‘Pepeng’ death toll hits 375; most in Cordillera at 247

BAGUIO CITY — The death toll of Typhoon “Pepeng” is still rising with confirmed fatalities now reaching 375, according to the National Disaster Coordinating Council. The NDCC said 287 of the reported deaths came from the Cordillera Administrative Region and were largely due to landslides. There were 75 deaths in Region I, eight in Region [...]

Informer given P300,000 reward

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga– A civilian whose information led to the arrest last March of Nueva Ecija’s most wanted criminal finally received Tuesday a P300,000 reward from Chief Supt. Leon Nilo de la Cruz, Central Luzon police director, at Camp Olivas here. Thanks to the informer’s “reliable information,” De la Cruz said police arrested Vicente Fernando [...]

Angeles police chief sacked

ANGELES CITY– Central Luzon police director Chief Supt, Leon Nilo de la Cruz relieved yesterday Oct. 15 this city’s police chief amid the rising number of unsolved killings and other crimes. “I just don’t like the growing number of unsolved crimes anymore,” De la Cruz told newsmen following the shooting of a Customs officer at [...]

Flood alert raised in 5 Pampanga towns

By George Trillo SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga– Although the weather was sunny, more than 400 residents in a barangay in Bacolor town had to flee to higher ground, while those in five other towns were alerted as floodwaters continued to rise. Filipinas Sevilla, chief of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, said at least 435 residents of [...]

100 caskets scheduled for delivery to northern areas

STO. TOMAS, Pampanga – President Arroyo has asked casket manufacturers here to prepare at least 100 coffins for delivery to Baguio City and other northern areas where hundreds were killed mostly in landslides at the height of typhoon “Pepeng.” Sofronio Galang, information officer of fourth district Rep. Anna York Bondoc-Sagum, said the President placed the [...]

Customs executive survives gun attack

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga– The officer-in-charge of the clearance department of the Bureau of Customs in this freeport sustained two gunshot wounds but survived an attack here night of Oct 9, police said. Senior Supt. Nicanor Targa, chief of the security and fire department of the Clark Development Corp., said Elizardo Cabilao, whose office is in [...]

Hearing on Pampanga gubernatorial row starts

By George Trillo CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Commission on Elections Second Division conducted initial hearing of the recount petition for the gubernatorial post in this province Oct. 15. The hearing was originally set for Oct. 8 but was moved to Oct. 8 at the Comelec office in Manila because two other commissioners [...]

‘No mining, illegal logging in Arayat’

By George Trillo SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga– The mayor of Arayat town denied the existence of mining and illegal logging activities at the foot of Mt. Arayat. Mayor Luis Espino was reacting to claims that mining and illegal logging caused the mudslide that buried alive 12 villagers, eight of them children, at the height of tropical [...]

Comelec finishes recount of 2007 Pampanga votes

By Fred Roxas SAN FERNANDO CITY, Pampanga — The provincial government of Pampanga is on tenterhooks after the Commission on Elections finished Wednesday the recount of gubernatorial votes cast in the 2007 elections in this province. But Edgardo Cervando of the Comelec’s second division said that no announcement of the results of the recount could [...]

Pampanga town has new mayor, vice mayor

By George Trillo SASMUAN, Pampanga– Less than a year before the next elections, this town is getting a new mayor and vice mayor. The Commission on Elections issued its final order for this town’s chief executive, Nardo Velasco, “to immediately and peacefully vacate” the mayor’s office. The poll body, in a four-page decision, said there [...]