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Balibago News Oct-2009

30 Oct 2009 - Motorcycle-riding gunmen strike again

ANGELES CITY -- Two motorcycle-riding gunmen ambushed a younger brother of former Public Works and Highways Secretary Jose "Ping" De Jesus while jogging inside a subdivision last October 17.

The unidentified suspects shot Antonio de Jesus, 61, at 7:15 a.m. along 9th St., Plaridel 2 Subdivision in Amsic village. The victim, however, survived the attack.

The two other recent victims of motorcycle-riding killers were not as lucky.

30 Oct 2009 - Angeles cops seize 11-kilo marijuana

ANGELES CITY -- The city police arrested Thursday a couple in Barangay Cutcut here for alleged possession of marijuana leaves weighing 11 kilos.

Police identified the couples as Russel Santos Mangalindan, 47, and Anna Bongo Perez, of Liwayway Street, Bagumbayan Subdivision, Cutcut, this city.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, city police officer-in-charge, said the suspects were caught possessing the huge volume of illegal drugs.

Prior to the suspects' arrest, an informant informed the city police that the couple will be arriving from Baguio City, bringing along with them large amount of marijuana.

30 Oct 2009 - Mayor asks flood victims to relocate in town

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales has urged flood victims in Metro Manila to relocate in this town, which he described as "flood free area of Pampanga."

Morales said the flood victims can be accommodated in the northern portion of Mabalacat where low-cost housing projects, such as Xevera Mabalacat and Fiesta Communities are located.

According to Morales, the northern portion of Mabalacat is being "pumprimed" as "Makati of the North."

30 Oct 2009 - Ex-councilor to make a comeback

ANGELES CITY -- Former Councilor Jericho Genasky Aguas will run for a seat in the City Council next year under the ticket of incumbent Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno.

The 29-year-old husband of actress Isabel Granada said he will once again throw his hat in the political arena this coming May 2010 elections.

Aguas said that despite the appeal of some members of his family for him to give up politics, it is his "strong desire to once again serve Angeleños."

30 Oct 2009 - City on ‘triple red alert’

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The city will be placed on “triple red alert” from October 30-November 2 in anticipation for “Undas” and preparation for Typhoon “Santi”.

In anticipation of the thousands of folks who would troop the city’s 12 cemeteries for “Undas” (All Saints’ Day) and in preparation for the possible onslaught of Typhoon Santi this weekend, the city will be placed on a heightened alert.

In Thursday’s Oplan Kaluluwa 2009 conference at the City Hall, City Administrator Ferdinand Caylao said on top of the double red alert raised by the Philippine National Police (PNP), a heightened third alert will be observed by concerned City Government officials, agencies and barangay units following reports from the weather bureau and the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) that Typhoon Santi will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (AOR) by Friday afternoon.

“We are all set for the observance of All Saints’ Day in the city and in all its 12 cemeteries. But we have made added preparations following reports that Typhoon Santi will make landfall this weekend and will directly hit us here in Pampanga.

30 Oct 2009 - Bad weather likely on All Saints’ Day

TYPHOON Santi as of Thursday morning is moving westwards at 24-kilometer per hour (kph) and expected to make landfall in Casiguran, Aurora Saturday if it maintains its speed.

“Santi” (international codename: Mirinae) could go directly over Metro Manila if the high-pressure area (HPA) influencing the typhoon pushes it southwards, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

But it could make a landfall by Friday night if it moves faster, said Pagasa Administrator Prisco Nilo.

Nilo said everyone is advised not to board sea crafts and aircrafts by Saturday.

By Monday or Tuesday morning, it is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

29 Oct 2009 - PGMA to grace 2nd NICP summit in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT — President Arroyo is expected to grace the Second National Information and Communication Technology Confederation of the Philippines (2nd NICP) Summit 2009.

The summit is slated on November 5-7 at the Fontana Convention Center Clark.

The summit, to be hosted by the Metro Clark ICT Council (MCICTC), is aimed at recognizing the importance of ICT in business.

28 Oct 2009 - 4th storm threatens central and northern Luzon

LUZON - Another potential powerful typhoon is heading towards northern and central Luzon area, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Wednesday.

