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 12, 2005

5,000 Troops Ring Abu, MNLF Forces in Sulu; 70 Now Dead, Including 25 Gov't Soldiers
Byline: MIKE U. CRISMUNDO Some 5,000 troops backed by attack planes and gunship helicopters ringed the two groups of fully-armed fighters holed up in a mountain hideout in Southern Philippines as an estimated 70 fatalities were already reported,...
Across-the-City
Security guard nabbed A security guard was arrested Thursday night by the Western Police District (WPD) for allegedly poking his gun at a police officer after an argument over a parking space in front of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Church in Ermita,...
ADB Needs to Change for Region's Needs
Byline: KARL WILSON The Asian Development Bank needs to change and be more flexible if it is to satisfy the diverse needs of its members, according to its new president Haruhiko Kuroda. While incredible progress has been made in the Asia Pacific...
Angel Thought for the Day
For lovers this Valentine weekend, contemplate this immortal sonnet from a Master, William Shakespeare "Shall I compare thee to a summers day Thou are more lovely and more temperate ; Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summers...
Another Shabu Lab Uncovered
Byline: WILLIE L. CATAPAT A tip from a warehouse owner who became suspicious of activities in the bodega he rented out led yesterday to the discovery of another shabu laboratory in Valenzuela City. Combined forces of the National Bureau of Investigation...
Around the Nation
Agribiz projects to boost jobs in Quezon UNISAN, Quezon- Local officials of the Bondoc Peninsula, led by Rep. Danilo E. Suarez (3rd district, Quezon), thanked the government for the assurance that thousand jobs would be created for people in the...
Backstage with 'Queens on Fire'; Diff'rent Strokes, Diff'rent Folks
Byline: ANTONETTE R. VALDEZ Clad in white T-shirt under her designer label Pipay, loose black pants and a pair of Puma sneakers, Pops Fernandez reaches out for her cup of tea as she asks Director Rowell Santiago who stands beside her, "Can I start...
Barangay Ginebra Reigns; Kings Clinch Philippine Cup with 96-86 Win over Talk 'N Text
Byline: tito talao ERIC MENK, pouring 39 points in the championship game last night, crowned himself king of the Ginebra Kings. Menk, who grabbed 19 rebounds, had 15 points in the fourth quarter when the Kings stomped down every uprising of the...
Calamity on Calamity
THE governments reaction to natural calamity may also lead to man-made calamity. This is how the Philippine Wood Producers Association sees the governments suspension of legitimate logging operations that has been in force for two months. The Association...
Commercializing Responsible Journalism
AT the last Media Nation Summit 2, similar concerns aired during previous summits and workshops were raised excessive commercialism and the need to balance commercial reality (what the public wants) with responsible journalism. The summit primarily...
DA Expands Corn Planting to 25,585 More Hectares
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA The Department of Agriculture (DA) will expand corn planting on new land totaling to 25,585 hectares and will tie up through contract-growing with corn users San Miguel Corp. and Cargill Philippines so as to sustain high...
DBP Earmarks P4.2 B for Hydro-Power Projects
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has earmarked at least P4.2 billion to finance hydropower projects in Mindanao in partnership with the private sector. "For the power sector, we have already approved P2.43 billion,...
DFA Readies Plan for 50,000 Filipinos in North Korea
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo has readied the contingency plan of the Philippine embassy in South Korea for the 50,000 Filipinos in that country in preparation for possible pre-emptive strikes against North Korea,...
DoE Seeks Oil Price Hike Justification
The Department of Energy (DoE) will be concluding talks with the oil companies this week on their justification for their recent pump price adjustments over the weekend. Energy Secretary Vincent S. Perez noted that he just completed consultation...
Endless Graft Chain
Byline: Romeo V Pefianco (Editors note: Anti-graft cases at Customs, DPWH and AFP are the subject of simultaneous inquiries noted in this article.) LAST month the Ombudsman recommended the suspension of two small employees at the Customs bureau...
Export Action Line; A Pinoy Inventor's Sentiment
Byline: Nelly Favis-Villafuerte I have been featuring Pinoy inventors in this column now and then for the past fifteen (15) years. It is a sincere gesture on my part to show my support for Filipino inventors. Im proud of them. All Filipinos should...
