2 robbers slain; 2 policemen arrested in Angeles encounter

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:38 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Motorcycle riding criminals were killed while two of their cohort-policemen were arrested during a brief encounter at Marisol Subdivision, Angeles City, on Monday.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, identified the fatalities as Crisanto Francisco and Chris Neil Pineda, both residents of Northville, Barangay Cutud, Angeles City.

2 robbers slain; 2 policemen arrested in Angeles encounter

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:38 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Motorcycle riding criminals were killed while two of their cohort-policemen were arrested during a brief encounter at Marisol Subdivision, Angeles City, on Monday.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, identified the fatalities as Crisanto Francisco and Chris Neil Pineda, both residents of Northville, Barangay Cutud, Angeles City.

Comelec junks case vs village chief

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:33 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed a disqualification case filed against Rodelio "Tony" Mamac, incumbent chairman of Barangay Balibago here.

In its resolution dated July 8, 2014, the Comelec First Division stated that the petition of former city councilor Alfie Bonifacio, who opposed Mamac in the barangay chairmanship, was filed beyond the reglementary period as provided by Rules 23 and 25 of the commission’s rules and procedures.

Pampanga vice mayors get outstanding legislator awards

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:31 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- This city's Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting were among the awardees of the Outstanding Local Legislator Award (OLLA) for 2014 at the New World Hotel in Makati on Tuesday.

The award was presented by Superbrand Marketing International (SMI).

School gets new building from Aboitiz Foundation

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:28 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Aboitiz Power through Aboitiz Foundation has turned over a fully finished two-storey building facility to Malpitic Elementary School in a bid improve educational facilities.

The four-classroom building was made possible through the efforts of Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin and the San Fernando Electric Light and Power Company.

Pamintuan vows crackdown vs highway robbery

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:26 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said he has directed law enforcement agencies in the city to work against criminal elements engaged in highway robbery.

Pamintuan issued that statement during the culminating activity of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team seminar at SM City Clark on Tuesday.

Dad, daughter found dead along Mega Dike

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:17 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A father and daughter believed kidnapped were found dead along the Mega Dike road in Barangay Del Rosario, City of San Fernando, on Tuesday.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Madrid, Pampanga police provincial director, identified the victims as Ponciano Espiritu, 70, and his daughter Agnes, 37, both of Barangay Del Rosario, City of San Fernando.

100 millionth baby born in Arayat town

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:59 p.m.

ARAYAT -- This town saw to the birth of the symbolic 100 millionth Kapampangan baby who was born at 12:40 a.m. on Sunday at Dr. Emigdio C. Cruz, Sr. Memorial District Hospital located in Barangay San Agustin here.

Newborn Jayvie Santos Catli, nicknamed Lucky, was one of the 100 babies nationwide who have qualified to mark the 100-million population of the country.

SBMA to release S1 revenue shares of contiguous LGUs

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:56 p.m.

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Local government units (LGUs) adjacent to the Subic Bay Freeport zone will be receiving a total of P93.7 million in revenue shares.

This was disclosed by Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman Roberto Garcia, saying that the said funds will be available for the eight adjacent LGUs starting August 4.

ACWD, CDC ink agreement for P17M water project

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Angeles City Water District (ACWD) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for a P17 million water project in the latter’s 256 square meter property in Little Baguio, Barangay Sapang Bato.

“Provision of potable water supply will greatly improve the hygiene and health of at least 841 families living in the area,” ACWD General Manager Reynaldo Liwanag said.

Illegal loggers arrested

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:53 p.m.

TARLAC CITY -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) arrested four suspected illegal loggers over the weekend.

"(They were) caught in the illegal act of cutting narra trees," said NBI agent Dennis Montoya.

RCCP joins thousand narra tree program

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:43 p.m.

STA. RITA -- The Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) has joined hands with the eleven 11 Rotary Clubs of District 3790 in their "Build a Forest of a Thousand Narra Trees" project as they planted Narra saplings at the Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) Megadike portion in Barangays San Juan and San Isidro here.

Belgium firm, PH partner launch innovative on-line job search

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:41 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- A Belgium-based company and its partner in the country launched here on Saturday an innovative on-line job search designed to allow employers get in-depth and “more personal” information about the applicants.

Frank Aernout, CEO of BeWorkHappy, and his Angeles City, Pampanga-based partner Annielyn Lernout, CEO of BeWorkHappy Philippines Inc., led the launching of the state-of-the-art job recruitment at the Widus Hotel.

Australian retail chain opens at SM City Pampanga

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:35 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Australian retail chain Cotton: On opened its first ever store at SM City Pampanga over the weekend.

SM City Pampanga public relations manager Rain Cervantes told Sun.Star Pampanga that the retail chain locally operating under the Bench Group is now in the region’s marathon shopping mall.

Suspected shabu pusher busted

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:30 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A suspected 48-year-old shabu pusher was arrested by combined operatives of the Floridablanca Police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Central Luzon office in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Poblacion, Floridablanca town, Saturday.

Superintendent Jhoanna Rosales, Floridablanca police chief, identified the suspect as Remigio Guevarra, 48, a resident of Barangay Calantas, Floridablanca.

Laus Auto Group chair lauds Lemon Law passage

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 01:59 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Laus Auto Group chairman and chief executive officer Levy Laus has lauded President Benigno Aquino III and Congress for the recent enactment of Republic Act 10642, or the Philippine Lemon Law.

The new law aims to protect buyers of brand new motor vehicles against "business and trade practices which are deceptive, unfair or otherwise inimical to consumers and the public interest".

