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Umali inaugurates
P80-M agri trading facility

Gov. Aurelio M Umali opened an P80-million agricultural trading facility in Cabanatuan City that will function as a one-stop-shop for vegetable and other farm products from Nueva  Ecija and adjacent areas in Luzon.

The two-story facility called Agri-Pinoy Trading Center was inaugurated on the 119th anniversary of "Unang Sigaw ng Nueva  Ecija" last September 2.

Umali said the timing of the event was very symbolic as it is a new "farmer-led type" of revolution that would usher in a new era of economic progress in Nueva Ecija and the region.

Serafin Santos, provincial agriculturist, said the trading center will serve as the main trading post of agricultural products, catering to about 3,000 farmers from as far as Baguio in the north and Manila in the south.

During the same occasion, 20 units of Kubota farm tractors bought by the provincial government were blessed. The equipment will be used by farmers in rain-fed pilot areas in the province. ###

Cabanatuan barangay chair slain

The barangay chair of General Luna, Cabanatuan City was shot and killed by two motorcycle-riding men in front of the family-owned commercial building at 6:00 P.M. on September 14.

Supt. Joselito Villarosa, Jr., city police director, identified the victim as Cesar Baltazar alias Amboy, 53, of General Luna Street.

He received four gunshots in the body, killing him instantly.

Baltazar was chatting with his relatives in front of the Baltazar soft drink store when two motorcycle-riding men stopped and the back rider fired at him several times.

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

The victim was a barangay chair for a total of four times. He first served for three consecutive terms, then was succeeded by his brother for one term, and won a fourth time in the last barangay election. ###

Former Talavera ABC president shot dead

A former president of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) of Talavera was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding men.at about 11:00 A.M. last September 11.

The victim, former Barangay Chair Ricardo Ramos,52, of Homestead II, Talavera once served as ABC president during the term of former Mayor Manolito Fausto.

Ramos was riding a tricycle on his way home when the two men on board a motorcycle repeatedly fired at him in Purok 5, Barangay Buliran, Cabanatuan City, hitting him in the jaw and chest.

Supt. Joselito Villar, Cabanatuan police director, said the victim was rushed to Premiere General Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

Investigators are looking into land dispute, love triangle and work as possible motives for the killing. ###

LGUs to help conduct carabao inventory

Local government units and the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) will help the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) in conducting an inventory of carabaos in various towns and cities.

PCC said the local government units will gather, consolidate and report data on the total herd inventory of native, crossbred and purebred carabaos to the agency beginning October.

The LGUs and PVO will also help PCC in providing animal health services to farmers' carabaos.

The partnership resulted from a recent integration meeting attended by LGUs, PVO and barangay-based artificial insemination technicians.

Dr. Fe Venturina, PCC articial insemination coordinator, said the inventories are important in locating carabaos that need to be inseminated, aside from establishing data on purebred, crossbred and native carabaos.

She said there is a need to inseminate 8,000 carabaos and have 2,400 lactating animals annually to achieve the PCC's goal of producing two million liters of milk every year starting in 2016. ###

Carranglan farmer turns over hawk eagle to DENR

A farmer in Carranglan  surrendered a Philippine hawk eagle to the police for turnover to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Palayan City last February 5.

The farmer, Michel Padilla, told the police that he found the two-kilo eagle stuck in a manhole, caught it and fed the bird for five days before deciding to turn it over to authorities due to his lack of knowledge in taking care of such a bird.

Sr. Insp. Adriano Gabriel, town police director, said he personally turned over the eagle to the DENR which found it to have no sign of illness or injury. ###

Vendor selling fake cigarettes arrested

Police arrested a suspect for supplying fake cigarettes to sari-sari stores in San Jose City.

Supt. Noli Asuncion, city police director, said his team responded to complaints of wholesalers regarding a vendor of fake Mighty and Marvels cigarettes.

He said the suspect, aboard a tricycle, was found in possession of the suspected fake cigarettes and arrested.

Representatives of Might Corp. later inspected the cigarettes and confirmed them to be fake.

Earlier, National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested several suspects in Bulacan, Cebu City and Zamboanga for selling cartons of fake Mighty brand cigarette. ###

Muņoz retiree falls prey to 'budol-budol' gang

A 73 year old woman in the Science City of Munoz was victimized by a "budol-budol" gang last February 4, losing her retirement pay and valuables worth P182,000.

The victim was identified as Gregoria Pascual Valencia, a retired teacher, of Purok Maligaya, Barangay Magtanggol, Muņoz.

Chief Supt. Rudy Lacadin, acting police regional director, alerted his men to go after the gang composed of two ladies, a lesbian and a man who drive around in a cream-colored car.

The gang entices its victims to exchange their cash and valuables for bundles of what appear to be bills, but inserted with play  money or plain paper. ###

Teacher shot dead

A 36-year old lady teacher died of a single gunshot wound along the portion of Maharlika Highway in Villa Isidra, Barangay Batug, the Science City of Muņoz.

A report received by Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, identified the victim as Rodina de Guzman San Andres, a teacher at Caanawan High School in Barangay Caanawan, San Jose City and a resident of Villa Isidra, Barangay Bantug.

Investigation by PO1 Raymond Dingle showed that at about 5:30 P.M., the victim alighted from a passenger jeepney on her way home from school.

She was about to cross the highway when two men riding a motorcycle in tandem appeared from behind and shot her with a 9mm. pistol.

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

Suspected big-time drug trafficker arrested

A suspected big-time drug trafficker was arrested and P400,000 worth of suspected shabu was seized in a buy-bust operation in Guimba last September 1.

Sr,. Supt. Manuel Cornel, police provincial director, identified the suspect as Francisco Acosta, Sr. alias Pulon, 48, of Purok 2, Barangay  Casungsong, Guimba.

Concerned citizens tipped the police of Acosta's activities.

Members of the Provincial Intelligence Branch and the Provincial Public Safety Company arrested the suspect while he was urinating outside his nipa hut.

Found on him was an unlicensed caliber ,30 pistolized Carbine and a bag with 37 plastic sachets of suspected shabu valued at P400,000, drug money worth P7,000 and drug paraphernalia. ###

Farmer found dead

A 66-yeard old farmer who had been missing  was found by a fisherman floating in a river in the Science City of Muņoz last September 6.

The victim was identified as Rudy Roque of Villa Nati, Muņoz.

The body was discovered by Balong Barnuebo of Bacal III, Talavera while fishing around 200 meters away from the victim's house.

Investigators learned that the victim engaged in a day-long drinking session with relatives on September 5 before heading for home by crossing a bamboo bridge over Dibabuyan River.

It was surmised that the victim, heavily drunk, could have accidentally fallen into the river and dropwned. ###

Robbers victimize three stalls in San Jose market

Unidentified men robbed three commercial stalls of the San Jose City public market at around midnight last September 11, carting away P4,000 in cash, a defective cell phone and one-half sack of rice.

Broken into were the Yolanda Tinsay Rice Store, Aira and Teddy's Salon and Vicente dela Cruz Rice Store.

Supt. Noli Asuncion, city police director, said the robbery was discovered by the stall owners the following morning.

Police said the suspects were able to enter the stalls by destroying the wooden ceilings.

Reports said at the time the robbery was happening, the market watchmen were seen engaged in a drinking session at a corner of the market. ###

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