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Balibago News Nov-2009

30 Nov 2009 - Arroyo to run for Congress

She announcement Monday during a pool interview in Malacañang. It is still uncertain though when she would file her certificate of candidacy (COC).

Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal earlier in the day said he was 91 percent sure the President would run, adding that she need not file her COC personally since someone else can do it for her.

30 Nov 2009 - Filing of charges vs school officials recommended

ANGELES CITY --- The City Prosecutors' Office has recommended the filing of child abuse and falsification of public documents against three teachers of an international school here.

This is in connection with a case filed by the mother of a former student of Westfield International School who said her daughter's grade, who should have graduated as class valedictorian, was allegedly altered by some school's officials.

29 Nov 2009 - Angeles City LP bets to file COCs Monday

ANGELES CITY -- Balibago barangay captain Rodelio "Tony" Mamac is set to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office here Monday under the Liberal Party (LP).

Vowing "to implement programs which will benefit the people," Mamac and his group said "unlike other candidates, his team will present to the people real program and not money."

29 Nov 2009 - AUF holds 'University Week 2009'

ANGELES University Foundation (AUF) is staging its University Week 2009 celebration with a roster of academic, cultural, sports, religious and community development activities, said AUF president lawyer Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles.

The weeklong celebration kicks off with the University Games and with the theme Sulagpo: Soaring High, which will open on December 2 with sports analyst Bill Velasco as guest speaker.

28 Nov 2009 - Formidable ‘Team Friendship’ files COCs

ANGELES CITY -- Branding his line-up “Team Friendship” truly strong and formidable, Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno led other aspirants of the group Saturday in filing their Certificates of Candidacy (COCs).

Nepomuceno’s line-up is composed of vice-mayoralty aspirant Ricardo Zalamea and incumbent Councilors Rudy Simeon, Dan Lacson and Arvin Suller; and councilors-wannabe Bryan Nepomuceno, Jericho Aguas, Joseph Bonifacio, Raf Del Rosario, Rico Dizon, Dino de Guzman and Abel Pamintuan.

28 Nov 2009 - Zubiri, Jaworski join Clark horse fest

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and actress and world class equestrienne Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski led enthusiasts and spectators at First Annual Horse Festival hosted by this place.

The festival highlighted the parade of horses that started from the entrance of El Kabayo to the Clark parade ground in front of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) business headquarters.

28 Nov 2009 - Angeles police conduct robbery drills in malls

ANGELES CITY -- The City Police have initiated a series of drills in selected malls here where a robbery scenario might take place.

Elements of the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) and other units situated near the subject mall will then respond to the mock stress call.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, City Police officer-in-charge, said the simulation is a test of the City Police's operational readiness, especially in responding to robbery and other incidents.

28 Nov 2009 - Woman kills husband

MABALACAT -- A 34-year-old woman shot dead her drunk husband, saying he attempted to stab her after their squabble.

Flordeliza Castillo-Aleta, 34, a native of Manghulyawon, La Libertad, Negros Occidental, reportedly shot her husband, Conrado Etol Aleta, 32, a native of Cogon, Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte, inside their residence in Barangay Mabiga here Thursday night.

27 Nov 2009 - Pinatubo is now owned by Aetas

Mt. Pinatubo, including the three-kilometer wide crater lake left by its 1991 eruptions, is now officially ancestral land of Aetas in Botolan, Zambales.

26 Nov 2009 - Cila hits poor garbage collection

CLARK FREEPORT - The Clark Investors and Locators Association (Cila) hit Wednesday what it described as poor garbage collection system of the Metro Clark Waste Management Group (MCWM).

The said ineffective system had led to a barrage of complaints from business locators in the area.

In an interview, Cila executive director Justice Dalida said two months have already passed after the meeting between Cila and MCWM was held but the waste collection firm "has done nothing to resolve the complaints" of the locators.In an interview, Cila executive director Justice Dalida said two months have already passed after the meeting between Cila and MCWM was held but the waste collection firm "has done nothing to resolve the complaints" of the locators.

