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Nueva Ecija town set to file complaint against local radio station

May 22, 2020 - 10:58 PM

(UPDATED) The Guimba municipal council passes a resolution allowing the municipal mayor to sue Radyo Natin Guimba, a move that the station condemns as suppression of press freedom

Nueva Ecija sets fine, prison term vs abuse of coronavirus cases, health staff

Apr 09, 2020 - 12:50 PM

The ordinance also prohibits residents from revealing sensitive information about COVID-19 patients and suspected cases on social media

VIRUS. This photo shows the form of the novel coronavirus. Photo from Shutterstock

Student publications raise hell after UE campus journalist forced to issue apology

Apr 06, 2020 - 7:06 PM

Several student publications deplore the incident, reiterating Filipinos’ freedom of speech and expression as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution

UE campus journalist 'forced' to apologize after criticizing Duterte gov't online

Apr 05, 2020 - 11:08 PM

The apology stems from an online discussion between Joshua Molo and his former teachers in Nueva Ecija about how the Duterte administration is handling the coronavirus outbreak

‘Doki’ to the barrios: Dr Israel Bactol’s commitment to serve

Mar 28, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The young cardiologist, who died of COVID-19, dedicated his brief medical career to bringing health care to those on the fringes

Bird flu outbreak hits Nueva Ecija town

Mar 16, 2020 - 12:50 PM

The H5N6 strain can be transmitted to humans, but Agriculture Secretary William Dar says transmission is very rare

Nueva Ecija adds Gomez de Liaño bros, homegrown Palma

Mar 03, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño take their talents to the MPBL as Nueva Ecija seeks to make a splash next season

TANDEM. Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño join the MPBL. Photo from UAAP

Ex-Nueva Ecija governor Tomas Joson's graft conviction reversed

Mar 01, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The Sandiganbayan also overturns the conviction of two mayors over the province's donation of service vehicles to the mayors' respective towns in 2007

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawyer killed in Nueva Ecija, 48th since 2016

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Bayani Dalangin was killed in his office in Talavera town, Nueva Ecija, says the Integrated Bar of the Philippines

COA rejects PrimeWater's P24-million claim vs Nueva Ecija water district

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:05 PM

State auditors say Villar-owned PrimeWater Infrastructure Corporation failed to show proper documentation proving that the Jaen Water District owes millions of pesos

Filipinos repatriated from China back home on February 8

Feb 05, 2020 - 12:47 PM

The initial batch will be brought straight from the Clark Airport in Pampanga to Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine

AIRPORT WATCH. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Mary Jane Veloso's recruiters found guilty of illegal recruitment in separate case

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) Ma Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao are sentenced to life imprisonment for the illegal recruitment of Lorna Valino, Ana Marie Gonzales, and Jenalyn Paraiso

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT. In this photo taken on April 29, 2015, migrant recruiter Cristina Sergio (2nd L) is escorted by local government officials in a press conference in Manila, after being accused of duping Mary Jane Veloso into carrying 2.6 kilograms of heroin to Indonesia from Malaysia. Photo by Rappler

[OPINION] The price we pay when we neglect our farmers

Jan 27, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Farmers like Mang Dante struggle to survive the severe effects of the rice tariffication law. It's because of stories like his that farmers need your moral and financial support.

Central Luzon police set up at eco-zones to prevent union organizing

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:48 PM

'Central Luzon remains a major flashpoint for communist insurgency and in the white area operation,' says Central Luzon police chief Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia

NO TO MILITANT LABOR. Police and economic zone offiicals – led by PNP chief Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa, Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia, PEZA Director Charito Plaza, and Secretary Carlito Galvez at  the launch of JIPCO at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Photo courtesy of PRO3 PIO

Customs seizes P1B worth of fake cigarettes in Nueva Ecija

Jan 18, 2020 - 3:26 PM

Authorities arrest 20 Chinese and 100 Filipino workers suspected to be behind the illegal operation

FAKE CIGARETTES. These machines cigarette-making machines were seized during a raid in a warehouse in Nueva Ecija, the Bureau of Customs said on January 18, 2020. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

5 million Filipinos have no birth records – PSA

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The most common barrier for parents is the cost of registering their child. This is the story of Jolimil Reyes, 18.

How a simple noche buena project evolved to help rice farmers in Nueva Ecija

Dec 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Looking back, I can’t help but wonder how a simple noche buena gift-giving project was able to take on a life of its own and evolve into this

GIVING BACK. The author, along with Team Pilipinas, leads a humble initiative to help farmers' families in Talavera, Nueva Ecija. All photos from Team Pilipinas

[OPINION] When a farmer asks for seeds instead of noche buena

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:48 AM

For those of you who would like to be part of Team Pilipinas' humble initiative for our farmers, we still accept donations. Get the details in this story.

