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Balibago News Aug-2010

31 Aug 2010 - Cops display skills in hostage crisis drill

ANGELES CITY – Elite forces of the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) and Special Action Force (SAF) on Tuesday displayed operational readiness during a hostage crisis drill initiated by the Angeles City police.

During the drill, the police force showed how they handled the management of a crisis scenario in line with the Annual General Inspection (AGI) and Operational Readiness and Security Inspection Test (Orsite) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

30 Aug 2010 - Riverbank folks asked to start segregation at home

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda over the weekend appealed to residents living near major rivers in Pampanga province to refrain from dumping domestic garbage into the rivers and making waterways dumpsites.

Pineda asked concerned residents and other waste generators to spare rivers, major water channels, and canals from garbage as this poses serious health and environmental risks, as well as flooding.

29 Aug 2010 - Poll body urged to clean voters list for October polls

ANGELES CITY -- Balibago village chief Rodelio “Tony” Mamac said Sunday that he has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) here to clean the village’s voters list to ensure fair and transparent village elections in October.

Mamac said they are now helping the Comelec and the local Civil Registrar of ridding the voters list of names of dead residents and those who have moved elsewhere and are no longer voting as residents of the barangay.

29 Aug 2010 - Family, friends bid beauty queen goodbye

ANGELES CITY -- There was no shortage of love from family members, friends and fans of Binibining Pilipinas-International 2009 Melody Gersbach as they bid her farewell for the last time when she was laid to rest at the Holy Mary Memorial Park here on a gloomy Saturday morning.

Friends and relatives, including Miss Universe fourth runner-up Venus Raj, attended the funeral mass at 9 a.m. before she was laid to rest just before noon time.

28 Aug 2010 - Rotary sponsors feeding program

ANGELES CITY -- Scores of children at the Duyan Ni Maria Children’s Home in Barangay Malabanias here benefited from a recent feeding program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Metro Angeles Centennial (RCMAC).

RCMAC president Lilia Lao said their club donated sacks of rice and milk for the children inside the orphanage.

28 Aug 2010 - Melody Gersbach's remains arrive in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- The body of the late 2009 Binibining Pilipinas International Melody Gersbach arrived in Angeles City, Pampanga Friday morning, a day before her burial.

Relatives and friends of the late beauty queen flocked to the wake at the Holy Mary Memorial Chapel in the city. Expected to arrive at the wake are Miss Universe 4th runner-up Venus Raj, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2009 Pamela Bianca Manalo and other close friends.

Gersbach, 24, was killed when a bus slammed into the back of her car in Bula, Camarines Sur last Saturday. Her driver, Santos Ramos Jr., and fashion designer, Alden Orense, were also killed in the accident.

28 Aug 2010 - City, partners hold medical, dental mission

ANGELES CITY -- “We must provide quality health care service to Angelenos in every barangay.”

This was the statement given by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan during the first medical and dental mission held in Purok 7, Sitio Ipil-Ipil, in Barangay Pulung Maragul last Thursday.

28 Aug 2010 - Smart, PPC venture into web writing

ANGELES CITY -- Some 80 college students got to hone up their writing skills, venturing into blogging and other forms of on-line journalism aimed at getting vital messages to their respective communities.

Students from the Holy Angel University (HAU), Angeles University Foundation, University of the Assumption, and Systems Plus College Foundation joined the "Online Campus Journalism Lecture Series" sponsored by Smart Wireless Communications in cooperation with the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) and HAU.

28 Aug 2010 - Man arrested for stealing emergency light

ANGELES CITY -- A 20-year-old man was arrested and jailed after he was suspected of stealing an emergency light worth P500.

Police identified the suspect as Jojo Julian Entong, 20, of Sapa Libutad Resettlement Site, this city.

28 Aug 2010 - SUV stolen

ANGELES CITY--- A sports utility vehicle (SUV) was stolen by an unidentified man at Nepo Mart in Barangay Sto. Rosario on Wednesday.

Angeles City Police Director Danilo Bautista said a Toyota Fortuner owned by Marino Sun, 76, of Sierra Madre Street, Clarkview Subdivision, Barangay Malabanias, was forcibly taken by an unidentified suspect.

27 Aug 2010 - Beauty queen to rest at AC memorial park

ANGELES CITY--- Binibining Pilipinas International 2009 Melody Adelaide Manuel Gersbach will be finally laid to rest Saturday at the Holy Mary Memorial Park in this city after a week’s wake at Heritage Park in Taguig City.

Sources said Gersbach’s mother, Marina, has reportedly informed the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. that her casket will be closed because the injuries she sustained were severe.

27 Aug 2010 - 2 nabbed for stealing NLEx signage

MABALACAT --- Two persons were arrested after being suspected of stealing a signage from the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) at the area of Barangay Sapang Biabas here.

The suspects were identified as Ejie Almoreda Clata, 20 and Ryan Clata Jose, 19, both residents of Camachiles resettlement site in said village.

