bishop urges Catholic schools
to make stand vs. Marcos burial at
Bishop Roberto Mallari of
the Diocese of San Jose, chair of the
Episcopal Commission on Cathechesis and
Catholic Education of the Catholic
Bishops Conference of the Phlippines,
called on Catholic schools last November
15 to remain firm in opposing the burial
of former President Ferdinand Marcos at
the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Mallari expressed alarm
that the ruling of the Supreme Court
allowing a hero's burial for Marcos
could give the youth the wrong meaning
of the word "hero".
Speaking over Radio
Veritas, the bishop said, “Mahalaga
‘yung mga Catholic schools natin
i-maintain ‘yung stand that he
(Marcos) should not be there (LNMB).
Hindi siya dapat ilibing dun dahil
hindi siya itinuturing na bayani ng
bayan. It will confuse our young
people as to who a ‘hero’ is.”
Mallari said educators and
students should be one in ensuring that
only historical facts and the true
essence of the struggle during martial
law will be passed on to future
Ormoc-like tragedy waiting to happen
in eastern Ecija
The regional chief of the
Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of
the Department of Environment and
Natural Resouces warns that massive
flash floods reminiscent of what
happened in Ormoc City could hit the
eastern part of Nueva Ecija due to
heavy rains from a killer typhoon.
"We will be counting dead
bodies," Eng. Noel Lacadin said.
He said the residents of
eastern Nueva Eicja should be ready as
strong rains could send debris cascading
down the mountains.
Lacadin issued the warning
during the first geo-hazards summit
sponsored by MGB in Cabanatuan
City that ended last November 12.
He said Palayan City and
Cabanatuan City have become susceptible
to flash floods because of the Dituhin
Creek in Barangay Calabasa, Gabaldon
where debris could cause the waterways
In October 2015, Gabaldon
suffered its worst flood from Typhoon
Lando. Two months later, the place was
hit again by floods carrying mud and
rocks brought by Typhoon Nona.
The massive denudation of
the forests in the Sierra Madre
mountain range has been blamed for the
Cabanatuan City, on the
other hand, has become prone to floods
because it is along the Pampanga River..
center open to indigents
Health Secretary Paulyn
Ubial said the Mega Drug Treatment and
Rehabilitation Center in Fort Magsaysay
that is scheduled to be inaugurated on
November 29 will be open to both drug
surrenderees who are indigent and those
who can afford
Ubial said those who can
afford to pay will be charged
"accommodation expenses" but this will
be free for those who have no capacity
She said the facility,
which can accommodate up to 10,000
patients, will not cater to specific
types of patients.
Ubial expressed hope that
the center will fully serve its purpose
of treating and rehabilitating drug
dependents whom she called "victims" who
should be helped to return to mainstream
society as productive citizens.
The facility is set to open
on November 15 but the date of the
inauguration will follow the schedule of
President Duterte. ###
'most improved' provinces in CL in
controlling illegal drugs
The regional police command
has declared Nueva Ecija and Pampanga as
the most improved provinces in Central
Luzon in terms of reducing the
proliferation of illegal drugs.
Bataan has been declared
drug-free with most of the pushers and
users who had surrendered joining the
Aurora was reported as the
most peaceful province with zero crime
Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino,
regional police director, said 65,757
drug pushers and users have surrendered,
with over 13,000 coming from Nueva
He said 3,717 suspected
drug dealers were arrested, 805 of these
in Nueva Ecija.
A total of 307 were killed
during police operations while 343 were
victims of alleged vigilantes.
Meanwhile, Aquino said the
regional police is authenticating an
inter-agency intelligence report that 18
Central Luzon officials, mayors and vice
mayors among them, have links to drug
vice mayor escape ambush try; driver
Cabiao Mayor Ramil Rivera
and Vice Mayor Angelito dela Cruz
escaped an ambush attempt when their
convoy was fired upon in Arayat,
Pampanga last November 9, but the vice
mayor's driver was hit in the back.
Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino,
Region 3 police director, identified the
wounded as Ramon Regalado Agao, driver
of dela Cruz.
It was learned that at
about 11:30 A.M.the mayor and vice mayor
were traveling in separate vehicles
along the Gapan-Olongapo Road on their
way to San Fernando, Pampanga when fired
upon by men aboard a black sedan in
Barangay Santo Niño Tabuan, Arayat,
hitting Agao in the back.
The suspects then fled in
the direction of Nueva Ecija.
