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 August 13, 2010

11,428 to Take PMA Exam on Aug. 29
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced Friday that a total of 11,428 applicants will take the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) entrance examination on the last Sunday of the month. Lt. Col. Arnulfo Burgos, Jr., AFP Public Affairs Office...
2 Share Lead at the PGA; Tiger 71
SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin (AP) - Bubba Watson and Francesco Molinari of Italy handled the breeze and bunkers after a three-hour fog delay at Whistling Straits to top the PGA Championship leaderboard at 4-under 68 among those who finished the first round.Even...
3.4-M-Year-Old Stone Tools
NEW YORK (AP) - Two ancient animal bones from Ethiopia show signs of butchering by human ancestors, moving back the earliest evidence for the use of stone tools by about 800,000 years, researchers say. The bones appear to have been cut and smashed...
Alcasid, Velasquez to Be Aquino's Principal Sponsors When He Gets Married
In a rare disclosure about his personal life, President Aquino has invited singers Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez to be among his principal sponsors when he gets married. The President extended the invitation after he agreed to be part of the...
Apple Takes Gulp of Strong, Glossy Liquidmetal
NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple Inc. is getting exclusive access to an exotic metallic material that could provide it with shiny, super-tough computer and phone casings. Liquidmetal Technologies Inc., a Caltech spinoff in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.,...
AP Source: Beckham to Reject England Farewell Game
LONDON (AP) - David Beckham will reject the chance to make one final appearance for England, a person familiar with the former captain's plans said Thursday.Coach Fabio Capello announced Wednesday that the 35-year-old Beckham was too old to continue...
Aquino Names Sereno SC Associate Justice
President Benigno S. Aquino III Friday picked Maria Lourdes Aranal Sereno as his first appointee to the Supreme Court. Sereno took the Associate Justice position vacated by Justice Renato Corona after his appointment as Chief Justice. Corona replaced...
Ateneo, la Salle Battle Separate Rivals
Games Saturday (Araneta Coliseum)2 p.m. - Ateneo vs UP4 p.m. - La Salle vs NUAteneo and La Salle try to firm up their Final Four bids this Friday when they go up against separate rivals in the 73rd UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum,...
August 30 a Regular Holiday - Malacanang
Malacanang announced that August 30, Monday, will be a regular holiday in observance of National Heroes Day, paving the way for a three-day weekend at the end of the month.Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda made the announcement amid the administration's...
BDO, Exportbank Asset Sale Moves Forward, to Meet BSP Conditions
Following the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) approval of the sale of Export and Industry Bank, Inc. (Exportbank) assets to Banco de Oro Universal Bank, Inc. (BDO), the two banks are now working together on the completion of the requisite conditions...
Binay Plans to Cut Interest Rate on Housing Loans
Vice President and housing czar Jejomar Binay bared his plan to further decrease the interest rate on housing loans in a bid to ensure that poor Filipinos will be given a chance to have their own decent housing.Binay said he is mulling to further decrease...
Bishop Backs DepEd's Proposed 12-Year Basic Education
MANILA (PNA) - The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) expressed support on the move to improvement the education system of the country.In an interview over Radio Veritas 846, CBCP Public Affairs Committee chairman Caloocan Bishop...
BI to Impose Stricter Immigration Procedures
Filipinos who will be traveling outside the Philippines will have to brace for stricter immigration procedures, as personnel of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in all international airports have been ordered to be doubly strict in allowing the departure...
Blessing of the Children
MATTHEW 19:13-15 Children were brought to Jesus that He might lay His hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, "Let the children come to Me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."...
'Bongbong' Poised to Hold Public Hearing on Barangay Elections
MANILA (PNA) -- Neophyte senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said on Thursday that his Senate committee on local government would still conduct a public hearing despite Malacanang's decision to proceed with the holding of the barangay elections...