Nathaniel Cruz, PAGASA's weather bureau chief, said the storm with an international name Mirinae may enter the Philippine area of responsibility by late Wednesday night or early morning Thursday.

PAGASA's website said the storm was still over the Pacific Ocean, 1,640 kilometers east of northern Luzon packed with maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 100 kph. It was moving west northwest at 28 kph.

"We expect the storm to enter the Philippine area of responsibility late tonight or tomorrow morning, if there will be no change in its present course," Cruz told ANC television.

Mirinae, which will be named Santi as soon as it enters Philippine territory, is the 4th tropical cyclone to enter the country since tropical storm Ondoy.

28 Oct 2009 - City cops nab suspected rob gang leader

ANGELES CITY -- The alleged leader of a robbery syndicate operating in Central Luzon was apprehended by the city police Tuesday after he was suspected of handling methamphetamine (shabu).

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, newly installed city police officer-in-charge, said Allan Roque Sotelo, alleged leader of the Sotelo Gang, was arrested in Barangay Sapang Bato by personnel of the Police Station 5.

He said Sotelo allegedly heads the notorious Sotelo Gang and Aries Group, which are responsible for a series of Akyat-Bahay and hold-up incidents in Pampanga and Tarlac provinces.

At least eight members of the gang were killed during the shootout with policemen.

28 Oct 2009 - HK travel agents explore Clark tourist destinations

CLARK FREEPORT -- A group of travel agents from Hong Kong have explored tourists spots in Clark, Subic and other parts of Central Luzon.

This was learned from Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Victor Jose Luciano who said that the Chinese delegation arrived Sunday on Zest Air Flight Z2-084 at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

27 Oct 2009 - Brace yourselves for storm of events in Angeles City

THE much awaited and anticipated major internationally acclaimed event in Angeles City is coming really soon!

The culminating activity of the month-long celebration of the Angeles City Twin Fiesta ’09, dubbed as the Angeles City Street Jam and Party 2009, will be observed for two days, October 30 and 31, this Friday and Saturday, each from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m., at Mac Arthur High Way, Balibago, Angeles City.

On Friday, October 30, national bands provided for by San Miguel Brewery Inc. are Rock Steady, Mayonnaise, Hale, Shamrock, and Sanijnilif.

On Saturday, the next day, people will be entertained by Brown Man Revival, Sugar Free, Delara (formerly Mojofly), Silent Sanctuary, and Soap Dish.

Reasonably priced at P100 per ticket, entrance fee is inclusive of a plastic cup of San Miguel Daft Beer or a can of Cali Shandy, Globe sim card, Friendship bracelet and necklace/dog tag, and a raffle ticket entitling participant a chance to win a prize from Globe Asiatique. On top of this, more promos await spectators within the event area from the different concessionaires in their own booths. Moreover, each day is even more spiced-up with a fireworks display.

27 Oct 2009 - Aetas get eco-tourism training

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has spearheaded the training of some 18 Aetas on eco-tourism.

CDC officials said this is part of the state-owned firm’s preparation for the development of the “Next Frontier” project at the Sacobia Valley.

CDC Tourism and Promotions Office Manager Noemi Garcia said the Aetas were taken to the Jest Camp inside the Subic Freeport where they underwent one-day training on eco-tourism.

The participants also took a crash course in survival training and before capping the activity with a trek of the Jest Camp’s mountainous area.

27 Oct 2009 - City employees to get 'anniversary bonuses'

ANGELES CITY - Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno on Monday ordered the immediate release of some P5,000,000 for the anniversary bonus of some 2,000 City Hall employees here.

Nepomuceno's announcement during the flag raising rites here, which was met with a jubilant applause from the crowd of employees, said that each employee will receive some P3,000.

23 Oct 2009 - Zest Air inaugural flight fully booked

CLARK FREEPORT -- All seats have been taken for the inaugural flight of Zest Air to Hong Kong Friday.

A roundtrip ticket of only $70 via Clark-Hong Kong flight was sold like a hot cake in their first-ever international operations at DMIA that is expected to boost passenger volume before the end of this year.

