mayor held for illegal guns
Police arrested former Talugtog
Vice Mayor Floro Q. Pagaduan after unlicensed firearms were found in his
Chief Supt. Edgardo Ladao,
Police Regional Office 3 director, said that Pagaduan was arrested after
a raiding team discovered in his house in Barangay Cabiangan an unlicensed
M-16 automatic rifle with three loaded magazines, a 9 mm semi-automatic
pistol and 51 rounds of ammunition for caliber .45.
Pagaduan was held for questioning
at the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Team in
The police team also raided
the houses of two other former Talugtog vice mayors -- Reynaldo Cachuela
in Barangay Quezon and Pacifico Monta in Barangay Saguing -- but
no weapons were found.
The raids were intended to
search for loose weapons allegedly being used by the former officials'
partisan armed groups and was based on a warrant issued by Guimba Regional
Trial Court Judge Ismael P. Casabar. ###
ex-councilor arrested for illegal drugs
A former three term councilor
of Rizal, said to be the town's top drug pusher, and his companion were
arrested in a police buy-bust operation last August 25.
Supt. Ricardo E. Villanueva,
provincial Police Intelligence Bureau (PIB) chief, identified those arrested
as Crescencio Factor, 42, former Sangguniang Bayan member, of Barangay
Estrella, Rizal and Darwin Esguerra, 17, of Mabini Extension and Dunber
Street, Grand Victoria Estate Subdivision, Cabanatuan City.
Factor was arrested by a
joint team from PIB and the Rizal police in a buy-bust operation in Barangay
Cabucbucan at about 4:15 P.M.
Seized from the suspect were
10 plastic sachets of shabu worth P25,000 and two marked P1,000 bills.
Esguerra was caught while
transporting illegal drugs to Factor. He was intercepted in Barangay del
Pilar after his arrival in Cabanatuan City. Found in his possession was
a cigarette pack containing shabu valued at P15,000.
Villanueva said that the
police learned of Esguerra's drug deal with Factor through the former's
He said that the suspects'
main supplier in Cabanatuan City was able to escape during a police raid
conducted in Grand Victoria Estates Subdivision. ###
puts up Ecija's first sanitary landfill
The Science City of Muñoz
is constructing the first sanitary landfill in the province.
Mayor Efren L. Alvarez said
that the P138 million project in a 22 hectare lot in Barangay Mangandingay,
seven kilometers from the city proper, is scheduled to operate before the
He said that the access road
to the landfill is being constructed, with a P14 million loan from the
Land Bank of the Philippines.
Once operational, the landfill
will accommodate the 30 to 60 tons of garbage from the city, and might
eventually accept trash from adjoining places like San Jose City, Lupao
Alvarez said that Gov. Aurelio
M. Umali had asked if the project could serve as a district landfill center
for the second congressional district. The mayor said he would have
to consult first his constituents and the Sangguniang Panglunsod.
City Eng. Armado Miranda
said that that two hectares of the landfill site will be developed initially,
with the entire project covering three phases.
He said that the project
got the nod of the National Solid Waste and Management Commission and the
Environmental Management Bureau. ###
orders Ecija, Tarlac to join Manila Bay clean up
The Supreme Court has ordered
the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Tarlac and three government agencies to
join the clean up, rehabilitation and preservation of Manila Bay.
The agencies tasked to join
clean up efforts were the National Housing Authority (NHA), the Commission
on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Agriculture (DA).
In Nueva Ecija, with the
exception of Nampicuan and Cuyapo, the 30 other towns and cities of the
province are found along rivers, among them Rio Chico, Santor and Peñaranda
Rivers that all drain to the Pampanga River and on to the Manila Bay.
In Tarlac, the towns of Concepcion,
Capas, Bamban, La Paz, Victoria and Tarlac City are traversed by the Malasalasa
Creek that also drains to the Pampanga River.
CHED was directed to integrate
environmental concerns in the school curricula and pursue a nationwide
educational campaign to protect the environment.
NHA was tasked to provide
illegal settlers along the waterways with alternative housing sites.
Meanwhile, the DA's Bureau
of Fishers and Aquatic Resources was asked to improve and restore marine
life in Manila Bay and help local government units to develop fisheries
and aquatic resources.
The Fertilizer and Pesticides
Authority, on the other hand, will adopt measures to prevent firms from
discharging solid and liquid wastes into the bay.
