Guv ‘goes home’ to celebrate birthday

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:35 p.m.

LUBAO -- The mother of Governor Lilia Pineda joined her daughter at the Holy Mass in their native village here during the governor's 63rd birthday celebration activities and wished her more years of public service and good health to continue helping some two million Pampanga residents.

This, as Vice President Jejomar Binay came to greet Pineda and joined her in the market tour and “boodle fight” at the Sta. Cruz Public Market in front of the church considered miraculous due to their patron saint and Holy Cross relic.

Pamintuan: New hospital wing to boost RLMMC

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- This city's Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan is optimistic that the operations of the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (formerly known as Ospital Ning Angeles) will become more sustainable as it opened a P50-million annex building here on Monday.

Customs denies oil smuggling in Bataan

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:12 p.m.

MARIVELES, Bataan -- Customs Port Collector Elvira Cruz on Monday denied the accusations that oil is being smuggled in the Port of Lamao in Limay Bataan.

Challenging her critics to prove the allegations, Cruz said, "I want people who are alleging smuggling to be specific because what they can only say is there is smuggling here. If there is smuggling in Limay, it is tantamount to say Petron is doing that, so let Ramon Ang (Petrons chairman and CEO) answer that, not us."

Sugar mill worker electrocuted

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:07 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- A worker of the Pampanga Sugar Development Company (Pasudeco) died after he was accidentally electrocuted while catching fish at the compound of the company in Barangay San Juan, City of San Fernando, over the weekend.

In a report here, Superintendent Frederick Petillano, Officer-In-Charge of City Police, identified the victim as Alvin Mamangun, 43, a resident of sitio Centro of the said barangay and working as mechanic at Pasudeco.

28 tons of imported wheat hijacked

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:04 p.m.

LUBAO -- A forty-footer container truck carrying 28 tons of imported wheat was hijacked by a group of unidentified armed men along the bypass road in Sta. Cruz, Lubao on Monday.

Mexico Police Chief Samuel Sevilla said that the suspects left the truck's driver, Jonathan Mesa, and two helpers, Rejie Mesa and Renz John Aposaga, at Barangay San Nicolas in Mexico town, before finally fleeing with the truck and its load.

Cayetano: Spirit of Edsa still alive after 28 years

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 10:58 p.m.

MANILA -- "Ang mga nanay at tatay natin, pati na ang ating mga lolo at lola, fought for the kind of country they wanted not only for them, but for us as well. Now, it is up to us to honor that spirit and fight for the kind of country we want."

Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter "Companero" S. Cayetano said that the 1986 EDSA revolution remains to be relevant as of the present, saying that the abolition of the graft-ridden pork barrel system in the country is first and foremost a victory of the People Power spirit.

Limlingan: Cadet Cudia's Case

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 10:46 p.m.

IT WAS bad news for the family, relative, friends and the kabalens of Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia after he has been dismissed from the Corp of Cadets of the country's premier military training institution, the Philippine Military Academy.

Cudia, who hails from Barangay Gatiawin in Arayat town, is supposed to graduate top 2 or salutatorian of the "Siklab Lahi" Class of 2014. He is also set to graduate as the top navy Cadet and the recipient of the Philippine Navy Saber for being the top cadet who will join our Philippine fleet after graduation.

Congress okays Clark airport conversion

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:43 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The proposal of Pampanga Representative Joseller Guiao (first district) to convert the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) into an “authority” was approved over the weekend by the House of Representatives’ Committees on Transportation and Privatization and Government Enterprises.

House Bill 321, otherwise known as the “Conversion of CIAC into an authority,” was among the first proposals filed by Guiao in July 2013.

Arroyo proposes Rural Teacher Retention Act

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:43 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (second district), together with her son Camarines Sur Representative Diosdado Macapagal-Arroyo, proposed House Bill No. 3033 which shall be known as “Rural Teacher Retention Act of 2013.”

The bill seeks to establish a program that will provide financial assistance to qualified provinces in order to create an incentive system for our highly qualified teachers who shall commit to stay and teach for at least three years.

DSWD, Pamcham ink pact with KDF

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce (PamCham) signed a memorandum of agreement over the weekend on the implementation of social service and medical programs in the province.

The signing was done by DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, PamCham president Jim Jimenez and KDF Trustee Sylvia Ordonez at the Regional Government Center in Maimpis.

5 unexploded mortars recovered in Bataan

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:42 a.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- Police recovered five unexploded mortars in two separate places in Bataan on Thursday.

Senior Superintendent Audie Atienza, Bataan police provincial director, said that first recovered was a 155mm mortar in Barangay Alangan, town site and the four 60mm mortars were found at the compound of Bataan Refinery Corporation, both in Limay, Bataan.

Lawyer: Arroyo very frail

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 11:48 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- Lawyer Raul Lambino said that former President and now Pampanga second district Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is very sick.

"Hindi mainam ang kanyang kalagayan. Alam naman natin ang findings ng mga doctor. Nagde-deteriorate na mabilis ang kanyang kalusugan," Lambino said.

630 families get lot certificates

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 11:36 p.m.

FLORIDABLANCA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday led the distribution of Certificates of Lot Award (CELAs) to 630 occupants of non-core properties of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) in Floridablanca, Pampanga.

The 630 families are beneficiaries of the Housing and Urban Development Council's (HUDCC) socialized housing program by virtue of Executive Order (EO) 48, series of 2001.

Balanga City hosts LCP meet

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

BALANGA CITY -- This city last Thursday and Friday hosted the National Executive Board meeting of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).

Some 40 local chief executives were led by Mayor Oscar Moreno of Cagayan de Oro, national chairman of the LCP, Mayor Herbert Bautista of Quezon City, league national president, and Mayor Jose Enrique III of Balanga City, national vice chairman, in the strategic planning session held at the newly built EBA Hotel here.

