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Central Luzon police set up at eco-zones to prevent union organizing

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:48 PM

'Central Luzon remains a major flashpoint for communist insurgency and in the white area operation,' says Central Luzon police chief Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia

NO TO MILITANT LABOR. Police and economic zone offiicals – led by PNP chief Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa, Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia, PEZA Director Charito Plaza, and Secretary Carlito Galvez at  the launch of JIPCO at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Photo courtesy of PRO3 PIO

At least 7 dead in Pampanga road collision on New Year’s Day

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:32 AM

Police say over a dozen others were hurt

3 more Chinese men nabbed for sex trafficking at Clark Freeport

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:46 AM

Nine Chinese women are rescued from a room at ON Pool Villas during the sting operation. They are at the regional social welfare office as authorities coordinate with the immigration bureau.

LIST: DFA consular operations suspended on December 6, 7

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:41 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Foreign Affairs advises the public to take note of the schedules of its consular offices in Zamboanga, Pampanga, Metro Manila, and Baguio City

Pampanga 'ninja cop' dismissed from police service

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:35 AM

A 'ninja cop' involved in the anomalous 2013 Pampanga buy-bust is dismissed, but over a 2019 anti-drug operation in Antipolo City, Rizal

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Remate columnist shot dead in Pampanga

Oct 21, 2019 - 12:12 PM

A columnist and his companion are shot dead while on their way to Olongapo City

SHOT DEAD. Remate columnist Jupiter Gonzales is killed in Arayat town, Pampanga. Photo from Gonzales' Facebook page.

Pampanga governor offers P300,000-bounty for Korean fugitive

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda also orders the preventive suspension of 5 jail guards who were escorting Park Wang-yeol in nearby Tarlac province

FUGITIVE. This file photo shows Park Wang-yeol, the Korean inmate of the Pampanga Provincial Jail who was able to escape from 5 jail guards. Photo courtesy of the Pampanga Provincial Jail

4 dead in Pampanga car crash

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Police say the car caught fire after crashing into an open canal in Clark Freeport

Philippine city shows zero waste is achievable

Oct 13, 2019 - 6:45 PM

'We cannot avoid using plastic, but we have to manage,' says San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago

CLOSE TO ZERO WASTE. San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago shares how his city drastically reduced residual waste. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Albayalde intervened in dismissal of Pampanga 'ninja cops' – PDEA chief

Oct 01, 2019 - 12:55 PM

(5th UPDATE) When they were police regional directors, PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says he was asked if he can review a dismissal order against alleged 'ninja cops' by now PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

TOP COP. PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde gives his statement at the start of the 7th hearing on the GCTA on October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Megaworld to build Pampanga mall highlighting 'rich cultural heritage'

Sep 30, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The P1.8-billion Capital Mall will feature original parts of the sugar mill which used to stand on the same spot

British pilot dies in ultralight plane crash in Pampanga

Sep 21, 2019 - 1:42 PM

Police identify the pilot as 55-year-old Mark Hogget, a resident of Tarlac City, Tarlac

ULTRALIGHT PLANE. A two-seater ultralight plane. Photo from the website of the Angeles City Flying Club

Pampanga bans live pigs from entering its territory

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:14 PM

With the threat of the African swine fever just across its borders, Pampanga becomes the first Luzon province to impose a hog blockade

BOODLE PORK. Residents of Guagua, Pampanga join a boodle fight organized by local officials to show that hogs being raised in the town are not affected by African swine fever. Photo courtesy of Pampanga PIO

Dito Telecom campus to rise in Clark Global City

Sep 06, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The 3rd major telecommunications player says the campus is patterned after Google's headquarters and will house its data center

Police, Pampanga officials rescue Aeta teen from death in 'blood debt'

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The rival families have decided to amicably settle their feud after 3 days of negotiation

De Lima's co-accused in drug case arrested; denies drug links

Aug 16, 2019 - 10:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Jad Dera insists his only link to the Bilibid drug trade was as an asset of the Philippine National Police. He denies any link to Senator Leila de Lima.

