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Balibago News Sep-2010

30 Sep 2010 - Village execs file motion to stop suspension order

ANGELES CITY -- Nine leaders of Barangay Pulung Maragul here, who were accused of fraud, have filed in court a motion to quash the preventive suspension order issued against them.

This was learned from Barangay Pulung Maragul chairman Joseph Dimapilis, one of the village officials charged before the Office of the Ombudsman for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

30 Sep 2010 - Biz group brands ERC's PBR disadvantageous

The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) lashed out Thursday on the Performance-Based Rate (PBR) of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) expressing worry that it may in turn out be disadvantageous to consumers and offers too much protection to power distribution utilities.

PamCham president Renato Romero expressed concern over the PBR saying that it may be giving distribution utilities too much protection. Romero said that "unscrupulous" distribution utilities may abuse the PBR to the disadvantage of electricity consumers.

30 Sep 2010 - Halili is PBMLP chairman for second term

CLARK FREEPORT -- First District Board Member was elected over the weekend as the new chairman of the Central Luzon Provincial Board Member's League of the Philippines (PBMLP) during the league's 4th Annual Regional Convention and Election of Officers at the Mimosa Convention Center here.

Halili would be occupying the said post for a second term from 2011 to 2012. He holds the record of being the first Provincial Board (PB) member to hold the said regional league post for two straight terms. Other officials of the PBMLP elected during the event include Danilo David (vice-chairman), Michael Fermin (secretary general), Eduardo Florendo (treasurer), and Oscar Padua (auditor).

29 Sep 2010 - Court orders suspension of village officials

ANGELES CITY - The Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 60 ordered the suspension of the barangay officials who are facing charges of fraud in violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

In its September 20 decision, signed by Presiding Judge Ofelia Tuazon Pinto, the Deputy Sheriff was ordered to "peacefully and immediately" implement the order against some officials of Barangay Pulung Maragul.

29 Sep 2010 - Forced closure of open dumpsite eyed

PAMPANGA -- The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Central Luzon has considered the forced closure of an open dumpsite in Apalit after Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado complained of its stench.

The open dumpsite in Barangay Sulipan, Apalit is a few meters away from Calumpit, Bulacan where the governor resides.

29 Sep 2010 - Governor honored at board members league confab

CLARK FREEPORT -- Governor Lilia Pineda was declared as the "Nanay of Central Luzon" during the Provincial Board Members' League of the Philippines (PBLMP) convention over the weekend.

Pineda was honored for her achievements in local governance and continued support to the PBMLP and its regional advocacies. The governor was also a former national president of PBMLP.

29 Sep 2010 - Generic drugs protect public against poverty

CLARK FREEPORT -- An executive from the Department of Health said generic medicines (GMs) were manufactured not just to help the poor but also to protect well-off individuals.

Undersecretary Alexander Padilla said GMs are for all kinds of patients and the effectiveness of these drugs is the same with branded medicines.

29 Sep 2010 - Wanted person arrested

MABALACAT -- The town police arrested a 40-year-old man who was charged with drug pushing last year.

The suspect identified as Edgardo Pabalan Santiago, married, of 0033 Casmor Phase 1 Barangay Mabiga, was ranked as second most wanted person in this municipality.

29 Sep 2010 - Environmentalist dismayed on EMB move against trader

ANGELES CITY -- A member of the environmentalist group Green Youth Brigade on Wednesday said he was saddened by the notice of violation the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) served against a businessman in Porac.

Louie Reyes, head of the Green Youth Brigade, described the move by the EMB as harassment which, he said, may only lead to more conflicts between the environmental groups and the piggery and poultry owners here and in nearby Porac town.

28 Sep 2010 - Mayor: Angeles City relatively peaceful

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said Tuesday that the city is still relatively peaceful despite several killings involving foreign nationals over the past few days.

Pamintuan issued the statement amid reports that several foreign and local tourists are now afraid to visit and stay in the city.

According to the mayor, three out of the five killing cases recorded over the past two weeks were solved by the city police.

28 Sep 2010 - Pampanga airport best gift to Macapagal

CLARK FREEPORT -- For Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the best gift that Pampanga could offer to the birth centenary of her father is the promise that the airport here will soon be the country’s premier air dome.

The former President of the country said a premier airport that is named after her father would give the late President Diosdado “Apung Dadong” Macapagal due honor.

28 Sep 2010 - DOH hosts Generic Expo

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Health (DOH) in Central Luzon is the host of this year’s Generic Expo that sought to obliterate the negative perceptions on the use of generic medicines (GMs).

The expo will be held at SM Clark starting Wednesday until Thursday, September 30.

28 Sep 2010 - Freight investor vows to stay in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- An official from an international freight service provider assured that their gateway facilities will stay in this Freeport.

Duncan Gates, newly installed country manager for DHL Philippines, said their company offices and operations will continue here. “We’re here to stay,” Gates said in an interview.

28 Sep 2010 - Pamintuan reiterates stand vs human trafficking

ANGELES CITY – Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has reiterated his stand to uphold laws against human trafficking and decency.

The mayor said this during an emergency meeting on Saturday with businessmen who own establishments along Fields Avenue and Friendship Perimeter Road.

27 Sep 2010 - Celebrating Apung Dadong

TODAY is the 100th birth anniversary of the late President Diosdado Macapagal, a great Kapampangan in his time whose legacy of virtues as a public official continues to remain relevant and inspiring in our time.

His contributions in various capacities in government service that spanned well over three decades, from being a legal assistant to the President of the Republic and being the President himself, spoke volumes of his rise from sheer poverty to great prominence.

27 Sep 2010 - Guv asked to assist PWDs

MABALACAT -- The Association of Persons with Disabilities (APWD) here are requesting Governor Lilia Pineda to assist its indigent members in terms of medicines and vitamins.

