Our drivers have had
numerous occasions since March 2009 where travel time
from Angeles to the airports in Manila was three
hours or longer. JC strongly recommends you depart
Angeles five hours prior to your scheduled departure
for international flights until further notice.
I departed through Manila twice in the last three
months and recently traveled to Manila to pick up a
family member. Three out of the four trips
took between 2.5 and 3.2 hours!
As a general rule, 95% of
our customers arrive at the airport between 2 hours
and 2 hours & 10 minutes after they leave Angeles.
But, increasing accidents on the NLEX (North Luzon
Expressway) and heavy rains in the next 5-6 months
may cause extended delays.
We will not accept any
responsibility if you miss your flight because you
did not allow sufficient travel time.
To further emphasis this
trend, on 5 June we had a customer leave Angeles at
3 pm for an 8:30 pm flight. Due to heavy traffic, he
missed his flight! He left in enough time
using my 5 hour rule above and he still missed the
It is hard enough to fight the wild rumors in
Angeles, but now the editor of a popular Thailand newsletter, the
Asia Bugle, stated that since Margarita Station is soon to be
"redeveloped" it might as well close now. I suggest that that
writer should get a new source of information. We have a good
lease and have no plans to relocate or change our venue.
Traditionally we repaint and
do major renovations in the slow season. That has been delayed
this year by the loss of our handyman and our painters being tied up
on other projects (like Tequila Reef). But, don't worry, you
will be able to smell fresh paint with your meal soon. I'm
happy to report that we finally got rid of our worn-out pool tables
and have two quality tables now. The price to play pool did not go up, so
these are still some of the cheapest pool tables in Angeles.
We are also in the process of building a small kitchen/bakeshop in
the rear of our compound for some new food choices this fall.
ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT & PERIMETER ROAD NEWS
NBI RAIDS: There were some more NBI raids
on 29 April on Icarus, Valhalla,
Edelweiss Bar, and Club 68.
One of those raids resulted in the closure of Valhalla.
According to reports on all the major Angeles boards
some of the girls in Valhalla were not
licensed with the city and at least one girl was thought
to be under age.
But, according to
an email from the owners of the club: "Regarding
the licenses for employees and the establishment we can
inform you that all necessary licenses are available
which was proven a few days before the raid for 2
consecutive days the City Hall inspectors came to
Valhalla and all emploees had license and all permits
were there for the establishment." They say
the bar was temporarily closed for "other reasons."
Whatever those reasons were, they couldn't have been
serious as the bar was reopened the other day under the
SLOW SLOW SEASON:
Numerous clubs are reporting record low sales during
May. However, most of the clubs reporting record
low sales are those that haven't changed anything but
prices in years. Some clubs with good lineups are
still reporting 10-20% increases over May last year. I have to admit to having some of the
most boring bar hops in recent memory. The fun
factor seems pretty low in a number of my favorite
clubs. In the past when business was slow, the
girls were happy to see any customer and tried a little
harder to keep the customers from moving on.
Not so this season. But, if you bring some
trinkets or toys with you, expect to become the center
of attention real quick.
of Diamonds was closed by the owner in late May.
There were lots of rumors about the closing, but
IMO it was much ado about nothing. This is not
this owners first bar in Angeles, and he was
just making some "adjustments." As
expected, the bar was reopened by
UGLY - ANOTHER
BAR UNDER LITIGATION: There are two sides
to every story. Here is a short summary of a long time Angeles City visitor that decided to
buy a bar not too long ago:
Rockin Dave and Kenneth Graham jointly purchased
'Coyote Ugly' in
November 2008. The bar was renamed Midnight Rock (which
is the name of Rockin Dave's businesses back
Within two weeks the two
co-owners were no longer friends. Dave
says he was forced out of the business and
was threatened with violence if he tried to
get back into the business.
Dave has now started a
law suit against Kenneth Graham in an
attempt to recover his investment of about
$40,000. Additionally, there are
several other charges in the law suit that
don't need to be discussed here.
As stated above there are
always two sides to every story, but Dave's
accusations are reinforced by several
actions. First the mamasan and dancers
took Dave's side and left Coyote
Ugly/Midnight Rock with Dave. Additionally,
the security guard sided with Dave and
therefore, according to reports, Kenneth
Graham refused to pay the guard for services
rendered. This part can be confirmed
by legal actions the security company says
it is now filing against Kenneth Graham.
As with any bar under
litigation, you won't see me warming a seat
as IMO it unfairly supports one side in the
besides me see a similarity to this logo and
the new Bare Assets (see new clubs below)?
A few weeks ago I stopped into
Eruptions Bar (behind Dr. Holms) on a
Saturday night. The place was packed
and the girls were having a great time
modeling different costumes. This
isn't something they do every weekend, but
the club is doing much better and is back on
my list of bars I frequent. If you are
in the area it is well worth a one drink
The ATM is now up and
This ATM will take
Visa (not Master Card) and
all local cards like BDO or
Land Bank etc. You can
withdraw up to 50,000 per
card per day (5000 lPesos
at one time). The cost per
withdrawal is 35 Pesos.
Tired of loud music
and endless techno or rap music?
Well this might be the club for you.
However, I had to draw the line the
other night when they were playing
"TINY BUBBLES" I have seen the
girls dance to country western, but some
songs need to be banned. I have
now added Tiny Bubbles to the Love Boat
as songs that indicate it's time for me
to pay my bill and head home.
ALASKA CLUB is having a SUMMER SLAM PARTY
on June 8th. These are usually pretty
popular events. They are planning a FREE dinner, FREE raffle prizes, FREE fun,
and Of course their 'FAMOUS GAMES WITH THE GIRLS".
Get there early as the fun starts shortly
after 6 PM.
planned for the 4Th of
has announced they will have
their second annual pool party at ABC hotel.
Cost will be 750p for meal drinks for 2 hrs. Big raffle
and over 70 girls. More details next month.
ICE: This bar has received some bad
press on the local boards this month.
One poster said the mamasan had taken all
the girls and left. NOT TRUE. In
fact, IMO the club has the best line up now
that it has had in 18 months. Yeah,
still a few Jollibee girls and one of the
worst dancers in Angeles City right now, but
5-6 girls that are way above the line.
[NOTE: the mamasan & girls that left were
from Sea Dreams, a sister club on the first
floor]. Another poster complained they
now had the most expensive drinks on
Perimeter. Again NOT TRUE. Local drinks are
P60, except from 5-7 pm when they are P70
but that is for buy one take one! Not
many places on Perimeter that I can think of
where you can get TWO drinks for P70.
REEF has transitioned from their
small opening menu to a full menu which
includes BBQ ribs, blackened fish & chicken,
steaks, sandwiches, etc. This is the
only place I know of in the Philippines
where you can get a choice of steak sauce or
Beaver's creamy horse radish with your
steak. My favorites are the taquito's,
the fried cheese, and the veggie burrito.
is still one of
the best clubs in Angeles City. All the
activity takes place on the 3rd & 4th floors
where an astronomical number of girls party late
into the morning to good music on a flawless
sound system. Don't worry about climbing
the stairs, there is an elevator to the right as
you enter the building. If you haven't
seen the BAD INFLUENCE dance shows, that alone
is worth the visit. When I have friends in
town, I consider this a must club to visit.