Regional Director Florida
Dijan of the Department of Interior and Local Government said that all
provinces and agencies included in the Supreme Court order are required
to submit quarterly reports of their accomplishments to the SC to ensure
their compliance. ###
hosts 'Unang Sigaw' job fair
In connection with the 115th
anniversary of "Unang Sigaw ng Nueva Ecija", the provincial government
held a two day job fair participated in by several companies that offer
local and overseas employment, at the old capitol compound in Cabanatuan
Edith Jongo, a consultant
in the office of Gov. Aurelio M. Umali, said that the affair was part of
the activities for the commemoration of "Unang Sigaw" that will culminate
on the day of the historic occasion on September 2.
She said that the governor
wanted to make the commemoration more meaningful.
An agri-aqua trade fair was
also staged at the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Freedom Park on August
31 featuring a wide array of Nueva Ecija products. ###
gov't, Korean firm to set up mango processing plant
The provincial government
is looking into a partnership with a Korean food processing company for
the setting up of a P30 million mango processing plant in line with the
goal of turning Nueva Ecija into a food basket in Luzon and in line with
the public-private partnership scheme.
Gov. Aurelio M. Umali said
that the provincial government is fine-tuning the joint venture with Drupe
International, Inc. for a 1,000 square meter mango processing facility
Umali said that the partnership
will harness Nueva Ecija's potentials as a major mango producing area,
with the province now ranking first in mango production in Luzon with huge
plantations in Palayan City, General Tinio, Jaen and Talavera. ###
students visit Ecija
Four Japanese students and
their supervisor visited Nueva Ecija for six days to get a deeper understanding
of the local agriculture industry.
The visit was through the
Japan East-Asia Network of Exchange for Students Program on agriculture
and environmental issues.
The Japanese Embassy in Manila
said the students visited the Muñoz city hall and Pantabangan Dam,
the biggest dam in Asia constructed with Official Development Assistance
from the Japanese government.
They also went to Central
Luzon State University, Philippine Rice Research Institute, Philippine
Carabao Center and Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization.
Included in the itinerary
was a meeting with recipients of the Japanese Government Scholarship Program,
among them Dr. Renato Reyes, dean of the CLSU College of Arts and Letters.
The Japanese students also
interacted the Aeta community and with 50 Sangguniang Kabataan members
during a tree planting activity. ###
cops donate blood to dengue victims
Members of the Nueva Ecija
Police Provincial Office (NEPPO) participated in a blood donation activity
last August 23 to augment the needs of dengue victims in the province.
The local policemen donated
some 91 units of blood that were stored in the Philippine National Red
Cross-Nueva Ecija Chapter (PNRC-NE) blood bank inside the old capitol compound.
Rudell de Guzman, PNRC chapter
service representative for blood donation, said that the donors were subjected
to preliminary tests for the absence of HIV, malaria, hepatitis B and C
Supt. Ed Soriano, deputy
provincial director for administration, said that the activity was the
police's answer to the increasing need for blood supply for dengue victims.
He said that local policemen have been donating blood through the provincial
Red Cross chapter. ###
comes up with anti-dengue mosquito 'recipe'
The Provincial Health Office
(PHO) led by Dr. Benjamin Lopez urged residents to fight dengue-carrying
mosquitoes with plastic bottle traps containing 50 grams of brown sugar
and one gram of yeast dissolved in water.
Lopez's "recipe" calls for
the use of the lower potion of a two liter plastic soft drink bottle as
container and a funnel shaped dark wrapper inserted upside down in the
The PHO chief explained that
when the mixture ferments, it will release carbon dioxide whose sweet aroma
will attract mosquitoes that will then get trapped inside the container.
Dengue has killed five persons
in Nueva Ecija from January to the middle of August this year. ###
gives P.5 M to Lupao rebel returnee cooperative
The Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE) regional office gave P500,000 worth of livelihood assistance
to a cooperative of rebel returnees in Lupao,
The Parista Barangay Defense
System Multi-Purpose Cooperative received the assistance through DOLE's
Integrated Livelihood Program.
The cooperative aims to provide
livelihood assistance and skills generation and development to its members
as they are reintegrated to mainstream society.
The awarding was witnessed
by Lupao Mayor Richard Ramos and Vice Mayor Manuel Vendivil, Lt. Com. Orlando
Suarez of 81st IB7ID of the Philippine Army, Department of Trade and Industry
Provincial Director Brigida Pili and other local officials.
“Salamat po muli sa DOLE
na pinamumunuan ni Secretary Badoz, sa pangalawang pagkakataon na ibinigay
niyo sa amin; laking tulong po sa aming mga pamilya. Makakaasa po kayo
na palalaguin pa namin ito at patuloy na pagyayamanin," Robert Gaid,
chairman of the cooperative, said.
