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 July 22, 2003

139th Birth Anniversary of Gat Apolinario Mabini
SANG superior na espiritu na sinugo ng Poong Maykapal na magkatawang-Tagalog upang tubusin ang Lahing Pilipino sa kaalipinan nito (A superior spirit sent by God Almighty to become a Tagalog to redeem the Filipino people from their enslavement). This...
150-MW Visayas Power Project Set
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The Department of Energy (DoE) is lining up more than 150 megawatts of new power projects in the Cebu-NegrosPanay area to avert a looming power shortage in the Visayas. The first facility to come on stream next year is...
165-KPH Typhoon 'Harurot' Heads for Northern Luzon
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO Typhoon Harurot intensified further yesterday with peak sustained winds of 165 kilometers an hour as it moved towards Northern Luzon. Forecasters of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services...
277 of 430 Suspected Illegal Aliens Deported
Byline: JUN RAMIREZ A total of 430 suspected illegal aliens were arrested by agents of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) during the first six months of the year 277 of whom were already deported, it was learned yesterday. Immigration Commissioner...
4 BIR, Customs Officials Fail Lifestyle Check, Are Relieved
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING President Arroyo yesterday ordered the relief of three senior internal revenue officials and a customs warehouse supervisor after it was found that their affluent lifestyles did not match their monthly incomes. The...
Administration Solon Chides Critics of Arroyo
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO A senior administration congressman yesterday chided critics of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for blaming her on the Al-Ghozi fiasco, saying that faulting her for allowing the suspected international terrorist to escape...
A Low-Key Collector of Rare Ornamentals
Byline: ARVEE DE VEYRA SARIAN IF you meet him in a garden show or at the weekend market, you would not suspect that he owns one of the most enviable plant collections in town. Thats because he looks so low key and unassuming. The fellow is George...
Angel Thought for the Day
It is nice to feel important; but it is more important to be nice! From Justice Consuelo Y. Santiago First some good news for the local Church amidst her many problems. Two deacons will be ordained priests in the Congregation of the Blessed...
Anti-Corruption Drive Will Spare No One, Arroyo Warns
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is determined to weed out grafters up to the high corridors of government in accordance with the law and due process. In a statement, the President yesterday said the anti-corruption...
Around the Nation
Caloocan drug suspect killed A suspected drug pusher was killed by unknown gunmen yesterday in Bagumbayan, North Caloocan City, for allegedly peddling tawas (alum lumps), instead of shabu. Police Supt. Loreto L. Malaybalay, commander of Police...
Around the Nation
Justice Tinga honored Justice Dante O. Tinga, newly appointed member of the Supreme Court, will be honored with a testimonial at the Manila Hotel on July 25 at 6:30 p.m. by the UE Law Alumni Association, led by Chairman-Emeritus Fortunato P. Aguas,...
Arroyo Allots P8 Billlion for Rights' Abuse Victims
Byline: FERDIE J. MAGLALANG President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo allotted yesterday R8 billion for the immediate reparation of the damages of alleged Marcos human rights victims as soon as the government finally retrieves the R38-billion escrow accounts...
ASEAN Anti-Poverty Fund Proposed
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO House Speaker Jose de Venecia yesterday urged Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-nations to establish an ASEAN Anti-Poverty Fund "with all deliberate speed," saying that by stimulating the rise of small...
'Bata Has a World Title Left in Him'; Putch Puyat Says
Byline: dodo catacutan jr. THE MAN who helped launch Efren Bata Reyes to global fame feels the aging billiards genius has another world pool championship left in him. Speaking just days after the Hall of Fame player was ousted in the Final 16...
BoP Seen Returning to Surplus Next Year
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL The country's balance of payments (BoP) is expected to return to surplus position of roughly $1.2 billion for the coming year, a turnaround from this year's projection of a $1.1 billion deficit. A highly-placed source said...
Cities and Municipalities
United front vs drugs sought HAGONOY, Bulacan - Mayor Felix "Toti" V. Ople urged yesterday parents, teachers, students and barangay officials in this town to set up a united front against drug abuse by promoting preventive drug education among young...
Columbia Pictures to Release Fil-Am Movie 'The Debut'
The New York Times hails it as Charming and heartwarming! The Los Angeles Times raves, As illuminating as it is entertaining ... a winner all around. Chicago Tribune calls it A delightful coming-of-age film! And the highly regarded Roger Ebert of...