25 Nov 2009 - Pamintuan files COC

ANGELES CITY -- Edgardo Pamintuan, chairman of Subic-Clark Alliance for the Development Council and president of the NorthRail Corp., filed Wednesday his certificate of candidacy (COC) for city mayorship.

Pamintuan’s running mate, incumbent Vice Mayor Maria Vicenta "Vicky" Vega-Cabigting, who also filed her COC for reelection, accompanied him.

25 Nov 2009 - Man jailed for P25

MABALACAT -- A grocery store worker was jailed after being suspected of replacing with a bigger one the toothpaste he bought from the establishment where he was employed.

Ronald Uban Dalusung of Angeles City was charged with Qualified Theft by the management of Puregold Supermarket situated in the commercial district of Barangay Dau here.

A bail of P10,000 was recommended for his temporary liberty.

24 Nov 2009 - Aquino's party has yet to choose city chair

ANGELES CITY -- The last day of certificates of candidacy (COC) filing is barely six days away but the Liberal Party (LP) has yet to appoint its party chairman in this city.

LP standard bearer Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III said Monday that his party will announce its chairperson in this highly urbanized city "very soon," as talks and negotiations on this matter are still to be concluded.

24 Nov 2009 - LP has yet to choose city chair

ANGELES CITY -- The last day of certificates of candidacy (COC) filing is barely six days away but the Liberal Party (LP) has yet to appoint its party chairman in this city.

LP standard bearer Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III said Monday that his party will announce its chairperson in this highly urbanized city "very soon," as talks and negotiations on this matter are still to be concluded.

23 Nov 2009 - CDC conducts fire drill

CLARK FREEPORT - The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) recently conducted a fire drill as part of its disaster preparedness and awareness program.

CDC president Benigno Ricafort led the exercise, which he said was part of an ongoing program that aims to ensure the safety of locators and establishment inside the free port.

23 Nov 2009 - Group expresses support to Nepomuceno

ANGELES CITY - The urban poor and community leaders' group known as Kapanalig on Monday expressed its support to the re-election bid of Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno here.

Kapanalig president Abel Pamintuan said Monday morning that the 8,000 members of his group in 33 barangays here "will rally behind Nepomuceno in 2010."

23 Nov 2009 - CEB offers P999 "Go Lite" seat sale

ASIA'S third-largest low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) allots more than 50,000 seats in the latest P999 "Go Lite" seat sale to any domestic destination from November 17-19, 2009, for travel from December 1-31, 2009.

This includes flights from Manila to Kalibo (Boracay), San Jose, Tuguegarao, Legazpi, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Busuanga (Coron), and direct flights from Cebu to Puerto Princesa, Clark, and Legazpi.

Those with check-in luggage will just add P100 upon booking.

22 Nov 2009 - SCTEx Porac interchange opens Nov. 25

PORAC - After several months of delay, the interchange that leads to and from the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) in this town will finally be opened to motorists on Wednesday.

This was announced by the Department of Public Works and Highways Central Luzon (DPWH-R3) on Sunday.

Constructed at a cost of P400 million, the interchange and access road spans on top of the West Lateral Dike near the boundary of Barangays Hacienda Dolores and Manibaug here and runs down parallel to the West Lateral Dike all the way to the SCTEx.

22 Nov 2009 - Pampanga folk urged to donate blood

PAMPANGA Governor Eddie Panlilio underscored the importance of blood donation as he encouraged concerned citizens in the province to donate blood and share themselves with others.

Panlilio, in a recent meeting of the Pampanga Provincial Blood Council held at the Benigno Aquino Memorial Hall at the Capitol compound, appealed to the innate generosity of hearts of fellow Kapampangans to "donate blood and in so doing, donate ourselves" to others needing transfusion.

It is estimated that the Central Luzon region needs around 20,000 to 24,000 blood units for blood transfusion requirements in one year.

21 Nov 2009 - Urban poor get lot titles

ANGELES CITY -- City Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno once again awarded 307 Certificate of Lot Awards (Cola) and 11 Certificate of Land Titles (CLTs) to urban poor families on Friday.