Hotels, Resorts Celebrate Valentine's
Aside from the holiday season, Valentines Day is the busiest season for hotels and resorts all over the country. To cater to the thousands of couples and families who are expected to celebrate this Day of Hearts, various hotels have come up with...
In Marikina, There Are 'Walking Encyclopedias'
Byline: ANNA LIZA T. VILLAS Operation: Zero robbery/holdup incidents lessen street crimes. But aside from maintaining the peace and order condition of the city, Marikina police will soon be walking (city) encyclopedias. These were revealed by...
Is G Tongi Pregnant?
GUESS WHO? this young and pretty newscaster, who doesnt seem to know how to establish her own identity and style. We noticed she has been doing a not-so-good job delivering the news with her eyebrows curled as if in anger. She might have been copying...
Leo's Musical Journey Continues
Byline: SHIRLEY MATIAS PIZARRO When we think of Filipino actors, aside of course from Ms. Lea Salonga, who have contributed greatly to the countrys pride in the international theater circuit, Leo Valdez would easily come to mind. By virtue of...
List of New Deck Officers
CHIEF MARINE ENGINEER ABAD, ROMULO CERVANTES ABUYO, LUIS VILLAFRANCA ACAS, PRISCILIANO RANAN ACHAS, MARGARITO ALVARADO AGAN, MANUEL SUAN ALENTAJAN, MARIO NEBRES ANDRADE, DAVID TEMPLORA ANGCANAN, AVELINO JR ZAPANTA BATILO,...
MARKET TRACK; Stocks Unfazed by Unsettling Events
Byline: VILLY VITAL The market continued to draw strength from corporate developments and earnings reports as it shrugged off negative news, the latest of which was the heavy fighting in Sulu between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and followers...
Melanie Marquez out to Promote the Country in Mrs. World Pageant
When she leaves for India today to participate in the Mrs. World beauty pageant, Melanie Marquez wont be promoting herself but the country, she said. "Im not going there to win, and glorify myself, but to promote our country. After all, I dont have...
Metro-Go-Round
Tulfo at UE lecture-forum Broadcast and print journalist Erwin T. Tulfo will be the guest speaker at a lecture-forum on Media Harassment and Press Freedom that the Department of Communications of the University of the Easts College of Arts and Sciences...
Metro Tops Country's Enrollment in Public HS
Byline: TONY PE. RIMANDO PASIG CITY Metro Manila, considered the countrys educational center, registered the highest number of enrollement in public high schools among the countrys 17 regions, a recent statistical report of the Department of Education...
More Is Asked of Each of Us
ONE look at the situation of our country and we would be brought at least close to tears, if not into a series of loud lamentations. But we wont accomplish much by crying or wailing out loud. Rather, accomplishments real and solid can come mainly...
NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closes at P54.79 to $1
The peso rate closed higher at P54.79 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P54.88 the previous day. The weighted average rate appreciated to P54.768 from P55.176. Total volume...
No Vision, No Change
Byline: Senator EDGARDO J. ANGARA Turno En Contra Speech by SENATOR EDGARDO J. ANGARA on the Proposed 2005 Budget) (A NATIONAL government budget must be, above all things, an instrument of change for the Filipino. The process of creating the...
Pacquiao Ranked No. 3 by WBC
THE Mexico-based World Boxing Council (WBC) has rated Manny Pacquiao as its No. 3 contender in the super-featherweight division following the release of its latest rankings. Eight other Filipinos were listed in the January 2005 rankings released...
Palace Commits P8 Billion to Pay Human Rights Victims
Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI Determined to indemnify the human rights victims of Marcos regime, President Arroyo assured that R8 billion has been set aside from the escrow account as she expressed hope that she could sign the Compensation Bill within...
PIATCo, Which Initiated NAIA3 Construction, Official Posts Bail in Criminal Cases
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA Henry T. Go, former chairman and president of the Philippine International Air Terminal Co., Inc. (PIATCo) which constructed the world-class Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 under the Build-Operate-Transfer...
Pimentel & Lim Defend Appointment of Ebdane at DPWH
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. and fellow opposition Sen. Alfredo S. Lim welcomed yesterday the appointment of former national security adviser Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. as Department of Public Works and Highways...
PLDT Launches New NDD Rate
Byline: EMMIE V. ABADILLA After losing an average of 85,000 subscribers in the past 4 years to cellular phones, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is trying to reverse the trend via a promotional flat rate of R10 for national direct...
