a motorcycle in tandem inside his snack house in Kapitan Pepe Subdivision, Cabanatuan City on the night of July 4.

Supt Ponciano Zafra identified the victim as Christopher John de Guzman, alias Cris and John-John, of 19th street corner General Tinio Extension.

De Guzman owned the Street Shack Snak House where he was killed and the Js Auto Shine Carwash beside it.

The victiim was in the snack house at abut 7:20 P.M. when an unidentified man shot him repeatedly and immediately fled together with a cohort aboard a motorcycle.

De Guzman was rushed to Nueva Ecija Doctors' Hospital but was declared dead on arrival. ###

Gas tanker plunges into Carranglan ravine

A gas tanker bound for Manila fell into a ravine while gong downhill in Sitio Dalton,  Barangay Capintalan, Carranglan near the site of the April 18 bus accident that killed 34 persons.

Sr .Supt. Antonio Yarra, provincial police director, said injured in the tanker accident were the driver, Dennis Talamayan, 42, married, of Purok 6, Albago, Ilagan, Isabela, and his helper Raymund Ader, 35, of Guibang, Gammu, Isabela.

The two were brought  to Bambang Provincial Hospital for treatment. They were later transferred to the Veterans Hospital in Bayomgong, Nueva Vizcaya.

The tanker was registered under the name of Marissa Talamayan of Barangay Quibaki, Delfin Albano, Isabela.

Investigators learned that the tanker was traveling along the national highway when its brakes malfunctioned while going downhill. This prompted the driver to ram the vehicle to the side of the mountain but this failed to stop the vehicle which fell into the ravine. ###

Woman in parked SUV robbed 

A 22-year-old woman seated inside a parked sports utility vehicle was robbed of cash and other belongings by a man armed with a knife.

Supt. Ponciano Zafra, Cabanatuan City police chief, identified the victim as Kriscia Bianca Pascual, single of Project 8, Quezon Cty.

She told the police that an unidentified man held her up at knife-point and took her handbag while she was inside a Mitsubishi Montero Sport along General Tinio Street in Barangay Kapitan Pepe Subdivision.

She lost P70,000, a camera and a Gucci wallet containing identification cards. ###

Barangay tanod hangs self

A barangay tanod in General Tinio hanged himself inside his garage last July 8.

The suicide victim was identified as Eddie Jardiel Buan, 49, of Barangay Bago.

He was declared dead on arrival at Fort Magsayay Hospital in Palayan City.

The case was reported to the police at 7:20 A.M. by Prudencio Cortez, barangay tanod chief.

The vicim's body was discovered by his children Kyle Vincent, Kane Clark and Kiane Nicole.

It was learned that the cause of the suicide was a spat between the victim and his wife. ###

Aliaga family robbed of P550K in cash and jewelry

A family in Aliaga who went on an outing to Pangasinan and left their house unattended lost more than half a million pesos worth of cash and jewelry last July 4.

Chief Insp. Rex Perocho, town police chief, said victimized was the house of Estelita Solis, 52, married, of Barangay Poblacion West 3.

The family discovered the burglary when they returned home the following day.

Investigators said the robbers destroyed the steel frame of an air-conditioning unit in the master's bedroom to enter the house.

Carted away were jewelry worth P400,000 inside a cabinet and cash totaling P150,000 placed under a bed. ###

Laur farmer shot dead

A 62-year old farmer in Laur was shot and killed last July 1.by a gunman who casually walked away after the crime.

The victim was Mario Taberna of Barangay San Fernando.

He was about to board his motorcycle in his farm in Purok 7, Barangay San Felipe at 12:30 P.M. when the suspect appeared and shot him repeatedly in different parts of the body, killing him on the spot.

Recovered from the scene were three 9mm shells.

The motive for the killing is still being investigated. ###

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