Crack Foreign Teams Due for PBA Tourney
THREE FOREIGN teams start arriving this week to complete the cast in the Samsung-PBA Invitational Championship, the pro-leagues mid-season tournament kicking off Sunday at the Cuneta Astrodome. South Korean entry Yonsei University will plane in...
DoTC Secretary Mendoza Is LTO Concurrent Chief
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday ordered Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro R. Mendoza to assume the position of chief of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) after DoTC Undersecretary Agustin R. Bengzon declined his appointment...
Ex-Diplomat Heads Commission to Probe Terrorists' Escape
THE wisdom of the Presidents choice of former Ambassador Sedfrey Ordonez as head of the independent factfinding commission charged with the investigation of the escape of Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist and his two Filipino cohorts, brings hope to the sagging...
Extreme Pleasure Explodes in 'Wild Butterfly'
Nothing personal, just a job. When a woman says this, is love possible to her? Can a man fulfill his sexual fantasies without emotional involvement? Unusual affair becomes an ideal one when extreme pleasure explodes in this years most erotic film,...
German Longshot Whips Fil-Canadian in Finals
CARDIFF, WALES Thorsten Hohmann of Germany completed a week of upsets by blasting top seed Alex Pagulayan of Canada, 17-10, Sunday to become the youngest champion in the World Pool Championship at the Cardiff International Arena here. A day after...
Great Ambition
INFORMALLY, the campaign for election to the high public offices of our land has already started. The number of candidates that have already expressed probable interest in running for President and Vice President is impressively big. It is not a surprise...
'Harurot' Lashes RP; 6 Dead; Powerful Typhoon Causes Floods, Poer Failure; Ferry Passengers Stranded
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN and LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO Four high school students and a tricycle driver were killed in Romblon yesterday when they were hit by a falling tree at the height of typhoon Harurot (international codename: Imbudo) that triggered...
Indonesian Resilience
BALI, Indonesia Less than a year after terrorists struck at Bali, killing over 200 foreign tourists, this world-famous island resort has bounced back and is once again a powerful magnet to travelers from all parts of the world, including foreign ministers...
Inter-Faith Approach in Coming Peace Talks with MILF Urged; Bishops, Ulamas as Truce Monitors Urged
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr. yesterday urged the adoption of an inter-faith approach to the upcoming peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Guingona said that now the...
Jeep Strike Strands Thousands; Protests Increased Registration Fees, Denial of Fare Petitions, Plan to Phase Them Out
Byline: MADELYNNE DOMINGUEZ, WILLIE L. CATAPAT Thousands of people in Eastern Metro Manila and Rizal province were stranded and caught by strike staged by various jeepney organizations protesting various government actions, notably an increase...
Joanna Ampil Reaches for Her Star
Critics and audiences alike have hailed Joanna Ampil as one of the best Kims ever to grace the international stage. And yet little is known about Joanna in her home country, the Philippines. Since making her debut in Miss Saigon at the Theater Royal...
Joel, Eagles Set to Part Ways
DID HE encounter some difficulty adjusting from professional to amateur coaching, I asked Talk N Texts Joel Banal whose Ateneo Blue Eagles are wallowing in unfamiliar territory somewhere down below in UAAP team standings despite recently breaking...
Lakas Insistence
THE administration Lakas NUCD is insisting that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo should be its standard bearer in the 2004 presidential elections. This was revealed by Secretary Heherson Sonny Alvarez, presidential adviser on overseas Filipino...
Lara Croft Returns: Angelina Jolie Talks about How This Sequel Will Pan Out
Byline: CHERYL LYNN TOMBLIN The tagline for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was Who is Lara Croft? When the first trailer played in theaters and posters were distributed in stores, there was no doubt that Lara Croft was Angelina Jolie (Tomb Raider, Original...
Lea Salonga Will Be Back in September to Hold a Two-Night Concert at the PICC
PUZZLER: How true is it that this former actress is now disposing some of her real estate properties after rumors that she and her live-in lover are now on the verge of separation? The mole said that the actress has been contacting some brokers...
Legal Battle Looms over 'Backdoor Ads'
Byline: edgard hilario THE LOOMING court battle for the mega-buck advertisements in venues used by the Philippine Basketball Association is limited to only the pro league versus one man. And this both league commissioner Noli Eala and Nelson...
Lifestyle of the Infamous
MEDIA exposure of the disparity between the legitimate incomes and lifestyle of several BIR officials is no big news to their co-workers, neighbors, relatives, and friends. Whats news is that authorities have finally exposed some of them. These...
