lists Ecija cities/towns
76 election hot spots
Thirteen places in Nueva
Ecija are among the 76 towns across the nation that make up the list of
election hot spots released by the Philippine National Police.
Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina
said that aside from Nueva Ecija, the hot spots are in the provinces of
Abra, Masbate, Western Samar and Lanao del Norte which had been placed
under the PNP watch list due to election related violence during the last
The list would be turned
over to the Commission on Elections for appropriate action, including placing
those areas under COMELEC control.
Espina said that the bases
for being classified as an election hot spot are presence of threat groups,
history of intense political rivalry, recorded cases of election related
violent incidents in previous elections and existence of active partisan
Espina said that the proliferation
of loose firearms is another factor. He bared that there are an estimated
6,700 loose firearms in Nueva Ecija alone.
Among the Nueva Ecija cities
and towns traditionally eyed as hot spots are Cabanatuan City, Palayan
City, Gapan City, San Jose City, Carranglan, Gabaldon, Gen. Natividad,
Guimba, Jaen, Lupao, Nampicuan, Pantabangan, Quezon, Rizal, San Isidro,
Santa Rosa and Santo Domingo. ###
politicos say 'amen' to PNP's 'election hot spot' tag
Contending politicians in
Nueva Ecija all agree with the Philippine National Police's assessment
that the province is an election hot spot, including the possibility of
the province being placed under the control of the Commission on Elections
Gov. Aurelio M. Umali said
that had not the province been placed under COMELEC control in the 2007
elections, his chance of winning would have been nil.
Umali is set to run for reelection.
His wife, 3rd Dist. Cherry Umali, is also running for reelection, while
his brother, Dr. Anthony Umali, is running as board member in the Third
Vice Gov. Edward Thomas Joson,
Umali's main rival for the governorship, also supports placing the province
under COMELEC control. ###
candidate claims harassment
A 2007 mayoral candidate
in Quezon town who is allied with Gov. Aurelio Umali claimed that the attack
by bonnet wearing armed men on his brother in Barangay San Miguel was harassment.
Dennis Alejandro, 33, asked
the Nueva Ecija police to investigate the attack on his brother Alvin,
27, last December 2 as this could be a tactic to scare him into withdrawing
his candidacy in the next elections. He is running for councilor under
the ticket of mayoralty candidate Thomas Hizon.
His brother Alvin had complained
that two of three unknown suspects poked guns at his head and asked if
he knew Art and Dennis Alejandro. When he denied knowing the two, a suspect
told him that he was lying, and another punched him in the face. Afterwards,
the suspects left on two motorcycles without plate numbers.
The elder Alejandro also
asked for a revamp of the Quezon police. ###
explodes near house of Jaen mayor's secretary
A grenade exploded near the
house of the secretary of reelectionist Jaen Mayor Santiago Austria last
Sr. Supt. Ricardo C. Marquez,
provincial police director, said that Austria's secretary, Marinette Bandallon,
An unidentified man threw
the grenade at Bandallon's house in Barangay Niyugan at about 1:45 AM.
Marquez said that a long-standing
feud between neighbors over the issue of right of way was a possible motive,
and initially ruled out politics.
It was the second grenade
throwing incident in the province in two weeks.
Earlier, a grenade was thrown
at the house of Bongabon election officer Pacifico Gijapo who escaped unhurt.
Umali-Umali team ups no more
The Umalis and Josons, the
two top political families in the province, have decided to forego the
Joson-Joson and Umali-Umali team ups.
Vice Gov. Edward Thomas F.
Joson, the standard bearer for governor of Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija
(BALANE) has tapped Sr. Board Member Rommel Padilla as his running mate.
This ended 12 years of a Joson-Joson tandem.
The pairing of the Josons
started in 1998 when Tomas Joson III ran for a second term with his brother
Eduardo IV as his running mate. After the duo won, they ran for reelection
Tomas III then ran for his
last term in 2004 with another brother, Mariano Cristino, as his running
mate. In 2007, it was Mariano Cristino's turn to run for governor,
with his nephew Edward Thomas as his running mate. Mariano Cristino lost;
Edward Thomas won.