Proms & Field Trips
Byline: Willie N Ng MY friend shed a tear over a little drama she witnessed just two days ago in the ladies room of a restaurant where a high school prom was held. A girl was telling her mother that she did not want to attend the prom because...
Pucay, Roy Zoom Ahead in Pro-Am
SILANG, Cavite Mars Pucay and Jose Roy III came up with a 73 yesterday to become the third team in three days to lead the Konica Minolta ProAm golf championship. And for the third time in as many days, Pucay, the best pro to come from the Cordilleras,...
Romancing with Silver
Byline: LAI SUAREZREYES Fine jewelry is like Jaqui Dayrit-Bonans second skin. The eldest daughter of the late Vincent Ting Dayrit and Mila Dayrit of Miladay Jewels, Jaqui grew up with pieces of jewelry as her toys. While other kids played...
Roundup
LUZON Hot lumber seized in Albay LEGAZPI CITY Some 250 narra flitches were seized the other day by policemen and Army soldiers in barangay Mayong, Tiwi, Albay, a belated police report stated. In the report sent to Albay police director Senior...
RP, Indonesia Delisted by FATF; GMA Hails Removal from Anti-Laundering Watchlist
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN Special courts for fund offenses gain recognition The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF), recognizing the Philippines progress in its anti-money laundering efforts, has de-listed the country from its list...
RP Seen to Lose $3 B under Japan's New Law
Byline: ROS STA. CRUZ The Philippines stands to lose US$1billion annually, or a total of US$3 billion in remittances from its overseas performing artists (OPAs), and will have to reckon with over a half million entertainers and their families to...
SMC Nets P8 B in 2004, Up 10%
Byline: JAMES A. LOYOLA Food and beverage giant SanMiguel Corporation (SMC) achieved strong results last year with itsconsolidated net income growing 10 percent to P8.08 billion. The firm said its consolidated operating income increased more...
So Far, So Good at PSC
Byline: eddie alinea Philippine Sports Commission officer-in-charge Butch Ramirez disclosed yesterday that the five-point instructions President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo directed him to accomplish this early had been set in motion after only a month...
Tagaytay Celebrates Fiesta with 'Pista Ng Pag-Ibig'
Byline: NESTOR CUARTERO TAGAYTAY City - This tourist city, through the initiative of its mayor, Abraham "Bambol" N. Tolentino, will mark its annual celebration of Thanksgiving Day, now dubbed as "Pista ng Pag-ibig 2005 Akyat Na Tayo sa Tagaytay,"...
Temptations Come Disguised as Good
A TEACHER in religion once related how he elicited the obedience of his elementary kids. He composed a playlet wherein he acted as the devil. Wearing a fiery red costume with horns and tail, he urged the kids with his fire-and-brimstone voice to do...
TESDA to Assist Youths in Career Guidance
Byline: MADEL RAMOSO SABATER Starting this year, junior high school students, out of school youths (OSYs) and other people who are still seeking for employment will be assisted by the government in career guidance through the Youth Profile for Starring...
The Call of Levi; Luke 5:27-32
JESUS saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, "Follow Me." And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed Him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for Him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others...
The Parable of the Carabao Egg
THE farmers carabao died of an undetermined illness. In the barrio this was considered a major catastrophe. For the farmer was then practically crippled in his rice farming specifically in the plowing and harrowing of the fields. The farmer sadly...
Trouble Brewing at Philsoc
Byline: nick giongco TROUBLE is brewing at the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Philsoc) backyard. In the red corner is Peping Cojuangco, the Philsoc vice-chairman and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president, while...
Unforgettable Heartaches
Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ One of the factors that saves a person from mediocre existence are the heartaches he goes through in life. Heartaches help shape individuals for the better and celebrities are not exempted from this reality of loving and...
US Admiral Lauds RP's Defense Program
THE conferment by Malacanang of the Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of Commander on Admiral Thomas Fargo, Chief of the United States Pacific Command, constitutes an appropriate tribute to the deep concerns of both countries for free, peaceful,...
Vanessa del Bianco Won't Talk about John Estrada
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI Vanessa del Bianco was as freshlooking as the food in Oyster Boy, the restaurant co-owned by "Star Dances" host Marvin Agustin, when she showed up for the presscon of the show. She was expected to be a well from which showbiz...