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PDEA arrests Fil-Am DJ, American tourist in Pampanga buy-bust

Oct 24, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Agents of PDEA Central Luzon nab the suspects at the red light district of Barangay Balibago

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Angeles City shuts down Chinese-operated POGO firm

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

City Hall closes a POGO company which had no business permit and was not paying business taxes

PAGE 2019 (the Phil-Asian Gaming Expo) at SMX Convention Center in Pasay on July 12-14, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Gov't doctors, nurses in Angeles City not observing work hours dared to resign

Oct 01, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr says if the city health employees cannot comply with the mandatory working hours, they should quit their jobs

QUIET. A generic file photo of a rural health unit.

Cagayan de Oro mayor's son arrested in drug bust

Jul 03, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Sean Moreno is arrested with 7 other suspects in Angeles City, Pampanga, in possession of party drugs

2 days before end of gun ban, barangay chairman ambushed in Angeles City

Jun 12, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The chairman of Barangay Amsic in Angeles City in Pampanga survives an attack by motorcycle-riding suspects

Couple gets 32-year jail time, P5-M fine for online child pornography

Jun 04, 2019 - 9:32 PM

'Child pornography is a detestable act that every society must seek to eliminate. The offenses involve sexual gratification at the expense of children, the supposed future shapers of our country,' the court decision says

Kapampangan inmates helped make this Binibining Pilipinas candidate's national costume

May 14, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Emma Tiglao's costume 'Fe Esperanza Caridad' by Richie Sabinian is made with the help of the inmates from the Angeles City Jail

Political insider to challenge 2 dynasties in Angeles City

May 12, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Former city councilor Alexander Cauguiran is out to challenge the prominent political clans of Nepomuceno and Lazatin for Angeles City’s mayoral race

Angeles City cops gun down 3 motorcycle-riding men

Apr 21, 2019 - 3:16 PM

A 4th still-unidentified suspect is able to flee on foot

Computer technician gets life term for online trafficking in Pampanga

Apr 13, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Judge Katrina Nora Buan-Factora does not give merit to the defense of Christian Chaneco that he just did his job as a computer technician and acted upon the order of his clients

GUILTY. Christian Chaneco, 26, breaks down after hearing his life sentence. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

'Oplan Katok' nets loose firearms, explosives in Angeles City

Mar 30, 2019 - 4:28 PM

None of the owners of the surrendered guns and explosives are arrested nor charged

Shabu worth P4.8-M seized in Angeles City

Mar 29, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Cops arrest a woman selling a kilogram of shabu during a buy-bust operation in her home in Barangay Balibago, Angeles City

Bong Go: Don’t vote for me if I used gov’t resources for Senate bid

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:57 PM

But the former Duterte aide refuses to say who is funding his campaign

WAIT FOR SPENDING REPORT. Administration bet Bong Go tells journalists in Angeles City on February 12, 2019, he will report his campaign financiers and expenses. This document, however, is required by the Comelec only after the elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Korean tourist arrested in Pampanga for grave coercion

Feb 09, 2019 - 3:02 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Yooshik and two other Koreans residing in Angeles City allegedly tried to threaten an Angeles City bar owner to turn over her business to them

Cops seize P1M worth of marijuana in Angeles City buy-bust

Dec 15, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Police arrest Jayvee Canillo and his 3 companions after he was caught selling marijuana to an undercover cop


Angeles City road rage suspect a businessman-singer, not lawmaker

Nov 14, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The suspect is arrested at a bar in Tarlac City. Earlier, Pampanga 1st District Representative Carmelo Lazatin II denied any involvement in the incident.

Pampanga congressman denies involvement in road rage incident

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Pampanga 1st District Representative Carmelo Lazatin II says the protocol license plate used by the man in the video was issued during the previous 16th Congress, when he was not a congressman yet

Police seize P4M worth of shabu in Pampanga buy-bust

Jun 08, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The suspect, Jay-Ann Salonga, is arrested after handing illegal drugs to an undercover cop and an informant posing as buyers

BUY-BUST. Police present the items they recovered during a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Cutud, Angeles City in Pampanga on June 7, 2018. Photo courtesy of PRO3 PIO

Angeles City impresses national selectors in PNG rugby 7s tournament

May 22, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Makati City prevails in the women's division of the tournament

STAR TALENT. Philippine Volcano and Angeles City Captain Jonel Madrona was awarded Most Valuable Player for the Men's division. Photo from Philippine Rugby Football Union

Actor Baron Geisler arrested after threatening brother-in-law with knife

Mar 06, 2018 - 12:11 PM

(UPDATED) The actor says he got fed up as his brother-in-law and other members of his family were 'always ganging up' on him

IN JAIL. Actor Baron Geisler in a detention cell at the Police Station 3 in Pulung Maragul village, Angeles City in Pampanga on March 6, 2018 Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Angeles City mayor to demand payment from Sanofi over Dengvaxia crisis