A Joson ally, San Antonio
Mayor Arvin Salonga, said that the move for a Joson-Padilla tandem only
showed that the Josons are not power-hungry as claimed by their critics.
Over at the Umali side, Gov.
Aurelio Umali who ended 48 years of Joson administration when he beat Mariano
Cristino in 2007, has named businessman Gay Padiernos as his running mate.
There had been speculations that his younger brother, Emmanuel Antonio
Umali, would be his running mate.
The younger Umali will run
instead for board member in the Third District.
Somebody close to the Umalis
said that the governor never intended to field his brother but speculations
to the contrary grew when Emmanuel Antonio's streamers and banners began
to be seen all over the province. Another source said that Umali decided
not to make his brother his running mate after the latter did not do well
in a commissioned survey. ###
holds out of town hearing for 2010 budget
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan
(SP) began a series of hearings for the proposed P1.7 billion budget for
2010 outside the capitol grounds.
The SP, led by Vice Gov.
Edward Thomas F. Joson, held the deliberations at the audio-visual room
of the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology in Cabanatuan City.
Joson said that the move
was taken to make the hearing more accessible to the public and show the
transparency of the proceedings.
Present in the session were
Joson's board member allies Rommel Padilla, Racquel Agapito, Melchor Morales,
Eric Salazar and SK president Lance Jarwin Santos. Joson said that the
six of them constituted a quorum based on the newly revised SP internal
Invited to the hearing were
the chiefs of the finance committee consisting of Randolph Alingig, budget;
Emil Ferrer, planning and development; Edilberto Pancho, treasurer; and
Arlene Cuevas who represented Cristina Roxas who was on emergency leave.
The proposed 2010 budget
is P210 million more than that of last year, with a total of P548 million
allocated to personal services. ###
power plant breaks ground in San Leonardo...
The ambassadors of the United
Kingdom and Finland led the groundbreaking rites for the construction of
a 17.5 megawatt biomass power plant in San Leonardo.
The $43 million biomass facility
is being put up by Global Green Power PLC Corp., partially owned by Global
Green Power PLD of the UK, and Green Power Nueva Ecija Philippines Inc.
David de Montaigne, Global
Green president, said that the construction of the plant would take 18
months. It is expected to provide around 900 direct and indirect jobs and
deliver an estimated P200 million in its first year of operation and an
aggregate earning of P9 billion over 25 years for the local farming and
host community. This is through the purchase of local fuels and associated
services such as transport and operations.
Green Power Nueva Ecija will
use agricultural and food processing wastes -- normally burned in the field
or left to rot -- as fuel.
The groundbreaking rites
were attended by British Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lilly, Finnish
Ambassador Heikki Hannikainen, Energy Undersecretary Ramon Santos and Agriculture
Undersecretary Bernie Fondevilla and local officials. ###
and in Santa Rosa, too
Santa Rosa Mayor Josefino
M. Angeles led the ground breaking ceremony for a Biosphere biomass
power plant in Barangay Soledad last December 15.
The project, with Spectrum
Blue Steel as the lead proponent, will turn waste into energy and help
get rid of landfill sites.
Under a 25 year agreement,
the Santa Rosa municipal government purchased a two hectare site for the
project and provided access road so garbage trucks can deliver municipal
solid waste to the material recycling facility and the Biosphere gassification
system. Spectrum, on the other hand, will collect all tipping fees for
the municipal solid waste and own the recycling rights and the pelletizing
of the the garbage for use as fuel in creating "green" electricity.
During the affair, Angeles
said that he would do everything necessary to help the project succeed.
He thanked Ronald Flynn, founder of Spectrum Blue Steel, for his genuine
concern for the Philippines and finalizing the agreement to fix the town's
worsening garbage problem. ###
Science High among 15 pilot schools for Spanish language teaching
The Honorato C. Perez Memorial
Science High School in Cabanatuan City is among 15 secondary schools nationwide
that is pilot testing the teaching of Spanish.
This is under an agreement
between the Department of Education (DepEd) and the University of Alcala
in Spain for the inclusion of the Spanish language program in the high
school curriculum to strengthen cultural ties between the Philippines and
Spanish used to be a regular
high school subject but was dropped in the 1970s and became a subject taught
only in college. In the 1990s, the course was totally removed from
the college curriculum.
