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Balibago News Oct-2010

31 Oct 2010 - Thousands troop to cemeteries today

PAMPANGA -- Amid horrendous traffic conditions, thousands of Kapampangans are still expected to troop to public and private cemeteries in observance of All Saints' Day today.

As in the past, spiraling prices of candles, flowers and foodstuff also have not hampered people from all walks of life from annually paying their respects to their departed loved ones.

31 Oct 2010 - Pampanga journalists remember colleagues today

PAMPANGA -- Journalists and media practitioners in Pampanga will light candles Monday, not just for their departed loved ones but for their slain fellows, too.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJP) in the province called for the gathering of other media groups to light candles for the victims of the Maguindanao massacre and other victims of violence against media.

30 Oct 2010 - Poll body, police lauded for orderly elections

MABALACAT -- Board Member Tarcicio Halili has commended the poll body and the police force in the province for the peaceful and orderly conduct of the October 25 elections.

Halili cited the efforts of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Pampanga personnel led by Temie Lambino. He said Lambino and his staff were effective in implementing the commission’s election guidelines.

30 Oct 2010 - Consumers practice wise spending for All Saints' Day

ANGELES CITY -- Feeling the brunt of the high prices of seasonal commodities for the All Souls’ Day, consumers here are making the best of their money’s worth through wise consumer spending.

Natalia Santos, 69, queues in long lines at the Apu Flee Market in Angeles City on Friday to get the best bargain prices on candles.

29 Oct 2010 - Officials told to brace for influx of Koreans

CLARK FREEPORT - Provincial tourism officers and Pampanga mayors have been told to plan how to enhance the tourism industry here with the expected influx of Korean tourists and investors.

With the start of regular flights last Wednesday of Jin Air of South Korea out of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), which would likely bring in Korean tourists and investors, Governor Lilia Pineda and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo have told provincial tourism officers and Pampanga's municipal mayors to formulate a plan to boost the tourism industry.

29 Oct 2010 - Mayor orders security, traffic measures for 'Undas'

ANGELES CITY - Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has ordered the augmentation of safety and traffic measures in the entire city in anticipation of the observance of All Saints' Day, or "Undas".

"At this time, we need to double our efforts to ensure a peaceful and orderly observance of Undas," Pamintuan said.

29 Oct 2010 - Foreigner nabbed for gun ban violation

MABALACAT -- A Finnish national was apprehended after being suspected of violating the Omnibus Election Code by firing a gun at his apartment and alarming the community in Barangay Mabiga here.

The police identified the arrested foreigner as Matto Marko Johannes, 36, a Finnish national, who is presently staying at Splendor Apartment at Casmor Subdivision Phase 2 in the said barangay.

28 Oct 2010 - Trader urges town execs to enforce environmental laws

ANGELES CITY --- Businessman Ruperto Cruz has urged Mayor Condralito “Carling” Dela Cruz and other officials of nearby Porac town to enforce environmental laws against polluting hog and fowl farms in their municipality.

Cruz, leader of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM), which is leading the crusade against piggeries and poultry farms, issued the statement in reaction to the Dela Cruz’s statement that there is no instant solution to the problem.

28 Oct 2010 - Police ready for All Saints’ Day

PAMPANGA -- Police in Central Luzon assured the public that they will render assistance to pedestrians and motorists and implement traffic management and control along the traffic prone areas on “All Saints’ and Souls’ Day.”

Chief Inspector Karen Clark, spokesperson of the regional police office, said aside from police assistance, they will also continue conducting special operations against criminal elements.

28 Oct 2010 - Consumers urge to report sellers of uncertified Christmas lights

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Thursday urged consumers in Central Luzon here to report merchants who are selling uncertified lighting chains and Christmas lights.

The DTI, in a supplemental release, said the move is in view of the forthcoming Christmas season and the increasing demand for Christmas lights.

27 Oct 2010 - Korean airline launches flights at Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- South Korea's budget carrier Jin Air has officially started its five-times-a-week international flights to Incheon and vice versa at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) Wednesday.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Victor Jose Luciano greeted the 170 passengers of the Boeing 737-800 who disembarked around 1 a.m. at the DMIA Terminal, which signaled the full operations of the airline at the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex.

27 Oct 2010 - Budol-budol gang members nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- Three suspected members of a budol-budol gang were arrested on Tuesday during an entrapment operation by joint elements of the city police and security personnel of SM City Clark.

Police identified the arrested persons as Maria Luisa Constantino Pangan, 43, of Bantog Norte, Cabanatuan City; Lanie Pascual Jacob, 38, also of Bantog Norte, Cabanatuan City; and Aurea Chaves Manansala, 65, of San Rafael, Guagua, Pampanga.

27 Oct 2010 - Cops ready security plan for street dancing festival

ANGELES CITY -- City police officials are preparing for the street dancing festival dubbed Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan (TTKD), drawing up a security plan that includes the mobilization of some 200 policemen.

The preparation was made to ensure the safety and security of the people and tourists who will attend the two-day event slated on Friday and Saturday, the Angeles City Police Office (Acpo) said.

27 Oct 2010 - Village execs a mixture of old and new

ANGELES CITY -- Winners of the October 25 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay elections in this city are a mixture of old hands and neophyte village chiefs.

