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 May 27, 2006

13 Towns Benefit from P203-M Water-Supply Projects, LWUA Reports
Thirteen towns in the provinces are the beneficiaries of the latest water-supply improvement projects completed by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) at a total cost of P203 million. This was reported the other day by LWUA Administrator...
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9 Questions
Byline: Julie Y. Daza HOW much did it cost to produce "The Da Vinci Code," the movie? A: $125 million. 2. How much did the producers pay Dan Brown for the rights? A: Sony Pictures Entertainment shelled out $6 million. 3. Only? A:...
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Abcede Dares Critics to Debate on Marcos Wealth
Controversial Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) commissioner Ricardo Abcede yesterday shot back at his critics and challenged them to a debate on the proposed compromise over the alleged ill-gotten wealth of family of the late President...
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Angel Thoughts
"Let me smile in good fortune; Let my children smile in good fortune; Let my home smile in good fortune. I do not eat what is not mine. I do not steal my neighbor's goods. I always wish good health to others. I am never in debt ....
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Around the Nation
Report on P856-M Subic fund awaited A prominent businessman and civic leader of Olongapo City lamented yesterday that after waiting three months, he had received no reply from the present administration of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority to...
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Ascension, Not 'Space Travel'
Byline: Fr. Bel R San Luis, S V D SOME years ago flushed from a successful flight to outer space, one Russian cosmonaut sarcastically remarked: "We've gone up to heaven, but we did not find God there." Obviously, the Russian cosmonaut was speaking...
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Asuncions Barge into Semis
KENNIE AND Kennevic Asuncion dazzled Puri Setyo and Lili Wang of Indonesia with superb shot-making to pull off a remarkable 21-12, 21-19 victory that clinched the Filipino pair a seat in the semifinals of the mixed doubles event in the $120,000 Bingo...
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Bautista Not Yet Ripe for Title Fight
Despite Rey aBoom Booma Bautista's spectacular third round stoppage of Nicaraguan Roberto Bonilla last week that earned him raves and comparisons with Manny Pacquiao, the Boholano fighter is not yet ripe for a world title crack, says his manager Tony...
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BDO Shelves EPCIB Merger Bid
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL Banco de Oro Universal Bank (BDO), owned and controlled by mall magnate Henry Sy, Sr., has placed in the "back burner" its merger offer with Equitable-PCI Bank (EPCI Bank) despite its long-term plan of merging with another...
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Benguet Trims Net Loss to P20 M
Byline: JAMES A. LOYOLA Benguet Corporation reported a 59 percent contraction net losses during the first quarter of the year to P19.9 million from the loss of P48.4 million in the same period last year due to the continuing improvement in the price...
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'Bombshell Unleashed'; It Looks More like Play Than Work
Byline: JOJO PANALIGAN Rufa Mae Quinto is as genuinely excited as the people who are going to watch her first major concert tonight at Aliw Theater dubbed 'Bombshell Unleashed.' A visit to final rehearsals for the show a couple of days ago showed...
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Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino Endorse Weight Reduction Formula
It is inevitable that the partnership in terms of their friendship could extend to their profession. Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino are the celebrity endorsers of the newest weight reduction formula called Xando Block and Burn which held its press launch...
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Chang Ties Strange for RP Open Lead
Byline: NOLI CRUZ TAIWAN'S YEH Chang-Ting had reasons to yell his name on his way to a second straight three-under-par 69 and a share of the lead halfway through the 90th Philippine Open at the East Course of Wack Wack Golf and Country Club. ...
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Conventions against Torture
Byline: Breakfast Table: Adrian Cristobal AS Asia's only Catholic people, Filipinos ought to remember that in reaction to the Inquisitor's method of purifying heretics, pagans, and witches, Pope Pius VII issued in 1826 the papal bull banning torture....
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DBM Approves Creation of 5,300 Teaching Positions
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has authorized the creation of about 5,300 teaching positions nationwide by the Department of Education (DepEd), it was reported yesterday. Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. said the inclusion of thousands...
