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SBMA to release 41% higher LGU revenue shares

SUBIC BAY Freeport: The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is set to release next week some P105 million in revenue shares to local government units (LGUs) adjacent to and affected by the operation of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia announced on Monday that the funds will be made available to the LGUs starting February 6. The amount consists of P98 million in total revenue sha ...

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Zambales mining firms to pay famers P3.2 million for damages

Three mining firms in Zambales has been ordered to pay damages amounting to P3.2 million to farmers whose land and livelihood was severely affected by their projects. The Contingent Liability and Rehabilitation Fund Steering Committee (CLRFSC) last month issued a resolution for the compensation of 30 famers in the town of Sta Cruz and Cadelaria. Leo Jaserano who chairs the committee said that the land where ...

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Pope Francis (Itineraries of PH visit)

Here's the link of the itineraries of Pope Francis on his scheduled visit in the Philippines on January 15-19, 2015. Papal Visit ...

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Legal squabble endangers Japanese investment in Subic

Officials of a Japanese company inside this free port have expressed apprehension that the operation of their new plant will be stopped after an Olongapo City judge ordered them to suspend construction activities in a 1-hectare leased property in Subic, according to an Inquirer report. Rosario Alfonso, administration section manager of Cresc Inc., said they were surprised and upset with the temporary restra ...

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Subic Marine Park official cry harassment over arrest warrant of CEO

SUBIC BAY Freeport: Officials of the Subic bay Marine Exploratorium which runs a marine theme park in Subic bay Freeport cried harassment over the charges of estafa which resulted to the arrest warrant for its American CEO Timothy Desmond. Desmond is facing charges of syndicated estafa and two warrant of arrest issued by the Olongap City Regional Trial Court early this month, which stemmed from the complain ...

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Prosecutors inspect Laude crime scene

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – The prosecution panel inspected today (Nov. 5) the area where transgender woman Jennifer Laude was murdered last October 11 here. The panel conducted ocular inspection at Celzone Lodge, where the victim was found dead in a bathroom for drowning. The activity formed part of the preliminary investigation to corroborate the testimonies of the witnesses. Star witness Barbie showed u ...

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Olongapo bags Best PESO award

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – The City of Olongapo won the Best Public Employment Service Office (PESO) for Highly Urbanized City award vesting all other employment offices in the country. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) hosted the awarding ceremony in General Santos City recently. Olongapo PESO chief Mario Esquillo received the award from Senator Sonny Angara (Chairman on Committee on Labor) a ...

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9 US Navy ships cancel Subic port calls

  SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Philippines -- Nine US Navy ships scheduled to arrive here this month until December have decided to cancel their port calls due to “anti-American sentiments” in the country after a US Marine was implicated in the slaying of a Filipino transgender in Olongapo City last month, a group of business owners said. The Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce (SBFCC) said the cancellation ...

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(EXCLUSIVE) Zambales anti-mining defender gets death threats

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) reported today that a strong anti-mining advocate in Zambales has been getting death threats amid his intensified campaign to eradicate mining in the province. The FIDH said pro-environment defender Benito E. Molino, a human rights defender who campaigned for an end to mining operations in Zambales, received the threat through ...

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Olongapo’s Tale of Two Aliens

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines -- Two foreign nationals, Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton (the suspect) and Marc Sueselbeck (the boyfriend) were caught in the highly protested murder of transgender woman Jennifer Laude that happened here. These are not the best of times, and this country is not the fun place the tourism posters say it is -- not for many Filipinos who feel they’re getting poorer and po ...

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Zambales teacher hopes to find missing daughter

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines -- As the nation brace for the observance of All Saint’s and All Soul’s Days, the mother of missing University of the Philippines (UP) student Karem Empeno remained hopeful to see her daughter again. Concepcion Empeño, 65, school principal of Culiat Elementary School in Masinloc town in Zambales, said she had been praying and hoping that her daughter will finally surface. She said ...

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SCTEX sets measures vs Undas traffic

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – The Tollways Management Corporation (TMC) will add additional manpower in anticipation of the heavy traffic at the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) this weekend. This as the TMC expected that huge numbers of motorists will flock to the provinces via SCTEX to observe the annual All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Aside from stoppage of roadworks from October 29 to November 3 ...

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