At least 14 out of the 33 incumbent village chiefs have been re-elected while the other 19 are first-timers in the village head seat.

27 Oct 2010 - All Souls' Day 'employment' chance for indigent kids

ANGELES CITY -- The city's indigent children are a conducting brisk business on the usual preparations for of All Souls' Day, cashing in on the occasion as extra hands for cleaning and painting graves.

In the old cemetery in Betis district, a group of indigent children offer their services for as much as P25 for cleaning jobs and an extra P25 for painting jobs.

27 Oct 2010 - Well-Family Midwife Clinic comes to Pampanga

A NON-GOVERNMENT organization built by a project funded in 1997 by the US Agency for International Development (USAid) to establish a sustainable mechanism for delivering Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Family Planning (FP) services throughout the Philippines is now urging midwives to set up birthing clinics throughout the country, especially in Pampanga.

Well-Family Midwife Clinic Partnerships Foundation Inc. (WPFI), established in 2002 to sustain over 300 birthing clinics organized under the USAid project, is offering its social franchising brand known as Well-Family Midwife Clinics (WFMCs) to help assure the public of excellent maternal and child health care services intended to reduce maternal and child mortality during and after birth.

26 Oct 2010 - Governor glad over peaceful elections

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda yesterday expressed elation over the peaceful conduct of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections and the vigilance shown by the electorate to ensure the same.

"I would like to thank our cabalens for their active yet peaceful participation in the recent local elections which I was told came up with bigger turnouts in the history of the province."

26 Oct 2010 - Mass skydiving in Subic set

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Some 300 skydivers from all over the world will join the first mass skydiving event in the country scheduled in November at Subic Bay Freeport.

Tagged as the 1st Philippine Parachuting Phun Phestival, the world class skydiving event will run from November 8 to 19 and will involve "chutters" from the United States, Canada, Europe, the Philippines and other countries.

26 Oct 2010 - Acetylene gang members nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- Three suspected members of the notorious Acetylene Gang who robbed a pawnshop at the commercial area of Barangay San Nicolas here on election day were apprehended during a hot pursuit operation conducted by the local police.

The arrested -- Arnel Dela Cruz of this city, Salvador Keyses of Bacolor, and one Ando Manaloto of Barangay Calulut, City of San Fernando -- were suspected of robbing Pistahan Pawnshop situated at Plaridel Street in said village.

26 Oct 2010 - Mamac gets second term

ANGELES CITY -- Incumbent Balibago village Chief Rodelio "Tony" Mamac did not fail to get his second term as he was declared village chief after the October 25 elections.

Mamac, a former policeman, won over Mario Gravamen, Allan Bonifacio and Crisostomo Pabalan.

Balibago village chieftain is one of the most sought after positions here since the village serves as the central business district of the city while the village chief stands to be its little mayor.

26 Oct 2010 - 14 new village chiefs elected in Mabalacat

MABALACAT -- Some 14 new faces were elected as barangay chairmen in different villages in this first-class municipality.

The new barangay leaders include Pablo Capitulo of Atlu-Bola, Arnold Reyes of Cacutud, Armando Rivera of Madapdap, Alexander Datu of Dolores, Baltazar Imbong of Lakandula, Emilio David, Jr. of Mabiga, and Nicolas De Guzman Jr. of Macapagal Village.

25 Oct 2010 - Manual voting not exciting but easier

MABALACAT -- The manual voting system used for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections has proven to be more popular with voters than the automated system.

Felicidad Lansangan, 67, who said she was looking forward to the May automated polls, said that she wasn't excited about Monday's barangay elections. "We're used to the manual voting system so there's nothing to be excited about," Lansangan said in the vernacular.

25 Oct 2010 - Elections generally peaceful

THE barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in the province of Pampanga was peaceful and had a high voter turnout despite such minor concerns as delays and problems with locating some voters' names.

With at least 3,804 clustered precincts and a total of 538 villages, Pampanga's elections rolled off 100 percent, said lawyer Temie Lambino, provincial election supervisor.

25 Oct 2010 - Guv's first 100 days marked with achievements

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda earns kudos after her first 100 days in office, which sees improved health care and social services for her constituents.

Fourth district Provincial Board Member Nestor Tolentino said on Monday that Pineda's first 100 days were marked by "good achievements in health care and social services to Kapampangans".

25 Oct 2010 - 'Juan' damages P200M crops

PAMPANGA -- Based on the final report of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC), at least P232 million worth of rice and commercial crops, fisheries and livestock were damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon Juan (international name: Megi).

Aside from agricultural damages, Juan also destroyed some of Pampanga's infrastructure, which includes 11 houses from this city and another seven houses in Magalang. The creek in this city's St. Jude village has also overflowed.

25 Oct 2010 - Lawmaker turns over multi-purpose buildings

ANGELES CITY - First District Rep. Carmelo "Tarzan" Lazatin formally turned over four newly constructed multi-purpose buildings worth P20 million to various barangays here and nearby Mabalacat.

Lazatin was represented by his son Carmelo Lazatin Jr. during the series of inaugurations.

24 Oct 2010 - 1st ever gay parade held

ANGELES CITY -- Despite the rain that poured on and off throughout most of the afternoon and evening the 1st ever gay parade went ahead with over a dozen participating floats.