OTHER ANGELES CITY NEWS
On April 21 at 3:10 am there some Angeles residents
were woken-up by dogs barking followed shortly
thereafter by a rolling earthquake (less than 5.0).
No significant damages or
injuries were reported.
INCREASE IN ELECTRIC
horror stories on the boards about 40% increase
in electric charges. So I analyzed the last few
bills at my house. Cost per kilowatt went
from 4.5125 to 5.229. That is a 11.6% increase,
not 40%. After taxes it went from
7.167 per kilowatt changed to 8.09 per
kilowatt or about 11.3% increase. However,
this isn't the first increase. The charges have
been increased almost every month since December
and that total isn't far off the 40% some
residents are complaining about.
PHOTO OF THE
Wow, what a great place to advertise a school for girls!
OPENINGS - CHANGES - ETC
The Crazy Horse Saloon remains
closed. As stated above in the
case of Coyote Ugly, I don't
frequent establishments under
litigation. Therefore, I haven't
been in Crazy Horse since Charlie stole
it from the original owner well over a
year ago. Whereas there are two
sides to ever story, this guy is so
disliked that WANTED posters are
appearing around town. However,
these posters appear to me as home made
products and I really doubt that
Immigration is looking too hard for
Charlie or he'd already be in jail.
If you are in town and buying anything,
I'd suggest this as one man to avoid as
he has reportedly tried to sell
percentages in bars where he has no real
Screamin' Eagles Cafe
Riders reopened on 30 May 2009. Format
seems to be much the same as before aka, a
had their Grand
Re-Opening (as a Dancer Bar/Live Music Bar) on May 24
Major construction at the
Nightlife Complex is nearing an end.
The individual owners have now brought in
their own crews to finish the interiors (see
below). It looks like we will see the
first of these new clubs opening in late
June or early July.
SHOOTERZ will operated by the
owner of Body Shop
WASH will also be operated by
the owner of Body Shop. Reportedly
will specialize in table dancing.
ROCK CAFE? That is what
they say they are going to call it, but
I'm a bit of a pessimist. Having had to
change our name from Margaritaville
because of a law suit from Jimmy Buffett,
I don't think they will get away with
this name for long.
The guys from Dollhouse are at it
again. They are building a club that they say will be
significantly (2x) larger than Atlantis. The
club will be where Chicken & Ribs was before and it will
extend from Fields to Vian Street in the rear.
There is a 2nd floor, but on a walk through
it doesn't appear to me to be a giant club
like Atlantis or even Dollhouse.
As reported in the last
newsletter, the La Pasha group has taken
over Bourbon Street and is converting it
into a bar. If it is half as good as
Fantasy, this will be a good addition to the
EIGHT new bars opening in this area in the
next few months.
was scheduled to open in May adjacent to the Bangkok
Hotel. Looks like they will miss their opening
date by a month or two.
A new outdoor
sports bar is being opened on perimeter Road
(Near the Grandview Towers showroom) by Greg
Harbert (Formerly of Tarts, Vixons ).
Reports are two satellite dishes are due to
be installed this week and they should be
open for business by the time this
newsletter is released.
A new club will open soon where
Cheers Bar was located on Perimeter Road
was the first of three new bars to open in
the new "Bada-Bing Complex" near
Zapata's Mexican Restaurant. The bar
is owned by Troy (Treasure Island) and
operated by Troy's wife. Hours of
operation at Candy Bar:
still a work in progress
Bare Assets is the smallest of the three
new bars in the Bada-Bing Complex.
Operated by Peter Taylor I'm sure it will
have a distinctly Aussie flavor.
Harro's new club in the complex between
Zapata's Mexican Restaurant and the Phoenix
Hotel was the last of the three new clubs to
open. It is the biggest of the three
and hands down the most comfortable from a
bar hoppers point of view.
wins the award for the biggest change since
the last newsletter. But, IMO it isn't
a good change. I stopped in there during the
first week of June and they still have a
great early afternoon happy hour, but they
have gone from a large afternoon staff doing
body painting to a small staff wearing the
most ghastly costumes seen on Fields Ave in
Not many people noticed the
Flying Machine reopened a short while back.
Well, it is closed again, this time permanently.
According to reports, the owner Hank had gotten
pretty ill. The main problem he had was that he
failed to renew his permanent resident visa and
he was now a twelve year over stay.
Immigration wanted P500 a day (or a little over
$45,000). He was able to work a deal by
having the US Embassy declare him an "American
in Distress." He was able to leave for the
USA where, again according to reports, he will
move in with his ex-wife and her new husband
while he undergoes medical treatments.
For fun, take a look at one of our first bar
maps from 1994? How many clubs can you
find that are still in operation?
Condo Fever: Seems like there is a
new condo project popping up every few months. If you are thinking
about investing, you better shop around. In addition to the
information we have complied here, there are lots of other things
people should consider. The
Fields Plaza Condos will have some of
the latest high tech security from imported windows that are sound proof
and virtually unbreakable, special doors, key cards, fingerprint
readers, surveillance cameras and a top security firm. Many of the
projects are a bit elusive about the monthly fees so I have not included
them in the summary.
sources (Not necessarily in chronological order)
Some text may have
been removed due to space limits & occasional verbose reporters.
Daniel Smith is a US Marine that was convicted
of raping a Filipina in 2005. He was sentenced to 40
years in a Philippine jail. In the last few months there
have been some interesting developments in his case:
No rape! CA's women
justices reverse Cpl. Smith conviction
04/23/2009 | 04:39 PM
Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith, the US marine convicted
in December 2006 by a lower court of raping a
Filipina in Subic, was acquitted ironically by
the women justices of the Philippine's Court of
"Wherefore, on reasonable ground, the accused
Lance Corporal Daniel Smith is hereby acquitted
of the crime of rape as alleged in the
information," said the appellate court in its
The ruling, penned by Associate Justice Monina
Arevalo-Zenarosa of the CA’s Special Eleventh
Division, reversed and set aside the decision of
the Makati Regional Trial Court on December 4,
2006. The Makati-RTC's decision made Smith the
first-ever American military personnel convicted
of committing crime on Philippine soil.
Concurring with the CA decision were two other
female magistrates, Remedios Salazar-Fernando
and Myrna Dimaranan-Vidal.
The CA likewise ordered Smith's immediate
release from detention unless there is another
case filed against him. Smith is currently being
held at the JUSMAG building inside the US
Embassy in Manila.
The court said no evidence was introduced to
show that "force, threat and intimidation" were
used by Smith against Suzette Nicolas a.k.a.
Nicole "even as prosecution vainly tried to
highlight her supposed intoxication and alleged
unconsciousness at the time of the sexual act"
"What we see was the spontaneous , unplanned
romantic episode with both parties carried away
by their passions and stirred up by the urgency
of the moment caused probably by alcoholic
drinks they took only to be rudely interrupted
when the van suddenly stopped to pick up some
passengers," the CA said.
A policeman escorts US Marine Lance Cpl.
Daniel Smith after he was found guilty
of raping Nicolas in Subic.
Earlier, the Supreme Court ordered CA presiding
justice Conrado Vasquez Jr. to conduct an
investigation on the alleged improper disclosure
of a draft ruling acquitting Smith, and to
submit a report and recommendation within 90
days from receipt of records.