The awarding was held at City Hall, bringing the total number of delivered Colas and CLTs to 1,938 and 238, respectively.

Under the City's Socialized Housing Program of the Local Urban Poor Affairs and Housing Office (Lupaho), Mayor Nepomuceno turned over 307 Colas to qualified beneficiaries of Purok 6 (Biotop Area, Kadamay Area, Gawad Kalinga Area and Gloria - Capati Area) in Barangay Cuayan, Angeles City.

20 Nov 2009 - Nepo chess tourney held at SM Clark

ANGELES CITY -- Some 61 chess players participated in the First Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno Blitz Chess Challenge held at the CyberZone area of SM Clark over the weekend.

The event is the culminating activity of the annual summer Chess Clinic for aged 14 below.

Aside from Angeles City, players from adjacent municipalities such as Porac, Mabalacat, Magalang and City of San Fernando participated in the sports tilt.

19 Nov 2009 - 600 kilos 'double dead' meat seized

ANGELES CITY -- Policemen confiscated some 600 kilos of "hot meat" known as "botcha" along Miranda Extension in Barangay Sta. Trinidad while being delivered to Pampang Public Market last Tuesday.

The confiscated meat are "double dead" dressed chicken that were considered unfit for human consumption, according to Chief Inspector Jaime Villamil, commander of Police Station 2.

Villamil said that around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, they received information that hot meat from Bulacan will be transported to the Angeles City Public Market through a passenger jeepney with license plate CXL-537.

Policemen, together with elements of the City Veterinary Office (CVO) led by Dr. Josefino Villaroman, National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) led by Dr. Roberto Umali, and the Angeles City Public Market Administration headed by Ramon Casupanan, responded and were able to apprehend one Jaime De Castro, 51, from Barangay Masagana in Pandi, Bulacan.

Villaroman confirmed the meat was rancid and found that it did not have a NMIS seal.

19 Nov 2009 - Anti-drug rally in Angeles City set

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Acadac) headed by Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno is set to conduct a "Parade and Rally against Drug Abuse" along major thoroughfares Friday.

"This is in pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 124 declaring the third week of November of every year as the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week," Nepomuceno said, adding that they hope to create grassroots awareness and vigilance against illegal drugs.

"The rally will start at the assembly points of Chevalier School along McArthur Highway, Holy Family Academy along Sto. Rosario Street and Dieg's Bake Shop along Magalang-Angeles Road and parade to Nepo Quadrangle were a program will be held and anticipating 20,000 in attendees," Del Rosario said.

19 Nov 2009 - Nursing student's ghost 'felt'

ANGELES CITY -- The alleged ghost of a nursing student is being felt by her classmates and village officials.

The said student was brutally killed inside her boarding house in Barangay Salapungan on September 3.

According to Salapungan village chief Robert Yeen, around 10 p.m. sometime last week, one of Ballestero's classmates saw the victim sitting and crying along the road leading to the boarding house where he was killed.

18 Nov 2009 - Crime volume expected to rise before Christmas

ANGELES CITY -- Police anticipate an upsurge in crime volume during the Christmas season.

With this, First District of Pampanga, Angeles City police departments, Mabalacat and Magalang towns are now instituting measures to prevent crimes in the localities.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, Angeles City police officer-in-charge, said hes directed his men to intensify police visibility in places of convergence like malls, churches, jitney terminals, and others.

Bautista said that police personnel will be regularly dispatched in malls to ensure the safety of the people rushing for food and grocery items.

18 Nov 2009 - Village's program benefits 170 students

ANGELES CITY -- Some 170 elementary, high school and college students are benefiting yearly from the scholarship and educational assistance program being implemented by a village here.

Salapungan village chief Robert Yeen said he has been prioritizing education since he assumed office as barangay executive in 2002, citing the importance of education, which he said will be the foundation of young people who will lead the country.

