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Balibago News Apr-2010

29 Apr 2010 - Angeles mayor confident of reelection

ANGELES CITY -- Incumbent Mayor Francis Nepomuceno is confident of being reelected in the coming May elections, said his close ally and aide Wednesday.

"Yes, we are 100 percent confident of reelection," said City Administrator Mark Allen Sison.

29 Apr 2010 - Pamintuan vows genuine health services

ANGELES CITY -- Lakas-Kampi-CMD mayoralty bet Edgardo Pamintuan said Thursday that he will provide residents of this city access to quality health care services if elected in the May polls.

His statement came after receiving reports from local folk that most of them, especially women and children, do not receive even basic health services from the City Government.

28 Apr 2010 - Scad 'Retro Forum' set April 30

CLARK FREEPORT -- Subic-Clark Alliance for Development (Scad) will conduct a "Retrospective Forum" on April 30 inside the Clark Freeport Zone here "to provide fresh air in this season of mudslinging and brickbats."

The activity will highlight a decade of progress and development that have been achieved in the Subic-Clark Corridor, as it finds its way to becoming the prime logistics and service hub of the Philippines.

28 Apr 2010 - Local team calls for ceasefire on black propaganda

ANGELES CITY -- The "Agyu Team" of re-electionist Edgardo Pamintuan called Tuesday for a ceasefire on mudslinging and the conduct of black propaganda.

Pamintuan's legal counsel Dennis Pamintuan said that with just 11 days to go before the May 10 polls, the team would rather focus on a heightened campaign rather than join the heated fray and exchange accusations of "poisoning" each other's camp.

28 Apr 2010 - Traders to be vigilant in upcoming elections

ANGELES CITY -- Traders all over the country will be vigilant during the election period, said a tycoon in Pampanga Wednesday.

Rene Romero, president of Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. PamCham) and chair of the Advocacy for the Development of Central Luzon (ADCL), said the conduct and outcome of the May 10 polls will greatly affect the business sector.

27 Apr 2010 - Mamac: I won't resort to mudslinging

ANGELES CITY -- Liberal Party mayoralty candidate Rodelio “Tony” Mamac said Tuesday he will not resort to low-level campaigning like mudslinging and character assassination.

“While the other candidates are busy hitting each other, our ticket is busy in showing the voters our programs,” Mamac said.

27 Apr 2010 - Arroyo programs helped state-owned firm survive economic crises

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has turned the global economic crisis into investments and development opportunities with the aid of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's economic programs.

Many companies in the country have either drastically cut down on production and manpower or shut down outright due to the crises, but only few companies at the Clark Freeport were affected because of the economic programs of Arroyo.

27 Apr 2010 - Health workers vaccinated vs A(H1N1)

ANGELES CITY -- Some 500 health workers, led by City Health Officer Dra. Chery Tuazon, were vaccinated against the A(H1N1) virus at the City Council Session Hall on Monday.

According to Tuazon, they are putting priority to protect health workers, including doctors, nurses, nursing aides, and village health workers, from the dreaded flu virus as they are the first line of defense of the City Government in addressing health problems in the city.

25 Apr 2010 - Ex-Cabinet official offers Lakandula award to Angeleños

ANGELES CITY -- Former Cabinet secretary Edgardo “EdPam” Pamintuan is offering his Order of Lakandula Award and Grand Cross Rank of Bayani to his fellow Angeleños and countrymen.

Last week, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo conferred the award at Malacañang in grand rites.

25 Apr 2010 - Mayoralty bet’s husband 'clean and cleared'

MABALACAT -- John Sambo, husband of mayoralty aspirant Marjorie Morales-Sambo, lambasted Saturday staunch critic and other detractors on allegations of estafa charges and duping construction supplier.

Sambo hit Mabalacat Water District chairman Deng Pangilinan and said no such estafa case exists. He added he did not run away from his alleged obligations with NCR Construction Supply in Angeles City.

25 Apr 2010 - 400 glasses of halo-halo concocted

ANGELES CITY -- City Administrator Mark Allen Sison, incumbent Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno’s chief aide, concocted some 400 glasses of his famous halo-halo to hit back at former Cabinet secretary Edgardo “EdPam” Pamintuan.

Sison said he and other striving halo-halo vendors got together to let Pamintuan know that the “lowly” business is decent and life-giving.