Book Collecting 101
For bookworms eager to take their love for books and reading one step further, book collecting may prove to be a most rewarding hobby. Whether you're into fiction or non-fiction, children's books, award-winning books, illustrated books, graphic...
British Airways, Cathay Recall 'Idled' Jets
Boeing Co. 747 jumbo jets are being brought out of desert storage as surging bookings spur carriers including British Airways Plc, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and United Airlines to return their biggest planes to traffic. British Airways will restore...
Can CoA Force Full Repayment?
(Editor's note: Getting a refund of stolen tax money is a kind of shibboleth as noted by the author.) There's a universal rule in the world's penal laws that what is stolen or malversed must be returned 1) by the robber to his victim and 2) by the...
'Cathy' Comic Strip Ending after 34 Years
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The comic strip "Cathy," which has chronicled the life, frustrations and swimsuit season meltdowns of its namesake for more than 30 years, is coming to an end. Cathy Guisewite, the strip's creator, said Wednesday that deciding...
Cebu Furniture Exports Report $19 M Hike in Jan-March
CEBU CITY - After experiencing industry setback for two years following the global financial crisis, Cebu's furniture industry is now showing signs of bullishness after the National Economic and Development Authority in Central Visayas (NEDA 7) reported...
Centennial Celebration of the Arch-Confraternity of Our Lady of Lourdes in the Philippines
The daughter of a flour miller in Lourdes, France, Bernadette Soubirous lived a simple life. One day, while gathering wood with her sister and a neighbor, they took a road that brought them to an intersection between a river and a mill. Bernadette...
Central Luzon Teachers Oppose Additional 2 Years in Basic Education
BALANGA CITY, Bataan - Public school teachers in Central Luzon expressed on Friday their opposition to the additional two years in elementary and high school proposed by the Aquino government.Dr. Simeona Borela Emata, president of the Association of...
CHO Reports Steady Rise in Dengue Cases
ZAMBOANGA CITY - The local health department in this city Friday admitted that cases of dengue continue to increase as it has already claimed 20 lives, mostly children in this city. In Midsayap, North Cotabato, four more kids died of dengue fever,...
Consul Calls for Higher-Value Philippine Exports to Russia
CEBU CITY - Honorary Consul of Russia to the Visayas Armi Lopez Garcia has called on local companies to export higher-value products to Russia, saying Russians like Philippine fashion accessories "especially those with pearls and other souvenir items...
DoST Official: I Will Not Replace Ex-PAGASA Chief
Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano Yumul doused speculations Friday that he would be staying as chief of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) for good, saying his stay in the agency would...
Dream Team Inducted to Hall of Fame
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (AFP) - The Dream Team, the star-studded US line-up that dazzled foes as well as fans at the Barcelona Olympics, will be inducted Friday into the Basketball Hall of Fame.The squad, which rang in the inclusion of NBA stars...
Drilon Defends Truth Commission from GMA Allies
MANILA (PNA) - Senator Franklin Drilon on Friday questioned the move of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's allies to challenge the constitutionality of the Philippine Truth Commission.Drilon said those assailing the investigating body were...
Experts Tell How to Control Armyworms
Experts from the Department of Agriculture (DA) recommend spraying of insecticides as one of the measures to control the spread of armyworms that have been attacking farms in Batangas, Cavite and Quezon. Wilma Cuaterno, chief of Crop Protection...
Gender Bias
"No man is an island entire of itself- Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind." - John Donne Any day, any week, Sakineh Ashtianni could be executed for having engaged in an "illicit relationship" with two men. This was after...
GM CEO Whitacre Steps Down, Carlyle's Akerson Takes His Place on Sept. 1
DETROIT, Aug 12 (Reuters) - General Motors Co. Chief Executive resigned suddenly on Thursday as the automaker posted its biggest quarterly profit in six years and readied an IPO expected to allow the US government to relinquish its majority stake....
