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'Not leisure,' says Roque about swim with dolphins at Ocean Adventure

Jul 02, 2020 - 3:03 PM

As head of the Strategic Communications Task Group of the National Task Force COVID-19, Harry Roque is responsible for ensuring that Filipinos understand quarantine restrictions and other health policies designed to fight the pandemic

Photo from Daily Guardian and Ocean Adventure Facebook pages

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

Coronavirus testing center opens in Subic Bay Freeport

Jun 22, 2020 - 5:14 PM

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test laboratory is a joint project of the Philippine Red Cross and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority

Richard Gordon inspects the SBMA swabbing center with SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma on Friday. SBMA Photo

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

SBMA extends locators' business permits for another 30 days

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:27 AM

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority has given business locators more time to renew their permits in view of the continuing community quarantine in the Subic Bay Freeport

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT. The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) manages the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Photo from the Subic Bay Freeport Zone Facebook page

Subic firms retrench workers due to coronavirus pandemic losses

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:50 AM

The retrenchment measures affect close to 3,500 workers

Customers line up for temperature scan at the Harbor Point Ayala Mall on Monday, June 1, as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ) that allowed more businesses to operate. (SBMA-Photo)

SBMA eases gate restrictions but keeps strict health protocols

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:03 PM

More businesses resume operations as Subic Bay Freeport transitions to GCQ

GCQ. Customers line up for temperature scan at the Harbor Point Ayala Mall on Monday, June 1, as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ) that allowed more businesses to operate. (SBMA-Photo)

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

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

Subic Freeport coronavirus ‘surge’ facilities ready next week

Apr 09, 2020 - 1:20 PM

The two facilities – the former Leciel Hotel and the Subic gymnasium – will have equipment and supplies provided by corporate and individual donors

PROTOCOL. Dr Erlinda Alconga (right), tropical and infectious diseases expert at Baypointe Hospital in the Subic Bay Freeport, gestures as she discusses health protocols with SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma (second from left) during an inspection of the SBMA care and isolation facility at the Subic gym. Photo from Media Production Department

Hospital inside Subic Bay Freeport treating coronavirus case

Mar 27, 2020 - 10:39 PM

Zambales health officials confirm that the patient confined in Baypointe Hospital, a 70-year-old Filipino-American, is the province's second COVID-19 case

COVID-19 CASE. File photo of the Baypointe Hospital inside the Subic Freeport. Photo from www.unihealthbaypointe.com

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

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.

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.

Subic stakeholders urge DENR to review SBMA environmental regulations

Nov 30, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'We also ask for a review of all projects within the past 10 to 15 years that have already destroyed hectares of wetlands, mangroves and forests, in the name of development,' says Save Subic Bay Coalition spokesperson El Latinazo, after a protected area in the freeport was cleared for a shooting range

SBMA’S LAPSE. A Subic Freeport locator says the SBMA had since September 2019 to check the contractor’s compliance. Photo, taken November 28, 2019, courtesy of Robert Gonzaga

SBMA admits SEA Games construction in protected area lacks permit

Nov 28, 2019 - 10:21 PM

SBMA says the contractor, CFV ARAR Contractors, has been issued a violation notice for the 'extensive clearing and grubbing operations in the area without appropriate environmental permit'

SBMA’S LAPSE. A Subic Freeport locator says the SBMA had since September 2019 to check the contractor’s compliance. Photo, taken November 28, 2019, courtesy of Robert Gonzaga

Does SEA Games construction in Subic have environmental permit?

Nov 27, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The venue in the West Ilanin forest – an environmentally-protected area – is supposed to be used for the shooting competition of the SEA Games, even if there is an existing firing range just a kilometer away

SANCTIONED. Contractors undertake major works as of November 27, 2019, to prepare a venue for the shooting event of the SEA Games in a protected area within the Subic Freeport Zone without environmental clearances or permits. The Games will officially open on November 30. All photos by Randy V. Datu/Rappler

Subic ready for SEA Games, says SBMA administrator

Nov 25, 2019 - 11:05 PM

A total of eight venues were prepared for the 17 games to be held at the Subic Bay Freeport

Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

SBMA takes back order imposing fines on stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:18 PM

SBMA management says its letter to the Philippine Coast Guard 'was simply a procedural reminder and a statement of policy'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

