Manila Bulletin

Published by the Manila Bulletin, the Manila Bulletin is a daily newspaper. Dr. Cris J. Icban, Jr. is the editor-in chief, Hermogenes P. Pobre is the publisher and Diego C. Cagahastian is the news editor.

Articles from March 19, 2006

275th Birth Anniversary of DoA[+ or -]a Gabriela Silang, the Joan of Arc of Ilocandia
HEROES build the nation. One of them who laid the foundations of our nation is DoA[+ or -]a Gabriela Silang. She was born on March 19, 1731, in Barrio Caniogan, Santa, Ilocos Sur. Spanish power, at the time of her birth, reigned supreme in the country....
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2 Valedictorians Now Allowed in Public Schools
Byline: TONY PE. RIMANDO DAVAO CITY a" When two candidates for an elective post happen to receive equal number of votes after the final counting which sometimes occur in local elections, the Commission on Election (Comelec) allows the local Board...
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550 High School Students in Zamboanga City Are Now Linked to World Wide Web
ZAMBOANGA CITY a" Some 550 students of a high school here now have access to internet-connected computers which provide them with a pathway to the boundless world of cyberspace. The computers link the Talisayan National High School to the World...
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A[euro]3 traposa[euro][TM]
Byline: Rene F Espina OUR title comes from the combination of the words traditional politicians hence "trapos.aa The dictionary defines tradition as follow: Latin: (1) original, a surrender, delivery; see (a) treason: Latin: tradicio to give or...
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Angara Charter Amendment to Facilitate Snap Elections
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA Opposition Sen. Edgardo J. Angara yesterday disclosed a plan to introduce a single amendment to the 1987 Constitution that would cut short the terms of President Arroyo and Vice President Noli de Castro to pave the way for...
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An Interview with God
Byline: Nelly F Villafuerte NOBODY really has the exact figures of the number of computers and networks that make up the worldwide Net (shortcut term for the Internet). The Internet does not refer to a single network but a combination of various...
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A Powder Keg
Byline: Edgardo J. Angara THE primary issue confronting our countryas national stability and security is that of the military. After 1017, the militaryas intervention seems to have shifted from external defense to internal affairs, enforcing...
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Around the Nation
March is Colon, Rectal Cancer Awareness Month The Philippine Cancer Control Program (PCCP) of the Department of Health (DoH) leads in the observance of Colon and Rectal Cancer Awareness Month this March which aims to increase public awareness on...
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A Story of Conversion
Byline: Fr. Bel R San Luis, S V D SOME years ago there was a movie entitled "Alfie." It tells the story of a British playboy by that name. In the film, Alfie has affairs with five women, his "birds" as he calls them; in local parlance, "alaga."...
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AusAid Mulls A$ 20-M Grant for RP Aeromagnetic Survey
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) is set to complete this month a scoping work for a planned grant to the Philippines estimated at A$ 20 million for the state-of-the-art aeromagnetic survey....
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Beauty Queen and Actress Pilar Pilapil Turns Author Too
Byline: Crispina Martinez Belen She made everyone notice her when she was crowned beauty queen when she was only in her teens. When she became an actress and later got romantically involved with actors the like of the late Fernando Poe Jr. and Dolphy,...
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Boom in Grain Imports Spurs Building of New Bulk Handling Ports
Byline: DOLLY AGLAY Eduardo Alino only opened his grain bulk handling facility at Subic freeport, a former US base northwest of Manila, in January but heas already planning to double its capacity to meet the countryas growing appetite. The Philippines...
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Busy Second Quarter for Filipino Boxers
Byline: dennis principe AFTER OPENING the first quarter of 2006 with a bang, Philippine boxing is now primed to unleash its second quarter salvo as several Filipino fighters are lined-up for meaningful bouts abroad. Leading the charge is World...
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Character
Byline: Fr. Rolando V Dela Rosa A TEACHER with obvious liberal tendencies told her Grade 2 class that she was an atheist. She asked her students if they were atheists too. The Grade 4 pupils did not know what atheism was, but wanting to be like...
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Cleansing of the Temple; John 2:13-25
SINCE the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money-changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area,...
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Complaint vs GMA Filed before United Nations Panel
Lawyers of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran yesterday lodged a complaint against President Arroyo before the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), charging her with the illegal arrest and arbitrary detention of the party-list congressman. ...