17 Nov 2009 - Clark all set for 1st horse festival

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of visitors’ bureau here announced that the Freeport is now ready to hold the country’s first ever horse festival.

The festival dubbed “Horse Fest 09” was slated on November 27-30 at the El Kabayo ranch and parade ground here, officials of the Greater Clark Visitors Bureau (GCVB) said.

In a media briefing Monday, GCVB president Jun Cruz said the event will highlight equestrian competitions, polo and other horse-related activities.

The festival is organized by the GCVB in cooperation with the Clark Development Corporation and the Clark Freeport Tourism Association.

17 Nov 2009 - Rehab of Cutcut intersection to start in January

ANGELES CITY -- The rehabilitation of the badly damaged intersection in Barangay Cutcut here that links this city to Porac town will start early next year.

This was announced Tuesday by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Pampanga Sub-District Engineer Juanito Reguyal.

17 Nov 2009 - Lawyer asks city to subsidize college education

ANGELES CITY -- Spending for the college education of the poor but gifted and motivated young people is “one of the soundest, most high-yielding investments” the city can make in relation to its vital role within the so-called global landscape of Central Luzon.

This is one of the salient points of a research undertaken by lawyer Angelo “Pinggoy” Lopez III, a professor at the Angeles University Foundation who holds an Economics degree.

“Globalization is fast driving significant changes in our economy and in Angeles City, and perhaps in similarly situated communities elsewhere, education workforces are needed more than ever, if we are to harness and fully exploit emergent opportunities at the new economic zones,” the study stated.

17 Nov 2009 - Truck ban violators nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles City Traffic Management and Enforcement Unit (ACTMEU) has apprehended some 13 truck drivers for violating the truck ban recently implemented by the City Government.

City officials decided to implement the quarry truck ban to solve the traffic congestion at a busy intersection in Barangay Cutcut which leads to the Clark Freeport, to this city and nearby Porac town.

As of November 16, a total of 13 quarry truck drivers were arrested, the ACTMEU reported.

16 Nov 2009 - Chinese National found burned

CLARK Freeport - A Chinese national with second degree burns all over his body was allegedly found inside the bathroom of Villa 3208 in Fontana Leisure Park Thursday.

In a report, Chief Inspector Rogelio Javier, Angeles City Station 4 commander, identified the victim as Di Run Cheng.

When responding policemen arrived at the leisure park, members of the Fontana security and Clark Development Corp. security department were already in the area, according to Javier.

It was reported to the police that Di was occupying Villa 3208, together with Ren Yi Wei, Chao Pao and couple Li Gang and Lu Nah.

Police investigators are puzzled about the incident, as there was no physical evidence or means of burning oneself found inside the villa's bathroom.

16 Nov 2009 - Pampanga celebrates 1st Provincial Katutubo Day

AN ESTIMATED 1,000 indigenous peoples (IPs) and concerned agencies are expected to attend the first Provincial Katutubo Day celebration Tuesday at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center, San Fernando.

Susan Dimabuyu, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), said various activities have been lined-up for the said celebration which aims to give due recognition to the IP sector in the province.

A mini agro-industrial trade fair featuring the vegetables and fruit crops and bamboo craft products of IPs in Barangays Nabuclod and Mawacat in Floridablanca; Camias in Porac; and Calumpang in Mabalacat will be held.

16 Nov 2009 - Spongebob at Marquee Mall

Hundreds of schoolchildren in Angeles City recently enjoyed the two-day Spongebob Square Pants live show at the Marquee Mall activity center.

This is an early treat for the young ones this November.

As expected, Spongebeob Square Pants, the famous fictional character of the popular Nickoledeon animated television series Spongebob Square Pants, and his friend Patrick were excitedly swarmed by kids during the shows last November 13 and 14.

15 Nov 2009 - Pacman wins 7th title

Manny Pacquiao became the first fighter ever to win seven weight division titles in boxing history Saturday (Sunday RP time) after ousting defending WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto with a 12th-round technical-knockout victory at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

14 Nov 2009 - CEB cuts fares by 50%

CLARK FREEPORT -- Cebu Pacific (CEB) has cut its fares on domestic and international flights starting November 12-13, 2009.

