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DA, BCDA eye PH's first agri-industrial business corridor in New Clark City

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:07 PM

The 30-hectare project is targeted to begin construction in 2021

SITE INSPECTION. DA Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Caballero, and BCDA Vice President Arrey Perez inspect the site of the planned agri-industrial business corridor in New Clark City on July 1, 2020.  Photo from the Facebook page of DA Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Caballero

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

PH Red Cross opens bio-molecular lab at Clark Freeport

Jun 19, 2020 - 7:04 PM

The Clark laboratory further boosts the country's COVID-19 testing capacity

BIO-MOLECULAR LAB. BCDA president and CEO Vince Dizon, Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda and other government officials inspect the Philippine Red Cross bio-molecular laboratory at the Clark Freeport Zone. (Photo from the Clark Development Corporation)

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

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

Duterte wants Aaron Aquino to head Clark International Airport Corporation

May 27, 2020 - 10:28 AM

After leading the country's top anti-narcotics agency, Aaron Aquino is asked to helm a government corporation in charge of developing the second gateway to Metro Manila

PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino gestures during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019.Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

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

New Zealand's Ardern turned away from cafe under virus rules

May 17, 2020 - 9:28 AM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, her fiance Clarke Gayford, and their friends are turned away from a Wellington cafe because of social distancing rules

FIRST COUPLE. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford announce to the press that they are expecting their first child  in Auckland on January 19, 2018. File photo by Diego Opatowski /AFP

Clark International Airport to suspend commercial flights effective April 3

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:23 PM

'Passengers are encouraged to connect with their airlines for specific flight updates,' says the CRK advisory

Photo from Clark International Airport Facebook page

Clark, Subic free ports shut doors to foreign, local tourists

Mar 18, 2020 - 3:13 PM

Both Clark and Subic order business process outsourcing companies to provide temporary housing for their staff inside the free ports during the lockdown

Boxers Magno, Paalam make quarters as Bautista crashes out

Mar 08, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Irish Magno and Carlo Paalam are one win away from a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth

OLYMPICS CHANCE. Irish Magno will go up against Indian legend Mary Kom in the 2020 Asia & Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers quarterfinals. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

15 repatriates quarantined at New Clark City test negative for coronavirus

Mar 04, 2020 - 3:12 PM

The Department of Health says there is no definite time yet for the repatriation of Filipinos in Macau

Ian Clark Bautista stuns former youth world champion in Olympic qualifiers

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:26 AM

The Philippines opens its campaign with Ian Clark Bautista upsetting Japanese Hayato Tsutsumi in the 2020 Asia and Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers

REVENGE WIN. Ian Clark Bautista is set to face his Thai rival Chatchai Butdee in the next round of the 2020 Asia & Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

3 Filipinos quarantined at New Clark City show coronavirus symptoms

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:58 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says their nose and throat swabs were already sent for testing at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine

NEW CLARK CITY. Three Filipino repatriates from the Japanese cruise ship M/V Diamond Princess start showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus. File photo from the Department of Health

IN PHOTOS: COVID-19 quarantine facility for Filipino repatriates in New Clark City

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:08 PM

The Athletes' Village in Capas, Tarlac once used for the 2019 SEA Games now serves as the national quarantine facility for the novel coronavirus

QUARANTINE CENTER. The Athletes Village at the New Clark City is the national quarantine facility for COVID-19. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

49 quarantined in New Clark City cleared of COVID-19, sent home

Feb 22, 2020 - 5:40 PM

'We are glad that all our repatriates from China are well and did not exhibit any signs of the COVID-19,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

COVID-19. PNP Chief Archie Gamboa on February 3, 2020, presents to media at Camp Crame its chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE)-trained personnel to assist in the government's action in repatriating Filipinos from countries which are affected by the 2019 novel coronavirus. Photo by Daren Langit/Rappler

Man suspected of killing wife, 3 children in Australia fire

Feb 20, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Hannah Clarke dies in a Brisbane hospital just hours after her 3 children aged 3, 4 and 6 were found dead in the car on a suburban street

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Environment group lauds VFA termination, cites toxic waste U.S. troops left behind

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Ending the key military pact with the US is the first step towards exacting justice for thousands of Filipinos whose health suffered because of the hazardous waste the US military left behind in its former bases, says Kalikasan

