Patok na paborita ng isang panaderya sa Lipa

Ang Fadullo's Special Paborita mulsa Brgy. Tibig (kuha ni Arvel Malubag / The Filipino Connection)



BRGY. TIBIG, LUNGSOD NG LIPA—Naalala ko noon, ani Jailel Fadullo. Boy ako sa isang gasolinahan, at 17 anyos.

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Soon in Malvar: New science park and jobs for Lipeños, provincemates

The industrial science parks of the Science Park of the Philippines (image from SPPI website)


LIPA CITY [Release]–A new science park will set foot in neighboring Malvar town and will produce job opportunities for Batangueños, including this city’s residents.

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Eric Cray wins 400m hurdles gold at Asian championships

Twenty nine-year-old Filipino-American hurdler Eric Shauwn Cray won the country's first Asian Athletics Championships gold medal in eight years following his 400m hurdles golden conquest in Bhubaneswar, India (phto from the Asian Athletics Association).


MANILA–Eric Shauwn Cray revived Philippine athletics’ glory years in Asia by winning the 400m hurdles gold medal at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, India. [Read more…]

Filipinos remain among world’s most emotional

A resident of Lipa City got this strip of paper carrying a positive message. This made her day, Maricar Garcia said on Facebook. This simple display of positivity shows how emotional Filipinos are, if a 2017 global survey by the US-based polling firm Gallup is to be believed. (photo from Maricar Teves Garcia on 'Lipa City Philippines' via Facebook)


LIPA CITY–Maricar T. Garcia got a small strip of paper near the police station here and thought it was a scented sheet. The two sentences on that strip gave a different “scent:” positivity.

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Mula sa bakuran, kumita ang mga tinamnan na luya

Isa nang household name ang Mira’s Turmeric Product bilang isang organikong tsaa




LUNGSOD NG LIPA–Ayoko na sa baboy, ani Almira Silva, 43, na may babuyan sa isang subdibisyon. Rereklamuhan ako rito, dagdag nya.

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Kakaibang timpla ng itlog na maalat

Sa pagtitiyaga ni Arnel Isaga na magsubok ng kakaibang itlog na maalat, hindi siya inalat. Isang umuusbong na negosyo na puting itlog na maalat —ang Lipeños Salted Eggs— ang inani ni Isaga. (kuha ni Arvel Malubag / The Filipino Connection)

Puti ang kulay ng Lipeños Salted Eggs. Unti-unti, yumayabong ang kakaibang timpla nito



LUNGSOD NG LIPA—May iniwan si Arnel Isaga dito dahil may naamoy siyang maalat.

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Calabarzon economy grew 4.8 percent in 2016


An industrial hub’s growth got a boost from services, agriculture



STO. TOMAS, BATANGAS—Economic growth in the industrial region where Lipa City is situated grew only by 4.8 percent in 2016, and has the agricultural sector to thank.

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City Gov’t dared: Name barangay captains who tested positive for drugs


LIPA CITY – A three-termer councilor challenged the Lipa City government to name the four barangay captains who tested positive in last week’s random drug test for the sake of transparency.

In his privilege speech on Tuesday’s session, Councilor Nilo Catipon said that while he commends the initiative of Mayor Meynardo Sabili, the City’s Anti-Drug Task Force, the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police, to conduct the test as a means of showing example to their constituents in the fight against illegal drugs, he feels that some barangay captains are being unfairly implicated since the announcement was made in an interview with ABS-CBN Southern Tagalog.

“They better name the four barangay captains involved in illegal drugs because of its negative impact to the other captains who are being falsely accused,” Catipon said, adding that the city has rehabilitation facilities to help reform these village officials.

Councilor Merlo Silva opposed the said suggestion insisting that these would only put the chairman and his family’s name to shame. They should instead file cases against the said persons without having to namedrop and shame them in public.

Earlier on June 8, the city government initiated a surprise drug test among the city’s barangay captains, four of which were reported positive for drugs. Their names, however, were not released to the public pending confirmatory tests, which only triggered speculations and guessing games among netizens as to who these people are.

Sixteen chairmen were not present during the testing but city officials said they will require them to undergo the test.

In an interview with ABS-CBN, Sabili said he was disappointed to hear the said news.

“I didn’t expect it. Sometimes, there were reports and when I ask those people concerned, of course they would deny it,” he added.

