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 23, 2012

Abolish ITH for Mining - IMF
MANILA, Philippines - An International Monetary Fund (IMF) aide memoire supports the abolition of income tax holiday for mining and a single royalty tax of seven percent. Tax holidays are inappropriate for mining because the value of the mineral...
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ALI Teams Up with Tantocos
MANILA, Philippines - Real estate giant Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) is diversifying into the retail sector through a joint venture with the Tantoco family's Store Specialists Inc. (SSI) which holds exclusive distribution rights to various upscale brands....
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Angat Plant Offered for PPP
MANILA, Philippines - The rehabilitation, operation and maintenance (ROM) of the two auxiliary units of the Angat hydroelectric power plant is being offered to interested private sector via the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme. The auxiliary...
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A Party in Every House
LUCBAN, Quezon --- The dreary weather that prevailed on the 15th of May failed to dampen the spirits of the residents and visitors of Lucban in Quezon, where the famous festival dubbed the Pahiyas was again celebrated. After all, this year's festival...
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Aquino Commends GenSan Power Cooperative
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (PNA) - President Benigno S. Aquino III commended power distribution utility South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative (Socoteco II) for completing the energization of all 204 barangays within its service area. Engr. Rodolfo Ocat,...
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As Jessica Sanchez Competes in the 'AI' Finale
MANILA, Philippines - Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has been urging Filipinos to vote for Filipino-Mexican "American Idol" finalist Jessica Sanchez in the season 11 finale. Excited over Sanchez' inclusion in the "American Idol" finals, Pacquiao...
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A Website for Reforms
MANILA, Philippines - Tired of paying small bribes for every service from birth certificates to drivers licenses that should be free, an Indian woman in Bangalore, Swati Ramanathan, joined forces with her husband and a family friend, two years ago,...
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Back to School, Back to Davao
MANILA, Philippines - She may be the youngest inside the Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) house but Clodet Ann Loreto made sure that her age did not inhibit her from expressing her feelings and opinions. Despite controversial "food issue" that tested the...
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Big Brother
MANILA, Philippines - DEAR CHICO, DELAMAR, AND GINO...My little sister just broke up with her boyfriend whom she claims is verbally abusive, and yet she still maintains contact with him. She always complains about how he's always picking on her insecurities...
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Bloggers Unite for Style
MANILA, Philippines - Bloggers and fashion do mix. This is what The Bloggers United Summer Bazaar is all about. Set on June 2, at the Grand Events View Place, Metropolitan Avenue, Makati City, the event gathers more than 60 bloggers and a total...
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Bonfire of the Vanities
MANILA, Philippines - Surveys of recent years yield the general consensus that less and less people spend time reading. This is blamed in part on the advent of alternative forms of entertainment. When the printing press arrived a few hundred years...
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BSP Cuts Foreign Loans Sub-Ceiling
MANILA, Philippines - The central bank has cut by half the foreign borrowing sub-ceiling to $500 million from $1 billion this year for all medium-to-long term (MLT) loans by the public and private sectors to control the size of the country's external...
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Caguioa Sparks Ginebra to Victory
Games Friday (Smart-Araneta Coliseum) 5:15 p.m. - Powerade vs Barako Bull 7:30 p.m. - B-Meg vs Rain or Shine MANILA, Philippines - Playing as if he was not away for almost two months due to an injury, Mark Caguioa fired 15 points to highlight...
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Catching 'The Raven' in the Realm between Fact and Fiction
MANILA, Philippines - The problem with a movie being named after a real work of a literary genius, and putting said genius-who, in real life, also happens to be considered as the "inventor of the detective fiction genre"-in the middle of an anachronistic...
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CJ Statements False - Basa Kids
MANILA, Philippines - The children of the late Jose Basa Wednesday expressed disappointment over the statements of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona against their father. "They are all false," said Carmen Basa in a prepared statement read before reporters...
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Corona Given Ultimatum
MANILA, Philippines - Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile Wednesday gave impeached Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, who is currently confined at the intensive care unit of The Medical City in Pasig, until Friday to appear before the impeachment court...
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Defeat Leaves Bryant, Lakers Disappointed
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol spent the final minutes of the Los Angeles Lakers' final game arguing in Oklahoma City, disagreeing on the best way to run a pick-and-roll play. It might have been the tandem's last few minutes together...
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Dollar Shield
(Editor's note: This week is the most propitious time for telling if the dollar tales were true as noted by the author.) MANILA, Philippines - IF the Senate had voted 13-10 to defeat a Court TRO shielding the dollar deposits of Mr. Corona, judgment...
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Dolphy Resolution Referred to Committee
MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives has referred a resolution to confer on comedian Dolphy the title of National Artist to the committee on basic education and culture. House Resolution No. 2404 was endorsed by the plenary to the...