The Dollhouse group float which was themed in a tropical theme with nipa hut and palm trees won the best float.

23 Oct 2010 - Local media asked to adopt guide for covering children

CLARK FREEPORT -- An official from the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) in the Philippines asked the media in Central Luzon to adopt the handbook of guidelines on covering cases involving children.

Maria Elena Caraballo, director of the CWC, said a handbook entitled “Guide for Media Practitioners on the Reporting and Coverage of Cases involving Children” was created by the Department of Justice’s Special Committee for the Protection of Children.

22 Oct 2010 - Special children join Asean forum

CLARK FREEPORT -- Children with disabilities from different countries in Asia have joined the five-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations Children's Forum (ACF) at the Fontana Leisure Parks in Pampanga.

The event, which was held from October 19 to 23, gathered around 20 children from the Asean countries, said Ma. Elena Caraballo, director of the Philippine Council for the Welfare of Children (PCWC).

22 Oct 2010 - Police ready for polls

ANGELES CITY -- Police in this city and nearby Mabalacat town are prepared for Monday's barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, an official said.

Angeles City Police Director Danilo Bautista said he will deploy more policemen in polling places to maintain peace and order during the elections.

22 Oct 2010 - Angeles medical center houses newborn screening facility

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC) has been commissioned by the Newborn Screening Reference Center (NSRC) to house the Newborn Screening Center in Central Luzon.

Newborn screening is a simple procedure to determine if a newborn baby has a congenital metabolic disorder that may lead to mental retardation and even death if left untreated.

22 Oct 2010 - 2 firms to host job fair

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and Clark Investors and Locators Association (Cila) will host a grand job fair on November 5 at the SM City Clark Event Center here.

Cila president Joselito Mercado said the job fair will be in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) and SM City Clark.

22 Oct 2010 - Economic growth should reduce poverty: labor chief

CLARK FREEPORT -- Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said the country's expected economic growth rate until the year 2016 should reduce poverty and give better lives for Filipinos.

"Since 1986, poverty eradication has always been at the heart of our development plans with the thrust of focusing economic growth and job creation toward ensuring prosperity for the greatest number of Filipinos," Baldoz said.

21 Oct 2010 - Cop shot dead

ANGELES CITY -- A police officer was shot dead by an unidentified man armed with M-16 rifle inside a store in Barangay Pulungbulu in this city Wednesday night.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, city police director, said Senior Police Officer 3 Rolly Reyes and his brother-in-law, Melencio Paras, were having a drinking spree at Elvie’s Store when the suspect struck at around 10:40 p.m.

The police officer died on the spot and the suspect managed to flee in a gray van.

21 Oct 2010 - Village bet asks for dismissal of exclusion case

ANGELES CITY -- A candidate for village chief asked the poll body to dismiss the petition to cancel his certificate of candidacy from the official list of candidates for the October 25 election.

In his counter petition submitted to local city Commission on Elections (Comelec) Thursday, Alfonso Bonifacio said the petition of Balibago village chairman Rodelio Mamac to expunge Bonifacio’s name from the list of certified candidates failed “to state a cause of action…”

21 Oct 2010 - Pampanga Day execom formed

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government has recently formed the Executive Committee (Execom) for the 439th Aldo Ning Kapampangan (Pampanga Day) celebration.

The annual celebration is one of the most important cultural and historical events in the province and it showcases the unique Kapampangan ingenuity.

21 Oct 2010 - 100 top students off to China summer camp

ANGELES CITY -- The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) has organized a delegation for the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp at the Fujian Normal University (FNU).

The delegation is composed of 100 outstanding Filipino high school students and supervisors from 18 high schools in the country.

21 Oct 2010 - Slay suspect’s arraignment deferred

ANGELES CITY -- The arraignment for the man accused of beheading his call center girlfriend was deferred and rescheduled to November 22.

The suspect, Adonis Carino Reyes, 30, of Block 10 Lot 10 Fiesta Communities, Barangay Tabun, Mabalacat town, through his counsel filed a motion requesting for a preliminary investigation.

21 Oct 2010 - Juan leaves floods; agri, infra damages

PAMPANGA -- A day after Super Typhoon Juan (international name: Megi) battered the province with heavy rains and strong winds, more than 30 villages across Pampanga remains flooded.

Some agricultural and livestock investments were also destroyed by Juan.

As of 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) report showed that 39 villages from Guagua, Masantol, Macabebe, Sto. Tomas, Magalang and San Fernando were still submerged in rain water ranging from one foot to four feet.

20 Oct 2010 - American national faces rape case

MABALACAT -- Another foreigner is facing charges of attempted rape after two women filed their complaints before the police.

Reports said Ruben Sandoval, 31, an American national and a resident of Apartment 3, Mawaque Road, Barangay Mabiga, Mabalacat, was charged with attempted rape, acts of lasciviousness and trespass to dwelling before Assistant Prosecutor Otto Macabulos.

The charges stemmed from a complaint filed by Meerydel delos Santos, 20, and Maria (not her real name), 14, both of General Santos City. The victims are temporarily residing at Barangay Mabiga, Mabalacat.

20 Oct 2010 - American national faces rape case

ANGELES CITY -- An annual regional trade fair opened Wednesday in Mandaluyong City, gathering 159 entrepreneurs from different provinces in Central Luzon.