25 Apr 2010 - Dimapilis stays as village chief

ANGELES CITY -- Village chief Joseph Dimapilis of Barangay Pulung Maragul in this city said he remains to be in control, contrary to claims by the City Government that Sonny Lao will be recognized by as barangay chief.

Dimapilis’ reaction came following an April order from Judge Ofelia Tuazon-Pinto of Branch 60 of the Regional Trial Court to “mandatory suspend the accused,” the former included, pending the hearing of the case.

24 Apr 2010 - Subic-Clark council cited for improvements

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) recently recognized Subic-Clark Alliance for Development Council (SCADC) for its partnership efforts in helping develop a friendlier business climate inside this Freeport.

CDC President and CEO Benigno Ricafort said SCADC "took the lead in improving the ease of doing business in the Subic-Clark Corridor by harmonizing, streamlining and automating policies and systems, such as in areas of business registration, immigration, quarantine, customs, security, and supplier accreditation."

23 Apr 2010 - Mayoral bet's husband faces estafa case

MABALACAT -- The husband of a mayoralty candidate in this first-class municipality is reportedly facing estafa case as gleaned in a document obtained from the City Prosecutor's Office in nearby Angeles City.

John Sambo, husband of Marjorie who is running for mayor in this town under Nacionalista Party (NP), is now facing an estafa case that was lodged by a certain Carlos Koo, vice president of NCR Construction Supply Inc.

23 Apr 2010 - Congressman's allies denounce mayor for billboard removal

ANGELES CITY -- Supporters of first district Representative Carmelo "Tarzan" Lazatin denounced the City Government for allegedly removing the lawmaker's billboards announcing his infrastructure projects in this city.

Lazatin's billboards were allegedly replaced by the campaign ads of Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno, according to the congressman's supporters.

23 Apr 2010 - Military, police walk for peaceful polls

ANGELES CITY -- Hundreds of soldiers and police personnel participated in a walk for honest, orderly and peaceful elections (Hope) spearheaded by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in this city Friday.

Lieutenant Colonel Allan Ballesteros, spokesperson of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) 1st Air Division, said that contingents led by officers from seven PAF major units in Clark, Philippine Army (PA) Northern Luzon Command in Tarlac, and Philippine National Police (PNP) in Angeles City, joined the activity aimed to encourage the public to go out and vote on May 10.

23 Apr 2010 - Village chief lauds mayor for People's Day event

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay captain Sonny Lao lauded Mayor Francis Nepomuceno for his efforts in bringing the government closer to the people by providing assistance and basic services during the People's Day event held in Barangay Pulung Maragul, this city, Friday.

Lao said the City Government had been actively organizing activities that deliver basic services to its citizens.

22 Apr 2010 - Hotel managers step into employees' shoes at Holiday Inn Clark

SIMON Morley, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Clark worked as a bellhop in the morning, then spent the afternoon as a cook.

Managers of the Holiday Inn Clark turned into bellhops, cleaners, cooks and other foot soldiers of the hotel business on April 21 for a day. This event was being held during the lead up to the Refreshing of the Holiday Inn Clark on May 1.

22 Apr 2010 - Clark investors group to hold golf tourney

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Investors and Locators Association (Cila) will hold its annual golf tournament at Mimosa Golf and Country Club on April 23 in celebration of its 14th year anniversary.

Cila is inviting all its members, friends, partners and golfers to join in the early morning event. In charge of this year's event is the Golf Committee headed by its Chairman Simon Morley of Holiday Inn.

21 Apr 2010 - 3 foreigners die in Pampanga plane crash

PAMPANGA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) - A cargo plane crashed Wednesday night in a village in Mexico, Pampanga, killing 3 of its passengers.

A bulletin from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the cargo plane had 6 passengers including 3 Russians, 2 Uzbekistan nationals and a Bulgarian. Killed were Russian engineers Nikolay Bannon and Dadim Yahimov and Bulgarian national Tzvidoslav Guetchevski.

The injured survivors were Russian Tochonyy Yuriy, pilot; and Uzbekistan nationals Dmitry Strumminski, co-pilot and Ruziev Borhadir, crew.

Local authorities said the plane, with body number UP-AN216 and label Inter-Island Antonov 12, was on its way to Clark when it crashed in an open field in Barangay Laput (not Barangay San Patricio as earlier reported) shortly before 9 p.m..