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Economic Claims: In the Face of Reality
Byline: Sen. AQUILINO PIMENTEL JR. (Message delivered at the forum sponsored by the Business World and Action For Economic Reforms at the Discovery Suites, Ortigas, Pasig City, May 26, 2006.) CONGRATULATIONS to the organizers of this forum. ...
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Event Horizon
Sunday. 11 in the morning. I was absentmindedly driving along the Coastal Road, on my way to what was supposed to be a routine TV appearance in Quezon City. All systems were normal. The gas tank was full. Then the text came. Our always punctual guitarist...
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Exortbank to Strengthen Capital Base
Export and Industry Bank (Exportbank) has committed to maintain its strong capital base, at an average of 21 percent risk-based capital adequacy ratio (RBCAR) after the infusion of the P3 billion fresh capital from both local and foreign investors...
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Explosive Semifinal Games in PBL Seen
BOTH TOYOTA Otis and Montana have not played competitive basketball for over a week now. But the top two seeded teams are raring to play in the semifinals of the 2006 PBL Unity Cup that unfolds this afternoon at the Olivarez College Sports Center....
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First World Dreams
Byline: Hern P Zenarosa IT may be that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was just overstating her vision when she asked the country's top employers that they dream together with her to bring the country to the "Enchanted Kingdom" of the First World...
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Good News, Bad News
Byline: Willie N Ng THE good news is that Japan will resume exports of chicken from the Philippines. The bad news is that the shipments to Japan will surely increase the price of chicken, already high, for the Filipino consumer. The normal...
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Gov't Buys P1-B Bonds to Boost Market
The government bought as much as P1 billion in peso bonds this week to support the weak debt market, banking sources said yesterday. The Bureau of the Treasury headed by National Treasurer Omar Cruz may have bought between P500 million and P1 billion...
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Invest in RP - GMA; World Financial Executives Exhorted by President
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN Cites improved business climate, law enforcement President Arroyo yesterday invited international financial market executives and businessmen participating in the 45th Asociacion Cambiste Internationale (ACI) Financial...
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Lacson Giving Up 'Pork Barrel' for Sixth Year
Sen. Panfilo Lacson has announced that he is giving up his "pork barrel" allocations this year, the last of his six-year term, because "pork barrel funds only worsen the problem of graft and corruption." Lacson said that aside from helping prevent...
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LET THE PLAYS BEGIN: Manila Hosts Theater Olympics
Byline: THERESE J. CAMET "Has the Philippines been recognized as the "cultural hub of Asia?" That is a good question that follows the Theater Olympics of the Nations which is now ongoing in Manila. The Philippines is the first ASEAN country...
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Macroenterprises Can Avail of Tax Incentives
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES MAGKILAT Micro-enterprises in the regions can now register and avail of full tax and fiscal incentives from the government following the initiatives of the Board of Investments to reach out to make marginal micro, small and...
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Measures for Infrastructure
Byline: Jesus P Estanislao THE thinking has to be big and bold. But the acting has to be done in small and sustained steps. That combination, of thinking big and learning to take small, sustained steps, does produce results over time. It makes...
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Mine Reopening Seen to Generate 3,000 Jobs; Toledo City Residents Eye Other Economic Benefits
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. TOLEDO CITY, Cebu - The much awaited reopening of Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp.'s (ACMDC) copper mine in 2007 is expected to yield to Toledo socio-economic benefits it used to enjoy in the past, thus...
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'Mossimo Bikini Grand Prix' Ends with Runaway Winners
Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ Early bets proved true for body beautifuls Jerome Ortiz and Joyce So who emerged the best in this year's "Mossimo Bikini Grand Prix" finals night held Wednesday at the NBC Tent in Taguig City. Ortiz and So, who won most...
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NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closes at P52.78 to $1
The peso rate closed higher at P52.78 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P52.95 the previous day. The weighted average rate appreciated to P52.822 from P52.92. Total volume...
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Nurses Earning Dollars
(Editor's note: Pinay nurses in the US earn about 12.5 times more than their friends/kin in RP as noted by the author.) IN RP, nurses get a pay of less than R15,000 monthly and those employed in provincial hospitals don't even receive enough for...