The high court also ordered the lawyers of Smith
to explain why they should not be sanctioned for
allegedly executing the affidavit of Suzette
Nicolas a.k.a "Nicole", which in effect weakened
her testimony against the US serviceman.
Last March 12, Nicole changed her statement
hinting that Smith did not rape her.
In a five-page affidavit, Nicole admitted that
she "possibly lost her inhibitions" and became
"intimate" with Smith, after drinking "alcoholic
mixed drinks" with him when they met at a bar in
Subic, Olongapo City on November 1, 2005.
"Looking back, I would not have agreed to talk
with Smith and dance with him no less than three
times if I did enjoy his company or was at least
attracted to him since I met him for the very
first time on the dance floor of the Neptune
It was also on March 12 that Nicole wrote a
letter terminating the services of her lawyer in
the celebrated Subic rape case and signed a
document attesting that she received money from
Court documents showed that Nicole wrote a
"Notice of Termination" to her counsel, Evalyn
Ursua last March 12. The papers also showed that
on the same day, she signed a "Receipt and
Release" document stating that she received
P100,000 from Smith.
Her receipt of the amount was in accordance with
the December 4, 2006 order of the Makati-RTC,
Branch 139 to indemnify the victim with P50,000
for compensatory damages and P50,000 for moral
Nicole is staying in the United States. She left
for the US last month, according to her mother.
The militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)
condemned Smith's acquittal, but said that it
was not surprised by the court's decision.
“This denial of justice is but the logical
conclusion of the maneuvers of the US government
and the Arroyo government. The Smith acquittal
is exactly what Malacañang has been praying for
and working for from the onset," said Bayan
secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr.
“Everything from the Nicole affidavit, to the
leakage of a draft decision acquitting Smith, up
to the refusal of the Arroyo government to get
back Smith despite a Supreme Court decision,
these were all leading up to a Smith acquittal,"
In Malacañang, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde
said that while Palace officials had not yet
read the decision, "we will respect its verdict
whatever it will be." - with reports from
Carlo Lorenzo, GMANews.TV
Such a great headline, I couldn't resist
Capitol ends Women's Month
with disaster drill
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Capitol
culminated Monday its Women's Month celebration with
a disaster drill and medical and dental missions at
the Benigno Hall. Provincial Administrator Vivian
Dabu personally led the morning disaster drill,
which saw women employees rappelling down the
Capitol building from the rooftop. The drill was
coordinated by officials of the Provincial Disaster
Coordinating Council. "This is our way of
culminating Women's Month. This disaster drill was
meant to show that if men can do it, so can we,"
Dabu told Sun.Star. She said she was thrilled by the
experience of participating in the drill, as it was
a first time experience for her. "Of course, it was
scary at the beginning. But on the way down, it felt
good to actually experiencing rappelling down from
such a height," she said, adding in jest: "I wanted
to do it again after the first." At the Benigno
Hall, hundreds of women employees enjoyed the free
reflexology and body massages and the random blood
sugar tests. Provincial Health Officer Ernesto
Santos said it was their office's share and tribute
to women. (JTDL)
Only in the PI. Wish I had seen this show!
Officials: Fireworks blast 'not sabotage'
March 31, 2009
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- City Hall officials said the fireworks, which
went awry and marred the opening rites of the annual
Mayor Oscar Rodriguez Inter-Barangay Basketball
Tournament last Friday evening, was an accident. The freak fireworks display sent about 20 persons
to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries and
bruises and charred two vehicles - the
government-owned L-300 van of Barangay San Jose
Malino and an XLT jitney carrying the fireworks,
whose roof was sent high to the third floor of the
Community Affairs Building beside City Hall.
City Administrator Ferdinand Caylao, in a press
statement, said: "Contrary to rumors that the
explosion was an act of sabotage, the fire that
occurred on the church patio in front of City Hall
was brought about by an accident." "What was supposedly an electronically-set
pyrotechnics had to be triggered manually by the
operator because of a power outage that hit the city
hall towards the end of the games' opening
ceremonies," he added.
Police investigators corroborated Caylao's claim,
saying the fireworks operator stumbled and
involuntarily released the igniter that he was using
to light the display, causing sparks to fly, some
toward his (XLT) vehicle parked within a short
distance from the pyrotechnics. The vehicle, including the L-300van, blew up in a
ball of fire, causing panic and speculations that
the CAD building caught fire.
The statement further said: "people got scrapes
and scratches while trying to run away. Two persons
were particularly injured. One was hit on the eye by
a splinter; the other was wounded on the hand. They
were treated for injuries and given anti-tetanus
shots." It also revealed that the 10 people sleeping
inside the L-300 van at that moment got out safely. Mayor Oscar Rodriguez called the incident
"unfortunate" and vowed to extend all assistance to
victims of the accident. He told Sun.Star that "it was good no one was
seriously injured and killed in the melee." (JTDL)
Clark locator 'manhandled' at DMIA
Friday, April 3,
CLARK FREEPORT -- An airport security personnel here
is under fire for allegedly manhandling and dragging
a senior citizen businessman recently inside the
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).
In his two-paged letter to Clark International
Airport Corporation (CIAC) Chairman of the Board
Nestor Mangio, the victim narrated that he was
rushing to the boarding area of the airport to catch
his Flight 5J 368 bound for Macau. "As I
was in a hurry and as my attention was not called by
anyone yet, I complied with all security protocols,
save the submission of my shoes for the x-ray at the
last security post. After I passed the metal
detector, a PNP officer rudely shouted at me "Hey!
Come back! Have your shoes x-rayed," Del Rosario
said in his statement. Del Rosario said that while the manner of
addressing him seemed annoying, he immediately
complied with the request and returned for an x-ray
examination. "This done, before I proceeded to the boarding
area, I approached Officer Ngo and told him "You
should respect me because I'm older and you are
younger. Don't shout "Hey!" at me" That said I
proceeded to the waiting area," Del Rosario said.
Ngo allegedly followed him and demanded Del
Rosario to surrender his passport to which Del
Rosario questioned the officer on his authority for
asking for his passport. "Without answering my question, he grabbed my
passport together with my boarding pass and airline
ticket. The force of his assault caused my boarding
pass and airline ticket to get torn. Upon
confiscating my passport, he manhandled me and
forcibly dragged me to his office. He proceeded to
an inner office and began to talk to somebody on the
phone about me and referred to me as
'Chinese-Filipino'," Del Rosario
said. Del Rosario's detention was ended only upon the
intervention of another airport official, but added
in his letter that he does not deserve to be treated
that way by the security personnel.