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Consumers Post
Byline: Ethel Soliven Timbol AIRLINES. One of the nice things about travelling is the amenities one gets onboard an airline. Specially when youare in business class and first class, the amenities are an absolute delight a" excellent wines and cuisine,...
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Credit Bureau Seen to Lower Cost of Borrowings from Banks
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said the proposed centralized credit information bureau will make it "less of an issue" to pay for borrowersa credit, it would in fact facilitate credit, expedite loan applications and lower...
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Diesel Power at Sebring
Byline: Jesus Erle B. Sebastian We donat think Audi Sport was using surplus diesel engines or even brand new Isuzu power trains when it made history at the Sebring International Raceway by being the first diesel-powered sports car to ever qualify...
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Dinky Soliman Released without Charges Filed
Byline: JOEL C. ATENCIO The Manila City Prosecutoras Office released after midnight yesterday "for further investigation" former Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman. Manila City Prosecutor Nelson Salva handed down...
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Dy Spearheads RP Bid in Lancer Junior Netfest
FIL-AMERICAN DENISE Dy will spearhead the Philippine campaign in the 17th edition of the Mitsubishi Lancer International Junior Championships slated March 27 to April 2 at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center. Dy, currently ranked No. 77 in the ITF...
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Enter the BORACAY TROPICS
BORACAY ISLAND a" The rush of construction for new hotels and resorts has intensified here as the demand for more rooms has increased considerably in recent years. First to finish construction was a new five-star resort hotel named Boracay Tropics....
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Esperon Honors 6 Officers of Army & PNP
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN & ROY SINFUEGO Lt. Gen. Hermogenes C. Esperon Jr., commanding general of the Philippine Army, yesterday honored five senior Army officers and two officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for their role in defending...
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Fashion Designer Cassini Dies at 92
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Internationally-acclaimed fashion designer Oleg Cassini, who gained fame and fortune making clothes for Jacqueline Kennedy as well as the Hollywood elite, died Friday at the age of 92, US media reported. The cause of the death...
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File Sabotage Raps against Smugglers, Tax Evaders A[euro]" GMA
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING President Arroyo yesterday called the countryas two revenue-collecting agencies to charge individuals involved in smuggling and tax evasion with economic sabotage. The President asked the Bureau of Internal Revenue...
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Ford Hastens Flexible Fuel Engine Project
Ford Philippines announced yesterday it was fast tracking its flexible fuel engine and vehicle-manufacturing program to further strengthen its operations in the Philippines. In December 2005, Ford Philippines announced that it will invest R1 billion...
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Francea[euro][TM]s La[euro][TM]Oreal to Buy the Body Shop for $ 1.14 B
PARIS/LONDON, Mar.18 (Reuters) a" LaOreal is to buy The Body Shop in a 652-million-pound ($ 1.14 billion) deal that will unite the worldas top cosmetics group with the British ethically-sourced beauty product retailer. In a recommended offer that...
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Franchise Excellence Awards Set Tomorrow
The most prestigious and the only franchise excellence awards in the country, the Franchise Excellence Awards 2005, will honor tomorrow (March 20) the countryas top franchises at the Grand Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, Ortigas Center,...
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'Gandang Ricky Reyes' Brings Fun and Music to Your Morning
Followers of the QTV-11 celebrity talk show with a lifestyle approach, "Gandang Ricky Reyes," will definitely be entertained with the comicry and musical artistry of two popular singing groups a" Pork Chop and Big 3 Sullivans a" today, March 19. ...
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Guidicelli Returns to Karting Action
MATTEO GUIDICELLI of the Cebu Racing Group returned to action yesterday at the start of the 2006 Shell Helix Superkarting Series at the Carmona Circuit Philippines. The return came in the wake of last yearas championship round that ended in a controversy...
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I wona[euro][TM]t Run Away from My Responsibility A[euro]" Jay-R
Byline: ANTONETTE R. VALDEZ Even though negative reports try to take Jay-Ras focus away from his career, which is sailing smoothly on the recording scene, movies and TV commercials, the Prince of R&B just doesnat seem to be affected by it. As...
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Kris Aquino, a Woman with Substance
Byline: Walden Sadiri TV host and actress Kris Aquino is one of the most visible showbiz personalities that exemplify a woman with substance. The reason is simple a" despite being in the celebrity stratosphere she has always humanized herself...
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Local Firm Plans to Manufacture Anti-Rabies Serum
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA A biotechnology company that will produce the first locally-manufactured anti-rabies serum (ARS) is seeking a P200-million loan with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) to put up a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)-...