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OFWs Get Special Deals from Honda
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is giving Filipinos working abroad the chance to provide their families back home a brand new Honda car with the launch of the Honda CAREmittance Program. CAREmittance allows overseas Filipino workers worldwide...
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P200-M Agricultural Credit Made Available
Byline: EDGARD HILARIO Some P200 million will be made available to intensify the implementation of the Agro-Industry Modernization Credit and Financing Program (AMCFP), the umbrella financing program of the government for the agriculture and fisheries...
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'PBB' to Postpone Second Season?
Early this month, "Pinoy Big Brother" announced the schedule of nationwide auditions for its second season which is to commence in August. However, only last week, "PBB" said the auditions were postponed and would be moved to later dates, most likely...
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Phone Pals Deny Tigers
Byline: TITO TALAO ANTIPOLO -- Must be something in the high altitude of this eastern city that allows the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals to reach out and connect with a full signal. Relegated to the wildcard phase of the elimination round, the Phone...
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Pinoy Mt. Everest Hero Eyes South Pole and Sahara Next
Byline: JOJO PANALIGAN and RONNIEL DE GUZMAN It was a tall order; the tallest, in fact, he will ever get in his life. To deliver, he would have to deny himself familiar comforts and safety. Failure is not an option for it would mean shame, an...
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Pistons Tie Series but Nearly Blew Win
Byline: JOHN ELIGON New York Times News Service AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- As creatures of habit, the Detroit Pistons knew only one way to respond Thursday night after having lost Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals on their home court 48 hours...
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Puno: DILG to Help 600 Towns Collect Their IRA
Byline: ELENA L. ABEN Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno has ordered DILG regional officials to assist some 600 municipalities that have yet to secure their share of Internal Revenue Allotments (IRA) through a Palace-backed...
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RP Chessers Draw Lithuania
Byline: rey bancod The Philippines slipped farther in the standings following a tough 2-all standoff with Lithuania in the fifth round of the World Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy. Grandmaster Mark Paragua, playing white at board one, suffered...
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RP Peacekeeper Wounded in Escalating War in Timor-Leste
Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI A Philippine National Police (PNP) officer serving as adviser with the United Nations Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) was among those wounded in yesterday's gunbattle between government and rebel soldiers in the war-torn...
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RP Presides over 2nd Asian Content Industry Meeting
The Philippines is presiding over the 2nd Ministerial Meeting on Asian Content Industry being hosted by the government from May 26 to 27, 2006 at the historic Manila Hotel. Government Mass Media Group (GMMG) chief Cerge Remonde, chairman of the...
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Senate Set to Tackle Priority Bills
Byline: Dr. Florangel R Braid THE Senate is gearing up for marathon sessions that may require their having to go overtime as they tackle seven priority bills. In addition to the 2006 national budget, six other important bills are expected to be...
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Senga Defends Intelligence Men in 'Arrest' of 5
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Generoso Senga yesterday defended the military intelligence operatives who were accused of illegally arresting and detaining five supporters of former President...
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Spikers Fail to Sustain Hot Start
Byline: JEAN MALANUM ACCEL-PHILIPPINES ABSORBED its second straight defeat when it lost to Hisamitsu-Japan, 16-25, 15-25, 16-25, yesterday in the 2006 Asian Women's Club Volleyball Championship at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Nationals Cherry...
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SSS Posts P2.37-B Net Income in First Quarter
The Social Security System (SSS) reported yesterday a net income of P2.37 billion for the first quarter of this year, showing a P650 million or 37.8 percent increase from the P1.72 billion it earned during the same period in 2005, a senior official...
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The Coming Day; John 16:23-28
JESUS said to His disciples, "Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. "I have told you this...
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Young RP Cagers Earn Raves in Adidas Superstar Camp
Byline: REY C. LACHICA BEIJING -- If legendary KC Jones is right, Filipino basketbaAll fans will have something to look forward to three to five years from now. "If they continue to work hard, there's a strong possibility that they will become...
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