"As a frequent passenger who calls the DMIA 4 to
5 times a month, as one of the pioneer locators who
have invested substantial amounts of cash and sweet
equity into this Freeport, and as a senior citizen I
believe that, nor any of the passengers calling on
DMIA, do not deserve to be shouted at, manhandled
and referred to in a politically demeaning manner,"
De Rosario said, urging the CIAC to look into the
CIAC Chairman of the Board Nestor Mangio
meanwhile instructed officials inside the DMIA to
look into the incident and gather statements
regarding the same. For his part, CIAC President and CEO Victor Jose
Luciano assured that the issue is being investigated
and they are now reviewing close circuit television
tapes on the incident. Luciano clarified that Ngo is not under CIAC and
answers on his actions to the PNP Aviation Security
Group. "We assure that our people are customer friendly
and that we have done ways to make our services
courteous and efficient," he said. (Ian Ocampo
Guns-for-hire tagged in killing of Allan Pineda's
By Ding Cervantes
Updated April 03, 2009 12:00 AM
ANGELES CITY , Philippines – Police are
closing in on suspects in the series of killings here, whose
victims included foreigners and the half-brother of Black
Eyed Peas member Allan Pineda or Apl.de.ap. “We
have identified two suspects in the killing of Pineda’s
brother Joven Deala and they belong to a gun-for-hire
group,” Senior Superintendent Pierre Bucsit, city police
chief, told The STAR. Bucsit said there was a
“pattern” in the killings, noting that the suspect in the
gun-slay of Barangay Pulung Maragul chairman Edilberto
Cayanan, earlier identified as Harrison de Leon, belongs to
a gun-for-hire group, too.
Deala was shot dead in his sports utility
vehicle at dawn last Feb. 3 in Barangay Ninoy Aquino here.
“We have evidence to substantiate our claim that the two
gun-for-hire suspects were the culprits in the Deala case,
but we are gathering more evidence (for an) airtight case
against them and will hopefully also lead us to the
mastermind,” Bucsit said. Bucsit said his men are tracking
down a man known in the underworld as “Manok,” who is
notorious for holdups and is a suspect in at least one
Last month, an American tourist, Jerry
Melton, 51, was gunned down in Barangay Malabanias here just
two days after he had arrived in the country. Melton was the
second foreigner slain here and the fifth murder victim
since last December. Last January, a German tourist was
found dead in his apartment in Barangay Plaridel I. Late
last year, an Australian investor at the Clark Freeport was
also shot dead while driving home to this city. Two
guns-for-hire were tagged but remain at large.
Meanwhile, an American resident of
this city was shot in neighboring Mabalacat town Wednesday
night, police said. Superintendent Elvis Diaz, Mabalacat
police chief, said the victim, American William Wolcott, 62,
was reported to be still in critical condition at the San
Rafael Hospital as of press time. Diaz said Wolcott was with
his live-in partner, Filipino-American Myra Mercado, 55,
when one of two men shot him in the back of the head at the
Camachile resettlement site where they visited Mercado’s
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development
Corporation (CDC) will be integrating the
tourism programs of Pampanga's 21 municipalities
in the tourism plans of the Clark Freeport.
CDC President B. Ricafort issued the statement
as he called on Pampanga mayors to submit their
tourism plans for their respective
municipalities to the state-owned firm. Ricafort,
during the regular meeting of the Pampanga
Mayors League, said the CDC's Tourism and
Promotions Office (TPO) is gearing towards the
massive promotion of Clark 's tourism potential,
including that of nearby towns in the province.
In a resolution signed by 18
mayors of Pampanga's 21 municipalities, the PML
emphasized that The Next Frontier "when fully
developed, will serve as a major tourism and
employment generator hence a potential economic
hub." Mayor Rogelio Santos of Porac said
his town boasts of the fabled Miyamit Falls,
which is now fast becoming a tourist attraction.
In 2005, then CDC President Antonio Ng
collaborated with former governor Mark Lapid in
promoting tourist spots in Porac town and the
rest of the province. The CDC and the Pampanga
Capitol led a caravan to the Miyamit Falls and
to a trail leading to the foot of Mt. Pinatubo.
For almost three years now, Candaba Mayor Jerry
Pelayo has been overseeing the "Farm Fresh"
market inside the Clark Freeport. Farm Fresh
showcases the agricultural products of Candaba
town where buyers can get vegetables and fish
for low prices.The market has drawn customers
from as far as Manila, said Pelayo.
The Philippines is not a
whorehouse for US soldiers
By Maila Ager
First Posted 13:58:00 04/02/2009
MANILA, Philippines Senator Francis Pangilinan on Thursday
called for an investigation into reports US soldiers joining
the Balikatan military exercises in the Bicol Region are
being given sex workers every night.
This needs to be investigated and exposed. This is
condemnable, said Pangilinan, who initiated a resolution in
the Senate calling for a review of the US-RP Visiting Force
During his recent visit in the region, Pangilinan said he
was approached by concerned citizens, claiming that at least
two batches of eight to 10 women were being sent nightly to
US soldiers, checking in at 10 p.m. and are out by 4 a.m.
the following morning.
Every time a owners/manager brings in 10 women, all will be
taken. Then they’ll bring another batch of 10, Pangilinan,
quoting the locals, said.
The service US servicemen were also allegedly seen by the
residents in hotels and bars with very young women.
We worked so hard to get rid of prostitution and cleaning
our reputation when the US military bases finally left our
shores, Pangilinan said. The Philippines is not a whorehouse
for US soldiers
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development
Corporation (CDC) said it expects to provide an
estimated 47,000 jobs to Aeta communities in the
Sacobia Valley and Central Luzon residents once "The
Next Frontier" is fully developed. During "The Next Frontier Roadshow" held recently
at the Centro Bar and Resto here, CDC President
Benigno Ricafort said nearby and contingent
communities along the Clark Freeport will benefit
from the spillover effect caused by the pouring of
investments at The Next Frontier.
Ricafort made the announcement before members of
four media organizations based in Pampanga, saying
the estimated number of projects in the industrial,
commercial, education, and tourism sector is
expected to generate some 47,000 jobs. He said the estimated employment generation
statistics are based on the recently completed
master development plan for The Next Frontier - a
vast stretch of land along the Sacobia Valley. Ricafort said The Next Frontier is being pursued
in consonance with the Joint Management Agreement
(JMA) - a contract signed on December 6, 2007 by
CDC, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
(NCIP) and leaders of Aeta tribes who have inherent
rights over certain areas of the Sacobia Valley
under the Ancestral Domain Claims.
He added that while the JMA and the Next Frontier
enable CDC to generate investment potentials in
tourism, housing, commercial, institutional and
light industry projects in the Sacobia Valley, the
undertaking also ensures the recognition and
promotion of the overall welfare of the Aeta tribes
in the area. The CDC needs at least P11 billion in investments
for the total development of The Next Frontier. It
is now working out the signing of lease agreements
with firms whose trade focuses tourism and
Aside from employment generation, Ricafort said
the CDC will establish educational facilities and
centers for excellence that will supply the manpower
needs of firms inside Clark 's main zone and The
Last March 23, the CDC and the Philippine Science
High School (PSHS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement
(MOA) for the establishment of Central Luzon campus
here. Ricafort and Science and Technology Secretary
Estrella Alabastro signed the MOA calling for the
establishment of a PSHS campus inside the Clark
Polytechnic here. The CDC president said the PSHS campus is a
"breakthrough" for the Clark Freeport since it not
only serves as a venue for investments but also a
host for a center of excellence. Ricafort added that the presence of the PSHS
inside the Freeport "has great potential of
encouraging the youth to aim high in terms of
academic excellence." The PSHS campus, once established, will be the
second educational facility inside the Freeport
since the Americans abandoned Clark in 1991. The
first government public school here is the
University of the Philippines Clark campus. Ricafort also noted that establishing a PSHS
campus in Clark is an indication of Central Luzon's
"readiness for the great industrial revolution."