Balanga City hosts LCP meet

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 11:16 p.m.

BALANGA CITY -- This city last Thursday and Friday hosted the National Executive Board meeting of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).

Some 40 local chief executives were led by Mayor Oscar Moreno of Cagayan de Oro, national chairman of the LCP, Mayor Herbert Bautista of Quezon City, league national president, and Mayor Jose Enrique III of Balanga City, national vice chairman, in the strategic planning session held at the newly built EBA Hotel here.

Santiago to lead commemoration of Edsa People Power revolt

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 10:58 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Edwin Santiago will lead Fernandinos in the commemoration of the 28th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution during the City Government's flag raising ceremony on Monday at 8 a.m. in front of the City Hall here.

As a symbol of unity, Vice Mayor Jaime Lazatin and the 5th City Council, will honor the remarkable event in the history of the country.

HAU, CAMI to hold breakfast forum

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 09:29 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Lawyer Arnel Paciano D. Casanova, the president and CEO of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), is the featured speaker in the first kapihan breakfast forum at the Café Juan of Holy Angel University on February 28 at 8:30 a.m.

Arayat’s most wanted nabbed

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 09:07 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- An alleged former member of the Alejandrino Private Armed Group with a standing warrant of arrest for murder was arrested in his house in Barangay Bano, Arayat town on Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office-3 director, identified the suspect as Engie Galang, the number one most wanted person in Arayat town.

Cops bag suspect in double murder

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 10:54 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- Police arrested on Thursday the alleged killer of a retired teacher and her daughter in Barangay Pulong Masle, Guagua town.

Senior Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, Pampanga police provincial director, identified the suspect in the gruesome double murder as Geoffrey Dionisio, 37, a resident of Sitio Duat, Barangay Pulong Masle, Guagua.

Cadet’s fate lies in Aquino’s hand

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 10:50 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The fate of Kapampangan Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet 1st Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia lies in President Benigno Aquino III.

That is, if the reinvestigation ordered by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista on the case of Cudia will reach Aquino’s level.

Rodriguez: Gonzales claim an allegation

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 10:39 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez clarified Friday that the claim of former representative Aurelio Gonzales, Jr. that he "does not deserve to occupy his position because he has betrayed public trust" is merely an allegation cited in the dispositive portion of House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET)'s resolution.

The HRET dismissed Gonzales' election protest for lack of merit.

7107 IMF unfolds today in Clark

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 10:35 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The 7107 International Music Festival (7107 IMF) unfolds Saturday at the Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC) inside the Clark Freeport Zone.

7107 posted on their Facebook page the line-up of the performers which includes Red Hot Chili Peppers, Empire of the Sun, The Asteriods Galaxy Tour, Red Jumpsuit Aparatus, and local bands like Up Dharma Down, Radio Active Sago Project and many more.

Guv works on natal day with Binay

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 10:33 p.m.

LUBAO -- Governor Lilia Pineda shied away from the usual party celebrations on her birthday Friday and went to celebrate the special occasion with her constituents in Pampanga's second district with Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Pineda started her day with a Thanksgiving Mass at the Holy Cross Parish in her home village of Sta. Cruz where she was joined by son Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda, daughter Lubao Mayor Mylene Cayabyab and Pampanga's various police chiefs and mayors.

CDC dared to take advantage of APEC

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 10:28 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- An official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) urged the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to take advantage of the visit of 21 ambassadors from member countries of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on March 8.

In an interview during the Clark in Action, a public affairs radio program of CDC, DFA Undersecretary Lula Quiambao Del Rosario said, "The potential of (Clark) is really tremendous and think we can do a lot, not only on tourism, but also in the field of services and leisure."

Dole: Do not compromise safety

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 10:26 p.m.

OLONGAPO CITY – "Do not compromise safety."

Thus, said Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante as he addressed about 150 construction workers who recently underwent Basic Occupational Safety and Health Training for Ship Building (BOSH) at the Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation (HHIC)–Philippines Shipyard in Subic yesterday.

Palafox hits tree cutting along MacArthur Highway

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 10:23 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT --- Architect Felino "Jun" Palafox Jr., a world-renowned urban planner and developer, assailed the government particularly the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for cutting century-old acacia trees along the MacArthur Highway or Manila North Road to give way for the widening of the national artery.

Palafox said the DPWH should have revised the road design in order to save the trees.

DTI gets good ratings from 2013 SWS survey

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 10:20 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here reported that it received favorable ratings from the result of the 2013 SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption.

This was raveled in the Good Governance Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

Gonzales on HRET decision: ‘I am vindicated’

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:14 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – "I respect the decision. But I am glad because it was moral vindication for me."

Thus, said former third district representative Aurelio Gonzales, Jr. on the decision of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) which dismissed the election protest he filed against current Pampanga Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez for lack of merit.

Guv’s birthday wish: Better hospital care for the poor

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:10 p.m.

GUAGUA -- Governor Lilia Pineda celebrates her birthday Friday with an ardent wish that Kapampangans, particularly indigents, will be able to avail of better hospital care from public hospitals here as she improves on the province’s health service programs.

“My birthday wish is that sick people will get well and properly treated in our hospitals,” Governor Pineda said in the vernacular during the launching of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation’s Point of Care at the Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital (DPMMH) on Wednesday afternoon.

PamCham: Develop regional growth centers

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:08 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham), under the leadership of chairman emeritus Levy Laus and president Jim Jimenez, has called on national government leaders to develop regional growth centers to decongest Metro Manila.

This was aired during the chamber’s 43rd General Membership Meeting and Induction of New Officers, dubbed Decongest Metro Manila For Country’s Sake. Develop Countryside Growth Center, at the Holiday Inn Clark yesterday.

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