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Egypt Buzzing Ahead of Elections
CAIRO, (AFP) - A buzz of excitement swept through the Egyptian capital Tuesday, a day before its first Presidential Election since an uprising overthrew Hosni Mubarak and ushered in a tumultuous military-led transition. The ruling Supreme Council...
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Filipino Exporters Urged to Tap India's $17-Billion Furniture Mart
MANILA, Philippines - A top official of the Indian International Furniture Fair (IIFF) has urged Filipino furniture makers to explore business opportunities in India with a projected furniture market to reach US$ 17 billion in the next five years....
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France Aids PHL in Film Archiving
MANILA, Philippines - France and the Philippines apparently have good ties in terms of helping each other boost their respective film industries. The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), headed by Briccio Santos, may have found a...
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Globe Bats for Ethernet Adoption
MANILA, Philippines - Globe Telecom, via its corporate arm Globe Business, intends to ride on the growth of Ethernet service, projected to be an over $40-billion business by 2015. Already, telecom industry players are adopting Ethernet services,...
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GMA Network Annual Report 2011 (Conclusion)
MANILA, Philippines - Regional TV, on the other hand, reflected a 21% increase in regular sales vis-a-vis 2010, without pol ads. As previously adverted to, our international operations recorded a 4% growth in revenues due to the increase in subscriber...
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Google Completes $12.5-B Motorola Deal
SAN FRANCISCO (AP/AFP) - Google has completed its $12.5-billion purchase of device maker Motorola Mobility in a deal that poses new challenges for the Internet's most powerful company as it tries to shape the future of mobile computing. The deal...
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Gov't Releases P2B for Roads
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) approved the release of P2.01 billion to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the installation of road safety devices and the preventive maintenance of national roads...
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Historic Move
MANILA, Philippines --- Paco district has long been considered as a historic town of the capital Manila. Through centuries, it served as an important center of trade, politics and religion and was the preferred residential community for the elite during...
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Hyundai Eyes RP for Autoparts
MANILA, Philippines - Korea's Hyundai Motors is exploring the possibility of increasing its importation of auto parts and components from the Philippines, said Trade and Industry Undersecretary Cristino L. Panlilio. Panlilio has met with Hyundai...
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Iloilo Heritage Buildings Rehabilitation Started
ILOILO CITY (PNA) - Several owners of heritage buildings in the heart of Iloilo City have started refurbishing and rehabilitating of their properties. The move is in response to the call of the city government to help in efforts to beautify the...
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Insular Life Nets P3B in 2011
MANILA, Philippines - Largest Filipino life insurer, Insular Life, reported an all-time high consolidated net income of P2.9 billion in 2011, solidifying its position as one of the most profitable life insurance companies in the country. The 12 percent...
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Jessica Wows Crowd in Close 'Idol' Finale
LOS ANGELES - Seventy-thousand fans and supporters gathered Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in Manila) at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles to cheer Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips, the two finalists of Season 11 of the top-rated reality...
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JTIP Urges Excise Tax Review
MANILA, Philippines - JT International (Philippines) Inc. (JTIP), manufacturer of Winston cigarettes, said they welcomed the efforts of the leadership of the House of Representatives to consider the feedback of industry stakeholders on the House Ways...
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Lady Gaga: I Respect All Kinds of Culture
MANILA, Philippines - Without protesters holding a prayer vigil against her during the second night of her concert at the SM Mall of Arena on May 22, Lady Gaga gave a more spirited performance---and squarely addressed the issues that have been raised...
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Lady Gaga Rejects Homophobia, Hatred
MANILA, Philippines - Without protesters at bay during the second night of her concert at The Arena of the SM Mall of Asia on May 22, Lady Gaga gave a more spirited performance -- and squarely addressed the issues that have been raised against her....
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Lady Help of Christian Feast
MANILA, Philippines - Bishop Deogracias Iniguez will celebrate a high mass at 8 a.m. at the Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Maypajo, Caloocan City, in celebration of the Feast of Mary Help of Christians. A solemn procession follows the mass....
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Largest Cupcake Creation Marks SPLENDA Philippines Launch
MANILA, Philippines - Johnson & Johnson Philippines partnered with respected culinary and pastry expert Chef Heny Sison to mark the Company's official launch of no-calorie sugar alternative SPLENDA with an 10 x 12 foot creation of cupcakes made...
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Leave Shoal, PH Tells China
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has demanded anew that Chinese vessels immediately pull out from Panatag (Bajo de Masinloc or Scarborough) Shoal and the Philippines' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). It also asked China to refrain from taking further...
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LGUs Get P1.8-B IRA Fund
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced the release of P1.8 billion in Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) funds to local government units (LGUs). Marking the fourth installment of the IRA differentials due to...
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McIlroy, Donald Dispute Top Spot
WENTWORTH (AFP) - The battle to be the world's top-ranked golfer will again be a subplot of this week's PGA Championship which starts on Thursday here at Wentworth. Luke Donald, who deposed Lee Westwood at the top of the rankings when winning last...