ABC President and Councilor Paulino Querubin however said that the results of the drug tests may not be conclusive as they are still subject for confirmatory testing by the Department of Health.

He also claimed that two of the barangay chairmen who tested positive have been taking maintenance medicines for heart disease, which may have influenced the lab results.

“Initially, they already have findings so what the Department of Health will do is to check whether they used marijuana or shabu or they may have taken other drugs that they failed to declare so the DOH will have to confirm which substance they tested positive,” said the city’s anti-drug task force chairman Ram Mendoza in an interview.

On Tuesday, the Sangguniang Panglungsod headed by Vice Mayor Eric Africa and 13 other councilors participated in another drug test, the results of which have yet to be released as of this posting time.

Africa said this was their way of showing their support to the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, which should start from the leaders themselves. Those sanggunian officials and employees who will test positive for drugs after confirmatory testing will likewise face necessary sanctions, he said

The Vice Mayor also said he opposes the suggestion to name barangay chairmen who tested positive “until after confirmatory tests are made” so names will not be destroyed and those who conducted won’t be accused of “politicking.”

P/Supt. Carlos Barde, Lipa City police chief, told reporters that around 5,300 self-confessed drug users in the city have surrendered through PNP’s Oplan Tokhang but they are still validating the figure as there were reports that 1000 of them were classified as “double entry”, which means these addicts have already surrendered both to them and the Lipa City government.

The city government’s campaign against illegal drugs is also gaining headway as Barde claims many pushers have already began mending their ways and stopped using drugs, based on the police and various barangay captains’ observations.

The PNP is taking a multi-faceted approach to solve the drug problem: first with the Oplan Tokhang and another with police operations including search warrants and buybust to pin suspects who continue to be involved in the illegal drug trade.

Barde has this message to the pushers: “They better stop now as our efforts are relentless led by the President. The President would definitely not allow illegal drugs to proliferate in our country.”

Privilege Speech Councilor Nilo Catipon

Another ex-cop killed in Batangas City buybust

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BATANGAS CITY – Another policeman was killed in a deadly firefight with authorities in a buybust operation in Barangay Bolbok here on Tuesday evening.

P/Supt. Norberto Delmas, Batangas city police chief, identified the slain suspect as former P01 Francisco Bacayo alias Bacswas.

Police reports said elements of the Batangas City police’s drug enforcement unit conducted the operation at around 10:35 pm. In the course of the drug transaction, however, the suspect reportedly sensed that he was dealing with a police, prompting him to immediately drew his firearm and fire at the men in uniform, prompting the latter to retaliate, thus wounding the suspect.

Delmas said the suspect was immediately brought to the Batangas Medical Center for treatment but an attending physician declared him dead upon arrival.

Police recovered from the crimes scene a caliber 45 pistol with one ammunition and magazine; two fired bullets of said gun caliber, three fired bullets of caliber 9 mm and five sachets of suspected shabu.

The hospital’s head nurse also recovered from the suspect’s pocket seven sachets of suspected shabu.

Bacayo was the second former police officer slain in Batangas police operations within a day as earlier on Tuesday, former cop Rolando Cabrera was also killed in a bloody firefight with arresting authorities in Barangay Buso-Buso, Laurel. Cabrera has a pending warrant of arrest for two counts of murder and two counts of frustrated murder.

Ex-cop killed in Batangas shootout

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Laurel, Batangas – A 38-year-old former policeman and member of Alvarez gun-for-hire group was killed in a bloody firefight with arresting authorities in Barangay Buso-Buso here on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

PSI Nephtali Solomon, Laurel police chief, identified the slain suspect as Rolando Cabrera, a resident of said barangay.

Initial police investigation said at around 2:45 pm, joint elements of the Batangas police’s provincial intelligence branch, Provincial Public Safety Company – SWAT and the Laurel police was about to arrest the suspect who has a pending warrant of arrest issued by Judge Arcadio Manigbas of Tanauan RTC Branch 6 for two counts of murder and two counts of frustrated murder.

Upon noticing men in uniform in his premises, however, the suspect immediately fired his gun towards the direction of the policemen, prompting the latter to retaliate, wounding the suspect.

Police said the suspect was immediately rushed to St. Andrews Hospital in Talisay for medical treatment but doctors declared him dead upon arrival.

Recovered from the crime scene were one caliber 45 pistol with one magazine and five empty shells of the same gun caliber.