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Court convicts gunman in murder of businessman Dominic Sytin

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Edgardo Luib, convicted of murder and frustrated murder, points to Dominic Sytin's brother Dennis as mastermind. Dennis is at large.

HITMAN. Edgardo Luib, the confessed hitman in the Dominic Sytin murder case, is presented to the media following his arrest on March 11, 2019. Photo from PNP

Court orders SBMA to issue permit to operate to locator in contempt case

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Brighterday Subic Ltd. Inc, operator of All Hands Beach, is the latest locator to file a complaint against SBMA over policies that are allegedly inimical to locators in the free port

SBMA photo from Wikipedia

Family of 3 dies in Olongapo fire

Nov 13, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The City Fire Marshall says the building was ringed with security grills and there was no fire exit in the upper floors

Australian man nabbed over fatal gun attack in Olongapo

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:25 PM

(UPDATED) No motive has been established yet for the gun attack

GUN ATTACK. Police say the gunman who escaped from the crime scene is 'foreign-looking.' Photo courtesy of Olongapo City police

Trial of confessed gunman in Sytin murder ends; verdict out on November 20

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:57 PM

The promulgation of the decision on the murder and frustrated murder charges against Edgardo Luib will be released on November 20 – 8 days before the first death anniversary of Dominic Sytin

HIT MAN. Edgardo Luib, the confessed hit man in the Dominic Sytin murder case, is presented to the media following his arrest on March 11, 2019. File photo from PNP

PH, U.S. forces kick off ‘more advanced’ KAMANDAG war games

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The joint military exercises will feature the Philippines' brand new amphibious assault vehicles in an international drill for the first time

SBP condemns Olongapo referee slashing incident

May 21, 2019 - 5:39 PM

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas condemns the brutal knife attack on a referee during a game in Olongapo

Mitos Magsaysay running for Zambales representative, replacing father-in-law

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The suspended Olongapo mayor, Rolen Paulino, also withdraws his candidacy in favor of his son, Rolen Paulino Jr

ALLIANCE. Former 1st district congresswoman Mitos Magsaysay (2nd from right) is running for her old post. She has the support of (from left) Vice Governor Angel Magsaysay, 2nd District Representative Cheryl Deloso Montalla, and Governor Amor Deloso. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Mayor questions PNP's 'drug hotbed' tag on Olongapo City

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:03 PM

Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino says Olongapo City is the 'second most peaceful place in Region 3' based on police records

OLONGAPO CITY. Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino says his city is the second most peaceful in Region 3, based on Police Regional Office 3  records. Photo from the Facebook page of the Olongapo City Information Connection

Court puts Olongapo officials' suspension on hold

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 83 presiding judge Ralph Lee gives both the petitioners and respondent 15 days to submit their respective memorandums in support of their arguments

ROLEN PAULINO. Photo of Paulino from https://www.facebook.com/mayorrolenpaulino

Olongapo mayor, execs to defy suspension order

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Olongapo City Mayor Rolen C. Paulino says the Ombudsman’s decision to suspend them for 6 months over misconduct is unfair

DEATH OF DEMOCRACY? Supporters of Olongapo Mayor Rolen Paulino brought in front of city hall 3 signifying the death of democracy in Olongapo. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

1 dead, 1 missing due to monsoon rains in Zambales

Jul 23, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Olongapo City rescue officials identify the fatality as Maria Veronica Rafael of Otero Avenue in Barangay Mabayuan

FLOODED BRIDGE. Bajac-Bajac Bridge in Olongapo City is flooded. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Beer truck topples over along Olongapo highway

May 12, 2017 - 7:57 PM

Some residents say it is the 4th vehicle crash incident along the National Highway since road construction started

TOPPLED OVER. A trailer truck containing cases of beer toppled along a national highway in Olongapo City Friday afternoon, May 12. Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Political families in Zambales claim wins, losses

May 13, 2016 - 3:19 PM

How did the prominent families in Zambales fare in these elections?

US submarine arrives in Subic amid fresh PH-China tension

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:34 AM

Through engagements with our partners such as this port visit to Subic Bay we aid in maintaining stability says the commanding officer of the USS Ohio

US SUBMARINE AT SUBIC. The USS Ohio at Subic Freeport, a former US naval base, on March 22, 2016. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Pemberton to return to Camp Aguinaldo

Dec 01, 2015 - 8:07 PM

UPDATED This comes after Pemberton s counsel filed an urgent motion asking the court to direct the US Marine s confinement to the custodial center instead of the New Bilibid Prison

CONVICTED. US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton was found guilty of homicide in the death of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude. Photo by Randy Datu/ Rappler

Pemberton's conviction: 'Incomplete victory' for Laude family

Dec 01, 2015 - 6:02 PM

UPDATED The family of the slain transgender woman is dismayed that Pemberton was only convicted of homicide not murder

In this file photo, Julita Laude, mother of slain transgender Jennifer Laude, gets emotional during an interview while their lawyer Harry Roque looks on at the Department of Justice in Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pemberton guilty of homicide

