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 25, 2003

2 of 5 Cebu City Jail Escapees Surrender; Cops Hunt 3 Others
Byline: : MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY Less than a day after bolting the city jail, two of the five inmates, who staged a daring escape, surrendered to authorities Monday night. The apparent reason was that one of them was suffering from a...
500 Feared Dead in Diwalwal Cave-In
Byline: PRISCILA A. ARIAS About 500 small and medium scale miners were feared dead after a multiple cave-in occurred in the gold rush area of Mt. Diwalwal in Moncayo, Compostela Valley province, the other day. Reports reaching the Department...
AIM's 35th Year
THE Asian Institute of Management (AIM) held a silent auction of donated art works on March 6th to raise funds for scholarships for a new program, a degree in Managing the Arts. AIM's survival as the premier graduate school in business management...
Announcement of the Birth of Jesus
Luke 1:26-38 THE angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is...
Annunciation
THE Catholic celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation breaks the Lenten liturgical cycle today. The annual observance recalls the role of the Virgin Mary in the birth of Jesus. This feast day occurs nine months before Christmas, the celebration...
Ara Mina: Off to Superstardom!
Everything is really going great for voluptuous Ara Mina. After winning the Best Actress award for Regal Films Mano Po where she played a rebellious and daring Chinese girl, her winning streak continues. First, she bagged the plum role in The NBI...
Around the Nation
Muslims thank President Arroyo Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) leaders led by Gov. Parouk S. Hussin thanked the President for appointing Judge Hakim S. Abdulwahid as associate justice of the Court of Appeals. Abdulwahid?s fellow Sama...
Around the Nation
Bolo duel fatal to two Two laborers who want to prove that they can control a Tondo neighborhood decided to end their argument by a duel in Tondo, Manila the other day. Both armed with a long "bolo," Juancho Orias and June Ubaldo engaged in a...
Arroyo Hits Lax Security at NAIA
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo scolded Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) General Manager Edgardo Manda yesterday for lax security in the airport despite repeated warnings of sympathetic terror attacks in the...
Arroyo Orders ADB Grains Loan Cancellation
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the cancellation of the $175million Asian Development Bank (ADB)funded Grains Sector Development Program (GSDP) as the government now finds it advantageous to defer implementation...
Asian Hospital Offers Laser Hair Removal; Dental Awareness Program
Dr. Filomena Legarda-Montinola, AHMC Dermatology Department chairperson, talks about the latest trend in hair removal that is currently making waves abroad. "Laser hair removal is by far the most effective and fastest method of removing body hair...
Assault against Press Freedom
THREE heavily armed and hooded men raided a radio station at 3:30 a.m. in Tandag, Surigao del Sur last week. They hogtied a reporter and two technicians that they caught sleeping in the radio station and destroyed studio and transmitter facilities....
Big Tourist Groups Arrive by Sea & Land
Despite negative publicity pertaining to security that the country has been getting, big groups of foreign tourists continue to arrive in the country, Tourism Secretary Richard Gordon said yesterday. Official records from the Department of Tourism...
BSP Sanctions 8 Banks for Forex Rule Violations
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) yesterday clarified that while the bulk of foreign exchange transactions among commercial banks so far appears to be in order, it continues to evaluate foreign exchange transactions for possible violations. ...
Camacho Backs BAP's Bid to Retain GRT in Lieu of VAT
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL The Department of Finance and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) are on a tight bind on the deferment of the 10 percent valueadded tax (VAT) on financial transactions. Finance Secretary Jose Isidro N. Camacho acknowledged...
Cholesterol-Lowering Benefit of Supplement Confirmed by Study
Byline: CHRIS DATOL Only, ABS Bitter Supplement is not a drug. It is a dietary supplement composed of seven medicinal plants. A study in 2001 also noted the supplement's effectiveness in helping treat diabetes, primarily through Ampalaya or...
DFA, DoLE Agree to Limit Ban to New Deployments to Saudi, Kuwait, & Israel
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), upon consultations with organizations of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and Philippine embassies in Middle East countries, have...
Eala Passes Test
AT FIRST I thought something serious had happened to Talk N Text Governor Ricky Vargas who was being looked over by a doctor when I called yesterday afternoon to ask for his comment on the replay (of the Talk n Text - Ginebra game) ruled by PBA Commissioner...
Former Solon Tipped to Be ERC Chair
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO Malacanang has reportedly started fielding incoming Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chairman Manuel Sanchez, a former legislator from Rizal province, so he can already study the intricacies of regulating the power industry....
