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 August 3, 2012

10 Policemen Promoted for Bravery
MANILA, Philippines - The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has approved the special promotion of 10 police officers for exhibiting "acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of their lives over and beyond the call of duty." The...
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2pm's Nichkhun Settles with Car Accident Victim
MANILA, Philippines - Boy band 2PM member Nichkhun has settled with the victim of the July 24 drunk driving accident, according to JYP Entertainment. The agency announced on Aug. 2 that an amicable settlement has been reached between Nichkhun and...
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Aching Arroyo Back at VMMC
MANILA, Philippines - Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was re-admitted to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center before midnight Thursday not for detention but as an emergency case patient. The incumbent Pampanga lawmaker was taken on an emergency...
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ALI's H1 Profits Rise 28%
MANILA, Philippines - Property giant Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) reported its net income grew by 28 percent to P4.33 billion in the first half of 2012 from the P3.38 billion posted in the same period last year. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock...
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Amadeus Data Center: Security Has Never Been This Overzealous
ERDING, Germany - Information has come a long way. It has become a commodity. It is a make or break tool in business and career. Thus, taking care of data and information has never been this overzealous. One such example is the Amadeus Data Processing...
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Annan Quits as Envoy for Syria
NEW YORK/BEIRUT (dpa) - Kofi Annan, the United Nations and Arab League special envoy who for months struggled to bring peace to Syria, resigned Thursday, blaming divisions at the UN Security Council and escalating violence. "The increasing militarization...
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Another Tall Order for Barriga
LONDON - As his Kazaksthan's opponent was shedding off extra pounds, Mark Anthony Barriga was bulking up as he declared himself ready for another battle that meant the whole world for Team Philippines in the 30th Olympic Games on Saturday. In his...
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Barangay Aides Boost Nutrition Drive
SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) - Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) play a key role in the implementation of nutrition programs. The BNS reach out to poor households in remote villages and upland areas to bring government's health and nutrition services,...
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Being Courageous
MANILA, Philippines - "No discouragement" does not mean "no falling back." Indeed, no child of God should act childishly, irresponsibly, insensibly. God wants us to use our reason even as we completely bank upon faith. Reason and faith always come...
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B-Meg Wins, Forces KO Match
MANILA, Philippines - B-Meg dug deep on its vast championship experience as it survived another do-or-die match, clobbering Rain or Shine in Game 6, 97-81, to force a sudden-death in the PBA Governors' Cup finals series on Friday at the Smart Araneta...
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BSP Implements P200M SPC Reorg
MANILA, Philippines - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is proceeding with its planned reorganization of the Security Plant Complex (SPC) in Quezon City which was originally approved to have a budget of P200 million. Sources said the BSP has...
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Centenarian Regales Washington Embassy Staff
MANILA, Philippines - At 101 years old, Alberto C. Bacani became the Philippine Embassy in Washington's oldest affiant when he recently walked into the Consular Section to have his Special Power of Attorney and Affidavit of Appearance notarized for...
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Comelec Makes It Easier for PWDs to Vote in May
MANILA, Philippines - Although August 11, 2012 has been declared as National PWD Voter Registration Day, persons with disabilities can register to vote from August 1 to October 31, 2012 in order to be allowed in the special polling places designated...
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Co-Op Reaps 178 Cavans of Rice from One-Hectare Farm
CABUCGAYAN, Biliran (PIA) - They used to harvest a maximum of 80 cavans of rice from a one-hectare lot during dry cropping season, and they were already happy with it. The Balaquid Agrarian Reform Cooperative (BARECO) in Cabugcayan, Biliran, were...
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Country Fair in the City
The garden people are cooking something new. Instead of the usual garden show, they are coming up with a Country Fair right in the heart of Quezon City. The group is the Cactus and Succulent Society headed by Dorie S. Bernabe. Together with the...
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Death of John the Baptist
Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus and said to his servants, "This man is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him." Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in...
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DP World Container Volumes Grow 7.5% in India, Asia Pacific
NEW DELHI - DP World Ltd., the world's third- largest port operator, increased container volumes at its terminals 7.5 percent in the first half, with its Asia Pacific and Indian subcontinent operations driving growth. DP World handled 28.2 million...
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Erik Spoelstra Back Bearing NBA Championship Trophy, Pays PNoy Courtesy Call
MANILA, Philippines - Fil-Am coach Erik Spoelstra returns fresh from the victory of his team Miami Heat over Oklahoma City Thunder in the recent NBA finals. Erik is the youngest head coach to win an NBA championship. Beaming proudly with his NBA...
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Fatal Attraction
MANILA, Philippines - (Editor's note: Frat rituals cannot be stopped, but parents can deny support to their son with a 'secret aim,' as noted by the author.) If the penalty for hazing death is execution by torture - not by lethal injection or the...
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FDA Confirms High Mercury Levels in 14 Skin Whitening Products
MANILA, Philippines - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed the presence of high levels of mercury in 14 skin whitening products sold in the Philippines. The products were submitted to the FDA for confirmatory test by Ecowaste Coalition,...
