Police files double murder charges vs killer of 2 females

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 04:28 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Police on Tuesday filed double murder charges against the killer of two females who were found in two rooms at Clarkview Hotel located in Barangay Malabanias, Angeles City.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said Angeles City Police station 4 has filed double murder cases before the Angeles City Prosecutor’s Office against the suspect identified as Blessed John Albano, 19.

Capitol expends P20 million for basic social services

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 04:24 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Government headed by Governor Lilia Pineda expended a total of P 20,362,417.39 for the delivery of various basic social services for the year 2014, according to a report submitted by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

The report shows Capitol launched various programs, projects, and activities benefitting Kapampangans from various sectoral groups such as children and youth, persons with disabilities (PWDs), senior citizens, women, indigenous people (IPs), and family heads and other needy adults (FHONA).

153 househelps, stakeholders attend Araw ng Kasambahay in CL

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 04:13 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 153 household helpers or "kasambahays" attended the recently concluded Araw ng Kasambahay in three provinces in Central Luzon, the Labor department said on Tuesday.

The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) holds this annual event to commemorate the valuable contributions of kasambahays to families of working parents.

Fernandina among this year's Mansmith young market masters

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 03:53 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Fernandina Kathlene Gomez is among this year's awardees of the 10th Mansmith Young Market Masters Awards (YMMA).

Gomez is the Marketing Group Manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. and this year’s Mansmith YMMA Awardee for Marketing Management. She is a Pampanga High School alumna and a native of this capital city.

SM City Pampanga to host bridal expo

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 03:46 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- SM City Pampanga will host this year's Bridal Expo Filipino, which will bring together Pampanga's top wedding designers, food providers, special event organizers and service providers in a three day event.

The expo will be held on March 6 to 8 at the SM City Pampanga Event Center.

IFI's ‘Pope’ faces lawsuit

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 03:44 p.m.

CAMILING, Tarlac -- The problem of the St. Michael the Archangel Parish, a local church of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) or Aglipayan Church in Camiling, Tarlac is far from over.

After nine months since the problem started in May 2014, the Parish Council decided to file a civil case against the highest leader of the IFI Ephraim Fajutagana. The IFI members also know him as the Obispo Maximo (Supreme Bishop). His status is equal to the Pope of the Roman Catholics.

Federated quarry organization eyed

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 11:13 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda and Ex-Officio Board Member Mike Tapang has called on quarry operators and those doing business with the quarry industry here to organize themselves into a federated organization to better protect their business interests and have an official representation with government.

RDC to move 15,200 ISFs

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 11:12 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 15,200 informal settler families (ISFs) living on top of and along waterways leading to Manila Bay will be relocated by the end of 2017, according to the Regional Development Council (RDC) Central Luzon.

Subic town to build P56-M public market

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 11:11 p.m.

SUBIC, Zambales -- Mayor Jefferson “Jay” Khonghun and Zambales First District Representative Jeffrey Khonghun on Monday led the groundbreaking ceremony for the P56-million public market here.

Jefferson said that “we are preparing the town to be a city and putting all the public amenities in order” shortly after the Subic cityhood bill was filed before the House of Representatives last year. His father, Jeffrey, is the sponsor of the cityhood bill.

AbeKa pooh-poohs Lapid claim on bonus tax law

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 11:11 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The Partido Abe Kapampangan (AbeKa) pooh-poohed Tuesday the claim of Senator Lito Lapid that he is a principal author of the new law, Republic Act 10653, that exempts the 13th month pay and other bonuses from taxes.

"The claim is like cattle rustling. As we put it in Kapampangan, it is like mapanaku damulag," said AbeKa deputy secretary general William Aguilar.

Angeles celebrates National Arts Month

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 11:10 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Tourism Office (ACTO) has prepared a sundry of art events in celebration of the National Arts Month (NAM) 2015.

With the theme "Highlighting Local Cultural Genius to Promote Pride of Place", local Kapampangan and Angeleño artists will take center stage as they showcase their talents and artistry in the different art disciplines.

Anakpawis: Aquino suppressing issues on Mamasapano clash

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 11:10 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Anakpawis partylist Representative Fernando "Ka Pando" Hicap slammed the suspension of the joint hearing of the committees on Public Order and Peace, Reconciliation and Unity on the Mamasapano incident at the House of Representatives.

Hicap, in a press statement sent to Sun.Star Pampanga, claimed that the move is yet another deceitful ploy of President Aquino to suppress the truth from the Filipino people.

Capitol to help in rebuilding homes of Guagua fire victims

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 11:03 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda said Monday that they are now in coordination with the victims of the recent fire incident in Guagua town that rendered some 85 families homeless as the Provincial Government of Pampanga is set to assist the victims in rebuilding their homes.

"We have ordered the clearing of the area so that they can start rebuilding," Governor Pineda told Sun.Star Pampanga in an interview at the Capitol.

Fernandino couples wed on Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:54 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A mass wedding was held last February 14 in celebration of Valentine's Day and the last installment for the celebration of Kaganapan 2015, the 14th celebration of the cityhood of San Fernando.

Led by City Mayor Edwin Santiago, City Civil Registry Officer Rimando Umali, Kaganapan 2015 chairperson Virgilio Cortez and co-chairperson of Kasalang Balen Engr. Jose Diaz, the mass wedding was attended by a total of 89 couples all from the 35 barangays of the city.

