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Balibago News May-2013

31 May 2013 - C. Luzon farmers urged to use bio-fertilizer

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture-Central Luzon (DA 3) is encouraging farmers to use at least two affordable bio-fertilizer that increase crop yields by as much as 20 percent to wean them from way the use of costly, imported chemical inputs.

These microbial-based fertilizers, with trade-mark names Bio-Con and Bio-N, were developed by scientists at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna (UPLB).

31 May 2013 - Drug pushers nabbed in Floridablanca

PAMPANGA -- Four suspected big time drug pushers, including a former policeman, were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Pagueruan, Floridablanca, Pampanga, Thursday.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, officer-in-charge of Pampanga Police Provincial Office, identified the suspects as Erwin Musada, Eddie Casupanan, Arjie Santos, former Police Officer 2 Romano Mendoza.

31 May 2013 - More funds for livelihood - Guv

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Friday that she is planning to double the funds intended for livelihood assistance under the “Negosyo King Panyulong Program (NPP).”

This came after Pineda gained the support of the Kapampangans last election which sealed her second term in the office as governor.

31 May 2013 - BIR reiterates rules on receipt, invoice

PAMPANGA --In pursuance of the regulations mandated by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), businesses were reminded to comply with the new regulations in the issuance of invoices and receipts.

BIR regional director Araceli Francisco said that the regulation was pursuant to Section 2 (b) of Section 264, in relation to Section 237 of the 1997 Tax Code.

31 May 2013 - Evangelista assures Maglanque loyalty

CLARK FREEPORT -- Vice Mayor-elect Normita "Babes" Evangelista on Friday assured Mayor-elect Rene Maglanque of her loyalty saying her legislative agenda are in line with the new mayor’s priority programs.

As a presiding officer, Evangelista said the Municipal Council will work closely with the executive department to expedite the implementation of various programs beneficial to the people in Candaba.

31 May 2013 - Nobel Prize-winning doc talks of new discovery

CLARK FREEPORT -- Nobel Prize winner Dr. Louis Ignarro was in the country the other day to talk about his latest discovery in medicine before cardiologists for the annual convention of the Philippine Heart Association at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City.

Ignarro’s lecture was viewed via live streaming by medical practitioners at the Holiday Inn in Freeport last Wednesday evening as it was a simulcast in Pampanga, Davao, and Baguio.

31 May 2013 - Rape suspect nabbed

PAMPANGA -- After a month of surveillance, police arrested on Wednesday a rape suspect at his residence in Barangay Calulut, San Fernando.

Superintendent Ricardo David, city chief of police, said a team of police armed with warrant of arrest has arrested Ronald Tandog, 22, a resident of Fatima Street, Barangay Calulut.

31 May 2013 - Rotary Clubs sends kids to India for heart surgery

MABALACAT CITY -- The Rotary Clubs (RC) of Mabalacat and Clark Centennial are sending another batch of children to India for an open heart surgery sponsored by the Gift of Life International.

In a joint meeting recently at the Oxford

30 May 2013 - CSF ‘very much ready’ for rainy season

PAMPANGA -- Congressman-elect and outgoing San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, together with City Administrator Ferdinand Caylao said Wednesday that the city government and concerned agencies are “very much ready” for the upcoming rainy season.

The reaction of Rodriguez and Caylao came after several Fernandino observers raised queries about the preparations being made by the City Government, as downpours have been noted, particularly in the afternoon, during the past few days.

30 May 2013 - Prize-winning photographer to hold exhibit

ANGELES CITY -- Filipina photographer Yen Baet, winner of several National Geographic awards, will hold her first photo exhibit in the country on June 22 at her alma mater, Holy Angel University in Angeles City.

Baet’s best-known works are Rainy Night in Hallstatt (Austria, 2011), Breakfast by the Bay (Montenegro, 2012), and her Thailand album (2012) which all won National Geographic photography awards.

30 May 2013 - Korean fugitive nabbed in Angeles

CLARK FREEPORT -- A Korean national wanted in his country was arrested on Wednesday at Clark Hills, Clark Freeport in Angeles City, reports said.

In a report, the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) from Manila led by Armelo de Castro, coordinated with Police Station 4 of Angeles City in serving a warrant of arrest against Kin Youngmin, 47, a Korean national presently residing at Clark Hills.

30 May 2013 - CDC, LGUs urged to protect watersheds

MABALACAT CITY -- Environmentalists are urging the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and local government units around the Clark Freeport to protect watersheds and headwater areas to prevent massive flooding during the rainy season.

Sonny Dobles, president of the Alliance for the Development of Central Luzon, warned that lives and properties will be sacrificed if local officials ignore the problem.

30 May 2013 - Mutya ning Angeles to donate school supplies

ANGELES CITY -- Just before the start of the school year, the city’s reigning “Mutya ning Angeles” has laid out plans to distribute basic school materials to indigent pupils of a local elementary school.

Genie Baron Abeleda, together with her fellow Mutya beauties will launch “Bag of Dreams,” a back to school project which aims to inspire students to go to school every day and spark their enthusiasm to learn.

30 May 2013 - Chef teams up with foundation for Kapampangan cookbook

ANGELES CITY -- Kapampangan chef and food writer Claude Tayag is currently collaborating with the Kuliat Foundation Inc. in coming up with a Kapampangan cookbook or coffee table book for Pampanga.

The project is aimed at promoting Kapampangan cooking and documenting various Kapampangan recipes that have been passed down from generations.

30 May 2013 - 600 inmates to receive health cards

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Social Welfare Development Office (PSWD) recently facilitated the enrollment of some 600 inmates at the provincial jail to the Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance program.

Elizabeth Baybayan, PSWD officer-in-charge, said the initiative is part of the continuing efforts of Governor Lilia Pineda to bring health programs closer to every Kapampangan, including those in conflict with the law.

29 May 2013 - Grenade blast destroys power substation

MABALACAT CITY -- A grenade explosion Tuesday that destroyed one of the two transformers of the Mabalacat power substation in Barangay Camachiles here has left the northern parts of the city without electricity as of Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, workers and engineers of the Pampanga Electric Cooperative 2 (Pelco 2) were still repairing the 25-MVA transformer that was hit by a grenade allegedly thrown by a former employee of the electric cooperative.

29 May 2013 - BSP bares new currency features to bizmen

PAMPANGA -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) San Fernando branch disclosed to businessmen the security features embedded into the New Generation Currencies (NGC) during the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (PamCham) first business meeting recently.

The meeting was part of PamCham's effort to inform members on the NGC and prepare respective businesses here in the eventual switch to the new currency. It was also aimed to educate members on how to spot counterfeit banknotes to avoid being victimized by syndicates who use counterfeit money.

29 May 2013 - Couple loses P600,000 to armed riders

PAMPANGA -- A couple lost at least P600,000 to armed motorcycle-riding suspects along the Bulac tail dike in Minalin town last Tuesday, reports said.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga police provincial director, said Crisanto Romero, 45, of Pulong Masle, Guagua town, was on board a Mitsubishi Strada with his wife and son when they were fired upon by two men.

29 May 2013 - Pampanga River ‘Predators’ threaten fishing industry

PAMPANGA -- Several small fishermen on Tuesday expressed alarm over the existence in the Pampanga River of a distinct species known in the locality as "kuto," which they see as a threat to their livelihood.

The "kuto," they said, preys on small fish in the river and other controlled fishponds.

29 May 2013 - Angeles commemorates 30th International Aids Memorial

ANGELES CITY -- The local government here led by the Angeles City Aids Council has joined the commemoration of the 30th International Aids Candlelight Memorial (ACM) at the SM City Clark Event Center on Wednesday.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan expressed his support to this advocacy as it is parallel to his eight-point agenda that focus on the health and welfare of every Angeleno.

28 May 2013 - Board member to end term with ‘a happy heart’

PAMPANGA -- Outgoing third district Board Member Monina Laus expressed gratitude to her supporters and Provincial Government employees recently, stressing she will end her term knowing that she has done her part in local legislation and service.

Laus, who also chairs the Provincial Committee on Trade and Industry, said she is honored to have worked with Governor Lilia Pineda, even as she thanked her colleagues in the Provincial Board for the experience she learned in public service and local legislation.

28 May 2013 - ‘No collection policy’ includes voluntary contribution

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) clarified Wednesday that the "No Collection" policy during enrollment also covers fees that are voluntary in nature.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro, in a statement, said the initiative is aimed at encouraging parents to enroll their children this new school year.

28 May 2013 - Lazatin all set for first session

PAMPANGA -- Vice Mayor-elect Jimmy Lazatin said Tuesday that he is all set to preside and jumpstart the first session of the City Council this July.

