in war vs. drugs
government agencies in Nueva Ecija
declared an all-out war against illegal
drugs during a summit in Palayan City
last August 29.
This was in
response to a report by the Philippine
Drug Enforcement Agency that Nueva Ecija
ranks second to Pampanga in Central
Luzon based on the number of barangays
with documented drug-related cases.
said 189 out of 849 barangays in Nueva
Ecija are vulnerable to illegal drugs.
M. Umali said the provincial government
will allocate P10 million from its peace
and order fund to support the
anti-illegal drug campaign.
He noted that
70 percent of inmates in the provincial
jail are involved in drug-related
Mayor Ferdinand Abesamis, provincial
president of the League of
Municipalities of the Philippines, said
all towns in the province support the
campaign against attempts to invade the
province with illegal drugs.
Mayor Adrianne Mae Cuevas asked for
support for a covenant that would get
everyone's commitment in the fight
against illegal drugs.
Undersecretary Peter Irving Corvera said
the government will need better
incentives for local enforcers in the
fight against illegal drugs.
why the provision in the 2002 Dangerous
Drugs Act on rewards for both informants
and law enforcers in successful raids is
not being implemented.
that under the present set-up, only
civilian informers are allowed to
receive P75,000 for every kilo of shabu
seized, or a maximum of P2 million for
information that can lead to a
successful drug bust. ###
other provinces to be declared
The House committee on natural
resources has approved on first reading
bills that seek to declare Nueva Ecija,
Davao and Biliran as mining-free zones
in spite of opposition by the Mines and
Geosciences Bureau (MGB) which claims
the measures will have negative impact
on the local economy.
MGB Assistant Director Emil
Billedo said it is only small-scale
mining that should be prohibited, as
large-scale miners contribute greatly to
the local industry and are under strict
regulation by the bureau.
For her part, Gabriela
Party-list Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan, one
of the bill's sponsors, emphasized the
need for a proactive law to prevent
mining companies from destroying the
The committee, in approving
the declaration of the three provinces
as mining-free zones, took into
consideration the suggestion of MGB to
allow the national government to conduct
mineral explorations in the provinces.
San Jose City 'sir'
among Metrobank Foundation's 10
An elementary school teacher in San Jose
City made it to the list of winners in
Metrobank Foundation's Search for
Dr. Allan Moore S. Cabrillas of San Jose
West Central School was among the four
winners in the elementary competition.
Four other teachers won in the secondary
competition, and two in the higher
A total of 312 teachers nationwide were
nominated to this year's search, trimmed
down to 146 provincial finalists, then
42 regional finalists and lastly, 20
Cabrillas was conferred a gold
medallion, P500,000, a trophy and a
plaque of recognition for his school.
seeks to rename NLEX to Cory Aquino
Nueva Ecija 4th Dist. Rep.
Magnolia Rosa Antonino-Nadres has filed
a bill seeking to rename the North Luzon
Expressway (NLEX) to Corazon C.
Aquino Expressway (CAEX).
Antonino-Nadres' House Bill
4829 has undergone first reading and is
now pending with the House committee on
public works and highways.
The lawmaker said renaming the
NLEX after the late President will
bestow distinct honor on her and
perpetuate her memory.
The expressway, otherwise
known as Radial Road 8, had been
previously called Manila North Diversion
Road and Manila North Expressway. ###
firearms in Ecija
Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nieves,
provincial police director, revealed
that there are around 5,000 loose
firearms in Nueva Ecija,.
He said the number of firearms
unaccounted for is 20 percent of the
total number of firearms in the
There are 20,000 licensed
firearms in the province. Those
classified as loose include those with
expired licenses. Nieves said many of
the loose guns might be in the hands of
He said that in Central Luzon,
Nueva Ecija had the most number of
firearms accounted for from January to
December 2013 under "Oplan Bilang Boga"
and "Oplan Katok", thus drastically
reducing the number of loose firearms.
On the other hand, he said the
province no longer has any private armed
group, based on the latest validation
made by the Provincial Police Office.
UP frat, relatives ask
for release of 2 UP grads
The Sigma Kappa Pi fraternity and Sigma
Delta Pi sorority asked the military and
the police to release the two University
of the Philippines-Clark graduates,
claiming that their arrest last August 9
was illegal and unjust.
The mothers of the two -- Gerald Salonga
and Guiller Cadano -- joined protesters
in Bulacan for the conviction of retired
Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan for the June
2006 abduction and serious illegal
detention of two other UP students.
