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Manhunt for 12 inmates in Malvar jailbreak

Twelve prisoners in Malvar, Batangas bolted early Monday morning (October 24) from the town’s lock-up cell, Batangas Provincial Police Office (BPPO) reported. Senior Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag, Batangas PPO director, said a manhunt is now underway for the following escapees: Diego Barola, 31, residing at Purok 5 Brgy. Tambo, Lipa City Melvin T. Ona, 34, resident of Brgy. Santiago, Malvar Jerald E. Rivo, 29, resident of Brgy. Bulihan, Malvar Leodegario S. Lara Jr., 39, resident of Brgy. Solis, Balete El King Leonida, 25, residing at Brgy. Darasa, Tanauan City Noel Malpas, 34, residing at Brgy. San Fernando, Malvar Carissa May Salagan, 23, residing at Brgy. San Fernando, Malvar Artemio Castillo Jr., 27, residing at North Suzana Executive Village, Diliman, Quezon City Morris Rap Publico, resident of Brgy. Darasa, Tanauan City Arvie Villegas, 36, residing at  Brgy. Pantay Matanda, Tanauan City John Raniel Castillo, 26, residing at …

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DENR revokes ECC for Sariaya quarry

Sariaya, Quezon — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has revoked the Environmental Compliance Certification (ECC) for quarry operations in Barangay Sampaloc 2, here, it was learned yesterday. DENR Undersecretary Art Valdez, who led recently the operation to implement the order to some quarry operators, said the DENR was alarmed by reports from a religious group that gross violations were made at the foot of Mount Banahaw. Along with elements of the National Environmental Crime Task Force (NAECTF), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) district office in Lucena City, the police, the coast guard, and the military, 15 truck drivers, back hoe operators, helpers and crushing plant coordinators were held for questioning and nine dump trucks used in transporting quarry materials confiscated, said Valdez.

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Another Alcala in Quezon falls over drugs

Tayabas City, Quezon — Another Alcala, related to the former Department Agriculture (DA) secretary and incumbent government officials in this province, has been arrested by police for alleged possession of “shabu,” marijuana, a firearm, and ammunition. Senior Superintendent Antonio Yarra, Quezon Police Provincial Office (PPO) director, identified the suspect as Rhine Christine Briones Alcala, alias “Arlene,” 36, and tagged by the Quezon Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) and Provincial Anti-illegal Drug-Special Operations Task Group (PAID-SOTG) as a high-value target. The raiding team led by Supt. Noel Nuñez, intelligence chief of the Quezon PPO, said Alcala was arrested at 2 a.m. yesterday at her house in San Juan Estate, Barangay Isabang, here, during the implementation of a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Agripino G. Morga of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 29-32 …

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Quezon artists shine in ‘My City, My SM, My Art’

Lucena City, Quezon — Known as the “Cradle of Philippine Art” and the “Food Basket of South Luzon,” this province has its artistic tradition as a mirror of its agrarian roots. Riding on this theme, SM City Lucena launched the “My City, My SM, My Art” Campaign and Exhibit to feature world-renowned Quezon artists and showcase their award-winning works of art, here. The project of SM and Metropolitan Museum of Manila, with support from the National Commission of Culture and the Arts, is “a celebration of Philippine visual arts – painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and filmmaking.” The campaign brings art and people together by showcasing the works of masters, modernists, and millennials in a road show that advocates arts for all the teamwork with communities to mount exhibits, workshops, and contests in key …

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3 CAFGU wounded in Batangas NPA attack

San Juan, Batangas — Three auxiliary members of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) were wounded when a group of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels attacked a CAFGU patrol base detachment in Laiya-Aplaya, in this town. Police reports identified the injured as Honorio S. Rosales, Rodel D. Contreras, and Sherlack V. Contreras, residents of Barangay Bataan. They were rushed to San Fernando Air Base Gen Hospital in Lipa City. The incident happened lastThursday night. The CAFGU members shot back at the NPA group and the fire fight lasted for about five minutes, prompting the rebels to withdraw to forested area of the said village. Reinforcements from the 40th Squadron of Philippine Air Force (PAF) conducted pursue operation against the fleeing rebels.