Residents assail SBMA for threatening to fine stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 10:12 AM

An Olongapo resident who was helping the marooned Vietnamese described the SBMA as 'so heartless'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

Ocean Adventure operator challenges foreclosure

Oct 24, 2019 - 3:28 PM

'We have been forced to take SBMA to court since they are clearly unwilling to deal with us in good faith,' says SBMEI president and CEO Robert Gonzaga

Photo of Ocean Adventure from Facebook

Port of Subic recognizes top 20 'revenue contributors'

Oct 19, 2019 - 4:22 PM

The Bureau of Customs inside the Subic Bay Freeport breaches collection targets, thanks companies which contributed to this achievement

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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

Gordon on slow APECO dev't: 'I want it done'

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Indigenous peoples whose ancestral lands would be affected by APECO are ignored in the budget hearing for 2020

Mr. Israel Maducdoc, president & CEO Asia Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO) at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of SBMA and APECO. October 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Notorious hotel thief nabbed in Subic Bay Freeport

Aug 30, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Authorities say Daniel Mercado's scheme is to pose as a participant in conventions so he could steal laptops and other items from delegates

ARRESTED. Law enforcers arrest Daniel Mercado alias Danny Simbol inside the Subic Bay Freeport in Zambales. Photo courtesy of SBMA Law Enforcement Department

Subic Bay Freeport security arrest Chinese for carnapping

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The suspect forcibly takes a Starex van and drives it inside the Subic Bay Freeport

LUCKY GUY. Carnapping suspect Bin Zhang in the custody of the SBMA Law Enforcement Department. Photo by: LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPT. SBMA

P100M worth of smuggled gadgets seized in Pampanga

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:14 PM

The smuggled gadgets include 6,900 units of Vivo, Huawei, and Xiaomi phones and tablets

SMUGGLED GOODS. Task Force Aguila and Bureau of Customs personnel unload boxes containing mobile phones, tablets, and other items at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Photo by Jun Malig

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

Gatchalian: Expanded Bataan freeport zone won’t leave 'bona fide residents' homeless

Jun 07, 2019 - 4:03 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian assures retired workers and their families that the Bataan freeport bill has safeguards against unlawful eviction

Meat possibly contaminated with African swine fever seized in Subic Bay

Jun 04, 2019 - 3:53 PM

SBMA prevents entry of shipment labelled as 'food items' from Guangzhou, China

Canada starts removing garbage from Subic port

May 30, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Authorities are expecting that the transfer of the 69 container vans to MV Bavaria will be completed by Friday morning, May 31

MV BAVARIA. The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, sails as Greenpeace activists display a banner that reads 'Philippines is not a dumpsite' during a protest against waste trade in Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation in Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines. Photo from Greenpeace

Sibling rivalry: Brother tagged as ‘mastermind’ in Sytin slay

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:24 AM

(UPDATED) 'This high-profile murder of Dominic Lim Sytin was apparently motivated by rivalry among corporate siblings, and carried out through a gun-for-hire,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

MASTERMIND? The PNP says Dennis Sytin had a business quarrel with his older brother before the killing. PNP screenshot

Suspect in businessman Sytin slay arrested

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:51 AM

(UPDATED) Suspected gunman Edgardo Luib is arrested in Santo Tomas, Batangas on Tuesday, March 5

SUSPECT ARRESTED. File photo of Dominic Sytin, president and founder of United Auctioneers, who was killed outside a hotel in Subic Bay Freeport on November 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of KC Facebook Page

Gov't to hold job fair for Hanjin workers in Subic

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The government says at least 1,000 jobs will be available for workers who were displaced due to Hanjin's bankruptcy

Philippines-SKorea-Hanjin-shipping, by Mynardo Macaraig Workers labour at the mammoth shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction-Philippines, the local arm of South Korea's Hanjin group in Subic Bay northwest of Manila on March 13, 2009. The shipyard has been criticised for its poor working conditions which have led to 19 fatalities in just three years. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO (Photo by JAY DIRECTO / AFP)

Subic port collects P22B, breaching target before 2018 ends

Dec 23, 2018 - 6:20 PM

District collector and lawyer Rhea Gregorio credits this to the 'strict implementation of customs laws and rules and regulations'