Rowena Salonga and Marita Cadano
demanded the release of their sons,
saying they were serving poor farming
communities as volunteer organizers.
The two detainees identified themselves
to the arresting teams as organizers of
the youth organizations Kabataan and
However, the 7th Iinfantry Division
(7thID) said the two were platoon guides
of the New People's Army (NPA) unit
operating in Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya
The 7th ID and the police said their
troops were serving a warrant of arrest
for Ely Taray alias Ka Emong, a
suspected NPA commander in Carranglan
when they found his companions
Salonga and Cadano in a
house in Barangay R.T. Padilla,
The Sigma Kappa Pi and Sigma Delta Pi
said the detention of the two was based
on charges that were made up and utterly
without basis. ###
Two men who pretended to be members of
the New People's Army (NPA) were killed
by unknown assailants along Maharlika
Highway in Barangay Puncan, Carranglan
last August 25.
In a report by Supt. Ricardo Villanueva,
chief of the Provincial Public Safety
Command, to Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Neves,
provincial police director, one of the
victims was identified as Ronie Batad
Estrada alias Ka Omeng, of Barangay
Bagong Sicat, San Jose City. His
companion could not be identified.
They were found with multiple gunshot
wounds in different parts of their
Recovered from the scene were a caliber
.45 pistol, a gun replica and subversive
documents including copies of extortion
Police believe the two were involved in
hold ups of truck drivers taking a rest
near San Jose City, who were also given
extortion letters allegedly from the
NPA, asking for money in exchange for
safe passage through the area. ###
bodyguard arrested for
A most wanted person said to be serving
as body guard of a party list
congressman was arrested after firing
his gun indiscriminately during a
drinking session in Barangay San Carlos,
Cabiao on the night of August 24.
Supt. Ricardo Villanueva, chief of the
Provincial Public Safety Command (PPSC)
identified the person arrested as Arnold
Francisco Gamboa, 44, of Purok 7,
Barangay San Carlos, and said to be the
eighth most person in Santa Rosa, Nueva
Ecija. He allegedly works as bodyguard
for I-Care Party List Rep. Michale
Angelo Rivera of Batangas.
It was learned that at about 9:20 P.M.,
members of PPSC led by Insp. Ferdinand
Somera were conducting a checkpoint when
they heard repeated gunshots from a
group of men engaged in a drinking
customer loses motorbike to thief
A 19 year old woman transacting inside a
pawnshop in Barangay Santo Niņo, Gapan
City lost her motorcycle parked outside
to a thief.
In a report to City Mayor Maricel
Natividad-Nagaņo, Supt. Nelson Almoralde
Aganon identified the victim as Rosanna
Ortiz Mangilit of Barangay Poblacion,
Investigation showed that the victim
parked her motorcycle in front of a
Cebuana Lhuilier pawnshop to transact
business. While she was inside, her
motorcycle was taken away by a certain
Mario Figueroa, a resident of that
barangay, who managed to escape arrest.
The suspect has been charged with
Unidentified men ransacked the
house of a policeman in Santa Rosa last
August 20 and carted away valuable items
including a gun.
Victimized was the house in
Barangay Maliolio of SPO3 Victoriano
Relucio, 42, a member of the Police
Security Protection Group in Camp Crame,
Relucio and his wife, Dolores,
left for the public market at 3:00 A.M.,
leaving their son alone in their house.
When the two returned, they noticed foot
marks on the floor and discovered the
It was learned that the
robbers climbed to the terrace of the
house, forcibly opened the door with a
chisel, and once inside took assorted
jewelry amounting to P40,000, P39,000 in
cash and Relucio's caliber .9mm Beretta
service pistol. ###
Tricycle driver killed
Rivalry over passengers was
seen as the motive for the killing of a
51 year old tricycle driver during a
drinking session last August 23 at Sitio
Lote, Barangay Tikiw, San Antonio.
In a report to Mayor Antonio
Lustre, Chief Insp. Marcelino Veneracion
identified the victim as Dante Mendoza
Magno of de Leon Street, Barangay Julo.
He sustained ten stab wounds
in different parts of his body.
The victim and the suspect,
Michael Gonzales Bitangcol alias
Bitoy, 40, of Barangay
San Mariano, reportedly have had
arguments over passengers in the past.
During their drinking session,
the two had a heated argument that
resulted in Bitangcol stabbing Magno.
The victijm was rushed to the
San Antonio District Hospital but
doctors were unable to save him. ###