27 Aug 2010 - CDC exec explains salary, funds in senate hearing

CLARK FREEPORT --- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Benigno Ricafort appeared before the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday to explain the real nature of his alleged salary of P14.5 million.

Ricafort told Senators Franklin Drilon, Edgardo Angara, Juan Ponce Enrile that his salary is in fact P2.078 million a year and not P14.5 million, stressing the bulk amount of funds lumped under his name under the 1992 Commission on Audit Form is in fact part of the agency discretionary funds.

27 Aug 2010 - Groups unite for environmental agenda

ANGELES CITY -- Various non-government organizations in Pampanga have agreed to unite in a bid to protect the environment.

The environment groups agreed to pressure the government (both local and national) to implement environmental laws including Republic Act 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act), Republic Act 8749 (Clean Air Act), and Republic Act 9275 (Clean Water Act), among others.

25 Aug 2010 - CDC execs shed light on salaries at Senate

Top officials of the Clark Development Corporation appeared Tuesday before the Senate finance committee hearing on the alleged enormous paychecks being received by executives of government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs).

CDC president Benigno Ricafort was asked to appear before the Senate hearing after being reported as among the highest paid GOCC executives based on documents obtained from the Commission on Audit (COA), with alleged earnings of some P14.5 million in salaries in 2009.

25 Aug 2010 - Mayor lauds new water treatment facility

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently made an inspection of the waste water treatment facility of the newly-inaugurated Angeles City Slaughterhouse.

"This is one big step in reviving Sapang Balen and the natural environment," said Pamintuan.

25 Aug 2010 - Mayor to inaugurate 30 new classrooms

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales will inaugurate 30 additional classrooms for the Mabalacat National College (MNC) to effectively serve the educational needs of students of the town.

Morales said the P20 million worth of classrooms will be inaugurated during the celebration of his 100 days in office.

24 Aug 2010 - Village leader assails 'smuggling' of voters

ANGELES CITY -- A village official assailed the alleged "smuggling" of some 100 voters who are reportedly transferring from Bamban town in Tarlac to Barangay Balibago in this city.

Balibago councilman Tomas Pabalan reported to Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan what he called traditional politician's unfair practice of registering non-residents of Balibago as voters in said barangay.

24 Aug 2010 - CDC execs shed light on salaries at Senate

CLARK FREEPORT --- Top officials of the Clark Development Corporation appeared Tuesday before the Senate finance committee hearing on the alleged enormous paychecks being received by executives of government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs).

CDC president Benigno Ricafort was asked to appear before the Senate hearing after being reported as among the highest paid GOCC executives based on documents obtained from the Commission on Audit (COA), with alleged earnings of some P14.5 million in salaries in 2009.

23 Aug 2010 - CIDG officials sacked for 'extortion'

ANGELES CITY -- Police officers assigned at the Pampanga Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) were recently sacked for alleged extortion.

Chief Superintendent Leon Nilo dela Cruz ordered the immediate relief of Chief Inspector Randy Glenn Silvio and other members of the CIDG Pampanga after foreigners and other investors here sought the help of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

23 Aug 2010 - Government employees urged to observe environment law

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales urged employees of the local government to help in the implementation of Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

Morales enjoined the government workers in this town during Monday's flag raising ceremony at the town hall, where he stressed the need to protect the environment by means of proper disposal of waste.

23 Aug 2010 - Traders, residents laud execs for clearing roads

ANGELES CITY -- Businessmen and residents at the commercials districts of Barangays Balibago and Malabanias here lauded the city officials for clearing major highways of illegal encroachments and ambulant vendors.

The clearing of the roads, including a busy intersection at the "checkpoint area," solved the traffic problem in the area, said the residents.

23 Aug 2010 - Dengue cases in Pampanga rise

PAMPANGA -- The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (Resu) has recorded an increase in the number of dengue cases in Pampanga province.

From January 1 up to August 14 this year, the Resu tallied a total of 230 dengue cases in the province with 1.7 percent or four fatalities.

23 Aug 2010 - Village leader assails 'smuggling' of voters

ANGELES CITY -- A village official assailed the alleged "smuggling" of some 100 voters who are reportedly transferring from Bamban town in Tarlac to Barangay Balibago in this city.

Balibago councilman Tomas Pabalan reported to Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan what he called traditional politician's unfair practice of registering non-residents of Balibago as voters in said barangay.

23 Aug 2010 - Trucker warned vs back-loading garbage

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Provincial Government has ordered the immediate revocation of the permits of some quarry operators and truckers who are back-loading toxic waste and garbage from Metro Manila.

The order came in the heels of the report that toxic waste is being indiscriminately and secretly dumped in areas where there are quarry operations.

22 Aug 2010 - Renowned director tackles failing movie industry

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation (AUF) Center for Culture and Arts conducted its first "Lecture Series on Philippine Cinema and Culture" with movie director Joel Lamangan on Thursday.

The event was mainly set to encourage future media practitioners of AUF to take part in reviving the Philippine movie industry.

21 Aug 2010 - Rotary Watch key to peace and order

ANGELES CITY-The Rotary Club (RC) of Mabalacat reiterated Saturday its commitment to help in maintaining peace and order through participation of its members in the Rotary Watch.

