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Japanese firm produces 10 million face masks a month at Clark factory

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Yokoisada (Philippines) Corporation reached its maximum production capacity for May and June at its Clark Freeport Zone factory, following the easing of quarantine measures, says the Clark Development Corporation

FACE MASK PRODUCTION. A worker of Yokoisada Philippines Corporation at a face mask factor inside Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Photo from Clark Development Corporation Communications Division

Hundreds of Angeles, Mabalacat cops undergo COVID-19 tests as 22 rookies found positive

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:02 PM

All of Angeles and Mabalacat police are subject to rapid and swab tests

PROTOCOL. The Angeles City Police headquarters undergo disinfection. Photo from Angeles Police Facebook

Mayor shuts down Angeles City public market after vendor contracts COVID-19

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:30 PM

The head of the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center in Angeles says the vendor died before the result of his swab test came out

SHUT DOWN. A file photo from the Facebook page of the Angeles City Public Market.

80-year-old coronavirus patient found dead in Pampanga hospital

Jun 20, 2020 - 1:01 PM

An initial police report describes the patient's death as an apparent suicide but also says that the incident is still under 'further investigation.' The man died on the same day that he received his positive COVID-19 test result.

HOSPITAL. The Angeles Medical Center in Angeles City, Pampanga. Photo from the Facebook page of the Angeles Medical Center

DENR places Clark, Subic under tight watch for illegal wildlife trade

Jun 19, 2020 - 11:57 AM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the strategic locations of the two freeport zones 'make them irresistible to smugglers attempting to transport wildlife poached from other countries and parts of the Philippines'

ILLEGAL TRADE. The dead juvenile bearded dragon seized at the Clark International Airport. Photo from the DENR Regional Public Affairs Office 3

126 arrested in Pampanga for not wearing face masks

Jun 08, 2020 - 8:31 PM

Provincial Ordinance 756, which requires wearing of face masks and face covers in public places, imposes a penalty of P20,000 to P50,000 or one month to 6 months imprisonment

PAMPANGA Police Director Colonel Jean Fajardo speaks to the persons arrested for not wearing face masks during the Oplan Facemask in Northville, Barangay Calulut, in the capital City of San Fernando. Photo from the Facebook page of Pampanga Police Provincial Office

COA tells Angeles water district to cut supply as uncollected bills hit P75M

May 31, 2020 - 9:21 PM

Among the customers that failed to pay are the city government, the city engineer's office, the city's hall of justice, and at least 23 public primary and secondary schools

CIDG files complaint vs 2 Chinese over makeshift hospital in Clark resort

May 29, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Regional Field Unit 3 also files a complaint against the lessee of the villa at the Fontana Leisure Park that housed the underground hospital and pharmacy

LOCKDOWN. The Clark Development Corporation placed Fontana Leisure Park on lockdown following the discovery of an underground coronavirus hospital. Photo from Clark Development Corporation

Mayor, NBI bust illegal Chinese pharmacy in Angeles City

May 28, 2020 - 11:21 PM

Angeles City officials confiscate medicines and medical products with labels in Chinese characters

SUSPECTS. The alleged owner and pharmacist of the illegal Chinese pharmacy. (Photo from Facebook page of Angeles City information office.)

No charges yet: PH settles for immigration alert on Chinese clinic operators

May 28, 2020 - 6:44 PM

Unless charged in court with a hold departure order, the Chinese nationals cannot be barred from leaving the country

UNDERGROUND CLINIC. Philippine Coast Guard personnel test Chinese nationals for COVID-19 inside the Fontana Leisure Parks in Clark Freeport Zone where an underground clinic was discovered. Contributed photo

Child sex offender gets life imprisonment for human trafficking

May 27, 2020 - 7:49 PM

David Timothy Deakin is the first foreigner to be convicted for trafficking offenses through online proceedings, according to the International Justice Mission

RAID. David Timothy Deakin is arrested in his rented home in Angeles City, Pampanga on April 27, 2017. Deakin was found in possession of child sexual exploitation materials. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

Fontana denies involvement in illegal COVID-19 clinic, defends villa owner

May 23, 2020 - 2:41 PM

The resort operator says the Chinese suspects who allegedly ran the illegal COVID-19 clinic were released without any charges

FONTANA RESORT. The entrance to the Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Freeport, Pampanga. Photo from Fontana Leisure Park website

490 Chinese POGO workers, tenants in Clark resort tested for coronavirus

May 22, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Filipino employees and delivery boys trapped inside the locked down Fontana Leisure Parks are not included in the swab testing