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LP Leadership Case Pending at Comelec
Byline: E. T. SUAREZ The Liberal Party (LP) dispute between officers led by Senate President Franklin Drilon and those headed by Manila Mayor Jose L. Atienza Jr., is still to be taken up by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Poll officials...
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Milla Jovovich, from a[euro]Resident Evila[euro][TM] to a[euro]Ultravioleta[euro][TM]
Hot off killing zombies as the heroine Alice in "Resident Evil," Milla Jovovich now stars as the ultra-beautiful, ultra-lethal avenger Violet in Columbia Picturesa new sci-fi action-adventure "Ultraviolet." Set in the late 21st century, a subculture...
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MWC Weighs P1-B Bank Loan Offers
Manila Water Co. (MWC) is looking at several offers from various banks for a P1-billion long-term peso-denominated loan to finance its expansion plans, a senior executive of the water supply and sewage service provider said. "Weare still evaluating...
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Natural Gas a Sustainable Fuel for the Next 60 Years
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO On a global sphere, natural gas is seen as a sustainable fuel to run power plants and other key industries for the next 60 years, a life span seen to last longer than oil but way shorter than that of coal, according to studies....
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NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closed at P51.04 to $1
The peso rate closed at P51.04 to the US dollar last Friday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines. The weighted average rate stands at P51.066. Smart launches intal e-loading Smart Comunications has just...
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NFA to Bid 350,000 MT Rice Imports in April
The National Food Authority (NFA) may tender 350,000 metric tons (MT) of rice in April as rice imports allocated to the private sector through the Farmers as Importers Program (FIP) has hardly been availed of. Jessup P. Navarro, NFA deputy administrator,...
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NPAs Posing as NBI Agents Raid Police Station in Zambales
Byline: REUTERS and AFP New Peopleas Army (NPA) rebels posed as lawmen and a rape victim to raid a police station in Zambales, a police report said yesterday. The NPAs pretending to be members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrived...
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Offshore Buyers Prefer Asian Bonds
Byline: UMESH DESAI SINGAPORE, Mar. 18 (Reuters) a" International funds are increasingly beating the path to local bond markets in Asia not only because of higher returns but also to meet the needs of domestic institutional investors, a fund manager...
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OMA to Prevent Deployment of Fake Muslims to Saudi
Byline: EDD K. USMAN The Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) yesterday stepped up measures to prevent the deployment of Filipinos disguised as Muslim converts to Makkah or Madinah in Saudi Arabia, where the entry of non-Muslims is strictly prohibited,...
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Pacquiao-Larios to Push Through?
Byline: nick giongco CEBU CITY a" Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) executive Eric Gomez said on Saturday that ain America, a done deal is not the same as a signed contract.a Gomez was obviously referring to speculations and even news reports concerning...
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PAL Scales Back Expansion Plans amid Pilot Exodus
Byline: Karl Wilson MANILA (AFP) - An ambitious $ 1-billion six-year expansion plan by national flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) could be cut back if the airline fails to halt an exodus of pilots seeking better pay elsewhere. ''This is...
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Pals Hope Defense Will Work
Byline: noli cruz HONG KONG a" Talk aN Text Phone Pals coach Derick Pumaren is right when he said defense would key their success in the Gran Matador Brandy 2006 PBA Philippine Cup. Lack of it led to their fall in their first two games. "We have...
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Philrice Eyeing to Get ISO 9001 Quality Seal
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PRRI) is working on a quality management system certification particularly the ISO 9001 along with a certification on occupational safety and health called OHSAS 18001. "The Institute...
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Pope Names New Palo Archbishop; Palma Takes over from Dean Who Has Resigned
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO Cardinal Rosales in Rome awaiting rites Pope Benedict XVI yesterday accepted the resignation of Palo Archbishop Pedro Dean and named Archbishop Jose Palma of Calbayog as his successor. In February 2005, Archbishop...
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President Disputes Remarks by FVR on gova[euro][TM]t & Economy
President Arroyo yesterday vowed to further buttress the nation against destabilization and other security threats through a sound economy and lower consumer prices, disputing the remarks of former President Fidel Ramos that the government merely restored...
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PSALM Requires Filipinization of Firms Buying TransCo Assets
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) is requiring that those eyeing as concessionaire for the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) shall work on becoming Filipinized corporations....
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RP and Thailand A[euro]" Different Systems, Different Outcomes?
