Couple found dead

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:35 p.m.

A COUPLE was found dead at their house at Purok 3 in Barangay Colosas in Paquibato District, Davao City on Sunday afternoon.

Police identified the two victims as Rico Jimenez and his partner Maricel Jimenez, both legal age, both residents of Purok 3 in Barangay Colosas.

DCWD to stop utilization of some production wells

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:34 p.m.

THE Davao City Water District (DCWD) will stop utilization of around 75 percent of its 56 water production wells for it to replenish once the P10-billion Tamugan Surface Development Project is completed.

DCWD spokesperson Bernardo D. Delima, in an interview with reporters after Monday's edition of Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao, said they will not rest the production wells all at the same time but will be done gradually.

In Maleldo rites: No crucifixion for foreigners

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:12 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Foreigners are banned from joining the annual crucifixion rites on Good Friday in Barangay San Pedro Cutud, this city, said officials of the 2015 Maleldo (Holy Week) committee.

PamCham boosting partnerships for development

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:10 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) recently disclosed of its efforts to boost growth and prime countryside development.

PamCham president Jess Nicdao, during the group’s general membership meeting, said that the chamber is in continuing talks with development partners and government agencies focusing on aspects of investments, economy, heritage and environment.

Trader to San Fernando: Remove tricycles from major roads

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:09 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) vice chairman Rene Romero has called on the City Government of San Fernando to exercise political will and remove tricycles here using major highways citing regulations and safety reasons.

NGCP linemen conduct hotline maintenance

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:08 p.m.

AS PART of its continuing efforts to minimize power line shutdown and efficiently serve customers, power grid operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has been deploying its linemen to conduct hotline or live line maintenance work.

Angeles village is DILG's showcase in regional assembly

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:02 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay Cutcut of Angeles City is the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Central Luzon's Regional Showcase Barangay for the first semester of 2015.

Booby trap kills militiaman, injures 2

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 07:53 p.m.

A MILITIAMAN was killed while two others were wounded in a booby trap explosion perpetrated by the New People's Army (NPA) rebels in South Cotabato.

Colonel Romeo Brawner Jr., Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) spokesman, said the incident took place around 7 a.m. Sunday in the village of Poblacion, T'boli, South Cotabato.

Zambo Norte health program got a boost from Unicef

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 07:53 p.m.

THE health program of the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Norte got a boost from the United Nation Children's Fund (Unicef), an official said.

Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Uy said this came about after the Unicef donated 479 boxes of medical supplies to his office.

City opens P75-M sanitary landfill facility

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 07:52 p.m.

THE City Government's sanitary landfill facility worth P75 million and located in the village of Salaan starts operation Tuesday, March 31.

Engineer Reynaldo Gonzales, Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources chief, said the first cell of the sanitary landfill, which has an area of 2.3 hectares, can be used for a three-year period.

Central Luzon bags rice achievers awards

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 07:47 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Six provinces, one municipality and 87 agricultural extension workers (AEWs) of Central Luzon were awarded during the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Awards held at Resorts World Manila recently.

Cabalen opens at SM City Pampanga

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 07:43 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Cabalen, the home of authentic Kapampangan cuisine on Monday opened its 16th store in the Philippines at SM City Pampanga.

The restaurant, also the fourth of branches sporting Cabalen's innovative modern look with a green and white motif and homey decors and furniture, is located near the Events Center and the Skyranch theme park.

Recto: Lack of tech-voc labs to torpedo K to 12 program

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 06:46 p.m.

THE lack of technical-vocational laboratories in the country's 7,916 public high schools will torpedo the key objective of the K to 12 program, which is to produce employable graduates, Senator Ralph Recto said Monday.

"This is one undiscussed weakness of K to 12. The lack of vocational labs has not caught our attention. Although it is too big to ignore, it has remained under the radar," said Recto.

All-out offensive vs BIFF over

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 06:23 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ended on Monday its all-out offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), AFP chief-of-staff Gregorio Pio Catapang said.

Iloilo starts bidding for slaughterhouse upgrade

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 06:19 p.m.

ILOILO City is upgrading its slaughterhouse, and is looking for a contractor to do it.

The city's bids and awards committee will start entertaining bids for the project, which has a P5-million budget, City Administrator Norlito Bautista told reporters Monday.

3 river establishments get demolition reprieve

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 06:17 p.m.

THREE business establishments squatting on the banks of the Iloilo River were given until April 30 to dismantle their structures.

The establishments were to have been demolished by the end of this month, but Iloilo Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog gave them a reprieve.