20 Apr 2010 - Board member bet is 'washing his hands'

MABALACAT-- Mabalacat first district board member aspirant Alex Pineda was branded as “washing his hands” as he claimed he is staying “neutral” on the controversial father and daughter mayoralty contest in this town.

This reaction of Mabalacat Water District Chairman Deng Pangilinan, an ally of Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales’ came after Pineda denied issuing statements on branding Sambo as an “ingrate.”

20 Apr 2010 - Nepomuceno backs out, public debate canceled

ANGELES CITY – Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno decided to “stay away” from the much-awaited face-off with former Secretary and comebacking mayor Edgardo Pamintuan in a public debate.

On Monday, Pamintuan challenged Nepomuceno to a public debate and said: “Kung talagang wala siyang itinatagong katiwalian na nangyayari sa Angeles, walang dapat ikatakot si Blueboy Nepomuceno na humarap sa isang public debate. Silence could only mean an admission of guilt (If he isn't really hiding any misconduct in Angeles, Blueboy Nepomuceno has nothing to be afraid of in a public debate face-off).”

20 Apr 2010 - Airport firm, NGO sign agreement to develop hub

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- Officials of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Asia Foundation (TAF) for the full development of the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex.

CIAC President Victor Jose Luciano and TAF country Representative Steven Rood signed the MOA on April 14, Wednesday.

20 Apr 2010 - ‘Sons of Jupiter’ launches music album today at Marquee

ANGELES CITY -- THE fast-rising all-Kapampangan band, Sons of Jupiter (SOJ), will rock Marquee Mall today at 8:00 PM with a soft-launch of their first music album titled “Sons of Jupiter: featuring Ikaw.”

The band plays traditional rock music and was inspired by a long range of rockstars in history. The SOJ members are Norman Coral (vocals), Richard Garcia (Guitar/Songwriter), Loyd Canoza (Lead Guitar), Michael Marcelo (Bass) and Yul Urbina (Drums).

19 Apr 2010 - Pamintuan dares Nepomuceno to a public debate

ANGELES CITY -- Former Cabinet secretary Edgardo Pamintuan, the Lakas-Kampi-CMD mayoralty bet this city, has challenged incumbent Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno to a public debate.

“Let’s face the people. Answer the issues,” Pamintuan said.

19 Apr 2010 - Pamintuan to initiate probe on P63.5-M garbage debt

ANGELES CITY -– Lakas-Kampi-CMD mayoralty candidate Edgardo “EdPam” Pamintuan has assured Angeleños that he will initiate an investigation on garbage debt issue.

Pamintuan said an investigation will be conducted on why the administration of Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno incurred some P63.5 million of unpaid tipping fees and hauling charges with the Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation.

18 Apr 2010 - City official slams 'perpetrator' tag

ANGELES CITY -- City Administrator Mark Allen Sison reduced the claim of a mayoral candidate that he perpetrated the alleged black propaganda against Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno as a mere diversionary tactic.

Former cabinet official Edgardo “EdPam” Pamintuan, a candidate for mayor, tagged Sison as the architect of the black propaganda against Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno.

18 Apr 2010 - Foundation to train prosthesis technicians

ANGELES CITY – The Physicians for Peace USA and the Cambodian Trust will sponsor the training of Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) prosthesis technicians this next month.

KDF trustee Sylvia Ordonez, who said that the training is in line with the objective of KDF to strengthen and speed-up its prosthesis production for amputees in Pampanga. KDF currently has four technicians manning its prosthesis laboratory inside Clark Polytechnic School inside Clark Freeport.

17 Apr 2010 - Capampangan OFW faces death sentence

MEXICO-- A 30-YEAR-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from Pampanga was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for killing his landlord last year, a migrant group said Friday.

A local official of OFW welfare group Migrante here said the native of Mexico town was identified only as one "OFW Joseph," whose case was confirmed by his family.

17 Apr 2010 - Sports summit mulled

ANGELES CITY-- After the successful staging of the chess, darts and table tennis tournaments, mayoralty aspirant Edgardo "EdPam" Pamintuan is now planning to hold a sports summit in a bid to draft a comprehensive sports program for the city.

He said through a summit, all athletes, coaches and trainers here will have the chance to air their concerns: from training venues, allowances and participation to various prestigious competitions.