Byline: Fidel Valdez Ramos MIDDLE of last month (February), I was in Bangkok for four days to attend the 2nd Meeting of the ASEAN Eminent Personsa Group (EPG) tasked to formulate the broad guidelines for an ASEAN Charter. In Thailand, it was the...
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RP, US Ties to Improve with New Envoy
Byline: E. T. SUAREZ Filipino Christian and Muslim leaders expect economic, political, and cultural relations between the Philippines and the United States to improve further with the arrival of new US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Anne...
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SALES Talk; Pharmaceutical Industry Sniped at by Personalized Medicine
Byline: Arthur S. Sales Targetted medicine has become a double-edged sword that could spell the beginning of the end of the so-called "blockbuster" drugs, the billion dollar sellers which the pharmaceutical industry has come to rely on drive up...
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Salud Not Taking Chances for Jaca
CEBU CITY a" Boxing man Wakee Salud is not taking any chances when one of his top boxers, super-featherweight Jimrex Jaca, guns for the vacant Orient-Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) 130-lb crown on May 20 in Tokyo. Salud, the right-hand man of...
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SAS Promotes Enterprise Intelligence Platform, Asserts Strong Leader
Byline: edison d. ong Juan de la Cruz has been a loyal Globe Telecom prepaid cellfone card consumer for more than six years. He averages P1,200 a month. During the past two months, his load purchases declined by half. Soon, he might try using...
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Suspected Leader of Carnap Syndicate Nabbed in la Union
Byline: WILLIAM JUN GARCIA CAMP DIEGO SILANG, La Union a" Operatives of the La Union police provincial office headed by Senior Supt. Franklin Jesus Bucayu and the police station in Bangar, La Union arrested Thursday morning the suspected leader...
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Sustaining Our Fisheries Resources
Byline: Educators Speak:Dolores Baja Lasan THE Philippines is richly endowed with fisheries resources in our more than two million square kilometers of marine waters and 750,000 hectares of inland waters. There are over 10,000 species of vertebrates,...
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Team Revtex Ready against Asiaa[euro][TM]s Big Guns
GLENN AGUILAR, anchor and biggest draw of the defending champion and powerhouse Revtex Motocross Team, plunged into action in the FIMUAM 2006 Motocross Masters of Asia at the Puerto Princesa City motocross racetrack yesterday as the overwhelming favorite...
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The Impossible Dream
Byline: Breakfast Table: Adrian Cristobal YOU wonder sometimes if FVR is frivolous or just misquoted. Or is he playing the Sphinx with a riddle or the Delphian oracle with a conundrum? In urging former Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan to surrender...
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The Sluggish Thyroid
Byline: Dr. Jose S. Pujalte Jr. How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;" a" Walt Whitman (1819-1892), American poet When I Heard the Learnad Astronomer (1865) E are all familiar with the ubiquitous remote control device....
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Thrift Bankers Assess Impact of Basle 2 Rules Compliance
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL BAGUIO CITYa"Differing views were aired here on the impact of the full observance of stricter banking regulations by the membership of the Chamber of Thrift Banks (CTB). Some bankers believed there will be slower and lesser...
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Vodafone Sells Japan Unit to Softbank for $ 11.9 B
TOKYO/LONDON, Mar. 18 (Reuters) a" Vodafone Group has agreed to sell its stake in its struggling Japanese unit to Softbank Corp. for 6.8 billion pounds ($ 11.87 billion) in cash. The deal announced on Friday values Vodafone Japan at around...
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World Baseball Classic; Korea-Japan Tiff Decides Asian Finalist
SAN DIEGO, California (AFP) a" Undefeated South Korea, with two triumphs already over Japan, will try to complete a humbling of their Asian arch-rivals with a semi-final victory Saturday at the World Baseball Classic. One of the Asian powers will...
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World Growth to Beat Its Forecast A[euro]" IMF
Byline: DANIEL FLYNN BATA, Equatorial Guinea, Mar. 18 (Reuters) a" World economic growth this year will beat the International Monetary Fundas current forecast of 4.3 percent thanks to a recovery in Europe and Japan, the global lenderas managing...
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Would-Be Diva Trades Opportunity for Voice Coaching
Byline: YUGEL LOSORATA For a talent who has got the voice and charm to become one of the more popular divas around, it is somewhat unlikely that she spends more time in teaching aspiring young singers how to sing than get herself solo gigs, record...
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