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

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 3 July 2018 06:15 PM

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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N. Ecija farmers fret about low-priced imported rice ahead of tariffication

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 11:09 AM

NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – The Rice Tariffication law is yet to take effect on March 5 this year.

But supply of cheap imported rice is now in abundance in local markets, which local farmers say is acceptable. However, they confessed that such a situation is greatly affecting their livelihood as they are forced to bring down their prices of palay.

“Dahil sa bagong law, nagbagsak ang rice, (ang price) ng palay which is P15 (per kilogram). Malulugi kami. Ang masakit pa, ngayon kasi sa Nueva Ecija may pumasok na Vietnam rice which is P38 per kilo (ang) retail na sa supermarket,” said Joan Dar, a farmer in Nueva Ecija.

“Ang mga dating customer namin na binabagsakan namin ng rice (ay) ayaw nang kunin ang local rice namin kasi mas mura ang imported. Halos whole grain iyong sa imported at may broken ‘yung sa amin na local rice,” she added.

Dar appealed to the government to help them lower the production cost of palay so they could compete with imported rice.

During a consultation with farmers in Nueva Ecija on Tuesday (February 27) on the rice tariffication, the Department of Agriculture (DA) allayed fears of farmers on the possible impacts of the rice tarrification law.

Specifically, the agency emphasized that local farmers are assured of the P10 billion budget from the Rice Competitive Enhancement Fund.

From the said fund, P5 billion will go to farm mechanization; P1-billion for the procurement of good quality palay; another P1-billion for farmers’ credit program and P1-B for the technical skills training for farmers.

“Unang-una, lahat naman ng pangamba nandyan kasi it’s something new. Bago ito (at) hindi pa natin naranasan na binuksan natin ang merkado natin na regulated sa imported rice,” Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol told the farmers.

“There’s a lot of speculations but in instances (na) natatakot ang mga farmers, ang assurance namin is nandyan ang NFA na pwedeng bumili. In the long term magbibigay kami ng suporta like irrigation. We are working on a fertilizer loaning program now and of course ang free seeds. Iyon ang maihahabol naming na bababa (ang) production cost ng farmers,” the secretary assured.

The DA was with the farmers of Nueva Ecija to discuss the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Rice Tariffication Law. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Danny Munar)

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

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 10:34 AM


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, 22 October 2018 12:03 PM



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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