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Balibago News Jan-2011

31 Jan 2011 - Tons of garbage on Mabalacat side: village chief

ANGELES CITY -- The chairman of Barangay Balibago said Monday that there is no open dumpsite in his village and the tons of garbage produced in the city can be found on the side of Barangay Duquit in Mabalacat town.

Barangay Balibago chairman Rodelio Mamac issued the statement amid reports that the city is one of the places in Pampanga warned by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Environmental Management Bureau for maintaining an open dumpsite.

31 Jan 2011 - Mayor orders crackdown vs illegal waste dumping

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales has directed the solid waste management council here to curb illegal dumping of garbage particularly into open dumpsites.

The move came after a notice of violation issued by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in line with the implementation of Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2002.

31 Jan 2011 - Probe bureau 'stitching up' carjack events

PAMPANGA -- National Bureau of Investigation-Central Luzon chief Ricardo Diaz said the agency is now "stitching up" and putting up pieces of a puzzle that will put Pampanga out of the purported "crime map."

Diaz point-blank answered the queries of Governor Lilia Pineda, who questioned the capabilities of such agencies as the NBI, Land Transportation Office, Department of Trade and Industry, including mayors and staff of the licensing permits of towns in a recent emergency peace and order council meeting.

31 Jan 2011 - Romero to continue biz sector service

CLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) former president Renato Romero will continue his service to the business sector here as he assumes post as vice chairman of the chamber's board of directors effective this month.

Romero said that unlike his former post, he would be taking a more laid back but significantly important duty as one of the core officers of the group.

30 Jan 2011 - Council wants hog farm's permit withheld

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council has approved a resolution urging Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan to withhold the issuance of a business permit to a hog farm that was found to be in poor state.

The hog farm in Barangay Cutcut was found to be lacking the appropriate water treatment and gasifying facilities to handle the waste of some 7,200 pigs inside the facility. It is located just a few meters away from the posh Carmenville Subdivision and the Holy Mary Memorial Park.

30 Jan 2011 - Angeles police chief relinquishes post

ANGELES CITY -- Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista has relinquished his post as Angeles City police director following a controversy involving his men, who were accused of extortion by a suspected drug dependent.

Bautista reportedly gave up his position because of the case involving Chief Inspector Rico Cayabyab, head of Police Station 1, and his men SPO2 Ronald Santos, PO3 Michael Villareal and PO2 Cyrus Lising, who were accused of gypping P400,000 from a man caught allegedly sniffing marijuana inside his car.

30 Jan 2011 - Arroyo approves ID system

PAMPANGA -- Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo laude the Pampanga Peace and Order Council's recommendation to implement the barangay identification (ID) system to fight crime and monitor transients in the province.

Arroyo's nod came after members of the Peace and Order Council discussed and proposed ways to reduce and eradicate the alleged growing crime rate in the province.

30 Jan 2011 - Labor agency, Capitol ink pact for schools-based Peso

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon office and the Public Employment Services Office (Peso) signed Tuesday a memorandum of agreement institutionalizing Peso-based centers in pilot Pampanga schools.

The move is aimed at giving graduating students a shot at in-demand jobs.

30 Jan 2011 - Economic chief optimistic on new medium-term plan

CLARK FREEPORT -- National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Director General Cayetano Paderanga is optimistic of the soon-to-be-submitted Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) and an eight percent GNP growth under the Aquino administration.

Paderanga, in his speech before members of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham), said growth drivers for 2011--like mining, construction, trade, private services, and finance on the supply side of the economy--remain relatively strong.

28 Jan 2011 - Traffic problem 'hinders economic growth'

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the worsening traffic condition is a hindrance to the growth of the local economy.

"The traffic problem in the city hinders the growth of the local economy, particularly the improvement of the business climate and development of tourism potential," Pamintuan said during a traffic summit held at the city library here.

28 Jan 2011 - Cops probe robbery-shooting incident

ANGELES CITY -- The city police have been investigating a robbery-shooting incident involving a nephew of a city official here.

City Police Director Danilo Bautista said they are now conducting follow-up operations to identify the men who shot Philip Duhay Lungsod Tayag, 30, a City Hall employee and nephew of city executive secretary Alex Cauguiran.

28 Jan 2011 - Vice President asked to help rehab Pampanga dike

PAMPANGA -- Board Member Monina Laus said she already informed Vice President Jejomar Binay about the need to prioritize the rehabilitation of Arnedo Dike to protect the people of Pampanga from impending danger.

Laus said Binay's plan to start a socialized housing project in the province would be put in vain if the National Government does not see the importance of Arnedo Dike in Pampanga.

27 Jan 2011 - Trader seeks P10M in slander case vs nurse

ANGELES CITY -- A trader filed on Tuesday a P10M criminal complaint for slander against a nurse from Angeles City who he claims has tainted his good honor and reputation as a respected businessman.

Complainant Paternus "Ringo" H. Limjoco of Barangay San Agustin here filed the complaint before the Office of the City Prosecutor the other day against Julius Brian D. Turla, a male nurse from Barangay Salapungan in Angeles City.

27 Jan 2011 - Court issues 20-day TRO in favor of golf course

ANGELES CITY -- The local court here has issued a second temporary restraining order (TRO) seeking to stop the Nepomuceno family from blocking the way to a golf course in this city that is frequented by Koreans.