RC Mabalacat President Tony Shilton said the Rotary Watch is a national project of all Rotary Clubs in the Philippines. The basic objective of the Rotary Watch is to advocate and increase the level of consciousness of citizens that peace and order is as much the community's responsibility and not exclusively the role of the police.

21 Aug 2010 - Bamboo 'star' in Likha fair

ANGELES CITY-Bamboo products made in Central Luzon will take center stage in the upcoming Likha ng Central Luzon Trade Fair to be held on October 24 to 26 at the SM Megamall.

Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (Pamcham) president Rene Romero made the announcement Saturday. Romero said the event will showcase the various use of bamboo as effective raw material to crafts and livelihood for farmers in Central Luzon.

20 Aug 2010 - Air traffic boom at Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT --- The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), the country's second premier gateway after the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), is experiencing an air traffic boom.

Victor Jose Luciano, president of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), said this is an indication that business is thriving in the Central Luzon region.

Luciano even attributed the success of DMIA, which is under the control and management of CIAC, with the influx of big-ticket investors and tourists into Clark.

20 Aug 2010 - Clark a major export, employment contributor

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has proven its resiliency and competitiveness as the state-owned firm made significant contributions in export industry and employment in Central Luzon.

CDC President Benigno Ricafort said the corporation's resiliency, decision to redefine its goals, and build up more productive areas of collaboration with Clark stakeholders. Clark exports in the first half of the year has totaled about $891 million, which comprised 33 percent of Central Luzon's $2.7 billion total exports from 2009.

20 Aug 2010 - Harp supports Luciano

ANGELES CITY -- An organization of hotels and restaurants in Pampanga has expressed support to the leadership of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Victor Jose Luciano.

The Hotels and Restaurants Association in Pampanga Incorporated (Harp) backed Luciano for his "dedication in the continued developments at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) as the country's premier gateway."

19 Aug 2010 - State-owned firm 'financially healthy'

CLARK FREEPORT- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has attained steady net income since 1999 up to 2009, CDC president Benigno Ricafort said Thursday.

Ricafort said it is contrary to reports that CDC is a "losing" Government Owned Controlled Corporation (GOCC), together with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

19 Aug 2010 - Mayors to hold strategic planning at Clark

CLARK FREEPORT- The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) will hold its strategic planning at Clark Freeport on August 24 to 27.

LCP president and City of San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said more than 100 members and representatives of the league of city mayors all over the country will converge at the Freeport to draft strategic plans.

19 Aug 2010 - Village chief to seek second term

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay Balibago chief Rodelio Mamac said Thursday he will seek second term to continue developments and social programs for this city's business district.

Mamac said he was persuaded by the business leaders and community organizers here to continue his programs for the barangay.

19 Aug 2010 - Taiwanese nabbed for drug peddling

ANGELES CITY -- A Taiwanese national was apprehended by the city police for allegedly selling shabu inside a plush subdivision here.

Police identified the suspect as Yao Wei-Tang, alias Julian, a Taiwanese, of 6th Floor, Number 1, 43 Lane, Shuangcheng Street, Taipe, Taiwan and temporarily billeted at America Hotel, Clarkview Subdivision, this city.

19 Aug 2010 - Livelihood project pushed

ANGELES CITY- Zambales Vice-Governor Ramon Lacbain Thursday urged members of the Rotary Clubs of Balibago, Clarkfield, Mabalacat and Magalang to help provide low cost medicines to various communities here through "Botika Tamu" livelihood project.

Lacbain discussed the project during the First Intercity Meeting organized by the said Rotary clubs at Graceland Restaurant here.

19 Aug 2010 - NBI Central Luzon has new chief

PAMPANGA -- Lawyer Ricardo Diaz is the new National Bureau of Investigation Central Luzon Regional Office (NBI-Celro) Director.

He replaced lawyer Rustico Vigilia last Monday in a brief and simple turn-over ceremony at the said bureau's reconstructed home at the Pampanga provincial Capitol complex.

18 Aug 2010 - Group funds 15 water wells in Pampanga village

ANGELES CITY -- Officers and members of the Mad Dog Motorcycle Club (MDMC) of Angeles recently turned over a check worth P215,086 to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan to fund construction of 15 units of deep water wells in Barangay Anunas, this city.

Pamintuan received the donation from Bryan Hummer, vice president of MDMC Angeles, in simple ceremonies held at the City Hall.

18 Aug 2010 - Pampanga guv calls for unity

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda on Thursday called on all local officials to forge strong executive-legislative ties to achieve the province's and the city's objectives.

During the oath-taking of the new set of officers of the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines-Pampanga Chapter, Pineda said government programs will be successful if there is unity and cooperation among council members.

17 Aug 2010 - Mayor vows to clear roads

ANGELES CITY – Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan vowed Tuesday to rid the city’s major roads of illegally parked vehicles and other obstructions like signboards.

This came after the successful clearing operation along sidewalks which resulted in an organized and widened paths for pedestrians.

