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 February 3, 2003

3% Oil Import Duty May Be Frozen
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The national government is seriously considering to suspend anew the 3.0-percent import duty being slapped against oil products, both for crude and finished petroleum products, to ease the ongoing series of upticks in pump...
A Confused Bride-to-Be
DEAR CHICO AND DELAMAR... I really like the way you deal with probs. Even if I was in California then, I tried to read your columns. My mom used to fax me your article. So I guess, it?s better to consult you. I am 20, taking up Medicine. Living...
Angel Thoughts for Today
We exist temporarily for what we take; but we live forever through what we give! Thanks to Jesse Corrales who sent us this angel thought. ****** Why are we giving so much media (not this paper) space to those who ordered the execution of ex-CPP...
Around the Nation
Bodies of 17 slain rebs recovered COTABATO CITY Military authorities, with the help of civilians, recovered recently the bodies of 17 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels and suspected kidnapers who were killed in a gunbattle with government...
Arroyo Returns Today from Quick Visit to Kuwait; Meets with OFWs, RP Envoys
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING & FERDIE J. MAGLALANG President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo returns to Manila today, bringing home hundreds of letters from the worry-free Filipino workers in Kuwait for their families here. The President arrives this...
Assessment of Possible War Impact on RP Sought
Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. sought yesterday a probe on the possible adverse economic and social impact on the Philippines of the impending United States-led war on Iraq. ?Many countries rely on the Middle East for trade, investment, and supply of oil....
Beautiful Country; Rizal Park in China Inaugurated
As a member of the Knights of Rizal, this columnist finds the magnificent Rizal Park in Jinjang City (Fujan Province) in the Peoples Republic of China a source of great joy and pride, and a great symbol of the 1,000-year-old friendship between our...
Bohol Town Church Robbed; 7 Antique Icons Carted Away; Cebu Prosecutor Tells Cops to Shoot Criminals
Byline: : MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CORELLA, Bohol Policemen are conducting a manhunt for unidentified robbers who carted away seven antique images, including an old bronze bell from the towns parish church here, at dawn last Friday. Monsignor Junix...
CA Justices, Staff Urged to Welcome Technology
Byline: E. T. SUAREZ The justices and staff of the Court of Appeals (CA) were challenged yesterday to welcome technology since ?technology is an ally and not a foe in performing their task of bringing justice to the people.? The challenge was...
Casas, Pucay, Magada Resume Rivalry Today
AS the battle shifts back to Luzon but to another uncharted territory, three players Cassius Casas, Mars Pucay and Benjie Magada will be chasing a third leg victory when the First Gentlemans Professional Golf Circuit presented by San Miguel Beer...
Casas, Pucay, Magada Resume Rivalry Today
AS the battle shifts back to Luzon but to another uncharted territory, three players ? Cassius Casas, Mars Pucay and Benjie Magada ? will be chasing a third leg victory when the First Gentleman?s Professional Golf Circuit presented by San Miguel Beer...
Celebrating the Elysee Treaty of Reconciliation
HISTORICALLY France and Germany were brutal enemies for much of the 20th Century during World Wars I and II. It was only in 1963 that French president Charles de Gaulle and the venerable German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer vowed to end this tragic impasse,...
Celebrating the Elysee Treaty of Reconciliation
HISTORICALLY France and Germany were brutal enemies for much of the 20th Century ? during World Wars I and II. It was only in 1963 that French president Charles de Gaulle and the venerable German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer vowed to end this tragic...
Committee Signs Absentee Voting Bill Today; Residency Issue Raised
Opposition to the Absentee Voting Bill came up yesterday even after its passage at the bicameral conference committee with some senators questioning its provision making conditional the voting rights of Filipino immigrants abroad. Senators Aquilino...
Cost of Terrorism; (Editor's Note: The US Budget to Fight Global Terrorism, If There Is No Iraq, Is Enough to Solve All the Problems in Third World Countries.)
LONG before the US vowed to fight terrorism, at any or all cost, after the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, the Pentagon analysts? projection of the total cost was less than $200 billion. RP?s current national budget...
'Dress Code' in City Streets
VOTERs dont care if the candidates running for election belong to or are endorsed by one or another political party. After all, political parties in this country have the same vision and mission that may have been copied from one another. Thus former...
'Dress Code' in City Streets
VOTER?s don?t care if the candidates running for election belong to or are endorsed by one or another political party. After all, political parties in this country have the same ?vision and mission?? that may have been copied from one another. Thus...
Effects of 'Feng Shui' on Philippines Noted
Byline: JENNYLEI CABERTE Filipinos must adopt good and right feng shui to have productive and better lives, said Chinese-Filipino geomancer Dr. Freddie Siy, president of the Geomancers Association of the Philippines. Dr. Siy said the countrys...
Farmers Can Import 400,000 MT of Rice
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA Instead of allowing traders to buy unfilled rice import requirement allocated to farmers, Malacanang has granted farmers the authority to import the entire 400,000 metric tons (MT), 50 percent of the estimated 800,000 MT...
Flavier Awaits Results of Party Survey in March
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN Senate President Pro Tempore Juan Flavier said yesterday he would be happy to run as the administration standard bearer in the 2004 presidential elections if the people signify their approval in a survey to be undertaken...
Gov't Vows Fiscal Discipline as It Strengthens Economy
The government yesterday pledged to run a tight fiscal ship this year even while pursuing initiatives to strengthen the economy, create more jobs and attract investment. The announcement was stressed yesterday during a year-end economic briefing...