Judge Irin Zenaida Buan (Regional Trial Court, Branch 56) issued the TRO last Saturday after the first hearing of the land case.

27 Jan 2011 - Mayor urges car dealers to get clearance from police

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales here is enjoining local car dealers to secure a clearance from the Philippine National Police (PNP) to contain criminal groups engaged in selling hot vehicles.

Morales issued the statement after the PNP reported that several high-profile carjackers in the country have been maintaining their safehouses for hot vehicles in the town and other parts of the province.

27 Jan 2011 - Local organization helps repatriate OFW's remains

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Action Center for Overseas Filipino Workers Concerns (PACOC) was able to facilitate the repatriation of the remains of an OFW from Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to his residence in the town of Lubao.

This was reported by PACOC head Maria Eliza Rey M. Muñoz, who added that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) provided the necessary assistance and cooperated with the family of the deceased OFW to facilitate the process.

27 Jan 2011 - Mayor hits cops in extortion case

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan denounced Thursday four police officers involved in a recent robbery-extortion case here.

Pamintuan said Chief Inspector Rico Cayabyab, head of Police Station 1, and his men--SPO2 Ronald Santos, PO3 Michael Villareal, and PO2 Cyrus Lising--should be sent to the regional police headquarters in Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, pending an investigation. Pamintuan, who ordered an investigation against the policemen, said that law enforcers should perform their duties with utmost integrity and credibility. "With due process and pending the administrative aspect, they [police officers] should be sent to Camp Olivas," Pamintuan said.

27 Jan 2011 - Lawmaker asks Provincial Board to cite seminar attendees

CLARK FREEPORT -- First District Board Member Tarcicio DC Halili on Monday requested the Provincial Board (PB) to approve a resolution recognizing attendees of the recent Barangay Officials' Orientation on Governance held at four different venues at the Clark Freeport.

Halili, chair of the PB's Committee on Human Resources, said that during the august body's regular session, the forum held on January 20-21 at the Holiday Inn, Oxford Hotel, Stotsenberg and Fontana Leisure Estates was the "first of its kind in the history of the province."

27 Jan 2011 - Premier status eyed for Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- Preparations are now under way for the full development of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) as the Premier International Gateway of the country.

This was announced by Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Undersecretary Dante Velasco during the agency's two-day strategic planning workshop at Holiday Inn Clark last January 23-24.

27 Jan 2011 - PamCham to establish business councils in Pampanga towns

CLARK FREEPORT--The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) said it will be focusing on continuing development advocacies started in 2010 and would be turning its goal of establishing business councils in different towns of the province.

This was bared by PamCham President Jim Jimenez during the group's 34th General Membership Meeting and Induction of Board of Directors at the Mimosa Convention Center.

26 Jan 2011 - Charges eyed vs other members of Dominguez group

MABALACAT -- Police are planning to include other members of an alleged carjacking syndicate in the case of a slain car dealer following the discovery of a carjacker's hideout in one of the villages here.

Police Chief Superintendent Rolly Mendoza said they will base the case on the testimonies of Alfredo Mendiola, who revealed that the apartment in Barangay Mabiga here where car dealer Venzon Evangelista was killed was used as a hideout by the Dominguez group.

26 Jan 2011 - Airport ups security after Edsa, Moscow bombings

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) has tightened security measures at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) following the Tuesday Makati bus blast and the Monday Moscow airport bombing.

26 Jan 2011 - Man arrested for sexual harassment

ANGELES CITY -- A massage therapist in Angeles City was recently arrested for sexual harassment, reports said.

Joel Paguio, 28, a native of Cordova, Cebu, was arrested over the weekend after a 22-year-old Korean girl filed a complaint against him.

While Paguio was giving the girl a massage inside a cubicle, he reportedly touched her private parts.

26 Jan 2011 - Police hot on trail for colleague

PAMPANGA -- Police are now hot on the trail of a former colleague who shot dead two civilians after a heated argument in a videoke bar in a usually quiet neighborhood in the town of Mexico.

Pampanga Police Provincial Director Petronio Retirado identified the suspect on Monday as one Archimedes Abero, 33, of District 2, Block 14, Lot 9 of Barangay Pandacaqui, Mexico.

26 Jan 2011 - Freeport groups to hold seminar on online reporting system

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Clark HR Council (CHRC) and the Clark Investors and Locators Association (Cila) will hold a special seminar entitled "Updates on Benefits and Hands-on Seminar on Electric Premium Reporting System (EPRS)" on Feb. 18 at the New Well-Being Spa here.

The seminar is in partnership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) and will feature a hands-on tutorial on the online reporting system of PhilHealth as well as Pag-IBIG Fund program updates.

25 Jan 2011 - Police find carnappers’ lair in Mabalacat

MABALACAT -- The town police recovered at least three luxury vehicles and a big volume of assorted car parts during a raid on Monday at a residence inside the Green Meadows Subdivision Phase 2 in Barangay Mabiga here.

Supt. Rolly Mendoza, town police chief, said a big-time carnapping syndicate might have been maintaining the suspected hideout.

