for Ecija political violence
Dist. Rep. Rodolfo Antonino decried what
he described as an increase in
politically motivated killings and
violence in the province allegedly
victimizing opponents of outgoing Gov.
He said at
least 15 shootings have happened in the
province in the past few months, causing
the death of at least nine persons, most
of them his allies and political
who is running for governor in 2016
against outgoing 3rd Dist. Rep. Czarina
Umali, the governor's wife, said the
killings started shortly after the May
2013 elections and increased in recent
months. This year, he said five
officials have been shot dead.
fatalities were barangay chairs, three
Sanggunian Bayan members, a municipal
accountant and a barangay kagawad.
identified them as barangay officials
Romeo Linsangan and Mario Trillana and
municipal accountant Noel Gamboa, all of
Cabiao; Nick Apan of Llanera; Rodrigo
Miranda of Aliaga; Rodante Garcia and
Antonio de Sahagun of San Leonardo;
Herminigildo Eduardo of Jaen; and Roger
Pascual of Cabanatuan City.
“There is a
disturbing pattern of murders and we are
witnessing here the unfolding of a
political reign of terror in our midst,”
survivors were Linsangan’s successor,
Rogelio Cunanan; Gapan Councilor Danilo
de Guzman; San Antonio municipal
coordinator Erlinda Reyes; Arsenio
Santos of Jaen; and Councilors Armando
Abiog and Wilfredo Abesamis of
said Cunanan has transferred to the camp
of Umali, possibly out of fear of
Abiog and Abesamis were attacked after
they bolted the camp of Umali’s ally,
Peñaranda Mayor Ferdinand Abesamis, to
join Vice Mayor Fermin Francisco, who is
preparing to challenge the mayor’s
urged authorities to look into the
answers Antonino's allegations
Aurelio Umali, who was linked to alleged
politically-motivated killings and
violence in the province by former 4th
Dist. Rep.Rodolfo Antonino, said it was
the former congressman who had been
involved in high-profile political
Antonino had been involved in such
incidents after the 1988 and 2007
He cited the
incident in 1988 when Antonino lost to
Nicanor de Guzman, Jr. in the
congressional elections. He said
Antonino and his men stormed de Guzman's
home in Gapan City, claiming that he was
incident before the 2007 elections,
Umali said Antonino's men assaulted the
compound of his then congressional rival
Jose Gay Padiernos and fired at the
another incident in 20087, Umali said
Antonino's security escorts shot it out
with a group of supporters of former
Jaen Mayor Antonio Esquivel in Jaen,
killing four, including a policeman, and
wounding 12 others, among them
Esquivel's two sons. That incident,
Umali said, prompted the Commission on
Elections to place the province under
President Aquino and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas
appointed him chair of the Regional
Peace and Order Council in Central Luzon
because he has no known record of
involvement in political violence. ###
Talugtog mayor, 6 officials
The mayor of
Talugtog who assumed the post only
recently after the Ombudsman
dismissed the mayor elected in 2013, was
suspended for 90 days together with five
members of the Sangguniang Bayan
and the council secretary for alleged
grave abuse of authority, grave
misconduct and dishonesty.
suspended were Mayor Reynaldo
Cachuela;Councilors Flora F. Cinense,
Maximo B. Ancheta Sr., Maximo T. Ulzano,
Philip F. Bilegra, and Leo G. Monta, all
of the Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija
(BALANE); and Sangguniang Bayan (SB)
secretary Norberto P. Baldovino
suspension order was served by Dr.
Abraham Pascua, Department of the
Interior and Local Government (DILG)
assistant regional director and
concurrent Nueva Ecija DILG provincial
director. It was based on a directive by
DILG Regional Director Florida Dijan.
a separate order directing Vice Mayor
Benjamin Gamit, Jr. and SB Member
Alberto Estillore to assume the posts of
mayor and vice mayor.
suspensions resulted from complaints
filed last April 11 by now acting Mayor
Gamit, Acting Vice Mayor Estillore and
SB Member Gerry Agpalo, all of Unang
Sigaw Partido ng Pagbabago of Governor
time, Cachuela was the vice mayor,
becoming mayor in May after the
dismissal of then Mayor Quintino
Caspillo for nepotism.
complainants said the appointment of
Rhea Jasmine Tobias as municipal budget
officer was endorsed by Caspillo to the
SB for confirmation last April 20. On
motion of SB Member Ulzano, the SB
deferred action on the appointment
pending the resolution of an appeal made
by Dante Enipto, another aspirant for
complainants said that two days later,
an SB resolution denying the appointment
of Tobias was suddenly presented to all
the councilors for their signatures.The
resolution, the complainants said, did
not reflect matters agreed upon by the
councilors in their April 20 session.
that despite their demand for the
correction of the resolution, the
respondents ignored them and even
falsified the document to make it appear
that Councilor Cinense participated in
the deliberation to meet the required
number of votes.
admitted she was absent during the
session but said there were 10
councilors present out of a quorum of
mayor hangs on to post
Mayor Reynaldo Cachuela continued to
perform the functions of mayor despite
his suspension by the Office of the
Benjamin Gamit, Jr., who was designated
as acting mayor, holds office in the
Sangguniang Bayan session hall.
said he is protesting what he described
as lack of due process in the issuance
of the suspension order against him and
the other officials.
out that the cases were filed on May 11
and the suspension order came out on
June 29. ###
DILG optimistic on
resolving Pantabangan mayoral crisis
Department of the Interior and Local
Government hopes to resolve the issue of
two mayors running Pantabangan.
of the Ombudsman dismissed Mayor Lucio
Uera last March 24 for grave misconduct
and abuse of authority. He was replaced
by Vice Mayor Ruben Huerta.