Jairus' Daughter and the Woman with a Hemorrhage
Mk 5:21-43 WHEN Jesus had crossed [in the boat] to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea. One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing Jesus he fell at his feet...
NASA Studies New Columbia Evidence
Byline: PAUL RECER CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida, United States (AP) ? NASA engineers settled into their long, joyless, task of figuring out how space shuttle Columbia broke apart, saying conditions in the shuttle?s final minutes point to a possible problem...
National Day of Sri Lanka
SRI Lanka celebrates its Independence Day today. Over a period of 2,500 years, the island was known by a variety of names. The ancient Greeks and Romans knew Sri Lankans as Taprobane. Arab writers and sailors in olden days knew Sri Lanka as Serendip....
National Day of Sri Lanka
SRI Lanka celebrates its Independence Day today. Over a period of 2,500 years, the island was known by a variety of names. The ancient Greeks and Romans knew Sri Lankans as ?Taprobane.? Arab writers and sailors in olden days knew Sri Lanka as ?Serendip.?...
News in Brief
Peso closes at P53.935 The peso closed lower at P53.935 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P53.848 last Friday. The weighted average rate depreciated to P53.922 from P53.837....
OFWs' Respect for PGMA Enhanced by Kuwait Trip
THE wildly appreciative reaction of Filipino workers on the visit of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in their place of work in Kuwait undisguisedly drew attention to the new respect they hold for the President. The enthusiasm ? the awe ? in seeing...
On Borrowed Tongue
TWO former presidents, several high-ranking officials, diplomats, taipans and other business types, academics, and journalists were on hand last Sunday to celebrate the 103rd founding anniversary of this newspaper. It was a virtual United Nations ?babble?...
On the Waterfront; Bengzon's Appointment as DoTC Usec for the Water Sector Lauded
Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) Secretary Leandro Mendoza deserves accolades for designating former Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) administrator Agustin Bengzon as DoTC undersecretary for the water sector. No wonder certain...
P1-B Pirated Audio, Video Discs Destroyed by VRB
Byline: LEONARDO Q. BELEN Videogram Regulatory Board (VRB) Chairman Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., driving a mini bulldozer, crushed yesterday 12 million pirated audio and video compact discs and digital versatile discs (DVD) worth about P1 billion at...
Palace Urged to Step Up Drive vs Smuggling of Farm Goods
With the agriculture and fisheries sector recording growth of 3.5 percent last year, the Arroyo administration should step up its campaign against the smuggling of rice, vegetable and other agricultural products to stave off a supply glut that could...
PBL, BAP Chiefs Favor Amateur Squad
Byline: dodo catacutan jr. PHILIPPINE BASKETBALL League commissioner Chino Trinidad and officials of the Basketball Association of the Philippines welcomed the plan to put together a comprehensive program geared towards the formation of a national...
Phnom Penh: Gateway to Fascinating Land; (First of Two Parts)
Byline: LYNDA B. VALENCIA PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (PNA) A mixture of Asian exotica, Indochinese charm and Cambodian hospitality await the visitor to Phnom Penh. Situated at the confluence of three great rivers Mekong, Tonle Sap and the Bassac...
PSC to Closely Monitor SEA Games Training
The Philippine Sports Commission bared plans to form an Oversight Committee for the 2003 Vietnam Southeast Asian Games whose members would be tasked to work hand-in-hand with their counterparts from the technical and screening commission formed by...
Ricky Davao to Go 'Full Monty'
When the news got around the hit musical Full Monty was to be produced in Manila, and that Ricky Davao, together with his friend, writer-producer Vincent Nebrida, and manager Bibsy Carballo, had a hand in paving the way for Atty. Pasteleros Centerstage...
Roundup
LUZON Electric wires fall; 3 die SILANG, Cavite Three children were electrocuted and five other people were seriously injured when electrical high-tension wires, which were cut off by firecrackers, fell on them while watching a fireworks display...
Teachers and Such Good Teachers
Byline: ELEANOR E. YU Last night while I was preparing the modules for my forthcoming summer art workshop, I was again reminded of the circumstances that led me to my lifework ? teaching art. Looking back, ?to become a teacher?? was something...
The Dark Side
IS there a dark side to the Made in Philippines label? Apparently, there is. Mr. Alan Salvador, a Filipino resident of Los Angeles wrote that .Made in the Philippines connotes: cheap labor, child labor, poor working conditions and of course, emphasis...
The Dark Side
IS there a dark side to the ?Made in Philippines? label? Apparently, there is. Mr. Alan Salvador, a Filipino resident of Los Angeles wrote that ??.Made in the Philippines? connotes: cheap labor, child labor, poor working conditions and of course,...
To Dance or Not to Dance
WE find ourselves having to debate a topic that resurfaces in our national arena every now and then. The topic is Charter change. That it does not go away for good, and instead keeps coming back should be a signal to one and all that there is something...
US Eyeing IRAQ Oil
No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation. Woodrow Wilson THE truth of the matter is that there are now a good number of nations with nuclear capability, and sufficient technological expertise to produce weapons of mass destruction...
US Eyeing IRAQ Oil
?No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.? Woodrow Wilson THE truth of the matter is that there are now a good number of nations with nuclear capability, and sufficient technological expertise to produce weapons of mass destruction...
Year of the Goat (II)
Byline: MARK DEAR ME, It took more than a few moments before the program I was watching came back on. Finally? ?Ang year of the goat ang isa sa mga pinakamagulong zodiac sign sa Chinese New Year calendar,? started our favorite host as he walked...