Mario Noble, president of the APWD here, said that their members are relying on the funds appropriated by the local government unit here.

27 Sep 2010 - Mayor acquires medical equipment from WMRI

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, who returned home after his two-week travel to the United States, has received medical equipment from World Medical Relief based in Detroit, Michigan.

“I’m very happy to inform you that we acquired lots of hospital equipment that will be very useful in providing medical service to the people,” Pamintuan said during the flag-raising ceremony at the city hall Monday.

26 Sep 2010 - Lawmaker files bill on plastic bags use

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. joined the fight on the use of plastic bags as he introduced Resolution 783 in the House of Representatives recently.

House Resolution 783 is an act providing for the phase-out of plastic bags as packing materials of goods sold or disposed by sari-sari stores, market vendors, department stores, and similar establishments, prescribing penalties therefore, and for other purposes.

26 Sep 2010 - Mayor warns of canceling permits of hog, poultry farms

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan warned over the weekend that poultry and piggery farms here may face closure and cancellation of their business permits if they will be found violating environmental and health safety laws.

Pamintuan issued the warning following the recent protest of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) that raised environmental and health concerns over the continued operation of some poultry and piggery farms in Angeles City and Porac town.

26 Sep 2010 - State firm exec defends state-owned firms

MABALACAT – The head of one of the beleaguered government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) said the Aquino government should retain the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) because it was created for a purpose.

Prospero Pichay, administrator of the LWUA, said the agency was created to supervise water districts, regulate water rates as well as repair facilities.

26 Sep 2010 - AUF holds animal dispersal program

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation (AUF) held its Animal Dispersal Evaluation program spearheaded by the Center for Community Development (CCDS) under its Livelihood project last September 23.

The dispersal move is just one of the various projects that the foundation has planned aside from its health and education programs.

26 Sep 2010 - Franchiser highlights importance of entrepreneurship

ANGELES CITY -- Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI) president Paulo Tebig urged over the weekend members of the Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MACCI) to strengthen local entrepreneurship as an important aspect of further business development in the Metro-Angeles area.

Tebig addressed members of MACCI during their regular breakfast meeting here. Tebig said that it is important to keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive among old and young businesses here to ensure growth and development of new business markets and opportunities.

26 Sep 2010 - Kapampangan Center: Macapagal a great president

ANGELES CITY -- The nation marks Monday the 100th birth anniversary of Diosdado Macapagal, President of the Philippines from 1961 to 1965, with an assertion from the Center for Kapampangan Studies (CKS) that he was one of the best Presidents the country ever had.

“Contrary to what some people think, Macapagal was not a minor president but was, in fact, a great president,” CKS director Robby Tantingco said, adding that the Macapagal legacy remains relevant.

26 Sep 2010 - Task forces formed for slain foreigners

ANGELES CITY -- Police have formed two separate task forces that will look into the killings of two foreign nationals in this city last week.

Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista formed and heads Task Force Basham that is expected to investigate on the murder of retired American policeman James Basham. The city police also formed Task Force Jones in relation to the murder of British national Bruce Jones.

26 Sep 2010 - Vertical parking system to solve traffic problem

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government here is considering the construction of vertical parking lots to solve the worsening traffic problem in the metropolis.

Councilor Jesus Jay Sangil said the establishment of modern parking spaces would help in improving the traffic condition in traffic-prone areas.

26 Sep 2010 - Globe, city partner for Fiestang Kuliat events

ANGELES CITY -- Globe Telecoms on Friday launched its first co-sponsored event at Marquee Mall in-line with this city’s upcoming Fiestang Kuliat celebrations in October.

The affair, attended by the city’s senior citizens and other multi-sectoral groups, is a prelude to the Angeles Community Week themed “Pamilyang Abe-Abe, Mipanantabe” on October 20 to 24, also at Marquee Mall and the Youth Assembly and Youth Got Talent via TM’s “Astigan” on October 2, with guest performer Parokya ni Edgar.

25 Sep 2010 - Businessman killed in own hotel

ANGELES CITY -- A businessman was found dead in his own hotel on Friday, police said. Robert So, 55, bathed in his own blood when police found his body.

So suffered stab wounds and injuries in his face and head while lying on the bed in one of the executive rooms of Haven Hotel in Barangay Pulung Maragul.

In a report, Angeles City Police Director Danilo Bautista said police rushed So to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician. Bautista identified the suspects as Archimedes David, 22, and Ellaine Peralta, 21, who are both residents of Magalang town.

25 Sep 2010 - EdPam meets with AC businesses to discuss raids

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan met last night with the owners and managers of many of the major establishments in the city's entertainment district.

The purpose of the meeting was for Pamintuan to address the very serious issue of the raids conducted by national law enforcement authorities over at some bars in Fields Avenue and the consequent damage to the image not only of the nightlife strip's businesses but of the whole of Angeles City as well.

25 Sep 2010 - Fire department ready for permit applications

ANGELES CITY -- The Bureau of Fire Protection in this city has assured businessmen that they will not get a hard time acquiring licenses and permits from their office.

City Fire Marshall Jimmy Suba said they are ready to receive business license applications for 2011.

25 Sep 2010 - BIR calls on erring taxpayers to avail of abatement program

PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is calling on the taxpayers to avail of the current abatement program to improve their current tax standing with the agency.

BIR Regional Director Romulo Aguila Jr. said the abatement program is being implemented in line with the Run After Tax Evaders (Rate) Program to deter tax evasion practices and to encourage voluntary compliance of the Internal Revenue laws.

