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Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote shot dead in Cabanatuan City

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Mayor Ferdinand Bote (photo courtesy of Mabuhay Papaya FB account)


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Mayor Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija was declared dead on arrival at MV Gallego Hospital after he was ambushed in front of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) office building in Cabanatuan City at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday (July 3), according to a police spot report.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said the Mayor was gunned down by still unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants using a short firearm inside his Toyota Fortuner.

An initial report said the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds that eventually led to his death.

The Cabanatuan City Police immediately launched “dragnet” operation, according to investigators on the case, SPO2 Ronnel Balundo and SPO1 Erwin Gonzales.

An investigation is ongoing. – UNTV News & Rescue


The vehicle that Mayor Bote was shot in (Courtesy: PRO3 )


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Some 200 Dumagats stranded in N. Ecija due to ‘Rosita’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018


A member of indigenous Dumagat tribe

NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – Some 200 members of the indigenous Dumagat tribe remain stranded in Nueva Ecija due to the onslaught of Typhoon Rosita.

They were from the mountains of Sierra Madre who attended the “Araw ng mga Katutubo” on Monday (October 29).

 “Tribo po kami ng Dumagat dito sa General Tinio. Nagpunta po kami dito sa lungsod ng Cabanatuan para kami po ay hindi basta makilahok dahil ito po ay pagdiriwang po ng aming rehiyon bilang tribo,” said tribes man Boy Baron.

They will remain in the area until the inclement weather improves.

Meanwhile, the Nueva Ecija Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) assured that emergency units are in place to respond in times of emergencies.

“Naka-monitor po ang lahat ng LDRRMO sa ating mga area of responsibility at nakamonitor po sa mga ilog natin at nagsusubmit po sila ng report doon sa status ng river. Kanina nakatanggap po tayo kanina ng mga litrato ng mga gauge ng river. Nasa below normal pa po iyong mga tubig sa ilog natin,” said Michael Calma, head of PDRRMO.

Around 1,000 food packs are already on standby to be delivered to typhoon-affected residents in the municipality. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Danny Munar)

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Aspiring councilman shot dead in Nueva Ecija

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2018



Allan Joson

NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – Authorities are investigating the motive behind the killing of an independent election candidate in the town of San Antonio on Friday (October 19).

The victim, 42-year-old Allan Joson was shot dead near his home by a still unidentified motorcycle-riding gunman.

Police recovered at the crime scene seven fire cartridge cases and a deformed bullet slug.

Aside from politics, authorities are looking into business or personal conflict as the motives behind the killing.

Joson lost the vice mayoralty race in 2016.

“Halos lahat dito sa kanya humihingi ng tulong kapag nasa ospital ang mga kalugar niya,” said Joson’s neighbor Raymond Mata.

Meanwhile, an eight-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet believed to be from the incident.

The girl survived and is now recovering in a hospital. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Danny Munar)

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Rice farmers opt for early harvest ahead of ‘Ompong’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

File photo: A farmer harvesting rice


NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – Farmers are compelled to force harvest their yield as a potential super typhoon “Ompong” heads towards the Philippines.

According to Lenida Reyes, an agriculture officer at the Cabanatuan City Agriculture and Livelihood Management Office (CALMO), almost 90% of the rice crops in the city are in their early vegetative stage and set for harvest supposedly in October.

Reyes said in view of the approaching typhoon, they have no choice but to advise farmers for an early harvest while there is time for their palay to dry, rather than suffer the consequences and drown their crops.

“Para hindi bumaha sa kanilang palayan ibukas na iyong lawasan para iyong tubig hindi mag-stay don sa gitnang palayan,” she said.

Rice farmer, Magno Santiago spent around P50,000 for palay this planting season.

He is supposed to harvest his yield end of September, expecting to earn about 60 sacks of rice from each hectare. However, his hope dwindled upon knowing of an approaching cyclone.

Magno had no choice but to harvest his yield ahead of time than to earn nothing.

“Kahit na lang papaano mapakinabangan iyong mapapakinabangan…Kahit papaaano ay makakuha ng pangkain,” he said.

Meanwhile, the local government of Cabanatuan assured to provide the necessary assistance to farmers who would be affected by the approaching storm.– Marje Pelayo (with reports from Danny Munar)

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