Deputy police chief of Talavera kills own mother, injures nephew

Nov 26, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Police Major Dante Cabungcal admits that in a fit of rage he fires several shots, accidentally hitting his mother and nephew

Police Maj. Dante Cabungcal after giving himself up. Contributed photo

Forest ranger killed in Nueva Ecija

Oct 28, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Ronaldo Corpuz, a community environment and natural resources officer in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, is the 3rd environmental worker killed in 2019

CA clears Nueva Ecija governor of administrative liability in pork barrel scam

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The Court of Appeals rules that the condonation doctrine applies to the case of Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali

Graft charges filed vs ex-Nueva Ecija congressman over pork barrel scam

May 07, 2019 - 10:40 AM

The Office of the Ombudsman also files criminal charges against 3 Department of Agriculture officials and 4 others, including Janet Napoles

AURELIO UMALI. Image of Aurelio Umali from Facebook.

Pilot, student survive Nueva Ecija plane crash

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The two-seater Cessna 172 trainer plane encounters an engine problem, causing its abrupt landing in Nueva Ecija

SURVIVE. Student pilot Maria Thalia Limpin (in photo) and flight instructor Boni Sorgon survive the plane crash in Nueva Ecija. Photo from Limpin's Facebook account

Hugpong Senate bets 'willing' to debate issues – Sara Duterte

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Around 20,000 people attend the Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign caravan in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, organized by the Umali political clan

Robredo urges voters: Look beyond candidates’ popularity

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:31 PM

'Kapag panahon kasi ng eleksyon, lahat mahal iyong mahihirap, lahat handang magsakripisyo... Ano ba iyong mga tinatayuan nila kahit walang kampanya?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

VP'S APPEAL. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks to representatives of various sectoral groups at Cabiao, Nueva Ecija on February 18, 2019. Photo by OVP

CHED: Nueva Ecija school that gave Daniel Matsunaga honorary degree unauthorized

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:34 AM

The school which conferred honoris causa on the actor is not recognized by CHED

HONORARY? Brethren Evangelical School of Theology confers an honorary Ph.D. in Humanities to actor Daniel Matsunaga. Screenshot from Daniel Matsunaga's Instagram account

Nueva Ecija court clears Left leaders of murder charges

Aug 13, 2018 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) The warrants of arrest against Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño, Rafael Mariano and anti-poverty secretary Liza Maza are no longer in effect

CLEARED. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza and Rafael Mariano are cleared of murder charges after the Palayan City, Nueva Ecija RTC Branch 40 dismissed the cases and quashed the warrants against them. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

How families in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija's poor village got homes, education

Aug 04, 2018 - 8:00 AM

For a year at the start of her term, then-mayor Gloria Congco did the rounds of private firms, non-profit organizations, and international institutions, presenting the needs of the remote sitio of Saint Joseph

Photo courtesy of Kaya Natin Movement for Good Governance

Left leaders question judge's flip-flop in murder case

Jul 30, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Ten years ago, the same judge said there was no basis to find probable cause to order the arrest of Maza, Mariano, Casiño and Ocampo

Militant groups hold a protest in Camp Crame on July 30, 2018 calling for a stop in political persecution as PNP chief Oscar Albayalede orders serving warrant of arrests to Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza, Teddy Casino and Raphael Mariano for criminal charges. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

4 ex-lawmakers from Left face arrest for 2006 murder case

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The case was filed by widows Isabelita Bayudang and Mayumi Peralta, accusing the 4 leftist leaders of conspiring to kill their husbands Carlito Bayudang and Jimmy Peralta in 2004 and 2003, respectively

BAYAN PRESSCON. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Nueva Ecija mayor Bote killed over P96-M ecotourism contract – PNP

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Mayor Ferdinand Bote was allegedly ordered killed by a certain Christian Saquilabon over a project for the Minalungao National Park in General Tinio

CONTRACT PROBLEMS? General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote. Photo from Mabuhay Papaya LGU Facebook page

PNP launches manhunt for mastermind in Mayor Bote slay

Jul 12, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde announces that a manhunt is on for the person who allegedly ordered the killing of General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote

AMBUSHED. General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote was shot dead in Cabanatuan City. Photo from Mabuhay Papaya LGU Facebook page

2 suspects in Mayor Bote slay nabbed in Camarines Sur

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:38 AM

(4th UPDATE) Police arrest Florencio Suarez and Robert Gumacay at a routine checkpoint along Andaya Highway in Del Gallego, Camarines Sur

SUSPECTS. Florencio Suarez and Robert Gumacay are identified as suspects in the killing of General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote. PNP photos

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 2-8, 2018

Jul 08, 2018 - 10:17 AM

A string of dead local officials, the bench-clearing Gilas-Boomers brawl, updates on the boys trapped in a Thai cave

Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili. Photo from Tanauan City's Hope Facebook

PNP points to 3 suspects in killing of Nueva Ecija mayor Bote

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:49 PM

The Central Luzon police asks the help of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group to 'study and enhance' the video clips to get a clear look of the faces of the suspects and the features of their motorcycle

CAUGHT ON CAMERA. Mayor Ferdinand Bote is shot dead just after leaving the Cabanatuan City office of the National Irrigation Administration. Rappler screenshot

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 4, 2018

Jul 04, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes the Fallen Airman Monument after laying a wreath to honor the memory of the fallen airmen of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) during the 71st founding anniversary of PAF at the Multi-Purpose Gymnasium in Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base (CJVAB), Pasay City on July 3, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Nueva Ecija town mayor Bote not linked to drugs – DILG

Jul 04, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government says General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote is not in the infamous narco-list

AMBUSHED. General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote dies in an ambush on July 3, 2018. Photo from Mabuhay Papaya LGU

FAST FACTS: Who is slain General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote?