Zest Air, formerly known as Asian Spirit, will be using its brand new Air Bus 320 with a capacity of 166 seats, which will be arriving at the DMIA at 2:30 p.m. for its inaugural daily flight to Hong Kong.

It also flies local domestic operations via Clark-Caticlan flights to the world famous Boracay Beach Island Resort in the Visayas.

22 Oct 2009 - Twin fiesta 'family fun run' on Sunday

ANGELES CITY - Twin Fiesta '09 Chair and City Tourism Office Chief Pamela Flores announced Thursday the Jollibee 5K Family Fun Run.

The event will kicks off at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Jollibee Angeles-Miranda Street.

It will start from Miranda Street Rotunda, entire stretch of Henson Street, Jake Gonzales Boulevard, turning right to McArthur Highway, passing Jollibee AUF, Sto. Entierro Street, Sto. Rosario Street, Plaridel Street, and then back to Miranda Street.

22 Oct 2009 - Boking gives cops 2 weeks to solve teen-slaying case

MABALACAT - Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales has given the town police two weeks to solve the slaying of 16-year-old girl who brutally stabbed 14 times on October 4.

Morales said he has already directed Mabalacat Police Chief Elvis Diaz to arrest the suspects in the slaying of Pauline Nicole Castro, a third year high school student of Don Teodoro V. Santos Institute (DTVSI) here.

Castro was found dead along McArthur Highway near an alley along the boundaries of Barangays San Joaquin and Mamatitang located only several meters away from her residence.

21 Oct 2009 - Relief goods distributed in Pangasinan

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC), through its Clark Outreach Program, distributed some 2,000 bags of relief goods to residents of six villages in San Manuel, Pangasinan.

The residents were the ones badly affected by flooding brought about by Typhoon Pepeng last week.

21 Oct 2009 - A busy weekend for Angeles City

ANGELES City had its hands full of exciting, merry and colorful activities, spearheaded by the Angeles City Tourism Office together with other government agencies and the private sector,

AS part of the annual Twin Fiesta '09 celebration, activities were lined-up to the delight of its residents, local and foreign tourists led by Ms. Pie Angeles-Flores of Angeles City Tourism.

Held at the SM City Clark Parking Lot (Fountain Area), on October 17, this year's 3rd Angeles City Twin Fiesta Car Show has been participated in by exhibitors from all over; namely, Angeles City, Bataan, Bulacan, City of San Fernando, La Union, Mabalacat, Manila, Parañaque, and Tarlac.

20 Oct 2009 - Airport authorities brace for typhoon Ramil (Lupid)

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) announced that the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) is ready to accommodate domestic and international flights that will be diverted due of Typhoon Ramil.

CIAC president Victor Jose Luciano said necessary equipment and personnel would be on hand to provide services to airlines that may be forced to divert to the Clark airport.

Federico Primero Jr., manager of the CIAC Emergency Services Department (ESD), said that once storm signal number 2 is declared in the region, personnel on day-off including paramedics and fire fighters would be recalled to provide assistance.

20 Oct 2009 - AUF earns Iquame accreditation and COD status

ANGELES University Foundation successfully earned accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education's (Ched) Institutional Quality Assurance Monitoring and Evaluation (Iquame) and was bestowed Center of Development (COD) status for its Computer Engineering program, said AUF president Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

"Our Iquame accreditation and Center of Development for Computer Engineering cements our status as the premier higher education institution in Region III (Central Luzon) and as one of the best universities in the Philippines", said Angeles.

19 Oct 2009 - New cop chief to 'resuscitate' tourist police

ANGELES CITY -- The new officer-in-charge of City Police has bared plans to resuscitate the tourist police that will protect foreigners, particularly at entertainment district of Barangay Balibago.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista said the tourist police force would consist of organic members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and civilian volunteers.

He said the team would also handle special cases involving foreigners.

He said the central mobile patrol division would respond to any situations within the city.

Police visibility will also be heightened to neutralize the operation of criminal elements, Bautista said.

He added that he is also planning to conduct an investigation seminar among police personnel and barangay authorities. "We will go down the barangay level so that they can help us in our crime-prevention program," he said.

