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Five suspected communist rebels were killed while another was captured in a clash with policemen in Mexico, Pampanga, early Tuesday, police said.

Killed were four men and a woman who are all believed to be members of the Marxist-Leninist Party of the Philippines-Rebolusyunaryong Hukbong Bayan (MLPP-RHB), Pampanga provincial police director Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono said.

The five were later identified as Roel Gomez alias “Ka Remy,” 32; Ruth Liberty Vudade-Abalong, 29; Evan Balaguis alias “Ka Lina,” 23; Renato Nucum alias “Toys,” 52; and Aries Nucum alias “Ka Amy, 25.

They were brought to the Mexico Community Hospital for treatment after the clash, but all were pronounced dead by doctors, provincial police spokesperson Superintendent Anna Liza Guzman said.

One Ryan Lising, 28, was arrested after authorities found him carrying a loaded caliber-.45 pistol, she said.

The clash occurred around 1:20 a.m. in Brgy. San Jose Matulid.

Elements of the provincial police’s intelligence branch, Special Weapons and Tactics unit, and Mexico Police carried out an operation after learning of the presence of MLPP-RHB members in the area, Recomono said in a text message.

The suspects were allegedly involved in incidents of robbery/hold-up, car thefts, as well as gun-for-hire and extortion activities, in Pampanga and nearby provinces, he said.

Operatives seized four short firearms, two Carbine rifles, an M16 rifle, a hand grenade, a bow and three arrows, a crossbow, subversive documents, electronic gadgets, and a pair of binoculars from the suspects, Guzman said.

Four unregistered motorcycles were also found at the scene, Recomono said.

The MLPP-RHB, whose members are mostly based in Central Luzon, is a group that broke away from the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army in the 90s. (John Roson)

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6 massacred in Pampanga

Six persons were killed while another was seriously injured after being shot by suspected robbers inside a home in San Fernando City, Pampanga, on Friday, police said.

Killed were businesswoman Corazon Edejer, 47; her son Kenneth Nolan, 19; stay-in helpers Nelson Hidalgo, 17; “Kakay,” 27; Teresita Camiling, 40; and one Benigno Villanueva, 52, said Pampanga provincial police spokesperson Supt. Anna Liza Guzman.

All succumbed to bullet wounds to the head, Guzman said.

Corazon’s husband Nicolas Edejer, 42, also suffered a bullet wound to the head, but was found alive is now recuperating at a local hospital.

“Mayroon silang business sa palengke, nagbabagsak ng bangus,” Guzman said of the Edejers.

The incident occurred inside the Edejers’ home in L&S Subdivision near the boundary of San Fernando City and Angeles City, Guzman said.

A “concerned citizen” reported discovering the incident around 6 p.m., she said.

Responding policemen found the Edejers lying in separate rooms while their helpers and Villanueva were found in different parts of the house, Guzman said.

A vault that belonged to one of the rooms on the second floor was found in the ground floor, leading investigators to believe that the assailants were robbers.

“‘Yung vault hindi nabuksan, intact. ‘Yun siguro ang kinukuha ng mga suspect. Nasa second floor siya pero naibaba na, hindi nabuksan, iniwan na lang siguro nila kasi matagal na sila,” Guzman said.

The assailants, however, took the DVD recorder of the house’s closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera, apparently to leave no evidence. They also took the family’s Toyota Hi-Lux and used it as their “getaway vehicle,” Guzman said.

The pick-up truck was found abandoned in Concepcion, Tarlac, she said.

Guzman said police in San Fernando City have already invited two persons for “questioning.”

“Mga dati silang nakasama ng mga biktima,” she said of the two. (John Roson)

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A mayoralty candidate died after being shot by armed men during his campaign sortie at a remote area in San Jose, Tarlac, on Monday afternoon, police said.

Rudy Abella, a barangay chairman running for mayor under the Lakas-Christian and Muslim Democrats party, was holding a “caucus” with residents of Sitio Sta. Cruz, Brgy. Iba, around 5:10 p.m., when he was shot, Senior Supt. Alfred Corpus, Tarlac provincial police director, said in a phone interview.