16 Apr 2010 - Fire destroys P2-M worth of properties

ANGELES CITY -- Some P2-million worth of properties were destroyed after a fire hit at least three establishments in this city Thursday night.

Chief Inspector Jimmy Suba, city fire marshall, said the fire broke out at around 7:30 p.m., Thursday and quickly spread to the two furniture stores Vera and Golden; and Viray Photo Studio along Henson Street here.

16 Apr 2010 - Residents conduct prayer rally for pastor

ANGELES CITY -- Residents of a subdivision in Barangay Balibago here held a prayer rally for a pastor being harassed in connection with the illegal treasure hunting of a foreign firm.

Former city councilor Louie Reyes said the residents of Diamond Subdivision prayed for the safety of Baptist Pastor Tony Horn, who was recently arrested for several cases filed by the Haynes family.

16 Apr 2010 - 'Toxic letters' source still unknown

ANGELES CITY – The individuals or group responsible for the attempt to spread “poison letters” revealing the alleged corruption and lapses in the administration of Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno remains unidentified.

Another mayoralty candidate, Balibago chairman Rodelio “Tony Mamac of the Liberal party, denied perpetrating the black propaganda.

16 Apr 2010 - ‘Cong Dadong’ centennial birthday set

ANGELES CITY-- The centennial anniversary celebration of the birth of Diosdado Macapagal, the first Kapampangan President of the Philippines, is set on the eve of his death anniversary on April 20, 2010.

It will start with a Holy Mass in Lubao and wreath-laying ceremonies on Capitol grounds in the City of San Fernando.

16 Apr 2010 - Former workers, pastor hit contractor anew

MABALACAT – Former construction workers of contractor John Sambo, who were illegally dismissed four years ago, will have their revenge against their former employer through campaigning against his wife – mayoralty bet Marjorie Sambo.

The 13 workers of the John Sambo Construction firm were from Madapdap and Mawaque Resettlements.

16 Apr 2010 - Clark to hold '1st Aviation Night'

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA) will host its first social gathering dubbed as “Aviation Night” on April 22, Thursday, at Holiday Inn Hotel here in a bid to establish rapport among member companies.

It is also to finally create a venue for networking between organizations inside the Freeport.

16 Apr 2010 - City honors outstanding youth

ANGELES CITY-- The City Government here headed by Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno recognized this year’s most outstanding Angeleño youth during the Ten Outstanding Youth (Toy) Awards held on Tuesday.

The Toy award is now on its 2nd year of constant recognition of the youth’s involvement in revolutionizing and strengthening Angeles City.

14 Apr 2010 - Town chief condemns 'wordplay' in poison letters controversy

ANGELES CITY— Barangay Balibago Captain Rodelio “Tony” Mamac on Wednesday condemned obvious attempt of some political camps to mislead people in thinking he is behind the attempted distribution of mail letters with libelous contents against Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno.

Mamac is referring to the recent discovery of some 150, 000 poison letters at the Angeles Post Office here.

14 Apr 2010 - Mayor expects another black propaganda

ANGELES CITY-- Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) Team Friendship of Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno is expecting another black propaganda, branded as “poison me,” from their detractors, said City Administrator Mark Allen Sison.

This developed after the discovery of an estimated P3 million worth of “poison letters” at the Angeles City Post Office on Monday.

14 Apr 2010 - Kids hurt in campaign motorcade

MABALACAT-- Four children were hurt when fireworks accidentally exploded in a campaign motorcade at the thickly-populated Mawaque Resettlement Center (MRC) here last weekend.

The motorcade was led by Nacionalista Party (NP) councilor wannabe Marcos “Jun” Castro.

14 Apr 2010 - Pamintuan hit back at Nepomuceno

ANGELES CITY -- Comebacking mayor wannabe Ed Pamintuan hit back at Mayor Francis Nepomuceno's camp for insinuating that his Agyu Tamu Team perpetrated the alleged "poison letters" to demolish the incumbent mayor.

The "poison letters" numbering to about 150,000 were discovered by supporters of Nepomuceno on Monday at Angeles City Post Office.

14 Apr 2010 - Mayor cries foul over 'poison letters'

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Francis Nepomuceno cried foul Tuesday over the discovery of poison letters that aimed to discredit him and his administration before the voters of this city.

Nepomuceno said the poison letters were politically motivated and that all the issues raised in them are old issues that were "given a new branding."