SWAB TESTS. Philippine Coast Guard personnel test Chinese citizens for COVID-19 inside the Golden Pavilion of the Fontana Leisure Parks in Clark Freeport Zone. Contributed photo

Police raid underground Chinese coronavirus hospital in Clark resort

May 20, 2020 - 9:38 AM

(4th UPDATE) The Clark Development Corporation says one of the villas at the Fontana Leisure Park in Pampanga was turned into a 'makeshift medical facility' for Chinese who are suspected coronavirus patients

CLARK FREEPORT RESORT. The entraine to the Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Freeport, Pampanga. Photo from Fontana Leisure Park website

Pampanga cops arrest medic caught using ambulance to transport liquor

May 14, 2020 - 3:17 PM

The medic and his companion are job order employees of the Capas municipal government in Tarlac. They have been dismissed.

Photo from Shutterstock

Chinese biotech firm opens coronavirus testing lab in Pampanga

May 10, 2020 - 1:42 PM

The new facility at the Jose B Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital is designed to test 3,000 coronavirus specimens daily

NEW TESTING FACILITY. Chinese Embassy's Tan QingSheng, Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, and Asia Development Bank vice president Ahmed Saeed attend the opening of the new coronavirus testing laboratory in San Fernando, Pampanga on May 9, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy's Facebook page

'Bodies wrapped in plastic bags': Coronavirus panic spreads across provinces

Apr 26, 2020 - 8:33 AM

An entire barangay in a Pampanga town is mistakenly banned from entering a supermarket. Batangas residents panic as social media goes abuzz with claims that busloads of infected foreigners are making their way to the province.

Korean arrested for pimping during coronavirus lockdown in Pampanga

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:40 PM

An hour-long chase ensues after a Korean national attempts to evade undercover cops who caught him pimping a woman in Angeles City

Angeles City releases P37 million for hazard pay of gov't workers

Apr 23, 2020 - 2:25 PM

'This is a way for us to extend assistance to the families of the City Hall frontline workers in order for them to cope with this trying time,' says Mayor Carmelo Lazatin

HAZARD PAY. City Hall frontliners receive their hazard pay from the local government. Photo from the Angeles City Information Office

Pampanga governor: Don’t ask about coronavirus patients’ barangays

Apr 20, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Only the province of Pampanga and the municipality of Lubao refuse to provide their constituents with basic information about COVID-19 cases

Fear, confusion in Pampanga town as it records first coronavirus case

Apr 17, 2020 - 12:29 PM

(UPDATED) Some residents want a total lockdown of the COVID-19's village, while a supermarket initially bars people from the same village from entering its premises

INSPECTION. Magalang town Mayor Romy Pecson (right) and Lt. Col. Henry Flores inspect the public market and private supermarkets along the town's main road to ensure compliance of physical distancing and wearing of face masks. Photo from Municipality of Magalang Facebook page

Tempers rise as Lubao town's FB page goes missing amid coronavirus panic

Apr 14, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Lubao has 4 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Monday, April 13, but residents lament the lack of transparency on the part of the municipal and provincial governments

SECURITY CHECK. A police officer guards a control point along the national road in Lubao, Pampanga. (Photo from the Pulisya ng Lubao Facebook page)

Angeles City gov't distributes P1,000 extra cash to vulnerable residents

Apr 08, 2020 - 12:41 PM

It is on top of the P5,000 cash assistance selected residents will receive from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the government's P200-billion Special Amelioration Program

Tricycles parked in front of a commercial building are being disinfected as part of the Angeles City government's measures against COVID-19. Photo courtesy of the City Information Office

Barangay captain makes LGBTQ+ quarantine violators do lewd acts as punishment

Apr 07, 2020 - 8:12 PM

The barangay captain of Pandacaqui in Pampanga apologizes to the people who underwent different punishments for breaching quarantine protocols

Screenshots from Christopher Bombing Punzalan's videos

Sta Rita municipal gov't in Pampanga confirms first coronavirus case

Apr 06, 2020 - 3:04 PM

Mayor Ferdinand Salalila appeals for "compassion and not discrimination" among residents

Tarlac, Cebu, other areas see coronavirus cases spike to double digits

Apr 02, 2020 - 7:10 PM

(UPDATED) Tarlac, Cebu, Pampanga, La Union, Davao City and Baguio City are among provinces and cities seeing cases rise in their areas

DISINFECTION. Personnel of Tarlac provincial government disinfect a hospital in Tarlac. Photo from Tarlac's Facebook page