Dubbed "Likha ng Central Luzon, Alay sa Kalikasan at Kinabukasan," the trade fair at Megatrade Hall 2 in SM Megamall opened Wednesday and is open to the public until October 24 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

19 Oct 2010 - AUF to hold inter-school choir contest

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation Center for Culture and the Arts (AUF-CCA) is inviting all high school choirs in Pampanga to participate in the "Awit-Paskuhan" Inter-High School Choir Competition 2010.

The competition is open to all bonafide high school students currently enrolled in public and private schools in Pampanga. Participants must not have joined any national or international competition, and are not paid for their services as artists.

19 Oct 2010 - Australian faces rape raps

ANGELES CITY -- A 15-year old girl filed charges of rape against an Australian national before the Angeles City Prosecutor Office.

The report said Maria (not her real name), 15, of Angeles City told police that she was allegedly raped by Frank Drakopulous, 38, owner of 12:30 Pizza Haus located at Fields Avenue, Barangay Balibago, Angeles City.

19 Oct 2010 - DMIA ready for flight diversions

CLARK FREEPORT --- The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) has announced that it is ready to accommodate diverted flights from other neighboring airports as Typhoon Juan hit Northern Luzon.

The Clark International Airport Corporation Operations Control Center said at least two flights out of DMIA - Tiger Airways, which is bound for Singapore and Cebu Pacific, which is bound for Macau - had been cancelled due to the bad weather condition.

19 Oct 2010 - Public works agency monitoring roads, bridges

PAMPANGA -- Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Director Alfredo Tolentino ordered Tuesday all district engineers in provinces and cities in Central Luzon to submit situational reports on major roads and bridges affected by Typhoon Juan.

Tolentino said he instructed all the district engineers to submit every four hours a situational report on their areas of responsibility, giving emphasis on national roads, bridges and dikes.

18 Oct 2010 - Trade agency to watch relief goods' prices

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) anticipates higher demands for relief goods because of Super Typhoon Juan but reassures the public prices will be monitored.

Blesila Lantayona, chief of the DTI in Central Luzon, said the onset of Super Typhoon Juan (international codename: Megi) could possibly cause a surge in the demand for relief goods, though she's quick to assure the public that higher demand will not necessarily mean higher prices.

18 Oct 2010 - Police recover hijacked truck in Mabalacat

MABALACAT -- The town police have recovered a trailer truck reportedly hijacked over the weekend in Metro Manila and rescued its driver.

The truck, containing assorted soda, was hijacked along the South Luzon Expressway on October 16 and ended up in Barangay Santa Maria along with its driver, 59-year-old Roland Oreal Camba of Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, who was hogtied and blindfolded by the suspects.

18 Oct 2010 - First Asean children's forum opens today

CLARK FREEPORT -- The first-ever Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Children's Forum (ACF) will be held in Clark Freeport Tuesday.

A statement from the Philippine Information Agency in Central Luzon said the forum will be held at the Fontana Leisure Parks, Clark Freeport, from October 19 to 23.

18 Oct 2010 - Jin Air starts flights at DMIA

CLARK FREEPORT -- South Korea’s budget carrier Jin Air will start its regular flights to Clark and vice versa at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) on October 27.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Victor Jose Luciano said Jin Air’s full operations would contribute to tourism in Clark and other parts of Central Luzon.

17 Oct 2010 - Pampanga braces for 'Juan'

PAMPANGA -- As Typhoon Juan gathers more strength and is expected to hit the some areas in Northern Luzon Monday, Pampanga's disaster officials continue monitoring the situation.

Governor Lilia Pineda assured Kapampangans that the Provincial Government is ready for any untoward incident. The governor ordered the activation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) on Sunday.

17 Oct 2010 - LTO hits P112M collection record

ANGELES CITY -- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) - Angeles City is keen to surpass its 2009 record collection of P131 million, having already posted P112 million in revenues September 2010.

"That makes us the second placer in terms of revenue generation, next to Subic. As of September, our collection has been posted at around P112 million already. We are achieving, at an average, an increase of 12 percent," said Aida Santiago, LTO chief of office, during the agency's semestral big clean-up and quality workplace day.

17 Oct 2010 - Village bet files exclusion case against riva

ANGELES CITY -- A re-electionist village chief here filed a petition before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) of his opponent.

Balibago village chief Rodelio Mamac filed the petition to deny due course and the cancellation of the COC of Alfonso Bonifacio over the weekend.

17 Oct 2010 - Movement holds voters' education forum

ANGELES CITY --- The Gising Barangay Movement Incorporated (GBMI) headed by Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David held a voters' education forum at the Immaculate Conception Parish Church in Barangay Balibago Saturday.

The movement, with the help of the Parish Pastoral Council of the said church and the Green Youth Brigade, initiated the forum in a bid to educate the people about their rights to suffrage and the importance of barangay governance.

16 Oct 2010 - Pampanga vice mayor threatens to shoot 2 journalists

PAMPANGA -- The vice mayor of Porac municipality in this province allegedly threatened to shoot two radio journalists during a chance meeting in Zambales last October 1.

Radio journalists Arnel Panganiban and Gary Bernardo were attending a grand opening of an outlet of a convenience store chain in Subic, Zambales when Vice Mayor Dexter David arrived and allegedly threatened to shoot them.