17 Aug 2010 - Koreans back CIAC prexy

CLARK FREEPORT — Two South Korean organizations based in the Metro Clark Area expressed their full support to Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Victor Jose Luciano.

The group stated Tuesday they are in favor of the move to retain him in his current post for the continuous development of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) and the Korean investment community here.

17 Aug 2010 - Police bust suspected carnaping leader

PAMPANGA -- Elements of the provincial police on Monday arrested a suspected leader of a carnapping syndicate operating in Central Luzon.

The suspect was identified as one Roger Santos Dominguez, alias “Ogie,” 32, married, of Purok 3, Barangay Iba Este, Malolos, Bulacan, an alleged leader of the notorious Dominguez carnapping group operating in the region.

17 Aug 2010 - Senior citizens start cooperative project

ANGELES CITY— The Balibago Federation of Senior Citizens (BFSC) received a start-up building facility through the efforts of Balibago village chief Rodelio Mamac in a bid to empower the senior citizens here.

Mamac, in an interview Tuesday, said the facility will be used for the cooperative project of the senior citizens, who are expected to run their own small restaurant and food stall in the said building, which was refurbished through the funding support of Mamac.

16 Aug 2010 - Angeleño commended for honesty

ANGELES CITY-- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan commended a City Government employee who returned a bank check worth P20,000 he found inside the City Hall last August 4.

Apolonio Dizon Nacpil, 49, of the Angeles City Establishments Concerns, Compliance and Regulatory Office (ACESCCORE), was honored by city officials and his fellow employees because of his honesty.

16 Aug 2010 - Carjackers strike again in Bacolor

PAMPANGA -- Unidentified armed men carjacked a sports utility vehicle (SUV) along the road in Barangay Calibutbut, Bacolor, Pampanga, early dawn Friday.

Pampanga Provincial Police Director Petronio Retirado said a silver Toyota Fortuner (RFW-989) driven by Roderick Pangilinan, 36, with two occupants were on their way to Xevera Subdivision at around 1 a.m. when its path was blocked by armed men on board a Toyota Innova without a plate number.

16 Aug 2010 - Mayor backs LCP opposition on cityhood of 16 towns

ANGELES CITY - Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has expressed support to the opposition of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) on the cityhood of 16 municipalities in the country.

The LCP, headed by City of San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, earlier expressed its strong objection against the move, stating that the said towns failed to meet legal requirements as provided for by the cityhood law.

16 Aug 2010 - Geo-expansion, smarter planet road show today

CLARK FREEPORT-- World technology giant, IBM, will host a geographic expansion and smarter planet road show for clients and business partners in Clark Freeport today, Tuesday.

It will be held at the Mekeni Room of Holiday Inn here at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.

15 Aug 2010 - City slaughterhouse gets ‘makeover’

ANGELES CITY -- Angeleños can now start forgetting the image of the city slaughterhouse as a place of stench and filth, after it got a thorough 'makeover.'

At zero cost to the City Government, Dealco Farms Inc. converted the dilapidated and unsanitary abattoir into a hygienic, professionally managed meat plant. The country’s biggest food retailers and processors now confidently get their meat from the renovated abattoir.

15 Aug 2010 - 2 nabbed for fake US dollar bills

ANGELES CITY -- Two men were recently apprehended by the city police for allegedly trying to change two pieces of US $100 to pesos at a money transfer shop in Barangay Balibago here.

The suspects were identified as Eddie Miranda of 8-11 Hadrian 3, Mountain View, Balibago, this city, and Edwin Rocales, of 8-11 Metro Clark Phase 1, Pulung Maragul, also of this city.

15 Aug 2010 - CIDG apprehend dancer and manager(s) at Forbidden City bar

The CIDG has apprehended and taken in to custody a possible underage dancer and two of Forbidden City bar's managers earlier this evening.

A tip was apparently recieved by the CIDG from a mother claiming that her underage daughter was working at Forbidden City. This prompted them to enter the bar and detain the girl in question, as well as one of their managers and possibly one of the bar's part owners.

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PAMPANGA -- A public works official here denied the cancellation of 19 “dubious” flood control projects all over the country, including the four projects in Pampanga province.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Director Alfredo Tolentino said Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson has not ordered the cancellation of the projects earlier.

14 Aug 2010 - Jin Air, 3 other airlines to start Clark flights

CLARKFREEPORT -- Jin Air, the sixth passenger commercial airline invited by the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), will start its daily operations between Clark and Seoul on October 31, 2010.

CIAC president Victor Jose Luciano said South Korea’s Jin Air, a subsidiary of Korean Airways, is a budget airline and is expected to increase passenger traffic at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), which is now nearing the annual 700,000 mark.

14 Aug 2010 - Japanese nationals face deportation

MAGALANG -- After a forced landing at a rice field here and damaging crops, two Japanese nationals are now facing deportation.

Magalang and Arayat police identified the Japanese as Nobuyuki Kuroda, 76, and Nakanome Masaya, 47, both bearing Japanese passports. The two were reportedly found after they landed their ultralight sports plane due to poor weather conditions at a rice field in Barangay San Ildefonso.