Lazatin, branded by Congressman-elect and outgoing Mayor Oscar Rodriguez as "politically able and strong," "maasahan," and "mapagkakkatiwalaan" during the National Flag Day celebrations at Heroes Hall, said he would be up to the challenge as "referee" of the august body dominated by councilors from the Magsilbi Team and Team Fernandino, 7-3.

27 May 2013 - Suspect in Angeles triple murder falls

ANGELES CITY -- The alleged triggerman behind the murders of Florencio “Jack” Yap, Rene Tetangco, and Dennis Guinto was finally arrested after almost three years of manhunt launched by the police.

Allan Garcia, a former paramilitary based in Nueva Ecija province, was on board a motorcycle when intercepted at a police checkpoint in Barangay San Miguel, Panganiban, Catanduanes, police sources said weekend.

27 May 2013 - Charcoal briquetting project boosts solid waste mgmt

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Oscar Rodriguez signed on Monday a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the implementation of a charcoal briquetting technology in the city, as part of its solid waste management efforts.

The MOA signifies that the city continues to embrace technology in making the city a livable community, said Rodriguez, who is also now congressman-elect for Pampanga’s third district.

27 May 2013 - Yokohama Clark starts P4.8-B expansion project

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Yokohama Tire Philippines Incorporated (YTPI), the only tire manufacturing company in the country, has started the expansion of its P4.8-billion plant inside the Freeport.

YTPI, which is pursuing the second phase of its West Plant expansion this month, is expected to increase its tire production to 2.5 million tires annually.

27 May 2013 - Outgoing mayor divulges completion of road works

PAMPANGA -- Outgoing Mayor Jerry Pelayo of Candaba revealed on Monday that the completion of two major roads here is pending, after he successfully acquired funding from concerned agencies and officials from the national government.

Pelayo stated that the construction works of the said roads started in 2004 during his first term as local chief executive, and funding for their completion are all settled before he formally leaves the mayor's office on June 30.

27 May 2013 - 7-year-old girl raped, killed

PAMPANGA -- The body of a seven-year-old girl believed to have been raped and then killed was found in Barangay Banaba in Bamban, Tarlac last Friday.

In a report, Senior Superintendent Alfred Corpus, Tarlac police provincial director, said the victim Nicole (not her real name), who was reported missing last Thursday, was found buried at the kitchen of the house of the suspect, identified as a certain Michael Sibal, 27, a resident of the said barangay.

27 May 2013 - Manalo: Do not delay services

PAMPANGA -- The municipal chief of staff here urged the town government’s department heads on Monday not to delay the delivery of basic services to the people.

Leny Manalo, in a meeting with various heads and employees in the Municipal Hall, said the current administration of Mayor Jerry Pelayo still has until June 30 to serve Candabenios, and that the pending transition should not affect the services and operation of the municipal government.

27 May 2013 - Akyat Bahay strikes, robs woman trader

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Akyat Bahay Gang struck again, this time robbing a 31-year-old businesswoman in Barangay Magliman, City of San Fernando, over the weekend.

In a report, the house of Abegaine Garcia, 31, located at Solana 2 Subdivision in the said barangay was robbed by four suspects believed to be members of the said gang.

26 May 2013 - Rodriguez eyes City of San Fernando as lone district

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga third district Representative-elect and outgoing Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said over the weekend that he will probably propose at the 16th Congress the conversion of San Fernando as a lone district and to a highly urbanized city.

Rodriguez, also the incumbent president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, noted that the City of San Fernando is fully qualified to be a single congressional district because of its political, social, and economic demographics, more than enough to separate it from the cluster of Bacolor, Mexico, Sta. Ana, and Arayat.

26 May 2013 - Shell holds eco-marathon test run in Clark Freeport

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (Shell) on Friday held a test run of cars that will be used by students in the Asian leg of the eco-marathon staged by the fuel company.

Top officials of Shell presented team members of each participating school to the media at the Clark Speedway circuit.

26 May 2013 - Mayor-elect: Aquino vows P1B for Mt. Arayat National Park

PAMPANGA -- Mayor-elect Emmanuel Bonifacio Alejandrino of Arayat said that President Benigno Aquino III had pledged P1 billion as support to the rehabilitation of the Mt. Arayat National Park in Barangay San Juan Baño here.

He said that in a previous meeting with Aquino, the latter assured them that the National Government will be helping the concerned local government unit in its attempt to save and bring back the old glory of the national park.

26 May 2013 - Miss Universe runner-up is ‘Reina De Las Flores’

PAMPANGA -- Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon led the "Sagalas" in the City of San Fernando's Pyestang Fernandino's Flores De Mayo as the "Reina De Las Flores" or the May Flower Festival Queen.

No less than third district Representative-elect and outgoing mayor Oscar Rodriguez crowned Tugonon before a packed crowd at the Cinema 3 of SM City San Fernando Downtown, where other participants like candidates for the Lakan at Mutya Ning San Fernando and the Little Miss Fernandino converged and were formally presented before moving out for a procession and making flower offerings at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

26 May 2013 - Grand woodcarving competition to be held at mall on June 12

PAMPANGA -- Guagua's world-famous Betis woodcarvers will hold a grand woodcarving competition inside SM City Pampanga on June 12 to promote Kapampangan woodcarving traditions into a whole new level.

Renowned Betis woodcarver Willy Layug said SM City Pampanga is the major supporter of the event that aims to give upcoming woodcarvers of the town a chance to show their skill under contemporary themes.

26 May 2013 - NGOs to host goat-raising seminar

PAMPANGA -- The Alyansa Agrikultura (AA), in cooperation with the Federation of Goat and Sheep Producers Association of the Philippines (FGASPAPI) and the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF), will host commercial goat and sheep raising on June 7 in Sta Rita.

The groups are urging locals here to participate in the whole-day event at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) office at Barangay Maimpis in the City of San Fernando.

25 May 2013 - Apu Ceto’s FB accounts bogus

ANGELES CITY -- Two Facebook accounts of San Fernando Archbishop Paciano “Apu Ceto” B. Aniceto under the names “Abp Paciano Aniceto” and “Archbishop Paciano Aniceto” are fictitious.

This was gleaned after several individuals donated money to a bank account in one of the archbishop’s fictitious FB accounts which was seeking donations.

25 May 2013 - Pamintuan seeks special courts for ‘horrendous crimes'

CLARK FREEPORT -- Amid reports that the Ampatuan family dominated the last elections in Maguindanao, former human rights lawyer Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan urged here yesterday the creation of a special court for “horrendous crimes committed so publicly”, such as the infamous Maguindanao massacre on Nov. 23 four years ago.

Pamintuan issued this appeal as local journalists gathered here yesterday for their commemoration of the massacre every 23rd of the month.

25 May 2013 - Ingasco pours P1.35-B at Clark

CLARK FREEPORT -- A leading Japanese industrial gas firm will be investing P1.35 billion for the establishment of an air separation facility here, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced.

Masahiko Kitabatake, president of Ingasco, Inc., on Monday led the groundbreaking ceremony for the establishment of an air separation facility project of Taiyo Nippon Sanso Clark, Inc., a whole subsidiary of Ingasco, Inc.

25 May 2013 - 18 countries to compete in Clark little league games

CLARK FREEPORT -- At least 18 teams from different countries in Asia will be competing against each other on the upcoming Asia-Pacific (ASPAC) Little League 2013 here, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced.

CDC Tourism Promotions Office Manager Noemi B. Garcia said the event is slated from June 30 to July 8 and will be held at the CDC Parade Grounds.

24 May 2013 - Aetas get housing units

PAMPANGA -- Some 148 families from the indigenous communities in Floridablanca town will receive housing units from the National Housing Authority (NHA), an official said.

NHA Project Manager Ines Gonzales recently said that some P14 million has been allocated for the Aetas, which for long time had not been getting fair benefits from government programs.

24 May 2013 - Guv happy on Pampanga as investors’ choice

PAMPANGA -- Re-elected Governor Lilia Pineda on Friday expressed happiness over the continuous choice of local and foreign businessmen to invest in Pampanga.

After leading the opening of UNIQLO, Japan’s biggest fashion brand retailer, at SM City Pampanga, the governor vowed the usual full support to such big ventures.

24 May 2013 - Hundreds join 2nd livelihood run

CLARK FREEPORT -- More than 350 runners and fitness enthusiasts on Thursday joined the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole)’s 2nd “Pulayan para Queng Cabiayan” (livelihood run) held at the parade grounds of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

The fun run anchored on the theme “Manggagawang Pilipino: Handa sa Hamon ng Makabagong Panahon,” aimed to raise funds for the Industrial Peace Council.