16 Oct 2010 - Village bets sign peace covenant

ANGELES CITY -- Aspiring village chiefs and council members from three villages here forged a peace covenant in a bid to prevent election-related violence during the October 25 polls.

At least 10 aspiring village chiefs and 39 aspiring council members from villages of Balibago, Anunas and Malabanias signed the covenant for honest, orderly and peaceful elections (Hope) at the Police Station 4.

16 Oct 2010 - More than killings, card game scams threats foreigners

ANGELES CITY -- "There's not much apprehension in the community," Jimmy Dale, president of the Hotels and Restaurants Association in Pampanga (Harp), said.

Dale said there is not much fear for foreigners living in the city despite the series of killings that happened.

16 Oct 2010 - Election watch list areas identified

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday identified areas included in the list of places to watch come October 25 barangay elections for possible election-related violence.

In the list are villages in the provinces of Pampanga, Abra, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Kalinga Masbate, Maguindanao and other parts of Mindanao.

15 Oct 2010 - City holds jobs fair

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan told Angeleños not to look for work elsewhere during a job fair held Thursday.

"Angeleños don't need to look somewhere to find work. We have lots here in their home city," he addressed everyone present at the "Trabaho Patrol, Agyu Tamu" (Work Patrol, We Can) job fair held at the Angeles City library.

15 Oct 2010 - Marquee gets into the groove!

ANGELES CITY -- Central Luzon's upscale and classy Marquee Mall in Angeles City recently got into the groove as it let the moves out with Campus Groove 2010, a showcase of the best modern, hip hop and jazz dancers from all over the region's campus dance floors.

The Marquee campus showdown, swinging in four days of dazzling display of never-before-seen dance moves, was participated in by 19 registered contestants coming from 16 schools in Central Luzon.

15 Oct 2010 - Tire company receives special citations

CLARK FREEPORT -- Tire manufacturing plant Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. (YTPI) received a special citation for environmental performance that lead to business gains and sustainability.

YTPI's citation was for Excellence in Ecology and Economy (E3). The award was given during the 36th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (36th PBC&E) held at the Manila Hotel, City of Manila last October 13, 2010.

15 Oct 2010 - Foreign group: killings are isolated cases

ANGELES CITY -- When a group of foreign businessmen in this city realized that there was only one person behind the killings of their three colleagues and six others, they were frightened.

"Before they captured Mark Dizon, there was a lot of apprehension among us because of his being on the loose," Jimmy Dale, president of the Hotels and Restaurants Association in Pampanga (Harp), said.

15 Oct 2010 - Facebook users condemn Gantan's murder pictures

MABALACAT -- Facebook users from this province condemned yesterday the unscrupulous spread on cyberspace of the alleged murder photos of call center agent.

Facebook users sent a copy of the alleged murder photos of Katrina Gantan that have been spreading online like wildfire.

15 Oct 2010 - Slay victim's hotel room blessed

ANGELES CITY -- A Catholic priest on Thursday led the blessing of the motel room occupied by a female call center agent who was killed and decapitated last October 1.

Father Larry Sarmiento, parish priest of the Santa Monica Church in Mexico town, led the owner and staff of the Miyabe Court in blessing the room where Kathrina Gantan, 22, a former agent at Sutherland call center was beheaded.

The priest also blessed the entire 82-room motel situated in Barangay Pulung Maragul, this city. He said this is to secure peace in the entire establishment.

15 Oct 2010 - Investor mulls pulling out investments

ANGELES CITY -- After the controversial raid of three entertainment clubs, a big investor in Fields Avenue is now considering pulling out some of his investments.

In a statement, Gerard Heinen, owner of the ABC Hotel, said he is "seriously considering stopping" further investments in the city after the September 15 raid.

Heinen called the human trafficking charges against entertainment club owners and employees "baseless."

15 Oct 2010 - Village chief worried of vote buying, flying voters

ANGELES CITY -- A re-electionist, while optimistic of the upcoming elections result, expressed his worry of possible vote buying and presence of flying voters.

Village chief Rodelio "Tony" Mamac said Thursday that he is confident about the upcoming October 25 barangay elections but worries about possible vote buying and flying voters.

15 Oct 2010 - Limlingan: Tom Pabalan

ANGELES CITY -- The race is on and I'm putting my bet on Tom Pabalan, the number one barangay kagawad of Balibago, Angeles City for his barangay chairmanship bid.

"Kaibigan" as he is fondly called, started out his career as a barangay kagawad in 1989 until the end of his term in 1994. From then, his political life blossomed when he got elected as a Councilor of the City of Angeles in 1995. As a legislator, he has spearheaded various landmark legislations and initiated some reforms in governance.

14 Oct 2010 - Gang member nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- A suspected member of a fake gold bar syndicate called Salaguinto Gang was apprehended by the city police after being involved in a shooting of a policeman in 2002.

The suspect, identified as Ramil Castillo Malabanan, 43, of Purok 2 Bliss, Barangay Sapang Bato, this city, was arrested by elements of the Police Station 4 led by Senior Inspector Dederick Relativo and PO2 Sergio Nino Collado Jr., at his residence on Tuesday.

