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Filipinos, Dutch re-enact crucifixion of Christ

Danish national Lasse Spang Olsen, a 48-year-old filmmaker, grimaces as he is nailed to a cross to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in San Pedro Cutud village, Pampanga province, northern Philippines on Friday, April 18, 2014. Church leaders and health officials have spoken against the practice which mixes Roman Catholic devotion with folk belief, but the annual rites continue to draw participants and huge crowds. AP

Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to wooded crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as thousands of local and foreign spectators watched the bloody annual rites to mark Good Friday in Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Lenten ‘zarzuela’ grandmas’ vow

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In a bastion of Roman Catholicism like Pampanga province, Holy Week sees penitents carrying heavy wooden crosses for 100 or so kilometers with their backs bloodied by glass shards and bamboo whips, or volunteering to be crucified with steel nails hammered into their hands and feet.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Hot air balloon fest takes off

COLORFUL hot air balloons from 18 countries that are taking part in the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta dot the morning sky in Lubao town, Pampanga province. E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

A hot air balloon festival, which was held for the first time outside the Clark Freeport Zone, drew in 35 balloonists from 18 countries on Thursday.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

No furlough for Gloria Arroyo

Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Sandiganbayan has rejected former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s plea for a three-day furlough to celebrate her 67th birthday in her hometown in Pampanga next month.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Arroyo plea for birthday furlough up for Sandigan resolution—lawyer

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Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Sandiganbayan on Thursday said the petition of President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for a birthday furlough has been submitted for resolution.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

The ex-Candaba mayor’s demo farms

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Not all those who are charged with plunder stole from the government.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Metro,On Target | Read More »

Lee moved to Pampanga prov’l jail

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Delfin Lee. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Delfin Lee, a developer of subdivisions and high-rise condominiums, was transferred Monday night to the Pampanga provincial jail that holds close to a thousand inmates, including those charged with attempted murder, illegal possession of drugs and theft.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

P128-M plunder charge vs ex-Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo

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Former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo. FILE PHOTO

Former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo, a close ally of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has been charged with plunder in connection with P127.7 million worth of ghost projects that were supposed to be implemented in the last nine years.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

PNP, too, thinks arrest warrant vs Lee valid

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Delfin Lee. Photo from PNP PIO

Despite questions on the legality of the arrest warrant issued for alleged real estate scammer Delfin Lee, the Philippine National Police stood by its validity on Friday.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PNP widens probe into sale of narcotics seized by cops

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AFP FILE PHOTO

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police is conducting a deeper probe to determine if more policemen were involved in the “recycling” or sale of illegal drugs seized in police operations, following the arrest of the CIDG head in Pampanga.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Cop arrested for reselling confiscated drugs

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AFP FILE PHOTO

A bemedalled Philippine National Police official has been arrested by his colleagues for allegedly “recycling” or selling at least 26 kilograms of illegal drugs seized by the police in a drug bust in Pampanga last year.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Pampanga CIDG chief in drug extortion also yields high-powered firearms -PNP

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National Capital Region Criminal Investigation and Detection Group head Senior Superintendent Roberto Fajardo presents to the press high-powered firearms, weapons and magazines seized from the Pampanga police CIDG unit, where its chief allegedly extorted drug syndicates in exchange of their release. JULLIANE DE JESUS/INQUIRER.net

Several high-powered firearms and weapons were seized from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group team of Pampanga police following the alleged involvement of its chief in extorting money from drug syndicates.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

PNP to handle anti-insurgency tasks in Pampanga

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AFP Chief of Staff General Emmanuel Bautista. Photo from AFP Public Affairs Office

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has turned over the fight against insurgents to the Philippine National Police after the military declared the province as free from communist rebels, a statement said.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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