Masantol folks benefit from medical mission

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 01:56 p.m.

MASANTOL -- Some 4,000 indigent individuals from various barangays here benefitted from the medical and dental mission conducted by the J.C Binay Foundation Inc. over the weekend. The "Puso Para sa Bayan" Caravan is aimed at providing health services to poor families in different towns, cities and provinces in the country.

Sto Tomas' most wanted nabbed

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 01:52 p.m.

STO. TOMAS -- Police operatives here, led by Police Chief Insp. John Clark, arrested a certain Maria Regala who is listed as the 14th most wanted person in the police list here.

Clark said that the suspect was arrested by virtue of the standing warrant of arrest for two counts of qualified theft issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 48 Judge Edgar Chua under criminal case number 17727 and 17728. The court has set a recommended bail of P55, 000 and P32, 000.

Woman painter to open art gallery in Pampanga

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:56 p.m.

GUAGUA -- Painter Maria Mila Mabanta dela Fuente will open the first ever home-based art gallery here on August 16 that features feminists paintings and an assortment of visual art pieces done in varying styles.

Dela Fuente is currently among the few woman painters in the province and her gallery is the first ever gallery in Pampanga that is run by a woman painter. Her supportive husband had built for her a gallery to house more than 200 paintings she has done in past couple of years.

PDRRMO sandbagging Arnedo Dike

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 08:27 p.m.

APALIT -- The local government unit here in cooperation with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said on Friday it is now conducting a series of sand-bagging operations to augment the ongoing construction of the Arnedo dike in anticipation of Typhoon Inday in the next few days.

Last July 24, a portion of the Arnedo dike in Barangay San Vicente of Apalit town, which is estimated at 52.5 meters, breached following strong currents from Pampanga River during the onslaught of the Typhoon Glenda.

New San Fernando archbishop named

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 08:26 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- His Holiness Pope Francis appointed on Friday Bishop Florentino Galang Lavarias, now Bishop of the Diocese of Iba, as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Fernando.

This, as the Holy Father accepted the resignation presented by Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, now 77 years-old, from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of San Fernando (Philippines), in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law, which requires the resignation of bishops at the age of 75.

ACCDO to remain strong, consistent

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 08:09 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- With a vision of genuine people empowerment, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, through the Angeles City Cooperative Development Office (ACCDO) headed by Ferdinand P. Calma, remain consistent with the promise of strengthening one of the bases of the city’s economy, the cooperative sector.

Pamintuan recognizes the role of the “cooperative movement” in the city’s economic front, which ultimately allows the local government to pursue its desired programs and plans.

Capitol reorganizes disaster working group

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 08:04 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda and Vice Governor Dennis Pineda on Friday reorganized the province’s disaster preparedness and response technical working group (TWG) to reinforce its capabilities.

Though there were no major damages in the agri-fishery sector and infrastructure and no casualties reported after the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda last week, Governor Pineda, after reviewing Capitol’s plans, said it is necessary to reorganize the TWG to reinforce disaster preparedness and response at all times.

1,300 schools benefit from JGF feeding program

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 08:01 p.m.

PANIQUI, Tarlac -- Some 1,200 schools and over 50,000 select elementary pupils from Kinder to Grade 6 will benefit from the Jollibee Group Foundation's (JGF) feeding program this year.

JGF president Grace Tan Caktiong said that the aim of the program is to eradicate malnutrition among the elementary students in public schools.

Motorcycle-riding suspects rob drug store in Angeles

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 07:59 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Motorcycle-riding suspects robbed the Generics Pharmacy located along Rizal Extension, Barangay Cut-Cut, Angeles City, Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles police director, said more than P23,000 in cash collections for the day and two cellular phones were taken by the suspects armed with caliber .45 pistols.

Fontana infuses P200-M for expansion projects

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 07:44 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino, considered as the largest tourism estate in Clark, is investing at least P200 million for the expansion of its convention center.

Fontana chief executive officer Manuel Sequeira said that the on-going expansion work at the Fontana Convention Center will add 1,000 seats to its current 500-seating capacity. He was interviewed on Friday during the press conference for the concert of American singer-song writer Stephen Bishop.

Car hits man, speeds off

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 07:03 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A 56-year-old man was hit by a red color sedan car, which sped off along Barangay Anunas, Angeles City, recently.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, had asked concerned citizens who saw the red color sedan and if they could recognize or remember its license plate.

Board member lauds guv for P167-M infra in 4th district

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 07:01 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Fourth district board member Ricardo Yabut lauded the administration of Governor Lilia Pineda for providing more than P167-million infrastructure projects in the eight towns of the Fourth district from June 2010 to June 2014.

Yabut said the projects include the construction and renovation of school buildings, multi-purpose covered areas and elevated comfort rooms in public elementary and secondary schools.

CHR to investigate San Fernando demolition shooting

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:35 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Commission on Human Rights Region (CHR) Central Luzon office here said on Thursday that it will conduct an investigation on the shooting incident that happened on a 130-hectare demolition site at Barangay Maimpi, this city, recently.

Lawyer Jasmine Regino, CHR regional director, said that believes that the demolition team violated the rights of the farmers' group when it shot one of their members last week.

Councilors urged to set disaster readiness plans on climate change

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:27 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Governor Lilia Pineda has asked councilors in the province to anchor their respective disaster preparedness plan on climate change.

Pineda issued the statement during the disaster preparedness and solid waste management seminar conducted at Oxford Hotel here by the Philippine Councilors' League (PCL) Pampanga Chapter, headed by its president, Porac Councilor Mike Tapang.

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