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 21, 2010

12% VAT on Toll Starts August 16
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) announced on Wednesday it will collect the 12-percent VAT from motorists using tollway facilities like the North and South Expressways starting August 16.In Memorandum Circular No. 63-2010 signed by BIR Commissioner...
15-Day Deadline Proposed to Capture Yusoph Kidnappers
Political leaders in Lanao del Sur Wednesday dared police and military authorities to agree to a 15-day self-imposed ultimatum in capturing the persons behind the kidnapping of Nuraldin Yusoph, son of Comelec Commissioner Elias Yusoph. Led by former...
ALI to Build Boutique Hotel at the Fort
Ayala Land Inc. is planning to build the first in its planned nationwide chain of boutique hotels in Bonifacio Global City, right in front of its latest triple-A The West Tower condominium at One Serendra. In response to questions during a press...
Allowing Mikey to Represent Guards 'Shameful' - Cruz
Archbishop Emeritus of Lingayen-Dagupan Oscar Cruz Wednesday described the Commission on Election's (Comelec) decision to allow former Pampanga Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo to take seat in Congress as nominee of the party-list representing tricycle drivers...
Apple Posts Big Quarter on iPad, iPhone, Mac Sales
SAN FRANCISCO, July 20, 2010 (AFP) - Strong debuts for the iPad tablet computer and the new iPhone powered gadget maker Apple to a record quarter which blew past the expectations of Wall Street analysts.The Cupertino, California-based company said...
A Winning Test for Solar Power
There has been much discussion about just how effective and cost-efficient solar power, harnessing energy from the sun, really is. After all, sunshine is intermittent and can't be relied on for more than 12 hours a day. Although solar power is known...
Baltic Index Rises; Cargo Demand Still Sluggish
LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) - The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates to ship dry commodities, rose on Tuesday with light cargo activity boosting sentiment, but overall demand from China remained sluggish. The index, which...
Banks' Real Lending Rate on Rising Trend
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said the Philippines' real lending rate increased to 3.2 percent from 2.8 percent at the end of June as inflation continued its downward path while prime rate was on the rise. The real lending rate, which was...
BSP Borrowed $2.2 Billion as Back-Up Reserves
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) borrowed $2.2 billion for liquidity purposes, mainly to stock up on the country's international reserves. Documents from the BSP International Operations Department showed that the central bank has repaid the...
Bye-Bye Batteries
Matt Reynolds, an assistant professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at Duke University, wears other hats, too - including that of co-founder of two companies. These days, his interest is in a real hat now in prototype: a hard...
Camella at Dos Rios Celebrates the Colors of Life
Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc., the country's largest home builder, celebrated the launch of Camella at Dos Rios with a Latin vibe - treating guests and partners to an afternoon of vibrant colors and rhythmic music. The event, which was hosted by...
Center Promotes Environment-Friendly Meeting, Confab Packages
Every one of us has a responsibility when it comes to safeguarding the welfare of the environment. As primary users of the earth's resources, we leave long-lasting, if not permanent, damages through our practices and habits, even if they are sometimes...
Charice's Rep Says Botox Issue Got 'Blown out of Proportion'
Charice has hogged headlines anew after she underwent Botox and thermage procedures recently in preparation for her stint on "Glee." Her representative, however, is not happy with the mileage, telling E! Online that the matter got "blown out of...
Cleveland Fans Dumping LeBron Gear
CLEVELAND (AP) - They're taking the jerseys off their backs for LeBron James. Then tossing them away - for a good cause.Stung by the NBA superstar's decision to leave Cleveland and play for Miami, Cavaliers fans have been unloading their unwanted No....
Court Acquits Tricycle Driver of Drug Charges
A Pasig City Regional Trial Court has acquitted a tricycle driver of drug charges leveled against him after the prosecution panel failed to prove in court that he was guilty beyond reasonable doubt. In a six-page decision by Pasig City RTC Branch...