24 May 2013 - Folks cry over plans to shelve Ibon-Ebon fest

PAMPANGA -- Folks in Candaba were surprised with the recent pronouncement of incoming Mayor Rene Maglanque about his plan to abolish the celebration of Ibon Ebon Festival.

They said that the celebration may probably not able to help boost the local economy but it was able to send the message of cooperation and unity among the participating groups from all villages in town.

23 May 2013 - Cops nab man wanted for rape, homicide

PAMPANGA -- Macabebe town’s number two most wanted person was recently arrested in his residence in Barangay Sto. Rosario, Macabebe town, reports said.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Officer-In-Charge of the Pampanga Police Provincial Office, identified the suspect as Nikael Lagman, who has been charged with rape with homicide.

23 May 2013 - Japan’s UNIQLO opens Pampanga branch today

PAMPANGA -- Japan’s premier global fashion brand UNIQLO has arrived in Pampanga and will open its fourth store at SM City Pampanga today, with Governor Lilia Pineda expected to lead the ribbon-cutting and opening rites in the morning.

During the pre-opening press conference and VIP shoppers’ night, Katsumi Kubota, UNIQLO chief operating officer, said the store, located at the Ground Level of Annex 3 in SM City Pampanga, will provide access not only for Kapampangan “fashionistas” but to every shopper from North Luzon who has a “flair for quality apparel with a unique fashion sense.”

23 May 2013 - Oca to meet high expectations ‘head on’

PAMPANGA -- Third District Congressman-elect and outgoing Mayor Oscar Rodriguez disclosed yesterday that he will meet “head on” the high expectations and challenges ahead poised my Kapampangans, including political leaders and stalwarts.

Rodriguez is highly regarded by Kapampangan officials like Governor Lilia Pineda and Vice Governor-elect Dennis Pineda, provincial lawmakers, and even mayors outside of the third district as the “vital link” of Pampanga to the House of Representatives and even Malacañang for very important programs and projects.

23 May 2013 - AC to boost historical, cultural attractions

ANGELES CITY -- The city's historical landmarks and cultural attractions will soon get a major boost as the City Government prepares for a better re-branding of the overall tourism program and marketing of this city.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said this is part of the overall development plan for the city's tourism attraction stressing that Angeles City is not all about bars and entertainment but also has its share of cultural and heritage landmarks that can attract local tourists.

23 May 2013 - SM City Clark holds fire, earthquake drills

ANGELES CITY -- The SM City Clark, in cooperation with the Angeles City Fire Department, conducted fire and earthquake drills Thursday.

Ana Datu, SM City Clark mall manager, said this is part of their disaster preparedness program.

23 May 2013 - Groups host meetings on Pampanga satisfaction surveys

PAMPANGA -- Groups led by the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) and the Universal Access to Competitiveness and Trade (UACT) held group meetings regarding the results of a series of focus group discussions and business satisfaction surveys on Real Property Rights and Access to Credit for Small Businesses conducted in Pampanga by UACT in 2011 and 2012.

PamCham was represented in the meetings the other day by Director Malou Garbes along with Regional Director lawyer Lorna S. Dee of the Land Registration Authority (LRA), Provincial Director Len Ordonio of the Department of Trade and Industry-Pampanga, National Economic Research and Business Action Center representative Don Mauro Gomez, Joseph Garcia from the City of San Fernando, Bank of Florida’s Jimmy Panganiban, and Cris Cura of the CSFP Bankers Association with Center for International Private Enterprises (CIPE) Senior Program Official Anna Nagrodkiewiczm, and UACT Executive Director Ryan Evangelista.

22 May 2013 - Eager Beaver Bar raided

ANGELES CITY -- local CIDG, DSWD and PNP officers from Manila conducted the raid about 21:30 last night.

Initial reports are that they detained the manager, the mamasan, and about twenty girls.

22 May 2013 - Austrian held for abusing minor

ANGELES City -- Agents of the Pampanga Criminal Investigation and Detection Team arrested recently an Austrian tourist for allegedly abusing and exploiting a 16-year-old girl.

In his report to 3rd Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit director Supt. Victor Valencia, Senior Insp. Ignacio Layugan Jr. identified the suspect as Francesco Reinprecht, 60, presently residing at 1337 Cordillera St., Bgy. Malabanias, this city.

22 May 2013 - Worker killed in bunker tank blast

PAMPANGA -- A worker was killed while another one is in serious condition when the bunker tank of an asphalt plant exploded in Barangay Paligui, Apalit town on Tuesday.

In a report, Superintendent Homer Penecilla, chief of police of Apalit, identified the fatality as Ernesto Alvares, 60, of Subic, Zambales.

22 May 2013 - Group asks EdPam for probe on watershed destruction

ANGELES CITY -- A group of environmentalists is urging Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan to conduct an investigation regarding the destruction of watershed areas in the city.

Sonny Dobles, head of the Alliance for the Development of Central Luzon, said the re-elected mayor ordered for an investigation to determine the cause of environmental problems like flooding, depletion of water supply, and others.

22 May 2013 - C. Luzon has 11 newbie lawmakers

PAMPANGA -- Central Luzon will have 11 first termers to the House of Representatives consisting of 21 during the 16th Congress, election results from Comelec show.

Leading the pack are outgoing governors Bellaflor Angara-Castillo and Enrique “Tet” Garcia Jr. who will return to their old seats as representatives of the lone district of Aurora and 2nd district of Bataan respectively.

22 May 2013 - Chinese, Malaysians nabbed in raid

CLARK FREEPORT -- Operatives of the Anti-Cybercrime Group arrested 78 persons, including Malaysians and Chinese nationals, during a raid at 17 villas of the Fontana Resort inside Clark Freeport, reports said.

In a text message to this reporter, Senior Superintendent Elmo Sorona, head of the Anti-Cybercrime Group, said that during the raid, his men arrested 45 Chinese nationals, 21 Malaysians, and 12 Filipinos.

22 May 2013 - Police to strengthen intel network in villages

PAMPANGA -- A high-ranking official from the Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) the other day divulged his plan to strengthen "Barangay Intelligence Networks” or BINs.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Alabayalde, PPO officer-in-charge, said BINs could be a big help in protecting the interest of various communities in matters of peace and order.

22 May 2013 - AUF, SM City Clark to stage Flores de Mayo tilt

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation (AUF), in cooperation with SM City Clark, will stage its annual Search for the Reyna Ning Flores de Mayo 2013 at the mall’s Event Centre on May 25.

AUF president lawyer Joseph Emmanuel Angeles said a total of 21 young ladies from different towns and cities of Pampanga will compete wearing original creations of local designers.

22 May 2013 - Schools share best practices in Career Guidance

PAMPANGA --Some institutions in Central Luzon have shared their best practices in guiding high school students towards the path to take after graduation.

Representatives from Bulacan Provincial Public Employment Service Office (Peso), University of the Assumption (UA), and Pampanga High School (PHS) gave tips to over 250 guidance counselors and coordinators from public and private high schools in Central Luzon that graced the inaugural Regional Career Guidance Advocacy Congress of Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

21 May 2013 - Princess Refreshment Bar raided

PAMPANGA -- NBI operatives raided Princess Refreshment bar at Basa Airbase, Florida Blanca, Pampanga last Monday and rescued four girls, two of whom were sisters who asked the International Justice Mission (IJM) for help, according to NBI director Nonnatus Caesar Rojas.

Members of the NBI Central Luzon Regional Office also arrested the supposed pimp of the four girls whom Rojas identified as Herminigilda Hermosa Manalac, 49, of Habilan, Floridablanca, Pampanga.

21 May 2013 - ‘Brigada Eskwela’ kicks off in AC

ANGELES CITY -- A week after the elections, local officials here, together with the academe and several organizations from the different sectors of society, troop back together in the city’s schools to help in their clean-up for the opening of classes in June.

Brigada Eskwela 2013, the Department of Education’s (DepEd) program for cleaning up campuses in preparation for the new school year, was launched Monday in this city at the Francisco G. Nepomuceno Memorial High School (FGNMHS).

21 May 2013 - 2nd excess navy ship from US being tested

CLARK FREEPORT -- The second US military ship acquired by the government under the Excess Defense Article and Military Assistance Program with the US set sail last Monday off the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in North Charleston, South Carolina in the US for a three-day sea trial before finally journeying to the Philippines by next month.

In a statement emailed to Punto, Washington D.C.-based consul Elmer Cato, spokesperson of the Philippine embassy in the US, said the 378-foot long ship, now named BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) was refurbished at the South Carolina center at the cost of $15.15 million.

