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Sec. Villar bothered by
fund realignment of San Antonio
flood control projects
Department of Public Works
and Highways Sec. Mark Villar was said
to be "deeply bothered" by published
reports that San Antonio Mayor Arvin
Salonga was set to file technical
malversation charges against some local
DPWH officials over the controversial
realignment of funds originally intended
for four flood mitigation projects
totaling P155 million approved under the
2017 General Appropriations Act.
Salonga said DPWH Assistant
Sec. Roberto Bernardo called up last
November 2 and asked for a meeting with
him so the issue of realignment could be
settled once and for all.
Bernardo told the mayor
that Villar was "deeply bothered" by
reports that some of his men were
involved in the controversial fund
realignment and wanted to know the real
score behind the story.
Salonga remained firm that
the P155-million realigned budget should
be returned to San Antonio because it
was solely programmed for the
municipality and they were the ones to
ask for its approval and not the other
The mayor repeated his
accusation that 4th District Rep.
Magnolia Antonino allegedly intervened
resulting in the delay of the
implementation of the San Antonio
projects. The congresswoman allegedly
wanted the funds transferred to the
towns of San Isidro, Jaen and San
The realignment issue
surfaced again after two members of the
DPWH Nueva Ecija 2nd Engineering
District went to the office of
Administrator Hilario Ortiz last October
27 and allegedly tried to bribe the
mayor with P30-million worth of dike
project in Barangay Luyos.
Salonga identified the two
as Engrs. Ricardo Fernandez,
officer-in-charge of the Construction
Section, and Serafin Reyes, project
inspector of the Planning Section, who
allegedly offered the mayor the
P30-million worth of flood mitigation
project that has yet to be funded under
the General Appropriations Act of 2018
in exchange for the original
P155-million worth of projects already
approved by President Duterte under the
Salonga said he is ready to
file technical malversation charges
against the DPWH personnel
involved in the realignment scheme.
nga maging model itong gagawin
nating legal action kontra sa mga
pananabotahe ng ganitong mga
proyekto,” Salonga said.
the Nueva Ecija Chapter of the League
of Municipalities of the Philippines
led by Peñaranda Mayor Ferdinand
Abesamis gave their full support to
mayor's house repeatedly fired
of the late Gapan City Mayor
Ernesto Natividad was strafed by
unidentified men aboard a sports
utility vehicle in the early hours of
Peter Madria, city police chief, said
the wife of the late mayor, Juanita,
sought police assistance after their
house in Barangay San Lorenzo was
fired upon by suspects riding a Toyota
Fortuner at 1:13 A.M.
No one was
hurt in the shooting but the attack
left bullet holes in the steel gate,
plant box and concrete fence of the
told the police that his son-in-law,
Philip Dee of Barangay Santa Cruz was
still awake when the shooting
happened. She said he heard several
shots outside and immediately alerted
Natividads recovered two caliber 9mm
shells and two deformed slugs which
were turned over the police.
also gave a copy of CCTV footage of
the incident showing the suspects'
vehicle driving towards the east.
said they were still investigating the
environment officer attacked by
environment officer of the Cabanatuan
city government was attacked by two
garbage scavengers who barged into a
waste transfer station facility last
Ponciano Zafra, city police chief,
identified the victim as Rodolfo
Bautista, 62, city environment
officer, of Block 5, Barangay Camp
In his complaint, Bautita
said the assault happened at 11:15 A.M.
while he was on duty in the garbage
transfer facility in Barangay San
He said the suspects,
Anatalia Martines, 63, widow, and her
grandson, Gino Buenconsejo, 27, both of
Purok 1, Barangay Valle Cruz, tried to
attack him after they allegedly
trespassed in the facility.
Bautista said the two
were armed with a rake and a knife. He
said he was able to evade the attack.
Charges of assault and
other forms of trespass are set to be
filed against the two at the City
Prosecutor's Office. ###
checkpoint nets 2 with gun,
Two motorcycle-riding men
wearing camouflage uniforms and in
possession of a hand grenade and a
revolver were intercepted at a
checkpoint in Talavera before midnight
last November 7.
Sr. Supt. Eliseo Tanding,
provincial police chief, identified
those arrested as Pedro Caagbay, 35, of 11 EJV Urias St., Tayabas
City, Quezon, and Johnny Ulip, 46, of
Barangay San Jacinto, Victoria, Tarlac.
Two two were nabbed by the
Provincial Intelligence Branch
implementing intensified checkpoint
operations in relation to the 31st ASEAN
Summit in Manila and Pampanga.
Information Office chief, Sr. Insp.
