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Luzon newsbits for July 13, 2014


A Legazpi City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has sentenced the owner of a recruitment agency to imprisonment of up to 12 years for failing to return the money of an applicant. The court found Lucille Manrique David, owner of JASIA International Manpower Services, guilty of illegal recruitment and estafa. Complainant Michelle Daep de Naag, alleged that she paid JASIA P84,500 for placement and processing fees to work as a  housekeeper in the USA, only to find out that the work visa for the said position is no longer available for the Philippines. (Carlo S. Suerte Felipe)


SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — Joint elements of the local police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested five suspected drug pushers in a series of buy-bust operations in this city and in Bauang town last Friday. Supt. Julius C. Suriben, city police chief, identified the five as Norman V. Baradi, 53, married, jobless, of Bauang town; and Esequel E. Abubo, 31, Jennifer O. Manlapi, 35, Dave F. Catholico, 32, and Jayson C. Guinto, 21, all of this city. The five suspects are now detained, pending the filing of appropriate charges against them. (Erwin G. Beleo)


CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro — Two million bangus fingerlings (Chanos chanos) were distributed recently to qualified fishpond operators in the coastal areas of this province. Marilyn Alcanices, head of the Research and Planning Divison of the Provincial Agricultural Office said one of the beneficiaries, the Sanimsim Cooperative in Calapan City received 100,000 fingerlings. Alcanices said 13 coastal municipalities of Oriental Mindoro including Calapan City will benefit from this food sufficiency program of the provincial government. (Jerry Alcayde)


BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the city government will continue implementing its anti-illegal vending policy despite the death of a vendor during the Public Order and Safety Division’s (POSD) clearing operation last June 24. Oscar Caranto was allegedly mauled by four POSD members and died on July 4 due to injuries he sustained. Domogan said “We condole with the family of the deceased.  We don’t cover up whatever happened.” But he said the incident is not an excuse for the vendors to continue peddling along the sidewalks. (Zaldy Comanda)


TARLAC CITY — Former vice governor and board member Pearl Pacada is now the new president of the Tarlac Soroptimist International. Soroptimist International is a non-government organization composed of women whose advocacy is to protect children and their fellow women who are abused and maltreated. Pacada was first elected as president of the organization in 2012 and then reelected last July 5. (Mar T. Supnad)


LUCENA CITY, Quezon — A 49-year-old man suffering from mental illness burned his own house and that of his relative on Friday noon at Gomez Street in Barangay 2, this city. Police said Emelito M. Maano, was arrested by barangay police after setting the two houses on fire at 12 noon. The fire was controlled at 1:25 p.m. Around 12 families reside in the house owned by the Maano family. Investigators have not determined yet the amount of damage as they are still conducting a probe into the incident. (Danny J. Estacio)