The Court of Appeals has
reinstated Pantabangan Mayor Lucio Uera
who had been dismissed from the service
by the Office of the Ombudsman for
suspending municipal employees without
justification in 2005.
The decision, written by
Associate Justice Stephen Cruz and
concurred in by Associate Justices Myra
Garcia-Fernandez and Carmelita
Salandanan-Manahan, reversed and set
aside the Ombudsman's dismissal order.
The CA ordered the
reinstatement of Uera, declaring him the
incumbent mayor of Pantabangan.
The case arose from a
memorandum order issued by Uera for the
preventive suspension of complainants
Antonio Capia, Elizabeth Huerta, Enrico
Tagle, Guillermo Mendoza and several
other municipal employees for six months
without pay for various offenses
including unauthorized absences.
The CA decision noted that
there was no substantial evidence to
show that the issuance of Uera's
memoranda were made for personal or
selfish ends, nor was there a reasonable
ground to believe that Uera acted in a
capricious, whimsical and arbitrary
manner, with conscious and deliberate
intent to do injustice to others. ###
gets $2.2-M loan
The local government of
Pantabangan signed a 12-year loan
agreement worth $2.2 million or
P100.3 million with EastWest Banking
Corporation for town development.
One-half of the loan
proceeds will go to farm-to-market
roads, including the construction and
total rehabilitation of roads in six
barangays to enable the efficient
transport of farm products.
The rest of the amount will
go to the construction of a transport
terminal for public utility buses,
jeepneys and tricycles on a 1,000 square
meter lot owned by the local government.
The improvement in
transport is expected to boost tourism
and agriculture in Pantabangan.
EastWest said the
Pantabangan development project is in
line with the bank's thrust of improving
the lives of the communities it serves.
The Department of Justice
(DOJ) has filed charges of human
trafficking, illegal recruitment and
estafa against the recruiters of
Indonesia death row inmate May Jane
Veloso was also cited as
state witness in the charges against her
recruiters, Ma. Cristina Sergio and
This is the first charge
against the two in connection with the
The two, currently detained
at the provincial jail, are also facing
trial for large-scale illegal
recruitment filed by three other Novo
Ecijanos last May.
The justice department,
through the National Prosecution
Service, accused Sergio, Lacanailao and
a third person identified only as "Ike"
of exploiting Veloso by taking advantage
of her vulnerability and pretending to
give her legitimate overseas employment
as a domestic helper in Malaysia.
Once in Malaysia, the
accused did not provide the victim with
the promised job and instead, "the
accused then and there duped, deceived,
manipulated and prevailed upon the
victim through a scheme to go to
Indonesia with a suitcase provided by
the accused and which contained illegal
drugs, thereby deceiving and
manipulating the victim to carry and
transport the illegal drugs to
Indonesia, without the consent and
against the will of the victim.”
The DOJ said Sergio and
Lacanilao recruited Veloso without first
securing a license or authority from the
On the other hand, the
estafa charge said the two and Ike
misrepresented themselves as people who
could provide Veloso with a job as a
domestic helper in Malaysia and
allegedly made her pay them P7,000 in
voters to enjoy mall registration
The Commission on Elections
(COMELEC) said Gapan City voters who
want to register or update their
personal data can go to a
registration booth at Walter Mart
Gapan on July 31 and August 1.
The Gapan City mall is
among several Walter Mart branches in
six Luzon provinces that will be tapped
by COMELEC for the registration of
voters for the 2016 elections.
booths are already scheduled at Walter
Mart Makiling, Laguna (July 15); Walter
Mart Calamba, Laguna (July 17); Walter
Mart Tanauan, Batangas (July 17); Walter
Mart San Fernando, Pampanga (July 17 and
18); Walter Mart Guiguinto, Bulacan
(July 25); Walter Mart Gen. Trias,
Cavite (July 25); Walter Mart Sta.
Maria, Bulacan (July 31); and Walter
Mart Plaridel, Bulacan (July 31 and
COMELEC Chair Andres
Bautista said they want to bring the
success of mall registration in Metro
Manila to the provinces.
“During regular days in
local COMELEC offices, only a handful go
in to register. With these [Metro
Manila] results, it only shows that
people will even bear long lines inside
malls just to be able to register,” he
to protect Gabaldon forest
A total of 30 residents of
Gabaldon joined the Wildlife Enforcement
Officer (WEO) training program to help
protect the forests of Mount Mingan, a
part of the the Sierra Madre mountain
The program aimed to equip
volunteer forest guards with basic
knowledge on environment laws and
The Gabaldon volunteers
include farmers, tricycle drivers,
vendors, loggers and bulldozer
In partnership with the
Department of Environment and
Natural Resources (DENR) and the local
government of Gabaldon, the volunteers
will monitor and protect forests in the
Sierra Madre, the country's longest
mountain range, and wildlife like the
The Gabaldon eagle, a
juvenile Philippine eagle, was last
spotted in Mount Mingan in 2014.
The program is jointly
sponsored by German International
Cooperation, DENR, Birdlife
International, Toyota, Zoological
Society of London-Edge Program, Haribon
Foundation and the municipality of
councilor hurt in slay try
A Sangguniang Bayan member
of Peñaranda was wounded in an ambush
staged by unidentified men last July 6.