ARRESTED. Jose Adrian Dera is escorted by the members of NBI after a media briefing in Manila on August 16, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Task force seizes 3 used sports cars being smuggled from Clark Freeport

Jul 11, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Task Force Aguila confiscates two other old vehicles earlier – a Ford F-150 XLT pick-up truck and a 1970 model Nissan Datsun car – allegedly brought to Angeles City and City of San Fernando from Clark Freeport Zone for restoration

SMUGGLING ATTEMPT. This is one of the two Ford Corvette Stingray sports cars seized by Task Force Aguila at Clark Freeport Zone on July 9, 2019. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

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

Pampanga priest accused of abusing 17-year-old girl

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'Ecclesiastical investigation is ongoing,' says San Fernando Archbishop Florentino Lavarias

2 suspects in Pampanga gas station robbery killed in shootout

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:06 PM

The two were part of a group of 4 suspects who robbed a gasoline station in Bacolor

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

As Lito Lapid enjoys Pampanga support, son Mark loses Porac bid

May 17, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Mark fails to clinch the mayoral seat in his family's hometown

Ex-Pampanga town mayor beats incumbent by 27 votes

May 17, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Former Magalang town mayor Romulo Pecson returns to his old post by beating incumbent Malu Lacson by a narrow margin

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

Pineda clan, allies dominate Pampanga polls

May 14, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Mother and son Pinedas switch places as Pampanga's top provincial leaders. Incumbent Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda slides down to vice governor, while her son Dennis climbs up from vice governor to governor.

FAMILY AFFAIRS. A campaign poster of the Pinedas. Photo from Facebook of Dennis Pineda

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

P121.7M needed to repair earthquake-damaged roads, bridges in Pampanga

May 07, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The Pampanga Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office reports the total cost of damage to infrastructure in the province, following the 6.1 magnitude earthquake on April 22

DAMAGED BRIDGE. Officials inspect the Consuelo Bridge in Floridablanca, Pampanga, following the April 22, 2019, earthquake that struck parts of Luzon. Photo from DPWH

Arroyo to Kapampangan voters: Let's help PDP-Laban, guest candidates in May 2019

May 03, 2019 - 8:31 PM

'We brought PDP-Laban and some of their guest candidates here. You know their qualifications, their background, how they helped us,' House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo tells her constituents

OFW hospital to open in Pampanga

May 01, 2019 - 9:48 PM

The facility, in the city of San Fernando, is targeted for completion by 2020

FIRST OFW HOSPITAL. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda lead the groundbreaking ceremony of the first overseas Filipino workers hospital in San Fernando City. Photo from Pampanga PIO

PCSO to release P6.5 million to earthquake-hit Pampanga, Zambales

Apr 29, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The total death toll from the earthquake has reached 18, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

AFTERMATH. In this file photo, rescuers look for victims from a collapsed supermarket in Porac, Pampanga, on April, 23, a day after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake on April 22. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rappler Talk: How Pinatubo lahar affected Pampanga during the April 22 earthquake

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Rappler speaks to Mahar Lagmay, UP Resilience Institute Executive Director, on the impact of the earthquake in Pampanga and the factors that led to it

Ayala to build first Philippine-China industrial park in Pampanga

Apr 26, 2019 - 7:23 PM

Ayala Corporation chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala says the Philippine-China industrial park will be built in Porac, Pampanga

Ayala Corp aids Pampanga residents affected by Luzon earthquake

Apr 26, 2019 - 7:19 PM

From water to telecommunications, various companies under the Ayala conglomerate are reaching out to affected communities in Pampanga

Manila Water Foundation's Agapay Tubig program distributed gallons of water to hard hit areas in Pampanga. Photo from Ayala Corp.

How you can help Aetas in earthquake-hit Pampanga

Apr 26, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Aeta families in Porac and Floridablanca are appealing for help and assistance as they stay in makeshift evacuation centers after the Luzon earthquake

EVACUEES. Aeta families affected by the Luzon earthquake stay in makeshift evacuation sites on April 25, 2019 at Porac, Pampanga. Photo courtesy of Alyansang Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon

Chuzon Supermarket operating without LGU permit in Apalit town

Apr 25, 2019 - 10:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered all branches of the supermarket in Pampanga closed after the branch in Porac collapsed and killed several people

NO LGU PERMIT. Authorities say the Chuzon Supermarket branch in Apalit, Pampanga, had been operating without business permit from the municipal government since 2018. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