Court Orders Arraignment of 6 Cops Linked to Maguindanao Massacre
A Quezon City court has ordered the arraignment of six police officers who were allegedly involved in the Maguindanao massacre after finding probable cause to include them for being part of a conspiracy to commit the crime. In a five-page omnibus...
Cycling Officials May Seed 2 'Non-Qualifiers'
Philippine cycling officials are planning to seed two players who did not compete in the qualifing races to the national team to the Asian Games.Cycling officials are reportedly considering automatically putting Alfie Catalan and US-based Fil-American...
DA Secretary at Harvest Fest
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala got a rousing welcome at the three-day AANI Harvest Festival held at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on July 16 to 18. Farmers coming from various parts of Luzon practically mobbed him, each group wanting...
DILG, CCC Battle Global Warming
In an effort to effectively address and promote climate change mitigation and adaptation, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) will be forging an agreement with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to advocate climate measures in all...
DMIA Ready for Diverted Flights
CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga--Transportation and Communication Secretary Jose De Jesus has ordered Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Victor Jose Luciano to utilize the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) to accommodate...
Dogs and Cats Have a Voice under New Massachusetts Law
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts on Wednesday will become the first state to ban the surgery that devocalizes dogs and cats, which many animal rights advocates see as a cruel and unnecessary procedure. Under the new law, anyone in the state who...
EU Appeals against WTO Ruling on Airbus Subsidies
GENEVA, July 21, 2010 (AFP) - The European Union said it would file an appeal on Wednesday against the World Trade Organisation's ruling on a US complaint that some state support for aerospace giant Airbus are illegal."The EU will lodge its appeal...
Filinvest Garners Gold in Trusted Brand Awards
Filinvest, one of the leading property developers in the country, took the Gold Trusted Brand under the category of property developer award from Reader's Digest. The award reflects the Filipino consumer's trust on the Filinvest name. "We are elated...
Filipina Maid Inherits Millions from Singaporean Employer
SINGAPORE (AFP) - A Filipina maid inherited 6 million Singapore dollars ($4.3 million) from her late employer after more than 20 years of service, a newspaper report said Wednesday."I am the luckiest maid in Singapore, with or without the money," the...
Gatdula: NBI Needs Resources, Training to Meet World Standards
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) director lawyer Magtanggol Gatdula admits the bureau is not at par with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the US and top law enforcement agencies in other countries due to lack of resources. Gatdula,...
Gilas Needs Upgrade - Rajko Toroman
TAIPEI - After another disappointing campaign, Smart-Gilas mentor Rajko Toroman said that he's not only eyeing Kelly Williams but is also hoping to add at least two more PBA players to reinforce the national team's roster for the Guangzhou Asian Games...
Governance Scorecard: The Stakeholder Support
Under the first perspective of "stakeholder support," the Philippine Army (PA) has set forth two strategic priorities. These are: "To engage and partner with key stakeholders" and "to develop and communicate a brand image consistent with the Army's...
Gov't P11-Million Aid Benefits 3,654 Households in Lanao Norte Town
TUBOD, Lanao del Norte - Household beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps in a Northern Mindanao town on Tuesday received P11.5 million cash benefits from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), it was learned...
IMF Sees RP Growth at 6% in 2010 and 4.5% in 2011 amid Low Inflation
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees the economy growing by 6.0 percent this year and 4.5 percent in 2011, adjusting higher previous forecasts on expectations that inflation will remain stable at low levels and external accounts will continue...
Inventory of LGU's Needs, Problems Urged
The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) has exhorted local government units (LGU's) to be efficient in the delivery of the basic services to their constituents as he urged an inventory of the needs and problems of the local government units under...
James Marsden, Chris O'Donnell Together in 'Cats & Dogs 2'
Warner Bros. presents James Marsden (The "X-Men" trilogy) and Chris O'Donnell ("Batman and Robin") in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," a comedy in 3D that blends live action with state-of-the-art puppetry and computer animation. In...
