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Balibago News Jul-2010

31 July, 2010 - Group offers masses for Cory

PAMPANGA -- Masses will be offered Monday in the towns and cities of Pampanga province to commemorate the first death anniversary of former President Corazon "Cory" Aquino by a group calling themselves as Pinoy Patriots.

Pinoy Patriots, is an umbrella of municipal, city, and national volunteers of President Benigno Aquino III in the presidential election in May.

31 July, 2010 - 2 men nabbed for fake bills

ANGELES CITY -- Two men were recently arrested and charged in court by the police for allegedly using a counterfeit P1,000 bill, at a grocery store in Barangay Balibago here.

Suspects Roberto Mira Umbao, 48, of Riverside, San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City and Rolando Aquino Tanglao, alias Puti, 57, of Paliparan Street, Barangay 2, Marikina City yielded 16 pieces of fake currency of the same denomination when arrested, City Police Director Danilo Bautista said.

31 July, 2010 - Police, military to beef up security

PAMPANGA -- Police officials said Sunday they will intensify security in the province with the assistance of the Philippine Army after an encounter with three suspected communist rebels in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Mexico Friday.

Regional Police Chief Arturo Cacdac Jr. said police and military will intensify security in the province by putting up checkpoints in key areas.

31 July, 2010 - Group renews call vs piggery, fowl farms

ANGELES CITY -- The Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) has renewed its call against piggery and poultry farms in nearby Porac town, which are said to be emitting foul odor and polluting the environment.

PGKM leader and trader Ruperto Cruz, who owns a golf course and a restaurant in Barangay Kuayan, asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the local government of Porac to consider the appeal of the residents in the area to relocate the farms.

29 July, 2010 - Masons honor suspected serial killer's victim

ANGELES CITY -- United States Air Force M/Sgt. Albert Mitchell, killed by suspected serial killer Mark Dizon, was honored by his brother masons Tuesday with the symbolic Masonic Funeral Rites in accordance with his last wish.

Fellow masons from Leonard Wood Lodge 105 and senior masons from other Masonic lodges in the province paid their last respects to Mitchell who was an active member since 1989.

29 July, 2010 - Police charge suspected carjackers

MABALACAT -- The town police has charged six persons suspected of robbing a truck loaded with grocery items along the MacArthur Highway in Barangay Tabun here.

Robbery and carnapping charges were filed before the Provincial Prosecutor's Office against Eliseo Cayabyab Magtoto Jr. of Barangay Lakandula, and five others, in connection with the incident, said Superintendent Rolly Mendoza, town police chief.

28 July, 2010 - Slay suspect now in police custody

ANGELES CITY -- The suspect in the killing and robbery of three foreigners and six local residents is now in the custody of Angeles police after Tuesday's arrest in La Union province.

Arresting officers found a gun in Dizon’s possession and discovered that the suspect had plans of joining an armed rebel group.

28 July, 2010 - Firm upgrades fire-fighting capability

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced the upgrading of the firefighting capability of the state-owned firm with the acquisition of a modern fire truck worth P29 million.

The new fire truck is capable of handling emergency situations, even on high-rise-buildings at this Freeport zone.

27 July, 2010 - Suspected car thieves nabbed

ANGELES CITY -- Two persons were charged with carnapping before the Office of the City Prosecutor after allegedly being caught of stealing a car parked in front of an establishment on busy Plaridel Street in Barangay San Nicolas here recently.

Police identified the suspects as Christian Reyes Bocarele, 28, of Barangay Cutcut, this city; and John Amiel Yalung Yumul, 19, of Arellano Street, Barangay Lourdes Northwest, also in this city.

27 July, 2010 - CIAC workers support Luciano

CLARK FREEPORT -- Hundreds of employees at the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) have expressed support to the leadership of their president and chief executive officer, Victor Jose Luciano.

In a letter of support, the CIAC workers stated that they are supporting Luciano for the continuous development of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

27 July, 2010 - Psycho killer caught!

Psycho serial killer Mark Dizon who shocked the World with his murders of expats and locals in Angeles city has finally been arrested earlier today.

