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Biggest part of DWPH budget in Central Luzon earmarked for NE

Nueva Ecia is getting the largest part of the P6.3 billion budget set by the national government for infrastructure projects in Central Luzon this year.

Antonio Molano, Jr., Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional director, said the fund for Nueva Ecija amounts to P6.3 billion, followed by Tarlac, P5 billion; Pampanga, P4 billion; Bulacan, P2.7 billion; Zambales, P2.2 billion; Aurora, P1.19 billion, and Bataan, P1.5 billion.

The DPWH plans to step up spending to finish major road networks in the region that include the Baler-Casiguran Road and the Canili Bypass Road in Aurora and some 40 bridges and flood control projects.

Lorie Malaluan, assistant regional director, said included in the fund are those for foreign-assisted projects.

Arthur Santos, regional planing officer, said projects along the Maharlika Highway, Manila North Road and Jose Abad Santos Avenue will be fully implemented. ###


Talugtog road to be funded by 'Bottom-up Budgeting'

The rehabilitation of a farm-to-market road in Talugtog is among the five projects in Central Luzon to be funded by P58.5 million from the over P1 billion Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) funds meant to attain grown in the region.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, who visited Nueva Ecija for barangay consultations on the BuB, said aside from the Talugtog project, also lined up are the concreting of a local road in Concepcion, Tarlac; a  flood control project in Maria Aurora, Aurora; the provision of Phase II Potable Water Supply in San Manuel, Tarlac; and the construction of an evacuation facility in Obando, Bulacan.

“BuB funds are directly released to the municipalities. By helping local governments provide basic social services, improve disaster preparedness and build local roads through fiscal transfers from the national government, we improve governance at the local level, create meaningful devolution, and make municipalities our partners in sustaining the country’s growth momentum,” Abad explained.

He said the BuB program will be expanded next year to cover all barangays nationwide. Called Barangay BuB, the program will provide a subsidy of P1 million to each barangay and will aid barangays in better formulating poverty reduction action plans and monitoring the delivery of basic services in the communities. ###


2 bodies in burned car identified

The two bodies found on the floor and in the baggage compartment of a burned car in Talavera last January 17 have been positively identified by their family members.

Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, said dental records presented by the family of Loida Bustamante Rivas of Barangay M.S. Garcia, Cabanatuan City confirmed that it was her body that was found in the car's compartment.

Meanwhile, family members of Peter Palapal of Zaragoza identified that it was he who was inside the car.

Cornel said Rivas' mother narrated that she called her daughter after she left to go to a beauty salon and learned that she was with Palapal.

At 11:30 P.M. that night, Barangay Chair Marcelo Marcial of Dimasalang Sur, Talavera called for the help of  firemen after receiving reports of a burning car in the area. Two burned bodies were later discovered -- one inside the vehicle and another in the baggage compartment.

Cornel said the following day, Elizabeth tried to contact her daughter by phone but a man answered saying "Patay na si Loida; pasensiya nadamay siya kay Palapal".

Investigators believe that the real target of the killing was Palapal who was once a police asset and had allegedly been involved in some criminal activities in the province. ###


2 die, 18 hurt in four-way collision

Two persons died while 19 others were hurt when four vehicles were invlved in a collision in Santo Domingo on the night of January 21.

The fatalities were identified as Wilfredo Navarette, 52, married, of Barangay. Liberty, Pantabangan, driver of Victory Liner bus with plate number CXT-465; and Roberto Custodio, 41, married, of Barangay Andal Aliño, Talavera, driver of an Isuzu forward truck with plate number XDL-883 registered to Benjie Verdadero.

Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, said also involved in the collision were a silver Nissan Frontier Navara (NIQ-791) and a Nissan Urvan Shuttle (BCC-706), driven respectively by Verdadero, 38, married, palay trader, of 179 Barangay Andal Aliño, Talavera, and Joel Dassun, married, of Barangay Maguillin, Piat, Cagayan.

The accident happened along the provincial road in Purok 1, Barangay Santo Rosario, Santo Domingo at 10:30 P.M.

Among the injured were passengers of the Victory Liner bus identified as Jaime, Taduran, 57, his wife Rosalie, 50, and their children, Harold, 18, Jean Heater, 9, and David, 6, all Fil-Australian citizens, of 29 Tanguile street, Tanguile Homes, Marikina Heights, Marikina City; Felimar Pico, 33, of Macayo-Cayo, San Mariano, Isabela; Gressie Ann Villanueva, 31, of Junction Upi, Gamu, Isabela; Dolores Apalin, 67, and Elviro Apalin, 73, both of Pallua Norte, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

Also hurt were truck helpers Rodolfo Buere, 24, single; Ryan Valdez, 24, single; Jerome Tolentino, 23, single; and Ronaldo Valdez, 35, all of Barangay. Andal Aliño; Verdadero and Dassun, drivers of the Nissan Frontier Navara and Nissan Urvan Shuttle, along with the Nissan Urvan passengers identified as Romulo Serring, 65,  married, retired book keeper; Sharmaine Guzman, 24, single, jobless; and Nancy Ong, 39, married, housekeeper, all of Barangay Maguillin, Piat, Cagayan.