14 Aug 2010 - Groups ink sisterhood pact

MABALACAT-- The Rotary Club (RC) of Dau and Gunpo City of South Korea have recently forged a sisterhood pact seen to strengthen ties between the two clubs and reach out to more beneficiaries in their respective communities.

According to First District Board Member Tarcicio DC Halili, officers and members of RC Dau, which he heads left recently for Gunpo City to sign the sisterhood pact.

13 Aug 2010 - Pagcor slot machine station held-up

ANGELES CITY -- Heavily-armed men held-up on Tuesday an online gaming station of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) along Mc Arthur highway in Barangay Ninoy Aquino, Angeles City, Pampanga.

A belated report said that Arestedes Dy, a security guard detailed of E-Games 312 Enterprise Station here, reported to Angeles City Police Office (Acpo) Station 6 that their establishment was held-up by four unidentified gunmen.

13 Aug 2010 - Aldo ning Amanung Sisuan set on Aug. 28

PAMPANGA -- THE Province of Pampanga will celebrate this month's Buwan ng Wika (Language Month) with its own (Day of the Kapampangan Language) on August 28.

Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda will grace the occasion to be held at the Center for Kapampangan Studies, Holy Angel University.

13 Aug 2010 - Use of names, photos of officials banned

PAMPANGA -- THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) prohibited the use of names and images of officials in billboards and signages of the agency's programs and projects, including those on fire trucks, ambulance vans and police vehicles.

The move is in response to President Benigno Aquino III's directive not to advertise his name or picture in government programs and projects, said Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo.

13 Aug 2010 - Ceso review offered in Clark Polytechnic

CLARK FREEPORT -- St. Robert's International School, in partnership with CCIS Educational Foundation Inc. of Cyber City Teleservices Inc., and Topnotch Career Executive Service Officers of the country, launched recently a Ceso review package for those who want to pursue executive positions in government service.

Dr. Ramon Ricardo Roque, Ceso I and deputy secretary general of the House of Representatives, said the review now being held at the Clark Polytechnic inside the Freeport zone is the answer to the call of President Benigno Aquino III to professionalize the government bureaucracy.

12 Aug 2010 - Youth urged to register for SK, barangay polls

ANGELES CITY -- The Kabataan Partylist (KPL)-Central Luzon and Angeles City Youth Federation called on the youth Thursday to take advantage of the remaining days to go out and register for the upcoming youth and village elections.

The groups issued this statement during Thursday's press conference attended by the Kabataan Partylist's regional coordinator, SK representatives, and leaders of major schools in Angeles City.

12 Aug 2010 - CDC willing to pay for Sacobia bridge

CLARK FREEPORT --- Officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) clarified Thursday that they are willing to pay P22 million for the construction of Sacobia Bridge.

CDC president Benigno Ricafort said the amount represents the original cost of the bridge and additional charges including interest, cost adjustment, among others, which are due to the Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC) and the Ciriaco Construction Corporation.

12 Aug 2010 - Court reinstates TRO vs Nepomuceno

ANGELES CITY -- The Court of Appeals has reinstated its order stopping former Mayor Francis Nepomuceno from donating government service vehicles to various entities.

In a resolution promulgated on July 30, 2010, the Special 14th Division of the Appellate Court headed by Associate Justice Antonio Villamor stated that "the court sets aside its June 18, 2010 decision and that the petition is reinstated."

12 Aug 2010 - Groups mull citizens' awards

ANGELES CITY -- The Barangay Council of Balibago led by Barangay chief Rodelio "Tony" Mamac started a series of meetings Tuesday with the Rotary Club of Balibago for the institutionalization of the "Most Outstanding Residents of Balibago Awards."

According to Rotary Club of Balibago President Roger Santos, the awards aim to recognize the various achievements of the local residents here in various fields of endeavor. Santos said residents who have been successful in their respective careers and have contributed to the development of their respective communities in the said barangay are potential awardees.

12 Aug 2010 - Ricafort: Audit report on salary inaccurate

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Benigno Ricafort said Thursday the audit report stating that he is among highest paid government officials in 2009 is not an "accurate picture of his salary and compensation."

An earlier news report stated that Ricafort, in 2009, received P14,506,466.74 which included P10 million in "extraordinary and miscellaneous expenses."

12 Aug 2010 - SM City Clark holds seniors day

RECOGNIZING the need to inform and keep the elderly well attached as one organization, SM City Clark hosted this week's "Seniors Day at the Mall" with the event centering on an open discussion of the Expanded Senior Citizens Act.

SM Clark Public Relations Officer Venus Manalang said the attendees came from the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP). Leading the open discussion were host Joanna Cordero, FSCAP president Erasmo Santos and Joy Duaso and Cristy Mapano of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

12 Aug 2010 - Inspection of internet shops, hotels sought

ANGELES CITY -- A councilor here has asked the City Government to intensify its monitoring on internet cafes operating near schools and churches.

