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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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 27, 2017

Sep 27, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the sidelines of the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on September 26, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bird flu in PH: 90-day waiting period in Pampanga epicenter begins

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:14 AM

An official from the Bureau of Animal Industry says San Luis, Pampanga may be declared bird flu-free by December 20

VIRAL: New modus to stop motorists on the road

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:19 PM

A man pretends to be hit by a car by smearing red coloring on himself and the hood of the car

Pampanga town police chief relieved over men’s extortion activity

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Magalang town police chief Superintendent Al Cabauatan is relieved of his post after two of his subordinates allegedly extorted money from a woman to settle an illegal drug case against her husband

LOOK: Pampanga hospital designates specific wing for OFWs

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The Jose B Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando Pampanga is the first of several government hospitals to set up an ‘OFW wing’

OFW WING. Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital is setting up an OFW wing to accommodate the medical needs of Filipino migrant workers. Photo from the Office of Representative Aniceto Bertiz

Duterte eats chicken, itik in Pampanga amid bird flu outbreak

Aug 28, 2017 - 6:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte seeks to assure the public that poultry products from Pampanga and Nueva Ecija are safe to eat

Following a successful containment of the Avian Influenza, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins the boodle fight serving various poultry products during the 'Sama-sama, Tulong-tulong sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong' program at the Heroes Hall in San Fernando City, Pampanga on August 28, 2017. Breaking bread with the President are National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Former President and Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Arroyo and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda among others. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

No confirmed human cases of bird flu yet – DOH

Aug 25, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial eats fried chicken and boiled egg during the press conference to show they are still safe to consume despite the bird flu outbreak

SAFE TO EAT. RITM director Socorro Lupisan, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, and Bureau of Animal Industry veterinary Joy Lagayan eat chicken to demonstrate it is still safe to do so despite the bird flu outbreak. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DA confirms H5N6 bird flu strain in Pampanga

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:50 PM

UPDATED H5N6 is a strain that is transmissible to humans but the Bureau of Animal Industry says the transmission rate is very very low

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Aug 22, 2017 - 8:21 PM

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Lab in Australia confirms bird flu outbreak in Pampanga

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:10 PM

To assure the public that there s nothing to fear amid the outbreak Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he will ask the President to eat balut with him in Pampanga

RESULTS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol shows reporters the results of the confirmatory test on the bird flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

DA lifts ban on poultry shipments from Luzon

Aug 22, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says they are lifting the ban upon the recommendation of biosecurity experts

BAN LIFTED. Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol gives updates during a press conference on the avian influenza. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bird flu confirmed in 2 Nueva Ecija towns – Piñol

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:17 PM

UPDATED Nueva Ecija is the second province with confirmed cases of bird flu after Pampanga

BIRD FLU. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol confirms that bird flu has reached Nueva Ecija

No cockfighting in Pampanga for next 2 weeks due to bird flu – Piñol

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Ihihinto muna yung sabong dahil ang tina target natin matapos lang yung 21 days na incubation period ng virus says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

DA to start paying farm owners affected by bird flu outbreak

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he has already identified P31 million from the Quick Response Fund for the initial payment of affected farmers

BIRD FLU UPDATES. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol during a press conference on Avian Influenza at the Department of Agriculture office in Quezon City. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Aug 16, 2017 - 9:22 PM

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Bird flu in Pampanga: DA to cull more fowls from controlled area

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:05 PM

A total of 73 110 layer chickens ducks fighting cocks and native chicken have already been culled as of Wednesday August 16

Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (left) and DOH Assec. Dr. Eric Tayag during press conference on Avian Influenza at the DA office in Quezon City on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

MAP: Barangays near bird flu outbreak in Pampanga

Aug 15, 2017 - 12:36 PM

The Department of Agriculture says 16 villages in the towns of San Luis Mexico and San Simon are within the 1 km radius or in the contained area

CULLING. The Department of Agriculture has already started the culling of birds within the contained area of the bird flu outbreak in Pampanga. File photo from Arlene Vytiaco/Bureau of Animal Industry

Bird flu outbreak: Over 18,000 fowls culled in Pampanga

Aug 14, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The culling operations are extended from the initial 3 days to 6 days with the target completion date moved to Thursday August 17

Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (center), Dr. Arlene Asteria Vytiaco (right) and Dr. Celia Carlos of DOH (left) confirmed cases of Avian Influenza subtype H5 on Friday at a press conference in Quezon City on Friday, were detected in some municipalities of Pampanga. In response to the incidence, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) put up 1 km. quarantine zone and 7 km. control zone for surveillance Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DA bans fowl shipments from Luzon amid bird flu outbreak

Aug 13, 2017 - 2:44 PM

Malacañang assures the public that there would be no price increase in chicken meat as only one area is affected by the avian flu

Photo by Bureau of Animal Industry

Pangilinan warns vs fowl profiteers amid bird flu outbreak

Aug 12, 2017 - 8:16 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan pushes for a massive information campaign after the Philippine government confirmed a bird flu outbreak in Pampanga

PINIKPIKAN. Chicken vendors in Baguio City Public Market still sells briskly live broiler-cull for 'pinipikan' under the shadow of looming concerns culling of thousands poultry in Central Luzon due to avian flu. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