The Court of
Appeals subsequently issued a 60-day
temporary restraining order on the
Ombudsman's decision, leaving the town
with two mayors to the confusion of
local government employees and town
Undersecretary for Local Governance
Austere Panadero said they want to clear
up the issue but they first have to ask
for the court's advice, expected to be
released by July 29.
He said they
are hopeful they can address the issue
after receipt of the court's advice. ###
DTI turns over machines
for bamboo production
engaged in producing bamboo products
received machinery from the Department
of Trade and Industry (DTI) under its
Shared Service Facility (SSF) program.
Pili, DTI provincial director in Nueva
Ecija, said the machines, expected to
boost production of school desks and
other materials made of bamboo, were
turned over to Pamayanang Nagkakaisa
Producers Cooperative in Llanera
consisted of pole cutters, twin rip saw,
treatment vat, kiln dryer, jointer
planer, thickness planer, dust
collector, laminating press with
pneumatic cylinder, single spindle
moulder, arm saw, band saw, circular saw
with sliding table, bench drill, wide
belt sander, air compressor with spray
gun, universal sharpener for circular
saw, and grinder for planer knives.
the move is in recognitions of the need
to improve bamboo products because those
are the trend today. She said the
forests need to be preserved by using
bamboo as an alternative to wood.
She said the
SSF aims to provide small and medium
enterprises, especially farmers'
cooperatives, with the capability to
improve their products and be more
competitive. The DTI also helps widen
home furnishing, the Llanera cooperative
also produces bamboo node for bamboo
slats used in engineered bamboo desks
and bamboo panels, among others.
With the use
of the machines from DTI, PNPC is
expected to generate employment among
Llanera residents and uplift the lives
of its members. ###
Bangko Sentral, Ecija
gov't help MSMEs
Sentral ng Pilipinas and the provincial
government of Nueva Ecija launched the
Nueva Ecija Credit Surety Fund (Nueva
Ecija CSF) last July 29 at Harvest Hotel
in Cabanatuan City.
of agreement was signed by stakeholders
headed by BSP Monetary Board Member
Felipe M. Medalla, Gov. Aurelio Umali
and representatives of participating
cooperatives and institutions.
CSF is a
program designed to increase the
creditworthiness of micro, small and
medium enterprises (MSMEs) that
encounter problem in accessing bank
credit because of lack of acceptable
collateral, credit knowledge and credit
Ecija CSF, the 40th to be established in
the country, will pool contributions of
well-managed and well-capitalized
cooperatives, the provincial government
and partner institutions like the
Industrial Guarantee and Loan Fund,
Development Bank of the Philippines and
Land Bank of the Philippines from which
participating cooperatives and their
MSME members may obtain loans from banks
even without hard collateral, with the
surety agreement issued by the fund
serving as alternative loan collateral.
program, launched in 2008, is expected
to help under-served and unserved MSDMEs
gain access to bank credit. ###
Pigmented rice to control
Science Museum opened an exhibit at the
Philippine Rice Research Institute
(PhilRice) in the Science City of Muñoz
to highlight the value of pigmented rice
in solving obesity in the country.
called "Colors of Rice" aims to raise
awareness on the health and nutritional
value of pigmented rice through
interactive displays of brown, purple,
red and black rice varieties.
exhibit, we focus on the traditional
pigmented rice varieties and their
comparison with white rice, and the
impact of rice on our health, in our
life, and in our communities,” said
Sophia Maria Cuevas, exhibit curator.
the results of the 8th National
Nutrition Survey released recently,
three out of 10 Filipino adults are
obese due to consumption of too much
food rich in carbohydrate, including
Romero, a food scientist, said pigmented
rice is a good alternative to white
rice, having loads of antioxidants that
fight cell-damaging agents.
at the Rice Science Museum, a tourist
facility accredited by the Department of
Tourism, will run until February 2016.
Palayan cop linked to
assigned in Palayan City who has been
linked to hijackings in Nueva Ecija was
arrested together with an accomplice
while another policeman escaped and is
companion, said to be a military
informant, was killed.
Manuel Cornel identified those arrested
as PO1 Alvin Belmonte, 38, assigned in
Palayan City, and Reynaldo Gozun, 45, of
Barangay Cabucbucan, Rizal.
nabbed after a shootout in Barangay
Ligaya, Gabaldon last July 30.
together wiuth PO3 Benito Marquez, were
aboard a hijacked cigarette delivery van
when accosted by patrolling policemen
who had been told by a salesman about
the hijacking of his vehicle.
ensuing chase and shootout, Raymond
Reyes, allegedly a civilian agent of the
Armed Forces of the Philippines and a
resident of Barangay Balaring, General
Natividad, was killed.
an undetermined amount of cash with him
when he fled.
yielded a caliber .38 revolver, two
caliber .45 pistols and about P20,000 in
Suspect in Bongabon
stabbing spree arrested
police arrested the suspect in the
killing of a 12-year-old girl and
the stabbing of her family members in
Isidro Bulandos, was arrested at a
bus terminal at Engineer's Hill in
Baguio last July 29 based on a warrant
of arrest issued by Judge Evelyn
Atienza-Turla of Regional Trial Court
Branch 40 of Palayan City.
faces charges of murder, four counts of
frustrated murder, child abuse and
illegal use of firearms.
killed a 12 year old girl by stabbing
her 16 times in Bongabon last July 3.
stabbed the girl's two siblings and
grandmother but they survived.
of the children were in Saudi Arabia
when the crime happened.
stabbing spree, Bulandos had been
charged with acts of lasciviousness for
molesting the 12 year old victim and her
He was also
involved in a drug-related case in 2012.
arrested, Bulandos yielded a hand