Jacquline Gahid, said the suspects were
stopped at a checkpoint in Barangay San
Ricardo at 11:00 P.M. while riding in
tandem a Suzuki motorcycle.
They were accosted for
their failure to wear helmets and for
wearing military jackets without
Aside from a hand grenade
and a caliber .38 revolver, the two
yielded several identification cards and
extortion letters. ###
Robbery suspect nabbed
Policemen arrested a
robbery suspect with a standing arrest
warrant in a manhunt operation in Santa
Rosa last November 2.
Nabbed in Barangay
Magpapalayok was Jay-Ar Alfaro alias
Kuting, 24, helper, of Barangay Zamora,
used was issued by Judge Ana Marie
Joson-Viterbo of Cabanatuan City Regional
Trial Branch 24.
Sr. Supt. Eliseo Tanding,
provincial police director, said Alfaro
was number three in the town's top 10
most wanted persons.
Alfaro was detained at the
police station for his inability to post
bail worth P60,000. ###
Drunk man arrested for
attempt to molest girl in San Jose
A 49-year old drunk man was
nabbed after he tried to molest a
10-year old vendor at the San Jose Cit
Aglipayan Cemetery last All Saints Day.
Supt. Marco Dades, city
police chief, identified the suspect as
Marcelo Cartilla, driver/mechanic of del
Pilar Street, Zone 4, Barangay R.
The suspects tried to force
the peanut-and-quail-egg vendor, a Grade
5 pupil of Zone 4, Barangay Santo Niño
2nd, to go with him to the cemetery at
Dadez said the suspect had
also touched and hugged the girl.
A concerned citizen saw the
girl being dragged away and asked the
suspect if he was her relative.
The concerned citizen
alerted the police at the cemetery and
the suspect was arrested.
The suspect faced charges
of attempted rape at the City
Prosecutor's Office. ###
Aliaga man hunted for
hitting farmer with a steel pipe
Police were tracking down a
man who escaped after hitting a
40-year-old farmer in the face with a
piece of steel pipe.
The victim, who was
seriously hurt, was identified as Jimmy
Fer Manialong of Barangay Pantoc,
The suspect was Ayan Rivera
of Barangay Bibiclat. He has been
charged with attempted murder.
Rivera reportedly hid at a
dark side of the road in Barangay
Bibiclat at about 8:45 P.M., waited for
the farmer on board his tricycle to pass
and hit him in the face with the steel
The victim was rushed to
Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research
and Medical Center in Cabanatuan Ciy due
to the seriousness of his injury.
The suspect fled after the
Man caught with stolen
game fowl in cockpit arena
A man who brought a stolen
fighting cock to the Peñarada Cockpit
Arena was arrested after the cock's real
owner caught him in that place last
Chief Insp. Ranny Casilla,
San Leonardo police chief, identified
the suspect as Eugene Aberin, 45,
jobless. of Barangay 4, Peñaranda.
Earlier, the robbery
victim, Ronilo Macaspac, 48, a gamecock
breeder, of Barangay Tambo-Adorable, San
Leonardo, complained that two of his
fighting cocks were stolen from his
compound the morning of the same day.
The victim went to the
nearby Peñaranda Cockpit at 2:00 P.M.
and saw the suspect with the stolen
He reported this to the
police which conducted a follow-up
operation that led to the arrest of the
suspect and the recovery of the fowl
valued at P2,500. ###
Illegal bookie joint
raided in Gapan
An alleged Small Time
Lotterhy (STL) bet collector was
arrested and 14 of his cohorts managed
to escape when policemen raided an
illegal bookie joint in Gapan City on
the night of November 11.
Taken in by the police was
Rolando Palon, 53, STL collector, of
Tramo Drive, Barangay San Nicolas.
Supt. Peter Madria, city
police chief, said intelligence
operatives raided the bookie joint at
and caught the suspects in the act of
drawing the winning numbers.
Fourteen other suspects
managed to elude arrest.
They were identified as Rosale
Mendoza, Natividad Barlis, Joan Palon,
Ricky Pereña, Benjamin Palon, Teresa
Azarcon, Armie Palon, Angelina
Santiago, Cindy Palon, Pia May Palon,
Belinda Peralta, Rogelio Palon and
Lerma Iglesias, all of Barangay San
Nicolas, and Jonathan Santos, of
Barangay Santo Niño.
Cofiscated were gambig
paraphernalia, 14 STL identificatkion
cards and P2,735 in bet money.
The arrested suspect
and the 14 others were charged with
illegal gambling at the Gapan
City Prosecutor's Office. ###