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Floods batter Metro Manila, nearby provinces; 2 dead

At least two people died as heavy rains brought by tropical storm “Mario” (international name Fung-Wong) and the seasonal monsoon triggered widespread flooding yesterday in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, shutting down schools and government offices and forcing tens of thousands to flee flooded homes. Local officials interviewed on radio reported hundreds were evacuated early Friday from severely... 

6 carnap gang members nabbed

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – Six suspected members of a carnap group operating in Metro Manila, Pampanga and other parts of Central Luzon were arrested during a police operation Wednesday afternoon in Barangay Sindalan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. A report to Senior Supt. Marlon V. Madrid, officer-in-charge of the Pampanga Provincial Police Office (PPPO), identified the arrested suspects as Norman... 

House declines to enforce Gloria suspension

The House of Representatives cannot give into the Sandiganbayan’s order directing the 90-day suspension of former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. said yesterday. The House Chief explained that under the House rules, a sitting member of the House can only be disciplined for the offenses she or he committed during her or his incumbency.  Read More »

134 cops in CL charged

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – At least 134 police personnel in Central Luzon have been charged administratively for violating protocols and rules of the Philippine National Police (PNP) from January to September this year. Data gathered from the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) Discipline Law and Order Section (DLOS) showed that a total of 119 administrative cases have been filed against the erring cops... 

Crime gang leader nabbed

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – Police operatives arrested yesterday the alleged leader of a notorious crime syndicate and four of his members during a manhunt operation in Sta. Maria, Bulacan. The Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) said they captured Henry Laxamana, reportedly leader of the “Laxamana Robbery and Gun-for-Hire Group” responsible in various nefarious activities such as robbery holdup, carnapping,... 

Lee allowed to attend Senate probe

A Pampanga court has finally allowed detained property developer Delfin Lee to attend the Senate probe on the R6.6-billion housing loan mess involving the Pag-IBIG Fund and his company. Reversing her earlier decision, Judge Maria Amifaith Fider Reyes of the Pampanga Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 42 granted the request of Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations “upon... 

Crime group leader falls

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – A robbery and carnapping group leader was arrested Monday night by members of the Regional Public Safety Battalion 3 and San Leonardo Police in Barangay Mambangnan, San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija. Chief Supt. Raul D. Petrasanta, Central Luzon police regional director, identified the arrested crime group leader as Rodel Lacanilao Mangalinao alias “Bobby”.  Read More »

Police major falls in drug sting

By FRANCO G. REGALA CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – A police major and his cohort were caught selling illegal drugs during an entrapment operation conducted last Sunday by anti-narcotics operatives in Mabalacat City, Pampanga. Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director, said criminal charges have been filed before the Pampanga Provincial Prosecutor for violation of Sec. 5 and... 

LMP Visayas cluster meet on tomorrow in Pampanga

Visayan mayors hope to compliment the 2015 Visit the Philippines Year with added vigor as they open the 2014 Visayas Island Cluster Conference tomorrow at the Oxford Hotel in Clark, Pampanga. Theme of the conference is “Chasing Destiny: Establishing the Visayas Economic and Tourism Growth Quadrangle.” Incoming search terms:manila office of foton (1) Read More »

Defining political dynasties

“The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.” This provision is Section 26 of Article II of the Constitution, which went into effect in 1987, 27 years ago. Many times during these 27 years, from the Eighth to the Fifteenth Congress, many members of the House and the Senate sought to carry out this constitutional...