“Bringing back the Spanish
language in the school curriculum would help us understand and connect
with our past. Many of the works of our forefathers, including our national
hero Jose Rizal, which were written in Spanish, remain significant up to
this day,” DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus said.
The University of Alcala
in Madrid is one of the oldest universities in Europe. The 500 year
old institution is known for its active efforts in promoting Spanish language
through studies and the Cervantes Price, an award given by the King and
Queen of Spain for lifetime achievements of writers in the Spanish language.
The DepEd and the university
agreed to implement programs to strengthen the academic, educational and
cultural activities that will benefit both parties, such as the inclusion
of Spanish language in the curriculum of the 15 pilot secondary schools
in the Philippines.
Last June, Spanish was included
in the curriculum of the pilot schools as an elective. The schools
were chosen based on mean percentage score in English, ability to provide
substitute teachers to take over the classes of teachers undergoing training
and the availability of classrooms, support facilities and equipment.
Aside from the Honorato C.
Perez Memorial Science High School in Region III, the other schools implementing
the Spanish language program are Ilocos Norte National High School (Region
I), Lemu National HS (Cagayan, Region II), Cavite Science HS (Region IV-A),
Dolores National HS (Marinduque, Region IV-B), Naga City Science HS (Region
V), Capiz National HS (Region VI), Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial HS (Region
IX), Gusa National HS (Region X), Davao City Special School (Region XI),
Tupi National HS (Region XII), Agusan National HS (Caraga), Ifugao Provincial
Science HS (CAR), Quezon City Science HS (NCR), and ARMM Science HS (ARMM).
Selected teachers from the
pilot schools were also trained under the supervision of the Instituto
de Cervantes and the Bureau of Secondary Education to effectively implement
the program. ###
Two men held up a cashier
of former Vice Gov. Oscar Tinio last December 8 along Imelda Boulevard,
Barangay Diversion, San Leonardo.
The victim, Molina Muyot
Juatco, 34, of Barangay Bonifacio, San Leonardo works at a fishpond owned
The victim was driving her
motorcycle on her way home when she was tailed and cut by another
motorcycle without plate number, with the two suspects on board.
Juatco lost control of her
motorcycle, drove into a roadside rice field and fell. The suspects then
pointed a gun at her and forcibly took her shoulder bag containing P15,000
in cash and two cell phones.
The victim managed to identify
the suspects from the police rogue gallery as Alvin Malaca Pangan of Barangay
Mambangnan, San Leonardo and Sherwin Balang Dag-Ay of Barangay Poblacion,
Baliuag, Bulacan. ###
depositor gypped of P200k inside bank
A bank depositor in Gapan
City lost P200,000 to a woman who pretended to be a bank employee last
The victim, Eng. Ricardo
Felizardo Cabrero of Barangay Mangino, said that while he was inside the
Banco de Oro Gapan City branch to deposit P200,000, a woman wearing a uniform
similar to those worn by the bank employees approached him and asked what
he would like to transact. Thinking that the woman was indeed a bank employee,
the victim turned over the money to her together with a deposit slip. The
woman then entered the area occupied by the bank tellers.
After waiting for a long
time and seeing the woman leave at the back of the bank, he checked with
the other bank employees who all denied that they knew her.
Cabrero reported the incident
to the police. Placed under investigation were Imelda Manuel, branch manager,
and employees Floritel dela Cruz, Ruby Bernardo and security guard Juanito
mill worker stabbed dead
A 26 year old rice mill helper
was stabbed dead by a colleague last December 13 in Purok Kamalig, Barangay
Bangad, Cabanatuan City.
The victim, Emmanuel de Jesus,
a native of Las Piñas City and a stay-in helper at Lumba Rice Mill,
sustained two stab wounds in the chest.
The crime was discovered
when the suspect, Mario Taluogon alias Commando, of Barangay Bantug, San
Miguel, Bulacan texted Jerry Torres Cano, a stay-in driver at the rice
mill, that he had stabbed de Jesus because of an altercation earlier that
morning. Cano checked and found the body of the victim inside the helpers'
The suspect managed to escape.