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:32 PM

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, who is also national president of the city mayors' league, says Sanofi made a 'reckless assault on the human rights' of children

ANGERED. Edgardo Pamintuan wants accountability from Sanofi Pasteur. Photo from Pamintuan

Arrest warrant out vs Angeles City cops in Korean kidnap, extortion

Oct 11, 2017 - 4:28 PM

The 7 policemen are accused of kidnapping and extorting from 3 Koreans in Pampanga in December 2016

REPRIMAND. In this photo from February 2017, PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa rebukes the 7 cops accused of kidnapping and robbing 3 Korean tourists in Angeles City in December 2016. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Pampanga court dismisses sex trafficking case vs Japanese tourist

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:17 PM

The judge says the court had no other recourse but to exonerate Michihiro Suzumura, as the information dated July 28 by Assistant City Prosecutor Mark Oliver Sison fails to establish the existence of probable cause against Suzumura in violating Republic Act 9208

Suspects plead not guilty in Jee Ick Joo kidnap-slay case

May 31, 2017 - 7:49 PM

Supt Rafael Dumlao III SPO4 Roy Villegas Jerry Omlang and Gerardo Santiago all enter not guilty pleas before Judge Irineo Pangilinan Jr at the Regional Trial Court Branch 58 on Wednesday afternoon May 31

VLOG: Fire engulfs Yokohama tire factory in Pampanga

May 14, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Fire erupts at the Yokohama Tire Philippines factory in Clark Pampanga around 3:30 pm on Sunday Rappler s David Lozada files this video blog

FIRE ONGOING. The fire alarm level in Yokohama Tire Philippines in Clark, Angeles City is still unclear as of posting. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Suspect in Korean kidnap-slay a no-show in scheduled arraignment

Apr 19, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Only two of the 7 suspects listed in the original Department of Justice DOJ resolution regarding Jee’s case are able to attend the scheduled arraignment

FACING THE COURT. SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel is escorted by National Bureau of Investigation agents and policemen at the Angeles City Hall of Justice. Photo by Jun A. Malig

The story behind the photos of tourists posing on Pampanga crosses

Apr 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Netizens condemn the desecration of religious symbols as photos spread online

ON THE CROSS. Three of the photos shared on Mandaue City Mayor Luigi R. Quisumbing's Facebook page show people posing on the cross. Screen shot from Facebook.

Ex-Angeles City mayor gets 12 years for illegal donation to NGO

Mar 31, 2017 - 9:18 AM

Abelardo Pamintuan Jr president of Kapanalig Angeles City is also convicted of the two counts of graft for receiving the motor vehicle from former Angeles City mayor Francis Nepomuceno

Korean vs Korean in Pampanga? Cops say yes

Mar 06, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The Pampanga police file a criminal complaint against Jung Young Hun before an Angeles prosecutor

KIDNAPPING CHARGES. Jung Young Hun alias 'Tomas' was last publicly visible on January 31, 2017 when he attended the case conference with investigators as a witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on 'tokhang for ransom'

Feb 23, 2017 - 7:52 AM

South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo reportedly was a victim of tokhang for ransom and died in the hands of the Philippine police

Kidnapping, robbery charges eyed vs Korean tipster in Pampanga

Feb 08, 2017 - 5:34 PM

The Korean tipster gets a 10 cut from illegal police operations says the Central Luzon police chief

TIPSTER? Thomas Jung, the Korean identified by Central Luzon Police as working with scalawag cops, attends the case conference with investigators on Tuesday, January 31, to file his statements as a witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bato admonishes, ‘punishes’ 7 cop suspects in Korean rob-extort case

Feb 01, 2017 - 6:43 PM

UPDATED Dela Rosa is unable to control himself and repeatedly hurls invectives at the cop suspects Still unsatisfied he punishes them with a difficult push up type position

FRONT LEANING POSITION. Dela Rosa orders the 7 policemen-suspects to do several minutes of a difficult punishment position. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

2 of 7 cops in robbery-extortion of Koreans clean after all

Feb 01, 2017 - 5:46 PM

Findings of the multi unit police special investigation task group show that PO3 Goemerson Evangelista and PO3 Arnold Nagayo were not among the 7 policemen of the Angeles City Police Station 5 who allegedly victimized 3 Korean tourists

REPRIMAND. Police Director General Ronald 'Bato'€ dela Rosa lectures officials of the Angeles City Police Office about proper supervision of their men. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

DOJ subpoenas 5 cops, 4 others in new probe into Korean's murder

Feb 01, 2017 - 5:34 PM

The reinvestigation of Jee Ick Joo s case – as ordered by an Angeles City court – starts on Friday February 3

BACK TO SQUARE ONE. The justice department conducts another preliminary investigation into the kidnapping and murder of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, after a Pampanga court granted the plea of prime suspect SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel, shown here escorted from the Angeles City Hall of Justice on January 30, 2016. Photo by Jun Malig/Rappler

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Jan 31, 2017 - 8:31 PM

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Koreans and crime in Angeles City

Jan 28, 2017 - 6:49 PM

They have their own security desks CCTVs and a specially designated Korean police chief but why are some Koreans in Angeles City still victimized or involved in crimes?