21 May 2013 - Gordon’s topping Pampanga polls gives rise to questions

PAMPANGA --Was the last elections payback time of Kapampangans for candidate Richard Gordon, or has Pampanga again resurrected its Marcos-era reputation as opposition country?

Official and complete provincial tally of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) indicated Gordon of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) topped senatorial candidates in Pampanga.

21 May 2013 - SMSF Downtown holds May Flower Festival

PAMPANGA -- Everyone is invited to watch the May Flower Festival to witnessFlores de Mayo this coming Saturday at 5PM at SM City San Fernando Downtown. This gleaming happening is spearheaded by the City Government of San Fernando and SM City San Fernando Downtown in time with the upcoming “Fiesta”.

The parade of stunning gals will pass through San Fernando Heritage District (V. Tiomico St./Consunji St.) to the Metropolitan Cathedral for flower offering. Then head back to SMSF for the Presentation of Sagalas, with Celebrity Guest Janine Tugonon, Ms. Universe 2012 1st Runner-up as the Reyna Elena.

20 May 2013 - Capitol braces for rainy months

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) in Pampanga has started preparation and disaster risk management meetings to prepare the province for the coming rainy season.

PDRRMO chief Lulu Alingcastre said the province has started initial preparation works in time for the rainy months, asking the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on the status of engineering works on structures damaged by heavy rains and typhoons last year.

20 May 2013 - Pamintuan: Angeleños are victors

ANGELES CITY -- A week after the elections, re-elected Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said the real winners are the Angeleños.

He said he will open his doors to his political adversaries, and even to those who placed distrust and questioned his administration.

20 May 2013 - International Candle Light Memorial on Aids observed

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando City Hall employees lit up symbolic candles and wore red ribbon pins during the International Candle Light Memorial on Aids at the flag ceremony held Monday at the City Hall grounds.

Dr. Renely Tungol, City of San Fernando rural health physician, said Fernandinos should be more cautious and responsible with their lifestyles, and be kept up to date on information about Aids or acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

20 May 2013 - Maglanque pays courtesy call on Pineda

PAMPANGA -- Candaba Mayor-elect Rene Maglanque paid a courtesy call on Governor Lilia Pineda, who successfully sealed her second term, after getting overwhelming support from the Kapampangans in the last elections.

Maglanque, who ran and won under the Liberal Party, joined the governor and other provincial officials in a flag-raising ceremony held at the Capitol grounds on Monday.

20 May 2013 - Mayor offers Arayat as another investment hub

PAMPANGA -- The newly elected mayor here is offering Arayat to would-be investors as a potential alternative investment hub, being the gateway to the province of Pampanga.

Mayor-elect Emmanuel Bonifacio Alejandrino said he is willing to provide tax incentives for a period of five years to any investor who is willing to establish a business within the locality which will open employment opportunities to the residents.

20 May 2013 - Fishermen see job loss in government tourism projects

PAMPANGA -- The tourism program of the National Government in coastal towns in several provinces, including Pampanga, is seen to affect the livelihood of fishermen all over the country.

The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) stated that more people will join the ranks of unemployed and underemployed once the Philippine government pursues its projects in tourism development areas across the country.

20 May 2013 - Bukas Kotse Gang strikes in NLEX

PAMPANGA -- Members of the so-called “Bukas Kotse” gang managed to cart away several personal belongings from a vehicle parked at the Mega Station along the North Luzon Expressway in Barangay San Felipe, City of San Fernando, over the weekend.

In a belated report here, victim Ephraim Bustos, 25, of Barangay Cacutud, Arayat town, parked his Honda Civic (RHN-158) in front of KFC at the Mega Station around 5:17 p.m. of Saturday and after returning from their snack discovered that their belongings were missing.

19 May 2013 - Ex-cop killed in ambush

MABALACAT CITY -- Senior Police Officer 2 Rodrigo Rodriguez, a retired cop formerly assigned at the Angeles City police office, died on the scene after sustaining three gunshot wounds on the head.

Rodriguez, his wife and teenage son were headed to Angeles City onboard their car when two armed men riding a motorcycle assaulted them around 10 a.m. Sunday.

19 May 2013 - Delta wants streamlining of provincial ordinances

PAMPANGA -- Vice Governor-elect Dennis "Delta" Pineda said he will be working for the streamlining of provincial ordinances to avoid redundancy of laws and policies and ensure effective local governance.

Pineda said the City Council will continue to work for local legislation that is responsive to the development and growth in the province and the region.

19 May 2013 - Lazatin, Nepomuceno out but old names linger in Angeles council

ANGELES CITY -- First district Representative Carmelo Lazatin and former mayor Francis Nepomuceno may be out in the local political scene this term but younger generations of their political families still hound the Angeles City council.

The Nepomuceno name is alive in councilor-elect Bryan Nepomuceno, who ranked second in the number of votes for the City Council with 63,856 or 8.53 percent of the voters who voted in this year's election here, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

19 May 2013 - Senior citizens ask mayor: Observe law on budget share

PAMPANGA -- Officials of the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (Fescap) Arayat chapter expressed hope Sunday that the new administration in the Municipal Government will observe the law involving budgetary requirements to their group.

Hector Gamboa, Fescap president, said that for so long, they had been deprived of their right under law involving their one percent budget share from the internal revenue allotment of the municipality.

18 May 2013 - Gloria Arroyo thanks kabalens for another term

PAMPANGA -- Former President and now re-elected Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (second district, Pampanga) expressed gratitude to Kapampangans for another term.

Arroyo, who will serve the towns of Lubao, Floridablanca, Porac, Sta. Rita, Sasmuan and Guagua, was proclaimed winner by the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC) on Thursday evening, after she garnered 168,718 votes against former Provincial Administrator Vivian Dabu with 18,547.

18 May 2013 - Re-elected, new BMs eye ‘greater Pampanga’

PAMPANGA -- Re-elected board members Ric Yabut, Nestor Tolentino, Salvador Dimson Jr., successful comebackers Dinan Labung and Rosve Henson, together with newcomers Cherry Manalo and outgoing Mexico Mayor Teddy Tumang recently professed to “move in unison for a greater Pampanga” and pass more beneficial legislative measures which will benefit Kapampangans.

The local legislators, who expressed excitement over their first session together with Vice Governor-elect Dennis Pineda, said they are optimistic that the “new complexion” of the august body will not, in any way, affect their objectives for the bigger development of the province of Pampanga.

18 May 2013 - Bondoc calls for unity

PAMPANGA -- Congressman-elect Juan Pablo Bondoc has called for political unity in his district following his win against congressional rivals here, adding there is much to do in terms of infrastructure, tourism and agricultural development of the district.

Bondoc was proclaimed winner of the congressional race for the fourth district of Pampanga after garnering 105,610 votes or 55.58 percent of the 207,749 of voters.

18 May 2013 - Butil still Central Luzon’s choice

PAMPANGA -- The Butil Farmers Party reigned as the top party-list choice in Central Luzon region after gaining 257,009 votes or 9.03 percent of the total voters who voted in the region, said the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Butil was followed by Citizens Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) with 162,470 or 5.71 percent at 2nd place in the regional ranking. Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) followed close at third place and Binhi at 4th place.

18 May 2013 - Groups urge fast probe on Malampaya fund scam

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Masantol Eastern Coastal Communities (MECC) urged the Commission on Audit (COA) on Friday to speed up the investigation on the Malampaya fund scam involving multi-million pesos worth of "ghost project" intended for farmers here.

Former Vice Mayor Marcelo Lacap, a member of MECC, said their "innocence had been taken advantage by some individuals who successfully enrich themselves" by facilitating the release of some P89.2 million at the expense of the supposed beneficiaries in the localities.

17 May 2013 - New heritage sites unveiled

PAMPANGA -- Two houses were added to the heritage map of the City of San Fernando on Friday as the City Government led by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez and the San Fernando Heritage Foundation chaired by businessman Levy P. Laus unveiled the markers and signed the memorandum of agreement for their preservation.

The first site opened for viewing to visitors was the century-old Paras-Hizon house along V. Tiomico Street right along the city's main Heritage District.

17 May 2013 - Mayor-elect asks fishpond owners to get insurance

PAMPANGA -- The newly elected mayor in Masantol said he would ask fishpond operators to consider obtaining insurance policies for their businesses.

Dan Guintu of the Liberal Party got an overwhelming support from the electorate after he defeated Paul Flores, brother of incumbent mayor Peter Flores.

