PNP tags 3
1 town as possible crime hot spots
The cities of Cabanatuan,
San Jose and Gapan and the municipality
of Cabiao are among 19 areas in Central
Luzon identified by the Philippine
National Police as possible "crime hot
spots", prodding the police to intensity
its anti-crime operation called "Oplan
Chief Supt. Ronald Santos,
officer in charge of the Police Regional
Office 3, said the "hot spots" include
ten cities and nine municipalities in
seven provinces in the region.
Aside from Cabanatuan, San
Jose and Gapan, Santos identified San
Jose Del Monte and Malolos in Bulacan;
San Fernando, Mabalacat and Angeles in
Pampanga; Balanga in Bataan and Tarlac
in Tarlac province
municipalities, aside from Cabiao, are
Marilao and Meycauayan in Bulacan;
Arayat, Mexico and Sta. Ana in Pampanga;
Mariveles and Dinalupihan in Bataan and
Subic in Zambales.
Santos said that in Nueva
Ecija, Gapan City is increasingly
becoming a concern with regard to
He said integrated
checkpoints will be set up in boundaries
of cities and municipalities to
effectively run after criminals.
He cited the recent
neutralization of a robbery-holdup gang
in Gabaldon, where lawmen killed a
civilian suspect and arrested two
oppose P50 billion Ecija prison
The prison ministry of the
Catholic Church opposes the plan to
build a P50.2 billion prison facility in
Nueva Ecija through the public-private
partnership program (PPP).
The Episcopal Commission on
Prison Pastoral Care (ECPPC) of the
Catholic Bishops Conference of the
Philippines called the project
ECPPC Executive Secretary
Rodolfo Diamante said they have long
opposed the transfer of the prisons on
the ground that it is not the solution
to the problem of the Bureau of
He said that the government
should instead focus on improving the
facilities of the country's seven
existing penitentiaries to where some of
the inmates in the New Bilibid Prisons
in Muntinlupa City could be transferred.
He also said that the Good
Conduct Time Allowance, a scheme
approved by President Aquino to allow
the reduction of time served by inmates,
could help if applied.
“There’s really no need to
spend P50 billion on what is believed to
be a modern Alcatraz,” Diamante said.
He questioned the motive
for the push to build a new facility in
a portion of the Fort Magsaysay military
reservation in General Tinio town.
“We suspect that the
administration wants to satisfy real
estate developers who are after the NBP
reservation,” he said. ###
campaign kicks off in Ecija
A group's advocacy against
political dynasties was presented to
students and school officials of
Wesleyan University-Philippines last
The forum on political
dynasties conducted by Movement Against
Dynasties (MAD) resulted in the
formation of the MAD Youth Sector-Nueva
Quintin San Diego, MAD
chair, said political dynasties are
prevalent in the country and has had a
negative impact on governance.
"Ang gusto natin ay isa
lang kada angkan,"San Diego said.
He said they have been
fighting for this for the past four
years and became optimistic when
President Aquino mentioned the issue in
his last State of the National Address.
San Diego said there may
not be enough time left to act on the
issue but they are pleased that the
President has sent an anti-dynasty
The campaign was conducted
by MAD in Nueva Ecija in the light of
the may 2016 national and local
elections that will see the
participation of several political clans
in the province, among them the
Umalis, Vergaras and Antoninos.
San Diego said he is
hopeful that despite the non-passage of
the anti-dynasty bill in the current
Congress, MAD's campaign will have an
effect on the 2016 elections. ###
Senator Grace Poe continued
with her school tours, this time going
to Nueva Ecija, the province that gave a
big margin of victory to her father,
Fernando Poe, Jr., when he ran for
president in 2004 against Gloria
Poe attended a student
leadership forum at Constancio Padilla
National High School in San Jose City.
She exhorted the students
to be trustworthy even in small things.
Quoting the Bible, Poe
said,“Whoever can be trusted with very
little, can also be trusted with much,
and whoever is dishonest with very
little, will also be dishonest with
Poe also asked Novo
Ecijanos to help her push for the
passage of a bill providing for free
lunch to every public school student in
She said the bill fits the
povince of Nueva Ecija, being the
country’s rice granary and also home to
one of the best-tasting longganisas
in the country today.