25 Sep 2010 - UP-Clark students join 'nationwide walkout'

CLARK FREEPORT -- Students of the University of the Philippines Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga (UPDEPP) joined the walkout over the weekend to protest the budget cuts on state universities and colleges (SUCs).

Earlier, President Benigno Aquino III stated that P23.4 billion had been allocated for the country's 112 SUCs in 2011, a figure 1.7 percent lower than the P23.8 billion budget for 2010.

24 Sep 2010 - Judge asked to give Ampatuan case focus

ANGELES CITY -- A journalists group in Pampanga province has called on the judge handling the infamous Maguindanao massacre case to focus on the proceedings and inhibit from other cases.

Ashley Manabat, president of the National Union of Journalists (NUJP) in Pampanga, said Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 should detach herself from presiding over other cases except the Maguindanao massacre.

24 Sep 2010 - PGKM chief gets notice of violation

ANGELES CITY -- The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) issued on Wednesday a notice of violation on the golf course owned by Ruperto Cruz of Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM).

Cruz said he received the notice of violation on his alleged violation of his Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from EMB Central Luzon Director Lormelyn Claudio a few hours after the environmental mass rally he led in Porac.

24 Sep 2010 - Media gets anti-corruption skills training

ANGELES CITY -- The National Union of Journalist of the Philippines (NUJP) encouraged local journalists and civil society leaders on Friday to report corruption cases in Pampanga and neighboring provinces after the day's seminar.

“After this training, we expect the local media to come out with more stories on transparency and corruption issues in their areas,” Rowena Paraan, director of the NUJP, said.

24 Sep 2010 - Sept. 28 a non-working holiday in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- President Benigno Aquino III declared September 28 as special non-working holiday in the province of Pampanga in commemoration of former President Diosdado Macapagal's birth centenary.

On September 28, 1910, Pampanga’s most revered son, former President Diosdado P. Macapagal, was born in Lubao, Pampanga.

24 Sep 2010 - Australian killed in mishap

MABALACAT -- An Australian national was killed early Wednesday when he was hit by a pick-up truck, the police said. Chief Inspector Jose Oliver Montero, Dau police chief, identified the victim as Michael William Mitten, 67, a seaman, of Canidha Subdivision, Barangay Camachiles.

Mitten was crossing the MacArthur Highway in said village at around 2:35 a.m. on Wednesday when he was reportedly struck by the speeding vehicle, Montero said. Witnesses told police investigators that the vehicle immediately left the area after hitting the victim.

24 Sep 2010 - SM renovates senior citizens’ center

ANGELES CITY -- The Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines recently led the inauguration of a wellness center for the elderly in this city which was restored by the SM Foundation, Incorporated (SMFI).

A simple ceremony was held at the senior citizens center located inside the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) compound in Pampang, Angeles City on September 24.

24 Sep 2010 - The Aeta 'black market'

ANGELES CITY -- As you go along Rizal Street in Barangay Sapang Bato, you will find a peaceful and a busy community.

Sunday comes and the straight street alongside the Holy Cross Parish Church will suddenly transform into something like Quiapo. You would picture people with their "bayongs" while they are busy buying vegetables from Aetas who go down from their mountain dwellings on bare foot.

24 Sep 2010 - Red Planet Hotels to invest in city

ANGELES CITY -- The Red Planet Hotels Limited (RPHL) has announced it will construct a 12-storey building amounting to P270 million.

Officials of the RPHL revealed their plan to invest in the city during a dinner reception at the newly-furbished Museo ning Angeles on Thursday.

23 Sep 2010 - Recount, revision on mayoralty race looms

ANGELES CITY -- The poll body started retrieving and sealing ballot boxes Thursday after it has found former Mayor Francis Nepomuceno’s election protest to be sufficient in form and substance.

Commission on Election (Comelec) Second Division presiding Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer issued a 10-page preliminary conference order on August 18, which found election protest filed by Nepomuceno against Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, who was proclaimed winner in the May 10 polls in this city, to be sufficient in form and substance.

23 Sep 2010 - Mayor: No jueteng in city

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said Thursday small town lottery (STL) and not jueteng is operating in this city.

Pamintuan said the City Government already received some P1.2 million from STL operations here. STL in this city, which is legal under current laws, is operated by the Lake Tahoe Corporation.

23 Sep 2010 - Livestock group belied allegations

ANGELES CITY -- The Pampanga-Angeles Livestock Growers Association (Palga) said Thursday that accusations raised by the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) over the continued operation of some 40 poultry and piggery farms here are mainly for the benefit of the latter’s business interests.

Palga manager Toto Gonzales said Ruperto Cruz is merely protecting his vast investments -- golf course, hotel, restaurants, entertainment, among others.

23 Sep 2010 - Counsel says hog farmers compliant

ANGELES CITY -- A lawyer of some of the hog and livestock farmers being complained by distressed residents here and from neighboring town of Porac said his clients were only tagged along by non-compliant hog and livestock operators.

Lawyer Orlando Pangilinan, legal counsel of some hog and livestock farmers, said not all of the piggery and poultry farms in Porac violated health and sanitation standards set by the Environmental Management Bureau.

23 Sep 2010 - Cops told to establish quality service lanes

ANGELES CITY -- New Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Raul Macalalad Bacalzo on Thursday directed policemen here to establish quality service lanes for complainants and other people visiting their respective police stations.

During his surprise visit at the Angeles City Police Station 4 in Barangay Balibago, Bacalzo relayed his instruction to the police officials here headed by City Director Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista.

23 Sep 2010 - Thank God it’s Friday!

ANGELES CITY -- A whole classic brand of fun and good food rocks Marquee Mall today as TGI Friday’s brings its popular American-style fare and fun dining experience to Pampanga as it opens its 11th store in this City of Friendship, the second outside of the metro, the other being in Cebu.