14 Apr 2010 - Indigent students get summer jobs

ANGELES CITY -- Some 407 students from indigent families here were the recipients of the Special Program for Employment of Students (Spes) initiated by the City Government and labor agency Monday.

Nepomuceno led the opening day of the Spes program at Cutcut Peoples’ Gym in this city, attended by the beneficiaries and their parents.

14 Apr 2010 - Pastor, wife arrested for assaulting cops

ANGELES CITY -- An American pastor and his Filipina wife were arrested Saturday by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) agents for allegedly resisting arrest.

In a joint affidavit of arrest issued Tuesday, CIDG Provincial Chief PCI Randy Glenn Silvio identified the suspects as Tony Brian Horn and Marifi Gopez-Horn of Barangay Sapang Biabas, Mabalacat.

14 Apr 2010 - Mayoralty bet vows to form good governance council

ANGELES CITY -- Mayoralty candidate Edgardo Pamintuan has vowed to form the Angeles City Multi-Sectoral Good Governance Council to address the city's problem of graft and corruption.

"The establishment of the Angeles City Multi-Sectoral Good Governance Council is a means to end anomalous transactions in government," said Pamintuan, former chairman of Subic-Clark-Alliance Development Council.

13 Apr 2010 - 'Poison letters' vs mayor discovered

ANGELES CITY -- Supporters of Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno on Monday discovered and apprehended an estimated 150,000 anonymous "poison letters" allegedly worth P1.5 million at Angeles City Post Office.

City Administrator Mark Allen Sison said in an exclusive interview that they received a tip from a concerned employee of the post office Sunday afternoon, alerting them of the arrival of boxes containing letters with no return addresses.

13 Apr 2010 - CDC employees get high salaries, perks

CLARK FREEPORT -- The salary scale of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) employees, including that of the complaining supervisors, is among the highest in the country compared to others working in other agencies.

Life Insurance coverage worth P850,000, full insurance for parents over 65 years old of unmarried employees, yearly junior executive check-ups for all regular employees, additional P900 allowance per month, plus a "one-time goodwill grant" of P10,000 for CDC employees were put on effect December 21 last year.

13 Apr 2010 - Paras clan supports Boking

MABALACAT -- The Paras clan, which Nacionalista Party (NP) mayoralty bet Marjorie Morales-Sambo is related to, will not support her candidacy but will instead back re-electionist Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales.

Clark Development Corporation Director Mina Paras, mother of Marjorie, is of the main bloodline of the clan headed by patriarch Dr. Bienvienido Paras, a former councilor here.

13 Apr 2010 - Private firms, offices urged to hire students this summer

ANGELES CITY -- A barangay head here has urged private firms and offices to adopt the summer job program of the government in a bid to help indigent students pursue their education.

Salapungan village chairman Robert Yeen said the private sector needs to assist the government in terms of providing jobs to students during the summer vacation.

12 Apr 2010 - GMA signs mandatory helmet law

MANILA, Philippines - President Arroyo has signed the Mandatory Helmet Act of 2010 that requires all motorcycle drivers and their passengers to wear helmets at all times and imposes stiff penalties on violators.

Republic Act 10054, authored by Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., is aimed at protecting motorcycle drivers, back-riders as well as pedestrians from injuries and death in accidents.

The law, however, exempts drivers of tricycles – a motorcycle with a side cab, which is a common mode of transport in the country – from wearing helmets.

11 Apr 2010 - Suspect in cop killing charged

MABALACAT -- Local policemen recently filed a murder case against a person in connection with the killing of a police official in this town.

Superintendent Rolly Mendoza, town police officer in charge, said they charged one Alvin Sigua, a resident of Santa Lucia Resettlement in Magalang town who has been involved in the recent killing of Chief Inspector Manuel Chica.

11 Apr 2010 - Cycling club to hold fun ride for clean elections

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Cycling Club (ACCC) will hold a "fun ride" dubbed Pedalan para sa Malinis na Halalan on April 17.

The "bikeathon", with advocacy themed "Advocay for a Clean Election," will start at 6 a.m. at Bayanihan Park in Barangay Balibago here.

11 Apr 2010 - KDF lauds Sun.Star, partners in social services programs

ANGELES CITY -- Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) honored on Friday the efforts of Sun.Star Pampanga and some 95 partner organizations in bringing various social services missions to the province's indigents.