“Ano ba naman ’yung
magkaroon tayo ng tapsilog dito
araw-araw, mayaman ang ating bansa
kaya tayo umuunlad dahil sa ating mga
kabataan, dapat huwag tipirin ng
gobyerno ang dapat mapunta sa inyo,”
She denied reports that she
will formally declare her candidacy for
president on September 3, her birthday,
and said she will announce her decision
on October 16, the deadline for the
filing of certificates of candidacy.
Poe was presented with a
birthday cake by the forum organizers,
including Globe Telecom.
Board Member Joseph Ortiz,
a convenor of the Grace Poe for
President Movement said "“Dumadagundong
just like FPJ. Like father, like
Poe was accompanied by
Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo, City Mayor
Marivic Belena, businessman Joselito
Violago and other local and school
Before proceeding to San
Jose City, Poe visited a number of radio
stations in Cabanatuan City. ###
honors outstanding citizens
Outstanding Gapanenses were
honored in the first-ever "Gabi ng
Parangal at Pasasalamat" held last
August 22 at the City Gymnasium as part
of the city's 14th anniversary.
City Mayor Maricel
Natividad-Nagaño led the tribute to the
"Anak ng Gapan" awardees that included
Gen. Danilo Constantino, retired
Brig. Gen. Maximo G. Caro, retired Gen.
Andfres Caro, Police Chief Supt. Edgardo
Tinio, retired Gen. Emmanuel Bautista,
retired Major Gen. Ruperto Pabustan,
Juanito Lumibao, Jr., Normita Liwag,
Ramon Valmonte, Jay Taruc, Dr. Philip G.
Caro, Leonardo Guinto and Prosecutor
Also awarded were Russel
Zabat, Engr. Reynaldo Puno, former
Justice Undersecretary Ramon Liwag, Dr.
Vangie Morals, former Rep. Josie
Manuel-Joson, Vice Gov. Jose Gay
Padiernos, Eula Valdez and Rhiza
Special awards were given
to former 4th Dist. Rep. Julita
Lorenzo-Villareal who principally
authored the bill for the conversion of
Gapan into a component city, and Globe
Posthumous awards were
bestowed on the former Senator Juan R.
Liwag and former City Mayor Ernesto L.
Guest speaker during the
affair was Florida Bijan, Central Luzon
director of the Department of the
Interior and Local Government.
The activity was
spearheaded by the City Legal Office
headed by lawyer Arnold Castro.###
stage "1st Tinapay Festival' to
honor patron saint
The municipality of
Carranglan is expected to draw thousands
of Catholics for the celebration of
the"First Tinapay Festival" to honor its
patron, St. Nicholas of Tolentine, on
Fr. Richard Lagos, who
conceptualized the festival and is one
of the organizers, said giving away
bread on the feast day of St. Nicholas
has a long tradition.
“It is said that when St.
Nicholas of Tolentine was about to die
of an illness, the Blessed Virgin and
St. Augustine appeared to him in a
vision, asking him to get a piece of
bread, sign it with a cross, dip it in
water, and pray for Mary’s intercession.
Thereafter, he was healed, and since
then, bread became associated with St.
Nicholas,” he explained..
Lagos said that despite the
fact that it is only now that Carranglan
will hold such a major religious event,
the devotion to St. Nicholas has been
thriving there since the Spanish era.
He said the festival is an
expression of gratitude for the many
blessings that God has given Carranglan
and its people.
Aside from the patron
saint's feast day, the people of
Carranglan are also set to mark the
250th year of the parish with the theme
"Celebrating 250 Years of Joyful Faith,
Hope and Love".
The San Nicolas de
Tolentino Parish was founded by
Franciscan friar Miguel de Soriano in
The church has undergone
repeated destruction and reconstruction,
the latest of which was during the1990
Luzon earthquake that totally razed it.
The church was rebuilt from 1995 to 200
with donations from the faithful. ###
shuffle police officers to prevent
Director General Ricardo
Marquez, chief of the Philippine
National Police (PNPP), bared a plan to
shuffle police officers whose relatives
are running for public office in the
2016 elections to prevent them from
engaging in partisan politics.
