The P5-million fertilizer anomaly that the Office of the Ombudsman has uncovered in Pampanga province, and for which Sen. Manuel “Lito” Lapid and five others face trial for graft, has provided a window to the P728-million fertilizer scam in 2004, a leader of a farmers’ group in Central Luzon said.
By Dona Z. Pazzibugan and Julie M. Aurelio
Disaster officials on Friday considered Quezon as the worst-hit by Typhoon “Glenda” (international name: Rammasun) in Calabarzon, with at least 10 persons killed and 75 others injured in the province that remained without power four days after the typhoon hit the region.
Typhoon Glenda pounded Central Luzon on Wednesday, killing at least one person in Plaridel town in Bulacan province when strong winds uprooted a tree and and caused it to fall on the victim’s tent beside the Cagayan Valley Road in Barangay Tabang.
Metro Manila has been experiencing low economic growth despite huge infrastructure spending, so it is time for the national government to transform the Central Luzon and Calabarzon regions into the country’s next twin capitals, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano said here on Thursday.
Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan), which devastated the Visayas in November last year, has become the model for the worst disaster that may hit Central Luzon, after Mt. Pinatubo’s 1991 eruptions brought the region down to its knees.