Investigators said the collision happened when the bus bound for Tuguegarao swerved towards the left and hit the front of the oncoming Navarra. The bus then collided with the Isuzu truck and Nissan Urvan at the opposite lane until it hit a bamboo tree.

Those injured were rushed to Premiere General Hospital and Dr. Palino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center in Cabanatuan City, Santo Domingo District Hospital and the Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Talavera extension hospital. ###


5 tricycle thieves die in Muñoz shootout

Five suspected tricycle thieves died in a shootout with Muñoz policemen at a checkpoint in Barangay Sapang Cauayan, the Science City of Muñoz on the early morning of January 25.

Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, identified two of the suspects as Alfredo Parira Jr., 50,  of Navotas City, and a certain Harvey, 35, of Tondo. The rest of the suspects have yet to be identified.

Supt. Ponciano Zafra, city police chief, said half an hour before the shootout, they received reports that a Kawasaki Bajaj tricycle owned by Macario dela Cruz had been stolen in Barangay Bakal, Talavera.

He said the suspects aboard the stolen tricycle drove through the police checkpoint, rammed a pole barrier and shot it out with policemen.

No policeman was hurt but a police car sustained a bullet hole. ###


Suspected drug pusher killed in San Antonio

An alleged drug pusher in San Antonio was killed when he shot it out with policemen who were about to serve a warrant of arrest on him last January 21.

Chief Insp. Manuel Catacutan, town police chief, identified the suspect as Epsilon Garcia, 36, jobless, of Purok 3, Barangay Papaya.

Catacutan said the suspect saw the approaching policemen and immediately fired at them.

Although wounded in the brief firefight, Garcia tried to escape by crossing a river but failed.

Policemen and the suspect's brother helped Garcia to board a banca so he could be rushed to a hospital. However, the apparently overloaded boat sank in the middle of the river.

The suspect eventually died before reaching the hospital.

Garcia was named by the police as San Antonio's sixth most wanted person and number one in the drug watch list. ###


2 suspected pushers arrested in Muñoz

Police arrested two suspected drug pushers in the Science City of Muñoz last January 18.

Supt. Ponciano Zafra, city police chief, identified the suspects as Victor Fulgencio, 26, of Barangay Maligaya, and Sandy Santos, 31, of Barangay Malayantoc, Santo Domingo.

The two were nabbbed in Purok 1, Barangayt Maligaya after Fulgencio sold a sachet of shabu to a policeman who posed as buyer.

Santos yielded a sachet of shagu.

Zafra said Fulgecio was in the list of the most wanted illegal drug dealers in the city.

Mayor Nestor Alvarez commended Zafra and his men for the arrests. ###


Barangay kagawad, tanod held for illegal guns

In Aliaga, a barangay councilor who also serves as a security guard for Starline Security Agency and assigned at Robinsons Mall in Cabanatuan City was arrested at a COMELEC checkpoint in Barangay Bucot, Aliaga ater he was found with a caliber .45 pistol with loaded magazine without pertinent documents.

The suspect, Alexander Corpuz, 34, single, of Barangay Poblcion East, was driving a Nissann Urvan with plate number RMM-235 when stopped by members of the Office of the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC)at the checkpoint.

In Gapan City, Eduardo Santiago, 50, a barangay Tanod of Purok 3, Barangay Pambuan was arrested by PPSC members conducting Oplan: Sita/Kapkap at a checkpoint in Purok 7, Pambuan.

Santiago, who appeared drunk while walking, fired his gun in the air for no reason.

Seized from him were an unlicensed caliber .3457 revolver with five bullets and a shell.

Corpuz and Santiago were charged with violations of RA 10591 and COMELEC Resolution 10015 at the Provincial Prosecutor's Office and the Gapan City Prosecutor's Office, respectively. ###


San Leonardo mayor's kin arrested for illegal arms and ammo

A close relative of San Leoardo Mayor Froilan Nagaño was arrested after illegal firearms and ammunition were found in his house.

Supt. Richard Caballero, head of the police Special Concern Unit, said a search warrant issued by Judge Celso Baguio of the Gapan regional trial court was served on Teddy Cleofas Nagaño last January 19.

Witnessed by barangay officials, the search yielded an M16 and M14 assault rifles, a grenade launcher, a caliber .45 pistol, ammunition and gun accessories.

