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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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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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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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