19 Oct 2009 - Zest Air to launch Daily Hong Kong Flights at DMIA

CLARK FREEPORT -- Zest Air slated to launch its inaugural International flight on October 24 via daily flights to Hong Kong at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano, Zest Air President and CEO Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao and Subic Clark Alliance for Development Council (SCADC) Edgardo Pamintuan will lead the inaugural flight of Zest Air on October 24 at the DMIA that will further boost the passenger volume of the airport by the end of this year.

Zest Air (formerly Asian Spirit) will be using its brand new Air Bus 320 with a capacity of 166 seats will be arriving at the DMIA at 2:30 p.m. for its first inaugural daily flight to Hong Kong signaling the start of its full commercial operations in Clark Freeport Pampanga.

19 Oct 2009 - Brother of former DPWH chief survives ambush

ANGELES CITY -- Antonio de Jesus, 61, brother of former Department of Public of Works Highways (DPWH) secretary Jose "Ping" de Jesus, survived an ambush Saturday.

Reports at Camp Olivas said the ambush staged by still unidentified suspects happened around 7:15 a.m. along ninth St. Plaridel 2 Subdivision in Barangay Amsic, in this city.

Initial investigation said the victim was jogging at the place when two men on board a motorcycle shot him.

De Jesus sustained a bullet wound at the upper portion of his arm. He was rushed to the Angeles University Foundation Medical Center for treatment.

18 Oct 2009 - CEB offers international seat sale

CEBU Pacific (CEB) gives Asian destinations a boost with an all-international seat sale from October 15-19, 2009, for travel from November 15, 2009-January 31, 2010.

For "Go Lite" P999, passengers can book and buy flights from Clark to Bangkok, Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong, and from Manila to Kota Kinabalu and Taipei.

For "Go Lite" P1499, passengers can book and buy flights from Manila to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai, as well as from Cebu to Hong Kong and Singapore.

For "Go Lite" P2499, passengers can book and buy flights from Manila to Incheon and Jakarta, and from Cebu to Incheon and Pusan. Those with check-in luggage will just add P100 upon booking. Osaka seats are also available for the "Go" fare of P2599.

15 Oct 2009 - Angeles City has new cop chief

CAMP OLIVAS - The Angeles City Police has a new director following a simple turn-over ceremony held Wednesday at the Camp Tomas Pepito.

During the ceremony, Senior Superintendent Pierre Bucsit was formally replaced by Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista.

15 Oct 2009 - Relief goods from Spain arrives at Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT — A Russian Antonov-12 aircraft carrying 15 tons of supplies worth 200,000 euros arrived Wednesday at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) here.

The supplies are intended for families affected by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng that battered Metro Manila and the rest of central and northern Luzon.

The cargo, consisting of blankets, family hygienic kits, kitchen sets, Jerry cans, tarpaulins, and 4x4 tents, were donated by the Spanish government as part of the aid package for flood victims in the country.

14 Oct 2009 - Carjackers strike again

A brand new van was forcibly taken along Santos Street, Nepo Subdivision in Barangay Sto. Rosario, Angeles City around 2 a.m. last Sunday.

Reports reaching this camp said that a 2009 Toyota Hi-Ace Grandia, with license plate NIQ-677, was taken at gunpoint while parked at the subdivision by four unidentified gunmen on board a black Kia Sportage SUV without plate numbers.

The owner, Clarita Limiac, 39, of Purok 3, Porac town, together with driver Clarizon Tolentino, Michael delos Reyes and Paulo San Jose, were inside the vehicle when the carjackers appeared.

At gunpoint, two of the suspects ordered the van’s occupants to disembark, the report said.

14 Oct 2009 - CDC, Cila to distribute relief goods in Pangasinan

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and the Clark Investors and Locators Association (Cila) on Tuesday announced that they will hold relief operations to flood victims in Pangasinan.

Citing reports from the Office of Civil Defense, Cila executive director Justice Dalida said the sheer number of families displaced by Typhoon Pepeng which since last week have risen to 500,000.

This, she said, prompted both CDC and Cila to include in their ongoing relief operations some major areas in Pangasinan.

