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 September 24, 2004

133 Davao City Barangay Heads Buck 'War Exercises'
Byline: GIL M. ABARICO DAVAO CITY One-hundred-thirty three barangay captains in this city have agreed among themselves that the presence of foreign military troops, especially from the United States, would only serve to provoke unrest and tension...
7-Pronged Strategy Set to Cut Down NPC's Costs
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO Anticipating that state-owned National Power Corporation (NPC) would be posting cash deficit of $1.8 billion this year sans stop-gap measures, energy officials have been prompted to draw up a sevenpronged approach to cut...
A Book on Col. Antonino R. Buenaventura
TS about time! I thought, when I first heard that a book had been written about the good and gentle soul that was the late National Artist for Music Col. Antonino Buenaventura. An army man, he was better known as a man of music, a composer and conductor....
Across the City
Shot in the mouth A 29-year-old man is now fighting for his life after a man he allegedly mauled earlier shot him in the mouth in Valenzuela City. Police said the victim, Edgar Villegas, of Brgy. Balubaran, was standing near his residence when...
Another 'Bold' Move for Jay-R
The first question that formed in our head, after having that opportunity to sit down with R&B singer Jay-R, conveniently being called the Prince of R&B, is only about his image of being this sexy male singer. A question that turned out...
Archers Stun Tamaraws
Byline: nick giongco LA SALLE SHOWED what preparation and a bit of scouting can do. In a performance that was shocking only to the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, the Green Archers pulled off a mind-blowing 58-51 victory in Game 1 of their UAAP...
Around the Nation
Division to benefit Quezon GUMACA, Quezon Equal share in progress and effective management will be the result of the division of the province of Quezon into two, House Bill (HB) 2862 sponsored by Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Erin Tanada III and co-authored...
Baguio: RP's Ultimate Destination
Byline: LYNDA B. VALENCIA BAGUIO CITY (PNA) This city, no doubt has remained a favorite summer place among travelers, seasoned or not. It is due primarily to the invigorating climate and perhaps, too, the congenial feeling it breeds among the...
Beat the Odds
(Speech of President GLORIA M. ARROYO at the Legislative Agenda Planning Workshop at the Conference of the House of Representatives, 10th Floor Diosdado Macapagal Hall, Bank Plaza, Malate, Manila, September 23, 2004.) Thank you very much Speaker...
BFP Seeking to Amend RP's Fire Code
Byline: ELENA L. ABEN The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is seeking to amend the Presidential Decree 1185, otherwise known as the Fire Code of the Philippines (FCP), which was enacted in 1977, in a bid to update and strengthen the law and at the...
BIR Chief to Reg'l Officers: Identify Erring Personnel in Gov't Offices
Byline: JUN RAMIREZ Commissioner Guillermo Parayno Jr. of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has instructed all his 19 regional directors to identify the erring personnel in government offices and government-owned enterprises whose failure to...
Briton Wanted in US, Canada Falls
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported yesterday the arrest of a British who is wanted for a string of criminal cases in several countries, including the United States and Canada. Immigration Commissioner Alipio Fernandez Jr. identified the Briton...
BSP Favors 60% Foreign Loans in Borrowing Ratio for 2005
Byline: LEE C.CHIPONGIAN The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is pushing for a borrowing mix of 60-40 in favor of foreign in 2005 to pay for maturing dollar-denominated obligations. The Department of Finance, however, is fully intending to implement...
Chinese Roots
AS part of the Cagayan de Oro Chamber delegation to the yearly China Fair for International Investment and Trade (CIFIT) in Xiamen, I was also curious to look into my Chinese roots. All I know is that my great grandfather went back to China around...
Coalition against Corruption
GETTING the endorsement of Ms. Corazon C. Aquino, an icon of honesty, is an inspired move, but thats precisely whats doubtful about the seriousness of the Coalition against Corruption. Ms. Aquino has no reason to doubt the coalitions privileged...
Current Account Surplus Rises to $1.9 B in First Semester
The countrys current account yielded a surplus of $1.9 billion in the first half of the year, more than double the surplus of $782 million in the same period last year, due to increased exports, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said yesterday. ...
Debt Stock Programmed at P3.960 T for 2005
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN The National Government has programmed for next year a debt stock of R3.960 trillion or 77.3 percent of gross domestic product. These are divided into foreign and domestic borrowings, mainly from bond issues and Treasury...
DepEd Encourages Parents to Let Poor Performing Kids Attend 'Bridge' Program
Byline: TONY PE. RIMANDO PASIG CITY Parents of public high school first year students who have been found academically weak in the major subjects of English, Science, and Mathematics have been strongly encouraged by the Department of Education...
DepEd Seeks to Curb Drug Problem in HS
Byline: TONY PE. RIMANDO PASIG CITY That many parents have been alarmed by the worsening problem of drug addiction among public and private high school students especially in Metro Manila and other urban and semi-urban areas has been well-noted...
