9 CSF drug traders busted

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 10:55 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga - At least nine suspects engaged in the illegal drugs trade were arrested by combined operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Central Luzon (PDEA-3) and Pampanga police during a raid in Barangay San Jose, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, last Thursday.

PDEA-3 director Jeoffrey Tacio identified those arrested as Dexter Nonato, 35, alias Dexter, Roel Perez, Jennifer Perez, Edwin Sta. Maria, Mylene Macapagal, Benjamin Vivo, Elpidio Quijano, Archie Nicdao and Arsan Nicdao, all residents of the said Barangay.

FESAGS probes demolition row

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 09:16 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Firearms Explosives Security Agencies and Guard Supervision (FESAGS), a division of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said on Wednesday it is currently investigating the recent shooting incident, which involved a number of security guards and farmers at a 130-hectare farmland at Barangay, Maimpis in this city.

Last July 28, security guards from the Great Star Security Services Inc. shot a group of farmers while conducting a meeting about the ongoing demolition operation in the disputed farmland.

Clark workers to reach 100,000 mark by 2016

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 09:00 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Just short of 26,000 workers now, this former American military airbase-turned-industrial hub will reach the 100,000 mark of a strong and growing workforce by 2016.

This was gleaned after the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Marketing Office reported the growth that will continue to generate more than 80,000 jobs within the next five years, and the millions of tax revenues to invest for the future of the Freeport and the country.

130 lights installed along MNR

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 08:53 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- At least 130 street lights were installed along a dark portion of the MacArthur Highway or the Manila North Road (MNR) here as of August 6 to safeguard motorists traveling along the busy stretch, Mayor Edwin Santiago said on Wednesday.

In a press conference shortly after his State of the City Address, Santiago said the lights were put from the area near the Greenfields Subdivision, Barangay Sindalan up to Telasbastagan, the village at the boundary of this city and Angeles City.

P4M San Luis school building nearing completion

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 08:50 p.m.

SAN LUIS -- The construction of the two-storey, four-classroom building at San Luis High School in Barangay Sto. Tomas here will be finished by the end of the month to address the growing number of students and the shortage of classrooms.

Solar News Channel opens Kapampangan news program

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 08:38 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Solar News Channel aired nationwide on Monday a new Kapampangan current affairs program on entertainment, business, international news, technology, and weather reports.

In an attempt to penetrate Central Luzon viewers, the Kapampangan News is a 30-minute newscast, which produces inspiring stories of national and regional relevance.

Tapang: Designate municipal disaster, environment officers

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 08:34 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT – Pampanga Board Member Mike Tapang reiterated his call to officials of municipalities in the province to create permanent positions for their respective disaster and environment officers.

Tapang, president of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Pampanga Chapter, said that they passed a resolution during a recent convention at the Oxford Hotel here to support this move.

Robbery suspect arrested for illegal possession of firearms

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 08:32 p.m.

FLORIDABLANCA -- A laborer was arrested recently by police for his alleged involvement in a Tire Factory robbery and possession of an unregistered shotgun and suspected shabu paraphernalia in Pandaguirig Resettlement in this town.

Police Superintendent Jhoanna Rosales, Floridablanca police chief, identified the suspect as Angelito Manabat, 36, a laborer from Block 19, Lot 8, Pandaguirig Resettlement here.

Subic Freeport firms, schools form ICT council

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 08:28 p.m.

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- A multi-sectoral organization was formed by companies, schools and government agencies involved in information and communications technology here.

The Subic Bay Freeport ICT Advisory Council was formed with lawyer Severo Pastor Jr., manager of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) as labor department president.

Santiago to Fernandinos: ‘Think big, dream big’

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 09:05 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Edwin Santiago urged Thursday all Fernandinos to continue “thinking big and dreaming big” as his administration sets into motion the grand master development plan for the city in the next two years.

Hundreds of workers displaced by Clark GGLC project row

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 09:01 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Hundreds of workers were affected following a dispute between two entities handling the development of the Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC) inside the Freeport.

Officials of Peregrine Development International, Incorporated (Peregrine) disclosed that some 180 officers, staff and laborers and about 500 construction workers were laid off after the Global Gateway Development Corporation (GGDC) stopped funding the project.

Rodriguez’s lone district proposal gets support

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 09:00 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez's proposal converting the City of San Fernando into a lone district has drawn support from officials and other stakeholders here.

During the recent public hearing attended by various local government City Councilor Lito Ocampo, chairman of the committee on good governance, explained why there is a need to create a separate congressional district for the city.

Candaba municipal hall renovation kicks-off

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 08:51 p.m.

CANDABA -- Mayor Rene Maglanque announced Thursday the start of the proposed renovation of this town’s municipal hall in the initial amount of P10-million.

Maglanque said that the initial funds were sourced from the office of Senator Lito Lapid.

Illegal online gambling operation nets 2 Koreans

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 08:45 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Two Korean nationals were arrested by operatives of the Regional Intelligence Division for illegal gambling operations during a raid at Room 102, Building B, Clarkhills Village, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, recently.

Chief Inspector Melvin Montante, head of the Regional Intelligence Division, identified those arrested as Dongjoon Yoon, 37, and Jawnwoo Bae, 35, both operators of on-line gaming.

Pampanga police chiefs reshuffled

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 08:41 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) Central Luzon office said it has recently reshuffled police chiefs in Pampanga.

The PNP has assigned new police chiefs for this city, Apalit town, and Mexico town.

Widus Hotel announces new casino hall launch

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 08:36 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- A top executive of Widus Hotel has announced the opening of the new site of their casino early next year.

