Volume 15 / No. 18 | September 30, 2015
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Gen. Tinio mayor, 4 police escorts escape strafing

General Tinio Mayor Virgilio Bote and his four police escorts who were inspecting a fencing project inside the mayor's farm were fired upon last September 16. No one was hurt.

A farm worker who was said to be among the group that fired at Bote's group was arrested.

Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, identified the suspect as Adelino Ibañez, 41, married, alleged farm worker of a certain Andrew Caballero, native of Barangay Libungan, North Cotabato, and presently living in Sitio Pakanang-kabayo, Barangay Nazareth, General Tinio.

Two other suspects, identified only as Kaldero and Rodel, escaped.

Investigators said the three allegedly fired in the direction of Bote and his police escorts -- PO1 Celso Clamonte, Jr., PO1 Jason Cabatbat, PO1 James Mamba and PO1 Lorenzo Santos -- when the mayor arrived to inspect the fencing project in his farm in Sitio Tarundong-Bato in Barangay Nazareth.

The police escorts fired back at the attackers who fled in the direction of Caballero's house.

Ibañez was collared after a brief chase by the mayor's men.

A cell phone found on him contained three text messages that said, “TOL ONA NA AKO BEDIOHN K DAAN K KAY KAPITAN HNYO PARA SAMA U TROPA”, “TOL PNTA KAU D2 MAY NAG BKOD NA-NAMAN”, and “TOL PNTA KAU D2 MAY NAG BKOD NA NAMAN”.

A case of attempted murder was filed against the three suspects. ###

Another Cabanatuan barangay chair shot by riding-in-tandem gunmen

The barangay chair of Talipapa, Cabanatuan City was shot and wounded by two motorcycle-riding men while he was driving his pick-up truck to the Santa Rosa town proper last September 27.

Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, identified the victim as Paul dela Cruz, 48.

Dela Cruz was hit on the left side of the neck and rushed to Nueva Ecija Doctors' Hospital in Cabanatuan City.

His lone passsenger, Marize Sta. Maria, 24, of Barangay Burgos, Santa Rosa, was unhurt.

The attack happened along Bonifacio Street in Barangay Burgos at about 4:10 P.M.

Dela Cruz said the two suspects on board a black Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycle came from the opposite direction and the back rider fired at the driver's side of the pick-up truck, hitting him on the neck.

The suspects fled in the direction of  Barangay Sumacab Sur, Cabanatuan City.

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

Probers say shooting of Cabanatuan, Talavera barangay officials similar

Police investigators said there are similarities in the killings of  Cabanatuan Barangay Chair Cesar "Amboy" Baltazar and former Talavera Association of  Barangay Captains President Ricardo Ramos.

Baltazar, of General Luna Street, Barangay Luna, Cabanatuan City was killed by two motorcycle-riding men wearing helmets and jackets last September 14, while Ramos, of Homestead II, Talavera, was similarly killed in Barangay Buliran, Cabanatuan City last September 10.

Supt. Joselito Villarosa, Jr., Cabanatuan police director, said a special task force discovered that both killings were possibly done by only one gunman using the same caliber .45 pistol.

Villarosa said they have asked the Nueva Ecija Provincial Crime Laboratory Office to cross match the cartridges recovered from all recent murder cases in Cabanatuan City involving riding-in-tandem suspects. ###

Gapan warrant chief assaulted by 5 drunk store helpers

The chief warrant officer of the Gapan City police was attacked by five men having a drinking session, resulting in the wounding of one attacker and the arrest of the group.

Attacked was PO2 Faustino Trinidad of Barangy San Lorenzo, chief warrant officer of the city police station.

Trinidad identified his attackers as Larry Montero, 37, of Barangay Lagao, General Santos City; Jayson Santinor, 24, and Julius Agosto, 20, both of Cervantes, Negros Occidental; Angelito Recto, 30, and Jomar Caloy, 29, both of Barangay Escalata, Negros Occidental -- all working as helpers at the local Delfonso Agri-Supply.