Malacanang Declared Smoke-Free Environment
Byline: FERDINAN J. MAGLALANG President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared yesterday Malacanang a smoke-free environment to set an example of adhering strictly to a landmark law she has recently signed imposing an absolute ban on smoking in government...
Managing Knowledge and Information
LAST week, the National Economic and Development Authority launched what it describes as the Knowledge Emporium, which is a cooperative project on knowledge exchange among government, industry, and non-government agencies. As we understand it from...
Manny Nearing Top Form
Byline: nick giongco LOS ANGELES Clad in body-hugging blue denims and matching striped blouse, she had been waiting for almost one hour at the airports arrival area when she felt a pat on the shoulder. Jinkee Pacquiao hadnt seen his husband...
MMFF Snubbed Nora Aunor?
Theyre making a big fuss over the fact that Nora Aunors movie was not chosen as an official entry to the 2003 Metro Manila Film Festival. Noras movie is entitled Bituin, Buwan at Araw and is to be produced by Angora Films. In the ranking of the 10...
NBI Says Cebu Cop Killed Fellow Cop and Snatcher; Probers Recommend Filing of Imprudence and Murder Charges
Byline: : MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY The Region 7 office of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI 7) has recommended the filing of charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and murder against a policeman in connection with the...
News in Brief
Peso closes at P53.75 The peso closed lower at P53.75 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P53.72 last Friday. The weighted average rate depreciated to P53.71 from P53.667....
NEWS IN BRIEF; Peso Closes at P53.85
The peso closed lower at P53.85 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P53.75 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P53.83 from P53.71. Total volume amounted...
'Nutritional Therapy'
LET FOOD BE YOUR MEDICINE and MEDICINE BE YOUR FOOD, stated by Hippocrates, and indeed, from the very earliest days of civilization, nutrition has formed the backbone of healthcare. It has always been clear that food has a medicinal effect rich in...
'Opportunity Wasted'; Absent College Stars Ruin RP Team's Training Stint in PBA Invitationals
Byline: edgard hilario and jean malanum A SLOT in the coming PBA-Samsung Asian Invitationals especially reserved by the league for the Southeast Asian Games-bound national team is one golden opportunity gone to waste. No thanks to the UAAP and...
P34.4-B Action Plan Up to Raise Sugar Production
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ The sugar industry is aiming to raise its production to 3.1 million metric tons over the next five years under the P34.4-billion five-year action plan. But while the plan envisions production to hit 2.053 million tons only...
Pacquiao Has Edge in Power over Lucero
Byline: nick giongco LOS ANGELESFilipino champion Manny Pacquiao and Mexican challenger Emmanuel Lucero seem to be equal in almost all facets of their game. Except in the power department. While the Bronx-bred Lucero has been advertised as...
Pagulayan: Pinoy Export Is on Fringes of Stardom
Byline: dodo catacutan jr. THE BEST Filipino performer in the 2003 World Pool Championship in Cardiff, Wales is not named Bata or Django or Nickoy. Rather he is an easy-going, Eminem-loving lad named Alex Pagulayan. Pagulayan, of course, now...
PNP Chief Forms 2 More Groups to Hunt Al-Ghozi
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN Director General Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has formed two more task forces from the PNP to implement a 10-point action program for aggressive police operations in the manhunt for...
PNP Officers Voice Support for Ebdane
The top brass of the Philippine National Police (PNP) expressed yesterday their "unwavering support" to PNP chief Director General Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. following the escape of international terrorist Fathur Rohman Al-Ghozi from Camp Crame in Quezon...
Praise for VMMC
AGAINST the backdrop of mercilessly mercenary hospitals that would not admit the neediest patients without a deposit, even the famed quadruplets, there is this fulsome praise by a recent patient at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center. Levy Abad...
Preparing the Youth for Multiple Careers
LAST June 21, 2003, the University of Asia and the Pacific celebrated another milestone in its short history. It welcomed its alumni who were celebrating the 10th anniversary of their graduation from college in 1993. These belonged to the first batch...
Public/private Partnership for the Environment
There was a time when the role of responsible businesses was to make money, pay appropriate taxes, and provide employment. Today another social dimension has been added: that of Corporate Citizen to partner with the local communities in which they...
Red Bull Optimistic on Big Man's Early Return
RED Bull hopes to complete a business left unfinished in the last PBA All-Filipino Cup. With guard Jimwell Torion back in the starting lineup, the Thunder, now carrying the name Red Bull Barako, are out to bounce back in the coming Samsung-Asian...
