No. 250 /  September 16-30, 2010
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Ecija 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 elections.

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. ###
 
 

Cuyapo 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. ###
 
 

Mayoral election protest
COMELEC 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. ###
 
 

Cabiao 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 operations. ###
 
 

SP 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 said.

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 about.

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. ###
 
 

Palayan 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. ###
 
 
 

Jaen 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.


 

Outstanding 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. ###
 
 

Jealous 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. ###
 
 

Bongabon 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. ###
 
 

Escaped 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. ###
 
 

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