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Provincial jail warden shot dead; P1-M for arrest of killer

The Nueva Ecija Provincial Jail warden was shot and killed by a motorcycle riding gunman while he was driving home aboard his motorcycle along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Mayapyap Sur, Cabanatuan City at about 7:15 P.M. last August 13.

Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police director, said the victim, Enrico Campos, sustained two gunshot wounds in the back and was declared dead on arrival at Premier General Hospital.

Investigators recovered two caliber .45 shells at the crime scene near the Provincial Jail in Barangay Caalibangbangan.

Nieves said several angles are being looked into as the motive for the killing of Campos, including his campaign against illegal drugs inside the detention facility and implementation of drastic reforms, including visitation policies.

Nieves said they have looked at the victim's cell phones and closed circuit television recordings in search of information, .

PO3 Erwin Gonzales, investigator on case, said Campos' record as a retired policeman will be reviewed to see if this has something to to do with the killing.

Gov. Aurelio M. Umali offered a P1 million reward for the capture of the killer and gave the police one month to solve the case.

In his speech during the 113th anniversary of the Nueva Ecija police office, Umali denounced the killing and said the police should to get to the bottom of the case.

He said he is willing to provide all the necessary support to the police to help solve the crime.

Nieves has formed Task Force Campos to look into the killing. ##

2 UP Clark grads arrested for communist links

Two graduates of the University of the Philippines Clark who have joined the Kabataan and Anakbayan party-list groups were arrested by a combined team of policemen and Army soldiers last August 9 for their alleged links to communist rebels in Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya.

Lt. Gen. Felicito Virgilio Trinidad, Jr., chief of the Northern Luzon Command based in Tarlac City, confirmed the arrest of Gerald Salonga, 24, and Guiller Cadano, 22, in Carranglan.

Capt. Mark Ruelos, 7th ID information officer, said the two were arrested after the original subject of a search warrant that a police-military team was serving, a certain Ely Taray alias "Omeng", managed to escape.

Trinidad said civilians in the area informed the team of the presence of two armed men -- referring to Salonga and Cadano -- believed to be New People's Army rebels.

The Army's 7th Infantry Division based in Fort Magsaysay reported that Salonga, alias "Matt", and Cadano, alias "Christian", yielded two 9mm. pistols, two hand grenades and anti-government documents.

Meanwhile, Sister Cecil Ruiz, Central Luzon chair of the Karapatan human rights group, said Salonga and Cadano are youth organizers and were in Carranglan so one of them could have a medical check-up.

Ruiz said the two are graduates of UP Diliman Extension Program at Clark Freeport in Pampanga, also known as UP Pampanga or UP Clark.

Ruiz said the two were arrested at around 3:00 P.M. in Barangay R.T. Padilla by armed men in a van and two pickup truck.

Military officials denied that they were abducted.

Ruelos said the operation was legitimate and jointly conducted by the Provincial Public Safety Company and Criminal Investigation and Detection Team of the Nueva Ecija police, and the Army's 3rd Infantry Battalion.

Salonga and Cadano were turned over the the Nueva Ecija police for the filing of appropriate charges. ###

9 BALANE local officials shifting  to Umali party?

One city mayor and eight town mayors allied with the Josons' Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija (BALANE) are said to be joining Gov. Aurelio Umali's Unang  Sigaw Partido ng Pagbabago.

Sources said the local officials include Science City of Muñoz Mayor Nestor Alvarez and Mayors Francis Steven Dizon of Guimba, Amado Corpuz of Cuyapo, Froilan Nagaño Jr. of San Leonardo, Rafaelito Andres of Rizal, Lucio Uera of Pantabangan, Nerivi Santos-Martinez of Talavera, Areli Santos of General Natividad and Allan Xystus Gamilla of Bongabon.

Umali, for his part, said a "vast majority" of BALANE mayors have indicated their interest to join his party and that of his wife, last-termer 3rd Dist. Rep. Czarina Umali who will run for governor in 2016. He mentioned the names of Alvarez, Dizon, Corpuz and Nagaño.

Sources said those planning to join the Umali party are known to be die-hard supporters of the Josons.

Umali is currently allied with 12 out of the 27 members of the local chapter of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines.

These are Peñaranda Mayor Ferdinand Abesamis who is the chapter president, Elizabeth Vargas of Aliaga, Mary Abad of Carranglan, Rolando Bue of Gabaldon, Santiago Austria of Jaen, Lorna Mae Vero of Llanera, Richard Ramos of Lupao, Cora Lacurom of Nampicuan, Antonino Lustre of San Antonio, Cesario Lopez of San Isidro, Quintino Caspillo of Talugtug and Louella Belmonte of Zaragoza. ###

P243-M infra projects in Ecija

The Department of Public Works and Highways is overseeing the completion of 13 major infrastructure projects in Nueva Ecija costing P243 million.

Nueva Ecija Second Engineering  District chief Ulysses Llado said among these is the improvement and rehabilitation of a 2,645 meter section of the Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road linking Cabanatuan City, Palayan City and other eastern towns to the Port of Dingalan and Sabang Beach in Aurora.

The construction of the P11.2 million Cabanatuan City-Papaya road has resumed after it was suspended in June due to complaints by Cabanatuan City Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara who said the project was not coordinated with the city government and causing traffic problems in the area.

Completed  last July 5 was the rehabilitation and upgrading of the national secondary road that traverses Barangays Sumacab, San Josef and Bonifacio costing P13.62 million.