Councilor Jay Sangil said other internet cafes are being used as front for e-casinos, other internet-based gaming and possibly "illegal gambling."

12 Aug 2010 - UAP supports Angeles mayor's tourism plan

ANGELES CITY -- The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Angeles City Chapter said Wednesday that it supports the tourism and beautification plans of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

The group said such programs will spur additional infrastructure projects and tourism surge for the Metro Clark and Angeles areas.

12 Aug 2010 - Residents support ordinance vs noisy mufflers

MABALACAT -- Residents in several villages here were relieved by the enforcement of an ordinance prohibiting modified mufflers installed on motorcycles that produce loud and annoying sounds.

The local police started establishing checkpoints in strategic areas at the eastern part of the town last month, apprehending drivers of motorcycles with modified mufflers and other violations.

11 Aug 2010 - Gonzales defends Arroyo in Congress floor

PAMPANGA -- Third district Representative Aurelio Gonzales went to the rescue of former President and now second district Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during his manifestation before members of the Congress Wednesday.

Gonzales said the recent attacks on Arroyo by fellow congressmen are hurting the Kapampangans and constituents of the former President.

10 Aug 2010 - Crackdown on bars holding bold shows ordered

ANGELES CITY-- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has ordered law enforcers here to investigate reports that some bars along Fields Avenue and other areas in the city's entertainment district are holding bold shows.

“All heads will roll in the investigation of numerous night spots along Fields Avenue using nude shows as their main attraction to local and foreign nationals,” Pamintuan said.

10 Aug 2010 - Korean drowns at Mabalacat resort

MABALACAT -- A Korean national reportedly drowned at the swimming pool of a posh resort in this municipality.

Police identified the fatality as Kang Wang Yul, 35, a Korean temporarily staying at Room 304 of Woodland Park Resort in Barangay Dau here.

10 Aug 2010 - Expert: No cause for alarm on Pampanga River

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga River Basin Flood Forecasting and Warning System (PRBFFWS) Senior Weather Specialist Hilton Hernando said the rise in water levels in the Pampanga River basin is not alarming.

Water monitoring reports from August 8 to 10 showed that the Candaba Swamp posted a 4:29 meter rise and its pre-alert level is supposedly at 3 meters, Hilton said.

9 Aug 2010 - Execs support tandem's bid to develop airport

MABALACAT -- Officials in Pampanga have expressed support to the plan of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) and San Miguel Corporation (SMC) to develop the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

Mabalacat Mayor Marino Morales, who welcomed the move of MPIC chairman Manuel Pangilinan and SMC President Ramon Ang to undertake the construction of DMIA Terminal 2, bared this recently.

9 Aug 2010 - Groups hold peace and order meet

ANGELES CITY -- Balibago barangay captain Rodelio Mamac led Monday a joint special meeting of Barangay Peace and Order Committee (BPOC), Balibago Business Establishments Association (BBEA) and Rotary Club of Balibago.

The meeting was held at the barangay hall in this city in a bid to address peace and order concerns of residents here.

9 Aug 2010 - Village residents finish Rotary, Tesda program

ANGELES CITY -- Some 28 residents from Barangay Capaya I, this city finished a Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda)-sponsored Massage Therapy and Wellness Skills Training Program on Monday.

The program is a joint project of the Rotary Club of Mabalacat and Rotary Club of Magalang, which facilitated the training requirements and management of the program in coordination with Tesda.

8 Aug 2010 - CDC prexy cites workers on Freeport achievements

CLARK FREEPORT -- A top official of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) recognized the hard work of the employees of the state-owned firm for the achievements of CDC in the past two years.

"Had it not been for the unrelenting commitment and strong resolve of the CDC workers to implement the 'eight-point agenda,' Clark would not have become what it is today -- an economic haven in the Asia Pacific Region," said CDC president Benigno Ricafort.

8 Aug 2010 - Airlines asked to cater vacant PAL routes

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano has requested two airline companies here to help in manning routes currently affected by the recent labor dispute within the Philippine Airlines (PAL) management.

PAL flights have been marred by cancellations and delays since last week due to desertions by pilots. Twenty-five pilots and first officers quit abruptly last week, forcing the cancellation of 18 PAL flights on Saturday and Sunday and four domestic flights on Monday.

8 Aug 2010 - Ponytails Bar raided

ANGELES CITY -- Ponytails was raided bi CIDG last night during their 'Who let the Dogs out' event.

A number of employees were taken away for questioning.

7 Aug 2010 - Korean stabbed dead

MABALACAT -- A Korean national died while his live-in partner was seriously wounded in a stabbing incident inside the victims’ internet café at dawn Saturday.

Sung Jung Hak, 28, a Korean national and his partner Richel Malinao Roxas, 22 were assaulted by a lone suspect identified as Jerico Madrique, 22, a suspected drug-dependent inside the Love Corner Internet Café situated at Plaza Romana building in Barangay Dau at around 3:20 a.m. Saturday.

The Korean died of multiple stab wounds while Roxas survived but is in critical condition, police said.

