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Luzon newsbits for July 18, 2014

2 DIE IN SHOOTOUT

ORION, Bataan — Two gunmen were killed and their companion seriously wounded in a shootout with police in Sitio Bangad, Barangay Sto. Domingo, here, yesterday morning. Senior Superintendent Flynn Dongbo, Bataan Police Provincial Office (PPO) acting director, said the patrol team took notice of the suspects’ tricycle on the national road in Mel Luz Subdivision in Barangay Balagtas, and flagged it down. But the tricycle tried to get away and its occupants fired at pursuing lawmen. Police fired back, killing two of the still unidentified gunmen. Probers have not yet questioned the wounded man, who was taken to the Bataan General Hospital. (Mar T. Supnad)

RICE MONITORING

SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela — The National Food Authority (NFA)-Isabela assured yesterday that it continues to conduct rice commercial stocks survey and inspection of rice mills and warehouses in the province. NFA-Isabela Manager Leslie Martinez said the move is aimed at ensuring that there is enough supply of rice in the area, after they received reports on price hikes of rice in the market. The NFA personnel in coordination with the police have conducted commercial rice stocks survey in different towns of Cabatuan, San Manuel, San Mateo, Luna, and the city of Cauayan. (Liezle Basa Iñigo)

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

ROSARIO, Cavite — Some 150 poor children, here, are sure to gain a college degree after scholarships were secured by the local government through an agreement sealed with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Petron Foundation, Inc. (PFI). Dubbed, “Tulong-Aral ng Petron, Send-A-Child-to-School Program,” PFI and the LGU will provide the school supplies of the 150 children, including food and their uniforms, shoes and a Christmas gift pack from elementary until they finish a college degree. PFI President Emmanuel E. Eraña, Mayor Jose “Nonong” Ricafrente and Schools Division Supervisor Diana P. Topacio signed the agreement.

LIFE SENTENCE

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro — A Regional Trial Court (RTC) has sentenced a man to suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua for three counts of rape committed against one of his stepdaughters who was still teenager when the crime happened. In his decision, RTC Judge Manuel Luna Jr. also found the respondent guilty of two counts of acts of lasciviousness against his other  stepdaughters. The court heard how the stepfather had committed the crimes by threatening them with a “Samurai” sword. (Jerry Alcayde)

FOOD PACKS

BAGUIO CITY — Though not affected by typhoon “Glenda,” the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera (DSWD-Cordillera) has prepared more than 11,000 family food packs to be distributed to families that may be affected by calamities in the region. Janet Armas, DSWD-Cordillera Regional Director said more than 3,000 food packs have been prepared for Baguio-Benguet; and 1,600 each in Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Apayao and Ifugao. A food pack contains three kilos of rice, two cans of corned beef, four cans of sardines, six sachets of coffee and six packs of vegetable noodles. (Zaldy C. Comanda)

LABOR FEAT

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The provincial government here lauded yesterday Jongha Ahn, president and inspector general of Human Resource Department of South Korea, for his support in facilitating the placement of 6,889 Kapampangan overseas skilled workers. Through Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 3407, the Provincial Board stated that Pampanga recognizes the whole-hearted assistance of Jongha for helping Kapampangan skilled workers obtain gainful employment in South Korea and improve their quality of life tremendously. (Franco G. Regala)