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
Cabanatuan City Rural Bank
was the sixth rural bank closed this
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
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
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. ###
Center to host international confab
on enterprise development
The Philippine Carabao
Center (PCC) in the Science City of
Muñoz 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
councilor expelled from San Antonio
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
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
The expulsion resolution
was unanimously approved based on a
motion by Councilor Adonis Balagtas and
duly seconded by Councilor Polito
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
Pantabangan vice mayor convicted
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
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
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
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. ###
rebels killed, soldier hurt in
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
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
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
Espiritu was out on bail
for a pending case of vilation of RA
9165, while Asirot was considered a
newly identified drug personality. ###
barangay chief, cohort nabbed for
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. ###
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. ###
Gapan gang selling
stolen bikes busted
The provincial police
busted a syndicate engaged in selling
stolen motorcycles and spare parts in
Gapan City following the arrest in an
entrapment operation of four of those
Sr. Supt Antonio Yarra, provincial
police director, identified those
arrested as Rommel Khim Taningco, 26, of
Likod Street, Roel Velasquez, 28, of Dr.
Ramos Drive, and Lester Franco Balmeo,
30, of West Drive, all of Barangay San
Nicolas, and Patrick Adel, 33, of Purok
4, Barangay. Pambuan, all in Gapan City.
Yarra said his men led by
Sr. Insp. Sandro Ortega of the
Provincial Special Operations Group and
the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit
conducted an entrapment operation after
gathering information from social media
about the alleged rampant selling of
stolen and undocumented motorcycles and
spare parts in Barangay Bayanihan.
During the operation,
police seized two black Yamaha Mio
motorcycles without plate numbers, a
black Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycle with no
plate number, four crankcases of Suzuki
motorcycle engines, a Kawasaki Bajaj
motorcycle engine and four assorted
motorcycle spare parts believed from a
Yarra said his men seized
from Taningco two heat-sealed plastic
sachets of suspected shabu while Balmeo
yielded a plastic sachet containing the
Adel, who was later nabbed in Barangay
Pambuan during a follow-up operation,
yielded a plastic sachet of shabu.
The raid on Adel’s house
also resulted in the seizure of several
stolen motorcycle units and spare
parts such as Suzuki Raider 150
motorcycle skeleton-type, a Red Honda
TMX motorcycle without plate number and
several chassis parts of Suzuki Raider,
Kawasaki Bajaj, Honda 155 motorcycles,
13 spray paint canisters and assorted
spare parts of motorcycles believed
extracted from stolen motorbikes.
Yarra said the group was believed to be
responsible for the series of motorcycle
thefts and tampering of stolen
motorcycles in Nueca Ecija and in
Bulacan and Pampanga.. ###