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Paulino, council supports SSL for SBMA workers

OLONGAPO CITY: The local government of Olongapo city yesterday (Wednesday) passed a resolution in support for the request of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) workers to implement the long overdue salary standardisation. The resolution was passed unanimously by all the councillor of Olongapo city. Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino and SBMA Director Cynthia Paulino attended the session to support the p ...

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SC give green light for 600-megawat Subic coal plant

OLONGAPO City: The construction of the 600-megawatt Subic coal power plant will now resume after the Supreme Court (SC) this week voted 13-0 giving Redondo Peninsula Energy (RP Energy) the green light to push ahead with the project. SC dismissed the petition filed by militant groups against the Subic coal plant project. Apart from Meralco’s PowerGen Corporation, other members of the RP Energy consortium are ...

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Fallen 44 honored in Olongapo

OLONGAPO City: Thousand of residents took time out to get a glimpse and pay tribute to PO3 John Lloyd Sumbilla, one of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force who’s remain was cremated in Olongapo City. Students, government employees, employee's business establishments lineup the streets along Rizal Avenue during the heroes march led by the Olongapo City Police Office and personnel from Special ...

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Pemberton arraignment set on Feb. 23

The Regional Trial Court here in Olongapo has set the arraignment of US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton who is the lone suspect in the killing of Jeffrey “Jennifer’ Laude on February 23. “Pemberton will be appearing in court,” lawyer Rowena Garcia-Flores, Pemberton’s lead counsel said. Pemberton was charge with murder last Dec 15 last year for the killing of Laude inside a hotel along Mags ...

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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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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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