14 Oct 2010 - US Navy band to perform at AUF

ANGELES CITY -- The US 7th Fleet Orient Express Band is set to stage a free concert and music clinic on October 20 at the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) St. Cecilia’s Auditorium, said AUF president Joseph Emmanuel Angeles.

The Orient Express Band is an exciting eight-piece group of professional navy musicians. It is a high energy rock n’ roll band featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, Journey, Avril Lavigne, and Katie Perry.

13 Oct 2010 - Annual US-RP naval training exercise opens

THE annual RP-US naval training exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) opened Wednesday in a ceremony at the Golden Dragon Restaurant on Canal Road, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Olongapo City. The exercise ends October 22.

Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in Command Rear Admiral Danilo Cortez; Commodore Edgar Abogado, Commander, Naval Forces Northern Luzon; Vice Admiral Scott Van Buskirk, Commander, US 7th Fleet; and Captain David Welch, Deputy Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 31 participated in the opening ceremony.

13 Oct 2010 - Village chief vows to continue programs

ANGELES CITY -- Balibago barangay chairman Rodelio Tony Mamac has vowed to continue various programs he initiated when he assumed office as barangay chief executive.

Mamac said he will continue his programs on poverty alleviation, infrastructure, socio-economic services, environment, delivery of basic services, among others.

12 Oct 2010 - 3 charged in slaying of nursing student

ANGELES CITY -- Murder charges have been filed against three individuals allegedly involved in the brutal slaying of a nursing student.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, city police director, said a special investigation task group (SITG), organized on March 1, 2010, filed the case against three persons before the Office of the City Prosecutor.

12 Oct 2010 - Police: No conspiracy in foreign national killings

ANGELES CITY -- Dizon, 28, a computer technician, was tagged by police investigators to be the "serial killer" of foreign nationals in the city.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, city police director, said Dizon seemed to be suffering from a mental illness that made him kill at least nine persons - three of whom were foreign nationals.

12 Oct 2010 - Village chief row reaches next level

ANGELES CITY -- Two contending officials in Barangay Pulung Maragul's will meet each other in the upcoming October 25 elections to determine who has the people's mandate.

Both councilmen Sonny Lao and Joseph Dimapilis have been reported to have filed their respective Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) at the city's Commission on Elections (Comelec) here. Both officials have been claiming the chief village post since late last year after a long-standing legal battle at the Regional Trial Court (RTC), even reaching as far as the office of the Ombudsman.

12 Oct 2010 - Heinous killing of call center agent deplored

MABALACAT -- Slain call center agent's relatives and friends pray for justice during the burial rites.

Thousands of relatives, friends and neighbors witnessed the burial rites for the victim on Tuesday.

12 Oct 2010 - '50s 'original Pinoy music' to highlight concert

CLARK FREEPORT -- A call center is sponsoring a free concert that highlight 1950s Filipino music for the enjoyment of senior citizens and for family bonding.

Leading call center firm Cyber City Teleservices is inviting the public to attend a free concert dubbed "Dekada 50 ng Musika at Kultura Handog ng Mabuhay Singers at ni Betty Rivera" on October 16 at the Clark Expo.

11 Oct 2010 - Village chief bet faces disqualification raps

MABALACAT -- A village chief candidate is facing a disqualification case after violating the three-term limit for public officials.

Based on a certification issued by the town’s Department of Interior and Local Government, Barangay Dapdap village Chief Javier Taruc has been elected as village chief for three consecutive terms.

11 Oct 2010 - Barangay poll bet files candidacy on ‘lucky day’

ANGELES CITY -- A village chief bet took advantage of what he believed could be a “lucky day” and filed his certificate of candidacy on October 10, 2010.

Aspiring village chief Mario Gravamen said “10-10-10,” a once-in-a-lifetime date, could possibly make him number 1 in the upcoming polls in Barangay Balibago.

10 Oct 2010 - Bad news for Angeleños: The killing of foreigners

ANGELES CITY -- During his first State of the City Address (Soca), Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan reported to Angeleños not just his administration's accomplishments but also problems he has to resolve.

In his first 100 days in office, Pamintuan admitted there were pieces of "bad news" for his constituents.

10 Oct 2010 - Dead man found

ANGELES CITY -- Police found a dead man at a vacant lot in Barangay Pampang on Sunday.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, city police director, said the body was found near the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (formerly Ospital ning Angeles) around 5:45 a.m. on Sunday.

The body of the victim, identified as Gerald Tolibas, 24, of 6th Street, Plaridel Subdivision 2, Barangay Amsi here, was found by a concerned citizen, Bautista said.

9 Oct 2010 - Golden Nile security returns P176,000 stolen cash

ANGELES CITY -- Golden Nile, a bar along Fields Avenue alerted station 4 of a theft amounting to P196,000 from their daily sales early Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, the bar has reported that the money minus P20,000 has been returned by the thief whom happened to be their security guard named Julius Montillano.

9 Oct 2010 - Cops find missing Head

ANGELES CITY -- Police on Saturday finally found the missing head of a call center whose decapitated body was found in a motel in Angeles City, Pampanga last weekend.

Local police found the head of 22-year-old Katrina Gantan in a grassy portion near the Morales Bridge in Sta. Ines, Mabalacat town around 11:20 am.

