in barangay election watch list
Nueva Ecija and 13 other
provinces are being monitored by law enforcement agencies in connection
with the holding of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections
on October 25.
Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta,
Jr, spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), identified
the other provinces in the election watch list as Samar, Lanao del Sur,
Lanao del Norte, Maguindanao, Sulu, Basilan, Abra, Surigao, Zamboanga,
Sibugay, Sarangani, Eastern Samar, Western Samar and Antique.
The 14 provinces have recorded
private armed group activities in past elections.
Mabanta said that the private
armed groups could disrupt the holding of honest, peaceful and orderly
The filing of certificates
of candidacy for the barangay elections will be on October 1 until October
13. The campaign period is from October 14 to 23. ###
barangay chair survives slay try
A Cuyapo barangay chair
was ambushed by unidentified armed men but managed to escape unharmed.
The victim, Eudande Macaranan
Pader, 53, of Barangay Rizal was riding a multicab on his way home at about
5:00 P.M. after attending a meeting in the town hall, when armed men aboard
a gray van repeatedly fired at him at Barangay Cacapasan.
Pader was able to jump from
the vehicle and seek cover. He fired back at the assailants until they
retreated and escaped in the direction of Barangy Butao.
Investigators are trying
to determine if the attempt on Pader's life was election related. ###
orders Gapan poll officer to secure ballot boxes
The Commission on Election's
Second Division chaired by Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer has directed Gapan
City's election officer, Belen Rivera, and the city treasurer, Gloria Padilla,
to take precautionary measures to protect and preserve the ballot boxes
used in the May elections that are now stored at the city hall.
This is in connection with
the electoral protest filed against Mayor Christian Tinio by his rival,
Juanita Natividad, in connection with the May 14 local elections.
The COMELEC also deferred
the transfer of the ballot boxes to the commission's storage area in Port
Area, Manila until they can be accommodated in the facility.
Natividad, wife of former
three term mayor Ernesto Natividad, claimed that her votes were either
misread, not counted or not transmitted.
In the final count, Tinio
got 31,638 votes against Natividad's 25,249 or a margin of 6,300 votes.
police chief sacked for jueteng
The police chief of Cabiao,
Chief Insp. Peter Madria, was relieved from his post following the implementation
of the "one strike" policy on the reintensified campaign against jueteng.
Under the policy announced
by the new Philippine National Police chief, Deputy Director Gen. Raul
Bacalzo, one proven case of the existence of jueteng in a town or city
would result in the relief of the town or city police chief.
Sr. Supt. Roberto Aliggayu,
provincial police director, said that Madria, the first casualty in the
province of the anti jueteng campaign, was replaced by Chief Insp. Jonathan
Alayan from Rizal town.
Elements of the provincial
police security company led by Supt. Allan Okubo had arrested four alleged
jueteng sales supervisors in an entrapment operation in Barangay
Bagong Silang, Cabiao. They were identified as Roderick Sandoval, Renato
Rueda, Danilo Gonzales and Edgar Dungca.
Recovered from the suspects
were P1,066 worth of bets and 18 pieces of papelitos -- sheets of
paper where jueteng bets are recorded.
Aliggayu said that he ordered
the operation after receiving reports that some people in the area were
using the government run Small Town Lottery (STL) as front for jueteng
to investigate continued jueteng operation in Ecija
Vice Gov. Jose Gay Padiernos
said that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will investigate the continued operation
of jueteng in the province and ask the police to explain.
“All we know is that we have
only STL here. We will ask the police as they attend our session,” Padiernos
Padiernos clarified that
jueteng would only be a side issue with the police, since the board's meeting
with Sr. Supt. Roberto Aliggayu, provincial police director, would focus
on the peace and order situation in the province, including the heavy traffic
situation in some areas that motorists and commuters have been complaining
He said that the board would
also invite government officials to shed light on how STL operates in the
province under CTG Prime Ventures and how much the provincial government
earns from it. ###
City disaster coordinating council cited as best in region
Palayan City was awarded
for having the Best City Disaster Coordinating Council in Central Luzon
in the regional Gawad Kalasag held last September 29 at Camp Olivas, Pampanga.
The Nueva Ecija PDCC Rescue
Group was given a plaque of recognition.