The discount offer is for travels slated from January 15, 2010 to March 15, 2010, CEB officials disclosed in a press statement.

CEB flies to 14 international destinations including Jakarta, Osaka, Incheon (via Manila and Cebu), Pusan (via Cebu), Macau (via Manila and Clark), Shanghai, Guangzhou, Taipei, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok (via Manila and Clark), and Ho Chi Minh.

14 Nov 2009 - Aetas to benefit from ballet group show

ANGELES CITY -- The prestigious Ballet Manila will hold a Matinee Performance at Holy Angel University Theater on January 23, 2010.

This is for the benefit of the Sibul Ning Aeta Foundation in a bid to help uplift the social and economic status of Aetas in Pampanga.

14 Nov 2009 - Suspected drug pusher nabbed

MABALACAT -- The town police recently arrested a suspected drug pusher in Barangay Poblacion, this town.

The suspect, identified as Roger "Dodong" Numancia, 36, was caught allegedly selling methamphetahime (shabu) to a police officer who pretended to be a user of illegal drugs.

The police operative was able to buy an amount of shabu from Numanca, reports have it.

Police Officer (PO) 2 Gerardo T. Diaz and PO1 Francisco C. Baculi Jr. arrested the suspect who yielded the illegal substance and the marked money used by policemen during the investigation.

14 Nov 2009 - Tourism and travel expo opens

ANGELES CITY -- The North Philippines Tourism and Travel Expo 2009 opened Saturday at SM City Clark Events Center amid a lot of fanfare, colorful festivals and booths rarely seen.

The expo, which runs from November 13 to 15, is presented by the Department of Tourism (DOT)'s Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos and Pangasinan, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon and showcases the best of Northern Luzon, including scenic spots and products.

The three-day "Go North" event features the Halamang Dilaw of Marilao, Bulacan; the Ylang-Ylang Festival of Anao, Tarlac; the Sibuyasan Festival of Bongabon Nueva Ecija; and Pampanga's very own Caragan Festival of Mabalacat and the famous Ibon-Ebon Festival of Candaba.

13 Nov 2009 - Pacquiao vs Cotto

It seems the fight will be live on Sopcast on the following channels:


12 Nov 2009 - Cops nab 2 in Dau ‘drug lair’

MABALACAT --- Policemen at Dau village here recently arrested two persons in a suspected illegal drug lair here.

Suspects Alejandro “Andy Bungal” Dizon, 44, of Roxas Street, Barangay Dau here; and Melvin Pamintuan, 34, of Balaba Phase 1, were arrested in a buy-bust operation, said Dau police sub-station commander Senior Inspector Jowen Dela Cruz.

Dizon and Pamintuan have been charged in court after allegedly being caught possessing and selling methamphetamine or shabu to police operatives who pretended to be drug users during the anti-drug operation.

12 Nov 2009 - Nepo asks village officials’ help vs climate change

CLARK FREEPORT -- Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno has asked village officials here to implement programs that will help world leaders and the National Government in their effort to resolve issues on climate change.

Nepomuceno issued his statements during the two-day Regional Congress on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management held at Oxford Hotel here on November 10 to 12.

“Climate change is an issue that we need to grapple with as a government, if we are to face the future with confidence and the expectation of a better life for succeeding generations. As all we know, climate change is an issue that can no longer be ignored, nor denied.” he said.

11 Nov 2009 - Nat. Geo. names RP one of best new travel destinations

The National Geographic Magazine had named the Philippines as “One of 25 Best New Travel Destinations in the World in 2010” and the country’s ancient cultures, structures and biodiversity were cited as key reasons to visit the archipelago.

The magazine said in its November 2009 Adventure issue that the Philippines has “as many islands as the Caribbean and some of the most spectacular reefs on the planet,” adding that travel organizations have “finally gotten wise.”

