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Olongapo murder case reveals uneasy US-Philippines ties

MANILA, Philippines — American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master. Pemberton, 19, is accused of killing Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino, in a motel room ...

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Murdered transgender laid to rest

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – Murdered transgender woman Jennifer Laude was finally laid to rest at Heritage Memorial Park here today (Oct. 24). Prior to the burial, a necrological service was conducted at St. Columban Church past 2pm for the surviving relatives, friends and supporters of the victim. After the Church service, the supporters marched the remains of Laude in the streets of the city, raising pla ...

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Zambales vendor wins P15.4M lotto

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – A fruit vendor from Castillejos town in Zambales province won P15.4 million of the Grand Lotto 6/55 jackpot. The 66-year-old winner claimed the prize at Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office in Mandaluyong City yesterday (Oct. 23). The P15.4 million was half of the P30.9 jackpot. The other winner placed a bet in a lotto outlet Aparri, Cagayan. The winning combination were 13-1-2 ...

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On Laude, LGBTs and the VFA

THERE is something in people’s reaction to the killing of transgender Filipino Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude that already smacks of what is called OA (overacting). No wonder the Olongapo City prosecutor last Tuesday said: “We focus on the criminal aspect, not on the side issues.” The prosecutor was reacting to the request of Laude’s family that he be referred to as “Jennifer” in the proceedings and documents. A ...

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Olongapo upgrades hospital facilities

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – In its pursuit to deliver better health services to the people here, the management of James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital continues on its various facility upgrade programs. After the procurement of new mattresses, hospital administrator Gewel Manuel said the re-painting activities of the entire medical facility were also completed recently. The hospital chief also announced of t ...

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US traders eye business in Subic Freeport

[caption id="attachment_8557" align="alignright" width="300"] SBMA Chief Operating Officer Joven Reyes receives a certificate of appreciation from Ethel Reyes- Mercado, honorary Consul General of Texas, USA, during the visit of members of the US Trade Mission on October 20.[/caption] SUBIC BAY, Philippines — A group of US-based Filipino entrepreneurs visited here Monday to scout for trade opportunities at S ...

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Olongapo City survives typhoon Mario

OLONGAPO CITY- Heavy rains and strong winds brought by typhoon Mario last Friday hit the city but did not cause any major flooding according to authorities. Big part of Metro Manila and other provinces was hit by flash floods during Marios rampage, prompting Malacañang to suspended classes in affected areas including work in government offices.  Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino suspended classes in all lev ...

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Insulting our defenseless Aeta’s is not cool you hao shao

It angers me to the bone when I see or hear someone insult our indigenous people who I have worked with in the past. The power of the media in print, radio TV and internet should not be abused. It should be handle with care and should be given to someone who is responsible, respected, educated, humble and has other good traits. When you give someone space on print, webs and airtime on radio and TV he or she ...

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Traveling Guru arrives in Olongapo City

Olongapo City – A hope of spiritual enlightenment covered the streets of Magsaysay Drive in Olongapo City as monks from the International Society for Krisna Consciousness danced and jumped in ecstasy while chanting.    His Holiness Bhakti Anugraha Janardana Swami who is a traveling guru of ISKCON around the world graced the streets of Olongapo with his presence. “Krisna he said is the supreme God, some my s ...

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Subic, Batangas to be designated extension ports

[caption id="attachment_8505" align="alignright" width="360"] Photo from portcalls.com[/caption] MANILA, Philippines - The government is set to designate Subic and Batangas as extension ports to help decongest the ports in Manila in time for the surge in cargo shipments for the Christmas season, a Cabinet official said. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) i ...

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Batang ‘Gapo Lindsay Whaley’s goal cuts down defending champion Vietnam, 1-0

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM—If the Azkals can do it, so can the U14 girls. The Philippine U14 booters stuck a dagger in the heart of Vietnam’s campaign here, blanking the defending champion 1-0, in day two of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U14 Girls Regional Championships at the Thong Nhat Stadium Wednesday, June 11th.   [caption id="attachment_8477" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Linday Whaley ...

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Women’s Futsal gaining grounds

The 2014 edition of Philippine National Games sees stronger and better women's futsal team. 15 teams from different LGU's and Clubs as far as Zamboanga, Baguio and Olongapo City have converge in Metro Manila buying for the podium finish as they battle it out in a make shift futsal field in Pasay City. After 5 days of competition IROK emerged as champions after beating Pasargad FC with the final score of 6-3 ...

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