An operation between a SWAT group and a city police mobile group from station 4 lead to the arrest of the killer in a raid at his hideout in San Fernando, La Union at 15:45pm today. San Fernando city is situated about 3-4 hours north of Angeles City in the province of La Union.

26 July, 2010 - P100T up for arrest of 'serial killer'

ANGELES CITY -- A P100,000 reward has been offered for the immediate arrest of suspected "serial killer" Mark Dizon allegedly responsible in the series of killing incidents in this city.

Angeles City Police Director Danilo Bautista said Monday the reward money was offered by the Angeles City business community.

26 July, 2010 - 'Water meter gang' busted in Mabalacat

MABALACAT - A minor and his two suspected fellow gang members were arrested in Barangay San Francisco in this town after they were caught in the act of stealing water meters by village officials.

San Francisco barangay chief Marcelino Cruz said Monday that a week-long surveillance paid as they arrested three of the four alleged gang members preying on water meters installed by the Mabalacat Water District (MWD).

25 July, 2010 - Good governance movement formed

ANGELES CITY -- Members of the civil society here recently formed a movement that will advocate for good governance.

The “Movement for Principled Politics in Pampanga” (MP3) was organized by known personalities in the city led by Auxiliary Bishop Pablo “Ambo” David, parish priest of the Holy Rosary Church here.

25 July, 2010 - Employees hit hospital chief

MABALACAT – A group of employees from Mabalacat District Hospital (MDH) have reacted to alleged mismanagement of Dr. Benjamin Arboleda, chief of Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital (DPMMH).

MDH employees were urging the Provincial Government of Pampanga to look seriously into the complaints against Arboleda and conduct a deeper investigation on the matter.

25 July, 2010 - Rotary sets up community partners at Northville 16

MABALACAT -- The Rotary Club of Mabalacat on Sunday created the Rotary Community Corps (RCC) of Northville 16 in a bid to empower and provide social services to residents of the relocation site.

According to president Tony Shilton of Rotary Club of Mabalacat, the move is in conjunction with this year's Rotary International theme of "Building Communities and Bridging Continents" that aims to establish socio-civic grassroots partners in communities were Rotary operates. A Rotary Community Corps (RCC) is a group of volunteers who don’t belong to a Rotary club but share Rotary’s values and commitment. Under the guidance and support of a sponsor Rotary club, RCC members put their own skills to work to improve the quality of life in their communities.

23 July, 2010 - Serial Killer identified

pic of Serial Killer Mark Dizon ANGELES CITY- Mark Zamora Dizon, a computer and electronics technician of Barangay Salapungan, was allegedly responsible for the brutal murder of at least 9 people whilst robbing 3 homes in the past 2 weeks, breaking the peace in Angeles city particularly amongst its many expats. The man is known to have psychological problems and bouts of aggression. He has also been linked to other minor crimes.

An all-out manhunt has been started by every department of police in and around Pampanga to hunt down the psycho killer

If anyone has recently seen the man In the photo or has any valuable info for the police, please contact: Station 4: 045 322 2146 or PNP hotline: 166

23 July, 2010 - Clark airport shuttle launched

MABALACAT -- The Clark Transport Federation (CTF) and the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) formally launched Friday the airport shuttle system using public utility vehicles (PUVs).

The transport federation's initial eight jitneys will ply the Mabalacat-Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) route via the Dau Bus Terminal.

22 July, 2010 - Biz sector urged to follow environmental, sanitary laws

ANGELES CITY- The City Council has approved a resolution requiring all business establishments in this city to comply with lawful waste management practices and environmental sanitation.

Sponsored by Councilor Jesus Sangil, the said resolution stipulated that the City Government must control and mitigate the negative environmental impacts of all forms of wastes.

22 July, 2010 - Australian charged with 3 separate criminal cases

ANGELES CITY -- An Australian national was recently charged by the city police for robbery, grave slander, and alarms and scandal after he allegedly harassed an American lawyer along the entertainment district of Fields Avenue in Barangay Balibago here.

Police identified the foreigner as Edward John MC Allec, 60, single, Australian, and staying at Diamond Apartelle in the said village.