Drilon’s high poll rating ‘proof’ of Ilonggos’ trust

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 06:16 p.m.

THE high approval rating of Senate President Franklin Drilon is proof he enjoys the full trust and confidence of Ilonggos, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said.

The latest Pulse Asia survey showed Drilon with a public approval rating of 49 percent, two percentage points higher than his rating last November.

Sandigan upholds freeze order on Estrada's assets

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 06:01 p.m.

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan fifth division upheld Monday an order to freeze the assets of Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, who is facing a plunder case in connection with the pork barrel scam, pending the resolution of his cases.

Angara pushes for the creation of national sports training center

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 05:13 p.m.

SENATOR Juan Edgardo Angara urged on Monday his colleagues to pass the bill seeking to create and establish a "state-of-the-art and highly scientific" sports complex to be called the Philippine Amateur Sports Training Center.

Congress urged to prioritize ‘Bigger Pie, Bigger Slice’ bill

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 05:04 p.m.

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III sought on Monday for bipartisan support for the approval of the bill giving local government units (LGUs) "expanded and bigger" share from the national taxes, following an appeal of town mayors.

On April 14 to 16, the League of Municipalities, representing 1,490 municipal governments, will hold its 2015 General Assembly at the Manila Hotel to ask Congress to prioritize "bigger pie, bigger slice" bill.

Mahathir Mohamad is last of Southeast Asia's old guards

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 04:24 p.m.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Two of Asia's best-known strongmen, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew and Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, had much in common — a streak of authoritarianism, little tolerance for dissent and vision that changed the face of their countries.

P11.50 Western Visayas wage hike up for signing

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:09 p.m.

THE Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board for Western Visayas is expected to approve today a P11.50 increase in the region’s daily minimum wage.

John Peter Millan, the employers’ representative to the board, said the increase is due for approval despite the declaration of workers’ representative Wennie Sancho that he will not sign the wage order “as a manifestation of indignation and protest.”

Electricity use dips during Earth Hour

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:09 p.m.

A TOTAL of 34.67 megawatts of electricity was saved in the Visayas during Earth Hour last Saturday.

According to the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines, the load reduction was 8.69 MW in Negros, 6.68 MW in Cebu, 6.39 MW in Panay, 11.61 MW in Leyte-Samar and 1.3 MW in Bohol.

NPA claims membership up

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:08 p.m.

THE New People's Army (NPA) in Negros Island claims that its numbers have increased as the communist group marked its 46th anniversary yesterday.

Ka Estrella Banagbanag, spokesperson of the Rachelle Mae Palang Command (RMPC) Southeast Front, said in a press statement that NPA units in southeast Negros have “successfully preserved themselves and gradually but surely increasing the numbers of its Red fighters from the ranks of struggling peasant masses, workers, and educated youth.”

Bacolod police ramp up security for Holy Week

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:06 p.m.

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is stepping up security operations for Holy Week.

“All the station commanders will intensify their checkpoint operations,” said Supt. Calixto Mabugat, officer-in-charge of BCPO.

Bacolod prepared for emergencies during Apec – mayor

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:05 p.m.

BACOLOD City is “ready and well-prepared” for any untoward incident or calamity during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting, Mayor Monico Puentevella said.

Puentevella gave the assurance during the 1st Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill held at SM City Bacolod Friday.

Bacolod south terminal ordinance hurdles first reading

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:02 p.m.

THE Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod passed on first reading a proposed ordinance seeking to lay down the guidelines for the city’s new southbound transport terminal.

No. 4 in Bacolod police drug watchlist nabbed

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:01 p.m.

A 22-YEAR-OLD woman, who is number 4 in the drug watchlist of the Bacolod City police, was arrested Saturday night.

Sarah Guising was caught while selling P200 worth of shabu to a police agent in San Mateo Village, Purok Katilingban, Barangay Banago.

Bago detainee escapes through toilet ceiling

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:00 p.m.

A DETAINEE at the Bago City Police Station escaped by slipping through the ceiling of a toilet Saturday.

Police are looking for Marlon Molina, 36, Purok Sunrise, Barangay Bluemintrit, Murcia.

1 killed, 3 hurt as motorbikes collide

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:00 p.m.

A motorcycle rider was killed while three minors were injured in a head-on collision between two motorcycles in Bacolod City Sunday morning.

Police identified the rider as Jojo Laban, 35, and the injured as Diosdado Mangilimutan, 17, Michael Esmiliarin, 17, and Ronald De la Torre, 14.