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
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,
The center can accommodate
from 500 to 1,000 drug dependents with
facilities for treatment and
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
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
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. ###
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
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
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
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
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. ###
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
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
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. ###
files bill to stop collection of
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
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
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.
Luzon mayors, vice mayors in 2nd
Ten mayors and vice mayors
in Central Luzon, including from Nueva
Ecija, are in the second list of illegal
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
Aquino refused to identify
those in the second list submitted to
Philippine National Police Chief Ronald
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. ###
drug suspects killed
A total of nine illegal drug suspects
were killed in different places in the
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
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
The two were among those
who surrendered to the police recently
under Project Tokhang.
In Zaragoza, Jerry Antonio,
a student of Floriano Bao-Sadian
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
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. ###
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. ###
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. ###
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
Supt. Reynaldo dela Cruz,
city police chief, identified the victim
as Dr. Boots Palacio, 35, single, of
Zone 9, Saint Cecilia Village, Barangay
The incident happened
inside the BHP Dental Clinic along A.O.
Pascual Street, Barangay F.E. Marcos at
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
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
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. ###