Cops rescue 3 minors from 'pimp'
Monday, April 6,
MABALACAT -- Police on Saturday rescued three minors
from the hands of a suspected pimp in Mawaque
Resettlement Center here.
Mabalacat Police Chief Elvis Diaz said Jowella
Mallari Onofre, 28, of Mawaque Resettlement Center
was arrested in an entrapment operation against
suspected pimps in the area. Onofre was charged in
court for alleged violation of Republic Act Number
9208 otherwise known as Anti-Human Trafficking in
relation to Republic Act Number 7610 (Child Abuse
Law), according to Diaz. Authorities here received information that some
individuals are "selling" minors inside the
resettlement area. Onofre is temporarily detained at the Mabalacat
Police Station. (Reynaldo G. Navales)
DOH: Flagellation dangerous to your health
Thursday, April 9, 2009
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Health (DOH)
has warned against the dangers of self-flagellation
on one's health.
DOH Regional Director Rio Magpantay issued the
warning as hundreds of Kapampangan flagellants are
expected to troop to the streets while whipping
their backs with bamboo sticks as part of their
observance of the Holy Week.
The practice, according to Magpantay, may lead to
health risks like infection or blood clotting if not
He said heavy beating on the back of the body may
also damage nerves.
However, if it cannot be
avoided as the practice is dictated by tradition,
the DOH official said that flagellants should at
least conduct their self-beating practice in a more
"health-conscious way." "We prescribe that they must not share blades or
exchange burrilos (the wooden whips used for
self-flagellation) as this may result in infection,"
Magpantay said, adding that the practice of using
the same blade by flagellants may result in the
possible acquisition of infectious diseases.
For groups of flagellants, particularly those
organized by towns and tourism councils, Magpantay
said doctors or a health team should be available to
implement some sanitation procedures. He said flagellants must also be given enough
intake of water to prevent exhaustion or
dehydration. "The flagellation is done in the
heat of the sun, as the person bleeds he also
sweats, making the practice really water-draining
for the body," he said.
Magpantay said that blades and burrilos should be
sterilized first before being used. "After the flagellation rites, the flagellants
must see to it that the wounds are cleaned and
treated by health personnel. They should not attempt
to clean themselves with alcohol as the wounds must
first be looked at by at least a doctor to prevent
complications," he said.
But despite the DOH's warning, most flagellants
in this province still do the yearly tradition
without health precautions. Domingo Santos, a 45-year-old flagellant here,
said he has been subjecting himself to
self-flagellation for over 25 years now. "I have been doing for more than 25 years
already, even cutting my own wounds. My faith
prevents the wounds from getting infected, and they
heal much faster," Santos said, stressing that he
would still do his yearly religious vow without
seeing any health personnel. (Ian Ocampo Flora)
DMIA ready to serve N-Luzon passengers
Tuesday, April 14,
CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport
Corporation (Ciac) president Victor Jose Luciano said
residents of Northern Luzon can now depart for overseas
trip through the Diosdado Macapagal International
Airport (DMIA) here. Luciano noted that it is more
convenient and economical for residents of the Ilocos,
Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Cordillera
Administrative regions to fly out of the country via the
Clark Airport. Luciano described DMIA as "the Airport of the North."
Most of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who hail
from Central Luzon and Northern Luzon are now taking the
DMIA because of the presence of budget airlines. Among the airlines operating at the Clark airport are
Asiana of South Korea, Tiger Airways of Singapore, Air
Asia of Malaysia, and Cebu Pacific. Cebu Pacific is the first major local carrier that
launched flights to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, and
Macau. Local carrier Southeast Asian Airlines (Seair) was
also flying between Clark and the island paradise of
Boracay via Caticlan Airport.
Luciano said residents of both Central and Northern
Luzon can also fly to various key cities all over the
world via Asiana, the first international carrier that
operated in the Clark airport. "We would like to tell our countrymen that they can
now access their flights via DMIA without having to go
to Manila and that saves a lot of time and money for our
countrymen," said Luciano.
The DMIA can be accessed via the modern
Subic-Clark-Tarlac Exressway (SCtex) from Tarlac all the
way to the Clark South Interchange, which is directly
linked to the airport. The Clark South Interchange is inside the Clark
Freeport Zone. It is also linked to the North Luzon
"The Clark airport is most beneficial to residents of
Central and Northern Luzon. It is most convenient and
economical because passengers will no longer have to go
all the way to Manila to catch their flights," said
Luciano. Other airlines like Spirit of Manila Airlines will
launch international flights Clark-Taipei-Clark, the
Clark-Kaosheun-Clark. The airline also plans to fly to
the Middle East to serve the growing number of overseas
Filipino workers (OFWs) in the CL and NL. "We shall be bringing you a bigger terminal called
Terminal 2, and we expect it to be finished in about 15
to 24 months, and that means we will have a world-class
international airport. For the moment we have the
airport with a capacity of 1 million to 2 million," said
Luciano. The new terminal will have a capacity of eight
million with tubes, so Clark and Subic is building a
large logistics base.
The Ciac Roadshow, which is aimed to promote the
international flights being offered at the Clark
airport, was launched at the Clark Freeport and already
visited Olongapo City. It is currently holding a three-day mall exhibit at
the Metrotown Mall in Tarlac City between April 13 and
15. It will also visit Dagupan, Laoag, Cabanatuan, Vigan,
La Union, Cagayan, Tuguegarao, Isabela, and Baguio City.
ANGELES CITY -- A former village chief in this city
was gunned down inside the La Pieta Memorial Park in
Barangay Pulung Bulu here Saturday morning.
Thelmo Lalic, 62, former chairman of Barangay
Malabanias, was shot dead by two gunmen inside the
memorial park where he was jogging at around 5:40
a.m. last Saturday.
Senior Superintendent Pierre
Bucsit, city police director, said Lalic sustained
multiple gunshot wounds on different parts of his
body. The suspects were already waiting for the
arrival of the victim who regularly jogged at the
place of occurrence,” Bucsit said. The investigators are still establishing the
motive behind the killing but said that it might be
“personal.” A follow-up investigation is now being conducted
to determine the identity of the suspects, including
their whereabouts. Recovered from the crime scene were 12 empty
shells and two live ammunitions of .45 caliber
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
MABALACAT -- A 41-year-old businessman was shot dead
by four suspected carjackers in Barangay Dau here,
police said Monday. Eduardo Manalo Canlas, 41, a resident of Don
Cornelio Subdivision in Barangay Dau, sustained
gunshot wounds in the head and shoulder. The victim, accompanied by Regilyn Alcantara, 22,
bought his brand new black-colored Toyota Hilux
pickup just eight hours before the fatal carjacking
happened at 3 a.m. last Friday.