Flashly with it looks that sets it apart from the rest of restos and bars on the ground floor, the 150-seater diner with an al fresco, made a resounding vibe as the hip, food lovers and a mix of generations quickly came in droves on VIP night Thursday. So expect this Friday to be the greatest Friday that’ll make you wish everyday is Friday!

23 Sep 2010 - Board members vow support for Pampanga guv

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Provincial Board on Wednesday vowed support for Governor Lilia Pineda, who has been tagged as operator of illegal numbers game "jueteng" in the province.

In a resolution signed by the 13 members of the august body, the legislators said the accusation against Pineda as "operator" of jueteng is "sweeping, baseless, and unfair."

22 Sep 2010 - Police: No 'jueteng' in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- A top police official in Pampanga denied Wednesday the existence of "jueteng" in the province.

Senior Superintendent Petronio Retirado, Pampanga police director, issued the statement following the allegations of retired Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz about the prevalence of the illegal numbers game in the province.

21 Sep 2010 - British national killed near Marquee Mall

Around 2:00 PM today, a foreign national has been gunned down in Don Bonifacio Subdivision, Brgy. Pulung Maragul in this city.

Bruce Anthony Jones, a 50-year old British national was shot by two unidentified suspects aboard a motorcycle not 50 meters away from Mountain Clark Firing Range. The victim was driving his car with his wife, Maricel Aramay, who was wounded and in the shooting. Both were heading to Mountain Clark Firing Range to visit a friend after a lunch at Marquee Mall when their vehicle was fired upon by the suspects who fled to an unknown direction.

21 Sep 2010 - Mabalacat cops nab rape suspect

MABALACAT -- The town police arrested on Tuesday a 57-year-old man accused of raping a minor in Barangay Santa Ines here last year.

Superintendent Rolly Mendoza, town police chief, identified the suspect as Ernesto Tayag Bais, 57, married, of 6159-A Purok 6 Barangay Santa Ines, this town.

21 Sep 2010 - Twin ordinances to federalize city sectors

ANGELES CITY -- City Councilor Willie Rivera is set to file twin-ordinances, which aim to federalize the city's various sectoral organizations and assure better representation of various sectors of the community.

The two ordinances include a proposal to federalize sectoral organizations here, and a proposed resolution assuring fair representation and delineation of sectors to be represented. This in turn, according to Rivera, will give a better organizational structure for sectoral organizations. He said that the current city development council is not able to represent the whole sectors of the community as it is only dominated by a certain sectoral segment.

21 Sep 2010 - Reservoir to supply water on peak hours

MABALACAT -- Water consumers need not worry of water shortage during peak hours after officials opened a grand reservoir that could support additional water needs.

The Mabalacat Water District (MWD) inaugurated on Tuesday the P150-million Central Ground Water Reservoir that could hold 3,000 cubic meters of water.

21 Sep 2010 - Morales: Pineda has nothing to do with jueteng

MABALACAT, Pampanga -- An ally of Governor Lilia Pineda from this town dismissed accusations that she is one of several government officials involved in jueteng operations.

Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales defended Pineda saying he did not believe in what retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz's claim that the Kapampangan governor has knowledge of jueteng operations in the province.

20 Sep 2010 - Petition filed vs club raiders

ANGELES CITY -- Lawyers of the arrested managers and employees of the three entertainment clubs in Barangay Balibago filed a petition against police officers on Monday.

Pepito Torres Jr. and Angelo Lopez III, lead counsels of the detained employees, filed a habeas corpus petition at the Regional Trial Court in this city.

20 Sep 2010 - Cell phone snatchers nabbed

ANGELES CITY --- The city police on Sunday arrested two suspected cellphone snatchers along Surla Street in Barangay Balibago here.

The suspects were identified as Custrado Esperella, 31, single, of Block 53 Lot 25 Northville 15, Barangay Cutud, Angeles City; and Rey Marcelino Pesquerra, 27, single, a security guard, also from the same place.

20 Sep 2010 - Mayor bares program on waste management

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales has bared the Municipal Government's program on solid waste management.

Morales said the local government will establish at least two transfer stations in Barangays Tabun and Duquit where garbage will be segregated.

19 Sep 2010 - American shot dead

ANGELES CITY -- An American national was shot and killed early Sunday at a public market here, despite heightened police drive against the spate of killings of foreign nationals in the city.

James Kermit Basham, 63, was shot by two unidentified suspects onboard a Honda TMX motorcycle around 7:30 a.m. The victim was about to board his motorcycle parked at the Pampang Public Market when shot, police said.

19 Sep 2010 - Anti-dengue campaign launched

ANGELES CITY -- Local officials here launched an anti-dengue campaign over the weekend.

Acting Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting and City Administrator Dennis Albert Pamintuan started the anti-dengue campaign with a massive cleanup along the streets of San Nicholas, Rizal and Burgos.

19 Sep 2010 - Provincial officers to get recognition

MABALACAT -- Ten officials in Central Luzon will be awarded in the Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines (PBMLP) regional convention for their continuous nine years of service to their respective constituents and faithful membership.

First District Board Member Tarcicio Halili, PBLMP regional chairman, said that plaques of recognition will be awarded to outgoing secretary Shierwin Taay of Aurora province who will also end his elective position as Sangguniang Kabataan head and board member of the said province.

19 Sep 2010 - NUJP to hold anti-corruption seminar

PAMPANGA -- The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) through its Pampanga chapter is set to conduct a one day training on government transparency and a seminar on anti-corruption reporting.

The seminar is free for 25 journalists and five members of civil society in the province. It will be held on September 24 at the Graceland Restaurant McArthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City (near Sta. Maria Church).