17 May 2013 - Masantol’s most wanted falls

PAMPANGA -- Police arrested Masantol's number one most wanted person in his residence in Barangay San Isidro here.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Officer-In-Charge of Pampanga police provincial office, said Sonny Yabut, 31, was arrested by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Josephine Mercado of the Regional Trial Court Branch 55, Macabebe, Pampanga.

16 May 2013 - Pineda proclaimed as Pampanga guv

PAMPANGA -- Re-electionist Lilia "Nanay Baby" Pineda was officially been proclaimed governor of Pampanga on Thursday.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) approved the motion of the Pineda's lawyers to declare her winner in the recent polls on the basis of the number of official votes tallied from 16 municipalities and the City of San Fernando.

16 May 2013 - Village chief calls for 'politics of unity'

ANGELES CITY --- A village chieftain has called for "politics of unity", saying that the recent political exercise has divided the people.

Balibago chairman Rodelio "Tony" Mamac, who lost to incumbent Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting, said the city cannot afford a "politics of vengeance" and urged reelected Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan to lead the unification of the people and other officials and candidates who lost in the polls.

16 May 2013 - Kuliat Foundation to host Sabat Santacruzan

ANGELES CITY -- The Kuliat Foundation Inc., together with the Center for Kapampangan Studies, is organizing the Sabat Santacruzan on May 22, to create awareness among Filipinos of its inherent religious significance and its cultural value in our nation's history.

The foundation, in a statement, said the month of May is traditionally set for the Santacruzan which was originally intended as a method of evangelization but has become a Filipino heritage worth keeping.

16 May 2013 - New San Fernando councilors eye projects

PAMPANGA -- Newly elected city councilors Angie Hizon and BJ Lagman said recently that they are looking at legislating and implementing new programs and projects for Fernandinos.

After their official proclamation at City Hall on Tuesday, the two members of Team Fernandino -- with Hizon emerging as number one councilor -- will immediately submit their respective proposals to the City Council during the first session in July.

16 May 2013 - San Luis mayor retains post

PAMPANGA -- Re-elected Mayor Venancio "Asyong" S. Macapagal, his running-mate Vice Mayor Leonardo Salas and seven of his councilors,

Despite reports of alleged vote buying by rival candidates, it was an overwhelming victory for re-elected Mayor Venancio "Asyong" S. Macapagal, his runningmate Vice Mayor Leonardo Salas and seven of his councilors, Macapagal of the Kambilan party got 13,770 votes against his rival Rey Santos (LP) who got 11,040 votes. Salas (Kambilan), meanwhile, got 13,333 against Erwin Clarin (LP), with 10,432 votes.

16 May 2013 - Flores stages successful political comeback

PAMPANGA -- Former mayor Edgar Flores ofMinalin has made a successful political comeback after defeating incumbent Mayor Arturo Naguit in the May 13 midterm elections.

As this developed, Flores bared that first in his list of priorities after being sworn into office next month is to come up with a comprehensive initiative to address the flooding problem in the locality.

16 May 2013 - Wong warns politicians involved in harassment

PAMPANGA -- Re-elected Mayor Leonora Capule-Wong of San Simon recently warned losing candidates allegedly responsible for massive harassment during the campaign period of appropriate action to hold them accountable for their illegal activities.

The lady mayor shared that only 25,000 of the town's 30,000 registered voters were able to cast their votes, as others had been allegedly "threatened."

15 May 2013 - Coalition group sees no improvement in last polls

ANGELES CITY -- While many people seemed to be satisfied with how last Monday’s elections went, a coalition group called Kontra Daya says otherwise.

“This 2013 elections revealed no improvement in the process. With all these so-called modern, high-tech and expensive equipment funded by taxpayers’ money, voters in the region still suffered and inconvenienced,” said Kontra Daya regional coordinator Roman Polintan.

15 May 2013 - 4,000 jail inmates in CL also cast votes

PAMPANGA -- Some 4,000 jail inmates took part in last Monday’s elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) here reported.

Comelec regional director Rafael Olaño said the election in jails were done in two modes where the first was via a “special voting precinct inside the provincial, city or municipal jail for 50 or more voter-detainees and the second is for jails with less than 50 voter-detainees who were instead escorted by personnel of the Bureau of Jail and Management to their respective precincts.

15 May 2013 - GMA all the way

PAMPANGA -- Notwithstanding absence throughout the campaign period and her failure to vote, owing to her hospital arrest, former President and re-electionist 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo got 129,565 votes, virtually burying in a mountain-sized landslide Atty. Vivian Dabu who managed to get 14,278 votes.

Dabu, provincial administrator under Gov. Eddie T. Panlilio, made GMA’s incarceration as the main theme of her candidacy.

15 May 2013 - Pinedas solidify grip on Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Appeals by President Benigno Aquino III to Pampanga voters to elect Liberal Party (LP) candidates, articulated in rallies on Oct. 5, 2012, and March 1, 2013, went largely unheeded.

Election returns on Tuesday showed that the presidential endorsement appeared to have rubbed off only on Representative-elect Oscar Rodriguez of the third district and five mayoral bets in the towns of Arayat, Masantol, Guagua, Candaba and the City of San Fernando. Just one LP candidate made it to the provincial board.

14 May 2013 - New Candaba mayor proclaimed

PAMPANGA -- An official of the Commission on Elections led on Tuesday the proclamation of Rene Maglanque as the duly elected mayor of this town.

Maglanque was former assistant secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications.

14 May 2013 - Group: Elections in Central Luzon chaotic

MABALACAT CITY - Peoples' organizations in Central Luzon declared the elections in Central Luzon (CL) as chaotic and vulnerable to fraud.

The statement was issued by the Kontra Daya-CL, which is composed of Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan-Gitnang Luson (Makabayan-CL), Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Gitnang Luson (Bayan-GL), Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (Amgl), Central Luzon Ayta Association (Claa), Anakbayan-Central Luzon, League of Filipino Students (Lfs), Promotion of Church Peoples' Response-Central Luzon (Pcpr-CL), College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Central Luzon (Cegp-CL), party-lists under Makabayan coalition, support groups, networks and concerned citizens.

14 May 2013 - Magalang Mayor vows clean, honest public service

Reelected Mayor Romulo Pecson vowed Tuesday to continue a clean and honest public service for his constituents.

Pecson, who was proclaimed winner in the mayoralty race here, thanked the people for their trust.

14 May 2013 - Career advocacy congress held

The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Office recently held its first Career Guidance Advocacy Congress at the Colegio De Sebastian in San Fernando.

The congress, themed "Follow the Guide. Tag a Career. Like the Future," aimed to address unemployment and jobs mismatch in Central Luzon.

14 May 2013 - Pineda leads unofficial count

PAMPANGA -- Reelectionist Governor Lilia Pineda was leading Tuesday morning against former governor Ed Panlilio in the partial unofficial canvass of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Pineda was leading in the count, as of 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, with 444,989 votes, over Panlilio who had 111,794 votes.

14 May 2013 - Pamintuan, Guiao win over veteran bets

ANGELES CITY -- Reelectionist Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and congressional candidate Joseller Guiao won over veteran politicians from known political families in the city.

Pamintuan, who ran under the Partido Abe Kapampangan, received 51,368 votes or 56.51 percent of the total 93,970 votes in the mayoral post, according to data gathered from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

14 May 2013 - Lawmaker to retire from politics

ANGELES CITY -- A lawmaker said on Tuesday he is planning to retire from politics following his defeat in the mayoral race here.

In a radio interview, he said he has accepted his loss to incumbent Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

14 May 2013 - Gordon, Legarda lead in Pampanga

PAMPANGA -- Former senator Dick Gordon and reelectionist Senator Loren Legarda were Pampanga's top picks in the senatorial race on Monday.

Data obtained from the Commission of Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday showed Gordon of the United Nationalist Alliance at the number one spot with 345,321 or 6.53 percent of the total votes cast.

14 May 2013 - Naguit, Arceo set record

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Joselito Naguit and running mate Mark Louie Arceo set the record in Sto Thomas as the first ever three-term mayor and youngest vice mayor in the province, respectively.

The Commission on Elections proclaimed on Tuesday Naguit as elected mayor and Arceo as vice mayor in a ceremony led by municipal election officer Imelda Manalastas.

13 May 2013 - Angeles City Flying Club Manager shot

PAMPANGA -- Terry Hockehull survived an assassination attempt on his way to the club. A motorbike in front of him made him slow down while a gunman fired several shots through the side window.

13 May 2013 - Candidates shun 'VIP lane'

PAMPANGA -- A congressional candidate joined the long queue of voters for the midterm elections.

First district congressional candidate Vice Governor Joseller Guiao, along with his wife Jenny and uncle Pastor, waited in line at his precinct in San Miguel Elementary School in Barangay San Miguel, Magalang.

