Volume14 / No. 17                                                                                                       September 15, 2014
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2 Ecija schools panic over
bomb threats

Classes in a state university and a private college in San Isidro town were disrupted after the town police station received a bomb threat from an alleged member of the New People's Army last September 3.

Chief Insp. Julius Maducdoc reported to the office of Provincial Police Director Crizaldo Nieves that at about 10:50 a.m., the police station received a phone call from a certain Guillermo Padilla saying that bombs were set to go off in the campuses of the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology and General de Jesus Academy at about 2:00 p.m.

The Provincial Public Safety Command under Supt. Ric Villanueva, K9 team of the provincial police office, Explosive Ordnance Unit of the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and personnel from the office of Mayor Dong Lopez immediately moved for the orderly evacuation of students of both schools.

After conducting a thorough search of the two campuses, authorities declared a "clear out" at about 6:00 p.m. ###

Ecija police releases crime stats

Provincial Police Director Crizaldo Nieves said a total of 2,916 index crimes and 2,736 non-index crimes were recorded in the province in the first eight months of the year.

Index crimes are those committed against persons such a murder, homicide, physical injury and rape. Non-index crimes refer to those against property such as robbery, theft, cattle rustling and carnapping.

Nieves said that 69 percent (2,013) of index crimes were cleared while 39 percent (1,157) were solved.

Among non-index crimes, he said 81 percent (2,237) were cleared while 46 percent (1,271) were solved.

A case is considered cleared when the suspect has been identified and solved when a case has been filed in court.

San Jose City recorded the most number of crimes, accounting for about 10 percent of the crime volume in the province.

Records showed San Jose City posted 561 crime incidents including robberies, 44 cases; theft, 176; carnapping, 38; homicide, 14; and physical injuries, 267.

The most number of murder cases were recorded in Cabanatuan and Aliaga with 17 each; followed by Gapan City and Talavera, with eight each.

Cabanatuan had 11 homicide cases while Talavera had nine.

During the period, the province had a monthly crime rate of 30.35 per population of 2,068,962. ###

Police force relieved over killing of San Leonardo barangay chair

Police Provincial Director Crizaldo Nieves relieved the entire police force assigned to Barangay San Bartolome, San Leonardo for its failure to respond to calls for help when gunmen shot dead the barangay chair.

Nieves relieved the seven-member police force in the barangay for operational lapses following the killing of Barangy Chair Rodante Interior-Garcia last September 5.

The relieved policemen were place under investigation while the San Leonardo police chief, Chief Insp. Alexander Aurelio, was given three weeks to solve the killing.

Interior-Garcia was shot at close range a few at meters away from the police station by a gunman who was riding a motorcycle in tandem. The victim died on the spot.

Several bystanders ran to the police precinct and banged the door to ask for help but it allegedly took some tie before policemen came out to see what was happening.

A bystander, Rowena Nogue, 49, was hit by a stray bullet and rushed to a hospital for treatment.

The victim's wife, Juliet, said she is not ruling out politics as the motive for the killing. ###

Court orders transfer of 2 UP grads to BJMP

A regional trial court has ordered the transfer of two detained University of the Philippines-Clark graduates from the Provincial Public Safety Company to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

Judge Cynthia Martinez-Florendo of the San Jose City Regional Trial Court Branch 39 issued the commitment order for Gerald Salonga and Guiller Cadano who are both facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

The two were arrested in Carranglan last August 9 when military and police operatives serving a warrant of arrest for suspected New People's Army commander Ely Taray alias Ka Emong chanced upon them. ###

DTI speeds up business registry in two towns and one city

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the Philippine Business Registry (PBR) in Talavera, Guimba and San Jose City to make registering a business more convenient and faster.

PBR integrates the registration processes of five government line agencies --
DTI, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Home Development Mutual Fund, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Social Security System -- into a single application system.

This reduces the processing time from two weeks to only 30 minutes, according to Raquel Malig,  DTI National Economic Research Business Assistance Center Central Manager for Region 3.