Restless
DUE to disquieting reports of restlessness in the military, similar stories have suddenly come to mind. In January 1986, I was sent to Manila by a Mexican news agency to cover what turned out to be the last weeks of the Marcos regime. From across the...
Roundup
LUZON NPA rebel slain in clash LEGAZPI CITY - A suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebel was killed in an encounter in Camarines Sur, a belated report reaching the police regional office here stated. Chief Supt. Jaime L. Lasar, Bicol police director,...
RP Taps New Detection Tech for EU Aquaculture Exports
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA The Philippine government is abiding by a European Unions (EU) advice for the country to monitor substances on aquaculture products believed to be harmful to human health as it ties up with Thailand on the use of detection...
Selecting Leaders by Various Means; (Editor's Note: Electing National Leaders in Democratic Countries Has Its Share of Fun and Terrible Stress.)
FILIPINO politicians experienced for the first time the American style of campaigning for an elective public office in the first decade of 1900 notably the election of provincial governors and delegates to the First National Assembly in 1907. There...
Share What You Have, God Will Multiply It
WE Filipinos like to hear about miracles. The miracle about the dancing Sto. Nino, the miracle of pregnant statue of the Virgin Mary and, lately, the miracle of al-Ghozis escape. In this Sundays (17th) gospel, we read about Jesus authentic miracle...
Solon Files Bill Punishing Drug Lords, Financiers by Beheading
IT was a surprise, and a delight also, to learn that Rep. Augusto Syjuco, who used to be an opponent of death penalty, suddenly filed House Bill No. 6185 to punish lords, operators, and financiers of dangerous drugs by beheading. The bill proposes...
Sotto Urges Tougher Law vs Prisoners' Escape
Senate Minority Leader Vicente C. Sotto III yesterday urged immediate action on Senate Bill No. 1623, which he authored, under Committee Report No. 88, increasing the penalties for infidelity in the custody of prisoners, amending articles 223 and 224...
Special Registration for ARMM Voters
Byline: E. T. SUAREZ The Commission on Elections has authorized voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) who cannot go home for the July 25-30, 2003, general registration of voters in the ARMM to register in the city or municipality...
Supreme Court Upholds Decision in Wealth Case
Byline: REY G. PANALIGAN The Supreme Court has upheld a 1998 Malacanang decision that ordered the dismissal of Director Edillo Montemayor of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for unexplained wealth. In a decision written by Justice...
Taxis to Go Tourist Class
Byline: LYNDA VALENCIA By 2004, all passenger taxis in Metro Manila would be sporting a new look and would be issuing receipts to passengers. Just recently, the Worry-Free on Wheels Safe T project that would require all taxi cabs in Metro Manila...
T-Bill Yields Fall Further, 91-Day Fetches 5.168%
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL Treasury Bill (T-bills) rates fell further across-all-tenors yesterday with the bellwether 91-day settling down at a weighted average rate of 5.168 percent from 5.330 percent previously against the backdrop of a lower-than-programmed...
The Arab Republic of Egypt Celebrates Its 51st Anniversary
THE Arab Republic of Egypt celebrates today the 51st anniversary of a bloodless uprising that overthrew a century-old monarchy in Egypt. The revolution opened the doors to social and economic reforms in the country. The nationalist government that...
The Chivalry of a Select Breed of Columnists
WE were not really close, Malaya Columnist Rod Dula and I, having had just a few chats at some lunches and dinners. I know him through his columns, each of them a showcase of elegance, urbanity, good taste and the mind of one who benefited from...
The Empty Tomb
John 20:1-2, 11-18 ON the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved,...
'The Lizzie McGuire Movie' and 'Jackass the Movie'
WE ARE REVIEWING two movies that both started as TV shows: The Lizzie McGuire Movie and Jackass The Movie: For the past two years, the most popular sitcom on the Disney Channel is Lizzie McGuire, starring Hilary Duff, whos supposed to be only 15 years...
TRM Reviews MFN Tariffs to Slow Down Liberalization
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT The Cabinet-level Tariff and Related Matters (TRM) committee is conducting a comprehensive review on the country's most-favored nation (MFN) tariff lines paving the way for a possible slowing down of the country's...
We Don't Owe PBA a Cent, Firm Insists
Byline: edgard hilario BEAM TOOTHPASTE does not owe the PBA a single cent. That was how Nelson Macaraig, a marketing agent who negotiates in behalf of Beam for its product signages in both the Philsports Arena and Araneta Coliseum, reacted to...