22 July, 2010 - Man arrested for gun toting

ANGELES CITY -- A 22-YEAR-OLD man was arrested after being suspected of illegal possession of firearms inside a karaoke bar situated at the Nepo Mart 2 here.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, city police chief, identified the suspect as Abdul Rahim, 22, single, of Burgos Street, Barangay Lourdes Sur East, this city.

22 July, 2010 - Creation of medical, social services office ordered

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan ordered the creation of the Medical and Social Services Office (MSSO) Thursday to provide appropriate assistance to indigent patients of this city.

Pamintuan appointed Councilor Alex Indiongco as executive officer of newly formed office.

22 July, 2010 - American found dead

ANGELES CITY -- An American Air Force retiree and four Filipinos were found shot to death inside their home.

City police chief Danilo Bautista said the bodies of Albert Mitchell, his wife, and three others were found with gunshot wounds inside Mitchell's home in Hensonville Court, Subdivision of Angeles City.

21 July, 2010 - Officials ask DPWH for overpasses

MABALACAT -- Local officials are asking the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to construct overpasses along the busy intersections here, particularly in the commercial district of Barangay Dau.

Municipal Administrator Rosano Pacquia said that they will send a formal request to DPWH officials at the Central Luzon regional office regarding the proposed structures.

21 July, 2010 - Japanese nabbed for drugs, mauling

ANGELES CITY -- A Japanese national accused of physical injuries was charged with another case of illegal possession of prohibited drugs after policemen interrogating him discovered a sachet of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) in his pocket.

Police Station 4 chief Luisito Tan said that Ebisawa Haruo, 65, who is staying at Tiger Hotel, allegedly beat his fellow Japanese named Shinja Omata, 52, inside a convenience store at Josefa Subdivision in Barangay Malabanias here.

20 July, 2010 - British found dead

ANGELES CITY -- James Bolton Porter, 51, a British national and his live-in partner, a certain Mellisa Madarang, 22, were found dead in their rented apartment at Sta. Maria Subdivision, Barangay Balibago, this city.

Porter and his live-in partner were found sprawled on the floor and both sustained injuries in different parts of their body

20 July, 2010 - Korean found dead

ANGELES CITY -- Korean national Jaem Young Ko, 48, was found dead in his rented apartment in Villasol Subdivision, Barangay Anunas, this city.

Police found the dead body of Ko in his living room drenched in blood.

20 July, 2010 - DOTC exec: Use DMIA as alternative airport

CLARK FREEPORT – The newly installed Transportation secretary has ordered airport officials here to utilize the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) for diversion of international and domestic flights.

According to a press statement issued by the DMIA public relations department Transportation Secretary Jose de Jesus issued the directive to Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Victor Jose Luciano following failures of aging navigational problems at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

20 July, 2010 - Cops arrest wanted man

MABALACAT -- The town police recently apprehended a 28-year-old man tagged as one of the town’s most wanted person.

Alfie Tuazon Dizon, 28, a resident of 24th Street, Madapdap Resettlement Center, this town, was arrested at his residence by combined elements of the Pampanga Provincial Public Safety Management Company and the town police.

19 July, 2010 - Clark exporters to breach $1-B target

CLARK FREEPORT -- Authorities here are optimistic that exporters will breach the $1-billion target before this year ends as exporting firms posted close to a quarter of billions of dollar export output in the first semester of 2010.

The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) through the Enterprise Regulatory Department (ERD) reported that the first semester exports reached $747 million this year surpassing the year-ago level of about over $387 million or more than 93 percent increase this year.

19 July, 2010 - City recognizes role of PWDs

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan gave importance to persons with disabilities (PWDs) in observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week held Monday after the flag raising ceremony at the City Hall.

With the theme "Sa Istrakturang Accessible, Lahat ay Able" (an accessible structure is able to help all), Pamintuan emphasized that all PWDs should enjoy equal rights and privileges in his administration.

19 July, 2010 - Clark exporters to breach $1-B target

CLARK FREEPORT -- Authorities here are optimistic that exporters will breach the $1-billion target before this year ends as exporting firms posted close to a quarter of billions of dollar export output in the first semester of 2010.

The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) through the Enterprise Regulatory Department (ERD) reported that the first semester exports reached $747 million this year surpassing the year-ago level of about over $387 million or more than 93 percent increase this year.