6 Aug 2010 - Malaysian envoy endorses consortium for DMIA development

CLARK FREEPORT -- Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines "Dato" Sri Dr. Ibrahim Saad has endorsed the BriSteel Overseas Ventures Incorporated (BOV) for the development of Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

The ambassador, at the same time, vouched for BOV's reputation when the consortium presented its development plan for the DMIA Terminal 2 to the local officials, traders, and media at the Holiday Inn Hotel here Friday.

The Malaysian consortium earlier expressed its intention to forge an agreement with the Philippine government in developing the DMIA Terminal 2 project.

6 Aug 2010 - Ched okays Clark aircraft course

CLARK FREEPORT -- Commission on Higher Education (Ched) recently granted a provisional government permit for Clark Polytechnic Development Foundation (CDFI) to operate the first year level of the Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Maintenance.

CDFI's permit takes effect on School Year 2010-2011 and will greatly enhance the institution's capabilities to provide quality and affordable education for students in the Metro Clark area. CDFI has also applied for permits for higher year levels.

5 Aug 2010 - Malaysian envoy to vouch for consortium’s integrity

CLARK FREEPORT -- Malaysian ambassador to the Philippines “Dato” Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad will grace Bristeel Overseas Ventures, Inc.’s “Investor’s Presentation-Manifestation for the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport Terminal 2”.

According to a Bristeel official, who preferred not to be named, the envoy is expected to deliver a testimonial message expressing Malaysia’s support to the consortium which earlier professed its intention for a joint venture agreement with the Philippine Government in developing the currently shelved Terminal 2 project.

5 Aug 2010 - CIAC prexy denies harassment raps

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano denied Thursday harassing two airport security men for allegedly spreading poison letters against him.

“As people have known me since I joined government in 2001 and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) as EVP (Executive Vice President) and COO (Chief Operating Officer), it is never in my character to harass employees, much less subordinates,” Luciano said.

5 Aug 2010 - Cops nab wanted person

MABALACAT --- The town police recently arrested a person wanted for a case of frustrated homicide.

The suspect identified as Gideon Lacsamana, who was involved in a frustrated homicide case, was arrested by elements of the Dau police station by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Irin Zenaida S. Buan of the Regional Trial Court Branch 56.

4 Aug 2010 - Central Luzon police have new director

PAMPANGA -- Police Chief Superintendent Alan LM Purisima is the new director of the Police Regional Office in Central Luzon.

The command post was turned over Wednesday by outgoing Police Chief Superintendent Arturo Cacdac Jr. with Philippine National Police Deputy Chief for Operations Perfecto Palad.

4 Aug 2010 - Students launch 'Going Green Project'

ANGELES CITY -- The University Student Council (USC) of Holy Angel University (HAU) launched on Wednesday the "Going Green Project" to promote pro-environment initiatives among students of the university.

The event aims to promote environmental awareness, instill values of global competitiveness and sustainable development through environmental initiatives.

4 Aug 2010 - Korean, Taiwanese firm lead Subic all-time high exports

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- A Korean shipbuilding firm and a Taiwanese computer maker led Subic in its latest record of high export value totaling to $713.15 million for the first half of the year.

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) in a statement Monday said the export production of Subic indicated an increase of $180.26 or 33.83 percent, compared to the $532.89 million generated in the same period last year.

4 Aug 2010 - Mayor to 'renegotiate' loan for sports complex

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council has authorized Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan to amend the P812-million loan for the construction of a world class sports complex in Barangay Mining.

The P812-million Term Loan Agreement was inked between former Mayor Francis Nepomuceno and the Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) on August 13, 2009. Despite the alleged opposition by the private sector and some city councilors, the foundation works of the sports complex project have been made.

4 Aug 2010 - City Council okays advisory body

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council recently approved an ordinance creating the Local Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council of Angeles City (LLedac) to ensure the delivery of social services to Angelenos.

Sponsored by neophyte Councilor Edu Pamintuan Jr., LLedac aims to determine and recommend socio-economic development goals and policies as guide for the formulation and implementation of the City Development Plan.

4 Aug 2010 - Court won’t bar media in serial killing trial

ANGELES CITY—A local court has rejected the request to bar reporters from the trial of the man accused and suspected of a spate of robbery and killings, mostly of foreigners, in this city.

Lawyer Joy Casupanan-Aranas, clerk of the Regional Trial Court Branch 58, said Dizon asked Judge Philbert Iturralde, presiding judge of the court branch, to bar reporters from his trial.

3 Aug 2010 - Korean dies in apparent Suicide

ANGELES CITY -- A 51-YEAR old Korean was found dead Monday in an apparent suicide, police said.

Hur Hyung Yun, apparently hanged himself in his residence at Timog Park Homes here, said City Police Director Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista. A note was found near the Korean’s body stating his supposed anger to Filipinos because he lost his investments and wealth here.

3 Aug 2010 - 2 PAF officers charged with Extortion and Robbery

Armando Redelicia, 44, and SSGT. Luisito Gumabon, 44, both members of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) stationed at 600th Air Base Wing, Clark Freeport were reportedly harassing the owner of the Shark Summit Bar along Fields Avenue, Barangay Balibago, Angeles City.