Widus Hotel general manager Alfred Reyes revealed this on Wednesday during the monthly talk show “Talk Widus” sponsored by the Pampanga Press Club.

Who will bid Star Mill goodbye next?

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 08:35 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- As the battle for stardom heats up, another Region III talent will have to bid CLTV 36’s Star Mill: Central Luzon Talent Search Season 2 goodbye as the Magic Six are trimmed down to five during the fifth round semi finals eliminations at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 9.

42 Chinese, Taiwanese busted for phone fraud

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 09:35 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in coordination with the Interpol arrested recently a total of 42 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals in separate raids conducted in two exclusive subdivisions in separate cities.

Through the effect of search warrant 14-020 that was released by Judge Honorio Guanlao Jr. of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 57, the NBI busted two resident houses in Hacienda Royale in Telebastagan, City of San Fernando and Villa Teresa in Angeles City in Pampanga.

AirAsia to resume Kuala Lumpur-Clark flights

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 09:23 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The AirAsia will resume its four times a week flights to Malaysia-Kuala Lumpur-Clark and vice versa -- starting October 17, 2014.

Passengers may book this new route with a base fare promo of P710 only for Clark to Kuala Lumpur beginning today.

9 huge aircraft diverted to CRK

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 09:20 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Nine huge aircraft were diverted to Clark International Airport (CRK) late Tuesday night after a Saudi Airlines Boeing 747 stalled at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Runway 06/24 and caused air traffic congestion.

Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and CEO Victor Jose Luciano said that wide-bodied aircraft were safely accommodated at the Clark aviation facility.

Private sector shows support to Angeles traffic office

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 09:13 p.m.

ANGELES CITY – "Our strong partnership with the private sector is a manifestation of our administration’s commitment in providing good public service to our citizens – as such, we extend our gratitude to these people who are supporting us in solving our traffic woes."

Thus said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan during Monday's flag raising rites at the city hall, where the Angeles City Traffic Enforcement and Management Office (ACTEMO) received a total of 90 high-visibility "reflectorized” vests from one Dan Palma, a retired American serviceman and private citizen of Angeles.

Tapang mum on political plans

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 09:03 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Board Member Mike Tapang, representative of Pampanga councilors in the Provincial Board (PB), refused to categorically state on Wednesday his political plans for the 2016 local elections.

In the first "Talk Widus" press conference at the Widus Hotel and Casino here, Tapang said, "the next elections is still far and what's important is that we work harder for the people."

2 nabbed for stealing school computer sets

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 08:59 p.m.

MEXICO, Pampanga -- Two men have been arrested after allegedly stealing at least P33,500 worth of computer equipment from a school in Barangay Suclaban, this town, police officials said on Monday.

Based on the investigation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) here, the two suspects reportedly busted into the windows of a 6th grade classroom in Suclaban Elementary School at around 11:00 p.m.

Investors start locating in Sto. Tomas

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 08:56 p.m.

STO. TOMAS -- Investors and multinational businesses are now starting to flow in Sto. Tomas after observations that the town is now less prone to flooding.

Now constructing and hiring Tomasians, said Mayor Lito Naguit on Wednesday, is Puregold, which is currently building its store along MacArthur Highway in Moras Dela Paz village.

Popcom holds YAFS forum

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 08:50 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 300 third year and fourth year secondary students, local population officers, guidance counselors, representatives from partner government agencies and Pampanga media from attended Wednesday the Commission on Population's (Popcom) dissemination forum on the results of the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study 4 (YAFS 4).

Kapampangan Quotarian, 2 others get installed in Ohio convention

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 08:46 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Quota International of Pampanga's Bernadette Galang was formally installed as regional director of the Philippines' Region 18 along with two other Filipinos who assumed top posts in the recent Quota International Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Quota International, founded in 1919, is an international service organization that links members of all ages, occupations, and nationalities in a worldwide network of service and friendship. The organization found its way into Pampanga in the early 90’s experiencing modest membership from local women.

SBMA, SEZ renew pact

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 08:39 p.m.

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Subic EnerZone Corporation (SEZ), the power provider in this Freeport, adopted anew all ambulances of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

Adopt-an-Ambulance is a part of SEZ’s corporate social responsibility program and the firm added a 25 percent increase to the maintenance allocation for the vehicles, said SBMA chairman Roberto Garcia.

Village execs, farmers face multiple charges

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 09:35 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Multiple charges have been lodged before the court against village officials and farmers who were purportedly linked to the forced entry try into a disputed farmland in Barangay Maimpis, this city.

Anthony Gliban, a security guard from Great Star Security Inc., who was hired by the claimant lawyer Eligio Mallari to secure the demolition premises, filed charges of direct assault, trespassing, and obstruction of justice against Maimpis village chairman Romeo Dizon.

BIR nets P12.2-B in 7 months

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 09:30 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 has registered a P12.2 billion collection for January to July this year marking a three percent increase on their collection from the same quarter last year.

This was bared by Revenue Region 4 (RR-4) OIC Regional Director Conrado Lee, who said that the BIR here is intensifying its revenue initiative measures to further increase collection.

Santiago: ‘We will not meddle in land dispute’

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 09:26 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Edwin Santiago reiterated Tuesday that the City Government will not meddle in the on-going land dispute at Barangay Maimpis, but would rather workout a win-win settlement between farmers and property claimer lawyer Eligio Mallari.

"We will follow the rule of law. The case is already with the proper court. We will not meddle in the dispute but rather, we would again invite both farmers and the claimant to a dialogue where we would find an amicable solution favorable to them by following due, proper and legal processes," Santiago said.

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