Lindsay Lohan Begins Jail Term, Sentence Shrinks to 14 Days
BEVERLY HILLS, California, July 20, 2010 (AFP) - Lindsay Lohan began her 90-day jail term Tuesday, but the troubled Hollywood starlet's sentence was quickly slashed to 14 days, police said.An "extremely cooperative" Lohan was booked into Lynwood correctional...
Loren: Malunggay Can Be Solution to Our Problems
Seeing the importance of malunggay, Senator Loren Legarda pushed for the production, processing, marketing, and distribution of the plant in all suitable areas of the country to maximize the benefits of the exceptionally nutritious and productive but...
LTFRB Waives Fees from Franchise Applicants
The IT provider of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will no longer collect the highly questioned interconnectivity fee from operators for public utility vehicles (PUVs) but the...
Makati Probes Condo Gas Leak
The Makati city government has stepped in to investigate the worsening situation of a gasoline leak discovered at a pipeline inside the basement of a 22-story condominium building in the city which aroused fear among the tenants, forcing them to vacate...
Mitigating Nature's Fury
The dire consequences in the aftermath of the storms and typhoons that hit the country year in and year out are probably the most devastating effects of the government's inadequacy to provide means to mitigate nature's fury. The recent typhoon "Basyang,"...
NCIP Vows to Empower IPs
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) - The Region 10 office here of the National Commission on the Indigenous Peoples (NCIP 10) Wednesday disclosed that strengthening the tribal councils will always remain its top priority in Northern Mindanao. Thus stressed...
NGCP Disallows Pass-On Cost to Consumers
Although it can lean on the pretext of "force majeure" when natural calamities strike, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) indicated that National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) cannot just simply pass-on to consumers the costs which...
No Water Shortage - Palace
Malacanang said on Wednesday there's no need to declare a state of calamity in Metro Manila amid the dwindling water supply as the situation has not reached crisis level."There is no anticipation of emergency right now. We are not even looking at that....
Online Vultures
I have been a regular browser of craigslist.org as far back as 2001, way before the online ads site became notorious for those sex-solicitation advertisements and a related murder or two. Today, several attorneys general in the United States are circling...
Opening a Whole New World of Colors Right at Your Desktop
Both professionals and serious home users turn to Samsung Premium Monitors, like the impressive PX2370-a remarkable piece of equipment with an extraordinary 23-inch wide LCD monitor with LED backlighting. The PX2370 is only one of the new exciting...
'Pacto' Takes 1-Shot Lead in Bukidnon Tilt
BUKIDNON - Robert Pactolerin flashed vintage form and fired a six-under par 66 on a day of torrid scoring at the start of the ICTSI Del Monte Championship Wednesday at the Del Monte Golf Club here. The former Philippine Open champion and many-time...
Petron Open to Supply Contracts for Ethanol
To lift up the Biofuels Law from where it has been falling short, oil industry leader Petron Corporation is opening its door for offers of supply contracts on domestically-produced ethanol. "We are showing our willingness to take on ethanol supply...
PH Gamers Experience Topnotch Gear at WGT 2010 Finals
After showing off their best moves and strategies during the preliminaries, the top gamers of the World GameMaster Tournament faced each other for the final battle recently at Cyberzone, SM Manila. The eight finalists of the Street Fighter 4 game that...
PNB: The Bank with a Glorious and Humbling History with a Bright Future
When I started my banking career, no other bank even came close to PNB's size, reputation and stature. PNB lorded it over all banks, foreign and local alike. From the time PNB was founded in 1916, it served as the "effective" Central Bank of the Philippines...
PNP Updates Kidnappers Wanted Posters
No luck in betting on lotto? Maybe you should try looking for wanted kidnappers instead. No need to shell out money, all you need is a little information and the numbers to call in case you chance upon them. The Philippine National Police (PNP)...
President's Oath Dictates Duty
(Editor's note: When the party system returns the people will know the difference as noted by the author.) In the late 1930s, Manilans adhered to strict complacency and nonchalance until a CFI judge and the Court of Appeals denied compensation to...