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Ferdinand 'Ferdie' Bote is only on his first term as mayor of General Tinio, the second biggest municipality of Nueva Ecija. He previously served as municipal vice mayor.

Mayor Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, killed in ambush

Jul 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

(4th UPDATE) General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote is ambushed on Tuesday, July 3, a day after an attack on another mayor, Antonio Halili of Tanauan City, Batangas

NUEVA ECIJA MAYOR. Gen Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote is gunned down on July 3, 2018. Photo from the Mabuhay Papaya LGU Facebook page

'Pinapatay nila ang ating kawan. Pinapatay nila kaming mga pastol.'

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'Ikaw ba ay pumapalakpak pa rin? Ikaw ba ay tumatawa pa rin? Katawa-tawa pa rin ba ito sa iyo?' sabi nina Archbishop Socrates Villegas at mga kapwa niya pari ng Arkidiyosesis ng Lingayen-Dagupan

'HINDI KAMI NATATAKOT.' Naglabas ng matapang na pahayag sina Archbishop Socrates Villegas at mga kapwa niya pari laban sa pagpatay kay Father Richmond Nilo ng Nueva Ecija. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Slain priest Richmond Nilo buried in Nueva Ecija

Jun 15, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) As Father Nilo is buried at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, authorities announce the arrest of the principal suspect in his killing

RESTING PLACE. Priests carry Nilo’s coffin outside the cathedral as hundreds of mourners surround them on June 15, 2018. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Father Nilo: Nueva Ecija's hardworking defender of the Catholic Church

Jun 12, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The gunman who killed Fr Richmond Nilo fired his gun from the window of the chapel while the priest was preparing to say the 5 pm Mass

REMEMBERING FR NILO. Parishioners from all walks of life of St Vincent Ferrer Parish in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija, pay their last respects to their slain parish priest Fr Richmond Nilo. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Father Richmond Nilo was trailed before being shot

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:36 AM

From an adjacent barangay, Father Richmond Nilo was followed by a vehicle until the priest reached Nuestra Senora de las Nieve chapel in Barangay Mayamot where he was later shot, Central Luzon police say

TRAILED. Priest killed in Cabanatuan was followed before he was shot. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

'They are killing our flock. They are killing us shepherds.'

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas and other leaders call on President Rodrigo Duterte 'to stop the verbal persecution of the Catholic Church,' as they denounce the killing of Father Richmond Nilo

'WE ARE NOT AFRAID.' Archbishop Socrates Villegas denounces the killing of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CBCP condemns 'outrageously evil' murder of Fr Richmond Nilo

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The bishop of slain Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo slams the 'escalating violence and culture of impunity in the country, even against helpless clergymen'

SLAIN PRIEST. The remains of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo lie in state in Nueva Ecija on June 11, 2018, a day after he was killed by an unidentified gunman before saying Mass. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

PNP forms team to probe killing of Nueva Ecija priest Richmond Nilo

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:35 AM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde also orders all local police chiefs to reach out to priests and ask if they face threats

PNP CHIEF. Director General Oscar Albayalde speaks in a press conference in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Priest shot dead in Nueva Ecija

Jun 10, 2018 - 9:40 PM

(UPDATED) Malacañang condemns the death of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo, the latest member of the clergy killed by unidentified gunmen

Aussie spy plane flies over Nueva Ecija, simulates role in Marawi

May 17, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Over 100 Australian Defense Forces are now in the Philippines to participate in two separate exercises in urban fighting, simulating its role during the siege of Marawi last year, where ADF provided real time intelligence and training

AUSTRALIA. The Australian Defense Force has 60 personnel participating in Exercise Balikatan 2018

Dela Rosa wants to move Bilibid to Nueva Ecija

May 11, 2018 - 5:15 PM

'Kung ako, oo, gusto ko talagang mag-gawa ng mega-facility na brand new. Solved na ang problema ko wala na akong problema kung merong gano'n,' says the BuCor chief

TRANSFER EYED. BuCor chief Ronald dela Rosa wants to bring Bilibid to Nueva Ecija. Photo by Angie dela Rosa/Rappler

Suspect in killing of partner, 5 others in Nueva Ecija arrested

Apr 21, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Jessie Tesoro faces multiple murder and frustrated murder charges after he allegedly hacked to death 6 people

MURDER SUSPECT. Jessie Tesoro, a murder suspect, is arrested in Nueva Ecija on April 20, 2018. Photo courtesy of PRO3