Google Amplifies Voice Commands for Android Phones
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Just because mobile phones are becoming more like small computers doesn't mean you should have to do a lot of typing on them.That's the thinking behind the latest update to Google Inc.'s popular Android software for mobile phones.The...
Gov't May Review Size of Retail T-Bond Sale as Demand Hits P200 Billion
Underwriters of the Philippines' retail bond issue want to increase the issue size beyond a 100 billion peso ($2.2 billion) cap because of strong demand, an issue manager said on Friday. Bond yields fell to record lows on expectations an increase...
Gov't Readies Pasig River, Manila Esteros Cleanup
Environment Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje has initiated a campaign to clean up Pasig River and the clogged esteros in Manila before President Aquino celebrates his first 100 days in Malacanang. Paje said the President wants these waterways to be rid...
History Unfolds: The Shell V-Power Story
Filipino drivers are getting increasingly sophisticated. Long hours spent on the road have changed their expectations of driving, and they demand more power from their car engines and the fuel that runs these. It therefore comes as no surprise that...
Honda Keihin HSV-010 Wins Super GT in Sugo
The Honda Keihin HSV-010 driven by Toshihiro Kaneishi and Koudai Tsukakoshi won Round 5 of the 2010 Autobacs Super GT 300 km race that took place at the Sugo Sportsland in Japan recently.The Keihin car beat out the Weider HSV-010 at the wire by just...
Huge Glacier Island Poses Risk to Shipping
STOCKHOLM (AP) - An island of ice more than four times the size of Manhattan is drifting across the Arctic Ocean after breaking off from a glacier in Greenland. Potentially in the path of this unstoppable giant are oil platforms and shipping lanes...
Human Rights Handbook to Shape Military Operations
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) takes discipline in the military one notch higher with the release of the "AFP Human Rights Handbook," which shall serve as the Filipino soldier's "bible" as he carry out the armed forces' internal security...
Indian Businesses Step out, No Longer All in the Family
MUMBAI, Aug. 13 (Reuters) - When it comes to Indian businesses, The Tata Group is the oldest and best-known: The conglomerate owns the luxury Jaguar car brand, it's made the world's cheapest car, and its chairman, 72-year-old Ratan Tata, oversees an...
India Threatens to Ban Blackberry Email, Messaging
NEW DELHI, India (AFP) - India said Thursday it would cut off BlackBerry email and instant messaging unless the smartphone's Canadian makers allowed security forces access to the services by the end of the month.India's Ministry of Home Affairs told...
Isuzu Scholars Display Their Wares
The scholars of the Isuzu-funded auto-mechanic training center at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Tacloban, Leyte demonstrated the skills they learned over two years of training during an 'open campus' held at the...
Kris Aquino Wants Friendship with James Yap after Nullity Case
Although the chances are remote, the Queen of All Media Kris Aquino hopes to be friends with James Yap after their marriage is nullified. Kris' resolve is based on her sisters' advice. "Kinausap din ako ng mga kapatid ko at sinabi nila sa akin...
Lawmaker Lauds MMDA for Intensified Typhoon Readiness
Sen. Teofisto Guingona III Friday said the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is on the right track when it started taking steps and intensified preparations for a series of storms that weathermen said would affect the country starting...
LeBron, Carmelo, Wade Attend Negotiating Session
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul were among the players who attended a negotiating session between the NBA and the union Thursday."It's important for me that all of us, as being the faces of the NBA, to be involved...
Leviste Not a Shoo-In for Asiad
Equestrienne Toni Leviste's two recent victories in Malaysian tournaments did not exactly excite the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) which instead expressed doubts about the quality of the competition in the said events. Answering a question from...
List of Ogie-Regine Wedding Entourage Lengthens
Lovebirds Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez are busy with the nitty-gritty of their much-awaited yearend wedding. In a "24 Oras" report aired on Aug. 12, the soon-to-be husband and wife related that they have begun doing the rounds to personally...