Marquez made a command
visit to the Nueva Ecija Police
Provincial Office last August 18, his
first such visit since assuming office
last July. He was once the Nueva Ecija
provincial police director.
“The police should stay
neutral and not involve themselves in
partisan political activities. Unang-una
ang bilin ng ating Pangulong Aquino,
dapat ang boss natin ay ang mga tao.
Kapag tayo nakialam at nakikampi tayo,
magkakaroon ng problema,” he said.
He said the shuffling of
police officers related to candidates,
something that he implemented in 2010
during his stint as Nueva Ecija
provincial commander, aims to remove any
doubts about the neutrality of the
He led a command conference
with the province's chiefs of police,
together with the new Police Regional
Office 3 officer-in-charge, Chief Supt.
Rudy Lacadin, and the Nueva Ecija police
director, Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel.
He told the chiefs of
police that they must have a grasp of
the real crime situation in their
jurisdictions to be able to solve the
peace and order situation. ###
Palayan mayor lead PNP awardees
Nueva Ecija Governor
Aurelio Umali and Palayan City Mayor
Adrianne Mae Cuevas led the civilian
awardees during the celebration of the
114th anniversary of the police service
held at the provincial police
headquarters in Cabanatuan City last
Recipients of special
awards were the Nueva Ecija Press Corps;
Bless Our Cops Movement for the
religious sector; College of Research
and Technology, academe; Order of the
Amaranth, civic group; Myrna Rees,
business, Judge Primo Sio,
Jr.,judiciary;and P rosecutor Edison
They were cited in
recognition of their unwavering support
for the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police
Office that contributed to the
attainment of the overall mission and
objectives of the Philippine National
The awards were handed out
by Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial
police director, assisted by
Provincial Assessor Florante
Fajardo who represented Umali, and Supt.
Joseph Ocaya, deputy provincial director
Also given individual
awards during the occasion were Supts.
Wilson A. Santos VI, Talavera chief of
police, (best senior PCO for admin), and
Andrew M. Aguirre, chief of provincial
intelligence branch (best senior PCO
operation and PRO3 achievement award in
police intelligence), Chief Insps.
Renato C. Morales, San Leonardo chief of
police (best junior PCO for admin), and
Julius Ceazar A. Manucdoc, chief of the
provincial operations and plans branch
(best junior PCO for operation), Insp.
Jacqueline B. Gahid (best
PCR-PCO-Cabanatuan police), and SPO4
Edmundo E. Afable, of the San Jose City
police (executive senior PO of the
Unit awardees of the year were the Nueva
Ecija Provincial Public Safety Company
(PRO3 unit award for best PPSC), the
Cabanatuan City police (best city police
station), Talavera police (best
municipal station-Class A), San Leonardo
(best municipal station-Class B),
Peñaranda police (best municipal
station-Class C) and 3rd Maneuver
Platoon (best maneuver platoon). ###
WUP law school
University-Philippines (WUP), the only
autonomous private university in the
province, has opened a law school with
human rights lawyer and former
party-list representative JB Bautista as
WUP President Pacifico
Aniag said the Legal Education Board has
issued a permit for WUP to operate a law
school, a project that he spearheaded
and was subsequently approved by the
university's board of trustees.
Among the pioneer faculty
members are Judge Johnmuel Mendoza,
Judge Mildred Villaroman-Hernal, Judge
Trese Wenceslao, City Prosecutor Rene
Villaroman, Dr. Emelita Portillo, Dr.
Amelita Chaohan and lawyer Dante
The WUP Law School is said
to have the best stocked law library in
the province with more than 800 volumes
of brand-new law books, aside from the
availability of WiFi for Internet
high school students join 'Green
Some 400 students from San
Josef National High School (SJNHS) in
Cabanatuan City participated in the SM
Green Film Festival held last August 20.
Featured was the
documentary film "Pagbangon" on the
aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, produced
by GMA News and Public Affairs.
Leonora de Jesus, SJNBHS
principal, said the documentary created
awareness among students of the impact
of natural calamities on Filipinos.
The Green Film
Festival is held in 49 SM
Supermalls and six WalterMart malls in
the country, where films and
documentaries on the environment are
shown to students every month for free.