An initial report said that the head was placed in a yellow and red-striped plastic bag.

8 Oct 2010 - Pamintuan delivers city address

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan reported Friday his administration's accomplishments in the first 100 days, which complemented the City Government's eight-point agenda.

The eight-point agenda outlined in the contract with the Angelenos include affordable education, good governance, clean environment, economic development, health care, improved public market conditions, peace and order and development of village facilities.

8 Oct 2010 - Clark electronic firms form group

CLARK FREEPORT -- At least 13 major electronic companies here decided to form an association that would spearhead programs for the mutual benefit of its members.

The Clark Electronics and Semiconductor Industries Association (Cesia) was formed during a consultation conference on October 5 at the Lohas Hotel's New Well Being Spa and Resort.

8 Oct 2010 - 5 men nabbed for selling fake impotence drugs

ANGELES CITY -- Four ambulant vendors were apprehended by the city police for allegedly selling fake medicines for erectile dysfunction along the entertainment area of Fields Avenue in Barangay Balibago, this city.

The suspects were identified as Arnold Espiritu, 32 of Atlu-Bola, Mabalacat town; Bimbo Caguiao, 26, of Santa Teresita, this city; Mohamar Mohamad Ali, 23, of Manibaug, Paralaya, Porac town; Domingo Selga, 48, also of Northville, Cutud, this city; and Alvin de Jesus, 25, of Northville, Cutud.

8 Oct 2010 - Police taps NBI in beheading case probe

ANGELES CITY -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) here sought the help of other law enforcement agencies in its probe on the case a 22-year-old woman who was found dead and decapitated in her hotel room recently.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, city police director, said that they have already requested the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to help in matching the fingerprints of the victim.

The police identified the victim as Katrina Fernandez Gantan, 22, a resident of Ubas Street, Filipiniana Subdivision in Mabalacat town.

6 Oct 2010 - Woman's head still missing

ANGELES CITY -- The city police still has no clue where the suspect may have hidden the head of a woman who was found dead inside a hotel room in this city last October 2.

Police investigators are still searching for the head of Katrina Fernandez Gantan, 22, of Ubas Street, Filipiniana Subdivision, Dau, Mabalacat town.

6 Oct 2010 - Opening of Pulung Bulu bridge slated

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan will announce the soft opening of the Pulung Bulu bridge for motorists on Friday, October 8.

Pamintuan said Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Director Alfredo Tolentino assured him that the bridge will be opened to all types of vehicles.

6 Oct 2010 - Quality service lane launched

ANGELES CITY -- The city police launched a Quality-Service Lane (QSL) in one of its stations to provide quality service and police assistance to residents.

The first QSL was launched in the Angeles City Police Office Station 4 on Monday.

5 Oct 2010 - Korean dies in apparent suicide

CAMP OLIVAS -- A Korean national was found dead in his hotel room in Barangay Malabanias in this town Saturday in an apparent suicide.

Police identified the victim as Seo Ji Hoon, 27, a Korean national.

A staff of Tiger Hotel where the victim was billeted has found the Korean national hanging by the neck with a bed sheet tied to a ladder at the back portion of his room.

5 Oct 2010 - Man charged for raping minor

MABALACAT -- A 49-year-old man was recently charged in court for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in their neighborhood.

The suspect, identified as Rico Julian, 49, a resident of this town, is now recuperating in a hospital in nearby Angeles City after bystanders, who helped the victim, mauled him.

5 Oct 2010 - Army backs CDC’s project

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippine Army in Pampanga expressed its willingness to forge a partnership with Clark Development Corporation (CDC) in developing more than 30,000 hectares of uncultivated land.

The development of this land in Sacobia Valley was included in the Next Frontier flagship project of the CDC.

4 Oct 2010 - Call center agent linked in beheading of woman

ANGELES CITY -- A call center agent in Clark Freeport was tagged as suspect in the brutal killing of a woman who was found beheaded inside a hotel room here on Saturday.

Police identified the suspect as Adonis Carino Reyes, 30, a call center agent of Sutherland, and a resident of Fiesta Communities, Barangay Tabun, Mabalacat town.

Carino was tagged as suspect in the slaying of his girlfriend and co-employee, Kathrina Fernandez Gantan, 22, of Ubas Street Filipiniana Subdivision, Dau Mabalacat.

4 Oct 2010 - Angeles mayor declares war vs crimes

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has declared an all out war against crimes and criminal elements following several incidents of killings, including the brutal slaying of a call center agent who was beheaded inside a hotel room on Saturday.

“I have ordered the setting-up of checkpoints and 24 days a week roving patrols in key areas of the city. The entire police force and all peacekeeping and security related personnel of the city must be on guard,” Pamintuan said.

4 Oct 2010 - Tree planting activity held in Sacobia

CLARK FREEPORT -- Some 100 elementary students of the Holy Angel University recently joined the Advocacy for the Development of Central Luzon (ADCL) in planting Acacia and Camatchile seedlings at the Sacobia reforestation area here.

The activity is part of ADCL’s environmental campaign dubbed “Adopt a Mountain: Getting Greener, Getting Wiser,” a wide-scale program soon to be officially launched by the group, targeting some 50 institutions, entities and companies in Pampanga alone.