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Foreign Debt Service Down 21.5%
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines' external debt service burden has dropped by 21.5 percent in April to $2.148 billion compared to the same period in 2011 due to some prepayments and foreign exchange adjustments, data from the Bangko Sentral ng...
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Frats Keep Their Allure despite Hazing Deaths
MANILA, Philippines - Death by fraternity hazing is not a rare occurrence in the Philippines. Every year, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reports one or two cases of deaths of students who died after being beaten up during a frat's initiation...
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'Gener' Toll Now 39; Aquino Visits Baseco
MANILA, Philippines - The death toll from typhoon "Gener" (international codename: "Saola") rose to 39 while the cost of damage to agriculture and infrastructure reached P240 million as of Friday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management...
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Gov't Sees Tax Effort Improvement
MANILA, Philippines - The national government's efficiency in collecting taxes is projected to increase to 13.8 percent next year, its highest level since 1998, putting the country in a better position to its goal of attaining investment grade. ...
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Hungry Games
MANILA, Philippines - Michael Phelps, the greatest swimmer in Olympic history, an athlete with the wingspan of a super jumbo jet, wears size 16 shoes. The only thing wider than his outstretched arms is his grin. After his teammates in the relay...
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Iloilo Speeds Up Business Steps
ILOILO CITY (PNA) - Transacting business papers in Iloilo City was expedited following some changes adopted by the city government, Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog has announced. From four days, 14 hours and 25 minutes, releasing period was drastically...
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Internet's Tenuous Foothold
MANILA, Philippines - Calayan East District schools head teacher Cielito Apostol Mayor concedes that Internet access in the island of Camiguin Norte is severely limited, but Barangay Balatubat Chairman Crispiniano Tugade says his community manages...
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Investors Keen on PNOC-EC Project
MANILA, Philippines - Foreign and local investors are interested in forging a joint venture with PNOC - Exploration Corporation for its planned mine-mouth coal power plants in Zamboanga Sibugay and Isabela worth $400 million. "At least three (expressed...
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Investors Welcome Charter Review - BOI
MANILA, Philippines - The Board of Investments (BOI), the government's premier investment generating agency, said the proposed review of the economic provisions of the Constitution is sending positive signal to foreign investors that the government...
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Justice Hall
ILOILO CITY, Iloilo - The City Council of Iloilo has endorsed its support to the call of judges, lawyers and court employees for a construction of a new Iloilo Hall of Justice. The City Council approved the resolution of Councilor Joshua Alim to support...
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Leader Ateneo vs Winless UE
MANILA, Philippines - A clash between brothers who are important figures in their respective teams will spice up Saturday's UAAP basketball tournament doubleheader which will also feature defending champion Ateneo facing winless University of the East...
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LTO-9 Intensifies Helmet Info Drive
ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Region-9 office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO-9) has ordered its LTO district and field offices to mount an all-out information drive on the use of the full-face helmet by motorcycle riders as mandated under Republic Act...
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Maja-Matteo Romance Folds
MANILA, Philippines - Lack of quality time and differing priorities have taken a toll on Maja Salvador and Matteo Guidicelli's relationship. The young actress flatly admitted in an interview on "Kris TV," Aug. 2, that her present status is "Single."...
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NBA Stars Rip Olympics Record
LONDON (AFP) - United States NBA stars shattered the Olympic single-game scoring record on Thursday, producing one of the greatest shooting performances in basketball history in a 156-73 rout of Nigeria. On a day when Spain and Russia clinched berths...
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NCAA Top Guns Collide
MANILA, Philippines - Co-leader Jose Rizal University is enjoying one of its finest starts and it will get one of its sternest tests today when it clashes with three-peat seeking San Beda on Saturday in 88th NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena...
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NCMF Acts on 'Hijab' Issue
MANILA, Philippines --- The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) yesterday appealed for understanding and respect, amid an alleged controversy generated by the wearing of "hijab" (veil or head-covering) in schools. "As the wearing of the...
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No More Twitter Outbursts from Sharon
MANILA, Philippines - Sharon Cuneta has vowed to veer from wearing her heart on her sleeve when it comes to tweeting. The Megastar-whose Twitter litanies in previous months have caught netizen's curiosities-made the announcement through the social...
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No Need to Talk to Bishops - Palace
MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang has closed the doors on any possibility for a dialogue between President Benigno S. Aquino III and Roman Catholic bishops to settle their conflicting stands on the controversial responsible parenthood bill. There...
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On Selecting A Chief Justice
MANILA, Philippines - As expected, the Judicial and Bar Council focused on what is perceived are the critical concerns in the Judiciary today - corruption, relationship with partner government agencies, justice for all, especially with regard to enhancing...
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Pacquiao Hopeful vs Floyd
MANILA, Philippines - There is a possibility that Manny Pacquiao will bypass a Nov. 10 ring return in the event a megabuck match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. can be made for early 2013. "That's possible," said Pacquiao lawyer Jeng Gacal. Mayweather...