18 July, 2010 - Rodriguez 'deserves' cities' league post

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan of this city said on Saturday that San Fernando City Mayor Oscar Rodriguez deserves the presidency of the influential League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).

Rodriguez was voted unanimously as LCP president on Saturday while Pamintuan was elected press relations officer (PRO) in elections held at the Century Park Hotel.

18 July, 2010 - Malaysian firm assures Aquino on airport proposal

CLARK FREEPORT -- A consortium of government-backed Malaysian firms recently assured President Benigno Aquino III's administration that it is ready to immediately finance and develop a modern airport inside the Clark aviation complex as they have proposed recently.

"If given the go signal we are willing to immediately pour-in $150 million in foreign direct investments into the Philippines to jumpstart the development of Clark as the country's main international airport," Bristeel Overseas Ventures Inc., (BOV) head William Chee said.

18 July, 2010 - Police arrest 3 in Korean slay case

MABALACAT -- Police on Saturday arrested three persons involved in the killing of a Korean national in Angeles City early this year.

Danilo Paredes, James Mina, and Frellie Cabunos, who were tagged as the killers of Kang Ha Yong, were apprehended by joint elements of the Angeles City police and town police in an apartment at Green Meadows Subdivision, Barangay Mabiga.

Kang Ha Yong was shot dead in front of the Arirang Hotel along the Friendship Avenue, Barangay Anunas in Angeles City on January 30.

18 July, 2010 - New transportation chief vows transparency

CLARK FREEPORT -- Transportation Secretary Jose De Jesus said that the agency will be very transparent in government biddings and procurement of equipment by posting them on the agency's website.

De Jesus of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) made this announcement during the testimonial dinner hosted by Capanalig Foundation at the Club Tower in Makati City over the weekend.

18 July, 2010 - Mayor to airport prexy: Don't twist issue

CLARK FREEPORT -- Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo told Sunday a Clark airport official not to "twist the real issue" behind the controversial demolition of at least 17 buildings inside the Clark aviation complex.

Pelayo noted reports that Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano is allegedly pointing to several violations with the terms and conditions of the "usufruct agreement" reportedly committed by the mayor.

18 July, 2010 - Korean firm faces closure

CLARK FREEPORT -- A Korean company located inside the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) aviation complex is facing closure after it reportedly failed to secure permits and clearances from the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

This was bared recently by officials of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) who stated that Hyundai Corporation, a dealer of mobile digital televisions, has been operating without the necessary permit.

18 July, 2010 - Rodriguez 'deserves' cities' league post

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan of this city said on Saturday that San Fernando City Mayor Oscar Rodriguez deserves the presidency of the influential League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).

Rodriguez was voted unanimously as LCP president on Saturday while Pamintuan was elected press relations officer (PRO) in elections held at the Century Park Hotel.

18 July, 2010 - Pulu Amsic: A gem in the city

ANGELES CITY -- In a quiet corner of Barangay Amsic lies a "gem" of this city, a Balinesean-inspired estate that is truly lifestyle at its finest.

A place you could truly call "home," Pulu Amsic is located in one of the city's highest elevation, which means no floods. It is outside of aircraft's route bound for the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, so expect none of the buzzing noise pollution, aside from being away from traffic, although the estate is highly accessible.

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16 July, 2010 - 2 cities share best practices

ANGELES CITY - Representatives of the City Governments of Angeles City and the component City of San Fernando met for the first time on Wednesday to share best good governance practices.

The idea of a twin city development partnership was broached by Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan after the elections. He said he wanted to "rebuild" the city following the template of the City of San Fernando, led by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez.

16 July, 2010 - Groups distribute artificial legs

CLARK FREEPORT -- Six amputees received their prosthesis legs on Thursday through the auspices of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) in cooperation with the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) and other government and non-governmental organizations.

CDC President Benigno Ricafort said the distribution of the artificial limbs to the six amputees, one of which is a boxing coach from Pampanga, is part of the state-owned firm's corporate social responsibility in trying to give new lease and normal lives to the beneficiaries.

16 July, 2010 - Halili backs Luciano's retention as CIAC prexy

MABALACAT -- Board Member Tarcicio Halili has expressed support to the retention in office of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano.

