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NE to have P100-M drug rehab center

Upon the initiative of the Nueva Ecija councilors' league, a P100 million drug rehabilitation facility will be built in Cabanatuan City within the year.

San Antonio Sangguniang Bayan Member Renan Morales, the league's vice president, will provide a five-hectare site in the Morales property in Barangay Bakod Bayan, Cabanatuan City,

The center can accommodate from 500 to 1,000 drug dependents with facilities for treatment and reformation.

Morales said it is his personal advocacy to help drug dependents to return to their normal lives.

He said the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. has pledged support for the project through its health programs.

The 300 members of the Philippine Councilors' League of Nueva Ecija committed to allocate at lest P300,000 each from their allowances for the facility which will be directly supervised by the provincial league.

For his part, Vice Gov. Jose GP Padiernos said the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will include fund allocation for the center in its 2017 budget.,

Chief. Supt. Aaron Aquino, Region 3 police director, said the project will be biggest drug rehabilitation center in Central Luzon. He assured technical assistance for the center in the form of psychiatrists, psychologists and experts in drug rehabilitation with the support of various government agencies.

Since July 1, some 9,000 illegal drug pushers have surrendered in the province, majority of them wishing to undergo rehabilitation. ###

Dingalan to become the 28th Ecija town?

The municipality of Dingalan in the southern portion of Aurora province is looking at the possibility of joining Nueva Ecija.

Dingalan Mayor Shierwin Taay said he is open to an old proposal to incorporate his town to Nueva Ecija but only if the residents vote for it in a referendum.

He said he would like to have a dialogue first with the leadership of Aurora, including Governor Gerardo Noveras and former three-term governor Bellaflor Angra-Castillo to see if it is more practical to be part of Nueva Ecija than Aurora.

Some local groups in Dingalan have been pressing their town's transfer to Nueva Ecija citing the accessibility of Palayan City through well-paved roads in Gabaldon and Laur, with the trip taking less than hour. On the other hand, travel to Auroral's capital, Baler, takes three hours through a route that passes the Nueva Ecija towns of Bongabon, Rizal and Pantabangan.

Dingalan residents complain that the isolation of their town results in scant attention from the national government and the Aurora provincial government. Residents needing medical attention go to Cabanatuan City instead of Baler.

Taay said that initially, the jurisdiction of national government agencies could be transferred to Nueva Ecija from Aurora. He mentioned Social Security System, Government Service Insurance System., National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Philippine Statistics Authority, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Philippine National Police.

The transfer of Dingalan from Aurora to Nueva Ecija was first proposed by former First District Rep. Renato Diaz in the 1990s.

Diaz said Dingalan would make an ideal port for Nueva Ecija which is a land-locked province.

The proposal was opposed by Angara-Castillo who said she would do everything to block the move.

Former Fourth District Rep. Rodolfo Antonino also showed interest in the annexation of Dingalan to Nueva Ecija but this did not prosper. ###

Ombudsman upholds indictment of Cabiao treasurer for falsification

The Office of the Ombudsman has upheld the indictment of Cabiao Municipal Treasurer Josephine Caingat for falsification of public documents.

The treasurer made it appear that a certain Melanie Mina had received and endorsed a check for P200,000 and had authorized her to encash it.

An investigation proved that the signatures on one of the checks issued to pay for the purchase of a property owned by Mina was considerably different from her actual signature as shown in her complaint-affidavit, tax identification number card and postal IDs.

It was also found that the Government Service Insurance System and local government IDs used in endorsing the check actually belonged to Caingat.

The Ombudsman resolution said that “only Caingat could have received and endorsed the check for P200,000” and that she “failed to prove that she was authorized to endorse it on complainant Mina’s behalf”.

The Ombudsman also noted that Caingat made no effort to explain why and how her government IDs turned up in facilitating the transaction.

“Such omission further indicates her wrongful intent to misrepresent and conceal an irregular, if not anomalous, transaction,” the resolution added. ###

Suansing files bill to stop collection of irrigation fee

First Dist. Rep. Estrellita Suansing has filed a bill to stop the collection of irrigation fees.

In her explanatory note, she said the agriculture sector is the backbone of the national economy and farmers and farm workers who constitute the vast majority of the population till the lands for the livelihood and for the benefit of the nation as a whole.

She said that the government adopts the World Bank principle that water resource is a commodity and has been implementing various finance mechanisms to collect irrigation service fees (ISF) from farmers.

She called exorbitant the ISFs that farmer-beneficiaries are forced to pay for the National Irrigation System program of the National Irrigation Administration and Irrigators Associations under the Communal Irrigation Systems.

“This has led to huge amount of back accounts or unpaid ISFs. These back accounts, which are imposed with penalties and interests have further burdened the already poor farmers with bigger debts,” Suansing stressed.

Suansing pointed out that despite the fact that water, as a natural resource, belongs to the people and should not be subjected to the control and utilization of local and foreign big corporations for profit, the government promotes the privatization of water services to the sole advantage of private businesses and to the detriment of the people, especially the farmers. ###

10 Central Luzon mayors, vice mayors in 2nd drug list

Ten mayors and vice mayors in Central Luzon, including from Nueva Ecija, are in the second list of illegal drug protectors.

This was confirmed by Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino, Region 3 police director, during the mass oath-taking of some 1,200 surrenderees under Project Tokhang held at the Talavera High School gymnasium.

Aquino refused to identify those in the second list submitted to Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Roxas.

During the affair organized by Mayor Nerivi Santos-Martinez and Supt. Leo Novilla, Talavera police chief, Aquino mentioned that over 100 policemen needing reformation have been transferred to Mindanao, with another 100 to follow.

