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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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Nueva Ecija court junks case vs. Makabayan 4

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

 

(L-R) Former Makabayan solons: Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza, Teddy Casiño, Rafael Mariano (Image grabbed from their social media accounts)

NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – A Nueva Ecija court has dismissed the murder case filed against former Makabayan lawmakers for insufficient evidence.

In a decision made public Monday (August 13), the Palayan City Regional Trial Court also quashed the arrest warrant issued against former Bayan Muna Party-List Representatives Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino, former Anak Pawis Party-List Representative Rafael Mariano and former Gabriela Representative Liza Maza who currently sits as the National Anti-Poverty Commission Chief.

Acting Presiding Judge Trese Wenceslao, in a resolution dated August 8, said the evidence presented failed to establish probable cause against the accused.

Wenceslao took over the case after Branch 40 Judge Evelyn Atienza-Turla inhibited from it citing pressure. Atienza-Turla was the one who issued the warrants of arrest.

The camps of the said former lawmakers welcomed the dismissal of the case, which they described as trumped up.

The dismissal of the case means that the warrants of arrest issued against the four leftist leaders on July 11 are now revoked. – UNTV News & Rescue

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100% increase in Dengue cases alarms Nueva Ecija

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

 

NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – A total of 1,538 cases of dengue infection was recorded in Nueva Ecija in the period of January to July of this year.

The figure is almost triple the number of cases during the same period last year which recorded 566 cases.

The Provincial Health Office expressed concern over the surge of dengue infection. Most of the cases were recorded in Cabanatuan and Bongabon with 307 and 79 cases respectively.

According to Dr. Benjamin Lopez, the spread of dengue infection was due to flood and unclean surroundings left by monsoon rains that established breeding grounds for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

The PHO is working double time to destroy such breeding grounds to prevent further spread of dengue infection.

“Iyon pong pagtutok sa search and destroy, pagba-bahay-bahay, talagang tinitignan ang mga pinamumugaran ng lamok. Ang priority po natin ang ating schools dahil karamihan po at majority po ng cases po natin ay nasa school-age children,” explained Lopez.

To date, dengue has claimed the lives of 10 individuals in the province, according to Lopez, mostly between the ages of 6 and 12.

Nevertheless, the PHO assured they have enough supply of medicine and larvicide for prevention.

Health authorities remind the public to immediately seek professional help once symptoms of dengue infection occur. – Danny Munar / Marje Pelayo

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Malacañang calls on Cabinet member Liza Maza to surrender

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

National Anti-Poverty Commission Chairperson Liza Maza

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte expects obedience to the law from all of his Cabinet members.

Thus, Malacañang is calling on National Anti-Poverty Commission Chairperson Liza Maza to surrender and face the charges filed against her in the court of Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.

“She has to respect the rule of law, I ask her to surrender. Face the charges against her, prove her innocence and I’m sure that she has no reason to worry about the facts that our court can be relied upon for the impartial decision,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a briefing with reporters on Tuesday (July 31).

Maza was among the leftist figures appointed by President Duterte to his Cabinet at the beginning of his term to show the improving ties between the government and the communist rebels.

But according to Roque, since he was appointed by the President as Presidential Spokesperson, he has never noticed Maza’s presence in Cabinet meetings. Roque has been in Malacañang since October 2017.

Roque, however, clarified that Maza remains in her post in the Cabinet but is expected to surrender and prove her innocence before the authorities.

But if she remains in hiding, Roque said she will be considered a fugitive and the President will have no other choice but to act and place someone who would take over Maza’s responsibilities as the anti-poverty chair.

Malacañang, however, stressed that the Duterte administration has nothing to do with the sudden issuance of warrants of arrest against the leftist leaders.

“It’s been in court, and it’s a warrant of arrest issued by the court, not by the executive branch. We don’t have the power to issue warrants of arrest,” he explained.

Maza and former congressmen Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño, Rafael Mariano, among other left-leaning personalities were accused in 2006 of abducting and killing political rivals.

Nevertheless, Malacañang assures Maza of respect once she decides to surrender. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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