12 Oct 2009 - DOT sets expo to feature best of North Philippines

HE Department of Tourism (DOT) is staging an international expo to showcase the best of North Philippines at SM City Clark, Clark Freeport Zone from November 13-15.

“Dubbed North Philippines (NorthPhil) Tourism and Travel Expo 2009, the event will highlight the best cultural, historical, environmental and natural attractions and destinations of Northern Luzon and the rest of the archipelago as an international showcase for the world to see,” said DOT Secretary Ace Durano.

“Direct flights to the international airports in North Philippines from some Asia-Pacific countries are available, facilitating easy connections for both inbound and outbound traveler. Thus, the event will gather, not only the region’s major industry players, but also end-consumers and members of the global travel trade and other allied sectors,” Durano explained.

“The expo is expected to bring in thousands of corporate, government, entrepreneurial, organizational and individual local and foreign visitors as it does every year, enabling exhibitors to meet potential partners and clients and generate business and establish market linkages domestically and globally, especially since the NorthPhil Expo will be held in Clark, which is an international tourism hub itself,” Durano added.

12 Oct 2009 - Many factors cause traffic jams

MABALACAT --- Traffic congestion in the commercial district of Barangay Dau here is caused by many factors.

Dau barangay captain Marino “Atlas” Morales, son of the mayor here, stressed this following the publication by Sun.Star Pampanga of photos of traffic congestion at the Dau junction.

The village chief cited some of the causes of traffic jams, including the ongoing widening and rehabilitation of the national highway and the big volume of vehicles plying the route, among others.

Morales admitted that the night markets every Monday and Thursday along the McArthur highway also cause traffic jams. But he clarified that establishment of night market along the national highway “is properly monitored” and its effect to the traffic congestion is minimal.

12 Oct 2009 - Slain girl’s kin seek justice

MABALACAT -- The family, relatives and friends of a 16-year-old girl who was found dead last October 4 are seeking justice for her untimely death.

The victim, Pauline Santos Castro, a third year high school student at Mabalacat Institute, was found bathing in her own blood, lying on the pavement near a narrow alley at the southbound shoulder of McArthur Highway along the boundary of Barangays Mamatitang and San Joaquin with at least 14 deep stab wounds in various parts of her body. The fatal wounds pierced through her heart and liver.

Her body was found after she was heard “quarreling” with someone and crying. Neighbors thought it was just an ordinary quarrel.

Family and relatives of the victim have been urging the police to bring her killer to justice.

10 Oct 2009 - Another well known AC Figure arrested

pic of Scott Frye The fourth person charged in a multimillion-dollar securities fraud case will be returned to Coffee County Court to face charges.

Twelfth Judicial Circuit District Attorney Gary McAliley said Wednesday that Scott Allen Frye, 41, was arrested in the Philippines by federal authorities. He is one of four people charged, and the last to be arrested, in connection with fraud cases that occurred between July 2000 and March 2005 in Alabama, Indiana, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Frye is charged in connection with the offer and sale of securities, sale of unregistered securities and the sale of securities by an unregistered dealer involving $3.7 million through the sale of investment contracts, promissory notes and shares of common stock, according to the Alabama Securities Commission.

McAliley said Frye and co-defendants Michael A. Von Kanel, Teresa H. Von Kanel and Douglas D. Handley led their victims to believe money from the investments was being used for real estate development in Nassau, Bahamas.

10 Oct 2009 - DMIA named ‘Most Promising Upstart Airport’

CLARK FREEPORT -- Developments at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) have caught anew the attention of an international magazine which recognized the airport as the “Most Promising Upstart Airport.”

Victor Jose Luciano, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president said the recognition was bestowed by magazine to the DMIA during a recent international event for airlines worldwide.

“This recognition shows that the DMIA and the developments pertaining to its operation is gradually gaining popularity and has impressed magazines such as,” Luciano said.

10 Oct 2009 - Villar, Blueboy vow to help typhoon victims

ANGELES CITY -- Senator Manuel “Manny” Villar and Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno vowed to muster their combined resources to help victims of Typhoon Ondoy in this province and different parts of Metro Manila.

Villar announced this during a lunch meeting with Nepomuceno at the Angeles City Hall. The senator said it has come to his attention that Pampanga towns were also affected by the floodwaters brought about by the typhoon.