25 Jan 2011 - June 15-21 named Mt. Pinatubo Week

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Board unanimously approved Resolution No. 1810 making June 15 to 21 Mt. Pinatubo Eruption Commemoration Week.

The observance of Mt. Pinatubo week will start this year and commemorated every year thereafter.

25 Jan 2011 - Indigenous groups get ancestral lands

PAMPANGA -- At least 168,000 hectares of ancestral lands in Central Luzon were already turned over to four indigenous groups in the region.

In Pampanga, Aetas from Barangay Nabuklod and Mawacat in Floridablanca; Barangay Calumpang and Marcos Village in Mabalacat; Barangay Camias, Diaz, Inararo, Sapang Uwak in Porac; and Sitio Target in Sapangbato, Angeles City now own some 24,000 hectares.

24 Jan 2011 - Arroyo gets post in lady legislators group

PAMPANGA -- Former president now second district Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was among the newly elected officers of a women’s group based in Congress.

Arroyo was selected as one of the members of the board of advisers to the Association of Lady Legislators (ALL) of the House of Representatives.

ALL is a non-partisan 64-member organization that works for the advancement of women’s agenda in the House.

24 Jan 2011 - Riders-in-tandem shoot victim, steal motorcycle

ANGELES CITY -- Two armed men riding-in-tandem reportedly shot a person after stealing his motorcycle and other valuables Sunday night inside the Marisol Subdivision in Barangay Ninoy Aquino here.

Police said the victim, a city hall employee here identified as Philip Duhay Lungsod Tayag, 30, of Prinston Street Marisol Subdivision, is now in critical condition after sustaining a gunshot wound on the face.

24 Jan 2011 - Group optimistic of Pampanga housing sector

ANGELES CITY -- The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP)-Angeles City Chapter Monday expressed their full support to the planned housing projects of President Jejomar Binay here.

It is optimistic of the potential of the housing sector despite recent problems of the Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings Corp. project in Pampanga.

24 Jan 2011 - Balibago chapter donates $1,000 to Rotary Foundation

ANGELES CITY -- The Rotary Club of Balibago on Monday donated $1,000 or roughly P45,000 to the Rotary Foundation to be used for its health and educational support programs here and all over the world.

Rotary Balibago President Roger Santos said the donation is part of their club’s aim to become Paul Harris Fellows through the Annual Programs Fund.

24 Jan 2011 - Cila begins new beginning for Freeport development

CLARK FREEPORT -- THE grand induction ceremonies of the new officers and board of directors of the Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA) at the Hotel Stotsenberg in Clark Freeport heralds another year of prospective development and empowerment of locators and businessmen in the Metro Clark Area.

President Mark Cupitt has given the assurance of the continuation of a dynamic leadership for Cila. Cupitt has officially taken the helm of Cila’s leadership from a fruitful term finished by past president Lito Mercado.

23 Jan 2011 - Development of Clark-Manila railway plans reiterated

CLARK FREEPORT -- A top official of the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) recently mentioned anew the plans to develop a railway system linking the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) here to Metro Manila.

The plan is proposed by business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan of the Metro Pacific Investment Corporation (MPIC).

21 Jan 2011 - Tollway firm projects to benefit Northern Luzon folks

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) on Friday announced that their ongoing projects will benefit motorists and travelers including those coming from the Northern Luzon area.

In a media briefing here Friday, MNTC president and CEO Rodrigo E. Franco cited the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx)—Harbor Link and the Connector Road.

21 Jan 2011 - Jeepney stops in Angeles sought

ANGELES CITY -- One of the solutions to the traffic problem in this city is the establishment of bus or jeepney stops.

This was stated by Dr. Emmanuel Angeles, chancellor emeritus of Angeles University Foundation (AUF), during a meeting with Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and some members of the local press Wednesday.

21 Jan 2011 - Mayor lauds police for arrest of slay suspects

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Friday lauded the local police for the arrest of two persons suspected of killing a 17-year-old boy and robbing several establishments over the past few weeks.

Pamintuan relayed his congratulatory message to the city police to Chief Supt. Alan La Madrid Purisima, Central Luzon police director.

21 Jan 2011 - Pampanga libraries receive computers

PAMPANGA -- At least seven public libraries in Pampanga have recently received Koha computer units from the National Library of the Philippines (NLP).

The computer units were turned over to the libraries of Guagua, Floridablanca, Sasmuan, Macabebe, Masantol, Angeles City and the provincial library.

20 Jan 2011 - Suspect in rape of 6-year-old arrested

PAMPANGA -- A poultry caretaker, who allegedly raped and killed a six-year-old girl in Candaba town, was arrested recently by village officials of Vizal San Pablo, the local police reported Thursday.

Candaba Police chief Wilson Santos IV identified the suspect as Jay Bakunawa, 20, a native of Tacloban City in Leyte province.

20 Jan 2011 - DOH starts health insurance campaign

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has started its massive insurance campaign in Central Luzon this week.

During his first visit here, Health Secretary Enrique Ona launched the “Universal Health Coverage” that seeks to provide free medical care to all Filipinos through PhilHealth.

20 Jan 2011 - Mayor: Toxic waste not ours

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan of this city denied that industrial establishments here release industrial wastes that have contributed to the toxic waste build-up in Macabebe town.