During the surprise "Tribute to KDF Partners Awarding Ceremonies" here, KDF President Benigno Ricafort made special citation of Sun.Star Pampanga for its consistent coverage of all KDF missions and advocacy activities.

8 Apr 2010 - Korean trader survived gunshot

ANGELES CITY -- A Korean national, who was seriously wounded after two gunmen assaulted him at the commercial district of Barangay Balibago here Sunday night, is now out of danger.

Min Sik Cho, 32, who sustained a lone gunshot wound on the head, was saved after undergoing medical operation, said Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, Angeles City police chief.

8 Apr 2010 - Mikey Arroyo endorsed to represent guards

ANGELES CITY -- The head of Central Luzon’s largest private security guard agency has welcomed and endorsed the party-list bid of outgoing Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo to represent the security industry.

Romeo P. Yusi, president and CEO of Royal Security Agency, a multi-awarded firm based in Pampanga, said Arroyo is highly acquainted with the problems of private guard firms and can represent their interest in Congress.

7 Apr 2010 - Clark employees decry state firm's unfair treatment

ANGELES CITY -- Tension continues to grip Clark Development Corporation (CDC) as members of the supervisory union filed charges Wednesday against the management of the state-owned firm.

The charges stemmed from alleged violations of the CDC on the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), unfair labor practices, and for refusal to negotiate with the union.

6 Apr 2010 - Clark employees decry state firm's unfair treatment

CLARK FREEPORT -- Workers of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) have denounced what they described as “unjust and unfair treatment” of the state-owned firm’s management.

With this, members of the supervisory union of Clark Development Corporation are set to stage protest actions to the CDC management.

6 Apr 2010 - Angeles cops nab robbery suspects

ANGELES CITY --- The city police on Monday apprehended three persons suspected of snatching the bag of a woman containing cash and other valuables.

The suspects, Mark Anthony Miclat, 23, Kenneth David, 22, and Benito Sinamban were charged with robbery after they allegedly snatched the bag of Mary Ann Santiago, 28 of Porac town.

5 Apr 2010 - April 9 a non-working holiday

April 9, Friday is a regular public, non-working holiday.

This was confirmed Tuesday by Malacañang amid queries from different sectors and business establishments poised to take another long weekend.

April 9 marks “Araw ng Kagitingan” or what was previously known as Bataan Day, a commemoration highlighting the valor and heroism of the men who fought in Bataan during World War II.

5 Apr 2010 - Mt. Carmel hospital opens satellite clinic in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Medical Center, Inc. (OLMCMC) recently inaugurated its 24-hour satellite clinic inside the Freeport.

Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Benigno Ricafort, who acted as guest of honor during the ceremonies, said the satellite clinic is in line with the continuing program of CDC to provide world-class health services for the employees and locators in Clark.

5 Apr 2010 - 2 gunmen assault Korean trader

ANGELES CITY -- A Korean national was seriously wounded after two gunmen assaulted him at the commercial district of Barangay Balibago here Sunday night.

Min Sik Cho, 32, is now critical condition after he sustained a lone gunshot wound on the head.

4 Apr 2010 - Holy Week ‘disorder’ minimized

MABALACAT -- The town police here has set guidelines preventing “perennial disorder” that occurs every Holy Week, particularly during the “Pabasa” (passion reading) at a sitio in Barangay Dau here.

Chief Inspector Jowen Dela Cruz, Dau police commander, said he requested barangay officials in Sitio Talimundok and Pamintuan to watch over the area where a clash between various groups of teenagers occur every Good Friday.

4 Apr 2010 - So, Torre to grace EdPam chess tourney on April 6

ANGELES CITY – Super grandmaster Wesley So and Asia’s first grandmaster Eugene Torre will lead the opening of the first Atty. Edgardo D. Pamintuan Chess Cup on April 6 (Tuesday) at the Marquee Mall, barangay Pulung Maragul, here.

Mayoralty candidate Pamintuan said hundreds of chess players and enthusiasts will have the chance to see and meet two of the best chess players in the country.

2 Apr 2010 - 25 people nailed to crosses in Pampanga

In San Pedro Cutud village, sign painter Ruben Enaje, 49, was crucified for the 24th consecutive year, making him the veteran of the show there and its star.

"I will pray for a peaceful national election (next month) and health for my family," he said before being crucified.