Llado said that even before the projects were started, they already anticipated traffic congestion. He said he hopes motorists will realize that the temporary inconveniences will result in improved travel and commerce not only in Cabanatuan but in the entire eastern Nueva Ecija as well. ###

Valdefuente acacia trees granted reprieve by court

A total of 12 century-old acacia trees along the national highway in Barangay Valdefuente, Cabanatuan City were saved from being cut down for a road-widening project after a court ordered two government agencies and a private contractor to find ways to preserve them.

Judge Felizardo Montero, Jr. of the Regional Trial Court Branch 29 ordered the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and DG Sarmenta Construction to file their comments until August 6.

This was the result of a case filed last month by Barangay Valdefuente Chair Edgardo Bautista and City Prosecutor Renato Villaroman against contractor Danny Sarmenta, Engr. Ulysses Llado of the Nueva Ecija Second Engineering District and City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Ariel Mendoza, after several big acacia trees and other hardwood species along Maharlika Highway in adjacent Barangay Daang Sarile had been cut for the construction of concrete culverts.

The petitioners said the trees are priceless and their importance is beyond question.

They initially asked for a temporary environment protection order but Executive Judge Primo Sio, Jr. did not find any extreme urgency for such an issuance, sending the records of the case to Montero last July 11.

During the proceeding, Montero advised the parties to look for ways to preserve the old trees while also preserving the integrity of the road-widening project being undertaken. ###

Recount of 2013 senatorial votes in Gapan to test  PCOS machine accuracy

The result of the 2013 senatorial elections in three clustered precincts in Gapan City will be recounted to test the accuracy of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said Gapan was chosen as it was the area where there was a disparity between the official tally and the result of manual counting of votes for Bro. Eddie Villanueva.

Villanueva ran for senator under the Bangon Pilipinas Party in 2013 but lost.

“The Joint Oversight Committee on Automated Election System will be the one to conduct a recount kasi marami kaming naririnig na salita na inaccurate, mali ang bilang ng PCOS machine, but at the same time officially wala namang protestang nagtatagumpay so tignan natin,” Pimentel said.

The recount will be done on August 28 at 9:00 A.M. in the Senate.

A case had been filed by Bernardo Aranas and Arlan Esteban against the municipal election registrar of General Tinio town, saying that Villanueva got more votes than those officially counted by the PCOS machines.

A decision by Judge Celso Baguio of the Regional Trial Court of  Gapan City showed Villanueva got 900 votes in the manual counting of votes from Clustered Precincts 19, 29 and 30 in Barangay Pias and Concepcion while the official COMELEC tally totaled only 781 votes.

Meanwhile, COMELEC Chair Sixto Brillantes, Jr. favored the recount although he insisted there were no discrepancies in the results. He said he would resign of the clams of the petitioners were correct, adding that the judge did not know to to determine which ballots were authentic.

He also said that a local court does not have jurisdiction over a case involving senatorial votes. ###

Ecija singing cops win regional tilt

The singing policemen of the Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office (NEPPO) were adjudged overall champion in the "Quest for Hymn" conducted to have an official hymn for the regional police office.

The search was launched by Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, regional police director, and initiated by the Regional Police Community Relations Division.

The contest was participated in by 11 provincial and city police offices.

Winning second place were the singing policemen of the Regional Public Safety Battalion headed by Supt. Sidney Villaflor, with the third place going to the Tarlac Police Provincial Office.

Senior Superintendent Ronald Santos, Deputy Regional Director for Administration said that the PRO3 Search for the Singing Police showcased “our musically gifted men and women in uniform showed another face of the police force, that we are not only good in shooting the targets but we are also good in hitting the notes. Indeed, it is worthwhile to replicate said activity but now with an altered yet equally significant objective, which is to select an essential aspect in the history of Police Regional Office 3, our PRO3 official hymn.” ###

Policeman, son and 1 other nabbed for shabu

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police arrested a police officer, his son and another man in Santa Rosa last August 8.

Arturo Cacdac, PDEA director general, identified those arrested as PO1 Danilo Ingalla Jr. of the Calooocan City police, 42; his son, Danilo Louie Ingalla III, 20, both residents of Barangay Zamora, Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija; and Ryan Julian, 36, of Barangay Sumacab Sur, Cabanatuan City.

The arrests were made during a raid of the house of Ingalla in  Barangay Zamora, based on a search warrant issued by Judge Cielitolindo Luyun of the Regional Trial Court Branch 326 in Gapan City.

Seized were four plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu, one sachet of dried marijuana leaves, various drug paraphernalia, a caliber 5.56 Colt AR-15 A2 M16 rifle with one magazine loaded with 20 pieces of live ammunition, two magazines of M16 loaded with 31 pieces of live ammunition, three cartons of ammunition for caliber 5.56 loaded with 82 pieces of live ammunition, a high-capacity magazine for caliber.45 loaded with eight pieces of live ammunition, and a 12-gauge shotgun.

The suspects were charged with violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. ###

Vintage bombs found in Cabanatuan

A total of 14 World  War II bombs were discovered along the banks of the Pampanga River in Barangay Mayapyap Sur, Cabanatuan City last August 1.

A team from the Philippine Army's 15th Explosive and Ordnance Team of the 7th Infantry Division led by Staff Sgt. Victorino Alcantara processed the area and took away the bombs.

The 12 pieces of 76mm. and two105mm projectiles were taken to the Army camp at Fort Magsaysay for proper disposal.

Several residents appealed to police and Army personnel to thoroughly check the riverbed to ensure that no more vintage explosives are left.

Last year, children bathing in the river chanced upon a pile of similar vintage bombs. ###.

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