Long, Hot Summer of Fire, Floods Fits Predictions
NEW YORK (AP) - Floods, fires, melting ice and feverish heat: From smoke-choked Moscow to water-soaked Iowa and the High Arctic, the planet seems to be having a midsummer breakdown. It's not just a portent of things to come, scientists say, but a sign...
Measles Outbreak Hits Kudarat Village
GENERAL SANTOS CITY - Local health authorities placed a community in Palimbang town in Sultan Kudarat under quarantine following a measles outbreak that already downed at least 70 children in the area. Palimbang Mayor Abubakar Maulana said personnel...
Mindanao Qur'an Readers 3rd in Malaysia Assembly
COTABATO CITY (PNA) - The country's champions in the recently concluded National Qur'an Reading contest held in Quezon City both placed third in the 52nd International Al-Qur'an Recital Assembly in Malaysia. National Commission on Muslim Filipinos...
MMDA Issues Guidelines to Facilitate Release of Impounded Vehicles
With impounding areas jampacked with buses and jeepneys in the wake of its anti-colorum campaign, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has issued guidelines for the release of vehicles. In a memorandum, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino...
Nenaco Net Income Declines 14% to P175 Million Due to Higher Fuel Costs
Negros Navigation Company (Nenaco) reported that its net income reached P175.2 million during the first half of 2010, down 14 percent against the same period last year due largely to the sharp spike in fuel prices this year. In statement, the firm...
Ogie Alcasid and AI AI Delas Alas' Disparate Destiny
Fate recently played a great part in the lives of popular celebrities like singer-composer Ogie Alcasid and Comedy Concert Queen Ai Ai delas Alas. While Ogie seems to have escaped the possibility of being kidnapped, Ai Ai loses the bundle of joy...
One Tongue
Puwede or pwede? Siya or sya? Sari-sari or sarisari? How you spell these Filipino words may not matter to the average Filipino youth who is just trying to pass a note to a classmate. But to linguists and academics pushing for a standard version...
Palace Chides MMDA for Ignoring Violation of Kris Aquino's Driver
Malacanang on Friday called on the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to enforce traffic rules without fear or favor, saying nobody is above the law.Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said MMDA personnel should not hesitate to do their job...
PCA Chief Claims Hefty 128 Percent Rise in Copra Exports
The volume of the country's coconut exports zoomed by 128 percent to 1.321 million metric tons (MMT) in the first semester of 2010. Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) administrator Oscar G. Garin said exports earned for the country $728.737 million....
Political Billboards
It was late - long overdue, in fact - but just the same, the action taken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in dismantling the burgeoning display of billboards bearing the names and pictures of politicians making a fuss over their...
Prepare for Storms, DepEd Reminds Schools
The Department of Education (DepEd) asked principals and school heads in all public elementary and secondary schools on Friday to prepare for the coming storms, three of which are expected to enter the country this month alone. Education Secretary...
President Aquino Open to Review VFA - Lacierda
President Benigno S. Aquino III is amenable to a thorough review of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) forged between the Philippines and the United States following renewed calls by some groups for its immediate abolition.Presidential Spokesman Edwin...
Priorities under Economics & Finance
Under the internal process perspective, the President already recognized the constraints of public finance. It was this recognition that led him to propose the priority of "public-private partnerships" to help lift the public finance constraints. ...
Ramadan, Season of God-Consciousness
Daytime seems at a standstill, restaurants close, business in a slow down, many people in a state of inactivity. Nighttime perks up with activities: Nocturnal worship in mosques, fiesta-like eating with the sweet smell of Moro native dishes in the...
Road Presence!
The exciting world of the automobile will be defined in the 3rd Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) in the four days of August when 15 manufacturers and distributors present their products at the World Trade Center-Manila.All brakes have been...
Road Toll VAT Has No Legal Basis - Senators
Senators Friday insisted that the planned imposition of the 12-percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on road toll by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has no legal basis and should be scrapped.Sen. Francis Escudero said he would personally advise BIR Commissioner...