13 May 2013 - Mayor: Back to work after polls

PAMPANGA -- Following the vigorous campaign period, a mayor said they are buckling down in office until June 30.

"It will be business as usual. We will be back to work and continue serving our people because there is still much to do, as now we set aside politics in the name of service," third district congressional aspirant Mayor Oscar Rodriguez of San Fernando said.

13 May 2013 - Erroneous voters' list criticized

PAMPANGA -- Voters in Candaba criticized Monday the Commission on Elections for failure to provide electors a correct master list.

Some people failed to cast their vote, saying their names are not in the list.

13 May 2013 - Cleanup after polls urged

PAMPANGA -- A vice mayoral candidate called on his supporters and other politicians to clean up their campaign materials following the Monday polls.

"We all have a responsibility towards our community and its people. If we can spend for posters and paraphernalia; surely, we can also spend that much for cleaning up what we have put out on the streets," incumbent Councilor Jimmy Lazatin said.

13 May 2013 - PCOS glitches delay polls

PAMPANGA -- Technical problems in the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines caused delays and irked voters who were in long queues for the midterm elections.

The PCOS machine in precinct no. 70 at the Sta. Cruz Central School in Lubao town failed to read ballots.

12 May 2013 - Public urged to vote

PAMPANGA -- Various local groups and religious sectors called on the public to "go out and vote" as the midterm elections are set today, Monday.

"Go out and vote wisely. Your vote, our future. Today is when we all decide and participate in re-shaping Pampanga in the coming years. It all lies in the hands of the Kapampangan voters," said Rene Romero, Vice Chairman of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.

12 May 2013 - Bets hope for peaceful polls

PAMPANGA -- Two mayoralty bets in San Fernando expressed Sunday their hopes for peaceful and orderly elections today, Monday, amid issues of vote buying and harassment in the province.

"It has been a long, arduous campaign and a fierce race. But I am expecting that the election day in the city will be peaceful with God's intervention, that our people will remain vigilant because we still have reports of rampant vote buying," Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, who is seeking re-election, said.

12 May 2013 - Ex-lawmaker: ‘Withdrawal’ reports ‘bogus’

PAMPANGA -- A former lawmaker who is seeking re-election branded as "black propaganda" and "bogus" the text messages saying he has withdrawn his candidacy in favor of his political opponent.

Former lawmaker Juan Pablo Bondoc (4th district, Pampanga) denied reports of his withdrawal, saying these are the "dirty tactics" of his rival camp to confuse voters.

12 May 2013 - DOE assures power supply on election day

MABALACAT CITY -- The Department of Energy (DOE) formed a task force to ensure sufficient power supply during the conduct of the midterm elections today, Monday.

DOE Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said the Election Power Task Force (EPTF) is ready with its contingency plans to ensure power supply in the country for successful automated elections.

12 May 2013 - Public warned vs vote buying

ANGELES CITY -- A prelate called on the parishioners Sunday to help prevent cases of vote buying by reporting these to the authorities.

"I would like to call on our people in the parish to be vigilant against vote buying incidents," Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said after a Mass at the Holy Rosary Parish Sunday morning.

12 May 2013 - Iglesia to launch medical services

The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) in the Ecclesiastical District of Pampanga will be launching "Kabayan Ko, Kapatid Ko" project offering free medical, dental, and relief services to Kampangans.

This will be held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center, San Fernando.

11 May 2013 - Police ready for elections

PAMPANGA -- Candaba's police chief said Sunday that they are ready for the opening of the polling precincts for the midterm elections today, Monday.

Superintendent Benjamin Medina said their mandate is to ensure the safe conduct of elections by preventing interested individuals and groups from interfering with the regular conduct of the polls.

11 May 2013 - Arrested mayoral bet supporter released

PAMPANGA -- A political supporter of Candaba mayoralty bet Reynaldo “Busog” Sagum, who was arrested Friday for alleged vote-buying was ordered released Saturday by the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Pampanga.

Apolinario Dela Cruz, a supporter of Sagum, was charged with violation of Article XXII of Section 261 of BP 881 for alleged vote buying, said lawyer Jeph Deliva.

11 May 2013 - Bets end campaign with motorcades, ‘miting de avance’

PAMPANGA -- Candidates from various local parties in Pampanga yesterday punctuated the last day of campaigning with long motorcades and by holding their respective “miting de avance.”

Although the campaign period officially ended at midnight Saturday, most of the candidates for gubernatorial and vice-gubernatorial posts, mayors, vice-mayors, councilors, board members and district representatives -- alone or with their teams -- took to the streets and meeting points with their supporters.

11 May 2013 - PNP Chief expects Monday polls to be peaceful

PAMPANGA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Director Alan Purisima, in an interview at the Police Regional Office-Central Luzon (PRO-3) office, said he expects the midterm elections on Monday, May 13, 2013, to be peaceful and orderly.

Purisima is visiting all Police Regional Offices in the Philippines to see the preparations of all Police Regional Directors for tomorrow’s national and local elections.

11 May 2013 - Legarda gets pastor’s endorsement

PAMPANA -- International televangelist Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy endorsed Thursday Senator Loren Legarda’s senate bid with hundreds of sect’s membership in Pampanga and the Philippines.

Quiboloy, founding leader and head pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, said that Legarda’s performance as senator and a leading environmentalist have made an impact on people’s lives.

11 May 2013 - Mayoralty bet supporter nabbed for vote buying

PAMPANGA -- A political supporter of a mayoralty candidate here was arrested by the local police Thursday for alleged "vote buying" in Barangay Mangga this town.

Superintendent Benjamin Medina, town's chief of police, identified the suspect as Apolinario Dela Cruz, 51, married and resident of Barangay Dulong Ilog.

11 May 2013 - INC celebrates founder's 127th birthday

PAMPANGA -- Members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) in the Ecclesiastical District of Pampanga commemorated Thursday the 127th birth anniversary of Brother Felix Manalo.

Manalo was born on May 10, 1886 in Barrio Calzada, Tipas, Taguig, Rizal. His parents were Mariano Ysagun and Bonifacia Manalo.

11 May 2013 - Peace and order summit held

PAMPANGA -- The provincial police office recently conducted a peace and order summit in preparation for Monday's elections.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, officer-in-charge of Pampanga police provincial office, said that at least 600 members of Bantay Bayan Group in the second district of Pampanga joined the peace summit.

11 May 2013 - Councilmen declare support for Lazatin

Majority of the Councilmen’s League of Angeles City (CLAC) members have declared full support to the mayoral bid of Representative Carmelo Lazatin (first district, Pampanga).

Ogurida said that with several controversies incumbent Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, several barangay officials have jumped ship and joined Lazatin.

10 May 2013 - Biz group: Money ban bears burden

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) has branded as "an undue burden to business and the economy" the money ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Under the Comelec Resolution 6988, money ban intends to stop vote buying as the Election Day nears.

10 May 2013 - Honasan raps gov’t for stalling full dev’t of CIA

CLARK FREEPORT -- Sen. Gregorio Honasan said yesterday that the propensity of the Aquino government to blame the past Arroyo administration has stalled the full development of the Clark International Airport (CIA) here into the country’s premiere international airport.

In a meeting with the local media here, Honasan lamented the failure of the Aquino administration to pursue the north railways project that was supposed to link Clark and Metro Manila.

10 May 2013 - Lazatin appeals for peaceful polls

ANGELES CITY -- First District Representative and City mayoralty Candidate Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin on May 9 appealed to Angelenos for a peaceful election, especially to his opponent, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, and his men.

Lazatin made the appeal following several cases of reported harassment of his supporters and damage to Team Lazatin property by men identified as Pamintuan’s lackeys.

10 May 2013 - Cops nab gun-toting ex-town exec, 4 others

PAMPANGA -- Five supporters of the rival faction re-electionist Mayor Lito Naguit here are now in jail after they were arrested by the police for various election offenses Tuesday night.

Rodelio Garcia, former municipal administrator and now a staunch supporter of mayoralty candidate Romeo “Ninong” Ronquillo, was arrested for illegal possession of firearms together with four others.

9 May 2013 - Pelco I: No power outage on May 13

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga I Electric Cooperative (Pelco I) has assured the public stable power supply in May 13 and no blackouts on the eve and during Election Day.

According to Pelco I General Manager Loliano Allas, electric power will remain stable and reliable on May 12 and during Election Day for Arayat, Candaba, Magalang, Mexico, San Luis, and Sta. Ana towns.

9 May 2013 - Flores asked to explain part in 'fertilizer scam'

PAMPANGA -- Incumbent Mayor Arturo Naguit asked Thursday former Mayor Edgar Flores to explain to the people his alleged involvement in a "fertilizer scam" involving at least P10 million.