Investigators said Trinidad was monitoring most wanted persons in Barangay San Vicente at about 8:00 P.M. when he chanced upon the suspects engaged in a drinking session, who blocked his way.

He introduced himself as a policemen but the suspects ignored him, one of them punching him in the face and taking his motorcycle.

The other suspects armed with a knife and steel bar attacked him and tried to get his gun. However, Trinidad was able to draw his service pistol and shoot Caloy.

The wounded suspect was rushed to the Gapan City District Hospital and later transferred to Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center in Cabanatuan City. ###

Joson relatives face frustrated murder raps for road rage

Two brothers who said they are members of the Joson clan of Nueva Ecija face criminal charges for allegedly beating up a man in a road rage incident inside Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City last September 18.

Sr. Supt. Alan Nobleza, officer-in-charge of the Muntilupa police station, said Christian and Angelo Joson face charges of frustrated murder and serious physical injuries for assaulting Karlo Alfonso Santiago, 26. All are residents of the upscale subdivision.

The victim's father, Alfonso, said the victim, his three year old grandson and he were in a golf cart on their way out of the subdivision when a white Toyot Prado got in their way.

The Joson brothers, who were aboard the car, started to berate the Santiagos for supposedly blocking the road. The suspects then got off their car and one told the elder Santiago, “Ang angas mo ah! May sinasabi ka?"

Karlo tried to intervene but was beaten up by the Josons until he almost lost consciousness. He sustained mostly facial injuries.

Before leaving, one of the brothers was heard saying, “You probably don’t know that we’re the Josons of Nueva Ecija!”

Meanwhile, former Vice Gov. Edward Thomas Joson said that his family's name was dragged unnecessarily in the road rage incident.

He said the suspects could be "distant relatives from Bataan".

"They do not own a house or any other property in Nueva Ecija," Joson said.

The two Joson brothers were charged with frustrated murder and serious physical injuries and could be charged with violation of the law against child abuse since there was a child present during the incident and was traumatized by it. ###

850 Cabanatueños served by COMELEC, DFA

Some 850 Cabanatuan City residents were catered to by two government agencies that brought their services to Cabanatuan City.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) registered 270 qualified voters in its "No Bio, No Boto" campaign held at SM Megacenter Cabanatuan last September 19.

Leo Navarro, city election officer, said conducting the voters registration in the mall provided convenience and security to the agency's clients and personnel.

Meanwhile, in the same venue, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) brought their mobile passporting program.

City Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara said the locals did not have to travel to Pampanga or Metro Manila and prepare some P4,000 just to apply for a passport.

Vergara said he did not expect the long lines he saw at the mall's event center, comparing them to queues in blockbuster movies. ###

2,000 members and pensioners dialogue with GSIS head

Some 2,000 members and pensioners attended the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) consultative dialogue held at the gymnasium of Nueva Ecija Doctors' Colleges last September 18.

GSIS President and General Manager Robert Vergara updated the attendees on the new services that the pension fund has implemented in the past five years to provide responsive services to its members and pensioners.

Among these are the recently launched additional benefits like the increase in the funeral benefit to P30,000 from P20,000 and the grant of one-time benefit equivalent to one-month pension or P10,000, whichever is lower, to more than 272,000 regular old-age and disability pensioners as of  December 31, 2014.

"Milestone" benefits will also be granted to pensioners. Those who will turn 90 to 94 years old as of September 1, 2015, will receive P20,000; those 95 to 99 years old will receive P50,000; and those who are 100 years old and above will get P100,000. Starting September 2, 2015 and thereafter, regular pensioners will be paid the following milestone benefit on their birthday -- P20,000 to pensioners who will turn 90 years old; P30,000 to pensioners who will turn 95 years old; and, P50,000 to pensioners who will turn 100 years old.

Vergara said "Our pensioners who are 90 years old and above represent the most vulnerable members of GSIS."