The raiding team also confiscated a pile of hardwood believed to be contraband. ###


Cabanatuan police nab 4 'Montero Boys'

Members of the Cabanatuan City police station led by Supt. Lito Villarosa arrested four suspected members of the so-called "Montero Boys Criminal Gang" after a buy-bust operation in Barangay Bakod  Bayan last January 15.

Mark Gerald Manuel, alias ‘Mac,’ and Joel Manuel were arrested for involvement in robbery-holdup, drug pushing and carnapping activities in the city.

Recovered from them were two plastic packets of shabu, marked money, two 12-gauge shotgun ammunition and a replica of a caliber .45 pistol.

The police also impounded the suspects' black Mitsubishi Montero Sports SUV with plate number RMM-858 and a commemorative PNPA car plate.

Two other suspects, identified as Mark Joseph Saliendres, of Barangay Santo Niño, San Nicolas, Batangas, and Toni Reginio, of General Tiburcio de Leon Street., Valenzuela City were also arrested during the operation after they were found in possession of illegal drugs. ###


SUV-riding robbers strike for the third time

Suspected robbers riding a black Mitsubishi Montero sports utility vehicle struck for the third time in one week in Cabanatuan City last January 15, victimizing a mother and her daughter riding their tricycle.

Supt. Joselito Villarosa, Jr., city police director, said Joyce David, 55, of 850 Olivia Subdivision, Barangay Magsaysay Norte, was driving the tricycle with her daughter Monica as passenger when they were stopped at gunpoint by the suspects along Rizal Street in Magsaysay Sur at 8:10 P.M.

The suspects took the victims' bags before fleeing towards Barangay Bantug Bulalo.

Among the items taken were four cell phones, P9,600 in cash, several ATM, credit and identification cards, and a Professional Regulation Commission card.

Earlier, the SUV-riding robbers also victimized Asuncion Del Rosario, 56, single, of Purok. L.O. Francisco, Barangay Bangad, and Teodora Mamatlalo, 3, married, of Purok Caballero, Barangay Pangatian, both government employees; and Allan Magat, 38, and his common-law-wife Edliza Giannina Santos, 34, both of Barangay Pulong Buli, Santo Domingo town. ###


3-year old girl raped, killed

A three year-old girl was raped and then drowned in a river in Barangay San Roque, Santa Rosa on the night of January 28.

A report to Mayor Josefino Angeles identified the victim as Mary Grace Locaba Rellama. Her body was found floating on the Pampanga River.

It was learned that the victim was last seen at 5:30 P.M. together with the suspect, Arnold Suarez Mortel, 25, a helper and native of Barangay Santo  Cristo, Pio Duran, Albay.

The girl failed to return home until her body was found floating on the river. ###


Tricycle driver molests 6 year old girl

A 62-year old Cabanatuan City tricycle diver was jailed after allegedly molesting a six-year old girl last January 16.

Supt. Joselito Villarosa, Jr., city police chief, identified the suspect as Angelito Yango alias Angel, of Purok 5, Barangay San Isidro.

The suspect was arrested by members of the barangay peace-keeping team following the complaint of Juilit Manalili, 48, the victim's grandmother.

It was learned that the victim was playing with friends at 5:00 P.M. when the suspect called her and touched and kissed her private part and inserted his finger in it.

The victim told a playmate who also witnessed what happened.

When Manalili learned about the incident, she sought help of the barangay security members who arrested the suspect. ###


Girl drowns while trying to save friends

An 11-year-old girl died while trying to save three friends from drowning while they were swimming in a river in Barangay Velenzuela, Santa Rosa at about 5:00 P.M. last January 30.

Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, identified the victim as Jennelyn Juan, Grade V pupil, of Barangay Mabini.

The victim was accompanied by her friends Biene Santos, of Barangay Sumacab Sur, Cabanatuan City, Mikaela Jannes Espinosa and Francesca Roxanne de Guzman, both of Barangay Valenzuela at the time of the incident.

Investigtion showed that the children went swimming at 3:00 P.M.as requested by the victim who said she had not seen a river in her entire life.

At the river, the four children sat along the river bank when the victim pushed Francesca into the water. The latter grabbed the hands of the two other girls and they all fell into the water.

The victim jumped into the water to try to save them but drowned, while her three companion managed to reach the river bank.

The victim;'s body was later found floating on the river and rushed to Nueva  Ecija Doctors' Hospital in Cabanatuan City where she was declared dead on arrival. ###


Body of stabbing victim found in abandoned building

The body of a man with multiple stab wounds was discovered in an abandoned building along Maharlika Highway at Barangay Magsaysay Norte, Cabanatuan City last January 23.

Police said the victim was found by Paulo Jose of Barangay M.S Garcia at about 1:45 A.M.

The body was brought to Saint Francis Funeral Homes for autopsy.

The city police and scene of the crime operatives are investigating the incident and the identity of the victim. ###



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