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy Gaa said the inclusion of the Philippines in the list shows the global community is “taking note of the natural and cultural wonders in the country as well as the efforts to protect and preserve them.”

10 Nov 2009 - Arrest warrant out vs American for libel

ANGELES CITY -- Police are now hunting an American woman after the regional trial court here issued two warrants of arrest for libel against her.

Judge Maria Angelica Paras-Quiambao issued the arrest warrants against Maribel Langley-Van Keulen, 41, who is claiming to be a member of the National Press Club (NPC).

Langley-Van Keulen earlier filed before the high court a writ of amparo against Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Jesus Versoza, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Central Luzon director Rustico Vilgilia, and 10 other police officials in this city, including Chief Inspector Luisito Tan, one of those who filed libel charges against her.

Van Keulen is being suspected as author of the website, which labels President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as "thief and murderous president," among other scandalous terms, and the Philippines as the "murder capitol (sic) of the world."

Tan said he was sure that the website has been under Van Keulen's control, as he cited the photo which he witnessed her taking with the use of her cell phone. He also noted that the website's updates conform to Van Keulen's involvements in this city.

9 Nov 2009 - Aussie firm pours $6-M for Clark Expo project

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corp. (CDC) and an Australian firm have signed a lease agreement for the establishment of an educational facility, dubbed Clark Education City, inside the Clark Expo here.

CDC president Benigno N. Ricafort said the state-owned corporation has signed a lease agreement with Australian International Training and Management Group Pty Ltd. last week at the CDC Corporate Headquarters.

Ricafort said the Australian firm will put up a $6-million educational facility that will offer vocational courses with Australian certification in the fields of hotel and restaurant management, plumbing, refrigeration and air-conditioning, electrical, auto-mechanical and construction.

7 Nov 2009 - Arroyo: ‘Nothing beats Clark’

CLARK FREEPORT -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo cited this Freeport’s strong infrastructure capabilities in telecommunications, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, saying “nothing beats Clark.”

“We are now number three. In other words, after Metro Manila and Metro Cebu comes Metro Pampanga. That is where the market has brought us and as far as infrastructure is concerned telecom infrastructures, infrastructure needed for a good ICT operation, BPO operation…’wala nang makakatalo sa Clark’,” said Arroyo in her speech during the 2nd National Information and Communication Technology (NICT) Summit 2009.

The President was the guest of honor and speaker during the three-day event which ran from November5 to 7 at the Fontana Convention Center.

7 Nov 2009 - NTC okays Clark-Subic phone interconnections

CLARK FREEPORT -- Government officials urged travel agencies and other tourism stakeholders to sell the Philippines in the domestic and international markets to boost the country’s tourism and travel industries.

Some 100 tourism “buyers and sellers” gathered at the Grand Ballroom of the Holiday Inn at this Freeport for the first North Luzon Travel Market Exchange (Tramex) for the business meet organized by the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (Naitas) Philippines Inc.

Naitas Chairman Emeritus Bobby Joseph said the North Luzon leg of Tramex is meant for the stakeholders to “sell more and earn more.”

“Domestic tourism is the backbone of the industry. We would like to see more foreign tourists coming in than more Filipinos leaving for abroad,” he said, adding that a concerted move of all tourism stakeholders would mean more business locally and better opportunities for folks in tourist spots.

7 Nov 2009 - Execs laud Roxas for medicine bill

ANGELES CITY -- A number of business executives in Pampanga organized themselves into a group to commend Senator Mar Roxas in his staunch advocacy for consumer welfare and sound trade investment policies, particularly small and medium scale development.

The organization’s prime mover, former Central Luzon Regional Governor Romy Yusi of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), said many of the businessmen expressed gratitude to Roxas for his advocacy espousing consumer protection of every Filipino to avail of affordable medicines.

The newly organized group called Mar Rocas Club (MRC) also advanced the candidacy of Roxas as Liberal party (LP) vice presidential bet. The organizers described Roxas as the “future of national economic development.”