Dec 01, 2015 - 3:57 PM

2ND UPDATE The ruling comes over a year after Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude was found dead

MUGSHOT. A handout photo dated 19 December 2014 released on 21 December 2014 by the Olongapo City Police Public Information Office (PIO) shows US Marine Private First Class Joseph Pemberton at the Olongapo police station in Olongapo city, north of Manila, Philippines. Photo from EPA/PNP OLONGAPO-PIO

Olongapo City to have 5-hour power outage

Jun 06, 2015 - 1:35 PM

At least 17 barangays will have no electricity on June 7 from 8 am to 1 pm

4 US military men to testify in Laude case

May 16, 2015 - 8:40 AM

The US servicemen return to the Philippines to honor the Philippine US Visiting Forces Agreement They vow to cooperate with the investigation

PUBLIC APPEARANCE. US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton appears in an Olongapo court over the alleged murder of transgender Filipino Jennifer Laude on December 19, 2014. Photo courtesy of Marilou Laude

Laude camp to SC: Order Pemberton's move to Olongapo jail

Apr 16, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The sisters of slain Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude want the US soldier s transfer from a Philippine military camp to the Olongapo City Jail

MUGSHOT. A handout photo dated 19 December 2014 released on 21 December 2014 by the Olongapo City Police Public Information Office (PIO) shows US Marine Private First Class Joseph Pemberton at the Olongapo police station in Olongapo city, north of Manila, Philippines. Photo from EPA/PNP OLONGAPO-PIO

Curfew, nightclub ban on US troops killing businesses in Olongapo, Subic

Apr 15, 2015 - 4:04 PM

Some establishments have already closed while others are just struggling to survive right now according to business owners

Pemberton camp denies making P21M plea bargain offer

Mar 24, 2015 - 10:34 PM

Defense counsel Benjamin Tolosa Jr says it is an absolute lie we did not make an offer and it was them who made the P21 million demand when plea bargaining was discussed

PEMBERTON. US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton appears in an Olongapo court over the alleged murder of transgender Filipino Jennifer Laude on December 19, 2014. Photo courtesy of Marilou Laude

Laude family: We just want to see the killer go to jail

Mar 10, 2015 - 9:31 PM

The prosecution did not ask for anything nor was something offered by the Pemberton camp says Virgie Suarez lawyer for the family of slain transgender Jennifer Laude

NO DEAL. The family of slain transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude says they just want to see US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton go to jail for the alleged crime. Rappler file photo

Pemberton murder trial starts March 23 – court

Feb 27, 2015 - 2:44 PM

US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton accused of killing Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude makes an unexpected appearance at the pre trial conference in Olongapo City

FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE. US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton appears in an Olongapo court over the alleged murder of transgender Filipino Jennifer Laude on December 19, 2014. Photo courtesy of Marilou Laude

Mamasapano survivor, Pemberton not guilty plea, Pacquiao killer instinct | The wRap

Feb 23, 2015 - 7:38 PM

Witnesses say a Mamasapano clash survivor killed 5 people in cold blood A not guilty plea for US Marine Pemberton Pacquiao’s trainer says he lost his killer instinct

Pemberton arrest warrant, PH vs. China, Sydney siege | The wRap

Dec 16, 2014 - 7:40 PM

Pemberton’s warrant of arrest is out China snubs a deadline to respond to a South China Sea case filed by Philippines The gunman and 2 hostages die in the Sydney cafe siege

Prosecutors inspect Laude crime scene

Nov 05, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Olongapo City Prosecutor Emilie Fe de los Santos says they were able to establish details of the witnesses testimonies but cannot say for now how this would help the case

Rappler Newscast | October 22, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 - 8:05 PM

US retains custody of Pemberton despite transfer VP Binay seeks President Aquino s endorsement for 2016 HK leader makes gesture to democracy protesters

Aquino: Pemberton getting 'special negative treatment'

Oct 22, 2014 - 1:47 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton has been detained even when there is still a preliminary investigation of the murder complaint against him

OLONGAPO MURDER. CCTV footage shows the victim, Jeffrey 'Jennifer' Laude, and the suspect in a hotel before the crime allegedly happened in Celzone Lodge, Olongapo City.

Olongapo hearing to push through with or without US Marine

Oct 20, 2014 - 8:30 PM

Despite Justice Secretary De Lima s statement that prosecutors will insist on the suspect s presence the prosecutors in Olongapo seem resigned to just seeing the American s lawyer

OLONGAPO MURDER. CCTV footage shows the victim, Jeffrey Laude, and the suspect in a hotel before the crime allegedly happened in Celzone Lodge, Olongapo City.