"Angeles is an entertainment city, its industry is tourism and not industrial plants that produce toxic wastes like that of carbonated beverages," Pamintuan said.

20 Jan 2011 - AUF's Confucius Institute to celebrate 1st anniversary

ANGELES CITY -- The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF) is set to celebrate its first anniversary in February with a roster of month-long activities.

AUF president and CI-AUF chairman lawyer Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles said the celebration will kick-off with the Spring New Year Festival or the Chinese New Year from February 1-6 at SM City Clark.

20 Jan 2011 - Restoration works ongoing at Clark Cemetery

CLARK FREEPORT - Global Gateway Logistics City and Peregrine Development International said Friday that restoration works are now ongoing at the Clark Cemetery.

GGLC president Dennis L. Wright said they have provided for the construction of a new perimeter fence for the cemetery.

19 Jan 2011 - Wall demolished as golf club gets TRO

ANGELES CITY -- A concrete fence put up by the Nepomuceno-owned company was demolished Tuesday after a temporary restraining order (TRO) was secured for its demolition.

The management of the Royal Garden Estates Golf and Country Club (RGEGCC) has secured a TRO ordering to demolish the concrete fence of the Neplum Incorporated.

19 Jan 2011 - Cops nab ‘riders-in-tandem’

ANGELES CITY -- Two persons carrying a gun and a knife while on board a motorcycle were arrested in Barangay Malabanias early Wednesday.

The suspects were identified as Elvin Huesca Balente, 30, single, a security guard of Saint Anthony Subdivision, Sindalan, City of San Fernando; and Wilhelm Barrera Flores, 35, married, also a security guard, and a resident of Purok 5B, Barangay Pampang this city.

19 Jan 2011 - Trade office sees better economy for Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Wednesday it sees a better local economy for 2011 as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) continue to become strong, coupled with the ongoing development projects in Pampanga.

DTI provincial caretaker Leonila Baluyut, in an interview here, said Pampanga will continue to attract big ticket investments with ongoing development projects and improvement of roads and other economic infrastructures.

19 Jan 2011 - Vietnam War hero to be buried in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- A real Vietnam War hero, who decided to spend his remaining years in Angeles City, will be interred at the Clark Cemetery Thursday.

The 10 a.m. funeral of retired Sergeant Major Frederick Edward Smith, who died last January 12 at the age of 68, is expected to be the “biggest” the Clark Cemetery has ever had, according to officials of the Peregrine Development Int'l Inc.

19 Jan 2011 - CDC expects 4T more workers in Clark in 2011

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation president Benigno N. Ricafort bared that the Freeport is expected to generate more than 4,000 workers this year, as two of the multi-billion dollar semi-conductor projects here are expected to operate during the first quarter.

“This year, we are especially optimistic on employment growth, with the entry of new and major players in the Semicon – the Texas Instruments and Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corporation - including Information Communication Technology/Business Process Outsourcing and Tourism sectors and the landmark expansion of existing major industry players,” Ricafort said.

19 Jan 2011 - HAU to represent Central Luzon in 10 Prisaa events

ANGELES CITY -- The Holy Angel University (HAU) will represent Central Luzon in 10 events in the Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa) national games next month.

The University’s college players beat their counterparts from various schools and universities in Central Luzon in the recent regional championships held in Olongapo City.

18 Jan 2011 - Hundreds get cash assistance

ANGELES CITY -- Hundreds of Angeleños have benefited from the conditional cash assistance (CCA) or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) being implemented by the Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD).

Some 1,500 families from seven barangays, including Sapalibutad, Anunas, Pulungbulu, Malabanias, Amsic, Pulung Maragul and Ninoy Aquino, received the accumulated amount for the first quarter of 2010 on Tuesday at the City Library and Information Center.

18 Jan 2011 - Mabalacat to probe illegal Dau night market

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales on Tuesday said he will order an investigation into the alleged illegal operation of a night market along the MacArthur Highway in the commercial district of Barangay Dau here.

Morales issued the statement following a letter from Vice Mayor Noel Castro citing a complaint-letter from the Ninabel Subdivision Homeowners Association, which assailed the operation of the night market.

18 Jan 2011 - Pamintuan welcomes appointment of new poll chair

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Tuesday said he welcomes the appointment of lawyer Sixto Brillantes Jr. as chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Brillantes was appointed over the weekend by President Benigno Aquino III, replacing former chairman Jose Melo.

18 Jan 2011 - Cops bust Braulio Gang members

ANGELES CITY -- Police operatives on Saturday have arrested suspected members of the notorious Braulio Gang after staging a robbery at the Town and Country Homes in Barangay Pulung Bulu, Angeles City.

Police investigator John Rey Pineda identified the suspects as Roen De Guzman Mallari, 31, a resident of Rosal Street, Town and Country Homes Subdivision, Pulung Bulu; and Berly Pineda Garcia, alias Jover, 32, a resident of 4040 New Site, Saint Matthew, Barangay Sapa Libutad, also in Angeles City.

18 Jan 2011 - Angeles cops bag bodybuilding, leadership awards

ANGELES CITY -- A police officer from this city was declared champion in the 2010 Body Building Invitational Competition held in Cavite City recently while his fellow officer was an academic topnotch in the Public Safety Junior Leadership Course (PSJLC).