DA confirms bird flu outbreak in Pampanga

Aug 11, 2017 - 1:08 PM

UPDATED Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says around 200 000 birds will be culled to contain the outbreak

Cops rescue 6 female minors being pimped to foreign tourists

Jul 26, 2017 - 6:26 PM

(UPDATED) The Angeles City trial court later dismisses the cases against Michihiro Suzumura due to a failure to establish probable cause

3 foreigners arrested for ATM skimming in Pampanga

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The suspects – identified as a Nicaraguan Italian and Romanian – allegedly stole P339 300 from various ATMs in the province

The 3 foreigners suspected to be conducting ATM skimming activities cover their faces with their shirts as they were escorted to the conference room in Camp Olivas. (Photo by Jun A. Malig)

PH's longest railway to get funding from Japan, possibly China

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED The Manila Clark and Manila Laguna lines will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency while the Department of Transportation is eyeing China for the Laguna Sorsogon line

LONGEST RAILWAY. This would run from Clark in Pampanga all the way to Sorsogon , Bicol. Rappler file photo

17 stations of Manila-Clark Railway announced

Jun 25, 2017 - 10:35 PM

UPDATED The Department of Transportation says it aims to start the construction of the railway system in the last quarter of 2017 and finish it by 2021

CUT TRAVEL TIME. With this rail project, the transportation department aims to cut the two-hour travel time from Manila to Clark to 55 minutes. Rappler file photo

COA: Illegal settlers' farming led to more bird strikes at Clark airport

Jun 04, 2017 - 8:51 PM

From just 3 in 2010 the number of bird strike incidents drastically increased to 50 in 2016 alone

LOOK: Japan Coast Guard vessel joins maritime drill in Davao

Jun 02, 2017 - 7:09 PM

The exercise in the waters off Talicud Island Davao del Norte on Saturday June 3 aims to enhance the capacity of both PH and Japan coast guard personnel

Going on a Pampanga food trip? Try these potato dishes

May 19, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Top chefs in Pampanga used US potatoes to create new innovative dishes

Fire hits tire factory in Pampanga

May 14, 2017 - 4:44 PM

4th UPDATE The fire is declared under control at 6:10 pm on Sunday May 14

PH Air Force now has 10 fighter jets

Apr 26, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The 9th and 10th FA 50 lead in fighter trainers from South Korea arrive in Pampanga

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Apr 18, 2017 - 8:31 PM

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IN PHOTOS: Crucifixions in San Pedro Cutud

Apr 14, 2017 - 8:11 PM

The tradition of voluntary crucifixions and self flagellation in Pampanga continues to draw devotees and fascinate spectators

TRADITION. Ruben Enaje (center), 57, is nailed to the cross for the 31st time in Barangay San Pedro Cutud. Photo by Darren Langit

IN PHOTOS: Tira Bakal, a different kind of devotion, penance

Apr 14, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Locals of San Fernando Pampanga add a twist to the traditional senakulo during Holy Week

TIRA BAKAL. Flagellants re-enact the suffering of Jesus Christ in San Fernando, Pampanga on Good Friday, April 14. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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.

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, April 3-9, 2017

Apr 09, 2017 - 8:14 AM

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WATCH: Arroyo celebrates 70th birthday

Apr 05, 2017 - 7:31 PM

After years of hospital arrest Gloria Macapagal Arroyo celebrates her 70th birthday as a free woman

Arroyo's 70th birthday wish: 'Success of Duterte'

Apr 05, 2017 - 11:11 AM

UPDATED On a personal level I think I have everything So I have no personal birthday wish says Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo who celebrates her birthday in her hometown for the first time since 2012

BIRTHDAY GIRL. Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo celebrates her 70th birthday in her hometown of Lubao on April 5, 2017. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

News Briefs: March 8, 2017

Mar 08, 2017 - 11:18 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Wednesday March 8

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Mar 06, 2017 - 10:06 PM

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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

13 drug detainees escape in Pampanga jailbreak

Feb 26, 2017 - 3:58 PM

The 13 slipped out of the jail in a police camp in San Fernando City Pampanga before dawn PDEA says

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

LIVE: Senate hearing on Jack Lam and the Bureau of Immigration

Feb 16, 2017 - 5:08 PM

Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribery and economic sabotage by the Duterte administration

South Korean ambassador vows to weed out 'bad Koreans' from PH

Feb 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Ambassador Kim Jae Shin: If you inform us of any of these mafias with factual basis and evidence we will do our best to return these people back to our country

WEEDING OUT THE BAD. Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, PNP Director General Ronald Dela Rosa and South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae-Shin talk to reporters before the start of the consultative meeting at Clark Freeport on February 15, 2017. Photo by Jun A. Malig.

News Briefs: February 16, 2017

Feb 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday February 16

News Briefs: February 13, 2017

Feb 13, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday February 13

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

50% drop in Korean tourists, investors in Central Luzon

Feb 04, 2017 - 2:30 PM

The recent crimes committed against Koreans in the region have made investors nervous says the head of the Korean Community Association in Central Luzon

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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