Volume 18 / No. 01  | May 15 , 2018
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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.

Injured were Police Officer 3 Christopher Delfin, Police Officer 1 Mico Serrano, Raymundo Delfin, and Orlando Balmater.

Investigation 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 Uno.

A witness 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 Delfin. ###

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 Kabataan elections.

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 Barangay Caballlero.

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 area.

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 fire. ###

Talavera's 'Linggo ng Magsasaka' features 300-kg. 'kesong puti'

This year's "Linggo ng Magsasaka" honoring the province's farmers featured a 300-kilogram 'kesong puti" in ceremonies held last May 9 in Talavera.

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 isidro Labrador.

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 High School.

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. ###

Unilever taps Ecija cucumbers for Lady's Choice products

Unilever Philippines has started sourcing cucumbers from Nueva Ecija farms for its Lady's Choice products.

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, Unilever said.

Earlier, fastfood giant Jollibee has tuned to Nueva Ecija as source of its onion needs. ###

2 die in Cabanatuan drug buy-bust operation

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 immediately identified.

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. ###

1 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.

Intelligence operatives 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. ###

Jaen 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 A.M.

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 arrival.

Police are looking into the motive for the killing. ###

Talavera 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, Talavera.

He was attacked a few meters away  from the gates of the INC chapel in Barangay Homestead 2.

Gahid said the victim was on his way home riding his Yamaha motorcycle when attacked by the two suspects on board a black Honda motorcycle. ###

Llanera man dies of snake bite

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 snake bite.

Gahid said the municipal health offceer certified that the cause of death was snake bite with no signs of foul play ###

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