WATCH: Inside Chuzon Supermarket in Pampanga during the earthquake

Apr 25, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Here is a glimpse of the panic and destruction inside the Chuzon Supermarket in Porac, Pampanga, as shown in CCTV footage

QUAKE HITS. Employees run as soon as the earthquake hit on Monday, April 22. Screenshot from sourced video

OCD: 'No signs of life' under Chuzon Supermarket Pampanga rubble

Apr 24, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Civil Defense Central Luzon director Marlou Salazar says the exact number of missing people has yet to be verified

COLLAPSED. Lifters pull up collapsed Chuzon Supermarket to prevent it from further inclining forward on April 23, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Philippine Airlines to resume Clark flights on April 25

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Philippine Airlines says its flights to and from Clark for April 24 will remain canceled though airport operations are expected to resume within the day

FIXED. The collapsed ceiling at the departure area of the Clark International Airport has been fixed as of 6 am, April 24, 2019. Photo from Clark International Airport

LOOK: Heritage churches in Pampanga closed due to damage

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:40 PM

The Archdiocesan Committee on Church Heritage-Pampanga recommends the temporary closure of all heritage churches in the province pending inspection of their structural integrity

CLOSED. The damaged church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Porac, Pampanga on April 23, 2019 is temporarily closed from the public. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Earthquake-hit Pampanga to have power restored on April 23 – DOE

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:15 PM

The Department of Energy says electric cooperatives in Pampanga are working to restore power in the province before sunset on Tuesday, April 23

Pampanga now under state of calamity

Apr 23, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Pampanga Vice Governor Dennis Pineda has asked the mayors of towns hosting Chuzon Supermarket branches to order the temporary closure of the stores 'to give way to structural assessments'

DAMAGED. St Catherine of Alexandria Parish  Church in Porac, Pampanga is damaged by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake on April 22, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

DPWH: Pampanga road, bridge closed to traffic over earthquake damage

Apr 23, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The Department of Public Works and Highways says no damage was reported in national roads and bridges, and other infrastructure facilities in Mimaropa and Region 1

DAMAGED. DPWH officials lef by Public Wrks Secretary Mark Villar inspects the approach to the Floridablanca-Consuelo Bridge which sustained damaged after the strong earthquake in parts of Luzon on April 22, 2019. Photo courtesy of DPWH

DPWH to order inspection of Chuzon grocery stores after Luzon earthquake

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:47 AM

In Guagua, the municipal engineer temporarily suspends the operations of the Chuzon Supermarket branch there, following the collapse of the Porac branch

COLLAPSED. Rescue teams bore a hole on the collapsed 4-storey Chuzon Supermarket in a bid to locate trapped victims inside the building on April 23, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

9 dead in Pampanga after Luzon earthquake

Apr 22, 2019 - 7:39 PM

(4th UPDATE) At least 7 people are injured and some 30 others are missing in Porac, where a grocery store collapsed due to the earthquake

AFTER THE QUAKE. Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection recover victims from the collapsed Chuzon Supermarket in Porac, Pampanga past midnight on April 23, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Pregnant mother, young daughter stabbed to death in Pampanga

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:04 AM

Police identify the victims as KC Montemayor, 25, and her daughter

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

Arroyo to become consultant for Pampanga provincial gov’t

Apr 05, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo turns 72 on Friday, April 5, celebrating her birthday in her Lubao hometown

FRIENDS. The arms of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her friend Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda are linked together as they visit the  Lubao International Hot Air Balloon Festival on April 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Arroyo's office

'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

Pampanga vice governor, Central Luzon police condemn attack on 2 village chiefs

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Barangay captains Nicolas Gardiner and Renato Pacia survive an attack in Minalin town, Pampanga

CRIME SCENE. The vehicle of Barangay Captain Nicolas Gardiner after the attack on him and Barangay Captain Renato Pacia in Minalin town, Pampanga, on March 27, 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of Renato Pacia

Brianne Angeles wins NBTC title for Pampanga after 12-second play time

Mar 24, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Seldom-used guard Brianne Angeles knocks in the game-winning putback with a second to spare

COMEBACK. St. Augustine Institute of Pampanga completes its tournament comeback with a Division 2 crown. Photo from NBTC