Naguit said his political rival, during his stint as the municipal mayor, was able to implement a questionable project involving the purchase of fertilizer and other farm equipments.

9 May 2013 - Suspect in Intal killing identified

PAMPANGA -- Police have identified the suspect behind the murder of former Dela Paz, San Simon barangay chairman Marciano Intal.

In a text message, Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde said a special investigation task group already determined the identity of the suspect behind the killing of Intal.

9 May 2013 - Lazatin vows changes in City Hall if elected

ANGELES CITY -- Mayoralty bet Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin said Thursday he will rectify many aspects of the City Government if elected as mayor.

He said he will also extend a hand of friendship to his political rival here.

8 May 2013 - CDC sets sports-tourism events

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has lined up sports tourism events during the summer season.

To guarantee the success of each event, the CDC has partnered with several groups like the Department of Tourism (DoT), Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), Junior Chambers International (JCI) Magalang, Clark Jets Rugby Sports, Do it Yourself (DIY), Cherifer, and the Korean Community Association of Central Luzon.

8 May 2013 - Subic workforce gets patrol van

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Redondo Peninsula Energy, Inc. (RP Energy) recently turned over a security patrol van and other equipment to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority’s Law Enforcement Department (SBMA-LED).

The donation is part of RP Energy’s “Kasangga Mo” corporate social responsibility initiative that aims to assist in the peace and order situation of surrounding communities including that of the SBFZ.

8 May 2013 - Liberal Party bet bares priority programs

PAMPANGA -- Liberal Party’s (LP) mayoralty bet Dan Guintu of Masantol bared Thursday his priority programs should he get elected in the upcoming 2013 midterm elections.

He said among his top priorities include the establishment of flood control projects that are within the capacity of the local government unit (LGU).

7 May 2013 - Primo Hosto Bar burned down

ANGELES CITY -- Around 3 pm the Primo Hosto Bar along Perimeter Road caught fire.

Arriving Firetrucks were unable to save the building but nobody got hurt as it was cloesed at that time.

7 May 2013 - Group reports massive vote-buying in Candaba

PAMPANGA -- A group of concerned citizens, who identified themselves as members of the "Ako Ang Simula Movement", condemned the massive vote-buying allegedly undertaken by some politicians in their respective communities.

More than 50 women-members of the movement had sought the assistance of the local police to put into record their complaint about the ongoing vote-buying activity which according to them started late last week in Barangay Bahay Pare.

7 May 2013 - Bounty up for suspects in Intal slay

PAMPANGA -- A P200,000 bounty is now being offered for the arrest of the suspects behind the killing of a former village chief in San Simon.

Re-electionist Mayor Leonora Capule-Wong, in a Peace and Order meeting at Bren Z. Guiao on Monday, said that she is offering a reward for any information that will lead to the arrest of the gunman and his cohort in the killing of former Barangay Dela Paz chief Marciano Intal.

7 May 2013 - Lazatin: ‘Choose wisely; go out and vote’

PAMPANGA -- Vice-mayoral candidate Councilor Jimmy Lazatin on Tuesday urged Fernandinos to “choose wisely among the field of candidates and to go out and vote on election day for the future of the city.”

During a fellowship lunch with some members of the media, Lazatin, who is reportedly leading the race for the vice mayoralty post against lawyer Rolly Macalino and fellow councilor Ato Agustin, also stressed he is praying for peaceful, honest, and orderly elections.

7 May 2013 - Tarlac mayoralty bet shot dead

PAMPANGA -- An unidentified gunman shot dead a mayoralty candidate in San Jose, Tarlac, on Monday afternoon, police said.

Rudy Abella had just delivered a speech at a meeting when he was shot dead around 5:10 pm at Sitio Sta. Cruz in Iba village, provincial police chief Senior Supt. Alfred Corpuz said.

7 May 2013 - Butil endorses 7 senatoriables to farmers

PAMPANGA -- The Butil Farmers Party on Tuesday resolved to endorse the candidacy of seven senatoriables from the Liberal Party (LP) and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to its various supporters, farmer groups, cooperatives and leaders in the countryside in the entire country, particularly in Central Luzon.

Butil Rep. Agapito said they are endorsing the candidacies of Cynthia Villar, Jack Enrile, Nancy Binay, Joseph Victor Ejercito Estrada, Milagros Magsaysay and Juan Miguel Zubiri who are all under the UNA. The group is also endorsing, for its seventh senatoriable, LP’s Edgardo “Sonny” Angara.

7 May 2013 - Rightist group warns mayor

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Jerry Pelayo of Candaba has received a stern warning last Monday from a rightist group who falsely accused the former as a supporter of a candidate and party-list groups being backed by the New People's Army (NPA).

Pelayo received a letter dated May 6 from the Global Action for Development Foundation (GADF) with office address at 339, Unit C, F Cruz Street, San Joaquin, Pasig City asking him severe his connections and stop campaigning for them.

6 May 2013 - Province honors late Jose Abad Santos

PAMPANGA -- GOVERNOR Lilia Pineda and senatorial bet Jamby Madrigal led the wreath laying rites before the monument of Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos in commemoration of his 71st death anniversary.

The event honoring the Kapampangan martyr and patriot was held at the Capitol grounds and attended by employees and second district Board Member Fritzie David-Dizon.

6 May 2013 - Bam to back Clark expansion

CLARK FREEPORT -- Benigno “Bam” Aquino announced on Monday that he will strongly push and support the expansion of Clark Freeport and the proposed “airport twinning” when he gets to the Upper House.

In his 36th birthday celebration, Aquino met with officials and businessmen from the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated over lunch and delivered a brief pep talk before the officers of the Laus Group of Companies at the Carworld headquarters in his second visit to Pampanga.

6 May 2013 - CDC clarifies CBA issues with employees

CLARK FREEPORT -- Following reports of Clark Development Corporation (CDC)’s alleged refusal to implement a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of the Association of CDC Supervisory Personnel (ACSP), Bonifacio Tarenio Jr., CDC Human Resources department manager issued clarification on the issues surrounding the CBA standoff.

Tarenio denied that he was instructed by CDC President Arthur Tugade “to exert all legal remedies to prevent the implementation of the (ACSP) CBA.” He clarified that CDC, being a government corporation, is bound by government accounting and auditing rules to exhaust all legal remedies to protect government assets.

6 May 2013 - Mayoral candidate: ‘We’re not buying votes’

PAMPANGA -- The camp of mayoral candidate and incumbent Vice Mayor Edwin Santiago denied accusations of former congressman Rey Aquino that the former and his Magsilbi Team are buying votes.

Aquino said he has witnessed one incident in Havana Subdivision last Saturday afternoon. “I was shocked at the brazenness of it all,” he said.

6 May 2013 - CDC management hits back at workers

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said the move to unite the employees to strike because of alleged refusal by management to bargain is “unjustified, unwarranted, unreasonable, and very selfish.”

CDC employees earlier threatened to stage a massive labor strike because of alleged unfair labor practices by the CDC management.

5 May 2013 - Kidnappers grab wrong target

PAMPANGA -- A 39-year-old carpenter from Barangay Cambasie, Masantol who was abducted by still unidentified men was later released after the kidnappers realized they took the wrong man.

Emmanuel Bonifacio said he is lucky to be alive, after unknown individuals abducted him on April 30 around 7:30 p.m. at Bebe Anac.

5 May 2013 - Sampaguita festival highlights Lubao's 441st year of Christianity

PAMPANGA -- Colorful costumes and electrifying dance moves wowed thousands of Lubaeños during Sunday’s much-awaited 2nd Sampaguita Festival.

The festival coincided with the town’s 441st year of Christianity. Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab said the historic value of the town dates back to 1572 when the Spaniards came and brought Christianity to the people.

5 May 2013 - San Luis District Hospital anti-poor?

PAMPANGA -- Several patients of the San Luis District Hospital (SLDH) said the health facility is “anti-poor” for failing to implement the directive of Governor Lilia Pineda to prioritize indigent Kapampangans.

A certain “Wilson” from Candaba town, who was an accident victim, was taken to the SLDH around 5 a.m. last Saturday for treatment due to multiple injuries.

5 May 2013 - Town hosts photography, art appreciation seminar

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of Sta. Rita, in celebration of its “Aldo ning Balen Sta. Rita,” will be hosting a three-day art appreciation and basic photography seminar on May 17 to 19 at the Municipal Hall’s Conference Hall here.

The seminar will feature talks from award-winning visual artist and photographer Ruston Banal.