Donguines Joins Leaders; National Chess Championships
TAGAYTAY CITY FIDE Master Fernie Donguines streaked to his fourth straight win to gain a piece of the lead after eight rounds yesterday in the National Chess Championships at the Tagaytay International Convention Center here. After stopping the...
Economics to Live by; Beauty and the Beast
Byline: Dante Sy Do looks matter in the realm of productivity or performance? Is beauty only skin deep? Is beauty relevant only to certain occupations? These are some of the questions that usually pop up whenever connoisseurs of beauty or disciples...
EPIRA Changes Eyed to Speed Up Open Access
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The Department of Energy (DoE) is backing the proposal of the Senate to amend the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) so it can accelerate the implementation of open access; primarily to large-ticket electricity end-users,...
Family Affair in Pure Instinct
Byline: JOJO P. PANALIGAN Recently, Star Records in cooperation with Ratsky, released Gig Sounds, a compilation album that features (among others) Pure Instinct. Composed of members from the same Bautista family tree, they are proving that blood,...
Garment Trade Can Play Bigger Role in Economy
Byline: Bernardino Ronquillo The Philippine garment industry today is playing a big role in the national economy, being the second largest dollar earner and very likely the top employer of Filipino labor. Its potential as a foreign exchange producer...
GMA Backs 12-Pt JdV Dev't Plan; Centering on Mining, Reclamation, Tourism, Housing
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO NEDA told to adopt plan to create wealth President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday endorsed before legislators, United Nations representatives, and civic and business leaders House Speaker Jose de Venecias 12-point...
GOCC Execs Who Refuse Salary Cuts May Go - GMA
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING Executives of government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) who could not stand frugal paychecks should no longer wait for their pink slips from President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The President yesterday blatantly...
Ilocos, Pampanga Fives Confident
TWO NORTH Luzon teams the Ilocos Sur Snipers and the Harbour Centre Pampanga are banking on their experienced lineup and pre-season preparations for a strong show in the 1st United Regional Basketball League kicking off tomorrow at the New Cebu City...
Investments in Undersea Cable Facilities Flowing to Asia
Byline: LILIAN KARUNUNGAN SINGAPORE, Sept. 23 (Reuters) Asia is poised for explosive growth in undersea cable investments on the back of an economic boom in China and India, but overcapacity could spawn a wave of consolidation, industry officials...
Jordan Snubs PBA Invitation
PBA Commissioner Noli Eala initially wanted to have an NBA cager grace the opening of the 2004 PBA season as special guest. Losing no time, Noli grabbed the opportunity by sending a letter invitation through sports columnist and broadcaster Quinito...
Justice Dep't to Review Citizenship of Fil-Ams
Byline: eddie alinea PRODDED BY the Senate and urged by homegrown players to take action, the Department of Justice finally set into motion the machinery to review the citizenship papers of several Fil-Americans playing in the PBA who were earlier...
Mandaluyong VM Cruz Named Acting Mayor; in Absence of Gonzales Who Is Leaving for US
Byline: MONICA T. MACARIOLA Mandaluyong City Vice Mayor Jesus Cruz will assume office as acting mayor during the temporary absence of Mayor Neptali Gonzales II for two weeks due to his official trip to California, USA. Gonzales and Rene Sta....
MAPECON Breaks into China Market
Leading pest control company MAPECON Philippines, Inc. has broken into the huge China market. A 100-percent Filipino corporation founded more than 42 years ago by a now multi-awarded Filipino inventor and entrepreneur Gonzalo Catan Jr. MAPECON is...
Metro-Go-Round
First Beauty and Wellness Business Expo opens today The most anticipated three-day business expo of the year the first-ever Beauty and Wellness Business Expo 2004 (BWExpo) opens today at the Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Conceptualized...
MMDA Bats for Concrete Blocking of EDSA
Byline: CHITO A. CHAVEZ Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando insists concrete blocking for Epifanio de los Santos Ave. (EDSA) or nothing. Taking the unpopular stance for the umpteenth time, Fernando dared...
My Lolo Miguel's Vision of Batangas
Byline: Bernardo M Villegas THIS coming September 27, 2004, the province of Batangas and especially the town of Sto. Tomas, Batangas, will celebrate the birth anniversary of General Miguel Malvar, my maternal grandfather. Lolo Miguel was famous...
New Wealth for RP
(These remarks were delivered by House Speaker JOSE DE VENECIA JR., at the presentation of the Speakers 12-point program to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday.) IN the midst of a major financial crisis, allow me to propose in bold strokes...
Nine NPA Rebels Die in Clash with Troops in ComVal; Big Battle Rages in Pantukan Town
Byline: MIKE U. CRISMUNDO PANTUKAN, Compostela Valley (ComVal) Nine New Peoples Army (NPA) rebels were killed and four other insurgents and a government soldier were wounded when elements of an Infantry Battalion of the Armys 404th Infantry Brigade...