Two men shot Abella while at least three others served as lookouts, Corpus said, citing witnesses’ accounts.

Corpus said his men are looking at politics as only one of the possible motives for the killing, and have not yet discounted other angles which may be “very near.”

“It is unlikely that this is politically motivated,” the police official said, while declining to say what the other angles were. (John Roson)

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7 killed in Olongapo City hotel fire

Seven people, including five foreigners, were killed in a hotel fire in Olongapo City early Friday, authorities said.

Those killed included Americans James Brigati, Patrick Burt, Joseph Bulari, Korean Kyung Ook Kim, and two Filipinos, Supt. Jose Hidalgo, officer-in-charge of the Olongapo City Police said in a text message.

A fifth foreigner, believed to be from the United Kingdom, also died in the fire at the two-storey hotel, Insp. Jose Borlagdatan, chief investigator of the Olongapo City Fire Station, said in a phone interview.

The casualties’ names were based on the hotel’s logbook, Borlagdatan said.

Fire razed the Dryden Hotel Bar and Restaurant along the National Highway in Brgy. Barreto around 3:30 a.m.

The cause of the fire is still being determined, Borlagdatan said. (John Roson)

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A civilian was killed while a policeman and two civilians were wounded when suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members attacked a government road project in Ma. Aurora, Aurora, Friday morning, the military said.

1Lt. Tala Servidad, spokeswoman of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division, said an undetermined number of armed men first burned a backhoe and dump truck owned by Palacios Constructions in Sitio Dimani, Brgy. Villa, around 9 a.m.

Police and members of the Army’s 48th Infantry Battalion responded to the incident but were fired upon, she said, citing initial field reports.

The NPA is reportedly extorting money from Palacios Constructions, which is presently constructing the road that will connect Metro Manila to Aurora, Servidad said.

Damages to the backhoe and dump truck are estimated at P9 million.

Brig. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr., commander of the 7th ID, condemned the attack and ordered pursuit operations against the armed men.

“We condemn this terroristic attack against the construction company. This tragic incident came when peace and development in Central Luzon is on the fast lane,” he said. (John Roson)

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12 hurt in Bataan bus mishap

Twelve people were injured when a mini-bus slammed into the tail of another mini-bus in Hermosa, Bataan, on Monday, police reported.

The incident occurred along the Mac Arthur Highway in Brgy. Mandama around 9:30 a.m., according to a report from the Bataan Provincial Police.

Injured were Myra Matacot, 25, Loida Calma, 28, both of Abucay; Cecilia Pastolero, 53, Aira Jun Aquino, 17, Christine Michelle Ibarreta, 25, Sherwin Mallari, 32, Marilou Manabat, 40, Jose Antonio Lim, 2, all of Dinalupihan; Sherwin Medina, 24, Meynard Lee Montemayor, 20, both of Hermosa; Eulalia Layawen, 65, of Orani; and Rowena Dela Cruz, 41, of Samal.

The 12, all passengers of the mini-bus driven by Nestor Varona, were taken to the Jose Payumo Hospital for treatment, the report said.

Investigation showed that Varona was driving the mini-bus (CVB-586) from Olongapo to Balanga City, when it was hit from behind by another mini-bus (CVA-598) driven by Constantino Morales Jr.

The incident also caused a still unestimated amount of damages to both vehicles, police said. (John Roson)

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US military ships may still visit the Philippines without dumping waste, the Department of National Defense said Friday.

Peter Paul Galvez, the department’s spokesman, made the remark after it was reported that a shipping company catering to US military ships had dumped “toxic waste” into waters off Subic Bay.

“Hiwalay ‘yan sa port visits. Puwede ituloy ang visits without doing any kind of waste disposal,” Galvez told reporters.

Galvez said authorities, especially the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement, are still investigating the allegations against Glenn Defense Marine Asia.

Glenn Defense Marine is a company catering to US military ships that visit different ports in Asia.

