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Soldier runs amok, kills teacher-lover in front of students in Bulacan

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

BULACAN, Philippines – A teacher was declared dead on the spot after she was shot by a former flame inside her classroom at Tambubong Elementary School in Bocaue, Bulacan on Wednesday (November 21).

The victim has been identified as Melody Esber, 33, a Grade 4 teacher.

She is survived by her three children and her husband who is currently working abroad.

The suspect, who took his life after shooting Esber, was identified as 40-year-old Ruperto Datwin, a married man and an active member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) prior to his death.

Based on police investigation, Datwin barged in while Esber was handling a class.

The two had an argument which led to Datwin committing suicide after shooting Esber.

One of the students was also hurt by a stray bullet slug from the incident.

The student is now in stable condition.

According to Bocaue Chief of Police PSSupt. Amado Mendoza, Datwin couldn’t accept that Esber was leaving him.

A note was recovered from inside the suspect’s folder at the crime scene which detailed the victim and the suspect’s relationship.

The end of the note reads: “Kamatayan lamang ang makapaghihiwalay sa atin.”

“Doon sa crime scene, may mga dokumento tayo, nakita na kung saan, pareho nilang inilalahad yung istorya ng kanilang lovelife. Since 2017 makikita natin doon na masaya naman silang nagsasama, until nitong later part, na parang meron silang problema, sa financial saka doon sa kanilang pagsasama,” Mendoza said.

 “Umiiyak iyong lalaki. Sa amin nagtungo minsan. Isang beses lang pero alam ko wala na sila. Magkarelasyon sila. Akala po namin okay na, wala pong problema. Nagulat po kami ganyan bigla bigla na lang,” narrated Esber’s brother, Delfin Sta. Teresa.

According to the school principal, the suspect joined the crowd of students to enter the school premises.

“Ang kinder may shifting po kami. Kapag 9am po ang mga bata lumalabas po. Binubuksan na po namin ang gate po doon.  Kapag 9:00 a.m. nagpapalit po ng klase; (every) three hours ang kinder. Hindi po namin alam na iyon, sinabayan ang pagpasok ng mga bata,” explained Ronel Rom, the school principal.

Classes were immediately suspended after the incident.

The students who witnessed the crime, meanwhile, were immediately given stress debriefing to recover from the traumatic experience due to the incident. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nestor Torres)

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Actor Daniel Fernando proclaimed as governor of Bulacan

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Actor turned Bulacan governor, Daniel Fernando

Despite delays in vote transmission, the Provincial Board of Canvassers decided to proclaim actor Daniel Fernando as the new governor of Bulacan.

At 4:00 p.m. on Thursday (May 16), incumbent vice governor was officially proclaimed as the new Bulacan Governor.

Fernando got 706,026 votes against the 405,614votes of Malolos Mayor Christian Nativida.

According to Fernando, now that he is the new father of the province, he will prioritize projects and programs on health, education, environment for the welfare of all Bulakenyos.

Fernando served as the vice governor of Bulacan for three terms from 2010 to 2019. He also became a board member from 2003 to 2007.

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Irrigation water in Bulacan, Pampanga from Angat Dam to last until May 16—NWRB

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Image of Angat Dam taken on May 2, 2019

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) will stop allocating irrigation water from Angat Dam to Bulacan and Pampanga starting May 16 as water level drops below critical level.

The NWRB has begun reducing the allocation in the irrigation of the said provinces from 3,450 million liters per day to 2,590 million liters for the first two weeks of May.

READ: Water level in Angat dam declines further

NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David said the reduced allocation will not affect the said provinces because they are already close to harvest season.

“Sa tingin natin hindi makaka-apekto ito sa mga palayan diyan kasi nga po halos patapos na ang pagtatanim diyan at malapit na po mag-ani ang mga kababayan natin sa Bulacan at Pampanga kaya sa tingin natin hindi na ganun kalaki ang pangangailangan nila sa tubig sa panahon na ito, (We think this will not affect the crops in Bulacan and Pampanga because planting season is over and harvest season is near. We think their need for irrigation water supply will not be as much)” he said.

Meanwhile, the NWRB continues to monitor the water level in Angat Dam and will also continue to conduct cloud seeding to aid in the water supply.

“Masusi nating binabantayan ang kasalukuyang level at iyong mga development sa panahon kasi alam naman po natin na iyong pag-recover ng dam partikular ang Angat umaasa tayo sa mga pagulan, (We are carefully monitoring the water level and the development in the weather because the recovery of a dam, particularly in Angat [Dam] relies on rain)” according to David.

Water level in Angat Dam is currently in 177.5 meters from the 212 meters normal high water level.

The NWRB estimates that the water level will only reach as low as 173 meters before May ends.(with reports from Mon Jocson)

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3 confirmed dead in Bulacan chopper crash

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The ill-fated chopper half-submerged in a fish pond | Courtesy: PRO3

(UPDATE) Three men were killed when a helicopter crashed into a fishpond in Malolos, Bulacan on Thursday (April 25).

Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of Philippine Red Cross (PRC) confirmed this in a post on his Twitter account.

“Update: Death toll rose to 3 in a helicopter crash in Malolos, Bulacan. Other injured passengers were already transported by our @philredcross team to Bulacan Medical Center,” Gordon said.

Local police initially reported that two passengers died “in an accidental helicopter crash” in Barangay Anilao that happened at past 12 p.m.

Another victim was rushed to the nearest hospital due to injuries sustained after the crash. The victim was later declared dead by attending physician.

Police have yet to release the identities of the victims.

In a separate Twitter post, the PRC said the helicopter was carrying at least six passengers on board. A patient was transported by its ambulance to Bulacan Medical Center.

The helicopter, which bears the body number RP C8098, was described in the report as severely damaged or “total wreck.”

Responding teams are still investigating if there are other victims at the crash site.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the helicopter, bound for San Fernando, Pampanga, took off from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) General Aviation Hangar around 12:28 p.m.

The chopper was owned and operated by LGC Air Transport.

CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco said an Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board has been dispatched to the crash site.– Robie de Guzman

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