cases monitored in
San Isidro and Jaen
The Department of
Agriculture and the provincial
government of Nueva Ecija are closely
monitoring the suspected of avian flu
that has affected a poultry and a quail
farm in San Isidro and Jaen.
Emmanuel Piñol said samples from
affected farms in the province are being
subjected to confirmatory laboratory
tests, with checkpoints being
implemented to avoid spreading the virus
to adjacent areas.
He thanked Nueva Ecija
officials for reporting to the
agriculture department the suspected
Alejandro Abesamis identified the areas
suspected of being affected by the avian
flu virus as a poultry farm in Barangay
San Roque, San Isidro and a quail farm
in Barangay Imbuna, Jaen.
Abesamis said that
following instructions from Governor
Czarina Umali, they have coordinated
with Piñol and his office in conducting
pro-active and restrictive measures and
issuing regular updates to each town and
city in the province.
He said they have urged
affected poultry farm owners to
implement voluntary depopulation of
their farms. He said the owners were
willing to cooperate knowing that the
agriculture department would compensate
optimistic Ecija would recover soon
from bird flu
Governor Czarina Umali
hopes the province would recover soon
from losses due to the avian flu
outbreak in San Isidro and Jaen.
“The operations to clear
the infected areas of the avian
influenza virus are now in high gear.
After we have undergone the prescribed
protocols, these areas will be declared
clean and safe, and the province’s
poultry industry will be (again)
business as usual,” Umali said in her
She allayed the fears of
poultry and quail farm owners, saying
that the provincial government together
with the Department of Agriculture, the
Department of Health and other concerned
agencies are doing their best to solve
the problem as soon as possible.
Culling operations began
last Augut 20 in San isidro and Jaen,
helped by soldiers from the Army's 7th
Infantry Division. Affected were more
than 25,000 chickens and quails.
Umali said the next stage
will be the disinfection of the poultry
houses for a specific number of days.
Test chickens will be placed inside
afterwards. She said if these chickens
die, the disinfection will be repeated.
If they survive, they will be killed and
subjected to laboratory tests. Once the
chickens are officially declared safe,
the poultry houses will be restocked
with a new batch of fowls.
Quarantine checkpoints will
be lifted within one of three
weeks once the infestation is declared
over,Umali said ###
chickens intercepted at Zaragoza
A truckload of decomposing
chicken parts and other waste materials
were intercepted by the police at a
checkpoint in Zaragoza on the
night of August 28.
Feliciano, town police chief, said the
cargo was loaded in a MetroClark truck
intercepted at a checkpoint along the
Zaragoza-La Paz Provincial Road in
Barangay Santo Rosario Young.
He said the chicken cargo
allegedly came from a Cabanatuan City
trash dump and was bound for a sanitary
landfill in Capas,Tarlac.
Policemen manning the
checkpoint directed the driver to return
the cargo to Cabanatuan when Zaragoza
Mayor Lally Belmonte-Espiritu refused to
allow it through her town, but instead
of doing so, he abandoned the vehicle
The truck was placed on
hold on a vacant lot near the boundary
of Zaragoza and La Paz.
Members of the Provincial
Veterinary Office led by Dr Ernesto
Romero, Jr. inspected the cargo,
extracting samples to be tested for
avian flu virus at the Department of
Agriculture regional office. ###
in Jaen mayor slay plot
killed during interrogation
A suspect in the alleged
plot to assassinate San Antonio Mayor
Arvin Salonga was killed during
interrogation last August 11.
The suspect, Alex
Panganiban, 42, of Lucena City,
reportedly grabbed the pistol of a
police officer and was shot.
Insp. James Cainguitan,
town police chief, said Panganiban died
from gunshot wounds at 2:55 P.M.
