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At the wake for the vice gov.'s mother
Umalis, Josons cross paths

Members of the two contending political families in the province, the Umalis and the Josons, had a cordial chance encounter during the wake for the mother of Vice Gov. Jose Gay G. Padiernos at the Heritage Memorial Park chapel last August 9..

Gov. Aurelio Umali was with his wife, 3rd Dist. Rep. Czarina Umali, while former Vice Gov. Edward Thomas F. Joson was with his cousins, Board Member Eduardo Rey Joson and Quezon Mayor Dean Joson.

Padiernos said the encounter showed that despite their political differences, the Umalis and the Josons maintain respect for each other.

"Regardless of our political affiliations, still we are a family and that's why politics can't divide u.," Padiernos said.

Umali downplayed the chance meeting, saying has been customary for him to meet with and greet people from the other political camp.

“Yes, it was the first time we met after a long time. If he (Edward Thomas) was condoling with the family of the Padiernos, I, too, was condoling,” he said.

He said that in the past, he had also met other members of the Joson family like former Gov. Tomas III, Mariano Cristino and former Rep. Eduardo Nonato and assured that they greeted each other despite their previous political encounters.

The Umalis and the Josons sat at two separate tables at the wake. ###

Tsinelas Festival
Gapan's 14th cityhood anniversary bash kicks off

The two-week celebration of Gapan's 14th cityhood anniversary kicked off with the inauguration by City Mayor Maricel Natividad-Nagaño of a cultural and historical exhibit, the opening of a slipper market and the presentation of the candidates for Mutya ng Gapan at the City Center complex last August 10.

The annual Tsinelas Festival runs up to August 15, the day Gapan was officially declared a city after a plebiscite among residents in 2011.

Gapan is known for its slipper industry.

The theme of this year's celebration is "Kasaysayan, Kultura at Kalinangan ng Bagong Gapan".

The activities lined up in the two-week celebration include a concert by the Zabat Band, fun run, mass wedding, senior citizens' and children's days, blood letting, on-the-spot painting contest, dance competition, awarding of the first Gawad Dangal ng Lungsod ng Gapan to outstanding citizens,Parokya ni Edgar concert and the Grand Tsinelas Parade on the final day.

The activities are spearheaded by the various local government departments.

The conversion of Gapan into a city was proposed by former 4th Dist. Rep. Julita Lorenzo-Villareal, with the current mayor's father, Ernesto Natividad, serving as the first city mayor. ###

Gapan teacher wins national award

A teacher from the Gapan Division of City Schools is among the 10 winners in the nationwide search for exemplary educators sponsored by the Bato Balani Foundation, Inc.

Normita Liwag, Master Teacher and district Alternative Learning System coordinator, was cited for teaching inmates, many of whom did not have the opportunity to go to school or finish their studies.

For 14 years now, Bato Balani has been searching for inspiring educators through the program called 'The Many Faces of the Teacher" that seeks to recognize Filipino educators and how they are transforming their their students, communities, and ultimately the future of the country.

Aside from Liwag, the other winners are Alleli Ester Domingo, associate professor, University of the Philippines-Los Baños; Dr. Christine Ycaza Guinacaran, Master Teacher, Zamboanga City High School, Zamboanga City; Dr. Aris Cerbo Larrodere, Special Science Teacher, Philippine Science High School-Western Visayas, Jaro, Iloilo City; Dr. Marilyn Ngales, faculty, Lyceum of the Philippines, Manila; Haide Pandoy, Master Teacher I, Malabon National High School, Malabon City; Gerum Ochigue Salatan, ALS Mobile Teacher, Claveria, Misamis Oriental; Jinky Maquirang Tecson, ALS Mobile Teacher, Pototan, Iloilo City; Michelle Soqueno Norico, ALS Mobile Teacher, Pototan, Iloilo City; and Aaron Toloentino, teacher, Manila Science High School.

They will receive their awards on October 2 at an event called "A Tribute to Teachers"" at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Mariott Hotel Manila. ###

Llanera town hall robbed

Thieves broke into the municipal building of Llanera last August 6 and took away P7,000 in cash and a mini-vault in the treasurer's office.

Sr. Insp. Jaime Ferrer, town police chief, said the break-in was discovered when Antonio Aquilla, duty on guard, reported for work at 6:30 A.M. and saw that the back door of the building had been forcibly opened.