From Toyota dealership in the City of San
Fernando, Canlas and Alcantara proceeded to Sphynx
Bar along McArthur Highway in the same city. It was
believed that the carjackers had tailed them from
the said bar. Alcantara opened the gate of the house being
rented by Canlas at New York Street in Don Cornelio
Subdivision and while the latter was parking the
vehicle at the garage, a silver colored car arrived. One of the car's occupants, whose head was
covered with stockings, immediately alighted and
poked a gun at Canlas, demanding that he come out
from the pickup. When the businessman refused, the gunman shot him
The carjackers took his vehicle and sped off,
along with their silver-colored car, towards
McArthur Highway. They took with them the victim's
gold necklace and bracelet, two cell phones, wallet
containing undetermined amount of money, and several
ORs/CRs of vehicles. Canlas was brought to a nearby hospital where an
attending physician pronounced him dead on arrival.
(Jun A. Malig)
$2.5-M residential project in Angeles City
Friday, May 8, 2009
ANGELES CITY -- A Filipino-Swedish firm is set to
infuse $2.5 million for the construction of a
world-class townhouse and condominium-hotel in this
The project, in partnership with Edifice Global
Development Enterprise Inc. (EDGE, Inc.) and NJ
Homes Inc., will be located in Barangay Malabanias,
this city, outside of Clark Freeport. Swedish
investor Bengt Gunnar Jonasson, president and chief
executive officer of NJ Homes, said the group
decided to infuse their investment in this city
because of its proximity to the former US-run
military facility, which is now becoming one of the
best investment locations in the country.
With the existing business ventures in Clark and
the development of a premier international airport,
Jonasson said Angeles City is the next area that
will have the windfall of development. "We have to take advantage of growth of Clark in
the next few years," Jonasson added. Asked why they invested during the height of
world financial crisis, EDGE Inc. president Angel
Tamayo said business leaders should be "contrarian"
to counter the economic crisis. "Sooner or later, the crisis will be over, and we
will be left behind if we will not prepare ourselves
this early," said Tamayo, adding that this is the
right time to put investments to ease the ongoing
The project will include famous interior designer
Budyi Layug to add quality to the tourism-related
project to be established in the city. More than 100 construction workers will be
involved in the project, which will include the
construction of scenic waterfalls, swimming pool,
wellness spa, fine dining restaurant, top bar, and
entertainment and music hall. The project, which was launched recently,
included the groundbreaking and capsule-laying
ceremonies spearheaded by Jonasson, Tamayo, and
Guagua Rural Bank president Joseph Carlos Jr. (Ian Ocampo Flora and Reynaldo Navales)
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Medical Center Inc. (OLMCMC) is set to establish a
satellite clinic inside this Freeport. The medical center has forged a lease agreement
with Clark Development Corporation (CDC) recently
for the establishment of a 24-hour satellite
dispensary here. The lease agreement was signed by CDC president
Benigno Ricafort and OLMCMC president Monet Briones
in a simple ceremony here. Ricafort said the establishment of the clinic is
in line with the continuing program of CDC to
provide world-class health services for the
employees and locators inside Clark.
In the agreement, the clinic will house an
emergency room, laboratory, pharmacy, lying-in
rooms, ultrasound room, endoscopy unit, doctors
consultation room, business office, and convenience
store. OLMCMC was established in August 1999 along
McArthur Highway in the City of San Fernando. It has
a 150-bed capacity and is reputed to have the most
complete and latest medical equipment in Central
Luzon. It also operates the College of Our Lady of Mt.
Carmel (Pampanga), which offers nursing and medical
The satellite clinic will offer the most complete
line of medical services to the workers and
residents inside the freeport including CDC
employees whose health card are acceptable to OLMCMC,
Ricafort said. It will infuse substantial amount in various
hospital facilities, including X-ray machine,
Ultrasound, 2D Echo, and ambulance, he added. OLMCMC is one of the few medical centers in the
region which was awarded with ISO 9001:2000
Certification for Quality Management System from the
United Kingdom Accreditation Services (Ukas) .
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A fiery argument between a
security guard and a mall-goer here resulted in the
“accidental” shooting of another bystander at the
third floor of SM City Pampanga Friday afternoon.
Police Provincial Director Gil Lebin Jr. identified
the two suspects involved in the brawl as Lemuel
Lising, 17, of Barangay Lagundi in Mexico town and
Julieto Ariban, a security guard of Queen Mary’s
Security Agency. Police reports revealed that an
argument ensued between the two around 4 p.m. on the
third floor at SM Worlds of Fun. The argument
resulted into a scuffle.
Due to the argument, the service firearm of the
security guard went off, hitting Jhoan Floralde, 22,
and a resident of Block 99 Upper Bicutan in Taguig
City. Floralde is a crew and employee of the mall. She
sustained a bullet wound in the right side of her
Mall security then began securing the area. These
were later augmented by local police personnel who
investigated the incident. SM City Pampanga Public Relations Officer Roselle
Sarmiento told Sun.Star that the incident was purely
a “personal argument between the security guard and
a customer.” She assured that everything has been settled and
it is safe to enter the mall premises as of late
afternoon last Friday. She also said the victim was
immediately taken to the hospital for treatment.
“The two men are now being subjected to
investigation as we speak. We assure you that it is
now safe to enter the mall,” Sarmiento said.
Anyone that ever handled a .45 can see a few
problems with this story!
Cop accidentally shoots wife
Monday, May 18, 2009
CAMP OLIVAS -- A police officer
is now in jail after he accidentally shot his wife
inside their residence in Barangay Sta. Lucia in the
City of San Fernando recently. A report
reaching this camp said the .45 caliber service
firearm of Senior Police Officer (SPO) 1 Antonio Diy,
presently assigned at the Sta. Rita Police Station,
accidentally went off, hitting his wife Josefina
Dungca Diy, 47.
According to the investigation
conducted by City of San Fernando Police, the
policeman, while standing in the terrace of their
house, allegedly drew his service firearm from the
holster to load it. But, the firearm allegedly
slipped from his hand and accidentally went off,
hitting his wife, who was working in their kitchen,
in the stomach. The report said the victim was
immediately taken to Makabali Memorial Hospital by
one Albert Dungca but eventually died while
undergoing operation. SPO1 Diy voluntarily
surrendered himself and his service firearm to City
of San Fernando Police. He is presently detained at
the City of San Fernando jail. Appropriate charges
were filed in court against him, the report said.
CAMP OLIVAS -- A 44-year-old man
was gunned down by three motorcycle-riding
assailants in Barangay Sto. Rosario, Mabalacat town
recently. In his report here, Mabalacat Police
officer-in-charge Elvis Diaz said Joey Bonzo alias
Joseph, 44, a Filipino-American and resident of said
barangay was walking along the road when he was
fired upon by one of the suspects. Diaz said the
victim was about to enter the gate of their
residence along David St. corner Capanas St. when
two unidentified men approached him while an
unidentified female back rider shot him with a .45
caliber pistol in different parts of his body. The
victim’s neighbors brought him to St. Raphael
Foundation Medical Hospital in Mabalacat but he was
declared dead on arrival by attending doctors.
Initial investigation conducted by police showed
that “love triangle” was the probable motive behind
the killing. Diaz said he has ordered his
investigators to dig deeper into the killing of
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversion and
Development Authority (BCDA) has announced that it
will build additional entry and exit lanes at the
Mabalacat Interchange of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac
Expressway (SCTEx) to address the growing traffic
volume. BCDA spokesperson for the SCTEx Robert Gervacio
said the BCDA has instructed Japanese engineering
consulting firm Katahira and Engineers International
(KEI) to prepare the conceptual and engineering
design including the cost estimates for the widening
of the Mabalacat and Tipo Interchanges.