The victim was identified
as Wilfredo Abesamis, 59 years old, of
Sitio Santo Niño, Barangay San Josef.
He was rushed by responding
policemen to Good Samaritan Hospital in
Gapan City for treatment.
Abesamis, driving a pick-up
truck, was about to enter his compound
at 9:20 P.M. when he heard gunshots from
the left side.
He drove the pick-up away
from the compound but the armed men
chased him and continued firing, hitting
him in the back and arm.
Recovered from the scene
were 11 shells, a slug and two caliber
.45 metal fragments.
The motive for the attack
is being looked into. ###
Girl dies in Bongabon
A 13-year-old girl was
killed while three others were wounded
in a stabbing spree by their
grandmother's alleged lover in Bongabon
last July 3.
The fatality, Jaselliet
Wakit, was stabbed 16 times by Isidro
Bulandos, a former traffic enforcer who
reportedly had a relationship with her
Wounded in the attack were
Wakit's grandmother, Juliet Quigas, 51,
and her two siblings Jerson Kurt, 8, and
Gian Dave, 7.
Ins. Alexander Pranada,
Bongabon deputy police chief, said one
of the siblings told police that they
heard noise from the victim's room and
when they went to check, they saw the
suspect stabbing the girl.
Bulandos then turned his
attention on the other victims and
It was learned that the
suspect wanted to reach a settlement
with the Wakit family after he was
charged with molesting the eldest child
The suspect managed to
escape, leaving behind the knife used in
the attack. ###
self after pa's scolding
The body of a 17-year-old
college student was found hanging,
apparently a victim of suicide, after
being scolded by his father for coming
The victim was identified
as Nelson Punzalan of Barangy Subul,
His body, with a blanket
tied around the neck, was discovered by
his mother in a nipa hut near their
house at 8:30 A.M. last July 3.
It was learned that the
night before, the victim was confronted
by his father, Reynaldo, 49, for coming
home late and drunk.
The victim ignored his
father and went to the adjacent nipa hut
Early the following
morning, the father woke up the victim
so he could prepare himself for school
but the son he would get out of bed
later since his classes were in the
That was the last time the
victim was seen alive. ###
Man arrested for drawing
gun in Pantabangan town hall
A man was arrested
for allegedly drawing his pistol during
a confrontation between two groups in
the compound of the Pantabangan
Arrested was Arjay
Villaflor, 39, who yielded an unlicensed
Police are verifying
information that Villaflor is a
bodyguard of a local politician.
It was learned that
Villaflor allegedly drew his gun and
when accosted was unable to present
documents showing his gun is licensed.
He was detained at the
police station and faces charges of
illegal possession of firearm. ###
employee raped, killed
A lady employee of a
motorcycle company was allegedly raped
and killed by a tricycle driver in
Cuyapo last July 14.
Supt. Cherry Lou Donato,
spokesperson of Police Regional Office
3, said the victim was Mary Jane
Villanueva, single, an employee of SYM
Motors and resident of Barangay San
The victim was found naked
and dead in the living room of her house
at about 10:30 P.M.
She had several bruises on
the face and neck.
The suspect, Johnson
Lacurom, 31, tricycle driver and the
victim's neighbor, was arrested after
Barangay Chair Rainier Mangabat alerted
the Cuyapo police and barangay tanods.
A witness said the suspect was seen in
front of the victim's house at 9:00 P.M.
The victim was heard shouting for help
at around 10:20 P.M.
Another witness who was
awakened by the commotion inside the
victim's house, saw the suspect fleeing.
He joined the other residents in chasing
the suspect until he was caught. ###
P1-M seized in Guimba checkpoint
Shabu with a street value
of almost P1 million was confiscated
from two cousins at a police checkpoint
in Barangay Cavite, Guimba last July 5.
The suspects, Arthur
Corpuz, 33, and Hannibal Corpuz, both of
Barangay Pandalla, Science City of
Muñoz, were also found carrying a hand
The suspects were aboard a
car registered to a certaiun Carlo
Gutierrez of Zamboanga Street, Nayong
Kaunlaran, Quezon City. Found inside was
half a kilo of shabu worth almost P1
Supt. Ricardo Villanueva,
Provincial Public Safety Command chief,
said the illegal drug came from
The suspects face charges
of violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act
and illegal possession of explosive. ###
into NEECO II area office
Robbers broke into the
office of Nueva Ecija II Electric
Cooperative-Area 1 (NEECO II-Area 1) in
Barangay Malasin, Santo Domingo last
Edgar Allan Parungao, NEECO
II-Area 1 manager, said that based on
CCTV footage, the suspects entered the
premises by destroying the iron grills
at the back window.
Among the items carted away
were a caliber.38 revolver, a 12-gauge
shotgun and a pair of new Converse shoes
worth P3,000. ###
Unidentified men entered
and robbed Nail Varnish and Spa owned by
Ruitz Mara Dizon-Andres in Barangay
The break-in was discovered
bty Corazon Dagman-Valdez, manicurist,
48, of Barangay Lomboy when she opened
the shop at about 10:30 A.M.
The robbers took a P7,000
wristwatch, 30 miniature bottles of
assorted cologne worth P12.000, three
kilos of frozen tocino and P1,320 in
Investigators said the
suspects entered by destroying the
window in the toilet at the back of the