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Luzon Newsbits for June 11, 2014

‘BISTEK’: SUPPORT 7TH WONDER QUEST

Balanga City, Bataan — Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista, national president of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), appealed recently to the league of governors in the country to support Vigan City’s quest to be included in the New Seven Wonder Cities of the World. Bautista said he has written to the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) to support Vigan the same way it supported Palawan’s quest to have the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River declared one of the world’s new seven wonders of nature. To vote, log-in at www.new7wonders.com/en/cities website and select “Vigan.” (Mar T. Supnad)

29 GIRLS RESCUED

Camp Olivas, Pampanga — Twenty-nine bar girls, most of them minors, were rescued recently from the Voodoo Club, which police tagged as a front for prostitution in Angeles City, this province. Elements of the Regional Operation Section (ROS) and Regional Intelligence Division (RID) raided the nightclub on Fields Avenue, Barangay Balibago last Friday in response to a tip that minors were being offered for sex. The 29 rescued were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development office in Region 3. (Franco G. Regala)

SCHOOL BUS RULES

San Fernando City, La Union — The Land Transportation Office in Region 1 (LTO-1) is investigating reports that certain operators and drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs) are moonlighting as school buses. LTO-1 Regional Director Teofilo Guadiz III said, “This runs counter to their mandate. Either you are a public utility vehicle plying a definite route or you are a school bus. You cannot be both.” Guadiz said that first-time offenders would be fined P6,000 and the motor vehicle shall be impounded for three months. By the third offense, the vehicle’s franchise will be revoked. (Liezle Basa Iñigo)

HOUSING FOR POOR

Tarlac City — Some 100 families ejected from their homes constructed along waterways in this city have formally received relocation lots, the city government here announced the other day. Affected households have also been given financial assistance amounting to P5,000 each, in addition to the sand, cement and other materials that would be used to build their new houses. The distributed lots measure at least 60 squares meters and below depending on the number of family households. (Mark Anthony N. Manuel)

‘BARONG’ AND JEEP

Taytay, Rizal — The provincial government has underscored the important partnership it has with SM Supermalls in promoting the province’s tourism. SM City Taytay will showcase the many tourist attractions in the 14 towns, here as it holds a twin exhibit dubbed as “Paint Your Town in Barong and Miniature Jeepney Design Contest.” Hand painted barongs and miniature jeepneys made of recycled and biodegradable materials are on display in the mall until the weekend, which is part of the province’s 113th Araw ng Lalawigan on June 11 and observance of the country’s Independence Day. (Nel B. Andrade)

INMATE HANGS SELF IN JAIL

Legazpi City, Albay — A 33-year-old suspect in a child molestation case was discovered lifeless and hanging by the neck in his detention cell at the Legazpi City Police Station early yesterday morning. Chief Inspector Frandie Echaluce, Albay Police Provincial Office (PPO) information officer, identified the apparent suicide as Raymund J. Añonuevo, of Barangay Bigaa, this city. Duty officer, Inspector Reynaldo Castuera, said reported Añonueva was already dead when he noticed the inmate hanging by the neck inside his cell around 5 a.m. (Niño Luces)