Remembering 'Ganda': The tragedy of Jennifer Laude

Oct 15, 2014 - 11:11 AM

Jeffrey Laude – Jennifer to friends – was beautiful inside out says her family and friends and confident about her sexuality

Rappler Newscast | October 14, 2014

Oct 14, 2014 - 7:25 PM

SWS: VP Binay s satisfaction ratings drop 15 Transgender Filipino slay suspect in US custody Kim Jong un resurfaces after 3 weeks

Olongapo slay suspect admitted he ‘did something wrong’ – mayor

Oct 14, 2014 - 11:44 AM

Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino says the suspect made the reported admission upon questioning by Philippine authorities but immediately invoked his right to a lawyer and would not elaborate further

OLONGAPO MURDER. CCTV footage shows the victim, Jeffrey Laude, and the suspect before the crime allegedly happened in Celzone Lodge, Olongapo City.

Olongapo city offers bounties for dead rats

Aug 06, 2014 - 6:23 PM

The headlines generated by the bounties are meant to help spread the word about the dangers of leptospirosis

RATS. A file photo shows Gabriel Dihukos, 3, holding a house rat he found in Paranaque district, south of Manila, Philippines on June 22, 2007. Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Olongapo City, parts of Bataan to experience power outage

May 24, 2014 - 4:51 PM

Customers of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and the general public are advised to take the necessary preparations and precautions for this scheduled interruption

Australian takes crash-marred Le Tour de Filipinas opener

Apr 22, 2014 - 7:40 PM

Australia s youngster Eric Timothy Sheppard charges into the top spot of the crash marred Le Tour 2014 day 1

LE TOUR OPENER. Racers during first day of Le Tour 2014. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

1 dead in Victory Liner bus accident in Olongapo

Apr 21, 2014 - 9:38 PM

At least 38 passengers have been rushed to the James Gordon Memorial Hospital Most of them have no major injuries but 6 are under observation

Photo from Victory Liner website

Canadian found dead in Olongapo resort

Apr 21, 2014 - 1:03 PM

Police investigators are not discounting foul play as the cause of death of the 72 year old Canadian national

DOH: Scrap fireworks, donate to disaster survivors

Dec 13, 2013 - 8:03 PM

DOH s Eric Tayag draws attention to this message by dancing to the tune of Katy Perry s Roar

Olongapo attempts street dancing world record

Oct 27, 2013 - 4:54 PM

The Mardi Gras festival culminates in a massive street dancing party called Galaw Gapo

Dumpsite blamed for Olongapo leptospirosis outbreak

Oct 14, 2013 - 8:47 PM

Hospital records show that 11 patients with leptospirosis have died while 500 are infected with the deadly disease

RAT-INFESTED. Residents of Barangay New Cabalan say rats that brought about the leptospirosis outbreak in Olongapo came from this dumpsite. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Under control? Leptospirosis claims more lives

Oct 11, 2013 - 9:15 PM

Deaths from leptospirosis reach 10 and the number of those infected surges to 426 on October 11 as the Gordon hospital continues to deal with overcrowding

CROWDED. A ward at the James L. Gordon hospital in Olongapo overflows with leptospirosis patients. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

DOH: Olongapo leptospirosis outbreak under control

Oct 10, 2013 - 8:30 PM

Health Secretary Enrique Ona says urban rats that are the carriers – found in houses and sewers – caused the leptospirosis ourbreak

URBAN RATS. These brought the leptospirosis outbreak following poor garbage collection after the heavy flooding in Olongapo, says Health Secretary Ona (in blue) during a visit at the James Gordon Memorial Hospital. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Olongapo leptospirosis toll climbs to 8

Oct 10, 2013 - 9:38 AM

UPDATED The toll from the leptospirosis outbreak rose by 2

Bong, JV bring relief goods to Zambales

Sep 27, 2013 - 9:31 PM

They are here to give [relief goods] even if [some sectors] are criticizing them Let s put those aside Olongapo Mayor Rolen Paulino tells his constituents

ZAMBALES RELIEF. Senator JV Ejercito Estrada goes to Subic and other parts of Zambales on September 27 to bring relief goods to flood victims. Photo by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

Olongapo residents: 'We have no homes to return to'

Sep 24, 2013 - 1:27 PM

Sta Rita barangay the worst hit barangay in all of Olongapo City starts clean up but many are homeless after floods ravaged their houses

AID. People affected by the flash flooding in Olongapo City line up for aid, September 24, 2013. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez/Rappler

Heavy rains leave 33 dead in Zambales

Sep 24, 2013 - 12:29 PM

UPDATED Many houses remain submerged Rescuers from neighboring provinces have arrived to help in search and rescue operations

SWOLLEN RIVER. A swollen river, caused by continuous monsoon rains, flows through Olongapo City, September 23, 2013. Photo courtesy KC Sarmiento

Sta. Rita in Olongapo City hit hard

Sep 24, 2013 - 11:20 AM

Barangay Sta Rita is one of the hardest hit barangays in Olongapo City Evacuees lack food water and electricity

Olongapo City under state of calamity

Sep 23, 2013 - 10:59 AM

UPDATED In neighboring Subic 6 people have been killed by landslides

FLOODED. Vehicles are underwater as flood waters inundate an area in Olongapo City, September 23, 2013. Photo courtesy Ryan Viduya