HUC plebiscite postponed -- again
For the third time, the
plebiscite for the conversion of
Cabanatuan into a highly urbanized city
(HUC) has been postponed.
The Commission on Elections
(COMELEC) approved the recommendation of
Deputy Director for Operations Bartolome
Sinocruz, Jr. to reset the plebiscite,
originally scheduled for November 8, to
a later date "upon receipt of the
certificate of availability of funds
from LGU-Cabanatuan City".
Sinocruz said that when the
COMELEC set the plebiscite for November
8, Cabanatuan City Treasurer Florida Oca
informed the commission that they city
could not provide yet the required
certificate of availability of funds.
The plebiscite, which would
have involved all Nueva Ecija voters,
would cost P101 million, P47.562 million
of which must be remitted to COMELEC.
The HUC plebiscite last
November 8 would have been the second.
In 1998, President Fidel Ramos
proclaimed Cabanatuan as an HUC but this
was rejected by voters.
In 2012, President Benigno
Aquino III issued another HUC
proclamation but the plebiscite was
suspended twice -- a COMELEC
postponement due to the 2013 elections
and another postponement due to a
temporary restraining order filed by
Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio M. Umali
who wanted the participation of all
voters in the province. ###
unseats Mayor Uera
The Ombudsman ordered the
removal from office of Pantabangan Mayor
Lucio Uera for having terminated in 2005 the employment of
430 municipal personnel suspected of
supporting his political rival.
In an order released last
November 3, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio
Morales denied Uera's motion for
reconsideration of a resolution finding
the mayor guilty of grave misconduct and
abuse of authority.
The order said the charges
against Uera "warrant dismissal from the
service, forfeiture of retirement
benefits and perpetual disqualification
from government service".
The affected municipal
employees claimed that they were
prevented from entering the municipal
hall and their time cards and personal
They reported instead to the
Sangguniang Bayan building where Uera's
rival, Romeo Borja, Sr., was holding
office after he was proclaimed winner
after an election protest.
When Uera was reinstated as
the winning mayor after three weeks, he
locked out the employees and terminated
their employment because of their
alleged unauthorized absences.
The Ombudsman said Uera acted
with clear bad faith in suspending and
then terminating the services of the
employees who suffered undue injury
because of the mayor's unlawful acts.
In denying Uera's motion for
reconsideration, the Ombudsman said the
mayor merely reiterated his past
arguments that had been exhaustively
discussed in a previous resolution. ###
inaugurates Muñoz police station
Philippine National Police
(PNP) Director General Alan Purisima led
the inauguration of the P13 million new
police station of the Science City of
Muñoz last November 11.
Purisima praised the
partnership of the police and the local
government led by City Mayor Nestor
He said the city deserved the
best service to protect the community
and a significant step towards this was
takent through the new police station.
He said the city government
provided a 1,000-square-meter lot and P5
million as its counterpart contribution
while the PNP shouldered P8.3 million of
Alvarez, for his part, vowed
further cooperation with the PNP and the
civilian community that volunteers as
Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nieves,
provincial police director, said the new
police station assures better service to
people who seek help from the police.
Purisima was accompanied by
Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, regional
The PNP chief
distributed pistols to the Muñoz
policemen after the inauguration rites.
vegetable gardens kick off Talavera
organic farming project
Talavera teems with vegetable
gardens in barangay hall compounds, road
shoulders, school yards and backyards as
the town implements its biggest
nutrition program based on organic
vegetable farming that started on vacant
lots in a public cemetery in Barangay
Mayor Nerivi Santos-Martinez
said they discovered their soil is
fertile enough to produce quality
vegetables like string beans, eggplants,
tomatoes and papaya.
The mayor shows off to
visitors a corner of the Himlayan ng
Bayan public cemetery that serves as a
demonstration farm and even prepares
lunch for them out of the fresh produce.
Martinez said the municipal
government launched the program to
instill in the people, including the
youth, the value of using resources and
You cannot do anything if you
are not healthy. So we should prioritize
our peoples health and all others will
follow, she said.
Barangay Chair Dante Al
Fernandez of Bulac said no resident has
gone hungry because anyone can harvest
vegetables from backyards or public
gardens planted to eggplants, okra
tomato, bottle gourd, patola, onion,
string beans and malunggay.
He said the excess vegetables
are sold by residents so they could use
the money for their other needs.
