from Ecija mega drug rehab center
A total of 53 former drug
dependents, including a barangay chair,
graduated from the Drug Abuse Treatment
and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC) in
Fort Magsaysay last August 5.
Health Secretary Pauline
Ubial was the guest of honor for the
send-off of the graduates, 33 of whom
were from Batangas City.
She said the center at
present can only care for at least 2,000
patients instead of the 10,000
previously reported in the media.
Ubial said the government
expects to operate seven other
rehabilitation centers in the country,
with 13 more to be put up.
Five of the 13 centers are
already being built in Region 9,
SOCSARGEN, MIMAROPA, CARAGA and the
National Capital Region.
Meanwhile, the Department
of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
cited the Department of Health for the
feat of operating, maintaining and
managing the center.
Epimaco Densing III, DILG
assistant secretary for plans and
programs, said "This shows that the
government is doing a holistic campaign
on anti-illegal drugs by giving real
support in the recovery of
He said that aside from the
53 patients who had undergone six months
of rehabilitation, 360 other patients
severely affected by illegal drug use
are undergoing treatment in the center.
He said the Nueva Ecija
center can accommodate only those
severely affected by illegal drugs while
those moderately affected are treated in
other rehabilitation centers licensed by
the health department.###
councilor urged to explain side on
plot to kill mayor
The Sangguniang Bayan of
San Antonio led by Vice Mayor Julieta
Maxwell passed a resolution condemning
the alleged plot to kill Mayor Arvin
Salonga, and urged Councilor Renan Ponce
Morales to explain his side after he was
tagged as the alleged mastermind of the
The resolution was
unanimously approved by the 10-member
Sanggunian, with Morales and
Councilor Christopher Cunanan absent.
Morales was accused of
masterminding the slay plot after he was
identified by former policeman Ruelito
Roxas, a hired killer, who confessed
having been hired by Morales for P5
million to kill the mayor.
Roxas and his cohort, Alex
Panganiban, both of Lucena City, were
arrested by policemen last Juy 31 after
their car yielded three pistols, a
fragmentation grenade, two rounds of 40
mm HE grenades and several rounds of
Seized from Roxas was his
cell phone with text messages about the
alleged plot against Salonga. The phone
also bore messages from a number
corresponding to that of Morales' phone.
Arnold Castro, Salonga's
lawyer, said administrative charges are
set to be filed against Morales for
grave misconduct, including a case for
neglect of duty for his chronic
absenteeism, having incurred a total of
six consecutive absences.
Morales reportedly flew to
Europe last August 6. ###
lighting of ASEAN lanterns
The Science City of Muñoz
joined the nationwide lighting of
lanterns to mark the 50th founding
anniversary of the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last
A total of three ASEAN
lanterns were switched on in Muñoz,
followed by a fireworks display.
Similar rites took place in
Pampanga, Tarlac, Davao and other
The 1.8-meter ASEAN
lanterns in red and gold were made
by craftsmen from the City of San
Fernando in Pampanga, home of the giant
Center creates 15-kilo pastillas
As part of the government's
drive against malnutrition, a 15-kilo bulaklak
pastillas made of carabao milk
was shared with San Jose City residents
at the Pag-asa gymnasium last August 9.
Said to be the largest such
kind of pastillas, it was produced by
the Milka Krem brand.of Philippine
Carabao Center (PCC).
The activity was part of
the 11th "Gatas ng Kalabaw Festival" by
the PCC, Department of Trade and
Industry, Small Medium Enterprise
Council of Nueva Ecija and the San Jose
Brigida Pili, DTI
provincial director, said the festival
is an annual event to promote the
nutritional and business values of
Felomino Mamuad, PCC
executive director, said the center is
tasked with popularizing the carabao for
farming, meat and milk.
“Marami nang hindi
nakakatikim ng gatas ng kalabaw kaya
gusto namin makalikha ng maraming
gatas para sa kanila,"he said.
The pastillas came in
popular flavors such as ube, pandan and
supports higher budget for NFA
Second District Rep.Micheal
Violago has called for the increase of
the government support price for
palay-buying and has joined other
lawmakers' calls for additional budget
for the agency.
The National Food Authority
(NFA) has proposed a P7 billion budget
for palay procurement.
At present, NFA buys palay
at P18 per kilogram while private
traders buy for as high as P20 per
The agency also gives
additional incentive of 20 to 50
centavos per kilo for delivery, 20
centavos for drying and 30 centavos as
cooperative development incentive fund
for farmers' organizations.