From the original four exit lanes and three entry
lanes in the Mabalacat Interchange, the BCDA plans
to add six exit lanes for a total of 10 exit lanes,
according to Gervacio. He said this will be done by converting the two
of the three entry lanes into exit lanes and
building four additional exit lanes. He added that the remaining entry lane in the
Mabalacat Interchange will be used as a pass-through
lane as five new entry lanes will be constructed
after the Balem Bridge, some 800 meters before
entering the existing Mabalacat Toll Plaza.
Two additional exit lanes will be constructed at
the Tipo Interchange, said Gervacio. He noted that construction of the entry and exit
lanes are tentatively set to commence by the middle
of the year and is expected to be completed next
year. “With these measures, we hope to address growing
traffic volume in general and the sudden surge of
vehicles at peak hours during holidays,” he said.
The funding of the construction of the entry and
exit lanes will be sourced out from the savings and
unspent amount of the SCTEx loan proceeds. It has been observed that traffic volume in the
SCTEx swells by more than 100 percent on special
occasions, or from an average of 16,000 vehicles on
ordinary days to over 30,000 during holidays
resulting in long queues.
Another good argument for not taking a bus from
Manila to Angeles
CAMP OLIVAS -- A lone policeman
thwarted an armed robbery attempt inside a passenger
bus traveling along Edsa Thursday afternoon by
shooting to death two still unidentified suspects.
In a report submitted to Chief Superintendent Leon
Nilo dela Cruz, regional police director, the police
officer has been identified as Inspector Christopher
Obien, member of the 306th Provincial Mobile Group
stationed in Bulacan Provincial Police Office (PMG-BPPO).
Initial reports of the Kamuning
Police Station under the Quezon City Police District
(QCPD) stated that one of the three male suspects
was identified as Michael Dismo, 34 years old, an
alleged Sigue-sigue Sputnik Gang member, and a
native of Leyte province who is presently residing
at #147 Sedak St., Navotas City. Dismo and his two
still unidentified cohorts were on board JMK bus
with plate number TWH-201. They were armed with two
caliber .38 revolvers and two bladed weapons when
they announced the hold-up upon reaching Edsa.
With presence of mind and not
minding his own personal safety, Obien shot one of
the suspects with his caliber .45 service firearm,
according to the police. “Another suspect who was
seated at his back tried to shoot him but the police
officer was faster,” the statement added. While the
hold-up was in progress, other bus drivers and
passengers traversing Edsa witnessed the incident
and wasted no time in reporting the case to Kamuning
Police Station 10, the nearest police station which
immediately responded to the report and set up a
blockade. Upon realizing he was alone and sensing
danger, Dismo hurriedly got off the bus but was
arrested by responding policemen. Recovered from his
possession was a caliber .38 hand gun tucked in his
During the search and cleanup
procedure, two of the suspects were found dead. A
caliber .38 revolver and two bladed weapons were
recovered from them. The driver, conductor and
inspector of the bus, including the passengers,
positively identified the two dead suspects as among
the three men who tried to hold up the bus.
Dela Cruz immediately recommended the meritorious
promotion of Inspector Obien for his heroic act of
bravery. “His action was beyond compare
notwithstanding the danger for his life and a clear
manifestation that indeed the Integrated
Transformation Program of the PNP (Philippine
National Police) is effectively working on our
side,” the Central Luzon police director said in the
They are building a crime lab, but none of the
local police have the skills to take finger
prints at crime scenes!
Mayor cited for crime lab construction
Thursday, May 28, 2009
ANGELES CITY -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has
lauded Angeles City Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno
for donating funds for the construction of a building at
Camp Tomas Pepito here, which houses the Central Luzon
Regional Crime Laboratory.
Nepomuceno appropriated some P500,000 for the
construction of the crime lab, which is also being
utilized by the entire police force in the region.
Nepomuceno was awarded a plaque of recognition during a
simple ceremony held at the PNP National Headquarters in
Camp Crame, Quezon City last May 25. The event coincided with the 64th Philippine National
Police Crime Laboratory Founding Anniversary
The installation of the PNP Regional Crime Lab at
Camp Tomas Pepito has enabled the PNP to modernize its
evidence collection capability through new technologies
to match the challenges posed by criminal elements. Though there are limits to technology, scientific
criminal investigation has become essential in solving
crimes as it is more reliable than just depending on the
testimony of witnesses, said Chief Superintendent Arturo
Cacdac Jr., national director of the PNP Crime
According to Cacdac, the PNP has already set the
policy direction that the PNP Crime Laboratory may
follow in the coming years under the theme "Makabagong
Teknolohiya: Susi Sa Agarang Paglutas ng Krimen at Gabay
Para Sa Katarungan." (Reynaldo G. Navales)
NINETY per cent of Philippine police
cannot shoot straight or clean their guns properly,
according to recent firearms proficiency tests, an official
said. "Of the country's 125,000 policemen and women 90 per
cent cannot shoot straight and have difficulty just taking
care of their guns," National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM)
Commissioner Luis Mario General said.
Commissioner General, whose agency monitors the national
police, said that of the remaining 10 per cent most of them
ranked barely above the level of "novice". He said his
commission would recommend to the Philippine National Police
that it conducts regular marksmanship training for all its
members, including the top brass.
"We will recommend to the police that they take this matter
very seriously because their policemen could either be
killed in the field or could shoot innocent civilians," said
Commissioner General. However, he said he could not
blame the police for their failing marksmanship grades,
because of the high cost of marksmanship training and
especially bullets. He also cited recent admissions by
top police officials that almost 50 per cent of the national
police actually have no service firearms.
Article from: Agence France-Presse
City launches meat safety program
Thursday, May 28, 2009
ANGELES CITY -- The City Veterinary Office (CVO)
launched the "Karneng Garantisado Handog Namin Sa
Inyo" to ensure consumers in buying safe meats and
defend them against illegal traders of "hot meats"
in Pampanga and San Nicolas public markets. The
activity was led by Mayor's Office chief-of-staff
Gerard "Gepoy" Nepomuceno and City Veterinarian
According to Nepomuceno, this project aims to
make Angeleños aware that they should get only fresh
meats that have undergone the right process and
passed the quality standard set by the NMIS. He added that CVO meat inspectors have been
enjoined to regularly and strictly monitor the
slaughterhouse in the city to ensure quality meat
coming from said abattoirs. Villaroman said consumers need to be calm since
the city's meat inspectors are doing their best to
protect them from any threats of swine flu, avian
flu, and foot-and-mouth disease.
At present, CVO is requiring local meat
distributors and meat vendors to present Meat
Inspection Certificate (MIC) before their products
can be distributed and sold in public markets.
Without these certificates, they cannot sell their
products. The city veterinarian also advised consumers to
demand for the clearance certificate issued by CVO
to meat sellers to ensure that the product passed
quality control and have complied with the standards
of the NMIS. (IOF)
Articles like this are never good for the
Paquito fight proves more dangerous than
New law passed limiting annual rental
increases. This may be of interest to many
local residents as lots of rents have previously
gone up 10% or more.