Senior Supt. Danilo Bautista, city police director, and Chief Inspector Luisito M. Tan, Police Station 4 chief, congratulated bodybuilder PO2 Jayson P. Macaraeg and SPO2 Edilberto “Bong” L. Dela Rosa who received citations during a simple ceremony held at the Police Station 4 on Tuesday.

18 Jan 2011 - CDC forges agreement with Taiwanese manufacturing firm

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has forged an agreement with a Taiwanese firm for the establishment of a manufacturing plant which will produce various valves, flanges, pipes, fittings, and other metal accessories for export.

CDC president Benigno N. Ricafort signed a lease agreement with Haitima Clark Corporation president Shen Ming-Show and the company’s general manager Chen Chun-Fu last Monday at the CDC Corporate Headquarters.

18 Jan 2011 - Sison: ALE Rep. Bagasina welcomes lady bus drivers

PAMPANGA -- A KAPAMPANGAN lawmaker supported the proposal of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) urging bus companies to employ lady drivers to handle their bus units plying Metro Manila. Rep. Catalina Bagasina (Party-list, ALE) said the proposal of MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino is a welcome development since "its objective is to lessen the high incidence of vehicular accidents involving male drivers."

ALE is a newly formed group established by Catalina Bagasina, a former Provincial Board Member in the second district of Pampanga. According to its website, ALE was also founded by employees and laborers that succeeded in eventually owning their own businesses, with the aim of assisting fellow laborers and employees.

17 Jan 2011 - Koreans trapped inside 'fenced' golf course

ANGELES CITY -- Some 11 Korean nationals were "trapped" inside the Royal Garden Golf and Country Club here after a fence had been constructed around it by workers of Neplum Inc.

The construction of a fence around the property, owned by businessman Ruperto Cruz, has affected the operations of the world-class golf course situated at the boundary of this city and nearby Porac town.

17 Jan 2011 - Dialysis machines presented to Angeleños

ANGELES CITY -- At least six of the 15 dialysis machines from the World Medical Relief (WMR) were presented to Angeleños on Monday.

These dialysis machines were the primary components of the two 40-foot container vans that arrived at the Subic Bay Freeport last week. The other nine machines are expected to arrive here within the week.

17 Jan 2011 - Lozano son found dead, burned in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- The son of Marcos lawyer, Oliver Lozano, was found dumped and burned in Porac, Pampanga days after being abducted by still unidentified men.

Emerson Lozano had been missing since January 12.

His family believed he was abducted after police found the charred remains of his companion, Ernanie Sensil, the next day in Tarlac province.

16 Jan 2011 - 2 city cops hit for 'protecting' swindler

ANGELES CITY -- At least two operatives of Police Station 6 in this city are said to be allegedly "protecting" a suspected swindler, hampering the investigation of the case, according to a friend of the victim.

Both the victim and her friend asked not to be named for fear of reprisal pending their complaints, but they nevertheless shared their belief that the suspect is reportedly a nephew of a high-ranking police official.

16 Jan 2011 - Religious sect to hold province-wide 'clean-up drive'

PAMPANGA -- More than 115 locales of the Iglesia Ni Cristo are set to launch a province-wide clean-up drive starting January 21 as part of the 87th founding anniversary of the Ecclesiastical District of Pampanga.

The week-long celebration will highlight a simultaneous Grand Evangelical Mission, distribution of Pasugo, (religious magazine) Christian music presentation in four separate venues such as Pineda Convention Center (Lubao), Bren Z. Guaio Convention Center (City of San Fernando), Xevera multi-purpose hall (Mabalacat) and the Glorietta covered court (Arayat).

14 Jan 2011 - Binay awards lot titles to Mabalacat settlers

MABALACAT -- Vice President Jejomar Binay led Friday the distribution of some 302 land titles to residents of a resettlement site here who were affected by the Mount Pinatubo eruptions in the early 1990s.

The National Housing Authority (NHA) facilitated the awarding of lot titles to qualified families at the Camachiles Resettlement Center that came from various villages in this town, Bacolor town and nearby Angeles City.

14 Jan 2011 - Housing projects 'to get portion of revenue allotment'

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Friday that a portion of the Provincial Government's internal revenue allotment (IRA) will be allocated to housing projects for Kapampangans.

The IRA allotment, she said, will serve as the local government unit's counterpart budget to the housing efforts of the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

14 Jan 2011 - 4th Caragan Festival slated 2013

MABALACAT -- The Mabalacat fiesta committee has decided to suspend the 4th Caragan Festival and hold it instead in 2013, making the celebration every three years.

Fiesta committee chairman Diosdado T. Pangilinan said the 4th Caragan festival will be held on February 2013, or three years from now.

14 Jan 2011 - Transfer of hot air balloon venue urged

MABALACAT -- Former Pampanga Press Club (PPC) president and broadcaster Diosdado Pangilinan has urged organizers of the Hot Air Balloon Festival to look for an alternative venue for the tourism event.

Pangilinan stressed safety reasons, claiming that hot air balloons pose danger to incoming and outgoing commercial passenger flights at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

14 Jan 2011 - Ms Mabalacat reels off at SM Clark today

MABALACAT -- All is set for this year's Miss Mabalacat, a known breeding ground of beauty queens that won coveted spots in national and international pageants.