Garma, Bancod Fall in Chessfest
THE first round of the Shell National Open Rapid Chess Championship turned out to be a nightmarish start for the top seeds as lesser ranked players showed up the favorites, including two international masters, in the opening round yesterday at the...
Glamour Battles War for Oscars Anniversary Bash
Byline: REBECCA BRYAN HOLLYWOOD (AFP) Designer dresses, diamond jewellery and peace signs dominated the start of Sundays 75th Oscars show as Hollywood sought to balance the glamour of cinema with the somber reality of a nation at war. The worlds...
GMA Support as Tool of Our Defense Policy
THE relationships between the Philippines and the United States have always been shaped by issues of culture and identity. This may be natural because of our history that impels dimensional range of contending ideas about how we relate ourselves...
Gov't Slated to Float P60 B Worth of Notes
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL The national government is set to float some P60 billion worth of debt instruments within the next two months, the issuance of which is outside the R103.27 billion domestic financing program of the government this year. ...
Group Behind Airport Blast Linked to Al-Qaeda - Duterte
DAVAO CITY (PNA) Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed reports that the group responsible for the bombing of the Davao International Airport (DIA) that killed 22 persons and wounded 135 others, is linked to the international terrorist ring...
Hunting for Witches
SENATOR Manuel Villar, no enemy of the administration, employs a cold war term as he warns against waging a witch-hunt on Iraqi diplomats in this country. The term "witch-hunt" can be traced to the witch trials in Salem, Mass., USA, and even earlier,...
Journalists against War
MORE Filipino journalists are against the war on Iraq than their counterparts in other countries, especially the US, Great Britain, Spain, and Australia. They reflect informed public opinion about the unjustifiable war. But an ethical question may...
Katya Santos' 'Sex Drive' in Hot Babes in the Flesh
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI Tonight is the culmination of the much awaited one-night only show of the Viva Hot Babes at The NBC Tent in Bonifacio Global City. Much is speculated to happen in the sexiest show ever produced in the country which is deemed...
Know the ABCs of High Blood Pressure
It is true that an occasional rise in blood pressure (BP), say during heavy exercise or extreme stress, usually does not warrant a label of hypertension. A person is said to be hypertensive if he or she has persistent elevations of BP: a systolic blood...
Let Us Get Our Acts Together
Byline: Justo P. Torres Jr. (Speech delivered by Justice Justo P. Torres Jr., (ret.) at De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, 22nd Annual Commencement Exercise, Plenary Hall, Philippine International Convention Center, Monday, March 17, 2003.) I...
'Majestic Mahler' in PPO Concert
The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) concludes its Concert Season 2002-2003 with alto solo Agnes Barredo, in a concert billed Majestic Mahler, on April 11, 8 p.m., at the CCP Main Theater. PPO and Barredo will be joined by an all-female...
Meet New Viva Artist Dexter
PUZZLER: When this starlet heard that a sexy actress lost and found some of her belongings from the bag of another starlet, our mole said she didnt waste time calling the other starlet to ask if she might have found a pair of shoes she also lost...
Meralco Allowed to Renegotiate PPAs with Napocor, IPPs
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has mandated Manila Electric Company (Meralco) to renegotiate its power purchase agreements (PPAs) with state-owned National Power Corporation (NPC) and its contracted independent power...
National Day of Bangladesh
THE Peoples Republic of Bangladesh celebrates its National Day today. Bangladesh and the Philippines have had close friendly relations since the birth of Bangladesh. The Philippines supported the liberation war of Bangladesh and recognized it on February...
National Day of Greece
GREECE celebrates its National Day today. The country has a population of about 11 million. About 97 percent belong to the Orthodox Church of Greece; the rest are Armenian Christians, Muslims, Catholics, and Protestants. About 63 percent of the population...
News in Brief
Peso closes at P54.50 The peso closed slightly lower at P54.50 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P54.45 last Friday. The weighted average rate appreciated to P54.473 from...
NEWS IN BRIEF; Peso Closes at P54.30
The peso closed higher at P54.30 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P54.50 the previous day. The weighted average rate appreciated to P54.427 from P54.473. Total volume amounted...
Out of Pessimism
THERE must be a way out of the pessimism that has been enveloping our nations mood. And perhaps the first step we can take on our way out of gloom is to recognize that many of our problems are fundamentally not political. And yet, the solutions we...
Pakistan Day
THE Islamic Republic of Pakistan celebrates Pakistan Day today. The idea of a homeland for the Muslims in the South Asia sub-continent took root when the British occupied the area from 1745 to 1947. On March 23, 1940, a resolution for the creation...
