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Arroyo to write memoir, help Pampanga after Speakership

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Former president and outgoing House of Representatives Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will go back to writing her memoir and work as Pampanga provincial government consultant.

Arroyo said she stopped writing her memoir since she has been busy performing her job as a congresswoman and House leader. She started writing during her hospital arrest in 2012.

“Old soldiers never die, but they fade away. My plan right now is to go back to writing my memoir,” she told reporters Friday upon arriving at the Tacloban airport to visit a road project in Samar.

Apart from writing, the former chief executive said she has not thought much about “how to keep busy and involved.”

“Although the outgoing Pampanga governor said they would like to tap my services to help my home province. The incoming governor also confirmed that. I will be happy to help my province from time to time as a consultant,” she added.

Arroyo has been a member of the House after her term as president in 2010. She was arrested in 2011 over election sabotage and plunder charges.

In July 2018, Arroyo was elected as the country’s first female House Speaker.

She has two weeks left before she will step down as House Speaker. (PNA)

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Another quake rattles Mindanao, hours after 6.3-magnitude shock

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MANILA—A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck Davao Oriental early Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said, hours after a 6.3-magnitude tremor rattled parts of Mindanao.

The moderate tremor occurred at 4:53 a.m. at a depth of 120 kilometers northeast of Manay town.

Instrumental intensity 3 was recorded in Alabel, Sarangani, intensity 2 in Tupi and General Santos City in South Cotabato, and intensity 1 in Kiamba, Sarangani.

Phivolcs said the temblor was not an aftershock of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that hit Tulunan, North Cotabato on Wednesday night.

The second quake was not expected to cause damage, but will spawn aftershocks, it added.

The earthquake in North Cotabato was felt in parts of Mindanao that left at least 4 people dead and dozens injured. Via ABS-CBN News

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4 dead in Pampanga car crash

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PAMPANGA, Philippines – Four people died after their car crashed into an open canal and caught fire along the main avenue of Clark Freeport Zone here in the wee hours of Tuesday, October 15.

The Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) said in a statement on Wednesday, October 16, that the fatal “self accident” happened along the eastbound lane of Manuel A. Roxas Avenue around 3:15 am on Tuesday.

The initial investigation showed that the vehicle, a white Hyundai Accent, was traversing the avenue on its way out of Clark when it plunged into a canal and caught fire.

Police said the 4 occupants of the car were burned to death. Authorities have yet to identify the victims as of posting.

Firefighters from the Clark Development Corporation’s Public Safety Department were able to put out the fire by 3:25 am on Tuesday.

Police received the report about the fatal accident at 4:30 am and dispatched a team from the Scene of Crime Operatives to investigate the crash site.

Investigators looked into overspeeding as among the possible causes of the crash, Rappler reports.

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Lalamove Philippines expanding services to Pampanga

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Lalamove Philippines on Wednesday announced plans to expand its delivery services to Pampanga, citing a growing need for logistics services in areas outside of Metro Manila.

On the sidelines of the AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Forum, Lalamove Philippines managing director Dannah Majarocon said the company is looking to expand to several areas.

“We are looking at moving into another city by the first half of next year. It’s a toss-up, but we are leaning more towards Pampanga because it makes a lot of sense,” she said in an interview with GMA News Online.

“Our business clients in Manila want to have items delivered all the way to Pampanga and from Pampanga to Manila, plus you have another port that is in that area,” she said.

Lalamove offers delivery services in over 100 cities across Mainland China, Southeast Asia, and India. In the Philippines alone, the company has over 45,000 partner drivers catering to clients in Manila and Cebu.

“Eventually, we will move into other cities further south. We’re still deciding if we’re gonna go Davao or Iloilo, but the most logical next phase for us will be where the central business districts are,” said Majarocon.

The company is banking on the growing need for logistics services, as it has continued to register positive growth in terms of delivery orders.

“It’s hard to fully determine or to fully attribute if it’s because of traffic because the growth of Lalamove has continuously compounded every single week, every single month, ever since we started here,” she said.

“Growth has been ‘exponentially fantastic’ for lack of a better term, and I would attribute that more because we are addressing a need in the market,” Majarocon added. —GMA News

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