17 Sep 2010 - Bar owners warned vs employing minors

ANGELES CITY -- The local government in this city, dubbed as the entertainment capital of Central Luzon, warned night club owners and similar businesses not to employ minors in their respective establishments.

The City Government issued the warning Friday following a raid conducted in entertainment pubs in the city's Balibago district that resulted in the rescue of at least six minors.

17 Sep 2010 - Group bats for off-roading as tourism-related sports

MABALACAT -- The Pampanga Off-Roaders Club Inc. (Porci) said Thursday that it is now propagating interest on off-roading as a potential tourist and sporting attraction for enthusiasts who would like to experience Pampanga’s natural attractions.

Porci president John Sambo said off-roading is a potential added attraction for tourists who would like to see the Highlands and Miyamit Falls of Porac, the majestic crater of Mt. Pinatubo and the attractive landscape of Mt. Arayat.

17 Sep 2010 - Media urged to report human rights cases

CLARK FREEPORT -- A human rights lawyer urged journalists and other media practitioners in Pampanga to pursue reports on human rights cases.

Harry Roque, a veteran human rights lawyer, said provincial journalists should not hesitate to write stories on human rights violations because they have more knowledge in their area of coverage.

17 Sep 2010 - 33 Angeles grads top nursing boards

ANGELES CITY -- A total of 33 nursing graduates of Angeles University Foundation (AUF) topped the July 2010 Nurse Licensure Examination led by Nico Paulo Dimal, 7th place, and Arcel T. Cabigting, 9th place, said AUF president Joseph Emmanuel Angeles.

AUF obtained an over-all passing rate of 82.18 (521 out of 634) versus the national passing rate of 41.40 (91,008 out of 37,679).

17 Sep 2010 - Biofuel program initiated

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Provincial Government has initiated a biofuel program Friday in coordination with the Philippine Ethanol Manufacturing Distiller and Services Incorporation (Pemdas).

The program was launched at Candaba Farm Fresh here and was witnessed by members of the Pampanga Mayors’ League, officials of the Department of Agriculture, farmers and other stakeholders.

17 Sep 2010 - Woman yields 1 kg cocaine in Angeles City

ANGELES City -- A 29-year-old woman was arrested by police for possession of one kilogram of cocaine in front of a mall in Angeles City, Pampanga, Thursday afternoon.

Supertintendent Danilo Bautista, Angeles City police chief, identified the woman as Rizza Badillo, a native of Bobon town in Nortern Samar province.

17 Sep 2010 - Dengue patients to get free treatment in Pampanga

PAMPANGA --No fees will be charged to dengue fever patients admitted in 10 hospitals being run by the Pampanga provincial government, Gov. Lilia Pineda said.

Pineda ordered the provision of free medical assistance as Pampanga landed third among seven Central Luzon provinces with the highest number of cases and fatalities of dengue fever.

16 Sep 2010 - New Raids on Fields Bar

Dirty Duck, Forbidden City, Camelot and Voodoo were raided by Manila Special Task Forces accompanied by Social Welfare groups.

Dancers and other staff members were taken into custody while visiting Customers were free to go. Motive not clear so far.

16 Sep 2010 - Village bet denounces smear campaign

ANGELES CITY -- Balibago village chief candidate Allan Bonifacio branded on Thursday the flying voters issue as "nothing but a sting operation" by his opponents to discredit and tarnish his bid in the October 25 barangay polls.

In a phone interview Bonifacio said he wanted to clear the allegations about the alleged flying voters linked to him.

16 Sep 2010 - Cultural fest 2010 set at AUF

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation Center for Culture and the Arts (AUF-CCA) is staging this year’s inter-collegiate cultural competitions on September 21, 22 and 23 at the AUF St. Cecilia’s Auditorium and SM City Clark.

Dubbed “Pinoy Living Treasures: A Toast to RP’s Modern-Day Icons,” colleges will compete in the pop band, vocal solo, choir, and dance categories with the lives and achievements of the following renowned Filipinos central to their performances: Henry Sy Sr. (business); Manny Pacquiao (sports); Lea Salonga and Liza Macuja (performing arts); Efren Peñaflorida (education); Rosa Rosal (public service); Josie Natori (fashion); and Dr. Fe Del Mundo (medicine).

16 Sep 2010 - Raps loom vs slaughterhouse operator

ANGELES CITY -- Slaughterhouse operator, Dealco Farms Inc., may soon face charges if it fails to appear again before the City Council here to explain why it failed to settle its dues to the City Government.

Councilor Willie Rivera said Dealco Farms Inc. has failed to send a representative to the City Council to clarify its alleged failure to settle some P63,000 worth of rent and some P895,000 solid waste fees to the City Government.

16 Sep 2010 - Inauguration set for P150M water facility

MABALACAT, Pampanga -- A water facility that could sustain potable drinking water in this town for the next 25 years is set to be inaugurated next week.

In a statement, Mabalacat Water District chairman Deng Pangilinan said the Central Ground Water Reservoir at Barangay Camachiles will be inaugurated on September 21.

16 Sep 2010 - Macau to be showcased in exhibit

CLARK FREEPORT -- Representatives from the Macau Government Tourism Office-Philippines (MGTO-Phil.) said on Wednesday that they are set to hold a consumer promotion exhibit on September 24 to 26 at SM City Clark.

Jet Cabuslay, MGTO-Phil. marketing manager, said they will showcase the different tourist attractions in Macau acclaimed to be Asia’s most exciting destinations. This also includes a variety of entertainers including people walking on stilts and mime artists.

15 Sep 2010 - Pampang market clinic mulled

ANGELES CITY -- Sellers and buyers at the Pampang public market will no longer need to skip medical checkups while attending to their daily market tasks because the City Government plans to give them a clinic.