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2 bodies retrieved from tunnel

Lucena City, Quezon — There are now two bodies retrieved from the flooded tunnel in Gen. Nakar, where seven workers were trapped last Saturday following the collapse of the cofferdam that was supposed to protect their construction site from water from the Sumag River. Dr. Henry M. Buzar, Quezon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), confirmed yesterday the retrieval of the body of Simion Sig-og, one of the seven workers constructing a 600-meter tunnel that would divert water from Sumag River to the Umiray-Angat Transbasin Tunnel that leads to Angat Dam. Last Monday, information received by the PDRRMC from the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), proponent of the P717-million tunnel project, said that one of the workers – Salvador Pacling – was rescued, but another worker had drowned. The …

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Quezon’s biggest drug lord ‘Athel’ Alcala surrenders

Lucena City, Quezon — Police said they have in custody two members of a prominent family in Quezon who are involved in big-time drug trafficking. Cerilo “Athel” Alcala, 59, and his son Sajid, 36, surrendered Sunday at the city’s police station, accompanied by his brother Quezon 2nd District Rep. Vicente Alcala and City Mayor Roderick A. Alcala. The police have tagged Cerilo Alcala as Quezon’s biggest drug lord. He and his son were later presented to  the media by Lucena police chief Dennis de Leon and Quezon provincial police director Antonio Yarra. Cerilo faced drug charges following a raid of his house in Lucena by an anti-narcotics team in September, 2008, Sajid was also charged but is out on bail. Congressman Alcala said he fetched Cerilo from a hospital in Manila and advised him to …

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Suspected drug king in Quezon surrenders

LUCENA CTY, Quezon – Suspected Quezon’s Drug King Cerilo “Athel” Alcala, 59, police high value target in drug trade and his son Sajid, 36, have surfaced, yesterday noon to Lucena City Police accompanied by his brother Quezon 2nd District Rep. Vicente Alcala and city mayor Roderick A. Alcala, at city’s  police station. They were presented to media by Lucena City police head Supt. Dennis De Leon and Quezon PPO director Antonio Yarra. Cerilo has a bench warrant on violation on Drug Law while Sajid, case was dismissed during September 9, 2008 drug raid By PDEA in their residence at Barangay Cotta, in Lucena City. Rep. Alcala stressed that he fetched up Cerilo at the hospital in Manila and advised him to surrender to police to clear his name in controversial drug issue in the province.

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DENR chief pledges P7B for Batangas forestry efforts

Batangas City – Environment Secretary Gina Lopez said here the DENR is allocating about P7 billion for reforestation and agro-forestry activities in the city. She said: “I want our programs to have an economic impact” before audiences of the Third Ecological Summit and Climate Crisis with theme “Leading the Journey Towards Decarburization.” Lopez commended Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas for his stand not to allow in the province large-scale mining operations and even the establishment of a coal-fired power plant. Mandanas told to Lopez that the province is allocating P50 million for solar power production particularly in Tingloy town, a possible tourist destination in Batangas, because of clear and clean waters of Verde Island Passage. The Verde Island Passage is known as center of marine biodiversity, because of abundance and various species marine lives have …

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Quezon’ s LNG power plant confronts transmission problem

Pagbilao, Quezon — The country’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant facility in Barangay Ibabang Polo, here, which is expected to operate soon, is now confronted with a serious problems, it was learned yesterday. Former Quezon Governor Eduardo Rodriguez, Energy World Corporation (EWC) country manager, said transmission arrangements with related government agencies have been the principal cause of delay in the full operation of the plant facilities. The setback has affected funding since the settlement of such issues is a requirement for local banks. The LNG power plant is one of the highly-anticipated energy projects in the country as it is supposed to signal a new direction for clean energy features. Rodriguez said he has written Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi, stating the main concerns preventing the drawdown of funds with …

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