Presentation Night for this year's search for Miss Mabalacat will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the SM Clark. Some 26 lovely ladies from this town's various barangays will hope to qualify for the pageant.

14 Jan 2011 - Luxury condo complex to rise in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- More than 200 oversized condo-type units will soon be available here, redefining what luxury is all about in this world-class Freeport.

On January 20, officials of Ritzville will hold groundbreaking ceremonies to signal the start of the construction of a premier condominium complex inside this Freeport.

13 Jan 2011 - Former city exec seeks post in homeowners association

ANGELES CITY -- A former Angeles City Councilor is running for director in one of the city's plush subdivisions in Barangay Balibago here.

Former City Councilor Louie Reyes said he is willing to serve the residents of Diamond Subdivision as head of the Diamond Homeowners and Residents Association, Incorporated

13 Jan 2011 - Armed Man Robs Pinatubo Hikers

CLARK FREEPORT -- The three victims set for the trek to the crater at about 5 a.m. last Sunday.

The victims, who had a guide named Jun Salazar, said the lone holdupper, wielding what seemed to be an improvised pistol, suddenly jumped from a rock in front of them and announced the holdup.

They were immediately told to throw their bags away and lie on their stomachs.

12 Jan 2011 - Foundation to spend P18.4-M for McArthur facelift

ANGELES CITY - The Angeles University Foundation (AUF) has committed to implement projects along a portion of the McArthur Highway here that would cost some P18.4 million.

AUF Chancellor Emeritus Emmanuel Yap Angeles said the project will include landscaping, planting of palm trees, and installation of lighting system.

12 Jan 2011 - Man arrested for illegal possession of firearms

ANGELES CITY -- Police have arrested a man in Angeles City after failing to show permit-to-carry documents for his .38 caliber pistol.

Eugene Castro, 32, a native of Bamban, Tarlac, was arrested at a convenience store in Fields Avenue, Barangay Balibago early this week.

11 Jan 2011 - Report on Mabalacat vice mayor’s death false

MABALACAT -- Some residents here were shocked by reports that the town’s vice mayor recently died of cardiac arrest, which later turned out to be false.

Vice Mayor Noel Castro admitted that he was surprised upon learning about the rumors circulating all over town.

11 Jan 2011 - Angeles university is UNESCO-associated school

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation–Integrated School (AUFIS) was recently granted accreditation as a member-school of the Unesco Associated Schools Project Network (APSnet).

AUF president Joseph Emmanuel Angeles said AUFIS the only one accredited in Central Luzon, and one of only nine nationwide.

10 Jan 2011 - More evidence against suspected serial killer

ANGELES CITY -- Government prosecutors and the city police on Monday assured the public that they have a strong case against suspected serial killer Mark Dizon, which they expect would merit a conviction.

In a case conference held at the City Hall with Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, Assistant City Prosecutor Allan Pasamonte, together with Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) director Danilo Bautista presented additional evidence to the mayor that will be used by the prosecution in court as soon as the trial resumes in March.

10 Jan 2011 - Guv agrees with group: No permits to hog farms

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda expressed support for a green group's call not to issue new business permits to piggeries and poultries in the town of Porac here.

Pineda said she told Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz not to issue business permits to piggeries and poultry farms in his area until there are no more complaints against them.

10 Jan 2011 - UAE Freeport wants links with Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- A bilateral link-up looms between a Freeport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Subic-Clark Alliance for Development Council (SCADC), which is expected to result in a wide range of mutual benefits for both the Philippines and the Middle Eastern territory.

The Hamriyah Free Zone, a vibrant Freeport zone in the Emirate of Sharjah, UAE, expressed interest in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for exchanges of information and experiences in connection with the operation of the Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ), Subic Bay Freeport (SBF).

10 Jan 2011 - Cops nab trike thieves

ANGELES CITY -- The city police yesterday arrested three members of a carnapping syndicate suspected of stealing tricycles in the city.

Sammy Sanchez Canlas, 21, of 506 San Pablo Street, Mountain View Subdivision, Barangay Balibago here, and two other minors were taken to the Police Station 4 for interrogation after a stolen tricycle was recovered from their possession, police said.

10 Jan 2011 - Truck driver charged with qualified theft

MABALACAT -- A truck driver was charged by the town police with qualified theft before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor on Monday for allegedly carting away P6,000 intended for his travel allowance and other expenses.

The local police identified the arrested driver as Armando Quilbio Manubay, 42, of De Vera Compound, Barangay Lias, Marilao town, Bulacan.

9 Jan 2011 - Mika Immonen to visit Angeles on Jan 11

The World nine-ball champ of 2001 will be giving an exhibition at Phillies Sports Grill and Bar from 5pm to 10pm.

Immonen will be available for photos and autographs, and you can even play against the Finnish champ for P500 a game. Entrance fee is P200 consumable on drinks and food.

9 Jan 2011 - Investment firm eyes railway from airport to Manila

CLARK FREEPORT -- An investor is mulling talks with the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) for the development of a modern railway system linking the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) to Metro Manila.

Metro Pacific Investment Corporation (MPIC) chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan had been anchoring their development plans on the viability of the Clark airport to become the next international gateway of the country.