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Miami Heat Regain Series Lead
MIAMI (AP) - Suddenly, the road back to the Eastern Conference finals no longer looks daunting for Miami. Not after the Heat left the Pacers beat up and banged up. LeBron James scored 30 points, Dwyane Wade added 28, and the Heat moved a win...
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MMDA Seeks Support for Terminals
MANILA, Philippines - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has asked transport groups to support its plan to establish an integrated bus terminal at the outskirts of the metropolis. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino presented the transport...
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National Security and Defense Contractors
MANILA, Philippines - Defense contractors have always played a critical role in the development of the armed forces of first world nations particularly the United States and Western European countries. These defense contractors would provide practically...
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Never in My Wildest Dreams (Part II)
HANOI, Vietnam - What did I see in North Vietnam during that summer month of May? I can summarize it in one single phrase - "Quyet Thang! - which I was informed means, "Determined to Win!" That was the battle cry written everywhere - on mountain tops,...
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NGCP Upgrades Power Monitoring System
MANILA, Philippines - Continuous improvements are being instituted by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on its system operations so it can efficiently carry out its dispatch as well as monitoring systems in the country's power...
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No Ban on PH Bananas
MANILA, Philippines - The acceptance by China of at least 30 containers of Philippine bananas has given some relief to small and big growers in Mindanao. For the team of Filipino experts led by director Dr. Clarito Barron of the Bureau of Plant...
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Pacquiao Will Be Focused - Roach
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Manny Pacquiao's devotion to religion and comments against gay marriage will not have an impact as a training distraction or in the ring as the Filipino icon prepares to fight unbeaten American Tim Bradley. That was the message...
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P/$ Rate Closes at P43.44/$1
MANILA, Philippines - The peso exchange rate closed lower at P43.44 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P43.13 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P43.342 from P43.123. Total...
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Privatization of Public Hospitals Rued
CEBU CITY, Cebu - The bill seeking to convert 26 government hospitals in the country into private corporations has met with opposition from the Cebu government which controls the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), one of the 26 biggest...
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Standards Compliance
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte (PIA) - "The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here will campaign for local business firms' compliance with Philippine labor standards after the Technical Assistance Visit (TAV) orientation scheduled on May 25, 2012...
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Thalia: Jessica Sanchez's First Album Is a Go
MANILA, Philippines - Regardless of whether she wins or not on "American Idol," record label exec Tommy Mottola has expressed interest in working on Jessica Sanchez's debut album as tweeted by Mexican singer Thalia. "WOW great news! #TommyMottola...
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The Lions Clubs International Multiple District 301 Philippines 63rd Convention Opens at the Historic Landmark Manila Hotel
MANILA, Philippines - The Lions Clubs International Multiple District 301 Philippines is holding its 63rd State Convention at the Universidad de Manila (UDM) in the City of Manila on May 24-26, 2012. The focus of the convention is protecting Mother...
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US-Built Facility Benefits Fishermen
MANGUDADATU, Maguindanao (PNA) - Handling and transport of the famous Maguindanao "tilapia" are expected to improve with the establishment of a new boat landing facility at Lake Buluan that fisherfolk have been dreaming of for so long. The boat...
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'Valiente' Extended, Casts Lorna Tolentino in Special Role
MANILA, Philippines - TV5 has cited high ratings and good feedback from viewers as reasons for extending "Valiente" for four more weeks and as the story climaxes, veteran actress Lorna Tolentino enters the picture in a special role. Tolentino, who...
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Watershed Management
COTABATO CITY (PNA) - A sustained hydro-power generation for Mindanao through watershed restoration and management would be given priority when the proposed Mindanao Power Corporation shall have been realized, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA)...
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WB to RP: Ramp Up Infrastructure Investments to Boost Growth
MANILA, Philippines - Amidst weakening markets for exports, the best prospects for the Philippines to maintain high growth rates, create more jobs, and reduce poverty are through greater investments in productivity-enhancing infrastructure and further...
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We Are Children of God
MANILA, Philippines - Since we have been gifted with faith, we need to live always with this deep realization: That we have been raised above our natural condition as mere human beings; and we have been given the extraordinary status of being the children...
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We Are One for God
JOHN 17:20-26 JESUS raised His eyes to heaven and said, "I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, so that they may all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in us, that...
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Young Love, Wacky Love
MANILA, Philippines - Every Sunday afternoon, young viewers follow their path to teen romance - from first crush to first date to first love. The cast of the ABS-CBN youth-oriented show "Luv U," composed of former child stars stars Kiray Celis,...
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Zambales Trains 77 Resort Lifeguards
SAN ANTONIO, Zambales - The Zambales Resort Owners Association, in partnership with the Philippine Life Saving Society, recently trained 77 local lifeguards in Botolan and San Antonio towns here on international-level surf life-saving and pool lifeguarding....
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