According to Halili, CIAC cannot afford to lose an official which has a vision not only for the airport but for the whole region.

15 July, 2010 - Blue Nile and Neros under new Ownership

BALIBAGO -- The Lewis Grand Group purchased Blue Nile and Nero's Bars.

14 July, 2010 - Recipients return 'donations'

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently revealed that some recipients of the alleged authorized donations of vehicles made by former mayor Francis Nepomuceno are now returning the properties.

Pamintuan said that three village chiefs would not wait for the court’s decision, especially that Nepomoceno’s camp has filed a motion for reconsideration at the Court of Appeals to dismiss the petition for a temporary restraining order, which has stopped further donations of City Hall properties.

14 July, 2010 - Civil service body affirms Esquerra's appointment as CHO

ANGELES CITY -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) main office recently reversed the decision of its regional office in Central Luzon and affirmed the appointment of Dr. Joven Esquerra as City Health Officer (CHO) in 1999.

The CSC, in a decision dated June 8 stated: "It could be further said that the discretionary power of then mayor Carmelo Lazatin to appoint as City Health Officer, which has been confirmed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) is within the ambit of existing laws, rules and jurisprudence."

14 July, 2010 - Group lauds tycoons for developing DMIA

ANGELES CITY -- A local trader has lauded business tycoons Manny Pangilinan of Metro Pacific and Ramon Ang of San Miguel Corporation who earlier signified interest to join forces for the development of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

"This is a welcome development. I am in favor of that," said businessman Ruperto Cruz, leader of the influential Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM).

14 July, 2010 - Nanay Baby is now a Quota lady

PAMPANGA -- Members of Quota International-Pampanga Chapter are now in cloud-nine as they have finally found a willing ally in the person of Governor Lilia Pineda, who, with much enthusiasm, formally took oath as honorary member of the all-women club.

President Myra Manabat formally welcomed Pineda into the fold of dedicated women servants from Pampanga's upper society. The event, which was supposed to be an ordinary courtesy call, turned into an informal induction ceremony as Quota members clamored for Pineda's membership.

13 July, 2010 - Hip and High Energy at Fontana Rocks!

CLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga better be ready as the earth will move on July 17, 2010 with an intensity that will be devastatingly fun!

"Fontana Rocks," a high energy concert with awesome musical talents Ely Buendia, Christian Bautista, and La Diva are set to make your ears tingle with joy and get your bodies dancing. Watch them as they are backed up by Janice Hung and the Whiplash Dancers at Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks Concert Plaza.

13 July, 2010 - Four traffic enforcers sacked

ANGELES CITY -- Traffic Enforcement and Management Office chief Mario Maniti relieved from service four of his enforcers who allegedly received bribe money from truckers.

Maniti, in his report, sacked and relieved from service traffic enforcers Ramir Timbang, Marlon Melendrez, Mario Victoria, and Steve Heinz Celis for allegedly accepting bribe money from truckers passing the major road of Barangay Cutcut, Angeles City.

13 July, 2010 - Flights bound for NAIA diverted to DMIA anew

CLARK FREEPORT -- Some 19 international and domestic flights bound for Manila were diverted to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) here Tuesday due to congestion and bad weather.

Clark International Airport Corporation president Victor Jose Luciano said that DMIA started receiving diverted flights from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 12:04 p.m. Tuesday.

13 July, 2010 - Canadian, partner found dead in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- A 60-year-old Canadian and his Filipina live-in partner were found dead inside their house in Barangay (village) Anunas here on Monday, police said Tuesday.

The decomposing bodies of Geoffrey Allan Bennun and Abegail Helina, 20, were discovered only after security guards of the Oasis Hotel and Villas smelled foul odor coming from the couple’s house.

11 July, 2010 - SM City Clark commends honest guards, staff

MABALACAT -- The management of SM Clark has given due commendation to the mall's security guards and staff who exemplified honesty by returning cash and other valuables to the owners.

Leroy Barrion, SM Clark Customers Relations Services manager, said that their guards and staff are trained in terms of recovery of items lost by customers inside the mall premises.

11 July, 2010 - Airport issue 'nothing to do' with foreign firm

CLARK FREEPORT - A top official of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) said the issue to develop Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) has nothing to do with Al Kharafi's canceled contract.