The offices at the ground floor of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO)  and the treasurer's office were robbed.  Taken from the MDRRMO was P7,000 in cash while a mini-vault containing documents was carted away from the treasurer's office.

Also broken into was the assessor's office, the office of the mayor and the Sangguniang Bayan but nothing was found missing.

The thieves cut the wirings of the main panel of the CCTV installed in the office of Mayor Lorna Mae Vero.

The mini-vault and some documents were later found in the compound of the Llanera Central School nearby. ###

Half of irrigated Ecija farms could be affected by dam's low water level in 2016

The National Irrigation Administration-Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems (NIA-UPRIIS) expects that half of the farms in the province might not be included in the 2016 irrigation program because of the low water level of Pantabangan Dam.

Eng. Reynaldo Puno, UPRIIS operations manager, said if areas near the dam do not get more rain to accumulate enough water for the next cropping season, many farmers from neighboring towns will be affected.

He identified Cabiao, Zaragoza, Aliaga, Quezon, Guimba and Cuyapo as those that will be most affected because they are far from the reservoir.

Puno assured farmers that despite the dwindling water level of the dam, the government plans to conduct cloud seeding activities to help induce rain and improve the dam's water level.

He also called on other government agencies to help provide additional water pumps. ###

DTI turns over milking machines to Muñoz dairy farmers

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) turned over milking machines to dairy farmers in the Science City of Muñoz under its shared service facility (SSF) program.

Benefiting from the machines are farmer-trustees of 11 dairy cooperatives being assisted by Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) under the Carabao Development Program.

The donation consisted of two double-bucket type milking machines and two milk cans with a capacity of 40 liters each. The milking machines are either electrical or gas engine driven.

Among the SSF grantees are Nag-iisang Masikap Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC), Pulong Buli PMPC, Bagong Pag-asa sa Bagong Talavera PMPC, Casile Dairy PMPC, Simula ng Panibagong Bukas MPC, Ayos Lomboy Dairy Cooperative, Buklod Producers Cooperative, KAPAGENA, Kabulihan Producers Cooperative, Dimasalang Sur Credit Cooperative and San Vicente Dairy Producers Cooperative.

Dr. Peregrino Duran, team leader of the PCC dairy herd improvement-enterprise development program, said only Nueva Ecija received the most number of milking machines under the DTI SSF scheme.

He said the maximum utilization of the milking machines is highly recommended to keep them in good working condition.

Engr. Eladio Duran, DTI Small and Medium Enterprise Development Division chief, said a farmer-cooperator who wants to borrow a milking unit can submit a letter-request to the DTI. ###

Peñaranda mayor seeks probe on attacks vs. councilors

Peñaranda Mayor Ferdinand Abesamis is seeking an immediate resolution of the recent attacks on two of his town's Sangguniang Bayan members.

Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police office officer-in-charge, confirmed that Abesamis wrote him a letter for the full-dressed investigation of the separate attempts on the lives of SB Members Armando Abiog and Wilfredo Abesamis, both allied with the mayor's political rival.

Cornel said the investigation on the two cases are ongoing..

Abesamis also sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation to uncover the truth.

Abesamis is presidient of the Nueva Ecija Chapter of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines.

He was reacting to accusatioins that he may have had a hand in the recent attempts to kill the two councilors who are allied with Vice Mayor Fermin Francisco.

Abesamis said despite the two councilors being allied with Francisco, they all consider each other as friends and there is no animosity to warrant such senseless attacks.

He said he was hurt when Francisco, his running mate in the two terms he was mayor, turned against him and decided to run for mayor in 2016. He said hr treated Francisco as his own son and was planning to tap him as his successor once he completes his three terms. ###

Rookie cop dies, 2 others hurt in San Leonardo road accident

A rookie policemen died while his two companions, both policewomen, were seriously hurt when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a truck last August 10 along the national highway in San Leonardo.

The victims, all trainees at the Jaen police station, were identified as PO1 Norwel Venancio, 29, of Hizon Street, Santa Cruz, Manila; PO1 Rachelle Carugda, 24, of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo; and PO1 Tiffany dela Cruz.

They were rushed to a hospital but Venancio died along the way.

The truck driver, Librado Ariola, 23, of Dipaculao, Aurora was arrested and faces charges of reckless imprudence resulting  in homicide and serious physical injuries. ###

Palayan cop dies of heart attack during checkpoint operation

A policeman who complained of severe chest pains while supervising an "Oplan: Lambat-Sibat" checkpoint operation in Palayan City died last August 7.

Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police officer-in-charge, identified the fatality as PO3 Chito Zablan, 51, of Barangay Antipolo, Bongabon.

Supt. Leandro Novilla, Palayan City police chief, said Zablan was the team leader of an anti-criminality checkpoint along the Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road in Sitio Salupungan, Barangay Marcos.

Zablan suddenly complained of severe chest pains to PO1 Ulysses Angeles at about 9:30 P.M.

The victim turned pale and started to gasp for breath while being taken inside the community police assistance center.

He was rushed to Palayan City Integrated Medical Center and later to Good Samaritan Hospital in Cabanatuan City where he was declared dead on arrrival.

Zablan was the second policeman to die of heart attack while on duty. Sr. Insp. Ariel Romasanta, Peñaranda police chief, also died of heart attack while performing his job. ###

San Antonio businesswoman shot dead

A businesswoman was shot dead in front of her house in San Antonio by two men riding a motorycle in tandem last August 10.

Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police officer-in-charge, identified the victim as Violeta Señal alias Volet, 56, of Teacher's Village, Barangay Maugat.

She was driving a Mitsubishi Pajero and about to enter the gate of her yard at about 6:00 P.M. when fired upon repeatedly by one of the suspects who got off an unregistered motorcycle.

The suspects then drove off in the direction of Barangay Santa Cruz.

Señal was rushed to Gonzales General Hospital in San Leonardo but was declared dead on arrival from two gunshot wounds in the chest and left side of the body.

Police are still investigating the motive for the killing. ###

Man watching basketball game gunned down

A man watching a barangay basketball game in San Antonio was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men at bout 5:00 P.M. last August 13.

The victim, Leonard Pascual, 21, driver, of Purok 5, Barangay Santa Barbara, died on the spot after being wounded in the neck.

Bystanders rushed him to KC1 Emergency Hospital in Barangay San Francisco where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The gunman, after shooting Pascual, fired in the air before escaping with a cohort aboard a black Suzuki motorcycle in the direction of Barangay Batitang. ###

Zaragosa cell phone trader shot dead

A cell phone trader in Zaragosa was shot dead by a lone gunman inside his store last August 13.

A boy who was in the store with his mother was hurt in the attack.

Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police officer-in-charge, identified the fatality as Melchor Concepcion, 47, married, of Barangay Santa Monica, Concepcion, Tarlac and owner of Moticon Cellphone Shop.

Hurt in the incident was David James Arzanan, four years old, who was hit in the knee and rushed to Nueva Ecija Doctor's Hospital in Cabanatuan City. He was with his motherr, Barbie Anne Belmonte, 22, of Barangay Santo Rosario Old, who was buying something in the store when the attack happened.

The motorcycle-riding suspect stopped in front of the shop, got off and approached the victim, shooting him in the head and body.

The Zaragosa police are conducting investigations to ascertain the motive form the shooting and arrest the suspect. ###

3 shabu pushers nabbed

Three suspected drug pushers were arrested in separate operations in the province.

In the Science City of Muñoz, elements of the Provincial Public Safety Company arrested Reynaldo Villanueva alias Rey, 45, of Barangay. Bagong Sikat, and Dennis Pajarillo alias Puti, 51, of Purok Villa Javier, Barangay. Bantug for possessing illegal drugs at a checkpoint along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Bantug on the night of August 1.

The suspects aboard a tricycle were first arrested for ignoring the authorities when flagged down at the checkpoint. When frisked, the two yielded six plastic sachets of shabu.

In Cabiao, Eric Hawthorne, 39, jeepney driver, of Barangay San Fernando Norte, was arrested in a search and buy-bustg operation in his house.

Chief Insp. Rico Cayabyab, town police chief, said the suspect was initially arrested in a buy-bust operation where a P500 marked bill and a plastic sachet of shabu were seized from him.

The police then used a search warrant issued by Gapan City Regional Trial Court Branch 34 Judge Celso Baguio to raid the suspect's house in the presence of barangay offiicals, where they seized three plastic sachets of shabu, a cell phone believed used in transactions and several drug paraphernalia. ###

 Cabanatuan's 'most wanted' arrested

A murder suspect, tagged by the Cabanatuan City police as their priority target, has been arrested.

Thje suspect, Gerwin Tanghal, 22, of Barangay Polilio, is the prime suspect in the killing of tricycle driver Mario Santos, 48, of the same barangay.

Tanghal has denied the charge. ###

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