5 May 2013 - Residents alarmed over bike drag race

PAMPANGA -- Alarmed residents here had called the attention of the local police to monitor the drag racing of motorcycles along the portion of the Sta. Ana-Baliuag road in Pansol, Candaba.

According to residents, the race compromises the safety of the people, mostly employees, who are on their way home.

5 May 2013 - Meat shop held up

PAMPANGA -- Three unidentified men held up a Fresh Options branch in Barangay Sindalan, City of San Fernando, carting away the day’s collection.

In a report here, Superintendent Ricardo David, city chief of police, said the suspects, pretending to be customers, pulled out a .45 caliber pistol, pointed it at the cashier and declared a hold-up.

5 May 2013 - Cops nab suspect in apartment rob

PAMPANGA --Police arrested one of the suspects behind the robbery of three tenants in an apartment in Barangay San Pedro Cutud, City of San Fernando the other day.

Superintendent Ricardo David, city chief of police, identified the arrested suspect as Russel Cunanan, 28, of Barangay San Isidro of said city.

4 May 2013 - Ex-village chief slain

PAMPANGA -- A former village chief of Barangay Dela Paz in San Simon town was shot and killed Saturday by two unidentified motorcycle-riding armed men along Barangay Dela Paz of the said town.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, officer-in-charge of the Pampanga provincial police office, identified the victim as Marciano Intal, 63, an alleged supporter of reelectionist San Simon Mayor Leonora Capule-Wong.

4 May 2013 - Velasco: Case vs me is ‘politically motivated’

PAMPANGA -- Former Mayor Nardo M. Velasco of Sasmuan branded as "politically motivated" the case filed against him by known allies of his political opponent.

Velasco, who is running again for the mayoralty seat of this town, told Saturday that the said "falsification of public documents" case was filed in 2006 by an employee of his political rival.

4 May 2013 - Comelec to hold dry run of PCOS machines Monday

PAMPANGA -- The Commission on Elections will be holding a dry run of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in polling precincts all over the province tomorrow, a day after the machines arrived in Pampanga.

The dry run, according to lawyer Fernando Cot-om, Comelec provincial chairman, will be held for “fine tuning and familiarization.”

4 May 2013 - Guv eyes P100 million for livelihood programs

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda said the other day that she would ask the Provincial Board to allocate another P100 million for livelihood and employment programs if she is given a fresh mandate after the elections.

She said there is a need to strengthen the job generating mechanism of the province, including the provision of employment opportunities to Kapampangans.

4 May 2013 - Cabigting to move for livelihoods, development programs

ANGELES CITY -- Reelectionist Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting said Saturday she will move for more livelihood and development programs if reelected.

Cabigting said she is set to finish the home stretch of her campaign with visiting constituents and capping the whole campaign with a prayer.

4 May 2013 - Foundation hosts seminar for livelihood

PAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) has conducted a seminar on “Organic Swine and Quail Egg Raising” at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) covered court in Barangay Maimpis.

The event is part of the seminar series being hosted by KDF to benefit locals who are looking for affordable livelihood options.

3 May 2013 - Zubiri to push development of Clark

CLARK FREEPPORT -- Senatoriable Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri has vowed to push for the further development of Clark Freeport and to make Clark International Airport the country's premier air hub.

During a meeting with officials of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham), Zubiri said it was his way of "reciprocating" the support accorded to him by Kapampangans in the last elections.

3 May 2013 - Court orders arrest of ex-Sasmuan mayor

PAMPANGA -- The Municipal Trial Court (MTC) Third Judicial Region in Sasmuan recently issued a warrant of arrest against former mayor Nardo Velasco.

Judge Jerry Perico, presiding judge of the MTC Third Judicial Region, issued the warrant of arrest against Velasco, who is charged with "falsification of public documents."

3 May 2013 - Lawyer wounded in ambush

PAMPANGA -- A lawyer was seriously wounded when two men assaulted him along Abad Santos Avenue (Jasa), formerly Olongapo-Gapan-road (GSO), in Barangay Parian, Mexico town, Thursday night.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga Police Provincial Office officer-in-charge, identified the victim as Ryann Rueda, 31, a resident of Blue Diamond Subdivision, Barangay San Vicente, Sto. Tomas, Pampanga.

3 May 2013 - San Fernando fetes governance council with marker

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando honored Thursday the men and women of the Multi-Sectoral Governance Council (MSGC) by unveiling and installing a marker at Heroes Hall.

City Planning Officer Engr. Fernando Limbitco said the marker is "dedicated to the men and women of the city of San Fernando whose direct and active participation in governance propelled the city to greater heights and closer to its vision of becoming a habitat of human excellence in 2013."

2 May 2013 - Comelec asks troops to ‘protect people'

PAMPANGA -- Provincial election supervisor Fernando Cot-Om said Friday during the send-off ceremonies of augmentation troops that "protection of the people" is the most important mission in the upcoming elections."

Cot-Om said the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, ballots and election paraphernalia are just secondary. "But it doesn't mean that they should be taken for granted."

2 May 2013 - Troops told: Duty first before self

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga police officer-in-charge Oscar Albayalde told police and military personnel who will be deployed in the upcoming polls to prioritize their "duties as vanguards of democracy over self interest and concerns."

"It must be duty first," he stressed during a send-off ceremony for hundreds of police personnel, who will be deployed in various towns and cities in the province.

2 May 2013 - Farmers call for government-rebels talks

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL) and Anakpawis Party-list-Central Luzon called for the resumption of peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF).

The groups said they are concerned about the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHRIHL) that was signed by both the NDF and government in 1998, as well as the present socio-economic reforms, particularly on land reform and nationalist industrialization.

2 May 2013 - Police, military personnel sent to Candaba town

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Police Office (PPPO) said a large augmentation force composed of personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Army were deployed to Candaba on Friday.

During the send-off ceremonies at Bale Katimawan at the PPPO, Superintendent Jhoanna Rosales said the deployment of troops is not related to criminality but rather to strengthen the town's police force.

2 May 2013 - Pelayo vows to minimize flooding

PAMPANGA -- Fourth district congressional candidate Mayor Jerry Pelayo vowed to minimize the flooding problem in Pampanga through proper spending of government funds on flood control projects.

Pelayo said more than P100 million has been used and wasted in various rehabilitation efforts on some section of the Pampanga River.

1 May 2013 - PamCham supports Cayetano’s re-election bid

PAMPANGA -- The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) expressed its support on Wednesday to the re-election of Senator Allan Cayetano in the Senate.

In a letter signed by PamCham president Marco Antonio Jimenez and Chairman Levy Laus, the chamber stated: “Cayetano’s commitment to people empowerment for poverty alleviation and resolve to cascade the benefits of an improving economy to all Filipinos through affordable prices of commodities, increased job opportunities and sizeable income for a decent standard of living is aligned with PamCham’s mission in catalyzing growth and development.”

1 May 2013 - Angeleños told to choose a dedicated public servant

CLARK FREEPORT -- Governor Lilia G. Pineda appealed to Angeleños on Tuesday to "choose a leader who is a dedicated public servant".

She made the announcement before some 1,000 Kambilan members of Angeles City during a meeting with first district congressional bet Joseller "Yeng" Guiao held at the Oxford Hotel.

1 May 2013 - Task Group formed to probe Penulliar slay

PAMPANGA -- The police has created a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) to identify and arrest the killer of Barangay San Agustin councilor Gaudencio Penulliar.

Penulliar, 65, was shot in front of his house in San Agustin Sur here.

1 May 2013 - Loren underscores development of Clark airport

ANGELES CITY -- Re-electionist Senator Loren Legarda cited on Wednesday the need to develop Clark International Airport to boost the rapid development of Central Luzon region.

Legarda issued the statement during her visit Wednesday at the camp of her political ally, Congressman Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin, a mayoralty candidate here.

1 May 2013 - Albayalde is new Pampanga police director

PAMPANGA -- Police Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde replaced Senior Superintendent R’Win Pagkalinawan as Pampanga Police Provincial director in simple turn over ceremonies here on Wednesday.

The Change of Command ceremonies were held at the Office of the Regional Director officiated by Police Chief Supt. Edgardo Ladao and witnessed by Deputy Regional Director for Operations Police Senior Supt. Virgilio Lazo along with other officers of the Police Regional Office 3.

1 May 2013 - Gonzales wants new generation to learn something good

PAMPANGA -- Third district re-electionist Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr. has emphasized his goal of “leaving a mark” if given a chance for a last term in office.

In his interview at Talakayan Ngayon on RW 95.1 FM, he emphasized his aim to strengthen the educational system in the district, by giving scholarships with no grade requirements.