Naga City, Philippines - The boys and girls futsal team of Olongapo City successfully defended their championship titles in the recently concluded Batang Pinoy 2014-Luzon Qualifier that was held here from November 11-15, 2014.
The Batang 'Gapo players also copped six of 10 the individual awards in what spectators described as "total domination" of futsal by Olongapo City.
The Batang Pinoy games is the 15-years-old and below equivalent of the country's premier national sports competition dubbed as the Philippine National Games. The yearly event is organized by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
SUBIC BAYFREEPORT — Leaders and delegates from eight major ports in Asia are meeting at thePort of Subic for the three-day 16th General Assembly and Symposium of the International Network of Affiliated Ports (INAP), which began Wednesday.
The delegates came from the INAP-member ports of Colombo in Sri Lanka, Mokpo New Port and Dangjin in South Korea, Tanjung Perak in Indonesia, Qingdao in China, and Subic and Cebu in the Philippines.
With the theme, “Opportunities of ASEAN Integration,” the gathering focuses on port innovations, as well as mutual opportunities for increased competitiveness, productivity, and cooperation.
The meeting also paved the way for outgoing INAP chairman Gov. Masanao Ozaki of the Kochi Prefecture in Japan to officially turn over the INAP leadership to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia.
As head of the host port, Garcia opened the conference, pointing out that the event is very important, not only for the Philippines, but also for all the ASEAN countries that rely on their ports for increased commerce.
“As with the theme, we should take advantage of the opportunities of ASEAN integration and explore the business opportunities each port and host city is ready to offer,” Garcia said.
Garcia added that the Port of Subic is eyeing a major role in Philippine shipping after President Aquino declared Subic and the Port of Batangas as extensions of the Port of Manila, which has long suffered from port congestion.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — Another international shipping line has opened a direct route between this free port and the major ports of Japan and Singapore, joining a growing number of shippers that now call on Subic following its classification as an extension port of Manila.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto V. Garcia announced on Wednesday that Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line, one of the world's leading transportation companies, will open direct routes from Japan to Subic and from Subic to Singapore.
Garcia finalized an agreement for the new shipping route late last month with Capt. Chak Kwok Wai, chairman and managing director of the NYK Group; Ian T. Maambong, NYK sales manager for export; Dan Florentino, chief operating officer of the Transnational Diversified Group; and Tony Ramos, administrative officer of Subic Bay International Terminal Corp.
Olongapo City -- It was a no-show for PFC Joseph Scott Pemberton, the principal suspect in the killing of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, at the preliminary investigation of the murder case filed by Philippine authorities at the Olongapo City prosecutor’s office.
Lawyer Rowena Garcia-Flores said the subpoena that his client, Pemberton, received does not require the suspect to appear at the preliminary investigation. She added that his client will file answer to the charges within ten days from date they received the subpoena which was last October 17.
OLONGAPO CITY – Relatives and members of various militant groups have urged the local authorities to immediately seek custody of a US serviceman suspected of having killed transgender Jeffrey Laude, and a review and possible abrogation of laws and treaties on the conduct of US forces in the Philippines, which they consider unequal.
Representative Terry Ridon of Kabataan Partylist pressed for Philippine custody over Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton, whom the police have tagged as main suspect in the killing of Laude on the night of October 11, 2014, noting that “this is no longer a simple case of rape but a slaying by an American serviceman of one of our countrymen.”
BOTOLAN, Zambales -- Every day for the past week, 18 hours a day, in the glare of day and the dark of night, a crime is being committed right before everyone’s eyes and no one in the local government, from the governor to the mayors, seems to care, laments environmentalist Gabriel Mondragon.
The co-founder of Technology and Resources for Economic and Ecological Sustainability, or TREES, is referring to the demolition by contractors of the Department of Public Works and Highways of the old Bancal Bridge, which began on September 23, after they had completed a new span linking the towns of Botolan and Iba.
Philippine police authorities and victim's relatives files criminal charge of murder against US Marine
OLONGAPO CITY-- Philippine police authorities and the victim’s relatives yesterday, filed criminal charges of murder against a US Marine in connection with the Saturday killing of a transgender, Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude whose body was found inside a comfort room of a lodging house, his head submerged in the toilet bowl.
Human Rights lawyer, Harry Roque Jr, counsel for the Laude family, said at the Olongapo City justice hall that there is enough evidence to sustain the charge of murder against Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton as he used force and had the intention to kill when he pushed Jeffrey’s face down the toilet bowl.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), in line with its corporate governance initiative and in support of President Aquino’s “Tuwid na Daan” program, is now moving to institutionalize the Integrity Pledge (IP) program, which requires ethical business practices.
SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia said the program will cover all officials and employees of the agency and will promote measures to eliminate graft and corruption in transactions within the free port.
Garcia also said that under the program, the SBMA will require Subic Bay Freeport stakeholders like business locators, as well as suppliers and contractors to sign the Integrity Pledge to remain in good standing with the SBMA.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has announced that it will charge much lower port fees starting October 1 to attract more port users in line with the agency’s thrust to establish Subic as an alternative port.
SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia said in a recent media briefing here that the agency will reduce the harbor fee at Subic’s New Container Terminal from $0.046 per gross register tonnage (GRT) to just $0.008 and the berthing fee from $0.0345 per GRT per day to only $0.004.
Garcia said the new rates will be implemented at Subic and the Port of Batangas, both of which were recently declared as extensions of the Port of Manila under Executive Order 172.