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Aquino first President to attend Rizal Day rites in Tarlac City


Until Monday, the 81-year-old Rizal monument built in 1932 through a P500 donation was just one of countless statues honoring the national hero in many parks of the country.

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

The ‘Belen’ is here to stay

THE SAN SEBASTIAN Church set up this ‘Belen’ to celebrate Christmas, despite the absence of the annual Belenisimo Festival that helped Tarlac City’s Belen displays draw national attention. BONG CLEMENTE /CONTRIBUTOR

No Christmas celebration goes well without the following lyrics being sung by cherubic boys and girls: “Away in a manger, no crib for a bed; the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.”

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Road to northern growth opens

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North Luzon Expressway. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The towns of Anao, Pura and Victoria are likely to become new investment hubs similar to export processing zones following the opening on Monday of the 16.7-kilometer Tarlac City-Gerona portion of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx).

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Christmas bleak anew for Luisita farmers

PROTEST CAMP Even elderly people joined a protest camp in Barangay Balete in Hacienda Luisita to secure farm lots, which their former landlords are claiming as theirs. They planned to spend Christmas there until policemen broke up their camp. BONG CLEMENTE/CONTRIBUTOR

Unlike the well-adorned homes and streets in Tarlac City, there is hardly any Christmas decor at Barangay Balete in Hacienda Luisita, the controversial sugar plantation owned by President Benigno Aquino III’s family.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Tough journey ends for Luisita farmers


The pockmarked road leading to Barangay (village) Pando inside Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province is as rough as the journey taken by farmers of the sugar estate who toiled for decades, awaiting the chance to own their land.

Posted: October 1st, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Tarlac mayors also deny asking for pork funds

EARLIER this month, two banners displaying anti-RH and pro-RH senatorial candidates were put up at San Sebastian Cathedral in Tarlac City. JO MARTINEZ-CLEMENTE/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Former Mayor Harmes Sembrano of Gerona, Tarlac province, said he did not write any letter requesting funds for agricultural enhancement programs for his town during his term.

Posted: August 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

812 hectares of Luisita now parceled out; group wants SC to stop raffle system

Signages are displayed along a road inside the Hacienda Luisita announcing the collection of a service fee for the road's upkeep and maintenance. The road links MacArthur Highway to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway in Tarlac City. PHOTO COURTESY OF BCDA/FILE PHOTO

About 812 hectares, or 20 percent, of the portion of this sugar estate covered by agrarian reform had been raffled off by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) through the “tambiolo” (raffle drum) system on the third day of its allocation activity covering two of the hacienda’s 10 villages.

Posted: July 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t raffles 6,600 sqm Luisita land per farmer

WHEEL OF FORTUNE  The parcels of land that farmworkers will get in the sugar estate owned by the family of President Aquino are determined by lottery with the use of a “tambiolo” (raffle drum). Hacienda Luisita workers fall in line as the government starts distributing lot allocation certificates in the sugar estate. At right, Lucina Aquino, 68, was awarded one lot in her name. Earlier, she was granted custody of the lot in her late husband’s name.  JO CLEMENTE/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Each time the tambiolo was opened, a hush fell over the audience.

Posted: July 19th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Tarlac puzzle: Loss of Aquino candidates


Even to this day, many Tarlaqueños are wondering why President Aquino did not go all-out for his candidates in his home province the way he did for his senatorial candidates in Team PNoy.

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Aquino happy with turnout but spokesperson loses right to vote

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Despite glitches in the computer machine, President Aquino on Monday said he was happy at how the elections had turned out.

Posted: May 14th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

NPA admits killing Tarlac mayoral bet


A leader of communist rebels operating in Central Luzon has admitted responsibility for the murder of a mayoral candidate in San Jose town in Tarlac last week.

Posted: May 13th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

‘White vote’ quietly prominent in Tarlac

EARLIER this month, two banners displaying anti-RH and pro-RH senatorial candidates were put up at San Sebastian Cathedral in Tarlac City. JO MARTINEZ-CLEMENTE/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto and Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle led the golden anniversary celebration of the diocese of Tarlac with 50 other bishops from across the country.

Posted: May 12th, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Tarlac mayoral bet shot dead in community meeting

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A mayoral candidate was gunned down by two men while waiting for his turn to speak in a community meeting in the remote upland village of Iba here on Monday, police said.

Posted: May 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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