Among those who participated in the Talavera mass oath-taking were one barangay chair and the family of the so-called shabu queen from Barangay Bakal 2 who was killed last July. ###

9 illegal drug suspects killed

A total of nine illegal drug suspects were killed in different places in the province.

Supt. Ponciano Zafra, new Cabanatuan City police chief, said the body of Rodante Abellaneda, 31, of Barangay Aduas Sur was found by the roadside in a private subdivision in Barangay Hermogenes Concepcion.

The head of the victim was wrapped with a piece of cloth, and a cardboard sign left on the body saying “To my fellow robbers and (drug) addicts. Go ahead and be like me.”

Still in Cabanatuan City, John Kenneth Cinneza Biernes, 24, of Tomacruz Street, Barangay Bantug Bulalo was killed during a buy-bust operation. He shot an undercover policeman triggering a firefight. He was in the police drug watch list.

In Gapan City, Roderick Alfonso, 37, tricycle driver, was shot dead by a masked motorcycle-riding man.,

In General Natividad, Chief Insp. Rex Perocho, police chief, reported that Allan Viernes of Barangay Aduas Sur, Cabanatun City was killed after engaging policemen in a running gun battle.

Viernes and his unidentified companion were riding a motorcycle and refused to stop when flagged down at a checkpoint in Barangay Platero. Viernes, the back rider, fired at pursuing policemen and fell down. His companion managed to escape.

In Jaen,  Norberto dela Cruz, 28, and Dahlea Gonzales, 32, of Barangay Niyugan, were shot at by unidentified motorcycle-riding men while waiting for a ride home.

Dela Cruz, Number 10 in the police drug watch list and accused of attempted homicide, died on the spot. His companion survived and admitted to the police that she was engaged in selling shabu.

The two were among those who surrendered to the police recently under Project Tokhang.

In Zaragoza, Jerry Antonio, a student of Floriano Bao-Sadian Technical Vocational
School in Barangay del Pilar was shot repeatedly by a lone gunman.

The victim and two classmates were eating snacks outside the campus when the motorcycle-riding gunman arrived, shot him and escaped.

In Bongabon, Alberto Constantino, 46, of Barangay Santor and Number 7 in the police drug watch list, was killed by an unidentified suspect. He recently surrendered under Oplan Tokhang

In San Antonio, Renato Enriquez, 40, tricycle driver, of Barangay Poblacion, was killed by two hooded, motorcycle-riding men. He was Number 7 in the Top 10 list of provincial dug personalities.

In Pantabangan, Victorino Ramirez Gajis, 39, of Barangay Sampalok was hot dead during a buy-bust operation in Sitio Guevarra, Barangay Poblacion at about 12:30 P.M.last August 3. ###

4 pushers arrested

Four suispected illegal drug pushers were arrested in a series of buy-bust operations in different places in  Nueva Ecia.

Reports reaching Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, identified those arrested as Felix dela Cruz Gonzales, 49, of Purok 7, Barangay Julo, SanAntonio; Eric Palomo Mariñas, 31, of Barangay Papaya, San Antonio; and Albeto Aliga Bocobo, 33, of Barangay Santigo, Aliaga. ###

LBC Cabanatuan branch robbed

A branch of LBC Express, Inc. in Cabanatuan City was robbed by an unidentified man last August 3.

Victimized was the LBC branch at the city public market, at the corner of Melencio and Crisostomo Streets in Barangy Sanbermecristi.

Supt. Ponciano Zafra, city police OIC, said the suspect, posing as a customer, entered the establishment at 7:42 A.M.

He then grabbed the customer associate, Regine Adao, 23, single of Purok 3, Barangay Sumacab Norte, and held her at gunpoint while taking P7,439 from the counter. ###

San Jose dentist robbed of cell phone

A lady dentist in San Jose City lost her cell phone to an unidentified man who posed as a patient and even used her clinic's toilet last August 4.

Supt. Reynaldo dela Cruz, city police chief, identified the victim as Dr. Boots Palacio, 35, single, of Zone 9, Saint Cecilia Village, Barangay Abar 1st.

The incident happened inside the BHP Dental Clinic along A.O. Pascual Street, Barangay F.E. Marcos at 11:00 A.M.

Investigation showed that the victim left her Samsung S7 cell phone on her table inside the clinic when when went out to go to a nearby store. When she returned, she discovered her phone missing.

Her secretary, Melody Grace Legaspi, said an unidentified man came to inquire and later left after using the clinic's toilet.

The dentist's boyfriend, Maylrick Tomas, contacted her cell phoe and was answered by a man who introduced himself as Bernie Perez. He told Tomas to meet him at the nearby Magic Mall to retrieve the stolen phone.

The suspect did not show up. ###

2 Pantabangan boys electrocuted

Two boys were electrocuted while playing outside their house in Pantabangan last August 5.

The fatalities were Renz Barcelo, 3, and Reymark Manalang, 6, both of sitio Kalamansian, Barangay West Poblacion.

Sr. Insp. Roderick Corpuz, police chief, said the victims died shortly after the mother of Renz, Gemalyn, arrived home at 1:15 P.M. after washing clothes in a nearby river.

Gemalyn saw the two boys playing outside but after 15 minutes, they were gone.

She later found her son unconscious on the ground with  fallen electrical cable under his back, and other boy lying beside him.

Gemalyn tried to hold her son but was jolted by electric shock.

She used a wooden stick to move the electrical cable and rushed the boys to the Rural Health Unit but the two were declared dead on arrival. ###

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