Its services include transporting crew to and from land, as well fetching and disposing waste from the ships.

It was reported in the Philippine Daily Inquirer that Glenn Defense Marine dumped into the West Philippine Sea more than 180,000 liters of domestic waste and more than 700 liters of “bilge water.”

The bilge water, a mixture of water, oil, and grease, reportedly came from US ships that participated in a recent naval exercise with Philippine forces and allegedly had high levels of “toxicity.”

“Pending investigation, those (visits and waste disposal) are two separate issues. Hindi kailangan ipagkabit,” Galvez said. (John Roson)

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A 3.8-magnitude earthquake shook Metro Manila and nearby provinces Wednesday morning but no damages or casualties were reported, authorities said.

The quake struck around 10:07 a.m. and its epicenter was traced 31 kilometers under Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan, Office of Civil Defense Benito Ramos said.

“Malalim siya kaya hindi masyadong malakas, there is no damage,” Ramos said in a phone interview. (John Roson)

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A photo of the bus involved in the mishap (photo courtesy of Munoz City PNP)

Nine people were killed while at least nine others were injured when a passenger bus collided with a motorcycle and fuel tanker in Muñoz City, Nueva Ecija, early Wednesday, police said.

Killed on the spot were the three vehicles’ drivers, identified as Ryan Camaging, Leoncio Pajarillo, and Sylvino Marzo, Chief Insp. Karen Clark, Central Luzon regional police spokeswoman, said.

Also killed were Pajarillo’s wife Evangeline, who was riding with him in the motorcycle, as well as bus passengers Donatella Aquino, of Piat, Cagayan; Marife Bondoc, of Tanza, Cavite; and three still unidentified females.

The fatalities were all taken to the Munoz Funeral Parlor in Brgy. Bantog West, Clark said.

A photo of the fuel tanker involved in the mishap (photo courtesy of Munoz City PNP)

Some of those injured were identified as Rolando Cotanes, of Piat; Juan Taguilan, of Enrile; Elvino Bajinang, also of Cagayan; Alama Sansano, of Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya; Maria Rowena Dacanay, of Bagabag; Arthur Solinas of Santa Maria, Isabela; Araceli Medina, and Jone Audalang.

They were brought to the Paulino Garcia Memorial Research Hospital in Cabanatuan City, San Jose General Hospital in San Jose City, and the CLSU Infirmary Hospital in Muñoz.

Other bus passengers, who were unhurt or sustained only minor injuries, decided to proceed with their travel and were fetched by other passing buses, Clark said.

The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m., while Camaging was driving the Victory Liner bus (CWR-195) along the Maharlika Highway in Purok Curva, Brgy. Bantug.

Camaging was driving the bus towards the south when it hit the back of the Honda Wave motorcycle (YZ-5358) driven by Pajarillo, causing the latter and his wife to fall on the right shoulder of the road, Clark said, citing results of investigation by the Muñoz City Police.

The bus driver steered to the left to avoid hitting the motorcycle further, but collided head-on with Marzo’s Isuzu gasoline tanker (XMD-771) instead, Clark said.

Both the bus and fuel tanker sustained heavy damages on the front left sides. (John Roson)

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Korean, Fil-Am drown in Bataan

A Korean national and his Filipino-American classmate drowned while swimming at the Visai Waterfalls in Morong, Bataan, police said.

Korean Jaebak Jung was recovered minutes after he drowned Wednesday afternoon and brought to the Morong Health Center, but expired along the way, Bataan provincial police spokesman Senior Insp. Dennis Orbista said.

Jung’s Filipino-American classmate, Kyle Julian Weckman, was found dead Thursday morning by rescuers from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

The incident occurred around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, while Jung, Weckman, and other students of the Cebu International School (CIS) based in Cebu City were swimming at the waterfalls in Sitio Kanawan.

Before swimming at the falls, five teachers and 42 students of CIS, including Jung and Weckman, conducted a “community service” activity for students of the Kanawan Elementary School, Orbista said. (John Roson)

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