Photo from the World Wildlife Fund shows
experts measuring a megamouth shark
caught by mackerel fishermen off the
Donsol marine resort.
MANILA, Philippines - Fishermen trawling
for mackerel off Masbate near Donsol in
Sorsogon instead caught an extremely rare
shark and cooked it Bicol style, the World
Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines (WWF-Philippines)
WWF-Philippines revealed that local
fishermen caught a four-meter-long,
500-kilogram megamouth shark last March 30
along the eastern coast of Burias Island. The group said the shark was retrieved
and cooked “kinunot-style” (with coconut
milk, malunggay leaves and chili) by the
The report prompted the international
conservation group to believe that the
Donsol-Masbate region is a haven not just
for whale sharks, dolphins and giant manta
rays. “Rarest of all sharks, the megamouth (Megachasma
pelagios) is a fairly recent scientific
discovery, with just over 40 recorded
encounters worldwide,” WWF-Philippines said.
“The first specimen was caught off Oahu,
Hawaii in 1976. So different was it from all
other sharks that it necessitated the
creation of an entirely new family and genus
– prompting the scientific community to hail
it as the 20th century’s most significant
marine find – rivaling the rediscovery of
the coelacanth in 1938,” they said.
According to Elson Aca, project manager
of WWF-Philippines in Donsol, local
fishermen recalled a similar shark was
caught in the same area decades ago. Though the group said the sighting of
another megamouth shark is not likely in the
near future, it remains possible that
similar shark species are in the area.
WWF-Philippines said they would launch an
education and information drive among local
fishermen on the megamouth shark. Gregg Yan, WWF-Philippines information
officer, said the megamouth is among the
world’s rarest shark species, discovered
only in 1976. “Only 40 other megamouths have been
discovered worldwide,” he said. Yan said the latest catch near Donsol
would become the world’s 41 megamouth, as
named by the Florida Museum of Natural
History since it is the 41st found in the
world. The megamouth shark was the very first to
have been caught in Luzon, WWF-Philippines
“This proves that the Donsol-Masbate
region is a haven not just for whale sharks,
dolphins and giant manta rays – but for the
rarest shark species of all,” he said. WWF-Philippines said the megamouth shark
is so named for its enormous maw, which is
estimated to be a meter wide and lined with
a brilliant silver band to attract
planktonic prey in the depths. Male megamouths average four meters while
females – which give birth to live young –
grow up to five meters.
The group also said that a megamouth
shark is a poor swimmer, and ranges
sporadically throughout the Atlantic, Indian
and Pacific Oceans. WWF-Philippines has worked closely with
the municipality of Donsol to establish and
refine the now-famous community-based whale
shark eco-tourism project, transforming the
once sleepy town into one of the Bicol
region’s busiest revenue generators and
earning it the title of butanding (whale
shark) capital of the world.
Funded by WWF-Denmark and supported by
the local government, there are current
initiatives to establish whale shark
migration routes and numbers through
state-of-the-art photo-identification and
satellite tagging techniques. Last month WWF-Philippines found and
rescued a 15-inch baby whale shark – touted
as the world’s smallest – also in Sorsogon. “The presence of two of the world’s three
filter feeding sharks warrants special
attention for the Donsol-Masbate region,”
the WWF said.
Guys nailing themselves to crosses,
parades of young men self-flagellating, church
speakers blasting out Tagalog chants 24 hours a
day -- no religious fanatics here!
Pretty amazing to see what kind of junk is
left in the drainage ditches after a good rain storm
One of our readers, Rockin Dave (mentioned above),
recently arranged through our reservations department
for a trek of Mt. Pinatubo. I had no idea how to
coordinate such a even, but they sorted it out.
Dave spent about P3,500 for the day long adventure.
From what I gathered, it is about a 60 minute climb when
the vehicles can not go any further.
Nisse Nordin, a 57 year old Swede died from a heart
attack on April 4 -He had
been having congestion in his chest. His friend told
me that he planned on going to the bank today and
get money to ck into a hosp. from what i heard-he
bought into Jerrys Cafe when Jerry sold. also was
known to have computer expertise. His many friends
at the Wobbly Boot are shocked at his death.
Maj Archie Heckler, an
Annapolis (US Naval Academy) graduate and a veteran pilot
during the Vietnam war, passed away from natural causes at
his Angeles City home on April 27,2009. Archie, a
very intelligent and friendly person was a popular
personality in Angeles being the distinct force in social
tennis. His Thai restaurant NIT NOI
in the mid 70's and 80's was the watering hole of many
Americans assigned at then Clark Air Force Base. Half of his
ashes will be buried at the American cemetery in Clark on
June 08,2009 and the other half in Annapolis. His adopted
son Doi Heckler and family will be attending the burial.
73 years old, retired US Army took his own life on 12
May. Gill was a bit of a loner, but always
friendly. he had been battling cancer and in early
May he had tried unsuccessfully to commit suicide by
overdosing on pills before he succeeded by hanging
himself. A bad way to go, but I can understand his
desire to not suffer a long death from cancer.
Robert Hollands: passed away
on the afternoon of 15 May ,at the age of 63, after a
long battle with cancer. Best known
as the owner of Nifty's and Club Rio, Nevill had
been in "exile" in Pattaya, Thailand for the
last few years of his life. He was one of
those EXPATS that lost everything he had several
times in his years in the Philippines. The first
time it was because he was in a business with a
relative of Marcos. Acquino came to power and
his business was closed and all assets were
frozen by the new government. Then a year
after moving to Angeles, his home was destroyed
by Mt. Pinatubo. In the early 90's he set
up a program to feed the street children. After
this program was shut down by the death of one
doctor and the stabbing of Nevill, he borrowed
money and opened the Silver Fox. He later
sold this bar and opened Jolly Frog next
door (later renamed Club Rio). Eventually,
he took the Silver Fox and renamed it Nifty's.
Beverly James Perrin - [British]
retired from the Metropolitan Police, Special
Branch died in May at the age of 65. At
the time of his death he was the manager at
Garfield's. Before Garfield's he had managed
numerous clubs in Angeles. Bev's was
liked by his all that met him for his quiet
demeanor and his love of life. Also known for
frequently wearing a dashikis (a colorful West
African men's garment). Sadly, Bev's was
another case of a little too much smoking and
alcohol every day for years.
HOUSE FOR RENT We only have one,
so book early. You can rent one bedroom and
have the entire house to yourself, or a group of 3 guys
can have a party house much cheaper than 3 hotel rooms. For more
My favorite charity is Bahay
Pag-Ibig in Angeles City. Here I can see 100% of my
donations going to the people in need. Sadly,
so many charities have high overhead costs where a
huge percentage of donations go to the over paid
Another great charity is the
Father Ray Foundation in Pattaya, Thailand. I
encourage anyone with a little money to spare to
look into and then support this great charity.
There are many great volunteers trying to continue
the work of the late Father Ray trying to feed,
clothe, education, house, etc. more that 850 young
folks. But, times are tough and they need
contributions to keep taking care of these needy
They have produced a small DVD,
the retired CNN BANGKOK BUREAU CHIEF. For
a copy of the DVD or more information contact
Again, I don't support many charities, but this is
one of the good ones!