Dr. Joven Esguerra, city health office chief, said the Pampang public market will be one of the beneficiaries of their market project.

15 Sep 2010 - Henares to lecture on Macapagal legacy

ANGELES CITY -- National Museum of the Philippines chairman Hilarion Henares Jr. will deliver a lecture on the life and legacy of President Diosdado Macapagal at 10 a.m. of September 21.

The lecture will be held at the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) auditorium, said AUF president Joseph Emmanuel Angeles.

15 Sep 2010 - Supporting the Clark Veterans Cemetery

CLARK FREEPORT -- Global Gateway Logistics City and Peregrine Development International Inc. president and CEO Dennis Wright initiated the wreath laying ceremony at the Clark Veterans Cemetery, together with the POW Riders, in their event called Boozefighters MC 2 Annual Cabanatuan Great Raid Memorial Run on Saturday.

The event was sponsored by Global Gateway Logistics City in line with its campaign and mission to give honor to our Veterans, both American and Filipino, who were interred in Clark Veterans Cemetery, Pampanga, Philippines by achieving national recognition and federal support.

14 Sep 2010 - Australian nabbed for illegal drugs

ANGELES CITY --- An Australian national was apprehended on Tuesday for allegedly using and possessing methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

Police named the suspect as Peter Ronald Backshall, 53, an Australian, billeted at Room 522 Bluefields Hotel, Bonifacio Street, Plaridel 1 Subdivision, Barangay Malabanias, this city.

13 Sep 2010 - Flying voters discovered

ANGELES CITY -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) recently found 72 persons as flying voters in Barangay Balibago.

The flying voters were discovered by Balibago village chief Rodelio "Tony" Mamac "to have not lived even one day in the village."

13 Sep 2010 - CIAC prexy denies being highest paid exec

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano denied Monday reports that he is the highest paid official among government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) executives.

Luciano showed local newsmen a Commission on Audit (COA) report indicating that he ranked 90 among GOCC officials in terms of salaries and allowances in 2009.

The official admitted that his gross pay is P3,259,698.94 annually but he clarified that he only received P1,592,000 for the said year.

13 Sep 2010 - 4 nabbed for theft, drugs

ANGELES CITY -- Four men were arrested after they were suspected of stealing steel bars from a Korean firm and for alleged possession of suspected prohibited drugs.

The suspects were identified as Joel Tayag Surban, 34, of Macapagal Village, Mabalacat town; Noel Tayag Surban, 24, also of said place; Aries Dacanay Reyes, 27, of Lourdes, Bamban, Tarlac province; and Jonathan Diwa Rivera, 29, also of Bamban, Tarlac.

13 Sep 2010 - Planting of 1M trees kicks off

ANGELES CITY - Local officials have started planting one million trees in and around the city on Monday as part of their commitment to Angelenos.

Acting Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting led the soft launching of the tree planting along the walkway of City Hall after their flag ceremonies.

13 Sep 2010 - No dengue deaths recorded in city

ANGELES CITY-- "We Angelenos are very fortunate because despite sporadic dengue cases around the nation, the city is not much affected."

This was the statement given by the city health officer, Dr. Joven Esguerra on Monday.

13 Sep 2010 - Biz groups attend Japanese MSME seminar

ANGELES CITY-The Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MACCI) and the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) members attended Monday a three-day seminar on Japanese management approach on micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) at the Oasis Hotel here.

The seminar dubbed "Role of Manager for Business Growth" was designed to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs in the Philippines by improving the management capabilities of managers using the Japanese management approach.

12 Sep 2010 - 2 killed in ambush

MABALACAT – A businessman and his relative were gunned down along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Mabiga here around 12 p.m. Sunday.

The victims, Leonardo “Boy Dagul” Licup, a quarry operator, of Green Meadows Subdivision here; and his uncle Dolly Licup of Porac town, were about to cross the national highway in front of the Golden Land Subdivision in said village on board a car when they were ambushed.

12 Sep 2010 - City takes new approach in pageant

ANGELES CITY-- The Mutya Ning Angeles 2010 will salute the beauty of the Angelena once more as this year’s revived contest promises to bring a young, vibrant, and a fresh approach in the city’s beauty pageant arena.

On Saturday, Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting presented the candidates to the press at the Casino Widus in Hotel Vida.

12 Sep 2010 - Ex-president’s ‘runner’ wants to be village chief

ANGELES CITY -- He was always behind every political rally of former President Joseph Estrada. Now, he’s at the forefront.

Mario Gravamen, Estrada and his son Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s “runner” and media relations officer, has followed the footsteps of his superiors as he is set to run for Balibago village chief in the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on October 25.

11 Sep 2010 - First Barangay Day held in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan led other city officials in distributing free medicines to residents of Northville 15 in Barangay Cutud here during the first "Barangay Day" held last Tuesday.

Pamintuan said his administration will prioritize activities that will ensure the delivery of basic services to Angelenos, particularly health services that include the conduct of medical and dental missions and other outreach programs.

11 Sep 2010 - Pampanga chamber elects new set of directors

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) held the election of its new set of board of directors over the weekend to chart anew its development goals in the coming year.

The election was held at the Max's Restaurant in this city and was attended by close to a hundred members of the chamber.

10 Sep 2010 - First Barangay Day held in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan led other city officials in distributing free medicines to residents of Northville 15 in Barangay Cutud here during the first "Barangay Day" held last Tuesday.

Pamintuan said his administration will prioritize activities that will ensure the delivery of basic services to Angelenos, particularly health services that include the conduct of medical and dental missions and other outreach programs.