“Our visit to the provinces and particularly here in Angeles City is mainly to assess the devastation caused by Typhoon Ondoy. We have been helping people in Metro Manila with relief assistance and we are also going to do the same in other areas,” Villar said.

9 Oct 2009 - American accused of violence vs women, children

CAMP OLIVAS -- The Central Luzon Police Office reported on Tuesday the arrest of American national Michael Scott Given by police intelligence operatives.

Given, 50, a resident of Barangay San Nicolas 2 in Magalang town, has been subject of an intensive manhunt ordered by Chief Superintendent Leon Nilo dela Cruz a few weeks ago for violating Republic Act 9262, other wise known as "Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004."

The act which Given allegedly violated “values the dignity of women and children and guarantees full respect for human rights. The law also recognizes the need to protect the family and its members particularly women and children, from violence and threats to their personal safety and security.”

According to Central Luzon Police Information Officer Baltazar Mamaril Jr., Given was arrested in Barangay San Nicolas, Poblacion in Concepcion, Tarlac by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Bernardita Erum of the Regional Trial Court in Angeles City.

9 Oct 2009 - City declares readiness for disasters

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Disaster Coordinating Council (ACDCC) Friday declared that this city is prepared for typhoons and disasters.

ACDCC action officer and city fire marshall Jimmy Suba said the council is ready for any eventualities that maybe brought about by disasters.

Evacuation centers have been designated around the city for possible swift transfer of families living in flood-prone areas, according to Suba.

He also assured that the ACDCC has enough supply of food and other relief goods for evacuees.

9 Oct 2009 - Angeles City sends clearing team to Marikina

ANGELES CITY -- A team of firemen here was dispatched in Marikina City to augment workers conducting rescue and clearing operations.

Fire Senior Inspector Jimmy Suba, city fire marshall, said the fire officers were sent to assist in the cleaning up of evacuation centers in said city which was badly hit by the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy.

9 Oct 2009 - Guam airport exec cites DMIA

CLARK FREEPORT --- A top officials of the Guam International Airport was impressed by the developments at the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex here.

Martin Gerber, GIA Board chairman, said the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) has a big potential to become the country’s premier gateway.

“You have an incredible developments here, I am very impressed of what I have seen in your airport,” said Martin, who made a visit on Thursday at the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Corporate Office.

9 Oct 2009 - Cutcut wins ‘3 on 3’ Streetball finals

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay Cutcut-Amor defeated Holy Angel University to snatch the 2nd Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno 3 on 3 Streetball Challenge Junior Division finals held at the SM Clark on October 7.

The events was participated in by 27 squads from different schools and barangays. Ten teams took part in the junior division, 9 in women and 8 teams joined in the midget. They competed in a round-robin series for the three-day event.

6 Oct 2009 - ‘Twin Fiesta 2009’ celebrations kick off

ANGELES CITY -- The “Twin Fiesta” celebrations here formally kicked off on Monday, ushering a month-long festivity of religious, sports, cultural, and merrymaking traditions.

City Tourism Officer Pamela “Pie” Flores said that this year’s activity will feature more than 30 activities that will feature Angeleño “traditions and ingenuity.”

“We have lined-up events that would truly make Angelenos feel proud of their local heritage,” Flores said, stressing that the Twin Fiesta celebrations and other auxiliary events are worthwhile seeing by locals and tourists alike.

The Twin Fiesta celebrations revolve around two religious events here - the La Naval which is held every second Sunday of October and the "Fiestang Apung Mamacalulu" celebrated on the last Friday of the same month.

6 Oct 2009 - City launches performance management system

ANELES CITY –- The City Government here led by Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno launched its second version of the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS) at Shanghai Restaurant recently.

The move, according to Nepomuceno, is part of the city government’s commitment to continue its implementation of the LGPMS as prescribed by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The LGPMS is a self-assessment management and development tool that enables the provinces, cities and municipalities to determine the capabilities and limitations in the delivery of essential public services. Earlier last month, the city government has started initial moves to implement the LGPMS.

