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Umali: War of attrition vs. drug lords;
war of compassion for addicts/pushers

Governor Czarina Umali told the Anti-illegal Drugs Summit held in Palayan City last September 16 that Nueva Ecija has declared a war of attrition against drug lords and a war of compassion for addicts and pushers.

She vowed to make Nueva Ecija free of illegal drugs by means of a bloodless reformation of addicts and pushers.

Umali told the 3,000 summit participants that the provincial government intends to build "Bahay Pag-asa" or rehabilitation centers in all towns and cities and start a massive information and education campaign in schools and churches.

She also presented a two-pronged approach to eradicate illegal drugs distinct from "Oplan Tokhang" of the Philippine National Police (PNP). This involves rehabilitating drug addicts and preventing more people from getting addicted.

She told the police that its role in the anti-illegal drug campaign should be limited to the apprehension of suspects and the acceptance of surrenderees.

“Once drug victims have surrendered or have been apprehended, it is now the role of the local government units [LGUs] and the various stakeholders to take care of them from rehabilitation to their reintegration into the mainstream of society and restoration,” the governor explained.

The summit was organized by the provincial government through the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council headed by former Governor Aurelio Umali and the Provincial Task Force Against Illegal Drugs.

Among those who attended were Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Isidro Lapeña and Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary John Castriciones. ###

Guimba farmer sets national rice harvest record

A farmer from Guimba has set a record for the country by harvesting 16.63 metric trons of rice from his 1.3 hectare farm

Edgardo Marcelo, 51, of Barangay Triala, Guimba attributed his feat to the use of the hybrid rice variety SL-8H and the combination of organic and inorganic fertilizer.

He said his usual practice was to use 10 bags of organic fertilizer, mainly chicken dung, but he added small amounts of 46-0-0, 14-14-14 and 0-0-16 inorganic fertilizer during the wet season planting.

From his harvest, Marcelo said he earned a net income of about P182,000 from a gross of P225,000.

SL Agritech Corp. (SLAC) Chair Henry Lim Bon Liong, whose company developed the hybrid variety used by Marcelo, said that his success should encourage more farmers to venture into hybrid rice, applying their traditional but superior farming practices to achieve greater yields.

Marcelo said he received some help from the Department of Agriculture in the form of subsidized seed.

With his latest earning, he said his family was able to buy new appliances, pay for some house improvements and meet other household expenses like tuition for his three children. ###

Duterte, Robredo featured in PhilRice rice paddy art

After Aldub, it is the turn of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo to be spotlighted in the latest paddy art of Phliippine Rice Institute (PhlRice).

The paddy image is produced by using different rice varieties.

The paddy art called "Rice Up Fiilipinas" of  the PhilRice FutureRice farm program can be viewed in the Science City of Muñoz. ###

Ecija turns to farm tourism

Nueva Ecija, known as the "Rice Granary of the Philippines" and "Food Bowl of Central Luzon" will soon turn to farm tourism to attract tourists and  help farmers supplement their income from agriculture.

In the first ever tourism caravan held at SM City Cabanatuan, Senator Cynthia Villar announced that Nueva Ecija will become one of the top farm tourism destinations in the country through the support of the new R.A. No. 10816 or the "Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016".

In her message, Villar said, “Farm tourism, as defined by the law, is the practice of attracting visitors and tourists to farm areas for production, educational, and recreational purposes in which this province has existing facilities and more to develop.”

Among the farm tourism attractions in the province are the Philippine Rice Research Institute that also features its Rice  Science Museum, the Philippine Carabao Center and Central Luzon State University, all in the Science City of Muñoz. ###

Muñoz barangay chief killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen

A barangay captain was shot and killed by motorcycle-riding men in the Science City of Muñoz .

The victim, Danilo Paca, Sr., 50-year-old barangay captain of Barangay Pandalla, was ambushed at 3:00 P.M. while driving a tricycle with Barangay Treasurer Jocelyn Esmeña as passenger.

Paca was repeatedly shot in the head and declared dead on arrival at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Hospital in San Jose City.

Esmeña was unhurt.

The barangay official's death was later attributed to a local drug syndicate.

Supt. Dennis Wenceslao, Muñoz police chief, said Paca had reported the activities of suspected local drug dealers that resulted in the arrest of some pushers and users. ###

Talavera barangay chair shot dead

A Talavera barangay chair was shot dead by two unidentified men along a road inBarangay Gulod last September 18.

George Mangalindan, 45, chair of Barangay Caputican, was driving a service van at about 8:50 A.M. when ambushed by the suspects riding a motorcyle in tandem.

The barangay official was included in the police drug watch list.###

Father and son killed in Cuyapo

A father and his young son were shot dead by unidentified men who forcibly entered their house in Barangay District 4, Cuyapo last September 21.

Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, identified the victims as Dominador Fontnilla, 50, and his son John Mark, 10.

He said the elder Fontanilla was in the police drug watch list and a member of a robbery and gun-for-hire group identified with Renato Quinto operating in Nueva Ecija, Isabela and Pangasinan.

John Mark, a Grade 4 pupil of Cuyapo Elementary School, died instantly when his father was fired upon. ###

15 year old boy rapes, kills 16-year-old neighbor

A 15 year old boy was detained for the rape and murder of his 16 year-old neighbor in Barangay Poblacion, General Tiinio last September 26.

The suspect, a Grade 7 pupil, was taken into custody by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The victim died in a hospital due to multiple stab wounds.

Investigators said the boy managed to enter the victim's house at 1:00 A.M. by drilling a hole near the door knob.

The suspect was caught one hour later by Barangay Chair Arnold Dalangin and PO1 James Mamba.

The boy's underwear, jogging pants and 13-inch kitchen knife were found in the crime scene. ###

Three suspected thieves 'salvaged' in Cabanatuan

The bodies of three suspected thieves were found in a Cabanatuan City barangay.

Supt. Ponciano Zafra, city police chief, said the victims were blindfolded and hogtied with wire.

The bodies were found at about 6:30 A.M. along Montevista Street, Purok 7, Barangay Padre Crisostomo by Jayson Pascual, 33, Bantay-Bayan member of Purok Amihan, Barangay Barrera.

 Found on the bodies was a note saying “Magnanakaw kami ’wag tularan." ###

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