SC Stops VAT on Toll
The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday issued two separate orders stopping the government from imposing a 12 percent value-added tax (VAT) on tollway charges nationwide as well as the implementation of the 250-percent increase in toll rates at the South...
Seven Reasons Fox Hasn't Signed an "Idol" Judge
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Simon Cowell declared he's leaving "American Idol" back in January.Now it's a few weeks before the "Idol" judging panel goes before the cameras on the show's audition trail, and there's still no replacement named.Oh,...
Sound Ideas at the Forum
It is always highly rewarding to attend agricultural events that are held every now and then. Just like the 6th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition staged by the Bureau of Agricultural Research recently. One practical...
Speaker Dissuades Pacquiao from Using House Gym for Training
MANILA (PNA) - House Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte, Jr. cautioned on Thursday boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao against juggling his career as a boxer with his legislative duties.Belmonte, however, said that the Filipino boxing...
Tabaquero Heads AFP-NCR Command
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Friday said President Aquino has approved a revamp in the military hierarchy, including the designation of Maj. Gen. Arthur Tabaquero as the new AFP-National Capital Region Command (NCRCom) chief, replacing...
Thai Airways Borrows $550 Million to Upgrade Fleet
Thai Airways International Pcl's board approved a plan for the national carrier to borrow about $550 million to pay for new airplanes as tourists return to Thailand, President Piyasvasti Amranand said. The airline will borrow 17.5 billion baht ($548...
The Bold New Generation
In the auto industry, much like any field such as business or politics, a new generation can bring about unprecedented change.In business, point your gaze to the IT field where every year a new young programmer shoots up to millionaire status either...
Thousands of Unused Words in Oxford Press Vault
Wurfing, polkadodge and nonversation are among the words stored in secret files after being rejected for inclusion by the Oxford English Dictionary, it has been disclosed. Millions of "non words" which failed to make the dictionary lie unused in...
UK-Pakistan Diplomatic Row
LONDON (Reuters) - A diplomatic row between Britain and Pakistan over its approach to Islamist militants will hurt intelligence sharing, although in the longer term, the ties between the two countries are too tight for it to cause lasting damage. ...
US, EU, China's Interlocking Puzzles
LONDON (Reuters) - Strip away all the complexities facing the world economy at the moment and you come down to three interlocking puzzles: America, Europe, and China. Stumbling America, debt-strapped Europe, and booming China, that is. The three...
Wage Board Grants P18 Hike in Daily Wage of CV Workers
CEBU CITY - Workers in Central Visayas will receive an additional P18 in their daily wages after the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 7 agreed to implement a uniform increase in all areas of the region. The increase will...
What the Assumption Means
There's story about a devout Christian who died and off he went to the next life. In the afterlife, one either goes to the top level called "heaven" where the righteous go to enjoy eternal bliss. Those who have venial sins go to the second level called...
Witness: Doctor Kept Secret Medical Files on Smith
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors showed jurors their most explosive evidence against Anna Nicole Smith's doctor Thursday - journal entries in which he writes of partying with her during a gay pride parade and wonders, "Can she ruin me?"The journals,...
World Currently Has Enough Uranium for 100 Years - Study
VIENNA, Aug. 13, 2010 (AFP) - The world's total identified resources of uranium, used in the production of nuclear energy, are currently sufficient for over 100 years of supply, a new study showed. But with the use of advanced nuclear reactors and...
World Youth Unemployment
GENEVA Reuters) - World youth unemployment is set to hit a postwar record in 2010, increasing the potential for social unrest, crime, and violence, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said on Thursday. According to the United Nations agency,...
Zambo DOLE Assists 64 Workers in Anti-Human Trafficking Case
ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Department of Labor and Employment in Zamboanga (DOLE-9), will file cases against North West Man Power Services, a recruiting firm in this city for human trafficking involving 64 workers from Tacloban City and Samar in the Visayas...