5 Oct 2009 - Folk protest dismissal of village officials

ANGELES CITY -- Some 100 residents of Barangay Pulung Maragul here held a three-hour rally in front of City Hall Monday to protest the dismissal of nine of their village officials.

The protesters are supporters of dismissed City Council members Joseph Dimapilis, Dominador Gerilla, Leo Kintanar, Jesus Cortez, Orlando Lobo, Leo Ancheta, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairman Jomar Cortez, council secretary Lourdes Laluces, and council treasurer Evert Briones.

The protesters claimed to have organized themselves -- without any influence from the dismissed officials -- to protest what they called as the unjust removal of their officials.

3 Oct 2009 - DMIA to accommodate diverted flights

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) is ready to accommodate flights that will be affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Pepeng.

CIAC President and chief executive officer (CEO) Victor Jose Luciano said the Clark International Airport Corporation has prepared for a possible diversion of flights to DMIA were aircrafts can land safely at the 3.2 kilometer runways of the airport.

“We are very much prepared and DMIA is always ready to accept diversion of flights during calamities,” Luciano said.

2 Oct 2009 - RP on high alert for super typhoon

The country went on high alert yesterday as a “super typhoon” threatened to unleash more devastation on millions of people still struggling to recover from deadly floods that claimed 277 lives.

Typhoon “Pepeng” was gaining strength as it churned towards the Philippines and was expected to dump more heavy rain on areas still reeling from the weekend floods that forced nearly 700,000 people into evacuation camps.

“We are dealing with a very strong typhoon, so we should be at the highest level of preparedness,” weather bureau spokesman Nathaniel Santiago said, amid forecasts the typhoon would make landfall on Saturday.

“There is a possibility that this will become a super typhoon.”

The government defines a super typhoon as one with winds reaching 175-200 kilometers per hour with the potential to cause heavy damage.

2 Oct 2009 - Mayor withdraws libel case vs American

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno has dropped the libel case he filed against an American trader who earlier accused him of being behind the operation of a group allegedly gypping money from bar owners and bargirls along the entertainment district of Fields Avenue in Barangay Balibago here.

Nepomuceno dropped the case against Jim Dale of Hotel La Casa after the foreigner apologized to him.

“I knew that you were not behind the Jojo Group,” Dale told Nepomuceno in his letter of apology dated September 30, 2009.

Dale met with Nepomuceno at the Angeles City Hall and personally apologized to the local chief executive for the false reports.

1 Oct 2009 - Angeles celebrates Fiestang Kuliat

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government is set to celebrate the annual Fiestang Kuliat with month-long activities, including sports competitions, cultural nights, and religious gatherings.

It is a twin fiesta celebration - the La Naval which is held every second Sunday of October and the "Fiestang Apung Mamacalulu" celebrated on the last Friday of the same month.

The festivities symbolize the emergence of Angeles City as one of the progressive urban centers in Region III after the Mount Pinatubo eruption and the withdrawal of the US Military base in Clark Field in 1991.

The activities include bicycle race on October 4, street dance challenge on October 5 to 7, cultural nights on Oct. 5,6,13,14,19,20,26 & 27, children olympics on October 8, float parade and boxing match on October 10.

1 Oct 2009 - Angeles City extends assistance to Arayat folk

ARAYAT -- The City Government of Angeles led by Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno visited this town Tuesday to provide relief assistance to residents affected by the mudslide that left 12 people dead on Saturday.

Nepomuceno said that since Angeles City was spared from the wrath of Typhoon Ondoy, the City Government found it fitting to extend help to fellow Kapampangans in need.

"It is the responsibility of those who have the capacity and resources to help people in need. We are here because we are willing to join in the mission of helping fellow Kapampangans and doing good knows no boundaries," Nepomuceno said.

1 Oct 2009 - CDC raises P1M for typhoon victims

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Clark locators, and the Philippine Air Force’s (PAF) 600th Air Base Wing have raised more than P1 million that would be used to help victims of Typhoon Ondoy in Pampanga.

In a meeting held Monday, CDC President Benigno Ricafort gathered members of the Clark Investors and Locators Association (Cila) and representatives from the PAF to discuss how the Clark Freeport community could extend relief and financial assistance to communities affected by Ondoy’s onslaught.