PRO 6 Dismantles Suspected Private Armed Group
ILOILO CITY (PNA) - Police operatives in Western Visayas last week neutralized a suspected private armed group in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental following a raid of the group's lair, resulting in the confiscation of several high-powered firearms and...
Region, Province Peaceful - Cebu PNP
CEBU CITY - The Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, along with the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Wednesday said despite occurrences of crime incidents against persons, peace and order in the province of Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas generally...
Residents in South Take in Ayala Alabang Lifestyle
A newly launched Avida Towers community in upscale Alabang, is exhibiting quick take-up rate and experiencing brisk sales among residential condominium projects in Southern Metro Manila. This is according to Dez Cruz, head of Residential Buildings...
Rufa Mae Quinto Exasperated by Mikey Arroyo Rumors
Sexy comedienne Rufa Mae Quinto broke down during the press conference for her new show, "Kaya ng Powers," when asked for the nth time if her mystery fiancee is former presidential son and very-much-married-man Mikey Arroyo. In an article uploaded...
Salma Hayek Leads the Women of 'Grown Ups'
In Columbia Pictures' new comedy "Grown Ups," the filmmakers found a trio of extremely talented women to play the guys' better halves. "Salma Hayek, Maria Bello and Maya Rudolph are all really excellent actresses and comediennes," says director Dennis...
SBC Clobbers Letran
Games Friday (The Arena, San Juan)10 a.m. - JRU vs CSB (Jrs)12 noon - Mapua vs SSC-R (Jrs)2 p.m. - JRU vs CSB (Srs)4 p.m. - Mapua vs SSC-R (Srs) It took San Beda College just a little over five minutes to shake off the rust and bring archival Letran...
Senate Presidency Won't Be Empty - Angara
Sen. Edgardo Angara Wednesday said he is confident that the seat of the Senate President will not be vacant when Congress opens on Monday, July 26. Angara, however, remained mum over his group's decision even when he had earlier said that his bloc...
SMB's Defense Chokes B-Meg
Games Friday (araneta coliseum)5 p.m. - Alaska vs. Talk 'N Text7:30 p.m. - San Miguel vs. B-Meg The B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados found out to their regret Wednesday night they are not the only team that knows how to play defense in this league. After...
Solons Nix Bid to Pass on P470.8-Billion PSALM Expenditure to Consumers
Lawmakers challenged on Wednesday President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to put a halt to the looming power rate increase following the move of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) to file its bid to pass on to electricity...
South Forbes' Masterplan Centers on Care of Environment
'Climate change' has become a household name these days mostly due to the extreme weather conditions we have been experiencing around the globe. While many countries have set up commissions in efforts to mitigate this phenomenon, the ordinary man is...
SRA to Auction Rights to Import 150,000 Metric Tons of Sugar
The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) expects to soon auction rights to import 150,000 tonnes of tariff-free sugar to build up its buffer stock and prevent big rises in local prices, the head of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said Wednesday....
Strong Support for Barrier-Free Tourism Urged
CEBU CITY - Even if most of the new buildings here already have ramps for persons with disabilities (PWDs), Adela Kono, President of the Avila Foundation, along with the Organization of Rehabilitation Agencies (ORA) is urging stronger support for barrier-free...
Taking a Closer Look at Smartphones - Is It Wise to Have 'Em? (Part 2)
Do you already use a smartphone? Do you even maximize its use? Going back to the subject of such wonderful creations here's more answers to the queries I got via email. What is the better brand, what to look for in a smart phone, which one is better...
Tampinco Retained as NPC President
Energy Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras indicated that National Power Corporation (NPC) president Froilan A. Tampinco will be temporarily retained at his post so as not to disturb the company's operations and flow of service. The energy chief indicated...
Tams Eye Third Straight Win
Games Thursday (Araneta Coliseum)2 p.m. - UP vs UST4 p.m. - FEU vs UEIt's payback time for Far Eastern University as it seeks its third win in as many games against last year's Final Four tormentor University of the East this Thursday in the 73rd UAAP...