4 Oct 2010 - Cops nab 3 with ‘hot cars’

ANGELES CITY -- The police over the weekend apprehended three men for possessing suspected stolen vehicles.

The suspects were identified as Rodel Dela Cruz Navarro, 38, a resident of Barangay Carmen, Zaragosa, Nueva Ecija; Royce Ocampo Cabacungan, 29; also of said place; and Celso Cruz Ubaldo Sr.

4 Oct 2010 - More funds for SMEs in circulation

ANGELES CITY -- At least P500 million worth of transactions is circulating among cooperatives in the city.

Bernardo Chua, chairman of the Angeles City Cooperative Development Council, said the collections have provided more funds for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

"We are able to assist more small and medium businesses given the half-billion worth in circulation," Chua said.

4 Oct 2010 - City includes elderly in fiesta events

ANGELES CITY -- The upcoming Fiestang Kuliat is not just for the young ones but also for the “young once.”

Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting said the city’s fiesta celebration also included activities for the elderly.

3 Oct 2010 - Woman killed in car crash

ANGELES CITY -- A 21-year-old woman died in a vehicular accident along M. A. Roxas Highway inside the Clark Freeport Saturday night.

Police identified the fatality as Lani Landicho, 21, a resident of Capas, Tarlac. She died on the sport, police said.

3 Oct 2010 - Woman beheaded in Miyabe Court

A headless woman was found inside a motel bathroom in Angeles City on Saturday night. Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, Angeles police director, said investigators have yet to identify the woman, who was found nude in Room No. 518 of Miyabe Court in Barangay Pulung Maragul.

Citing accounts of motel employees, Bautista said the woman checked into the motel with two men at 7:30 p.m. of Oct. 1. One of the men was seen leaving the room at 9:30 p.m., a police report said. No details were available on the vehicle that the group used. The murder was discovered on Saturday night when a motel employee inspected the room after the standard 24-hour stay lapsed.

3 Oct 2010 - Village hosts anti-human trafficking seminar

ANGELES CITY -- After the controversial police raid of three entertainment clubs in Fields Avenue, Barangay Balibago hosted an anti-human trafficking seminar to avoid similar incidents.

Over the weekend, village chief Rodelio Mamac invited bar owners and managers to listen to advocates against human trafficking.

3 Oct 2010 - Mayor mulls tighter public security

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan assured residents and tourists here of safety and peace order has he started an "all-out war" against crime.

"Enough is enough," Pamintuan said in a statement.

3 Oct 2010 - Anthony Dee passes away

MABALACAT -- Chinese-Filipino businessman Anthony Dee died Saturday night at the Chinese General Hospital in Manila due to multiple organ failure, according to Mayor Mariano Morales.

Dee died at 8 p.m. on Saturday, he said.

2 Oct 2010 - Thousands of indigents get PhilHealth cards

PAMPANGA -- Thousands of indigent Kapampangans flocked to the Pampanga Capitol Saturday to avail the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) cards.

PhilHealth set the Nationwide PhilHealth Registration Day (PhilHealth Sabado) here Saturday and registered some 7,000 individuals from different towns of the province.

2 Oct 2010 - Poll body junks protest vs chieftain

ANGELES CITY -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) junked the election protest filed by Councilor Joseph Alfie Bonifacio against Balibago Village Chief Rodelio Mamac.

In a resolution dated September 21, 2010, the Comelec en banc said the protest filed by Bonifacio was “insufficient in form and content.”

2 Oct 2010 - Folks welcome civic leader’s bid

ANGELES CITY -- Residents of Barangay Tabun here welcomed the aspiration of businesswoman and civic leader Alma Dizon Mercado to run for village chairman.

Mercado, who operates the Nirvana resort, is the wife of Philippine Long Distance and Telephone-Clark General Manager Joselito Mercado, the president of the Clark Investors Locators Association (CILA).

1 Oct 2010 - Police: Rescue equipment ready for calamity

PAMPANGA -- The Central Luzon police office has assured the public that search and rescue equipment in the region are in good condition and can be utilized anytime.

In its recent inventory, the Regional Public Safety Battalion said the equipment include a rubber boat, 30 life vests, 10 compasses, two rescue boats, 39 handheld radio, five global positioning system, five binoculars, 46 safety helmet, a megaphone, three rappelling rope, and six 25-horse power outboard motor, among others.

1 Oct 2010 - Councilor denies supplying feeds to hog, fowl farms

ANGELES CITY -- An official in nearby Porac town has dismissed allegations that he is a supplier of feeds in piggeries and poultry farms here.

Councilor Ludivico Muli issued the statement in reaction to statements made by environmentalists that he make good to his promise and resign if proven that he is a supplier of feeds.

1 Oct 2010 - Fire sub-station launched

ANGELES CITY -- Businessmen and residents in the western part of this city need not worry about fire since the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has opened on Thursday a sub-station in the area.

The new fire sub-station, located in Barangay Anunas here, is equipped with one new fire truck that can load one thousand gallons of water.

1 Oct 2010 - Ricafort's works at CDC lauded

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines (PBMLP) recognized the contributions of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Benigno Ricafort in the development of this Freeport.

During the recently-concluded PBMLP summit, Ricafort was presented a certificate of recognition by the PBMLP leadership led by its chairman Tarcicio Halili.