The oldest pensioners in Nueva Ecija who attended the dialogue were Honorio Santigo, 102 years old, and Noeme Pascual, 96 years old. They received "milestone" benefits of P100,000 and P50,000, respectively. ###

5 suspected carnapping group members arrested

Five suspected members of a carnapping syndicate operating in Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pangasinan and other parts of Central and Northern Luzon were arrested in an anti-crime police operation in  Barangay Santo Cristo, Guimba last September 20.

Chief Supt. Rudy Lacadin, Police Regtional Office 3 acting director, identified the suspects as Melchor Palma Lu, 27, of Barangay Santa Veronica, Guimba; Matthew Jerome Aranca Ortiz, 24, married, of Barangay Santo Cristo, Guimba; John Marvin Robert Magtulak Parocha, 21, of Barangay Quirino District, Talugtog; Patrick Domingo Macaraeg, 19, of Barangay Magsaysay, Talugtog; and Girard Manuel Castillo Banta, 19, of Barangay Aurora Hill, Baguio City.

They were collared by joint operatives of the Guimba Municipal Police Station and Regional Public Safety Battalion 3.

Recovered were a stolen Toyota Innova with plate number AHM-939; a plastic bottle containing suspected shabu”, an M-16 rifle, and other personal effects.

It was discovered that Lu is in the watch list of drug personalities of the Guimba police while Ortiz has been linked to motorcycle thefts in three provinces. ###

5 die in Aliaga road accident

Five pick up truck passengers were killed while the driver was injured when the vehicle slammed into a tree along the Aliaga-Quezon Road in Barangay La Purisima at around 1:15 A.M. last September 21.

Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, identified the fatalities as John Bryan Lopez, 25; Marvin Jimenez, 24; Joel Calderon, 21; Estelito Mendoza, 20; and Sherwin Almazar, 20. They died while being rushed to a rural health facility in Aliaga.

The injured driver, Romeo Almazar, 25, was taken to Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center in Cabanatuan City.

Investigation showed that Almazar lost control of the steering wheel when the group reached a road curve, causing the pick up to ram  a tree. ###

Globe, cops arrest suspect selling illegal modem

A man engaged in selling modems with illegal internet service was arrested in an entrapment operation in Cabanatuan City.

The suspect, Paul John Edison Ramirez, 21, of Barangay D.S. Garcia was reportedly engaged in the retrieval of  Globe Telecom LTE or WiMax modems from legitimate customers that he lured into upgrading their devices or having them repaired.

The modems, sold through Facebook, were reconfigured to provide illegal unlimited Globe internet access to customers who make  one-time payments.

After Globe learned of Ramirez's illegal activity, a security team and the police launched an entrapment operation at NE Pacific Mall with a policeman posing as buyer.

Recovered from the suspect was a unit of Globe LTE modem, an LTE antenna, a power cord and a LAN cable.

Lawyer Froilan Castelo, Globe general counsel, said the telecommunications company will not tolerate any unlawful use of their network that could compromise their mobile data services.

Her said Globe will continue to work closely with police authorities in resolving such illegal activities. ###

Santa Rosa drug den raided

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Region 3 busted what it called "the biggest drug den in Nueva Ecija" last September 16.

Gladys Rosales, PDEA Region 3 director, said their team raided the house of Vilma Reyes, 32, in Barangay Mapalad, Santa Rosa and caught her and other suspects identified as Antonio B. Argulla, 39; Johncel Vince A. Ancheta, 21; Reynaldo P. Caba, 30; Rene B. Antonio Jr., 41; Kris Edson G. Carpio, 36; and Sherwin L. Mondejar, 29, all residents of the town, repacking shabu for distribution in Santa Rosa and nearby towns.

Rosales said the house was a drop-off point for the illegal drug.

Seized were 17 plastic sachets of shabu with an estimated street value of P192,500 and drug paraphernalia. ###

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