Aquino said the motive for
the ambush was yet to be known. ###
mayor, trader post bails for graft
Former Lupao Mayor Richard
Ramos and businesswoman Sheila Marie
Jacalan posted bails last November 8
after surrendering to the San Jose City
police in connection with a graft case
filed against them at the Sandiganbayan.
Ramos ran under the Liberal
Party and served as Lupao mayor for two
terms from 2010 to 2016.
Supt. Reynaldo dela Cruz,
city police chief, said an arrest
warrant was issued against Ramos and
Jacalan for violating the Anti-Graft and
Corrupt Practices Act, by Rodolfo
Ponferrada, chair of the Sandiganbayan
Sixth Division last October 24.
He said the warrant reached
their office on November 8, with the
Sandiganbayan recommending a bail of
P30,000 each for their temporary
The two were immediately
released after posting bail at the sala
of Judge Cynthia Martinez-Florendo of
the San Jose City Regional Trial Court
Branch 39. ###
farmers protest importation
Over 1,000 onion farmers
from Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan and Tarlac
staged a rally in Bongabon last November
11 to protest an alleged syndicate
composed of some agriculture officials
and onion traders selling permits to
Israel Reguyal, president
of Local Onion Growers for National
Economic and Trade Cooperative, said his
group has sent a letter to Director
Vivencio Mamaril of the Bureau of Plant
Industry (BPI) to stop the issuance of
import permits but he has not replied.
The onion farmers said some
unscrupulous businessmen, allegedly
conniving with some BPI officials,
continue to smuggle onions despite the
assurance of the agriculture department
to help local farmers get a steady
return on investments.
cooperative official, said the payment
for import permits collected by the BPI
is P20,000 per container van.
She claimed that around
1,000 container vans arrive weekly at
the ports of Davao, Cagayan de Oro and
The farmers said they could
not compete with the low prices of
imported onions because of the high
production cost of local onions.
Local onions are priced
from P80 to P90 a kilo compared to the
price of imported onions of P28 to
P30 a kilo. ###
They said the anomalous
selling of import permits would mean
death to the local onion industry. ###
Santos-Recto denies running for
Ecija gov in 2019
Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto --
a Novo Ecijana -- denied speculations
that she plans to run for Nueva Ecija
governor in 2019.
The name of Recto has been
floated by her cousin, Cabanatuan City
Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara, as a likely
opponent of Gov. Czarina Umali in 2019.
The mayor's camp is
convinced that only somebody with the
stature of Santos-Recto could end the
reign of the Umalis in the capitol. ###
commends airport worker for
Fourth District Rep.
Magnolia Antonino-Nadres commended an
airport worker for returning a lost
plastic pouch containing cash and bank
cards amounting to P102,457.70.
The item was found in a
pushcart by Valiente Namion, a
wheelchair attendant at the Ninoy Aquino
International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.
He immediately turned it over to the
Lost and Found Section of the
Intelligence and Investigation Division.
:Later, a certain Wendell
Tagapulot from the office of Antonino
claimed the pouch which had been
unintentionally left in the pushcart
when the lawmaker met her granddaughter
at the airport.
Namion was also praised by
Manila International Airport Authority
General Manager Ed Monreal and NAIA
Terminal 1 Manager Dante Basantra for
his honesty. ###
most wanted person arrested
Nueva Ecija's third most
wanted person for being a member of a
criminal group operating in the province
and the Ilocos region was arrested in
Cuyapo last November 4.
Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel,
provincial police director, identified
the suspect as Darwin Villapa, married,
jobless, of Barangay Esmeralda,
Elements from the
Pangasinan provincial police, Balungao
municipal police and Cuyapo police
raided the suspect's hideout at 8:30
A.M. and arrested him without any
The suspect is a member of
the Quinto robbery-hold-up group
involved in gun-for-hire and carnapping.
Cornel said the suspect is
Number 3 in the list of the most wanted
persons of the Cuyapo police. ###
suspect shot dead during singing
A man who was
reported to have been involved in
illegal drug activities and included in
the barangay watch list was shot dead in
Barangay Caalibangbangan, Cabanatuan
City while singing at a neighbor's
Supt. Ponciano Zafra
identified the victim as Benedict Puyat
alias Bumay/Joko, married, of Block 37,
Lot 4, AGL Heights.
He was singing when
repeatedly shot by an unidentified
suspect, who later boarded a waiting
motorcycle driven by a cohort and
The victim died on the spot
from multiple gunshot wounds in the
Aside from illegal drugs,
police are exploring others motives for
the murder. ###