Task to Transform 'Eyesores' in QC
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista formed a special task force that will seek to transform blighted areas and remove the few remaining "eyesores'' in the city. In an executive order, Bautista designated secretary to the mayor Tadeo Palma as chairman...
Thais in V-League Showdown
Games Thursday (The Arena, San Juan)2 p.m. - Perpetual Help vs National University4 p.m. - Adamson vs Lyceum6 p.m. - Ateneo vs SSC-ExcelroofA showdown of power-hitting Thai imports heats up the hostilities in the 7th Shakey's V-League second conference...
The New Faces of the Muslim Youth
Unfortunately, these are the things Mindanao is most known for - continuing insurgency, bandits and rebels, incidences of kidnap, torture and murder. Tourists and investors would not touch Mindanao with a 10-foot pole.For decades now, these notions...
The Perception of Woods Depends on a Putter
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Tiger Woods was all over the leaderboard at the British Open.Too bad this was on a Monday.Locals roam the Old Course all the time on the most public of major championship properties, which King David I of Scotland granted...
The Ultimate Multimedia Magnate
Radiating with total confidence with its out-of-this-world computing capabilities, the gorgeous Acer Aspire 8943G is the perfect example of a first-class multimedia magnate that carries with it an enriching and inspiring computing performance. The...
Tips on Taking Care of Your Laptop
PCs are not personal computers anymore. Well, technically, they still are but recently PCs should be defined as Portable Computers instead. Call them what you will, laptops, notebooks, or netbooks, but these portable computers have come a long way...
Top Musicians to Facilitate Songwriting Camp
No less than 30 of the most accomplished practitioners in the local music industry will mentor 60 promising songwriters in "The 1st Elements National Songwriting Camp." To be held from Nov. 14 to 18 in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, the camp will be...
Toshiba Intros the World's First Dual-Touchscreen Windows 'Mini' Notebook PC Libretto W100
Every year counts for Toshiba. Even memorable are the specific years that saw Toshiba's Singapore Computer Systems Division (CSD), a division of Toshiba Singapore Pte. Ltd., putting in the market several "firsts" that made the company truly a pacesetting...
TV5 Joins Artist Management Fray; Launches Talent Search
TV5 is poised to launch itself as a major player in the so-called "network wars" with the recent unveiling of its own artist management division, Talent5. Headed by veteran theater actor/director and "Talentadong Pinoy" resident judge Audie Gemora,...
Understanding the Multidimensionality of Poverty
With much of the world's attention focused on reducing the incidence of poverty, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with academics of Oxford University, recently launched a new index to measure poverty levels that will...
US Regulators Okay 'Oneworld' Tie-Up
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2010 (AFP) - US regulators paved the way for a trans-Atlantic alliance between American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia on Tuesday, granting the firms immunity from anti-trust rules.Echoing a recent decision by European regulators,...
Wall of Remittances May Support Philippine Peso
SINGAPORE (Dow Jones) - The Philippine economy, among Asia's most sluggish, doesn't provide many reasons to buy the peso. But the contribution of millions of Filipino overseas workers just might. The Philippines runs a chronic trade deficit and...
Why Do Children Misbehave?
Generally, children misbehave to achieve any one or all of the following:1. Children misbehave to gain attention. When children misbehave in this way, they are trying to feel significant and to gain a sense of belonging by drawing attention to themselves...
Wireless and Mobile Email Going Mainstream
Before, the most widely used internet application was email. People rushed to have their own email address and sent emails to their friends and in business, to their customers. Sending messages have never been easy and fast. Now that mobile and wireless...
Yahoo! Shares Slide as Revenue Falls Short
SAN FRANCISCO, July 20, 2010 (AFP) - Yahoo! shares fell sharply on Tuesday as quarterly revenue growth of two percent fell short of the expectations of Wall Street analysts.The Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo! said second-quarter net profit rose...