"That issue has nothing to do with Al Kharafi. Actually, this could have been better if the deal of Al Kharafi was approved. Sayang talaga. Kung sanang nagtulungan sila for this deal, mas malaki pa ang magiging development sa DMIA," CIAC chairman Nestor Mangio said.

11 July, 2010 - Mayor calls for 'people power' on sanitary woes

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan on Saturday urges his constituents for a "people power" to fight sanitary and health woes in their city.

"In two weeks time, there will be people power in this city for cleanliness," he said.

10 July, 2010 - Pamintuan supports Rodriguez's cities league bid

ANGELES CITY - Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said Saturday that he was fully supporting San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez in his bid for the presidency of the League of Cities the Philippines (LCP).

Rodriguez, the personal choice of President Benigno Aquino III to the LCP post, left Thursday for Malacañang to forge talks with Liberal Party stalwarts and other city mayors for his campaign.

10 July, 2010 - Province plans to develop Paskuhan Village

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Board through Resolution 1877 bared its plan to develop and manage the Northern Philippines Hilaga formerly known as Paskuhan Village.

In the resolution, the board requested the Office of the President, through the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA), to transfer the operation and management of the Northern Philippines Hilaga to the province.

10 July, 2010 - DMIA eyed as RP's new international airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- The administration of President Benigno Aquino III is considering the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) as the country's new international airport.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano said that the new leaderships of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and Department of Tourism (DOT) have seen the need to fully develop the DMIA.

9 July, 2010 - Unions: Clark execs did not seek endorsements

CLARK FREEPORT - Officials of two workers' unions of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) debunked reports that top CDC executives have asked for their endorsements to extend their terms in the state-owned firm.

Officials of the Association of CDC Supervisory Personnel (ACSP) and the Association of Concerned CDC Employees (Acces) denied that top CDC executives have sought their union favorable endorsements to Malacañang for the retention of current CDC management officials.

9 July, 2010 - Youth seek solution to education woes

ANGELES CITY -- Youth leaders in Central Luzon will hold a conference on July 11 at Kalye Lakandula here to address and discuss the various issues and concerns plaguing students here.

In a supplemental press release the conference of youth leaders representing the major schools of Central Luzon will denounce the "commercialization of education" as manifested by the continuous tuition fee increase, imposition of exorbitant miscellaneous fees, increasing lack of basic facilities (books, chairs, schools, teachers,) and decreasing quality of education.

9 July, 2010 - Airport scrap issue a 'cover up'

CLARK FREEPORT - A former Pampanga Press Club (PPC) official and present water firm chair has alleged that the scrap issue at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) is just a "cover-up" on the failure to develop the airport.

Former PPC president and Mabalacat Water District chair Diosdado Pangilinan said that the "demolition of condemned buildings inside the Clark Civil Aviation Complex is not the real issue but the failure of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) officials to develop DMIA because of delays."

7 July, 2010 - Court dismisses petition vs ex-mayor

ANGELES CITY -- The petition to stop former mayor Francis Nepomuceno from donating government service vehicles to various sectors has been dismissed by the Court of Appeals.

Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting and her camp filed the temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop the Nepomuceno administration from further donating properties owned by the City Government here.

7 July, 2010 - Clark firm execs ask term extension

CLARK FREEPORT -- Top executives of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) are reportedly requesting the state firm's workers union to endorse the extension of the term of their present management team.

The CDC officials have also asked City of San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez for the same endorsement.

7 July, 2010 - 'Drug pusher' nabbed in buy-bust

MABALACAT -- The town police scored anew in its campaign against illegal drugs with the arrest of a suspected pusher of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) on Tuesday.

The anti-illegal drug operation conducted by the local police in Barangay Poblacion here resulted to the arrest of Wilfredo "Loskie" Dela Cruz, 50, single, of Number 32 P. Burgos Street, Poblacion, this town.

7 July, 2010 - Perfect attendance marks 1st council session

ANGELES CITY -- The first-ever session of the 15th City Council here was marked by the complete attendance of all city councilors at the Session Hall here on Tuesday.

