ZAMBOANGA CITY: Airport police arrested a man after he joked that he was carrying a bomb inside a Manila-bound passenger plane. Police said Kim Castillo, who works at a shipping company in Dubai, was detained after flight attendants informed authorities about it. The 45-year-old Castillo said he was only joking when he told a flight attendant to be careful with his bag because it contained a bomb. “I was only joking and not aware that it is against the law,” he said. Police said the flight was delayed after authorities searched the aircraft for bombs. It said the law is contained in Presidential Decree 1727 which is often referred to as the “Anti-bomb Joke Law’ or “Bomb Joke Law.” It carries a penalty of five years or a fine of P40,000 or both at the discretion of the court.
Al Jacinto

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet: A young assassin surrendered to Abra policemen last week, a belated Cordillera police report said, bringing to at least a dozen voluntarily surrendering to authorities since the “carrot and stick tact” commenced in Abra several months before the May 13 polls. Task Force Abra Chief Supt. Roberto Soriano, also the Cordillera police’s deputy regional director for administration said Reynaldo Gaban Segundo alias Ricric or Buric or Boy Aso, of Sitio Sidungan, Barangay Liguis, La Paz town in Abra surrendered after policemen negotiated with him. Segundo is the last remaining active member of the “Ramil Pilor Gun for Hire group.” He was charged for frustrated murder before the Regional Trial Court Branch 1 in Bangued, but his case was dismissed recently, Soriano related.
Thom F. Picaña

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday led the rites opening a P9.9 million-bypass road in Barangay Quibaol. This by-pass road will reduce travel time to 15 minutes for commuters traveling from Dagupan in Pangasinan going to the province’s western part without passing through the traffic gridlock in downtown Binmaley and Lingayen. In his speech, the President said that the improvement of the 1.65 kilometer stretch-road is part of the his administration’s thrust in providing infrastructure projects that would benefit the public. The Lingayen-Binmaley by-pass road and other road projects in Pangasinan, he sad, will boost tourism and will also accelerate the commercial industry in the province.

ILOILO CITY: International and local long line fishing enthusiasts will vie in the 1st Iloilo International Fishing Competition on May 18 to 19, 2013 along the Iloilo and Guimaras Strait. Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Helen Catalbas said the tournament to start and end at the Anhawan Beach Resort in Oton, Iloilo is expected to bring in not only fish anglers but also tourists to witness the international event and see the rich marine resources and tourism potentials of southern Iloilo. A memorandum of agreement was signed on Thursday between the DOT and Pamunit Festival Association Inc. headed by Manuel “Bong” Sanagustin regarding the Rules and Regulation on bottom fishing and trolling categories governing the fishing competition.
Lydia C. Pendon


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