6 Nov 2009 - NTC okays Clark-Subic phone interconnections

CLARK FREEPORT -- The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has approved the proposed interconnection of telephone lines between the Clark and Subic Freeports.

NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba, in a letter to Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Public Relations Manager Angelo "Sonny" Lopez Jr., said local interconnection between Clark and Subic "are within NTC existing rules and regulations."

The Metro Clark Advisory Council (MCAC) has been pushing for the interconnection of the two freeports' phone lines following the success of the interconnection of Clark phone lines with other telecommunications providers in Pampanga.

6 Nov 2009 - Cebu Pacific goes extra mile in Clark DMIA promotions

THE Philippine's leading airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) goes the extra mile by offering special travel rates in the North Luzon Travel Expo this coming November 13-15 at SM Clark. This is valid for travel November 16, 2009 to March 23, 2010.

During the expo, CEB passengers can book and buy outright Clark-Macau, Clark Hong Kong, Clark-Singapore, Clark-Bangkok and Clark-Cebu flights at their lowest possible fares.

The lowest possible fares for one-way flights from Clark to Macau, Singapore and Hong Kong start at P1,899, while Clark-Bangkok flights can go for P2,899. These rates are not valid for travel on embargo dates.

6 Nov 2009 - City's new voters prefer Aquino

ANGELES CITY -- A pre-poll survey conducted on newly registered voters from the 33 barangays here indicated that they prefer to vote for Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for president.

A source said the four-day survey conducted between October 28 to 31 by AB Communication students of Holy Angel University on newly registered voters in Angeles City indicated that Aquino, son of the late President Cory Aquino and Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., is the choice of 323 out of the 760 respondents.

6 Nov 2009 - DPWH told to let quarry trucks use Megadike

ANGELES CITY -- A golf course owner and leader of the advocacy group Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) has dared public works officials in Central Luzon to allow quarry trucks hauling gravel and sand from Porac town use the western portion of the megadike as alternate route.

Ruperto Cruz said Friday that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office headed by Director Alfredo Tolentino should consider the proposal of the Porac Quarry Association (PQA), which calls for the usage of the dike during the truck ban period in this city.

Cruz said the Friendship circumferential road, which traverses through his properties, including Grand Palazzo Royal, Royal Garden Golf and Country Club, and Cioccolo Cafe, is now threatened because of heavy vehicles passing.

5 Nov 2009 - UPS donates $50-T to typhoon victims

CLARK FREEPORT - The US-based United Parcel Service (UPS) Thursday donated US$50,000 to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) as part of their assistance for typhoon victims.

CIAC president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano and UPS Asia Pacific Region senior vice president KM Liu led the ceremonial turnover of the donation to PNRC officials led by chairman Emeritus former Justice Leonor Ines Luciano and Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang at the CIAC Boardroom Thursday.

"UPS has chosen the PNRC through the American Red Cross as the recipient of the $50,000 donation intended to help the victims of Typhoons in Northern and Central Luzon," Luciano said.

4 Nov 2009 - ICT luminaries gather for 2nd NICP Summit

CLARK FREEPORT -- The country's luminaries in information, communication and technology (ICT) will converge in Clark Thursday to attend the 2nd National Information and Communication Technology Confederation of the Philippines (2nd NICP) Summit.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is expected to lead the rites as guest of honor and speaker.

Arroyo is expected to officially open the three-day summit and deliver the keynote address that will reiterate her administration's vision for the Philippines to be globally competitive in the ICT industry.

4 Nov 2009 - City to enforce quarry truck ban

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government here will start enforcing on November 15 an executive order banning quarry trucks passing through the city's vicinity, particularly at the busy intersection in Barangay Cutcut, which leads to the Clark Freeport.

Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno formally issued recently Executive Order 28, series of 2009 entitled "Imposing a total ban on Quarry Trucks with 22 Wheels and Above and 8 to 20 wheeler Quarry Trucks in Angeles City from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting November 15, 2009."

According to the mayor, at least 15 percent will be reduced from the volume of vehicular traffic in major roads, particularly trucks passing through Angeles-Porac boundary and the circumferential road.

