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The warrants of arrest against Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño, Rafael Mariano and anti-poverty secretary Liza Maza are no longer in effect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

PDEA seizes P500,000 in psychotropic, narcotic drugs from Nueva Ecija pharmacies

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Among the dangerous drugs seized are 2,422 pieces of Valium Diazepam, 3 amber glass vials of Ketamine Hydrochloride, and 10 pieces of Fentanyl Citrate

SEIZED. The dangerous drugs confiscated by the PDEA from 4 pharmacies along Mabini St. in Cabanatuan City. Photo by Jun A. Malig

Mary Jane Veloso’s lawyers slam CA decision to block her testimony

Jan 05, 2018 - 6:37 PM

'Just let her speak out and let her story stand on its own. Or shall we wait for her to be sent to the gallows with her mouth gagged?' says the National Union of People's Lawyers

SAVE MARY JANE. The supposed execution of OFW Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia in 2015 was met by public outcry and international scrutinity, that pushed both the Phlippine and Indonesian governments to take extra steps which eventually resulted in a reprieve from death sentence. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

CBCP hits murder of 'martyr' priest from Nueva Ecija

Dec 22, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Now led by Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, the CBCP also calls for a probe into other 'deaths under investigation' in the Philippines

'HERO, MARTYR'. Catholic priest Marcelitio 'Tito' Paez was gunned down on December 4, 2017, after facilitating the release of a political prisoner in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

CLSU gets P10-M grant for education of mega drug rehab patients

Dec 21, 2017 - 5:07 PM

The Central Luzon State University in Nueva Ecija develops instructional modules for patients who want to complete their education or learn livelihood skills

MEGA DRUG REHAB. Starting 2018, the Commission on Higher Education will implement a project for drug dependents in the mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija. File photo by Robinson Ninal/PPD

Caritas PH condemns attack on churches, seeks justice for slain priest

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM

'The brutal killing is an attack to the Church and her mission for social justice and empowerment of the poor,' says Caritas Philippines in a statement.

Father Tito Paez: 'A comrade for others'

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:21 AM

'He offered his life not only as a priest but also as a comrade. He was a comrade for others – a hero, a martyr,' says San Jose City Bishop Roberto Mallari of slain activist priest Marcelito 'Tito' Paez

ACTIVIST PRIEST. Catholic priest Marcelitio 'Tito' Paez was gunned down by unknown men on December 4, 2017, after facilitating the release of a political prisoner in Cabanatuan City. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Slain Nueva Ecija priest Tito Paez laid to rest

Dec 11, 2017 - 3:00 PM

At the Santo Niño Cemetery, the crowd sings Filipino patriotic songs 'Bayan Ko' and 'Pilipinas Kong Mahal'

FINAL resting place of Father Tito Paez at the Santo Niño Cemetery in Nueva Ecija. All photos by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

CPP-Central Luzon blames ‘Duterte regime’ for Fr. Paez’s death

Dec 08, 2017 - 12:10 AM

The statement of the Communist Party of the Philippines says President Duterte considers their group as a serious threat to his power

BLAMED. In this combo photo are cadres of the New People's Army and President Duterte.

Central Luzon police vow 'in-depth probe' into killing of Nueva Ecija priest

Dec 05, 2017 - 10:43 PM

Central Luzon regional police vows to find out who killed Fr. Marcelito 'Tito' Paez

ACTIVIST. Fr. Tito Paez's killing has ignited social media, specially from his kababayans in Nueva Ecija.

Priest killed in Nueva Ecija

Dec 05, 2017 - 10:53 AM

(UPDATED) The incident happened hours after Fr Marcelito Paez assisted in facilitating the release of a political prisoner in Cabanatuan, says rights group Karapatan

KILLED. Fr Marcelito Paez, coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines in Central Luzon, is gunned down in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija, on December 4, 2017. Photo from the Commission on Social Communication, Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija

Piñol says new bird flu case in Nueva Ecija 'contained'

Dec 02, 2017 - 1:42 PM

'Under the new internationally set protocols, only fowls in the affected farm will be culled while those in the surrounding areas will be monitored and subjected to random tests,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

BIRD FLU. In this file photo, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol talks about the avian influenza during a press conference last August. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo urges police, military, Church to support drug rehab programs

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:05 PM

'Sa inyo po kami huhugot ng pag-asa. Alam po namin na mas marami iyong matitino,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells police and military officers

DRUG REHAB ADVOCATE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech in front of 28 graduates of a drug rehabilitation program in Nueva Ecija. Photo from Robredo's Facebook page

DA to review Philippine policies on bird flu

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:00 PM

'We will conduct a review on how we should handle the [avian influenza] problems in the future because... the industry actually suffered because of the very strict measures that we implemented,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

BIRD FLU. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says his department will review the country's policies in relation to the avian influeza or bird flu. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

DDB 'supports' operation of mega drug rehab in Nueva Ecija

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM

The Dangerous Drugs Board's latest statement comes over a week after its chairperson, Dionisio Santiago, was sacked for criticizing the 10,000-bed facility in Fort Magsaysay

MILITARY LAND. The rehab dorms have been built on military land. File photo from the Department of Health

#PugadBaboy: Critiques Get You Fired

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Duterte 'offended' by Santiago's criticism of drug rehab approach

Nov 08, 2017 - 6:11 PM

'You do not go to the press and start to blabber,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about axed DDB chief Dionisio Santiago

President Rodrigo Roa Dutere, in his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport prior to his departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017, announces that he will talk about the economic imbalance and the impact of globalization on the countries who have been left behind during the APEC-ASEAN Dialogue. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

Santiago resigns, SC junks Napoles bail petition, Trillanes to file libel case vs Nieto | Evening wRap

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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P900M for 100-meter road? Lacson hits DPWH for alleged overpricing

Oct 09, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson questions why a 100-meter stretch of Maharlika Road in Nueva Ecija has been getting P300 million yearly since 2016

Reynaldo 'Kulot' de Guzman finally buried

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:12 AM

UPDATED The burial pushes through despite claims by the PNP that a test they conducted showed that the DNA of the boy found floating in a creek with 30 stab wounds did not match that of his parents

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Sep 12, 2017 - 9:04 PM

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Corpse of boy found in Nueva Ecija to be returned to police

Sep 12, 2017 - 3:41 PM

The police will continue their investigation into the corpse fished out a creek in Gapan City earlier positively identified as that of teenager Reynaldo de Guzman

'NOT KULOT'. PNP says the body found in Nueva Ecija is not Reynaldo de Guzman. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Trillanes, Reynaldo de Guzman, Faeldon | Evening wRap

Sep 11, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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Parents of slain teen Reynaldo de Guzman have no more tears

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:52 AM

Lina and Eddie de Guzman are finally reunited with their son but they have more questions than answers over Reynaldo s death

DRAINED. Eddie de Guzman rests as he and his wife, Lina, wait to bring home their son's remains. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Reynaldo de Guzman, Mariano, Robredo | Evening wRap

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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