The session under the administration of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan went well without much political bickering as the session was to decide and deliberate over the chairmanship of major working committees of the City Government.

7 July, 2010 - Teen nutrition held at SM City Pampanga

CLARK FREEPORT -- In celebration of Nutrition Month, culinary students from Most Institute, St. Nicolas College and Philippine Women's University (PWU) Culinary Arts gathered at the SM City Pampanga Event Center over the weekend for a healthy cooking demonstration.

Nowadays, most teens are health conscious but there are still those who are either known for being picky eaters or will-eat-anything-on-the-table regardless if it's healthy or not.

6 July, 2010 - Luciano may face separate charges

CLARK FREEPORT -- An investigator said Tuesday that at least two separate cases will be filed against Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano.

Director Wilbert Candelaria of the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon said if it is found that probable cause exists in connection with the complaint on the controversial demolition of buildings inside the aviation complex, two separate charges will likely be filed against Luciano.

6 July, 2010 - Guv donates patrol cars, motorcycles to police

PAMPANGA -- Six patrol cars and 12 motorcycles were donated to the Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) Tuesday.

Governor Lilia Pineda, in line with her main thrust to maintain peace and order in the province and with the assistance of her allies, has donated the units.

6 July, 2010 - Pelco 2 hit for poor services

MABALACAT – Scores of consumers in Barangays Mawaque and Dapdap here assailed on Tuesday what they described as poor services of the Pampanga Electric Cooperative 2 (Pelco 2).

The consumers relayed their complaint saying that the electric cooperative maintains only one payment office at the Madapdap area, which covers several eastern villages including Mawaque, Sapang Biabas Dapdap, Bundagul, Paralayunan, and Sapang Balen, among others.

6 July, 2010 - Prominent figures vie for Clark posts

CLARK FREEPORT -- Some 300 applicants, reportedly are prominent figures in Pampanga, will vie for various positions vacated at the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC).

A source in the Freeport, who refused to be named, said the applicants are prominent figures from Pampanga and the nearby province of Tarlac. He added that the vacated positions ranged from president to the board of directors.

5 July, 2010 - Pamintuan faces P600M budget deficit, P812M debts

ANGELES CITY - Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan will face an inherited problem from a previous administration of a looming P600 million budget deficit and P812 million more in debts.

Pamintuan said that the debt of the City Government under former mayor Francis Nepomuceno may even reach P1 billion as current debts for this year have yet to be included in the total tally.

5 July, 2010 - Halili reiterates tourism plan

MABALACAT -- First district Provincial Board member Tarcicio Halili reiterated on Monday his tourism plan for Pampanga.

Halili, now the new Provincial Board committee chair on tourism and labor, said that he will implement programs to market the potential of the province in terms of eco-tourism, festivals, and historic landmarks.

5 July, 2010 - City leads nutrition awareness program

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government here, led by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, called Monday local stakeholders to join in the awareness program of the city in line with the national celebration of the Nutrition Month.

Pamintuan, during the start of the month-long activities here, said that the city has lined up activities promoting better baby nutrition, good health and wholesome social activities under the theme "Sa Pagkaing Tama at Sapat, Wastong Timbang ni Baby ang Katapat."

5 July, 2010 - DTI-Central Luzon now ISO: 9001:2008 certified

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Central Luzon was awarded an ISO: 9001:2008 certification in simple rites at the Board of Investments Board Room here over the weekend.

DTI Regional Director Blesila Lantayona said that this is another major milestone of DTI in Region 3, the first ISO 9000 certified government agency in the Philippines in year 1997, whose scope of concentration is the training Productivity Improvement and Strategic Planning program.

5 July, 2010 - A 'Star Spangled' Celebration at SM City Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- THE Fil-American Friendship Day Celebration at SM City Clark on Saturday was not without the fancy and glitz in the tradition of SM events that surely captivated the hearts of mall goers.

SM's rationale for the event traces its significance to the Filipino-American Friendship Day, celebrated every July 4, designated by former President Diosdado Macapagal to commemorate the liberation of the country by joint Filipino and American forces from the Japanese occupation at the end of World War II.

4 July, 2010 - Councilors’ offices ‘padlocked’

ANGELES CITY -- City Councilor Alfie Bonifacio on Saturday cried foul over what he branded as “martial law” being imposed by the administration of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting at his office at City Hall.