Suspected killer of 2 women arrested

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:52 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Police arrested Monday the suspected killer of two women who were found dead in two rooms of Clarkview hotel located along Malabanias, Angeles City.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said arrested was Blessed John Albano, 19, a native of Ramon, Isabela.

Porac gets good financial housekeeping award

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:50 p.m.

PORAC -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has announced recently in its official website that Porac is one of the local government units in this province to receive the much-coveted Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH) Award.

Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz said the award only proves that his administration is serious with its transparency and good governance stance.

Camarines Sur village execs observe best practices of Balibago

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:49 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Camarines Sur Third District Maria Leonor "Leni" Gerona-Robredo yesterday said that he wants barangays in her district to be inspired and work for the progress of the respective villages.

Robredo led barangay leaders from Calabanga town, Camarines Sur (CamSur) province in a whole-day educational tour (Lakbay Aral) in Barangay Balibago on Tuesday.

MNTC ready to spend P10-B for 2015 road projects

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:49 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), the tollways arm of the infrastructure giant Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), revealed that it is ready to spend up to P10-billion for the toll road projects this year, including the integration and widening of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

Balloon fest boosts local economy

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:48 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Thousands of local merchants and members of the transport industry in and around the Freeport here profited from the recently concluded 19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF).

The trickle-down effect in the economy was felt by the local businesses as an estimated 200,000 spectators locally and from around the world flocked to the aerosports event.

Paskuhan lots sold, not donated to PTA

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:40 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) said Monday that the two parcels of land where Paskuhan Village (later renamed to Hilaga) is located were sold to the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) and not donated as speculated by some observers.

Tieza said it is still waiting for the issuance of a notice of award to reported winning bidder SM Development Corporation.

San Fernando hits P1-B revenue goal

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:39 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando has reached the first billion of its revenue goal for 2014 with a total revenue collection of P1.077 billion, sourced mainly from business taxes and realty taxes paid by business owners and real property owners in this city.

Mayor Edwin Santiago said that without increasing taxes, the city was able to realize 92 percent of its last year’s target pegged at P1.17 billion.

Lapid authors 13th month pay, bonus tax exemption laws

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Senator Lito Lapid is one of the principal authors in the Senate of the new law exempting the 13th month pay and other benefits from income taxation, said lawyer Filmer Abrajano, Lapid's chief of staff.

The law, now known as Republic Act 10653, was approved by President Benigno Aquino III last February 12.

Scherzinger spends day with Unicef kids in Manila

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:33 p.m.

MANILA -- On Valentine's Day, Singer and Unicef UK supporter Nicole Scherzinger posted photos on Instagram of her experiences meeting children and their families living in poverty.

Nicole, who is of Filipino heritage, spent the day with Unicef, the world's leading children's organization, meeting children living in dangerous, overcrowded communities around the capital, many of whom are struggling against poverty, hunger, disease and the risk of violence.

600th Air Base Wing promotes oral health

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:30 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The 600th Air Base Wing (ABW) of the Philippine Air Force recently celebrated its 22nd Founding Anniversary by extending dental services to hundreds of school children here.

The 600th ABW's task is to operate and maintain base facilities within the total of 313.39 hectares comprising the Clark Special Economic Zone.

Priest bashing on Facebook continues

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:29 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto's appeal to Kapampangans last year to stop the unabated bashing of priest on the social networking site Facebook seemed to be unheeded by unscrupulous groups as one Facebook page still continues to issue statements discrediting the parish priest of Santa Rita de Cascia in Santa Rita town.

Earlier, Aniceto has called the people behind two Facebook accounts to refrain from issuing damaging statements on Facebook against the priest of Santa Rita and Santa Monica Parish in Mexico town.

New vehicles ready to serve Fernandinos

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:29 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Faster and more efficient delivery of services await Fernandinos as the City Government here acquired more service vehicles for public use.

This was stated by Mayor Edwin Santiago during the blessing and inauguration of the 39 newly acquired vehicles by the City Government held in front of the city hall on Monday.

2 suspected drug pushers nabbed in Floridablanca

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:29 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Two persons were arrested during a buy-bust operation conducted by operatives of Floridablanca police in Barangay Paguiruan, Floridablanca, Pampanga, over the weekend.

Superintendent Jhonna Rosales, chief of police of Floridablanca, said Michael Manuel, 28, a resident of Pabanlag Resettlement; and Millet Juego, 31, a resident of Barangay Del Carmen, both in the town of Floridablanca, were arrested.

2 women found dead in hotel

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:28 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Two women were found dead in two rooms of Clarkview hotel located along Malabanias, Angeles City, on Friday.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, said the two victims were found in separate rooms of Clarkview by hotel attendants.

San Fernando supports call to decongest Metro Manila

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:28 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Council here unanimously approved a resolution recently expressing strong support to the advocacy of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) to decongest Metro Manila.

Councilor Harvey Quiwa, author of the resolution, said that the City Council presided by Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, supported by Councilor Noel Tulabut and Fernandinos join the clamor of all stakeholders - businessmen, intellectuals, laborers, academicians, and religious, among others, to examine developments, challenges and opportunities for all sectors.

DA hosts training on good agri-practices

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:28 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center III (ATI-RTC III), in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture here conducted the Training Course on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Corn and Quality Standards in preparation for the Asean Economic Community 2015.

The training was attended by agriculture extension workers (AEWs), agriculture center chiefs (ACCs), municipal agriculturist office personnel, cooperatives chairpersons and corn farmers of Central Luzon.

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