8 saved, 6
arrested in San Leonardo bar raids
Eight girls were rescued
and a bar owner and five suspected pimps
were arrested in an anti-prostitution
operation conducted in videoke bars in
Seven of the girls were
discovered to be minors.
Chief Insp. Renato Morales,
San Leonardo police chief, said
simultaneous raids were conducted by the
police in coordination with the town's
fire department and the Municipal Social
Welfare and Development Office.
Arrested in the operation
were Dodong Sumande, 50, bar owner; and
suspected pimps Ma. Evelyn Baut alias
Robert, 34; Jenny Flores alias Jacks,
32; Leopoldo Toregosa, 26, a native of
Naga City; Rassel Calixto, 26; and Jojo
Enriquez, 43, of Barangay Poblacion, San
Those rescued were four
17-year-olds, two 16-year-olds, a
15-year-old and a 20-year-old, mostly
residents of San Jose del Monte
City, Valenzuela City and Navotas,
Morales said the girls were
recruited to work as house helpers but
were later forced to work as guest
relations officers and perform sex with
Charges of violation of the
anti-human trafficking law were filed
against the suspects at the Provincial
Prosecutor's Office. ###
wounded in gun attack
A man in Palayan City was
injured when shot by two
motorcycle-riding men who tore down a
tarpaulin sign bearing the name of
former 4th Dist. Rep. Rodolfo Antonino
before midnight last August 18.
Supt. Leandro Novilla, city
police director, identified the victim
as Avelino Manatad, 55. of Barangay
Investigation showed that
the victim was sitting at the terrace of
his house at about 11:30 P.M. when a
yellow motorcycle stopped in front of
his gate and the two riders destroyed
the tarpaulin with the photo and name of
Antonino installed in front of the
The suspects noticed the
victim and shot him several times with a
caliber .45 pistol, hitting him in the
The suspects then escaped
towards the city proper.
Police are investigating
the incident. ###
dies in shooting
A 33-year old farmer died
after being shot five times while
preparing for his farm chore in Barangay
San Miguel, Quezon.
Chief Insp,. Arien Enriquez
reported to Mayor Dean Joson that the
victim was identified as Conrado
Investigation showed that
the victim was in his hut at about 5:30
A.M. and preparing his crop sprayer when
approached by the unidentified gunman
wearing a black jacket and bull cap.
The suspect first hit the
victim's face with a bottle of
insecticide before shooting him five
times with a caliber ..45 pistol.
The victim sustained
gunshot wounds in the neck, right chest,
back and right thigh, and lacerations on
the head and face.
The motive for the shooting
has yet to be established. ###
businessman stabbed dead
A businessman in San
Antonio was found dead with multiple
stab wounds in his bedroom last August
Police identified the
victim as Bonifacio Valle Español, Jr.
of Borja Street, Barangay San Mariano.
His body was discovered by
his brother, Victor, at around noon in
one of the bedrooms of the house.
The San Antonio police
requested a team from the Nueva Ecija
Police Crime Laboratory Office to
process the crime scene. ##
arrested, P400K shabu seized
The Guimba police arrested
a suspected drug pusher in Barnagay
Casongsong last August 31.
Supt. Ricardo Villanueva,
Provincial Public Safety Command chief,
identified the suspect as Apolonio
Acosta, 48, jobless, of Purok 2,
Acosta is tagged by the
police as a "big-time pusher" in Guimba.
Seized from the suspect
were 37 sachets of suspected shabu with
an estimated street valuer of P400,000;
a notebook with a list of possible
customers, drug paraphernalia, an
improvised Thompson sub-machine gun with
a long magazine with 28 bullets and the
marked money used in the operation.
Acosta was charged with
violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous
Drugs Act. ###
in Guimba fishpond
An 11-year old girl
drowned in the deep section of a
fishpond where she and some friends went
swimming in Barangal Bunol, Guimba last
The victim was identified
as Gena Jose-Ramos, a Grade V pupil of
Bunol Elementary School.
It was learned that at 9:30
A.M., the victim and her friends decided
to swim in the fishpond.
The victim swam at the deep
portion of the fishpond until she failed
Her friends sought the help
of people nearby to get her.
The victim was rushed to a
local hospital but was declared dead on