In San Pascual, Barangay Chair
Gerald Fermin said an 800-square-meter
vacant lot has become a steady source of
food for victims of recent typhoons who
have been living in the local gymnasium.
Even the Talavera campus of
the Nueva Ecija University of
Science and Technology teems with
NBI agents arrested
Two men who passed themselves
off as agents of the Criminal
Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)
and National Bureau of Investigation
(NBI) were arrested in Barangay Bantug,
Talavera last November 6.
Charged with extortion and
usurpation of authority were Raymundo
Reyes Lacanilao alias Magdalo, 63, of
Barangay Esguerra, and Emerson Santos
Grospe, 38, of Barangay Pinagpanaan,
Earlier, Reynaldo Marquez
Fajardo, 54, a carnival operator, of
Barangay Liwayway, Santa Rosa sought the
help of CIDG regarding the suspects'
The suspects were arrested in
an entrapment operation by Insp. Kim
Dominic Gamboa, SPO2 Rolando Bondoc, PO3
Randy Bulan, PO3 Ricardo Galang and PO3
Cecilio Domingo, Jr.
The two yielded four fake CIDG
and NBI identification cards, a car with
a CIDG commemorative plate, a T-shirt
with CIDG marking, a black wallet with
an NBI badge, bull cap with a CIDG
patch, a blue book containing a list of
collections from extortion activities
since May and a copy of a warrant of
ma shot dead by thieves
A 37 year old mother who was
driving a motorcycle to pick up up her
son at Central Luzon State University
(CLSU) was shot dead by gunmen who
forcibly took her vehicle along
Maharlika Highway in the Science City of
Muñoz on the night of November 14.
Police identified the victim
as Irene Mendoza of Zone 4, Barangay
Licaong, a younger sister of Barangay
Chair Alfredo S. Bal-ot.
She was declared dead on
arrival at Dr. Paulino J. Garcia
Memorial Research and Medical Center in
The victim was on her way to
CLSU at about 10:45 P.M. when her path
was blocked by three armed men at the
university's second gate in Barangay
The suspects tried to seize
the motorcycle from Mendoza, firing at
her when she resisted.
The suspects fled in the
direction of San Jose City with the
stolen motorcycle. ###
member found dead
A dismissed member of the
Philippine National Police Special
Action Force was found dead with a
bullet wound in the head in Barangay
Manacsac, Guimba last November 15.
The victim was identified as
Jonathan de Guzman alias Spider, 42, of
the same barangay.
He was dismissed from the
service on February 17, 2006.
His body was found at about
7:00 A.M. at an irrigation canal access
road in Sitio Dalaydayan by barangay
tanod Richard Doro.
Recovered from the scene was a
caliber .45 shell. ###
stabbed dead by lover
A 41 year old woman was
stabbed eight times by her 32-year-old
lover during altercation in Sitio
Loyloy, Barangay Joson, Carranglan on
the night of November 3.
The victim was identified as
Liza Curimatmat Anudan.
The suspect was her live-in
partner Ireneo Tamang Dalit, single, of
Police learned about the
stabbing the following day when Larry
Orpilla of Barangay Caloocan, San
Jose City reported that Dalit told him
of the killing.
A subsequent police operation
resulted in the arrest of the suspect
and the recovery of the knife used in
the killing. ###
widow killed, robbed by farm helper
A 75-year-old widow was killed
and robbed by her farm helper in Barangay
Fronda, Talugtog last November 8.
A report received by the
office of Sr. Supt. Crizaldo Nieves,
provincial police director, identified
the victim as Remedios Cabrera, 75.
The suspect, Jay-Ar Trinidad
Caridad, 30, single and a native of
Iloilo, was arrested in Sitio
Macatcatuit, Barangay Saverona while he
was about to escape.
Investigation by PO2 Oscar
Estrel, Jr. showed that at about 8:00
P.M. Cabrera confronted Caridad about
her missing money. The two had a heated
argument that drove the suspect to stab
the victim twice in the chest with a
The suspect took away the
victim's P100,000 cash before escaping.
driver dies Santa Rosa road rage
A tricycle driver was shot
dead last October 31 by a
motorcycle-riding suspect after the two
sideswiped each other along the Santa
Rosa-Tarlac Road in Barangay Rajal Sur,
The victim, Nelson Lagat
jutierrez, 54, of Barangay San Pablo
Bata, Aliaga, died on the spot after
being repeatedly fired at by the
unidentified suspect who escaped after
The victim was on his way home
at about 7:30 P.M. when the incident