Aside from Bonifacio’s, the offices of City Councilors Pogs Suller, Bryan Nepomuceno and Dan Lacson were also allegedly “padlocked” for unknown reasons.

4 July, 2010 - Morales extends hands in reconciliation anew

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales extended his hand to his opponents and detractors anew for reconciliation as he said it was the only way to move forward and realize this town’s visions of progress and development.

During his inaugural address last Thursday at the covered court of Xevera Mabalacat, Morales said: “It is only in unity can we stand resolute to make things happen. I call on my opponents in the last election to accept my hand in reconciliation. I welcome you with open arms.”

2 July, 2010 - Aircrafts diverted to Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) showed its capability of handling flight diversions bound from Manila as some 30 commercial aircrafts landed here Saturday morning due to poor visibility at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The commercial international flights from various air carriers were diverted at DMIA since 10 a.m. after officials at NAIA declared poor visibility at NAIA.

2 July, 2010 - AUFMC's 1st kidney transplant successful

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC) performed its first kidney transplant on a 38-year-old former overseas Filipino worker last June 21, AUFMC President and CEO Gabriel Martin Angeles said.

"We take pride in this new milestone and renew our commitment to provide quality specialized healthcare to the people of Central and Northern Luzon," said Angeles.

2 July, 2010 - Labor office leads meet on workplace safety

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Central Luzon in coordination with the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) held a region-wide organizational meeting among safety practitioners at the Yokohama Tires Philippines Incorporated (YTPI) here.

Dole Regional Director Ernesto Bihis said that the event, participated by partners like the Clark Development Council (CDC), Philippine College of Occupational Medicine (PCOM) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), aims to address the specific issues and concerns of both labor and management on Occupational Safety and Health.

2 July, 2010 - Spirit of Manila Airlines opens more Taipei flights

THE Philippines' newest carrier Spirit of Manila Airlines is now operating three-times weekly to Taipei after the expanded international terminal in Clark was finally inaugurated last month.

In a statement, the 1st RP airline to fly to Taipei out of Clark said its timely expansion of more direct flights would have positive impact among the China-Taiwan market, as well as to better service passengers from Central and Northern Luzon. They need not go to NAIA airport for direct flights to Taipei and vice versa.

2 July, 2010 - Ombud to handle Luciano issue

CLARK FREEPORT - THE Fact Finding Investigation Bureau (FFIB) of the Ombudsman is eyed to handle the case against an airport executive.

The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Board of Directors eyed the FFIB to handle the formal investigation of the controversial demolition of buildings and scrap issues hurled against CIAC President and CEO Victor Luciano.

2 July, 2010 - Pamintuan orders 'belt-tightening'

ANGELES CITY - Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has directed department heads for belt-tightening following reports that the city is in financial crisis.

Pamintuan said in Thursday's press conference that the city treasury is practically empty as its obligations are more than the available funds.

2 July, 2010 - KDF gives artificial legs to indigents

CLARK FREEPORT - The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) distributed over the weekend 24 new artificial legs to indigents of the province as part of its ongoing Walking-Free Pampanga Program.

The new artificial legs were presented to the beneficiaries at the Clark Polytechnic attended by volunteers from various Rotary Clubs and Quota International Pampanga.

1 July, 2010 - Metro Clark area gets award of excellence

CLARK FREEPORT - Following the award of excellence bestowed to Metro Clark area, officials are expecting the influx of business firms inside the Freeport.

The Business Process Association of the Philippines (BPAP), Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conferred the award to Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President Benigno Ricafort during the 2010 Recognition Night of the Top Ten Next Wave Cities held June 22 at the Cebu Sports Club Ballroom.

1 July, 2010 - Pamintuan signs 'contract' with Angeleños

ANGELES CITY - Mayor Edgardo "EdPam" Pamintuan forged a "contract" with multi-sectoral groups as he ground to work at City Hall Thursday.

The contract was signed during the oath taking and inauguration of Pamintuan, Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting and members of the new City Council. It will serve as the guide of the administration in the next three years as Pamintuan steers back the highly urbanized city on its tracks.