9 Jan 2011 - European-inspired condo-hotel opens in Balibago

ANGELES CITY -- A European-inspired condominium-hotel (condotel) located at the city's business center opened its doors to the public over the weekend.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Fields Plaza Suites (FPS), a premier luxury condotel in Barangay Balibago, was led by FPS owner Gerard Heinen and Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting.

FPS has units ranging from $125 per night for single-bedroom suites to the two-bedroom $385 "Penthouse 888". Other single- or two-bedroom deluxe residences are priced at $175 to $250 per night.

7 Jan 2011 - Town execs asked not to give hog farms permits

ANGELES CITY -- A group of environmentalists discouraged officials of a neighboring town from issuing business permits to piggery and poultry operators there.

Ruperto Cruz, president of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM), said Porac town officials should not issue business permits to hog farms there, which have been the subjects of complaints for the foul smell they emit.

7 Jan 2011 - Demolition of houses at TB Pavilion peaceful

ANGELES CITY -- Police said the demolition of some 71 houses at the former Tuberculosis (TB) Pavilion in Marisol Subdivision, Barangay Ninoy Aquino, here was generally peaceful.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista said peace and order was maintained and the demolition was supervised by a team of police officers belonging to the City Mobile Group and Women Unit.

7 Jan 2011 - 27 beauties vie for Miss Mabalacat 2011 crown

MABALACAT -- A total of 27 Mabalaqueñas are setting their sights on the prestigious Miss Mabalacat title for this year.

Jun Magbalot, chairman of the Miss Mabalacat pageant for the past three years, said this year's pageant "will be majestic," as the theme is "Greek Goddess of Beauty."

7 Jan 2011 - Suspected pusher collared

ANGELES CITY -- A suspected pusher was collared by operatives of Angeles City Police Station 2 while conducting patrol operations on Wednesday.

Reports reaching the Police Regional Office here revealed that the suspect, one Rannie Pangilinan Datu, 27, married and a resident of 28 Purok 1, Barangay Pampang, Angeles City, was spotted by the police around 1 p.m. acting suspiciously.

6 Jan 2011 - Parents' complain of illegal card game

MABALACAT -- A group of parents from a village here are distressed by an illegal card game that has lured and endangered the lives of their children.

The parents, who asked for anonymity, complained about the "3-Balls Game" that operates at a vacant lot along McArthur Highway beside the Plaza Romana Building in Barangay Dau.

The game involves the use of three Ping-Pong balls and six game cards.

6 Jan 2011 - Bystander killed in Angeles shootout

ANGELES CITY -- A bystander was killed after he was hit by stray bullets during a shootout between policemen and suspected robbers inside a plush subdivision here on Wednesday.

Anastacio Basa, 86, was reportedly caught in the crossfire between elements of the Traffic Mobile Unit (TMU) and two armed suspects riding in tandem along Mayflower Street, Marisol Subdivision, Barangay Ninoy Aquino here.

6 Jan 2011 - Pamintuan reminds taxpayers of Jan. 20 deadline

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is reminding taxpayers to beat the January 20 deadline for payments and renewal of business licenses to avoid penalties and avail of discounts.

Pamintuan said the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) and the Real Property Tax Division of the City Treasurer's Office will remain open beyond regular working hours to accommodate clients until January 20.

The mayor added that the City Government offers a 10-percent discount on realty taxes paid on an annual basis and for quarterly payments made during the first 20 days of the quarter.

6 Jan 2011 - Saint's relics to arrive in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Kapampangans and pilgrims from neighboring Central Luzon provinces will have a chance to see a relic of St. John Bosco, which is set to arrive in this city on January 12.

Don Bosco Academy (DBA)-Pampanga head Fr. Ditto Gueco said the relic of St. John Bosco, the founder of the Salesian Congregation and known as the "father and teacher of the youth," will arrive from Tarlac City next Wednesday and will be taken to the Metropolitan Cathedral.

6 Jan 2011 - Council open to public opinion on cityhood name

MABALACAT -- An official in this first-class municipality said Wednesday that the Municipal Council is open to comments and suggestions regarding the town's proposed cityhood name.

Councilor Oscar Aurelio, Municipal Council majority floor leader, issued the statement in reaction to reports regarding the proposed cityhood name that carries "Clark," making it Mabalacat-Clark City.

6 Jan 2011 - Mayor orders stricter traffic rules

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently ordered the strict implementation of traffic rules and regulations across the city.

Under Executive Order Number 43, Pamintuan said there is a need for strict implementation of traffic rules and schemes on major highways, roads and streets in order to ease traffic conditions in the city.

6 Jan 2011 - Hot Air Balloon Festival pact signed

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials from the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and a representative from a tourism-oriented foundation recently signed an agreement for the staging of the Hot Air Balloon Festival on February in this Freeport.

Philip Panlilio, executive vice president at the CDC, and Captain Joy Roa, president of the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Foundation Inc. (PIHABF), signed an agreement at the Cafe Mesa early this week to stage the 16th Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark.

The upcoming festival, which is expected to draw more than 1000,000 tourists, will be held on February 10 to 13 at the Philippine Air Force's (PAF) ADAC Hangar.