Pampanga has 3 new coronavirus cases

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:11 PM

Neighboring Tarlac has 4 more COVID-19 patients as of Wednesday, April 1

Tricycles parked in front of a commercial building are being disinfected as part of the Angeles City government’s measures against COVID-19. Photo courtesy of the City Information Office

Pampanga mayor bars 4,500 city employees from taking relief packs

Apr 01, 2020 - 3:38 PM

Netizens have mixed reactions to Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo's orders

CROWDING. Residents on Saturday, March 28, crowd outside the Mabalacat City Public Market. (Photo from Mabalacat City News Facebook page)

Overcrowding marks Pampanga ‘market schedule’ rule

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:30 AM

Crowds form during the window hours to buy their necessities

Residents allowed to go out from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on a Saturday make a long crowded line outside the Mabalacat City Public Market. (Photo from Mabalacat City News Facebook page)

Hospitals report 3 confirmed coronavirus cases in Clark Freeport, Angeles City

Mar 26, 2020 - 11:18 PM

The Medical City Clark (TMCC) and the Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC), both private hospitals, give the assurance that safeguards are 'strictly enforced' to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Pampanga health chief dies due to coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 - 11:29 AM

'We received the result of his test after 8 days. At least 'di siya naunang pumanaw bago dumating ang diagnosis po niya,' says Cielo, daughter of the late Dr Marcelo Jaochico

Mabalacat City imposes '24-hour curfew,' schedules grocery runs

Mar 24, 2020 - 2:21 PM

Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo warns his constituents the police will send them home or file charges against them if they violate the restrictions

SCHEDULED. Mabalacat City restricts movements of its residents

No coronavirus death in Angeles City, says mayor

Mar 22, 2020 - 7:02 PM

Mayor Carmelo 'Pogi' Lazatin, Jr. issues the statement after a photo supposedly showing a casket being taken out of a hospital's COVID-19 isolation room was posted on Facebook and circulated, sowing fear among Angeles residents

Tricycles parked in front of a commercial building are being disinfected as part of the Angeles City government’s measures against COVID-19. Photo courtesy of the City Information Office

In Porac town, 267 monitored for coronavirus, 6 under investigation

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The persons under monitoring include members, relatives, and friends of the Grab driver who tested positive for COVID-19

Pampanga under state of calamity

Mar 17, 2020 - 7:51 PM

The province has 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19, one of whom had died

2 coronavirus patients now confined at hospital in Pampanga

Mar 13, 2020 - 7:07 PM

The Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital is the DOH designated treatment center for Central Luzon coronavirus cases

Pampanga calls off ritual crucifixions over coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:29 AM

'I'm disappointed,' says resident Ruben Enaje, who aims to be crucified for the 34th straight year as part of a religious vow to atone for his sins

NAILED. Ruben Enaje is nailed to the cross during a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, April 19, 2019 in San Fernando City, Pampanga. Photo by Darren Langit/AFP

Rogue cop, 2 other suspected robbers killed in Pampanga shoot-out

Mar 05, 2020 - 9:48 PM

Wilson Castro Regala was in the 'frozen' status of the police force because of the numerous criminal cases he was facing, says a source in Camp Olivas

Lubao Hot Air Balloon Festival canceled amid COVID-19 outbreak

Feb 25, 2020 - 2:23 PM

The event was originally scheduled to run from April 3 to 5

CANCELED. The 2020 festival is canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Screenshot from

8 children, baby rescued from online sexual exploitation in Pampanga and Laguna

Feb 24, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Three children are rescued in Angeles, Pampanga, while another 5 children and a 25-day old baby were rescued in San Pedro, Laguna

RESCUE OPERATIONS. Operations against the online sexual exploitation of children occur in Pampanga and Laguna. Photo from International Justice Mission.

Former CPP and NPA chief Rodolfo Salas arrested in Angeles City

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:36 AM

(UPDATED) Salas headed the Communist Party of the Philippines at the peak of the communist insurgency in the mid-1980s

Pampanga, Iloilo ramp up defenses against spread of coronavirus

Feb 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

Though both provinces remain free of the nCoV, they have assigned facilities in case of an outbreak

Photo from Clark International Airport Facebook

Lawyer killed in front of Pampanga church

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:44 PM

Police say lawyer Anselmo Carlos and his driver Marcial Mendoza were killed by 3 motorcycle-riding men in front of the San Vicente Parish Church in Sta Rita, Pampanga

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