Volume 17 / No. 18   |  September 30, 2017
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Bangko Sentral closes
Cabanatuan bank

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has shut down Cabanatuan City Rural Bank, Inc. for insolvency.

The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) said the Monetary Board, Bangko Sentral's policy-making body, stopped the Cabanatuan bank from doing business last September 28.

The  PDIC was designated as receiver to take over and liquidate starting September 29 the rural bank operating at Barangay Padre Burgos in the city proper.

The bank has six branches located in San Jose City, Bongabon, Rizal, San Antonio, Talavera and Zaragoza.

Cabanatuan City Rural Bank was the sixth rural bank closed this year. ###

Microsoft gives Ecija government, DepEd disaster and education tools

Microsoft has partnered with the Nueva Ecija provincial government and the Department of Education (DepEd) to launch the EGG Project that aims to provide local public schools a free and easier way to access the Internet that at the same time serve as command center that residents can use in times of disasters.

The launching of the EGG Classroom follows a DepEd study that revealed that 29 percent of schools in the country had no computer laboratories while 74 percent had no access to the Internet.

With the use of the EGG Classroom, students can use 18 laptops plus one main computer with Internet connection for research and learning purposes and to access DepEd contents including subject curricula.

Managing Director Bertrand Launay of Microsoft Phlippines, said this is their company's way of recognizing how digital transformation is inherent in education.

The EGG Project is also the first education-related venture of Microsoft outside Metro Manila.

Former Gov Aurelio Umali said that in line with this noble goal of the government and the private sector, Nueva Ecija has taken considerable efforts and devoted substantial funding to bring quality education to the citizen of the province.

He said six EGG Classroom and related equipment will be installed in the province.

Intended for disaster risk and recovery, the EGG Disaster Command Center is equipped with three computers. with one unit intended for weather updates. The EGG Disaster Command Center also has two hospital beds and medical and fire safety equipment.

The EGG Classroom and the EGG Disaster Command Center are housed in an air-conditioned container-van-type space with solar panels to provide energy and able to be raised 1.7 meters in case of flooding.

Cabanatuan City now has two EGG Classrooms and one EGG Disaster Command Center installed at the Old Provincial Capitol Building and capable of being transferred to wherever  in the province they may be needed. ###

Carabao Center to host international confab on enterprise development

The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) in the Science City of Muņoz will host this year's International Conference on Carabao-based Enterprise Development.

Ma. Cecilia Irang, PCC information officer, said about 200 participants from the Philippines and other Asian countries are expected to attend the event at the Philippine Carabao Center National Headquarters from October 26 to 27.

Irang said the event organized by the PCC and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture. aims to boost efforts in developing the carabao industry toward food and nutrition security and livelihood development in the country and some members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.###

Absentee councilor expelled from San Antonio SB

The Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of San Antoni has imposed the penalty of expulsion against SB Member Renan P. Morales for allegedly failing to attend 10 consecutive regular sessions and incurring the absences without filing official leaves.

Morales is the town's number one councilor who ran as an independent in the 2016 elections.

He had been linked to a P5-million slay attempt on Mayor Arvin Salonga after an arrested former policeman identified him as the alleged mastermind of the plot.

The SB led by Vice Mayor Juliet Maxwell, in a resolution dated September 4, meted the penalty of expulsion on Morales after he did not offer any explanation for his continued absences during sessions despite being given by the SB a 10-day grace period to satisfactorily and fully explain his absences.

The expulsion resolution was unanimously approved based on a motion by Councilor Adonis Balagtas and duly seconded by Councilor Polito Pamintuan.

The SB had urged Morales to come out and shed light on his alleged involvement in the slay attempt on the mayor but got no response.

It was learned that the SB expulsion resolution against Morales would be forwarded to the Gapan City Regional Trial Court for proper disposition. ###

Former Pantabangan vice mayor convicted of rape

Former Pantabangan Vice Mayor Romeo Borja, Jr. was sentenced to a maximum of 40 years imprisonment for two counts of rape filed by his housemaid of minor age who eventually became pregnant

Regional Trial Court Branch 38 Judge Leo Cecilio Bautista also ordered Borja to pay the victim P200,000 as civil indemnity and moral damages. He was also ordered to provide support for the victim's child.

The  court also ordered the immediate transfer of Borja to the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.

The case arose from a complaint filed in 2011 by the victim who was then only 17 years old, accusing Borja of raping her from October 2009 to April 2010 while she was working for his household.

Aside from the victim, three others have accused Borja of rape.

Another complaint for 20 counts of sexual assault against Boja was dismissed for lack of evidence.

Borja's lawyer said they will appeal the conviction. ###

9 NPA rebels killed, soldier hurt in Carranglan clash

Nine suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) were killed while a soldier was wounded in an encounter last September 19 in Barangay Burgos, Carranglan.

Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, spokesperson of the AF Northern Luzon Command, said troops from the Army's 84th Infantry Battalion received information on the presence of NPA rebels harassing residents in the area.

The soldiers proceeded to the place and engaged the rebels in a firefight that started at 9:50 A.M., resulting in the death of the nine rebels and the wounding of the soldier.

One fatality was identified as Joel Manangan alias Ka Raul, leader of the NPA operating in Nueva Ecija.

Recovered were nine high-powered firearms consisting of five M16 rifles, an AK47, an M14 rifle and two M203 grenade launchers, and eight backpacks containing subversive materials. ###

2 Cuyapo barangay chairs arrested for drugs

Two barangay chairs in Cuyapo, one identified as high value targets in the government's war against illegal drugs, were arrested during an anti-drug operation last September 29.

Chief Insp. Abrahm Atencio, town police chief, identified the suspects as Captain Arnel Espiritu, 44, of Barangay Landig and Captain Edurdo Asiron, 64 of Barangay Calancuasan Sur.

They were nabbed after the Municipal Drug Enforcement Unit received a tip that a drug deal was going on in Barangay Tutuloy at 3:45 P.M.

Atencio said the suspects tried to escape but were eventually arrested by policemen.

Seized from the two were two plastic sachets containing suspected shabu.

Espiritu was out on bail for a pending case of vilation of RA 9165, while Asirot was considered a newly identified drug personality. ###

Talavera barangay chief, cohort nabbed for drugs

A Talavera barangay chair and his accomplice were arrested by members of the Nueva Ecija police during an anti-illegal drug operation conducted on the night of September 29.

Sr. Supt. Antonio Yarra, provincial police director, identified those arrested as Barangay Chair Ruben Beltran, 52, of Barangay Minabuyoc, and Ronnel Roxas, 27, of del Pilar Street, Barangay Fatima,Cabanatuan City.

The two were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Minabuyoc by the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit led by Sr. Insp. Sandro Ortega in coordination with the local police under Supt. Joe Neil Rojo.

The barangay official and his cohort were arrested after a poseur-buyer was able to buy a plastic sachet of shabu from them.

Four plastic sachets of alleged shabu and an M16 and bullets were seized from Beltran, while dela Rosa yielded seven sachets of shabu and the P1,000 buy-bust money. ###

Motorcyle rider killed in Talavera attack

A man driving a motorcycle with his grandson as back rider was shot dead by a motorcycle-riding gunman last September 27 in Talavera.

Supt. Joe Neil Rojo, town police chief, identified the victim as Severino Gabriel, 55, farmer, of Barangay San Francisco, Santo Domingo.

Gabriel was on his way home riding a black SYM motorcycle with his grandson Aeron Miguel Paez when ambushed at 5:40 P.M.

The gunman who had been trailing Gabriel suddenly emerged from behind and repeatedly shot the victim.

Police have not determined the motive for the killing. ###

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