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Nueva Ecija Journal is published in
Gapan City, Nueva Ecija,Philippines
and updated every 15th and
end of the month.
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SM City Cabanatuan, reputed
as the biggest SM mall in Luzon outside
Metro Manila, was opened to the public
by Hans Sy, president of SM Prime
Holdings, last October 9.
The opening day crowd
paralyzed the one-way traffic along
Maharlika Highway in the vicinity of the
mall, despite the city police's
rerouting plan in anticipation of the
The previous day, Sy,
Cabanatuan City Mayor Julius Cesar
Vergara and his wife Ria and other SM
and city executives led the formal
inauguration and blessing of the mall.
It is the second SM mall in
Cabanatuan City, following the opening
of SM Megacenter Cabanatuan last April.
The five-level SM City
Cabanatuan sits on a four-hectare lot in
Barangay H. Concepcion, beside the
Maharlika Highway. It has a total floor
area of 153,756 square meters.
The mall entrance is
elevated, with the ground floor serving
as parking area with 2,058 slots for
cars and 476 motorcycles.
The mall features the
Garden Park at the second level and the
Roof Park at the fourth floor.
The mall's signature retail
shops include the SM Store, SM
Supermarket, SM Appliance Center, ACE
Hardware, Surplus and the Body Shop.
Among the global brands
represented are Philip Stein, Guess,
Guess Kids, The Face Shop, Melissa, and
Ed Hardy, together with the local brand
Human. Uniqlo and Terranova are
scheduled to open in 2016.
Dining outlets include
Starbucks, Jollibee, Chowking,
Greenwich, Pancake House, and Classic
Savory. Local restaurants are
represented like Ednas Cakeland and
Hapag Vicentecos, as well as Desserts
Chalet and Leticia Breads and Cakes.
The mall has six digital
cinemas, including a large screen cinema
similar to Imax. ###
submerges 19 Ecija barangays
Floods caused by heavy
rains accompanying tropical storm
"Kabayan" affected 19 barangays in four
towns of Nueva Ecija.
The Regional Disaster Risk
Reduction and Management Council
reported that 19 barangays in Laur,
Cuyapo, Rizal and Bongabon were
submerged in floodwater from one to
three feet deep.
In Laur, affected were
Betania, San Antonio, San Fernando, San
Vicente and Sagana; Cuyapo, San
Jose, Bulala, Bantug, Ventican and
District 5; Bongabon, Sinipit, San
Roque, Tulay na Bato, Lusok, Digmala,
Calaanan and Palo Maria; and Rizal, San
Esteban and Macapsing.
Barangay Ligaya in Gabaldon
was affected by a landslide that
resulted in the evacuation of 30
Roads in Lusok, Tablang and
Ligaya in Gabaldon were impassable to
all types of vehicles.
Not passable to light
vehicles were the portions of the Nueva
Ecija-Aurora Road in Barangay Calaanan,
Bongabon and the Nanduran Spillway.
Duet to the continued
heavy rains in the province, Governor
Aurelio Umali ordered the suspension of
classes in all levels and work in
A total of 11 city
and municipal police chiefs were
relieved by the Nueva Ecija provincial
police director for their poor
performance in the Oplan: Lambat-Sibat
campaign to arrest wanted persons, for
unsolved killings in their areas of
jurisdiction or mayor's request for
Manuel Cornel said he had relieved the
police chiefs of San Jose City and the
Science City of Muņoz, and the towns of
Licab, Quezon, Gabaldon, Laur,
Nampicuan, General Natividad, Lupao,
Pantabangan and Lupao.
The 11 were ordered to
report to the police provincial
Superintendent Ponciano Zafra, former
deputy provincial director for
investigation, as police chief of Muņoz.
San Jose City Mayor
Marivic Violago-Belena personally
requested the immediate relief of
Superintendent Nolie Azuncion, who was
replaced by Superintendent
Reynaldo dela Cruz.
Coronel described the
killings in the province as isolated and
not related to the coming elections. ###
Peace and Order
Council okays institutionalization of
Lambat-Sibat, peacekeeping force
The Nueva Ecija Provincial
Peace and Order Council (PPOC) chaired
by Governor Aurelio Umali passed a
resolution last October 13 approving the
institutionalization of Oplan:
Lambat-Sbat and the setting up of a
joint PNP-AFP-CAFGU peacekeeping force
to be deployed in the province's
strategic entry and exit points to curb
criminality and improve public safety.
Umali said Oplan:
Lambat-Sibat proved to be effective and
relevant in curbing crimes based on the
consolidated accomplishment report of
the provincial police.