ENVIRONMENT HAZARD. The activist group Kalikasan lauds the termination of the Philippines' Visiting Forces Agreement with the US, which allowed for military exercises that were an environment hazard, the group says. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PH-U.S. military operations could ‘disappear’ if VFA scrapped – U.S. official

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:46 AM

Some 300 joint activities between Philippine and U.S. forces require the VFA as a basis for operations, says U.S. Assistant Secretary of State R. Clarke Cooper

JOINT EXERCISES. The Philippine and US militaries hold roughly 300 joint activities every year as part of their security alliance. File photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

30 Filipinos from Hubei, China return home

Feb 09, 2020 - 7:19 AM

(5th UPDATE) The 30 repatriates and the team that brought them home will be quarantined in the New Clark City Athletes' Village for 14 days to be monitored for signs of the novel coronavirus

RETURNING HOME. 30 Filipinos who were in Hubei Province in China have returned to the Philippines and will undergo a 14-day quarantine. Photo from DFA.

Gov’t begins repatriating Filipinos from Hubei, China amid nCoV outbreak

Feb 08, 2020 - 10:22 PM

At least 26 Filipinos are expected to arrive early Sunday in the Philippines from China’s Hubei province, the epicenter of the nCoV outbreak. They will then be quarantined for 14 days at the New Clark City Athletes’ Village in Capas, Tarlac.

FLYING HOME. Filipino repatriates at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, China, with a team from the Department of Foreign Affairs, awaiting the arrival of the chartered plane from Clark, Pampanga, that will fly them home to the Philippines. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Repatriated Filipinos from Hubei to be quarantined in New Clark City

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:08 PM

The area, which was used during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, will house around 40 Filipinos who will be repatriated from Hubei province in China – the epicenter of the novel coronavirus

QUARANTINE. The Department of Health shows map of quarantine facility for Filipinos to be repatriated from Hubei province. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

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

Bestselling US author Mary Higgins Clark dies

Feb 01, 2020 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) Her publisher Simon & Schuster announces her death, saying she died peacefully 'surrounded by family and friends'

Meet 3 Pinoy bets in NBA 2K League Asia-Pacific

Jan 22, 2020 - 12:00 AM

Get to know top Filipino gamers Aminolah 'Rial' Polog Jr, Custer George Galas, and Lynard Clark Banzon

TOP GUNS. Asia-Pacific’s top NBA 2K League players slug it out in South Korea. Photo release

[ANALYSIS] Aetas and New Clark City: Trampling on human rights of our first peoples

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:15 AM

As we commemorate International Human Rights Day on December 10, let us remember that recognition begins at home and with our first peoples, the Aetas

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.

7-day eviction notice to Aetas ‘standard follow-up,’ says BCDA

Dec 07, 2019 - 7:30 AM

The BCDA says affected families were issued notices before, given assistance amounting to P300,000 per hectare, and relocation sites

P6.5-M worth of shabu seized at Clark port

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The illegal drugs were hidden in a shipment of 'external aquarium filter' from the Czech Republic, says the Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark

SEIZED. Packs of shabu concealed in a shipment of aquarium filters were seized at the Port of Clark in Pampanga on November 27, 2019. Photo from Bureau of Customs

Even with BCDA repayment, New Clark Sports hub still a joint venture – OGCC

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The BCDA 'contributed the usufruct of its property to the joint venture agreement under the contract, thus, it is clearly not a Build-Operate-and-Transfer project,' says the OGCC

NEW CLARK SPORTS HUB. BCDA Chief Vince Dizon and OGCC Chief Elpidio Vega hold a joint press conference on December 2, 2019, on the joint venture agreement to build New Clark City. Rappler Screenshot

2 Chinese nabbed for human trafficking at Clark Freeport

Dec 04, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Central Luzon cops also rescued 14 women – 6 Vietnamese and 8 Chinese

HUMAN TRAFFICKING. A Google Maps image of the CSZ Regency Park in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

Ex-OGCC chief refutes 'go signal' for New Clark sports hub

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:36 AM

Rudolf Jurado says his contract review subjected the joint venture agreement on the New Clark sports facilities to 'a condition'

NEW CLARK SPORTS. Former OGCC chief Rudolf Jurado issues the contract review that flags the mode of contract for the at least P9.5 billion New Clark sports facilities. File photo by Vernise Tantuco/Rappler

