2 Ecija schools panic
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
After conducting a thorough
search of the two campuses, authorities
declared a "clear out" at about 6:00
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
San Jose City recorded the
most number of crimes, accounting for
about 10 percent of the crime volume in
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. ###
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
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. ###
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
experts develop mobile app for
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
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
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
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
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
Police are still looking into
the motive for the shooting. ###
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
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
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
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. ###