The DOLE had given the cooperative
an initial capital assistance of P190,000 for their mushroom production
project which later became a sustainable livelihood for the cooperative
members through the efforts of the regional DOLE, the Department of Trade
and Industry, the 81st IB7ID of the Philippine Army, Barangay Parista,
and the municipal government of Lupao. ###
poll employee, husband killed in fire
A Commission on Elections
(COMELEC) employee assigned in Llanera and her husband died in an early
morning fire in their home in the Science City of Muñoz last August
SPO1 Efren Cara, duty investigator
of the Muñoz police, identified the victims as Imelda Urbano, 58,
a COMELEC employee in Llanera, and her husband Marcos, 38.
The fire in the couple's
bungalow in Teacher's Village, Barangay Poblacion South, was tapped in
at 1:30 A.M. and placed under control in less than an hour.
Neighbors said that they
did not hear any cry for help from the victims.
Cara said that the victims
were the only ones staying in the house whose gate and doors were padlocked,
preventing firemen from entering. ###
for fake P1k bills
Four persons were arrested
for possessing fake P1,000 bills.
Sr. Supt. Roberto Aliggayu,
provincial police director, identified the suspects as Bernard Rodriguez,
22; Cherry Carreon, 22; Michael Castillo, 24; and Ricardo Rodriguez, 41,
all of Lower Bicutan, Taguig City. They were collared after a brief chase.
Earlier, a gasoline boy,
Jayson Victorio, complained to the police that Rodriguez, who was aboard
a truck, stopped to fill up at the M.S. Galang gas station. Rodriguez then
got off and asked Victorio to change a P1,000 bill into smaller denominations.
Victorio learned later that he was handed a fake bill.
He reported the incident
to the police which chased and caught up with the truck in Barangay San
Seized from the suspects
were a magnum revolver with three bullets, nine fake P1,000 bills and a
plastic sachet of shabu.
The suspects were detained
at the Cabiao jail. ###
woman killed, 2 hurt in Jaen shooting
A pregnant woman was killed
and two suspected drug peddlers were seriously wounded when two armed men
sprayed them with bullets in a rest house in Barangay Lambakin, Jaen last
The fatality as identified
only as Sara, 18 to 20 years old, of Barangay Manggahan, Baliuag, Bulacan.
Wounded were the woman's
live-in partners Darious Agapito, 39, of Lambakin and Darwin Galotice,
31, of Barangay Concepcion East, Zaragoza.
Chief Ins. Restituto Reyes,
town police chief, said Agapito was number one in the Jaen police drug
watch list while Galotice was facing theft cases in Zaragoza.
Dr. Jun Concepcion, medico
legal officer, said that the woman, who was three to four months pregnant,
sustained gunshot wounds mostly in the head and chest.
The motive for the shooting
has yet to be established. ###
goes on shooting rampage in lover's house
A 49 year old man who could
not accept his live-in partner's decision to break up with him went on
a shooting spree and shot the appliances in his lover's house before shooting
and wounding her brother who came to help her.
The shooting happened in
the house of Sherilyn Perez Santos in Barangay Sumacab Este, Cabanatuan
City at about 10:30 P.M. last August 28.
Police identified the suspect
as Arturo Feliciano Pajarillo, a businessman, of Barangay ACCFA.
Seriously wounded was the
woman's brother, Joel Pangilinan Perez, 41, of Barangay San Josef Sur.
Investigators said that before
the shooting, the couple engaged in a heated argument. The suspect was
seen carrying a caliber .45 pistol and an M16 Armalite rifle when he escaped.
die, 2 injured in Carranglan highway accident
Two persons were killed instantly
and two others were critically injured after a car slammed into an electric
post along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Puncan, Carranglan last August
Supt. Ricardo E. Villanueva,
provincial police intelligence chief, said that the names of the victims
were not immediately available.
He said the driver of the
Honda CRV with plate number ZFK-480 could have lost control of the wheel
because of the heavy rains brought by typhoon Mina.
Villanueva ordered the Carranglan
police chief to secure the victims' car and belongings. ###
body fished out of San Antonio river
The decomposing body of a
man was found floating in a river in San Antonio last August 29.
Police identified the victim
as Rico Gonzales, 45, of Barangay Santa Barbara.
Investigators said the
body was found by Nicolas Alvarez, 45, while catching fish at about 7:00
A.M.. He alerted the barangay tanods of his find.
The victim's family refused
to have the body autopsied to determine the cause of death. ###