PCGG and the Numbers Game
THE Presidential Commission on Good Government loves to play the numbers game, figuratively, that is. It has lost some and won some. And just like any numbers game, the betting public only looks at the figures in the win-column. It wants the figures...
People Urged to Join RP-Wide Barangayan
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jose D. Lina Jr. yesterday rallied the people throughout the country, including non-government organizations, peoples organizations, religious groups, business groups, government officials and employes to take...
Pharma Company Launches Search For
Take a deep breath. Then exhale half the air that youve taken in. Try taking a deep breath again. Once more, exhale only half the air youve taken in. Repeat it a couple more times. Do you feel short of breath and exhausted? This is how millions...
Protesters Everywhere Do Not Necessarily Represent the Whole Country; (Editor's Note: Americans Who Approve of the War: 70 Percent of 285 Million. RP Protesters Don't Represent the More Than 82 Million of Us.)
THE marchers and protesters on main avenues and in front of the US embassies all over the world shout their grievances and denounce the war for a number of reasons. But dissenters should not be silenced by supporters of the war against Iraq, especially...
Roundup
LUZON NPA extort suspect held STA. CRUZ, Laguna Police arrested a suspected New Peoples Army (NPA) extortionist operating in Laguna. Roy Adupe y Buera was arrested the other day by elements of the Sta. Cruz Police Office here. The suspect is...
RP-Iraq Diplomatic Ties
UNDER international law and custom, foreign diplomats are expected to behave with meticulous propriety in their countries of assignment and to abide by local laws. The essential guide is non-interference in the countrys internal affairs. Otherwise...
RP, MILF Peace Panels All Set for Exploratory Talks in KL
Byline: ALI G. MACABALANG and JEOFFREY B. MAITEM Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) representatives are all set to convene tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for exploratory meetings which Malaysia will broker as third party facilitator...
Ruffa Weds Young Turk at the Tent
Byline: CRISPINA M. BELEN A wedding straight from the Arabian Nights tales this could best describe yesterdays very colorful marriage of popular actress and beauty queen Sharmaine Ruffa Gutierrez to her young and handsome Turkish beau Yilmaz Bektas....
SEAG Athletes to Get Priority in PSC Funding
Byline: jean malanum THE Philippine Sports Commission will prioritize the welfare of national athletes and the countrys preparation and participation in the forthcoming Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam this December. PSC chairman Eric Buhain...
SEC Tells PSE to List Shares before Year Ends
Byline: ANA MARIE MACUJA The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) will have to list its shares before the end of the year or the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may take over in the selection of the nonbroker directors that will sit on its 15man...
Solace in Bali
I HAVE been crossing the high seas, sneaking in a trip to Bali when Dubya postponed the invasion of Iraq for a few days. It gave me enough time, and nerve, to attend the ASEAN Innovation 2003 Forum, in behalf of the Heritage Conservation Society....
Teaching about the Law; Matthew 5:17-19
JESUS said to His disciples, Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter...
'Technical Error' Forces Replay; Ginebra Win over TNT Nullified; Game Set April 22
Byline: edgard hilario AFTER TWO overtimes, almost three hours of play and a round of heated debates, a Samsung PBA All-Filipino Cup game between Ginebra and Talk N Text remained far from over. League commissioner Noli Eala yesterday nullified...
The New Imperialism; "No One Can Terrorize a Whole Nation, Unless We Are All His Accomplices." -ED MURROW
IN the post-1991 Gulf War, the elder President George Bush Sr. announced proudly that a New World Order had dawned that would usher in a decade of prosperity and full employment. Unfortunately, despite the liberation and recapture of Kuwait from...
The Uniqueness of the Iwahig Prison
OVER the weekend, I was in Puerto Princesa for the opening ceremony of the 1st MIMAROPA Regional Athletic Association Meet which was participated in by more than 1,000 athletes, both in the elementary and secondary levels, from the provinces of Mindoro...
Troops near Baghdad; Chem Warfare Feared; UN Wants to Resume Aid Plan
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AFP) Coalition troops stood yesterday poised for the battle for Baghdad, with overnight airstrikes pounding the capital and ground forces said to be positioned less than 100 kilometers from the seat of President Saddam Husseins regime....
US Vows Aid vs Bioterrorism, Chem Warfare
The Arroyo administrations capability to fight bioterrorism received a big boost yesterday following the firm commitment of the United States government to provide the Philippines with all the necessary equipment as well as the training needed against...
Why Terrorism Works
US President George W. Bush must have felt himself greatly empowered if he had read the insightful analysis of terrorism that Alan M. Dershowitz explains with clarity in his latest book titled, Why Terrorism Works: Understanding the threat, responding...