Panganiban and former
policeman Ruelito Roxas, also of Lucena
City, were arrested last July 31 for
possessing unlicensed firearms, a hand
grenade and several rounds of
Roxas was in his detention
cell when Panganiban allegedly wrestled
away the 9mm service pistol of PO1
Rolando Ebo and fired at at PO2 Alvin
Panganiban's first shot missed and the
gun jammed, giving Azarcon a chance to
fire back. ###
hoax bomb threat
The Regional Trial court in
the old capitol compound in Cabanatuan
City received a bomb threat last August
Police said they were
informed of a bomb threat received by
one RTC employee at 9:45 A.M.
Supt. Ponciano Zafra, city
police chief, said the employee,
identified as Edna Tinio, then received
a phone call telling them to get out of
the building because a police bomb squad
was already on its way.
The call allegedly came
from a certain PO2 Antonio Capiendo.
Zafra said the K-9 Unit of
the Provincial Public Safety Company
conducted a bomb sweep of the entire
building and its vicinity but found
The building was declared
clear of any bomb or explosive at 10:30
barangay officials detained for
Police arrested two
motorcycle-riding barangay kagawads
after they yielded shabu during a
checkpoint inspection in Pantabangan.
Sr. Insp. Melchor Pereja,
town police chief, identified those
arrested as Barangay Councilmen Artemio
Canlas, Sr., 50, and Bonifacio
Villajuan, 56, both of Barangay West
Pereja said he and
his men were conducting checkpoint
operations at Bermuda Junction in
Barangay West Poblacion at 10:00 A.M.
when the two, riding a motorcycle in
tandem, were stopped for routine
When Canlas was about to
get his driver's license from his
wallet, a plastic sachet containing
alleged shabu fell to the ground and was
seen by the questioning police officer,
who immediately arrested him.
Also found on Villajuan was
a blue pouch containing drug
It was discovered that the
suspects had surrendered earlier under
the police Oplan Double Barrel Program.
local government clerk arrested for
A Pantabangan local
government employee, listed as a
high-value target in the town's war
against illegal drugs, was arrested for
possession of shabu in a police
checkpoint operation last August 24.
The suspect was identified
as Ariel Escubio, 49, married,
assessment clerk II at the local
assessor's office, of Barangay East
Sr. Insp. Melchor Pereja,
town police chief, said Escubio was
arrested after he was stopped at an
anti-criminality checkpoint in Barangay
East Poblacion at 10:20 A.M.
During the inspection, the
suspect was pulling out his wallet when
a plastic sachet containing shabu
residue and two aluminum foil strips
fell to the ground in full view of the
Pereja said the suspect had
surrendered under the Oplan Double
Barrel program and was listed as a
high-value target in the town's drug
The suspect was arrested
and detained, facing charges of
violation of Republic Act 9185. ###
2 pushers die
in Talavera shootout
Two suspected drug pushers
were killed after they fired at
policemen with whom they had a drug deal
in Talavera last August 21.
Supt, Joe Neil Rojo,
Talavera police chief, identified the
slain suspects as Edward Tobias, 39,
alias Lusaw, tricycle driver, and
Jonathan Talingting, 23, alias Dodong,
both of Barangay Barrera, Cabanatuan
Members of the Provincial
Drug Enforcement Unit and the local
police shot it out with the two suspects
after a buy-bust operation against them
in Barangay San Pascual at 3:40 A.M.
The two, sensing they were
dealing with policemen, drew their guns
and fired at the cops.
Roho said Deputy Provincial
Prosecutor Eddie Gutierrez was
immediately sent to the crime scene
during the investigation conducted by
members of the Provincial Crime
laboratory Office. ###
1 killed, 1
hurt in Laur wake
A funeral wake in Laur
turned violent when a barber playing a
card game was shot and killed, and one
of two gunmen who staged the attack was
wounded when a policeman present shot
him in the foot during their escape.
Sr. Insp. Christopher
Baluyot identified the fatality as
Nelson Esteban, barber, of Bonifacio
Street, Barangay IV, Laur.