She explained that to be able to get the necessary permits from the municipal or city business permits and licensing office, applicants must first register their businesses with the five line agencies.

Under the agreement, the local governments of Talavera, Guimba and San Jose City will provide personnel to man and process documents referred to the PBR which will be located within the municipal or city hall.

DTI, on the other hand, will train the local government staff and facilitate the acquisition of business names. ###

Typhoon Luis brings heavy rains

Typhoon Luis dumped heavy rains in Nueva Ecija last September 15, causing the suspension of classes in all levels, flooding in low-lying areas and some roads being rendered impassable.

Residents of ACCFA, Imelda, Santa Arcadia, Barrera and D.S. Garcia in Cabanatuan City were  evacuated the day before in anticipation of flooding.

Not passable were the Mapangpang Bridge along the Muņoz-Lupao Road, Nueva Ecija-Pangasinan Road in Barangay Sabit, Cuyapo and Laur-Bongabon Road in San Vicente, Laur.

The Bongabon-Baler Road in Villa Maria, Aurora was also not passable to all types of vehicles because of the river's high water level. ###

Ecijano IT experts develop mobile app for farmers

Two information technology experts in Nueva Ecija have developed a mobile application that aims to help rice farmers increase their production.

The Android application developed by Jermaine M. Germino and Michael de Guzman, instructors at the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST), measures farm area, calculates fertilizer needs and assesses the nitrogen deficiency of the soil.

Their app won the Most Innovative Application and the Special Jury Award during the recent Agri-Hackathon hosted by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in the Science City of Muņoz.

It was a competition for information technologists to create applications for the farming community sponsored by Microsoft Philippines, Eqela, BlackBerry, Freelancer and PhilRice.

To asses the nitrogen status of the rice plant, a farmer can now take photos of the leaves which the app then analyzes, with the accurate assessment generated in seconds.

On the other hand, the E-Survey app by Team Agrisive of Central Luzon State University was awarded for the best research and survey management application.

The I-Tanim of the I-Tech team from NEUST also received the best farmer information technology application award for I-Tanim, an e-book in a single app containing the leaf color chart, PalayCheck, tutorials on selecting seeds and a mini-encyclopedia on plant disorders. ###

Lady employee of Lupao Water District gunned down

A lady employee of Lupao Water District was shot dead last August 30 by two men riding a motorcycle in tandem.

Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police office director, identified the victim as Vivian Concepcion Florentino, 37, married, of Barangay San Antonio West, Lupao.

The victim was riding her Yamaha motorcycle with her 11 year old daughter, Krisha Diana, on their way to school when shot twice by two unidentified men riding a black motorcycle.

The suspects escaped towards Barangay Bagong Flores.

The victim was hit in the shoulder and breast and was declared dead on arrival at Umingan Community Hospital.

Police are still looking into the motive for the shooting. ###

Crime group leader arrested

The leader of a robbery and carnapping group was arrested last September 8 by members of the Regional Public Safety Battalion 3 and the San Leonardo police in Barangay Mambangnan.

Central Luzon Police Regional Director Raul Petrasanta identified the group leader as Rodel Lacanilao Mangalinao alias Bobby.

He was arrested based on arrest warrants issued by Malolos Regional Trial Court Branches 14 and 35 for robbery, and Branch 84 for carnapping.

Mangalinao is ranked Number 8 in the list of most wanted persons in San Leonardo. He is the leader of the "Bobby Robbery and Carnapping Group" operating in Nueva Ecija and nearby provinces. ###

Carpenter shot dead by neighbor

A 44 year old carpenter was shot and killed by his neighbor on the night of September 5 in Zone 10, Barangay Tayabo, San Jose City.

The victim was identified as Edgar Calimag Balubal, owner of a small furniture shop.

Investigation showed that at about 10:50 p.m., while the victim was inside his house, his neighbor, Edgar Moral, arrived and banged at the door.

The victim came out but was immediately fired upon by the suspect.

The victim ran towards an ongoing wake nearby to ask for help but the suspect continued to fire at him until he fell dead. ###

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