Korean nationals in Angeles City enjoy a specialized security, such as a designated satellite police station shown in photo. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on Korean businessman slay

Jan 26, 2017 - 12:54 PM

South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo reportedly died in the hands of the Philippine police

Murder in Crame: Senate probes Korean kidnap-slay case

Jan 26, 2017 - 10:34 AM

The kidnap slay case of Jee Ick Joo is only the latest controversy to hound the Philippine police as it wages its war on drugs

SUSPECT. Police officer Ricky Sta Isabel (C), one of the suspects in the kidnapping and murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, is escorted by fellow policemen as they leave the National Bureau of Investigation building in Manila on January 20, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Angeles City police chief axed over men’s crimes vs Koreans

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:00 PM

When the Koreans were victimized by extortionist cops there was no official in the station City police director Senior Superintendent Sidney Villaflor lacked in supervision

LACKING IN SUPERVISION. Senior Superintendent Sidney Villaflor has been relieved as Angeles City police director for his men's extortion activities against Koreans in Angeles City, Pampanga. He is on floating status. Contributed photo

WATCH: Koreans in Angeles City appear unfazed after kidnapping-murder case

Jan 25, 2017 - 3:58 PM

For a Korean businessman based in Angeles City the laid back life in the Philippines is still a better choice than high octane South Korea

Pampanga cops sacked for extorting money from Koreans

Jan 23, 2017 - 9:38 PM

2ND UPDATE The incident happened on December 30 2016 but only reaches police authorities this month – around the same time when news broke out about the kidnap murder case of businessman Jee Ick Joo

KOREANS' SAFETY. Angeles City Police has Korean Security Task Force Committee stationed in this satellite office of Police Station 4. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Police guard Fontana casino after shutdown

Dec 06, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Policemen have been posted at the casino to ensure that no casino gambling operation will continue and that possible evidence shall not be concealed destroyed or taken out says the CIDG Region 3 chief

CLOSED. The casino at the Fontana Leisure Park and Casino has been shut down since December 4, 2016. Photo from the official Fontana website

Chinese 'drug lord' nabbed in Angeles City

Aug 06, 2016 - 8:04 AM

PDEA agents find 30 kilos of shabu with a street value of P100 million in the rented house of Yiye Chen The person who tipped off authorities on the operation will get a P5 million reward from President Rodrigo Duterte

SEIZED. A PDEA agent inspects the shabu seized from the residence of Yiye Chen (seated). Jun A. Malig/

Angeles City mayor wants new rules on SEF use following audit report

Jul 15, 2016 - 9:44 AM

After auditors called out Angeles City for deficiencies in using its Special Education Fund the city mayor calls for a review of rules on the use of the fund

REVIEW. Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan calls for a review of the use of the Special Education Fund. Photo from Pamintuan's Facebook page

Cops gun down riding-in-tandem robbers in Angeles City

Jun 26, 2016 - 2:29 PM

The two are killed after escaping policemen who caught them while robbing their victims at gunpoint

P1.125B worth of liquid meth seized in latest raid

Jun 01, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Raids yielding huge amounts of illegal drugs have become frequent since President elect Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his tough stance against illegal drugs

Pineda fails to deliver for Aquino's bets in Pampanga

May 13, 2016 - 2:34 PM

In the Pineda clan s hometown of Lubao Rodrigo Duterte secures the top spot while administration bet Mar Roxas ends up in 4th place

PAMPANGA ALLIES. Administration candidate Manuel Roxas II and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao loses reelection bid

May 11, 2016 - 3:04 PM

Guiao however still has another possible source of victory – the Elasto Painters are currently leading the Alaska Aces 2 0 in the PBA Commissioner s Cup Finals

Angeles City local bets 'upstage' Duterte at last rally

May 08, 2016 - 3:11 AM

Some attendees expressed concerns that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte s name was used to get more people to attend ABE Kapampangan last campaign rally

Image courtesy Wenri De Guzman

Even in local debate, mayoral bet Lito Lapid is absent

Apr 27, 2016 - 6:58 PM

Angeles City candidates tackle their programs for education poverty peace and order transparency accountability and other local issues like jueteng

PAMPANGA VOTE. Supporters of local candidates and students attend the forum hosted by the Holy Angel University. Photo by Wenri Deguzman/ Rappler