4 Nov 2009 - Best of North Philippines in tourism expo

THE Pampanga Provincial Government will again host this year's North Philippines Tourism and Travel Expo from November 13 to 15.

The event will e held at the Event Centre of SM City Clark at the Clark Freeport Zone.

Considered as the premier event in North Philippines for the tourism and travel industry, the expo combines trade and consumers and brings people together to promote inbound, outbound and domestic tourism.

4 Nov 2009 - Alleged 'school thieves' nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- Policemen here recently arrested two men who were allegedly involved in a series of robberies in public schools in this city.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista identified the suspects as Arnold Garcia Arceo, 18, of R.D. Reyes Street, and Jonar Gabun Tullao, 19, of Higante Street in Barangay Lourdes Northwest, here.

Bautista said the two individuals were caught while allegedly stealing electric fans and electronic items from the classroom of teacher Georgina Velasco of Lourdes Northwest Elementary School.

4 Nov 2009 - CDC to help draft GOCC governance roadmap

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Finance has chosen the Clark Development Corp. (CDC) as one of the members of the team tasked to formulate Government Owned and/or Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) Corporate Governance roadmap and scorecard.

In a letter to CDC president Benigno N. Ricafort, Finance Undersecretary Jeremias Paul Jr. said the state-owned CDC will be part of a working session that aims to improve the Corporate Governance scorecard by incorporating operational and financial performance indicators in the questionnaires.

CDC was chosen because of the results of the recent Corporate Governance Scorecard questionnaires among government corporations.

4 Nov 2009 - City installs CCTV cameras

ANGELES CITY -- As part of its campaign against criminality and traffic violations, the City Government here has installed closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras along major thoroughfares.

Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno led the launching of CCTV surveillance system in this city during the Street Jam and Party celebration along McArthur Highway at Barangay Balibago.

He said at least seven cameras with zooming capabilities are already operational. They will be used to monitor major thoroughfares to help deter crimes. Videos and still images are transmitted over fiber optic lines to the operation center.

City Administrator Mark Allen Sison said the CCTV cameras would also be used to manage the traffic situation in the city and to gather relevant data on vehicular traffic, including its volume, for future traffic regulations.

3 Nov 2009 - 1 dead, 2 injured in All Saints' Day shooting

ANGELES CITY -- A man was killed while two others were seriously injured in a shooting incident in Barangay Pulung Maragul here during the observance of All Saints' Day.

Police identified the fatality as Rogelio Lobo Navarro of purok 1, Sitio Maligaya in the said village.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, city police officer-in-charge, said Navarro and his brother Joel Lobo San Miguel were shot by one Ernesto Tansio Purificacion using a .38 caliber handgun.

Navarro and San Miguel reportedly had a squabble with Purificacion over a rubber hump, which the latter placed across the road in front of his store to slow down motorists passing by the village.

2 Nov 2009 - Councilor supports Arroyo's House bid

ANGELES CITY -- City Councilor Ares Yabut confirmed that a province-wide clamor exists in support of any move to draft President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as candidate in the second congressional district of Pampanga.

Yabut, the lone challenger to the seat of Representative Carmelo Lazatin in the first district, also joined the swelling ranks of formal organizations and individuals in the province that have endorsed Arroyo's proposed bid for the House of Representatives.

In a press statement, Yabut said Angeles residents strongly support the plan to elect Arroyo to the House where she can continue her unfinished business in legislative reforms and pursue her ongoing development advocacy for Pampanga and Central Luzon.

2 Nov 2009 - Town elders scold mayor's daughter

MABALACAT -- Members of a senior citizen's group here have scolded the daughter of Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales for her "being disrespectful of his father."

Sources said some members of the Senior Citizens of Mabalacat rebuked Marjorie Morales-Sambo after she had announced her plan to face her father in next year's mayoralty contest.

A source, who requested anonimity, said the elderly scolded Marjorie during her recent visit to the office of the senior citizens here.