No Deportation Yet for Fil-Ams - BI Chief
ASI TAULAVA and his group can relax. At least for now. Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Alipio Fernandez, whose agency initiates deportation proceedings against undesirable aliens, said yesterday the BI has no intention of arresting and deporting...
No Revelations from Erik Santos
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI Star in a Million grand champion Erik Santos is not a magician. He has no secrets to keep or anything to reveal about himself. This is what he has assured his friends from the media during his press conference held at Red...
No to Survival Mode
Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Charlotte Whitton IT is unfortunate that there is a tendency, wittingly or unwittingly, to lead the nation towards a pessimistic survival mode by the "misfocusing"...
Police Visibility
Byline: Elinando B Cinco IT is still the old and reliable patrolya when policemen pound the beat that is the most effective method of discouraging persons from committing a crime. In law enforcement parlance, this is called police visibility....
P/$ Rate Closes at P56.36
The peso closed lower at P56.36 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P56.32 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P56.367 from P56.322. Total volume amounted...
Rachel Alejandro, Confident of Her Stature
Despite the many talents whore much younger and maybe prettier whore making their presence felt in the local music industry these days, Rachel Alejandro doesnt feel threatened at all. She welcomes competition, she said. In this business, Ive seen...
Ramos Defends Smokey Mountain Project at Senate
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN Former President Fidel V. Ramos, appearing for the second time in six years before the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, yesterday defended the legality of the controversial R3.1 billion Smokey Mountain Development and Reclamation...
Romulo to UN: RP Has Big Stake in Global Peace; RP Has Big Stake in Global Peace, Romulo Tells UN
UNITED NATIONS, New York Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo said yesterday that the Philippines has a stake in helping build global peace and thus ensure the safety and welfare of over 7 million overseas Filipinos, many of whom are exposed...
Roundup
LUZON Lighted cigarette caused fire? IMUS, Cavite Arson investigators said yesterday that a lighted cigarette accidentally dropped at a bundle of clothing materials might have kindled the fire that destroyed a multi-million-peso textile factory...
RP Beauty Queen Slated to Compete in 2004 Miss Int'l; Folk Wish Her Luck
Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI The Philippines will once more prove its worth and play the game internationally as Bb. Pilipinas- 1st runner up Margaret Ann Bayot represents the country in the upcoming Miss International pageant to be held in Beijing,...
Scrutinizing the Budget for Hidden Pork; Merry-Go-Round
Byline: FLORO L. MERCENE STRONG Republic is reduced to begging for bailout money from its citizens. Finance Chief says its not really in fiscal crisis. Just malingering. *** RP can very well pay for all those huge debts, according to the purse...
Shorter Gov't Working Hours to Save Costs Cited
Byline: JUN RAMIREZ A Metro Manila revenue district officer proposed yesterday a change in the work schedule of government employees in Metro Manila in order to solve the traffic problem and save on electric bills. The Bureau of Internal Revenue...
Solons Ask Female Escort to Name Clients
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA Saying that Congress cannot afford another scandal, lawmakers asked starlet and confessed female escort Janine Roque yesterday to name the congressman and senator who she claimed were among her clients so they will be castigated...
Solon Urges IBP to Render Free Legal Services to WPD, Manila vs Starlets
Pampanga Rep. Francis L. Nepomuceno urged yesterday the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to provide free legal services to the Western Police District and the city of Manila on the cases against nine starlets or the group called D Bodies and...
Some like It Jazz
Youd be amazed how many people go for jazz music and this crosses generations. You may prefer a certain brand of jazz, more on the blues perhaps, while younger folks may go for a hotter version of it. So when the Chicago Jazz Quartet blew into town,...
Sun Cellular Intensifies Network Coverage Expansion in Luzon
Consistent with its goal of providing enhanced network coverage to its growing number of subscribers in Luzon, Sun Cellular recently embarked on a major network expansion in the region, providing network presence in many localities in the area. ...
Television's Best at the 1st Golden Screen (Entertainment TV) Awards
The Entertainment Press Society , Inc. or ENPRESS will be holding its 1st Golden Screen (Entertainment TV) Awards on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at the AFP Theater. The awards night will be hosted by Concert King and remarkable TV host Martin Nieverra, who...
The Parable of the Naked Farmer
ALL his life, the farmer had firmly objected to any form of formalities and social obligations. In this regard, he was a complete non-conformist. He did not care for what people said and actually enjoyed doing things against accepted norms and tradition....
United Nations General Assembly 59th Session
THE General Assembly is the main deliberative organ of the United Nations. It is composed of representatives of all Member States, each of which has one vote. Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, admission of new members,...
Young Marine in Oakwood Mutiny Surrenders
The young Magdalo officer who escaped from his detention cell in Fort Bonifacio, Makati City surrendered yesterday afternoon after two days of hiding. Marine 2nd Lt. Junnibert Tubo, one of 300 soldiers under detention for the failed July 27 Oakwood...