6 Jan 2011 - Carjackers strike anew in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- Suspected carjackers have struck Angeles City anew after a Honda City was forcibly taken from its owner along Rosanna St., Mt. View Subdivision in Barangay Balibago.

Reports said balikbayan Jacqueline Soto, 40, was about to park her Honda City (ZKN-435) when four armed men on board a Honda Civic without plates took her car at gunpoint.

5 Jan 2011 - Council okays P1-B city budget

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council here has finally approved the 2011 City Executive Budget amounting to P1,068,676,666 after more than two months of hearings.

The city budget, approved by the City Council on December 30, is P20 million more, or two percent higher, than the previous year's budget of P1,048,676,666.

4 Jan 2011 - Corporation closes 2010 with $1.34B in exports

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) posted at least S1.34 billion worth of exports for the year 2010.

Based on the CDC's year-end report, this is the first time in 17 years that the government-owned and -controlled corporation has netted such an amount.

4 Jan 2011 - Angeles City pawnshop robbed

ANGELES CITY -- Millions of pesos' worth of jewelry were carted away by unidentified men who managed to get inside a pawnshop in Barangay Sto. Domingo in Angeles City over the weekend.

The suspects, police said, dug a 250-meter hole to get inside the San Angelo Pawnshop located at the Hi-Das Building along McArthur highway in the said barangay.

3 Jan 2011 - Mayor asks council to withdraw resolution

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales has urged the Municipal Council her to withdraw a resolution asking Congress to incorporate the word “Clark” in the town’s proposed cityhood name.

Morales made the appeal following several comments from the people and journalists regarding the town’s proposed cityhood name, Mabalacat-Clark City.

3 Jan 2011 - Health to remain Capitol’s top agenda

PAMPANGA -- Health programs for Kapampangans will remain the top priority of the administration of Governor Lilia Pineda for 2011 until 2013.

Provincial Information Officer Joel Mapiles said the governor was already meeting Capitol’s department heads to jumpstart and boost the Provincial Government’s plans and programs for this year.

3 Jan 2011 - Minimal firecracker injuries recorded

ANGELES CITY -- Police and fire authorities recorded minimal casualties in the first district of Pampanga, including this city and the towns of Mabalacat and Magalang, during the New Year revelry.

No major accidents were reported to the Philippine National Police and Bureau of Fire Protection in the said district.

In this city, 14 persons, however, were injured by pyrotechnics – six in Mabalacat town, and four in Magalang.

3 Jan 2011 - City hospital gets P.7M in donations

ANGELES CITY -- The Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC) recently received P700,000 worth of monetary donations from two Kapampangan groups.

RLMMC, formerly Ospital Ning Angeles, received P400,000 from the Aguman Kapampangan based in London and another P300,000 from the Tigtigan Terakan keng Dalan (TTKD) 2010 Committee last week.

3 Jan 2011 - 1st int’l English convention attracts foreign linguists

CLARK FREEPORT -- The first international Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Tesol) convention recently held in this Freeport has attracted world-leading linguists.

Paul Robertson, director of International Strategies at the Clark Education City (CEC), said the conference drew interest from international linguists like Prof. Rod Ellis from Auckland University, New Zealand, Prof. Z. N. Patil from India, and Dr. Eva Bernat from the University of New South Wales.

2 Jan 2011 - Australian arrested for rape

ANGELES CITY -- Police arrested over the weekend an Australian national who is facing rape charges in Angeles City.

Robert Grant, 58, a resident of Diamond Subdivision, Barangay Balibago, was positively identified by his 20-year-old victim.

According to the victim, Grant sexually abused her on December 28 last year. The incident happened around 11 p.m. at the suspect's apartment.

2 Jan 2011 - Firecracker accidents up by 80% in Central Luzon

PAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) in Central Luzon has reported some 211 cases of firecracker-related accidents from December 2010 to January of this year.

The number registered an almost-80 percent increase from 115 reported cases in 2009.

Most of the victims were injured by piccolo, pla-pla, Goodbye Philippines, Five Star, and watusi. Most of these are being banned by the health department and the Philippine National Police.

2 Jan 2011 - Rotary Club ground breaks walkway project

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Rotary Club of Balibago led Sunday the groundbreaking ceremonies for a new walkway that is expected to service employees coming from Mabalacat town.

Rotary Club of Balibago president Roger Santos said the project is part of the social responsibility and infrastructure program of their group.

1 Jan 2011 - Groups enters Blue Nile Hotel early morning

ANGELES CITY -- About 20 men entered the Blue Nile Executive hotel on Fields Avenue at around 5:00 am and took control over the hotel. One individual, Herico Gedaya, coerced the hotel staff and all its guests to immediately leave the hotel claiming that it was under new management. All staff and hotel guests immediately left the hotel.

Upon arrival of the police and the owner of the hotel, Mrs. Ana Gomez and her attorney Norman De Guzman, Mrs. Gomez presented lawful documents that she is still the legal owners of the hotel.

The police then arrested and detained 13 of the men and allowed the hotel to continue operations.

1 Jan 2011 - Robbery at Le Mirage Appartelle

ANGELES CITY -- A armed robber used the Year Change as a distraction and entered the Hotel.

He was able to obtain roughly 20 000 Pesos after knocking down the receptionist cleaning out the cash register while further attempts to open safety boxes failed.