10 Sep 2010 - Bar owners praise city tourism program

ANGELES CITY -- Bar owners in the entertainment district situated in the villages of Balibago and Malabanias has lauded the tourism program of the City Government.

The traders, who are mostly foreigners, at the same time, cited Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for initiating the various projects to boost the tourism industry of the city.

“This is the first time that all club owners assembled and had a formal meeting with the city mayor. We all heard want we wanted to hear from the local government,” one of the foreigners said.

10 Sep 2010 - Apartment unit gutted by fire

ANGELES CITY -- An apartment unit in Barangay San Jose here was gutted by fire on Friday afternoon, an official said.

Captain Jimmy Suba, chief of the Angeles City Bureau of Fire Protection, said the fire was reported at the Villa Angelina Subdivision in Barangay San Jose, this city around 12:40 p.m.

9 Sep 2010 - Megadike in danger

PAMPANGA -- “It’s alarming. The P1.4 billion FVR megadike is in danger,” said Art Punsalan, head of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) on Wednesday.

Punsalan led an inspection of the province’s major protective dike constructed during the term of former President Fidel V. Ramos.

9 Sep 2010 - e-ACTS ready to roll out

CLARK FREEPORT -- The much-awaited Enhanced Automated Cargo Transfer System (e-ACTS) is ready for implementation starting September 16 this year.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC), Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB), Clark Development Corporation, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and the Subic-Clark Alliance for Development (SCAD) already held a summit at the BOC in Manila to "tie loose ends" before its mandated implementation.

9 Sep 2010 - Incentive codes to complement 8-point agenda

ANGELES CITY -- The City Council here is set to create and streamline its environmental and investment incentive codes in a bid to complement the City Government's eight-point agenda.

In the launching of the Fiestang Kuliat events at the Marquee Mall on Tuesday, Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting said the City Council would like to formally streamline the existing environmental codes of the city to be able to make these responsive to the needs of the times.

8 Sep 2010 - City to hold first freedom day for gays and lesbians

ANGELES CITY — For the first time, gays and lesbians are being given the chance to openly express themselves in a parade regarded to be one of the highlights of the upcoming Fiestang Kuliat.

The Freedom Parade scheduled on October 23 will give gays and lesbians the opportunity to wear their best dresses as a way to express themselves.

8 Sep 2010 - Drunk man injured in shootout with cops

MABALACAT -- A 22-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound after he reportedly exchanged fire with police officers inside a posh subdivision here Tuesday night.

Rodel Aluarte Gamboa, 22, single, of Narra Street, Green Meadows Subdivision, this town, was shot on the right buttock by one of the responding policemen.

8 Sep 2010 - Nepomuceno clan launches anti-dengue campaign

ANGELES CITY- City Councilor Bryan Nepomuceno, Liga ng mga Barangay president Robin Nepomuceno and Cutcut’s Cecile Cuyugan-Nepomuceno spearheaded on Tuesday the launching of the "Iwas Dengue" project, which aims to protect residents in the said barangay from the spread of the deadly disease.

Robin Nepomuceno said the "Iwas Dengue" campaign aims to fumigate all public schools, households and public places in the barangays, sitios and puroks here.

8 Sep 2010 - Man nabbed for drug possession

MABALACAT –- The town police recently apprehended a person after having been suspected of possessing illegal drugs.

Rommel Sebastian Garcia 28, single, of Bagong Lipunan Street in Barangay Duquit, was charged before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor for violating Article 11 (drug possession) of Republic Act Number 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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MABALACAT -- City mayors in Pampanga have expressed their support to the cityhood bid of this town after it passed the requisites of becoming a city.

In a statement from the town’s information office, City of San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez and Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan both said economic growth here will soon convert Mabalacat into a city.

8 Sep 2010 - Biz group supports retention of Clark prexy

CLARK FREEPORT--Businessmen-members of the Metro Clark International Development Corporation (MCIDC) recently came out in the open to manifest their support for the retention of Clark Development Corporation president Benigno Ricafort.

MCIDC Corporate Secretary and Board Member Tarcicio “Tars” Halili said on Monday that the influential investor-developer group has come up with a resolution asking President Benigno Aquino III to consider retaining Ricafort in his current position as the Freeport’s chief.

7 Sep 2010 - Angeles City to revive Fiestang Kuliat

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government is giving back all what Angelenos had missed in the last three years with its upcoming celebration of the Fiestang Kuliat.

The Mutya ning Angeles, Freedom Parade and Tigtigan, Terakan keng Dalan and Serenata are once again included in the roster of events set to light the city starting October 1.

7 Sep 2010 - Mayor calls for monitoring of sidewalk vendors

ANGELES CITY -- A day before his flight to the United States, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan asked his fellow officials not to allow illegal vendors to return to the sidewalks.

Pamintuan said illegal sidewalk vendors occupy critical points in roads.

7 Sep 2010 - Board members’ league to elect new officers

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines (PBLMP) in Central Luzon will hold their regional council meeting on September 24-25 at the Hill Top Function Hall, Mimosa inside Clark Freeport.

PBLMP regional chairman Tarcicio Halili said on Monday that the meeting aims to elect the new regional officials of the organization and chart its development agenda in the regional level in terms of legislative initiatives that advance the objectives of the PBLMP.

7 Sep 2010 - Air Asia eyes more flights at DMIA

CLARK FREEPORT -- Air Asia is eyeing more flights here to Jakarta, Indonesia and Bangkok in Thailand.

This is in line with the airline’s plan to expand operations at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

6 Sep 2010 - Realty firm denies reports on 'ghost borrowers'

PAMPANGA -- Globe Asiatique president Delfin Lee denied reports linking its Xevera projects to allege irregularities in its transactions with the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-Ibig Fund).

