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Nueva Ecija Journal is published in
Gapan City, Nueva Ecija,Philippines
and updated every 15th and
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4 die in Guimba ambush
Four persons died,
including a policeman, while four others
were injured in an ambush staged last
May 1 in Guimba.
Dead on the spot were
Ronaldo Sembrano, Alfonso Sembrano and
Eric Fardo. Two of them managed to crawl
out of the van before they died.
One other victim, Police
Officer 2 Ruben Badongen, was declared
dead on arrival at a hospital.
were Police Officer 3 Christopher
Delfin, Police Officer 1 Mico Serrano,
Raymundo Delfin, and Orlando Balmater.
showed that the victims were aboard a
van and on their way home to Quezon town
from a cockpit arena when shot at along
the national highway in Barangay Tampac
reported hearing gunshots at 6:58 A.M.,
stopping at 7:15 A.M.
The assailants fled after the shooting
aboard a motorcycle and a car.
It was learned that there had been a
previous attempt to ambush policeman
Palayan street sweepers
discover hand grenades
Two street sweepers in
Palayan City discovered two hand
grenades while doing their chores last
May 4, the start of the campaign period
for the barangay and Sangguniang
The grenades were wrapped
in brown paper and red plastic bags when
found along the Nueva Ecija-Aurora road
in Barangay Singalat.
Sr. Supt. Eliseo Tanding,
provincial police director said the
discovery was reported to the local
police at 11:00 A.M. by street sweepers
Marissa Malakad and Emily Beltran of
Tanding said he sent joint
teams from the Provincial Mobile Force
Command and the 7th Infantry Division
Explosive and Ordnance Division for
clearing and security operations in the
Police are looking into
threats and other concerns in the area
related to the barangay and Sangguniang
Kabataan elections. ###
Pay loader burned in
Bongabon flood control project site
Three armed men identifying
themselves as communist rebels, set fire
to a pay loader being used for a
flood-control project in Barangay Labi,
Bongabon on the night of May 2.
Lorenzo Soria, equipment
operator of the Front Nine Construction
Company based in Cabanatuan City, told
police that he was awakened by the
suspects at 11:30 P.M. and ordered to
lie prone on the other side of the road.
He said he suddenly smelled
gasoline and heard gunshots before the
Talavera's 'Linggo ng
Magsasaka' features 300-kg. 'kesong
This year's "Linggo ng
Magsasaka" honoring the province's
farmers featured a 300-kilogram 'kesong
puti" in ceremonies held last May 9 in
The six-foot long cottage
cheese was made from 4,000 kilograms of
raw carabao milk to also celebrate the
12th "Gatas ng Kalabaw Festival" and to
honor Talavera's patron saint, San
The occasion started with a
Mass, followed by street dances by
students of Talavera National High
School, Bulac National High School, San
Ricardo National High School, Tabacao
National High School and Sibul National
Arnel del Bario,
exective director of Philippine Carabao
Center, said "Linggo ng Magsasaka"
promotes activities and programs to help
farmers earn more while producing
affordable food amid a changing climate.
taps Ecija cucumbers for Lady's
Unilever Philippines has
started sourcing cucumbers from Nueva
Ecija farms for its Lady's Choice
Unilever said the first
large-scale harvest of cucumbers, to be
processed as pickles, in Bongabon
and Rizal will be used for all
Lady's Choice products in the country.
The plantation in Nueva
Ecija operates in partnership wit
Sunrich Farms, a Unilever Sustainable
Agriculture Code (USAC) certified
partner, ensuring the implementation of
best agricultural practices.
More than 300 small farmers
working on 80 hectares of land are given
additional livelihood with their
inclusion in the Unilever supply chain.
With cucumber a seasonal
crop, farmers are able to have a stable
flow of income by intercroppling rice,
onion and garlic during the peak season,
and cucumbers when the land is idle,
fastfood giant Jollibee has tuned to
Nueva Ecija as source of its onion
die in Cabanatuan drug buy-bust
Two alleged drug pushers
were killed in a buy-bust
operation that ended in a brief
firefight in Barangay Kapitan Pepe,
Cabanatuan City last May 1.
Supt. Ponciano Zafra,
city police chief, identified one
fatality as Dominador Balintag of Paco
Roman Street, Barangay Dimasalang, who
is supposed to be in the dug watch list.
The second fatality was not
Zafra said the two
drew their pistols and tried to shoot
the policemen who acted as shabu buyers,
but the cops retaliated.
Recovered from the scene
were the suspects' tricycle, two
revolvers and several sachets of
suspected shabu. ###
killed in Muņoz drug buy-bust
One man was killed in an
encounter in Purok Villa Isidra,
Barangay Bantug, Science City of Muņoz
at 9:45 P.M last May 1.
Supt. Dominador Destura,
Jr., city police chief, said
killed in the clash was an unidentified
suspect while his companion managed to
escape towards Villa Cuison.
were doing patrol and surveillance work
when they spotted the two suspects
entering an abandoned house.
When the two went out, they
saw the approaching policemen and one of
them drew a revolver and fired, forcing
the authorities to fire back, fatally
hitting one of the suspects. ###
farmer shot dead
A septuagenarian farmer was
shot dead in Jaen by two
motorcycle-riding suspects in the
morning of May 5.
Chief Insp. Joel dela Cruz,
town police chief, identified the victim
as Aquilino Pineda, 73, of Purok
Maligaya, Barangay Marawa.
He was feeding his farm
animals when waylaid by to suspects
riding an orange Mio motorcycle at 6:25
The back rider got off the
motorcycle, approached the victim and
shot him several times.
The victim was rushed to
Nueva Ecija Doctors Hospital in
Cabanatuan City but was declared dead on
Police are looking into the
motive for the killing. ###
INC member shot dead
A man who had just attended
an Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) worship
service was shot dead by two
motorcycle-riding suspects in Talavera
last May 9.
Sr. Insp. Jacqueline Gahid,
provincial police information chief,
identified the victim as Orlando dela
Cruz, 54, a palay agent, of Bangay Pula,
He was attacked a few
meters away from the gates of the
INC chapel in Barangay Homestead 2.
the victim was on his way home riding
his Yamaha motorcycle when attacked by
the two suspects on board a black Honda
Llanera man dies of
A man who refused to be
treated in a hospital and instead relied
on self medication died 12 hours after
being bitten by a snake in Llanera.
Sr. Inssp. Jacqueline
Gahid, provincial police information
officer, identified the victim a Noelito
Ermitanio Eslava, 48, single, native of
Alicia, Isabela and currently living in
Barangay Santa Barbara, Llanera.
He was found dead lying on
his bamboo bed at 11:20 P.M.
He was earlier seen by a
neighbor putting medicinal herb on the
wound in his right wrist caused by a
Gahid said the municipal
health offceer certified that the cause
of death was snake bite with no signs of
foul play ###