Both were tested positive of handling marked bills planted by the CIDT.

3 Aug 2010 - 2 nabbed for illegal drugs

MABALACAT -- Two men, suspected of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, were apprehended by police officers in this town.

Police named the suspects as Rasad Amentao, 27, single, jobless, of Marawi City and Cairoding Maggunang Mao, 23, of Barangay Datu, Esmael, Dasmarinas, Cavite.

3 Aug 2010 - Mayor fetes cops, private sector on efforts vs crime

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recognized on Tuesday the efforts of the police officers of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) and the private sector in facilitating the speedy resolution of crime cases in the city.

On Monday’s awarding ceremonies here, Pamintuan, who was accompanied by City Police Director Senior Supt. Danilo Bautista and Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting, conferred certificates of recognition to the awardees in a short program and testimonial breakfast.

3 Aug 2010 - Dizon appears in Court

ANGELES CITY -- Showing no hint of remorse, the accused killer of three foreigners and six others in this city last month pleaded not guilty yesterday before the Regional Trial Court Branch 58 here.

Mark Dizon, 28, faces five counts of murder, one count of carjacking and three counts of robbery. The charges were read to him by court personnel Carolina Manalang before RTC Judge Philbert Iturralde.

3 Aug 2010 - Aquino urged to develop DMIA

MABALACAT -- The Metro Clark Advisory Council (MCAC) urged the administration of President Benigno Aquino III to pursue the full development of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) here.

In its resolution, the MCAC called for the development of DMIA following the spate of diversionary flights in Clark, which has been the refuge of incoming international and domestic flights this month.

3 Aug 2010 - Broadcaster denies hand in airport summit

CLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga-based broadcaster and Pampanga Press Club (PPC) president Fernando Pangan denied Monday any involvement in an "airport development summit."

The said summit is slated Aug. 6 at Clark Freeport where a Malaysian consortium is supposed to present its project proposal for the construction of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) Terminal 2 project.

3 Aug 2010 - Mayor denies human trafficking in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan denied reports that human trafficking is prevalent in the city particularly at the entertainment districts of Barangay Balibago and Malabanias where hundreds of night clubs are situated.

The mayor made the statement during a ceremony at the Angeles City Police headquarters Monday where police officers who worked in arresting Mark Dizon, the alleged serial killer responsible for killing at least three foreigners and several local residents, were feted.

3 Aug 2010 - Cops in serial killer arrest commended

ANGELES CITY -- Three police officers of the Angeles City Police Office (Acpo) who facilitated the arrest of suspected serial killer Mark Dizon were commended Monday.

The policemen were commended by City Police Director Danilo Bautista and Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan during Monday's awarding ceremonies attended by expatriates, city officials and the local police force.

3 Aug 2010 - Removal of commercial stalls in sidewalks ordered

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has ordered the removal of commercial stalls occupying sidewalks, which worsens the traffic problem in the city.

On Monday, market officials together with Bantay Bayan members and policemen from Station 1 implemented the final phase of the clearing operation.

3 Aug 2010 - Groups announce cataract mission

MABALACAT -- The Central Luzon Society of Ophthalmology (CLSO) and the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) are calling would-be beneficiaries for another free eye cataract mission this August.

The free medical mission, to be held at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital, is in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Mabalacat, Rotary Club of Dolores and the Social Action Center of Pampanga (Sacop), where would-be beneficiaries can process their respective applications.

2 Aug 2010 - Murder weapon still missing

During Dizon’s arrest, a .32 calibre pistol was retrieved from his person. He had attempted to use the weapon to escape the police. But the 9mm pistol was nowhere to be found. It is most likely that the pistol has been disposed of in an attempt to hide evidence. Only interrogation will result in the finding of the weapon.

Dizon continues to deny that he has committed the murders despite being confronted by Czarina Mitchell, daughter of Albert and Janet Mitchell and Dizon’s former girlfriend. The couple were both slain in the Hensonville massacre allegedly the work of Mark Dizon.

1 Aug 2010 - CIAC prexy grateful for retention call

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano is grateful for the clamor of the employees here, asking President Benigno Aquino III to retain him in his current post.

Luciano, in an exclusive interview, said he is "shocked and humbled" by the clamor and the petition being advanced by CIAC's rank and file.

1 Aug 2010 - City tourism infra program bared

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government of Angeles on Friday bared its program to boost tourism in the highly urbanized city.

New City Tourism Officer Carla Lopez-Pichay said that the tourism infrastructure development program aims to "connect" various communities in the province through a unified scheme consisting of uniform path walks and lamp posts.

1 Aug 2010 - KDF mission benefits 120 indigents

ANGELES CITY -- Some 120 indigents with varying degrees of eye cataracts benefited from the free surgical mission sponsored by the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) over the weekend.

KDF President Benigno Ricafort said that the surgical mission is part of its health program under its Health, Education, Livelihood Program (Help) advocacy.