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Tarlac City vice mayor slaps scribe in the face
by Benjie Villa - June 1, 2005 - 12:00am
TARLAC CITY — This city’s woman vice mayor is now under fire from local media groups for slapping the publisher-editor of a weekly community newspaper in the face last Monday. Arvin Cabalu, publisher-editor...
Group bewails attacks on judges, lawyers
by Benjie Villa - May 30, 2005 - 12:00am
TARLAC CITY — A group called the Committee for the Defense of Lawyers (CODAL) said the growing attacks on lawyers and judges "constitute a threat to the rule of law." In a manifesto, the group said...
Reds reject gov’t offer of ‘interim’ ceasefire
by Benjie Villa - May 1, 2005 - 12:00am
TARLAC — The underground Maoist rebel movement has rejected the government’s offer of an "interim" ceasefire intended to jump-start the stalled peace talks. Gregorio "Ka Roger" Rosal,...
Delay in Tarlac River dike repair bewailed
by Benjie Villa - April 24, 2005 - 12:00am
GERONA, Tarlac — Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane saw for himself last Friday the threat posed by the ruined portions of the Tarlac River dike to Tarlac’s northern towns. Local officials...
‘Gun-for-hire’ tagged as priest’s killer
by Benjie Villa - April 15, 2005 - 12:00am
GERONA, Tarlac — An alleged gun-for-hire, who was nabbed by authorities in Mandaluyong City, has been tagged as one of the killers of an activist Aglipayan priest in La Paz town last March 13. The suspect,...
AFP belies NPA claim of growing rebel strength
by Benjie Villa - March 31, 2005 - 12:00am
CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac — Contrary to rebel claims, the number of New People’s Army (NPA) guerrilla fronts in Central and Northern Luzon has dwindled from 28 to 21, a military official said yesterday. Col....
We’ll respect Holy Week — NPA
by Benjie Villa - March 22, 2005 - 12:00am
TARLAC CITY – As the predominantly Catholic nation observes Lent this week, the underground Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) declared that its guerrillas would not launch attacks against the government. The...
Pampanga leader of party-list group gunned down
by Benjie Villa - March 19, 2005 - 12:00am
TARLAC CITY — A 68-year-old leader of the militant party-list group Anakpawis was gunned down in Angeles City, Pampanga on Thursday night, a human rights group said. Emil Paragas, spokesman of Karapatan, said...
Spoiled spaghetti downs 82 kids, 3 adults in Tarlac
by Benjie Villa - March 18, 2005 - 12:00am
TARLAC CITY — Eighty-two children aged one to 14 and three adults were rushed to the provincial hospital here for food poisoning Wednesday night after they ate spoiled spaghetti during a day care center’s...
Activist priest slain in Tarlac
by Benjie Villa - March 14, 2005 - 12:00am
TARLAC CITY — An activist priest of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) was killed in an ambush yesterday morning while he was on his way home after officiating Mass in La Paz town. The victim, Rev. Fr....
Mass action shuts down Luisita operations
by Benjie Villa - November 7, 2004 - 12:00am
HACIENDA LUISITA, Tarlac — The operations of the sugar refinery in this 6,000-hectare plantation owned by the family of former President Corazon Aquino were shut down yesterday after a number of its workers...
Pacificador acquitted in Javier’s murder
by Benjie Villa - October 13, 2004 - 12:00am
The Regional Trial Court Branch 12 in San Jose, Antique yesterday acquitted former Assemblyman Arturo Pacificador for the murder of Antique Gov. Evelio Javier two weeks before the People Power Revolution in 1986. Judge...
Troops foil big NPA attack
by Benjie Villa - October 13, 2004 - 12:00am
CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac — Military authorities here believe that ground troops were able to prevent what could have been a major rebel attack by communist rebels on remote government positions within the outskirts...
Various ailments afflict Tarlac flood victims
by Benjie Villa - September 6, 2004 - 12:00am
TARLAC CITY — Water-borne diseases continue to afflict flood victims, mostly children, in the northern Tarlac town of Paniqui, even as hundreds of families remain in evacuation centers. This, as the Tarlaqueños...
2 Tarlac towns face more floods
by Benjie Villa - September 5, 2004 - 12:00am
CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac — The northern Tarlac towns of Paniqui and Moncada remain vulnerable to more floods, an aerial survey made by the Armed Forces’ Northern Luzon Command yesterday showed. The Tarlac River...
Tarlac folk’s flood woes not yet over
by Benjie Villa - September 3, 2004 - 12:00am
PANIQUI, Tarlac — Residents of this town, already inconvenienced by floods for days, may find themselves bracing for heavier flooding. The threat also lingers for the neighboring towns of Moncada, Ramos and...
Water from San Roque Dam worsens flooding in Tarlac
by Benjie Villa - August 30, 2004 - 12:00am
PANIQUI, Tarlac — There may be no more heavy rains but large portions of five Tarlac municipalities are still heavily flooded. This, as excess water released from the San Roque Dam in upland Benguet has worsened...
US Embassy seeks update on Tarlac slay
by Benjie Villa - August 30, 2004 - 12:00am
TARLAC CITY — The US Embassy in Manila has asked the city police for an update on their investigation into the March 29 killing of the wife of a retired US Navy serviceman. Embassy vice consul Kimberly Harrington...
Tarlac dads urge pals nationwide to oppose cut in IRA
by Benjie Villa - August 25, 2004 - 12:00am
TARLAC CITY — City officials have urged their colleagues elsewhere in the country to vehemently oppose proposals for Malacañang to reduce the internal revenue allotments (IRAs) of local government units...
Fate of talks in gov’t hands, says NDF negotiator Jalandoni
by Benjie Villa - August 22, 2004 - 12:00am
The ball is now in the government’s court. The leadership of the mainstream communist movement said the fate of the peace process between the state and communist rebels now depends on the actions the government...
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