Lee claimed the reports were "maliciously" made and were intended only to discredit Xevera, a major development project of Globe Asiatique in Pampanga.

6 Sep 2010 - Angeles mayor bound for US to get medical aid

ANGELES CITY - Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan will leave for the United States on Wednesday to receive among others hospital equipment from the World Medical Relief Inc. which is based in Detroit, Michigan.

"It's about time that we provide sufficient medical supplies and equipment for our less fortunate Kabalens. A single session using a dialysis machine costs about P2,800 to P5,000 nowadays and I think a patient needs to undergo the procedure at least twice a week," the mayor said.

6 Sep 2010 - Hospital director seeks improvements

ANGELES CITY -- The newly installed director of the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (formerly Ospital Ning Angeles) seeks to uplift the status of the city hospital by converting it to a tertiary health facility.

Dr. Antonio Dizon, chief of the RLMMC, said a tertiary hospital would mean more facilities, services and manpower for the public.

6 Sep 2010 - Mayor reveals 8-point agenda

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan bared on Monday his eight-point agenda that would be the thrust of his three-year term.

Pamintuan said the eight-point agenda is composed of plans and policies that will serve as the framework of his administration "for the welfare of the people."

5 Sep 2010 - National artist's works to be put on exhibit

CLARK FREEPORT -- The works of National Artist in Visual Arts Vicente Silva Manansala will be on exhibit at the SM City Clark and SM City Pampanga starting September 8.

SM City Pampanga and Clark public relations officer Rain Cervantes and Venus Manalang announced this, saying the grand opening of the exhibit will start at the SM City Clark.

4 Sep 2010 - Mimosa to celebrate Fiesta

CLARK FREEPORT -- Mimosa Montevista is now set to stage a four-day fiesta inside the Mimosa Leisure Estate on September 15 to 18.

Fiesta Mimosa, which is now on its 6th year, is expected to bring excitement among tourists because of its festivities and colorful celebration.

3 Sep 2010 - War over airport development rages

MABALACAT -- A staunch critic of Clark International Corporation chairman Nestor Mangio questioned Friday the official's alleged "favoring" of a Kuwaiti firm's offer reportedly "beyond comparison" to that of Philco-Aero.

Mabalacat Water District chairman Diosdado Pangilinan lashed out anew at Mangio for allegedly "belittling" the offer of Philco-Aero's Manny V. Pangilinan of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Ramon Ang of San Miguel Corporation to develop the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), as well as that of an earlier party, the Bristeel group from Malaysia.

3 Sep 2010 - Councilor renews call for CCTV installation

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Jesus Sangil renewed his call for businessmen to comply with a city ordinance requiring all establishments to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

"This must be done right now to prevent cases of robbery or theft and other similar criminal offenses in their business," Sangil said.

2 Sep 2010 - 7 charged with robbery

ANGELES CITY -- Seven persons were charged with robbery with force upon things after being involved in a burglary which transpired in Barangay San Nicolas at dawn Thursday.

John Michael Nunag, 18, of Lourdes North West, this city; Francis Jay De Leon, 26, also of this city, and their five other unidentified companions reportedly robbed the house of one Martell Wingco.

2 Sep 2010 - Red Cross calls on Rotary Clubs to heighten IHL awareness

ANGELES CITY -- The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Pampanga Chapter on Tuesday called on Rotary clubs in Pampanga to adopt as part of their community advocacies the initiative of propagating awareness on the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) through their community programs.

PNRC-Pampanga Chapter head Augusto Ocampo, during his speech before members of the Rotary Club of Angeles City, said that IHL is a very important piece of legislation that protects communities from the ravages of war and conflict. The Philippines, he said, is now celebrating the IHL month as part of the effort to spread awareness of the IHL.

1 Sep 2010 - Guv recites own poem in day of native tongue

ANGELES CITY-- Governor Lilia Pineda on Saturday recited a Kapampangan poem she composed herself and dedicated to the people of Pampanga.

On Saturday’s celebration of "Aldo ning Amanung Sisuan (Day of the Native Kapampangan tongue)" at the Holy Angel University Theater in this city, Pineda recited the poem entitled "Pampanga Kung Pakamalan."

1 Sep 2010 - State firm exec denies allegations

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporate (Ciac) chairman Nestor Mangio on Wednesday dismissed as smear tactics a report branding him as a "monumental failure" for not pushing the aviation complex to its full potential.

Mangio reacted swiftly to Deng Pangilinan's statement saying that Mangio, aside from delaying the development of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), is a "monumental failure" because he failed to "bring any single investor in Clark."

1 Sep 2010 - Tire firm disowns black effluent

CLARK FREEPORT -- Officials of the Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. (YTPI) on Wednesday denied reports saying the black effluent spotted flowing along the Balibago creek here is coming from the tire factory.

Angelina Casasola, YTPI assistant vice president, said the firm's sewage is not linked to the said creek, adding the company has a working waste treatment facility.

1 Sep 2010 - Air Asia official cites Clark's tourism potential

CLARK FREEPORT -- A top official of Air Asia on Wednesday cited the tourism potential of Clark.

Air Asia chief executive officer Tony Fernandes, during his visit at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), said the airline is committed to bring tourists to the country via DMIA.

"We like Clark because it's cheaper [in here]," Fernandes said.

1 Sep 2010 - School commemorates Macapagal centenary

ANGELES CITY -- Angeles University Foundation (AUF) is commemorating the 100th birth anniversary of former President Diosdado Macapagal with a roster of month long activities.

AUF president Joseph Emmanuel Angeles said an exhibit dubbed "The Life and Times of Diosdado Macapagal" will open Thursday and will run until September 5 at SM City Clark.

30 August, 2010 - Riverbank folks asked to start segregation at home