Baluyot said the attack
happened at 1:55 A.M. last August 17
while the victim and his friends were
playing cards outside the house where
the wake was taking place.
The two suspects suddenly
appeared and shot the victim in the
head, killing him instantly.
PO2 Jayson Corpuz, who was
also in the vigil, saw the escaping
suspects and fired at them, hitting one
in the foot.
Despite being wounded, the
suspect managed to scape.
Police are still
investigating the motive for the
Car, house robbed of
P1.1-M worth of properties
Robbers took away more than
P1.1 million in Talavera and Cabanatuan
In the Talavera incident,
police said the yard of Marciana
Santiago del Rosario, 63. was broken
into at 2:30 A.M. last August 31 in
Purok 1, Barangay Poblacion Sur last
Supt.Joe Neil Rojo, town
police chief, said the robbers climbed
the perimeter fence of the compound and
destroyed the rear glass window of a
black Chevrolet Trailblazer parked in
The robbers took a Gucci
bag with P60,000 in cash and assorted
jewelry valued at P1 million.
In Cabanatuan City,
victimized was Zenaida Bustamante, 62,
widow, of 61 Purk 1, Barangay M. S.
Supt. Ponciano Zafra, city
police chief, said the robbers pointed a
gun at the victim at 12:20 A.M. and
forcibly took seven cell phones worth
The suspects then fled
aboard a black SUV and another car. ###
irrigation technician shot dead
An irrigation technician of
the Upper Pampanga River Integrated
Irrigation Systems (UPRIIS) was shot
dead by two men riding a motorcycle in
tandem last August 28.
Supt. Reynaldo dela Cruz
identified the victim as Ricardo
Castillo, 55, of Zone 4, Barangay A.
Pascual, San Jose City and a senor water
resources facilities technician of
UPRIIS Division I, CLSU Compound,
Science City of Muñoz.
The victim had just
arrived at his rice field in Sitio
Bala-nac, Zone 6, Barangay San Mauricio
and was talking on his cell phone
with somebody when attacked by two men
aboard a black Kawasaki motorcycle at
Castillo died on the spot
from two gunshot wounds in the body..
Police said they are
initially considering love triangle as
one possible motive for the killing.
It was learned that the
victim's wife left the victim three
months ago after learning that he had a
secret relationship with a neighbor. ###
2 farmers shot
dead in Rizal and General Tinio
Two farmers were killed in
separate gun attacks in Rizal and
Sr. Supt. Antonio Yarra,
provincial police director, said Cirilio
Madriago, 51, farmer of Purok Katuparan,
Barangay Macapsing, Rizal was hot dead
by three unidentified men clad in green
camouflage uniform and carrying long
firearms. They approached the victim and
asked if he was the alias Amang they
were looking for.
The victim, who was engaged
in a drinking session with four men at
the terrace of his house, nodded in
confirmation. The suspects fired at him,
hitting him five times in the abdomen
and once in the left foot.
In General Tinio, Andresito
Tamayo, 59, farmer, of Barangay Padolina
was shot by an unidentified man who
pretended to be a motorcycle buyer.
Witnesses said they saw the
suspect talking to the victim at 11:10
A.M., then heard a gunshot and saw the
victim lying down near the backdoor of
his house. ###
cop shoots laborer
A construction worker was
shot and killed by a junior police
officer in an exchange of fire following
a heated argument.
Supt. Ponciano Zafra,
Cabanatuan City police chief, identified
the victim as Basilio Hervacio of Purok
1, Barangay Kalikid Sur.
The suspect was PO3
Florencio Vicente, assigned with the
Palayan City Police Station.
Earlier, Hervacio and
Vicente had a heated argument in front
of AJ Music Bar in Purok Champaca,
Barangay Bangad at 10:45 P.M.
Hervacio left and when he
returned, he allegedly fired at Vicente
with a caliber .22 pistol. The policeman
fired back, killing Hervacio on the
Vicente was placed under
police custody for investigation. ###