The PPOC resolution noted
that the operation was able to provide
timely and accurate intelligence reports
to the police and other law enforcement
Umali said the council
supports the establishment of a special
investigation task force that includes
the National Bureau of Investigation and
its institutionalization as a component
of Oplan: Lambat-Sibat as an effective
tool to suppress and prevent crimes.
Among those who attended
the PPOC meeting were newly-designated
provincial director of the Department of
the Interior and Local Government,
Renato G. Bernardin;, former DILG
provincial director, Dr. Abraham A.
Pascua; Supt. Ricardo E. Villanueva,
Provincial Public Safety Company
commander; Col. Felimon T. Santos Jr.,
703rd Infantry Brigade commander;
Leovino C. Ignacio, provincial
environment and natural resources
officer; Atty. Carmelito Mangulabnan of
the provincial prosecutors office;
representatives from the Cabanatuan
City-National Bureau of Investigation
office, the Department of Environment
and Natural Resources, the Department of
Public Works and Highways and the
Department of Education. ###
proposes reward system to fight
Governor Aurelio Umali
proposed the putting up of a reward
system for the capture of leaders and
members of robbery and gun-for-hire
groups believed responsible for the
recent killings of personalities,
including barangay and municipal
He aired his proposal
during the Provincial Peace and Order
Council meeting last October 13, after
Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, police
provincial director, gave a briefing on
the existence of six robbery and
gun-for-hire groups said to be operating
in the province and other adjacent
Cornel said ballistic tests
conducted on the cartridge cases
recovered from two recent murders
involving ex-ABC Talavera Chair Ricardo
Ramos and Cabanatuan Barangay General
Luna Chair Cesar Baltazar matched,
indicating that the gun used in both
killings were the same.
Records showed that from
January to September this year, 13
shooting incidents, including six
murders and seven frustrated murders,
were committed against barangay and
municipal officials in the province.
Three of these happened in
Cabanatuan City, two in Jaen, and one
each in Cabiao, Santa Rosa, Gabaldon,
San Antonio, Llanera, Lupao, San
Leonardo and Peņaranda. ###
A former Quezon municipal
councilor was shot dead by two men
riding a motorcycle in tandem in
Purok 2, Barangay Bertese
The victim was identified
as Daniel Lonzanida, 46. He was walking
along the road shoulder when two men
riding a black Honda Wave motorcycle
stopped and talked to him.
Another pair of
motorcycle-riding suspects arrived and
the back rider shot Lonzanida six times
caiber .45 pistol in the head and
different parts of the body .
The getaway Suzuki
motorcycle was found abandoned beside an
irrigation canal not far from the crime
scene. It bore a bullet hole, believed
to have been from an accidental fire by
one of the suspects.
Motive for the killing was
being investigated. ###
soldiers hurt in clash with NPA
Two army privates were
wounded after a clash with New People's
Army (NPA) rebels in Sitio Calo,
Barangay R.A. Padilla, Carranglan last
The injured soldiers were
identified as PFC Mark Josephg Mamingcal
and PFC Reny Tallongan of the Charlie
Company, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 7th
Infantry Division based in San Jose
They were rushed to a
military hospital in Barangay
Militar, Palayan City.
The solders were conducting
a security operation at construction
sites of Pacific Asphalt and Concrete
Mix Company when they encountered the
rebels resulting in a five-minute
A backhoe was hit by
bullets, scattering glass shards around
The rebels were about to
burn the backhoe when the Army soldiers
arrived in response to reports about the
presence of the rebels.
Police recovered from the
scene M16, M1`4 and M203 shells and
several bottles filled with gasoline.
A joint police and
Army team launched a hot pursuit
operation against the rebels. ###
Two container van trailer
trucks were held up in San Jose City
last October 10 by three
motorcycle-riding men who introduced
themselves as New People's Army (NPA)
The victims were identified
as truck drivers Carlos Gammad, 56, of
Barangay Mabantad; and Florencio
Palaguitin, 55, of Barangay.
Turayong;and helpers Wilson Domingo, 50,
and Pepito Solito, 44, both of Brangay
Labinab, all in Cauayan City, Isabela.
Supt. Reynaldo dela Cruz,
city police chief, said the robbery
happened at about 7:00 P.M. along the
stretch of Maharlika Highway in Barangay
Caanawan and was reported to the city
police by the Nueva Ecija Highway Patrol
Group at about midnight.
It was learned that the two
trailer trucks were parked along the
highway when the three suspects riding a
Honda Wave motorcycle arrived, pointed
guns at them and introduced themselves
as NPA rebels.
The suspects took the
victims' wallets, five cell phones, a
driver's license, P10,000 in cash and
Nothing was taken from the
container vans which were empty at the