NFA spokesperson Marietta
Ablaza said the agency could propose up
to P22 per kilogram as buying price to
encourage more farmers to sell to the
Ablaza said despite
prioritizing local farmers in NFA's
buying activities, the problem is the
low buying price which could result in
the agency buying less of local produce
and increasing its rice importation. ###
Korean fugitive nabbed in Lupao
A Korean who had gone into
hiding for several years in a remote
barangay in Lupao was arrested by
government agents and policemen last
The suspect, Jeon Dae Won,
58, was with his Filipina live-in
partner when arrested by Bureau of
Immigration agents in Barangay San
Sr. Insp. Rodney Godio,
town police chief, said the Korean had
become a familiar person in the
community which helped immigration
agents and policemen in tracking him
BI coordinated with the
local police following reports that an
overstaying Korean was hiding in the
Jeon was unable to show
travel documents to immigration agents
when frisked in his house.
The suspect turned out to
be included in the immigration watch
list of undocumented foreigners staying
in the country
He underwent documentation
process at the Lupao police station
before being escorted back to Manila by
immigration agents. ###
priest arrested in drug buy-bust
A Novo Ecijano who
introduced himself as a priest of the
Iglesia Filipina Independiente or
Aglipayan church, was arrested in a drug
buy-bust operation in Paniqui, Tarlac
last August 7.
The priest was identified
as Randy Valdez, 35, of Cuyapo, Nueva
Two others were arrested,
identified as Mike Ruel Quinto, 20, and
Camille Franilla, 23.
Supt. Roel Mendoza, Paniqui
police chief, said he though Valdez was
joking or high on drugs when he
introduced himself as a priest and it
turned out to be true.
The original targets of the
buy-bust operation were Quinto and
Franilla. When a policeman who posed as
buyer handed a P500 marked bill to
Franilla, it was the priest who handed
him two plastic sachets of shabu. Five
more sachets were seized from the
Valdez said he started
taking drugs even before he entered the
barangay councilor, ex-rebel in
A joint team of operatives
from the Philippine Drug Enforcement
Agency (PDEA) based in Nueva Ecija and
the police provincial office arrested an
incumbent barangay councilor and a
former member of the New People's Army
in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay
Aglipay, Rizal last August 8.
The suspects were
identified as Jayson Tabangay, councilor
of Barangay Agbannawag, and his cohort,
Edgar Sanchez, former NPA rebel.
Confiscated from Tabangay
were one small plastic sachet of
suspected shabu and a five hundred peso
Seized from Sanchez were
eight plastic sachets of suspected
Police said the two were
included in the drug watch list of
The two were detained and
processed for violation of the
Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. ###
suspect killed in Cabanatuan police
A17-year old boy was killed
during a drug buy-bust operation
conducted by the Cabanatuan City police
last August 6.
The fatality, Ellison
Mallubay, and an accomplice were
subjects of the operation when the
teenager opened fire at an undercover
police officer, forcing the other
enforcers to fire back.
Supt. Ponciano Zafra, city
police chief, said the teenager was
brought to a hospital where he was
declared dead on arrival. His accomplice
managed to escape.
Police recovered from the
crime scene seven sachets of suspected
shabu, a marked 1,000-perso bill
and a caliber .22 pistol. ###
dead, teen hurt in San Isidro
A 70-year-old farmer was
killed in a gun attack last August 9 in
San Isidro town.
The victim, Antonio
Francisco, who was driving his
motorcycle on his way to his farm, died
instantly from multiple gun shots from
men riding a sedan who were tailing him.
A 16-year-old female high
school student who was riding another
motorcycle was hit by a stray bullet.
She was taken to the Good Samaritan
Hospital in Gapan City for treatment.
Police have not established
the motive for the shooting and the
names of the suspects. ###
rider killed in Santa Rosa
A motorcycle rider was shot
dead by men aboard another motorcycle
along the Santa Rosa-Tarlac Road in
Saint Joseph village.
The victim, Arthur dela
Cruz, 39, of Jaen, was with his wife
Alona and a 5-year-old niece when shot
Arthur was hit in the jaw,
but his wife and niece were unharmed.
Dela Cruz was rushed to a
hospital in Cabanatuan City but was
declared dead on arrival. ###
in irrigation canal
A two-year-old girl drowned
in an irrigation canal in Barangay
Malayantoc, Santo Domingo last August 3.
The victim, Mabell
Macatuno, was left lone in their house's
living room while her mother was busy
washing clothes in the kitchen.
The mother, before hanging
the laundry, checked on the girl and
realized she was missing.
Neighbors later found the
girl's body at a grassy portion of the
irrigation canal a few meters away from
her house. ###