Philippine National Police
Regional Director and current Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC)
chair, Chief Supt. Alan Purisima, and Office of Civil Defense Regional
Director Neri Amparo conferred the honors in a ceremony after the joint
RDCC-Civil Defense Deputized Coordinators’ Meeting in Camp Olivas.
For the third straight year,
Bulacan was named as the province with the Best Provincial Disaster Coordinating
Council and enshrined in the Regional Gawad Kalasag Hall of Fame.
Other awardees were Bulacan
Rescue 117 as Best Non-Government Emergency Responder, SBMA Fire Rescue
Group as Best Government-Controlled Emergency Responder and Barangay Sta.
Rita of Olongapo City as Best Barangay Disaster Coordinating Council.
Plaques of recognition were
also given to 566 Bulacan Rescue Group, Olongapo Fire Rescue Group, Bulacan
Integrated Rescue Association (BIRA), Tarlac-PDCC Disaster Assistance and
Response Team and Police Senior Supt. Rosvi Manulid.
The Olongapo City Disaster
Coordinating Council received a plaque of appreciation.
Amparo expressed hope that
the annual recognition would encourage local government units in Central
Luzon to improve their disaster risk reduction and response programs. ###
receives educational tools
Mayor Santy Austria of Jaen
receives laptops and other equipment
donated to the town residents by Oscar Lopez of ABS-CBN and chair
of the board of trustees of Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc.;
Carolina Guerrero, director of Alternative Learning System; and
Education Sec. Armin Luistro.
hybrid rice farmers honored
Hybrid farmers who won in
the "Search for Hybrid Rice Highest Yielder" were commended by Henry Lim,
chair and CEO of SL Agritech Corp., for being receptive in adopting modern
farm technologies and practices.
The country's top hybrid
rice farmers include Severino Payumo of Nueva Ecija who broke the record
of 345 cavans per hectare harvested by lady farmer Aida Badong of San Nicolas,
Camarines Sur; Ricardo Buenaventura, also of Nueva Ecija, 266 cavans per
hectare; Ramil Jimenez of Occidental Mindoro, 258 cavans; Michael Viduya,
250 and Edward Importante, 236 also of Occidental Mindoro; Teodorico Tumaliuan
of Solana, Cagayan, 258.72; and Ferdinand Melchor, also of Cagayan, 237.
The Department of Agriculture
said that Regions I, II, III, IV-B and VIII top the list of hybrid rice
planting areas in the country.
The top five provinces planting
hybrid rice are Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Cagayan, Pangasinan and Leyte. ###
octogenarian kills sexagenarian wife, son
An 86 year old man from Barangay
Macarse, Zaragoza hacked his 65 year old wife out of jealousy.
The suspect, Ignacio de Guzman
Palapal, Sr., also stabbed and killed his son Jackson who tried to intervene.
Chief Insp. Armando Santiago,
town police chief, said that the suspect first confronted his wife Erlinda
and accused her of having an affair with a neighbor.
Erlinda slapped the suspect,
triggering him to go amok with a bolo and a knife.
Jackson tried to pacify his
father but was hacked together with his mother. ###
farmer axed over land dispute
A 45 year old Bongabon farmer
died when his elder brother hit his neck with an ax last September 25.
The victim was identified
as Arsenio B. Diones, 45. The suspect, Arsenio's elder brother, Alejandro,
managed to escape.
Investigation showed that
at about 9:00 P.M., Alejandro, who was drunk and armed with an ax, arrived
at Arsenio's house and told the people there to leave the place.
He hit with his ax the appliances there. The victim arrived and had a heated
argument with his brother who then hit him in the neck with his ax.
The victim was rushed to
Bongabon District Hospital where he died while undergoing treatment. ###
San Jose inmate recaptured
A San Jose City detention
prisoner who escaped last September 23 while being treated at a local hospital
was captured by the police three days later.
Supt. Sidney Villaflor, city
police chief, identified the detainee as Nestor E. Paulo, 43, a farmer
from Barangay Bagong Sikat who is facing two counts of attempted homicide.
Earlier, Paulo was mauled
by some 11 co-detainees and had to be taken to the San Jose City General
Hospital for medical treatment.
Unknown to his escorts SP03
Rommel Bunao, SP01 Wrinfred Salvador and P03 Edwin Lustina, Paulo was able
to escape using the back exit of the hospital.
He was tracked down and rearrested
three days later. ###