New Clark sports facilities not part of original proposal by MTD Berhad

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:09 PM

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority asked the Malaysian firm to construct it, after the latter said it just wanted to build offices in New Clark City

OGCC chief downplays predecessor's New Clark City red flags

Dec 02, 2019 - 4:04 PM

OGCC Chief Elpidio Vega says the contract review issued by former chief Rudolf Jurado even 'gave the go signal' for the project to push through

Clark landfill firm hops onto waste-to-energy bandwagon

Dec 01, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Rufo Colayco, president and CEO of the Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation, says his company’s unsolicited proposal is currently 'under evaluation by government.'

DISPOSAL. A 22-wheeler truck carrying garbage enters the Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation sanitary landfill in Sitio Kalangitan, Cutcut II, Capas town in Tarlac province. Contributed photo

LOOK: New Clark City all set for SEA Games 2019 showpiece

Nov 30, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Action in the athletics and aquatics events gets going in the brand new sports complex at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac

OLYMPIC SIZE. The 2,000-seater aquatics stadium boasts an Olympic-sized fast pool. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

[PODCAST] New Clark City: May anomalya ba?

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Paano nga ba nakalusot ang kwestyonableng deal na pinangunahan ng Bases Conversion and Development Authority?

The Athletics Stadium at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, on November 28, 2019, gets ready for the 30th Southeast Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

BCDA guarantees better meals for SEA Games 2019 teams in New Clark City

Nov 27, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Chef Bruce Lim, together with Kapampangan chef Sau del Rosario, leads Culinarya Pampanga in handling the nutrition and dietary needs of athletes and officials

Photo courtesy of BCDA Public Affairs

How BCDA's multi-billion New Clark deal slipped through

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Conclusion: EXCLUSIVE: The favorable legal opinion of the OGCC being cited by BCDA was issued only in October 2018 – 8 months after the deal was already signed, skirting several rules, including BCDA's own guidelines

NEW CLARK SPORTS. The Aquatic Center in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, the site of the swimming competition for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

OGCC flagged non-bidding of BCDA's New Clark sports facilities

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Part 2: EXCLUSIVE: The OGCC raises red flags during a contract review. The BCDA, however, says it has an OGCC opinion that affirms the legality of the agreement.

NEW CLARK. The Athletic Stadium at the New Clark City, the venue for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bloated SEA Games budget and other exposés

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Who says budget hearings are boring?

2019 SEA Games: World-class New Clark City stadium built in 'record time'

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:13 PM

'The facility has been built for 18 months, but it usually takes 3 years,' says MTD Philippines president Nikko David

RECORD FEAT. The New Clark City Athletics Stadium is ready to host various international sporting events. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Travelers to Korea can now depart from Clark airport

Oct 27, 2019 - 6:57 PM

The Clark-to-Incheon route will run daily, with one round trip each day

Photo from Clark International Airport Facebook

LIST: NLEX, SCTEX, Cavitex preparations for Undas 2019

Oct 24, 2019 - 12:02 PM

The preparations include more toll collection points, suspension of roadwork, and free services for motorists

MORE TOLL BOOTHS. NLEX Corporation will add portable toll booths to manage traffic. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: New Clark City Sports Complex 'on track' for 2019 SEA Games

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The sprawling 9,500-hectare development includes a 20,000-seater athletics stadium, a 2,000-seater aquatics center, and an athletes' village

ATHLETIC STADIUM. The track and field oval of the athletic stadium at the New Clark City Sports Complex, one of the venues for the 30th SEA Games. All photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Businessman files cyber libel complaint vs CDC chief

Oct 15, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Renato Mendiola Jr insists that he is a 'legitimate businessman' and not an 'influence peddler,' as insinuated by Clark Development Corporation in a notice to the public posted on its Facebook page

CDC CHIEF. Clark Development Corporation chief Noel Manankil addresses a forum. Photo from the BCDA Facebook page

Be decision-makers, ex-New Zealand PM Clark urges youth

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:45 PM

'You have to start looking at how you can enter the political structures, how you will bring your ideas into them,' former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark tells young citizens

Ateneo community and other participants gather at Gate 2.5 to join the Global Climate Strike. Photos by Dom Aumentado/Rappler