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Phelps Wins 20th Olympic Medal
LONDON (AP) - Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley for his first individual gold of the London Olympics Thursday, bringing his haul of career Olympic medals to 20, while track cycling got off to a speedy and tumultuous start with a string...
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Quality Television Programs for Children
MANILA, Philippines - The protection and promotion of children's rights and privileges are embodied in Republic Act (RA) 8370, the Children's Television Act of 1997, providing access for Filipino children to quality television programs that are creative,...
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Regional Scout
ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) has adjudged BSP Region-9 chairman Manuel "Mannix" Dalipe Jr. as the country's "Most Outstanding Regional Chairman" for 2012. Dalipe received his award from Vice President and BSP National President...
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Repatriation of 88 Ofws in Saudi Pressed
MANILA, Philippines - The government continues to press an erring Saudi Arabia employer to allow the repatriation of at least 88 Filipino workers whose exit visas have been withheld. At the same time, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reported to...
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Rockwell Sees Doubling of Profits
MANILA, Philippines - Rockwell Land Corporation, the upscale property development arm of the Lopez Group, expects its earnings to double to P2.2 billion by 2014 from the projected P1.1 billion this year on the back of robust sales of existing projects...
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ROW Claims Hiking Energy Liabilities
MANILA, Philippines - The right-of-way (ROW) claims lodged against privatized National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) is expected to drive up the energy sector liabilities to more than P1.15 trillion. It was culled that the pending claims versus...
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Schools to Be C.C.T.V.-Secured
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan - The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has approved in its regular session on July 30, Provincial Resolution No. 1343-2012 encouraging the Department of Education (DepEd) to cause the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras...
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SC Stops Subic Coal-Fired Plant
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT - The Supreme Court (SC) issued recently a Writ of Kalikasan against the construction of a coal-fired power plant inside this premier Freeport, putting the development on hold. The resolution issued by the SC dated July 31 against...
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Seven Korean Seamen Doing Well after Rescue; Barges Still Missing
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT - The seven Korean nationals rescued off the coast of Zambales on Thursday are now safe and sound in this free port, but the barges they were towing when their tugboat sank in the middle of stormy sea have not been located as of...
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Singapore's Changi Airport Hikes Passenger Service Fee Starting April 1
SINGAPORE - Changi Airport Group (CAG) will increase its passenger service charge (PSC) for passengers departing at Singapore Changi Airport from S$13.90 to S$19.90 starting April 1, 2013. CAG said the new PSC will apply to all air tickets purchased...
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Slow Passenger Growth, Weak Cargo Market Trend Continues, Says IATA
MANILA, Philippines - Global traffic results showed mid-year demand for air transport continue to slow down in the midst of weak business and consumer confidence, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Year-on-year, demand...
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Supreme Court Rules on Legislative Seats in JBC
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Senate and the House of Representatives a vote each when the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) draws the final list of nominees for Chief Justice from among 20 aspirants. The ruling resolves...
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TFF Honors 'Triple H' Via Film Retrospective
MANILA, Philippines - The Taiwan Film Festival on its third year has put the spotlight on award-winning Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien in a four-film retrospective for showcase over the weekend at the Shang Cineplex. "This year we decided to...
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The Face of an Entrepreneur
MANILA, Philippines - Our country, like in other places should pay tribute to our entrepreneurs whose guts and fervor have propelled our economy to greater heights. To Filipinos whose amazing determination and daring spirits have transformed their...
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Tiu Raises Bar in PBA Draft
MANILA, Philippines - Former Smart-Gilas Pilipinas standout and Ateneo playmaker Chris Tiu has finally decided to join this year's PBA Rookie Draft after submitting his application form beating yesterday's deadline for new aspirants at the PBA Commissioner's...
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Toyota Quarter Profits Hit $3.71B
TOKYO (AFP) - Toyota said Friday that its fiscal first-quarter profit skyrocketed to $3.71 billion yen as the Japanese auto giant recovered from last year's quake-tsunami disaster. The company said it earned 290.3 billion yen between April and June,...
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Traffic Rerouted for Prayer-Rally
MANILA, Philippines - Starting 11 a.m. on Saturday, portions of the northbound lane of EDSA and Ortigas Avenue near the EDSA Shrine will be closed to traffic for the prayer rally against the reproductive health (RH) bill. The Metropolitan Manila...
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US Gymnast Wins All-Around Title
LONDON (AP) - Gabby Douglas was just 14 when she pleaded with her mother to let her leave her home and move cross-country, certain a new coach could help her get to the Olympics. It did more than that. It made her an Olympic champion. Less...
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We Need Spiritual Foods Too
MANILA, Philippines - Once there was a widow who lived alone. She was terribly lonely. She went to a big pet shop and bought a prize talking parrot worth R10,000. "This will cheer me up," she muttered as she excitedly brought it home. But several days...
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