Businessman shot dead in Subic Bay Freeport

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) Senators urge the Philippine National Police to 'use the full force of the law' to solve the murder of prominent businessman Dominic Sytin, regarded as one of the pillars of the Subic Freeport Zone

PROMINENT BUSINESSMAN. Dominic Sytin, president and pounder of United Auctioneers, is gunned down outside a hotel in Subic Bay Freeport on november 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of KC Facebook Page

Korean dies on beach inside Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:58 PM

SBMA Law Enforcement Department says morning joggers found Park Jin Sung sprawled on the beach

Photo from Zambales Herald

Arroyo meets with Chinese businessmen who want to invest in Clark

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Among the Chinese traders that Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo met with is Chuanjian Feng, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference

MEETING WITH THE CHINESE. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo poses for a picture with Chinese businessmen and officials of Clark Development Corporation. All photos from Arroyo's office

Duterte leads destruction of P278 million in contraband cars in Cagayan

Jul 30, 2018 - 10:56 PM

This time, 68 luxury vehicles – including a Lamborghini and a Porsche – and 8 luxury motorbikes are destroyed in front of a crowd of hundreds. The vehicles are worth P277.9 million, while the motorbikes cost P19.5 million.

TO BE WRECKED. Photo courtesy of Mark Djeron Tumabao

SBMA eyes collection of P144.8-M past-due accounts

Jul 04, 2018 - 9:04 AM

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairperson and Administrator Wilma Eisma says more than 30 investor-companies have cooperated to settle long-due obligations, negotiating payment arrangements approved by the board

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT. Photo courtesy of SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma

Government to wreck luxury cars to send 'strong message' vs smuggling

Jan 16, 2018 - 10:27 PM

'The President is very clear in his instructions and directives that we should follow the rule so if they violate, let's apply the most extreme remedy or penalty. And the decision of the government is to destroy these cars,' Lambino tells Rappler

Marcos ‘son’ arrested in Clark Freeport for guns, grenades

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Edilberto del Carmen, who claims that his real name is Angel Ferdinand Marcos Marcos, says he's also in possession of original treaties entered into by the United States

QUESTIONED. CIDG-Pampanga officers ask Edilberto del Carmen (right) about the firearms, bullets, and hand grenades found in his rented villa in Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Freeport, Pampanga. Contributed photo

Holding BUMN tambang efektif, jalan kuasai Freeport terbuka?

Nov 29, 2017 - 11:06 AM

Sejarah panjang holdingisasi BUMN dimulai di era Orde Baru

Rapat Umum Pemegang Saham Luar Biasa akhirnya memutuskan Inalum sebagai pemegang saham pada tiga BUMN Tambang, Rabu (29/11). Foto Istimewa

Mobil Freeport ditembaki, satu karyawan terluka

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:29 PM

“Ada karyawan Freeport atas nama Toto Sadewo yang kena tembakan dan kini sedang dirawat di Rumah Sakit.”

Mobil freeport yang ditembaki kelompok bersenjata, Selasa (14/11). Foto oleh Banjir Ambarita/Rappler

Jubir OPM: Tidak ada penyanderaan warga sipil di Tembagapura

Nov 12, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Pemberitaan mengenai penyanderaan warga dianggap tidak lebih dari propaganda polisi dan TNI

TIDAK ADA PENYANDERAAN. Anggota OPM membantah tidak ada penyanderaan terhadap warga di dua desa di Distrik Tembagapura. Foto oleh Banjir Ambarita/Rappler

Teror di Tembagapura, polisi buru 21 terduga pelaku

Nov 11, 2017 - 2:29 PM

“Mereka diduga kuat terlibat berbagai aksi teror penembakan terhadap kendaraan dan fasilitas milik PT Freeport Indonesia."

Pemerintah masih bernegosiasi agar warga Tembagapura dibebaskan KKB

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:59 AM

Mantan anggota Komnas HAM Natalius Pigai membantah kelompok OPM telah menyandera warga di dua desa itu

PERSUASIF. Otoritas keamanan Indonesia masih mencoba untuk bernegosiasi dengan kelompok kriminal bersenjata (KKB) yang disebut menyandera ribuan warga di dua desa di Tembagapura. Ilustrasi: Rappler